by Thomas A. Droleskey
Yesterday's "return to action," so to speak, following a break for the Paschal Triduum of Our Blessed Lord an Saviour Jesus Christ, focused on the many ways in which the conciliar revolutionaries attack and mock the Holy Faith during Holy Week. Chief among these revolutionaries is the pro-revolutionary himself, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI (see Victimized By His Own Revolution).
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict has promoted all manner of propositions that have been anathematized solemnly by the authority of the Catholic Church. This is why, as has been detailed on this site hundreds of times, he has used the illogic of his "hermeneutic continuity" to claim that dogmatic truth can never be expressed fully at any one time because of the limitations of human language, influenced as he believes it is by the the historical circumstances in which such an expression was made. It is therefore necessary, as he sees it, to make adjustments in our "understanding" and expression of dogma as men find themselves in different historical circumstances. Ratzinger/Benedict lives in a world of mutual self-contradiction and paradox that are but the result of his lifelong rejection of the Scholasticism of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Make no mistake about it, however. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is a serious student of what has been declared by the Catholic Church. He knows what has been declared by the authority of the Church. He simply believes that that the Fathers of the twenty legitimate councils of Holy Mother Church were "conditioned" by the circumstances in which they lived, a contention that is utterly blasphemous as this ignores the the simple truth that those councils were guided infallibly by the Third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost. God is immutable. He is without a shadow of change. As a traditional Catholic bishop noted to me five years ago now, anyone looking the compilation of doctrines found in the Denziger manual would come to the conclusion that it was as though "one voice" spoke at each at those councils throughout the centuries. That "one voice" was none other than God the Holy Ghost. Joseph Ratzinger has never believed this, which is why he has felt free to dismiss those dogmatic statements he does not "like" with a mere wave of his hand by means of his "hermeneutic of continuity."
Many younger revolutionaries within the ranks of the conciliar church, however, are not as studied as is their false "pontiff." Although the technology of photocopy machines has improved dramatically since the original Xerox photocopy machine was put on the market in 1949 after over a decade of experimentation and development, a copy of the original still remains a copy no matter its high-definition quality. Men such as Timothy "Cardinal" Dolan, the conciliar "archbishop" of the Archdiocese of New York since April 15, 2009, are but copies of one of the original conciliar revolutionaries, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. Timothy Dolan was in the first wave of young men studying for what they thought was the Catholic priesthood following the "Second" Vatican Council. Born on February 6, 1950, Dolan studied for the priesthood in Rome at the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in the 1970s during the "pontificate" of Giovanni Montini/Paul VI. He was immersed in a study of a corrupted, Modernist version of the Catholic Faith that made little reference to those documents that preceded the "ecclesiogenesis" that sprung up at the false council that had been convened by Angelo Roncalli/John XXIIII and began its attacks on the Catholic Faith on October 11, 1962, the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It is important to bear in mind that men such as Timothy "Cardinal" Dolan, who is a dyed-in-the-wool Americanist, do not have Ratzinger/Benedict's background in the Faith. While it might be a stretch to claim that the wave of revolutionaries who were installed to the conciliar presbyterate in the1970s are invincibly ignorant, one can certainly see that most of them are completely ignorant of the Catholic Faith and have the intellectual consistency of such mush as to make a wonderful bowl of grits served at Prejean's Restaurant on Lafayette, Louisiana, by one of the best waiters in the country, Mister Lester McGee, seem solid by way of comparison. (We pray for you every day, Lester! Every day, our friend. Every day.)
Timothy Dolan's overwhelming ignorance was on full display on Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, on the Columbia Broadcasting System's Face the Nation television program, which has been on the on continuously since November 7, 1954, an appearance I discovered merely by happenstance yesterday while researching another matter. Although Dolan's ignorance of the Faith has been on full display for a long time (see Making Everyone Happy Except God, Whatever You Want, Making Everyone Happy Except God, Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Dolan Finally Speaks The Truth, Ominous Offenders Offending Ominously, Memo To David Axelrod And Other Social Engineers, John Carroll's Caesar, Victims of Compromise, Taking A Figure Of Antichrist At His Worthless Words, Prisoners Of Their Own Apostasy, Timothy Dolan, Meet Timothy Dolan (And Friends) and Still Celebrating Half A Century Of Apostasy), the official transcript of his interview on Face the Nation is such an amazing collection of emotional mishmash, illogic and sheer apostasy that, to be charitable in light of his immersion in all things conciliar from the time he attended Saint Louis Preparatory Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri, in 1964 at the age of fourteen, is truly the most massive amalgamation of stupidity that a conciliar official has ever provided in a televised interview, admitting that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's various book-length interviews over the years with journalist Peter Seewald take the prize for written amalgamations of apostasy and illogic.
As time is at a premium and it is now after Midnight on Easter Tuesday, April 10, 2012, let me cut to the chase, if you do not mind, that is.
Permit me, therefore, to provide brief commentaries on the various answers that "Cardinal" Dolan gave on Sunday to Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, who is seventy-five years of age and has been with the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System since 1969, before saying my night prayers and retiring for a few hours of sleep.
Excerpt Number One:
BOB SCHIEFFER: As we were planning our broadcast this morning on
religion and politics in America, one of the first people we went to was
the Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York. As you are
going to see, it was a lively conversation.
TIMOTHY DOLAN (Archbishop of New York): Blessed Easter and a happy Passover. (Page Two of Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, scroll down to the bottom of this page for the transcript of the beginning of this interview.)
Brief Comment: Ah, yes, greetings on the celebration of a feast of a false religion that was superseded by the New and Eternal Covenant that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ instituted at the Last Supper in the Upper Room in Jerusalem that He ratified by the shedding of every single drop on the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday, a supersession signified by the tearing of the curtain of the Temple in Jerusalem in two as the earth shook when Our Divine Redeemer had taken His last breath and commended His spirit into His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father's hands. Then again, of course, this is the same man who said that he had "long admired the work" of the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai Brith, part of which has been to promote baby-killing and perversity under cover of the civil law (see Making Everyone Happy Except God).
Excerpt Number Two:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me just start with this. How would you define the state of religion in America today?
TIMOTHY DOLAN: Good. I-- I think religion is vibrant. It's growing, the
stats show us, as you can imagine, I'm particularly attentive to what
the data shows us about the catholic faith in the United States. The
numbers are up, the commitment of the people is strong, that doesn't
mean, Bob, that we don't have a lot of problems, we do, and-- and we
bishops, as any other pastor have to treat those problems realistically.
So we do have people leaving, we do have people disenchanted but in
general it's good news. (Page Two of Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012, scroll down to the bottom of this page for the transcript of the beginning of this interview.)
Brief Comment: In general it's good news? If this is so, "Cardinal" Dolan, why has it been necessary for the Archdiocese of New York to shutter and sell churches, many of them, such as Saint Ann's Church on East 12th Street in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, historic in nature (Saint Ann's had a privileged altar that was unceremoniously torn apart), close parishes and schools? It has been necessary because the false religion and the false theology of conciliarism have driven people out of your churches and into the waiting arms of various evangelical or fundamentalist Protestant sects or into rank unbelief. And to the extent that there have been demographic changes that have seen a decrease in the Catholic population of once thriving parishes, there is another way to respond to these changes rather than to close churches and merge parishes and schools: send out the Legion of Mary to win new converts to what you think is the Catholic Church. This, however, cannot be done as it would be an offense to the spirit of false ecumenism. Finally, what's this business about "religion is vibrant." Which religion? Conciliarism? Just "religion" in general? Oh, well, whatever you want.
Excerpt Number Three
BOB SCHIEFFER: How would you rate the state of the Catholic Church right
now? You have been through some really tough times with some of the
TIMOTHY DOLAN: We have, we have. But, yeah, we have. The last
ten, twelve years have been very tough for the Catholic Church. With the
eyes of faith, though, we always know the-- the difficulties can purify
us and strengthen us and we're seeing that. For instance, we got a
slight increase in-- in vocations to the priesthood and the young men
coming in will say, you know, it's really the tough times, it's really
the scandals that almost inspired my vocation, because I saw the need
for virtuous, hardworking priests in a Catholic Church that's
reinvigorated and I want to be part of that renewal, so good-- God can
always bring good out of bad, and I think that's what we're seeing in
the church. (Page Three of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Brief Comment: First, the scandals involving the cover-up of clerical perverts is not over. Far from it (see Supervising Priest Goes on Trial in Philadelphia). Second, scandal is given every day by the conciliar revolutionaries as they offend God by the staging of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service and by the doctrines they advance and by the corruption of the innocent of young in their religious miseducation programs and schools by means of explicit classroom instruction in matters pertaining to the Sixth and Ninth Commandments.
Excerpt Number Four:
BOB SCHIEFFER: I want to talk a little politics with you, your eminence back in 1960.
TIMOTHY DOLAN: I'm not surprised.
SCHIEFFER: When John Kennedy became the first Catholic President, he
made a speech during the campaign, because he said flatly, he wanted
people to know and he wanted to assure them that he thought there was a
separation between church and state. Here is the way he put it.
TIMOTHY DOLAN: Yeah.
F. KENNEDY (September 12, 1960): I believe in an America where the
separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate
would tell the President, should he be Catholic, how to act, and no
Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote.
SCHIEFFER: Now people in both parties have referred back to that over
the years as-- as a good definition of church and state, but during this
campaign year, one of the Republican candidates, Rick Santorum, said
this about it.
RICK SANTORUM (November 11, 2011): If I
had the opportunity to read the speech, I almost threw up. He should
read the speech. It's-- in my opinion it was the beginning of the
secular movement of politicians to separate their faith from the public
square. And he threw faith under the bus in that speech.
SCHIEFFER: Your eminence, where do you think the line should be between
church and state? Is there, should there be a separation?
TIMOTHY DOLAN: You bet there should. You bet there should. That's good,
that separation between church and state is good, not only for the
United States, it's also good for the church. I'd find myself and give
me a second to explain this, Bob, I'd find myself, believe it or not,
agreeing with both of them. I would cheered what John Kennedy said, he
was right, and I would-- I would find myself among those applauding that
speech. That having been said, I would also say that Senator Santorum
had a good point because, unfortunately, what John Kennedy said in
September of 1960 to the Baptist Ministerial Alliance in Texas has been
misinterpreted to mean that a separation of church and state also means a
cleavage a wall between one's faith and one's political decisions,
between one's-- one's moral focus and between one-- the way one might
act in the political sphere. I don't think John Kennedy meant that and
as you know recent scholarship has shown that John Kennedy was very
inspired by vision, by character, by virtue, let's call that faith,
let's call that morals. So I don't think John Kennedy meant a cleavage
between faith and politics. He did mean a wall between state and church,
and I would applaud that one, but I would agree with Senator Santorum
that unfortunately that has been misrepresented to mean that faith has
no place in the public square. That, I would, with Senator Santorum say
is a misinterpretation not only what Senator Kennedy meant but with what
the American genius is all about. (Page Three of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Extended Comments: Permit me to reprise and slightly revised material written to skewer former United States Richard John Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) concerning his own comments about then United States Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). I will only note that even the man who was the chief apologist in behalf of the heresy of religious liberty as a peritus at the "Second" Vatican Council, to which he was invited by Francis Cardinal Spellman, the Archbishop of New York from April 15, 1939, to December 2, 1967, found Kennedy's speech to the Houston Ministerial Association to be too extreme, something that he noted to the man who wrote the speech, Theodore Sorensen, who also ghost-wrote Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize Award winning book Profiles in Courage. Timothy Dolan is bereft of any understanding of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.
First, John F. Kennedy's address to the Houston Ministerial Association was nothing new. Timothy Michael Dolan does not realize that a far more sophisticated version of Kennedy's address had been prepared in the name of then New York Governor Alfred Emanuel Smith by Father Francis Duffy, the famed World War I chaplain, thirty-three years before (see Cut From the Same Cloth and Still Cut From The Same Cloth).
Second, the "religion in the public square" argument is pure Americanism. It has been advanced by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II. It has been advanced by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. It has been advanced by the late "Father" Richard John Neuhaus and others in First Things. It has been advanced by the conciliar "archbishop" of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Charles H. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap.
"Archbishop" Chaput took issue two years ago now with the late
President Kennedy's strict separationist approach to religion in the
"public square," arguing that the founders did not mean to exclude
believers from participating as "believers" in issues of public policy,
citing as proof that some of the state governments
Early in his remarks, Kennedy said: “I believe in
an America where the separation of Church and state is absolute.” Given
the distrust historically shown to Catholics in this country, his words
were shrewdly chosen. The trouble is, the Constitution doesn’t say
that. The Founders and Framers didn’t believe that. And the history of
the United States contradicts that. Unlike revolutionary leaders in
Europe, the American Founders looked quite favorably on religion. Many
were believers themselves. In fact, one of the main reasons for writing
the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause – the clause that bars any
federally-endorsed Church – was that several of the Constitution’s
Framers wanted to protect the publicly funded Protestant Churches they
already had in their own states. John Adams actually preferred a “mild
and equitable establishment of religion” and helped draft that into the
1780 Massachusetts Constitution.
America’s Founders encouraged mutual support
between religion and government. Their reasons were practical. In
their view, a republic like the United States needs a virtuous people to
survive. Religious faith, rightly lived, forms virtuous people. Thus,
the modern, drastic sense of the “separation of Church and state” had
little force in American consciousness until Justice Hugo Black
excavated it from a private letter President Thomas Jefferson wrote in
1802 to the Danbury Baptist Association.4 Justice Black then used
Jefferson’s phrase in the Supreme Court’s Everson v. Board of Education decision in 1947. (http://www.archden.org/index.cfm/ID/3489.)
So much Americanism. So much
conciliarism. There are more similarities than differences between the
views of John Kennedy and "Archbishop" Chaput, whom I had visited in
Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1991 and saw again briefly in Saint Peter's
Square in Rome in 1993 (we also exchanged correspondence on two issues
when I was writing for The Wanderer in the 1990s), as the ideas
of the American founding, premised on the belief that men could know
personal and social order absent a due submission to the Deposit of
Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted
exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and
infallible explication, have splintered just as much as the falsehoods
of Protestantism have in the past nearly five hundred years.
Third, although some of the founders looked favorably
on "religion," false religions are no foundation of personal and social
order. The extent to which those in false religions are able to live
upright lives is the result of the Actual Grace made present in the
world by each valid offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We have
seen a sharp decline in the moral behavior of all Americans, Catholics
and non-Catholics alike, as a direct result of the atrophying of Actual
Grace in the world caused by the false sacramental rites of the false
church, the counterfeit church of conciliarism, starting with the
Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo worship service.
Neither Protestantism or naturalism can produce in a
sustained manner the virtues that are necessary to please God as He has
revealed Himself to us through His true Church, and it is by so pleasing
God that we come to know what truly good citizenship of our country is,
something that Pope Leo XIII noted in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899:
A thorough consideration of this point, in the
supposition that no exterior guide is granted such souls, will make us
see the difficulty of locating or determining the direction and
application of that more abundant influx of the Holy Spirit so greatly
extolled by innovators To practice virtue there is absolute need
of the assistance of the Holy Spirit, yet we find those who are fond of
novelty giving an unwarranted importance to the natural virtues, as
though they better responded to the customs and necessities of the times
and that having these as his outfit man becomes more ready to act and
more strenuous in action. It is not easy to understand how persons
possessed of Christian wisdom can either prefer natural to supernatural
virtues or attribute to them a greater efficacy and fruitfulness. Can it
be that nature conjoined with grace is weaker than when left to herself?
Can it be that those men illustrious for sanctity,
whom the Church distinguishes and openly pays homage to, were deficient,
came short in the order of nature and its endowments, because they
excelled in Christian strength? And although it be allowed at
times to wonder at acts worthy of admiration which are the outcome of
natural virtue-is there anyone at all endowed simply with an outfit of
natural virtue? Is there any one not tried by mental anxiety, and this
in no light degree? Yet ever to master such, as also to preserve in its
entirety the law of the natural order, requires an assistance from on
high These single notable acts to which we have alluded will frequently
upon a closer investigation be found to exhibit the appearance rather
than the reality of virtue. Grant that it is virtue, unless we
would "run in vain" and be unmindful of that eternal bliss which a good
God in his mercy has destined for us, of what avail are natural virtues
unless seconded by the gift of divine grace? Hence St. Augustine well
says: "Wonderful is the strength, and swift the course, but outside the
true path." For as the nature of man, owing to the primal fault, is
inclined to evil and dishonor, yet by the help of grace is raised up, is
borne along with a new greatness and strength, so, too, virtue, which
is not the product of nature alone, but of grace also, is made fruitful
unto everlasting life and takes on a more strong and abiding character.
This overesteem of natural virtue finds a
method of expression in assuming to divide all virtues in active and
passive, and it is alleged that whereas passive virtues found better
place in past times, our age is to be characterized by the active. That
such a division and distinction cannot be maintained is patent-for there
is not, nor can there be, merely passive virtue. "Virtue," says St.
Thomas Aquinas, "designates the perfection of some faculty, but end of
such faculty is an act, and an act of virtue is naught else than the
good use of free will," acting, that is to say, under the grace of God
if the act be one of supernatural virtue.
He alone could wish that some Christian virtues be
adapted to certain times and different ones for other times who is
unmindful of the apostle's words: "That those whom He foreknew, He
predestined to be made conformable to the image of His Son."- Romans
viii, 29. Christ is the teacher and the exemplar of all sanctity, and to
His standard must all those conform who wish for eternal life. Nor does
Christ know any change as the ages pass, "for He is yesterday and
to-day and the same forever."-Hebrews xiii, 8. To the men of all ages
was the precept given: "Learn of Me, because I am meek and humble of
heart."-Matt. xi, 29.
To every age has He been made manifest to us as
obedient even unto death; in every age the apostle's dictum has its
force: "Those who are Christ's have crucified their flesh with its vices
and concupiscences." Would to God that more nowadays practiced these
virtues in the degree of the saints of past times, who in humility,
obedience and self-restraint were powerful "in word and in deed" -to the
advantage not only of religion, but of the state and the public welfare. (Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899.)
Catholicism is the one and only foundation of
personal and social order, making it necessary yet again to turn to
these words of Pope Saint Pius X, contained in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an
inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of
civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for
there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true
moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a
historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
A generic attachment to
"religion" is of the essence of Judeo-Masonry, not Catholicism. That it
is "good enough" for the lords of conciliarism, including Joseph
Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and "Archbishop" Charles Chaput, makes relevant
once again this warning about Masonry and its ethos given us by Pope Leo
XIII in Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892:
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship
with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups.
Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity
should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly
promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under
the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the
craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the
revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of
God and the state without God. (Pope Leo XIII, Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892.)
Third, God Himself does not want people bombarded by
one false idea and belief after another under the aegis of "religious
liberty" or "religious freedom." "Archbishop" Chaput noted in an
earlier passage in his address that Protestants had been wary of "the
entanglements of the Roman Church and state power, and papal suspicion
of democracy and religious liberty," thus showing himself to believe
that the following words of Pope Pius XI, contained in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio,
December 23, 1923, concerning the binding nature of the Social Teaching
reiterated by pope after pope in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth
Centuries was itself erroneous, something that it impossible:
Many believe in or claim
that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such
questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on
the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring
man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on
the relations between the different social classes, on international
relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the
Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ,
Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of
nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what
is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that
they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn
pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See,
and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.
There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism
which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological
It is necessary ever to keep in mind these teachings and pronouncements which We have made;
it is no less necessary to reawaken that spirit of faith, of
supernatural love, and of Christian discipline which alone can bring to
these principles correct understanding, and can lead to their observance.
This is particularly important in the case of youth, and especially
those who aspire to the priesthood, so that in the almost universal
confusion in which we live they at least, as the Apostle writes, will
not be "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine
by the wickedness of men, by cunning craftiness, by which they lie in
wait to deceive." (Ephesians iv, 14)
For "Archbishop" Chaput and Timothy "Cardinal: Dolan, both of whom are only aping the conciliarist embrace of Americanism, a fundamental
cornerstone of Modernism, to be correct, then Pope Saint Pius X's clear
and concise reiteration of the consistent, immutable teaching of the
Catholic Church concerning the obligation of the civil state to
recognize the true religion and to accord her, as Pope Leo XIII noted in Longiqua Oceani, January 6, 1895 the "favor and protection of the laws:"
That the State must be separated from the Church is a thesis absolutely false, a most pernicious error. Based, as it is, on the principle that the State must not recognize any
religious cult, it is in the first place guilty of a great injustice to
God; for the Creator of man is also the Founder of human societies, and
preserves their existence as He preserves our own. We owe Him,
therefore, not only a private cult, but a public and social worship to
honor Him. Besides, this thesis is an obvious negation of the
supernatural order. It limits the action of the State to the pursuit of
public prosperity during this life only, which is but the proximate
object of political societies; and it occupies itself in no fashion (on
the plea that this is foreign to it) with their ultimate object which is
man's eternal happiness after this short life shall have run its
course. But as the present order of things is temporary and
subordinated to the conquest of man's supreme and absolute welfare, it
follows that the civil power must not only place no obstacle in the way
of this conquest, but must aid us in effecting it. (Pope Saint Pius X, Vehementer Nos, February 11, 1906.)
Yes, Timothy "Cardinal" Dolan, the
civil state has an obligation to recognize the true religion and to
pursue the common temporal good in light of man's Last End, the
possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God
the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity. This is the
consistent, immutable teaching of the Catholic Church. So much for the
"genius" of the American founding fathers. It is the very "religious liberty" of the American founding fathers that made the rise of the likes of Barack Hussein Obama inevitable. The American "bishops," as I have noted so frequently on this site, are victims of their own apostasy. "Religious liberty" is what produced the "health insurance mandate for contraception." (See Ominous Offenders Offending Ominously, Memo To David Axelrod And Other Social Engineers, John Carroll's Caesar, Victims of Compromise, Taking A Figure Of Antichrist At His Worthless Words, Prisoners Of Their Own Apostasy, Timothy Dolan, Meet Timothy Dolan (And Friends).
A failure on the part of a civil government to
recognize the true religion leads to the proliferation of one evil after
another. Those who do not recognize that the civil state has a
necessity to recognize the true religion and to yield to her magisterial
authority in all that pertains to the good of souls will wind up
considering themselves "independent" of that magisterial authority or
they will wind up attempting to use that civil state's false premises to
combat the evils of the day, making them modern day versions of the
mythical Sisyphus (see A World of Sisyphuses and It's Still a World of Sisyphuses).
This is the inevitable process produced by Americanism, which has
played such a key role in shaping the counterfeit church of
conciliarism's embrace of "religious liberty" and the "separation of
Church and State," both of which have been condemned by the authority of
the Catholic Church from time immemorial.
The falsehoods of the American founding, you see, must lead to social chaos and disorder. The falsehoods of the American founding must lead to the triumph of statism. The falsehoods of the American founding must wind up convincing Catholics all across the ecclesiastical divide that
there is some naturalistic or "inter-denominational" means short of
Catholicism to "resolve" problems that have their remote cause in
Original Sin and their proximate causes in our own Actual Sins and thus
can be ameliorated only by a reform of individual lives in cooperation
with Sanctifying Grace. The falsehoods of the American founding must wind up producing a process that is premised upon the necessity of the clash of "competing interests" (see James Madison's The Federalist, Numbers 10 and 51) as the means of "safeguarding" personal liberty.
As I have noted repeatedly, including in Prisoners Of Their Own Apostasy, Holy Mother Church can
adapt herself to any legitimate form of government. She can and must
adapt herself to the concrete circumstances in which she finds herself
in the modern world with the "religiously neutral" civil state. The
Catholic Church, however, never ceases to proclaim the the Social Reign
of Christ the King, never ceases to impart her Social Teaching to her
children, never ceases to exhort her children to pray and to work for
the conversion of all men and their nations to the Catholic Church,
outside of which there is no salvation and without which there is no
true social order.
The "religion in the public square" argument is a false one as it leads to the belief in some generic concept of God, a concept that has been condemned repeatedly by our popes, including by Pope Leo XIII in Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884, and by Pope Pius XI in Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937:
Now, the fundamental doctrine of the naturalists,
which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human
nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide.
Laying this down, they care little for duties to God, or pervert them by
erroneous and vague opinions. For they deny that anything has
been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which
cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who
ought to be believed by reason of his authority. And since it is the
special and exclusive duty of the Catholic Church fully to set forth in
words truths divinely received, to teach, besides other divine helps to
salvation, the authority of its office, and to defend the same with
perfect purity, it is against the Church that the rage and attack of the
enemies are principally directed.
In those matters which regard religion let it be
seen how the sect of the Freemasons acts, especially where it is more
free to act without restraint, and then let any one judge whether in
fact it does not wish to carry out the policy of the naturalists. By a
long and persevering labor, they endeavor to bring about this result -- namely, that the teaching office and authority of the Church may become
of no account in the civil State; and for this same reason they declare
to the people and contend that Church and State ought to be altogether
disunited. By this means they reject from the laws and from the
commonwealth the wholesome influence of the Catholic religion; and they
consequently imagine that States ought to be constituted without any
regard for the laws and precepts of the Church.. . .
If those who are admitted as members are not
commanded to abjure by any form of words the Catholic doctrines, this
omission, so far from being adverse to the designs of the Freemasons is
more useful for their purposes. First, in this way they easily deceive
the simple-minded and the heedless, and can induce a far greater number
to become members. Again, as all who offer themselves are received
whatever may be their form of religion, they thereby teach the great
error of this age -- that a regard for religion should be held as an
indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike. This manner of
reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of
religion, and especially of the Catholic religion, which, as it is the
only one that is true, cannot, without great injustice, be regarded as
merely equal to other religions.
But the naturalists go much further; for, having, in
the highest things, entered upon a wholly erroneous course, they are
carried headlong to extremes, either by reason of the weakness of human
nature, or because God inflicts upon them the just punishment of their
pride. Hence it happens that they no longer consider as certain and
permanent those things which are fully understood by the natural light
of reason, such as certainly are -- the existence of God, the immaterial
nature of the human soul, and its immortality. The sect of the
Freemasons, by a similar course of error, is exposed to these same
dangers; for, although in a general way they may profess the existence
of God, they themselves are witnesses that they do not all maintain this
truth with the full assent of the mind or with a firm conviction.
Neither do they conceal that this question about God is the greatest
source and cause of discords among them; in fact, it is certain that a
considerable contention about this same subject has existed among them
very lately. But, indeed, the sect allows great liberty to its votaries,
so that to each side is given the right to defend its own opinion,
either that there is a God, or that there is none; and those who
obstinately contend that there is no God are as easily initiated as
those who contend that God exists, though, like the pantheists, they
have false notions concerning Him: all which is nothing else than taking
away the reality, while retaining some absurd representation of the
When this greatest fundamental truth has been
overturned or weakened, it follows that those truths, also, which are
known by the teaching of nature must begin to fall -- namely, that all
things were made by the free will of God the Creator; that the world is
governed by Providence; that souls do not die; that to this life of men
upon the earth there will succeed another and an everlasting life.
When these truths are done away with, which are as
the principles of nature and important for knowledge and for practical
use, it is easy to see what will become of both public and private
morality. We say nothing of those more heavenly virtues, which no one
can exercise or even acquire without a special gift and grace of God; of
which necessarily no trace can be found in those who reject as unknown
the redemption of mankind, the grace of God, the sacraments, and the
happiness to be obtained in heaven. We speak now of the duties which
have their origin in natural probity. That God is the Creator of the
world and its provident Ruler; that the eternal law commands the natural
order to be maintained, and forbids that it be disturbed; that the last
end of men is a destiny far above human things and beyond this
sojourning upon the earth: these are the sources and these the
principles of all justice and morality.
If these be taken away, as the naturalists and
Freemasons desire, there will immediately be no knowledge as to what
constitutes justice and injustice, or upon what principle morality is
founded. And, in truth, the teaching of morality which alone finds favor
with the sect of Freemasons, and in which they contend that youth
should be instructed, is that which they call "civil," and
"independent," and "free," namely, that which does not contain any
religious belief. But, how insufficient such teaching is, how wanting in
soundness, and how easily moved by every impulse of passion, is
sufficiently proved by its sad fruits, which have already begun to
appear. For, wherever, by removing Christian education, this teaching
has begun more completely to rule, there goodness and integrity of
morals have begun quickly to perish, monstrous and shameful opinions
have grown up, and the audacity of evil deeds has risen to a high
degree. All this is commonly complained of and deplored; and not a few
of those who by no means wish to do so are compelled by abundant
evidence to give not infrequently the same testimony. (Pope Pius Leo XIII, Humanum Genus, April 20, 1884.)
Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community -- however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things -- whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds.
Beware, Venerable Brethren, of that growing abuse, in speech as in writing, of the name of God as though it were a meaningless label, to be affixed to any creation, more or less arbitrary, of human speculation. Use your influence on the Faithful, that they refuse to yield to this aberration. Our God is the Personal God, supernatural, omnipotent, infinitely perfect, one in the Trinity of Persons, tri-personal in the unity of divine essence, the Creator of all existence. Lord, King and ultimate Consummator of the history of the world, who will not, and cannot, tolerate a rival God by His side.
This God, this Sovereign Master, has issued commandments whose value is independent of time and space, country and race. As God's sun shines on every human face so His law knows neither privilege nor exception. Rulers and subjects, crowned and uncrowned, rich and poor are equally subject to His word. From the fullness of the Creators' right there naturally arises the fullness of His right to be obeyed by individuals and communities, whoever they are. This obedience permeates all branches of activity in which moral values claim harmony with the law of God, and pervades all integration of the ever-changing laws of man into the immutable laws of God.
None but superficial minds could stumble into concepts of a national God, of a national religion; or attempt to lock within the frontiers of a single people, within the narrow limits of a single race, God, the Creator of the universe, King and Legislator of all nations before whose immensity they are "as a drop of a bucket" (Isaiah xI, 15).
The Bishops of the Church of Christ, "ordained in the things that appertain to God (Heb. v, 1) must watch that pernicious errors of this sort, and consequent practices more pernicious still, shall not gain a footing among their flock. It is part of their sacred obligations to do whatever is in their power to enforce respect for, and obedience to, the commandments of God, as these are the necessary foundation of all private life and public morality; to see that the rights of His Divine Majesty, His name and His word be not profaned; to put a stop to the blasphemies, which, in words and pictures, are multiplying like the sands of the desert; to encounter the obstinacy and provocations of those who deny, despise and hate God, by the never-failing reparatory prayers of the Faithful, hourly rising like incense to the All-Highest and staying His vengeance.
We thank you, Venerable Brethren, your priests and Faithful, who have persisted in their Christian duty and in the defense of God's rights in the teeth of an aggressive paganism. Our gratitude, warmer still and admiring, goes out to those who, in fulfillment of their duty, have been deemed worthy of sacrifice and suffering for the love of God.
No faith in God can for long survive pure and unalloyed without the support of faith in Christ. "No one knoweth who the Son is, but the Father: and who the Father is, but the Son and to whom the Son will reveal Him" (Luke x. 22). "Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent" (John xvii. 3). Nobody, therefore, can say: "I believe in God, and that is enough religion for me," for the Savior's words brook no evasion: "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son hath the Father also" (1 John ii. 23).
In Jesus Christ, Son of God made Man, there shone the plentitude of divine revelation. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets last of all, in these days hath spoken to us by His Son" (Heb. i. 1). The sacred books of the Old Testament are exclusively the word of God, and constitute a substantial part of his revelation; they are penetrated by a subdued light, harmonizing with the slow development of revelation, the dawn of the bright day of the redemption. As should be expected in historical and didactic books, they reflect in many particulars the imperfection, the weakness and sinfulness of man. But side by side with innumerable touches of greatness and nobleness, they also record the story of the chosen people, bearers of the Revelation and the Promise, repeatedly straying from God and turning to the world. Eyes not blinded by prejudice or passion will see in this prevarication, as reported by the Biblical history, the luminous splendor of the divine light revealing the saving plan which finally triumphs over every fault and sin. It is precisely in the twilight of this background that one perceives the striking perspective of the divine tutorship of salvation, as it warms, admonishes, strikes, raises and beautifies its elect. Nothing but ignorance and pride could blind one to the treasures hoarded in the Old Testament.
Whoever wishes to see banished from church and school the Biblical history and the wise doctrines of the Old Testament, blasphemes the name of God, blasphemes the Almighty's plan of salvation, and makes limited and narrow human thought the judge of God's designs over the history of the world: he denies his faith in the true Christ, such as He appeared in the flesh, the Christ who took His human nature from a people that was to crucify Him; and he understands nothing of that universal tragedy of the Son of God who to His torturer's sacrilege opposed the divine and priestly sacrifice of His redeeming death, and made the new alliance the goal of the old alliance, its realization and its crown.
The peak of the revelation as reached in the Gospel of Christ is final and permanent. It knows no retouches by human hand; it admits no substitutes or arbitrary alternatives such as certain leaders pretend to draw from the so-called myth of race and blood. Since Christ, the Lord's Anointed, finished the task of Redemption, and by breaking up the reign of sin deserved for us the grace of being the children God, since that day no other name under heaven has been given to men, whereby we must be saved (Acts iv. 12). No man, were every science, power and worldly strength incarnated in him, can lay any other foundation but that which is laid: which is Christ Jesus (1 Cor. iii 11). Should any man dare, in sacrilegious disregard of the essential differences between God and His creature, between the God-man and the children of man, to place a mortal, were he the greatest of all times, by the side of, or over, or against, Christ, he would deserve to be called prophet of nothingness, to whom the terrifying words of Scripture would be applicable: "He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them" (Psalms ii. 3). (Pope Pius XI, Mit Brennender Sorge, March 17, 1937.)
Excluding the words "Anno Domini" (which was an expression used in legal documents that did not necessarily convey belief in the God-Man Himself) at the end of the original Constitution, where, exactly, is Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ mentioned anywhere in the Declaration of Independence or in the Constitution of the United States of America? Can men really organize themselves in civil society without an explicit, confessional reliance upon Him as He has revealed Himself through His true Church? Americanists believe this. So do conciliarists, who reject, completely and utterly, the consistent teaching of the Catholic Church, expressed so clearly by Pope Saint Pius X in Vehementer Nos, that the civil state must aid us in achieving the possession of Heaven for all eternity by fostering those conditions in society wherein we are better able to sanctify and to thus save our souls as members of the Catholic Church. The American founding, therefore, is built on a whole structure of sophisms that was bound to lead to the conditions we find ourselves in at the present moment.
Got all that? I'll keep repeating myself until you do. Smile.
Excerpt Number Four:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you think there is too much religion in politics today?.
TIMOTHY DOLAN: No, I don't think so at all. I think-- I think
politics, just like business, just like education, just like art, just
like culture, only benefits when-- when-- when religion, when morals,
when faith has a place there. I think the American-- the public square
in the United States is always enriched whenever people approach it,
when they're inspired by their-- their deepest held convictions. And on
the other hand, Bob, I think the public square is impoverished when
people might be coerced to put a piece of duct tape over their mouth,
keeping them from bringing their deepest held convictions to the-- to
the conversation. (Page Four of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Brief Comment: Any religion, "Cardinal" Dolan? Any religion? All religions? Perhaps you ought to familiarize yourself with the full text of Pope Leo XIII's Custodi Di Quella Fede. Perhaps you should familiarize yourself with the following dogmatic decree that was issued by the Council of Florence on February 11, 1442:
It [the Holy Roman Church] firmly
believes, professes, and teaches that the matter pertaining to the law
of the Old Testament, of the Mosaic law, which are divided into
ceremonies, sacred rites, sacrifices, and sacraments, because they were
established to signify something in the future, although they were
suited to the divine worship at that time, after our Lord's coming had
been signified by them, ceased, and the sacraments of the New Testament
began; and that whoever, even after the passion, placed hope in these
matters of the law and submitted himself to them as necessary for
salvation, as if faith in Christ could not save without them, sinned
mortally. Yet it does not deny that after the passion of Christ up to
the promulgation of the Gospel they could have been observed until they
were believed to be in no way necessary for salvation; but after the
promulgation of the Gospel it asserts that they cannot be observed
without the loss of eternal salvation. All, therefore, who after that
time observe circumcision and the Sabbath and the other requirements of
the law, it declares alien to the Christian faith and not in the least
fit to participate in eternal salvation, unless someday they recover
from these errors. Therefore, it commands all who glory in the
name of Christian, at whatever time, before or after baptism, to cease
entirely from circumcision, since, whether or not one places hope in it,
it cannot be observed at all without the loss of eternal salvation.
Regarding children, indeed, because of danger of death, which can often
take place, when no help can be brought to them by another remedy than
through the sacrament of baptism, through which they are snatched from
the domination of the Devil and adopted among the sons of God, it
advises that holy baptism ought not to be deferred for forty or eighty
days, or any time according to the observance of certain people, but it
should be conferred as soon as it can be done conveniently, but so
,that, when danger of death is imminent, they be baptized in the form of
the Church, early without delay, even by a layman or woman, if a priest
should be lacking, just as is contained more fully in the decree of the
Armenians. . . .
It firmly believes, professes, and
proclaims that those not living within the Catholic Church, not only
pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics cannot become
participants in eternal life, but will depart "into everlasting fire
which was prepared for the devil and his angels" [Matt. 25:41], unless
before the end of life the same have been added to the flock; and that
the unity of the ecclesiastical body is so strong that only to those
remaining in it are the sacraments of the Church of benefit for
salvation, and do fastings, almsgiving, and other functions of piety and
exercises of Christian service produce eternal reward, and that no one,
whatever almsgiving he has practiced, even if he has shed blood for the
name of Christ, can be saved, unless he has remained in the bosom and
unity of the Catholic Church. (Pope Eugene IV, Cantate Domino, Council of Florence, February 4, 1442.)
Excerpt Number Five:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, there was certainly no duct tape on-- on-- on
your mouth when the President came out and let it be known that his
health care plan included Catholic institutions having to buy birth
control pills for their employees at church-- in churches and in schools
and in hospitals. I want to ask you about that because I interviewed
the vice president last week and he told me that it all had been
resolved. Here-- here is what he said.
JOE BIDEN: On the
substance, the President ended up exactly where he intended, where he
began. Which was that, one, every woman in America should be able to
have insurance coverage for birth control if she so chooses and that the
Catholic Church and other churches should not have to pay for it or
provide it. That's exactly where we are now.
BOB SCHIEFFER: For the record is that what you advised the President?
JOE BIDEN: Yes. But that's also where the President was in the front end.
BOB SCHIEFFER: So I guess that question I'd ask you, Your Eminence, are you good with that?
TIMOTHY DOLAN: No, although I appreciate very much the Vice President.
He has been helpful and I-- I-- I have benefitted from his counsel and I
look forward to talking to him again. So I am glad he weighed in on it
but I would disagree with him. It hasn't helped us much, Bob, because--
because we still have to pay for it, because most of us are self-insured
and we are still worried not just about our institutions but also the
individuals. So we still find ourselves in a very tough spot, and we're
still going to continue to express what we believe is just not a
religious point of view but a constitutional point of view that
America's at her best when the government doesn't force a citizen or a
group of citizens in a religious creed to violate their deepest held
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you agree with what
the vice president seemed to be saying that this-- that the President
really didn't change his position?
DOLAN: Yes, I-- I think so. Although I am a little confused, because the
President told me his convict--- his position, his conviction is that
the government would do nothing to impede religion. And he-- he was very
gracious, and especially complimenting the Catholic family in the
United States in their work for health care charity and education. And
he'd say I don't want this administration to do anything to-- to impede
that. It's tough for me to see how the strangling HHS Regulations do
anything but that. (Page Four of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Timothy Michael Dolan very much appreciates Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., and has benefitted from his counsel? Huh? Appreciate Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., a pro-abort Catholic politician of longstanding? Appreciate Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.? (see Lest We Forget, Memo to Joseph Biden and Nancy Pelosi and Their Conciliar Enablers, Fact and Fiction, Fallacies Galore, Just A Personal Visit and "D" Stands For Demagogue).
Here's news for you Timothy Michael Dolan: Pope Pius XI does not appreciate the likes of Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. He would never seek the counsel of such a man:
Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it
is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to
defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more so since those
whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among
whom we must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother's
womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by
their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors
or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of
innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven. (Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, December 31, 1930.)
Have you warned Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., that his immortal soul is in jeopardy of eternal hell fire? I forgot. This is against your false religion, isn't it, "Cardinal" Dolan?
Excerpt Number Six:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you this: Do you ever worry that sometimes--
do you like to be careful about getting too involved in politics? I
know since the--
TIMOTHY DOLAN: You do.
SCHIEFFER: --new Pew poll out that says sixty percent of Catholics say
that churches and other houses of worship should just totally steer
clear of politics.
TIMOTHY DOLAN: Yeah. I do
worry about that, Bob. And this-- this is a good place for me to-- to
remind everybody, we didn't ask for this fight, I don't enjoy it at all,
I wish I was on here FACE THE NATION answering other questions and you
probably do, too. We didn't ask for the fight but we're not going to
back away from it. What I'd say is this: Yeah, I don't think religion
should be too involved in politics but I also don't think the government
and politics should be overly involved in the church, and that's our
problem here. You've got a dramatic, radical intrusion of a government
bureaucracy into the internal life of the church that bothers me. So
hear me say, hey, I'd like to back away from this, I got other things to
worry about and bigger fish to fry than this. Our problem is the
government is intruding into the-- into the life of faith and in-- in
the church that they shouldn't be doing. That's-- that's our-- our read
on this. (Page Four of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Brief Comment: Bigger "fish to fry"? Excuse me, "Cardinal" Dolan. Bigger "fish to fry"? What's more important than standing up in opposition to an unjust imposition of an immoral mandate that requires material cooperation with evil? And is it because the body of conciliar "bishops" that you now head has "bigger fish to fry" that it has never spoken out on taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and related "family planning" organizations?
The government shouldn't be "overly involved in the church"? There should be, as the true popes, have taught us, a happy concord between Church and State, a friendly interchange exchange of offices, as Pope Leo XIII explained in Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885:
There was once a time when States were governed by the philosophy of the
Gospel. Then it was that the power and divine virtue of Christian
wisdom had diffused itself throughout the laws, institutions, and morals
of the people, permeating all ranks and relations of civil society.
Then, too, the religion instituted by Jesus Christ, established firmly
in befitting dignity, flourished everywhere, by the favor of princes and
the legitimate protection of magistrates; and Church and State were
happily united in concord and friendly interchange of good offices. The
State, constituted in this wise, bore fruits important beyond all
expectation, whose remembrance is still, and always will be, in renown,
witnessed to as they are by countless proofs which can never be blotted
out or ever obscured by any craft of any enemies. Christian Europe has
subdued barbarous nations, and changed them from a savage to a civilized
condition, from superstition to true worship. It victoriously rolled
back the tide of Mohammedan conquest; retained the headship of
civilization; stood forth in the front rank as the leader and teacher of
all, in every branch of national culture; bestowed on the world the
gift of true and many-sided liberty; and most wisely founded very
numerous institutions for the solace of human suffering. And if we
inquire how it was able to bring about so altered a condition of things,
the answer is -- beyond all question, in large measure, through
religion, under whose auspices so many great undertakings were set on
foot, through whose aid they were brought to completion. (Pope Leo XIII, n Immortale Dei, November 1, 1885.)
The administration of President Barack Hussein Obama is imposing the contraceptive "services" health insurance mandate upon all employers, not just "religious institutions." Why haven't you stood up in opposition to the mandate en toto and not just as it applies to allegedly Catholic institutions such as hospitals and schools that do much all on their very own to undermine the integrity of Faith and Morals?
Excerpt Number Seven:
BOB SCHIEFFER: Your Eminence, this is bound to come up in the campaign. Do you think Catholics would have a problem with a Mormon President because Mitt Romney is a Roman-- is a Mormon?
TIMOTHY DOLAN: No. I don't. I hope-- I hope not. No, we have been through that a couple of months ago, Bob. Abe Foxman at the Jewish Anti-Defamation League was kind enough to invite me to address their-- their annual meeting and I was honored too and he said, tell us a couple of ways that maybe the Jewish community and the Catholic community could cooperate better in the United States. And I brought this issue up. I said, listen, everybody, we Catholics and we Jews have felt the sting of the other side, and now one of the ways we can cooperate is-- is to see that religious prejudice, religious bigotry doesn't enter the campaign. I said there-- there may be reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney as President of the United States that he is a Mormon cannot be one of them. And that the-- the Jewish community stood up and gave a standing ovation. I-- I think-- I don't think Catholics should have any problem voting for a Mormon at all. (Page Four of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
Brief Comment: Amazing. Amazing. Another conciliar "archbishop" of New York addresses the Anti-Defamation League, that promoter of abortion and perversity whose adherents adhere to the blasphemous Talmud. Amazing.
This is an account of what John "Cardinal" O'Connor, the conciliar "Archbishop" of New York, from March 19, 1984, to May 3, 2000, said at another such meeting:
Once we invited him to talk at one of the Anti-Defamation League
dinners. He was there to help present a booklet we had put out. During
his speech, he told a story about how he once went to a Reform synagogue
and he was the only one there with a yarmulke. Several Reform rabbis
who were there looked at each others--I think they couldn't believe
it--but everybody was laughing. The Cardinal had a serious point, too.
Later that night, he said that he was in pain because there are Jews who
do not want to exercise their Judaism because of assimilation or other
reasons. It is their duty to practice their faith, he said, to
prove that God exists and to refute the Holocaust. He sounded very much
like a rabbi when he spoke. The crowd was all around him
afterwards, shaking his hand and embracing him. I told him if he ever
needed a job I knew a congregation that could use him. (Page 148 of Full of Grace: An Oral Biography of John Cardinal O'Connor.)
"Cardinal" O'Connor also scandalized Catholics and non-Catholics alike when he said that "God is smiling" on the fact of a young man's conversion to Talmudism after discovering that his parents had converted to Catholicism long before he was born. This is what O'Connor told the young man, Stephen Dubner:
"Tell your mother that you have tried to study this, that you
have prayed about it, this is not just a revolt or a rejection, this is
not a dismissal of what you don't understand -- that this is where you
think God wants you to be, an informed Jew." (BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Words Upon the Heart, Heard at Last.)
These men are simply apostates.
Insofar as Timothy Michael Dolan's respect for Mormonism, perhaps all that is necessary to do is to provide the following passage from Pope Saint Pius X's Notre Charge Apostolique:
The same applies to the notion of Fraternity which
they found on the love of common interest or, beyond all philosophies
and religions, on the mere notion of humanity, thus embracing with an
equal love and tolerance all human beings and their miseries, whether
these are intellectual, moral, or physical and temporal. But
Catholic doctrine tells us that the primary duty of charity does not lie
in the toleration of false ideas, however sincere they may be, nor in
the theoretical or practical indifference towards the errors and vices
in which we see our brethren plunged, but in the zeal for their
intellectual and moral improvement as well as for their material
well-being. Catholic doctrine further tells us that love for
our neighbor flows from our love for God, Who is Father to all, and goal
of the whole human family; and in Jesus Christ whose members we are, to
the point that in doing good to others we are doing good to Jesus
Christ Himself. Any other kind of love is sheer illusion, sterile and fleeting.
Indeed, we have the human experience of pagan
and secular societies of ages past to show that concern for common
interests or affinities of nature weigh very little against the passions
and wild desires of the heart. No, Venerable Brethren, there is no
genuine fraternity outside Christian charity. Through the love of God
and His Son Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Christian charity embraces all
men, comforts all, and leads all to the same faith and same heavenly
happiness. . . .
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an
inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of
civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for
there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true
moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a
historical fact. The new Sillonists cannot pretend that they are merely working on “the ground of practical realities” where differences of belief do not matter.
Their leader is so conscious of the influence which the convictions of
the mind have upon the result of the action, that he invites them, whatever religion they may belong to, “to provide on the ground of
practical realities, the proof of the excellence of their personal
convictions.” And with good reason: indeed, all practical
results reflect the nature of one’s religious convictions, just as the
limbs of a man down to his finger-tips, owe their very shape to the
principle of life that dwells in his body.
This being said, what must be thought of the promiscuity in
which young Catholics will be caught up with heterodox and unbelieving
folk in a work of this nature? Is it not a thousand-fold more dangerous
for them than a neutral association? What are we to think of this appeal
to all the heterodox, and to all the unbelievers, to prove the
excellence of their convictions in the social sphere in a sort of
apologetic contest? Has not this contest lasted for nineteen centuries
in conditions less dangerous for the faith of Catholics? And was it not
all to the credit of the Catholic Church? What are we to think of this
respect for all errors, and of this strange invitation made by a
Catholic to all the dissidents to strengthen their convictions through
study so that they may have more and more abundant sources of fresh
forces? What are we to think of an association in which all religions
and even Free-Thought may express themselves openly and in complete
freedom(Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Excerpt Number Seven (which begins at the bottom of page four of the Face the Nation transcript):
BOB SCHIEFFER: One final question, what is your greatest challenge now as a Catholic leader?
TIMOTHY DOLAN: Well, the greatest challenge is to-- is to-- in a
way, it is the same as it was that first Easter Sunday morning, to try
to show that God, religion, the church is on the side of life and light
and freedom and hope. That is what-- that is the biggest challenge, that
life giving, liberating, ennobling, uplifting message of-- of the
Bible, of morality, of the church, of Jesus, that's-- that's our
challenge, Bob, and in a world-- I mean you are on the frontlines, you
got to report bad news all the time, most of the time we want to cry
when we see the news, because there is so much darkness and tragedy and
sadness, so the greatest challenge I got is try to preach the good news
and try to show that the light and life and promise of The Gospel always
trumps the bad news that we hear all the time. There is a great
religious challenge. (Page Five of the Transcript from Face the Nation, Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012.)
What a child of the 1960s? Talk about arrested development.
Timothy Michael Dolan's greatest challenge should be to fulfill these words of Pope Saint Pius X, who was committed to the restoration of all things in Christ the King, not a general, Judeo-Masonic sense of generic religiosity of one sort or another, well, you know, whatever, right?
This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with
human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional
foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles,
and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than
the principles upon which the present Christian City rests.
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the
utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when
everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the
City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot
be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the
work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New
City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is:
it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. omnia instaurare in Christo. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
One of our greatest obligations every day should be to pray for the conversion of the likes of Timothy Michael Dolan, who wore a "cheesehead" miter brief at the outdoor staging of his Protestant and Masonic "installation" service as the conciliar "Archbishop" of Milwaukee on September 8, 2002, and of the man who appointed him as the successor to Edward "Cardinal Egan, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict.
To top it all off, believe it or not, there's a group of "conservative" Catholics who are trying "nominate" Timothy Michael Dolan to be Time magazine's "Man of the Year. To quote the late Jack Harold Paar, I kid you not (see "Cardinal" Dolan For Man of the Year). Timothy Michael Dolan is what passes for "leadership" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
We are in the season of Easter rejoicing, to be sure. However, we must remember that this is all a chastisement for our sins and those of the whole world. Things are only going to get worse, which is why we must remain steadfast in prayer to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, He Who is the King of all men and of all nations, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary while we pray as many Rosaries each day as our state-in-life permits and remember these words that Our Crucified and Risen King spoke to saint Margaret Mary Alacoque:
"I will reign in spite of all who oppose Me."
(quoted in: The Right Reverend Emile Bougaud. The Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, reprinted by TAN Books and Publishers in 1990, p. 361.)
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and the hour of our death.
Alleluia! He is Risen!
Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us
Saint Joseph, pray for us
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints