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The Crucifixion of Bishop Williamson
January 29, 2009

 

bpwilliamson_classroom As I observe the vilification of Bishop Williamson occurring in the Catholic blogosphere, I can’t help but recall the gospel account of the crucifixion of Christ Himself. For with the exception of the Blessed Mother and St. John, the rest of His apostles had abandoned Him, quaking in their boots  “for fear of the Jews” (John 19:38).

Fast forward 20 centuries and something eerily similar seems to be happening again. Only this time, the person being abandoned and crucified is Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X. And what was his crime, pray tell? It seems His Excellency has a penchant for speaking the truth to power, something Our Lord Himself was not afraid to do, including the following flamer – right to the Pharisees’ faces (John 8:44):

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it.

Now that is politically incorrect! Good thing Jesus isn’t around in human form these days or He just might find himself in a German prison, like Ernst Zundel or Germar Rudolf, or anyone else who dares to question the Holocaust™. Because I am convinced that if Jesus were still alive on this earth in human form, there would be no shortage of Christians dutifully denouncing Him as a threat to Jewish-Christian relations! It really has become that pathetic.

Bishop Williamson is personally responsible for the fact that I am no longer a sedevacantist and that I pray day and night for the conversion of the Jews. I no longer feel that same level of toxic bitterness coursing through my veins when I think of all that we (of the post-Conciliar generation) have suffered as a result of having been thrown under the bus by those who should have protected us. I see it all in spiritual terms now, and I realize that it is not for me to understand why things have gone so wrong in the Church, and, by default, in society. But it is my duty to be the best Catholic woman I can be, to try to be a light to others, and always to speak the truth in charity. Charity is just another word for love. Thank you, Your Excellency.

And this is the man they’re persecuting! A man who for the last 20 years has brought the Traditional Latin Mass to millions of the faithful, baptized their children, heard their confessions, and maintained tradition, while staying faithful to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. To those traditional Catholics who are now throwing Bishop Williamson under the bus, I say, shame, shame, shame!  They would probably throw Christ Himself under the bus if He dared to question the Holocaust™. I don’t know definitively how many Jews died in concentration camps during World War II. But I do find it awfully suspicious that people are thrown in jail for questioning an historical event. (And even more disturbing that so many Americans don’t seem to have a problem with that, as we brag about our freedom of speech.) The Holocaust has become like a secular dogma that cannot be questioned on pain of imprisonment or shunning. But if six million Jews really were killed in concentration camps, you would think that professional investigations would be welcomed, using the latest forensic technology to verify the event. After all, I don’t know of any other group of genocide victims that refuses to allow investigations. But when even the Auschwitz museum has lowered the number of Jews killed there from 4 million to 1.5 million, and Red Cross records reveal far fewer than 1 million deaths, it does not bode well for the number six million. Unless there’s a new kind of math where six million minus any sum must always equal six million.

No one is denying that a significant number of Jews died in concentration camps under Hitler, who would not otherwise have died had they not been rounded up and placed in camps without due process of law. But there were many others who died in those camps besides Jews, and even many other Holocausts. Let’s start with the tens of millions of Christians killed in the Soviet Union under (mainly) Jewish Communists. It’s time for the truth to come out about all genocides. Let the healing begin.

By giving his honest opinion about an historical event, with no hatred in his heart, Bishop Williamson is now being shunned by the very people who should be standing beside him. But I’m convinced that many of these same turncoats wonder themselves why scientists are being thrown in jail for questioning the Holocaust, but they don’t have the ***** to say it out loud! If there’s any hope of restoring Christendom, it’s going to take men with courage and testosterone. Men like Bishop Williamson, who, despite his vow of celibacy, is more manly than the panty waists who can’t denounce him fast enough! These cowards are terrified that they won’t be able to get a rabbinic imprimatur for their next book, or God forbid, get their books published at all.

I understand what the trads are saying, that Bishop Williamson’s controversial opinions will somehow set back SSPX/Vatican relations in light of their recent rehabilitation. And I am grateful to the Holy Father for his kind gestures, namely, the lifting of the excommunications and the Motu Proprio allowing the Latin Mass. But the truth is that the SSPX should never have been excommunicated in the first place, unless all of our saints and ancestors should have been excommunicated as well. And my generation never should have been deprived of the Traditional Latin Mass in the first place, according to the infallible bull Quo Primum. So while it’s nice that they’ve (finally) acknowledged that the Latin Mass was never officially abrogated, that doesn’t do a whole lot of good for my generation whose birthright was officially stolen! How many lives and souls have been lost in the last 40 years as a result of this atrocity? Only the Good Lord knows, and we must trust in Him to enlighten the heart of Pope Benedict to turn back from this disastrous course (although I wouldn’t hold my breath). But it sure is nice to have a Catholic hero like Bishop Williamson who speaks the truth in charity, and who, history will show, was on the right side all along. As St. Paul once said (Gal. 4:16):

Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

Apparently so, in the case of Bishop Williamson. But in the words of Our Blessed Savior (John 8:32):

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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Pope Lifts Excommunications of SSPX Bishops – Deo Gratias!
January 24, 2009

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 On January 21, 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI remitted the (unlawful) ex-communications from the four bishops of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).  The four had been excommunicated on July 1, 1988 as a result of their consecration as bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre two days earlier.  (The Vatican sure moves fast when it comes to excommunicating traditionalists! Of course, we’re still waiting for the excommunications of all those who have destroyed the Church over the last 40 years).  Nevertheless, it was an extremely courageous move by His Holiness and all of us long-suffering traditional Catholics are grateful, excited, and hopeful for more.

Because after Vatican II (1962-1965) the Church under Paul VI (of unhappy memory) underwent the most drastic, unprecedented, and disastrous changes it had ever experienced in its 2,000 year history. The “new springtime” they had predicted turned into the coldest of Arctic winters for the Church, even if Pope Benedict said recently that Vatican II had been a great blessing. Yeah, right. With all due respect to His Holiness, the seminaries, the convents, the monasteries, the schools, and most of those hideous-looking new churches, are empty!

For all his sincerity in wanting some kind of restoration in the Church, I do not believe that Pope Benedict will ever be able to be completely objective about just how catastrophic the Vatican II Revolution has been. And not only for the Catholic Church, but for the rest of the world as well. But Revolutionaries always believe they’ve created heaven on earth, even as the poor souls who suffer through them experience a living hell. And one thing’s for certain about Revolutionaries, their worst nightmare involves those who offer resistance, that is, the Counter-Revolutionaries.

Enter His Grace Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre of France. The Saint Athanasius of the 20th Century. Bishop Athanasius fought virtually alone againt the Arian heresy in the 4th Century and was even excommunicated by Pope Liberius. Now, no one even remembers Pope Liberius and yet Saint Athanasius is, well, a saint. Prediction: Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre will one day be raised to the altar of saints, but history may not recall the post-Conciliar popes so kindly. Pope Benedict still has time to forge his legacy and (with the exceptions of entering synagogues, the U.N., and trying to redeem Vatican II) he has done a couple of incredibly important things for which he deserves praise; namely, his Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum allowing the Latin Mass and now the lifting of the excommunications. But they never should have been excommunicated in the first place. Here’s what happened. (more…)

Dorothy Day: My Kind of Saint
January 12, 2009

 

dorothy-day-with-cigAlthough she is famous for saying “Don’t call me a saint,” many consider Dorothy Day the kind of saint that sinners like us can relate to.

Dorothy Day was born in New York City in 1897 and died there in 1980, having lived the kind of full and amazing life that  most of us could only dream of. She accomplished more in her life than almost anyone else in the 20th Century, comparable only to Mother Teresa herself (who, by the way, was an admirer of Dorothy Day, too!). But very much unlike Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day was a woman with a past. I think that’s why so many of us can relate to her in a way that we can’t with Mother Teresa. Everyone admires Mother Teresa, including non-Catholics and even atheists, but we all know that we could never reach her heights. But with Dorothy, it’s different. She makes us feel like we could do what she did, even with our own pasts.

Before she became a Catholic in 1927, she had been a Suffragette, a writer, a common-law wife, a single mother, an anarchist, friend of Eugene O’Neill, anti-war protester (for which she spent time in jail), and yes, truth be told, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.  No boring layabout, she.

Mind you, that was before she became a Catholic. Dorothy Day was, of course, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement  (along with Peter Maurin), which sounds eerily similar to the movement in which she first started out, but was, in fact, a rejection of that anti-Christ movement. But like many young, well-intentioned intellectuals in Depression-era New York, she was attracted to the social justice platforms of the Communist Party. But later she came to realize that Marx’s philosophy amounted to a different kind of exploitation of the worker. She rejected Marx’s rejection of Christianity and his calls for violent revolution, becoming completely committed to peaceful, non-violent activism, although she always remained an anarchist. (She later became an ardent supporter of Distributism.) She started a newspaper called, of course, The Catholic Worker, which sold for one penny and – believe it or not – still sells for one penny today.

Today there are more than 185 Catholic Worker communities around the world whose motto remains:

We are committed to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer, and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry, and foresaken. Catholic Workers continue to protest injustice, war, racism, and violence of all forms.

I’ve been thinking so much about her lately because of the horrible violence in Gaza, and I’ve been wondering what she would say. I needn’t have wondered long. I found the website of the Washington, DC Catholic Worker Movement, and I should have guessed that they’d be right on top of it. Their website screams in capital letters: GAZA EMERGENCY, STOP THE KILLING NOW! Ol’ Dorothy would be proud. 

But it would be a mistake to consider her a liberal with the connotation that word carries today. We have all, even Catholics, become brainwashed into thinking that there are only two political points of view, liberal and conservative, and that we must fit ourselves neatly into one category or the other. But that is not correct – and that is definitely not Catholic. Before the 1970s, most Catholics were loyal Democrats, since the Catholic Church teaches us to care for the poor, the downtrodden, the marginalized and the victim. In other words, we have not been infected with Calvinism, which teaches that Jesus came so that we could have financial blessings (in contradiction to the Sermon on the Mount). By that vision, the poor are obviously not beloved of God and have obviously done something to deserve their fate. But that is not what Jesus taught. Dorothy herself wrote that she became attracted to the Catholic Church precisely because it was “the Church of the poor and the immigrant.” But when the Democrat party embraced the Culture of Death, Catholics headed to the Right. But only for the “life issues,” not for the vulture capitalism. Dorothy herself never belonged to a political party (other than the Communist Party, but we already talked about that!).

And there is no doubt that Dorothy Day was opposed to abortion, and not only because that’s the Church’s position. She learned the hard way that abortion is evil because before she eventually had her daughter, she had an abortion herself. Until the day she died, she always described the abortion as “the great tragedy of my life.” Unfortunately, people who are opposed to war, violence, racism, exploitation of the poor, the greed of the rich, capitalistic medicine, and other social evils are considered liberals or leftists, and it is assumed that they must be pro-abortion.  But Christians can never consider abortion a form of social justice because the unborn child is the most vulnerable and deserving of civil rights. After all, if you don’t have the right to life, all other civil rights are moot. Abortion isn’t liberal, it’s evil, and Dorothy never failed to speak out against it.

Dorothy also had mixed feelings about Vatican II. She liked the emphasis on “the preferential option for the poor,” but she lamented the changes in the liturgy.  So the idea that Catholics who fight for social justice are also big fans of the “clown Mass” is completely erroneous, too. Dorothy Day was a traditionalist, especially when it came to the liturgy. And that’s why Dorothy Day is my role model; because she appreciated tradition but also the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The two are actually supposed to go together! Too many Traditional Catholics today care only for the Latin Mass, no meat on Fridays, and women wearing veils, but have forgotten about those works of mercy. But those works of mercy are as Catholic as the Latin Mass.

Dorothy Day is a saint for us sinners because she herself had made the big mistakes. She also graduated from the school of hard knocks. She even attempted suicide. Anything we could have done, she’s already been there and done that. But she pulled herself together, found the Catholic faith, and the rest is, as they say, history. Dorothy Day still lives on in the Catholic Workers around the world, in her several autobiographies (she was a writer, after all!), and even in the movie made about her life. The movie is called Entertaining Angels from 1996, and the title is apropos for her. It comes from the book of Hebrews 13:1-2:

Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

In Solidarity with Palestinian Freedom Fighters
January 4, 2009

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As the saying goes, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. So just who are the terrorists and who are the freedom fighters in the Middle East today?

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Gaza Is a Litmus Test for Christians
January 3, 2009

 

boy-israel_palestineAs I made my usual rounds in Catholic cyberspace today, I was anxiously hoping and praying that somebody, anybody, would be as outraged and aghast as I am about what is happening to the people of Gaza. But with a couple of notable exceptions, all I hear is crickets out in tradland. Where is the outrage? Where is the moral indignation at the slaughter of the innocents? Have we become Christian Zionists? I am shocked and embarrassed that Catholics, with the exception of Cynthia McKinney (you go, girl!) are not spitting nails, pulling out their hair, and leading the charge against this now 7-day atrocity. And on Jesus Christ’s own turf!

What is wrong with you people? Can you not take one day off from obsessing over Fatima and calling for the (now past its time) consecration of Russia, and focus on the here and now? Could you please stop splitting hairs for just one day over whether the Novus Ordo Mass is valid or whether the Pope is the Pope or if we  should accept the Motu proprio? It seems you just can’t find it in your hearts to stop fussing like a gaggle of old geese while innocent civilians are being massacred in the Holy Land (with our tax dollars). So I’m just going to come right out and say it: if you cannot muster up enough charity in your (sanctimonious) hearts to express horror at the genocide of the Palestinian people, then please do me a favor and shut the **** up. Yes, I said it. I don’t want to hear you parsing like Pharisees anymore over meat on Fridays or EENS. In fact, you might as well have yourselves a big, fat steak every Friday night because you’re probably going to hell anyway. I swear this makes me long for the Novus Ordo church where at least they still have charity in their hearts and care for their fellow man. Why can’t we have Latin and charity?

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