Friday, October 20, 2017

Naziism and Fascism are Dead

From Bill Lind:

On both sides of the political spectrum the words “Nazi” and “Fascist” have come in common use.  I have bad news for both the nuts carrying swastika flags and the thugs known as the “Antifa” (for the “Anti-fascists”): Nazism and Fascism are dead.
Fascism and its younger, illegitimate brother Nazism were products of specific historical circumstances that bear no resemblance to today’s America.  Both sprang from tremendous anger at the outcome of World War I in two countries that suffered heavily in that conflict, Germany and Italy.  Having agreed to an armistice it thought would lead to a peace based on Wilson’s Fourteen Points, Germany was instead handed the Diktat of Versailles, which both humiliated and impoverished the country.  Thanks to her usual treachery, Italy was on the winning side (she was allied to Germany and Austria-Hungary in 1914), but the other Allied Powers treated her with contempt and she gained little at the Versailles Conference, after suffering a million casualties.  Italy had the outlook of a defeated country.
Fascism and Nazism were responses to defeat.  They worshipped strength, despised weakness, and sought to leave behind the whole Christian component of Western culture and return to the value system of the ancient world where power was the highest good.  Fatally, both turned an instrumental virtue, will, into a substantive virtue; the act of will was good in itself regardless of what was willed.  This led to such disasters as Mussolini’s entry into World War II, Hitler’s offhand declaration of war on the United States, and the Holocaust.  Italian Fascism was not race-based, but Nazism offered an ideology’s usual single-factor explanation of history in the form of Aryan supremacy.  As the joke ran in Germany, the ideal Aryan was blond like Hitler and slim like Goering.
Read the whole article.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Senior Hungarian Official: Soros is an Agent of Satan

I couldn't agree more.  Soros, while hardly the only super-rich gent trying to dissolve Christianity into nothingness, is surely one of its highest profile faces.  A hideous, diseased face, I might add.

Here is a good article by Dan Lyman at Russia Insider detailing the courageous and true remarks by Hungarian official Andras Aradszki calling out Mr Soros for what he is, an agent of the Evil One.

It begins thusly:

Senior Hungarian Gov't Minister Says Soros 'Agent of Satan' Attacking Christianity

We couldn't agree more.
"We see the great European attacks against families, in which Soros and his comrades want to destroy the independence and values of nation states for the purpose of watering down the Christian spirit of Europe ..."
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Here he is having a chuckle with another servant of evil
The Hungarian government has established itself as a steadfast opponent of George Soros and the globalist agenda at the political and social levels, but now they have taken the battle spiritual, warning Soros is executing a Satanic scheme to destroy Europe.
András Aradszki, Hungary's State Secretary for Energy, delivered a speech to fellow parliamentarians titled, "The Christian duty to fight against the Satan/Soros Plan," in which he warned of an all-out attack on Christianity, traditional values, and the nuclear family.

Read the whole article.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Music and Salvation

I have often wondered if great liturgical music could possibly change the thinking of even the most die-hard devotees of the new Mass.  If they were to throw out the banalities and ugliness of their current repertoires, common as dirty dishwater in most of today's churches and just as appetizing, would their minds, hearts and distant memories embrace the beauty of Gregorian chant ?

The more I muse on this the more I begin to realize the vital importance of music in our lives.  Regular readers of this blog know that I try on occasion to introduce them to musical compositions that I hope they will be pleased to hear.  Certainly one's personal taste is an important factor here: one man's meat is another man's cold porridge.  Yet I hope that by introducing them to this music it might open up for them some new appreciations for things beautiful.

I was lucky.  When I was young three motion pictures forever implanted in my brain the greatness of great music.  And these three films certainly had great, truly great, music scores.  They opened up for me a whole new world of great music, led me to the classics and reinforced what in those pre-Vatican II days the lovely things I heard in church on Sundays.  They also saved me from the "pop" music culture that was capturing the fascination of all others in my age group.  I was sometimes looked upon as a freak for not having the slightest interest in Elvis, John, Paul, George and Ringo.  I wanted well-composed music.  [For those interested those three film scores that changed my life forever were "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" whose score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, "The Robe" composed by Alfred Newman and "Ben Hur" composed by Miklos Rozsa, scores which to this day I never tire of listening to on cd.]  Not to be forgotten are my mother and dad who were admirers of lighter but no less delightful musical pieces of the Strauss waltz genre.  That too kept me away from banality in music.

I've done a lot of stupid things in my life but one of the few right things I did was to expose my children to fine music.  I believe all of them maintain a love for great music, be it composed by Beethoven, Prokoviev or Herrmann, all of whose works (and more) they are completely familiar with.  But enough autobiography.

Can great liturgical music, formed by tradition, bring back to their artistic senses even those whose musical appreciation has been stomped into the ground by what passes for Mass today ?  Looking around at a barren church landscape I have my doubts.  But we must try to help do so.  Speaking to a sympathetic parish priest is a possibility.  Letters to the editor ?  Reminding the Vatican II sycophants that even that misbegotten Council called for pride of place to be given to Gregorian Chant ?

It is also helpful to remember the Gregorian chant "craze" that hit the cd market some years back.  They were international best sellers.  Interesting.

I don't have the answers; I can only throw out an idea or two.  Hopefully someone more familiar with these matters could chime in with more solid ideas than I could muster.

In the meantime allow me to call your attention to this interesting article by Sandro Magister from last March on the necessity of returning to, at least, musical tradition.  I do not endorse his idea of congregational singing during Mass at all, which is usually atrocious, but not after Mass when we can leave if the cacophony becomes too unbearable.  In any case, the article is a good read and begins thusly:

Today, March 5, marks the fiftieth anniversary of “Musicam Sacram,” the last great document on this subject, published in 1967 with the joint signature of Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro, archbishop of Bologna and president of the “Consilium” for the implementation of the conciliar constitution on the liturgy, and of Cardinal Arcadio Larraona, prefect of the sacred congregation of rites, with the approval of Paul VI.
And now the declaration presented below, published today all over the world, sketches an overview of the current state of sacred music in the Catholic Church half a century after that document, an overview that is inevitably critical, and follows this up with eight proposals for a change for the better.
The statement has been promoted by two famous musician-musicologists: the Italian Aurelio Porfiri, director of the international magazine “Altare Dei” published in Macao and Hong Kong and an author of books and essays on sacred music and liturgy, and the American Peter A. Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy and choir director at Wyoming Catholic College.
They have been promptly joined by more than two hundred experts in the field of liturgical music, all over the world. The list of signers is on the website of the website directed by Porfiri, together with the text of the declaration in six languages:
Enjoy the read!

A Statement on the Current Situation of Sacred Music
We, the under signed—musicians, pastors, teachers, scholars, and lovers of sacred music—humbly offer to the Catholic community around the world this statement, expressing our great love for the Church’s treasury of sacred music and our deep concerns about its current plight.

"Cantate Domino canticum novum, cantate Domino omnis terra" (Psalm 96): this singing to God’s glory has resonated for the whole history of Christianity, from the very beginning to the present day. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition alike bear witness to a great love for the beauty and power of music in the worship of Almighty God. The treasury of sacred music has always been cherished in the Catholic Church by her saints, theologians, popes, and laypeople.
Such love and practice of music is witnessed to throughout Christian literature and in the many documents that the Popes have devoted to sacred music, from John XXII’s "Docta Sanctorum Patrum" (1324) and Benedict XIV’s "Annus Qui" (1749) down to Saint Pius X’s Motu Proprio "Tra le Sollecitudini" (1903), Pius XII’s "Musicae Sacrae Disciplina" (1955), Saint John Paul II’s Chirograph on Sacred Music (2003), and so on. This vast amount of documentation impels us to take with utter seriousness the importance and the role of music in the liturgy. This importance is related to the deep connection between the liturgy and its music, a connection that goes two ways: a good liturgy allows for splendid music, but a low standard of liturgical music also tremendously affects the liturgy. Nor can the ecumenical importance of music be forgotten, when we know that other Christian traditions—such as Anglicans, Lutherans, and the Eastern Orthodox—have high esteem for the importance and dignity of sacred music, as witnessed by their own jealously-guarded “treasuries.”

Read the whole article. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thank you, Cardinal Sarah.....and a friendly warning

This blog would like to offer thanks to His Eminence Cardinal Sarah for his forthright defense in the Wall Street Journal on the teachings of the Church regarding homosexuality.  It was a great defense and I am grateful that a high-ranking Cardinal took up the cudgels on our behalf. Someone was certainly required to deflate that pompous ass Fr Martin (who we strongly suspect, based on his writings, is a homosexual himself) but while we thank the Cardinal we must point out one thing he wrote that, unfortunately, walked right into the buying of the Homosexual Collective Scenario.

He writes:

"In her teaching about homosexuality, the church guides her followers by distinguishing their identities from their attractions and actions. First there are the people themselves, who are always good because they are children of God. Then there are same-sex attractions, which are not sinful if not willed or acted upon but are nevertheless at odds with human nature."

The operative phrase in the article, which in its essentials accepts the the homo propaganda, is "distinguishing their identities from their attractions and actions".  He mentions a person who has an "identity".  But what is an identity?  Has His Eminence fallen for the "sexual orientation" ploy?  That a soul can be "born that way"?  I most sincerely hope not.

Any sinner can claim that he was "born that way"?  That is why to examine and think about that phrase carefully is to expose the absurdity of it.  I believe the issue is more about culpability than the notion of being born an ax murderer. Here is where a good priest will always be helpful. Yes, there are degrees of culpability: when one thinks about committing a sin, even a serious one, this does not determine his loss or gain of eternal salvation.  But one who loudly talks of committing a sin, such as sodomy, is now treading on very serious grounds.

To define the essence of all sin let us turn to our only teacher, the Church. In the ancient rite Mass we read in the Confiteor:

"I confess to almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, to all the saints, and to you, Father, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word and deed..., etc."

It would indeed be difficult to find anything as clear-cut as that.  Thought.  Word.  Deed.  All are sins, says the Confiteor.  Priest and penitent can discuss it in the Confessional and work out the specifics of culpability.  We kid ourselves if we dismiss sinning by "thought" as a mere trifle.  We have only to see what it leads to if we are being honest with ourselves.

It is not my place to lecture a Cardinal of the Catholic Church, especially one who attempts to bring order out of chaos as Cardinal Sarah does.  But I do believe I can warn him of the traps that are set for him which can undermine the teachings of Holy Church.

Still, I am grateful for any words from on high that try to repair severe damage.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Russia wants to confront its past

From Russia Insider:

Recently, a fascinating trend in Russian society has emerged: a peaking, nation-wide interest in history, especially post-Revolution history and, even more so, the (in)famous Stalin years.
This year, on the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Russians are finally ready to grapple with the countless ghosts of the victims of Soviet purges and repressions: the Christians, the liberals, the peasants, the nobility, the foreigners, and so many other random “counterrevolutionaries.”
This is the first large organized social attempt to address the brutal historical reality. Russians are discussing, debating, organizing exhibitions, building memorials and walls of tears for the victims. RGRU, the official Russian government publication of historical documents has created an official page called "reconciliation" for materials and news related to the memorialization and discussion of the Revolution and the Red Terror. 

Read the whole article.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Blase Cupich, the Intellectual Midget

The Great Blase has spoken.

He pontificates: We must graduate from an "adolescent" spirituality into an "adult" spirituality, by going whole hog on Amoris Dementia Laetitia.  Goodness, that's a long period of adolescence for the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, Mr Cupich.  About 2,000 years.  That must be, according to this giant of theological prowess, the worst case of arrested development in the entire history of the world.

Here's a report on these statements:

Simply amazing.  The Church was, according to Blase, run by morons, kindergarteners and knuckleheads for 20 centuries, people like The Apostles, The Fathers and Doctors of the Church, St John Chrysostom, St Augustine, St Thomas More, St Thomas Aquinas, Gregory the Great, etc.  Why, even the Son of God cannot escape Blase Cupich's depiction of an early Church of incurable adolescents.  But no more, thank goodness.  Now instead of archaic Biblical admonitions from Jesus Christ we have the Church run by a New Regime of Fun, Games, Adultery and Sodomy of which this Cardinal is a major spokesman and cheer leader.

Sometimes it's amusing to probe the stupidities of such puny minds as that of Mr Cupich's.  But not always, especially when one realizes the power this man has over a gigantic American diocese.  In a new meeting the other day with fellow arch-Modernists at Boston College, the link to which we provided above, all of them slobbering over Amoris and its potential to send millions of souls directly to Hell, Cupich and his crew went into overdrive to promote Pope Francis' terrible document, a document, by the way, which has no binding authority whatsoever to back up its heresies.

Why do we wearily go on writing about these clerical misanthropes who have taken their axes and jackhammers to the foundations of Christ's Church ?  Why continue the torture of reading about them ?  It does, one must admit, get tiring.  As for this writer, however, I occasionally plumb the depths of minds such as Cupich's for two reasons: to apply a very appropriate weapon of ridicule against such personages and, secondly, to know that one day such men and their corrosive ideas will be ground into dust by Heaven.  And that provides much satisfaction.

Post scriptum:

I often wonder if Mr Cupich's first name wasn't well-chosen.  It does indicate, rhyming with another word which also begins with a "b" (such as Blase/blaze), what lies ahead for him once God calls him to account.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Respighi: St Michael the Archangel

Music to restore our Catholic fighting spirit, from "Church Windows" by Ottorino Respighi, the section entitled "St Michael the Archangel".


Friday, October 6, 2017

More Pro Life glimmers of hope

Russia will not be able to repair nearly a century of Communist damage in a few years but it is making progress, and decidedly so.  The pro-life sentiment has been steadily growing over there and we should not fail to notice.

Pro-life opponents of abortion will hold the “They Could Have Gone to School” event on September 14 to mark the start of the academic new year. The event will be held in 34 cities throughout Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Russia, Krasnoyarsk, Tyumen, Krasnodar, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Orenburg, reports RIA-Novosti.
“Members of the all-Russian movement For Life! will try to draw public attention to the fact that Russia loses the equivalent of two major schools’ worth of students every day in the country’s abortion clinics,” the movement’s press service reported.
“During the event, activists will display children’s shoes on city squares, symbolizing the daily number of abortions in individual regions and localities. Organizers plan to put out 2,000 pairs of children’s shoes in the capital on the square in Sokolniki Park, which corresponds to the daily number of abortions in the country. Volunteers are currently collecting shoes from Muscovites and residents of the Moscow region,” For Life! reports.
According to the organizers, the shoes are designed to “visualize the dry statistics of abortion.” The shoes will then be given to poor families.
Over the course of two and a half years, another program, “Save a Life,” which works with more than 140 psychologists and social workers in 86 cities throughout Russia, has managed to prevent 7,000 abortions by women with financial problems. 65,000 in all have received help from the program’s various facets. Activists believe that the state and society have enough resources to help such families keep their babies.

Read the whole article.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Syria appeals to St Michael the Archangel

If we navigate through the fog of mass media and propaganda some interesting facts begin to emerge showing us that the realities are quite different.  We are asked to believe that all Arabs (including the Catholics we suppose) are vicious terrorists, that the US and Israel are fighting ISIS, that we are always the good guys, another "great generation", whose words and actions are the equivalent of Holy Writ.

But this news item, virtually ignored in the world (and, oddly, Catholic) press sends some fascinating light on what is really happening in poor, beleaguered Syria.

They have called for the aid of Saint Michael the Archangel to protect their land, a land where Christ once walked.
September 29 is dedicated to
St. Michael the Archangel,
Warrior and Prince of the Heavenly Hosts
We invoke his protection on Syria,
on Syrian Arab Army and All Patriots,
men and women, who in one way or another,
armed with weapons or pens,
through diplomacy or through their work,
are defending the Homeland Syria
against malicious attacks by the powers of evil.

Read the whole article.

Pray for Syria, being threatened by the world at the direction of the usual suspects who want nothing but carnage, misery and the destruction of Christendom.
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