Filed under: Books and Movies, Culture and Catholicism, Vatican II | Tags: Angelus Press, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Catholic tradition, Catholic values, fiction, Flannery O'Connor, Revelation, SSPX, Teilhard de Chardin, traditional mass, Vatican II
Pius X wrote Pascendi in 1907 to warn us of a special danger: modernist heretics fight dirty. Unlike the heretics of the past, they conceal their true agenda and don’t even leave the Church. And they employ a special rhetorical device, confusion. They decline, Pius X wrote, to lay out their thought coherently, but spread it out in a confused or puzzling way so that the full meaning is not immediately apparent, or bury it in bits in otherwise orthodox material which the unorthodox fragments contradict but very quietly. (And you thought it was you!)
It is not that modernists don’t wish to be understood, but rather from experience (advertising, for one) know they can trust that the whole meaning will reassemble itself in the reader’s psyche later, carried there past security by the shell of orthodoxy. They’re sidestepping a fair fight, to get into the heart. Think virus.
Their cynical tactic proves to be successful. They can even target niche audiences, it would seem. Consider, for example, that, judging from copious online reports, tenth graders ‘get’ Flannery O’Connor, while traditional Catholic school administrators apparently don’t. Continue reading
Filed under: Culture and Catholicism | Tags: abortion, Catholic, Catholic church, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, health care debate, National Public Radio, religious freedom, SSPX, stock market, The Price of Civilization, traditional mass, Vatican II, Wall Street
As part of the health care debate, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs uncompromisingly indicts capitalism on NPR’s production of the Commonwealth Club on October 26; it is apparently not archived, but similar views may be expected in his book, The Price of Civilization. His conclusion is wrong, insofar as he ultimately recommends, like the Wall Street protesters whom he admires, only that we tax the very rich. Continue reading
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic church, Catholic values, liberal Catholicism, liturgy, religious freedom, SSPX, traditional mass, Universae ecclesiae, Vatican II
Although many traditional mass sites are singing anthems to Benedict for it, for those who are aware of the unaddressed doctrinal chasm between the old mass and the new, Universae ecclesiae is a liberal ransom note on the table : we’ve got your mass and we’re going to enrich her. Bring a million souls in unmarked bills, or else!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Catholic, Catholic values, Christianity, feminism, John Bossy, SSPX, the Reformation, traditional mass, women ordination to the priesthood, women saints
Sometimes one learns well from one’s detractors, and this is the case with John Bossy’s work on the Reformation. He tells the story of Catholic women of the gentry during that bloody time. (Apparently they are still causing mischief to the bad guys.) Continue reading
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Benedict XVI, Bruno Gherardini, Catholic, liturgy, schism, SSPX, The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: A Much Needed Discussion, traditional mass, Vatican II
Msgr. Bruno Gherardini has served as a canon of St. Peter’s Basilica, undersecretary of the Pontifical Academy of Theology, professor emeritus at the Pontifical Lateran University, and postulator of the canonization cause of Blessed Pope Pius IX. He is now eighty-five years old and has been called the last living theologian of the pre-Conciliar “Roman School.” In 2009, he released The Ecumenical Vatican Council II: a Much Needed Discussion. Because of his credentials, and because of his independence from traditionalist organizations, the book is especially important. It provides a firm response to those who say that ‘the council was fine but the implementation was wrong’, or that the ‘only thing wrong with Vatican II was the mass that accompanied its implementation.’ Gherardini argues clearly that the Council has doctrinal issues that cannot be dismissed. Continue reading
Filed under: abortion, Catholic Liturgy, Culture and Catholicism | Tags: abortion, Angelus Press, Benedict XVI, Catholic church, dignitatis humanae, Edward Kennedy funeral, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, nostra aetate, novus ordo, Patrick Leahy, pro-abort Catholics, pro-choice, pro-choice Catholics, pro-life, SSPX, the Council, traditional mass, Vatican II
Pro-life Catholics usually take the attitude toward pro-choice Catholic politicians that they are ‘renegade Catholics,’ acting outside the teaching of the Church regarding the definition of human life. We marvel that ‘dissidents’ continue to function within Catholic circles, unchallenged, receiving communion, teaching at Catholic schools, and even living in Catholic seminaries and convents.
Why is error so persistent? Isn’t Catholicism clear? Continue reading