Carlo Maria Viganò
ET DORMIUNT MULTI
Ideo inter vos multi infirmi et imbecilles, et dormiunt multi.
Therefore, there are many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep. - I Cor 11:30
It forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave,
to be given a stamped image on their right hand or forehead.
No one could buy or sell except for those who had the stamped image,
that is, the name of the beast or the number that corresponds to his name. - Rev 13:16-17
In an interesting interview on Fox News titled The Church of Environmentalism (here), journalist Tucker Carlson has brought to light a contradiction that may have escaped the notice of many people but which I consider extremely revealing.
VIRTUS IN INFIRMITATE PERFICITUR
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of men was on the earth and that every inner desire of their hearts was always nothing but evil. - Gen 6:5
On Sexagesima Sunday we are drawing near to the time of penance and fasting in preparation for Easter. Already for a week the Alleluia has been silent in the liturgy, replaced in the Mass by the Tract. And on this Sunday that is quasi-penitential the Church – with the Readings of Matins – accompanies us in the consideration of sin which leads God to destroy the rebellious human race with the Flood, saving only the family of Noah.
LUMEN AD REVELATIONEM
Tu es qui restitues hæreditatem meam mihi.
It is you who will restore my inheritance to me. - Ps 15: 5
My Eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of every people. With these words, the aged Simeon praises the Lord for having granted him the privilege of being able to witness the fulfillment of the Prophecies, being able to hold in his arms the Infant Messiah, brought to the Temple to be offered to the Lord according to the prescriptions of the Old Law. That short but profound canticle is repeated every night at Compline, because the prayer that the Church recites at the end of each day prepares us for the end of our earthly exile with our faces turned towards Our Lord.
VAS ELECTIONIS EST MIHI ISTE
O distinguished Doctor Paul, teach the law,
and draw our spirits with you to heaven,
until the obscured Faith is like noonday
and Charity alone reigns like the sun.
The Conversion of Saint Paul is a conquest of Saint Stephen, and it is no coincidence that the Divine Liturgy places this feast a few days after that of the Protomartyr, whom the Jew Saul, loyal to the Old Law and faithful executor of the will of the High Priests, saw martyred before his eyes and perhaps he himself martyred, believing that he was performing an action in conformity with the precepts observed by every orthodox Jew. Abbot Guéranger comments: To complete the court of our great King, it was right that the two powerful pillars of the Church, the Apostle of the Jews and the Apostle of the Gentiles, should be raised on either side of the manger: Peter with the keys and Paul with the sword. Thus Saul, from being an observant Jew and persecutor of Christians, becomes Paul, conqueror of the pagans to the Gospel.
A response to Reid, Cavadini, Healy, and Weinandy
And arms shall stand on his part,
and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength,
and they shall take away the continual sacrifice:
and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation. -Dan 11: 31
I have followed with interest the ongoing debate about Traditionis Custodes and Father Reid’ comment (here) in which he refutes Cavadini, Healy, and Weinandy, without however reaching a solution to the problems identified. With this contribution, I would like to indicate a possible way out of the present crisis.
Deus, qui beato Petro Apostolo tuo,
collatis clavibus regni cælestis,
ligandi atque solvendi pontificium tradidisti:
concede; ut, intercessionis ejus auxilio,
a peccatorum nostrorum nexibus liberemur.
Praised Be Jesus Christ
Today the Church in Rome celebrates the feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, with which the authority that Our Lord conferred on the Prince of the Apostles finds in the Chair its symbol and ecclesial expression. We find traces of this celebration since the third century, but it was in 1588, at the time of the Lutheran heresy, that Paul IV established that the feast of the Chair qua primum Romæ sedit Petrus would take place on January 18, in response to the denial of the presence of the Apostle in the City of Rome. The other feast for the Chair of the first Diocese founded by St. Peter, Antioch, is celebrated by the universal Church on February 22.
ET ERAT SUBDITUS ILLIS
And he was submissive to them.
And his mother kept all these things in her heart;
and Jesus grew in wisdom, age, and grace
before God and before men. -Lk 2:51
Praised be Jesus Christ!
In the Octave of the Epiphany, the Holy Church celebrates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, placing this feast immediately after the manifestation of the divinity of Our Lord. But why should we celebrate the memory of the Holy Family, a mystery of intimacy and affection to be preserved around the family hearth, precisely when the divine kingship of the Child King, adored by the shepherds and the Magi from the East, is revealed?
VIDIMUS STELLAM EIUS IN ORIENTE
Et adorabunt eum omnes reges terræ; omnes gentes servient ei. - Ps 71:11
Praised be Jesus Christ.
This solemn day is sanctified by three miracles: the adoration of the Magi, the changing of water into wine at the wedding at Cana, and the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan. These miraculous signs show us the divinity of Our Lord and His universal Lordship over the cosmos, over nature and over us. It is no longer only the shepherds who are called by the Angels to recognize the Verbum caro factum, but it is the whole human race, it is all creation that the voice of God himself calls to adore Him, to listen to Him, to obey Him. A Lordship that some recognize with humble Faith and that others reject out of pride.
Dies iræ, dies illa, dies tribulationis et angustiæ,
dies calamitatis et miseriæ, dies tenebrarum et caliginis,
dies nebulæ et turbinis, dies tubæ et clangoris
super civitates munitas et super angulos excelsos. - Zeph 1: 15-16
Bitter is the day of the Lord! Even a brave man shouts it. A day of wrath is that day, a day of tribulation and anguish, a day of calamity and misery, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of cloud and whirlwind, a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers. So speaks the Prophet Zephaniah.
Absolve Domine. Forgive, O Lord. We sing these words in the Tract of the Mass of the Dead, whether for Popes or simple clerics, for those who are rich or those who are poor, for those who are wise or those who are simple. Et gratia tua illis succurente, mereantur evadere judicium ultionis, et lucis æternæ beatitudine perfrui. And with the help of your grace, may they merit to pass through the final judgment and rejoice in the beatitude of eternal light.
Let us address this same prayer to the Divine Majesty as we celebrate the Holy Mass in suffrage for the soul of Joseph Ratzinger, who was Roman Pontiff until February 28, 2013. And as this Mass asks for mercy towards the deceased, we entrust his soul to the mercy of God, who knows all things and who scrutinizes the secrets of men’s hearts. As far as what he did and said during his long life, and in particular after ascending to the Throne of Peter, we want to recall that providential act of truth and justice with which he recognized full legitimacy to the Apostolic Liturgy, promulgating the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. The good that the liberalization of the Ancient Rite has done to the Church will weigh upon the scale of judgment of soul which we we see in many depictions of the Archangel Saint Michael. Thanks to it, a multitude of faithful and priests – among whom we also number ourselves – have been able to know the inestimable treasure of doctrine and spirituality which unfortunate choices had made inaccessible for fifty years; thanks to it an overflowing river of Graces, which no one will be able to stop, has poured out – and continues to pour out still today – on the Church and on the world.
Animated by this trust, Pope Benedict XVI sought in some way to repair the terrible wound which one of his Predecessors had caused to the ecclesial body; a wound that was healing, but which the maneuvers of the Enemy and his acolytes seeks to keep open, nullifying Summorum Pontificum even in the face of the undeniable spiritual goods that it brings to souls.
In contemplating the rubble that survives the conciliar devastation, I do not dare to think what the present situation of the Church would be without the Mass of Saint Pius V. And yet, in the same Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, one cannot fail to note the precarious structure adopted by the distinguished theologian Ratzinger: the thesis of Catholic orthodoxy (and of the Traditional Mass), the antithesis of the Modernist heresy (and of the Montinian Mass), and the synthesis of Vatican II (and of the co-existence of two forms of the same rite). Unfortunately, the delicta juventutis were never formally disavowed, even if the horrors of the last ten years have almost overshadowed them.
We can only pray fervently that in the near future there may be accomplished that complete restitutio of the Ancient Rite which puts an end to the decades of abuse, manipulation, adulteration and persecution which have been made all the more ferocious during the Bergoglian era.
Si iniquitates observaveris Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit? Who can withstand God’s judgment, if only we consider our faults ? No one. And yet in His Mercy, God, who is a Father to us, and who loves us even to the point of giving His Only-Begotten Son for our salvation, deigns to look at the good we have done with greater attention than He gives to our shortcomings. It is as if, knowing us to be weak and sinful, He was searching for all the ways to save us from eternal damnation, giving us a thousand opportunities to redeem ourselves. This is true for the least of the faithful as well as for the one who sits on the highest Throne. The consideration of our sin should not lead us to consider ourselves destined to give way and to be exempt from punishment, but rather it ought to spur us on to place all of our trust in the One who gives strength (Phil 4 :13). And this is also true for the one whom Providence chose to govern the Church.
Animated by this trust, Pope Benedict XVI sought in some way to repair the terrible wound which one of his Predecessors had caused to the ecclesial body; a wound that was healing, but which the maneuvers of the Enemy and his acolytes seeks to keep open, nullifying Summorum Pontificum even in the face of the undeniable spiritual goods that it brings to souls – and, indeed, precisely because of these infinite Graces, because they represent the most scorching defeat of the secularized and worldly spirit of the conciliar ideology.
And if the reformed rite has cancelled the Dies Iræ from the Requiem Mass, replacing it with Alleluias, we find in the Ancient Mass reasons for hope and dignified suffrage for the soul of a man whom the Lord wanted as His Vicar. In this Rite, we hear the voice of the Spouse imploring Mercy, forgiveness, indulgence, absolution, remission. It is the voice of the Bride who, acknowledging the sins of her children, presents them, whom the Divine Son redeems with his own Sacrifice, before the Eternal Father. Therefore, may the soul of Pope Benedict find the place of refreshment, light, and peace, which we ask for him in the Memento of the Roman Canon.
In the blessed glory of Heaven, or in the purifying flames of Purgatory, Pope Benedict XVI will be able to pray for us and for the entire Church, finally knowing facie ad faciem the Divine Truth that this earthly exile reveals only obscurely. His prayers join ours and those of the holy souls as well as those of the Heavenly Court, imploring the Divine Majesty for an end to the present tribulations, and in particular for the defeat and expulsion of the sect of heretics and corrupt men that afflicts and eclipses the Holy Church of God.
And so may it be.
5 January MMXXIII
Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord
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