Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gregg Allman

Dark Habits

Nuns on the periphery ...

I just happened upon this, a film by Pedro Almodóvar - I don't know a great deal about him nor have I ever seen this film, but I enjoy this sort of thing.  I love Luis Buñuel and Fellini, and their sometimes satirical treatment of Catholicism, so I wonder how well Almodóvar handles it?

His 1983 "pelicula" is about a cabaret singer Yolonda (Cristina Sánchez Pascual) who is hiding out in a convent of wacky nuns. But let's not confuse the movie with Sister Act because it would eat that 1992 comedy and then apologize sheepishly over a cake and acid dessert...
The nuns are of a renegade order known as The Humiliated Redeemers where the Mother Superior (Julieta Serrano) is a lesbian heroin addict. Her nuns have taken self-deprecating names like Sister Rat (Chus Lampreave), Sister Damned (Carmen Maura), and Sister Manure (Marisa Paredes) and that's just the Almodóvar regulars!
The order is obsessed with the fallen nature of man and Christ's love for sinners. They feel intense nostalgia for the days when their convent was a haven for prostitutes, murderers, and addicts. - More here.

I think the film sounds interesting since it kind of reminded me of Pope Francis' call to go out to the peripheries, so in a strange way, the 1983 film just might be rather 'prophetic' in a weird way.  It could be.

I love films many people quickly assume are anti-Catholic, since they sometimes offer a valuable insight or critique of what is wrong with religious people, or at least it mirrors the impression irreligious people have of strict Catholics.  I think that is why I liked Wolf Hall so much, especially its treatment of St's. John Fisher and  Thomas More.  If traditional Catholics of our day are any indication, I can well imagine these two saints may have made a similar impression upon 'progressives' of their time.  (Of course Thomas Cromwell is treated well, but I'm sure he had some lovable qualities - at any rate, he was more interesting to me than he had been in the past.)  I've read elsewhere that many saints were sometimes difficult to live with.  I like seeing that.

It does nothing to their sanctity, doesn't tarnish it a bit for me.  Saints were sinners and sanctified by the Blood of Christ.  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Divine intimacy ...

Altar of the Sacred Heart, Notre Dame, Montreal.
‘Don’t let me forget the moment when You chose me, 
don’t let me forget the moment we met.’ - Pope Francis

And now, Trump's George Costanza moment with NATO leaders ...

Or is it Rodney Dangerfield?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

I had to correct Mrs. Rabitowitz.

Mrs. Rabitowitz
Pregnant again.

Formal correction of a rabbit.

I spoke to her face to face, very gently explaining why I did not want her to eat the Hostas, and telling her the lawn is un-mowed and long enough for her to graze.  She seemed fine with that.  I bend over backwards for these critters.

Now, a question for Adrienne...

Why are my climbing roses getting yellow leaves?
They are Canadian grown, winter hardy,
and maybe ten years old.

(Adrienne is a Master Gardener - Just found out it's probably chlorosis.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ma and Pa Trump Go To the Vatican

The Trumps met the Pope today.

Dour and sour formal photos are swirling around online, but if you look more closely - or Google a larger selection, the meeting and greeting with the Holy Father was cordial and warm.  Melania even joked with the Pope.  She looked beautiful as ever.

After greeting the president of Bambino Gesu hospital, 
who accompanied Melania Trump on her visit, 
she laid flowers at the feet of a statue of Our Lady, 
made the sign of the Cross, and paused silently before Mary.

I love her.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It seems to me some Catholics can't be convinced of this ...

When the Holy Spirit comes, he will convince the world concerning sin... righteousness... judgment.

The thing about the Roman Catholic Church, with the primacy of Peter - the Papacy and the Magisterium in place - is that the Christian can have confidence that the Holy Spirit leads and guides the Church.

The convincing of sin is a gift of the Holy Spirit.

The emphasis on 'the convincing power of the Holy Spirit' is a favorite source of meditation for me, it is part of my deepest prayer. It is the Holy Spirit who convinces us and the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. How essential this action is, not just once, in a sort of baptism of the Spirit, or confirmation, but ongoing: deep calling unto deep, drawing us deeper into the mystery of the Trinity; the abyss of mercy and love, calling to the abyss of sin and misery, convicting the soul in an embrace of the merciful love of Christ crucified.

The Church in the sacraments, especially the sacrament of penance, assures us - guarantees that the sins we confessed have been forgiven, our guilt removed, and so on.  This exemplifies what I say about the assurance we have that the Holy Spirit leads, guides, and vivifies the Church.  As the Catechism explains:
The Church, a communion living in the faith of the apostles which she transmits, is the place where we know the Holy Spirit:
- in the Scriptures he inspired;
- in the Tradition, to which the Church Fathers are always timely witnesses;
- in the Church's Magisterium, which he assists;
- in the sacramental liturgy, through its words and symbols, in which the Holy Spirit puts us into communion with Christ;
- in prayer, wherein he intercedes for us;
- in the charisms and ministries by which the Church is built up;
- in the signs of apostolic and missionary life;
- in the witness of saints through whom he manifests his holiness and continues the work of salvation. - CCC
Reading Catholic blogs, and most especially the comments on particular posts, such as those at 1P5 and The Remnant has become a bad habit with me, one I need to temper.  Reading such posts and comment, or simply reviewing news aggregated sites such as Canon 212, give me the impression that many Catholics are no longer convinced of the promises of Christ and that the Church "is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery."

The mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit is brought to completion in the Church, which is the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. This joint mission henceforth brings Christ's faithful to share in his communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit. The Spirit prepares men and goes out to them with his grace, in order to draw them to Christ. The Spirit manifests the risen Lord to them, recalls his word to them and opens their minds to the understanding of his Death and Resurrection. He makes present the mystery of Christ, supremely in the Eucharist, in order to reconcile them, to bring them into communion with God, that they may "bear much fruit." - CCC

‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’ - Luke 16:31

I wrote that passage in another post, taking into consideration how a 'Protestant', or 'cafeteria Catholic' mentality has taken hold among those people who write and subscribe to those extreme conservative sites - which secular groups have gone so far as to identify with hate groups due to some of their extremist claims.

Thus, wondering to myself, I concluded that even if the Blessed Virgin appeared again at Fatima to support the Holy Father and affirm the canonization of Jacinta and Francisco, many would probably reject her.  Critics already have suggested the recent canonizations have been politically motivated, or accomplished to bolster Vatican II and the 'new' Mass.  Therefore, it perhaps may be said about them, "If they will not listen to the Pope and the Magisterium, if they reject the Councils and the Liturgical books, if they even reject the emerging recognition of the SSPX and Bishop Fellay, if they reject the authenticity of the election of Pope Francis, then they will not be persuaded if the holy Virgin appears here or there, or if the SSPX is united with the Pope, or the consecration of Russia is repeated every day - word for word - until the end of the world."

These people, with their groups, blame the Church for not promoting Fatima, for not 'responding to Our Lady's call'.  They claim educated, liberal Catholics are embarrassed by apparitions - and never more so, than about Fatima.  They just don't get it it however - those who feel persecuted for their devotion and promotion of the Fatima message.  My first impulse is to say they are stupid people - but they are really not... and of course, who am I to judge?  Therefore I apologize for having done so, or called them out as 'stupid people' - only some of their theories are stupid - I think I covered that already.

However, if these groups and their followers really want to understand why many normal Catholics - well educated or not - reject private revelations and the fringe Fatima cults, it is because of the nuttiness they have layered on top of the authentic message.  So many adherents to Fatima, and other approved/unapproved apparitions and private revelations involving a garden variety mystics, come out with parallel messages, crazy interpretations of secrets, infighting about this or that detail, absurd claims, and just very strange superstitious analysis of every sort of unusual phenomenon - be it weather related or political.  What reasonable person would be interested in that stuff?  So don't blame reasonable people for having doubts or not paying attention to you.

So anyway.  As Doris Upson said about Gloria's ping-pong story, "Well, it was amusing."  And that's why I will read and comment on such nuttiness from time to time.  It's amusing.  If it annoys you, please don't read me, I have no interest in promoting my blog.  I like to write because it helps me think and come to terms with issues which trouble me.  In real life, as online, I find religious people nearly impossible to carry on a conversation with.

Just yesterday, a high school friend on Facebook, whom I haven't even talked to for over 50 years, and who happens to be a minister/preacher, took offence at some satirical comments I made about VP Pence, President Trump, as well as those traditional Catholics who support Trump as chosen by God -  yet reject the fact that Pope Francis really was/is the Successor of Peter - and for that matter, successor of Benedict XVI.   It strikes me as beyond irony how easily they can compartmentalize these things in their head.  Nevertheless my Evangelical brother took it personally and posted a couple of anti-papist videos on another friend's blog, in response to the comment I made.  I removed my comment and his offensive response left with it.  I don't want to be cluttering up other friends walls.

The upshot?  I'll try to be more sensitive when writing about Protestants and protestant Catholic Traditionalists on Facebook or in the com-boxes of others.

Well, that does it for today I guess.

Lord Paddington: "Now don't get excited, old boy...
Come now Fatty, do try to calm yourself.
One doesn't have to be coarse."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Something Cardinal Caffarra left out in his address to the Rome Life Forum.

Divorce and contraception.

Before she died, Our Lady of Fatima told St. Jacinta, "Many marriages are not good; they do not please Our Lord and are not of God." That was nearly 100 years ago in Portugal. If it was that bad then, what is the state of marriage today?

About a year ago, Pope Francis stated, “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null...” The statement was revised for the transcript, perhaps due to complaints from conservatives. With the Holy Father's approval of course, his statement was edited to read, “a portion of our sacramental marriages are null.” A 'portion' - or perhaps 'many' as Our Lady said in 1917.  (I've written about all of this before here.)

Perhaps that explains why divorce has become so pervasive, and easy - many marriages were bad to begin with. You think? It used to be that Catholics seeking a civil divorce had to get permission from the local ordinary. That was before no-fault divorce. Divorce itself was discouraged, except for very grave situations, like extreme abuse, abandonment, and so on.  That said, St. Rita of Cascia, whose feast we celebrate today, was often hailed as a wife and mother who endured abuse and remained married, and presented to Catholics as a spouse who remained faithful despite a difficult marriage.  (The stories of her abuse may be exaggerated.)

Cardinal Caffarra focused upon two grave sins against the family, abortion and homosexual relationships as equal to marriage.  He skips what I've always referred to as the 'original sins' of our time: artificial contraception and no-fault divorce - the great sexual equalizers, if you will.   Roman Catholics embraced both, and subsequently many accepted, if not approved, cohabiting couples and gay couples as equal to married spouses, and likewise approved childlessness, as well as the right for women to make their own decisions 'reproductive health'.

Cardinal Caffarra's two points:

*The first development is the transformation of a crime [termed by Vatican Council II nefandum crimen], abortion, into a right. Note well. I am not speaking of abortion as an act perpetrated by one person. I am speaking of the broader legitimation which can be perpetrated by a judicial system in a single act: to subsume it into the category of the subjective right, which is an ethical category. This signifies calling what is good, evil, what is light, shadow. “When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies”. This is an attempt to produce an “anti-Revelation”.
*The second development is the ennoblement of homosexuality. This in fact denies entirely the truth of marriage, the mind of God the Creator with regard to marriage. - Focus On the Family

The Cardinal is absolutely right of course, grounding his  address in the Fatima message, especially as conveyed by Sr. Lucia (who he undoubtedly believes was the real Lucia, not an impostor, etc.), who let it be known in a letter dated either 1983 or 1984 that the devils final battle will be over marriage and the family:

“Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head.” - Aleteia

‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’ - Luke 16:31

Sr. Lucia said that in 1983-'84.  Our Lady told St. Jacinta in 1918.  Since 1918 contraception and divorce became socially acceptable.  Even more significantly, Bl. Pope Paul VI accurately prophesied in Humanae Vitae, the consequences of artificial contraception - evils we are living through today.  Dr. Janet Smith wrote about these prophecies back in 1988.  It's astonishing to me that we are now suddenly taking note, but I digress.

First Prophecy
The Pope first noted that the widespread use of contraception would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.”
Second Prophecy 
Paul VI also argued that “the man” will lose respect for “the woman” and “no longer (care) for her physical and psychological equilibrium” and will come to “the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion.”
Third Prophecy 
Paul VI also observed that the widespread acceptance of contraception would place a “dangerous weapon…in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” The history of the family planning programs in the Third World is a sobering testimony to this reality.
Fourth Prophecy 
The final warning Paul VI gave about contraception is that it would lead man to think that he had limitless dominion over his own body. Again, the Pope did not specify what he had in mind, but his worry seems well-grounded. - Paul VI as Prophet, Janet Smith

That last one has turned out a bit differently since Dr. Smith wrote that.  Who knew in 1988 the transgender issue would become mainstream.  "Man believes he has legitimate dominion over his own body."  He can change sex, become sexless, turn himself into a cat, a dog, and alien, tattoo his entire body to resemble whatever he wants, and pierce and scar himself into whatever he wants.

So you see, dearest Fatimists and apparition-private-revelation enthusiasts, all along the Church has taught and warned and prophesied, the weeds and the tares have grown among you while you were seeking counsel from dubious soothsayers and locutionists, and now even the most traditional Catholics prefer their idiosyncratic cafeteria-style of Catholicism.  Save the liturgy-save the world.  The pope is an anti-pope.  Cardinal against Cardinal.  Benedict was forced to flee the wolves.  While ignoring the fact the Church has never changed her teaching.

So many cradle, revert, convert Catholics are willing and able to lay aside their convictions to benefit themselves, how many of us have repeatedly sold our birthright for a meal?  To get married outside the Church, to move in with a lover, to go down any path of pleasure - to enjoy a greater freedom, only to become a victim of our miserably bad choices.  It's good to examine ourselves on how well we have done with Catholic teaching, especially before we condemn everyone else, or look down on those Catholics in the officious manner one Catholic blogger with a degree in theology said about them, that they are 'too stupid to know better.'

For your consideration, think about the original sins Cardinal Caffarra neglected to mention.  Faithful Catholic priests and bishops have been teaching this all along, and many faithful Catholics who educate their kids in Catholic schools have chosen to ignore it.

“One habit that has taken hold of many marriages is the use of artificial means of contraception,” Bishop Soto wrote. “The prevalence of the practice in and outside of the Catholic community has made contraception the unquestioned default mode of marriage. As a consequence, sexuality and relationships are misunderstood and misused; and their true purpose is misplaced.”
“The habit has shaped the hearts and minds of many, especially the young,” he continued. “Marriage is no longer understood as the covenant of love between a man and a woman that creates life, because procreation is no longer associated with sexual intercourse,” Bishop Soto, Sacramento

That's all for today poodles.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Renaissance Garden Affair for Mrs. Rabitowitz ... Or ...The 3 Days Darkness Envelopes Dogwood Cottage.

Once upon a time an old gardener took advantage of the Global warming phenomena in Minnesota and decided to plant his pots early in the season. 

One sunny Saturday, when the temperature rose to tropical levels, 70 degrees, and the garden center said the last average freeze is Mother's Day, Mr. Nelson bought Plumbago vines for the trellis and pots in the back garden.  The potted vines were so tall, they became twin towers.  Several days later the ice age returned.  Of course I blame the mothers because it happened a few days after Mother's Day, and everyone knows what they say about a witch's ....

So anyway.  It grew dark and cloudy and blustery cold, with continuous, tempestuous rain.  The poor Pulmbago plants shivered and wilted, branches drooped, as if dead.  Old man Nelson called the garden center - Bachman's On Lyndale - and was told by an expert that although the culture listed on the tags from Monrovia states that the plants can endure temps down to 20-30 degrees, the expert said they do not do well under our conditions - when it's below 50, and windchill is at 40.

Mr. Nelson and his cat set out to fix things, creating tents to cover the susceptible plants, which were well planted, and too tall to remove indoors.  Voila - the back garden was turned into a fairy land of Renaissance tents, lighted from within by candles in lanterns, meant to warm the enclosure for the duration of the attack from the wicked witch of the North.  (Notice I'm letting my hedge grow tall to hide the scrap yard mess next door.)

If you look closely at the photos, you can see the cat looking out the door, watching old man Nelson document the garden in preparation for the lawsuit against the garden center.  What?  It could happen if Mr. Nelson flips out.

Gratefully - the three days darkness is almost over - today the covers come off, and Mrs. Rabitowitz and friends can eat once again and celebrate Yom Yerushalayim this week. 

The South tower.
Gabs said it looked more like a Dementor at first glance.
She was scared.

The North tower.
If you click on the photo you can see 
the damage done to the lawn by the voles and grubs,
which is why I put down repellent for the grubs.  
I will be seeding as soon as I can
rake and add some compost.  
Mrs. Rabitowitz told me 
I should have done that before planting the pots.
She's such a kvetch.

The Madonna trellis.
I actually built a little frame and roof for it.
The top is roofed with a folded winter cover
for the bench.

Since everyone wants to see a recent photo of me,
this is my foot.

My kitty watching me work.
She has nightly news on in the background.

Did you see this?  I have Christmas lights inside
to create warmth.  St. Joseph is still in his 
winter location.

My messy garage with sensitive plants brought in
to escape the cold - my pollarded myrtle in the window.

More Plumbago plants - these little ones 
are intended for the front of the house.
Can you see leg and foot on the snow blower?!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Impostor Cardinal Burke did it.

BREAKING:   Cardinal Burke has been replaced by an impostor
 - just like Pope Paul VI and Sr. Lucia had been!

          ^The real deal.                                                            The impostor.^

From "Locutions to the Whirled"

"Someone else, disguised as Cardinal Burke is asking for a re-consecration of Russia.  Oh!  Oh!  I see him - wending his way to the front of the College, grabbing the cappa magna and bolero off the body of the aged C. Burke - feigning humility - he carries his own purse.  Oh! Oh! It's a sign!  Judas took care of the purse!  The impostor Cardinal had the real Cardinal removed from his job and exiled him to wander about the world like an imigrant!" - Anonymous Mystic who knew someone who met Padre Pio and that person knew someone who met Mother Teresa and Dody Goodman.


It's been raining all day here.

As a boy, did Cardinal Burke engage in cow-tipping?

Cardinal Burke grew up on a farm in Wisconsin.

Because he seems to have a knack for upsetting people...

Just yesterday LifeSite published the following: 
 Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a call this morning for the Catholic faithful to “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” LifeSite
At first I thought, along with others who read the story, that Cardinal Burke is calling for the consecration of Russia according to OL's request at Fatima. Yet Sr. Lucia assured everyone the consecration had been done, the consecration/entrustment by St. John Paul II was accepted by Heaven, and so on. Now Cardinal Burke is calling for it to be done because the one by JPII didn't meet the requirements Our Lady asked for?  I thought he's beginning to sound like Fr. Gruner.  I was troubled.  Does this mean Sr. Lucia and the Popes, including Benedict XVI lied to us?  Is 1P5 right?  Is Marian Horvat, PhD right?  Did Sr. Lucia have a double?  Is the Vatican the great facade?  Did all those churchmen lie?  Is Cardinal Maradiagito right?  Burke wrong?  Holy crap!

So, prayer obtains all.

Never lose your peace over this stuff.  Cardinal Burke is not the Pope, nor is he all by himself the magisterium - nor is the Cardinal from Honduras.

Having said that, I looked more closely at what Burke said and discovered he doesn't deny the consecration wasn't accomplished.  He was pretty much saying it would good to renew it, more or less. Asking Catholic to pray for that intention.  (I don't think Our Lady specifically requested we pray for that intention though.)

It would be nice to do another consecration, perhaps for Oct. 13? Designating Russia. Especially now since the political situation has changed in Russia and atheism has given way to greater religious freedom, and so on. We think.  There are still theological problems concerning language, some theologians have problems with the word 'consecration' hence the term 'entrustment' is used. Likewise the Orthodox do not seem to accept the notion of 'heart' as focus for devotion, and since they are already Catholic, albeit separate from Rome, the notion they will be 'converted' is not well received. These are the real difficulties 'theologians' fear - but I trust Our Lady will settle all of that.

It could happen, I suppose, without discrediting the veracity of the consecration Lucia said was accepted.  If it is done, it could be a great finale to the Fatima Centenary.

It's quite obvious from this photo which one is the
real Sr. Lucia - the one on the viewer's left is 
an impostor.


If the Cardinal Burke Fatimists are looking for a great reversal of all that is wrong with the world, they may be mistaken, since Our Lord already told Lucia that the consecration would be made (it was) but it would be late (it was). I'm of the opinion that means the errors were spread, ingrained in world politics and religious 'apostasy'.  In other words, the damage has been done. So we are living through the results. The consecration to the Sacred Heart in France was late, and the monarchy lost their heads, and the Revolution triumphed.

Part of the problems with apparition people is they think that if the whole world does this, that, and the other thing, according to the letter, God will have to reverse the consequences - on some level that may be true - as they say, 'if enough people' do it, it can be mitigated. Mitigated means the effects are lessened, but there will still be effects.  The resolution to the problems - especially the loss of souls - has been given and made public since the apparitions at Fatima in 1917.  The message of Fatima has been explicitly promoted by all of the Popes since Pius XII.  It seems to me we need to continue to heed Our Lady's catechesis and peace plan, and accept whatever consequences there happen to be for not having followed Our Lady's requests from the outset.

To repeat the consecration of Russia (and the entire world) would be good to do as an act of reparation perhaps, but 'Fatimists' still won't be satisfied, they'll blame the popes and bishops for not having done so according their exact prescriptions - they will continue to insist it had never been accomplished before - even though Sr. Lucia said it had, but she was an impostor, and so on. 

Yeah.  So.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Catholics Online - or, 7 Quick Takes, as 'they' like to say.

Afraid to leave the house for church.

Thank God the Church is not a democracy ...

Yet U.S. Catholics act as if it were.  Amazing discussions online - not always by stupid people - but more frequently than ever by people with stupid, crackpot ideas and conspiracy theories.

Promoting my blog.  So I posted a response to a Fr. Z-1P5 groupie about 1P5's obsession with the disorientation of the Fatima messages and interpretations of the secrets, heavily influenced by dubious LaSalette secrets, Katherine Emmerich's imagination, and the unapproved OL Good Success of Quito claims for the 20th-21st centuries apostasy.  (Don't forget that Akita is only kind of approved and doesn't have the same type of canonical recognition as Fatima, Lourdes, Rue du Bac, or official LaSalette.)  Because I mentioned photos on my blog, which I could not post at 1P5, demonstrating a consistent facial recognition in a series of photos showing that Sr. Lucia was not replaced by a double, the lady said I was promoting my blog.  LOL!  I have never, would never, ever, promote this blog.   Which is why I refer to it as a dump.  This is a web-log, I document things here, for me - you can read it if you want.

It's my blog.

That's like 7 quick takes right there.  But I am not finished.

Fr. Z - bless his heart - and I'm not turning on him here - posted excerpts from a Crux article on some critical things Cardinal Maradiaga said against Cardinal Burke.  It should never have been published, except for the fact Catholics for whom Maradiaga speaks, also need to know that someone not only speaks for them, but have confidence the Pope is still the head of the Church.

I may not agree with what Maradiaga says about Burke personally, yet it is definitely my experience that what he says definitely can apply to those who have created a sort of cult following, or political party around Cardinal Burke.  Again - I'm not criticizing Burke, but some of his following fit the descriptions Maradiaga attribute to the Cardinal.  (Those who insist the Vatican, CDF, and the Popes have been lying about the Secret of Fatima are included in this sect.)

A few quick takes from Maradiagito.
“He’s not the magisterium,” Maradiaga said, referring to the authority to issue official teaching. “The Holy Father is the magisterium, and he’s the one who teaches the whole Church. This other [person] speaks only his own thoughts, which don’t merit further comment.
That's true - except Cardinal Burke is not speaking his own thoughts, but rather seeks clarity on Catholic teaching.  On the other hand, the criticism easily can be applied for the Burke defense team.  Some of his followers, as well as Fatimists and several others 'speak only their own thoughts' or the thoughts generated by private revelation and other unreliable sources - accusing the magisterium of being infiltrated by enemies of the Church, and therefore no longer to be trusted.  That's crazy.

Maradiagito says it better than I can.

He also has just as much authority to do so as any other Cardinal...
Maradiaga also criticized conservative schools of thought in Catholicism, of which Burke is often seen as a symbol.
“These currents of the Catholic right are persons who seek power and not the truth, and the truth is one,” he said. “If they claim to find some ‘heresy’ in the words of Francis, they’re making a big mistake, because they’re thinking only like men and not as the Lord wants.
“What sense does it have to publish writings against the pope, which don’t damage him but ordinary people? What does a right-wing closed on certain points accomplish? Nothing!
“Ordinary people are with the pope, this is completely clear,” Maradiaga said. “I see that everywhere.
Pewsitters with their big pulpits and huge vocis (you know who you are) might think they are launching the tenth crusade but it is the Church, the Pope and the bishops in communion with him - the Magisterium - which is solely responsible  for Catholic teaching, defining doctrine and dogma and Canon Law and Scripture, approving or rejecting private revelation, calling a crusade, approving any para-militant movement, and so on.  The Catholic blogosterium has no authority, no matter how many degrees from Steubenville or Catholic U or any other distance degree program you got those authoritative and impressive initials after your name from.

Song for this post here.

Blogosteriously unauthorized.

Catholic blogs credit themselves with a great deal of authority, convinced they have influenced a sort of reform of the reform of the reform.  No doubt they have influence, which pretty much contributes to the very disorientation they fearfully warn about in spreading their misinterpretations of private revelations.

Read their com-boxes and see the confusion and hostile culture their conspiracy theories and schism inducing gossip generates among ordinary people.  Thanks be to God, only a minority of ordinary, faithful Catholics waste their time on Catholic social media gossiping.  'They' need to be careful when they mock and condemn popes, cardinals, and bishops.  Just saying.
“The greatest problem, however, is the disorientation that’s created among people when they read affirmations of bishops and cardinals against the Holy Father.” - Cardinal Maradiaga

Catholic Militants

Thursday, May 18, 2017

I was called before the Inquisition today.

The artist said:
“One of my first "watch" paintings. 
I use a watch on a man, so he can avoid reality."


I met with my pastor, finally after 27 years, several pastors, over at least ten years of saying I'd like to sign up, and at least one cancellation of an appointment to do so.  I was hoping I could just fill out paperwork rather than make an appointment to 'talk'.

So today I actually showed up for a scheduled appointment.  Fr. wasn't there yet - he arrived 20 minutes late.  I almost left and was going to tell the secretary I'd be back another time.  But he came in before I could do so.  I felt trapped.  I was sweating - it's only in the 50's in Minneapolis today and I'm sweating.  I told him I felt like I was being called in to the office to be reprimanded.

"So tell me about yourself ..."

I told him everything.  I was surprised how many periods of my life I forgot about - "Oh!  I lived in Boston too."  "Oh!  I suppose I should tell you ..."

So anyway.  I will now get envelopes and I can be buried from there, my neighborhood parish.  I also learned that the icon will be installed in  the Marian-Adoration chapel, which is exactly where I hoped it would be place.

He's a great priest BTW.

I stayed for adoration.

Letting go ...

"When an activity or a person fills our lives, inspires us or gives us a zest for life, their absence can plunge us into this feeling of total emptiness. We live a kind of inner death. Life no longer flows forth in us. We are filled with a sense of loss and of grief; a heaviness, which resembles depression, permeates our whole being. This pain and this heaviness are not a sickness but a normal, natural reaction to a loss that touches the very meaning of our lives." - Jean Vanier, Seeing Beyond Depression

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Communion and Liberation finally comes for the Archdiocese of St. Paul ... kinda-sorta

From the Catholic Spirit:
An Italy-based fraternity of priests will assume pastoral care of St. Peter in North St. Paul July 1, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced May 13. 
Two priests of Priestly Fraternity of the Missionaries of St. Charles Borromeo will begin serving the parish this summer, and a third will join them in the fall. Also known as the Fraternity of St. Charles or simply “the Fraternity,” the order has about 130 priests serving around the world, including in Boston, Denver and Washington, D.C. - Catholic Spirit

This is very good news.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis has the best priests in the country.  We are getting more good priests with the addition of the Fraternity of St. Charles Borromeo, founded by S.E. MONS.MASSIMO CAMISASCA of the Diocese of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla.  They have ties to the lay movement Communion and Liberation and the spirituality of the Servant of God Luigi Giussani.  They also have vocations!

It is an incredible blessing for the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.  Signs of the new springtime.

The Fatimystics and their urban legends.

The holy maid is mad.

When Pope John XXIII cried.

Not.  I grew up with these stories, circulated by the very, very devout spreading tales about the as yet undisclosed 'Third Secret'.  The first stupid story had it that John XXIII wept when he read the secret.  In fact, he read it, said it didn't apply to his papacy, but to the future, and filed it away.  It was sent to the Vatican in the first place for the pope to read and it was left up to his discretion as to what to do with it.  Since he did not reveal the secret in 1960, many disappointed Fatimists were deeply disappointed.  Then speculation broke out, prophecies from other dubious apparitions and private revelations-locutions, spread far and wide.  Often endorsed by this mystic, that bishop and priest, and even entire communities of contemplative nuns - as well as members of the Blue Army and friends of Padre Pio.  The worst are the Grunerites of course.

I was up too late last night and commented on a couple of websites which posted on the subject of the Fatima secret, and one site posted what I call stupid conspiratorial theories regarding Fatima and the popes, including the absolutely absurd idea that Sr. Lucia had been replaced by an impostor nun.  The theory involves the Vatican in an effort to cover up the true nature of the secrets.  The conspiracy, to be true would involve the Carmelite nuns of Lucia's monastery, her family and those who knew her before entering, and even the bishops of Fatima.  The claim is substantiated based upon photos taken of Lucia as a child, as a Dorothean sister, and those photos of her in Carmel.

These sad people believe the photos of Sr. Lucia prove that she was replaced by an impostor, a theory promoted by sedevacantists and radical traditionalists.  They simply do not take into account changes to a person's face as they mature and age.  I'm not privy to any secret files as these people claim to be, but common sense would dictate that if there was any change in her appearance, in all probability Sr. Lucia probably had denture work done, since she had very crooked teeth.  It could well have affected her 'bite' or alignment, interfering with eating and so on.  Any denture work, including false teeth can alter the chin structure at times - in her case for the good.  It is possible Lucia may have had minor dental surgery to correct alignment.  I have a friend who had such surgery.  I'm convinced one could easily verify these theories by contacting the Carmel, as well as obtaining the testimony of Lucia's living relatives in Portugal.  Otherwise, people who spread these stories are guilty of presumption and even calumny.  It's scandalous to suggest there is a cover-up, that the popes, and the Carmelites are liars.  These writers are completely off the rails with these fantasies.

I noted one person commenting on the thread at 1P5 stated that it was like Bayside revisited.  Indeed it is a synthesis of those false apparitions which has gained a foothold today - included in the category are the alleged visions of Neceedah and San Damiano in Italy - all have been condemned by the Church - yet their claims circulate and become legend.  It fuels a sort of medieval superstitious mentality that doesn't fit in with Catholic teaching or belief.  Just today one site speculates that President Trump's political woes can be attributed to a curse.  Notwithstanding the fact a group of witches cast a curse, or spell to destroy Trump, I think he's doing that just fine all by himself.

That said, I continue to believe what we need to know about Fatima has always been there for us to know: the call to cease offending God, to repentance, prayer, penance and true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  I remember as a child when the secret was not revealed in 1960 many Fatima devotees were not just disappointed, but angry. It was then that a series of private revelations began to be pieced together to become the secret many expected. Even after JPII had the secret read, many were greatly disappointed that more terrible chastisements were not revealed, that Vatican II wasn't condemned, and the existing conspiracy theories gained more strength - once again based upon other private revelations, as well as annotated secrets from earlier apparition sites.

Today we have Medjugorje and Garabandal competing for verification and ratification of great chastisements and social upheaval, fire from the sky, and so on.

All we have is the present moment folks.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  God is present, he is in the present moment.  St. John of the Cross also wrote about how greatly displeased and offended God is by our seeking out private revelations and messages:  "The reason lies in the illicitness of transcending the natural boundaries God has established for the governing of creatures. He has fixed natural and rational limits by which man is to be ruled. A desire to transcend them, hence, is unlawful... consequently, God who is offended ... is displeased."  [...]  "Although God's visions and locutions are true and certain in themselves, they are not always so for us. The first reason is because of our defective manner of understanding them, and the second because their basic causes are sometimes variable."

Everything necessary for salvation has been revealed and can be found in the Church.  Study your catechism.

Talk amongst yourselves.

Sr. Lucia entered Carmel in 1948 
where she lived for 57 years.

The Fatimists want us to believe the entire community 
and the bishop(s) harbored an
impostor Sr. Lucia.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

About that peace the world gives.

‘When worldly people remain quiet, while going about in serious sin, and so tranquil about their vices, for their consciences don’t feel remorseful about anything, their peace is a sign that they and the devil are friends. While they live, the devil does not wage war against them.’ - Teresa of Avila

"The world teaches us the way to anesthetized peace..."

I have friends who always tell me that they are happy and content and very much at peace ... they only remember the good things, never dwell on the unhappy memories and experiences.  They don't have time for the pain.

I'm happy for them.  They have, or have had great careers.  They have nice lives, nice houses and cars, and are seemingly delighted with their lives.  They have left the past in the past, they keep themselves busy, with projects, or at the gym, social life filled with select friends and family, and so on.  They are very much at peace.

They have made peace with the 'world'.  Some - even many I know - have found peace in a lifestyle without religion.  They may be spiritual, or even active in a church setting, while rejecting traditional morality, they live an evolved good life.  They just don't believe in that other stuff.  They are at peace with that.  Several friends have told me most of my problems stem from religion - specifically Catholicism.  Especially if there is some sort of suffering which can sometimes now, and to be sure, did so in the past, trip me up.     Some of my friends just never deal with their past, others have anesthetized their past, insisting religion would only disturb their peace.  Imagine, no religion too ...

Pope Francis talked about that today.

"The peace that the world offers us," the Pope said, "is a peace without tribulations. It offers us an artificial peace "reduced to "tranquility". It is a peace "that is only concerned about one’s affairs and one’s security, lacking in nothing,” a bit like the peace of the rich Dives in the parable of Lazarus, a tranquility that “shuts” oneself without seeing "beyond":
"The world teaches us the way to anesthetized peace: it anesthetizes us from seeing another reality of life: the Cross. This is why Paul says that one must enter into the Kingdom of Heaven on the road with many tribulations. But is it possible to obtain peace amidst tribulation? From our side, no; we are unable to make peace that is tranquility, a psychological peace, our peace, because tribulations are there, whether pain, illness or death. But the peace that Jesus gives is a gift: it is a gift of the Holy Spirit; and this peace lasts through tribulations and beyond. It's not a sort of stoicism of the ‘fakir’. No. it’s something else.”
"God's peace is real peace, that enters the reality of life, that does not deny life; that is life. There is suffering, there are the sick people, there are many bad things, there are wars ... but that peace within, which is a gift, is not lost, but goes ahead bearing the Cross and suffering. Peace without the Cross is not the peace of Jesus: it is a peace that can be bought, that can make. But it does not last; it comes to an end. " - VR

Feeling good about yourself, having a nice life is not always a guarantee of peace.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Treat

My surprise for Mrs. Rabitowitz!

A delicious Lamb's mâche lettuce salad platter for Mrs. R and all the other mommie rabbits in my back yard.  (They breed like rabbits you know.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fatimists disappointed again... yet they are never happy unless disaster strikes.

Is that it?

Part of the 'deformations' of the Fatima message has been the emphasis upon the apocalyptic interpretations of the message, so I imagine many devotees today were disappointed Pope Francis wasn't shot to death as he visited the shrine for the Centenary and the Canonizations this weekend.  

Remember how disappointed Fatima cultists were after the revelation of the third part of the secret.  People claimed there had to be more to it - more text, more condemnation, more names named, and nothing whatsoever condemning Vatican II or the Novus Ordo.  And, and, St. John Paul did NOT mention Russia in his consecration - like he was supposed to do, and, and, and, which Sr. Lucia died?  Her double or the real one with the crooked teeth?  (Sr. Lucia had living relatives who knew her BTW, and visited with her, and they obviously knew there was only one ... but who can talk sense to conspiracy theorists who believe themselves to be more Catholic than the Church?)

Needless to say, the Holy Father's visit visit was obviously 'not good enough' for many Fatima followers and conspiracy theorists, who claim Francis placed himself at the center of the 'secret' when in his prayer before the Madonna he claimed to be 'the bishop in white'.  Actually, he prayed, 'as a bishop in white'.  But they don't really care, right?  It wasn't in Latin.

"All he said was that as a bishop dressed in white, “I call to mind all those who, robe in the splendor of their baptism, desire to live in God and tell the mysteries of Christ in order to obtain peace.” - Source

The Holy Father also corrected the notion that the Blessed Mother is just a harbinger of doom ...

After asking the faithful of “which Mary?” were they pilgrims, the pope spoke of several, contrasting different ways in which Catholics sometimes perceive the mother of God: There are those who follow the one who was “blessed because she believed,” and those who believe in a “plaster statue” from whom “we beg favors at little cost.” There’s the Mary venerated by the Church, Francis said, but also one “of our own making: One who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us.” - Source

We need to abandon the strange distortions and corruptions of the message of Fatima, and respond to the authentic call of Fatima, the example of which is manifested in the lives of St. Jacinta and St. Francisco.  As the Holy Father pointed out in his homily:
We can take as our examples Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, whom the Virgin Mary introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him. That was the source of their strength in overcoming opposition and suffering. God’s presence became constant in their lives, as is evident from their insistent prayers for sinners and their desire to remain ever near “the hidden Jesus” in the tabernacle.
Indeed, God created us to be a source of hope for others, a true and attainable hope, in accordance with each person’s state of life. In “asking” and “demanding” of each of us the fulfillment of the duties of our proper state (Letters of Sister Lucia, 28 February 1943), God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills the heart and worsens our myopia. We do not want to be a stillborn hope! Life can survive only because of the generosity of other lives. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). The Lord, who always goes before us, said this and did this. Whenever we experience the cross, he has already experienced it before us. We do not mount the cross to find Jesus. Instead it was he who, in his self-abasement, descended even to the cross, in order to find us, to dispel the darkness of evil within us, and to bring us back to the light. - Vatican Radio

The message of Fatima belongs to the Church and the Church has revealed the contents of the message and 'secrets' and has reaffirmed the essential message 'repent and believe' and 'produce good fruits as evidence of your repentance': Keep the commandments, pray and sacrifice yourself for sinners, pray for the conversion of sinners and make reparation to God who is greatly offended.

Fatima is not a side show, it is not mystery theater or a scary amusement park or carnival house of horrors.  People put words on Our Lady's lips, they claim she comes elsewhere to tell her message because the Church has ignored her requests.  Four Popes have gone to Fatima, to affirm the message, to thank God for the light shown there, which illuminates the entire Church, the Body of Christ.  The Church has so not ignored Our Lady's requests.

Ignore the Fatimists, do not listen to the cult surrounding the false prophets who deform and misrepresent Our Lady's message from heaven.

Remember, the Holy Father, the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is indeed at the center of the message and secret of Fatima; the Mother of God directs us always to Christ, and does not act outside the Church - the Holy Father is Christ's vicar entrusted to guide the Church by Christ himself.  Our Lady is Mother of the Church.  She cannot and will not go against the Church.

"Dear pilgrims, we have a Mother. Clinging to her like children, we live in the hope that rests on Jesus." - Pope Francis

Fatima Carnival Fright House
-Now Closed-