Sunday morning here was church: then lunch with son one. He discussed the sermon in his church on James being a source of wisdom for those who were of Christ but quite frightening to those who were not of Christ. We had a passionate sermon on seeking the prescence of God. Which Kea and I consider is something you can seek, but not manufacture. God comes to us as he wills, and not a times we would want.
We got the best joke though. The preacher said that he was very good at his craft. Last Sunday, by the grace of God, he cured 100 people in the congregation of insomnia.
I hang with the Bapticostals, and my son elsewhere. You need to find somewhere that is faithful, because Satan thinks he can rot the church from the visibile top. In the case of the Papists, this is the pope, who is clearly an antichrist (you can argue if all Popes are: but they were in the time of Calvin and they are again now). This is an offence to the faithful.
The fact that Antipope Bergoglio has now declared the Novus Ordo to be the UNIQUE, as in the one and only, Roman Rite, which is an ontological impossibility in direct contradiction to Pope St. Pius V’s crystal clear and infallible, binding words, is yet another glaring point of consilience, proving that Bergoglio is NOT the Pope.
So, Our Loving God has given the world YET ANOTHER obvious proof that Bergoglio is a usurper – because Jesus isn’t a jerk, and He isn’t trying to trick anyone. It’s exactly the opposite. Jesus is doing everything He can to show us in the most stunningly visible terms who His Vicar on Earth is, and is not. Because VISIBILITY, VISIBILITY, VISIBILITY. The Church Militant is VISIBLE, including at her earthly head.
Clearly, obviously Bergoglio is NOT the Vicar of Christ, and now we have one more huge proofset of that.
To this I say that what I can see now is ephemeral. What matters is what I cannot see, which is eternal. To the Pope I say two things: repent and find Christ while you may, you noxious and pestilent heretic, and your virtue signalling will not dent the faithful.
Because they will walk to where their true shepherd is, which is Christ.
But it is not the diehards that will be affected by this latest outrage from the Vatican. We will practice the TLM this Sunday regardless of what the Vatican Jesuit heretic decrees. Rather, it is the fence sitters who now find themselves in the awful predicament of having to make a decision.
Recently I added to my blog roll the website of Father Z, a Catholic priest who has been trying to fight the good fight against the Catholic Church but while remaining in the system. By that I mean that notwithstanding the internal destruction in the Church since Vatican II, Father Z still seeks accommodation with those same elements. I know this because he refers to the current imposter as pope. Bear in mind that Father Z himself has suffered personal persecution from religious authorities because of his public stances, particularly in regards to the TLM. But he still attempts to work within the system because he does not want to admit how deep the rot has gone.
I understand this. He is personally invested. When I returned to the Catholic Church after a long absence I did not have the disadvantage of that baggage. Thus I was relatively quick to ascertain the lay of the land in these matters. The end result was my embrace of full sedevacantism.
But, Weka, you ain't Catholic. True. I'm not. I'm reformed in my theology: as the local reformed churches are ossified, I hang with the most based bapticostal church I know of: one which has a vision, of New Zealand, my nation, turned again to Christ.
Who is aware that there are many people who want the status and power of preisthood but not the duty. To teach the word of God, in season and out of season.
23 “Woe to the shepherds who are causing the sheep of My pasture to perish and are scattering them!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel says concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not been concerned about them; behold, I am going to call you to account for the evil of your deeds,” declares the Lord. 3 “Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4 I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord.
5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
6 In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will live securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The Lord Our Righteousness.’
11 Therefore remember that previously you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the hostility, which is the Law composed of commandments expressed in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two one new person, in this way establishing peace; 16 and that He might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the hostility. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
53 When they had crossed over they came to land at Gennesaret, and moored at the shore. 54 And when they got out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him, 55 and ran about that entire country and began carrying here and there on their pallets those who were sick, to wherever they heard He was. 56 And wherever He entered villages, or cities, or a countryside, they were laying the sick in the marketplaces and imploring Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and all who touched it were being healed.
This we know:
- The Gospel still has those who will preach the word and bear witness, within the churches of visible or invisible liturgy.
- Among the faithful there is charity. We see differences between the practice of worship from one branch and people to another, and we let it be. The church is growing and the laity are more Christ-like: let God be praised.
- I freely confess that as I'm not Catholic I don't know the full implications of the tridentine mass, but I can read the darn thing -- my Latin is just up to it. The old reformers of Luther's generation and Calvin's generation knew that mass, and questioned it out of a fairly deep knowledge. But the modern reformers rail against that which they do not know.
Here I am going to quote Father Z.
A huge problem with this whole nasty business is that the people who are issuing these decrees and who will enforce them in general do not know the Traditional Roman Rite. They are judging what they do not know. If they don’t use it, they don’t know it. They are working from incomplete knowledge, or perhaps faulty notions. They are making decisions sometimes based on whether they like the people involved.
Look… the bottom line is this. There is sloppy language in this document that, frankly, if carefully read with the interpretive principle odiosa restringi et favores convenit ampliari, there isn’t that much that would have to change in a diocese – depending on the bishop. Sure the document is dreadful: it can be read in a severely restrictive way or be read in a lenient way. Just as that dreadful footnote in Amoris could be read one way or the other.
So, to the leaders of the Roman Church, the Reformed Church, the Anglican and Lutheran Churches and to our Orthodox Churches I have one plea from the pews Preach the Gospel. The texts are before you. The witness of two thousand years of sermons and apologetics and theology are available to you. Preach the gospel.
Regardless of the regulations imposed by the ignorant. For then we shall see revival, and even this: God will heal the church.