After 31 Years, Finally

Sunday, November 30, AD 2014

The sequel to Return of the Jedi will be released in December of 2015, titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What makes this different from the previous three Star Wars prequels?  George Lucas had almost nothing to do with the making of the film.  Yes, no more Ewoks or Jar Jar Binks, or any other poor attempts at young children product placements that ultimately killed each prequel and Return of the Jedi.

Yes, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are in my opinion the best of the bunch.  Great special effects, storyline, and action.  Only to stumble with Return of the Jedi and the three prequels being prevented from being timeless classics.

The first trailer was produced for American audiences, the second trailer was made for the rest of the world.

What to look for?  Storm Troopers have a slightly redesigned appearance, the light saber now has two ‘light handle bars’, a Darth Sith “may” have survived from Return of the Jedi, and a few more minor tweaks to let you figure out.

Enjoy!

 

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  • Jar-Jar Binks, the fictional character I would most like to ask to put his hand in a wood chipper to clear a blockage.

  • I hold a minority opinion in rather liking Return of the Jedi, though perhaps that is because it is the one I actually saw in the theater in its original release when I was six. The prequels also did improve in quality with each installment, even if the bar was low. All in all, I am looking forward to Episode Seven, and being able to watch it why my (then) six-year old daughter.

  • I want to laugh, but I saw it happen. Haven’t seen the Star Wars yet to discuss its morality or usefulness in indoctrinating our people.

Riot Queen

Sunday, November 30, AD 2014

Riot Queen

We last encountered Darlena Cunha when she wrote a column in the Washington Post in which she complained about feeling judged when she went to pick up government handouts in her Mercedes.  Go here to read about that unintentionally hilarious foray into obtuseness and entitlement.  Now she speaks up in Time Magazine in favor of the rioters and arsonists in Ferguson, Missouri:

When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem.

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  • This woman is the ‘intellectual moron’ type that Daniel Flynn writes about in his book “Intellectual Morons”. People like Darlena Cunha set up a rigid ideological idea or system in their heads (riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society) but they refuse to see the reality that their ideas bring about. It scares me that a main stream magazine like Time would give this silly twit the time of day. Years ago, only a communist rag would print garbage like this.

  • The video of Michael Brown stealing the box of cigarillos and assaulting the shopkeep needs to be continuously played on the marque in Times Square until the rioting stops. Not one of the rioters would want to be robbed and assaulted, not even Darlena Cunha. Inciting to riot is disturbing the peace and against the law as someone might be injured.
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    “Ms. Cunha doesn’t give a damn about the honest people who can see a life’s work go up in flames in a night by hoodlums.”
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    That is what Hitler did to those who dared to be prosperous shopkeepers. From whom does she think the government gets the tax money to give away? Deadhead thinking. Cunha and now the Times magazine enjoy the power to cause riots, since they cannot produce something good.

  • Stupidity knows no bounds and cannot be fixed. People who read and write for such publications as (Behind the) Time(s) and the Washington Compost inhabit their own little world where logic and common sense do not exist.

    Brown was a thug. His behavior before being shot bears this out. The rioters are idiots. Their sole source of anger was that a white police officer shot a black man. Black men kill other black men every day and the rioters care not.

  • . When in my twenties, I taught art for four years in Newark. I took deep in the ghetto black kids on weekends to the nicer world outside Newark including the Jersey Shore during the summer. I put a very rough, already Catholic black girl from public school into a Catholic school, paid her tuition inter alia and had to tutor her almost nightly so she could keep up and I took her and her two female cousins to Mass on Sundays in a neighborhood where I was jumped by four black guys but escaped in a telephone truck. One girl had no attendant parents and lived with Grandma who took her from a wild living daughter and the two cousins were from a father who was dealing very cheap heroin with a gang all of whom were doing heroin and often downstairs from where I was tutoring the one girl. An abbot from a contemplative monastery told me not to turn them in because their level of dealing would be replaced in a day, a Newark detective on the street told me to carry a pistol illegally after four thugs strangled a man in that neighborhood….an old priest at the end of my mission work told me wisely… ” what you are seeing is too much for your heart and soul…think about leaving”.

    What I will say about Ferguson is that little truth is reaching through the tv. Four armed blacks protected one white business in Ferguson because that owner once gave them work. That kind of black man is more numerous than tv will state and thug blacks are more numerous than the tv or Al Sharpton will ever state. The good and bad are more numerous than one thinks. In your house if a huge man who broke in …is unarmed and moving toward you, you can shoot him…because he is coming toward you for that gun you’re holding….not for any other reason. I think Wilson perceived forward movement in the head down angle and Wilson did the rational….did the due act. Should Ferguson also have strong taser weapons in each car as a mid point between peeper spray and pistols. I think so. Wilson’s description of his gun jamming by the way is one more anxiety for all cops who might feel safer with 8 shot revolvers with moon clip reloaders. The revolver can move on from a dud bullet and doesn’t jam.

  • Here is the link to a different kind of black hero…I use Van Morrison’s words from Tupelo Honey about men like this…. ” men with insight, men in granite, knights in armor intent on chivalry”….

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/28/black-ferguson-residents-arm-themselves-and-descend-upon-white-owned-business-the-reason-why-is-front-page-worthy/

  • And, I don’t hate anyone. But, I agree with Ann Coulter (not a fan, quoted at “Never Yet Melted”):
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    “The riot in Ferguson reminds me, I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot. Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff.
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    “From the beginning, Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t reported like news. It was reported like a cause.”

  • “It scares me that a main stream magazine like Time would give this silly twit the time of day. Years ago, only a communist rag would print garbage like this.”

    Time magazine as a whole has been pushing Socialism and Communism for years!

  • Bill Bannon: re your commentary on your time spent in the inner city school:

    I had similar experiences teaching in the inner city. When I have expressed similar things on this site, I have even had someone indicate that I did not know what I was talking about. Those who have never lived or worked in these areas do not have a clue about how things really are. I know that I never dreamed a world like that existed anywhere in the US until I had to drive through those neighborhoods & work there for 3 years.

  • The “Riot Queen” would not survive a week in such an area because she is simply too stupid and thin skinned. Those who are surviving in such areas are too busy dodging bullets and looking over their shoulders to write articles for Time magazine.

  • “I hate criminals, but I hate liberals more. They planned this riot. They stoked the fire, lied about the evidence and produced a made-to-order riot. Every other riot I’ve ever heard of was touched off by some spontaneous event that exploded into mob violence long before any media trucks arrived. This time, the networks gave us a countdown to the riot, as if it were a Super Bowl kickoff.”

    I also am not normally a fan of Ann Coulter, but in this case, she nailed it. The media coverage of the grand jury announcement — timed perfectly for prime time TV — was probably very much like what one would have seen in the Roman arenas just before the lions were let loose. Do not forget, also, that the federal (AG Holder), state (MO Gov. Nixon) and local (STL Co. prosecutor McCulloch) officials primarily responsible for encouraging or allowing this to happen are all Democrats.

  • Also, I was willing to give Cunha the benefit of the doubt on her “driving to get food stamps in a Mercedes” column. I am NOT cutting her any slack on this one. I guess she has proven herself to be an entitlement mentality twit after all.

    You all have probably noted the further devolution of followup “civil disobedience” actions into harassing Christmas shoppers and, in the case of one protest in Seattle, hounding a children’s choir to tears. I would love to write a comedy sketch in which Ferguson protesters march to the North Pole, hold a die-in at Santa’s workshop and demand that Christmas be canceled. Call it “The Year Without a Santa Claus, 2014”.

  • Barbara,
    If looter’s (or their mom’s (if minors)) pay check or public assistance check were garnisheed by Federal statute for rioting, until businesses were recompensed…..riots would wane. If prisons had constant ten hour work days for restitution to victim families, crimes would decrease. As long as prisons are hangouts similar to the city block, we lose. The Church should be at the fore front with an encyclical about restitution via prison labor. She is not. We are posing for the media as the uninquisition….like the uncola. So we just note fleetingly….what prisons can’t do…hard things. We do not suggest positive hard things like labor with equal force if at all. The Nobel jury is watching. CNN is watching. We are the uncola.

  • If they cancel Christmas they must also cancel Black Friday and all other gift procuring holy days.

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  • Wilson’s description of his gun jamming by the way is one more anxiety for all cops who might feel safer with 8 shot revolvers with moon clip reloaders. The revolver can move on from a dud bullet and doesn’t jam.

    Or maybe it’s an argument against Glocks –and other double-action-only semi-automatic self-loading pistols.

  • Most semi-auto pistols have a disconnector that prevents the gun from firing if the slide is pushed back even slightly. So if the gentle giant had his hand on the officer’s gun this probably pushed the slide out of battery. Unfortunately even with a revolver, grabbing the cylinder can be enough to prevent the gun from cycling, so carrying a revolver would not guarantee the gun would fire in this scenario.

Advent Sermons of Saint Thomas Aquinas-First Sunday in Advent

Sunday, November 30, AD 2014

I can think of no finer guide for us as we proceed through Advent this year than the Angelic Doctor.  Here is a sermon he wrote for the First Sunday in Advent:

“Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek,” &c. — S. Matt. xxi. 5.

THIS is a prophecy of the Advent of Our Lord Jesus Christ, about which there are three signs.

 

First, the dignity of Him Who is coming; secondly, the utility of His Advent; thirdly, the manner in which He came.

 

Of the first sign we read in the Gospel, “Thy King cometh;” a merciful King; a just King; a wise King; a terrible King; an omnipotent King; an eternal King. A merciful King in sparing; a just in judging; a good in rewarding; a wise in governing; an omnipotent King in defending the good; a terrible King in punishing the evil; an eternal King in ruling eternally, and in bestowing immortality. Of the first, Isa. xvi. 5, “And in mercy shall the throne be established.”

 

Of the second, Isa. xxxiv., “And behold, a King shall reign in justice;” Isa. xvi. 5, “And He shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David.”

 

Of the third, Ps. Ixxiii. 1, “Truly God, is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.”

 

Of the fourth, Jer. xxiii. 5, “I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and judgment in the earth.”

 

Of the fifth, Esth. xiii. 9, “Lord, Lord, the King Almighty, for the whole world is in Thy power.”

 

Of the sixth, Wis. xi. 10, “As a severe King, Thou didst condemn and punish.”

 

Of the seventh, Jer. x. 10, ” But the Lord is the true God, He is the living God and an everlasting King ;” S. Luke i. 33, ” And of His Kingdom there shall be no end.”

Of the seven, collectively, 2 Macc. i. 24, “O Lord, Lord, God, Creator of all things, Who art fearful, and strong, and righteous, and merciful, and the only gracious King.” Wisdom in the Creator, mercy in the pitiful, goodness in the good, justice in the just, severity in the terrible, power in the powerful, eternity in the eternal.

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  • I watched “Mary of Nazareth” on EWTN last night. The ending made everything else perfect. Jesus rises from the dead and visits Mary. Jesus says: “Mother” and Mary says: “Here I am.”
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    Must go to Mass. Will read Thomas Aquinas later.

November 30, 1864: Battle of Franklin

Sunday, November 30, AD 2014

Battle of Franklin

With Sherman embarking on his March to the Sea, John Bell Hood and his Army of Tennessee were left confronting the Union forces in Tennessee, some sixty thousand troops to the 39,000 under Hood.  The odds were actually longer than that, as Union control of the railroads and rivers of Tennessee would allow rapid Union reinforcement in Tennessee if necessary.  Hood decided that his only option for victory was to take Tennessee from the Union.  This was the longest of long shots, but at this stage of the War no Confederate commander had strategic options that could be called anything other than bleak.  Hood’s plan at least had his army taking the initiative, and he could hope for some massive Union blunders that might transform an impossible situation into one that gave him some hope of at least slowing what he no doubt perceived as an inevitable Union victory in the War.

Hood entered Tennessee on November 21, and his campaign began with some promise.  The Union forces were divided by 75 miles with Thomas and the Army of the Cumberland in Nashville, and Schofield and his Army of the Ohio, some 27,000 men, at Pulaski, Tennessee.

Hood did his best to bring Schofield to battle before he could unite with Thomas and succeeded in doing so on November 30 at Franklin, Tennessee, some 21 miles south of Nashville, after the Army of Tennessee missed a golden opportunity to destroy a portion of Schofield’s retreating force at Spring Hill the day before.

Schofield had abandoned his pontoon bridge during the retreat and thus his army fought the Battle of Franklin with its back to the Harpeth River, and potential annihilation if the Confederates could dislodge his defense.  Hood realized the opportunity that presented itself and ordered an all out assault that began at 4:00 PM.

Some of the most desperate fighting of the Civil War ensued.  An initial Confederate breakthrough in the Union center was sealed after ferocious combat, much of it hand to hand. Confederate attacks continued until 10:00 PM.  The unsuccessful attacks devastated the Army of the Tennessee.  Union total casualties of approximately 2,200 included 189 killed.  Confederate killed were ten times that number with total Confederate casualties of 6200.  The tenor of the Confederate losses is illustrated by their generals who were casualties that day.  Six Confederate generals died, including perhaps the best Confederate division commander, Major General Patrick Cleburne, seven Confederate generals were wounded and one was captured.  Schofield withdrew across the river that night and march his army to Nashville.  Hood followed with his army, now a pale reflection of the force that he led into battle the day before.  November 30, 1864 was the black day of the Army of Tennessee.

Here is the report of General Thomas on the battle:

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November 29, 1864: Sand Creek Massacre

Saturday, November 29, AD 2014

John Chivington

 

 

On Novmber 29, 1864, in a stain on American honor, 700 men of the 1st Colorado Cavalry, 3rd Colorado Cavalry and a company of the 1st New Mexico Volunteer Cavalry, under the command of Colonel John M. Chivington, a Methodist minister turned soldier, attacked and slaughtered an encampment of peaceful Indians.  I cannot improve on the report of this massacre issued by the Congressional Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War on January 10, 1865:

 

The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War submit the following report:

In the summer of 1864 Governor Evans, of Colorado Territory, as acting superintendent of Indian affairs, sent notice to the various bands and tribes of Indians within his jurisdiction that such as desired to be considered friendly to the whites should at once repair to the nearest military post in order to be protected from the soldiers who were to take the field against the hostile Indians.


About the close of the summer, some Cheyenne Indians, in the neighborhood of the Smoke Hills, sent word to Major Wynkoop, the commandant of the post of Fort Lyon, that they had in their possession, and were willing to deliver up, some white captives they had purchased of other Indians. Major Wynkoop, with a force of over 100 men, visited those Indians and received the white captives. On his return he was accompanied by a number of the chiefs and leading men of the Indians, whom he had invited to visit Denver for the purpose of conferring with the authorities there in regard to keeping peace. Among them were Black Kettle and White Antelope of the Cheyennes, and some chiefs of the Arapahoes. The council was held, and these chiefs stated that they were friendly to the whites, and always had been, and that they desired peace. Governor Evans and Colonel Chivington, the commander of that military district, advised them to repair to Fort Lyon and submit to whatever terms the military commander there should impose. This was done by the Indians, who were treated somewhat as prisoners of war, receiving rations, and being obliged to remain within certain bounds.

 

All the testimony goes to show that the Indians, under the immediate control of Black Kettle and White Antelope of the Cheyennes, and Left Hand of the Arapahoes, were and had been friendly to the whites, and had not been guilty of any acts of hostility or depredation. The Indian agents, the Indian interpreter and others examined by your committee, all testify to the good character of those Indians. Even Governor Evans and Major Anthony, though evidently willing to convey to your committee a false impression of the character of those Indians, were forced, in spite of their prevarication, to admit that they knew of nothing they had done which rendered them deserving of punishment.

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  • You might add that this Methodist minister lived for another 30 years after he led this murderous campaign and that he became Grand Master of the Masons also after the massacre/

  • that is GM of the Colorado Masons

  • Many years ago,, I read Dee Brown’s “Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee.” The story os Sand Creek was one of the most heartbreaking to read (really, they all were). This sheds more light on that disgraceful event. Thanks for sharing this.

  • In my layman US history understanding and could be wrong, the Massacre decimated the plain’s tribes leadership to the Anglo European/other’s favor as related to later US Indian Wars. Not justifying the Massacre at all, just saying…

  • Those Indians just didn’t realize how lucky they were to be part of the glorious union!

  • Those Indians actually recognized that resistance was futile and were effectively prisoners of war. That is the fact that makes the massacre so terrible, as pointed out by the report.

  • Glad my decentents didn’t land in the U.S. until the early 1900s. All of this and slavery, etc had nothing to do with me or my family. And I bet there are millions more of us who think as such.

  • All nations have bad spots in their history. Being an American I think does not allow one to claim personal exemption as to the bad spots because of ancestry. No one today ever personally owned a slave or kept an Indian on a reservation, but these are all part of our common history, along with the glorious parts.

  • As I recall, Chivington was quoted as saying “Nits make lice” in his orders, a clear justification to kill the Cheyenne and Arapaho children. It should be noted that his words are a direct quote of Oliver Cromwell’s orders to do the same with Irish children two centuries earlier.

God of Our Fathers

Saturday, November 29, AD 2014

Something for the weekend.  God of Our Fathers.  Written in 1876 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, it reminds each American how fortunate we are to live in this land.

 

God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.

Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our lot is cast;
Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay,
Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way.

From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense;
Thy true religion in our hearts increase,
Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.

Refresh Thy people on their toilsome way,
Lead us from night to never-ending day;
Fill all our lives with love and grace divine,
And glory, laud, and praise be ever Thine.

America is a wonderful place, even when we acknowledge her flaws.  I think one of the best tributes to America is contained in Stephen Vincent Benet’s The Devil and Daniel Webster, when he describes Daniel Webster addressing the Jury of the Damned:

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6 Responses to Noah: A Review

  • Whenever Noah is mentioned, I always recall a 7-year old at my convent school asking Sœur Marie-des-Anges if Joan of Arc was Noah’s daughter.

    “No,” replied the good sister, “Remember, Noah’s ark was made of wood and St Joan of Arc was Maid of Orléans” – No bad, for someone who did not have English as her mother tongue.

  • Thank you Donald for saving me the aggravation, time, and even the needless expense my watching this non-seasonal turkey would have cost. Russell Crowe should perhaps confine his talents to the Coliseum.

  • O Hollywood . . .

    The most recent occasion for me paying $$ to see a flick was some horror movie in June 2013. Before that it was the third LotR movie. No, wait! The warden and her sister/bro-in-law dragged (kicking and screaming) me to see “Lincoln.” Someone else paid. So, It was okay.

    However, if the movie “Unbroken” is half as good as the book, I could actually “spring” to see it.

  • T.Shaw, I suspect you would enjoy the movie Fury. I saw it today with my family and I will be reviewing it in a few days.

  • I can’t help but be resolved to the conclusion that Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings will be just as bad. The cynic in me asks, “How else was he able to raise the money to make this flick?”
    I hope I’m wrong, but, the track record of Hollywood pretty much makes this a safe bet. (Instead of rock people, maybe there will be bread people, who leave the manna in the desert!)

  • Mac, my Uncle Tom (RIP) was a tanker in North Africa, Sicily and Italy – all the way up the Italian boot. He ended the war in the Po Valley Campaign.
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    I’ve read several on-line reviews that highly recommend “Fury.” I will place more faith in your review.
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    My father (RIP) picked it up in a second-hand book store. I again read a short (like a coffee table or year book) division history of the 83rd (Thunderbolt) Inf. Div. in WWII ETO published immediately after the war, and written (including pencil sketches and photos) by unit personnel. The men’s courage, perseverance and skill are on display.
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    I will mail the book to my son in the 101st.
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    “Greet them ever with grateful hearts.”

1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation

Friday, November 28, AD 2014

 

Thanksgiving 1944 saw Americans fighting around the globe, with their families back home praying for their safety.  FDR recognized this with his 1944 Thanksgiving Proclamation:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

 

In this year of liberation, which has seen so many millions freed from tyrannical rule, it is fitting that we give thanks with special fervor to our Heavenly Father for the mercies we have received individually and as a nation and for the blessings He has restored, through the victories of our arms and those of our allies, to His children in other lands.

For the preservation of our way of life from the threat of destruction; for the unity of spirit which has kept our Nation strong; for our abiding faith in freedom; and for the promise of an enduring peace, we should lift up our hearts in thanksgiving.

For the harvest that has sustained us and, in its fullness, brought succor to other peoples; for the bounty of our soil, which has produced the sinews of war for the protection of our liberties; and for a multitude of private blessings, known only in our hearts, we should give united thanks to God.

To the end that we may bear more earnest witness to our gratitude to Almighty God, I suggest a nationwide reading of the Holy Scriptures during the period from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas. Let every man of every creed go to his own version of the Scriptures for a renewed and strengthening contact with those eternal truths and majestic principles which have inspired such measure of true greatness as this nation has achieved.

Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, in consonance with the joint resolution of the Congress approved December 26, 1941, do hereby proclaim Thursday the twenty-third day of November 1944 a day of national thanksgiving; and I call upon the people of the United States to observe it by bending every effort to hasten the day of final victory and by offering to God our devout gratitude for His goodness to us and to our fellow men.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

DONE at the City of Washington this first day of November in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-four and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-ninth.


FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

 

 

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Thanksgiving for the Troops

Thursday, November 27, AD 2014

5And when he had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a centurion, beseeching him, 6And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grieviously tormented. 7And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. 8And the centurion making answer, said: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. 9For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers; and I say to this, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10And Jesus hearing this, marvelled; and said to them that followed him: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. 11And I say to you that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: 12But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 13And Jesus said to the centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour.

Matthew 8: 5-13

 

 

 

 

The American Catholic extends our heartfelt thanks to members of our military who are spending Thanksgiving far from home.  It is our prayer that you have a joyous day and that you return safely to your family and friends.

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Thanksgiving Proclamation: 1864

Thursday, November 27, AD 2014

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

 

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

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  • Tsk, tsk…we cannot have something like this which is so discriminatory towards our atheist comrades.

    Please refrain from publishing such intentionally divisive rhetoric.

    Otherwise, have a contented last Thursday in November.

  • So, WHO do the atheists thank for making the seed germinate and the rain, rain and the sun shine and WHO do the atheists thank for there being seeds that germinate, and the rain that rains and the sun that shines?
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    There was an editorial by, his name was Reva Aslan, I remember, because Aslan was one of C.S. Lewis’ heroes in the Narnia Chronicles. Aslan separated the good atheists from the bad and religiously discriminatory “anti-theists”, those who would destroy the sovereign person’s freedom of religion and belief in God in their choice of free will to believe in God.
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    It made sense up to a point and that point being that as long as atheism is legalized, codified, as a constitutional form of religion, atheism unfounds the founding principles of all freedom, the sovereignty of the American citizen and of the human beings’ soul with his endowed unalienable human rights.
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    The atheist must be tolerated. Atheism is patently unconstitutional. Atheism and freedom of Religion, all freedom and man’s immortal human soul in eternal life cannot be countenanced or forborne.
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    The editorial tried to separate the privately held beliefs of the atheist and the militant anti-theist, except that it was Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the atheist who removed freedom from the public square, the public domain. Yes, Madalyn Murray O’Hair was an atheist and was militantly anti-theist. How does the editor deliver freedom to all Americans when that atheist and the anti-theist violate the very concept of free will from the constitution?

  • Rewrite: “Atheism, as freedom of religion as opposed to constitutional freedom of Religion, all constitutional freedoms and man’s immortal human soul in eternal life cannot be countenanced or forborne.”
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    Atheism is a belief. A belief is not religion. A belief that the world is flat and that man has no soul or that man’s soul has no endowed unalienable human and civil rights of free will and sovereign personhood to discipline himself and remain an innocent citizen, that man is a best of burden to the state, that the state is the grantor of all human rights, when, in fact, the state is constituted by men to guarantee all God-given human rights and freedoms. Without the acknowledgment of almighty God as Creator and endower of all human rights, Truth and Justice will not flourish and “might then makes right”,the greed for power and illegitimate authority ride with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Death, War, Hunger and Pestilence reign supreme.
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    Religion is man’s worship of God in thought, word and deed. Religion is man’s relationship with our almighty Creator and Redeemer and the Love Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
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    … “or prohibit the free exercise thereof”…
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    The Supreme Court does not have legitimate authority to define what is a “burden to the free exercise of religion” as it has in the past. The burden to “the free exercise of religion” is defined and exercised by the free citizen, the American citizen, the sovereign person in his personal relationship with God. Our relationship with God does not allow for the state to intrude into a personal relationship with God without our personal consent, no more than the state has power to intrude into any love affair or personal relationship. It is non of their business. period.

  • We are in for a rough ride in this country.

  • Assassinating the character of the newly begotten sovereign person by framing him as an invader, a parasite causing the death of the mother and the unwanted pregnancy, Roe v. Wade made a right of privacy to abort and kill the invader, the parasite, the unwanted pregnancy.

    Science has proved that the new individual cell has its own DNA. Metaphysics tells us that the new sovereign person has an immortal human soul endowed with free will, intellect, sovereign personhood, all unalienable human rights and the promise of eternal life.
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    The conjugal act invites the new life, the new individual person, a party to our constitutional posterity. The word “invite” means to offer life to another person. The man and the woman exercise the power of their sex to invite another person into life. When the unborn child is conceived, the parents become a mother and a father. As parents, the father and the mother must host their child, the testimony to and the evidence of their love.

The Pilgrims and Socialism

Thursday, November 27, AD 2014

 

 

 

From  Of Plymouth Plantation, by Governor William Bradford:

All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. So they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go on in the general way as before. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. This had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

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9 Responses to The Pilgrims and Socialism

  • The history of “property rights” ought and must be repeated again and again…ad infinitum.

  • Socialism will work this time. My socialism professor said so.

  • “And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance)”

    This recalls a distinction drawn in Scots law between the “dominium utile” or ownership of the use and the “dominium directum” or ownership of the land itself.

    Feus were originally granted for life only, which explains the casulty of relief, payable by the heir or singular successor, when he was entered with the superior, for originally he had no right to the feu, unless the superior granted it to him of new.

  • The will to survive in the sovereign person enables him to work miracles, In the Soviet Union when state collective farms were established production fell to a point where the farmers could not feed themselves. The Soviet Union allowed the farmers to own the produce of seven feet around their house foundation. 70% of the farm produce was grown on their seven feet of earth. It exemplifies that acknowledging the freedom of the human person will result in success of whatever job they assume.
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    Working for another without recompense or as a nameless cog in the engine of another’s prosperity is doomed to failure unless the individual wills to give the other his initiative.
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    Communism is doomed to failure because communism rejects the individual human person in favor of the group, the communist party. A group, a communist party cannot be sovereign unless the party counts the sovereignty of every member.

  • T. Shaw: “Socialism will work this time. My socialism professor said so.”
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    I cannot go over Cooch’s Bridge without remembering that you told me about it.T. Shaw. Today, I went over the bridge three times. It would have been four but someone had flattened a polecat on Rt. 72.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: ““And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance)””
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    Today, we have, in America, the Homestead Act. To build or improve any parcel of public land within five years will allow the person who improved the land to purchase the land for a miniscule amount of money like $5 per acre.

  • “Communism is doomed to failure because communism rejects the individual human person in favor of the group, the communist party. A group, a communist party cannot be sovereign unless the party counts the sovereignty of every member.”
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    The God Who gave the sovereign individual personhood can and does give the party, the group sovereignty as well, but only under the same laws as govern the sovereignty of the individual and through the sovereignty of the individual. The state is constituted as a group by citizens to serve the individual as stated in the Preamble of our Constitution.

  • The will to survive, the human will to live becomes the state guarded right to life. Man’s natural will to survive is the natural human right to life.
    .
    The atheist through atheism refuses to accept, that is, to believe in the reality of the human soul. Atheism refuses to acknowledge “their Creator” of The Declaration of Independence. Atheism denies the immortality of the immortal human soul, the endowed gifts of free will, intellect, sovereign personhood and the promise of eternal life. What else is there for the atheist to believe in except turning his neighbor into a beast of burden to be treated with scorn for having belief in life, free will and freedom?
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    Every newly begotten soul, a new posterity, brings with his immortal human soul the promise of eternal life. A promise atheism rejects and refuses to honor among men.
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    The will to survive begets the will to have the neighbor survive. Man’s will to have the neighbor survive constitutes the state.

  • Mary de Voe wrote, “Today, we have, in America, the Homestead Act. To build or improve any parcel of public land within five years will allow the person who improved the land to purchase the land for a miniscule amount of money like $5 per acre.”
    An excellent system.
    In ancient Rome, a similar system – the Lex Sempronia Agraria – was proposed by the Tribune, Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC. He proposed any landless citizen could acquire 30 jugera (about 300 acres) of the public land in this way, which would have provided many of the urban masses with a livelihood, increased corn production and also rendered them liable to military service. Many scholars believe that, if adopted, it would have saved the Republic.
    One of his supporters was the jurist, Scævola, many of whose opinions can be found in the Digest of Justinian, from which they have passed into most modern Civil Codes.

Not One Thin Dime

Wednesday, November 26, AD 2014

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Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my bride and I usually send Christmas donations to groups we support.  This is the time when we also make a substitute donation to Catholic groups we endorse in lieu of contributing anything to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Despite window dressing efforts at reform, the CCHD is still in the business of handing out money, given by good-hearted Catholics who think they are contributing money to help people down on their luck, to left-wing pressure groups, many of whom espouse causes directly contrary to the teachings of the Church.

The Lepanto Institute gives us some details on just what a corrupt organization the CCHD is:

The newly launched Lepanto Institute published a report today, which shows a conflict of interest for Ralph McCloud, the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

McCloud, who approves grants distributed to community organizing groups on behalf of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a member of the board of directors of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ).  Two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received CCHD grants for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The IWJ philosophy is another issue of scandal for an organization that is part of the Catholic Church.

“Ralph McCloud was provided with the facts in 2012, with our showing that the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is filled with self-professed pro-abortion, pro-homosexual Marxists,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “By joining the board of directors of IWJ, McCloud has created for himself the very definition of a conflict of interest, and accepted the role of overseeing distribution of funds to an organization in conflict with the Catholic Church’s teaching.”

A report on the leadership of Interfaith Worker Justice is available here.

“In 2012, my colleagues and I published a report on one of the two IWJ affiliates that are currently receiving grants from the CCHD which are in violation of CCHD guidelines,” Hichborn said.

For Fiscal Year 2014-2015, two affiliates of Interfaith Worker Justice received grants from the CCHD totaling $85,000: Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center and The Micah Center.

“How can an individual serve the Church while sitting on the board of IWJ, and in fact approve grants for affiliates of this organization?  It seems impossible,” Hichborn concluded.  “Our Blessed Lord said that man cannot serve two masters, but in the case of IWJ and the CCHD, that is precisely what McCloud is trying to do.”

And this:

The Lepanto Institute issued a report exposing the activities of an organization which received a $35,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  According to the report, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) launched its own gay straight alliance in 2014, participated in a homosexuality activism coordination event in 2013, and its director of operations signed a letter supporting same-sex marriage.

“CCHD grant guidelines are very clear.  CCHD says it will not fund organizations which are taking actions in violation of Catholic moral teaching,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute.  “This is just one more in the long list of failures in the CCHD’s self-proclaimed rigorous screening process.”

The CCHD’s grant guidelines state, “Organizations that receive CCHD funds must not participate in or promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2357 specifically states, regarding homosexual acts, “under no circumstances can they be approved.”

“What’s perplexing is that in 2012, The Reform CCHD Now coalition sent a profile on the problems with NWBCCC to the Archdiocese of New York, and the response we received was that they decided not to fund that organization before we even sent them the letter,” said Hichborn.  “So, why are they funding them this year, now that it’s clear that things have gotten worse?”

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  • I am not only not contributing to the CCHD but also to my parish and diocese. That may sound wrong, but my parish and diocese now show the same consequentialist thinking on immigration as the USCCB. The diocesan paper is pure propaganda for illegal acts and shill for those who would corrupt marriage. There are plenty of other charities that can benefit from my tithe.
    Those who abuse the faithful should receive none of the fruits of our hard work. No more for those who play Hosea’s Harlot until they reform.

  • I have been a long time observer of the peace and social justice crowd at the USCCB. That group’s advocacy of the left wing democratic party platform (but I repeat myself) is of record. The CCHD is the financial play pen of the USCCB lefties. What I have not been able to determine is, aside from its enormous reliance on government lucre, how much USCCB funding comes from our collectin plates?

  • I NEVER contribute to the CCHD for the reasons stated in this article. I also wrote my pastor a letter explaining why I would not be contributing to our parish $6 million Capital Campaign. He was gung ho on having Jack Jezreel’s “Just Faith ” program in our parish & enthusiastically introduced “Just Faith ” graduates at Mass. I told him there was nothing Catholic about this “social justice ” program. My assertion was underscored when our bulletin announced the “Just Faith ” book club, where they were going to discuss Barbara Ehrenreich’s socialist tome, “Nickled & Dimed “. I explained that “discussing” the positive aspects of a Marxist, atheist, pro-abortion author had ZERO place in a Catholic parish & only reiterated my claim. Happily, we got rid of “Just Faith ” in our parish. Sadly, it moved two parishes away. Had a chat w/ that parish pastor, who tried to school me on “Catholic Social Teaching”. I tried to school him on naïveté and being a “useful idiot “.

  • I am going to print this article off and mail it to our new pastor in Des Peres, MO who
    encouraged his flock to support the CCHD via church bulletin last week-end.

    I suggest others do likewise. I fear good men have been misled regarding the
    CCHD.

    Back in 2009 our previous pastor wrote in our bulletin that he could not encourage us to contribute and never did thereafter.

  • My diocese of Springfield, Ill. opted out of CCHD a couple of years ago and replaced it with a diocesan collection that awards grants to local organizations — with the stipulation that organizations promoting abortion, contraception, same-sex civil marriage or other beliefs/practices contrary to the Catholic faith do not qualify. Other dioceses have done likewise:

    http://ct.dio.org/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2629%3Aspringfield-diocese-no-longer-participating-in-cchd&tmpl=component&print=1

    This story from Life Site News lists 10 dioceses as of 2010 that had opted out:

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/at-least-10-bishops-passed-on-national-collection-for-us-bishops-social-j

  • I’m with ya brother’s and sister’s!

  • I am with Jeanne Rohl. “Not one thin dime.” It seems to be the only language the CCHD understands.

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  • I am disappointed that the USCCB’s promises in 2012 to correct and reform the CCHD failed to bear pure and wholesome fruit.

    The temptation to dabble in political activism has distracted our bishops from their essential duties. Instead of funding strangers with strange beliefs, has your bishop taught his flock the necessity of Christian citizens of a democratic republic to vote and vote with an informed Christian conscience? Has your bishop reminded his flock of the Ten Commandments, including the ones against murder and covetousness and how obedience to the Commandments should shape a Christian’s vote?

    There’s plenty in a bishop’s essential duties to keep him too busy to dabble in politics-by-proxy. When a bishop does his basic job, he’s making plenty of political statements, setting a political example, and moving his flock toward making politics but one expression of their faith in Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

  • Micha Elyi: “…has your bishop taught his flock the necessity of Christian citizens of a democratic republic to vote and vote with an informed Christian conscience? Has your bishop reminded his flock of the Ten Commandments, including the ones against murder and covetousness and how obedience to the Commandments should shape a Christian’s vote?”
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    Too many bishops have bought into Roe v. Wade, that the newly begotten child has no soul and therefore it is not murder. The unwanted pregnancy is a burden on the mother and increases the overpopulation.
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    The Immaculate Conception is the truth about the child and his soul. Divine Providence will care for overpopulation.
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    This is posted elsewhere: Assassinating the character of the newly begotten sovereign person by framing him as an invader, a parasite causing the death of the mother and the unwanted pregnancy, Roe v. Wade made a right of privacy to abort and kill the invader, the parasite, the unwanted pregnancy.

    Science has proved that the new individual cell has its own DNA. Metaphysics tells us that the new sovereign person has an immortal human soul endowed with free will, intellect, sovereign personhood, all unalienable human rights and the promise of eternal life.
    .
    The conjugal act invites the new life, the new individual person, a party to our constitutional posterity. The word “invite” means to offer life to another person. The man and the woman exercise the power of their sex to invite another person into life. When the unborn child is conceived, the parents become a mother and a father. As parents, the father and the mother must host their child, the testimony to and the evidence of their love…this is why marriage must be from love.

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Did the Holy Spirit Have Some Help?

Wednesday, November 26, AD 2014

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It is a common trope of the defenders of the current Pope, that the Holy Spirit picks our popes.  They are wrong on that, as then Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out in an interview in 1997.   However, if the Holy Spirit did pick Pope Francis, apparently He had some help.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, helped to orchestrate a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign which led to the election of Pope Francis, a new biography claims.

 

 

The blog From Rome, explains why such electioneering could be a major problem for Pope Francis:

London, Nov. 25, 2014 — A remarkable letter to the editor, if ever there was one. A denial, which draws more attention, than the matter would otherwise merit.  In today’s Daily Telegraph Letter’s Page, print edition, Maggie Doherty, the press-secretary to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, denies a key fact in the reporting by Austen Ivereigh, a British journalist who just published a book exposing a concerted effort among Cardinals of the Roman Church to canvass for votes on behalf of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in the days prior to the Conclave of March 2013, which elected the latter as successor to Pope Benedict XVI.  The on-line edition of the Telegraph has a short story about this, by John Bingham, which opens thus:

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, helped to orchestrate a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign which led to the election of Pope Francis, a new biography claims.

The Election of Pope Francis has seen a great deal more publicity than any in modern times, especially concerning the remarkable novelty of revelations coming from Cardinals themselves — remarkable, since according to papal law, to make such revelations is punished by automatic excommunication!

The papal law is Universi Dominici Gregis, promulgated by Pope John Paul II on the Feats of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22, 1996 A.D..  The key paragraphs regarding this excommunication are as follows:

  1. Those who, in accordance with the prescriptions of No. 46 of the present Constitution, carry out any functions associated with the election, and who directly or indirectly could in any way violate secrecy — whether by words or writing, by signs or in any other way — are absolutely obliged to avoid this, lest they incur the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae reserved to the Apostolic See.
  2. In particular, the Cardinal electors are forbidden to reveal to any other person, directly or indirectly, information about the voting and about matters discussed or decided concerning the election of the Pope in the meetings of Cardinals, both before and during the time of the election. This obligation of secrecy also applies to the Cardinals who are not electors but who take part in the General Congregations in accordance with No. 7 of the present Constitution.

However, today’s denial regards another requirement of the papal law, regarding Conclaves: the express prohibition of canvassing for votes prior to the commencement of the Conclave.  John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution of 1996 makes that a high-crime, punishable by automatic excommunication.

  1. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.
  2. I likewise forbid the Cardinals before the election to enter into any stipulations, committing themselves of common accord to a certain course of action should one of them be elevated to the Pontificate. These promises too, should any in fact be made, even under oath, I also declare null and void.
  3. With the same insistence shown by my Predecessors, I earnestly exhort the Cardinal electors not to allow themselves to be guided, in choosing the Pope, by friendship or aversion, or to be influenced by favour or personal relationships towards anyone, or to be constrained by the interference of persons in authority or by pressure groups, by the suggestions of the mass media, or by force, fear or the pursuit of popularity. Rather, having before their eyes solely the glory of God and the good of the Church, and having prayed for divine assistance, they shall give their vote to the person, even outside the College of Cardinals, who in their judgment is most suited to govern the universal Church in a fruitful and beneficial way.

The Reason for the Press-Secretary’s Denial is now manifest

If Maggie Doherty had not gone to the lengths of issuing a denial in such language, I would never have taken notice.  But now that she has, having consulted the papal law on Conclaves, it appears manifest why she has.  If Austen Ivereigh’s book contains verifiable evidence that any of the Cardinals who voted for Jorge Mario Bergoglio canvassed for votes in the manner forbidden, especially if he tacitly consented to this, then by that very fact (ipso facto) they fell under the penalty of excommunication in the same moment they agreed to do such and/or did such. And, if Bergoglio tacitly agreed (that is, had knowledge, and consented without opposing what they were doing), then he, too, would have been excommunicated prior to the Conclave.

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  • Fascinating to say the least.
    An image of a crow attacking a dove comes to mind….the dove wins out.

  • This “small group of European cardinals” wouldn’t have been predominantly German by any chance, would it?

  • . Mark Shea is mixed up in this somehow. Maybe he gave a talk in Wales and visited the Cardinal back then.
    …a Pope who conflates life sentences with executions and conflates the U.S. with Islamic State…it’s like a Shea paradise. I have a bottle of Reisling I’m not supposed to open til tomorrow…the wait is making less and less sense.

  • Del Shannon hinted of this when he said, many years ago, “I why, why, why, why wonder…”

  • Geez…this article is written like the author never read anything about EVERY other papal conclave in history.

  • Every other conclave, except for 2005, were not conducted under the changes made in Canon Law by John Paul II.

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  • seems to me to be much ado about nothing.

    the law is clearly concerned with the use of promises and agreements to form factions.

    even the book does not appear to claim that occurred.

    the law does not appear to prohibit the expressions of opinions about who would be the best person to become pope or expressions of why someone thinks this or that person would make a good pope because ….

  • it all seems to be publicity to enhance the sale of the book. i think it is a strategy that will work to the benefit of the author.

  • Pope Francis admitted that the agenda for his pontificate was worked out pre-conclave in discussion with certain cardinals, which would appear to contravene article 82 of UDG.

    CMOC has gained opprobrium from certain quarters for floating round Rome making mischief. At the time of the last conclave his successor at Westminster was not yet a cardinal and this gave Cormac some clout. He probably overestimates his influence, however, and is regarded as a blabbermouth not entirely devoid of vanity.

    In 1978 Cardinal Hume is believed to have orchestrated a ‘stop Siri’ campaign; the liberals feared a lurch to the right after the apparent collapse of the Church during the last decade of Paul VI’s reign.

  • So — if they made this agreement, then these cardinals were immediately excommunicated. This seems to have occurred before the conclave.
    Therefore the votes of those cardinals would not have counted.
    Therefore, someone else was the true winner of the most votes. And therefore someone else is the real Pope.

    Wow.

  • “An image of a crow attacking a dove comes to mind….the dove wins out.”
    Very perceptive Philip.

    Even if this were a conspiracy to obtain a liberal pope, I wonder really how much impact it would have. We saw during the synod arguably the most radically liberal proposition I’ve ever heard in the Vatican put forward, but was well dealt with by Pell, Burke, Napier et al.
    The pope’s homilies do not speak of a wildly liberal pope – and remember that the gift of infallibility of the Holy Spirit prevents the pope from false teaching WRT Faith and Morals.
    The days of the Kaspers, Marx’s and the Bruno Forte’s (who i suspect is a raging homo) are pretty well numbered.

  • I don’t doubt there was lobbying, but why is anyone saying he was unknown? Bergoglio was 2nd or 3rd to Ratzinger in the last conclave

  • If Cardinal Bergoglio had incurred an automatic excommunication prior to the conclave, then he would in fact not be Pope even as he had the appearance of being the Pope. In such a case, I don’t think he would be protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching heresy because he would only be an excommunicated cardinal. Things to ponder.

  • I am thankful this year that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Judgment is His. Meanwhile, the Holy Spirit gifts knowledge and understanding to men with, and for, a purpose. It shouldn’t be wasted for the sake of deferring to politics or agendas.

  • Chaz,

    Good point that he finished 2nd or 3rd.

    But aren’t the results of the Conclave supposed to be secret?

  • One has a better understanding of our humble pope’s
    hostility to the law and his smears of Pharisees.

  • Don the Kiwi.

    The victory has already been determined. For the life (eternal) of me I can not be dismayed at the state of affairs the Church and world is going through. No. Not a head in the sand denial, rather a complete and peaceful trust wins the day. If this pontiff is true or false, if Hillary is in or not, if the Sun explodes or not….it doesn’t matter! What matters is Our relationship with neighbor and with God.
    We do the best we can each day.
    We plant the seeds and tend the garden but the divine gardener provides the light nutrients and life giving water.
    I have increased my blood pressures on many topics but what good came from it? Jesus I Trust in You. For Mary DeVoe….one Hail Mary 🙂

  • PS, have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

  • Under the decree Ad Evitenda Scandala, published by Martin V at the Council of Constance, excommunication or interdict only affects public or official acts “when his sentence or censure shall have been published or made known by the judge in special and express form, against some certain, specified person, college, university, church, community, or place.”

    Without a prior declaratory sentence, the excommunication of an elector or of the person elected would not invalidate an election.

    In a similar vein, Universi Dominici Gregis 78 expressly provides that simony does not invalidate a papal election.

  • “In a similar vein, Universi Dominici Gregis 78 expressly provides that simony does not invalidate a papal election.”

    Which probably leaves both Simon Magus and Saint Peter scratching their heads. On this point I think the warrior pope Julius II was correct in decreeing that papal elections by simony are invalid.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote, “Which probably leaves both Simon Magus and Saint Peter scratching their heads.”

    It is really a corollary of the principle “Prima sedes a nemine iudicatur.” [The first see is judged by none] Who gets to decide?

  • Christ, as always, and secondly the Church which consists of far more than the Pope at any particular time in History.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Philip and One Hail Mary.

  • Something appeared off when it was reported Pope Francis answering (paraphrasing), “I am doing what the Cardinals pre-conclave said needed to be done.”
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    Something continues to be terribly amiss.

  • @FMShyanguya:Something appeared off when it was reported Pope Francis answering (paraphrasing), “I am doing what the Cardinals pre-conclave said needed to be done.”
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    Something continues to be terribly amiss.
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    I remember Pope Francis saying what @FMShyanguya paraphrases and thinking that his inclusion of every cardinal violated the cardinals who disagreed with him as do Cardinals Burke and Pell. Pope Francis arrogated to himself the cardinals’ consent and made himself appear as the suffering servant when in fact he was imposing his and only his way.
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    “The Servant of the Servants of God” is not one of the titles that Pope Francis can legitimately use.

  • “Without a prior declaratory sentence, the excommunication of an elector or of the person elected would not invalidate an election. ”

    Well, that’s good to know. It would certainly create uncertainty for it to be otherwise, and undermine the credibility of the office itself.

Remembrance of Turkeys Past

Wednesday, November 26, AD 2014

As we prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and as we recall our blessings and thank God for each and every one, let us also remember the humble turkey and the various disasters that result when that proud bird is not treated with the care that it deserves, dead or alive.    Oldtimers like myself will recognize the above video as part of the famous “Turkey Drop” episode from WKRP, a sitcom from the Seventies.

 

Of course Turkey Disasters are not, unfortunately, restricted to the realm of fiction.    Deep frying a turkey poses various risks.

Here we have a case of the flaming avian:

 

 

William Shatner warns of the dangers of deep frying turkeys:

 

Of course there are those among us who revel in the destructive possibilities of cooking turkey.

If deep fry a turkey you must, follow these tips:

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  • “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”
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    The second best line ever delivered on a TV show, just behind Carol Burnett’s “Thank you, I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it.”
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    Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

  • Dn

    “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

    The president commenting on Obamacare.

    Happy thnaks giving to you and yours.

    Hank

Please Sir, May I Have Another?

Tuesday, November 25, AD 2014

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A Georgetown student writes about his mugging:

 

Last weekend, my housemate and I were mugged at gunpoint while walking home from Dupont Circle. The entire incident lasted under a minute, as I was forced to the floor, handed over my phone and was patted down.

And yet, when a reporter asked whether I was surprised that this happened in Georgetown, I immediately answered: “Not at all.” It was so clear to me that we live in the most privileged neighborhood within a city that has historically been, and continues to be, harshly unequal. While we aren’t often confronted by this stark reality west of Rock Creek Park, the economic inequality is very real.

Year after year, Washington, D.C., is ranked among the most unequal cities in the country, with the wealthiest 5 percent earning an estimated 54 times more than the poorest 20 percent. According to the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, just under 20 percent of D.C. residents live below the poverty line.

What has been most startling to me, even more so than the incident itself, have been the reactions I’ve gotten. I kept hearing “thugs,” “criminals” and “bad people.” While I understand why one might jump to that conclusion, I don’t think this is fair.

Not once did I consider our attackers to be “bad people.” I trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me. In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was okay. They wanted my stuff, not me. While I don’t know what exactly they needed the money for, I do know that I’ve never once had to think about going out on a Saturday night to mug people. I had never before seen a gun, let alone known where to get one. The fact that these two kids, who appeared younger than I, have even had to entertain these questions suggests their universes are light years away from mine.

 

Go here to read the rest.  This emasculated Zeta Male is a senior in the school of foreign service.  His surrender-immediately-and-blame-himself instincts makes him a natural for the Obama State Department.  The reaction of his readers is a healthy sign that he does not speak for all of his generation:

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  • . These comments are heartening. How can we connect these commenters to many a Catholic saccharine blog…but then …that connection would last but fleetingly.

  • PS
    The similar softie approach of Ferguson last night ( or the Governor ) mainly hurt black businesses according to Breitbart:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/11/25/Most-Businesses-Destroyed-in-Ferguson-Minority-Owned

  • PS2 and then I’ll go.
    We must connect the above commenters with our Holy Father who ( am I paranoid?) sees the US as equivalent to Islamic State here at “America”:

    http://www.americamagazine.org/issue/pope-would-never-close-door-talks-islamic-state

  • What was he smoking?! When he was mugged – or when he wrote this simpering article.

  • Thank you bill b for the link
    This part stood out to me :
    “But there is another threat, too,” he said, the threat of “state terrorism,” when tensions rise and an individual nation decides on its own to strike, feeling it has “the right to massacre terrorists and with the terrorists many innocent people fall.”
    Many innocent people fall!!
    – More innocent people – are dying until ISIS is defeated. Dialogue will not bring a negotiated solution but would prolong the agony and increase the numbers of lives lost.
    There is a distinction between Good and Evil and we are all – including the pope – called to judge rightly.
    When a state fights back against terrorism the state is a terrorist?

  • Articles like this remind me of a vignette offered by the late Cathy Seipp 14 years ago.

    2ND GRADE, OCTOBER. I wonder why my daughter, who learned basic addition and subtraction in first grade, now spends math time wrapping elastic bands around plastic sticks. I ask at a curriculum meeting why we can’t move on to more arithmetic. Another mom scolds me, her voice trailing off in reproach: “If we as parents are going to support progressive education . . . ” The two teachers in attendance look hurt; they’ve waited years for these textbooks, which are built around the dreaded new “fuzzy math.”

    Later, my daughter’s teacher, who’s about to retire and so is willing to say anything, sighs and tells me it’s all part of a dumbed-down lesson plan designed to build up student self-esteem. “That’s where we are in the cycle right now,” she says. “I’ve been doing this so long I can see the same wheel just keep turning round and round.”

    That’s where we are in the cycle (and this callow youth hasn’t got a clue).

  • Anzlyne,
    I like Pope Francis as an associate pastor in a parish that needs someone warm and loquacious….but as Pope, it’s dawning on me that unless he issues something ex cathedra…all the ranks of angels are whispering to me in particular for my particular soul’s sake… ” turn him off like a radio “. I find no depth in his now predictable albeit scattered sayings and I find his insight into war shallow beyond shallow. I don’t think the thousands killed by Islamic State are real to him at all….the victims….the victims. I see no gravitas in him about them. It’s all words and not real to him. He’s a lovable chatter box. And the people who chose him are not about to pick much different after him. I may have to return to painting the ocean to forget him and all his thoughts which stay in you like an habenero pepper taken by mistake.

  • The kind of thinking on display in the original essay is the reason why the good people of Ferguson can’t have nice things after last night.

  • Believe it or not, there is actually some scientific speculation that the widespread use of hormonal contraceptives by women, and their subsequent leakage/flushing into waterways and public water systems, might be having an effect on men… it’s already been linked to “intersexed” fish:

    http://www.livescience.com/20532-birth-control-water-pollution.html

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  • Elaine, Elaine, [sigh}

    Everbody knows it’s because of the Crab People

  • Economic inequality causes young men to think of finding guns to use for obtaining Sat. night entertainment expense money. Privileged young men don’t do so; because they don’t have to? What a great fall civilization has taken when right and wrong, good and bad, lawful and illegal, natural and unnatural, and/or reward and punishment are homogenized by relativity. Maybe, after sophmoronic adolescence moves toward maturity, he’ll be mortified.

  • “In fact, if they knew me, I bet they’d think I was OK.”
    It was about the phone etc. , mr. foreign servant.
    Two articles I saw today described how perception of evil is skewed by relativity.
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/sensitivity-movement-desensitized-catholics-evil
    The other, in the NCRegister, was about a ‘human rights’ activist leader getting arrested for pedophilia.

  • Pat wrote, “Economic inequality causes young men to think of finding guns to use for obtaining Sat. night entertainment expense money. Privileged young men don’t do so; because they don’t have to?”

    There is a well-known logical distinction between necessary and sufficient causes. Lack of money is a necessary cause of mugging, but not a sufficient one.

  • a vignette offered by the late Cathy Seipp 14 years ago.
    2ND GRADE, OCTOBER. I wonder why my daughter, who learned basic addition and subtraction in first grade, now spends math time wrapping elastic bands around plastic sticks.
    –Art Deco

    Looking for some easy units, on a lark I once enrolled in a college math class intended for Education majors. On Day One, as the professor went over the course syllabus, a number of students began whining why did the class cover all this math because all they want to do is teach second grade. It wasn’t calculus. Rather, the course could charitably have been called Math Appreciation. It was the easiest A in my program that semester.

    Needless to say, my superior math skills won me no dates.

  • Pat.
    Human rights leader getting arrested for pedophilia?
    Thats like saying President Obama!
    Both are a contradiction in terms.

    When pedophilia becomes accepted social norms in this sick national arena, the good folk will take their concealed weapons and blast away the perverts to protect their sons and daughters.
    Don’t think it’s too far out! The move to call pedophiles “minor attracted people” has begun in Germany. We don’t want to hurt the feelings of perverts.

  • In telling us that “Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people,’” Mr Friedfeld raises a fundamental problem in modern Moral Philosophy and none of his commentators have even tried to address it .
    As Miss Anscombe explained in her 1958 article, “In present-day philosophy an explanation is required how an unjust man is a bad man, or an unjust action a bad one; to give such an explanation belongs to ethics; but it cannot even be begun until we are equipped with a sound philosophy of psychology. For the proof that an unjust man is a bad man would require a positive account of justice as a “virtue.” This part of the subject-matter of ethics, is however, completely closed to us until we have an account of what type of characteristic a virtue is – a problem, not of ethics, but of conceptual analysis – and how it relates to the actions in which it is instanced: a matter which I think Aristotle did not succeed in really making clear.”
    Fifty years on, we are not much further forward.

  • Elaine K.

    More reason (if ever t’were needed!) to drink.more.beer.

    All,

    H. G. Wells saw this in The Time Machine. N.B. I refuse to be an eloi for any morlock skulking about.

  • There is at least some common ground, here. It is quite likely that both the muggers and the victims are Democrats.

  • Why did you call this “feminization?” You clearly think this person was cowardly, wrong, and probably immoral, but why would equate those things with being female? Why can’t you use an accurate description instead of stating that half the human race are cowardly dimwits?

  • I didn’t call this feminization but rather emasculation; there is a great difference between the two concepts.

  • Emasculation means making a man like a woman, which is apparently the worst thing that could ever happen.

  • Yes, Karen, it IS very bad!

  • “Emasculation means making a man like a woman, which is apparently the worst thing that could ever happen.”

    Nope.

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emasculate

  • “Emasculate” verb 1. to sterilize. Syn. geld, unman, mutilate. See castrate.
    2. To weaken. Syn. soften, enervate, cripple, see weaken.

    “Emasculation” noun. 1 castration, mutilation, eunuchization. See castration.

    As used in, “After 36 years, the wife finally completed the emotional and psychological emasculation.”

    A problem with some women is that certain individuals among women (e.g., the warden) cannot understand normal thinking.

  • Washington, DC s***s. There, I said it. One of the happiest days of my life was the day I left after working there for almost six years.

  • Karen said, “Emasculation means making a man like a woman, which is apparently the worst thing that could ever happen.”
    .
    No man should be either emasculated or feminized. Both are wrong for a man. A man by definition must be and should be masculine. For him to be feminine or to be emasculated is contrary to nature and intrinsically wrong.
    .
    Likewise women should not be masculinized as the current feminist movement so oxymoronically does to women. A women should be and must be feminine, but not masculine and certainly not feminist. Indeed, there is a vast difference between being feminine (as is my wife) and feminist (as are liberal progressive Democrats both male and female). And there is a vast difference between femininity which is to be extolled and feminism which is to be eradicated and swept into the trash bin of history.
    .
    Indeed, I had one liberal progressive male Democrat tell me he was proud to be a feminist. I have nothing but contempt for his kind, for truthfully I know not if they are male or female – perhaps neuter or androgynous?
    .
    Let a man be a man, and a woman be a woman. Vive la difference!

  • “Micha Elyi – with superior math skills”; – without exception, every young woman that was in my engineering classes in college was engaged by senior year-
    Real men are not intimated by women with superior math skills.

  • Thomas Sharpe writes, “Real men are not intimated by women with superior math skills.”
    .
    The best engineer with whom I have ever had the privilege of working was the Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer at a Westinghouse Pressurized Water Reactor. By accident of birth she was happily a woman, one of the most beautiful outside of my wife. Oh, we had some knock down, drag out fights about this, that and other technobabble thing involving Engineered Safeguards, drawing control, piping configuration and related things. But I respected that woman because she really knew her stuff. Often I would come into the plant at 5:30 am to go for my morning 10 K run and she would be driving in to go to work. She always left after I did, too. One day a stupid ass of a manager said something that left her in tears. I won’t go into details, but the overwhelming majority of us men despised him. She eventually left the plant and we never got an Emergency Diesel Generator Engineer half as good as her again.
    .
    A woman can be feminine – NOT feminist – and a damn good engineer – or mathematician or scientist (can anyone spell Madame Curie?).

  • I’m glad that DRM posted this idiots article. It not only provides more proof that liberalism is a mental disorder (in case you needed some,) but also it provides us with something we can be additionally thankful for tomorrow–this cream puff of the male species will not be sitting around the dinner table with us.

    I had better not go any further into my thinking regarding this absolute nutty, brainwashed, warped pansy–I already have enough to repent of.

  • Karen,

    Get a grip.

  • M P-S,
    Necessary and Sufficient for distinguishing cause is good verbalization to hear – read.
    Then, Miss Anscombe on explaining that an unjust man or act being bad requires the related justice explained or conceptualized as virtue; also, that to do so would require a philosophy of psychology to say what is ethical. Food for thought.

    My mind’s framework (philosophy?) forms what I believe is the simplest way to see justice or its foe, whether for perspective or introspection, and it is absolutely necessary and sufficient for any hope for clarity of thought in or about this spinning world. The Lord’s Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer cover all concepts. Without these guides, we have the questionable and atrocious situation presented in this post. That these two guides are outlawed or reviled or untaught speaks volumes about the world not being much further forward. Christianity is a philosophy. Thanks – before I read that, it would only have been necessary and sufficient to have game of solitaire with coffee.

  • In telling us that “Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people,’” Mr Friedfeld raises a fundamental problem in modern Moral Philosophy and none of his commentators have even tried to address it .
    As Miss Anscombe explained in her 1958 article, “In present-day philosophy an explanation is required how an unjust man is a bad man, or an unjust action a bad one; to give such an explanation belongs to ethics; but it cannot even be begun until we are equipped with a sound philosophy of psychology. For the proof that an unjust man is a bad man would require a positive account of justice as a “virtue.” This part of the subject-matter of ethics, is however, completely closed to us until we have an account of what type of characteristic a virtue is – a problem, not of ethics, but of conceptual analysis – and how it relates to the actions in which it is instanced: a matter which I think Aristotle did not succeed in really making clear.”
    Fifty years on, we are not much further forward.

    Necessary and Sufficient for distinguishing cause is good verbalization to hear – read.
    Then, Miss Anscombe on explaining that an unjust man or act being bad requires the related justice explained or conceptualized as virtue; also, that to do so would require a philosophy of psychology to say what is ethical. Food for thought.
    My mind’s framework (philosophy?) forms what I believe is the simplest way to see justice or its foe, whether for perspective or introspection, and it is absolutely necessary and sufficient for any hope for clarity of thought in or about this spinning world. The Lord’s Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer cover all concepts. Without these guides, we have the questionable and atrocious situation presented in this post. That these two guides are outlawed or reviled or untaught speaks volumes about the world not being much further forward. Christianity is a philosophy. Thanks – before I read that, it would only have been necessary and sufficient to have game of solitaire with coffee.

    TWINS?

  • Pat wrote, “The Lord’s Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer cover all concepts. Without these guides, we have the questionable and atrocious situation presented in this post”

    St Thomas Aquinas famously tried to harmonize the Law concept of ethics (Divine command) with Aristotle’s Virtue concept of ethics (what is required for human “flourishing”) and this had been the basis of most Catholic thinking about Natural Law, based on pure reason, without recourse to Revalation.

    Now, it is Aristotle himself who reminds us that Λόγοσ ούδέν κινεί – Reason moves nothing. Hume was simply following him, when he insisted that it is not judgment as such that sets us in motion, but our judgment on how to get or do something we want. I do not think St Augustine would have disagreed, for in his commentary on Galatians, he insists that “in acting we necessarily follow what gives us most pleasure” [Quod enim amplius nos delectat, secundum id operemur necesse est]

    Elsewhere, St Augustine insists that “Men are not willing to do what is right either because the fact that it is right is hidden from them, or because it does not please them… It is from the grace of God, which helps the wills of man, that that which was hidden becomes known, and that which did not please become sweet [Ut autem innotescat quod latebat et suave fiat quod non delectabat, gratiae Dei est]” (On the Merits and Remission of Sins 2, 17, 26)

  • In telling us that “Not once did I consider our attackers to be ‘bad people,’” Mr Friedfeld raises a fundamental problem in modern Moral Philosophy and none of his commentators have even tried to address it .

    Because his commenters are not over-thinking his remarks and you are.

  • Art Deco wrote, “Because his commenters are not over-thinking his remarks and you are.”

    I think it is because, whilst they have an inarticulate moral sense, they really cannot explain, to themselves or to anyone else, “how an unjust man is a bad man, or an unjust action a bad one,” or, at least, not in a way that would stand up to a minute’s scruitiny.
    Mr Friedfeld obviously cannot do so and one doubts if his attackers could.

    Now, nonsense in the intellect reinforces corruption in the will; that is why the failure is by no means trivial.

  • Was it Chesterton or Belloc who said, “A gentleman should not leave home without a penknife and a revolver?” Perhaps it was another but still good advice. No one should “Trust that they weren’t trying to hurt me”. We’ve come a long way…..down.

  • Viewpoints like yours are the reason Catholic Church pews become emptier every year. Let me introduce you to a man named Jesus, who rather famously tells his followers to “turn the other cheek” and “if a man strikes you on your left cheek, offer him your right cheek.” Maybe you never heard of him, or read a book called “The Bible”? You should check it out sometime.

    Pathetic.

  • Christ never instructed His disciples LF to allow robbers to take their possessions. As a matter of fact, in Luke 22: 36 he had this admonishment for the Apostles for their missionary journeys to come after His Resurrection:

    “But they said: Nothing. Then said he unto them: But now he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise a scrip; and he that hath not, let him sell his coat, and buy a sword.”

    Saint Thomas Aquinas demonstrated that men have a right of self defense:

    Article 7. Whether it is lawful to kill a man in self-defense?

    Objection 1. It would seem that nobody may lawfully kill a man in self-defense. For Augustine says to Publicola (Ep. xlvii): “I do not agree with the opinion that one may kill a man lest one be killed by him; unless one be a soldier, exercise a public office, so that one does it not for oneself but for others, having the power to do so, provided it be in keeping with one’s person.” Now he who kills a man in self-defense, kills him lest he be killed by him. Therefore this would seem to be unlawful.

    Objection 2. Further, he says (De Lib. Arb. i, 5): “How are they free from sin in sight of Divine providence, who are guilty of taking a man’s life for the sake of these contemptible things?” Now among contemptible things he reckons “those which men may forfeit unwillingly,” as appears from the context (De Lib. Arb. i, 5): and the chief of these is the life of the body. Therefore it is unlawful for any man to take another’s life for the sake of the life of his own body.

    Objection 3. Further, Pope Nicolas [Nicolas I, Dist. 1, can. De his clericis] says in the Decretals: “Concerning the clerics about whom you have consulted Us, those, namely, who have killed a pagan in self-defense, as to whether, after making amends by repenting, they may return to their former state, or rise to a higher degree; know that in no case is it lawful for them to kill any man under any circumstances whatever.” Now clerics and laymen are alike bound to observe the moral precepts. Therefore neither is it lawful for laymen to kill anyone in self-defense.

    Objection 4. Further, murder is a more grievous sin than fornication or adultery. Now nobody may lawfully commit simple fornication or adultery or any other mortal sin in order to save his own life; since the spiritual life is to be preferred to the life of the body. Therefore no man may lawfully take another’s life in self-defense in order to save his own life.

    Objection 5. Further, if the tree be evil, so is the fruit, according to Matthew 7:17. Now self-defense itself seems to be unlawful, according to Romans 12:19: “Not defending [Douay: ‘revenging’] yourselves, my dearly beloved.” Therefore its result, which is the slaying of a man, is also unlawful.

    On the contrary, It is written (Exodus 22:2): “If a thief be found breaking into a house or undermining it, and be wounded so as to die; he that slew him shall not be guilty of blood.” Now it is much more lawful to defend one’s life than one’s house. Therefore neither is a man guilty of murder if he kill another in defense of his own life.

    I answer that, Nothing hinders one act from having two effects, only one of which is intended, while the other is beside the intention. Now moral acts take their species according to what is intended, and not according to what is beside the intention, since this is accidental as explained above (43, 3; I-II, 12, 1). Accordingly the act of self-defense may have two effects, one is the saving of one’s life, the other is the slaying of the aggressor. Therefore this act, since one’s intention is to save one’s own life, is not unlawful, seeing that it is natural to everything to keep itself in “being,” as far as possible. And yet, though proceeding from a good intention, an act may be rendered unlawful, if it be out of proportion to the end. Wherefore if a man, in self-defense, uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repel force with moderation his defense will be lawful, because according to the jurists [Cap. Significasti, De Homicid. volunt. vel casual.], “it is lawful to repel force by force, provided one does not exceed the limits of a blameless defense.” Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense in order to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s. But as it is unlawful to take a man’s life, except for the public authority acting for the common good, as stated above (Article 3), it is not lawful for a man to intend killing a man in self-defense, except for such as have public authority, who while intending to kill a man in self-defense, refer this to the public good, as in the case of a soldier fighting against the foe, and in the minister of the judge struggling with robbers, although even these sin if they be moved by private animosity.

    Reply to Objection 1. The words quoted from Augustine refer to the case when one man intends to kill another to save himself from death. The passage quoted in the Second Objection is to be understood in the same sense. Hence he says pointedly, “for the sake of these things,” whereby he indicates the intention. This suffices for the Reply to the Second Objection.

    Reply to Objection 3. Irregularity results from the act though sinless of taking a man’s life, as appears in the case of a judge who justly condemns a man to death. For this reason a cleric, though he kill a man in self-defense, is irregular, albeit he intends not to kill him, but to defend himself.

    Reply to Objection 4. The act of fornication or adultery is not necessarily directed to the preservation of one’s own life, as is the act whence sometimes results the taking of a man’s life.

    Reply to Objection 5. The defense forbidden in this passage is that which comes from revengeful spite. Hence a gloss says: “Not defending yourselves–that is, not striking your enemy back.”


    As for my views emptying the pews, actually what has been emptying pews in churches quite quickly is when leftism is substituted for Christianity. The main line Protestant churches are a prime example of this.

  • Lady Feliz, you misread “turn the other cheek.” Turning the other cheek does not mean bending over and giving the other person your backside to kick. Moreover, even when the Lord was dying on the Cross, NEVER did He ever say “through My Fault, through My Fault, through My Most Grievous Fault,” but “forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do!” Christ forgave what was wrong; he never denied others’ wrongdoing, subsequently blaming Himself for it. Perhaps you should take your own advice about reading Scripture.

    Moreover, you can’t just read Scripture merely on the surface: “turning the other cheek” has more to do with standing one’s ground and mirroring back another person’s sin and violence, thereby calling the person to repentance. During Jesus’s time, to give someone your other cheek would have the effect of being slapped with the back of the person’s hand. Only the underhanded strike with the back of the hand. What you are indicating by giving the person your other cheek is how shameful that person’s action actually is. For example: a white man once confronted Archbishop Desmond Tutu, telling him to get off the sidewalk, because he “didn’t make way for baboons.” Tutu stepped aside for the man and said, “yes, but I do!”

    Christ– High Priest, Prophet, and King– doesn’t like doormats. You know why? Because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and doormats can’t stand up for Truth. Moral relativism, by contrast, likes doormats.

    Mr. McClarey, perhaps you might want to write on the cultural tendency to effeminize Jesus Christ into some wishy-washy marshmallow, next.

  • Why is the the “feminization of men”? Really, you need to make it a women’s issue that these men blame themselves for getting mugged? That’s not even victim blaming that’s blaming an entire gender because you don’t like what someone of your own is saying. Stop blaming women for men’s short comings!

  • Caution, WSquared: Mac likely will get in big-time trouble with the warrior women if he uses the word “effeminize.” A more acceptable word would be “emasculate.”

    I agree. Christ did not instruct His disciples to BOHICA: “Bend over here it comes again.”

    The all-encompassing justice/peace meme is based on a skewed, out-of-context reading of Matthew’s (only Matthew wrote about it) “final judgment” parable. Earlier in his Gospel, Matthew relates how Jesus defines who are His brothers. Jesus tells us His brother is anyone that does what God, His Father, wants him to do. Otherwise, Christ’s religion/teachings would enable or endorse bad behavior, formerly known as “sin.” Nothing could be further from the Truth.

  • Dear Lady Feliz: It appears your comments, “Viewpoints like yours are the reason Catholic Church pews become emptier every year.” ….Pathetic”, are directed at me. Perhaps, you rashly judge me. I say perhaps, so as not to judge you. Yes, I have heard of Jesus, the Bible, and the Church which has assured me that Jesus Christ is true God and true (not faux) Man. It was Chesterton, a manly man, who understood that Our Lord is no pacifist. “Do not think that I came to send peace upon earth: I came not to send peace, but the sword.” Mt 10:34 We have a duty to protect our selves and others from harm. That is why the policeman (whose lot is not a happy one) carries a weapon. That is why we maintain the national defense with men at arms. The point of this discussion is the loss of virility, a word of the same Latin root as virtue. I think Our Lord’s meaning in regard to the sword versus peace, is that the Gospel will be opposed by those who choose evil. We are not called to acquiesce to evil but to oppose it, even if it may mean doing so at risk to, or loss of, life. If anything is emptying our pews, it is mealy-mouthed mixed messaging that mingles political correctness with Gospel Truth.

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