PopeWatch: Dictatorship of the Zeitgeist

Friday, July 21, AD 2017


There has been a lot written about the message sent by the Pope Emeritus in regard to the funeral of Cardinal Meissner.  Archbishop Georg Gänswein, former personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus, has denied that the statement was in way aimed at Pope Francis.  Here is a translation of the entire statement.  You be the judge:


In this hour, when the Church of Cologne and believers further afield take their leave of Cardinal Joachim Meissner, I am with them in my heart and thoughts and am pleased to accede to Cardinal Woelki’s wish and address a word of reflection to them.

When I heard last Wednesday by telephone of the death of Cardinal Meissner, I could not believe it at first. We had spoken to each other the previous day. From the way he spoke he was grateful to be on holiday now, after he had taken part the Sunday before (25th June) in the beatification of Bishop Teofilius Maturlionis in Vilnius. His love for the neighbouring Churches in the East, which had suffered persecution under Communism, as well as gratitude for endurance in suffering during that time left a lifelong mark on him. So it was certainly no accident that the last visit of his life was made to a confessor of the faith.

What struck me particularly in the last conversations with the Cardinal, now gone home, was the natural cheerfulness, the inner peace and the assurance he had found. We know that it was hard for him, the passionate shepherd and pastor of souls, to leave his office, and this precisely at a time when the Church had a pressing need for shepherds who would oppose the dictatorship of the zeitgeist, fully resolved to act and think from a faith standpoint. Yet I have been all the more impressed that in this last period of his life he learned to let go, and live increasingly from the conviction that the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.

There were two things which in this final period allowed him to be increasingly happy and assured:

– The first was that he often related to me that what filled him with deep joy was to experience, in the Sacrament of Penance, how young people, above all young men, came to experience the mercy of forgiveness, the gift, in effect to have found life, which only God can give them.

– The second, which again and again touched and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration. This was the central theme for him at World Youth Day in Cologne – that there was adoration, a silence, in which the Lord alone speaks to hearts. Some pastoral and liturgical authorities were of the opinion that such a silence in contemplation of the Lord with such a huge number of people could achieve nothing. A few were also of the opinion that Eucharistic adoration as such has been overtaken, because the Lord wanted to be received in the Eucharistic bread and not be looked at. Yet the fact that a person cannot eat this bread as just some sort of nourishment, and that to “receive” the Lord in the Eucharistic Sacrament includes all the dimensions of our existence – that receiving has to be worship, something which has in the meantime become increasingly clearer. So the period of Eucharistic adoration at the Cologne World Youth Day became an interior event that has remained unforgettable, and not only to the Cardinal. This moment for him was subsequently always present internally and a great light for him.

When on the last morning Cardinal Meissner did not appear for Mass, he was found dead in his room. The breviary had slipped from his hands: he died while praying, his face on the Lord, in conversation with the Lord. The art of dying, which was given to him, again demonstrated how he had lived: with his face towards the Lord and in conversation with him. So we may confidently entrust his soul to the goodness of God.

Lord, we thank you for the witness of this your servant, Joachim. Let him now intercede for the Church of Cologne and for the whole world.

Requiescat in pace!

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  • Pope Benedict XVI was wrong to have resigned, and is wrong in his idea of a bifurcation of the Papacy – one part contemplative and spiritual, and another part active and engaged in the world. Many people thing Jorge Bergoglio is an interloper and Benedict still the real Pope. Whatever the truth is, Bergoglio fits the definition of one of the little antichrists in the 1st Epistle of St. John.

  • “……..the Lord does not leave his Church, even if at times the ship is almost filled to the point of shipwreck.”

    “…..and made him happy, was the perceptible increase in Eucharistic adoration.” Pope Emeritus

    For this observer, Pope Emeritus is making his point. Francis is a big boy. His take on the letter is what I’d like to know. After all. He is in charge of this listing ship.

    The increase in P.E.A. is a GREAT sign!
    Christ is being adored and His leadership is bailing out the sea water….the corrosive sea water that’s​ akin to the smoke of Satan.

    Good things await Holy Church!
    The owner of the ship will see to it.

    Jesus I Trust in You.

  • There you have it. Archbishop Ganswein can’t read. Because there is no way the Pope Emeritus was talking about the Church historically. Francis is the dictator from the zeitgeist.

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July 21, 1861: Battle of Bull Run-Lessons to Learn

Friday, July 21, AD 2017


The First Battle of Bull Run, or First Manassas, was the first major battle of the Civil War.  A Confederate victory, it gave lessons to those paying attention:

1.    It amply demonstrated the hazards of sending half-trained troops into combat.  Both the Union and Confederate armies were green, and it showed in clumsy battlefield maneuvers and  an inability to coordinate attacks.

2.   An early indication that it was much easier to defend and counter-attack than to launch an initial attack in the Civil War.

3.    Rifled muskets were going to make this an exceptionally bloody war.  5,000 Union and Confederate casualties resulted from this battle, just slightly below the total American killed and wounded for either the entire War of 1812 or the entire Mexican War.

4.    One able general, Stonewall Jackson in the case of Bull Run, could seize the initiative and turn the tide of a battle.

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Mark Shea and Charlie Gard

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017



Hattip to commenter Nate Winchester.  An example of how far down the dark path Mark Shea has gone:

With supreme cynicism, the anti-abortion-but-not-prolife Congress of Trump takes a step to grant Charlie residency for a sketchy experiment that holds extremely little promise of hope–by attaching it to a bill funding Trump’s idiotic border wall designed to maximize waste for the taxpayer and cruelty to refugees:

The amendment has been added to a controversial bill that includes money for US President Donald Trump’s border wall and enhanced immigration enforcement, which could take a significant amount of time to be voted into law, if it is at all.

In other news, a hard-working taxpayer and father of four who has committed no crime other than being brown is being deported to Mexico to the orgasmic cheers of Christians for Cruelty, aka, Trump Defenders.  His name is actually “Jesus” and still these Pharisees applaud without irony.  Convinced that petty rule-keeping is their real savior, they hide behind paperwork while families are viciously destroyed and admire their righteousness in punishing the least of these.  And they dare to call themselves “prolife”.


So, let’s see:  efforts to help Charlie Gard’s parents defy the edicts of courts in Europe that they cannot give their son treatment, and that he must die, are futile and efforts to enforce our immigration laws, laws that every nation on Earth have, are racist.  Right.

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  • It sounds like Mark Shea (a white man) hates his own race (the white race). Suicidal. But such is liberalism.

    For the record, I am a white man married to a brown skinned legally immigrated tax paying Asian woman who works her pretty little butt off helping me to pay the bills and keep the household running. And damn straight I am racist! My race is human, but I wonder about Shea! A pox on him! Let him be anathema!

  • Why can’t the father of four take his children with him to Mexico? I understand that the native born children can choose to return to America when they are emancipated.
    Charlie Gard’s permanent residency is called political asylum from the death peddlers and humanity.

  • Mary, you are talking common sense and people like Mark Shea being liberal eschew common sense.

  • Shoot, could you imagine how much this fella’s grocery bill would increase if all those ag jobs were filled with documented workers?

    Why do our bishops and other leftists desire to see the exploitation of brown skinned folk?

  • This may seem like an impertinent observation, but I will make it nonetheless. Mark Shea is not a part-time writer. In other words, he ostensibly foreclosed full-time and more secure employment in some other endeavor in order to become a full-time writer and apologist. This was by no means an ignoble pursuit – just the opposite, in fact. We need men and women devoting their lives to spreading the Gospel.

    And yet, how much of his public ministry has been devoted to this pursuit? He has written about eight or nine books. I’ve read one of them, and it was quite good. But that’s over a 20-30 years as an active, full-time writer. He has written blog posts and contributed to other online publications, of course, but many of these, especially in recent times, are more political than apologetical. Even if you want to include his blog and Facebook writing as works of apology in a certain sense, the ways in which he has engaged his audience in these public fora are hardly constructive for evangelization purposes.

    This is a very long way of saying that this guy supposedly dedicated himself to evangelizing, yet it seems most of his public life is spent on petty political arguments. What a waste.

  • Gee, how much “hope” was there that Terry Schiavo would recover from her infirmity if her parents were allowed to tend to her? Yet Shea was bellowing like a goaded steer about how infamous for courts to order her death. But now that some Bergoglio-appointed punk has declared that death is the best thing for the feeble, Shea falls right in line and can’t wait until they off the kid.

  • I seem to recall he really began to go off the rails around 2005. The reasons for that are occult (I suspect, to anyone not familiar with him face-to-face).

    I think his first book hit the presses in 1996. Eight or nine books in 21 years is adequate. I doubt you can make much of a living off the audience for that sort of literature and I suspect it’s almost always a bad idea for people to pursue creative occupations professionally.

  • Shea has become a pathetic shell of the pathetic shell he already was.

  • If Mr. Lopez was, indeed, on a legal work permit, then he made an agreement– sending him home after he broke it is simply not cruel. Him setting his kids up like that? That might be cruel.
    He screwed up, and there are consequences. He got to spend two decades in the US without bothering to go through the legally required steps for those advantages.

    Want to hear about cruelty, look at what the coyotes do to the people they smuggle across.

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Thursday, July 20, AD 2017


The film is getting magnificent reviews and I will be seeing it on the last Friday of the month with a full review to follow.  Operation Dynamo, the transport of British and French troops from surrounded Dunkirk, was a military miracle, aided by Hitler’s agreement with his generals for a temporary pause in operations, for rest and reorganization, from May 24-May 26 of the German Fourth Army around Dunkirk.  Initially it was thought that only some 45,000 men could be rescued, but instead 338,000 men were saved to fight many other days.  But for Dunkirk, the British would have had few trained troops to confront a Nazi invasion, if Hitler had attempted to roll the iron dice of war and risk Operation Sea Lion.

Today we recall the civilian craft of all types that voluntarily came out to rescue the British soldiers.  It was a demonstration that although the British military had suffered a stunning loss in France, along with their French allies, the spirit of the British people was far from broken.  Churchill summed up the Dunkirk Miracle well:

When, a week ago today, I asked the house to fix this afternoon as the occasion for a statement, I feared it would be my hard lot to announce the greatest military disaster in our long history. I thought – and some good judges agreed with me – that perhaps 20,000 or 30,000 men might be re-embarked. But it certainly seemed that the whole of the French First Army and the whole of the British Expeditionary Force north of the Amiens-Abbeville gap would be broken up in the open field or else would have to capitulate for lack of food and ammunition. These were the hard and heavy tidings for which I called upon the house and the nation to prepare themselves a week ago. The whole root and core and brain of the British Army, on which and around which we were to build, and are to build, the great British armies in the later years of the war, seemed about to perish upon the field or to be led into an ignominious and starving captivity.

After having described the Dunkirk evacuation Churchill said this and here he donned the mantle of a prophet:

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  • I think I’m going to have to go see it as a small act of rebellion.


    This is the reality Travers arrogantly ignores. But Travers does more, doubling down on his own stupidity by jabbing a finger at middle America. He complains that “especially here in Trump’s America, the significance [of the Dunkirk evacuation] might be lost.”

    Of course, it was those of “Trump’s America” — middle America — that formed the forces that saved the world from the Nazis and imperial Japan. Those young men, like my grandfather from Fishers Island, New York, knew nothing of European history. But like their brothers at Dunkirk and in the skies over Britain (like my other grandfather), they saved it anyway.

    History matters.

  • In Churchill’s statement he said and repeats “we”. We shall fight- We shall fight etc. The commitment of the whole nation. The EU was formed thinking nationalism was a bad thing- and maybe it can be…but filial piety is a good thing.

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  • “but filial piety is a good thing.”

    Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
    And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods,

    And for the tender mother who dandled him to rest,
    And for the wife who nurses his baby at her breast,
    And for the holy maidens who feed the eternal flame,
    To save them from false Sextus, that wrought the deed of shame?

    Hew down the bridge, Sir Consul, with all the speed ye may!
    I, with two more to help me, will hold the foe in play.
    In yon strait path, a thousand may well be stopped by three:
    Now, who will stand on either hand and keep the bridge with me?’

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What Are Six Million Italian Unborn Between Immigration Allies?

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017



A sign of just how bizarre this Pontificate truly is:


Emma Bonino, a former abortionist once praised by Pope Francis as “a great Italian,” will appear in a Catholic church to present the pro-migrant campaign “ERO STRANIERO: La humanità che fa bene” (“I was a stranger: Humanity that does good”)

As an abortion rights activist and an abortionist herself, Bonino is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of approximately six million Italian babies between 1968 and today.

Bonino’s appearance in the Church of San Defendente, Ronco di Cassato, on July 26 will be one of several events celebrating World Refugee Day 2017. The moderator of Bonino’s talk will be parish priest Don Mario Marchiori.  

On his blog “Stilum Curae,” Vatican-based journalist Marco Tosatti remarked dryly that “One assumes that now, after having helped deprive this country of an enormous number of human beings, [Bonino] will be able — in church — to push for a nice ethnic replacement program in Italy.”  

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  • But you see, the refugees will embrace Italian culture and western values. Never mind the fact there be hardly any Italians left within a few generations if Bonino and her ilk have their way.

  • This pope denies the holocaust of abortion. I really don’t need to know anything more about him.

  • What were 53 million murdered unborn Americans to social justice allies? Chopped liver.

  • This Pope will likely go down in history as a main reason for the collapse of Europe.

  • Tosatti puts his finger on it: this is all about population replacement:

    To replace the West with an ignorant, uninformed, anti traditional, non-Christian radicalist new population source.

  • The IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of Mary is not professed by Pope Francis. I almost choked writing this. The newly begotten innocent human souls in the sovereign persons conceived in original innocence, the standard of Justice for every nation and people, have been scraped for their mother’s womb and murdered. What is happening now is God’s poetic Justice being visited on a cruel and murderous nation. Like a tsunami, this invasion of barbarians and saracens will inundate the Italian people and wash away every civilization and construction of beauty and grace up to and including The Vatican and its great treasures held in trust for all future generations. If the Italian people can save the Holy Eucharist underground they will be blessed.

  • The Ottomans swore to turn “The Golden Apple”, the Vatican, into a Mosque. They were stopped by King John Sobieski III of Poland at Vienna. Now, with help of Pope Francis, the Ottomans will succeed in turning the Vatican into a Mosque by subterfuge.
    Europe and America do not see abortion as the scourge by God for not loving our sisters and brothers in Christ, in the marriage bed and in our community.

  • No, they won’t get that far. The Turks were a formidable military force. Muslims today are a bunch of cowards. They won’t fight.

  • Italy has a Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of 1.37 children per woman. The replacement rate is 2.1.

    Because the TFR fell below 2 in the early 1970s, the median age of the population is now 43.8 years and a shrinking and aging population is inevitable, as there are simply not enough women of child-bearing age to reverse the decline.

    The situation is exacerbated by outward migration of young workers to Germany and other more prosperous EU countries

    Without very high inward migration, the Italian economy will simply collapse under the burden of dependent elderly. They are not going to come from the Balkans, Central Europe or Iberia, where the decline in population is, if anything, rather worse.

    The Italian novelist Primo Levi may well have been right in his prediction that, in 200 years, German and Italian would be spoken exclusively in hell.

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PopeWatch: Sorondo

Thursday, July 20, AD 2017

“Yesterday I asked him whether Our Lord had more than one nature. He said: ‘Just as many as you say, Father.’ Then again I asked him: ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.’”

Rex Mottram on Papal Infallibilty




Well, according to the head of the Pontifical Academy of Science there is no human activity that is not subject to the Pope:



– The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences has again inferred that denial of the controversial concept of manmade climate change equates to flat earth mentality.

“From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” said Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

The archbishop has been a consistent and zealous promoter of manmade climate change as a non-negotiable Church issue, despite the status of care for the environment as a prudential matter.  

Climate change ideology continues to be contested as a ploy perpetrated with manipulated data by the left to enact environmental regulations and taxes.

Even so, Archbishop Sorondo dismissed deniers of climate change in a recent Vatican Radio interview as “a small, negligible minority.”

The interview conducted in German contained the headline: “Vatican: ‘Climate change is a fact,’” and centered on reception of Pope Francis’ eco-encyclical Laudato Si’ two years after its release.

Archbishop Sorondo went on in the interview to say that human-affected climate change was considered science. He added that the pope not only has the right but also the duty to rely on science in addition to doctrine and philosophy in seeking out truth.

If the pope expresses himself on such a subject, then this was not arbitrary, he said, as the pope’s words are not restricted to the area of ​​”doctrine of faith and morals.” 

The pope makes use of the truths of science or philosophy to not only explain to man how to get to heaven, said the archbishop, but also what he must do on earth. 

All human activities have to do with ethics, the Argentinean archbishop said, so they are already within the jurisdiction of the pope.

Archbishop Sorondo is a close adviser to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has repeatedly welcomed pro-abortion and population control advocates to the Vatican for conferences under the pretext of the climate issue.

Last month, just before President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the controversial Paris Climate Agreement, the archbishop likened climate ideology skeptics to flat-earthers as well.

Withdrawal from the Paris accord “would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific,” he said.

“Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round,” Archbishop Sorondo stated. “It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.”

He has also repeatedly made the claim that those who don’t subscribe to the manmade climate change theory are in some way subsidized by the oil industry. He did so again in the Vatican Radio interview.

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  • “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” said Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.

    If the people in the Vatican really believed this, then they would not tout useless worthless solar and wind power to replace fossil fuel. < 30% capacity factor – no sun, no power; no wind, no poer. Rather, they would advocate going nuclear full tilt because only that can supply baseload power 24 / 7 wiith stability and reliability.

    The same is true of Angela Merkel who is denuking German, and of the French politicians who are intent on reducing France's nuclear, and of the new South Korean President who wants to denuke South Korea never mind the successful build of four APR-1400 PWRs at Barakah in the UAE – on time and under budget.

    It's all male bovine manure. And it enrages me. I was inside an enclosed metal tube mere yards away from an operating nuclear reactor while hundreds of feet beneath he waves for months at a time. IT IS SAFE – safe enough for a 19 year old to operate (that's how old I was when I first got to pull rods from a reactor core), safer than coal, oil and gas.

    Global warming! Crap! It's all crap. None of these damn fools believe in it. If they did, then THEY would change THEIR life styles. They wouldn't use fossil fuel cars, airplanes, electricity, trains, etc. any longer. BUT THEY DO NOT BELIEVE! They lie and are liars. They are the offspring of the Father of Liars, and that is the way they will choose to die. Sadly, they want to take us with them. A pox on them all. Let them all be anathema!


  • Tell us, Lucius, what do you really think? 😉

  • “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!”

    The very definition of:
    Equal Opposite Error.

  • The Pope’s infallibility is only engaged when the Pope teaches the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “My kingdom is not of this world.”
    “From the scientific point of view, the sentence that the earth is warmed by human activity is as true as the sentence: The earth is round!” People as pollution is a theme of the Death Peddlers.
    If taxpayers are “a small, negligible minority.”, then Climate change enforcers will not need our tax dollars. Climate change enforcers will not even need our informed consent.
    Climate change needs hundreds of years to prove its case like Copernicus’ and Galileo’s teaching on the earth revolving around the sun…hundreds of years. There is not enough proof of climate change to be seriously considered a truth, never doctrine nor dogma of the Catholic Church. Even so will these scientists next propose that man will be taxed to prevent volcanic action or perhaps to cover over Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful Geyser? Time for me to watch “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, or maybe Star Trek for grounding in truth.

  • Do not forget the Sacred Monkeys in the basement of the Vatican

  • To understand just how much of a hoax this man-made “climate change crisis” is, you just have to know a little history of the last forty years. As a kid in the mid-seventies, I remember the climo-scare du jour was the coming ice age. And then within a decade or less it became global warming. Right there, the idea that human activity could change the earth’s core temperature so radically in such a short time should strike anyone as utter nonsense. Another obvious indication is the tweaking of the language. Now, the more ambiguous term “climate change” is used. Any time the language is manipulated like this is an indication that someone is trying to perpetuate a falsehood. This is something the left understands much better than most of us on the right do. This is one reason why hoaxes of this kind are so widely believed.

  • Given that Archbishop Sorondo believes in man-made global warming he must surely have calculated how many men must be eliminated in order to control the situation. We need to ask him when this information will be released and how he plans to accomplish the necessary mass extermination, e..g, starvation, inciting a nuclear war, or advising suicide. Naturally, all willing participants in Global Salvation would receive a special Mercy Blessing from Pope Francis.

  • Mary De Voe wrote, “Climate change needs hundreds of years to prove its case like Copernicus’ and Galileo’s teaching on the earth revolving around the sun…hundreds of years.”

    Copernicus published his De revolutionibus orbium coelestium in 1543. The first physical evidence of the earth’s annual revolution came in 1725, with James Bradley’s discovery at Oxford of the annual aberration of light, a little under 200 years later.

    Of course, Kepler’s publication of the laws of planetary motion between 1609 and 1619 and Newton’s Principia Mathematica in 1687 had long anticipated it. Tycho Brahe, who died in 1601 was the last major astronomer to dispute it.

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Mary Jo Would be Seventy-Six

Wednesday, July 19, AD 2017




Yesterday was the forty-eighth anniversary of the Chappaquiddick incident, where Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo  Kopechne to die a slow death of asphyxiation in his submerged vehicle.

Here is Ted Kennedy’s non-mea culpa, notable for how little of the details of the incident he could recall, and an example of how to appear to take responsibility while not taking responsibility.

Any other American who failed to report a lethal accident such as this for such a lengthy period would probably have served some jail time, county or prison.  Any other politician would have had his career destroyed.  When Kennedy died he was referred to as “The Lion of the Senate” and Cardinal O’Malley presided over his canonization funeral mass.  I hope Ms. Kopechne received justice in the next world because she certainly received none in this.  I make the same statement in regard to Mr. Kennedy, who in later years liked to joke about Chappaquiddick.  I trust that in the world beyond he no longer finds those jokes quite as funny.


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  • I hope Mary Jo got mercy in the next life. That of course will mean justice for Teddy. If he repented at the end of his life, then good. But he’s a Democrat and I expect that rare is the occasion when a Democrat would repent. Sorry, folks, only telling it the way I see it. Baby murdering. Negligent homicide. Adultery and fornication and drunkeness. That’s Teddy’s legacy.

  • ” . . and justice for all.”

  • The facts of this story are stunning. I constantly hear how things are so much more polarized now. Give me polarization any day if it means events like this aren’t simply allowed to be brushed aside. This is a compelling reason why the power of the MSM had to be broken. This site, among others, is the antidote to that power.

  • In the early 90’s, after the fall of the Soviet Union and the subsequent
    opening of their archives, a reporter for the London Times discovered
    documents proving Ted Kennedy colluded with the Soviets in attempt to
    undermine President Reagan and enhance Kennedy’s own ’84 run for the
    presidency. It’s no surprise that the Democrats were absolutely uninterested
    in investigating a Senator of their own party who had engaged in treason.
    As with Chappaquiddick, Kennedy again evaded justice in this case.


    Oh, how times have changed! For today, the Democrats are very much for
    investigating politicians who might have colluded with Russia, no matter
    how spurious the case might be. Yet I suspect it’s not because our Democrat
    politicians have somehow developed a newfound thirst for justice…

  • I agree this site and others can be part of the antidote. “Give me polarization any day if it means events like this aren’t simply allowed to be brushed aside.” Me too. A
    I hope the events surrounding, absolutely surrounding, the Clintons will not be simply allowed to be brushed aside.
    Also hopefully the revelation of so much rot in our church and our government will not sap our strength, but energize our faith.
    In some Faustian legends, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin saves even the sinners–true to Mother’s love.

  • Joseph P. Kennedy was a bad man. At least three of his sons were bad men. Some of those his children married were bad, wrecked, or implicated to varying degrees in the family badness. About 30% of his grandchildren have a history of scuzzy behavior (lucky for us the worst of them have been too inconsequential to do much damage outside their own households). Most of the bad actors were not lone wolves. They had a camarilla of enablers. The enablers have something for which to answer as well. A dear friend of mine (afilliated with New York’s garment unions) met Robert Kennedy in 1964 while he was campaigning for the Senate (a campaign on which my friend was employed). He said Robert Kennedy interacted with those around him in an appalling manner and when he ran for President my friend was pounding the pavement for Eugene McCarthy. People with well-ordered sensibilities did not need much time around these creatures to see them for what they were.

    One enabler who has a great deal to answer for (and, IIRC, has publicly confessed) was the prosecutor in Barnstable County, Massachusetts who did not secure an indictment for vehicular manslaughter. Others who have much to answer for are the creatures in the Massachusetts political establishment who were working the phones leaning on this man. Others include the reporters and editors treating this travesty as if it were merely an embarrassment (And did you catch the revolting commentary Adam Clymer offered in his biography of Fredo Kennedy?). I do not think the Kopechnes did all they could, either.

  • The Kennedys have often been cretins. As pointed out they have had an army of enablers to assist them and the Catholic Church in Massachusetts is no exception.

  • I knew someone who worked for the Kennedys, said that the only ones who were nice were Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her husband Sargent.

  • In some Faustian legends, the intercession of the Blessed Virgin saves even the sinners–true to Mother’s love.

    I pray that it is successful.

    I know it sets off a lot of folks’ heresy buttons, but I really, really hope that in the end– not a single person is in hell.

    Don’t think it’s probable, but hey: I can hope.

  • Part of dear Teddy’s last letter to P Benedict XVI had to include the comment (verbatim) that seemed to excuse himself for doing things ‘his way’ (“I’ve always tried to be a faithful Catholic, Your Holiness. And though I have fallen short through human failings I’ve never failed to believe and respect the fundamental teachings of my faith.”) Rather, as a teacher of mine once used to observe, “So, you’ve honored the rules ‘in the breach'”?

    Ted could never be expected but to fully and amply forgive himself for whatever he had done. Or not done. In his wretched bellowing life.

    Text of the letter is here:


    I don’t see repentance in Ted’s final public words, and I do not want to be in a “heaven” where unrepentant thugs and kingpins once again rule the next life like the brigands and caudillos have done, and done so much damage, in this life. No, thank you.

  • “Robert Kennedy interacted with those around him in an appalling manner and when he ran for President my friend was pounding the pavement for Eugene McCarthy. People with well-ordered sensibilities did not need much time around these creatures to see them for what they were.”

    Looks like RFK’s son Chris isn’t doing much better at this point in his run for governor of Illinois:


  • I doubt he’s cut out for public life and do no know why (at the age of 54) he’s doing this. His cousin Edward Jr. elected a p/t position in the Connecticut legislature, which seems more appropriate. Edward and Christopher are (by all appearances) the most capable of the Kennedy grandchildren and neither has been a source of scandal. Christopher Kennedy also undertook one small act that few college trustees of any description would undertake: he persuaded the University of Illinois to deny the honorific ’emeritus’ to Wm. Ayers. I’m disinclined to cut the man up for clumsy campaign appearances.

  • Steve Phoenix 🙂 of course you don’t think there could be thugs and kingpins still plying their trade in Heaven! God nor heaven will change, rounding down to suit us– it’s the cleansing process the purgation that could only make it possible for me to be there to meet you someday.

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PopeWatch: Dan Brown

Wednesday, July 19, AD 2017


Carl Olsen at The Catholic World Report gives his look at the Spadaro and Figueroa diatribe which appeared in La Civilta Cattolica :


My good friend Sandra Miesel, with whom I co-authored The Da Vinci Hoax years ago, was fond of starting out her talks about the mega-selling novel The Da Vinci Code by saying: “Dan Brown does get some things right: London is in England, Paris is in France, and Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter.” That quote came to mind over the weekend, while I was Facebooking with Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, who teaches systematic theology at Catholic University of America, about the recent essay “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism” by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J., and Marcelo Figueroa. Spadaro, who is editor of La Civiltà Cattolica (which published the piece) and is a close confidant and advisor to Pope Francis; Figueroa is “a Protestant and a close friend of Pope Francis” and editor of the Argentinian edition of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Dr. Pecknold flatly stated that the two authors “have written an incendiary diatribe against an almost Dan-Brown-level caricature of the kind of politics they disdain.” And he is, I think, quite correct in that assessment. Recall how Brown’s novel was not and is not famous because of great writing or fascinating, current-day characters but because of audacious claims, clumsy but appealing conspiracy theories, and a veneer of sophistication. (For much more on that, see my March 2005 article “The ‘It’s Just Fiction” Doctrine’”.) Spadaro/Figueroa’s essay isn’t fiction, of course—which only makes its errors, dubious claims, hyperbolic criticisms, and hypocritical double standards all the more appalling. While several other authors—including Dr. Samuel Gregg here at CWR—have written some excellent responses, I want to highlight a few points I think are notable and worthy of consideration.

Spadaro/Figueroa’s essay seeks to impress with an air of learnedness, but sloppiness undermines it from the start. For example:

The term “evangelical fundamentalist” can today be assimilated to the “evangelical right” or “theoconservatism” and has its origins in the years 1910-1915. In that period a South Californian millionaire, Lyman Stewart, published the 12-volume work The Fundamentals. The author wanted to respond to the threat of modernist ideas of the time. He summarized the thought of authors whose doctrinal support he appreciated. He exemplified the moral, social, collective and individual aspects of the evangelical faith. His admirers include many politicians and even two recent presidents: Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

No, Stewart did not “summarize” the thoughts of authors; he didn’t even edit the 12-volume sets of books. They were edited by A. C. Dixon and Reuben Archer Torrey, and consisted of 90 essays written by 64 authors from across a fairly wide spectrum of Protestantism—Calvinist, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican, etc.— including scholars who taught at Ivy League schools. The term “fundamentalist” was coined a few years later, and the break between what we now call “Fundamentalism” and “Evangelicalism” was both protracted and complicated, eluding broad strokes or simple explanations. What is important here, however, is that the “fundamentals” in question consisted of the following: the inerrancy of Scripture, the Virgin birth of Christ, substitutional atonement, the bodily resurrection of Christ, the authenticity of miracles, and the second coming of Christ. There were also essays against Catholicism, socialism, Mormonism, evolutionism, and other belief systems.

The essays marked a significant line in the cultural and religious sands of the time, which were characterized by a combination of progressive politics, technocratic aspiration, bureaucratic growth, eugenics, racism (not only against blacks, but also Catholic immigrants), the social gospel, forms of Darwinism, and, in the realm of theology, the flood of historical-critical methodologies (mostly coming from Germany). It’s important to note that most of the radical politics and racial eugenics of that time flowed from liberal Protestants or former Protestants; put another way, the “social gospel” of the time reflected a use of religion for a very “this world” type of political project. All this to say that Spadaro/Figueroa don’t seem to understand that politics in the U.S. have always, in many and often bewildering ways, been shot through with forms of Christian rhetoric and appeal, and that seeking to isolate any one form and make it the Rosetta Stone for understanding American politics is doomed to be simplistic and sophistic.

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  • You can find out a lot about a man by the company he keeps, as well as his enemies.
    US bashing had long been fashionable in the Leftist world of Western Europe. It is as of they are proud of their stupidity and Argentina fits right in with them.
    There had been nary a peep from the circles of Bergoglio or even himself about the Polish Bishops Conference refusal to give Communion to the remarried folks without an annulment or the Polish Government’s refusal to accept Muslim migrants.

  • The two common features of all things spewing from the idiot left and moron SJWs’ are stupidity and hypocrisy.

    Their scholarship and truth are anything (true or not) that advances the narrative/revolution. The dolts don’t need (actually abhor) facts. They deploy distortions, exaggerations, false equivalences, omissions, outright lies to advance in the agenda.

    However, mendacity and ignorance aren’t their worst sins. That is their proclivity to subvert the Gospel against the Truth.

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  • It’s because of the ecumenical ties that many Catholics — including JPII and Benedict XVI — fostered with like-minded pro-life evangelicals that I am Catholic today. Difficult for me to reach any other conclusion than that Bergoglio, Spadaro, Farrell, et al, would prefer that former-evangelicals-turned-Catholics like myself just didn’t exist.

  • It appears that Pope Francis really doesn’t much like being a Catholic or anyone who takes God seriously like orthodox Catholics and fundamentalist evangelicals. Schizophrenic outbursts by his henchmen only confirm the madness that has beset them as they try to suppress the voice of God coming from such infra dig upstarts. I guess we can be grateful for the unintended humor of it all.

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11 Responses to The Orville Open Thread

  • Possibly, somewhere in the Universe, the loose crew will uncover evidence of Russian collusion with President Donald J. Trump in the recent election.

  • One important thing that has probably missed the attention of most Americans, who are generally landlubbers. 🙂
    However, it may then have missed your notice that a couple of weeks ago, Team New Zealand beat Team Oracle USA for the Americas Cup – the oldest trophy in the world in sporting endeavours, even if it is just sailing. But with the usual Kiwi ability and penchant for No. 8 wire technology, our Kiwi IT dudes beat the Oracle Larry Ellison IT Giant at their own game and cleaned them out, despite the engineered rules to attempt Oracle to retain this amazing trophy. So now the rules will be changed to ensure that noting is stacked in favour of the holders, that the teams will have to have their own countrymen as 80% of the crew/team ( there were only two Americans in Oracles team – the rest were Aussies and Kiwis) and, despite the magnificent location and atmosphere in Bermuda, the Americas Cup contest will be sailed in Auckland, NZ – the true modern era home of the Americas Cup. 🙂

  • “the true modern era home of the Americas Cup.”

    You Kiwis keep it shiny Don, there is always next year!

  • Actually Don, every 4 years – next event 2021. Start brushing up your sailing skills – you’re gonna need ’em. 😉

  • Don’t count us out Don. One never knows how many Kiwis we can hire if America becomes determined enough!

  • “Unless you honor me I will make of you a no people”
    Does surgery and hormones change Bruce Jenner’s immortal rational soul? Jenner claims that his soul has eternally been a woman, that “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” brought forth a man with a woman’s soul, the metaphysical, transcendent human soul clothed with flesh of the wrong sort. Aristotle said, 384 years before Jesus Christ, that the immanent soul is the form of the body, that the body grows to be whomever the rational soul is created to be. Therefore, the rational human soul does not make mistakes about the human being’s body, being that the immortal soul directs the growth, the physical and spiritual growth, of the human person.
    With Caitlyn Jenner, Hans Christian Anderson’s tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is taken to a new level of swindle by the Croucher. The flesh of the man is refurbished into a female flesh.
    The destiny of the sovereign personhood of the rational soul cannot be accomplished before death. Therefore, no one can determine that he or she has completely pursued their Happiness in the fulfillment of his or her destiny until the grave.
    Bruce Jenner has died and now Caitlyn Jenner faces the second death.
    Lesbians, sodomites and transgendered people do not procreate. LBGT are a no people.
    The devil is no atheist. The devil makes people into atheists. Do as I say but not as I do. Or else. Or else is The Crucifixion, the coliseum, the political correctness of our indecent culture.

  • Why in the world does this feel more like Star Trek than the trailers for the next star trek series??? (I know the answer, just let me vent)

    Ok, 2 more things.

    1) I would feel better if MacFarlane was in a lower role. I think he’s funniest when he’s not the star. Having him be like the ship janitor would be a much funnier and lead to it being funnier I think.

    2) I wonder how it would be if they made it a legit Trek series. Like it takes place in the main trek universe, but deals with one of the “other” ships that we never see anything about. In a way it could give an excuse for why the Enterprise is always “the only ship in range.” It’s really the only competent ship in range. I dunno, I think it could have been the breath of fresh air the franchise is needing.

  • OK, I know what a Red Shirt is. What’s the Green Smock mean?

  • *headdesk*
    No, no, heck no… so tired of “parodies” that feel like they’re a parody of a parody of a parody of a parody…and have an idiot ball to boot.

  • Our culture has descended into the anal stage. Not acknowledging God or the transcendent rational soul, potty jokes and crude sexual jokes have taken over serious comedy.

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PopeWatch: A Telling Incident

Tuesday, July 18, AD 2017


PopeWatch finds this incident from 2013 absolutely chilling:


The first step of Müller’s Calvary was a disconcerting episode in the middle of 2013. The cardinal was celebrating Mass in the church attached to the congregation palace, for a group of German students and scholars. His secretary joined him at the altar: “The pope wants to speak to you.” “Did you tell him I am celebrating Mass?” asked Müller. “Yes,” said the secretary, “but he says he does not mind—he wants to talk to you all the same.” The cardinal went to the sacristy. The pope, in a very bad mood, gave him some orders and a dossier concerning one of his friends, a cardinal. (This is a very delicate matter. I have sought an explanation of this incident from the official channels. Until the explanation comes, if it ever comes, I cannot give further details.) Obviously, Mūller was flabbergasted.

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  • Lot’s of stories about how the Pope does not respect the Mass. Says everything one needs to know.

  • By running Tossati’s articles, First Things is unwittingly apologizing to Maureen Mullarkey.

  • Yes, I read about this the other day – that is pretty bizarre behaviour – interrupting a Cardinal celebrating Mass just to give him a rather petty message. The secretary – and Papa Bergoglio should have known better

  • I am not surprised. As angry as I am with this Pontiff, I am angrier still with the Cardinals who elected him.

  • Tossati’s notes reveal a brat. Nothing more than a child who must get his way or elese.

    This is OUR trial..our via Dolorosa..the Holy Church’s.

    Pray more! Don’t stop.

  • This interruption of mass by Bergoglio is blasphemy, a betrayal of Jesus. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He instituted the Eucharist sacrifice of his body and blood. The sacrifice, as celebrated at Mass, is outside of time, or God’s eternal time.

  • Oh the enormity of the wounds to the Body, the lives and souls in jeopardy.
    Like the cardinal , B16 is also shouldering his cross. I wonder what chance some of those good soldiers have to pray and reflect together.
    Help us and save us, Lord

  • The cardinal should have finished his Mass. No servant is above the Master.

  • Not so holy Pope Francis has been showing his hand ever since he finagled his way to the Chair of Peter. Who a person really is in shown in how he treats others. On this basis Pope Francis has failed as a Catholic, as a Christian and as a human being, so much so that the word ‘holy’ when applied to him has become ironic.

    PS to Greg: Nobody writes about Pope Francis better than Maureen Mullarkey.

  • I’m with you Magdalene. He should have sent back the message–with all respect dear Bishop of Rome, God comes first.

  • Thank you for Jordan Peterson

  • It is in my to do list to learn how to use the computer. I pray for the Pope after Mass. The comment belongs in Mary Jo Kopechne.

  • I see much good that Pope Francis is doing, and much that is not good at all. I have come to the conclusion that he is theologically bipolar. I never wanted to be a cafeteria Catholic but looks like I have no choice now.
    BTW, some really great comments on this thread, guys.

  • We now have two Popes, both in Rome.

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Monday, July 17, AD 2017

I saw a rather silly ad from Reebok, in the sadly very popular style of lecturing about what you are “allowed” to do.

Sadly, I saw it because it was a cause of scandal via gossip– I’m a known Catholic among friends and family, so I’m expected to defend…pretty much everything any Catholic does, up to and including Hitler. (…you haven’t run into that one?  Lucky you.)  If there is no response, then the gossip is perfectly fine.

Funny thing?  I was so busy being annoyed at visiting Patheos that I didn’t notice it was on Shea’s blog until a charmingly psycho response showed up.

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  • The last thing Shea wants is an articulate and informed visitor to his comboxes because he has nothing to offer in response except insult and bluster.

  • Defending Hitler? Never ran across that one, but have on many occasions countered the “Pius XII was Hilter’s Pope” garbage. Many small and very bigoted minds out there. I relish a good argument though, especially when the other party is made to eat his words.

  • Hey now, I think that time you weren’t asked to defend things because you were Catholic, but because you were a woman. 😉

    I just laugh at the “bravery” of standing up to the president. What just like most of the news networks? And most of Hollywood? Universities… other major corporations…

    Jonah likes to make a frequent joke about how the Left defines bravery and rebellion as going along with the larger group.

  • I’ve got a crazy aunt, too, Nate. 🙁

  • Matthew 7:6

    “Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under foot and turn to attack you.”

  • Welcome to the club. The fastest growing demographic in the Church must be ‘those who Mark Shea has banned.’

  • For those who need the reminder: chezami is Mark Shea.

    You can tell by how easily his argument can be turned around against him.

    “You exemplify the failure of the Catholic Trump attacker. *Everything*, no matter how trivial, *must* be attacked. You waste your time attacking such piggery because *nothing* can be admitted as acceptable in your hatred for him. Nothing.”

    See what I mean?

  • I tried to find any indication and did not; go figure.
    The one I’m curious about is “guest”– either they’ve been reading Shea since he started to go down hill and see it as a massive improvement to be emulated, but don’t have a user name, or that is the best example of Poe’s Law I’ve seen in a long time.

  • Oh no, Foxfier, “guest” comment there is familiar enough I could probably guess who it normally is that maybe just forgot to log in. Shea has a lot around his blog nowadays that are like that.

  • Chezami is actually two words: chez ami. I think this is a diminutive for the French phrase “chez mon ami,” meaning “at my friend’s.” There was a restaurant – a supper club actually – located in Buffalo, NY that was named chezami. Whether chezami is a pseudonym for the infamous and heterodox Mark Shea I do not know. If chezami is he, then one wonders exactly at whose friend’s Mark Shea would be given his heterodox liberalism.

  • LQC, don’t forget, you asked for this. 😉

    From here.

    I will be commenting as “chezami”. (Get it? “Shea’s-a-Me? Home of Friends? Get it? Ah me, I am *so* clever.)

  • Funny thing is, I’d have to hear how the supposedly rude comment was said to know if it was actually rude or not– it’s not the most politically sensitive comment, but given his known personality, suddenly being politically sensitive would be making a statement.

    Oddly omitted is that the video is from the French president’s website, and that it was either in the middle of or after a tour.
    *headdesk* Yeah, that’s totally talking about her appearance. Rather than that she’s in rather high heels and a dress and just easily kept up with guys in normal dress shoes and a gal 20 years younger in lower heels.
    Guess what, I have folks smile and tell me how impressed they are that I can keep up with my kids. And lots of “I don’t know how you do it” stuff. Shockingly, I am not offended because this isn’t “piggish” behavior.
    Thus validating my initial point: if you have to appeal to the authority of a shoe company to support your position, you should probably rethink the position.

  • *Sad* You know, I actually rather like that joke. Yes, it’s a cheesy pun, but it’s fun and invites laughing with someone.
    That’s what I miss about the Old Shea.

  • The liberal media has written multiple “style” articles comparing Melanie’s dress sense with that of the French Presidents wife, even daring to say that the French Presidents wife should start dressing her age, particularly criticising her for her short hemlines. I know this because I sometimes read this trash.

    So for anybody to turn around in shock at Trump’s compliment of the French First Lady (yes he was complimenting her), is just pure hypocrisy by the media. Pure hypocrisy. Nothing Trump said comes even close to the criticisms that have been made by these “style” magazines.

    On a side note, Mark Shea IS a disgusting pig with absolutely no class, and the rubbish that he spews makes absolutely no sense. He writes to be controversial and to attract attention- nothing more.

  • And you made me click on **that** blog. Ten metaphorical lashes for your crime.

  • Hey, I clicked on it and didn’t even know! Isn’t that worse than metaphorical lashes? 😀

  • Foxfier, dear, you are on the front lines, the vanguard of what is inexorably coming, swift and furious. For example, today Breitbart.com reveals that at least 2 dozen Catholic sites were locked out by our dear friends at Facebook, apparently for issues with their “content”. One site was “Jesus and Mary” (Oh, THOSE two again):

    We Are Dangerous.

  • Oh good, someone else showed up to add to Foxfier’s sanity on the page. From a comment left there:

    Reebok isn’t being particularly “courageous”. They are surfing the current wave of “criticizing Trump is cool” sentiment. (They can read polls.) While I agree that Trump’s comments are – at most times – oddly-phrased at best, I think this is just an example of corporate opportunism.

    But what stuns me most is that one is apparently not allowed to mention – at a gym! – that someone else is in good shape. Additionally, you are also apparently not allowed to tell a woman that she is beautiful. (I’m pretty sure tone and context might have something to do with it as well.)

    Is the only one I’m allowed to compliment (at a gym or anywhere else) myself in the mirror? Forgive me if I am mistaken, but I thought self-love and vanity was a sin.

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Remember General Trimble!

Monday, July 17, AD 2017

The battle was over and we had won it handsomely. General Ewell moved about uneasily, a good deal excited, and seemed to me to be undecided what to do next. I approached him and said: “Well, General, we have had a grand success; are you not going to follow it up and push our advantage?”

He replied that General Lee had instructed him not to bring on a general engagement without orders, and that he would wait for them.

I said, “That hardly applies to the present state of things, as we have fought a hard battle already, and should secure the advantage gained”. He made no rejoinder, but was far from composure. I was deeply impressed with the conviction that it was a critical moment for us and made a remark to that effect.

As no movement seemed immediate, I rode off to our left, north of the town, to reconnoitre, and noticed conspicuously the wooded hill northeast of Gettysburg (Culp’s), and a half mile distant, and of an elevation to command the country for miles each way, and overlooking Cemetery Hill above the town. Returning to see General Ewell, who was still under much embarrassment, I said, “General, There,” pointing to Culp’s Hill, “is an eminence of commanding position, and not now occupied, as it ought to be by us or the enemy soon. I advise you to send a brigade and hold it if we are to remain here.” He said: “Are you sure it commands the town?” [I replied,] “Certainly it does, as you can see, and it ought to be held by us at once.” General Ewell made some impatient reply, and the conversation dropped.

Major General Isaac R. Trimble

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves
Or lose our ventures.
Brutus, Julius Caesar, Act 4, Scene 3
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Requiescat In Pace: Martin Landau

Monday, July 17, AD 2017

Actor Martin Landau is dead at age 89.  I became familiar with his work as a child sitting through endless Mission: Impossible episodes.  A very good character actor, he had the talent of drawing attention to the role he was playing rather than to himself.  Unlike many in his profession, he kept whatever private political views he had private.  The above video has my favorite of his many, many roles.

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July, Lincoln and Springfield

Monday, July 17, AD 2017



Last Friday my family and I made our annual pilgrimage to Springfield to attend the Lincoln Museum and go to the Lincoln Tomb.  As we made our way though the Museum we encountered, for the second year in a row, a large number of Amish touring the Museum, the women wearing long dresses and poke bonnets that made them look as if they stepped from the 1860s.  The Amish were obviously fascinated by what they were seeing and talked among themselves in “Pennsylvania Dutch”.   Illinois has had a large colony of Amish in the Arthur, Illinois area, about 72 miles from Springfield, since the 19th century.  (Although the Amish are as theologically as far from the Church as it is possible for Christians to be, I should note that I have a huge amount of respect for them.  They take care of their own, and ask nothing from the larger society in which they live, except to be left alone, a sentiment which resonates with me.)

After the museum, as usual we had a first rate lunch at the nearby The Feed Store.  (Nothing shouts Midwest more than eating in a restaurant with a name like that.)  (I highly recommend their barley soup, their tuna fish salad sandwich, and any of their many variants of cheesecake.)

We finished our day at Lincoln’s tomb praying for the repose of his soul and the souls of his wife and kids.)  Once again I thought to myself how nice it was that the first or second greatest President in our history, has his tomb in a cemetery open to all, where there are no guards, no charges for admission, not even for parking.  You simply pull up to the small parking area next to the tomb, go in and make your way through the tomb.  We owe Mary Todd Lincoln for that.  After Lincoln’s murder, there was an attempt to have Lincoln buried in Washington with a grand mausoleum being erected thereafter over his remains.  Mary Lincoln would have none of it.  She took her dead husband, and had the remains of her dead son Willie exhumed, and traveled with them both back to Springfield for burial.  She wanted nothing more from Washington except to get out of there as quickly as she could, a city where she had suffered grief that makes her such a poignant figure in American history.  (An exhibit in the Museum shows her framed by a rain stained window, sitting forlornly, mourning the loss of Willie.  My bride and I, sadly, having lost a son know precisely how she feels.)  We made sure to rub the nose of the nose of the huge bust of Lincoln outside of the tomb.  Most noses of Lincoln on metal statues and busts in Illinois are shiny due to the Illinois superstition that rubbing the nose of a bust or a statue of Lincoln brings good luck.  With my son taking the Illinois bar at the end of July, it can’t hurt.

It wouldn’t be a McClarey expedition if we didn’t buy books.  We bought books yesterday at the Museum and the Prairie Archives bookstore in Springfield which boasts a collection of a quarter of a million books. Most of the books were about Lincoln or the Civil War (surprise!) and here are those books:

Lincoln the President:  The Last Full Measure, J. G. Ballard and Richard N. Current (1955).  This is the fourth and final volume in Ballard’s study of Lincoln.  At the time of his death in 1953 he had written only eight chapters.  In his will he suggested either historian Allan Nevins or Richard N. Current to finish his work if he could not.  Current took up the challenge, even though he had never written about Lincoln before, and completed the volume in 1955.  He later became one of the great Lincoln scholars of his day, writing numerous books on Lincoln and dying in 2012 at age 100.  Now I have the complete set.  I think I will read it backwards like witches are said to say their prayers.

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PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

Monday, July 17, AD 2017


It appears that the Pope Emeritus has sent out a commentary regarding the disastrous course of his successor:


Given his inability to travel, the usually silent retired Pope delivered the message in writing, and had it read aloud in the Cologne Cathedral by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who also serves as Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis.

In the text, Benedict said that Cardinal Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post, especially at a time in which the Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination.”

What moved me all the more, Benedict said, was that, “in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

Notably, Cardinal Meisner was one of the four cardinals who presented a series of questions, or “dubia,” to Pope Francis last September, asking him to clarify five serious doctrinal doubts proceeding from his 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) concerning Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried, the indissolubility of marriage, and the proper role of conscience.

The other three prelates who submitted the questions to the Pope were Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna; and Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

When Pope Francis failed to respond to the dubia, the four cardinals published their questions publicly last November.

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  • Yes, Benedict XVI set the stage for this “kidney stone”. And yes, the desire to see Benedict rip his successor full blast is understandable. But would it do more harm than good?

  • Greg, good consideration. The first requirement is to discern and admonish, however Benedict is astute enough to understand the warning to “be as cunning as serpents,” so one has to wonder if his comment was a mere casual thought or a well-aimed warning shot across the bow of the S.S. Vatican, however close to capsizing it be.

  • Since we seem to be rapidly entering into a schism in any case Greg, what further harm could it do? Along the same lines, it would be nice if the Pope Emeritus would finally tell us the truth about his sudden resignation, since I think the health reason given was a cock and bull cover story.

  • You may very well be right, Don. As far as the reason for his abdication, I still the reason he gave is part, but all the story. Perhaps he saw the storm clouds of the Lavender Mob et. al. and thought it was worth the risk to step down and get someone in there who had the energy to deal with it. Who knows?

    One would think if it were blackmail or something like that, it would require an ability to keep a secret that is beyond the Vatican’s ability to stop from leaking out.

  • I meant to say “part but not all” of the story.

  • That is a good point Greg, the Vatican leaks like a sieve. All I know is that the health reason rang hollow to me at the time, and considering we are four years on now, it seems increasingly unlikely.

  • Yes, I hope we can hear the real story at some point, though, like many Vatican intrigues, it may never see the light of day. The health thing is bogus, clearly. What did they have on Benedict and why should he not now, with nothing to lose, spill the beans?

  • No, no schism! Let them do it! We just to need to sit down, tell the truth, and refuse to be dragged into that relativistic future. What are they going to do, excommunicate half of America’s Catholics? No way.
    I mean, if you are not going to promote Christian unity why be Catholic? There’s plenty of other churches already available if you don’t want to be Catholic, there’s no need to start another.

  • Pope Benedict owes it to all Catholics and the entire world to come clean about his resignation or leave a testament before he dies.

  • Worth sharing;


    Pope Emeritus.
    This ship will make it home.
    Bailing out the water through prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.

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16 Responses to Young People Love Socialism-Have No Idea What It Is

  • Don’t cry for me Venezuela!

  • Watching them all get instant brain cramps when having to define what exactly socialism is, is hilarious. Liberals are all mental midgets.

  • College campuses are hotbeds of Socialist sympathizers. , as is the Democrat Party, as is the Catholic Church, and as are many of the kids parents. Being sympathetic to Socialism is politically correct. Medicare, medicaid, social security are socialist type programs. And few folks see the damage all of this causes until it is too late. Socialism is mercy without justice, which ends with justice without mercy.

  • Perhaps one of the reasons young people love Socialism is that Capitalism has caused ongoing recessions, increase poverty, increase poor working conditions and greater gaps between rich and poor. As a Catholic, I find it difficult to be Pro-Capitalist and find it difficult to turn a blind eye to attacks on the disabled and the poor.

  • Considering the appalling record of socialism James, it is not remarkable that ignorant young people, indoctrinated by leftist teachers embrace it, because only the ignorant, the malevolent or those who see socialism as a path to dictatorial political power could embrace it. Milder variants of socialism have a better track record only to the extent that capitalism is allowed to exist. Go to Venezuela and you would quickly change your tune about capitalism unless your obvious ignorance about it is of the invincible variant.

  • Mr. Clarkson has obviously never lived in the old Iron Curtain or Cuba or North Korea. Capitalism is, if memory serves. A term coined by the greatest idiot of all time, Karl Marx, to denigrate free market economies.
    Now, I realize that Marx and all of his followers, past and present, are dolts. Mr. Clarkson’s comments prove George Santanya correct.

  • The names James Charles is interesting. The only James Charles about whom I have heard is that effeminate male model for cover girl – and of course the current Church of Nice (Nice – from Latin Nescius meaning ignorant) encourages such effeminancy inasmuch as the Lavender Mafia have assumed control at the Vatican.


    I will wager that he too is a socialist, albeit he is likely quite ignorant of what socialist extraordinaire Josef Stalin would do to such perverted creatures as he. Even real socialists have their limits.

  • Socialism is the surrender to mob rule or the “party” of one’s sovereignty over oneself and the relinquishing of responsibility for one’s life to a dictator, who imagines himself a god. Socialism is becoming a public servant without a public. This is my opinion and I am sticking with it. The sovereign person made in the image and likeness of God is eradicated and replaced as a cog in the machinery of the human species.

  • Socialism and capitalism both have their shortcomings, but it would be difficult given the evidence to say that capitalism has not had the better run. In a perfect world, ruled and populated by angels, either system would likely work reasonably well, but in an “east of Eden” world, capitalism seems more resistant to total corruption (not immune to it, but it seems to be able to cause less harm once infected).

  • Michael Dowd has it right, I believe– if you’re against Socialism on campus, you’re not PC.

    And those who are not PC can be attacked, be it physically, socially, economically or by your grades.

    Nobody with sense is going to be videotaped saying something that is politically incorrect or could be edited to such a thing.

  • Brown shirts are fashionable these days.
    Berkeley is only one of the fashion centers that cater to tolerance ala’ Nazis style.

    These new recruits are ripe for the jack boots and brown shirts.

    Socialist? Damn straight!
    Freedom baby. Free-dumb!

  • Sorry, James Charles, but your socialism would be just as bad as all the others. Get over it.

  • “Medicare, medicaid, social security are socialist type programs” “Socialist type programs”, in fact, these are the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and are subject to the principles of separation of church and state.

  • James, capitalism in practice is not a perfect system by any means. That’s not due so much to capitalism itself as it is fallen human nature.

    If you stop think about capitalism is the only economic system that contains the mechanisms to rectify the things you decry.

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  • the word “capitalist” first shows in print in 1792 in a book called “travels in france” by arthur young. the word “capitalism” was not used, as far as the oxford english dictionary can tell until 1833. then it showed up in an article in the british newspaper “the standard”. at that time karl marx was 15 years old. i doubt that he was writing yet for the standard.

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Robert E. Lee’s Greatest Victory

Sunday, July 16, AD 2017


He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward.

Benjamin H. Hill on Robert E. Lee



“It’s a warm spring Sunday at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. As the minister is about to present Holy Communion, a tall well-dressed black man sitting in the section reserved for African Americans unexpectedly advances to the communion rail; unexpectedly because this has never happened here before.

The congregation freezes. Those who have been ready to go forward and kneel at the communion rail remain fixed in their pews. The minister stands in his place stunned and motionless. The black man slowly lowers his body, kneeling at the communion rail.

After what seems an interminable amount of time, an older white man rises. His hair snowy white, head up, and eyes proud, he walks quietly up the isle to the chancel rail.

So with silent dignity and self-possession, the white man kneels down to take communion along the same rail with the black man.

Lee has said that he has rejoiced that slavery is dead. But this action indicates that those were not idle words meant to placate a Northern audience. Here among his people, he leads wordlessly through example. The other communicants slowly move forward to the altar with a mixture of reluctance and fear, hope and awkward expectation. In the end, America would defy the cruel chain of history besetting nations torn apart by Civil War.”

From “April 1865:  the Month that Saved America

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