The UnPapacy

Yesterday on Twitter, someone said that Pope Francis is so UnPapal.

This is perfect! I mean, it’s a perfect description for such confusing times. Some Catholics are arguing cogently that he is an Antipope and that Benedict is still the reigning Pontiff. Other Catholics are arguing cogently that it’s not up to us to decide and that believing The Francis to be an Antipope produces big problems of its own. However, this speculation is fruitless.

Me? Either view could be correct as far as I can tell, but I have no desire to find myself on the wrong end of canon law. I just want to get to heaven. Is it too much to ask?

But, whether The Francis is Pope or not, he is UnPapal in his words and deeds, and I really think that anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded.

So, the UnPapacy is what I’m calling this… thing.

Also, I pray regularly – with fasting – for a full resolution to what I call (especially in my prayers) the “Dumb Bergoglio… Situation.”

Here is Christopher Ferrara in The Remnant:

What an affront this grandstanding, vulgar, insult-hurling Pope is to the memory of the great Roman Pontiffs who defended the truths of the Faith before a hostile world at the risk of their very lives. That he maintains a reputation for humility represents one of the must successful public relations fantasies in modern history, made possible only with the cooperation of the globe-spanning Fake News Industrial Complex

What does Bergoglio mean by a “rigid person”? Of course, he has made that quite clear with his endless stream of petty insults: an observant Catholic who thinks that the negative precepts of the natural law admit of no exceptions…

That Caesar too must render unto God the things that are God’s seems not to have occurred to Bergoglio. Given that the traditional teaching of the Church on the Social Kingship of Christ is decidedly not what Bergoglio thinks, he has excised it from his faux “magisterium” of interviews and airborne press conferences…

As readers are no doubt wondering: What is a Catholic to do in the face of the endless raving of this man, who admits in the same interview that in his forties he underwent psychoanalysis “with a Jewish psychoanalyst. For months I went to her house once a week to clear up some things”?

First of all, obviously, we must keep the Faith in spite of Bergoglio’s relentless attacks upon it

He must be confronted, day in and day out, by the orthodox Catholics he so clearly despises and seeks to ostracize with his cheap demagoguery…

The Chair of Peter is occupied by a man who appears to have been validly elected to the papacy, is universally recognized as a successor of Peter, and yet, de facto, is a kind of antipope in terms of his words and deeds. Worse, not even the literal antipopes of the past have uttered the falsehoods and inanities that flow from Bergoglio like a river from its source

What we are now witnessing is something other than mere sedevacantism. What exactly it is, only history will tell. But it is certainly something the Church has never seen before.

I hope for a dramatic intervention from Heaven. Indeed, this seems the only way out of this mess, so we must pray and fast. If it does not come in my lifetime, I pray I will always be a faithful Catholic regardless.

“Our help is in the name of the LORD Who made heaven and earth.”

Our Lady of Quito, pray for us.

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Apocalypse Harvey

Hurricane, flooding, gales, tornadoes… fire ants… what’s not to love?

Our house did not flood, since we are not in a flood prone area and are a fair way north of the coast. Although I went to bed on Sunday night, thinking our lower floor, which is not much higher than street level, might flood. It didn’t, though the street was covered in water, as were the footpaths (sidewalks) and the rain came down all night.

Then I find out about this

When there is flooding along the Gulf Coast, there are fire ants. The invasive ants congregate into living rafts, drifting through water until they reach solid ground again. It’s a time-honed survival strategy.

But when there is Hurricane Harvey-level flooding, there are not just small rafts but huge, dense mats of fire ants.

Harvey is due to return tomorrow for another bout, this time mostly wind. Joy.

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At our house, we’re all about safety

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Apocalypse Twelve

You might enjoy listening to this as you read. This Youtube video is contained in my Youtube collection “Valiant Woman’s Favourite Music” which of course I recommend, and my channel itself has two movies by me, with a third on the way.

The last book of the Bible is the Book of the Apocalypse, and typically called the Book of Revelation.

It’s a book full of symbolism and is pretty hard to understand, but I suspect it is best understood in company with the Church fathers, and anything the Roman Catechism might have to say about it. Also, the Catholic Encyclopedia would be worth looking at.

Regardless, there is now in the sky an allegedly unique sign, which corresponds to the Woman in the 12th Chapter of the Apocalypse, or at least, the sign will be seen on September 23rd, 2017, and we are in the lead up to it, as you will see. First, the relevant section, from the Douay-Rheims version of the Bible, which as far as I know, is supposed to be the official English translation for Catholics, even though it is not used in the Mass. (Don’t ask). *sigh*

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The vision of the woman clothed with the sun and of the great dragon her persecutor.

[1] And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: [2] And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. [3] And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: [4] And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. [5] And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.

[1] “A woman”: The church of God. It may also, by allusion, be applied to our blessed Lady. The church is clothed with the sun, that is, with Christ: she hath the moon, that is, the changeable things of the world, under her feet: and the twelve stars with which she is crowned, are the twelve apostles: she is in labour and pain, whilst she brings forth her children, and Christ in them, in the midst of afflictions and persecutions.

According to the free downloadable program, ‘Stellarium’ (which I highly recommend!) the above image will be seen in the sky on 23rd September.

The Woman of Apocalypse Twelve is symbolised by the constellation Virgo, as seen above. At her head are the nine stars of the constellation Leo, which are always there. Also the planets Mars, Mercury and Venus will be present above her head, and in fact completely aligned between Regulus, the King Star, in the heart of Leo (also often associated with Jesus, the Lion of Judah) and the top of Virgo’s abdomen (womb).

The King planet, Jupiter has been inside Virgo’s ‘womb’ since last November and by the time he is ‘born’ will have been there for about 9½ months, equivalent to a late term pregnancy.

Some are alleging that this is a completely unique event. Assuming Stellarium to be correct, I’m in the process of verifying that for myself. It’s not hard to do, just a bit time-consuming.

What does it mean? Well, I’m just a housewife, so I have no expertise, but the sign clearly matches *fully* the various elements of the Apocalypse 12 sign. The sun, the moon, the twelve stars, and importantly, Jupiter, have all been exactly where they should, to line up with this sign in scripture. As for its meaning, it’s clear from the authoritative Douay-Rheims version that the Church is bringing forth her children, and Christ in them, as she suffers the pains of childbirth at this time. (No kidding!) Who are her children? Us! – all the faithful Catholics alive at this time. We were born for this.

What this means in detail, I don’t know, but I am watching and praying, as Our Lord commanded, and we wait to see what He will accomplish.

 

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How Stellarium looks when you open it up.

 

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I’m checking for myself if this is unique, or at least very rare.

 

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Stellarium.

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Christendom Club

Following on from my history course in July, which seemed to be successful, I thought I would offer a Club meeting at my house twice a month for the Catholic home schoolers in our area. I’m planning it for the students, ages 13+.

The Aim of Christendom Club is to share our family time with others, exploring the goodness, beauty, and truth of God and Christendom – the greatest civilisation the world has ever seen. We will pray the Rosary and the Angelus, have some Catechism and Scripture lessons and a formal History Class, which will correct much anti-Catholic propaganda. Students will be invited to share, if they wish, from relevant literature, poetry, fine arts, music, and architecture. There will be no homework and no tests. This is meant to be true leisure-learning.

Proposed Schedule:

September 14 Introduction and Ancient History: Egypt and Sumer
September 28 The Kingdom of Israel including Archaeological Evidence
October 12 The Achievements of Greece and Rome
October 26 The Incarnation and the Early Church. Empire and Church.
November 9 The Middle Ages (9th-11th C)
November 23 The High Middle Ages and The Crusades
January 11 The 13th – 15th Centuries
January 25 16th Century: The Great Revolt
February 9 Characters of the “Reformation”
February 23 16th Century: The Catholic Response and the Galileo Controversy
March 9 The Age of France. The Rise and Fall of the Stuarts.
March 23 Liberalism and the French Revolution
April 12 The French Revolution (continued). Napoleon.
April 26 19th Century, predominantly European
May 10 20th Century, predominantly European, but including US involvement in World Wars etc.
May 24 Revision
June 14 End of Year Party

Club Schedule:
10:00 The Rosary
10:20 History Lesson
11:00 Short Break
11:05 History Lesson resumes
12:00 The Angelus
12:05 Lunch
12:30 Sacred Heart Devotion and Catechism/Scripture
1:00 Literature and Poetry
1:30 Fine Arts, Architecture, and Music Appreciation
2:00 Finish.

 The Sacred Heart of Jesus

 

 

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FrancisNews

Most days I check in with Frank Walker’s excellent, Drudge-style News Aggregator:

This links to news and blogs daily for Catholic and other news and articles. Below I’ve included just some headlines, which make me laugh (even though the topics are usually dire). The man has a gift!

If you know nothing about the Catholic Faith you may find this somewhat bewildering. Don’t worry too much. Just go read the Catechism of the Council of Trent (aka the Roman Catechism) instead to find out what we actually believe.

But the Church is in one of her major crises right now, so that’s what most of the headlines are about. Whether you understand them or not, I think they are worth a read. Links are not included here. If you want to read the articles, head over to Canon 212 for the links.

Some Canon212 Headlines, 31st July 2017:

Decapitated Fr. Jacques Hamel’ a ‘brother to us all’ now, and a ‘legacy for the whole church’ see?

Pretentious Philippine FrancisCardinal Tagle has a stole made by a ragmaker, utters insipid quips

FrancisGospel: Jesus presence transforms the heart and opens us to [meet] the needs and to welcome our brothers and sisters, especially the weakest ones, you know

RUTHLESS UK CARDINAL NICHOLS PRAISES HOSPITAL AFTER THEY MURDER CHARLIE GARD, SAYS ‘THEY FEEL THE PAIN KEENLY TOO’!

New Ways Ministry adds list of gayest parishes to list of gayest Catholic colleges

Vicar of Christ my foot.

FRANCISCHURCH: GIANT SPIDER EATS FAITHLESS OTTAWA ABP. PRENDERGAST’S BASILICA

Creepy San Jose Bp. McGrath plans ‘town hall’ with young adults

What you have belongs to Allah

JESUITS, ‘GOD’S MARINES,’ KNOWN FOR
INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS.  FRANCIS: “IT’S STRANGE,
BECAUSE I’M REALLY, REALLY UNDISCIPLINED”

….Profound Francis says, “the attitude of searching is the essential condition for finding.”

Murdered Charlie Gard: Hubristic Francis says he ‘entrusts someone to the Father’ again. (This time it will work.)

Sec. of State Cd. Parolin lies: FrancisChurch has no interest in power: neither political nor economic or ideological. Plus, the Holy See does not seek anything for itself, OK?

Wrecker-Bishop Konderla: Faithful Tulsa gets the FrancisAxe.

CruxMag shames the many good priests distant from faithless Francis. ‘He’s their shepherd, trying to raise the bar for them, you know!’

CruxMag calls blasphemous Santa Muerta skull-face Mary ‘art’ a traditional Day of the Dead remembrance, see?!

Knights of Columbus finally about to get their FrancisSaint

FrancisVatican Spox Fr. James Martin – Jesuit Talks Like A Gay-Activist

Gay New Ways Editor: The second part of Fr. Martin’s sensational book, “a collection of prayers, guided scripture reflections, and spirituality material,” isn’t getting enough notice.

Hoopes: Blasphemous director Scorsese’s apostasy flick, ‘Silence,’ a meditation on the temptation of Christ, you know.

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History Course

The Incarnation: the most important event in history

I had a great time teaching about 15 home schoolers, ages 13-18, about the History of Christendom: an overview. We had four sessions of about 3 hours and 15 mins lectures each time, so 12+ hours of lecturing, during July. The session time was from 10am – 2pm, each day so there was just a small amount of lunch time and bathroom breaks etc.

The kids were amazing! I actually lectured them – this wasn’t “fun class” or baby time activity and they sat up attentively the whole time. They might have been daydreaming, of course, but they mostly looked engaged and they asked a few, good questions here and there. Afterwards, they enthusiastically expressed thanks.

Chartres Cathedral

I anticipated pretty good behaviour and I certainly required it, but even so, I was impressed! I know home schooling is not for everyone, but I’m persuaded more than ever before that it’s a great option for many.

I think at one point towards the end I had to shush them a little, but that was because I had said something fairly humorous, and they were understandably amused by it. It took no effort to get everything to quieten down again. I will shortly report back to their mothers, who have obviously done an excellent job with their kids. I will also spend some time soon, knocking the notes into better shape, for the students to refer to.

5000 years of history in 12-13 hours! My overwhelming impression can be summed up in the expression, “Man, a lot of stuff happened!”

The Battle of Milvian Bridge: “In this sign you will conquer”

The dates were Mondays and Fridays, 10, 14, 24 and 28 July. This was a good way to proceed, I think, because the kids had time between classes to mull over things and do other activities, and I had adequate time to prepare for each class. Although, as for the preparation, in the words of the Duke of Wellington,

“It was the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life!”

 

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Bad effects of the “Reformation” on Oxford: Cobbett

Apologies for the seeming Judaphobia in the following excerpt. I don’t, however, believe Cobbett was a hater of Jews, and it’s not the point of my entry.


“30. When we hear some Jew, or Orange-man, or parson-justice, or
Jocelyn saint, talk about “monkish ignorance and superstition,” we
turn from him with silent contempt: but, BLACKSTONE is to be treated
in another manner. It was at OXFORD where he wrote, and where he was
reading, his Commentaries. He well knew, that the foundations for
learning at Oxford were laid, and brought to perfection, not only in
monkish times, but, in great part, by monks. He knew, “that the
Abbeys were public schools for education, each of them having one or
more persons set apart to instruct the youth of the neighbourhood
without any expense to the parents.” He knew, that “each of the
greater monasteries had a peculiar residence in the universities;
and, whereas there were, in those times, nearly THREE HUNDRED HALLS
and PRIVATE SCHOOLS at Oxford, besides the colleges, there were not
above EIGHT remaining towards the middle of the 17th century.”
[Phillips’ Life of Cardinal Pole, Part I. p. 220.] That is to say, in
about a hundred years after the enlightening “Reformation” began. At
this time (1824) there are, I am informed, only FIVE halls remaining,
and not a single school.”

~ Cobbett’s History of the Reformation

 

 

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