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A Sign of Spiritual Conflagration

Image of Notre Dame Cathedral burning, crowds praying, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Many things have been said over the past few days concerning the tragic fire which swept through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  One of the first impressions which hit me was that this could be considered as a type of allegory for the fire which has swept through the Faith since the tumultuous days of the Second Vatican Council.  At the time I’m posting this little article, there has been no definitive determination as to the cause of the cathedral fire.  As for the conflagration which wrecked the Roman Catholic Church herself, more than a few of you consider it a clear-cut case of spiritual arson perpetrated by the “council fathers” and fanned by the so-called “spirit of Vatican II.”

I agree with that assessment as well.

But I’m a lousy writer.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider says it much better (which should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the man’s writing).

LifeSite News has a good article on this.  An excerpt:

“According to the auxiliary of Astana, it is also a call to the entire Church to do penance for the spiritual conflagration that has ripped through the Church in the past fifty years.”

““Penance and reparation must also be made for the betrayal of Christ’s explicit command to evangelize all nations without exception,” including the Jewish and Muslim people, he adds.

“God will not indefinitely and shamelessly be mocked by so many Shepherds of the Church today, through their betrayal of the Faith, their sycophantic serving of the world and their neo-pagan worship of temporal and earthly realities,” he says. “To them as well are addressed these words of Christ, ‘I tell you, unless you repent you will all likewise perish’ (Lk 13: 5).””

Read the entire article here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-schneider-notre-dame-fire-sign-of-spiritual-conflagration-in-the-church

Pope Begs Sudanese for Peace

Pope Francis kisses the feet of a Sudanese peace delegate as a crowd looks on.

Every once in a while, we get a reminder of the tremendous potential of our current pontiff, Pope Francis.  CCM has been pretty forthright in its criticism of this man, but this video is quite touching and beautiful.  It depicts the Pope humbling himself before South Sudanese delegates at a peace conference.  He painfully drops to his knees, kisses their feet, while exhorting them to end the bloodshed which has plagued South Sudan for far too many years.

Despite what we may think of this man, let this video serve as a reminder of the power of his office.  Pope Francis still has the potential for being one of the truly great popes of these, the last days.  Shame on us if we fail to lift him up to our Lord and our Lady in daily prayer, despite how annoyed (furious, even) with each new troubling/outrageous development in this most troubling of pontificates.

Let us all renew our efforts in lifting up this man in earnest prayer before the Throne of Almighty God.  Let us pray for God to mold Pope Francis into the man God truly wants him to be!  Let us beg God for a transformation of the heart of Jorge Bergoglio, that he may repent of those acts displeasing to God and that he return to the true and authentic teachings of Holy Mother Church, those teachings passed down to us from the Apostles.  Let us pray that Pope Francis, along with the cadre of heterodox bishops and priests which surround him, abandon those false doctrines which have so beguiled them.  May they all be converted once more by the Holy Spirit, and lead our battered and wounded Church Militant back into the fray, once more fighting together under the banner of Christ the King.

Regardless of what you think of Pope Francis or the merits of his pontificate, he deserves our prayers.

Note:  The video used in this post originally appeared on the Rome Reports YouTube channel on 11 April 2019.

Three reasons why bishops won’t excommunicate pro-death Catholic politicians

Meme shows Archbishop Becket asking why Cuomo hasn't been excommunicated. Cardinal Dolan tells Cuomo not to worry, because he's convinced everyone that excommunication "isn't a thing" anymore.

Sorry, Your Eminence.  Despite your best efforts to downplay the scandal, excommunication very much remains “a thing!!”   It is considered a harsh remedy for the salvation of a soul in desperate danger of damnation, but it is still very much a tool which a caring shepherd can use in a situation like this.

Notwithstanding our silly little meme which opens this article, why haven’t our bishops acted to excommunicate notable (and notorious) Catholic politicians who actively support infanticide and abortion?  Here are three reasons.  You might find Reason #1 hard to take, but please consider it.

Reason #1:  “It’s not ‘pastoral.'”

“Pastoral” is one of those handy post-Vatican II buzzwords that can mean pretty much just about anything the priest, bishop, or trendy theologian using the word wants it to mean.  In its most common use, “pastoral” appears to mean “we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.”  If you pair this word up with the equally-potent term “mercy,” you have a powerful incantation which permits you remain inactive, even if public figures in your diocese are actively defying Church teachings, committing egregious mortal sins, and encouraging everyone around them to do likewise.

“We must show mercy.  We must be pastoral.”  That’s number one on on our hit parade.  Upon further considerations, that really isn’t a reason, so much as it’s an excuse.

Mercy is absolutely essential to our salvation, there’s no debating that point.  What is conveniently overlooked by so many of our modern theologians, prelates, and celebrity priests is the fact that mercy as a concept is meaningless if it does not remain paired with the concept of justice.  A person who sins (that’s all of us) will be subject to the Divine Justice unless they are saved by the Divine Mercy.  Mercy manifests itself through the sacrament of Reconciliation:  you acknowledge your sins in the confessional, you show true sorrow and perform penance, and you are once more under the protection of Mercy because you’re once more in a state of sanctifying Grace.

In His earthly ministry, Jesus showed true pastoral care and mercy towards His lost sheep by living among them, sharing meals with them, and calling them to repentance.  When He was dining with publicans and sinners, he wasn’t “accompanying them on their journey.”  While he was eating with them, He wasn’t affirming their present lifestyle; he was calling them out of it.  And in his preaching, Jesus made it abundantly clear what would happen to their souls if they failed to turn away from sin; if they failed to repent and follow Him.

He reminded them of the reality of hell, and of the horrifying consequences of dying in a state of mortal sin.  He offered them a way out of this eternal damnation which they had earned, if only they repented and accepted His gift of salvation through the Cross.  Now that’s being pastoral!

That’s what excommunication does:  it points out–in no uncertain terms–the state of danger a person’s soul is in as a result of mortal sin and calls that person to repentance.  And not only the person who is the object of this public call to repentance…an excommunication serves as an exhortation for all of us to repent, confess our sins, and to avoid the types of sins which have produced this grave set of circumstances for the public figure who is the object of this harsh remedy.

Bishops and cardinals:  you want to be pastoral?  Then call your people away from sin through whatever means necessary–including excommunication–in order that they may benefit from Christ’s divine Mercy!

Reason #2:  They don’t want to upset the applecart.

These bishops have a pretty good racket going.  They’re respected (well, maybe not so much these days), they’re considered pillars of the community, and they perceive themselves as being beloved of their people.  If they’re a big-city bishop, they’re probably rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.  They’re accepted by the local glitterati, and just might be considered a major celebrity in their own right.  They’re like the unpopular kid in school who suddenly finds themselves accepted by and hanging out with all the kids in the highest rung of the social ladder…jocks, cheerleaders…heck, they might even get chosen to have a big role in Homecoming!

And, equally important, there are those financial considerations.  Dioceses and archdioceses are big money operations.  Many of them receive government money to engage in social and charitable work.  These are not insignificant sums.  Initiating a God-vs.-Caesar type of conflict by excommunicating a very powerful politician could have some very serious financial implications.

And that’s unfortunate.  The role of a bishop is first and foremost to defend his sheep and do everything they can to help them get to Heaven.  When their excellencies and eminences look into the mirror each morning, they’re supposed to see shepherd willing to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep staring back at them.  Instead, too many of these men instead see the CEO of a charitable NGO (non-governmental organization) with obligations to “the bottom line”…and that vision informs all their actions.

Yes, there are certainly going to be consequences to a public excommunication.  Reason #2 means you’re more concerned with the temporal consequences than you are with the eternal ones.

Reason #3:  Moral cowardice and/or lack of supernatural faith.

Lacking the guts to do the right thing and call a Catholic politician who is endangering their own soul (and countless souls around them) to Judgement and everlasting fire…what can that be called other than cowardice?  This ties in with Reason #2 to a great extent; something as profound as a public excommunication is going to have consequences.  If the fears of earthly retaliation (social, political, economic) are strong enough, the prelate fails to act…even if he knows in his heart he is doing the wrong thing; knows in his heart that souls are in danger but he simply can’t muster the courage to do the hard thing…the right thing.

Pray for these men.  They are like the Apostles who dearly loved Jesus, but fled in terror from Gethsemane when confronted with the specter of temporal suffering which would arise from remaining at their Savior’s side.  They love their Lord, and may yet find their backbones.  Pray for them, support them, and encourage them to do the right thing.

And the other component of reason number one is a most terrifying theory:  what if these men simply don’t believe that it matters?

Has their faith been deadened to the point where they really don’t believe in the consequences of personal sin?  What if “mercy trumps all” dominates their mind to the point where they completely disregard justice?  Have they convinced themselves that there truly is “a reasonable expectation that all people go to heaven,” and–that aside from Hitler and people who throw plastics into the ocean–nobody will merit everlasting punishment?  It almost seems as if some of them are acting that way.

Pray for these men as well.

And, by all means, pray for the souls of those who promote, procure and perform abortions, as well as for those who support or assist them.  They–along with us–are being called to accept God’s eternal Mercy, but if they reject the gift of the Cross, what happens then?  “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)

Your Excellencies and Eminences, listen to Hank Igitur in this video.  He’ll explain it to you…

 

Swing and a Miss! (Actually, he didn’t even take a swing…)

By CCM Guest Contributor Ivan Opinion

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” [Jeremiah 1:5]

Coincidence… I think not. Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Across the Catholic Church in America, our lectionary prescribed for our First Reading, passages from the First Chapter of Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. Our lectionary is set years in advance so today’s first reading was not a ‘reaction’ to recent events.Jeremiah 1-5

Consider the outright assault on the pre-born over the last two weeks. First, New York’s Catholic Governor Cuomo signed into law the most egregious law yet in our nation promoting abortion to the point of infanticide. Then Virginia’s legislature attempted to follow suit; and now Rhode Island’s Catholic Governor, Gina Raimondo is promoting a Bill that would mirror that signed by Andrew Cuomo in NY. And still, our prelates remain largely silent, and we wonder why our collective morality is all but vanished on the issue of abortion.

Today’s reading from Jeremiah presented the perfect opportunity to preach on the holocaust of innocents. It could not have been more perfect, it was tantamount to permitting Babe Ruth to come to the plate and hit from a five-year-old’s tee. He would’ve crushed it.

While our pastor did preach in reference to Jeremiah, he took a completely different angle. I kept waiting for him to make the connection, but he spoke not a word about the sanctity of life relative to life in the womb. I’ve no doubt that had he crushed it like Babe Ruth and hit one out of the park in reminding the flock of the sacredness of life, our local ordinary would have crushed our pastor doubly hard. Sadly, our pastor did not want to upset the apple cart and instead chose to remain silent and allow the flock to continue in ignorance. In light of what Governors Cuomo and Raimondo are pushing, no one should presume Catholics inherently know to protect the pre-born. It simply isn’t preached in most parishes.

Too many of our priests cower in fear of complicit bishops while hoping they do not come eye-to-eye with God on this day to face His judgment. Perhaps they think, tomorrow; yes tomorrow, that is when I’ll teach the hard truths. How far must we fall, before they understand their spinelessness has resulted in a society wrought in moral decay. It is an abrogation of responsibility of such enormity that it exacerbates the crisis in the Church to a point I did not think possible. When Christ ordained the Apostles, His instruction was clear, He did not say to them, only tell the people what they desire to hear, don’t say anything that may upset them.

Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words, go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.” [excerpts from Matthew, Chapter 10]

It’s All About the Hats!

 

CCM Contributor Doug Kelchner

President Trump has done more to defend religious liberty and defend the pre-born than any President in modern history. Sadly, too many Catholic prelates reveal their true loyalties when instead of embracing the American President and helping to shape his presidency, they condemn him and dismiss him out of hand. Sure they’ll tell you he is vulgar and had past transgressions; they gladly “throw the baby out with the bath water.” Yes, these are the same men, men who wear miters, who will cover and defend true predators like McCarrick while simultaneously embracing pro-abort CINO politicians such as Cuomo, Pelosi, Durbin and Gillibrand, to name a few.

Isn’t it interesting… we have prelates, supposed shepherds of the Catholic Church, Bishop Foys comes to mind, eager to throw mere children under the bus, demanding their heads roll with absolutely no understanding of the situation on the ground or facts surrounding the Covington Boys incident on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial; meanwhile… sitting comfortably in a friary in Victoria, Kansas, is an 88-year-old archbishop who’d been abusing little boys and seminarians for decades… AND, he still retains his priestly faculties. To make matters worse, in November at the urging of Cardinal Cupich a majority of US Bishops voted to not press Rome on the issue of former Cdl. McCarrick. Among the very few true shepherds there is pack of hellish wolves and they are devouring the faithful.  It is way past time to hold ground, the time for purging and actual restoration is upon us.

A miter does not make you a saint and a MAGA hat does not make you a sinner. A man who possesses both a miter and a MAGA hat (even if figuratively), now there’s a man that merits your attention. And if you are privileged to know of such a man, DO NOT make the grave mistake of revealing his name, you’ll have painted an indelible target on him.

It may not look like it, but we’re winning!

Recreational Vehicle with the words "The Traditional Roamin' Catholic"

From a vehicle storage lot in an unknown location, Henry (you can call him Hank) Igitur kicks off a new video series for CatholicCyber-Militia.com.

In his inaugural video, Hank gives a shout-out to the “scores” of subscribers (he’s an optimist, that Hank) and shares an article from Michael Matt.  What he doesn’t share is what may (or may not) be lurking in the contents of his coffee cup!

Like it?  Hate it?  Confused and/or bored by it?  Let us know what you think of this new feature!

Viva Viganò!

This venerable old warrior for the Faith turns 78 this week. Please continue to support Abp. Viganò in your prayers.

And, while you’re at it…why not write your local bishop and let him know that you support Abp. Viganò, that you consider the allegations in his written testimonies to be accurate and worthy of intense scrutiny. Ask your bishop–very pointedly–whether he supports Viganò or not? (And if not, why the heck not?!)

The Viganò Chronicles

Need a quick refresher on the various statements our man Viganò has made, each of which made the Lavender Mafia and the Boys from St. Galen very nervous? Take a look at the following list, kindly provided by LifeSiteNews (which is a great resource, by the way!):

And, while you’re still at it…Sign LifeSite’s petition for Archbishop Vigano here.

List of statements released by Archbishop Viganò:

Archbishop Viganò urges McCarrick to publicly repent in new open letter (January 14, 2019)

Archbishop Viganò urges US bishops to confront sex abuse as ‘courageous shepherds’ (November 13, 2018)

Archbishop Viganò issues third testimony, refutes accusations of Cardinal Ouellet (October 19, 2018)

Archbishop Viganò releases second testimony responding to Pope’s silence on McCarrick cover-up (September 27, 2018)

Archbishop Viganò issues first testimony, implicating Pope Francis in McCarrick abuse cover-up (August 25, 2018)

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