January AD 2014
Our Lady of the Rosary
The Holy Family
Labels of Liberal, Conservative and Traditional
Re-runs of the Silly Season
Father has adopted the practice of commemorating
the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph by adding the collects of their
proper Mass to those of the day whenever the rubrics allow. Family life has
come under increased attack by the modernists and Marxists in our secular
society, in its “long march through the institutions.” It is hoped that
frequently invoking the Family which serves as a model to all will help to
reverse the anti-family and anti-life tendencies of the world in which we live.,
In 1892, the saintly Pope Leo XIII issued the
Apostolic Letter, Néminem fugit, calling on Catholics to consecrate their
families to the Holy Family of Jesus. Mary, and Joseph—for in these
three—fathers, mothers, and children—could find a model and inspiration for
their relationship with one another.
Collects of the Holy Family
Lord Jesus Christ, who when Thou wast subject to Mary and Joseph didst sanctify
home life with ineffable virtues: grant that by their assistance, we may be
instructed by the example of Thine Holy Family and become partakers of their
offer Thee, O Lord, this sacrifice of propitiation, humbly entreating that
through the intercession of the virgin Mother of God and blessed Joseph, Thou
wouldst firmly establish our families in Thy peace and grace.
us, O Lord Jesus, whom Thou dost refresh with Thy heavenly Sacraments, ever to
follow the example of Thine Holy Family, that at the hour of our death Thy
glorious Virgin Mother and blessed Joseph may be near us, and may we be found
worthy to be received by Thee into Thine eternal dwellings.
Labels of Liberal, Conservative
and Traditional; Laity, Prelates and Popes (updated)
A Liberal is
one who seeks to change Church teaching or pastoral practice in order to
accommodate the changing values of the world, such as artificial
contraception, cohabitation and homosexual pairings. In reality they
exchange the teaching of Christ for the theories of Rogers, Freud, Marx
etc. Such a person has fallen into moral heresy, abandoning Gospel
morality as taught for 2000 years under the guidance the Holy Spirit.
Conservative is one who is loyal to Rome no matter what. Be they laity
or prelates, they are blind ultramontanes; those who change their
teaching and pastoral practice because Rome has said so –and without
asking whether Rome was entitled to make the change.
This form of ultramontanism [*] is most dangerous because
it appears loyal, but it is erroneous in that it is loyal only to the
Pope of the day and not to the whole history of papal and Conciliar
Traditionalist is one who is loyal to the Pope of the day as long as
that Pope’s teaching is consistent with that of previous Popes and
Councils. There can never be a ‘good Pope’ who changes doctrine or
allows doctrine to be sidestepped for pastoral concerns, since doctrinal
change is renunciation of previous teaching and a pastoral sidestep
creates a lex vivendi which gives impetus to a change in the
lex credendi. A Pope who changes doctrine or sidesteps it in
practice cannot be a safe, good or loyal Pope, because his task is
simply to defend and promote the Deposit of Faith. He may develop it in
application to new situations, but he cannot distort it or discard it in
order to accommodate new situations.
change and/or pastoral sidestepping are what liberals expect of Pope
Francis, and at the end of the day I cannot see him obliging them.
Certainly some of his off-the-cuff remarks have given a hope to liberals
and in that sense they are to be regretted, but
unless he has the arrogance of assuming that for two
thousand years the Church has been wrong; that he alone has correctly
perceived the mind and will of God who is “the same yesterday, today and
forever” (Heb.13:8) and in whom “there is no change, nor shadow of
alteration” (Jas.1:17), Francis simply cannot oblige liberal desires.
Father Gary Dickson
[*] “Ultramontane,” literally “beyond the
mountains,” in this case the Alps, refers to the fact that for Catholics in most
of Europe, the Holy See of Rome lies on the other side of the Alps.
Ultramontanism, then, refers to Catholic loyalty to the authentic teachings of
the Popes. As Father Dickson points out, this teaching must be consistent with
the teachings of previous Popes, (for as the First Vatican Council tells us,
such truths are “irreformabble..”)
Back By “Progressive” Demand!
Re-runs of the Silly Season!
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
Pierre Teilhard de
Chardin, S.J. !
the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican posted an article praising the Jesuit
paleontologist and pseudo-philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin !
[perspective] deserves serious consideration. It foreshadowed the characteristic
aspects of today's society , especially in the network society . Teilhard sees
humanity as the thinking envelope of the biosphere. He calls it the " noosphere
." This shell grows over time with socialization . agriculture and livestock it
has fostered new relationships with the environment and the conquest of new
lands….anticipating the perspectives of globalization and [mondial]ization , it
was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin . He sees the growing socialization as an
extension of the evolution of life. This thought recurs in his works. His
perspective is not content to sketch a future in which civilizations and peoples
are becoming increasingly interdependent , but can see the path of a new
humanity towards the culmination of the entire cosmic evolution , the omega
point , coinciding with the Christ [recapitulating] all reality.
Just so there is no mistake, “the Teilhardian
perspective,” to which L’Osservatore Romano wants everyone to give
“serious consideration,” was placed under a Monitum (Warning) of the Holy
Office on 30 June 1962:
sufficiently clear that the above-mentioned works [of Teilhard] abound in such
ambiguities and indeed even serious errors, as to offend Catholic doctrine….
For this reason, the … Fathers of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries as well
as the superiors of Religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents
of universities, effectively to protect the minds, particularly of the youth,
against the dangers presented by the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and of his
The Monitum was declared to remain in force on
20 July 1981.
 But, even had there been no Warning, the writings of Teilhard are filled with
crack-pottery. He was popular with the trendy and with the pseudo-philosophers
of the modernist movement—but does any rational person really believe that the
people of the Earth constitute a “noosphere” that evolved from something, and
is in “cosmic evolution” into God (Christ) at the “Omega point”?
Teilhard, by the way, as a paleontologist,
participated in the two frauds claiming to have found a “missing link” between
animals and man, known as the “Piltdown man,” and the “Peking man.”
Proponents of evolution insist that the Peking “discovery” was real, only it is
too bad that the fossils all went missing, so we must take them at their word!
Evolution people, like global warming people, think that their “science” is so
well “settled” that fraudulent evidence is as good as the real thing.
Cardinal O'Malley's Methodist reaffirmation
During a special ecumenical worship
service in Sudbury, Cardinal Sean O'Malley asked the Rev. Anne Robertson of
Plymouth to administer a baptism reaffirmation ritual to him.
Martell/Pilot New Media)
Or as Reverend Anne describes it in
her blog: “A divorced, Scotch Protestant Clergywoman anoints an Irish Catholic
Yes, Virginia, he is the one who celebrated a “Catholic” funeral Mass for the
Swimmer of Chappaquiddick.
Archbishop Müller, you may recall was appointed
Prefect of the Contradiction of the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope Benedict XVI,
and retained in office by Pope Francis, who has just named him a cardinal.
Cardinal Müller, you may recall, is he fellow
who praises Gustavo Guitierrez’ “liberation” theology, thinks miracles are not
objectively real, doesn’t take the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Virgin
seriously, and says that “Catholic and Evangelical Christians are already united
even in what we call the visible Church.”.
Curiously, he excludes traditional Catholics who
keep to orthodox theology, upright morality, and the true Mass from his “visible
Church,” claiming they are in “sacramental schism.”
Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!
Another new Cardinal designate is Archbishop
Vincent Nichols of Westminster. His views on the British recognition of
homosexual unions are unique, to say the least:
We would want to
emphasise that civil partnerships actually provide a structure in which people
of the same sex who want a lifelong relationship [and] a lifelong partnership
can find their place and protection and legal provision… As a Church we are very
committed to the notion of equality so that people are treated the same across
all the activities of life. The Church holds great store by the value of
commitment in relationships and undertakings that people give…
The Archbishop is the president of Catholic
Marriage Care Ltd., which offers marriage preparation for same sex couples!
Pope Francis on
This worldliness can be fuelled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the
attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith whose only interest is a
certain experience or a set of ideas and bits of information which are meant to
console and enlighten, but which ultimately keep one imprisoned in his or her
own thoughts and feelings. The other is the self-absorbed promethean
neopelagianism of those who ultimately trust only in their own powers and feel
superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently
faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past. A supposed soundness of
doctrine or discipline leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian
elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others,
and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in
inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus
Christ or others. These are manifestations of an anthropocentric immanentism. It
is impossible to think that a genuine evangelizing thrust could emerge from
these adulterated forms of Christianity.
“Gnosticism,” “promethean neopelagianism,”
“narcissistic and authoritarian elitism,” “anthropocentric immanentism.”
Clearly, he man’s buzzword generator is stuck in the “on” position! Clearly, he
doesn’t like those who hold tenaciously to the Catholic Faith!
Like the Jack-O-Lantern, real beauty comes from the Inner Light of Christ who
lives within each of us. The seeds are to the pumpkin what personal faults are
to each of us. Such things serve as obstacles and obstructions to the Light. It
is only after the pumpkin is scooped clean of the seeds, of all the yucky stuff,
that the candle light can shine forth brightly. In the same way, it is only
after we remove the seeds of greed, envy, anger, bitterness and hate, that the
Light of Christ can truly shine forth from the depth of our souls.[14
Reverend John Roebuck performs the Jack-O-Lantern Lighting and Final Blessing
during the All Saints Prayer Service at St Stanislaus Church on Thursday
afternoon October 31, 2013. Photo by Mark C Psoras/The Reporter
Celebraing Eighty Years of Catholicism in Coghlan,
Buenos Aires, Argentina