My readers, like me, you are probably off from work today. Take this opportunity to spend the day in prayer. Here are some suggestions:
1. The 15-decade Rosary
2. The Little Office of B.V.M.
3. The Monastic Breviary
4. Chaplet to Saint Michael
5. First Day of Divine Mercy Novena
6. Prayer to St. Michael
7. Act of Contrition
Have a ‘Good’ Friday
Well, it’s Holy Week and I have a lot of time on my hands, so I’ve compiled a gallery of the holiest places on Earth.
Over in the Land of the Pollyannas, “Conservatives” are jumping for joy over a comment which Pope Francis affirmed Catholic doctrine on abortion.
Don’t get me wrong: it is always good when the Pope preaches Catholicism. But there is no reason for us to be ecstatic when it happens; on the contrary, the very fact that this is portrayed as a newsworthy event tells a great deal about how low the Church has sunk.
Some Traditionalist bloggers are claiming that Bergoglio’s comment proves that he is beginning to steer his Papacy in a more Conservative direction, hence the title of this post: Don’t hold your breath. Francis is firmly committed to the Modernist cause, and these bouts of orthodoxy that he sometimes has will not change anything. Just take a look at his new Cardinals.
And it came to pass that a certain Sister Jane of the Dominican Order gave a speech to students in a Catholic school in which she promoted Catholic teachings on such things as homosexuality, divorce, and remarriage. This immediately sparked public outrage (God forbid a Catholic nun teach sound Catholicism in a Catholic School). Apparently, the priest who permitted this nun to speak did so because he felt the students were poorly catechized, and needed to hear authentic Catholicism. It wasn’t long before the Gaystapo went to work, trying to silence the nun. One of the student’s parents said the following:
“In my home, there was outrage, embarrassment, sadness, disbelief, and further reason for my 16-year-old to move as far away from her religion as possible and as soon as she can,”
The priest in question eventually issued the following statement, which, surprisingly enough, defended the nun:
“She represented well the Catholic positions on marriage, sex, same-sex attraction and proper gender roles. … The Church has already lost too many generations of Catholic schools students to … a very muddled and watered-down faith.”
However, the Neo-Cats did not give up, writing complaints to the Bishop of Charlotte, Peter Jugis, who has issued a statement of his own:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The past few weeks have been very difficult for Charlotte Catholic High School. We have all experienced a great deal of pain. During this difficult time I want to express my support and encouragement for all the parents, students, staff and faculty at the high school. We must move forward toward healing with charity, the hallmark of our Christian life.
Different viewpoints regarding Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel’s presentation to students on March 21, 2014, have been discussed in a variety of venues.
At the parent meeting on April 2, 2014, many expressed concern about the lack of advanced communication with parents regarding the subject matter of the assembly. Apologies were made at the meeting for that lack of advanced communication [Read: We apologize for not giving advanced notice that we were going to be teaching Catholicism in our Catholic school. Our bad.]
The content of the Church’s moral teaching was not raised as a matter of contention at the parent meeting. All of our Catholic schools are committed to hold and teach the Catholic faith in its fullness and with integrity [That would explain why Sister Jane will no longer be speaking in the Diocese]. The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains an explanation of our faith and is accessible to all. [In other words, go read some Catholicism and come back when you have a basic understanding of our religion's values.]
During this difficult time [How sad! The bishop is going through a 'difficult time'. Get a grip.] I support the continued work of Fr. Matthew Kauth, the chaplain; Mrs. Angela Montague and Mr. Steve Carpenter, the assistant principals; and Mr. Randy Belk, the dean of students; and all they are doing for our Charlotte Catholic High School students. All of us are indebted to them.
I am shocked [Shocked!] to hear the disturbing reports of a lack of charity [How uncharitable...] and respect at the parents’ meeting, and outside the meeting in conversations and in social media. There simply is no room in the Catholic Church for such displays of uncharitableness and disrespect. If we have failed in this regard let us make amends to God and neighbor. Even when we disagree, that disagreement should be expressed respectfully in love. [Read: Let us be nice, lest we offend the perverts.]
We ask the Lord Jesus Christ for His mercy and His [forgiveness for our intolerance] as we approach the celebrations of Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Please be assured of our continued dedication to the mission to teach and live the truth of the Catholic faith at our Charlotte Catholic High School. [Yada yada yada.]
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte
As can be expected, the Bishop of Charlotte gave the typical Post-VII “Let’s not offend offend anyone” Meow. Whereas the likes of Pius XII would have given a Catholic “Roar”, stopping the Gaystapo in their tracks, Bishop Jugis uttered little more than a whimper.
It’s a good thing we have Bergi here to keep us on the look-out. For a second there I was starting to wonder if Satan was still around. But now my doubts are allayed, thanks to the Bishop of Rome.
From Vatican Radio:
Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.
Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality.
“We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ. And what does the Spirit of Evil do, through his temptations, to distance us from the path of Jesus? The temptation of the devil has three characteristics and we need to learn about them in order not to fall into the trap. What does Satan do to distance us from the path of Jesus? Firstly, his temptation begins gradually but grows and is always growing. Secondly, it grows and infects another person, it spreads to another and seeks to be part of the community. And in the end, in order to calm the soul, it justifies itself. It grows, it spreads and it justifies itself.”
Turning to the bible, the Pope recalled how Jesus’s first temptation by Satan was almost ‘like a seduction.’ Satan told Jesus to throw himself down from the Temple so that all the people will see that he is the Messiah! And warned the Pope, when the devil is rejected, he grows and comes back stronger than before. Jesus himself noted this in the gospel when the devil went around looking for companions and with them returned to Jesus. Satan got involved with Jesus’s enemies and what seemed at first like a calm trickle of water turned into a flood of water. In this way, the temptation grows, infects others and justifies itself. As an illustration, the Pope recalled how when Jesus preached in the synagogue, his enemies belittled him by saying “but isn’t this the son of Joseph, the carpenter, the son of Mary. He never studied so with what authority can he speak?
“We have a temptation that grows: it grows and infects others. For example, let’s look at gossip: I’m a bit envious of this or that person and at first I’m just envious inside and I need to share it and go to another person and say: “But have you seen that person?’.. and this gossip tries to grow and infects another and another… This is the way gossip works and all of us have been tempted to gossip! Maybe not one of you, if you’re a saint , but I too have been tempted to gossip! It’s a daily temptation. And it begins in this way, discreetly, like a trickle of water. It grows by infecting others and in the end it justifies itself.”
Pope Francis concluded by urging people to be vigilant and not to give in to that initial temptation and thus allow it to spread to others and justify itself.
“We are all tempted because the law of our spiritual life, our Christian life is a struggle: a struggle. That’s because the Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ. Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”
My readers, please do not become confused by my sarcasm. In all seriousness, it is absolutely disillusioning to see that the Church has to be reminded of her #1 enemy’s very existence. This just goes to show you how far we have sunk. Now, on a side-note, did anyone else notice the abundance of punctual errors in the text? Methinks Vatican Radio needs a new editor.