Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Here We Stand … Hae nobis propriae sedes

“Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

Yes indeed … waiting on the night to fall … and it is falling, isn’t it?  I have a small selection of Web blogs which I read regularly, at least weekly and I am going to share links here because I have found these writers helpful in my own quest … expressing other insights into the same questions and helping me avoid “scope creep” in my own quest.

Letter of Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, April 17th, 2018

Letter of Most Reverend Mark A. Hagemoen, April 17th, 2018

The first one (on the list that is, not necessarily in importance) is the Canadian blogger Mark Mallett and his blog “The Now Word, Reflections on Our Times”.   Mark Mallett, a one time TV reporter, is a Roman Catholic singer/songwriter and missionary. He has performed and preached throughout North America and abroad.

The messages posted on Mark’s website are the fruit of prayer and ministry. Mark is very current and he doesn’t pull any punches, but his views are charitable and restrained with respect to the human players. He sets my bar when it comes to “Fraternal Charity” and I often write something in my own posts and then after reading what Mark has to say I edit or rewrite what I have written about the event in question.

Any postings on Mark’s site which contain elements of “private revelation” have been subjected to the discernment of Mark’s spiritual director. I included a letter from his Bishop (image on the right) which he posted on his blog-site on the “about Mark” page.  For a recent example of his work, Mark writes on Robert Cardinal Sarah’s interview with The Catholic Herald:

CARDINAL Sarah has given a stunning, perceptive and prescient interview in the Catholic Herald today. It not only repeats “the now word” in terms of the warning that I have been compelled to speak for over a decade, but most especially and importantly, the solutions. Here are some of the key thoughts from Cardinal Sarah’s interview along with links for new readers to some of my writings that parallel and expand his observations”.

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Father John HunwickThe second Blog-site which I follow regularly is that of the British blogger Fr. John Hunwicke, titled Fr. Hunwicke’s Mutual Enrichment”   Father Hunwicke was for nearly three decades at Lancing College; where he taught Latin and Greek language and literature, was Head of Theology, and Assistant Chaplain. He has served three curacies, been a Parish Priest, and Senior Research Fellow at Pusey House in Oxford. Since 2011, he has been in full communion with the See of S Peter.

Fr. Hunwicke asserts: The opinions expressed on this Blog are not asserted as being those of the Magisterium of the Church, but as the writer’s opinions as a private individual. Nevertheless, the writer strives, hopes, and prays that the views he expresses are conformable with and supportive of the Magisterium. In this blog, the letters PF stand for Pope Francis. On this blog, ‘Argumentum ad hominem’ refers solely to the Lockean definition, “Pressing a man with the consequences of his own concessions“.

Fr. John has a deep (and sometimes obscure) interest and expertise in “old” liturgical rites and prayers, pre-Vatican II Catholic and Anglican liturgical practices and also a very current and even humourous eye for the goings on in the “modern Roman Curia, The Church of England Hierarchy, and the Catholic and Anglican church at large”.  I appreciate greatly his restraint, and at the same time his dry humour, irony and even satirical observations. He helps me to stay focused, restrained, and to practice “fraternal charity”, when confronted with some of the more egregious “missteps” of our current batch of Curial managers in Rome and in the rest of the Catholic world.

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Third, there is the American blogger Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, writing at “Fr. Z’s Blog“, formerly entitled: “What Does The Prayer Really Say?” – Clear, straight commentary on Catholic issues, liturgy and life by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf o{]:¬)    In Fr. Z’s own words: “This blog is like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z

I don’t really have any images for Fr. Z. so I guess I will just include an excerpt from a recent post “The Internet Prayer” which I enjoyed:  “… Meanwhile, here is the English (version).  A prayer before logging onto the internet:

Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

(and) Finally, I’m still waiting for an improved version in Klingon.”

And just for good measure another post on cooking and “traditional” recipes:  “Lately, Sundays have found me in the kitchen making something interesting… to me, at least. 

Yesterday I had a hankerin’ for Ragù alla bolognese.  When I say “ragù” I don’t mean something in a jar!  Ragù alla bolognese is a classic from one of the truly amazing foodie regions of Italy – and that’s saying a lot – Emilia-Romagna and, so they say, Bologna in particular. 

The denizens of Bologna, as a matter of fact, have codified the “official” recipe via their chamber of commerce.   You can use this ragù (French ragoût from ragoûter… “revive flavor”) directly on various shapes of pasta or as a layer with lasagne.   Broad, flat noodles, such as tagliatelle and pappardelle are great.  I used the latter, dried.  I was a too lazy to make fresh. This sauce is easy to make, but you need patience and time.”

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“Ladies in Lavender”, Joshua Bell, from the album “the Essential Joshua Bell”, (2005)

David Warren

Fourth and last, for today, but by no means least, is the Canadian blogger David Warren. He posts 4 or 5 times a week, a slightly less charitable view of the world than the above three, but no less elegant in his own way.

Because David is closer to my heart, I actually have his site as my default Home Page on my browser so the first thing I see each day when I log on is whatever new words of wisdom and repartee David has seen fit to share with the world.

Irony and Satire figure in many of his posts both on his own site at “Essays in Idleness, but also he aims for a broader audience with his occasional op ed pieces on “The Catholic Thing“. There are many other writers of worthy articles in the archives at “The Catholic Thing”.

Back in 2015, over at David Warren’s site Essays in Idleness we found “Hae nobis propriae sedes” Virgil, Aeneid 3 147-149,  in English I think it is something like “This Will Be Our Proper Place“, according to Google Translate, but I’m no scholar so I may have missed the mark on that. Anyway, David is a beautiful writer and I enjoy his insight. Here is an old post in full from October 2015, or better yet, just go and read his stuff at his own site, it would certainly be worth one’s time.

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Hae nobis propriae sedes

If the Viking priests from the age of the Orkneyinga Saga Orkneyinga Saga(composed eight centuries ago, about matters through centuries before it), returned suddenly to their old haunt on Papa Stronsay, they would have lively conversation with the current inhabitants. As they could not speak English, nor these new monks Old Norse, the chatter would be in Latin. The Mass they would celebrate together would also be in Latin, of course, and the Vikings would have no difficulty in following it. For it was their Mass, too.

The gentle reader who does not already know about the Transalpine Redemptorist presence in Orkney may inform himself (here, and perhaps also, here). For it is more than the “romantic story,” of a genuinely counter-cultural adventure. In some sense one might say that the living centre of the Catholic Church is now more on that bleak, and beautiful island of Papa Stronsay, than in the heart of today’s pagan Rome. This seems especially so in light of the recent Synod; as to me, after reading the current pope’s latest remarks at the conclusion of it — full of his characteristic slights and insults towards traditional practitioners of the Catholic faith.

I know that many faithful are hurting, or quite understandably angry; that they feel violated and betrayed. That is why I am writing like this, reminding that Christ will bind wounds; that He will not betray us. Christ goes where He is wanted, and under present circumstances that is far, far away, “to the peripheries” — or rather, let us cut the cheap sociological blather and say, “to the ends of the Earth.” He is in love with the bright-eyed peoples of Africa; and with those suffering under murderous tyrannies in Asia and the Middle East. By contrast in Europe, and here in the Americas, in our life of fat and consumption, we now have little use for Him; and so He leaves us to find our own way, progressively, downward.

Yet in many rural and remote places, and even sometimes in little neighbourhoods within the huge, fraught cities of these once-Christian realms, His Church is flourishing. The numbers may be tiny in proportion to the general population, but wherever that old Latin Mass is sung, there are vocations, and there is revival. Where it is not, the Church is dying out; and yet here, too, where the Mass of the Ages, and through it the teaching of the ages, is no longer made available, individual novus-ordo Christians still wait and humbly pray for relief.

Christ is there, forever in the Eucharist; and wherever it is taken by the shriven with real faith and the childlike understanding, the power of the Redemption is felt. (And where it is taken by appropriation, unworthily “by right,” the power of Judgement is visited instead.) He is present in the sincerity of all private prayer and petitions, extending from that Mass, and every good and virtuous deed, done in the communion of the Saints. Christ is crucified, dead, and risen; He is alive. Try as they will, His detractors will ever fail to kill Him.

This is simply how things are, and how they always were and will be. Within every cell of the true Church is the relation between that small Christian soul, and this Tremendous Lover. (See here.)

We have often before been abandoned by priests and bishops, with their own private agendas, or strutting their fake “humility” for the adulation of crowds. We have had bad popes; we have had every sin of which men are capable, done in sacred places. This is the world, and this is what men are: fallen. Let them seek forgiveness, and pick themselves up; do what they can to rectify the damage they have caused, the pain they have gratuitously inflicted. Let them open their eyes before Our Lord closes them forever. It makes no sense to choose the road to Hell.

There is nothing new under the Sun, and I see that Saint Peter Damian’s Liber Gommorrhianus, or “Book of Gomorrah,” from ten centuries ago, is once again circulating, in English translation. (Can be ordered here.) It is from another age, when clerical corruption, including rampant sodomy and pederasty, was threatening the integrity of holy orders. Damian was an ascetic, at home in the remote Italian hills, but as I recall from a previous translation of this book, he can be unpleasantly modern in his forensic descriptions of what priests and monks descend to, when they become depraved.

He turns, with a form of mercy that is excoriating, upon the most common crime: then as now, the satanic tampering with adolescent boys. He provides, too, the context for this corruption, through cross-allusion to simony and careerist self-advancement (his Liber Gommorrhianus ought ideally to be read alongside his Liber Gratissimus) — directing fearless, full-bore attacks on the princes of the Church who make themselves comfortable, and hide the crimes. The book made its author extremely unpopular, and the defence of him, by Pope Leo IX, though brave at first, became increasingly lukewarm. But the scandals it exposed were quietly acknowledged and gradually addressed. The shame that this saint had helped to reawaken slowly triumphed over the filth of this eleventh-century liberalism.

This is not the whole story of Petrus Damiani, some of whose miscellaneous writings on the spiritual and contemplative life are also known to me through the excellent translations of Patricia McNulty (1959, here). These are precious, very positive works, curiously contemporary with that saga of conversion in the northern wilds. This lonely Benedictine would likewise be at home with those monks on Papa Stronsay, so far away from him in space and time.

It was beloved Benedict XVI, incidentally, who through his motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, brought the Transalpine Redemptorists back into full communion with Holy Church. They were a product of the SSPX reaction against the liberal innovations that followed from Vatican II, and the account of their relations with Rome is complex and often vexed. So it must be in a generation when the Vatican bureaucracy is more easily alarmed and scandalized by the persistently faithful, than by the faithless and glib. But that generation is already passing into ashes.

Our task is to keep our moorings in the true and unchanging Magisterium, clinging, as it were, “to our guns and our Bibles,” or to distant treeless islands as the case may be. For wherever Christ is — however cold, windy, and wet — we are at home in the breast of Our Saviour.”

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Cheers

Joe

I think it’s almost time to eat … fasting makes “EVERYTHING” taste so good.

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Second Thoughts … (part four) implications of the New Paradigm …

Prophecy” Adrian von Ziegler, from the album “Feather and Skull”, (2013)

(continued from my last post) the underlying thought giving rise to this post and the previous posts on the “New Paradigm” is my continuing ability to be offended by the words and actions of others with whom I have no connection whatsoever, and who, if someone asked them, would reply “Joe Who????”. Why am I annoyed with these antics?

The Dead Marshes

The Dead Marshes – from Peter Jackson’s movie “The Two Towers” based on “The Lord Of The Rings”

As I wade through my personal mental virtual reality of Frodo’s “Dead Marshes”  where the public actions of our modern Roman Curia color my faith life, I have to continually remind myself that “telling it like it is” is really only “telling it like what I think it might be”.

It’s not really “like it is” because there is no way I can know what it is. What I “think it is” is colored by my pride, my opinion, and my desires regarding what I think it “should” be.  I am completely missing the “deep” game. Only God reads the heart. In a post yesterday, related to unexpected disappointments,  Mark Mallett says:

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“… And then it happens. She (the cow) lifts her tail and lets it go. Fresh manure hits the straw and sprays in every direction. And there it is—melting like a chunk of butter in a pot of rice—poop in my pail.

Sacred Cows

Our Sacred Cows of Dogma, Belief, and Opinion are alive and kicking

My perfect morning was shattered. Instantly grumpy. I led her back to the corral, washed my bucket, and plumped myself down in my office to pout for a minute. But what I read next changed my mood in a hurry—a word allegedly from Momma earlier today:

… Pray for the strength of faith; trust in the love of the Heavenly Father. I am with you. I am manifesting myself to you. I am encouraging you. With immeasurable motherly love I am caressing your souls. Thank you. —Our Lady of Medjugorje to Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo, March 18th, 2018 (annual apparition)

… Our Lady reveals something crucial here. You see, every day, there is going to be poop in the pail. Another big bill. A pile of dirty dishes. An annoying co-worker. A new car repair. Another illness. Another disappointment… Faith is what says, “God has given these to me as a gift to see, first, what kind of a person I am (patient or not, charitable or not, humble or not…. etc.); and second, to test whether I really trust in Him.” Because it is not a perfect day that increases our communion with the Holy Trinity, but a death to our self-love, self-will, and desire to be God—to control everything around us…”.

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A priest friend of mine has remarked from time to time on his own conduct in traffic, to the effect that: “… a sure sign of one’s measure of fraternal charity is how one thinks and speaks about other drivers in traffic …”. Truer words were never spoken … how one thinks and speaks about other drivers in traffic. I am thinking that “drivers” and “traffic” are all the drivers in the traffic of life.

All of us impacting one another in a multitude of ways and the odds are astronomical that the irritation is not attributable to any malice or maleficence but simply to normal daily human self love and lack of awareness. We are simply not aware, for the most part, of our impact on others, all the other drivers on the freeway of life. We give offense without a moments thought and that offense is taken personally and grows and is passed on to yet more drivers.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila says that concern for their honor is the reason why many people who have devoted themselves to the spiritual life, and are very deserving on account of many good works, are still “down on earth” and never succeed in reaching the “summit of perfection”. That’s really what it is, right? I am attached to my “honor”.

What I “think it is” is colored by my pride and desires, by my concern for my honor, my opinion, and my version of reality is just that … my version … and my trust in God’s plan, much thought about, is actually missing in action. Why do I get so offended by “the poop in the pail”?

Pride, pride, pride, it is always about pride. So, back to Father Spadaro, and Anthony Annett, and the new Paradigm, and why are they pissed off with EWTN? And most importantly (for me) why does their being pissed off piss me off?

When did the Assistant to the Director of the IMF’s Communications Department get the right to make the calls on who gets censured and who gets excommunicated in the Roman Catholic Church? And why is a senior Catholic cleric agreeing with him? Well, from my last post I repeat: just who is Anthony (Tony) Annett:

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Tony Annett

Tony Annett

As mentioned, Tony handles outreach on the sustainable development agenda. (that’s right, Tony works for the United Nations).

And the “New Paradigm” of Pietro Cardinal Parolin, Secretary of State for the Holy See, and our Pope Francis, (aka – the Peronist  Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio)  is tied to Sustainable Development.

And Sustainable Development” is tied to the U.N. agenda of controlling the population of Africa through encouraging birth control and freely available abortion.

Why do I get so offended by “the poop in the pail”?

But … there is another view of what the U.N. is doing in Africa, and this view is not covered by Western media in any noticeable way since it flies in the face of currently fashionable Western sexual mores. One articulate presenter of that view is Obianuju Ekeocha, a native African and author. The blurb for her new book on Amazon says this:

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“Since the end of colonization Africa has struggled with socioeconomic and political problems. This has attracted wealthy donors from western nations, organizations and private foundations who have assumed the role of helper and deliverer.

While some donors have good intentions, there are other western “progressive” donors whose gifts to Africa are often attached to their ideology of sexual liberation.

These are the ideological neo-colonial masters of the 21st century who aggressively push into Africa their views on contraception, population control, sexualisation of children, feminism, homosexuality and abortion.

Obianuju Ekeocha, a native African and author

Obianuju Ekeocha, a native African and author

The author, a native of Africa, shows how these donors are masterful at exploiting some of the heaviest burdens and afflictions of Africa such as maternal mortality, unplanned pregnancies, HIV/AIDS pandemic, child marriage and persistent poverty.

This exploitation has put many African nations in the vulnerable position of receiving funding tied firmly to ideological solutions that are opposed to the cultural views and values of the people.

Thus many African nations are put back into the protectorate positions of dependency as new cultural standards conceived in the west are made into core policies in African capitals and the new redefined terms of the west become applied within various African ministries.

This book reveals a problematic facet of neo-colonialism that is rarely seen or talked about. Drawing from a broad array of well-sourced materials and documents, it tells the story of foreign aid gifts with strings attached, the story of Africa targeted and recolonized by wealthy powerful donors.”

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So Anthony (Tony) Annett is on the “other” team, the team that Uju Ekeocha is writing about in her book “Target Africa”.

Tony plays a leadership role in the Ethics in Action initiative bringing together religious leaders, academics, business and labor leaders, development practitioners, and activists to develop and promote “ethically-grounded practical solutions to sustainable development challenges“. That would include religious leaders like the senior Vatican  bureaucrats in the Pope’s “A” team.

Fr. Michael Pacwa, SJ

Fr. Michael Pacwa, SJ

Tony is one of the major leaders of the very group that Obianuju Ekeocha is writing about in her book “Target Africa: Ideological Neo-colonialism of the Twenty-first Century Paperback – February 15, 2018″

Why are major players in the Vatican cuddling up to major players in the U.N. Family Planning agenda?  Why are they supporting each other and targeting such entities as EWTN? 

Do you suppose there is a connection between EWTN programming about Target Africa: Ideological Neo-colonialism of the Twenty-first Century and  the big leaders in the U.N.’s African Family Planning movement getting upset with EWTN, you know, along the lines of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend“? 

Start at minute 6:53 of the YouTube video in the above link of Father Mitch talking with Obianuju Ekeocha, a native African and author of Target Africa.

Why do I get so offended by “the poop in the pail”?

Xi JinpingAnd, last but not least, I first mentioned at the very end of a previous post that there seems to be something going on in China between our “Pope for Life” the Bishop of Rome, and Xi Jinping the new President For Life” of China.

“The Guardian” is announcing that the Vatican has reached an agreement with the Peoples Republic of China.

Jorge MariCardinalBergoglio is 81 years old. Xi Jinping is 64 years old. So who do you suppose is going to control the “New Agreement” between Xi Jinping, the newPresident For Life“,  and the Pope for Life” the Bishop of Rome,  Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio  (aka Pope Francis)?

Odds are pretty good that the President For Life will outlast the “Pope for Life”  by a couple of decades at least. So who is going to manage this new relationship?

What’s not to love about this new development, the oldest organized theistic religion on the planet in bed with the oldest atheistic government on the planet with respect to the appointment of “acceptable” bishops?

I wonder what that will mean for the Catholic Church in China? Maybe Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio figures he is going to infiltrate and revolutionize Chinese society – seems a long shot from here but I suppose it is conceivable … maybe … after all, the Church has infiltrated, penetrated and converted some pretty formidable pagan empires in the past. Ever hear of the Roman Empire?

Roman Empire

Roman Empire

China, The United Nations, the Roman Catholic Church, I never thought I would see the day when one could reasonably mention all three as connected in a story that actually reflected what is going on in the world today.

Oh, I guess there is still more stuff to sink into in this “Dead Marsh” but I guess it can wait … Why do I get so offended by “the poop in the pail”?

I am giving much thinking to silence … this multiplication of feelings and complaints and dissatisfaction with the turn of events that distresses me because I place such high value on my own way of thinking, on my own point of view, my own opinion.

Yes indeed, I have a very high opinion of myself – not much immolation of self going on here … probably I should just shut up … instead of saying “NO!” just choose to say nothing at all … choose silence.

Portrait of Henri Nouwen in the 1990s by Frank Hamilton

Portrait of Henri Nouwen in the 1990s by Frank Hamilton

In The Way of the Heart”, Henri Nouwen says: “Thus, silence is the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive. . . . What needs to be guarded is the life of the Spirit within us. Especially we who want to witness to the presence of God’s Spirit in the world need to tend the fire within with utmost care.

It is not so strange that many ministers have become burnt-out cases, people (who) say many words and share many experiences, but in whom the fire of God’s Spirit has died and from whom not much more comes forth than their own boring, petty ideas and feelings.

Sometimes it seems that our many words are more an expression of our doubt than of our faith. It is as if we are not sure that God’s Spirit can touch the hearts of people: we have to help him out and, with many words, convince others of his power. But it is precisely this wordy unbelief that quenches the fire. . . .

Taken from: “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise” by Robert Cardinal Sarah,  Ignatius Press. Kindle Edition. (para 135, locations 1233-1239)

So, maybe I should just shut up … too much talking … too much pointing … too much “Hey What’s Going On?

Cheers

Joe

Its a New Paradigm, Grasshopper … but Master, it looks like a duck …

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“modern English culture” … part 2

David-WarrenAwakening from an extravagant dream this morning, I found a new collective noun in my head. It was, “an affliction of bishops.” The dream, gentle reader will surmise, was something about synods.

We have survived much through the last twenty centuries or so. We will survive more.

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To Mass, and the celebration today of Saint Anselm, among the greatest Archbishops of Canterbury, along with Augustine the original “Apostle to the English,” and of course the assassinated Thomas à Becket. (All Romans, and two of them Italian.)

Anselm was everything we seek in a bishop, though seldom get, because we do not pray hard enough. He was a man of deep learning, a philosophical and theological genius, a talented administrator, a simple pastor, and an obvious saint. He had also the guts to stand up to kings, and was twice exiled from England for his rock-like opposition to legislative depravities we’d think nothing of today. Twice, too, he was restored to office, because he was too large to ignore.

For it wasn’t just Henry the VIIIth. Previous English kings had tried their luck, in appropriating to themselves what belonged to Christ and His Church, only.

“Nothing in this earth is dearer to Christ,” Anselm said, “than the freedom of His Church.”

Let no Christian forget that, in this world that swelters from political arrogance. Saint Anselm of Canterbury pray for us.

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An Taiseirl(The Resurrection), Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996.

Rather of a theme with my latest posts regarding the roots of our current societal  unrest and my general dissatisfaction with the culture of the day, our modern English culture.

In exploring my observations and trying to remain above my usual injurious way of looking at individual culpability it occurs to me that most, if not all, regular folks are not really guilty (in the sense of culpably responsible for their sin) of anything wrong in pursuing their observed course of action.

They may well be completely free of blame for anything except perhaps for failing to think through why they are going down their chosen path and what are the likely outcomes of traveling that chosen path.

But ever was it so. Man is notably capable of going wrong lacking Divine guidance in the form of Sacraments and Teachings and it is quite obviously accurate to imagine us all as a flock of appetite ridden sheep, shorn of all protections and absolutely leaderless.

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On The Rock

Mark Mallett has some interesting thoughts on the current situation.

TRULY, if one does not understand the days we live in, the recent firestorm over the Pope’s condom remarks could leave the faith of many shaken. But I believe it’s part of God’s plan today, part of His divine action in the purification of His Church and eventually the whole world:

For it is time for the judgment to begin with the household of God… (1 Peter 4:17)

Mark has done a good job writing (here) about what went wrong in Canada and it serves as a model of what went wrong everywhere in the English speaking world. As a teenager I witnessed the complete collapse of the Catholic Faith in my own immediate family and in my parish in the sixties and early seventies after the fallout from Vatican II hit the left wing Council of Canadian Catholic Bishops.

Mark Mallett writes that “… he is a child of Vatican II, born in the year that Paul VI released Humanae Vitae, the papal encyclical which clarified to the faithful that birth control is not in God’s plan for the human family. The response in Canada was heartbreaking. The infamous Winnipeg Statement* released by the Canadian Bishops at that time essentially instructed the faithful that the one who does not follow the Holy Father’s teaching but instead…

…that course which seems right to him, does so in good conscience. —Canadian Bishops response to Humanae Vitae; Plenary Assembly held at St. Boniface, Winnipeg, Canada, Sept 27th, 1968

Indeed, many did follow that course which “seemed right to them” (see my testimony on birth control here) and not only in matters of birth control, but just about everything else. Now, abortion, pornography, divorce, civil unions, co-habitation before marriage, and a shrinking family demographic have been found to the same degree within “Catholic” families compared to the rest of society. Called to be salt and light to the world, our morality and standards look pretty much like everyone else’s.”  So, as things turned out, we remain highly skeptical of the publicly stated reasons for the Canadian Bishop’s  promulgation of the Winnipeg Statement.

Fifty years on it is obvious to any with eyes to see and ears to hear that the hidden Liberal agenda (both within the church and in the secular society of the day), of destroying the Catholic Church  in Canada, was hugely served by the release of the Winnipeg Statement. Canadian Catholics were delivered from the light of Truth and stumbled off into the darkness “doing their own thing”. Today, as we line up to be euthanized by the son of one of the major political figures of the 60’s we can all clearly see where it has got us – leaderless sheep indeed.

Anyway, more to follow (MTF) in this vein at a later time – business calls and cannot be ignored …

Cheers

Joe

coptic-desertAlways remember, “be charitable in your judgements, and never take yourself too seriously”

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