Thursday, December 1, 2016

On the Smoke of Modernism, Fini

Humanae Vitae maintained, under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the teaching of the Church from its inception until the end of time, for as Jesus said “For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). When Humanae Vitae was promulgated, Paul VI made four alarming predictions about the use of contraceptives that have come to devastating fruition in the decades between the publication of his encyclical and now. They are as follows:

1.     The Church has always taught that contraception is a serious evil and with serious evil comes grave consequences. Pope Paul VI’s first warning was that contraception use would “lead to conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” These two things go hand in hand; one not need look further than the dramatic increase in divorce, abortion, and disease since 1968 to see the vivid accuracy of Paul’s warning. Sexual morality in this age has reached an all-time low and the root cause is contraception.
2.     The Pope’s second warning is that man may lose “reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires.” And indeed, women have become increasingly treated as objects; because the pleasure derived from the marital act, disconnected from its primary ends by contraception, reduces it to the egocentric quest for self-gratification. Notice the exponential increase in the objectification of woman by the explosion in pornography, declining media standards, and popular cultural icons who sell the sexual objectification of women and men alike.
3.     The Pope predicted greater abuses of power by the extended use of contraception when “this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law” is wielded as it is by our federal government today. The highest powers in this land encourage the use of contraceptives and thereby immoral and disordered sex acts that further degrade our society. We are almost powerless to protect our children from contraception’s deadly ideology, ubiquitous use and destructive outcomes.
4.     The Pope’s final warning is that by the use of contraceptives, man would come to believe that he has unlimited dominion over his body and sexuality. The Pope asserts this point by saying that “just as man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general, so also, and with more particular reason, he has no such dominion over his specifically sexual faculties.” The contraceptive mentality has led man to the false notion that he is his own creator and can be and do whatever he wants sexually, the transgender and in vitro movements illustrate this false notion as clearly as can be.

We are creatures created in the image and likeness of God. This reminder calls us to recognize that we are bound to the rules of the Creator, who has revealed divine law to us by His Most Holy Word.

The Synod has been called to discover pastoral solutions to assist us in evangelizing those who have been taken in by the ideology of this age, neomodernism, who suffer from the traumatic effects of a progressively more contraceptive society. Until we come to fully recognize and acknowledge the destructive nature of the contraceptive movement, we will continue to decline as a society, and the Body of Christ will also weaken as a result. As we reach out to those afflicted by the deceptions of the Father of Lies, let us always remember the perennial prohibition against contraception as we embrace God’s plan for life.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

On the Smoke of Modernism

AS is well known to all but those who choose not to see, the broken or irregular home has gone from being the exception to the rule. 

The family is the building block upon which all secular and Christian civilization is built. Marriage is a divine and natural institution perfectly portrayed by Christ the bridegroom and His Church, the bride. Though the world has been trying to change both, we find ourselves with a gap between how the world sees family and marriage and what the Church knows about them.

The Fourteenth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops took place from October 4 to October 25, 2015, in Vatican City. While it is inspiring that the Church fathers are attempting to develop pastoral solutions to the overwhelming problems we face as a global society concerning marriage and family, it is rewarding to know the roots of the problems that we face. If we untangle the modernism on both topics we will discover that the problem lies in the contraceptive mindset.

As I discuss in The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God, after successfully work of separating rights from duties by the spirit of rebellion, Satan’s most profound work was to separate the marital act from its primary ends of procreation and unity. It is a diabolical inversion of reality that the third end of the marital act, that of the pleasure that flows from the marital act, is claimed by modern man to be the “new” primary end. This makes God’s primary end of procreation an inhibition to seekers of the new false primary end, and therefore something to be eliminated by technique or technology. The modern world has become obsessed with that task.

My argument in the book is that Paul VI was prophetic in asserting that contraception is at the root of family crises in the modern age, and this teaching has been obscured by the modern philosophy flowing from the sexual revolution. In 1968, when he published his encyclical Humanae Vitae, the world was expecting a change in Church teaching, much like many are expecting changes in Church teaching from the Synod. The Church’s teaching on contraception is absolute, because the law against it is divine and natural. It is demonstrated from the beginning, through the episode of Onan (Genesis 38:8-10) through the Apostle’s first catechism (the Didache), and re-stated in every catechism put forth by the Church. 

To be continued….

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Exhibit of St. Thomas More Artifacts Debuts at St. John Paul II Shrine

A new exhibit is open daily at the St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, D.C., until March 31, 2017.  Its title — “God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More” — refers to More’s last words before being beheaded: “I die the King’s good servant, and God’s first.”
The exhibit zeroes in on the events leading to More’s execution by King Henry VIII, beginning with Pope Clement VII’s refusal to declare null Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The King responded by proclaiming himself the Supreme Head of the Church in England so that he could grant himself the annulment and marry his mistress Anne Boleyn. More knew that publicly opposing the king would endanger his family, so he resigned as Chancellor of England and kept silent. But because of More’s reputation for learning and virtue, Henry was determined to have More approve his marriage, and consequently enacted a law requiring his subjects to acknowledge his headship of the English Church. When More refused to do so, he was imprisoned, convicted of treason, and beheaded.

So, More lost his head because he was willing to give his life for the truth. Henry wanted to believe that he could dissolve his marriage on his own authority, and wanted More to support him in this. More refused, bearing witness to the truths of papal authority and the indissolubility of marriage.

While arguing that More’s example helped promote the spread of religious liberty in America and the world, the exhibit also describes the history of anti-Catholicism in the U.S., and ends with an ominous quote from G. K. Chesterton: Thomas More “is more important at this moment than at any moment since his death … but he is not quite so important as he will be in about a hundred years time.”

What does  Chesterton mean? More is particularly relevant to our times because he was a martyr for the liberty that is now threatened by the American government’s increasing efforts to force Catholics to act against their consciences on such issues as contraception and gay marriage.

The exhibit is spot on about More’s relevance for our times, as Christians are facing an attack by government authority on the truth about marriage. Just as Henry denied its indissolubility, today our government denies that it is solely between a man and a woman, and that contraception is contrary to its very nature. Like Henry, our government wishes to compel our assent to what we know to be untrue. Like More, we must respond by witnessing to the truth, even if it means suffering persecution, which will come.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

An Important Reflection for Catholics Intending to Vote for Hillary November 8th....

In his recent Crisis article, "Two Newmans and Two Springs," Fr. Rutler offered a brilliant analysis of the current situation facing Catholics loyal to the teachings of Jesus Christ as we approach the November 8th presidential election. I should like to offer a summary of the points he made, which I hope will sober up all but the most tepid of Catholics.

On a Tuesday in 1852, at the First Provincial Synod of Westminster at Oscott College, Blessed John Henry Newman delivered a sermon, “The Second Spring, in which he observed:”

Have we any right to take it strange, if, in this English land, the spring-time of the Church should turn out to be an English spring, an uncertain, anxious time of hope and fear, of joy and suffering,—of bright promise and budding hopes, yet withal, of keen blasts, and cold showers, and sudden storms?
Newman might deliver these words in our day, when the Body of Christ seems as divided as the U.S.  The issues which confront the American people rival those which were calamitous in past history and the explanations of them by Church and State make a mockery of reasoned discourse. The Church during this election season appears as a giant more “comatose” than “slumbering”.

What might stir the Mystical Body of Christ? The unearthing of documents containing sarcastic efforts by Clinton political strategists to destabilize and bribe her, depriving her of supernatural dimension to become a instrument of the State, much as Gallican Church of the 17th and 18th centuries. There exist emails from February 10-11, 2012 of correspondence entitled “Opening for a Catholic Spring?” between John Podesta, and one Sandy Newman, president of the Voices for Progress PAC. Newman is no John Henry Newman nor are his dreams of Spring like those of the Cardinal’s preached at Oscott. For Sandy, “There needs to be a Catholic Spring in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church,” might be a rallying point To “plant the seeds of the revolution” Sandy offers the mandate for contraception coverage in medical plans.

Mr. Podesta’s replied: “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.” Alleged Catholic Podesta is a past president of the Center for American Progress, a think tank that promotes “LGBT equality and women’s reproductive health and rights.” Who might help bring about this springtime? Whynot the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who addressed the heterodox Call to Action conference in 2008, and past board member of the National Catholic Reporter?

Now Sandy Newman admitted to a “total lack of understanding of the Catholic Church” since he is Jewish, and thus deferred to John Podesta for effecting this “anthropogenic climate change,” But his ignorance of Catholicism did not prevent him from using the Catholic Church as a proxy for community organizing. In 1993 he hired one Barack Obama to register voters in Illinois. It was Obama who wished to ally Cardinal Bernardin with the United Neighborhood Organizations of Chicago, which was allied with Obama’s Developing Communities Project. In this he was helped by Monsignor John J. Egan, a close associate of the archtect of social restructuring, Saul Alinsky, whose strategy was to procure the sympathies of well-intentioned Catholic clerics in his godless Marxist program: “To [expletive] your enemies, you’ve first got to seduce your allies.” Ultimately Bernardin split himself with the more extreme organizers, including Obama. We are all aware that Mrs. Clinton admired Alinsky, but her senior thesis at Wellesley College took issue with his opinion that universal change is “impossible from the inside” and necessitates sweeping revision from the outside.

Given the thrust of my blog about my book, my interest was piqued by Alinsky’s dedication for his Rules for Radicals, the focus of Hillary Clinton’s college thesis: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history … the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.”

Fr. Rutler is brilliant in his observation that the e-mails of Sandy Newman’s advice to Podesta “are sulphuric like Screwtape’s animadversions in the Screwtape Letters of C.S. Lewis.” For Fr. Rutler they remind one of the words of Cardinal Newman in “The Patristical Idea of Christ”:

Surely, there is at this day a confederacy of evil, marshaling its hosts from all parts of the world, organizing itself, taking its measures, enclosing the Church of Christ as in a net, and preparing the way for a general Apostasy from it. Whether this very Apostasy is to give birth to Antichrist, or whether he is still to be delayed, as he has already been delayed so long, we cannot know; but at any rate this Apostasy, and all its tokens and instruments, are of the Evil One, and savor of death…. He promises you civil liberty; he promises you equality; he promises you trade and wealth; he promises you a remission of taxes; he promises you reform. This is the way in which he conceals from you the kind of work to which he is putting you; he tempts you to rail against your rulers and superiors; he does so himself, and induces you to imitate him; or he promises you illumination,—he offers you knowledge, science, philosophy, enlargement of mind. He scoffs at times gone by; he scoffs at every institution which reveres them. He prompts you what to say, and then listens to you, and praises you, and encourages you. He bids you mount aloft. He shows you how to become as gods. Then he laughs and jokes with you, and gets intimate with you; he takes your hand, and gets his fingers between yours, and grasps them, and then you are his.
Fr. Rutler reminds us that Mrs. Clinton, addressing the 2015 Women in the World Summit, chillingly said that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” On this we may learn from a Doctor of the Church— Saint Hildegarde of Bingen. Here is her account of the tricks and techniques of Alinsky’s Lucifer:

Religion he will endeavor to make convenient. He will say that you need not fast and embitter your life by renunciation… It will suffice to love God… He will preach free love and tear asunder family ties. He will scorn everything holy, and he will ridicule all graces of the Church with devilish mockery. He will condemn humility and foster proud and gruesome dogmas. He will tear down that which God has taught in the Old and New Testaments and maintain that sin and vice are not sin and vice…
Rutler opines:

So there we are at this crossroads of culture and, more than that, of civilization itself. Two Newmans proffer two Springtimes and they are not occasional variations of a common climate. Our nation has endured recent years of eroding faith and moral reason. It cannot endure several years more in the confidence that the erosion can be reversed as though it were just the habit of a cyclical season. There is a better prospect, but it is possible only if Catholics assent to the lively oracles of the Gospel and cast their votes and vows against those who are against it. The Newman who is blessed saw a Catholic Spring in the pulpit at Oscott that is not the clandestine plot of e-mails….I listen, and I hear the sound of voices, grave and musical, renewing the old chant, with which Augustine greeted Ethelbert in the free air upon the Kentish strand. It comes from a long procession, and it winds along the cloisters. Priests and Religious, theologians from the schools, and canons from the Cathedral, walk in due precedence. And then there comes a vision of well-nigh twelve mitred heads; and last I see a Prince of the Church, in the royal dye of empire and of martyrdom, a pledge to us from Rome of Rome’s unwearied love, a token that that goodly company is firm in Apostolic faith and hope.
I can only close with Teresa Tomeo’s aspiration:

Compelling article from Fr. Rutler on attempts to attack Church teaching from within. I only wish this story and the concerns raised from WikiLeaks were exposed beyond Catholic and other Christian outlets. So please read, share, and pray for the protection of our religious freedom.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Libido Redux: Miley Cyrus allows fans to touch her vagina and butthole during performance[Full video] - YouTube

If one reads my last three posts, including the following: Miley Cyrus allows fans to touch her vagina and butthole during performance[Full video] - YouTube, one readily sees that an improper understanding of human sexuality is one snare the Evil One uses to lure souls away from his Enemy (the sense is C.S. Lewis'). Let's revisit Tolkein in this here.

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