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Modernism in Benedict XVI 's new encyclical
"The contradiction with the Church’s pre-Vatican II teaching is manifest
and obvious, which is why the Pope feels the need to justify himself.
Note that he does not deny that the pre-conciliar Popes say different
things, but rather affirms that 'there is a single teaching, consistent
and at the same time ever new.' He goes on to explain what he means by
this apparent (and indeed real) contradiction—both new and old at the
same time. It is the perfect justification of the liberal, who lives in
objective contradiction with himself, incoherent with his own
conclusions, finding the coherence elsewhere than in the objective
truth. 'Coherence does not mean a closed system [understand by this, a
system of traditional teaching, closed to dialogue from without]: on the
contrary, it means dynamic faithfulness to a light received.' The
so-called continuity with the past is consequently not the teachings
themselves, but the 'unchanging light' that situates post-conciliar
teachings 'within the great current of Tradition.'
"Here we find clearly declared the teaching of the
evolution of truth and doctrine, so essential to the heresy of modernism
and so clearly condemned by St. Pius X: 'For among the chief points of
their teaching is the following, which they deduce from the principle of
vital immanence, namely, that religious formulas, if they are to be
really religious and not merely intellectual speculations, ought to be
living and to live the life of the religious sense…. Hence it comes that
these formulas, in order to be living, should be, and should remain,
adapted to the faith and to him who believes. Wherefore, if for any
reason this adaptation should cease to exist, they lose their first
meaning and accordingly need to be changed' (Pascendi,
§13). This is St. Pius X’s judgment on evolution of the truth, which
must be applied also to this present encyclical: 'They have reached that
pitch of folly at which they pervert the eternal concept of truth and
the true meaning of religion.'"
It's refreshing to learn that this trenchant analysis comes from none
other that Fr. Peter Scott of the Society of St. Pius X, who points out
in the above
passage that Benedict's so-called "hermeneutic of continuity" doesn't
stand up to scrutiny. We say
the tenor of Fr. Scott's commentary suggests that there are still
some clergy left in the SSPX who are not at all eager to fall into the
suffocating embrace of the Novus Ordo Church.
Or at least that's how it appears at first glance.
Unfortunately, there are also to be found there some of the artificial
distinctions so typical in (and fatal to) SSPX thought, so while, say,
Fr. Scott finds in Benedict's writing "clearly declared the teaching of
the evolution of truth and doctrine, so essential to the heresy of
modernism…," he doesn't make the logical link and call the "Pope" a
Modernist, despite the latter's promotion of an unmistakably Modernist
heresy. No, instead he writes of how it "is the perfect
justification of the liberal, who lives in objective contradiction with
himself, incoherent with his own conclusions.…" In other words, Fr.
Scott is implicitly contending that although Benedict spouts a Modernist
heresy, he somehow doesn't
he's doing so, perhaps somehow isn't even aware that there's anything
wrong with believing in "the evolution of truth and doctrine," because
that's just part of Benedict's supposed "objective contradiction with
problem with all of this, of course, is that it ignores the obvious fact
that as a seminarian in Germany Joseph Ratzinger would have been obliged
to study papal documents, with particular emphasis on those of modern
times. Among them would be the anti-Modernist pronouncements of Pope St.
Pius X, who in his syllabus of Modernist errors,
took direct aim at any "evolution of truth and doctrine," particularly
Dogmas, Sacraments and hierarchy, both their notion and reality, are
only interpretations and evolutions of the Christian intelligence
which have increased and perfected by an external series of
additions the little germ latent in the Gospel.
58. Truth is no more immutable than man himself, since it evolved
with him, in him, and through him. [Emphasis added]
too, young Ratzinger would have been obliged to study St. Pius'
encyclical, Pascendi. which provides an expanded discussion of
these errors. And then, of course, at the time of his ordination, then
later again, when he went to teach in seminaries, he would have been
obliged to take the Oath against Modernism, which includes this
passages: "I entirely reject the heretical misrepresentation that
dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the
one which the Church held previously."[Emphasis added]
In other words, it's ridiculous to argue that Benedict isn't aware that
he's teaching Modernism, a Modernism that he more than once swore to
combat. As Canon Law reckons this sort of thing, that makes him a
Modernist and not a confused liberal. Of course, Fr. Scott is
only a variation of what is constantly heard coming out of the SSPX. For
example, Bishop Richard Williamson has argued that John Paul II wasn't
at fault because he was caught up in a "liberal dream" and that Benedict
XVI is the victim of all the German philosophy he took in school.
Similar such dangerous nonsense can be found being stated by Bishop
Bernard Fellay and just about anyone with authority in the SSPX. Sure,
the rhetoric will vary from one to the next, but the common denominator
is to absolve the Conciliar "Pope" from any substantive responsibility.
No matter how tough the talk gets, there's always going to be some
convenient loophole that allows them back away from the logical
conclusion that a Modernist can't be the Vicar of Christ. Logically,
they can't have it both ways, but that's never stopped them from trying.
Along the same contradictory lines. Fr. Scott argumentation maintains that it is
possible for a Pope to issue an encyclical that contains teachings
already condemned by a previous Pope. This, mind you, in a document
which. even if no new dogma is proclaimed, constitutes the Church's
Ordinary Universal Magisterium. Of course, this is consistent with the
SSPX policy of sifting through the garbage bin of Conciliar praxis and
pronouncements to declare some things "eatable" and others not, such as
annulments, canonizations, Vatican II documents, etc. In the end
it leads to the objectively un-Catholic position of picking and choosing
what the will or won't obey, even to extreme length of subdividing an
encyclical into eatable and uneatable portions.
In passing, it should be noted that
Christopher Ferrara goes even further in
his piece on Caritas,
by saying what is only implicit in Fr. Scott's critique. According to
Mr. Ferrara, the encyclical includes distinctly "non-Magisterial
locutions" that he says were written by someone other that Benedict,
which is irrelevant because Popes often have had theologians assist them
in writing encyclicals. Legally, Benedict is responsible for the final
contents of the document since he signed it. And again we stress, if
this were truly emanating from a legitimate Roman Pontiff, neither Fr.
Scott, Mr. Ferrara or any other Catholic would have the right to pick it
rather, they would be under pain of mortal sin to give the entire work
their internal assent without the slightest hesitation or qualification.
That they do not feel comfortable in doing so should give them pause to
reflect on the situation dispassionately and realize that something must
be seriously amiss both in the document
in their attitude toward it.
In other words, it isn't Benedict who's being self-contradictory, but the SSPX critic/apologist, whose
metal gymnastics causes him to be in objective contradiction with himself. There's
good reason for the SSPX to adopt such a policy, and that is that
they seek a side altar in Benedict's counterfeit church and all the
frills that go with it. Why would the Society seek such a disastrous
course? The only reasonable explanation is that through long repetition
of such irrational constructs as the contention a learned theologian
can teach Modernism in an purported encyclical and still be
considered Pope because he doesn't know what he's doing, the SSPX
leaders have poisoned themselves with their own theological Kool-Aid.
Using Bp. Williamson's rhetoric, we can say that it's high time that the
Society of St. Pius X awaken from its dream and face reality:
Benedict XVI is not a friend of Tradition, but her enemy.
The SSPX desperately needs to be able to properly identify he who
presides in Modernist Rome (the Society's own term, by the way). Until
it does, it at best remains largely ineffectual in battling against the
hostile takeover of the Church, and at worst is on the verge of taking
part in its own assisted suicide.
We can think of better lessons than patience to teach him. One
traditional Catholic noted that Benedict broke his right wrist a week
after he shook the hand of the U.S.'s pro-abortion (apparent) President,
Barack Hussein Obama, while also giving him gifts and his "blessing."
Certainly, for the better part of a century Joseph Ratzinger hasn't
the good inspirations of his guardian angel, who surely told him many
times as a seminarian not to embrace Modernism, as a Vatican II
not to go along with those bent on destroying the Church, while in his
many posts since the Council to utterly denounce the false reforms that
caused so much destruction and his part in that destruction. But he
would have none of it. Oh, and it would be interesting to know what sort
of perception a Modernist like the "Pope" has of guardian angels. Rather
than a spiritual person, it's more likely seen as some sort of
manifestation of the religious sentiments held by the believer.
"Never mind that the head of the German Bishops Conference, Bishop
Zollitsch, recently told Meinhard Schmidt-Degenhard in an interview
on German television that the death of Jesus Christ was not a
redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of
sin. 'Christ did not die,' argued the bishop 'for the sins of the
people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a
scapegoat.' No, Jesus offered only 'solidarity' with the poor and
"And here we all thought Christ was the sacrificial lamb, crucified
on the altar of the Cross in order to redeem sinful men and reopen
the gates of Heaven! What were we thinking?
"Well, at least the bishop didn’t question the number of victims of
the Holocaust or anything serious like that. Sure, back in February
of 2008, he did claim that priestly celibacy should be voluntary and
is not 'theologically necessary'; and it’s true that he is in favor
of homosexual civil unions; but the really important thing is that
Bishop Zollitsch is in 'full communion with Rome.' Right?"
Manifest heretic, "Archbishop" Robert Zollitsch]
there's one thing Michael Matt. editor of
and author of the above piece, knows something about, it's being
Since the 2005 election of Benedict XVI, someone he incredibly views
as some sort of Crusader in white who is determined to restore
Catholic Tradition and oust those forces that have bee causing all
the problems in the Church, Mr. Matt has established an editorial
policy that promotes this delusion, which is simply to promote any
news that shows Benedict doing anything that appears to be
Tradition-friendly, while at the same time dismissing, sugarcoating, minimizing,
or, as most often happens,
the long litany of outages, scandals and even heresies of the "Pope"
and his minions.
Considering the myriad instances that demonstrate "Pope" Ratzinger's
Modernism, it must be increasingly difficult for Mr. Matt to talk
himself into maintaining a position so out of touch with reality.
Nevertheless, both his self-deception and editorial policy continue
unabated. [Right, Michael Matt stands with the former head of
the Ecclesia Dei Commission and phony friend of Tradition,
"Cardinal" Dario Castrillón Hoyos]
A striking example of this is in the above column, where Mr. Matt points
out the hypocrisy of the German Bishops Conference for threatening
to excommunicate members of the SSPX if it went through with planned
ordinations, yet at the same time said nothing about its head, the
manifest heretic "Archbishop" Robert Zollitsch. (It must be said of him
that he didn't shortchange himself with Church teachings to take on,
but brazenly attacked one of the central most dogma of the
redemptive nature of Christ's death on the Cross.)
Well, that's a valid subject for a news column, but in the case of
"Abp." Zollitsch it isn't the biggest news, not by a long shot.
wanted to be asking the tough questions, regardless of whose toes he
stepped on (which is what
journalists do) and if he
to tackle the most crucial
issue surrounding the heretic, he would have been asking how it is
that Robert Zollitsch has come through his blasphemous Good Friday
interview totally unscathed. Benedict, far from excommunicating him,
hasn't even spoken out to condemn the remarks and reiterated proper
Catholic teaching about the Crucifixion nor has he ordered a
retraction of them.
The implication is pretty clear: In the Novus Ordo Church it is
permissible to hold heretical views while remaining in good
in full communion even, with Modernist Rome.
overarching issue here
what the German bishops did, but what Benedict XVI
do! It does us no good to simply note that "Abp." Zollitsch is fully
in communion with "Pope" Ratzinger; rather we must understand
this manifest heretic
remains happily in full communion with him! And (to mix clichés)
these are cans of worms that Michael Matt won't touch with a ten
apologist attempts to make the ridiculous alibi that perhaps the
"Pope" didn't know about the interview, let us note that 1. The
interview took place in Germany, Benedict's native country, so he
would have been familiar with the news; 2. He certainly knew of Bishop Williamson's
controversial "Holocaust" interview and dealt with it swiftly and decisively
(maybe this is an example of Benedict's own "selective anathema"); and
3. There are plenty of people around the world like Mr. Matt who
would have made the incident known to "His Holiness." No reasonable
person honestly believes Benedict didn't know, and neither would he
make such a foolish argument.
Hence, the rule of thumb in the counterfeit church is this:
Questioning the details of a secular dogma can bring down upon one's
head Benedict's wrath and stern calls to "recant" one's "errors,"
while openly denying a central dogma of the Catholic Faith won't
provoke so much as a word of displeasure from this "successor to St.
Peter." Such is the depth to which things have fallen, when this is
the exception to the rule, but rather the
for Benedict, and when this is kept in mind it becomes truly
laughable in a tragicomic sort of way that anyone could for an
instant seriously think this man is going to restore the Church or
has even the slightest desire to do so. This hailing of Benedict is
a form of collective insanity that has far too many otherwise
reasonable people under its sway.
It's disturbing to think that Michael Matt is so gullible as to
believe that such a man as Benedict XVI is a friend of Tradition,
when the truth is so clear when one removes his blinders. More
disturbing is that in April 2005, Mr, Matt fitted
for the blinders by hailing the Ratzinger election just months after
publishing an article from his
lead writer, Christopher Ferrara, entitled "Ratzinger Personally
Neo-Modernist Bishop." There Mr. Ferrara summed up the situation
only friend in the Vatican” has struck again. More and more it
becomes apparent that this man is perhaps the most industrious
ecclesial termite of the post-conciliar epoch, tearing down even as
he makes busy with the appearance of building up. The longer
Ratzinger “guards” Catholic doctrine, the more porous the barriers
that protect it become.
(Emphasis added. Click
for full article)
Here the Remnant has provided "Cardinal" Ratzinger's modus
operandi: tearing down
even as he makes busy with the appearance of building up. And this is exactly
what the man continues to do as "Pope" Ratzinger. If he
really changed for the better after his election as Pope, which is what
Messrs. Matt and Ferrara contend, wouldn't it make sense that he would
zealously defend the integrity of the Faith against someone like Robert
Zollitsch? What happened to that great charism they maintain he received
at that time? Why does he allow scandalous and thoroughly unworthy men
(some of whom he himself chose) to remain in positions of power, where
they continue to cause much harm to souls? And what about his own
scandalous and apostate acts, such as praying like a Muslim in Turkey's
Blue Mosque? Or is that an example his "charism" in action? How much
more can the Remnant excuse away?
When viewed in this context it is clear that such acts as Summorum
Pontificum and the lifting of the SSPX's excommunications are simply
cases where he makes busy
with the appearance of building up.
Let us pray that Messrs. Matt and Ferrara finally face facts, quit
wasting their time aiding the phony restoration, and use their skills to
fight that most
industrious ecclesial termite and his underlings.
Medjugorje 'spiritual director' quits over sex claim
"The priest who helped to turn the Bosnian town of Medjugorje into one
of the Catholic Church's most visited shrines has left the priesthood
after being investigated by the Vatican. Fr Tomislav Vlasic, the former
"spiritual director" to six visionaries who claim that the Virgin Mary
visited them nearly 40,000 times over 28 years, has been laicized by
Pope Benedict XVI.
"The Franciscan was asked to leave the priesthood after the Vatican
began to investigate allegations that he was guilty of sexual immorality
with a nun, which he then covered up."
The 2009 DignityUSA Convention
"One of the principal clerical
speakers at the convention, the San Francisco resident, English Jesuit
Donal Godfrey said he was encouraged that San Francisco’s Archbishop
Niederauer continues to allow homosexuals to use Catholic Charities as a
conduit to adopt children, and regularly dines with an openly lesbian
officer of Catholic Charities and her 'partner.' Godfrey claimed that
pastor Fr. Xavier Lavagetto at the city’s St. Dominic’s church is 'open'
to homosexuality and that, at one of his retreats at Most Holy Redeemer,
Lavagetto was alleged to have said that he believes that Christ was
bisexual. Lavagetto has stated from the altar in St.
Dominic’s, that Our Lord, if He were on earth today, would welcome the
opportunity to march in San Francisco’s 'Gay Pride' parades."
(Above left: A sick man ministers to other sickos. Niederauer
gives communion to transvestite "nuns" of the Sisters of Perpetual
Indulgence, a mock religious order comprised mainly of "gay" men.
Niederauer, a 2005 appointee of Benedict XVI was a notorious homophile
prior to being chosen by the "Pope," a dubious distinction he continues
in San Francisco, where he's pushed sodomite causes and praised the vile
pro-sodomite propaganda film,
as "powerful." He remains one of the most contemptible members of the
Novus Ordo hierarchy, where despite his scandalous activities he remains
firmly ensconced with the full blessing of his promoter and the alleged
champion of Catholic Tradition, "Pope" Joseph Ratzinger. Need
proof? Niederauer's communion to pervs occurred back on Rosary Sunday,
Oct. 7, 2007 and to date there has been not the mildest protest from
Modernist Rome, much less the outright condemnation and disciplinary
measures that such an act warrant. Moral of the story: It is perfectly
permissible in the Conciliar Church to give communion to flagrant
homosexuals who dress in mockery of women who have consecrated their
lives to God.)
betrayal in a mosque
Benedict: The Crusades were 'misunderstandings'
"Among those 'misunderstandings' should be included all the Crusades,
the battles of Lepanto, Vienna and Belgrade among many others, and the
large number of martyrs who lost their lives giving testimony to their
Faith, murdered by the followers of Mohammed."
The Crisis in the Church Have you ever asked: How
could this have happened?
"The European periti, who easily imposed their theories upon their
bishops, were deeply imbued with the errors of Teilhardism and
“situation ethics.” These errors, which ultimately destroy all divine
faith and morality and all respect for constituted authority, make the
individual the center and judge of all truth and morality, irrespective
of what the Church teaches. Disrespect for all authority, divine and
human, is the fruit of this evil root. As the Council developed, some of
the original, somnolent American bishops caught this fire from their
alert and more liberal European counterparts. Most of the “conservative’
American laity, following their second-rate periti, were quick to join
the revolutionary bandwagon, to bring about whatever their mentors
Rabbi: Prior to Vatican II the Catholic Church taught errors about the
"There still is resistance to the new teachings in some traditional
Catholic circles, still much work to be done to erase old ideas. But two
generations of Catholic children have been taught in many schools and
churches that Jews are still the people of God’s covenant, and that
anti-Semitism is sinful in the eyes of the Church. They study the
history of the Holocaust. To be sure, the Shoah was a factor in this
For the Novus Ordo Church to say that the Jews have their own path to
salvation because they are the "people of the Covenant" is a denial of
our Lord's sacrifice, which is God's new testament or
Jews, like all other people, are obliged to accept Christ if they wish
to be saved, for his sacrifice is the one that supersedes all the animal
sacrifices of the old law;
to say otherwise is to deny Christ.
& Congress of World Religions
The Vision of Shared Moral Values
"I come from the Middle East and therefore I prefer to sit in a pyramid
– a better symbol than the Tower of Babel, which stands for people's
inability to understand each other." With these words Israeli president
Shimon Peres voiced his approval of the venue in the Kazakhstan capital
of Astana where the 'Congress of World Religions' was held on 1 and 2
"Over 500 members of all major religions from 35 different countries
responded to the invitation, among them representatives of various
Christian confessions such as Catholics, Russian-Orthodox and
Protestants, along with Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists and
From the pyramidal Palace of Peace & Reconciliation venue to the
religious indifferentism abounding inside, this event was Masonic to the
core. Naturally, Modernist Rome's delegates would feel right at home;
geographically they may have been far from Assisi, but in terms of a
"vision of shared moral values" with false religions, it could have been
right next door. Peres' allusion to the Tower of Babel was right on
target, though in a sense different from what he intended. The biblical
tower was the creation of the peoples of the ancient world, who sought
to build so high as to reach Heaven, but in the end were sent away in
confusion by God for their wayward ambition. The efforts of the Congress
of Religions will likewise fail, because God will not honor the efforts
of a band of false religions that put themselves on par with or even
above the One True Church He established as the only Ark of Salvation.
"'Some are thoughtless. Some are persuaded the
Church should be changed. Some just flow with the tide. Some
are motivated by money. And then there are those who serve
other masters. That was the case with Bugnini...'
"I was startled. Not because ofwhathe
said, because it is an old allegation, but because ofthe
wayhe said it, as if it
was something settled, beyond discussion.
"'Of course, I have heard that,' I said, 'but why do
you say it so bluntly, as if it were certain? I thought it was just an
"'It is certain,' he said. 'At least, as certain as
anything can be in this world. He went to a meeting in the Secretariat
of State, with his briefcase. It was in 1975. Later that evening, when
everyone had gone home, a monsignor found the briefcase Bugnini had left
behind. The monsignor decided to open it to see who the owner was. And
when he opened it, he found letters inside addressed to Bugnini, as to a
brother, from the Grand Master of Italian Freemasonry....'"
Chicago 'Archdiocese' to pay nearly $4M
to victims' families "The Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $3.9 million to six
survivors of sexual abuse by priests. In announcing the settlement
Tuesday, the archdiocese also released a bishop's deposition that
detailed the church's failure to report the crimes and attempts to
keep them secret."
Preferring secular fables to Divine Truth
Conciliar Church admits to being 'a
climate change sinner'
"The Catholic Church has confessed it is one of the biggest carbon
emission sinners in Australia. Catholic Earthcare, the organization
set up in 2002 by bishops to advise the church on environmental
issues, admitted the Australian Catholic church has a carbon
footprint dwarfing other major organizations."
is at it again!
Oscar Wilde newly embraced by the 'Catholic Church'
"First it was Harry Potter, and now the Vatican is
attempting a reconciliation with Oscar Wilde. The late Irish playwright
and famous wit was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church shortly
before he died, but until recently had been considered something of a
degenerate by church officials."
(Left, the modern, paganish tomb of Oscar Wilde at Paris'
celebrated Pere Lachaise Cemetery. As originally carved, the naked
"angel" figure was graphically male, but later neutered by vandals.
A niche contains the ashes of one of Wilde's 'gay' lovers.
Would anyone looking at the monstrosity believe a Catholic was interred
Wilde scandalized Victorian England when he was the center of a series
of sensational trials and later imprisoned for "gross indecency"
with young men. He was received into the Catholic Church on his death
bed, though there is some question as to whether he was lucid enough to convert
as he was suffering with cerebral meningitis and was semi-comatose when
visited by the Irish Passionist priest, Fr. Cuthbert Dunne. He was
unable to receive Holy Communion and could only nod and silently mouth
words after the priest. Certainly we hope he saved his soul and there is
reason to believe he had a sincere desire to turn from his evil and
embrace the Faith (see link below). Nevertheless, there is that large
question mark hovering over his last hours that is a reminder of why the
Church has always urged the sinner to make his/her peace with God well
in advance of when the
moment arrives. His life should be
viewed primarily as a cautionary tale for he was no St. Mary Magdalene
who spent years in profound penance to attain great sanctity, but the Vatican is all but celebrating
it and that is quite condemnable.
Particularly offensive and intellectually dishonest in the
article is this claim: "Oscar Wilde was a man constantly looking for the
beautiful and the good, but also for a God that he never challenged,
respected and who he fully embraced after his dramatic experience of
jail, concluding with his communion in the Catholic Church." In truth
challenge God with his debauchery,
which is why he was justly convicted and sentenced to prison; indeed, he
challenged Him in a way the Holy Scripture say
cry out to Heaven for vengeance.
Also, there's the supreme understatement of him having been considered
"something of a degenerate." Wilde was a man who ruined life for his
wife and two sons by seeking to satisfy unnatural passions; by any
reasonable measure, that qualifies as very degenerate. (Above left,
Two victims of
Wilde's "victimless crimes": Domestic tranquility for
wife Constance and eldest son Cyril, along with second son Vyvyan [not
shown], was forever shattered by Oscar's secret life.)
once a beacon of orthodoxy, has become resemble nothing else than a
tawdry tabloid rag that constantly looks for new ways each week to shock
and insult Catholic sensibilities.
One more thing. Considering the pedophilic/pederast network that runs
deep throughout the Novus Ordo Church, could Wilde's penchant for young
have anything to do with
sudden admiration for him?
One is permitted to wonder.
"The thing that will
really shock people this time is simply seeing how many senior
church people in Dublin knew exactly what was going on," he said in
an interview. "They had so much evidence of the dangers these
priests were posing to children, but they just kept moving them on
to new parishes."
'Catholics' can't handle the truth
"Some things are beyond parody. In announcing that Barack Obama is
more Catholic than the pope, Newsweek takes the cake. The
piece, written by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for the magazine's Web
site, in anticipation of last week's presidential-papal meeting,
asserts: '(The pope and the president) politely disagree about
reproductive freedoms and homosexuality, but Catholics back home
won't care, because they know Obama's on their side. In fact,
Obama's agenda is closer to their views than even the pope's.'" (Left,
Townsend and Uncle Teddy) NOW Comments: While Benedict XVI is in no way a
Catholic (except in the sense of a fallen away one—regardless of what the likely well-intentioned writer of the
Free Republic column thinks), it is indeed laughable that Obama would be
considered more Catholic than anyone, as his entire philosophy is
the very antithesis of everything the Church has taught over the
millennia. Townsend, eldest daughter of the late Massachusetts U.S.
Senator and presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel,
is the former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and a leftwing Democratic
politician, so it's no surprise that she's an ardent Obama supporter.
What is a bit surprising, however, is thatthe Newsweek staff,
even with all it's liberal bias, would publish a column that's so
illogical on the face of it. Surely, Obama's lamentable visit to Notre
Dame has emboldened such rhetoric as Townsend's. In fact, she shows
herself lacking a grasp of the fundamental teachings of the Church into
which she was baptized long before Vatican II, when she approvingly
alludes to the UND visit. The Free Republic columnist has this to say on
Here, Townsend joins an Obama work
already in progress. When Obama spoke at Notre Dame's commencement
he declared, "The ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily
admits doubt. It is the belief in things not seen." It was his
reworking of Hebrews 11:1, which reads, "Faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith isn't a
belief. It's a substance. It's evidence, as the words of Scripture
say. As one priest wrote, after the speech, in his diocesan paper:
"Faith leads not to doubt, nor merely to subjective conviction, but
to objective truth discoverable through revelation and grace."
Obama can perhaps be excused for not
knowing the New Testament very well, as it isn't his scripture, no
matter how much he tries to wear the mask of being a Christian. Townsend,
of course, should know better, but once she gave up her Faith for
a phony "social gospel," her interpretation of the true Gospels
necessarily went south. Simply put, there is no common ground between
the Church and those who promote abortion, euthanasia, "gay rights,"
socialism, etc (that is, pretty much the entire platform of the
"I have much respect for Detective [Kevin] Hughes.
He's certainly been gracious in his correspondence with me over the past
several years. At the same time, he's obviously very careful not to
divulge anything that could compromise the investigation. Of course,
this leaves a lot to the imagination, but (as I asserted in a previous
column) based on other credible sources, I'm fairly certain I know who
the 'person of interest' is. And I doubt said person — a Caucasian,
Catholic man under the age of 50 who no longer lives in the Madison,
Wis., area — is a big fan of the detective."
Open Appeal to Mel Gibson
The Devil's Lethal Weapon
"We implore Mel Gibson to quit being a Henry VIII and return to his
roots, both faith and family. While one must take responsibility and
accountability for one's mistakes - no matter how expensive such might
be and with Mel it very well could be the most expensive divorce
settlement in Hollywood history, and that's going some! - there is still
time for him to redeem himself and his marriage. For just as Mel fooled
all the pundits with his masterpiece,
The Passion of The Christ
five years ago, it's time for a rebirth of that Mel, time for him to be
contrite, to put away the harlot that came between he and his wife of 29
years, Robyn. He should grovel at the feet of the love of his life who,
in Mel's own words, he called 'his rock'.…"
Victims advocacy group faces financial
crisis "A lay Catholic group founded in the worst days of the
church's clergy sex abuse scandal said Monday it may be forced to cease
operations because of a downturn in donations. Leaders of Voice of the
Faithful sent out a fundraising letter Monday to members saying it is
'at the crossroads of financial survival and needs $60,000 by the end of
the slippery slope to apostasy
Vatican paper gives thumbs up to Harry Potter film
"It took a while, but the Vatican has finally come around to giving
Harry Potter its blessing. The Vatican newspaper gave a favorable review
to the latest film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after giving
the lead character a decisive thumbs down in the past.
"The review said the new film 'reaches the right
balance,' thanks to a 'a clear line of demarcation between those who
work for good and
those who carry out evil.' The Osservatore Romano
called it "the best film of the series" even though the books lacked
what it called 'a reference to the transcendent.' Only last year, an
article in the paper called Harry Potter 'a wrong model of a hero.'"
Says Catholic Church
has no 'privilege'
XVI encourages religious freedom in Mexico
"Mexico's new ambassador to the Vatican, Hector Federico Ling
Altamirano, met with Pope Benedict on Friday morning to present his
letters of credence and discuss the state of his country. The Holy
Father spoke with Ling about the nature of religious freedom, and
praised the end of the death penalty and efforts to protect the
unborn.…In his remarks to Ambassador Ling, the Holy Father spoke about
the nature of religious freedom, saying, 'The truth is that religious
freedom is not just one more right among many others, nor a privilege
claimed by the Catholic Church. ... It belongs to the essence of each
individual, of each people and each nation.'"
For Benedict to say that the Catholic Church has no special claim to
religious liberty over and above the other
religions smacks of denying the dogma that the Church is the One True
Church instituted by Jesus Christ for the salvation of souls
and outside of which there is no salvation. Is it wrong for the Church
to seek a privileged status over other religions? Hardly. To cite but
one of many examples, in his
encyclical to the bishops of the United States,
Longinqua, Pope Leo XIII, while praising
how the Catholic Church in the America enjoyed freedom to worship and
proselytize without government interference, went on to add that
"she would bring forth more abundant fruits if, in addition to
liberty, she enjoyed
the favor of the laws and the patronage of the public authority
given task of reconciling the Lefebvrists
"With the publication of the 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum
Pontificum, which freed the use of the older form of the Roman Rite,
commentators expected it would only be a matter of time before the
Ecclesia Dei commission would be subsumed into the larger CDF.
"Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the CDF,
to be president of Ecclesia Dei. He also named Mgr Guido Pozzo, the
assistant secretary of the International Theological Commission and a
member of the CDF, as Ecclesia Dei's new secretary."
No kidding, Sherlock! California 'bishop': 'We have lost the sense of sin' "Since the Second Vatican Council and the cultural revolution of the
1960’s, the Sacrament of Penance has experienced a decline. We can list
many reasons but I don’t think one of them is that we have stopped
sinning! I think in our permissive society we have lost the sense of
Maybe "Bishop" Walsh should have referred to "our permissive
because the real root of the problem isn't society—as
rotten as it undoubtedly is in many ways—but
the counterfeit church's
trivialization of sin. One of the clearest
evidences of the destructive direction taken in this regard by the false
post-Vatican II reform is in terminology, such as changing mortal (that
to the soul) sin to merely "serious" sin.
"Wafergate, as some are calling the flap over
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's handling of a communion
wafer during the funeral for former governor general Roméo
LeBlanc, is a true Canadian controversy.
"It touches on this country's history, a major part of which
was steeped in Catholicism, as well as its future as a
country transformed by multiculturalism. There once was a
time when you could assume that anyone attending a Catholic
mass would be, well, Catholic. That is no longer the case.
"At least Harper is Protestant. Someday there might be a
prime minister attending a state funeral in a church who is
not even Christian. Certainly there are some current and
former cabinet ministers who might have no idea what to do
if they happened to be offered communion during a Roman
"Harper's staff say the prime minister consumed the wafer,
although video footage is ambiguous on the matter. That the
issue has become a controversy at all reflects a sorry lack
of foresight by those who should have known better."
The flap over Harper
receiving Novus Ordo communion (which is
to be Catholic Holy Communion) is instructive for more than one reason.
Prior to Vatican II non-Catholics were never allowed to receive Holy
Communion. This policy still can be seen at traditional Catholic
churches today. A situation such as was witnessed in New Brunswick
simply doesn't happen at a Requiem Mass offered by a real Catholic
priest. Rather, when it is known that Protestant relatives and friends
of the deceased will be attending, Holy Communion is not received at
Mass; instead, Catholics are notified that they can receive the Blessed
Sacrament sometime before the Requiem starts. Unlike true Catholic
requirements for worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist (such as being
in a state of grace, observing the Eucharistic Fast, being a Catholic, etc.), the false Church allows non-Catholics to receive
under certain circumstances. This was very notably seen at John Paul
II's funeral, where "Cardinal" Joseph Ratzinger gave communion to
the Protestant founder of the French "ecumenical" community of Taizé.
set off more conservative members of the Conciliar Church in Canada was
Harper was given communion in
hand, for rather than immediately consuming it, he held onto it, leading
some to believe he placed it either in his pocket or his program. Now
whether he really ate it or not is secondary to the point that there
as to what he did with the wafer. Communion in hand is often described
by some wishful thinkers as a "liturgical
abuse" that goes against what the "Holy Father" wants.
(People who sincerely believe that are duped by photos and videos of
Benedict XVI or John Paul II placing communion on tongues. These
"proofs" are nothing of the sort, since they omit (sometimes selectively)
occasions where the same "Popes" can be seen distributing communion in
right, John Paul II
places a host in the hands of a schoolgirl; for Benedict XVI in action, go to the
Schutz link above). The absolute bottom line is this:
Despite a long history of widespread outrages, at no time
has the practice of communion in hand ever been prohibited by Modernist
Rome (though they claim this same communion to be the Body of Christ),
but on the contrary, it has been given direct approval through the
example of the Vatican II "Popes".
of visual horror" The
Cult of Ugliness in American churches
'"Look at some of our newest churches and cathedrals. Many of
them are stunning and awesome — no, not for their homage to
tradition and the Catholic sense of beauty. They are stunning and
awesome in their utter inhumanity, their complete lack of scale,
their thorough and total sterility, and their horrifying
proportions.…Like the gaping mouth of the pagan, child-sacrificing
furnaces of Moloch, some of our new churches will consume their
people in holocausts of visual horror. I venture to say that one or
two of these ecclesial 'worship spaces' are some of the most
terrifying pieces of architecture to have ever been accomplished by
and for modern Catholics.…" (Above left:
Looking all the world like a room used for group therapy sessions,
this is actually a Novus Ordo chapel in Toledo, OH)
The Wanderer's 'Fr. Z.' roundly applauds
Swiss 'bishop' promotes Benedict's phony 'hermeneutic of continuity'
"A reader sent me the following from the
website of the Diocese of Basel, Switzerland. His Excellency Most
Rev. Kurt Koch has weighed in with comments in a rather highly amped
German-language speaking environment. As you know there is a lot of
tension right now in the German-speaking areas over traditional
expressions of Catholicism."
"Fr." John Zuhlsdorf is a thoroughly Novus Ordo cleric with
traditional leanings who has a column in The Wanderer* and
his own blogsite, "What does the prayer really say?" (often
abbreviated as WDTPRS). He lives in Rome, and while we don't know
how close he works with Modernist Rome, we do know he is an avid
proponent of the entire "hermeneutic of continuity" myth that
Benedict XVI has used as a selling point in attracting weak and
weary traditional Catholics to the counterfeit Church.
Knowing this about "Fr. Z." (as he calls himself), it comes as no
surprise that he should be promoting the position of Kurt Koch, the
Conciliar "Bishop" of Basel, Switzerland, who writes in his July
newsletter that there was no break from Tradition with Vatican II
and defends Benedict XVII against detractors as follows:
worst accusation asserts that the Pope wishes to
go back to before the Second Vatican Council.
This accusation is the worst because it implies that the very
person who possesses the teaching authority of the universal
Church would work to undermine the authority of the council.
This verdict, however, would be completely mistaken. As a young
theologian, in fact, Benedict XVI contributed very much to the
council. [And, as a young theologian he
also criticized some aspects of the Council’s documents.]
(Original emphasis—"Fr. Z.'s" comments are in red)
What Koch refers to as a terrible
"accusation" against the "Pope" is, of course, precisely that for
which wishful thinkers such as the bishops of the Society of St.
Pius X, the Transalpine Redemptorists and the Christopher Ferraras
of the world ardently long and that they have deluded themselves
into thinking is a goal toward which Benedict is tirelessly working.
But those who believe this, regardless of whether they support or
oppose it, are gravely mistaken, for in 1985 Benedict (the then
"Cardinal" Ratzinger) came down hard against this sort of
restoration, in part because it goes against his claim there was
rupture between no pre-conciliar
and post-conciliar Church. Ratzinger's comments go back to his premise that
the only restoration is to remove the "false" interpretations and
implementations of the Council (which is absurd on the face of it
given that this direction is precisely the one led by Paul VI and
the bishops who were at Vatican II and took it back to their diocese
and continued and further ratified by the two John Pauls). Ratzinger
by "restoration" is meant a turning back, no restoration of such
kind is possible. The Church moves forward toward the
consummation of history, she looks ahead to the Lord who is
coming. No, there is no going back, nor is it possible to go
back. Hence there is no "restoration" whatsoever in this sense.
But if by restoration we understand the search for a new
balance after all the exaggerations of an indiscriminate opening
to the world, after the overly positive interpretations of an
agnostic and atheistic world, well, then a restoration
understood in this sense (a newly found balance of orientations
and values within the Catholic totality) is altogether desirable
and, for that matter, is already in operation in the Church.
(Vittorio Messori, ed., The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive
Interview on the State of the Church, San Francisco, CA:
Ignatius Press, 1985), pp. 37-38; italics in original.)
This is why Benedict's strategy of
offering to the SSPX and likeminded sorts the poison of a "hybrid
Mass" baked into the Summorum Pontificum cake makes perfect
sense from his view of acceptable "restoration." As noted here
before, that motu and it's accompanying letter made it clear that
not only would John XXIII's adulterated 1962 Missal be the
furthest back one could go if one sought to be in good standing with
the counterfeit church's establishment, but that that missal itself
would be subject to changes that involve grafting parts of the "new
Mass" into it, as well as Benedict's own revisions of prayers (such
as his version of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews). This goes
along with his Modernist view of a Church and liturgy that change with the
times ("moves forward").
We included the quote from "Fr. Z.," who
felt compelled to add the following response to Koch's noting of the
contribution of the progressive Fr. Ratzinger at the Council: "And,
as a young theologian he also criticized some aspects of the
Council’s documents." In truth, however, Ratzinger's
criticisms can be likened to those of members regicidal ruling junta
of the 1789 French Revolution, who objected to certain revolutionary
policies, such as the Reign of Terror, while nevertheless affirming
their allegiance to the anti-altar, anti-throne Revolution. (It
significant in this regard to recall how at the time of Council
"Cardinal" Leo Suenens, a Modernist ally of Ratzinger's, approvingly
said that "Vatican II is the French Revolution of the Church" and
Ratzinger himself later followed suit, stating that Gaudium et
spes, the Conciliar Constitution on the Church in the Modern
World, "represents on the part of the Church, an attempt at official
reconciliation with the new era inaugurated in 1789.")
*Note: The Wanderer, for the uninitiated, is a
conservative Novus Ordo newspaper published in St. Paul, MN. It
began as a real Roman Catholic publication by Joseph Matt in 1867, serving
a German language publication geared to combat inroads Masonic
newspapers were having with German-American Catholics in the region
(the first English edition didn't come out until 1931). Ithas remained in the Matt family to the present. There was,
however, a family rift due to the Second Vatican Council. Wikipedia
Through the Vatican II years, a
dispute over the Council led to Walter Matt leaving The
Wanderer to his brother, Alphonse Matt, Sr. In 1967,
The Remnant, was founded by
Walter Matt. As The Wanderer states, "For The Wanderer,
the council was not a rejection or an abandonment of tradition,
but a development of that tradition, safeguarded for 2,000 years
by the Holy Spirit, to better enable the Church to continue to
bring the gospel to all men." (See
The Wanderer (newspaper) - Wikipedia)
Of course, since the election of
that great "friend of Tradition," Benedict XVI,
The Remnant's opposition to Vatican II has all
but disappeared (as it must, since their "Pope" supports it),
leading it to adopt an editorial policy that all but mirrors that of
its big brother,The Wanderer.In fact there is
precious little at this point preventing a reunion of the two, as
they differ in not much more than name, format, staff and
subscriber lists. Oh, and The Remnant may have a bit more of a
preference for the Latin Mass and is more pro-SSPX, but that's about it.
"In their first meeting, President Obama and Pope Benedict agreed to
disagree on abortion and stem cell research. The entire Obama family,
including the President's mother-in-law, met with the pontiff in his
official residence, the Vatican's Apostolic Palace."
The idea that they agreed to disagree distracts from the understanding
that these two men agree on more than many think. For example, 'Pope"
Ratzinger's encyclical, of which Obama received a copy, is very much in
line with some of the purported President's thinking (see coverage of
the encyclical immediately beneath the feature on Msgr. Fenton). Even the points of
disagreement are far less important to the "Pontiff" than is reported.
Benedict was totally
in May when Obama received an honorary law degree from Notre Dame
University, and that at a time when many pro-life Novus Ordo members
were risking arrest by protesting at the university. As the old Latin
saying goes, Qui tacet consentire videtur (He who is silent
seems to consent"). If ever there was an instance where speaking out was
obligatory, raising a voice against what UND was doing, that would be it.
Benedict's silence is tantamount to approval of the scandal and this
cannot easily be explained away by his defenders. Bottom line: The
"Pope" has no problem honoring, exchanging gifts with and
bestowing his "blessing" a man who
Remembering Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton: A Champion of
7 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Monsignor Joseph
Clifford Fenton, one of the preeminent theologians of 20th Century
America. He was trained at the Angelicum in Rome, where he did his
doctoral dissertation under the revered theologian, Father Reginald
Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. Msgr. Fenton taught at the Catholic
University of America, where one of his students was the earliest
and most significant opponents of the Modernist post-Vatican II
establishment, Father Francis Fenton (no relation). In addition he
was an author and for two decades of the American Ecclesiastical
At Vatican II he
was an advisor to Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, where they were part
of the resistance against the false reforms. The Modernist periti
recognized Msgr. Fenton
as a formidable opponent and he is mentioned by name by Hans Küng in
the book, My Struggle for Freedom, as a "reactionary" (read
orthodox Catholic) with close ties to Vatican under Pope Pius
Below is an
article that incorporates quotes from an article of Msgr. Fenton's
from 1962 cautioning priests of his day not to presume that the
Council necessarily must succeed. This is a writing of particular
significance as it suggests he knew that forces were afoot to stage
a hostile takeover of Vatican II. Give his connections in the Curia,
this is altogether likely.
Please pray for the soul of this stalwart defender of Catholic
truth, as he likely isn't remembered as much as those who have
passed away more recently
1962 Warning: Vatican II May
said that many 'imagine that the Council will automatically be a
success, and that, as a result, there is no particular need of any
prayers for the attainment of the ends for which it was conceived
and summoned. Many seem to have imagined that the calling of an
ecumenical council was like pushing a magic button, which would
automatically and painlessly do away with all of the difficulties
being faced by the true Church of Jesus Christ during the second
half of the 20th Century. And, as is obvious from a study of the
history of previous general councils, and from the consideration of
the very nature of the Catholic Church, it is plain that there could
be no more serious misconception. The fact of the matter is that the
success of the ecumenical council really depends on the
effectiveness and the ardor of the prayers of the Faithful.'"
"The pontiff focuses on moral dimensions of markets, globalization,
consumerism, environmental protection, the role of technology, workers'
rights and more. To call the document sweeping is an understatement."
NOW Comments: The issuance of Caritas in veritate
("Charity in truth") brings to the world a
document that lacks in both charity and truth. Despite attempts by
conservatives in the Novus Ordo Church to put a good spin on the
encyclical (somewhat understandable given Benedict's doubletalk
throughout}, it's rotten to the core, calling for "a greater degree of
international ordering" from a global political authority "as envisaged
by the Charter of the United Nations." Now, the matrix of a one world
government is rapidly coming into view and it is one that ultimately
will be godless. And this atheistic element, though not always
pronounced, has been implicit in the plans of the internationalists
going back to the ratifying of UN Charter in 1945. This is perfectly
understandable given the heavy Communist-Socialist influence, even,
incredibly, in the
delegation from the United States which
was headed the traitorous Soviet spy, Alger Hiss.
Reality Check: "The advent of a Universal Republic, which is longed for by all the
worst elements of disorder, and confidently expected by them, is an idea
which is now ripe for execution. From this republic, based on the
principles of absolute equality of men and community of possessions,
would be banished all national distinctions, nor in it would the
authority of the father over his children, or of the public power over
the citizens, or of God over human society, be any longer acknowledged.
If these ideas are put into practice, there will inevitably follow a
reign of unheard-of terror."
— Pope Benedict XV, Bonum sane
(motu proprio on Saint Joseph, July 25, 1920)
NOW Comments: Considering the extent of Masonic infiltration in the Vatican it
would almost be more of a surprise if Bertone wasn't giving a
Fraternal greeting. Then there's this
troubling photo of
Benedict XVI meeting SSPX superior, Bishop Bernard Fellay.
shows its own infidelity at the same time
Vatican newspaper praises heresiarch John Calvin
"The Vatican newspaper Friday praised
influential French Protestant John Calvin, a critic of the Roman
Catholic Church, hailing him an 'extraordinary' figure. The
Osservatore Romano, on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth, said
it recognized the theologian as a Christian who had a major impact on
'Considering the strength of arguments against him, we think it
necessary to point out that Calvin is a Christian,' the daily paper said
of the man who played a major role in the Protestant Reformation of the
NOW Comments: Just one more bit of evidence to demonstrate the impious forces now
in place in Modernist Rome. In 1988 Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre [RIP]
made reference to the antichrists in the Vatican, and how right
he was. Today, however, they seem much more brazen than two decades ago.
now singing the praised of a man whose depraved teachings have led many
souls to Hell and were anathematized by the Council of Trent .
Cult praised by John Paul II
Grisly voodoo animal sacrifice in NY park
"For the past two days, visitors to a park in Staten Island's Fort
Wadsworth section have stumbled upon a gory mystery -- a mutilated
animal, possibly a dog or a goat, wrapped in a white sheet. Parkgoers found two such animals in Von Briesen Park yesterday and this
morning, city Parks Department officials confirmed. Several alluded to
Santeria, which blends elements of Yoruba, an African religion, with
Catholicism and involves animal sacrifice in some of its rituals."
John XXIII: Chronology of a Communist
At social functions in Paris, Roncalli was also frequently seen
socializing with the Soviet ambassador, M. Bogomolov, even though
Bogomolov's government had resumed its pre-war policy of brutal
extermination of Catholics in Russia.…
“I see no reason why a Christian could not vote for a Marxist if he
finds the latter to be more fit to follow such a political line and
(cited, Fr. Joaquin Arriaga,
The New Montinian Church,
Brea, Ca., p. 570).
"Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are
no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true
Pope Pius XI,
Quadragesimo Anno (1931 encyclical)
"See to it, Venerable Brethren, that the Faithful
do not allow themselves to be deceived! Communism is intrinsically
wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may
collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever. Those who permit
themselves to be deceived into lending their aid towards the triumph
of Communism in their own country, will be the first to fall victims
of their error. And the greater the antiquity and grandeur of the
Christian civilization in the regions where Communism successfully
penetrates, so much more devastating will be the hatred displayed by
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