Wednesday, March 9, 2011

News about the Instruction on Summorum Pontificum | Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?

News about the Instruction on Summorum Pontificum Fr. Z's Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?:

"The more bishops become truly generous and apply SP as they are called to do,
the more such communities will be able to trust their own Church again. I
believe ‘The Pope of Christian Unity’ aims for this good fruit in his labors.
Deo volente, the hearts of bishops will be softened."

Call me negative; call me whatever you want, but I maintain that the quote above entertains a naive hope. The bishops have not been "truly generous" towards the Latin Mass for well over 40 years. Why should liberal bishops, steeped in, and acquiescent to post-Conciliar doctrine and liturgy, and appointed to the Episcopate for just that very reason, suddenly become "truly generous." They will become "truly generous" when their jobs are on the line, and they are threatened with excommunication if they don't obey. I see nothing in what little I know about the pope's latest instructions which indicates that the screws have been seriously and effectively applied. As for the so-called 'Pope of Christian Unity,' I think he may be best described as the 'Pope of Unity among all religions,' including Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Charles A. Lindberg, Sr. A Truly Great American

Representative Charles A. Lindberg, Sr. was one of the most honorable gentlemen ever to grace our nation’s House chamber. (Not as much can be said for his even more famous son, in some respects) So upright was this man, that in the face of enormously powerful international banking interests arrayed against him, he refused to back down from his struggle against the establishment of a proposed centralized banking system in this country, otherwise known as the Federal Reserve Act. Though, of course, he lost the battle, Lindberg remained staunchly opposed to the “Fed,” right up to its final enactment into law, and beyond. Neither the U.S. nor the rest of the world has been the same since the Federal Reserve Banks came into existence.

At the height of the First World War in 1917, Congressman Lindberg wrote a book entitled Why Is Your Country At War And What Happens To You After The War. That enjoyed about one year of unhindered circulation. But one spring day in 1918, U.S. government agents invaded the print shop in Washington D.C. where this book was being printed. "Destroy all the Lindbergh plates in your plant," they told the head of the print shop. The latter had no choice but to do as these agents commanded.

Why, you may ask, did the U.S. government resort to such extraordinary measures in order to suppress any further dissemination of Lindberg’s revealing book? See for yourself by ordering a copy, (new or used) through Amazon or other online book dealers. What’s available presently in limited supply is merely a reprint from Kessinger Publishing, compiled from photocopied pages of one surviving 1917 edition. Though written 92 years ago the book’s thematic contents are extremely apropos of today’s economic and financial realities.

It will become readily apparent to the reader, even after a cursory look at these excerpted contents, that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Yes, the cast of characters have changed, but it’s still essentially bankers like these who pull the strings, and elected politicians and appointed officials like them who do the formers’ bidding. Nothing has really changed. A small, basically New York/London-based banking cartel, or the “money grabbers,” as Lindberg liked to call them, still run the show. They almost single-handedly create economic booms and busts- all, of course, for their own profit, leading inevitably to the fleecing and impoverishment of the masses. These men inflate the currency when it suits them. They can also deflate the currency and constrict the money supply, when it’s time to replenish their coffers. They start wars and send millions of young men off to fight and die, always in the interests of further enriching themselves. Wars are very good for business. Capitalism thrives upon them.

Rep. Lindberg would probably not have agreed with many Catholics who look for and work towards the social kingship of Jesus Christ in this country and the rest of the world. In all likelihood, he would have championed the separation of church and state, as did his American forefathers. For they gave up any lofty notion that God should rule over men. Rather, they felt, government of, by and for the people, from the bottom up, was a preferable course to follow. But very quickly, under our new revolutionary form of government, a relatively few clever and self-interested men assumed total control, as they have always done in other places and at other times. The “people,” as it were, were disempowered, suppressed, often impoverished, and herded along at the whim of these all-powerful few. And so it is today. These men are, Lindberg affirms, the money elite, the big financiers and international bankers.