On June 25th and 26th, the Supreme Court issued consecutive landmark decisions, each of which signal an unprecedented threat to the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in the United States, as well as the persecution of Catholic individuals, businesses, and other assorted organizations that don’t fall into line.
The first of these rulings allows for the use of Federal tax dollars to fund health insurance plans that cover abortion, contraception and sterilization under the Affordable Care Act; the other, making so-called “same-sex marriage” the law in all fifty states.
The reactions of so-called “conservative” American Catholics have been rather predictable, with many lamenting this latest example of judicial activism as a blow to democracy and an affront to the U.S. Constitution so egregious as to make the Founding Fathers roll over in their graves.
Emerging along the way as their knight-in-shining-armor is Supreme Court Justice (and Catholic) Antonin Scalia, whose scathing dissent in both rulings gives voice to so many of their deepest concerns for the once-proud Republic they call home.
Little do these otherwise serious Catholics realize that their idolization of Justice Scalia is but a subconscious attempt to fill the ultimate-authority vacuum left by the Second Vatican Council’s unceremonious demotion of Christ the King to mere figurehead status; the only role the Sovereign Lord has ever been allowed to play here in the United States.
Speaking for the minority, Scalia wrote:
The substance of today’s decree is not of immense personal importance to me. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. Until the courts put a stop to it, public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best.
Setting aside the fact that those who attach little “personal importance” to egregious violations of the Divine Law are unworthy of the name “Catholic,” Scalia was entirely correct in saying that “public debate over same-sex marriage displayed American democracy at its best.”
While obviously meant to endorse the wisdom of the Great American Experiment, the well-formed Catholic immediately recognizes that Scalia’s words are better understood as an unintentional indictment of the same.
In a nation where the Constitution requires the government to treat the commandments of Christ the King with no more esteem than the vagaries of the Dalai Lama, and to look upon the Holy Catholic Church no differently than the Order of Wiccans, what more can one expect than vigorous public debate about whether or not to make room in the law-of-the-land for the immutable truths that come to man directly from Almighty God?
“This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves,” Scalia continued.
Once again, what Antonin Scalia intended as a celebration of a good, reveals nothing but evil…
You see, true freedom has nothing whatsoever to do with “governing oneself,” as if to say that the collective “We the people” always and everywhere have the right to determine what is best.
Rather, “the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony” are made manifest only when “men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King;” at which point “society will at last receive true freedom.” (cf Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas)
At this, the answer to the question being asked by so many American Catholics, “How did we get here?” should be entirely obvious:
The United States was ever destined to fall into hedonistic ruin thanks to its Constitutional denial of Christ, and the utter failure of recent popes and bishops to proclaim the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ has most certainly served to hasten its descent.
For more than fifty years, in a nation where the overwhelming majority of citizens claim to be followers of Christ, the American bishops, in union with the Vicar of Christ on earth, the pope, have ceased to form the flock in the simple truth that there is no “difference between the individual and the family or the State; for all men, whether collectively or individually, are under the dominion of Christ. In Him is the salvation of the individual, in Him is the salvation of society.” (ibid.)
The increasing godlessness of the electorate that ensued as a result of this fundamental teaching going untaught for several generations is such that large numbers of those who claim to be Christian can’t see the dreadful reality of the current situation for what it truly is; an act of rebellion, not against the Founding Fathers, but against Almighty God.
As Pope Pius XI wrote in 1925:
The rebellion of individuals and states against the authority of Christ has produced deplorable consequences … because men have forgotten or neglect their duty; the unity and stability of the family undermined; society in a word, is shaken to its foundations and on the way to ruin. (ibid.)
In response to the Supreme Court’s “gay marriage” ruling, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, in the name of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement that is being well-received by the same neo-conservatives who put Antonin Scalia on a Catholic pedestal.
At first blush, the USCCB statement looks rather good as compared to so many others, beginning:
Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable … It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
While it is a noteworthy upgrade in rhetoric to see the response framed in terms of the “immorality” of the ruling, as opposed to the “unconstitutionality” so often invoked in the past, overall, the statement is weak in that it fails to claim recourse to Christ to whom “all authority in Heaven and on earth belongs.” (cf Mt. 28:18)
The very best that the statement has to offer comes near its closing:
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation … Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia…
While it is good to see the statement speak of the truth about marriage as being “confirmed by divine revelation,” one notices that Archbishop Kurtz contents himself with encouraging “Catholics” and “people of good will,” as opposed to calling very specifically upon the civil authorities to accept this unchanging truth; the same who “would have no power unless it had been given from above” (cf John 19:11).
Instead, the statement ends with a bit of groveling:
I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.
Let’s not sugarcoat what this is and what it is not: It’s nothing more than a wimpish plea to let Catholics live according to truth. It most certainly isn’t what it should be; namely, an authoritative demand for those who govern to uphold their duty to do so according to truth.
No, that would be a bit too triumphalistic, I suppose.
In the end, the statement comes off sounding far more like the pious opinion of an organization of clerics, or the sour grapes of a minority constituency, than a proclamation of the Divine Law to which every man, woman, child and nation is obligated.
Archbishop Kurtz offers:
The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female … Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
Again, it is nice to see the name of Jesus Christ invoked, but ultimately this is, at best, a half-truth.
The reality is that every single, solitary human being must “follow Our Lord” (He is, after all, Lord of all, even those who do not recognize Him as such), and no one has the right to act in a way that denies the truth that comes to us from Christ through His Holy Catholic Church.
Why o’ why is it so damned difficult for these men to just say so with clarity; i.e., to preach like men?
Whatever the reason Archbishop Kurtz is unwilling or unable to do so, to no one’s surprise, he played the most predictable victim card of all, the children:
Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
Again, this is at best a half-truth.
Are children going to be hurt by the Court’s latest ruling?
Yes, of course they are, but the real problem lies in the reality that so-called “gay marriage” is an egregious affront to Jesus Christ, the most benevolent King who not only reigns over society, but who willingly laid down His life for us.
Every act of rebellion against Him wounds everyone.
Furthermore, what is this nonsense about the law having “a duty to support every child’s basic right?”
Those who govern have a duty to craft laws that are consonant with Divine Law, and when they do so, everyone’s rights are protected.
If all that has been said thus far has failed to boil the Catholic blood in your veins, I’ve saved the most cringe-worthy portion of the statement for last:
The protection of this meaning [of marriage] is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote.
What a steaming load of gratuitous papal arse kissing garbage!
A meticulous review of the “integral ecology” encouraged by Pope Francis in Laudato Si (speaking of garbage) reveals exactly nothing relevant to the topic of marriage.
It does, however, reveal an insight that is entirely relevant to the spinelessness of the post-conciliar hierarchy as Pope Francis speaks of “the rich contribution which religions can make towards an integral ecology and the full development of humanity.” (LS 62)
Setting aside the fact that the term “integral ecology” has no real Catholic meaning, one notes the pope’s “humble” suggestion that “religions” (plural) contribute to “the full development of humanity.”
The truth is, there is only one religion that contributes to “the full development of humanity,” and that is the Holy Catholic religion, the same that has the great misfortune in our day of being led by faithless men of weak resolve.
Which brings us right back to where we began…
When the sacred hierarchy lacks the wherewithal to proclaim, in the name of Holy Mother the Church, by virtue of her God-given authority, the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ, then the worth of every law and precept proposed is thus reduced to the level of mere opinion; especially so in the minds of those who live in a land where democracy is held sacrosanct.
When this is the case, humankind, left to its own devices as though abandoned and orphaned, and wounded as we are by original sin, will ultimately choose what is evil.
And this, my friends, has always been America’s destiny; the crisis in the Church is simply helping it arrive there sooner than it otherwise might.
“The United States was ever destined to fall into hedonistic ruin thanks to its Constitutional denial of Christ, and the utter failure of recent popes and bishops to proclaim the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ has most certainly served to hasten its descent.”
“And this, my friends, has always been America’s destiny; the crisis in the Church is simply helping it arrive there sooner than it otherwise might.”
Amen Louie. We were destined to fail from day 1….it was only a matter of when. Our founding fathers were, in general, haters of the Catholic Church…we are reaping what they have sown. As I get older and learn more about my Catholic Faith my contempt for this evil country, America, grows daily. This country was surely built on sand.
Rich, I could not agree more. We’re reaping what was sown…
The Catholic Church’s infiltrated institutions set the US and other countries up for this decades ago by their collusion in the new world order based on the materialist and rationalist, liberal and relativist “rights of man”, etc., ideology that threw over the preceding objective Natural Law philosophy that had hitherto underpinned the fundamental law and legal systems gave way to the positivist state-determined philosophy of law. And the Church’s institutions in many spheres allowed these false premises to be employed, as in Courtney Murray’s “Religious Freedom”, etc.
Do you want to see the Preamble to the Constitution of Ireland, that now explicitly purports to determine depraved sodomitic relations as “marriage”, after having provided for dissolution of marriage in 1996, and the subversion of parents’ and families’ inalienable rights and authority two years ago?:
“In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred,
We, the people of Éire,
Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial,
Gratefully remembering their heroic and unremitting struggle to regain the rightful independence of our Nation,
And seeking to promote the common good, with due observance of Prudence, Justice and Charity, so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured, true social order attained, the unity of our country restored, and concord established with other nations,
Do hereby adopt, enact, and give to ourselves this Constitution.”
The shame is unbearable. De Valera and our other great moral political leaders could not have imagined the diabolic perversion of public life in Ireland in recent years. Our immoral “leaders” are the best slaves of their NWO masters – they do like to be patted on the head for being the most compliant slaves.
I fear the downward trajectory has merely accelerated, the filth-encrusted culture hasn’t hit bottom yet.
For more on how the seeds of destruction were planted from the very foundation of the USA, read Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert Bork.
I don’t even want to know why those two men are holding hands!
Cringe-worthy is right, Louie. The only thing that keeps me from being too embarrassed to go out in public these days is that none of my neighbours give a dang about the Catholic Church, or anything of any importance, and they don’t talk about what they don’t know.
Once bishops give up all the ground to the enemy what’s left but begging, whines and snivels?
What’s going to stop this tidal wave? Our prayers that Our Lord will raise up good priests, and saints as He has in ages past to lead us out of this morass.
Dear In Hoc Signes, the Filial Appeal to PF is at over 291,000 signatures.
I think, but this is just my opinion, that most Catholics do not acknowledge the conspiracy to infiltrate and destroy the Catholic Church from within. I personally do fully acknowledge it and this is why I dont look at v2 as anything less then a concerted effort to destroy Catholicism. This is why I cannot possibly see Fr Ratzinger as anything else but a willful destroyer of the faith. I believe that many Catholics see vatican 2 as something that isnt right but somehow not truly evil.
“For it is time for judgement to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner?… ” 1 Peter 4:17-18
Another day of infamy for America!! The Catholic Church lost (or gave up!!) her moral authority 50 years ago….and the world followed. Only Our Lady can save us now. Our Lady of Fatima, come to the aid of your children!
Call me a pessimist, but I cannot see a reversal of what is at play. I dont see bad people somehow becoming good. I see humanity continuing down the road to ruin until Christ returns. What part of world history would indicate that man is suddenly going to start going backwards in a return to moral normalcy? What part of our Catholic Faith has ever indicated to us that things would be better (in a general, moral sense) as time passed? SCOTUS has just ruled in favor of an idea that barely 50 years ago would have been thought insane….even for those outside of the Catholic Faith. The remnant holds true to the Faith with the hope of salvation, but the majority is surely already lost.
I’ve read about 30 comments on the outrage, from all sides — but this is the only one that makes sense.
Thank you for your tireless repetition and onstruction of the scandal of this country’s neglect and complete rejection of The Kingship of Christ the King Our Sovereign Lord in governing this land.
The destruction of the definition of marriage began with the acceptance and legalization of divorce. Then came the legalization of contraception and abortion. We have been seeing and living a false meaning of marriage for nearly a century. It is no wonder that the logical conclusion to the many years of destruction to and redefinition of divine marriage laws is now to insist on including sodomy as marriage.
O God come to our assistance, O Lord make haste to help us
Let us now wait with anticipation for our pope to anathematize the ruling of SCOTUS. Thanks to our pope we now know that running our AC for too long is a bad thing….lets see what he has to say about the acceptance of perversion in the United States of (God-less) America. Time for a REAL encyclical mr. bergoglio……act like a Catholic just once.
May Christ Our King reward you for your tireless defense of Him and His Kingship over ALL. Your clarity in this post is outstanding!
Your “Missing/Reward” poster from 11/24/13 (one of my favorites) is appropriate here. This poignant “poster” is noted on this page:
“Every act of rebellion against Him wounds everyone.” Bergoglio has his C8, the states has her dictatorship of nine.
Pope Leo XIII wrote that the Catholic Church “makes no terms with error…” For the complete quote: “Just as Christianity cannot penetrate into the soul without making it better, so it cannot enter into public life without establishing order. With the idea of a God Who governs all, Who is infinitely wise, good, and just, the idea of duty seizes upon the consciences of men. It assuages sorrow, it calms hatred, it engenders heroes. If it has transformed pagan society–and that transformation was a veritable resurrection–for barbarism disappeared in proportion as Christianity extended its sway, so, after the terrible shocks which unbelief has given to the world in our days, it will be able to put that world again on the true road, and bring back to order the states and peoples of modern times. But the return of Christianity will not be efficacious and complete if it does not restore the world to a sincere love of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. In the Catholic Church Christianity is Incarnate. It identifies itself with that perfect, spiritual, and, in its own order, sovereign society, which is the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ and which has for Its visible head the Roman Pontiff, successor of the Prince of the Apostles. It is the continuation of the mission of the Savior, the daughter and the heiress of His Redemption. It has preached the Gospel, and has defended it at the price of its blood, and strong in the Divine assistance and of that immortality which has been promised it, it makes no terms with error but remains faithful to the commands which It has received, to carry the doctrine of Jesus Christ to the uttermost limits of the world and to the end of time, and to protect it in its inviolable integrity. Legitimate dispenser of the teachings of the Gospel It does not reveal itself only as the consoler and Redeemer of souls, but It is still more the internal source of justice and charity, and the propagator as well as the guardian of true liberty, and of that equality which alone is possible here below. In applying the doctrine of its Divine Founder, It maintains a wise equilibrium and marks the true limits between the rights and privileges of society. The equality which it proclaims does not destroy the distinction between the different social classes It keeps them intact, as nature itself demands, in order to oppose the anarchy of reason emancipated from Faith, and abandoned to its own devices. The liberty which it gives in no wise conflicts with the rights of truth, because those rights are superior to the demands of liberty. Not does it infringe upon the rights of justice, because those rights are superior to the claims of mere numbers or power. Nor does it assail the rights of God because they are superior to the rights of humanity.” Pope Leo XIII, A Review of His Pontificate (https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Review_of_His_Pontificate)
“These victims of the Protestant Revolution and its aftermath were thus primed and ready for the importation and transplantation of various naturalistic ‘philosophies’ that were being ‘developed’ in Europe by the sons and daughters of the so-called ‘Enlightenment’ (or ‘Age of Reason’) that, far from being any kind of ‘enlightening’ upon man, was the beginning of the true Dark Ages of human barbarism under the cover of the ‘rights of man’ and the ‘sovereignty of the people.’ And it would be these false, interrelated and multifaceted naturalist ‘philosophies’ that even Catholics in what became the United States of America would become indistinguishable in their beliefs and actions from the adherents of Judeo-Masonry [in opposition to] the Roman Catholic position that said error had no rights and false religious beliefs could not be tolerated.” Thomas Droleskey, “Conversion in Reverse: How the Ethos of Americanism Converted Catholics and Contribute to the Rise of Conciliarism”
“If anyone had said to the Founding Fathers, protestants, deists, and freemasons though they were, that by 2015 most of the states would be permitting sodomitic marriages, they would have been appalled. Why? Because despite their protestantism, liberalism, and freemasonry, there was still a sufficient Catholic influence left in culture and society asserting that there is an objective morality to which all must adhere, that there is at least a natural law. As a result of this Catholic influence, for at least 200 years of this country’s existence there was an absolute abhorrence of sodomitic relationships, and not even a thought was given to the blessing of these relationships by “marriage….At the bottom of the problem not only of the American system of government, but of the entire Western world, at one time Catholic, is liberalism. Liberalism’s most fundamental principle, and mother of all of its other errors, is freedom of thought. Liberalism holds that man is born entirely free, and that he should have no restrictions upon him except those which he freely accepts. Because he must live in harmony with others around him, however, he must restrict his freedom in order not to harm other people. His thought never harms anyone, he supposes, and he is therefore free to think whatever he pleases. Catholicism, on the other hand, teaches the precise opposite. It teaches that the intellect is the highest of all human faculties, and that it is not free as a bird to think what it pleases, but is bound by an obligation to know and profess objective truth. Moreover, because God, through His Only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has revealed a religion to us, man is yet more solemnly bound to believe the revealed religion, to profess it outwardly, and to make sure that all persons in his care do precisely the same. His intellect is, therefore, bound to adhere to both natural and supernatural truths.”” http://www.mostholytrinityseminary.org/Seminary_Newsletter_May_2015.pdf
Louie points out that, “no one has the right to act in a way that denies the truth that comes to us from Christ through His Holy Catholic Church” – this fundamental Catholic doctrine has been denied by VII and the new ecumenism. IMO the answer to Louie’s question: “Why o’ why is it so damned difficult for these men to just say [the truth] with clarity; i.e., to preach like men?” Is that they are men without the Truth; they did not ‘go in by the door’. It is only the shepherd who will, ‘lay down his life for the sheep’.
For my sighs are many,
And my heart is faint.
Louie writes: “why is it so damned difficult for these men to just say so with clarity; i.e., to preach like men?”.
I think Bishop Donald Sanborn wrote very clearly on this subject in his May newsletter.
With this last SCOTUS decision, the USA is now irredeemably Anti-Christ.
All 4 Sins Which Cry to Heaven are now instituted as official Government policy:
1. The Sin of Sodomy
2. Murder (abortion and soon enough euthanasia)
3. Depriving wages to workers (through the effects of usurious Fed manipulations and socialistic government policies)
4. Oppressing widows and orphans (the orphans part especially evil in allowing adoptions into same-sex unnatural unions)
At this point, there will be no reversal, what is only left, is the Catholic-prophecy Chastisement reserved by God Himself.
All will suffer in this Chastisement, like all Germans (good and bad) suffered by the consequences of Hitler.
dear rich and dear Maximus X,
To your point, we offer this:
If you listen well into this talk by His Excellency Bp. Donald Sanborn, you will see, we believe, the relevance. Our pointing to this talk in no way means that we condone the heinous act mentioned within, especially since one of our sons was a hero who saved lives in the disaster, his heroism honored by the then mayor of our city.
I know. Superb.
Yeah, when hell freezes over.
An instruction on what hedonism actually is, as it pertains to the Spiritual Life of the Traditional Catholic: http://mostholytrinityseminary.org/Heresy%20of%20Hedonism%20-%20Bp%20Sanborn.mp3
Thank you so much for this link to this sobering sermon. I am so sadden to hear of the devastating loss of your son. I will pray for him and for you. May God bless you and have mercy on us all.
We probably spoke without sufficient clarity, for which we apologize. No, our son did not lose his life, he did survive assisting others to escape. He was physically & pschologically injured but he has for the most part recovered to the extent that anyone would be capable– considering. Peace be to you, Anastasia.
Thanks for this link, de Maria. A true shepherd telling the Truth, against all the odds. The Church will not fail, the gates of hell will not prevail.
Thanks for the heads up. It looks like there’s more than one petition of this kind going around. I was referring to this one, but it doesn’t look like it’s the main one:
Don’t be fooled by all this apparently tough talk from the American bishops against so called “gay ‘marriage’ “. Many in the (worldwide) hierarchy don’t actually believe that sodomy is wrong per se, in other words, homosexual “relationships”, they merely happen to believe that sodomite “marriage” cannot be equated with marriage between a man and a woman.
PS I don’t think we’ll hear anything against homesexual relationships in the Oktober Sin-Nod, only against equating sodomite “marriage” with true marriage, and some empty talk about needing to protect “children’s rights” etc
My prayers are still with you. God bless.
Wow. We have indeed sunk from the once great height into the abyss.
There is no doubt in my mind that VII has significantly hamstrung the ability of orthodox Catholics and the Catholic hierarchy to impact politics to the point of being neutered. This was the plan of those at the council who imposed both socialism and Americanism in its documents. The Catholic Church is presently in chains. (Fools are those churchmen who continue to harp about a new ‘springtime’ or a new ‘Pentecost’.)
Those Princes of the Church who espouse the separation of Church and State will always be ruled and deliver their flock in chains to the enemies of the church.
“Who am I to judge?” —-five tragic words from the man who is supposed to be the Vicar of Christ on earth. These words will bury us!!!!
The mission changed from converting enemies of Christ to kissing their rear ends and endless dialogue, that dissolves Truth.
There is nothing tough in the words. They are failing to speak the truth with zeal and love. They are clearly accepting the abomination when they ought to be rejecting it and not “ask[ing]” for persons to be allowed to adhere to the truth! Lord save us.
The response of the Bishops to the SCOTUS ruling has been nothing but weak. Every response is prefaced with language attempting not to offend gays. And some don’t even seem to understand natural law. Well guess what? Maybe it’s time for those successors of the Apostles to offend people! Man up!
And the Sin-Nod has been convoked and organised to destroy Faith and morals through the rejection of adultery as mortal sin, and providing for the systematic sacrilege of the reception of Our Lord in an objective state of mortal sin – a direct attack on God in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, and the sacrament of marriage and on the soul who is assisted in remaining in a state of mortal sin.
Dear Alarico, the Pope, most bishops and priests are already handing us over to the enemies of the Faith – the state and global “authorities”. They refuse to defend us in persecution but rather collude with our persecutors. Dear Lord, save us.
We have a duty to speak the truth, to condemn such egregious evil. The bishops’ duty is even greater. They are cooperating with grave evil if they do not fight against this destroyer of souls.
It’s always been about the family. The family is the building block of society. In order to erect a new society one must tear down the old (revolution). In order to tear down this society one must destroy the family as we know it.
I think we should worry more about the destruction of marriage and family life in plain old people, and not worry so much about the sexual deviants wanting to marry. This is a red-herring. Once sex is divorced from family life and marriage in ‘everyone’ then the destruction is almost complete. These poor deviant souls are being used as a cat’s paw to get at the rest of us.
It is going to be very difficult to speak truth even in our families now. Remember when we could say “well, that’s what the Church teaches so just get with the program.” Now, not so much.
Not so much? I’d say not at all in 99% of cases.
It’s tragic. I’ve tried to fraternally correct a family member (a nominal catholic) in charity and all I got was, “Well, you know what, this is what everyone does nowadays.” (?!) And that is supposed to somehow make it morally right??!!
Welcome to the tyranny of the “majority”. Rule by the “mob” in a certain sense.
I guess going “against the flow” is too difficult for people nowadays… The way to perdition is indeed wide, and the way to salvation is indeed steep and narrow!
Maybe people’s brains have been softened up – through pop culture, Hollywood, the mainstream media propaganda etc – to some kind of mush, where they can’t even differentiate right from wrong.
I’d argue that the idea of sodomite marriage would have been considered insane by a majority of the populace a merely 20 years ago.
It would appear as if society is in some kind of self-imposed race to see if it can head to the abyss as soon as possible, at dizzying breakneck speed.
Am I the only one that thinks that as morals decrease more and more (and I’m talking only about the change I’ve noticed in a mere 15-20 years), people in the street look more and more like they’re in some kind of self-induced zombie-like trance?
I mean – just waiting in the line at CVS or Walgreens – honestly, I feel sorry for a lot of those folks… It’s even possible that some people may not know any better.
I recently commented to friend asking if he had also noticed an increase in violence? There seems to be more news daily of normal day to day people, friends or family members killing each other.
I wouldn’t be surprised at all if that were the case…
I’m sure there’s also an increase in “hidden” violence that is not necessarily recorded in the stats: bullying, verbal/psychological abuse, etc etc
This is what people become when deprived of knowledge of the natural law and sanctifying grace.
“Their brains have been softened up —–to some kind of mush, where they can’t even differentiate right from wrong.” I couldn’t agree more.
And if one dares to ‘correct with charity’, when there is some world famous apostate running around in a white cassock confirming everyone in every kind of error, forget about it.
Of course, this is very clear. It is intentional – when people are stupid and weak, they’re more easily tyrannised and indoctrinated in the evil doctrines of the NWO. People are being brainwashed and stupefied 24/7, plugged into computers with immoral and false indoctrination all day long, via TV, films, “documentaries”, drama, “talk shows”, “news”, “current affairs”, “entertainment”, cartoons, “games”, etc. This is repeated in school programmes, professional and employee “training”, and all kinds of government programmes and reconditioning. Then there are the poisons in the food supply, put into the water, the food packaging, the vaccines, drugs so many are practically forced to take.
Yes. Satan uses people against people in all kinds of ways. He uses our intellectual history, our emotional history and our sin-history against us. He can’t read our minds but he sure knows what we’ve been up to. Of course through God’s Mercy Satan cannot make us sin – his trick is to make sin good – then we duly march along towards Hell with many thinking they are going to a ‘freedom of religion rally.’
Thanks. What a great hero of the Faith Bp Sanborn is; what an inspiration that sermon was. Thank you God for giving us this voice of reason. I pray that cardinal burke and others who claim to be righteous could hear the voice of a true Catholic.
Yes, you are right. Even in the 90’s this would have been an outlandish idea.
I very much doubt that millions of signitures would make a difference.
History repeats itself and in the past with major heresies, it was only a few –often later canonized–who stood up to be counted for the Truth. Expect almost all bishops to capitulate. They are either too worldly, sodomite, mason, or weak. A couple of them, who will be persecuted, will show they are true men of God.
Do not expect too much of the weak shepherds and that means all the way to the top. Rather, console the Heart of Jesus by strengthening your own prayer and sacramental life. You faithful will know persecution too. But one is not martyred without persecution…
With all respect one can empathize with your feeling. However, being a pessimist plays right into this morbid game of the evil one’s poison of “defeatism”. Suggestion? Take one day mourn, eat chocolate, get drunk, stay in bed, pull the blanket over your head…whatever etc, etc..
Then get up, get on your knees and pray, get over it, get out, dig in, double down and resist. Put on the armor of God and fill your hands and heart with the rosary, the sacraments and the TLM.
Then put post-its all around with the words of Abshp Sheen…
“Make no mistake about it. There are no cowards in heaven”
One must remember that Our Mother and her Son have not spoken yet. We are members of the Church Militant. This battle is not for the faint of heart or weak faith. We win and we must remember that.
Fantastic piece!! Very well said Louie. All American Catholics (North American Catholics) should read this and the mentioned encyclicals to get an understanding of “how we got here.”
America was never Catholic at any time since the land grab of 1776 to day.
It is unrealistic to expect a country founded on non-Catholic ideals to adhere to Catholic ideals in the first place.
Perhaps, in time, America will see that only Catholic ideals and truths will ultimately protect it.