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by GRAHAM MOORHOUSE

It is not a hyperbole to describe the liberal mindset as psychotic. What do I mean by psychotic? I mean it has an inherent inability to confront, deal or cope with reality. A classic extreme example would be the lunatic claiming to be Napoleon Bonaparte....

ROMAN CATHOLIC NEWS, COMMENT & OPINION
THE FLOCK - AUTUMN 2016
 

MODERNISM & THE

"CATHOLIC PRESS"

by GRAHAM MOORHOUSE & PATRICK LAWLER

Intro: by Graham Moorhouse

 

A modernist is a Catholic who has lost the faith (that's assuming he ever had it in the first place), alternatively, he is a man so drunk on his own pride that he has failed to notice that he has staggered into the wrong Church. Modernism is a sort of halfway house between Catholicism and atheism. If one once had the faith, losing the faith is always a grave sin, for God does not rob us of the gift of faith, we lose it by carelessness or pride.

 

This loss of faith of the Modernist can be underlined by a true story. A decade or so ago, the then bishop of Shrewsbury (not the present man, who is a good bishop) issued a mini-Catechism. It was clear from reading it, that the main purpose of this "Catechism" was to rubbish/undermine faith in the Real Presence. PEEP responded by producing a counter-mini-Catechism and distributing it in the diocese (mainly with the aid of good priests). A few months later, we were contacted by a mole in the chancery, who informed us that the two priests who had written the mini-Catechism had both subsequently left the priesthood, and one had even left the Church.

 

All Modernists, if they had any guts or personal integrity, would of course leave the Church, but many clerical Modernists prefer to remain and continue to live parasitically off the body of Christ. Why? Well one can only speculate: possibly without the "collar" they are such nobodies they would fade into the wallpaper and they fear this anonymity. Yet others of course are sodomites for whom the Catholic priesthood provides a near perfect hidey-hole.

 

For the Catholic, God is out there, i.e. God exists independent of the Universe and of you and me. For the Modernist, God is co-terminus with the Universe. Christ merely, like Buddha, Mohammed, Krishna and others, realised [allegedly] to a greater extent than most, the god within. However, Christ would still have been a man of his time, and we can update his teaching, indeed must do so. Thus their Modernist Christ, were He walking the earth today, would embrace women priests, contraception, gay sham marriage, etc.

 

Over time Modernists develop an intense hatred for the Catholic faith, but they are cunning enough to skilfully conceal this loathing. They expertly keep up a façade of effusive goodwill: all is condescending broad smiles, patronizing bonhomie and ready handshakes. But it is that sham goodwill of the politician rather than that of a Christian soul in a state of grace. Confront and expose their duplicity and the mask will slip and their diabolical intent and the sulphuric stench behind the smiling façade may be glimpsed, if merely for a fleeting moment.

 

This hatred of the faith explains why our bishops and their bureaucracies are obdurate in their refusal to allow the faith to be taught in the schools over which they have control, and are very content that, whereas before Vatican II eighty percent plus of the children leaving our schools practised their faith, today only three percent do - of course, if these mountebanks could get it down to zero percent, they would be ecstatic.

 

Fr Ronald Rolheiser is a classic example of the Modernist genre. Fr Ronald Rolheiser has been pretending to be a Catholic while churning out seamless modernist drivel for the Catholic Herald since God was in short trousers - or perhaps it only seems like such a long time. Extracts from a recent article of Fr Ronald Rolheiser are reproduced below and are the subject of part 2 of this article, written by Patrick Lawler, your vice-Chairman.

 

PART 2 - TRAITORS (by Patrick Lawler)

 

If you happen to be one of the overwhelming majority of self-described ‘Catholics’ these days who believe that being “nice” is the cardinal virtue, that “Judge not, that you may not be judged…..” (Matt’ 7:1) is the only verse of sacred scripture that really counts and that God is, basically, a giant-goldenLabrador-puppy-in-the-sky who just LOVES everybody, no matter what they do or how they live their lives…….you’re really going to be upset by what follows. Good! You need to snap out of your niceness coma before it’s too late!

 

The majority of Priests, Bishops and Cardinals (including many of the occupants of two entire floors of the sodomite-run Domus Sancta Marthae) are traitors to the Faith. They have betrayed Our Lord and His Church. They have betrayed the lay faithful whose souls are entrusted to their care.

 

They have no supernatural faith (they have either lost it or they never had it in the first place), they do not believe in the reality of Heaven and Hell and they do not believe in the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist - Body, 18 Blood, Soul and Divinity really and substantially present in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

A very large number of them are practising sodomites (often openly) and predatory homosexual child-molesters. Quite a few of them positively hate Our Lord and Holy Mother Church and are actively engaged in trying to destroy her.

 

They are responsible for the loss of millions of souls (yes, literally millions) to eternal damnation and suffering in Hell and they themselves will go there if they do not repent and beg God’s mercy and forgiveness before they exhale for the last time.

 

And there is absolutely no excuse and no get-out clause for ANY of them regarding ANY of this. None.

 

Don’t even start with, “Well, that’s very unfair! After all, priestly formation since Vatican II has been dumbed down, so most of them don’t know any better”. At this point, that is sheer idiocy! Any sentient being with the ability to read, a couple of functioning brain cells and an Internet connection is able to acquaint themselves with Church history and doctrine; it is easier now than at any point in human history for an ordinary person to access the God-given treasures of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, let alone one who would be a Priest.

 

They have ZERO excuse! They have chosen to betray our Lord and His Church, just as Judas chose betrayal.

 

In charity to them and to the unwary people they are influencing, it is time to publicly call them out; to give them an opportunity to repent and to warn the faithful to pray for them and avoid them until they do so as openly as they have betrayed our Lord and His Church and scandalized and misled the faithful.

 

So, let us turn (distasteful though it is to do so) to ‘Father’ Ronald Rolheiser. I write ‘Father’ not because I doubt the validity of his ordination, I have no idea about that, but because he describes himself as “Ron Rolheiser” on his own website and his picture has him in lay dress. So, it seems ‘Father’ Ron most of the time is more comfortable out of the Roman collar than in it (quelle surprise!).

 

I was in a state of happy ignorance of the very existence of Ron Rolheiser until the Pro Ecclesia Chairman, Graham Moorhouse, passed me the January 30th copy of the newly tabloidised “Catholic Herald” for the specific purpose of making me aware of Ron’s column, “Looking for God Inside our Divisions”, in which Ron expounds his (as I now know, usual) theologically illiterate, philosophically nonsensical and logically incoherent heretical modernism (yes, I know that’s a tautology).

 

The title and the accompanying line drawing of Ron looking relaxed and matey and most definitely not religious (sans ecclesiastical garb) were enough to immediately raise my hackles. The content was enough to make me sick to my stomach and leave me thinking, “Oh, Dear Lord! Where do you even start with this?”

 

Ron’s basic thesis is:

 

• It is impossible to know the Truth about God.

• All religions are equally valid and lead the sincere follower to God.

• No religion is absolute Truth.

• There is no One, True Faith.

• Scripture, defined dogma and revelation are all inadequate.

• All religious “proselytising is solemn nonsense!” (All right, he didn’t actually use that phrase, but it is what he says).

 

It is impossible to know the Truth about God

 

Ron says, “God is beyond all human imagination, conceptualisation, and language.” Really? If that’s the case, why are you even writing this column? No, seriously. If that statement is true, writing this column makes no sense because it is impossible to say anything on the subject.

 

All religions are equally valid and lead the sincere follower to God

 

Ron says, “…all other sincere, authentic religious searchers, will find both God’s water and unity with everyone else who is there.” (at the bottom of the ecumenical ‘well’) …..um….but you just said God is beyond concept and language, so how’s that supposed to happen?

 

No religion is absolute (Truth)

 

Ron says, “…all religious truth is always partial and limited in its historical expression and cannot claim adequacy.” ….hang on…..how can “sincere, authentic religious searchers” find “God’s water” and whatnot if none of their religions is even adequate?

 

There is no One, True Faith

 

Ron Says, “No dogma and no religion ever provide an adequate expression of God.” Gosh, you’d think that God – what with being GOD and all – would’ve been able to come up with something a bit better than that by now, wouldn’t you?

 

Scripture, defined dogma and revelation are all inadequate

 

Ron says, “All religions, all dogmas and all expressions of theology, irrespective of theology or religion, must humbly acknowledge their incompleteness.” ….wait, doesn’t this (yet again) contradict that whole “allreligions-are-equally-valid-ways-of-finding-God-and-we’ll-all-meet-at-theomega-point-of-God-consciousness-eventually-by-following-(sincerely and authentically)-our-own-religions-so-there’s-no-need-to-convert-anyone” thing?

 

All religious “proselytising is solemn nonsense!” (all right, he didn’t actually use that phrase, but it is what he says)

 

Ron says, “Since no one (us included) has the full truth, the way of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue should not be conceived, as it has been so much the case up to the present, of one side winning the other side over: ‘We alone have the truth and you must join us!’ Rather, the way has to be conceived of precisely as ‘digging a well together’, namely, as each of us, with an open heart, longing for those others who are not at our table, refusing all proselytising, becoming engaged through our own religious tradition in the search for deeper conversion" .”.. so…..let me get this straight…. There’s no such thing as absolute truth (that we can apprehend while alive); no religion actually has the truth or can explain the truth about God; all religions are inadequate; it is, in fact, impossible to speak about or conceptualise God in any way yet, at the same time if we ‘sincerely’ and ‘authentically’ follow our own (inadequate and incomplete) religions we will, as Ron Says, “… move deeper into the mystery of God we will find ourselves more and more one, as brothers and sisters in faith

 

There, in all its glory, you have the narcissistic idiocy of Ron Rolheiser laid out.

 

Now, while this would simply be laughable and somewhat irritating coming from a bloke at the pub, coming from a Roman Catholic Priest in a syndicated column appearing in a number of Catholic publications in different parts of the English-speaking world, it is horrific.

 

We need to be completely clear about what this is and what it is not:

 

• This is not a “dissenting” opinion.

 

• This is not a “nuanced” critique of Church teaching.

 

• This is not an “inclusive” and “tolerant” gospel.

 

• This is not Christianity.

 

• This is not Catholicism.

 

• These are not the teachings of the Church established by Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. NO!

 

• This is heresy.

 

• This is blasphemy.

 

• This is apostasy.

 

• This is diabolical disorientation.

 

• This is evil.

 

From “The Syllabus of Errors” a list of condemned propositions advocated by Ron:

 

5. Divine revelation is imperfect, and therefore subject to a continual and indefinite progress, corresponding with the advancement of human reason. — Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862.

 

15. Every man is free to embrace and profess that religion which, guided by the light of reason, he shall consider true.—Allocution "Maxima quidem," June 9, 1862; Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.

 

16. Man may, in the observance of any religion whatever, find the way of eternal salvation, and arrive at eternal salvation.—Encyclical "Qui pluribus," Nov. 9, 1846.

 

17. Good hope at least is to be entertained of the eternal salvation of all those who are not at all in the true Church of Christ.—Encyclical "Quanto conficiamur," Aug. 10, 1863, etc.

 

18. Protestantism is nothing more than another form of the same true Christian religion, in which form it is given to please God equally as in the Catholic Church.—Encyclical "Noscitis," Dec. 8, 1849.

 

21. The Church has not the power of defining dogmatically that the religion of the Catholic Church is the only true religion.—Damnatio "Multiplices inter," June 10, 1851.

 

77. In the present day it is no longer expedient that the Catholic religion should be held as the only religion of the State, to the exclusion of all other forms of worship.—Allocution "Nemo vestrum," July 26, 1855.

 

How about the First Commandment?

 

“I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.”

 

Perhaps Ron’s not familiar with The Great Commission?

 

         “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And seeing him they adored: but some doubted. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. [Matthew 28:16-20]

 

          [18] All power: See here the warrant and commission of the apostles and their successors, the bishops and pastors of Christ's church. He received from his Father all power in heaven and in earth: and in virtue of this power, he sends them (even as his Father sent him, St. John 20. 21) to teach and disciple, not one, but all nations; and instruct them in all truths: and that he may assist them effectually in the execution of this commission, he promises to be with them, not for three or four hundred years only, but all days, even to the consummation of the world. How then could the Catholic Church ever go astray; having always with her pastors, as is here promised, Christ himself, who is the way, the truth, and the life. St. John 14."

 

Or this little insignificant detail?

 

          “Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” [John 14:6]

 

And let us not forget

 

“Extra ecclesiam nulla salus”

 

          “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (extra ecclesiam nulla salus) is a doctrine of the Catholic Faith that was taught by Jesus Christ to His Apostles, preached by the Fathers, defined by popes and councils and piously believed by the faithful in every age of the Church.

 

Here is how the Popes defined it:

 

• “There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved.” (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)

 

• “We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject 23 to the Roman Pontiff. (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302.)

 

• “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.” (Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441.)

 

Fr Ladis Cizik states the case clearly in a recent article in “The Remnant”: 

          “Those who call themselves Catholic today, especially leaders who promote religious indifferentism, like the King of Israel in Elijah’s day, should fear the wrath of the One True God and repent of their sin. Repent and turn back to God the Holy Trinity to end our long drought of vocations to the priesthood and religious life! One religion is not as good as another. All religions do not lead to Heaven. The Catholic Church and the Traditional Catholic Faith are the one true Church and the one true Faith, founded by the onlybegotten Son of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Our Lord and God Jesus Christ.”

 

And a little reminder to priests and Bishops:

 

Every one that putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her that is put away from her husband, committeth adultery.” Luke 16:18

 

Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God, or given thanks; but became vain in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. [For professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. And they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into the likeness of the image of a corruptible man, and of birds, and of fourfooted beasts, and of creeping things. Wherefore God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness, to dishonour their own bodies among themselves. Who changed the truth of God into a lie; and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." 

 

For this cause God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature. And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men working that which is filthy, and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error. And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

 

[26] God delivered them up: Not by being author of their sins, but by withdrawing his grace, and so permitting them, in punishment of their pride, to fall into those shameful sins. Foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.” [Romans 21-32]

 

NONE of this, NONE OF IT is up for debate, or unclear in any way.

 

These are all Divine utterances of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ or the defined dogmas of His Spouse, the Church He established for the salvation of souls. If one does not accept these, or even doubts any of them, he is not a Catholic. This is not my opinion or me being “judgmental” this is Church teaching and it CANNOT be abrogated.

 

Not by ‘Father’ Ron Rolheiser.

 

Not by Cardinal Vincent “Quisling” Nichols.

 

Not by Walter Cardinal "The-Grinning-Heretic" Kasper.

 

And certainly not by Bishop of Rome "who-am-I-to-judge" Francis.

 

Not by anyone ... Ever.

 

“St Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle!”

 

 

POSTSCRIPT By Graham Moorhouse

 

The question I would like to ask Ron is: How can you know that no religion holds all truth unless YOU personally hold all the truth you claim none of them do?

 

For the Ron Rolheisers of this world the Great Commission can be nothing more than a piece of offensive Jewish Chutzpah on the part of some arrogant jumpedup Galilean. What Christ should have said (and no doubt would have said had he been fortunate enough to have our Ron to advise Him) would be something more humble, more self-effacing, something along the following lines:

 

          “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And seeing him they greeted Him warmly. And Jesus spoke to them, saying: I know some of you may feel that I have had a few cool insights about heaven and earth, but who am I, or you, or anyone else to assert that I'm right? You may therefore go and dig ecumenical wells with others; but do your very best not to convert anyone. Baptize them reluctantly only if they absolutely insist. If you must, you can do so in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ... or, for that matter, in the name of the Great Thumb if that floats your boat. But for goodness sake don't teach them to observe all, indeed any, of the things I have tentatively suggested; after all, I shan't be around for much longer and, who knows, they and you might be better off with some other guru. After all, aren’t we all equally hopelessly up the proverbial gum tree?"

 

The above article provides a perfect illustration of why a genuine Catholic should not be regularly reading the mainstream Catholic press: i.e. the Tablet, the Universe, the Catholic Times and the Catholic Herald. Just as a healthy man can occasionally eat junk food without it compromising his physical health, but a regular diet of junk food will undoubtedly compromise his physical health, similarly, a well-instructed Catholic can occasionally read the mainstream Catholic press, but a regular diet of this Modernist junk food will seriously jeopardise one's spiritual health - and to carelessly or deliberately place one's faith in danger is a sin.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice is singling out the Herald; the Catholic Times regularly devotes acres of print to the anti-Catholic ramblings of the ill-tempered Modernist, Monsignor Basil Loftus. And the Universe, not so many years ago, carried a column by a priest who went so far as to question whether we ought to be calling Our Blessed Lady the Mother of God!

 

The mainstream Catholic press is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If they don’t lick the bishops’ boots they will not be able to sell their papers in Catholic churches. But many, if not most, of our bishops are diehard anti-Catholics. This means that the mainstream Catholic press is forced to serially sell its soul for the proverbial thirty pieces of silver in order to stay in business.

 

And if you believe that describing our bishops as die-hard anti-Catholics is a bit over-the-top, just remind yourself that these men collectively appointed Greg Pope MP - the most pro-actively pro-abort, pro-contraception, pro-condom, pro-homosexual MP in parliament bar none – to help head up the Catholic Education Service! That should tell anyone not hopelessly addicted to sticking their head in the sand with their butt in the air all they need to know about the Judas traitors that make up much of the British hierarchy.

 

If you need further proof, just ask any genuine Catholic who has worked in one of our chanceries to relate their experiences. They will invariably describe an atmosphere of barely concealed hostility towards them from the second it was realised that they are orthodox. And dare to express a liking for the traditional Mass, and that hostility will be open, and it will be very unlikely that it will be very long before an excuse is found to dispense with the services of the person in question.

 

Indeed, it is only about a decade ago a pro-life speaker was howled down and reduced to tears by the staff of one of our chanceries, egged on by the bishop himself. The bishop later apologised, but only after Life had gone public on this ugly revealing incident.

 

If a man made a great issue about loving his wife, yet regularly published articles that denigrate and undermine her and reduce the respect for her of her children and those who knew and loved her, wouldn’t you smell a slight whiff of hypocrisy? But that is precisely what the editors of the mainstream Catholic press do regularly; they make a great do about their love for the Church, whilst regularly publishing articles by those who seek to rubbish her teachings and undermine the respect and love of Catholics for the Church. “Hypocrisy” is the only word that comes close to describing such behaviour.

 

Sometimes, otherwise good priests, will encourage us to read the Catholic press, but no responsible father would say to a child, "Eat up your dinner. Yes, I know that there are several spoonfuls of cyanide in it, but some of what is on your plate is quite nourishing."