February 28, 2017: Trump Address to Congress

Tuesday, February 28, AD 2017

 

It has been fascinating watching Trump develop as an orator.  A year ago I thought the only positive thing to say about him as a public speaker was his raw energy.  Tonight he delivered the best address to Congress since Reagan rode off into the sunset.  As to substance it was a mixed bag of good ideas and bad but a more coherent overall policy than I was expecting.  More analysis after Ash Wednesday.

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  • An easier ride than Mrs May’s first speech to the Commons.

    According to Hansard, “Cheers and cries of ‘Hear, hear!’ from the Government benches; Opposition groans and cries of ‘Shame!’ and ‘Resign!’”

  • I liked how Trump introduced Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. The groan from the Democrats was audible. Then he proceeded to use examples of minorities and women who were victimized by murderous illegal immigrant thugs, pointing to some actual victims right in the audience. He shoved this whole thing right up the Democrats’ nether regions. The godless reprobate Democrats if they oppose VOICE then oppose doing anything about minorities victimized by illegal gangster immigrants. And if they support VOICE, then their mantra of “welcome undocumented immigrants” becomes nonsense. I love Democrats being placed in a box from which they cannot exit without making themselves as the damnable fools that they are.

  • Roger Simon asks, “Is February 28, 2017, the night the Democrat Party died?”

    God willing.

  • We watched all but the beginning and after a few minutes knew he was making the best speech in recent history. The Democrats are beside themselves and I think it is because they fear he will be as or more successful than Reagan or FDR. That could destroy the Democratic Party. For the past twenty-five years that party has based its appeal on ideological and theoretical suppositions which are simply not true. They have gone so far left under Obama to actually be democratic in name only. They should change their name to the Autocratic Party.

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Father Dan and the Three Days of Darkness

Tuesday, February 28, AD 2017

 

 

 

Father Z gives us further evidence, if any were needed, that leftist clerics are flourishing under this pontificate:

The priest involved is one Daniel P Horan, OFM whom the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) coos over: “Daniel Horan is one of those hip young priests that the new evangelization dreams of”.

Look… I’m all for prudent and reverent stewardship of the “environment”, although I insist that we human beings are part of that “environment” even as we are at its pinacle. Heck, I can echo the Ancient Mariner and say:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

He prayeth best, who loveth best
All things both great and small;
For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.

But that slop in that video borders on impious sentimental omphaloskepsis.

As for Horan, in a video wherein he sets out his version of Amoris laetitia he uses this image as an introduction:

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  • Sodomy maybe a sexual act for one individual, as is masturbation, but sodomy is assault and battery of the other individual. Every individula involed in all of this is not pursuing his Happiness and will not find his destiny until he or she begins following the TRUTH. Simply said: These goings on are a waste of time, energy and Who the person is, his or her very existence. I would hate to have to spend time in hell for all the time I have wasted on earth.

  • “He prayeth best, who loveth best
    All things both great and small”

    I like Belloc’s riposte

    “The streptococcus is the test
    I love him least of all.”

  • Where is the Three Days of Darkness? Did I miss it in the article? Please don’t make me play that video!

  • Mary De Voe.

    C.S. Lewis squarely defines this sinful activity; “There are only two kinds of people in the end: Those who say to God, Thy will be done, And to those to whom God says, in the end, Thy will be done,’ All that are in Hell choose it.”

    Continuous prayers and fearlessness in the face of culture is one way to help them find Truth. God does the hard work, but our small part is required.

    Have a blessed Lenten journey.
    Peace my friend.

  • Philip Nachazel: Thank you, Philip, for your blessings. I can never get enough blessings. Only giving blessings makes a difference. Jesus spent three days in the tomb. Christ’s followers are never alone.
    Have a blessed Lenten journey to you too, Philip, my friend.

  • Some demons only can be beaten through prayer and fasting.

    St. Paul’s Epistle 1 Timothy 4:1 is about false teachers: in latter times some people will abandon the Faith; they will obey lying spirits and follow the teachings of demons; such teachings are spread by deceitful liars whose consciences are dead.

  • The guilt trip from hell using the Holy Mass as a prop. St. Francis’ Brother Sun and Sister Moon was a canticle of praise to God for creation. St. Francis was never ordained a priest and would not use the Holy Mass as a vehicle for blaming people for climate change. ” a climate change, we have caused…” People as pollution ought to bring about the human being’s extinction. Does this man not know that divine Providence will provide?

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Devil, Temptation and Sin

Tuesday, February 28, AD 2017

 

 

I answer that, The temptation which comes from the enemy takes the form of a suggestion, as Gregory says (Hom. xvi in Evang.). Now a suggestion cannot be made to everybody in the same way; it must arise from those things towards which each one has an inclination. Consequently the devil does not straight away tempt the spiritual man to grave sins, but he begins with lighter sins, so as gradually to lead him to those of greater magnitude. Wherefore Gregory (Moral. xxxi), expounding Job 39:25, “He smelleth the battle afar off, the encouraging of the captains and the shouting of the army,” says: “The captains are fittingly described as encouraging, and the army as shouting. Because vices begin by insinuating themselves into the mind under some specious pretext: then they come on the mind in such numbers as to drag it into all sorts of folly, deafening it with their bestial clamor.”

Thus, too, did the devil set about the temptation of the first man. For at first he enticed his mind to consent to the eating of the forbidden fruit, saying (Genesis 3:1): “Why hath God commanded you that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?” Secondly [he tempted him] to vainglory by saying: “Your eyes shall be opened.” Thirdly, he led the temptation to the extreme height of pride, saying: “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” This same order did he observe in tempting Christ. For at first he tempted Him to that which men desire, however spiritual they may be–namely, the support of the corporeal nature by food. Secondly, he advanced to that matter in which spiritual men are sometimes found wanting, inasmuch as they do certain things for show, which pertains to vainglory. Thirdly, he led the temptation on to that in which no spiritual men, but only carnal men, have a part–namely, to desire worldly riches and fame, to the extent of holding God in contempt. And so in the first two temptations he said: “If Thou be the Son of God”; but not in the third, which is inapplicable to spiritual men, who are sons of God by adoption, whereas it does apply to the two preceding temptations.

And Christ resisted these temptations by quoting the authority of the Law, not by enforcing His power, “so as to give more honor to His human nature and a greater punishment to His adversary, since the foe of the human race was vanquished, not as by God, but as by man”; as Pope Leo says (Serm. 1, De Quadrag. 3).

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  • The three temptations are vital in my faith struggles.

    Man does not live by bread alone, but by all that proceeds from the mouth of God. The spiritual is all-important. The Second Sorrowful Mystery -the Scourging at the Pillar – desire a sprit of mortification. Think Lent. Think repentance, Confession, penance, amendment of life and, through Jesus, good works to the greater Glory of God.

    You should not put God to the test. Faith alone. Mysteries: we should need no physical or rational evidence or even to have answered our prayers. God’s will be done. Offer it up. The Fifth Sorrowful mystery – The Crucifixion – pray for the grace of final perseverance. think of the love which filled Jesus’ heart in the three hours of agony on the holy Cross; and ask Him to be with you at the hour of death.

    We should worship God alone. We cannot love/serve/worship both God and Mammon. Meditate on this past Sundays. Gospel. The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation in the Temple – desire a spirit of sacrifice. think of Marys’ obedience to the Law of God.

    Finally and off topic, the enemy’s (Satan’s) most devastating defeat over Man was when he falsely (like the NY Times – Satan is all lies all the time) convinced so many poor, damned souls that he does not exist.

  • This is similar to the threefold division of sin that the Church uses in reference to “the world, the flesh, and the devil”. The flesh: in both cases, food. The world: what this passage calls “vainglory”. And the devil: pride.

    I’ve heard this threefold breakdown of sin before, but nearly every place I’ve looked for it, I end up finding the seven deadly sins. I think that Augustine used the breakdown I’m talking about. Can anyone give me a lead on this? I find it really useful and I’d like to know more about it.

  • I find Jesus’ words: “You shall love, the Lord, your God with your whole heart, your whole mind and your whole strength.” most helpful.

  • Our neo-Catholic Church of ‘Social Justice’ is the work of the devil by having us believe that merely proclaiming the right Democrat attitudes we can achieve eternal life without the necessity of obeying the will of God.

  • Thus, too, did the devil set about the temptation of the first man. What was the Temptation of the man? As I have read Satan’s conversation all of it was with the woman and why did Satan wait until the woman was created? Again exactly what was Mans Temptation.

  • @John.

    Being allowed to be swayed away from Truth and partaking of the forbidden fruit. Influence and disobedience.

    He allowed the first woman to influence him in breaking his obedience to God.

    When a young boy or girl is influenced by culture to sway her away from natural identity, and adopt the lie that she can be like God in choosing her identity..boy if she so chooses, then the power of influence can prolonge the great Joy of living in union of the creator of the Tree of Life. Separation from God is Hell. If one isn’t prepared, the influence of the world could destroy his/her ability to nurture a relationship that leads to obidence and Joy in God.

    Recalling the great lie that once we eat of the fruit, we to will see and be like God.

    Adam choose poorly to say the least.

  • @John.

    His sin is disobedience.

    (Please excuse my typo’s…chose v. choose.) One of my sins is not proof reading prior to posting comment.

  • Satan promised Adam and Eve that they would be like gods. Adam and Eve were created in the image and likeness of God as the children of God. Satan promised Adam and Eve something Satan did not have to offer, something that Adam and Eve already had.
    Satan addressed Jesus by saying “IF” you are the Son of God…” Jesus knew WHO He was. Jesus is the revelation of God. Jesus’ life was spent on earth serving His Father WHO is in heaven. How could Jesus serve Satan or not serve His Father WHO is in heaven. Yes “WHO” is very important. WHO is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. “I AM WHO I AM”

PopeWatch: Malta

Tuesday, February 28, AD 2017

 

 

 

Tolerance for me but not for thee seems to be the order of the day for the heterodox in the Church who now think they hold the whiphand.  Malta is a prime example according to Edward Pentin at The National Catholic Register:

 

The Archbishop of Malta has confirmed to the Register that he told the country’s seminarians earlier this month that if any of them do not agree with Pope Francis, “the seminary gate is open,” implying they are free to leave.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna’s remarks are the latest in what Church sources in Malta say is a heavy-handed crackdown on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia — an interpretation the bishops say is identical to the Holy Father’s.
Last month, Archbishop Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo — the episcopate’s only two bishops — released “Criteria” on interpreting Chapter 8 of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family in which they appeared to assert the primacy of conscience over the objective moral truth.
The guidelines allowed some remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion after a period of discernment, with an informed and enlightened conscience, and if they are “at peace with God.”
Their interpretation caused an international outcry among theologians, canonists and others who argued that it contradicted previous papal teaching, as well as breached canon law and the catechism. Archbishop Scicluna has defended the guidelines, saying they “adhered to Amoris Laetitia” and also “followed the interpretation that the Pope approved.”
Since the Criteria were published Jan. 13, a number of clergy sources in Malta have contacted the Register alleging the bishops won’t tolerate any clergy having a different interpretation of Amoris Laetitia than the one presented in the Criteria among the clergy.
According to the sources, three priests are allegedly intimidating anyone who does not agree with the Criteria. The three had been opponents of the previous bishop, Archbishop Paul Cremona, but have now become the present bishops’ allies. One of them reputedly attacks any priest who shares critical stories on the Internet.
“This group of priests, with a few others, have been hogging the conversation for decades,” said a Maltese priest on condition of anonymity. “No one else seems to be allowed to contribute to the debate and they have done untold damage to bridge-building since they brook no opposition.”

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  • What if a priest’s conscience won’t allow him to aid in the profanation of the Eucharist?

  • “What if a priest’s conscience won’t allow him to aid in the profanation of the Eucharist?”

    For progressives, some consciences are more equal than others.

  • “According to the sources, three priests….” Name these priests! If it is true, name them. They should be happy to stand by this activity. If they are ashamed of it, why? I’m sick and tired of not naming the guilty. Call them out publicly and maybe they will repent, if not everyone will know who they are and who they stand with.

  • Regarding progressives, if it were not for HUGE double standards, they would have no standards.

    Off topic, but relative to the island Malta. In 869 AD, Muslim Arabs captured Malta.

  • “Off topic, but relative to the island Malta. In 869 AD, Muslim Arabs captured Malta.” The barbarians have captured Malta twice.

  • “Scratch most heterodox Catholics and there is a Grand Inquisitor trying to get out.”
    -DM

    Would seem so.

    Primacy of Conscience….. Opening the doorway. Since the “seminary gate is open,” I would walk out of there and join an order who appreciates objected moral truth. Who will know for certain what beasts will come through the doorway of primacy of Conscience in the future? In “good,” conscience women priesthood?
    Good conscience could bring about the first fast Communion drive thru’s. After all, we are good Catholics striving for efficiency and since the majority of us commute and daily Communion is important, why not? Maybe have Mystic Monk coffee available for those who wish to save time, so they can get Jesus and a latte.

    When would this end?

    The doorway created by this reasoning could invite beasts that otherwise would of never entered.

    The seminary gate is open!
    Then get the hell out of that seminary if your superior is the Archbishop of Malta.

  • Philip Nachazel: Men must have a vocation to Holy Orders. “Women priests” are damned and losing their eternal destiny. Just sayin’.

Quick! Someone Get Warren Beatty Up Here!

Monday, February 27, AD 2017

 

LarryD at Acts of the Apostasy gives us a timely lesson in alternate Church history:

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(AoftheANews) – CARTHAGE, 397 AD – Confusion reigned for several moments last night during the closing ceremonies of the Council of Carthage, as presenters of the Inspired Scripture: Gospels category accidentally announced the Gospel of Thomas, along with Matthew, Luke, and John, as having won.

Members of the Gnostic community were already on stage to receive the award, when a flurry of activity behind the scenes caused confusion and delay.

“As soon as I saw acolytes and presbyters scurrying around, passing scrolls to one another, with panicked looks on their faces, I knew something was amiss,” one Gnostic said. “I had this feeling they were keeping secret knowledge from us, and I became concerned.”

Moments later, amidst cries of “Heresy!” and “Anathema sit!” from the stunned crowd, a council official announced that the Gospel of Thomas was mistakenly announced as being inspired and canonical, saying that the winner was the Gospel of Mark. The news was greeted with thunderous applause and cheers.

The Gnostic community was understandably upset. “Sure, Mark’s been a de facto Gospel for a couple centuries, but we thought we had a legit shot at this council. Yeah, we fell short in 251, 256, and 345, but we felt really confident. Maybe 411 will be our year.”

 

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  • Acts of the Apostasy has a slight error. They would have had codices on this stage, not scrolls. Christians of this time were at the cutting edge of media technology. Sorry LarryD.

  • The Russians Hacked The Oscars. It Was not her Fault.

  • “The Gnostic community was understandably upset.”

    It’s poetic justice.
    For two hours or so, the Gnostics ripped apart at the leadership of our nation. A jab here, a protest there and throughout the evening the self made God’s and Goddesses applauded themselves as the creme de la creme, sweetness beyond all sweetness and holiness beyond all holiness. There’s is a vocation that resembles the zenith of Truth and thus they expect the respect from the lowly ones who don’t share a “life to live,” because they are not ACTOR’s. They, the insolent, can’t possibly understand the creative genius and brilliant talent that towers over all vocations ever imagined. There’s is a magic kingdom. To illustrate this point they took commoners from the street and paraded them at the feet of the Gnostics of high art. Stunned and kissing the hands of the glamorous, they shuffled off…stage left.

    One hundred years ago it was said; “He who laughs, lasts”-1917 Nov. 3rd W.E. Nesom (Perverted Proverbs)

    At the Grand Finale of Hollywood’s Holy Grail we see the botched and bewildered.
    The fools, Kings and Queens all, provide the best ending…A TRiUMPant ending..proving that he who laughs last, laughs best!

  • Nobody beats Abbess Dolores Hart, but nobody.

  • It is interesting that after trashing Trump they ended up looking like chumps.

  • Recalls what Mgr Ronald Knox said of our forefathers:

    “They were content MARK, MATTHEW, LUKE & JOHN
    Should bless th’old-fashion’d Beds they lay upon :
    But we, for ev’ry one of theirs, have two,
    And trust the Watchfulness of blessed Q.”

  • @ Mary De Voe.

    Great story!
    She slipped by my radar.
    Thanks for the introduction.
    A true star if ever there was one.

    Incase I wasn’t the only one with limited radar; http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2105662/Dolores-Hart-Elvis-Presleys-flame-turned-Hollywood-live-convent.html

  • Thank you for the link, Philip. Saw Dolores Hart at the Oscars that night and I loved her immediately.

  • As one whose education and avocation is history, I would just note that although a number of texts were considered for inclusion in the bible, some did not make it simply because they did not have tradition and authentication on their provenance. Many of them contain matters worthy of consideration. The objective of this article is well taken but to regard all non-included texts to be without value would be to carry the matter a bit too far.

More on Sweden

Monday, February 27, AD 2017

 

 

The outrage over Trump telling the truth over Sweden continues to reverberate:

 

 

 

A Swedish detective who has triggered a row by blaming violent crime on migrants has gone one step further and accused politicians of turning a blind eye to the problem because of ‘political correctness’.Earlier this month Peter Springare, who has spent more than 40 years in the police, aired his anger on social media when he was told not to record the ethnicity of violent crime suspects.Springare, 61, who is based in the central city of Orebro, wrote: ‘Countries representing the weekly crimes: Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown, unknown country, Sweden.  ‘Half of the suspects, we can’t be sure because they don’t have any valid papers. Which in itself usually means that they’re lying about your nationality and identity.’  Prosecutors launched an inquiry, suggesting he had incited racial hatred, but later dropped the charges.

 

Now Springare has told The Sunday Times: ‘The highest and most extreme violence – rapes and shooting – is dominated by criminal immigrants.  This is a different criminality that is tougher and rawer. It is not what we would call ordinary Swedish crime. This is a different animal.’  In his Facebook post Springare wrote: ‘I’m so f***ing tired. What I will write here below, is not politically correct. But I don’t care. What I’m going to promote you all taxpayers is prohibited to peddle for us state employees.’  He wrote: ‘Here we go; this I’ve handled Monday-Friday this week: rape, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, rape-assault and rape, extortion, blackmail, off of, assault, violence against police, threats to police, drug crime, drugs, crime, felony, attempted murder, Rape again, extortion again and ill-treatment.  ‘Suspected perpetrators; Ali Mohammed, mahmod, Mohammed, Mohammed Ali, again, again, again Christopher… what is it true. Yes a Swedish name snuck on the outskirts of a drug crime, Mohammed, Mahmod Ali, again and again.’  Springare said he was due to retire soon and therefore no longer feared the disciplinary proceedings which might be brought against a younger officer for disobeying their superiors and raising the issue.

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  • We would say in The Bronx, “They got nothin’.” Liberals and their lying media propaganda apparatus only have infallible ignorance, lies, lies, lies, and lies. For them, the “truth” is that which advances the revolution. Any act, datum, fact, incident, statistic that does not advance the revolution is omitted or distorted. Keep that in mind, and it all makes sense.

  • Trump for all his bombastic personality told the truth, and the liberals lied.

  • Prog-trash in Sweden and in the United States have a similar modus operandi. They have mascot groups and an implicit or explicit hierarchy of cool administered by the word-merchant sector. Acknowledgement of sociological truth concerning the Anointed’s mascot groups is ‘hate’, whereas any sort of casual insult is permitted contra the Benighted. Muslim immigrants in Sweden are potential clientele to the social work industry and useful instruments in marginalizing Sweden’s vernacular natives. Same deal with Latin immigration in the states. As yet, lawfare artists like Eric Holder and Thomas Perez do not have the legal tools to put the political opposition on trial (see Geert Wilders and Mark Steyn), but they’re academic shyster auxilliary is indubitably working on getting the right specious rubbish in circulation. Right now, civil judgments are being used in this country contra dissidents like Baronelle Stutzman. Lee Kwan Yew was a great one for destroying his opponents through bogus defamation suits. Now, what has the academy in this country to say about Baronelle Stutzman, and what has the establishment bar to say? Nothing. A hallmark of the age is that people who traffick in words and images for a living are intellectual and moral frauds.

  • http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445257/tom-perez-dnc-chief-hardcore-progressive

    Every time you think the Democratic Party has hit bottom and cannot sink any lower, they prove you wrong.

  • This protection of political correctness will eventually blow up in face of these liars. Sharia law should be imposed upon all liberals who would have the public believe that Trump is the problem. To see the fallout of Jihad in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Berkeley would be poetic, however the conservative’s would be blamed for it.

    A wake up call for Sweden deniers will come. When it does it will be sobering.
    Bloody sobering.

  • Sweden was the most powerful nation in mid 17th century Europe. The Swedish Army smashed the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth. One of my great-grandfather emigrated from Sweden. What has become of that nation?
    Sweden had little history of fighting Islam, but Spain has and they aren’t far from being in Sweden’s situation.
    The Visegard countries are leaving the way in Europe against the Muslim invasion.

  • Sweden was the most powerful nation in mid 17th century Europe.

    No, it was a regional power at the time. Spain and Portugal had a portfolio of overseas dependencies. Britain and the Netherlands were building one, as was France, to a degree. Russia was settling Siberia. Sweden had a population at that time less than that of the Netherlands, perhaps 20% that of Britain, and a small fraction of that of Spain, or of France or the Hapsburg lands.

  • I can count on you to pick an argument, Art. The “regional” power brought Poland to its knees. Poland was no pushover. in 1610 Pol;and occupied Moscow. I’ll bet a dollar you will quote some other historical source to say it never happened.

    Go argue with someone else.

  • I can count on you to pick an argument, Art.

    When you say something bizarre, you should expect it. Sweden is a country of modest dimensions and, in context, always has been. It has never in any era been one of Europe’s leading powers.

  • I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I thought this Wikipedia quote might
    expand upon what I believe Penguins Fan was getting at, re: Sweden, from its
    biography of Gustavus Adolphus…

    “Gustav II Adolf… was the King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632 and is credited
    as the founder of Sweden as a Great Power (Swedish: Stormaktsiden). He led
    Sweden to military supremacy during the Thirty Year’s War, helping to determine
    the political as well as the religious balance of power in Europe. …
    He is often regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time,
    with innovative use of combined arms. … Gustavus was poised to make himself
    a major European leader, but he was killed at the Battle of Lutzen in 1632… In
    an era characterized by almost endless warfare, he led his armies as King from
    1611 (at age 16) until his death in battle… — as Sweden rose from the status
    of a mere regional power to one of the great powers of Europe… Within only a
    few years of his accession, Sweden had become the largest nation in Europe
    after Russia, Spain, and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. …He was known
    by the epithets “The Golden King” and “The Lion of the North” by neighboring
    sovereigns. He made Sweden one of the great powers of Europe in part by
    reforming the administrative structure. … etc., …”.

    Again, I don’t have a dog in this whole “Was Sweden Ever a Great Power?”
    disagreement here, but I do think that Penguins Fan’s assertion has merit,
    and is by no means “bizarre”. Just my 2 cents…

    And back to the point of Mr. McClarey’s post, yes indeed, the Swedish leaders’
    fanatical commitment to PC-uber-alles is driving that nation into the ditch.
    It is my understanding that the government has started to decline to release
    unflattering statistics on rape and violent crime, so bad are the reports.

  • Clinton, you are correct. I recall the Canadian military historian Gwynne Dyer writing that Gustav II Adolf created the first army that Alexander the Great would not have known how to command. In particular he invented the field artillery tactics that with modification are still in use today. Sweden managed to gobble up the entire Baltic including German Pomerania.

  • Sweden was blessed, or cursed, with two kings of military genius: Gustavus Adolphus and Charles XII. Gustavus, who died in 1633 at the battle of Lutzen, was one of the great military innovators in history. Under him Sweden got involved in the Thirty Years War and until his death the Swedes were unbeatable. However, after his death the Swedes would have another 15 years of war with gains from the war not worth the pains they went through in the war. Ironically the great champion of Protestantism would be succeeded by his daughter Cristina who would give up the throne after she converted to Catholicism.

    Charles XII was the best tactician of his day, but his attempt to conquer Russia was purest folly and came to an end at Poltava, which marks the fall of the Swedish Empire and the rise of the Russian Empire. A fitting epitaph for Charles is “Last of the Vikings”.

  • I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I thought this Wikipedia quote might
    expand upon what I believe Penguins Fan was getting at, re: Sweden, from its
    biography of Gustavus Adolphus…

    You found a quotation by a Swedish chauvinist. They were a participant in the 30 years war. So was Bavaria. We’re talking about a country which had (per Angus Maddison) a productive capacity 1/5th that of Britain, 1/5th that of the United Netherlands and perhaps 2/5 that of the Hapsburg Netherlands and perhaps 1/6th of Spanish output. (Maddison provides no estimates for France). We do not usually refer to Canada or Spain as a ‘great power’ today.

  • Let me wade into the Swedish/Polish controversy…Sweden was certainly a powerful regional military force for the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. The Poles and Swedes tangled in the Baltic region in the early 17th century and Gustavus learned new cavalry tactics from the Polish cavalry, which he put to use in the Thirty Years War.

    The Swedish invasion of the 1650’s and the temporary collapse of Polish resistance was the result of the debilitating impacts of the Cossack revolt and almost 50 years of off and on conflict with the Turks and Russians. It was also abetted by the unfortunate behavior of the Polish nobles to care more about their own interests rather than the country’s.

    By the time Charles XII came along the Poles were ruled by the Saxon Augustus and we’re a mere shell of their previous military might.

Hollywood In Action

Monday, February 27, AD 2017

 

For an institution which constantly harps on how the rest of us should vote, live and think, Hollywood often demonstrates shocking incompetence in its own business.  A minor point is last night when Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced that La La Land won best picture.  Nope, it was Moonlight.  Glad they had acting professionals up there reading off cards.  Wags suggested that La La Land should have campaigned more in swing states.

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  • I pay no attention to liberal Hollywood. But it is gratifying to see these actors and actresses exposed for the fools that they are. BTW, why should we pay attention to any of these people who make a living by pretending to be someone whom they are not? They are all pretenders.

  • Formal wear also looked good on the Titanic.

  • TomD.
    Perfect!

  • It’s not her fault. The Russians Hacked The Oscars!

  • I hear La La Land is demanding a recount.

  • “BTW, why should we pay attention to any of these people who make a living by pretending to be someone whom they are not?”

    Well Philip, these actors think much more higher of themselves.

    This is what Viola Davis said on her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress:
    “I became an artist and thank God I did,” she continued “because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life.”

    Forget Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Firefighters, Counsellors, Police, Marines, Favtory Workers, Chefs, Factory workers, office workers etcetera etcetera…these fine people don’t know how to “live a life”.

    Hollywood has its head so far up its bottom.

  • Hollywierd has become irrelevant

  • Hollywood is not as irrelevant as I wish it were. How many millions watched that ridiculous program..to see actors and actresses give themselves awards? In the US, I am sure it was a vast amjority of women..and homosexual men who care about that crap. The day will come when the big one hits and Hollywood will be utterly devastated. I do not partake of their garbage…TV shows, movies, music..it is all trash. If enough people thought the same way Hollywood would change or go out of business.

  • Ezabelle.

    Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus made the statement you noted. I agree with both of you.

    Viola Davis. We, spouse and I, caught that statement. ( ? ) I can’t understand why she would muck up a heartfelt thank you…..but that industry isn’t real so possibly the money and fame diminishes the ability to think before they speak. Who knows? Pride? Excitement of the moment?
    If she believes what she said she is indeed a very very small insignificant woman. She might qualify for least in the kingdom of Heaven.

  • My apologies Philip and Lucius (lack of sleep with 3month old Bub whilst reading and commenting at 4am in the morning 😬- I get night and day mixed up 😜) Good commentary all round though.

    re:Viola Davis comment- I think most (not all) people that get into acting are motivated by the need to constantly feel they need validation from the world and possibly have struggled with major self-worth issues their whole life- who else would feel that their job is THE most valued job in the world and in a class of its own, not even the Queen thinks like this. All jobs need to have the service of others at their core, not be self-serving, or self-centred. In the end only God can truly validate us. I hope and pray Hollywood realises this one day.

  • Oh Ezabelle!
    3 month old!

    God bless you!
    What is the greatest vocation on earth?

    Motherhood.
    Peace dear soul.

  • Thank you for your kind words Philip. God Bless You.

PopeWatch: Justice

Monday, February 27, AD 2017

 

 

 

 

The Pope’s emphasis on mercy uber alles is coming back to bite him:

 

 

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question.

One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.

 

The Inzoli case is one of several in which Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.

In some cases, the priests or their high-ranking friends appealed to Francis for clemency by citing the pope’s own words about mercy in their petitions, the church official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

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  • The innocent priests that we’re falsely accused of pedophilia and subsequently treated like criminals.. where is their justice. Off topic? I guess, but to me that is the true outrageous and unacceptable fact. No due process.

    Pope Francis?

    Pray hard for him and his soul.

  • A cynic might think that under this Pope, the canon law is a weapon to be used contra internal adversaries. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Ecclesiastical tribunals will make mistakes because they’re working with scanty and dated evidence most of the time.

  • In the hands of Pope Francis mercy for sinners has become license for sin.

  • Pope John Paul II said: “One crime and the priest is OUT”

Collision Course

Monday, February 27, AD 2017

 

The things that you find on the internet.  I recently found on You Tube a television movie from 1976, Collision Course, which deals with the conflict between Douglas MacArthur and Harry Truman over Korean War policy.  I had seen the movie when it was first broadcast, and was delighted to watch it again.  Go here to watch the entire movie.  The late Henry Fonda stars as MacArthur and the late E.G. Marshall portrays Truman.  The Truman MacArthur conflict is often seen as a vindication of the right of the President to call the shots when it comes to foreign policy and waging war, but the conflict was actually caused by an abdication of presidential responsibility.  Truman viewed Korea as a potentially dangerous annoyance, and he wanted this “police action” wrapped up as soon as possible.  No planning was made about what to do if the Chinese intervened.  A sensible policy would have been to order MacArthur to form a defensive line north of Pyongyang and across to Wonsan.  The Korean peninsula narrows to a hundred miles at this point and would have been quite defensible with American firepower in the event of Chinese intervention.  Instead MacArthur, who was convinced that the Chinese would not intervene, was left free to conduct a helter-skelter advance to the Yalu, secure in his misguided belief that the Chinese would not intervene, and that if they did, he could easily defeat them.  MacArthur was guilty of military malpractice and Truman was guilty of presidential nonfeasance.

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Requiescat In Pace: Judge Joseph Wapner

Sunday, February 26, AD 2017

 

 

Judge Joseph Wapner, the frequently testy judge of The People’s Court, has died at age 97.  A trial judge for 20 years in California, after his retirement he became the first television judge.  Unlike many of the “judges” who followed him, Wapner based his rulings on sound legal principles.  He also had a real judge’s usual testiness with ill prepared litigants.  Married for 70 years to his wife, he was an Army combat veteran of the Pacific in World War II where he served as a Lieutenant and earned a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.  May the Great Judge give him a merciful ruling.

 

 

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Fulton Sheen on the Signs of Our Time

Sunday, February 26, AD 2017

 

 

Lent is a good time for confronting evil, both inside of ourselves and the evil of the World.  In 1947 then Monsignor Fulton Sheen gave a very important radio address.  He could discern that humanity was at a turning point and he issued an alarm and a warning.  His words are more relevant today than they were seven decades ago.  Below is the text of his speech:

‘Signs of Our Times’

sermon delivered on January 26, 1947

God Love You!

I want those to be my first words of greeting to you as they will be the concluding words of each broadcast. They embody three ideas: God is love; God loves you; and since love is reciprocal may you love God in return.

 

 

This is the 17th year I have had the privilege of addressing you on the Catholic Hour and it is probably safe to say that at no time in those years-not even during the war when we saw victory ahead-have the souls of men been more in the dark about the future, less insecure about the present. We are living in the twilight of a civilization, and for that reason, we have entitled this series Light Your Lamps. Under this title we will discuss in eleven broadcasts a subject which we were unable to discuss the last few years, and it will be that which is contained in the Papal Encyclical Divini Redemptoris:  the all important subject of Communism.

 

 

It is very difficult to do justice to any phase of this encyclical in the sixteen minutes allotted to me, so this year I shall write a much fuller treatment of each broadcast which will be put into pamphlet form and which the National Council of Catholic Men will send to you free each week if you make your request known to them.

 

 

Why is it that so few realize the seriousness of our present crisis? Partly because men do not want to believe their own times are wicked, partly because it involves too much selfaccusation and principally because they have no standards outside of themselves by which to measure their times.  If there is no fixed concept of justice how shall men know it is violated? Only those who live by faith really know what is happening in the world. The great masses without faith are unconscious of the destructive processes going on.The tragedy is not that the hairs of our civilization are gray; it is rather our failure to see that they are. The very day Sodom was destroyed, Scripture describes the sun as bright; Balthasar’s realm came to an end in darkness; people saw Noah preparing for the flood one hundred and twenty years before it came, but men would not believe. In the midst of seeming prosperity, world-unity, the decree to the angels goes forth but the masses go on their sordid routines. As our Lord said: “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, even till that day in which Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not till the flood came, and took them all away; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:38, 39) Well may Our Saviour say to us what He said to the Saducees and Pharisees in His time:  “When it is evening, you say: It will be fair weather, for the sky is red. And in the morning: Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2, 3)

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  • “…….brothers in Christ, comrades in anti-Christ.”

    So many concrete truths and so relevant for today. If ever your confronted by a Protestant who demeans Our Lady or the great concept “Ad Jesum per Marium,” please just share any of the writings of soon to be declared “Saint” Fulton Sheen.

    This is a man of God. Not was.

    A personal gift was given me this morning by this post. Two years before my father’s death, after his second stroke, he was having great trouble speaking. He wasn’t connecting words, and many times the words he chose we’re unintelligible. ( for those who know my practice in grammar the Apple doesn’t fall from the tree..)

    The only pure three word sentence that he repeated over and over to us boys, five, was; ” God love you.” So much so, that we repeatedly said it back to him. When I read this post this morning I received a hug from Heaven. Thanks, pre- Saint Sheen and “in the making” Saint Donald. Peace.

  • Good link Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.
    Especially the comments.
    The excerpt from G.K.Chesterton to be exact.

    The banners of tolerance from LBGT is indeed similar to the banners of 1938.
    To coat the White House in this smearing of colorful feces by the Sultan Obama was one of the ugliest portraits ever contrived by an imposter in Chief.

    Good riddance Hussain.

    We Shall Rise!
    Not the beasties who act on unnatural impulses and tell US it’s okay….God understands me and my behavior isn’t offensive to God. That Political Correctness is the same tripe the brown shirts pushed on the world. Sodom and Gomorrah will be played out again if We do not rise. Marriage is between Man and Woman… Only.

  • The written text appears to be a different version of the spoken address, and they do not track together. Both are of value., and are truth.

  • No comment until I can recover from the vision of Archbishop Sheen who defined our times.

  • What a prophesy! exactly as is happening now

  • Whoever has ears should hear!! DO NOT dispute his words/warnings. They are God speaking to us. Bishop Sheen is wonderful and will be a saint!

  • After 2,000 years, Jesus’ church is still being a place of hope 😀 :

  • This remarkable address was delivered seventy years prior to the Fatima centenary. Is this seventy year period significant, I wonder? When we consider the fairy floss and mind-stultifying nonsense that has been inflicted upon us over the last half-century, listening to Ven. Fulton J. Sheen brings home to us the awful realization of just how far we’ve fallen. And insofar as our bishops reluctantly acknowledge the unprecedented crisis in the Church, what do they propose as a solution? They offer us a means for a renewal, a “new evangelisation” using, among other things, the wishy-washy, unidentifiable as ‘Catholic’ – the Alpha Course which, in truth, only serve to pull the wool further over our eyes.
    Only massive and severely painful Divine intervention can renew the Church. Alpha Course will not steady the Ship. It will only drive her further onto the rocks. And I don’t mean ‘the Rock’.

  • Thank GOD FOR Archbishop Sheen. He got it so right. A great need to return to God and prayer.

  • Bishop Sheen delivered this radio address the year I was born. When I grew up in the 50s, the World still seemed somewhat good. I have seen so many adverse changes in the World since I was born. It happened so fast that most people fell in the trap of the City of Man, and not the City of God. Bishop Sheen almost mesmerized me as a little kid of about 5-7. I will always remember that he predicted the fall of Soviet Communism in the 1950s. He said it would be the year 1985!!! He was certainly not to far off.

  • Yes, thank God for Archbishop Sheen! How can I share this with friends and family?

  • Susan.
    Are you using a smart phone?
    If so you can either copy and paste from the top by holding your finger on the window that is the-american-catholic….Or go to far right top where the three dots are vertical. Hit that and the scroll down to share….

    Hope this helps you.

    Paste this to your friends email once you’ve opened up their address by holding your finger on the area where you write the message.
    The paste will automatically place this page on their email address.

    Good luck.

PopeWatch: Que?

Saturday, February 25, AD 2017

 

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

 

 

Claiming that she was almost certain she had comprehend a word the new visiting Nigerian priest used during the homily, longtime parishioner Abby Longworth excitedly turned to friends and fellow parishioners today to inform them of the good news.

“I wouldn’t put my life on it, but I think he said ‘magisterium,’” Longworth whispered to parishioners, adding that she thinks he may have also used the word “obedient,” which, if her assumption was correct, meant the priest was delivering a homily about being faithful Catholics who adhere to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

“If my theory is correct, and I pray it is, that would mean that this really is a kick-butt homily. He is Nigerian after all, and Nigerian priests are typically pretty solid, which only strengthens my theory that much more.”

While Longworth is excited to believe that she might’ve just heard a wonderful homily, she is now reportedly bracing herself for next week, when another visiting priest, Fr. Batongbacal Estrella, visits from the Philippines.

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  • @DJH. Unfortunately your probably correct. It might take a few more million dead fetus’s, a few more million sodomites, a few more million Islamic terrorists before the head of the serpent is finally crushed. I cringe.

    @ Mary De Voe. Yes. A very dark, deep and fast moving river for the fashionable mill stone necklace. After all, it’s fashion that they use to satisfy their lust. When / if this country makes it easier to rape children the target practice for CCL holders might come in handy. Mill stones. Just not enough to go around.

  • Oops.
    Wrong thread.

  • Oh Philip, I see I have scandalized you about posting on the wrong thread, but I appreciate your response. Philip, there will always be enough millstones or divine Providence will make more via volcanoes. I promise.

  • I apologize in advance. My minimum-age preference is eight-years-old for introducing youth to guns, marksmanship, and most important gun safety. Teaching them about Jesus, Redeemer, comes much sooner.

Now That Everyone Cares About Pederasty …

Friday, February 24, AD 2017

From Crisis Magazine, Mr. Ruse makes a point I’ve been trying to make– but, of course, does it better:

In the current controversy, it is important to make a distinction that even Milo failed to make, a distinction that homosexuals and the media, including the conservative media, refuse to make, too. What Milo described was not pedophilia, which is sexual contact with pre-pubescent children. What he described was pederasty, which is an ancient and current practice among homosexuals where an older man will teach a young boy about the world and also sodomize him. Pedophila is always against the law. Pederasty is, too, but only when it involves a boy under the age of consent; 16 in the United States but, shockingly, 14 or 15 in most of the European Union.

The left wants you to know that what Milo describes was pedophilia because it lets them off the hook for what it is, pederasty, which is common among them and also disgusting.

The whole thing is worth reading.  It’s Crisis, of course it’s worth reading….

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  • “Everyone” cares about pederasty when the pederast is a conservative or is a fallen Catholic cleric. Otherwise, they are celebrated.

    “Everyone”: is the lunatic left and the lying, liberal (redundnat) media.

  • The attempted removal of the stigma associated with pedophilia by word smiths is known as “minor attracted people.” Grotesque.

    The lowering of the age of consent in children will be the final straw that flattens the camel’s back. A revisit to the old west law and nooses fitted to criminals that rape children should be front and center in all Town Hall meetings. Any attempt to lower consent laws should be viewed as attempts to child endangerment.

    Pederasty? Hang them, the adult male, until dead. Sodomites are devils.

  • “Justice” Ruth Bader Ginsburg who promised to go to Australia if Trump became president, wrote in her book a decade ago, that INFORMED SEXUAL CONSENT be legalized for fourteen year old children who cannot vote, drive, be employed or sign a legal contract, but that was for girls to fill the abortion mills. Ginsburg would decide against a young man holding his virginity and chastity intact. Ginsburg is possessed by the devil and her insanity is showing. Addiction to sodomy is NOT a civil right. All addiction violates free will and the sovereignty of the human being, body and soul. Addiction violates the innate human rights that become our civil rights enumerated in our Unanimous Declaration of Independence and guarded in our Constitution. The civil rights of our constitutional Posterity prohibit the addiction of our future generations to be enslaved to addiction, sex slavery and physical abuse of every evil. The pederast, the pedophile, the rapist, they are all the same. These sexual criminals blame their victims with “he wanted it” or “she wanted it”. Twenty minutes alone on international waters where law does not exist with the victim and the victim’s parents.
    Our children and our constitutional Posterity will not be victimized. I pray that God delivers us from evil.

  • The lowering of the age of consent in children will be the final straw that flattens the camel’s back.
    .
    I do not think so. We have “freedom of religion” in this country, and I think soon, the more…observant….Muslims will push for polygamy. Certain old style Latter Day Saints practice it, and we have the reality TV show Sister Wives. The prophet married an 8 year old, and may have consumed the marriage around her 9 or 10th year, or so I understand. We have immigrants who are coming in, and not leaving their beliefs in “the old country” where they belong. FGM and slavery are on the rise, as is sex slective abortion. Authorities are reluctant to say anything due to political correctness.
    .
    I think there is plenty of worse to come yet before Our Lady has Her victory.

  • What’s at least vaguely amusing about MY is that he generates paroxysms of rage from the portside but, looked at dispassionately, is rather a snare for the rest of us. (When I ask myself if I can recall an ‘out’ homosexual who had such a following as a provacateur among the consumers of starboard opinion literature, the name which comes to mind is … David Brock). The upside of down here for him is that he might find a trade more elevated than the performance art he’s been engaged in the last several years.

    I suspect the next item on the agenda for the gay lobby is effective legalization of sodomy between adult males and adolescents through the avenue of prosecutorial discretion and arbitrary judicial rulings.

  • Thank you for your very powerful comments Mary DeVoe

  • Art Deco: B4UACT was a group of child psychiatrists who sued in court in Baltimore about a decade ago to legalize child-adult sex relations. A minor child who is un-emancipated has no informed sexual consent to give. How can the court legalize informed sexual consent when there is NONE coming from a minor child. The sex deviate must then ask the parents of the child for consent. There were a few cases in New Jersey where a child of seven years was abused by her father. Then the father handed her over to his 45 year old buddy who raped her. When prosecuted, the rapist said that the child wanted it…if she had informed sexual consent to give, but the child did not. Legalizing rape of innocent children, the raped child remains innocent, annihilates Justice for every citizen.
    Philip: It is the millstone that the rapist needs about his neck and a very deep river.

  • Milo’s main following is not the “right,” so much as the folks who might someday become the right…assuming the folks on our side who seem to think the left’s manners are something to be copied don’t drive them off…

    Milo is in trouble because he effectively attacks the Left’s weaknesses, and does it in a way that them screaming “liar” won’t stick.
    Even if his politics were completely the other way around… False witness is wrong. He’s guilty of making an incredibly dark joke about the “upside” of having been assaulted as a 13-14 year old (on par with the “then we shall fight in the shade” for darkness) and having stricter morals in sexuality than most of popular culture. (since he thinks that the age of consent is ‘about right,’ while popular culture prizes “you’d never believe they’re legal” sorts.)

  • It gets complicated because, like the article points out, pederasty is one of the socially approved sorts of sexual predation.
    Says a lot that they had to take a guy talking about a culture of much older men having sexual involvement with barely legal boys and then recut it to have something they could splash across multiple mainstream outlets to attack him. Guess after a few decades of that Playboy Bunny guy, the moral outrage meter is a bit damaged.

  • Lowering the age of consent has been on the agenda of the LGBT crowd for quite a while. Being “out” is encouraged. The higher the visibility of homosexuals, the more “natural” and “normal” it becomes (even though the specifics of homosexual acts are rarely mentioned). Legalize homosexual marriage. Redefine “family”. Try younger and younger children as adults. Destroy children’s innocence by teaching sex education beginning in kindergarten. Design children’s clothes that are really adult styles only in small sizes.
    Remove all question of morality and boundaries from sexual acts – “It’s just an another sense to be satisfied like drinking a glass of water when you’re thirsty”. “The classical Greeks man boy liaisons were an accepted part of their culture.” So that makes it okay? The Lambda Association aka Man Boy Love was attempting to have the age of consent lowered to 12 for males in Australia.
    Bacha bazi Afghan dancing boys. B
    .

  • Benny Boys. We don’t need anymore pollution of our children in the USA.

  • @ Mary De Voe and DJH.

    Mill stones, yes. Leaving it for the Creator to decide who and when is proper. When these atrocities are protected by law, than it must be a significant sign that we are close to a burnout. Break out the violins.

  • Art Deco: In addition: Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest founded North American Man Boy Love Association, in the 70s (?). Twelve year old boys were taken to Canada, plied with expensive gifts and raped. Upon return to the US, the boys replied that it was OK giving uninformed consent to their sexual assault and battery.
    Philip: In no way did I intend that God ought to punish, God will punish. God’s Justice must be employed to extract human Justice. Any person whose civil rights are imperiled and or denied becomes a ward of the court, according to our Founding Principles. Any violation of our, America’s, Founding Principles is a crime. We, the people will have Truth and Justice and our constitutional Posterity will have freedom and…peace.

  • Cam: It is almost hilarious that our courts want to legalize a lack of informed sexual consent for un-emancipated minor children who become wards of the court when their civil rights are endangered. Perhaps the courts can enact fiat laws to give uneducated persons degrees in engineering and astro-physics, maybe in the field of medicine the court can fiat cures and raise the dead, but the court cannot invent informed sexual consent for minor children. It seems to me, that many of our governmental personnel have adopted Sharia Law as Ginsburg and Clinton have to negate our Founding Principles and initiate informed sexual consent of nine year old brides.

  • Milo let the cat out of the bag. Pederasty is unremarkable in gay subcultures, as are patron-protege relationships with large age gaps. Remember one of the most recent Mayors of Portland? The gay lobby wants this, but they cannot get it through statutory legislation. They might just get it if judges routinely toss statutory sodomy prosecutions and if prosecutors stop bringing them. The traffick in pornography was made effectively lawful through these methods.

  • The push about transgendered children in public schools fits right with the scheme- convincing children and adults alike that disordered thinking is not disordered- following that old playbook from Kinsey

  • Normalizing disorder.

  • Anzlyne: Thank you for paying attention and reading. Now, you must share the truth about original innocence, the natural man, and his being scandalized by individuals addicted to lust, the violation of free will in man and freedom in the community. “We, the people…” are a community of persons…” Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen in his GLORY OF BEING AN AMERICAN. Thank you again, Anzlyne. Mary De Voe

  • Art Deco: In addition: Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest founded North American Man Boy Love Association, in the 70s (?). T

    Shanley was not defrocked until 2004. That was an aspect of the scandal. Cdl. Law and others in the chancery knew perfectly well ca. 1990 that Shanley was a gross sexual transgressor and the internal memoranda indicate that Law and others were biting their nails over the prospect that he’d conclude his sojourn in Southern California and return to Boston. The utter cravenness of Law in that circumstances is baffling. NAMBLA’s a very shadowy organization which guards it’s membership rolls. Shanley’s known to have spoken to a meeting of pedophiles in December 1978. I do not think he’s ever been known to be a member of NAMBLA.

  • “a boy under the age of consent; 16 in the United States but, shockingly, 14 or 15 in most of the European Union.”

    Most European countries followed the Roman law, with the age of consent and the age of marriage being 12 for girls and 14 for boys. Impuberty remained an impediment, however.

    Most countries raised it in the 20th century, some under the influence of the 1917 Code of Canon Law which fixed the age at 14 for girls and 16 for boys.

    The Age of Marriage Act 1929 (applying in Scotland, England & Wales but not in Northern Ireland) made void any marriage between persons either of whom was under the age of sixteen.

  • Thank you both, Art Deco and Michael Patterson-Seymour.

  • Feb 27 There is no informed sexual consent without the grace of God. The marital act is a covenant because of the grace of God. There is no actual informed consent to sin and crime without the grace of God because God does not allow grace to commit sin and crime. Sodomy denies this: the human soul, rational, immortal and created in original innocence. Sodomy and addiction to sodomy is a violation of one’s innocence and free will. Sins against “Nature and Nature’s God” are violations of God’s Commandments and our Founding Principles. At the junction of “Nature”, our civil rights to bodily integrity, and “Nature’s God” our unalienable rights to transcendent, metaphysical integrity that encompasses our immortal desire for God and the civil right to pursue our Happiness; divine Providence provides The Catholic Church and the institution of the sovereign state through the sovereign person of Jesus Christ and the sovereign personhood of every human being, every one, created equal in original innocence and endowed with the grace of God.
    A darkened intellect cannot give full informed consent without the light of Christ, the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, divine Providence.
    The free will choice to avoid the guidance of the Holy Spirit and commit evil according to the measure and gravity of the sin and crime is the basis for the Sacrament of Penance and that of the criminal being tried in a court of law. The free will choice to avoid God is the choice to go to hell. God will not force any sovereign person to heaven.
    Therefore, informed sexual consent does not exist for sodomy. God does not force His grace and Providence on any sovereign person.
    Therefore the pederast inflicts his violation of his own free will, his own innocent soul, existing in darkness, and crime on minor un-emancipated children, all future generations of our Constitutional Posterity, all future generation of “We, the people”, “We”, who are protected by The Preamble of our Constitution “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”…so help me God.
    Paul Shanley would not have been defrocked if he were innocent of violating “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”

  • Statutory rape held a two years in Federal prison sentence, automatically, for any adult male having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 18 years. That was when I was growing up in the 50’s. The name “jailbait” carried an ominous threat to all males. That too, was when women and girls could walk the street unafraid. This is who the state must be.

Potty Wars-2017

Friday, February 24, AD 2017

 

Last year the Obama administration attempted to coerce public schools into allowing mentally ill people who believe they are, or should be, the opposite sex from what their DNA says that they are, to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex.   The Trump administration reversed this yesterday leaving it to local and state governments to decide.  From the way this was reported in the mainstream media one might have thought that the world was coming to an end.  Of all the very mad policies embraced by the left none are madder than the belief that sex is an artificial construct and that people, at their whim, may adopt the sex that they prefer, biology be hanged.  This absurdity has become a core article of faith for the left, and that explains the fury with which common sense is met in this area by those on the port side of our politics.  This has little to do with that sad handful of the population who are mislabeled “transgender” and everything to do with the leftist war against reality.

 

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  • it seems that “Kaitlyn” Jenner is upset with President Trump. boo-hooo . . .

    The Congress didn’t vote for it. The Ninth Circus didn’t invent the Constitutional right for it. So, your former Chairman Obama dictated it. Then, threatened to cut-off US education funds from school districts that did not OBEY.

    FYI, liberals comparing girls’ locker rooms to (whites-only) drinking fountains is total nonsense.

    Thank God for small mercies. Each day, we are reminded that evil idiots have got to act like evil idiots.

  • The crime of assault is a violation of peaceable assembly. Striking fear and anxiety into the hearts of minor un-emancipated children, a captive audience of the state, is the crime of assault. Victimizing minor children who have no recourse to a safe place in their privacy is kidnapping by the state.
    It is said that Kennedy put a man on the moon. Obama put a man in a woman’s toilet.
    The law Obama made using Title IX makes the state liable, criminally liable, for every crime committed against every citizen under Obama’s dictate.

  • T. Shaw: Public schools act “in loco parentis” in the place of parents through power of attorney. Tax money belongs to the taxpayers even as the tax money is administered by the administration. Therefore denying any “FEDERAL” money to the states for education is embezzlement by the state.

  • I have always thought that “Life of Brian” clip to be among the best antidotes to this insanity. Last year, I saw an article about a “man” giving birth. The woman who thought she was a man was planning to have her breasts removed when she found out that she was pregnant. The author of the article never got around to asking why, if this woman thought she was a man, was she having vaginal sex? “Mental illness” is right.

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  • Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad. The issues they champion are a sign of madness. Transgenderism??? My computer spell-checker does not recognize it as a valid word; yet the Democrats pander to the notion as if it were an actual minority to champion while ignoring the serious mental illness involved. Anyone, including medical practitioners who mutilate people, and God forbid, children, ought to be locked up. What ever happened to Primum Non Nocere ~Bill

  • That Monty Python clip is gold. I wander if God laughs or weeps at how stupidly we sometimes govern ourselves. The image of a child playing with a knife because he (or she 😉) thinks it’s a toy comes to my mind. I’m sure God wants to clubber the idiot who gave the child the knife in the first place. I know I do.

  • Fake news, fake concern about minority groups of persons- who are exploited by the people who claim to care while leading young people down the mentally deranging rabbit hole of Alice’s Wonderland.
    Real needs of real children trying to find their way in this world.

  • Ezabelle.

    I wish it was only a knife in your example, analogy.
    The concern I have is that this attempt to normalize sexual and gender disorder as being a freedom of sexual and gender identities for all to applaud.
    This false sense of individual freedom is more lethal than guns or knifes.
    This freedom of expression is nothing short of eternal slavery.
    Boys into the boys room.
    Girls to their respective washrooms.
    Is that too much to ask of our disordered neighbors?

  • “Is that too much to ask of our disordered neighbours?” Not at all Philip.
    I’m interested to know how many public schools actually implemented this ridiculous policy, and how many complaints they had from parents who opposed this. I’m also interested to know if there were any reported assaults on female students by so-called “transgender” pervert students who took advantage of this policy to prey on female classmates?

    Did Obama not realise he put innocent students at risk of harm with stupid law?

  • Thanks Donald.

    Wow. What complete disregard by Obama, considering he has two daughters.

  • This was one of the instances of overreach that brought us Trump. I knew people, left of center, who were bothered by the way Obama handled this.

  • Ezabelle: Obama had complete and total contempt for his constituents. Obama readily refused to represent his constituents and self-impeached himself everyday in the Oval Office. Obama’s tantrums are a sign of his disenfranchisement.. What treaty did Obama sign onto without Congress, the voice of the people? Acting alone, Obama has as much power as you, a private citizen does, Anzlyne.

  • Yes Mary agreed. My husband used to comment that Obama had no motivation whilst in office other than to always be the cool guy. It showed through his chumminess with Hollywood and the “It” crowd- dropping the mic, schmoozing Ellen, hi-fiving Michael Jordan. And I guess allowing girly-boys to use female toilets kept him in good standing with the rainbow crowd. All to be the “cool” President.

    But you are so right Mary, he had no intention to represent his constituents or do the will of ordinary Americans. And it went deliberately unnoticed by most of the media.

  • Yes Mary agreed. My husband used to comment that Obama had no motivation whilst in office other than to always be the cool guy.

    Hadn’t thought of it that way. I’d wager that’s true.

    Whatever his objects were, it did no bloody good for Democratic office-holders down ballot, who were decimated under his misadministration. I’ll bet you there’s quite a load of subterranean disgust among working politicians in the Democratic Party (something the media won’t report on either).

  • The absurdities and overreach of the Lil king was a stink that wafted over Hillary Clinton and permeated her pantsuit, mind and heart.
    This is plain to see, however the liberials can not face Truth because they don’t like Truth.
    They are agents of debauchery.
    Toilet wars, slaughter of the innocent’s and sexual deviant behavior ….these are the prideful degenerates that think they are “cool too,” yet are they? They think themselves wise, but their actions show how debased and miserable they are.
    Lent?
    Yes.
    Ashes on Wednesday to remind ourselves of our sinfulness, our destiny, our mission.
    I am to love the sinner.
    I am to love my neighbor.
    May God grant us the strength to witness the last four things as we allow our ashes to stay on our foreheads for the entire day.
    God help and bless Donald Trump, our President. An advocate for our children.
    A man who is not afraid to shake up the creepy left.

  • Thinking science can turn a male into a female is the zenith of pretense or the bottom of an immoral barrel. Now that we’re at the bottom, time to rise with an actual man in the White House and not some empty-headed Puppet.

PopeWatch: Image

Friday, February 24, AD 2017

 

An interesting communique from the Vatican:

 

The Secretariat of State includes among its responsibilities the protection of the image of the Holy Father, so that his message may reach the faithful intact, and so that his person is not exploited.

For the same reasons, the Secretariat of State safeguards all symbols and official coats of arms of the Holy See via the appropriate regulatory instruments at international level.

To render this protection increasingly effective for the aforementioned purposes and to stop any illegal situations that may arise, the Secretariat of State carries out systematic surveillance activities to monitor the ways in which the image of the Holy Father and the coats of arms of the Holy See are used, taking appropriate action where necessary.

 

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7 Responses to PopeWatch: Image

  • Is PF seeking first to understand… before being understood?

  • The Secretariat of State must protect the office of the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on earth, the Vatican. When Pope Francis is in error, the Secretariat of State must protect the Pope, not his error. Therein lies the great challenge.

  • Weren’t there protest posters against Pope Francis popping up around Rome recently? I wonder if it’s related to that.

  • Interesting that the Vatican is treating Pope Francis as a product.. Unfortunately, he is low quality product which nothing can salvage except the grace of God. Let us always pray for Pope Francis.

  • Hopefully, this episode will be the catalyst that makes Milo stop his homosexual activity and even return to the Catholic Church. If this were to happen I wonder how many invitations he would receive from the MSM and the Catholic Church to tell his story? My guess is few due to the awkward situation of having the guilty interview the repentant.

    Let us pray for him.

  • “[T]he Secretariat of State safeguards all symbols and official coats of arms”

    In Scotland, arms are protected by the Lyon Court against unlawful assumption and use, with both criminal penalties (it has its own Procurator-Fiscal) and civil remedies for the lawful bearer.

    The arms of foreign sovereigns are protected as a matter of comity; other foreign arms have to be matriculated, before they can be born in Scotland.