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Cleves

The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« on: November 27, 2017, 09:07:43 AM »
The Rights of God:
A Restoration Story

“The world has heard enough of the so-called ‘rights of man.’ Let it hear something of the rights of God.”
-- Pope Leo XIII, Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus


White smoke upon the conclusion of the 2018 Papal Conclave at St Peter’s Basilica

Even among esteemed Vaticanists the resignation of Pope Francis in July of 2018 was unexpected. Unlike his predecessor, who had made a similarly groundbreaking announcement in Latin at a low-key ecclesiastical function, the Pope called a press conference at the Vatican and spoke -- to the surprise of all involved -- in his native Spanish as he revealed his diagnosis with late-stage bile duct cancer. Although the Pope had kept out of the public eye for some months beforehand the prevailing rumour was that he was preparing an encyclical on the issue of divorce and remarriage which would definitively settle the questions raised by Amoris Laetitia; and as such his sudden reticence toward the public eye was accepted without alarm. This time, however, the true cause would have been evident even had he said nothing whatsoever -- Francis’ intensely jaundiced figure and the frailty induced by rapid weight-loss made it clear that the Pope was dying. Although against public speculation Francis didn't resign his office the papers filled -- as they always did in such times -- with discussions of potential papabile and grating pieces on the supposedly opaque and byzantine machinations of the Holy See; and continued to do so after his death just two weeks later.

Francis’ death stoked two equally burning fires in the Church as modernists and reformers hoped for a successor in Francis’ shoes even as conservatives fervently prayed that the late pontificate would prove merely to be an aberration. As the Conclave drew to a close on August 3rd 2018 the world was stunned by the election of His Holiness Pope Stephen X; of late Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago. The new pope’s cardinalate had been characterised by a sense of radicalism rarely matched by even his most leftist colleagues and his election was widely seen as a reaction to the rightward shift of global politics in 2017. An American pope in order to combat what many American and European prelates viewed as a cancer stemming directly from the White House.

Pope Stephen X celebrating Mass as an Archbishop

While much of the media and the Western world congratulated itself, seeing the new pope as an affirmation of the forward march of history, the reaction in other portions of the Catholic world was violently opposed. Remarked Robert Cardinal Sarah in his memoirs The Rights of God:

‘It seemed to us [traditionalists] who had participated in the Conclave that time and nature itself had bent, and that against all our will and all of reason the imposter was offered the throne of Peter. We knew then that something had to be done.’

Issued by a small group of cardinals and bishops which ran the gamut of Vatican-recognition (including formerly ‘NO’ prelates such as Bishop Schneider of Astana and Cardinals Burke and Sarah, alongside a handful of SSPX and even sedevacantist prelates) the San Marino Declaration condemned the election of Stephen X as an act of ‘diabolical disorientation’ and declared that it was ‘incumbent upon [them] as the successors of Christ’s apostles to finally, freed of all fear for [themselves] and mindful of [their] grave responsibility to the Holy Church, declare that the doctrines and teachings which have taken hold of the Church are manifestly heretical and opposed to the constant and universal teachings of the Magisterium throughout all ages.’ Although stopping short of blaming Vatican II directly for the resulting heresy the Declaration still rocked the Catholic world back on its heels. After refusing subsequent calls from those prelates to resign to allow for a ‘legitimate’ election Stephen X excommunicated all signatories of the San Marino Declaration. It was this act that threw the Church over the edge.

Robert Cardinal Sarah was instrumental in securing legitimacy for ‘the Restoration’ following the election of Stephen X by the Vatican

As traditional and conservative religious orders and secular institutes across Christendom cried out in outrage the authors and signatories of the Declaration responded by convening a new Conclave in the Basilica di San Marino (the little republic had proved remarkably accommodating) and inviting prelates ‘loyal to the timeless Faith of Christ’ to participate. Many responded and travelled to the Serene Republic in order to leave their mark on history. And leave a mark they did. On October 17th 2018 the Renegade Conclave (so dubbed by the media) announced the election of its own Pope in the person of Fr Louis-Marie de Blignières, founder of the Fraternity of St Vincent Ferrer which itself returned to old sedeprivationist habits upon the election of Cupich. Wishing to avoid sparking any feuds through a politically-meaningful regnal name Fr Blignières took the name Clement XV and so sealed himself as the first serious ‘antipope’ to have arisen in hundreds of years.
 

Cleves

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2017, 09:08:36 AM »
I missed Sbyvl's story so I decided to write my own.
 

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Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2017, 02:46:01 PM »
I decided to make my own too:

"Man knoweth not whether he be worthy of love, or hatred." - Ecclesiastes 9:1

"In the present time the directive is to stick to the essentials of Christianity: to flee the world, believe in Christ, do all the good that one can, strive for detachment from created things, avoid false prophets and remember death." - Fr. Leonardo Castellani
 
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Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 04:18:10 PM »
I decided to make my own too:



Please moderators, remove this! This is trash and should not be watched by anyone.
 

Cleves

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 05:07:50 PM »
I decided to make my own too:



Please moderators, remove this! This is trash and should not be watched by anyone.

TYP is a fantastic show, don't listen to him.
 

TKGS

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2017, 05:52:06 PM »
I decided to make my own too:



Please moderators, remove this! This is trash and should not be watched by anyone.

TYP is a fantastic show, don't listen to him.

You mean, this is an actual tv show and not a parody video?
 

Cleves

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2017, 05:54:22 PM »
I decided to make my own too:



Please moderators, remove this! This is trash and should not be watched by anyone.

TYP is a fantastic show, don't listen to him.

You mean, this is an actual tv show and not a parody video?
Indeed it is. I've only seen 2-3 seasons so far but it is absolutely phenomenal.
 

TKGS

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 09:08:38 AM »
You mean, this is an actual tv show and not a parody video?
Indeed it is. I've only seen 2-3 seasons so far but it is absolutely phenomenal.
So what is it about, I mean, other than a "young pope"?  What's the premise and how is it phenomenal.  Is this young pope bringing back tradition?  Given where it's airing, I would expect that the young pope is bringing all the religions together in an ecumenical love-fest.

Since It's on HBO I can't see it as I have no intention of subscribing.
 

Cleves

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 09:47:31 PM »
You mean, this is an actual tv show and not a parody video?
Indeed it is. I've only seen 2-3 seasons so far but it is absolutely phenomenal.
So what is it about, I mean, other than a "young pope"?  What's the premise and how is it phenomenal.  Is this young pope bringing back tradition?  Given where it's airing, I would expect that the young pope is bringing all the religions together in an ecumenical love-fest.

Since It's on HBO I can't see it as I have no intention of subscribing.

A young American Cardinal is elected as Pope, taking the name Pius XIII. It's kind of hard to describe but I'll give it a shot. He definitely does *not* bring all the religions together in any sort of love-fest, opting instead to immediately revive pontificalia (one of his first acts is to recall Paul VI's tiara from DC and he is frequently seen wearing it thereafter), root out homosexuals from the Curia, etc etc. That all having been said he's a hugely ambiguous character and it's difficult to determine whether he even believes in God/Catholicism or is merely amassing power for the sake of itself. Personal ambiguity is kind of a running theme, actually, and none of the characters can be easily categorised as good or bad, believers or men of convenience, etc. There's also a great deal of secrets, sex, and other untidy things. Pius XIII's speech to the cardinals is one of the best speeches ever written for the screen, however, and I've reproduced it in full below:

“Knock, knock.

Knock, knock.

We’re not in. Brother cardinals, from this day forth we’re not in no matter who’s knocking at our door. We’re in, but only for God. From this day forward everything that was wide open is gonna be closed. Evangelisation? We’ve already been there. Ecumenicalism? Been there, done that. Tolerance? Doesn’t live here anymore. It’s been evicted by the new tenant, who has diametrically opposite tastes in decorating. We’ve been reaching out to others for years now. It’s time to stop. We’re not going anywhere. We are here, because what are we? We are cement, and cement doesn’t move. We are cement without windows. And we don’t look to the outside world.

‘Only the Church possesses the charisma of Truth,’ said Saint Ignatius of Antioch. And he was right, we have no reason to look out. Instead, look over there. What do you see? That’s the door. The only way in. Small and extremely uncomfortable, and anyone who wants to know us has to figure out how to get through that door. Brother cardinals we need to go back to being prohibitive, inaccessible, and mysterious. That’s the only way we will once again become desirable. That’s the only way great love stories are born, and I don’t want any more part-time believers. I want great love stories! I want fanatics for God, because fanaticism is love. Anything else is strictly a surrogate and it stays outside the Church.

With the attitudes of the last papacy the church won for itself great expressions of fondness from the masses. It became popular. Ah, isn’t that wonderful? you might be thinking. We received plenty of esteem, and lots of friendship. I have no idea what to do with the friendship of the whole wide world. What I want is absolute love and total devotion to God. Should that mean a church only for the few? That’s a hypothesis, and a hypothesis isn’t the same as a reality, but even this hypothesis isn’t so scandalous. I say better to have a few that are reliable than have a great many who are distractable and indifferent. The public squares have been jam-packed but the hearts have been emptied of God. You can’t measure love in terms of numbers you can only measure it in intensity. In terms of blind loyalty to the imperative.

Fix that word firmly in your souls: imperative. From this day forth, that’s what the Pope wants. That’s what the Church wants. That’s what God wants. And so the liturgy will no longer be a social occasion, it will be hard work; and sin will no longer be forgiven at will. I don’t expect any applause from you. There will be no expressions of thanks in this chapel; none from me, and none from you. Courtesy and good manners are not the business of men of God, what I do expect is that you will do what I’ve told you to do. There is nothing outside your obedience to Pius XIII. Nothing except Hell. A Hell you may know nothing about, but I do. Because I built it right behind that door. Hell. These past few days I’ve had to build Hell for you, that’s why I’ve come to you belatedly. I know you will obey, because you’ve already figured out that this Pope isn’t afraid to lose the faithful if they’ve been even slightly unfaithful and that means this Pope does not negotiate on anything or with anyone. And this Pope cannot be blackmailed. From this day forth the word ‘compromise’ has been banished from the vocabulary. I just deleted it. When Jesus willingly mounted the Cross he was not making compromises. Neither am I.

Amen."
« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 09:51:46 PM by Cleves »
 
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TKGS

Re: The Rights of God: a Restoration Story
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 09:26:19 AM »
Interesting.  Being on HBO, I would have expected the show to include lots of soft-porn and show a version of the Church that would appeal to the most corrupt of the protestants.

How long has this show been on?
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