On the Natural side, we get a post on the Rorate Caeli blog written by Dr. Roberto de Mattei. (see here)
On the Conscious side, we bring a great video from Dr. Jordan Peterson. (see above)
Juxtaposing these two GREAT thinkers next to each other, can act as a great starting point for any “new evangelization” project, one whose end goal is to realign Catholic ECCLESIOLOGY with that which is known as the GREAT COMMISSION.
Something to read, watch and contemplate over a long weekend.
Have a great one.
De Mattei: Building the Future on the Natural and Divine Law
Forty years ago, on May 22 1978, under the name of Law 194 for the termination of pregnancy, state murder was introduced in Italy by a Christian Democrat ruling class. Murder, since Law 194 establishes the legitimacy of suppressing an innocent human-being in their mother’s womb; it is state murder, since this crime is approved, organized and financed by the Italian State; it is mass-murder, since there have been around six million victims of abortion in Italy, according to official estimates; it is a figure far superior to the total number of deaths in wars and natural disasters since the birth of the Italian State (1861) until today.
Emma Bonino – who along with Marco Panella fought rabidly for this law to be approved – in a video-interview on May 22nd 2018 for La Repubblica, said that Law 194 “functioned”. That is, like a guillotine or a crematory-oven function, with not a word of compassion for those who are killed. Still – Bonino added – after forty years “a review” is required, that is to say, to improve this law, as something still doesn’t work well. What is the problem then?
It is the high rate of conscientious objectors among doctors, which is impeding the full and thorough application of the law. Bonino is not interested in knowing the reasons for this objection of conscience; what is important [for her]is that the laws function, that the slaughter continues and so she hopes for greater diffusion of pharmacological abortion by means of the abortion pill RU 486, which few still have recourse to. Emma Bonino, like many abortionists, consider the baby a growth on the mother’s body, or if they admit that it is human life developing for nine months in the mother’s womb, they have the vision of the interests of the State, of race, of the proletariat class, or of the single individual, which justify the killing of an innocent human-being. This vision has only one name, which ought to be proclaimed in clear letters : barbarism.
Bonino doesn’t even realize that something is changing in the world, that today it is not the feminist processions filling the streets, but the marches for Life, like those that took place in Rome on May 19th and in Argentina on May 20th. The mainstream media ignores these events, but a protest which springs from the natural law, engraved in indelible characters in the heart of every man, cannot be stopped. Under pressure by the pro-life movements in the United States, President Trump, has done more [for pro-life] in less than a year than his predecessors did in the previous thirty years. Even Communist China, after the failure of the disastrous one-child-only policy, has decided that by the beginning of 2019, the limits imposed until now on births will be abolished.
In Italy a new government is being formed. It is lamentable the fact that in the so-called “contract of government” the great themes of life and family are absent, or addressed only under the strictly economic aspect. And yet, as Virginia Coda Nunziante noted, if the language of economics is the only one that is understood, it would be sufficient to begin removing the 200-300 million Euros in public expense spent every year in the killing of our children and use the money to make the health system more functional, not the abortuary. One of the reasons for the crisis in our country is the demographic collapse due to abortion and contraception, which in turn are the fruits of a hedonistic, relativist culture.
We will never be able to find a way out of the crisis if the conditions of the culture of death are not reversed. This is the message that comes from the March For Life and other recent initiatives, like Citizengo and ProVita Onlus, but also by the efforts of many young people, groups and associations, who are not surrendering, who will keep on going, and may the breakdown in the Italy of today, be replaced by an Italy which rediscovers the Divine and Natural Law upon which to build its future.
After reading his quite long post, what is important to understand is that the upper management of the Holy See is beginning to understand that FrancisEPICFAILURE is no longer an option.
So assuming that the above is a TRUE PREMISE, the following information should be treated with a heightened level of SIGNIFICANCE.
First we begin with the above screen grab and the dearth of VOCATIONS in Rhode Island. DC Latin Mass makes a great… and OBJECTIVELY CORRECT riposte to the good Bishop.
Yet the VOCATIONS crisis in the FrancisChurch and by extension in the post-concliliar church is not only OBSERVABLE, but becoming a REAL “internal issue” behind the Sacred Vatican Walls and also in the wider Italian national church.
It must be becoming such a SIGNIFICANT issue since Francis had to address it at his last meeting with the Italian Bishop’s Conference. Here is a post from Fr. Z. (see here) that lays out the background for these FrancisMusings:
At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
And from the reports, there were TWO main topics for discussion:
Dearth of Vocations
Intrinsically Disordered Seminarians.
Starting with the latter, Francis had this to say:
Francis, speaking about the downturn in vocations,one of his “three worries” for the Italian church, he was, instead, more straightforward and, inviting the bishops to oversee more the quality of future priests, then the quantity, explicitly mentioned cases of homosexual persons who desire, for various motives, to enter into the seminary. Then he invited the bishops to a “careful discernment”, adding: “if you have also the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter”.
Ockham’s razor would view this “objectively disordered” persons ban as Francis paying his customary lip service to this issue. He most likely sees it in “his” interest for these types of people to enter the seminaries (since apparently no other types want to) but is hedging himself (and his “legacy”) in case there are problems downstream when the local ordinaries don’t take his “advice”.
But the SIGNIFICANCE of addressing this issue is that it is the Italian Bishops who have a VESTED INTEREST in having this issue addressed, which is no doubt why Francis raised it (or more likely, was asked to raise it) in the first place.
The more important issue is about the DEARTH OFVOCATIONS. It cannot be stressed enough that it is the ITALIAN BISHOPS who have a VESTED INTEREST in having this issue addressed. So Francis is just addressing something that is of primary importance to the Italian Bishops’ Conference.
In a speech to an annual assembly of the Italian bishops conference Monday, Francis blamed the priest shortage on such factors as demographic changes, scandals in the church and cultural trends that dissuade young people from making lifelong commitments and make them value instead the “dictatorship of money.”
“How many seminaries, churches, monasteries and convents will be closed in the next few years?” he asked. “God only knows.”
Here is how Francis sees Vocations and the Sacred Priesthood going forward:
A better way to restate this question as follows:
How do you see the situation of the Society of Jesus (the Company) going forward, given that the average age of its members is rather advanced and there are very few younger members (vocations) coming into the Order to take their place?
To which, Francis answers… again paraphrasing:
The situation is dire, but I’m in charge and I’m doing it my way.So trust me. If doing it my way is an abject disaster, so be it.The Society of Jesus will die. And I’m ok with that because the “god of surprises” (a.k.a. Bergoglio’s alter ego) wants it that way. So what this means for you and “the Company, just like Xavier, you will chose the path of death.
But not to leave you dear brothers with a sour taste in your mouth, since suicide might not sit well with you, please re-frame your thinking along the lines of the Japanese on Saipan at the end of World War II jumping off the cliffs to their deaths rather than being captured by the Americans “Saverio”, who “chose to follow the path proposed to him, and in that case it was death!”
Yet, the “Remnants of Catholicism” within the post-conciliar church (in which the INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH subsits) are not complying with the instructions given by the FrancisSuicideCult. Here is a screen grab from the latest graduation class at one major US seminary: (see here)
For those who are not on Twitter, hint: All are wearing cassocks!
And it would also appear that there is a SEMINARIAN REVOLT taking place in France. Here is the back-story from the Eponymous Flower blog: (see here)
(Paris) 80 seminarians of the Archdiocese of Paris have recently attended Holy Mass in the traditional form of the Roman Rite on February 2nd, at the Feast of Candlemass.
And why did this happen:
After decades of harsh rejection and exclusion of the traditional rite, especially in France, where the intra-Church conflict was particularly marked by a strong traditionalist movement, there are signs of rapprochement. This is also evident from the fact that it was the seminarians who, in their absolute majority in the academic year 2017/2018, wanted to study the traditional form of the Roman Rite and the Motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, although, according to Corrispondenza Romana, it was not due to attempts by the diocesan authorities who had failed in the formation of priests to dissuade them.
“The reality is different, and tells of a renewal of the Church, in France and elsewhere, thanks to the traditional orders and communities that attract vocations and now also attract the attention of the future diocesan clergy.”
In other words, what we are a witness to is a revolt by the diocesan seminarians who understand that since they will be dedicating their lives to Christ, they would like the INSTITUTION that He founded to be around for a while longer.
So what has in fact happened, regardless of how the Corrispondenza Romana spins it, is that they have revolted!
And like they say, there is strength in numbers…
And by taking matters into their own hands, these future Priests most effectively answered Francis’ claim that only “God knows” how many seminaries will be closed in the next few years…
So today we continue our Jordan Peterson thread. For those of you who think that this humble blogger is obsessed with Dr. Peterson’s work, you are correct. But the “obsession” is very wholesome and quite appropriate for the times that we live in.
The wider issue and cause of my “obsession” concerns a PROCESS. To be more specific, the PROCESS of becoming Catholic. So today, I will lay out some thoughts on this issue and see if a workable framework can be “discerned”.
This humble blogger’s inspiration for revisiting the PROCESS issue came from a Tweet from Radical Catholic in which he presented four separate Cardinals making quite eye-opening statements. The original can be found here and the screen grab is below:
So using these EVENTS above as the jump-off point, your humble blogger will revisit the PROCESS of PROSELYTIZATION, or what Catholics would refer to as the Great Commission: (seehere)
 And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them.  And seeing him they adored: but some doubted.  And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.  Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. (Matt 28: 16-20)
We begin today’s post with a review of Dr. Peterson’s explanation of the threat that post-Modernism poses to Western Civilization in general. At the very beginning of the video, we get this passage: (see here)
I want to recommend a book first to everyone here. It’s called “Explaining Postmodernism” and it’s by a gentleman by the name of Stephen Hicks and you need to understand post-Modernism because that’s what you are up against.
Your up against it far more than you know or think. And it’s a much more well developed and pervasive, pernicious, nihilistic, intellectually attractive doctrine than has yet to come to public realization.
It absolutely dominates the humanities and social sciences and the universities. What’s happening… you see, someone once said, who… unfortunately I can’t remember, it might have been Friedrich Nietzsche, who said that everybody is the unconscious exponant of a dead philosopher. And fortunately, the post-Modern philosophers are mostly dead, so that’s a good thing. But that doesn’t mean that their words aren’t continually being spoken by people who are following in their wake, lets say.
And it’s not like any given person is absolutely possessed by the spirit of post-Modernism. Because often they’re not educated enough to know all the details about what it is that has them in their grip. But if you get 20 of them together, and they’re all 5% influenced by the post-Modernist ethos, you basically have the spirit of the mob that’s a mouthpiece for that philosophical doctrine.
And if you understand the doctrine, than you understand why things are progressing the way that they’re progressing.
So I’m going to tell you a little bit about the doctrine, because it’s not optional to understand this.
It’s absolutely crucial to understand this.
You can’t underestimate the power of ideas and also the power of words, because ideas are expressed in words.
So what is important to understand from the above passage is that post-Modernism, as an IDEOLOGY is FRACTIONATED (divide into fractions or components). And as in Dr. Peterson’s example, not all proponents of the post-Modernist IDEOLOGY espouse it in its entirety.
Yet by introducing elements of post-Modernism into their “personal views” or say, “teaching office”, these adherents introduce a corrupting feature that undermines the host “world view” or THEOLOGY.
And as I need not tell anyone reading this, the current bishop of Rome is a very good example of someone who is “possessed” by post-Modernism, and the corrosive effects that the introduction of his TRANSRATIONAL post-Modernism is having on the post-conciliar church is there, for all who have eyes to see.
Yet if we look at the lay of the land, especially through our “FRANCTIONATED” framework, what we notice is that Catholicism is also FRACTIONATED. In other words, we see elements of Catholicism in places where we would not expect for them to exist.
And when this humble blogger makes the above claim, it is not limited to… say “the Christians”. To be more precise, when we observe the current public debate that is taking place across the different sub-sets of the Visibilium Omnium, we can easily notice FRANCTIONATED Catholicism everywhere.
Here is an excellent example from another Jordan Peterson video, this one more recent. In an interview with Ben Shapiro, we get this exchange: (see here)
BS: So this gets to the broader question that I know you and Sam (Harris) went on for three hours about, about the nature of truth. Particularly truth in the moral sphere. Would it be fair to say that you guys agree on the idea of truth in the scientific sphere? That there is such a thing as OBJECTIVE TRUTH?
JP: I would say we agree on a lot of that. The question is, to some degree “why do scientists accept the idea that OBJECTIVE TRUTH is true. And then I would say, we probably don’t agree about that. Because I would ground that in pragmatism. And Sam would ground that in the idea of an independently existing OBJECTIVE WORLD.
BS: Which is leap of faith more like my own actually, than the pragmatists view. That if you believe that there is a God in the universe that created the structures in a particular or certain way, then what he created is the Truth, and is apart from you.And if human beings didn’t exist, they weren’t able to utilize the Truth, that Truth would still exist out there, where as the pragmatists would say: ‘it’s… the truth is in the use that it has for human beings’.
JP: Well, that’s the thing, I don’t know if we would consider scientific truth “true” unless we are also simultaneously accepting the idea that scientific truth is good for people.
Nota bene: I will stop here, but when you dear reader continue viewing the video, you will notice Dr. Peterson going on to identify the clinical psychologist’s “rationalist” case for the existence of the Holy Spirit. He also nicely explains the “rationalist” case for the perpetual fight between the forces of good (Holy Spirit) against the forces of evil (Satan). But I digress…
Concluding, what I would like to draw you attention to is the UNIVERSALITY (applicable everywhere, always and to everyone) of what Dr. Peterson is explaining. This particular UNIVERSALITY should be considered as a sub-set of our Catholic Faith. The basis for Catholicism is quite apparent and jumps out at the viewer in this discussion of the LOGOS, the WORD which then leads to the case for the existence of OBJECTIVE TRUTH.
What we see in this discussion, and what is quite interesting is that Dr. Peterson still hasn’t accepted the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY of the existence of OBJECTIVE TRUTH, while Ben Shapiro (observant Jew) and Sam Harris (observant “atheist”) already have.
This could very well explain the “mental roadblock” to Dr. Peterson’s full conversion to the ONE TRUE FAITH?
Nota bene: What is quite amazing is that to an evolutionary biologist or a scientist, OBJECTIVE TRUTH should be a forgone conclusion. The simple proof for it’s existence is that dinosaurs existed before humans, fossils being the OBJECTIVE PROOF.
But be that as it may, it’s a PROCESS…
… and PRO MULTI, not PRO OMNES.
So one way to look at the two participants of the above discussion is as “FRACTIONATED CATHOLICS”. Each for reasons only known to themselves, has not made that last connection to Catholicism. But each possess a large bit of the THEOLOGY that is needed for that last “leap of Faith”.
And what is so apparently needed is a good Dominican for example, who can connect the final dots together and get these two over the line…
… in their own due time, of course.
But at the end of the day, what is clearly evident is that the PROSELYTIZATION Pipeline is operational and the Holy Spirit is very active.
Today your humble blogger is back from a short business trip and what does he find?
Jordan B. Peterson is still “all the rage”.
Below is a republication from William F. Buckley Jr.’s National Review that still, from time to time contains a good post.
Today’s subject matter deals with the Deus ex Machina thread about how Dr. Jordan B. Peterson can save the post-conciliar church from itself and maybe even help turn the Barque of St. Peter around. This is the proper CONTEXT for reading this post below.
The post by David French itself, is a very well written piece which touches on the dynamic between the secular and the sacred aspects of reality, while indicating the RECONCILIATION POINT where these two sides of what we call ONTOLOGICAL REALITY come together.
The author rightly places Dr. Peterson at the center of the RECONCILIATION POINT.
Furthermore, this material is quite timely since we are approaching another consistory where Francis will be creating 14 new FrancisCardinals. What Francis is doing is stacking the deck with hierarchs who he thinks will elect the “son of Francis” after he is no more.
Yet like in all successions, the outcomes can never be known, no matter how scripted the plan going into the conclave.
From our end, what we Faithful Catholics need to do is keep praying, fasting and….
SHOUTING FROM THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS the OBJECTIVE TRUTH that FRANCIS IS AN EPIC FAILURE.
And no better way can be had to demonstrate just how EPIC of a FAILURE Francis is, than by showing pictures of the General Audience attendances. Above is one from the 16th of May, 2018.
The OPTICS speak for themselves…
Last week Francis drew a couple of hundred, literally.
Sustainable, this is not!
And now, onto the National Review post (see originalhere)
Jordan Peterson Plays in the Left’s Cultural Sandbox
There’s room for a Christian counter-offensive in secular culture.
Rarely in my life have I read a more hostile or vicious takedown of a public figure than last week’s New York Times profile of Canadian author and psychologist Jordan Peterson. Rarely have I witnessed a more bizarre and bad-faith interview of a public figure than journalist Cathy Newman’s January interrogation of Peterson on Britain’s Channel 4 News. Few public figures inspire more vitriol and mockery on Twitter than, you guessed it, Jordan Peterson. And never before have I seen vitriol so out of proportion to the “threat” of the man’s underlying message.
I don’t claim to be an expert on everything the man’s said, but I read and reviewed his most recent book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos, and I’ve watched many of his most popular YouTube videos — and the contrast between the actual content of his message and the rage and mockery it elicits never fails to surprise me. Have we really reached the point where the basic argument that men and women are different, or that free men and women will often make different choices in large part because they are different, or that religion and ancient traditions can inform and guide our lives today, are now so toxic that their advocates must and should face a relentless campaign to drive them from the public square?
Or, given the obvious crisis that young men face — with rising rates of suicide and drug overdose, and diminishing educational outcomes — why the extraordinary hostility to a man who is reaching those same young men with a message of hard work, personal responsibility, honor, and integrity?
After all, if you’re a theologically conservative Christian or Jew — a person who is Biblically literate and strives to live according to Biblical morality — the flaw of the Peterson message is that it feels a bit basic. As I wrote in my review, “readers who are already grounded in a Biblical worldview will find some of the counsel extraordinarily elementary.”
But that’s the issue. If Peterson were writing to a Christian audience, he’d be one voice among many. An interesting and quirky voice, to be sure, but his core message about men and women would be conventional, not revelatory. Instead, however, Peterson stands out because he is playing in the Left’s cultural sandbox. He’s disrupting an emerging secular cultural monopoly with arguments about history, tradition, and the deep truths about human nature that the cultural radicals had long thought they’d banished to the fringe.
That’s the reason for the fury. That’s the reason for the rage. When Peterson walks into a secular university or a secular television studio and addresses a secular audience by referencing ancient theological arguments, the effect is not unlike inviting a genderqueer women’s-studies professor to a Baptist Sunday-school class. Some things (in some places) are just not said.
Then, when people actually respond to that message, the shock is even more seismic. It’s difficult to overstate the extent to which the Left has long been (and, crucially, felt) culturally ascendant in America’s secular spaces. The academy, pop culture, mainstream media, corporate America — all of these spaces have drunk deeply of the Left’s cultural Kool-Aid, especially when it comes to matters of sex and gender. The holdouts are in the church and synagogue, and their borders are shrinking under relentless cultural assault.
That’s the arc of history, you see, and the only place where its ultimate triumph was in doubt (or, more precisely, delayed) was in politics — and those setbacks were transient and temporary until the “coalition of the ascendant” could claim its rightful place at the pinnacle of political power.
The problem, however, was a failure to thrive. The new culture left too many young men behind. The new, fractured family claimed too many lives. When “deaths of despair” are so prevalent that the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation now faces declining life expectancies, it’s hard to argue for the unqualified success of the modern leftist cultural project.
And so, as the secular Left pressed up against the church, it looked behind and saw the flames in its own camp. Peterson held the match, but the kindling was all around him. It’s not that men (and many women) failed to adjust to the new gender ideologies, it’s that the new gender ideologies too often fail to reckon with our deepest human longings and fail to recognize our fundamental human nature. As Peterson writes in 12 Rules, “We cannot invent our own values, because we cannot merely impose what we believe on our souls.”
No one should believe that Peterson is always right, or that his every utterance is profound, but he has served a truly invaluable cultural service. His success and — critically — his method, which relies as much on scripture as it does on psychology, should serve as a clarion call for Biblical Christians and Jews. There is no need for the defensive crouch. In the spiritual wasteland of secularized America, the harvest is plentiful, and ancient truth can indeed provide the seed for new beginnings.
In yesterday’s post, (see here) your humble blogger tried to present a set of links to posts whose underlying “narrative” was INCOMPETENCE on a grand scale.
What is even more troubling when reading through this material is that the parties engaging in these “questionable” activities, appear not to be concerned that they are breaking long held governmental standards of bureaucratic “impartiality” or of even outright breaking the law.
Be that as it may, and before we move on, your humble blogger would like to draw your attention to the above video once again. I would like my readers to pay attention to the exchange where Dr. Peterson speaks about INCOMPETENT people who decide that they will change very complicate and sophisticated systems and institutions without a large dose of HUMILITY.
And not the type that Francis promotes either…
Moving onto the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium, we get this “faux pas” (?) wherein a person not COMPETENT in Catholic theology decides to exert his WILL in the “Communion to the heretics” issue:
So in the above screen grab, one can notice two aspects of this quite disturbing (yet not entirely unexpected to the clear thinking Catholic) comment by the President of the German “Republic”.
The first is the crassness and arrogance with which the comment was made. It is as if the warnings of Pope Pius IX’s Syllabus of Errors (1864) are returning to haunt those who have forgotten that which is written in this INFALLIBLE document.
Specifically, ERROR 44. states as follows: (emphasis added)
44. The civil authority may interfere in matters relating to religion, morality and spiritual government: hence, it can pass judgment on the instructions issued for the guidance of consciences, conformably with their mission, by the pastors of the Church. Further, it has the right to make enactments regarding the administration of the divine sacraments, and the dispositions necessary for receiving them. — Allocutions “In consistoriali,” Nov. 1, 1850, and “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862.
Now moving over to the Natural side of the ONTOLOGICAL reality which ERROR 44. mirrors, the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution (1791) makes the following claim:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
So what we see in the above text is that introducing ERROR into either a POLITICAL or ECCLESIASTICAL PROCESS, allows for that ERROR to CORRUPT the PROCESS itself. The downstream effects of the CORRUPTION of a NATURAL PROCESS brings with it UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
Specifically, once we abrogate the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY that:
And the reason we lose our God given RIGHTS is by introducing ERROR into our understanding of where those RIGHTS come from originally.
The end of the Slipper Slope of this ERRONEOUS understanding of the origin of the RIGHTS OF MAN and the nature of the RIGHTS OF GOD brings us to Herr Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
In the above statement of the current President of the German “Republic”, we see the PROCESS clearly. Once we, human beings with our fallen nature, deprived God of the rights that are His and His alone, we enter into a VIRTUAL REALITY in which OUR RIGHTS which we obtained from Him, are also abrogated.
The RIGHTS that were formally OURS, have now been expropriated by those who have the most… wait for it… POWER.
So the question then becomes: how did we get here?
For an answer to this quite pertinent question, your humble blogger refers you to a case study under the title of Case Study Vatican II produced by The Kenan Institute For Ethics.
Here is the Introduction to this case study:
Father John Courtney Murray, SJ was a busy professor at Woodstock College in Maryland, where he taught Trinitarian theology, edited Theological Studies, a prominent journal of Jesuit theology, and was considered a leading American Catholic theologian. In 1954, after over a decade publishing on church-state issues and religious freedom, Murray was ordered to stop writing about these topics altogether. These controversial subjects had led to heated exchanges between him and more conservative, traditional elements of the Church both in the United States and at the Vatican.2 Influential members of the Roman Curia felt that religious liberty was intolerable because “error has no rights”3 – that is, people do not have the right to follow a religion that is false.By 1963, however, Murray was asked to attend the second session of the Second Vatican Council.4 Murray served as a peritus, or expert, on religious freedom and was largely responsible for influencing and drafting one of the most important documents emerging from the Council, Dignitatis Humanae, “Declaration on Religious Freedom.”
So what is unfolding before our very eyes is the Slippery Slope that started with the rehabilitation of ERROR at the “Second Vatican Council”, which now threatens the loss of our Natural Rights given by God to His creation, in 50 short years time.
It would appear now that this state of affairs has reached the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. From the statement of Herr Steinmeier, he is making the claim that it is the STATE now, that “has the right to make enactments regarding the administration of the divine sacraments, and the dispositions necessary for receiving them.”
In the bigger picture, what we see in the above case is that something that was supposed to be SACROSANCT, i.e. the notion of a “separation of church and state”, in reality is non-existent.
And the reason being that in reality, the “separation of church and state” is what is termed a FALSE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT in post-Modernist speak.
Or as we say here, the “separation of church and state” is not grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.
And another element of this FALSE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT can now be seen spreading its tentacles into other areas of society at present. Here is just a sampling from a random screen grab:
Which brings me to the second aspect of the Steinmeier claim, which is to remind you dear and loyal reader of the “other” Golden Rule, which states:
Those who have the gold, make the rules.
So since Herr Steinmeier is a proxy for the “gold”, i.e. POWER, he can make the RULES!
It’s as simple as that!
Concluding, what we see in the above is that once fallen man enters onto a Slippery Slope of justifying or even acquiescing to ERROR, the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES are unavoidable.
In the above text we can observe that what started out as an apparently “liberalizing” and “innocuous” “reform” during the Enlightenment and reached the height of its development in the Conciliar document Dignitatis Humanae, i.e. that all “religions are equal”, therefore the need for the “separation of church and state”, has morphed into a state of affairs under which a sizable majority of the Western population is now in jeopardy of losing its Natural God-given right to freedom of speech, expression, assembly and association altogether.
The only bulwark against this ERRONEOUS mentality was the pre-conciliar Catholic Church, (and is the INDEFECTIBLE Catholic Church) and its Universal Magisterium.
But since the post-conciliar church (in which the INDEFECIBLE CHURCH “subsists”) abandoned… bah suppressed its TRUE DOCTRINE and acquiesced to ERROR, there is nothing now to stand in ERROR’s way.
Mr. Steinmeier’s statement above is just the manifestation of the above and provides proof of the ERRONEOUS nature of Dignitatis Humanae document itself.
The reason for this sequence of events on the part of the post-conciliar church, and its ability to foresee the consequences of its actions, is most likely INCOMPETENCE.
And the delusions of leftist political activism…
Nota bene: Archbishop Lefebvre identified just these consequences at the time of the council, refusing to sign the document. (see here)
From the secular side, it appears to be that certain “special interests” need those God-given rights to be curtailed in order for them to maintain their “special rights” which they obtained through POLITICAL POWER which …
… grows out of the barrel of a gun. (Mao)
As for the SACROSANCT principle of the “separation of church and state” and Dignitatis Humanae.
In this post your humble blogger will use a short example of events taking place in Washington DC and Northern Virginia courtrooms to illustrate the larger understanding of what is in fact the situation behind the Sacred Vatican Walls.
Although not apparent to the untrained eye, yet numerously expounded upon on the pages of this humble blog, the common denominator of the situation with the Mueller “witch hunt” and the Francis Vatican is… wait for it… still waiting… post-Modernism.
Why would post-Modernism be the common denominator between these two independent and unrelated situations, you might as dear reader?
Here is our official authority on post-Modernism to explain:
As we see from the above video, what we are dealing here with is the WAR ON COMPETENCE.
What is important to understand from the above is that if one ditches such objective, rational, empirical standards to build ones operational NARRATIVES, what will eventually happen is that these NARRATIVES will break down under scrutiny.
On the ECCLESIASTICAL side of the Visibilium Omnium, we can assume the same RESULT from the INCOMPETENCE exhibited by the current FrancisBrainTrust.
In other words, what is waiting for us Faithful Catholics in the not too distant future is that COMPETENCE will need to reassert itself. It will have to reassert itself for the simple reason that INCOMPETENCE ends in disaster.
Just like the Mueller Witch Hunt, which is happening in real time.
A good example of the COMPETENCE reasserting itself in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set can be observed here:
So as we can see in the above, it would appear that it’s just a matter of time until the situation will have to right itself, whether we are speaking about politics, law enforcement or the post-conciliar church.
Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn’t Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say
This week, one of the Russian companies accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was revealed in court to not have existed during the time period alleged by Mueller’s team of prosecutors, according to a lawyer representing the defendant.
U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey asked Eric Dubelier, one of two lawyers representing the accused Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, if he was representing a third company listed in Mueller’s indictment.
“What about Concord Catering?” Harvey asked Dubelier.
“The government makes an allegation that there’s some association. I don’t mean for you to – do you represent them, or not, today? And are we arraigning them as well?”
“We’re not,” Dubelier responded.
“And the reason for that, Your Honor, is I think we’re dealing with a situation of the government having indicted the proverbial ham sandwich.”
“That company didn’t exist as a legal entity during the time period alleged by the government,” Dubelier continued.
“If at some later time they show me that it did exist, we would probably represent them. But for purposes of today, no, we do not.”
The term “indict a ham sandwich” is believed to have originated from a 1985 report in the New York Daily News when New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler told the news publication that government prosecutors have so much influence over grand juries that they could get them to “indict a ham sandwich.”
As predicted here on this humble blog of this even more humble blogger, Italy has a new anti-establishment government… or will have one in the not too distant future.
So today, we connect the dots again…
From the perspective of the Catholic, engaged in the fight for the Restoration of all things in Christ, the key to the changes in Italy are of a secondary consideration.
What is more important is how these changes affect the situation in Germany, that are of primary importance. As has been mentioned in numerous posts here, this humble blogger identifies Germany as the “ground zero” of the destruction of Western Civilization as we know it.
It is the German media foundations who are the ROOT CAUSE of the problem, spreading their home grown (Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory) Cultural Marxism to the rest of the Western Hemisphere.
These German foundations control the two (essentially ONE) major parties, who then use the public purse to spread the Cultural Marxism via their “soft power” operations.
The reason this is happening is that the German government is experiencing a 18 year boom due to the introduction of the Euro currency. The Germans can run a balanced budget if they so choose, due to the large trade surpluses generated by the German corporate sector.
The reason these huge Trade Surpluses are generated by the German corporate sector is due to the fact that the value of the German national currency, i.e. the Deutsche Mark is locked inside the Euro currency at a highly devalued rate.
The practical effect is that the Germans can export any given product, charge in Euros for that product, and since the Euro is much cheaper than the Deutsche Mark, they can sell much more of the given product. Hence, massive Trade Surpluses.
The cost of the these Trade Surpluses is bore by the weaker countries known as the Club Med. These countries that use the Euro currency have their products overvalued due to the opposite side of the above described effect, hence sell less of them, hence operate under constant Trade Deficits.
Nota bene: The difference between these Trade Surpluses and Deficits is what is known as the Target2 Balances.
Anyways, with Italy’s new government taking shape, one of the very few common positions is with respect to the Euro currency. In other words, this new incoming government will need to get rid of the Euro and bring back the Italian Lira. Once this happens, the Lira will need to be devaluated by 40+% for starters.
Needless to say, if the Italians leave the Euro, they not only will they regain their economic sovereignty, but they will create a problem for the Germans. The problem will be such that the German banks, ahem… Deutsche Bank, as well as the entire European Monetary System, i.e. the European Central Bank will need to realize the losses on Italian Debt.
Remember, they will “magially” become Lira denominated debt as opposed to Euro denominated debt OVERNIGHT!. Kind of like Cinderella at midnight… This denomination will open up a massive gapping hole in the ECB Balance Sheet.
This “new normal” will in turn create a situation where the ECB will need to “ask” their member Central Banks of the remaining Euro currency countries, to recapitalize the ECB to cover the Italian losses, or… the entire Euro banking system will come crashing down.
Led by Deutsche Bank…
And this will create a massive depression in Germany since the German state will need to recapitalize all these insolvent banks, at taxpayer expense while their new currency will revalued at a much higher rate, which in turn will mean less revenue for the central budget.
This in turn will affect not only the “soft money” targeted countries, i.e. South America, Africa and Asia, but even such national “programs” like the KIRCHENSTEUER.
Keeping the above in mind, here is the latest from the coalition talks taking place in Rome, via the Zero Hedge website: (see originalhere)
Italy’s 5-Star, League Reach Deal Clearing Way For “Anti-establishment” Government
Back on March 4, the Euro was spooked and Italian bonds tumbled, if only briefly, following the shocking outcome from the Italian elections which saw the eurosceptic 5-Star party and the anti-immigrant League party win an outright majority. The only thing that prevented an even more violent reaction was the market’s “expert” take that a joint Italian government between these two forces was highly unlikely.
Well, as of this moment, a coalition government between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and right-wing League party is no longer not only likely, but appears to be a virtual certainty after the two political forces reached an agreement on a government program, one which was catalyzed by Sylvio Berlusconi’s blessing late last week, greenlighting what may be the biggest shock in European politics since Brexit.
As the WSJ frames it, “the formation of a new government—which is expected in the coming days—between the two groups marks one of the biggest wins yet for the political insurgencies shaking Europe’s establishments.” The alliance between the two parties follows more than two months of bickering among political leaders following March elections that handed no clear majority to any single party or coalition.
And since both parties have, at their core, an anti-immigrant platform, Angela Merkel can pat herself on the back for yet another job well done, by unleashing the unprecedented anti-immigrant, populist revulsion wave which swept across Europe with the chancellor’s “open door” policy to admit over 1 million mostly Syrian refugees inside Germany’s, and Europe’s, borders.
As the WSJ details, the two parties struck a deal Sunday evening on a pact that would underpin a government coalition between the two.
Leaders of the two groups, however, are still negotiating the members of a government cabinet, including the prime minister. An announcement of those names should come early this week, according to weekend statements by leaders of both groups.
With the general agreement now reached, leaders of 5 Star and League will meet on Monday with Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, who will guide the formation of a new government. And while the coalition must then win votes in both houses of parliament, that shouldn’t be a problem as the League and 5 Star together enjoy a comfortable majority in each house.
Meanwhile, as we described earlier, the coalition agreement includes measures such as a universal basic income for the unemployed, a rock-bottom flat tax and the revocation of a sweeping pension reform introduced in 2011.
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To be sure, what happens next is unclear as Italy’s soon-to-be-governing coalition has made economic promises that seem incompatible with Europe’s fiscal rules and will be hard, if not impossible, to keep or even implement. These, as Reuters details, include:
slashing taxes for companies and individuals,
boosting welfare provision,
cancelling a scheduled increase in sales tax
dismantling a 2011 pension reform which sharply raised the retirement age.
Yet while these two pre-election adversaries spent the last few days trying to meld their very different programs into a “contract” of mutually acceptable policy commitments, what they have in common is that they are extremely expensive.
On the face of it their plans, which they say may also include a form of parallel currency, could push the budget deficit far above targets agreed with the EU, setting up a clash with the European Commission and Italy’s partners.
“We will need to renegotiate EU agreements to stop Italy suffocating,” League leader Matteo Salvini said on Saturday after a day of talks with his 5-Star counterpart Luigi Di Maio. Separately, 5-Star’s flagship policy of a universal income for the poor has been costed at around 17 billion euros ($20 billion) per year. The League’s hallmark scheme, a flat tax rate of 15 percent for companies and individuals, is estimated to reduce tax revenues by 80 billion euros per year.
That’s just the start of the new costs: scrapping the unpopular pension reform would cost 15 billion euros, another 12.5 billion is needed to head off the planned hike in sales tax. But the biggest wildcard is that the parties are considering printing a new, special-purpose currency to pay off state debts to firms.
It is entirely unclear how any of that can happen, or be approved, under existing the European framework.
“If implemented, it would be the biggest shake-up of the Italian economic system in modern times,” said Wolfgang Munchau, head of the London-based Eurointelligence think-tank.
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But just how “anti-establishment” will the coalition be?
Well, prior to the election, 5-Star and the League both blamed the EU’s fiscal rules for Italy’s chronically weak growth and rising poverty, and promised to defy Brussels by spending more if they managed to enter government. However, since then the parties have used less strident tones, and a 5-Star official said on Friday any plans to raise the budget deficit will first be discussed with Brussels in a “courteous” way.
Furthermore, whereas the outgoing administration promised the fiscal deficit would fall this year to 1.6% of GDP from 2.4% in 2017, and then drop to 0.8% next year with a balanced budget in 2020, 5-Star leader Di Maio said that he would hold the deficit at 1.5%, having previously pledged to raise it above the EU’s 3% ceiling to allow extra spending on public investments.
His latest position is still not consistent with Italy’s commitment to balance its budget, and also out of line with the more confrontational stance of the League. “The goal to balance the budget has destroyed our economy,” said League senator Alberto Bagnai, a eurosceptic economist. Incidentally, the League wants to raise the deficit to 2.8% this year and to 3.0% in 2020. Bagnai said negotiation would be needed to find common ground on the matter with 5-Star.
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To be sure, some of the parties’ negotiators now suggest a more pragmatic approach will probably prevail, by implementing their pre-election proposals only partially and gradually. In the face of voter disappointment, each group will be able to say it was forced to compromise with its partner. Even so, it is still unclear how all this will square with Italy’s commitments to reduce its budget deficit and its public debt, which at more than 130% of gross domestic product, is the highest in the euro zone after Greece.
Worse, growing signs of an economic slowdown will make the new government’s task even harder. Industrial output stagnated in the first quarter and business confidence fell in April to a 14-month low.
In fact, the only thing Italy may have going for it is that Italy’s borrowing costs are currently the lowest on record, despite the political storm clouds that are about to be unleashed. But that will only persist as long as the ECB is active in the market, soaking up any Italian bonds offered for sale.
Commenting on the Italian developments, Barclays over the weekend said that news of a coalition among the anti-system parties quickly brought investors’ attention back to Italy, and that should the economic policies disclosed in the campaigns be enacted, “this outcome would very likely be negative for markets and a direct challenge to the European fiscal compact.” To wit:
[The two parties] campaigned on a number of expensive fiscal promises, including the roll-back of the pension reform, the implementation of a universal income and a flat income tax. Altogether, these measures would cost about EUR100bn, according to our preliminary estimates.
Without offsetting fiscal measures, this outcome would very likely be negative for markets and a direct challenge to the European fiscal compact. While market positioning, decent growth and QE have cushioned Italy from an adverse market reaction thus far, growth needs to remain supportive for the fiscal position to be sustainable and prevent history from repeating itself
The good news for Italy, at least for now, is that the ECB’s QE continues to monetize virtually all Italian net bond issuance, making the likelihood of a crash remote. That, however is also the biggest problem facing Italy, because as we have shown previously, for well over a year, the only marginal buyer of Italian debt was the ECB.
As Citi said last December looking at the future of Italian bonds, it is “pretty likely that there will need to be an adjustment in prices” once the the ECB’s purchases of Italian bonds start to fade, resulting in an exponential jump in risks. Quote Citi:
To our minds, this remains one of the most significant political risks to € credit in 2018. Most likely the spillover on credit would be concentrated on Italian and other periphery names, banks in particular. The scenario of a full-on funding crisis is a much lower probability in our view, but would obviously have more systemic implications across the € credit market.
And, as we said last week, “a governing coalition between the Five Star and the League is all that would take to launch the first steps of this funding crisis.” The only question is when will the market react accordingly and “price out” the soothing effect of the ECB?
Today we go off on a tangent and bring you, dear and loyal reader some very good news. But as the post-Modernist would say, CONTEXT is everything.
So before we get to the great news, some background first.
As my dear readers know, when looking at an issue, any issue, one can look at it on various levels. On this blog, we like to drill down to foundational levels, i.e. the theological level and one level up, the PHILOSOPHICAL level.
In the humble opinion of this even more humble blogger, if we as Faithful Catholics can sort out the PHILOSOPHICAL level, the theological level will sort itself out. The reason for this approach is that the difference between these two levels is that which the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard termed as the “leap of faith”.
Another reason your humble blogger focuses on the PHILOSOPHICAL level is because that is where the largest group of potential CONVERTS exist. (see HERE) It is also the level which needs to be “sorted out” in order for those fallen away Catholics to return to the ONE TRUE FAITH.
And finally, sorting out the PHILOSOPHICAL level is where the entire population functions! In other words, everybody who has the cognizant ability to think abstractly, functions at this level, whether they are cognizant of it or not. As a simple example, anybody trying to decide on which candidate to vote for, will have to define for themselves a PHILOSOPHICALCONSTRUCT on which they can then make the POLITICAL decision.
Given the above, what your humble blogger assumes is that everybody can be introduced to a REASON based PHILOSOPHY, can then deduce an INDIVIDUALPHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH which will mirror something along the lines of a secular form of THOMISM. They then can infer the Supernatural part of the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.
And voilà, Catholicism!
A good case in point of this above is the discussion between Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson wherein Ben Shapiro lays out the THOMIST argument for the nature of ONTOLOGICALREALITYHERE.
Remember, PRO MULTI, not PRO OMNES!
So that’s what’s at play…
Moving on from the general to the specific and the THEOLOGICAL sub-set of the human population, i.e. those who have traversed the Kierkegaardian “leap of faith”, this population has undergone what can be called a “fractionalization” of belief. What I mean by this is that these people’s understanding of their FAITH has been CORRUPTED by the introduction of a “cafeteria style” post-conciliar belief system. These FAITHFUL have been allowed to pick and choose which tenets of the Catholic Faith they will ascribe to and which they could reject. This pick and choose process has robbed them of their understanding of the Catholic Faith of its intrinsic MEANING, and has rendered this personalized understanding IRRELEVANT to their day-to-day existence.
This exchange of a fixed, NATURAL LAW and NATURAL MORAL LAW based FAITH, grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY (Thomist), into one of a situational and relativistic BELIEF SYSTEM (Phenomenological) is what is at the root of the disintegration of the post-conciliar church.
So what has been left of the Catholic Church, after the post-conciliar church suppressed a Thomist based FAITH, and introduced a Phenomenological belief system, is a hodge-podge of “identity groups” who are still part of the post-conciliar church in order to satisfying some of their emotion-based psychological needs for the existence of a transcendental being, but nothing more.
Yet within this post-conciliar structure, is the INDEFECTIBLECHURCH. This Church is the Remnant of the ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH founded by Our Lord and contains the FAITH given by Him to the Apostles and passed down through the generations.
This INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH has all the MARKS of the Catholic Church as it has existed for 2000 years. Since the CATHOLIC FAITH is the ONE TRUE FAITH, it by definition has to be ONTOLOGICALLYTRUE at ALL levels of it’s doctrine. This gives the FAITH MEANING! And we have proof that this is in fact CORRECT since the Catholic Church is the oldest ongoing (and still viable) concern known to man.
With respect to the members of this INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH, one can identify these organizations quite easily. Among them are the Society of St. Pius X, the organizations within the Ecclesia Dei Commission, the Sedevacantists and some of the independent societies who believe that which Catholics have always believed and have not formally broken with the Roman Church.
Nota bene: Disagreements about whether the post-conciliar popes are valid or not should not concern us here, since the next Roman Pontiff can be Pope Pius XIII and these groups will happily accept him as the Roman Pontiff.
Aside, a result that I think we all are praying for…
So one very important part of this INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH is the work being done on the AKA Catholic blog. In a recent post, the readers were informed as to a new initiative by contributors of this blog.
I have re-posted this information below and highly recommend that all my loyal and dear readers support this effort. (see here)
The reason why this blogger is fully supportive of this initiative is the information that will appear in this new publication, The Catholic Inquisitor will no doubt be grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.
I see this effort as becoming one of the few, yet rapidly expanding SOLID MOORINGS where Catholics can come and read information based in the TRUE CATHOLIC FAITH.
If this effort succeeds, one of the down stream EFFECTS will be to better allow the FAITHFUL to keep our SALVIFIC FAITH clearly in focus and define what in fact constitutes the Depositum Fidei.
And speaking strictly from a purely ONTOLOGICAL perspective, if The Catholic Inquisitor can prevent further MADNESS like this, it will have been worth the effort.
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: A new day is dawning
As Cornelia Ferreira observed on these pages last July, a synthesis between many prominent traditionalists and conservatives has been taking place right before our very eyes; a phenomenon that she aptly identified as Conservative-Traditionalism.
Readers of this space have also long lamented the fact that the well-established traditional Catholic apostolates and their media outlets have taken on an ecumenical mindset; one that seeks common ground with neo-conservatives by applauding their hero-prelates whenever they happen to utter a truth, while deliberately ignoring the grave errors and offenses against the Faith that they so often dispense in the process.
Having identified the crisis, it’s now time for all of us to do something about it; for the Glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Introducing The Catholic Inquisitor – a traditional Catholic newspaper committed to defending Catholic tradition – every issue, every month – without compromise.
With an impressive line-up of contributors, The Catholic Inquisitor pledges to tirelessly seek the truth, to deliver it to our readers faithfully, and to defend it from every attack regardless of cost and no matter the source – even if it comes from a bishop in white.
So I’ve taken a few days off from blogging, since it’s been busy at work and the hour (or two) I usually spend writing, has been cutting into my sleep time.
Yet that is not the entire story. Over the last few months – maybe longer, I have observed a CONVERGENCE within the mainstream Catholic blogs, or rather that which they write about. In fact, the army of these bloggers has become so large, whatever I would want to write about, has already been written about before I even sit down at my keyboard. So in most instances, this humble blogger has nothing to add.
What’s more, when they write about various aspects of the SHIT-SHOW that is the current bishopric of Rome, they have correctly identified the underlying PROBLEMS, and we all are singing from the same hyme-sheet.The FOCUS of these writers and bloggers is really “taking it to” the corrupt TEAMFRANCIS, which is under continuous assault as they sit inside the Sacred Vatican Walls.
The latest “best one” is here, followed by this one here. But I digress…
So much so, that the “TERROR”Francis, in an attempt to rebut the Catholic writer’s and blogger’s precise and prescient criticism, was forced to devote an entire FrancisDocument to this PHENOMENON, and his CDF even issued it’s own FrancisDocument (Placuit Deo) to… help the brother out.
As to the well deserved The TERRORFRANCIS moniker itself…
… as a friendly reminder before we start, this footnote here:
Detraction and calumny are acts of terrorism: a bomb is thrown, it explodes and the attacker walks away calm and contented. This is completely different from the nobility of those who speak to others face to face, serenely and frankly, out of genuine concern for their good.
… comes from the guy whose “personal magisterium” is this HERE.
As to the part about speaking “face to face”, the 2 remaining Dubia Cardinals are still waiting…
Be that as it may, that is not the part that I want to highlight in this post.
This part begins here and is the following:
134. Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names: individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations. We can resist leaving behind a familiar and easy way of doing things. Yet the challenges involved can be like the storm, the whale, the worm that dried the gourd plant, or the wind and sun that burned Jonah’s head. For us, as for him, they can serve to bring us back to the God of tenderness, who invites us to set out ever anew on our journey.
Or to paraphrase one “Fr.” Antonio Spadaro: “2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4 on our ‘anew journey'”.
Drilling down into the above passage, your humble blogger would like to focus on the “spiritualism” bit.
Now, Francis appears to have discovered…, or rather should I say “discerned” a new type of “spiritualism” that’s not like the old spiritualism nor like any other forms of “spiritualism” that either exist or existed in the Catholic Church before.
For this new FrancisSpiritualism, he has “poster children” in mind:
142. Each community is called to create a “God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord”. Sharing the word and celebrating the Eucharist together fosters fraternity and makes us a holy and missionary community. It also gives rise to authentic and shared mystical experiences. Such was the case with Saints Benedict and Scholastica. We can also think of the sublime spiritual experience shared by Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica. (…)
So if one would stop reading at this point, one could mistakenly assume that Francis is Catholic. (No pun intended…).
Yet 12 paragraphs lower, we get this:
154. Prayer of supplication is an expression of a heart that trusts in God and realizes that of itself it can do nothing. The life of God’s faithful people is marked by constant supplication born of faith-filled love and great confidence. Let us not downplay prayer of petition, which so often calms our hearts and helps us persevere in hope. Prayer of intercession has particular value, for it is an act of trust in God and, at the same time, an expression of love for our neighbour. There are those who think, based on a one-sided spirituality, that prayer should be unalloyed contemplation of God, free of all distraction, as if the names and faces of others were somehow an intrusion to be avoided.
Hint, post-Modernists don’t believe in logic because they don’t believe in the LOGOS… (see here)
Moving on, what is clear is that Francis has a HIDDEN AGENDA since he is telling his readers that if you like “contemplative religious orders, you can keep your contemplative orders”, please refer to paragraph 142. If you don’t like contemplative orders, then please refer to paragraph 154.
35. Here I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: gnosticism and pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us. In our times too, many Christians, perhaps without realizing it, can be seduced by these deceptive ideas, which reflect an anthropocentric immanentism disguised as Catholic truth.Let us take a look at these two forms of doctrinal or disciplinary security that give rise “to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyses and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others”.
So what we are seeing above is a pure case of “psychological projection”, or Francis defending himself against his own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in himself while attributing them to others.
Specifically, what Francis is doing is using the term “anthropocentric immanentism” that is defined by Pope St. Pius X (as Vital Immanence) in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis and flipping it against the “anti-immanentists”, i.e. the Faithful Catholics.
Here is how Salusbury F. Davenport explained this Modernist manifestation currently on display in the bishopric of Rome: (see here)
[Vital Immanence] is the wholly psychological process of the human consciousness unfolding itself, which has not the remotest likeness to the presence of a transcendent reality abiding within us. God as transcendent is lost to sight; no room is left for any kind of revelation; God is the permanent possibility of progress, He is ever projected as the ideal in advance of each successive stage of evolution and changes as the advance proceeds. (Immanence and Incarnation, p. 68)
So what Francis and his team are doing is confusing definitions.
They are implicitly making the claim that they alone know the “mind of God”, i.e. the “god of surprises”, while implying that their enemies, i.e. the Faithful Catholics are guide not bya transcendent reality abiding within them, but rathermotivated by base human needs, wants and/or desires. Those “neo-immanentists”, are driven, according to TeamFrancis by:
“individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations”.
But just in case some Catholic theologian or one of those “terror bloggers” notices this slight of hand with the definition’s objective meaning and common usage, Francis and his team can always refer those critics to paragraph 2. of the “Joy of Terror Blogging” document which states:
2. What follows is not meantto be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1:4).
So what we are seeing is an attempt to “re-frame” the Catholic understanding of SPIRITUALITY.
This is being done for a reason, and the Peirce/Ockham model also has a HYPOTHESIS about that…
It’s been busy at work, so I haven’t been posting much lately. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching.
Today, we begin with a military metaphor, as can be discerned from the title…
The reason for the title and subject matter is that your humble blogger has been noticing a rather peculiar PHENOMENON taking place in the wider Restoration movement.
And a movement it is.
The observation is that just like in any movement that becomes big, personalities and personal opinions tend to get in the way of progress. And here I mean the good kind of progress. And this is what has been happening lately in the wider Restoration movement. So the humble advice from this most humble blogger is to fix our firing lines onto the real enemy, and allow that which is happening in our rear, behind our battle-lines, to play itself out. It will play itself out in a positive manner since it is REALITY BASED and eventually will have to conform to the Lex Armaticus.
So let’s get down to business…
First for some positive news.
What strikes me about the last week or so days, is how BIG of a SCANDAL the killing of little Alfie and the manner in which it was executed (no pun intended) turned out to be. It became global thanks to social media, and in spite of the complete absence of coverage by the global legacy #fakenews media.
Furthermore, it was the CATHOLICS who took it global!
The Alder Hey Death Camp Hospital’s treatment of little Alfie and his parents was contemptible. And given that it was exclusively the Catholics who initially brought the matter to the attention of the wider global audience, the post-conciliar hierarchy was drawn into the fray. Kicking and screaming, I might add. In fact, the rebellion against this contemptible behavior became so big, that the FrancisVatican and the Bishops of England and Wales were forced to take a position in this matter.
And boy, did they reveal themselves for who they truly are.
The SIGNALLING EFFECTof this “NEW PARADIGM” gang was so strong that the FrancisVatican sycophantic “terror bloggers” had to be engaged. And the Francis
TerrorBloggers” did what the terror bloggers do best, they went after the people who tried to save little Alfie, attacking them mercilessly.
Yet, it has been noticed that it is the “Catholic Church”, i.e. Church Militant, as opposed to the post-conciliar hierarchy along with the rest of the #fakechristian confessions, who is the LAST DEFENDER OF THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE standing on this post-Modernist battlefield of the damned.
And this observation was made grudgingly by non other than Glenn Beck, a person who has gotten a reputation as a #fakeconservative of late. Here to a Hilary White post that contains the link to the Beck-Michael Matt interview and the part mentioned above comes at the end of the interview.
Very eye opening indeed, for no less of a reason then Beck has quite a big audience within the protestant and fallen away Catholic demographic.
Next up, and the much bigger EVENT in the wider Restoration movement that has been transpiring over the last week or so has been the escape of the musician Kanye West from what could be called the Democratic Party Negro Plantation.
And he isn’t letting up either…
This EVENT has been gaining a large and larger SIGNIFICANCE since the cultural sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium appearshave become the TRANSITION MECHANISM across which the radical left is passing on the post-Modernist destructive habits and proclivities through the generations.
Without going into too much detail here, it would appear that as first classical philosophy and later its refinement by the Scholastics, i.e. Thomism provided the Catholic Church with a REALITY BASEDSUBSTRUCTURE through which the Faith was passes on through the generations from the time of the Apostles, culture, or rather pop culture is being used in the same manner by the post-Modernists.
What the post-Modernists have in fact done is create a string of “cultural icons” since the hippie days of the 1960s, which serve as “role models” for the wider Western populations. These “cultural icons” appear to perform the same function as that of the Catholic Communion of Saints, individuals whose actions are to be admired and imitated.
The problem is that this VIRTUAL REALITY that has been created on the SUBSTRUCTURE of pop-culture is beginning to break down. Reason being is that it, just like the post-conciliar church and now FrancisChurch, is not sustainable.
The victims of this “pop-culture” mindset and the resulting disastrous approach to life, can be seen filling up the venues for the Jordan Peterson Biblical Lecture series and now the book tour. These are also the people who have abandoned the #fakenews media and communications operations and are looking for REAL SOLUTIONS to REAL PROBLEMS in the alternative media. This is making people like Jordan Peterson, Stefan Molyneux, Dr. Duke Pesta, Mike Cernovich, Scott Adams and others as the primary source of information and formation education to this generation of Western Man.
Yet, the establishment is not taking this situation lying down. It is fighting back with the only weapons at their disposal, i.e. post-Modernism.
Just to demonstrate the latest dispatch from the MSM/AltMedia War, ESPN has lost 500,000 viewers in just this last month. (see here) And as with the Romans, once the Circuses are over, all that is left is the Panem. Yet with a national debt of $20 Trillion thanks to Obama, the next generation will not be able to borrow itself to prosperity. Any new prosperity will have to result from working “the old fashioned way”. And this is what the younger generation is figuring out now, making those Alt Media personalities, due to their rational messages, into massive cultural icons in their own right.
One specific case in point of that which is written above is the situation with Kanye West and Candace Owens. In the pop-cultural sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, the post-Modernist establishment is forced to “deal with the fallout”, just as the FrancisVatican and the Bishops of England and Wales are forced to deal with the fallout after the murder of Alfie. And naturally, the manner in which these forces have dealt with Kanye West’s emancipation is through… wait for it… attacking Kanye West, Candace Owens and anybody who supports their positions.
It’s as if they are all using the same playbook. But I digress…
So this ARMY of SECULAR TERROR BLOGGER has been engaged. The viciousness of these post-Modernists is so great that it has taken their animus to such an extreme that they have called for physical harm to be done to Mr. West by one of the well known Los Angeles street gangs.
And just as Dr. Peterson points out, this FALSE IDEOLOGY can only lead to one place, i.e. to the Soviet Gulag.
Concluding, what we are seeing in the Kanye West situation is the first signs of a revolt against the Cultural Marxist status quo by a top tier celebrity.
Cultural Marxism has become so threatened in fact by this defection, that the big post-Modernist TERROR BLOGS, such as the Carlos Slim blog otherwise known as the Failing New York Times, are leading the charge suppress this revolt.
Yet they have adapted a rather bizarre strategy from where this humble blogger sits. Given that most of the players in this game have a good idea that what is behind this ESTABLISHED MATRIX (VIRTUAL REALITY) is driven by Cultural Marxism, these post-Modernist TERROR BLOGS have taken to NORMALIZE and PLATFORM Marxism in all its forms. (see here)
And the Cultural Marxist over in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium are also trying to NORMALIZE and PLATFORM Marxism in the #fakenews “c”atholic media which is under their control. (see here)
So at the end of the day, what we are witnessing is the post-Modernist Cultural Marxists dropping their masks and promising the new generations of the “proletariat” a new and improved UTOPIA if they will just return back to the Plantation.
Yet that same “proletariat” has not only not returned, but are leaving in droves. They realize that the “goods sold them” by the Cultural Marxists has destroyed their lives and their future prospects. So they are turning to individuals in New Media who provide them a message grounded in OBJECTIVE REALITY.
Moreover, those who accept this message and comply with it, are turning their lives around for the better. And this message is spreading and creating a demand for not only OBJECTIVE REALITY based solutions, but for an understanding of their condition in terms of the wider ONTOLOGICAL REALITY, i.e. the Supernatural aspects to their existence.
And this in a nutshell is the explanation for the Dr. Jordan Peterson PHENOMENON.
Above is a great video by Dr. Peterson. In this video, one can see the explanation for how politics, philosophy and theology come together when one decides to accept OBJECTIVE REALITY and function according to its LAWS.