Black Mass IN OKC – Exorcist Kicked Out By New Bishop

Another day, another bit of news showing how much Satan has infiltrated the church.  This is taken from the Okie Traditionalist Blog and you can view the original here.


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BREAKING NEWS: Newly Ordained Bishop of Tulsa is Reportedly Shutting Down a Traditional Exorcist Society of Priests

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So here’s the Situation:   a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa has reportedly confirmed this week that Bishop Konderla informed the Society’s Superior Fr. Chad Ripperger that he will not permit their Society to continue their work in the Tulsa diocese….

Priestly Obedience

What does it mean to be an obedient priest?

Padre Pio said “Obedience is mission: I have come into this world to do the will of my Father, who has sent me. Where there is no obedience, there is no virtue; where there is no virtue there is no good; where good is wanting, there is no love, there is no God; where God is not, there is no Heaven.”

Obedience to the inspirations of God come from the Holy Spirit’s gift of counsel.  Counsel is a loving receptivity or supernaturalized prudence according to St. Thomas Aquinas. These are small inspirations that fill the baptized all day long. This is the road to sanctity because it is the highest pathway to loving God. However, the bare minimum of obedience for the priest includes issues moral, doctrinal and liturgical. For matters doctrinal and liturgical, the priest must be obedient in issues of…

Divine Law  to Scripture and Magisterium

Ecclesial Law  to Pope

Particular Law  to Bishop

Divine Law includes the following five things: Sacred Scripture, Councils, Creeds, the early Church Fathers (when they spoke unanimously) and Ex-Cathedra Statements. This list comes from Pope Leo XIII’s Providentissimus Deus, an encyclical on the Bible. There is a modern myth that the only thing that Catholics must believe are the two Ex-Cathedra Statements in history (Immaculate Conception of Mary and Assumption of Mary.)

Of course, the deposit of faith does include those two Marian statements, but it also includes so much more. In fact, Pope Leo XIII places the Bible at the highest level of Divine Revelation, since “all the books which the Church receives as sacred and canonical, are written wholly and entirely, with all their parts, at the dictation of the Holy Ghost; and so far is it from being possible that any error can co-exist with inspiration, that inspiration not only is essentially incompatible with error, but excludes and rejects it as absolutely and necessarily as it is impossible that God Himself, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true.”

If Scripture is so important, how then are we Catholics so different from Protestants?  For one, we Catholics are guaranteed an accurate interpretation of the Bible because of Church Fathers and Dogmatic Councils (like Chalcedon.)  Without these, the notion of “apostolic Christianity” is nothing more than a guessing game, producing 30,000+ denominations of Christians in the USA alone.  (Most of these claim to believe what the early Christians believed!)

Ecclesial Law (Pope) is the next level down.  It can never change the Bible, but they can set our discipline. Popes speak infallibly when they speak on matters of articulated faith and morals from the chair of Peter (very very rare.)  At a lesser weight but much more common are rulings on discipline.  For example, Pope Benedict XVI ruled in Summorum Pontificum (2007) that priests in good standing can offer the Traditional Latin Mass (in private) without any permission from their bishop.  When there is pastoral need, it should never be refused publicly.  (In point of fact, Pope St. Pius V said that this Mass could never be abrogated.)

Particular Law (bishops) is found at a lower level and it of course can never change doctrine.  It is found normally at the level of bishop.  It usually refers to diocesean discipline and decisions.  One example is that a bishop may remove a non-pastor priest from a parish. Whether stemming from a just or unjust decision, the priest must obey his bishop in any such matter. This is the power a bishop has in in his own diocese.

 

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Divine Law can not be superseded by any Pope or bishop.  This includes matters of worthy reception of the Eucharist, for this topic is found in Scripture and the Magisterium. For example, the divorced and remarried can never receive Holy Communion, unless they have obtained annulment(s) and convalidation, or the couple has made a good confession to live in celibacy (and probably apart from each other, to avoid scandal.) This teaching is based on Luke 16:18 (“remarriage” being a serious sin) and 1 Cor 11:26-29 (worthy reception of Holy Communion.)  Notice that Scripture is the highest level of Divine Revelation, according to Pope Leo XIII. Thus, if a Pope tried to change the Bible, we would see that good priests would, and in fact must, resist. Why? Because the priest knows that a Pope functions at the level of Ecclesial Law, not Divine Law. We know that Pope can never change Divine Law (See above diagram with arrows.)

 

But what if a bishop told his priest that he could not deny Holy Communion to a divorced-and-remarried couple who had been respectfully warned to change their life? Would the priest have to obey?  Or that a priest is not allowed to say the Latin Mass? No, for this would be a conflation of the three levels of obedience outlined above. The 1983 Code of Canon Law states: “Those who are publicly unworthy are forbidden from receiving the Divine Eucharist” (can. 712) Some people retort: “Yes, but only the bishop can determine who is publicly unworthy.” The Vatican overruled this objection in the year 2000 stating that “the Priest who is responsible for the community” has the right to determine denial of Holy Communion, and this includes more cases than just the divorced and “remarried” who have not obtained an annulment. The Vatican preempted objections in even stating that “no ecclesiastical authority may dispense the minister of Holy Communion from this obligation in any case, nor may he emanate directives that contradict it.” In other words, the bishop can not make the priest go against Divine Revelation.  This would not be obedience.  Why?  Because protection of the Eucharist comes from Divine Law in Scripture (1 Cor 11) and it does not come from an ecclesiastical or even papal decree.

Saints who said extreme things like “Your superior’s voice is the voice of God” always left one caveat:  A command to sin from a superior is never binding on the inferior.

The above references to Scripture and the Vatican website reveal that obedience to the bishops and the Pope have limitations. Not so our obedience to God.

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—Fr. David Nix, www.padreperegrino.org

On the Birthday of Blessed Mary

On today’s feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Augustine writes in the old Divine Office: “Dearly beloved brethren, the day for which we have longed, the Feast-day of the Blessed and venerable and Ever-Virgin Mary, that day is come. Let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great Virgin’s rising. She is the flower of the fields on which the priceless lily of the valleys hath blossomed. This is she whose delivery changed the nature that we draw from our first parents, and cleansed away their offense.”—St. Augustine.

It is interesting that St. Augustine writes that it was from Mary’s “birth that the nature that we draw from our first parents changed,” (per cuius partum mutatur natura protoplastorum.) Wouldn’t this be better ascribed to Jesus? Even better: How can we call Mary the Mother of God if she was not pre-existent? The answer is simple: Mary is the mother of Jesus’ human nature, but not his divine nature. But Jesus’ center of responsibility, his personhood is divine. And you can’t be the mother of a nature, only the mother of a Person. And this Person is Divine. Thus, Mary is the Mother of God. Christ did not derive His Divinity from her, but He did derive 100% of his genetic make up, his flesh and his blood—His humanity— from Mary alone, since Joseph had no part in this. Jesus’ humanity came from Mary!  And Mary’s humanity came from the most perfect male-female union on earth ever, that of St. Joachim and St. Anne.

When we are baptized, we drown to the family of Adam and we rise in the family line of Jesus. This is why the Apostle Paul writes so much about death and life in his chapter on baptism, Romans 6. But notice who he is writing to: The Romans. In the Roman Empire, to adopt a son or daughter required a process of death certificate granted to the child by the old family. This death certificate was necessary to have in hand before the new family would have the rights and paperwork to the new child. In short, the child would be dead to the first family, and alive to the second family.

So also, we die to Eve and become alive to Mary, above all on her birthday! The birthday of Mary is in some way the birthday of a new humanity since Jesus got His humanity from her and since we are adopted into his family through baptism. The waters of St. Anne breaking were in some since a prefigurement of the waters of our baptism, our new family.  These graces of new life do not originate in Mary, but they flow through her, as Christ came through her once. When we are baptized, we are divinized by God Himself transforming us into tabernacles of the Blessed Trinity. But we also enter a new humanity that Jesus took from Mary, even though He—God— created her most perfect soul, celebrated on the Immaculate Conception (8th of December.) But 9 months later, we have the full flowering of this conception on her birthday, on the 8th of September, today.

This birthday is therefore the birthday of our Mother! This begins not only Mary’s life outside the womb, but a prefigurement of our birth unto eternal life and a new family line prepared for us. So “let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great Virgin’s rising. She is the flower of the fields on which the priceless lily of the valleys hath blossomed. This is she whose delivery changed the nature that we draw from our first parents, and cleansed away their offense.”—St. Augustine

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—Fr. David Nix, www.padreperegrino.org

The Heresy of Indifferentism

The heresy of indifferentism is the notion that all world religions have an equal chance at getting someone to heaven.  Pope Leo XIII taught that the main problem with this heresy is that it overturns the unique mission of Jesus Christ to save people of every nation.   In Satis Cognitum (AD 1896) Pope Leo XIII wrote, “The mission of Christ is to save that which had perished: that is to say, not some nations or peoples, but the whole human race, without distinction of time or place.”—Satis Cognitum, #4, emphasis mine.

Recently, the largest online journal of Pentecostals, Charisma News, claimed that Pope Francis’ first video of 2016 overturned the unique and exclusive mission of Jesus Christ.

Without weighing in on the Pentecostal’s implication of heresy and a One-World Religion of Pope Francis, I want to point to something that Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently said.  He noted that we have had four main crises in the Church over 2,000 years.  The first was the Arian crisis (fought by his namesake).  The second was when the papacy was occupied by immoral people of the Roman Mafia in the 9th and 10th century.  The third crisis was the great Western Schism (2 alleged Popes in the 14th century, resolved by St. Catherine of Siena.)  The fourth is current. Bishop Athanasius Schneider says that we now live in a time of “relativism,” especially “doctrinal and moral” as well as “liturgical anarchy.”

Relativism is the philosophical root of the heresy of indifferentism.  Relativism is reflected in phrases like “Whatever floats your boat” and “You have your truth and I have mine.”  The theological root, however, comes down to a denial of original sin.  Is each person born as a child of God?  This is reflected in questions like, “Do you think only Catholics go to heaven?” You immediately feel a dump of epinephrine in your system.  You understand very well they mean: “Does God hate everyone who is not-Christian?”

 I usually answer this question with an analogy.  Imagine an enormous ocean-liner where Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Christians are on the balcony enjoying the sunset.  Jesus Christ walks the balcony and throws anyone overboard who does not have the ticket of baptism.  This is the basic premise of the questioner who asks “Do you think all non-Catholics go to hell?” In other words, the secular person insists that everyone is born in union with God, but it is we Catholic/Christian fundamentalists want to present an angry Jesus who throws people overboard.

I like to present a different analogy that actually reflects the true doctrine of original sin.  Imagine Jesus Christ is walking the balcony of an ocean-liner and there are people from every nation already overboard and drowning:  Africans, Asians, Indians and Caucasians are drowning and surrounded by sharks.  Jesus Christ throws each person a life-preserver (baptism) and offers to bring them into His boat (the Catholic Church) if only they will accept His love and mercy.  The fact that they are already-overboard is the true teaching of original sin. Only when we understand original sin can we actually see Jesus the Savior of all nations…not the selectively-grumpy friend of Europeans.

Do you see the difference between the two analogies refers primarily to original sin?  When people say “Do you think all non-Catholics go to hell?” they really mean “Is God mean to all non-Christians?” But if we can show them that the status-quo of humanity begins with separation from God (in the ocean, unbaptized) then we can understand Jesus as the Savior who really wants to save even the worst sinner from any nation.

The Pentecostals in the above link may not use terms like “heresy of indifferentism,” but they do know this:  Jesus is not a savior of the human race.  Rather, he is the only savior of the human race.  This assumes that the status-quo of every person in humanity is separation-from-God.  In fact, the following drawing did not originally come from Protestants, but rather from St. Catherine of Siena:

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 That chasm makes each of us a separated enemy of God. Even the greatest saint (except the Mother of God who herself was saved pre-emptively by the Passion of Christ before sin could set-in) was at one point an enemy of God through original sin.  Yes, literally an enemy, but by our decision, not God’s.  “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life.”—Romans 5:10.  This is preceded by my favorite line in the Bible: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”—Romans 5:8.

By the way, if you need a direct answer to that question on salvation, give them the answer of Pope Pius IX:   “By Faith it is to be firmly held that outside the Apostolic Roman Church none can achieve salvation. This is the only ark of salvation. He who does not enter into it, will perish in the flood. Nevertheless equally certainly it is to be held that those who suffer from invincible ignorance of the true religion, are not, for this reason, guilty in the eyes of the Lord.”—Pope Pius IX, Denzinger 1647 (Ott 312)

But if you have the time and ability to explain the love behind the theology of original sin, do that!  Then they will understand that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”—John 3:17.  Then they will understand that it was not exclusivism but love that led the Apostles to proclaim that “there is no other name under Heaven given to men whereby we must be saved.”—Acts 4:12.  Pope Leo XIII adds, “The Church, therefore, is bound to communicate without stint to all men, and to transmit through all ages, the salvation effected by Jesus Christ.”

—Fr. Dave Nix.  See more writing at www.padreperegrino.org

Post-Script:

  1. If you want some historical evidence as to why Jesus rose from the dead and why He is the only savior of the human race, read this book.
  2. If you want to know why the Catholic Church remains without error even during the occasional Pope-in-error, read this article.

Musing on the Apocalypse

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I don’t know when Jesus is going to return in glory. I don’t even think that Satan knows when Jesus is going to return in glory. But the angelic intellect (even a fallen one) is probably better at recognizing the signs that will precede Christ’s second coming (cf. St. Matthew ch. 24.) Is Satan going to distract hearts in the same way for Jesus’ first coming as Jesus’ second coming?

Well, let’s consider what the enemy of human nature did to religion in the first century to divert minds from the coming of the Messiah. In short, Satan twisted the one true religion of the world (Judaism at the time) into a legalistic frenzy. The Pharisees desired the law more than love, and so Jesus says to them: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”—St. Matthew 23:23. Fear of the law made the complex people miss the Son of God. Only simple (not simplistic) hearts recognized Him.

As much as I hate the words “conservative” and “liberal” in terms of Our Catholic Faith, for sake of brevity, we can say that Satan prepared the world for Christ’s first coming by putting her into a state of extreme conservative legalism. Wouldn’t then it be the perfect trick of Satan to prepare the world for Christ’s second coming by putting her into a state of liberal legalism?

What would Satan’s liberal legalism look like? Excessive loopholes on moral theology would mean that nothing could possibly be a mortal sin. It could only be a grave sin because of a constant parsing down with so-called merciful terms like “reduced culpability.” Satan’s liberal legalism would destroy the simple faith of children. Simple people’s faith would be clouded by complex and clouded theological terms surrounding endless excuses on “conscience” under the guise of mercy. Mercy, for Satan, would imply that God arbitrarily turns His head from a rigorious, legalistic imputation of sin, making God the enemy.  (This is so different from what the Desert Fathers taught, namely, the medical view of a transformed life at the foot of the healing cross of Jesus Christ!)

Satan’s liberal legalism would twist the Gospel into a bare-minimum of human-centered legalistic loopholes that leaves nothing but social justice at the end of the day. Priests who preached the full truths of the Gospel would be told by others they have to remember that St. Thomas Aquinas said that “conscience is infallible” and “Does anyone really have the ability to commit a sin with full consent of the will?” We can never know. Alas, we can never know…

This would be the perfect way for Satan to distract the world for the second coming of Christ. My proposal is not a return to conservative legalism. Furthermore, I’m not saying we’re at the end of the world. My proposal is a simple return to the Gospel at its heart: Repent and Believe as little children, with unfeigned trust in Jesus Christ and the One Church that He has established. Stop playing games. Start adoring the Blessed Trinity with a pure heart.  Trust the full and traditional Magisterium of the Catholic Church without games.

 

—Fr. David Nix, www.padreperegrino.org