Fortnight for Freedom, Illegal Immigration, and the Bastardization of Religious Liberty

Friday, June 30, AD 2017

A guest post by commenter Greg Mockeridge:


To characterize my view of how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has responded to the secular left’s all out assault on religious liberty, culminating with the 2012 Obamacare mandate, as less than impressive would be a massive understatement to say the least.

Even the more positive elements of the annual Fortnight for Freedom in the context of their longstanding track record of getting into bed with Caesar is, at best, a dog and pony show, and a bad one at that!

To make matters worse, since at least 2014, the Fortnight for Freedom has listed efforts from a handful of individual states to deal with the problems they face face due to illegal immigration as a threat to religious liberty.

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  • Thank you. Bishops, such as those mentioned in this post, need to be called out for their faithlessness and hypocrisy. Just as in Europe, the majority of bishops in this country have a death wish for the continued existence of this country as a sovereign nation. America is not some historical accident, nor is she easily recovered. America is a unique exception in the history of the world bought with the self sacrifice of many. She is worth preserving even if that means resisting the faithless bishops.

  • The bishops are doing their level best to assure that no one pays them any more mind than they would any other lobbyist for the social work industry. Each one is Marian Wright Edelman in colorful robes.

  • America’s freedom was bought and paid for by soldiers, sailors and airmen in uniform defending our freedom at the sacrifice of their lives and limbs. These military men and women died that “We, the people” may experience and embrace true sovereignty over ourselves and true sovereignty in the family of nations.

  • City of God Book 19: Chapter 7.— Of the Diversity of Languages, by Which the Intercourse of Men is Prevented; And of the Misery of Wars, Even of Those Called Just.

    After the state or city comes the world, the third circle of human society,— the first being the house, and the second the city. And the world, as it is larger, so it is fuller of dangers, as the greater sea is the more dangerous. And here, in the first place, man is separated from man by the difference of languages. For if two men, each ignorant of the other’s language, meet, and are not compelled to pass, but, on the contrary, to remain in company, dumb animals, though of different species, would more easily hold intercourse than they, human beings though they be. For their common nature is no help to friendliness when they are prevented by diversity of language from conveying their sentiments to one another; so that a man would more readily hold intercourse with his dog than with a foreigner.

    AmBishops are being paid a handsome some to bring foreigners here with different languages, religions, and cultures and who does not understand that such a praxis increases the number of problems American born men already experience.

    Diversity + proximity = violence/war is what some men have begun to speak about but in any event when a country decides to increase/multiply diversity/difference ,Cui bono?

    The State, for men will naturally appeal to it to help sort out the increased burdens/problems that an influx of unassimiable people creates.

    There are so many problems the Bishop are contributing to by their praxis for they are bringing in people who tend to be ill, poorly educated, with no prospect of a job. How does any of this help America?

    It s the job of the Government to work for the common good of its own citizens.

  • The USCCB is little more than a public relations tool of the Democrat Party to used promote Progressive causes that on contrary to Catholic teaching. Hopefully, Trump will take away the Bishops $80 million slush fund and use the money to protect our country from illegal immigrants.

  • Thank you. this post is very good.
    Capital punishment is executed by the citizenship of the condemned, by his membership in the state and in the human race as a human being and by his refusal to pass away with grief over his murder of an innocent member, another citizen of the state and God’s adopted child. The murderer in the first degree ought to have expired with grief over his capital crime against another sovereign person. Unable to grieve for his crime invokes the murderer, in the first degree’s power of attorney to come to the condemned murderer’s aid. Eternal Justice does not change. People have suffered jeopardy of life when the first murder was enacted. Second jeopardy of life continues as long as the condemned murderer in the first degree lives. Justice cannot and does not allow the murderer in the first degree the chance to relive and enjoy reliving his murder in the first degree.
    Eternal Justice like eternal Truth is immutable. God cannot and does not contradict Himself.
    “all men are created (not born) created equal” in original innocence with endowed unalienable, innate human rights. (The newly begotten are the standard of Justice for the state.) Rights are endowed by “their Creator”, never by the state. The human being, the sovereign person has a right to self defense (The Preamble, the purpose of the state and our Constitution). Self defense, an innate human right of all sovereign persons cannot be waived for a murderer in the first degree, not by God, not by the Church and never by the state instituted by the victims. God does not contradict Himself.
    Archbishop Chaput is overreaching in his questioning of capital punishment for murderers in the first degree.
    The murderer in the first degree has denied his victim time to make peace with God. The soul of the victim is scandalized by the homicide.
    The murderer in the first degree may not be enabled to enjoy the commission of his crime in jail. A truly repentant murderer will have expired with grief over his crime. Now, in his arrogance the murderer is enabled to relive his crime and enjoy his evil deed.
    Every sentence handed down by the Court may be served by anyone who wishes to spare the condemned…except the death penalty. The death penalty must be served by the murderer in the first degree. To remove the peoples’ self-defense against double jeopardy of life is injustice and cries to heaven for redress.

  • Karen Steinle’s murder cries to heaven for redress. If the bishops cite statistics showing that citizens commit many more killings, they need to repent and start teaching the catechism.

PopeWatch: Ordinary Magisterium

Friday, June 30, AD 2017



Father Z brings us the news that the Vatican is ginning up attacks on the Four Cardinals who asked for clarification in regard to Amoris Laetitia:


A few days ago Vatican Insider, at La Stampa, run by the ultimate Italian weather vane Andrea Tornielli, supplied a piece against the Four Cardinals of the Five Dubia (and against anyone who agrees that more clarity is needed) by one Thomas Walford.  Walford’s piece has the feeling of a collaborative effort in papolatry.  Of course it was published simultaneously in Italian and in English… because that happens all the time.  Right?

Today, Sandro Magister at Settimo Cielo supplied a piece which analyzes the Vatican Insider project.  It is published anonymously.  The reason for anonymity is that the writer is a cleric (I had a text this morning saying who it is), and in the present lib-dominated environment of mercy a cleric who writes like will be crushed like a bug.

A good question (itself a response to Walford) is in the piece’s title: “If it were so easy to resolve the dubia, then why hasn’t the Pope responded?”

In a nutshell, Walford proposed (inter alia) that virtually anything that the Pope says in his ordinary Magisterium, he says with the aid of the Holy Spirit, and that it must be accepted by the faithful.

Anonymous Cleric (my title for him) responds (my rapid translation – surely Magister’s own will soon be available):

B)  The arguments of the formal order refer to some affirmations of the Magisterium about the Petrine primacy and reach the conclusion that “Pope Francis – being the beneficiary of the charisma of the Holy Spirit, which helps him also in the ordinary Magisterium (as St. John Paul II taught) – legitimately made reception of holy Communion possible on the part of the divorced and remarried whose cases have been carefully considered.

I will try to respond to these arguments, beginning with the second series, on account of the fact that they are logically decisive: in fact, if all the acts of the Magisterium were always clear and perfect and enjoyed – for the mere fact that they were pronounced by the Pontiff – infallibility (without considering, for example, the tone of the document, the circumstances in which it was pronounced, the fact that a teaching could be relatively new or repeated, etc. etc.), or if every “flatus vocis” [mere, insignificant word] of the Roman Pontiff ought to be considered dogma and should require, always and in any case, the internal assent of the faithful, the question would be closed from the get-go.

In reality, the Magisterium of the Church certainly constitutes a unique body (containing that which the Church proposes to us for belief), of which, nevertheless, not all affirmations have the same value; in other words, not all the pronouncements – even if authentically proposed – require the same level of assent. The “dubia” of the Cardinals serve also to clarify what weight there can be in an answer in the course of the interview on an airplane and in a private letter to some bishops (indicated by Mr. Walford as if they were definitive interpretations), neither published in the Acta Apostolica Sedis. Certainly both were pronouncements of the Pope, but, as Lumen gentium 25 affirms, the level of adhesion must be deduced “from the character of the documents, from his frequent repetition of the same doctrine, or from his manner of speaking.”

Let’s ask ourselves, by way of an example: “Do the papal interviews on an airplane or do private letters of a Pontiff require – in and of themselves – the same level of assent as the teaching on contraception proposed by documents such as Casti connubi, Humanae vitae, Familiaris consortio, etc. or can one entertain some uncertainties in the face of the aforementioned interviews or letters”? The response to this is given by the Magisterium itself, beginning with the instruction Donum veritatis in 1990 “On the ecclesial vocation of the theologian”, which is also cited by Mr. Walford:

It can happen, however, that a theologian may, according to the case, raise questions regarding the timeliness, the form, or even the contents of magisterial interventions. Here the theologian will need, first of all, to assess accurately the authoritativeness of the interventions which becomes clear from the nature of the documents, the insistence with which a teaching is repeated, and the very way in which it is expressed. […]

In any case there should never be a diminishment of that fundamental openness loyally to accept the teaching of the Magisterium as is fitting for every believer by reason of the obedience of faith. The theologian will strive then to understand this teaching in its contents, arguments, and purposes. This will mean an intense and patient reflection on his part and a readiness, if need be, to revise his own opinions and examine the objections which his colleagues might offer him. If, despite a loyal effort on the theologian’s part, the difficulties persist, the theologian has the duty to make known to the Magisterial authorities the problems raised by the teaching in itself, in the arguments proposed to justify it, or even in the manner in which it is presented. He should do this in an evangelical spirit and with a profound desire to resolve the difficulties. His objections could then contribute to real progress and provide a stimulus to the Magisterium to propose the teaching of the Church in greater depth and with a clearer presentation of the arguments.

Moreover, Pope Francis, at §2 of Amoris laetitia, writes:

“The complexity of the issues that arose revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions. The thinking of pastors and theologians, if faithful to the Church, honest, realistic and creative, will help us to achieve greater clarity.”

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Fortnight For Freedom: High Worship Word

Friday, June 30, AD 2017



Captain James T. Kirk: [to Spock] Keep working on the window if we’re ever gonna regain our freedom.

Cloud William: Freedom?

[he gets up]

Cloud William: Freedom?

Captain James T. Kirk: Spock.

Mr. Spock: Yes, I heard, Captain.

Cloud William: That is a worship word, Yang worship. You will not speak it.

Star Trek:  The Omega Glory

Long time readers of this blog will not be surprised to see that I have managed to work a Star Trek episode into one of the Fortnight For Freedom posts!

One of the “alternate Earth” episodes that became fairly common as the original Star Trek series proceeded, as explained by Hodgkin’s Law of Parallel Planetary Development, and stringent episode budgets,  the Omega Glory episode in the video clip at the beginning of this post featured an Earth where a cataclysmic war had driven the Americans, the Yangs, out of their cities and into primitive warbands.  Chinese Communists, the Kohms, settled in America.  Their technology was a few steps higher than the Yangs.  The Yangs had been waging a war for generations to drive the Kohms from their land, and the episode coincided with the Yangs taking the last of “the Kohm places”.

Over the generations, the Yangs had forgotten almost all of their history and what little knowledge remained was restricted to priests and chieftains.

“Cloud William: Freedom?

James T. Kirk: Spock.

Spock: Yes, I heard, Captain.

Cloud William: It is a worship word, Yang worship. You will not speak it.

James T. Kirk: Well, well, well. It is… our worship word, too.

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Reaping Whirlwinds

Thursday, June 29, AD 2017

“For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.”

Hosea 8: 7

A Dana Loesch ad for the NRA, which is two months old.  Suddenly the left discovers it and goes crazy today.  Mark Shea, that is your cue.

What the leftists really should be concerned about is that conservatives, after decades of being too gentlemanly and ladylike to confront them, are beginning to fight fire with fire.  The left, which pretty much has a death grip on most of the media, the entertainment industry, academia, and most of big business, howl like frightened banshees when conservatives answer them in their own coin.  In some ways I regret this, since it bodes ill for domestic peace.  However, for the last half century the left in this country have been assiduously sowing the wind, giving a wink and a nod when their minions engage in political violence, all while screaming that conservatives are fascists, and now they act shocked when the whirlwind at last begins to rise.  Hypocrites and fools.


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  • I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs. Loesch to the prestigious and ever-expanding club of distinguished people to be the target of Mr. Shea’s smears. It’s an honor to call you a fellow member.

  • I love this video. About time. The clenched fist of truth! That needs to be shoved right up the left’s nether regions since they always use pictures of clenched fists.

  • Thing is LQC, it would be hard to get a clenched fist up the left’s nether region seeing as how they already got their heads stuck there!

  • Video is perfect. Long overdue. Hope to see more of this kind of thing. Hooray for the NRA.

  • About time. Truth is always merciful!

  • I will take the left’s screeching seriously when they begin to notice the violent hate monster they have in their midst.

    You know–the one the ad has the unmitigated gall to notice?

  • Truth is a bitch if you swallowed bs most of your adult life…and the left is full of bs.

    The Truth is Micheal Moore is an obese man because he has swallowed more bs than most, to the point that he feels it’s his duty to teach others how sweet bs tastes..they eat it up because they have developed a lack of good taste and common sense.

    The Truth shall indeed set you free.
    Question is how many would rather eat bs?

    This video is on target!

    ( It’s been awhile since I’ve had a good rant. If you must take my angst off this thread I do understand.)

  • Odd that Shea equates the ad with 1984’s two minute hate. Its actually the daily 24 hour hate against Trump that is Orwellian. And I say this as someone who voted against Trump in my state primary and who held his nose when voting for him against she who shall not be named.

Caesar Signals Thumbs Down on Charlie Gard

Thursday, June 29, AD 2017



For deluded Catholics who believe that Moses carried down an eleventh commandment stating “Caesar picks up the tab for Healthcare!”, Dave Griffey gives some food for thought at Daffey Thoughts:


God bless these parents and this beautiful child.  Already facing a fatal genetic condition, the child has struggled to live during his short life.  The parents had hoped to bring the child to the US to try an experimental procedure in a last hope of saving the baby.

In a turn of events that explains the general hesitation about turning such matters over to the State, the UK courts have said the parents can’t do this.  The hospital will remove the child from life support.  The parents appealed and took the matter to the European court.  But the court refused to overturn the lower court decision.  The child will die.

Not because the child was left to die, or because the child was removed from life support.  But because the parents were forbidden to bring their child to the US for the experimental treatment.  Therefore, after hearing the case brought by the hospital and the parents as prescribed by UK law, the courts and the state have dictated that the child will die.  Perhaps he would have died anyway.  But it doesn’t take much to see why people are bothered by the fact that it was the courts, and not the parents, that had the final say.

I can’t imagine what those parents are feeling right now, and that precious child who knows nothing of this.  God grant peace and strength to all involved in the coming weeks, and bless young Charlie Gard with all your love.

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  • This is the world pope Francis has repeatedly advocated in his writings. He believes we need to turn more and more of our lives over to the state. Totalitarianism always ends the same. God Bless little Charlie.

  • For an extra angle of horror– they already have the funds for it, too. They just need the hospital to LET GO of the kid.
    But no.

  • The medical profession is untrustworthy in these types of situations. As for the judiciary, it’s impossible to think of an occupational sliver who are worse at what they do . Just repulsive.

  • “SINGLE PAYER: Devastated parents of Charlie Gard spend their last night with their baby and blast ‘heartless’ doctors for refusing to let them take him home to die before they turn off his life support later today.

    Robert Bidinotto posted on Facebook yesterday:

    They have already declared him, explicitly or tacitly, “brain dead” or vegetative. If they are correct — and I have no reason to doubt their medical judgment — then no issue of protecting the child’s rights or “interests” exists any longer — by their own premises.

    What the parents are proposing is thus no threat to the child, his rights, or his interests. It is simply to exercise THEIR right to conduct an experiment of sheer desperation, in order to see whether they can salvage their child. If that child is already medically irretrievable, then please define for me whose “interest” would be threatened by allowing the parents to exercise that right.

    There is no rational or moral reason to deny them this right. The only conceivable “interests” involved are those of the denizens of the socialized-medicine regime, who do perceive a threat — not to a child they have already written off, but to their power to make and enforce life-or-death decisions over the disposition of healthcare. No, sorry: This case is not about science; it is not about the child’s rights or interests; it is about exerting state power against a perceived popular menace to the socialized medicine system, which would come from allowing individuals the freedom to exercise their rights to make their own personal medical choices.

    What is happening to the Gards is just “necessary” reminder of the individual’s place in the socialized scheme of things.

    Posted at 8:25 am by Stephen Green”

    The inhuman bastards who did this, unless they repent, may find out why Love Incarnate found it necessary to have a Hell.

  • Another case of the courts usurping an individual’s right to life and the rights of the parents to protect and care for their child. Yet the courts continue to protect the “reproductive rights of women” aka abortion. (Apparently men have no reproductive rights).
    I first saw the story about Charlie and his parents on this evening and immediately looked on TAC. Thank you for posting the interview with his parents.
    To deny this child a chance of positive medical treatment is evil. To prohibit the parents from taking baby Charlie to their family home where he can die naturally in the warmth and love of his parents’ arms is beyond cruel.
    Perhaps the hospital and the court is afraid that Charlie in his parents’ care may not die after all?

    Even a family pet being put down at the vet is allowed to feel its owner’s touch and hear the comforting voice of its beloved master.
    I am praying for Divine intervention for Charlie and his parents.

    Weak. You’d think the Pontifical Academy For Life would live up to its name. Wrong.

  • Foxfier: The hospital does not own Charlie. This is kidnapping.

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  • Charlie deserves EVERY opportunity to live, not to be ‘euthanized’ by removing his breathing apparatus. This is not a natural death, it is an intentional death. God has brought Charlie to the world’s attention for the world to wake up to these cases. People are being euthanized without their consent and hopefully the world will start to take notice of the realities going on without our knowledge.

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PopeWatch: Pontifical Academy for Death

Thursday, June 29, AD 2017


Sandro Magister gives us the details as to why the Pontifical Academy for Life should be renamed:

At the Pontifical Academy for Life, the first big uproar was over the appointment of the Anglican moral theologian Nigel Biggar, a supporter of abortion until “18 weeks after conception.”

Asked to comment by Vatican Insider, Archbishop Paglia tried to justify the appointment by asserting that Biggar – apart from words he exchanged in 2011 with the staunchly pro-abortion philosopher Peter Singer – “has never written anything on the issue of abortion” and that on the end of life “he has a position absolutely in keeping with the Catholic one.”

But it didn’t take much to discover that neither statement corresponds to the truth, and that Biggar has expressed his liberal positions on abortion in a 2015 article for the “Journal of Medical Ethics,” and on euthanasia in his 2004 book “Aiming To Kill. The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia.”

Then it was noted that other new members of the academy are rather far from the Church’s positions:

– Katarina Le Blanc of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, who uses stem cells taken from human embryos fertilized in vitro;
– Japanese Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka, who in spite of his fame for producing pluripotent stem cells artificially has by no means rules out continued research on the use of embryonic stem cells, and explains why in an article in the scientific journal “Cell & Stem Cell.”
– the Israeli Jew Avraham Steinberg, who admits in some cases abortion and the destruction of embryos for scientific use;
– Maurizio Chiodi, a leading Italian moral theologian, who in his book “Ethics of life” makes allowances for artificial procreation, if it is supported by an “intention of fertility.”

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  • None of this is surprising. The pope and his henchmen act as though their ends justify pretty much any means. They simply aren’t honest about their ends. For instance, you wouldn’t treat a dog the way the Venezuelan people are treated by the Maduro government. Yet the pope continues to prop up that socialist hellhole with demands for dialogue rather than supporting his brother bishops in Venezuela. So, the fact that the Pontifical Academy of Life is no longer so is not a shock to anyone paying attention to this whitewashed tomb of a pope.

  • Judie Brown wrote quite an accurate article on Life Site News regarding these obscene appointments;

    Evil will not win the war…but they sure are winning the day by infiltration. Pope who?

  • Anyone who still believes that Pope Francis is somehow just a lovable,
    humble, well-meaning man prone to innocent off-the-cuff remarks that
    only seem to reveal a troubling heterodoxy— well, that person hasn’t
    been paying much attention.

    Consider the ongoing destruction of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate,
    the chicanery behind the calculated manipulation of the Synod on the
    Family, Francis’ refusal to answer the Dubia, and now his systematic gutting
    of the Pontifical Academy for Life. None of those things could have been
    done without this Pope’s knowing, active collusion. And none of them can
    have a motivation other than the desire to subvert orthodoxy.

    One would have to look back many centuries to find a more malignant Pope.
    Sure, there have been Popes who have done some questionable things in the
    name of political expediency. Francis differs from those Popes in that it’s
    not political enemies he strives against, his target is orthodoxy itself.

    God help us all.

  • More important than Life issues are Papal political friendships with advocates of the culture of death. To be well thought of among Progressive intellectuals trumps being a supports of Catholic truth.

  • Not surprising when you consider who he has appointed to the Academy of Science and who helped him write Laudato Si. Hans Schellnhuber is a believer in Gaia but not a believer in God. He also enlisted the help of Jeffrey Sachs, Naomi Klein, Naomi Oreskes ( she wrote the introduction to Laudato Si) and Peter Wadhams. All of these people are radical anti-capitalists and global warmists who are even rejected by those you would think would be their peers. They are extreme.

Fortnight For Freedom: Top Ten Movies for the Fourth

Thursday, June 29, AD 2017


Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.

John Adams




This is a repeat from a post last year, but I think the logic behind the post still holds true.   I think the Fourth of July is a good time to recall the price paid to establish our liberties.  It is trite to say that freedom is not free, but it is also true.  Winning the American Revolution took eight years and it was a definite David v. Goliath upset.  A people who forget this eternal lesson will not remain free for long.



A number of feature films and miniseries have been made about the events of the American Revolution.  Here are my top ten choices for Fourth of July viewing:

10.  Ben and Me (1953)- Something for the younger patriots.  Disney put to film the novel of Robert Lawson, Ben and Me, which related how many of Ben Franklin’s bright ideas came from his mouse Amos.  Quite a bit of fun.   Not a classic but certainly an overlooked gem.

9.  The Crossing (2000)-A retelling of Washington’s brilliant crossing of the Delaware on Christmas 1776 and the battle of Trenton.  This film would rank much higher on my list but for Jeff Daniels’ portrayal of Washington as sullen and out of sorts throughout the movie.  Washington had a temper, and he could give vent to it if provoked, although he usually kept it under control, but the peevish Washington portrayed here is simply ahistoric and mars an otherwise good recreation of the turning point of the Revolution.

8.  John Paul Jones (1959)  Robert Stack, just before he rose to fame in the Untouchables, is grand in the role of the archetypal American sea hero.  Bette Davis is absolutely unforgettable as Catherine the Great.  The climactic sea battle with the Serapis is well done, especially for those pre-CGI days.  The only problem with the film is that many of the details are wrong.  This is forgivable to a certain extent since scholarship on Jones was badly skewed by Augustus Buell in a two-volume “scholarly biography” which appeared in 1900.  Buell was a charlatan who made up many incidents about Jones and then invented sources to support his fabrications.  Buell was not completely exposed until Samuel Eliot Morison, Harvard professor of history, and an Admiral in the Navy, wrote his definitive biography of Jones. Here is a list of the fabrications of Buell compiled by Morison.  Morison’s book appeared after the movie, which is to be regretted.

7.  The Patriot (2000) Finally, a film which depicts the unsung contribution of Australians to victory in the American Revolution!  Actually not too bad of a film overall.  Heath Ledger is quite good as Gibson’s oldest son who joins the Continentals at the beginning of the war against his father’s wishes.  Jason Isaacs is snarlingly good as the evil Colonel Tavington, very loosely based on Banastre Tarleton, commander of Tarleton’s Raiders during the Southern Campaign.  The film of course allows Gibson to carry on his over-the-top vendetta against all things English.  No, the British did not lock up American civilians in churches and burn them alive.  However, the ferocity of the partisan fighting in the South is well depicted, and Banastre Tarleton  at the Waxhaw Massacre earned a reputation for slaughtering men attempting to surrender.  The final battle of the film is based on the battle of Cowpens where General Daniel Morgan decisively defeated Tarleton.

6.  Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)-A John Ford classic starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.  Through the eyes of a young newlywed couple, Fonda and Colbert, the American Revolution on the frontier is depicted in the strategic Mohawk Valley.  Full of the usual Ford touches of heroism, humor and ordinary life.

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PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia

Wednesday, June 28, AD 2017



It should always be recalled that a large part of the impetus behind Pope Francis and his attempt to transform the Catholic Church into an Episcopal Church with worse music is the Lavender Mafia.  One of the poster children for the Lavender Mafia is Father James Martin, SJ.  Liturgy Guy connects the dots:

With each passing week the pace quickens. The revolutionaries continue to grow more emboldened. There is no time to lose. For those who wish to remake the Church in the image of fallen Man, instead of defending the immutable Truth of Our Risen Lord,  the time is now.

With every new tweet to his 125,000 followers on Twitter, or every pro-LGBT article shared to his half a million Facebook followers, Fr. James Martin, S.J. ups the ante. The rogue Jesuit (which might be redundant), described by some as a wolf in sheeps clothing (or Roman collar), has apparently made it his personal mission to change the faith of our fathers.

As I’ve written about before, Fr. Martin’s latest effort is Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity (Harper Collins, 2017). The book is interesting enough for the simple fact that it largely comes from an address Fr. Martin gave to New Ways Ministry in October of last year.


What is different now from the past, however, is Rome itself. Leading the defense of orthodoxy and doctrinal clarity back then was Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. While Fr. Robert Nugent and Sr. Jeannine Gramick could spread their errors and ambiguities, they did so with the condemnation of the Holy See. That is not the case with Pope Francis.

To understand who is really responsible for today’s revolutionary spirit, one that seeks to make the LGBT’s agenda the Church’s own, go back to the back…of Fr. Martin’s book that is.

Who else do we find endorsing Fr. Martin’s 2017 repackaging of the New Ways message of the 1990’s? None other than three of Pope Francis’s most recent episcopal appointments: Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey; Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life; and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, California.

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  • “The Gospel demands that LGBT Catholics must be genuinely loved and treasured in the life of the church. They are not. [Fr. Martin] provides us with the language, perspective, and sense of urgency to replace a culture of alienation with a culture of merciful inclusion.”

    Here is what St. Paul said near the end of his condemnation of sodomy and lesbianism in Romans 1:18-32:

    “Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.”

    Do you liberal progressive feminists out in la-la land get that? Worthy of death! That’s what sodomy and lesbianism merit (along with adultery, fornication, murder, theft, false witness, covetousness, disobedience towards parents, etc)! That’s why Jesus implores us over and over and over again, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at end.” That is why the prophet Ezekiel says: “Be converted and do penance for all your iniquities, and iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have ttransgressed, and make to yourselves a new heart, and a new spirit: and why will you die, O house of Israel? For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, return ye and live.”

  • Jesus said to his disciples:
    “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
    but underneath are ravenous wolves.
    By their fruits you will know them.
    Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
    Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
    and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
    A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
    nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
    Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
    and thrown into the fire.
    So by their fruits you will know them.”

    Today, through out the world these words from Matthews gospel will be uttered.
    Bravo Bishop Paprocki.
    Fr. Martin…. shame.

  • “It should always be recalled that a large part of the impetus behind Pope Francis and his attempt to transform the Catholic Church into an Episcopal Church with worse music…”

    That was too funny! How true.

    To think that Catholics threw out the Te Deum in order to sing Kumbaya.

  • The Lavender Mafia are addicts to sodomy and the vice of lust. All addiction violates the human being’s free will and deconstructs his sovereignty over himself, making his a lost soul.
    The Lavender Mafia must take responsibility for every sexually abused child, for teaching that sodomy or anal penetration is no sin. Sodomy is assault and battery of another person while denying their transcendent soul, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and virginity.
    “you will know them by what they do”
    I suspect that the Lavender Mafia is blackmailing Pope Francis. Nobody can be that unorthodox. Peter denied Jesus Christ out of fear. Maybe Pope Francis does not want to be a martyr for the Faith.

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  • Mary De Voe perceptively and correctly wrote, “The Lavender Mafia are addicts to sodomy and the vice of lust.”

    I highly recommend Sexaholics Anonymous:

    The Twelve Steps

    1. We admitted that we were powerless over lust—that our lives had become unmanageable.
    2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
    11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
    12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to sexaholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    PS, early on in sobriety some decades ago – and not due to homosexuality but to other reasons – my 12 sponsor and my priest confessor (his sponsor) threatened to send me to Sexaholics Anonymous unless I started straightening and flying right (which meant no more womanizing, no more prostitutes). The 12 steps worked. But only if you work them. 😉

  • The infection is widespread;

    Sodomites… abortions…the “worldview” is just that….a world view. For those who are in the world but not of the world, God bless you.

  • Has anyone followed up on this story at, about the special police assigned to the Holy See breaking in on a homosexual party rife with drugs at an apartment in the very Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio is located in Rome?
    An unnamed monsignor who is a secretary to one of the major sacred congregations was taken into custody, according to the story.

  • One of the basic problems in taking this on is that most Catholics couldn’t care less about these issues–as, after all, most of them and their children have been engaging in contraception, etc. for years. We need divine intervention.

  • Aristotle said something that perfectly applies to Fr. James Martin, SJ: “Men become revolutionaries for personal reasons.” I think it’s pretty obvious that Fr. Martin has a dog in the fight.

Fortnight For Freedom: Nuns of the Battlefield

Wednesday, June 28, AD 2017




The Church is sometimes depicted as somehow an alien presence in this fair land of freedom.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Catholics, beginning with Christopher Columbus, have played a vital role in American history from the beginning.  Such was the case with the nuns who attended wounded and sick soldiers during the national nightmare known as the Civil War.


Visitors to Washington DC might be surprised at first to encounter a monument to nuns and sisters entitled Nuns of the Battlefield.  It was erected by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in 1924 to honor the some 600 Catholic nuns and sisters who during the Civil War nursed soldiers on both sides.  It bears this inscription:


Anti-Catholic propaganda prior to the Civil War often focused on alleged lurid misdeeds involving nuns, the completely fictional account written by Maria Monk being a typical example, thus combining both bigotry and near pornography.  A convent was burned by an anti-Catholic mob in 1834 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, their minds poisoned by just such allegations.

Nuns and sisters prior to the Civil War would not wear their habits outside of their convents for fear of insult or attack.  Then, in the words of Lincoln, the war came.

Nuns on both sides swiftly volunteered to served as nurses, and they proved superb at this task.  Mary Livermore, who served on the United States Sanitary Commission and who would later win fame as an early fighter for the rights of women, wrote this tribute after the War:

“I am neither a Catholic, nor an advocate of the monastic institutions of that church . . . But I can never forget my experience during the War of the Rebellion . . . Never did I meet these Catholic sisters in hospitals, on transports, or hospital steamers, without observing their devotion, faithfulness, and unobtrusiveness. They gave themselves no airs of superiority or holiness, shirked no duty, sought no easy place, bred no mischiefs. Sick and wounded men watched for their entrance into the wards at morning, and looked a regretful farewell when they departed at night.”

Soldiers were impressed both by the quality of the nursing they received from the nuns and their good cheer and kindness.  Generations of bigotry melted away by the ministrations of these women of God.  A Confederate chaplain recalled this incident between a soldier and a sister:

“Sister, is it true that you belong to the Catholic Church?”

“Yes, sir, it’s true. And that’s the source of the greatest happiness I have in this life.”

“Well, I declare. I’d never have suspected it. I’ve heard so many things . . . I thought Catholics were the worst people on earth.”

“I hope you don’t think so now.”

“Well, Sister . . . I’ll tell you. If you say you’re a Catholic, I’ll certainly have a better opinion of Catholics from now on.”

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  • Thank you, Donald. Amid all of the mischief created by our current Pope, we tend to forget what real women in holy orders have done, and continue to do, for the faith. God Bless.

  • Good post.
    Thank you Donald.

    At our local Carmelite monastery I periodically go before the sisters to intervene on behalf of a sick or dieing soul.
    They are a cloistered community and as powerful as Michael the archangel and his legion. Embellishment? No. Their prayers are that strong.

    The invisible power is made tangible by our committed nuns through out the world.
    Seen or unseen, they are one of God’s great gift to mankind.

  • The Catholic nuns’ virginity and freedom from sin allows them to come and go freely. Jesus Christ, the Healer, their spouse guides their actions.

  • There are still nuns on the battlefield. A year ago I was on an army post grocery shopping and met a nun in a white traditional habit. Turns out she is an army reserve surgeon who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. On the civilian side she operates on charity patients in a hospital in an affluent neighborhood and periodically travels to Sudan under the auspices of doctors without borders.

Project Veritas: CNN Bovine Droppings

Tuesday, June 27, AD 2017

National treasure James O’Keefe of Project Veritas proves that CNN is the home of fake news:


In a video released overnight by ‘Project Veritas‘ founder James O’Keefe, CNN producer John Bonifield is caught on film admitting that the network’s constant coverage of the Trump-Russia narrative is “mostly bullshit” and “the president is probably right to say [CNN] is witch-hunting [him].”

He also noted the story is “good for business.”

“I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime,” he said. “I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

He also said: “It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss…All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

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  • Fake news is fake news. Comic books are a business too. The biggest fake news ever was the 1962 headline banner: PRAYER BAN after the Supreme Court heard the atheist who shall remain nameless and said that the atheist could go her own way. The fake news banned:PRAYER BAN. So, we are not keeping the Law of the Land. We are keeping the fake news of the main stream media. Holy Gulag.
    That blessed comic Red Skelton, may he rest in peace, said: “She may go her own way, but she is not taking us with her.””She may go her own way” is tolerance of the person, a deathbed convert.
    You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. Now that is business. Great reporting. some of the time and all of the people

  • Great reporting. some of the time and all of the people… dangling participle or something…Sorry

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Pope Leo XIII

Tuesday, June 27, AD 2017


18. In like manner, the other pains and hardships of life will have no end or cessation on earth; for the consequences of sin are bitter and hard to bear, and they must accompany man so long as life lasts. To suffer and to endure, therefore, is the lot of humanity; let them strive as they may, no strength and no artifice will ever succeed in banishing from human life the ills and troubles which beset it. If any there are who pretend differently – who hold out to a hard-pressed people the boon of freedom from pain and trouble, an undisturbed repose, and constant enjoyment – they delude the people and impose upon them, and their lying promises will only one day bring forth evils worse than the present. Nothing is more useful than to look upon the world as it really is, and at the same time to seek elsewhere, as We have said, for the solace to its troubles.

Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum

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PopeWatch: Contradiction

Tuesday, June 27, AD 2017



The former head of the Vatican Bank,  Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, lets Pope Francis have it in an essay in La Verita:


I see two implicit messages in the Pope’s failure to answer the dubia. The first implicit message is “I can contradict myself if I want to.” At the start of the Synod on the Family (October 2014), the Pope invited the cardinals to speak openly and frankly, without fear of embarrassing the Pope (the famous parresia). And yet for months the Pope has refused to respond privately or publicly to the dubia expressed by four cardinals who represent a large part of the faithful.

The second implicit message seems to be a declaration of the intent to impose a “New Catholic Morality.” This would be founded on the awkward circumstances of the new ethical demands (or requirements) of new situations created by the secularized world, not on the Commandments, the Catechism and the Magisterium invoked by the “obsolete” Veritatis Splendor.   

In the past, the Church’s concern was to keep the faithful “strong in the Truth” in order to conserve the faith. She therefore discouraged a disposition to interpret doctrine and the magisterium in a subjective and dangerously misleading manner. Indeed, back then the task of pastors was to confirm the certainties of faith by “teaching,” not just by “listening.”

Today, it could be said that you should have subjective and unresolved doubts to demonstrate that you have an “authentic faith.” You must not try to resolve them or seek answers to questions on points of ambiguous interpretation because that would be insolent and arrogant. Doubts are necessary because it seems that we don’t want to affirm a single, absolute and objective truth. A pluralist and dialectical truth has taken its place because this latter truth, a truth based on the conclusions of a “self-taught” individual conscience, has replaced doctrine as the judge of actions (praxis).  

One might say that traditional morality has been overridden by circumstances (and not the ideal), and since we should not longer judge (that is, objectively evaluate circumstances), the Church seems to want to renounce the possession of the truth and its teaching (unless it concerns the environment, poverty and immigration). Thus, a failure to respond to the dubia confirms that doctrine is abstract and that it is of no use to salvation because truth is transitory, subjective and open to differing interpretations. It is better to dialogue, then, than to teach something that is no longer eternal.

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  • Fr. Bill Casey C.P.M. said it years ago at conferences around the country; “We as a church, have adopted today the mentality of The Church Nice.” “The Church Mush.”
    A church that stands for nothing.

    Pope Francis is helping this virus spread.

  • The former head of the Vatican Bank? Where are the bishops? With few exceptions, they are AWOL in defending the faith and the faithful.

  • When clergy will not defend the Faith, the laity must.

    There is a beautiful scene in the movie Back to Bataan about the resistance to the Japanese invaders by the Philippine guerillas, where the John Wayne character says that now that the Armies have been defeated maybe the people will want to fight. This is the stage the Church is in during this pontificate.

  • Jesus said it best; “You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt looses it’s savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13 Douay-Rheams version.

    Jane’s Krazy Salt is not a proper substitute dear Holy Father.

  • Nice try but your assertions do not line up with reality… the Church you seek where both leaders and laity ALL are in 100% agreement of every magisterial teaching has never existed and never will. That the Church purports this to be true is nothing short of a lie–the difference today being that the Church can no longer threaten or bully adherents into compliance. In other words, much to the chagrin of the radical-traditional set, the Roman church has been coerced into a more civil, charitable existence–a taste of their own medicine of sorts, after centuries of coercion from the heavy-handed hierarchs. Pope Francis is doing the only thing the RCC can do in order to remain culturally relevant and financially solvent… and the result is a subtle shift to the center, away from medieval magic, power and control. If that seems contradictory to some folks, well, sorry… just remember, church “teaching” is not limited to what is written on paper. By RC standards tradition is equally important and history is rife with less-than-consistent behavior from the leaders of RC… but here traditionalists will decry the human element of the church, elevating policies over people which has plagued the Church for centuries. Aggiornamento is happening under this pope’s watch, which is nothing new…. those who know church history know that the Church is “Siempre Reformanda,” 100% necessary in order to bring Jesus’s message to the modern world.

  • Paul, your being a fan of this pontificate, coming as you do from a very negative view of the Church, symbolizes everything for a believing Catholic that is wrong with it. However, dud Popes are nothing new in the history of the Church. Faithful Catholics will outlast him, just as we outlast all our foes, human and inhuman.

  • What if… all these things, and more, had a common root cause?
    – Widespread fornication, sex without babies.
    – Abortion, unwanted babies from sex without babies..
    – Widespread divorce, couples not truly giving themselves to each other.
    – Homosexual agenda, well if sex is not about procreation, not about babies, then.
    – Pornography, objectification of the other.
    – Church of Dissent; OK to pick and choose Teachings.
    – Church of Nice, afraid to speak the truth.

    Anyone with half a brain can see, it’s obvious the common root cause is widespread CONTRACEPTION, ACTS AGAINST THE BEGINNING OF LIFE THAT SEPARATE LIFE AND LOVE, that has in turn enabled the sexual De-evolution.

  • Pope Francis is doing the only thing the RCC can do in order to remain culturally relevant and financially solvent

    Culture relevance. Yeah, that’s what the Roman Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ, is supposed to be pushing. Not truth. Not the Real Presence. Not the pathway to salvation. Cultural relevance.

    That someone could write the above sentence fragment and think it an argument for Bergolio’s pontificate is really just proving the point of the pope’s critics.

  • Well, Paul, come on. Jesus said Christians who follow Him would be super-popular and loved by the world, and that’s certainly the case with the pontiff.

    QED and checkmate, you radical traditional bully.

  • McMasters: “the Church you seek where both leaders and laity ALL are in 100% agreement of every magisterial teaching has never existed and never will.”

    Matthew 13: 24 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the householder came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then has it weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No; lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”

    McMasters; “In other words, much to the chagrin of the radical-traditional set, the Roman church has been coerced into a more civil, charitable existence.”

    1st Timothy 3: 15 If I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the PILLAR and FOUNDATION of the TRUTH

    Matthew 16: 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

    McMasters: ” Pope Francis is doing the only thing the RCC can do in order to remain culturally relevant…”

    2nd Timothy 4: 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.

    1st John 2: 18 Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all know. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and know that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.

    McMasters: “100% necessary in order to bring Jesus’s message to the modern world.”

    Luke 13: 1 There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus? 3 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo′am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

    McMasters: It’s ok to sin because God is charitable and He will never let you go to hell.


    Buckle up, McMasters. The time for God’s judgment on liberalism and progressiveness and feminism is at hand, the eradication of all three of which is demanded by perfect Charity.

  • Pope Francis is doing the only thing the RCC can do in order to remain culturally relevant and financially solvent…

    We kinda figured it’s a business with you guys.

  • Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus– thank you for your post. That was perfect.

  • The Pope’s infallibility comes when the Pope teaches faith and morals “ex-cathedra” in union with the Magisterium, all the bishops of the world. Pope Francis seems to be emulating Obama abandoning his constituents and using his phone and his pen to rule

  • Several things are clear from the above.
    —Pope Francis has adopted the Islam practice of tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances.
    —Pope Francis has had a devastating effect on the faithful by warping their minds to no longer recognize the truth, e.g., Paul McMaster.
    —Most of the clergy are faithless and cowardly for not speaking truth to power. Note: There is a really possibility that many of them no longer know the truth.
    —We need to be thankful to Donald McClarey for bringing the truth about the Pope to our attention.
    —The Church badly needs a Council of Trent II in order to re-establish and re-emphsize the truths of the Catholic Church.

  • Mary De Voe wrote, “The Pope’s infallibility comes when the Pope teaches faith and morals “ex-cathedra” in union with the Magisterium, all the bishops of the world”
    No, that is Gallicanism. Pastpr Æternus says, “definitions of the Roman Pontiff are irreformable of themselves, and not from the consent of the Church [ex sese, non autem ex consensu ecclesiae].”
    His definitions require the consent of no one. As Pastor Æternus also says, “all the venerable Fathers have embraced, and the holy orthodox Doctors have venerated and followed, their Apostolic doctrine; knowing most fully that this See of holy Peter remains ever free from all blemish of error, according to the Divine promise that the Lord our Saviour made to the Prince of His disciples: “But I have prayed for you, so that your faith may not fail, and so that you, once converted, may confirm your brothers.” (Lk 22:32).

    This gift, then, of truth and never-failing faith was conferred by heaven upon Peter and his successors in this Chair, that they might perform their high office for the salvation of all; that the whole flock of Christ, kept away from the poisonous food of error by them, might be nourished with the pasture of heavenly doctrine; that the occasion of schism being removed, the whole Church might be kept one, and, resting on its foundation, might stand firm against the gates of Hell.”
    Thus, St Augustine, the Doctor of Grace, says, “Will you dare to say that even when Christ prayed that Peter’s faith might not fail, it would still have failed if Peter had willed it to fail; that is, if he had been unwilling that it should continue even to the end? As if Peter could in any measure will otherwise than Christ had asked for him that he might will. For who does not know that Peter’s faith would then have perished if that will by which he was faithful should fail, and that it would have continued if that same will should abide? But because “the will is prepared by the Lord,” (Proverbs 8:35) therefore Christ’s petition on his behalf could not be a vain petition. When, then, He prayed that Peter’s faith should not fail, what was it that He asked for, but that in his faith Peter should have a most free, strong, invincible, persevering will! Behold to what an extent the freedom of the will is defended in accordance with the grace of God, not in opposition to it; because the human will does not attain grace by freedom, but rather attains freedom by grace, and a delightful constancy, and an insuperable fortitude that it may persevere.” (De Correptione et Gratia c 17 (VIII))

  • The infallibility of the Pope rests on ex-cathedra and the Magisterium. When any Pope rejects church doctrine and the prayer of Jesus Christ for His church, the Pope fails. not the Church.
    Infallibility rest in the church. Any Pope who rejects the church has no infallibility.

  • This particularly, regarding Bergoglio as pope, is a key point: “I can contradict myself if I want to.”

    It is also highly irresponsible for those who act in good faith trying to understand and respect his authority. It is also its own peculiar form of insolence—“Just go deal with it, I said what I said, and I don’t have to be consistent or concerned about its effects.

    We have,a real ,winner’ in this man as pope.

  • Sounds to me like, relativism has conquered immutable truth…and that’s the truth, I swear.

  • Only God cannot and will not contradict Himself, because God is perfect. Man suffers imperfection. The Catholic church in its doctrines about Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary does not contradict herself, because FAITH is a gift from God. Faith as a gift from God must be acknowledged by every state and defended in FREEDOM.

Fortnight For Freedom: Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth?

Tuesday, June 27, AD 2017




Why do we observe Independence Day on the Fourth of July each year?  Is it merely a historical commemoration, or is it because the lightning words of the Declaration of Independence still have meaning and relevance today?  This is not a new issue.  In the debate over slavery which embroiled this nation a century and a half ago, the phrase “all men are created equal” from the Declaration was argued and fought over.  On June 26, 1857, Abraham Lincoln, in response to the Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, contended in a speech in Springfield, Illinois, that the phrase “all men are created equal” applied to blacks as well as whites:

Chief Justice Taney, in his opinion in the Dred Scott case, admits that the language of the Declaration is broad enough to include the whole human family, but he and Judge Douglas argue that the authors of that instrument did not intend to include negroes, by the fact that they did not at once, actually place them on an equality with the whites. Now this grave argument comes to just nothing at all, by the other fact, that they did not at once, or ever afterwards, actually place all white people on an equality with one or another. And this is the staple argument of both the Chief Justice and the Senator, for doing this obvious violence to the plain unmistakable language of the Declaration. I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness, in what respects they did consider all men created equal—equal in “certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This they said, and this meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society, which should be familiar to all, and revered by all; constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere. The assertion that “all men are created equal” was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain; and it was placed in the Declaration, nor for that, but for future use. Its authors meant it to be, thank God, it is now proving itself, a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation they should find left for them at least one hard nut to crack.

I have now briefly expressed my view of the meaning and objects of that part of the Declaration of Independence which declares that “all men are created equal.”

Now let us hear Judge Douglas’ view of the same subject, as I find it in the printed report of his late speech. Here it is:

“No man can vindicate the character, motives and conduct of the signers of the Declaration of Independence except upon the hypothesis that they referred to the white race alone, and not to the African, when they declared all men to have been created equal—that they were speaking of British subjects on this continent being equal to British subjects born and residing in Great Britain—that they were entitled to the same inalienable rights, and among them were enumerated life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration was adopted for the purpose of justifying the colonists in the eyes of the civilized world in withdrawing their allegiance from the British crown, and dissolving their connection with the mother country.”

My good friends, read that carefully over some leisure hour, and ponder well upon it—see what a mere wreck—mangled ruin—it makes of our once glorious Declaration.

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  • There is a difference between equality in dignity and equality in function. All human beings – young or old, black or white, gay or straight, male or female, Christian or Jew, etc. ad nauseam – are created equal in dignity. But all human beings are unequal in function – not superior or inferior but different, diverse. A woman can bear a baby. A man cannot. An adult can drive a car. A baby cannot. A priest can confect the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. A priestess cannot. A math genius can do calculus in his head and a language genius can understand many different tongues. No one in those examples is inferior or superior to the other. But they are ALL unequal in function. Could then black people be better at certain functions natural to their race than white people, or vice versa? Why not? They are different one from the other (perhaps because God likes diversity – I so love turning liberal clap rap on its head), but each is a human being created in the Image and Likeness of God Almighty, and thus each is equal to the other in dignity. Why is this so difficult to understand?

    PS, lest anyone goes off the deep end, long before I married I had dated a drop dead gorgeous black woman (I am a white man in case you didn’t guess) whom I absolutely adored. Being a nurse and working on becoming a medical doctor, she was super smart too – smarter than me (but maybe that doesn’t take so much – ha! ha!). Sadly, her father did not adore me. It’s called reverse prejudice or reverse racism. I still think fondly of her (but not so much her father).

  • My favorite founders, Jesse Ventura and John Wilkes Booth, lol… these “man on the street” bits are always funny and yet depressing. Many of those folks vote.

  • The second to the last guy with the Irish “Beer” tee shirt was almost surely visiting from Boston; and I think the last lady definitely had a “New” England accent.

    Maybe it’s the local history, maybe the schools are better, or maybe we have to work like squirrels here preparing for winter with little natural resources except our brains, but I simply cannot imagine any teenager I know in my suburb of Boston who would not know the answer to those questions.

    (Before anyone says it, my suburb almost always votes Republican.)

  • The liberal “progressives do not allow our Founding Principles and our civil rights, our unalienable civil rights to be taught and learned in public school, public school bought and paid for with our hard earned tax dollars.

  • LQC “Sadly, her father did not adore me. It’s called reverse prejudice or reverse racism. I still think fondly of her (but not so much her father)..”
    It is called loving your own and wanting to see more of them.

  • Mary De Voe wrote: “It is called loving your own and wanting to see more of them.”

    Really? No inter-racial marriage because white people must love their own and want to see more of them, and black people must love their own and want to see more of them?

    If that’s the case, then I ought not to have eventually married a Filipina. Or were St. Paul’s words in vain when he wrote there is no Jew or Greek, no slave or free before God?

  • LQC It is a personal choice that persons have in FREEDOM. In my neighborhood there are more than several inter racial marriages and more loving families I have yet to see. Filipino people are my favorite nation, and I am Polish. When you first mentioned that your spouse was Filipina, I was glad for you. They are a gentle and loving people.
    In explanation, I believe that grandparents want to see themselves in their grandchildren.

  • Agreed, Mary. However, it is not the father’s decision on whom his 30 year daughter choses to marry. I can understand that he may want purely black grandchildren, but his daughter’s FREEDOM demands that he acquiesce to her decision. As it however turned out, she acquiesced to his. Again, it was her free choice and we remained friends ever after that. I neither hated her father nor was angry with her – her life, her decision.

    PS, that one thing in my life always amazed me. For whatever reason I never got a resentment over that whole thing. Maybe the 12 steps were starting to work in my life instead of me always fighting against them.

Trump Largely Wins One In the Supreme Court

Monday, June 26, AD 2017


In an unsigned opinion today the Supreme Court lifted stays imposed by lower courts on President Trump’s travel ban on travel for 90 days from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, except for nationals of those countries who have a connection with the US, for example through relatives, etc.  The ban itself will be argued before the Court in the fall, by which time the 90 days would have expired in any case.  Justices Thomas, Gorsuch and Alito joined in a dissent written by Thomas which argued that the injunctions should have been lifted in toto.  Go here to read the decision.

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  • This video suggests sameness of all religions despite the different appearances. How about we become the Church Militant again and make converts like Christ said He wanted us to do.

  • Great! All we need is be lectured on making friends with those who are different from us from those who wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out with those think different from them!

    The Barney video is more in line with mature of the two.

  • Seeking unity with those who deny the sole Divinely-Constitued Church established by Jesus Christ (and His Commandments) without them first repudiating their errors and converting to the One True Faith is to do the work of the Devil.

    It is within the lifetime of ABS that one could understand such an impetus being actualised by Masonry * (and only Masonry) but not by the One True Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church but that was prior to the revolution within the form of Catholicism which supplanted Salvific Theocentrism with political and social Anthropocentrism.

    Jesus gives us what we want and we want man and we want unity at all cost no matter whether we unify with those who reject the Church Jesus established or whether we unify with those who reject the Sacramental System established by Jesus or whether we unify with those who reject the Commandments of Jesus.

    We want a unity that reconciles Christ with Belial.

    And still invisibilium within the Hierarchy is that Prelate whose puissant possession of Tradition is such that it could be used as a force against our Inertia Into Indifferentism.

    Statement on Freemasonry and Religion

    Prepared by the Masonic Information Center

    Basic Principles. Freemasonry is not a religion, nor is it a substitute for religion. It requires of its members a belief in God as part of the obligation of every responsible adult, but advocates no sectarian faith or practice. Masonic ceremonies include prayers, both traditional and extempore, to reaffirm each individual’s dependence on God and to seek divine guidance. Freemasonry is open to men of any faith, but religion may not be discussed at Masonic meetings.

    The Supreme Being. Masons believe that there is one God and that people employ many different ways to seek, and to express what they know of God. Masonry primarily uses the appellation, “Grand Architect of the Universe,” and other non-sectarian titles, to address the Deity. In this way, persons of different faiths may join together in prayer, concentrating on God, rather than differences among themselves. Masonry believes in religious freedom and that the relationship between the individual and God is personal, private, and sacred.

    Volume of the Sacred Law. An open volume of the Sacred Law, “the rule and guide of life,” is an essential part of every Masonic meeting. The Volume of the Sacred Law in the Judeo/Christian tradition is the Bible; to Freemasons of other faiths, it is the book held holy by them.

    The Oath of Freemasonry. The obligations taken by Freemasons are sworn on the Volume of the Sacred Law. They are undertakings to follow the principles of Freemasonry and to keep confidential a Freemason’s means of recognition. The much discussed “penalties,” judicial remnants from an earlier era, are symbolic, not literal. They refer only to the pain any honest man should feel at the thought of violating his word.

    Freemasonry Compared with Religion. Freemasonry lacks the basic elements of religion: (a) It has no dogma or theology, no wish or means to enforce religious orthodoxy. (b) It offers no sacraments. (c) It does not claim to lead to salvation by works, by secret knowledge, or by any other means. The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with modes of recognition, not with the means of salvation.

    Freemasonry Supports Religion. Freemasonry is far from indifferent toward religion. Without interfering in religious practice, it expects each member to follow his own faith and to place his Duty to God above all other duties. Its moral teachings are acceptable to all religions.

    Prepared by the Masonic Information

    Are we all to be Masons now?

  • What if the obsession with sameness?

    Human lungs and pears have roughly the same among of water – 83%- but, say, were one to have cancerous lungs, a man would not be too keen on a Doctor suggesting surgery in which a pair of pears replaced the pair of lungs.

  • Hmm.
    Friends are one thing, trying to convince a friend what’s true is something friends do-

    Now, if you don’t actually believe your religion is true, what are you doing in that religion?

  • Religion is man’s response to the gift of FAITH from God. All men are called to the true FAITH from God. Atheists and secular humanists reject the gift of FAITH from God . God reverences mankind and respects our free will.
    In rejecting the gift of FAITH from God, atheists and others reject the religious persons who cherish their gift of FAITH.
    Man’s response to the gift of FAITH from God is religion. The freedom of religion is inscribed in our FIRST AMENDMENT. The state and all other peoples have no authentic authority to impede man’s pursuit of Happiness in pursuit of the TRUTH.
    Belief may be of the flat earth or selling one’s common sense to some imaginary creature. Religion is man’s response to the gift of FAITH from The SUPREME SOVEREIGN BEING, in TRUTH, the will to follow Jesus Christ, in time and in eternity.

  • It is within the lifetime of ABS that one could understand such an impetus being actualised by Masonry

    The man who ran the local Masonic lodge where I used to live was a building custodian / motorcycle enthusiast in his spare time. Satisfactory locksmith as well. Such a threat.

  • Dear Art. Many in masonry are in the lower orders and are not informed about what the hierarchy believes nor are they informed about what they do and with whom they cooperate.

    There are reasons why a Catholics may not become a Mason

  • Dear Art. Many in masonry are in the lower orders and are not informed about what the hierarchy believes

    It’s a social club with some odd rituals and some philanthropic projects. Full stop. They haven’t been a source of trouble in Latin countries in the post-war period and the Scottish-rite lodges prevalent in the Anglophone world were never particularly problematic, just institutional rivals of a sort people put up with routinely. Last time you were talking rot about Puritans, now it’s fanciful Masonic conspiracies. Why not read some serious literature and quit chowing down on bilge?

  • Why not read some serious literature and quit chowing down on bilge?

    ABS is of Irish-Algonquin extraction and he is on a limited budget and can barely afford the bog clippings and pemmican, to say nothing about the alcohol, and so the serious literature you speak about is prolly too expensive.

    O, and who is it who deices what is serious literature?

    You are simply dismissive of a serious subject that has destroyed entire countries and uncountable number of souls.

    Well, if you can get along with Masons you ought to be able to get along with a bilge-binging Christian Catholic also, right?

  • Make friends across religion? I already do. I have friends who are Protestant, Mormon, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, etc. And I discuss religion with some. No big deal. But those religions are still wrong.

    Now as to Orthodox and Anglicans who broke away from Cantebury and re-established Holy Orders / Apostolic Succession by cross-polination with the Orthodox, I don’t have many arguments (some, not many). We can do ecumenism with them.

    (a) But not with Protestant heretics
    (b) Nor with Jewish Christ deniers (nope, am NOT anti-Semitic. Hope Israel continues to kick butt and dfeat Islamists. Just making a point),
    (c) Nor with pagan non-Christians (atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc).

    PS, as a point of notice, I do NOT have friends who are liberal, proogressive, feminist, humanist, secularist. They are the worst of the lot. I avoid them.

  • ABS is of Irish-Algonquin extraction and he is on a limited budget and can barely afford the bog clippings and pemmican, to say nothing about the alcohol, and so the serious literature you speak about is prolly too expensive. O, and who is it who deices what is serious literature?

    Then go to the bloody library or to used bookstores. Try C.S. Lewis, Chesterbelloc, Aquinas, or books on statistics.

    You are simply dismissive of a serious subject that has destroyed entire countries and uncountable number of souls.

    I’m trying to think of ‘entire countries’ who’ve been ‘destroyed’ since the early 18th century. I suppose in some sense you could list the European countries laid waste during the 2d World War, Soviet Russia, serial rounds of destruction in China from 1851 to 1976, Japan during the 2d World War, Indo-China (1945-79), the Congo (1885-1908, 1997-?), Uganda (1971-85), Somalia (1991-), Paraguay (1865-70). the American South (1865-70), Spain (1936-39), and Iraq (1958-). I suppose you could add various components of Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s hard to locate the hand of Masonic lodges in this.

  • I think you can give the Masons an assist for Spain. No less than Hugh Thomas pointed out that every Republican general was a member of a continental Lodge.

  • Four of the Nationalist Generals were also Masons. After the War Franco outlawed Masonry in Spain with a twelve year prison sentence the least penalty available.

  • I think you can give the Masons an assist for Spain. No less than Hugh Thomas pointed out that every Republican general was a member of a continental Lodge.

    No doubt Grand-Orient lodges have been a troublesome problem now and again in the Hispanophone world, including and especially Republican Spain. Re France, Pierre Laval was a Mason, IIRC. To what extent were these places ‘destroyed’ by freemasons?

Fortnight For Freedom: SERTUM LAETITIAE

Monday, June 26, AD 2017

Pius XII was the first Pope to visit the United States, albeit as Papal Secretary of State.  He visited Mount Vernon while in the country on October 22, 1936.  On  November 1, 1939 he issued the encyclical SERTUM LAETITIAE commemorating the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the hierarchy.  His comments on America are still of interest:



To Our Beloved Sons: William O’Connell, Cardinal Priest of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Boston, Dennis Dougherty, Cardinal Priest of the Holy Roman Church, Archbishop of Philadelphia, and to all the Venerable Brethren, the Archbishops, Bishops and Ordinaries of the United States of America in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See.

Venerable Brethren, Health and Apostolic Benediction:

1. In our desire to enrich the crown of your holy joy We cross in spirit the vast spaces of the seas and find Ourselves in your midst as you celebrate, in company with all your faithful people, the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy in the United States of America. And this We do with great gladness, because an occasion is thus afforded Us, as gratifying as it is solemn, of giving public testimony of Our esteem and Our affection for the youthfully vigorous and illustrious American people.

2. To one who turns the pages of your history and reflects upon the causes of what has been accomplished it is apparent that the triumphal progress of Divine religion has contributed in no small degree to the glory and prosperity which your country now enjoys. It is indeed true that religion has its laws and institutions for eternal happiness but It is also undeniable that it dowers life here below with so many benefits that it could do no more even if the principal reason for its existence were to make men happy during the brief span of their earthly life.

3. It is a pleasure for Us to recall the well remembered story.
When Pope Pius VI gave you your first Bishop in the person of the American John Carroll and set him over the See of Baltimore, small and of slight importance was the Catholic population of your land. At that time, too, the condition of the United States was so perilous that its structure and its very political unity were threatened by grave crisis. Because of the long and exhausting war the public treasury was burdened with debt, industry languished and the citizenry wearied by misfortunes was split into contending parties. This ruinous and critical state of affairs was put aright by the celebrated George Washington, famed for his courage and keen intelligence. He was a close friend of the Bishop of Baltimore. Thus the Father of His Country and the pioneer pastor of the Church in that land so dear to Us, bound together by the ties of friendship and clasping, so to speak, each the other’s hand, form a picture for their descendants, a lesson to all future generations, and a proof that reverence for the Faith of Christ is a holy and established principle of the American people, seeing that it is the foundation of morality and decency, consequently the source of prosperity and progress.

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  • If I am not mistaken, the first pope to set foot on American sovereign territory was Pio Nono. It was an American naval vessel docked in Naples I think.

  • WOW. Pope Pius XII is my Pope. I love him.
    Marriage is the expression of reverence for human life. I must thank the good sisters and the Baltimore Catechism for my FAITH.
    Gandhi is also on that newspaper:
    On the death Penalty: Capital punishment is the temporal punishment due to homicide in the first degree. After the crime is forgiven and repented, temporal punishment must be imposed. If the murderer has expired with grief over the commission of his crime, then it may be known that he is repented. If the murderer has not expired with grief over the commission of his crime, then it may be known that he is not repented. Homicide in the first degree must be equal Justice.
    Gandhi said: “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” An eye for an eye will be a deterrent to making the whole world blind. In this sense, the crimes never committed may be counted. It may be said that at the least, all sighted individuals chose to avoid becoming murderers because of the capital punishment imposed. Counting persons who avoided becoming murderers, their number far exceeds those of actual murderers.

  • People have a personal space that may not be violated. A person’s personal space is not owned by the government, nor is a man’s personal space owned by the public. A man’s personal space is an innate human right flowing from his transcendent being.
    The government may regulate his business, tax his income and place restrictions on his public comings and goings, but only to serve the common good. These are conformities to a man’s outward life.
    The personal space of the human being may not be violated by crime committed by himself or by others. For other individuals to violate a man’s personal space is the crime of assault. For the man to violate his own personal space makes him an outlaw.
    The personal space of the human being is analogous to the public square of the community and the sovereignty of a nation. The personal space of the human being is to the individual what the public square is to the community and sovereignty is to a nation. Violations of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” may not be perpetrated therein, neither in the man’s personal space nor in the community’s public square, nor in the sovereignty of the nation, not by the person nor by his enemies.

  • For Pope Pius XII: Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and the Son of God was murdered. If Jesus Christ was not an innocent man, then He would have had to die for His own sins. Mankind would not have been saved. Born of The Virgin who willed to love God perfectly, Mary maintained her original innocence and was not subject to the concupiscence of the sin of Adam, original sin. Mary’s Immaculate Conception testifies to the innocence of her Son and the Son of God.
    Mary’s soul was created in eternity by God in response to the Son of God loving mankind. Mary’s soul was created after Adam and Eve were created but before our first parents chose to disobey God. Mary, in her free will, chose to remain obedient and maintain her virginity in her love of God. Mary maintained her original innocence and was not subject to the concupiscence of the sin of Adam, original sin. Mary’s fiat began with Mary’s existence.
    Mary’s identity: “I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION”, means that God infused Mary’s immaculate soul created in eternity, outside of time, into her body procreated in time with Mary’s informed consent. Mary gave informed consent through her free will to be preserved from original sin in the privilege of her IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. In Justice, God required Mary’s informed consent, given in free will, to grant the privilege of her IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, the doctrine of Mary’s preservation from original sin.
    God does not contradict himself. God’s gift of free will will not be revoked, not for St. Lucifer, nor for The Mother of the Son of God. In reverence for the sovereign personhood of mankind, God in His love for His Son and in reverence for Himself desires such “fiat”. In obedience to God’s desire, Mary made her “fiat” for all mankind.