If any priests or bishops are reading this post, I suggest contacting appropriate committees and subcommittees and adjunct study groups and ad hoc facilitators, all with relative steering committees requisite approvals, so as to surround your parish and chancery offices with mega-walls of huge speakers (having consulted environmental impact studies), all turned up to maximum volume enough to shatter windows, and then play Blah Blah Blah by Armin van Buuren above, you know, so as to prepare yourselves for the exact same reaction as is going to hit you regarding the redefinition of the priesthood as Blah Blah Management®. That video has 668 million views as of this writing, just on YouTube, never mind all the other social media sites.
I mentioned this phenomenon of the new priesthood as Blah Blah Management® to my parishioners the other day. I informed them that this heresy has been making it’s way around the world as a follow-up, a necessary consequence of the Synod on Synodality. It’s all about the priest administering from on high a dialogue through a complex hierarchy of steering committees, committees, subcommittees, arrays of sub-subcommittees, etc., and so needing multiple scheduling secretaries who can keep up with each committee’s tailored rules and regulations and statutes and meeting times and places and needs, each with rosters and substitutes and car pools, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…
99% of meeting time is given over, of course, to interrupting people to tell them their time is up and then having them reclaiming their time for being interrupted, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… sigh…
Parishioners said if that would ever come here to our tiny parish, all this making the perfect blah blah blah the enemy of the good, and that enemy being anti-Christ, they would leave the parish and go elsewhere. We have the living and eternal Word of God. He’s not the god of blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
The problem is that this is popping up everywhere. Try to escape from one (arch)diocese to the next, from one bishops conference to the next, from one continent to the next… It’s all coming to a parish near you.
Maybe the goal of ten thousand committees is nice in mega parishes with tens of thousands of parishioners. People being busied blah blah blahing themselves to death will keep them out of trouble, but it will probably not get them to heaven either.
If it ever came here… to this tiny parish… I mean… what a joke… There is no one to head up all these committees, no one who wants to blah blah blah. The Lord’s Little Flock wants our Lord Jesus, they want to listen to HIM. They want the sacraments, more of everything Catholic. They do not want boring Rahnerian Hegelianism, dialectical materialism, where all dialogue parks itself at the dialectical, where all that is dialectal rejects the faith. No faith? There is only violence.
At this point in writing I wanted to add a picture of Pope Francis, but instead accidentally hit the button for AI. I got some good sense:
At its core, priesthood is about leading the faithful towards salvation, not about managing a bunch of committees and bureaucracies. The idea of “blah blah management” is antithetical to the true spirit of priesthood, which is rooted in prayer, contemplation, and a deep desire to bring souls closer to Christ.
Unfortunately, many modern parishes and church organizations seem to have lost sight of this fundamental truth. They focus so much on managing programs, events, and committees that they forget the true mission of the Church: to share the love of Christ and to bring all people closer to salvation.
Priests should be shepherds of their flocks, guiding and nurturing their spiritual growth. This means being present to their needs, listening to their concerns, and providing pastoral guidance that is rooted in the teachings of the Gospel.
If we want our parishes and church organizations to thrive, we need to recenter our focus on what really matters: faith, prayer, and service to others. This is the essence of true priesthood, and it is what will ultimately lead us all to our eternal home in Heaven. So let us embrace this mission, and leave the “blah blah management” to the world of corporate boardrooms and bureaucracies.
Anyway, here’s that picture:
Who cares if dialectical materialism attempts to kill God, and ends up killing hundreds of millions of people? ///off sarcasm…
I tell you what… I’m sick of all this crap. I just want to be a simple priest, preaching, offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, hearing Confessions, providing Last Rites no matter what, all the sacraments, faith formation… What’s wrong with that?
Pfft. Here’s the deal. Jesus is the One, the Only One, yesterday, today – right now, and tomorrow, the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the One who was, who is, and who is to come, the Almighty.
Being one with Jesus doesn’t take us away from the present and throw us into the past, although Jesus also connects us in the present to those in the past.
Being one with Jesus doesn’t take us away from the present and throw us into the future, although Jesus also connects us in the present to those in the future.
We are one Body in the Body of Christ, Christ the Head, we the members. I find Jesus to be enthralling. He is my Life. He is the Truth, my only Way. I know that not because I’m a good guy, but because I’m from hell but have received His forgiveness.
To insult Jesus as nothing more than a source of nostalgic disease when He is associated with the Traditional Latin Mass, for instance, that insult is… well… wait for it… an insult to Jesus. I don’t like that. I don’t like that at all.
“Out with the old! In with me!” is the Promethean self-absorbed shriek of today into the future. Well, I’ll just stay with Jesus.
Making breakfast this morning I listened to EWTN evening news from I think it was 9 May 2023 on YouTube. There was some sister as a guest saying how effervescently excited she was, just bubbly altogether, that everything is new, and so today, what with women voting on faith and morals in the Synod on Synodality.
And everyone’s fine with all that, not seeing the forest for the trees. The problem is not that women are voting, but that there is voting at all. Instead of listening to Jesus, we listen to fallen human nature. This is how the Jesuits have perverted the discernment of spirits of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Follow your fallen human nature and the result is your own personal doctrine and morality and spiritual life and liturgy! All yours! All about you! Forget Jesus! Don’t be backwardists! Always forward! until… until…
Don’t blame un-elite me, because you have heard that it was said by actually elite vaticanista journalists that even as the world largely goes to hell assenting to synodality same-sex freak shows, whether on the Vatican’s own Synod website or in Germany or in so many other places right around the world, ubiquitously, it seems that the most important thing for Pope Francis to do, ever, is maybe to possibly perhaps promulgate an Apostolic Constitution on 3 April 2023, Monday of Holy Week, an Apostolic Constitution that will mostly or entirely forbid the offering of the Traditional Latin Mass, and perhaps also force priests to concelebrate at least the Chrism Mass in Holy Week.
Some conjecture the date for the Apostolic Constitution being a month later on the feast of St Pius V or on other insanely sarcastic possible dates. But because of the apparent emphasis on forcing priests to concelebrate, and it being that the concelebration is intensely recommended for the Chrism Mass, and it being that 3 April 1969 was the kind-of-promulgation of Paul VI’s Novus Ordo (but not at all any kind of abrogation of the Traditional Latin Mass), it is 3 April 2023, just prior to the Chrism Mass around the world, that seems to be the probable date.
And, by the way, it is not a conspiracy theory to think that there is Apostolic Constitution coming up. It is quite necessitated by the promise of Pope Francis to undo the Traditional Latin Mass quite completely in his 16 July 2021, Traditionis custodes. And this is entirely within his own projected time-frame. And we have been advised of this umpteen times by authoritative powers-that-be.
For us, in this diocese, the first hypothetical post-Apostolic Constitution Chrism Mass would take place hours later on Tuesday Morning of Holy Week, though I think that if there are to be important changes to the Chrism Mass, our diocese may well cancel the Mass that Tuesday and move it to its traditional Holy Thursday morning time, two days later (not necessarily for reasons of tradition, but so as to revise participation booklets for the priests). Of course, they could stay up all night making photocopies for the priests to use, you know, handing out the already printed booklets before Mass, but then handing out the photocopies of participation-aids just before they are needed during the Chrism Mass itself.
Anyway, I doubt all this because it is simply absurd to have such a juxtaposition in the same document, the trouncing of the Traditional Latin Mass and a mere disciplinary measure regarding concelebration. But because of the intensely rumored insistence that such a juxtaposition is to take place whereby, say, priests not concelebrating but rather merely being “in choir” is ruled out, you know – or else! – because of that, I’m thinking that – Hey! – there may be other things introduced by this Apostolic Constitution for the Chrism Mass itself that will put believing priests into a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation, the kind of bullying ubiquitous in these times of ultra-fake-synodality. It would be a surprise if there wasn’t any baiting-to-get-bullied situation (not in the intention of our diocese, mind you, but that being intended from across the pond).
Just say that there are some specious rewordings in the texts of the Chrism Mass, heretical, sacrilegeous, will a priest, realizing half-way through the Chrism Mass that he’s been forced to concelebrate so as to be a puppet for heresy and sacrilege have the bravery to walk out of whatever Cathedral, cameras rolling, trying not to cause a scene, but making himself look like Judas, who, freshly possessed by Satan, left the Last Supper, going out into the dark? I doubt it. Very, very few would have the gumption to up and leave. Since I’ve done this before in the same kind of forced situation, I have no problem with leaving.
Look, obviously, what I’m doing here in this post is to proffer hyperbolic provocative rhetorical baiting. This is a reaction to what is, truth be told, baiting done by the Vatican, you know, leaking this and that like a manure spreader round about the world so as to see what the reaction is before actually moving forward with something, giving themselves a chance to tighten the script a bit in answer to any baited objections in advance. Very useful, that. This is the long established modus operandi. It can be quite vicious.
And leaking is not necessarily any kind of indicator of anything to come. For instance, it’s also the longstanding practice of, say, someone in the Secretariat of State to “leak” something to a “friend” (be careful of friends) in, say, the Dicastery for Bishops. But that “leak” is entirely imaginary, and only to that one person, by mistake, after some purposed drinks. If, rumors being rumors, it works its way back to the source of that “leak” in the Secretariat of State, but from someone, say, in Austria or Belgium, well then, you know whether you have a traitor or a good megaphone, depending on whether you want to sack the guy or use him. Moreover, now you know his “friends.”
Is any of this “leaking” sincere in looking for a reaction for the adjustment of any upcoming Apostolic Constitution, or is it just some logistical craft for the purging or promotion of personnel? Whatever. I’ll play along and do my part of the process in taking the bait so as to bait those in the Holy See all the more. My purpose in this “reaction” is to convert those who need it.
So, this is just a mind exercise, a “What if?” or two asking why there is such a juxtaposition in an Apostolic Constitution if that is, in fact, the case: (1) of the kind-of-abrogation of the TLM, and (2) of a strictly disciplinary measure regarding a style of participation at a certain Mass. I mean, the latter reference to concelebration refers to, say, the legislation of penalties for a priest who does not go to the Chrism Mass at all, you know, because maybe he has stress-related-diarrhea on that day and so does not participate. Will he be removed from active ministry? suspended? Laicized?
Here we go with some pre-diarrhea execrations:
There’s been what I consider to be a silly rumor coming from many places regarding a change to the consecrations at Holy Mass. As soon as someone puts up such a rumor it is taken back down. So, it’s extremely doubtful. But then it pops up again and again and again. St Philip Neri usefully speaks of such rumors. Just because they keep popping up doesn’t mean they are true.
Just for the sake of this mind exercise, let’s ask how that might work. I’m guessing that there would be change in the second consecration, that of the Chalice. Here’s the present translation with a possible innovation consonant with the repeated pastórial demands of Pope Francis that have been reiterated with real anger, violence even, on his part. He means what he says. My hypotheses [in bold red in brackets].
“Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many[all] for the forgiveness of sins [for the repentant and the unrepentant]. Do this in memory of me.”
The word “which” is a qualifier whose associated content must necessarily be consonant with the provenance of the blood, but if the qualification is untrue (for the repentant and the unrepentant), the very consecration is rendered invalid: the provenance of the blood, Jesus, manifestly does NOT offer forgiveness for unrepented sin, and therefore it’s not Jesus’ blood of which we are speaking. There cannot be any true intention to consecrate. That’s the inescapable logic of it. This renders this consecration invalid. The worst thing a priest can do is to consecrate the bread to be the Body of Christ, but then not consecrate the Chalice. This is an unspeakable crime. Nefas est.
Pope Francis used bad language spoken with real violence to say that priests who withhold absolution from those who are not repentant for their sins are clericalists, criminals, delinquents, vehicles for evil, unjust, f***ing up the lives of others.
So, that little change to the consecrations is not at all beyond the realm of possibility, is it? I mean, that would absolutely fulfill Daniel’s prophesy that the Daily Sacrifice will come to an end. And to speak of that would be… to be… a dreaded conspiracy theorist! I would say, however, that we are living in times of unprecedented evil.
But – Hey! – that’ll never happen. Pfft. Never. That would be like the Pope establishing the abomination of desolation demon of all demon death idols on the Holy of Holies, on the Altar of Jesus’ Sacrifice in Saint Peter’s Basilica, where it must not be by divine mandate. He ain’t gonna do that with the Pachamama demon thing, right? Never! Not even at the closing Mass for the Amazon Synod on 27 October 2019. Oh, wait…
Anyway, let’s just quietly move on and examine a more plausible innovation, say, with the renewal of one of the many priestly ordination promises that the priests reiterate with the bishop at the Chrism Mass, just the third one. That would be less controversial, right? Here’s the original with my guess of a change in [bold-red], you know, just for a hypothetical mind-exercise for this hypothetical would-be forced concelebration of the Chrism Mass:
Bishop: Are you resolved to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God in the Holy Eucharist and the other liturgical rites [exclusively according to the Second Vatican Council and post-Conciliar spirit] and to discharge faithfully [with synodality and accompaniment] the sacred office of teaching, following Christ the Head and Shepherd, not seeking any gain, but moved only by zeal for souls?
Priests: I am.
Nah. That won’t happen. The priests would choke on their words, aghast, looking at each other in dismay, trying to figure out the word “spirit.” It wouldn’t work. Right?
So, moving on, trying to figure out this strange forcing of concelebration in a hypothetical Apostolic Constitution about a kind-of-abrogation of the Traditional Latin Mass, what if there are enculturation “surprises” such as that pictured up top of this post. That’s a concelebrated Mass for the Synod on Synodality recently. That’s the demon idol Pachamama who has a place in the sanctuary. People are sacrificed to that demon idol to this day. I dunno. Whadaya think? That blanket thing with other rags is draped over the steps, like, really weirdly, inconsistent with the fall of the steps themselves. Am I seeing things? Is that, like, a youth-mannequin stretched out in front of Pachamama under that blanket thing, or… maybe is that actually is a …? Surprise! Once you see it – not difficult – you can’t unsee it.
Nah. That can’t be, not even as a “joke.” Right? But are those tufts, locks of black hair, a couple of feet in front of the demon death idol Pachamama? Surely, at the most, it’s just a youth-mannequin…
I wonder if I should schedule a sick day on Chrism Mass day, you know, because of stress-diarrhea.
Nah. None of this will happen, anywhere, ever. If any of this were to turn out to be true, well, that would cause rebellion to take place in my priestly ministry, and I’m not ready for that [who is?], so…
Begin sarcasm: I’ll just say that that’s crazy! What an idiot I am! I’ll just go and meekly take my place with the other priests and turn out the lights in my mind and heart and soul, not look to the wounds of Jesus, but just fit-it with the others, going along to get along, not stand out, not draw attention to myself like some kind of Judas, because being meek and mild is safe, and nice, and comfortable… [vomit… vomit… vomit…]. End of sarcasm.
If that Apostolic Constitution is published 3 April 2023, and it’s not at all as outrageous as others predict, I’ll also show up for the Chrism Mass in plenty of time, check out the program, make sure there are no innovations, hope there’s no innovations during Mass, no photocopies that we weren’t warned about, go to the meal afterward, get the Holy Oils for the parish (and that’s the point of going), have a good time catching up with priest-friends, do up some plotting, laughing loudly, hear some confessions, maybe go to confession myself. And then make the trip back home, dropping off the Holy Oils at various parishes along the way, as always, happy happy.
The purpose of this mind-exercise is just to say that it’s good to be on guard against all that is not good, all that is not holy. There really are bad and evil things happening right around the world, horrific things against the faith, without precedent, not even in the Sacred Scriptures, and right in the Vatican, right to the top. Yep. At this point, anything can happen.
Calming down some 48 hours later, on Holy Thursday morning, during a quiet moment, maybe I’ll dig up one of those letters of John Paul II to all the priests in the world that he was in the custom of writing on Holy Thursday year after year, letters filled with his devotion for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for the Most Blessed Sacrament, filled with encouragement for priests, with real love for them. Ah, yes, the good ol’ days. From 2003. And from the hospital 2005.
But the dear Lord has blessed us to be in these days.
It will make for quite the Holy Week if there’s any teeth in that possible 3 April 2023 Apostolic Constitution.
I hope to have the bandwidth on 3 April 2023 to get any Apostolic Constitution by email. I hope not to see therein things which will have me say Non possumus! (We cannot [do this]!) Truth be told: Sine dominico non possumus! (Without That-of-the-Lord [without the Eucharist of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass] we are not able [to live]!). So exclaimed the martyrs of Abitinae on their way to death, what with their witnessing to the Lord’s Love and Truth, His Sacrifice. And so say us all. Non possumus!
Just to say, even if none of what I’ve written here plays out, I think it’s been a useful mind exercise to have written it. The question of the usefulness is this: Could this have been written under any other pontificate in the history of the Church? Manifestly, the answer is No. It could only have been imagined during the pontificate of Pope Francis. I think that says quite a bit, regardless of whether I’ve fallen off my rocker in my old age.
As far as percentages of clown-bishops, blasphemous bishops, sacrilegious bishops, back in the days of the Arian heresy which insisted that Christ was not a divine Person, most all the bishops were violently, murderously anti-Catholic. Just ask Saint Athanasius of Alexandria. Most all the bishops were violently, murderously anti-Catholic. Think about that. We’ve seen all this previously. We’ve seen the wounds of Christ Jesus, also at the hands of his own Apostles, Judas betraying, Peter denying, all the rest running away.
“You’re a conspiracy theorist, Father Byers!”
Finally, some poetry: If there are bad and evil things in that Apostolic Constitution, I will surely have to schedule some diarrhea for the Chrism Mass, and that won’t be an untruth. It will be the diarrhea of stress, one’s very heart being sprayed out one’s back-end, leaving one eviscerated, helpless, almost in a coma.
Happy, joyful to do that, Jesus. Maranatha! I can’t wait!
Do you see that bit of red in the circle-graph up on the screen? Those are the votes against blessings of mortal sin, that is, almost no one voted against mortal sin. All the rest of the votes are in favor of same-sex sex blessings and blessings for the divorced and “remarried” with no declaration of nullity and, effectively, blessings for whatever sin ever. This is to say that there is no sin, and therefore no redemption from sin, and therefore no salvation because there is nothing to be saved from. This is an attack on Jesus. It is to say Jesus is not divine, that Sacred Revelation is a lie, that we’re on our own. It’s to hate God, hate neighbor, hate oneself. What could go wrong? How violent could society become? See Romans chapter 1, all the way to the end, right into hell.
Is the faith democratic, therefore a lie? The method of synodality is itself heresy. We cannot reject the Living Truth of God to create “our own” truth, for “our own” truth apart from the Living Truth of God is UNtruth. A purposed lie is most violent: if sex isn’t for life in marriage it is immediately utilized for death. See Romans chapter 1, all the way to the end, right into hell.
Genesis 19:4-5 — “All the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'”
The image of God is male/female/marriage/family, with the two becoming one not because any mere orgasm but one in their child, in whom, before God, they rejoice. That child is the least of the brethren, in the most dangerous place in the world, in the womb, the image of Jesus, who was in the womb for nine months. To vote for same-sex sex, or divorce and “remarriage” with no declaration of nullity is to attack the image of God, to attack God, to attack souls so as to bring them to hell. Is this not most malicious?
So, what will Pope Francis do about this? Most probably he’ll make some ambiguous statement, as always, you know, in great disappointment for not having waited, for having jumped the queue, for taking credit for change when – Hey! – Rome was going to lead the way. As we wait for his response, take a look at his defending those “in the devil’s gang” as he himself says:
And then Pope Francis is going to continue to penalize, persecute, mock and deride those “backwardists” who assist at the Traditional Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because, besides defending mortal sin with the devil, the most important thing ever is to attack Jesus whilst He hangs on the Cross for our Redemption and, please God, our salvation.
These people, seems to me, want to go to hell. Let them go. It’s too sad. But you stay in the Church. Say a prayer for their conversion. Say another prayer in thanksgiving for having been forgiven of sin that would bring you to hell, original sin and whatever personal sin. Say another prayer for final perseverance, that you might make it to heaven. Hail Mary… x3.
You think you’re entitled to leave (so as to sin, no doubt) because some filthy people chose to leave the Church? Compare yourself to Mary, who remained with Jesus in His Church, at the Cross, while Peter, the first Pope, denied Jesus, while Judas betrayed Jesus and committed suicide, while the apostles all fled Calvary. You suffered more than her? Nope. Stay with her. Be with John who came back. Jesus will see you there with His Mother. You’ll be with Jesus in paradise.
By the way, whatever “power” these likely-possessed-people think they have, they only speak for themselves. They are merely an auditorium of people, not the tens of millions of Catholics in Germany. The synod on synodality was always merely about bullying an already scripted outcome. If you start with the mortal sin of telling God the truth about the Living Truth He is, you’ll end where you started, in mortal sin. That’s surely very many laity, priests and bishops, but not all. If they declare themselves to be a new protestant church, that doesn’t mean that pious Catholics are protestants, it just means that they’ve been betrayed and now have a great opportunity to stand with Jesus in His trials. And I thank those who do stand with Jesus. They hold up the whole Church.
By the way, those few who voted against this? That’s just subterfuge, covering for the great lie, lending credibility to the system of shaking one’s fist at God: “We can vote about whether truth is truth or lies are truth, because we’re us and God is nothing.” That’s also heresy and, objectively, mortal sin.
Meanwhile, I hope the kids see through all the blah blah and continue to believe in Jesus and follow Him unreservedly. Let’s see, that’s 658 million views, 4.9 million likes and zero dislikes:
So, the vast majority of bishops and laity in Germany have voted to the effect that same-sex sex-acts are not sinful. And so they now offer deadly scandal which, of course, is taken up by those who very well otherwise could have been saved. Bishops and priests risk going to hell with the permanent, eternal character of the sacrament of Holy Orders on their souls, marking them special targets for punishment by the demons and all the rest who are there, but especially by those whom they scandalized.
Look, I’m no canonist, but it seems to me that direct, public, obstinate rejection of revealed doctrine and morality which has been taught not only in Sacred Revelation – with extreme clarity – but also believed and proclaimed by all men everywhere at all times – with extreme clarity – including entirely consistent interventions of the ordinary magisterium of the Church – with extreme clarity – an obstinate rejection about which they have been warned against doing… it seems to me that this places the vast majority of bishops and laity in Germany not only into the category of being heretics, but also makes them apostate, and, because a vast majority of the bishops are involved, also makes them schismatic, or are there canonical distinctions to be made? No matter! Hell fire is hell fire whatever it is that takes you there. One thing for sure, they are no longer Catholic. Taking note of the expressions of the kids at Fatima after they had just seen a vision of hell, I’m concluding that I don’t want to go to hell:
Same-sex sex-acts are a direct attack on the image of God spoken of in Genesis as male-female-marriage-family. This isn’t about brutal sexual activity. That’s just a vehicle, if you will, by which they do what they really want to do, and that’s all about mocking God. When sex isn’t about life in view of eternal life, it’s about death lurching toward eternal death. They mock the God of the living.
When reading through the Scriptures, we see that there were, here and there, shameful temple prostitutes, both female and male. Being naïve, we ask in shock: “How could that possibly have come about? We would never do that!”
It’s all about compromise and rationalizations, one after another, sinking one into the dark quagmire of no wisdom, no purity of heart, no agility of soul, no clarity of vision, no profundity of understanding. All gone. Lost. But with a vengeance, shaking one’s fist at God. And, yes, without the grace of God, anyone could do all of that and more. If we cannot say, “There but for the grace of God go I…” — if we cannot say that with honesty and integrity, looking at the risen but still wounded Christ Jesus in the Face, then we are already lost. Jesus is our Savior, not our aloofness (because, you know, we’re nice and don’t need to be saved by Jesus anyway).
Not getting that? Let’s re-assess: It’s not Germany alone. Look at Ireland. Completely annihilated regarding the faith. For a while, Ireland had a “tiger economy.” You know why? Because they murdered all their kids in the womb. They weren’t spending money on food and clothing, but on useless luxury. Because they stopped saying the Rosary in family on their knees daily. Because they stopped going to Confession. Because the vast majority of the priests and the bishops are homosexualismists, ideologues who in their fairy-ness brow-beat and bully those less compromised into being more the children of hell than they are. They went from about 95% Catholic and 95% Mass attendance to about nothing% and nothing%, in one generation. If it can happen in Ireland, it can happen here. Oh… wait… it’s happening…
Instead of encouragement to say the Rosary, what we get is damnable throwing up of all doctrine and morality into the air so as to “dialogue”. What a crock. Method is doctrine. Teaching and accepting the truth = good. Forbidding belief and rejecting the truth = heresy. One is life, one is death. The Greeks want to dialogue. Jesus’ response is that He must be crucified. That’s His dialogue. As the Master, so the disciple. Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire.
Per tutelare la libertà del popolo di Dio e l’esercizio del ministero episcopale, pare necessario precisare che il “Cammino sinodale” in Germania non ha facoltà di obbligare i Vescovi ed i fedeli ad assumere nuovi modi di governo e nuove impostazioni di dottrina e di morale. Non sarebbe lecito avviare nelle diocesi, prima di un’intesa concordata a livello di Chiesa universale, nuove strutture ufficiali o dottrine, che rappresenterebbero una ferita alla comunione ecclesiale e una minaccia all’unità della Chiesa. Come ricordava il Santo Padre nella lettera al popolo di Dio che è in cammino in Germania: «La Chiesa universale vive in e delle Chiese particolari, così come le Chiese particolari vivono e fioriscono in e dalla Chiesa universale, e se si ritrovano separate dall’intero corpo ecclesiale, si debilitano, marciscono e muoiono. Da qui il bisogno di mantenere sempre viva ed effettiva la comunione con tutto il corpo della Chiesa». Pertanto si auspica che le proposte del Cammino delle Chiese particolari in Germania confluiscano nel percorso sinodale che sta percorrendo la Chiesa universale, per un reciproco arricchimento e una testimonianza di quella unità con la quale il corpo della Chiesa manifesta la sua fedeltà a Cristo Signore. //  FRANCESCO, Lettera al popolo di Dio che è in cammino in Germania, 9.
That’s from the Dicastery for Communication which didn’t supply an English translation, because why would they? They issued it with nobody’s signature from no particular dicastery, nor the Secretariat of State. So, it carries the weight of the Dicastery for Sewer Works. It’s just verbal diarrhea.
Here’s my quicky translation:
In order to protect the freedom of the people of God and the exercise of the episcopal ministry, it seems necessary to specify that the “Synodal Path” in Germany has no power to oblige the Bishops and the faithful to adopt new ways of governing and new paradigms of doctrine and morality. It would not be lawful to initiate new official structures or doctrines in dioceses before an understanding is established at the level of the universal Church, which would represent a wound to ecclesial communion and a threat to the unity of the Church. As the Holy Father recalled in the letter to the people of God who are on their way in Germany: “The universal Church lives in and by way of particular Churches, just as the particular Churches live and flourish in and by way of the universal Church, and if they find themselves separated from the entire ecclesial body, they weaken, rot and die, hence the need to maintain always alive and effective communion with the entire body of the Church.” Therefore it is hoped that the proposals of the Way of the particular Churches in Germany will converge on the synodal path that the universal Church is taking, for reciprocal enrichment and a testimony to that unity with which the body of the Church manifests its faithfulness to Christ the Lord.
My comment: This is no reprimand of the German Path’s deviations from proper church governance and from doctrine and and from morality. Not at all. This is simply an encouragement to do those things in conjunction with centralized power in the person of the Pope if that’s what the Pope would like some time in future. That’s it. Clever. Evil.
“But Father George! Father George! How can you get that from that?! The Holy See would never support women’s ordination, same-sex marriage and all the other weakness, rotting and dying of the Church evident on the website of the Synod on Synodality at the Holy See… Ooops!”
I’m sick of blah-blah. Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of our dear Heavenly Father is now Incarnate, and has laid down His life for us, Innocent for the guilty. I do not follow the blah-blah. I follow Jesus.
Against ecclesiastical pressure, real coercion, coming from all directions, I remained steadfast in choosing NOT to participate in the Synod on Synodality, in choosing NOT to subject my parish family, the Lord’s Little Flock, to such abuse of giving a people a platform to crash our parish so as exuberantly to promote mortal sin. It’s all nice and polite and delicate and dainty this effervescent dialogue, they said. Do it, they said. Do it, or else… they said. Damn it, do it, or else… they said. But this violent Hegelian-Rahnerianism, this dialectical materialism that hates God, hates neighbor, hates self is what the “process” of the “dialogue” is all about. It’s about violently forcing hatred of Jesus Christ on believers, making them feel somehow guilty for not being against doctrine and morality and the spiritual life and reverent liturgy.
But – Hey! – don’t take my word for it. Let’s make the rounds. I was alerted to this idiocy by the great reporting of Jules Gomes over at Church Militant.
Just. Wow. thought I. So, then I went to the website of that parish in my own diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, specifically that of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hendersonville, which is just down the way from my own parish. But, wait… what? I know those priests. Would they countenance this? How did this happen? I bet they have their own side of the story and are eager to distance themselves from what happened with the Vatican. I’ll be checking their website periodically to see if they put up a disclaimer that also clearly and strongly reiterates the teaching of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the true magisterial interventions of the Church that are in union with the entire history of salvation. So far, nothing. I’ll also be checking the website of Charlotte Diocese to see if there’s to be a similar intervention. So far, nothing. Whiskey. Tango. You know the rest.
Let’s take some snippets of what Jules has to say:
“VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) – Pope Francis’ synodal process is routinely promoting LGBTQ+ propaganda on its official website, even commending homosexuals who adopt babies as “pro-life” champions. On Saturday, the Vatican’s General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops published three “testimonies of homosexual couples,” hailing them as stories of “a sexuality that gives life.”
“In the first story, a woman driving to an abortion mill stops at a red light to find a Facebook ad for a baby. The appeal is from fellow parishioner “Karl” — a homosexual living with his partner. “Why can’t someone just give us a baby?” asks Karl in his ad. The woman contacts Karl, who shares his frustration “because he wanted so much to have a child, but his marriage had not been blessed and all avenues had been explored and blocked.” “I’m going to the abortion clinic. If you had this child, would you adopt it?” the woman asks. “Of course, I’ll have to ask at home, but I think I can say yes,” Karl replies. The story climaxes with the revelation that “Parker” is now an 8-year-old boy “with two loving parents, Karl and Diego, whose relationship saved this child from abortion.”
“The second testimony commends homosexuals “Nick” and “Josh” from the diocese of Charlotte, who moved to Canada after they were “offended” by members of their local Catholic parish. The same-sex couple was “married” in Canada, and, after 15 years of marriage, adopted local teenagers with mental disabilities because “they wanted their sexuality to be truly life-giving,” the synod’s website trumpets, explaining how the couple is fulfilling “God’s call.”
“In the third story, “Matthew,” a popular teacher at a Catholic high school in the United States, marries his male partner in secret to keep his job. The same-sex couple makes a “pro-life” decision to adopt children from poor countries and save them from extreme poverty.
“The testimonies were collected by Noelle Therese Thompson, synod leader of the Immaculate Conception parish in Hendersonville, North Carolina, during synod conversations with same-sex couples in person and online.“
But, surely, that Catholic Parish can’t have sent in that kind of rubbish to be published at the Vatican website, and surely that Vatican website wouldn’t publish such diatribes. Sigh. I predicted this.
That screen shot above is from the Vatican website. The following is verbatim from the Vatican website:
“The story, we are sharing, is actually three stories-testimonies that the synod leader of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA, Noelle Therese Thompson, collected during synod conversations with same-sex couples in presence and online.
“We have summarised the three stories Noelle sent us. The titles are our own and in one of the stories we used a fictitious name.
“Parker’s pro-life story
“The following is one of the most moving stories from the conversations in the presence. It was told by a parishioner who introduced the story as a ‘true pro-life story’.
“A young woman was travelling by car to a place where she intended to have an abortion. At a red light, she opened Facebook to find at the top of her feed an appeal from another parishioner, Karl, whom the young pregnant woman knew: “Why can’t someone just give us a baby?”
“The young woman contacts her friend, who shares her frustration because he wanted so much to have a child, but his marriage had not been blessed and all avenues had been explored and blocked.
“– The young woman: “I’m going to the abortion clinic. If you had this child, would you adopt it?”.
“– Karl: “Of course I’ll have to ask at home, but I think I can say yes.”
“Today, Parker is an eight-year-old boy with two loving parents, Karl and Diego, whose relationship saved this child from abortion.
“The story of a sexuality that gives life
“A participant from the diocese told the story of a gay couple who came from the Diocese of Charlotte, but were offended by members of the Catholic church they attended. Josh and Nick moved to Canada, where they married and were together for more than 15 years. They wanted their sexuality to be truly life-giving, encouraging and adopting local teenagers with mental disabilities, to give them a chance at a better life, a home, an education and two loving parents. Since Josh is a counselor for teens with disorders, this was the perfect choice, allowing them to move forward in God’s call to help the population of mentally challenged teens in the area to better adapt and succeed in life.
“Having a purpose: lifting children out of poverty
“The first member of the couple, Matthew (not his real name), is currently the favourite teacher at a Catholic high school in the United States and, while hiding his homosexuality, decides to marry his partner elsewhere. As a couple, they decide to foster, love and adopt young children internationally and, in doing so, lift them out of extreme poverty.
“Matthew’s greatest sadness is that he has to hide his sexuality in order to keep his job in a church institution and that he does not feel welcome in the Catholic Church precisely because of his sexuality which he considers God-given, and this despite his attempt to love the poor and destitute through his pro-life decision to adopt.”
My response: Homosexual sex is a sin, not a virtue. For mortal sin to be treated as heroic love is a mortal sin. It is grave scandal leading people straight to hell. Those who countenance this are committing grave sin and risking going straight to hell.
So, what to do? Those kids don’t have to be adopted by same-sex “couples.” They can be adopted to pious, real families. Pope Benedict XVI said that to let kids by adopted by same-sex “couples” is a mortal sin. Yep. It is NOT necessary.
So, what’s really happening? This isn’t just about glorifying “heroic” same-sex sex by the Vatican, thus ending all relevance of any and all doctrine, morality, spiritual life and reverent liturgy. It is all that, but this is about, more practically speaking, the Vatican kicking parishes and priests in the face, those parishes and priests who, with great kindness, attempt to instruct the wayward about the Living Truth of Jesus Christ. What’s happening is a persecution of the Church by the Vatican. How demonic is that? And, yes, Satanism is what this is all about. Same-sex sex is all about destroying the image of God found, as Genesis says, with male, female, marriage, family. Satanism is about destroying the image of God wherever this is to be found. Destroying the image of God is also murder and can bring people eternal death.
And so, what’s Pope Francis doing about this? Pope Francis says nothing. Actually, he complains about who knows what regarding who knows who? He addressed liturgy “specialists”, (I call them liturgical terrorists), complaining about those who cause division by using the liturgy. But he doesn’t say who, he doesn’t say how. But what we do know is that it’s about Traditiones custodes.
Meanwhile: So many are going to hell in a handbasket filled with homosexual sex-toys.
Church Militant has great reporting on blasphemous exaltation of everything same-sex for the Synod on Sinodality, what I’ve been calling The Blah Blah Synod™. Because my conscience, formed by Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the constant, legitimate interventions of the Ordinary Magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, tells me that participating in the blasphemous exaltation of everything same-sex Synod on Sinodality, what I’ve been calling The Blah Blah Synod™, is sinful, well then, that means that I must choose with an act of the will, even if that’s seen as contentious disobedience, not to participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, that Synod on Sinodality. To be clear: I will not comply.
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of all accept the foundational heretical lie that all are infallible, which is a direct rejection of the founding of the Church on the singular person of Peter by the Divine Son of the Living God, instead holding that it is NOT Peter, but all of us who are infallible. I’m not going to spit in God’s face just because some Pope Francis tells me to spit in God’s face. No.
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of accept that it could be true that God is a mere symbol, or that there are other gods, perhaps a blood-thirsty demon Pachamama Idol who is a goddess, so that there is, as a premise of dialogue, no such thing as the Way, the Truth and the Life in Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, but that all is darkness and violence.
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of all accept that women priesthood is possible, with women priests being, by definition, lesbians, who have the pretense of blasphemously taking Jesus’ place in His marriage with His Immaculate Bride, the Church, at the Last Supper united with Calvary, these women reciting His marriage vows with that Bride, the Church, this is my Body given for you in Sacrifice, my Blood poured out for you in Sacrifice. How sick. How blasphemous. How sacrilegious.
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of all accept that dialogue about how to go about various styles of orgasm amongst the LGBT-alphabeters is healthy and is respectful of people, helping them get to heaven, when instead this is the kind of horror that Saint Paul says is not ever even to be mentioned amongst the Lord’s Little Flock (see Ephesians 5:3-4), for that is mortally sinful behavior bringing people to hell.
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of all accept that sin is virtue, and lies are truth, that Jesus is not God, that the Holy Mass offered since the Last Supper until today is not any kind of expression of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that which is, by definition, the lex orandi, the Law of Prayer, giving rise to the lex credendi, the Law of Believing. And this means that to participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of accept that the New Mass is also not the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for if one valid Mass is said to be invalid, all otherwise valid Masses are invalid. What in hell is this?
To participate in The Blah Blah Synod™, you have to first of all accept that you want to go to hell for the sake of being clever, involved, up-to-date, nice…
Well, here’s the deal: I want to go to heaven. I don’t care what the cost is to get to heaven. Once in heaven, you’re there forever. I love that.
I’ve had people tell me that I have to choose my battles. That bit of advice came from an old person, and from a time when the scandals were more or less far and few between. But now attacks against faith and morals and reverent liturgy and the spiritual life are fast and furious, daily, multiple times a day. Rebuking is a full time job (see Galatians 2:11). Being compelled, even required to make an answer is a full time job. Sometimes I can’t do it all. I must as a priest firstly take care of the Lord’s Little Flock, providing the Last Rites, providing the other Sacraments, providing Holy Mass. But telling the truth about the way things are, all the good that the Lord provides, and also all the hell that certain individuals insist upon and over which they must be called out so that people will not take the scandal and then go to hell, is all necessary.
What are the battles I choose to ignore or at least put off to another day or year? Whether or not we need even more “Church parking only” signs in the lower parking lot, more gravel and what kind in the upper-other-side parking lot, whether I have to be more presentable as a priest in public by washing Sassy the Subaru more, etc.
On that last point, Sassy’s being splattered full of mud is a badge of honor for her, getting that way, as she does, in transporting me and the Blessed Sacrament on impossible one-lane, no fault, back-ridge trails so as to do Communion Calls. One can understand not caring about that battle. If someone wants to wash Sassy the Subaru, I don’t care, but I’m not going to help either.
But now, compare that to being forced to spit in the face of Christ Jesus. That’s a battle I will take up. I won’t comply. If these people want to go to hell, that’s on them. I wish they would convert. But I’m not going to go along with them, you know, for fellowship:
I would much, much rather get my head cut off:
By the way, after the decapitation (which you don’t see), a few sentences are recited about how the other characters met their own deaths. Very telling. Death comes to us all, even to Popes and Bishops death comes. For me, I want to die for the Lord. That begins now. I just want to do what’s right and just in the presence of Him who will be judging me soon enough. That this will be much sooner than later we will know the very nanosecond we die, much too soon. I could have said one more Hail Mary. I could have witnessed a little bit more clearly. I could have… But our Lord is also very merciful. He wants us to be joyful in our hope. He’s so good to us.
UPDATE: Unbelievably, I’ve yet again been contacted. It seems almost daily now. But my answer will remain this post (as I like the tautologous humor herein). ///
I didn’t think it was possible, but the pressure to participate in The Blah Blah Synod™ has increased exponentially, but ever so nicely. Nice.
The foundational premise for the entire Synod on Synodality was spelled out in the first document which showcased Pope Francis’ theology about the Church as dialogue, synodal dialogue, in which everyone is infallible in their believing, without which theology no such Francis-esque Synod on Synodality would be able to proceed.
Since all this is entirely novel – actually heretical, diametrically opposed to the foundation of the Church on the singular person of the Apostle Peter by the Son of the Living God – I’m left rather unaffected. Who’s to say I’m infallible? Pope Francis? With a non-ex-cathedra assertion?
I don’t mean to be tautologous here, but since I’m so very much encouraged by everyone to follow the vision of Pope Francis that I’ll just play along here and say that I agree that I’m infallible.
And so I am infallible.
Now that I’m infallible, I declare and pronounce infallibly that I’m not infallible and therefore ineligible to participate in the Synod on Synodality, you know, because only infallible people are welcome.
Now can I please just get back to being a priest providing the Sacraments. That would be of benefit for the cura animarum, the salvation of souls. That’s what we’re supposed to be busy about doing. And that’s infallible.
And the pressure is still on for me to participate in The Blah Blah Synod™. When I’m under enormous pressure like this, I get nostalgic and then entrench with the ferocity of the rigidity of the cross, you know, the old crux stat dum volvitur orbis: the cross stands steadfast while the world wildly spins away in its madness.
Some nostalgia: About 25 years ago, when I was pastor of a parish in a diocese on another part of the globe a bishop had written to me with bullying attitude, really pushing hard, extremely critical of my standing with the unmanipulatable Living Truth, Christ Jesus, it being that I was in solidarity with Jesus in His trials. I was literally insisting in my parish bulletins that any gray-area permitting abortion, euthanasia, or stating stupidity that God wasn’t really God, etc., was not to remain a gray-area in doctrine or morality, for that grayness would soon be colored blood red with the murder of Truth Himself, Christ Jesus. I wish I had kept my bulletins and the bishop’s letter, but I filed it away in a circular container so as to give it the attention it deserved.
Back story: This bishop was high up in the hierarchy of the top-down, not classless society, “Common Ground Initiative” of Cardinal Joseph Bernadine. He was extremely proud of being considered one of the greats of “The Initiative”, as it was nicknamed by in-the-know Prometheans. The Bishop insisted that all truths were automatically discredited in favor of dialogue, even those self-evident truths without which there is no communication possible, such as the principle of non-contradiction. Methodology, which is also (non)doctrine by the way, was that of the tyranny of relativism. With no reference to truth or logic, the only admissible absolute truth from which to begin was that there was no such thing as absolute truth, that being an absolute truth dictated to you by these relativistic tyrants.
The Blah Blah Synod™ is the reincarnation of The Common Ground Initiative.
Both are reincarnations of the Hegelian dialectic. Both are run by self-absorbed tyrants. Both utilize “the people”, who, however, don’t count, as they are cowed into a methodology that actually takes away their voice. “It’s dialogue!” the cows moo. “We have a voice!” It is exactly this which is clericalism in most refined form, at it’s most dangerous for the salvation of souls.
But look at that “We have a voice!” statement. Stare at it. “We have a voice!” Really? If you actually have a voice you just use it. You don’t waste your time announcing you have a voice, or get permission to have a voice. Why would you do that? To whom are you trying to prove something? Yourself? Someone else? To the tyrant? That means you’re fooling yourself and that you have no voice at all. But you’re soothing yourself in insisting you have a voice. But while you insist, you are actually making yourself voiceless. You are fitting in, conforming yourself to the lie that you have a voice in the hearing of the tyrant. It is still the tyrant who says you have a voice or not.
I’m going to use theological language here: What in hell is that anyway. Why in hell would you want to have a voice? Who in hell are you to think that having a having a voice is some kind of fulfillment? Christ Jesus is the Eternal Word spoken by our Heavenly Father. Get that? Our Heavenly Father is the One who has a voice. When our Heavenly Father speaks the Eternal Word, His dear Son, our Heavenly Father speaks the Truth, the Living Truth, unmanipulatable Truth. And you think your own voice has to be heard? No. Just speak the Living Truth of Jesus, but not by getting permission from some Hegelian dialectic tyrant, just do it. Speak the Living Truth of Jesus. Don’t submit yourself, don’t submit Jesus to someone’s yes or no. Don’t allow what you say to be cut down by the abortionists and homosexualists and the Women’s Ordination Conference and the demon-idol-worshippers by saying: “Now I finally have a voice in the dialogue!” That’s caving in. That’s rejecting Jesus, denying Jesus to His face.
The absolute and Living Truth who is Jesus Christ is not to be subjected to the approval or nuancing or changing or adding to or taking away from wrought by some soon-to-be-dead-anyway tyrant with tyrannical sycophants in his entourage.
Jesus Christ is King of kings, Lord of lords, Prince of the Most Profound Peace, Absolute and Living Truth. He cannot be manipulated, thrown away, then reconstructed on some killing fields “common ground”.
We are to proclaim and fully live and express in our lives without apology not our mind-game-reconstruction of tyrannical relativism, merely our fake-love, merely our fake-truth, but rather Jesus who is Living Truth is to be lived and expressed in our lives. We are to die to our own lust for our own tyrannical relativism and live for Christ Jesus. Forget our own voice submitted to liars. Let us be the megaphone for the Voice of our Heavenly Father who speaks Jesus through, with and in us to all so that we might go through, with and in Him to our Heavenly Father.
This unmanipulatable Living Truth of Jesus Christ does not fit in with the Hegelian dialectic, not even when it is sugar-coated with any Rahnerian evolutionary it’s-all-pantheistically-coming-together-on-the-horizon self-referential idiocy.
Jesus, in fact, does not make up any part of any dialogue. He is, by that very methodology, cast away. He’s a nothing, irrelevant, to be marginalized outside even of any existential peripheries.
Participating in The Blah Blah Synod™ is to participate in a methodology that in itself by definition rejects Jesus. The methodology is heretical. The Blah Blah Synod™ is heretical in and of itself.
People think that we should participate because we’ll at least have a say, have a voice heard, make our ♬feelings♬ ♬felt♬, because we’re entitled to do that and it makes us ♬feel♬ better because then we’ve done something.
Nope. All you’ve done in becoming part of the Hegelian dialectic is to smash Jesus down to the level of Hegelian dialectic, crucifying Jesus, saying that His Truth isn’t worthy of being proclaimed as Truth.
I will not comply. I will try to stand my ground, that blood red ground of Calvary, in solidarity with Mary, in solidarity with Jesus. I don’t want to go to hell for denying Jesus. I want to hear Jesus say of me, wretch that I am:
“You are the ones who have stood by Me in My trials, and I bestow on you a kingdom, just as My Father has bestowed one on Me” (Luke 22:28-29).