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 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Hidden Face(s) of the Synod

It seems abundantly clear that the corruption in the Church these days is most commonly of a theological kind. Sure, there have been a few contemporary prelates whose material extravagances have reminded us of those Renaissance era prelates whose competition for worldly glory and achievement was a seeming rejection of the simplicity of the Poverello who, of course, modelled his life completely on the example of Jesus Christ. So completely, in fact, was St. Francis' identification with the crucified Christ that the Lord extended to him the gift of the five wounds of His Saviour, the stigmata.
For all their preoccupation with worldly pleasures and treasures, the cardinals of yesteryear managed to support the work of gifted artists who produced architecture, frescos, statuary, music and stained glass that is barely rivalled these days for its ability to draw us out of our senses and move us toward the living God. Their reasons for patronizing great art may have been highly questionable, but their "investment" is a lasting legacy that inspires hope that good can come from misguided ventures. That is not to say we should tolerate such misadventures nowadays, nor by identifying past corruptions should we conclude that contemporary projects which require considerable investment of material resources are not viable nor good. Quite the contrary! Great cathedrals that glorify God—not concrete bunkers or upside-down picnic baskets—and filled with great iconography, stained glass, statuary and music are needed to edify the faithful in an age when the quest for or manifestation of authentic beauty, truth and goodness is understood to be at odds with the Gospel. Beautiful liturgy, too, is food for the soul impoverished by the corrosive effects of relativism.
Friends, the most dangerous corruption in the Church is found in the abuse of the Church's greatest treasure, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. That is to say, the watering down of Holy Gospel and the abuse of the Holy Eucharist. The political-sociological-theological machinations occurring during the Synod on the Family should hardly come as a surprise to those who understand that the attack on the Gospel and the Eucharist perpetrated by modernists—yes, those shadowy heretics often blamed, and rightly so, for the ills in the Church for the last 100+ years—is one that has emptied pews and filled the hallowed precincts of the Vatican nation with the smoke of Satan.

Flanking strategy?

Perhaps it will take a man with the skill of a Jesuit, necessarily aided by the Holy Spirit, to outmaneuver the likes of Baldisseri, Forte, Kasper and the whole lot of them compromised by their compromise with the world, the flesh and the devil.

Yes, I realize that the preceding paragraph could be read in a manner that demonizes the named prelates. Yes, they are children of God who merit a charitable embrace as persons. Yes, they are persons created in the image and likeness of God whose actions merit fair consideration. Truth be told, they are very badly behaved children of God, and hyperbole seems entirely appropriate in this instance. The saints, the prophets and the Lord Himself have spoken in a similar manner to identify, wake up and provoke self-imperilled souls to conversion. That said, I am not attempting to identify myself with the canonized saints nor the beatified. I am merely employing a rhetorical device that meets with ecclesiastical (and divine!) approval.
Insofar as the bishops in question are proposing an evil agenda—the blessing of adulterous relationships and promoting a plethora of confused ideologies—they are cooperating with evil. They have placed themselves that much closer to the author of lies in a way that should terrify anyone with a healthy understanding that damned angels (demons) have intellects far beyond our own. Allies of the demon are, in this life, living in the antechambers of hell.
Trap door: let the enemy think he is winning.

A phrase comes to mind: Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer. Even if Papa Francesco is wholeheartedly on board with the pro-adultery crew, he is playing a part being shaped this very moment by the Holy Spirit. There is no way God will allow the Barque of Peter to founder. Which is to say, there is no way the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, acting in his capacity as Supreme Pontiff, can teach heresy. God will not allow it.

It seems abundantly clear that God is using faithful bishops to poke and prod their brothers into submission to the Truth. If He so wills it, God can confound the thinking of the heterodox to cause them to stumble and sabotage their mission. God can speak to people through dreams and locutions and circumstances to change their minds. The obstinate, however, should have a healthy respect for God's providential care of His Church. Should they retain their opposition to the Truth of the Gospel, the Lord can withdraw His sustaining Presence.
If God were to withdraw his Spirit, all life would disappear and mankind would turn again to dust.—Job 34:14-16.
A complicated poker face?

If Papa Francesco is, indeed, playing his cards rightly, he is drawing in the Church's enemies in a way that they will expose themselves. Given recent events, can anyone deny that they—the Church's errant sons—are, indeed, exposing themselves and their malfeasance! In fact, they cannot help but expose themselves.

Collage source photos L to R:  Sancte Pater | CNS/Paul Haring | S+L

The worldly need constant approval. They rely on the attention the world (e.g., the secular media) provides. Even while they attempt to deny others the stage, so-to-speak, they themselves lap up media attention and the attention of doting heretics. Those who put stock in public opinion tend to believe such attention confirms the rightness of their agenda. Such attention is, however, empty according to the way of Christ. Empty, as in as soulless and emptied headed as an agenda which seeks to undermine the will of Christ.
Woe to you when men shall bless you: for according to these things did their fathers to the false prophets.—Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 6:26.
Kasper Kampf

To the minds of many Catholics and non-Catholics, Pope Francis has plenty of moral currency which has been steadily accruing since his election to the Office of Peter. His emphasis on mercy resonates even with those vehemently opposed to the life and mission of the Church.

Those allied to the Kasper camp are furiously spending what little currency they possess to try and sway the Holy Father to embrace their lost cause. Their foolish attempt to tickle the ears of the faithful with a false hope, an empty promise that those in adulterous situations will be able to receive Holy Communion while still living in such sinful relationships, is a damnable tactic which is being exposed to the light of day as you read this humble attempt to contextualize the proceedings of the Synod.
Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine.
For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears:
And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.—St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:2-4.
Laugh at the devil! He hates being ridiculed.

The actions of the Kaspers, Baldisseris and Fortes among the bishops and princes of the Church are being thwarted by the powerful Spirit-aided comments of the conservator bishops and cardinals. At the risk of taking an  unseemly delight in the failure of the heterodox, it is almost comical to observe one failure after another by the those attempting to marginalize the witness of the faithful at the Synod.

The pockets in which Kasper, Baldisseri et al try to hide their cheat sheets and bribe money (faux-intellectual currency) are full of holes, spilling their intentions freely on the floor of the Synod hall and throughout the blogosphere for all who wish to see. Were it not such a serious circumstance, it would be amusing each time the Vatican media-types and Synod controllers try to spin the Synod's proceedings in favour of the heterodox. Their actions are as transparent and flimsy as their own heterodox inclinations.

A view from afar.

From this blogger's vantage point, which is a living room in a humble apartment on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, the view of the Synod looks bleak at times. And then, a few signs of hope appear—Chaput's discourse, and the excellent relatio of the Circulus Anglicus D, for example. And, the reminders of Jesus found in Holy Scripture provide the supreme confidence the disciple requires to continue waging the spiritual fight:
And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 
And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.—St. Matthew 16:18-19.
Moses Corrected

Peter and his successors, the Bishops of Rome, cannot bind or loose on earth anything that is not already bound in heaven and on earth by Jesus Christ. The reality of marriage, that is, the teaching on authentic marriage, is already bound by Christ Himself. No pope can change what Christ has restored. The pope is, first and foremost, a conservator of the Apostolic Faith taught by Christ.
Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, Made them male and female? And he said:
For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh.
Therefore now they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
They say to him: Why then did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away?
He saith to them: Because Moses by reason of the hardness of your heart permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.—Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew 19:4-8.
An ancient battle.

Now, if people are unsettled by the visible war in Rome at the Synod, they should be terrified by the intensity of the invisible war between angels and demons occurring around the gathered bishops. The visible goings on are merely the temporal signs of the clash of intellects and wills occurring between the holy angels and the hideous fallen angels. Of this, we can be certain. For, as Scripture has it,
we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.—St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:12.
We must fast and pray diligently with a serene confidence in the intercessory prayers of the saints and the power of the Holy Spirit to protect the faithful and to confound the sinister.

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