Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Synod of Sickness

"I find that the fact that outside the Synod Hall the bishops may grant free interviews, while their interventions in the hall are not public, a clear contradiction, there was the will, additionally, to break this way a tradition that is proper to the Church... it doesn't matter if some are not in agreement with this opinion of mine. ''

''I say what I want, but above all I say what I must say as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Furthermore, I haven't done anything else than to give voice to the protests of many faithful who have written me regarding this from many nations, and who have the right to know the thinking of their bishops. Why  was it necessary to change it?"

Cardinal Muller

''Three quarters of the participants in Synod hall expressed problems with the text''

Cardinal Pell

In mid 2014, a seminary in Ireland made a bold foray into the public sphere with an advertisement that was intended as a tongue in cheek adventure into the media savvy world of twenty first century clergy recruitment. In reality, however, it came a little too close to the bone for the punchline to give any self respecting Catholic an erstwhile chuckle. The tagline on the advertisement for St. Patrick's College, Maynooth read 'Sourpusses need not apply' beside a photo of a laughing Pope Francis, he of so cool witz youngz pplz famez. Aside from explaining to the proverbial alien that this was a not so subtle attempt to hop on the good will bandwagon that had been optimistically created with the papacy of Francis, there are two more things that need pointing out.

 One, anyone who has ever been to the secular National University of Ireland run on the same campus or to St. Patrick's College itself, will tell you that many of the seminarians there seem to have the opposite problem to having a melancholic or workaholic disposition. 

No Pessimists, No Irish, No Dogs

Secondly, since when, even in jest, was the notion of excluding people based on their personality an admirable position, even outside of Catholicism? Bishop Eamon Casey, Fr. Brian Darcy and others have all been far from sourpusses in their lax attitude to Church teaching and yet they were typical of many post-conciliar one of da boyz mentality. Except when it comes to people who disagree with their lifestyles and behaviour (then the knives come out).  This shallowness, this worldly superficiality has been evident almost as an official approach from local level up within the Church since Vatican II.

Now, obviously a priest as a man in a sociable post requires a sense of humour. But irreverence towards Our Lord and His Church, His body and blood, is not humour. It is apathy. If parishioners wanted comedy, they could sit at home and watch a re-run of Naked Gun, not waste God given brain cells as they attend a clown mass. All things blossom when in their rightful place. I have always thus considered funerals to be the best judge of a priest's character. Anyone can entertain at a wedding but to make sense of death, especially to a Church full of lukewarm or even non-Catholics, takes a vocation based upon true service, true abandonment to the will of God and to His sheep. A sour puss is often better equipped to comfort on such an occasion, some priests speak too assuredly of the deceased being in heaven to properly comfort the bereaved. The soul of the living senses something shallow about the talk of their dead loved one going for a smoke with Bob Marley (who was a late convert to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church incidentally...but that's another story). 

Fr. Not A Sourpuss comforts the grief stricken

But all this sense of a rightful place for things has disappeared out the window since Vatican II. That same window that John XXIII left open in the early sixties. The enemies of God are plundering the riches of the Bride of Christ through this window each and every night. And the most saddening part of it all is the role of the Princes of the Church, who are deserting their sheep in droves, as Cardinals choose the ways of the world over the faith of their fathers. 

We have become accustomed in these times to being disappointed with our Church, to the point where our low expectations prompt us to accept a declining rate in child abuse and other sexually deviant cases by priests as a bonus. How far have we fallen? The Synod on the Family, based as it has been in politics and campaigning, has only served to enlighten any who were in doubt about the sickness of our Church.

At the base of it all, at the rotten core eating away at our Church, is the propensity to tolerate and even propagate lies and falsehoods that are in complete opposition to Our Lord's words.  Secrecy has become an unconscious raison d'etre for much of the clergy, who mask their thoughts and true inclinations with deliberately misleading and non-committal meanders. Take for example, even one not impressed by the discussion such as Cardinal Ortega of Mexico, who answered when asked was the Relatio working document a true reflection of discussions within the groups,'From my point of view yes and has been assumed so but it has certain limits and we must return to the missing points and underline them again. ' Such a diplomatic answer leaves much to be desired for anyone seeking truth. It reeks too horridly of a party line, a hindering oath to colleagues at the expense of basic truth. 

The secrecy of Synod, the rotten dictatorship of a populist tyrant planting six agents of his choosing to write the working document against the wishes of Bishops, is the complete antithesis of the One who declared that, 'the truth shall set you free'. In Mexico, Portugal and elsewhere Catholics died in opposition to the horrors of Freemasonry, the guardian of secrecy and maliciousness in modern society. The dead generations of Irish can similarly attest to the rampant unforgiving nature of Protestantism. And yet here we are, in 2014, watching our Church shutting out debate from its own faithful members by covert means. Watching it do to marriage what St. Thomas More and others so bravely opposed, watching it behave as condemned secret societies behave.  The moral degradation is unparalleled and strangely the status quo, there are many in the Synod Hall who laud and even desire homosexual acts...why then fear a public discussion over something that they feel passionate enough about that they are willing to obliterate 2,000 years of tradition? The simple answer is that many of men are living lies. Many do not believe in God. Some are practising homosexuals (let's call a spade a spade here). Almost all are suffering from a crisis of faith. The criticisms of the world have become too loud. They cannot bare it any longer, surely if they accentuate and distort the concept of God's mercy, He will give extend it to them too when they die?

Kasper is rumoured to hang around St. Peter's Square on his lunch hour with application forms for the German Church 'Gimme a break, it's not easy working on commission' he tells the security guards.

Now there are some, of the heretical persuasion, who regard it uncharitable to ponder what might motivate a Cardinal to act a certain way of support a certain position. And so I will not be naming any specific rumours about specific men (Google is there for that, after the Keith O'Brien scandal may seem plausible). However, we have long sank into a sad acceptance that these men are  as easily dismissed from their sin as politicians are. And that their misdeeds are some sort of humorous folly for us to behold as we would a Bill Clinton or Anthony Weiner character. Child abuse, sexual harassment and all forms of deviancy are signs of an inner sickness to the point of morbidity. It is not only not normal, it is Satanic in any walk of life. But the Church?

 It is easy to place the blame on the Second Vatican Council, the question needs to be asked what more can be done? In the past, we have been urged to be living witnesses in silent and dignified obedience, a virtue that is unbeknownst to liberal Catholics when it comes to instances where their opinions and preferences are questioned. Those who are blessed with the capacity to comprehend the logic that if Our Lord is in the Eucharist that this logically implies that a Mass should be based upon reverence for Him (and not Coldplay songs, as at one Mass I sat through recently). The liturgy was historically undoubtedly important, then undoubtedly spoiled in the Council's wake. Now we have talk of marriage, with marriage being bore over by a daunting menace. In the same way that the Church puts all of her weight behind marriage, now we see the world throwing all of its weight against marriage, even it can be said against the concept of love itself.

The majority of people in the world, for all the evil in it, must surely in their hearts know what is in the balance here. Even the most uneducated and simplistic can maintain the common sense to know that a man is a man and a woman is a woman. Yet the will can make a mockery of our own minds. Its desire for sensuality and the approval of man can render our thoughts akin to those of a well oiled machine, trained like a dog to follow any paperweight thought that instils in us a temporary sense of comfort at being a passenger on the latest modernist zeitgeist. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Said ideas are the works of fools and when discussed at length are proven to be so. Which is why the Synod has been cloaked by cowards in such secrecy. If Freemasonry is the reactionary realm of cowardice, how more shameful it is to be blessed with the grace of the learning required to become a Cardinal only to waste it by means of the will, choosing to commit intellectual suicide instead. 

The discussions between the groups have not been broadcast because they provide such stark contrast to the theologically regressive document that was produced afterwards. We do not know of each word presented inside the hall because those who are rigging it are afraid that those who obstruct their clear path to perfect heresy through debate, will make their task more difficult than it needs be. The plethora of anti-Mason encyclicals in the Church's history (written about more by Popes than any other subject) decried their secrecy, their sinister refusal to come forth about events that were of supposed benefit to their 'brothers' in wider society. And in 2014, the Pope himself is playing a nasty and subversive role in lulling countless Catholics into at best, a false sense of security and at worst, straight into hell. So many of the Cardinals have claimed that what was published in the working document was not at all discussed. It has all the hallmarks of a revolution. As ugly. As grotesque. As underhanded as modernity herself.

It is a mystery as to how this is all happening. We have had the warnings of Our Lady of Fatima, yet on a human level it is baffling to comprehend. In the same way that Pope Paul VI worked alongside Pope Pius XII and wrote Humanae Vitae before his descent into unabashed incompetence, so too did the wealthy heel of the push for the destruction of marriage Cardinal Walter Kasper have his moments of clarity. In 2008, he made an observation regarding the Anglican Church that belies his current nihilism, "Look at the Protestant churches. They have married priests and women priests, too. Are they doing better? The Church of England has also taken on terrible problems with these developments. I wouldn't wish those problems on my church." It's unfathomable to think that he could express such a logical opinion and years later become the Devil Incarnate for many faithful Catholics.  Maybe Pope Paul VI was not merely being rhetorical when he spoke of the Smoke of Satan. Maybe the men who are supposed to protect the souls of the world really are being swayed by secrecy, by Freemasonry, by liberalism. Maybe it is the Devil who has tempted them to do so. If the Truth sets us free, by logical extension a lie enslaves us. Since the sixties, for whatever reasons, priests and laity have nullified their brains and been enslaved by said lies. Were certain architects of Vatican II members of secret societies opposed to Catholicism? How did society ever learn to accept perversion as a normal affliction for a man who took solemn vows to serve God? Why did people choose materialism over their own souls?

Vanity of vanities, all is vanity except to serve God alone.

We may never get answers to these questions, but we should at the very least think about them. It may help us to prevent this societal apocalypse before us. It could help renew in us a sense that society was once good, that Europe was once Catholic. Abandonment to God has always been the realm of the outer sourpuss, the ones who choose Our Lord and spend their lives making others happy. Regardless of their external demeanour, the meek and minnow amongst us have always given their mortal and eternal selves most readily to the salvation of souls. The clowns, the boisterous ones, the over-compensatory jesters. These are not projecting an interior love of God or neighbour. Theirs is the business of one's self. The glorification of the ego. They seek only praise for their supposed humility, expecting leniency for ignorance of their duties in all things on account of their irreverence.

'When'll you be back Jesus? Under the law of gradualness I'll get down maybe at some point and bring you over for dinner'

That is the essence of the problem of the liberal Cardinals. They do not see what a true needy sinner is, of the kind Our Lord so gently cared for in the gospels. Wouldn't know one if it climbed a tree just to gaze at a cassocked priest strolling by. Zacchaeus, the tax collector, was not marching down Jericho with his fellow tax collectors announcing 'Tax Pride'. He was a lowly and troubled character who was aware of his shortcomings, in heigh and deeds. So, he climbed to see Christ, in the same way that he ascended a higher spiritual perspective. His moment of grace came because he willed to see the Messiah from Nazareth, the awareness of his failures. His subsequent repentance of sin was a repudiation of the life that had kept him away from being good. He no longer wished to do evil, he had sought God and God had invited him in. Under condition that he sinned no more. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. In the same fashion, the Prodigal Son only received forgiveness after repentance. Go and sin no moreA man in leather chaps walking another grown man on a leash with children around him, has told the heavens where to go. A man who brings home his new girlfriend to see his children from his marriage has blurted his non servum in no uncertain terms. The woman who decides to have her child bludgeoned from the womb has shut out the light. If you want to be perfect, sell all your possessions and give them to the poor. Then you will have your reward in Heaven. These people have no concept of how poor in spirit they truly are.
Prodigal Son...had he been born in 2014 he may have brought the boyfriend back with him for dinner

Enough with the secrets. Enough with the lies. Tell us, Cardinals, what is happening inside our Church. 

More importantly, tell us why.


              Pope Leo XIII's warning on Freemasonry and conspiracy from Humanum Genus 

Candidates are generally commanded to promise - nay, with a special oath, to swear - that they will never, to any person, at any time or in any way, make known the members, the passes, or the subjects discussed. Thus, with a fraudulent external appearance, and with a style of simulation which is always the same, the Freemasons, like the Manichees of old, strive, as far as possible, to conceal themselves, and to admit no witnesses but their own members. As a convenient manner of concealment, they assume the character of literary men and scholars associated for purposes of learning. They speak of their zeal for a more cultured refinement, and of their love for the poor; and they declare their one wish to be the amelioration of the condition of the masses, and to share with the largest possible number all the benefits of civil life. Were these purposes aimed at in real truth, they are by no means the whole of their object. Moreover, to be enrolled, it is necessary that the candidates promise and undertake to be thenceforward strictly obedient to their leaders and masters with the utmost submission and fidelity, and to be in readiness to do their bidding upon the slightest expression of their will; or, if disobedient, to submit to the direst penalties and death itself. As a fact, if any are judged to have betrayed the doings of the sect or to have resisted commands given, punishment is inflicted on them not infrequently, and with so much audacity and dexterity that the assassin very often escapes the detection and penalty of his crime.

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