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).

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Someone please close that stained glass window left open since the 1960s.

That hint of sulphur wafting through the window that was opened in the 1960s seems to be growing in intensity. From parishes to the papal precincts, the Church is desperately in need of reform. This we all know.

The question that has to be asked is: Is Pope Francis the pontiff to conduct the needed reforms?

Cardinal (Danneels) freely admitted that Francis' election was constructed by prelates in cahoots. The mere thought that certain "progressive" cardinals have conspired to elect Papa Bergoglio is unsettling, to say the least. Corruption persists—the latest scandal comes to mind—that confirms how deep the corruption goes to the heart of the Church.

One could argue that corruption of one kind or another is (slowly) being exposed: Fr. Charamsa; Msgr. Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui; heresy proposed at the Synod under the guise of a "change in discipline." Is, perhaps, all the knot-iness being undone with the help of Our Lady Undoer of Knots? That is said not to mock Our Lady's intercession. It is said to expose the mockery people show toward Our Lady. Those who proudly declare their dissent and who divide the Church by leading others astray mock the Holy Mother God by invoking her to bring about their agenda which attempts to overthrow the will of God regarding marriage and human sexuality. When people go against the will of God in matters as important as Christ's teaching on marriage, the consequences will not be mild.

Is the Holy Mother of God assisting in undoing the knots made as a result of the mess called for by Papa Bergoglio? She loves us; she's helping to protect the Church. Of that, we can all be certain.

Aide de camp

Cardinal Pell did more than most to expose manipulation and corruption in the Synod process. He is an effective administrator who has the tough skin of a no nonsense Aussie which has helped him weather unjust attacks that would cause lesser men to whither. That tough skin, forthrightness, clear sense of who and what the Church is and always has been, and indomitable spirit, are strengths which make Pell a capable and authentic reformer. He is in the good company of faithful African and Polish prelates.

Whose timetable?

The Holy See is certainly not held to this blogger's timetable for a more rapid and thorough house cleaning. That said, change cannot come fast enough. Souls are on the line. Perhaps a bucket load of old fashioned guilt should be poured on the Vatican?
For every act of corruption and promotion of heresy causing a soul to be lost, the person or persons contributing to another's downfall should not be surprised when the purifying flames burn a little hotter upon their arrival in Purgatory. That is, if those responsible for causing God's children to fall actually make it to the purgatorial realm. Another fire burns even hotter and forever for those who obstinately teach a foreign gospel and lead others astray.
One thing is certain—in the history of the Church, the agents of change for the better have been conservatives. That is, those who conserve Tradition and, in no uncertain terms, are exemplars of the Christian life who model the life to which Christ calls all of us to live. We simply cannot and should not tolerate the obfuscation and manipulation attempted by liberal-religionists who, caring little for handing on Christ's teaching undefiled, seem content spreading their twisted notion of reform.

Sin-nod

It remains to be seen whether or not the Synod has complicated matters by providing a global platform for prelates to spread their heretical teaching, e.g., communion for the divorced and remarried (without benefit of a decree of nullity). The Synod may have played a role not foreseen by Pope Francis and his organizers. It may very well be that the Holy Spirit has something really amazing to give to the faithful. Perhaps that 'something' is a renewal we can barely imagine at this stage of the current papacy.

Is it this blogger's imagination or is the Holy Father actually smiling a lot less these days? His visit to Africa will probably bring a smile to his face. He will be met by a multitude of faithful Catholics led by faithful bishops who have declared in no uncertain terms their fidelity to Tradition. Their constancy in the Faith will, hopefully, convince the rest of the Church that the African witness heralds the path forward. May their witness also be a reminded that the current lame witness of European Catholics and the comfortable (c)atholicism of Catholics of the Americas is the path that should be left behind.

A Catholic Century

In 100 years or so, people will likely laugh at the Kasperites (Kasper, Baldisseri, Cupich, Forte, Durocher, et al) for attempting to change the Church's unchangeable doctrines. Laughing is what the faithful do at the devil. The devil hates being laughed at. He hates having his agenda exposed to the light of day.

And, in the future, perhaps there will be a few additional names on the list of Saints and the Beatified whose intercession is requested in the Mass, names of people from this era who defended marriage with zeal and who offered authentic support and encouragement to those who were/are in most need of God's mercy. That is, the mercy which calls people out of their sins to newness of life. The mercy which alerts people to pray for the grace from God which is available to enable people to enter into and embrace and live the new life in Christ.

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