Monday, January 16, 2017

CUA Ethicist Recommends Reworking Of Amoris Laetitia

Sometimes Crud gets it right.  This time is occasioned by the publishing of a commentary by Michael Pakaluk, professor at Catholic University of America.  He is troubled by the obvious input of Archbishop Victor Fernandez.  He points out that several of the passages in AL, including some from Chapter 8, were lifted almost verbatum from earlier writings done by Fernandez.  Apparently the same can be said for some passages from both Evangelii Gaudeum and Laudato Si.

I've written a bit about Fernandez before; see this anthology of posts.  For obvious reasons, he could well be nick-named "bishop kissy-mouth".  At any rate, Pakaluk delves more into the errors of Fernandez's statements and his misquotes of prior church writings in an attempt to justify the twisted conclusions embedded in Amoris Laetitia.  Pakaluk therefore suggests that "Amoris needs to be taken back to the shop" and while they're at it, to address the other ambiguities broached by the dubia.  Agreed.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Advocate For Coerced Population Control To Speak At Vatican

When Laudato Si was being formulated, the Vatican invited many progressive hacks to conduct seminars and conferences in preparation.  Jeffrey Sachs, John Schnellnhuber and Naomi Klein come immediately to mind.  All of these people are flagrant proponents of "population control".  Within a preparatory report for Laudato Si called "Climate Change and the Common Good itself is an unmistakable call for "population control"; see this post for the direct quote.  I also link to another post on environmentalism junk science and suggest that you review the videos embedded therein.

In 1968, a left-wing ideologue named Paul Ehrlich released a book called "The Population Bomb".  This tome helped the population-control/enviromentalis juggernaut get underway.  In this book he advocated mandatory population control.  I quote: "we must have population control at home, hopefully through a system of incentives and penalties, but by compulsion of voluntary methods fail.  We must use our political power to push other countries into programs which combine agricultural development and population control."  The "voluntary methods", of course, include contraception and abortion.  As far as "compulsion", we see that in Communist China today with their barbaric forced abortions to enforce their "one child policy".  The man is flat-out advocating for big government (a prime progressive goal in and of itself) to engage in gulag-style mass murder of infants that would make both Hitler and Stalin resemble Mother Teresa in comparison.  It is not too far-fetched to guess that this man has much blood on his hands and is in grave danger off damnation as he continues to espouse his hell-spawned convictions

Incredibly, though, it seems that the Vatican, far from calling this man to repentance for his advocacy of murder, intends to give to him a forum by which he can continue to promulgate his anti-life and anti-God screeds.

The venue is a conference on "Biological Extinction", sponsored by the Pontifical Academies for the Sciences and Social Sciences, to be held late Feb - early March.  The program for this gab-fest is one huge propaganda piece telling the cliche-lie that mankind is ruining Mother Earth and we'd better do something about it yesterday or we'll all die".  See the LifeSite link for the program.   C-Fam listed a number of bald-faced lies committed by Ehrlich; I wonder how many will be in that paper that Ehrlich presents to that overpopulation hootenany next month.

By the way - who is paying for all these bogus conferences?  I'm beginning to think that a boycott of the Peter's Pence collection might be in order..

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Maltese Scandal - Exemplifying The Need For The Dubia

The Catholic blogosphere is alight with the scandalous statement of the bishops of Malta, erroneously claiming that adulterers can be admitted to Holy Communion.  LifeSite News has details of the scandal, with links to the original document AND to the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano.  The latter published the Maltese heresy, giving it an unmistakable aura of approval from the Vatican.

The sections of the Maltese heresy to which LSN refers are paragraphs 9 and 10.  Notice how it's peppered with references to Amoralis Lamentia (my name for the AL heresy seems most appropriate in this context).  I'm going to unpack this in "bullet format".
  • "divorced person, living in a new relationship, manages, with informed and enlightened conscience,  to acknowledge and believe that he or she are at peace with God, he or she cannot be precluded from participating in the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist".  That's a mouthful, not to mention a mountain of pure spiritual poison.
    • "informed and enlightened conscience"  In the context of justifying both mortal sin and sacrilege, this phrase is a misnomer.  It is God's teachings, as communicated through the Catholic Church in her 2000-year old tradition, that is the only true enlightenment.  What the Maltese bishops are calling "informed and enlightened conscience" is one that has been seduced and deformed by progressivism.
    • "he or she cannot be precluded"  These bishops, in addition to thumbing their noses at both Canons 915 and 916, are setting souls, already mired in mortal sin, on the road to sacrilege and (if the situation isn't soon corrected) eternal damnation.  They are doing the same for their own souls.
    • "manages..to acknowledge and believe"  Doesn't that sound like a bit of a process involving some effort?  It's a tacit admission that it takes some considerable mental gymnastics and convolution to pretend that God's Holy and Immutable Law now allows for mortal sin to continue and for that sin to be compounded by sacrilege.
  • "There are complex situations where the choice of living as brothers and sisters becomes humanly impossible and gives rise to greater harm."  More poison
    • "complex situations"  The only time complexity would arise is if someone did not want to obey the Sixth Commandment.  The Ten Commandments are very simply stated.  They are not complex at all.
    • The commandments are simple to understand.  But they often are not easy to obey.  The words "simple" and "easy" are not synonyms.  God's grace is needed to obey the Commandments.  God's grace will only be available to those who will submit to His will and who will do what is necessary to obey Him.
    • "greater harm"?  What harm can exist that is greater than the loss of salvation and the condemnation to hell for all eternity?  One unrepentant mortal sin will condemn a soul to hell.  Adultery is one such sin.  These Maltese bishops, by this "guidelines", will numb the consciences of such adulterers so that they have no incentive to take serious stock of their lives.  Again, these bishops not only imperil the souls of their flocks, but their own as well.
My previous sentence might just apply to Pope Francis himself if he continues to stonewall the four cardinals and ignore the dubia.  He is trifling with the souls of millions of people - perhaps his own, as well.

There is one tiny silver lining in this cloud.  I've seen talk in traditional Catholic circles of people wishing to flee to a Catholic land and not fight this sick culture any more.  Malta was high on many of their lists.  I hope this most recent event has served notice on them that they cannot attempt to run from this fight.  We must stand and act like the Church Militant that we are.  If we keep running and ceding ground to progressivism and evil, eventually there will be nowhere else to hide.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Another Reason Why Montgomery County MD Is A Liberal Loony Bin

I lived in Montgomery County MD most of my life so I'm well aware of the liberalism that oozes everywhere.  The southern part of the county, close to the DC border, is the worst section of the county.  Bethesda is in the middle of that, and that is the scene of one of the latest acts of stupidity.

In Bethesda is a "restaurant" called Community Restaurant and Lounge.  Even the name has such a nice progressive ring to it, doesn't it? Well, this dump is raising money for Planned Parenthood by selling a special burger.  They are calling this burger "golden showers".  That term refers to a particularly disgusting sexual perversion.  And how much do they want for this food item with the less-than-appetizing name?  A mere $20.00, and I'm sure that's before tax!  Look, things around here might be a bit more pricey than in other areas of the country, but..$20 for a food item named after a gross, diseased-filled sexual perversion?  Seriously?

Some people have objected to the management on the dump's facebook page.  The individual who runs the facebook page simply insulted the complainants.  So much for customer relations.

Anyway, please pass on the word to avoid that place like the plague.  Not only do we not want our money going to abortionists, but heaven only knows what might be found in the substances they refer to as food.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Is The Pope Assuming Dictatorial Attitudes?

Let's see now.  There was the thinly-disguised manipulation of the two synods on the family during the past two years.  There was his dismissal of the Pontifical Academy of Life.  There was the heavy-handed treatment meted out to Cardinal Burke and others.  There was him flat out telling Cardinal Muller "because I'm the pope" when the latter asked why he was ordered to dismiss three good priests from the CDF.

Now, in the wake of him trying to meddle in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, we see this from Catholic News Service. (HT to Vox Cantoris for alerting us to this).  This commission claims their authority relates "to the authority he exercises directly and immediately over all baptized faithful, whether lay or clerical".

There is no such authority, save for matters having to do with Catholic faith and morals.  Are we bloggers obliged to submit to "investigations" owing to our concerns regarding Amoris Laetitia?  Progressives tend to snoot and carry on about "freedom", but when they assume positions of authority, they quickly abuse their powers; take the "politically correct" speech codes on liberal campuses for example.  Also consider the draconian treatment meted out to Father Guarnizo almost five years ago by the Archdiocese of Washington.  Progressives, since they really don't adhere to the Faith and to the Author of that Faith, also acknowledge no moral bounds nor restraints upon their whims.  Therefore they have no problem arrogating to themselves authority that isn't their's, while at the same time eschewing responsibility that is their's.

We see that happening at the Vatican, all the way to the top.  We laity do have rights that clergy do not have; thus we have responsibilities that they may not be able to exercise.  Let's do it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Alert Catholics Force Correction Of Georgetown Abortion Scandal

Georgetown University never fails to amaze me for its utter depravity.  Yesterday TFP Student Action sounded the alarm regarding the activities of one of its student groups: Medical Students for Choice.  Right there we must ask how in bloody-blue hell does a Catholic institution give "student group" status to an outfit that advocates for the murder of babies?  But it gets worse.

They were caught conducting seminars on how to conduct "manual vacuum aspirations" - in other words, giving hands-on instructions in how to murder babies.  They used fruit to simulate uteri.

I understand from Facebook contacts that Medical Students for Choice is no longer listed on Georgetown's site since this alarm went out.  The Archdiocese of Washington played a pivotal role in correcting that scandal.  Still, one must wonder MSFC was awarded its status in the first place.  I've no doubt that had not TFP Student Action sounded the alarm, that MSFC would still be conducting baby-murder seminars on the Georgetown campus.  This exemplifies both the need for each person to be alert and active and the benefit in so doing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Is Cardinal Muller Cowering Before Vatican Progressives?

It certainly appears that way, given the statement that he released on Sunday.  He is Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  He said that a "fraternal correction" regarding Amoris Laetitia is "not possible" because AL poses "no danger to the faith".   Edward Pentin, in the National Catholic Register, points out that the CDF lodged a large number of corrections for AL; not one of them was accepted.

Now what else happened at the CDW just a few days prior to that?  Recall that on December 26, the pope ordered Cardinal Muller to dismiss three of the priests who were working with the CDW.  When the Cardinal succeeded in getting an audience so that he could discuss the matter with the pope, the pope tersely told the cardinal, "I am the pope, I do not need to give reasons for any of my decisions.  I have decided that they have to leave, and they have to leave".  He then walked out of the room, ending the meeting right then and there.  So much for all this "collegiality".  It seems reasonable to guess that Cardinal Muller felt the pope's displeasure.  One might think of the fear that a mafia underling would feel if his don behaved like that.

Like Mundabor, I strongly suspect that Muller is in "cya" mode: that is, "cover your @ss".  While I can understand Muller's "about-face", I can in no way condone it.  I had hopes that he was a bright spot in a very dark place, but he has cowed; no John Fisher is he.  Maybe he will reconsider; I pray he does.  But if he does not, let the four dubia cardinals press forward and do what needs to be done to bring some light and truth to the higher echelons of the Church.  Maybe Cardinal Napier can join them with his own dubium.

Guess What Week It Is??

Are you ready?  It's (drum roll and trumpets, please)

NATIONAL IMMIGRATION WEEK!

If you were ignorant of this momentous occasion, I confess so was I!  But not all were so oblivious!  Certainly the progressives who wear miters aren't.  In the Chicago Tribune appears an editorial by Cardinal Cupich, opining that "It's Immigrants Who Have Made America Great".  Of course it's a screed for blanket amnesty for law-breakers.  Yes, immigrants have played a crucial role - immigrants that have respected the rule of law in the United States and who have earned their way as opposed to those who break laws and expect handouts.  As you read that piece, you'll see how Cupich obfuscates the difference between those who are decent law-abiding people and those who aren't.

Cupich went so far as to have two "immigrants" speak from the altar last Sunday.  Mahound's Paradise points out that one of these "immigrants who have made America great" is a Muslim who just happens to be a follower of a Muslim cleric whose idea of "jihad for the sake of Allah" includes "smashing skulls and severing limbs".  He also approves of Muslim women offering their, uh, "services" to these jihad lunatics.  Doesn't that sound like a dandy recipe for "making America great"?  This is the kind of spiritual poison that Cupich let into his church.  Lest we forget, Cupich wielded much influence at the Synod on the Family at Pope Francis' initiative.

Christopher Manion has some choice words for this politically correct pandering.  He points out that the great majority of American bishops do not stand up for central moral issues of our faith, e.g., abortion, homosexual conduct, but they will wax eloquent about amnesty for illegals and other progressive nonsense (global warming, etc).  He brought up the example of Cardinal Joseph Tobin defying then-Governor Mike Pence on the matter of enforcing immigration law.  Mind you, this is he same Tobin who couldn't be bothered to bestir himself when a Catholic facility in his diocese was being rented out for a "lesbian commitment" debacle, but he could huff and puff in the face of a governor who was simply carrying out his duties of office.  Let us recall that both Tobin and Cupich are recent recipients of the "red hat", again at the instigation of Pope Francis.

The USCCB has been busy on other "important" matters.  A few days ago, one of their task forces released a report to "root out racism".  They developed some recommendations.  The first one is to engage in Masses and rosaries.  They could have stopped right then and there for the other suggestions seem straight out of some Alinskyian play book.  Parishioners should be "trained in intercultural competence"?  Brainwashing much?  There is also "dialogues on racism and dialogue".  Got that?  We get to "talk about talking"!  But they save the best for last: beef up support for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Just put "Catholic Campaign for Human Development" or "CCHD" in the search box at the top left of this blog (by the magnifying glass icon).  You'll see a mountain of posts, with links to excellent material, regarding the inimical origins and nature of the CCHD.  Support for the CCHD has been dwindling throughout the years because decent Catholics are becoming more aware of the ultimate destinations of the money they contribute to the CCHD.  Despite pleas to the USCCB throughout the decades to reform the CCHD, the bishops refuse to address these matters.  The CCHD deserves not one red penny in donations.

How much evil these bishops could root out if they simply decided to return to the Catholic faith and being real bishops.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Papal Posse On The World Over

On January 5, Raymond Arroyo hosted on his EWTN show "The World Over" Father Gerald Murray and Robert Royal.  In his introduction, he dubbed them the "papal posse".  I post it below.  While the gentlemen do speak frankly on the troubling aspects of Amoris Laetitia (or as I've dubbed it, Amoralis Lamentia), their tones are very measured and respectable.  One of my facebook friends took some umbrage with it, stating that "the papal posse needs a formal correction".  Unless she is of the mindset that the pope can never, ever be criticized (not Catholic teaching, by the way), I cannot fathom a reason for her displeasure.  At any rate, please watch this and consider the input of these gentlemen.

Illegal Abortion Center In Bethesda Maryland

This past summer, Operation Rescue detected another unlicensed baby-murder place in Maryland.  This location is in Bethesda, MD.  Southern Montgomery County is one of the most left-wing areas in the state.  I can attest that one can almost smell the progressivism as they drive through the place so it is no surprise to me.  By the way - in 2009 the Montgomery County Council, being in the back pockets of NARAL, attempted to curtail the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers; I blogged on that quite a bit while that drama was unfolding.  They were finally beaten in court.  Would those same intrepid champions on the council bat an eyelash over this center?  I wouldn't hold my breath!

I now link to the Operation Rescue piece.  Embedded in that article is video of the perpetrator, Alan Ross, talking.  He mentions a facility in Gaithersburg as well.  That dump has closed, but 25+ years ago, I got my start in pro-life activism by praying with other pro-lifers at that place.