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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pope Francis isn't making it easy.

So, I was watching this video from The Remnant, and they're shaking their heads because of all the madness coming out of the Vatican.


(UPDATE 11/20/15: Interesting.  The video I've put up is gone, and there is a blank white rectangle instead.  The title of this video is: "The Remnant Forum: Francis on Praying vs. Traditional Prayer."  The link to this video on YouTube is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lESl7HJB4_0.)

I read the following earlier today, courtesy of a Cathinfo poster.  Seems to be an answer to all this questioning about what's going on with Pope Francis' "train ride to disaster."

"The most evident mark of God's anger and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world are manifested when He permits His people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than charity and affection of devoted shepherds...

"When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people, and is visiting His most dreadful anger upon them.  That is why He cries unceasingly to Christians, 'Return O ye revolting children ... and I will give you pastors according to My own heart.'  Thus, irregularities in the lives of priests constitute a scourge upon the people in consequence of sin."



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sedevacantism 5: And my desire to stop talking about it

I tire of arguing with this fraction of a percentage of the "Catholic" world.  Yet, arguments are brought forth, and for whatever reason, I feel obligated to address them.

So a question arises: What could be so bad as to deem Pope Paul VI and every pope ever since to not be popes?

Sede answer: Pope Paul VI was a heretic.

New question: What made him a heretic?

Sede answer: His promulgation of Vatican II.

In the online Traditionalist community, I've tried boiling it down to specifics.  Thus far, there are two specific things that irk the schismatic sedevacantists who have broken from their obedience to the one and only Catholic Church:

-The new Catechism of the Catholic Church
-Lumen Genitum, a Vatican II document

Trouble is, neither is an infallible work.  And even Pope Paul VI stated that the Second Vatican Council was not a Council of infallible teachings :

"There are those who ask what authority, what theological qualification, the Council intended to give to its teachings, knowing that it avoided issuing solemn dogmatic definitions backed by the Church's infallible teaching authority.  The answer is known by those who remember the conciliar declaration of March 6, 1964, repeated on November 16, 1964.  In view of the pastoral nature of the Council, it avoided proclaiming in an extraordinary manner any dogmas carrying the mark of infallibility."

Pope Paul VI, January 12, 1966

I have yet to hear of a pope teaching anything ex cathedra that is contrary to what Christ taught.



Monday, October 7, 2013

Highlander 2

So, I've started watching Highlander 2 on Netflix this evening.  Basically, it's a radical departure from the first movie, in which MacCloud is an old man, and he's watching the opera in an opera house that's leaking water all the time, even though it isn't raining, and he's having flashbacks that every "Highlander" is actually a space alien from an advanced desert planet far in the past in which they are sentenced to live immortally on Earth for some sort of galactic crime, and there's a gigantic red shield over the Earth, and there's....oh, nevermind.

Update:  Ugh.  20 minutes left.  This movie is so terrible.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Sedevacantism Part 4: Saint Augustine Weighs In

I had hoped that by now I might have said a word or two about the recently DVD released Star Trek: Into Darkness.  I really think the director wanted to show the epic scale of the spaceship Enterprise.  It's the best of the two, in my opinion.  Maybe one of the best Star Trek movies, in all honesty.  And that's saying something, because I despise the way that the new movies are centered around an alternate universe.

But instead of discussing such cultural things, I get to shift back to Sedevacantism--the schism of our century.  It is an emotion-laden knee-jerk reaction to a corrupted Catholic Church that needs all the good people She can get to make Her right again.  Without a doubt, the smoke of Satan has filled the ranks of the Catholic Church hierarchy from the bottom, all the way to the top.  And yet, though style changes, the message of Christ has not.

Here are some tasty statements from St. Augustine about schisms such as sedevacantism:

No man ought to sever himself from the unity of the Church before the time of the final separation of the just and the unjust merely because of the admixture of evil men in the Church.  

Another quotation from Augustine helps one grasp why the sede community is so eager to lash its critics with hateful rejection:

[N]one would create schisms, if they were not blinded by hatred of their brethren...Can it be that schism does not involve hatred of one's brethren?  Who will maintain this, when both the origin of and perseverance in schism consists in nothing else save hatred of the brethren?

And here, Augustine discusses the power of the Universal Church's power of unity:

Catholic unity embraces in her motherly breast, bearing each other's burdens by turns and endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, till God should reveal to one or other of them any error in their views... If there was contamination, the Church even then ceased to exist; answer me therefore, whence came ye forth hither?  But if the Church remained, the good are in no wise contaminated by the bad in such communion; answer me therefore, why did ye break the bond?
Here is the analogy of the candlelight:

Would you indeed maintain that while the light of the sun or of a candle, diffused through unclean places, contracts no foulness in itself therefrom, yet the baptism of Christ can be defiled by the sins of any man, whatsoever he may be?
This following quotation is from Augustine's arguments against the Donatists.  While sedevacantism is not exactly Donatism, the followers of the two share the same schismatic spirit:

Since, it is very often a matter of uncertainty what kind of man the baptizer is, the hope ... of the baptized [is] of uncertain origin."

E. Michael Jones, further lays out the implications of what the Donatists were doing:

The consequence of their thinking was a clear devaluation of the sacraments.  The efficacy of the sacraments, according to the Donatists, depended on the moral state of the minister and not on the merits of Jesus Christ.

Jones further explains a bit about the mindset that takes over in a schismatic sect.  He states:

Separation from the unity of the Church becomes, like everything else in the topsy-turvy world of the schismatic, not a grievous sin but an act of highest virtue.

My special thanks goes out to E. Michael Jones for bringing together these quotations from St. Augustine in his article: The Kidnapping of Sister Mary Cecilia.  He pointed me to this article this week in a personal correspondence, and for that I am grateful.  A link to this insightful article can be found here.