The Racists At The Synod

featheredOn October 21, 2019 two men took pagan statues from a Roman Catholic Church and tossed them from a bridge into the Tiber River. It was taped and is available on Youtube. Since then there have been those who recognize these actions as heroism, and those who seem offended and vindictive about these events.

Most amusing, of course, is that those who claim to be offended, mostly white, are again yelling racism. This in the middle of a “synod” about the Amazon region where bishops are walking around in feathered hats, and allowing pagan idols into Churches under the pretense of ecumenism. The people of the Amazon, though, mainly live in cities, attend Churches, and gave up pagan idols when their ancestors learned of Jesus Christ.

They claim that the people left living far from the cities cannot understand the message of Christ, that the faith must be watered down, dressed up, and it must go native by changing the liturgy or the celibacy of the clergy, or the usual grab-bag of modernist demands.  This implies a people who cannot grasp the good news of Jesus Christ unless it too is given a feathered headdress. It is demeaning to the Amazonians and is racism of the worst kind–the kind that seeks to step between them and their eternal salvation.

KrautlerMeanwhile, Protestant religions, which appear to take the mission of Jesus Christ much more seriously than those running His Church these days, are gaining members by presenting the Gospel unadorned. And they are gaining members with little problem, indeed even from the Church.  There is no problem with the people of the Amazon which needs solving.  There is no problem with the message and mission of Jesus Christ.  There is a problem with a Church run by modernists, indeed hippies gone wild, who, it is increasingly clear, are men who stand against Christ and are unwilling to share His message.  Indeed men who bark “racism” at the removal of idols that risk the souls of all concerned, as if they knew how the term really applied here.

There is a Catholic mission to the Amazon which has had no baptisms over decades, there are Amazonians thirsting for the words of Christ, there are souls at stake, and the Church of Pope Francis is playing dress-up in Rome instead of doing the hard work of bringing the message of Jesus Christ, the sacraments of the Church, the traditions of the ages to a people.

That is the racism the Church should be most concerned about.

 

Tradition and Nature

PassionfruitIt is a world where the average person does not know what the plants that feed them every day even look like, a world where many would not know how to grow a beneficial herb if you handed them the seeds and pointed them to the soil, where people have stopped being responsible stewards of the environment and instead started ignorantly worshiping it. The relationship of humankind and nature is a long one, with faith-based traditions that must again be brought to the attention of the distortion-filled modern world.

With this in mind, the Traditian Order opens its page on our site containing information on nature, the environment and the politics and misinformation that surround these isssues. On our site you will now find In Horto Traditian, a page dedicated to collecting our articles and information about what the faithful have been taught, learned and need to know about nature, horticulture and environmental traditionalism (which will also be the title an August column of Traditius).  In addition, we have started up a Facebook page, also called In Horto Traditian, for discussion of these issues. Finally a guild is being formed for interested members of the Order to join to help learn, defend and pass on these traditions.

Please check out these resources and let us know what you think!

In The Garden of Charlemagne

Medieval Horticulture, Part 2: In The Garden of Charlemagne.  A sequel to: Medieval Horticulture, Part 1: Monastic Herbalism

In 476 A.D. the Emperor Romulus Augustus was overthrown by the germanic hordes and any order that the Roman Empire had brought to Europe for centuries was finished. The fall of Rome in the west would cast the former territories of the Empire into centuries of ignorance and squalor, we are told, particularly the areas farthest from it. This is the accepted history, and it is an enormous oversimplification.

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“Imperial Coronation of Charlemagne” by Friedrich Kaulbach, 1861

Just a few decades later, after all, one of the germanic tribes, the Franks, were unified under one king, named Clovis I. Unlike the other tribes, which were mainly Arian, the Franks were Catholic due to Clovis’ wife insistence and his conversion on Christmas Day in 508 A.D.. The germanic tribes would continue their chaotic rule over much of the former Empire in the west, for a time, but in 768 A.D. a man named Charles rose to lead the Franks and re-establish order. Charles would go on to conquer the other tribes, and became Holy Roman Emperor. Even during his life he was referred to as “Charles the Great” which translates in French, of course, to Charlemagne.

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The Threat of Velvet Nihilism and A Novel Response

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Photo by Binh Ho Image on Pexels.com

We are living in a time of extreme social fracturing.  The variables that have led us to this condition are multifaceted, but much can be discerned by observing the post-modern penchant to limit the scope of human flourishing–through exclusively materialist conceptions of man–by advancing a limited view of freedom that idolizes radical autonomy.

This two-fold circumscription of the human person has ultimately harvested the fruits of a culture that no longer remembers the purpose for which they were created.  Ultimately, the model representation of this counterfeit anthropology—advanced by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in Casey v. Planned Parenthood—is the assertion that, “at the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”  This way of thinking neuters traditional cultural mores that enshrines the nuclear family, church, community, and solidarity by promoting a myopic view of human flourishing that enshrines the subjective views and experiences of the individual.

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So You Seek A Miracle?

Fatima PaperOn October 13, 1917, your great, great grandfather and grandmother sat together on a sofa somewhere in the world as a miracle was filling the skies in Portugal.  In the days that followed they heard the news, practically everyone worldwide heard the news, that a genuine miracle had occurred, and the most unlikely thing had happened.

The sun had danced around the sky and been witnessed by a crowd of between 30,000 and 100,000 people, including media, there to see it.  It was, in many ways, the biggest news story in the world.  To repeat: The sun had danced around the sky.  Is it possible?  It would hardly have been a miracle if it was possible.  Did it happen?  There is no court system in the world that does not allow witnesses to establish truth.  There were thousands of witnesses.  The sun had danced around the sky.

What could lead to such an event?
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Archbishop Sample on the rise of the Latin Mass among young people

In this the age of relativism, sometimes the straightforward truth is so shocking that it leaps out at you, grabs your attention, lights your soul afire.  Archbishop Sample’s plain words here are of that sort.  Truth, like St. Augustine said, is like a lion.  Just let it out and it will defend itself.  Special thanks to the Archbishop for letting out these truths this week.

The Wrath of God

When you look closely at history it’s quite odd to see the fashions of particular ages. In certain periods certain trends, certain philosophies, seem to be all the rage.  That they could believe the things they did in the past just seems ridiculous to us in our current, enlightened age.

After all, we are in an enlightened age of mercy, an age where the idea that anyone will be judged is anathema, an age where pagan and heterodox beliefs are bubbling to the surface again in the name of conforming to the age around us.  Such is tolerance.

When bathing in such waters, it is good to keep in mind, though, that God does not deal in fashions. He is fully for mercy while he is fully for justice. Indeed, both at the same time, eternally so, and without contradiction. While our age and our leaders focus on tolerance, mercy, love and acceptance, there is a part of all of us, indeed even the modernists, who know that God–while he loves all and is infinitely merciful–is also infinitely just. We live in the age of Who Am I To Judge? But God will judge. Christ was very clear, indeed, He spoke of Hell more than he spoke of most issues.

Fear of the Lord? This age might consider it a horrible thing to fear the God of Love, but it is the eternal beginning of wisdom. You cannot do as you please, make yourself God and expect to go unjudged. The times teach this, and in doing so they can deceive. You will be judged, by timeless standards, by God who has been so very clear. He may be merciful, but do not try to BE Him, do not try to take truth into your own hands, do not assume that you are in control.

History shows that there are some who write off the God of the Old Testament, or claim that He was some other God, but He was not. The Old must be reconciled with the new to find the eternal, the balance, the ageless truth. You are not God. You will be judged. Entire peoples have been judged. Who, the Hell, are you?

Soak in the age, for God is in fact mercy, God is in fact love. But do not forget that He is also, equally, justice, and judgment. Do not forget that this age is no less susceptible to fashionable philosophies than any other. The times tell us that we stand atop history, that we can create our own truth. That is the fashion. There will be a time when people look back on it and wonder how anyone could believe such a ridiculous thing.

Your eternal soul is on the line.  Pursue balance, fear God and seek wisdom.

In The Beginning . . .

CreationIf you had to pick a handful of the most controversial issues in the world, creation would have to be among them.  Was the world literally created all at once, with two people named Adam and Eve right there at Earth’s beginnings?  Or are we to read Genesis less as journalism and more as symbolism?  If there is a middle ground, what is it, and could a self-respecting traditional Catholic possibly occupy something as shaky as a middle ground?

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On Liechtenstein

I’m sure that most of you have heard of Liechtenstein. Some may have even visited it. I have a special, personal interest in it, because for a time, I was the sworn subject of its Prince. In an article I wrote recently on my personal blog, I explained how that came about, and “realized that there is only one State in the world, still existing, that was a constituent part of the Holy Roman Empire, and that is still ruled by a monarch, i.e. Liechtenstein. The story of how Liechtenstein, as Liechtenstein, became a State of the Empire is fascinating in itself, and is the subject of a future article.” Welcome to that article, which they have asked to re-post on the Traditian Order, of which I am a member.

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The Patrons

It is with the greatest appreciation that the Traditian Order announces that its members have prayed, voted, and selected almost unanimously, the patrons of our Order.

OLOFOur Lady Of Fatima: As we continue the Order’s Total Consecration aiming for its culmination on the celebration of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 2018, we will have twice the reason to celebrate because the Order now has as one of its patrons Our Lady of Fatima.   The miraculous events in Fatima of Our Lady need to be brought back before the attention of a whole new generation, and a sharply changed culture, to ignite a renewed passion for Mary and her son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  We look forward to adding to our mission raising the profile of the great Miracle at Fatima and the great and humble grace of Our Lady.

PiuxXpatronPope Saint Pius X:  The Great Pope, Saint, humble soul and scourge of the modernists, Pius X was truly a man of the whole Church.  While some claim him and some barely recall his greatness, he was, at the end of the day a straightforward man of Tradition and defender of the Faith.  Our Order similarly is for the whole Church, and seeks to bolster and back those who desire to preserve its great traditions in this age where many turn their back on them.  To bring Pope Saint Pius X back to current memory, to invoke him as we in many ways fight the same battles he did, and to have him at our backs in those battles, will be an honor and a privilege.

The Queen of Heaven

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I have had one opportunity to view the Tilma of Saint Juan Diego prominently on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It was in my early twenties while I was working as a contractor on the Mexican Railroad.  The chance to see it could easily be described as providential.  We were logging ninety hour weeks and had not begun a day with any destination in mind.  Mornings began promptly with packing up suitcases from the night before, and at sundown we would find a room wherever the railroad had brought us.  Somehow, Mexico City became the only extended destination of our month long journey down the railways of the Ferrocarril.  Knowing I was as close to the Basilica as I would ever be; I hailed a cab and went to Tepeyac Hill where Juan Diego had first encountered the Blessed Virgin.

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To Increase Holiness

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Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Christ was a revolutionary figure.  While the world may not see it, thinking Him the ultimate nice guy, every Christian knows it.  He changed the world, challenged the world, demanded action, and he spoke of both heaven and hell as consequences for our actions.  While His message was complex, one person was able to crystallize it perfectly: “Do whatever He tells you.”

In some ways that person, Mary the Mother of God, became more controversial.  Within Christianity itself some downplay her role and deny her place.  The Church formed by her Son, though, never has.  The Bible itself says that she was full of grace, as told by the angel, and what grace she had she reflected onto her Son:  Do whatever He tells you.

Jesus Christ loved his mother, and at His crucifixion he told “the disciple” to “behold your Mother.”  While He was talking to the Apostle John he used the word for “adherent” or “learner” instead.  Mary is the spiritual Mother of all Christians.

The full extent of this doctrine has revealed itself over time, through Mariology, and her greatest champion in recent centuries has probably been Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor who developed a system by which a believer can consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary.

There are many books on this topic, and plenty of information all over the web, so the full history will not be spelled out here, but suffice it to say that his was a 33-day process meant to end on a Marian holy day, and at its heart is prayer to increase the holiness of the participant.

Our Lady of Fatima, a most important holy day, approaches on May 13.  Thirty-three days before that is April 10, 2018, less than a week away, and that is when we will begin.  Those wishing to in the Traditian Order will start the Consecration on that day.  Here is a link to the details including the text we will be using, available for as little as 99 cents online.

Member or not, ready or not, we invite you to join us wherever you pray, on Tuesday April 10 as we strive to be more holy.