Say you don’t like a pope. Say you think he’s wrong on so many points, you’ve stopped counting. Say you think therefore he’s not a pope. Think again.

The learned, perspicacious, faithful to the core Fr. Hunwicke has “two very brief pointers” for you:

(1) Sedevacantism [papal chair currently empty] is the other side of the same coin as Ultrapapalism [papal chair is gloriously sat on] (Hyperbergoglioism?) expressed by a number of the undesirables who surround the Holy Father. In each case, there is the same erroneous major premise.

The Pope is a reliable teacher of the Faith;
Bergoglio is clearly not a reliable teacher of the Faith;
Therefore Bergoglio is not pope.

The Pope is a reliable teacher of the Faith;
Bergoglio is pope;
Therefore Bergoglio must be a reliable teacher of the Faith.

BOTH ARE ERRORS.

(2) Whichever of the many forms of sedevacantism you are tempted by, subject it to the Pope Honorius Test. He was condemned by an Ecumenical Council and anathematised [condemned] by a successor. But can anyone produce any evidence that the Council, or any subsequent popes who condemned him, or any reputable ecclesiastical writer, has ever argued that Honorius had ceased to be Pope at the moment when he acted heretically?

Both the Council, and the Pope who confirmed the condemnation it decreed, anathematised him well after his death. They did not say that he fell from office during his lifetime.

Whether or not you like Bergoglio, he is, beyond any shadow of doubt, the Pope. 

Ah yes. The current occupier of the chair.

Fr. H. is bringing up new readers of his Mutual Enrichment blog as to where he stands on a hot issue among critics of Pope (!) Francis.

No Warming in U.S. for at Least 17 Years According to Rarely Referenced Urban Heat-Free Database

Would you think this might give pause to climate panic-mongers?

No Warming in U.S. for at Least 17 Years According to Rarely Referenced Urban Heat-Free DatabaseThere has been no temperature warming for at least 17 years across the United States, according to results from a rarely referenced dataset that was designed to remove all urban heat distortions.

The dataset, compiled by the Natural Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S., shows oscillating temperature changes, but very little evidence to indicate a warming trend.

In fact, the above graph clearly shows the United States to be cooler in May 2022 compared to May 2005.

Well I’ll be gosh-darned.

Obedience Requires Us to Resist Suppression of the Traditional Mass

Liturgy Guy on the case . . .

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The Traditional Roman Rite cannot be lawfully suppressed nor abrogated. As Pope Benedict wrote in 2007, “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”

The Eternal Law, Revealed Divine Law, and the Natural Law require our obedience, and in that hierarchical order. Then comes Human Ecclesial Law (the pope and bishops).

When Rome or the local ordinary attempt to suppress the traditional worship of Catholics (an act which is unlawful and uncharitable), then the faithful and clergy are justified in resisting this spiritual abuse-an abuse which contradicts Sacred Tradition.

This is True Obedience to both God and Revealed Divine Law. Any attempt by the hierarchy of the Church to suppress the Traditional Mass is in direct contradiction (and disobedient) to the Eternal Law and liturgical providence. Resist it.

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Ten Things You Miss by Going to the Traditional Latin Mass . . .

They are:

  1. Altar girls. Look all you want, you won’t find them. As the justification for this modern innovation comes from the 1983 Code of Canon Law and a 1994 clarification from Rome, the traditional Rite (using the 1962 liturgical books & norms) does not permit for them.
  2. Lay readers. Only the priest (at a Low Mass), or deacon and subdeacon (at a High Mass) can read the Lesson & Gospel, as this function is, of course, a liturgical function. In fact, prior to their elimination by Pope Paul VI in 1972, minor orders included that of lector for this very purpose.
  3. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Or as they are sometimes erroneously called, Eucharistic ministers. Nowhere in the traditional Roman Rite will you find armies of laity (often female) storming the sanctuary in secular clothing to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. When you assist (i.e. attend) at the traditional Mass you will only receive Our Eucharistic Lord from the consecrated hands of a priest.
  4. Communion in the hand. At the Latin Mass the faithful receive as all western Catholics have since the first millennium: kneeling and on the tongue. This is, of course, a means by which the Church demonstrates her reverence for the Eucharist and our very belief in the Real Presence. It’s also a way to guard against profanation of the Sacrament.
  5. Mass offered facing the people (versus populum). Not happening at the Latin Mass. Much like the pilot of a plane or driver of a car, the priest faces the same direction as we do during Mass, ad orientem (toward the east). Remember: the Holy Sacrifice is an action directed to God, and not simply a service or a conversation among friends.
  6. Bad music. Oregon Catholic Press (O.C.P.), Marty Haugen and David Haas music, those banal folk hymns from the 1970’s and 1980’s, Protestant  Praise and Worship songs…all are missing from the Traditional Latin Mass. In the ancient Rite you will have to either “settle” for the sacred silence of the Low Mass, or the sung Propers, Gregorian Chant, or even (if so blessed) Palestrina, Mozart, and Bach of a High Mass.
  7. Standing. While you will still stand for portions of the Mass, there are three distinct occasions in which you kneel, instead of standing, at the Traditional Mass: during the Creed (at the profession of the incarnation…“And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit…”), for receiving Holy Communion (as stated previously), and for the final blessing at the end of Mass (following the Ita Missa est).
  8. Improvisation. At the Traditional Mass you will not be subjected to the celebrant’s personality, attempts at humor, or personal preferences. The rubrics of the old Rite are precise (some might say rigid), and for good reason. The Rite demands obedience and fidelity. It’s been given to us, to priest and faithful alike, and forms us rather than being formed by us.
  9. The Sign of Peace. In the old Rite there is no interruption in the Mass for a meet and greet with the guy and his family in the pew behind you. Nothing at this moment will pull your attention away from the altar. We are all (together) proceeding forward in the liturgy, singularly focused on Our Eucharistic Lord.
  10. The Vernacular. Maybe this one should be obvious, but it still requires mention. The liturgical language of the Roman Rite will indeed be heard at Mass offered in the Traditional form of the Rite, as has been the case since the third century. Of course, the homily (or sermon) will be delivered to the faithful in their language. Many Catholics unfamiliar with the Traditional Rite do not know this and assume otherwise.

For lots more go to this (liturgy) guy’s posting arena. He’s a gem.

Reticence, reluctance, re-what’s it, let’s call the whole thing off . . .

Where finer points get blunted.

Writers & Writing

And have this guy wallowing in it. We don’t care what he’s saying anyhow.

Asked if his reticence [!] to speak about Trump was part of a calculated effort by the far-right conservative to make himself more palatable to a general election audience in his race against Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Bailey said he was focused on Illinois and was not running for federal office.

Hey, and what about this far-right stuff? Is it the right stuff for the new sloppiness in trying your darndest to make your point for your Chi Trib readership? Delectably.

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He tells Jan. 6 committee to break a leg. It’s standard well-wishing for performers.

Chicago Newspapers

So far, so good. Nobody’s muffed his or her lines.

Is showrunner James Goldston the most important force on the House Democratic Jan. 6 committee? There’s no doubt the former president of ABC News is shaping the committee’s presentations, episode by episode.

The shows Goldston is crafting are a dramatic departure from actual congressional hearings — hearings in which members of both parties debate evidence, question witnesses, argue with each other, and reveal facts the other side might not want revealed.

We don’t want no stinkin’ regular hearings, Nancy told him, we want audiences and boffo performances.

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Avery the Seeker

Quite good here on the late Avery Dulles SJ . . .

Whosoever Desires

Dulles youngReaders of this page will likely know that the American Church’s most distinguished theologian, Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., died last December.  A recent leisurely Sunday afternoon afforded me the opportunity to reread Dulles’ A Testimonial to Grace.  The book autobiographically recounts Dulles’ journey from his freshman year at Harvard – which he describes as “a wild and chaotic year, marked by an excess of drinking” – to his entry into the Catholic Church several years later.  The story told therein is as fresh and relevant now as when the book was first published in 1946.

We live an age marked by self-proclaimed religious “seekers.”  These men and women (often young people) might be characterized as people who have left the faith tradition in which they were raised and now belong to no organized religion.  They claim to be “seeking” the truth (perhaps “God”) in a process they frequently describe…

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Former Top Obama Advisor David Axelrod Shreds Biden, Says He’s ‘Not in Command’

“Out of control and he’s not in command.”

The man who masterminded both successful presidential campaigns for former President Obama, strategist David Axelrod, has harsh words for the current Commander-in-Chief saying, “There is this sense that things are kind of out of control and he’s not in command.” Appearing on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” Thursday, he added, “so, you know, this is a very, very fraught environment for him right now.”

Took a house to fall on him.

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