Monday, December 23, 2019

Are You Positive?


 Negative theology is the term bandied about by the Vatican II sect to describe Traditional Catholic moral and dogmatic teachings on subjects like Original Sin, sin (in general), doing penance, sacrifice, and the reality of Hell. If you ever had the misfortune of attending the Novus Bogus "mass" you will see the theology of "I'm OK, You're OK." What's important is that you feel good about yourself, and telling people Hell exists and you might go there takes away a bit of the ol' joie de vie. The invalid service or "celebration of the Eucharist (sic)" unfolds as a fulfilled prophesy of the condemnations issued by Pope Pius XII in his great encyclical Mediator Dei:

  • Gone are the venerable hymns such as Holy God We Praise Thy Name and Ave Maria. Instead, the "Entrance Song" will be Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, the "Communion Hymn" will be I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston, and the concluding song will be Don't Stop Believin' by Journey. (I find it supremely ironic that the "hymn" they play most often when they pass around the collection basket is Take Our Bread). We need to feel warm, fuzzy, and happy
  •  The crucifix which shows Our Lord's horrific suffering and death for our sins is replaced by a cross with a corpus of a robed, resurrected Christ who shows no wounds and looks happy
  • Almost no one goes to Confession (sin doesn't exist) but all are invited (and go) to receive "communion," including the local pro-abortion politician (think: Andrew Cuomo), those who live in open and notorious adultery (think: Andrew Cuomo), and those who do not profess the Catholic Faith in any way (Think: Bill Clinton--and Andrew Cuomo!) We are all part of God's family, and we don't want anyone to feel left out or bad about themselves. "Active participation" means it's not really "mass" without "communion"
  • Funerals are now canonizations. Black vestments were abolished and replaced with white vestments because we want to be happy that the deceased is in a better place. Purgatory and Hell make you suffer and black colors make your feel sad; we can't permit that to happen
  • The altar is now a table because we eat, drink and are merry at festive dinners in honor of someone. The "servers" may be male or female and those who pass out the bread and wine to people who stand and eat/drink are usually females and often dressed immodestly, if not immorally. The "priest" and people must face each other because we are all "equal in Christ" and need to shake hands and kiss to express "peace." Any idea of sacrifice, having to kneel as unworthy sinners, and men who are in superior positions of authority by Divine Law are all antiquated and negative theology that must be rejected
Here's what Pope Pius XII wrote in paragraph #62 and #114 of Mediator Dei in 1947:

62...Thus, to cite some instances, one would be straying from the straight path were he to wish the altar restored to its primitive table-form; were he to want black excluded as a color for the liturgical vestments; were he to forbid the use of sacred images and statues in Churches; were he to order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings; and lastly were he to disdain and reject polyphonic music or singing in parts, even where it conforms to regulations issued by the Holy See.

114. They, therefore, err from the path of truth who do not want to have Masses celebrated unless the faithful communicate; and those are still more in error who, in holding that it is altogether necessary for the faithful to receive holy communion as well as the priest, put forward the captious argument that here there is question not of a sacrifice merely, but of a sacrifice and a supper of brotherly union, and consider the general communion of all present as the culminating point of the whole celebration.

It's as if Pope Pius XII were given a glimpse into the future. The great pontiff once said, "The greatest sin of our age is that we have lost all sense of sin." Remember, this was back in the 1950s. So how did we get here where "feeling good" and "being happy" is all that matters? It began with the Masons and Modernists who believe this life is what really counts (most even rejecting or agnostic about an afterlife), and it caught on in many Protestant sects. When the Great Apostasy struck, it quickly became embedded in the theology of the Vatican II sect. This post will trace the origin and consequences that follow even today from the unholy fusion of pop psychology and theology. 

Enter Norman Vincent Peale
Norman Vincent Peale (d. 1993) was one of the best-known Protestant ministers. He was the pastor of the Marble Collegiate Church, a "Reformed Church in America" congregation in New York City, from 1932 to 1984. Peale was close friends with a psychologist, Smiley Blanton, and decided to incorporate humanistic psychology with Protestant theology, in order to bring it more into conformity with Masonry; Peale was a 33rd degree Freemason (See https://scottishrite.org/giving/donor-recognition/hall-of-honor/hall-of-honor-portrait-gallery/). Interestingly, Peale had no formal training or education in psychology, and Blanton (to his credit) distanced himself from the preacher.

In 1952, Peale published his all-time best-selling book entitled The Power of Positive Thinking. The book was on the New York Times Bestseller List for 186 consecutive weeks, selling just over five million copies, and translated into fifteen languages. On the very first page, Peale gives his narcissistic credo, "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!" (See p. 1). God is conspicuously absent except when invoked to "confirm" you can do anything and be, in actuality, your own god who can do anything. He wrote, "God is energy. As you breathe God in, as you visualize His energy, you will be re-energized!" (See "No More Stress or Tension," Plus: The Magazine of Positive Thinking, pgs. 22-23, May l986).

Peale was very much involved in the occult as he claimed to have been in touch with the souls of the dead on several occasions. Of one encounter, in which he claimed to be "visited" by his deceased father, Peale wrote:

I was only with him. Getting closer, he smiled that great smile of his. He raised his arm in the old-time gesture.... I arose from the chair, advanced to the edge of the platform, reaching for him. Then he was gone, leaving me shaken, somewhat embarrassed by my actions, but happy at the same time....(See Norman Vincent Peale, "When Loved Ones Leave Us," in Plus: The Magazine of Positive Thinking, pgs. 6-8, March 1985). 

Peale preached what appealed to a person's ego, and it worked. His congregation grew to over five thousand people. When a politician who was attacked by Peale was asked what he thought of the preacher as he came out of another Protestant church, he pointed at his Bible and quipped, "I find Saint Paul appealing and 'Saint' Peale appalling." That pretty well sums up Norman Vincent Peale, whose work would get a boost from another Protestant minister who admired him; Robert Schuller. 

An Hour of Satanic Power
Robert Harold Schuller (d. 2015) was also a minister in the Reformed Church in America. Greatly influenced by Peale, Schuller built the "Crystal Cathedral" (so named because it was the largest glass building in the world at the time of its completion in 1981) where he would broadcast his Hour of Power TV show on Sundays. His message is simple: his audience can do anything that they want to, that everything is possible for a "possibility thinker." In order to think this way, you must think positively and feel good about yourself.

In his book Self-Esteem: The New Reformation (1982), Schuller informs his readers, "I believe in positive thinking. It is almost as important as the resurrection of Jesus Christ." He goes on to define sin as "Any human condition or act that robs God of glory by stripping one of his children of their right to divine dignity. Sin is any act or thought that robs myself or another human being of his or her self-esteem." (pg. 14; Emphasis mine). In an interview with Time magazine, Schuller was quoted as saying, "I don’t think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counter-productive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition.” (See Time, March 18, 1985). I guess letting them go to Hell is preferable to "low self-esteem."

Schuller's message is not to have any negative thoughts or to admit something is impossible. You can be and do whatever you want as long as you believe in yourself. He was an ardent ecumenist who allowed "guest preachers" from Islam and New Agers.  When Schuller was planning for the building of his Crystal Cathedral, he made a special trip to the Modernist Vatican to ask for Wotyla's blessing on the building plans, which "St" John Paul the Great Apostate readily granted. (See Foundation Newsletter, March-April 1990). When Schuller's organization fell on hard financial times due to a multitude of reasons, they sold the Crystal Cathedral to the Vatican II sect's Diocese of Orange, California. It was renamed "Christ Cathedral" and the sect wanted to "respect" the Protestant architecture as much as possible--not too hard since the false religions have more in common than what little separates them.

Schuller promotes "Five Truths" that have infected most Protestant sects and the Vatican II sect:

  1. Accept yourself
  2. Love yourself
  3. Be true to yourself
  4. Forgive yourself
  5. Believe in yourself
Did you notice how God plays an integral part in all these "truths"?  Neither did I.

The Teaching of the One True Church
Before this post goes any further, I want to make it clear that there is such a thing as true love of self that the Church has always taught. There is a certain level of self-regard which our Creator gave to us. First, then is self-love as God's handiwork; we know we can lead a good life and attain to Heaven. Second, there is the natural inclination to wish for our own happiness both here and hereafter (most importantly). The command of Christ implies this when He said:

And there came one of the scribes that had heard them reasoning together, and seeing that he had answered them well, asked him which was the first commandment of all. And Jesus answered him: The first commandment of all is, Hear, O Israel: the Lord thy God is one God. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind and with thy whole strength. This is the first commandment. And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these. (St. Mark 12:29-31). 

Christ told us to "love thy neighbor as thyself." How could we love our neighbor if we do not love (want happiness for) ourselves? Third, is feeling good about yourself for following Christ and fitting into His Divine Plan. The most downtrodden person can take heart that he serves a purpose in God's plan, even if God alone knows what that purpose is and how it plays out in the grand scheme of things. I'm often asked (even challenged) by some readers to reveal my identity. One of the reasons I won't is because I don't matter. I'm merely an unworthy instrument of Christ. Let my arguments stand or fall on their own merits. Let the teaching of the Church speak for itself. Whatever good this blog may accomplish, all glory and honor be to Christ alone. God knows who I am, and that's all that matters. 

Compare all this with the train wreck called Vatican II.

Immoral Theology
Here's what a Jesuit "priest" and "moral theologian," Thomas Massaro, had to say about Vatican II and the "new moral theology."

For centuries, Catholic moral theology had been dominated by a near-obsession with sin and rebuking enemies of the faith. It was far clearer what an embattled church stood against -- what was anathema -- than what Catholics stood for and what they should yearn for in the moral life. In documents like the 1864 Syllabus of Errors, church authorities issued sweeping condemnations of freethinking ideas that challenged the laws and social norms laid down by popes and bishops...

By replacing words like anathema with terms like dialogue, collegiality, communion and participation -- words that evoke dynamic openness rather than static essences -- the council fathers thoroughly revived the creative side of Catholic ethics. The seriously constricted moral imagination of the faithful could now move beyond the previous preoccupation with law, sin and culpability and focus more upon moral freedom, the virtues, spiritual discernment, and above all, the role of conscience in the moral life.(See https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/moral-theologian-looks-back-vatican-ii; Emphasis mine). The "role of conscience" according to Modernists, is not to act according to a properly formed conscience which follows Church teaching, but rather it is a license to do what you want to be happy. 

Argentinian apostate Jorge Bergoglio epitomizes the Modernist "role of conscience" and feeling good about yourself.  Consider:
  • Murdering unborn children is no big deal (don't obsess over "small-minded rules")
  • You need not believe in anything but yourself to achieve salvation ("The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ, all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! 'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!"--And he meant salvation, not redemption. Another time, a boy informed Bergoglio that his father, though wanting his children to be baptized, was himself an atheist and had died. Jorge responded, "Be sure, he is in Heaven with Him."
  • Be true to yourself and follow your "conscience." Let everyone live in a way that makes them happy. ("If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?")
  • Doctrines don't matter if you feel good about whatever you believe ("Proselytism is solemn nonsense" and "There is no Catholic God.")
The Sacraments all reflect anthropocentric narcissism as well. Besides "mass" and "communion" as explained above:
  • Marriage is about personal happiness, not the raising of a family. Get divorced and "remarried" and go to "communion"
  • Extreme Unction, meant to forgive sin, give strength to fight the devil, and prepare the soul to meet God in Judgement (and restore health if it is God's Will) becomes the "Anointing of the Sick" to make you feel better. It is no longer necessary to be in danger of death, it can be given "communally" to those with minor ailments like the common cold
  • Penance is now "Reconciliation." Penance implies acknowledging you are sinful and must amend your life; change your ways and "Pick up thy cross and follow Me." (St. Matthew 16:24). Reconciliation is a nice and easy way to make up with someone, no need to feel bad. The confessional is replaced with a "Reconciliation Room" where you have a face to face encounter with an invalidly ordained "priest" turned ersatz social worker
  •  Confirmation is not becoming a "soldier of Christ" who must fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is "becoming mature" --another reason to feel proud and happy
  • Baptism is not the washing away of Original Sin (and all other sins if an adult), it's about welcoming someone into the "community of believers"
  • Holy Orders does not set a man apart as an alter Christus. He is not special in anyway because we are all special. He is the "president of the assembly," and pseudo-social worker. With sin and sacrifice gone, who needs a priest? 
Conclusion
The Vatican II sect, and now society as a whole, have bought into the idea that the only real sin is having low self-esteem, and not feeling good about yourself according to modern, pagan pop psychology. It seeped into the Protestant sects from Masonry and Modernism. After the Robber Council of Vatican II, the newly founded sect took it all in. Society reflects this when e.g., schools must give everyone a trophy (not just to the winners of academic and sporting events) so kids can "feel good;" even when they haven't worked hard enough to deserve that feeling of accomplishment. 

Vatican II has given us a man-made religion with a feel-good spiritualism without any specific obligations. Anyone, even the most decadent, can be a member in good standing while continuing their money-grabbing, promiscuous, sin-filled lifestyle. Morality and dogma are all relative. The only thing about which they are positive is the self-absorbed need to feel happy and be positive.  

30 comments:

  1. Introibo, All of your posts are great and this particular one is one of my favorites. I stumbled around for years knowing something was terribly wrong with the New Mass and the "Popes" especially JPII. I was a confused mess!! It seemed the Church I grew up in (pre-Vatican II) had disappeared. It wasn't until a few years ago that I found the Traditional Faith and Sedevacantism on the internet. Finally, the answers I had been seeking regarding what happened to the Church and the New Mass were answered and everything finally came together. If, I being raised pre-Vatican II had such a hard time finding the Traditional Faith, how much more difficult must it be for those who were raised after Vatican II and never had any exposure to the Traditional Faith and Traditional Latin Mass. This blog is most valuable as those who are seeking the Traditional Faith and may be questioning the Novus Ordo and the "Popes" may find Tradition. God Bless you Introibo for all your work! Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!!

    JoAnn

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    1. Joann,
      Thank you for the kind words! Comments like yours keep me writing! If only one person is helped to find the One True Church through this blog, all the effort was more than worth it!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!

      —-Introibo

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  2. Do you know if we have to fast for Spiritual Communion?

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    1. @poni
      No fast is required for spiritual communion.

      —-Introibo

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  3. I have longed to attend a Latin Mass long time ago.

    But here in the Philippines, I don't know any places, in which to find That particular tradition of Mass. Indeed, I'm torn.

    Any help?

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    1. Gabby,
      It’s not the “Latin Mass” but the Integral Catholic Faith that matters! Join a Traditionalist Church or Chapel.

      Unfortunately, living in NY, and never having been to the Philippines, I don’t know of any Chapels there.

      Can any of my readers help??

      —-Introibo

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    2. Yes, the CMRI has a chapel in metro manila area. Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity. Otherwise it's just SSPX as far as I know.

      God bless.
      David.

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    3. http://www.ecclesia.luxvera.org/Directory-World.html#Phillippines
      This are the directions.

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    4. Thank you Poni and David!

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    5. Although SSPX-Resistance,
      Fr.Chazal has a chapel in the Philippines.
      Not sedevacantist but they have valid orders and
      Sacraments.
      Merry Christmas.
      -Andrew

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    6. Andrew,
      Thank you for the information!

      God Bless,
      —-Introibo

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  4. http://www.sgg.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Newsletter198.pdf

    Father Soliman is associated with Bishop Dolan in the Philippines
    Jesus and Mary,
    David

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    1. Thank you David!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      —-Introibo

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    1. Poni,
      It is the practice of lending money at unreasonably/illegally high rates of interest.

      —-Introibo

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  6. This is one of my favorite articles you've written. In fact, it makes me "feel better about myself" after reading it. Have a Merry Christmas.

    Lee

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    1. Lee,
      Lol! Have a Merry Christmas my friend!

      —-Introibo

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  7. When I was still in the NO, I saw his books in our parish library.

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    1. Tom,
      I wish I could say having the books of Peale, a Protestant minister and 33rd degree Freemason, in the V2 sect parish library, shocks me. It doesn’t. It simply vindicates all I wrote. Thank you for your comments that contribute to the quality of this blog.

      Merry Christmas Tom!

      —-Introibo

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  8. We must "contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints" as never before. I just read where satanic books and coloring books are being marketed to young children. God help us!
    JoAnn

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    1. Joann,
      The world is so decadent and perverse ONLY God can help us!

      Merry Christmas Joann!

      —-Introibo

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  9. Have a very Blessed Christmas, Introibo!
    - Jannie

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    1. Jannie,
      Thank you! Merry Christmas to your family and you!

      —-Introibo

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  10. The thing is all this false positivity actually creates more depressed people. Because if people genuinely do feel down, for whatever reason, they think that there is something wrong with them and they can therefore never express sorrow/how they feel. In the true Catholic teaching, you can feel pain, it is even encouraged, but you are told to offer it up to Christ for his glory. Your suffering is your sanctification.

    All this Freemasonic nonsense appears to be nice and charitable but when put in practice it destroys lives and souls. Truly diabolical.

    St Michael ora pro nobis

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    1. Augustine,
      Yes, you begin to think “there must be something wrong with me” if you’re not “positive and happy”—and that leads you further into distress. It is from Hell.

      Merry Christmas and God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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    2. Merry Christmas and blessings to you too. Thank you for your hard work.

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  11. "When all this is considered there is good reason to fear lest this great perversity may be as it were a foretaste, and perhaps the beginning of those evils which are reserved for the last days; and that there may be already in the world the "Son of Perdition" of whom the Apostle speaks (II. Thess. ii., 3). Such, in truth, is the audacity and the wrath employed everywhere in persecuting religion, in combating the dogmas of the faith, in brazen effort to uproot and destroy all relations between man and the Divinity! While, on the other hand, and this according to the same apostle is the distinguishing mark of Antichrist, man has with infinite temerity put himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God's majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. "He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God" (II. Thess. ii., 2)."

    Saint Pius X, E Supremi, p. 5.

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  12. Dear Intro,

    Have you ever responded to this: http://bishopjosephmarie.org/doctrine/introibo.html

    I don’t post this out of malice. Someone I know has gone home alone and has posted resources from this person and others. I would love to see the home alone stuff challenged point by point. Thank you for all your work. If the home alone stance is incorrect, the points made should refuted for the salvation of souls.

    Jesus and Mary,
    David

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    1. David,
      I have indeed responded to Joe’s ramblings.
      Please see my post http://introiboadaltaredei2.blogspot.com/2016/08/sophistry-on-steroids.html?m=1

      God Bless,

      —-Introibo

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  13. Thank you. I forwarded the above post to the person I know.

    Jesus and Mary,
    David

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