Sunday, November 22, 2020

Dead Serious

 

It was September 1981. I was 16 years old and had just met Father DePauw one month earlier. On November 1st, I would forever disavow the Vatican II sect, and become a Traditionalist. Unfortunately, I was beginning my junior year in a Vatican II sect high school. I had received a scholarship to attend after graduating "intermediate school" (as New York City called its middle schools at that time) with honors. As there were great racial tensions and gang violence here in the late 70s/early 80s, my parents wanted me to take the scholarship, avoid the dangers, and concentrate on my grades. 

It was only by the Grace of God that I didn't become an avowed atheist, and found the One True Church instead. This school was run by the most "Modernist of Modernists." Bergoglio himself would have approved this place. Most of the teachers were ex-nuns and ex-brothers who hated anything that was even remotely Catholic. Having abandoned their vocations after Vatican II, they sought to overthrow in the minds of the young both the true Faith and morals. 

None of them prayed before class or spoke of God outside of religion class. It was more hostile to Christ than any public school. There were only two nuns (one Modernist and one traditional-minded who was shunned and made to teach typing). There was one priest (validly ordained in 1964), who "offered mass" on a broken, wooden table and "offered up" sports equipment along with the host and drinking mug (which replaced the Chalice) so that our sports teams could have a winning season.

"Brother Francis" (not his real or religious name---Introibo) taught junior year religion. He was a member of the Society of Mary, having taken his final vows in 1954. He told "jokes" that were so vulgar to a captive audience of 16 year-old boys and girls I cannot and will not reproduce them here. One such "joke" involved the sexual assault of a woman (what's "funny" about that, I'll never understand). I actually repeated that so-called joke to my father. I saw this World War II active combat veteran blush. "He said that to teenagers??" I asked my father if he would complain. He knew it was wrong, but after a long pause he said, "Well...he is a brother..." My father grew up in the pre-Vatican II era when clergy/religious got a pass on things that no one else would. The Modernist clergy used the misplaced and excessive respect to perpetrate their evils, as the molestation scandals clearly show. 

Brother Francis once read a vile and blasphemous poem in which it was implied the Virgin Mary and St Joseph had marital relations. All this coming from a man belonging to a religious order dedicated the the Most Immaculate Virgin. Our Lady of Fatima said, "More souls go to Hell for sins of the flesh [sins against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments] than for any other reason." Even though it is a private revelation, I believe this to be true; especially when you consider approximately 35% of all websites on the Internet are pornographic. 

The title of the junior year religion course was "Meeting the Living God." We were told it was meant to show us the reality of God. Naively, I thought we would learn about the Five Proofs of God's Existence by Aquinas, or something apologetic along those lines. Instead, what happened next was a form of emotional child abuse from which I still carry some scars--as do many of my classmates. On the first day, we were told to get our chairs in a circle. Brother Francis joined in the circle. We were told that we had to tell of when we first realized God was real--and it had to be when someone in our immediate family died.  I was in shock. What does the death of a family member have to do with knowing God exists? Many people get angry at God or actually question His existence when losing a family member.

I was caught between a rock and a hard place. Br. Francis had quite the temper when he wasn't telling ribald "jokes." I was an only child (as was my mother). Both my parents were alive at the time and my one uncle and aunt were alive. Everyone complied, mostly by describing the death of a grandparent. When it was my turn, I tried to explain my situation, and he snapped at me, "You MUST answer! You CANNOT pass!" Scared and flustered, I lied about seeing my grandfather's death (all my grandparents died before I was born). "Excellent! Excellent!" he responded to my made up story.

In the weeks that followed until the end of the school year, we would listen every class to tapes of a woman who sounded like she just arrived off the boat from Germany. Her name was Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (she is pictured at the top of this post with "saint" Mother Teresa). Kubler-Ross (1926-2004) would tell us, each school day, in her thick German accent, all about terminal patients she visited and what death would be like. Welcome to "Death Education." Introduced into both the Vatican II sect schools, and public schools, it is now well ingrained in our culture---to the detriment of all. This post will focus on Kubler-Ross, Death Education, and the evil consequences it brings.

The "Death-spert"

Kubler-Ross was born in Switzerland, and raised Protestant. She immigrated to the United States and became a psychiatrist. At first she studied and lived in New York City beginning in 1958. Kübler-Ross completed her training in psychiatry in 1963, and then moved to Chicago in 1965. Circa 1962, she began interviewing terminally ill patients of all ages, so that doctors could better understand what they were going through and be more compassionate. What began as a noble and worthwhile goal, soon degenerated into something very different.

The doctor became obsessed with death, and dedicated all her time to interviewing dying patients. The result was the publication of her ground-breaking book On Death and Dying in 1969. It outlined the "Five Stages of Dying" (aka "5 Stages of Grief;" or just "The 5 Stages"), which details the five stages a person allegedly goes through when they are told they have a terminal disease and will die; Denial, Anger, Bargaining (with the "higher power"), Depression, and Acceptance of Death.

 Although her foundation, "The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation" (or EKR Foundation), denies that these stages were meant to be strictly interpreted as happening to everyone, it was (and still is) certainly taught that way by most. Br. Francis brought in as a guest speaker a man who nearly died from a heart attack. The speaker denied going through any period of anger (at God or in general). When the man left, one of my classmates told Br. Francis that obviously all stages are not necessarily experienced. By his response, you think she had denied a defined dogma. "Yes he did! He doesn't remember, or he went through it very fast. Don't ever say that!!" (There is now even something called the "Kubler-Ross Change Curve"--See https://www.ekrfoundation.org/5-stages-of-grief/change-curve/).

Kubler-Ross convinced her husband to buy forty acres of land in Escondido, California, near San Diego, where she founded "Shanti Nilaya" ("Home of Peace" hospice). It was there she started getting involved with the occult. Then, by the early 1980s, she was the "Queen of Death and Dying." Her book (and others that followed), workshops, speaking tours, etc., made her quite wealthy. Her foundation does more than a bit of sanitizing her life. The "Five Stages" became like the "Twelve Steps" of AA, and it was the only "moral way" to die. You were to find the "Higher Power" in interacting with the dying. She claimed to have encountered the spirits of the dead. She held seances, and came to the conclusion that death itself is the "sixth stage," where you enter into bliss. Death was "beautiful" and to be welcomed, because death doesn't really exist; it's the next chapter of life where everyone is happy.

She came to this epiphany by way of an "out of body experience" whereby she met "spirit entities." She wrote that “I saw myself lifted out of my physical body. … [I]t was as if a whole lot of loving beings were taking all the tired parts out of me, similar to car mechanics in a car repair shop. … I had an incredible sense that once all the parts were replaced I would be a young and fresh and energetic as I had been prior to the rather exhausting, draining workshop. "After several trips to the auto repair shop and a lot of heart to hearts with the heavenly mechanics, she began to speak about death as the fountain of youth: “People after death become complete again. The blind can see, the deaf can hear, cripples are no longer crippled after all their vital signs have ceased to exist.” The emphasis had shifted from a spiritual renewal while still alive, albeit dying, to the physical renewal awaiting one after death. It made death seem all too sweetly attractive (especially at a time when there were deep-rooted problems in the medical establishment’s handling of dying patients). Some might say it made suicide seductive to the physically and mentally troubled. Death, in her new view, was a kind of Lourdes-cum-plastic-surgery spa. (See https://slate.com/culture/2004/09/the-treacly-legacy-of-kubler-ross.html; Emphasis mine).

A scandal erupted when it was revealed that she was conducting a workshop for grieving widows. She invited a "spirit-channeler,"Jay Barham, a former sharecropper and aircraft worker, who founded the Church of the Facet of Divinity to contact the deceased husbands. They were in the dark, and Barham encouraged the women to engage in sex with the spirits of their husbands. “How is it,” one asked, “that an entity, a pure spirit, has cigarette breath?” Once, when the lights were snapped on, they claim to have seen him clearly, naked except for a turban...Kübler-Ross has been unshakable in her support of Barham. “He has so much integrity,” she says. “The truth does not need to be defended.” (See https://people.com/archive/sex-visitors-from-the-grave-psychic-healing-kubler-ross-is-a-public-storm-center-again-vol-12-no-18/). This is the founder of "Death Education."

Death Education = Deadly Consequences

At Columbine High School, the site of the infamous school shooting of April 20, 1999, Death Education was implemented in the 1980s. What Kubler-Ross initiated with her book and which took off in the 1970s, was in most public and Vatican II sect schools to one degree or another. In 1990, nine years before Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris would begin shooting the school up, a former Columbine student, Tara Becker, gave a speech at a pro-life conference warning about the dangers of Death Education. 

Tara explained that the subject of death was integrated into many of her courses in high school. She said that death was made to look glamourous, that living was hard, and that reincarnation would solve their problems. Students were told that they would always return to the "oversoul" and become like God. After one of the students at her school committed suicide, a "suicide talking day" was held and every class was to talk about death. Class assignments were for students to write their own obituaries and suicide notes. They were told to trust their own judgement in choosing whether to live or die. (See Tom Rose, "Hidden Faces of the Littleton Tragedy," Christian Statesman, September-October 1999).  Tara considered suicide, but Deo gratias, decided against it. It was only after graduation that she realized how her emotions and ideas had been manipulated. 

Death Education has become so big, there's even the Association for Death and Education Counseling, that offers certification in Thanatology (i.e., the study of death, so named after Thanatos, the Greek god of death; See https://www.adec.org/page/Earn_Certification). The EKR Foundation gives citations to dozens of references to the "5 stages" in popular culture, ranging from TV, to movies, to music, and plays. (See https://www.ekrfoundation.org/5-stages-of-grief/5-stages-in-popular-media/).

Hopefully the dangers of Death Education are apparent. The correct view on death, as the Church teaches, is that death is a consequence of sin. We should remember death so as to never lose sight of our destination of Heaven. However, we must not morbidly dwell on it so as not to live our life as God wants us to do. Death is to be feared insofar as we must do all we can to take reasonable good care of our bodies and live our lives well so we can avoid Hell. 

Death Education destroys this teaching:

  • It portrays death as "beautiful" and not to be feared because everyone goes to a "happy place" or is reincarnated. In the Vatican II sect version there is universal salvation. Thus it implicitly promotes suicide as a way out of life's problems
  • It causes depression to dwell on the topic, which in turn promotes unhealthy anxiety about death. (I became depressed, and if not for Fr. DePauw, I don't know how I would have handled it)
  • It promotes ecumenism and universalism (which explains, in part, why Kubler-Ross admired Mother Teresa)
  • It is connected with pagan ideas, such as reincarnation, and can lead to occult practices, such as trying to contact the dead (necromancy)
  • It leads people to believe the truth about God's existence is to be found in studying those who die around them. God is to be discovered based on emotions, not reason, and subjective experiences, like Modernists teach (according to vital immanence, religion arises purely from within man himself, deriving all its credibility and force from man's own personal experience as its source)
  • It makes people feel like there's something "wrong" with them, if they don't agree with all that it teaches; especially if they don't see death as "beautiful," but still naturally fear it

Conclusion

Br. Francis went to Judgement a few years back. I hate to think of his experience now, which is most likely anything but beautiful.  The depression from Death Education turned to anxiety for me, and affected many in my high school. Someone I know from those days became a hypochondriac, becoming worried that every cold he had, or pain he felt, might be something serious that could kill him. I still get slightly anxious when the subject of death comes up. My mind races back to Kubler-Ross giving us talks about watching terminally ill patients slowly dying--and subjected to it for 40 minutes every school day for a whole year. I remember talking about our deceased relatives, and how this all allegedly brings us (ironically) to "Meeting the Living God." No faith or morals required, it's all going to be happy, happy, joy, joy. 

In this time of COVID be especially vigilant as to what your children are being told about death in school. Information to stay safe is fine, but Death Education is dead wrong. 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Encountering Error

 

In the days before the Great Apostasy, Catholics could go to Mass nearby. They would go there to do the greatest act possible; attend the Unbloody Sacrifice of the Cross, the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offering it subordinately united to the priest to adore God, atone for their sins, give thanks to God for His innumerable blessings, and to petition Him for physical/spiritual needs. They received Him Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion. The Catholics then go into the world to convert others by the example of their life, and explaining the faith to those lost souls who have either left the Church, or never belonged. Then came Vatican II. 

The Vatican II sect replaced the Mass with an invalid "Celebration of the You-charist" presided over by the "president of the assembly," and it gives people an encounter with God. If you want to invite someone to "come into full communion" with the sect (you never proselytize because "proselytism is solemn nonsense"), or to turn from a life of acts unworthy of a Christian (sin no longer exists), you don't tell them they are wrong, they need an encounter with Christ. If you think I'm exaggerating, here are two concrete examples:

1. Elton John is one of the most prolific rock musicians of all time. He is a sodomite who flaunts it, and advocates for sexual deviancy every chance he gets. He married Renate Blauel in 1984, but she was seen as merely his "beard" (term for a woman who pretends to be with a man to disguise his homosexuality). John is noted for his outlandish costumes on stage, most of which portray him as feminine or androgynous. John divorced Blauel and declared himself a bisexual. Later, he said he had enthusiastically embraced homosexuality. John "married" his lover since 1993, David Furnish, in 2014. They have custody of two children, both boys, born of the same surrogate mother; one in 2010, the other in 2013. John declared, "I'm going to fight for them [sodomite "rights"], whether I do it silently behind the scenes or so vocally that I get locked up." (See BBC News of November 12th, 2006).

As to his sick lifestyle, John sees nothing wrong except perhaps bestiality (sex with animals). He said, "There’s nothing wrong with going to bed with someone of your own sex. I just think people should be very free with sex…They should draw the line at goats." (Rolling Stone, October 7, 1976, p. 17). He has admitted to having numerous lovers and hook-ups with both men and women, but exclusively men after he declared himself a sodomite. In 2014, John stated Christ would've backed "gay marriage." He said, "If Jesus Christ was alive today, I can not see him, as the Christian person that he was and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen." His cited authority for this comment was..."Pope" Francis! According to Elton John, Bergoglio has"... stripped (the Vatican II sect) down to the bare bones and said it's all basically about love..and inclusiveness." (See The Telegraph, 6/30/14, article entitled "Elton John says Jesus would've backed gay marriage. Millions will presume he's right" by Tim Stanley). 

John has declared that Bergoglio is staunchly in the camp of the sexual deviants, and an ally of sodomites. According to The Catholic (sic) Herald:

On BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme the musician said he considered Pope Francis an "ally" against conservative bishops in Africa in his views on same-sex relationships.“My sly bet is yes he is. He’s just had the [synod] in Rome and I think he’s fighting an uphill battle against the African cardinals and bishops.” Elton John said his message to the Pope was: “Keep going, keep pushing it. Change is very hard, especially in the Catholic Church, you don’t get things done immediately, you’re not going to persuade people, just keep going and keep going and eventually the wall will fall. I think he's on our side.”

The singer, who is in a same-sex marriage, added: “I would love to meet him. I’m not a Catholic but from the first day he was elected he tried to bring a new message and change the Church and bring it into the 21st century. To be an inclusive Church. He has brought hope and change." (See http://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2015/11/05/elton-john-says-he-would-like-to-meet-his-hero-pope-francis/). 

 Elton John has said Bergoglio is a "saint" and should be "canonized" now. (With all the requirements of canonization trashed, why limit it to those who have died, right?)  Keep in mind that John has no intention of amending his life, rather he likes the fact that Bergoglio is joining him in the quest to completely eradicate true Faith and Morals. Francis wants Christ to conform to the world and not have the world conform to Christ.

 Mr. Mark Shea, a Vatican II sect apologist, sees John's praise of Bergoglio as something wonderful (of course). According to Shea, the false pope is causing John to "revisit what the Gospel has to say." Furthermore, John doesn't need a set of moral precepts, but an "encounter with a person."  (See https://www.patheos.com/blogs/markshea/2014/10/elton-john-greatly-admires-pope-francis.html).

This is Modernist drivel, pure and simple. Mark Shea wants us to believe Elton John has revisited the Gospel. No, Mark, he's revising it to justify his perversity---even citing to Francis himself-----in order to make people believe the unnatural is acceptable. Does Francis condemn any of this, you ask? Has he told Elton John he will not and cannot change God's Moral Law against sodomy? Has he told him that he must repent, convert, or go to Hell? Why no! Elton is having an "encounter," don't you see? Raised an Anglican, John is a God-hating pervert on his way to perdition, and Bergoglio does nothing to correct him. Why? Because Francis isn't the pope.  

2. The Vatican II sect's "liturgy" denigrates the Real Presence (which they don't have anyway), and it is replaced by various encounters with Christ. According to one V2 sect blogger, citing Vatican II's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum Concilium) and drawing out the logical conclusions, had this to say:

"We all know that we encounter Christ in the Real Presence of the Eucharist. But the Church teaches us we really encounter Jesus in three other ways as well. In Sacrosanctum Concilium—The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [CSL], four  such encounters are articulated:

Christ is always present in His Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of His minister, “the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross," but especially under the Eucharistic species. By His power He is present in the sacraments, so that when a man baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes. He is present in His word, since it is He Himself who speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. He is present, lastly, when the Church prays and sings, for He promised: “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. [CSL 7]

To summarize, Christ is truly present in the Mass in four ways:

1. in the celebrant during the Eucharistic prayer. He is then in the person of Christ.

2. especially in the Eucharist.

3. in his Word—the Scriptures. It is Christ who speaks when the Word is proclaimed.

4. in the gathered assembly—the Body of the Risen Lord." (See https://bemissionarydisciples.org/an-encounter-with-christ/; Emphasis and font color change in original). 

As the Council of Trent declared in the Decree on The Most Holy Eucharist, Chapter 1:

In the first place, the holy Synod teaches, and openly and simply professes, that, in the august sacrament of the holy Eucharist, after the consecration of the bread and wine, our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and man, is truly, really, and substantially contained under the species of those sensible things. 

The Vatican II sect now adds three additional "truly present" means by which you can encounter Christ. The Real Presence is not uniquely Christ, He is there in the "fullest" or "best" way---"especially" present.  

So where did all this idea of having an "encounter" originate? It comes from a false philosophy known as existentialism, and was pushed during the Council by arch-heretic Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J. 

Existentialism

(For this section, I have condensed some material on existentialism from Phillip Trower's work, The Church Learned And The Revolt Of The Scholars, [1979], pgs. 29-40---Introibo). 

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of this philosophy, which has transformed religious thinking everywhere — inside and outside the Catholic Church. In existentialism, reason is not just downplayed it is, in effect, abolished. To use it for thinking in the normal way by distinguishing object from object (cat from dog, and cat's tail from cat's body), or objects in the outside world from the thoughts in one's mind (object from subject) is considered wrong. This kind of normal thinking, though plainly designed for us by God, was supposedly introduced by wicked "Greek intellectualism," and is said to falsify reality, which does not consist of separate creatures with distinct natures, but is envisaged as a liquid continuum--like soup. For example, making statements about the nature of God, such as He exists as a Trinity, should be forbidden because they turn God into an "object," and God cannot be considered as an object among a variety of other objects (even if we are unquestionably objects to God).

The fallacy at the root of all existentialist thought is the idea that "experience" can be a path to knowledge on its own, separate from and, in some sense, in rivalry with the use of the mind. In reality, experience is merely the stuff out of which knowledge is derived. Unless we analyze or think about what we have experienced (which necessarily involves the use of abstract ideas and propositions) our experiences will tell us nothing or deceive us. Existentialism also assumes that we all experience reality differently; each has his own version of the "truth." This is why each must be allowed to "do his own thing"; whatever he finds "meaningful" or "relevant." The word meaningful in existentialist talk does not mean true, right, or intelligible, but what gives the individual satisfaction. 

The way we can know something is by experiencing it subjectively, in an encounter, with "the other." Most existentialist philosophers were atheists, as there was no God they encountered. Life was simply absurd and meaningless to these existentialists (Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and Friedrich Nietzsche to name three of the most famous and influential). There were some who believed in "The Other" (God) who could be encountered through our experiences with each other and in Whom we sometimes need a "leap of [blind] faith." The most famous of these philosophers were Karl Jaspers (Protestant), Soren Kierkegaard (Protestant), Martin Buber (Jewish), and Gabriel Marcel ("Catholic").  Marcel (1889-1973) was an atheist son of a French agnostic. He converted to Catholicism in 1929, at age 40. He followed the Vatican II sect happily.  Marcel was friends with Jacques Maritain, whose philosophical writings were going to be censured by the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office under Pope Pius XII. Marcel likely would have been next, but both he and Maritain escaped censure with the death of Pope Pius XII and subsequent usurpation of Roncalli.  Marcel's philosophy influenced a Polish bishop; Karol Wojtyla. (See Derek Jeffreys, The Legacy of John Paul II: An Evangelical Assessment,[2007]). 

Enter Karl Rahner

 Karl Rahner was born on March 5, 1904, in Freiberg, Germany. He was ordained a Jesuit on July 26, 1932. In the twentieth century (beginning in the late 1930s), Rahner, along with theologians  Henri de Lubac, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Hans Kung, Edward Schillebeeckx, Marie-Dominique Chenu, Louis Bouyer, Jean Daniélou, Jean Mouroux and Joseph Ratzinger (later "Pope" Benedict XVI) began a Neo-Modernist movement that despised the Neo-Scholasticism which had served the Church so well. The movement was called "Nouvelle Theologie" (French for "New Theology") by the great anti-Modernist theologian Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, often pejoratively called "the sacred monster of Thomism" by his enemies because of his love of the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas and his hatred of Modernism.

 In 1946, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange wrote a scathing criticism of the movement (which liked to call itself  ressourcement ---"return to the sources"), because they claimed they were "returning to patristic thought." Garrigou-Lagrange demonstrated that the theologians of the movement did not "return to the sources" but deviated from the long-standing theological tradition of the Catholic Church, thus creating a "new theology" all their own, and a disguised resurgence of Modernism. In 1950, Pope Pius XII responded with his great encyclical Humani Generis which condemned many of their errors, such as rejecting the traditional dogmatic formulations that emerged throughout Church history as a result of scholastic theology, re-interpreting Catholic dogma in a way that was inconsistent with tradition, falling into the error of dogmatic relativism and criticizing biblical texts in a way that deviated from the principles of biblical hermeneutics outlined by his predecessors (principally Pope Leo XIII).

 Almost all the theologians of the "new theology" were under suspicion of Modernism by the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office under Cardinal Ottavianni. Rahner was no exception. Before the death of Pope Pius XII, Cardinal Ottaviani tried unsuccessfully three times to convince the ailing Pontiff to have him excommunicated. In November 1962, "Pope" John XXIII appointed Rahner as a peritus ("theological expert") at Vatican II. The heretic Rahner thus had complete access to the Council and numerous opportunities to share his heresy with the bishops.  Rahner's influence at Vatican II was widespread, and he was subsequently chosen as one of seven theologians who would develop Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, which created the Vatican II sect with its damnable new ecclesiology. The Church of Christ is not identical to the Roman Catholic Church, but it is a separate entity which "subsists in" the Catholic Church, as well as in false sects. 

Rahner's works discuss his idea of the supernatural existential. This term meant that every human being, since Creation, has a supernatural element within him which inclines him, like a magnet, to encounter the "Supreme Divine Other." The supernatural existential takes the place of Divine Grace. Radically different experiences of God lead to different interpretations and theological positions, but all come from and lead to God. According to Herbert Vorgimler, Rahner stated, "I have experienced God directly. I have experienced God, the nameless and unfathomable One, the one who is silent, yet near...I have experienced God Himself, not human words about Him."  (See Understanding Karl Rahner, [1986], pg. 11). Rahner teaches that every human being is an "anonymous Christian." The supernatural existential links all humans to Christ through their encounters, even if their religion is a different perception, and even if they are atheists who don't realize they have encountered Him.  

Close Encounters of the Worst Kind
As a result of Rahner's philosophically warped worldview, and the false theology driven by it, he was led into serious errors that resulted in apostasy from the One True Faith:
  • The supernatural existential is an implicit denial of Original Sin and the whole doctrine on Grace
  • The Incarnation and Redemption by Christ are mythological, but are useful narratives
  • All Marian Dogmas are myths
  • There is no "One True Church" because all religions lead to God
  • All humanity will be saved
Lumen Gentium, the Vatican II document Rahner helped draft, teaches the heresy that there is a Church of Christ separate from the Roman Catholic Church. False sects have "elements" of the Church of Christ. To have all the elements, like the Roman Catholic Church, is best. However, having just some elements is good too, and leads to salvation. You can begin to see the connection to Rahner's idea that the more vivid, or the more close your encounter with God, the better it is, but we all encounter Him to one degree or another. 

It reminds me of the classic 1977 movie about UFOs, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The title is based on a scale devised by Dr. Hynek, who worked for the U.S. government, regarding alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects.  A "Close Encounter of the First Kind" is a sighting of a UFO. The Second Kind is some physical "evidence" of a UFO, and the Third Kind is actual contact with "aliens." People may have a First Kind encounter and dismiss it, or be skeptical, but the aliens are (allegedly) real nonetheless. This is analogous to agnostics and atheists. The Second Kind encounter may have people realizing something happened, but not correctly identifying the source. This is analogous to false religions. The Third Kind encounters let you know that aliens are real. This is analogous to being "Catholic." In all kinds of encounters, the aliens are real, watching over us, and care about our development. Welcome to the "theology of encounters" and Vatican II. 

Now, these statements can be better understood:

"All the baptized are in Christ's Church."--Wojtyla, Ut Unam Sint, para. #42 

"Proselytism is solemn nonsense."--Bergoglio

"The way to achieve Christian unity, in fact, is not proselytism, but fraternal dialogue..." Wojtyla, "Homily" of 1/25/93

"The Second Vatican Council did immense work to form that full and universal awareness by the Church of which Pope Paul VI wrote in his first Encyclical. This awareness-or rather self-awareness-by the Church is formed a "in dialogue"; and before this dialogue becomes a conversation, attention must be directed to "the other", that is to say: the person with whom we wish to speak."---Wojtyla, Redemptor Homines; Emphasis mine

"...as the Council teaches, 'by his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, in a certain way united himself with each man'"---Wojtyla, Redemptor Homines; Emphasis mine; See also Gaudium et Spes, para. #22)

Conclusion
The feel good encounters of the Vatican II sect come from existential, Modernist heresy. All they want is to feel good, and "dialogue" so as to have "an encounter" with the "other." There's "Worldwide Marriage Encounter" where "The experience allows you to create a dialogue with each other and with God, to create a higher and broader understanding of what it means to be married." Oh, and, of course, "Married couples of any denomination, mixed-faith, or without religious affiliation are welcome!" Who needs a stupid set of beliefs and morals when you can have an encounter? (See https://wwme.org/).

There's Lifeteen, which wants to offer Vatican II sect teenagers in a world of COVID a "virtual retreat." Will it be based on the traditional Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius? NO! "Realizing the limits of many social and safety guidelines, we know one area that might be affected is retreat ministry. Though the typical retreat experience might not be possible, we still believe it’s worth the effort to create an opportunity for teens to encounter Jesus. We want to partner with you to create a moment of encounter for your teens through this virtual retreat." (See https://lifeteen.com/events/youth/).

We must understand where the Great Apostasy originated, so as to guard against the evils that caused it. 1964 was not a "magic year" when everyone in the hierarchy suddenly went crazy. The heretics were there years prior, and only the true popes prevented them from taking over. Once a false pope came in (Roncalli), the floodgates opened. As I've written before, my spiritual father, the late, great Fr. Gommar DePauw, JCD was a peritus at Vatican II fighting against the Modernists alongside Bishop Kurz and Cardinal Ottaviani. When I had once inquired of him as to how the vast majority of prelates could have apostatized at Vatican II, his answer was clear and to the point: "They didn't become bums overnight." Truer words were never spoken. I can't help but think that many of those bums, like Rahner (d.1984), are having an eternal encounter with flames. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Defining Desire

 

The year was 1849. His Holiness Pope Pius IX, like all true popes, was interested in the truths of Faith and in making those truths better known and loved. He had a deep devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and was considering defining the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of Divine and Catholic Faith. To this end, he appointed a special commission of the best theologians at that time to investigate the question more profoundly than had previously been done. The first meeting of the Commission took place on May 8, 1852. At the second meeting (May 19th) and third meeting (June 8th) the Commission concerned itself to expressing the principles involved governing the definability of any doctrine as Catholic dogma. They put forth what is not necessary, and then what is necessary for an ex cathedra definition.  

Recently, I've been reading a collection of  essays written by theologian Fenton from 1944 to 1959, entitled The Church of Christ. Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton (1906-1969) was an outstanding theologian. He was professor of Dogmatic Theology at the Catholic University of America, and from 1944-1963, he was the editor of the professional theological journal, The American Ecclesiastical Review.  He produced no less than six theology books and numerous articles. Ordained in 1930, Fenton received his doctorate degree in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome the following year. His dissertation was written under the direction of the staunchly anti-Modernist Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (d. 1964). 

At the Robber Council Vatican II (1962-65), Fenton was a peritus ("theological expert") for Cardinal Ottaviani, the Pro-Prefect of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office. He fought the good fight against the Modernists, and afterwards, was shaken to the core. God mercifully called him to Judgement in 1969, as he was trying to grapple with what had taken place. In my opinion, he would have become a sedevacantist had he lived a bit longer. In his diaries written at the Council, he wrote, "If I did not believe God, I would be convinced that the Catholic Church was about to end." It is no surprise that he was a friend of Fr. Gommar DePauw, JCD, my spiritual father and founder of the Catholic Traditionalist Movement. 

This post was written after I read the aforementioned book of Fenton's, containing his theological essay Requisites for an Infallible Pontifical Definition According to the Commission of Pope Pius IX. Theologian Fenton defended the Faith against the detestable heretic, madman, and excommunicated Jesuit Leonard Feeney. Feeney "discovered" that the Church had been wrong in Her perennial teaching on Baptism of Desire (BOD) and Baptism of Blood (BOB). He died a member of the Vatican II sect under Montini in 1978, a man-made religion that teaches universal salvation, thereby proving the sect will welcome all heresies--even contradictory ones---as long as you do not hold the Integral Catholic Faith. 

As I finished the article, I couldn't help but think that the principles of the Church, as articulated by the Commission, show that BOD and BOB could be dogmatically defined if we had a true pope. In this post, I will enumerate each of the principles of the Church as recorded by theologian Fenton, and show how it can apply to BOD/BOB. In so doing, I will once again give the lie to the heretical successors of Feeney (think: Fred and Bobby Dimond, the St. Benedict Center, etc.) who have the temerity to declare BOD and BOB "heresy." (If anyone thinks I'm being unfair or hyperbolic by calling Feeney a "madman," please see my post "A Sickness Of Soul" http://introiboadaltaredei2.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-sickness-of-soul.html---Introibo).

Four Qualities NOT Needed For A Doctrine To Be Infallibly Defined

1. The fact that their have been conflicting teachings on this subject within the Catholic Church in the past, or the fact that all have not heretofore agreed on this teaching, does not render a doctrine incapable of definition. 

The Commission used the example of the rebaptism controversy as proof of this point. They also pointed out the fact that theologians on opposing sides of an issue habitually express their willingness to abide by a final decision of the Magisterium, thus in the eyes of the Church, expressing their belief that the Magisterium can pronounce and define even in a matter which had been freely debated among the theologians. 

Application to BOD and BOB: Feeneyites are always trying to "prove" BOD and BOB wrong by citing to someone who calls the doctrine into question. For example, Fr. William Jurgens is often cited as an opponent of BOD/BOB because of a text he wrote appearing to call them into question. Therefore, there is no "unanimous consent of theologians." The upshot of his contention is that to be unanimous, every single approved theologian must teach the same thing, and if only one theologian disagrees...well, goodbye to unanimity. Feeneyites have two major problems. First, Jurgens is not an approved theologian or canonist. His doctorate was not in Sacred Theology or Canon Law, but in Ecclesiastical History. Therefore any contention that Jurgens was against BOD or BOB (even if true), is the mere opinion of an historian and not the teaching of an approved theologian or canonist. Second, universal does not mean numerical unanimity, but moral unanimity

Unanimous refers to moral unanimity when we talk about the approved theologians and Fathers of the Church. According to the Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary (1957):

When the Fathers of the Church are morally unanimous in their teaching that a certain doctrine is a part of revelation, or is received by the universal Church, or that the opposite of a doctrine is heretical, then their united testimony is a certain criterion of divine revelation. As the Fathers are not personally infallible, the counter testimony of one or two would not be destructive of the value of the collective testimony; so a moral unanimity only is required. 

2. The fact that even authoritative writers can be cited in opposition to a teaching does not render that teaching incapable of definition.
The members of the Commission claimed that this principle is shown to be valid through the examination of the history of almost any defined dogma. They pointed, in particular, to the example of the Council of Trent, which proclaimed the Church's belief in the absolute immunity of Our Lady from all actual sin and imperfection in the face of previous denial of this truth even on the part of some Fathers and Doctors of the Church. 

Application to BOD and BOB: Even those who are Fathers and Doctors of the Church who could possibly be cited in opposition does not render this doctrine incapable of being defined as dogma, let alone being "proven false."

3. In order that a doctrine be definable, it is not necessary that there should be explicit, or even implicit, testimony to this doctrine in Sacred Scripture, since it is certain and manifest that the scope of Revelation is wider than that of Scripture.
In support of this principle, the Commission appealed to several dogmas including infant baptism, and the Real (and complete) Presence of Our Lord under each of the Eucharistic Species. 

Application to BOD and BOB: Not being explicitly or implicitly mentioned in the Bible has no bearing on it being definable as a dogma. 

4. In order to show that the doctrine to be defined belongs to Sacred Tradition, it is not necessary to adduce a series of Fathers and other witnesses reaching back to Apostolic Times. 
The Commission took note of the fact that the early monuments of Tradition, among them the patristic writings are to be numbered, do not state the entire content of that Divine Teaching which was delivered to the Church by the apostles.

According to the Commission, to deny this fourth principle necessarily entails the denial of at least one of these known truths:

  • Not all of the doctrine entrusted to the Church as the content of Divine Public Revelation was immediately, at the very outset of the Church's life, set down in writing by the Fathers
  • Not all of the ancient monuments of Divine Apostolic Tradition (the writings and inscriptions of the early Christians) have survived until our time, even though Tradition itself has survived and is just as perfectly possessed, guarded, and taught by the infallible Church today as it was in Apostolic Times
  • Although the whole content of Divine Public Revelation has always been guarded and presented infallibly by the Church, it has not always been, in its entirety, distinctly conceived and formally expressed
  • A doctrine proposed as part of the Divine Apostolic Tradition by the One True Church of Jesus Christ at any one period in Her history cannot possibly be in opposition to what has been taught as Divinely Revealed by the Church at an earlier time
  • A doctrine proposed at any time within the Church as a part of Divine Public Revelation must, by reason of the Divine assistance promised and given to the Church, have been taught in the past at least in an implicit manner. Moreover, such a teaching could never have been denied by a majority of the teachers within the Church
Application to BOD and BOB:
Notice the fourth truth above: A doctrine proposed as part of the Divine Apostolic Tradition by the One True Church of Jesus Christ at any one period in Her history cannot possibly be in opposition to what has been taught as Divinely Revealed by the Church at an earlier time. All Feeneyites deny this truth of necessity. If water baptism was the exclusive means to be within the Church and achieve salvation, it was always true since the time the Church was founded. However, that means that the Church defected when BOD and BOB were taught in Her catechisms, by Her theologians, etc. That's why Feeneyites must either become "Vacancy Pushers" like, e.g.,  Richard Ibranyi, who puts the last pope as Honorius II in 1130 AD, or they implicitly deny the dogma that the Church is Indefectible. What good is a Magisterium that can't teach? 

The Feeneyites also talk about the necessity of the universal and constant consent of the Fathers as spoken of at the Vatican Council (1869-1870), yet they once more fail to comprehend its meaning. Here is an example from the Vatican Council: 

The universal and constant tradition of the Church, as seen both in facts and in the teaching of the Fathers, as well as in the manner of acting and speaking adopted by many Councils, some of which were Ecumenical, teaches us that the judgments of the Roman Pontiff in matters of faith and morals are irreformable. (See http://www.catholicplanet.org/councils/20-postulatum.htm). 

Protestants jumped all over this by trying to show at least one Father of the Church in disagreement with papal infallibility (therefore "not universal"), or it was not so from antiquity (therefore not constant chronologically). Both the Protestants and Feeneyites get their terms wrong.  According to the eminent theologian of the Vatican Council under Pope Pius IX, Cardinal Franzelin, universality means the consent of the Church at this present time. Only when the present universality (moral unanimity) cannot be confirmed is it necessary to appeal to antiquity, and that appeal is not to show it was always held, but rather if it was ever held by the Church as certain.  (See On Divine Tradition, reprint of 1875, [2016], pgs. 417-423). 

Five Qualities Sufficient For A Doctrine To Be Infallibly Defined
1.  There must be a number of solemn testimonies directly pertinent to the proposition in question.

Application to BOD and BOB:
There is a plethora of testimonies to the teaching of BOD and BOB. Here are but a few:

 St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church (12th century): Letter No.77, Letter to Hugh of St. Victor, On Baptism: “If an adult...wish and seek to be baptized, but is unable to obtain it because death intervenes, then where there is no lack of right faith, devout hope, sincere charity, may God be gracious to me, because I cannot completely despair of salvation for such a one solely on account of water, if it be lacking, and cannot believe that faith will be rendered empty, hope confounded and charity lost, provided only that he is not contemptuous of the water, but as I said merely kept from it by lack of opportunity...
 

Pope Innocent II (12th Century): From his letter "Apostolicam Sedem" to the Bishop of Cremona, "We assert without hesitation (on the authority of the holy Fathers Augustine and Ambrose) that the 'priest' whom you indicated (in your letter) had died without the water of baptism, because he persevered in the Faith of Holy Mother Church and in the confession of the name of Christ, was freed from original sin and attained the joys of the heavenly fatherland. Read [brother] in the eighth book of Augustine's City of God where among other things it is written: 'Baptism is administered invisibly to one whom not contempt of religion, but death excludes.' Read again the book also of the blessed Ambrose concerning the death of Valentinian where he says the same thing. Therefore, to questions concerning the dead, you should hold the opinions of the learned Fathers, and in your church you should join in prayers and you should have sacrifices offered to God for the 'priest' mentioned." (Denzinger 388)

The Council of Trent:
Decree on Justification, Session VI, Chapter 4: "And this translation, since the promulgation of the Gospel, cannot be effected, without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof, as it is written; unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."

Session VII, Concerning the Sacraments in General, Canon 4 : "If anyone shall say that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for salvation, but are superfluous, and that, although all are not necessary for every individual, without them or without the desire of them, through faith alone men obtain from God the grace of justification; let him be anathema."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:
Moral Theology, Bk. 6, nn. 95-97: "Baptism of blood is the shedding of one's blood, i.e. death, suffered for the faith or for some other Christian virtue. Now this Baptism is comparable to true baptism because, like true Baptism, it remits both guilt and punishment as it were ex opere operato… Hence martyrdom avails also for infants seeing that the Church venerates the Holy Innocents as true martyrs. That is why Suarez rightly teaches that the opposing view is at least temerarious."

Catechism of the Council of Trent
The Sacraments, Baptism: "...should any unforeseen accident make it impossible for adults to be washed in the salutary waters, their intention and determination to receive Baptism and their repentance for past sins, will avail them to grace and righteousness."

Pope St. Pius X,  Catechism of Christian Doctrine (aka Catechism of St. Pius X):
17 Q. Can the absence of Baptism be supplied in any other way? A. The absence of Baptism can be supplied by martyrdom, which is called Baptism of Blood, or by an act of perfect love of God, or of contrition, along with the desire, at least implicit, of Baptism, and this is called Baptism of Desire.
 
2. A proposition is capable of being defined if there can be found one or many revealed principles containing this proposition. 

The Commission used the example that from the revealed dogma Christ is True God and True Man, it follows He has two wills. 

Application to BOD and BOB:
It has been dogmatically defined at Trent that " "If anyone shall say that the sacraments of the New Law are not necessary for salvation, but are superfluous, and that, although all are not necessary for every individual, without them or without the desire of them, through faith alone men obtain from God the grace of justification; let him be anathema."

Trent also defined: "And this translation, since the promulgation of the Gospel, cannot be effected, without the laver of regeneration, or the desire thereof, as it is written; unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."

From the truth that we cannot be saved without the sacraments or the desire of them, it follows that the desire of baptism can be efficacious unto salvation. Feeneyites will say that "or" should be read as "and." For example, "A car cannot run without gasoline or oil." Both are necessities. In adults, baptism must be received with the intention of being baptized ("desire"). 

This is wrong on three counts:
1. The theologians immediately post-Trent did not interpret "or" in that way; and they would know best.
2. The Canon on baptism would be defective because the adult recipient of baptism must also have attrition for his sins, not merely desire to receive the sacrament. Trent could not have been enumerating the conditions for a valid baptism of an adult. Most theologians teach that the basic truths of Faith must also be believed.
3. The Church has interpreted the meaning in Her 1917 Code of Canon Law: Canon 737 states, Baptism, the gateway and foundation of the Sacraments, actually or at least in desire, is necessary for all for salvation...

Trent therefore infallibly defined BOD within the Decree on Justification. It is thus the proper object of a more explicit papal definition. 

3. A proposition is capable of being defined if it shows a necessary connection with dogmas.

Application to BOD and BOB: 
It is of faith that the sacraments are necessary in actuality or the desire for them. Salvation can therefore be achieved by a desire for the sacraments when actual reception is made impossible. This would include Baptism; one of the seven sacraments. Notice also that while desiring Holy Orders does not make a man a priest, it is also (strictly speaking) not necessary for salvation. If the actual reception of Holy Orders were necessary for  salvation, all women would be damned. Of those sacraments necessary unto salvation, God (Who is not bound to give grace only through the sacraments), allows people to be saved by the desire of them. 

4. A proposition may be defined as Catholic dogma if it is preached as a part of Divine Public Revelation in the concordant teaching of the episcopate.

All catechisms and theological works have received the approbation of the episcopate worldwide. 

5. A proposition is capable of definition when it is shown to be a part of Divine Public Revelation by the practice of the Church.

 Canon 1239, section 2 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law states: 

Catechumens who, through no fault of their own, die without Baptism, are to be treated as Baptized.
Canonists Abbo and Hannon comment, "The reason for this rule is that they are justly supposed to have met death united to Christ through Baptism of Desire." (See The Sacred Canons, [1951], pg. 493). It is established that the Church is infallible in Her universal disciplinary laws such as the 1917 Code of Canon Law. 

According to theologian Van Noort, "The Church's infallibility extends to the general discipline of the Church...By the term "general discipline of the Church" are meant those ecclesiastical laws passed for the direction of Christian worship and Christian living." (See Dogmatic Theology, 2: 114-115; Emphasis mine). 

According to theologian Herrmann:
"The Church is infallible in her general discipline. By the term general discipline is understood the laws and practices which belong to the external ordering of the whole Church. Such things would be those which concern either external worship, such as liturgy and rubrics, or the administration of the sacraments…. If she [the Church] were able to prescribe or command or tolerate in her discipline something against faith and morals, or something which tended to the detriment of the Church or to the harm of the faithful, she would turn away from her divine mission, which would be impossible."
(Institutiones Theologiae Dogmaticae, Vol. 1, p. 258). 

Feeneyites will make two objections: (1) The Code is not universal since it only applies to the Latin Rite and not the Eastern Rites, and (2) Canon 1 "proves" it's not universal.

In response to the first objection, it is sheer ignorance of Canon Law. According to the eminent canonist Buscaren: "A general [universal] law is one which is not limited to a particular territory; it is a universal law of the Church. This does not mean it is binding on all Catholics. It may be enacted for a special class of persons, or for certain particular circumstances." (See Canon Law: A Text and Commentary [1951], pg. 27). Therefore, "universality" means "pertaining to all members of a Rite throughout the world," and not just in a particular territory. The 1917 Code is therefore universal.

In response to the second objection, Canon 1 does state that the Code as a general rule does not affect the Oriental Church (i.e., Eastern Rites). However, as Buscaren explains, there are some matters in which it [the 1917 Code] affects also the Oriental Church and Oriental Catholics. He enumerates three categories that apply to all Rites: (1) Canons which express dogmatic truths; (2) Canons which declare Divine Law; and (3) Canons which expressly and explicitly mention the Oriental Rites. (See Ibid, pg. 16). Canon 1239 is an extension of Canon 737 (cited above) in declaring a dogmatic/Divine truth, therefore it applies to all Rites. In addition, all Eastern (Oriental) Rites have their own Canons which mirror both 737 and 1239, making the definitive case that it is a universal disciplinary law no matter how you approach it.

Conclusion
It should be clear that BOD and BOB are not only defined by Trent, but are capable of further explicit elaboration in an ex cathedra papal pronouncement. It is incredible how far away the truth is from the Feeneyite lie that BOD and BOB are "heresy." In order to be saved, one must (a) be within the One True Church and (b) die in the state of sanctifying grace. Leonard Feeney taught that BOD would effectuate justification (confer sanctifying grace) yet you would be damned without water baptism. If you are in the state of grace you are a friend of God and cannot be damned. To assert otherwise is both heretical and illogical.

Modern day Feeneyites teach that BOD confers neither justification or salvation. The only way to be within the Church and be in the state of grace is through water baptism. Yet this post has shown the teaching of the Church to be quite different. In my opinion, if we had a true pope, he would precisely define BOD/BOB putting an end to the madness of the Feeneyites once and for all. We can follow the Church, or those who think they know better than the Church

Monday, November 2, 2020

When Strangers Come Knocking---Part 15

 

This is the next installment of my series to be published the first Monday of each month.

There are members of false sects, like Jehovah's Witnesses, that come knocking door-to-door hoping to convert you. Instead of ignoring them, it is we who should try and convert them. In 1 Peter 3:16, our first Pope writes, "But in thy hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks thee to give the reason for the hope that thou hast. But do this with gentleness and respect,..." Before the Great Apostasy, the Church would send missionaries to the ends of the Earth to make as many converts as possible. 

Those in false religions don't always come (literally) knocking at your door. It may be a Hindu at work who wants you to try yoga. It could be a "Christian Scientist" who lives next door and invites you to come to their reading room. Each month, I will present a false sect. Unlike the Vatican II sect, I do not see them as a "means of salvation" or possessing "elements of truth" that lead to salvation. That is heresy. They lead to damnation, and the adherents of the various sects must be converted so they may be saved.

In each month's post, I will present one false sect and give an overview of:  

  • The sect's history
  • Their theology
  • Tips on how to share the True Faith with them
Baha'i
The Baha'i sect is a relatively new religion having been founded only 176 years ago. Most people have never heard of them. Personally, I only became aware of them ten years ago when they opened a Mashriqu'l-Adhkar or Temple not far from where I live. The sect originated in Persia (modern day Iran) and was perceived as an offshoot of Islam. This assessment is manifestly false. Baha'ism should be considered an independent false religion; just as Buddhism grew out of the context of  Hinduism but is distinguished from the former. The name Baha'i  comes from the Persian word meaning a "follower of Baha Allah" (from Arabic for splendor of God). The Baha’i Faith is known by its claims for religious acceptance. Baha’is with pride declare, “We accept all the manifestations of God.” 

The Baha’i Faith stands at the pinnacle, perhaps, in claims for religious harmony and acceptance. Yet, as this post will demonstrate, these claims are without foundation, since each religion it claims to accept is not permitted to speak for itself but is re-interpreted to con­form to the teachings of the Baha’i faith. In essence, other religions are reinvented to teach the Baha’i philosophy. No amount of intellectual gymnastics can change this basic fact: The Baha’i Faith is not as tolerant as it would have us believe. Fundamentally, it recognizes what all religions have accepted: only absolute truths have value. It is thus underhanded in claiming one thing (the acceptance of the basic teachings of all religions) while teaching another (religious exclusivism). This post will show the internal contradiction and false beliefs of a sect which, like the Vatican II sect, wants a One World Religion. 

(My sources on Baha'i are taken primarily from: William McLwee Miller, The Baha’i Faith: Its History and Teachings , (1974), Dr. Francis Beckwith, Baha'i (1985), and the sect's official website, https://www.bahai.org/. ---Introibo). 

Origin
The history of the Baha’is begins in 1844. This was the year that Mizra Ali Muhammad, otherwise known as “the Bab,” proclaimed to the world that he was the greatest Manifesta­tion of God to date and the fulfillment of prophecies in all world Scriptures. Baha’is believe that of the nine or more historic manifestations of God (for example, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus—the exact number has changed historically), the Bab was the greatest revealer of truth up to his time. For this reason the Bahai symbol of the nine-pointed star reflects the importance of the number for the Faith. The number nine is the highest single digit number which therefore symbolizes completeness and the fulfillment of the expectations of all prior religions. The star is often portrayed on Bahai temples, which are nine-sided. (The Baha'i star is depicted at the top of this post). 

The Bab also told of another Manifestation, even greater, who would follow him. The Baha’is interpret this as being his follower Mirza Husayn Ali, otherwise known as Baha’u’llah (1817-1892, author of the Al-Kitab-Al-Aqdas ["The Most Holy Book"], and the Kitab-l-Iqan ["The Book of Certitude"]) who came after the Bab. Baha’u’llah (i.e., “the Glory of God”) is as close as one can come to a Baha’i equivalent of Jesus Christ. Baha’is today view the Bab as his forerunner and give Baha’u’llah preeminence. Hence, the teachings and writings of the Bab are of less import, as they are superseded by those of Baha’u’llah, who brought greater revelation to light.

Known by Baha'i adherents as "The Divine Educator," here is what the Baha'is claim about Baha’u’llah:

Throughout history, the great religions have provided the primary driving force behind the civilizing of human character, eliciting self-discipline, devotion and heroism from their followers. Many of religion’s moral principles have been translated into structures and patterns of conduct which have served to elevate human relationships and advance humanity’s collective life.

Every time a Manifestation of God appears, a fuller measure of inspiration for the next stage in the awakening and progress of humanity is released into the world. A human being—ordinary in every outward respect—is called to be a mouthpiece for God. One may call to mind Moses standing before the Burning Bush, the Buddha receiving enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus in the form of a dove, or the archangel Gabriel appearing to Muhammad.

In the middle of the 19th century, God summoned Baha’u’llah—meaning the “Glory of God”—to deliver a new Revelation to humanity. For four decades thousands of verses, letters and books flowed from His pen. In His Writings, He outlined a framework for the development of a global civilization which takes into account both the spiritual and material dimensions of human life.

I have never aspired after worldly leadership. My sole purpose hath been to hand down unto men that which I was bidden to deliver by God…

— Baha’u’llah (See https://www.bahai.org/bahaullah/; Emphasis mine). 

Notice the absolute and abhorrent egalitarianism; Jesus Christ is equal to Moses, Buddha, and Mohammed. What did all of these writings of Baha’u’llah teach? The Baha'i doctrines will be examined next.

Doctrines
 1. One World Government and Religion
The fundamental principles of Baha’i revolve around an emphasis on world unity. Thus Baha’is emphasize belief in the oneness of God, the oneness of religion (in a sense, a world religion evolving “into” oneness through progressive revelation) and the oneness of mankind. They also stress the harmony of science and religion and universal compulsory education (which would incorporate Baha'i teachings). They advocate for:
  •  complete equal­ity of the sexes
  • a universal language to be learned by all
  • Baha'i as the source of unity
  • international peace maintained by a One-World Government
  • elimination of all forms of prejudice (read: sodomite/transgender perversion)
  • the abolition of extremes of wealth and poverty 
 Baha’is insist that they are a progressive, uniting factor among all religions, and that they are not a new religion. Nevertheless, their writings prove that The Baha’i Faith is a new religion, one in active competition with all others and hence not a uniting factor. This rejection of other faiths is maintained even while Baha’i offers the other faiths the hand of unity and friendship. When this is seen for what it is, this spiritual pre­tense is distasteful to the neutral observer or committed member of another faith. Baha’is only tell a member of another religion exactly what he or she may wish to hear: “Baha’i does not deny your beliefs, it teaches that you can be a devout Christian and also a Baha’i.” Thus new prospects are promised, “The Baha’i Faith invites us to broaden our religious horizons, not to become an apostate.”(See Baha'i magazine World Order, Fall, 1977, p. 11).

Unfortunately, this is precisely what happens. After one commits oneself to The Baha’i Faith, one learns that “true religion” is found only in the teachings of Baha’u’llah; it is one’s own religion that has been seriously corrupted. According to Baha'i all religions teach the same truth, despite variation due to local customs, cultures and the depth of religious evolution of man at that point. The world’s religions will eventually accept the truth and unite under Baha’i teachings into one grand ecumenical brotherhood. 

2. Manifestations of God
Baha'i's founder, the Bab, was considered a heretic by Moslems as he declared himself a greater manifestation of truth than Mohammed. For this, he was executed. According to the Baha'i myth, 750 soldiers fired upon him and he was unscathed. After he finished writing his last words of a text, he "permitted" the execution to take place. Bab's successor, Baha’u’llah attempted to distinguish between the proph­ets’ station (rank) and mission. As to their station, the prophets are all equal in an absolute sense. As to the prophets’ mission, however, “the words and utterances … appear to diverge and differ… [still] all their utterances are, in reality, but the expressions of one Truth.”(See Shoghi Effendi, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah  (1976), pgs. 66-67). Therefore, Buddha and Mohammad are one, despite Buddha’s practical atheism and Mohammad’s zealous theism.

Dr. Beckwith writes, "The problem with this concept of revelation is that it is self-defeating. The statement, “revelation is relative,” which is allegedly a revelation spoken by Baha’u’llah, must be either relative or absolute. If the statement is relative, it is not absolutely binding, and it is possible that absolute revelation does exist. If the statement, “revelation is relative,” is absolute, then the statement, “revelation is relative,” cannot be true. Thus, the Baha’i doctrine of relative revelation is self-defeating and untrue." (See Beckwith, cited above, pgs.20-21). 

Bahai's will tell potential converts they are not anti-Christian and may be both Christian and Baha'i because, like Christianity, they believe Jesus is the Christ, born of the Virgin Mary. What they conveniently omit to tell them is that Baha’u’llah is the promised Messiah of the Bible and other holy scriptures, and that Baha’u’llah’s teachings supersede all others. Baha’u’llah was none other than Jesus Christ returned, and it is to him, not Jesus, that Christians and others must look. Why then are Christians still looking for Jesus’ return? Because Christ’s erring disciples falsely interpreted Jesus’ teachings. This explains why such teachings do not seem to conform to Baha’u’llah’s revelations. (This will not be made explicit until the conversion is complete, and the person has decided to sever ties with their former religion). 

Other tenets:
God: God is unknowable except through conflicting manifestations. God cannot incarnate Himself.

Jesus Christ: One of many manifestations of the divine; Jesus Christ returned as Baha’u’llah.

Divine Revelation: Written revelation is incomplete and continuing; religious truth is ultimately relative. In their true essence and teaching all religions are true or reflect facets of the truth.

Heaven and Hell: Neither place exists. When you die, your soul will enter a "spiritual realm" wherein your spiritual development determines whether one is closer or farther from God. You develop spiritually according to (a) how closely you believed the teachings of Baha'i and (b) how ethical or "nice" you were in life. 

The Baha'i have a governing body called The Universal House of Justice. There are no clergy properly so-called. They have simple prayer services with readings from  Baha’u’llah. If there is no temple nearby, they gather in houses for this purpose. 

Proselytizing Tips for Baha'is
  • Point out that their sect is internally inconsistent.  "God" cannot be both Trinity and non-trinitarian. If God cannot Incarnate Himself, Christ lied. How can they accept a liar as a "manifestation" of God?
  • Show how Baha'i undermines itself. Baha’is believe that Christians have rejected God. They decry the fact that the prophets, especially Baha’u’llah, have not been accepted by Christians. If this is true, Baha'i also teach that one who denies any of the manifestation of God, has denied all. Baha’is deny Christ is God Incarnate, which is to deny His message and Mission. Therefore, they deny Baha’u’llah
  • The simple fact is that the Baha’i approach to religion is opposed in reason. The only way to accept all "manifestations of God" is to claim that the Law of Non-Contradiction in logic, which states that contradictory propositions cannot both be true at the same time and in the same sense (e.g., Christ is God Incarnate and Christ is not God Incarnate), is to be abandoned. To abandon the Law of Non-Contradiction is to abandon being rational
The Vatican II Sect: DON'T Proselytize
The Vatican II sect put out a leaflet (part of a "Getting to Know Other Faiths" series) on Baha'i. Here's the introduction section to said leaflet:

In the Vatican II 'Declaration on the relationship of the Church with Non-Christians' [ Nostra Aetate] we find that the Church speaks with warmth and openness and greets People of Faith as partners in a single great enterprise. These religions contain much that is good and holy and provide ways of salvation for millions of people all over the world. Throughout the documents of Vatican II we find encouragement to respect, accept and meet as friends, those who profess faiths different from our own. The Baha’í Faith will be introduced here in this spirit. (See https://bahai-faith.manvell.org.uk/fragrant/catholic.html; Emphasis mine).  It doesn't matter what you believe because all faiths are pathways to salvation--sounds almost like Baha'i, doesn't it? 

The leaflet has a couple of "Questions for Discussion," one of which states, "In what areas would cooperation with people of [the] Baha'i Faith be most fruitful and possible?" Notice: cooperation; not a word about converting them to save their souls. This is the sad and repulsive sect of Jorge Bergoglio.


Conclusion
The Baha'i sect attracts people because of its emphasis on "universal peace and harmony" as well as its giving a great significance to ethics and truthfulness. They want a One World Religion that allows all to become Baha'i without giving up their own "faith community." This has been shown to be a lie by those same Baha'is who purport to value truthfulness. The Baha'i sect wants to absorb all faiths into accepting their doctrines which are irrational; that allow mutually exclusive ideas to be held. They want a One World Government with compulsory education in Baha'i. The Vatican II sect holds a similar belief that all religions are more or less good and they [truthfully] do not want anyone, including Baha'is, to convert. The times are evil.

We must do all we can to convert as many people as we can to the One True Church of Jesus Christ. She alone is the Mystical Body of Christ, and Jesus alone could rightfully say, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one cometh to the Father, but by Me." (St. John 14:6). 

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Faith Trumps Biden


 My posts on politics are infrequent. I focus on matters pertaining to the One True Church. I'm publishing this post eight days before the U.S. presidential election because the Faith (and true morality) are directly implicated. Democratic nominee Joseph Biden claims to be a "good Catholic." Truth be told, he is an apostate who went along with the Vatican II sect. He endorses abortion on demand, sodomite "marriage" and "rights," and his policies are that of Socialism. Yet, the Vatican II sect allows him to receive their "communion" (thank God it's invalid) and their clergy are telling people to "vote their consciences," as if a vote for Biden is morally permissible. 

People will counter by saying that Trump is non-Catholic, an adulterer, a womanizer, and a greedy man who only helps the rich. While fully admitting Trump is far from ideal (and is no King St. Louis IX), a vote for Biden is immoral. This post will explain why. 

Biden: Operating on Socialist Principles

(The principles of the Church set forth in this section--and applied to the instant case--are taken from theologian Cahill, The Framework of a Christian State, [1932], pgs. 181-189---Introibo)

The platform of the Democratic Party, and enthusiastically embraced by Biden, is Socialism in principle. Here are the evil problems with Socialism (and see how they play out in Biden's campaign). Also take note of how false pope Jorge Bergoglio supports the same platform via his religious teachings.

1. Materialism. The fundamental and irreconcilable opposition between Socialism and the Church is the materialistic philosophy upon which Socialism rests. The authority and very existence of a personal God are denied or ignored. The immortality of the soul, free will, and human responsibility disappear from the public square. Thus, the very foundation of the moral law collapses. The primary--indeed solitary--purpose of life is earthly happiness. 

Biden: Sees religion as something altogether "private;" it has no bearing on public life. Indeed, the "happiness" that comes from being free of unwanted children via abortion is a "legal right." In 1987, he torpedoed Robert Bork's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court based on Judge Bork's outspoken opposition to abortion. Yet, he calls himself a "devout Catholic (sic)." Under his "Biden Care, " health plan, abortion, contraception, and euthanasia via health care rationing will ensure the "greatest happiness" for the most people. An evil utilitarian ethic devoid of God's Moral Law. 

Bergoglio: The real problems of the world are protecting the environment, youth unemployment and the loneliness of the elderly. (Spreading the true Faith and saving your soul didn't make the list). Those who fight abortion are fixated on "simple-minded rules." There is no condemnation of Biden from Bergoglio (or his clergy) due to Biden's support of slaughtering children; and this in spite of the fact that Wojtyla's 1983 Code of Canon Law still lists procuring an abortion as an act worthy of excommunication. 

2. False Interpretation of Human Equality. While it is true that all are created by God, that does not make all people equals. Inequality in social rank, opportunity, and material well-being are the necessary results of each person's varying abilities and character, coupled with their right to acquire property and to utilize their various natural gifts each in his own way. The classes must obey legitimate authority. Poverty will never be overcome. Our Lord said, "The poor you will always have with you..." (St. Matthew 26:11).  Government can never overcome poverty from the psychological point of view, even if such material gain could be achieved. For example, even if everyone had enough food, there would be those with better kinds of food. Even if everyone had housing, not everyone can have beachfront property. 

Biden: Wants "progressive taxation" to redistribute wealth.  Progressive tax is discriminatory by its very nature because it purposefully taxes some people, and some dollars, at a different rate than others. It is a disincentive to work hard because the more money a person will make, the more the government will take, so that others can benefit from those who worked harder to make more. "Free" education, healthcare, etc., is not "free"--society pays, and everyone loses out in the long run. In 1848 Marx and Engels proposed that progressive taxation be used “to wrest, by degrees, all capital from the bourgeois, to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state.”

Biden supports the Communist thugs of "Black Lives Matter." They incite class warfare and civil unrest. As Pope Leo XIII taught, "Hallowed, therefore, in the minds of Christians is the very idea of public authority, in which they recognize some likeness and symbol as it were of the Divine Majesty, even when it is exercised by one unworthy. A just and due reverence to the laws abides in them, not from force and threats, but from a consciousness of duty; "for God hath not given us the spirit of fear. "(See Sapientiae Christianae, para. #9). 

Bergoglio: The apostate said, "Working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy. It is a moral obligation.” (See http://www.archivioradiovaticana.va/storico/2015/07/10/pope_francis_speech_at_world_meeting_of_popular_movements/en-1157291). Compare with Brooklyn-born Jew Bernie Sanders, an admitted Socialist, who stated, "A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little." (See https://twitter.com/sensanders/status/426740006905200640).

  He believes in the equality of all religions--an absolute equality where all can attain Heaven including atheists, because "There is no Catholic God," and "Proselytism is solemn nonsense."

3. Elimination of Private Property. Pope Leo XIII wrote, "Hence, it is clear that the main tenet of socialism, community of goods, must be utterly rejected, since it only injures those whom it would seem meant to benefit, is directly contrary to the natural rights of mankind, and would introduce confusion and disorder into the commonweal. The first and most fundamental principle, therefore, if one would undertake to alleviate the condition of the masses, must be the inviolability of private property." (See Rerum Novarum para. #15; Emphasis mine). 

Biden: According to the Hoover Institution, "...Biden used his perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee as a bully pulpit to attack conservative nominees, most notably Robert Bork in 1987.  Four years later, when Thomas appeared before the judiciary committee, Biden asked him if he accepted any of the principles in Takings, which argued for extensive protections for private property. Thomas responded that the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution—“nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation”—did protect private property." (See https://www.hoover.org/research/joe-bidens-constitutionalism). Biden attacked the pro-property right stance of Clarence Thomas. 

Bergoglio: In his recent "encyclical" Fratelli Tutti, Bergoglio directly contradicts Church teaching on private property in a footnote to para. #119, wherein he states, "...the Christian tradition has never recognized the right to private property as absolute or inviolable, and has stressed the social purpose of all forms of private property.” Yet, Pope Leo calls the right to private property "inviolable" in Rerum Novarum cited above. A clear contradiction, and proof that Bergoglio made a material false statement (i.e., he lied). 

4. Destruction of the Family. Socialism sees marriage as a mere construct of the State, capable of being dissolved at will.  "They [Socialists] debase the natural union of man and woman, which is held sacred even among barbarous peoples; and its bond, by which the family is chiefly held together, they weaken, or even deliver up to lust." (See Pope Leo XIII, Quod Apostolici Muneris, para. #1). 

Biden: Supports sodomite "marriages," thus redefining the family. He wants sodomites to be able to adopt children from federally funded adoption agencies, and to protect "transgender women of color" (it takes a minute to understand that phrase, I know) from violence. (See  https://joebiden.com/lgbtq/#).

Bergoglio: Came out in support of civil unions for sodomites. His support of civil unions dates back to his days as "archbishop" of Buenos Aires, when he proposed civil unions as an alternative to sodomite "marriage," a position he has reiterated as recently as 2017. He encouraged two Italian sodomites to "raise their children in the parish church." (See https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-calls-for-civil-union-law-for-same-sex-couples-in-shift-from-vatican-stance-12462). Let's not forget his famous "If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?" If he was Vicar of Christ (which he is most certainly not), he should judge and condemn them unless they seek God to abandon their evil lifestyle. 

Answering Objections to Voting for Trump

1. Trump is dividing the people with his policies. His policies reflect Christian values, such as being pro-life, anti-sodomite, and anti-Socialism. Our Lord said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." (St. Matthew 10:34). It's not that Christ instigated animosity, but rather that unconverted people resented God's truth by nature. That's why so many hate Trump's policies.

2. Trump is a womanizer, adulterer, makes fun of people, sends out obnoxious tweets, etc. The argument against Trump's character (he has not the temperament, morals, or charisma to represent the nation) is the most frequently cited. We must prioritize policy over character. President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), was pretty clean. He had no real personal scandals. He was faithful to his wife, kind, and a soft-spoken Southern gentleman. His policies were anti-Christian and he was a disaster for America. Policy does not flow out of character. A good man who is weak, easily influenced, or distracted may not be an effective leader. A bad man may adopt the right policies for the purely pragmatic reason that they appeal to a large voting block whose support he needs. It doesn’t matter why he adopts the policies he does; what matters is that he adopts the right policies. Trump does that. Character without right policy is just as empty as faith without works.

 Remember, Christ preached obedience even to wicked lawgivers, like the scribes and Pharisees, by saying, "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach." (St. Matthew 23:2-3). Only in one case is a Catholic exempt from obedience to the State: when the law is clearly unjust and contrary to the Will of God. It then does not bind in conscience. As Pope Leo XIII beautifully summarized: The one only reason which men have for not obeying is when anything is demanded of them which is openly repugnant to the natural or the divine law, for it is equally unlawful to command to do anything in which the law of nature or the will of God is violated. (See Diuturnum, para. #15). 

Conclusion

On November 3, 2020, the people of the United States have a choice to make. A vote for Joe Biden is a vote for Socialism, and with it, the murder of innocent unborn children, the destruction of the family by promoting sexual perverts, and the beginning of the end for private property. Joe Biden is the secular version of his wicked religious leader, Jorge Bergoglio. In a way, it could be analogized as the Antichrist and the False Prophet--with Satan as their infamous leader. You must not "follow your conscience" as the man-made Vatican II sect tells the world; you must follow your conscience correctly informed by the Magisterium. A vote for Biden would be a vote against the dictates of the Divine-positive Law and Natural Law. Sodomy and murder are two of the Four Sins That Scream to Heaven for Vengeance. 

A vote for Trump is a vote for godly policies. A vote for Biden is a vote for Socialistic evil, and you will be held accountable to God. Remember well the words of Pope Pius XI, "[Socialism] is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist."(See Quadragesimo Anno, para. #111).