Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reach Out To Poor Bishop McElroy!

Last week we saw how faithful Catholic activists were instrumental in keeping Father James Martin from polluting several Catholic locations with his heretical bile.  Martin has taken to social media pages bemoaning the fact that some of us truly care about our faith and have the backbones to stand up to him.  Others have joined Martin in bashing us.  One publication went so far as to call us "Catholic Cyber Militia".  I'm sure they thought of that as an insult, but I think I'll wear that one with just a smidgen of pride!  :-)

Another who has waxed hysterical about us is Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego.  We've heard of him before now, haven't we?  Anyway, he's decided that our concerns are "verbal violence" and "cancer"; see here and here.

The Church Militant link, at the bottom, gives the phone number to the bishop's office.  Please call and let them know what you think.  To the readers who have the misfortune to call him their bishop, you can assist him in a special way.  Since he seems to think that anything that proceeds from us is "cancer", why, he must have the same misgivings about your donation dollars, right?  Now you can assure him that no longer will you be foisting upon him your diseased lucre.  Heavens!  We wouldn't want him to catch conservative cooties from your contaminated contributions!  Assure him that no longer will have have to worry about any monetary contagions from you.  I'm sure he'll be most grateful.  On a serious note, the language of money does seem to be one of the few to which they actually pay some attention.  Let's not be afraid to speak it.  Onward, Catholic Cyber Militia!!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Warped Treatment Of Priests

My blogging colleague at Les Femmes has written of the treatment meted out to a good priest that she knows.  Her post is here.  Father Aitcheson, prior to his conversion to the Faith, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.  He repented of his sin of racism well before he entered seminary.  Maria Santos Bier, a writer for the Washington Post, got wind of this and wrote a hit piece for the Post on Father.  Of course the "compost" would lap it up in a heartbeat, for they got to tar a hated Catholic priest as a racist.  Mary Ann correctly points out that Bier committed a mortal sin of detraction.  For those confused about detraction, it is defined in Catholic moral theology as "the unjust damaging of another's good name by the revelation of some fault or crime of which that other is really guilty or at any rate is seriously believed to be guilty by the defamer".

So while good priests see their vocations seriously compromised owing to long-repented faults, flaming dissident priests are celebrated precisely because of their poisonous heresies.

Father James Martin has been in the news in Catholic media circles.  Rightly ejected from Catholic speaking venues because of his promotion of sodomy, he has taken to whining and pouting all over social media.  In the course of so doing, he continues to spew forth heresy.  Consider this facebook post of his.  It's a long screed, and the heresy appears in the very last sentence: "And the Holy Spirit knows what She is doing".  Yes, you read that correctly.  He refers to the Third Person in the Trinity in the feminine.  In both Scripture and Tradition, all Three Persons of the Trinity have always been referred to in the masculine.  Given Martin's sordid history of promoting sexual perversion, we know he was taking another jab at Christ's teachings, blaspheming the Holy Spirit in the process.

Father Martin is the sort of priest who is celebrated by the Washington Compost and other rags - because both Martin and the progressives hate Catholic morality.  Mary Ann's piece suggests that Bier might be carrying on in the tradition of the traitorous Brutus; so is Father Martin.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Pro Life Movement = Seamless Garment Regurgitation

Michael Hichborn, formerly of American Life League, runs a site called  It is a well-run site that is quite informative and faithful to Catholic teaching.  Recently he ran an article regarding the attempts by John Carr to insinuate himself into the pro-life movement.  Recall that while he was at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Carr oversaw the office that was in charge of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  He did absolutely nothing to address the scandals regarding that collection.

The main focus of this article is not John Carr.  We are looking at the attempts of others to couple the pro-life movement with the now-discredited “seamless garment” theory that was championed by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.  In his article, Hichborn made mention of a series of articles found in the summer edition of Human Life Review.  Here is the site for your perusal   Many of the authors understand the perils of the seamless garment theory under its many disguises.  Among them, Ann Hendershott, Kevin Williamson and Kristin Hawkins see the danger of diluting our focus on ending baby-killing.  On the other hand, there are people like Aimee Murphy, director of Rehumanize International.  I previously did some research on this group and found them to be at serious variance with Catholic moral teaching.   Their “new media coordinator” supports homosexual conduct and may herself be embroiled in that sin.  Murphy herself evinced racism as she supported the violent “Black Lives Matter” on her facebook page.

But the seamless garment poses an even greater threat to the authentic pro-life cause than mere dilution.  In many, if not most, cases, its adherents ascribe to “seamless garment” tenets moral authority that belongs only to those matters to which the Church has placed special emphasis: abortion, contraception, euthanasia, homosexual conduct, abuse of embryos.  Even worse, some “seamless garment” adherents will go so far as to transgress against the Church’s teachings on the aforementioned intrinsic evils in order to promote the progressive positions on lesser matters (such as immigration or capital punishment).  We’ll now expound on these threats.

Some of the articles made mention of a group that dubs itself the “The New Pro-life Movement” – rather pretentious, that!  Its site is .   Right on its homepage we see a problem.   John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe was a highly-respected pro-life leader approximately 25 years ago.  He helped spearhead the clinic rescue aspect of the movement.  Recently, some seamless garment pet causes – in his case, amnesty for illegal immigrants – clouded his perspective to the extent that he supported the unapologetically pro-abortion Hillary Clinton during the last presidential election.  I won’t go into the evils of that or this article would take up the entire magazine.  Look at the “contributors” page.  One of the other contributors is Rebecca Bratten Weiss.  Rather than go into another lengthy explanation, I refer you to this piece by LifeSiteNews. 

Let’s look at its “organizations we support” page.  We see listed “Obria Medical Clinics”.  Going to that site, we see their page on abortion.  While they don’t speak glowingly of abortion, they think that it could be “the right choice” for someone.  What???   They seem to be fine with contraception.  Another supported organization is “All Our Lives”.  Not only is it “informed” by the “consistent life ethic”, but also “the reproductive justice movement”.  They advocate for gay rights.

This “new pro-life movement” organization is not unique in having serious moral problems.  We’ve always known that those enamored with the “seamless garment” have flirted either with mortal sins themselves or have allied themselves with others embroiled in those sins.  An example of that was brought to my attention during the controversies over DACA.  A friend of mine, perhaps in an attempt to justify amnesty for Illegal aliens, posted an article about a priest in Georgia, Fr. Rey Pineda, who is himself anillegal alien.  To bring his “plight” to national attention, he relayed his story to Senator Dick Durbin, who then took it to the Senate floor last November.  Of course Durbin did this while advocating for illegal amnesty.  Dick Durbin’s name recently came up during Senate judicial hearings, when he and Senator Dianne Feinstein grilled judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett regarding her Catholic faith, mocking her in the process.  So on the one hand, Dick Durbin (a “Catholic” who has always been pro-abortion) takes up Fr. Pineda’s case for his own end, but on the other hand he openly takes aim at a judicial nominee for living out her Catholic faith.  Pineda, a priest, lent moral credibility to a politician who displays anti-Catholic bigotry in order to facilitate his own sinful disregard for his host nation’s laws.  This is just another instance of moral compromise when Catholics get entangled in the seamless garment embrace of progressive causes.

The gains that the pro-life movement has made in recent years have been due in large measure to the movement’s laser-like focus on defending innocent life and the sanctity of marriage.  We are soon coming up on the centennial anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that culminated Our Lady of Fatima’s appearances to the three children.  During these apparitions, she warned the children that the leading cause of souls going to hell was sins of the flesh.  Let us focus on eradicating these sins and not allow other matters disguising themselves as “social justice issues” to distract us and even seduce us to sin.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Catholic Activists Save Theological College From Father Martin

Two months ago I posted that Jesuit heretic Father James Martin was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a symposium being conducted by Washington Theological College.  In that post, you'll see that commenter "kiwiinamerica" lamented that Martin would probably never be disinvited.  At the time, his/her doubts were well-founded.  He/she can now rejoice for now Martin is disinvited, thanks be to God.

Left-wing rags are wailing and bemoaning Martin's well-deserved comeuppance.  Take a look at this whiny pout from the Not-At-All-Catholic Reporter.  They interviewed Martin, who puts the blame on "far-right church websites such as Church Militant, LifeSiteNews and the blog run by Father Zuhlsdorf".  Of course those sites also include many other blogs run by faithful Catholics - such as this one.  I'll have more to say on this point later in the post.

Church Militant has some more details.  Not only was Martin dumped from the Theological College event, but he was also axed as a speaker for a gala to be held by the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.  In that situation, their leadership faced backlash from outraged knights.  Martin himself snivels and pouts about the cancellations on his facebook and twitter pages.

Despite the "poor widdle me" tripe that Martin exudes on his pages, the record tells the story of his attempt to normalize the mortal sin of sodomy.  In this clip he actually calls for "reverence" of sinful situations.  Note that his gay friend, who thinks he's "married" to his accomplice in sin, is the chair of the theology department at Fordham University.  Both he and Martin, unless they repent and confess their sins, will be accountable for leading many young souls down a path to perdition.  For clarification on that point, I now link to a piece by Msgr Charles Pope that summarizes Christ's teachings on homosexual conduct.

When I wrote my piece two months ago, I too didn't think there was much chance that Martin would be disinvited from the symposium, seeing how he enjoys the favor of both Pope Francis and Cardinal Wuerl.  In retrospect I believe there were several factors, and some lessons we can learn in combating similar threats to Church integrity that will present themselves in the future.  I'll list them in "bullet" format.
  • Prayer for God's protection  Nothing of this sort can happen without God's grace.  We must continue to pray.  Frequent the sacraments and pray the Rosary daily.  Mention these threats by name when you pray.
  • Social media  Martin himself alluded to that as he blamed "far right sites" for stopping his appearances.  Please watch not only the sites he mentioned but smaller sites as well.  Often it is the smaller sites that will carry news pertaining to their localities; these also deserve the attention of faithful Catholics local to those areas.  The mainstream media (including diocesan publications and faux-katholic liberal rags) are not reliable sources of information.  Of course when you see topics such as these, pass them along your own social sites and email lists.
  • Action It is critical that when we are notified of these situations, that we not only pray but we must act as well.  Such action will include:
    • Phone calls  Martin specifically blamed phone calls to Theological College as a primary cause for his ejection from the symposium.  If you called to protest his planned appearance, you share the credit just as much as any one of us bloggers.
    • Boycotts I'd suspect that many callers to CU made plain that if Martin did appear, that they'd never contribute anymore to them.  Sometimes money talks louder than Catholic duty, so let's not be reticent about using that language.
    • Protests/pickets One of my facebook friends, when she learned of the cancellation, remarked that she now "had the day off".  She was planning to protest the appearance.  Even the possibility of a protest is a strong deterrent to misbehavior.
Make no mistake about this.  The Theological College did not cancel Martin because they suddenly remembered that they were Catholics.  Far from it.  Take a look at their announcement below; they make plain why they earned the nickname "theological closet".  They cancelled because we behaved like the Church Militant (not the site) that we are.  Let's take heart from this and remember, for these situations will crop up again - although they might crop up with less frequency now.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Pro-Lifers Conduct Red Rose Rescues At Three Baby-Murder Centers

In three cities in the U.S. today - namely, Alexandria VA, Detroit MI, and Albuquerque NM, pro-life activists went into local death mills and offered red roses to mothers who were about to have their babies murdered.  When confronted by police, they refused to leave and were arrested.  I believe all have been released.  Moreover, three babies were saved.

I link now to the LifeSiteNews article detailing the Red Rose Rescue effort.  Please watch the video; the bottom video is the account of activity at the Alexandria mill; I've worked besides several of the people in various pro-life activism efforts.  Below is a video posted by Monica Miglorino Miller, who was at the Detroit rescue.  I echo her call at the end, that we would all rededicate ourselves to acting to bring about a Culture of Life.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seamless Garment Adherents Are The Real Pharisees

As faithful Catholics know, the pope has a lamentable habit of insulting us precisely because we are faithful Catholics.  Not at all surprisingly, one big slur he hurls at us is that we are "pharisees" because we acknowledge that God's laws are as immutable as He is, and that they are to be obeyed by everyone in their entirety.  Of course that is not the essence of being a "pharisee".  What does that term mean?

I link to Mark 7:1-13.  The key phrase is in verse 13: "making void the word of God by your own tradition, which you have given forth".  I believe that sums up what it means to engage in pharisetical behavior: to create man-made precepts and to ascribe to them the status equal to that of God's own laws.

"Seamless garment" adherents do precisely that.  They regard their progressive causes - most notably illegal immigration amnesty, climate-change junk-science, and the abolition of the death penalty - with the same level of concern as they might regaard contraception, homosexual behavior, abortion.  Did I say "same level"?  In most cases the progressive causes are deemed worthy of more attention and effort than those matters that are truly intrinsic evils.  Moreover, I believe I've amply stated the case why these so-called "seamless garment" advocacies may well be sins in and of themselves: see here, here, here.

Within the past few days we've seen the progressive-controlled USCCB go ballistic because one of their pet causes is being dealt some well-needed blows and because Steve Bannon spoke truth to the liberal-pandering of the nation's bishops.  We have also seen hysterical cries for "climate-change" deniers to be jailed simply for disagreeing with progressive tyrants.  Toronto Catholic Witness advises us of a Franciscan friar who a) advocates criminalization of "climate change deniers" and b) advocating for gay rights.  By the way, as TCW makes plain, this friar is the quintessential pharisee: trashing God's moral teachings and substituting junk-science precepts.  He is not alone.  Many join him in earning that title; faithful Catholics who love Our Lord and His Traditions are not among that number.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bannon's Truthful Rebuke Stings The Bishops In Their...

Did you think that last word was going to be "consciences"?  Don't be silly!  That last word is really "coffers".  Steve Bannon might not have realized it, but he spoke the only language that the US bishops seem to heed: the language of $ka-ching$.  A video of Bannon's interview is found here.  When queried by Charlie Rose about Cardinal Dolan's displeasure with President Trump's actions on DACA, Bannon correctly responds that the USCCB's stance on DACA is not doctrine - progressive pretenses notwithstanding (I hold that it is the USCCB that stands in sin owing to its facilitation of illegal immigration).  Moreover, Bannon is correct that the bishops have an economic interest in illegal immigration.  However, he seems to limit that interest to the filling of church pews.  In reality, it goes much further for the Church hierarchy receives federal grants for the "processing" of aliens, and the amounts of those grants is proportional to the number of immigrants.

Cardinal Dolan, when he heard of Bannon's interview, got his knickers in a royal knot.  Breitbart has the low-down on that.  Dolan quoted Bannon as saying that the only reason they (bishops) care about illegals is for economic reasons.  You can see it in the first few paragraphs of the linked piece.   The title states that "Dolan bears false witness".  Well yes, but I think it's more than that.  I think Cardinal Dolan uttered a quintessential Freudian slip.  I've no bones opining that $$$ is a prime motivating factor in their shilling for illegal immigration.

Yesterday the pope got in on the act.  Of course the blather happened on a plane (mathematical equation alert!  plane+pope+reporters=insults+heresies+blasphemies).  He went so far as to cast doubt on the president's pro-life beliefs because of his termination of DACA.  Whatever happened to "who am I to judge?"  Does that apply only to those flaunting mortal sins of sodomy?  But I digress.

The pope said of Trump, "he presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity."  A goodly number of pro-life leaders replied to that statement as they came to Trump's defense.  I might add one more key thing.  If the pope is pro-life, he will do all he can to protect and promote the encyclical Humanae Vitae.  He can start by dismantling that commission that was assembled to "study", that is, weaken this key encyclical.  Humanae Vitae must stand.  Contraception, an intrinsic evil, must be seen for what it is: a satanic instrument of death and destruction.  The pope casting doubts on the president's pro-life credentials?  Never did I think I'd see the day when I trust the White House more than the Vatican, but now that has come to pass.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Magnum Principium - A Liturgical Disaster

Magnum Principium is the name of the Motu Propitio released by Pope Francis today.  It will take effect October 1, 2017.  Rorate Caeli has an excellent analysis so I don't need to reinvent that wheel.  In essence though, this papal directive will ascribe to local bishops' conferences the authority to amend liturgical texts and actions based on local proclivities.  Now just think of the wide range of differences that exist with the conferences' varying interpretations of Amoralis Lamentia; also consider that in the case of AL, the interpretations that most widely diverge from Sacred Tradition are the ones validated by this pope.

One Peter Five has an analysis, too.  In that one, this MP is contrasted to Quo Primum by Pope St. Pius V.  The latter was written to unify the liturgies of all the Church into one text and format.

I can only surmise that this Motu Propitio is just the latest deliberated step in the progressives' ultimate goal to undermine the papacy.  Recall that Our Lord called Peter "the rock on which I'll build my church".  If the rock should crack that would seriously compromise the integrity of the Church.  Our Lord promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against the church, but He never promised that the church would be unscathed.  In fact, while the Church would survive (in one fashion or another) it could be so battered as to be unable to attend to millions of souls.

Another troubling aspect of potential liturgy-tampering may be found in the phrase "lex orandi lex credendi lex vivandi".  In other words, as you pray you believe, and as you believe you live.

UPDATE - Another phrase to describe the anticipated results of this motu is Liturgical Anarchy.

ADW Choir Sings Backup For Gay Performer

From time to time I do not receive my copy of the Catholic Standard in the mail, and I strongly suspect that's by design.  As soon as I pick up a copy from a church lobby I see the reason why my delivery was sabotogued.  That happened today; it only took about 20 seconds to deduce the reason.  First some background.

Barry Manilow is a singer who has been popular since the 1970s.  Recently he announced that not only was he gay, but he considers himself "married" to his accomplice in sodomy.

On page 9 of the Standard's print copy, and here online, we read that the choir from Saint Columba Church in Oxon Hill sang backup for Manilow when he performed at MGM National Harbor Theater on July 24 & 25.  Apparently when he goes to his different venues to perform, he invites local choirs to sing with him.

Several choir members gave reasons why they thought this idea was so wonderful: "bring awareness of the church", "something out there bigger than they are".  In striking hands with someone who is in fact living in objective mortal sin, they render moot all the lofty ideals that they enunciated.  Would it not have been better for them to decline the invitation politely by stating that their partnership with him would have signaled to the world tacit approval of his deviant lifestyle?  Might not preference for Christ's moral teachings over fleeting fame have been more of a powerful witness to the Church?

Instead this choir disgraced themselves for a mere moment of fame.  The Standard is likewise to be ashamed of itself (once again) for crowing giddily about this moral compromise of this choir.  I cannot imagine either this choir nor the Standard taking such stances had it been a white supremist outfit asking for the choir's singing abilities at some event of their's.  They would have been indignant at the idea, and rightly so.  So why the compromise in regards to Manilow?

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Support Of Illegal Immigration Is Inherently Sinful

If a parent steals something and gives it to his/her child, is the child penalized when he/she is compelled to return the stolen goods or make other reparation?  Common sense - and Catholic moral theology answer "no", for the child should never have come into the possession of the goods in the first place.  Let's add another dimension.  Say the child receives the contraband as a minor, then becomes aware of the theft when he reaches the age of majority.  Is he/she required to make restitution?  Again, the answer is yes, for he/she may not knowingly accept benefit from the commission of sin.  Should they do so, they themselves become guilty of cooperation with the sin of their parents.  I link now to a post that I created several months ago; therein is a video that explains the nine ways in which a person can become an accessory to the sin of another, thus incurring guilt for his own sin.  Bear all this in mind as you read the account below.

We all know that President Trump has decided to undo the patently unconstitutional stunt initiated by the Messiah Most Miserable known as DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals).   Compare the screed spewed from the USCCB to the statements issued by both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security.  While those impacted are children of illegal immigrants, it is important to note that they are now adults as opposed to non-emancipated minors.  They are now responsible for their own lives.  If they haven't taken measures to correct their own immigration status, they have no one to blame for the consequences but themselves.

I became aware of this account of a "dreamer priest", Father Rey Pineda, through a facebook friend of mine.  As I read this account, I detected no trace of him trying to rectify his status.  He went to school in Georgia and then discerned a vocation; "he felt God was calling him to be a priest but his spiritual path was blocked.  He was a dreamer".  Excuse me, but isn't part of priestly preparation to remove moral impediments from one's life?  He knew he was here in disobedience to legitimate national laws: laws that have basis in Section 2241 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Now recall the video that I mentioned in the first paragraph, and count the ways that Father Pineda actively cooperates with the sin that his parents committed:
  • Consent - That is evident in the absence of any steps to correct his status.
  • Defense of evil done  No where does he express regret for the flouting of U.S. law.
  • Partaking as a "dreamer".  If his seminary formation was facilitated by the dream act, then his priestly formation would be an ironic act of cooperating with sin.  I hope that's not the case
Other ways that he might be cooperating with the sin of evading US immigration laws would be counsel, provocation, praise.  We cannot say "silence" is a chosen means of such cooperation, for he is quite strident in his crowing about his sin.

So his deportation would be a loss to his flock?  Really?  Who would really seek him out in the confessional, knowing he doesn't give a whit about legitimate civic law?  We Catholics are called to obedience to such laws and not only when convenient.  The sacrament itself would be efficacious since it doesn't depend on the worthiness of the minister, but his counsel might be suspect.

One troubling aspect about the hierarchy's embrace of progressive positions is that church authorities too often strike hands with politicians who foment the Culture of Death.  Father Pineda did precisely that by his partnering rabidly pro-abortion Dick Durbin.  Thanks to Pineda's own celebration of his sin, he lent to Durbin a credibility that the latter simply doesn't deserve.  By the way - this is the same Dick Durbin who questioned the Catholic faith of an Appeals Court Nominee.  Got that?  Durbin is very supportive of the Catholic faith of a potential puppet, but takes a dim view of the Catholic faith of a Trump nominee.  That's whom Pineda - this shill for illegal immigration - helped to legitimize.

Let's get back to DACA and illegal immigration in general.  If you haven't yet, please read the linked press releases of the USCCB, White House, and DHS.  If you noticed the USCCB waxing hysterical, you are quite correct.  I won't rehash it all, but the USCCB and Catholic Charities are funded by the feds.  Part of that funding has to do with the number of immigrants - including illegal - that they process.  The amount of funding is based on headcount!  Yes!  If the number of illegal immigrants in this country declines, so too does the amount of funding that the Church hierarchy receives.  Maybe the USCCB's overly-vaunted concern for "the strangers we must welcome" is not completely altruistic.

DACA as promulgated by Obama was patently unconstitutional.  Congress needs to act on this matter, and act first and foremost for the citizens whom they represent - who voted for them and who pay their salaries.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Prayer Of Thanksgiving For The Closing Of Germantown Abortuary

As mentioned last week, the Germantown Reproductive Health Services and its sister abortuary, Prince Georges Reproductive Health Services, have been sold.  Both mills committed baby-slaughter for the last time last week.  On Monday, September 4 (Labor Day) at 9:30 am, a group of us gathered for thanksgiving prayer outside the office park where GRHS was formerly located.

Because Maryland is still an abortionist's dream location, owing to the horrid political climate, we've no doubt that Carhart and/or Charlie Browne will try to set up shop elsewhere in Maryland.  For updates, please check  The clip of our prayer time is below.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Progressive Vatican Hyenas Frothing At The Mouth

One such critter is Father James Martin, author of the misnamed "Building Bridges".  That screed is nothing more than a lame attempt to normalize the mortal sin of homosexual perversion.  Happily Father Martin has been and is being rebuked by fellow clergy.  Cardinal Robert Sarah, in a piece published in the Wall Street Journal, reminded him that "those who speak on behalf of the Church must be faithful to the unchanging teachings of Christ"  (italics mine).

Pssst!  Father Martin!  The Catholic Church has always had the best bridge for those living in perversion to come back to the Church!  It's called the Sacrament of Confession!  You cannot improve on that!

Archbishop Chaput spoke similar words in his regular column in the newspaper of the Philadelphia archdiocese.  In that column Chaput reminds Martin (and all of us) that "the church is not simply about unity - as valuable as that is - but about unity in God's love rooted in truth."

The archbishop's words were enough to arouse the ire of Father Thomas Rosica.  It doesn't take too much to get his dander up. I could spend an hour unpacking the errors in this latest of Rosica's rants, but I don't want him monopolizing my time.  You might recall that Father Rosica actually attempted to sue one of my blogging colleagues at Vox Cantoris for calling him out on various heresies; his Vatican superiors put the kibosh on that stunt.  However, Rosica, in that column, took the occasion to lambast faithful Catholic bloggers as "the dark, dysfunctional side of the Catholic blogosphere...erecting high, impenetrable walls and noisy echo chambers of monologue.”  With respect to his badmouthing of us bloggers, maybe someone should remind him that "to use clerical status, episcopal authority, or other forms of leadership to dismiss, disparage or slam the efforts of those who simply want to reach those on the peripheries is not befitting of shepherds, pastors or servants of the Lord. It has nothing to do with the Gospel! It is not who we are!"  Now who originally uttered those words??  Hmm...!

Professor Josef Seifert is another faithful Catholic who has taken issue with Amoralis Lamentia.  I related a few days ago how he (and many others) were expelled from the Pontifical Council for Life to make room for dissenters.  We now learn that he was fired from his position at the International Academy of Philosophy in Granada by the local Archbishop Martinez Fernandez.  Seifert rightly pointed out that if unrepentant adulterers and sodomites were seen as justified, then the same could happen for anyone else embroiled in any intrinsic moral evil.  He called AL a "theological atomic bomb".  That was enough to get him sacked.  I suspect that if Seifert advocated for more perversion, he might have been offered tenure.

Moral of the story?  When one advocates for rank disobedience to God's moral laws, today's Vatican rewards them with prominent positions.  When one defends the timeless teachings of Jesus Christ, the current hierarchy, headed by Pope Francis, plunges the long knives in their back. The persecution is real and is becoming ever more stark; be watchful and praying.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Rehumanize International - A Veritable Snake In The Grass

On Facebook I noticed that some pro-life friends of mine, highly respected, "liked" an outfit called Rehumanize International.  If you go to that page, you'll see that they oppose abortion, euthanasia, and other intrinsic evils.  They also oppose capital punishment and nuclear armament, which are not intrinsic evils.  Ladies and gentlemen, when both categories are mish-mashed together in one list, my "seamless garment" red flags start flying.  Therefore I did some research.  Regrettably my suspicions about RI's moral base are confirmed.  Notice that there are intrinsic, anti-life evils that they don't list: contraception, homosexual lifestyle, attacks on marriage and family.

President Trump Proclaims Sunday, Sept 3 2017 As A National Day Of Prayer

This proclamation is occasioned by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.  No sane person can gainsay the need for prayer, not only for relief for the hurricane victims but for the grace of national repentance on account of this nation's profound spiritual and moral decay.

Tomorrow is Sept 3 and Sunday, the day of the week that the Third Commandment binds us to keep holy by attending Mass.  While there - particularly during the Prayers of the Faithful - let's lift up our nation, and do so again as we pray our Rosaries.

Now the proclamation as it is found on the White House page..

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, on the evening of August 25, 2017.  The storm has since devastated communities in both Texas and Louisiana, claiming many lives, inflicting countless injuries, destroying or damaging tens of thousands of homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage.  The entire Nation grieves with Texas and Louisiana.  We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need.
Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen -- friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger -- and we vow to do so in response to Hurricane Harvey.  From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God's blessings and guidance.  This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and April 30, 1789, when President George Washington, during the Nation's first Presidential inauguration, asked Americans to pray for God's protection and favor.  
When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women.  Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water.  Families have given food and shelter to those in need.  Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes.  Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal -- to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses.  As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.
As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture's promise that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."  Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.  We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts.  We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts.  Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time.  I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Air Is Fresher In Germantown Now

..And in Hyattsville too, for that matter.  This week the Germantown Reproductive Health Services, along with its sister abortuary, Prince Georges Reproductive Health Services, ceased slaughtering babies as they have been bought and closed by the Maryland Coalition for Life.  Operation Rescue published a picture of a junk truck outside the Germantown mill.  I agree that it seems rather fitting.

For now, Leroy Carhart is not committing abortions, and the late-term ones are not happening in Maryland.  He and his fellow abortion ghouls are making noises about procuring another Maryland location.  Sadly we can understand why Maryland is a prime location, given the abortion-enabling politicians who slither through the halls of local governments here; Montgomery County is among the worst for that.

I salute my fellow activists who prayed, counseled and witnessed at that hell hole for many years.  Most of all we thank God for hearing our prayers. May God have mercy on us all and bring this nation to repentance for all the innocent blood it continues to wantonly shed.

Pope Francis Rejects Faithful Catholics, Honors Dissidents

LifeSiteNews advises us that Pope Francis appointed to the Pontifical Council for Life five individuals who are known dissenters from Humanae Vitae.  I have already pointed out on this blog how the pope essentially evicted all the members of that Council months ago, including pro-life stalwarts such as Josef Seifert.

Last April the dubia cardinals requested an audience with the pope so that they could discuss the concerns that they broached in their dubia regarding Amoralis Lamentia.  They have yet to receive a reply to that request, let alone the audience itself.  However, a relatively unknown individual named Stephen Walford and his entire family were granted such an audience.  While claiming to be a theologian of sorts, he appears to work full-time as a piano tuner.  However, he wrote an article that appeared in the Vatican Insider.  I wrote about this screed before but will now go into a few more details.  The contents of that article include:
  • claims that the writings of faithful Catholic bloggers (such as myself) are "nothing short of satanic"
  • chiding the dubia cardinals to "get with the times"
  • stating that "the old ways of converting no longer work"
  • accusing the dubia cardinals for being "role models for traditionalist blogs" - Walford probably doesn't understand that to be an actual compliment
  • this - "We cannot preach hell to people who consider an eternity of heaven to be dull and pointless".  If he continues with that prattling, he may not have to worry about a "dull and pointless" eternity.
As you can see, he was invited to the Vatican precisely because he wrote pabulum that is nothing more than a shill-fest for both Amoralis Lamentia and situation ethics.  

So here are two clear instances of faithful Catholics being rejected and rebuffed while dissidents and brown-nosers are honored.  These are just the latest.  We simply have to have our eyes wide open and understand the reality of the anti-Catholic climate in the Vatican at this time.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Evangelical Christians School Defenders Of Amoralis Lamentia

Today's online issue of Crisis magazine featured a book review of Cardinal Coccopalmerio's attempt to justify chapter 8 of Amoralis Lamentia.  This chapter is one of the most troubling parts of AL as it erroneously states that adulterers can receive Holy Communion while still continuing their mortally sinful conduct.  The review is called, "A Cardinal's Implausible Defense Of Amoris Laetitia".  Implausible it is.

I don't need to add commentary to this good review.  I will add some context, though, considering this cardinal.  Most recently, a priest-secretary of his was busted for hosting a drug/gay orgy on Vatican premises.  At the time of the bust, Msgr Capozzi was so stoned that he had to be taken to a hospital for detoxification.  Coccopalmerio also said that some Anglican orders were valid.

So the good cardinal is trying to be ecumenical.  Well, here's an idea for him to promote ecumenism and to actually improve Amoralis Lamentia.  A group of American evangelical Christians stated some solid moral teachings regarding marriage in the form of articles.  They call it the Nashville Statement.  As far as morals go, it seems quite faithful to Traditional teaching.  It certainly is a vast improvement over the spiritual rot that is now embedded in this alleged papal teaching.  Why doesn't the Cardinal - in the interests of "dialogue", of course - suggest that chapter 8 be scrapped and this Nashville Statement be inserted in its place?

Seriously speaking, that replacement would be a vast improvement.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Why We Blog - From The Remnant

Coming from the Remnant, this is good to know.  It helps reassure us that we aren't speaking into a vacuum.

"Apparently, traditional Catholic bloggers have gotten under Francis’ thin skin. The underlying cause of the Pope’s angst is that the conservative Catholic bloggers and websites are making their voice heard by daring to promote the Catholic faith and exposing the papal plots and diabolical alliances."

I commend the entire article to your reading.  If you feel called to join us with your own blog or other writing apostolate, please do so.  There never will be too many of us.  Thank you.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

California Catholic School Disgraces Itself - Action Needed

"For he that shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man also will be ashamed of him, when he shall come in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."  Mark 8:38, Douay-Rheims

The above passage came immediately to mind when I read the disgraceful news that San Domineco School in San Anselmo CA had removed almost all of its statues from view.  Why?  So that they could be "inclusive", of course!  Inclusive of what? They are a Catholic instution, charged with the mission of promulgating the Faith and teaching it to their students!  They seek to kow-tow towards the world, including all except faithful Catholics: you know, the ones who pay the tuitions.

Reading down this article, we see that this statue removal is merely their latest slap in the faces of Catholic parents.  Sacramental preparation has been removed from the curriculum.  The word "Catholic" was removed from the school's mission statement.

Let's look at some of the "movers and shakers" behind the obliteration of San Domenico's Catholic identity, shall we?  We start with Amy Skewes-Cox, head of the Board of Trustees.  A google of her name reveals that she is an "environmental and land use planner".  Well, that's nice but how does that qualify her to make pronouncements about Catholic identity? Moreover, how did that qualify her to take the helm of a Catholic school's board of trustees?  A search of the Federal Election Commission's database reveals that she contributed several hundred dollars to both Obama and Bernie Sanders and to an progressive political organization called America Coming Together.  This organization was heavily funded by George Soros and the SEIU.  This leads me to suspect that if anything, her opinion of Catholic identity may well be hostile.

Cecily Stock is the Head of the School.  Why do we see a 2015 facebook picture of her in the "celebrate pride" framework? (Don't bother pulling it down for I've already downloaded it!)  In the article, she states that San Domenico is both Catholic and independent.  She quite plainly states that they are suppressing Catholicism to emphasize their independence.  Independence from what? Catholic morality?  Given her obvious sympathies for gay perversion, a reasonable person could surmise so.

Let's look at the school's website.  At the home page, watch that initial slide show and you'll notice that there is not one hint of the school's Catholic background.  Click on the "Our Values" link.  They believe that their students are supposed to "discover our own beliefs and values" - no mention at all about learning the truths of the Catholic faith so as to aid them in saving their souls.  The "our community is comprised of families of many faiths" is a sanctimoneous ode to the heresy of indifferentism.  The "inclusivity and diversity" item on the left side bar leads to more of the same.

At the top stretches another sub-menu.  Select "student life" at the top, then "clubs and co-curricular" on the left side.  A glance at the club selection is most telling.  We see a "model united nations", "social justice", "yoga".  The first two are progressive pabulum; the "yoga" is nothing more than introduction to spiritual poison.  Now why don't we see a "pro-life" club? How about one focusing on Catholic devotions such as the Rosary?  Or were they uncerimoneously abolished?

We could go one and one, but you get the drift.  The article states that the school has heard from a number of good, concerned parents and has been dismissive of their concerns.  They might not be so nonchalant in the face of a massive outcry.  That is where we come in.  Here is the school's contact page.  In addition to the mailing address and phone numbers, we see the school's various social media sites.

In addition to contacting the school itself, I'd suggest contacting the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone might be receptive to our concerns.  Please ask him to have the school embrace its Catholic heritage and if they refuse, to strip the school of its right to call itself "Catholic".

Be Careful - What You Sing You Will Believe

Today during the offertory we sang a hymn written by Carl P. Daw Jr., an Episcopal "priest".  In good conscience I had to cease singing at this line: "But God reveals to searching faith the truths that pious dogmas hide".   See the problem?  Authentic dogma does not hide truth; rather it proclaims and clarifies truth.

When I returned home, I did some research and learned that he is Episcopalian.  If he had in mind Episcopal tenets when he penned that line, well, I can concede that some of them do obfuscate truth.  All protestant denominations have as beliefs some forms of heresy, to varying degrees.

I'd wager, however, that many Catholics just passively sang the hymn without being aware of what they were singing.  Even more so do I believe that many did not think to do any research into the background of this song.  They could well have believed that the hymn referred to Catholic dogma.  Thus, in their subconscious minds was introduced the idea that authentic dogma and objective truth can sometimes be at odds with one another.

Music is a powerful tool.  As with anything else, we must subject to strict scrutiny what music we allow to form us.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Community Organizing - Jesuit Style

On Monday, Pope Francis gave an address in which he tried to cajole western nations into accepting even more unvetted immigrants, making the claim that migrants' "rights" trump national security concerns.  Yes, he said that explicitly.  It is said that he is ignoring critics who call his tocsin naive and unrealistic.  Well, not only are they naive, but they are inherently sinful, for he is calling on civil governments to ignore their first duties, that towards their citizens.  I will not rehash what I've already written on his contradiction of Summa Theologica; rather I'll link to it here.  The pope also contradicts the Catechism of the Catholic Church; see here.

In that first link (to Breitbart) the pope is said to have made immigration a "priority of his pontificate".  Odd!  The primary duty of the pontiff has always been to safeguard and promulgate the Faith for the eternal salvation of souls.  Since when do temporal political opinions trump matters of salvation, especially for one so charged?  But I do believe the pope when he says in essence that his priorities are skewed.

Another skewed priority appears to be the toppling of Catholic teaching.  Amoralis Lamentia appears to have been crafted with that aim in mind.  Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert was a friend of Pope St John Paul II and is a staunch defender of Church teachings.  No doubt this was a factor in him being purged from the Pontifical Academy for Life during the draconian purge of several months ago.  He analyzed AL, particularly paragraph 302, and concludes that as it stands, Amoralis Lamentia will destroy the Church's moral doctrine if it is allowed to stand.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit.  Among other things, he evinces all the traits of a modernist.  I'd like now to link to a biographical sketch of another Jesuit who was instrumental in spreading the poison of modernism in that order - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  I learned something new and not altogether surprising - that de Chardin is directly descended from Voltaire.  I'm not going to go through the whole thing.  Rather, I'll focus on one quote: "According to my own principles, I cannot fight against Christianity; I can only work inside it by trying to transform and convert it. A revolutionary attitude would be much easier, and much more pleasant, but it would be suicidal. So I must go step by step, tenaciously."(Letter, Mar. 21, 1941)

Sound familiar?  Similar sentiments were voiced by de Chardin's contemporary, Saul Alinsky: "True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within."  I don't know if the two men knew each other but they both espoused the same evil ends: the deconstruction of Christianity and western civilization.

It seems that both de Chardin and the pope have "infiltrated the system" and are "converting it" (the pope's part still in progress).  Both the massive influx of potentially violent muslim immigrants and the fundamental compromise of the Church's teachings will have destabilizing impacts on civilization and the eternal salvation of millions of souls.  Let me now remind you of another fundamental concept - that of the Cloward-Piven Strategy.  My blogging colleague at Les Femmes pointed out as she was mentioning how the Charlottesville situation was so obviously contrived by progressive Democrats in high places of authority in Virginia government, that the whole thing was an implementation of that strategy.  I've written about it in the past.  Here is a more comprehensive treatment of that strategy.

It sounds like we have "community organizing" going on at the Vatican.  The "communities" being organized are muslim terrorists and dissidents of every stripe in order to bring western civilization to its knees.  We need to keep our eyes open and help others to do the same.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Action Alert - Especially For My Readers In Ireland (But Others Join In)

Via Facebook I became aware of this travesty. It occurred at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Menlough, County Galway, Ireland.  The occasion was the August 12th wedding of Rois Lydon and Paudie Mannion.  As you can see, the priest, Father John O'Gorman, takes it upon himself to trash the rubrics of Holy Mass to turn the church into a dance hall, cajoling the wedding party to join him in the sacrilege.

The congregation has the right to a reverential Mass true to the rubrics set forth by the Church.  It is through these rubrics that the congregation appreciates and understands the purpose of the Mass as an unbloody sacrifice of Our Lord.  We are in need of that participation for our very salvation - hence the need for the Third Commandment.  No other consideration - good though that consideration is in and of itself - can overrule the order of Holy Mass.

In another blog, there was some discussion about whether or not it does any good to spread this kind of "bad news".  Well, for it's own sake, or just because we want to gripe, I'd say "no".  But that's not why this blog exists.  One key thing we must recall is that each and everyone of us is part and parcel of the Church Militant.  We, each and everyone of us, has a duty to act in the face of these evils - no exceptions.  This scenario is no different.  Those of you in the British Isles are better able to place phone calls to protest this particular outrage.  However, those of us in different parts of the world can certainly send emails of protest to the Archdiocese of Tuam, in which this parish is situated.  I just sent one to both the chancellor and vicar general of that diocese.  Let's all raise our voices.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Austen Ivereigh - Water Boy For Papal Progressives

As the left wing in the US has been taking potshots at US history and those who defend our traditions, so too do their counterparts in Church circles snipe at those who defend the Teachings of Jesus Christ.  Recently a Crud commentator named Austen Ivereigh penned a diatribe called "Pope Francis And The Convert Problem".   In his second paragraph, he claims "I don't want to be seen as sniffy and condescending towards people who become Catholic.."  The italics are mine and for a reason.  He doesn't want to be seen for something he really is; what else do we call it when he coins the term "convert neurosis"?

I could take an hour to unpack that mess.  Suffice it to say that he is simply trying his level best to disparage faithful intelligent converts as a lame excuse for not paying attention to their common-sense questions and objections.  I, a cradle Catholic, have documented scores of this pontiff's misdeeds and gaffes, and I haven't been the only one.  It doesn't take a degree in advanced theology to understand that those living in adultery cannot receive Holy Communion, etc, etc..  By the way - that is one reason why it should have taken the pope only a few minutes to craft a proper reply to the dubia that were submitted by the four cardinals almost one year ago.

Today we see that Mr. Ivereigh moved on to other faithful Catholics who have taken issue with the immorality that is sanctioned by Amoris Laetitia (or Amoralis Lamentia).  Today's Crud piece is called "Papal Confidante Says Amoris Critics Locked In Death-Trapped Logic".  That "confidante" is none other than Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, a.k.a. "Bishop Kissy-Face".  I dubbed him that because of a porn piece book that he wrote called "Heal Me With Your Mouth - The Art Of Kissing".  The article states that Fernandez helped draft Amoris; indeed they do have similarities to things he wrote long before the two synods: so much for Amoralis Lamentia stemming from all this "collegiality" of the bishops.

Going further down the article, we are treated to some very faulty theology from the bishop (surprise!).  To wit:"In the case of norms forbidding killing and stealing, for example, the norms are absolute, admitting of no exceptions; yet it is questionable, he said, whether taking life in self-defense is killing, or taking food to feed a hungry child is stealing."

We will do a little unpacking here.  The Fifth Commandment forbids murder.  Not all homicide is murder.  Thus the homicide in self-defense would not be any sort of violation of the Fifth Commandment.  The Seventh Commandment forbids the taking of property against the reasonable will of the owner.  If the taking of food is the only way to feed a starving child, the reasonable will of the owner would be to give the food.  In both cases, the Commandments are not violated.  See how these progressives attempt to justify situation ethics by obfuscating the language?

In the following paragraph he attempts to continue the obfuscation in order to justify the mortal sin of adultery.  In this case, both parties in adultery are endangering their own souls and each other's, as well as inflicting scandal upon the children.  That is what is being touted in Amoralis Lamentia.

Now who are these "amoris critics locked in death-trap logic"?  That august number might include the converts whom Ivereigh vilified in his earlier article.  They most certainly include the dubia cardinals who seem to be preparing a formal correction.  Ivereigh appears to have a new job - damage control for the Vatican progressives.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tsk! Tsk! George Soros Is Behind On His Payments! For Shame!

And Anitfa is none too happy!  When one employs barbarians, one must make sure there is no discord in the ranks lest they do to you what you directed that they do to others!  By the way - The twitter account to which the video was posted is a satire account.  That doesn't indicate whether or not the video account itself is authentic.  Still, it's good for a laugh.

What isn't satire is that Soros funds not only this bunch of neanderthals, but close to two hundred other progressive cabals.  Here's the list.  Please note that the Campaign for Human Development partners with many of these.  Here's a "rule of thumb" that I follow; I donate to nothing that has any affiliation whatsoever with any of these sordid outfits.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cardinal Burke: Formal Correction Now Necessary

As we all know, the pope has not responded to the dubia issued by Cardinals Burke, Branduller, Caffara, and the now-deceased Meisner.  The dubia were five very simple questions, requiring a mere "yes" or "no".

Cardinal Burke, in a recent interview, has stated that in light of the pope's unresponsiveness, a formal correction on some areas of the pope's teachings (particularly as found in Amoris Laetitia) is now necessary.  The pope will then be obliged to respond.  As Burke points out, the Church is being divided over various interpretation of Amoris Laetitia.  Recent comments from the Vatican favor interpretations that fly in the face of Church Tradition, i.e., the Teachings of Jesus Christ.

LifeSiteNews has summarized twelve points about this situation.  The text of the interview (at least the pertinent section) is here.   Meanwhile, Cardinal Brandmuller (another dubia cardinal) published an article about a tradition of popes reciting a declaration of faith upon their ascents to the char of Peter; it's high time that tradition was reinstated.

Let us pray that these Cardinals can proceed with all due haste, and more importantly, that the pope will respond to this correction in such a way that will preserve fidelity to the Church's timeless teachings on marriage, family, sexuality, and the sacraments.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

James Alex Fields May Not Be Guilty Of Intentional Homicide

Hitherto many people (myself included) believed James Alex Fields to be guilty of murder in the death of Heather Heyer.  Certainly the progressives are milking that tragedy for all they can.  Videos and pictures have surfaced that indicate that Fields may have been acting in panic, even fear for his life when he accelerated into the crowd.  The video is below:

Now here is a "still" of the instant when Fields' car was hit - note the plates, it is his car.

Are they the same scene?  Between the video and the picture, compare the stances of the striker, the knee-length pants, shoes and socks, baggy shirt, flagpole, the man standing on the other side of the road.  They are the same scene.

This post, because it is a long one, will continue after the jump break, so..

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What Really Happened In Charlottesville?

Like all decent people of all stripes, I am appalled at the wanton vehicular murder of the young woman in Charlottesville VA this past Saturday, August 12, 2017.  Let us pray for the repose of her soul, as well as consolation for her grieving family.  We also pray for the conversions of all perpetrators in the strife this past Saturday that led to the murder of this woman, as well as to injuries to others and the helicopter deaths of the two troopers.

Antifa poster found in Portland OR
I regret though, that the truth behind what happened is deliberately being obfuscated by progressives, not only in the media but in high places in both the governments of Charlottesville and the State of Virginia.  Two opposing factions share blame, in truth.  On the one hand, there was the so-called "alt-right", composed mainly of neo-nazis, white supremists and ku klux klan.  On the other hand there were the "black lives matter" crowd along with antifa.  Joining both groups were individuals of various political convictions.

To listen to the progressive shills, one would think that the "alt-right" was responsible for all the hatred while the blm/antifa people were pure as the driven snow.  Some, including the mayor of Charlottesville, went so far as to blame the president, while others blamed the NRA and gun rights advocates (despite the fact that not one shot was fired during the melee).  Regrettably some in Catholic circles are swallowing that kool-aid - or simply parroting the required "talking points".

To refresh your memories about the violence perpetrated by antifa and "black lives matter", I'll post links to some videos: here, here, here

A facebook post that I read sums up the sequence of events.  I'll paste it below and beneath that post some corroborating links.

So here's what happened in VA. People protesting removing of monuments got a permit to protest at 12:00. Early that morning Antifa was being flown and bused in from around the country. At 8:45 The govenor sends State police in to cancel a protest that hadn't started. They forced the protesters out in the streets to a waiting mob of Antifa and BLM. The police were given orders to stand down and let the protesters be attacked. This was a set up by the governor to take away protesters first amendment rights. It doesn't matter what the protesters had to say. They had a right to say it. Please share!

The alt-right rally was planned in advance; this is corroborated by WTOP..  They were protesting the planned removal of a statue of Robert E Lee from city grounds in Charlottesville.  They had a permit that was rescinded at the very last minute, quite possibly so that Democrat officials could appease their progressive bosses.  They were forced to the area where antifa and blm counter-protesters were and were attacked.  The police had been ordered to stand down, despite having cordoned the opposing parties in the same area. Whoever gave the order(s) for police stand-down was complicit in the violence that occurred, quite possibly deliberately so.

The left-wing media pins sole responsibility for the violence on the alt-right, while it appears that there is plenty of blame to go around.  The ACLU of Virginia acknowledged that in one of their tweets.  Right now I'll link to some background information on Black Lives Matter and Antifa; that is necessary for understanding their mindsets and their methodologies.  After the car murder, a reporter incurred the arbitrary wrath of one such leftist; fortunately he has been arrested.

The left-wing is proceeding with all due haste to rewrite history.  In Durham North Carolina, protesters pulled down a statue of a Confederate leader.  They are desecrating graves of Confederate leaders.  They are issuing calls for more violence.

Today the president criticized the violence from both factions.  At a press conference, he rhetorically asked reporters if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson should have their statues removed since they were both slave owners, correctly pointing out the left's attempt to rewrite history and culture itself.  Michael Farris of Alliance Defending Freedom addressed the situation, particularly the attempt to squelch what some might call "hurtful speech".

I am now linking to a facebook video presented by Avialae Horton, who attended the rally and who experienced things that aren't reported in the media.  It, and the pictures in the comments section, are worth watching.  I might differ on a few points. She alludes that a goal of the left is "white genocide"; rather, I suspect their goal is the destruction of Western civilization.  She also believes that the federal government was in on the collusion.  Had Hillary won the White House, that would have been the case.  Clearly though, both the Charlottesville and Virginia officials were colluding with the leftists.  She mentioned an alt-right leader being mobbed at a press conference; here is that video.

Before this post gets too long, I'll close it with a video from Reality Check.  I haven't seen a whole lot on this matter from other Catholic bloggers (with the exception of Creative Minority Report), save a few things stating that "hatred is on both sides" and "prayer is needed".  While that is true, I think we have to grapple with the details of what really happened this weekend and not be reluctant to acknowledge the differing levels of responsibility.  Not all are equally guilty and we must acknowledge that.  We have to learn not only to pray but to speak and act in decisive manners.  Clearly the leftwing is on a rampage to destroy any vestiges of Christian bedrock from our civilization.  That will only lead to more loss of life, not to mention the eternal damnation of countless souls  Let's acknowledge that without fear of offending them.  We must pray, but we also must resist with the authority that is ours, lest we have to face Our Lord at the end of our lives and have to answer for cowardice.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

CCHD Collection Today

My apologies!  With different things going on (some of them personal), I forgot completely about the attempted in-pew shakedown that occurred today in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Yes, it was the CCHD collection, in which the donation dollars of many Catholics are diverted to various and sundry anti-God, anti-life and progressive organizations.

Fortunately, I could see as the basket came my way that it was quite empty.  I fully hope that by now faithful Catholics are getting the word that their contributions to this organization actually harms the true mission of the Church, that is, the salvation of souls.

I also noticed that they dropped that silly schtick about calling it "Communications and Human Development Campaign" and were at least honest about calling it the collection for Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Despite my memory lapse, I pray that this collection fizzled, for the sake of Holy Mother Church.  Most of the nation's CCHD collections will happen in November (original nationwide date).  Let's be sure to boycott those collections too.

Friday, August 11, 2017

In The Face of Opposition From Church Of Nice, Stay Alert And Active

Let me cut immediately to the chase.  The evidence is clear and irrefutable in indicating that Pope Francis is angry at those faithful Catholics who are not blindly following as he attempts to deconstruct the Faith and Western civilization.  He is especially irritated when we call him out, along with his lackeys, as they make their moves.  On one level this saddens me, but on another level it tells me that the light we shine is having beneficial impact.

More and more people are waking up.  The Remnant commented on a piece put out by Fox News.  That piece pointed out that the pope's disdain for Trump and his policies is obvious.  By extension, those of us who supported Trump over Hillary also warrant the papal stink-eye.  I pointed out two pieces of evidence yesterday.  Those are just the latest; there will undoubtedly be more.

Today Michael Voris released a Vortex in which he summarizes some "talking points" of the "church of nice", i.e. the progressive-infested hierarchy.  Please look at those points and consider a few things.
Voris rightly rebukes the prelates who are destroying the church and jeopardizing their souls.  Whether or not it is Voris' thinking, I believe that the pope must be included in that number and must also receive our prayers for clarity of thinking and preaching, if not salvation itself.

We need to be aware of these matters so that, at the very least, we can pray intelligently for our Church and, if appropriate, take action.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Psychiatrist Examines Insults From The Vatican

Today's LifeSiteNews features an article written by Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons, a psychiatrist.  He read the article in La Civita Catolica (linked here, at the bottom of the page) in which the two authors are trash-talking the alliances between faithful Catholics and Evangelicals who share common concerns for western culture.  He brings his professional training and experience to bear as he detects issues of anger and control-seeking in the writings of the authors.

Might these issues be factors in some of the pope's own words?  Antonio Spadaro, one of the two La Civita authors, is close to the pope.  It isn't unreasonable to believe that the pope at least indirectly influenced the writing of that article.  Moreover, in yesterday's homily, the pope lobbed yet another insult against "Catholics who think they are perfect and scorn others".  Notice how once again the pope is fashioning a "straw man" out of Catholics who are trying to adhere to the Church's traditions, painting them as hypocrites who despise others.  In doing so, he attempts to hold us up to ridicule and scorn.  This is just the latest; in that first link to my article I link to other sources where the pope's slanderings of faithful Catholics are chronicled.

Yesterday a group of these evangelicals who were belittled by La Civita wrote an open letter to the pope, asking him for an audience so they could discuss these issues.  Now the pope is supposed to be game for ecumenism and dialogue, is he not?  Will he agree to an audience?  It would be grand if he did, but I'm not holding my breath.