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While it was a worldly force that may have found its way into the Church regardless, modernism, the mother of all heresies, a philosophy that eschews the supernatural aspects of the faith, began creeping into the Church early in the last century. That is, if not all the way back to the “Enlightenment.” Regardless, it was finally powerful enough to exert its influence in the 1960s, coinciding with the Second Vatican Council. As the world became post-Christian and less supernaturally aware in the decades following the counsel, this toxic worldview spread within the Church with less suspicion and increasing vigor.
The late atheist Christopher Hitchens once articulated the view that God is an “unalterable celestial dictator” and this is not an uncommon argument to hear even to this day. The problem is that this assessment gives rise to two separate errors, which will be set out and then shown why they fail to prove the alleged tyranny.
The first is simply an error in logical reasoning. To see this error, it helps to understand a definition of atheism. According to the American Atheists website, atheism is “a lack of belief in gods.”
Accepting this definition, the error committed becomes clear. As an atheist, Mr. Hitchens asserted that God both does not exist and that He is a dictator. This error is so blatant that one need not be an expert in logic to recognize the problem. Specifically, this argument violates the law of noncontradiction, which states that something cannot both be and not be in the same way at the same time. Here, it must be that God cannot both lack existential import and be a dictator at the same time.
The second part of Mr. Hitchens’ argument is much more subtle and enthymematic. This argument claims that the existence of God is a hindrance to human freedom and dignity. This premise assumes a disjunctive, either/or dilemma. The assumption is predicated upon the belief that the will of God imposes itself upon, and thereby diminishes human freedom.
The Crusades are like White Castle hamburgers. Either you love them or you hate them. Of course, given the secular, anti-Christian education most people are subjected to these days, the overwhelming majority of people hate them as “Eurocentric” imperialism.
However, on what basis were they bad?
First of all, what were the Crusades? They were wars in which the Crusade Indulgence was granted by the Pope. While most people who hear the term think only of the Crusades to retake the Holy Land from the jihad, there were Crusades in other lands as well. There were Crusades against the jihad in the Iberian Peninsula, normally referred to as the Reconquista. There was a Crusade preached against the Albigensian Cathari in Languedoc in the South of France. There were the Northern Crusades, including the Wendish, Livonian, Swedish, Danish, and Prussian Crusades, and a Crusade against the Bogomils in Bosnia.
However, since the average person with a modern, secular education only knows of the Eastern Crusades and, possibly, the Reconquista, I will be discussing only the Crusades against the jihad in this article.
It is important to remember that at the founding of Islam by Muhammad, the world looked like this:
All of the purple area (fitting, it being the Imperial color) was Christian. This was pre-Great Schism, so while all of the Empire was Christian, not all Christian lands were part of the Empire (an important point later).
Satan first appeared to Continue reading “The Crusades: Re-Thought Or Re-Written?”
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.
The Traditian Order officially began February 5, 2018, a little over a month ago, with its initial membership push, and now it is time to speak of the state of our fledgling Order.
Our initial goal was to take a few months to find 50 worthy members who understand and want to join in our mission to learn, defend and educate on the traditional Catholic faith. We define this as everything between the nativity of Jesus Christ until about 1960 because the teachings of Vatican II and its legacy are well known, and the failures of the Church leadership since the council are equally well known.
It is our belief that a group we call the “modernists” in the Church have been seeking to bring the Church ever closer to the popular culture of our Age. This is a problem, first, because Jesus taught that Christians ought not desire the favor of the culture. Second, because it is precisely the embracing of this freakish culture that has led to the stunning decline in Church attendance and participation. Wherever a parish or order pops up that clearly loves tradition, people come to it, join it, reverence it. Meanwhile the modernists insist that we must instead become an echo chamber for the values of the popular culture to build the Church back up–a premise that has failed everywhere it has been tried. For that very reason we require our members to read and agree with the Oath Against Modernism, which you can find on our website, from the very start.
We stand at 42 members after nearly five weeks, and expect to have over 50 members before April 10. On April 10 we begin our Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, the details of which are here and the event is on Facebook here. At this time our members will be in prayer each day for 33 days, ending in a personal consecration on May 13, the day of Our Lady of Fatima, a most important feast day which celebrates a genuine miracle, witnessed by crowds of people, which is not nearly as known of today as it should be.
After the consecration, our members will seek to help the cause in one of a number of ways, picking the one or two that suit them from a list of possibilities. It is our intent to stand ready to defend Catholic tradition throughout social media, and to spread our efforts slowly into the world. As with the greatest monks and friars, the lay people and handful of clerics in the Order will seek to learn and defend tradition and to re-educate the world at whatever pace we can, with whatever time we have, those truths it has long forgotten, or long ignored.
It is true that Jesus Christ probably did not speak much Latin. For those arguing against the traditional language of the Church, this seems to be a significant point–a bomb they can drop to end the argument over whether Latin is needed at all these days. But truth cannot be found in clichés or one-liners, truth takes a closer examination, truth requires looking to tradition. Why not take the time to do that?
We’ve assembled some of the sources for you right here. Read through it and click any portion you may find interesting. But first a note about both ends of the history.
First, Jesus Christ clearly founded the Church in the Book of Acts, and He then sent his disciples to the “ends of the Earth.” In that age there was only place where all roads led, where a Church could be central and universal, and that was Rome. Peter and Paul were there, and these facts gave Latin all the credibility it needed to become and last as the lingua franca of the Latin Church for over a millennium.
At the other end of history, even the documents of Pope John XXIII and Vatican II call for Latin’s respect and preservation. Regardless, the modernists left the council crying for a level of unprecedented change that swept Latin right out the door with many other great traditions of the Church. This treatment was not called for, as history reveals and tradition requires.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum expanding access to the Traditional Latin Mass (2007).
Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to the bishops accompanying the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum (2007).
The formation of the Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri (FSSP) as a traditionalist Catholic society for priests interested in promoting and protecting the Traditional Latin Mass, which broke off from the SSPX and is in communion with the Holy See, occurs (1988).
Bl. Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Scripturarium Thesaurus promolgating the Nova Vulgata (1979).
The Nova Vulgata, or new Vulgate, the official modern version of St. Jerome’s Vulgate Bible, is published (1979).
Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, is promolgated by Pope Paul VI, allowing for Mass in the vernacular instead of Latin when a territorial decree permits the exception, see p. 36. (1963). (Permission for the change was obtained by U.S. bishops in May of 1964.)
Bl. Pope John XXIII’s Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia on the Promotion of the Study of Latin (1962).
Following the Council of Trent, Pope Clement VIII issues the Papal Bull Cum Sacrorum accompanying the issuance of the Clementine Vulgate (searchable text), the revision of St. Jerome’s Vulgate Bible, which stands until the 1979 revision (1592).
Pope St. Pius V‘s Apostolic Constitution Quo Primum is issued, implementing the decision of the Council of Trent to require the use of the historic Latin liturgy in perpetuity, and foregoing any other which did not have 200 years of consistent use by that date (1570).
St. Paul arrives in Rome, Acts 28:11, later martyred there (c. 64).
The saints, the sinners, more than likely your ancient ancestors knew the Mass in Latin, as Jesus no doubt knew would happen. You do not need to speak it to attend the Traditional Latin Mass, but you do need to know that it is a part of you, your Church and your tradition.
The Traditian Order:
Behind enemy lines at a battlefield near you.
The Traditian Order is a lay Roman Catholic apostolate dedicated to the defense, propagation and teachings of Jesus Christ, the traditions and culture of the Church He founded, the restoration of those traditions in a culture in dire need of the Church in all her glory.
We are set up as an order might be during the Middle Ages, with ranks, missions and specialties but at the end of the day all members of the Traditian Order are required to take the Oath Against Modernism of Pope St. Pius X and to be defenders again the intrinsic evils of our age. All members are dedicated to learning the faith and its history and preserving it in an Age where it is scarcely known. All are protectors of tradition.
Traditio est veritas.