Monday, November 19, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Holy Catholic Church and Christian Culture-Part 2

In order to understand this very great thing which captured and transformed the old pagan world, we must grasp its nature. We must be able to answer the question, “what was it that spread so rapidly and so triumphantly throughout the Graeco-Roman world?’
Secondly, we must appreciate the “method’ by which this revolution was accomplished; lastly in order to understand both the nature and the method of the ‘thing’ we must discover why it met with so ‘intense a resistance’, for that resistance explains both its character and its ways of propagation and it was victory over that resistance which established the Catholic Faith and practice so firmly over our race for so many centuries and generations.

First then, as to the nature of the conquest. The great change did not come because ‘it met a need’; it did indeed meet needs that were universal. It filled up that aching void in the soul which was the prime malady of the dying ancient society; also it relieved and dissipated despair, the capital burden imposed by that void.

Yet the meeting of the need was not the essential character of the new ‘thing’; it was not the driving power behind the great change; it was only a result incidental thereof.

It was not merely in order to assuage such needs of the spirit that men turned towards the Catholic Church: had that been so, we should have been able to trace the steps whereby from vague gropings and half-satisfied longings there should have crystallized this and that myth, this and that fulfillment of desire by imagination, until the system should have come into being long after the inception of the first influences.

That such a gradual process did take place is commonly affirmed by those who have not a sufficient acquaintance, even on the largest lines with the ‘thing’ historically but in fact nothing of the kind took place. You discover not a vague frame of mind, but a definite society from the first; no criticism of documents or of tradition can prevent any other conclusion.

A man appeared, gathered together a certain company and taught.

And not only so soon ass that company begins to act, but at the root of all memory with regard to its action, you have the specific claim of Divine revelation in the Teacher, of His Human and Divine nature; of His resurrection from the dead; of His establishing a central rite of Sacrifice, which was called the Eucharist (the Act of Gratitude); the claim to authority; the Apostolic organization of the tradition; the presence of a hierarchy and all the rest.
 part 3 to follow
From The Foundation of Christendom by H. Belloc,

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Holy Catholic Church and Christian Culture

We must begin by laying down as a historical fact not to be removed by affection one way or the other, that the conversion of the Roman Empire was a conversion to what was called by all our ancestry and what is still called by those with any historical sense The Catholic Church.
The Empire was not ‘converted’ to what modern men mean when they used the word ‘Christianity’.

The phrase is continually used and as continually corrupts the historical judgement of those who use it and those who hear it.

In the ears of modern youth, especially in societies which have lost the Catholic Culture, the word ‘Christianity’ means vaguely, “That which is common in various sects, opinions and moods inherited in diluted form from the Reformation”.

In England today, for instance ‘Christianity’ means a general feeling of kindliness, particularly to animals.

To some more precise in mind it may mean an appreciation of and even an attempt at copying, a Character which seems to them portrayed in the four Gospels (four out of the certainly more than fifty, which four they happened to inherited from the Catholic Church, although they do not know it).

To a much smaller number, with greater powers of definition and better historical instruction, the word ‘Christianity’ may have even so precise a meaning as ‘the acceptance of the doctrine that an historical Figure appeared in Palestine about two thousand years ago, and was in some way the Incarnation of God and that the main precepts, at least, of an original society calling itself after His name should be our guide for moral conduct

But all these uses of the word ‘Christianity’ from the vaguest to the most precise, do not apply the tremendous business with which we are here concerned.

The society of the ancient world was not changed from its antique attitude to that which it finally adopted in the 4th century (and continued thenceforward to spread throughout Europe) by any mod or opinion; it was transformed by adherence to the doctrine and discipline as well as the spirit and character of a certain institution; and that institution is historically known; it is a Personality which can be tested by certain indisputable attributes, practices and definitions.

It claimed and claims Divine authority to teach, to include in its membership by specific form of initiation those who approached it and were found worthy; to exclude those who would not accept that unity and supremacy.

It performed throughout the society of the Empire and even beyond its boundaries a certain liturgical act of sacrifice, the Eucharist, it affirmed its foundation by a Divine figure who was also a man, and a manifestation of God.

It further affirmed that its officers held their authority through appointment originally by this Founder, who gathered a small group for that purpose, it affirmed that from the members of this small original group, in unbroken succession, descended the spiritual powers which could be claimed by officers and by them alone, in particular manner, over the whole body of Christians, and in general fashion over the world at large.

From The Foundation of Christendom by H. Belloc, p. 25-27

Friday, August 10, 2012

How Catholicism stands today is obviously a vital matter

How Catholicism stands today is obviously a vital matter both to the man who recognizes it for the salvation of the world, and to the man who regards it as a mortal poison in society.

But it is also a vital matter to any neutral observer who has enough history to know that religion is at the root of every culture, and that on the rise and fall of religions the great changes of society have depended.

The form of any society ultimately depends upon its philosophy, upon its way of looking at the universe, upon its judgment of moral values: that is, in the concrete, upon its religion.
For whether it calls its philosophy by the name of "religion" or no, into what is, in practice, a religion of some kind, the philosophy of any society ultimately falls. The ultimate source of social form is the attitude of the mind; and at the heart of every culture is a creed and code of morals: expressed or taken for granted. 'H. Belloc'

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cause of our Economic and Social problems

Ever since the disaster of the Protestant Reformation our civilization has been falling into ever deepening crisis, the solution to which Hilarie Belloc says. “Does not permit of indefinite delay.

Thus the Protestant Reformation has led to our present disastrous economic situation, where there are on the one hand, a few wealthy men and on the other a multitude of ‘wage slaves’ who have neither a secure ‘status’ nor a place in society, nor any property, except for their labour, upon which to rely on for their daily bread.

Furthermore, he shows how this situation contrasts sharply with that of the middle ages, where security of status, with a sufficiency of material goods, was the rule, which thus supported the catholic goal of frugal comfort and family security in this life and salvation in the next, as opposed to the Calvinist ideal of acquiring material wealth, even at the expense of the welfare of one’s neighbor.
He concludes by stating that only a return to Catholicism will remedy the crisis of our crumbling world.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Wisdom from Cardinal Newman on scandals in the Church

Wisdom from Cardinal Newman on scandals in the Church

Bl. Thomas Abel - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Abel - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Bl. Thomas Abel English Catholic Priest who was martyred during the reign of Henry VIII. Arrested by English authorities for denying the spiritual supremacy of the king, He was incarcerated in the Tower of London for six years, he was sentenced to "be drawn on a hurdle to the place of execution, there to be hanged, cut down alive, your members to be cut off and cast in the fire, your bowels burnt before your eyes, your head smitten off, your body to be quartered at the King's will, and God have mercy on your soul finally receiving execution at Smithfield.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Belloc on Survival: the five main forms of attack

Hilaire Belloc
Discussing the chances of the present struggle for the survival; of the Church in that very civilization which she created and which is now generally abandoning her.
The five the main forms of attack

These five are, in their historical order, 1. The Arian; 2. The Mohammedan; 3. The Albigensian; 4. The Protestant; 5. One to which no specific name has as yet been attached, but we shall call for the sake of convenience "the Modern.''
The Arian heresy (filling the fourth, and active throughout the fifth, century), proposed to go to the very root of the Church's authority by attacking the full Divinity of her Founder.
The Mohammedan attack was of a different kind. It came geographically from just outside the area of Christendom; it appeared, almost from the outset, as a foreign enemy; yet it was not, strictly speaking, a new religion attacking the old, it was essentially a heresy; but from the circumstances of its birth it was a heresy alien rather than intimate. It threatened to kill the Christian Church by invasion rather than to undermine it from within.
The Albigensian attack was but the chief of a great number, all of which drew their source from the Manichean conception of a duality in the Universe; the conception that that good and evil are ever struggling as equals, and that Omnipotent Power is neither single nor beneficient.
The Protestant attack differed from the rest especially in this characteristic that its attack did not consist in the promulgation of a new doctrine or of a new authority, that it made no concerted attempt at creating a counter-Church, but had for its principle the denial of unity.
The Modern Attack-The idea of God itself and all that follows on it is man-made and a figment of the imagination.'' This is the attack which has superseded all the older ones, which is now gaining ground so rapidly and whose votaries feel (as did in their hey-day all the votaries of the earlier attacks) an increasing confidence of success.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Waiting for Mohammed

The lesson of Constantinople. has not been learned in the USA nor in the UK as well. The Byzantine empire like the British and USA empires were both at odds with The Holy Catholic Church for a variety of reasons. Both had the opportunity to return to The Holy Catholic Church and both failed to do so.
The Byzantines agreed to return at the council of Florence and then did not follow through with their promise. The British and Americans (USA) have the guiding message of Vatican II yet little progress has been made other than a few Anglicans returning and those mainly for social reasons rather than religious.

Preparing for battle:
Circle of Wagons

All those that call themselves "Christians" must now return to The Holy Catholic Church from which they came. The Byzantines, just before the fall of their empire led by their local clergy, were heard shouting in the streets "Rather be a Muslim than a Roman Catholic".

How sorry they all must have been during and after the terrible slaughter that took place. Divided we fall united we stand One Faith one Shepherd.

Lasped catholics and all those that call themselves "christians' return home now!