A Few Quick Hits

Saturday, February 28, AD 2015

A few noteworthy news items:

– One of the key opposition leaders in Russia was assassinated randomly killed.

A leading Russian opposition politician, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian officials say.

An unidentified attacker in a car shot Mr Nemtsov four times in the back as he crossed a bridge in view of the Kremlin, police say.

He died hours after appealing for support for a march on Sunday in Moscow against the war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the murder, the Kremlin says.

President Putin has assumed “personal control” of the investigation into the killing, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Undoubtedly this will be the most thorough murder investigation since O.J. Simpson hunted down Nicole Brown Simpson’s murderer.

– Scott Walker is already living rent free in the heads of the far left. Now they’re just throwing whatever they can at the wall to see what sticks. Unfortunately for them there’s been this invention called Google that exposes their misinformation attempts. RS McCain explains.

Jezebel’s “senior political reporter” Natasha Vargas-Cooper gotBreitbarted, exposed as a dishonest and corrupt partisan hack, by a guy who did 20 seconds of Googling. Darleen Click:

Here’s Darleen’s post.

Long story short, Vargas-Cooper posted a story about how Governor Walker had allowed Wisconsin universities not to report sexual assaults. What she failed to mention that this was a request from the universities, who already have federal filing requirements to comply with.

Naturally when Vargas-Cooper was confronted with all of the facts she retracted the story and apologized.

Ha ha ha. I slay me. No, she doubled down and basically said that facts don’t matter. Because narrative.

– Here’s a local story about how Montgomery County, Maryland is investigating the pros and cons of getting out of the booze business. County Executive Ike Leggett is having none of it.

The News4 I-Team reached out to County Executive Ike Leggett for comment. His spokesman pointed us to the Chief Administrative Officer’s official response in the report on page 107, stating, “In our opinion, local liquor control has served Montgomery County well. We have lower alcohol consumption and higher revenue for public purposes than other jurisdictions. There are not liquor stores on every corner.”

I highlight this because it demonstrates something that has been manifest for some time to anyone paying attention: the real social scolds are on the left. While the popular narrative is that social conservatives are the ones looking to run everyone else’s life, time and again, story after story, we see examples of left-wing busybodies seeking to interfere with private behavior. Now Leggett might actually have a good argument in defending the liquor stores on these grounds*, but make no mistake, the man is making social policy motivated at least in part in a desire to control behavior.

*: Though as my wife points out, Leggett’s shot at liquor stores is misplaced. I’ll take places like Speck’s in Houston over the dreary state-run stores in Maryland any day.

– This is a few weeks old, but as relevant as ever: fat is good for you. No really, eat your eggs and butter.

New research claims that official warnings against the consumption of saturated fats should never have been introduced

The article in BMJ’s Open Heart journal argues that the advice was based on flawed data and “very limited evidence”.

The warning, adopted by British authorities in the early 1980s, was based on research that focused only on unhealthy men, with the reports authors arguing: “it seems incomprehensible that dietary advice was introduced for 220 million Americans and 56 million UK citizens.

“Dietary advice does not merely need a review; it should not have been introduced.”

Yeah, so pretty much most nutrition advice over the past five decades or so was based on seriously flawed research, and the dietary guidelines have been counter-productive. And yet people still insist on low-fat diets. Whatever. More bacon and eggs for me.


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  • I think the people pushing the low fat diet thing were just trying to keep all the bacon and eggs for themselves.
    So believe me when I say: pork ribs are bad for you; very bad. Especially when slathered in bbq sauce.

  • “Long story short, Vargas-Cooper posted a story about how Governor Walker had allowed Wisconsin universities not to report sexual assaults. What she failed to mention that this was a request from the universities, who already have federal filing requirements to comply with.

    Naturally when Vargas-Cooper was confronted with all of the facts she retracted the story and apologized.

    Ha ha ha. I slay me. No, she doubled down and basically said that facts don’t matter. Because narrative.”

    These Leftists precious snowflakes are unused to quaint concepts like proof and facts. Living inside an ideological cocoon is hazardous in the age of the internet.

  • The author of the Jezebel piece on Walker finally offered a 21st Century apology on Twitter, of sorts. What’s really sad about the whole story is that all she had to do, as McCain suggested, was spend about 20 seconds googling and she could have spared herself the embarrassment. It’s as much as an indictment of reporting in the modern age as it is of the leftist mentality.

  • One thing that we really ought cut down on is…listening to the “experts”.

  • “was spend about 20 seconds googling”

    Ah the Mark Shea school of internet reportage: Skim, then outrage!

  • Ah the Mark Shea school of internet reportage: Skim, then outrage!

    Good one Donald….very good.

  • “Yeah, so pretty much most nutrition advice over the past five decades or so was based on seriously flawed research, ..” ~and now they the have the gall to tell us to become quasi-vegetarians to save the planet.

  • “Putin has assumed “personal control” of the investigation…” What a bad joke!
    Let’s see….Hitler to oversee wrongdoing in wake of Jewish harassment.

    KGB = Killing Good for Brotherhood.

  • Want to save a harmless vegetable from a horrible fate? Eat more bacon!
    It amazes me that so many conservatives, (especially Catholics) think Putin is an alright guy. Hey folks, Putin is a former KBG man. Those people have ice water in their veins.

  • You can take the man out of the KGB but can you take the KGB out of the man? His wife, Aka a woman scorned, says he is a vampire. My Russian friend years ago said he is not a good guy. If we like him, it’s because at least he’s a mensch, unlike so many light in the sneakers types leading us here. Whether Putin or Obama, all is for public consumption, and we think if all the hidden things were made known, we would be shocked to the core.

  • I am a Virginia resident although I have lived in Maryland 3 times in 3 different counties. Prince Georges County has Sunday blue laws as do some of the other one in MD. As I understand it in PG opposition to 7day alcohol sales is from the pulpit as was opposition to casinos. Now there is talk of a casino at National Center with 24/7 operation. Tax is 9% on alcohol sales.

  • Perhaps all this intended narrative against Walker by the Left (and that by Libertarians) will end up for his good.

    also – I had never heard “light in the sneakers” before, and I like it.

  • I doubt that the Jezebel folks are in the least bit embarrassed– they made their token “Him! Bad!” report.

  • Sounds like a case of workplace violence in Moscow.

I Might As Well Turn Myself In Now

Saturday, February 28, AD 2015

WantedThese Right-Wing Extremists


Back during the eighties, Time-Life used to advertise their series on the Civil War with an advertisement showing a Civil War soldier with his rifle pointed at the viewer.  The caption of the picture was stark and true:  If the battle of Gettysburg were fought today, you would be the enemy.

I found that slightly chilling in a historical nerd way.  Much more chilling is that documents are in circulation by our government that designate many of us as enemies of the state.  Go here to Doug Ross @ Journal to read the below article by Michael Snyder who has done yeoman service in compiling the list linked to documents in which government officials give the tell tale signs of those Americans engaging in unpermitted free speech:

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  • The fish rots from the head down. Barack Obama has never shown much evidence of critical engagement with opposition viewpoints, which is telling because his civilian occupations involved turning ideas over in his head. His civilian occupations were law and academe, though not notably committed to performing in either realm. Academe is shot through with people who hardly converse with anyone who would question their worldview and fancy that people who might are stupid or refractory. Recall Robert Bork’s assessment of John Paul Stevens: an amiable man whose life was marked by comprehensive social and psychological insularity. Now look at newsrooms. There was a recent assessment done of the Twitter following habits of New York Times employees the upshot of which was that about 90% of them follow no one who might be expected to have an opinion at a variance with the bog standard New York Times employee. The President arrives from and is succored by subcultures composed of smug people who fancy their critics are engaged in classroom disruption and contempt of court.

  • Item 57 includes anyone who is anti-nuclear in the list of extremists and potential terrorists. Its placement here derives from pages 14 and 20 within the document entitled, “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970 to 2008,” by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). These pages within the document refer to single issue groups which are defined as “groups or individuals that obsessively focus on very specific or narrowly-defined causes (e.g., anti-abortion, anti-Catholic, anti-nuclear, anti-Castro). This category includes groups from all sides of the political spectrum.” The label “anti-nuclear” does not differentiate between “anti-nuclear power” and “anti-nuclear weapons.” There is a significant difference between the two. One can be anti-nuclear weapons and yet be pro-nuclear power, given the megatons to megawatts program (which converted weapons-grade uranium into fuel for commercial nuclear power plants) that Russia and the US used to have before Putin’s escalation of hostilities in Ukraine. The START report, in using the label “anti-nuclear” generically and without regard with detail, promotes confusion.
    Now that said, I have dealt with anti-nuclear power activists in the past (Norm Cohen of Unplug Salem, Dave Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Paul Blanch of Energy Consulting, etc). Not a one of these individuals is a terrorist or even close to being a terrorist. Oh God forgive me for defending an anti-nuclear power activist, but in my experience the one thing which characterizes the majority of these people is left-wing pacifism. I vehemently disagree with them. I think what they are doing is very, very wrong for the country. But they are NOT terrorists, nor can I condemn them for being extremist since I am oppositely extremist.
    As for anti-nuclear weapons activists, they tend to be a horse of a different color as evidenced by 84 year old Sister Megan Rice who last year (I think) broke into a nuclear weapons complex. Regardless of her age, that woman should be locked up indefinitely not because she is a terrorist but because what she did was dangerous to herself and others around her.
    Now article 2314 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church does say:
    Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation. A danger of modern warfare is that it provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons—especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons—to commit such crimes.
    To all those who cite such an article in the Catechism as defense of anti-nuclearism, will you support the down-blending of weapons grade uranium and plutonium into low enriched or mixed oxide fuel for commercial nuclear reactors, converting weapons into electricity and forever making the fuel unavailable for destructive use?
    Or will you rant and rave “no nukes, no nukes” without providing a solution that eliminates weapons of mass destruction while providing low cost, clean, inexpensive electrical power for the benefit of humanity?
    I will wager that most Catholics, having been so poorly catechized in this post Vatican II environment and knowing little to no science and engineering, will sadly opt for Sister Megan Rice’s idiotic and dangerous response.
    Yes, I am extremist, and proudly so. I always have been and I always shall be.

  • Stopped counting when I ran out of fingers to count. I truly don’t recognize my country any more.

  • This isn’t the country that I grew up in…not even close.

  • Perhaps I should be typing this under a pseudonym and from an undisclosed location. It would be easier to count the inapplicable categories. Analogous to an individual person, America has lost her faith. She is in danger of being led by devils and losing her soul. How do we save her?

  • Perhaps I should be typing this under a pseudonym and from an undisclosed location.

    The NSA already knows who and where you are.

    Fortunately, they’re mostly preoccupied with online porn and snooping on celebrities, significant others, exes, etc., etc. to know that they know.

  • “The NSA already knows who and where you are.” Yes Ernst. I know they know and they know I am an old duffer about whom they have little concern. This is despite my falling under so many categories of their alleged concern. I think the list is established as a sort of fictional foundation – an artifice – for the creation of unprecedented bases of probable cause. (Donald: I invite your informed comment, as no lawyer am I. I am merely Irish and you are both.)

  • Not only are we all terrorists, each of us likely violated two or three laws or regulations this day.

  • At least that of crimethink. I’m probably guilty of that often. For me, the chore is to “be angry but do not sin”. Next Sunday we’ll hear John’s telling of Christ’s cleansing of the Temple, a reminder that if some things do not make one angry. one is a lukewarm drink of water. Of course there are limits to anger. A just person uses his temper, while the unjust one loses it. Whether one loves is an intellectual decision. Whether one likes is an emotional response. If I were to say that I do not despise the dictator. I merely find him to be despicable. I describe an emotion beyond my control, not a decision to despise anyone. Or is that a fine Jesuitical distinction? 🙂

  • I almost posted the link to the 72 above on your post a few days ago re: Osama’s (misspelled on purpose) definition of a terrorist that came out of their recent summit of “violent extremism.”

  • At this point in our nation’s history, if you are not on some government “nut” list, you should truly be ashamed of yourself!

    I know I am after the letters (emails) I have sent to former Arkansas Senators Blank (misspelled on purpose) Lincoln and Mark Prior (misspelled on purpose)–as well as President Osama. I have told all of them that I hope that god brings them to account for taking money from me and using it murder children through abortion. To their ilk, those comments label me as a REAL nutjob

  • They only truly become concerned about those of us who actively & publicly stand up against them or seem to be effectively doing so. Then out comes the gov’t baseball bat.

  • A plain example of this is when the IRS began actively using its power to work against conservative groups that potentiqlly were impacting elections nationally. Wham! The IRS took at the baseball bat & pulled out all of the stops to hinder their political enemies.

  • Bring it on!
    I’m ready you gov’t. cowards.
    “Give me freedom or give me death!”
    The traitor will perish, but those who strength is found in God and of God will never die.
    Bring it on!

  • America is an ideal, not a homeland. At some point we as a people became bored with the wonderful and exciting experiment known as ordered liberty. Now we are simply living in a place we call America, in a progressive ideal of socialist order and, for now, soft stifling relentless tyranny…..and most of our fellow citizens rather enjoy it.

  • Barbara Gordon wrote, “To their ilk, those comments label me as a REAL nutjob.”
    With a name like Gordon, you really should not be using “ilk” to mean “sort” or “type.”
    It means “same,” as in the old poem:
    “The cap he wore was crimson red,
    And of that ilk his morning gown.”
    Or in the Parable of the Talents: “He wha had gotten the five talents gaed, an’ coft an’ trocked wi’ that ilk.”
    Maitland of that ilk = Maitland of Maitland (Scots Law required that every landowner be designated by his fief; a tacksman leasing the lands of Maitland would be Smith at Maitland.)

  • MPS, it’s not Mrs. Gordon’s fault that you’re not familiar with American idiom.

  • Oh well! What’s a misplaced idiom among friends? Our greatest concern is with the idiocy in our present public policy. We may need to change the national anthem to: “By the sea, by the sea, by the idiocy”.

  • Here I am Lord. I come to do your will.
    On Saturday, February 28, on EWTN at 6:30 P.M. Heroic Media presented the fact that scientists have determined that the female egg chooses which one, and the only ONE, of the millions of sperm she will allow to enter and fertilize her. Awesome, the female has a right to choose. Of course, this was only after the woman became a wife and invited (see the word “invited”? “Invited” means to bring into life.) her husband, who was busy husbanding, to offer himself up to father.
    Hey fellas, your mom wanted you and only you, and nobody else but you. Yes, the male sperm is a body, a human body part, as is the female ovum, a human body part that cannot be patented, bought or sold. Your mother wanted the unique person who would be fertilized and become you, only you, nobody else, no other, but you.
    According to Rebecca Taylor at Mary Meets Dolly in her blog Meet Gracie Crane, a snowflake baby, there are 44,000 IVF children in the UK whose mother did not get a chance to choose but were forced into human bondage by a scientific experiment.
    The more we learn the closer we get to nature. Saint Thomas Aquinas was given many graces but he, too, believed that the whole and entire human being, a microscopic child, was encapsulated in the male sperm and was placed in the womb. Many people today believe this error. Roe v. Wade did not believe that the sovereign person did exist in the human being at fertilization. A little over a century ago, scientists learned about the female egg. Now scientists have learned that the female egg chooses who she will allow to fertilize her and bring forth a unique individual human being with sovereign personhood. The human being cannot be alive without his soul and his will to survive, his free will, intellect and his right to life.
    It follows, that, if the female egg cannot find an appropriate suitor among the millions of sperm surrounding her, then, she will suffer death and pass. This cannot happen when the scientist punctures the female ovum and inserts the sperm with a hypodermic needle. The scientist removes the natural course of events, denies the human soul and the female ovum’s right to choose whom she will entertain as the father of her child. This reduces the human being to a piece of merchandise to be manipulated at will…the will of the scientist. Not unlike Hitler’s youth camps that forced young people to generate more Aryans. Without God, “We, the people” are doomed.
    “We, the people” are here because our fathers went searching and our mothers chose. Awesome.

    An ASPCA ad recently promised “eternal love” from an animal, this was a dog, if a donor gives $18 a month. How does a finite dog give eternal love?

  • Add the marching band of The Immaculate Heart of Mary School to the list. http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL1NOW12AI20150227?irpc=392

    Courage to do what an Archbishop couldn’t, or wouldn’t do. God bless the school and the children.

    Homosexuality is a disorder.
    Love the sinner….

  • I read about the marching band Philip- and what the band director (Brother Peter Mary) said:
    “It’s not a matter of intolerance, we’re not intolerant because we reach out to these people,” Brother Mary said, “but in an official capacity, there has to be some type of line or else people don’t know the difference between error and truth or morality and immorality, or any particular thing that would put them in a state of compromise where we want to actually help them to save their soul or become better or more virtuous citizens of this country and of the church.”
    Very good. The Brother is an example of fearlessness for us all. We are all going to end on one “list” or the other. I hope I end up on same roll call as Brother Peter Mary.

  • Amen Anzlyne!
    I hope I’m as courageous as Bro. Peter Mary and the young ones defending Holy Churches position.
    A line indeed…for the salvation of souls.

  • Mary De Voe asks; “How does a finite dog give eternal love?”

    ……oh please don’t hate me for this…..

    Answer: Doggie ( style ) 🙁 bad Phil bad Phil.

  • Philip: Doggie (style) Good Phil, Good Phil.

  • “Barbara Gordon wrote, ‘To their ilk, those comments label me as a REAL nutjob.’ With a name like Gordon, you really should not be using “ilk” to mean ‘sort’ or ‘type.’l

    Uh. I didn’t post that comment anywhere.

  • Lol. I apologize. I finally found where I DID post those comments. 😀

  • “An ASPCA ad recently promised ‘eternal love’ from an animal, this was a dog, if a donor gives $18 a month. How does a finite dog give eternal love?”

    Mary, the ASPCA has been taking over by the same “ilk” of animal rights extremists as most other major US animal rights organizations (like the Humane Society of the US.). Those folks truly believe that a dog= a human. They believe animals have souls & spirits. NO I am not kidding.

  • MPS wrote: “Barbara Gordon wrote, ‘To their ilk, those comments label me as a REAL nutjob.” With a name like Gordon, you really should not be using “ilk” to mean ‘sort’ or ‘type.’ It means “same,” as in the old poem”

    Dude. Ilk does mean the same in American usage. It usually means the same type.


    PS. The name of Gordon, of which I am very proud, came from my father. Interestingly enough, my father was a combination Scottish, Irish, & Cherokee (native American.) I have strictly English & German heritage from my mother. (semi-typical American combo! Lol)

  • Barbara Gordon wrote, “The name of Gordon, of which I am very proud…”
    As well you might be. Famous throughout Scottish history, at the Reformation, the Gordons remained the principle Catholic clan in the North-East Highlands (along with the Leslies, Irvines and Setons); their traditional enemies, the Forbes, along with the Keiths, Frasers and Crichtons sided with the Reformers, leading to many a foray and raid.
    The 2nd Duke was “out” in the Jacobite rising of 1715 and fought at Sheriffmuir and, in the ’45, Lord Lewis Gordon raised two Jacobite regiments that distinguished themselves at the battles of Inverurie, Falkirk and on the fatal field of Culloden.
    I am myself of immigrant stock; the Seymours originate from St-Maur-des-Fossés in the Île-de-France.
    On my mother’s side, an ancestor of mine, Susan Gardner (Sabia Begum) married Mirza Anjan Shikoh, son of Shahzada Mirza Suleiman Shikoh of the Delhi Imperial Family. He was the grandson of Padshah-e Hind (Emperor of India) Jalal ad-Din Abu´l Mozaffar Mohammad Ali Gauhar Shah Alam II (1759/1788). That makes me a lineal descendent of Genghis Khan.

PopeWatch: ISIS

Saturday, February 28, AD 2015




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

Ahead of a planned assault on Italy by the Islamic State, members of ISIS met with leaders in the Italian gay community for a one day summit/pizza party in Pisa, Italy today.

Officials from both sides held a press conference earlier this morning, telling reporters that they were meeting in regards to ISIS plans to throw homosexuals off the Leaning Tower of “Pizza.”  Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria admitted to reporters after hours negotiations over cheese pizza at the Italian restaurant Chuck E. Formaggio, that the homosexuals were actually a pretty fun crowd to be around.

“We came to the summit to strike fear in their hearts,” one ISIS member told the press. “We were really looking forward to throwing them off the ‘Tower of Pizza,’ but once they started talking, it was like, we still disagree with their lifestyle choices, but they’re really sweet. A couple of the homosexuals were telling us about how to make the perfect quiche and how to drape ISIS flags around our shoulders without wrinkling them, and we all kinda just looked at each other. We knew right then that no one was getting thrown off the Tower.”

The ISIS member went on to explain how, after a few pizza’s, they all went out to a night club and “danced the night away,” and calling them “a real sassy bunch.”

At press time, ISIS officials plan to meet with the largest gay community in Rome tomorrow when they visit with members of the Roman Curia.

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  • This parody is revealing.
    The terrorist groups are one in the same. Isis. Homosexuals.
    Each wishes to impose their beliefs on others. For the homosexuals, they will use discrimination laws to force a business owner to transact or face fines.
    For Isis, they will force a person to convert or die. In each example is found the diabolical.

    Pizza pals for certain.

    They place their orders; “Give us thin crust with extra cheese sodomy and fellatio. Oh…please sprinkle swordfish and light the whole thing on fire.”

    The only difference between these two misguided repulsive groups is that one is praiseworthy in public schools while the other is demonized as they both should be. The ACTS of each group is the same….death.

  • So funny I can’t laugh…much.

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The Church’s One Foundation

Saturday, February 28, AD 2015

Something for the weekend, The Church’s One Foundation.  This is a repost from last year since it seems like a good hymn for Lent.  Written by Church of England minister Samuel J. Stone, it is sung to the tune Aurelia by Samuel S.Wesley.  I have always enjoyed this hymn and I have cherished the memory of Stone for it, and for this poem The Soliloquy of a Rationalistic Chicken:

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  • Jesus Christ is Head of the Church. The foundation is the twelve apostles, minus Judas and replaced by Mathias. Many theologians ignore and reject the twelve apostles in heaven as true witnesses of Jesus Christ. They reject the apostles and their gospels as evidence of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen from the dead. These heretics reject Mary and her crown of twelve stars, the apostles. The star is a symbol for life as the cross is a symbol for death.

Leonard Nimoy: Requiescat in Pace

Friday, February 27, AD 2015

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  • Dear God, if it be your will, please welcome Mr Spock who brought us a truly admirable role model.

  • You will be missed, Mr. Spock. RIP.

  • Dear God, if it be your will, please welcome Mr Spock who brought us a truly admirable role model. –

    Mr. Spock, yes; Leonard Nimoy, like nearly all of us, needed some work. (The first woman who held the job “Mrs. Leonard Nimoy” later felt compelled to form a support group called “Hollywood Dumpettes”).

  • You are correct, Art. In my case, I know I deserve hell, and I am just a mediocre man, unlike Leonard Nimoy who was a great man. Perhaps the greater the man, the greater the folly. 🙁

  • I suggest in our charity and sense of reality that we pray for God’s mercy on his soul. He was a promoter of abortion. See this clip starting at 0:37 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd4Pb_C_gUI

  • First bio that I ever bought was “I Am Not Spock.” Bought the first one, too, and I think it’s still the only bio I’ve ever enjoyed.

  • “I suggest in our charity”

    I suggest in our charity De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, at least on the day of his death. In his politics Nimoy shared in the left wing loonism that seemed to infect most of the actors and actresses of his generation. If that were all there was to the man I would not waste a post on his death. It is due to his role as Spock that his cultural significance arises, and please let us keep the focus firmly on that.

  • I rather like this pithy version:
    He was a good actor who worked hard, and he did some good stuff. May God be good to him.

    I can give a hearty amen.

  • I have wanted to say a few words on why Spock was among my favorite Star Trek characters (along with Seven of Nine and Data). While Leonard Nimoy had failings in his personal life (any here exempt from failings?) and sin (again, anyone exempt from sin?), the character he gave us showed that reason and facts and the good of the other person can be placed ahead of one’s own selfish, emotional desires. While the liberalism that Nimoy espoused as his life went on exults in selfish emotionalism, Spock did not allow himself to be influenced by that. He could set his face like flint to do what is right no matter how he personally felt about the matter, and he always had an impeccably logical reason for doing what was right. For Spock, doing what was right is the only logical path, and right is objective and knowable. The tumult of his feelings did not get in the way. As an adolescent youngster, that appealed to me greatly. And his father Sarek was of like mind, and the philosophy of logic and non-violence that Surak in ancient Vulcan history had developed was created specifically because of the violent, war-like, overly-emotional, self-destructive tendencies of Vulcans as a species. Their close cousins the Romulans who early broke away, having rejected Surak’s philosophy, showed what happens when emotionalism and selfishness rule the day – dictatorial empire, a course which our liberal society seems hell-bent on creating.
    I do not think Nimoy will be remembered for his liberalism. Rather, he will be remembered for giving us Spock: a man truly moral because he placed reason and facts ahead of selfish desire. I hope God remembers the good that Nimoy did and not just the bad. Otherwise, we are all doomed. But God is just and God is merciful.

  • Reason. Restraint. Self-sacrifice.
    Well worth admiring, especially in a time that idolizes the impulse, the examined emotion, the “because I wanna” impulse.

  • May the face of God shine upon him and may he rest in peace. Leonard Nimoy

31 Responses to PopeWatch: Papal Gaffes

  • Perhaps it’s just his way of being human? Maybe it will help him to be more humble?
    Lord have mercy on us all!

  • “Next time perhaps the Holy Spirit might help the Conclave to choose a Pope who knows the virtues of silence?”

    Or who takes his Ritalin.

  • In trying again, and again, to be ‘all things to all people’, or ‘sort of telling them what they want to hear’, while cherry picking from the full teaching of Jesus, such as this inspires the world, while the glory of Heaven, and the One Holy Apostolic Church remains waiting.

  • This post is so well written.
    I am thinking that perhaps Pope Francis ought to use a teleprompter.

  • Pope Francis should consider early retirement. Seriously!

  • Philip, I’ve been hoping for that almost from Day 1 of this pontificate.

  • Just a thought from a layman: Speaking out of turn may be a sign of beginning dementia.


  • The worst one to me was when he said that not only does he not support the death penalty, as a potential punishment for murder ….he doesn’t support a life punishment for murder either!!Give me a break!! THAT argument blows the lid off the anti death penalty stance of the more recent church thinking that we don’t need the death penalty to protect society because life without parole would keep the bad guy in the slammer away from other victims! (I guess to heck with victims’ families who would hardley think “Justice” would allow for a possible release – thanks to the Pope’s weird statement). The more gaff prone he is, the more we are prompted to disregard some of his other, more CATHOLIC !!! utterances.

  • He speaks from the heart. He is politically incorrect. He gives his honest view on issues. He’s unashamedly flawed. How refreshing!

  • Ezabelle: “He speaks from the heart….etc.” And forgets he is the Pope. Scarcely the material to refresh anybody. There is scant merit in trumpeting one’s flaws, nor wearing the latter like so many fools-gold medals.

  • Sydney O Fernandes wrote: “Scarcely the material to refresh anybody.”

    Speak for yourself. Don’t speak for me or the rest of the Catholic faithful.

  • Ezabelle said: “Speak for yourself. Don’t speak for me or the rest of the Catholic faithful.”

    Sydney didn’t say or imply in any manner that he was speaking for you or anyone else. It helps to respond to what is actually written and not one’s mind/emotions read into what is written.

    Accusing someone of something they did not say is a transparent method of false condemnation. And an attempt to change the subject. I grow very tired of such things at times on this and other blogs in general.

  • Sydney O Fernandes wrote: “Scarcely the material to refresh anybody.”

    Anybody? His comment that the Popes approach is not refreshing to “anybody” is a generalisation. If you don’t like the Popes approach, then that’s your prerogative. Don’t make the assumption that others feel the same way.

    Don’t speak for me- a Catholic. State your opinion as your opinion. Dont assume that the Popes style is not resonating to “anybody”. Because there is no way you can know that.

    Barbara its clear that you don’t like others stating that they like the Pope- it must get under your skin.

    I’m sick of stating on blogs that I like Pope Francis and getting attacked and belittled for it- like you, Barbara have, and like Sydney has.

  • “‘Scarcely the material to refresh anybody.’ Anybody? His comment that the Popes approach is not refreshing to’anybody’ is a generalisation. If you don’t like the Popes approach,”

    Again, where did he say he was speaking for you and other Catholics in the quote above. What you infer in your brain is not logical in this instance. A generalization about “anybody” being refreshed doesn’t equate to speaking for you and other Catholics.

    And predictably: “Barbara its clear that you don’t like others stating that they like the Pope- it must get under your skin.”

    Now you are inferring motives & thoughts to me as well. *big slow bored yawn*

    Please reread my thoughts about people doing exactly what you are doing–AGAIN–this time involving me. Lol.

    Don doesn’t like for his blogs to get off topic.

  • Ezabelle: (lots of words above): How amusing! (to me, that is!!) As Barbara Gordon says, Don doesn’t like for his blogs to get off topic. RIP (the drift-offs, that is!)

  • Ezabelle, your Opus Dei education is showing. You just don’t like it when Pope Sliplips is criticized for his foolish remarks. Who are you to judge?

  • Lol and now you speak for Don. You might want to deal with that bee in your bonnet and try and stay on topic.

    I’m stating my opinion. Deal with it.

  • Sydney- I’m glad I brightened your day.

  • Stephen- I like the Pope. You don’t. Happy to leave it at that. Stop attacking.

  • To me it is not a matter of “liking” the pope or not. the pope’s gaffes ( some harmless, while the effects of others really remains to be seen) are of concern to anyone who “likes” Jesus and His Catholic Church.
    The gaffes are of concern, because God is Love and the misdirection that can come from careless speaking from such a bully pulpit is Not Good. Also, tho the phone calls and the baptisms etc are not spoken gaffes, they are statements of his imprudent works. I don’t dislike him personally, tho it is getting harder for me to maintain that disposition.
    God is Love and Love does not minimize good judgment or the need to discern truth carefully. Mercy follows judgment. Mercy is not indiscriminate, or else it is not mercy at all.
    No Ezabelle, he does need to be more careful. I don’t want, and I don’t think anyone- wants to criticize him unjustly.
    We can pray for him and all the constant pressure he is under. I am wondering if you think there are some people who are in a position to influence him, who are criticizable?

  • Ezabelle, please see W. Walsh comments filed under “I might as well turn myself in now” yesterday. 🙂

  • It’s funny…sort of. If folks that have been away from the sacraments for years come back to them for (?) reasons unbeknownst, it’s a good thing…true?
    I wonder about PF having an effect on those that have drifted away. If they return and are fed the truth, they are indeed grateful for the reversion. If in their newly found desire to aim higher in their faith journey than they too could come to the realization that the Pope is to defend faith doctrine and dogma.
    They too could come to the understanding that conversions reversions and strengthening souls must be founded on Christ and His Church.
    An error in the beginning is an error indeed, and the less errors the Pope makes the better for Christs faithful.
    Clear teachings that have been faithfully taught and believed do not need to be tweaked to conform to the current fashion. This pontificate is dangerously close to loose more souls than gain.
    Ezabelle. Your opinions are yours. True.
    Your opinions do not have the same impact that the pontiff’s opinions may have on souls. Praise God for that Ezabelle. Peace.

  • Yes Anzlyne, I agree the Pope is not immune to criticism at all. AT ALL. He should be criticised. Personally I don’t think he says enough to defend the Christians in the Middle East. I think this is a more serious matter than gaffes- like offending the elderly over calling Europe an infertile old woman. Who cares?

    But in terms of style- I warm to this Pope. I like his ad lib style. This style- to me- is transparent- with its flaws and all. And I suspect many Catholics (not all) warm to Pope Francis.

    I don’t understand when people ride him off as a Pope completely by assuming his style is totally ineffective as a leader. This is a huge generalisation. Which I don’t think has any merit.

  • Thanks Phillip. I understand your point. I will pray for the Pope.

  • Anzlyne- how could you not “like” Jesus- 😉

  • Ezabelle, the Pope is supposed to be the leader of the Church and the main teacher of the faith. His stupid, asinine, off the cuff remarks are not the mark of a good teacher. He should only open his mouth to explain what the Church actually believes in faith and morals. He should keep his mouth shut about his personal opinions and feelings about something.

  • Stephen- Such venom.

  • Stephen- “He should only open his mouth to explain what the Church actually believes in faith and morals. He should keep his mouth shut about his personal opinions and feelings about something.”


    Why don’t we just have a mechanical robot with a pre-programmed CD we can plug in and it can rattle off the CCC.

    There. That will solve all of our Pope issues.

  • Ezebelle, his personal opinions always cause trouble because he’s almost always mocking Catholic piety, (rosary counters) or making remarks that undermine Catholic morality. (His famous, “Who am I to judge” remark about homo’s) As far as I’m concerned, being “a mechanical robot with a pre-programmed CD” would solve a lot of problems with this Pope. At least there wouldn’t be people rambling and scrambling to ‘explain’ what he was saying.

James Forrestal and his Prophecy

Friday, February 27, AD 2015

Flag Raising Iwo Jima


The last cabinet level Secretary of the Navy, and the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal was not content to remain in Washington.  As Secretary of the Navy during World War II he often visited the sites of active combat operations.  Thus it was that he was present on Iwo Jima when the flag was raised on Mount Suribachi.  What he said then has entered the lore of the Marine Corps:

The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.

Appointed the first Secretary of Defense in 1947, Forrestal fought against budget cuts proposed by President Truman that he thought endangered the nation’s security.  He also opposed the proposal to unify the services which would gut the Navy and eliminate the Marine Corps.  On March 31, 1949, Harry Truman, angered over Forrestal’s opposition to his policies, fired him.  Tragically, Forrestal, who had worked non-stop on Defense issues since he joined the Roosevelt administration in 1940, had a nervous breakdown.  While undergoing psychiatric treatment he committed suicide by jumping from the 16th floor of the National Naval Medical Center.  He left behind a note with a quotation from Sophocles’ Ajax:

Fair Salamis, the billows’ roar,

Wander around thee yet,

And sailors gaze upon thy shore

Firm in the Ocean set.

Thy son is in a foreign clime

Where Ida feeds her countless flocks,

Far from thy dear, remembered rocks,

Worn by the waste of time–

Comfortless, nameless, hopeless save

In the dark prospect of the yawning grave….

Woe to the mother in her close of day,

Woe to her desolate heart and temples gray,

When she shall hear

Her loved one’s story whispered in her ear!

“Woe, woe!’ will be the cry–

No quiet murmur like the tremulous wail

Of the lone bird, the querulous nightingale–

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  • This caught my eye for perhaps obvious reasons.

    “The Navy struck back with the Revolt of the Admirals where several admirals spoke out against the defense policies of the Truman administration at the cost of their careers.”

  • It seems that the authentic power over the A-bomb had gone to Truman’s head. To denigrate the sacrifice of the Marines on Mt. Suribachi smacks of treason. Different branches of the Armed Forces are like different personalities. Men adhere to the “Espri de Core” (sp). I knew a Marine, a paratrooper (said one had to be crazy to jump from a plane but he did) an Air Force man, but no regular Army man and almost had a Navy man as a son-in-law. These people would have been stabbed in the heart by Truman’s really stupid concept of the Armed Forces.
    But would any change impact the Chaplains’ service as did Obama? During the government shutdown, Obama demanded the sacrifice from the Armed Forces encamped in government facilities by forbidding the Mass to be said, even as human beings were living out their lives unto dying. That is not a president who represents his constituents, allowing them to live and die without the consolation of their Faith, a despicable treason.

  • I think I am a Marine: Semper Fi

  • It was always heartening to see from our quarters our guarters a patrol of marines in full battle dress go down into the jungle on the lookout for “the bad guys”. My then third grade son presented me with a picture he had drawn of three heroes – a US Marine, a USN chaplain and a Navy pilot.
    I hope to run across that drawing of 20 years ago as that chaplain conducts burials at Arlington Cemetery.

  • Appearing in the film were several Marine veterans of the Pacific, including Colonel David Shoup, who earned a Medal of Honor for his heroism at Tarawa, and who would later serve as a Commandant of the Corps, and Lieutenant Colonel Henry Crow who led a Marine battalion at Tarawa. The Marines’ Hymn is sung in the film after the death of Wayne’s character, one of ten films in which a Wayne character died, and as the raising of the flag is recreated. Taking part in the flag raising were Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes and John Bradley, the three survivors of the six flag raisers.

    I’d have loved to have cross-examined William Manchester with this datum.

  • A friend pointed out certain similarities between Truman and the current CIC. I have tried not to believe them, but after reading this post, among other signs, well…

  • No US Navy equals no Navy SEALS. Horrid thought!!!

  • “There’s no reason for having a Navy and Marine Corps. General Bradley tells me that amphibious operations are a thing of the past. We’ll never have any more amphibious operations. That does away with the Marine Corps. And the Air Force can do anything the Navy can do nowadays, so that does away with the Navy.”

    Military brass & govt appointees who tell politicians what they want to hear are heartbreaking & sickening to the very core of my heart.

  • I had no idea that Truman tried to end the Marines & the Navy!! He was insane. Especially after WW 1 & 2. What was his reasoning?

  • Barbara G., I think that Truman, being a politician (naturally venal and ignorant), believed that the nuke weapon ended the need/utility of conventional warfare.

    In Truman’s administration’s stupidity (signals/statements), Comintern gangsters – Stalin, Mao – came to assume/believe that the US would not fight over Korea. Ergo, Truman needed to unseriously (not using all the arrows in the quiver and strategically not fighting to win) fight the Korean War. And, more than 36,000 young Americans seriously fought and gave their lives for South Korean freedom.

    After Obama and Carter, Truman may be the worst POTUS. The 19th century POTUS losers don’t measure down. They didn’t have the power to massively mess up everything.
    JFK officially swung away from nuke dependence and presided over the formations of the green berets and SEALS; and started “playing” with American blood in Vietnam, Republic of.

50 Shades of the Vatican

Thursday, February 26, AD 2015



  Father Z brings us the news that some men at the Vatican have apparently lost their marbles:


I have sometimes offered that, were I Pope, I would create two new dicasteries (while axing a bunch of others).  Firstly, there would be a Sacred Congregation for the Dusting of the Holy Doors.  After all, the major basilicas all have Holy Doors, to be opened in Jubilee years.  They get dusty.  This would be a great role for prelates from around the world who have proven their worth in their previous posts.  Secondly, We would create a Sacred Congregation for Thinking Stuff Through Before Doing It.  The brief of this SCTSTBD is pretty straight forward. You will remember the guffaw inducing filmette that the Pontifical Council for Culture put out a while back?  That strange video about women?  It stirred a lot of controversy.  HERE You would have thought that they had learned something from that episode. But no. And now we see this on page of the Pontifical Council for Culture…. (See image at beginning of post)

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  • When I saw that this morning, I thought, “somebody’s mocking Our Lady.

  • Ernst, almost the first thing I thought too–I was thinking too bad they didn’t use an image of Our Lady Untier of Knots instead of the image chosen, which, does not really show a woman “still struggling for freedom” as alleged, but rather a woman provocatively draped in rope–her breasts fully exposed and called out by the surrounding rope, a rope that extends up to her “birth canal” (not sure what word to use here!) and ropes restricting her womb as though to say sex with her okay, children not allowed (a not so subtle nod to Francis’ “don’t breed like rabbits” quip?” I have to admit I find that even more repulsive than this soft porn statue.)

    As a woman (and a born and bred California girl, so not easily offended and used to all manner of expression around me) I am disgusted and insulted by this.

    The statue sans the rope, a rope that serves only to demean women/depict them as objects, would have been more appropriate, given the flimsy explanation they offer for the lack of head, limbs, and arms.

    Bizarro world we are living in.

  • and another thing!
    we have this going on:
    … (ISIS) has killed 15 of the Christians it took hostage…The news was given … to the Catholic organization …One woman was beheaded in the village…added that the number of those known to have been taken hostage had risen to about 350. … One source has said that a mass execution is being planned for Friday, February 27…

    and this Vatican Dept. has time to hold deliberations and defend a disgusting depiction of a woman, while women AND men AND children are slaughtered by ISIS?

  • Speaking of ISIS, wouldn’t a picture of a woman in a burqa accomplish the stated goal of “speak[ing] clearly for one of the central points of the document: many women, alas, are still struggling for freedom[,] their voices and intellect often unheard[,] their actions unappreciated[,]” just as well?
    Wouldn’t shock the right people, I guess. Unlike this piece of art that’s better suited for advertising a regional queer studies conference at a second tier university than a Dicastery.

  • I just want the Church to be in the hands of Catholics. Seems to be too much to hope for.

  • Nuts. Absolutely moonbat left wing crazy nuts.

    And Cardinal Ravasi after hearing complaints about his tasteless headless Venus de Milo digs in so as to prove how crazy nuts this is.

  • This reminds me of “order out of chaos.” I wonder who is behind this effort to destabilize the Church.

  • Does the observation that, alas, many women are still struggling for freedom pertain to those suffering mass murder, rape and slavery at the hands of ISIS? Oh! I was afraid not. Where the heck are their priorities? I fault Obama (hereinafter referred to as “the dictator” lower case intended) with similar priorities, that of an ideological focus that apparently blinds him to urgent realities.

  • Aphrodite it is not. The thing looks like a mannekin not yet dressed, the ropes, a sick man’s wish. The thing is pornographic.

  • Cthemfly25: “Nuts. Absolutely moonbat left wing crazy nuts.
    And Cardinal Ravasi after hearing complaints about his tasteless headless Venus de Milo digs in so as to prove how crazy nuts this is.”
    This Cardinal Ravasi has no connection with the Consolata Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya, who established a seminary and a shrine of Consolata there and sends us about 50 priests a year, priests who know doctrine.

  • Consolata Bishop Right Reverend Ambrose Ravasi, Bishop of Marsabit, Kenya. Sorry about the omission. Since Father Amrose Ravasi left of Kenya he has suffered malaria, chiggers, parasites that enter through the foot and infect the whole body, and been beaten up by bandits. He is beautiful.

  • First thing I thought was bondage with a capital B. Insulting and gross. Using a classical marble statue doesn’t clean it up. What else is on the cardianl’s Ipad?

    I do like the idea of St. Mary, Undoer (or Untier) of Knots as a symbol. A beautiful painting that speaks to solving problems of day to day life, especially for women and men and women in the married state, and solving problems serious and not so serious with the assistance of prayer through the intercession of the Mother of Christ.

  • Fr. Z may call it ‘loosing their marbles’, but I call it ‘diabolical insanity’. I mean, really, first we have Fr. Rosica threatening an ordinary lay blogger in Canada with a lawsuit, then we have his ‘partner in crime’ of the same order telling Cardinal Burke to STFU on twitter for the world to see, then we have Cardinal Baldisseri stealing the books Cardinal Burke and others sent to the Synod Cardinals on the Church’s real teaching on marriage, and now we have Cardinal Ravasi displaying S. Masochistic porn. As I said on another blog, these Cardinals don’t need disciplined, they need an exorcist. FR. AMORTH…………….HELP US OUT HERE!!

  • TLM—there’s more. You further have what appears to be a coordinated attack against those Cardinals who spoke against the last synod session. Vatican insiders, to smear Cardinal Pell, leaked his 2500 euro taylor bill, while Pell is reviewing Vatican finances. That was intentional. Someone combed through Pell’s expenditures to find something to smear him. You then have Cardinal Wuerl smearing Cardinal Burke publicly as a dissident. The bill of particulars showing bad intent grows.

  • Sick, disturbed, ugly, offensive, pornographic, disgusting, perverted. And that’s just off the top of my head! – As a woman – this is so very offensive. The “men” involved in this have NO CLUE as to how to BE a MAN. Solid, protective, kind, supportive, strong, GODLY. And THIS horrific image is certainly reflective of NONE of those. It reminds me of a crude statement published in a Catholic Church bulletin when the N.O mass was being “re-translated”. This “msgr” ( I can’t even call him that) wrote – “translations are like women – if they are good they are not beautiful and if they are beautiful they are not good.” – OK then, let’s discuss Our Blessed Mother – PERFECT model to all women. Good? Beautiful? – these “men” make me physically ill.

  • I want to cry about this. The diabolical disorientation is not just the sexual disorder, but deep disorder in every foundation. At the vatican and high places.
    I had a dream two nights ago of the hellish smoke curling around the world populace and rendering people incapable of thinking clearly.. all as if stoned and smilingly accepting evil as good. So many politicians, journalists, school superintendents, teachers, leaders- lost dignity of conscience and freedom incapacitated by this sick evil-laden fog.

  • I was thinking of something similar today, Anzlyne, wondering if the faithful would be able to put lamb’s blood on their doorsteps. Perhaps the faithful will receive gas masks for protection again the evil fog of the mind, a 21st cen. pass-over.

  • cthemfly,
    The cast of hedonistic atrocities just keeps growing. Hard to keep up with it all. Satan isn’t even hiding anymore, he’s in your face for the world to see him in all his hideousness, and it’s all coming out of Rome. I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the government was a cesspool, and now I guess it’s not only the government that’s wallowing in the filth. Jesus have MERCY on us……….COME SOON!

  • I think that the First Commandment is the way to help with enduring the surroundings. Am remembering a Sunday School lesson from the ‘good olden days’ . The Bible Story was about Baby Moses, who was lovingly swaddled in a basket, set afloat in the watery reeds to save his life, later rescued and raised to do much more.

  • Has anyone read the document? I just finished it (thanks for the link) and was appalled at the lack of focus, the unevenness, and the shallowness it betrayed. It offers a list of problems women face (all too true) and a smattering of ideas, but with no reference to original sin, Christ, Mary, or the need to collaborate with men. Theologically, it has no key, no hermeneutic. And it ends with the mission to think of ways women can make more decisions in the Church–which simply doesn’t follow 1/the fact that more women attend Mass than men, and 2/decision making will do nothing to change the secula culture (where the problem lies). If I had more time, I would write a formal response, but for now must admit that “women’s issues” are not likely to be addressed in substantially helpful ways at the present. Back to prayer…

  • The Insecurity of the Wicked
    A Psalm of David.

    1  Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
    neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
    2  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
    and wither as the green herb.
    3  Trust in the LORD, and do good;
    so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
    4  Delight thyself also in the LORD;
    and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
    5  Commit thy way unto the LORD;
    trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
    6  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,
    and thy judgment as the noonday.
    7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:
    fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way,
    because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
    8  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
    fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
    9  For evildoers shall be cut off:
    but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
    10  For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be:
    yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
    11  But the meek shall inherit the earth; Mt. 5.5
    and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
    12  The wicked plotteth against the just,
    and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
    13  The Lord shall laugh at him:
    for he seeth that his day is coming.
    14  The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow,
    to cast down the poor and needy,
    and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
    15  Their sword shall enter into their own heart,
    and their bows shall be broken.
    16  A little that a righteous man hath
    is better than the riches of many wicked.
    17  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:
    but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
    18  The LORD knoweth the days of the upright:
    and their inheritance shall be for ever.
    19  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time:
    and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
    20  But the wicked shall perish,
    and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs:
    they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
    21  The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again:
    but the righteous showeth mercy, and giveth.
    22  For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth;
    and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.
    23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD:
    and he delighteth in his way.
    24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
    for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
    25  I have been young, and now am old;
    yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken,
    nor his seed begging bread.
    26  He is ever merciful, and lendeth;
    and his seed is blessed.
    27  Depart from evil, and do good;
    and dwell for evermore.
    28  For the LORD loveth judgment,
    and forsaketh not his saints;
    they are preserved for ever:
    but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
    29  The righteous shall inherit the land,
    and dwell therein for ever.
    30  The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom,
    and his tongue talketh of judgment.
    31  The law of his God is in his heart;
    none of his steps shall slide.
    32  The wicked watcheth the righteous,
    and seeketh to slay him.
    33  The LORD will not leave him in his hand,
    nor condemn him when he is judged.
    34  Wait on the LORD, and keep his way,
    and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land:
    when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
    35  I have seen the wicked in great power,
    and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
    36  Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not:
    yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
    37  Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright:
    for the end of that man is peace.
    38  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together:
    the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
    39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD:
    he is their strength in the time of trouble.
    40  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them:
    he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them,
    because they trust in him.

Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Manchester

Thursday, February 26, AD 2015


He was a thundering paradox of a man, noble and ignoble, inspiring and outrageous, arrogant and shy, the best of men and the worst of men, the most protean, most ridiculous, and most sublime. No more baffling, exasperating soldier ever wore a uniform. Flamboyant, imperious, and apocalyptic, he carried the plumage of a flamingo, could not acknowledge errors, and tried to cover up his mistakes with sly, childish tricks. Yet he was also endowed with great personal charm, a will of iron, and a soaring intellect. Unquestionably he was the most gifted man-at arms- this nation has produced.

William Manchester in a great one paragraph description of Douglas MacArthur, American Caesar

One sure way to get a fight started among American students of military history is to mention Douglas MacArthur.  About 40% will regard him as a vastly overrated egotistical incompetent, and another 40% will regard him as perhaps America’s greatest general.  Twenty percent will try to say that both sides have their points, just before a heated debate begins.  My own perspective is that we are still too close to MacArthur’s stormy time to render a judicious verdict on his career.  MacArthur is both the hero and villain of his biography and it will take generations to sort him out.

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  • It’s a stretch to call him the greatest American man at arms, in my view. Washington, Lee, Jackson, Patton? All these have better claims. MacArthur has Inchon, and even that was a hell of a gamble that could have ended disastrously if the NOKs had garrisoned and defended the harbor.

  • MacArthur’s island-hopping campaign in the Pacific was brilliant. He was a great commander, but maybe would have made a greater president. He was a statesman of the first degree. He was the “president” of Japan during the occupation and he never let the Emperor or the Japanese people lose their self-respect or their honor. The Japanese Constitution that he was responsible for was of course modeled on the the US Constitution. He is also a beloved figure in the Philippines, where on his deathbed be begged JFK not to get involved in a land war in Vietnam. Other than Vinegar Joe Stillwell no American knew the Asian people, their history and culture as well as MacArthur.

  • As a truly great man, perhaps MacArthur was greatly imperfect.

  • I read the book many years ago. Need to agree with the quote.

    He had brains and physical courage. As I remember, before Pershing went in after Pancho Villa, MacArthur and one or two made a “raid” into Mexico through Vera Cruz to recon the RR, etc. Supposedly, he had to smoke a Mexican with his side arm. MacArthur was an outstanding division (I think 42nd Rainbow) commander in WWI. His island hopping in the Pacific was world class. His Inchon end-run and offensive to the Yalu were remarkable.

    Negatives: horrid (he came out of retirement and his troops were unprepared and under-supplied – not his fault) defense of the Philippines in 1941/2 and insubordination (he had been near total ruler in Japan during the occupation) with the CinC: unpardonable (despite the fact that politics essentially are deceit and coercion) in a representative republic. His suppression of the WWI bonus vets in DC was a black mark; he was following orders, still . . . Big negative for me – he pushed real hard to have Gen’l. Yamashita (? who beat him in the Philippines) hanged.

    Maybe his deficiency was in moral courage. Don’t remember that in the book.

    Finally (at last), I don’t think any of his troops (probably nobody in the WWII or after) would say, “I would charge hell itself for that old man.” So, maybe the quote is as much about as as MacArthur.

  • “Sorry, do not trust Manchester, will not read his books.”

    I never read the Kennedy book Art, although I have read his other books. His volume on MacArthur is the best one volume bio of Mac that I have read, and I have read almost all of them. His two volumes on Churchill pale only when compared to Martin Gilbert’s work.

  • “It’s a stretch to call him the greatest American man at arms, in my view.”

    Probably, although I would definitely put him in the top twenty.

    “MacArthur has Inchon, and even that was a hell of a gamble that could have ended disastrously if the NOKs had garrisoned and defended the harbor.”

    Gamble is often part of War like Jackson and Lee at Chancellorsville. What gains my admiration is MacArthur the manager. He operated on a logistical shoestring in most of his campaigns and made it look easy, always making effective use of American naval and air superiority. The disaster that ended his career, the Chinese incursion into Korea, would look differently if MacArthur had been left in command to destroy the Chinese as I think he would have accomplished. He had a facility for getting results with minimal forces that is often not appreciated. Yet he had his flaws as a general. He always reacted poorly to surprises and had a talent for alienating talented subordinates while sheltering sycophantic blunderers. When it comes to MacArthur I have long engaged in a debate with myself as to his merits and demerits as a commander.

  • He was the “president” of Japan during the occupation and he never let the Emperor or the Japanese people lose their self-respect or their honor.

    American Shogun is how he tends to be remembered in Japan. Although it was never built, there was a fair amount of support for a statue to MacArthur in Tokyo with the inscription: General Douglas MacArthur-The Liberator of Japan.

  • “As a truly great man, perhaps MacArthur was greatly imperfect.”

    MacArthur was truly larger than life in his virtues and in his vices.

  • There are serious questions about his defense of the Philippines–foolishly trying to protect every inch of Luzon against invasion, and rapidly failing, then being forced to fall back into the very (Rainbow) plan he rejected–Bataan was the place to fight.
    There are also issues as to why he didn’t go after the Japanese air force stuck in Formosa due to fog, when he knew that only hours earlier, Pearl Harbor had been attacked. It cost us our far-reaching B-17s at Clark Field and ultimately much of the Pacific war.
    His troops in the ill-famed Bataan Death March felt when he left the battle, he deserted them (perhaps unfairly) but the Philippine people loved him.
    Who knows what the end result of his desire to go into Manchuria might have brought?
    His great day was returning to Leyte (the largest invasion in US history–even larger than D-day) but, it was his greatest moment to be on the deck of the US Missouri participating in the signing of the unconditional surrender of Japan.

A decades’ long struggle: Catholic identity and the University of Notre Dame…

Thursday, February 26, AD 2015


One of the first, unspoken rules of assuming the presidency of an institution of higher education is “Remake the board in your image.”

That rule contains a lot of wisdom. The president may have only had a slim majority to be elected. And, as the stormy petrels will surely be stirring up all sorts of challenges to one’s leadership from all sides, to garner a significant base of support and win re-election, the challenge confronting any first-term president is to ensure that trustworthy and erstwhile allies are appointed to seats on the board. That requires working very closely with the board’s membership committee and selecting candidates who share the president’s vision of what it means to be a university and here, a Catholic university.

In that regard, the President of the University of Notre Dame (UND), the Reverend John Jenkins, CSC, has done extremely well. Recently re-electing him to UND’s presidency, UND’s Board praised Fr. Jenkins’ “unfailing commitment to the University’s Catholic character.”

Juxtapose that effusive praise to a recently-published opinion piece concerning the morality of UND’s conduct under Fr. Jenkins’ leadership in extending spousal benefits to those recognized as married by civil law (e.g., health insurance and student housing to same-sex employees and students).

The authors of that opinion piece—Gerard V. Bradley, Professor of Law; John Finnis, Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus in the University of Oxford and Professor of Law at UND; and, Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Director of UND’s Center for Civil and Human Rights—concluded that the extension of those benefits by an institution like UND is “morally indefensible” and will have “far-reaching and very damaging” consequences.

How so? Citing the Catholic moral principle concerning cooperation with evil, they state:

Where homosexual unions have been legally recognized, one must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation.


The benefits extension undeniably has the direct effect of encouraging same-sex couples to make or persist in an immoral commitment. It constitutes an endorsement of this commitment, promotes it with direct benefits, and cooperates in it in a way that, on widely used theological conceptions, constitutes formal cooperation with wrongdoing.

Since UND is not compelled by law to implement this policy, the authors observe that doing so constitutes “a morally corrupting scandal, needlessly given,” to persons tempted to enter into, or already in, a same-sex “marriage,” as well as to all others, who “can readily infer that the university actually does not regard any kind of sex acts between adults as grave matter.”

Their conclusion? UND’s policy “imperils the souls and the earthly fulfillment of those whom it has undertaken to support in a Christian life.”

In light of this policy, UND’s Board of Trustees’ ringing endorsement of Fr. Jenkins’ leadership provides an object lesson in what is mortally wrong with much of U.S. Catholic higher education today. Many, if not most of those who hold in “sacred trust” the institutional mission—the members of the board of trustees—apparently are not adequately prepared for the trust which they hold, as this evidences itself in the continuous, creeping secularization of the nation’s institutions of Catholic higher education since the 1960s and 1970s when most of those institutions were turned over to lay boards.

It was the presidents of those institutions who successfully built their boards of trustees in their image and likeness. This is how U.S. Catholic higher education came to the precarious state in which it finds itself today where its universities and colleges implement policies that might be acceptable in secular institutions, but not Catholic institutions.

All of this was quite conscious and deliberate, as those presidents sought to have their institutions emulate their secular peers while retaining a patina of Catholic to please the folks and donors that they’re still Catholic institutions of higher education.

And so it is today at UND. As the authors of that opinion piece note:

[Implementing this policy] violates the institution’s duty of love for same-sex couples, who will inevitably be confirmed and encouraged to continue in their wrongful commitment; it also violates the University’s duty of love for everyone in the campus community, many of whom will be misled about the meaning of marriage and the truth about sexual morality, as well as about how a Christian community rightly responds in love to persons living out a public commitment to an immoral relationship.

If that’s not enough, by “build[ing] into the bricks a norm that leads members of the community directly away from a life lived in friendship with Christ,” UND creates a “structure of sin” that “will be difficult to contain.” How so? It will be increasingly difficult to bar from academic administration those who live openly in immoral relationships.

Does this not present a proximate threat not only to the institution’s Catholic identity but also to the freedom in a Catholic university or college to uphold Catholic teaching?

Nearly two decades ago, a UND professor of history, George M. Marsden, narrated the same story as it pertained to Protestant higher education in the United States. Marsden wrote:

In the context of all these forces, we can understand the residual formal role left for religion in universities. Clearly, despite the presence of many religion departments and a few university divinity schools, religion has moved from near the center a century or so ago to far on the incidental periphery. Aside from voluntary student religious groups, religion in most universities is about as important as the baseball team. Not only has religion become peripheral, there is a definite bias against any perceptible religiously informed perspectives getting a hearing in university classrooms. Despite the claims of contemporary universities to stand above all for openness, tolerance, academic freedom, and equal rights, viewpoints based on discernibly religious concepts (for instance, that there is a created moral order or that divine truths might be revealed in a sacred Scripture), are often informally or explicitly excluded from classrooms.




To read the UND’s Board of Trustees’ letter, click on the following link:

To read the opinion piece concerning UND’s policy, click on the following link:

To read Marsden’s article, click on the following link:

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  • “….retaining a patina of Catholic to please the folks and donors..”

    Excellent post. The facade is not the foundation! Religious and Higher Education are found together in few institutions. God bless those universities.

  • If Fr. Jenkins has been remaking the board in his own image, then it’s
    disheartening to reflect on the fact that in 2011, one trustee was forced
    to resign when it became public knowledge that she was a longtime, vocal,
    substantial contributor to the pro-abortion group Emily’s List. Last year,
    another trustee came under fire when it came out that she’d authored
    an editorial piece supporting “reproductive justice” and castigating the
    US bishops for opposing the HHS mandate.

  • Clinton,
    Surely you must be savvy enough to understand the strategy and face-saving behind those.

    In his half-hearted support (at least to those of us on the outside it looked this way) for the lawsuit re the mandate, he would have looked foolish to the court (already looked foolish enough with the tardiness of the filing, and prior offering of coverage for abortifacients to employees and students?) and it would have added fuel to the fire on both the already weak attempt to fight the mandate, and, perhaps more importantly, since it gave the appearance that these persons were openly and notoriously advocating abortion, and one funding an abortion group, even donors on the fence or ambiguous to the abortion issue, not just the ‘right wingers’ would find this off-putting and would likely reduce, or decline to, donate at all.

    And besides, they were both women–easily dismissed by the men behind the throne that only play women. And the ‘progressive’ women that ally with them are usually all too willing to go along with whatever the rulers want (cognizant of this or not) as they live to be seen as “running with the big boys” and fail to see the pathetic truth that they are being played to make a group appear more gender-balanced.

  • Excellent article! It is fitting to write such a piece and post it the day of, or before, the death of Fr. Hessburg. The decline of ND was helped in a big way when Hessburg invited pro-contraception interests to ND which culminated in the “Land of Lakes” statement. Face it, this is a very costly University and it has one of the biggest endowments on the planet and they get government money. That is contradiction enough. The catholics in the US still focus on the football team while the students undergo social engineering. This place was subverted about five decades ago.

  • You mispell University of Notre Dame and these “Catholic Institutions;” the correct spellings, which provide insight into what they have become, are: Univer$ity of Notre Dame and Catholic In$tituion$. Guy McClung, San Antonio

  • Hessburg belonged to Jay Rockerfeller’s Population Control group. I hope he repents before he must face judgment.

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  • Mary De Voe, Fr. Hesburgh died just this past Thursday.

  • “And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.” Matthew 7:26

PopeWatch: Mexicanization

Thursday, February 26, AD 2015

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  • . Precisely. Those fighting the cartels are indeed brave but Mexico as a system has 60% cartel control of prisons according to a Mexican justice official. In the below link, after the ad, you will see two white shirted cartel members enter a prison, scare the guards thoroughly into desertion and the cartel members open a cell and machine gun inmates from an opposing cartel ( you’ll see the crime without seeing the deaths). In another case, gang members left a prison with guard guns and trucks, did a murder, and returned to prison.
    The catechism article ccc 2267 totally represents world prisons as capable of pristine efficiency ergo no death penalties needed. If you had pristine efficiency, you still have the problem of arrests rates for murder…which in Guatemala is 5%…ergo life sentences are not protecting in many arrested cultures from two angles….efficiency within prisons and arrest rates.


  • Mercy, Peace and Justice!

    Pope Francis should pray that Argentina doesn’t become Venezuelanized. From today’s Wall Street Journal. “Caracas Mayor Maduro arrests the oposition as the economy worsens.”

  • This is amazing. Not being offended is more important than not being murdered.

  • The problem of drugs in Mexico is sex, drugs and rock& roll degenerates in the USA.

  • Shawn Marshall has a point, however, I would suggest a deeper cause: Plutarco Elias Calles in the early 20th century when the Church was brutally repressed and persecuted. The Mexicans are reaping what they sowed with Calles election, and in a way, because we did little to help the situation, so are we reaping.

  • “The problem of drugs in Mexico is sex, drugs and rock& roll degenerates in the USA.”

    Actually, three out of four of my grandparents came here from Mexico in the early 19th Century. The problem then wasn’t sex, drugs and rock and roll here. It was the Mexico then as it is now.

  • To paraphrase Yogi Berra (on bragging), “It ain’t offensive if it’s true.”

  • If only the USCCB showed the same concern for their native land that the Bishop of Rome shows for his…

  • Yes, Mexico is a mess. So is Argentina. Both have been a mess for a very long time.

  • Shawn’s point well taken by some. The damage of Rock n’ Roll culture and the venom contained within most of its music is sadly enshrined in the hearts of many a Christian. I vividly remember being at a Catholic University Dance and watching the crowd boisterously join in with Billy Joel to “Only the Good Die Young”. And that’s light fare.

  • I do not pretend to be a serious student of Mexican history but she appears a failed state, unrecovered from her disastrous more or less Marxist revolution of a century ago. We seem to be (under “the dictator”) heading in a similar direction. At least the Mexican upheaval made for neat movies. Pancho Villa, Emiliani Zapata, and others dashed about the country, shooting the place up and breaking things. We undergo a low-grade revolution conducted by those who are progressive sissies, afraid of guns, shy of horses, and Bolsheviks without bullets. They, like an unarmed Fifth Column insinuate themselves within governing bodies, the educational establishment, and the Press to fundamentally transform our country into a Mexico with snow. All the action goes on behind the scenes and covered by the false narrative. It would make a lousy movie.

  • but she appears a failed state, unrecovered from her disastrous more or less Marxist revolution of a century ago. We seem to be (under “the dictator”) heading in a similar direction.

    The Congo is a failed state. Mexico merely has high crime rates and generally ineffectual police and court systems (as well as a great deal of corruption and rent-seeking). It’s level of affluence is mid-range in this world. In other words, a standard-issue Latin American country. The Mexican revolution was not Marxist; it had bourgeois, agrarian-populist, and anti-clerical strands. In the political sphere, it replaced personal despotism with an impregnable party machine.

  • Art Deco: Thank you for the correction. My knowledge of the Mexican Revolution is sparse and perhaps interpreted by its chronological closeness to the Russian Revolution and the shooting of priests in Mexico. My present preoccupation is with the so-far bloodless yet sinister revolution going on here.

  • “The Pope has gotten in hot water many times for his informal communications, but this time he is getting a bum wrap, and was merely calling a spade a spade.”



Wednesday, February 25, AD 2015

Cardinal Baldisseri



Among the powers that be at the Vatican there are apparently some using gangster tactics.  Father Z brings us the news:


Remember the Five Cardinals Book™? Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church helped to turn the tide – in a good way – during last October’s Synod of Bishops.  It was simultaneously released in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.  It is going to be issued in: Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, and Czech. It contains essays of five cardinals, of the archbishop secretary of the Vatican congregation for the Oriental Churches, and of three scholars direct at the notions suggested by Walter Card. Kasper in the opening discourse of the consistory in February 2014.  It blew the Kasper proposals and arguments out of the water.

You will also remember that Synod members were up in arms because of the manipulations and machinations of the staff of the Synod office.  Remember all the controversies about whether texts of speeches would be released?  About what could be reported?  About how the mid-term report was produced?  About certain strange paragraphs that didn’t reflect the discussions of the Synod?

There’s more.

Here is something of the story that you don’t know, because at the time it couldn’t be told.

The people who crafted the Five Cardinals Book™ wanted to make sure that Synod members had copies, at least in English or Italian, as the Synod was starting up.  Therefore, they sent copies to every member of the Synod (quite a few) through the Italian post to each member’s personal mailbox near the Synod Hall which was set up individually by the Vatican Post.  Remember, Vatican Post is the postal service of a sovereign nation that has laws.  The Book was sent in individually addressed and franked envelopes.  They weren’t just envelopes with someone’s name on them shoved into the slots by whomever.  They were properly sent postal items.

When the organizers of the Synod realized what had been sent to the members of the Synod, someone removed all the envelopes from the members’ mail boxes!

That’s called theft.   That’s called illegal.   They stole people’s mail.  Please correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that a crime in, I think, every country?   The Vatican City State… that’s a country… isn’t it.

That’s how frightening the Book is to those who want to overturn the Church’s practice and, therefore, teaching.

The Kathnet piece, by  Manfred Ferrari, indicates that the heist was ordered by Card. Baldisseri, who is the head of the office of the Synod of Bishops.

At the end of the piece, Ferrari adds:


“This episode took place in the Vatican and not in the Kremlin. As I told it to a friend who, in those days, traveled back to Africa, he smiled at me mildly and said, “Manfred, what’s bothering you. Here in South Sudan things aren’t any better … “

There were inquiries made about what happened to the Book.  Only a few of the Synod participants out of the some 200 received their copies… before they were boosted.  The Governor of the Vatican City State would have a legal obligation to look into the situation.  No?

I cannot underscore enough how important the Five Cardinals Book™ was during the Synod.  It is still important.  It is still under attack.  

The Five Cardinals Book™ addressed the foundations of the odd proposals made about Communion for the divorced and remarried, and it demolished them.  Since then, pretty much everything that has come out in favor of the Kasper proposal has not actually dealt with the arguments in the Book.

Instead, they just repeat the same ol’ same ol’ and then suggest that anyone who doesn’t agree is the enemy of mercy and of Pope Francis.  [CUE DIABOLICAL SURPRISE MUSIC HERE]

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  • Trying to choose my words very carefully here:
    It is because of stories like this one that it’s understandable why some people may continue to harbor doubts about the legitimacy/validity of Vatican II.

  • The last bastion in the world where Virtue could have been taught to help it (the world) lighten up – turns into a source for more dark humor and hypocrisy. Many ‘transparent’ examples of the very words being used to belittle and mislead others.

  • Hijacking mail? I believe it. The forces of evil know no bounds to thwart the Holy Church.

    The cleansing is coming.

    Jesus I Trust in You!

  • As one commentors on the linked article said, the goal is approval of homosexual behavior, stepping up the attack on the family.
    A continuous novena to ask the intercession of Saint Joseph, Protector of the Family and the Church, Terror Of Demons.
    St. Joseph pray for us.

  • The fish rots from the head down. I’m wagering there is a considerable caucus among the College of Cardinals with their faces buried in their hands at this point.

  • Well if we average 1 Judas out of every 12, there are quite a few in the Vatican.

  • As we watch our Church and the stench of Satan within the tabernacle (to paraphrase Paul VI,) we need to remember that Christ hand-picked an apostle named Judas in the early Church.
    When Christ warned His apostles to be as “cunning as serpents” some of them may have only heard “to be like the serpent.”
    Only God’s grace can make good of all this.
    Keep praying….

  • “When the organizers of the Synod realized what had been sent to the members of the Synod, someone removed all the envelopes from the members’ mail boxes!” More than “Someone” removed those envelopes. There were likely several people who actually removed the envelopes, and those people had orders from people in command. How high up did it go? I have my suspicions. “That’s called theft.” Stealing is a violation of the seventh Commandment. A mortal sin! Those valiant people both in the clergy and the laity who defend orthodox Catholic truth must employ the spiritual weapons at their disposal in battling evildoers in the clergy and laity. What was done here violates the 7th and quite possibly the 8th Commandments. I’m not judging the hearts, minds, or souls of anyone involved with this treachery, That is for God, but I do know this with the absolute certainty of a DeFide dogma: Anyone who dies unrepentant in mortal sin goes immediately to hell upon their death. Yes, we will be called every name in the book for employing the “Spiritual Nuclear Option” but I guarantee you that while these evildoers call us the names, they will be thinking and wondering things to themselves.
    Another example: I applaud and respect the San Francisco Archbishop for standing his ground on the issue of requiring Catholic school teachers to at least publicly support the teachings of the Church. Though he has been frank and direct with those lawmakers whom he is corresponding with, he should tell them that even if they succeed in oppressing the Church in San Francisco, their immortal souls are in grave danger of hell.

  • Does the pope have a large collection of the book – or were they burned in hellfire?

  • Since some made it, I’d guess that the theft was by one of the recipients– if it’s unsecured, then on their own, if it’s in a you-need-a-key situation, then by throwing their weight in.
    Unless there’s some kind of law against mass mailing there?

  • “The fish rots from the head down.”

    Yep. Some remarkably nasty and oily characters in the inner circle.

    “I’m wagering there is a considerable caucus among the College of Cardinals with their faces buried in their hands at this point.”

    One can hope.

  • Seems there’s a lot over which one would want to bury one’s face.

  • Just a thought, but what if we all bought a copy or two of the book and mailed to the Synod participants in their native countries through the regular mail? Maybe we could even mail an extra copy or two to Baldisseri.

    Here’s a list of the last Synod’s participants:


    Couldn’t find a list of the next Synod’s participants.

  • Update to the story:
    It seems the Five Cardinals book is a conspiracy against the Pope because, according to Kasper, the Pope agrees with Kasper.

    The historian, Alberto Melloni, in Corriere Fiorentino, in the process of reviewing another book published by Cantagalli [the Italian publisher of Remaining in the Truth of Christ], put forth an interesting hypothesis: that the publisher was lending himself to forming a base of operations for a group of cardinals that were trying to mount a real force of opposition within the College of Cardinals. In fact, to be more precise, Melloni writes that “the publishing house, with Cardinal Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as a cover, had tried with good or bad faith, only God knows (…) to organize a conspiracy against the Pope [emph. orig.] and against the Synod that involved saying publically a few hours from the beginning of the Synod that the things that Francis wanted to discuss should not be discussed”.
    The narrative becomes interesting, even if with nothing really new. In this way, according to Melloni, we have five Cardinals, with the guiding hand of the Cardinal Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, who are “conspiring”, using a publishing house as their base of operations. Strong stuff, but given what happened in the meanwhile and what happened at the Synod, the uncovering of shady plots with delayed effect can only make one smile.
    We should, however, take a closer look at this. The book, which is a success, offers a contribution that encourages a debate. Instead, Cardinal Kasper, during an interview on Vatican Insider, at the beginning of the interview said that he was surprised at the unprecedented situation that was the result of the publication of this book. And he emphasized, with a lack of elegance, that he and the Pope agreed on everything, “he was in agreement. They know (the five cardinals) that I have not done these things on my own. The Pope is in agreement. I spoke two times with him. He showed himself as pleased.” [emph. add.]

  • “Someone told me long ago
    There’s a calm before the storm
    I know, it’s been comin’ for some time”
    ~ John Fogerty, 1971


A Threat to the Social Order

Wednesday, February 25, AD 2015

Old regimes die hard and no greater threat exists to the way things are done in this country than Scott Walker.  Elected as a Republican governor twice in a formerly blue state, and the victor in a recall attempt, Walker broke the cash nexus between public employee unions and the Democrat party.  By making membership in most public employee unions voluntary, he has sent membership figures and dues through the floor and dried up one of the main cash cows for the Democrat party in Wisconsin, and broken the stranglehold the public employees had on the state budget.  For this revolutionary act he is enemy number one for the Democrats who view a possible successful run for the Presidency by Walker with the same enthusiasm that vampires have for garlic.  The latest non-issue that Democrats have sought to pillory him for, is that he dropped out of college a few credits shy of his BA degree to take a job.

Most Americans of course lack a four year college degree, but it is unusual these days for a high profile politician not to have one. I doubt if it is a political disadvantage since most people I think can distinguish between the wisdom a person possesses, or does not possess, as opposed to the credentials they have.  However, Robert Tracinski at The Federalist explains why this non-issue has been seized upon by the Democrats:



There are no real class divisions in America except one: the college-educated versus the non-college educated. It helps to think of this in terms borrowed from the world of a Jane Austen novel: graduating from college is what makes you a “gentleman.” (A degree from an Ivy League school makes you part of the aristocracy.) It qualifies you to marry the right people and hold the right kind of positions. It makes you respectable. And even if you don’t achieve much in the world of work and business, even if you’re still working as a barista ten years later, you still retain that special status. It’s a modern form of “genteel poverty,” which is considered superior to the regular kind of poverty.

If you don’t have a college degree, by contrast, you are looked down upon as a vulgar commoner who is presumptuously attempting to rise above his station. Which is pretty much what they’re saying about Scott Walker. This prejudice is particularly strong when applied to anyone from the right, whose retrograde views are easily attributed to his lack of attendance at the gentleman’s finishing school that is the university.

That brings us to the heart of the matter. I have observed before that left-leaning politics has become “part of the cultural class identity of college-educated people,” a prejudice that lingers long after they have graduated. You can see how this goes the other way, too. If to be college-educated is to have left-leaning views—then to have the “correct” political values, one must be college-educated.

You can see now what is fueling the reaction on the left. If Scott Walker can run for president, he is challenging the basic cultural class identity of the mainstream left. He is more than a threat to the Democrats’ hold on political power. He is a threat to the existing social order.

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  • Not something peculiar to the US.

    In France, a common term of derision for the products of the grandes écoles is « Les talons rouges » from the red heels worn by the nobility under the Ancien Régime.

    In the UK, I once heard the Oxford manner described as “an infinite superiority that one is much too well-bred to show, but which is, nevertheless, apparent.

  • I got over that when an acquaintance, not genteel, wise nor elite in Any way achieved a graduate degree in divinity at Oxford. One could say of institutions as is said about people: “by their fruits you shall know them!”

  • Let the hits keep coming I say, because the more the media presses the attack on Walker the more likely that he, and not Jeb Bush, will be the nominee. Not that Walker is necessarily my top pick at the moment, but he’s a damn sight preferable to Bush.

    As for the wider subject of college education, I am in wide agreement with Don. Probably one of the most educational periods of my life was the two year period between college and graduate school where I read more great works of literature than at any other time in my life. As well-credentialed as I am, it’s the stuff that I have read and experienced outside of school that has been some of the most fulfilling. And I gotta say that though I attended a rather top-tier university undergrad, the sheer number of idiots I encountered was proof that a university education is not indicative, in and of itself, that a person is intelligent.

  • It is time for a change!

    Everything the lying, ivy-league credentialled morons has touched has turned to $#!+.

    Each day they provide evidence that one doesn’t have to be “smart” to obtain a “Fancy-pants” degree in some nonreality-based, useless course of study.

  • Class marker or cultural marker? Potato, paideia.
    Go Scott go.

  • Scott Walker is my man. He is a stand up guy, a truth teller, a man of action, fearless, determined, etc. Scott means to reduce the size of government and eliminate government unions. Of course, Democrat elites hate for all this as they believe the common man is stupid and driven by his appetites. Accordingly, in their elevated and ‘merciful’ view government is needed to control the actions of the common man thru various welfare schemes, support of unions thru favorable laws, support of big business thru tax breaks. All of this probably gives the Democrats 45% of the vote. Scott Walker is messing with their sacred formula for success so must described as lacking in education, heartless and a veritable monster of iniquity, a true enemy of the people. But Scott has an appealing advantage: his actions speak much louder. Let hope enough people are listening.

  • In his book “Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010” Charles Murray (of “Bell Curve” fame) does an exemplary job of describing the self-segregated, elitist disconnect that the “Educated” class is inflicting upon itself.
    Among other things, he coins the abbreviation “OES,” for “Over-educated Elitist Snobs” and reinforces the distinction on a number of levels. He also shows how they are increasingly clustering in cocooned, private little enclaves with little to no daily contact with the rest of us and how they are, as a result, overwhelmingly liberal.
    Good read. Highly recommended.

  • Perhaps Scott Walker should be proud that he lacks a college degree, given how today’s secular Academia is completely overtaken by Marxists.
    Confession: I have work in nuclear energy for all my adult life, starting as a submarine reactor operator decades ago. I never did get a college degree, yet I have been an engineering training instructor teaching college graduates entering the nuclear industry the basics of mathematics and engineering. Some graduates were super knowledgeable, but far too many were abysmally ignorant and wholly given over to liberal progressive talking points.
    If I wanted to know something, then I picked up the tech manual and studied it. Then I went out in the field and did what I had studied. And one other thing: Naval Nuclear Training beats the heck out of anything Academia teaches. It is quite motivating to hear your submarine reactor theory instructor say, “If you get your estimate critical rod position incorrect, then you may want to learn how to breathe seawater.” Surprise, surprise: I was opposed to the consequences of not learning my math.
    PS, no offense is intended towards those people here who worked hard the old fashion way for their college degree and actually put it to good use, having studied something besides gender theory, modern art or the engineering of basket weaving.

  • Somewhat related, it’s just amazing how the vast majority of the officers being kicked out– or forced to resign– are the ones that went through the military academy, rather than normal college. (80%, last I heard.)
    I use to be skeptical about if that was anything but happenstance– then officers I know wouldn’t do what they were accused of, who actually fought against what they were held responsible for, were forced out.
    Having college may or may not make a difference in one’s views, but it’s pretty obvious that they think it does.

  • PZ wrote, “I gotta say that though I attended a rather top-tier university undergrad, the sheer number of idiots I encountered was proof that a university education is not indicative, in and of itself, that a person is intelligent.”
    As my old tutor, Miss Anscombe advised me, “even if one is not particularly clever, one can still be learned. A lot of people here have cut a very respectable figure that way.”

  • If the silly, giggling interviewees, looking expectantly at the interviewer for the ‘answer’ as if doing so is customary , are a microcosm of the social order; then Scott Walker would have a Herculean task to stand. Is agreeable cluelessness cool now? Each sadly looks at the other’s empty face for indications. Someone had better put the fear of God into them, or at least, sobriety; they won’t be so silly when ‘cute’ isn’t a great asset in a more mature reality of life and death.

  • Has anyone seen a copy of any college diploma from the current occupant? The last I heard, all those school records are still sealed.

  • The left loves to look down their noses at any republican that does not have an advanced degree. Sarah Palin comes to mind. She was ravaged by the liberal media for “only having a bachelor’s degree” that she obtained by going to a more than one college. So the latest is Scott Walker these weasels will try to destroy. It’s really Palin all over again. The common working man can identify with them so they are to be destroyed at all costs. Democrats only do this to republicans. They give a pass to any democrat for any reason. Whether it’s lying about being a Vietnam vet or their sexual perversions being ignored as in the cases of Bill Clinton and others, democrats get a pass. Republicans are to be destroyed. The current fraud-in-chief claims he has a a master’s from Columbia but has never presented a transcript showing he was a graduate of that school or any other school. He’s the first president in American history that was given a pass on actually proving his education credentials. He claims he was a a graduate of Columbia but no one can remember him being there. The only democrat president in my lifetime that’s worth being mentioned, that didn’t try to destroy the country, was Harry Truman and Harry Truman did not have a college degree.

  • FYI: The people (both Bushes, Greenspan, Bernanke, Clintons, Obama, et al) that have destroyed the USA economy and standing in the world (with their brilliance) almost entirely are ivy-league maleducated.

    And, James and D Black: That which you suggest prove youse is racists!

  • Paul W Primavera, I had a sense that we had something in common. Years ago, and most such things are years ago, we were all making small talk during an office coffee break and the well educated man who hired me, also years before, asked, apparently out of his forgetfulness, “Bill, where did you get your degree?” I said, “Roger, I am an autodidact.” His silent response was palpable, not because of his having forgotten my curriculum vitae but that he apparently didn’t know the definition of the word “Autodidact”.

  • Not to get off the point of the article. But there is also class division between people with 2 year degrees and 4 year degrees or greater. I know that people think that if you only do a 2 year degree you just couldn’t make it at a 4 year college. Granted the class gap between 2 and 4 year is not as great as college grad and non college grad it does exist. In this day and age of the high cost of college I encouraged my children to consider a 2 year degree instead of 4 year degree. I know more education could be better but with the loans that students have to take out for a 4 year degree is a huge anchor around there neck. Some of the smartest people I know are not college grads and have more common sense than any college grad.

PopeWatch: The Vicar of Christ

Wednesday, February 25, AD 2015




Michael Potemra at National Review reminds us of a novel that in some ways is prophetic of the current pontificate:


When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, 2013, and took the name of Francis (in Italian, “Francesco”), I thought immediately of Pope Francesco I, the fictional radical pope created by Walter P. Murphy in his epic 1979 novel The Vicar of Christ. But of course I put the parallel out of my mind immediately, because the new real-life pope was an elderly Argentinean with a sad, shy facial expression and a conservative reputation, not a radical who would turn the Catholic Church upside down.
Here’s a sample of the fictional Pope Francis, responding to some conservative cardinals who ask him why he has written a document that undermines the historic 1968 anti-contraception encyclical Humanae Vitae:
We have written a pastoral document, not a theological one. You theologians may spin your spidery webs but our task is to lead souls to Christ. Humanae Vitae was wrong. It must be discarded.
The real-life Pope Francis of today has said publicly — and quite recently, at that — that he endorses Humanae Vitae. But otherwise the fictional Francis sounds a lot like the real one. Note the contrast between “pastoral” and “theological” — if you want to give heartburn to conservative Catholics, a good shortcut is to make much of that distinction. And note also the contrast between the “spidery webs” of the “theologians,” and his simple concern for people’s souls; this rhetorical populism (e.g., the declared preference for “the smell of the sheep”) is a hallmark of the current pontificate.
And here’s the fictional Francis, contrasting the traditional view — that the pope and the Church “must speak with the clarity and the force of lightning . . . with absolute authority and absolute certainty and absolute finality” – with his own view of papal authority:
As St. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Christ emptied Himself” of His right to Godness while He was on earth . . . then the Church may stumble and grope toward the truth, not fully comprehending the fire of ultimate truth that burns within it. It can err in the sense of failing to achieve ultimate truth.
I think the real-life Pope Francis is trying to combine this sort of papal humility — expressed in a much greater emphasis on “mercy,” dialogue, and outreach than on reassertions of dogma — with a desire not to flatly contradict any official doctrines. 

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  • I stopped reading anything Michael Potemra had to say about Catholicism several years ago — I believe it was during the 2005 conclave — when he cited Cardinal Kasper as his ideal for who the new Pope should be.

  • Oh, he is quite liberal. He was an aide to Reagan as a young man but has steadily moved left, and I assume that it is simple inertia that keeps him among the National Review writers. He converted from Catholicism to Episcopalianism a few years ago. Would that all liberal Catholics had that amount of honesty.

  • “As St. Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Christ emptied Himself” of His right to Godness while He was on earth . .”

    Kenotic theology has been on the go since the middle of the 19th century, originating, I believe with Thomasius; perhaps, its most celebrated exponent was Sergei Bulgakov.

    Books have been written wrangling over the meaning of ἐκένωσεν (from κενόω) in Phil 2:7. Its other uses in the NT (Rom 4:14, 1 Cor 1:17 and 2 Cor 9:3) all refer to abstract things, faith, preaching, boasting, not to a person or even a thing, leaving its meaning in Philippians peculiar to that text, so we are thrown back on other ancient Greek sources. As a result, there are as many meanings as scholars.

  • Potmera is a nice guy. He even reached out to me via email once when I left a comment on one of his posts, and we carried on a pleasant exchange. (Ramesh Ponnuru also has a tendency to do this). That being said, his writing is a bit all over the place. Even this article is hard to follow and make sense of the point he’s trying to make. He has this odd, stream of consciousness writing style that I find difficult to take.

  • “the smell of the sheep”. Has Pope Francis never heard of the odor of sanctity or the joy of marriage beyond the marital act, when man and woman become the bride and groom of one another? Nobody needs counterfeit love, adulterated love, that is, love adulterated by lust, selfishness and ignorance.
    As Vicar of Christ, the Pope gets to live in the moment that he, the Pope, lives “in Persona Christi” at the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. In Persona Christi is when the Pope’s own body is transubstantiated into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. All the people through the Pope, as priest and every priest, are transubstantiated into the Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. This is Holy Communion…with Jesus Christ.
    Calling the Holy Eucharist “a meal of bread and wine” is a horrible heresy that denies the Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The “meal” denies to the people, the sheep, me, the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and our chance to live in the moment of transubstantiation into the Divinity of Christ as “alter Christi”. Every priest, especially the Pope is duty bound as real representative of Christ, the “Vicar of Christ” on earth to offer the real sacrifice of the crucifixion, to God, the Father, for the atonement of our sins and the price of mercy, for in Love, God created man, in Justice, God condemned him and in mercy, God redeemed him. (One may see here, the contradiction of “no mercy” of Islam)
    The Vicar of Christ must keep his people in the perfect, real presence of Jesus Christ, Whose Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity at all times is being transubstantiated, that is, brought down from heaven onto the altars of the Catholic Church around the world. It is no small thing that Saint Teresa of Avila said that one Holy Communion with Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity lived throughout one’s life is enough to get a person to heaven. (Sorry Saint Teresa, I did the best I could)) There is more as I rummage around in the darkness of my soul and beg the Holy Spirit for light. This is why I “repair” to the Sacrament of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

  • Let me add to the chorus of praise for Potemra the man–he’s a prince of a guy. I like him.

    Because of that, his writing on things religious rankles less. That, and his writing on religion seems to be part of a lengthy effort to put spiritual pieces together, which I think explains why he can be hard to follow. For me, it’s not so much stream of consciousness as a work in progress.

    Where I think he falls down is that he seems not to have a good grasp on the “conservative Catholic” experience in this country. We’ve too often been at receiving end of the mailed fists of little tyrants who use words like “pastoral,” “dialogue,” and “mercy” in every other sentence–and they contradict each and every one of those words as they punish their enemies.

  • Oh, he is quite liberal. He was an aide to Reagan as a young man but has steadily moved left, and I assume that it is simple inertia that keeps him among the National Review writers.

    You have to wonder what their applicant pool looks like. Mr. Lowry has for about 15 years now been unable to hire staff editors who write engaging pieces and favor the magazine’s posited editorial mission. For about 10 years now, nearly all his major hires have been pathetic as exponents (Mr. Ponnuru a partial exception). His managing editor is savaged by their regular commenters (and with some justice) every time he offers a piece for online publication. That man has worked there for ten years (evidently living in Salt Lake City and telecommuting, go figure).

  • Someone has a sense of humor. On Murphy’s Amazon page* the authors of Vicar of Christ are listed as “Walter F. Murphy and Samuel Alito”.


  • He was a mentor of Alito and Alito wrote the foreword to the current printing of the novel.

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February 25, 1865: Lee Will Not Give Up the Texas Brigade

Wednesday, February 25, AD 2015


..”Attention Texas Brigade” was rung upon the morning air, by Gen. Gregg, “the eyes of General Lee are upon you, forward, march.” Scarce had we moved a step, when Gen. Lee, in front of the whole command, raised himself in his stirrups, uncovered his grey hairs, and with an earnest, yet anxious voice, exclaimed above the din and confusion of the hour, “Texans always move them.”
…never before in my lifetime or since, did I ever witness such a scene as was enacted when Lee pronounced these words, with the appealing look that he gave. A yell rent the air that must have been heard for miles around, and but few eyes in that old brigade of veterans and heroes of many a bloody field was undimmed by honest, heart-felt tears. Leonard Gee, a courier to Gen. Gregg, and riding  by my side, with tears coursing down his cheeks and yells issuing from his throat exclaimed, “I would charge hell itself for that old man.”


Private Robert Campell, 5th Texas Infantry

The fighting erupted early on the second day of the Battle of the Wilderness.  Grant assumed that Hill’s corps had been fought out on the first day and could be overrun with a strong attack.  At 5:00 AM Hancock attacked with three divisions, with two in support.  By 6:00 AM Hill’s corps was in full retreat and disaster loomed for Lee.  At that time the 800 man Texas Brigade, perhaps the elite fighting unit in the Army of Northern Virginia, the vanguard of Longstreet’s corps arrived and saved the day.  Longstreet launched a two division counterattack up the Orange Plank Road, with the Texans, who suffered 650 casualties, leading the attack on the north side of the Road.

This action by the Texan Brigade, and similar actions on many other fields, caused Lee to treasure the unit as his shock troops.  This caused Lee to deny a request by the Governor of Texas in February of 1865.  The request and the denial are contained in this letter from Jefferson Davis to the Governor of  Texas:

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1968: Back to the Future

Tuesday, February 24, AD 2015




1968 is on the line and it wants its chaos back:


There is a whole world of expectations behind Pope Francis. It’s as if the Church of 1968 has broken out again. With one difference. The Church’s ’68 was characterized by the publication of the controversial Dutch catechism and by post-Vatican II theological drifts. Paul VI responded to this crisis by issuing the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” and by proclaiming the Year of Faith that culminated with the Creed of the People of God. This time Pope Francis began his pontificate with the Year of Faith and in the end faces the typical hot button issues of the post-conciliar period that are now in vogue again.

And so outdated topics of debate have returned to center stage in the Church. The need for the Church to be less centralized formed the agenda of many progressive theologians after the Second Vatican Council. Decades later a dossier with the reforms needed to achieve this goal was compiled by the Bologna School, a group of scholars that interprets the Second Vatican Council as a rupture with the Church’s tradition, and this file was sent on at least three occasions to the Cardinals before they gathered for the conclave that elected Francis.

Other current topics that can be traced back to the debates immediately following Vatican II include the need for a more merciful opening to homosexual couples and a more compassionate application of the doctrine of marriage.

These – and many other – doctrinal leaps forward were halted by Blessed Paul VI. St. John Paul II blocked them with the enthusiasm of one who loved the Church’s teachings but who, at the same time, was able to be close to people. Benedict XVI elevated doctrine to a higher level, with the energy of one who loves the truth and thinks that the greatest mercy possible is to equip people with the truth.

Three Popes were not enough to shelve a whole generation of post-conciliar theology intended to foster a non-Roman Church – despite the fact that it bears the title of the Apostolic Roman Catholic Church.

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  • Belloc wote of the Church as “an institute run with such knavish imbecility that if it were not the work of God it would not last a fortnight.”

  • “We, the people, the Triumphant in heaven, the Militant faithful one earth and the Suffering souls in purgatory are the Catholic Church” and the gates of hell shall not, because the gates of hell cannot prevail against the Triumphant saints in heaven who have eternal life with God in heaven because their eternity if forever fixed and unchangeable, nor can the gates of hell prevail against the Suffering souls in purgatory because their destiny is eternally fixed for their destiny with God in heaven. Only the militant and it is the devil, the flesh and the world that the faithful struggle against in their military action against evil to attain and maintain their innocence and truth before God.
    It is you and me, not our bodies, but only our souls, who the devil wants in hell to perpetuate that division, our division from God for eternity. Man is created in body and soul, immediately, at procreation by God. The devil wants to separate man’s body from his soul by casting man’s soul into hell and leaving man’s holy and sacred body to destruction (to rot).
    The devil is a murderer. Death is the separation of man’s body from man’s soul.
    Jesus Christ came for man, body and soul, and wants man, as mankind is created, in heaven…body and soul.

  • “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
    Pope Francis must choose and Judge (who am I to judge?) very carefully. Pope Francis brings Jesus Christ to all persons on earth. If the person does not will to accept Jesus Christ, there is absolutely nothing the Pope can do about it.

  • The School of Bologna has become more bizarre over time.

    Just before VII, in 1962, they issued their magnum opus, Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Decreta [Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils] the general editor being Giuseppe Alberigo. It was a work of considerable scholarship and became a standard source.
    In 2007, the School of Bologna began a new edition Conciliorum Oecumenicorum Generaliumque Decreta [Decrees of the Ecuemenical and General Councils] The implication is that there is a distinction to be drawn between the councils of the pre-1054 undivided Church and those which followed the Great Schism. No explanation was offered and it remains to be seen whether this was more than a curtsey to the Eastern Churches

    Of course, the Assyrian Church of the East recognises only the first two councils as ecumenical, the Armenians, Copts and Ethiopians recognize three and the Orthodox seven.

    Alberigo died in 2006, just after presenting the first three volumes to BXVI

  • Hi Michael P-S your use of “more than a curtsey to the Eastern Churches” instead of “bow to the Eastern Churches”… a statement on the feminization of the Church 🙂 ?

  • Anzlyne..good catch. Could be the seeds of radical feminism germinating..NOT.
    MPS. Your references are incredible.
    I enjoy learning and reading your comments. The same can be said of you and many of the participants on tac, Anzlyne.

  • One has to wonder what is up those, who for well over 100 years, have wished to remake the Catholic Church in the fashion of Modernism, Materialism, Communism, Socialism. Look what this thinking has wrought in the secular world: millions slaughtered, welfarism, abortion, suicide, poverty and other such ‘benefits’. Somehow the devil has obscured the thinking of many in Church leadership who want to “immanentize the eschaton” by adapting the same materialist thinking. Utter madness for sure. God help us all!

  • What is up…? The drivers of dissent at Vatican II included John Courtney Murray and Malachi Martin. These two were inside agents for a group that dearly wanted, and still wants today, to destroy the Church. Instead of success, they have enabled a slow poison to be released into the clergy. When the faithful stop looking for a bogeyman and start looking at facts we will turn the corner and be on our way to real reform. Here is the plan. Identify the enemy and eliminate it.

PopeWatch: Candida Moss

Tuesday, February 24, AD 2015



Professor of Theology Candida Moss at Notre Dame is disappointed with Pope Francis:

News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of the nuclear arms race.

In an interview included in a new book by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, and released in part in the Italian daily La Stampa, Francis compared gender theory to nuclear arms: “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few instants a very high number of human beings. … Let’s think also of genetic manipulation, of the manipulation of life, or of the gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation.”

In using the term “gender theory,” Francis is denouncing the academic perspective that sees gender identities as a spectrum rather than as binaries. Gender theorists argue that the way people identify themselves is the result of social and cultural constructions of gender.

This has important ramifications for how we think about biology and sexuality. While the point may seem academic, its ramifications are not. The recognition that gender exists on a spectrum has provided part of the intellectual foundations for both LGBTQIA advocacy and women’s rights.

In the interview, Francis recalled how a public education minister was given funding for new schools for the poor only on the condition that school textbooks taught gender theory. Francis described this as “ideological colonization” and added that “the same was done by the dictators of the last century. … think of Hitler Youth.”

In his comments on gender and creation, Francis was alluding to the Catholic notion of natural law: that moral and theological principles are encoded in the created world, there to be seen and studied and learned: “The design of the Creator is written in nature.”

But in invoking creation, Francis unavoidably invokes the first chapters of Genesis, where the Bible lays out “the order of creation.” This is where the confluence of tradition, biblical text, and gender runs into some difficulty.


Moss ends her post with this:


But whether he means to or not, when it comes to placating conservative elements in the Church, Pope Francis consistently sells women down the river. For Francis, the go-to issues for establishing his conservative bona fides are his opposition to women priests, contraception, and his scathing judgment of childless families. He may just be rehearsing traditional Catholic perspectives, but when you add to this his tendency to use negative and mildly chauvinistic imagery to describe women a pattern emerges. Even if Francis were a closet liberal, he’s a liberal who ranks women’s interests at the bottom of his list of priorities. And if we take Francis’s position on gender theory and the “natural order” seriously, then we give up certain kinds of gender equality, as well as the possibility of creating a fully welcoming environment for same-sex couples or trans-individuals.

Francis’s interests in poverty and the environment are welcome, exciting, and sorely needed. His comments on women are not. And at the end of the day it’s possible to recycle cardboard without recycling centuries of misogyny.

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  • Pope Pius XI in Casti Connubii is her polar opposite ( e.g….wives are really …really to obey husbands in section 74 of Casti C.) but John Paul II was halfway between both ends of the spectrum in that in hisDignity of Women and in one section (89) of Theology of the Body, he laser focuses almost strictly on Ephesians’ in its “be subject to one another” to such an extent that five other NT passages are never cited by him in their heavy lean toward general husband jurisdiction ( for JP…” customs of the times” cf 89-5 of CC) and the CDF therefore, perplexed, never mentions any wifely obedience in the catechism despite the NT referencing it six times. Vatican II likewise never mentions the wifely obedience of section 74 of Casti Connubii. Similarly on the death penalty, John Paul never mentions the scriptural verses that opposed him in Evangelium Vitae. Conservatives were so enamored of his conservatism in other areas, that they never noticed he was liberal ( verse skipping) in the areas they weren’t watching.

  • That should read 89-5 of TOB….not of CC.

  • “Be fruitful and multiply” appears six times in Genesis. In the first case, God blesses living creatures allowing and requiring them to procreate His creation.
    The second time (Genesis 1: 28), the Lord issues the order to mankind. After the flood, God repeats His blessing on animals (8: 17) and twice upon mankind (9: 1 and 9: 7).

    God chooses Jacob for His last such blessing: “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins” (Genesis 35: 11).

    I didn’t need more proof that Mz. Candida doesn’t get that blond hair out of a bottle.

    It is curious how out of touch with reality/truth are pinko academics. They live in a world all of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is entirley too brilliant, and everywhere they tried to set it up it went to pieces. Some confounded fact real people have been contentedly living with since Creation starts up and knocks over the whole thing. (See Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.)
    Anyhow, regardless of what nonsnense Mz. Candida and hordes of other dreamers, opinionators and speculators may dream up, God Almighty created the man and the woman. He did so that they and all His creations could comply with His first commandment which He issued to all living beings.

  • God created man as a PERSON. And as a person, man and mankind, all women, are treated as persons first and gender, male and female, second. The Constitution and our Declaration of independence treats sovereign persons who constitute our government as persons, first, the citizens, secondly, and thirdly, gender related issues, male and female. Crime itself is genderless, that is, all crime can be committed by male and/or female.
    Women demand to be ordained priests because of personhood. Jesus Christ is a Person, I am a person, therefore, I must be allowed to be ordained as a priest, or as a woman, but not as a person, I am being discriminated against. These same women reject the fact that Christ is a man, the perfect man, the Son of God. It appears that the woman wants to be the Son of God, jealous of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
    The Catholic Church is a person Who is a woman. This, the militant feminists reject. Serving God as mother is repugnant to them as all serving is repugnant to the them and to the devil. Serving “I will not serve” comes easily for the militant feminist. Salvation does not concern militant feminists.
    Man is created as Person. Gender is a gift to accommodate and realize a vocation. If God intended to call a person to Holy Orders, God would have created that Person as a man, the gender of male.

  • Moss just might be the most frivolous commenter on the Catholic scene today. She’s also one of the most superfluous–if one wants to know her views, one can consult the salons of received progressive wisdom directly, avoiding the veneer of lightly-worn papism.

  • I hate the modern “like/dislike” mentality. People with different paradigms will agree on some things, disagree on others. It’s just stupid to look at a pope in terms of one country’s political parties and tick off which of his “policies” are “welcome, exciting, and sorely needed” and which are not. The effort to do so is maddening. As a rule, if 50% of your results don’t fit your theory, you can’t blame the test subjects. You have to look at your theory. The Church is intellectually consistent. Gender theory is intellectually consistent-ish. They have completely different starting assumptions and fields of interest. Of course they’re not going to track 100%. To expect they would, or to write an angry column about the places they don’t, is to display ignorance.

  • She’s also one of the most superfluous–if one wants to know her views, one can consult the salons of received progressive wisdom directly, avoiding the veneer of lightly-worn papism.

    Yes, but those of us in states of arrested development can get a chuckle that one of the institutional parasites infesting the Church has a name which sounds like a disease.

  • Art Deco: “Yes, but those of us in states of arrested development can get a chuckle that one of the institutional parasites infesting the Church has a name which sounds like a disease.”
    Glad you said that Art Deco.

  • Prof Candida Moss was made and made female by God; made in His image to know, love and serve Him in this world, to be happy with Him in the next. I pray she is conscientiously seeking the truth and that she finds it. This is perhaps a new paradigm for South Bend-seeking and finding truth at Notre Dame. What better place for such a journey than a university named for The Lady who carried Truth within her? Irony-for me I will not be surprised if persons like Candida are in the Church Triumphant, after successfully coming to [or coming back to] the Truth and they help me, serving in the Church Suffering, to get to Heaven. Off to Mass to pray for her and y’all. Guy McClung, San Antonio

    [for the unenlightened: “y’all” is Texian for “all you all”-and it pretty well sums up the Mystical Body Of Christ

  • Every time I read something of this individual comments I leave with the impression that she is addicted to poison. The academic in the twenty-first century (as well as most of the past three or four) seems only to have a feigned interest in discovering the Truth. Tenure! Tenure through publication. Publication of popular excuses for deviance, lest one have an unsuccessful book and risk poverty.
    Candida Moss is surely in the running for first place in the race to exemplify the adage “…theology was once an occupation of the knees, but has become one of the seat of the pants…”

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  • Moss is one of those persons who finds reality unstatisfactory ( two genders) and thus attempts to reorder it to her own standards There is a diagnostic code for this and is found in most Psych 101 texts. It also raises questions as to the author’s own makeup as far as gender normative behavior and ability in this area that might affect her views on the subject. Any deficiency in this area can also be addressed by competent professionals.

  • When I read things like this that come out of academia I woder if the folks in the humanities and social sciences are so envious of the hard sciences and feel so inferior to them, that they purposely invent the most Unobvious and twisted around plots of logic just to seem as deep thinking as their colleagues in physics who have quantum theory, string theory and multiverses. How else do you explain something so overtly nonsensical ?

  • How else do you explain something so overtly nonsensical ?

    The intersection between Tenure and the “Publish or Perish” mentality. Oh, and I suppose the fact that the academy is a buzzing hive of left-liberal groupthink.