Unholy Nation

Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Month: April, 2012

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The Occupy Movement: A Synergistic Convergence

Tomorrow is International Worker’s Day, and the Occupy movement has issued a mic-check for a general strike.

Nothing says let’s celebrate the worker and the 8-hour workday more than not working, not going to school, not doing anything–that is except defecating in public parks and standing in the middle of a road with tens and tens of your freethinking (Socialist) friends talking about how you were upset that you missed seeing the Tupac hologram at Coachella and how you need to read more Nietzsche and how the government forced you to sign the student loan documents against your will and how you want to protest against the use of soybeans in soy cheese replacements because it huurrtts the plaaaants maaannn.

If only the Occupy movement was that funny.

Even though the calls for disruption in the past have been less than disruptive, it’s possible that the movement will convert enough desperate folks to carry some of this nonsense out.

Note, the middle class white conservative male is the domestic terrorist. Yet, these Occuperps can cause disruption and they are considered the grassroots of American freedom and the future of the forward-thinking citizenry able to challenge the ways of the past in a progressive and sustainable manner.  Did I fit enough buzzwords in that sentence?

One thing on the Occupy Checklist for tomorrow’s strike is:

(16) Drums, whistles, noisemakers, giant puppets: They’re fun!

That makes me remember the connection Fr. Z made with the Call to Action Puppet liturgy a while back.

But seriously, if you go to the OccupyWallStreet website you’ll see that they are describing tomorrow as a convergence of the 99%.

I wonder how synergistic it’s going to be?

The other thing on their checklist that I think is strange is:

(10) Some quarters: You might need them to make calls from jail! Stuff them in your socks to decrease the risk of having them lost or confiscated.

So it’s not okay to shop anywhere, but you can use the federal currency to pay for a phone call home? That’s real edgy.

“Yeah, well the man forced me to use that money to call home because if they didn’t want me to use the money to call home they shouldn’t have arrested me or something.”

Dietrich von Hildebrand and You

Dietrich von Hildebrand is by far the most underrated Catholic thinker of the 20th century. In fact, you don’t hear much about him and his works in the mainstream of watery catholic thought in the United States.

Dietrich von Hildebrand was a prolific writer and an enemy of both Adolph Hitler and the glut of modernists both past and present.

His more popular works include The Devastated Vineyard and Trojan Horse in the City of God.  You must read those two books if you have not read them, as they show von Hildebrand’s ability to talk about the problems in the Church with such philosophical clarity.

Unfortunately, Dietrich von Hildebrand’s works are hard to come by, as many of them are out of print.

Fortunately, there is an organization that is working to make  von Hildebrand’s ideas manifest in today’s culture:

 by preserving his memory and disseminating his writings, especially in the English-speaking world.

The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project (where the above quotation came from) will hopefully prove to be integral in bringing von Hildebrand’s thought back into the focus of contemporary scholars.

From what I have read of von Hildebrand’s work, it’s clear that if you want to know what happened to the church in the 20th century, he has the answer.

What’s good about von Hildebrand’s writing is that it is rich in ideas (i.e. “heavy”), but it does not sink into the legalistic esotericism of some thinkers. It says what it says, and it means what it means.

And because so, it is refreshing.

Pro-Abort-Bowling-Fundraiser?

From Breitbart:

First, we had Planned Parenthood’s 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion, and now we have The National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) third annual National Abortion Access “Bowl-a-Thon.” NNAF, which calls itself a “reproductive justice organization,” says it is an affiliation of more than 100 grassroots abortion funds. NNAF is sponsoring the “Bowl-a-Thon,” a series of 32 fundraising events held across the country and online during the last two weeks of April. Designed to raise money to fund yet more abortions, the organization boasts that it has already raised over $400,000. Another event, a miniature golf-a-thon, hopes to raise $40,000 for abortions in Washington D.C.

If you have a strong enough stomach, head to the Breitbart link. In that article there is a link to a Flickr stream with pictures from a bowl-a-thon type event.  There’s some serious crazies going on in some of the pictures. Try to find the one with the little girl with a pill-pack as a part of her costume. Of course, there are also some pictures of some folks dressed up as nuns and what I think is supposed to be a priest.  Notice too, that one of the “nuns” is wearing a shirt that says “sick puppies.” Sick puppies indeed.

The NNAP’s slogan or motto is:

Fund Abortion Now…because women’s lives matter.

Of course, that improperly used ellipsis actually contains secret code language that you can only decode using one of these:

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After decoding, it seems that their true message is Fund Abortion Now In Order to Further Destroy Western Civilization Because Women’s Lives Matter And By Women’s Lives We Mean Living As If Without Consequence For Actions Committed While Satisfying Disordered Carnal Pleasures.

What about the lives of young women?

Girls?

Boys?

Men?

Infant girls?

Infant boys?

All of the people whose lives are affected by abortion and the activities that promote such behavior?

Where Did I Put That Cap?

This is interesting. For the first time in history an anti-bullier bullies.

He also considers himself a:

Catholic — in a cultural sense, not in an eat-the-wafer, say-the-rosary, burn-down-the-women’s-health-center sense.

That bit of information comes from one of Mr. Savage’s “Sex” columns. Of course, Unholy Nation’s board of decency says click on that link at your own risk because it contains some…well..Pope bullying and the vulgarities you’d expect in such a column. I’m just citing my sources, gee–I don’t want to bully the ethical research police.

From the column, it’s apparent that Mr. Sewage (I’m going to bully) doesn’t understand an iota of Catholic teaching on human sexuality.

So what have we learned?

Don’t bully unless your victim is a Christian.

What catechetical crisis?

Quick Review: AA-1025

AA-1025 is a small volume published by TAN/St. Benedict Press.

The book has been around for a while and from what I can tell it has gone through many printings.

It also seems to have somewhat of a small following in terms of positive reviewers.

The problem with the book is that it presents itself as a non-fiction text. However, some read it as a fiction a la Malachi Martin.

I can see how this book caused a stir when it was published.

Sadly, as evidenced in the state of Catholic affairs today, many of the controversial elements described in the book have come to pass. So when I read them, I was able to recognize them and my experience brushing into them in my life. So instead of the “be on the look out” mentality that readers in the late 1970s must have had, I had the “I’ve seen that, and that, and that, and that” mentality.

I found parts of the book believable, but then other parts of the book were hokey and cheap feeling. The protagonist is a communist ninja.  All right, that’s a little stretch on my part–but only a little.

I would think that if the protagonist was as much as a smooth-operator as he thought he was, that he wouldn’t have written such an ego drenched memoir. Sometimes the book is more about how the protagonist thinks of himself, rather than the implications of his plans. It gets to the point that if I was one of his followers I would have said,”dude, you are obviously not 100% for the cause because you talk about yourself too much.” In addition, I don’t think the “I’m writing this down and nobody is ever going to see it” schtick works. Why write it down?

Undoubtedly, there are things in the book that will make a good Catholic reader step back and think for a moment or two, but if you are already tuned-in to the present crises in the Church, you won’t be too affected by this text–it’s nothing you have not heard before in some form or another.  Of course, there are a few things that haven’t come to pass yet like the cafeteria table mass settings. Although, if you think about the Neocatechumenal way…

Still, for what it’s worth the book is an interesting read and a quick read.

Yet, I don’t think the present crises in the church have such mysterious causes. It’s disobedience, bad philosophy, bad theology, aggiornamento, &c.

Let’s not forget the fallen state of man, and of course, Satan.

AND

Re-publishing a note from Fr.Z:

Remember: The Holy See and USCCB are aiming their reforms at the leadership of the liberal umbrella group the LCWR (a subsidiary of the Magisterium of Nuns).  The Catholic hierarchy is not attacking nuns or sisters.  Don’t be fooled by twisted news coverage on catholic and secular sites.

I think this whole dust-up in the media creates  a good opportunity for Catholics to explain the importance of faith and good works.

War Within. War Without.

It seems that the CDF’s materials from last week have continued to reverberate throughout the mainstream press in the US. Most of the coverage is negative and can be reduced to attacks against “the all male hierarchy that needs to get with the times.”

If you look at history even in the most cursory way, it’s the same old rhetoric now in 21st century e-containers. Real progressive! Real impressive!  But the reality is that

We’re still here.

That wasn’t too obnoxious was it?

Unfortunately the “physical force”  war against the church remains on the African continent. As reported by the AP:

On Saturday night, a Muslim mob burned a Catholic church in Sudan frequented mostly by South Sudanese. The church in Khartoum’s Al-Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land, but the attack appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan.

Is this about land? Political ideology? Religion?

Let’s not fool ourselves. It doesn’t take much to see through land disputes.

SSPX. LCWR. Benedict XVI.

This week has been interesting due to the fact that the SSPX vs. Rome discussions may be coming to a positive end soon. In addition, the CDF’s “crackdown on nuns” is also making a ripple in the news.

Some things that I have noticed is that the some folks in the media have no idea what the SSPX really is. To them, they see SS and think, “Oh that must be like the Hitler Youth that the Pope was in.” Or, they think it’s some airport call sign.

Some good things to remember is that at the end of the day, we need to consider which groups have upheld church teachings and which groups have not.

Some people in the media are foaming at the mouth to call the SSPX position schismatic–but they aren’t extending the criticism to other groups that could be considered schismatic due to their positions on abortion, contraception, and wymmynprsts. The latter groups causing an increased measure of soul-risk.

It’s easy for the mainstream media to side with the church of kum-ba-ya because they seem not to have any understanding of authentic Catholic thought.

One thing that is for certain however, is that the Holy Father is up to something interesting.

It is time to get serious.

Remember the words of the Holy Father’s Chrism Mass homily:

Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination, for which Blessed Pope John Paul II stated irrevocably that the Church has received no authority from the Lord. Is disobedience a path of renewal for the Church?

And from the Easter Vigil homily:

The darkness that poses a real threat to mankind, after all, is the fact that he can see and investigate tangible material things, but cannot see where the world is going or whence it comes, where our own life is going, what is good and what is evil. The darkness enshrouding God and obscuring values is the real threat to our existence and to the world in general. If God and moral values, the difference between good and evil, remain in darkness, then all other “lights”, that put such incredible technical feats within our reach, are not only progress but also dangers that put us and the world at risk. Today we can illuminate our cities so brightly that the stars of the sky are no longer visible. Is this not an image of the problems caused by our version of enlightenment? With regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but what reaches beyond, the things of God and the question of good, we can no longer identify. Faith, then, which reveals God’s light to us, is the true enlightenment, enabling God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light.

And from his April 18th General Audience:

In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn from the prayer of Mary and the Apostles awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to the “little Pentecost” described in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. After the arrest and release of Peter and John, the community joined in prayer and “the place where they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness” (v. 31). This prayer shows the unity of the early community, which asks only to proclaim the word of God fearlessly in the face of persecution. It seeks to discern present events in the light of God’s saving plan and the fulfillment of prophecy in the mystery of Christ. It also begs God to accompany by his power the preaching of the Gospel. May this prayer of the early Church inspire our own prayer. May we seek to discern God’s loving plan in the light of Christ and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who bestows the hope which does not disappoint (cf. Rom 5:5).

Emphasis mine.

Couple that with the idea that Benedict XVI has made comments in the past about how the church in the future will be smaller.

Things are heating up in Rome. The Holy Father has expressed that he is in the last stretch of his life. That sentiment is probably quite normal for any octogenarian.

However, his statements coupled with the actions from Rome (i.e. CDF corrective documents) this month seem to be colored with a sense of urgency.

The Holy Spirit has been known to provide in one’s weakest moments.

Fiat.

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Definition: Synergistic Convergence

Is another term for the phenomena of a head hitting a wall after reading about a NewAge speaker at the next convergence of the LCWR

Again, go to Fr. Z for more info.