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In honor of the tenth anniversary of the “Liberation” of the Latin Mass by Pope Benedict XVI, a pilgrimage and conference were held in Rome. Pope Francis was notably silent throughout.
AbcNews.com/VATICAN CITY — Sep 14, 2017, 12:27 PM ET: Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis.
Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass, Francis seems to be doing everything possible to roll it back or simply pretend it never happened.
In recent weeks, he has affirmed with "magisterial authority" that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were "irreversible." Last week he gave local bishops conferences authority to oversee those translations, rather than the Vatican.
The moves underscored that the age-old liturgy wars in the Catholic Church are very much alive and provide a microcosm view of the battle lines that have been drawn between conservative, traditionalist Catholics and Francis ever since he declined to wear the traditional, ermine-trimmed red mozzetta cape for his first public appearance as pontiff in 2013.
The indifference seems reciprocal.
At a conference Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Benedict's decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, the Rev. Vincenzo Nuara, didn't even mention Francis in his opening remarks. The current pope was mentioned in passing by the second speaker, and ignored entirely by the third.
The front-row participants honoring retired pope Benedict and his 2007 decree were also telling: Cardinal Raymond Burke, a leading critic of the current pope whom Francis removed as the Vatican's supreme court judge in 2014; Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, recently axed by Francis as the Vatican's doctrine chief, and Cardinal Robert Sarah, appointed by Francis as head of the Vatican's liturgy office but effectively sidelined by his deputy.
…Francis' new law is a "pretty clear course correction from Pope Benedict's line," said the Rev. Anthony Ruff, associate professor of theology at St. John's University in Minnesota and moderator of the progressive liturgical blog, Pray Tell.
Despite the sense of belonging to a previous era, the conference was nevertheless upbeat about the future of the Latin Mass even under a pope who has openly questioned why any young person would seek out the old rite and disparaged traditionalists as rigid and insecure navel-gazers. READ MORE pilgrimage and conference
REMNANT COMMENT: No surprise here, of course. Although, in fairness, I remember attending these SP pilgrimages when Pope Benedict was still at the helm, and he too was always conspicuous by his absence, though in those days there was at least a greeting. This year, only deafening papal silence to mark ten years of the history-changing moto proprio.
Francis, it must be said, has bigger and better things to do. Right now he's trying to reduce the number of priests working at the Vatican, for example, in order to load up on laypeople, especially women.
He's also keen on reducing the number of Italians at the Vatican, God knows why (Rome's in Italy, Holiness, remember?)
Pope Francis has got a lot of big plans to permanently decentralize the Church, get rid of whatever Latin is still being used, and bring diversity to the Vatican, according to Rome Reports:
Note the Pope's hand gestures (minute 0:59) as he enters the room filled with prelates at the end of the video. Very telling. Someone needs to inform His Holiness: “They're not standing up for you, Holiness; they're standing out of respect for your august office.” Does this man know the difference?
On the other hand, I'm left with the distinct impression that if his subordinates had not risen at his entrance, Francis would have been the first to read them the riot act. It's the "Oh, no, no. Please. I'm humble" moment that this pope seems to really enjoy.
By the way, we take some heat for calling Pope Francis the "Holy Father" here on this web site. As Francis demonstrably gesticulates to have everyone sit down in his humble presence, I hope visitors will understand why we insist on that. It is the Holy See, it is the Holy Father, it is the Holy Church. And we will NEVER join Francis in denigrating and downgrading the office of the Papacy. He is the Holy Father, whether he likes it or not.
A coalition of pro-life organizations, activists, and journalists issued a public statement today calling upon Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, and the other Catholic bishops of Massachusetts, to stop their betrayals of the pro-life movement.
In its 2004 document Catholics in Political Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops specifically prohibited Catholic institutions from giving awards, honors or platforms to political figures who support legal abortion. The coalition cited nineteen violations of this in the last three years involving Catholic prelates in the Bay State.
Among the scandals decried by the statement's signatories was Cardinal O’Malley's attendance at the 2017 Profiles in Courage Award ceremony at the Kennedy Library honoring former President Barack Obama, whose administration was sued by the Little Sisters of the Poor over the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.
Another incident criticized was the 2014 presentation by the Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle – whose president is Cardinal O'Malley – of the Cardinal Cushing Award to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a longtime proponent of legal abortion. Walsh, the recipient of the 2016 Men of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts, went on to defend the public funding of Planned Parenthood, name a square in the city's South End after abortionist Kenneth Edelin, and call for Boston to become a sanctuary city for abortions, should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
Along with asking for full episcopal compliance with Catholics in Political Life, the coalition is also urging the bishops to reverse their recently imposed ban on signature gathering on church property,the timing of which will adversely impact an initiative petition drive seeking to end tax funded abortions in the Commonwealth.
The coalition characterized the bishops' behavior as a series of "repeated, ongoing and worsening scandals and betrayals, which demoralize faithful Catholics, marginalize the pro-life community, and send a message of confusion and contradiction to secular society."
Operation Rescue: Boston President William Cotter stated: "All we are asking of our prelates is that they uphold their own professed principles and abide by their own stated policies. The disconnect in the Catholic hierarchy between rhetoric and reality on the issue of abortion must come to an end."
"The bishops expose themselves to the reproach of hypocrisy when they urge Catholics to support the right to life, but then give awards and platforms to public officials who work to keep abortion legal, unrestricted and publicly funded."
"No rational person can reasonably be expected to take seriously Catholic opposition to abortion when Catholic bishops and cardinals honor and extol, at public events, even in their own institutions, political figures who are opponents of the right to life, and allies of Planned Parenthood. The bishops must stop these betrayals."
Let’s all take a moment to thank the Euro market, “Lidl”, for helping to make the world safe for diversity. According to Breitbart:
German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring pictures of the iconic Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, which appear on some of its products, to erase the crosses which adorn the building.
Images of the world-renowned church were used for the packaging of its Eridanous brand Greek-style yoghurt — an in-house label which also includes a range of feta cheese, moussaka, and pistachio products, according to RTL Info.
A spokesman for the low-cost retailer — which has hundreds of stores throughout Europe and the United Kingdom — justified the Soviet-style alterations by saying: “We avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs.”
They added: “We are a company that respects diversity and this is what explains the design of this packaging.”
The rationale behind the supermarket’s belief that erasing Christian iconography from Christian religious buildings is “respecting diversity” is left unclear, and its statement that “we avoid the use of religious symbols because we do not wish to exclude any religious beliefs” does not appear to be wholly accurate.
…The news comes shortly after Aldi — another low-cost German retailer — courted controversy by putting up a sign in a store in Northampton, England, advising customers that they could not purchase alcohol at a till manned by a cashier thought to be Muslim.
“If a colleague raises concerns about a job they have been asked to do, our approach is to try and find a solution,” a spokesman told the MailOnline.
“In this instance, we informed customers via a sign on the tills that our colleague would not be serving alcohol.”
This accommodating stance stands in sharp contrast to some Christian workers and business owners in the United Kingdom. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Good to know.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, let's talk "kashrut," shall we? Kashrut is a set of Jewish religious dietary laws. Food that may be consumed according to halakha is termed "kosher" in English, from the Ashkenazi pronunciation of the Hebrew term kashér, meaning "fit". Kosher labeling is commonplace throughout much of the world, as grocery stores from east to west and in cities large and small are expected to provide food that is fit enough to be consumed by Jewish people in accordance with the dietary laws of their religion.
Maybe you've seen pictures:
Are you offended? I'm not. But obviously this does indeed "exclude my religious beliefs." So apparently Christians aren't the snowflakes everyone else seems to be, freaking out like vampires in a grocery store at the mere sight of a cross on a bread wrapper or a yogurt cup.
What I find offensive is that the only religion that seems to present a problem for the diversity crowd is Christianity. Why are they so afraid of the Cross? Why if I didn't know better I might suspect this is all part of a grand Christophobic conspiracy of some kind. But of course that’s crazy talk, right?
The Pope doesn’t agree with the President’s policies on immigration, so naturally, he attacks Trump’s pro-life values…?
LifeNews.com/ Sept. 11, 2017: During an interview with a reporter from Mexico, the leader of the Catholic Church questioned President Trump’s pro-life values because of his recent decision to end DACA, a program that prevents undocumented young people from being deported. Francis says Trump’s decision to stop the program betrays his pro-life views and devalues family.
In a half-hour press conference on the flight back to Rome Sept. 10 after a five-day visit to Colombia, the pontiff also said he hoped Trump would reconsider his decision to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.
“I have heard the President of the United States speak,” the pope said, responding to a question from a Mexican journalist about Trump’s decision. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.”
Francis said that while he has not studied the specifics of the DACA program, he believes “removing young people from their family is not a thing that bears good fruit, neither for the young person nor the family.”
The pope said he is especially worried about young people who become detached from their roots and lose hope in the future, even then choosing to commit suicide. “Young people today need to re-find their roots,” he said. “And anything that goes against this robs them of hope.”
However, president Donald Trump has governed consistently pro-life since taking office in January.
During his first days in office he put the Mexico City policy back in place that protects taxpayers from funding International Planned Parenthood and its Global abortion agenda. He also signed an executive order to defund the UNFPA, United Nations agency that promotes abortion internationally and supports China’s population control program. Trump then expanded the order to defund Internation Planned Parenthood beyond what other pro-life presidents had done.
President Trump also cut off funding for sex education programs run by the Planned Parenthood abortion business that bring young people into its abortion agenda and builds the abortion company’s clientele. He also signed a bill to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood abortion company.
Trump also put pro-life advocates in key places such as Jess Sessions as Attorney General, Tom Price as HHS Secretary and Nikki Haley as UN Ambassador. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: I wonder if it’s possible for Pope Francis be any more in the tank for the Far-Left than he is now. For the purposes of this Remnant Comment, it makes no difference what one thinks about President Trump's personal beliefs on the pro-life issue. The point is this: A massive disruption in global pro-death politics came about in November of 2016 when a man named Donald Trump convinced pro-life, pro-God, pro-family America that he'd take up their cause.
Was it just politics? Who knows! But Trump rode to the White House on the shoulders of pro-lifers. This is why the Left hate him, because he convinced good people that although his pro-life cred was far from established, he'd nevertheless make their cause part of his cause, along with the core issues that have long defined him—Second Amendment rights, education choice (including home-schooling), appointing conservative judges, tightening up the national borders, making America user unfriendly to the George Soros, NWO, EU whackos, etc.
And so far Trump gets a B+ for effort, despite overwhelming opposition from the "conservative" GOP who've been lying to and exploiting the same group of voters for nearly half a century. At least Trump is trying to make good on his word to regular God-fearing Americans.
So, for the Pope to continue to blast this particular President while obstinately ignoring what's going on at the level of pro-life America reveals a positively Titanic Leftist keeling over of the Barque of Francis.
And for Francis to suggest some sort of moral equivalence between the slaughter of millions of babies in their mothers' wombs on the one hand, and the MSNBC caricature of Trump’s DACA decision on the other, is beyond scandalous.
Even if Trump were really planning to send illegal kids back to Mexico without their families (and he’s not, of course), this would not come close to the satanic depravity of murdering millions of unborn babies every year. I realize the Holy Father is no great theologian, but even he should be able to glean the difference between killing millions of kids in their mothers’ wombs and sending a few thousand home every year.
It's so obscene, in fact, that even those of us here at The Remnant who defend the Church's teaching against the separation of Church and State are tempted to encourage the Holy Father to begin listening to his own blather on the great merits of the secular state and the need to maintain proper separation from the Church. In the case of Francis, good idea! Perhaps the Holy Father could be persuaded to give pro-life America a break, in fact, and stay out of our politics altogether.
Really, Holiness, you’ve done enough. It’s time to stop talking.
TownHall.com reports that Senate Democrats have attacked the Catholic Faith of one of Trump’s judicial nominees:
Senate Democrats came dangerously close to crossing a constitutional line regarding religious faith during an inquisition of one of President Trump's nominees for the federal court.
Senators grilled federal judicial nominee Amy Barrett -- demanding to know how her faith would influence her decisions from the bench. Barrett is a professor at Notre Dame Law School and a devout Catholic.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), expressed grave concerns that Barrett is a Catholic in good standing.
"When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for, for years in this country," Feinstein said.
It was an "Are you now or have you ever been a Catholic" moment - and it was completely disgraceful. I warned you about this kind of religious waterboarding in my book, "The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) interrogated Barrett over her use of the term "orthodox Catholics" - in reference to an article she wrote on capital punishment.
“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” Durbin asked.
“If you’re asking whether I take my faith seriously and I'm a faithful Catholic, I am," she told the senator. "Although I would stress that my personal church affiliation or my religious belief would not bear on the discharge of my duties as a judge." READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Yet another explantion for why the Christophobes hate President Trump.
Meanwhile across the pond, our friends at Gloria.TV/en.news are reporting that on September 5, Günther S., the editor of kreuz-net.at was convicted in Vienna, Austria, of an alleged "incitement against homosexuals", for which he received a suspended four-month sentence.
In a December 2015 article, Günther S. called practiced homosexuality “fornication” and an “anomaly” in keeping with Catholic doctrine. The judge in that case, Gerald Wagner, did not question that the phrases are based on Catholic teaching but nevertheless called them a “humiliation” of homosexuals and thus against the law.
You see what just happened there? Catholic teaching was just criminalized in Austria -- the once-Catholic kingdom of Emperor Charles I of Austria who was, by the way, sent into exile and eventually died in 1922 for his Catholic convictions.
Today it's the editor of Kreuz-net.at going to jail for publishing Catholic doctrine, tomorrow it'll be the editor of The Remnant.
By way of exposing the obvious double standard, by the way, en.news also points out that in February of 2015 charges were pressed in Vienna against militant gay protestors who displayed posters with the text: “Fist Christians?”. In that case, however, Austrian prosecutors refused to start an investigation, calling this "part of a pluralistic dialogue and freedom of speech".
Good to know!
Those still dismissing as "conspiracy theory" the fact that Chirstophobia is already ushering in a new reign of terror against Christians, evidently can't be bothered to watch the nightly news.
Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio, Magnum Principium, a modification of Canon Law 838, which grants bishops’ conferences greater control over the translation of liturgical texts. This includes the power to make adaptations which the bishops deem appropriate for their regions.
Until now, Canon 838 (§1) stated that "The direction of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, namely, that of the Apostolic See." Paragraph§2 said: "It is for the Apostolic See to order the liturgy of the universal Church," but now the Apostolic See has the task of "recognizing adaptations approved under the law of the Episcopal Conference." (§2) In other words, the power of the Curia is reduced from authorizing to approving texts that are generated by episcopal conferences.
Paragraph §4 makes it clear that the pope has now given bishops the power to determine much of the Church's liturgical direction. "Within the limits of his competence, it belongs to the diocesan bishop to lay down in the Church entrusted to his care, liturgical regulations which are binding on all."
This opens the door, not only to greater liberty in translating liturgical texts, but to creativity in drafting their own texts and rules. The bishops of an episcopal conference can now decide that if the faithful kneel to receive Communion, receive only on the tongue, or fail to participate in the hand shake of peace, this could be grounds to refuse them Communion.
The new motu proprio also supersedes Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum, which dispensed priests from the need to obtain episcopal permission to say the Traditional Latin Mass. With the new ruling, an episcopal conference can now rule that the offering of the Latin Mass is forbidden in a given diocese, or in an entire country, so that traditional Catholics no longer have the option of appealing to Rome for help. The episcopal ruling is now Church law.
What we are seeing is a further attempt to pull the Catholic world away from the Church's centralized authority and have a whimsical free-for-all. Francis himself, on October 17, 2015, called for a "healthy decentralization" of power in the Roman Catholic Church, including changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops, so this latest motu proprio is part of his plan to execute this decentralization.
It calls to mind the subversive designs of Mgsr. Annibale Bugnini—the key liturgical planner of Vatican II and principal architect of Sacrosanctum Concilium—as he relayed them to Masonic Grand Master Licio Gelli in a *letter dated July 2, 1967: "The greatest liberty was given to choose between the various formulas, to individual creativity, and to chaos!"
Under the pretext of making the Faith more accessible to the laity, the enemies of the Church introduced vernacular at Vatican II for the purpose of rendering the Church secular and divided, as opposed to holy and universal. It appears that Rome is now going the full nine yards with this plan.
However, if holiness, unity, and crystal clear communication from God to man is what Francis aspires to, he will promptly scrap these modernist trappings and return the Mass to its original formula in the Latin Tridentine Rite—the formula which accomplished this perfectly through the centuries. This is what Pope Benedict XVI aspired to during his active pontificate, so why shouldn't Francis?
In speaking of the Traditional Latin Mass, Pope Benedict said on April 30, 2011: "What was sacred for prior generations, remains sacred and great for us as well." (Universae Ecclesia)
The irony of all this liturgical updating is that Latin—the very thing that modernists despise—is all too conveniently used as a tool to pull the faithful away from their Latin heritage. Perfidious documents such as the latest are published in Latin to make them appear "religious," but is this not Pharisaic? Vatican bureaucrats should at least have the decency to publish their revolution in their own Esperanto and reserve Latin for the holy things of God.
*This correspondence is taken from Andrea Tornielli's Dossie Liturgia Uma Babel Programada, that appeared in the June 1992 issue of 30 Days.
https://rorate-caeli.blogspot. com/2017/09/breaking-motu- proprio-magnum-principium.html
This "Yuge" victory just in from the Washington Post:
In major Supreme Court case, Justice Dept. sides with baker who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple.
In a major upcoming Supreme Court case that weighs equal rights with religious liberty, the Trump administration on Thursday sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a brief on behalf of baker Jack Phillips, who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to created a cake to celebrate the marriage of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. Phillips said he doesn’t create wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it would violate his religious beliefs.
The government agreed with Phillips that his cakes are a form of expression, and he cannot be compelled to use his talents for something in which he does not believe.
“Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights,” Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey B. Wall wrote in the brief. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: Those who say it's futile to resist may be giving in to a defeatist attitude that makes our Far-Left friends very happy. Let’s face it, the fat lady hasn't quite sung yet---(I suppose that's not a particularly politically correct thing to say anymore. But it’s said now, snowflakes, so here's to all the fat ladies out there who haven't sung yet. Keep up the good work, girls!)
So it made absolutely NO DIFFERENCE that Trump beat Frau Clinton in the last election? I have a hunch this Colorado baker might take umbrage with that. Do you blame him? President Hillary's Justice Department would have had Mr. Phillips whipping up brownies in San Quentin by now.
Conference Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Conference Location: Sacred Heart Church, 730 South 12th Street, Springfield, IL 62703
Directions: Click here for directions to Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, IL
About the Sancta Missa Conferences
Ten years ago, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum so that the faithful might have the opportunity to be spiritually fed and formed by the beauty of ancient form the Latin Mass (usus antiquior) that has been the treasure of Roman Catholics throughout the ages.
Since 2007, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have been pleased to have the opportunity to train priests, seminarians and laity about the classic form the Latin Rite celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite) at workshops, conferences and though our website http://www.SanctaMissa.org.
In our conferences we try to help the faithful learn to approach the "Mass of the Ages" with deeper reverence and love, so that as they are attracted to this venerable liturgy, they might more profoundly enter into the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
In our instruction on the traditional Mass of the Roman Rite, we strive to help everyone both intellectually and spiritually to understand its sacred ceremonies, and to be transformed by its inestimable beauty.
The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have offered Sancta Missa Workshops many times in the Archdiocese of Chicago, across the USA, and abroad. The conference to be held in September is our first conference in the Springfield Diocese. This opportunity has unfolded as the Canons have been newly established in Springfield. This has been made possible by an invitation from His Excellency, the Most Rev. Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield, with the generous blessing of His Eminence Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. As the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius come to the Springfield Diocese, we hope that our parish ministry at St. Katherine Drexel Parish (comprised of Sacred Heart Church and St. Patrick Church) and Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish will be a blessing for the faithful. As we announce this conference, it is our pleasure to invite you to join us on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, Illinois, as we learn from the wit and wisdom of Bishop Bruskewitz as we study more about the beauty of our Catholic faith and the sacred treasures of the Mass.
Read more and register for the conference HERE
Let this sink in for a minute...
Hundreds and hundreds of small boats pulled by countless pickups and SUVs from across the South are headed for Houston. Almost all of them driven by men.
They're using their own property, sacrificing their own time, spending their own money, and risking their own lives for one reason: to help total strangers in desperate need.
Most of them are by themselves. Most are dressed like the redneck duck hunters and bass fisherman they are. Many are veterans. Most are wearing well-used gimme-hats, t-shirts, and jeans; and there's a preponderance of camo. Most are probably gun owners, and most probably voted for Trump.
These are the people the Left loves to hate, the ones Maddow mocks. The ones Maher and Olbermann just *know* they're so much better than.
These are The Quiet Ones. They don't wear masks and tear down statues. They don't, as a rule, march and demonstrate. And most have probably never been in a Whole Foods.
But they'll spend the next several days wading in cold, dirty water; dodging gators and water moccasins and fire ants; eating whatever meager rations are available; and sleeping wherever they can in dirty, damp clothes. Their reward is the tears and the hugs and the smiles from the terrified people they help. They'll deliver one boatload, and then go back for more.
Ted Middleton prepares to launch his boat from Highway 90 in northeast Houston
When disaster strikes, it's what men do. Real men. Heroic men. American men. And then they'll knock back a few shots, or a few beers with like-minded men they've never met before, and talk about fish, or ten-point bucks, or the benefits of hollow-point ammo, or their F-150.
Troy King navigates his boat through a flooded portion of Highway 90 in Houston on his way to rescue a family
And the next time they hear someone talk about "the patriarchy", or "male privilege", they'll snort, turn off the TV and go to bed.
In the meantime, they'll likely be up again before dawn. To do it again. Until the helpless are rescued. And the work's done.
They're unlikely to be reimbursed. There won't be medals. They won't care. They're heroes. And it's what they do.
Good Ol' boys in their private boats became the Harvey rescue squad
America, as a nation, is becoming not only increasingly ungovernable but not easily policed, at least not since the Christian moral code—based on the Ten Commandments of God—has been effectively declared 'hate speech' by Leftist social engineers.
As we’re all finding out the hard way, once that code is gone we are asking our police to do the impossible—keep the peace in an immoral society that has rejected the law of God and imagines itself subject to no greater moral authority than that of their own ill-formed consciences.
"Who are you to tell me what to do?"-- actually makes sense if we as a society are not bound by the law of God. In that case, might makes right, and tyranny vs. lawlessness is what we can expect from here on out.
And so it is true that many police officers today seem to be reaching the breaking point (can we blame them?) We've defended the police under fire in our cities before in these columns, and we'll do so again. But here's an example of a bad cop and why many Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to trust their own police.
The incident took place when a police officer wanted a nurse to take blood from an unconscious man. When she hesitated to do so, out of concern for the law, as well as the polices agreed upon by both police and hospital administrators, the police officer "lost it" and arrested her.
Take a look:
Obviously, most cops are not lunatics like Detective Jeff Payne here. He's out of control and should be removed from the force. But he's not the reason we're posting this video. The nurse is!
Nurse Wubbles said at a news conference Thursday that she felt “betrayed,” “angry” and “confused,” and warned that she may consider taking legal action over the confrontation.
However, in a statement to the press released Friday, Wubbels said she had accepted the “sincere apologies” of Police Chief Brown and Mayor Biskupski.
“I look forward to working with both of them to help promote further civil dialogue and education,” she said. “The common goal of all public service professionals should be to provide the best care to our fellow citizens.”
Remember when it wasn’t uncommon for Americans to react this way, even in the face of adversity and injustice? When I was a kid, Nurse Wubbles’s reaction was commonplace. Today, it’s an anomaly.
Even after her horrific ordeal, Nurse Wubbles accepts the apology of the Police Chief, and then uses the assault against her to try to improve the common good of her community. It's not about revenge. It's not about playing the victim card (which she surely was). It's not about her. It's about healing, forgiveness and the betterment of a troubled society— attitudes naturally based on a Christian understanding of the common good.
"I look forward to working... to help promote further civil dialogue and education. The common goal of all public service professionals should be to provide the best care to our fellow citizens.” Can you imagine if more Americans were this mature, insightful and constructive, even after undergoing such horrific injustice at the hands of law enforcement? This woman is a role model.
I have no idea what religion Nurse Wubbles belongs to, but I'd be shocked if she's not a Christian. What this country needs are less people like Detective Jeff Payne and a lot more like Nurse Wubbles—a woman still in possession of the qualities and virtues that once made this country great.
I hope her example still resonates with most Americans. If not, well, God help us, because we surely will not be able to help ourselves much longer.
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Thefederalist.com knows something about lex orandi, lex credendi:
If the grand altars, with all their gold and statues and size, are at their core outward signs of inward devotion, what does it say about plain altars that more resemble a table than a temple.
For most of the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history, it has been known for its magnificent churches. In the popular psyche, the stereotypical Catholic church has high, arched ceilings, statues of saints, massive crucifixes, incense that seems to pour from the walls, and gilded, beautiful, and (sometimes) obnoxious altars.
There is perhaps no better example of this than St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Vatican itself, which fulfills every Catholic stereotype to the highest degree. If any building could embody the very essence of Catholicism, it would be the Vatican.
But those stereotypical churches are fading into the pre-Vatican II past and being replaced with churches that are, simply, bland. Statues of saints have been removed, the incense is gone, the ceilings and walls have a color palette comparable to Starbucks, and the Great Altars have been replaced with simple blocks of marble, or sometimes even wood. These losses may be aesthetic, but they reveal something deeper about the changes in the Catholic Church following the tumult and fallout of the Second Vatican Council. READ MORE HERE
REMNANT COMMENT: So, let's review: For one thousand, nine hundred and sixty-five years the Catholic Church had been developing the most magnificent cathedrals, altars and religious art the world has ever seen. Our Church was the uncontested greatest sponsor of the arts ever known to man. To this day, Catholic cathedrals are the glory of Europe, a millennium after they were built by artists and craftsmen who didn’t even sign their names to the work they did for God.
Even the modern world stands back in awe in front of Our Lady of Chartres, for example, as they crane their necks to gaze up from their collective navels to the heights of her soaring spires, where even they might manage to catch a glimpse of the Creator of the Universe.
Orson Welles—no 'rad trad', stuck in the past, blinded by crippling nostalgia—had something to say about that once, while contemplating the Chartres Cathedral:
And still our Neo-Catholic friends just don't get it. They like the way things are, and so they join the modern world in heaping opprobrium on the old altars and liturgies of Christendom. Why? Well, they struggle with Latin, for starters. My 7-year-old has no problem following the Traditional Latin Mass, and yet our Neo-Catholic friends expect us to accept their “argument” that, after nearly 2000 years of Catholics—mostly peasants without formal education, mind you—worshipping God in the glorious Roman Rite, the Neo-Catholic struggle with Latin is reason enough to abandon the restoration effort of our glorious Catholic patrimony.
Nope! And our Neo-Catholic friends have other really weighty objections, as well: “We don't like that the priest has his back to us while facing Almighty God. We want him to connect with us by telling those funny jokes up there at the table-altar, while we sing campfire songs about Jesus! Palestrina was good for his day, but our kids really like Josh Groban.” How cute.
Modernists—the avowed mortal enemies of Catholic Tradition—destroyed the Roman Rite, crushed the altars, pounded the statues into dust, abandoned the cathedrals, silenced the Gregorian, obliterated the sanctuaries and communion rails, and made a new Mass that was palatable to our Protestant friends—and the Neo-Catholics see no problem with this because, after all, “We don’t know Latin.”
Many of them don't bother kneeling for the consecration anymore, they can't even be troubled to genuflect before the tabernacle, and then they take God in their hands not on their tongues, because, evidently, they’re somehow more evolved than the benighted Catholics of the past, e.g., St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, St. Edmund Campion, St. Isaac Jogues, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, etc. The Neo-Catholics have evolved to such an extent that they don't even need altars and cathedrals. And why settle for organs when guitars will do just fine?
And when it comes to the 'most beautiful thing this side of heaven'—the mighty Roman Rite, the Mass of Christendom’s doctors, scholars, popes and martyrs—rooted in the apostolic tradition and organically developed over millennia by saints and the most gifted theologians the Church has ever produced—well, the Neo-Catholics aren't having any. They want to a liturgy that makes them feel good. They want to wave their arms around and hug each other—you know, sing pop songs! They want their liturgy to match the kindergarten theology they’ve been spoon-fed since before they can remember.
And so this kind of "liturgy" makes perfect sense to them:
Pass the crayons—it's Easter Sunday Mass in Neo-Catholic Land.
By the way, did you feel that emotion coursing through your veins when the ladies in white performed those synchronized dance moves to the sappy, happy, clappy music, their faces distorted by whomped up pathos? Know what that was? It was grace! Just ask the Neo-Catholics. They know all about that “grace”. It's positively palpable at World Youth Days, it animates praise and worship liturgies from east coast to west, and the Neo-Catholics are hooked on it. The fact that the same "grace" is felt by fifty thousand kids at a Justin Bieber concert when he belts out one of their favorite little ditties doesn't seem to bother them in the least. It's all about that feeling. It's all about human emotion. It's all about us.
Please, Neo-Catholic brothers and sisters: It’s not your fault, but you’ve been had. Your Church has been under siege since long before you were born. As much as you don’t like to hear it, the reality is that Pope Francis's teaching about atheists going to heaven and divorced and remarried Catholics going to Communion, would have been denounced by every saint you hold dear. The further terrible reality is that, whether you like it or not, the martyrs of England and Wales gave their lives rather than settle for a Mass that looks frighteningly similar to the one you attend every Sunday.
Doesn't this concern you? What if you're ceasing to be Catholic, and you don't even know it? What if this really is all part of an elaborate Modernist attack on the Catholic Church we all love to cause us to lose our faith—an attack warned against by Pope St. Pius X, Pius XI, Pius XII...and attack that began with a full frontal assault on the Catholic Mass? It's not a conspiracy theory. It's history! Please, go read it. And ask God for the grace to understand what’s happened to our Church.
We Catholics need to stop being manipulated by people who hate the traditions of our Church. We need to work together so that we take back our Church, save our souls, and pass on to our children that which our grandparents passed down to us—the Catholic Faith, whole and entire.
Time is running out...you must sense this is true. We need to become Catholic again.