I’m taking the weekend off from blogging to attend the first annual “Who Am I To Judge” weekend retreat for Triumphal Catholic Pelagianists


I’ll be back on Tuesday and let you know how everything went – assuming our white, 1984 Renault – the official car of the event – doesn’t break down!

I would mention that a plenary indulgence is typically available for attending multi-day retreats like this one (assuming no attachment to sin is present) but I’ve been advised that the status of such things may currently be under political review. Besides, nobody is certain anymore, what actually constitutes an  “attachment to sin” – but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with either Pelagianism, Triumphalism, or having a penchant for driving around in run-down old cars.

Don’t forget to go to Mass on Sunday, unless you think that might be a bit too traditional.

Let your conscience be your guide – and have a great weekend!


What … Who … Huh?

This is the key point, the Pope stressed: “Jesus is risen.”

But, the Holy Father continued, it is not always easy to understand . The Pope then recalled that when St. Paul spoke to the Greeks in Athens he was listened to with interest up to when he spoke of the resurrection. “This makes us afraid , it best to leave it as is.” Pope Francis said.

The Pope noted that “there are also the Christians who are embarrassed. They are embarrassed to “confess that Christ is risen.

…said Pope Francis there is the group of Christians who ” in their hearts do not believe in the Risen Lord and want to make theirs a more majestic resurrection than that of the real one . These, he said are the “triumphalist” Christians.

“They do not know the meaning of the word ‘ triumph ‘ the Pope continued, so they just say “triumphalism”, because they have such an inferiority complex and want to do this …

When we look at these Christians , with their many triumphalist attitudes , in their lives, in their speeches and in their pastoral theology, liturgy , so many things , it is because they do not believe deep down in the Risen One . He is the Winner, the Risen One. He won..”


Editor’s note: The Holy Father should be much more specific when he aims to “dis” entire groups of Christians. For starters, he might tell us precisely what and/or who he is talking about.

The term “Triumphalism” doesn’t even appear in the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia, so it can’t possibly be a reference to Pope Francis’ old fashioned, favorite target – the dreaded Pelagians!

What should we take away from this? Best guess: Always giving Christ the glory and the credit, because it the power of his grace … not anything we might do all by ourselves … which makes real victory possible.

It would have been nice if the Holy Father fully explained himself – but that would have required at least some preparation and an essential working knowledge of Catholic theology.

Thomism, Tradition, Philosophy, Metaphysics, and Catholic Dogma – A Must Read!

In the pre-Vatican II Church, this tremendous solidity was reflected in all the various facets of Catholic worship and life. There was absolutely no doubt, for instance, that the traditional Latin Mass was wholly intent on worshipping the majesty of God and of accomplishing that filial submission of mind and heart of all those who assisted at Mass to the total sovereignty of God over all things human.
The Latin language, the direction the altar faced, the beauty of sacred vessels, statuary, stained-glass windows, all aspects of the architecture, and the sacred music – all these things spoke of worship centered upon the Infinite, Immutable Being of God. And, of course, the prayers of the Old Mass embodied this worship to the utmost.
The very fact that the priest and servers knelt at the foot of the steps and prayed Psalm 42 and the Confiteor before they dared ascend to the altar, profoundly revealed this basic orientation of our faith and worship.
The same may be said for all standard materials used to teach the Faith. Catechisms such as the Baltimore catechism in the U.S. or the Penny catechism in the UK were almost like small compendiums of the Catechism of the Council of Trent, deeply reflecting the principles of our faith found in the Summa Theologica of  St. Thomas.
All of this solidity largely disappeared after Vatican Council II. It was widely declared that Triumphalism was something that only belonged to the Pharisaical past, and that the path to the future lay in something called aggiornamento – which roughly translated means “openness to the world.” This, despite the fact that Holy Scripture issues a dire warning precisely against any such “openness” to, or friendship with, the world.
In the Epistle of St. James, we read: “Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever, therefore will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.” (James 4:4).
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