Thursday, October 23, 2014

Misgivings With the Current Causes of Saints -- and Their Absence

Or: Why Isn't Sister Lucia Beatified?

On October 10, 2014  the first part of the three-part essay by theologian and  writer  Wolfram Schrems "The  Unease with Current Causes of Saints - and Their Absence" was published. Due to recent cause for beatification of Pope Paul VI. (1963-1978)   the second part now follows.  [Last week]
by Wolfram Schrems *

The Circumstances of the Time During the Pontificate of Pope John XXIII : Confusion Enters  The Church at Top

The year late,  a Catholic Italian writer Eugenio Corti, unfortunately practically unknown in the German speaking world,  stated in his thousand-page masterpiece of the Red Horse (1983) the development of Italy from the interwar period to about the time of the Council. As an incorruptible observer and unwavering Catholic, he wrote the memorable words, after the death of Pope Pius XII., about the discrete beginning and mood soon increasing to open confusion in the Church:
"Perhaps the thing that should concern us most," said Apollonio, "the confusion that seems to infiltrate everywhere. Everyone is now applauding  the holy Pope John, and with good reason; but the unusual, even illogical thing is that he is praised by those people who shouldn't actually do it, the Communists   first of all."
"For them, there is only one thing that is really important, namely that the pope should lower his guard to any and all people in his love, especially to themselves."
"That's right. But, of course, it s in its openness implicitly included in calling for conversion to the Catholic Church."
"Yes, no doubt. But in the meantime, he makes drops his vigilance and that's all what they see as important. "(...)
Why worry excessively? At the time, the Catholic world benefited so obviously even from the enlightening effects of Pius XII's leadership. The Church's doctrine was still unambiguous and clear, and their truths so deeply rooted in the hearts of believers, that the idea of ​​an approaching crisis seemed really out of place.
And yet ...
(Eugenio Corti, Il Cavallo Rosso , Milan in 1983, The Red Horse , Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 3rd printing, 2002, 930f.)
We know what this ominous "and yet ..." should not imply anything - not least (in the context of the novel) the increase of one million votes for the Communist Party of Italy, after Pope John had received Khrushchev's daughter and son in law in the Vatican.
The four years of the pontificate of John XXIII. have seen objectively so much destroyed that his canonization must be confusing for a believer who applies the criterion of the good and bad fruits.
Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa, a great churchman and important theologian ( Gethsemani, 1980, the German translation in 1982, unfortunately, is very difficult to grasp) is often quoted as saying, the Church would need fifty years to recover from the wrong turns of this man (here after citing a typical uncritical Celebratory Article  for John XXIII.).
That Cardinal Siri would have been right, unfortunately could not be claimed fifty-one years after the death of Pope Roncalli.

The Next Scheduled Beatification Paul VI. - Of All Things!

If not a miracle, when this article appears, Pope Paul VI. will have been beatified.
How  one of the closest aides of his predecessor and eventually his successor came to be beatified, remains a mystery. The following is probably closest to true:
Obviously, this requires the Vatican a legitimation for the so-called "liturgical reform" of Pope Paul VI (1969 Missal, whose first edition had to be pulped but because of an open heresy).
This "reform" has indeed, for all have eyes to see, now proven to be a disaster. But it is one of the main projects of the conspiracy within the Church. Without such a conspiracy to assume the fanatical insistence on the failed reform and the relentless fight against the old Mass would be completely absurd.
The late  Italian priest Don Luigi Villa whose writings are easily found on the Internet ( Chiesa Viva , in English "Who is Don Luigi Villa": and German  ? "Who is Don Luigi Villa ; compare to Italian Magazine 463/2013 ), played, as can be read there, an important role in the delay of the first start-up for the beatification of Paul VI.
As far as I know the presentation of the facts by Don Villa, have no known  conclusive refutation. The author who is by no means one with an a priori negative attitude, Reinhard Raffalt,  has written Where is the Vatican Going? , Pieper, Munich 1973, collecting many observations of the policy of Pope Paul gave  evidence for the utmost confusion and concern.

Blessed Because of Humanae Vitae ?

Paul VI. with Sr. Lucia
Well-meaning, but not equipped with the necessary discernment, Catholics bring up the beatification of Pope Montini in a causal relationship with Humanae vitae .
This reasoning is, however, completely inconclusive. Because if it really is only Humanae vitae he has going, then soup is really too thin. This encyclical repeated essentially the traditional teaching, namely Casti connubii by Pope Pius XI. from 1930 ("But there is no reason, however  serious reason, which may become conformable to nature and something internally good, But since the conjugal act is of its nature something determined by the begetting of new life, so the acts those rob it intentionally of its completion, its natural force, act contrary to nature and do something disgraceful and inwardly immoral." II, 3, a), and, incidentally, that of the Council (" Yet in the excellence of this institution is not everywhere reflected with equal brilliance, since polygamy, the plague of divorce, so-called free love and other disfigurements have an obscuring effect.  In addition, married love is too often profaned by excessive self-love, the worship of pleasure and illicit practices against human generation. Gaudium et Spes 47, highlighting WS).
Thus, the moral theologian Eberhard Schockenhoff, who, for his justification of contraception recently on  appealed to "the Council"  without justification - like all others who do so, are inflated that you have to wonder if they are not aware how stupid it is.
But precisely: Should a pope be beatified in all seriousness just because he represented the Church's teaching in a point? You can see here the mosquito, and  overlook at the same time the elephant, namely the whole confusing quality of many papal pronouncements? Is  the disastrous ambiguity of the conciliar texts appreciated here? For the Pope is of course most responsible for himself! So it seems. It overlooks especially that Pope Paul has  not adequately appreciated the message of Fatima.

Pontificate a Complete Mishap - Where is the Salvation?

Pope Montini has even made evident towards the end of his life, that he was more and more dissatisfied with himself. The chilling footage speaks an eloquent language: A person who is not at peace with himself.
The whole pontificate will have to be described as an accident.
Pope Paul VI. was too much one of the typical optimistic modernists, the reality of evil was blatantly underrated and he believed they could negotiate everything in "dialogue".
In the course of this "dialogue", which incidentally was denied to concerned Catholics, the Pope has sacrificed the martyr Church of the East in some respects. The utopian humanistic ideals (according to the "integral humanism" of Jacques Maritain) had hidden the intrinsically negative nature of communism and other heresies, and brought the Pope to meet people with confidence, who were the sworn enemies of the Church.
Among the victims - depending on the detail to be considered background research -  of this treacherous policy, therefore, were the martyrs of the Soviet bloc, whose very existence  was somehow unpleasant for the Vatican Ostpolitik. 
We must, for the sake of fairness, mention experiences of Pius XII. himself - abandoned by the political powers and in caring for the Catholics in Germany - who could not afford a direct confrontation with the Nazi power. The intention of saving through negotiations, who could be saved, may be partially stood in the background of the later Ostpolitik.
But that does not justify the unacceptably friendly meeting of Pope Paul VI. with communist dictators and revolutionaries, whose hands were soaked with  blood. It also does not justify  the rudeness of Pope toward Christian statesmen who had thrown back the communist threat in a heroic manner, among whom are General Francisco Franco and President Antonio Oliveira de Salazar - while leaving off all mention of communism in critical votes of the Council,  even to the point of intrigue.  Because one consequence  this papal policy was a massive infiltration of Marxism into the Church and in the institutions of the West.
The Cardinals Josyf Slipyj, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Cardinal József Mindszenty, Archbishop of Esztergom and Hungarian Primate, were evidently enough not "dialogue partners" of Pope Paul and were transported shabbily into their retirements, which severely limited their  scope of action.
Russia had so obviously spread her errors into the internal space of the Church. To deny that would be pointless.
To my mind, such a policy contradicts the beatification. All the Vatican's Ostpolitik and its protagonists still await unreserved treatment. Without the "purification of memory" (John Paul II.), the papacy of the 20th century, will always be carried away by this entanglement. The pious whitewash of a beatification can not erase the facts. This will ferment underground further and create confusion.

A Trustworthy Witness Confirmed: The Inspiration of the Council and its Popes did not come from the Faith of the Church, but from the Outside

Töhötom Nagy 1935
Töhötom Nagy, 1935
One more should be added for some perhaps surprising illustration of the above ideas.
The Hungarian ex-Jesuit Töhötöm Nagy, who gave up the faith has been reduced to the lay state and was inducted into Freemasonry in Buenos Aires, writes in his highly interesting autobiography Jesuits and Freemasons , among other things:
"I would like to point with all due respect to the Second Vatican Council, in which we find delegates of various denominations. and that this causes  to "the Purity of the Catholic religion' not the slightest damage. Pope Benedict [XIV.] would have been hard pressed to issue his bull against the Masons if he had read through the miracle of John XXIII's Encyclical, Pacem in Terris; yes if he had seen only one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which 'calls all Catholics to better communicate with the Protestants, and to seek all viable means to remove the obstacles that block the path to Christian unity.'  These documents emphasize that religious freedom is a God-given right and that all people must be given the freedom to practice religion according to their conscience. There is a world of difference between the world of Benedict XIV., and Paul VI. The first condemned the Masonic precisely because of that to which the second all the world's Catholics encouraged "(483).
"Most [brothers in the lodge] expressed their hope in Paul VI. , and all recognized in John XXIII. as the man with the purest intentions of the recent past "(500).
Töhötöm Nagy, Jesuits and Freemasons , Frick Verlag, Vienna, 1969 (title of the span output, Y Jesuítas Masones', Buenos Aires, 1963;. from Spanish by Wolfgang Teuschl, Vienna)


If Ex-Father Nagy is no impostor and deceiver, but here is telling the truth, we have another reason to feel great discomfort with the raising of the collection of council popes to the altars. This is all happening too fast and too superficially. The vox populi has apparently not been consulted.

And the message of Fatima, which the Church has regularly recognized and in which the people have rooted theselves since the mid-60ies has been ignored to a great extent.
In the next part  some possible reasons for the utter silence on the  beatification of Sr. Lucia will be discussed.
* MMag. Wolfram Schrems , Linz and Vienna, Catholic theologian and philosopher, church sent a catechist
Image: Adorazione eucaristica / Wikicommons / Papale
Trans: Tancred
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LeonG said...
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Anonymous said...

Before the Change of the Latin Calendar in 1969 - October was month of Rosary and Victory over Islam

Since 1972, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has declared the first Sunday of October as the start of Respect Life Month (Ignore Abortion Month)

Breast Cancer Awareness Month since 1985 (now all football players wear pink!)

Because it is also "LGBT History Month [to be distinguished from LBGT PRIDE month which is June] originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994… It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11"

"The feast of the "Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary" was established in Portugal in 1914 for celebration on 11 October and was extended to the entire Catholic Church by Pope Pius XI in 1931. The 1969 revision of the liturgical year and the calendar states: "1 January, the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord, is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, and also the commemoration of the conferral of the Most Holy Name of Jesus."[6] It removed the 11 October feast, even for Portugal, stating: "The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on 1 January in the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God." (The 11 October feast is now celebrated only by some Traditionalist Catholic individuals and groups.)",_Mother_of_God

"The council [VCII], through the Holy See, formally opened under the pontificate of Pope John XXIII on 11 October 1962"

Now in addition to Nat'l Coming Out day October 11 is feast of St. JPXXIII

St John Paul II's feast day is October 22

To fit this pattern, St Paul VI's feast day will also be in October and could predict the date of the rapture if it turns out to be mid-trib (although eye witness reports indicate Nat'l Coming Out Day would have been more fitting for him than J23, but who am I to judge?):

"It was the final session of the Council, the most essential, in which the Pope [Paul VI] was to bestow upon all humanity the teachings of the Council. He announced this to me on that day with these words, ‘I am about to blow the seven trumpets of the Apocalypse.’”
—Jean Guitton, 'Nel Segno dei Dodici,' interview with Maurizio Blondet, Avvenire, October 11, 1992; qtd. in Atila Sinke Guimarães, Animus
Delendi I (Los Angeles, CA: Tradition in Action, 2000), p. 57

"The Pope – it is rumored – had requested the Cardinal to give him the text Saturday, Oct. 11. It is yet to be known who had worked on the text while it reportedly was in Pope’s hands, making it shorter than Cardinal Erdo’s, deleting any mention of sexual disorder, sexual education, and the Gospel."

On October 13 the Interim Report affirming the value of sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance was released no doubt to make LGBT history month (and also the dates for 2015 Synod were announced),_2015_synod_announ/1108442

As the Remnant noted, this is also the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun - last Fatima apparition:

Maybe Oct 13 will be St Paul VI feast day.

Anonymous said...

Well if Saint Lucia is to be canonized, note I already call her saint, we would probably have to know what happened to her after 1960 when this imposter sister Lucia showed up. Now this sort of comment usually brings immediate deletion from blog editor but it's true, just look at the comparison pictures, not the same woman at all Look at the teeth alone..the convents back in the day were big on braces huh? It's all Vatican 2 balderdash. If you're going to ignore the demands of our Lady and have a heretical council the last think you need is one of lady's close earthy friends around as a witness / adversary.

Geremia said...

Or why was St. Philomena "un-sainted"?

Anonymous said...

Alan Aversa - St. Valentine was unsainted too - and look at the date 2/14/61.

This is the same date in 1969 (2/14) that they released the new NEW calendar -- I am wondering why St. Valentine's Day?:

1969 was a terrible year. You will see looking at those documents, the calendar, the mass, communion in the hand. But only the gay people rioted on the VIGIL of the feast of SS Peter & Paul which the New NEW calendar removed:

"The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 ....On June 28, 1970, the first Gay Pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago commemorating the anniversary of the riots

[That's why we have gay PRIDE (of devouring Lions) month in June now by the [Democratic] President's declaration.]

Anonymous said...

October 22 (Feast Day of JP2) is also known as "Black Sunday" - first time mass was said in vernacular in U.S.:

"In the United States, the celebration of the Mass in the vernacular occurred on Oct. 22, 1967."
- See more at:

LeonG said...

Let's hope they canonise the right one.

LeonG said...

I recall the day too having served the Latin Mass and been assistant MC across 10 years as a youth. I remember feeling an emptiness, embarrassment and some confusion. These sentiments never resolved themselves either. It just got worse as time went on and priests I knew personally left their vocations, some with women and others for secular life. They were more empty, embarrassed and confused than I..

Anonymous said...

October 1964 was the first time the Mass except the canon was said in the vernacular in the US, 1967 was the first time the canon was said in the vernacular.

Anonymous said...

Until 1969 new NEW Calendar, October used also to be the month of "The Feast of our Lord Jesus Christ the King" Last Sunday in October (the one before All Saints Day).

Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus: dum recordaremur tui, Sion.

Upon the rivers of Babylon there we sat and wept: when we remember thee, O Sion.

LeonG said...

Ignore the new calendar - keep the old one.

Geremia said...

I'm not so much worried about him removing St. Philomena from the calendar, as popes can and have done this, as I am worried that the Conciliar Church Congregation of Rites under John XXIII's watch in 1961 forbade the naming of new Catholic institutions after her (cf. the New Catholic Encyclopedia article). What Catholic institutions cannot be named after a saint‽

Anonymous said...

That's NOT Sr. Lucia in that photo.

Tancred said...


James said...

"Why Isn't Sister Lucia Beatified?"

## Because her cause has been introduced only very recently, probably. She died not at all long ago, after all. The cause for Frank Duff was introduced only two or three years ago, and he died in 1980.

Since Sister Lucia is probably dead anyway - even if the "wrong" Lucia has been selected - any beatification would be of her, and not of any "impostor". Given the circumstances of her life, she probably is a Saint.

James said...

Talking of causes, some excellent news from France

Angelo said...

This article is confusing. I was among those who disliked St. John XXlll until I learned more about him. He wrote a binding Apostolic letter defending Latin like I never saw it defended before. He signed the Apostolic Letter 2 months before the beginning of the Council in St. Peter's Basilica. After the first Session of the Council he called his closest Cardinal collaborators together and asked them to think of a way to gracefully end the Council as he saw trouble ahead. his documented last words were, "End the Council. End the Council." That Pope Paul Vl was not interested in Fatima, why would he go to Fatima on a Pilgrimage and why would he make an attempt to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady asked for? What is in this article should be attempted to be refuted by another side. As for the comments it seems that the conspiracy theories were the very ones that Sister Lucia got tired of have to correct as stated in her Biography.