Bear Growls: Truth

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017

 

Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.

John 14:6

 

 

Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear is in an ironic mood:

 

We will probably never know what Pilate meant when he asked Christ, “What is truth?” Sarcasm? The world-weary cynicism of a Roman official with one of the most difficult jobs of Rome? Or perhaps the echo of a genuine question from a decent young man long ago ground down by his responsibilities to a brutal empire?

In any case, it is the wrong question for our time and is causing Catholics far too much anguish and contention.
The question is not “what is truth,” and we betray our naïveté when we ask and our disloyalty to the Church when we complain. The legitimate question is “what does the Church now say the truth is?” In fact, the second question always answers the first, because of the inerrant truth-knowing feature built into the Church as an institution and the Pope in his office.

“Truth” is nothing more or less than what the Church, through its many channels, but in our day, primarily the Pope, says it is. We now understand that truth is a construct that is contingent upon the matrix in which we live. This matrix is comprised of our evolving language; our behavior; and the changing moral consensus of our culture as expressed in many different ways, ranging from our laws to popular entertainment. The truth is to be found in the current teachings of the Church.

The Church reflects the culture, and perhaps has done so for most of its existence, although we can only speak certainly of our own time.

It is irrelevant whether Church teachings are formal or not. Indeed, the less formal teachings of the Pope with a microphone in his hand loom larger in both the culture and the minds of individual Catholics. It is the informal teachings which are seized by the news gatekeepers, massaged, and then proclaimed in partnership with the Church – not merely reported, it is important to note.

“What is truth?” is not some great mystery. One of the main purposes of the Church is to be the authority that tells us what the truth is for our generation. The power of the keys means that the truth is whatever the Church – ultimately Peter – says it is. The Church is trusted with not just proclaiming the truth, but creating it.

It must be so.

The Bible is understood by all but the most conservative Protestant scholars as a collection of tales edited long after the events it relates by men who wished to promote different and sometimes conflicting agendas. It is certainly not historically reliable, according to the very best scholarship. Read the notes to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Bible, the New American Bible, Revised Edition if you have any doubts. They will quickly disabuse you of any lingering Protestant tendency toward bibliolatry.

Only a fundamentalist would today hold up the Bible as containing “the truth.”

Only the most naive traditionalist would look to the teachings of the brutal, superstitious and exclusivist past of the Church to find the truth for today’s world.

Neither Holy Scripture nor poking around in the Museum of Church History can be the source of truth today. No, the truth is what the Church says it is, most immediately and importantly through the Pope when he utters his oracles to the interpretive priestly class of reporters.

Let go of the irrelevant past and embrace the truth as it has evolved right up to this second and is proclaimed by the Pope: Peter, upon whom the Church was built and to whom the Keys of Binding and Loosing were given in perpetuity. Yesterday’s Catholics owed the same duty to yesterday’s Church. Why would some of you, today, presume to be less faithful and arrogate to yourselves the authority to decide “what is truth?”

Do you imagine for an instant that the Pope himself could (if he would even think of such a crime, which he could not, protected from error as he is) weave a carpet of lies to spread beneath the Bride of Christ without an army of brave and faithful bishops rising up to challenge him? The teachings of the Pope are confirmed by the agreement of the clergy, the acceptance of the people, and his personal popularity with the entire world. You may trust him without question and to question him is to place oneself outside the Church.

What is truth? The answer is simple:

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5 Responses to Bear Growls: Truth

  • We are not left orphans but, Lord, this is hard!
    Is the pope antichrist? Are we?
    Lord, who can accept this!?
    Does the Church teach Truth? Are we the Church?
    Save us from apostasy. Holy Spirit fill us so that we can trust in the Love and nearness of the Holy Spirit.

  • Evidently, the Bear has had enough of the Bergoglio nonsense. What he is saying sounds a little like a swan song. Hope not. We need the Bear on that wall that separates truth from fiction.

  • Bear-ing it together.

    I feel his pain, our bruin friend.
    In the examination of modern Truth a clarity flawed by magnification is my humble take. That being the glass used to examine Truth. Mercy is the magnifier.
    If mercy itself is myopic then the Truth is perceived in narrow terms only, the focus is lost in distance. The application of mercy becomes troublesome because blurred vision will not allow one to see the path ahead…only the culture in the face is in complete focus.

    Truth of course is neither modern nor ancient.

    Like the foundations of Mt. Tabor it is the same yesterday today and tomorrow.

    God have mercy on us.
    Correct our sight. Clarity of vision is rooted in the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

  • Jesus Christ is the Revelation of God in Truth. The Vicar of Christ is Truth only when the Vicar of Christ is the Vicar of Christ. Man, in his sovereign personhood, must pursue his destiny and Happiness to attain his original innocence as was done by Saint Augustine. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ is the Way to attain our original innocence into which our rational, immortal, human souls were created and endowed by “their Creator” and the discipline over our fallen nature. The TRUTH is the perfection of Jesus Christ in his obedience to His Father in heaven. What is bound on earth cannot be unbound in heaven. God does not contradict Himself. God does not revoke free will. What is bound on earth by man’s free will is bound in heaven by God’s gift of free will. God does not reject man’s free will choices but stamps man’s free will choices eternal. God’s mercy gives man the manhood and courage to live by his own choices…the alternative is to become a liar and go to hell.

  • I have worked in nuclear power for about 40 years since as a late teenager I got qualified to operate a nuclear reactor on a submarine beneath the ocean’s surface back in 79 or so. Science – the laws of physics, chemistry and math – governed everything I did. Not once did God change physical law for my convenience. Not once did the Regulator change regulation so I could do things in my own way instead of the safe way.

    Why the freaking frack does this Jorge Bergoglio think God would do ANY differently with spiritual and moral laws?

    God does not change. He is Truth. That’s it. We need to repent or we shall surely perish. God always wins in the end, not some geriatric senile Latin American Marxist Peronist.

    PS, what is worse – liberals really believe what Bear wrote is literally true with this Pope. They wouldn’t be able to see the sarcasm and irony and paraody. They believe truth changes. This is why they make horrible nukes. They should never be trusted to operate reactors because they can’t accept truth is immutable. They are always trying to work around regulations. Then they crash against the inevitable laws of physics as their stupid dumb-idiot ideas don’t work.

4 Responses to You’re Welcome?

  • The obvious naval, the belly button on the guy proves that he is not infinite and therefore, not God, eternal, “their Creator” and Endower of all to mankind. So, “you’re welcome” ought to be a thanksgiving to almighty God, not to the Polynesian Hercules. I like “The Rock” as a person and this is just a job for him but he needs to discover and accept the TRUTH of an infinite God, three PERSONS in one God. Disney needs help. Gheesh I have to fast and diet more. Lay off the tapioca.

  • Bah, he does just fine. Not going to become a professional singer any time soon, and it’s simple, but I like simple.

    ….although I HAD just gotten the dang thing out of my head yesterday.

  • Aaaaand now the Princess wants to hear it again. 😀

  • Not as catching or as irritating as Disney’s It’s a Small, Small World.

Evergreen Students Speak Out

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017

 

Leftwing students, often acting like a violent mob, have tossed Evergreen State College into chaos the past few weeks.  Go here to read about it.  A handful of Evergreen students are fed up and are brave enough to sign an open letter:

 

 

 

To the world with their eyes towards Evergreen,
We will open this message by stating that we are not attempting to discard or discredit legitimate concerns of racism throughout society, however attention to rectifying these issues has been detracted from due to the events at Evergreen during the last two weeks. These events have not only damaged the credibility of those who want to address racial issues, but have also put a greater portion of the student body, staff and faculty at risk of bodily injury. Addressing the real issues has been made much more difficult due to a tendency for those disagreeing with the protesters or their methods to be labeled as being racist, which stifles expression and dissent while diluting and perverting the meaning of the term. Through abundant use or threat of the racism label, and an unwillingness of various individuals to contest such claims, the protesting group has held a stranglehold on the administration, which the protesters have used in an attempt to avoid responsibility and enact their agenda.

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  • One of these days there will be a reckoning. Yes. A reckoning. That is what is needed here to put these riotous students and professors in their place.

  • Evergreen University is a microcosm of America since atheism, imposed by the government, has removed the love of “their Creator”, “divine Providence” and good will for the common good from our public square. Working at a public university I was called “white meat”, my son was called “white boy”, I was spit upon because I was a white woman in a black neighborhood. My best friend at the university was a black woman whose father was a minister and she never failed to inquire of my health and well being. We shared many beautiful times together.
    Threats of violence are infractions and violations of peaceable assembly. Violent protesters ought to be handcuffed and dragged off to the big house no matter what color they are. A good police record ought to slow their progress to revolution. Perhaps they ought to be sued for defamation of character and slander.

  • Most states have excess inventory in higher education. Washington state can clear some of theirs by closing Evergreen down and auctioning off its plant and equipment. The place is hopeless and not amenable to reform. Of course, the Democratic Party (which currently controls the executive and (barely) both houses of the legislature) would never countenance that as it would injure the economic interests of one of their principal clients. One thing you have to remember about the Democratic Party is that they have no compunction about taking tax money (or settlement money) and funneling to various sorts of truculent political advocates.

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PopeWatch: Venezuela

Wednesday, June 7, AD 2017

 

This may be interesting:

 

Venezuelan bishops will visit Pope Francis on Thursday as anti-government unrest continues unabated in the South American country, the Vatican said in a statement on Monday.

“The meeting was requested by the (Venezuelan) bishops conference, who would like to speak with the pope about the situation in Venezuela,” the statement said.

The appointment with the Argentine-born pontiff came months after Vatican-brokered peace talks between Socialist leader Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders broke down.

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11 Responses to PopeWatch: Venezuela

  • Dialogue, the approach the modern Church proscribed for every situation, has proven to be completely ineffective. Maduro won’t quit until the Venezuelan Army forces him out or he gets a bullet through his head.

    Latin American pseudointellectuals never learn from the disasters that leftist governments create. Chavez was the most criminal president in Venezuelan history and he still got reelected.

  • Penguins Fan, weren’t we having dialogue with the Japanese ambassador just as they hit Pearl Harbor? Then there was that marvelous Germany/Britain talk with Chamberlain that assured “peace in our time.” Didn’t dialogue at Yalta prevent the post WWII division of Europe? Sure.

  • Actions speak louder than words.

  • Jorge Bergoglio is most damaging not to the Church in US or Europe or Ukraine or the Middle East or China or Africa. Rather, he is most damaging to the Churrch of his countrymen in Latin America. He damns his Latin American brethren to a life of poverty and impoverishment. For that alone he must be deposed and anathematized.

  • Penguins Fan: they are not pseudo-anything. They are either evil or idiot intellectuals that believe all that leftist crap.

    Papa Foxtrot should not have allied himself with climate cultists, socialists, statist elites, et al. They are out to destroy the nuclear family. Milton Friedman taught that we live in a family, not an individualist, society and that redistribution of wealth destroys family and society.

  • Latin American pseudointellectuals never learn from the disasters that leftist governments create. Chavez was the most criminal president in Venezuelan history and he still got reelected.

    A student of the two offered that Chavez had an international oil market which served his purposes and was adept at the long con. Maduro is comparatively vulgar and faces leaner times, so was reduced to the ‘winner, winner, chicken dinner!” short con. (Which is now unsustainable). I’m wagering Maduro is clinging to office because he’s not satisfied with the haul he has deposited in Switzerland and / or he hasn’t arranged a refuge abroad as yet. The choices right now are Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, and ?

    Venezuela might have been passably governed between 1958 and 1974, but not since then. Economic mismanagement, Brobginnagian corruption, and, after 1998, wretched abuse of the political opposition, theft of private property, inane mercantile controls. and “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”. Before that time, they could say of themselves that they were (bar Costa Rica) Latin America’s most durable constitutional state. Now they’re the most politically retrograde bar Cuba.

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  • When the Pope can’t seem to tell the basic difference between good and evil, it’s rather hard to listen to him on anything.

  • And please pray for Venezuela and the brave people on the streets

D-Day and Memory

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

 

Seventy-three years since D-Day.  In the first law firm I worked for in 1982 the Senior Partner had lost a son on Omaha Beach.  A former partner of the firm was now a Judge, and still walked with a limp from being shot up on Omaha Beach.  Another partner had been with the Eighth Air Force in England, helping to plot flight missions in support of D-Day.  This was in a five man firm, including myself.  D-Day left its mark on this nation, with its approximately 3,000 dead and 6000 wounded Americans, but with the passage of time the memories of that time grow fainter.  All three of the men connected with the firm I worked for are now deceased and their living memories of that longest day are gone with them.

About 620,000 of the sixteen million American who served in World War II are now left.  They are leaving us now at the rate of 500 a day.  The youngest of them now are in their ninth decade.  All too soon the men who fought in the Great Crusade as Eisenhower termed it, will be joining Washington’s Continentals, the Blue and the Gray, the Rough Riders and the Doughboys, as figures of history, no longer people we can talk to and meet. 

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11 Responses to D-Day and Memory

  • “Uncommon courage was a common virtue.”

    “Greet them ever with grateful hearts.” And, say a prayer of thanksgiving for God has graced America with many humble heroes. For humility is a virtue. Think of Mary when the Angel Gabriel greeted her, “Hail, full of grace!”.

  • Beautifully said T. Shaw. Thank God.

  • Amen. Living in Truth and Freedom to do what is right and good.

    To say that these brave souls gave up their last breath so women may slaughter their own babies or men may sodomize their neighbors is an affront to these true heroes. Our “D” day is coming. A wave of heavenly helpers will one day reach Earth’s shores. When they do they will not loose one soldier nor will they be defeated in their quest to free those who have been battling the ultimate war. The Standard of Christ will reign.

    Too those who value what God values…God be with you.
    God bless our Veterans.

  • Today I think of my dad Larry who as an AAF meteorologist gave the forecast for the D Day invasions and later on the Continent, my Uncle Bill who was a glider pilot that day and then was in N Africa, my uncles Dick and Howell who were infantry officers at Anzio and in the Battle of the Bulge, and Howell’s wife, Aunt Florence who signed up as a WAC when her husband joined. It also brings to mind the summer of 1960 when my dad took us to the Normandy beaches and Anzio Beach, and to sites of many First and Second World War battles. Most vivid memories are of the cemeteries for the Allies with miles and miles of white crosses and stars of David. All family of that generation are gone now and in a better place.

  • My great uncle Mike fought on D Day and in the Battle of the Bulge. He died 36 years ago. The only stories I have are those my dad told me of Uncle Mike sending home German medals and other things like a helmet.

    It seems strange to me that when I was a boy in the 1970s most WWII vets were still around and now they are almost all gone.

  • I had the privilege to take care of WW2 vets when I worked in assisted living in the ’90’s. The Alzheimers patients couldn’t tell you their name, but they could tell you when they were wounded. One of our Parkinson’s patients had been a nurse in the British Navy on the beach at D-Day. However, his proudest accomplishment seems to have been his ship’s action against the Graf Spee. He didn’t talk about D-Day. Later when I worked in restaurants, I met a D-Day participant and a three-war veteran who were regular customers. The D-Day participant unfortunately committed suicide when he was diagnosed with cancer. Such a shame to have survived that, only to kill himself as an elderly man. The 3-war veteran had been captured in Korea, but escaped before he could be moved to a POW camp. He later served in Vietnam, then retired and became a police officer later in life.
    Loved those people!

  • A privilege that my wife and I shared was being the chaperones for our NW Michigan WWII Veterans visit to DC on memorial day weekend in 2010.

    We stopped by Shanksville Flight 93 crash site in route to Washington. A suggestion that our driver made. An excellent choice.

    The WWII Memorial was filled.

    At the golden star reflection pool an Marine corps sargent stood in full dress uniform giving a speech to whomever would stop to listen. Next to this man was a fallen soldier set…….boots with rifle standing upright and helmet topping the rifle. He said this was his younger brothers boots. He was KIA in the Gulf war. His talk was guided by the Holy Spirit and our small band of veterans listened while tears welled up in our eyes.

    Children were in the front of the crowd that gathered for this impromptu speech. He provided them an unforgettable experience and lesson that freedom is not free. What an honor.

    By far the best trip we have ever made.
    Outdoing Honolulu, Brisbane, Christchurch, and Alaska. That motorcoach carried the best our nation ever had to defend freedom from tyrants on both sides of U.S.

    My uncle Joe, Joseph Taylor, served under General Patton as a tank driver. He survived the war but suffered PTSD.
    Uncle Joe was my Godfather.

    God bless all of our vet’s.

  • Around this country at many many cemeteries, and around the world, there are tombstones for vetarans, like my Dad, with one line amidst the listing of medals and rank and honors, that one word is “Normandy.” He too was in the 8th Air Force of the Army Air Corps and bombed inland from the beaches that day. He flew 35 missions in his B17-10 more than he needed to-after 25 you could go home and most did; but for 10 missions, he laid down his life for a friend, literally, since if he had not gone up, someone else would have had to. And that is the story of this entire generation of men, real men, they all laid down their lives for their friends. No greater love. Guy McClung [III]. Texas

  • So well said, Guy. Real men. Thanks for sharing your dad’s exploits. My dad was with the 91st Bombardment Group, 8th AF at RAF-USAAF Basingbourn base. He died in 2004 though “Ragged Irregulars” newsletter continued to arrive until 2015. We never grew tired reading the wartime reminiscences. Thank you to all who shared their family stories on this post.
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  • My fiery uncle, Jack T. Toups (d. Mar.16, 1976) landed with the first wave with the 1st Infantry Division (“Big Red One leads the way”) at Omaha Beach and fought on through May, 1945 and VE day.

    I regret now not asking him as a lad to tell more of his eyewitness experiences, but he was so tough, loud, gruff, profanity-laden, colorful in his language, and intimidating even in his senior years (though he tried hard to be civil), we knew the Wehrmacht had their hands full when he waded ashore that day in June, 1944..

  • “had their hands full when he waded ashore that day in June, 1944.”

    Sounds like my great uncle Bill Barry who fought with the British Army from Normandy to the fall of Germany. He said he joined the British Army in 1939 because “someone needed to teach the Limeys how to fight!”

Father Ranger

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

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The men of the 5th Ranger Battalion could barely keep from laughing when they first saw their chaplain, Lieutenant Joe Lacy, a week before D-Day.  These were young men, in peak physical condition.  Father Joe Lacy was old by Ranger standards, knocking on 40, overweight by at least 30 pounds, wearing thick glasses and short, 5 foot, six inches.  He was described by one Ranger as “a small, fat old Irishman.”  No way would he be able to keep up when they  invaded France.

On the trip across the Channel to France,  Chaplain Lacy told the men:  “When you land on the beach and you get in there, I don’t want to see anybody kneeling down and praying. If I do I’m gonna come up and boot you in the tail. You leave the praying to me and you do the fighting.”  A few of the men began to think that maybe this priest was tougher than he looked.

On June 6, 1944 at 7:30 AM,  LCA 1377 landed the Rangers on Omaha Dog Green Beach, the first landing craft to land on that section of Omaha Beach.  Father Lacy was the last man out just before an artillery shell hit the fantail.  Everything was chaos with the beach being swept by German artillery and small arms fire.  Wounded men were everywhere, both on the beach and in the water feebly trying to get to the beach.  Father Lacy did not hesitate.  With no thought for his own safety he waded into the water to pull men out of the ocean and onto the beach.  He began treating the wounded on the beach and administering the Last Rites to those beyond human assistance.  On a day when courage was not in short supply men took notice of this small fat priest who was doing his best under fire to save as many lives as he could.  While his battalion led the way off Omaha Beach, and sustained 50% casualties doing so, Father Lacy continued to tend their  wounded and the wounded of other units.  For his actions that day Father Lacy was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest decoration for valor, after the Medal of Honor, in the United States Army.

Here is the text of his citation:

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3 Responses to Father Ranger

  • Thank God for Father Joe Lacy. Angel from heaven

  • Stories like this are great. But they always seem to bring me back around to my hobby horse, the lack of a strong Catholic identity in the US. We need more canonized saints. We need more shrines. We need a sense that we’re not merely another religion in a pluralistic, nearly secular country. We have a very practical immigrant’s sensibility: hospitals and schools, help people to get by. We need to avoid ghettoizing ourselves.

  • There is a process ongoing to canonize Servant of God Fr. Vincent Capodanno for similar “heroic and dauntless actions” in Vietnam. His tomb is on Staten Island. A Chaplain’s Chaplain – WSJ
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB120486293330118997

PopeWatch: Knights of Columbus

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

 

 

Sandro Magister takes a look at the financial support given by the Knights of Columbus to Vatican communications:

 

At the end of this month of June it will be seen whether the Knights of Columbus in the United States will for another year dispense 100,000 dollars for “Vatican Insider,” the religious information site that is most closely connected to Pope Francis through its coordinator Andrea Tornielli, a friend of Jorge Mario Bergoglio since long before he was elected to the papacy and still his frequent visitor.

“Vatican Insider” is a creature of the Turin-based newspaper “La Stampa,” where Tornielli is the vaticanista, and is still published on the web platform of this daily. But since July 1 of 2014 it has been kept alive precisely through the annual support of 100,000 dollars supplied by the Knights of Columbus and until now renewed at each expiration.

The man who holds the keys of this donation is Thomas Smith Jr., executive director of the Knights of Columbus and second in command of the organization, right after supreme knight Carl Anderson (in the photo). They are both convinced that keeping “Vatican Insider” alive is a desire of Pope Francis himself, and feel the need to show their obedience and devotion to him in this way as well.

The reputation of the Knights of Columbus is in fact by no means in line with the novelties of the current pontificate. It should suffice to look at the recent portrait of the Knights in somber, ultraconservative tones drawn by the “National Catholic Reporter,” a leader of the progressive American Catholic media, in a series of highly documented articles that is summarized in this, the last:

> Editorial: Knights’ monetary influence skews our church

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  • In the corrupt pontificate of Pope Francis the Knights need to make distinctions in their giving. But I doubt they will. Like most everyone in the Catholic Church ‘go along, get along’ is the mantra.

  • bergoglio is an evil pope – a supporter of divorce and sacrilege – pretending they are ‘annulments’ – that is hypocrisy

  • Looks like KofC is careful and decent.Prudence is a virtue that seems so rare now when discernment is a real chore.
    Also I want to mention that I appreciate the “popewatch” posts – also careful and decent.
    I love, and have a protective concern for our Catholic faith and our Catholic people – so keeping abreast of what is “out there” is vital to carrying my little lantern forward.

  • I must disagree with the various assessments made in this article. Crux is a very liberal publication and NCR would be termed conservative only by the far left. Of course, the discussion of all issues is skewed in the public debate in exactly this manner, but it is still useful to make note of the fact, for the record.

  • The Knights are one of the few reliable and fully trustworthy direct-relief funding sources for Middle East Christians, esp. those in Syria, with a very low cost of overhead.

    You can read their strikingly stark statistics on the crucifixion of Syrian, mostly Melkite and Antiochene, but also Chaldean, Catholics at their website, kofc.org. The Knights sponsored a fundraiser and discussion in Campbell, CA last summer that renders other causes pale by comparison. Whether these other mostly useless news organizations survive is mostly irrelevant, when place alongside what continues on a daily basis in Syria and Iraq.

    By the way you can give monthly to the KOC Middle-Eastern Relief fund online, at their website. They send you an annual tax deductible statement also.

  • Pearl- very good point about needing to point those out!
    I think you misread the mention of NCR a bit, though — I took it to mean “NCReporter, which is the leftwing Catholic paper, did a report styling the Knights as arch-conservatives.”
    I had to go back and double-check I hadn’t gotten confused and missed a mention of the Register, which you very accurately described. 😀

FDR’s D-Day Prayer

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

 

My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has come to pass with success thus far.

And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.

Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.

They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.

They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.

For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.

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D-Day Factoids

Tuesday, June 6, AD 2017

 

Random observations on D-Day.

  1. Churchill and the King– Churchill had begun his career in the days of Queen Victoria in the Army, and had fought in India, the Sudan and in the Boer War.   In World War I he had served briefly as the commander of a battalion in the trenches of the Western Front.  He was determined to land with the British troops on D-Day.  His generals were appalled.  King George VI remedied the problem when he told Churchill at an audience that he, the King, had determined that he should land on D-Day with his troops.   Churchill, aghast, said this was impossible since the King might be killed.  The King responded that since that was the case he didn’t want his Prime Minister risking his life on D-Day.  No more was heard of the idea of Churchill landing with the troops.
  2. German Build Up-There was little doubt that troops would successfully fight themselves ashore on D-Day.  The question was whether the Allies could build up successfully the beachhead and expand it in the face of the German buildup after the invasion.  This concern led to the initial assault force being increased from three to six divisions, not counting the Allied airborne forces dropping behind enemy lines.  The limiting factor was the number of landing craft the Allies had, with a six division assault force requiring bringing landing craft from the Mediterranean theater and delaying until July Operation Dragoon, the amphibious invasion of southern France.
  3. Oil-Modern armies move on fuel and getting enough gas into the D-Day beachhead was a major concern until the solution of laying pipelines, Operation Pluto. under the English channel was hit upon.  Disappointing initially in the amount of fuel transported via this means, by the end of the War 4000 tons was transported daily by these pipelines, providing the absolutely critical margin by which the mechanized Allied armies swept into Germany.
  4. Of Icebergs and Mulberries-Churchill was the quintessential idea man.   The problem was separating his good ideas from his bad ones.  Throughout the War he had the bizarre idea of using an iceberg as an unsinkable aircraft carrier.  His generals and admirals strove successfully throughout the War against his demand that this lunatic proposal be implemented. However he was also the main proponent of mulberries, the construction of prefabricated artificial harbors to be set up in France following D-Day.  These artificial harbors proved critical in the buildup in Normandy following D-Day.
  5. Patton-In the doghouse after slapping a soldier in Sicily, General George Patton still had an important role to play in D-Day.  Patton in the months of 1944 leading up to the invasion of Normandy found himself at the head of an impressive force: the First US Army Group, consisting of the US 14th Army and the British 4th Army.  It was entirely fictitious.  Codenamed Operation Quicksilver, the First US Army Group produced lots of radio chatter and paper reports, along with endless dummy tanks and fake troop bases.  It worked along with the other allied deceptions that made up Operation Fortitude South.  The Germans were convinced that the First US Army Group was a real formation and that the Allies were going to invade with it at Calais.  Patton made speeches and appearances throughout England at this time that received maximum publicity to enhance his assumed position as head of the Allied invasion.  At the same time he was secretly training Third Army for its role after the invasion.
  6. Rommel-The Desert Fox was not an infallible commander, but he did have an eerie ability to often guess the intentions of his foes.  So it was when he requested that the 12th SS Panzer Division, the fanatical Hitler Jugend, be moved to Carentan, which lay between the beaches that would become known as Utah and Omaha.  His request was refused.  Additionally, in early May Rommel ordered the commander of the 352nd Division to withdraw most of his men from reserve and have them concentrated on the beach that would be Omaha.  Fortunately for the Americans who landed there, the commander of the 352nd Division ignored Rommel’s order.
  7. Daily Telegraph-In May of 1944 crucial codewords for Operation Overlord began showing up in crossword puzzles of the Daily Telegraph newspaper.  An intensive investigation by MI5 failed to uncover any security breach.
  8. Mississippi-The flat bottomed landing craft had originally been designed to rescue Mississippi River flooding victims.
  9. Wonder Drug-The assault troops went ashore equipped with the new wonder drug Penicillin which saved thousands of lives.
  10. Casualties-The Allied casualties were much lighter than anticipated, some 10,000 of which 4500 were killed.  Churchill had feared a second first day of the Somme with some 20,000 Allied KIAs.
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  • “[H]e did have an eerie ability to often guess the intentions of his foes”

    Perhaps, this is the sort of prescience Napoléon had in mind, when he enquired about anyone recommended for promotion, “But is he lucky?”

  • Doubtless. I think it is akin to the genius that we see at work in other fields. I recall an attorney who could tell when the tide was turning in a jury trial by subtle shifts in how jurors were sitting, subtle shifts that completely eluded me. He was never wrong in my experience.

Robert E. Lee And Our Contemporary Political Battles

Monday, June 5, 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 Hill on Robert E. Lee

 

 

My how General Robert E. Lee still raises passions..  Adam Serwer has a one sided attack on Lee in The Atlantic, which reeks of presentism and displays little understanding of Lee or his times Go here to read it.  Dan McLaughin gives a half-hearted defense of Lee at National Review Online.  (Did all boldness die at National Review with Buckley?)  Go here to read it.  As Lincoln’s biggest fan on the internet, my views on Lee are well known to faithful readers of this blog:

 

Great Americans fought on both sides of the Civil War, and one of the greatest of Americans, of his time or any time, was Robert E. Lee.

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  • The problem with the eradication of the Civil War memorials is that it’s impossible not to see this as one stage in an ongoing trend; an ongoing agenda. Anyone who thinks it will stop there and not end up at the limits of D.C. has to be beyond blind.

    There’s also this uncomfortable notion that race is the irremediable sin. That if we can in any way pin the racist label on a person, we can then condemn the person as nothing but a racist, refuse any mercy, and use the condemnation to dismiss or eliminate any contributions of that person. This is an excellent summary of what I’m seeing:

    “The Left constantly digs through long-forgotten personal histories in seeking to discredit people; to them, you will forever be whatever the worst interpretation of the worst thing you have ever done or said is. That this is patently absurd, of course, is irrelevant to them. They care nothing for the truth, they only seek to destroy. They are little satans, accusers in service to the Great Accuser.”

    There’s truth to this if you think about it.

  • “There’s also this uncomfortable notion that race is the irremediable sin.”

    And the complete obsession of the left in this country. White leftists tend to be as race obsessed as a Klansman circa 1866.

  • Something I just learned: June 5 Confederate soldiers, sailors and marines in the Civil War were made U.S. Veterans by an act of Congress in 1957: U.S. Public Law 85-425 Sec. 410; Approved 23 May 1958.

    This made all Confederate Army, Navy and Marine Veterans equal to U.S. Veterans. Additionally, under U.S. Public Law 810, approved by the 17th Congress on 26 February, 1929, the War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. Grave sites.

  • THANK YOU Mary DeVoe for that information – it should be pondered by those who take down statues and landmarks.

  • and some of those white lefties were Klansmen, e.g. late Sen Robert Byrd, (D)WV. Lots of amnesia on the Left.

  • (Did all boldness die at National Review with Buckley?)

    I think the replacement of John O’Sullivan with Richard Lowry was the watershed. The economy of opinion journalism is lousy and there are not many careers to be made in it. I cannot help but notice that Jonah Goldberg is just about the only engaging producer of topical commentary that emerged from the ranks of the starboard magazine press as we knew it in 1994. Ross Douthat, Megan McArdle, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, David Burge, &c were never employed by any such venues. George Will and Charles Krauthammer were. The people Lowry has hired over the years produce workmanlike but bland material, or they produce insipid dreck, or they produce material that seems calculated to abrade much of National Review‘s readership.

  • “There’s also this uncomfortable notion that race is the irremediable sin.”
    Race is an act of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” from THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, ratified by every state. Prejudice against man is hatred of God and the imposition of atheism. So, too is same sex attraction an act of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”. It is the free will act of man to become addicted to lust and practice sodomy, a free will act detrimental to the salvation of the sodomite’s soul and salvation.

  • Very sad that in his own Commonwealth of Virginia, at this moment, Charlottesville is pulling down his statue and re-naming the park that bears his name. This talibanic effort to purge our history will likely continue. It’s a deeply ignorant movement, particularly with regard to Lee and Virginia, since our state rejected secession when the issue was Lincoln’s election and the perceived threat to slavery laws. Only when Lincoln ordered up troops for a southern invasion, and only then, did Virginia secede, convinced that this was an unconstitutional act by the federal government. One wonders if a different approach by Lincoln, at least with regard to states like Virginia, might have produced a different outcome. If Virginia had not seceded, the confederacy would have never survived beyond a year or two.

  • If he had done nothing else, America would owe him an unpayable debt for not scattering the Army of Northern Virginia to the hills in April 1865 to engage in guerilla warfare. But he did “plenty else,” too. Purging his memorials (and those of the Confederate soldiery) says more about us than it does about him (and them).

  • And it will not stop with Confederates. The slave holding Founding Fathers are a natural next target. Eisenhower and the men of the Great Crusade, as he called it, served in a racially segregated Army. Eventually they will go after Obama because he came late to the cause of gay marriage. The hilarious things about this is that the portside of our politics has a real problem with sponsoring political violence, raging intolerance of intellectual diversity, and often a romantic view of murderous leftists like Che Guevara. We have them spending their time attempting to censor the historical record while ignoring the glaring beams in their own eyes.

  • And what a small percentage of black Americans who owned slaves? When it comes to slavery there is plenty of blame to go around.

  • There’s also this uncomfortable notion that race is the irremediable sin.

    Or at least terrorism.

  • Mr. McClarey, the activists who pushed for the recent removal of
    the various Confederate memorials down in New Orleans also
    lobbied successfully to have that city’s George Washington
    Elementary School change its name, because President Washington
    had owned slaves. And yes, they’ve already indicated that they will
    not rest until the statue of Andrew Jackson comes down and Jackson
    Square Park is renamed, Battle of New Orleans notwithstanding…

    So yes, as you say, it will not stop with Confederates.

  • In Charlottesville, the writing is on the wall… first Lee and Jackson, but how long will the city be able to ignore the odious presence of the college founded, designed, and built by that arch-racist and slaveholder, Thomas Jefferson? I hope it happens soon, so I can watch the Left eat their own, as UVA is a hotbed of radical Leftism, and also the city’s main economic support.

  • For what it is worth: For better answers: check out Prager University’s five minute clip: The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party by Carol Swain, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University.

Roosevelt’s Letter to His Volunteers

Monday, June 5, AD 2017

 

With the entry of the US into World War I, Theodore Roosevelt began organizing a volunteer force of four divisions.  The reaction around the nation was enthusiastic with over 100,000 men volunteering, and many professional officers in the Regular Army seeking to serve with the divisions.  Congress authorized the raising of the four volunteer divisions, at the discretion of the President, in the Selective Service Act of 1917.  Roosevelt was not named as the commander of the divisions, but everyone knew who this provision was intended for.  Wilson quickly decided that he would not authorize the divisions, fearing that Roosevelt would either get killed, in which case he might be blamed, or Roosevelt would return a national hero and be a formidable Republican candidate for the White House in 1920.  Wilson’s decision was perhaps the bitterest disappointment in Roosevelt’s life, a disappointment that echoes in his May 21, 1917 letter to his volunteers:

 

The President has announced that he will decline to permit those divisions to be organized or to permit me to have a command in connection with such a force. After consultation yesterday, personally or by wire, with some of the men who have volunteered to raise units—regiments and battalions—for the divisions, including John C. Groome, of Pennsylvania; Seth Bullock, of South Dakota; John C. Greenway, of Arizona; John M. Parker, of Louisiana; Robert Carey, of Wyoming; J. P. Donnelly, of Nevada; Sloan Simpson, of Texas; D. C. Collier and F. R. Burnham, of California; I. L. Reeves, Frazer Metzger, and H. Nelson Jackson, of Vermont; Harry Stimson, W. J. Schieffelin, and William H. Donovan, of New York, and Messrs. James R. Garfield, Raymond Robbins, R. H. Channing, David M. Goodrich, W. E. Dame, George Roosevelt, Richard Derby and various others who were immediately accessible, it was decided unanimously that in view of the decision of the President the only course open to us is forthwith to disband and to abandon all further effort in connection with the divisions, thereby leaving each man free to get into the military service in some other way, if that is possible, and, if not, then to serve his country in civil life as he best can.

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  • Don

    A little background on the proposal for Volunteer divisions in WWI.

    The Spaninsh American war convinced may people the18th century organization of the War department was not suitable for the late 19th century let alone the 20th.

    A number of reforms were mad. As part of this it was realized that the old practice of calling volunteer units was not suitable for modern war, and had been pretty much written out of the governing laws, regulations and plans. The proposal for 100,000 volunteers was out of synch with defense planning.

    Basically the onslaught of Regular and National guard officers to join would have caused serious harm to activating Regular and guard divisions which would have lost a major part of the cadre needed to make them ready for war.

    It was included as a sop to Mr. Roosevelt and allies, but it no chance of implementation unless President Wilson
    supported it.
    Of course, even if it had been approved it would have been a chilly

  • Continued — day in hell before Wilson nominated Roosevelt to anything.

  • Considering the size of the proposed volunteer force Hank, 100,000 out of five million mobilized men, I think its impact on overall mobilization would have been small. Of course Pershing and Roosevelt were good friends and I think they could have smoothed over any problems working together. It was an interesting concept and I wish it had been tried, although I agree that with Roosevelt at its head Wilson would never have consented. Now, if Hughes had been elected, as he almost was, the Rough Rider Corps would almost certainly have become a reality. One of the more tantalizing what ifs in American history.

Reagan on D-Day

Monday, June 5, AD 2017

Reagan gave the above speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, a third of a century ago.  Tomorrow is the 73rd anniversary of the longest day, and there are only a precious few of those men who stormed the beaches who still remain with us.  Time to remember them tomorrow and every day:

We’re here to mark that day in history when the Allied armies joined in battle to reclaim this continent to liberty.  For four long years, much of Europe had been under a terrible shadow.  Free nations had fallen, Jews cried out in the camps, millions cried out for liberation.  Europe was enslaved, and the world prayed for its rescue.  here in Normandy the rescue began.  Here the Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.

We stand on a lonely, windswept point on the northern shore of France. The air is soft, but forty years ago at this moment, the air was dense with smoke and the cries of men, and the air was filled with the crack of rifle fire and the roar of cannon. At dawn, on the morning of the 6th of June 1944, 225 Rangers jumped off the British landing craft and ran to the bottom of these cliffs. Their mission was one of the most difficult and daring of the invasion: to climb these sheer and desolate cliffs and take out the enemy guns. The Allies had been told that some of the mightiest of these guns were here and they would be trained on the beaches to stop the Allied advance.

The Rangers looked up and saw the enemy soldiers on the edge of the cliffs shooting down at them with machine guns and throwing grenades. And the American Rangers began to climb. They shot rope ladders over the face of these cliffs and began to pull themselves up.  When one Ranger fell, another would take his place. When one rope was cut, a Ranger would grab another and begin his climb again. They climbed, shot back, and held their footing. Soon, one by one, the Rangers pulled themselves over the top, and in seizing the firm land at the top of these cliffs, they began to seize back the continent of Europe. Two hundred and twenty-five came here. After two days of fighting only ninety could still bear arms.

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  • Five years later, the Communist regimes in the old Warsaw Pact collapsed. Liberation was late in coming, but it came.

  • “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
    I met a man who showed me his scars from Normandy and Omaha. In the front a scar from his neck on down. On his back a scar from his neck on down. Divine Providence.

  • from THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

PopeWatch: Merchants of Death

Monday, June 5, AD 2017

One of the more distressing aspects of this Pontificate is how firmly Pope Francis believes things that simply are not true.  A prime example of this is his oft repeated contention that most wars are caused by arms merchants, the old “merchants of death” theory of international conflict.

This was a fairly common meme in the thirties of the last century when it was argued with a straight face, in the wake of World War I disenchantment and the growth of pacifism in the democracies, that World War I had been caused by arms dealers and by governments eager to profiteer from war.  Alas it was complete and utter rubbish and it is rubbish still.  Of course it is important to the Pope that wars be caused by sinister cabals of greedy men who initiate conflicts to make money.  This helps the Pope ignore the fact that most wars occur due to intractable differences between nations and people that are not amenable to negotiation.  Such reality does not fit into the Pope’s ideological world view, and when reality comes into conflict with what the Pope believes, so much the worse for reality.  Such a refusal to face facts can be harmful for an individual, it is disastrous for the Vicar of Christ.

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  • Automobile manufacturer’s… watch out!

    http://blog.spiritdaily.com/news-links/van-mows-down-pedestrians-on-london-bridge

    I hope it’s not an American made van.
    ( Gun’s don’t kill people….Van’s do. )
    Meanwhile. Prayers for the injured are forthcoming.

    Prayers continuing for our Pope.
    God help him.

  • The problem with liberals is that they actually believe all that leftist crap.

    Seen elsewhere some liberal is hugely concerned that the US (Thank God) still has 8,600 nuclear weapons. No mention is made of the nuclear weapons others have.

  • Wars happen because people do not/will not convert to Christ, and this current crop of Church princes seems fine with not spreading the news that Jesus is the Way, the Life, and the Truth. Jesus ought to know how things Ought to Be because He was instrumental in their creation. If people just do what he says, thinfs will be much better here on Earth.
    .
    I suspect the current chaos in the world is a direct result of broken marriages and broken families-polygamy in the Middle East, and “serial polygamy” in the West (and Asia).

  • Czar Nicholas II sent his soldiers onto the battlefield with on egun for every nine men. The idea was that when the first man fell, the gun was to be used by the second man and so forth. Death, war, famine and pestilence, the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will only be stopped by Mary’s Holy Rosary.
    Pope Francis ought to be calling for and on his knees praying the Rosary

  • Mary De Voe.

    Amen!

  • Such reality does not fit into the Pope’s ideological world view,

    The American Universities Field Staff put together in 1963 a collection of essays on political economy abroad, including an assessment of Argentina. By the author’s account, the political culture of Argentina was such that civic life was conceived of as a zero-sum conflict over resources between the working-class and the bourgeoisie, with the winners expected to redistribute income to their clientele. This was the climate in which that man came of age, and it does not appear that anything that has happened in Argentina or anywhere else in the intervening years persuaded him that businessmen were anything but thieves conning people and stealing from them.

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  • Well,I knew that when I heard that Frankie was wetting the papal panties over a bunch of bogus “global warming” computer models that he had finally snapped one mackerel too many

  • The generous donations to Peter’s Pence from Catholics in “war mongering”, capitalistic countries aren’t rejected by the Vatican.

  • Hopefully, there won’t be questions about the van’s motivation!?! The press might be concerned about people blaming extremist terrorist vans and becoming vanophobic!!! Later, they may have a meeting with all vans to talk about giving peace a chance, while singing superficial feel good pacifist peace loving ditties.
    Sheesh.

  • Pope off base as usual. We have an age old war going on right now: Islam against Christianity. The big problem is that most Christians, others, and especially Pope Francis don’t seem to know it is going on and don’t seem interested in finding out what it’s about. This is an indication of how dark the minds of Western man have become in the false Liberal attitude of political correctness. Niceness (feminization) is going to kill us all unless we face the truth about ourselves and our world. Let us pray to Our Lady of Fatima for insight and strength and especially for our misguided Pope.

  • Writing during WW1, G K Chesterton had this to say of Krupp, the great German arms manufacturer: “Now here comes in the real and sinister significance of Krupps. There are many capitalists in Europe as rich, as vulgar, as selfish, as rootedly opposed to any fellowship of the fortunate and unfortunate. But there is no other capitalist who claims, or can pretend to claim, that he has very appreciably helped the activities of his people in war. I will suppose that Lipton did not deserve the very severe criticisms made on his firm by Mr. Justice Darling; but, however blameless he was, nobody can suppose that British soldiers would charge better with the bayonet because they had some particular kind of groceries inside them. But Krupp can make a plausible claim that the huge infernal machines to which his country owes nearly all of its successes could only have been produced under the equally infernal conditions of the modern factory and the urban and proletarian civilisation. That is why the victory of Germany would be simply the victory of Krupp, and the victory of Krupp would be simply the victory of Capitalism. There, and there alone, Capitalism would be able to point to something done successfully for a whole nation—done (as it would certainly maintain) better than small free States or natural democracies could have done it. I confess I think the modern Germans morally second-rate, and I think that even war, when it is conducted most successfully by machinery, is second-rate war. But this second-rate war will become not only the first but the only brand, if the cannon of Krupp should conquer; and, what is very much worse, it will be the only intelligent answer that any capitalist has yet given against our case that Capitalism is as wasteful and as weak as it is certainly wicked. I do not fear any such finality, for I happen to believe in the kind of men who fight best with bayonets and whose fathers hammered their own pikes for the French Revolution.”

  • As usual when GK was writing on economics, he had no idea what he was talking about.

  • I refuse to buy and have refused to buy KRUPP coffeemakers. Capitalism in action. God’s Justice is as fine as gold. The longer it takes the finer it gets.

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  • “God’s Justice is as fine as gold. The longer it takes the finer it gets.” MDV.

    Damn girl…… that’s good.
    I’m a country bumpkin and don’t get out much so I must ask…..is that yours?
    Regardless. I like it. Great quote!

  • The saying may be in the Bible. My dad used it all the time.

June 4, 1942: Battle of Midway Begins

Sunday, June 4, AD 2017

My bride has the distinction of being one of the few people born on the Island of Midway.  (We have pictures of her as an infant with some Laysan Albatrosses, better known on Midway as Gooney Birds.  The medical staff was so excited at her birth that they put her in the new incubator, although they did not turn it on.)  This has led to never-ending confusion over the years when she has presented her birth certificate, with puzzled individuals wondering where Midway is.  Seventy-five years ago today the battle of Midway began.  A battle which has been called a miracle, Midway was the turning point of the war in the Pacific, with the decisive defeat of the Japanese strike force aimed at Midway that Admiral Yamamoto had intended to give a crushing blow to the remaining US carriers.  The victory of Midway was the product of hubris, MAGIC, luck, courage and skill.

1.  Hubris-Since Pearl Harbor the Japanese had won incredible victories on land, sea and in the air, and now controlled a huge Empire throughout East Asia.  Japanese historians have described this as the period of “victory fever”.  Even a very level headed and pragmatic individual like Admiral Yamamoto was affected by this atmosphere of seeming invincibility.  Japanese intelligence as to the dispostion of the US fleet in the Pacific was poor, and Yamamoto’s plan to lure the Americans into battle by threatening Midway was very much a strike into the unknown, and risked Japan’s fate in the war on one battle. 

2.  MAGIC-US cryptographers had broken many Japanese diplomatic and military codes.  The project was collectively known as MAGIC.  In December of 1941 Naval cryptographers had broken the Japanese high command naval fleet code designated JN-25.  Nimitz, the commander in chief of the US fleet in the Pacific, knew as a result that Midway was the target of the Japanese fleet and assembled his three carriers and support ships to oppose the Japanese fleet with its four carriers, two light carriers and support ships.

3.  Luck-It is hard in our era of satellite surveilance and ubiquitous electronic sensoring systems, to realize just how much a deadly game of blind man’s bluff a carrier battle was in 1942.  Radar, still in its infancy, gave the US a critical edge at Midway, but finding the Japanese fleet carriers to attack them was as much a product of luck as anything else.  If the Japanese had been luckier, Midway could easily have been a disastrous US defeat.

4.  Courage-There were many brave men on both sides, however the palm for gallantry has to go to the aviators of Torpedo Squadron Eight from the Hornet and Torpedo Squadron 6 from the Enterprise and their attacks on the Japanese carriers on June 4.  The men had to know that without cover from their own fighters they would almost certainly not survive their attack runs on the carriers.  They went in anyway, and almost all of them died.  Many Japanese observers were stunned while watching this.  Japanese propaganda called Americans weak, decadent and cowardly, and here were American pilots going to their deaths in the best samurai style as they attempted to sink the well guarded carriers.  The attacks failed, but they drew most of the Japanese carrier air patrols away from the carriers, kept the carriers off balance and unable to launch their own strikes and depleted the ammunition and gasoline of many of the Japanese planes guarding the carriers.

5.  Skill-Approximately 30 minutes after the torpedo squadron attacks, three squadrons of American SBD’s from the Enterprise and the Yorktown came upon the Japanese carriers.  They were led by Commander C. Wade McCluskey who decided to prolong the search for the Japanese carriers and found them by following the wake of a Japanese destroyer.  In a matter of minutes the three squadrons inflicted devastating damage on three of the four Japanese fleet carriers, winning the battle of Midway for the United States.

Here is the report of Admiral Nimitz on the battle.  Note the emphasis in his report on lessons learned and improvements that had to be made based upon these lessons, it is a model of how to learn from success:

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  • The victory of Midway was the product of hubris, MAGIC, luck, courage and skill.”
    That and more than a little help from our Creator…..

  • Then, God was on our side. N.B. the use of the past tense.

    That being said, if the Japanese had taken Midway, they would have used it as a land base to bomb Pearl Harbor and US military bases in Hawaii. That would have been a huge loss for the US strategic situation.

    “A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

    “If everybody’s thinking alike, somebody isn’t thinking.”

    “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

    Above are useful quotes from Patton.

  • Even if we had lost at Midway the Japanese did not stand a chance. Beginning in 1943 an avalanche of new ships, air units and ground divisions would have turned the tide of the War. The War might have lasted a year longer, unless, as it did historically, the Bomb brought the War to a screeching halt.

  • Excellent post, Don. Thank you .

  • “Then, God was on our side. N.B. the use of the past tense.” God is still on our side. We have to ask .

Cardinal Newman on Pentecost

Sunday, June 4, AD 2017

 

 

 

WHEN our Lord was going to leave the world and return to His Father, He called His disciples orphans; children, as it were, whom He had been rearing, who were still unable to direct themselves, and who were soon to lose their Protector; but He said, “I will not leave you comfortless orphans, I will come to you;” [John xiv. 18.] meaning to say, He would come again to them in the power of His Holy Spirit, who should be their present all-sufficient Guide, though He Himself was away. And we know, from the sacred history, that when the Holy Spirit came, they ceased to be the defenceless children they had been before. He breathed into them a divine life, and gifted them with spiritual manhood, or perfection, as it is called in Scripture. From that time forth, they put away childish things:  they spake, they understood, they thought, as those who had been taught to govern themselves; and who, having “an unction from the Holy One, knew all things.”

That such a change was wrought in the Apostles, according to Christ’s promise, is evident from comparing their conduct before the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended on them, and after. I need not enlarge on their wonderful firmness and zeal in their Master’s cause afterwards. On the other hand, it is plain from the Gospels, that before the Holy Ghost came down, that is, while Christ was still with them, they were as helpless and ignorant as children; had no clear notion what they ought to seek after, and how; and were carried astray by their accidental feelings and their long-cherished prejudices.—What was it but to act the child, to ask how many times a fellow-Christian should offend against us, and we forgive him, as St. Peter did? or to ask to see the Father, with St. Philip? or to propose to build tabernacles on the mount, as if they were not to return to the troubles of the world? or to dispute who should be the greatest? or to look for Christ’s restoring at that time the temporal kingdom to Israel?  Natural as such views were in the case of half-instructed Jews, they were evidently unworthy of those whom Christ had made His, that He might “present them perfect” before the throne of God.

Yet the first disciples of Christ at least put off their vanities once for all, when the Spirit came upon them; {338} but as to ourselves, the Spirit has long since been poured upon us, even from our earliest years; yet it is a serious question, whether multitudes of us, even of those among us who make a profession of religion, are even so far advanced in a knowledge of the Truth as the Apostles were before the day of Pentecost. It may be a profitable employment today to consider this question, as suggested by the text,—to inquire how far we have proceeded in putting off such childish things as are inconsistent with a manly, honest profession of the Gospel.

Now, observe, I am not inquiring whether we are plainly living in sin, in wilful disobedience; nor even whether we are yielding through thoughtlessness to sinful practices and habits. The condition of those who act against their conscience, or who act without conscience, that is, lightly and carelessly, is far indeed from bearing any resemblance to that of the Apostles in the years of their early discipleship. I am supposing you, my brethren, to be on the whole followers of Christ, to profess to obey Him; and I address you as those who seem to themselves to have a fair hope of salvation. I am directing your attention, not to your sins, not to those faults and failings which you know to be such, and are trying to conquer, as being confessedly evil in themselves, but to such of your views, wishes, and tastes, as resemble those which the Apostles cherished, true believers though they were, before they attained their manhood in the Gospel: and I ask, how far you have dismissed these from your minds as vain and trifling; that is, how far you have made what St. Paul in the text seems to consider the first step in the true spiritual course of a Christian, on whom the Holy Ghost has descended.

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  • Interesting.
    The Apostles were very familiar with Jesus’ mother. They comforted her as she also had comforted them during their time on earth. The relationship is a vital one and should not be glossed over. The relationship between Mary, Apostles and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is more than a formula to advance in the spiritual journey, it is a bond that is as magnificent as mother and child. In this exchange is found an abundance of grace to completely loose one’s life for the cause of Christ.

    Consecrated souls know this relationship. They have child like trust. They nurtured​ a lovely relationship with Mary in their beginning stages of trust which in turn lead them into the richness of knowing Her Son.
    This introduction or familiarity is from the spouse of Mary…the Holy Spirit.

    A consecrated life is not only for religious who profess the vows and live in convent’s.
    No. It’s for everyone. My personal consecration to Jesus through Mary via St. Kolbe’s method lead me almost immediately into a field of service I had never imagined. Profound change resulted in this first step in dieing to self and living a new life in Christ.

    I do not know Jesus in the fullness that the Apostles knew him, but I’ve been allowing myself to be guided by trusting in His inspirations​. Happily too.

    Ad Jesum per Marium.
    When you’ve become a child of Mary you will benefit from the Spouse of Mary.

    Praise be Jesus Christ.. today tomorrow and forever.

PopeWatch: Ten Commandments, Revised Version

Saturday, June 3, AD 2017

 

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

 

Pope Francis on Monday warned against the excessive rigidity of the Ten Commandments and said “God gives us the freedom to search our own conscience for commandments.”

“I always try to understand what’s behind people who are too young to have seen Moses walk down from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments, and yet still they want to obey them,” Francis said. “Sometimes I find myself confronted with a very legalistic person who follows the Commandments and I ask myself, ‘Why so much rigidity?’ This rigidity in following the Commandments always hides something, insecurity or even something else.”

Pope Francis went on to say that, “Behind an attitude of always feeling like you must follow the rigidity of the Commandments there is something else in the life of a person. The Commandments are not a gift of God. The Beatitudes are because they are not a list of rules that stiffen us and make us rigid; they make us feel good.”

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7 Responses to PopeWatch: Ten Commandments, Revised Version

  • Parody, sarcasm and irony notwithstanding, those are Jorge Bergoglio’s Ten Commandments.

  • May be the holy Spirit gave us such a nut job for a pope to awaken us to the demonically fuleled relativism that has invaded the Church. St. Michael the Archangel, Defend us!

  • Mike C., I think it’s ” the Holy Spirit … Permitted … the Cardinals to select…. ”
    and you’re right. 🙂

  • Pope Francis needs emergency treatment from the Holy Spirit. Come quickly Holy Spirit and help poor Pope Francis. He seems confused and is confusing some of us.

  • The Commandments are not a gift of God. The Beatitudes are because they are not a list of rules that stiffen us and make us rigid; they make us feel good.” Is he not an ‘Antichrist’?

  • Wish I could ask him…”Does your interpretation mean we should “kind of” honor our father and mother?” … or more-or-less not steal???? I’d like to know who voted to elect this guy! How embarrassing

  • I’m really old and I pray that this is someone’s idea of a bad joke. Please say it’s not true I hate to think that this is what the Catholic church and our pope and leaders has become. God save us all!!!!!
    I’m really old and I hope that this is someone’s idea of a sick joke. I can’t believe that our pope would actually say something like this. This is very upsetting to the faithful followers of our lord Jesus Christ. Dear God help us please!!!!!