Sean O'Malley: Coward and Hypocrite
Thomas A. Droleskey
Sean "Cardinal" O'Malley, the conciliar "archbishop" of Boston, Massachusetts, who was in attendance at the travesty that was the late United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedys' Novus Ordo "Mass of Christian Burial" on Saturday, August 29, 2009, the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, has issued a defense of his decision permit that service and to be in attendance at it. "Cardinal" O'Malley's statement is self-serving and hypocritical, wreaking of a sense of moral equivocation that is at the heart of the ethos of concilairism.
O'Malley's statement appeared on Cardinal Seán's Blog yesterday, September 2, 2009, the Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary. The statement is pasted below. I will interject comments in various places so that this piece of conciliar hypocrisy can be exposed for what it is: a self-serving rationalization for providing the highest of honors to a baptized Catholic who maintained his "good standing" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism despite maintaining his support for the slaughter, both by chemical and surgical means, of the innocent preborn until he drew his last breath.
On Saturday morning I attended the funeral Mass for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Father Donald Monan, S.J., former president of Boston College, celebrated the Mass and Father Mark Hession, pastor of Our Lady of Victories in Centerville, preached the homily.
The music was outstanding with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus enriching the liturgy along with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham who later sang an absolutely striking rendition of Schubert’s “Ave Maria.” Cellist Yo-Yo Ma graced us with his beautiful solo performance of Bach and later joined Placido Domingo, who sang the “Panis Angelicus.” Placido has a superb voice. I told him how much I like the Zarzuela, the Spanish classical musical theater productions. His family had a troupe that presented Zarzuelas in Mexico and he promised to arrange a performance.
The venue for the funeral Mass was Mission Church, the magnificent Redemptorist Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Senator Kennedy prayed often in this church when his daughter, Kara, was stricken with cancer. It is a church where countless faithful have gone to pray and ask for healing, grace and forgiveness.
In light of these themes, I wish to address our Catholic faithful who have voiced both support and disappointment at my having presided at the Senator’s funeral Mass.
Needless to say, the Senator’s wake and Catholic funeral were controversial because of the fact that he did not publicly support Catholic teaching and advocacy on behalf of the unborn. Given the profound effect of Catholic social teaching on so many of the programs and policies espoused by Senator Kennedy and the millions who benefited from them, there is a tragic sense of lost opportunity in his lack of support for the unborn. To me and many Catholics it was a great disappointment because, had he placed the issue of life at the centerpiece of the Social Gospel where it belongs, he could have multiplied the immensely valuable work he accomplished. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
First fallacy: Framing Kennedy's unwavering support for abortion as a failure to "publicly support Catholic teaching and advocacy of the unborn."
A "disappointment," "Cardinal" O'Malley? A "disappointment"? The very way you frame Kennedy's public dissent from the Deposit of Faith is intellectually dishonest. Edward Moore Kennedy did not sin against the preborn by omission.He sinned against them by one act of commission after another.
Edward Moore Kennedy was a virulent, aggressive, combative and fierce supporter of the nonexistent "right" of women to kill their preborn children. How many women, "Cardinal" O'Malley chose to kill their children because Edward Moore Kennedy reaffirmed them in the false belief that it was their "right" to "choose" to do so? "A failure to publicly support Catholic teaching and advocacy of the unborn." You are intellectually dishonest, "Cardinal" O'Malley.
Edward Moore Kennedy gave bad example to others. He preached a false "gospel" to others. He helped to make possible the daily slaughter of the preborn by voting for Federal funding for abortifacient contraceptives and for surgical baby-killing in the "hard" cases. He voted in favor of the use of Federal taxpayer monies to fund fetal tissue experimentation. He supported pro-aborts for public office. He nominated pro-aborts to serve as judges on the Federal bench. He confirmed pro-aborts to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Edward Moore Kennedy supported one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven, willful murder. He did so unapologetically. Humberto "Cardinal Medeiros never threatened to excommunicate him for doing so. Bernard "Cardinal" Law never threatened to excommunicate him for doing so. You never threatened to excommunicate him for doing so, thereby communicating to Catholics and non-Catholics alike that one can remain a "Catholic" in "good standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism, that which appears to most people to be the Catholic Church, despite being an active participant in and support of the American genocide of the preborn.
Second fallacy: Making a moral equivalency between statist government programs and the daily slaughter of the preborn.
"Cardinal" O'Malley, the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church, as enunciated clearly by Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno, May 15, 1931, teaches us that we are to respect the Natural Law principle of subsidiarity must be respected as efforts are made to address the needs of those who are poor or displaced or dependent upon others for their daily sustenance. Edward Moore Kennedy supported one statist program after another that violated the Natural Law principle of subsidiarity by increasing the size and power and scope of the Federal government, thereby creating a massive bureaucratic apparatus that existed to justify its own perpetuation, enslaving its dependant subjects as the legitimate rights of the family were undermined.
Even Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II criticized what he called the "Social Assistance State" in Centesimus Annus, May 15, 1991, invoking the principle of subsidiarity in doing so:
In recent years the range of such intervention has vastly expanded, to the point of creating a new type of State, the so-called "Welfare State". This has happened in some countries in order to respond better to many needs and demands, by remedying forms of poverty and deprivation unworthy of the human person. However, excesses and abuses, especially in recent years, have provoked very harsh criticisms of the Welfare State, dubbed the "Social Assistance State". Malfunctions and defects in the Social Assistance State are the result of an inadequate understanding of the tasks proper to the State. Here again the principle of subsidiarity must be respected: a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.
By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending. In fact, it would appear that needs are best understood and satisfied by people who are closest to them and who act as neighbours to those in need. It should be added that certain kinds of demands often call for a response which is not simply material but which is capable of perceiving the deeper human need. One thinks of the condition of refugees, immigrants, the elderly, the sick, and all those in circumstances which call for assistance, such as drug abusers: all these people can be helped effectively. [Although there are other parts of Centesimus Annus that are filled with Modernism, this section of that "encyclical letter" did give some of us "indulterers" a false hope at the time that the "tide" was turning in favor of the Faith.]
One of your brother "bishops" in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, Walter Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa, has gone so far as to criticize the whole concept of government run "universal" health care:
Third, in that category of prudential judgment, the Catholic Church does not teach that government should directly provide health care. Unlike a prudential concern like national defense, for which government monopolization is objectively good – it both limits violence overall and prevents the obvious abuses to which private armies are susceptible – health care should not be subject to federal monopolization. Preserving patient choice (through a flourishing private sector) is the only way to prevent a health care monopoly from denying care arbitrarily, as we learned from HMOs in the recent past. While a government monopoly would not be motivated by profit, it would be motivated by such bureaucratic standards as quotas and defined “best procedures,” which are equally beyond the influence of most citizens. The proper role of the government is to regulate the private sector, in order to foster healthy competition and to curtail abuses. Therefore any legislation that undermines the viability of the private sector is suspect. Private, religious hospitals and nursing homes, in particular, should be protected, because these are the ones most vigorously offering actual health care to the poorest of the poor. ("Bishop" Nickless on ObamaCare)
The driving goal of Edward Moore Kennedy's public life, a national program of "universal" health care run by the Federal government of the United States of America, is not part of the Received Teaching of the Catholic Church and it is not morally equivalent in any way, shape or form to the public advocacy of the "right" of women to "choose" to kill their preborn children. No amount of government programs supported by Edward Moore Kennedy, each of which, including former President George Walker Bush's "No Child Left Behind" program that sought to establish more Federal control over the disaster that is "public education, is in violation of the Natural Law principle of subsidiarity, no amount of fantasizing about the alleged "good" done by those programs can bring back even one of the innocent lives that was snuffed out of existence because of Edward Moore Kennedy's obstinate and steadfast support for the genocide of the preborn. There is no moral equivalency between any of the government programs Edward Moore Kennedy supported and the slaughter of even one innocent baby under cover of the civil law.
Third fallacy: Paying Tribute to Kennedy's Accomplishments
The thousands of people who lined the roads as the late Senator’s motorcade travelled from Cape Cod to Boston and the throngs that crowded the Kennedy Library for two days during the lying in repose, I believe, were there to pay tribute to these many accomplishments rather than as an endorsement of the Senator’s voting record on abortion. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
What accomplishments? Increasing the size and power and scope of the Federal government? Changing the immigration laws so as to help to further the de-Christianization of public life in the name of "pluralism" and "diversity"? What accomplishments? The crowd that said gathered to say goodbye to the statist, pro-abortion Edward Moore Kennedy were steeped in the maudlin sentimentality of naturalism. Edward Kennedy's death was a cause for mourning, not a celebration as he went to his grave as an unreconstructed supporter of baby-killing under cover of law and as an unreconstructed supporter of "marriage" between persons engaged in unspeakable acts of perversity against the Sixth and Ninth Commandments?
Catholics who were rightly possessed of a sensus Catholicus that had not been destroyed by the twin evils of Americanism and Modernism would never have gathered to bid farewell to a man who died without ever publicly abjuring his support of grave evils, a man who died trying to convince his pro-abortion pal, Governor Deval Patrick, to appoint his successor. Did Edward Kennedy believe that Deval Patrick was inclined to appoint someone who was pro-life? No. Edward Moore Kennedy wanted his pro-abortion legacy to be continued by his successor in the United States Senate. Accomplishments, "Cardinal" O'Malley. There are none to "cheer," only crimes against God and man for which to make reparation.
Fourth fallacy: Paying tribute to the Kennedy family as a whole
The crowds also were there to pay tribute to the Kennedy family as a whole. On the national political landscape, if Barack Obama broke the glass ceiling of the presidency for African Americans, Jack Kennedy broke it for American Catholics. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
Excuse me, "Cardinal" O'Malley? The Kennedy family "as a whole"? Leaving aside, at least for a moment, the late Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, what has the Kennedy family "as a whole" done for Catholic teaching except to advance the lies of Americanism that were condemned by Pope Leo XIII in Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae, January 22, 1899, and the lies of "separation of Church and State" that were condemned by pope after pope in forceful terms, including by the saint whose feast we celebrate this very day, Pope Saint Pius X, in these telling words that condemn the views of the Kennedys and of the lords of conciliarism, including Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI:
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.
Name one Kennedy in public life, "Cardinal" O'Malley, who believe in this immutable, irreformable teaching of the Catholic Church. Name one of your "conciliar" bishops who believes this. Indeed, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, using the philosophically absurd and dogmatically condemned invention of his called the "hermeneutic of continuity and discontinuity," rejects it out of hand.
We have not been baptized and confirmed so as to win public office in a "pluralist" nation as a way of "breaking a glass ceiling." We have baptized and confirmed to bear witness to the truths of the Holy Faith, keeping in mind these stirring words of Pope Leo XIII in Sapientiae Christianae, January 10, 1890:
The chief elements of this duty consist in professing openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine, and in propagating it to the utmost of our power. For, as is often said, with the greatest truth, there is nothing so hurtful to Christian wisdom as that it should not be known, since it possesses, when loyally received, inherent power to drive away error.
Anyone who contends that any Kennedy in public life professed "openly and unflinchingly the Catholic doctrine," or that they propagated this doctrine to the "utmost" of their power is mad.
Fifth fallacy: Invoking Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver to justify honoring Edward Moore Kennedy
As a young lad, I saw photographs of both Pope John XXIII and President John Kennedy hanging in the thatched cottages of County Mayo and heard the Gaelic greeting, “God and Mary be with you.” Three of the Kennedy brothers died in service of our country in the prime of life. And Eunice Shriver, who died just a few weeks ago, was an outspoken defender of the unborn and an apostle of the Gospel of Life. She taught us all how to love special children and to make room for everyone at the table of life. In 1992, Eunice petitioned her party’s convention to consider “a new understanding” of the issue, “one that does not pit mother against child,” but instead seeks “policies that responsibly protect and advance the interest of mothers and their children, both before and after birth.”
Much of what is noble in the politics and work of the Kennedys had its origins in the bedrock of the faith of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. As a young woman she had a profound experience of God’s love that transformed her life. She strove to communicate that faith to her large clan. Since the time of her funeral Mass I have kept her memorial prayer card, inscribed with Rose Kennedy’s own words:
“If God were to take away all His blessings, health, physical fitness, wealth, intelligence, and leave me but one gift, I would ask for faith – for with faith in Him and His goodness, mercy, love for me, and belief in everlasting life, I believe I could suffer the loss of my other gifts and still be happy – trustful, leaving all to His inscrutable Providence.” (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
Edward Moore Kennedy was not judged on the basis of the Faith of his late mother and his late sister. He was judged at the moment of his Particular Judgment on the basis of the state of his own immortal soul at the time of his death, something that is known to God alone, which is why must pray for the repose of his immortal soul. While the prayers of his late mother and recently deceased sister may have helped him at the hour of his death, it is specious nonsense to invoke the fidelity of his mother and sister to justify honoring a man who went to his grave as an unreconstructed supporter of the two of the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. It is possible for a faithful mother and sister to go one way into eternity and for a son and a brother to another.
Consider these words of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori on this precise point:
After this sentence, the wicked shall, according to St. Ephrem, be compelled to take leave for ever of their relatives, of Paradise, of the saints, and of Mary the divine mother. "Farewell, ye just! farewell, O cross! farewell, O Paradise! farewell, fathers and brothers: we shall never see you again! farewell, O Mary, mother of God!"--S. Eph. de variis serm. inf. Then a great pit shall be opened in the middle of the valley: the unhappy damned shall be cast into it, and shall see those doors shut which shall never again be opened. O accursed sin! to what a miserable end will you one day conduct so many souls redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ! O unhappy souls! for whom is prepared such a melancholy end. But, brethren, have confidence. Jesus Christ is now a father, and not a judge. He is ready to pardon all who repent. Let us then instantly ask pardon from him. (First Sunday In Advent: On The General Judgment)
It is also a little problematic to invoke Eunice Kennedy Shriver's "pro-life" position when she supported pro-aborts such as Barack Hussein Obama for public office. One cannot say that he is "pro-life" and then work to put into office men who are at war with Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by means of promoting the very thing, sin, that caused Him to suffer unspeakable horrors in His Sacred Humanity during His Passion and Death and that caused His Most Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart to be be pierced through and through with Seven Swords of Sorrow.
Sixth fallacy: No soul left behind?
There are those who objected, in some cases vociferously, to the Church’s providing a Catholic funeral for the Senator. In the strongest terms I disagree with that position. At the Senator’s interment on Saturday evening, with his family’s permission, we learned of details of his recent personal correspondence with Pope Benedict XVI. It was very moving to hear the Senator acknowledging his failing to always be a faithful Catholic, and his request for prayers as he faced the end of his life. The Holy Father’s expression of gratitude for the Senator’s pledge of prayer for the Church, his commendation of the Senator and his family to the intercession of the Blessed Mother, and his imparting the Apostolic Blessing, spoke of His Holiness’ role as the Vicar of Christ, the Good Shepherd who leaves none of the flock behind.
As Archbishop of Boston, I considered it appropriate to represent the Church at this liturgy out of respect for the Senator, his family, those who attended the Mass and all those who were praying for the Senator and his family at this difficult time. We are people of faith and we believe in a loving and forgiving God from whom we seek mercy. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
As noted in the revised version of Beacon of Social Justice?, Edward Moore Kennedy's letter to Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was entirely self-serving. He attempted to wrap himself up in the mantle of the Holy Faith without abjuring his support for abortion even as he was writing to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, to make sure that a pro-abort would fill his Senate seat after he had died.
Kennedy's letter to Ratzinger/Benedict was filled with hubris. Discussing unspecified "failings" does not undo the public harm caused by one's virulent and unapologetic advocacy of the "right" of women to "choose" to kill their babies under cover of the civil law. That Ratzinger/Benedict did not demand a public abjuration of error from Kennedy is speaks to nothing other than the casual, blase attitude that he has for the horror of personal sin as it testified to his belief that no soul is really ever in jeopardy of going to Hell for all eternity.
The Good Shepherd "leaves none of the flock behind," "Cardinal" O'Malley? Are you saying that no baptized Catholic can go to Hell? Are you saying that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI discharged his pastoral duty to Edward Moore Kennedy by imparting his "blessing" upon him so that his soul would not be "left behind"?
Let's examine both questions, if only for a moment.
The late Father Hans Urs von Balthasar, one of the "founding fathers" of the "New Theology" whose premises were condemned by Pope Pius XII in Humani Generis, August 12, 1950, believed in "universal salvation." It appears that you do so as well, "Cardinal" O'Malley, as you have treated members of a false religion, Talmudic Judaism, as though their souls are in no jeopardy at all of being lost for all eternity by their persisting in a religion that is hideous in the sight of God, something that I covered in No Crime Is Worse Than Deicide in response to your utter blasphemy against God when you declared the crimes of the Third Reich against adherents of the Talmud constituted "the worst crime in human history," worse, it appears, than the horror that our sins imposed the God-Man in His Sacred Humanity as He offered Himself up as the one and only Holocaust to His Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Father in Spirit and in Truth in atonement for our sins, a dogmatic truth that is denied by one of your fellow conciliar "bishops," Robert Zollitsch, the chairman of the German"episcopal" conference.
Can souls to go Hell for all eternity, "Cardinal" O'Malley?
The Mother of God parted the Earth and showed suffering souls in Hell to Jacinta and Francisco Marto their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, on July 13, 1917. She instituted devotion to her Immaculate Heart as a means of preventing souls from going to Hell. Indeed, she appeared on March 25, 1656, near Plantee, France, to tell a Catholic convert to Calvinism, Pierre Port-Combet, that he would be sent to Hell for all eternity if he did not convert to the true Faith (see
If You Do Not Return to the True Faith, You Will Be Cast Into Hell!).
Bishops who assure sinners who remain unrepentant of their sins ought to consider this excerpt from a sermon given by Saint Leonard of Port Maurice on
The Little Number of Those Who are Saved:
Look higher still, and see the prelates (Bishops) of the Holy Church, pastors who have the charge of souls. Is the number of those who are saved among them greater than the number of those who are damned? Listen to Cantimpre'; he will relate an event to you, and you may draw the conclusions. There was a synod being held in Paris, and a great number of prelates and pastors who had the charge of souls were in attendance; the king and princes also came to add luster to that assembly by their presence. A famous preacher was invited to preach. While he was preparing his sermon, a horrible demon appeared to him and said, "Lay your books aside. If you want to give a sermon that will be useful to these princes and prelates, content yourself with telling them on our part, 'We the princes of darkness thank you, princes, prelates, and pastors of souls, that due to your negligence, the greater number of the faithful are damned; also, we are saving a reward for you for this favor, when you shall be with us in Hell.'"
Woe to you who command others! If so many are damned by your fault, what will happen to you? If few out of those who are first in the Church of God are saved, what will happen to you? Take all states, both sexes, every condition: husbands, wives, widows, young women, young men, soldiers, merchants, craftsmen, rich and poor, noble and plebian. What are we to say about all these people who are living so badly? The following narrative from Saint Vincent Ferrer will show you what you may think about it. He relates that an archdeacon in Lyons gave up his charge and retreated into a desert place to do penance, and that he died the same day and hour as Saint Bernard. After his death, he appeared to his bishop and said to him, "Know, Monsignor, that at the very hour I passed away, thirty-three thousand people also died. Out of this number, Bernard and myself went up to heaven without delay, three went to purgatory, and all the others fell into Hell."
Our chronicles relate an even more dreadful happening. One of our brothers, well-known for his doctrine and holiness, was preaching in Germany. He represented the ugliness of the sin of impurity so forcefully that a woman fell dead of sorrow in front of everyone. Then, coming back to life, she said, "When I was presented before the Tribunal of God, sixty thousand people arrived at the same time from all parts of the world; out of that number, three were saved by going to Purgatory, and all the rest were damned."
These words apply to you, "Cardinal" O'Malley, as you have shown a false sense of "compassion" to man who never publicly abjured his public crimes against God. God is forgiving, but the repentant sinner must have contrition for his sins and must resolve never to commit them again. Those who support and promote the commission of sin under the cover of civil law and/or who give grave scandal while doing so are required to do public penance for their sins so as to instruct others not to follow them in their pathways of deceit and error.
These words also apply to Fathers Donald Monan and Mark Hession, neither of whom mentioned Edward Moore Kennedy's unrepentant crimes against the preborn. These men helped to reaffirm Kennedy in the false belief that he was a "good Catholic" even though he supported "baby-killing," making the same moral equivalency as you, "Cardinal" O'Malley, in judging Kennedy's support of statist programs as indicative of his "good will" even though he spat on Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the persons of innocent preborn children. Oh, yes, these words of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice to each and every one of you who dared to praise a supporter of baby-killing and perversity under cover of the civil law.
These words apply to Sean O'Malley and Mark Hession and Donald Monan and even Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict for their failure to call Edward Moore Kennedy to a public abjuration of his crimes against God and men under cover of the civil law. None of you has ever bothered to take seriously these words of the late Silvio Cardinal Antoniano concerning the impossibility of pursuing the common temporal good when one is promoting things repugnant to the peace and happiness of eternity:
The more closely the temporal power of a nation aligns itself with the spiritual, and the more it fosters and promotes the latter, by so much the more it contributes to the conservation of the commonwealth. For it is the aim of the ecclesiastical authority by the use of spiritual means, to form good Christians in accordance with its own particular end and object; and in doing this it helps at the same time to form good citizens, and prepares them to meet their obligations as members of a civil society. This follows of necessity because in the City of God, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, a good citizen and an upright man are absolutely one and the same thing. How grave therefore is the error of those who separate things so closely united, and who think that they can produce good citizens by ways and methods other than those which make for the formation of good Christians. For, let human prudence say what it likes and reason as it pleases, it is impossible to produce true temporal peace and tranquillity by things repugnant or opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity. (Silvio Cardinal Antoniano, quoted by Pope Pius XI in Divini Illius Magistri, December 31, 1929.)
None of you, Sean O'Malley or Mark Hession or Donald Monan or Joseph Ratzinger, is willing to admit that the likes of Edward Moore Kennedy or Barack Hussein Obama or any other pro-abort, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, in public life, are incapable of producing true temporal peace and tranquility because they have supported and promoted things repugnant and opposed to the peace and happiness of eternity.
If you mean to say, "Cardinal" O'Malley, in asserting that the Good Shepherd "leaves none of the flock behind" that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was discharging his pastoral duty to Edward Moore Kennedy, you are just as wrong as would be in believing, if this is the case, that it is not possible for a soul to go to Hell for all eternity. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was derelict in his pastoral duty to Edward Moore Kennedy in that he did not tell him that he had to publicly abjure his support for baby-killing under the cover of the civil law and that he had to abjure his support for "marriage" between persons steeped in unrepentant acts of perversity in violation of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments. A true pastor of souls pleads with the sheep to quit their sins. He does nothing, whether by omission or commission, to reaffirm them in their sins and/or to reaffirm non-Catholics in their false beliefs until the point of their dying breaths.
Conscious of the fact that he would be judged harshly by God upon his death if he did not use his papal office to call those steeped in the errors of Protestantism to convert to the true Faith, Pope Pius IX issued the following plea to them in Iam Vos Omnes, September 13, 1868:
It is for this reason that so many who do not share “the communion and the truth of the Catholic Church” must make use of the occasion of the Council, by the means of the Catholic Church, which received in Her bosom their ancestors, proposes [further] demonstration of profound unity and of firm vital force; hear the requirements [demands] of her heart, they must engage themselves to leave this state that does not guarantee for them the security of salvation. She does not hesitate to raise to the Lord of mercy most fervent prayers to tear down of the walls of division, to dissipate the haze of errors, and lead them back within holy Mother Church, where their Ancestors found salutary pastures of life; where, in an exclusive way, is conserved and transmitted whole the doctrine of Jesus Christ and wherein is dispensed the mysteries of heavenly grace.
It is therefore by force of the right of Our supreme Apostolic ministry, entrusted to us by the same Christ the Lord, which, having to carry out with [supreme] participation all the duties of the good Shepherd and to follow and embrace with paternal love all the men of the world, we send this Letter of Ours to all the Christians from whom We are separated, with which we exhort them warmly and beseech them with insistence to hasten to return to the one fold of Christ; we desire in fact from the depths of the heart their salvation in Christ Jesus, and we fear having to render an account one day to Him, Our Judge, if, through some possibility, we have not pointed out and prepared the way for them to attain eternal salvation. In all Our prayers and supplications, with thankfulness, day and night we never omit to ask for them, with humble insistence, from the eternal Shepherd of souls the abundance of goods and heavenly graces. And since, if also, we fulfill in the earth the office of vicar, with all our heart we await with open arms the return of the wayward sons to the Catholic Church, in order to receive them with infinite fondness into the house of the Heavenly Father and to enrich them with its inexhaustible treasures. By our greatest wish for the return to the truth and the communion with the Catholic Church, upon which depends not only the salvation of all of them, but above all also of the whole Christian society: the entire world in fact cannot enjoy true peace if it is not of one fold and one shepherd.
Neither you or Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI think or speak in such terms. This is one of the essential differences between the true religion, Catholicism, and the false religion to which you belong and which you propagate with such zeal, conciliarism. Catholic popes and bishops never reaffirm public sinners in their sins. They demand that there be a public abjuration of those sins, and the death of King Louis XV in France on May 10, 1774, one such case whereby a potentate was required to make a public abjuration of his scandalous behavior before he could receive the Sacrament of Extreme Unction and to die as a Catholic in good standing.
Seventh fallacy: Catholics are "pro-life," not "anti-abortion"
Advocating for the dignity of life is central to my role as a priest and a bishop. One of my greatest satisfactions in my ministry thus far was helping to overturn the abortion laws in Honduras. The person who answered my call for help with that effort was Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who had been a prominent leader in NARAL and the abortion rights movement. His own change of heart led Dr. Nathanson from a practice of providing abortions to becoming one of the most eloquent exponents of the pro-life movement.
Helen Alvaré, who is one of the most outstanding pro-life jurists, a former Director of the Bishops´ Pro-life Office and a long standing consultant to the USCCB Committee for Pro-Life Activities, has always said that the pro-life movement is best characterized by what it is for, not against. We are for the precious gift of life, and our task is to build a civilization of love. We must show those who do not share our belief about life that we care about them. We will stop the practice of abortion by changing the law, and we will be successful in changing the law if we change people’s hearts. We will not change hearts by turning away from people in their time of need and when they are experiencing grief and loss. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
While it is commendable that "Cardinal" O'Malley helped to overturn abortion laws in Honduras, he has reaffirmed pro-aborts in the United States of America. Then again, what's the big deal about tolerating those who support violations of the Fifth Commandment when one commits sins of his own against the First and Second Commandments.
The old conciliar chestnut, "we emphasize the positive, not the negative," has its origins in the Modernist Angelo Roncalli/John XXIII's Opening Address, October 11, 1963, and it is directly contradictory to the teaching of the Catholic Church, which has indeed opposed error and injustice with vigor throughout the course of her her nearly two thousand year existence (see also Keep Trying, Keep Trying).
Our Lady the Rosary to Saint Dominic de Guzman to be the means to fight against Albigensianism.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Himself raised up Saint Joan of Arc to fight--and to kill--the English who were occupying her country, France.
Saint Vincent Ferrer preached against the false religions of Talmudic Judaism and Mohammedanism, converting thousands in the Iberian Peninsula and southern France at the end of the Fourteenth and beginning of the Fifteenth Centuries.
Saint Josaphat preached against the false religion of Orthdox in the Seventeenth Century, giving up his life in the process.
Saint Fidelis Sigmaringen preached against Calvinism at around the same time as Saint Josaphat, giving his up life in the process.
Dom Prosper Gueranger explained the necessity of the work of Saint Fidelis as he opposed error forcefully:
Protestantism was established and rooted by the shedding of torrents of blood; and yet Protestants count it as a great crime that, here and there, the children of the true Church made an armed resistance against them. The heresy of the sixteenth century was the cruel and untiring persecutor of men, whose only crime was their adhesion to the old faith--the faith that had civilized the world. The so-called Reformation proclaimed liberty in matters of religion, and massacred Catholics who exercised this liberty, and prayed and believed as their ancestors had done for long ages before Luther and Calvin were born. A Catholic who gives heretics credit for sincerity when they talk about religious toleration proves the he knows nothing about the past or the present. There is a fatal instinct in error, which leads it to hate the Truth; and the true Church, by its unchangeableness, is a perpetual reproach to them that refuse to be her children. Heresy starts with an attempt to annihilate them that remain faithful; when it has grown tired of open persecution it vents its spleen in insults and calumnies; and when these do not produce the desired effect, hypocrisy comes in with its assurances of friendly forbearance. The history of Protestant Europe, during the last three centuries, confirms these statements; it also justifies us in honouring those courageous servants of God who, during that same period, have died for the ancient faith.
Dom Gueranger discussed the very attitudes about sin and false religions held by conciliarists such as Sean O'Malley and his "pope," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.
Indeed, behold the hypocrisy of Sean O'Malley's "friendly forbearance" with the evils advanced by pro-abortion Catholics in public life. Sean O'Malley sat still as one of the invocations at the travesty that was Edward Moore Kennedy's "Mass of Christian Burial" on Saturday, August 29, 2009, expressed the wish for "straight and gay" to get along. That's right, brave, brave Sean O'Malley, who condemned--yes, condemned--the views of Bishop Richard Williamson on a matter of secular history--sat mute as the word "gay" was allowed to be used to describe people who are involved in the mental illness of perverted inclinations (see Statement Of The Catholic Medical Association, a conciliar group, but one that has some good insights on this topic).
It is never permissible to base one's very human identity on the basis of an inclination to commit perverse sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. We seek to convert those steeped in such sins of perversity out of their mental illness, not assert--from inside the sanctuary of a once Catholic basilica named in honor Our Lady of Perpetual Help--that those who are "normal" have to learn to "tolerate" those who are abnormal, those who are steeped in the mental illness of perversion, which is acquired and not "inherited."
Yes, "Cardinal" O'Malley, Catholics seek to oppose sins and to oppose error in order to defend the truths of the Holy Faith. Pope Pius VI explained this in Inscrutabile, December 25, 1775:
Consequently, you who are the salt of the earth, guardians and shepherds of the Lord's flock, whose business it is to fight the battles of the Lord, arise and gird on your sword, which is the word of God, and expel this foul contagion from your lands. How long are we to ignore the common insult to faith and Church? Let the words of Bernard arouse us like a lament of the spouse of Christ: "Of old was it foretold and the time of fulfillment is now at hand: Behold, in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. It was sorrowful first when the martyrs died; afterwards it was more sorrowful in the fight with the heretics and now it is most sorrowful in the conduct of the members of the household.... The Church is struck within and so in peace is my sorrow most sorrowful. But what peace? There is peace and there is no peace. There is peace from the pagans and peace from the heretics, but no peace from the children. At that time the voice will lament: Sons did I rear and exalt, but they despised me. They despised me and defiled me by a bad life, base gain, evil traffic, and business conducted in the dark." Who can hear these tearful complaints of our most holy mother without feeling a strong urge to devote all his energy and effort to the Church, as he has promised? Therefore cast out the old leaven, remove the evil from your midst. Forcefully and carefully banish poisonous books from the eyes of your flock, and at once courageously set apart those who have been infected, to prevent them harming the rest. The holy Pope Leo used to say, "We can rule those entrusted to us only by pursuing with zeal for the Lord's faith those who destroy and those who are destroyed and by cutting them off from sound minds with the utmost severity to prevent the plague spreading." In doing this We exhort and advise you to be all of one mind and in harmony as you strive for the same object, just as the Church has one faith, one baptism, and one spirit. As you are joined together in the hierarchy, so you should unite equally with virtue and desire.
Obviously, not all errors are equally tolerated by the conciliarists. Edward Moore Kennedy's public advocacy of abortion was a "disappointment" that had to be viewed in the context of his many "accomplishments." Bishop Richard Williamson had to be condemned unequivocally and with great beating of breasts. This is nothing other than hypocrisy as the likes of Sean O'Malley and Roger Mahony and Robert Zollitsch, et al,, went after the easy target, Bishop Williamson, while steeped in the errors of the false religion of conciliarism and as they indemnify pro-abortion politicians time and again because those politicians support statist programs that undermine the Natural Law rights of the family and arrogate unto government bureaucrats decisions over life and death that do not belong to them.
Eighth fallacy: Our Lord loves us despite our being in sin
At times, even in the Church, zeal can lead people to issue harsh judgments and impute the worst motives to one another. These attitudes and practices do irreparable damage to the communion of the Church. If any cause is motivated by judgment, anger or vindictiveness, it will be doomed to marginalization and failure. Jesus’ words to us were that we must love one another as He loves us. Jesus loves us while we are still in sin. He loves each of us first, and He loves us to the end. Our ability to change people’s hearts and help them to grasp the dignity of each and every life, from the first moment of conception to the last moment of natural death, is directly related to our ability to increase love and unity in the Church, for our proclamation of the Truth is hindered when we are divided and fighting with each other. (Cardinal Seán's Blog)
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ loves us with an act of His Divine Will, which seeks our salvation. He wants us to quit our sins, and He is not at all indifferent to our commission of them.
The saint whose feast we celebrate today, Pope Saint Pius X, painted a slightly different portrait of Our Lord's forbearance with sin and error than that conveyed by "Cardinal" Sean on his blog:
Further, whilst Jesus was kind to sinners and to those who went astray, He did not respect their false ideas, however sincere they might have appeared. He loved them all, but He instructed them in order to convert them and save them. Whilst He called to Himself in order to comfort them, those who toiled and suffered, it was not to preach to them the jealousy of a chimerical equality. Whilst He lifted up the lowly, it was not to instill in them the sentiment of a dignity independent from, and rebellious against, the duty of obedience. Whilst His heart overflowed with gentleness for the souls of good-will, He could also arm Himself with holy indignation against the profaners of the House of God, against the wretched men who scandalized the little ones, against the authorities who crush the people with the weight of heavy burdens without putting out a hand to lift them. He was as strong as he was gentle. He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body. Finally, He did not announce for future society the reign of an ideal happiness from which suffering would be banished; but, by His lessons and by His example, He traced the path of the happiness which is possible on earth and of the perfect happiness in heaven: the royal way of the Cross. These are teachings that it would be wrong to apply only to one's personal life in order to win eternal salvation; these are eminently social teachings, and they show in Our Lord Jesus Christ something quite different from an inconsistent and impotent humanitarianism. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
"He reproved, threatened, chastised, knowing, and teaching us that fear is the beginning of wisdom, and that it is sometimes proper for a man to cut off an offending limb to save his body." Indeed. It is sometimes necessary to use the staff of correction to call souls steeped in grave errors back to the maternal bosom of Holy Mother Church. That men such as Edward Moore Kennedy have been permitted to go to their graves without having had the staff of correction used against them to save their immortal souls and to teach Catholics and non-Catholics alike that no one can permit the execution of a single baby under the cover of the civil law and remain a Catholic in "good standing," no less to think that he is in good shape to face God at the moment of his Particular Judgment, is one of the proofs that the pastoral praxis of the conciliar church is but a perfect expression of its apostate spirit.
Pope Pius XI did not mince any words, "Cardinal" Sean, when he spoke about those in public life who supported baby-killing under cover of the civil law:
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.)
That you cannot speak this way to the "powerful" Kennedys, "Cardinal" Sean, demonstrates that you are possessed of a spirit of cowardice, not a desire to perform a Spiritual Work of Mercy for a man who forgot that God is indeed the "Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven."
Ninth fallacy: Supporting universal health care without abortion
President Obama and three former presidents attended Senator Kennedy’s funeral. I had the opportunity to speak briefly with President Obama, to welcome him to the Basilica and to share with him that the bishops of the Catholic Church are anxious to support a plan for universal health care, but we will not support a plan that will include a provision for abortion or could open the way to abortions in the future. The President was gracious in the short time we spoke, he listened intently to what I was saying.
Democrats and Republicans sat side by side in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, praying for Senator Kennedy and his family. It is my sincere hope that all people who long to promote the cause of life will pray and work together to change hearts, to bring about an increased respect for life, and to change laws so as to make America a safe place for all, including the unborn.(Cardinal Seán's Blog)
The "bishops" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism are "anxious to support a plan for universal health care"? Well, not all of them are, "Cardinal" O'Malley. The unreconstructed statists among you are. That's for sure. There are others, such as "Bishop" Nickless of Sioux City, who place this matter, and properly so, in the category of a prudential judgment. There is no mandate from Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for a government, no less one filled to the rafters with utilitarians and legal positivists, to provide "universal health care," which is nothing than the sort of "impotent humanitarianism" described by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique.
"Cardinal" Sean does not realize that this only one way to restore legal protection for the inviolability of innocent human life from the first moment of conception through all subsequent stages until natural death: to seek the conversion of the United States of America to the Catholic Faith. This is not a tenet of concilairism, which preaches the error of a "healthy laicism."
Pope Saint Pius X reminded us, however, that the truth is otherwise. We must pray and work for the restoration of the Catholic City, and nothing else:
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.)
Obviously, we must build up the "Catholic City," if you will, in our own immortal souls by growing in holiness as we cooperate graces sent to us by Our Lady that have been won for us by the shedding of every single drop of her Divine Son's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Our sins are indeed very responsible for the worsening of the state of the Church Militant on earth and thus of the world-at-large. Once again, it is important to remember that we deceive ourselves if we do not realize how hideous our own sins are in the sight of God and how we must live penitentially as the consecrated slaves of Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate to make reparation for them as our own hearts are configured more and more to the tender mercies of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Which was formed out of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
To this end, of course, we must pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit as we accept whatever sufferings and sacrifices and calumnies and other difficulties as the just price we must pay for our sins, keeping in mind at all times the needs of the Poor, Suffering Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory.
Catholics do not surrender to the exigencies of sentimentality or to the demands of a false religion, conciliarism, that has taken up with the naturalistic ethos that has brought us sentimentality as a replacement for the true Faith and thus a true way of assessing the words and actions of those who have been at war with Christ the King by means of their support for one grave evil after another under cover of law. Although we are sinners, not one whit better than anyone else, we must stand up with courage and conviction to call out cowardice and hypocrisy for what it is, begging Our Lady that our own words and actions will not prove us to cowards and hypocrites now and, most especially, at the hour of our deaths.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, 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.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints