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Are Traditional Catholics Optimists?

 + JMJ Today's question is are Traditional Catholics Optimists? For reference, here's some definitions from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary : Optimistic: of, relating to, or characterized by optimism : feeling or showing hope for the future. Pessimistic: : a person who is inclined to expect poor outcomes : someone who is given to pessimism Optimism: a doctrine that this world is the best possible world, an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome Pessimism: an inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or to expect the worst possible outcome;  So a Traditional Catholic who is inclined to expect poor outcomes could be a realist in the near-term, but what about the long-term? The Extreme Sedevacantists that follow their principles to successively de-throning multiple Pontiffs to the absurdity are not optimists.  I think that they may be fatalists or dogmatic pessimists . But t
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Impediment of Crime

 + JMJ  One of my kids popped her head into my office as asked if she could ask me a question.  Of course I said yes. She sat down and asked: If a man or woman murdered their current spouse so they could marry another, would that invalidate the following marriage? Suffice to say that I was speechless for a bit. Thinking she may have broken Daddy's brain she hastily added:  Someone said that it would. I wasn't sure so I wanted to ask you! Someone said that it would? The answer is actually clear - even for today.   Canon 1090: §1. Anyone who with a view to entering marriage with a certain person has brought about the death of that person’s spouse or of one’s own spouse invalidly attempts this marriage. §2. Those who have brought about the death of a spouse by mutual physical or moral cooperation also invalidly attempt a marriage together. Nice when things are clear and concise. :-) P^3 References cathen/04489a.htm archive/cod-iur

Church Militant vs Michael Voris?

 + JMJ  So ... I noticed on Les Femmes (link), that has been fired resigned from the organization that he founded all those years ago.    At first I had a short "well pot calling kettle black" moment, but then I realised that it must be bad and he does need prayers. Afterall, that is the Catholic thing to do ... pray for the man, it must be humbling and hopefully it will be a time of grace for him.  P^3

Israel vs ?

 + JMJ    Hamas is getting the war that it wanted, but I wonder who is the real opponent. The media is focused on the Gazan civilian's that Hamas is putting or holding in the crossfire, and people are going to die. However, the question becomes who provides the weapons to the terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah et al?  Who provides the resources of people, equipment, training, and money? So far we've heard that Iran is a big supplier as the leaders of Hamas in Qatar or the attack and await the outcry when civilians are killed as a result. Is this really just a war about secular matters, i.e. the erasure of Israel from the map?   ... or ... Is it actually a religious war under the cloak of secularism? Something to consider and watch - even if the Israeli's think of this as a secular war, is that the same for the Muslims? I'm beginning to wonder if this is linked in some fashion to the crisis of the Church. P^3

More Catholic Than The Pope?

 + JMJ   So ... Pope Francis the First has removed Bishop Strickland from his Diocese.   I know the legality of this is being contested on the web, but let's just take a look at what this means in the life of the Catholic Church. First anyone in the 'mainstream' Church who has deviated or given the impression of drifting towards the pre-conciliar doctrine or liturgy is punished - either by the Pope, Church or Civil authorities. When writing this I am obviously thinking about Cardinal Burke. This has happened from Cardinals down to religious (priests, brothers, sisters, nuns, monks).   So there is no 'safe' harbour for those who want to simply 'be' Catholic. That, obviously, leads me to the SSPX.  As long as the Pope, on principle, punishes those who drift towards the SSPX 'position' there will be no peace within the Church. The neo-modernist revolution will continue, the good will be punished, the bad will be promoted. Does this mean that the Pope ca

What Can Traditional Catholics Learn From The Israeli - Hamas Conflict???

 + JMJ   The Conflict From my perspective, the Hamas / Israeli conflict is, at its core, a religious conflict that is buried beneath decades of rights, wrongs,  stones, grenades, bullets, missiles, bombs, fighting and death. Lots of death. I've read "Son of Hamas" that provided a good perspective of the situation, specifically that there are "good" and "bad" people on both sides of the conflict.   Let's be clear, the "good" people are not the ones who act from a position of cruelty to kidnap, beat, rape, and kill civilians. The recent events show the Hamas "soldiers" being guilty of these actions.  From the "Son of Hamas" and Wikipedia (link) we have older accounts of Israeli soldiers being guilty of the similar actions. So this is a situation where, from a cultural perspective ( Edgar Schein link ) deep and enduring assumptions have formed. Anything that contradicts or threatens these assumptions will create a stron

+Strickland Removal

Pillar (link)  + JMJ    Rorate-Caeli has reported that Bishop Strickland has been removed from his Diocese. STRICKLAND REMOVED - Francis Peron attacks again: to my enemies not even Justice Removal of bishop of Tyler, U.S.A., and appointment of apostolic administrator The Holy Father has removed Bishop Joseph E. Strickland from the pastoral care of the diocese of Tyler, United States of America, and has appointed Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin as apostolic administrator of the same diocese, rendering it  sede vacante . [ source ]     If only Bishop Strickland had been a member of Uncle Ted McCarrick's clique of abusers of minors, or used bodily fluids in chalices (Rupnik) after raping sisters, he might have been named a Cardinal by Francis… Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli Here's a link to a BBC article giving a different perspective (link) and the Associated Press (link) , Lifesite (link) , and Pillar (link) , CNA (link) , Crux (link) , Crisis (link) , and Register (link) .

News Roundup

 + JMJ   The following is a round up of news articles accompanied with my thoughts.  Overall, things the trajectory of the Catholic Church is, no surprise, still in a death spiral.  The attempt to pull out of the spiral (Pope Benedict XVI) was short lived.   So now we obviously wait patiently to see what the next pontificate brings. P^3 Pope Francis  A dog's gonna do what a dog does also, remember that you can't medicate stupid.  God will sort this out His way in His time. Pope Francis warns against ideologies in Church and world - Vatican News Pope's big meeting on future of the church wraps up | CTV News How Pope Francis Is Inadvertently Developing the Doctrine of the Papacy - Crisis Magazine The next two are a little bit about the sedes.  I've known some that were very reasonable, logical and polite. Some others just took the idea and ran with it. One believes that there hasn't been a valid Pope since Leo XIII or something like that.  Others go and 'elect&

Obedience: Voris vs Tradical

 + JMJ Introduction Michael Voris gave a thirty minute speech at the Strength and Honor conference ( link to vid )  in August 2023 (Youtube Transcript below).   When shown this video, my first thought was that he repeats himself over and over again.   My second thought was that he made an clear error saying that Pontius Pilate sin was the greatest. Mistake, Our Lord Himself stated that the sin of those who turned Him over to Pilate was greater.  My third thought was they he was espousing Jesuit blind obedience by staying that an order within the jurisdiction of a superior must be obeyed. Going from memory he seemed to imply that an order within the jurisdiction of the superior could not be sinful. Ergo any legitimate command must be obeyed. One thing that Voris got completely right is that the moral character of an individual in the office does not impact the legitimacy of their commands in the execution of that office. I've discussed this elsewhere referring to the Catechism of Tr

CMTV, Save Us from Celebrity Catholics and Is the SSPX Way the Right Action to Take In the Crisis of the Church? Part 2

 +  JMJ Celebrity Catholics Fr. Altman and Sedevacantistism  So Fr. Altman had fallen into the Sedevacantist pot hole and others will either follow him or use him as an whipping boy for the Traditionalists as a whole.   In light of the scandal caused by the Popes, Cardinals and Bishops, I can understand the desire to pick the easy answer that the Catholic Church is indefectible (or some other excuse) therefore the Pope can't be the Pope etc. Were it that easy.   The sedevacantist 'solution' simply unravels the foundation of Catholic Dogma and Doctrine.  For example, it is a Dogma that there will be successors of St. Peter until the end of time ( see Vatican 1 link ), and if Fr. Altman were to examine the pontificates of Pope John 23, Paul 6, John Paul II in the same light as Pope Francis 1, he will probably find reasons to suspect they also 'lost' the papacy.  I know sedevacantists who take their principle to the logical end and say that the last valid Pope was Pope

Re Blog: Yes Sally, Pope Francis IS the Pope and is in great need of our prayers!

+ JMJ Reblog of posts originally posted: As a Traditional Catholic I find it ironic that I'm usually the one talking Modern Catholics off the sedevacantist ledge. Recently, Louie Verrecchio has posted an article by a Fr. Campo, that is asserting that the abdication was forced and therefore invalid ... of something to that effect. Sadly, the electrons spilled over this issue are in vain. Here's a quick summary of the doctrine on Dogmatic Facts: Now the point is this: We want to believe that Pope Francis is not the Pope, because he is doing such a bad job. However, we know that he is because of the doctrine of dogmatic facts. Any action that we 'believe' that would invalidate the election is proved wrong by the acceptance of a newly elected Pope by all the Bishops and by extension the whole Ca

CMTV, Save Us from Celebrity Catholics and Is the SSPX Way the Right Action to Take In the Crisis of the Church? Part 1

 + JMJ   I am pretty confident that "I was only following orders." will not be a valid excuse when standing before our final judgement.   So ... as usual CMTV has put on blinders with regard to the actual SSPX response to this crisis of the Church: Whether you like it or not, Pope Francis is the pope: The problem with the statement is that it's one that faithful Catholics and schismatics can both read and agree fits within their position. Conservatives will rightly point out ambiguous statements coming from Rome that can be read in both orthodox and heretical lights, depending on the reader, but they must also demand clarity from statements like the one from Bp. Schneider. What do the terms "resist" and "refuse to obey" mean? Church Militant and others would agree with the statement in one sense, while the SSPX and others can easily read the remark as "do whatever you want as long as it fits in with your private understanding of 'tra

Rorate Caeli: Full Text of New Dubia Sent to Francis by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Sandoval, Sarah, and Zen

 + JMJ  Yep, this is definitely one for the chronicle. My thoughts below ... I wonder if Pope Francis will reply to this one ... Looking forward to seeing if any clarity comes from the Synod on Synodality (no holding my breath).  P^3 Courtesy of Rorate-Caeli     Full Text of New Dubia Sent to Francis by Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Sandoval, Sarah, and Zen Notification to Christ’s Faithful (can. 212 § 3) Regarding  Dubia  Submitted to  Pope Francis Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We, members of the Sacred College of Cardinals, in accord with the duty of all the faithful “to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church” (can. 212 § 3) and, above all, in accord with the responsibility of Cardinals “to assist the Roman Pontiff … individually … especially in the daily care of the universal Church” (can. 349), in view of various declarations of highly-placed Prelates, pertaining to the celebration of the next Synod of Bishop