Saturday, December 31, 2022
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Sunday, July 17, 2022
Today Fr. Z asks for a hard thing in the wake of Blase Cardinal Cupich's brutal, hateful suppression of the Institute of Christ the King within his archdiocese: that Masses be offered on August 1st for his intention. He also asks writers and bloggers to pick up this request.
Why is this so hard? Because, on account of his having been a protégé of ex-Cardinal McCarrick, and still more on account of his appalling cruelty and towering hypocrisy, Cardinal Cupich has made himself one of the most loathsome and repulsive figures in the Church's hierarchy in our lifetime. One would wish to see some dreadful, humiliating retribution visited upon him in exchange for the misery he has visited upon his subjects and the sacrileges, such as the infamous laser light Christmas Mass and the Bubble Mass, that he has permitted within his precincts.
But: Christ died for him too, and desires not the death of sinners, but that they should live. To this we all owe the fact that, up to now, we ourselves have not been struck by lightning and swallowed up by the earth.
So, if there are any priests amongst my tiny readership, please offer your Mass on August 1st for the intention of Cardinal Cupich, in view of the fact that his conversion would be God's preferred method of putting a stop to his predations. I myself will offer my daily Rosary for him on that day.
Friday, June 24, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Monday, June 20, 2022
Friday, June 10, 2022
Pope Francis never stops trolling us. From bringing in syncretism and pagan worship to dropping 16-ton weights on the Mass of tradition to elevating wicked bishops to the college of cardinals to describing the Holy Spirit as "the author of division, ruckus and a certain disorder," the present sovereign pontiff is the scourge that leaves no square inch of our flesh unbloodied. So much of what he does and says is the exact opposite of what a Pope should do and say. He quite fails to confirm the brethren.
Or does he?
I think 2020 kicked off a period of exceptional undeception. The evils of the modern world have always been visible; but we who have never known anything else have failed, in whole or in part, to recognize them for what they are. 2020 began to prove to us how naked and defenseless we really are in both Church and State before the forces of malignity in the world. Once a cadre of unelected bureaucrats and oligarchs began to interfere with our everyday lives, we could see how useless our "democratic" systems of government are in the face of true threats to our "constitutionally guaranteed" freedoms. With the closure of churches and deprivation of the Sacraments, we have seen that the Church of the New Advent, Updated and Streamlined for the sake of Modern Man, has got nothing for us in a true crisis. God, in His mercy, evidently wills that this present generation not die in its errors.
I submit that His most powerful instrument is Pope Francis. What greater proof could there be than this catastrophic pontificate that the Barque of Peter is in dire need of a course correction? Francis is the ultimate undeceiver. He is not a one-off. He is a typical boomer cleric: arrogant, brutal, filled with hatred and contempt for tradition and those who love it. There are loads of priests and bishops just like him, and so it was inevitable that one such would make it onto the Throne of Peter. The full horror of the project launched into the open at the Second Vatican Council was never going to really make itself fully known and felt by us until we got such a Pope.
Pope Benedict XVI, though handicapped by the desire to compromise with the Big Ideas of the postconciliar church (as it calls itself), nevertheless tried, gently, to turn the ship around. But, coarse as we are, gentleness did not suffice, so God permitted the advent of a destroyer. By the trials that he has inflicted on us, Pope Francis actually removes all reasonable doubt as to the following:
- "Aggiornamento" is really surrender to the world, the flesh and the devil.
- The novelties of the Council, such as religious liberty, ecumenism and collegiality, constitute a colossal betrayal and led directly to abominations like Assisi, Pachamama and Abu Dhabi (with their proponents citing to the Council), as well as to the paralysis of prelates in the face of such evils.
- The Mass of Paul VI is the expression of something that bears the name of Catholicism but that is in opposition to what came before it.
- The Mass of Paul VI performs, and is performed, precisely as intended.
- By the entirely unworthy men this Pope promotes, we can see that there is no dichotomy between someone's private life and his public life. Sexual deviancy leads inevitably to deviancy in everything.
In short, all the evils the traditionalists in the '60s and '70s predicted -- for which they were laughed to scorn -- have come to pass. Pope Francis leaves us no room to fudge or evade or reinterpret this fact into something positive.
In a strange and backhanded sort of way, and whether he intends it or not, Pope Francis is confirming the brethren. He is confirming them in the inescapable fact that they have gone terribly wrong, and that they need to retrace their steps and get back on the right road.
Pope Francis acts as someone who loves to sow confusion. But, in light of all the foregoing, how confused are we really?
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
Pray the Rosary every day (which we should all be doing anyway). Recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart every day during the month of June. Offer up trials and tribulations, however small, in reparation for the outrages committed against the Sacred Heart during the month that is especially dedicated to Its honor. Go to confession. Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on First Friday. If you've never made the Nine First Fridays, now would be a good time to start. If you have made them, it couldn't hurt to make them again.
ord, have mercy on us.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
We are advised that the "Synodal Way" is the New Way of Doing Church. It means the Church listening to The People for a Change, instead of ordering them around. The People need to feel like it's Safe to Say Exactly What They Believe.
Okay. Pursuant to Synodality, I trust the hierarchy will now listen to me, accept me for what I am, and honor my legitimate aspirations. So, here goes.
I want all churches to be beautiful and worthy places of worship, and not look like a cross between Hitler's bunker and a ski lodge. I want the clear and unambiguous teaching of the authentic Catholic faith to children, in the same sense and the same explanation as it has always been passed down. I want all the pervs and grifters cleaned out of the hierarchy. I want the human element of the Church to stop lending its prestige to social engineering projects conducted by worldly powers, and start defending the flock against tyranny. I want unrestricted and unconditional access to the approved and received rites of the Mass and the Sacraments as they existed before the upheavals of the 1960s, and I want to have it right in my own neighborhood, instead of having to make a 100-mile round trip every week to get them. Those are the things I want.
I'm sure the Hierarchy of the New Advent will get right on that.
We all remember how, 40 or 50 years ago, they sprang into action to effectuate the wishes of the Catholics who refused to attend the Novus Ordo, but flocked to Archbishop Lefebvre, to hear his Masses and have him administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to their children. We have seen them continue in the same vein now, moving to crush the traditional Mass, the traditional Sacraments and traditional religious congregations, taking timely action in an increasingly evil world against this sector of the Church where the real growth is happening.
Thank God we got rid of that mean, nasty, hide-bound, anathematizing Church of No. Thank God the Church is finally listening to me.