Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Mr. Spock give us a lesson in theology (...are we within sensor range of Rome?)

Captain's Log: 8: 25: 2018 

"With the guards of Magog swarming around, 
The Cardinal Archbishop takes his nephews underground
Dragons, coming out of the sea, 
A shimmering glimpse of horror for me..."

Once again, it is time for Mr. Spock to impart to us a lesson in theology. 

Cardinal Zen calls on Vatican Secretary of State to resign for "an incredible betrayal"

This morning, September 22, 2018, Reuters is reporting that the Vatican City State has indeed signed a secret Accord with the People's Republic of China. 

H. E. Joseph Cardinal Zen, in an interview last week with Reuters, called for the resignation of the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, who had been the lead negotiator for the Holy See.

Cardinal Zen stopped short, according to Reuters, for calling for the resignation of the Pope. 

From Reuters:  
“They’re giving the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal,” he said.

He described Parolin, the highest ranking diplomat in the Vatican, as someone who despised heroes of faith.

“He should resign,” Zen told Reuters at his home on a wooded hillside on Hong Kong island.

“I don’t think he has faith. He is just a good diplomat in a very secular, mundane meaning.”
“It’s a complete surrender. It’s a betrayal (of our faith). I have no other words, said Zen.  

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

St. Augustine: "they neglected the sheep"

From a sermon On Pastors by Saint Augustine, bishop
(Sermon 46, 4-5; CCL 41, 531-533)

Paul’s example

Once when Paul was in great need, in chains for his confession of the truth, his fellow Christians sent him what was necessary for his wants and needs. He thanked them with these words: You have done well to share in my needs. It is true that I have leaned to be self-sufficient in whatever circumstances I find myself. I know what it is to have plenty and I have learned how to endure privation. I can do all things in him who strengthens me. Still you have done well to send things for my use.

Just as this indicates in what sense they had done well, it also shows what Paul himself sought, namely, to avoid being numbered among those who feed themselves and not the sheep. For he does not so much rejoice at his own deliverance from need as he does at their generosity. What then was he seeking? I do not set my heart upon gifts, he says; all I seek for is the fruit of my labor. Not that I may be filled, he says, but that you may not remain empty.

As for those who cannot support themselves with their own hands as Paul did, let them take from the milk of the sheep, let them receive what is necessary for their needs, but let them not neglect the weakness of the sheep. Let them not seek any benefit for themselves, lest they appear to be preaching the Gospel for the sake of their own need and privation; rather, let them provide the light of the true word for the sake of men’s enlightenment. For they are like lamps, as it has been said: Let your belts be fastened and your lamps burning, and: No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel basket; rather, he puts it on a lamp stand, that it may give light to all who are in the house; so let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Now if a lamp has been lighted for you in your house, would you not add oil to keep it from going out? Of course, if the lamp received the oil and failed to shine, it was obviously not fit to be put on the lamp stand and should have been discarded at once. But for the light to be kept alive it must receive fuel which is to be provided out of charity. Only let not the Gospel be for sale, with preachers demanding a price for it and making their living from it. If they sell it like that, they are selling for a pittance something that is of great value. Let them receive support in their need from the people, but payment for their stewardship from the Lord. No, it is not right for the people to give payment to those who serve them out of love of the Gospel. Payment is to be expected only from the one who also grants salvation.
Why then are they rebuked? Why are they accused? Because, when they took the milk and covered themselves with the wool, they neglected the sheep. They sought only to serve their own cause and not Christ’s.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

How Catholics need to enjoy Beauty: does your mother know you like music?

Dear friends, in this time of madness, it is once again an opportune moment for a musical interlude. Let us listen to some British Hall Music, presented to us by The Beatles, from their film, "Magical Mystery Tour", released in late 1967. 

The video you see is delightfully British. Little did The Beatles realize, that this little film beautifully encapsulates Great Britain in all her lovely, delightful, eccentric glory. 

No one, but a Briton could have written this song, conceived this film, choreographed the sentimental, sweet, dance. 

British viewers will immediately perceive the absolute Britishness of this song and film. 

Enjoy!!! But do not forget, pray for the Pope. Poor Pope Francis who needs prayer more than any other living person.... Pray for the Church. 

Monday, 17 September 2018

Bishop Morlino leads Diocese in reparation for "sins of sexual depravity"

His Excellency, Bishop Robert Morlino, of Madison Wisconsin, last Friday the 14th of September, began Acts of Reparation for the grave sins of "sexual depravity" committed by clergy and members of the episcopate: sins against youth (pedophilia and eubophilia), and with adults (predominantly homosexual activity committed by churchmen involved in a vast, international network). 

It is time for us to once again, prayerfully re-read his Letter to the Faithful. The temptations will increase to break with the Church; if not formally, at least to fall into mortal sin through acts of hatred, spreading unsubstantiated rumours, gossiping etc. and thereby fall into the Camp of Satan along with the unrepentant abusers and homosexuals. Satan is having a jolly, old time laughing as he drags souls into Hell...

As Bishop Morlino warns us,  "We must cast out sin from our own lives and run toward holiness".

Am I running towards my computer, or going to Mass? Am I praying the Rosary or scanning Twitter feeds? If I have no time for prayer and reparation, I  certainly have no time for social media and the internet. 

August 18, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the Diocese of Madison,

The past weeks have brought a great deal of scandal, justified anger, and a call for answers and action by many faithful Catholics here in the U.S. and overseas, directed at the Church hierarchy regarding sexual sins by bishops, priests, and even cardinals. Still more anger is rightly directed at those who have been complicit in keeping some of these serious sins from coming to light.

For my part — and I know I am not alone — I am tired of this. I am tired of people being hurt, gravely hurt! I am tired of the obfuscation of truth. I am tired of sin. And, as one who has tried — despite my many imperfections — to lay down my life for Christ and His Church, I am tired of the regular violation of sacred duties by those entrusted with immense responsibility from the Lord for the care of His people.

The stories being brought into light and displayed in gruesome detail with regard to some priests, religious, and now even those in places of highest leadership, are sickening. Hearing even one of these stories is, quite literally, enough to make someone sick. But my own sickness at the stories is quickly put into perspective when I recall the fact that many individuals have lived through them for years. For them, these are not stories, they are indeed realities. To them I turn and say, again, I am sorry for what you have suffered and what you continue to suffer in your mind and in your heart.

If you have not already done so, I beg you to reach out, as hard as that may be, and seek help to begin to heal. Also, if you’ve been hurt by a priest of our diocese, I encourage you to come forward, to make a report to law enforcement and to our Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, so that we might begin, with you as an individual, to try and set things right to the greatest extent possible.

There is nothing about these stories that is okay. These actions, committed by more than a few, can only be classified as evil, evil that cries out for justice and sin that must be cast out from our Church.

Faced with stories of the depravity of sinners within the Church, I have been tempted to despair. And why? The reality of sin — even sin in the Church — is nothing new. We are a Church made of sinners, but we are sinners called to sanctity. So what is new? What is new is the seeming acceptance of sin by some in the Church, and the apparent efforts to cover over sin by them and others. Unless and until we take seriously our call to sanctity, we, as an institution and as individuals, will continue to suffer the “wages of sin.”

For too long we have diminished the reality of sin — we have refused to call a sin a sin — and we have excused sin in the name of a mistaken notion of mercy. In our efforts to be open to the world we have become all too willing to abandon the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In order to avoid causing offense we offer to ourselves and to others niceties and human consolation.

Why do we do this? Is it out of an earnest desire to display a misguided sense of being “pastoral?” Have we covered over the truth out of fear? Are we afraid of being disliked by people in this world? Or are we afraid of being called hypocrites because we are not striving tirelessly for holiness in our own lives?

Perhaps these are the reasons, but perhaps it is more or less complex than this. In the end, the excuses do not matter. We must be done with sin. It must be rooted out and again considered unacceptable. Love sinners? Yes. Accept true repentance? Yes. But do not say sin is okay. And do not pretend that grave violations of office and of trust come without grave, lasting consequences.

For the Church, the crisis we face is not limited to the McCarrick affair, or the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, or anything else that may come. The deeper crisis that must be addressed is the license for sin to have a home in individuals at every level of the Church. There is a certain comfort level with sin that has come to pervade our teaching, our preaching, our decision making, and our very way of living.

If you’ll permit me, what the Church needs now is more hatred! As I have said previously, St. Thomas Aquinas said that hatred of wickedness actually belongs to the virtue of charity. As the Book of Proverbs says “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate wickedness (Prov. 8:7).” It is an act of love to hate sin and to call others to turn away from sin.

There must be no room left, no refuge for sin — either within our own lives, or within the lives of our communities. To be a refuge for sinners (which we should be), the Church must be a place where sinners can turn to be reconciled. In this I speak of all sin. But to be clear, in the specific situations at hand, we are talking about deviant sexual — almost exclusively homosexual — acts by clerics. We’re also talking about homosexual propositions and abuses against seminarians and young priests by powerful priests, bishops, and cardinals. We are talking about acts and actions which are not only in violation of the sacred promises made by some, in short, sacrilege, but also are in violation of the natural moral law for all. To call it anything else would be deceitful and would only ignore the problem further.

There has been a great deal of effort to keep separate acts which fall under the category of now-culturally-acceptable acts of homosexuality from the publically-deplorable acts of pedophilia. That is to say, until recently the problems of the Church have been painted purely as problems of pedophilia — this despite clear evidence to the contrary. It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held ANY of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority.

In this last regard, special mention should be made of the most notorious and highest in ranking case, that being the allegations of former-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s (oft-rumored, now very public) sexual sins, predation, and abuse of power. The well-documented details of this case are disgraceful and seriously scandalous, as is any covering up of such appalling actions by other Church leaders who knew about it based on solid evidence.

While recent credible accusations of child sexual abuse by Archbishop McCarrick have brought a whole slew of issues to light, long-ignored was the issue of abuse of his power for the sake of homosexual gratification.

It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest. And the decision to act upon this disordered inclination is a sin so grave that it cries out to heaven for vengeance, especially when it involves preying upon the young or the vulnerable. Such wickedness should be hated with a perfect hatred. Christian charity itself demands that we should hate wickedness just as we love goodness. But while hating the sin, we must never hate the sinner, who is called to conversion, penance, and renewed communion with Christ and His Church, through His inexhaustible mercy.

At the same time, however, the love and mercy which we are called to have even for the worst of sinners does not exclude holding them accountable for their actions through a punishment proportionate to the gravity of their offense. In fact, a just punishment is an important work of love and mercy, because, while it serves primarily as retribution for the offense committed, it also offers the guilty party an opportunity to make expiation for his sin in this life (if he willingly accepts his punishment), thus sparing him worse punishment in the life to come. Motivated, therefore, by love and concern for souls, I stand with those calling for justice to be done upon the guilty.

The sins and crimes of McCarrick, and of far too many others in the Church, bring suspicion and mistrust upon many good and virtuous priests, bishops, and cardinals, and suspicion and mistrust upon many great and respectable seminaries and so many holy and faithful seminarians. The result of the first instance of mistrust harms the Church and the very good work we do in Christ’s name. It causes others to sin in their thoughts, words, and deeds — which is the very definition of scandal. And the second mistrust harms the future of the Church, since our future priests are at stake.

I said that I was tempted to despair in light of all of this. However, that temptation quickly passed, thanks be to God. No matter how large the problem, we know that we are called to go forward in faith, to rely upon God’s promises to us, and to work hard to make every bit of difference we can, within our spheres of influence.

I have recently had the opportunity to talk directly with our seminarians about these very pressing matters, and I have begun to, and will continue to, talk with the priests of the diocese, as well as the faithful, in person and through my weekly column and homilies, making things as clear as I can, from my perspective. Here now, I offer a few thoughts to those of my diocese:

In the first place, we must continue to build upon the good work which we have accomplished in protecting the youth and vulnerable of our diocese. This is a work on which we can never rest in our vigilance, nor our efforts to improve. We must continue in our work of education for all and hold to the effective policies that have been implemented, requiring psychological exams for all candidates for ministry, as well as across-the-board background checks for anyone working with children or vulnerable individuals.

Here again, I state, as we have done consistently, if you have knowledge of any sort of criminal abuse of children by someone in the Church, contact law enforcement. If you need help in contacting law enforcement contact our Victim’s Assistance Coordinator and she will help connect you with the best resources. If you are an adult victim of sexual abuse from childhood, we still encourage you to reach out to law enforcement first, but even if you don’t want to, please still reach out to us.

To our seminarians: If you are unchastely propositioned, abused, or threatened (no matter by whom), or if you directly witness unchaste behavior, report it to me and to the seminary rector. I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation. I trust that the seminaries I choose, very discriminately, to help form our men will not ignore this type of scandalous behavior, and I will continue to verify that expectation.

To our priests: Most simply, live out the promises you made on your ordination day. You are called to serve Christ’s people, beginning with praying daily the Liturgy of the Hours. This is to keep you very close to God. In addition, you promised to obey and be loyal to your bishop. In obedience, strive to live out your priesthood as a holy priest, a hard working priest, and a pure and happy priest — as Christ Himself is calling you to do. And by extension, live a chaste and celibate life so that you can completely give your life to Christ, the Church, and the people whom he has called you to serve. God will give you the graces to do so. Ask Him for the help you need daily and throughout every day. And if you are unchastely propositioned, abused, or threatened (no matter by whom), or if you directly witness unchaste behavior, report it to me. I will not stand for this in my diocese any more than in our seminaries.

To the faithful of the diocese: If you are the victim of abuse of any kind by a priest, bishop, cardinal, or any employee of the Church, bring it forward. It will be addressed quickly and justly. If you have directly witnessed sexual advances or any type of abuse, bring it forward as well. Such actions are sinful and scandalous and we cannot allow anyone to use their position or power to abuse another person. Again, in addition to injuring individuals, these actions injure the very Body of Christ, His Church.

Furthermore, I add my name to those calling for real and sustained reform in the episcopate, priesthood, our parishes, schools, universities, and seminaries that would root out and hold accountable any would-be sexual predator or accomplice;

I will hold the priests of the diocese to their promise to live a chaste and celibate life of service to you and your parish, and evidence of failure in this regard will be justly addressed;

I will likewise hold every man studying for the priesthood for our diocese accountable to living a chaste and celibate life as part of his formation for the priesthood. Failure to do so will lead to dismissal from diocesan sponsorship;

I will continue to require (with our men and our funds) that all seminaries to which we send men to study be vigilant that seminarians are protected from sexual predators and provide an atmosphere conducive to their holistic formation as holy priests, in the image of Christ;

I ask all the faithful of the diocese to assist in keeping us accountable to civil authorities, the faithful in the pews, and to God Almighty, not only to protect children and the youth from sexual predators in the Church, but our seminarians, university students, and all the faithful as well. I promise to put any victim and their sufferings before that of the personal and professional reputation of a priest, or any Church employee, guilty of abuse;

I ask everyone reading this to pray. Pray earnestly for the Church and all her ministers. Pray for our seminarians. And pray for yourselves and your families. We must all work daily on our own personal holiness and hold ourselves accountable first and, in turn, hold our brothers and sisters accountable as well, and

Finally, I ask you all to join me and the entire clergy of the Diocese of Madison in making public and private acts of reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for all the sins of sexual depravity committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy. I will be offering a public Mass of reparation on Friday, September 14, the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, at Holy Name Heights and I ask all pastors to do the same in their own parishes. In addition, I ask that all priests, clergy, religious, and diocesan employees join me in observing the upcoming Autumn Ember Days (Sep. 19, 21, and 22) as days of fasting and abstinence in reparation for the sins and outrages committed by members of the clergy and episcopacy and I invite all the faithful to do the same. Some sins, like some demons, can only be driven out by prayer and fasting.

This letter and these statements and promises are not intended to be an exhaustive list of what we can and need to do in the Church to begin to heal from, and stave off, this deep illness in the Church, but rather the next steps I believe we can take locally.

More than anything else, we as a Church must cease our acceptance of sin and evil. We must cast out sin from our own lives and run toward holiness. We must refuse to be silent in the face of sin and evil in our families and communities and we must demand from our pastors — myself included — that they themselves are striving day in and day out for holiness. We must do this always with loving respect for individuals but with a clear understanding that true love can never exist without truth.

Again, right now there is a lot of justified anger and passion coming from many holy and faithful lay people and clerics across the country, calling for real reform and “house cleaning” of this type of depravity. I stand with them. I don’t know yet how this will play out nationally or internationally. But I do know this, and I make this my last point and last promise, for the Diocese of Madison: “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Faithfully yours in the Lord,

+ Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison

Homosexuality is due to the rejection of the First Commandment

Archbishop Vigano calls upon us to pray for the Church 
"And now the Pharisees, hearing how he had put the Sadducees to silence, met together; and one of them, a lawyer, put a question to try him: Master, which commandment in the law is the greatest? Jesus said to him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and thy whole soul and thy whole mind. This is the greatest of the commandments, and the first. And the second, its like, is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments, all the law and the prophets depend." (Matthew 22: 34-40)

Bishop Morlino says it is an act of charity
to teach chastity to homosexuals 

We must ask ourselves: from where did the explosion of homosexuality come from? Now the "LGBT" so-called "gay liberation" movement, claim it is an objective fact. They claim, that God made them that way. Let us place to one side the self-contradiction of such a claim coming from people who adhere to ontological and epistemological subjectivism and relativism of "gender ideology". Nonetheless, let us, for arguments sake, take a realist stance regarding the ontic world: is there a "gay" gene, or genes? Are in fact homosexuals "created" that way? The science says "no", as does the biological reality of male and female.

Homosexuality is a mental construct. In theological terms, it is a temptation to sin. It is a disorder, as it is against the order of Nature and reality. When this disorder is acted upon, it is a grave mortal sin. 

Let us re-ask our original question:  from where did the explosion of homosexuality come from? I would suggest, that it - in its modern manifestation - rode in on decades of sexual promiscuity, divorce, the separation of unity from life, the introduction of contraception and abortion, the glorification of pleasure as an end in itself, unnatural sexual acts performed between men and women that separated the unitive, the replacement of the Marital Act with "sex". Once men and women began to lead perverted sexual lives, placing pleasure, including illicit acts in the pleasure seeking, the "LGBT" gay liberation movement could logically complete the package. If sexual activity is only for pleasure, then there is nothing wrong in man on man, or woman on woman sexual activity. And the gay liberation movement is correct: those who support divorce, contraception, oral or anal "sex", must, to be consistent, support homosexual acts. The unifying factor is the rejection of the one, true, God. 

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one towards another. Romans I. 26, 27

What "cause"? Godlessness. St. John Chrysostom, in his Homily on Romans, follows St. Paul. "But if you say, and whence came this intensity of lust? It was from the desertion of God". 

Both saints firmly place godlessness as the cause of homosexuality. Of homosexuality, St. John wrote:

"Consider how great is that sin, to have forced hell to appear even before its time"!

The 20th century, building on 500 years of Protestantism, 200 years of liberalism and 100 years of Modernism is indeed very godless. Indeed, people pride themselves on their godlessness. There is a price to be paid for this "pride"; society is collapsing. 

For centuries, under a veneer of Christianity, men and women engaged more and more in unnatural sexual vice. With the advent of the Pill, and the "official" decoupling of unity and life, homosexuality burst forward, with the now aggressive glorification and promotion of gender ideology (even upon innocent children in schools, promoted by de facto totalitarian regimes, such as the present Government of Canada). 

Homosexuality is due to not loving the Lord Thy God.... and from rejecting this commandment, flows the rejection of the second: not loving thy neighbour. From this results in raping children, engaging in sexual sin. 

What are we to do? We have an obligation demanded of us to pray for sinners. We must - difficult as it is - pray for the conversion of those addicted to sexual sin. 

Perhaps even more difficult - but demanded of us - is to pray for the conversion of McCarrick, Wuerl, Farrell and the other infiltrators in the Church. Not to pray for sinners, for our enemies, places us in grave danger of ending up in the Hell we presume they will inhabit. We presume, as they may yet repent. 

Bishop Morlino said: this is not about "gay bashing", it is about proclaiming the Truth of the Gospel to those who are suffering from same-sex attraction that they live holy, chaste lives, and not give in to the temptation of sin. 

[A separate issue are the innumerable men who were abused as children or teenagers by predators, and driven in psycho-sexual illness. In this article we are confining ourselves to those who have rejected God, and in doing so have taken up this unnatural vice]. 

Friday, 14 September 2018

Fr. John O'Connor: "Pedophilia is essentially the same as homosexuality"

Fr. John O'Connor of Chicago.
This holy priest was driven out of his Order by militant homosexuals  

Some of you may have seen the video of an evil, old priest, claiming that masturbating boys is a "joke". This evil priest even boasts of having to sodomize a boy at least once. 

Friends, this is what we are dealing with. These infiltrators are the successors of Judas.

For those of you with the strength, visit Vox Cantoris to watch the video. Please offer a prayer for the victims of these agents of the devil. As I wrote earlier, Satan loves to attack the Innocent. He takes great delight in the abuse of children. He takes even greater delight if he can enable a man, sacramentally ordained to the Sacred Priesthood to commit the abuse. 

Years ago, Fr.John O'Connor, who was born in Chicago, educated by the Dominicans, warned us that homosexuality was essentially the same as pedophilia child abuse. No one listened to him 30 years ago. Not only was he ignored, he was actively persecuted and expelled from his Order. His appeal to Rome in the 1990s fell flat. As Fr. O' Connor put it: "there were too many homosexuals in the Vatican..." 

Bluntly put, pedophilia and homosexuality are forms of mutual masturbation. Pedophilia is merely the use of a legally underage person - sometime prepubescent - to masturbate the abuser. Thus we have homosexual militants pushing to lower the age of consent. In France, a number of decades ago, so-called darlings of the universities, such as Michel Foucault, called for the lowering of the age of consent. Pedophilia has grown in leaps and bounds since the early 70s.  

Never, EVER forget that we have good,
holy priests who need our love and support!

Let us not be fooled. Over 80% of the sexual crimes committed by clergy are acts of homosexuality. These are infiltrators. These are enemies of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  

Pray for the Church. Remember also, that Our Lord is in TOTAL CONTROL of HIS CHURCH. It is HIS Church. Not mine, not yours, not your pastor's, nor the Pope's. The Church belongs to Christ, which He bought with His Blood on the Cross. The gates of Hell will not prevail. Please pray, do sacrifice. For these evil men too - hard as it is - pray they repent, confess before it is too late and they join Judas, whom they are imitating in Hell.