Tuesday, May 03, 2022

QUESTIONS (AND AN ANSWER) ABOUT FRANCIS

 Frontpage Magazine published "Is Francis Really the Pope?" (May 2, 2022). 



It appears that the question is more motivated by Francis' "teaching" since taking the Chair of Peter rather than the still questionable events that brought him there. In other words: "Is Francis a bad pope?"

The history of the papacy is fraught with “bad popes.” Most famous were the Borgia and Medici popes, but several hundred years before them, around the turn of the First Millennium, there was what came to be known as “The Iron Age of the Papacy,” during which there were about 24 popes in 94 years because they kept assassinating each other. I’ll post a link to an article I wrote about it in the comments.

The good news about previous “bad popes” is they were too busy stealing, killing, and fornicating to teach anything. Not so Francis who oft appears to be rewriting the Catechism during off-the cuff rants on airplanes; which, other than a formal proclamation “ex cathedra,” would be official heresy and which would probably bring about the end of time since Jesus promised that “the gates of hell would not prevail,” which from one angle means that Jesus would show up before Satan prevailed over the Chair of Peter. 

However, “who am I to judge?” 

As a Christian, I am required to believe that nothing, good or evil, happens without God’s permission (see Book of Job). And if Francis is causing confusion and other not-so-good stuff, then his papacy has lots of biblical precedent where, in dealing with the waywardness of the “chosen people,” God gave said “chosen” the leaders they deserved...and usually asked for. 

In other words, at best Francis is simply a Latin American Jesuit come to the big city, and at worst, he is God’s justice for the millions and millions of Catholics who for decades have long since turned back to the fleshpots of Egypt.



 



Wednesday, March 09, 2022

MARK 6:27-56 - "AND HE WOULD HAVE PASSED BY THEM"


The Gospel for Saturday, March 5, 2022, in the Ancient Rite (TLM) was the account from Mark of Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:47-56). The same story appears in Matt 14.22-33 and John 6.16-21.

As usual, there are differences in the Gospel accounts, and some "anti-primacy of Peter types" like to stress that Mark and John do not mention Peter walking on the water to Jesus, as does Matthew. 

However, as is well-known, John's Gospel is not considered one of the "synoptics" because John had an entirely different aim in writing his gospel. So no surprise that John's Gospel leaves out details that the synoptics do not. 

And as for Mark, it is well-known that Mark was Peter's "secretary" and it can be easily understood that Peter, in dictating to Mark, did not want to highlight himself in any way.

Friday, March 04, 2022

UKRAINE: THE LEGACY OF INTER OECUMENICI ?


Catholic websites and sermons are overflowing with "prayers for Ukraine"...but no "prayers for the conversion of Russia."

I am old enough to remember when prayers for the conversion of Russia were said at the end of every Low Mass after the St. Michael Prayer. Collectively known as the Leonine prayers or "prayers after Mass." 

I also remember every family rosary, in my youth, including "for the conversion of Russia" in the intentions. 

In 1965, hot on the heels of Vatican II, the Church officially suppressed the "prayers after the Mass" and the prayers for the conversion of Russia. Some thought it was because we didn't want to make the communists mad at us.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

RUSSIA V UKRAINE - A FATIMA PERSPECTIVE

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima outside the National
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Nose and hands broken
off. Dec. 7, 2021.

 It is quite clear that Russia is the aggressor and is waging an unjust war as defined by the Catholic Church. However, as Catholics, we are bound to believe that nothing happens, even evil, without God's permission. And sometimes God permits evil for His higher purpose.

For example: permitting an impenitent man steeped in a life of mortal sin to become ill or severely hurt in order to occasion the opportunity for the man to amend his ways, or at least perhaps to cripple him to the point that he is no longer able to persist in the mortally sinful acts that are dragging his soul into Hell.

Throughout the history of God's Chosen People, God permitted his "chosen" to be captured, enslaved, and sometimes killed off to within a breath of a remnant, and all by unjust, unbelieving, and brutal, worldly aggressors. (Think of what the Romans did to the Jews in Jerusalem in 70AD. And all prophesied by Jesus, Himself.)

Our Lady at Fatima warned: "War is punishment for sin." 

World War I was, up to then, history's most brutal, costly, and non-sensical war. And Our Lady, appearing at Fatima in 1917, warned that if we did not cease sinning and do penance that a worse war would come. The world ignored her and so came World War II.

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