We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Living right on the left coast of North America!

So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Monday, February 20, 2017

Amoris whimpers; Truth thunders back.

The defenders of the ambiguous and therefore problematic language of Amoris Laetitia have as their defence little more than a repeated whine that everything is 'ok'.

The Truth of the Catholic Faith thunders back that adultery is as it always has been—wrong! Adultery is mortal sin.

In the words of a well known cardinal:
“Adultery is always a mortal sin and the bishops who create confusion about this must study the doctrine of the Church,” Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, says in a new interview with the print journal Il Timone. “We have to help the sinner overcome sin and convert.”
And, there's this from 2015:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A refuge of Catholic Faith in the midst of the current storm.

As many of you already know, the refuge (which has found me and others) is a (quasi-)parish of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, a safe harbour of orthodox teaching and reverent liturgy. There are other places in our diocese which provide a measure of orthodox preaching, but the liturgy in those places is too often compromised by drippy music (weak settings, especially, of the Gloria) managed by parish bullies who have little or no interest in facilitating real sacred music, i.e., good music wed to the actual text of the Mass. Despite an abundance of worthy resources, e.g., the Simple English Propers, neither can one find consistent appreciation for the proper chants: Introit, Gradual Psalm, Offertory and Communion.

Former Anglicans, some now Catholics, know what it's like to watch their (former) community founder on the reef of relativism. Courageous former Anglicans have manifested patience, hope and faith despite being locked out of parish church buildings and being denied the use of buildings that sit empty out of spite toward them by their former Anglican bishops. A few Anglican leaders have allowed departing groups to purchase their buildings from Anglican dioceses. The hostility bourn upon the shoulders of former Anglicans (some now Catholics), laid upon them by their former brethren, is an experience with which Tradition-minded Catholics are somewhat able to identify. If the 1970s and '80s weren't enough to test the mettle of Tradition-minded Catholics, the current Roman Circus is providing additional heat and pressure on faithful Catholics to conform to some daffy ideas.

Short of divine intervention, which is always possible (because the Lord is in charge!), there can be no expectation (if dependent upon mere human sentiment) that Anglicanism can ever reorient to orthodoxy. Abandoning the unsinkable Titanic foundering Anglican dinghy has thus been necessary and remains necessary for those who seek Apostolic Christianity. The Catholic Church, however, enjoys the protection of the Holy Spirit, a fact that should bolster the spiritual warrior's heart even while he's being pummelled by some members of the Circus. There is no need to jump ship. Besides, where would one jump ship to?

There are additional safe harbours in the Lord's Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church, the Barque of Peter, is certainly not going to sink, though it is straying dangerously close to reefs which have devastated Anglicanism and all of protestantism. Christ has given His promise to protect His Church from error; He is faithful to His bride. St. Athanasius once stood against the world; we have Burke, Schneider, Chaput, Lopes, Müller and a host of others standing up in defence of Jesus' teaching about marriage and Holy Communion.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Perspective: Catholics do not worship the Pope.

Catholics do not worship the pope, any pope. Lest there be any doubt about that conviction, recent criticism of Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia, not to mention criticism of Pope Francis' attitude toward Tradition-minded Catholics, should convince even the most hardened anti-Catholic that we Catholics, while we do hold the Pope in the highest esteem because he is the successor to Saint Peter to whom Jesus Christ entrusted the Church (St Matthew 16:18), most certainly do not worship the pope.

Of course, when a pope is recognized as a saint in heaven because of miracles confirming his intercession, we Catholics acknowledge him on the occasion of his memorial and, because he dwells in the Presence of the Lord with the angels and the other saints (known and unknown), request his continuing intercession.
There are plenty of blogs by respectable Tradition-minded Catholics that direct respectful criticism at Amoris Laetitia yet remain entirely faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. You can read some of those critiques if you click on the links in the left column of this blog under the heading PROBATICA PISCINA.

If one happens to visit one of the more stridently toned "traditionalist" blogs, one would quickly discover there is absolutely no doubt that papolatry is a detestable thing... and healthy (and at times very heated) criticism of the papacy—we're not talking mere dissent by heretical liberals—is oft practiced.

Pope Saint John Paul II: pray for us.
Pope Saint Leo I: pray for us.
Pope Saint Gregory I: pray for us.
Pope Saint Nicholas I: pray for us.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Contrast: Anglicans permit Masonic service in Canterbury Cathedral; Cardinal Nichols reconsecrates England and Wales to Immaculate Heart.

We may have the occasional (disturbing) clown "Mass" in Catholic circles, and we may have to put up with narcissistic priests and tacky songs, but the Anglicans have out done us this time.

In case you haven't heard... .
Freemason service at England's Mother Church on same day as consecration to Our Lady
FEB 15TH 2017  by Deacon Nick Donnelly
Justin Welby, the Church of England's Archbishop of Canterbury, is allowing a full Masonic service to be conducted in Canterbury cathedral on the same day that Cardinal Nichols reconsecrates England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Westminster cathedral on the18th February 2017.
Canterbury cathedral was the Mother-Church of All England from 597 till the death of the last Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Pole, in 1558. It was the heart of the Catholic Church in England and one of the major shrines of Christendom because it housed the shrine of St Thomas a Becket. (Please, give us back our churches!)
The Masonic service in Canterbury cathedral marks the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Freemasonry with the establishment of the first Grand Lodge in London. ... It remains unclear whether Justin Welby has given his permission for the Masons to participate in full regalia in Canterbury cathedral. The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, will preside at the Masonic Service. The Duke of Kent, who is the Grand Master of the Freemasons, will also be in attendance along with other High Rulers in the Craft.