RACIAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY.
The number of people receiving unemployment benefits rose by 5,800 in June. Nearly 500,000 are unemployed in Ireland. Unemployment has increased since the ‘Yes for Jobs’ that the politicians promised.
(Yesterday at Econe)
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ELEISON COMMENTS CLIV (June 26, 2010) : CATHOLIC BALANCE.
When last week's "Eleison Comments" began by seeming to sympathize with the "sedevacantists" who believe that the Popes since John XXIII have not been Popes at all, and ended by seeming to sympathize with Cardinal Kasper for making fun of the unauthoritative Society of St Pius X, I know that there was at least one reader that was confused, and I suspect that she was not alone. But everything drops into place if one assumes that from Vatican II onwards, Catholic Truth has been split from Catholic Authority.
Now the Catholic Authority of the churchmen should be welded to the Catholic Truth of Our Lord, because that human Authority only exists to protect and teach that divine Truth. But at that dreadful Council (1962-1965), centuries of Protestant heresy and Liberal dissolution of truth had at last so wormed their way into the hearts and minds of a large majority of the Council Fathers that they gave up on the purity of Catholic Truth, and to this day they have been using all their Catholic Authority to impose on Catholics the Council's new and false religion of man.
Whereupon Catholics have been torn apart, both from one another and in themselves, as was inevitable. For either they have had to cling to Catholic Truth, and more or less abandon Catholic Authority, which is the solution of the "sedevacantists". And when one looks primarily at Catholic Truth, one may well sympathize with them, so horrible has been the betrayal of Truth by the highest churchmen, ever since that Council began. Or Catholics have chosen to cling to Catholic Authority, and more or less abandon Catholic Truth, which is the solution of Cardinal Kasper. And when one looks primarily to Catholic Authority, one may well sympathize with his loyalty to Benedict XVI, and understand the Cardinal's smile when he finds himself rebuked for not being Catholic by the wholly unauthoritative Society of St Pius X, still practically excommunicated.
Yet Archbishop Lefebvre chose a third way, in between the two extremes of either Truth or Authority. His way, in which he has been followed by that SSPX, was to cling to Catholic Truth, but with no disrespect towards Church Authority, nor any blanket disbelief in the status of its officials. It is a balance certainly not always easy to keep, but it has borne Catholic fruit all over the world, and it has sustained a faithful remnant of Catholics with true doctrine and the true sacraments for the 40 years we have so far spent in the Conciliar desert (1970-2010).
In that desert we Catholic sheep may have to be scattered for a while yet, as long as the Shepherd in Rome is struck (Zech.XIII,7, quoted by Our Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane -Mt.XXVI,31). In this Gethsemane of the Church, we do need compassion on our fellow sheep. That is why I can sympathize with "sedevacantists", and even with liberals (up to a point!). But that no way means that the third way as traced out by Archbishop Lefebvre has ceased to be the right way.
May the Great Mother of God long protect the little Society !
Great article from The Sovereign Independent newspaper.
In the tiny article below from one of my local papers we hear that rural roads may go back to being nothing short of dirt tracks. The ‘newspaper’ this is reported in is symptomatic of what has happened to so called ‘local newspapers’ in that it is owned by the Irish Independent media group along with 13 other ‘local’ papers. This is therefore ‘national’ news which if it were printed in the broadsheets would possibly create more of a reaction. But no, it’s hidden away in a publication which is hardly read by anyone.
The story with regard to local roads becoming dirt tracks is only 4 lines long but the message is there for all to see. We’re witnessing the first real soundbite of the implementation of Agenda 21 through LA21 in local councils.
The local rural roads where I live were destroyed this year due to severe low temperatures in what was the coldest winter in 50 years yet we seem to be steamrollering towards Agenda 21 which ironically is touted as the means of tackling manmade global warming.
Having spoken to a ‘green’ TD (Irish Member of Parliament) last year about Agenda 21, I was assured that there was no intention of driving people off the land and into the already overcrowded an crumbling cities of Ireland but that we had to preserve the countryside by whatever means possible. I agree that we need to preserve the countryside. I simply want to be left there to enjoy it as is the right of everyone in the country. How can we do that if we can’t use the roads?
When I pointed out that where I live I have a one lane road with grass growing up the middle of it, no street lighting, no garbage collection, no public water supply, no access to public transport etc, I was told that this was the price I had to pay for living in the country.
I have no problem with the lack of services in the countryside. What I do have a problem with is having to pay the price for things I don’t have any access to whilst at the same time paying road tax and other maintenance expenses on my car, which is essential to me, for firstly roads that at times have been dangerous to drive on and secondly which cause damage to my vehicle thus leading to higher costs of travel. Furthermore, during the severe winter I was stuck in my house, not because of the cold weather, but because the local council deemed it a waste of time and money to clear rural roads thus leaving many people stranded with no means of getting to shops for essential supplies.
I’ll put it to you that if roads are not maintained then this is definitely an attempt by local authorities through LA21 to literally drive people from the countryside, particularly older people, into towns and cities close by therefore ‘preserving the countryside’ for nobody to enjoy unless they want to go on foot, if they have permission I might add.
Local Group Water Schemes, already starved of funding for maintenance, have been contaminated with agricultural waste for some time whereby most of it is undrinkable thus leading to extra spending on bottled water for many in the rural areas.
Local transport links, where they did actually exist, have also been withdrawn as have local post office services.
Local agriculture is no longer concerned with growing crops either and much of the land has been turned to forestry thus destroying the knowledge base of future farmers whose ability to understand the natural techniques required to grow food is forever lost.
I’m fortunate enough to have space to grow my own food as much as trial and error permit but I’m the only one in an agricultural landscape doing so despite being surrounded by farmers who have simply become charity cases through their manufactured reliance on EU subsidies whereby they are paid NOT to grow anything whilst we are told by the very same hypocritical dictators in the EU and the UN that people are starving in the Third World.
Indeed it has recently been announced by the EU that they have authorised the growing of GMO potatoes in Europe with a so called ‘test crop’ already being grown in Norwich in the UK.
How long will it be before Irish farmers, famous for growing potatoes which form the staple food of the country, are targeted with this highly dangerous crop? Having spoken to my farmer neighbour about this recently, whilst pointing out that GMO potatoes were now to be grown in the EU, his immediate reaction was that he didn’t grow potatoes so it didn’t affect him. I pointed out that the EU may well insist that he does grow them if he is to continue to receive his charitable subsidy for growing nothing. He didn’t agree of course and said that would never happen.
The same farmer, at the end of the severe winter this year, asked me why my lawn was so green and further enquired as to what I put on it as all his fields were still brown. I simply told him that the only thing which went on my lawn was the lawnmower and after asking him what he put on his fields, to my utter horror, he replied quite happily that he used Monsanto’s ‘Round Up’.
I told him that this was his problem to which he replied that Round Up did no harm to the soil so it’s clear that the Irish Farmer’s Association are complicit in destroying the agricultural land of this country either through ignorance or malicious intent.
So, we have roads being left to crumble, transport links being stopped, agricultural land either being put over to forestry or destroyed with Monsanto’s chemicals and GM crops, ground water being poisoned, communication links being limited with the closure of post offices and local schools, shops etc being closed down.
This is Agenda 21 in action being slowly implemented throughout the country and no-one seems to notice. What will it take before the traditional rural dwellers, such as farmers, finally stand up to government and say enough is enough?
Let me suggest that farmers need to start ignoring the EU agricultural criminals and start fending for themselves instead of acting like charity cases going cap in hand to them to make a living.
They need to start getting back to basics with regard to actually growing food crops whereby local communities can have access to good, healthy and organic food, which is not only essential to human health, but also to the natural environment due to the lack of toxic chemicals poisoning the land and the water table. I don’t think we’d see the government coming out into the countryside to destroy fields of organic crops. If they tried it I’m sure there would be a reaction from all farmers and the local communities.
Let the government destroy the roads if that is their intention but if those in the countryside get back to real farming on a local level we won’t need to drive long distances to the multinational corporate supermarkets.
We’ll have what we need on our own doorsteps including not only good food and water but also our independence from government both local and national.
It’s time for a new agricultural revolution which will benefit all rural dwellers!
A Labour Party meeting in the Harbour Hotel in Galway will be picketed this evening. In June of 2008, their leader Eamon Gilmore declared on National television that the ‘Lisbon Treaty is dead’. The electorate rejected the Lisbon Treaty. Gilmore went back on his word and supported a second referendum on the same Treaty. It is interesting that the pro-abortion Labour Party are holding a public meeting on jobs. The Lisbon Treaty was sold as a ‘Yes for jobs’. Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour told the people a pack of lies. Unemployment has risen since the referendum on Lisbon. Jobs are being lost each day and emigration is increasing.
The Labour Party have abandoned Irish workers. Gilmore showed what he thinks of Irish sovereignty. Labour support gay “marriage”, they support abortion on demand and support mass-immigration.
The Good Counsel Network and Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Gerard Majella Pro-Life Rosary Group will assist you. Another useful link is Maria Stops Abortion or the Saint Patrick Pro-Life Rosary Group (Ireland)
Thought and Action, Cóir and many others campaigned for a ‘No’ vote in the referendum. Patriots saw beyond the lies and promises from all the main political parties. Labour, who are riding high in the opinion polls at the moment also advocated a ‘Yes’ vote. The Lisbon Treaty highlighted the point that there is no such thing as an “opposition”. The main political parties were in the pocket of their EU masters. The EU and the main political parties have left the people in debt. Unemployment is rising and Irish youth continue to emigrate. Diarmuid Doyle has an interesting article in the Sunday Tribune. See below. These cynical and self serving politicians sold the people a pup. Serving their friends in the banking elite and big business, they have given their own people the two fingers. The ‘Yes’ vote has been a blessing in disguise. It has shown the sovereign people of Ireland that the main political parties are all the same. They share the same ideals and values. They are all in a cesspool of incompetence and corruption.
Diarmuid Doyle - "The past year has been a disaster for hundreds of thousands of people who, if they could see those Lisbon posters now, might surmise that they were sold a pup..."
There are very good reasons why referendum and election posters are supposed to be taken down within weeks of polling day. They cause litter, for a start. They blow down in the wind and hit cyclists on the head. And nobody wants to see a picture of some jowly chancer hanging from a pole when they come around the corner. It causes accidents and frightens the children.
Sometimes, however, just as a little experiment, it might be an idea to leave some of the posters up, so that we can all come back a year later and remember some of the promises and specific commitments that were made by these jowly chancers and their acolytes. Some of us might even reflect on how we fell for their silver-tongued nonsense.
This time last year, the country was overwhelmed by posters urging us to vote in the second Lisbon Treaty referendum. The electorate had disgraced itself in the eyes of the establishment in Lisbon I. To get us to change our minds, we were bombarded with promises, and with posters advertising them.
Here's a sample of a few from last year: "Yes For Jobs", said one. "My job depends on Europe", proclaimed another, featuring a picture of an attractive blonde lady smiling for joy about the secure position you, the voter, were about to win for her by ticking the Yes box on polling day. "Yes To Jobs, Yes to Europe", promised a Fine Gael poster. Fianna Fáil chipped in with "For Jobs, Growth, Europe's Future, Vote Yes".
There was no ambiguity in any of this. By the summer of last year, it was clear the country had been badly damaged by the behaviour of its politicians and bankers and that it needed protection from Fianna Fáil, which was incapable of even recognising the destruction it had wrought, never mind undoing it. To an extent all these posters (even Fianna Fáil's) were based on the idea that Ireland was doomed and needed the help of an outside agency to right itself. They played on our fears for our future and our loathing of our leaders. They promised us a miracle.
So where are we a year later? Where are the Lisbon jobs now, to pose a question asked in a small demonstration in Dublin yesterday, one which made its way to the headquarters of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, all of whom tried to con you last year. What do the jowly chancers have to say to the employees of Musgrave, Pfizer, Bank Of Scotland Ireland, IBM and myriad other companies that closed or announced job losses since the second Lisbon referendum? Where is the jobs strategy? Where is the help from Europe?
There is none. The most recent economic forecast on jobs, from Ernst and Young last week, predicted that unemployment would remain a "significant problem" for a generation. The jobless rate will be stuck at 10% for the next five years. It will be more than a decade before the economy returns to the level enjoyed in 2007, when it was at its peak.
Ernst and Young described the ongoing crisis in Ireland as "a recession of the youth". Almost a quarter of people who lost their jobs in 2008 and 2009 are under 25, it said. It also drew attention to the ongoing crisis in the construction industry, where there is a huge surplus of labour following the downturn. Neil Gibson, the main advisor on the report, said any economic upturn in the coming years would feel like a "jobless recovery". GDP would rise, he said, but "it's not going to feel like that to consumers or businesses. While a recovery in exports will be good for tax receipts, it will not necessarily be felt in villages and streets in Ireland". As he spoke, the May unemployment statistics were being released. They showed that 6,600 extra people signed on the Live Register last month. The unemployment rate has risen to 13.7%. Emigration has probably stopped that figure from reaching 15%.
The villages and streets of Ireland are, of course, where the jowly chancers paraded themselves last year with their promises of jobs and security if we voted for Lisbon, and where the emptiness of those commitments can best be judged. The year since has been a disaster for hundreds of thousands of people who, if they could see those posters now, might surmise that they were sold a pup in the summer of 2009. In fact. It's clear that the yes campaign for Lisbon last June was an act of profound cynicism. At this juncture, it's unclear whether it will be the EU or our politicians who will suffer most for that.
This is our “book of the week”. It is a study guide that groups of Catholic youth are using all over the world to reconstruct the Social Order. More and more Catholics are reading Rerum Novarum, are taking another look at Quadragesimo Anno. These are two of the great social Encyclicals on the problems of society.
Bishop Richard Williamson continues his analysis of the errors of this “leading theologian”
When last week "Eleison Comments" laid out six errors of one of the leading theologians of Vatican II, Fr. Marie-Dominique Chenu, it said that the order of the errors had been changed from the original order in Si Si No No, and it suggested that thereby hangs a tale. That tale is the disastrous dethroning of the mind by modern times.
In Si Si No No, Sentimentalism ranked first among the errors. Then came Subjectivism, Historicism, the Turn to Man (Anthropocentrism), Evolutionism and Immoralism.. To start with Sentimentalism is to start with man as one finds him today, i.e. wallowing in his feelings. Here are two examples amidst hundreds, or thousands : in religion, "God is much too nice to send a single soul to Hell"; in politics, "It is not patriotic to question who was behind 9/11."
"Eleison Comments" chose rather to rank the errors in order not of immediacy but of depth. Then Anthropocentrism in the sense of turning away from God comes first, because turning away from God is at the root of all sin and error. Next come the three errors attacking the mind, Subjectivism, Historicism and their consequence, Evolutionism. They too come before Sentimentalism because - and here is the interesting point -- only after the rightful king has been dethroned can the usurper take his place. Only after the mind is disabled can feelings take over. Ranking last on both lists is Immoralism, or the denial of right and wrong, because all disorder in the soul and mind ends up in disorder in action.
To grasp the natural primacy of the mind over feelings, a primacy which for many a modern soul is not obvious, let us resort to a comparison with a sailing-ship. If the captain by deliberately letting go of the rudder leaves his ship at the mercy of wind and wave until eventual shipwreck, nevertheless whenever he chooses to take the rudder in hand again, it belongs to the nature of the rudder to enable him to steer the ship, and by making good use of wind and wave to reach port. Similarly if a human being by deliberately letting go of his reason leaves his soul at the mercy of feelings and passions, adrift towards eternal Hell, it nevertheless belongs to the nature of his mind, whenever he chooses to re-activate it, to guide him to Heaven, however precarious at first may be his reason's command of his passions and feelings.
Then how is a man to put his mind back on its throne ? By turning back to God, because it was his turning away from God that let loose the dethroning of his mind in the first place, since to turn away from God he soon after had to begin dismantling his reason. And how does a man most easily turn back to God ? Let him start with one "Ave Maria", let him move on to a few, then to a decade of the Rosary, and finally to five decades a day. If he does that, he will begin to think again.
Mother of God, save our minds !
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,
Heart of Jesus, Sacred Temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise,
Heart of Jesus, king and centre of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient to death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and our reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. Jesus, meek and humble of heart. R. Make our hearts like to Thine.
Let us pray;
Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
It is normal to take pills when one is ill; when something is not working properly and needs correcting.
So, why do doctors happily prescribe a pill to prevent a part of a woman functioning properly? That's not part of their job, is it?
It is not normal to want blurry vision. It is not normal to want to be hard of hearing. It is not normal to want to walk with a limp. And if you went to your doctor asking for a pill to achieve any of those things, he would think you were mentally unstable.
And yet, women want their fertility stifled, and doctors help them.
And, moreover, while ill people have to pay for drugs to alleviate their actual illnesses, women who want to inhibit their fertility can get the Pill for free!
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Interest in the traditional Latin Mass has begun to spread among a younger generation of clergy and laity, especially since the appearance of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Many now speak enthusiastically of encountering in the old rite a beauty, a reverence, and a sense of continuity with tradition that they have not experienced with the Mass of Paul VI, the liturgical norm since it first appeared in 1969.
Inevitably, however, questions deeper than aesthetics, nostalgia and the hunger for mystery in religion arise. To address them, Father Cekada has produced this thorough and methodical study of the Mass of Paul VI. Father Cekada’s erudition, clarity of expression, and facile wit will draw and delight readers, even some who might be quite opposed to his doctrinal positions and to his startling conclusions in this scholarly work.
Bishop Williamson hits the nail on the head with this analysis. See below.
The havoc wrought upon souls throughout the world by the 1960's collapse of the mass of Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council, is immeasurable. So one can hardly reflect too much on the essential problem, because it is still very much with us, in fact more so than ever. It threatens to send all of our souls down to Hell. Last year the Italian fortnightly periodical, Si Si No No, published an article summarising the main errors of a pioneer "theologian" of Vatican II, the French Dominican Fr. Marie-Dominique Chenu. Laid out still more briefly below, his six errors point to the heart of the problem: the putting of man in the place of God (I have changed their order - thereby hangs a tale for another "EC") :
The six errors are obviously inter-connected. If (1) religion is to center on me, then (2&3) I must unhook my mind from reality, where religion centers on God. With the mind crippled, then (4) "nothing is but what is not", so everything evolves, and (5) feelings take over (whereupon religion is by the fault of men feminized, because emotion is women's prerogative). Finally, where feelings replace truth, (6) morality collapses.
In the Vatican II documents themselves, these errors are rather implicit than explicit, because the errors had to be disguised for the documents to get the vote of the mass of Catholic bishops who were attending the Council but were not yet sufficiently up-dated. However, these errors represent the fully up-dated "spirit of Vatican II", which is where the Council was headed, and that is why the official Church has been on a path of self-destruction for the past 45 years : 1965 to 2010. For how many more years ?
Few would disagree that politicians love the gravy train. Senator Larry Butler and Senator Ivor Callely both of Fianna Fáil are both in the news over expenses and Oireachtas travel allowances.
As the banner above shows, the people on the street see the politicians for what they really are. See article below for background to story.
Israeli war ships are "shadowing" a Malaysian-funded Irish aid ship headed towards Gaza, activists on board have said.
The MV Rachel Corrie's radar was jammed as the ship sailed closer to restricted waters off the Gaza Strip early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the campaign group supporting the ship said.
Activists aboard Rachel Corrie are attempting to break the siege of Gaza imposed by Israel, five days after Israeli troops violently intercepted a flotilla of aid ships carrying humanitarian aid for the territory, killing nine activists.
Mairead Maguire, who is aboard the aid ship told Al Jazeera just before radio contact was lost, that navy vessels were following Rachel Corrie and its radar systems have been jammed. She, however, added the situation on board was calm.
"We are not afraid and we are all advocating non-violence… and we will just sit here and go if they insist on commandeering our boat and forcing us into Ashdod," she said.
The Israeli military said that the ship was pressing ahead towards Gaza, ignoring four instructions to dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod.
It warned the ship that it was "approaching an area of hostilities which is under a naval blockade. The Gaza area, coastal region and Gaza Harbour are closed to all maritime traffic."
Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman, told Al Jazeera that the military had a government directive to make sure the ship does not reach Gaza.
"We are here to make sure that those instructions are followed and the ship is stopped," she said, adding that boarding the ship was an option.
Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston, reporting from Gaza, said that nobody had heard anything in the last couple of hours.
"Last we heard that the ship was 25 nautical miles (46.3km) from the Gaza coastline," she said.
Our correspondent said that the ship had hundreds of tonnes of aid, including medical supplies, wheelchairs, cement, building materials and even note-pads for children.
Dennis Halliday, the former UN assistant secretary-general who is also on board the ship, said on Friday that they expected Israeli military to intercept them.
"The cargo was checked three times - by trade unions in Ireland, by a member of the Irish senate, as well as Irish customs at the port," Halliday said.
"The cargo is sealed and we can't even access it ourselves," he said, explaining why they refused to take the ship to Ashdod.
The Malaysian-funded ship is carrying 11 activists, including Mairead Corrigan, a Nobel Peace laureate and eight crew members.
The ship is named after an American womanwho was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003, while trying to protest a house demolition.
The activists say they are determined to continue sailing to Gaza with their cargo of medical and construction supplies.
Those on the ship have said they will offer no resistance if Israeli forces decide to board the vessel.
The Rachel Corrie is funded by Perdana Global Peace Organisation, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation headed by Mahathir Mohamad, the country's former prime minister.
Meanwhile in Washington the US said Israel's blockade on Gaza was unsustainable.
"We are working urgently with Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and other international partners to develop new procedures for delivering more goods and assistance to Gaza," Mike Hammer, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said.
"The current arrangements are unsustainable and must be changed. For now, we call on all parties to join us in encouraging responsible decisions by all sides to avoid any unnecessary confrontations," Hammer said in a statement.
"It remains a US priority to provide assistance to the people of Gaza," Hammer said.
"In the interest of the safety of all involved, and the safe transmission of assistance to the people of Gaza, we strongly encourage those on board the Rachel Corrie and other vessels to sail to Ashdod to deliver their materials to Gaza," Hammer said, referring to the Israeli port.
Fr Cekada provides the analysis. Fr Cekada is an expert on the Liturgy and Canon Law.
A NUMBER of details in the Feast of Corpus Christi in the Missal of Paul VI— which rebranded the feast as “The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ — betray the modernist doctrinal presuppositions behind the New Mass. It’s worth mentioning a few, since today is the Feast of Corpus Christi.
(1) The Optional Sequence. St. Thomas Aquinas’s magnificent Eucharistic poem Lauda Sion, which was sung or recited before the Gospel, is now optional.
This reflects not only the modernists’ desire to shorten the liturgy wherever possible, but also their theory that the only true participation in the liturgy is vocal participation. Silent contemplation of a text as it is recited or sung doesn’t cut it.
Since the melody of the Lauda Sion is melodically complex and requires a wide vocal range (an octave and a fifth), participation by the celebrating assembly is rendered impossible. So, it can be skipped.
(2) The Expurgated Epistle. From the passage in 1 Corinthians that the old Missal prescribed for the feast, the reformers removed St. Paul’s warning to those who would receive the Eucharist unworthily:
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. (1 Cor 11:27-29.)
This, of course, is what the modernists would characterize as “negative theology” — judgement and condemnation. Moreover, it contradicts the assembly supper theology behind the New Mass. (Everyone must eat.) So even though St. Paul said it, it had to go.
The removal of the passage was intentional, because it was also removed from the Epistle for Holy Thursday.
The Sequence likewise, by the way, contains “negative theology,” which was an additional reason for making it optional.
The good and the evil eat of it, but the outcome is different — life or death.
Death for the wicked, life for the good. See how one food gives a different end!
(3) The Abolished Communion Chant. The lengthy Communion chant in the old missal, Quotiescumque, was based on the same passage in Corinthians, and ended with:
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.
Again, more “negative theology,” So, the revisers simply replaced the Communion chant in its entirety with:
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him, says the Lord. (Jn 6:57)
Much more positive than gloomy old St. Paul!
And all this, of course, from the men who promised us a “more scriptural” liturgy.
(For a discussion of the elimination of “negative theology” from the Mass of Paul VI, by the way, see Work of Human Hands 224–31 and 266ff.)
Sermon of Archbishop Lefebvre given at Econe in 1976.
on the Feast of Corpus Christi,
17 June 1976 at Ecône, Switzerland
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
My dear brethren,
If there is a feast which ought to be dear to our hearts, to the heart of the priest, to the heart of the seminarian, to the hearts of the Catholic Faithful, it is indeed the Feast of the Most Blessed Sacrament. What in our holy religion is more grand, more beautiful, more divine than the holy Sacrament of the Eucharist? What could Our Lord Jesus Christ have done to manifest His charity, His love for us more efficaciously, more obviously, than by leaving us under the appearances of bread and wine His Body, His Blood, His Soul and His Divinity? These things we have just sung in the Epistle, in the Gradual, in the Alleluia, in the Gospel. We have affirmed our faith in the Holy Eucharist—this faith which today is turned to doubt, this faith which is turned to doubt by the attitude, by the lack of respect that men have for the Most Holy Eucharist, for Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself present under the appearances of bread and wine. We then should affirm more than ever our faith in the Most Holy Eucharist.
That is why we are happy to gather here today, around Jesus in the Eucharist, and to manifest to Him our faith in His Divinity, and our adoration. It is for this that already for centuries and centuries in the Church this custom, this tradition has existed, of adoring Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist publicly—in the villages, in the cities, in the small cities as in the great ones—in the religious houses and in monasteries. Everywhere the Eucharist is honored; everywhere on this day of the Feast of the Most Blessed Sacrament, or of Corpus Christi, the Most Blessed Sacrament is honored in a public manner. The Council of Trent declared that we must honor Our Lord Jesus Christ publicly so that those who see, and who observe the faith of Catholics in the Most Holy Eucharist, might be attracted as well by this homage rendered to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that finally they might believe in the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in this great Sacrament. And the Council of Trent added, Let those who refuse to admit the Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ be struck, struck by a punishment of God—by the blinding of their hearts—if they refuse to honor Our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is what the Council of Trent said, to encourage this custom and this tradition, already ancient, of honoring Our Lord Jesus Christ publicly in the streets of our cities, in the countryside, as we are doing here today. That is why in a little while we shall make the procession, with all our faith, repeating to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Yes, we believe, O Jesus, that You are present in the holy Sacrament. We believe it today twice, three times, four times as strongly, for all those who no longer believe, for those who despise You in Your Sacrament, for all those who commit sacrileges. We shall perform this act of faith, asking Our Lord Jesus Christ to increase our faith.
It is this that is the foundation and the proof of our holy Catholic Religion, as the Scripture says so well. Could there be a religion in which God were nearer to man, than in the Catholic Religion? It is because it is the true religion; because God does not believe that He is humiliating Himself in coming to us, and in giving Himself to us in His Flesh and in His Blood. God does not humiliate Himself, He remains God. It is we who must manifest our respect, our adoration, for God. It is not because God acts in simplicity, in love, in charity towards us that we should despise Him. On the contrary, we should thank Him for this immense charity, this infinite love, this divine love of remaining among us!
Think, my dear brethren, try to recall the stages of your life in which you have felt this presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Ah, I am sure that the day of your First Communion-remember this moment, this blessed moment of your First Communion!—you thanked God for being able to receive His Body and His Blood. How well you were prepared by your parents, by the priests, who loved you, and who led you to the holy altar with an infinite respect for your hearts, for your souls, which were about to approach, which were about to become temples of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ! And since that day, how many times you have approached the holy altar to ask special graces which you needed—for yourselves, for your families, for the sick, perhaps for members of your family who were abandoning Our Lord Jesus Christ. Then you have made a more fervent communion, you asked Our Lord, Save them, these souls, do not abandon them. Do this by love for them; manifest Your mercy. And then no doubt when there was a celebration in your family, or a birthday, or a celebration which involved one of your children, you again felt sentiments of love and of gratitude towards Our Lord Jesus Christ—and not only in these special circumstances, but throughout your life.
Imagine a Christian life without the Eucharist! What would we be, without Our Lord Jesus Christ, without this extraordinary gift that God has given us? How we would be orphans, how we would feel alone, as if abandoned by God! But with the Eucharist, when we need to speak to Him, to see Him, to tell Him that we love Him, when we need special help, we can enter our churches, kneel down before Our Lord Jesus Christ, perhaps alone—alone before the Blessed Sacrament, and ask God: Come, come to my aid, succor me, I have a problem, a cross to bear; come to the aid of my family, come to the aid of my children. . . and then you left, you went out of the church comforted.
And you felt these same things, I am sure, after each Sunday Mass. How beautiful it is, the Sunday Mass, with all the faithful gathered around Our Lord Jesus Christ, participating in His Passion, participating also in His Body and in His Blood, returning to their homes with peace in their souls, joy in their hearts, strength in their souls, and ready to suffer if they must with Our Lord Jesus Christ, to bear their trials better. How often it is our job as priests to assist the dying. How often it is our job to carry Communion to the sick. What a joy for these souls who were suffering to receive their God from the hand of a priest who came to bring them Communion! What a comfort, what a source of courage for them!
Our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished in this Sacrament an extraordinary miracle of His love, and consequently we too ought to manifest our love for Him. The Sacrament of the Eucharist is truly the Sacrament of charity. Jesus could not have done more for us. It is the Sacrament of our Faith, first of all, the mysterium fidei — mysterium fidei — it is the mystery of our Faith—I would say the test, the test of our Faith. It is thus that true Catholics, that true Christians are recognized—if they have a profound, a real, an efficacious faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. It is thus that the Faith of Christians is recognized. Consequently this Sacrament is truly the mystery of our faith.
It is also the mystery of our hope. Our Lord Himself says so: "If you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you shall have eternal life in you. If you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you shall have this eternal life, and one day I shall raise you up." He will be our resurrection. The Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ present in our own poor bodies is a gauge of our resurrection. It is already eternal life that we possess within us. This eternal life will no longer leave us, even at the hour of our death. There will remain in our souls this germ of the resurrection of our bodies for eternity, because we shall have received Holy Communion, because we shall have been united to Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is Our Lord Himself who says so, and this Gospel has been chosen by the Church specifically for the Mass of the Dead. Et ego resuscitabo eum in novissimo die. "And I shall raise you up on the last day."
Mystery of faith, mystery of our hope, mystery of charity. This is what I have just explained to you, but I should like to insist a little more on this efficacity of the charity produced by the Sacrament of the Eucharist, and which we so need. Even among ourselves, among us who believe—who have the Faith— who wish to remain Catholic and Roman until the last hour of our lives. We especially ought to live in charity. This Sacrament is the sign, the symbol of charity, by the charity of Our Lord.
But why did Our Lord choose these elements of bread and wine? You know, for it is a comparison which is often made, but which always needs to be recalled to mind. The bread is the fruit of grains which are milled together, crushed, and united to make bread. These grains must be united in such a manner that they form but one loaf of bread. The Eucharist, the Eucharistic bread, is precisely this image of the union of all the faithful, in this species of bread which our eyes behold, and which is the fruit of this union of grains of wheat. It is the same for the wine. One must also unite all the grapes of the vine to produce wine. It is in this union that wine is made, that wine is produced. And so Our Lord wished to choose these elements precisely to show us that we ought to be united, united also so as to transform ourselves in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we have not charity in us, if we are not united among ourselves, Our Lord Jesus Christ will not be able to act efficaciously in us, it is not possible. Our Lord Jesus Christ cannot enter a soul that has no charity. And how painful it is sometimes to think that some persons who nourish themselves daily on the Eucharist are not yet entirely dominated by this virtue of charity. They have to criticize, to cause divisions, to make rash judgments, to manifest their antipathy towards persons for whom they ought to manifest only friendship.
Well, let us make a resolution today on this Feast of the Blessed Sacrament—we who wish to keep this tradition, who wish to keep this faith in the Holy Eucharist—to keep as well the fruits of the Holy Eucharist. It does not suffice to keep the faith in it, it does not suffice to say that we are attached to the tradition of faith and hope in the Eucharist, but it is necessary too that we feel, that we have in ourselves all the fruits, these fruits of charity, which are so good, which manifest in such an obvious manner the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in our souls.
And this I say especially to you, my dear future priests, who are going to be ordained in a few days, and to you, dear seminarians who are present: this charity you need. It must manifest itself in you. How could the faithful who will have recourse to your ministry really think that you are priests, that you are those whom God has chosen to consecrate the Holy Eucharist, so that He is present on the altar in His Body and in His Blood, the greatest manifestation of charity . . . how could they conceive that those who are the instruments of charity of God would not manifest this same charity towards the faithful and towards those Christians who come to receive it? And that by your patience, by your condescendence, by your love, by your humility, by your simplicity. You will listen to those who will come to see you, your heart will be full of mercy for them.
You will love to hear confessions. The ministry of confession is one of the most beautiful manifestations of the charity of the priest. An if you remain for hours in the confessional, is this not what the holy Cure of Ars and all holy priests have done, who spent their lives in the confessional? Extraordinary manifestation of their charity, of this charity which is found in the Holy Eucharist. These things you will do, I am certain, my dear brethren, my dear seminarians, because that is what all the faithful who hope in Ecône expect from you. That is what the priest is— the holy priest is a priest who is charitable above all, who has his heart wide open to all those who come to consult him, to all those who seek consolation from him, and courage and firmness of faith. You then will be such priests as these, filled with this charity of Our Lord, and you will ask this particularly of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
We cannot think of the Eucharist without thinking of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, for if the Virgin Mary had not pronounced her Fiat, we would not have the Holy Eucharist either. It is because she pronounced her Fiat that today we have the joy, the happiness of possessing Our Lord Jesus Christ in our tabernacles, on our altars. Let us then ask the Most Blessed Virgin Mary to give us this charity which she knew so well, which she saw in her Son, Jesus.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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