Although many well-meaning Catholics, some of whom reject the nonexistent legitimacy of the conciliar robber barons, believe that there is some kind of “political ecumenism” that can retard the rapid advance of evil in the world today, the truth is that “political ecumenism” is as false as theological ecumenism. No admixture of truth and error is going to retard evil. It is that simple.
It is very tempting for people to be lost in the “trees” as they get agitated by this or that news item. As readers of this website know, it is important at all times to keep focused on root causes, both remote and proximate, as rants about the problems we face do nothing to address the fact that evil has made such strides in the world in the past fifty years, thanks in large measure to the false doctrines and sacramentally barren liturgical rites of the conciliar revolutionaries, that entire generations of young people believe that the forces we know to be are unquestionably perfectly natural and normal.
Consider this story published on December 12, 2013, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, about “texting” in a high school in “Middle America,” Avon, Indiana, which is to the west of downtown Indianapolis by about fifteen miles but borders the large City of Indianapolis-Marion County “unigovernment” limits:
AVON -The Avon Community School Corporation says it’s investigating a case of “inappropriate social media activity” involving high school students.
It was the talk of Avon High School Thursday.
“The question of the day was, ‘Have you deleted your nudes?’” said Janelle Bruce, a freshman at Avon High School.
Nude pictures, some of them, according to Avon Police, were of 14- and 15-year-old female students at Avon High School. School administrators found the questionable photos on at least 16 students’ cell phones.
The school questioned students, confiscated the phones and turned it all over to Avon Police.
By first period, students were already talking about what had happened.
“This is a big deal, like, I found out first period so…yeah, it was pretty bad,” Bruce added.
The incident wasn’t just an embarrassing social mishap, though, giving way to gossip. Avon Police said some of the students involved could face criminal charges of having and sharing child pornography.
“Kids these days don’t realize the consequences of, you know, just sending a photo or, you know, the consequences that are going to follow,” said Bruce’s mother, Jennifer Grant.
Avon Police said the students involved used a smart phone app called “Digit Calc” to hide their questionable photos.
To parents and outsiders, Digi-Calc looks like a calculator. Type in a passcode and hit equals and there they are, photos hidden for your eyes only.
“Kids are sometimes smarter than the parents with technology, but just being a parent knowing what your kids are doing 24/7 is important,’ added Grant.
Parents say it’s an important reminder to have a talk with their children about social media. Avon parent Sonny Reyes says he’s already discussed the issue with this two high school-aged daughters.
“I just told them be careful on what they post on that and they’ll regret it if they put in there the things they don’t want to put in there,” said Reyes.
It seems Reyes’ daughter has gotten the message.
“I would never post things like that,” said Kirsten Reyes, a freshman at Avon. “I know to not post anything like that to social media or to any guy, actually.”
Apparently though, it’s a lesson other Avon High School students are now learning the hard way.
The district issued the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“Avon Community School Corporation is currently investigating a case involving inappropriate social media activity among high school students. During the investigation, several students have been found in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Appropriate disciplinary action is being taken. In addition, local law enforcement officials are involved with this investigation.
When Avon Community School Corporation receives a request for information pertaining to its student population, specifically educational records and discipline issues, our first priority is to comply with all state and federal laws, specifically the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA deems all information related to educational records, including discipline records, as confidential and it requires school officials to use the utmost discretion in dealing with such requests.”
Avon police said, so far, no one has been arrested. Investigators told Eyewitness News the department will use its forensic tools to go through each phone and determine if possession of and distributing child pornography charges are warranted against any of the students involved. (Avon Schools confiscate student phones.)
These young people are going to grow up to “vote pro-life” and to oppose laws that permit those who engage in perverse acts in violation of the binding precepts of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments to be “married”?
Those of you who are tempted to succumb to viewing the world in naturalistic terms had better come to realize the actual reality in which we live.
The reality of the world in which we live is not defined by the incestuous world of “Twitterverse” where like-minded people come to project from the proliferation of comments made by other like-minded people that “we’re going to turn a corner” in the nation soon. Such a belief is irrational as it (a) is premised upon the falsehood that something short of Catholicism can be the foundation of personal and social order; and (b) exists in spite of the fact that America’s concentration camps and what passes for “popular culture” in the mainslime media have done a splendid job in conditioning the young to accept evil as normal and natural, if not a “human right” whose fulfillment must be subsidized by taxpayers. One may review Inside the Prison Walls for a reminder about the madness of “texting” among the young, many of whom believe it is their “right” to use “crack cocaine” after the “highs” produced by marijuana level off and become “boring.”
Indeed, a story published yesterday, Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, reported on third graders who were caught smoking marijuana in a bathroom “inside the prison walls.” Third graders:
SONORA (CBS SF) — Three third-grade students at a Sonora elementary school were busted for smoking pot in the school’s bathroom last week.
Two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old were caught by another student, who immediately informed school administrators. Those officials then alerted local police.
The students were questioned by officers, and later released to their parents on February 27th.
Sonora Elementary School Principal Chris Boyles would not speak with CBS SF regarding the case, but Superintendent Leigh Shampain confirmed that the students were caught smoking marijuana in the school’s bathroom. He would not discuss how the students might be disciplined.
“(I’m) shocked. To be in third grade and have their own pipe,” parent Linda Rodriguez commented to KTXL-TV. “I think they should be expelled, but I also think they should follow it further to where they found (the drugs).”
The case was forwarded to the Tuolumne County Probation Department. (3rd Graders Caught Smoking Pot In Elementary School Bathroom.)
No one should be shocked by this as the country has gone Up In Smoke. The only thing that matters to many children and young adults today is “me, myself, I.” They want pleasure. They want gratification. They want to be “entertained.” They do not want to work hard, certainly not for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity. Most of them believe that life is one big “entitlement” and that they are to be indemnified for “breaking rules” by having recourse to any number of lame, subjectivist excuses. Yes, as I noted fourteen months ago no now, Stick A Fork In”U.S.,” We Are Done, Cooked.
No, there is not a vast army of “future voters” out there who are going to “act” to overturn Arizona Governor Janice Brewer’s veto of legislation to protect business owners from violating their religious beliefs by providing services to “gay couples” that imply recognition of the nonexistent of validity of such perverse relationships. Even the belief by the legislators in the Arizona State Legislature that they were attempting to protect “religious liberty” is illusory as the heresy of “religious liberty” is the precise reason that we have sunk into such an abyss of sentimentality and emotionalism. It is such sentimentality and emotionalism that have produced “gay mania” that prevails in the world in a completely fascistic manner.
Once again, any of you who are out there in cyberspace and read these articles (it’s also nice to read and respond to the Donations page), we have been warned about this plunge into madness by our true popes, who have explained that “religious liberty” is from the devil and is the pathway to leading entire nations there as well:
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly “the bottomless pit” is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws — in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again? (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari Vos, August 15, 1832.)
“For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious and absurd principle of “naturalism,” as they call it, dare to teach that “the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress altogether require that human society be conducted and governed without regard being had to religion any more than if it did not exist; or, at least, without any distinction being made between the true religion and false ones.” And, against the doctrine of Scripture, of the Church, and of the Holy Fathers, they do not hesitate to assert that “that is the best condition of civil society, in which no duty is recognized, as attached to the civil power, of restraining by enacted penalties, offenders against the Catholic religion, except so far as public peace may require.” From which totally false idea of social government they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an “insanity,” viz., that “liberty of conscience and worship is each man’s personal right, which ought to be legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society; and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty, which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the press, or in any other way.” But, while they rashly affirm this, they do not think and consider that they are preaching “liberty of perdition;” and that “if human arguments are always allowed free room for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling.”
And, since where religion has been removed from civil society, and the doctrine and authority of divine revelation repudiated, the genuine notion itself of justice and human right is darkened and lost, and the place of true justice and legitimate right is supplied by material force, thence it appears why it is that some, utterly neglecting and disregarding the surest principles of sound reason, dare to proclaim that “the people’s will, manifested by what is called public opinion or in some other way, constitutes a supreme law, free from all divine and human control; and that in the political order accomplished facts, from the very circumstance that they are accomplished, have the force of right.” But who, does not see and clearly perceive that human society, when set loose from the bonds of religion and true justice, can have, in truth, no other end than the purpose of obtaining and amassing wealth, and that (society under such circumstances) follows no other law in its actions, except the unchastened desire of ministering to its own pleasure and interests? (Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura, December 8, 1864.)
Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. Nothing else.
Holy Mother Church is a wise mother. She does not expect the impossible from her children. She is willing to adapt–and has in fact adapted–herself to the varied circumstances in which her children find themselves. She is ready and willing to avail herself of the legal “protections” afforded by the modern civil state, doing so, however, without conceding the validity of the false premises upon which the modern state is founded and operates.
Pope Leo XIII noted this in Libertas Praestantissimum, June 20, 1888, while explaining what happens to those nations that come to “tolerate” increasingly higher and higher doses of evil in the name of “liberty:”
But, to judge aright, we must acknowledge that, the more a State is driven to tolerate evil, the further is it from perfection; and that the tolerance of evil which is dictated by political prudence should be strictly confined to the limits which its justifying cause, the public welfare, requires. Wherefore, if such tolerance would be injurious to the public welfare, and entail greater evils on the State, it would not be lawful; for in such case the motive of good is wanting. And although in the extraordinary condition of these times the Church usually acquiesces in certain modern liberties, not because she prefers them in themselves, but because she judges it expedient to permit them, she would in happier times exercise her own liberty; and, by persuasion, exhortation, and entreaty would endeavor, as she is bound, to fulfill the duty assigned to her by God of providing for the eternal salvation of mankind. One thing, however, remains always true — that the liberty which is claimed for all to do all things is not, as We have often said, of itself desirable, inasmuch as it is contrary to reason that error and truth should have equal rights.
And as to tolerance, it is surprising how far removed from the equity and prudence of the Church are those who profess what is called liberalism. For, in allowing that boundless license of which We have spoken, they exceed all limits, and end at last by making no apparent distinction between truth and error, honesty and dishonesty. And because the Church, the pillar and ground of truth, and the unerring teacher of morals, is forced utterly to reprobate and condemn tolerance of such an abandoned and criminal character, they calumniate her as being wanting in patience and gentleness, and thus fail to see that, in so doing, they impute to her as a fault what is in reality a matter for commendation. But, in spite of all this show of tolerance, it very often happens that, while they profess themselves ready to lavish liberty on all in the greatest profusion, they are utterly intolerant toward the Catholic Church, by refusing to allow her the liberty of being herself free. (Pope Leo XIII, Libertas Praestantissimum, June 20, 1888.)
Rants in “Twitterverse” will not stop the advance of evil in the world.
Even if the naturalists of the organized crime family of the false opposite of the naturalist “right” win back control of the United States Senate and hold its majority in the United States House of Representatives, attention will be focused almost exclusively on the “money, the money and the money” as careerist politicians remain oblivious to the truth that economic problems must worsen in a world where evil is protected under cover of the civil law and promoted with abandon in all aspects of what passes for “popular culture.”
The sacrifices we make this Lent to distance ourselves from the agitation and hysteria of the follies of naturalism will help us to see the word more clearly through the supernatural eyes of the Holy Faith rather than through the distorted prism of the babblings of well-meaning “conservatives” who do not realize that we are suffering from the effects of the Protestant Revolution, something that Father Frederick William Faber noted very clearly over one hundred fifty years ago now:
This forgetfulness that we are creatures, which prevails in that energetically bad portion of the world which is scripturally called the world, affects multitudes of persons, who are either less able to divest themselves of the influences of old traditions and early lessons, or are happily less possessed with the base spirit of the world. It leads them to form a sort of religion for themselves which singularly falls in with all the most corrupt propensities of our hearts: a religion which in effect teaches that we can live two lives and serve two masters. Such persons consider that religion has its own sphere, and worldly interests their sphere also, and that the one must not interfere with the other. Thus their tendency is to concentrate all the religion of the week into Sunday, and to conceive that they have thereby purchased a right to a large conscience for the rest of the week. The world, they say, has its claims and God has His claims. Both must be satisfied; God first, and most scrupulously; then the world, not less exactly, though it be indeed secondary. But it is not a “reasonable service” to neglect one for the other. God and the world are coordinate powers, coordinate fountains of moral duty and obligation. He is really the religious man who gives neither of them reason to complain. We must let our common sense hinder us from becoming over-righteous. Men who hold this doctrine, a doctrine admirably adapted for a commercial country, have a great advantage over the bolder men of whom we spoke before. For they enjoy all the practical laxity of unbelievers, without the trouble or responsibility of disbelieving; and besides that, they enjoy a certain good humor of conscience in consequence of the outward respect they pay, in due season and fitting place, to the ceremonies of religion.
Hitherto we have spoken of classes of persons in whom we take no interest, further than the sorrow which all who love God must feel at seeing Him defrauded of His honor, and all who love their fellow-men in seeing so much amiability, so much goodness, with a millstone round its neck which must inevitably sink it in the everlasting deeps. Let us come now to those with whom we are very much concerned; and for whom we have ventured to compose this little treatise. Errors filter from one class of men into another, and appear in different forms according to the new combinations into which they enter. We are all of us more affected by the errors which prevail around us than we really suppose. Almost every popular fallacy has its representative even among the children of faith; and as when a pestilence is raging, many are feeble and languid though they have no plague-spot, so is it in matters of religion. The contagion of the world does us a mischief in many ways of which we are hardly conscious; and we often injure ourselves in our best and highest interests by views and practices, to which we cling with fatal obstinacy, little suspecting the relationship in which they stand to widely spread evils, which we behold in their naked deformity in other sections of society, and hold up to constant reprobation. The forgetfulness that we are creatures, which produces the various consequences already mentioned, is an error which is less obviously hateful than a direct forgetfulness of God, and consequently it wins its way into holy places where the other would find no admittance, or want hospitality. Good Christians hear conversations around them, catch the prevailing tone of society, read books, and become familiarized with certain fashionable principles of conduct; and it is impossible for their minds and hearts not to become imbued with the genius of all this. It is irksome to be always on our guard, and from being off our guard we soon grow to be unsuspicious. When a catholic enters into intimate dealings with protestants, he most not forget to place his sentries, and to act as if he was in an enemy’s country; and this is unkindly work, and as miserable as it is unkindly. Yet so it is. When newspapers tell us that catholicism is always more reasonable and less superstitious when it is in the immediate presence of protestantism, they indicate something that they have observed, namely, a change. Now if our religion be changed by protestantism, we can have little difficulty in deciding whether it has changed for the better or the worse. All this illustrates what we mean. The prevailing errors of our time and country find their way down to us, and corrupt our faith, and lower our practice, and divide us among ourselves. This unstartling error of forgetting that we are creatures is thus not without grave influence upon conscientious catholics; and it is to this point that we are asking your attention. (Father Frederick Faber, The Creator and the Creature, written in 1856 and republished by TAN Books and Publishers in 1978, pp. 27-29. See also Liars Still Lie, Liars Still Lie Regularly, which was published on the original Christ or Chaos website two months ago now.)
These two paragraphs summarize most succinctly how Catholics have come to make their “peace” with the evils represented by the errors of Modernity and Modernism, starting with the Protestant Revolution itself.
The errors flowing the the various strains of the Protestant Revolution are hateful in the sight of God. Yes, true, God alone judges the souls of individual adherents of the Protestant sects, as He alone judges our own immortal souls. Protestantism, however, is evil of its nature. God hates all false religions. He hates all falsehoods. Why? Because theological falsehoods blaspheme Him and make a mockery of His work of Redeeming us by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
Protestantism is a revolution against the fact that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ founded but one Church upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope, to be the sole repository of the Deposit of Faith, the sole and infallible teacher of all that is contained in that Deposit of Faith, the sole means of human sanctification an salvation on the face of this earth. This is not a “minor” matter.
Protestantism is a revolution against the fact that Divine Revelation consists of both Sacred Scripture and Apostolic or Sacred Tradition, making of each “believer” his own “interpreter” of the “Word,” an absurdity that leads to a gazillion different “interpretations as to the meaning of various Scriptural passages and, ultimately, to unbelief itself.
It was during the upheavals in England at the time of the Protestant Revolution that the imprisoned Saint Thomas More, less than five onths away from his own martyrdom on July 6, 1535, wrote two reflections, one for February 19 and one for February 20, that are quite relevant to us this Lent as we seek to distance ourselves from the “confabulations” of the world, including the idiocies on the devil’s box, television, once and for all (acknowledgment is hereby made to a friend of ours who was kind enough to send the following passages to Sharon):
Give me They grace, good God,
To set the world at naught;
To set my mind fast on Thee and not to hang
Upon the blast of men’s mouthsl
To be content to be solitary;
Not to long for worldly company;
Little and little utterly to cast off the world,
And rid my mind of all business thereof;
Not to long to hear of any worldly things,
But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may
be to me displeasant.
Gladly to be thinking of God;
Piteously to call for His help.
To lean unto the comfort of God;
Busily to labour to love Him;
To know mine own vility and wretchedness;
To humble and meeken myself under the mighty
hand of God:
To bewail my sins past;
For the purging of them patiently to suffer
Glad to bear my purgatory here;
To be joyful of tribulations.
“To enlighten them, that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.”–Luke i. 79
(As found in Saint Thomas More, In the Shadow of Death I.
Give me Thy grace, good God,
To walk the narrow way that leadeth to life;
To bear the cross with Christ;
To have the last things in remembrance;
To have before mine eye my death that is ever
To make death no stranger to me,
To foresee and consider the everlasting fire
To pray for pardon before the Judge come;
To have continually in mind the Passion that
Christ suffered for me.
For His benefits uncessantly to give Him
To buy the time again that I have lost.
To abstain from vain confabulations.
To eschew light foolish mirth and gladness.
Recreations not necessary to cut off;
Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life,
To set the loss at right naught for the winning
To think my worst enemies my best friends, for
the brethren of Joseph could never have
done him so much good with their love
and favour as they did him with their
malice and hatred.
“To direct our feet into the way of peace.” –Luke i. 79.
(As found in Saint Thomas More, In the Shadow of Death I.
Ah, yes, what is your excuse for continuing to listen to Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or Mark Levin or any other naturalist’s confabulations?
What is your excuse for continuing to watch television for any reason, including for the “entertainment” provided by watching unshaven, unkempt, tattooed athletes in a backdrop of camera shots of indecently, immodestly dressed women and advertisements for pharmaceutical products that have no business being discussed in public?
Would you like to re-read Saint Thomas More’s reflections just four and one-half months before he put his head on the chopping block for the cause of Christ the King and His Holy Church?
Today is the Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity and the Commemoration of Thursday after Ash Wednesday. We must draw inspiration from the account of their martyrdom on March 7, 203, in order to break free from the grip of the false “solutions” offered by the worldly-wise who know not Christ the King and who believe that even the concept of His Social Reign over men and their nations is utterly preposterous:
Perpetua and Felicity were arrested during the persecution of the emperor Severus in Africa, together with Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus, and were cast into a dark dungeon, where Satyrus was added to their company. They were as yet catechumens but shortly afterwards they were baptized. After a few days they and their companions were led forth from prison to the court, and, after a glorious profession of faith, were condemned by the procurator Hilarion to the beasts. Thereupon they went down to the prison rejoicing, and there they were refreshed with many visions, and fired with longing for the martyr’s palm. Neither the repeated prayers and tears of Perpetua’s father, a man of extreme old age, nor her motherly love for her baby son still at the breast, nor the atrocity of the torture, could shake her faith in Christ.
As the day of the spectacle came close, Felicity was afflicted with great sorrow lest it should be put off, since she was eight months with child; and the law forbade expectant mothers to be put to the torture. But at the prayers of her fellow-martyrs her delivery was hastened, and she gave birth to a daughter. While she was groaning in the pains of childbirth, one of the jailers said to her: What wilt thou do when thrown to the beasts, if thou groanest thus now? She replied: Now it is I who suffer; but then Another will be within me, who will suffer on my behalf, seeing that it is for him that I am to suffer.
At length the noble-hearted women were brought into the amphitheatre, in the sight of all the people, on the 7th day of March, and were first beaten with scourges. Then they were tossed for some time by a ferocious cow, beaten with lashes, and dashed on the ground. Lastly, together with their companions, who had been attacked by various beasts, they were slain with blows of the sword. Pope Pius X raised the feast of these holy Martyrs to the rite of a double for the Universal Church, and ordered it to be kept on March 6th. (Matins, The Divine Office, Feast of Saints Perpetua and Felicity.)
Following the example provided us by the wisdom and the martyrdoms of Saint Thomas More and of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, we must consider it our privilege to be hated by the world and to misunderstood by others for “not going along,” whether it be with the hysteria and agitation of the farce that is electoral politics and/or with the revolutionary program of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.
We cannot “along to get along,” not for the sake of human respect and not for the sake of believing that one is “doing something” when the truth is that the “toothpaste” of Modernity and Modernism is out of the tube until the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every Rosary we pray helps to usher in the Reign of Mary.
Why do we tarry?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, pray for us.