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

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

No, there is no such thing as a "true traditionalist"

Of late, I have noticed a sort of obsession amongst those who consider themselves "traditionalists." I would even go so far as to term it unhealthy, for that is precisely what it is.

I am speaking of this obsession as to who is and who is not a "true traditionalist."

While I first encountered this obsession after I debuted on Vox Cantoris - better detailed in the follow-up post I wrote to that post - this is, sadly, not something I have seen solely in the Toronto community. I have seen it online in respect to America, Britain, France, and a host of other countries.

It is getting too much to bear, which is why, after a number of months sitting on the subject, I am breaking my silence and addressing it head on.

It does not matter if I am speaking of the young man who insists that I am his enemy time and again. Or the people I used to run around with, gossiping about various people, in the Toronto community. Or the Society, who tends to insist they are the only ones faithful to tradition. Or the Fraternity, who do the same. Of course, let's not forget the sedevacantists, who shun everyone but themselves and proclaim themselves as the only "true Catholics" around, though some are less abrasive about their argument than others.

It is a problem. It is not something we can solve overnight. Indeed, I doubt we ever can, but it is something we can address, for the betterment of our spiritual lives, if only that.

For now, though, let's talk about how problematic the term "true traditionalist" is.

First of all, this term is reactionary, arising only in response to the Council and the Novus Ordo Missae. In all of the texts and books I have managed to read so far dating from before that Council, there was no discussion about whether or not one was a "true traditionalist." The term simply did not exist. One was either Catholic or not. It was as simple as that.

This leads into another point. What does the term "tradition" even mean, and how does one define fidelity to it? The best I have been able to discern is that it means one harkens back to those customs, rules, and traditions from before the Council, and that one must reject ALL FORMS OF NOVELTY (itself a subjective term) which have arisen since then. As one can see it is a loose definition and can mean anything to anyone.

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing on a number of topics near and dear to "true traditionalists" and debunking them for the placebos they are. Watch this space.

For now, though, consider whether you consider yourself a "true traditionalist," and then consider how phony that term is.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The decadent West is worse than the Soviet Union ever was

The debauched "freedom loving" West is now so decadent, so debased, that even the Soviets had a higher moral standard. 

We are in free fall. Let us not be deluded. We are rotten from within. 

Monday, 11 February 2019

If you persist in sodomy, homosexuals, you will go to Hell

Sometimes, we cannot cloud our language with flowers and honey, but speak instead with thorns and vinegar.

This is one of those times.

Over the past several months, this writer has been watching with concern the "rise of the homosexual". It primarily began with the Mongeau Affair at the Toronto Oratory. Since then, this writer has noticed that homosexuals are gaining ascendancy in many realms, both inside and outside of the Church. More and more "rights" for active homosexuals are being sought after and demanded. Whether it is the "right" to "have the Church respect their goodness," march at a Disney park, or otherwise seek normalization of their behavior, it has been going on for much longer than this writer was aware of it, but it seems to be increasing as of late.

This writer has held their tongue about the dangers that active homosexuals face if they persist in their sodomy, arising from their own natural disposition to not cause contention, and a fear of failing in charity.

But no longer. It has reached a breaking point.

Listen well, those of you who are engaged in active homosexuality - or, sodomy. Listen well.

If you engage in anal or oral sex with someone of the same sex, you will go to Hell.

If you practice close intimacy - hugging, spooning, footsie, whatever filth - with someone of the same sex, you will go to Hell.

If you kiss someone of the same sex whom you consider to be a significant other, you will go to Hell.

If you give orgasms to someone of the same sex, you will go to Hell.

If you leave love letters or little books professing your "love" for someone of the same sex, you will go to Hell.

Of course, it goes without saying that those active in sodomy cannot receive Our Lord in the Eucharist. Yet, it has been done. I have seen it with my own eyes. Sin is added on top of sin.

None of what has just been said excludes the possibility of repentance on the part of the homosexual. For repentance is possible. It has been done. Just look at Daniel Mattson or Michael Voris.

However, sodomy is one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. While this writer has hope for the salvation of those who suffer from same-sex attractions - yet do not give into them - or those who once practiced sodomy but have since repented, I cannot hope the same for those who persist in active sodomy. Objectively, I cannot. Their souls will go to Hell if they do not repent.

There will be those who accuse me of speaking uncharitably. That is far from the case. It is from an area of deep concern, care, and compassion that I unloose my tongue after so many months.

Sodomites - you have been warned. Come back, and practice the chastity Our Lord called you to practice. Please. For your own sake. Before it is much too late.

Or else, this is the reality that awaits you. Do you really want to go there?

The Danger of an Interior Life without an Active Life

During the course of our series regarding the dangers of an active life without an interior life, it was requested that we post about the dangers of placing the interior life over the active life. 

Both extremes are deadly. However, Dom Chautaurd does not devote significant space in his work on the subject. He merely references quietism in passing, an understandable action as the heresy of good works is more apt to abuse in the Church. As a result, we pull the following excerpt from New Advent:
Quietism (Latin quies, quietus, passivity) in the broadest sense is the doctrine which declares that man's highest perfection consists in a sort of psychical self-annihilation and a consequent absorption of the soul into the Divine Essence even during the present life. In the state of "quietude" the mind is wholly inactive; it no longer thinks or wills on its own account, but remains passive while God acts within it. Quietism is thus generally speaking a sort of false or exaggerated mysticism, which under the guise of the loftiest spirituality contains 4 erroneous notions which, if consistently followed, would prove fatal to morality. It is fostered by Pantheism and similar theories, and it involves peculiar notions concerning the Divine cooperation in human acts. In a narrower sense Quietism designates the mystical element in the teaching of various sects which have sprung up within the Church, only to be cast out as heretical. … All these varieties of Quietism insist with more or less emphasis on interior passivity as the essential condition of perfection; and all have been proscribed in very explicit terms by the Church. 

In the simplest terms, we can describe quietism as "false piety" or even "ostentatious piety."

Friends, are we guilty of quietism?

If we are, it is not too late to emerge out of this heresy.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Neither Left, nor Right, but Catholic

"On the one hand, persons may easily place their own individual good above the common good of the collectivity, attempting to subordinate the collectivity to themselves and use it for their individual good. This is the error of individualism, which gave rise to liberalism in modern history and to capitalism in economics.

On the other hand, society, in aiming at the alleged good of the whole, may attempt to subordinate persons to itself in such a way that the true good of persons is excluded and they themselves fall prey to the collectivity. This is the error of totalitarianism, which in modern times has borne the worst possible fruit".

Thursday, 7 February 2019

The Dangers of an Active Life without an Interior Life: The Final Part

Today, our series comes to an end, and on a positive note.

If yesterday's segment left you down, know that there is hope if you fear your apostolate has begun to serve just your own interests, instead of your salvation. Dom Chautard concluded his observations about the heresy of good works with this bit:
O Jesus, Thou Apostle above all others, did anyone ever spend himself as much as Thou, when Thou didst live among us? Today Thou dost give Thyself more generously still by Thy Eucharistic life, without, for all that, ever leaving the bosom of Thy Father. Would we were unable to forget that Thou dost not want to know our works unless they be animated by a truly supernatural principle; unless they be rooted deep in Thy adorable Heart.
We can imitate Christ, if we resolve to make that our goal with regards to our apostolates.

God did not leave us destitute. 

May we have the fortitude to follow Him and His Sacred Heart.

So ends our series on the dangers of an active life without an interior life.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Dangers of an Active Life without an Interior Life: Part Sixteen

Following on from yesterday's post, Dom Chautard provides some examples of people who woke up - on their deathbed - to their self-deception of using their apostolate to serve themselves humanly speaking, instead of towards their own salvation or fostering of their interior lives.
Far be it from us, of course, to include among these self-preaching apostles so zealous and powerful a missionary as was the famous Fr. Combalot. But surely it is not out of place at this point to quote what he said at the approach of death. The priest who had just administered the last Sacraments said to him: “Have confidence, dear friend. You have preserved all your priestly integrity, and your thousands of sermons will argue in your behalf before God, to excuse this lack of inner life of which you speak.” “My sermons!” cried the dying man, “Oh what a light I see them in now! My sermons! If Our Lord is not the first in bringing up the subject of them, you can be sure that I won’t mention it!” In the light of eternity, this venerable priest saw, in the very best of his good works, imperfections that filled his conscience with alarm, and which he attributed to a lack of interior life. 
Cardinal du Perron, at the hour of his death, expressed his sorrow at having been more devoted, during his life, to perfecting his intellect by science than his will by the exercises of the interior life.
May this never happen to us. 

We only have one shot at this. There are no do-overs. Start now, before it is too late. If you have already started, keep at it.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The Dangers of an Active Life without an Interior Life: Part Fifteen

Today's excerpt from Dom Chautard is again rather short:
That admirable Jesuit, Fr. Lallemant, takes us right back to the first cause of these disasters when he says: “There are many apostolic workers who never do anything purely for God. In all things, they seek themselves, and they are always secretly mingling their own interests with the glory of God in the best of their work. And so they spend their life in this intermingling of nature and grace. Finally death comes along, and then alone do they open their eyes, behold their deception, and tremble at the approach of the formidable judgment of God.”
How often have we seen this? This secret "mingling of [one's] own interests with the glory of God in the best of [ours or others'] work"?

Too often. For we are imperfect creatures who struggle constantly against the promotion of the self against God, and - both by the devil and ourselves - we are deceived into thinking we are doing something for the glory of God when we are actually doing it for our own selfish human-oriented interests.

Our primary goal here on Earth to attain our own salvation. That is something which we can term selfish, but it is something we must do. Our own apostolates must ALWAYS be geared towards attaining our own salvation. But it is when we begin to focus on things - material, social, economical, and so on - that will neither aid our salvation nor help our apostolate (that is, God will not allow those things to be carried with us into the next life) in any way that it becomes problematic. 

Have we done this? Have we allowed ourselves to become deceived, be it by ourselves, others, and the devil, onto lines of thinking which are disastrous? Have we allowed our concerns for whatever material, social, and economic benefits our apostolate brings to cloud its true purpose: the attainment of our particular eternal salvation?

If we have, do we want to become like those who, at death's door, opened their eyes to their deception and foolishness?

If you have answered "no," it is not too late to question the depths of one's deception and folly.