Thursday, March 22, 2018

I hope they don't ask him about Ouija Boards

Pope Francis gives his blessing to tattoos.

Asked about tattoos and other expressions of modern culture by a seminarian from Ukraine, the pope said that the problem is that some people exaggerate by covering their body with tattoos, but “the problem is the exaggeration, not the tattoos.”

Don’t be afraid of tattoos,” the pope responded, noting that for many years Eritrean Christians and others have gotten tattoos of the cross on their foreheads.

“Of course, there can be exaggerations,” the pope said, remarking that people who get too many tattoos cannot give blood because of a “danger of blood poisoning.”

A tattoo “is a sign of belonging,” Francis said, and offers an opportunity to strike up a conversation with young people about what matters to them “and then you can enter into the culture of the young.”

“But do not panic,” he said. “With young people you should never be frightened, never! Because always, even behind the not-so-good things, there is something that will get us to some truth.”

I'm pretty sure he wasn't giving his blessing to tattoos, but I think his point would have been better made if he said something like 'the tattoo is a symptom of a bigger problem, so when you see them, use your pastoral gifts to open conversation with the ultimate goal of healing the wound with Sacraments.'

I hope they don't ask him about Ouija boards!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monsignor Vigano Resigns

And that’s the way we roll.

I wish I had the confidence to say a valuable lesson was learned, but I think we can all look forward to the next set of publicity stunts to explain how betsy and lies and liars are consistent with the Magisterium.

UPDATE: As Fr. Z and others report, the deceiver was shuffled.

Of course!

Monday, March 19, 2018

I would do anything for love, but I won't do that.

This is positively priceless. Watch until the end!

True Friendship and Intimacy with Christ

Several months back, I was out with some friends who distanced themselves from the Church for one reason or another.

They tell me that fallout from Church sexual predators scandalized them. I'm sure it did, but what doesn't make sense to me is why they blaming and alienating yourself from God. It's a bit like throwing your pilot overboard because a storm rocked your boat.

Would you cut off a relationship with your mother if her landlord turned out to be a polygamist?

How do Sacraments get tangled up in the scandalous conduct of church employees? Nobody quits their job when their colleague turned out to be a pedophile. The Sacraments are much more important than a paycheck.

God is love, wisdom, guidance, compassion, comfort, mercy, salvation. People who love one another want to be with one another. God, His Angels and Saints are very much people we are spending time with.

When Catholics tell me they've stopped receiving the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, I try to dig deeper to understand what's really going on. Usually, their crisis of faith is about family sickness, suffering, tragedies, death or anger over Church teaching.

Their experience of God is going through the motions of nuisances, rules and obligations that don't mean anything to them or God anymore (or so they think). It's a caricature of a god who makes up meaningless rules like we're all going to hell in the handbasket if we don't use the pogostick for a couple of hours on Sunday mornings.

Personally, I'm not a chance taker with my salvation. So if an infallible Magisterium told me I had to use a pogostick for a couple of hours on Sundays, I'd likely take the time to do it. I'd figure it was God's way of keeping me from getting diabetes and dying before my job on earth was complete. My experiences with God are, He has a reason for everything, even if I don't understand it at the time.

There are plenty of good reasons to find a new parish. But, if you are in a place where you are telling yourself the brokenness or sins of others in the Church are reasons for you to abandon Christ Himself, or find yourself in a serious crisis of faith, I agree with a priest in our comments section:

Individuals, when they are angry with God, tend to lash out at His Church.

I’ve silently read many comments, here and elsewhere, over a long period of time and a pattern has shown forth from certain individuals which clearly indicate an anger with God Himself, but which is directed at His Church, which is the only really tangible (yet Divine) thing to attack in this world. How do you attack the Divine? By striking at the work of the Divine.

All peoples are sinful and in need of our Divine Savior, including those within the ranks of the clergy of His Catholic Church. The Church should be full of saints, YES, but, sadly, that is not and has never been the case. Just because I may be angry with God about something that was not good, just, right, or beautiful in my own life, does not mean that God is to blame for that nor does it mean that His Church is to blame for that.

Unless the individual addresses this anger at God, by admitting the truth of the matter, and seeking Divine forgiveness and help, there is a grave danger of eternal damnation.

This reflection from Cardinal Sarah's Power of Silence is an outstanding perspective on the source of suffering and evil in our lives and in the Church:

Christians know that God does not will evil. And if this evil exists, God is the first victim of it. Evil exists because His Love is not accepted, His love is misunderstood, rejected and resisted. The world in its harmony and beauty can be formed only in a dialogue of love in which God exchanges with us, and we with him. If evil affects God himself, it is because there is a divine wound that we must heal, a wound that unceasingly calls for our generosity. Thus, all of Christianity, all of divine revelation from Genesis on, is the cry of God's innocence. The more monstrous the evil, the more evident it is that God, in us, is the first victim.

So, when we find ourselves stuck in a spiritual rut, what steps can we take to deepen our intimate friendship with Christ?

The first thing to do is a good examination of conscience and hit the Sacrament of Confession. Go to Mass more than once a week. Once you are cruising in a state of Grace, focus on better communication with Christ.

Take the time for honest reflection in front of the Blessed Sacrament to figure out the real reason you abandoned Christ and His Sacraments.

If it's a problem with Church teaching, commit yourself to reading the writings of Saints on the subject matter. Tell Christ and His Mother that you're setting aside your own agendas and want to know and understand the truth. St. John Paul II pretty much tackled all of subjects that push our buttons. His writings are kind, compassionate and uncomplicated.

If you are struggling with a more personal issue, make an appointment with a solid priest. Concisely explain your situation and ask him to help you resolve your obstacles to Sacramental Life.

Do a lot of reading. Turn on EWTN and watch its programming.

Pray, especially the Rosary.

Prayer is the communication tool with intimate friends. Be present with your heart, will and intellect and talk to God about your life - your joys, sorrows, family, friends, relationships, work. Ask Him to make you aware of His sorrows, challenges, victories and ask Him how you can help.

Prayer is not 'thinking' or talking about things with God. You are looking (and asking Him) for supernatural guidance and resolutions.
This is the part I always have trouble with: The hard work of listening.

Prayer is a dialogue. When we ask God for guidance, He speaks back to us in the silence of our soul through awareness, understanding and inspiration. How often we dismiss his help and guidance.

I recently responded to God's call to help a person drowning in dysfunction and errors. I found myself in a six-month drama like the old joke:

A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.

Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, "Jump in, I can save you."

The stranded fellow shouted back, "No, it's OK, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me." So the rowboat went on.

Then a motorboat came by. "The fellow in the motorboat shouted, "Jump in, I can save you."

To this the stranded man said, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith." So the motorboat went on.

Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, "Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety."

To this the stranded man again replied, "No thanks, I'm praying to God and he is going to save me. I have faith."
So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.

Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to discuss this whole situation with God, at which point he exclaimed, "I had faith in you but you didn't save me, you let me drown. I don't understand why!"

God replied, "I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?

Been there/done that so many times, it doesn't take me long now to recognize I can't get out of first gear because I'm running on mortal power.

You also have to recognize when someone you are trying to help declines God's assistance and reluctantly fly away. Catholics tend to overcommit to helping a person who won't accept the help. I'm like a moth to the flame of that disaster zone.

It takes a lot of effort and time to develop a trusted friendship and good communication with God. Just like every other relationship. The payoff is better than hitting the lottery.

I don't want to go through the motions
I don't want to go one more day
Without your all-consuming passion inside of me
I don't want to spend my whole life asking
What if I had given everything?
Instead of going through the motions..

Go all the way or go home!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Pope Benedict XVI letter also expressed his surprise over Pope Francis use of kooky German theologians

How much was left out of this letter is amazing.

From Fr. Z:

This monumental goat rodeo just gets worse and worse. Doesn’t this remind you of the seemingly inevitable truth that while a crime is bad, it’s the cover up that really brings you down.

What's pathetic about this PR campaign is, they're doing everything BUT conceding that Amoris Laetitia is a hot mess and fixing the errors in writing. Pope Benedict XVI hit Goliath between the eyes. Using theologians who lead people to unfaithfulness is a dumb idea.

When the Romans received Pope Benedict XVI's denial of their request to approve their theology, did they say "Oh wow, this is the exact same thing faithful Catholics are saying. We are doing something harmful that we must stop."?


They take the letter and figure out what to redact to make it look like Pope Benedict XVI thinks using unfaithful theologians is consistent with Christ and His Magisterium.

It's like the cheating husband who buys his wife nice jewelry. He's not going to admit what he's doing is wrong, stop it and be faithful to her, but will show up with diamond jewelry from time to time.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pope Francis, A Man of...His Own Words?!

Yes. That's what we are all worried about.

What we need is a Man of Christ’s Words.

Why is the Vatican funding a film about their boss?” asked Arroyo, answering, “It’s a puff piece,” before going on to call it a “touchy-feely video.”

“Some are saying this is an effort to insulate the Pope and to protect him from criticism,” continued Arroyo, “which he has encountered over the last five years because of the changes to church teaching, practice and doctrine -- and that’s a big concern for some.”

Ingraham again seized the opportunity to express what many think, but fear to say: “You have two Popes. OK? You can’t have two Popes.

“That was always going to cause a problem,” she continued, “I mean, you’re dealing with two Popes.”
“It doesn’t cause a problem if you don’t need the former Pope to vouch for you,” said Arroyo. “And apparently, now, the Vatican feels it would help Pope Francis.”

I know it seems incredulous, but at the end of the day, what they're doing to wipe the egg off of their face because of their coddling of spiritual abusers is the exact same way they dealt with priestly sexual abusers.

They pretended they didn't ordain sexual abusers. They defended them, praised them, coddled them, promoted them.

Now, we must brace ourselves for the publicity stunts.

It's deja vu all over again.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

And Now for Something Completely Different

So, in yesterdays general audience, Pope Francis said that people 'in a state of serious' sin are unworthy to receive the Blessed Sacrament.

"We know that one who has committed a serious sin should not approach Holy Communion without having first obtained absolution in the sacrament of Reconciliation."

BadaBing BadaBoom

I must confess, this is a big improvement to this week's circus with Pope Benedict. I was starting to worry they would get ventriloquists to pretend the incorruptible saints in Rome are opining that Amoris Laetitia is in perfect harmony with Familiaris Consortio.

I wish I could be more grateful for this statement. I really do.

The problem is, a whole lot of people 'don't know'. Unfaithful pastors have confused generations of Catholics. The Holy Father spent the last five years waterboarding the teachings of the Church and those who practice it. This statement is nowhere near enough to clarify his five years of praising the theology of apostates.

I am sorry to say it.

He needs to round up the press for one of his infamous plane interviews and say "I'm very sorry for the damage I've done to the salvation of your relatives with my ambiguity and gushing over episcopal heretics. I would like to correct the misunderstandings I've caused..."

Then, take the long list of theological errors and confirm authentic Church teaching for every one of them. Vow to only use theologians who are faithful to Church teaching to speak on his behalf in the future.

A plane ride interview might have to circle the earth five or six times before he could address them all, but, that might undo some of the damage he's done to the people we love.

Seriously, this can't be fixed by rounding up faithful theologians to give him glowing reviews or throwing a bone of orthodoxy into the theological mess he's created.

All we want is the Dubia answered. We want his mistakes corrected for the record in writing. He owes us that. He owes our children and our children's children. He owes Christ.

Just cut the baloney and answer the Dubia!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Holy Father's Cronies Admit Blurring Pope Benedict Letter

That's not all they're blurring.

This is the weirdest story.

They finally concede there is a dispute between what the Holy Father is saying and what's in the Deposit of Faith, but instead of reconciling the errors, they decide Pope Benedict can make the mess go away by authoring a letter saying he's observed and read what the Holy Father says and does and the crack pipes are Catholic, so go right ahead and tell your children to smoke them.

But Pope Benedict instead writes a letter saying he doesn't know anything about the crack pipes and while he appreciates finding them on his doorstep, he's too busy to pay any attention to the consequences of renouncing the Chair of Peter.   Instead of finding a plan b, they cherry pick and blur out the letter to give the appearance that Pope Benedict XVI said the crack pipes are Catholic.

It's all so devious. 

It bothers me that Pope Benedict XVI couldn't be bothered trying to figure out what is happening to us.

Lord, we most humbly beg of your boundless mercy to grant the holy Catholic Church a bishop, a man full of zeal for us and pleasing to you, who may rule the Church well for the glory of your name and may be held in honor of your people.  Through our Lord.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Almost in Francis Heaven...

How do I get out of these shoes?

I think we are missing a lot of fun if we don't have twitter!

Did you see this dog and pony show?

So fun.

Do they think we are going to abandon the salvation of the people we love because they dusted off Pope Benedict to try to give legitimacy to the crack pipes being passed out by the Romans?


This is very peculiar.   I smell Jack Connors and Rasky Baerlein.

Che Shea

Because, aside from screwball bishops, who wouldn't want to model themselves after a murdering sociopath who gives out free cheese?