Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Home » Frontpage » Currently Reading:

Debasing The Currency Of Catholicism

November 8, 2018 Frontpage No Comments

By SHAUN KENNEY

To be Irish is to know that in the end, the world will break your heart. This is a paraphrasing of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s commentary after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the book One Thousand Days, and as we are coming up on the fifty-fifth anniversary of that untimely event, perhaps it is worth reflecting on how the world has changed.
Of course, for Catholics in America the world was much different. The Novus Ordo was still replacing the old Tridentine Rite Mass, our priests were revered and honored in American culture, our nuns taught our Catholic children and tended to our sick in Catholic hospitals. It was still a time when a Catholic could be born in a Catholic hospital, be taught in Catholic schools, participate in Catholic civic organizations all his life, die in a Catholic hospital, and be buried in a Catholic graveyard.
Such are the virtues of parallel institutions. Then came Lyndon Baines Johnson and the Great Society; Richard Milhous Nixon and the nationalization of education; a series of sexual abuse scandals — and exhausted, we find ourselves in a condition where Catholics have changed our own culture to fit what could be called a more Elizabethan standard.
During the sixteenth century, Jesuits practically invaded England, both in an effort to restore the jewel of Christendom to the Mother Church and in an effort to persuade Queen Elizabeth that a program of religious toleration was both beneficial and benevolent (and in the event she died without an heir, the likelihood of a Catholic succession welcomed by a Catholic populace).
The journal of Fr. John Gerard, SJ, entitled Autobiography of a Hunted Priest, is full of tales that read like Robin Hood but for the soul — evading the English while hiding in cupboards, offering Catholic recusants some modicum of normalcy during a time where being Catholic was a death sentence.
It is no small wonder why — in the 55 years since Camelot — the Catholic Church’s presence in the United States has changed so radically.
Instead of a system of Catholic parochial schools, we have a network of Catholic home-schooling cooperatives, made necessary because our government-backed public schools see fit to impose their secular values with the fanaticism of a religion while excoriating those who even attempt to introduce sacred ones.
Much of the old Catholic superstructure has been co-opted by the state in the wake of the Great Society. Catholic charities are either in thrall to government grants or staffed by those who see themselves as extensions of the Democratic Party. USCCB staffers openly share rainbow ribbons and flaunt their support for Planned Parenthood on social media. Our charitable works — feeding the homeless, for example — take on the flavor of a proletarian uprising at times.

JPII’s High Expectations

One really cannot help but reflect upon the trickle of information coming out of the so-called “Youth Synod” as if the under-40 set needed to be appeased. Catholicism has been in a bunker mentality since Napoleon, and the secular revolutions have been chipping away at the zeal once reserved for the sacred with small hammers here, bayonets there, gas chambers here, and finally social programs. After all, most people do not want to be helped; just fed.
Thus the Youth Synod takes on a very different character than what Catholics under 40 were used to during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II. During the 1980s and 1990s, John Paul II did not lower his expectations of us, but rather set them on high.
Rather than dissimulate, he encouraged. Rather than tell us to compromise, John Paul II asked us to never compromise — and it is through the challenge for us to faithfully live the Gospel that we discover the charity, joy, and humility to look at our fellow persons and see Christ — to encourage them rather than cut cards with the Devil.
But this was not the language of the synod.
Instead, we are treated to words such as “accompaniment” in cf. 150 when asked how to respond to those who view themselves as an extension of their sexuality. We are treated to words such as “synodality” when asked what our standards should be. We are told that lay Catholics are no longer asked to come to the table if they express an opinion different from that of the Lavender Mafia, that publications faithful to the Magisterium should be registered somehow in an odd reversal of the Index of Forbidden Books — but rather, an Index of Approved Blogs. (See an October 30 posting at https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com.)
Pope Francis’ remarks about a Church under attack only confirm the “bunker mentality” hypothesis. “No one attacks our Mother,” thundered Francis. The sexual abuse crisis — rather than deserving the attention and reaction of the full Body of Christ — was compartmentalized as a leftover of Irish-based Jansenism infecting the English-speaking Church: the United States, Ireland, and Australia.
But what about our children?
This is where the inwardness of the Youth Synod seems so off-putting to those of us who still identify as young (though I am at the very precipice of middle age, to be sure). The generation that mucked it up intends to instruct to the generation responsible for restoring Catholicism how this restoration should proceed — along a path of synodality and accompaniment, one supposes.
Certainly, one can concede that “rigidity” or the enforcement of rules for their own sake is not the charism of the Church by any stretch. Most Catholics know this, even if those on the political left continue to throw the accusation as so many Ping-Pong balls against a brick wall. And in America, we are the sons and daughters of an Irish Catholicism that pounded the Baltimore Catechism into our heads as an insulation against a hostile American Protestantism that today has either exhausted itself of descended into a lukewarm socialism.
Yet the process of “reform” followed up by a “reform of the reform” just 50 years after the first reform has demonstrably failed us as Catholics should be of great concern to those of us who count on tradition and fidelity to the Magisterium as the sure and reliable means (though not the substance of) holiness.
Most of all, when the Eucharist and the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist are treated as something ordinary? This instructs the faithful that what is holy and reverent can somehow be treated as something mundane and unnecessary. When the reverence of a Mass is exchanged for liturgical dancers, when Oremus hymnals are traded for Gather hymnals, when organs and choirs are replaced with drums and guitars, when homilies are replaced with PowerPoint?

Keep The Flame Alive

Pope Francis has promised to follow up the magisterial parliament with an apostolic constitution of his own, and despite the heroic efforts by the African bishops and others to preserve the integrity of the Magisterium, the clear and overt efforts by the reformers to debase the Magisterium in order to provide wider currency (a carefully chosen word — as this has just as much to do with making Catholicism more palatable to the secular world as it does with appeasing secular governments who issue the grants that enable the Church’s charitable work overseas) were in plain view, and their disappointment and anger was visible indeed.
For those of us still keeping the flame alive, we should remember that the Holy Spirit is guiding this process with an intent and reasoning far beyond our own. I don’t pretend to understand it, nor is it my place to judge. But we can all still discern a spirit that is of God versus a more worldly spirit designed to turn the Vatican into just another non-governmental organization.
One hopes and prays that Pope Francis — having seen the ill-intent of these reformers — will do just as Pope Paul VI did with Humanae Vitae 50 years ago and plant his flag for an authentic Catholicism in the public square. Then again, I am an Irishman . . . the world might eventually break my heart anyway.

+ + +

Questions? Comments? Brilliant thoughts? Please feel free to send any correspondence for First Teachers to Shaun Kenney, c/o First Teachers, 5289 Venable Road, Kents Store, VA 23084 — or if it is easier, simply send me an e-mail with First Teachers in the subject line to: svk2cr@virginia.edu.

Share Button

2017 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Wow—first, Dreamers shafted by Obama, who enforced DACA w/o congressional approval & failed to ensure them a permanent path to citizenship, and now they’re left hanging by Pelosi & her ilk. Maybe Dems don’t care about them as much as they pretend to?

BBC Breaking News on Twitter

“Trump offers Democrats deal on immigration in bid to end shutdown but top Democrat Pelosi calls it "unacceptable" https://t.co/edz3WEREm3&#8221...

twitter.com

it is striking how so many advocates of abortion in public life cling to their frayed fabric of fantasy and repeat the mantra — “I’m personally opposed but. . . .” https://t.co/TwIrf7G6GT

Load More...

Trump defends Covington students, says they were ‘treated unfairly…smeared by media’

January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Tonight, President Donald Trump tweeted in support of the Covington Catholic High School students “smeared by media,” noting early judgments about the kids’ encounter with a Native American activist were proven to be false. Trump tagged Tucker…Continue Reading

Priest gives pulpit to homosexual partners to share ‘witness’ story prior to Sunday Mass

Update Jan. 18, 2019: St. Joan of Arc pulled the video this morning of the two homosexual men giving their pre-Mass presentation. We are now using a source for the video provided by Complicit Clergy.  MINNEAPOLIS, MN, January 17, 2019…Continue Reading

China’s crackdown on Christians continues

Beijing, China, Jan 15, 2019 / 02:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A campaign by the Chinese government to ‘Sinicize’ religion is ongoing, with detention and indoctrination of Muslims in the far west of the country, and the closing of underground churches…Continue Reading

Cdl. Wuerl will not celebrate youth Mass prior to March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 16, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Archdiocese of Washington’s January 18 Mass for Life, which is scheduled to occur before the annual March for Life. Instead, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to…Continue Reading

Support Archbishop Viganò on his 78th birthday!

January 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, turns 78 years old today. Born in northern Italy, Archbishop Viganò was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. He spent the next several…Continue Reading

Cdl. Burke: Pope Francis’ response to abuse crisis is ‘more confusing than anything’

January 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke told German TV in a January 8 interview that Pope Francis’ response to the abuse crisis is “confusing.” Cardinal Burke stated that Pope Benedict was “very clear on this [matter of abuse],”…Continue Reading

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Trashes Pro-Life People: You’re “Not in Line With Society”

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s radically pro-abortion prime minister, blasted pro-life advocates Wednesday amid a nation-wide outrage about barring pro-life groups from a federal grant program. “An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion,…Continue Reading

Cardinal’s trial puts French Church in glare of Catholic abuse scandal

The Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon goes on trial on Monday charged with failing to act on historical allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts by a priest in his diocese. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin is the highest-profile cleric to be…Continue Reading

Trudeau to issue new coin commemorating decriminalizaton of gay sex

OTTAWA, January 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has granted the Royal Mint permission to release a new one-dollar coin designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his father’s decriminalization of homosexuality. Trudeau’s government approved the coin…Continue Reading

CARDINAL CUPICH KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR DISSIDENT PRIESTS’ CONFERENCE

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Blase Cupich is slated to be the keynote speaker at the annual conference for a notorious dissident priests’ organization. The annual assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) will take place in June 2019, and…Continue Reading

Vatican spokesman, deputy, resign over strategy differences

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican spokesman and his deputy resigned on Monday over disagreements on strategy, ending a year of upheaval in the Holy See’s communications structure. A brief Vatican statement gave no reason for the resignations. Spokesman Greg…Continue Reading

Chinese city bans public displays of Christmas, cites ‘clean city’ as reason

LANGFANG, China, December 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A city in China has issued a sweeping ban on Christmas-related decorations, public celebrations, and advertisements, claiming it’s necessary to keep the city clean for an upcoming awards contest. Christmas is not an…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Discriminating Mercy: Defending Christ And His Church With True Love

Cburke3

  By DON FIER (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Founder of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., graciously took time out of his busy schedule to grant The Wanderer a wide-ranging interview during a recent visit to the Shrine. Included among the topics…Continue Reading

Developing Lives Of Peace After The Heart Of Mary

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the 32nd Annual Church Teaches Forum, “The Message of Fatima: Peace for the World,” Galt House, Louisville, Ky., July 22, 2017. The address is reprinted here with the kind permission of Cardinal Burke. All rights reserved. This is part one of the…Continue Reading

Catechism

Today . . .

Vatican doubles down: denies Pope knew of sexual allegations against Argentine bishop

ROME, January 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican is doubling down on claims it knew nothing about Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s alleged sexual abuse of seminarians when Pope Francis appointed him to a key position that handles the Holy See’s real estate and financial holdings. In a statement released today, the Vatican insisted they only heard of the allegations in autumn 2018. This, despite claims earlier this week from the bishop’s former vicar general that the Pope was informed of the allegations in…Continue Reading

Pope Francis issues decree suppressing ‘Ecclesia Dei’

ROME, January 19, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – As had been anticipated for several weeks, Pope Francis has formally suppressed the pontifical commission charged with keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter, and has transferred its duties to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). In a “motu proprio” signed on Jan. 17 and released today (see full text below), the Pope decreed that the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei be abolished, but that all of its work “of vigilance, promotion…Continue Reading

Trump promises to veto any abortion legislation in March for Life address

trump

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In a surprise appearance, President Donald Trump addressed pro-life advocates at the 2019 March for Life, telling them that “every life is worth protecting” and that he will veto any legislation that crosses his desk that “weakens the protection of human life.” “Today, I have signed a letter to Congress to make clear that if they send any legislation to my desk that weakens the

How to watch March for Life 2019 LIVE

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Today, marchers will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for a series of speeches and music before marching to the Supreme Court building, where Roe v. Wade forced all 50 states to allow abortion in 1973. EWTN is offering live coverage of the 20

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know ‘what they need to do’

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2019 / 06:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit’s goal is for bishops to leave the meeting knowing clearly what it is they need to do to stop the abuse of minors. According to a statement by papal spokesperson Alessandro Gisotti Jan. 16, the February meeting “has a concrete purpose: the goal is that all of…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)

Unity And Tyranny

By DONALD DeMARCO When an interviewer asked what keeps him up at night, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of the “polarization” that “really does worry me.” One of the responsibilities of the leader of a nation is to encourage unity. In this regard, it would appear that Trudeau’s expressed concern is congruent with that…Continue Reading

McCarrick Accuser Says . . . “Unfathomable” That Wuerl Forgot Allegations

By ED CONDON WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — The man who made a 2004 accusation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick said January 16 he is in disbelief after Donald Cardinal Wuerl told him he forgot about the allegation sometime after becoming Washington’s archbishop in 2006. In a January 15 letter, Wuerl wrote to Washington, D.C.,…Continue Reading

St. Jerome Emiliani… A Father To All The Fatherless

By RAY CAVANAUGH St. Jerome Emiliani transformed from a spiritually wayward young man into a priest known for inexhaustible charity — even though such charity was a hazardous occupation in a sixteenth-century Italy often stricken by plague. His transformation would ultimately lead to sainthood and a universal patronage. February 8 is his feast day. Born…Continue Reading

Is Bolton Steering Trump Into War With Iran?

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Stop the ENDLESS WARS!” implored President Donald Trump in a Sunday, January 13 night tweet. Well, if he is serious, Trump had best keep an eye on his national security adviser, for a U.S. war on Iran would be a dream come true for John Bolton. Last September, when Shiite militants…Continue Reading

Pope To Diplomats . . . Remember Transcendent Dimension Of Human Persons

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Upholding the dignity of the human person and the rule of law are essential for good politics, Pope Francis said January 7 to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. Such politics promote the common good and establish and maintain peace between nations, he said, by…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Word Of God Is Intended For Everyone

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Neh. 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 1 Cor. 12:12-30 Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 The Church is very clear in teaching us that every person is created equal. Sadly, many people have difficulty believing this teaching or, if it is believed in the mind, putting it into practice has proven to be…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Sin And Clericalism: Two Different Things

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Often one points now to those outside of the visible confines of the Church to find persons who actually follow the teachings of the Church. Many Catholic schools have already commenced a compromise with the inevitable onslaught of child enrollments for families of same-sex parents. Give in on marriage redefinition and redefine the family as…Continue Reading

The Authority Of Bishops… Answering Objections Leveled Against The Priesthood

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 In this article we respond to objections against the Catholic priesthood. The first and most common objection is: “The words ‘priest’ and ‘bishop’ are not in the Bible.” Reply: It is amazing how the objections coming from Protestants — and even from some superficial Catholics — are so inconsistent. Every Protestant believes in…Continue Reading

The Theological Virtues — Charity

By DON FIER As we reflected last week on Pope Benedict XVI’s brilliant critique of the crisis of hope in the modern world as set forth in his 2007 encyclical Spe Salvi (SS), we saw that for many, “hope in the Kingdom of God has been displaced by hope in the kingdom of man, the hope of a better world…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Q. It is my understanding that if a priest is removed from active service, the bishop continues to support him financially. Am I right? Is there a similar obligation if the priest is laicized? I would suppose there is no such obligation of support if the priest decides he doesn’t want to be a priest anymore and walks away. Does…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. John Calabria

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Teresa of Calcutta answered a call within a call by founding the Missionaries of Charity to help the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. Soon her apostolic endeavors to serve the most destitute of persons spread throughout the world, while she said that the greatest poverty is in the West where people do not know…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Anthony Of Egypt, Abbot

By CAROLE BRESLIN While we can understand that God is infinite, it is difficult to comprehend the stretch of such infinity. Certainly our finite minds cannot begin to comprehend it. Hence, since our minds are finite, the more we have cluttering our minds with worldly affairs such as possessions, relationships, and activities, the less time and room we have in…Continue Reading