Perish the thought of an unorthodox papacy in the Roman Catholic Church. Yet in the last fifty years there has been an unbroken line of unorthodox modernist popes since the death of His Holiness Pope Pius XII. Modernism has infected all realms of the Church including prelates, priests, ordinary Catholics in the pews, and even the lay pop-evangelists who have taken over the EWTN airwaves.
This Modernism has scattered the sheep who were once of one true fold so that the Mystical Body the Church has become virtually non-existent. Christ, the Divine Word, ought to be acknowledged vigorously today, in Scripture, in doctrine and moral matters, in liturgy, and particularly in Tradition; all of which are known together in this expression as the Deposit of Faith, as revealed in its totality with death of the last of the apostles. Only those know, believe, acknowledge and practice all these truths are the members in the fullest standing of the Roman Catholic Church and undeniably one with it.
When priests, bishops, and even popes do not support these absolute teachings and expressions of the Divine Word in Scripture, doctrine, moral matters, liturgy and Tradition they are dissenting, in whole or in part, and are not feeding the sheep of Christ’s flock. They are wolves, and not good shepherds. These wolves have overrun the sheep which is abundantly evident in the unruliness and worldliness of today's Catholics who are quick to partake of soul-destroying sins like contraception, divorce and remarriage, and according to numerous polls go so far as to lend their support to sodomite marriage. To top it off, the most critical damage that these wolves have done is to the liturgy. “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” ( Matt: 7,15 ).
But our Lord's words “by their fruits that you will know them,” are the words that Our Lord uses to evaluate these false shepherds in sheep’s clothing which has become so very relevant in these last days.
The fruit is rotten in the mainstream Church. The rot is indiscernible from the wordly rot produced by paganism. When the men of the Church outlaw the Mass of All Ages which has produced saints and sustained burdened sinners in the faith since the founding of the Church and replace it with an unrecognizable, unpenitential, unsacrificial, man-made inorganic rupture and call it to it "Mass"-- one is faced with a supreme and devastating crisis.
When a pope, as supreme head of the Catholic Church, should state unequivocally that ‘to go backwards in time to the past and yesterday’s Church as the wrong way’ , we have the epitome of “unorthodox” teaching from the Vicar of Christ himself, or the Church’s supposed good shepherd. Consider Pope Francis’ words: So, while he is apparently strong in his call for Catholics not to be afraid of the approaching future, he seems to be somewhat very hesitant and afraid of the past. In his own reflections for his daily mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae recently, the Pope said, “It’s like when the road is covered in ice and the car slips and go off track…... This is the other temptation at the moment! We, at this moment in the history of the Church, we cannot go backwards or go off the track!"
Another paradigm of the same kind of rhetoric from Pope Francis I is his return from World Youth Day 13, at which time he clarified his position on homosexuality to the world press, saying that he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. This lapsus linguae flies in the face of Pope Benedict XVI’s teaching, in the papacy of his predecessor that no candidate for the priesthood should ever enter a seminary who has a strong sexual orientation towards pederasty, which was always the teaching of Tradition and orthodoxy for centuries! His predecessor judged such behavior as severely disordered, so ought to Francis I ! Further as the Supreme Pontiff it is his duty and obligation before Almighty God to judge such a priest.
This seems to be the sorry fate of Pope Francis I with such casual and elusive rhetoric, has declared herewith , publicly and outwardly, as pope, his apparent antipathy for the traditional teachings of the Church and its Traditions.
((((Additionally ecu-maniacal thrust of his recent predecessors, the Conciliar popes, he has already prayed in public with non-believers of the Catholic faith as though this is the normal routine of popes. This helps to set his papacy in the same mire that plagued all the Conciliar Popes of the Catholic Church in the last 50 years, these ecumenical obsessions and travesties. ))))) didn't do this!!
Even with the likes of Pope Paul VI’s seemingly good defense of Catholic sexual morality with “Humanae Vitae”; he, nevertheless, abused orthodox Catholicism abysmally with his continuation of the Second Vatican Council with its false ecumenism and teachings, the liturgical chaos and unsound liturgy of the new Mass, and his failure to quash the dissent—nearly universal, with “Humanae Vitae” by Catholic bishops, priests, and laity worldwide. The result of their insolent neglect of contradicting this encyclical, everywhere , by either ignoring it or dissenting with it, thus produced unhinged contraception in the 1960’s throughout the Church and the world thereafter.
Pope John XXIII’s modernist reign began with a call for the Second Vatican Council while he ignored the wise counsel of Pope Pius XII who fought consistently throughout his papacy against all attempts to “update the Church” and modernize it. This attempt to modernize the Church was an effort that began with and was encouraged boldly by some of the liberal prelates –amongst which was Angelo Roncalli-- and their cohorts. These wolves advocated strongly for “modernistic” changes with Pope Pius XII--however they were everywhere foiled, reprimanded or condemned during his papacy. Pius XII fought on every front against these infamous liberals and “modernists”. His heroic efforts are evident with his 41 encyclicals, all in defense of orthodoxy and Tradition. Pius XII wrote more encyclicals than all the Conciliar popes together in the last 50 years!
This liberal affront was non-stop throughout the papacy of John Paul II who dabbled in all kinds of ecu-maniacal “firsts”. From visits to synagogues—never done by popes preceding him— to kissing the Koran in public—a scandalous outrage. From his travels around the world to befriend other religions, rather than admonish and correct them for their unorthodoxy and non-belief, to the Assisi fiascos of syncretistic melting pots of false religions that prayed together while the Church sat quietly mute regarding the necessity of the one, true, orthodox faith for eternal salvation. He single-handedly excommunicated Tradition from the Church when persecuted and eventually excommunicated Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre --one of the only true warriors that remained in the Church against modernism. He hammered the last nail in the coffin for belief and reverence for the Holy Eucharist by his allowance of Communion-in-the hand and altar girls.
While Benedict XVI did some thoroughly orthodox things such as restoring the Tridentine Mass to its former state and lifting the unjust excommunication of the SSPX, and making some necessary but not complete translation improvements on the New Mass, still he failed and failed miserably to say this glorious Mass of the ages, the Tridentine Mass, even once, publicly, during his entire Papacy or enforce its application even minimally worldwide. Nor did Pope Benedict XVI move vigorously enough to regularize, totally, one of the only thoroughly orthodox bastions in the Church left, the Society of St. Pius X, that were still totally traditional, orthodox and faithful to the Magisteria past and present.
Only Pope Pius XII thoroughly, consistently, and authoritatively defended the Catholic tradition of orthodoxy in its totality throughout his Papacy. An example of this alone is his declaration on the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an “ex cathedra” belief of the church, and it was taught universally throughout the church and believed and enforced as he commanded.
Here we sit now and mourn the unpunctual demise of Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy and the modernists “deus ex machina” solution by elevating Francis I to the papacy by a defiant, corrupt, and dissident hierarchy who consistently throughout Christendom of late have failed scandalously to preach, teach, and admonish sinners, either within the Church or without, on the traditional teachings of the Catholic Faith or the Church’s past magisterial teachings on such vital matters as the sacrificial nature of the Mass and the most Holy Eucharist; the Sacrament of Penance and a sense of sin and repentance; proper decorum for the Holy Eucharist in Churches by preserving reverence always for the Holy Eucharist with tabernacles, genuflecting, proper dress, and adoration; the avoiding of the abomination of Communion-in-the-hand and altar girls; and, lastly, instruction on sexual morality, such as the mortally sinful nature of divorce, contraception, pornography, abortion, sterilization, fornication, masturbation, sodomy, and pedophilia.
Instead of feeding the sheep of the Good Shepherd’s Flock in the last 50 years with orthodox Catholicism, these errant shepherds have helped the wolf attack the flock, scatter it, and decimate its once very corpulent numbers. With a new sense of religious and ecumenical freedom, the uninformed Catholics in the Church’s pews have failed to live their faith because of their own largely culpable ignorance (St Thomas Aquinas has mused: “I cannot imagine a situation of inculpable ignorance), have not properly practiced it, nor have they lived its traditional moral teachings from the past, and so they have thus become the victims of the hierarchy’s malfeasance from the papacy on down.
This brings us to Pope Francis I who is not from the past tradition of orthodoxy among popes from Pius XII back, but a new breed of pope who runs roughshod over tradition and orthodoxy, not acting with caution and prudence in word and deed, apparently, so that everything that he thinks, says, or does is in complete accord with the Church’s Tradition and orthodoxy for the past 2000 years. For all practical purposes, Pope Frances I appears to be of this modernist mentality of popes who dangerously conform to the world in their teachings and praxis. One of the most ominous predictions from the lips of the Great Bishop Sheen before his death was the “clear danger of the Church conforming to the world in the next 100 years!” Sadly, we see this as prophetically coming true on the part of the Conciliar, modernist popes and bishops and priests of our own day, as prophesied by the late Bishop Sheen.
This cannot go on, the unmitigated obsession with Vatican II and its erratic teachings and its love of Modernism in Pope, clergy, and people alike and its unorthodox and untraditional teachings of the Catholic faith and morality for the past 50 years, for it has already “devastated the flock” as to its robust numbers beyond recognition. By failing to feed the sheep with orthodoxy and Tradition for these past 50 years, but feeding them goat’s food instead, we are fast approaching the times, if not already there, “of only a remnant surviving in grace”, as the great apostle of all orthodoxy and Tradition, St. Paul taught so vehemently and explicitly, many centuries before our times.
A Catholic Church that is neither orthodox nor founded consistently and infallibly upon its past Traditions is not a holy church, neither are its members nor its clergy. Exactly what does such a modern Catholic Church appear to be? Let us look: first, the new Mass, not the efficaciously holy Mass of the ages but a modernist prayer contrivance to assuage Protestantism and all other non-believers with its meal versus ‘sacrifice orientation’; the new catechism that tramples upon the doctrines and morality of the Church, particularly all sexual morality by not teaching it in the same clear and explicit language of the past; the new code of canon law which has devastated religious orders of men and women with so many thousands of laicizations, and likewise the priesthood, and has exponentially increased the numbers of marriage annulments and divorce worldwide; also the limp-wristed efforts of combating from the papacy and the clergy the new sexual immorality which is rampant in both the Church and the world; and, finally, the obsession with modern socialist societies that ignore St. Paul’s perfect work ethic: “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” so that the modern social gospel has become a tool of marxist class envy viz. “ if you are poor or deprived, you assuredly deserve an entitlement”. No one sees it any longer as a severe violation of the Seventh Commandment and the virtue of Justice, nor “defrauding a laborer of his wages”—one of four sins that cries to heaven for vengeance! Such is the Church of today in the Age of Apostasy!
In fact, so important is Tradition as well as orthodoxy in Our Divine Lord’s teachings to us that He strategically put both of them together in this famous excerpt from Matthew (5 : 17-20). “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” What a glorious confirmation of orthodoxy and Tradition by Our Divine Lord Himself!
Clearly, one cannot have one without the other; for if there is no orthodoxy, there is likewise no Tradition. And Tradition cannot be Tradition without orthodoxy. Consider only Our Lord’s admonition of the Pharisees who chastised Our Lord for teaching differently on marriage than Moses who allowed a writ of divorce to the ancient Jews. But Our Divine Lord taught authoritatively to these false teachers: “But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
For this the Pharisees and Jews condemned Our Divine Lord to death and also for Christ’s other orthodox and traditional teachings. When the teachings of the Jews had a tradition on their side such as the Jews allowing divorce, Our Lord taught vigorously the whole truth to them in absolute terms because these teachings of the Jews were not orthodox because they were sinful -- even though they were traditional. The same holds true for the use of anger and killing one’s brother in this identical passage from Matthew. Indeed, both orthodoxy and tradition had to reflect each other for Our Divine Lord.
And so should Holy Mother Church on the part of the Magisterium with the Pope and the bishops and the priests, in total unity, believe and teach. But what have we seen in the last 50 years since the Second Vatican Council but unorthodox and untraditional teachings from pope after pope and from bishop after bishop and priests ‘en masse’ in the Catholic Church. Not the air-tight orthodoxy and Tradition of past magisterial teachings of Pope Pius IX, Pius X, Pius XI, or Pius XII. nor from Vatican Council I. Instead the faithful have been inundated with unorthodox and untraditional pronouncements, actions, and writings from the Conciliar popes ever since and before Vatican Council II. Witness the false and iniquitous abrogation of the Tridentine Mass till Pope Benedict XVI’s “Motu Proprio”. Another egregious example is the false ecumenism since the Council and Pope Pius XII”s wholesale attack on any participation in it during his papacy with all of his absolute authority. Witness also the liberal and modernist inception of Communion-in-the-hand and altar girls in bold defiance of all past Magisteria of popes and councils for thousands of years!
In sum, every pope from John XXIII to and through Pope Francis I have either said, done, taught or wrote some of these unorthodox abominations, along with multitudes of bishops and priests, which have over time devastated the vineyard with millions upon millions “falling away” in what appears to be the “Great Apostasy” of whole Catholic nations ceasing to exist in what has clearly become the insufferable attack of Modernism, the worst heresy in the history of the Roman Catholic Church since Athanasius.
Certainly, Our Lord’s rule to judge them by their “fruits” applies here: “By their fruits you will know them.” And what are the fruits of Vatican Council II and the Conciliar popes? Let us examine now some of these modernist affronts in detail, especially Ecumenism, and observe its victorious assault on Tradition and orthodoxy in clergy and faithful alike and why Pius XII was so strict in condemning this cancer in the Church before Vatican Council II--everywhere during his reign, especially, by supporting his predecessor Pope Pius XI’s encyclical “Mortalium Animos” that taught basically reunification with other religions could only be possible if they would return to the total faith and doctrines that they had rejected or ought to believe within the Catholic Church. This Pope Pius XII adamantly defended to his death.
Now let us observe these modernist affronts on the Church! First of all, it is the failure to continue to teach, consistently, not only the Tradition of 2000 years of Roman Catholicism but even when doing so to fail to be orthodox. Especially, noteworthy, at the outset is the failure on the part of all the Conciliar Popes to condemn “ecumenism” by upholding vigorously and authoritatively and adamantly in union with the retinue of orthodox popes before Vatican II who adamantly defended this all important doctrine of the faith that “outside the Church there is no salvation.” It is not only the unorthodox teachings of Vatican II but its egregious failures to teach, vigorously and authoritatively, the whole undiluted truth, for example, that the Catholic faith is the one true faith in which Salvation can only be found. Or that forgiveness of sin alone resides within the priesthood of the Catholic Church. The Church’s exclusivity has been matter-of-factly been ignored since Vatican Council II, diluted and debased.
Now consider that religious liberty somehow includes the possibility that one can be saved in other false religions in a kind of invisible church, connected extra-scramentally to the Catholic Church. This is the first and greatest salvo and egregious error by the modernist Second Vatican Council and all of its popes who allowed this doctrine of “outside the Church there is no Salvation” and its application throughout the Church to languish into obscurity. Also, the limp-wristed efforts by these same Conciliar popes to defend authoritatively and vigorously the traditional teachings on marriage and sexual morality to the whole Church and the world during the sexual revolution have brought us to “same-sex marriage and sodomy in all of its horrors” with children even being victims of it by the clergy themselves. What an abomination is the failure to address this diabolical new “homoheresy” as it spreads pandemically everywhere to obliterate the virtue of purity, the family and civilization. Moreover, the onus of guilt here is not purely papal, but Episcopal and sacerdotal as well.
To redefine catechetics away from absolute moral principles of right and wrong and its defense, to a modernized version of conscience that anything goes because of the circumstances of your situation in an “I’m ok and you’re ok” kind of morality has created “erroneous consciences” everywhere in the Church, be it clergy or faithful. With the demise of absolutist morality on right and wrong (“It’s a mortal sin to….) in the Conciliar Church and its concomitant “fear of the Lord” mentality, there is no longer any evidence within the Church-- but the most pusillanimous of efforts-- of teaching on the four last things of “death, judgment, heaven and hell” which create always a healthy fear of God’s justice and His admonition that only “few” will be saved, especially, if one considers Christ’s teachings on the “narrow gate”: “Enter at the narrow gate for wide is the path that leads to destruction and many are there who travel that way. Enter at the narrow gate, for narrow is the gate and rough is the road that leads to life, and few there are who even find it.” ( Matt: 7: 13)
Therefore, it is above all evident that orthodoxy and Tradition are always inseparable, for there is simply no truth without them both, as we saw earlier how Our Divine Lord so taught in the passage of Matthew Chapter Five, on how nothing is overlooked, even one jot or tittle, in the judgment. Thus the importance of St. Athanasius’ words which are published so proudly on the mast of this blog: “Whoever wishes to be saved must above all keep the Catholic Faith, for unless you keep this faith whole and entire, you will undoubtedly be lost.” These words of St. Athanasius the Great are based upon the words and teachings of Our Divine Lord and the importance of upholding the Truth in both orthodoxy and Tradition in its totality. In past and present Magisteria alike! One pope cannot ignore, contradict or overturn the doctrinal teachings of previous popes or Councils or he is not orthodox nor traditional.
These saintly words by Athanasius ought to be treasured by every heart and soul that desires to be “saved” and reach heaven. In particular, are these holy words addressed to the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church who have been given the duty and privilege to teach and preach the whole Truth of Christ, unsparingly, to the entire world, even a hostile and belligerent world such as it is today. Let us recall again the power of Christ’s Own words, once more: “He, therefore, that shall break one of these least commandments (the Ten Commandments and all the rest of Christ’s teachings by application) and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Thus orthodoxy, or correctness and the completeness of Christ’s teaching and words is no option; not for members of the Catholic Church, which, clearly, forbids heresy, nor is it an option for other religions of the world, be they in total error or in part as all Protestantism. It may cost one his immortal soul! Moreover, this absolutely includes, also, by application of Our Divine Lord’s words, everything ever taught by the Church throughout its entire history, including all perennial doctrines of the faith by either popes or councils of the Church in the past. And this likewise translates down to the Sunday sermons of your local parish priest and the Christian doctrine you learn in your local parish in the present. Nonetheless, this admonition of Our Lord’s holds true only for the faithful with those teachers and preachers who are “orthodox” and traditional. No others! Nor can one assume that liberal teachings or doctrines that are in error, such as from unorthodox popes or councils or parish priests and catechism teachers are to be accepted. Above all, these false teachings are to be avoided by any informed Catholic conscience as heresy and heterodoxy are to be avoided, especially, when they are clearly inconsistent with the Church’s teachings of the last 2000 years. And such false teachers or wolves will be severely chastised by God’s justice: “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5: 20)
Consider, above all, now the absolute importance of orthodoxy and tradition in the very worship of the Catholic Church in the Tridentine Mass, and the importance, therefore, of this obligation on the part of all Catholics, clergy and faithful alike. In the canon of the Mass, the most holy part of the Mass when Our Divine Lord sacrifices Himself to His Heavenly Father for our sins, we see the following language and the use of the pivotal word “orthodox”: You can observe this in the Latin or English below: “We , therefore, humbly pray and beseech, Thee, most merciful Father, through Jesus Christ; Thy Son, Our Lord that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to accept and bless these gifts, these offerings, these holy and unblemished sacrifices. Which in the first place, we offer up to Thee for Thy holy Catholic Church, that it may please Thee to grant her peace, to protect, unite and govern her throughout the world, together with Thy servant Franciscus, our Pope, our Bishop, and all orthodox believers and professors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith.” (Add: “Te igitur, clementissime Pater, per Jesum Christum Filium tuum Dominum nostrum, supplices rogamus, ac petimus, uti accepta habeas, et benedicas, haec dona, haec munerea, haec sancta sacrificial illibata. In primis, quae tibi offerimus pro Ecclesia tua sancta catholica; quam pacificare, custodire, adunare, et regere digneris toto orbe terrarium; una cum famulo tuo Papa nostro Francisco, et Antistite nostro , et omnibus orthodoxis atque catholicae, et apostolicae fidei cultoribus.)
In other words no Mass is legitimate if it is not offered by orthodox believers and teachers of the Catholic and Apostolic faith from top to bottom, from the pope in Rome to the orthodox believers in the pews. No sacrifice of the Mass will be blessed or approved by almighty God if it is not orthodox in its teachings or preachings and prayers and offered by similar members of the Catholic Church from pope to priest to people. In short, orthodoxy is not a choice or an option in acceptable worship of God, just as it is essential in a devout Catholic’s faith life. So also, Tradition in worship is likewise imperative, which so clearly is the case with the Tridentine Mass of the ages that goes back in its relevance to the Upper Room and Christ’s Own Last Supper!
Lastly, let us consider the importance of Tradition unmistakably to Our Divine Lord Who said: “Do not think that I am come to destroy the law of the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill. For Amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled.” Unmistakably, “by their fruits”, Our Lord said, “you will know them.” Undeniably, the liberal Vatican Council II, its popes, its prelates, and its priests; notwithstanding, religious orders of sisters and priests, have watched the Church move from an organized flock of sheep and good shepherd to a sorry lot of goats, who are unruly, uncontrollable, and unconcerned about their salvation, or even hearing of it today. Instead of feeding the flock of sheep with true orthodoxy and Tradition such as the holy Society of Pius X is being fed , independently , or miniscule groups of traditional Catholics around the world, Rome has ignored the sheep and concentrated upon feeding them the food of goats which has devastated the flock everywhere, universally. In fact, the worn out metaphor certainly applies here, “Rome fiddles, while the world burns.”
And so it is today and for the last 50 years of Vatican II renewal and the new catechism and the Conciliar Church! The application of this metaphor reaches the height of its absurdity when we have a pontiff in Rome, named Francis I, who is obsessed with elevating to heavenly glory and sainthood, two of the Catholic Church’s most unorthodox and untraditional of popes in Church history : Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, the former who banished Tradition by invoking the Council and the latter who excommicated it by so doing to the Society of Pius X, all of this while Catholics in Iraq, Syria, and Egypt are decimated by the Islamic sword, their churches burned to the ground, and their lives taken everyday. When will this modernist debacle come to an end?
That is only possible when an orthodox pope of holy Tradition such as Pope Pius XII again takes the throne of Peter to rule the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ that was built soundly upon Peter. This could be the current pope’s fate if and when he has a ‘conversion of heart’. When, that is, he becomes a good shepherd like unto our Divine Lord who would lay down his Life for all His Sheep, or for the whole Church, in particular the righteous sheep, that is, including all the traditional and faithfully orthodox Catholics since Vatican II! Even the Society of St. Pius X ! This means the pope becomes a victim of the “Victim of Love” and His eternal sacrifice by laying down his life for his sheep. And this means no shepherd is a good shepherd who is not orthodox and traditional, as is clear from Christ’s teachings and His actions. Nor is he holy! For if he is not such a pope, then he is not a good shepherd but a “hireling” or one who allows the wolf to attack the sheep, scatter them, and decimate them. The history of the last 50 years up to the present! Lord save us!
In conclusion, it is good to recall here Fr. John Hardon’s words about today’s priests and bishops. Fr. John Hardon was truly one of the greatest teaching priests of all time who wrote over 55 books, helped pen the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and taught theology and philosophy in Latin in several seminaries; he often begged his students to pray for priests and bishops. These are his oft repeated words: “Pray for priests, pray for priests; so many have lost their faith! Pray for bishops, pray for bishops; so many have lost their faith!” Let this be our closing thoughts and words for all priests and bishops. (Fr. John Hardon, S. J. was, indeed, a very holy priest who passed in 2000 and his cause is already under scrutiny by Rome for sainthood.)
Pax in Christo Per Mariam,
J. Hughes Dunphy
(to be continued)
“Vatican II, the Unholy Priest, and Apostasy”
This tragedy of no sense of sin and an “uninformed Catholic conscience” pervades the Church and priesthood everywhere since Vatican Council II. This contamination of the Catholic conscience with no “sense of sin” is so easily overlooked by clergy and laity alike, for all sin as St. Paul teaches, darkens the mind and weakens the will. So true is this that virtually all Catholics in the pews today have come to forget what a holy Catholic priest is or, for that matter, a fervent Catholic.
It can only be true that a holy priest or his counterpart in the pews is a very devout Catholic who has a keen and active sense of sin. When one observes such great holy priests of the past—and they were, indeed, common before Vatican II, we see his sole vocation was largely to eradicate sin in the confessional box for hours and hours on end. Empty Confessional boxes, uninformed Catholic consciences, unholy priests, apostate Catholics, and modernism have devastated the Church for the last 50 years. The unholy priest of today simply does not understand this truth, one that the holy Cure of Ars made clear in this poetic statement:
Who does not see; Does not know; Who does not know, Does not love; Who does not love; Does not know God; But loves himself And his own pleasures.
One cannot “see” if God does not reveal Himself to him through His Divine Graces. Absolutely, unholy priests are blinded by their sin as well as all Catholics in grievous sin. This ability to see, clearly, is realized only by an illumination of one’s conscience by the graces of the Most Holy Spirit: “For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that the world grant you, according to the riches of His Glory, to be strengthened by His Spirit with might unto the inward man: that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, you may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge, and that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:18) Truly, truly then can one love God in holiness with his whole heart, his whole mind, and all his strength.
A holy priest sees visibly his own sins, especially those of omission towards his whole flock. It is not so much for what we do to offend God, sins of commission, that condemns our souls to hell, but for the goodness and virtue we failed to do, “for if a tree does not bear fruit, my Father, will have it cut down and it will be thrust into the fire.” And so is it true here with a holy priest who is virtuous and who is, indeed, a holy priest because he virtually always keeps a ‘contrite and humble heart’ before God so he can be holy.
Much greater than the failures and actual sins of commission in the priesthood today, with sins against purity and chastity, is by far the priest’s sin of omission in failing to preach and teach the whole truth of the Catholic faith to the sheep of his flock, by instructing them in all the fundamental doctrines of the faith in forming good and holy Catholic consciences. This is the great sin of Vatican Council II to fail to teach and preach the perennial truths of the Catholic faith in conjunction with the Tradition of the past: be it in liturgy, in doctrine, and in living out the holy faith in the vocations of the priesthood, the religious life, and the Catholic laity!
Did not Our Divine Lord over and over interrogate St. Peter, by asking him if he loved Him: “Do you love Me, Peter? Then feed my sheep.” A soul without the Word of God will become quickly desiccated and die of infidelity, failing to live out the holy truths of the faith and therefore a virtuous life. This is the work, always, of a good Catholic priest, a holy priest, a saintly priest, to teach and preach the faith in all of its splendorous orthodoxy to the hungry sheep in his tutelage.
It is teaching a true understanding of the sense of sin, in order to be upright and orthodox, that a holy priest feeds his flock, especially, on how to be saintly and practice the holy virtues. Nor can a priest who is holy himself, ever ignore the slightest sin of omission in this regard in his own priesthood. To not address this sinful state is to fail in his priesthood to keep a keen sense of sin in his own holy vocation. That is why the Offertory of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass puts forth these very words in the priest’s mouth:
“I offer up to Thee, O God, my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligences that it may avail me and all the Souls of all faithful Catholics, living and dead.”
Moreover, just a few prayers thereafter, the priest again begs God that he may have a “contrite and humble heart”: so that his sacrifice may be acceptable to God.
And both of these prayers are particularly important to be prayed for a worthy and acceptable sacrifice to God. Then follows the poignant washing of the hands of the priest, followed by the Offertory prayer for this holy rubric: “I wash my hands among the innocent that I may hear Thy Voice of praise and tell of all Thy wondrous works.” As the saints of the Church have taught: “Non dare potes quod non habes.” ‘You cannot give what you do not have.’
So intimately connected are a priest’s consciousness of his own contriteness and his personal holiness with his ability to teach and preach the wondrous works of God’s truths to his flock that the degree of the former virtually literally brings about the legitimacy and success of the latter.
How vacuous, indeed, are the Offertory prayers of the Novus Ordo that speak so little of this priestly reality—the awareness of his own sinfulness and unworthiness to offer sacrifice, for even the slightest sin before God makes us unworthy to be in His Presence. How pusillanimous is any sense of sin in the Novus Ordo Mass and liturgy! And to miss this majestic truth is to fail to understand the purpose of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is at its very essence a sin sacrifice for priest and congregation alike.
And so a good priest, a holy priest, never forgets his need to always cultivate a “contrite and humble heart” before God, not only for himself but also for his whole flock. Consider at the end of every Extraordinary Form of the Mass, just after Holy Communion, the priest along with the people prays that all present may have pure and innocent hearts from every sin which these sacred mysteries have renewed. Also the priest prays after this supplication with the people that all may be healed by the reception of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is, indeed, a holy priest, this is a man worthy to sacrifice to God; one who alone is always cognizant of his own frailty and that of those with whom he worships God.
Finally, let us pray with the Psalmist that we may always have a “contrite and humbled heart” in order that our sacrifice to God in the Mass may be worthy and acceptable:
“For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice,
I would indeed have given it; but in
Burnt offerings Thou hast no delight.
A sacrifice to God is a broken spirit: a
A contrite and humbled heart, O God,
Thou wilt not despise.
Deal graciously, O Lord, with Sion
In Thy Goodness that the walls of
Jerusalem may be rebuilt.
Then wilt Thou again accept true
Sacrifices, oblations and burnt-
Offerings; then shall they offer bullocks
Upon Thy altar.
Wash me thoroughly, O Lord, from Thy
It is good to recall here Fr. John Hardon’s words about today’s priests and bishops. Fr. John Hardon was truly one of the greatest teaching priests of all time who wrote over 55 books, helped pen the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and taught theology and philosophy in Latin in several seminaries; he often begged his students to pray for priests and bishops. These are his oft repeated words: “Pray for priests, pray for priests; so many have lost their faith! Pray for bishops, pray for bishops; so many have lost their faith!” Let this be our closing thoughts and words for all priests and bishops. (Fr. John Hardon, S. J. was, indeed, a very holy priest who passed in 2000 and his cause is already under scrutiny by Rome for sainthood.)
--to be continued--
j hughes dunphy
On the Sin of Omission, Vatican Council II, and Apostasy.
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men: and the light shineth in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Looking back at the devastation of the Catholic faith in the last fifty years, one cannot doubt that the plague of the uninformed Catholics in the pews has been only surpassed by the wholesale ignorance of the clergy, in particular, the priests. The immediate upshot of all this ignorance has been a malaise of darkness that has spread over the whole Catholic Church with spiritual consequences everywhere. The eternal consequences of this ignorance of both clergy and laity are sin, the spreading of a veritable explosion of sin, in both the world and in the Church, which has precipitated according to St. Paul, this darkness of the mind and in addition a weakness of the will.
This pandemic ignorance of the faith by both clergy and laity and its sinful consequences were brought on by one spiritual weakness, namely, Modernism, a catastrophe that Pope Pius X warned of, in the early 1900’s, would be able to infect the entire Church with great ruin and destruction. In particular, what precipitated both this ruin and devastation was a will on the part of the clergy to become more relevant , update, and modernize the Traditions of the Catholic Church, be it liturgy, doctrine, or the priesthood and the religious life.
Very simply such a statement and its veracity can be easily seen in the dilution of the sacred worship of God in the Mass from a holy sin sacrifice for the salvation of souls to a Protestant meal of sharing bread and wine in feelings of good will. Nor have the great doctrines been unspoilt by this modernization, especially can this be seen in ignoring one of the most fundamental of all doctrines of the Catholic faith, “outside the Church there is no salvation” as an absolute and clear teaching of the Roman Catholic Church to the new-fangled syncretistic belief that the unchurched can also be saved and that God no longer needs Baptism and water as a sacrament necessary for salvation, but instead God can opt to save souls extra-sacramentally without the Church in a so-called Baptism of Desire to be utilized by people of all faiths.
In a priesthood and religious life where being holy was once the paramount concern before Vatican Council II, holiness has become passé in the liberated church where dissent, disobedience and pedophile priests are universal, allowing the world, the flesh, and the devil to corrupt in unison the holy priesthood and the vowed religious life. This corrupting influence of these holy vocations, the priesthood and the religious state, has devastated God’s vineyard with unholy priests and religious whose sinful lives of indulging the world, the flesh and the devil, has left the Catholics in the pew with an ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’. It is an undeniable fact that unholy priests and religious care not a whit about keeping the average Catholic in the pew aware of the obligations and teachings of the Catholic Church on how to be a faithful and fervent Roman catholic. From saintly priests and religious the church and its members become holy; from holy priests and religious the people in the pews become good; from good priests and religious, God’s people are simply faithful but not fervent; from unholy and sinful priests and religious God’s people are apostate, and so on.
When unholy priests and religious have left the Catholics in the pew with ‘uninformed Catholic consciences’ , we can see further how this failure has driven the church underground because its highest leaders, the bishops themselves, have failed to step forward and are even loathe to evangelize the faith to the world by teaching, governing and sanctifying souls through the church by their magisterial authority. Why is this so?
This corrupting dilemma of magisterial authority is the failure to teach and promote and defend not only the doctrines of the faith, but likewise failing to reprimand its offenders by anathema and excommunication. Moreover, this catechetical crisis of the ‘uncatechized Catholic in the pew, has precipitated unholy catholics everywhere, who ignore both the sacraments and the vital liturgical practices of the Church. Easter duty and confessing one's sins at least once a year is a thing of the past. Clearly, this delinquency in magisterial authority in matters salient to the salvation of souls makes vivid the sheer insufficiency in holiness of these Episcopal leaders.
This great rise in the bishops faltering in their administrative duties to tend the flock and nourish these souls, originates in whole or in part from failing to heed a great teaching of the past by St. Athanasius: “Whoever wishes to be saved must above all keep the Catholic faith for if you do not keep this faith whole and entire, you will undoubtedly lose your soul.”
This failure to teach the Catholic faith by the hierarchy and especially the bishops, makes impossible the living out of the faith, whole and entire, and the salvation of egregious numbers of souls for the hereafter. This pathetic failure to teach the Catholic faith, whole and entire, by the sin of omission has gained its greatest ally from the documents of Vatican Council II where in all three administrative areas of episcopal authority, of liturgy, governing, and sanctifying, there are noteworthy violations from the past traditional teachings and authority of the Church.
This great negligence to teach the Catholic faith, whole and entire and clearly, and in total conformity with the past perennial teachings of the Church by the sin of omission has its greatest ally in heterodoxy from Vatican Council II where unconscionable violations are evident throughout.
In fact, this is the great sin of the Second Vatican Council, the sin of omission: not teaching as we now already know from our previous discussion matters doctrinal, both clearly and cogently, namely, “outside the Church there is no salvation”; failure also ,in matters to sanctify the flock and ‘feed’ them, as Our Lord demanded of Peter and His Apostles to faithfully do; in particular, an adequate defense of life, in light of the 1960‘s debate on Humanae Vitae, with consequent strong teachings on purity and chastity in all sexual matters—the upshot of which has been multitudes of so-called Catholics on contraception in numbers as great as Protestants ever since the Second Vatican Council; and finally, refraining from a strict protection of the priesthood and religious life by allowing tens of thousands of priests to be laicized and hundreds of thousands of religious sisters and brothers to be dispensed of their vows after the Council from the updating and modernizing counciliar documents of these once holy vocations. Moreover, especially noteworthy was a deemphasis on celibacy in the priesthood and the community life of religious being disregarded after the Council with undisciplined priests going so far as to advocate ‘optional celibacy’. Undisciplined and unregulated interpretations of Vatican II documents allowed such heinous interpretations of its documents to justify religious orders which formerly lived ‘ in community’ to renew themselves by living in apartments after the Council; and other similar violations such as appearing in public without wearing the proper habit of their religious order any longer or priests being so bold as to dispense with the Roman collar and accompanying black suits so as to be the ‘thoroughly liberated and modernized priest’.
Thus, if Vatican Council II, was to be a ‘pastoral’ council, it failed in educating church members, whether clergy or laity in these salient area of episcopal authority: teaching, governing, and sanctifying. So where did the bishops learn to be so grievously omissive in their ‘pastoral duties’, but from the Second Vatican Council and its obsession to modernize and forget the past.
By not teaching, governing, or sanctifying the flock, adequately—especially at the Council and after, the bishops offered a paradigm to the whole Church, especially priests and religious, that failures in these matters was unimportant. This sin of omission at the Council trickled down to priests and religious everywhere who thought teaching, governing, and sanctifying their own flocks was no longer relevant. Thus the great folly of the ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’ resulted, which infected the flock universally, causing them to see that the Catholic Church or their faith was equally irrelevant today and so they left the one, true Church in astronomical numbers worldwide, along with their children, giving us the “Great Apostasy”. This generational sin of failing to teach the Catholic faith has progressed to such a degree that, today, millions of ex-catholics have been affected by this sin of omission and have, therefore, apostasized.
Furthermore, ‘an uninformed Catholic conscience’ leads to sin, a grievous sin, mortal sin because it is almost always willful, resulting in St. Athanasius’ warning that to be saved, one ‘must keep the Catholic faith whole and entire’ . Clearly, an ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’ is full of culpable guilt, the willful desire to not know the whole truth by making little or no effort to be informed. Even if this grievous sin of ‘omission’ arises from spiritual lassitude, there is still much culpability of conscience, for every Catholic has always a huge moral obligation to keep one’s conscience fully informed at all times. All of this shows why the sin of omission, wherever it appears, is lethal to man’s conscience, his church , his society, and his world.
j hughes dunphy, to be continued
On the Sin of Omission, Vatican Council II, and Apostasy.
An undeniable fact is the seriousness of this sin of omission in the priestly vocation, a sin that catches fire with fury amongst the laity and condemns many souls to hell. This omission which keeps the laity in the dark regarding their own eternal salvation before God arises from a carelessness in matters spiritual on the part of the priest. Truly, this is lethal for the Catholic in the pew.
Any priest who is delinquent in informing his flock about a true sense of sin and the rigors of Divine justice for such violations and omissions, indicates indisputable proof of a priest oblivious to the call to holiness and the insurmountable graces of his vocation. For a Catholic priest himself to remain with an ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’ brings about a mind that is darkened and a will that is weakened. Therefore, the priest along with his flock falls victim to developing a hardened heart which results from a life of sin with a darkened mind and a weakened will, all from living outside of grace for lack of virtuous living. Particularly harmful to the soul and its eternal salvation, affirms St. Paul, is this life of sin which inevitably darkens the mind and weakens the will. Clearly, this supernatural ignorance is what has crippled man’s conscience, his sense of sin, and the ultimate salvation of his soul, the consequence of which is spiritual anarchy in abundance in the last fifty years, especially in the church which has given us the grievous sin of omission in teaching, governing, and sanctifying the flock by bishops and priests everywhere. This pandemic crisis of conscience, with an ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’ has been ignored , again and again, for the sake of being updated, renewed, and modernized from the so-called ‘old Church’ and the spiritual monarchy of the Vatican and its magisterium. Finally, it is important to realize that an ‘uninformed Catholic conscience’ gives rise to a life of darkness and sin and, vice versa, a sinful life in the darkness of sin gives us the inevitability of the ‘uninformed Catholic conscience.’
“May the darkness of sin and the night of heathenism vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace, and may the Heart of Jesus live in the hearts of men, now and forever. Amen”
j hughes dunphy, to be continued
How many Catholics today really and truly take these words of Our Divine Lord seriously As rare as orthodox Roman Catholics are today, just as rare are orthodox Catholic marriages. A devout Roman Catholic has Christ living in him at all times through the most holy Eucharist, and lives in a state of grace. This is the case for but few today of young Roman Catholics seeking matrimony. Why is this so?
Because too often one witnesses within so-called catholic families everywhere the carnal match-up of the future bride and groom with nothing at all in common with an orthodox catholic marriage. This is true because these errant couples have nothing more in common with one another than the lust of living together before marriage. Such couples after wedlock, often in a Catholic Church, baptize their marriage with artificial birth control in any one of the many possible ways. This scenario of the modern Catholic couple is not remote either when recent statistics verify that 98% of Catholic and non-catholic women have practiced some form of birth control at some time, throughout the years of their marriage.
Whenever this tool of moral depravity fails, such errant couples use the ultimate weapon against life, namely abortion, the worst and most barbaric form of birth control! Birth control in all of its ugly forms poisons a marriage. Couples that practice this infamous moral outrage seldom survive in any kind of marital bliss, yet alone preserve their marriage status with one another. Make no mistake, Catholic divorce is virtually the same as non-catholic divorce with over half the marriages failing in divorce today in this country.
This is the crucial error of unorthodox Catholic marriages that are a plague today: young couples that do not go into marriage in a state of grace and thus because of fornication , or who plan to practice some form of birth control are very likely consummating an invalid marriage, for their intention to marry has a flawed consent. Without holy purity and chastity and living in a continuous state of grace through receiving Christ’s Precious Body and Blood, frequently, no marriage can survive.
This fatal disease of so many invalid marriages these days, especially Catholic ones, has devastated the Church’s vineyard: by closing churches, by clustering churches, by combining churches. Therefore, there is no longer the endless stream of holy catholic marriages, that were once so rich with children and that kept the church’s pews filled with growing young Catholics. How shameful! Just as whole cultures are dying everywhere from this odious contraceptive mentality in Europe, in France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, Russia, and Italy or in North or South America, so have the Church’s numbers been devastated by this malais e.
Nevertheless, what, what can we do to end this all devouring spiritual sickness in this world? Only one thing! We can make reparation to the Most Sacred heart of Jesus and His Immaculate Mother by praying, and doing good works to support the right to life everywhere. We can make amends by St. Paul’s words: “Making up for what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for His Body which is the Church.” God has left a space in His sufferings to His Father for Our sins that only we can make up. How beautiful!!! We can spend fifteen minutes in church preparing ahead of time before Mass to receive Our Divine Lord in Holy Communion to make reparation for unworthy communions everywhere by lax Catholics. And we can spend fifteen minutes after Mass in devout reparation for the sins of contraception and abortion by giving proper thanksgiving for the Most Holy Eucharist.
Finally, let us consider Pope John Paul II’s words on what an devout Roman Catholic is, and all three of its roles :
“John Paul II picks up where Vatican II left off. Our baptismal anointing, he says, has a three fold effect. In the first place it recalls the anointing given to kings in the Old Testament, and thus all the baptized receive a share in the Messianic Royalty of Christ. All Catholics are especially called to collaborate with Christ in restoring Creation to its original value and ordering it according to the plan of God through their work in this world. Devout Catholics, secondly share in Christ’s priestly office insofar as by their baptism they are qualified to participate in the worship of the Church, offering the sacrifice of the Eucharist through the hands of the ordained priest, who effects this holy sacrifice. Thirdly, all devout Catholics are called to share in the prophetic mission of Christ, bearing witness to the gospel by word and deed.
Thus, in fighting the advancing abortion mentality in our world, we need not only intense prayer, with our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, and all our strength—especially when we pray today’s rosaries for life, but we need good works: supporting pro-life orgaiizations such as “Imago Dei” and “Pregnancy Aid” both of which are in dire need of financial and physical support or volunteers. Let us not forget our Lord’s words on charity: “If you even give so much as a cup of water in My Name’s Sake, you will not fail to receive your reward.”
“God bless you all and pray, pray, pray that we do God’s Will while we still have a chance so that this plague of
Abortion in America will finally end. Christ wants us to make up what is lacking in His Sufferings to join with His Infinite sufferings and death on the Cross. We only have so much time!!! “O Mary Conceived Without Sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”
From the time of Our Savior till our own day, Our Lord Jesus Christ said, no sin stands out as being more egregious or horrible and condemnable than that of the obtuse spirit. What is this most malevolent violation against Our loving Lord and Savior, and the most Holy Trinity?
It is precisely this as seen in Mark (3: 28-30): “Truly, I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin.” ‘for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” And this final reference by Our Divine Lord to ‘they’ refers to the scribes and Pharisees, the false Jewish priests and their counterparts, who accused Our Lord of being the devil because He cast out demons everywhere.
Such malevolence, Our Lord wasted no time in condemning as we see in His words above about what sin will never be forgiven. And this sin He accused the scribes and Pharisees of being eternally guilty. And so they were, but the big question is why . We see that the sin Our Lord referred to and most deplored is one of which an example has just been furnished by the Pharisees who so perversely attributed to Satan what is clearly the work of God. This is, however, only one example of the conscious, hardened rejection of God’s proffered light and grace at work—the root vice of the scribes and Pharisees. For example, they everlastingly carped at Our Divine Lord for His Divine Goodness in the face of their false sense of human goodness and hardened hearts, as we see so clearly when they attacked Him for saying, concerning a right view of marriage, that chastity means no one “can even look on a woman with lust for then they have already committed adultery in their hearts.” Consequently, their futile attempts to redefine the Divine Goodness of the 10 Commandments in human terminology is so evident when they pressed Our Lord to OK divorce as Moses had done centuries earlier in Jewish history. However, Our Lord said that it was because of their “hardness of hearts” that Moses had to do it.
Therefore the Pharisees or false teachers of the Jewish law and their counterparts made this vehement false attack upon God and His Grace and Goodness. It is the one sin “ that remaineth “ (John 9:41). Why is this sin so unforgiveable? Why does it remain? Of his very nature, man cannot be saved without the gifts of God, one of which is forgiveness or repentance. If these gifts are perseveringly refused from God, especially His grace, nothing, indeed nothing, can be done to save such a soul.
Furthermore, it is called “unforgiveable” because by its very nature, it precludes those things (i.e. the dispositions) which induce forgiveness and repentance. They, the Pharisees and their counterparts have “hardened hearts” because they see no need for their own repentance and conversion or God’s forgiveness as they understand truth and morality. In short, they suffer from moral blindness.
This utter rebellion against divine goodness, God’s own, by human nature deserves the severest reprimand by Our Lord when He defines it as the sin of all sins, the sin against the Most Holy Spirit. Adamantly, the Pharisees and their followers cling to their sin in the face of God’s truth, His Divine Son, and need no forgiveness because they will not repent. Their hardened hearts are their downfall as Christ Our Lord says so clearly: “There is one sin which blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, and is an eternal sin.”
Obtuse spirits, hardened hearts, impervious to repentance and forgiveness, are so numerous today that they defy calculations. This sin against the Holy Spirit and its dire warning by Our Divine Savior cannot fail to alarm any devout Christian, and above all Catholics, or make them wonder about their own presumed innocence. Everywhere we see this stubbornness of spirit, this intractable spirit and unbending will, that will not relent amongst Catholics, Protestants, and other false religions.
It is St. Paul, also, who has warned vehemently about the arrival of these times in 2 Timothy 4 where he says: “Proclaim the gospel; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires (false teachers) and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully……….From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but to all who have longed for his Coming.”
So vividly these times of stubborn wills, adverse to conversion in any form are upon us; not only “outside” the Church but “within” as St. Paul teaches. Times that heap to themselves false teachers and false religions that propagate myths of self that are so opposed to Christ’s truth. Homosexuality, abortion, contraception, adultery, fornication, theft, avarice, and blasphemy of the Holy Spirit can be found, literally, everywhere, especially now amidst members of the priesthood, the episcopate, and the Catholic laity itself.
It is only because of sin, and such egregious sins, that grace is blocked and thus without grace we become increasingly mired in sin, especially mortal sin. And it is Father John Hardon, S. J. who has said repeatedly in his teachings that “sin makes you stupid.” Why? Because all sin as St. Paul teaches “darkens the mind and weakens the will.” Thus one cannot make any more a rational decision any longer about one’s eternal salvation and therefore one only wants to hear “false teachers who heap up lies to justify one’s sins.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth of holy Wisdom, of Understanding and holy Counsel and Knowledge—and all of these gifts of the Holy Spirit, these gifts of eternal salvation, are all rejected because of one’s obsession with serious sin: such as contraception and abortion; homosexuality and pedophilia—sins that have infested the priesthood and the laity respectively.
Sins, like these, so quickly create hardness of heart and the ultimate sin against the Holy Spirit of unrepentance. Why? Because these serious sins cannot be easily overcome since a concomitant ignorance , fortified by a lack of grace, prevails with these serious sins. Thus, such hardened hearts, amongst the clergy and the laity are near pandemic in these times! Not only because of the sheer seriousness of such mortal sins and their seemingly endless numbers, but because of a cataclysmic lack of grace, a situation which did not exist in even the recent past because the people then as well as the clergy were not only more ‘innocent’ but more open to God’s graces, especially from the Holy Spirit. This consummate spiritual plague spreads even more rapidly and more rapaciously than a physical disease as St. Paul documents it will, in these end times so proliferate. Make no mistake about it; not only the sheer magnitude of these horrible sins of these times but also their seemingly endless numbers, have only helped evil to proliferate everywhere exponentially. Witness contraception alone; recent statistics document that even 98% of all Catholics utilize it, just like non-Catholics! How pandemic! How pathetic! Listen to St. Paul who warns ominously of such a reality for all inhabitants of this world at its demise:
“You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!”
And Our Lord’s own words amplify this horror of unrestrained evils in the last days when He said: “If I did not shorten those days, even the elect—if that were possible—would also go astray, but I will shorten those days.” How vigilant we must be in these times for the health and welfare of our immortal souls!
---to be continued--
J. Hughes Dunphy
Liberal Catholicism like its comrade in iniquity, liberal Protestantism, has precipitated an all pervasive death of conscience upon the Catholic world, be it in the Americas or Europe, that is so evident in the decadent drift of immorality away from virtue and grace in the last forty years. This downward drift of the Catholic faith along with Protestant decadence is no surprise when the former so slavishly imitated the latter since Vatican II in a misguided effort to become morally relevant that has ultimately caused it instead to become devoid of grace and spiritually dead.
Throughout the last forty years of spiritual anarchy from the orthodoxy of Roman Catholic truths the Catholic Church has sadly floundered as never before in a spiritual phenomenon which has all the appearances of the Great Apostasy for millions of Catholics have fallen away as St. John the Evangelist foretold: "Dar children, it is is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have arisen; whence we know that is the last hour. They have gone forth from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would surely have continued with us; but they were to be made manifest that not one of them is of us." (1 John 2: 18-19)
This tidal wave started slowly as all such phenomena in nature do and has crested in a monolithic inundation that is engulfing souls by the millions in a satanic flood. How is this so? It is just as Our Divine Lord Himself predicted: "Take care that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he'; and they will lead many astray." Now where do we see this today, the leading of many souls astray as Our Divine Lord predicted? Everywhere has been spread within or without the Catholic Church the spiritually defunct philosophy of moral relevance meaning succinctly: "I'm ok and you're ok" or in its least common denominator, "Everything is ok." This is the poisonous philosophy of Satan himself who wants no one to repent of the evil in their lives but adopt the philosophy of moral tolerance or "Everything is ok."
It is important to remember that Satan is the gret deceiver of salvation in this world, wanting no one to repent in contradiction to Our Lord's most basic teaching when He started His Divine Ministry to save the world: "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand." If anyone adopts this satanical philosophy of "I'm ok and you're ok" then he will not have to repent, for I am, therefore, automatically saved and will not need any savior. Consequently, this means I will have no moral demands placed upon my conscience, my soul, or my life. "How dark is the darkness within the human eye when it does not see." said Our Divine Savior.
When the soul fails to see the crucial differences between right and worong objectively, then the most severe blindness comes upon a human being, precipitating th moral and spiritual death of a soul. Yes, the death of conscience is apparent in all of its symptoms as Our Divine Teacher has said; "In them is being fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, who says, 'Hearing you will hear, but not understand: and seeing you will see, but not perceive. For the heart of this people has been hardened, and with their ears they have been hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their mind, and be converted, and I heal them." (Matt. 13:14)
In both Europe and America the Catholic bishops and priests have drifted slowly into the clutches of this moral wasteland of "I'm ok and you're ok." Why has this been an unprecedented death of conscience like no other? Because it perfectly mimics the characteristics of which St.John predicted would constitute the Great Apostasy, first of all because all must have had the truth and seemingly accepted it at first for their to be a Great Apostasy, which was the case at the point of Vatican II, but afterwards the truth that had been preached and seemingly accepted over the centuries was suddenly rejected with an unprecedented force like never before. The only believable answer to this was as the innocent evangelist clarified all those who left were not really of the truth and their position had to be made manifest or revealed before God: "For if they had been of us, they would surely have continued with us, but they were to be made manifest, that not one of them is us." (1 John 2: 19) If they were not really of the one true faith of Jesus Christ, what could possibly have drawn them away but a lie from the propagator of lies himself, Satan. And what is the lie that drew them all away in such numbers but the same lie propagated by Satan since the beginning: Jesus Christ is not the only way. As John says: "Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son." (1 John 2:22) Do we not hear there are many other paths to God these days and that all these other paths are equally correct and right, if it is for me: for example, there isn't just one way to God when we really all worship the same god; the Catholic Church cannot be right with its medieval views of sexual morality and its denial of the rights I have over my own body; who can really accept its outdated views on marriage and the monogamy of only one spouse and the guilt trip they impose on everyone; finally what gives the church the right to legislate morality. Every one of these views surely deceives the apostate Catholic into believing they are right and the church without a doubt must be wrong. On the contrary, everyone who leaves the Church denies Jesus is the Christ and, according to the Evangelist St. John, he is a liar, just like the Father of lies himself, Satan, who has deceived them. And everyone who apostasizes on the one true faith has deceived themselves so much with this denial of the one true faith that they are diabolically disoriented and can no longer discern the truth, Jesus Christ, or know any longer the difference between what is right and wrong.
In short, they are lost as St. John so adamantly states: "No one who disowns the Son has the Father." This severing of the way with the truth is so final and so definitive that no one has been able to express it so vividly and so eloquently as the great apostle of the Gentiles himself, St. Paul: "For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, who have both tasted the heavenly gift and become partakers of the Holy Spirit who have moreover tasted the good word of god and the powers of the world to come, nd then have fallen away, to be renewed again to repentance; since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God and make Him a mockery." (Hebrews 6:4-6)
Above all it is necessary to see how Satan, the father of lies, figures in all of this apostasy, for he consoles the apostate, convincing them of the greatest lie of all, that Jesus Christ is not the only way, truth, and life. He deadens their conscience, destroys their guilt, fills such sinners with pride and convinces them that they are the way, the truth, and the life themselves and not Christ or his representative on earth, the Roman Catholic Church. In the end Satan comforts the afflicted while the Holy Spirit afflicts the comfortable. At last, just as convinced is the unfaithful apostate by Satan in his defamation of the truth so equally certain are faithful Catholics by the Holy Spirit of their rectitude in discerning what is morally right and wrong: "But you have an anointing from the Holy Spirit and you know all things."
Thus the importance of keeping vigilant over one's soul at all times for St. Paul again warns that all sin darkens the mind and weakens the will of the sinner--again the necessity of keeping the purest of intentions before the Almighty. And none need to heed this whole teaching by the innocent St. John on the Great Apostasy more than priests whom Satan above all targets as objects of his deceptive and conniving machinations. ...... great falling away of priests in US alone over 100,000 immediately after Vatican II.
"He who is not with Me is against Me."
Liberty, equality, and fraternity are the cries of the politically elite in the Presidential Election of 2008 where a nation has chosen a leader who will continue apace the moral and societal decline of the American people with a fervent liberal spirit that will consummate quickly America’s total destruction. This includes in many ways both political parties in this fair land, for the true spirit of conservative politics is all but moribund. And remember the devil is a liberal because he wanted to overthrow the established order of this world and the Reign of Christ.
How can this possibly be true-- the rapid and total destruction of a society so wonderful and so perfect in its technological advancements, military strength, economic wealth, and political power throughout the world. This can and will happen to America because it has adopted the satanic slogans of the French Revolution: liberte, egalite, and fraternite and because this is the eleventh hour for America and any nation that undertakes such a journey according to the unequivocal words of St. John the Evangelist:
"Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have cone. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not have the truth but because you do, and because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 18-22)
Clearly this is the eleventh hour when antichrists appear who will come forth in great numbers that are "not with Christ but have left His number because as St. John says later in this passage: all antichrists will lie. For example, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has said "the church’s stance on abortion is unclear."which is a naked lie.
Furthermore, how do we know for sure that we could be living in the time of the antichrist? Let us go to St. Pius X’s thoughts, the pope who fought modernism in the Church till his dying breath.
It is said Pius X died of a broken heart because he saw that the terrible deluge which he had been unable to prevent, the worst war in history, was but the beginning of an unending state of war. He saw the great general apostasy, the great abandonment of the Faith, by the clergy and the faithful, so heart-rending and apocalyptic that for a long time there had been no doubt in his mind as to its cause. It was this which occasioned his cry, in his first encyclical on October 4, 1903: "We were terrified beyond all else by the disastrous state of Human society today.... So extreme is the general perversion that all who consider these matters have a right to fear that we are experiencing the foretaste and beginnings of the evils which are to come as the end of Time–their first contact, as it were, with the world–and that in very truth the Son of Perdition of whom the Apostle speaks,– has already arrived upon earth." These are His own words in his first encyclical on the end times of the antichrist. Think about it: the world at the beginning of the twentieth century was a thousand times more innocent than it is now!
All of this St. John verified in the quote above on these end times of the antichrist in which clearly we now live, for St. Pius X says like St.John’s statement above that ‘ he saw the great general apostasy, the great abandonment of the Faith, by the clergy and the faithful, so heart-rending and apocalypti.’ So if we consider Pius X’s words on these modern times we see clearly what will usher in the time of the anti-Christ: "the great abandonment of the faith by the clergy and faithful."
First these times of the anti-Christ are prefaced by a great falling away of clergy and faithful. Does anyone doubt the veracity of this with millions of false Catholics and ex- Christians everywhere in Europe and America and Asia in its wake? This recent election fiasco is the result of the sin of omission by America’s so-called Catholic clergy who failed miserably to speak out against the evils to be perpetrated by the party of baby killers, the Democratic Party in this country, and its dangerous candidate for the presidency who so vigorously advocates this antichrist agenda.
Secondly, what makes us fear that this is truer now than ever, the eleventh hour of the Great Apostasy, is the rise and virtual crowning of the satanical philosophy of liberty, equality, and fraternity in the Democratic Party’s total victory with the American people in the presidency, the senate, and congress. This is truly Satan’s creed and philosophy by which he snares millions and millions of souls.
This philosophy of the Democratic party and all of its adherents is solidly the reckless freedom of license cultivated by Satan and his minions in this world, a freedom from the reign of Christ and his laws in our lives as represented by the Catholic Church. Next the belief among apostate, anti-Christ Christians and Catholics and modern pagans that Marxist egalitarianism must rule over our lives and that there is, indeed, no absolute hierarchy in the universe, made up the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, along with Mary the Mother of God, the angels and saints and the souls in purgatory, and finally the damned; but that all religions and peoples on earth are equal in all things spiritual and material and there is no reason why any nation or anyone, for that matter, should have to follow or show obeisance to the reign of Christ or His hierarchy.
Finally, the preaching and teaching of the Satanical concept of fraternity in the public schools of America, means that we are all brothers and sisters in the one world government of the Marxist materialist state, a doctrine that has sufficiently indoctrinated most of America now to have voted the liberal agenda in this election. What it really means to Marxists is that no religion, "the opium of the people", should have power over the individual but that the individual should only have submission to the state which provides for all. Let us likewise be reminded that the very word "Islam", the world’s fastest growing "religion", means ‘submission.’ But instead of the secular vision of fraternity all humanity should heed the Catholic doctrine under the Reign of Christ that "outside the Church there is no salvation" and that only those who are baptized into Christ’s one true Church, the Catholic Church, and remain until their deaths, unlike all the clergy and faithful who have left either formally or informally, will inhabit eternal life with God and be brothers and sisters forever.
This doctrine of "outside the Church there is no salvation" has been so trampled upon that no Catholics in the pews, no popes, no bishops, no priests feel any longer any obligation to Our Lord’s Great Commission to the Apostles: "Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved but he that believeth not shall be condemned." (Mark 16: 15-16)
The Satanical lie of liberty, equality, and fraternity has deceived so many, many souls that were once Catholic and who have chosen the culture of death in this election 08', but the greatest deception of all is among the modernist Catholic clergy–popes, cardinals, bishops and priests. To these apostate clergy who have participated too fully and long enough in this Satanical apostasy of the end times: liberty now means freedom to choose the religion of your conscience and ignore the Catholic Church, in other words many have been encouraged in the pews to form their own consciences outside the magisterial authority of the Church on all matters Catholic especially sexual morality; equality means we are all equal in Christ, no matter what religion, faith, or lack thereof one adheres to; and fraternity means there is universal salvation or we are all brothers and sisters in Christ and all shall be saved, no matter how one lives. Have we not heard the notion of late that there is really no hell. So much of this stems from the aberrant views of Vatican Council II in the last forty years.
The solid victory of the Democratic Party and its modernist philosophy of liberty, equality, and fraternity which dominates Europe everywhere today was the philosophy of the French Revolution that virtually destroyed the Reign of Christ in Europe as well as the power of the Catholic Church from 1789 onward. This only verifies the truth of St. John’s words about the times of the antichrist that have now come to visit the Americas with a new Satanical fury and vengeance.
The solidification of this great falling away of America’s people and especially its Catholic population in this latest election becomes much clearer as well as the perpetuation of the Satanic lie everywhere by antichrists who have overrun this nation with their specious and pernicious reasoning to continue with the murder of the unborn, uninterrupted, in abortion and contraception, sterilization, and euthanasia along with stem cell murder in many states, making the culture of death under the antichrist spread everywhere to deceive millions and millions into violating the fifth commandment and perhaps losing their souls forever.
In short, there are three reasons, it seems why the Great Apostasy of the antichrist will commence: a. the Great Falling Away of the clergy and faithful. b. the adoption of Satan’s lie: liberty, equality, and fraternity. c. the rejection everywhere of the truth, Jeusus Christ and His Catholic Church by those within the Church or without.
Prepare yourselves spiritually by the Sacraments of the Church, especially Penance, the Mass and the Holy Eucharist, for this is, indeed, the eleventh hour of this nation and, perhaps, the entire world because of the sheer soidification of the culture of death in this nation with the latest elections in 2008. This solidification of evil involves the spread worldwide of "Russia’a errors" through Marxism, and has it spread to Africa, Europe, Asia with China, of course Russia and now the Americas and the USA. To underscore this frightening nightmare of apocalyptic times, and the ensuing tidal wave of evil to follow, we need only refer to the saintly words of Fr. John Hardon, S.J. who said in quite a prophetic statement that he uttered often as he neared his own demise at the end of the year 2000 that "the fate of the United States of America in these times is hanging by a thread." Fr. John Hardon, S.J. was an expert on Marxism and dialectic materialism.
In closing, how prophetic are the words of our president elect’s own pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who invoked God’s name to damn America. Indeed his invocation has been fulfilled with the election of a man who numbers among his friends all those who openly bemoan their failure in not having unleashed a larger level of destruction and naked violence upon America. "The chickens have come home to roost." (A quote from the infamous Jeremiah the right.)
—to be continued—
j hughes dunphy
"Clearly, the situation is volatile. Diabolical disorientation drives entire nations–including ours–to the brink of insanity. But for whatever reason God has placed us here and now, and we must look to His Church for guidance. To that end, St. Thomas Aquinas is clear: "Now the lesser evil or the greater good is always to be chosen in preference. And therefore the constant man is compelled to bear with the lesser evil through fear of the greater evil, but he is not compelled to bear with the greater evil in order to avoid the lesser."
"Unless it were mortally sinful to vote for John McCain (which it is not), it seems clear–given the manifest evil of his opponent–what we must do. As Pat Buchanan recently noted: "Support for Roe v. Wade is a litmus test in today’s Democratic Party, where the right to an abortion has been elevated to the highest rank in the constitution. Bottom line. If Obama-Biden wins, Roe is forever. If McCain-Palin wins, Roe could be gone by the decade’s end."
"America’s soul is at stake, and the national bloodletting brought on by abortion must stop before there can be any hope of restoring any sanity to U.S. foreign policy. Despite the neo-cons’ battle for the soul of Sarah Palin, she stands as an eleventh-hour concession on the part of the Republicans that without voters who believe in God, life and family, they can’t defeat the Devil at the polls. This is something traditional Catholics can exploit for the good of a much higher Cause: the restoration of all things in Christ.
"On the other hand, it’s also true that on July 3 Senator and Mrs. McCain visited the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe north of Mexico City. Accompanied by Catholic convert and former Florida governor, Jeb Bush, the McCain party listened intently to Monsignor Monroy as he explained the apparition and the miracle of Juan Diego’s tilma. Though no crowd was on hand to see it, one photographer caught John McCain laying a red rose before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. While Mrs. McCain closed her eyes, Monsignor Monroy placed his hand on the Senator’s head for a long moment, blessing him."
"The evil championed by Obama must be defeated by those who, despite a severely flawed philosophy, are nevertheless running on a pro-life, pro-family and pro-God ticket. That’s a victory the children of the whole world need to see."
"Bottom line? It’s a mortal sin to vote for Obama. According to St. Thomas, it’s no sin at all to vote for McCain. Given the stakes, shouldn’t we hold the nose and pull the lever for the ticket that could send Obama and his pro-abortion death squads packing? That’s how I see it, and I can only pray that it’s how God sees it, as well!"
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One of the classic truths of rubrics that is so easily discernible in the "Missa Latina Tridentina" (Tridentine Mass) is the utter sacredness of touch with respect to the Most Holy Eucharist--a truth, which has been unfortunately lost in the "Novus Ordo Missae" (New Mass). The sacredness of touch of the Eucharist has been ignored, forgotten, and overlooked in the creation and progression of the "Novus Ordo Missae" in the last forty years. The respect which is due to the Eucharist and the sacred and holy can be obviously and easily comprehended from even the most cursory reading of Sacred Scriptures.
From scripture we observe that no one could approach holy things in the Old Testament (the ark), likewise no one could touch our Lord if they were not completely spiritually clean–or at least intended to be so. And even with respect to a person who was spiritually clean, such divine privilege to even approach was still disallowed from lack of hierarchical status (Mary Magdalen & the Syro-Phoenician woman).
Why is such a significant consideration ignored today? Is it a totally culpable ignorance of Our Divine Lord’s teachings or is it a blatant refusal to obey both these teachings and the Church’s rubrics for centuries?
This endemic spirit of disobedience since Vatican II regarding the sacredness of Holy Touch has become emblematic of the entire "Novus Ordo Missae". The rites of the new mass, the philosophy behind them, and the entire "spirit" of Vatican II are inextricably related to the sinful disrespect of taking tactile advantage of the Lord’s Sacred Presence in this world, whether Eucharistic or otherwise. And St. Paul warned vehemently against this very same disrespect: "Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord."
The reckless abuse, disrespect, and sacrilege of the Holy Eucharist is demonstra bly clear in any "Novus Ordo Missae" parish. This can most apparently be seen in the abusive handling of the Eucharist by clergy in giving communion in the hand. The violation of Sacred Touch is also seen by the use of so many so-called extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and the vulgar boldness of the laity in receiving the Sacred Body of Christ in their hands as though it were common bread and not the celestial bread from heaven.
Moreover, the failure of priests, bishops, and even popes to use patens in the "Novus Ordo Missae" communion distribution causes an infinite amount of scandalous and incalculable harm to the Most Sacred Species with particles dropped on the floor along with droplets of the Sacred Blood of Christ that are casually walked upon by millions and millions of Catholics in Churches. This is sacrilege in its most careless, voluminous, and horrendous form.
Years ago "Novus Ordo Missae" Churches also abandoned the use of communion cloths and communion rails. The loss of Communion rails was a major tragedy since they separated the "common ground" of the church from the sanctuary. The communion rails also separated the clergy from the laity. These separations fostered and encouraged reverence for the Eucharist. Over the years these changes have proved to be egregious errors and have diminished the holy stature of Catholics in receiving Our Lord’s precious Body and Blood.
Nevertheless, if one makes even a casual perusal of Sacred Scriptures, he will, undoubtedly, see sufficient examples of the proper way to approach the Most Holy Eucharist and to receive it as Our Divine Teacher demonstrated to His apostles.
There is simply no excuse for the cavalier and frivolous attitude of today’s Catholic laity toward the Most Holy Eucharist notwithstanding the clergy and the hierarchy who continue to use glass vessels instead of gold for the Sacred Species, and who also fail to clean up dropped particles of the Eucharist during Mass or Communion, and who allow the laity to take Communion from the Church in pyxes for inexplicable reasons that continue to violate the General Instructions of the Roman Missal.
We can see Our Lord’s expectations regarding the propriety and respect of divine touch in the just the proper way that 5000 people received even the secular and mundane bread of this world which He shared with His children who were hungry. He told the apostles to divide his followers into groups of 50 and to have them recline on the grass as was the custom in ancient Israel. The 12 year old boy who had the 5 loaves and 2 fishes came to Our Lord who blessed them. Even here after the bread and fishes had been blessed, only the apostles were the designated distributors of the food.
It is not difficult to deduce from this gospel account how a particular rubric of respect was utilized out of deference to Our Lord despite the fact that it was mere sustenance for the body. Spiritually here, we must not overlook that this was the infant Church that Our Divine Master was forming, even though this may have ostensibly been a feeding of the body, it was much more because Our Lor d had been instructing and preparing this faithful and eager multitude for three days intensely in basic Christian catechesis of moral and theological truths.
In His infinite kindness our Lord fed the souls of these faithful followers first with doctrinal and catechetical truths and then with food for their bodies. This was a foreshadowing of His Institution of the Most Holy Eucharist just before His Passion, nevertheless this heavenly protocol and precedence was established for us to observe and follow.
One should not doubt that such prudence of Christ's ‘modus operandi’ was absent at the Last Supper. In the Upper Room Our Divine Savior taught His Apostles of His coming Passion and Death which was about to unfold. He did this before He actually made His Precious Body and Blood wholly visible in His first Sacrifice of the Mass.
Our Lord constantly set before His Apostles and disciples the delicate and intimate arrangement of orthodoxy and orthopraxy as His basic methodology of teaching and learning about Him and His One true faith. In fact, so connected are orthodoxy and orthopraxy with one another that Our Divine Teacher wanted all His children to see this so much that He literally united them as one in Himself, a unification that must never be ignored or dismissed if one is a true follower of Jesus Christ.
This inseparable unity is so gloriously evident when He stated absolutely that orthodoxy has no meaning without orthopraxy and vice versa as he instructed His apostles and disciples on the Eucharist regarding His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, saying: "Unless you eat My Flesh and drink My Blood, you have no life in you."
In other words orthodoxy has no meaning unless it is put into practice. So succinctly does this Latin phrase capture this truth: "Lex credendi est lex orandi." If one believes in Jesus Christ, he must eat His Flesh and drink His Blood to authenticate his belief in Him. Otherwise one’s faith is false, untrue and illegitimate.
Nothing gives veracity or authenticity to one’s belief in God and Jesus Christ save a legitimate profession of this faith in the reception of the Most Holy Eucharist. All of the false religions of the world and the rest of the so-called forms of Christianity fail in this regard because they lack the True Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church, which alone fulfills Our Lords command that authentic orthodox teaching about Christ can only come true if it is accompanied by true orthopraxy on the Holy Eucharist. Thus the habitual errors of all Protestantism and its millions and millions of adherents become so obvious.
What does this mean? Not only that the Church’s teachings must be tenaciously orthodox in doctrine and beliefs but also the Church’s rubrics on all things liturgical must be equally true, sacred and fully orthodox in what they broadcast.
If we now review in retr ospect why millions of laity and clergy have gone astray in the "Novus Ordo Missae" rite since its inception under Pope Paul VI, we shall see that the convoluted orthodoxy of the "Novus Ordo Missae" itself, stemming from the liberal theology of Vatican II, as well as its failure to encourage a consistent reverence and uniformity of rubrics in keeping with the Church’s orthodox traditions and teachings, has been the sole cause of this unending crisis in the Post Vatican II Catholic Church to this very day.
This becomes even more glaringly obvious since Pope Benedict XVI’s brilliant promulgation of "Summorum Pontificum" and its dissemination in the Universal Church as the one truly orthodox liturgy of the centuries.
This combining of authentic orthodoxy with equally legitimate orthopraxy in the "Missa Latina Tridentina", highlights so magnificently this enormous post Vatican II dilemma of the Latin Rite.
–to be continued–
J Hughes Dunphy
Nothing so incensed Our Divine Savior like the pharisaical brand of religion which was obsessed with external realities only and had nothing to do with the inward conversion of hearts to holiness. Over and over again, Our Lord had to rebuke the pharisees who wanted only the satanical bread of this world as opposed to the Bread of Eternal Life which Christ alone offered to mankind. By the same token, Satan offers only the false charity of the bread of this world to souls today; Christ Our Divine Savior has the everlasting spiritual Bread of eternal life, His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.
The necessary ingredient for souls to be led astray by satanical false charity is to be willing to make a sinister "exchange"-- like many Jews of Christ’s own day. What exchange? The exchange is the salvation of our souls. This is all that Satan ever craves if only we are willing to give up our souls--then we can have the enticing bread of this world when we make the easy exchange of false charity. To accomplish this exchange one must only imitate or cooperate with the pharisaical teachers of false charity who are the apostles of ‘lovism’ that have long ago abandoned the ‘truth’ of Christ’s Word for the prosperity modernist gospel of feel-good religion.
Like Judas, the pharisees’ lovism sought the exterior approval of the world so they looked good, felt good, and were praised by their synagogue followers in Jesus’ day. They were the popular teachers in Jesus’ day. They were the popular teachers of the faith: they did everything to be seen, and sat down front at synagogues with their flamboyant robes of widened phylacteries and long fringes– to gain attention– and they loved the places of honor at feasts. Most important of all to these teachers of false charity and lovism was the secular world of the market place, for they loved to be called ‘rabbi’.
A good test to see if one is personally following this false charity of pharisaical lovism and loving inordinately the things of this world is to examine how attached one is to the ‘bread’ of this world. A great prophet of Catholic truth who fought steadfastly and bravely with every bit of his energy against the notion of worldly priests and who gave many a retreat to priests and religious throughout his entire life was the Jesuit priest Father John A. Hardon. Father John Hardon taught ‘detachment’ as the number one virtue of sanctity for priests and religious. Moreover, Fr. John Hardon was the spiritual director of Mother Theresa of Calcutta’s Sisters of Charity. Father Hardon adamantly taught about the virtue of charity, true charity, over and over to these holy sisters of Mother Theresa’s religious order who have practiced this holiest of virtues in their religious order since its very inception.
How can one tell if one is too attached to the false loves of this world or not: simply ask yourself if you are thoroughly detached from the things of this world. And if one is too attached to the things of this world then he is full of false charity and exactly like the Rich Man in the New Testament who walked away from Christ when Our Lord asked him to give up everything he possessed and come follow Him if he wished to be perfect. When Father John Hardon was asked whether this Rich Young Man in the gospels was saved in his opinion, Father Hardon said he believed the Rich Young Man was lost because of his excessive attachments to the things of this world– his money and all his possessions, for he went away sad when Christ told him to give up everything.
Father Hardon once pointed out in one of his lessons on detachment that what causes Catholic bishops and priests to apostasize on their Catholic faith is excessive attachment to the things of this world: sexual gratification, pride of self worth, clerical envy for power in the Church and notoriety, and money. Furthermore, Fr. John Hardon, made it known that bishops in the United States are literally worth millions and millions of dollars. Why? Because they are the sole owners of whole dioceses, legally. And nobody else!
When Father John Hardon was asked what he meant by detachment, he taught the following truth which he repeated again and again in the multitude of books he wrote on Catholic theology: "By detachment I mean, you must be detached from everything in this world. And when I say from everything, I mean from everything, from everything, from everything."
Finally, Fr. Hardon taught that Our Lord wants us all to be rich, but only with the things that are spiritual, celestial, and eternal. And especially is this true of those in the clerical life of the priesthood and the religious life. Everything else is simply useless according to Fr. Hardon. St. Paul reiterates this very same truth rather strongly in Corinthians: "For Jesus Christ my Lord; I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as rubbish." To Father Hardon all the things that one possesses have no value whatsoever unless they bring us safely to heaven.
From Our Lord’s own words about the Rich Young Man, He teaches that wealth and riches are eternally deleterious to our souls and our heavenly salvation if they are not used for our eternal happiness and reaching heaven. His prophetically powerful words bear this out: "How difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."
Our Lord emphasizes that we ought to build up treasures for the Kingdom of Heaven: "Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, but a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth." In other words we need to be totally detached from all the pleasures and possessions and honors that the world holds dear if we truly wish to reach heaven. Then we can be internally detached.
What exactly was Our Divine Teacher calling the Rich Young Man to become if he were to leave all his money and possessions and come after Jesus and follow Him? Why he was begging him to become a priest, for isn’t that the life of the holy priest to become totally detached from the wealth and riches of this world? And Our Lord wanted this Rich Young Man to come and follow Him. To follow Christ totally and completely is to become saintly. And to become saintly oneself as well as one who helps others become saintly, is this not truly the vocation of a holy priest?
"Thirty Pieces of Silver"
How important is becoming holy to modern day Catholics or even to today’s priests? How interested are priests and people in the false charity of pharisaical ‘lovism’ which would much rather trade one’s soul for the bread of this world and the thirty pieces of silver of Judas Priest?
So many Americans today, and so many Catholic priests and bishops, seek the false bread of false charity offered by Satan to the world and not the heavenly bread which Our Lord offered mankind. Truly the social gospel dominates most of parish life today with expensive activity buildings being constructed to lure all the parishoners into expanding the church’s "bread of this world" by fund raisers, finance committees, and beauracries layered as high as the church steeple to plan and man all these financial enterprises. Much more time and effort is spent on renovating churches, building activity buildings, going on trips, participating in interfaith ecumenical prayer socials, building church image and community than on actual worship, devotions, and a serious saintly prayer life together that is cemented upon the solid pillars of Roman Catholic orthodoxy and catechetics. And who is the social engineer of all this socializing and making money and who sits like a mini-monarch before his cabinet of the parish council but the parish pastor.
To be serious about one’s soul and one’s personal holiness, according to Father John Hardon, one must tenaciously follow Christ and become holy by following Him in poverty of spirit as well as living like Jesus--who was literally born into poverty. This is especially true of priests who must vigorously follow Our Lord in true poverty of spirit through the holy counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience to reach heaven. This cannot be done, according to Father Hardon, unless the priest be detached "from everything, from everything that this world holds dear." A key test to judge priestly holiness or that of the people is Fr. Hardon’s following yardstick: "To the degree that one is detached from the things of this world, to that degree is one holy."
So the pharisees, or the Jewish priestly cast like Judas Priest, entertain the pretense of a loving affection publicly for Christ and His Truth, but they hide within their human hearts a diabolical attachment to the things of this world for the thirty pieces of silver, therefore, they live the diabolical exchange for the bread of this world as opposed to the bread of heaven as is evidenced by their lives of false charity. There is absolutely no difference between the judas priests of the Jewish priestly cast and those in today’s modern Catholic Church. All judas priests preach the popular gospel of false charity, the prosperity gospel of today’s modern Catholic Church since Vatican II: a religion whose priests too often crave the world’s eye and approval, lack humility, are ostentatious, are prideful and arrogant about the existence of sin–especially sexual sin, dissemble about doctrine constantly, and finally have desacralized the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to a Protestant praise banquet for everyone attending, be it priest presider or people.
What, above all, proves the false charity of all pharisaical priests whether ancient or modern? Truly Jesus’ own words: "Practice and observe whatever they tell you but not what they do." (Matt. 23:3) Thus these reprobate priests of today are obvious for their hypocrisy and their unwillingness to repent and love God: and so, they do not practice what they preach or even preach what one would hope they should practice; for a prideful and not prayerful priest with no contrite heart is as easy to detect today as a pharisaical priest in Christ’s Own Day. Christ, the Divine Teacher, so often rebuked the pharisees for their false teachings on love throughout His entire Public Life; and, no doubt, would have done the same today if He were here present. These false teachers of pharisaical lovism are, therefore, the paradigm of Judas Priest. Our Lord’s Own Words condemn this lifestyle of preaching and not practicing, the essence of Judas Priest: "They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger." (Matt. 23:4) Certainly Our Lord deemed priests of false charity as most meager in their striving for holiness, if at all.
"Fr. Malachi Martin and Judas Priests"
Father Malachi Martin, a well known Catholic author and faithful priest to the end of his life and good friend of Father John Hardon, S.J. said he was able to sit down in the back of a Church and observe any Catholic priest at Mass and tell inside of a few minutes whether or not he was a faithful priest on the road to holiness.
How did he have such a perspicacious eye for judas priests--those who pretend and appear to be one of Christ’s chosen disciples but in reality seek only to betray him? In short, Father Malachi Martin sensed a faithful priest or a priest striving to be holy by his gestures and general demeanor at the altar of God. And what did he especially look for? He could tell if a priest was holy by whether or not he genuflected at all during Mass and secondly, the general reverence and devotion in the way a priest says Mass tells the rest of the story. These were telling signs to Father Malachi Martin, a very holy and faithful orthodox Roman Catholic priest himself.
"Mary Magdalen’s Perfect Act of Reverence"
We have seen how Satan tempted Christ to make this exchange of heavenly bread for earthly bread in his temptations of Christ, but Our Lord would not. We have also noticed how this same curse of exchanging the Bread of Heaven for the bread of this world fell upon Judas too--one of Christ’s own beloved twelve, in a very dramatic example recorded by the evangelist John.
Just before the passion of Our Divine Savior began, Jesus had assembled at the home of Lazarus and Mary where He celebrated one of His last meals with these intimate friends and His beloved twelve. Here the false charity in Judas the Priest’s heart came dramatically forward when Mary Magdalen used precious nard to anoint Jesus’ feet and dried them with her own hair, a deed of the purest, selfless charity towards Christ, giving off a most precious pungent odor that literally emanated through the entire house (John 12:3). This was, indeed, a very, very expensive commodity in the ancient world which was the cause celebre that Judas presumed was an extravagance of worship on Mary’s part; for the precious nard could have been sold for a good profit and the money then given to the poor, so said Judas Iscariot. This was a rich act of worship, the highest form of charity a human heart could offer to her God, scrimping not the least on what one possesses for a perfect act of self-surrender of everything to her God. This was an absolute act of supreme humility at the feet of Our Lord Jesus Christ, so evident in her supplicating person at her Lord’s feet, using her beautiful hair– the crowning beauty of any woman’s pride–as a towel of personal reverence to wipe Jesus’ feet. Mary slighted nothing in her most profound ritual of worship of her Lord and her God, utilizing the finest things of this world and the finest she had as a person.
Yet Judas pridefully and vehemently protested in typical pharisaical fashion against this ritualistic extravagance of worship on Mary’s part: "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" (John 12:5) This was a consummate lie on Judas’ part, related the most beloved apostle John who often leaned upon Our Divine Lord’s breast, for Judas cared not for the poor but kept the money box and often stole from it, so clarified John also. What an antithesis of good and evil in this scriptural passage between the prideful arrogance of one who sinfully preaches the false charity gospel of "less is more’ and another who cannot give enough to her Lord and God. Just like his betraying kiss of Christ Our Lord, we see here a glaring example of false charity against Mary’s humble offering of a totally unadulterated charitable assumption-presumption from her pure heart. What can be more beautiful than to observe this totally Catholic sense of adoration in Mary’s heart: by her loving presumption of God’s totality of love for her and us all, she seeks nothing for herself by this gesture but only how she can please her Lord and God in a veritable act of sacrificial and worshipful love. This is such an unparalleled example of true charity and false charity in contrast in Sacred Scripture.
This passage of Sacred Scripture casts another darksome shadow upon the heart of Christ’s betrayer, truly a follower of the pharisees and not of Christ, the epitomy of eternal charity and good will toward men; for Judas talked the ephemeral, plausible talk of the bread of this world, and not the Bread of Eternal Life. Why is this so?
Judas belittled openly Mary’s supreme act of charitable love of Christ, stating it would have been much better to sell the nard for profit and distribute this money to the poor. Does this not sound familiar today to the external undertakings of modernist Church types for many programs of social justice i.e. the peace movements against war, political movements against war, political movements of liberation theology, food pantries and soup kitchens, environmental and animal preservation rights, and global warming?
What Judas Iscariot, the traitor, advocates is to ignore the Bread of Eternal Life, Jesus Christ, and the reverence due Him for an inferior and external charity that only the world would acclaim great: great because it appears religious, just and good; but it is not really religious, just or good, without Christ. To lack the charitable assumption presumption of Mary’s pure love for Christ, as Judas clearly does here, by arguing that the charity of this world without Christ is sufficient is a classic example of false charity. But for Mary, charity without Christ is nothing less than a satanical exchange of the Bread of Heaven for the bread here below. How many souls are there today who starve for Christ’s Bread of Eternal Life, yet are surfeited on the satanical bread of this world?
Charity that does not begin at the feet of Christ and return there in humble worship and adoration is the totally meaningless politics of this world, striving for the diabolical wordly bread of Satan’s dominion. We cannot love our neighbor as ourselves if we do not love God with our whole mind and all our hearts’s strength as the beautiful sweet and tender love of Mary for Christ demonstrated at His feet, where we see the exhaltation of the sacred loving worship of God in the magnificent splendor of Mary. This can only mean the simultaneous burgeoning of charity in the real world for our fellow man, if one does not pursue pharisaical false charity of Judas the priest. Let us recall Christ’s words here: "You can do nothing without Me." (Mt. 15:5) And again: "The poor you will always have with you, but you do not always have Me." (John 12:3) So often doing something that is ostensibly good for others can fail because it is done without Christ and becomes, therefore, its own reward or the reward of self and not performed for the Glory of God. A soul bereft of the love of Christ and the high ritual of this love is a soul caught up in a heady altruism of this world that seeks its own glory in the bread of Satan: cognition, acceptance, approval and political correctness!
"False Charity and Novus Ordo Mass"
How dangerous the diminution of worship from the sacred, profound Presence of Almighty God to a pedestrian, egalitarian view of God as just another social worker who leads us all on a social worker mission to improve the world, whether for peace, liberation, or feeding the hungry of the world. This has been the popular scenario since Vatican II, social justice programs of all kinds. However, when they do not preach conversion to Christ in so many of these pie-in-the-sky church programs; they can quickly become exercises in political skulduggery with the winner getting the most money from the government for your organization’s pet social project.
We have watched the regal and stately worship in the Catholic Church of the 50's and 60's before Vatican II descend from the charitable assumption presumption of Christ’s sacrificial love to a worldly secularized lovism for neighbor as our goal of worship with endless declensions that falsify and profane our charity and love of God more and more: stripping the churches, dressing casually for Sunday Mass, discontinuing personal prayer books, turning the altars around to face the people, removing religious symbols, having the Mass in the vernacular and– most uncharitable of all–removing the tabernacle from the summit and center of all Catholic Churches, truly the false kiss of the false love of a Judas priest. If one doubts the perils of the Protestant social gospel in America and its deleterious affect on the Roman Catholic Church, consider only the diminution of all the Catholic moral issues of late in this land (fornication, divorce, abortion, and homosexuality and sterilization) and the adoption of these popular protestant causes so embracingly by the Church.
"False Charity & Catholic Education"
Finally, the Church is to educate the young; however, one no longer has to study the faith or become Catholic to attend a Catholic School these days. Catholic universities, Catholic high schools, and Catholic elementary schools in urban areas follow this doctrine of false charity. They appear to be doing good for their fellow man by educating them, but they believe love is charity without worshiping at Christ’s feet or teaching others to do this or even encouraging possible converts to do this anymore--because the satanical bread of worldly approval and recognition is much more desirable! The true charity of Mary and her love of Christ has so quickly become the secularized false charity of Judas Priest’s exterior false religion. Why?
False charity appears to be loving and caring for our neighbor and our God; however, false charity occurs so often apart from the ritual beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as Mary Magdalen’s sublime reverence at Christ’s Feet! We have, therefore, descended from the lofty supernatural high church ritual of Mary’s love before Vatican II to the pedestrian false love of humanism and the things of this world–the false charity of Judas Priest’s kiss.
–to be continued–
j hughes dunphy
Why these condemning words of Jesus to Judas Iscariot are so portentous, regarding our own times, is because these are the days of betrayal, of false charity, of a pretended love of Christ provoked by Satan himself, the great imitator of Christ-like charity and the flatterer par excellence. These times, indeed, are particularly times of betrayal for the Church: dissenting theologians, cafeteria-select-your-own-brand-of-Catholicism, and apostates from the top of the hierarchical ladder in Rome to the bottom, the very pews in one’s local parish. All of this is packaged under the guise of ‘a more charitable Catholicism’ for those who preach a more loving gospel, a more loving liturgy, and a more loving theology and who, in truth, are Satan’s henchmen.
False charity is the false love of God epitomized by Judas’s false kiss, full of duplicitous deceit and suggesting virtue, but, in truth, being consummate vice. To simulate the love of Christ with a diabolical boldness and to deny Him at one and the same time, just as Judas did, who was one of the most sinister and malevolent characters in all of human history is nothing less than a total betrayal of Jesus Christ’s goodness and love which leads, therefore, so many, many souls today down the wide road that leads to a hell of destruction in this world and death in the hereafter.
This false philosophy of Judas’ love has embraced the hearts of modern day Christians i.e. Protestants and liberal Catholics everywhere in remarkable numbers: the pretense of a loving affection for Christ that hides within the human heart a diabolical attachment to the things of this world. Was this not the very nature Read More...
It is an essential part of the Catholic faith, this season of Lent and all of its ceremonies, especially that of receiving ashes which becomes an outward sign to the world of one’s Catholic character. This Catholic character can be seen in those who have worldly or secular positions in society but yet are not afraid to exhibit their Catholic character i.e.
Thomas More while he was Chancellor of the English realm. Thomas More was loyal to his sovereign the King, nevertheless openly put God first on all occasions his sterling character was challenged: for example, his conscientious fulfillment of all the duties of his state of life, no matter how large or how small and insignificant.
The Christian character consists in: 1. Fidelity to one’s duty– giving all one’s due, be it to God, our fellow man, or ourselves. 2,. Freedom from human respect– readiness to practice one’s Read More...
This was, above all, the very first excommunication condemnation. In short, Christ excommunicated Judas Iscariot from His very Presence. Secondly, Our Divine Lord uttered by His grave words what was then the very first anathema ever, with His ‘woe’ to Judas Priest: "Woe to the man by whom the Son of Man has been betrayed: it were better that he were not born." The naked turpitude of what Judas Priest was doing publicly, before the very eyes of His Divine Savior and the other eleven apostles, committing the sin of sacrilege by an unworthy communion, was forthright condemned by Our Lord for its wicked malevolence, the unworthy reception of Divine Innocence Itself while in the state of mortal sin.
This most morally corrupt of all of Judas Iscariot’s actions was a sacrilege of egregious proportions, for it contradicted virtually everything that Our Divine Lord and Savior had taught for His entire public life on earth and something so heavenly He had done also in the very presence of Judas. This was, at least, the very essence of false charity for it constituted a false love of Jesus Christ by a feigned affection Read More...
The betrayal of Christ by Judas Priest is threefold and the second tier of this disgraceful sacrilege, which we will consider now, is the missing presence of Judas Iscariot when all the rest of the apostles and Christ were deep in prayer in the Garden of Olives. This was the second biblically noted event in Judas Iscariot’s life: his absence from Christ’s side with the other apostles when Our Lord was so deep in the contemplation and prayers of His Passion, just before His Way of the Cross and Crucifixion. This again, was a remarkable event in the life of Judas Iscariot, this willful and voluntary absence from the side of Christ, His Savior, when Our Lord and Savior was deep in the prayers of His Passion.
This cold calculating indifference towards Our Divine Lord and His Holy Presence Read More...
Liberal Catholicism like liberal Protestantism makes light of the Presence of Christ in its worship as did Judas Priest, the master of false charity and the devil’s coconspirator, most especially is this obvious in the liturgical innovation of communion in the hand and with it all the ignorance of disrespect, sacrilege, and irreverence that goes on virtually everywhere it is celebrated.
It was just this same cold ignorance in the Presence of Our Divine Lord Himself that characterized Judas’ every action, for example his boldness of challenging the way Mary Magdalen had used up the precious nard, which cost so much money, to anoint Jesus before His Passion and Death. This aggravated Judas’ false charity for he complained that this precious nard, worth over 300 denarii, could have been better spent on the poor. However, Our Divine Lord so strongly countered: "the poor you will always have with you but you will not have Me always."
Certainly, this same downgrading of liturgical matters in the "Novus Ordo Missae" is extraordinarily evident in the same lack
of respect that Judas’ false charity wanted to show Christ by saving the precious nard for profit, or more selfishly for his own personal worldly wealth. It should be noted that St. John the Evangelist in Holy Scriptures also clarified this same point regarding Judas’ false charity in that he was treasurer for the apostles but he often stole from their money for the poor for himself.
Thus the same theft goes on today, glaringly so, in the "Novus Ordo Missae" when all the examples of exterior piety, like Mary’s use of the precious nard on Our Lord’s feet, have been ignorantly eliminated from the "Novus Ordo Missae" i.e. patens used for serving communion, communion rails and communion cloths to protect the Sacred Species, genuflecting at communion time, un-ordained clergy distributing communion or extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist everywhere, removal of kneelers, tabernacles, and golden vesseled ciboria.
To cite these precious examples of exterior piety, created through centuries of orthodox Roman Catholicism and the reverential worship of God, as being archaic and superfluous is the very same as Judas priest’s adamancy in not wanting to exhibit the most reverential obeisance and care of Christ before His Passion and Death that Mary Magdalen wanted. And Judas Priest’s attitude– to deny the very worship and reverence due Our Divine Lord, is the very essence of Liberal Protestantism, which is to say all Protestantism because it is to the left of Roman Catholicism, especially in all things liturgical. Nevertheless, this betrayal, whether within the Church or without, smacks of the same despicable insolence to Our Divine Lord and God that Judas Priest exhibited just before Our Lord’s Passion and Death.
This attitude of diminishing the worship of God for which all men are obligated by the First Commandment, is the very nature of Liberal Protestantism with its liturgy-free worship and its rebellious "sola scriptura" or "scripture alone" is sufficient for salvation mentality. As a matter of fact, Protestantism is literally devoid of all exterior piety that the Catholic faith for centuries has prided itself upon in reverencing Our Divine Lord until, that is, the influx of the "Novus Ordo" and its watered down version of the liturgy and Mass.
Walk into a "Novus Ordo Missae" Church and walk into a Protestant one after that and note the similarities in the absolute void of pious memorabilia: no kneelers, no altars, no crucifixes, no tabernacles, no Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord and God. No uplifting reminders of God’s Holy Presence can be found in either worship space: no stained glass windows, statues or pictures of saints–especially the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph–no pulpits, no stations of the Cross, no holy water fountains, and finally no vigil lights. Finally, one cannot forget the vanishing of the large red tabernacle vigil light, so gloriously indicative of Our Divine Lord’s dear Presence in the Eucharist, always missing in Protestant worship space but now, sadly, the fate of almost all "Novus Ordo Missae" Catholic Churches.
In light of this litany of seemingly endless disrespect and sacrilege can one any longer doubt the denial of Jesus Christ and His Divine Presence as being total and complete by the Judas Priests of the "Novus Ordo Missae" and communion in the hand along with its boon ally, Liberal Protestantism?
–to be continued–
j hughes dunphy
"Betrayal and Communion in the Hand and the Novus Ordo Missae"
In the past forty years with the reformed liturgy known as the “Novus Ordo Missae” (New Order of the Mass), nothing eclipses the endless abominations in the Temple of God like communion in the hand, an innovation promulgated by Pope Paul VI’s reign and magnified exponentially throughout the Church universal under Pope John Paul II.
It is not an exaggeration to say this is the most widespread abuse of the “Novus Ordo Missae” or reformed liturgy of the Mass, for it has contributed everywhere it has been introduced to the exterior and interior collapse of personal piety and the reverence due to the Sacred Species and, nowhere is this more obvious, than in the rite of the “Novus Ordo Missae” itself. Moreover, here it is necessary to refer, particularly, to the very arrogance of human touch so presumptuously reaching out to touch what is so untouchable by human flesh, the Infinite Spirit of God. What can be more unimaginable and arrogant than to touch what is so utterly unapproachable by fallen human nature, the Infinite Perfection of the Godhead, and to reach out boldly with hands so soiled and impure from a lifetime of sinning for Infinite Purity Itself?
For the profane to defile the Most Holy, for the mundane to belittle the Celestial or the finite to be arrogant before the Infinite is the worst form of detraction of the Glory of God because this sacrilege is perpetrated by creatures visibly more audacious than the rebellious angels themselves, since it has been effected by beings created not from pure spirit as the angels, but from mere dust-- and that makes the offense more hideous.
What is being advanced in the “Novus Ordo” reformed liturgy of communion in the hand is one of the most egregious attacks upon all Sacred Tradition in Catholic teaching, the liturgy, and the faith by everything the nether regions has to offer sinful human pride since the very foundation of Christendom itself in the Upper Room; for all the Catholic faith and its worship of God comes down to its belief and practice: its teachings, preachings and doctrine of the Most Holy Eucharist.
No ploy of Satan has been more effective and had more impact than utilizing human pride to achieve his nefarious ends and purposes since the fall of the angelic hosts, for this tactic likewise brought down our first parents in what was the second most precipitous fall in the war between the celestial realm and the infernal. It is this poisonous pride of self-worth that has manifested itself in a plethora of disguises of satanical false charity, most of which are extraordinarily subtle, seemingly transparent but, nevertheless, most lethal to souls. And where does this attack by Satan and his fallen angels strive for its greatest triumph than against the Most Holy Eucharist Itself. Some aspects of this false charity of self-esteem out-of-control may be more recognizable and overt in secular society today with the endless barrage of infernal enticements to the human ego for gratification of every capital sin, justifying by endless specious arguments why the human ego ought to be gratified with every kind of human lust be it gluttony of food or drink or sexual excess of every kind, a so-called right to vent one’s anger at one’s neighbor, reasons why one ought to receive a wage for doing absolutely nothing, and envious arguments aplenty why one ought to have more than one’s neighbor by inundating oneself with material possessions. All of these offenses, while serious enough against God from the perspective of self-adulation, pale in respect to Satan’s ultimate attack of false charity on the Church, the liturgy, and the Holy Eucharist in particular-- his most subtle and pernicious assault of them all.
The Great Imitator sallies forth in disguises most appalling, alluring, and enticingly pointed to make what is profane in liturgical matters appear holy. His invasion of the sanctuary of God has become more deleterious now in salvation history than ever before, for he has opted to capture the ultimate gift of grace to mankind from God Himself, the very cult of His worship: the pinnacle of all sacramental love on earth, the Most Holy Eucharist Itself. This, undoubtedly, is the most insidious and pernicious attack of them all, one that even Pope Paul VI, after allowing this innovation of communion in the hand came to vociferously regret only a few years later: “The smoke of Satan has entered the sanctuary of the Church.”
So the love of self through the ruse of false charity, the very cult of Satan himself, has brought the battle for souls to a boil with an attack on the heart of man’s salvation, the Most Holy Eucharist. By advancing his philosophy of false charity and self love and by attacking the Holy Eucharist, God’s throne of grace for mankind in this world, Satan launches his worst battle for souls conceivable. Anyone with the least spiritual vision can verify the lethal results on souls of this vicious attack by Satan, most notably in the decline of exterior piety and reverence of those receiving Holy Communion as well as the precipitous drop in numbers of worthy communicants and, finally, the rise of unworthy ones. Clearly, this all stems from the catastrophic innovation of Communion in the hand out of the reformed rite of the “Novus Ordo Missae.”
Love of self, self adulation, and self-esteem are the wicked tools of false charity used by Satan to attack reverence due the Holy Eucharist caused by the “Novus Ordo” innovation of communion in the hand, a veritable reversal of the traditional teaching of ‘holiness of demeanor and humility and unworthiness’ advocated by the Church for centuries in approaching the Holy Eucharist.
Nothing exhibits one’s love of Christ in the Eucharist more or less than one’s exterior piety and comportment towards this sacrament, especially in the very receiving of Our Divine Lord Himself. Because of the suppressed sense of one’s unworthiness and sinfulness in the “Novus Ordo Missae” as compared to the “Missa Latina Tridentina” (Tridentine Latin Mass) which is so evident even at first glance from the single streamlined “Confiteor” in the “Novus Ordo Missae” to the much longer and more supplicatory “Confiteor” repeated three times over during the “Missa Tridentina Latina”, one sees how the door has been opened wide to all kinds of errant rationalizations of false charity in the face of sin before Almighty God.
The most egregious example of false charity is the very notion of communion in the hand itself --an outgrowth of the “Novus Ordo”-- where a false sense of priestly self-worth pervades the laity, alluring the unordained to take up Christ’s Body and Blood for oneself in Communion just like a priest at the altar. Self pride and a failed sense of sinfulness feed all kinds of other egalitarian liturgical improprieties of exterior demeanor too: casual dress, shorts, t-shirts, unfolded hands, distracted and unprayerful expressions of the face, standing posture instead of kneeling before the Lord, lack of thanksgiving after Mass for the Holy Eucharist in silent prayer, dropped particles of the Sacred Host, everywhere; all because of the very liturgical aberration of communion in the hand itself. Any of these abominations of the Most Holy Presence could, clearly, be venial or mortal sins of disrespect--reckless violations of the First Commandment. All of these sins deprive the Trinity of the adorations He so rightly deserves.
Each and every one of these liturgical aberrations derives from an inflated pride of one’s self-worth and moral equivalency with God and the fallacious notion: ‘I am really worthy for You to enter under my roof, O Lord, because you love me no matter what I do’ --truly a Protestant notion that is now enshrined in the hearts and minds of the vast majority of “Novus Ordo” Catholics; notwithstanding clergy, be it bishops, priests, or deacons.
It is this philosophy of false charity that is essential to the survival of Protestant worship and that has now become the very life of the “Novus Ordo” liturgy and Mass since Vatican II. In fact, this false charity of Protestant worship has become the very heart and soul of the “Novus Ordo Missae”, especially with communion in the hand. This false charity not only pervades liberal Protestantism (all Protestantism being liberal vis-a-vis Roman Catholicism) and the “Novus Ordo Missae”, but also consumed the very heart and soul of Judas Iscariot, Christ’s betrayer. Modern day Protestantism and the Liberal Catholicism of the “Novus Ordo Missae”, just like Judas Iscariot in Christ’s own day, have diminished, downplayed, and degraded the divine and supernatural of Christ's Infinite Presence in this world to the humanistic and mundane, a fact that has had the most deleterious consequences upon personal piety since Vatican II.
--to be continued--
j hughes dunphy
Orthodox Roman Catholic Pledge of Purity: based on teaching of John Hardon, S.J.
"Only two kinds of people will reach heaven: the very chaste and the very humble. Nobody else, nobody else, nobody else.” Father John Hardon, S.J.
As orthodox Roman Catholics what should be our preparation for the Second Coming of Christ, which, judging from the times in which we live, may be soon– if not very soon– but a zealous joy of preparation in prayer and living: "Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just; let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior." (Is., 14: 8) And what should be our very immediate preparation for the coming of Christ? Our Catholic Church teaches us through the words of St. Paul: "Not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy: but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." Therefore, all the excesses of our passions are here forbidden by St. Paul: eating or drinking to excess; lusts of the flesh, and uncharitable behavior towards our neighbors are here rejected strongly, all of which keep us slaves to our sensual appetites, dull the workings of the mind, and destroy a tranquil spirit. This makes us all inattentive to the care of our souls, destroying any desire for spiritual things.
Our Lord’s words on this same matter is one the severest admonitions He ever uttered: "And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly." (Luke: 21: 34). And Jesus warned strongly again: "And, as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat and drink, they married wives and were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all." (Luke: 27: 27-28) Jesus condemns all sinful use of the passions, for, obviously, they did them in Noe’s Day and they were punished severely for them, days in which , as Christ suggests here, people were mesmerized by passions of the flesh more than almost any other sin.
And of all the passions in Noe’s day or even today, no passion of the flesh is worse than impurity; for impurity is the very worst obstacle of all to the spiritual life of union with Jesus Christ, Our Savior. Impurity is, indeed, the very worst threat to our spiritual life and union with Jesus Christ, Our Divine Savior, because it drags us down from the joy of Christ’s Second Coming for which we should be ardently longing. For this vice reduces man to the level of the brutes. It blinds him to the truth and hardens his heart against the call to spiritual things above. It enthrones self-gratification in his very soul. A man who continues a lifestyle of impurity and unchaste living will inevitably become enslaved by it, and will most likely carry it to the grave. Only a very exceptional grace of God will save him. When he is converted, it is usually the self-sacrifice of some innocent soul in years of prayer and penance that obtains for him his own repentance from this life of lust. Often such souls would be converted, if they would only beseech our Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for him, but usually a person of such ilk has virtually no devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Morever, purity is also a natural law, controlling and directing the sex drive towards societal repopulation and growth of nations of the world, as well as individual health and morality. This desire is almost as strong as the craving for food and drink and the instinct of self-preservation. If this passion in people is not controlled we see the societal ills foisted upon us as today: incest, pedophilia, rape, pornography, adultery, fornication, child-pregnancies, stem-cell murders, contraception and abortion. Lose control of our passions over impurity and all virtue disappears with the loss of chastity and continence. We even see again today a new world-wide corruption of people eating and drinking to excess and giving and taking in adulterous marriage relationships as well as marriages of every perverted type and kind that warrant, perhaps, another Great Flood from Almighty God’s just Hand; and we see the same sexual perversions unleashed of a modern day Sodom and Gemorrah, growing like a cancer, in countries throughout the modern world; and one cannot help but notice, for the past forty years, an equivalent flouting of God’s laws against worshiping the golden calf of materialism, just like the two million Jews wandering for forty years in the desert. Virtually everything an human does depends upon a virtuous life of purity, chastity and moderation; and, in fact, these virtues are so intertwined into what we do that in times of opulence, when the golden calf of idolatry is worshiped, there breeds from this excess much more immorality and decadence than in poverty, destroying bodily health, mental vigor, societal decency and all moral rectitude. Consider only the times in which we live that prove conclusively that opulence breeds the worst decadence!
Forty years ago in this country, when there was more want than today, a child could be raised as a virgin till the day of his or her marriage, today it is virtually impossible. In those halcyon days in America and the West, the village raised the child; now it corrupts the child.
The grosser forms of impurity, by their very ugliness and shamefulness, used to deter many people from committing them, but not in epic times of evil like those of the Great Flood and the ones in which we now live. But there are other forms of impurity too, seemingly less outrageous but nevertheless still serious sins, that are most common and not regarded with the horror they ought to inspire. Reading bad books, looking at bad movies and plays, and, among women, an indecent manner of dress are widespread evils, and do untold harm. Every bookstall is filled with cheap novels which are inducements to sin or its ugly glorification. These novels and, especially the movies today have as their main theme lust. The heroes and heroines are those who violate the sanctity of marriage and give free rein to their impure lusts and passions. Sin is described in detail, the pleasures of sexual sin are paraded, all idea of sin being an offense against God, or even everyday decency, is either ridiculed or totally excluded, and the gratification of impure desires is looked upon as merely a matter of choice or taste. To read such books or to go to such movies are serious sin because the participants are taking part in the sin. These vicious movies against holy purity and virginity and marriage are a direct incitement to our own passions; they fill our minds with impure ideas and our imaginations with obscene images. And, long after the viewing of these movies or reading these books is over, the harmful effects will continue.
The same can be said of the filth on the internet today where it has been estimated only recently that some 50 million viewers voluntarily click on the pornographic websites everyday, which try to outdo each other in their own filthy prurience. The late Fr. John Hardon, S.J. has defined today’s media in all of its forms as the "sexually stimulating media." It does not matter whether it be newspapers, magazines, television, picture shows, or the internet. To participate in these sexually explicit attacks on Christian purity is a mortal sin, and can never be justified under such glib cover-ups as "it doesn’t bother me." This attitude is the sign of a hardened heart or obtuse spirit, one on the road to hell such as the citizens of Sodom and Gemorrah and Noe’s compatriots. The natural law that is written in the hearts of all men forbids good Catholics to participate in any of this wicked fare. But how many chaste Catholics are there today in these times of epic evil which resemble so much the decadent times of Noe and Sodom and Gemorrah? Are These not the very same kind of days that Jesus warned about before His Second Coming? Should they not be frightening and terrifying words to all souls everywhere but especially to those souls who are sensitive to the wisdom of Christ’s words in everything?
And it must also be stressed that all sexual violations of the sixth and ninth commandments are the fastest road to hell according to Our Blessed Mother who appeared to the three children of Fatima in 1917 and showed them a shocking vision of hell: three innocent young children to whom she said the following: "More souls go to hell for sins of the flesh than any other sin." To look at immodest actions in movies is always sinful, and to read about people involved in immodest actions is also sinful. Likewise enjoying and listening to such immodest or obscene language on the radio or television is no different. It doesn’t matter what media because all sexual sin and violations of the sixth and ninth commandments never involve "parvity of matter" according to the Church’s teachings and, therefore, are always serious sins when done voluntarily. When anyone turns on the TV, pays for a movie, punches on the internet, or opens a book, newspaper or magazine for the purpose of enjoying a story involving illicit sexual pleasure, he is always acting willfully and therefore involved in a mortal sin. Our Lord warned us all so seriously about condemnation of our souls for sins of impurity when He said: "And if thy eye scandalize thee, pluck it out. It is better for thee with one eye to enter into the kingdom of God, than having two eyes to be cast into the hell of fire: where there worm dieth not, and the fire is not extinguished." Also Father John Hardon, S.J. often said of his own life, so he could always practice the virtues of holy purity and chastity: " I’ve read only two newspapers in my entire life, never watched television, listened to the radio or went to the movies." This is the spiritual wisdom of a holy celibate priest whose cause has currently been taken under consideration for canonization.
Many dangers are likewise forthcoming from our prurient thoughts, especially when we dwell too long on certain ideas that might excite concupiscence or do not suppress certain others immediately. Resist beginnings as all spiritual writers encourage for too slow of a response to impure thoughts can be venial sin and dwelling and taking delight can be serious sin, which Our Divine Teacher so strongly advised against: "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Therefore, the very same precautions for roving eyes apply to a wandering mind.
"The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body, and inflameth the wheel of our nativity, being set on fire by hell. The tongue no man can tame, an unquiet evil, full of deadly poison. By it we bless God and the Father: and by it we curse men, who are made after the likeness of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so be." (James 3: 5-12)
No act of impurity is more common than an unchaste tongue. It is a world of iniquity, as the apostle James testifies, set on fire by hell. And it sins often seriously through profanity, obscenity or vulgarities. In today’s world where most social conventions of decency have lost the social graces of yesteryear i.e. acting as a Christian lady or gentleman, many adults perpetrate the basest crudities of sinful speech upon youth and commit, quite often mortal sins because of their unbridled tongues and the accompanying scandals.
Our Lord Himself indicated the reasons why all should avoid giving scandal to His little ones. "See that you despise not one of these little ones." And why? "For I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of My Father Who is in heaven," and, furthermore, "of such is the kingdom of God."
Terrible punishment necessarily awaits those who disregard the warning of Our Lord: "He that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea." These words of Jesus are to be understood in a literal sense, for they do not refer to spiritual children but to those little beings on the threshold of life, for whom scandal is far more dangerous than it is for others. Several pagan Roman authors have commented upon this very innocence of children. According to Horace, a child at this age is like unto soft wax and easily lends itself to vice; once deformed it cannot be easily restored to the form of virtue. We also remember in the great novels of yesteryear, Charles Dickens relating in "Oliver Twist" about Fagan who taught young boys and orphans off the streets of London how to steal for him, via all kinds of unseemly tactics and behavior that Fagan taught them.
The Roman poet Juvenal, wishing to prevent the scandalizing of young impressionable children, taught that the greatest respect is due to them and that nothing sinful should be done in their presence. We all recognize today that the brunt of the scandal that children are subjected to by adults is the unbridled tongues of the older generation who casually use profanity, obscenity, and vulgarities to accent their speech. Often this is done in anger, frustration, or even to be comedic in order to entice others to pay attention to their infamous conversation.
We are all aware of the three basic kinds of impure speech: profanity, the worst, using God’s infinitely perfect and pure name casually in conversation, with simply the name of God or Jesus Christ to accent their speech or using all kinds of variations of God’s most Holy Names or His Titles with gross irreverences; obscenity, the most offensive, using terminology referring to the sacred parts of the body or the marital act to again accent a point made in conversation; and vulgarities, the rudest, using ‘barnyard’ language of the four letter variety to make a point about what one is expressing.
All of these abominations of speech offend decency’s virtue and Almighty God in serious or venial sins. Commonly, vulgarities are venial sins or even imperfections, if not too course, but profanities and obscenities are often serious sins, especially if they cause scandal to the young and innocent or blaspheme the name of God or holy persons or objects. If done in anger, using profanities, especially, can be serious sins, and also obscenities.
Swearing can involve any or all of the above sinful uses of speech. By swearing is meant the use of holy names of God or holy people or places or things in a solemn declaration in order to confirm or verify what a person is saying. Worse than swearing is cursing which is wishing ill to someone or something by calling upon God’s name or something holy to witness the curse as is the case with workmen who call down evil on the tools they employ or parents in anger upon their children because they aggravate them. The Fathers of the Church used to consider swearing as a sign of perdition, and those who curse others or things are destined to perish (Ps. 36:22); they shall not possess the kingdom of God (1Cor. 6:10). Ordinary swearing is a venial sin, provided no serious evil is wished upon one’s neighbor, nevertheless, it is a far greater sin than taking God’s name in vain, because not only is it disrespectful towards God, but an offence against charity. All of this is likewise uncharitable speech and at the worst scandalous because virtually always an audience is present.
Now scandal can be direct or indirect. One commits scandal indirectly if one fails to prevent evil when in a position of responsible authority and duty and one should and could do so. In other words, one also commits scandal indirectly when, in spite of one’s desire to prevent it, one is deterred by fear of gossip or what others may think. As Father John Hardon, S.J. often said: "What sins we will commit for human respect." And so here with impure and sinful speech that is scandalous, whenever others that might be harmed from it are present, in particular Christ’s little ones; we are sinning by omission by not speaking up and therefore are lying supine in our own religious tepidity, especially if we are parents, teachers, bosses at work, or simply in a conversation with others and this kind of offensive impure speech arises.
Direct scandal in speech is usually always mortally sinful for it is perpetrated by sinners who either profane the Holy Name of God, curse others or inanimate objects with it or use obscenities to be humorous and belittle the marital act. And it is mortally sinful especially if these perpetrators glory in their wicked deeds and who because of their diabolical perversions try to increase the number of accomplices in their crimes of impure speech in their verbal damnations. Such men respect neither the innocence of character nor the purity of childhood.
Parents and teachers frequently exhibit virtually no care for the moral upbringing and preservation of the children’s innocence in their embrace by the prevention of impure speech in their midst today. Too often the parents themselves are the vile perpetrators themselves with these infamous unbridled tongues. What wonder, then, that children fall so easily as they proceed along the journey of life where they are continually exposed to the temptations of Satan without any spiritual protection from parent, kinfolk, teacher or vigilant adult. Again the pagan Roman poet Juvenal reprimands the danger of bad domestic example that corrupts children more quickly and thoroughly because of parents and relatives are endowed with the fullest authority in the home. For what son or daughter does not wish to act and speak as his father or mother who themselves taught the little ones to speak from the start. Frequently, no later remedy is of any purpose for such a wayward child because the sinful vice of an evil tongue has become second nature.
The heavenly advice of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior and the Word of God, ought to guide us in all our speech so that it is chaste, pure and reverent and charitable: "You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matt. 12: 34-34)
Our holy Catholic Faith impresses upon us still more emphatic reasons for "chaste reverent speech." St. John Chrysostom, the great Christian preacher of the fourth century, who spoke to the people of his day in the homely language of everyday life, and moved so many hearts and minds said in one of his sermons: "Thou hast a spiritual mouth, sealed by the Holy Spirit. Ponder well the dignity of that mouth of thine. Thy dwelling place is heaven. Thy conversation is with the angels. Thou art deemed worthy of the kiss of the Lord in Holy Communion. By so many and so great things has God adorned thy mouth– with hymns, the hymns of angels; he has adorned it with more than angels’ food– with His Kiss, with His Embrace. And darest thou speak ill?"
It is impossible for a priest to maintain his state of holy virginity and celibacy, or a religious for that matter, who is not totally vigilant in their dealings with others in public or private. Especially with women a priest must be most cognizant in his priestly chastity, for there are some women who can abuse priestly friendship, especially elderly women can be a danger, if we quote St. Paul’s words about them, "burning." Sometimes women of this ilk can be audacious and without shame and morals, even though they may preserve a respectable exterior with correct manners. This can be the case even with pious women who prolong conversations with priests, or see the priest often to benefit from his words of consolation. Beware of women in affliction! Familiarities arise in an effort to console. Pure young girls who otherwise have a horror for sin may become affectionate and soon become a peril to a young priest. The priest may justify himself by saying there were friendships between holy men and holy women in the past. There were, but these friendships were holy and called for much penance and great precaution, for example St.Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross, both Carmelites.
There are even dangers for a priest from family, relatives, from housekeepers, maids, nurses. While family dangers are remote, nevertheless women in the parish, housekeepers and others who assist in many different parish activities may not be a danger in themselves, but they may become so because of jealousy or a gossipy nature. Priests have been ruined by true or calumniating remarks of unscrupulous or lying women.
One can easily understand the strictness of restrictions of the masters of the spiritual life on priestly virginity and celibacy, as well as the strictness of Canon Law and diocesan regulations. St. Thomas a Kempis in the Imitation of Christ warns us all to flee too much familiarity with our fellow man: avoiding every conversation that is not necessary, and to end as soon as possible those that are justified and necessary. This is especially true of the celibate priest and womankind. The best behavior is conservative always: be polite, be businesslike, be kind, be considerate, be chivalrous, but do or say nothing that you would not do or say in the presence of Our Lord Himself.
Keep a holy reserve with all women: for their sakes because they are fragile, for yours because you are not made of steel. The utter tranquility of a peaceful conscience, the peace that one must have in his dealings always with God as a priest, the needs of priestly ministry, the glory of almighty God and the Catholic Church all demand it.
Priestly impurity engenders, besides, spiritual blindness and stupidity whereas chastity favors contemplation and aids wisdom. The priest who lives a lie in regard to matters of purity taints all his actions. Impurity is insatiable. Once a priest has given in to it, he risks being devoured by it. At his ordination the priest has vowed to obey the laws of the Church. He has made this vow freely and deliberately, and by it, in the Latin Rite, the priest agreed to remain a virgin. It imposes upon the priest serious obligations, and makes him realize that every fault against chastity has for him the added malice of sacrilege. It makes him understand that even the attempt at marriage or other illicit sexual liasons is a sacrilege, and that all the acts of his priestly ministry, no matter how sanctimonious they may be, which are performed by a priest who has violated his holy vow of chastity and has not repented and been absolved in sacramental Confession, are so many sacrileges. A priest in that condition cannot celebrate Holy Mass, is forbidden to confer the Sacraments, cannot give the Lamb of God to those who desire Holy Communion without committing multiple sacrileges.
If a priest sins alone, he condemns himself. If he has a partner, that accomplice is scandalized; and sometimes to reassure the victim the priest may descend to sacrilegious lies to the point where he will tell his victim that what is being carried out in mortal sin is really not a sin at all but a form of spiritual marriage. After the sin has been perpetrated, he is sometimes obliged to give the pernicious counsel of "don’t mention the act in the confessional to another priest."
What becomes of those priests who have lost their virtue? Do they keep their faith? To what further sacrileges do they expose themselves by saying Mass? And if they do repent, touched by the goodness and mercy of God, what tears of remorse will they not have to shed in repentance? What about the victims, justice, repentance, scandal everywhere, falsified consciences? And what if the priest has absolved his accomplice? Very rarely does such a scandal limit itself to few. Active homosexuals average one to two hundred partners or pedophile victims in a lifetime of wretchedness. A whole parish, a diocese, or nation of Catholics may be scandalized and tainted. How many blasphemies are committed, and how many souls are exposed to eternal damnation! The enemies of the Church seize upon such scandals and mount through the media formidable attacks against holy Church as we have witnessed so ignominiously of late! They spread them abroad and heap upon the priestly vocation the most detestable stigma of "hypocrisy!" These pertinacious sinners need to be ferreted out of the priesthood as Christ Himself did with "Judas Priest" who defiled the First Eucharist just before betraying Christ the King and Lord of the Universe on the first Holy Thursday. How may "Judas Priests" have not been apprehended by the upper hierarchy for sodomite pedophilia scandals, and how many episcopal sympathizers or participants have not yet been dismissed? Our Lord had his strongest words for ‘false priests’: "Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed; it were better he had not been born." This was the first ‘anathema’ and the severest! Christ also excommunicated Judas, the first unworthy communicant and betraying priest, from the Upper Room to go about his dastardly deed.
If a priest should ever have the misfortune to violate his vow of virginity and celibacy, let him not put off his conversion long. Delay is a trick of the devil who is always conniving against priestly souls, more than any others. Let the priest be confident. God wants him to pray for pardon, and will give sufficient graces to resist future temptations after a fall. Let the priest pray confidently, humbly, and perseveringly with new resolutions, the resolutions of Fr.John Hardon, S. J.’s holy life of priestly celibacy, and thereafter live out Fr. Hardon’s personal pledge of orthodox Roman Catholic purity.
Expiation, self-mortification, and penance ought to be the watchwords of the priest who has had the misfortune to fall. The sin has been committed; the evil has been done; but the Lord can and will forgive and forget with a repentant sinner’s heart. A priest who has fallen can regain his holy virginity at least as far as the formal element is concerned. An example to follow is a holy sister of Bethany, who on her deathbed cried out to the Lord confidently:
"I am going to the Son of Justice, to Him Who has restored all in me!"
Despite his fall, a priest reinstated in God’s grace and friendship can still take part in that heavenly procession considered by St. John, the celibate apostle in these words: "These are those who were not defiled with women; for they are the virgins. These follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth." (Apoc. 14: 4)
Immodesty in Dress
Another evil to which the holy virtues of purity and chastity are always concerned are modern feminine fashions, which have been so often condemned by modern popes. That this abuse should have spread among Catholic women and Catholic girls is bad enough, but that they should have the shameless effrontery to parade themselves, attired in such scanty or revealing fashion, even in Catholic Churches and even in line for communion or at altar rails is beyond toleration. This too forms a part of the public and organized attack on Christian modesty, and it should be met by Catholics, both men and women, in a public manner. Pastors should make known to their congregations the basic rules of proper chaste church attire and tolerate zero violations, for they are responsible for protecting diligently before the Lord the sheep of His flock or they are hirelings. If there is no cooperation it should become part and parcel of a good homily on the virtue of chastity, soon and often, in such a church congregation. Finally, all Catholic societies: Knights of Columbus, Daughters of Isabella, Opus Dei, Right to Life, Christian Service Organizations, Parish Councils, and Ushers’ Clubs etc. should exclude any woman who comes dressed according to the indecent fashions of the day. Such fashions should not be the standard in Catholic social circles of any kind: picnics, after church celebrations such as weddings, baptisms, confirmation, ordinations, and first vow celebrations. It takes fearless action on the part of these Catholic organizations to save them from such contamination and participating in its scandal if they want to be public examples of the Church’s teachings on Christian modesty.
Contraception and Abortion
The seventh chapter of Isaiah contains a prophecy of such stupendous import that one cannot understand the whole purpose of human existence in this world if one cannot accept the total significance of Mary’s Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. The Virgin’s conception is a sign, a wonder, done by God Himself, greater, indeed, than any sign in heaven above or in hell below. Its fullest meaning shall never be exhausted for it is a mystery of the faith. It is literally impossible to live a life of Christian purity without revering, following, and imitating Mary’s immaculate Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, the absolutely most pure and chaste act of human love in all of human history. And as the late Fr. John Hardon, S.J. taught so effectively on chaste wedlock:
"There is no possibility of true love where marriage is not intended to procreate children."
And the complete fulfillment of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Virgin Purity was the Birth of the Divine Son of God, Jesus Christ our Savior. If Mary was not virgin pure and chaste, and immaculately so, she could never have given birth to the Son of God, Infinite Virgin Purity Himself. He would never have countenanced it and the human race would never have been saved. How utterly overwhelming, beyond words, is the jubilant mystery of the Incarnation and the immaculate purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And so a married couple, while they cannot be virgin pure as the Mother of God, nevertheless, they must strive to do nothing that will in any way compromise the marital act’s unadulterated state and their own purity of heart and action as husband and wife, otherwise they will not be living in chaste wedlock. In short, as Father John Hardon, S.J. has said there is no possibility of true love where procreation of children is not intended.
This is, undoubtedly, the purest of intentions that should envelope every single act of marital love. In time, marriages lacking this purest of intentions inevitably countenance one or the other many rationalizations of birth control or abortion and end in a divorce of love between the spouses because of a willful ruination of chaste wedlock. Just as the Incarnation was not possible without Mary’s immaculate virginity, so a Catholic married couple’s family can only grow out of the purest love of one another and Almighty God through chaste wedlock.
If one should doubt, perchance, these considerations about holy purity, let us consider the words, not of some Church Father or some saint on purity, but the pagan Roman poet Ovid, himself the author of so many immodest and even obscene lines. In one of his serious moments he felt compelled to warn innocent readers against perusing his own works: I confess it against my will: touch not the works of sensuous poets! Thus I take away my own gifts! Throw them all, even though it be grudgingly, in to the fierce flames, and say: "Let this pile burn instead of me."
How To Be Chaste?
To remain chaste and pure, one’s hunger for God must never wane, but rather increase, as the struggle intensifies. Knowing our weaknesses we shall humbly rely upon God to succor us, but never tempt Him by unnecessarily courting danger or flirting with sin. Purity makes great, great demands upon us. A pure and chaste Catholic must do everything today, as always, to avoid all occasions to sin: meaning anyone, anything that can lead us into sins of impurity. In short, we must avoid the media altogether today, according to Fr. John Hardon, S.J. and all of its nefarious ways so as not to voluntarily sin grievously against the virtue of purity.
When Solomon spoke to God in humble prayer, he obtained wisdom to rule his kingdom and chastity to govern himself. Forgetting God, neglecting prayer and seeking after forbidden fruit and occasions to sin, he fell as no man before or after. Unless God builds and maintains the interior castle of purity, the exterior walls and the surrounding moat must yield to the enemy. Solomon lived peaceful, wise and happy as long as he maintained his humble spirit of total dependence upon God, not only as a magnificent ideal, but also as an all-absorbing passion. Solomon stood between two possibilities: supernatural possession or natural obsession. He chose the natural obsession of hundreds of concubines.
Idleness and a soft, self-indulgent life are prolific sources of occasions of sin: "As in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage....and they knew not till the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Man be." Do any of us, really, wish to be caught? Everything points in Holy Writ to an unforeseen Second Coming of Christ as we can see even in the Nicene Creed: "He will come to judge the living and the dead." Furthermore, Our Lord has warned vehemently from our observations heretofore, it will be in the wickedest of times!
A hard life, real work, cheerfulness in the daily effort, whatever it may be, the avoiding of morbid imaginations, some interesting and absorbing hobby—these have always proved natural and efficacious aids to purity of mind and body. But the supernatural means are the most effective of all: prayer, the Sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, and love for Our Lady are the ultimate supports to a pure heart. Let us not be surprised when temptations of purity come: it is a natural thing since the Fall, for its is but the stirring of an ancient blind instinct. Temptation is no sin but the occasion of daily triumphs. Still less should we become troubled or depressed: let our battle-cry be "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" and often enough at mention of these blessed names the spirit will immediately triumph over the unruly movements of our lower nature.
John Milton’s Tribute to Chastity
In his great poem Comus, Milton portrays chastity and ennumerates its blessings:
So dear to heaven is saintly chastity
That when a soul is found sincerely so,
A thousand liveried angels lacquey her,
Driving far off each thing of sin and guilt.
And in clear dreams and solemn vision
Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear,
Till oft converse with heavenly inhabitants
Begins to cast a beam on th’outward shape,
The unpolluted temple of the mind,
and turns it by degrees to the soul’s
essence till all be made immortal.
Fr. Hardon’s Personal Pledge of Orthodox Roman Catholic Purity:
No price is too big, no sacrifice too great, no heroism too magnificent for the clean of heart. To Father John Hardon,S.J. the sacrifice of self by avoiding any and all occasions of sin against purity and chastity is rewarded by the acquisition of God and by the maintenance of good health, moral balance, and peace of soul. As Father John Hardon often taught: "The price of heaven is not cheap; it is very expensive." Compare, the health and happiness of the pure with the discontent, sexual diseases and distrust of the degenerate.
"Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ" is the advice to all seeking Christian purity. An orthodox Roman Catholic is one who, first of all, turns away from the worship of his own body and sensual pleasures "by denying himself and taking up his Cross daily." To do this means turning abruptly away from all occasions of sin in impurity and chastity, especially in the media and from others, so we can literally "put on Jesus Christ." We must practice the virtue of holy purity by denying ourselves and thus consoling the suffering heart of Our Divine Savior for our own sins and for those who are pertinaciously unchaste sinners of impurity. It is imperative that we practice the traditional Catholic rule of all chastity and purity: "Custodia Oculorum" or "Control of the eyes." Not only was this the devout practice of the spiritual life in monasteries and convents and seminaries for centuries and by holy Catholics in the world of the past, but it ought to be practiced by all orthodox Roman Catholics today, especially in the corrupt sexually perverted age in which we live today!
"The Purity Pledge of an Orthodox Roman Catholic"
I promise to:
A. Avoid all occasions of sin to impurity in the media, by a limited responsible use of television, the movies, reading newspapers, magazines, investigating the internet, or listening to the radio. Father John Hardon, S.J. taught that: Even "a limited responsible useage" is inferior to a total fast because it is no guarantee to a life without venial or mortal sins of impurity. Only a complete fast can do this, the way Fr. John Hardon, S.J. lived, a life of total detachment to modern media because it is "a luciferian conspiracy against the truth."
B. Strict adherence to chaste wedlock before and after marriage by avoiding persons, places, and all actions of impurity: birth control, abortion, adultery, sodomy, fornication, or self-abuse.
C. Dress modestly at all times in public or private.
D. Keep vigilant guard over one’s eyes and thoughts to avoid all occasions of sin wherever possible, especially being cognizant
that curiosity is the number one weapon Satan uses to make many souls fall, for curiosity is the epitome of concupiscence of
the "eye", that Our Lord repeatedly warns against, for it inevitably leads to concupiscence of the "flesh." Just as a ‘roving eye can be deleterious likewise one should keep strict guard over his thoughts, for an idle mind is ‘the devil’s workshop.’
E. Recite the entire rosary daily to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Model of Purity, by saying the joyful, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries.
F. Receive the Sacrament of Confession often so your Communions will be more worthy of Infinite Purity Himself, the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
G. Attend daily Mass and Communion.
H. Make at least an hour of Eucharistic Adoration a week.
I. Recite the Stations of the Cross every Friday.
J. Perform little acts of self-mortification and self-denial during the day.
K. Keep in mind Father John Hardon, S.J.’s famous statement on purity: "Only two kinds of people will reach heaven: the very chaste and the very humble. Nobody else, nobody else, nobody else."
P.S. Simply leave your name with your Immaculate Mother Mary in Heaven and her infinitely pure Divine Son next time you
receive Communion, just after you have received the Sacrament of Confession, and Pray for all of us sinners that we may be humble and chaste.
J Hughes Dunphy
We need to be concerned about the poor but not with the hope of establishing a perfect 'classless' society because that should not be where we spend our efforts, for the bread of Satan is the 'mammon of iniquity' or an obsession with the perishable bread of this world. We should spend our efforts on the 'poor' who do not have Christ and the true Catholic faith without which there is to be eternal poverty.
Marxist dialectic materialism moves too many liberal hearts and minds-- i.e. the classic failure of liberation theology-- into forgetting about the "Bread of Heaven". It is very dangerous ground for popes, bishops and preachers to become too obsessed with the 'social gospel'--a true oxymoron which forgets Christ's most forceful teaching on this whole subject: "the poor you will always have with you but not Me" and "My Kingdom is not of this world" and "you should not be working for perishable bread but the Bread of Eternal Life."
One can have a full stomach and be starving spiritually! In fact, the real starvation and poverty today resides in the West where we have the 'fullest stomachs' in the world but are starving spiritually. In the last forty years our obsession with the bread of this world and social gospel projects, have caused us to ignore the Bread of Heaven which has brought almost total rack, ruin, and poverty upon our Catholic liturgy, its graces, and its reverence. We are all starving for the real Bread of Heaven today which will promote the most perfect charity of giving to our fellow man in need.
It is also clear that behind each and every Communion in the hand, at least objectively speaking, we can see satanical machinations at work, as Satan is the Great Imitator and master of egalitarian deception by making the bread of this world appear to be equal to the Bread of Heaven wherever he can. By receiving the most Holy Eucharist in the hand, instead of upon the tongue, it is suggested through this not Roman rubric of the "Novus Ordo Missae" that there is no difference between the two foods, the bread of this world and the Bread of Heaven, because we use our hands to receive both. Even the most inconspicuous or unintentional of irreverent oversights vis-a-vis the Unapproachable Perfection, Goodness, and Divine Purity that each Sacred Host deserves and contains, warrants a justifiable cry of sacrilegious outrage from every devout Catholic in the pews everywhere.
In fact, so devious is satanical egalitarianism in this realm of making the Bread of Heaven appear to be just like the bread of this world that it has fooled so many, many Catholics to go along, including both laity and hierarchy alike. Moreover, the Great Imitator wants nothing less than to show his bread of this world, the mammon of iniquity, to be equal to the Bread of Heaven in every way. This he does whenever we agree to submit to Communion in the hand instead of Communion on the tongue, for the plague of irreverences accompanying this "Novus Ordo" ritual does exactly what Satan wants, having the Lord of the Universe to act as though He were Satan's equal by bowing down to Satan in exchange for the kingdoms of this world--one of the temptations of Christ in the desert. If Christ would have in any way acted this way, Satan wins, but Christ did not--not for a second would He as Our Divine Savior. But do not "Novus Ordo" Catholics fail miserably whenever they act as though the Heavenly Bread of Divine Perfection is just like common every day bread when in the "Novus Ordo Missae" they receive Communion or Heavenly Bread with their hands?
This "Novus Ordo" innovation, even if done, subjectively, with good intention is still, objectively, an act of egregious disrespect to Almighty God's Admirable Presence, for it allows a host of sacrilegious behaviors to ensue; all because egalitarian Satan wants us to "act as though God weren't really present when we receive Communion in the hand." And we have just seen how St. Paul's sternest admonition of proper decorum and Roman rubrics is violated by Communion in the hand because "we are acting", as though the Body and Blood of Christ were not present or we are not "discerning the Body and Blood of Christ" and are therefore guilty of violating it in either a minor or serious way.
Now what are these sacrileges, venial or serious sins, that this seemingly innocent "Novus Ordo Missae" rubric countenances with every single Communion in the hand? While even one such deed done, disrespectfully and knowingly, is certainly a mortal sin and a sacrilege at the same time, it is nevertheless too abundant, if only one. By the same token such liturgical oversights, if even venial, are likewise abundant if only done once in the entire world. But no, these violations are pandemic, not only venially but also mortally as sacrileges. Why? Because each and every time a liberal Catholic receives Communion in the hand, particles, flakes, or infinitesimal specs can and do fall from their hands on to the floor, no matter how careful or careless they may be when receiving the host from the priest, especially because the rubric of altar boys with patens has been a thing of the past since Communion in the hand's very innovation. Nor is anything done to clean up these egregious sacrileges, purposeful or not, when they obviously do occur by clergy, sacristans, or even the so-called extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Everybody, that is an observant Catholic these days, has seen these disgraceful and careless oversights whenever such liturgical mishaps do occur, with precious little or no effort at rescuing the Sacred Presence from further sacrilegious disgrace. This is an abomination in the House of God! This so seriously violates the Pauline rubric of Eucharistic reverence for clergy and communicants everywhere and always: to never act as though the Body and Blood of Christ were not present or to fail to discern the Body of Our Lord in Communion for as St. Paul says: "he who eateth and drinketh the Body and Blood of the Lord unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself."
This one innovation of the "Novus Ordo Missae" is sufficient reason alone for any Church Council or Pope, reverently overseeing the sacred liturgy of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to bring this erratic rubric to an end--and immediately-- if even one sacrilege of such a nature were to ever occur. But no! Nothing happens to change this abomination and Our Precious Lord's Body and Blood are sacrilegiously treated all over again by the brutality of a new pagan non-believing kind of Roman soldiers of another age and time.
But, prayerfully, times are changing for the better. And this is a most powerful reason why especially the liberalization of the "Missa Latina Tridentina" at this time in history by Pope Benedict XVI, with its rubric of Communion on the tongue only, may be very beneficial in helping to end this debacle of the "Novus Ordo Missae" where irreverence and disrespectful sacrilegious behavior have been institutionalized into the very nature of the holiest part of the 'new mass' itself.
This is not to imply, infer, or hope that the abuse of Communion in the hand will not or should not be corrected by some special ruling from the Holy See by the current Roman pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. The likelihood is most powerful that this abuse shall be corrected by this most devout Vicar of Christ for he is truly an Orthodox Roman Catholic pontiff with all we have seen him do thus far! But maybe, just maybe, he is far more strategic, and far more prudent and clairvoyant than most liberal or conservative Catholics these days could ever dare to have surmised. Let us all pray so, for this is the modus operandi of great saintly popes!
--to be continued--
j hughes dunphy
"A Prayer of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in
the Most Holy Eucharist"
I adore Thee in all the consecrated Hosts throughout the whole world and I return thanks for those who know Thee not, and who do not thank Thee. Would that I were able to give my life to make Thee known, loved, and honored by all, in this sacrament of love, and to prevent the irreverences and sacrileges that are committed against Thee in the Most Holy Eucharist everyday! I love Thee, Divine Jesus, and I desire to receive Thee with all the purity, love, and affection of Thy blessed Mother, and with the love and affection of Thy own most pure Heart. Grant, O Most Amiable Spouse of my soul, in coming to me in this most holy Sacrament, that I may receive all the graces and blessings which thou dost come to bestow on us, and let me rather die than receive Thee unworthily, not properly discerning Thy Presence in thought, word, and deed. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.
Missale Romanum VIII:"Roma Locuta, Causa Finita"
"The supernatural dangers of Communion in the hand."
"One cannot be truly an orthodox Catholic if he is not a Roman Catholic or a Roman Catholic if he is not orthodox."
How aware most traditional Catholics are today of this truth with the miserable fruits of the "Novus Ordo Missae" (New Mass) and the precipitous decline in Sunday Mass attendance in the U.S. from 71% in 1963 to 25% in 1993; notwithstanding even worse figures in much of Europe. What most of all contributed to this calamitous decline in respect and reverence for the "Novus Ordo Missae" was the innovation of Communion in the hand, a veritable liturgical coup in upsetting the organic development of the Roman liturgy throughout the centuries.
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