"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
In today's (Nov. 2) episode of the Vortex (embedded below), Michael Voris explains just how far
astray a Canadian priest, Fr. Thomas Rosica, has gone in interviewing defrocked
ex-priest Gregory Baum on his TV show. In the process, he says a lot of things
that bear repeating, or contemplating. (The full script is here; a
related article is here;
is a 2005 article on Gregory Baum, who "has done more to help destroy the
Church in Canada than any other person"; and here’s a recent LifeSiteNews
article on the same interview Voris discusses here.)
[I] n addition to having an
excommunicated priest as his guest without ever informing the audience of that
little fact, [Fr. Rosica] publically praises his guest, Gregory Baum, for his
love of the Church and Christ…
…From high atop his perch over
a rapidly declining and shrinking Church in Canada (think the crow’s nest on
the Titanic) Fr. Rosica not only confuses the faithful by praising and lauding
a former priest who thinks homosexual marriage is okay, birth control is fine, and
the good Lord knows what else, he lashes out at faithful Catholics – the
orthodox crowd – as he opens up a line of discussion with his excommunicate
inserted a clip of the show, wherein Fr. Rosica says,
In the midst of great
theological search [of Vatican II], was a deep and profound joy…and John XXIII
invited that. And it’s interesting that many of those who are on the front
lines, the crusaders, of the orthodoxy today – I would call it a pseudo
orthodoxy – are among the most unhappy and sad and angry that I’ve ever met.
Well, Fr. Rosica, first of all,
we may not be all jolly and kumbaya at the destruction that you and your ilk
have helped promote, but whatever may be said of the orthodox crowd, you cannot
say that we are excommunicated – like that former priest sitting across from
you in the interview. Better to be grumpy and upset with grace, than blissfully
promoting evil and be excommunicated.
And by the way, in case it has
never occurred to you, the reason one finds such anger – and it’s righteous
anger – among so many faithful Catholics, is in REACTION to the damage that has
been done to their loved ones in this life and quite possibly for eternity in
the next, precisely because of the writings and lack of faithfulness on the
part of men you are praising.
sentiments exactly! I’ve been called “bitter” and “angry”, too. Well…yeah!
There is some weakness to that – a failure to trust God completely that His
Church will prevail, for instance, and a failure to remember to rejoice at all
times in our salvation – but there’s
also, as Voris says, some righteous anger. Jesus did, after all, turn over the tables of the moneychangers in the
hard not to be angry when one stops
to think about what has happened to our Catholic identity in the half-century
since Vatican II commenced. And it’s hard not to be a bit disillusioned when
one comes to find out that there was an intentionality to some of those
detrimental changes, and that the intentions were fulfilled in what we see
happening in the Church today. The fact that a priest like Gregory Baum could
be praised by another priest who is ostensibly in “good standing” with the
Church is ludicrous, but it is precisely an outcome of some of the wishy-washy
language in and intentional misinterpretation of part of the documents of
At this very moment, Gregory
Baum is outside the community of the Church, unable to faithfully receive the
sacraments – most especially the Body and Blood of Our Blessed Lord. Shouldn’t
Fr. Rosica’s first and only concern be for the soul of this nearly 90 year man?
Shouldn’t he be assisting him in coming back into the faith not taking a stroll
down memory lane of his time at the Second Vatican Council? His time at the
Second Vatican Council won’t mean a thing if he loses salvation.
And see, here is the difference,
at the end of the day, between Orthodox Catholics and all the rest: Orthodox
Catholics take Jesus and the Apostles at their word when they say there is a Hell
and you can go there. All the non-Orthodox Catholics seem to want to dent,
sidestep, downplay or ignore that.
What on earth do they think the
role of the Church is in the first place? So keep calling us names and poking
fun and accusing us of lacking joy as we look over the devastated vineyard…and
we’ll just keep on keeping on.