Category: Faith & Morals

GUEST POST: The Fall and Future Rise of Catholicism

Pope Leo XIII at Mass in Sistine Chapel

By Bob Bird

Satan: “Give me one hundred years and I can destroy the Catholic Church.”

God: “You have it.”

This visionary exchange was not an obscure rumor from a small backwater village, but from Pope Leo himself, in 1884, after he collapsed saying Mass one morning in the Vatican. When he came to, he immediately composed the famous Prayer to St. Michael and ordered it read aloud at the end of every Mass. Many Catholic parishes still do.

Catholics and non-Catholics alike have a right to know what is going on in the Catholic Church. A confusing and inconsistent pope is augmented by homosexuals within the Vatican and in many of the key positions. Papal appointments point to ominous signs of continued confusion.

Just when this hundred years began, and whether it was a literal hundred years, we do not know, but others insist that we do, see below. But fast forward to the Fatima visions of 1917, warning of Russia’s role in the destruction of freedom and the Church, and then when Joe Stalin ordered the historically acknowledged infiltration of the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1920s. That he ordered the same to be done to the Catholic Church was only logical. Himself a former seminarian, Stalin realized that homosexuals would be his best agents, men who had lost any sense of natural law, sacrilege, conscience, or fear of Judgment.

The Fatima visions of 1917 asked for the pope and the Church to consecrate Russia to the Blessed Virgin, and reiterated in 1929. Why this was not done by Pope Pius XI or XII is a matter of endless speculation, but it never was. The fact that Pope John Paul II consecrated “the world” to her in 1984 indicates that the hundred years of Pope Leo were literal, and that communism’s satanic influence had successfully escaped the boundaries of the USSR, even while it was suffocating from the internal inconsistencies of Marxism. Recognizing this, John Paul did not waste time closing a barn door after the horses had escaped, but addressed the grim reality that the entire world was now in a dire grip that needed miraculous intervention.

While Russia even now is rediscovering Christianity, the influence of communism continues in the west. Dietrich and Alice von Hildebrand were close personal friends of Pope John Paul II before and after his rise to the papacy. Dietrich takes his place with the great Catholic intellects of the 20th century who opposed both fascism and communism.

Dietrich privately interviewed ex-communist Bella Dodd, an admitted Stalinist agent, after she had testified before Congress in the 1950s. She returned to Catholicism under the aegis of America’s most famous Catholic in America, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. Dodd said that she herself placed 1200 communist/homosexuals into American seminaries and knew that the number was over 3,000 from the work of other agents.

Alice, about thirty years Dietrich’s junior and now in her 90s, gave a long interview with the Catholic news site Church Militant, the thorn in the side of the USCCB. She stated that as each subsequent generation of homosexual prelates wormed themselves into the hierarchy, they made sure that faithful seminarians were ousted and good priests were punished and marginalized, even while pliant ones and those who were seduced were brought into the matrix. They would be rewarded with influence and appointments, then coached into promoting the denigration of the rich legacy of Catholicism.

Becoming drum-beat supporters of socialism was part of the agenda, rather than the far more effective and selfless reputation of Catholic institutions. Contraception and abortion were to be scorned or sidelined in importance. Instruction in the faith was to be insipid, and liturgical “reforms” transferred the essence of the Mass from an unbloody sacrifice of depth and mystery into a shallow, informal celebration where the focus became Man rather than God. Thus, we can now understand the completely unauthorized changes that came under the false “Spirit of Vatican II”. They now have generations of momentum behind their acceptance.

The earthquakes of confusion initiated by Pope Francis are now seen in the light of this homosexual or Lavender Mafia. It explains the marginalization of faithful Catholics who have begged for relief from the many ills plaguing the Church, from liturgical abuse, pulpit heresies and weak faith formation programs and instructors. This also includes the mysterious staying power of “Catholic” politicians, who have worked in concert promoting the sexual revolution, socialism, homosexuality, contraception and abortion.

Even as prayers were said in churches throughout the United States this week, the focus was only on the victims, unquestionably just and necessary but utterly incomplete about what the true malady is that is infecting the Church. Not once did the prayers or letters mention the word “homosexuality” and refused to confront the foundational evil that has infected the Church: bishops and priests who are practicing homosexuals themselves, engaging in continuous violations of their vows of celibacy with other adult men, or protecting those who are, whether willingly or through intimidation.

The almost daily exposure of this is likely an answer to prayer. Catholicism has an uncanny ability to resurface after every crisis brings it to the edge of annihilation. Since Christ’s Passion, this has been discovered in roughly three-hundred year increments by the Romans, Arians, Moslems, Norsemen, Albigensians, Protestants, and the French Revolutionaries.

Unless these are apocalyptic times, we await the certain rebound of the Church. It will be smaller, but stronger. It is the solution Jesus took when his disciples walked away from him in John 6 because of His “hard sayings”. It might even reunite much of Christendom. It will take a while.

But it will happen.

NOTE: This essay first appeared in Joe Miller’s e-letter, “Restoring Liberty,” and reappears here with permission of the author.

Homosexuality and Bishops

The Catholic Church’s perennial teaching on the four sins that “cry to heaven for vengeance”:

CCC 1867: The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner.

[NB: Most catechisms combine the Israelites’ cry with the orphans, widows, and aliens under “oppression of the poor”; hence, the number four].

For those of you who have been under a rock for the last month, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal McCarrick from the College of Cardinals after allegations of homosexual abuse of young boys.  McCarrick is the first Cardinal to have his cardinalatial powers removed in almost 100 years. 

Then, this past weekend, Carlo Maria Vigano, former apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicly alleged that Pope Francis knew of Cardinal McCarrick’s serial homosexual abuse well before this time — at from June of 2013, when Vigano met with him in person.

Giving a press conference on a jet plane, Pope Francis refused to address the allegations.  In a papacy that has been marked by an untethered approach to questions of morality, theology, and a purportedly “impromptu, pastoral” tone, this is uncharacteristic.  Or perhaps it reveals the true character of this papacy.  Either way, our dear Holy Father needs prayers.

As Anchorage Archbishop Etienne has noted on his blog, McCarrick’s removal was “an unprecedented step signaling the gravity of these reports.”  True.  But removal does not even begin to address a looooooong line of inferential facts: that (1) McCarrick had been doing this for a long time, (2) other bishops knew about it, but either did nothing or actively covered up his misdeeds, (3) other American bishops had no problem letting McCarrick continue to operate as the face of the American Catholic hierarchy, particularly during the 2002 scandal eruption, (4) journalists and priests who attempted to address this story were intimidated, (5) a homosexual subculture (if not mafia, replete with the omerta code) exists in the American hierarchy, and (6) is spread throughout the Church, even into Rome.

One insight – formerly swept aside, but now addressed by Church Militant – was that the “seeding” of the homosexuals in American seminaries began long ago by Communist operative and Catholic convert Bella Dodd.  Interestingly, it was Bishop Sheen who piloted Dodd back into the arms of Holy Mother Church.  One imagines Dodd’s conversion story firing the vehement furnace of Bishop Sheen’s famous blasts against Communism.  But it is also remarkable that Sheen seems not to have addressed the matter of homosexuals in Catholic seminaries, at least externally.  Even more remarkable is Bishop Sheen’s long-suffering silence in the face of Cardinal Spellman’s attacks on him, now that there is accumulating evidence that Spellman lived a closeted homosexual life as Cardinal of New York.

So what does this all mean for Alaska Catholics?

I am not sure, other than this vileness has, indeed, cried to heaven for purification.  I do not know whether the seminaries attended by our Alaskan priests were corrupt, but I have heard anecdotal evidence that they were, in the recent past, hotbeds of homosexual activity.  I do not know whether any of our Alaskan bishops are part of the homosexual network, nor if they have been prevented from proclaiming the Church’s teaching on homosexuality because of threats of blackmail to expose an active homosexual lifestyle.  But these things now seem increasingly credible.

Of this I am sure: that God, Triune God, Creator and Origin of all life, will not be mocked.  Nor will the Divine Son permit His Bride, Holy Mother the Church, to be forever violated by such craven, perfidious, demon-infested men.  And I am sure that we have received such predatory clerics as our “shepherds,” at least in part, because of our own failures to live a life according Our Lord’s injunction to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow Him.

Going forward, there are two other things that I fear as a result of this hellish revelation:

1. The Church’s inability to govern its own corrupt hierarchy will force the intervention of public authority (this has already happened in Chile, and seems likely to happen in Honduras).  Rather than decry this intervention of the State into Church matters, faithful Catholics – justly enraged – will cheer it on.

2. The global aspect of the corruption – which now seems to extend even unto the Roman Pontiff – will result in a global intervention.  And the likeliest apparatus to undertake this is the United Nations.

Once the bulwark of the Church has been removed as an efficacious brake on global agents of social change (e.g., George Soros), I tremble for what may follow.

May God have mercy on us, cleanse Holy Mother Church, and restore and preserve the just sovereignty of the nations of the world!

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

 

 

 

 

 

Special Topic: Gender Theory – Part 2

By ANTONIO MALO

What kind of effect does gender theory have on society?

Gender theory affects society on two levels. On the political and legislative level, gender theorists pressure for change in the physiognomy of marriage and family. They call for the legalization and social acceptance of new models of marriage and family in the name of progress, tolerance and equal rights, including the right to adopt children. This so-called “progress,” however, will only contribute to the self-destruction of the human person and society (cf. Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia 2008). On the cultural level, gender theory seeks to change the governing mentalities, beginning with those most vulnerable in indoctrination: children and adolescents. Under the guise of educating them in tolerance, they are encouraged to “explore” and “experiment” with their sexuality so that they can choose that which best suits them.

Why does the church denounce gender theory as an ideology?

The church, which has always been interested in that which concerns man and woman, denounces gender theory as an ideology because she has the right and duty to intervene when the natural and supernatural good of persons and society are at stake. She has received from God a “responsibility for creation” (Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia 2008, 4). For this reason, the church promotes a “human ecology” that helps nations and states to differentiate between that which constitutes true progress and that which is instead a step back, resulting in the disintegration of people and the social fabric. (Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia 2008)

What is this “human ecology” that the church promotes?

In her responsibility towards creation, the church must first and foremost protect mankind, which forms part of creation. Human ecology means respect for the human person and “the natural and moral structure with which he has been endowed” (CA 38). This includes the promotion of the values or femininity and masculinity as the foundation of the humanization of persons. “Every outlook which presents itself as a conflict between the sexes is only an illusion and a danger: it would end in segregation and competition between men and women” (MW 14).

On a more concrete level, human ecology applies to social policies concerning education, family, work, access to services, civic participation and so on. On the one hand, we must combat any unjust sexual discrimination. On the other hand, and at the same time, the promotion of equal dignity “must be harmonized with attentive recognition of the difference and reciprocity between the sexes where this is relevant to the realization of one’s humanity, whether male or female” (MW 14; cf. CCC 2358). (CA 38-39; CV 51)

Gender theory has been referred to as an “ideological colonization.” What does this mean?

Gender theory has been called an ideological colonization because it attempts, using every means at its disposal, to impose a vision of sexuality, marriage and family that it inhuman, and therefore capable of enslaving people (cf. Francis, In-flight Press Conference from the Philippines to Rome January 19, 2015).  Gender theory seeks to mask this manipulation. It claims to offer greater freedom, when in reality it is its denial. It claims to help each person discover his or her sexual identity, when in reality it prevents man and woman from recognizing and accepting his or her sexual identity. It fails to recognize that the physical, moral and spiritual difference and complementarity between man and woman are directed towards the goods of celibacy or marriage and the development of family life. (CCC 2333)

What should Christians do to counteract the negative influence of gender theory? 

This task begins in the home. Christians should actively participate in the education of their children, because through it the Christian culture is passed on and progresses from generation to generation. Furthermore, the family environment has to be such that children learn to love in being freely loved, to respect others in being respected, and to know the face of God firstly through a father and mother who are attentive to them. This way, daughters and sons discover the beauty of maternity and paternity and therefore of the femininity and masculinity that they respectively embody. When these fundamental experiences are absent or lacking, there is a loss of humanity in society; society as a whole suffers and in turn becomes a creator of violence. (CSDC 242-243; MW 13-14; CCE, Educational Guidance in Human Love 1983)

Antonio Malo is Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.

Special Topic: Gender Theory

By ANTONIO MALO

What is gender theory?

Gender theory is a school of thought that, in its attempt to bring about “self-emancipation from creation and the Creator” (Benedict XVI, Christmas Address to the Roman Curia 2008, 1), aims to advance a libertarian or “free” approach to issues related to sexuality, marriage, and family. The distinction between sex and gender is a central element of this theory, which emerged in feminist circles in North America in the late 1960s and 1970s and has since spread throughout much of the world.

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10 questions with my ‘Shoulder Angel’ about Prop. 1

My shoulder angel! Why are you here?

To remind you that “where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and appeal to the grace of God. Charity urges just reforms. There is no solution to the social question apart from the Gospel.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1896).

Oh no. Are you here to tell me something about Prop 1?

Yes. You cannot simply pull an ostrich on this one.

All right, all right. I guess I have to pay attention to my civic duty. So what is Prop 1?

Prop 1 is a ballot initiative for Anchorage residents that aims to keep biological sex as the basis for using public restrooms, locker rooms, and showers (“intimate facilities”).

What would Prop 1 change?

If passed, Prop 1 would do two things: (1) require Municipality of Anchorage facilities to separate their intimate facilities according to biological sex, and (2) permit private business owners and religious groups to determine their own bathroom policies without threat of lawsuit from the city or ideological groups.

Wait, what? I’ve heard of the ACLU suing the pants off of Christians before, but can the City of Anchorage bring a lawsuit against a private business owner?

Not exactly – it hears or judges the lawsuit through its Equal Rights Commission.

The whatsit?

The Equal Rights Commission is a quasi-judicial agency within the Municipality of Anchorage. It hears complaints from citizens regarding allegations of discrimination. Per municipal code, it has significant powers, including the power to subpoena and the power to levy fines. As some of your human judges have remarked, the power to fine is the power to destroy — well, that’s a paraphrase.

Are you seriously suggesting that a business owner could be fined into submission by the very government which benefits from productive, tax-paying businesses?

I don’t need to suggest it – it’s happened in quite a few places already to various business owners: Baronelle Stutzman in Washington, Jack Phillips in Colorado, Elaine Huguenin in New Mexico, Blaine Adamson in Kentucky.

They lost their businesses?

Elaine Huguenin did. Blaine Adamson won his appeal, but spent oodles of time, sweat, and money in the process. And Baronelle Stutzman and Jack Phillips are headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are other Christian business owners like them, too. Their lives and businesses will never be the same because they were willing to sacrifice their careers for the sake of testifying to BIblical truth about marriage.

Wait, you said “Biblical truth about marriage.” I’m Catholic, and this is about sexual orientation and gender identity. Doesn’t that mean I can put my head back in the sand now?

No. Here is what Pope Francis has to say:

“There are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these – I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] “gender.” Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!” — Pope Francis, 27 July 2016

 

“You, Irina, mentioned a great enemy to marriage today: the theory of gender. Today there is a world war to destroy marriage. Today there are ideological colonisations which destroy, not with weapons, but with ideas. Therefore, there is a need to defend ourselves from ideological colonisations.” — Pope Francis, 1 October 2016

 

“The biological and psychological manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology can now make appear as a simple matter of personal choice – which it is not! – runs the risk of dismantling the energy source that feeds the covenant between man and woman, making it creative and fruitful. The mysterious bond between the creation of the world and the generation of God’s Son is revealed by his taking flesh in the womb of Mary – Mother of Jesus and Mother of God – out of love for us. This mysterious bond never fails to amaze and move us; its revelation fully illumines the mystery of being and the meaning of life. Henceforth, the mystery of human generation radiates a profound wisdom about life. Received as a gift, life             is itself exalted. Generating life regenerates us; by giving of our lives, we are enriched. — Pope Francis, 5 October 2017

Ok, ok. I get it. And, in fact, I would vote “Yes” on Prop 1, except that I am planning to be out of town on election day. So I guess that means I’m off the hook, right?

Nice try. Anchorage residents vote on Prop 1 by mail beginning on March 13, 2018.

Boy, you thought of everything, didn’t you? Angel? Where’d he go? Was that 10 questions already?

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