Sunday, May 15, 2016
UNGODLY RAGE, (ANGER, ONE OF THE 7 DEADLY SINS) IS A CANCER EATING AT THE FABRIC OF ALL THE GOOD THE TRADITIONALIST MOVEMENT ACCOMPISHED IN THE CHURCH SINCE POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II AND IS COMPLETLY DESTROYING IT
I use to despise the blog "Praytell" for the axe they wield against Pope Benedict and his liturgical renewal especially as it regards the new and glorious English translation of the Roman Missal and His Holiness gracious permission to allow the liberal celebration of the older liturgical books of the Church, not to mention His Holiness' recovery of many aspects of the pre-Vatican II papacy and liturgical ethos. Not only the posts but the comments by these so-called progressives were down right nasty, immature and unbecoming of Catholics in good standing with the Church. Give me a divorced and remarried outside of the Church Catholic any day over these types! Give me drunkards, adulterers, sodomites, fornicators and apostates over these kinds of Catholics! At least these mortal sinners are nice to be around.
But then, I read comments on my blog and other blogs by so-called "orthodox" Catholics who love tradition and Tradition and the way things were in the Church before the big, bad Second Vatican Council and they are every much as shrill, ugly and nasty as their ideological counterparts at Praytell and the more liberal wing of the Church, like those who comment at the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) or who belong to WomynChurch or the such!
To illustrate the kindred spirit, albeit ideologically miles apart between the ugly left and the ugly right, one of my famous commenters wrote this yesterday on a post about Pope Francis and his off-the-cuff remarks concerning deaconesses (never mind that His Holiness said in the strongest terms that women could not preach at Mass because that is the function of the priest who acts in persona Christi, Head of the Church. His Holiness also said he would ask Cardinal Mueller to clarify why women can't preach at Mass. This by the way implies they can't be admitted to Holy Orders which is ordination.
But this is his nasty comment that would make those at Praytell blush:
Pope Francis's ideas and ideology, insofar as they conflict with Christ's teaching and the Church, need to be viciously attacked. The same is true for the bishops and priests who prop up and defend his errors. To defend the teachings of Christ, even against clerics, is not un-Catholic. In fact, it is our Catholic duty to do so.
When the pope stops erring, well stop criticizing. The same goes for Fr. McDonald on this blog -- when he's in error, it's going to be pointed out so long as these comments are open. If he doesn't want people to point out those errors, he can (1) stop blogging, or (2) stop erring. Or, at the very least, he could stop calling everyone who disagrees with him a far right hysterical Protestant.
So, let's talk about Protestantism in its classical form at the time of the Reformation and those who went that route, verses the Catholics who remained faithful and respectfully challenged the corrupt popes, bishops and priests of that era.
Martin Luther and John Calvin in their ugliness, unleashed exactly what the commenter above describes on the Church, papacy and magisterium of their day. They wrecked havoc on the Church and allowed the political enemies of the Church, those in civil or secular government, to free themselves from papal rule, a remnant of Christendom and to become nationalistic. One needs to know that in Europe after the Reformation, citizens of nations took on the denomination of the monarchy of their country. If the king was Lutheran, everyone was. If he was Calvinist, everyone was. The secular political powers of that day could only accomplish this by demonizing the true Church and her pope and Magisterium and of course there was some fodder to do so and whip the populace into rejecting the true Church and without a whimper or hint of willingness to embrace white or red martyrdom from that ignorant class.
In the same era of corruption of Church leaders and practices in the Catholic Church, the time leading up to the Reformation and beyond, there was a wholly different kind of reformer who went about reforming but out of love not ungodly rage. These became saints of the Church. Let me name just a few:
1. St. Teresa of Avila
2. St. John of the Cross
3. St. Francis of Assisi
4. (and my favorite) Saint Catherine of Siena (who challenged the pope living at Avignon but who would be embarrassed at the rhetoric of the commenter above). She is a saint of course, the commenter is a mortal sinner in his rage and anger!
And then there is the chancellor of England under King Henry VIII who remained a faithful papist despite the corruption of the papacy of this period, Saint Thomas Moore. He was actually martyred for his pope and the papacy and accepted his fate in a glorious and loving way. He's one of my favorites too and I am sure that he would castigate as anti-Catholic and thus anti-Christ the comment I quote above.
Why, you ask?
Because as heterodox as some say Pope Francis is in terms of what they as an alternative magisterium (and this is what is so Protestant and alien to true Catholicism, those who have no authority to act as a Magisterium doing so and in the ugliest sort of way) declare about Pope Francis, any true Catholic that is worth his baptismal holiness would not sin mortally against the evangelical counsel of love/charity toward anyone let alone the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church.
On this point, I will refer you to Saint Paul's famous words from I Corinthians, Chapter 13:
If I speak in human and angelic tongues* but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.a 2And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.b 3If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.c
4* Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,d 5it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,e 6it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.f
8* Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. 9For we know partially and we prophesy partially, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.g 13* So faith, hope, love remain, these three;h but the greatest of these is love.