angel novus


Summary: Anonymous Request-  What about a fic where Reader is a hunter who’s been hunting with the boys for a while, and they just found out about her obsession with painting, so Cas gets her a ridiculous amount of paint stuff when she gets home to the bunker?

Characters: Castiel x Reader 

Content: Fluff

Word Count: 443

A/N: It is always fun to get to use my major in these things 

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mxryshxw  asked:

Hello Father, I am an SSPX Catholic and my boyfriend is Novus ordo, and because of this from time to time I do get ... let's call it feedback from some people he associates with (but never from himself, he's respectful), I recognize sspx is not linked with the Roman Catholic Church, but I am a practicing Tridentine Catholic, how can I stand firm in telling others who may see me as schismatic from the church and Catholicism?


As Catholics, the first thing we should stand firm on is, our faith in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Lord and Savior. We should stand firm on the teachings of the Apostles and the truths of Sacred Scripture, as these have been handed on in the Church since the Apostolic age.

In our lives, we should stand firm on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. Faith is believing in what God has revealed through the teaching Church. 

Hope is trust that God gives the holy Church the protection of infallibility, invincibility, and indefectibility in her sacraments (that the rites of the Church are always valid and cause grace, as promulgated by the Church, even if the rites change and are reformed).

Charity is the virtue by which we love God above all things, and our neighbor as ourselves, for the sake of giving glory to the God whom we love.

How sad, and how woeful to the Church’s sense of being one, Mystical Body, that we now find ourselves, referring to ourselves, as “SSPX Catholics”, or “Tridentine Catholics” or “Novus Ordo Catholics.” I understand why you used these terms. It helped me to clarify your concern, which was helpful :)

At the same time, I would like to repeat that a person who confesses Jesus as Lord, who confesses the Holy Church as mother, and who accepts all that is taught and believed by the Church, is simply a Catholic.

I am not a Mexican Catholic. My neighbor is not a White Catholic. Jeb Bush is not a Republican Catholic. Nor are there “Pre-Vatican II Catholics” and “Post-Vatican II” Catholics. Each person is who is a Catholic, is according to the One, True Faith, a Catholic, without adjectives and qualifiers and other sectarian terminologies.

The Church is one, not just in dogmas and Tradition, but in her discipline and obedience, She is one, united to the Roman Pontiff, Pope Francis, and working humbly under those bishops who obediently submit to Pope Francis’ direction as visible, Supreme Shepherd.

I would say that the priestly Society of St. Pius X is certainly linked to the Roman Catholic Church, because their faith, is the faith of the Church. However, while not being termed a schismatic group, they are certainly cut off from the discipline and mandates of the local bishop. These priests obediently take orders, only from their superiors within the Society, and not from the Pope or the local bishop.

This situation is not ideal, by any means. It is a breakdown of the discipline which must accompany the Catholic mission, the Catholic mandate, of Catholic Action. In a spiritual sense, it is like having too many cooks in the kitchen. The Pope or bishops give one set of orders for teaching, liturgy, and canon law, and the bishops of the SSPX and district superiors give conflicting orders. 

If one says, “I cannot be in the Novus Ordo parishes, because I do not trust them to guide me with Catholic fidelity” I understand that. If one says, “I find it very difficult to attend the modern liturgy and understand how it is nourishing me with grace” then I understand that also, and the decision to seek out the Tridentine Latin Masses of the Society.

But there is a consequence to this decision. The consequence is that when people tell us we are separating ourselves from the mainstream life of the Church, we cannot hide behind crafty apologetics and cute slogans to make it sound as if we are, in fact, not separating ourselves. 

For all the good work that the priestly SSPX does, it does not have a canonical mandate from the Roman Pontiff, and therefore, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, it “does not exercise a legitimate ministry in the Catholic Church.”

Let me clarify, again, that the SSPX priests do excellent work, and they are doing ministry and taking care of the spiritual good of their flocks. But they do so in a state of canonical division from the local bishop (”legitimate” ministry comes from “leges”, or what is the law), and this is a poor witness to Catholic unity and a cause of spiritual affliction for the rest of the Church, who would like the SSPX chapels to reincorporate into the regular structure of Papal and episcopal authority.

Even if a priest or bishop claims a supplied jurisdiction, because of an emergency in the Church, that supplied jurisdiction must be analyzed, interpreted, and validated, by the Church’s present leadership (i.e. Pope Francis and his bishops). 

Outside of a canonical and legal affirmation of the present hierarchy that there is a valid case of supplied jurisdiction, a priest or bishop must surrender to authority. He must surrender to the interpretation of canon law given by the proper authority (the Pope) and not to the lawyering of savvy and learned men who believe they are in the position to correct the Pope’s interpretation of canon law.

So, stand firm in your love for Jesus Christ, and in your confession of the faith and morals of the Church. But also pray and seek out a way, a path, to make this confession part of the present structure of the Church, even though that is difficult because of the crisis we see in the Church. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

Angel Novus (1920), Paul Klee. 

“ There is a painting by Klee called Angelus Novus. It shows an angel who seems about to move away from something he stares at. His eyes are wide, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how the angel of history must look. His face is turned toward the past. Where a chain of events appears before us, he sees on single catastrophe, which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it at his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise and has got caught in his wings; it is so strong that the angel can no longer close them. This storm drives him irresistibly into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows toward the sky. What we call progress is this storm.”

-Tesis IX, Walter Benjamin.

Walter Benjamin bought the painting in 1921. The painting represents an image of his philosophical approach about time and progress -not a postive one-. Also, Benjamin published a magazine about art and appreciation called “Angel Novus”.  Art turned into contemplation.

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