My FaceBook feed is littered with conservative Catholic commentary about the “real” Nelson Mandela, some of it mentions his legacy as a champion of abortion-on-demand, but mostly it’s about his bona fides as a political terrorist.
Today in Crisis Magazine, which poses as “a voice for the Catholic laity,” there is an article entitled, “Nelson Mandela: A Candid Assessment” wherein the writer, Timothy J. Williams, takes issue with Barack Obama’s over-the-top statement that Mandela was among the “most influential, courageous and profoundly good people to ever have lived.”
Bravo for pointing that out, but who expected anything else from this tool of the Evil One?
I suppose the article was motivated by a desire to (as Crisis’ mission statement says) “remind countless Catholics of their heritage, give them the confidence to defend the common good, a just society, the teachings the Church,” etc., in the face of misleading flowery rhetoric from one of the Church’s most prominent enemies.
Conspicuously unaddressed in this article, and by Crisis in general, however, is the grave danger posed to the faithful by the equally misleading and flowery rhetoric of Pope Francis who praised Mandela for “promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens … non-violence, reconciliation and truth … justice and the common good.”
What we see before our very eyes is the unexpected mechanism by which that long expected “smaller, more faithful Church” is already coming about thanks to the majority of the sacred hierarchy, including the pope, along with the help of those faux Catholic media apostolates that are focused more on their own self-preservation than on Christ.
While one used to imagine that this would happen under a pope who returned the Church to fidelity to her mission, sending the humanists scurrying in search of greener pastures thereby shrinking the Church, demographically speaking, the exact opposite appears to be taking shape.
As Pope Francis continues, as one may reasonably expect apart from Divine intervention, to set about the work of constructing the church-of-man, the demographic numbers may very well swell even as “the congregation of all those who profess the faith of Christ” (to borrow from the Baltimore Catechism’s description of the Church) continues to shrink.
If nothing else, Pope Francis is pushing the humanist envelope such that silence no longer cuts it, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for individuals and apostolates alike to avoid answering the challenge, “Choose this day who you will serve.”
What we are living is Freemasonic infiltration and we will have to make our choice …some already have.
Yes, it’s all well and good to criticize the media about Nelson Mandela, but Bishop of Rome Francis?! No way! Vipers and hypocrites.
I see Bishop Tobin came out with a good statement about Mandela.
Mandela is basically obama with a prison record
For the record, when Rorate used to have comments, I would see Dr. Williams commenting often – he’s not just a “conservative” Catholic, he’s quite Traditional & I believe attends SSPX chapels. He’s on our team!
Yep. As things continue to disintegrate the faithful remnant of that “smaller, more faithful Church” will be attending Mass in a telephone booth one day.
The example of St. Sylvester is quite opportune for the sad days in which we live. He was the Pope who lived in the time of Constantine and, therefore, presided over the transformation through which the Church passed.
……She was in the darkness of night and came to live in the full light of the sun; she was persecuted as a slave and became the Queen; she left the catacombs and began to dwell in the palaces. Under St. Sylvester’s inspiration and command, the great work began of building the Church as an institution, as a sovereign religious society, the work which some call the “constantinization” of the Church.
Here let us recall that the man who “constantinized” the Church was St. Sylvester, a Pope and a saint canonized by the Church. If a Pope of our days (1966) were to say that the Catholic Church should be “de-constantinized,” he would be acting directly against what St. Sylvester did. We can imagine the furor of St. Sylvester against such a Pope if he were to return to earth and witness what was happening to the work he initiated.
This should also be our position against these blasphemous despoilers of the One, Roman, Apostolic, Catholic Church.
Very good. Like I always say, leave it to a trad to have an intact and on point sense of humor–required for for me, at least–a dyed in the wool pelagian , stuck in a bygone era, refusing to see the benefit and openness of the virtue of doubt, you know the drill.
Why does a “traditionalist” blog have links to the evil Modernist catechism of the USCCB? And to EWTN and New Advent which hosts links to even worse places.
This blog post is titled “Choose this day” so how about it?
I deeply admire and cheer on Louie V. for his bold and incisive writings on behalf of the fullness of Tradition.
But, I do have to concede that wondering may have a valid point. Are we really in league with Fr. Z or EWTN any more than we are with Crisis? I think one would have a hard time making that case.
As for Dr. Williams, he has sounded like a solid traditional Catholic, despite perhaps occasional appearances in non-traditional venues like Crisis. I hope and trust he has not changed his traditional stripes. He’s certainly entitled to the benefit of the doubt.
Not meaning to give you a hard time, Louie! Love and deeply admire what you’re doing; it really needs to be said. But perhaps some review and clarification of the Featured Links area is in order.
….from Traditional Catholic Priest……
We traditional Catholics are only concerned with obeying Jesus’ 2000 year old Church. We suffer for saying Jesus’ truth in a church and world that is afraid to say the truth. Jesus says “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and being and love your neighbor as yourself”. Can someone please tell me where Jesus says we can support the killing of the unborn babies in the womb? The Bible states; “Thou Shalt not Kill” innocent people.
So now with the death of the 95 year old Nelson Mandela, many Catholic bishops, priests, religious and laity are ignoring the fact that Mandela promoted murdering of the babies in the womb, homosexuality and population control. All of these three actions are condemned by the Bible and the Catholic Church.
As president of South Africa, Mandela signed into law the most liberal abortion law in 1996 (Choice on Terminating of Pregnancy Bill). It replaced one of the best laws that protected the unborn in the world there in South Africa. He also taught that it was discrimination of sexual orientation to not support homosexuality. He widely promoted the use of condoms.
Mandela was also a communist. Never forget that atheist communism is responsible for 125 million people being slaughtered. Why would anyone want to honor a communist? Do they love social justice? Where is the social justice for the people suffering right now in China and North Korea. Five young women went to the White House to protest that their fathers are in prison in China for being activists. Satellite pictures show where the forced labor camps are in North Korea right today. Do we really care about what is happening right now under communism? Many of the detainees are executed by harvesting their organs and then being sold to people who need organ transplants.
We have no right to honor people who went against God’s laws, no matter how much other good they may have done in their life time. Again, “God will not be mocked.” By doing this we undermine what God wills.
……with all the problems in the holy Church……Al Kresta for last two days spoke about Mandela, praising him for saving his country from the Civil War……..praising for saving lives…….NOT concerned at all about saving souls!……this is the way the New Advent Church thinks for last 50 years……….Miserere!
Of course, again, thank you Halina–needs to be said.
All Soldiers of Christ are closely connected and united with the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary! May you be blessed, to persevere.
I understand the comments of ‘wondering’ and ‘Rodj’……..this is giving me an opportunity to ask you about something that has been on my mind for awhile. I have noticed that some comments are made by the supporters of the SSPX, very pleasing to my heart, as I am thankful to God to be one of them.
My question to you Louie, is……..What is your position regarding the SSPX? Would you be able, and courageous to voice your opinion regarding such a sensitive subject? I ask you from my heart, never in malice…….it’s is very disturbing today to fear other Catholics……. we are at war fighting not ‘united in Christ the King’ but, Catholic against Catholic, Miserere!……we are the ‘bitter’ fruit of the Conciliar, New Pentecost, New Advent, post-Vatican II Church, the Church of MEN……!
All faithful Catholics are protecting and defending the Church of Christ the King, the Church that ‘saves souls’!
Sincerely in Christ the King, Mary Our Queen
Archbishop Lefebvre, pray for us.
Thanks for the wake up call when it comes to Nelson Mandela. I realized that I had swallowed the liberal Kool Aid given to me about this man. Scary. Per the links…I too was surprised by the EWTN link and didn’t realize the CCC was to the USCCB site. Yikes. Maybe the Penny Catechism or Fr. Hardon’s? Maybe a link to CMTV instead of EWTN? Although when I watch the old shows of Mother Angelica she nails things…her straight talk was a beautiful thing…and she fought the “church of nice” herself. I hope EWTN doesn’t lose that direction completely…although it’s started to already. If Mother were able to I think she would stand with us:+) God bless~
I recommend the Catechism of the Council of Trent, from which I still teach very young children catechism. Also, Catechism of St. Pius X should be in every Catholic household. I’d completely avoid EWTN, and would classify it as dangerous because of the element identified in Pascendi–subtle-diabolical if you will-mix of what “sounds orthodox” with heterodoxy–characteristic of the modernism deception.
Here is a link to J. Vennari’s fine catechism series for viewing entitled “Certitude of the Catholic Faith”-straight talking, put forth with clarity of approach, I recommend it for encouragement in perseverance in the Faith also. Peace be to you.
….very wise recommendations Linda…..thank you.
….also, great talks regarding the true teachings…..where you do not have to scratch your head ‘what is true, and what is error’……..all talks can be downloaded…….this is solid as a rock…..
Everyday as I cook my dinner, I listen to EWTN radio……..I like to know what they say, what their callers say………let me tell you, you better know your faith, or else these professional Catholics can convince you of anything. It’s very sad, sometimes I cry………I used to send them email after email to argue about what they said, was not the true teaching. Sometimes I called, especially, when they had their famous theologians on (it’s not necessary to name them)……..regarding the Novus Ordo Mass and the True Mass of All Times……they would either hang up on me, as if there was some problem on line…….or, they would disregard what I said……and just kept talking of their stupid excuses ……..trying to convince their callers……….WHY is the Novus Ord Mass changing again. MY public solution was……Stop changing it, just go back to the Mass that has been prayed for centuries by all saints, all faithful. As I said, my comment was ignored, but I was thankful to those who have
When father Groschel used to say to millions of listeners how stupid Catholics are, because he knows so many Protestants who love Mary more…….Imagine! How about when a Baptist Pastor called, asking about the True Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist…….Fr. Groeschel explained to
the poor man beautifully, but, when the poor soul asked……Father should I become a Catholic?…..the foolish priest said…….Just be a good Baptist!
Again my emails to no avail. . I used to send emails to Al Kresta, to Patrick Coffin, to Johnnette Benkovic, to Tim Staples…….each one of them answered my email, until, they found out that I was not going to buy their ‘new evangelization’, there’s nothing new about the holy faith, it’s as old as the world! These people cannot comprehend such truth! These are very clever foxes……the best thing we can do, as Catholics always have…….pray for those that are blind and deaf. I no longer write anything to EWTN establishment…….their hearts are as hard as of any heretic, all falls on deaf ears…… pride is their name!……..Ave Maria!
….Be sober and watch…….
May I also recommend this ‘solid rock’ book…..’Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma’ by Ludwig Ott. This is a book that every Catholic ought to have, and pass it on to your children. God only knows if there will be any books like that in print, in the very near future.
Keep the faith!
What the Pope has to say, or not say, about Nelson Mandela is extraneous at this point.
No Catholic is obliged to accept what the Pope has to say about Mandela
No Catholic is obliged to accept what EWTN has to say about Mandela either.
As Catholics we need to keep close to us our Catechism and what the Bible teaches. And we also need to keep close what the Church has taught us from
AD 30 to AD 1962.
Let’s use our God given wisdom to carefully select the battles which will need to be fought and to stop wasting energy on extraneous issues.
To give Obama his due, he sees with the eyes of a racialist and so for him, brown is beautiful and it would be a sin against his race (even though he is mulatto) to condemn the ol’Commie.
Whereas whites constantly criticise other whites , just ask your own self when it was a well known negro castigated a negro leader
Also, consider that what he is saying about Tata is what he expects will be said about him when he returns to dust.
“… just ask your own self when it was a well known negro castigated a negro leader”
Are you kidding me??? Clarence Thomas; Ben Carson; Allen West; Herman Cain….all castigated by ‘leaders’ of their race (as well as white leftists who will never be called racists, even though they are the WORST in the category). The most difficult thing to be today is a black conservative. Mandella’s race AND ideology kept him from being criticized.
As regards Dr Williams, I would certainly given him the benefit of the doubt since, as far as I can tell from the comments section of Rorate Caeli when it was open, he is a rock solid traditionalist. What is more, I remember distinctly in one comment sometime during the summer he said that Bergoglio does not share the same faith as St Pius X (I whole heartedly agree with that). Hence, his aversion to “Bishop of Rome” Bergoglio is clearly manifest.
Yes, I completely agree that real catholics are too concentrated fighting amongst themselves rather than being united as faithful soldiers fighting for our Commander-in-Chief, Christ the King!
Dear Susan. Until he was nominated for the SCOTUS, nobody knew who Thomas was and nine americans know the others you mention.
Once they became well-known public figures (and they all are) and threatened the plantation, they were ripped to pieces.