Thursday 23 November 2023
I wrote the following back on June 12, 2012. (Read the original here) This is not the end of "Church Militant", but it is the beginning of the end. The entire situation is tragic, but inevitably predictable. Laymen have never run apostolates; such apostolates are bound to come a cropper. Likewise I had also a few months earlier raised the issue of the unorthodox relationship between Voris' organization and the legitimate authority of the local church.
Just over 10 years later we see the tragic shipwreck of another "apostolate" that lacked the humility of submission to legitimate authority. Let us recall that even Our Lord Jesus Christ - until the time of His Passion - never questioned or encouraged his disciples to rebel against the legitimate authority of the Mosaic priests. (c.f. Matt 23:3) Until Christ abolished the Old Covenant (and ONLY he had the Authority to do so!), by completing and transforming it into the New, the High Priest and his delegates had legitimate authority given to them from God. It was only when the curtain of the Temple was rent in two, was the Old Covenant finished.
In our sad age, an age of contagious protestantism and liberalism (and was it not Hamish Fraser who once said that most American Catholics were just protestants who went to Mass?) the urge to rebellion, to individualism, to rejecting legitimate authority will be strong... we have seen it in the icarian flight of poor Michael Voris. In not placing himself under the authority of a priest and bishop Voris opened himself up to the promptings of the devil. Pray for Voris indeed, but do not forget to pray for family, friends, and others much closer who may also be under temptation to rebel. Let us never forget that God loves the humble, and humbles the proud. The saints, the great true reformers of the Church all were distinguished in their spiritual lives by great humility.
Wednesday 22 November 2023
Thursday 9 November 2023
Saturday 28 October 2023
Holy Mother Church honours today two of the Apostles, Sts. Simon and Jude. Fr. Leonard Goffine offers a brief historical summary of these two lesser-known Apostles:
St. Simon and St. Jude were probably brothers; the former received the surname Canaanite, to distinguish him from Simon Peter, either because he was a native of Cana, or because of his zeal for Christ (Luke vi. 15; Acts i, 13). Judas was surnamed Thaddeus, or Lebbeus, to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot. Both were chosen apostles by Christ, and were constant witnesses of His life and deeds. It is related of them in the Martyrology that the light of faith was communicated to Egypt and other countries of Africa by Simon, and to Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Greater Armenia by Thaddeus. Meeting in Persia, and propagating the Christian faith by their preaching and miracles, they both gained the crown of martyrdom. There is extant an epistle of St. Jude which the Church has incorporated into the Holy Scriptures. From these two apostles learn to have zeal for the glory of God, for your own salvation and for that of your neighbour.