Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Gays' Intention To Destroy The Church And Civilization

Toronto Catholic Witness posted this video; here is their analysis of it.  Bear in mind that this was recorded in 1991, over 26 years ago.  Father O'Connor is not to be confused with Cardinal John O'Connor (to whom he refers), but they are very much on the same page.  At the 58-minute mark, notice that this gay liberation thing was in the works from at least 1924 and that Chicago was the first major metropolitan area to remove laws against sodomy from its books; many nefarious movements arose in Chicago.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised to hear of some relationship between this gay liberation and the Alinskyian community-organizing racket, which also had Chicago origins.

Father made mention of gay adoption.  LifeSiteNews has troubling news of developments that are even more insidious; the demonization of devout parents, to the point of perhaps declaring them unfit to raise their own biological children.  Will we finally start to rise up and say "enough is enough"?

Framing Progressivism In Highfalutin Language

First, you may have noticed that posts have been rather infrequent lately.  I'm dealing with some family matters that simply take priority right now.  Your prayers are appreciated - thank you.

This past Friday, the pope addressed the Italian Theological Association.  He opined to them that "the world needs a theology capable of helping Christians to proclaim the salvific face of the Merciful God".   Then he invited them to a creative fidelity since this association was founded "in the spirit of service and communion indicated by the Second Vatican Council".

So the theology that has served the Church for nearly two thousand years is no longer useful in proclaiming Christ?  Ridiculous.  Theology is the study of God and matters pertaining to Him, is it not?  Because God Himself is immutable, the truths that the Fathers, Doctors, pontiffs and other teachers of the Faith taught throughout the centuries are likewise immutable.  Any theology holding itself out as different by dint of being "newly capable" should immediately be jettisoned as the spiritual poison that it is.

Going down the article to see what the pope considers new challenges, we get a more clear view of the problem.  Here they are: migration, social inequality, climate change.  There is no mention whatsoever of the real problems that threaten the eternal salvation of Catholics, such as: dramatic fall-off in Mass attendance, sacraments being abandoned, Catholics violating purity as they support and embrace all manners of perversion, Catholics facilitating the murders of unborn and elderly.

In short, this "new theology" about which the pope yammers is nothing more than 1960s seamless-garment social-gospel crap.

Also released a few days ago is a "racial examination of conscience", demonstrating yet again why the USCCB doesn't deserve one penny from any Catholic.  Their "questions" demonstrate their attempts to define the terms of conversation and to stifle any debate about their dubious dogmas.  I won't pick through the whole thing, or I'd be typing the entire day.  Rather, I'll direct you to the fifth bullet point. "Have I ever said the following phrases like she's cute for a black girl?".  Nowhere in that question (or anywhere else in this piece) any chiding of someone looking down on a white person.  In this USCCB piece, we see the clear implication that only white people can be racist and that racism is not a fault found in people of color.   That is to day that this USCCB post is itself a racist screed.

I realize that I've posted similar warnings many times in the past.  However, I do so precisely because the progressives within the church are continuously thrusting into our eyes and ears their pernicious lies.  Adolf Hitler once said that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.  He was correct.  That is why when these lies are thrust into the public square time after time, we must refute them time after time.

I'll close this piece with a link to one of my blogging colleagues.  He/she believes they have seen some hopeful signs that Tradition is returning, or at least is not being treated as a pariah anymore.  Go to item 27, near the bottom of the post.  This hopeful sign is also a challenge to all of us.  What price are we willing to pay to combat blasphemy and sacrilege?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Heresy Takes No Holiday

That means neither can we.  In wars in the material world, there can be things like Christmas truces, but not in spiritual warfare.  Satan doesn't honor truces and it is naive to think that we can presume upon one.  I regret that I have some "cases in point".

The first one involves the ubiquitous and heretical "Mary Did You Know".  A friend of mine via facebook was subjected to that at Mass this morning of Christmas Eve.  It happened at the 10am Mass at St. Matthew's in Wausau, Wisconsin.  I looked at the parish website and it certainly appears to be a solid parish.  Why not drop Father a line to advise him of the problems with that song?  Chances are he did not know of the music line-up in advance.

The second error of which I learned today is quite a bit more inexcusable.  It appears on a site called Aleteia; once that site was fairly reliable as a source of Catholic information but lately they have tarnished their own credibility as you'll see in this article.  Loosely based on the Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, it is called "Jesus The Tween In The Temple".  It is both banal and blasphemous.  Yes I said blasphemous.  What else does one make of this statement: "But then the boy adds a coy guilt-inducing condescending jab to the spiritual solar plexus. 'Didn’t you know I must be in my Father’s house?'"  Our Lord would engage in coy behavior to His own parents?  Mr. Saltzman really should hightail it to a confessional.

We were also insulted with this.  Now Save The Storks is a pro-life organization; they do great work.  They may well be Protestant.  However we cannot remain silent in the face of a direct slap at our Blessed Mother and her Immaculate Conception.  Fortunately many Catholics are speaking out.

Fellow Catholics, please have a blessed Christmas.  And stay vigilant.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Plenary Indulgence For Attending 2018 March For Life

Cardinal Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington and Bishop Burbidge of the neighboring Diocese of Arlington announced today that Catholics who attend the March for Life in Washington DC next month will be able to gain a plenary indulgence for doing so, providing all other requisite conditions are met.

I've often thought that it would be appropriate to attach indulgences to various pro-life outreaches.  Many of these involve multiple works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal, and are undertaken with varying degrees of hardships to the participants.  I commend both Cardinal Wuerl and Bishop Burbidge for taking this step.  I pray it continues.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

USCCB To Spearhead Meeting Of Katholyc Social Justice Warriors

In February 2018, the USCCB will be hosting the "2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering".  What will they be discussing?  How about the wanton slaughter of thousands of babies everyday via abortion?  That's going on 2 million babies in the US alone that have been murdered since 1973.  But no, that's not going to be mentioned at this "gathering".  How about the encroaching of gay sexual perversions in our culture as these people maul and mutilate anyone who dares to live by their Christian principles?  That too doesn't rate a blip on this "gathering's" radar.

So if they aren't taking of matters that are intrinsic evils and that threaten the very moral fabric of our Church and civilization, how do they plan to waste three days?  Why by talking up three of the favorite progressive fronts causes: racism, immigration, environment.

Go to the bottom of that and see who some of the speakers are.  Sister Patricia Chappell was at one time the Executive Director of the dissident Pax Christi USA.  Kim Daniels fancies herself to be an "apostle".   Here are some of the participating organizations.  Of course we'd expect CRS and CCHD to be involved.  We also see the Catholic Climate Covenant.  Look at what is included among the workshops: "Best Practices in Responding to Racial Unrest"?  Well, along that vein, I'm happy to remind one and all that the Messiah Most Miserable is gone from the White House and his anointed "heir" was roundly defeated; that should keep some pot-stirring at bay.  So there must be other workshops not listed.  In light of my previous post, I wonder if one of them might be "How SJWs can wisely use bribery"?  That would be taught by CCHD personnel.

I refer you now to an article entitled "Dissenting Catholic Charities: Organizing For The Left".  It perfectly describes these SJW-faux-katholyc groups.  This so-called "Social Ministry Gathering" is a "case-in-point" example of the efforts of which Mr. Warner wrote.  I may have more on this gathering later, especially since it's happening in Washington DC.

CCHD And CRS Never Fail To Fail

The Lepanto Institute and other Catholic investigators have been shining the light on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for years.  Since its inception the CCHD has been bilking donations from unsuspecting Catholics and diverting those funds to organizations that are pro-abortion, pro-sodomite, anti-God, anti-morality.  Just put "CCHD" into the search box at the top left of this blog for an entire litany of their misbehaviors.

But it turns out that such anti-life funding isn't all that the CCHD has done with donation dollars.  Some readers might be inclined to wonder, "What?  You mean they actually do some scintilla of good with our donations?"  Oh, don't be silly!  It turns out that some of their funds are earmarked for bribery.

That's what Lepanto Institute revealed last week.  The CCHD offered them hush money; that is, if Lepanto scuttled its reporting on CCHD, why, CCHD just might give Lepanto a "grant"!  How special!

Hichborn turned them down.  But doesn't it make you wonder how many other bribe recipients didn't turn down some easy cash?  How many bishops or other grant recipients looked the other way as their palms were greased?  While we don't know the answer to that yet, we can be fairly certain that the number isn't zero.

Speaking of Lepanto and USCCB-controlled cash spigots, let's look at what they revealed about Catholic Relief Services and their attempt to mangle the season of Advent to make it a tool in shilling for illegal immigration.  Not only do they make a travesty of Advent, but they publicly wallow in their gross ignorance of Scripture and the Infancy Narratives.  You'll notice in that box that O'Keefe makes the ludicrous claim that the Holy Family "fled" to Bethlehem.  No, they were compelled to go there to be counted for census and taxing purposes; the Gospel of Luke states that quite explicitly.  But it sounds so "pastoral" to create this dishonest linkage with illegal immigration.  Now think about it; if the only way they can justify their enabling of those who violate our laws is to lie about the Scriptures, doesn't that indicate that they have no moral/intellectual basis for their positions?

These are just two more reasons why the CRS, CCHD and anything affiliated with the USCCB should not receive one penny from faithful Catholics.  More reasons will make themselves apparent in the next several months, I'm sure.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Remnant On Vatican Nativity-Porn Display And Other Matters

What is the "nativity-porn" from the Vatican?  Simply put, it is this.  The Vatican decided to adulterate it with one of the "corporal works of mercy".  Obviously it got a bit "overly corporal".  The nude guy is supposedly homeless, but he looks quite frankly more like a porn star than some destitute homeless man.  Facebook disallowed it from its site for being "sexually suggestive".  They are correct; it is.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think Facebook would have more moral sense than the Vatican.

Michael Matt from the Remnant comments on this Vatican-sponsored pornography, the tinkering with the Our Father, and the Pledge of Fidelity to the Catholic Faith.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Resist Error, Even When It Emanates From The Pope

Church Militant TV reported that on Monday evening, Cardinal Dolan shared a stage with flaming dissident Father James Martin at a fundraiser in New York City.  The latter, of course, is infamous for openly cooperating with the mortal sin of sodomy.  He is, however, a favorite of the pope's.  Sadly I suspect he is favored not in spite of his mortal sin (and cooperation with mortal sin is a mortal sin itself) but because of it.  A group of faithful Catholics prayed the Rosary in front of the hotel where the debacle took place.  Seven years ago, after her public support of the anti-life Obamacare bill, Sr Carol Keehan was the commencement speaker at a high school graduation in Washington DC.  The school was Jesuit-run (of course!).  We turned out to protest that - both outside and inside.

Two months ago, Church Militant relayed how another group of faithful Catholics prayed the Rosary in their Catholic church that was, at that very moment, being profaned by an "ecumenical prayer service".  They were displaying true Catholic courage.  I believe there have been other similar episodes.  Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider have articulated the need for resistance against heresy.

Two days ago, a group of Catholic pro-life leaders from around the world signed a "Pledge Of Fidelity To The Catholic Faith", refusing to follow erring pastors in the Church today.  More and more of these leaders are calling out the pope for the spread of confusion and ambiguity where we need the truth to be clearly and boldly proclaimed.  Until that situation is rectified, please be prepared to witness more demonstrations of resistance to the evil that poisons our Church hierarchy.  We are becoming more and more prepared to offer that resistance.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christian Rock And Christian Rap Are Oxymorons

In this video we learn why music is so vital to human behavior and culture.  The speaker illustrates how different types of music influences human behavior, depending on how it exalts intellect, will, and or the body.

He then illustrates why "rock and roll", and all its derivatives, are so inimical to the human person.  This music excites the passions and emotions to unmanageable states.  Note that he is not talking about the lyrics of the songs but the composition and structure of the music.  This is why fads such as "Christian rock", "Christian rap", etc are so poisonous.

I mentioned in other posts that in my younger and more stupid days, I was involved in a charismatic cult.  I was one of its musicians.  We were actually taught how to manipulate the emotions of those at our prayer meetings via our selections of songs, based on pace, rhythm, etc.  Therefore I can speak from the perspective not only as a passive recipient of the spiritual poison, but also as one who dished it out.

Please listen carefully to this video and understand that we must keep custody over our ears as well as our eyes.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Preach The Gospel With Truth, Not Cutesy Gimmicks And Fads

In the Vortex below, Michael Voris speaks of a loss of Catholic identity and its ramifications on Catholic education.  While he focuses on the problem as it happened in South America during the 1970s (and he states, in a roundabout fashion, that Cardinal Bergoglio started that snowball careening down the hill), it happened in the United States during the mid-1960s, thanks to the so-called "spirit of Vatiican 2".

I was in Catholic parochial school at the time.  I noticed a paradigm shift almost immediately.  Being a child, I couldn't identify the cause or nature.  All I know is that one year we were:
  • learning solid Catholic doctrine
  • were starting our day with prayers coming from the principal's office over the pa system
  • and attending the First Friday Masses.  
The next year:
  • Doctrine went out the window as we "learned" that Martin Luther King was a saint (he had not yet died), made felt banners and listened to Andy Williams sing "Born Free"
  • Morning prayers ceased
  • First Friday Masses were abandoned
  • Listened to a parish "groovy priest" strum his guitar (This priest was later suspended by Cardinal O'Boyle for publicly dissenting against Humanae Vitae)
Only by God's grace do I still have my faith.  Many of my former classmates don't.

Two days ago, Church Militant published the news that Cardinal Burke, International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, directed that the Marian Catechists were to have nothing to do with the protestant-inspired "Alpha In A Catholic Context" program.  Furthermore, the Cardinal warns against "magical formulas" e.g., gimmicks and fads that are used in place of what the Church has always done in her 2000 year history of proclaiming Christ: proclaim the simple truth with no embellishment whatsoever.

The Vortex speaks of several of these gimmicks that plague the Church.  There are others.  Have you ever noticed on social media how priests are becoming seduced by such nonsense?  We have:
How about priests that simply carry on with their priestly ministries without foisting upon us the details of their various hobbies - especially when those hobbies detract from the dignity and decorum incumbent upon them, owing to the indelible mark upon their souls from the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

Now take a look at the "cooking priest" link.  Notice the somewhat subtle pandering to worldly sentiments he (and/or Catholic News Agency) seems to embrace.
  • "offers non-Catholics insights into the human side of a priest's life".  The "human side"?  Why specify some hypothetical "human side"?  What other side would there be?  A priest is not some alien from outer space or some swamp monster.  To concede to the usage of such banal language only validates any silly notions of the priesthood.
  • "There is this impression in our world that priests are always serious, they only do religion. I wanted to break down that [perception], and say ‘hey, we are still real men. We still have interests and excitement in a lot of other ways’"  
    • Again, why the need to prove a priest is "a real man"?  And by what standards?  This statement smacks of trying to justify the existence of the priesthood in the eyes of the world.
    • The perception that priests are "always serious" must be taken in light that those with such perceptions are often those who themselves are silly and superficial.  Should the priest, the "alter Christus", descend to that level?   In a previous post, I spoke of St. Joseph Cafasso and his series of talks on the priesthood.  
    • "Fr. Schnippel expressed hope that his participation in the show would inspire people to face daunting challenges in their own lives."  How about inspiring them to save their souls by turning to Christ in His Church?  See how the embrace of these gimmicks turns the focus to temporal matters instead of one eternal destiny?
Let us pray that these cheap distractions are jettisoned asap so that priests and religious can be about their most solemn duties.

In The Jesuits

With apologies to St Ignatius Loyola, St Francis Xavier, St Robert Bellarmine, St Aloysius Gonzaga, the North American Martyrs, St. Miguel Pro and all other truly sainted Jesuits.  Please pray for your wayward brothers - ALL of them.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pope Francis Wants To Edit The Prayer That Jesus Himself Gave Us

Yes, that's right.  Pope Francis wants to rewrite the Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father.  He thinks the translation of "lead us not into temptation" is poor.  My first thought when I read that was, "if it was a poor translation, how is it that in 2000 years of Church history, no theologian or bishop or pope ever noticed this problem?"  Well, maybe it's because the problem doesn't really exist.

The Remnant correctly points out that the English and Italian translations are taken straight from the Latin Vulgate, and thus the pope's problem is with the prayer as composed by Our Lord Himself.  So he thinks he knows better than Our Lord how His prayer should read?  If the pope changes His very words, then anything can be changed - and maybe that's an ulterior motive.  Maybe that's part of the systematic process of the deconstruction of Faith and Tradition.

But, hey!  We can't be - oh, what does the pope call us? - "rigid Christians", etc.  Perhaps the pope needs help in making the Lord's Prayer more, shall we say, relevant!  Louie Verrecchio has a great suggestion; I'm sure he put hours of prayer into it! :-D  And how about this priceless gem?

Ridiculous, you say?  Not anymore ridiculous than the pope's attempt to mangle the Our Father.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Another Reminder Of Why The Seamless Garbage Ideology Must Be Repudiated

Yesterday the Remnant provided a much-needed reminder of why Catholic pro-lifers must not allow themselves to be seduced and waylaid by proponents of the seamless-garbage ideology.  These proponents include Rehumanize International and "The New Pro-Life Movement".  Please read this article and my previous blog pieces.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bishop Knestout To Richmond

Bishop Barry Knestout, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, has been chosen by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Francis DiLorenzo as Bishop of Richmond.  The latter died this past August.  The online version of the Catholic Standard already has a write-up of this appointment.  In it is a congratulatory statement by Cardinal Wuerl, who talks of "our close association in ministry".  Well there certainly was close association.

Again I call to memory what happened in my own parish within the Archdiocese of Washington in Lent of 2012.  Father Marcel Guarnizo denied Holy Communion to an avowed lesbian and was promptly ejected from the Archdiocese of Washington.  There is no doubt that Cardinal Wuerl ordered that expulsion, with Bishop Knestout functioning as the proverbial hatchet man.  Of course I and many others raised an outcry against this blatant miscarriage of justice and lack of fidelity to Church teaching that was evinced by the chancery.  Four years later, when the pastor of a neighboring pastor fired his parish's sodomite music minister, Bishop Knestout supported that pastor.  Had he not had reason to anticipate our vigilance, who knows how he would have acted?

This appointment is no surprise.  Cardinal Wuerl is a member of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops.  He most likely is assisting the pope in selection of progressive bishops to "stack the deck" as it were.  He certainly had an ideal candidate in Knestout; plus, what better way to reward an obviously loyal underling?

While such a move was inevitable, it still is lamentable.  The only silver lining to this cloud is that he is no longer here.  Pray for him, though, that he might realize his calling and be a faithful bishop.  While I regret his promotion, I'm not sorry to see him go.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Some First-Hand Videos Of The Red Rose Rescues On Dec 2, 2017

In my first report, I mentioned that videos would be forthcoming, so that you can see for yourselves what happened.  Here are three of them. The first two are of the rescues that occurred in VA and DC.  The third is the one that happened in Michigan.  Hopefully my readers will be posting some videos of their own actions to save babies.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Did The Pope Just Answer the Dubia In The Worst Way Possible?

As way of review, I link to my post in which I published the original letter of the four Cardinals.  In that letter are the five dubia as they were formally promulgated.

In September of 2016, the pope wrote a letter to some Argentinian bishops in which he said that "in some cases", divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (that is, Catholics living in the mortal sin of adultery) could receive Holy Communion.  Furthermore, that letter stated that there was "no other interpretation" of Amoralis Lamentia possible.

Comes now the news that the pope has declared that this letter that he wrote to the Argentinian bishops is "authentic Magisterium".  That is, he has attempted to change the teaching of the Catholic Church that she received from Jesus Christ Himself centuries ago.  See here for another analysis.

Does the meme to the right depict the current state of affairs of the Church?  Does this new "magisterium" rise to the level of formal heresy?  If not, why?  If so, it would seem that we may not have a pope, save the Pope Emeritus.

At any rate, it would appear that the pope has indeed answered the first of the five dubia incorrectly.  Now will Cardinals Brandmuller and Burke issue the formal correction immediately?  How much more damage must ensue before that happens?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Second Red Rose Rescue And Other DC Area Pro-Life News

Today pro-life activists held another Red Rose Rescue effort at three abortuaries - one in Alexandria VA and another at a mill illegally run by the very chequered Stephen Chase Brigham at 6323 Georgia Avenue NW in Washington - just 11 blocks south of the now-closed Hillcrest Women's Surgi-Center where I could be found for many Saturday mornings.  A third happened in Michigan.

At each of these locations, several pro-lifers went into the abortuaries to counsel the women.  Refusing to leave, they were arrested; the ones arrested locally were released several hours later and given court dates. At this early date, videos are not yet available so we can only provide feeds from facebook-live.  Here is one and another.  As one of the narrators states, one key reason why abortion happens is that too many Christians sit on their duffs and do squat (my terminology, not his) about the child-slaughter going on in our localities.  As Jonathan said when the second video ended, "no one should be at peace while abortion is legal".

Priests for Life and Abortion-Free New Mexico called, the official name of the abortuary business of Leroy Carhart.  He has now set up shop in the Wildwood area of Bethesda MD.  They have confirmed that Carhart will murder perfectly healthy 28-week babies.  The staff quoted a price of $7,000 for the murder.  The recording can be found on this LifeSiteNews piece.  The abortion employee explained a bit of the procedure to them, but informed the caller that Carhart would not meet with them to discuss any other options.  For updated news regarding this Bethesda abortuary, please check

At about the same time that LifeSiteNews published its findings, the Washington Post came out with a piece on "abortion doulas".  Basically these are women who are with the mother while her baby is being murdered, offering false "comfort" to these women.  I'm guessing that this piece was written several months ago, for the author laments the closing of Carhart's Germantown mill while making no mention of the Bethesda location.  These "doulas" are volunteers, apparently.  One wonders what these "volunteers" would think of the amount of filthy lucre being taken by Carhart to slaughter babies - but maybe they don't care.

But again - do good Christians care enough to do something about abortion?  Do you care??

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Little Things Matter A Lot In The Spiritual And Cultural War

Today in Crisis Magazine appeared an article entitled "Can The Church Recover Its Fighting Spirit?" by William Kilpatrick.  In his piece, the author focuses on how Catholic leadership, beginning with the pope, are surrendering themselves and the Church to Islam.  He rightly points out that in past generations, Catholics fought against Islamic encroachment and prevailed.  The Catholic in the pew indeed is receiving little guidance from his/her leaders.  In fact, if such a Catholic displays any wariness regarding Muslims, his/her bishop will chide him/her for being "rigid" and "xenophobic" or other such slurs.

While I think everything that Kilpatrick says is true, I don't think he quite gets to the root of the problem.  Many Catholics don't know who they are, as the bride of Christ.  They don't know their faith, they don't know their doctrine, they don't know their God.  Without these, there can be no "fighting spirit".

Below is a video by Michael Matt of the Remnant.  He touches upon cultural issues.  He too understands that as late as 80 years ago, Catholics were firm in their faith.  Consequently they had the respect of the culture at large, even if that respect was given grudgingly.

Matt discusses the fact that this culture has infected all of us to varying degrees; none are unscathed although we may not be aware of the damage wrought upon us.  I certainly don't consider myself exempted.  I saw a rather telling example of that last week, particularly in reaction to this video that was posted to my facebook wall.  A number of us took exception to the mother's behavior (not the baby's) in: 1) not restraining her child from distracting others about to receive Holy Communion and 2) proceeding to post it and (it appears) license it out for some sort of gain.  We were taken aback by the commenters on the video and my post who excoriated us for being "heartless".  In a word, they were letting their feelings trump intellect and will.

Now why do I bring this up, one might ask.  "It's just a small aberration, quite harmless", they say.  Dear readers, it is precisely in these "small matters" that our awareness of God and our Catholic culture is whittled away, minuscule piece by minuscule piece.  Each time we capitulate in these little matters (and we've all done it) we make it easier to capitulate in more little - and no so little - matters.  This is one way we weaken our faith and the fighting spirit of which Kilpatrick writes.  Lex orandi, lex credendi lex vivendi.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DC Archdiocese Sues WMATA For Christmas Ad Refusal

The Archdiocese of Washington attempted to place advertisements in the city's transportation system (including the subway and buses) for its site.  The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority refused the paid ads because they are too (gasp!) "religious"!  Obviously WMATA has forgotten that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.  Of course it has "religious" significance, far beyond any commercial meaning.

The Archdiocese is filing suit against WMATA and I pray they prevail.  No one is asking WMATA to promote any religion as the advertisements will be paid by the Archdiocese.  It is unconstitutional to refuse speech because it is religious in nature.  Because WMATA is publicly subsidized, it is subject to constitutional scrutiny and constraints.

Again, let's pray that the Archdiocese prevails.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Another Reason To Ponder How We'll Resist The Progressive Encroachment

Lepanto Institute today released an expose of yet another progressive cabal known as Association of United States Catholic Priests.  Not being a quasi-official Church organization, they apparently feel little need to maintain any facade of orthodoxy - and they don't!

On the AUSCP home page, you'll see links to articles detailing their planning for "women deaconesses" and "priestless parishes".  Lepanto unpacks that mess nicely; it's part and parcel of disenfranchising Catholics of their access to valid Sacraments and distorting their understanding of the same.  On other pages, you'll see that these priests are concerned - very concerned, I tell you! - about such matters as immigration, gay rights, death penalty, climate change, gun control.  Need I tell you what's missing from that list - and their page?  How about the intrinsic evils of contraception, abortion, homosexual conduct, abuse of embryos, euthanasia?  Are you surprised that they aren't mentioned?  I didn't think so!

They do seem to have quite an assortment of clerics with unquestionable heterodoxy: Cardinal Cupich, Fr Richard Rohr, Sr Simone Campbell, and Bishop McElroy.  The latter is of great concern for me, for it is rumored that he will be the designated successor to Cardinal Wuerl once the latter retires.  It hits me at home - literally.

Going down Lepanto's page, you'll see a talk by Jack Jezreel, founder of Just Faith.  I've written about that horrid bunch before.  I didn't listen to the whole thing but Jezreel blathers on about "social justice", as one might expect.   Last week I put up a post explaining why I believe that the "SJW" phenomenon was inimical to authentic Christianity.  Jezreel's association with AUSCP is an illustration of that danger, for "sjw" Christianity often veers into rank heresy.

We need to be aware of these movements, so that if - or when - they come to our parishes, we may be prepared with plans to resist.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Immorality And Immaturity Often Go Hand In Hand

Earlier this week, from a naval base in the state of Washington, the air crew of an electronic warfare plane took their plane into the skies above Okanogan and with their plane contrails, drew a picture of male genitals.  It appears that naval officials handled it well.  They have grounded the crew and issued an apology, stating (among other things) "sophomoric and immature antics of a sexual nature have no place in naval aviation today".  I do hope that the crew does incur some significant discipline.

What I find disappointing, though, are the equally sophomoric reactions that I see among those who call themselves conservative and even Catholic.  One facebook page is owned by a woman who is a secular Carmelite.  She posted a joke about it.  I asked her what was the point of the vulgar jokes and was mocked as a prude by her and others.  I was not the only one to take objection to that post.  I decided to unfriend her.  But really!  What would impel a professed religious to joke about such obscenities?  What would impel other commenters (Catholics, I'd presume) to chortle right along with her?

One secular-conservative facebook page has quite a discussion going on; I got a glimpse into the page owner's mindset when I noticed that his page title contains vulgarities.  I'll share one very telling screen shot.

Notice how several of the commenters seem to revel in the idea of acting immature as opposed to embracing maturity.  They all seem to be suffering from "peter pan syndrome".  They seem to think they can put on their "adulthood" when emergencies occur, not accepting the fact that no virtue will come to play when vice has been allowed to dominate.  While the shot was taken from the secular page, but I think the same can be said for those on the Catholic page as well.

Now notice to the left, the second from bottom comment.  He states that when "we don't need to be mature (an obvious denial of reality)" he is engaged in a never-ending quest for "entertainment".

There are many facets to this idolatry of entertainment.  However, my focus will be on that implied by the title of this post.  Immorality and immaturity feed off one another.  How many progressive pro-aborts are now dependent upon the state for their sustenance?   How many do we see who cannot countenance being exposed to opinions other than their own, without rioting and/or scurrying for their "safe spaces"?

Just as in the final days of the Roman Empire, pagans sacrificed their souls and minds for the sake of "bread and circus".  As seen on the page of my former Facebook friend, many who call themselves Catholic are at least sympathetic to this pursuit.  They fail - or refuse - to see that "maturity" is simply the disciplined and constant practice of virtues.  To engage in "immaturity" is to cease virtue and to become enslaved to vice.  So now we have people pursuing the latest entertainment systems, plopping themselves in front of the tv, etc, and of course engaging in sexual immorality (and yes, that air-drawing stunt was sexual immorality) and abortions and generally acting like overgrown adolescents.  The commenter who seems to think that we can be mature "when we absolutely need to be" is simply deceiving himself; if he doesn't practice the virtues that come with maturity in his routine life, he'll have no spiritual and moral fortitude to be virtuous in times of crisis.

We of course understand that real maturity and virtue and grace will arise from our prayer, frequenting the sacraments and discipline in practicing virtue.


Monday, November 20, 2017

"Social Justice Warrior Christianity" Is A Demonic Deception

Please listen closely to this talk by Venerable Fulton Sheen as he expounds upon the need for personal holiness and the sacraments.  Starting at 14:30 he said, "sometimes we can cover up our want of individual justice by a great love of social justice."  Then he expounded on Judas' conduct when the woman poured oil on Jesus' feet.  He was robbing the apostolic purse and that is how he covered up his sin.

The blogger who writes the Conservative Millennial Blog picked up on that with his/her article, "The Problem With SJW Christianity".  A key passage in that is, "In Jesus we see that the call for repentance and love are inextricably intertwined.  Somewhere along the way, Christians rejected that..".  In doing so, these Christians have lost touch with Jesus in their personal lives and have in fact fallen into sin while in the pursuit of their pet SJW projects, much like Judas.  Consider these examples.

Many of those sjw people who are focused on "environmentalism" are opposed to the Dakota Pipeline.  Recently it has been damaged.  We see today in the Des Moines Register that two women claimed responsibility for several episodes of damage to valves using blowtorches, etc..  They held a press conference admitting to that fact while in the process of vandalizing a sign, whereupon they were immediately taken into custody.  They are both involved in Iowa's Catholic Worker social justice movement.

Sister Carol Keehan of the Pen of Perfidy, without whom we might never have been cursed with Obamacare, is now shilling for euthanasia while using thinly-veiled language.  She decries "excessive treatment" without stating what constitutes "excessive" and more importantly, who determines that for patients.  Many of these Obamacare apologists carry on about how the US health system should emulate that of Canada.  Well, now that euthanasia has been legalized up there, parents are putting in requests to have their sick and/or disabled children euthanized: that is, put down like dogs.  Is that what Keehan had in mind?  I wouldn't be one bit surprised to hear that answered in the affirmative.

I also wrote a bit on how some progressives are trying to embroil pro-lifers into the "social justice warrior" errors.  The web pages of two of these outfits, Rehumanize International and New Pro-Live Movement, bear testimony to their serious errors.  I need not rehash that in this post.

Pursue holiness for your eternal salvation.  That means to frequent the sacraments, particularly Confession and Holy Communion.  Pray your rosaries.  Learn your Faith.  Real Catholic action can be undertaken by defense of innocent human life from direct aggressions such as abortion and euthanasia.  If you seek to engage in other social actions, by all means research whom you contemplate joining.  If they or any of their other associates espouse positions in divergence with Holy Mother Church, avoid them.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dropping Its Mercy Veneer, The Vatican Gestapo Unsheathes Its Claws

It should be obvious by now that all the talk from the Vatican about "collegiality" and "dialogue" and "mercy" was just a smokescreen for the real Machiavellian ruthlessness that is being brought to bear on any who conduct themselves in fidelity to the teachings of Jesus Christ as communicated through Church Tradition.  Recall that several months ago I posted on the persecution of Don Minutella, an Italian priest who teaches the truth regarding marriage as opposed to the garbage that is contained in Amoralis Lamentia.  At that time, he had been suspended and was in the midst of a 9-month period of silence ordered from on high.  Now that the nine months is over, he is being ordered to publicly grovel before the pope or else he will face excommunication. In response, he has issued the video below.  After watching, please scroll down for another account of persecution from the Vatican.

Yesterday in Rome a truck billboard honoring the late Cardinal Caffarra was stopped by police and its drivers were detained and questioned for hours.  Why?  Because Cardinal Caffarra was one of the dubia signers.  The police let on that they were under orders to do so because the late Cardinal questioned Amoralis Lamentia.  This is an action right out of the gestapo/gulag playbook.  Who gave them the orders?  By what request?  These questions are rhetorical for we know the impetus for this obvious attempt at intimidation.

Here's a facet of what is happening.  More and more, faithful Catholics, both lay and clergy, are waking up to the real damage being wreaked by this papacy.  They are no longer being hoodwinked (although there still remain some truth-deniers) by the "mercy and accompaniment" facade.  The Vatican is all too aware of this and are in panic mode.  They are pulling out all stops in their attempts to intimidate us.  While praying for their conversion (and for our own hearts) we must remain steadfast and true to Jesus Christ.  As Don Minutella reminded us, Our Lady will assist us as we pray the Rosary.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Conferences For Immorality Within The Church

Imagine, if you will, a conference of progressive big-wigs brainstorming and scheming together on how to hoodwink people that climate-change junk-science is a fact.  One of those attendees is none other than California Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown.  He says outright that in order for people to swallow the climate change yarn, and I quote, "we need a total, I might say, brainwashing".

Then another participant at that seedy gathering tells his accomplices that the world's population needs to be "culled" as a first step to addressing climate change.  One of the other attendees, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (we've seen his name before) agreed with him, going so far as to claim "the Catechism of the Catholic Church says that we have to regulate the population" as he advocated making contraceptives available to Africans.  Can anyone point to the citation in the Catechism that advocates that?  I didn't think so!

So there you have some of the sinister bile pouring forth from this hypothetical pit of snakes hissing together as they strategize how to ensconce the culture of death more firmly within this world.  It seems like it would have Soros' paw prints all over it, wouldn't it?  There is just one problem.  This scenario is not hypothetical.  What I just described is a Vatican conference entitled "Health Of People, Health Of Planet, And Our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution And Heath".  Now isn't that a mouthful?  It was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy Of (Junk) Sciences and took place November 2-4.  See here and here for the reports from which I quoted.

Not to be outdone by their counterparts, the Pontifical Academy for Life conducted its own pro-death apologetic session.  They called theirs' the "WMA European Region Meeting On End-Of-Life Questions".  Attendees and speakers included two proponents of "assisted suicide" and Dr. Yvonne Gilli, head of International Planned Parenthood's Switzerland affiliate.  While the pope stated that Church teaching on assisted suicide would not change (as though that were a valid possibility), one of the questions considered by this bunch was "is there a need to change policy?"  So a director of a Planned Parenthood affiliate was invited by this "academy for life".  I wonder when they'll extend an invitation to Leroy Carhart to deliver some of his remarks?

These two pow-wows, along with the USCCB meeting in Baltimore last week, make evident that not only has satan's smoke found its way through some cracks in the Vatican wall, but the smoke is billowing in, polluting all that is holy.  Please be praying for Holy Mother Church.  Study your Faith well and defend it.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Use Alinsky Bucks To Say #no2CCHD

For most dioceses across the nation, November is the time when the annual CCHD shakedown will occur during the second collections.  As one might expect, the CCHD continues to divert Catholic dollars to organizations that are part and parcel of the culture of death.  There is no reforming that monster.  The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, along with the even more monstrous United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, must be consigned to the dung heap of infamous history.

Please go to Lepanto Institute's site to read the latest on CCHD and to print out your supply of Alinsky Bucks.  Download them for future use.  If you'd prefer another note to put in your cchd envelope, here's a possible alternative.

Learn more about the CCHD and its nefarious origin.  I've done some research on it, as has Lepanto Institute, Catholic Media Coalition and others.  Learn why we must say #no2cchd and give that money to organizations that will further the Faith and the Culture of Life.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

One Bright Spot In The USCCB Gabfest In Baltimore This Week

The USCCB held their annual Baltimore meeting this week.  What were the issues being considered by the shepherds of the Church in the US?  Here's a line from the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter: "The longest and most passionate discussion on the first day of the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 13 focused on immigrants, on how to help them but also how to drive home the point that they, too, are our brothers and sisters and should not be demonized."

Got that?  The emphasis was not on the large-scale apostasy from the faith by so many Catholics, not the abysmal state of catechesis and priestly formation, not baby-murder and the encroachment of homosexuality in our culture - but immigrants.  Also notice the de facto demonization that occurred, that was directed at those of us who do not coddle the illegal border-crashers.  Cardinal Cupich slandered us by insinuating that we engage in "poisoning rhetoric".  Ladies and gentlemen, that was before he lost the Pro-Life Chair election to Archbishop Naumann.  One can only imagine how he might have been railing against our "rhetoric" with some choice rhetoric of his own!  More on that below.

We do know that the bishops are going to issue a "presidential statement", since they don't appreciate that President Trump is actually behaving as, well, a president.  Goodness!  With all this passion and angst expended to flout the nation's immigration laws, why, the bishops haven't had much time to devote to their other pet issues - like "climate change and "gun control".

But this event hasn't been a complete progressive jabber-jaw session.  The USCCB's Pro-Life Office will be headed by Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Kansas City Archdiocese and not by the uber-progressive Cardinal Cupich.  I cannot think of two many other bishops who are more polar opposites than these two.  The former has chided pro-aborts, obeyed Canon 915 and expelled the Girl Scouts for their moral lapses whereas the latter has done his utmost to bog down the pro-life cause in seamless-garbage morass.  Cucpich, when Bishop of Spokane, went so far as to forbid his priests to participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign.

The vote is a curious one.  Cupich is clearly a darling of the progressive Vatican.  Yet he was defeated in his bid for this rather influential post.  Usually a cardinal occupies that position, but this time tradition has not been followed.  Yet the vote spread itself still remains a bit troubling; a 54% to 46% split cannot be called a landslide.

Let's go on to other matters, one of which is particularly nonsensical.  Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo NY spoke as a representative of the Bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.  He was asked by a member of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property whether or not Amoris Laetitia allows Catholics living in adultery to receive Holy Communion.  Malone refused to answer the question, saying (among other things), "it is not in my providence to respond to that question right now".  Remember - Malone is on a committee for marriage and family life, and he refuses to answer a question that the average Catholic of 50 years ago could answer in a flash.  The answer (of course) is that Church teaching has always forbade those living in mortal sin to receive Holy Communion.  Period.  This committee is tasked with coughing up a "pastoral plan" to implement Amoralis Lamentia, i.e., to devise some "wiggle room" to cajole Catholics to accepting sacrilegious Holy Communions.  The ones who would be the most imperiled are those adulterers who would be given false comfort while they commit sacrilege on top of their adultery, confirming the trajectory of their souls towards hell.

I believe this year's extravaganza is over.  If it wasn't financed by our donation dollars, it was by federal lucre (they receive quite a few bucks in government grants) which stems from our tax dollars.  Either way, we footed the bill for it.  What a waste!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Father Weinandy Causes John Gehring To Have A Meltdown

That is evidenced by the latest hissy-snit against Father Weinandy as published by Comic-squeal.  It is spewed forth from the frothings of John Gehring, entitled "More Catholic Than The Pope".   The whole thing reads like one massive temper tantrum.   I could spend all night picking this mess apart, but instead I'll focus on two things.

Here is one telling quote: "Pope Francis isn’t undermining doctrine. In fact, he is rescuing doctrine from dusty theology books, insisting that human beings, in all our complexity and messiness, must be at the center of the church’s vision."  See the problem?  Human beings are NOT at the center of the church's vision.  God is.  In a Freudian slip fashion, Gehring betrays his humanistic, as opposed to Catholic, mental paradigm.

Here's another: "It’s particularly galling that Fr. Weinandy would so condescendingly rebuke the pope given his history of accusing progressive Catholic theologians of disloyalty and dissent."  Father Weinandy's actions are not contradictory for in both these circumstances cited by Gehring, Father Weinandy defended the Church's timeless teachings, regardless of the person(s) dissenting from them.

Enough of that.  Let's look at Gehring himself.  I've made mention of him in previous posts.  He is quite the progressive dissident himself, and probably feels the sting of Father's rebukes personally and for good cause.  Here's a page devoted entirely to him and the mischief he's wreaked over the years; note that he most likely was the receiving end of George Soros's cash infusions at one time.  In that post I made mention of Gehring's twitter page.  Here's a current one indicating that he supports the gay lifestyle.  No wonder he resents Father Weinandy, for darkness hates the light.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Unbaptized Babies

Please watch this video.  Yes, Pope St John Paul II did say that we may entertain a "hope" that these children would be admitted into heaven.  However, "hope" is not "certitude".  This is a topic of concern for me, as I am in front of abortuaries most Saturday mornings to persuade the mothers to give life to their children - and a chance for them to be baptized.

I have seen pro-lifers commit serious errors along these lines.  The first is the presumption that aborted babies will automatically participate in the Beatific Vision.  Some have even opined that we on the sidewalks need not make these babies the primary objects of our concern, but to do that for those participating in the abortion.  That is irresponsible hogwash.  The adults who are participating in the abortion have the ability to repent.  The unborn child is completely dependent on others for his/her entrance to heaven.  The babies will get first dibs on my efforts.

The second error is one from an opposite perspective.  Here the pro-lifers understand the need for the babes to be baptized, but also lament that they cannot perform the baptism themselves.  So they have concocted a parody of baptism, believing or wishing it to be efficacious.  That is, they kneel and pray in the direction of the mill.  They perform the baptism ritual and sprinkle holy water in the direction of the slaughter house.  Best wishes and motives aside, that is NOT a valid baptism.  The water must come into physical contact with the child's body in order for the sacrament to be valid.  Remember: matter, form, intention.  All must be present and in good order for the sacrament to be valid.

Father Guarnizo And The Irish Referendum

This past June it was announced that the new Irish prime minister would be conducting a referendum on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, to be held in 2018.  This amendment, as it currently stands, enshrines protections for unborn children in Ireland.  The general weakening of the Catholic faith in Ireland and the finger-wagging of the anti-life UN (Useless Nincompoops) are two factors.

The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, along with other pro-life groups, are engaged in a battle to save not only countless Irish babies, but the vestiges of the Catholicism that at one time was so much a part of Ireland.  The Catholic faith is still manifest in Ireland's Constitution, but the removal of protection of Ireland's babies will also serve to eviscerate all law in Ireland.

A few weeks ago, Father Marcel Guarnizo addressed a gathering in Ireland and discussed many ramifications of this heinous attempt to insinuate abortion into Ireland.  Long-time readers of this blog will recognize Father Guarnizo as the priest who denied Holy Communion to a flagrant lesbian and who was excoriated by the progressive DC chancery.

The video is below.  As you listen at the 43:54 mark, note how he said that when Church officials accept money from the state, then they are tethered to the whims of that state.  It is entirely possible that he had in mind the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who long ago sold out the faith for the money (our tax dollars by the way) bestowed on them by the feds.  Father also mentioned that national conferences hold no authority over bishops.  I wonder if those two truths voiced by Father were additional causes for his ouster from the Archdiocese of Washington 5.5 years ago.  This video contains much to ponder as we pray for Ireland and for our own nations.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Fine, Precise Art Of Political Persuasion

When you watch this video, I strongly suggest that you not have the volume turned up too loudly.

I wonder when the political science departments at some of the loony lefty institutes of "higher learning" will make a course in screaming an integral part of their curricula, perhaps even required.  By the way, I'm not being facetious!

What you see here are snowflakes/antifas/pussyhats/lefties literally screaming out their angst because President Trump still hasn't resigned his office, despite their previous antics and tantrums.  So they're giving it one more shot.  They think that screaming will cause Trump's resignation.  Will someone please point out to me the constitutional basis for that theory?

One reason why they might be screaming is that they are intellectually incapable of composing and articulating rational thought.  What we are seeing is simply a display of their spiritual and intellectual vacuity.  While this video obviously has much comic appeal, it should also cause much concern that our families and schools are turning out so many overgrown adolescents.  Again, grab your rosaries and pray.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Shooting In Sutherland Springs TX And The Liberals' Blood Guilt

At least two dozen people, many children, were slaughtered by a madman as they attended their church services in Sutherland Springs, TX.  We pray for the repose of their souls and peace for their families and friends.  This isn't the first such shooting and regrettably it won't be the last.

Even more regrettable is the immediate politicizing of this tragedy by the left.  Their rants must be answered, lest we allow them once again to seize control of national conversations and debate.  Immediately the yap and yammer sounded anew for more gun control, vilifying the National Rifle Association and the GOP in the process.  I suspect now that more details have come to light, the left might soon have to shut their mouths in embarrassment.  Or maybe they won't, arrogant lemmings that many of them are.

The now-dead assailant, Devin Patrick Kelley, was in the Air Force, but was court-martialed for assaulting his baby step-son, fracturing his skull.  He also harrassed numerous ex-girlfriends.  The Air Force gave him a "dishonorable discharge". Obviously already-existing gun laws should have prevented him from obtaining firearms.  However, the Air Force did not communicate the convictions to the NICS database.  So now it must be asked that if the federal government (and the military is part and parcel of that) is so negligent about this facet of the law, why, oh why, would we think additional laws will help?

But the godless left continue to chant their talking points.  Chelsea Handler (whoever she is) didn't wait one hour after the reports broke to blame Republicans for the shooting.  In her warped view, a Republican decided to shoot up a church whose congregation most likely leaned Republican.  The evidence on that page seems to indicate that the shooter had leftward leanings; he was atheist.  Showing that they share Kelley's atheistic world view, Democrats displayed their atheistic depravity for all to see; one Democrat legislator walked out when a moment of silence for the victims was called.

Of course now there's kvelling for more gun control.  Some even opine that the National Rifle Association has some blood-guilt for the massacre.  BUT - the facts contradict this implausible theory.  I think we can thank the internet for announcing these facts, because the lamebrain-mainstream media would not have done so on their own.

The Texas Rangers gave a press conference regarding the sequence of events.  According to them, Kelley's rampage was cut short when a neighbor grabbed his own AR rifle and shot Kelley.  He then fled and the man took up the chase.  This is why the Second Amendment exists.  Sunday's death toll might have been much higher if an armed citizen had not been able to intervene.  But there are more details.

The citizen's name is Stephen Willeford and (liberals, please be seated and have smelling salts ready) he is a former NRA instructor and Christian to boot!  OK!  So an atheistic leftist, dishonorably discharged from the military shoots up a Christian church and is stopped by an armed Christian man.  Perhaps this is why Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton poo-poos the idea of more gun control and instead advocates for more armed law-abiding citizens.

Now I bet some of my readers are wondering what this has to do with Catholicism and being faithful to the Teachings of Christ.  Simply this.  I've no doubt that some leftist bishops are going to sniff about the "need" to confiscate weapons.  Should they do so, they'll be engaging in blatant deception, just as their democrat "sugar daddies" and "puppet masters" are doing.  Yesterday Ted Cruz revealed how Democrats filibustered legislation that he authored, legislation that would have prevented Kelley, an already-convicted felon, from buying guns.  That fact will be conveniently ignored as they seek to hinder our rights to self-defense - the same rights that allowed Stephen Willeford to stop Devin Patrick Kelley.  To the extent that they've already succeeded in some localities, it is they who have blood on their hands - and that includes the gun-control freaks who are to be found among the nation's bishops.

Here are two different takes on whether or not church attendees should be armed.  See here and here.  Under no circumstances should churches forbid legal carrying in their buildings.  In doing so, they are leaving their congregations vulnerable.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pope Francis And Married Priests

I'm seeing all kinds of talk on this on the internet, running in two themes:
  • Pope Francis wants to allow married men to be ordained as priests.
  • Pope Francis wants to allow already-ordained priests to marry.
Ladies and gentlemen, the differences between the two are not trivial.  Regarding the first, there is precedent for this:
  • In eastern rites of the Catholic Church, married men are ordained to the priesthood.
  • There have been cases of whole Anglican parishes converting to the Catholic faith (often occasioned by the moral corruption of the Anglican faith).  Their clergy, usually married, have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests.
  • Obviously, though, the preceding scenarios are not applicable to married men in the Roman rite.  
  • Just to clarify, I am not indicating approval of the first case.  I am illustrating that the two cases cannot be seen as equivalent.
Regarding the second case, though, there is absolutely no precedent for it.  In the eastern rites, no unmarried priest is permitted to marry.  If a priest's wife dies, he may not remarry.  If Roman rite priests were allowed to marry, they would be in violation of their vows of celibacy.

St. Bridget of Sweden recounted a vision in which Our Lady spoke of the second scenario.  If that is Pope Francis' intentions, he may be setting himself up for some serious eternal consequences.  Even if it's merely the first, one can see how that course of action would easily segue into the second and its attendant catastrophes.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Evil Hates To Be Exposed - Especially When It Controls The Church Hierarchy

Please read the title closely.  I believe that evil now controls the hierarchy of the Church, not the Church herself.  There is a difference.  However, that evil can and is causing much scandal and confusion that is literally causing damnation of souls.  Therefore, we must continue to shine the light on it, no matter where it resides.  Of course evil will hate to be exposed; it always has.  We must not shirk from that task now, out of misguided deference to the Church structures behind which the evil conceals itself.

Remnant TV hosted the Catholic Identity Conference this week.  Below I'm posting a talk from it by Edward Pentin.  He talks of the climate of fear that now exists in the Vatican - one that is very reminiscent of the climate that existed in the Soviet Union and that still exists in other repressive regimes.  Below that I'll have more commentary and an important action to take.

As I mentioned in the earlier post, the USCCB is obviously taking instructions from the Vatican (a novelty for them, for they certainly didn't do so during the previous two pontificates) as evidenced by their dismissal of Father Weinandy.  The faithful laity, by the grace of God, are calling them on the carpet.  See here and here.  LifeSiteNews started a petition drive, not so much as to persuade the USCCB to change their ways but to show public support for Father Weinandy.  Please sign it.  Besides prayer, we can influence the USCCB by withholding donations from any second-collection effort for them or their subsidiaries: most notably the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

USCCB Official Expresses Concerns About This Pontificate And Is Fired From The USCCB As A Result

Yesterday a letter was released, written by Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap, to Pope Francis.  It is similar in tone and content to the four cardinals' dubia, even though Father Weinandy has distanced himself from the dubia.  I link to the full text here, as posted on Crud's website.  Please note that it is a pdf; I'd advise that you save it to your own computers, lest it (ahem!) "disappears".

Father Weinandy is a former chief of staff for the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine and a current member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission.  He was a consultant to the former committee until today, when he was compelled to resign that position because of his letter.  So much for "dialogue" and "collegiality"!  Meanwhile, Father James Martin can blather on about "Jesus being challenged by the Canaanite woman" and how "Mary accused God of lying to her", and he's still allowed to prance about at will, spreading his bile everywhere he wants without the USCCB uttering so much as a peep in protest.  UPDATE:  Lepanto Institute reports that this same USCCB that fired Father Weinandy with all haste still retains a Planned Parenthood supporter on its payroll.  Please do not give to any USCCB-related collection.

In Father's third-to-last paragraph, he states that "many fear that if they speak their mind, they will be marginalized or worse".  Ironically, the actions of Cardinal De Nardo (and some of the questionable bishops cited by Father Weinandy) only serve to prove Father's point.  Am I surprised by this dismissal?  Not at all!  Given the gestapo-like conduct of the Vatican and their local henchmen, I would have been surprised (albeit pleasantly) if Father was not given the boot.  I'd be willing to bet that soon he'll no longer have a role to play in the Vatican's International Theological Commission.

I've been acquainted with Father for close to 30 years, going back to our time in the Mother of God Community.  In the mid 1990s, when the cult leaders of MOG were starting to lose their stranglehold on our minds, it was Father Weinandy's letter (and another letter by another priest) that helped many of us articulate some of our thoughts about the situation.  I pray that Father's latest letter will assist other Catholics in similarly seeing the light.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

October 31 2017 - A Day Of Great Evil

No, I do not refer to Halloween or the satanic/occultic evils that attend this day.  I'm referring to some thing that is actually far more insidious and inimical to the One True Faith.  I'm referring to ecumenicide assuming new depths of depravity.

Today the Pope was scheduled to be in Sweden to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's mortal sins of heresy and schism.  One would think that the Chief Shepherd of the Church would in fact call to repentance these wayward individuals.  Alas, that is not so.  He cooperated with their sin by praising it and celebrating it.

Many, including Catholics, have a false image of Martin Luther as being a courageous visionary who dared to swim against the tide in loyalty to Jesus Christ.  History - real history - tells a different tale.  I won't have time to delve into every detail, but will point out some highlights from the sources to which I'll link below.
  • In The Catholic Thing we read "Lamenting Luther's Reformation".  We get a glimpse of a rather aimless but self-centered young man who found himself in religious life.  He preached the error of sola scriptura while mutilating the Bible, ripping out seven books in the process.  He had quite a foul mouth and was quite anti-Semitic.
  • St. Dominic's Media published "The 38 Most Ridiculous Things Martin Luther Ever Wrote".  Each quote is followed by its source.  He openly approved of adultery (probably deemed most convenient by Henry VIII).   He said that Jews deserve to be hanged.  He accused Jesus Christ of committing adultery - a most serious blasphemy.
  • National Catholic Register published "Who Was The Real Martin Luther?"  This work details how Luther's machinations were responsible for 130,000 deaths immediately following his rebellion.  Of course millions more died over the centuries between then and now.
Now in addition to the statue of Martin Luther that pollutes the Vatican, the Vatican announced today that it will issue a commemorative stamp featuring Luther and one of his collaborators at the foot of the Crucifix.  It might have been more appropriate to show those malefactors as being among the soldiers who nailed Jesus to the Cross.

Not all Catholics are swallowing this ecumenicide poison.  Cardinal Muller, in response to the ludicrous blasphemy by the secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference that "the reformation..was an event of the Holy Spirit", contradicted him directly.  The Eponymous Flower gave a report of Catholics protesting outside an ecumenicide debacle put on by the Grand Rapids (MI) Diocese.  That sacrilege was no doubt inspired by the scandal promulgated by the Vatican.

In Brussels, Belgium a similar sacrilege occurred in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St Gudula.  Several young Catholics linked arms and prayed the Rosary (in French, of course), to offer reparation for the sins being committed therein.  I submit to you that sooner or later (maybe sooner than we think) we may be called upon to emulate their actions.  Their actions are very similar to the actions of some Argentine Catholics who linked arms and prayed the Rosary as their Cathedral was threatened with vandalism (pay special attention to the second video).  In both cases courageous Catholics stood firm against sacrilege.  Let's study and learn from them, and pray the Rosary daily and call out error for what it is.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Christian Versus Atheist

I believe this thing is four years old.  However, it still demonstrates the spiritual and intellectual vacuity of atheism quite well.  This is four years ago - before all this talk of "triggering".  I believe nowadays the police would be inclined to kick the Christian off campus for his "triggering".

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Faithful Catholics Form The John Paul II Academy For Human Life And The Family

Recall what I said in the last paragraph of Thursday's post - that I had to exercise my pro-life apostolate outside the context and confines of the parish and archdiocesan structure in order to elude progressive attempts to muzzle and hogtie my efforts.  I am not alone in coming to this realization.

At the Humanae Vitae Conference sponsored by the Voice for the Family last week, several faithful scholars announced the formation of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family - JAHLF for short.  Its first president is Dr. Josef Seifert.  It will serve the same goals as the original Pontifical Council for Life and will remain independent of official Church organizations.  Many of its founding members were members of the original Academy who were given the heave-ho by Pope Francis.  In addition to Seifert, other such members include Judie Brown of American Life League, Professor Roberto de Mattei, Mercedes Wilson of Family of the Americas and others.  I commend these Catholics and look forward to their output.

The late Archbishop (now Venerable) Fulton Sheen once said that it would be up to the laity to save the Church.  More and more I am seeing the truth of his prediction.  It will be up to us to intercede and to actively resist the rot that infests the structures of Our Church.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Muller And Sarah Raining On Progressives' Parades

A few days ago I highlighted some articles regarding the escalating animosity towards Cardinal Sarah, starting with the pope.  Others were just released within the past few days - see here and here.  Those promoting the evil rot within the Vatican lash out in anger against those prelates - like Sarah - who stand firm for the teachings of Christ.  Their ire is even more inflamed because apparently Cardinal Sarah stands a decent chance of being the next pope.  In the midst of all the attempts to bring him down, he remains unflappable because he serves Jesus Christ, not some worldly fads.

As mentioned before, Cardinal Muller preceded Cardinal Sarah in being fodder for progressive vultures within the Church.  Now that Muller is outside the Vatican, he does seem to be speaking more freely in defense of the Church.  Yesterday he openly rebuked the secretary general of the Italian Episcopal Conference for stating that the protestant rebellion was a "work of the Holy Spirit".  Of course that statement by Bishop Galantino is bald-faced blasphemy, for in making that statement, he claimed that the Third Person of the Trinity committed mortal sin.  Recall that Cardinal Muller was basically ejected from his position by the pope.  The silver lining in that cloud is that the pope no longer has any threat to hold over Muller's head so the latter probably senses little reason to tip-toe on eggshells.  He has found his voice again.

Please pray for our prelates, especially that the faithful ones hold firm.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Putting Catholic Pro-Lifers On A Seamless Garbage Leash

We've all seen some very disturbing things these past few weeks, in relation to the pro-life movement.
  • The USCCB announced that Cardinal Cupich is running to head the Pro-Life Office of the USCCB.  Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, KS is also running.  Naumann has taken some very strong stands for life as opposed to Cupich.  The latter, while Bishop of Spokane, forbade his priests and seminarians to participate in the 40 Days For Life campaign.  Moreover, he is clearly a "seamless garbage" devotee.  Cupich is a papal favorite.  If he wins that election, the USCCB Pro-Life office will be worthless, at best.
  • Archbishop Paglia announced that his newly-bastardized Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will "revamp its pro-life efforts" to elevate "seamless garbage" crap to the level of importance due to abortion and other intrinsic evils.
  • "Seamless garbage" groups such as Rehumanize International and "New Pro-Life Movement" are aggressively pushing the same stuff, diluting the true pro-life message and giving legitimacy to those promoting mortal sins against life and family.
All of these indicate to me that there is a renewed, coordinated campaign - orchestrated from on high - to bring Catholics in the pro-life movement under the thumbs of the progressives in Church hierarchy.  I say "renewed" because I believe there has always been an effort to "bring us to heel" as it were.  How many times have parish pro-life groups attempted to proclaim to their parishes the solemn obligation to defend life, only to be muzzled?  We in the parishes have perceived little (if any) real leadership from the archdiocesan pro-life office.  I don't know what they do, outside of the Mass and "youth rally" before the March for Life.  They never joined in any of the efforts against Carhart in Germantown if pictures of abortion victims were displayed.

Decades ago, I learned that if I was to work effectively in the movement, I had to do so outside the parish structure and under no auspices of any archdiocesan organization.  At the time, I was merely trying to circumvent archdiocesan inertia.  Now we need to work around something far more insidious.