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These thoughts were inspired by another effort of ChurchMilitant.com, exposing for the first time, at least for me, the original source of
I'll bet you thought these changes came out of Vatican II, or that they might have come out of the new Novus Ordo Mass of Paul VI. Wrong. They were the invention of a cabal of American Bishops led by Cardinal Bernardin. Which is to say, they came out of nowhere in official Catholic Liturgy, which was and is supposed to be controlled from Rome, not any bunch of American social engineers and experimenters.
With this new revelation many things begin to make sense. Since these new practices were not condemned from Rome, we all thought they originated in Rome. But Rome wasn't paying attention. There is a similarity to how, here in America, We The People haven't been paying attention to the growing power of our unconstitutional Political Parties, and the operation of our government being taken over by the Parties, and to the creeping Marxist ideology running our Parties, and through them, running us.
Cardinal Bernardin, in case you didn't know, was the first General Secratary of the USCCB (United States Conference of Bishops), which is, in my opinion, a Political Party in the Catholic Church, with a particular political agenda. It contends with other Catholic Political Parties from other places in the world, and it's agenda bears a strong resemblance to our own American Marxocrat Party. In fact, they favor and support each other. The USCCB may play-act at being something other than a Political Party, but a very powerful Political Party with its own political agenda is precisely what it is.
And, Cardinal Bernardin, along with Saul Alinsky, was instrumental in forming the infamous CCHD (Catholic Campaign for Human Development). It is not entirely clear to me whether Alinsky was exploiting Bernardin, or Bernardin was exploiting Alinsky.
Of course, Bernardin was at the center of the whole gigantic sex abuse scandal, covering evidence, paying hush money, moving abusive Priests around so they could victimize others in other Parishes, and participating in it, until it got so big it couldn't be concealed any longer and the whole thing blew up in their evil faces.
He was the first to offer Mass to divorced and remarried Catholics. Look at where this is going now. I remember that my own mother, divorced and remarried, couldn't even go to Mass with us, until after my step father died. Now, following the path blazed by Bishops like Bernardin, divorced and remarrieds are on the path to actually receiving Communion at Mass. None of this originated in Rome. It's a Political movement. It's getting the laity used to the practice ahead of time, so that they might protest any future crack-down, with some justification.
And so it is with the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. If that stops, what happens to all those lay distribution ministers at every Novus Ordo you ever attend anywhere? Does anyone think they would not loudly protest?
It was Bernardin who invented the "Seamless Garment" theology, in which all mortal sins were held to be more or less equivalent. Missing Mass on Sunday was pretty much the same thing as performing or procuring an abortion. So, we shouldn't "Judge" the procurer of abortions if we ourselves have missed Mass, for we are equally guilty of grave sin. It is this thinking that allows so many American Catholic Bishops to support pro-abortion American politicians and candidates for office. There are actually Catholic Bishops and Priests who are "Social Issue Liberals".
Jesus said, to His disciples, I give you a new commandment; love one another as I have loved you. His disciples are to love one another. That is how the world - all the non-disciples - will know that we are His disciples, by the fact that we love one another. We are His Church; we are His body.
To be a disciple in the first place means to be a student and follower. How do we know how to do that? Jesus said, to His disciples, If you love me, keep my commandments.
And Jesus said, to His Church, Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.
The only way we laymen can know His commandments is if His Church properly teaches them. There is no other source.
Have any of His commandments changed? Has the Revelation changed? Is He now due less respect and reverence? Is the Church in America, and is the whole Catholic Church, moving us away from Him, or moving us toward Him?
Do our Bishops seek to make us holy, or something less than holy?
Pray for our Pope and our Bishops, and very carefully discern the Truth in these matters for the sake or your own immortal soul.
Seek, and ye shall find.
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Date: Sun Mar 13 09:43:56 2016
Good Morning Vic, Well written as usual. Thanks for all you do! Recently, CM was discussing the Land o' Lakes Conference and linked to the infamous "The Idea of the Catholic University" document. Not having the time to give the full piece of nonsense a looksee, I was able to scan a bit. This #5 was enlightening as to why Catholic Universities are rarely Catholic:
5. The Catholic University as the Critical Reflective Intelligence of the Church
Every university, Catholic or not, serves as the critical reflective intelligence of its society. In keeping with this general function, the Catholic university has the added obligation of performing this same service for the Church. Hence, the university should carry on a continual examination of all aspects and all activities of the Church and should objectively evaluate them. The Church would thus have the benefit of continual counsel from Catholic universities. Catholic universities in the recent past have hardly played this role at all. It may well be one of the most important functions of the Catholic university of the future.
It sounds as though they place themselves on the same level as the magisterium. What enormity of damage to souls and the Bride of Christ by such evil has been done.
May God bless you and your lovely bride,
Date: Sun Mar 13 2016
From: Vic Biorseth
That idea resonates here; I think there is a principle at play here along the lines that legitimate authority that is never exercised will be assumed and illegitimately exercised by those who are supposed to be subject to it.
I feel another article coming on. Maybe tomorrow morning before work. For some reason I always do my best writing in the early morning. Thank you for this.
Warmest Regards and Blessings,
PS: See Default Authority.
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