Friday, April 28, 2017

Are Some Traditional Catholics Becoming Wimpy And Sappy?

The Remnant is known as a bastion for faithful traditional Catholics and generally brooks no nonsense from clergy who shirk their sacerdotal duties.  Last week I came across this article in the electronic edition of the Remnant, and it has me scratching my head.  I link to it now and ask you to read it - and the comments.

In a nutshell, a priest in Brazil regularly offers the Traditional Mass.  In keeping with those rubrics, Holy Communion is offered to the faithful on their tongues as they kneel.  On Ash Wednesday an unruly man entered the church during Mass.  He was disruptive throughout.  The ushers did nothing and let him continue.

When the time came for Holy Communion, the man refused to receive on the tongue.  Father ended up acquiescing to his demand for Communion in the hand.  He refused to consume the Host and began to shout and act out more.  At this point the congregation restrained him; in the meantime the man crumbled the Host, with Fragments of Our Lord's Body strewn on the floor.  It appears in the article that Father was mortified and I trust that means he learned from his errors.

I wish I could say the same for the discussion moderator (employed by Remnant, I assume) and some of the commentors.  They were all too ready to excuse the dereliction of duty on the part of both the ushers and the priest.  Judging from the language that the moderator used, I believe the moderator is a woman.  I cannot imagine a man engaging in a "poor Father!" type of pity party. It's bad enough when women get caught up in such emotions that they won't deal with the root issues (and I'm a woman, by the way) but it's downright disgusting when men engage in such maudlin talk.

Below the jump break I'll give you some snippets from the comments: things you can find for yourselves.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Is The TED Talk Replacing The Poop Videos?

The Pope gave an address utilizing a website called "".  This is being dubbed as a "ted talk".  This one was apparently released a day or two ago.  He rambled on about "the future you", a lame definition of "hope", a "revolution of tenderness" and other humanistic blather.  Only twice in passing did the Vicar of Christ mention Jesus and God.

As you read it, think of the old Baltimore Catechism question, one I learned in first grade: "Why did God make me?  God made me to know, love, and serve Him in this world, and to be happy ever after with Him in the next."  Do you notice how happiness, at least in its fullness, is not promised for this world?  Certainly there is a peace that comes with knowing that one is in the state of grace but even then that isn't perfect.  It won't be until we attain heaven (if we remain in the state of grace).  We shouldn't expect otherwise.

Here is the Church's definition of hope.  The following is how the pope defined "hope" in the "ted talk".

To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens onto the future. Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow, that brings flavor to all aspects of life. And it can do so much, because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another "you," and another "you," and it turns into an "us." And so, does hope begin when we have an "us?" No. Hope began with one "you." When there is an "us," there begins a revolution.

There is way too much error to unpack in that rambling mess.  Maybe I'll attempt it at another time - or commenters may take a stab at it.  Suffice it to say that there is not one mention of God nor of heaven.  The pope's discussion of "hope", in its sole focus on this earthly life, could lead one to question his attitudes regarding eternal life.  Hope is not a "door" that culminates in some "revolution".  It is a theological virtue, enfused at baptism.

This whole spiel is one big tome about life on this earth.  That wouldn't be such a bad thing IF there was also solid teaching on preparation for our final end.  Given the scandalous thrusts of Amoralis Lamentia and his coddling of those engaged in mortal sin, the silence on eternity might be deliberate.  I can't say for certain that it is, but it certainly is within the realm of possibilities.

Let us pray that the fullness of Christ's teachings be promulgated.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lepanto Institute Exposes Sinister Effects Of False Mercy And Toleration Of Deadly Sin

Four Catholics organizations within the Diocese of Manila (Phillipines) produced a film on Easter Sunday.  Masquerading as a lesson on "mercy" and "acceptance", it is brimming with sacrilege, blasphemy and heresy.  First let's look at the film itself.

I now post a podcast done by Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute as he analyzes this film, detailing why this seemingly lovely production is quite insidious.  For its seduction, I have no bones calling it satanic.

One of the organizations is headed by Cardinal Luis Tagle.  John Allen of Crud dubbed Tagle "the Asian Pope Francis".  I regret that analogy may be valid.  Now the podcast.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

March For Pseudo-Science; With Idea On How Catholic Church Can Really Be Green

This is a "two-part" post as the title implies.  Both parts have as their common theme environmentalism.  First, I'll deal with the junk-science aspect.

It's obvious from the name that they dubbed for their latest media stunt "March For Science" that these people are in damage-control mode.  They understand that many people in the US are fed up with their bogus, hypocritical claims.  One "case in point" was their protest of the Dakota Pipe Line.  Their protests were ostensibly for the sake of the "environment" but in their wake they left mountains of trash that required a massive clean-up effort.

So now they claim to be upholding the banner of "science"!  Really??  What science?  Well, they hold in high esteem Paul Erlich, author of "The Population Bomb".  Remember that?  That book predicted that we would all starve ourselves to death.  But that mass starvation was supposed to occur at least twenty years ago.  His book might well have been entitled "The Bomb" for his predictions fizzled out.  It's worth noting that Ehrlich advocated abortion and contraception (even forced) to reduce the world's population.

They have the audacity to claim that their "science" is settled, that it is written in stone.  Other distinguished scientists beg to differ.  I've written before on the Heartland Institute and the Cornwall Alliance.  These two organizations have done much to demonstrate the frivolity of the claims of radical environmentalists.  We also salute Lord Christopher Monkton, who speaks truth to the harm done by environmentalism, and in particular to the harm being done by the pope's participation of that hoax.

I link now to one talk given by a so-called "illuminary" of yesterday's pseudo-science gabfest.  Perhaps this speaker didn't realize how honest she was.  She flat out states that "science, arts, etc" will wither away unless the federal government funds them.  Right there we see what that whole cabal wants - more of our money and more of our liberties.

As we've seen before, Pope Francis is in on the hoax.  I no longer believe that he is simply a naive dupe of the progressives.  He is one of them.  I mentioned Paul Ehrlich earlier in this post.  Long-time readers of this blog will note that Ehrlich was invited by the Vatican to give lectures on this topic, as were Jeffrey Sachs and other anti-life people.  We also know that Laudato Si is one giant envirowhacko screed designed to give the environmentalist movement a Catholic veneer.  I now link to one of my older posts that contains two videos that expose environmentalism and its advocates.

So much for my first topic.  Now let's move to the second topic, that is, how the Church can really do something worthwhile for the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

When many of us go to Mass, we probably use the missalette in the pew.  It's probably made of paper, and is changed periodically, to coincide with liturgical seasons, etc.  Many people who pray the liturgy of the hours probably also use a paper booklet; Magnificat is one of the more popular ones.  Then we also see the various weekly handouts that give the hymns for the day.   Readers, does that not strike you as a considerable waste of paper, not to mention the money to print those things?  Solution?  Return to the use of the missal, the breviary, and the hymnal.  I mean the permanent ones that can be used day after day, year after year.  Yes, it will involve an initial outlay of cash, but think of the savings throughout the years in reduced subscription and printing costs.  As an added bonus, there will be less need to cut down trees.  I've had my breviary set for well over twenty years, my missal ever since the changes promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI.  What do you all think of that?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Yippee! It's Earth Day!!

Yes, it's that annual day set aside by envirowhackos to engage in gaia-worshiping debacles.  Sadly, but not too surprisingly, some progressive katholycs (like Catholic Climate Covenant) are participating in the idolatry.

Oh, I can see that some are going to whine and complain about how "mean-spirited" I am, and that I never help them out.  Well, let me set things straight.  Here are some videos to help us all get in the proper frame of mind to celebrate this most solemn of days.

Here we have Earth First teaching us, by example, how to snivel over trees.

Here's some music that shows the (lack of) beauty of the envirowhacko mindsets.  This is from a "people's climate march" three years ago.  I understand one will happen today downtown.  Hopefully the music will be better than what you see below.  I can't see how it could possibly be worse.

Finally, we'll end with an ode to Laudato Si by Louie Verrecchio.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Pope's Personnel Appointments Reveal His Hand

"Personnel is policy" as the saying goes.  Again and again, Pope Francis shows us how true that statement is.  See below for three examples.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has been the subject of many of my blog posts (and that of other bloggers).  A heterodox progressive, he chairs the so-called "gang of nine", that inner sanctum of papal advisers.  Since Maradiaga has made no secret of his leftist leanings, we may safely opine that he has the pope's ear precisely because of those leanings.  Today One Peter Five detailed how Maradiaga, in an interview recently given, hurled insults against the four cardinals who issued the dubia in an attempt to mitigate damage being done by Amoralis Lamentia.  I won't rehash 1P5's post here.  Suffice it to say that because Maradiaga is so close to Pope Francis, we might have a decentl inkling of the responses that the pope might make to the dubia.

This past week the Pope appointed heresy-spewing Jesuit Father James Martin to handle the Vatican tweets.  Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the advancement of dissent by inviting Martin to deliver a Good Friday reflection at St. Matthew's Cathedral.  I suspected this reflection might be a spewing forth of pig slop.  True to fashion, Martin did not fail to disappoint us.  I'll highlight one heretical whopper below.

Consider this quote from LifeSiteNews: "Father Martin told those in attendance at the Good Friday liturgy that his favorite theological question to ponder is whether Jesus knew what was going to happen on Easter Sunday before He died."  In other words, Martin completely disregards Jesus' Personhood.  While He has two natures, human and divine, He is a Divine Person, the Second Person of the Trinity.  As such, He possesses omniscience.  To insinuate that Jesus didn't know He'd rise on Easter Sunday is to cast doubt on His divinity.

Both Pope Francis and Cardinal Wuerl were fully aware of Martin's embrace of heresy and immorality.  They did not do so in spite of  these serious flaws, but because of them.  He advances their common agenda.

John Zmirak pubished an article yesterday detailing the antics of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin.  Recall that he was recently given his red hat by Pope Francis.  Tobin is sponsoring, at his cathedral, a debacle called "LGBT Pilgrimage And Mass".  This affair is being conducted by several organizations that shill for perversion.  As Zmirak points out, there is no mention of the need to repent of the mortal sin of sodomy and to embrace chastity.  Long-time readers of this blog will recall that two years ago, while Tobin was still Archbishop of Indianapolis, we petitioned him to put a halt to a local KofC council's intent to allow lesbians to celebrate their debauched #mowwidge in their hall.  Tobin was utter silent.  Of course we lamented that silence.  However, I must now consider the possibility that perhaps Tobin did have his hand in that sordid affair, perhaps directing the council to allow mortal sin to be celebrated on Catholic property free of charge.

Almost concurrently, Tobin has drawn the long knives on Father Peter West, a priest who stands firm for Christ's teachings on life and marriage.  He was formerly associated with both Priests for Life and Human Life International before being called back to Newark.

One might ask, "how could Pope Francis select Tobin to be Cardinal, given his terrible record of fidelity to Christ's teachings?"  Regrettably, I believe Tobin's record is precisely the reason why he was selected.

We'll probably be seeing more and more of these squalid associations being foisted on the Church.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Randy Engel: All The Men Behind The Opus Dei Curtain

A few years ago, E. Michael Jones wrote a book called "The Man Behind The Curtain", which was basically a hit piece on Michael Voris of Church Militant TV.  I read the book, too.  One thing that immediately took me aback was the admission that Jones got some of his material from conversations with Voris's spiritual director at the time.  I thought to myself, "what kind of spiritual director reveals information divulged to him in confidence?"  If the information was gleaned during the Sacrament of Confession and the director was a priest, then said director violated the Confessional Seal and incurred automatic excommunication.

I did find it odd that Jones never mentioned Opus Dei, even though I clearly recall when Voris touted it on one of his Vortexes (I blogged about it at the time).  Randy Engel, author of "Rite Of Sodomy", today released her piece "All The Men Behind The Opus Dei Curtain".  In it, she details not only Voris's connection with Opus Dei, but that of Jones himself (why he never mentioned OD)?

As you read the piece, you'll see how Opus Dei puts out its tentacles into all sorts of ventures, each of these hiding under various names but all having common directors (not unlike the various progressive organizations sharing their "usual suspects").  I share her conclusion that Opus Dei is a cult that engages in destructive thought-reform control of its members.  By far it is not the only organization with a Catholic veneer to do so.  We all recall how the Legionnaires of Christ / Regnum Christi empire went down in flames as Father Marcel Maciel was disciplined by Pope Benedict XVI.  I myself was a member of a charismatic cult so I've experienced first-hand the tactics employed by these outfits.

Ladies and gentlemen, even though the Catholic Church is under vicious attack, even from the papacy, it is she who bestows the Sacraments and Teachngs.  Anything else is, at best, extraneous.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Thank You, Bishop Morlino

Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison (WI) has asked the faithful in his diocese to receive Holy Communion on the tongue and while kneeling.  He wishes to have this transition accomplished by next autumn.  I haven't heard any talk of this, but I don't see how this can be accomplished without the restoration of the communion rails.

Bishop Morlino has also increased usage of the ad orientem position and he has returned the tabernacles to front and center of the altar.

This good bishop is to be thanked and emulated.  I believe the Latin phrase goes like this (forgive any misspellings): lex credenti, lex orandi, lex vivendi.  We are not going to have any real return to the Faith until the Mass is restored.  Bishop Morlino has taken important steps.  I hope and pray that many more bishops will follow his lead.

Cardinal Wuerl Honored Gay-Promoting Priest On Good Friday

See the previous post below.  Now read this tweet of Father Martin's.

I believe him when he says Cardinal Wuerl invited him to St. Matthew's to preach.  We might ask "why"?  The question is rhetorical.  Cardinal Wuerl and Father Martin clearly think very much alike on key doctrinal and moral issues.  If they didn't, the Cardinal would never have asked him to preach at his Cathedral.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fr. Martin Handling Vatican Tweets - What Could Possibly Go Right?

On Wednesday I posted the sad news that Father James Martin, Jesuit heretic (was that redundant?), was appointed as Consultor to the Vatican Communications Office.  Cal-Catholic informs us that Martin will be handling the Pope's twitter account.  Well, Martin certainly is prolific with his tweets, so no one, not even the pope, can claim ignorance of his heresies.  To wit:

Martin retweeted a complete botch-job of the story of St. Patrick.  He is not to be likened to an illegal immigrant sneaking across our borders.  He was captured as a slave and brought to Ireland against his will.  As for being "undocumented", his capture and enslavement was probably quite legal, relative to the laws of the Irish chieftans of the time.  This lame attempt to justify amnesty for illegal immigrants would be quite humorous if people were more educated regarding Church history and less inclined to swallow that tripe "hook, line and sinker".

Here is a tweet of Martin's, that someone saved.  It no longer appears in his twitter feed.  One can see why he did so, as this would not be the sort of thing that would be an asset on the resume of a Vatican official.

No wonder New Ways honored him.  He is the poster boy for perversion-enabling clergy.  This particular tweet was pulled, but anyone can go to his feed and see all sorts of nonsense.  In fact, while looking for this "trans" tweet, I stumbled on his St. Patrick gaffe.  Anyway, you'll see all kinds of tweets blathering on about "immigrants"(never differentiating between law-abiding and law-breaking), "climate change", even one claiming that Hillary really won the election.  Not once did I see anything dealing with baby-murder or contraception.

Now that Martin will have his hand in papal twitter feeds, they'll probably become even more heretical.  The Vatican knew about this when they brought him on staff.  Now no one can claim that the pope is "at the mercy of poor translators".  He owns this mess.  Instead of cleaning it up, he's dirtying it even further.

This Easter season, pray for wide-spread conversion to the One True Faith within the Vatican walls.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dissident Father James Martin Appointed By Pope Francis To Foul Up The Vatican Communications Office

Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, recently elected Superior General of the Jesuits, has proven himself to be quite the water-carrier for Pope Francis.  He voiced approval of the Pope's treatment of the dubia and of the Cardinals who published them.  He has recently caught some flak for his attempt to cast doubt on Jesus' words concerning marriage (in what probably is an attempt to boost the credibility of Amoralis Lamentia).  In a saner time, any priest who cast doubt upon Sacred Scripture and Tradition would have been defrocked.  Instead though, because he is obviously of the same mind as the pope, he remains head of a major religious order.

Today we learned of another Jesuit dissident being rewarded for his heresy.  Father James Martin, another Jesuit (yes, this one), has been named a consultor to the Vatican communication office.  To my friends who insist on blaming the pope's statements on "bad translations", you can no longer invoke the "mistranslation" canard and maintain integrity.  Bear in mind that Martin has shown himself, over and over again, to be a shill for the gay agenda.  He is just another voice, like Abascal, to aid in the deconstruction of Christ's teachings on marriage, sexuality and family life.  Personnel is policy, as they say.  With personnel such as these two Jesuits, we know what the Vatican policies now are.

Here's another consideration regarding Martin's appointment.  Recall that he is editor of the Jesuit dissident rag called America.  One of Martin's predecessors in that role was Father Thomas Reese.  Reese was editor when Pope Benedict XVI assumed the papacy.  One of Benedict's first acts was to eject Reese from his editor position because of his dissidence.  Now we see another dissident editor of America exalted because of his dissidence.  Might this appointment by Pope Francis be a disguised insult to the Pope Emeritus?

Stations Of The Cross At Carhart Abortuary

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blasphemies And Outrages Pouring From The Vatican

Three months ago, I wrote that the bishops of Malta are allowing divorced/remarried Catholics, that is, Catholics embroiled in the mortal sin of adultery, to receive Holy Communion while continuing with their adultery.  They compounded their sin by ordering their priests, on pain of suspension, to imperil their own souls by thus complying with mortal sin and sacrilege.  What was Pope Francis' response to it?  Why, he thanked them for their interpretation of Amoralis Lamentia.  If nothing else, he at least removed any reasonable doubt as to what he intends Amoralis Lamentia to do.

Just days later comes the news that one of the Maltese bishops, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, is stating that contraception is permissible.  Oh, yes, right now he's stipulating that only married couples should use it, but we see how that worked out in 1930 for the Anglicans, didn't we?  Remember - this is just days after the Pope approved their interpretation of Amoralis Lamentia.  It is reasonable to believe that this lurch into immorality also meets with the Pope's approval.  Has Amoralis Lamentia paved the way for the Catholic version of the 1930 Lambeth Conference?  Remember - at that time, the Anglicans allowed for disobedience to God's commands for sexuality and marriage "only in limited circumstances.  Eighty years later they celebrate baby-murder, sodomy, etc.  They've gone so far as to recognize lesbian "bishops".  God forbid that this poison progresses much further in Holy Mother Church.

But the poison has manifest itself in another, more insidious way.  One Peter Five has news of a troubling homily that the pope gave within this past week.  I ask you to read it in its entirety as it features a translation of the homily by my friend Andrew Guernsey.  Both men are correct in saying how the theology is mostly accurate, but for the gross error thrown in there.  In other words, we're talking of a healthy, nutritious meal laced with just a little bit of arsenic.  In a nutshell, the pope isn't merely saying that Christ took on our sins for our redemption, he's saying that Christ became the devil.  This is both a horrid blasphemy and a logical absurdity.  Let's not kid ourselves.  He knows exactly what he is saying.  While he may wish to hide under the "lovable bumpkin who gets his words jumbled sometimes" veneer, one must admit that excuse is getting rather old.  You might recall that the pope once said that the boy Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness from His parents when He remained behind in Jerusalem.  Last month he joked that "the Holy Trinity is arguing behind closed doors".

Yes, these quips are blasphemous, but they also betray an abysmal lack of appreciation for Who God is.  If that is lacking, is it any wonder that doctrinal errors spew forth from the Vatican on a regular basis?  Without an adequate intellectual and philosophical understanding of God and His Holy Nature, there will be no sound basis for proclaiming the laws dictated by God.  With that kind of willful ignorance at the helm of Holy Mother Church, it behooves us all to pray, frequent the Sacraments and educate ourselves regarding the tenets of our Faith.  We will also have to actively resist error as it slaps us and our loved ones in the face.  Read some words of wisdom from Venerable Fulton Sheen on this topic.  Now I'll end with a recording of a homily regarding Amoralis Lamentia.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cardinal Wuerl Trips Over Himself While Celebrating Amoralis Lamentia

Amoris Laetitia
One year ago today, the world was scourged with Amoralis Lamentia, a piece of pig poop that has already cast doubts upon the teachings of Jesus Christ Himself, leading to the peril of many souls and most likely the damnation of more than a few who have passed to their judgments during this past year.

Many of us have been sounding the alarm regarding this spiritual poison while its shills have been "circling the wagons" around Amoralis Lamentia as they attempt to put some lipstick on that pig.  One of those lame attempts was published by Crud, authored by Cardinal Wuerl who played a pivotal role in tweaking the results of the two sin-nods to justify the publication of AL.  Please have this link open (should be in separate window) as we unpack this mess.
  • "avoiding the constraints of a perspective that focuses solely on certain aspects"  That's the end of the second paragraph.  Now just what might be these "certain aspects"?   Might these "certain aspects" include minor details such as the Sixth Commandment and the Church's laws on marriage and receiving Holy Communion worthily?
  • "This apostolic exhortation, which follows on the Synod of Bishops that met in October of 2014 and another in 2015 to discuss the challenges to marriage and family today, reflects the consensus of those meetings and many voices."  Whom does he think he's fooling?  We all know that the final report of the extraordinary sin-nod contained three paragraphs that were voted out by the bishops in attendance.  We all know these reports were compiled too quickly after the discussions; the only logical explanation is that these reports were created before the discussions, if not before the synods themselves.
  • "Holy Father points the way to how the Church might take steps to support married couples and families in their lives, and to mercifully bring hope and healing to those who find themselves in broken and wounded situations, with a sensitivity toward the diversity of particular relationships and cultures,"  Are we truly to believe that for the past 2000+ years of Christianity the Church has not known how do deal with these "broken and wounded situations"?  Those means of healing remain exactly the same for the words of Jesus Christ Himself are immutable.  We'll spell it out.  Any underlying sin must be eradicated and confessed to a priest.  The occasion of sin must be abandoned.  God's Commands transcend "particular relationships and cultures".  Therefore, these "relationships and cultures" must be brought to conformity with God's commands, not vice versa.
  • "Even for those in a marriage that does not reflect entirely the Church’s teaching, continues the Pope, Christ inspires the Church to turn to them with love and affection to assist them in overcoming the trials they face."  Again, this is no mystery.  The underlying sin must be eradicated and repented of in the Sacrament of Confession.  The occasion of sin must be eradicated and/or abandoned.  Important edit: If this "marriage" involves a "spouse" who was married to another and was civilly divorced without a proper annulment, then no real "second marriage" exists.  Rather, the situation is an adulterous shack-up.  Any priest worthy of his collar will tell the parties in no uncertain terms to immediately cease and desist their mortal sin of adultery.
  • "Without claiming to present an entire pastoral plan, the Holy Father calls for a family apostolate that offers more adequate catechesis and formation, not only of engaged and married couples and their children, but also priests, deacons, seminarians, consecrated religious, catechists, teachers, social workers, medical professionals, and other pastoral workers."  If that catechesis involves absolute and unwavering fidelity towards the teachings of Holy Mother Church as she has taught over the past several hundred years, this might be one tiny silver lining to an otherwise very gloomy cloud.
  • The hermeneutic required for a fruitful appropriation of the document’s teaching on this point is based on the understanding that none of the teaching of the Church has been changed: This includes the doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, the directives of the Code of Canon Law, and also the role of individual conscience in the determination of personal culpability. If that individual conscience acts in disobedience to God's commands, even if it is aware of the demands of God's law, full culpability exists.  If the sin is inherently serious, in the case of full knowledge that sin is very likely mortal.  No "hermeneutic" will change that.
  • "The exhortation does not create some sort of internal forum process in which a marriage can be annulled, or in which the objective moral order can be changed. Instead, the exhortation places greater emphasis on the role of the individual conscience in appropriating those moral norms in the person’s actual circumstances".  Got that?  We give the perfunctory nod to the "objective moral order" but if it contradicts these "actual circumstances", well, "objective moral order" be damned.  That's what's really being said.
  • "In this context, the role of the priest in listening and offering affirmation or challenge to persons as they work through their own understanding of their situation becomes central to the type of pastoral work with married couples needed today. It is the very heart of the ministry of accompaniment that the exhortation calls for."  Let's cut through the flim-flam, shall we?  Working through the situation boils down to conformity with God's laws and nothing else.  If these laws are being transgressed, that transgression must cease immediately, and the sin be confessed, along with the resolution to avoid the near occasion of that sin.  If the priest eschews these simple truths in the pursuit of this "ministry of accompaniment" he will likely find himself in the unenviable position of cooperating with mortal sin via his silence.  By the way, can anyone tell me just where in the Church's 2000+ years of tradition can this phrase "ministry of accompaniment" be found?
  • "The apostolic exhortation calls for a compassionate pastoral approach to many people - married, single, and divorced - who are struggling to face issues in life, the teaching of the Church, and their own desire to reconcile all of this."  Desire to reconcile - or - desire to justify the continuance of mortal sin?
I'll close this piece with one last quote. "In the action of going out, encountering, sharing, and accompanying, moreover, we also recognize that in the journey, we - ourselves - are also drawing closing to the Lord."  I'm copying/pasting these excerpts right from the article so I guess "drawing closing" is a typo that was supposed to mean "drawing closer".  If so, that statement is brashly presumptuous. Amoralis Lamentia is one giant screed designed to exalt man's faulty, unformed and uninformed conscience over God's transcendent, immutable commands.  Any deviance from those Divine commands is sin, "hermeneutics" and "accompaniment" notwithstanding.

I pray that the four "dubia" Cardinals see their way to issuing the formal correction since it is apparent that the pope has no intention of answering the dubia.  Cardinal Wuerl's piece, for what it's worth, reflects the intentions of the pope regarding Amoralis Lamentia.  To follow this path that the pope and his collaborators set forth is to flirt with eternal damnation. We must pray, speak the truth and resist this evil onslaught.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vennari: Amoris Laetitia And Situation Ethics

John Vennari, editor of Catholic Family News, passed away yesterday after a bout with cancer.  Catholic Family News, along with the Wanderer and the Remnant, was at the forefront of Catholic media who told the truth about the massive deconstruction of the Faith that was being masterminded by progressives during the 20th century.  They started their work long before the advent of the internet.  Faithful Catholics owe men like Vennari much gratitude.  Let us pray for the eternal repose of his soul and for consolation for his family and friends.

Below is a talk that Vennari gave sometime last year in Chicago.  It may well be the last public address that he was able to give.  Anyway, he exposes the foundations of Amoralis Lamentia as being the heresy of situation ethics, and why acceptance of AL would greatly undermine Catholic moral theology.

I urge all to watch this, but first let's engage in a rather amusing digression.  Vennari and others helped pioneer the new Catholic media, of which this blog is a small part.  Not all greet us with enthusiasm.  The mainstream progressives, with their loyal lemmings, take great umbrage with us for depriving them of their monopoly over the public forum of Catholic ideas.  Take, for instance, this piece posted on Crud.  Notice how we are described as "cornered animals who snarl and bite"?  Then Longenecker quotes from Father Rosica, who in his suit against Vox Cantoris, did indeed play the biting and snarling animal.  Perhaps John Vennari can read this from his vantage point and have a chuckle while praying for us as we pray for him.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Trump Defunds UNFPA Over Forced Abortion

President Trump has removed US funding from the United Nations Population Fund.  He did so because the UNFPA participates in China's policies of forced abortion.  LifeSiteNews has more details.  At the very least, US tax dollars will not be used to drag women into abortuaries so that their babies can be violently ripped out of their wombs.  It is very possible that quite a few babies will be saved on account of the abortion apparatus being cash-crimped.

One can now hear the screeching and howling of feminazis and population-control wonks everywhere.  By the way - about which population-control guru have we been hearing?  That's right!  Paul Ehrlich!  This forced-abortion shill was invited by the Vatican to address its "biological extinction" conference last month.  I suppose the "biological extinction of the human race" is near and dear to Ehrlich's heart, but I digress.  Given the bevy of pro-aborts who have been invited to speak at the Vatican and who have lent input into Laudato Si, we can imagine that they are not enthused about the defunding of the UNFPA.  Never have I thought that I'd see the day when the White House would be more pro-life than the Vatican, but such seems to be the case these days.

The population-control ghouls are not the only ones who sense that the gravy train is pulling into the station.  Church Militant has an article about an association of witches who are casting hexes on Trump.  The invocation of demons is very serious business.  At least they grasp the magnitude of the spiritual battle, albeit from the wrong side.  Do we?  Pray for protection of Trump and for all good people.  Pray for conversion of those embroiled in sin.  Do so now.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Deconstructing The Faith With Amoralis Lamentia

I need not spend too much time reinventing the wheel as it were.  Suffice it to say that if one has had their eyes open and if they haven't been given over to a pollyanna-esque happy-clappy self-deception, they will understand the dangers to souls that have been coming from the Vatican, at the apparent instigation of the pope.  The Wild Voice put together a chronology (not all-encompassing, by their own admission) of doings and sayings of Pope Francis that have been, at best, most unseemly for a Vicar of Christ.

I will post after the jump break two videos.  One is a talk given by John-Henry Weston, one of the two co-founders of LifeSiteNews, given at the same conference at which Michael Hichborn spoke when he spoke of "Catholic Charities and the Culture of Death".  Weston addresses the various things that the pope has done to undermine the Faith and he does so from the perspective of the Fatima predictions.

The one following that is a homily posted by Sensus Fidelium entitled "The Road To The Dubia: Amoris Laetitia".  In it the priest lays out just why that document is a deliberate attack on three Sacraments: Confession, Communion, Matrimony.  He calls Amoralis Lamentia "a Henry VIII moment in the Church".  In the very beginning, he also gives definitions of Church Tradition, public revelation, etc.  Please invest the time to listen to these talks and to be informed.  If some, particularly parents, claim not to have the time to do so, understand that the eternal salvation of your children may well depend on you being informed about the spiritual wolves that are waiting to devour your children.  As Weston states, we must be informed so that we can both pray properly and speak in defense of the truth.  Now the videos:

Some Food For Thought, Given Today's Date

Given today's date, this might be worth a re-read.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Why Catholic Conferences May Be Mum Regarding Planned Parenthood Funding

Yesterday the US Senate voted to pass H.J. Resolution 43, undoing Obama's executive order that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.  It was a split vote, with the Vice President breaking the tie.  Last month it passed the House by a 230-188 vote split.  It now heads to President Trump's desk.  This bill does not cut Planned Parenthood funding in and of itself; rather, it allows states to do so.  A number of them have already passed such defunding measures.

A little "aside" for my #nevertrump friends.  You do realize that if you had your way, states would still be forced to fund Planned Parenthood, don't you?  Deep down in your hearts, aren't you glad you didn't have your way?  Let this be a lesson to you.  As additional examples arise, I will be pointing these out to you!

Getting back to the main point of this post, state governments now take back control of their Title X funds and they now have the option of denying funding to the largest baby-killing racket in the nation, if not the world.  I hope many states seize that opportunity.  Alas, other states are infested with anti-life liberals and progressives.  My home state of Maryland is one of them.  I wrote last Saturday of the effort underway by pro-baby-murder politicians to fund Planned Parenthood.  In that piece I also wrote of the de facto cooperation with these progressives that the Maryland Catholic Conference intends to give them.  I speculated as to the cause(s) of the MCC's despicable stance, wondering if funding for some of their pet "social justice" goals hung in the balance.  The video released by Michael Hichborn now causes me to fear that the reasons for MCC's lack of actions may be even more perfidious.

Deal Hudson had an article published today in Newsmax entitled "Catholic Bishops Caught In Conflict Of Interest Over Immigration".  In the fifth paragraph down, we see that Catholic Relief Services received over $400 million from the Obama administration in 2016.  In Obama's first year, he increased CRS funding by over $120 million.  Hudson also mentioned that Planned Parenthood received approximately the same amount from the feds; he mentions it as a coincidence but maybe it's more than a mere coincidence.

So what does Catholic Relief Services have to do with Maryland Catholic Conference?  Well, they're both headquartered in Maryland.  CRS is directly controlled by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the MCC takes many leads from the USCCB.  Six years ago, the USCCB did lobby for the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  This month it was utterly silent regarding H.J. Resolution 43.  Why the change?

The video below is that of Michael Hichborn giving a talk at the "Bringing America Back To Life" summit held in Cleveland earlier this month.  The title of his talk is "Catholic Charities And The Culture Of Death".  He details how Catholic "social justice" groups (under control by the US hierarchy) have compromised their missions to the point of participating actively in the Culture of Death.  He focuses heavily on Catholic Relief Services.  Pay very close attention to the 15:55 mark, when he reveals how CRS actually partnered with Planned Parenthood.  Just how close have the tentacles of Planned Parenthood gotten into the inner sanctums of the US Catholic establishment?  Can this be some explanation of the inaction of both the USCCB and MCC regarding the various battles over Planned Parenthood funding?  To my readers: what, if anything, have your state Catholic Conferences been doing about your states' funding of Planned Parenthood?  Please advise via the comments box.

If you have one of those lenten rice bowl things and have been dropping change into it, please empty it and give that money to an organization that is fighting for the Culture of Life.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

California, Lapdogs Of Planned Parenthood, Lunge At David Daleiden

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of Center for American Progress are again targets of progressive persecution for telling truth regarding Planned Parenthood.  This time it's the State of California that has brought bogus charges against them.  Why bogus?  These charges have to do with the undercover reporting.  In California, animal rights supporters have used the same methodologies in researching their causes, and they are lauded by California officials.  So why the blatant preferential treatment?  Are the California politicians being bribed by Planned Parenthood donations?  Are they simply acting out their own pro-abortion designs?  At any rate, California is engaging in gross miscarriage of justice.  They may have been trying to preempt the video that CMP just released, which is below.

After watching, please go to the youtube page.  If you have the tools, I'd suggest that you download this, and the unedited version, in case legal maneuvering impels the removal of the videos.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Make America Great? First Make America Good

On Facebook I belong to several Catholic and conservative groups in order to network with other like-minded people.  Sometimes on these groups one will find individuals who obviously aren't like-minded; they will create posts or comment on the posts of others with a mind to cause discomfort and tension.  These individuals are known as trolls.  Sometimes the group administrators will tolerate them and at other times the trolls are ejected from the group.

There is one particular group on FB that is formed around the idea of supporting President Trump.  At this time I won't name the group, although I'll reserve the right to do so if I deem it necessary.  Last evening the group was plagued by one such troll who put up a pornographic post centered around sexual perversion.  I was not so much troubled about that post since I realized the source.  However,  I was disappointed with the comments from other members of the so-called conservative group.  They were giggling and chortling along, adding their own profanities in the comments.  Those of us who uttered protests for decency were mocked as being snowflakes.  I contacted the administrators and moderators of the group to ask them to take action.  I also reported the post to FB in general.  Today FB sent me a reply, agreeing that the post "violated community standards".  They pulled the post and put the offender on notice.  I commend them for taking the problem seriously and acting promptly.

My concern is with the reactions of those who claim to be conservative while at the same time engaging in the same ribald conduct that I may have expected from progressives who do not believe in, let alone honor, God and who care not one whit about His laws.  They certainly celebrate the victory of Trump, but one must wonder why they do so.  Is it because they believe that their less-than-laudible conduct will simply be free of legal shackles?

A few things come to mind.  Take a look at the Declaration of Independence.  Notice how it says "we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.."?  In that statement the founding fathers acknowledge that God is the source of our rights: not the benevolence of governments or powerful persons, but God.  That's why no one person has sway over the rights of another.

In the late 1800s, Alexis de Tocqueville visited the US and wrote "Democracy in America".  One of his key quotes is that "America is great because America is good".  About 100 years later, President Ronald Reagan echoed de Tocqueville's thinking when he reminded us that "if American forgets that it is a nation under God, it will be a nation gone under".

Ladies and gentlemen, the bulk of those commenting on that pornographic post clearly did not give an instant's thought to God.  They were guffawing at gross violations of God's commands regarding sexuality and marriage, often gloating about their own sexual transgressions.  On the one hand, they celebrate the second chance that the US got when Hillary Cliinton was defeated, but on the other hand they seem literally hell-bent on squandering what might well be the last opportunity that we have to turn this country around and get it back on proper track.

That proper track is, first and foremost, adherence to Christian morality and acknowledgement of God.  Let's be clear.  God will not be mocked.  Unless there is repentance and change, there will come a day of reckoning and that time there might be no chance of reprieve such as the one bestowed on us this past November.  That's right; I consider Trump's win not so much as a vindication but rather one final chance for us to salvage not only this country but western civilization.  God has graced us with a rather narrow window of opportunity to correct things - but we must correct ourselves as well, for if the attitudes evinced last evening aren't corrected, well, we'll have only ourselves to blame for any continued moral decay of our nation.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Soros, Pope, UN: Using Environmentalism To Achieve One World Government

The Fatima Center, on its youtube page, has quite a few informative videos.  I post one now, of a talk given by Elizabeth Yore, an attorney whose research uncovered evidence of links between Pope Francis, the United Nations, and George Soros.  She also underscores how the aim of One World Government is being furthered under the cloak of environmentalism.  Michael Voris touched upon the anti-life philosophy behind environmentalism in one of his exposes.  That episode was produced while Pope Benedict XVI was still on the Chair of Peter so the Vatican had not been completely turned over to the Soros cabal.  After Pope Francis ascended, we saw quite an ominous display of the worship of environmentalism; how that display could have been more blatant I don't know.

Yore concludes by stating that we must do our part in waking up Catholics in the pew, many of them oblivious to the warfare for their Church and their very souls.  That means you!  See here an example of that from Cardinal Burke.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Former Campus Riot Instigator To Give Keynote Address At ADW Conference

In the parish bulletin today was the flyer that you see to your right.  At first glance it might look like quite a lovely event, but a thorough reading of it revealed a "community-organizing" stench to the whole thing.  I googled the name "Greg Hlibok".  Even as I was still typing the letters of his name, scores of links appeared; that is quite often an ominous sign.  Sure enough, it was.

Hlibok, himself deaf, attended Gallaudet University during the late 1980s.  In 1988 the president of the university resigned and some students were adamant that a deaf person be appointed president.  When that didn't happen, they engaged in vandalism, blockading the entrances with hot-wired buses and burning effigies of the new president, carrying on until their demands were met.  Hlibok was one of the leaders.  Regrettably, the Gallaudet Board of Trustees played the cowards and capitulated to the students' temper tantrums.

At the bottom of the flyer we read, "join us and envision ways our Church can empower persons who are deaf..."  Given the despicable conduct of Hlibok and his cronies as described in the previous paragraph, does the local Catholic church really want to promote - even if only tacitly - the antics of that "Deaf President Now" bunch?

Let's look at it from another perspective.  What the "Deaf President Now" did in its conduct of those riots at Gallaudet almost 30 years ago is really quite Alinskyian, is it not?   Moreover, it is a microcosm of the #notmypresident riots that broke out in many cities just after Trump was elected president - again Alinskyian.  The Archdiocese of Washington, with Hlibok giving a keynote address at one of its functions, is giving a "thumbs-up" to progressive organizations who engage in civil unrest when elections results are not what they desire.  The message that they communicate is that it is ok to bully others to get what you want.  Of course it isn't; such conduct is sinful.  Unless there is evidence that Hlibok repented of this sin, he has no business addressing Catholics.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Maryland Catholic Conference Sides With Annapolis Democrats For State Funding Of Planned Parenthood

President Trump has promised to defund Planned Parenthood.  That will happen whenever the GOP can find the spinal fortitude to defang Obamacare in its entirety.  Trump had offered to retain funding of Planned Parenthood if the latter ceased abortions.  Showing their claim of abortions being only 3% of their business to be a lie, the national office of PP balked at that offer.  So now PP will be defunded; that is, our tax dollars will not go to that murderous cabal.

The progressives who crawl through the halls of the Maryland state legislature are determined to come to the rescue of the Planned Parenthood operations in Maryland.  From the Baltimore Sun we read the sordid tale. The senate bill sponsor is Richard Madaleno from Montgomery County, openly gay despite (or maybe because of) his Jesuit high school education.   Knowing the state of Maryland politics and the progressive slant of much of the population in Montgomery County, Prince George's County and Baltimore City, none of this is a surprise.  Indeed it is quite typical.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the Sun article, you will notice an unconscionable dereliction of duty on the part of the Maryland Catholic Conference.  They pretend that because "abortion isn't being funded" then they need not oppose this funding measure.  By their silence and refusal to join decent people in opposition, they are in fact supporting the funding of Planned Parenthood, be that support ever so tacit.

Karen Nelson, President of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, is quoted as saying  "that under federal law, the money used to provide abortions is kept strictly separate from the money that pays to provide other health care."  Mary Ellen Russell, Executive Director for the Maryland Catholic Conference, repeated that falsehood by saying of the proposed bill that "its requirements are the same as those under the federal law barring the use of money for abortion."

Both of those women know better than that.  They both have experience in working with not-for-profits (as do I) and know full well how various funds within a non-profit interrelate with each other.  It involves a concept known as fungibility - a concept of which both Nelson and Russell are quite aware.  Several years ago, Michael Hichborn produced a video that explains the concept quite aptly.  Please watch it; this post continues below the video.

We know what motivates Nelson to lie through her teeth; but what motivates Russell to do the same?  Whom do they think they're deceiving?  What is driving MCC to acquiesce to the pro-aborts on this?  Who or what is causing them to play the moral cowards?  Are they being told that funding for some pet "social justice" project will be curtailed?  Are some of their perks in Annapolis being threatened with discontinuance?  Do they not care that Planned Parenthood's baby-killing apparatus in Maryland stands to be funded with our tax dollars?  We can only guess and those guesses might well be very accurate.  Whatever the answers might be, it is no wonder why faithful Catholics do not take them (nor their national counterpart, the USCCB) seriously.

Friday, March 24, 2017

USCCB Releases Amnesty Screed After Illegals Brutalize Young Girl

The entire nation has heard what happened a few days ago at Rockville High School, less than a half-hour's drive from my own home.  A 14-yr-old girl was brutally raped by two immigrants, with at least one of them here illegally and facing deportation due to another crime.  Although the immigrants are 17 and 18 years old, they were allowed to register in that school as freshmen.  Of course the lame-stream media did their best to cover up the illegal status of the thugs but thanks to the internet the truth is out.  I don't have time in this post to go into details.  Suffice it to say that county and school officials are in major cover-up mode since they do hope to have Maryland declared a "sanctuary state".  The Superintendent of Schools has gone so far as to accuse concerned parents of being racists and xenophobes.  Governor Hogan is demanding answers from Montgomery County - as well he should.  We pray for that poor young lady as she recovers from the trauma of her brutal rape.  If there is one thin silver lining to this cloud, it may be the awakening of the parents and some citizens; at least one woman is rethinking her former liberalism.  Let us remember this in 2018.  We must vote out that entire school board, certainly that superintendent and those in Annapolis who are behind this cockamamie "sanctuary state" crap.

Meanwhile, London is reeling from a Muslim terrorist attack at the Westminster Bridge and the grounds of Parliament.  Five people are dead.  Although the Mayor of London, himself a Muslim, is downplaying the Muslim connection, the Islamic State is claiming responsibility for it.  London authorities are investigating other potential terrorist threats.  Again we see signs of realization on the parts of some, but will it be too little and too late?

Others, though, continue to dig in their heels regarding the farce known as multiculturalism and unbridled immigration and amnesty for those who break immigration laws (like the two rapists in Rockville).  I speak primarily of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Yesterday they released a screed called "Living As A People Of God In Unsettled Times".  As you read this gobblygoop, you'll notice the ever-present obfuscation of the real concerns of faithful Catholics.  Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, but we simply want our immigration laws to be respected for the sake of all concerned - especially for the sake of those immigrants who are honorable and who enter the country via already-established channels.  These good people don't deserve to be vilified as "racists", "xenophobes", or whatever epithets the progressives like to fling about.

The bishops sure like to misquote the Scriptures, don't they?  "When an alien resides with you in the land, do not mistreat such a one."  Is it "mistreating" the alien to expect him or her to abide by the laws of the land, just as everyone else does?  I could go on and on about this and maybe will do so in a future post.   I will say two things, though.

First, bear in mind that the impetus behind this guilt-trip attempt may not be entirely altruistic.  The USCCB and Catholic Charities have a lot of Federal grant money tied up with the facilitation of mass immigration.  I have written much in general about the USCCB's blind following of the progressives in regards to illegal immigration.  When it comes to this issue, the US Catholic hierarchy may well be motivated by their financial bottom lines.  See this and this

Second, consider that the USCCB spewed forth this vomit right after the events in Rockville and London.  These acts of violence were perpetrated by thugs who had no intentions of assimilating in their host cultures.  The governments of both Montgomery County and London, being run by progressives, have been way too cavalier in their admittance of harmful immigrants, to the detriment of their citizens.  The USCCB is likewise acting irresponsibly - or maybe, in their case, greedily.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As If We Needed Another Reason To Boycott CRS Collections!

Last month the Catholic Relief Services, ever on the cutting edge of crusading for true justice and charity (Stop that snickering right now!  Shame-shame!), issued a clarion call to the Trump administration to address what it holds to be the most crucial issue of the day.  Is it the murder of babies in the womb?  Is it the ever-encroaching demands that flagrant gays are making on Christians to celebrate their perversions?  Oh, wait - CRS itself has been caught harboring gays.  None of these.  They are clamoring for an end to - climate change!

The CRS, with the USCCB, sent to President Trump a letter to that effect.  They said, "Sadly, environmental issues can be politicized for partisan agendas and used in public discourse to serve different economic, social, political and ideological interests."  They should know for they are the experts in doing precisely that at the bidding of their puppet-masters and sugar-daddies.

With the Catholic Climate Covenant, they are lobbying for support of the Green Climate Fund and Paris agreements, both of which really promise to be huge drains on cash as they further empower the United Nations.  I for one note with pleasure that the President plans to remove us from the Paris agreements and to curtail funding of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Some might remember the Catholic Climate Covenant as promoting a progressive stunt called the Lenten Carbon Fast.  I can no longer find their version of the "carbon fast calendar" online, but other similar calendars exist that feature the same nonsense as did the CCC version.
  • This gem from the Global Catholic Climate Movement urges us (see March 19) to "let our dishwashers breathe".  Ladies and gentlemen, if you notice your dishwashers breathing, might I suggest that you call an exorcist?  What these envirowhackos do not consider that it is that "energy-intensive drying cycle" that sterilizes the dishes, helping to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Some Catholic envirowhackos from Austrilia have their own calendar, one that has particular focus on their locality.  On March 23rd they suggest the consumption of kangaroo meat as opposed to beef or lamb because, well,..methane!  Need we go into detail?  Bad little cattle!  Bad little sheep!  Killing the planet via flatulence!
So that is one way that the Catholic Relief Services is squandering the donation dollars of faithful Catholics. Pleading with their higher-ups has proven to be an exercise in futility.  The only language they seem to understand is that of "$ ka-ching $".  It is our silence with regard to that language that they need to experience.  

Speaking of "donation dollars", the second collection for the Archdiocese of Washington during the weekend of March 25-26 will be for the CRS.  That is in addition to the lenten Rice Bowl shakedown.  As we are boycotting the rice bowl thing, let's boycott this as well and in the same way.  I suggested what to do with the Rice Bowl two weeks ago.  I'd suggest putting that same note in your envelope and dropping that in the collection basket this weekend.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Yoo-hoo! Chuck Short! USCCB! Wakey-wakey!

You who dare prostitute the moral authority of the Catholic Church to do the bidding of your progressive puppet-masters and sugar-daddies in your shilling for unbridled immigration, face these two accounts of what happened here in Montgomery County (here and here) right now!  Because of your reckless clamoring to have our national borders effectively dissolved, you share much of the moral guilt for what happened to that young girl!

Are all the federal grants that you receive for being the good little progressive lemmings really worth it?  Sadly, I suspect you would answer in the affirmative.  Hopefully, under President Trump's watch, despite your callous disregard for the people of this country, the story cited above won't be repeated - at least not as often as you might allow.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Co-Opting St Patrick To Shill For Immigration Law Breakers

Well why not?  Liberal Catholics doing the bidding of progressives and George Soros have no compunctions about grabbing onto whatever straw they can to make their immoral case for border-crashing illegals.  Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, North Ireland is a direct successor to St. Patrick himself.  He had the audacity to call his sainted predecessor an "unlearned refugee and an undocumented migrant".

The liberties he takes with the facts of St Patrick's life are grossly inaccurate, if not downright dishonest.  Patrick never sneaked into Ireland as a refugee and migrant.  He was brought to Ireland by Irish as a slave, very much against his will.  He could only be called a "refugee" when he fled his masters - and returned home.  When he did return years later to spread the Faith, he certainly was no refugee and there is no reason whatsoever to believe that he broke any law in so doing.

Not to be outdone in fact-twisting is Chuck Short, former Secretary for Justice and Service at the Archdiocese of Washington.  He has a piece in the March issue of the Parish Times (page 1 that continues to page 34) that does the same gross injustice not only to St. Patrick but to all faithful Catholics who call for law and order as we assimilate immigrants into our society.

"The Irish who we celebrate this weekend"  This is a direct quote, something I would never write for two reasons.  First, the grammar is terrible.  It should read "the Irish WHOM we celebrate this weekend"  When referring to the object of a verb, "whom" should be used.  The second, and far more important reason is that we are celebrating St. Patrick on March 17, not the Irish (By the way, if it makes a difference, I am of predominantly Irish descent.)  This insistence on adulterating feast days with ethnic gee-gaw only serves to distract from the Faith.

The current surge in anti-immigrant sentiment is an affront to this sacred history of American Catholicism as well as our American values.  Notice they typical deliberate obfuscation of the differences between those who literally crash our borders versus those who respect our laws and customs and follow the law in so doing.  Such obfuscation is not only blatantly dishonest but it is the sin of slander against faithful Catholics who do not believe that we should be rewarding the sinful conduct of illegals in this country.   I and others will continue to call progressives like Chuck Short on the carpet when they pull dishonest stunts like that.  They will not be allowed to define the terms for addressing this matter of illegal immigration.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Culture Of Death In The Vatican

Recently, Paul Ehrlich, long-time mouthpiece for "population control" (in other words, sterilization, contraception and abortion) was invited by two Papal Academies to speak at a "Biological Extinction" conference last week.  Some might remember him authoring "The Population Bomb".  It helped galvanize the population control fanatics, despite the fact that the only things that are bombing are the ridiculous predictions put forth in that book.  In some ways that Vatican conference might have been right up his ally, for he seems to have made it his life's mission to make mankind "biologically extinct".

LifeSiteNews had a piece about him, exposing why the only place he should have gone in the Vatican is the nearest confessional - or baptism font if not Catholic.  Here's an interesting quote from him: "If you can’t take care of the [poor] people in your own society, when you live in a rich society, and so on, it tells us we really need very fundamental changes in our attitudes, our ethics, our morals, how we run the world."  He also said that there was "agreement" that a "driver" of extinction is "human overpopulation".  That is to say "there are too few people because there are too many people".  Gotta love the logic!  Keep these statements on a "back-burner in your brain as we take a look at another progressive spewing his poison in the Vatican.

I refer now to Archbishop Paglia.  He is not only the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, but he is the one who had a picture of himself painted on his cathedral wall with him depicted as engaging in homosexual relations - that one!  A living-will bill is before the Italian parliament.  Of this bill, Paglia opines that it should stop "excessive" treatment for the terminally ill.  When he states, "While the will of the patient on access or not to therapies must be respected, a will guaranteed by Constitutional dictates," he is flat out lobbying for the establishment of death panels.

Here's another telling quote.  As you read this, bear that Ehrlich quote in mind: "Furthermore, we must combat on the one hand all forms of excessive treatment and on the other give ample space to palliative treatment so as not to let patients suffer.  It is equally urgent to help sick people live for as long as is decently possible,"  Decently possible!  Who will determine what's "decent"?  Why, the death panel, of course!

There is definitely a common undercurrent in the thinking behind those two statements.  That is, "if we are to care for the majority of people, we must be willing to expend the unborn/dying/etc.  It will require a fundamental change in our morals but that must be done"  So apparently one of the fundamental changes in our morals should be the abolition of the Fifth Commandment, according to both Ehrlich and Paglia and most likely others in the Vatican; else these two wouldn't enjoy the bully pulpits that they now have.  Does that include Pope Francis himself?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Another Abortuary Bites The Dust!


It was March of 2004 when we started our pro-life presence of prayer, sidewalk counseling and general Christian witness in front of this place at 1400 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD.  It was a branch office of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan DC.  Now thirteen years later, they are closing shop.

They seem to be consolidating their operations at their new abortuary in NE Washington.  I think it's quite possible that our presence there, week after week, year after year, contributed to their decision to close their Maryland abortuary.  Perhaps we cut into their revenue stream so much that they couldn't justify, from a business viewpoint, the expenses of keeping that place open.  Whatever the reason, the air in Silver Spring, fetid with progressivism as it is, will be just a tad bit fresher with the removal of one baby-murder center.

When we arrived at Silver Spring in March of 2004, we had just seen the closing of Hillcrest Women's Surgi-Center, a 30-year old abortuary on Georgia Avenue, just south of the MD-DC border.  We celebrated when that murder center closed and will do so again.  Stay tuned for details on that, and where we'll be next (so you can join us!).  Meanwhile please pray your rosaries for the closure of more of these hell-holes.  I'd also suggest checking out 40 Days to see where you can participate in their efforts.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Many Catholics Will Dishonor St Patrick This Friday

In way of review, please re-read my post from six years ago.  This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Lenten Friday, a day when we Catholics abstain from meat.  Yet even now we hear of Catholics asking for dispensation from the already-lenient Lenten discipline to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Sadly - because many chanceries care not one whit about Lenten discipline nor even of eternal things in general, these chanceries will grant the dispensations without a minute's thought.

As I said in the post, I myself am of predominantly Irish descent.  Moreover, I grew up in the 1960s, when most Catholics were also of Irish descent and who were closely descended from Irish immigrants.  Yet never did I hear the slightest hint of suggestion that the Lenten practises should be set aside when March 17 fell on a Lenten Friday.  In fact, that was during a time when every day during Lent (not just Ash Wednesday and Good Friday) was a day of fast.  It is true that in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is a Holy Day of Obligation, owing to St Patrick's pivotal role in the founding of their nation.  But those who came to the United States understood that they were leaving behind their national customs and were prepared to observe the customs of their new homeland.

On social media, particularly facebook, I'm seeing otherwise faithful Catholics chortle over the dispensations, like naughty little children about to get away with extra dessert.  To me that betrays a bit of reluctance to subject oneself to necessary disciplines.  How they salivate over corned beef has nothing to do with honoring the saint who is at least partially responsible for their Faith and more to do with satisfying their taste buds and stomachs.

We can - we must - do better than that.  Honor St. Patrick by honoring Lent.  Abstain from meat, dispensation notwithstanding.  Do not drink to the point of sinful intoxication (yes, all intoxication is sinful).  Do not trifle with leprechauns and other accoutrements of pagan practice.  Understand that there is nothing special about the color green.  Instead, go to Mass, pray a Rosary and/or stations of the Cross - practices that would truly please St. Patrick.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cardinal Wuerl Tries To Talk Up Pope Francis

A few days ago, the Jesuit heresy-rag known as America published an interview that they conducted with Cardinal Wuerl.  No one should be the least bit surprised that Wuerl would converse with them for they seem to be kindred spirits.  We read in this piece a number of stinkers plopped by His Eminence.
  • He said the pope "is changing the papacy".  Uh-uh!  No can do!  This is an office created by Our Lord Himself.  The pope is the chief shepherd of the Church and he must see to the salvation of its members, guarding the Deposit of Faith.  Note: that verb is "guarding" not "changing".
  • He also said the pope is "completely refocusing the role of bishop".  Don't you just adore the fact that no specifics are given regarding this "refocusing"?  What is meant by that?  Are we to be kept guessing?  I think that's the idea lest we take action to protect the office of bishop.
  • He carried on about the pope restoring "the Vatican II themes of collegiality and synodality".  But as LifeSiteNews reminds us (and as I've written in the past), all that "collegiality and synodality" went out the window as Pope Francis and his cronies (Wuerl being one of them) ramrodded through the two reports from the synods of the family.
  • Of Amoralis Lamentia, he said "It told us that we have to get back, as the council said, to a moral theology that rests on scripture and Jesus’ command to love and to the virtues that are the signs of a moral life, not the rigid following of the letter of the law."  Notice how the false dichotomy trick is being implemented here: that is, taking two aspects of Jesus' teachings and pretending that they're at odds with each other, usually done to vilify Catholics faithful to the doctrines of Our Lord Himself.  I for one remember Jesus saying in the Gospel of John "he who loves me obeys my commandments.  For all you faithful moral theologians out there: is not this juxtaposing of various words of Jesus against each other its own form of blasphemy, to insinuate that God contradicts Himself?
I could spend all night unpacking this mess but time forbids it.  Christopher Ferrara has an analysis of the mess.  I will conclude with this thought.  The cardinal said, "This Holy Father has recognized that marriage in the culture in which we live needs to be totally renewed. But you can’t do this without recognizing that this is a different moment in history to 25 years ago, and the people the church is talking to don’t understand the words the same way as we do."

NEWS FLASH!  Many people inside the Church - and in high places - are either ignorant of the Church's teachings or they hold them in utter contempt.  For example, Bishop Sorondo, at the Biological Extinction Conference, said, "Many times, we don’t know exactly what is the doctrine of the Church – we know some part but not all the doctrine of the Church about the question of the fecundity."  Mind you, this is a highly-placed bishop, the chancellor of two pontifical academies, blithely admitting ignorance of basic teachings that any Catholic school child of two generations ago would have learned before graduating.  And now I'll leave you with Gloria TV.

When Emotions Trump Intellect, Sin And Death Are The Results

When I went to Catholic schools, before the "spirit of Vatican II" stupefied religious instruction, we learned that mankind was made in the image and likeness of God.  Along with a body, we have the faculties of intellect and will.  These two are the highest faculties that we possess and they (among other things) differentiate us from animals that do not possess these.

Note that emotions are not among the faculties that differentiate us from animals.  We all know that animals have emotions (especially pet owners).  Before original sin, man's faculties were perfectly ordered, with intellect and will controlling the others.  Today, though, because we are marred by original sin and its effects, we often find our intellects darkened and our wills weakened as our passions and appetites overrule those higher faculties.

Anybody who has even the slightest knowledge of current affairs not only sees the effects of emotions run amok, but they even see that usurpation celebrated.  How often have we been told that we must tolerate the invasions of perversion out of so-called "compassion"?  Witness the ridiculous behaviors of those opposed to Trump after his victory; when they weren't rioting in the streets and committing vandalism, they were sucking their thumbs in their "safe spaces" doodling with crayons and coloring books - because their feelings were hurt!  I could go on and on with that, but you get the picture.

Now who remembers several years ago when a Cracker Barrel employee (who happened to be an elderly war veteran) was fired for giving food away to indigents?  Does it sound heartless of Cracker Barrel?  Well, consider these details: the employee never bought the food himself, he was giving away food that belonged to his employer.  He had already received four or five warnings about the matter but still he persisted.  When he was discharged for blatant theft, all hell broke loose on social media.  Many people, most likely liberals who don't appreciate the Seventh Commandment, berated Cracker Barrel.  Clearly they were letting sinful sentimentality cloud their thinking.  I'm not going to rehash my points now.

Today in facebook we saw another such case and I'll now post the link.  Let's leave aside the consideration that this is probably a fabricated story for the ensuing discussion is indicative of the clouded thinking of so many of those mis-educated in public schools.  If those excusing the kids are parents, we can see how so many kids today are morally adrift.

So we see two examples of goodly numbers of people obviously letting their emotions run roughshod all over their brains.  I'm sure many readers have their own myriads of examples.  Unfortunately we see this among Catholics as they consider matters of faith and morals.  This sin of letting emotions rule over intellect (sin against prudence) permeates Amoris Laetitia and other pronouncements coming from Pope Francis and the Vatican.  How often have we heard the pope carry on about "mercy", "compassion", "accompaniment", "pastoral", etc?  Let's not forget his railing against "rigid", "neo-palagians", "rosary counters", etc.  All this is code talk for the pope's new notions that we must jettison Christ's timeless and immutable teachings out the window and be carried away with every emotional whim and fancy of the moment - and carried away to sin and perhaps damnation.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Close Papal Confidante Flaunts His Perversion In His Cathedral - Part Of The Deconstruction Of Tradition

Last August Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Paglia as head of the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute On Marriage And Family.  He's also head of the Pontifical Academy For Life (and perhaps its only member).  It was under his direction that a particularly lurid sex education program was foisted on young people attending the World Youth Day this past summer.  At the World Meeting For Families in Philadephia last year, he mandated that practicing gays would have the same status as faithful Catholics in attendance.  I point out that the latter two incidents occurred before Paglia's appointment to the Institute On Marriage And Family.

One other very troubling event occurred before that as well.  News has arisen that in 2007, Paglia commissioned a piece of pornographic art to be painted in his cathedral church.  It is explicitly homoerotic.  It shows Jesus pulling into heaven via fishnets dozens of people.  In the nets, the people are engaged in various erotic acts.  One of those people bears the face of Paglia himself while semi-nude and embracing another scantily-clad man.  This LifeSiteNews report has more details and pictures.  All this was done on instruction from Paglia himself.  The depiction of Paglia in such a pose leads one to deduce that Paglia himself might be a practicing homosexual.  Obviously the painting within a Catholic church is grossly blasphemous.  As it was done in 2007, no one can doubt that the Pope knew of this.  Because the pope appointed Paglia to his high positions, we can only conclude that the appointments were done not so much in spite of Paglia's flagrant perversion but because of it.  There is an attempt afoot in the Vatican - led by the pope, let's admit that - to deconstruct the Sacred Tradition of Holy Mother Church in favor of some "new world order".

This and so much more points to the horrid place to which Pope Francis is steering the Church.  For the benefit of my friends who insist on remaining in denial regarding this harmful papacy, I now link to a piece written by Jeffrey Mirus of Catholic Culture.  He explains well the role that the Holy Spirit assumes in the process of selecting a pope.  He also points out why it is erroneous to presume that the Holy Spirit directly chooses each pontiff.  As you read the list of poor pontiffs of the past, bear in mind that there is no reason to presume that the same couldn't be happening right now.

I post now a video released by Michael Matt of the Remnant.  Listen closely.  He first elaborates on the scandal of Paul Ehrlich being allowed to speak at a Vatican conference.  At the 4:48 mark he says "If you're not seeing what's really going on here, I'm sorry, but it's just a case of you not wanting to see.."  At the 10:00 mark Matt said he and others sent an open letter to President Trump to investigate possible Democrat influence in the ouster of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis.  LifeSiteNews today released an interview with Archbishop Luigi Negri who is close with the Pope Emeritus.  He too states that Benedict resigned "under tremendous pressure".  A few weeks ago I hypothesized that Pope Francis is the de facto designated mouthpiece for worldwide progressivism.  Here's the Message from Modesto that Matt mentioned.   All this is part and parcel of the mangling of the Church into some progressive new world order idol.  Did I say "mangling"?  A thousand pardons, please!  I meant to say "maturing" - you know, like the "maturing" we were supposed to do after the Extraordinary Synod!

Now listen at the 21:00 mark when Matt speaks of obedience to the pope and moral limitations on so doing.  He correctly states that "obedience is subordinate to the Faith".  Starting at 21:57, he says, "when a superior, even a pope, commands that we do something wrong including the instruction to believe something false and contrary to our religion and beliefs, what we were taught as Catholics, the Catholic response is to resist him".  Now going back to that Modesto debacle, McElroy and others pledged to "disrupt" Trump's immigration policies.  We now have major disruption in our Church.  It's time we start considering how we faithful Catholics will - as it were - disrupt the disruption.

We are approaching the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.  She promised the children that "in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph".  Of course that is true but that does not excuse us from taking on the task of Church Militant for if we don't, more souls will go to hell.