January 21, 2002
volume 13, no. 11

Something loyal Catholics find hard to stomach!

    The magnificent truths of Holy Mother Church have been twisted into saltless, profane pretzels of pastoral pabulum by the politically correct post-conciliar church and, in conceding so much, we have allowed the pc police to shove their agenda down our throats. That's tough to swallow! We could ask if this is anyway to live, but for the 44 million unborns any way to live would have been a better alternative. Yet, compromise is curtailing the chances of future preborn innocents by selling out principle all for the purpose of ecumenism and humanism.
    This could be considered the 'Week of Political Correctness.' Oh, I know, it is both 'Respect Life Week' and 'Praying for Christian Unity Week,' but, in reality it is 'PC Week' - as in pan-christian or 'post-conciliar' week.

    Consider we begin by celebrating a holiday for a political figurehead that was elevated to such stature so as to have a holiday for him merely to appease the black electorate; not for his virtues or promotion of equal rights in the context of being made in the image and likeness of God under the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ, but for creating quotas and forced ratios to cover up a greater sin - prejudice. There is still plenty of prejudice out there, I dare say more than ever. Yes, the black man is accepted but not as a valued soul created by God regardless of the pigment of his skin or nationality, but as a proud, defiant African-American who has demanded through laws equal status with the 'white man' and a bent on revenge for years of persecutions of his ancestors. The entire 'retribution' theory is a greedy, politically correct agenda for a socialistic government.

    If anyone deserves retribution it would be the 'Christians' who for three centuries were persecuted just for their beliefs and continue to be persecuted today for those very same beliefs in two-thirds of the world. I don't hear them asking for retribution and demanding a holiday for their leader - Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But then that would offend atheists, sodomites, and false religions. Never mind that being a Muslim is being mandated in junior high schools throughout California as I documented in last week's editorial. God forbid we should tamper with the revisionist historians. That wouldn't be politically correct. And so we elevate Martin Luther King Day on the same plane as Christmas, Washington and Lincoln's Days and our Independence Day. Oh, wait, I forgot - to be politically correct you can't call it 'Christmas' any more, we must be tolerant of others' sensibilities and recognize as equal status Ramadan, Passover, Winter Solstice, Festivus and Kwanza. I refer you to what His Excellency Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has to say about 'tolerance' in last Wednesday's issue at Tolerance is a negative permission of evil.

    And on the subject of evil, can there be anything more evil, more vile than killing one's own flesh and blood? Yet we commemorate Tuesday, like the ancient barbarians of Babylon and the Aztec nation, the sacrificing of humans with the 29th Anniversary of the abhorrent Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade that signed the death warrant for well over 44 million unborns to be murdered in the womb. As thousands gather on the mall in Washington D.C. for the annual 'March for Life' all the rhetoric against it will be repeated constantly - all falling on deaf ears for the most part. The only grace for these media marches is the prayers they offer and the sincerity of those relentless souls that year after year have taken up the banner of defending the Sanctity of Life in all its stages.

    They talk about the awareness issue. The more who realize the atrocities and genocide of abortion, the more they will demand a stop to killing in the womb. We have had nearly three decades of this 'awareness' and where has it gotten us? The sad reality is that we are no closer today than when an appeal was made 29 years ago. If you don't believe me, I urge you to read Dr. Thomas Droleskey's insightful and frank discussion of this in his column Tokenism and Blindness in Friday's issue. Tell me he is not right on! Folks, he nails the problem head on.

    And it is a severe problem that has a simple solution which we have harped on for well over two years. The ones who have the power to reverse Roe vs. Wade are not the politicians per se, but the bishops. As I have written in numerous commentaries and three 'Open Letters to the Bishops' in particular - which can be read at Herod's Heroes - by reinforcing the teachings of Holy Mother Church, by not compromising with political correctness, by being unafraid and carrying out and announcing to all their flocks the necessary disciplines of automatic excommunication as laid down by Canon Law - latae sententiae - they could effectively effect enough Catholic congressmen - and a few congresswomen - to repent of their ways and legislate uncompromising pro-life measures that would soon topple any political support the pro-aborts presently have despite the never-ending coffers of NARAL, Planned Barrenhood and NOW. In a shorter time than many realize, the pendulum would swing back to a respect for life in all its stages mode because justices who do respect the Commandments of God would be appointed to the Supreme Court with little opposition.

    However if the bishops are not going to carry out their duties as successors of the Apostles, than how can we expect the common laity to do so en masse? Sadly, we can't. You see they are too busy passing edicts and statements on the situation in the Middle East, the rights of Muslims, the advancement of liberal policies such as gender-inclusive texts, peace and justice for sodomites, protection of pedophiles, patronizing false religions in a 'can't we just get along and tolerate' attitude as they celebrate their diversities through endless dialogue that has only weakened the stature of the Roman Catholic Church - all in the name of 'ecumenism.'

    Ah, there's that word again, tying right in with the 'new springtime' and 'new evangelization' rhetoric that only further erodes Catholic truth, leaving it merely ambiguous thought which then can be interpreted at one's whim. The concept of dogma and doctrine has lost its true meaning in the effort to go along in order to get along. That brings me to the final chapter of this inglorious week. On Thursday the train leaves the station with the Pope on board heading for Assisi where over half of the contingent of religious leaders convening at this holy birthplace of Saint Francis and Saint Clare will be Muslims and other non-Christians - giving new meaning to the term 'New Age.'

    To illustrate how bad things have become in the Church, there is little outrage over this sacrilegious act where false religions are placed on an equal footing with the One, True Church! Horror of horrors. Yet should we be surprised? Not if you remember the first 'inter-faith' Assisi summit held in 1986 where the Buddhist contingent were allowed to place their false idol on top of the holy tabernacle in the Basilica of St. Francis and offer incense to a false god; not if you remember how the Pope in recent years has pandered to false religions from Hindu to Wiccan, apologized for proselytizing in Greece and behind the Iron and Bamboo Curtains, compromised holy martyrs and saints by pandering to demands of non-Catholic interests who seek to humiliate Holy Mother Church; kissed the Koran, apologized for the Crusades and the Inquisition - thus, giving the 'politically correct' impression to the world that the Catholic Church was wrong. This only justifies in their minds that the Reformation was right, that Mohammed was right and that all the heretics who broke away from the Church founded by Christ had just cause and therefore exonerated while saint and sinner who died for their Faith were 'fools.'

    The same logic for this kind of politically correct thinking shows how the spinsters are twisting the Truths of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. That which was considered good, virtuous and worthy of belief is today called superstitious, tired and worn, out of touch, old-fashioned and full of flaws by today's 'new-enlightened modern mind.' What doofusses we must have been for 1,960 years to have fallen for everything passed down by saints, learned and inspired fathers of the Church, Councils and Sovereign Pontiffs - many of them holy, who set in stone the Sacred Deposit of Faith! Why can't we see, like the St. Jean Marie Vianney Fraternity - a traditional Brazilian group who, as ZENIT and CWN reported, had "leanings toward the Society of St. Pius X", but on Friday officially agreed to "end the schism" - that it is better to surrender than fight. Why can't we see that they have now announced that they will "recognize the authority of the Pope as Vicar of Christ and Shepherd of the Church." Pardon me, but did anyone in the Society ever subscribe to anything else? They have always believed in the Primacy of Peter. That is nothing new. They also have been given permission to say the Tridentine Mass - the "Mass of St. Pius V." Don't look now but every priest, by Rome's admission, has always had the right to say the Tridentine Mass. Folks, the Latin Mass was NEVER abrogated. So what price to be politically correct? The South American Fraternity has caved totally. They have conceded what post-conciliar Rome clings to stubbornly with their last breath, despite the noticeable lack of fruits: "the legitimacy of the Second Vatican Council; and the validity of the Mass approved by Pope Paul VI."

    Those were the same terms Rome demanded of Bishop Bernard Fellay and the Society of St. Pius X in several meetings up to Easter this past year, and, despite the surface carrots, the Bishop politely, respectfully, and rightly, but firmly said. "Thank you, but no!" Why? Because to sell out - to compromise - the Truths and Traditions for the sake of ecumenism, the sake of humanism, the sake of perpetuating non-Catholic thought, liturgy and practices, there is a price - a steep price - to pay to almighty God as the Council of Trent and then Pope Saint Pius V strongly affirmed in his uncompromising, firm indefatigable Papal Bull Quo Primum and De Defectibus. This was further strengthened by Supreme Pontiffs such as Pius IX in his Syllabus of Errors and Leo XIII who reinforced defense of the Faith through mandatory installation of the Leonine Prayers, adding the powerful Prayer to St. Michael. One of the holiest popes ever Saint Pius X stated in no uncertain terms that there was no room for ambiguity or laxity with his strong, landmark encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis warning against modernism and against much of what the post-conciliar church has embraced. He reinforced this with his Apostolic Constitution Lamentabili Sane followed by his demanding and necessary Oath Against Modernism. Pius XI clearly identified what true Religious Unity must be and the heresies of ecumenism in his encyclical Mortalium Animos. Pius XII emphasized the vital necessity of preserving the traditions in his encyclical Mediator Dei.

    Yet ever since Vatican II these vital documents have been forgotten, neglected and dismissed - the Oath Against Modernism and Prayer to St. Michael abandoned - despite His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's admission that "The truth is that this particular Council [Vatican II] defined no dogma at all, and deliberately chose to remain on a modest level, as a merely pastoral council; and yet many treat it as though it had made itself into a sort of super-dogma which takes away the importance of all the rest." But the actions and track-record of the post-conciliar church defy this by trying to imply that Vatican II carries more weight than Trent, a dogmatic council which declared infallible doctrines. I repeat for the umpteenth time, folks, the Church did not begin in the 1960's. Yet Rome's determination to forge a 'new springtime' and gain 'authenticity' for a man-made Mass created by a known 33rd degree mason (Annibale Bugnini), a marxist priest, and six Protestants wreaks of trying to legitimize by intimidation something that, were it legitimate, would need no clarification! No wonder Bishop Fellay and the Society are staying true to what has been handed down by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church.

    In this politically correct world Fellay and the Society may be mocked and considered outcasts. In fact, they are often demeaned by neo-Catholics and modernists as 'Lefebvristsl' as if that is a dirty word in referring to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre who stood his ground in defending the purity of the teachings, disciplines and liturgy of pre-Vatican II along with only a few loyal princes of the Church such as Cardinals Ottaviani, Bacci and Siri. In refusing to be coerced by modernism, Lefebvre was punished by being blackballed to the point of being forced out by subterfuge wrought through intimidation, deceit and corruption by ecclesial masons within the Holy See.

    Since the sixties the truths have been so twisted that they now resemble profane pretzels of pragmatism open to all kinds of interpretations. Pretzels are known for their salt content. Our Lord says in Matthew 5: 23, "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more, but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men."

    Has not the sifting salt of the Vatican II agendas lost its savor? Therefore, how will it be salted? The only way is to return to the flavors that satisfied the palate and soul before Vatican II - to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Because of the desalination of the truths, the ambiguities of Vatican II need to be cast out. They don't need to be trodden on by men for those stubbornly pushing the reforms are doing that well enough. In a politically correct society they have compromised so much that they wouldn't know salt from pepper.

    Last week much hoopla was made over President George W. Bush choking on a pretzel. Those who live by the politically correct creed made great fun of the president's plight. They laughed because it didn't seem plausible. Well, it seems perfectly logical to us that such a thing could happen for it has happened figuratively and often in the post-conciliar church where truths have been twisted so badly that souls are choking on the salt of ambiguity. These 'pastoral pretzels,' glazed over with ambiguity and contradiction, have lost the flavor of the sacred reverence and solid consistency that sustained Holy Mother Church for so many centuries. No matter how politically correct the world is today, the more these 'prevailing pretzels' touting the reforms of Vatican II are pushed down our throats, the more we realize it is not only tough to swallow, but something loyal Catholics find hard to stomach!

Michael Cain, editor

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January 21, 2002
volume 13, no. 11
CATHOLIC PewPOINT commentary