Patrick Buchanan and the July 4th Celebrations

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In a gushing recent op-ed, columnist and author Patrick Buchanan praised President Trump’s July 4th celebration:

 

As master of ceremonies and keynote speaker

at his ‘Salute to America’ Independence Day

event, Trump was a manifest success.*

Buchanan took to task those on the left who denigrated the event as an ego trip for the President and as, in part, a celebration of the country’s slave-holding past. He noted that the left’s criticism was another example of “A specter of anti-Americanism [which] appears to be rising on the left.”

The columnist praised President Trump for not making the event one of partisan politics, but instead it was “to recite and celebrate the good things Americans of all colors and creeds are doing, and the great things Americans have done since 1776.”

He then quotes parts of President Trump’s speech noting its patriotic non-political zeal:

Together we are part of one of the greatest

stories ever told – the story of America. It is

the epic tale of a great nation whose people

have risked everything for what they know is

right and what they know is true.

 

What a great country! (F)or Americans nothing

is impossible. Ours is the most exceptional nation

in the history of the world.

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As a supposed traditional Catholic (actually a “neocon”), Buchanan’s praise for the speech and America’s past should make true Catholics cringe. Yet, this is what American Catholicism especially for those on the “Right,” have long become: cheerleaders for the American Deistic nation-state. Instead of trying to convert their homeland to the One True Faith – a sign of true patriotism – Buchanan and most Catholics “celebrate the good things Americans of all . . . creeds are doing. . . .”

So false religions are doing “good things?” Catholic teaching holds that false religions and sects – those not of the Catholic Church – cannot accomplish anything spiritually edifying. The Catholic Church is the only Church of God founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ and it has the power through Christ to dispense the grace-infused Sacraments and is the sole mediator between God and man.

Buchanan’s praise of Trump’s speech seems to have ignored this basic Catholic tenet.

Not only have religious liberty and separation of Church and State, which are cornerstones of the American nation, been condemned by the Church but the US has, over the course of its history, sought to extirpate Catholicism from its body politic and will only tolerate it if its takes no part in the governance of the country.

Perhaps Buchanan is unware that the US has since 1776 captured, stole, and plundered Catholic lands and possessions in its pursuit of Manifest Destiny. The nation that Trump calls “exceptional” has over the course of its history repeatedly backed nearly every anti-clerical movement in Latin America especially in once Catholic Mexico.

After the US’s wanton defeat of Spain in 1898 which began its rise as a world power, it entered WWI which would fundamentally change it and the world forever. President Wilson’s decision to enter the war and the “peace” terms which he mostly dictated afterwards were largely aimed to break up the Austrian Empire, the last remaining Catholic power in Europe. Wilson’s hatred for Austria and its Catholicity was immense as Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn explains:

Austria was far more wicked than Germany [to

Wilson and the American Left]. It existed in

contradiction of the Mazzinian principle of the

national state, it had inherited many traditions

as well as symbols from the Holy Roman Empire; . . . .

Its dynasty had once ruled over Spain; it had

led the Counter-Reformation, headed the Holy

Alliance, fought against the Risorgimento, suppressed

the Magyar . . . and morally supported the

monarchial experiment in Mexico. Habsburg –

the very name evoked memories of Roman

Catholicism, of the Armanda, the Inquisition. . . .

Such a state had to be shattered, such a dynasty

had to disappear.**

Pat Buchanan is far from alone in this viewpoint and one can find a myriad of articles, books, and publications by Catholics extolling American “exceptionalism.” Nor is this a recent phenomenon, but has been a part of American Catholicism since the inception of the nation.

Sadly, had Catholics stayed true to the Church’s principles, America would be a far different nation and would not be suffering from a crisis in every sector of its society. The remedy is not to extol the nation’s anti-Catholic ideals, but to convert it to the One True Faith.

*https://buchanan.org/blog/trumps-patriotism-vs-the-new-anti-americanism-137266

**Quoted in Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Democracy The God That Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order.  New Brunswick (U.S.A.): Transaction Publishers, 2001, p. x.

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posted by editors/7-10-’19

A Catholic View of the D-Day Commemorations

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Last week Western leaders convened to commemorate the 75th anniversary of “D-Day,” the Allied invasion of the Normandy coastline which began the bloody and destructive struggle to “liberate” Europe from Nazi domination. Not only were there solemn speeches given in honor of the men who were slaughtered at Normandy and across the battlefields of Europe, but the speeches reinforced the idea that WWII was the “good war,” and the millions of lives lost and the mass destruction that occurred, although lamentable, was necessary.

None of those who spoke, however, understood that WWII and the preceding world conflagration known as the “Great War” were the final death knell of the Christian social order which began at the Divinely-inspired victory by the Emperor Constantine over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge which soon led to the recognition and legalization of Christianity by the Edict of Milan in 313. World War II ushered in the complete triumph of secularism built upon and carried forth by the liberal nation state one of whose ideological building blocs has been religious liberty and pluralism. Not only were all religions, faiths, creeds, sects, and beliefs given equal standing, but the Deistic principle of “Separation of Church & State” would become a ruling feature of every Western governing and law-making body.

While the victorious nations of World War II celebrated D-Day, Catholics should only look upon such with distain and take no solace or pride in their historical relevance. The wars were fought not for the interests of Christ the King, or His Church, nor to spread Roman Catholicism, but instead were power struggles between the different forms of democratic collectivism. There was no talk of returning the world to a Christian social order. Moreover, the wars opened the door to Cultural Marxism which paved the way for immorality and depravity which are now commonplace throughout the world.

President Trump’s speech at the Normandy commemoration accurately expressed what the war was about:

We are gathered here on freedom’s altar. . . .

On these shores, on these bluffs, on this

day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their

blood – and thousands sacrificed their lives –

for their brothers, for their countries and for

the survival of liberty.*

The question which must be asked is: why did Catholics at the time participate in the mass human slaughter and destruction which had nothing to do with the Kingship of Christ? 

For American Catholics, the answer is simple: the “American Catholic Church” had, from its inception, come to support and actually encourage the national secular state created by the leading minds of the so called “Enlightenment.” In fact, Catholics took part in the “framing” of the nation’s Constitution, a document whose foundation is, in part, built on the heretical notion of “religious freedom” and “toleration” and one which makes no reference to the Blessed Trinity or Christ’s Church. Moreover, often times American Catholics ignored, looked the other way, or actively supported the United States’ efforts to expunge Catholicism from the Western Hemisphere.

Most Catholic intellectuals, be they of the liberal variant or conservative/revisionist types have also interpreted the Second World War in secular terms. Patrick Buchanan in his study, Churchill, Hitler, and ‘The Unnecessary War:’ How Britain Lost its Empire and the West Lost the World, laments that the war was a geo-political disaster especially for Great Britain who lost an empire, thousands of men which led to its current demographic nightmare, and the impoverishment of its populace for generations. The US, too, although victorious and unscathed territorially, would see the expansion of the federal government in nearly all sectors of domestic life and would become the world’s policeman with a vast and burdensome global empire.

Why would a Catholic like Buchanan and others bewail the loss of Protestant England’s overseas possessions? Such a mindset is dominant among Catholic thinkers who, like the Church in which they belong, have long since given up their mission to evangelize and convert all nations to the One True Faith.

For a Catholic, the West was not “lost” by the decision of the 20th century liberal democratic powers to engage in a senseless, horrific cataclysm, but instead, was lost when Northern Europe and England chose to follow the diabolical “teachings” of the likes of Luther, Calvin, Cranmer, and Henry VIII which split Christendom and led ultimately to its decline and destruction. The sundering of Christendom is at the root of the social, economic, and political crisis that the modern world suffers from. World War II was the consequence of Western man turning away from Almighty God in the mistaken belief that he could rule himself peacefully without Divine assistance.

While D-Day may be commemorated as a landmark of modern history, it should be seen as a grim reminder of just how far the world has deviated from a Catholic social order – the only order conducive for earthly peace and heavenly attainment.

*Tom Howell, Jr., and Dave Boyer, “Trump Extols Bravery of WWII Veterans.” The Washington Times, 7 June 2019, A1.

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posted by editors/6-10-’19

Traditional Catholic Pioneer Patrick Omlor – An Appreciation

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If a Counter-Conciliar movement is ever going to coalesce and expunge the usurpers, perverts, and crooks which have taken over Christ’s once Holy Church, it must first acknowledge and learn from the forefathers of modern traditional Catholicism. An indispensable place to begin would be the study of the works of Patrick Omlor (1931-2013), in particular his seminal monograph written a half century ago, Questioning the Validity of the Masses Using the New, All-English Canon (QTV). A collection of studies, essays, and columns including QTV can be found in the Robber Church.

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The outcome of Vatican II and the New Mass has been, to say the least, a catastrophe as millions have left the Church, converted to Protestantism or other non-Christian sects, or have mistakenly stayed with the Novus Ordo.

Published shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Anti-Council, 1962-65, and prior to the Paul VI/Bugnini-inspired New Mass of 1970, Omlor was one of the few who understood and had the temerity to challenge its validity. Very few at the time, especially among the Catholic intelligentsia, who should have known better, opposed in any meaningful way the revolution which was taking place before their very eyes. The Buckleys, Bozells, and Buchanans all eventually went along (albeit grudgingly) with the changes and accepted the Novus Ordo as legitimate. It is puzzling that learned Catholics did not see the handwriting on the wall since the Conciliar revolutionaries used similar arguments and methods which Protestant reformers employed centuries before to achieve their diabolical ends.

Omlor’s Argument

With concise, pointed, and unassailable reasoning, Omlor demonstrates that the English Canon of the New Mass invalidates it as a Catholic Sacrament. The New Mass’s Canon is not a mere “mistranslation,” but a new form – deliberately conceived which changes the very words of Christ. “Now if a specific, determined matter is required for the validity of a sacrament,” Omlor writes, “greater still is the necessity of a specific, determinate form.” [26] He then quotes St. Thomas on a sacrament’s form:

And therefore in order to insure the perfection of

sacramental signification it was necessary to

determine the signification of the sensible things

(i.e., the matter) by means of certain words . . .

[I]n the sacraments the words are as the form, and

sensible things are as the matter. Now in all things

composed of matter and form, the determining

principle is on the part of the form. . . .   [I]n the

sacraments . . . much more is there need in them

of a determinate form of words. [26-27]

Pope Pius IX when asked about the inclusion of St. Joseph’s name in the Mass rejected the idea and reportedly said: “I am only the Pope. What power have I to touch the Canon.” Omlor rightly admonishes that no one has the right to alter a sacrament:

And so . . . mere men may not dare usurp the right

to change the proper form of a sacrament. [27]

According to the Angelic Doctor, the proper form for the consecration of the bread is:

This is My Body.

Prior to the introduction of the all English Canon, the words for the consecration of the bread were:

For this is My Body.

The new Canon omits “for” which deliberately tampers with Tradition as St. Thomas explains: “[For this is My Body] is set in this form according to the custom of the Roman Church, who derived it from Peter the Apostle.” [27] While the omission of “for” does not invalidate the sacrament, Omlor rightly contends that the Liturgical Innovators “exhibit a callous disregard for a Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, a Tradition dating from the very beginnings of Christianity. Indeed a Tradition ‘derived from Peter the Apostle.’” [28]

In his discussion of the Consecration of the Wine, Omlor quotes from the Council of Trent, published by “command” of Pope St. Pius V. The form Consecration of the Wine is as follows:

This is the chalice of my blood, of the new and

eternal testament, the mystery of faith, which

shall be shed for you and for many, to the

remission of sins. [28]

Omlor then compares the dogmatic formula with the all-English Canon:

This is my body. This is the cup of my blood,

the blood of the new and ever-lasting

covenant – the mystery of faith. This blood is

to be shed for you and for all men so that

sins may be forgiven. [32]

He notes the new phraseology and the substitution of words in the English Canon “cup” for “chalice” and “is to be shed” for “shall be shed.”

While disturbing and probably sinful, these subtle changes are not as grievous as the final words of the new rite: For you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven. This clearly connotes a different meaning (universal salvation) than the original: For you and for many unto the forgiveness of sins.

While the omission of words may not invalidate a sacrament, Omlor asserts that “it goes without saying that if the substance of the form is altered by the omission, then the sacrament is invalidated.” [33] He bases his claim on St. Thomas who says:

Now it is clear, if any substantial part of the

sacramental form be suppressed, that the

essential sense of the words is destroyed;

and consequently the sacrament is invalid. [33-34]

The Importance of QTV Today

Conservative and semi-traditional Catholics have willfully ignored the essential point of Omlor’s argument. They understand that if they agree with his reasoning, they will be ostracized, attacked, possibly “ex-communicated” from the New Order, and may incur the wrath of the Argentine heretic who will heap upon them all sorts of nasty invectives.

The question that must be asked is who cares what the Conciliar Church authorities think, say, or do? Why would anyone of sound mind want to be affiliated in any way with the Novus Ordo? Not only are its sacraments graceless, but it is a criminal organization, populated by paedophiles and their protectors from Bergoglio on down all of whom are responsible for the destruction of the lives and souls of thousands of children along with the embezzlement of millions of dollars.

Once conservatives and semi-traditional Catholics concede that the New Mass and Sacraments are legitimate, they are then left fighting secondary battles: abortion, “same-sex marriage,” or trying to decipher the “secrets” of apparitions. While abortion and homosexual marriage are certainly abominable, the fact that the Novus Ordo Mass and Newchurch Sacraments are not valid is a far worse offense to Almighty God. If the time and energy spent on the “pro-life” movement was instead directed in defense of the Traditional Mass, the Conciliar Church authorities may have been defeated long ago.

Conclusion

Neoconservative Catholics who are outraged at the actions of the Conciliar popes lost the battle long ago. For their efforts are grounded on the acceptance of the Novus Ordo Mass as valid and capable of producing sanctifying grace. Omlor’s treatise shows that it is clearly not.

The only approach, therefore, to take if things are ever to be turned around is to reject everything that took place at Vatican II and in its aftermath along with the often overlooked, but troubling Modernist activities and changes that occurred under Pius XII/Pacelli which, in many cases, laid the groundwork for Vatican II. Newchurch should not only be rejected, but the entire rotten edifice needs to be burned to the ground! It cannot, nor should there be any attempts to salvage it.

There is no better place to start the counter revolution and eventual destruction of the Novus Ordo Church than with a wide dissemination of Patrick Henry Omlor’s Questioning the Validity of the Masses Using the New, All-English Canon and his other magnificent uncompromising works . Those who read them with an open mind will be led to renounce the Conciliar Church forever. This, of course, is Omlor’s greatest legacy, for there have undoubtedly been thousands awakened by his writing and have abandoned, for the good of their immortal souls, the New Mass.

editors/Christus Rex / posted 3-12-’19 Feast Day of St. Gregory the Great

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