Christ stilling the waves

The Trumpeteer

  • The Nonsense Must Stop With The Cross

    Things appear to be very bad in the Church and the World. For the first time in over one thousand six hundred, years if not more, the Papacy seems to speaking with an uncertain voice. Pope Francis, who is so forthright an individual, seems to think that the best way to show the truth regarding marriage is for there to be a battle between orthodox Cardinals and Bishops and their opponents, the heterodox ones, and out of the scuffle will emerge the truth. This is rather odd as he is, as people have pointed out, one of the most authoritarian popes in recent years. Now the orthodox group are led by Cardinals Burke, Sarah, and Muller, and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga and Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The heterodox group are led by Cardinals Kasper, Marx, Baldisseri and it would seem, by the highly eccentric Cardinal Schonborn of Vienna. Clustering around this group, who have that air of depressing professionalism, good manners, and no doubt good taste, which would make them part of the “great and the good” in English society, are what might be called, somewhat loosely, Utopians. Along with that fantastic theological evolutionist of the early part of the 20th century, Theilhard de Chardin, they seem to want what he wanted, a world or plenty and peace. The following excerpt is from his work Building the Earth which seems to be type of spirituality of the United Nations. It is quoted in the great Seraphim Rose’s Creation, Genesis, and Early Man:

    The only truly natural and real human Unity is the Spirit of the Earth…..A conquering passion begins to show itself, which will sweep away or transform what has hitherto been the immaturity of the Earth….The call towards great Union [i.e. the universal unity of mankind] whose realization is the only business now afoot in Nature…..--- On this hypothesis, under which (in conformity with the findings of psychoanalysis) Love is the primitive and universal psychic energy, does not everything around us become clear?......The Sense of Earth is irresistible pressure which will come at the right moment to unite them [all humanity] in a common passion…..

    The Age of Nations is past. The task before us now, if we would not perish, is to shake off our ancient prejudices, and to build the Earth…..

    This great conflict from which we shall have emerged will merely have consolidated in the World the need to believe. Having reached a higher degree of self-mastery, the Spirit of Earth will experience an increasingly vital need to adore; out of the universal evolution God emerges in our consciousness as greater and more necessary than ever……..

    At what moment in the Noosphere has there been a more urgent need to find a Faith, a Hope to give meaning and soul to the immense organism we are building (quoted in Genesis Creation etc. pp 592-593)

    Other vignettes of this remarkable nonsensical line of thinking are the following, the first being about the worker priest movement of the late 1940’s early 1950’s, and the second being about Marxists.

    Priest-workers find in the face of humane Marxism not only justice but hope and a feeling for the Earth which is stronger than ‘evangelical humanity’

    Marxists believe in the future of mankind while present-day Christians do not.

    Rather amusingly the priest-workers quote was from Malachi Martin’s ‘The Jesuits’, which is not very encouraging, because Malachi Martin was a sort of double agent during the Second Vatican Council when he was trying to promote a secular Jewish agenda whose goal was for a whole hearted apology from the Church for supposed antisemitism throughout her history. Thankfully this ruse failed, when a furious Paul VI found out what was going on, and was side lined by the disastrously ambiguous Nostrae Aetate. In his later years Malachi Martin became a very traditional Catholic, but according to one newspaper obituary, died leaving behind a mistres! He was certainly a very unstable maverick, which does not mean that he wasn’t right in the later years of life. He was certainly very keen on promoting Fatima.

    Teilhard’s writing is simply heretical nonsense, but he, more than any other Catholic thinker of the last 100 years, has most probably influenced many of the liberal Cardinals and Bishops who are not stupid men. So why is there this drive for comfortable Christianity, which includes active homosexuals, divorced and remarried, and couples living in sin all being whisked up to the altar to receive communion? I can only think that it is because the Western agenda is about making people happy. The only counter to all this madness and Utopian sentimentality is the Cross, and the followers of the Cross, namely the saints.

    Our Lady said to St. Bernadette (Would that she was around today.) that she could not offer the young girl happiness in this world, but she could in Heaven. When will Western Christians, be they Catholic or Protestant, be they Pope or pauper, presidents or the proletariat realize that you cannot have Heaven on Earth? Do they not even know that the World before the Fall, which would be far more wonderful than Utopia, was only the testing ground the exam for Heaven? I have to say I found More’s Utopia rather dull. He, I am sure, never knew that his curious tale would have such a disastrous on Western European thinking. Though he was a saint, his Achilles heel was that he was both a humanist and a lawyer, and a somewhat ambiguous man; a dangerous combination! Adam and Eve were meant to pass the test and ascend by humility and obedience to the attainment of Heaven. This is the teaching of the Fathers and sadly rather forgotten in the Latin West.

    Do any of these proponents for a soft comfortable Christianity realize that we must walk in Christ’s footsteps? Has it ever occurred to them what Christ’s life was like? It is very evident that Pope Francis lived an exemplary life of simplicity and frugality as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. However those who are espousing a mitigated Liberation Theology are, I fear, still too much espoused to a Marxist solution to the World’s problems with poverty and inequality. It does seem that a kind of class struggle is being introduced into the Church, and this is in stark contrast to Christ’s teachings and to his great Apostle, St. Paul. Christianity binds its members together in the love of God, and in imitation of Christ, and then men begin to change. To try and bring about a social Gospel that is left wing will end up doing, ironically, more harm than the Ancien Regime, which certainly had its faults. Utopianism is a straight path to Hell. We see Utopianism during the French Revolution, and we see it again in the Soviet Era. While the people were starved to death, Stalin and his dreadful entourage, could not have been more bourgeois if they had tried, and Stalin’s dinners, and incessant viewing of films for his elite (A large part of the collection originally belonged to Goebbels) were gluttonous and drunken in the extreme, with his ministers behaving like silly school boys indulging in ridiculous horseplay, all the while killing, torturing and destroying their political rivals, often their former good friends, or engineering famines that killed millions of people. No we cannot have Heaven on Earth.

    I think that the upcoming Synod on the Family might do well to look at the Jansenist view of receiving communion. Although the Jansenists were wrong, it was understandable for they had such an awe of what Holy Communion is; the problem was that they did not understand the mercy of God. In our day frequent Communion, and infrequent Confession has led to millions upon millions of sacrilegious communions, and I fear in the West, at least, possibly millions of sacrilegious Masses.

    What the synod needs to address, is not relaxing the rules regarding the reception of Communion. It should be seeking ways of getting the divorced and remarried, couples living in sin, and practicing homosexuals to repent and lead them back to holiness. Before communion is even thought of, repentance must be done, and by us all. We have all gone astray. And it is not surprising that Africa is being Faithful, because they are poor. It is the wealthy, the middle classes, and the now comfortable working classes who are forgetting God. When the unemployed can go on holidays we know that something is wrong. The question we must ask is this: did the Holy Family go on holiday? No, but then people did not go on holidays in those days, but they went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and they kept their feast days with fasting and feasting. All was done in a cycle of prayer, and public worship. This would have been the case in Medieval Europe, but today pleasure and leisure is about escaping from the reality of the world and its terrible sinfulness and entering a world that is equally terrible because it gives an illusion of Heaven, where in actual fact it is a gateway to Hell.

    At its apogee, you have the world of celebrities, which includes the super- rich, the bankers, the glamorous or not so glamorous politicians, and the stars, namely film stars, stars of the music industry, and sports stars. It does appear that Hollywood is indeed the playground of the Devil, and that a very large proportion of these unfortunate people, have like Faust sold their souls to the Devil, and pay such a terrible and terrifying price, that one’s heart goes out to them on one level. What do all these people want, they want fame. They want to be worshipped. They are experiencing the third temptation that Satan brings before Christ at the end of his forty days in the desert.

    Again the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him the all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4, vv.8-10)

    So when you see such famous stars as Bob Dylan admitting that he, a modern musical Faust, has sold his soul to the devil, then you realize that things are very bad. Performers are in the greatest danger of giving into this temptation, and Vainglory, the glamorous side of Pride, is epidemic these days.

    The Cardinals, and bishops of the Catholic Church have been easy prey, for the Media have had the most devastating effect on priests, from the parish priest performing at Sunday Mass, like some mediocre comedian, or talentless games show host, to the Media friendly and suave Archbishop oozing charm while dispensing politically correct diagnoses for poverty, population problems etc. and encouraging us all to dialogue with the world. I suspect one would have a more fruitful dialogue with the Devil, by simply telling him to go away.

    The Synod on the Family should look first and foremost at the Holy Family, and align all families to this, the most perfect of families. I would think that should actually take a very short time indeed. Encouraged to live like Jesus, Mary and Joseph, doing the Father’s adorable will should bring about the redemption of the foundering Western Christian family now torn by divorce, infidelity, homosexual members, children living in sin, and various permutations of that. Repentance is what we need; we do not need comfort, we need the Cross, because without the Cross we cannot be saved, and we cannot help save anyone else.

    And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with his angels.” (Mark 8: vv.34-38)

    Those Cardinals and bishops who are pushing for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion along with active homosexuals and others living in a state of sin are ashamed of the Gospel and are part of “this adulterous and sinful generation”. On this feast day of the Holy Cross lte us pray never to be ashamed of Christ’s Gospel or his Cross. Let us remove ourselves from this appallingly adulterous and sinful generation, and let us gather under the banner of the Cross and ride in the army of Christ at whose head he rides along with his mother, Our Lady, and her husband St. Joseph. It is the Holy Family who is leading us into battle against the world, the flesh and the devil.

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