Saturday, February 16, 2019

Prayers for former Cardinal McCarrick

Banished, expelled.

Today's First reading alerted me to the sad fact McCarrick's canonical punishment would be announced today.

The LORD God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden,to till the ground from which he had been taken.When he expelled the man,he settled him east of the garden of Eden;and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword,to guard the way to the tree of life. - GN 3:9-24

Expelled from the clerical state.

“On 11 January 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power. The Congresso imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state,” the statement form the congregation explained.

The ex-cardinal then appealed this decision but was told on the 15 February that the decision to laicise him was definitive.

“The Holy Father has recognised the definitive nature of this decision made in accord with law, rendering it a res iudicata (i.e., admitting of no further recourse).” - source

Today I pray for McCarrick.  Imagine such a fall from grace, to have gained the whole world, to have your reputation and honor stripped from you.  Imagine those who supported and protected and covered for him - how shameful.  Sharing the lies, participating in the charade. How infinitely sad.

I pray for McCarrick.

Adam: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. 
Masaccio, Brancacci Chapel.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Mexicans are coming! The Mexicans are coming!


OMG!  Trump declares a National Emergency!

President declares National Emergency because of the invasion. "We're talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs."  Thousands of them!

The Mexicans are coming! Crap! 

Why aren't there Civil Defense Directions? Do I need to evacuate? 

Gabby, get the bug-out bag, we're leaving!

They're taking over pharmacies.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Blessed Cardinal Newman to be canonized.

Good news.

Vatican City, Feb 13, 2019 / 03:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Wednesday approved the canonization of Bl. John Henry Newman, a Roman Catholic cardinal, scholar, and founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England. 
Following a Feb. 12 meeting with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope signed off on a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Newman, who was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in Birmingham, England on Sept. 19, 2010.

Everyone is posting on the announcement.

I know many people will take another look at Newman, and like I'm doing here, repeat a few things about his life and friendship with Fr. Ambrose St. John.  Gay Catholics like to claim Newman because of that close friendship.  I have lost count of the priests I have known who have speculated upon the subject of sexual orientation and these priests.  The best of them always held up their example as a model for chaste-celibate, same sex disinterested friendship.  Others were less discerning and along with some lay-gay-Catholics, were quite sure their friendship must have been romantic in nature. 

I don't believe that of course.

As I noted several years ago, controversy has swirled around Newman's close friendship with St. John, especially in the past couple of decades, since religious activists in the gay rights movement have searched Martyrologies looking for saints who showed signs of homosexuality. (Queering the Church)  The trouble with that revisionist thinking is that in just about every epoch, homosexual behavior has always been considered a perverted, disgraceful act - and in Newman's time it was a vice never even to be mentioned and punishable by law. Therefore it is very difficult for contemporary notions of same-sex, homoerotic, romantic love to be imposed upon earlier 'couple saints' - try as they might. (Jonathan and David, Sergius and Bacchus, and so on.) Nevertheless, such distortions have gained a foothold in contemporary culture, and are promulgated by not a few gay-Catholics

I won't devote much time to this subject, been there, done that in the past.  Check my archives here.

Disinterested friendship - it's a good thing.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Keep the faith ...

If you really seek God, don't go to strangers.  Go to Christ, to the Church.  He is living and present in the sacraments, touchable in the Eucharist.  Peter points the way for the Catholic.  The Pope is Christ's vicar on earth.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  Catholic teaching cannot change.  God's mercy is inexhaustible.  If on your way you see it differently, keep praying, keep trying, keep seeking, the Holy Spirit will correct you.  Be close to the Blessed Virgin and trust in the Divine Mercy. 

"What the devil can't do himself he does by using other people. He takes up his position on the tongues and in the hearts of his servants and before their mind's eye. He makes them see what doesn't exist. So they conceive within their hearts all sorts of evil thoughts and resentments regarding their neighbors - often regarding those they most love." - S. Catherine of Siena

Read the Scriptures, the New Testament.  Go to adoration - it doesn't matter if the Sacrament is exposed - Christ is in the tabernacle.  Visit him.  Pray deeply, hidden with Christ in God.

It is the will of God, even if you were living among devils, you should so live as not to turn back in thought to consider what they are doing, but forget them utterly. You are to keep your soul wholly to God, and not to suffer the thought of this or that to disturb you. - John of the Cross

Sunday, February 10, 2019

What Cardinal Mueller said...

His teaching on the Faith is more important than gossip and speculation and accusation.
Manifesto of Faith

In a four-page public testimony (see below) released in multiple languages Feb. 8, and whose title is taken from the Gospel of John “Let not your heart be troubled!”, the prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reasserts many key teachings of the faith, reminding clergy and laity it is up to “shepherds” to “guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation.”

“Today, many Christians are no longer even aware of the basic teachings of the Faith,” the German cardinal laments, “so there is a growing danger of missing the path to eternal life.”

Written in response to requests from “many bishops, priests, religious and lay people,” the cardinal’s testimony comes as the Church awaits the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse, and following statements and documents from the Pope down that many practicing faithful have, at times, found confusing, disorienting and inconsistent with the Church’s teaching.

Cardinal Müller recalls that the “very purpose” of the Church is to lead humanity to Jesus Christ and underlines the importance of the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a “safe standard for the doctrine of the faith” that was written to counter a “dictatorship of relativism.”
He then proceeds to quote copiously from the Catechism, interspersing passages with uncompromising commentary on what he sees as a crisis of confusion and disorientation in the Church.

The German cardinal urges the faithful to “resist” with “clear resolve” a “relapse into ancient heresies,” which view Jesus Christ as “only a good person, brother and friend, prophet and moralist.”

He stresses that the Church, founded by Christ as a “visible sign and tool of salvation,” does not “reflect herself but the light of Christ which shines on her face.” - Read more here.

The Cardinal speaks with wonderful clarity, the truth of our Faith.  It is a sorely needed document by a good prelate.  He removes any doubt some may have regarding Catholic teaching, without hurling accusations or condemnations against any particular person.  His 'Manifesto' doesn't ask questions, rather it answers any question one might have regarding the faith and morals.

Let's pray for an ever deepening love of the truth and the constant guidance and consolation of the Holy Spirit, to remain faithful during the troubles which are coming.

“He will deceive those who are lost by all means of injustice,” Cardinal Müller adds, quoting from St. Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, “for they have closed themselves to the love of the truth by which they should be saved.”

He closes his testimony by reminding that all the faithful must “recall these fundamental truths by clinging to what we ourselves have received.” - NCRegister

Why this is important for me to highlight Cardinal Mueller's Manifesto and fidelity to the Church. 

Many of my friends and relatives and some who read me are not always faithful Catholics, some have fallen away, others simply reject Catholic teaching as BS.  They look at the hierarchy and priests as hypocrites and fund-raising scam artists.  They are deterred from approaching the Church because of the sins of her members and ministers, who teach that you can't get married outside the Church, can't divorce, can't contracept, can't be gay, much less say gay, and definitely no ss marriage or adoption for gay couples.  Yet not a few who call out others  as heretics for this or that doctrinal issue may have lived double lives themselves - not at all practicing what they preach.  Deflecting attention away from their own corruption.

That is why the Manifesto by Mueller is welcome affirmation of what the Catechism teaches, and he does this without making any sort of attack upon this bishop, that cardinal, nor our Holy Father.  Pundits, commentators, journalists will use this against the Pope - and they will continue to dig up scandals and name names and describe in detail sins committed by closeted gay prelates, further scandalizing the faithful and those who have fallen away due to injustice and scandal.  Pray for those who doubt, our brothers and sisters who are lost or away from the Church and the sacraments, and let the dead bury their dead.