Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Dead Hand: Francis Invokes Magisterium to Make "Liturgical Reform Irreversible"

The dead had of the past will rise up to prevent any future
changes to "liturgical reform."

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And with these words today, Pope Francis becomes the dead hand preventing future popes from altering the Vatican II liturgical reforms.

“We can affirm with certainty and magisterial authority that the liturgical reform is irreversible.” - CRUX, August 24.

Woodland Creatures and visitors are probably sick of hearing about Bear being a lawyer, even though he spares them from ripping yarns drawn from the files of Bear, Esq. But a good trial lawyer has a lot of tools that are hallowed by long use and preserved because they are effective.

In other words, Anglo-American jurisprudence FTW.

People get crazy with their wills.

The Bear quickly realized people got crazy with divorces, too, and property line disputes, and Workers Comp... in fact, legal matters make people pretty much crazy, period. At least in criminal defense, the secret wildness in the dark hearts of human beings is dragged out for all to see as the very subject of a trial.

But, the Bear was speaking about wills. There are the usual things, like squirreling away lists after a will has been made, saying such things as, "I want grandma Steuben's chifferobe to go to cousin Mary," etc.

Please. Don't make your lawyer bang his head on his desk. Once you sign your will, don't do anything about leaving anything to anyone. That's what your will is for. If you want to change something, remove all doubt and have a new will made, burning all copies of the previous one with fire.

Another thing people like to do is control people from beyond the grave. "The dead hand," is the legal phrase.

"I leave 50% of my stuff to my son William Beemer, provided that he graduates from welding school, oh, and marries that cute waitress down at the Dixie-Cue."

The law is for the living. It has little patience with the fond dynastic schemes of grandpa, and they are not going to survive a challenge, at least so Bear believes, who is not an expert in estate planning. (No bodily fluids = no interest.)

And yet, by invoking his "magisterial authority," the dead hand of Pope Francis will have an iron grip on the liturgy until Kingdom Come. Should a future pope decide the "liturgical reform" was a horrible idea and wish to return the Church to the glorious days of the old form, the dead hand of Francis will, like something from a B movie horror flick, revivify and grope for the microphone cord and unplug it.

What other changes does Pope Francis have in mind to make "irreversible?"

See? This is exactly what the Bear is talking about. On his death bed, Francis could whip out an entire list of "irreversible changes." The imagination boggles. It is one thing to give past generations a vote, as Chesterton said. It is quite another to cut off the franchise with them, and leave future generations without a say.


  1. He can't do it. A pope can't bind future popes on non-doctrinal issues, one of which is the liturgy.

    1. Unknown aircraft entering Woodlands airspace, please identify yourself or be shot down by our impressive raccoon-designed surface-to-air missiles.

    2. weelllll...that'd be news to Pope St. Pius V:

      "We specifically command each and every patriarch, administrator, and all other persons or whatever ecclesiastical dignity they may be, be they even cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, or possessed of any other rank or pre-eminence, and We order them in virtue of holy obedience to chant or to read the Mass according to the rite and manner and norm herewith laid down by Us and, hereafter, to discontinue and completely discard all other rubrics and rites of other missals, however ancient, which they have customarily followed; and they must not in celebrating Mass presume to introduce any ceremonies or recite any prayers other than those contained in this Missal."
      "Accordingly, since it would be difficult for this present pronouncement to be sent to all parts of the Christian world and simultaneously come to light everywhere, We direct that it be, as usual, posted and published at the doors of the Basilica of the Prince of the Apostles, also at the Apostolic Chancery, and on the street at Campo Flora; furthermore, We direct that printed copies of this same edict signed by a notary public and made official by an ecclesiastical dignitary possess the same indubitable validity everywhere and in every nation, as if Our manuscript were shown there. Therefore, no one whosoever is permitted to alter this notice of Our permission, statute, ordinance, command, precept, grant, indult, declaration, will, decree, and prohibition. Would anyone, however, presume to commit such an act, he should know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

      Given at St. Peter’s in the year of the Lord’s Incarnation, 1570, on the 14th of July of the Fifth year of Our Pontificate."

    3. Susan, St. Pius V was exactly who came to mind when I read Francis' statement. Of course, many subsequent popes DID change the liturgy in ways both small and gargantuan, so I think future popes can safely ignore this latest admonition.

    4. Okay, you have surrounded yourself with legitimate and identified civil traffic, so you get a pass this time, but NO UNKNOWN POSTS! Come on, people. It's a reasonable enough request if you're going to visit the Woodlands to check out a visitor's badge at least.

  2. Francis must be making a political statement -- viz., he is promising to alter the Church in this world in ways that will prevent a recovery of Catholicism as we have always known it. He certainly is not making a theological statement, something this former high school chemistry teacher lacks the material competence to do.

    Francis will not succeed because the Church is not his; it is Jesus's.

  3. One wonders if he just thought that up on the spot. But, hey, magisterial is magisterial, and we, as Catholics owe our intellectual and religious assent. You do what to continue being a Catholic don't you?

    The Bear suggests that he go even further. As a head kept alive in a bubbling jar of caffeine and on display in perpetuity, he could rule the Church forever, his incessant mutterings transcribed by a hundred scribes for near-time publishing on the Internet.

    However, this is the sort of weird thing leaders do when they are losing their grip, isn't it? This isn't getting any traction, is it? Has it been walked back yet? Yes. This is the blog where READERS inform the blogger about what's going on in the Church while the Bear throws a large stone at the glass of YOUR screen until it finally shatters and he comes shambling out demanding salmon and honey, or pretty much anything, he's not too particular, especially if you have any very old ponies who are in need of assistance to Pony Afterlife where they will become sparkly unicorns.

  4. I do believe, earnestly and with all sincerity, that this man enjoys watching faithful Catholics twist and squirm, and if there is anything he can say or do to further that end, he is more than willing to do it. If one of his minor demons suggested to him that many Catholics are, well, waiting him out, he is going to put his commando boots on, strap em up tight, and squash that insect flatter than a pancake. After all, his words, "It's FUN to be pope!". It is fun to be pope, the ultimate power, and ultimate power must be intoxicating indeed, and depending on one's psychological state, one can easily go mad with it. At any case, twisting the knot seems to be simply delightful for him. So in his mind, if you think you are going to find hope in the reality that his time is limited, and it is, then he is going to remind you via one of his tweets or papal pronouncements that you are misled, and that YOU CANNOT HAVE YOUR FAITH BACK, NO WAY, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, AND HE HAS THE ABILITY TO MAKE SURE OF THAT.
    Only, he doesn't. He's going to die like everybody else, and that's where his influence ends.

    1. "this man enjoys watching faithful Catholics twist and squirm"

      Nailed it.

    2. In this, he is no different than all the heretical popes that preceded him, including every single Novus Ordo papal pretender. And this is not just my p.o.v., but the reality of history, as recently exemplified (with copious footnotes) by RC Michael Hoffman, in his book, 'The Occult Renaissance Church of Rome.' "Come out of her, my people, and partake not of her sins."
      - St. John

      Fr. John+

  5. 1. "the liturgical reform is irreversible." Which "liturgical reform" is he talking about, there have been so many?
    2. Who am I to judge?


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