Monday, November 2, 2015

After a Long and Possibly Unnoticed Pause

On the Feast of the Holy Souls

Dear and Beloved Readers,

It's been a very long time since there's been an update on tradblogs-- nearly two years.  Personal and professional events have prevented both tmw89 and I from maintaining this site.  Of course, tradblogs has never been a focal point for any reader of modern, traditional Catholic Internet musings; nevertheless, an update is due.

Last Time, on Tradblogs...
The last eighteen months or so have been littered (that's a very deliberate choice of words) with noteworthy events.  Bishop Williamson's apparent endorsement of the dubious "visionary" Dawn Marie, the (second) closing of the Bellarmine Forums, the abrupt closure of the original Archbishop Lefebvre Forums, various New-Church shenanigans-- most notably, probably those surrounding the Synod of the Family, the recent deaths of Fr. Paul Trinchard and Solange Hertz, the consecration of Fr. Jean-Michel Faure by Bishop Williamson, and the invitation and reception of a certain Ambrose Moran by Fr. Pfeiffer.

This is hardly a comprehensive lists of events transpiring since January 2014, but some of the main headlines, and topics upon which I'm certain much time, were it available, would be spent by the co-authors of tradblogs.  

Next Time, on Tradblogs...
Promises can't really be made regarding the ongoing publication of entries in this blog.  But rest assured, as time allows, we are both committed to quality (over quantity, as the case may be!) material.  Do stay posted, dear reader.  And we'll be making a point to go through all of your replies over the last eighteen months, and reply as invitations (implied or otherwise) warrant.

May God bless each and every one of you, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

--Mithrandylan and tmw89. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sharing... the Quran?

Feast of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

The pope of the Conciliar Church, Francis, told a group of refugees this past Sunday that
Sharing our experience in carrying that cross, to expel the illness within our hearts, which embitters our life: it is important that you do this in your meetings. Those that are Christian, with the Bible, and those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.
Considering the perverse doctrines contained within the Quran -- especially its Unitarian conception of a god and relegation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the status of a merely human prophet beneath Mohammed -- and the untold gallons of Catholic blood spilled by adherents of the book because of it, why would a man who at least claims to be the Bishop of Rome ask anyone to share "experience," making use of such a tome?

...oh, wait!  Who could forget the immortal words of Nostra Aetate, which states:
3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting.  
Since in the course of centuries not a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Moslems, this sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve as well as to promote together for the benefit of all mankind social justice and moral welfare, as well as peace and freedom. 
Doesn't a document purportedly from an ecumenical council which blatantly contradicts reality make you feel better?

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Feast of St. Marcellus I, Pope and Martyr

On the Our Lady's Resistance webpage Is the true Vicar of Christ in Portugal? an apparently new theory of papal occupancy has been advanced.  To wit:

Taking as true that Giuseppe Cardinal Siri was elected pope (Gregory XVII) in the 1958 conclave and Roncalli "elected" as a de facto anti-pope (John XXIII)afterward (the so-called "Siri Thesis"); further believing Cardinal Siri to have confirmed in private his belief in his own perduring papacy; further that Cardinal Siri took steps to ensure the continuity of the Petrine office (i.e. appointed cardinals) prior to his death; finally that a person has been elected by said cardinals and lives in Portugal, per Fatimist conclusions.

Such is the content of the new theory which we may label "sedeportuplenism" (the seat is occupied in Portugal) after the tradition of "sedeplenism" (the seat is occupied), "sedevacantism" (the seat is vacant), "sedeprivationism" (the so-called Thesis of Cassiciacum), and the recently developed "sedebenediciplenism" (the seat is occupied by Benedict XVI).  As a permutation of the Siri Thesis, we may say that all sedeportuplenists adhere to the Siri Thesis, but not everyone who adheres to the Siri Thesis is a sedeportuplenist.

More to follow.

Our Lady's Resistance: Anti-pope Francis and Adieu, Fr Pfeiffer

Feast of St. Paul, the First Hermit



   Our primary reasons for turning away from this movement were recognized many months ago but only recently found completion. For many months now we have been concerned with Father Pfeiffer's unrelenting involvement with a man that has  a history of playing with the Devil by performing private exorcisms...
 ...However, putting all of this aside, we find in this movement the same convictions and invocation of the intellectual infidelities which have plagued the traditional movement since the white smoke turned into black on that fateful evening in 1958 when Satan took control of the Vatican. When Cardinal Siri was pushed aside in favor of an anti-pope. Since that time the minds of people have been wrestling to make sense of it all. Without prayer and without penance the scales cannot be removed from the eyes. Without sufficient and efficacious acts of piety...
 ... The SSPX, Father Pfeiffer and his company are posing as a conservative, anti Vatican II movement. They "believe" Francis I is pope yet they don't obey him.  They say Francis I is a heretic and Vatican II is heretical but Francis I is a true pope. They are saying Popes can be heretics!!
More comments are to follow.  Though it would appear that OLR has taken the "full sede plunge" saying the 1958 conclave rendered an anti-pope (JXXIII). Are they done with Fr. Pfeiffer specifically, or the American Resistance as such?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Eleven Significant Events of 2013

Tradblogs is proud to present a review of 2013's top eleven events.

Without further ado, in no particular order:

Bishop Fellay's April 15th Doctrinal Declaration

Originally submitted to Rome on April 15th 2012, in March of 2013 the “AFD” was leaked to the public. Notably, the AFD accepted the Novus Ordo Missae as legitimately promulgated. The AFD has been well examined and analyzed by several priests (see here and here), Bishop Williamson, and there are also some helpful lay comments and insights to be found on the various trad forums. The AFD was instrumental in garnering and cultivating support for the SSPX Resistance.

Growing Resistance

While many of the major names (at least in the American Resistance) had already parted ways or been expelled from the NSSPX (+Williamson, Frs Pfeiffer, Hewko et al.) in 2012, the dissent has markedly grown in 2013.

-Declaration of Fr. Arizaga
-Declaration of Fr. Trauner
-Fr Girouard's Open Letter
-Letter of the thirty-seven Frenchpriests to +Fellay
-Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the 1988 consecrations and subsequent declaration.
-The establishment of mass centers throughout the US
-Opening of Our Lady of Mt CarmelSeminary in Boston, KY
-Opening of San Jose Monastery in Columbia
-Many other instances of growth organized chronologically here.

Fr Pinaud's unjust trial and detainment

An event likely unknown or overlooked by many Catholics, Fr. Pinaud (one of the thirty-seven priests responsible for the open letter tto +Fellay) was subjected to a despicable spygame wherein Fr. Waillez (District Superior of Belgium) not only attempted to assume the identity of Fr. Pinaud by creating an email account in his name but also hacked into Fr. Pinaud's email to read his correspondences, for the purpose of confirming that Pinaud was a dissenter.

Fr Pinaud was subsequently detained for trial, which, under the supervision of + Fellay and Frs. Wuilloud, Petrucci and Quilton decided that “... we condemn Father PINAUD to a medicinal punishment of suspension of all acts by removing both the power of order and the power of jurisdiction (can. 2278 ss. CIC-17 and 1333 CIC-83). The lifting of this censure should be reserved according to law (can. 2245 CIC-17 and 1355 CIC-83).”

This is a clear and blatant usurpation of the Church's authority by a sacramental bishop and priests under his care, none of which enjoy the jurisdiction to hold an ecclesiastical trial, much less to actually inflict penalties. We must remark in shock and disdain at the arrogance and hubris on the part of Fellay & co to appeal to Canon Law (or, Conciliar Law) in their findings, as if they had any authority whatsoever to enforce or employ it in the way they presume to. This only contributes to the lamentable “parrelel churchism” found within the traditional world.  

For more information on this despicable affair please see:  here, here and here (primary sources provided within links).

Fellay's Waffling

It is apparent to us that Ratzinger's resignation has caused quite a bit of confusion for Bishop Fellay. As reported by Catholic Family News, +Fellay declared that “we have a genuine modernist (Francis),” at the Angelus Press Conference in October. While some took this as an opportunity to show us that “nothing has changed,” +Fellay quickly backtracked barely a month later, and in an interview with DICI clarified that Bergoglio isn't truly a modernist, just a modernist in his actions-- whatever that means. He took the opportunity to describe the primary role of the SSPX as celebrating the TLM, which is an inadvertent admission of how similar the SSPX has become to the FSSP in principle. For more information, see our analysis here

Ratzinger Resigns, Bergoglio Elected

Many centuries ago, popes infrequently resigned for the good of the Church -- whether they wanted to heal a schism or felt they were unqualified for the office from the start of their papacy.  Although hinted at as a consideration on and off during the latter days of the John Paul II era, never before had the man in the Vatican cited health concerns as reason enough to warrant rescension of the Petrine ministry.  But in a stunning announcement this past February, Joseph Ratzinger did just that, and officially resigned the office of the conciliar papacy at the month's conclusion.  Two weeks later, the conciliar cardinals elected Jorge Bergoglio as Ratzinger's replacement; as Cardinal Bergoglio he was seen posing with Protestant in communicatio in sacris acatholicis and was knowingly photographed lighting a menorah at a Jewish event, the man had barely stepped out to see the crowd in St. Peter's Square that dark March 13th night when Trads were variously worried (at the scandal he could and probably would cause Catholics stuck in Novus Ordo Land) and overjoyed (at how much more clearly he could prove their theological stances), and "brick by brick" Ratzingerian hermeneuticists were ready to turn off their televisions and curl into balls on the floor.

"There is no Catholic God" and Arian-esque statements

In October, Tradblogs covered the apparently Arian theological positions Francis made known in an interview published earlier that month.  See that post here.

The World Youth Day Beachball Bruhaha

Following another large Charismatic Movement event the Conciliar Church calls "World Youth Day" in Rio this past July -- well, where Tradblogs could describe for you what happened, a single picture more than suffices for the atrocity:


Shortly before the public embrace by Fr. Paul Kramer of the opinion that Benedict XVI, and not Francis, is currently pope, that opinion (which was already held by a few a small number of semi-Trads) was set down as a new theory of papal identification formulated by one Alan Aversa:

sedebenediciplenism /sˌɛdɪbənɪdˈɪsɪplˌiːnɪzəm/ = the position where Benedict XVI is considered a true pope and Francis I is considered an anti-pope. Benedict XVI—initially not a true pope because of his leadership of the non-Catholic, schismatic Conciliar Church sect, although validly elected pope for the Catholic Church—became a true pope of the Catholic Church when he resigned his leadership role of the Conciliar Church on February 28, 2013. According to sedebenediciplenists, Benedict XVI did public penance for his ecumenical sins by promulgating Summorum Pontificum, un-"excommunicating" the SSPX bishops, disciplining LCWR and related groups, and supporting the SSPX; thus, he is no longer a heretic and can be and is a valid pope of the Catholic Church.

Since Mr. Aversa's initial formulation of the sedebenediciplenist position, the mutation of Fr. Kramer's variety has arisen which does not posit Johannine ff. sedevacantist as its starting point; rather, it recognizes the conciliar and postconciliar papal claimants as legitimate popes up through and including Benedict, merely stipulating that Benedict's resignation in February was invalid and as such he is still head of the (Conciliar) Church.  Referring to reasons as disparate as duress ("He was pressured to resign!  Death threats were made!") to faulty Latin in the resignation document itself ("Wrong tense here, declension there"), this brand of theory-supporter is further known as "sedebenediciplenist conciliar legitimists," whereas those who subscribe to Mr. Aversa's initial formulation are identified as "sedebenediciplenist conciliar illegitimists."  As a shorthand, however, we propose the following development in the terminology:  Aversan sedebene. (the original school of thought) and Kramerian sedebene. (the conciliar legitimist morphosis).

Francis & his condescension towards Trads (neo-pelagianism)

In rhetoric from early June which can only be described as baffling, Francis stated that a "Pelagian current" runs through the Church in "restorationist groups," i.e. Trad-leaning groups within the Conciliar Church.  This is how St. Alphonsus Liguori, in his History of Heresies, describes the heresy of Pelagianism:

First.--That Adam and Eve were created mortal, and that their sin only hurt themselves, and not their posterity.  Second.--Infants are now born in the same state that Adam was before his fall.  Third.--Children dying without baptism, do not indeed go to heaven, but they posses eternal life.  Such, St. Augustine testifies, were the errors of Pelagius.  The principal error of Pelagius and his followers was, concerning Grace and Free-Will, for he asserted, that man, by the natural force of his free-will, could fulfill all the Divine precepts, conquer all temptations and passions, and arrive at perfection without the assistance of grace. (page 109)

As such, we call this rhetoric coming from Francis baffling because we have not seen it in Trad-leaning or even actually Trad groups.  If anything, examing Francis and his likewise modernist retinue...

If Francis takes one breath to mischaracterize Trad-leaning groups, he takes another to mock them:  on the very same occasion, he said "[ . . . ] when I was elected, I received a letter from one of these groups, and they said:  'Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure:  3,525 rosaries.'  Why don't they say, 'we pray for you, we ask...', but this thing of counting..."  Naturally padded with the phrase "not to laugh at it, I took it with respect" -- of course.

Francis took an even larger swipe against the Trad-leaning members of his religion in his "apostolic exhortation" Evangelium Gaudium, 93-97, this time accusing Trads of "neopelagianism" in paragraphs under a section titled "No to spiritual worldliness."

Francis Blasphemes the Blessed Virgin

Twice already Francis has blasphemed against the Blessed Virgin Mary.  In the first instance, after likening Mary to the Church (good!) he went on to say that the Church has flaws (bad! embarrassingly bad! heretically bad!)

In the second instance, Francis harkened to John Paul II when he said of Mary at the Crucifixion that 

The Gospel tells us nothing: if she said a word or not ... She was quiet, but in her heart -  how much she said to the Lord!  'You told me then  - that's what we have read - that He will be great. You told me that You would give him the throne of his father David, that he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. And now I see Him there!' The Blessed Mother was human! And perhaps she would have  wanted  to say, 'lies! I have been cheated!'. John Paul II said this when he spoke of the Mother of God at one point. But she was  overshadowed with the silence of the mystery that she did not understand, and with this silence, she has accepted that this mystery can grow and flourish in the hope.

Should the reader follow the provided link, he will see that for all the other heretical things John Paul II said, oddly enough that sentiment was not one of them.

Ecumenism of Blood

In mid-December, Francis coined a new term of his own:  "Ecumenism of Blood."  He discusses his theological novelty thus:

For me, ecumenism is a priority. Today, there's the ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians because they wear a cross or have a Bible, and before killing them they don't ask if they're Anglicans, Lutherans, Catholic or Orthodox. The blood is mixed. For those who kill, we're Christians. We're united in blood, even if among ourselves we still haven't succeeded in taking the necessary steps towards unity and perhaps the moment hasn't arrived. Unity is a grace that we have to ask for.
In Hamburg [Germany], I knew a pastor who was working on the beatification cause of a Catholic priest sent to the guillotine by the Nazis because he was teaching catechism to children. After him in the line-up of the condemned was a Lutheran pastor killed for the same reason. Their blood was mixed. The pastor told me he'd gone to his bishop and said to him: 'I'll continue to pursue the cause, but both of them together, not just the Catholic.' That's the ecumenism of blood. It exists today too, all you have to do is read the papers.

What we should take away from this:  Francis believes a Lutheran pastor killed for teaching children a presumably Lutheran catechism is as meritorious as a Catholic priest murdered for teaching children a presumably Catholic catechism.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: +Williamson's planned acquisition of a priestly house, Fr Rioult's "The Impossible Reconciliation", Bergoglio earns "Person of the Year" from Time Magazine, the advancing "canonizations" of JPII and JXXIII,

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Few Thoughts on Francis' Recent Interview

Ember Wednesday in Advent

 From The Vatican Insider

While most of the world may concern itself more with the temporary canonization of Francis by Time and The Advocate, we would like to draw your attention to his recent interview conducted by Andrea Tornielli (author of "Pope Francis: Pope of a New World").


[Christmas] speaks of tenderness and hope. When God meets us he tells us two things. The first thing he says is: have hope. God always opens doors, he never closes them. He is the father who opens doors for us. The second thing he says is: don’t be afraid of tenderness. When Christians forget about hope and tenderness they become a cold Church, that loses its sense of direction and is held back by ideologies and worldly attitudes, whereas God’s simplicity tells you: go forward, I am a Father who caresses you.
God certainly gives hope, yes; and charity is God's love, loving one's neighbor as God loves them, and for the sake of God.  Often this is done with "tenderness" if we are to think in terms of emulating Our Lord, and being meek and humble of heart.  However, Francis' priorities are obvious: he sees the Church as a social organization, and that the worst (or at least, one of the most undesirable) things it could become is "cold."  In the first place, the Church is the Spotless Bride of Christ, and She does not "become" anything other than what He has willed Her to be-- Francis identifies the nature of the Church according to the dispositions of Her members.  If this was true, the Church would not only be cold, She would be a murderer, an adulteress, a thief, an ingrate, etc.  But this is not true, because Her nature is not defined by Her members.

Additionally, when God "meets us" (a regrettably modernist and protestant expression), He does not always tell us to "go forward."  In fact, in many cases, God "meets us" as He met St Paul, or as He met St Peter fleeing Rome.  He will purify us and chastise us so that we see the evil in the direction we were headed prior to "meeting" Him.  He has already said " If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mat. XII). 

There is also the unsettling emanation of Arianism.  We touched on this in an earlier post.  In Francis' interview with La Repubblica he over-distinguished between the Father and the Son, stating "...there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being."  The contrarian tone of "...but God, the Father... is the light and the Creator.  This is my Being," is enough of an equivocation enough to warrant a double take.  In this recent interview, Francis says: 

 The Greek Fathers called [the Incarnation] syncatabasis, divine condescension that is: God coming down to be with us. It is one of God’s mysteries.  John Paul II said God became a child who was entirely dependent on the care of a father and mother. This is why Christmas gives us so much joy. We don’t feel alone any more; God has come down to be with us. Jesus became one of us and suffered the worst death for us, that of a criminal on the Cross.” 

For any practicing Catholic who has written an academic paper on a subject which is filled with "experts" who predicate all of their theories on a denial of religion, there is an elusive way in which we can write about such topics without drawing too much attention to the fact that we disagree with and disdain what we are supposed to believe according to secular professors.  This is a very simple method which simply requires a sentence to begin "Scientists/doctors/philosophers believe/say/theorize X."  It is a very "unbiased" and distanced way of telling someone what they want to hear without actually saying that you share the belief.  Francis cites what the Greeks call the incarnation, and what JPII said about the incarnation but all that he says is that "God came down to be with us.  Jesus became one of us..."  Again with the distinction.  God "coming down to us" could mean anything.  Jesus becoming one of us isn't necessarily the same thing.  Especially when the words are coming out of the mouth of a modernist!  Who knows?  Maybe it's a translation error, or maybe it's not and we're just nuts.  But the suspicious way in which Bergoglio continues to distinguish between God and Jesus continues...

The entire second page of the interview is filled with the obligatory shout-out to the poor.


Over the course of these first nine months, I have received visits from many Orthodox brothers: Bartholomew, Hilarion, the theologian Zizioulas, the Copt Tawadros... They have the apostolic succession; I received them as brother bishops. It is painful that we are not yet able to celebrate the Eucharist together, but there is friendship. I believe that the way forward is this: friendship, common work and prayer for unity. We blessed each other; one brother blesses the other, one brother is called Peter and the other Andrew, Mark, Thomas…
There isn't really much to comment on here.  The work is done for us.  An heretic receiving heretics... you know what they say about birds of a feather.  The heretics retain material apostolic succession, but it's clear that Francis means that they are formal successors (with both power of order and jurisdiction) by the way he refers to them as equals.  Notice how "the way forward" doesn't include conversion?  It will be interesting to see how God caresses them.

Yes, for me ecumenism is a priority (You don't say?). Today there is an ecumenism of blood. In some countries they kill Christians for wearing a cross or having a Bible and before they kill them they do not ask them whether they are Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic or Orthodox. Their blood is mixed... I knew a parish priest in Hamburg who was dealing with the beatification cause of a Catholic priest guillotined by the Nazis for teaching children the catechism.  After him, in the list of condemned individuals, was a Lutheran pastor who was killed for the same reason. Their blood was mixed. The parish priest told me he had gone to the bishop and said to him: “I will continue to deal with the cause, but both of their causes, not just the Catholic priest’s.” This is what ecumenism of blood is. It still exists today. Those who kill Christians don’t ask for your identity card to see which Church you were baptised in. We need to take these facts into consideration.
Well, this is just filthy.  Many commentators have already chimed in with comments on this passage, and we can only echo their not-so-surprised shock at the absolute scandal of this "ecumenism of blood." Does Bergoglio not realize that in the past, the Church would have done exactly what the Nazis did to those who spread heresy?  That's a rhetorical question, of course; he must know and has likely already "apologized" for it publicly, or plans to.  There are no greater crimes than those against the Faith, because such crimes are direct assaults on God.  The spreading of heresy was dealt with so severely because the death of the soul is infinitely worse than the death of the body.  Naturally, we can't expect someone so preoccupied with materialism and the corporal works to appreciate that-- in fact, it's apparent he abhors it.  

Then there is the idea that how others regard "Christians" must be "taken into consideration."  Again we have the faith in flux.  While the Church is defined by what Her members are feeling at the time, a Christian is defined by what his enemies think he is.  The entire quoted paragraph accurately reflects the wicked indifferentism of the modern world towards religion.


Questions posed by Tornielli in bold.

Some of the passages in the "Evangelii Gaudium" attracted the criticism of ultraconservatives in the USA. As a Pope, what does it feel like to be called a "Marxist"?

"The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended."

Three guesses as to whether we actually believe he thinks Marxism is wrong (and the first two don't count), although we certainly didn't expect him to say that it is.  But Marxists are good people, so it probably doesn't matter.  They must be playing checkers with all the other atheists in Heaven.

In the Apostolic Exhortation you called for prudent and bold pastoral choices regarding the sacraments. What were you referring to?

When I speak of prudence I do not think of it in terms of an attitude that paralyses but as the virtue of a leader. Prudence is a virtue of government. So is boldness.  One must govern with boldness and prudence. I spoke about baptism and communion as spiritual food that helps one to go on; it is to be considered a remedy not a prize. Some immediately thought about  the sacraments for remarried divorcees, but I did not refer to any specific cases; I simply wanted to point out a principle. We must try to facilitate people’s faith, rather than control it. Last year in Argentina I condemned the attitude of some priests who did not baptise the children of unmarried mothers. This is a sick mentality.
"For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.  Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep" (I Cor, XI).

St Paul teaches us not to profane the Holy Sacrament, and attributes the Corinthians doing so as a cause for their ills.  Of course, to a man like Bergoglio who believes that all Christians are united in blood, there is no true distinction between a non-Catholic "Christian" and a Catholic, or a person in sanctifying grace or one in mortal sin.  

And what about remarried divorcees?
"The exclusion of divorced people who contract a second marriage from communion is not a sanction. It is important to remember this. But I didn’t talk about this in the Exhortation."

Certainly he wouldn't condemn the practice of withholding Holy Communion from public sinners.  I suppose we expected a bit of a more of an artful dodge, though. 

May I ask you if the Church will have women cardinals in the future?

"I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not 'clericalised.' Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit from clericalism." 

It sprang from the perpetually-flapping hole under your nose, sir.  This is a remarkable statement.  In telling the conservatives what they want to hear (something along the lines of "no women cardinals") he simultaneously slaps them in the face by saying they suffer from clericalism, which is NO-speak for telling someone they need to get with the times and realize that clerics don't have anything John Q. Layman the accountant doesn't have, nor do they enjoy any special privileges or rights.  

Could you have imagined a year ago that you would be celebrating Christmas 2013 in St. Peter’s?

"Absolutely not." 

If only...


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Serve the World, Receive Its Praises

Feast of St. Damasus I, Pope and Confessor

How to become Time Magazine's Man of the Year:

Step 1.  Finagle your way to the top of a religious organization.

Step 2.  Remind everyone of how humble you are whenever possible.

Step 3.  Throw your organization's traditions under the bus you say you ride around in.

Step 4.  Marginalize and insult anybody who doesn't like the "new way."

Step 5.  Totally misrepresent the very nature of your organization.

Step 6.  Accept the Man of the Year honor -- humbly, of course!

To read the dreck rationale for the choice, see here.

Kyrie Eleison!
Christe Eleison!
Kyrie Eleison!