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I’m Catholic and I’m Mad As Hell

Jorge Bergoglio Has Lied To Us

Jorge Bergoglio has told us many, many lies. The words “plethora,” “myriad,” “glut,” “superabundance,” and “deluge” come to mind when one reviews his thoroughgoing, consummate mendacity since his fraudulent installation by the Vatican’s Lavender Mafia. However, one of his prevarications stands head and shoulders above, actually below in a moral and theological sense, all the rest.

Jorge’s Whopper

In his own words, he has attempted to elevate to the status of magisterial doctrine this lie:

No one can be condemned forever.

He has proclaimed and promulgated this lie for all the faithful in the Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. This top-of-the-line, golden-buzzer, blue-ribbon, championship lie is his whopper of all whoppers for several reasons.

Jesus Got It Wrong

Jorge Gratias! For correcting Jesus’s error in Matthew’s Gospel:

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels . . .  Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matthew 25: 41,45,46)

Jesus Is A Liar

Gratias Jorge! for the implicit denunciation of Jesus Christ as Himself a liar.  Jorge Bergoglio has implicitly inferred Jesus was a liar. If Jesus said what He knew to be untrue – that Hell is forever –  and He said in so many ways, so many times the lies, about everlasting fire, about not having life in us, and not inheriting His kingdom, Jesus lied to us. Finally, after all these millennia of mistake, we now have the truth.

Jesus Is Not God

According to Jorge’s truth, Jesus has made a mistake, actually many, because, as we now know, Gratias Jorge! again, no one is condemned forever. But, we also know that God does not make mistakes. Following Jorge’s new “logic of the Jorge Gospel,”   Jesus, who erred, wasn’t, isn’t, and cannot be divine. Jesus is not God. However, thank God we are left with God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jorge.

Lie Spawn Lies, Lies, and Lies, and Lies, and More Lies

He who tells a lie, is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one. Alexander Pope, Thoughts on Various Subjects

Truth is consistent. If 2 + 2 = 4, then 4 + 4 must = 8; 8 + 8 must = 16, and so on. If the lie 2 + 2 = 5 is promulgated, with the demand for the assent of all mathematicians or they will be unmathematized, then 4 + 4 = 8 must be denied, and 8 + 8 = 20  must be affirmed. Thus it is with Jorge’s Whopper. Lie upon lie upon lie follows logically from his foundational untruth. Some examples – required by his lie –  follow.

This Is Not Jesus’s Church

If Jesus erred and if Jesus lied, then the church purporting for centuries to be His church, the Roman Catholic Church, is not holy; it is not the one, holy, catholic apostolic church in which so many have – now we know erroneously – daily and weekly professed their belief.

A corollary of this reasoning is that this un-holy church had no standing, status, or authority to declare anyone a heretic, to declare any act immoral,  to compile the Bible and determine which books are, and which not, canonical, and no authority to define something as a “mortal” sin.

The Bible – Unless Corrected – Is Not The Word Of God

In addition to the actual error-filled words of Jesus about the everlasting fire and eternal punishment of hell, the delineation of those who would not have eternal life, and the conditions He set for coming into His kingdom, Holy Scripture has other writings of various authors, previously believed to have been inspired by God, that made the same mistakes of Jesus now revealed by Jorge Bergoglio.

For example, St. Paul,  wrote, heretofore believed to have been divinely inspired:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)

If the Jorge Whopper lie is the truth,  The Bible as we have known it is not the inspired word of God, and Jorge Bergoglio has been sent to correct it, retaining what is divinely-inspired and removing the errors.

Lies Follow Lie: Adultery as Virtue

We have been misled into thinking that there are mortal sins. We have erroneously believed that there are these sins which, if unrepented and without a chosen corresponding change in one’s life, mean one is punished forever.  Once you accept no one can be condemned forever as the basis of a morality, moral chaos follows. Amoris Laetitia proclaims that actions we believed were taught by God and the (now we know) un-holy church, must be neutral or OK morally, even virtuous.

This is precisely what Amoris Laetitia explicitly proclaims. Regarding ongoing, unrepentant adulterers it states:  “ . . .in a particular situation no grave fault exists,” and  “ . . the mercy of God  . . .  is not denied to anyone.” Its conclusion, then, is no surprise:

Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any “irregular” situation [divorced and remarried catholics living in ongoing adultery] are living in a state of mortal sin and are deprived of sanctifying grace.

But Why Stop At Adultery? The Parade of Horribles

Like the infomercial says, “Wait! There’s More!” and there must be if Jorge Bergoglio’s principles, logic, and lies are true.  Amoris Laetitia unabashedly says this:

“Here I am not speaking only of the divorced and remarried, but of everyone in whatever situation they find themselves”

Rejoice! Everyone! All those, including those engaged in continuing, unrepentant extortion, abortion, bestiality, sodomy, necrophilia, murder, theft, idolatry, torture,  and rape, Rejoice! If your conscience says “Go,” and not “No,”  you are not and cannot be condemned forever.

No wonder so few active clerical sodorapists, pedophiles,  homopredators, and pederasts worldwide, including deacons, priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals, have been exposed and brought to justice, when the man currently wearing papal white has given them a Jorgemagisterium get-out-of-hell-free card.

Those who have in the past and who may now be committing these crimes, and those at the all levels of the hierarchy who enabled them and knowingly and complicitly shuttled them from one crime scene to the next for decades, are rarely laicized,  rarely exposed. Many of them are given secret “settlements”  of millions of dollars (which undoubtedly provide for the release of all personal claims against any accused or involved bishops and priests), posh “retirement” homes, and generous “pensions” – all funded with the money of the faithful. (Note: they all appear to be happy to live out their lives in silence, and, without over exaggeration, in luxury funded with billions of dollars of the faithfuls’ money).

The worldwide clergy conspiracy, from the local parish level to the Chair of St. Peter, hides all of this from the laity. This criminal conspiracy cannot be denied. It is not “to protect the innocent victims;” it is to protect still-unknown perverts, their enabler prelates and cardinals in the hierarchy, and the personal wealth of bishops. of cardinals,a nd of the Vatican itself.

The Corollary Whopper

According to one study, over 80% of the clerical crimes are those of homopredators, sodopederasts, and pederasts. The hierarchy demanded that this study NOT state that this is a “homosexual problem.” But what we are now hearing from complicit clergy is that they will deal with the “problem” to PROTECT THE CHILDREN! They refuse to admit that the overwhelming majority of victims are post-pubescent boys and young men. This is not a “children” problem, this is an active homosexual priest problem, an active homosexual bishop problem, and an active homosexual cardinal problem.

What To Do, First

If you don’t like what you hear from the man currently wearing papal white, and those bishops and cardinals who echo his lies and his heresies, do what Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) says to do in the movie Network, go to the stained glass window and yell:

Well I’m not going to leave you alone, I want you to get mad . . . . . So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. . .You’ve got to say, I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!

Conclusion

So, have you heard, lately, any priest, bishop, archbishop, cardinal, or Vatican official tell a lie? Perhaps they are described below. If so, get mad and don’t take it anymore.

 

 

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.  Proverbs 12:22

 

The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.  Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

 

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.  Plato, Phaedo

 

He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr

 

Though he was inquiring into himself as closely as he could, he never even told himself that he had been dishonest. Fraud and dishonesty had been the very principle of his life, and had so become a part of his blood and bones that even in this extremity of his misery he made no question within himself as to his right judgment in regard to them.  Anthony Trollope, The Way We Were

 

The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them.  Elena Gorokhova, A Mountain Of Crumbs

 

Lying is practiced to deceive, to injure, betray, rob, destroy, and the like; Lying in this sense is the concealing of all other crimes, the sheep’s clothing upon the wolf’s back, the Pharisee’s prayer, the harlot’s blush, the hypocrite’s paint, and Judas’s kiss; in a word, it is mankind’s darling sin, and the Devil’s distinguished characteristic.  Wellins Calcott, Thoughts Moral and Divine

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The Yom Kippur Scapegoat:
Who gets the blame for Catholic scandals?

Today (Wednesday, 19 September, 2018) is Yom Kippur and I am keeping to my secular Jewish tradition and am fasting, sundown to sundown—more or less—I forgot this morning and had a bowl of oatmeal.   I’ve written here about the differences and similarities between Jewish atonement and Catholic penance, and have nothing other to say about that in this post, other than true forgiveness for sins and satisfaction is obtained through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession).

However, one thought has occurred to me today, thinking about the recent scandals that have been well chronicled in this blog.  To what end are the resignations of Cardinals McCarrick and (forthcoming) Cardinal Wuerl;  the erasure of bishops’ names from schools, placques and memorials?   It seems to me that these are intended, like the Yom Kippur scapegoat, to carry off the sins of those in high ecclesial places.

But that is mistaken.  If you go to a  description of  practice in the old Temple for atonement at Yom Kippur, you’ll find that the high priest sacrificed a bull for the atonement of his own unintended sins.  The scapegoat (pictured in the feature image) was to carry  the intentional sins of the people away into the wilderness when the high priest symbolically tied those sins onto its horns with a red ribbon.  Well, that wasn’t effective then for the people, and it won’t be effective now for those in high places in the Vatican and the Ecclesia.  Which is to say, more is needed than one or two showcase resignations.

With respect to these scandals, it is not the uninvolved Catholic faithful who require confession, atonement and expiation, but those in high ecclesial places who have been involved in sins of commission and omission.   And what might that expiation be? Certainly the resignations of everyone who has consistently maintained a coverup for sinners in high places.

And now, having vented my spleen (I hope it is not a sin), let me wish all you readers

G’mar Hatima Tova”–may you be sealed in the Book of Life.

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Tough Times for Faith & Reason

A one-two punch in boxing might be a good analogy for what Catholic apologists are going through these days. The McCarrick scandal, and other diocesan abuse cases, combined with a sudden and historic revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding capital punishment could have even the best apologist staggering like a stunned prize-fighter in trouble. From my experience, people are generally not receptive to Faith & Reason when emotions are running high and when so many unreasonable things are going on.

In the shadow of recent events, the following reflection from Father Donald Haggerty1 got me thinking about faith, reason, the devil and human intelligence….

“The devil is a great liar, as Jesus warns, which means that his primary target is our intelligence. His effort is to work his whisper within the quiet of the mind without detection, unknown until the damage is done…”

One of my sins, or at least an imperfection, is “stewing”. I’ll intentionally replay a negative situation over and over in my mind. It could be a specific thing someone said or did, or perhaps just a general annoyance. I’ll even fan the flames a bit with my own imagination to make it seem even worse. After reading Fr. Haggerty’s reflection, I’m left to wonder if it’s just me doing the thinking or is there some assistance from “his whisper within the quiet of the mind without detection, unknown until the damage is done” The devil certainly has plenty of extra fodder to work with in recent weeks to do some extra damage…and incidentally, be careful not to “stew” too much about recent events in the blogosphere. It may be just what the devil ordered.

“…One observation would seem undeniable. With fixed, persevering intent, he seeks to undermine a soul’s attraction for the attainability of truth. He wants to replace a hunger for spiritual truth with an acquiescence to permanent uncertainties and confusion…”

It used to be that there were Catholics that practiced the faith and followed Church teaching and lapsed Catholics that did not…and the lapsed Catholics knew that they were lapsed.  For many today, there seems to be little difference between the two; it doesn’t matter how often you go to Mass and just pick the teachings you (or your culture) like best. In our age of self-identification, if you can make your gender whatever you like, you can certainly make-up other “truths” and still self-identify as Catholic. Desire trumps facts; agenda undermines truth. Instead of conforming our minds to reality, we try to conform reality to our minds. In such a world there can be no certainty.

“…The truth of Christianity is of course the primary concentration of his attack. A soul’s conviction in faith is the ultimate prize he pursues. In subtle whispers, he poses objections, raises doubts, insinuates the likelihood of false, unreasonable assumptions. He exaggerates and distorts what is sometimes called the irrationality of religious belief. He has a special love for useless questioning that has no end point, for reflections that veer off into idiosyncratic byways and tangents…”

 

 

When dealing with a complex and ongoing technical problem where I work, we strive to keep problems in proper perspective. This is difficult as our customers and sales representatives tend to get too emotional; mixing facts with perceptions that creates a false reality. At the same time technicians and engineers can get lost in the arcane details of a problem and start engaging in “useless questioning that has no endpoint.

Fellow blogger Bob Kurland recently gave us some perspective on other evils committed by other Church leaders throughout history just as grave as today’s scandals, but many did not involve sex. Seems the medievals were not as obsessed with sex as we are today. How can such an institution survive for so long? Church history stands in testimony to its divinity as Bob’s post reminded us:

“The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine — but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.”

—Hilaire Belloc

To this, I would add (for believers)…what institution on Earth would Satan work harder to destroy than the Church? And yet, here we are; it’s another piece of evidence that the Church gets some divine help. Additionally, as Bob reminds us here. “Let’s not make a blanket assumption that the priesthood has been totally corrupted because of headlines engendered by a political opportunist.”

“ …His deceptions are often couched in commonsense logic. Other times he provokes hyperrational brooding and strained complications of argument. He loves to bait a soul with a remembrance of its native intelligence and a need to think independently, without reliance on any authority for truth other than a personal determination of truth…”

We all like to think of ourselves as independent thinkers, but people are like sheep and everyone eventually sits at the feet of a master. Who will whisper to your mind about what is real and what is true? Will you sit at the feet of Jesus through his Church or will it be some politician or political party, a celebrity or talk show host, a television evangelist, your favorite college professor, or will it simply be the always “infallible” majority? Who is your master? Whoever it is, be prepared to give an account one day for what you believe and what you say. “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak” (Mt 12:36).

In the meantime, we’re not likely to “reason” our way through this current crisis, so what are we to do? Many commentators have mentioned both prayer & fasting, and who should disagree, if that is what our Lord instructed his disciples to do after another kind of evil encounter they could not handle (see Mat 17:19-21); but it should be done with an intentionality to change ourselves for the better as well as the whole Church up to the highest levels, without forgetting the many victims in-between who have suffered so much for so long.

 

  1. Fr. Donald Haggerty, The Contemplative Hunger (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016) p. 197.

Top photo from Wikimedia Commons

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71 Accusations; How Many are Guilty?

This Sunday morning (5 August, 2018) our priest read a letter to the congration at Mass from the Very Reverend Ronald Gainer, Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.   The letter, giving the names of 71 male religious (priests, seminarians, deacons) accused of child molestation, has been widely reported in news media: see here for the pastoral letter, here for the press release, here for the list of accused religious, and here, here and here for online articles on this.  The letter precedes the release (blocked heretofore by order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court)  of a Grand Jury proceedings initiated by the Democratic Attorney-General, Josh Shapiro (but more of that below*).   Newspapers have anticipated this Grand Jury report with, shall we say, great expectations:

“The state Supreme Court disclosed recently that the grand jury had identified more than 300 “predator priests” in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh. Those dioceses minister to more than 1.7 million Catholics. The 900-page report could be made public within days.”
—AP, in Philly.Com, August 4.

Before going further let me say first that this post is not going to be a defense of priests who are child molesters.  Nevertheless, it is a legal principle that a presumption of innocence is made until guilt is proved by trial or other legal action.  (Please correct me Don, if this isn’t so.)   And I am told by a lawyer friend that Grand Juries do not proceed this way;  those named in accusations are not allowed to speak in their defense, have legal aid or confront accusers.

If one examines the list and puts the accused into categories, the story becomes much less impressive than the tagline “71 predator priests” might imply.   Of those 71,

  • 10 are accused of multiple acts of indecent behavior and are alive;
  • 3 are accused of possessing child porn and are alive;
  • 4 are accused of a single act of indecent behavior and are alive;
  • 3 are accused of inappropriate behavior (kissing) or inappropriate communications and are alive;
  • the remaining 51  either died after the accusations were made, were accused after they died,  or were accused in other dioceses, but not in Harrisburg (the point being that there is no way to validate the truth of these accusations).

Let me also add that these accusations go back to 1947.    There are currently (if I’ve counted correctly) 270 priests in the Harrisburg Diocese, including retired.   If I assume an attrition and replacement rate of 5 per  year (that’s conservative), that corresponds to about 600 priests serving during 1947-2017.   So dividing (10+3+4+3) by 600 gives a percentage of about 3%, if one assumes that each of the accused was guilty.   Is this  percentage higher than it would be, say, in the Anglican Church, or amongst male teachers in the public schools?

To my knowledge, the Diocese—even before Bishop Gainer’s tenure—has been scrupulous in removing priests from duty when acknowledged acts of indecent behavior have been made.   One priest, a Vicar in a neighboring parish, was removed from duty (and not put elsewhere in the Diocese) after a proven accusation of misbehavior in another diocese had been made.

I want to emphasize again that we want 0% of inappropriate behavior; we want our children to be safe.   But we want them to be safe not only in our Churches, but in our schools and on the streets.   I can tell horror stories of boys corrupted by a local basketball coach, and one remembers the Penn State football assistant coach.   Let’s not make a blanket assumption that the priesthood has been totally corrupted because of headlines engendered by a political opportunist.

*Josh Shapiro is the second Democrat to hold the office of Attorney-General in Pennsylvania after a long line of Republicans (the first is awaiting jail after being convicted of malfeasance in office).   The office is regarded as a stepping stone to the Governorship and Shapiro owes a debt to left-liberal organizations that helped put him in office.  His letter to Pope Francis was published in our local paper today: he requested that the Pope intervene to help publicize the Grand Jury verdict.  As my wife put it, “I wonder what those two ___ make of each other.”

 

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You Are a Thief and a Murderer

I don’t travel to a lot of different parishes, but I’d imagine you’d come across plenty of “Happy Talk” in most of them with an emphasis on things like peace, love, joy and tolerance; where the spiritual battleground seems more like a spiritual playground. Perhaps we’ve forgotten that in the past few decades we have lost about half our priests, two thirds of our nuns, Mass attendance is way down and the confession lines are now strikingly shorter than the communion lines.

Catholic families are being destroyed at about the rate as non-Catholic families. They abort, contracept, sodomize, fornicate and divorce at about the same rate as everyone else, but some say all this is “progressive”. I’d argue that calling someone who supports these things “progressive” is like calling a cannibal a chef.

Now don’t get me wrong; a Christian clearly has good reason to be joyful. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.”(John 15:11), but next week (Holy Week) is perhaps the best time to reflect on our sins and the sins of the world, go to confession and do penance.

The following is based on a reflection I happened across from St. Bernard of Clairvaux; a doctor of the Church, which convinced me that I was a thief and a murderer—in a spiritual sense. See if it persuades you.

As is often the case, we need to start with some basics. Our souls consist of a will and an intellect. To love God is the highest act of the will and to know God is the highest act of the intellect. In this life, we can choose to move our will and intellect either toward God or toward “self”. Are we really thieves? How so? Since we were made by God and for God, we do not own ourselves. Therefore, when we commit acts of selfishness we are thieves who try to steal ourselves away from God. The only things we can truly claim ownership to are our sins and our vices.

How can we be murderers? Well, think about what murderers do. They kill a person and try to conceal the crime, perhaps by burying the victim in the ground. Likewise we too are murders, since we kill our souls via sin, which is of far more value than our body. What do we do once we kill our souls? We try to hide the crime by burying our souls under mounds of filth. Gluttony, greed, addictions and perversions of every sort hide the fact that we are dead. Even everyday “innocent” distractions like texting, gaming and social media can prevent us from seeing the crime that has happened.

So here are some questions to Catholics that never go to confession or maybe go once per year because they really don’t do anything bad. To those that firmly believe “I’m okay and you’re okay”……

  • Have you committed any selfish acts? Yes?
    • You are a thief! Go to confession.
  • Have you committed the kind of sin that kills the soul? Yes?
    • You are a murderer! Go to confession.
  • Have you injured your soul with any type of sin at all? Yes?
    • That is assault; you are an assailant! Go to confession.

Just go to confession, because I’m not okay and you’re not okay. You’re not likely to hear these things in a typical Sunday homily because they are unpleasant realities; but I’m a realist, and there is a rather blunt phrase we use where I work to remind us of harsh realities and their consequences. When someone does something they should not have, and the consequence is finally actualized, the phrase we use is…. “You’ll have that”. And any “Happy Talk” can wait until the reality is dealt with.

Have a good Holy Week.