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January AD 2014
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The Holy Family

Labels of Liberal, Conservative and Traditional

Re-runs of the Silly Season

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The Holy Family

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.[1]


Collects of the Holy Family



O 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 eternal happiness.


We 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.


Make 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.

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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.

A 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 teaching.

A 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.

Doctrinal 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.

~ Rev. 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..”)


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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.  !

L’Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican posted an article praising the Jesuit paleontologist and pseudo-philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin !

[T]he Teilhardian [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.[3]

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:

It is 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 followers.

    The Monitum was declared to remain in force on 20 July 1981.  [4]  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.”[5]  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.
(George Martell/Pilot New Media)

    Or as Reverend Anne describes it in her blog:  “A divorced, Scotch Protestant Clergywoman anoints an Irish Catholic Cardinal.”[7] Yes, Virginia, he is the one who celebrated a “Catholic” funeral Mass for the Swimmer of Chappaquiddick. [8]


Gerhard Cardinal Müller  !

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.”.[9]

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.”[10]  Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!


Vincent  Cardinal Nichols  !

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…[11]

The Archbishop is the president of Catholic Marriage Care Ltd., which offers marriage preparation for same sex couples![12]

Pope Francis on Tradition

94. 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.[13]

 “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!


Pumpkin Liturgy—Ordinary Form

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[15]


Tango Mass—Ordinary Form


Celebraing Eighty Years of Catholicism in Coghlan,
Buenos Aires, Argentina


[3]   (page 5) translation, slightly edited.

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