FATHER, BE PREPARED FOR MARTYROM INFLICTED ON YOU BY FRANCIS

Anarchy in VC

There are rumours circulating that an embattled, deceitful and thoroughly discredited pontificate – at least discredited among faithful Catholics following events carefully – seeks to draw the clergy of the Holy Catholic Church, by coercive means, into a new vow of obedience in particular to Pope Francis and his own ‘unique’ Magisterium. I shudder at such rumours.

Are these rumours true? We do not yet know. How do such rumours evolve? Who wishes these things to circulate? Are they credible? Should it be taken seriously? Only the last question can I answer and only with an opinion. I fear so. I believe clergy have reason, based on their own observation of five years of laughably less than transparent conduct within the Vatican, to be on the alert at least. The new rumour suggests that this pontificate – one in which the use of reason as a faculty has already been ‘taken down a peg or two’ during the intra-ecclesial ‘dialogue’ concerning Amoris Laetitia – is considering the nuclear option of going for broke and enforcing loyalty to a dictatorship of relativism in the Vatican. Would that really be surprising? Not really.

But would Francis contemplate going down that road? He has already said ‘I might be the Pope who splits the Church’, a throwaway comment that made it sounds like splitting the Church and causing global schism was a bit like ordering food at a Roman trattoria. ‘I might have the cod, or I might have the steak. Oh no, I think I might split the Catholic Church instead.’ That this pontificate has sclerotic, schizophrenic but, most pointedly, psychotic tendencies has become quite apparent over the course of time, not that the Church has never seen ‘psycho Popes’ before. Anarchy rules in Rome. Yet, there is more than simply this to understand about this papacy, since there is simultaneously the most aggressive and to some extent the most effective and consolidated PR campaign in Church history going on, even as I type, and it is in the complete and total service of the Pope and his reputation. Christ our Lord is not a major beneficiary of this extensive publicity campaign, but we have after five years expected very little to come from the Vatican that lauds and honours the Church’s Lord and Head.

As ‘M.A Colonna’s’ The Dictator Pope made clear, the most disquieting aspect of this pontificate isn’t simply that this Pope is something of a thug, with contempt for his critics, for if he were only a thug, the whole world could see it, but rather that this pontificate seems to involve a mafia boss, one desperate to consolidate his power base while living among his enemies, who manages to twist and discredit the message of Jesus Christ while appearing to the majority of the world as a very kind man who is nice to the poor, who kisses babies and visits the sick, imprisoned and elderly, thus making him appear to be saintly and all the while doing it with a cameraman by his side, you know, like all the Saints did.

The truth is that real mafia bosses do not need to go to such great lengths to reinforce the image of their inherent goodness to all and sundry. Such men display greater sincerity perhaps than Francis, because, in fact, they are feared because they are dangerous, not because they appear dangerously virtuous to the public, while being cruel and scheming in secret. Within the walls of the Vatican, Francis is feared because he is terrible and has grown powerful, not because people are afraid that he might drop round and kiss their sick grandmother. In truth, no good deed of Pope Francis goes undocumented now, and hasn’t for five years, because such deeds are clearly needed to reinforce a PR message that the Pope is wonderful and beyond reproach. It all serves as wonderful cover and camouflage for a man seemingly without much faith in the actual words or mission of Our Lord to save souls and bring the Truth to those who need it, whether they wish for it, or not and even better cover for a psychopath to abuse his Office. If I were to suggest one reason why The Dictator Pope has the Francis Team worried, it is that such a document puts something of a break on the canonization attempts that will be a natural consequence and reaction to the day when His Holiness dies. For his changes to be permanent, the mafia need Francis to stay relatively unblemished in the eyes of most of the Church so that his changes can receive ‘sanctification’ with his reputation for mercy.

Outside of the circus of the Vatican, Francis is inviting the poor to the circus

And yet, even as Francis’s canonization day remains a possibility – could it be the date of his annual address to the Curia? – there is another aspect to this pontificate which has become stridently clear. Criticism – even stinging criticism, even criticism that rebukes the thuggery involved in this most unique of pontificates, even criticism that levels charges of corruption against Francis’s allies, or against Francis himself, is dealt with by a stunning reaction of near total silence, silence from those who should be in some way embarrassed or ashamed. It is almost as if no amount of truth or scandal can hurt those who now enjoy the benefits of power.

A lesson in psychological warfare

Those who have taken over the house at the Vatican obviously understand that if you really want to annoy your critics, if you really want to anger people who only wish to see a modicum of natural justice flourish in the Church, you ignore them. That’s worse than ripping people’s hearts out while they are breathing because you are doing it spiritually, not physically. The Francis pontificate is a valuable political and military lesson in both psychological warfare and torture. Whether it is a petition, or a Cardinal in an interview, a dubia, or an article, or allegation, the best strategy is to ignore whatever they are saying – never address what they are saying or asking. Ensure that those who you consider, with contempt, your enemies – and treated with overwhelming indifference so that they feel irrelevant and unheard, while repeating your own message. What is that message? The Pope is changing the Church regardless of what Christ taught but God doesn’t mind and by the way, ‘Isn’t the Pope great?’

Now, in the first instance, it is clear that TeamFrancis are a little, but perhaps only marginally concerned at such things as blogs, or news sites that cover with attention to detail the obvious apostasies and sublime villainy going in the Vatican with a degree of support from the man Francis himself, but the only thing they really fear is a mass awakening within the Church not only to the reality of the conduct and character of the fraud Jorge Mario Bergoglio and his mafia, which should by now have entered into the realms of infamy, but a reawakening of the Church and Her children to the Lord Jesus Himself and His Infallible Doctrines, to Her glorious liturgy and worship and the proclamation of the message of the Salvation of souls.

For Pope Francis, his overwhelming desire (and the desire of those who surround him) seems to be to ensure that his personal reputation is impeccable even while insulting the faithful or castigating priests, or sacking good men, or instigating a global movement within the Church for abandoning Christ’s teachings in favour of his own, or selling out the Pontifical Academy for Life to globalist eugenicist monsters. In fact, one could say that the damage Francis does is contingent to his excellent PR team, and is perhaps dependent on it.

But the sheer level of deception that is going on during this pontificate is staggering, mind-blowing in fact, if you take into account that the push for the Kasper proposal which has wreaked such havoc already upon Jesus’s Church must surely have been planned well before Francis’s ascension to the Throne of Peter, because he talked about how wonderful Cardinal Kasper and his book was the very morning after his election, at his first Angelus. There was no waiting around. On day one of his pontificate, Francis was already stealthily undermining the Lord Jesus Christ and His teaching on divorce and remarriage and was busily prepping us for his earthquake Synod, at which the Bishops of the world were, like the Catholic faithful in general, ignored and the Kasper proposal, voted down by the Bishops, was retained by Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation by virtue of a single footnote.

One sect not averse to controversial oaths…

Smoke and mirrors

This pontificate is all about smoke and mirrors. Nothing is as it is presented to be. The Synod on the Family was the Synod on the Destruction of the Family. The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia was bereft of much that could be described as Apostolic. An oath to the ‘Magisterium’ of Pope Francis will, should it come about – not be an oath to Jesus Christ and His teachings, but more likely to the personal interpretation of the Gospel of the man, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has distanced himself from the Church’s tradition and distanced himself even from the Word of God. If Pope Francis doesn’t care if the entire faithful wake up and smell the coffee in terms of the fraud being perpetuated against them, he does care whether people realise this while he is Pope. This is probably the only thing Francis fears.

Will people realise? It is, sadly, not likely since far too many Catholics are disengaged and far too many would see no problem with apostasy, many would not even understand the relevance or meaning of the word in terms of their faith. Readers, you who are firm in the Faith of Christ, we need to be mentally equipped for a hard reality. Francis and his team have probably taken the Church’s pulse and it is likely he sees that it is so weak he can get away with anything. Take heart, we’ll always have Poland! Deo volente!

And yet, there is more to the Church’s most unfathomable Pope even than this, because even when it becomes increasingly apparent that Pope Francis is psychologically unstable, given to massive temper tantrums when his personal will is thwarted or contradicted, deals contemptuously and spitefully with those who work in his service and stands accused of allegedly using money from Peter’s Pence to support the campaign fund of his favoured political candidate during the US election, the abortion supporting Hillary Clinton, in the mainstream media Pope Francis finds very few critics.

This is because – or if I may posit a theory – wherever Christ is persecuted and sidelined, marginalised or dismissed from public life, even life within the Church, wherever He is treated with contempt, scorned and derided, all of his enemies will gather together and work together to achieve the outcome so wished for by His enemies, enemies spiritual in nature, enemies who once were angels and now are devils but who inspire those who have, through their willful rebellion against Almighty God, made themselves his servants.

The mass media – even some Catholic media organs – are deeply complicit in the covering up of the obvious personal defects and subtle doctrinal deviations of this Pope and  his overarchingly political agenda, not because they are blind to them wholly, but rather because he is serving their shared purpose, or rather the Devil’s purpose, in which they are only too happy to co-operate, namely the destruction of the Church from within and especially the destruction of Christian morals. Be honest, if you hated the Church and Her teachings, would you protest a bad or mad Pope who set out to undermine the very religion you hate? They do not want Christ, they do not want Christianity, they want it expunged from public life and if a faithless and rebellious Bishop or Rome does the groundwork for them within the Church they will be happy to stay silent, especially if he places himself and his personal virtue in opposition to the traditional Church and its traditional evils in the eyes of the world. We don’t, sadly, live in an age in which the Press are interested in upholding and serving the public with the truth, but an age in which the truth is manifestly resented and hated within public and private institutions, most notably in Government and in the Media, as well as within the Church herself.

Francis promised a ‘Conversion of the Papacy’, but Christ calls us to Conversion to Himself

From what I can see, Pope Francis, in terms of fulfilling the Office of the Papacy and doing what Popes are intended by the Lord Jesus to do, or even as what a faithful Catholic is called to do, is a complete and utter fraud, a fraud made all the more scandalous by the determined effort to appear to be such a wonderful Christian on camera, making his pontificate all the more destructive. By all accounts, by now his reputation should now be covered in ignominy, since there are so many accounts of his behaviour and his intentions to persecute those faithful to Christ are so obvious, but I suppose that is what makes the fraudulent and counterfeit look so real and yet be so fake; the effort in public to go in extreme in the opposite direction in which you are manifestly going in private, behind closed doors, as you scheme for the downfall of your enemies and plot your egocentric outmaneuvering of your enemies, yes even our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, whom you claim to serve in public, but whose doctrines you make it apparent you despise in private.

‘Pick-a-Scandal Papacy’: Now honouring an abortion activist 

Pope Francis has brought total anarchy to Vatican City and the institutions of the Church in Rome, his strange teaching wreaking havoc on everything he touches and he is visiting his anarchy upon the Church across the world. I pray very much that the rumour of an oath to attempt to put an end to the resistance to his desired interpretation of Amoris Laetitia is false, but it has got to that stage where it has become clear that those who do resist it are already being called by his favoured so-called  ‘theologians’, ‘dissenters’. How long will Francis tolerate dissent to his ‘new paradigm’? Will he go for broke and press the nuclear button?  What would a dictator Pope do, knowing that through a prestige marketing and PR campaign he could keep the majority of the media onside and rule by fear and by fiat an episcopate and clergy who can, he believes, be easily bullied into submission?

Pray for an end to the crisis in the Church, but whatever rank you occupy within the Church, to which the Lord has called you, pray for the endurance and courage to stand firm and publicly for Jesus Christ come what may. We may be approaching the Church’s darkest hour, but dawn will come and the Lord Jesus will eventually shed upon the current darkness his radiant light. Look towards Him and be radiant. Those who persevere until the end will receive the crown of life, but for now His servants must endure this bitter crown of thorns. Stay faithful, stay true, stay close to Him, for He will never fail you. Prepare for the worst that Francis can do, and prepare for the best, the very best, that which is beyond our comprehension, which the Lord has promised for He is with until the End of Time. Come, Lord Jesus! Victorious King!

Finally, I thoroughly concur with Fr John Hunwicke’s post on the Papal Oath of Fidelity, not for the clergy to ‘sign-up’ to whatever novelties the incumbent is preparing to unleash on Christ’s Church, but for the Pope himself to swear allegiance to Christ and to the Deposit of Faith entrusted to His servant and Vicar. It is claimed – though it is not claimed with certainty, that there was such an oath, worded as follows:

That would make a great start. But then again, I guess that even oaths, solemn oaths made in public, mean little if, in our hearts, we seek the destruction of the sacred tradition for some mysterious purpose, in which is advocated some alteration of the saving faith, the saving truth from God that is our glorious inheritance for the salvation of souls.


Pray for our Holy Mother the Church.

Comments

Brilliant analysis Bones of this evil in The Vatican.We have an anti-pope in charge causing mayhem and Heresy at every turn.It is so sad that the average Catholic doesn’t give a fig about what is going on in The Vatican-which is what one should expect from a dumbed down Church of Nice.The Catholic Faith hasn’t been taught in most places for about forty or fifty years.We should expect MOST Priests will go along with the filth that rules The Vatican(the people know nothing anyhow)and Faithful Catholics will move (i already have )to Tradition where strong Catholic Teaching and Catholic Purity is practisedLong live Tradition and Recusant Faith.However it is so sad,so sad.God Bless.
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GLORY BE TO THE FATHER AND TO THE SON AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

‘Smallest baby’ who only weighed as much as a chocolate bar celebrates amazing milestone

Little Manushi tipped the scales at just 14oz – the same weight as a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate – when she was born 12 weeks early

Manushi was born 12 weeks early in an emergency c-section (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

Meet the ‘smallest baby’ who only weighed as much as a bar of chocolate when she was born .

Little Manushi tipped the scales at just 14oz – the same weight as a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate – when she was born 12 weeks early.

The tiny tot measured just 8.6in long and is thought to be the smallest surviving baby ever born in Asia.

She was born early by emergency c-section when her mum’s blood pressure rocketed and the baby was in danger.

Her minuscule feet were no bigger than her dad’s thumbnail.

Little Manushi was the same size as a bar of chocolate when she was born(Image: Newslions / SWNS)

But Manushi was born not breathing, with underdeveloped lungs, heart, brain and kidneys and paper-thin skin.

Now, six months on, she is finally well enough to be discharged from hospital and went home on Thursday, weighing just 5.2lbs.

Delighted mum Seeta, 48, and dad Giriraj, 50, from Rajasthan, India, said she was their real-life miracle.

The proud parents added: “She’s just fought and fought and fought against all the odds, but she’s made it.”

Manushi’s parents have described her as their little miracle (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

Mum Seeta suffered dangerously high blood pressure during her pregnancy and an ultrasound revealed an absence of blood flow to the foetus.

She underwent a c-section on June 15, at 28 weeks, and Manushi was put on a ventilator and transferred to Jivanta Children’s Hospital NICU.

The tiny baby was given a 0.5% chance of survival without brain damage, and there was no reported survival of a baby weighing this small in India and South Asia.

Dr Sunil Janged, chief neo-natologist said: “When the baby was born, we were uncertain of what could happen.

Tiny Manushi’s foot was only the same size as her father’s thumbnail (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

“She was struggling to breathe, so was immediately put on advanced respiratory support ventilator to expand her tiny, immature lungs.

“She could not be fed adequately due to immaturity of her gut.

“We had to start the baby on total parenteral nutrition, which basically means giving all the essential nutrients such as amino acids, lipids, carbohydrates, minerals, multivitamins and trace elements directly into blood circulation.”

In her first few days Manushi actually she lost weight, but after seven weeks was able to start taking milk.

Manushi’s minute feet were so tiny when she was first born.
By seven-weeks-old she was able to start taking milk (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

She had blood transfusions and respiratory support.

But after 210 days in NICU she has been discharged and doctors said her brain is structurally normal and her eyes are developing as they should.

Dr S K Tak, head of paediatrics and Ananta Medical College in Rajasthan said: “It is the latest technology, high end equipment and expertise of the NICU team, which has given this phenomenal result.”

Normally, Manushi’s medical treatment would have cost 1,000,000 rupees – around £11,500 – but the hospital charged a nominal fee, due to her family’s low income.

Manushi shares a cuddle with her proud mum (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

Hospital director Dr Sunil Janged said: “We decided to save the life of the baby and offer her necessary medical care and attention because we wanted to send out a message that a girl child must be protected.

“In a state like Rajasthan where female infanticide is rampant, people have to come forward and take a step to end this evil practice.”

Dr Ajay Gambhir, former president of National Neonatology Forum of India added: “We are grateful to Seeta and her family.

“We appreciate them for setting a new example to the community.

Manushi was finally able to be discharged from hospital on Thursday (Image: Newslions / SWNS)

“In Rajasthan the girls [like this] are still considered a burden, and are thrown in the trash immediately after birth or are left in the orphanage.

“Seeta and the hospital staff treated this baby girl, despite her having negligible chance of survival.”

The smallest baby ever born is thought to be Emilia Grabarczyk, who was born weighing 229g – 8oz – in Witten, Germany, in 2015.

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SERVANTS OF THE TRUTH (BISHOPS) OUGHT TO SPEAK THE TRUTH

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St. Hilary, Bishop and Doctor

Posted: 12 Jan 2018 07:55 PM PST

In the early days and years of the Church, it was constantly persecuted by outside forces – sometimes by groups of Jews, frequently by the civil government – and that persecution continued until the conversion of the Emperor Constantine in the year 312. But scarcely had the days of bloody persecution ended, when there arose up within the Church a most dangerous enemy of another sort, Arianism. The heresy of Arianism denied the divinity of Christ; it was, in fact, hardly more than a form of paganism masquerading as the Christian Gospel. The smoldering strife soon flared into a mighty conflict endangering the whole Church; and its spread was all the more rapid and powerful because emperors, who called themselves Christian, proved its best supporters. Once again countless martyrs sealed in blood their belief in Christ’s divinity; and orthodox bishops who voiced opposition were forced into exile amid extreme privations.

Among the foremost defenders of the true faith stood Hilary. He belonged to a distinguished family and had received an excellent education. Though a married man, he was made bishop of Poitiers by reason of his exemplary life. It was not long before his valiant defense of the faith precipitated his exile to Phrygia. Here he composed his great work on the Blessed Trinity (in twelve books). It is a vigorous defense of the faith, which, he said, “triumphs when attacked.” Finally, after four years he was permitted to return to his native land. He continued his efforts, and through prudence and mildness succeeded in ridding Gaul of Arianism. Because of his edifying and illustrious writings on behalf of the true religion, the Church honors him as one of her doctors.

He wrote to his fellow bishops, “Be ready for martyrdom! Satan himself is clothed as an angel of light.” A favorite motto of St. Hilary was, “Servants of the truth ought to speak the truth.

Almighty, everlasting God, whose servant Hilary steadfastly confessed thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to be very God and very Man: grant that we may hold to this faith, and evermore magnify his holy Name; through the same Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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HERE IS TODAY’S SMALL DOSE OF SATIRE TO HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE DAY WITH ITS EXPECTED INSANITIES

Eccles and Bosco is saved


Sherlock Holmes and the Dictator Pope

Posted: 12 Jan 2018 02:43 AM PST

Not many of my readers will know that my friend Sherlock Holmes was a faithful Catholic: it is true that, having been brought up by Jesuits, he neither attended church nor obeyed Catholic moral teaching, but this should not be held against him.Many will remember his epigram about “The curious incident of the cardinal in the night – the cardinal did nothing in the night, that was the curious incident,” referring to the Archbishop of Westminster’s failure to give any kind of a moral lead on Catholic teaching. As a result of this, and similar cases, Holmes was often consulted on delicate Catholic matters.

Thus, one morning, we were sitting in Baker Street discussing the new Encyclical Humanae Mortis, which had driven Holmes to inject himself with a seven percent solution of “coke” – the scientific name is “Coccopalmerio” – when our servant Mrs Beattie opened the door to admit a man dressed inconspicuously as a South American general.

General Galtieri

Our illustrious client.

“Mr Holmes, I need your help,” said our client. “A book has been written about, er, a friend of mine, and we need to trace the author in order to, um, pay him homage. The Swiss Guards are already standing by with torture implements.”

“I am at your service, Holy Father,” replied Holmes (to my gasps of “amazing, Holmes, how did you penetrate his disguise?”) “Shall we go to Rome, and make enquiries?”

We took Pope Francis’s private jet to Rome, and the flight passed quickly, since our client remained standing throughout the journey, developing new Catholic doctrines “off the cuff”: these will one day astound and delight the world. That evening, Holmes and I settled into an apartment in the Vatican. Holmes took out his violin as an aid to concentration and played a haunting arrangement of Stephen Walford’s renowned concerto for piano and Balinese nose-flute (with its famous marking “Play whatever the Pope wants”).

After two or three minutes the door opened and an African cardinal strode in. “SILENCE!” he bellowed angrily, and threw a book at my companion’s head, stunning him slightly.

The Power of Silence

“… so many noisy popes…” (paragraph 40)

Once I had bandaged his head, Holmes and I made a tour of the building. We were standing outside Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s apartment when we heard impassioned cries of “No! Yes! YES! YES! YES!

“I see that they are working on an answer to the Dubia,” I remarked to Holmes. He gave me a funny look that I did not understand, and began to analyse the mystery we were trying to solve.

“Watson, my theory is that the book The Dictator Pope was not written by the real Marcantonio Colonna, as he has been dead since 1584. More likely, it was written by a liberal Catholic, tired of trying to defend the Pope’s obvious failings.”

Marcantonio Colonna

“I have an alibi. I am dead.”

“Amazing, Holmes. Could it be Spadaro? Ivereigh (no, it’s too well-written)? Massimo Faggioli? James Martin (no, there’s no obsession with homosexuality)? Rosica?”

“These are deep matters, Watson, and perhaps I am wrong. But the case presents interesting features. For example, why is the book produced only electronically, and not on paper? Did Cardinal Baldisseri steal all the printed copies?”

Putting on his liturgical deer-stalker, Holmes led me into Mass, where Cardinal Paradigm was going to preach about Parolin Shifts in Amoris Laetitia. To me it sounded like complete heresy, but then Homes explained that this sort of nonsense was necessary if a cardinal wished to be considered papabile, and Cardinal Paradigm probably didn’t believe half of what he was saying.

Parolin dressed in white

“We have found the man who stole the Pope’s vestments” announced Holmes.

To be continued? 

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USQUEQUO DOMINE ??? USQUEQUO ??? HOW MUCH LONGER WILL YOU ALLOW SUCH SACRILEGE ???

Pope Francis Awards Architect of Safe-Abortion Fund with Pontifical Honor

On January 12, reports began surfacing on Twitter that Lilianne Ploumen, former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, was honored by Pope Francis with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.  The Lepanto Institute was able to confirm from a December 22, 2017 Dutch radio broadcast that Ploumen indeed received the honor.  In a brief video clip promoting the broadcast, Ploumen displays the medal while saying that she received it from the Pope.

Here is the video:

Here is a crude translation of the exchange:

BNR – And this is the umpteenth prize that Lilianne Ploumen observes, won in 2017 and from whom they came.
Ploumen – Yes, it is a high distinction from the Vatican; from the pope.
BNR – From the pope.
Ploumen – Beautiful.
BNR – Yes.
Ploumen – It is Commander in the order of St. Gregory.
BNR – And that despite that you are pro-abortion.
Ploumen – Yes you can check.

To say that Lilianne Ploumen is “pro-abortion” is an extreme understatement and doesn’t even come close to the scandalous reality of her activism.

In January of last year, after US President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, Ploumen launched a new NGO called She Decides to provide mass amounts of funds to organizations that would no longer receive funds from the US government.  The Mexico City Policy automatically denies US funding for international organizations which perform or promote abortion.

Referring to the Mexico City Policy as a “Global Gag Rule,” Ploumen stated that the intention of She Decides was to continue support for existing programs being run by organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.  She said, “These are successful and effective programs: direct support, distributing condoms, making sure women are accompanied at the birth, and making sure abortion is safe if they have no other choice.”

By July of 2017, Ploumen’s program had raised over $300 million.

In October of 2017, Ploumen wrote an article for the Financial Times, in which she emphatically stated, “America’s regressive policies on abortion are a calamity for girls’ and women’s rights that the rest of the world must counter.”

Ironically, just a few days ago, Ploumen was awarded the Machiavelli Prize “for her campaign for the safe abortion fund SheDecides.” The article on the award indicates that “The Machiavelli prize is awarded to a person or organization which the jury considers has excelled in public communication. In particular, the jury praised the speed at which SheDecides was set up and went global.”

It is worth noting that from 2004-2007, Ploumen was the Director of Programs and on the Board of Directors for CORDAID, the Dutch Catholic aid relief agency that was caught funding Planned Parenthood and dispensing contraception.

But Ploumen’s anti-Catholic activity isn’t restricted to abortion.  In September of 2017, Ploumen participated in the United Nations LGBTI Core Group.  As the first speaker at the event, Ploumen noted that LGBTI rights are human rights.  In her opening remarks, she said, “We cannot be complacent. [Today] in more than 70 countries homosexuality is still criminalized…stigma against LGBT people continue all over the world.”

In 2014, Ploumen ended foreign aid to the country of Uganda for passing a bill banning sodomy and same-sex “marriage.”

In February of 2010, Ploumen called on LGBT activists to descend upon and disrupt Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, wearing pink triangles with the words “Jesus excludes no one.” The reason?  She and other pro-LGBT activists were protesting the Church’s moral teaching regarding homosexuality.

The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in September 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.  The honor of membership in the Order is conferred on individuals for their “personal service to the Holy See and to the Roman Catholic Church, through their unusual labors, their support of the Holy See, and their excellent examples set forth in their communities and their countries.”

It remains to be seen what service Lilianne Ploumen has provided for the Catholic Church or the Holy See, given her staunch support for homosexuality, abortion and contraception.  Given that the one thing that Lilianne Ploumen is known for in the past year is the establishment of a fund that provides hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations that commit abortion and dispense contraception, it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate her recent Pontifical honor from this grievous and scandalous act.

A version of this article first appeared at The Lepanto Institute

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THE MILLMAN REPORT FOR 2017 REVEALS THE FANTASTIC GROWTH IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY’S TRANSPLANTATION OF HUMAN ORGANS, SOMETHING THAT IS GOOD FROM A HUMANITARIAN ASPECT BUT BAD FROM THE ASPECT OF REMOVING ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION FROM LIVING PERSONS THROUGH THE USE OF SO-CALLED BRAIN DEATH TO PROTECT THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY FROM LIABILITY

 

 

Every three years the Millman Corporation prepares a report on the human organ transplantation industry in the United States.  The most recent report was issued by the Millman Corporation in August of last year, 2017.

Milliman is among the world’s largest providers of actuarial and related products and services. Founded in 1947, Milliman is an independent firm with offices in major cities around the globe. It is owned and managed by its principals—senior consultants whose selection is based on their technical, professional and business achievements.

Milliman serves the full spectrum of business, financial, government, union, education, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to its consulting actuaries, Milliman’s body of professionals includes numerous other specialists, ranging from clinicians to economists.

Despite impressive growth over the past seven decades, Millman still operates according to the guiding principles of its founders, Wendell Milliman and Stuart Robertson. It retains their rigorous standards of professional excellence, peer review and objectivity. It remains committed to developing innovative tools and products and providing expert solutions.

This 2017 report represents Milliman’s triennial summary of estimated U.S. average costs per member per month (PMPM), billed charges, and utilization related to the 30 days prior and 180 days after transplant admission for treatment for organ and tissue transplants. For charges pre- and post-transplant admission, it includes all medical costs associated with the transplant patient.

Organ transplants include single-organ transplants such as heart, intestine, kidney, liver, lung, pancreas, and a number of multiple-organ transplants. Tissue transplants include bone marrow and cornea transplants. Millman splits the bone marrow estimates by donor method: autologous, where the donor is the recipient, and allogeneic, where the
donor may be related or unrelated to the recipient.

Highlights of this report include:
· Section II: The 2017 PMPM costs based on billed charges are estimated to be $8.21 and $12.23 for the under-age-65 and ages-65-and-over populations, respectively. These PMPM costs reflect average annual increases of 3.5% and 7.7% from the 2014 report.

The trend for the under-age-65 population consists of a 0.5% composite utilization trend and a 3.0% composite billed charge trend. However, there is a wide range of annual utilization and charge trends by type of transplant for the under-age-65 population, with utilization trends from -11.2% to 17.2% and charge trends from -9.5% to 11.2%. The higher trend for the ages-65-and-over population is mainly due to the difference in the mix of
transplants between the under-age-65 and ages-65-and-over populations.
While billed charges increased about 3.0% per year, many recipients or health plans do not pay billed charges because of negotiated discounts from transplant provider networks.
Hospital length of stay has been fairly stable for most transplants since the 2014 report. Millman’s databases show a length of stay increase for heart transplants and decrease for intestine transplants.

Section IV: Waiting times for kidney transplants and intestine transplants have decreased
dramatically since the 2014 report. However, waiting times for organs such as heart and pancreas have increased since the 2014 report.
Survival rates generally increased slightly from those in the 2014 report, except for pancreas.

All of this is good news for humanitarians; who would not rejoice at so many people getting a new lease on life by having a diseased organ replaced by a good one.

There is only one problem.  How can you justify extending the life of one person at the expense of shortening the life of another person.

The ‘heart’ of the problem is that you cannot transplant the heart (or any other organ) of one person unless that person’s heart is still beating unless you use the fiction of ‘brain death’ and remove the organ while the donor is still really alive.

See this link for a LEXICON OF DEATH https://wp.me/px5Zw-6lR

The Millman Report unfortunately reveals another motive besides altruism for transplanting an organ from a living donor to another person resulting in the death of the donor:  money, profit, wealth.

The practice of medicine was once exclusively a profession in the days of the Hippocratic Oath.

Today it is too often a business, a big business.

The Millman Report of 2017 discloses that the amount of money billed for all of the organ transplants for the covered year was $34,729,776,300.00.

$34,729,776,300.00.

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$34,729,776,300.00.

That kind of medicine is not a profession, IT IS BIG BUSINESS !!!

+Rene Henry Gracida

 

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TODAY’S LITTLE DOSE OF SATIRE TO HELP YOU KEEP YOUR SANITY (AND HOPEFULLY, SANCTITY)

Eccles and Bosco is saved


Why the Pope is right about everything

Posted: 05 Jan 2018 10:40 AM PST

What I did in my holidays, by Stephen Rex Mottram Walford, aged 9.In my holidays I went to Rome to talk to the Pope, who is a big fat man who is always right about everything. They say he is “incorrigible”, which means that it is impossible to correct him, because he is always right. He’s also got a Magisterium, which means that nobody can ever ever say he’s wrong or the smoke of Satan will choke them to death. Cor lumme!

Walford, Pope, 266 shirt

“They were sold out of 666 shirts.”

“What do you do, little boy?” the Pope asked me.

“I play the piano,” I said.

“Oh, you tickle the Ivereighs?”

At that moment a small man with silly glasses who was cleaning the Pope’s shoes with his tongue looked up sharply.

“Oh sorry, Austen, I wasn’t referring to you,” said my friend the Pope. “Don’t worry.”

“They tell me that one of my cardinals is on the fiddle,” he continued. “It’s traditional for this to happen while Rome burns. Perhaps you can do a duet with him.”

The Pope told me that he is directly appointed by God, who is a big man with a beard. This is why everything he says is right, and if you disagree with him you are a nasty nasty dissenter, and will go to Hell, which is a nasty place a bit like Luton, and you will never again be invited to tea with the Pope.

Cardinal Marx

I think this may be God.

“So you see, my lad, if I want to repeal Curriculum Vitae, which is something Pope Paul VI wrote, then I can do so, and you know I am right. The same goes for those bits of the New Testament that aren’t very popular.”

“What happens if another Pope comes along later and says something different?” I asked, for I am only nine years old and the Pope is a lot older than I am. So I may have to come and worship a new Pope.

The Pope said something under his breath which I didn’t understand because I am only nine years old, but it ended with the word “SARAH!”. Then he spat on the floor, which Mummy tells me is rude, unless a Pope does it, when it is the Will of the Lord.

I think I understand now that a new Pope can say that Pope Francis was wrong, but the Holy Spirit will make sure that he doesn’t. Only Pope Francis can say that someone else was wrong. This is called Theology, and I was told to ask our teacher Mr Faggioli to explain it. We call him “Beans” in Year 6.

The Pope took me to see the Sistine Chapel, which is a big room with funny paintings on the ceiling. He told me that his adviser Father James Martin had recommended that it should be repainted with rainbow-coloured stripes, as that is more welcoming to gay people. Mummy says being gay is sinful, but Mummy is rigid, and Pope Francis says we should get rid of her. Maybe my father can divorce her and marry Fräulein Kasper from next door, as that is what is recommended in the world’s greatest book Amorous Lascivia.

Sistine Chapel

Cardinal Maradiaga says he knows a man who will offer him a good price for these paintings. No questions asked.

Anyway, it was very nice meeting Pope Francis who is always right, and he is not at all like it says in the very rude book The Dictator Pope. I was with him for an hour, and he didn’t send anyone to the torture chambers, so that proves he is merciful as well as always right, doesn’t it?


Very good, Stephen! You really do understand the consequences of Vatican II.
M. Faggioli.

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Will you be surprised at the final judgment by Jesus Christ ???

Padre Pio On Modernists Who Don’t Believe In Hell…

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They Will Believe In Hell When They Get There!

Father Dwight Longenecker:  Padre Pio was asked what he thought about modern people who didn’t believe in hell.

“They’ll believe in hell when they get there.” he replied.

There’s pretty much packed into that little riposte, and what I like most about it is that the last judgment will be a time when things are stood on their head.

I’m reminded of one of the great judgment carvings which is on the South portal at Chartres. It is one of those scenes with Christ enthroned in glory, St Michael weighing the souls in judgment and the demons taking some below and angels lifting others up above.

I was visiting there and the old Englishman who used to give tours said:

“Notice that both the damned and the saved have expressions of surprise on their faces.  The damned are surprised to be going to hell because they were proud and self righteous (and didn’t think they were headed for hell) or scornful and unbelieving (and didn’t believe such a place existed) The saved are surprised because they were humble and didn’t think they would make it into heaven.

So as you read this, ask yourself where you think you might go when you die and then stand on your head and check again.

It’s troubling isn’t it?

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JOIN THE ROSARY CRUSADE ON THE FEAST OF THE PURIFICATION AND PRESENTATION ON FEBRUARY 2, 2018

Rosary To The Interior:
For the Purification of the Church

DATE: February 2, 2018, the Feast of the Purification and Presentation
TIME: Chosen by your pastor or group.
PURPOSE: To pray for Please read the Triumph of the Light of Christ over sin and error.  [Read entire proposal below].

 

 

On February 2, 2018, which is the day celebrating the double Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also called Candlemas), there will occur throughout the  United States the gathering of faithful in their parish churches  to pray the Rosary for the intention of the Purification of the Church, and the Triumph of the Light of Christ over all sin and error.

The Presentation celebrates the coming of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, into His Temple. It is, in fact, the premier Feast of Light¸ and the Triumph of Light over the Darkness of Evil. Traditionally called Candlemas, it signifies the “success” and triumph of the Incarnation, has been traditionally celebrated with triumphal candlelight processions, and is the liturgical day designated for the blessing of candles.

The Purification is the Feast of Our Lady considered to be the oldest Marian liturgical Feast in the Church (having its beginnings in the liturgical life of the Church in Jerusalem) which, while exteriorly signifying an act which fulfilled the prescription of the Old Law, interiorly represents a whole new reality. The purification prescribed in the Old Law was in consequence of original sin and the pain and “sorrow” which now accompanied all childbirth. Mary, conceived without sin, was free from this sorrow. The Purification of the New Testament is therefore to be identified with the interior suffering of Mary, and the prayer and penance of her spiritual children, which is necessary for the purification of the  Church in order that Christ’s Light may radiate throughout the Church, and from there into the world:

“And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.”

The Church has now been penetrated by a darkness greater than at any time in its history – not only the darkness of sexual sins and other moral “filth”, but that which consists of every conceivable form of error masking itself as truth, and of darkness masquerading as light. The task of unmasking these “thoughts”, and thus paving the way to the Triumph of the Truth of Christ, has been entrusted to Mary. Most specifically, it has been entrusted to Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Paul writes, “The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light.” The Rosary, as revealed in the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, is this armor of light possessing the power from God to cast off the works of darkness which now pervade the Church, the world, and especially the minds and hearts of individual Catholics.

We need to be immensely grateful to Poland for beginning this militant crusade with its “Rosary on the Borders”, and for Catholics in Italy and Ireland who have followed suit. The title “Rosary to the Interior” is singularly appropriate to such an effort in the United States, since we are a primary source of the evils that have permeated the modern world: abortion, contraception, the destruction of the family, pornography, homosexuality, materialism and consumerism, all the evils of the media which destroy the intelligence and morality of young and old alike, denial of the Kingship of Christ over all nations, and manifold heresies in regard to the Truths of Christ.

We also need to recognize that Polish Catholics were right in coupling this collective praying of the Rosary to the fate of their nation. St. James the Apostle declares: “the friendship of this world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). In the United States this “friendship of the world” has taken the form of constant compromise with American culture and politics, which has produced all those evil “fruits” mentioned above. The campaign of the Enemy within the Church is now taking the form of declaring an end to this “enmity” between Christ and the world, and of promoting inclusiveness towards every conceivable form of evil. The Rosary must therefore be embraced not only as a form of armor protecting us from personal evil, but as a militant weapon in order to defeat the deceits of those who work in darkness, from within, to overthrow Christ and His Church. It must now, first and foremost, be directed in intention towards the Interior of the Church.

Finally, it would seem especially necessary, given the profound lack of unity which exists among various apostolates and agendas operating within the United States, that this effort not be taken over by any one organization. We pray that it will rise from the hearts of many, be promoted by every form of organization and media, and be subsumed by none. Let it thus proceed as a united effort to purify the Church and convert our nation.

Additional Considerations:

We are at a point in the history of the Church in which none of the normal apostolates which sustain the life of the Church – catechesis, proper intellectual formation, all sorts of organizations in defense of faith and morals, apologetics, etc. seem to possess the power to resist and defeat the enemy, who is always encroaching and making progress against what appear to be even our best defenses (including the rosary). We pray the rosary “against” Islamic jihad, secularism, abortion, and all those forces and institutions which wage war against all that we hold sacred (including Marriage and the Family), and we pray the rosary “for” an end to these things. And yet they continue to advance, seemingly at a geometrically increasing pace. We must ask why.

The answer consists in that truth which has been succinctly expressed in a great many ways by such Popes as Pius IX, Leo XIII, and Pope Pius X: namely, that only the Catholic Church possesses the light and the power to build, nourish, and protect Christian civilization. And, tragically, this power and light has now been weakened and dimmed to a point that the Church has largely been reduced to the status of a minor character and victim upon the world stage. The salt has lost its savour, the light is hidden, the bride befouled. And what is most debilitating about this interior pollution, both within our individual selves and the Church as a whole, is that it is self-perpetuating and increasingly blinding. The more compromised with the world we become, the greater becomes the hidden guilt which causes us to be obsessed with the enemy without, rather than doing what is necessary to restore the light within.

The Rosary To The Interior: For the Purification of the Church, while being inspired by the Rosary on the Borders in Poland on Oct 7, and the Rosary on the Coast in Ireland on Nov 26, is indeed constituted as something quite different. It requires that we turn our gaze inward in order to see both the problem and the solution. It certainly may be amended to suit individual circumstance, but the intention should remain the same. It is a Rosary to the Interior. It is a Rosary for Interior Purification. It is a Rosary to rekindle a Light that has been profoundly dimmed. And this is why it almost cries out for Candlemas – the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary – for its occurrence.

As to organization of this event: This effort is designed to begin in the hearts and minds of individual believers, inspire them in a missionary effort towards their local parishes and pastors, and culminate in rosaries and prayers in these churches for the purification of the Church. By its very nature it requires not organization along secular lines (states, nations, geographical boundaries, etc.), but is designed to move along, and upwards through, the sinews of the divinely constituted structure of the Church. Letters have already been sent to over 200 bishops detailing the nature and purpose of this event. These letters were not intended for making this event into something which would begin from the top of the hierarchy. Informing the bishops was simply the Catholic thing to do, and hopefully will help create an attitude of receptivity among them. We might tend to think that it is only the simple faithful who possess the poverty of spirit necessary to utter this cry for help (and this truly is what this event must be), but it is also true that any bishop or priest who loves Christ and Church (and we certainly are not allowed to make preemptory judgments about who may or may not possess such a love) must also now be in a state of increasing helplessness, where he too might be open to God’s grace, and to seeing that the solution to our present crisis lies in the supernatural means which God has provided. In the charity we are to possess as Catholics, and as members of the same Mystical Body, we must not in any way dismiss or ignore them.

Note: Any of the above may be freely used and copied. As long as the intention remains the same – “Rosary to the Interior: For the Purification of the Church” – it may also be amended to suit individual circumstances. We suggest that parish priests and bishops be asked for permission to use their Church, and even to promote this endeavor from the pulpit and the church bulletin. Finally, we would ask all those interested in participating in this Rosary to the Interior to consider what contacts they might make in order to promote this effort towards the purification of their Church. Its power and effectiveness, with the aid of God’s grace, is designed to begin in the heart of each individual believer and multiply to unity with all the faithful in a cry for God’s mercy and assistance.


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HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE FIFTY-YEAR SLIDE DOWN TO SODOM AND GOMORRAH?

The Fifty-Year Descent to Footnote 351: Our Progressive Desensitization to the Most Holy Eucharist

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We did not wake up one fine day in 2017 to find ourselves suddenly confronted with Eucharistic sacrilege being promoted from on high. There was a long, slow process that led to this moment. It consisted in the gradual dilution of the sacredness of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and of the Blessed Sacrament at its heart, with institutionally tolerated sacrilege along the way. Fifty years of desacralization has ended in the temerity of contradicting the entire Catholic tradition about the most holy of all the Church’s mysteries.

The first major step was the allowance of communion in the hand while standing—a sharp break from the deeply-ingrained practice of many centuries of kneeling in adoration at the altar rail and receiving on the tongue, like a baby bird being fed by its parent (as we see in countless medieval depictions of the pelican that has wounded her breast in order to feed her chicks). This change had the obvious effect of making people think the Holy Eucharist wasn’t so mysterious and holy after all. If you can just take it in your hand like ordinary food, it might as well be a potato chip distributed at a party.[1] The feeling of awe and reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament was systematically diminished and undermined through this modernist reintroduction of an ancient practice that had long since been discontinued by the Church in her pastoral wisdom. Nor, as has been well documented, did the faithful themselves request the abolition of the custom of receiving on the tongue while kneeling; it was imposed by the self-styled “experts.”[2]

The second major step was the allowance of lay ministers of communion. This reinforced the perception that the Church had given up all that stuff about the priest being essentially different from the laity, about the Mass as a divine sacrifice and the Eucharist as the Bread of Angels that only anointed hands are fit to handle. True, a priest still had to say the magic words, but after that, Jack and Jill could come up, take bowls and cups, and hand out the tokens of club membership.

The effect of these “reforms” and others like them (the replacement of majestic and mysterious Latin with everyday vernacular, the substitution of guitar and piano ditties for pipe organ and chant, the turning around of the priest to face the people like a talkshow host, the removal of altar rails, the decentering of tabernacles, the uglification of vestments and vessels, and more) was to weaken and corrupt the faith of the people in the Mass as a true and proper sacrifice and in the Eucharist as the true Body and Blood of Jesus. No wonder that after this, the idea of the Eucharistic fast, and of preparing oneself for communion by going to confession, went right out the window for the vast majority of people. The Church’s own pastors didn’t act as if they really believed these things anymore, so why should their flocks?

In short, we have lived through, and suffered under, half a century of ritual diminishment and symbolic contradiction of the Church’s faith in the sublime mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ. As John Paul II and Benedict XVI lamented, there is scant evidence in our communities of any awareness of the distinction between worthy and unworthy communions—one of the most basic lessons children used to be taught in their catechism class.

Children in those primitive “pre-Vatican II days” were taught to practice virtue and avoid mortal sin because they should desire to be able to receive the Lord and be ever more perfectly united to Him, until they reached the glory of heaven where they would possess Him forever. They were taught that if one received the Lord in a state of mortal sin, one committed a further and a worse sin. They were taught that making a good confession, with sorrow for sin and an intention to avoid it in future, was enough to put this bad situation right and restore them to God’s friendship. Who could seriously assert that most Catholics believe any of this today, or that they would even recognize, much less understand, the concepts?[3]

Today, at least in certain Western countries, nearly everyone goes up for communion when the time comes. It’s just “what you do at Mass.” Hardly anyone goes to confession; hardly anyone refrains from receiving, out of a consciousness of sin; and rare is the priest who ever preaches about having the right dispositions for communion. (Contrast this with St. John Vianney, who preached relentlessly about these things, and greatly intensified his parish’s commitment to the sacrament of confession and to frequent communion. It’s not for nothing that he’s the patron saint of parish priests. Patrons are meant to be imitated.)

Thus was the ground devilishly prepared for the final stage, in which any impediments to communion are theoretically and practically dissolved. In a general situation where the few Catholics who still attend Mass all receive, it would seem cruel and unusual punishment to single out a handful of so-called “divorced and remarried” people for special treatment: “You are not allowed to go to communion, but meanwhile, the self-abusing and fornicating teens, the contracepting couples, the families who sometimes skip Sunday Mass for sports events—all are welcome to come forward, as usual!”

This is the big picture that explains, to my mind, why the liberals or progressives { and, I suspect, not a few cardinals, bishops and priests)  in the Church are totally incapable of seeing why anyone would object to chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia with its nuclear footnote.[4] They do not really believe that the Mass is a true and proper sacrifice of Jesus Christ to the Most Holy Trinity; they do not really believe in transubstantiation and the Real Presence; they do not believe that one is eating and drinking the flesh and blood of God; they do not believe that one who eats and drinks unworthily is eating and drinking his own condemnation, just as those who eat worthily are seeding their souls and bodies for a glorious resurrection.

The Amorites, as we might call them, see “the Eucharist” as a fraternal gathering, a social event, an affirmation of human worth, a “celebration” of God’s “unconditional love,” and whatever other Hallmark slogans come to mind. Within the confines of this horizontal and superficial theology, there is no room for any requirements or prohibitions: everyone is welcome, and anything goes! Since the Eucharist is a meal symbolizing God’s welcome of the sinner, there is no reason to exclude anyone, for any reason, from partaking of the “table of plenty.”

Amoris Laetitia fits into this larger historical trajectory whereby the Mass has been stripped of its transcendent, mysterious, fearful and challenging sacrificial realism and pushed continually in the direction of an ordinary meal with ordinary folks doing ordinary things for a this-worldly end,[5] with a forced spontaneity and embarrassing banality that has failed to attract the overflow crowds predicted by Paul VI. At such a Mass, is there anything to do butreceive communion? Who would ever think of going just for the sake of adoring God and contemplating His beauty? Opportunities and incentives for adoration are practically non-existent in the Novus Ordo, and beauty has fared no better, or rather much worse. In such circumstances, to place a barrier between a free meal and a guest who thinks well of himself for being there is unthinkable.[6]

In truth, the Mass is the unbloody sacrifice of the Cross, made present in our midst; it is simultaneously the heavenly life-giving wedding feast of the now-glorified Christ. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the one-flesh union of a bride adorned with grace and a Bridegroom who is her sole happiness.

I am not surprised to find that, at traditional Latin Masses around the world, including in the United States, one sees two related phenomena: a large number of the faithful availing themselves of confession, before and during Mass; and a fair number of the faithful who remain in the pews and do not go forward for communion. The interior triumphs of the one, the interior trials of the other, are known to God alone. But this much is obvious: they all came to worship Him. They came in response to His majesty. They came to fulfill a solemn obligation of the virtue of religion. Whether they are personally disposed to receive or not is a question at a different level. This is the sanity that prevails in the realm of tradition; it is the sanity that paves the way for sanctity.

 

NOTES

[1] In a moving scene in Robert Hugh Benson’s novel By What Authority?, we read the following about the character Isabel’s experience of a Calvinist communion service: “The mahogany table had been brought down from the eastern wall to beneath the cupola, and stood there with a large white cloth, descending almost to the ground on every side; and a row of silver vessels, flat plates and tall new Communion cups and flagons, shone upon it. … The three ministers had communicated by now; and there was a rustle and clatter of feet as the empty seats in front, hung with houselling cloths, began to be filled.” Isabel sees some people receive kneeling, others standing. And all this at a ceremony of Protestants who expressly denied the Real Presence and the sacrificial nature of the Mass.

[2] There is an obvious difference between an original practice, such as early Christians receiving in the hand, and a later reintroduction of such a practice when it has long since become obsolete. In the former case, the practice is innocent. In the latter case, it amounts to a repudiation and a symbolic contradiction of the values represented by kneeling before the host and not handling it oneself.

[3] Msgr. Benson wrote this about his Anglican days: “I was an official in a church that did not seem to know her own mind, even in matters directly connected with the salvation of the soul.… Might I, or might I not, tell my penitents that they are bound to confess their mortal sins before Communion? … The smallest Roman Catholic child knew precisely how to be reconciled to God, and to receive His grace…” (A City Set on a Hill). Does not this Anglican’s description of the problem in his own communion sound frightfully close to what may be found today in the Roman Catholic Church?

[4] Or perhaps we should say footnotes, since there are several that are severely problematic.

[5] It is consistent with the love-blind embrace of the United Nations and the “Greenpeace” environmentalism of Laudato Si’.

[6] We can begin to see the magnitude of the sea change if we imagine what it would have been like had the Kasper Proposal been floated in 1965—the last year in which we can arguably say that we still had an integral and authentic Roman Rite throughout the entire Church (albeit already orphaned of its opening and closing prayers). There would have been stunned incredulity and righteous indignation. The proposal wouldn’t have lasted longer than a lit match. No churchman in his right mind would have countenanced it. Progressives today attack traditionalists equally for our love of the traditional liturgy, our dogmatic intransigence, and our commitment to objective morality. They are right to see a deep and abiding connection between these things—a connection neatly summed up as lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.

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