Saturday in the smoke
Image courtesy of An Internet Globetrotter.
The northern California fires continue unabated. The skies are still heavy with smoke. Every day we have air quality alerts. Some of our friends have left the valley and won’t be returning until the smoke clears; those of us with farm animals are simply stuck. There are hundreds of fires burning in the Coast Range to the west, and in the Sierras to the east, most started from dry lightning. There is more dry lightning predicted this weekend.
The SSPX has refused yet another offer of regularization, this time with terms that could not possibly be more lenient. Rome asked for no doctrinal concessions, no liturgical compromises, no subjection to hostile bishops – only the Christian respect that is owed by every Catholic to the Vicar of Christ. This refusal, combined with the worldwide restoration that has been launched by Summorum Pontificum, likely means permanent marginalization for the SSPX. It is probable that heavier sanctions will be coming against them. At present their bishops are excommunicated, their priests merely suspended, and the laity more or less free to attend SSPX masses as their consciences dictate. But I would be very surprised if Rome did not view this latest refusal as the order’s final, definitive act of schism which must be finally, comprehensively and definitively condemned – for the good of souls. If I had to guess, I would predict the following: just as Ecclesia Dei Afflicta announced both the excommunications and the indult, so as to provide for those priests who left the SSPX in fidelity to Rome, the next round of discipline may contain both a stick and a carrot, further strengthening the position of the the orthodox/traditionalist movement within the Church.
“This recession, it’s just beginning”. Things are going to get worse before they get better. Possibly much worse.
A surprising victory in pro-life South Dakota: Court overturns abortion law injunction.
“A federal appeals court ruled that South Dakota can begin enforcing a law requiring doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure ends a human life … The 2005 law would make doctors tell women ‘that the abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.’ Women also would have to be told they have a right to continue a pregnancy and that abortion may cause women psychological harm, including thoughts of suicide.”
My industrious wife has made her first batch of soap from our surplus goat milk. I washed my hands with it the other day. It works very well, feels great, and is completely odorless. They say it is much better for your skin than commercial soaps. Hmmm, maybe a business idea there? If we manufactured St. Isidore’s All Natural Semi-Organic California Goat Milk Soap, would you buy it?