Archives for the month of: November, 2012

So I’m a bit of a fan of the long dead Archbishop Cranmer’s blog. He’s a sound voice, and has sharp perception. He’s also resolutely Anglican.

His recent commentary surrounding the Church of England’s decision to forbid women from becoming bishops focussed on the alleged validity of the Anglican Communion. That is something I have issue with. My original reply to his post after this incroyable image of Reims Cathedral.

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This is what you get when you align yourself with Truth.

That is some commendable mental gymnastics, Your Grace. The effort was at least admirable.

However, it seriously does no service to your immortal soul to pretend as if everything is okay, that the movements in Anglicanism are simply ‘innovation, change, and progression’, and that continuing on such a path is the way to enlightenment, and ultimately, to God. Quite frankly, it is not.

The state of your church(es) is evidence enough. Where the much publicized crises of the Catholic Church in the last few decades has only helped strengthen the actions of the true faithful (both laity and clergy alike), the relative indifference towards and invisibility of the Anglican Communion hasn’t stopped it from fracturing and falling away not only from its original intentions, but the intentions of Christ.

It is the worst pain to see Anglicans continue to use the idea of both ‘Catholic and Reformed’. It’s tragic to see their faithful convincing themselves that their church is fine, that their doctrine is fine, and that their souls are fine. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is true that there are non-Roman Catholic Churches that have valid apostolic succession and valid sacraments. The Anglican Communion is not one of them.

This is not a comment meant to incite anger, rebuke, nor more reason for disunity. If it unfortunately leads to brother against sister, then like Christ, so be it. We are, however, ultimately dealing with Heaven and Hell here, and in order one-up that camel through the needle, we need unshakeable fidelity to the Truth.

May the Blessed Lord be our Light out of the darkness. All Christians need His help about now.

Yes, even corporations are legally treated as persons in the West.

It’s nothing new, but I was still very sad to hear the story of the woman that died in pregnancy with her child in Ireland told over and over again (there has now even been a grotesque vigil over the case for legal abortions. No need to look for satanic cults to get your distorted ritual fix). Not only is the primary reaction to the event uneven, unreasonable,and unjust, but the report from the New Zealand Herald only amplifies this view even further.

“Her death, made public by her husband this week, has highlighted Ireland’s long struggle to come to grips with abortion.”

I’m sorry, New Zealand Herald, but what struggle? Wouldn’t “Ireland’s long stand against abortion” sound a little more impartial, or is even that too extreme to publish? Throughout this entire article – and many articles concerning abortion throughout the world – the humanity of the child is severely suppressed in order for pro-choice actions to sound legitimate.

And don’t give me that crap “it’s not actually a human being”. This is not the 1970s. What else is the fetus going to grow into? A goat? It is the most nonsensical argument to ever grace our 21st century. We know far more about childbirth than we have ever known, so much so that the leading pro-choice physicians¬†do not even argue the humanity of the unborn child. In fact, they rather you not, because these abortionists would like to perform those fantastically expensive partial and afterbirth abortions of helpless little humans. It’s good money, you know.

Notice in my title the word in the parentheses: true. Forget the rights of little children, and forget the rights of the organization that champions them, the Catholic Church. Instead, let’s call contraception a woman’s right, and let’s call disordered sexual practices (cohabitation, divorce, homosexual relationships etc) the new rights of the new citizens. Anyone intruding on these (fraudulent) rights, let him be anathema. Marginalize. Persecute. Kill.

Catholics, we have a serious duty, and that duty is to lead civilization out of the muck once again. In order for that to happen, however, we need to wipe the muck off of ourselves first. I can’t remember who said it, but there’s a saying that goes “If you want to know the state of the Church, look at the state of the world”. Let us work to clean up our spiritual lives. Protests outside abortion clinics may seem like a fine idea, but an even better one is all 15 decades of the Rosary, everyday. In front of the Blessed Eucharist or tabernacle if you can. ¬†And of course, praying the Holy Mass as often as you can will sow the greatest seeds of change. Make sure to go to Confession too.

There’s nothing that gets me more indignant than the trampled rights of the few, especially poor, helpless children. As emotionally complex as this particular case in Ireland is (may both souls find repose in God), it’s still sickening to see unborn life framed as an inconvenience. Maybe we need to remind ourselves that the most crushing acts of genocide in history include trivializing the humanity of others, or even outright dehumanizing them.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.