Anzac Day 2017

Tuesday, April 25, AD 2017

[19] Wilt thou give strength to the horse, or clothe his neck with neighing? [20] Wilt thou lift him up like the locusts? the glory of his nostrils is terror.

[21] He breaketh up the earth with his hoof, he pranceth boldly, he goeth forward to meet armed men. [22] He despiseth fear, he turneth not his back to the sword, [23] Above him shall the quiver rattle, the spear and shield shall glitter. [24] Chasing and raging he swalloweth the ground, neither doth he make account when the noise of the trumpet soundeth. [25] When he heareth the trumpet he saith: Ha, ha: he smelleth the battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains, and the shouting of the army.

Job 39:  19-25

Today is Anzac Day, in Australia and New Zealand.   It commemorates the landing of the New Zealand and Australian troops at Gallipoli in World War I.  Although the effort to take the Dardanelles was ultimately unsuccessful, the Anzac troops demonstrated great courage and tenacity, and the ordeal the troops underwent in this campaign has a vast meaning to the peoples of New Zealand and Australia.

At the beginning of the war the New Zealand and Australian citizen armies, illustrating the robust humor of both nations,  engaged in self-mockery best illustrated by this poem:

We are the ANZAC Army

The A.N.Z.A.C.

We cannot shoot, we don’t salute

What bloody good are we ?

And when we get to Ber – Lin

The Kaiser, he will say

Hoch, Hoch, Mein Gott !

What a bloody odd lot

to get six bob a day.

By the end of World War I no one was laughing at the Anzacs.  At the end of the war a quarter of the military age male population of New Zealand had been killed or wounded and Australia paid a similarly high price.  Widely regarded as among the elite shock troops of the Allies, they had fought with distinction throughout the war, and added to their reputation during World War II.   American veterans I have spoken to who have fought beside Australian and New Zealand units have uniformly told me that they could choose no better troops to have on their flank in a battle.

A century ago in 1917 the Anzac troops were still fighting in the Great War.  They accomplished many remarkable feats of arms during that year, but perhaps the most remarkable was the charge of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba, a battle in which both Australian and New Zealand troops fought.  The long day of cavalry was almost over, but the mounted infantrymen of the 4th Light Horse, waving their bayonets in lieu of sabers, routed the entrenched Turks and only suffered light casualties themselves, a true military miracle.  The war horse, ridden by Anzacs, had his last moment of military glory.

 

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PopeWatch: Maradiaga

Tuesday, April 25, AD 2017

 

Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report  demonstrates why Cardinal Maradiaga, who is very close to the Pope, is an insult to all sentient Catholics:

 

The three key remarks are as follows:
I think in the first place they [the four cardinals] have not read the Amoris Laetitia, because unfortunately this is the case! I know the four and I say they are already retired. How come they did not say anything in regard to those who manufacture weapons? Some are in countries that manufacture and sell weapons throughout the genocide that is happening in Syria, for example. Why? I would not want to put it – shall we say – too strongly; only God knows people’s consciences and inner motivations; but, from the outside it seems to me to be a new pharisaism. They are wrong; they should do something else. …

I think the car of the Church has no gear to go in reverse. It pulls itself forward because the Holy Spirit is not accustomed to go backwards. He always brings us forward. I am not afraid because I know it is not Francis, it is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church, and that, if He has allowed this Pontiff to come, it is for some reason, and we certainly ought to look to the future with hope because, more and more, the Church is God’s, it is not our own. We are only servants. …
Let us look above all at reality, because to see also if there aren’t many cases of those who are in a second union–we will not enter there because there are many reasons– but that they in a healthy conscience [feel] that their first marriage was not valid and that they have found a new family, they are living in conformity to the law of God, why throw stones? why? Instead of saying, “How are we doing with the new generation because they could prepare themselves better to have a good family. And this is Amoris Laetitia… It happens that so many times the methods that these four brothers [the four cardinals] only look at, who think that they are the bosses [or masters] of the doctrine of faith [pensano che sono i capi della dottrina della fede], they don’t look at the the very great majority of the faithful who are happy with Amoris Laetitia.” [translations courtesy of Andrew Guernsey]

 
Although relatively short, these remarks speak volumes. Some thoughts:
1) It is revealing, to put it mildly, how often those who criticize the four cardinals—Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner—do so in such a personal, rude manner. This is to be expected of course in the woolly thickets of blogs and personal sites, but this is often the case coming from high-ranking prelates and others who are close to Pope Francis. That said, they may simply be emulating the Holy Father himself, who has a, well, colorful way of addressing those he disagrees with or thinks need to be put in their place. To say, as Cardinal Maradiaga does, that Cardinals Burke, Caffarra, Brandmüller and Meisner, have not actually read the controversial Apostolic Exhortation is the sort of low, embarrassing pot shot best suited for teenagers. That he says with such obvious disdain is bothersome, even scandalous.

 
2) It is a further example of how some of those close to Francis, and even the Holy Father himself, refuse to seriously address pressing, thoughtful, cogent, and important questions regarding marriage, morality, the sacraments, and a number of related matters. Put bluntly, it reveals either a sad superficiality or a dismissive disdain. Neither possibility engenders much trust or peace of mind.

 
3) The sorry attempt to change the subject by referring to the manufacturing of weapons (a popular theme with Francis, who in June 2015 denounced those who manufacture weapons and then criticized the Allies for not bombing trains during World War II) and the use of the tired—and rather ludicrous—descriptive “pharisaism” not only reveals disdain, but a consistent strategy: to isolate, label, and destroy. The focus (shrewdly, from that perspective) is on the alleged, if vague, faults of critics, who are routinely dismissed as pharisaical, rigid, dogmatic, and so forth.

 
4) If the four Cardinals are wrong, as Cardinal Maradiaga states, then simply show it. It’s starting to remind me of the kid in junior high who claims to have a football signed by Terry Bradshaw but never shows it to anyone because it’s in storage, it got lost, and so forth. But he keeps bragging about it. At some point you realize the football doesn’t exist.

 
5) The appeal to the Holy Spirit—also used in equally vague and sloppy ways by Cardinal Farrell back in October 2016—is a red herring; it is meant to suggest that nearly everything the Holy Father says and does is directly inspired by the Holy Spirit. In fact, Cardinal Farrell stated: “Do we believe that he didn’t inspire our Holy Father Pope Francis in writing this document?” In fact, speaking with some needed precision, papal and conciliar texts are not “inspired” by the Holy Spirit; rather, the Holy Spirit protects the Magisterium from formally teaching error in matters of faith and morals. The language of “inspiration”, strictly speaking, is almost always (if not always) confined to the deposit of faith; that is, divine revelation as transmitted through Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Which is why the fathers at Vatican II noted, in Dei Verbum, that “we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ” (DV, 4). Insinuating that the Church can change teachings simply because Pope A or Pope B decides he wishes to is problematic, to say the least; this is especially the case when the matter at hand has to do with the very nature of the sacraments, the proper role of conscience, and the life of grace (as I’ve discussed elsewhere).

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  • Your thoughts on Maradiagas rant are sensible. Many centuries ago blood was spilt between clerics who sat across from each other debating dogmas and sound theological principals. It wasn’t all pleasantries and refined decorum. I’m​ recalling a lecture from years ago at Marytown and the presentation he gave spoke of the heated debates leading to brawls before the acceptance of the truths we now take for granted. Holy Spirit? Both sides claimed that they had authentic promptings from the Holy Spirit. In time and in bloodshed, the truth was and is that matters of doctrine must be accurate and supported by TRUTH regardless of “feelings.”

    I’m not suggesting a cage fight between Cardinals. I am in favor of teams opposed to each other sit down and hammer this out for the sake of souls and their final destination.

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Trumpspeare

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

 

I can’t believe that I forgot that April 23 was Talk like Shakespeare Day.  Fortunately, Father Z did not:

 

Today, I suddenly realized, is…

TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY!

shakespeareYes, it is the birthday of the Bard.

In the past I have encouraged you to talk like Shakespeare.

To help you, I have offered videos and some suggestive words.  I hope you remember them.

I also, to enkindle in you a true zeal for this moment – which can spill over into tomorrow because, hey, why not? – I even posted a scene from a little known play called…

A Most Tragikal Hystory of Obama I

I found another little known piece (I dashed off) which might bring you to beg the Muse for … the… thing muses give.

The Trumping of the Shrew

Dramatis personae:
Chorus
Lord Trump: President of these USA
Lord Sean: Baron of Spicer – Secretary of Press
Lord Bannon: Earl of Breitbart – Counselor
CNN
New York Times
Lord Sessions – Attorney General
Hillary Clinton
MSNBC
Crowd – Outside

CHORUS:
O for a network pundit that would salve
the anxious outcome of elections tense,
a stage for wonk debates, senators to prate,
and congressmen to guide th’ electorate.
So has the ruddy Donald, hair swept up,
defied th’ establishment and, in his wake,
has claimants one by one discomfited,
brought down in vanquishment and loss.
But pardon, sponsors all, for we halt now
your pandering for sales with this stock gang
of mainsteam media elites, who press
in conference for POTUS now to hear.
List! List! O list if ever you
did county love and office high respect.
For Donald, hair in place, has enteréd
a statement now to make, with many quips
to batter newsies where they stand or sit,
because their daily coverage is for….

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Pro-life Democrats, Unicorns and Other Mythical Creatures

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

 

Just in case there are still delusional people out there who think it is possible to be both a Democrat and Pro-life:

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

 

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Although the Democratic Party’s radically pro-abortion platform was galvanized in 1992, when the Party refused to allow the late Governor Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania to give a speech against abortion at its National Convention, it has continued to harden into a fundamental pillar of the Party.

Yet in his address Friday, DNC leader Tom Perez became the first chairman of the party to demand absolute ideological purity on abortion rights, promising to only back Democratic candidates who embrace a woman’s right to choose.

8 Responses to Pro-life Democrats, Unicorns and Other Mythical Creatures

  • Republicans may be the party of hypocrisy and incompetency, but Democrats are the party of Satan himself.

  • But I have assurances from Catholic luminaries that the Democrats are so much closer to the real doctrine of the Church! 🙄 😉

    Wait, let me check… *google* Nope, no commentary on this moment from those same luminaries. Funny isn’t it how the Republicans can say something along the lines of, “we don’t want to do [X] but we’ll leave open the ability to do [X] in case circumstances force us” is a sign of how wretched, evil and benighted they are, while Democrats’ “abort or GTFO!” never elicits a reaction.

  • LQC: As usual, you are 100% correct.

    The idiot left (redundant) has been touting the latest hoax poll’s 30% Trump favorability rating.

    Two things: One, Trump supporters don’t respond to Democrat polling. Even (unbelievable as it seems) I have caller ID on my (basically unused) land line, and I don’t answer it unless it’s someone I know. Two, The only polls that count are on Election Days. To wit, since 2009, the Dumocrats lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships. President TRUMP will fill 108 Federal judicial and two or three more SCOTUS vacancies. The GOP now controls the White House, both houses of Congress, soon the Judiciary, and nearly two-thirds of the states’ legislatures and governors’ mansions.

    Plus, the same BS polling shows a remarkable democrat weaknesses. “Only 28% of Americans think Democrats are in touch with the concerns of most Americans. And remember, 2014, when the number was 48%, wasn’t exactly a banner year for Democrats.”

    Please dums, keep doing what you’re doing. It’s working great!

  • It was Governor Casey’s principled stand that brought me into the Democrat Party and the addition of a pro-abortion plank to the Libertarian Platform that drove me to the GOP. In the end, I am an unhappy Republican for its hypocrisy and cowardice but it just isn’t true that rank-and-file Republicans and Democrats are all the same.

  • MrsD is currently active in local Democratic politics. Up until about 2 years ago it was possible to be pro-life on the local level. There was no litmus test. People could be elected to the state legislature without compromising their views.

    This has now changed. Our grassroots pro-aborts have become much more militant in the last 2 years. They are now saying the same thing Perez is saying. MrsD is on the verge of quitting.

  • In the last few years under Obama, the federal government gave about $550
    million taxpayer dollars each year to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood
    also receives piles of taxpayer dollars from state and municipal governments.

    Planned Parenthood, in return, funds its PAC, which funnels campaign contributions
    to Democrat politicians, who are then elected and funnel more taxpayer dollars to
    PP in an endless, corrupt circle built on dead babies. Supposedly, no taxpayer
    dollars go to the PP PAC, but since every taxpayer dollar given to that group
    frees up their other dollars to go to the PAC, it’s really just a fig leaf to say that
    tax dollars aren’t going to underwrite the PP PAC’s campaign contributions to
    Democrats.

    It’s hard to say whether Planned Parenthood is just the baby-killing arm of the
    DNC, or if the DNC is just the political branch of Planned Parenthood. Defund it.

  • Thank you Clinton.

    This weekend, Friday and Saturday, protest going on. protestpp.com

    In T.C. we are holding holy hour’s begging God to assist us in De-funding Planned Parenthood. Join in.
    Knocking out over a third of their annual budget is a good beginning.

    The redistribution of $470 Million annually away from pp to Federally​ Qualified Health Centers is offering more benefit’s for more women who are financially challenged.

    Fourteen to one FQHC’s v. PP

    One of our local centers offers dentistry.
    Northwest Michigan Health Services.

    Please pray for this on Friday and Saturday.
    Please.

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PopeWatch: National Suicide

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

The Pope recently made two observations about the mass Islamic migration to Italy that he has cheered on.  One observation is getting all the attention but the second is much more significant:

Speaking in Italian he said: ‘I don’t know if he was able to get out of that concentration camp because the refugee camps – many – are concentration (camps) because they are crowded with so many people.

The American Jewish Committee soon after urged the pontiff to ‘reconsider his regrettable choice of words,’ Reuters reported.

AJC CEO David Harris said: ‘The conditions in which migrants are currently living in some European countries may well be difficult and deserve still greater international attention, but concentration camps they certainly are not.

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Pope Francis also urged northern Italy to take more migrants and hoped that the generosity of the south of the country could ‘infect the north a bit.’

He added that Italy had one of the world’s lowest birth rates and said: ‘If we close the doors to migrants, this is called suicide.’ 

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The Case for Christ: A Review

Monday, April 24, AD 2017

My bride and I went to see The Case for Christ last Saturday.  I must admit to some trepidation on my part.  I have seen quite a few “Christian” films that had their hearts in the right place but were also simply bad, even laughably bad, films.  I was fearful this film would be more of the same.  I am pleased to report that The Case for Christ is a very good film, and a profound one.  I heartily endorse it for anyone who wishes to see a well-acted and well-made film that asks profound questions about the human condition.  My review is below the fold and the usual caveat about spoilers is in full force:

6 Responses to The Case for Christ: A Review

  • I have Lee Strobel’s Study Bible in my collection somewhere:

    http://www.zondervan.com/the-case-for-christ-study-bible

    It is typically Evangelical Protestant and is missing the Deuterocanonicals, but otherwise it isn’t bad.

  • Very good review, thanks. MrsD and I saw The Promise last night. Any plans for a review here?

  • I am intrigued by what I have seen of that film in trailers. If it is at a theater close to us my bride and I may go to see it.

  • I thought it a very good movie. It used a love triangle plot to move the characters around so that some of the major threads of the genocide could be depicted. I thought about 5 minutes of triangle dialog could have been cut, MrsD disagreed. We both agreed that the post-riot bed scene added nothing to the film.

    Historical inaccuracies:
    1) The brutality and violence was severely underplayed.
    2) The religious motivation for the conflict was underplayed
    3) The timeline was inaccurate. It shows the roundup of Armenian intellectuals in April 1915, then the next scene has a title that reads “Six months later…” Problem is the climatic battle and rescue at the end would have happened 3 to 5 months later (the battle went on for 59 days, a fact that is astounding given the circumstances and not mentioned in the film).
    Yes, please see it.

  • Problem is the climatic battle and rescue at the end would have happened 3 to 5 months later in July – September 1915
    Apologies for the lack of clarity

  • Eventually, Strobel comes to believe because he says not believing takes a greater leap of faith than believing. In other words, accepting Jesus is simply a logical choice. For some reason I can’t quite determine, that was unsatisfactory to me. Possibly because it totally discounts faith and reduces belief to something quantifiable.

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Quasimodo Sunday

Sunday, April 23, AD 2017

(This post by contributor Jake Tawney from 2012 is a perennial favorite and thus I am rerunning it today.)

In the new Roman Missal, the name of the Second Sunday of Easter has been recast as “Sunday of Divine Mercy,” promulgated by the now Blessed Pope John Paul II.  A great feast it is indeed, yet “Sunday of Divine Mercy” is not the first name to have replaced the generic “Second Sunday of Easter.”  Before John Paul II promulgated Divine Mercy, the Second Sunday of Easter was known as “Quasimodo Sunday.”
Why?  Quite simply: for the same reason that Gaudete Sunday and Latarae Sunday are called so during their respective seasons of Advent and Lent.  Gaudete (Rejoice!) is the first word of the Introit (Opening) Chant for the third Sunday of Lent:  Gaudete in Domino semper (Rejoice in the Lord always).  We find a similar occurrence in the Introit for the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare Ierusalem (Rejoice, O Jerusalem).  In the days when these Introits were sung (or in the rare parish where they are still sung today), the very first word of the Mass heard by the faithful would have been a resounding “Gaudete” (or in the case of Lent, “Laetare”), and the “name” of the day would be immediately obvious.
These chants are part of what the Church calls the “Proper” texts of the day.  They are written specifically for each celebration of the year, much like the Collects and other prayers of the day.  It is a shame that these texts have been ignored by virtually every parish for the last several decades, replaced with generic hymns that have little or no resemblance to the designed chant.  Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, executive director of ICEL, stated in a speech last year:

Maybe the greatest challenge that lies before us is the invitation once again to sing the Mass rather than merely to sing at Mass. This echoes the injunctions of the Council Fathers in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and reflects our deeply held instinct that the majority of the texts contained in the Missal can and in many cases should be sung. This means not only the congregational acclamations of the Order of Mass, but also the orations, the chants in response to the readings, the Eucharistic prayer and the antiphons which accompany the Entrance, the Offertory, and the Communion processions. These proper texts are usually replaced by hymns or songs that have little relationship to the texts proposed by the Missal or the Graduale Romanum and as such a whole element of the liturgy of the day is lost or consigned to oblivion. For the most part, they exist only as spoken texts. We are much the poorer for this, as these texts (which are often either Scriptural or a gloss on the Biblical text) represent the Church’s own reading and meditation on the Scriptures. As chants, they are a sort of musical lectio divina pointing us towards the riches expressed in that day’s liturgy.

For this reason, I believe that it is seriously deficient to consider that planning music for the liturgy ever begins with a blank sheet: there are texts given for every Mass in the Missal and these texts are intended for singing.

With that brief digression behind us, let’s returns to the to the topic at hand: Quasimodo Sunday.  The name of the day comes form the first words of the Mass, the Introit Chant:  
Quasimodo geniti infantes, alleluia: rationabiles, sine dolo lac concupiscite, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Lest people think these chants a lost reality to the “old rite,” a form of the text appears in the Novus Ordo as well for the Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy):
Quasi modo géniti infántes, rationábile, sine dolo lac concupíscite, ut in eo crescátis in salútem, allelúia.
In its new English translation, it appears in the current Roman Missal :
Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.
The word quasimodo is a compound of two Latin words (split in the Missale Romanum), quasi and modo, meaning “almost” and “the standard of measure.”  Thus, the combination means “almost the standard of measure,” which in the new translation is reduced to “like.”
The quotation takes its cue from 1 Peter 2:2, which in the RSV reads, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation.”  (Incidentally, the Latin in the Vulgate reads, “Sicut modo geniti infantes, rationale sine dolo lac concupiscite, ut in eo crescatis in salutem.”)
It is fitting for this time of year, as we have come to the joyous realization that our salvation has been won, but through an act of pure grace, not as something that we deserve.  We drink of this grace with the only posture fitting of a gift: that of humble and docile reception.  The imagery of a child’s dependent reception is reminiscent of Archbishop Schneider’s observation in his book/essay Dominus Est:
[T]he attitude of a child is the truest and most profound attitude of a Christian before his Savior, who nourishes him with his Body and Blood … The word of Christ, which invites us to receive the Kingdom of God like a child (see Luke 18:17), can find its illustration in that very beautiful and impressive manner of receiving the Eucharistic Bread directly into one’s mouth and on one’s knees. This ritual manifests in an opportune and felicitous way the interior attitude of a child who allows himself to be fed, united to the gesture of the centurion’s humility and to the gesture of ‘wonder and adoration’ (Schneider, 29).
Given the promulgation of the “Sunday of Divine Mercy,” the image of childlike reception becomes even more prominent.  Mercy can only be shown to him who is childlike enough to receive it.
However, when one hears the term quasimodo, I would imagine the first thing to come to mind is not the Second Sunday of Easter, but rather the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the 1831 novel by Vitor Hugo (or some later film variant).  The name Quasimodo is given to the abandoned and deformed baby found by Claude Frollo, the Archdeacon of Notre Dame, on the steps of the Cathedral.  Frollo bestows the name of the child because of the day on which he was found: the Second Sunday of Easter, none other than Quasimodo Sunday.
While a good literary reference is always appreciated, perhaps it is time to rescue the name quasimodo and restore to it its original liturgical significance: Quasimodo Sunday, Sunday of Divine Mercy.
To contribute but a small part to this effort, I give to you two versions of the Introit for today, the first using a male vocalization, and the second using a female one.

 

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  • Wow. Fantastic piece. Thanks again Mr. McClarey and J.T.

  • I’m going to ask permission and plea for a dear friend of mine.

    Would all of you please say a prayer for her.
    She, a former colleague, is having the fight of her lifetime and is in deep need of mercy.
    We can call her Jane for the sake of confidentiality. I have introduced her to Divine Mercy. She is not Catholic.
    She is suffering.

    Thanks in advance for one Hail Mary.Thank you and God bless you.

  • Thank you Donald McClarey.
    She is a seasoned professional, quality practitioner and has devoted her life to serving and healing others. Now is her time of need for healing.
    Thank you so much.

  • We recite the “Entrance Antiphon” at each 7:30AM Sunday Mass. Another early-Mass benefit – we don’t sing protestant songs.

    Of course, the emphasis should be on DIVINE mercy, a.k.a. The Forgiveness of Sins (last night my Holy Rosary Intention/intercession) and The Salvation Of Souls.

    In addition to “suffer the little children,” we must be like children craving and needing the “Spiritual milk,” and like helpless infants only God/The Risen Jesus and His disciples/priests can forgive our sins.

    Prayers for Philip’s colleague.

    Finally, that is a good literary reference with religious overtones.

  • Thanks T.Shaw.
    Blessings to you.

  • Another name for the first Sunday after Easter is Low Sunday perhaps so named in contrast to the high days of Holy Week and Easter.

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Chelsea Clinton: A Pro-Abort at Age Six

Saturday, April 22, AD 2017

 

I missed this story last year.  The country really dodged a bullet when it kept the mother of this nutcase out of the White House last year:

 

In a new interview, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, says she left the Baptist Church at the age of 6 because it has a strongly pro-life position opposing abortions.

Clinton made the comment at a recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in an attempt to address evangelicals who question her mother’s faith in God. She said she was upset when teachers in a Sunday School class talked about the wrongness of abortion.

“I find it quite insulting sometimes when people say to my mom, my dad or me . . . that they question our faith,’ said Chelsea. “I was raised in a Methodist church and I left the Baptist church before my dad did, because I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school — that’s a true story.”

 

Go here to read the rest.  And to think that self-proclaimed pro-lifers like Mark Shea were supporting abortion-uber-alles Clinton in preference to Trump.

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  • Leftists–they demand protection for evil criminals in sanctuary cities, while slaughtering innocent humans in the sanctuary of their “mother’s” wombs, all the while shouting, “We care!” And, then they diabolically claim to be…the intelligentsia.

  • Chelsea Clinton left the Baptist church at age six because the Baptist church was pro-life. The age of reason is seven years of age. Chelsea Clinton never reached the age of reason and is a case of arrested development. So are Bill and Hillary and all pro-aborts.

  • Seen on Instapundit: “The Clintons are the political equivalent of herpes. They keep coming back, whether people like it or not.”

    Thank God that only a small minority of America-hating invertebrates and Soros funded agents provocateurs listen to their constant streams of lies and evils.

  • The Clinton’s.
    The “poster family” of scourging America. Worse than a tool of destruction, they are the first family of Hell on Earth.

  • Roe v. Wade never bore the burden of proof that the newly begotten innocent person was NOT a sovereign person

  • Uh, hold on. What she seems to be saying is she left the church because the talk about abortion bothered her. She seemed to realize it was not appropriate in some way, to talk to a 6 year old about abortion. I am not reading that she, at 6, decided she was leaving because the church was pro-life.
    We have to be really careful with reading comprehension. Read carefully.
    For the record, I have no respect for any of the Clintons.

  • I am second to nobody in my loathing of the Clinton family, but I think Chelsea’s remarks may be being misconstrued. She said, “I didn’t know why they were talking to me about abortion when I was 6 in Sunday school.” I would totally agree with this. To bring up such a horrible, gruesome subject to children that young is to destroy their God-given innocence. Thanks to our sick, oversexualized, pervasive consumer-media culture, children are losing their innocence at ever younger ages. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a time when I didn’t even hear the word “abortion” until I was 13 or 14 years old — and I was horrified when I found out what it was. I can’t even imagine what the effect on a tender 6-year-old psyche would be.

    I obviously am disgusted with Chelsea Clinton’s pro-abortion stance as an adult, but I think what she was talking about in the quote given above was something I could agree with her on: Little children should not be hearing about abortion. It is evil and grotesque and horrifying. Would we take our 6-year-old to an R-rated slasher movie? Of course not. Well, then, let’s not be planting images in their young minds of babies being slashed to pieces.

  • Agreed that a 6 year old shouldn’t be presented with such graphic visualizations of Hell on Earth. But either she wildly exaggerating like her FBI certified lying mother, or whats worse that as 6 year old she thought it was horrifying that some would suggest mothers do NOT have a right to slaughter their own offspring.

  • “What she seems to be saying is she left the church because the talk about abortion bothered her.”

    Assuming this isn’t simply a routine Clinton lie by Chelsea, they do seem to lie as a matter of course about matters great and small, why would a talk about abortion at age 6 have bothered her? How would she have known what abortion was, and if she knew why would the pro-life position have upset her? How would she even recall this at age 36? If anyone was offended, assuming the incident even occurred, I suspect it was her mother.

  • Question: did Mark Shea become more pro-life at the age of six or less? I’d like to know!

  • It’s a lie, without a doubt. Fawn Brodie published posthumously a work in which slicing up Richard Nixon for this sort of thing featured prominently. George Bush the Elder was a great one for goofy cocktail party mendacity (“You look wonderful”). Liberal culture is such nowadays that the comedy people like Michael Kinsley saw in Nixon and Bush the Elder never seems to adhere to the Clintons or anyone else who serves their ilk.

    The thing is, the story makes Chelsea and (implicitly) her mother look seriously creepazoid. Has Cheslea been so encased in protective bubbles that she doesn’t see this, or does she figure she’s speaking to people so bent they’d think a six-year-old contemplating abortion to be amusingly precocious?

    Stop and think about Chelsea’s life. Rude remarks from Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding (which must have stung because they were from an adult but which likely were mild compared to what the cut-ups and mean girls were saying to her at school), she was treated delicately by the media – much more so than Amy Carter (though less so than the Obama girls). Gary Aldrich, and FBI agent assigned to the White House during the period running from 1993-95 said in his observation and that of security personnel with whom he traded stories, Chelsea was an ordinary teenager and episodically quite rude to her security detail (taking her cues from mama, no doubt); the newspapers who presented her as a lovely girl manufactured a fictional character. She has manifest talents, but evidently no one to counsel her on how to deploy them and all to many people willing to hand her plum jobs (why do broadcast networks hire politicians’ kids so readily?). Her mother was best described by Joseph Sobran: “like egalitarians from Joseph Stalin to Bella Abzug, a terror to work for”. Her maternal side grandmother was described by a nephew thus: ‘always pissed at someone; held grudges’. Her paternal side grandmother was an amiable vulgarian with a gambling problem (and something of a lush to boot, by some accounts). She had no sisters, her only aunt has never been part of the family circle, and her uncle’s childless rank-and-file-lawyer wife lived in south Florida. It’s not surprising she’s kinda messed up.

  • Thank goodness that this Clinton seems to be a bimbo.

  • Thank goodness that this Clinton seems to be a bimbo.

    She has a hatful of graduate degrees. She’s no bimbo. The problem is that her whole life has been so scripted she cannot say anything that isn’t spurious or uninteresting. A journalist reading something she’d written said it had the quality of oatmeal in which you find a toenail clipping now and again.

  • What 6 year old leaves a church? Was she raised Methodist after she left the Baptists? Or was her Methodist mother raising her Methodist while she was attending Baptist services with her Baptist father?
    The whole thing reeks of Two Corinthians.

    You know, the cheap knockoff of Royal English Pleather

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  • Delores – a woman in a sad situation!

  • We have six days of creation and one day of rest. So, EARTH DAY is one of seven or about 14%. Not much to celebrate or hang one’s hat on.

  • She didn’t, but it says something not-too-agreeable about Chelsea and her audience that she thought it advantageous to strike that pose at that particular moment in time.

    I’d be pleased if Chelsea would settle on a career and stay the heck away from her parents’ grift and out of the public eye. Her mother and father have given her terrible counsel. Her mother-in-law appears to be a decent person and her uncle Hugh’s wife at least a normal range person. She ought to try taking her cues from them.

  • 2 Peter 3:10

    But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.

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PopeWatch: Hopeful Shack Up

Saturday, April 22, AD 2017

 

From the only reliable source of Catholic news on the net, Eye of the Tiber:

 

 

Local Catholic Becky Donaldson confirmed this week that she is absolutely confident that her live-in boyfriend of eight years, Kevin Reynolds,  will soon be proposing.

“I’m just so excited,” a teary-eyed Donaldson told some of her girlfriends gathered at a local restaurant last night. “We’ve been waiting until we’re in a financially comfortable situation. I mean, we were financially comfortable a few years ago, and then he bought the jet skis, so we’ve been working on getting financially comfortable again since then.”

Donaldson went on to say that after eight years of living with Kevin, not counting the other four years they were dating while living separately, she couldn’t wait for the wedding so that their life could finally begin.

“I imagine our lives are going to be totally different after we’re married. I mean, we’ve been living together for eight years and dating for four, and we bought this house together five years ago. We’re pretty much done having fun and I think we’re ready to settle down and start having children. I guess that’s why it’s been taking him so long to propose, you know? We just needed to live our lives before we had kids.”

Donaldson was heard later in the evening advising her younger, single friends to not get married and have children until they had done all their travelling and fun activities since “once you have children all fun stops and you die inside.”

“Not saying that living with him has all been fun and games, of course. He has annoying little quirks, but those will obviously be transformed by the magical powers of the sacrament. We don’t go to church, but I’ve heard about all the magic that the sacrament of matrimony does for a relationship, so I expect his snoring and his leaving the toilet seat up to stop soon after the wedding. Not to mention him leaving dirty dishes and empty beer bottles on the coffee table, putting his dirty clothes on the floor next to the hamper instead of inside the hamper, putting the toilet paper roll on the holder backwards, so that the tail end is against the wall and so on.”

At press time Kevin has been spotted sneaking out of the house to go shopping for jet ski trailers.

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  • Lol. The same is said for contraception, “oh we’ll think about having a child of another someday, right after______.”
    Hence this problem.

    No ones thinking about having children, their thinking about not having children.

  • Sorry about my miss spelling, my phone screen is small, and Siri has a mind of her own.

  • That’s right, Dolores. He’ll change after he marries you. One wonders how the divorce rate doesn’t approximate 100%.

    Wonderful! Shifting gears from recreation to procreation makes it all OK? So much for 12 years of fornication . . .

    Face it, ladies. Many men just are not that “into” you. No pun intended. Feminism (abortion, contraception, PP, my-body-my-self, etc.) is great for men on the make.

    PS: I put my empty beer can (a shot and a beer a night whether or not I need it) in the sink. And, I still get the “fish-eyes.”

    Now, I am sneaking out to buy lotto tix, er, milk.

  • Sad but true…The upside down culture.
    Take Planned Parenthood. Should be Planned Genocide.

    Today it’s sex before marriage. No one except Godly children would even consider getting married before having sex. On a positive note many good parents are actively schooling their children in chaste realities leading​ to the culture of Life.
    Thanks be to God.

  • “Today it’s sex before marriage. No one except Godly children would even consider getting married before having sex.” Is it possible that the poor wretches will ever know the joy of love?

  • Mary De Voe.

    How could they know?
    The culture has hijacked true love.
    Abortion is a proof of this false love that excludes God and replaces Him for self gratification. True Love? Only in Christ.

  • 🙄 as long as they are actively on the road to having a Catholic marriage, living in the same house might relieve some of the periphery distractions. They are able to focus on praying together, setting aside time for more difficult subjects and “learning the language”. Living apart would be incredibly difficult, as each person does not come from similar backgrounds and values. By minimizing some of the building blocks, they might have a better chance to lift the larger blocks while building their domestic church. Hopefully, by then.. maybe then “be ready to fill the pews!” 😉

  • 🙄 Everything else seems to be taking a more important precedent, than preparing for the wedding. Unless the jet skis are part of the ceremony.. that should be a warning flag as to cautionary distractions. If they are concerned about raising a family soon after getting married, that money will need to go for the nursery… and additional expenses. One more concerning flag is that if “he” is more concerned with the jet skis than getting married, then how important does he value family? If “having fun” means being selfish, how do they really view marriage? selfish marriages can mirror self-less marriages, the hall of those mirrors can lead one astray before you realize how lost you really have become. By then, be more confused than you were in the beginning. Better off, to have a strong start and try not to fall prey to distractions, but keep in check the distractions that you are cancelling out, to integrate a marriage, creating a self reflective pathway… where each can grow stronger…

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Edmund Burke

Friday, April 21, AD 2017

 

 

“The temper and character which prevail in our Colonies are, I am afraid, unalterable by any human art. We can not, I fear, falsify the pedigree of this fierce people, and persuade them that they are not sprung from a nation in whose veins the blood of freedom circulates. The language in which they would hear you tell them this tale would detect the imposition. Your speech would betray you. An Englishman is the unfittest person on earth to argue another Englishman into slavery.”

Edmund Burke, On Conciliation With America, March 22, 1775

 

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PopeWatch: The Meeting

Friday, April 21, AD 2017

 

 

 

It’s on:

 

 

Contrary to earlier reports, President Donald Trump will meet with Pope Francis when he travels to Italy next month for meetings with the G7 leaders, U.S. and Vatican officials said Wednesday.

When asked about a possible meeting, White House press spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that officials would be contacting the Vatican to arrange a meeting between Trump and the Pope during the latter’s visit to Italy at the end of May

“Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness,” he said.

 For his part, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the Vatican equivalent of a deputy prime minister, confirmed to the Italian news agency ANSA that “Pope Francis is always ready to receive heads of state who request an audience.”

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  • That started my day off with a good laugh. Thank you, Mr. McClarey.

  • When I wasn’t hearing Mass on Sundays, I would tell my sainted Mother that I feared that the church’s chimney would fall in if I went in. The Vatican’s chimneys won’t fall in, either.

  • Trump: “Nice wall you have here, Holy Father.”
    Pope: “You should not be so against Immigration Mr President.”
    Trump: “I’m not and unlike many countries the USA is in favor of immigration. There seems to be some kind of misunderstanding.”

  • A contributor from TAC was dead on when he/she said; “Immagration? A wall exists in heaven. A gate. And an extremely important vetting process too. Did we forget that?”
    Quoting from memory here so it isn’t exact. Question is how can you be certain that the vetting process will be fair? At the very least we will keep some dangerous elements out. If this tactic saves one life..one..It is justified.

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Tecumseh Sherman

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017

I will have the matter of Sturgis critically examined, and, if he be at fault, he shall have no mercy at my hands. I cannot but believe he had troops enough. I know I would have been willing to attempt the same task with that force; but Forrest is the very devil, and I think he has got some of our troops under cower. I have two officers at Memphis that will fight all the time—A. J. Smith and Mower. The latter is a young brigadier of fine promise, aud I commend him to your notice. I will order them to make up a force and go out and follow Forrest to the death, if it cost 10,000 lives and breaks the Treasury. There never will be peace in Tennessee till Forrest is dead.

William Tecumseh Sherman, telegram to Secretary of War Stanton-June15, 1864

Unbelievably, after the War Sherman and Forrest became friends, Sherman concluding that Forrest was the most remarkable man to arise on either side in the War.  Ironic but fitting that two of the most controversial figures of the War enjoyed personal amity after the greatest War in our history.

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  • Forrest reminds me of Oliver Cromwell. Who would have expected men with their histories to become military geniuses.

  • Genius always needs opportunity. Imagine how many geniuses live their lives completely unaware of their latent abilities due to lack of opportunity.

  • Reminds me of our aircraft designers at the end of WWII going to Japan to praise the designer of the “Zero” for creating a masterpiece of a fighting machine.
    It reminds us that truth even surpasses, in greatness, man’s wars.

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Bear Growls: Predictions

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017

 

 

Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear gazes into his ursine crystal ball:

 

The Vatican may be a rhumba of rattlesnakes, but too few of them are motivated by aberrant ideology to risk a repeat of Sampson’s after-dinner show for the Philistines.

Bear predicts there will be the usual polite language when Bergoglio go-goes, but inside, most prelates are going to be saying, “Boy, did we elect the wrong guy. How could we have been so stupid? Let’s get back to normal ASAP before the Bear hops a tramp salmon freighter and cleans house, but good.”

The Bear does not think the institutional Church enjoys turmoil. Nor does it wish to court schism, however small the risk. And, who knows? Perhaps there are 10 righteous men in Sodom-on-the-Tiber.

The next pope will be a reliable Italian. This whole darts-at-a-map thing has not worked out very well. His job will be to settle the hens down after that fox Bergoglio is gone. The era of the magisterium of the sound byte will be over. Everybody has seen what a disaster it has been.

Nobody likes to be made fun of incessantly.

There will be the usual suspects agitating, but the Bear repeats, institutions do not enjoy chaos. The mainstream plus the faithful will out-vote the cardinals of questionable orthodoxy.

The Bear does not think Bergoglio was voted in over a desire to extend Holy Communion to divorced and remarried persons. The Bear thinks he was elected to be the outsider that would fix things. Perhaps he even ran for pope on that platform. “I’m from Argentina. And if there’s one thing that Argentina is known for it is fixing problems with institutions.”

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  • “The next pope will be a reliable Italian. This whole darts-at-a-map thing has not worked out very well.”

    Well Cardinal Raymond Burke of the United States, or Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, or Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea would each make a great Pope. But my vote doesn’t count.

  • “Argentina is known for fixing it’s problems. ” Oh, that is funny!
    Argentine churrasco is proof God loves man and wants him to be happy.
    There is the tango, too. After that, Argentina is chaos.

  • Agreed Lucius – all those would be great popes, but I don’t have a vote either, and I fear perhaps another liberal – Schoenborn perhaps?

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This is Alabama!

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017

 

The Soros supported Red Fascist Anarchists ran into a little problem when they showed up in Auburn.  They forgot that Auburn is in the Sovereign State of Alabama.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The police rigorously enforced the anti-mask laws of the State.  Anti-mask statutes are common in this country and were originally passed to combat the Ku Klux Klan, the home grown role model for all American terrorist groups.

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PopeWatch: O’Reilly

Thursday, April 20, AD 2017

 

 

 

 

An interesting tidbit:

 

Embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly briefly met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, according to a New York Times report.

The report says O’Reilly, who was in a VIP section in St. Peter’s Square during the pontiff’s weekly general audience, shook hands with the religious leader as a Vatican newspaper photographer snapped a photo. 

The Times noted the “special section beside the stage holding the papal throne, where Mr. O’Reilly sat, is exclusive and entered only with special tickets distributed by the prefecture of the papal household, according to the Vatican press office.”

Tens of thousands of worshipers fill the square for the weekly event.

The Vatican had stated last week that no official audience with O’Reilly was scheduled.

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  • I suppose Bill was caught in the no spin zone just too long. Being all wet, he needed time to be hung out to dry.
    Another book on the horizon I’m certain.

    Pope Francis?

    All I’m asked to do for him is pray.
    So I pray.
    Conversion and clarity, for the final no spin zone is inevitable.

  • O’Reilly was at his best 17 years ago during the Elian Gonzalez controversy… was that the last time a Democrat deported anyone? Funny how Clinton let the Mexicans stay in California.

    Dennis Miller was the only watchable segment of O’Reilly’s show in later years. Miller is from Pittsburgh. Early in his broadcasting career, he interviewed my best friend on Evening Magazine about his comic book collection. I lost track of how many times I helped him move those damned comic books. Manassas, Virginia to Plum Boro, Pennsylvania… that was as much fun as a root canal.
    Sorry for going off topic.

  • In accordance with feminist/liberal “standards” for such behavior, O’R could be the Democrat POTUS candidate in 2020. It worked for William Jefferson Clinton.

    If it was not for double standards, they’d have no standards at all.

  • “If it were not for double standards, they’d have no standards at all.” Love it.

  • Perhaps I am the only person here who likes Bill O’Reilly, for which I am certain to be condemned. Now I disagreed with him on some issues, and I thought he often unfairly interrupted others on his show who gave responses to his commentary. However, I do not for one minute believe these allegations of sexual misconduct. I may be deceived and if that is the case, then I shall promptly apologize. But I think that feminists simply couldn’t stand his style, being so effeminately delicate. So they conspired with trumped up changes of misconduct in an era where a person is guilty until proven innocent.

    Again, if I am wrong, then it won’t be the first time.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.

    I hope your right.
    Trumped up charges in this culture by feminist who resemble the compassion of Isis, abortion loving scallywags, and would love to take out a talking head O’Reilly. A prize to hang above their condom dispenser.

  • Dunno. Some of the dirt he’s collected over the years is supposedly buttressed with recordings injurious to his reputation. The production values on Fox are designed to appeal to some set of demographics I’m not in, so I seldom watch any of their commentary programs (do they do any reporting at all?). Unlike Messrs. Trump and Cosby, his accusers have been women who were well acquainted with him.

  • I lost all interest in O’reilly when he referred to Jesus as just a philosopher. Another lame catholic.

  • I agree with you Philip. We need to pray for the ‘Pope’ but no need to follow his anti Catholicism.

  • TLM.
    Agreed.

  • I haven’t seen O’Reilly in quite a while. I will say this for Bill O’Reilly and also Megyn Kelly, both of them were not afraid to defend the unborn on the air.

  • I have no idea if the allegations of sexual harassment by FOX employees are true or not but, isn’t it strange that the other so-called news networks never seem to have any sexual harassment scandals? Or the NY Times with many homosexual employees? It’s like the priest scandals in the Roman Catholic church, everyone knows about that, but you never or rarely hear about molestation by ministers/priests of the Protestant denominations or non Christian religions. It goes on, but never seems to be front page.

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