Prayer to avert a serious act of persecution

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  1. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    I always take Fr. Z at his word. He’s one of the good guys.

    ACTION ITEM: Prayer to avert a serious act of persecution
    Posted on 14 July 2022 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
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    [​IMG]I simply must not say what this intention is. I assure you it is a serious case of ecclesiastical pogrom.

    News will come out soon enough, but in the meantime… trust me.

    Let’s call this: Intention “I”. (UPDATE: It isn’t about me, but this affects everyone.)

    I implore you all…

    … get down on your knees and say, at least, a Memorare – which I advise in my “Custos Traditionis” invitation.

    If you can do this several times a day. Do it.

    If you can do a Rosary. Do it.

    If you can offer a few days of fasting. Do it.

    If you can spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Do it.

    If you can fortify your prayer with a good confession. Do it.

    This is ALL HANDS ON DECK.

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  2. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Whoa. Starting now, following Fr Z’s instructions.
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  3. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Two conjectures, first mine then that of friends:
    1) a new Indult will be required to offer the TLM, with bishops required to “consult” with Rome prior to granting one
    2) all priests will be required by Rome to get the mRNA injection (said only half in jest)
  4. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    Ok, I’ve gotten it from two distinct sources. Cardinal Cupich is going to suppress the ICK (Institute of Christ the King) Traditional Latin Mass community and apostolate in Chicago and completely remove them. 65808677-D1E7-4194-9EA1-1B30758A0551.jpeg

    This could have a knock on effect on Traditional Latin Mass societies and communities across America and the wider Catholic world.

    Also the Diocese of Savanna is cracking down on their Traditional Latin Mass communities, and bad sign accompanying this move by Cupich.
  5. BrianK

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  6. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    The Gray Report

    Blase Cardinal Cupich is Stripping the Institute of Christ the King of their Ability to Celebrate the Holy Mass his Little Fiefdom, where their US Base is Headquartered – Effective August 1, 2022
    Will be Announced at Sunday Mass at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest on Woodlawn Ave., in Chicago
    Fr. John Lovell of the Coalition for Canceled Priest to Appear on The David L. Gray Show Monday Morning to Discuss
  7. AED

    AED Powers

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  8. Ananchal

    Ananchal Vigilans

    I feel very strongly that the suppression of the Eucharist will be because the TLM will be suppressed. As far as the NO mass goes, I believe there will be few (if any) Holy Priests to confect the Eucharist. I believe in this way the church will go underground.
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  9. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    God Makes Great Things Happen with Small Means
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf July 16, 2022 0 Comments
    As I write, it is the anniversary of the imposition of Traditionis custodes, certainly the legacy document of the Francis pontificate. While it seems, ultimately, destined for dusty irrelevance, it is now a neuralgic sign of the times. Almost by way of a celebration of TC, bad news comes from Chicago for the faithful who attend the Institute of Christ the King, and also of the Diocese of Savannah, upon whom Rome has issued a terminal date for Traditional Latin Mass. These are bad signs, clearly, because they show how little regard those in power have for the faithful. And I mean “faithful.” These are the people who actually go to church week in and week out, teach their children to believe what the Church teaches, and strive to live as Catholics in a fallen world. On the other hand, as Tertullian remarks, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church. These good people are not experiencing bloody martyrdom at this point, but their experience at the hands of those who ought to be embracing them is a kind of white martyrdom. If a stranger hurts you, you hurt. If someone to whose care you have been entrusted hurts you, you hurt more.

    That said, when crossing the threshold of a church for Sunday Mass we enter the Domus Dei at the Porta Caeli, the House of God by the Gate of Heaven. We can bring our cares with us to place upon the altar for their raising and transformation. We can bring those who harm us or betray us and entrust them to the merciful healing ministration of God.

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    In our Gospel reading for Sunday, we hear of the miraculous feeding of the 4000 in the wilderness.

    The miraculous feeding of the 4000 is only in Mark and Matthew. They are in the region of the Ten Cities or Decapolis, outside the “promised land,” in Gentile territory. Christ miraculously multiplies 7 loaves and 2 fish and, thereby, feeds 4000 men, not counting women and children. There are 7 baskets of leftovers.

    There is a parallel miracle, the feeding the 5000 by the Sea of Galilee in Jewish territory at modern day Tabgha.

    The numbers and the places are important, as is demonstrated by the fact that the Lord asked the Apostles if they understood what He had done.

    ‘When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?’ ‘Twelve,’ they replied. ‘And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?’ They answered, ‘Seven.’ He said to them, ‘Do you still not understand?’ (Mark 8:19-21).

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    The 5000 were Jews, by the Sea of Galilee and the 4000 were in Gentile territory. In this two-fold miraculous feeding of multitudes in barren places, the Lord revealed Himself as the new Moses feeding the people with the new Manna in the wilderness during the Exodus. He is the new Moses just for the Jews but for the whole world, the Gentiles as well. The 7 baskets represent the 7 Gentile nations descended from Canaan son of Ham son of Noah, that once occupied the land of Canaan: the Canaanites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hittites, Hivites, Jebusites and the Perizzites.

    12 Baskets (Apostles – Tribes) in the Jewish territory. 7 baskets (Gentile nations) outside Jewish territory. All peoples will be gathered in Christ.

    All will be miraculously fed with superabundant food through the hands of the apostles once Christ ascends and the Great Commission begins.

    You might recall that in between these two instances of miraculous multiplication of food, there is the incident with the so-called Syrophoenician woman related in Mark 7 and Matthew 15. She is the Gentile woman, a Canaanite, who begged the healing of her daughter. At first the Lord ignored her pleas, saying “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” She replied, “Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs”(Mark 7:28). Christ relented and healed the woman’s daughter. An explanation of the Lord’s reluctance come from the idea that, first and foremost, He was sent to be among the Jews, to call them to Himself. It would fall to the Apostles to go out among the Gentiles, to bring the Good News and to heal. As the Ignatius Catholic Bible Study puts it, “Israel’s leftover bread will be given to the Gentiles.”

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    In these miracles that the Lord performed, using earthly things like mud and spittle, bread and fish, there is an elevation of the natural to the supernatural. It is therefore natural that we should look for supernatural meanings in His actions. For example, St. Thomas Aquinas, in explaining Christ’s encounter with the Syrophoenician woman, says that the five qualities she displays, humility, patience, prayerfulness, perseverance and faith, are sign posts to us: “If we had had these five qualities we should be delivered from every devil, that is, from all sin; which may Christ grant us to be. Amen.”

    This sort of elevating explanation is exactly the opposite of what modernists try to do, which is the reduce the supernatural to the natural. For example, in pulpits far and wide when the Gospel accounts of the miraculous feedings come up, priests and bishops will be heard to say that the real miracle was that, inspired by Christ, people took out the food they were all secretly hoarding and shared it with each other. This flies in the face of the account in the Gospel, but that’s modernism for you. This canard was cobbled up some 150 years by a German rationalist who hired Hegel at the University of Heidelberg named Heinrich Paulus (+1851). He explained away Christ’s miracles by reducing them to natural events. His efforts were later taken up by German theologian and musicologist Albert Schweitzer (+1965). He should have stuck with Bach. They both tried to explain away the text by mere natural means. This is the essence of modernism: reduction of the supernatural to the natural.

    A clue that you are in contact with modernism is liturgical “dumbing down.” Be wary.

    Here is something we can take away on a natural level. God makes great things happen with small means. We are His small means, natural but with supernatural souls. We can be conduits of graces, as the matter of Sacraments work miraculous, insensible things in us.

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    The material things we have, life itself, is from God in the first place. By letting go and using even small means generously, great things can be multiplied, both spiritually and materially. Entrepreneurs get that: they take risks and make gains and they benefit many. How much more should we be willing to do our little part for the sake of great gains.

    On that note, never underestimate the power of an invitation. We all know Catholics whose faith is dying or dead. Rather, their conscious and active identity as Catholics, is at best dormant. The virtue of faith is the last of the theological virtues to fade, after charity and hope. Avoid bitterness or arguments with them. These days, it is very hard to lead people through a line of thought. We live in an age where the nonsensical “That might be true for you!” makes sense to a lot of people. Instead, show them joy in your Catholic Faith and be inviting. Even if people refuse, they are still pleased that you thought enough about them to invite them. Never underestimate the power of an invitation. Invite fallen-away Catholics to Mass and other parish events. If every regular church-goer would remember to invite someone every week to come with him, imagine what an effect that could have. Many will not accept. Some will. But if many are doing the inviting, many will eventually come. Everyone benefits. Parishes grow. Souls are helped. You please God Who will crown your deeds with His own merits.

    Little miracle will multiply.

    Fathers: that means that you have to provide the very best for them to encounter when they step into that church for the first time in who knows how long. Examine your consciences on this point.

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  10. Dawn2

    Dawn2 Archangels

    Jesus, please help with BrianK's prayer intention.
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  11. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

  12. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    If Francis goes full manifest grave heresy on contraception as it’s being rumored, it will be a one-two punch. Only trads and orthodox Catholics seem to observe Humanae Vitae these days.
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  13. Mario

    Mario Powers

    What can one say? The wisdom and generous gift of Benedict XVI to open up to us once more the TLM, is being swept aside. At least in the USA, the question of why the TLM has grown by leaps and bounds should be seriously considered. It is definitely not a fad. Sadly, this decision has been visibly in the works ever since Pope Francis had the survey sent out to bishops to "assess the status" of the TLM in their dioceses. The steamroller continues to roll.:(

    Lord have Mercy!
  14. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Tell me the possibility is very very remote!:eek:
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  15. padraig

    padraig Powers

    It reminds me of Jesus and Mary and St Joseph being forced to flee Bethlehem into Egypt. That worked out for the best in the end. As indeed it always works out for the best for those who love God.

    This present persecution will not destroy but only hugely strengthen.

    Still prayers that ,driven by frustration, folks will not go into rebellion. Padre Pio was such a good example. Let us follow his example.

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  16. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    It is not remote. It’s happening. At the direction of Pope Francis:

    Recent thread:
    Francis Will DESTROY Humanae Vitae, Jesuits Brag


    Back to the Sixties? Pontifical Academy for Life Pushes for Departure From Doctrine on Contraceptive Sex
    NEWS ANALYSIS: The document breaks from five decades of post-conciliar papal teaching; its backers are urging Pope Francis to make its claims official.
    Jonathan LiedlJuly 13, 2022
    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. (photo: Walter Breitenmoser / CNA/EWTN)

    Fifty-five years ago, Pope St. Paul VI promulgated Humanae Vitae, a papal encyclical that unequivocally clarified the Church’s perennial opposition to artificially contracepted sex. Although this teaching faced resistance from several theologians and even bishops at the time, it has been reaffirmed and further developed by subsequent papal teaching, from St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae to the current version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church recently revised by Pope Francis, which describes the practice as “intrinsically evil.”

    Now, a Vatican institute, ironically first created by the late, great Polish pope and saint, is pushing for a “paradigm shift” in moral theology that would include departing from established teaching on contraception, but also euthanasia and forms of artificial conception — and supporters of this “radical change” are urging Pope Francis to follow suit with an encyclical affirming this radical break from five decades of post-conciliar magisterial consensus.

    The revelations are included in a recent text issued by the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), an ecclesial think tank established by St. John Paul in 1994 to study and provide guidance “on the principal problems of biomedicine and of law, relative to the promotion and defense of life, above all in the direct relation that they have with Christian morality and the directives of the Church’s magisterium.”

    PAL describes Theological Ethics of Life: Scripture, Tradition, and Practical Challenges, a 528-page synthesis of the proceedings of a 2021 PAL-sponsored theological seminar, as “a contribution that elaborates a Christian vision of life by expounding it from the perspective of an anthropology appropriate to the cultural mediation of faith in today’s world.”

    ‘A Radical Change’
    The text’s introduction, written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the academy’s president since 2016, describes the “paradigm shift” in moral theology it introduces as “both descriptive and conceptual, as it follows a pattern that is both argumentative and narrative, theoretical and sapiential, phenomenological and interpretative.”

    “The text carries out a radical change, moving as it were, from the sphere to the polyhedron,” wrote Archbishop Paglia. “This is not a handbook of formulas or catalogue of cases that can be taken out of the context of the overall argument. Rather, it is a fundamental exposition of the Christian vision of life, illustrated in its existential aspects that are most relevant to the dramatic nature of the human condition and addressed from the perspective of an anthropology that is appropriate to the cultural mediation of faith in today’s world.”

    Part of this shift from previous approaches in moral theology is tied, the text claims, to the guiding criteria of “wide-ranging dialogue,” which intentionally incorporates the perspectives of not only various theological positions, but also non-Catholics and nonbelievers.

    However, apparently not consulted in the production of the document were several active members of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

    “As a member of the PAL: the book is not an official statement but the seminar records in which 20 people made their personal statements,” Elena Postigo, a Spanish-based bioethicist shared on Twitter. “Many members didn’t know about it and are astonished.”

    Read the rest at the link
  17. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    If you think it doesn’t matter to you what Francis does to “those trads” and their Traditional Latin Mass, what will you do when he promulgates a new mass missal in which there is no true transubstantiation and thus no Eucharist, no Real Presence?

    Chicago archdiocese, Georgia diocese to shut traditionalist churches
    Catholic World News

    July 18, 2022

    Cardinal Blase Cupich has ordered the priests of the traditionalist Institute of Christ the King to stop celebrating the Tridentine Mass in Chicago by August 1. And in Savannah, Georgia, Bishop Stephen Parkes has announced that permission for the traditional liturgy in three parish churches will be withdrawn in May 2023—saying that he is acting on instructions from the Vatican.

    Cardinal Cupich is apparently withdrawing the faculties of the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) on August 1, so that they will not be authorized to celebrate Mass or administer the sacraments. Neither the Chicago archdiocese nor the ICKSP has issued a public statement about the cardinal’s decision, but multiple sources have confirmed it.

    The situation in Chicago is complicated by the fact that the ICKSP owns title to the church—the shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest—where its priests have celebrated the traditional Mass. The site is also the provincial headquarters for the traditionalist group, which has over 120 priests at work around the world, dedicated to the use of the traditional liturgy.

    Cardinal Cupich reportedly made the decision to withdraw faculties from the ICKSP priests when they declined to celebrate the Novus Ordo liturgy once a month.

    In Savannah, Bishop Parkes issued a statement on July 15 saying that three diocesan parishes would cease to offer the traditional liturgy after May 20, 2023. Also, a Tridentine Mass that had been offered at the diocesan cathedral will be discontinued after August 7 of this year.

    Bishop Parkes recalled that after the publication of Traditionis Custodes he had announced that the tradition liturgy could be continued until further notice in the parishes where it was being celebrated. In his July 15 statement he said that he had then written to the Congregation for Divine Worship, seeking permission for the continuation of that policy. It was the Congregation’s decision to curtail the traditionalist celebrations.

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  18. PurpleFlower

    PurpleFlower Powers

    I'm so sad for the Institute of Christ the King. I wish they had done the consecration to the Immaculate Heart like the FSSP did. I'm relying on Mary's protection for my parish.
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  19. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Cardinal Cupich reportedly made the decision to withdraw faculties from the ICKSP priests when they declined to celebrate the Novus Ordo liturgy once a month.

    Further information:


    It appears that the ICKSP reasoned if you give an inch then Cardinal Cupich would take a mile, and so refused.

    Result: Cardinal Cupich took the mile anyway, probably justifying his decision based on their disobedience (damned if you do and damned if you don't).

    O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
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  20. BrianK

    BrianK Powers Staff Member

    It wasn’t JUST the refusal to say the Novus Ordo!

    He tried to force each individual priest to sign onto statements that would have completely eliminated their apostolate:

    Among the points they had to sign – each priest individually – was that the Novus Ordo rite is the only true expression of the Roman rite. This formulation stems directly from Pope Francis’ own document Traditionis Custodes, an explanation that makes it clear that the traditional Roman rite has to disappear altogether. Moreover, the Institute was also asked to accept a procedure, according to which the priests of the Institute have to ask Cardinal Cupich for permission to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass and that he might grant it for two years, but that he also could revoke that permission at any given time.

    Armato further told LifeSite that the Institute could not sign this document because it goes “against their charism.”

    …[The ICK] did their utmost to find solutions and compromises. They even offered Cardinal Cupich their Shrine so that other priests could celebrate the Novus Ordo Mass there, since several churches in the area had closed and with it access to the Novus Ordo Mass was diminished. But for Cupich, the discussions are over.

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