WANTED: Catholic Conversations!

WARNING: NOT NIRVANA!

Have you ever wondered why worshippers of the Buddha never argue about anything? Uneducated and ignorant people think nirvana was a grunge band headed up by that guy who killed himself. Even less educated people think nirvana is some kind of blissful state of the soul, a place of joy, peace, and tranquility, and have visions of lily ponds and light and pink lemonade at the mere mention of the word. But the object of Buddhism is not joy. The object of that cold, atheistic religion is the annihilation of love, of self, of thy neighbor, and indeed the world. That’s nirvana, if it pleases you. Buddhists never argue, because they simply have nothing to argue about.  

Now, have you ever wondered why worshippers of the only begotten Son of God seem always to be arguing? And if they are not arguing, they are being ripped to shreds by bears? Christians argue, or put up a good fight against the faithless, precisely because the object of this true religion is love, of self, of neighbor, of the world—‘world’ here meaning the created order and beauty of nature, of all that exists in creation.

Thus, the curse of the Christian is to be a controversialist, because where the true religion is involved, disagreement is bound to arise. This is true, of course, between the believer and the non-believer, but as often happens, the non-Christian is far less concerned about truth than his Christian interlocutor. But where disagreement and controversies do spring up like lilies of the field is in the vineyard of the Lord, between fellow Christians. The reason is a simple one: a true Christian loves his neighbor as much as he loves the truth, which is why paradoxically he is willing to fight with him, to tell him how much of a dunce he is.  

It is to one such little fight or controversy that I would like to draw your attention. A seemingly concerned and very well-intentioned reader of this blog recently typed the following comment: 

“Dear Mr. Robbins: I too am Catholic, reject Vatican II, am sedevacantist, and stay at home owing to the lack of a true pope from whom all jurisdiction in the Church originates. I think Mr. Alonso’s question is a fair one. You are not merely writing a blog; you are, in fact, publishing on theological matters, which according to Church law requires an imprimatur.

I cannot speak for Mr. Alonso, of course, as I don’t know him, but the scandal might be that while you call out traditionalists for violating Church law and her sacred canons, you do the same thing when publishing without benefit of ecclesiastical review and permission for your writings. If it be argued that, owing to the lack of a pope and canonical bishops, Catholics can take up the duties of the hierarchy in its absence to some extent, who is there to correct you if you’re wrong?

I think that we stay-at-home Catholics have to be careful to avoid pride, develop humility, and most especially be careful not to commit the same or similar errors that we correctly point out to those who attend illegal traditionalist groups, or who are still in the Conciliar Establishment religion.”

The reader is referring to a previous comment made by another equally concerned and well-intentioned reader, to the effect: 

“Dear Robert, Although I don’t know you personally, I’m happy to see you are doing better after your absence due to your physical illness. I am a Catholic, sedevacantist, and stay at home. Although I accept all that the Church teaches up until the death of Pope Pius XII, and reject vatican II, I don’t know how far we agree or disagree. Please allow me to ask who gave you the Imprimatur to publish this article? Since no one could have given it to you, how did you determine that it was for God’s greater glory to publish it, and not a scandal? I see it as objectively scandalous.”

That’s Me

I do not doubt the goodwill or sincerity of either of these readers. But I do doubt how much commonsense they have. Yes, the papacy, hierarchy, and priest in his parish were given the mission to shepherd souls in the pasture of the Lord. Sheep were not given crooks. But the shepherd never forbade the sheep from bleating about the Apocalypse, either, especially when he was dead or somewhere in a ditch drunk with apostasy. All this blog is, contrary to what some may think, is so much bleating about the Apocalypse, or as the tag of the blog puts it: “Opining on the Apocalypse.” What I say here is simply an echo of what one may hear read from a catechism intermixed with my opinions on facts of reality. I put forth no new theological theory, nor do I believe telling people they must think and link things together in a syllogistic thought is theology: it is commonsense.  

So why the disconnect? Why the lack of commonsense from my otherwise very intelligent and awake readers? I would argue that it is because we Catholics who only pray at home tend to be very cautious about doing anything that is not approved by the Church. These end times have taught us to be on our guard against false prophets, such that now we are wary of anyone even talking about the Faith. And this phenomenon is not limited to talking to our neighbor. Over at BetrayedCatholics.com, T. S. Benns has had to write an article justifying her encouragement to pray the rosary together in a lay organization dedicated to fulfilling the requests of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of our Mother. Apparently some believe we must even have ecclesiastical approval to gather together to talk with God and His Mother!

Give Us This Day…

Part of the mission of this website is “…to provide an online haven for those who find themselves feeling alone and isolated just for being faithful.” To this end, I have conducted interviews, written articles, and produced videos for your consumption—a term I despise, but which is fitting. Communion with others is our daily bread as Christians. We need fellowship and the exchange of ideas on the current goings on of the world, otherwise our souls atrophy, and with it, commonsense and love of neighbor. We fall in upon ourselves, caved in by the gravity of being alone with only our own thoughts.

It’s Not Good for Man to be Alone…during the Apocalypse

Christianity is not Buddhism. We simply cannot survive in alienation (if not annihilation) to our neighbor and the world. We do not live by doctrine and law alone, but by friendship with our fellow faithful Catholics—which may, at times, mean we fight like family, because that is what we are! The creation of this website has taught me something: we are not alone. There are so many of you out there who adhere to the true religion, to the untainted Faith, and who also are obedient to the laws of the Church, and so choose to pray at home. I know you are there, because I receive emails from you all. But perhaps others would like the reassurance that they are not alone? I suspect that is why my “Home Alone in Heaven” videos are more immensely popular than all my other videos combined, notwithstanding the fact that my other videos took ten times as long to produce. You out there need to see Catholics talking about Catholicism, and about the Apocalypse and our place during it. For the most part, we have the doctrines and laws down pat, but what we don’t have is fellowship, and actually seeing that there are others who profess the same religion as us, and who are going through the same trial and persecution, no small part of which is being deprived a parish hall, and all that entails.    

It is my belief that hearing from others, and being engaged in conversation about Catholicism, will put an end to this nonsense about needing imprimaturs to talk with our neighbor or our God.   To that end, let me announce a video series idea I have been thinking about for sometime, one which I believe you all really care about and want. Introducing Catholic Conversations, a video series in which I converse with real Catholics from around the world, with those who adhere to the Church in all doctrine and discipline, and principally, those who stay and pray at home. Αll I need is a line-up of those who would like to be interviewed. Ιf you would like to, use the COMMS page to let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!              

6 thoughts on “WANTED: Catholic Conversations!

  1. Well said Robert. Perhaps those who believe you have no authority to write during these days of apostasy, may consider “the sin of commission or omission” . Why remain silent in the face of error. These days, we seek truth, yet, if the “traditional sects” promote with their ambiguity, confusion and disorder regarding obeying lawful Popes prior to Vat 2, are we to remain silent or do, as we have been commanded by previous Popes, speak out and assert our Catholic action and defend the faith. Glad you referred them to T.Benns site who explains the home alone situation quite well exactly what they question. may our Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us all…………..

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    • Thank you for stopping by and thanks for your thoughtful and playful comment! I for one choose to “speak out and assert our Catholic action and defend the faith.” We are members of the Church Militant, after all, right? So we better start acting like it and taking up arms (our talents) and using them to defend God and His Mother’s honor. Benns does that. I try to, but often am sluggish. And there are others out there who do it, not with websites and online articles or videos, but with their own talents in there own sphere of influence and activity.

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  2. Hello.
    I was the one who sent an email to Teresa.
    I did not say that we could not meet to pray in common, under x requests, and to talk about theology, etc.

    I say that for prudence, it is better not to generate societies, even if they are lay and private, give them a name and generate statutes, as allowed by Act XIII of 1920 Resol. Corrientensis, after the controversy with the CIC of 1917 and the SSVP society created in 1833, this Act in its page 140 also asks for the vigilance of the Ordinary (that we do not have) to avoid abuses and ruin, of such lay Associations.

    Appealing only to prudence, and given that there is this right and duty of the Ordinary to watch over every lay Association (not ecclesiastical), I say that for prudence it is better not to configure a private lay Association, to give itself a name and to generate statutes, in these times where anomie is the norm, I say that it is more prudent to meet without further ado, without the need to create a lay association, without the need to give itself a name, and without the need to generate statutes, for MERE PRUDENCE AND NOTHING ELSE (not for rigorism, tuciorism, jansenism, and much less for the influence of traditionalist congregations, since if there is an influence of such traditionalist congregations it would be precisely the predominance of imprudence);

    Who tells us that the various Catholics of the world generate their own private lay associations under their own direction, under their own name and statutes, and these with the passage of time and the increase of their membership, may not end up becoming Protestant sects, although in the distant past they had a healthy intention, since being without any Hierarchy and knowing that this period will be shorter than from St. Peter to His Holiness Pius XII, it may well last a few minutes more or 200 years more, we do not know when Our Lord Jesus Christ will come; and this passage of time may generate that these associations become multiple Protestant sects, neo-Galicanist, disunited, spread throughout the world and even massified, each with its own banner, name and hoisting their own statutes, which could lead to the ruin of many by changing their own creative essence.

    Therefore, for the sake of moderation, I only ask for the prudence of canons 686, 690, 336 instead of going to the Acta Corrientensis and appealing to the creation of permitted Lay Associations, because it is much easier that lay associates of many members with name and statutes spread throughout the world, become something else in the course of time without direction and supervision, even forming new groups or dissidences, problems more than possible, foreseeable problems that the faithful would not have by themselves, gathered together without the need to associate in any society and give themselves a name other than the Roman Catholic Church and that they meet to pray together, nothing more and nothing else.

    Act XIII of 1920 Resol. Corrientensis, page 140
    “Quamquam enim Episcopus ex hoc solo facto societatem vi suae iurisdictionis dirigere nequit, quemadmodum societates proprie ecclesiasticas et confraternitates dirigit, ius tamen habet et obligationem INVIGILANDI, ne abusus irrepant neve fideles occasione societatum ruinam salutis incurrant (Cfr. Cod., can. 336 § 2).”

    Receive cordial greetings.
    May God bless you

    Automatic translation

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    • I appreciate the comment, and I would say I am not in disagreement with anything you said, nor would I say the author of BetrayedCatholics would be in disagreement (though, by all means, I do not speak for her!). All the Society for Reparation to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is is a prayer society, banded together with a common intention to make reparations to the our Lady’s sword-pierced heart. But time and again you mention “statutes” in speaking about this prayer society, but as BetrayedCatholics has already said, there is no governing body; hence, no “statutes.” So your comment, as good as it is and informative, speaks past what the SRSIH is all about. Thanks again for your comment!

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  3. Thanks, Robert, for this article. I fully agree that people avoid any debate, avoid any activity, avoid anything that would be for the common good. I agree your comment about society published in Teresa Benns blog – I don’t see nothing bad about it. People like being with resentment all the time block others just because someone is trying to understand something or express their reasoned opinion. It’s like a pride – even if they’re right about something, they feel superior about it and act to others in that way.
    And in the end you are completely alone. Even the beginning of the Holy Scripture has written that it is not good to be for man to be alone, there have never been darker times than these. Even the Catholic hermits who once walked in the desert had their followers and fellow-members and they communicated time to time, and they also directly communicated with the powers of Heaven.
    Your idea for the Catholic Conversations video is very good and I support it, but unfortunately I don’t speak fluent English because there’s just no one to talk to about and practice English in these dark times. Although I am looking for every grain of possibility and I try my best while I live here on Earth.

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    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Great point about hermits not being completely alone. We know of no one in our own state who is Catholic. I am sure there are any number of good Catholics here; we just don’t know them.

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