Christ stilling the waves

The Trumpeteer

  • CLERICAL BLINDNESS, POP STARS’ MADNESS AND THE HEROISM OF THE LEPER KING

    There seems to be a sense that not only is the Pope out of contact with the Catholic Church, as it displays itself in the West these days, but so also this appears to be true of much of the Western Clergy and the Westernized clergy wherever they may be, whether it is in Africa, Asia, or even South America which never quite seems to be the West. The Clergy seem to function as professionals, and whether they be parish priests, or accademics, or missionaries, there seems to be this reliance on secular sages, whose knowledge is perhaps more poisonous than they realize. The great Satanic rebellion carries on a pace. You will find it in retreat centres, and religious psychotherapeutic centres, where Man is at the centre. You will find it in Universities, and Notre Dame in the United States in particular seems especially enslaved to sensual knowledge, and putting on obscene theatrical performances. The well dressed clergyman, often a religious, and the power dressing nun with qualifications as long as your arm are a tired species who cannot inspire anyone, especially the you. I remember, when I had to look after the Catholics on the Scottish island of Mull, talking to a charming South African Italian lady, who hardly darkened the door of the Church I might add, rhapsodizing about her wonderful American Franciscan friends whom, if my memory served me correctly, she met not being aware that they were friars, as they were in ordinary clothes, and who were so charming and normal and entertaining. It is all nonsense. You would have preferred these friars to be half crazed and like St. Francis denouncing the evils of the times.

    The Church today is sitting far, far, too lightly with the world. She should simply leave the United Nations to get on with propagating its filth and start up something of her own. If she wishes to be really radical, she could use the Vatican as a training ground for a new military order determined to bring true justice to the world, and root out all the evil. She must start telling men to be real men, who will defend their families and the rights of Christians. She should insist that men should be given a wage that means that women do not have to go out and work. She should tell women to stop thinking about careers, but think hard about what a vocation mean be it religious, medical, or educational, but not about the evil world of big business and banking. Men should be taught to be strong, chaste, and manly. They too should think hard about God is calling them to.

    Priests should look like priests and return to wearying the cassock. Religious especially religious sisters can wear the veil again, and they cannot complain that it is uncomfortable a) because surely that is penance and a work of saving souls, and b) Moslem women can wear the veil and it causes them no physical harm so why should the sisters complain. Also women can return to wearing a head covering in Church. It has never been rescinded as far as I know. Also and this is the tragedy, how many men and women who have entered religious life in the last 40 or so years have been virgins. In the old days women, who had been sexually immoral found it difficult to find orders to join. In that sense there was a disparity with the men, who did not have such a problem. The question is have women let the side down? In one sense they have, precisely because of the pill, but also men have failed aswell, who since the Fall seem to have taken the serpent’s place and have done more than seduce women in the last 150 years, they have seduced them with knowledge, and the wrong kind of education.

    Turning to the liberal agenda there is always health and education on the lips of every middle class liberal, and in the manifestoes of every politician. However this is very odd, as the best medicine will not be coming from the ordinary health services, or the utterly evil pharmaceutical companies but from herbal medicines, homoeopathy, and the like. The sirens of education and a career have had in not a few instances a de feminizing and terrible sexualizing effect on women. A woman is only so successful if she can take on a man and beat him at his own game. However it is somewhat one way thing. Men cannot join the Girl Guides, but women can become Scouts. There is in the whole feminist agenda a settling of scores, and a spirit of vengeance, and men are the losers, and we men have ourselves partially to blame. God made Adam and Eve to be perfectly complementary, but men have used women and abused them, and the vengeance has been sustained and savage, and then lunacy has come to our aid in the form of the whole “Gay Marriage” and Trans Gender madness. For now no-one will know who they are. And this is what modern education, with its idolizing of science, sociology, psychology, and anthropology has done for us.

    Pol Pot and the Khymer Rouge made everyone into numbers. This of course was nothing new; it had been done in the Concentration Camps and in Maoist China, but there was a terrible logic to the lunacy, but now who are the mothers, and whose children are whose, with women being mothers to other women’s children. This is what comes of education and science. For if science and education are not pursued under the guidance of God, Satanic pride takes hold and a hellish madness sweeps all before it. Tired of obedience to God, the Enlightenment worshipped the Goddess Reason, and now bows down before terrifying effigy of the Satanic Goat, whose insignia are the horns and the phallus. How depressingly contemporary it all is.

    And so people bow down before talentless pop stars, whose only talent very often seems to be sexual girations on stage, and being photographed in trashy and immoral magazines. The bridge between these tragic contenders for a place in hell is psychology, which meets up on the other side with so many contemporary religious who are almost as obsessed with sex as the poor pop stars. The river over which this bridge of madness straddles that sweeps like Catherine of Siena’s river under the true bridge, namely Christ, is celebrity a new name for vainglory. Everyone wants their gifts acknowledged be they pop stars, religious or priests, of humility there is little. When you see priests, and religious trying to be pop stars, you cringe with embarrassment, and want to tell them that the young will not be taken in.

    The Pope for all his common touch is out of touch with the young. I do not see them warming to him as they did to John Paul II, and Benedict. What they young want is heroes. They want Arthur, though they should want Alfred, and they want the camaraderie of the knights of the Round Table, they want knights in shining white army, and if every woman is honest she would love the true devotion of a truly Christian knight. The Tristan’s and the Lancelot’s of this world pale before a Parsifa,l a Lohengrin, or a Galahad. However all of these heroes are eclipsed by the real hero, that great King of Jerusalem, the legendary Leper King Baldwin IV, whose courage was dauntless, whose integrity was matchless, and whose people crowned him when he was only 15, not because he was young and they could control him, but because they loved him and would die with him and for him.

    Nothing could be more inspiring and more moving than reading about how Baldwin with Prince Reginald, with only 500 knights, and a few thousand infantry, managed through brilliant tactics, to defeat the great Saladin and his far superior army of 30,000 at the battle of Mont Guiscard in 1177. And note that Baldwin’s leprosy was by then quite advanced. In 1182 Baldwin won another extraordinary victory, but let us hear about this from the author Joseph Cummins:

    In July of 1182, Saladin was poised once again to invade Jerusalem. He began by laying siege to a castle in southern Galilee. Baldwin went to intercept him and a battle ensued on July 15, near the town of Le Forbelet. It was a chaotic, bitter fight in a sun so hot that many died of sunstroke. No-one knows how many troops Saladin had, but the Christians, with seven hundred knights, were outnumbered once again. Nonetheless, they managed to rout Saladin’s forces and send them back across the Jordan. Baldwin was present on the field, despite his illness and the fierce heat, directing troops. He then set off on a remarkable foray, riding three hundred kilometres to attack the Muslim fortress of al-Habis Jaldak, successfully laying siege to it, and forcing its inhabitants to surrender.

    All the while, Baldwin was seen not only as the unifying force in his kingdom, but as an almost Christlike figure, one who by his suffering had earned the right to lead his people. Yet it was apparent that, possibly due to the strain of this latest campaign, the king’s illness worsened, as William of Tyre recorded:

    The leprosy…became much worse than usual. He had lost his sight and the extremities of his body became completely diseased and damaged, so that he was unable to use his hands or feet [Yet] although hi body was weak and powerless, he was strong in spirit, and made superhuman effort to disguise his illness and shoulder the burdens of kingship (Joseph Cummins; History’s Great Untold Stories Obscure Event of Lasting Importance,Murdoch Books Pty Limited 2006; p.229)

    And so we look on at a crumbling, grey and depressingly clerical church, and oddly far more clerical than before Vatican II, because now bishops, and even the Pope sport briefcases, and they look like drab business men, and yet do we not hunger to have that bravery such as was shown by this wonderful King, who dies at 24, loved by his people. Why? Because in the medieval mind at this period the two most lecherous groups among humanity were considered to be lepers and kings in that order of gravity, and here was a leper king who was chaste and who was phenomenally brave.

    In Western Civilization built on Christian foundations we see her peoples drowning in sex, and a Church that seems unable to champion chastity. Here then is a chaste warrior, who half a century later will find his spiritual and kingly successor in the greatest of all Christian kings, St. Louis of France. Democracies, plutocracies, oligarchies, republics, and city states do not produce such men as these. Christ’s kingship must be seen again in heroes like Baldwin and Louis. The Pope seems quite at a loss, a man out of his depth, seemingly aware only of the liberal left wing 20th century, whose only real claim to greatness is its technology, its spirit of rebellion in every facet of life, and its comfort. None of these things produce heroes, except thankfully and exultantly martyrs who oppose such evils. The glory of the 20th century is her Christian martyrs, but do I hear their feats lauded from the pulpits. No! all I hear is the social Gospel, and the call to love one’s neighbour, laudable but not enough. The reason why St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo, Don Bosco, and Mother Teresa created such charitable institutions was, not because they had a policy for stamping out poverty throughout the World, but because they loved God, and saw him in the suffering and responded to him in those who suffered, the ill, the poor, the Galley slaves and the orphans, widows, and prisoner.

    Terrible Familiarity has indeed bred contempt and mor, for it seems to have cast a pall over clerical relationships so that courtesy flees and bonhomie creates an atmosphere of anxiety. If the bishop is on Christian name terms with his priests, and they with him, will he be able to control them. “Discretion is the Better part of valour”, but there is no discretion and precious little valour in the world or the Church today. Vainglory abounds and “My needs” and “my gifts” must take first place, and so Satan’s pride has seduced his witting and unwitting acolytes, and his terrifying charm and empty promises have enslaved them.

    And so we leave these foolish pop stars, and film stars, and mindless celebrities trying to cross the bridge of psychology who then find themselves bumping into priests and religious and the educated lay Catholic, and the social activist Catholic, and the “anything goes” Catholic. Irritated, both sides begin to jostle each other, and then push and shove each other, and then become angry, until hatred raw and vicious breaks out, and a terrible bloody fight begins. The bridge, not one of the sturdiest, for modern psychology is anything but sturdy, begins to heave under the strain, and shudder, and crack, and then in one giant roar collapses and the huge fighting rabble falls into the river of death, madness and despair. May God indeed show us mercy in this year of Mercy, where there seems to be little mercy, but much revenge, cruelty and depravity hidden under the revolting guise of “caring” and “political correctness”. It is then time to turn to that greatest devotion of the 20th and 21st centuries, The Divine Mercy, and as Jesus asked us through his messenger of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina devotion to his Mercy is immensely powerful;

    At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion. (St. Faustina’s diary no.1320)

    Let us pray that Mercy descends in great torrents upon the Church on this The Great Feast of Pentecost, so that the almost lifeless body, which is our Beloved Church will resurrect and once again become resplendent with Beauty, Truth and Charity, and may true unity with our great Sister Church, the Orthodox Church soon be realized in a storm of glory that will truly convert the world to Christ.

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