Jews Praying At The Temple Mount

Friday, July 21, AD 2017

It’s a little complicated, and they’re not SUPPOSED to be allowed to, but…they are.

Israeli police were still ordered to stop non-Muslim prayer, but many Jews took advantage of the opportunity to pray; Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel, co-founder of the Land of Israel Network, emulated Jews of 2,000 years ago and prostrated himself on the stones; the Israeli police removed him from the site.

He told Breaking Israel News, “Bowing down on the stones is a Torah commandment, precisely like in Temple times, and in a way we aren’t able to do when the Waqf guards are here. I couldn’t resist. I felt like every prayer, every mitzvah (Torah commandment) done at the Temple Mount opened the door to geula just a little more.”

I’m sure I’m supposed to be horribly upset or something.

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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 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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Apostolic Letter issued ‘Motu Proprio’ Maiorem hac dilectionem

Tuesday, July 11, AD 2017

(How is that for a mouth full?)

I don’t know Latin or Italian so I’ll pass on making any quotes, but it’s a paperwork change.  (H/t Bing translate for getting that much)

Now, if some guy risks his life to save someone– say, the classic tragic death of managing to shove a kid/a lady/the love interest out of the way– and loses his life, he can become “blessed” without a miracle, just like someone who is killed for the faith.  (No other conditions removed.)

English is usually fairly quick on the translation circle, for things they even translate, so it should show up soon.

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C&C: Saints

Monday, June 19, AD 2017

Over on the Angels article I avoided digressing as far as I might by saying I’d get into saints in a later article; so here we go!

What is a saint?

Someone who is united with God; a holy one. English is actually a bit odd– we’ve got a lot of ways of saying things, and “saint” is a good example. Most languages, there’s no difference between how you say “holy one” and how you say “saint.” This can result in things that sound very strange to modern ears, like talking about “Saint Jesus.” Jimmy Akin has a great FAQ if you want to know more, but I’m going to steal from it shamelessly for a lot of this article so you might want to wait on that to avoid boredom. (Not that his writing is boring, but because reading more detail about something you’ve already read is more interesting than reading a little information about something you just absorbed a huge amount on.)

Now, when we talk about a saint, there’s a few very common ways we commonly mean it. There’s a Saint as in the title– saint Michael or Saint Joseph; there’s a saint as in the description– “my mom is a saint.”

To simplify greatly, the title is the Church officially saying “yep, you’re right– they’re holy. It’s OK to publicly hold them up as holy.”

This is, as I said, a massive simplification.

How do we know?

We “know” someone is a saint by the infallible proclamation of the Church– that’s what canonization (officially recognizing someone as a saint) is. Beyond being dead– so as to avoid a change in behavior that would change their status– there are four stages involved. Currently. The system has grown out of trying to avoid abuses, and will without a doubt end up changing in the future; here’s the EWTN over-view, which I will summarize.

Servant of God:

someone dies, and either five years pass or the Vatican officially grants a waiver of the waiting period. At that point, the Bishop of the place where they died can petition to start a ‘Cause for Beatification and Canonization’. If the Vatican says “I don’t see why not,” they go ahead. (Yes, I’m being slightly flip, but that’s not a bad translation of the sense of ‘nihil obstat,’ literally ‘nothing stands in the way.’) If this is so, the person being investigated can be referred to as “Servant of God.” For example, some of those who admire Professor Tolkien of Lord of the Rings fame started a facebook group to attempt to persuade the Archbishop of Birmingham to pursue his Cause; just this April it was forwarded to him. If the Bishop decides to pursue it, and if the Cause receives a nihil obstat, then he’d be “the Servant of God, J.R.R. Tolkien.”


Probably most commonly comes to mind in association with St. Bede, although he is actually a saint. Now, when used technically rather than because it’s been used forever, this is the stage beyond Servant of God– literally years of researching all public and private writings, all actions, everything to try to find any kind of a problem, and further that the Bishop is willing to vouch for the Servant of God’s heroic virtue. If he is, all the supporting information is forwarded to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. They go over the information, and vote, and it either dies right there or is passed on to the Pope, who has the final yes-or-no say on if there is enough cause to carry on with the Cause for Beatification and Canonization; if he grants a Decree of Heroic Virtues, the person becomes “The Venerable Sheen,” or “The Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.”

Confusingly, this doesn’t mean it’s allowable for them to be public venerated– but “publicly venerated” doesn’t mean that you’re in trouble if, for example, your baby is stillborn and you pray and ask others to pray for the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen to intercede on his behalf (such as for James Fulton Engstrom, the two-thirds-verified miracle for the cause of the Venerable Sheen, is now a normal and healthy three when he had no heartbeat for an hour), it means doing so in the name of the Church, as if you are speaking on behalf of the Church. Think kind of like the rules about activism in military uniform, for those familiar with the US military.


Once the Decree of Heroic Virtues has been received, then the search is on: has this person interceded on anyone’s behalf? I’ll do an article on miracles later, but that is what is being sought for, and tested. Official recognition of miracles goes by where it happens, rather than the bishop responsible for the saint. Something I’m sure that whichever bishop would otherwise be responsible for investigating Marian miracles is very glad of! More practically, a local power will have better access to information and make for an easier, more accurate investigation. As we all know from the internet, it’s very easy for even those of the best will to leave out information that doesn’t support what they already believe, and those without more of the picture to draw inaccurate conclusions– and that’s without worries about those who actually mean to cause others harm.

In the case of martyrs, their death can serve as their first miracle– if, after investigation, it’s found to be true martyrdom, then the Pope issues a Decree of Martyrdom. This can actually be complicated– for a recent case, the question of if Archbishop Romero of the San Salvadoran Archdiocese, was killed because he was an obstacle to those who killed him, or for his faith? What if the only reason he was an obstacle was because he was true to God? Or was he shot at the very altar because such an outrage is a powerful threat and made the death squads even more terrifying? This argument was going on for quite literally my whole life– John Paul II prayed at the tomb of the Archbishop in ’83– and only this year was Pope Francis able to recognize his martyrdom, and on May 23 he

officially became Blessed Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Being ‘Blessed’ means that local churches can officially pray for his intercession– that public veneration I mentioned. If you were able to make a long form Easter Vigil, there’s a good chance that you heard a local ‘Blessed’ in there somewhere if there weren’t enough baptismal or confirmation saints to wear out your lector.


You do the same thing as for verifying they’re blessed all over again. Find a miracle and investigate it to be sure it’s worthy of belief by first the bishop of where it happened, then by a sub-group of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, then by the heads of the congregation, and then the Pope. If they get a second Decree of Miracle (or a first, for verified martyrs) then the person can be canonized– recognized as a saint for veneration by the entire, universal Church.

I want to repeat again: the Pope is not making someone a saint, he is officially recognizing them as a saint. If they weren’t a saint, there would be no miracles to investigate in the first place. Just because someone is not recognized as of yet doesn’t mean they are not at the very throne– it may just mean there’s a paperwork snarl, such as the disagreement about who gets custody about the Venerable Sheen’s mortal remains.

Why do we have saints?

Because people aren’t all bad.

Sorry, my sense of humor… we recognize saints officially for two reasons, the good and the bad: the good is because they are a powerful aid in our drawing closer to God; the bad is because someone falsely portrayed as a saint would be a powerfully damaging force on faith. Good heavens, my initial inspiration for this entire series is the (possibly best wishes in the world) falsehoods that were driving folks away from the Truth.

You may have even heard of some false saints- heard of The Sainted Death? Not to be confused with artistic personifications of death, but set up in shrines rather like the ones you’d find for the Holy Mother. The Sainted Death AKA, Santa Muerte or the ‘murder saint’ in some news stories; it was fairly big in the news a few years ago, but variations in pop culture are old enough that at least one urban fantasy novel from about the early 90s or late 80s– I think it was Mercedes Lackey– used a variation as a plot point, and the author included some fascinating show-your-work on the subject.

A bit less modern, a Catholic looking into voodoo is going to be kind of surreal as things are perfectly familiar, perfectly normal…then WHAM! where did that come from? it takes a radical turn from anything that can be explained away into Catholic theology.

These similarities sometimes often provide fodder for those who are looking for a route of attack on Catholic topics, as if the truth of something is lessened by the appearance being borrowed for something else entirely. These are home brew philosophies, systems or religions– just like anyone with a

half-decent sense of history will go through “satanist” symbols and be able to identify where they were lifted from a wide variety of sources. (Seriously, St. Peter’s Cross as anti-Christian? It says a lot about the ignorance, possibly willful, of the Satanists- nothing about the sources of those symbols.)

The people making the systems are just using whatever looks interesting to them and applying it to an existing belief. Supposedly, that’s where most of these things come from– people keeping pagan beliefs and just pasting Catholic symbols on top of them.

On the flip side:

There are actually some lovely statues in Japan that are exactly the opposite of the satanists-absconding-with-whatever-looks-cool; while Catholicism was suppressed in Japan, the Christians there would hide Marian statues as that of the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Kannon, or flat-out re-purpose existing statues if they had to– standing before a statue made to honor Kannon, and praying to Mary. During the hundreds of years of quite harsh suppression, this kept the faith alive…and had wondeful fruits when the Japanese government finally allowed a church to be built for foreigners:

Inside the church, above the side altar, there was placed a statue brought from France of Mary with the child Jesus in her arms. The Japanese inhabitants called the church, the “French Temple.” When the word that “a statue of Mary was in the French Temple,” spread to the hidden Christian community of Urakami, the certainty was raised in their hearts: “If there is the statue of Holy Mary, the foreigner of the French Temple must be a “pater,” a priest!” In fact, they had awaited a priest for seven generations. On the March 17, 1865, a group of about ten members of the hidden Christian community, pretending to be tourists, entered into the church. One of them, a woman named Yuri, being anxious to know if the foreigner would be a pater, approached Fr. Petitjean, and said “We have the same hearts as yours,” and more, “Santa Maria no go-zō wa doco?”, which means “Where is the statue of Holy Mary?” This astonishing question revealed to the French missionary the miraculous survival of a Christian community in Nagasaki. Then, Fr. Petitjean, full of joy and emotion, led them to the side altar, where was placed the statue of the Virgin. Kneeling down, they couldn’t bear any more and exclaimed with emotion: “She’s really Holy Mary! Look! She brings in her arms her Son, Jesus!”

That’s basically why we recognize saints– because they can help bring us closer to God.


This is a reprint that I haven’t updated; my apologies, but kids come first– and I really am working on a couple of others. 

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  • Thanks Foxfier.
    btw…..I like your sense of humor and your writing style.

    Recently, one of my favorite examples of a holy man is one step closer to Blessed. Fr. Solanus Casey. My understanding is that the miracle, skin affliction cured, is acceptable to the investigators in Rome.

    Venerable Solanus’ humility and charity are carrying on long after his death in 1957.
    One very short writing of his comes to mind as we put forward efforts in assisting neighbors; “God condescends to use our powers if we don’t spoil his plans with ours.”
    Thanks for your article Foxfier.

  • *laughs* thank you, I’m glad it came across well! Usually the comments come out of re-reading what I wrote, and realizing I said something that could use a bit of polishing. Possibly with a steel brush.
    I like that quote.

C&C: Angels

Monday, June 12, AD 2017

You’ve probably heard about that baby girl who survived a car accident that killed her mother, hanging in her car seat for 14 hours until emergency personnel showed up. The first responders say they heard someone– not the baby, but either a woman or a child– yelling for help, which gave them the strength to flip the car over; they were shocked to find her mother had been dead since the accident. You may even have seen the video. I know some folks have suggested that her mom came back as an Angel to save her child.

For shock value, I really should write something like “that’s nonsense,” to get your attention with a nasty splash of cold water. All the style guides I’ve read support it– but it’s not nonsense, it’s a minor misunderstanding or miscommunication in the course of grasping for something wonderful in the middle of a tragedy that could have been so much worse. It’s also rather rude to manipulate folks to get a reaction, rather than trying to convey information. I don’t know what the folks at the rescue heard, but I definitely get chills thinking about it, and I think it’s interesting enough to stand on its own just fine.

The Misunderstanding

When someone says “angel,” they’re usually picturing something like the classic painting, “Guiding Angel”– a guardian angel with robes and wings, hovering protectively behind two children that are crossing a bridge. Depending on the context, harps may be involved. They might think of popular movies and shows, like the entire genera of “Archangel Michael on earth and probably falling in love” movies. Maybe images of a warrior of God with a flaming sword, smiting the devil. For gamers, they might picture Tyrael of the Diablo games. On a more personal level, they may think back to a lost loved one they were told is an angel, now.

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  • Blessed Mother once said that she can only appear at the will of God. So, too angles may only be messengers of God. Disembodied souls have returned.
    The baby’s Guardian Angel, the mother’s soul and the mother’s Guardian Angel, the patron saints of both mother and child, divine Providence and all.
    You are correct, Foxfier, angels never had human bodies. Only souls have had human bodies. God wanted the child saved.

  • The Holy Angel of Portugal taught the Fatima children prayers that set the stage for Our Holy Mother Mary’s arrival.

    We pray one of them daily within our Holy Rosary….”O my Jesus forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven especially those who are in most need of thy Mercy.”

    Please visit the site provided and consider going to a retreat given by Fr. Wolfgang.
    He was our substitute Priest for the past two weeks while Fr. Libby was overseas.

    Thanks for your considerations.

  • It is also written that some have unknowingly entertained angels in their presence. Would seem that angels have a few more duties than we are generally aware of. Through the ages many individual encounters have been recorded but, of course, can not be verified by physical means.

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  • John-Paul II wrote a marvelous Catechesis on the Angels, linked below :

Saints, Angels and Demigods

Friday, June 9, AD 2017

A sort of musing-on-words post.

One of the more awkward conversations you can have is the “they’re an angel, now” one with someone who’s lost a loved one—besides the obvious even to me point that you don’t pick a fight about it because that will do more harm than good. I’m still startled at the negative reactions some people have to the word “saint” applied in a non-metaphorical way.
After MDV laid out how the demigod from the latest Disney movie couldn’t be considered a proper big-G god, combined with Dan’s description of Maui as a Polynesian Hercules, I started musing….
Concluded that a lot of Protestants do believe in Saints, as we know them. They just call them angels, and tend to dramatic representations that are much more obvious that they work only by God’s power. (That came by way of envisioning addressing prayers c/o The Almighty. Glowy gold script, bright white envelope. Uh…did I mention I haven’t been sleeping much?)

Look at TV angels, at least in nominally religious programs, and you get:
*Who died
*and are doing God’s will
*usually with some personal focus related to their life on Earth.

Now, since it’s Hollywood, there’s some created drama about losing one’s salvation after one is already an angel, yadda yadda—because that’s totally what God would do, punish someone for doing the right thing. I can’t complain too much, that trope brought the movie Tombstone into being, and that’s an enjoyable drama, but bad theology.

Not sure how useful it will be, but I thought the observation might come in handy the next time you’re in a situation where you’re thinking: “But angels weren’t ever human!” Maybe they’ll listen if you say “when someone is dead and in heaven, we call them a saint, not an angel.”

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  • Thank you Foxfier. “But angels weren’t ever human!” Exactly. Not to far in the past, people on public conveyance: buses, trains and planes were counted as souls. The human person with transcendent soul. So many souls were lost on the Titanic. Since atheism and the watered down atheism, secular humanism, that is, a creation without “their Creator”, man’s soul has been denied to him. Innate human rights, that are our unalienable civil rights, free will and reason are attributes endowed to man by “their Creator” have been denied to him.
    Subtle indoctrination and subliminal suggestion have inculcated atheism and the belief that man is nothing more than an animal to be disrespected and treated irreverently to be murdered, cheated and enslaved.
    Barbarism and insanity are the results.
    A 1960 film with Sean Connery as 007, You Only Life Twice has a picture, a full size picture of Our Lady holding Jesus with St. John and maybe St. Catherine in the office of SPECTER, the really bad guy. ONLY BAD GUYS ARE RELIGIOUS…Ian Fleming , author of 007 believed that all law was the “crystallization of prejudice.”
    Good will for the common good, patriotism, has lost its place in our culture.

  • Probably our best hope is to try to get people to be rational– really rational. In the last few weeks I’ve seen way too many people dismiss evidence that contradicts their view by changing the subject to personal qualifications.
    Facts don’t work that way…the lowest of unrepentant sinners can be right, even if they disagree with the most holy saint, IF THEY ARE RIGHT.
    It’s the truth that matters.

  • I think part of the confusion is that we refer to some angels as saints. I guess all angels would be saints because every angel we know by name is referred to as a saint.

  • There’s been a rash of people calling in to Catholic Answers and similar shows asking how Saint Michael can be a saint when he wasn’t a human, and them explaining it means that they’re with God.

    Hehe, I need to post that “saints” article I made…..

  • The Angels who are called saints chose to be true to God , a free will choice that made them saints. So, too the human being must make a free will choice to be with God in heaven.
    “Ian Fleming , author of 007 believed that all law was the “crystallization of prejudice.” All law is the crystallization of truth.

Why Is St. Patrick’s Day a Big Deal?

Friday, March 17, AD 2017

The Catholic Geeks can tell you!

Their opening:
There are a few days of the year based around Catholic holidays that have become heavily secularized. Christmas, of course, is the big offender in many eyes, and every year we have reports from the tinsel-choked and eggnog-spilled trenches of the “War on Christmas.” To a lesser extent, the same is true of Easter, while it seems like fewer and fewer people know who St. Valentine even is. With that, it’s probably no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is has just become a day to celebrate being Irish.

But why? Why do we make such a big deal out of this day in the United States, to the point that some bishops offer special Lenten dispensations, even when (as it does this year) it falls on a Friday? St. Patrick’s Day isn’t even a big deal in Ireland, not compared to how we celebrate it in the United States. And corned beef isn’t even an Irish dish!

The answer is both simple and complex, and somewhat contradictory. No, it’s not actually an Irish day; but it’s rooted in being Irish. It’s a day steeped in Catholicism, and yet not in worship. And it’s a day that’s both very American and not at all, at the same time.

Go read the rest– and please share it around to all the people sniffing and sneering about horrible bad evil wrong selfish weak and probably, they imply, sinful it is that some people want to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day, including corned beef.  Not even authentically Irish!  (Psssst– neither is Pat!)

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  • For the first time in many years, I quietly celebrated (all day listened to Irish music, prayed for and thought of all those who went before me who loved me so much). I sat up and watched “The Quiet Man” thinking all the time how much Mother and Father loved it – lovely caricature that it is. More than once I prayed, “God bless John Wayne.” And, “God bless John Ford.”

    In my opinion and experience, the Irish are a people characterized by their plethora of love for family, country, and heritage; and their capacity for suffering, ” And Ireland, long a province, be a nation once again.” From “The Boys of Wexford,” “. . . Fought with heart and hand to burst in twain the galling chain and free our native land . . . ” I compare it to Washington and the Continentals in the darkest days of The American Revolution.

    Importantly, in the 1800’s the Irish came here (many starving and destitute) and were abused, vilified (Irish need not apply) and exploited. They somehow managed not to hate though they were hated. Reader, let that sink in. Their descendants are among the best-assimilated, best-educated, most successful of Americans.

    I’m old enough to remember when the NYC Parade was about honoring St. Patrick, Irish culture (whatever that is), “England Out Of Ireland,” and the Faith. Today, I can walk into a saloon in Woodside, Queens or Woodlawn, the Bronx and think I am in Dublin. I could go to Gaelic Park, in the Bronx, and see a hurling or Irish football game and hear hundreds of Irish accents. There have to be 600 pipe bands and similar numbers of Irish step-dance schools.

    Now, some cranks use St. Patrick to advertise/promulgate anti-Catholic (in the “antichrist” sense) memes like Irish LGBT (Liberty, Guns, Booze, Trump?). Apparently, the Boston parade is not allowing to peddle their cause a group named “Veterans For Peace.” I doubt if they’re allowing “Veterans For Victory” to advertise, either.

    Despite the dispensation, we had planned to observe the Lenten Friday discipline. But, our youngest sons (around lunch time) asked if we were. We ran out, bought the fixings, and made the corned beef and cabbage. Why should I not give him (and his fiancée – they are completing their pre-Cana preps) that which was given to me?

  • Congratulations on the future daughter in law!

  • For decades, my mother was led to believe – as a McLuckie – that she was Irish, not Scot. Well, that wasn’t the case. The McLuckies are a sept family of the grand and noble Clan Lamont. However, the missus has Irish heritage – proven by a DNA test – so my sons have Irish blood in them. For a long time, Spain granted citizenship to any Irish who could make it to Spain, most certainly due to the shared Catholic faith of both nations. May they both become Catholic again.

  • Penguins Fan, your comment on the Spanish – Irish link might explain why Costello and Kinsella, Irish surnames, look Spanish. Perhaps sailors from wrecked Armada ships made it ashore the Irish coast and are the source of the Black Irish?
    In our little mission Father arranged a buffet lunch of corned beef and cabbage with soda bread prior to the info lecture on caregiving and caregivers and necessary forms. “Aging gracefully for mature adults”.
    Though there’s no Irish on either side of our families we too watched a series of films on TCM including the classics The Informer and The Quiet Man.

Exorcists Oppose Witches Cursing Trump

Thursday, March 2, AD 2017

-or anybody else, or trying to use supernatural powers, because it’s a bad idea that will hurt the people doing it.

As for the call for those casting the spell, Father Lampert said they are relying on evil that feeds on anger and revenge. “The end result of all this for people will be to find themselves more deeply entangled with the devil,” he said. “Their lives will continue to spiral out of control because they do not have God as an anchor.”

Prayers for protection are very effective, according to Father Lampert, but we should not just be reactionary. “We should always be proactive in our faith and praying for our leaders­­—both civic and religious—as a normal part of our everyday action,” he said. “I would hate to think our faith is just reactionary. Scripture tells us to pray unceasingly.”


In other news, three witches showed up at the Portland anti-abortion rally to support abortion.  I’m not sure, given that it’s Portland, if they were some flavor of pagan or new age religion, or just trying to be edgy while concealing their identity.


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  • Madness prevails! I feel confident that the Lord will protect us and the devil will not win this battle!

  • Witches, worlocks and Satanic priests and priestesses have sold their soul to the devil. Cursing Trump they wish Trump to sell his soul to the devil. Misery enjoys company. God will force no one to heaven. The devil will never be satisfied with every soul ever created because the devil has forfeit his own Truth to a lie. Evil.

  • It’s darkly ironic– the best trick the devil pulled was getting folks to think he didn’t exist…and now it’s spinning so far out that they’re going to get folks believing in evil, at the very least, again.

    Makes sense, though– evil never wins in the long run, just makes the run a lot nastier.

  • One can almost imagine the devils cast out of the former Soviet Union entering like “Legion” into the Democratic Party. Prayer and Fasting is required.

  • I happen to be a member of the Democratic Party and I haven’t seen any devils lately. Leprechauns and the fairy people yes, devils no.

  • Bobby Driscoll: Go see the movie about Kermit Gosnell. Every baby Gosnell murdered is written on his face. Nancy Pelosi is a whited sepulcher full of dead baby bones. Mrs. Ben Ghazi and Benedict Arnold are enshrined in the traitor Hall of Fame. Even the herd of pigs ran off the cliff and drowned themselves in the sea rather than be possessed by the devil. “I will not serve” Obama did not ever represent his constituents and our voice through Congress at the Paris Climate Change conference, or the Iran deal or the potty wars. Are you sure that you are a member of the Democratic Party?

  • “I happen to be a member of the Democratic Party and I haven’t seen any devils lately. Leprechauns and the fairy people yes, devils no.”

    The humor in your comment is hilarious! Now to the content–not all of us are sensitive to the presence of demons–I just happen to be. I can sense their activities/presence from a distance and have had them challenge me on many occasions. You can see the results of demonic work/activity in your party as the Democratic Party nationally is pushing doctrines of devils–24/7, 365.

  • Pacem, Bobby Driscoll.

    You display courage in admitting your party affiliation. Absolutely no devils; they deny the devil exists.

    I have Dem relatives, irrational Facebook friends and see on FOXNEWS reports of deranged, anti-American protestors. Bless their hearts.

    They aren’t accepting (all) the electoral losses (yuge! GOP gains since 2009). I don’t have much hope that they can handle all the future election losing coming their way.

    I’m praying for them and for 57 million murdered babies for whom they are directly and indirectly guilty.

Now That Everyone Cares About Pederasty …

Friday, February 24, AD 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thank you for your very powerful comments Mary DeVoe

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • @ Mary De Voe and DJH.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Normalizing disorder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not All Bad Things Are Hitler

Tuesday, November 22, AD 2016

….and 2016 USA isn’t 1932 Germany.

The only problem I have with the really interesting article DarwinCatholic wrote is that he had to point these two aspects out.

Here’s a tiny sampler, go read the rest— and share it, please.  DarwinCatholic hit that sweet spot in “pop history” where the writing is perfectly understandable to those who are horrible with history, without being insulting.

Historical analogy is a powerful tool, and seeing echoes of the present in the past is one of the illuminating things about studying history. However, it’s at least as important to understand the differences between the past and the present as it is to see the similarities, and I think that in this case the differences are so great as to make analogies invalid.

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  • Even without all of the Weimar Republic’s weaknesses Hitler’s election shows up a problem with parliamentary systems, i.e., that one doesn’t need a majority of voters.

    See this video about the most recent elections in the UK to see how our “problems” with the Electoral College pale in comparison:

  • Trump bears little resemblance to any inter-war fascist chieftain, most of whom were unremarkable middle-aged men in mundane life (when they weren’t complete no-accounts like Hitler and CZ Codreanu). He’s not advocated anything more astringent than enforcing the immigration laws and taking a more antagonistic stance in trade negotiations. And, of course, we’re not in the middle of a Depression and the chronic disorders we’re suffering in the political realm are of a different character. Reciting the history of the Weimar Republic does no good with these cretins, because the Trump-Hitler and Trump-Mussolini analogies are based on emotions. (The two characters pushing this line I’ve encountered both have faculty positions and one of them seldom utters an honest word).

  • There are going to be some people who only believe it because they trust someone who has emotional reasons to believe it– and if this makes them realize they’re wrong about that, they might reconsider if “enforcing immigration laws” is really in the same class as “kill off the genetically unfit, defined to include all non-blond non-blue eyed in addition to everyone who is in the way.”

  • Art Deco wrote, “unremarkable middle-aged men in mundane life (when they weren’t complete no-accounts…”
    Hardly a description of Primo de Rivera (2nd Marquis of of Estella, 22nd Count of Sobremonte, Knight of Calatrava &c) or Marshal Antonescu or Francisco Franco, who both had distinguished military careers.

  • Hardly a description of Primo de Rivera (2nd Marquis of of Estella, 22nd Count of Sobremonte, Knight of Calatrava &c) or Marshal Antonescu or Francisco Franco, who both had distinguished military careers.

    Neither Franco nor Antonescu had any involvement in party politics during the inter-war period. Antonescu’s was a military regime, albeit one as coldly vicious to the Jewish population as any in Europe at that time bar Germany’s. He decapitated the Iron Guard by putting its leadership in front of firing squads in 1941. Franco was a military professional and the FET was a fusion of Falangists and Carlists to which the Alfonsine monarchists signed on, not a fascist party. Franco’s regime was authoritarian, but not revanchist in any way bar with reference to the regimes intramural enemies during the 1940s. In international relations, Franco and Salazar favored neutrality and the status quo. As for public policies, the Franco regime did replicate some of the features in industrial relations which you saw in Italy under Mussolini, but so did the Roosevelt Administration during the period running from 1933-35. See Allan Bloom on this point: Franco was the last manifestation of a regime of throne and altar, categorically distinct from the contemporary fascist regimes.

    While we’re at it, Primo de Rivera’s career in party politics was brief (3 years) and his Falange was at that time the most inconsequential component of the Nationalist bloc in the Spanish parliament – a fraction the size of the Carlists, or of the Alfonsine monarchists, much less of the Autonomous Right. And he wasn’t a person of peculiar accomplishment. He earned a living as a lawyer. So did Ante Pavelic. So did my great-grandfather. The fascist chieftains of peculiar accomplishment were to be found in Czechoslovakia, Norway, and Finland. The Czech and Norwegian parties never had much traction and the professor in charge of the Finnish Party was a stand-in for a farmer militiaman who’d been among the founding corps (but who was imprisoned at the time).

  • “the Franco regime did replicate some of the features in industrial relations which you saw in Italy under Mussolini…”

    The Falange supported National Syndicalist policies; in effect, the corporatist state, often regarded as the defining characteristic of the fascism.

  • Is there not a strong corporatist element in the political reality of Obama and Clinton?
    And that is to say nothing of the statist in them both. As Mussolini put it: “Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato” (Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State)
    Thank God for His mercy.

  • often regarded as the defining characteristic of the fascism.

    Often by whom? That was a common feature of inter-war authoritarian regimes. You also saw attempts at it during the Roosevelt Administration and post-war tripartite bargaining schemes in various European countries. To refer to that as the salient feature of interwar fascism is bizarre.

  • See this video about the most recent elections in the UK to see how our “problems” with the Electoral College pale in comparison:

    That’s not a problem of parliamentary systems. It’s a common feature of first-past-the-post award of parliamentary seats. Better adapted to the British (and Canadian) electorates would be ordinal balloting and the alternate vote, but the British public voted it down in a referendum in 2011. Complain to the British public.

  • Art Deco wrote, “That’s not a problem of parliamentary systems. It’s a common feature of first-past-the-post award of parliamentary seats.”

    Precisely. Compare the result of the UK election in Scotland on the first past the post system, where the SNP gained 56 out of 59 seats and the Holyrood elections, which combines constituencies and a regional list system, where the SNP won 64 out of 121 seats.

    The reason many people support first past the post is that under a parliamentary system, the executive (the Cabinet) is a committee of the legislature, removable by a vote of no confidence and that effective government depends on the overall majority that such a system tends to produce, especially as a prime minister who looses a vote of no confidence can “go to the country” by calling a general election.
    It is, perhaps, no coincidence that the 2011 referendum was held under a coalition government.

Saints (a C&C reprint)

Wednesday, July 27, AD 2016

There was a little discussion about when someone is called a saint, so I thought I’d dust off the article I did about this a while back– in honor of Father Jaques Hamel; please pray for us. -Foxfier

What is a saint?

Someone who is united with God; a holy one. English is actually a bit odd– we’ve got a lot of ways of saying things, and “saint” is a good example. Most languages, there’s no difference between how you say “holy one” and how you say “saint.” This can result in things that sound very strange to modern ears, like talking about “Saint Jesus.” Jimmy Akin has a great FAQ if you want to know more, but I’m going to steal from it shamelessly for a lot of this article so you might want to wait on that to avoid boredom. (Not that his writing is boring, but because reading more detail about something you’ve already read is more interesting than reading a little information about something you just absorbed a huge amount on.)

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  • I’ve done some travelling in Europe, and one of the things that really strikes me is that if you visit a church called St. Rocco’s, there’s a chance that someone named St. Rocco is buried there. There’s a vitality in the connection with saints that I don’t see in the US.

    Lately I’ve found myself praying for the canonization of more American saints. We have 11. This church has been around for centuries, and has millions of members, and we only have 11 saints?

    So we name our churches after biblical saints, and certain ethnic classics. (But even that bothers me: why shouldn’t there be a St. Paul Miki in an Irish neighborhood? It might confuse a few people, but they’d catch on. We’re Catholic.) I want to see a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in every diocese. I just think that this is a part of the Catholic life that we’re missing out on.

  • Pinky, so true. If you go to a Protestant church, (from which I come), it is bare as bones, naked as a skeleton. Nothing inside their structure save an empty Cross, perhaps some basketball hoops, flowers and a drum set on stage.

    Walk into a Catholic Church (in the fullest sense of the word) and you will see something quite different. It is filled with mages of our Departed Bretheren; the Saints who fought the good fight and ran the race as we should. Perhaps holy incense fills the place; a sweet savor to God, like the good deeds it represents. (I personally picture the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception n D.C, where I could be lost for hours).

    The True Church is not just the visible Church. The invisible Church; the Church Eternal to which we all go one day, is with us no less than that which we see.

    It is a medicine for the soul to think less on fallen men who would lead us astray in politics and world events, and think more on the Cloud of Saints we all wish to join one happy day.

  • And I forgot to use the “page break” setting. Sorry. -.-
    The churches here usually do have a relic somewhere, but our current parish is the first one where I’ve seen it public in any way. They put a very nice little…well, mirror-backed china cabinet off to the right of the altar with the relic, the blessed oil, that sort of stuff on display.

  • Brian – I live about a half hour away from the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. I know what you mean.

    I would love to see Catholics in the US have local or regional identities. In my area, of course there’s the Shrine, and Elizabeth Ann Seton is in Maryland. They provide something intangible to our area. I hope that California sees an increase of awareness of Serra. Wouldn’t it be great to see Francis Xavier Seelos from Louisiana canonized, or Cuban-American Felix Varela? I think it’d be great for immediate areas, and for the beleaguered Catholics in the South in general. As much as I’d like to see Fulton Sheen canonized, the nature of his ministry was such that he isn’t really a local identity (if that makes sense).

    I could go on a whole other digression about whether our ethnic Catholic identities are a bad thing, but that sounds too much like a lot of political discussions I’ve been having lately.

  • Foxfier.

    Great re-post.
    Here is a short story of Japanese Dr. who benefited from Our Bernadette and Maximilian. Saints respectfully, that is..

  • Philip –
    dang it, now I’m choked up. Again.

  • Saint is the English language derivative of the Latin “sanctus”….which means….holy! Bible beliving Protestants….the Bible they belive is the one mangled by Luther, but I digress, claim there are no “saints” in the Bible. Well, St. Matthew’s Gospel mentions the resurrection of the “saints” at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, but I digress again…. I once watched that little sawed off runt John Hagee go off on “Saint Snake”. Obviously he had no idea of the root of the word. I had to laugh.. it was during a commercial on a Penguins game that I channel surfed. This is the same excuse some Bible beliving Protestants use for not celebrating Christmans…because the word Christmas isn’t in the Bible. This exscuse doesn’t work in spanish language versions of the Bible because a variant of “Navidad” is mentioned …”Jesus nacio en Betlehem”.

    See what happens, ladies and gents, boys and girls, when Latin isn’t taught or learned anymore? the Norman invasion of England in 1066 had the greatest impact on the English language in history, where a language that was germanic in origin was cross pollenated with Latin words, usage and rules……until the advent of American teenage slang, or Pittsburghese….take your pick.


  • Penguins Fan-
    I love stuff like that, but there are a lot of false friends when it comes to looking at the root of a word vs how it’s defined in modern times, so I try to control my nifty fits. 😀

  • Oh, yes there are false friends in language, Foxfier.
    Nevertheless, I read with amusement in online fora comments from people who prefer the Novus Ordo Mass because “the old Mass was in a language nobody could understand”, notwithstanding that the Missals had the translation next to the Latin and that there are countless Latin words in English. The average English speaker has NO idea how much Latin he or she uses in everyday speech. I pointed out Mr. Hagee and his deficient understanding of the word saint as part of that amusement.

    One day soon, I am going to remember to show up at a South Fayette school board meeting and request that they institute a class in Latin.

B-Movie Catechism: Plagues of Egypt

Saturday, May 21, AD 2016

I’m almost positive I’ve linked it before.

I’m going to do it again, because in the middle of a lovely movie review, EegahInc said this:

Not that there were slowly contracting frog masks in the Bible, mind you. The aforementioned murders may have taken their inspiration from the plague of toads, plague of hailstones, and plague of locusts respectively, but did so very loosely. In fact, up until the final plague, most of the curses visited upon Egypt resulted in inconvenience and/or terror rather than the loss of human life. It makes you wonder why God bothered to send so many plagues rather than just skip ahead until the end to achieve what he wanted. Sure, there was the whole hardening of Pharaoh’s heart thing (which, as we discussed previously, was done entirely with Pharaoh’s consent), but the final plague upon the first born of Egypt put an end to that quite readily. So, why not just go straight there instead of wasting time with frogs and flies and such?

Well, there’s a theory about that (of course). Because the ancient Egyptians believed that all natural phenomena, as well as any number of abstract concepts, were actually sentient divine forces, they had a rather sizable pantheon of gods, over 2,000 by some accounts. But if you just wanted to stick to the biggies, you could knock it down to a handful or two. So the idea is that each of the plagues corresponds to one of these major Egyptian deities and their complete inability to stand up to the power of the God of the Israelites. You could easily make a few substitutions here and there, but a basic list goes something like this:

  1. Hapi, god of the Nile, couldn’t stop his river from turning to blood.
  2. Heqet, frog-goddess of fertility, couldn’t control her hopping kin.
  3. Geb, god of the earth, couldn’t prevent gnats from rising out of the dirt.
  4. Khepri, god of insects, couldn’t call off all of the biting flies.
  5. Hathor, bovine-goddess of motherhood, couldn’t save a single cow.
  6. Thoth, god of medicine, couldn’t cure a single boil.
  7. Nut, goddess of the sky, couldn’t put an end to the pummeling hail storms.
  8. Isis, goddess of nature, couldn’t save a single crop from the locusts.
  9. Ra, god of the sun, couldn’t banish the darkness.
  10. Osiris, god of the afterlife and resurrection, couldn’t prevent a single death.

If you think that sounds like the kind of theory that would be right up my alley, you’re right– but I never even though about it; it’s like the Egyptians of the Bible and the Egyptians of the history books were in two different boxes in my mind.

…Kind of like most folks are with scifi and theology. 😀

His summary of what small-g gods are is a good ‘in’ on figuring out how they related to them, too.  (Probably better than my ‘eternal junior high, and you’re the new kid who is also a runt’ version.)

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  • Huh, weird I had always heard that they were a rebuke of the egyptian gods.

    That’s why I always liked listening to Chris Bullard.

    He was great at relating the background material to stuff. (one I remember in particular is how the story of the prodigal son is just one long series of insults to the father figure, and he STILL forgives the kid)

  • Foxfier, I will admit, I thought I was definitely not your target demograPhic on TAC. The fact that we both love The Abominable Dr. Phibes, however, means I was definitely wrong about just how close we all are, ha!

  • Nate- I knew it was “the Egyptian gods” being rebuked, but that the specific plagues were related to specific Egyptian gods? Never occurred to me. It makes perfect sense, especially with a little knowledge of how pantheism works, but so cool!
    Clay– you are really going to love the B-Movie Catechism site. That guy is awesome.

  • Jeff Cavins mentions this theory in his The Great Adventure Bible study.

  • P.S. Abominable Dr. Phibes star Vincent Price was Catholic.
    This seemed to be worth a mention.

  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine…….sounds interesting.

  • Not vouching for the interpretation, but as with Nate & Foxfier, makes sense looking at the following verse:

    For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will smite all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. – Ex 12:12 (RSVCE)

    BTW it is my belief that the Egyptian plagues make a return during the day of the LORD and with Pope Francis’ pontificate and looking at world events, that day doesn’t appear to be far off.

  • I did not realize Vincent Price was Catholic. Always loved that guy.

Vatican Did Not Invite “The Bern”

Wednesday, April 13, AD 2016

I am delighted to have been invited by the Vatican to a meeting on restoring social justice and environmental sustainability to the world economy,” Sanders said in the release.

“Pope Francis has made clear that we must overcome ‘the globalization of indifference’ in order to reduce economic inequalities, stop financial corruption and protect the natural environment. That is our challenge in the United States and in the world.”
In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, Sanders praised the pope when he was asked about the invitation.
That was as of the 8th.
Big update as of yesterday and today, though:

But the invitation was actually made by Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the pontifical academy, an autonomous institution that receives some funding from the Holy See but is not officially part of it.

In a March 30 letter inviting Sanders to the event, Sánchez Sorondo wrote, “On behalf of the President, Professor Margaret Archer, the Organizers, and as Chancellor, I am very happy to invite you to attend the meeting on ‘Centesimus Annus: 25 Years Later.’ The meeting, which is humanitarian in its objects, will be held at the Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, from 15 to 16 April 2016.”

But Archer, an English academic, appears not to have known about the invitation. On Friday, she accused Sanders of “monumental discourtesy” for not contacting her, telling Bloomberg that he was the one who had made the first move regarding the meeting — and “for obvious reasons.”

“I think in a sense he may be going for the Catholic vote, but this is not the Catholic vote and he should remember that and act accordingly — not that he will,” Archer said. Sanders’ use of the meeting is “clearly a pretext,” she added. “There are just 20 academics and there will be nothing of policy relevance.”

It was not clear why Archer’s account differed from Sánchez Sorondo’s letter, and requests for comment to her office were not returned.

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  • Factions that never tire of stirring the pot to their taste. MSM of course eats this up full measure and spews it without shame.
    Half truths are their idea of fair and balanced journalism. Poor research or agenda bias?
    The ( request for comment from her office not being returned ) is not surprising. Unaware of meeting or C.Y.A.? Who knows?

    Thanks Foxfier.


    The heading was, WAS , Pope Francis invited Sanders to Vatican for conference.
    Changed the heading soon afterwards.
    That’s hopeful… somewhat.


    So possibly the Bern can use Latin America as an example of socialist economic development and, of course, touting the Brazilian model.

    Go Bernie go!
    Maybe a Nobel Peace prize is in order for Bernie? Time will tell.

  • I managed to totally miss the to-do on the 8th, and I had a heck of a time finding a story that hadn’t been “fixed” so it had a brand new as of the 12th article.


    Archer was appointed by PF in 2014.
    After reading the above story Archer seems to dance to a different drummer than be in alignment with Catholic teaching.
    Seeking first to understand is crucial and I won’t attack when I haven’t fully seeked to understand, but the stories not jibbing between her and Sorondo makes for an embarrassing lack of communication or another liberal victory by association.

    Regardless of intent, it smells bad.

    St. Pope John Paul II, pray for us.

  • I made the mistake of reading some of Ms. Archer’s “scientific” work. She is a lefty social scientist who writes incomprehensible gibberish. She, of course, is of the opinion that global warming is responsible for increasing human trafficking. It is hard to figure out here why she is so indignant about an invite from her fellow traveler, Bishop Sorondo, other than the fact she is unbelievably thin skinned and the invite needed to come from her. That the Pope has surrounded himself with Leftists is old news, but corrupting science too?The Left is not content until it controls(ruins) every facet of life. However, it will eventually turn on itself, as this episode shows.

  • Thanks for the update. I had originally believed that Pope Francis did invite that commie pinko geriatric. It is good to learn that that is not the case. However, it will not surprise me to see in the near future a photograph of the two men embracing.

  • It’s the “Academy of Social Sciences.” Of course it’s pseudo-scientific fad based junk.
    Just because she believes a ton of falsehoods doesn’t mean she’s cool with being used by someone who supports infanticide, homosexual privilege and mutilating confused people.

Mother Angelica Has Died

Sunday, March 27, AD 2016

I don’t know if anybody else here knew that she’d been fading, but she finally lost her struggle for life.

Here’s CNA’s article, which has a schedule of events and a good picture for her.

And here is Father Pacwa’s facebook page announcement with reactions from various Catholic leaders.

Me, I’m already asking her to pray for us.  She was ornery as all get-go, and that’s something to want on someone that’s on your side.

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  • Also the priest who was kidnapped in Yemen when the nuns were killed was crucified on Good Friday by the jihadhists according to the Washington Times. Both he, Fr. Tom, and Mother Angelica prayed a good deal during life and there is a standing plenary indulgence at death for those with that prayer habit. St. Theresa of Lisieux was adamant about avoiding purgatory and Fr. Tom and Mother Angelica just did that in all probability.

  • Mother Angelica, I admit, used to annoy me. But one day, she came on her show wearing an eye patch and she looked straight at the camera and she said, “Be not afraid … it is I.” and for some reason, that absolutely cracked me up and I became an ardent fan. Thankyou, dear Mother Angelica, for your magnificent work. RIP and GOD BLESS YOU.

  • Raymond Arroyo’s biography on Mother Angelica was a pleasure to read.
    Her struggles and her prophecy relating to her own mothers conversion, the fishing lures and the Bishop interference. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her story; Mother Angelica: The remarkable story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and a Network of Miracles.

    If you missed this read when it came out in 2007 you’ll want to catch up on her extraordinary life.

    May perpetual light shine upon her….

  • Mother was the voice of orthodoxy for many years until the Bishops had enough and put the quietus on her in the 1990’s. She should be a saint soon but don’t hold your breath. Just like Bishop Sheen she was not politically correct. Mother Angelica please pray for the Church Militant.

  • Mother Angelica was a powerhouse that only ill health could stop. She built EWTN from nothing and took her nuns in the path of tradition. After her strokes in 2001 EWTN was frequently managed in ways that in her prime she would have repudiated. May her reward be great in Heaven, because her services were certainly great here on Earth.

    When my mother died on Easter Sunday in 1984, her parish priest noted that it was a great privilege. Mother Angelica enjoyed the same privilege.

  • Mother Angelica in her prime in 1993:

  • Thanks Donald for posting the great Mother Angelica commentary on orthodoxy. Among some (most?) of the clergy she is persona non grata as indicated by my experience as a Media Missionary for EWTN. I called the pastor of our parish for permission to place copies of EWTN’s quarterly program guide in the parish vestibule and was refused in a very rude way. I then sent a letter to our Bishop heard nothing. Eventually, after being refused a couple more time I started advertising in our parish paper which cost me $2000. for one year. I gave up on this after one year and now place the program guides in the Church without permission in the hope they will be picked up before the pastor finds them and throws them out. This is what happens to people like Mother Angelica and her followers who speak out.

  • Mother Angelica had a zeal for the Catholic faith few others have. I knew she had been ill for some time. Her earthly suffering has ended. God bless her and keep her.

  • bill banno-
    when no video surfaced, I was hoping it was a hoax, as people had been suggesting.
    I am still going to hope that someone sold the Post what they wanted to hear, and the father lives.

  • Mother Angelica and the dozens of places EWTN got going– like EWTN radio– have been very good allies against my old enemy, But My Aunt Said The Church Said. 😀

  • For what it’s worth, the Washington Times is running with this story about Fr.Tom.
    Regardless of the news, our prayers must continue for him.

    Maybe the Vatican can display some whales on the dome tonight/ sarcasm.

  • I heard Mother Angelica tell the story of a liberal Catholic wanting to buy EWTN in its early days, telling her it would never be a success because of obstacles in her way and she should cut her loses while she could. She said she looked at him and said “you might be right, but I’ll keep on praying and trying, but if God has other plans, I’ll burn the DAMN place down before I ever sell it to the likes of you.” She lived her life for the Glory of God, and we should all strive to follow her example.

  • Ever faithful to Church doctrine, in the face of heresies she said, “Do what you want. I am Roman Catholic!” A modern day version of Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” REQUIESCAT IN PACE, Mother Angelica!

  • Foxfier.

    Respectively wishing to offer a new title to your thread.

    Mother Angelica Is Born!

    She has been released and is born.
    The death of her body is only second to the real TRUTH. She is born anew. She lives!

    The comments from ewtn radio shows today are reflecting this sentiment. I’m not advocating instant canonization.
    I’m just recalling the truth. Death? No. For her Easter is LIFE. Celebrate her birthday!

  • They say that in her fading days, the sister’s were hovering around her and seemed “unduly” concerned about her. She told them,” it’s ok! Every day I live longer is another day I suffer for Jesus” I too as a young woman had a hard time with her personality. However as I grew older and wiser I hung on her every word of advice and example. May she rest in peace.

  • Philip-
    My thought process was quite literally “say a prayer for Mother Angelica;” *pause a breath* “Say a prayer that mother Angelica will pray for us.”

    Just in case, I say a prayer for her, but realistically? I wanna get her nagging* for us ASAP. 😀

    * Moral of the Widow and the Judge story: nagging works.

  • Hummm.

    Okay Foxfier.
    Another prayer.
    I did a two hour today after work @ Adoration Chapel.

    Was asked to pick up an hour.

    Both hours, 4 to 6 PM were for her.

    Split the baby in two!
    Which side do you want?

  • The nagging is good.
    Just walked off the beach in Northern Michigan. Sitting in car warming up.
    The offer of the mother is beautiful and trustworthy.
    You take her.

    She lives!


    It is you!

    You are willing to save her life.

    Mother Angelica was a support to my parents in 1982. I had chosen the fools gold.
    They, mom and dad, found great support and spiritual help in praying for my conversion.
    They traveled to her chapel in 92′. They hit Conyers GA. on that loop. Mom and Dad with the help of EWTN and countless others brought me out of the pig slop, out in search for forgiveness. I owe all of them my soul.
    They truly brought me back to Life.

    Your a Great contributor Foxfier.

    I’m in awe of your and others knowledge of the world and beyond. I’m happy you found Mother Angelica, as nagging but profound as she IS, not was, as you did. We all owe her our prayers.

    Take good care, and keep on telling the truth.

  • She was a great influence on my parents’ Road to Rome, which in turn influenced me during my own journey.

    May perpetual light shine upon her.

  • I can only smile when I think of her. What a blessing she was, and I’m sure, will continue to be. May she rest in peace.

  • Thank you, Phillip.
    I really hope my grandma met her at the gates– Grandma was a Scottish protestant, but towards the end she didn’t go to the valley Church, just watched EWTN’s Mass.
    For someone who was upset at her sons all marrying Catholics even when I was a teen (even if half of those Catholics left the Church long before the marriage) that’s a pretty big deal.

  • “After her strokes in 2001 EWTN was frequently managed in ways that in her prime she would have repudiated.”

    Yeah, Don I don’t think Mother would have put up with EWTMSNBC for too long.

  • Foxfier.

    Your Grandma watching EWTN Mass instead of going to valley Church when time was slipping away is a big deal. The liturgical pull on the human heart is mighty and marvelous.
    Your grandmother may have been in the gravitational pull, a love, pure and intimate, between the creator and created. As time shortens the pull is greater. Until of course the re-entry to whence it originated is completed. God is Love.

    Grandmother, my guess, recognized this love in the Holy Mass. The Word which she was acquainted with, and the mysterious Eucharist whom she might not have partaken of, but longed for in the presence of Jesus.
    As I said earlier. I don’t know Grandma, but in 16 years of my love to serve the elderly, I have been privy to protestant believers leaning in and listening to EWTN without the prejudices that they may have harboured when they were younger.

    I love your image of these two women meeting each other in Heaven. How your grandmother will recruit Mother Angelica to become one of your best heavenly advocates.

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C&C: Poor, Ignorant Jesus

Friday, March 18, AD 2016

Jesus was a first century Jew living in Palestine who was poor and uneducated; so were his followers. Money and education came later, when the movement got big enough to attract both. Really, he was more of a community organizer, trying to get his people to resist the Romans, and that is why they executed him. That’s the historical Jesus.

According to the most recent “it’s almost Easter, let’s draft Jesus to our cause” version that I’ve run into this year, anyways. As a couple of wags have pointed out, some folks are awful eager to draft a first century Jewish carpenter to their cause, for a bunch of (at best) agnostics in support of a secular cause.

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  • quibble with your refutation of “poor”
    Presumably Jesus was a carpenter, or at least learned enough of carpentry to earn his living by it for that part of his life where he had to earn a living. That was skilled labor, along the lines of plumber or electrician, or auto mechanic or hvac technician today. So, not a lot of prestige, or respectability (because of ancient attiitudes towards labor) but hardly a hand to mouth existence.
    Also, if Jesus was a Community Organizer, it was against the Temple heirarchy. And even there, he taught folks to do what they tell you, and ignore their bad example. So again, cruddy job of organizing.
    By the way,what does C&C stand for?

  • I quite agree with you– He was also a very good public speaker, and made a very good living of it for at least a couple of years. 😉 I was trying to be more than fair, since it didn’t need even that argument to support it.
    There are, after all, folks who do consider a working plumber to be poor.

    C&C stands for “Conspiracies and Catholicism”

  • Poverty is relative.
    Your plumbers comment.
    Very true.
    Some of the richest and happiest people are living below plumber pay grade.

    “Almost Easter, let’s draft Jesus to our cause.”
    I used to think that all creative fictional biblical forms of art were better than never bringing the gospel story up. Then came along “Corpus Christi,” playwright Terrance McNally.
    After reading the dialog provided by TFP, I joined the ranks of sidewalk protester. Art critic? No. Just a simple Catholic that had witnessed enough Piss Jesus 1987, and other blasphemy used to express an “artist angst.”

    Thank goodness the motion picture industry hasn’t hit the public with depictions that are as vulgar and vile as the above mentioned tripe.
    The Bad news is, I’m certain it’s on its way.

  • “So, for the time and place, He not only wasn’t ignorant— He was rather impressive among teachers.”

    Indeed. Some of this is subtle in the Gospels. For example, Christ speaks to Pilate directly with no translator. They were probably speaking in Greek, the lingua Franca of the Roman East, although it is possible that they were conversing in Latin.

  • He likely didn’t have much, but most people back then didn’t. Our poor today have far more than the rich then.

    But we clearly know that Jesus was not destitute for he had a earthly father and what father worth his salt would let his wife and son be in such poverty? Certainly not Joseph. I can picture him working very hard to provide his family with what would have been the necessities of life. Perhaps even an occasional small gift for his bride or a handmade, wooden toy for his son.

    And he most certainly would have seen to it that his son had an education.

    Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph.

  • The funny part is, I was going to refute the “ignorant” thing by pointing out that as a male Jew, He would be expected to be able to read the Torah and that if you can read you can write…and I totally got distracted looking for a good source for that dirt-normal observation.

  • Aaaand I didn’t finish my sentence in my first comment, that C&C is a series where I debunk/respond to strange things related to the Church that are floating around, like the “babies found in the walls of a nunnery” stories.
    Lots of finding a good place to jump off on something Church-teaching related that I think is interesting, like the Catholic idea of what makes a person.

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