PopeWatch: Christ?

Monday, June 19, AD 2017

 

A Francis appointed Bishop shows us that under the current Pontificate the words of Christ in regard to marriage mean less than nothing:

An Argentinian bishop, inspired by Pope Francis’ Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, celebrated a special Mass for civilly-divorced-and-remarried couples in his diocese. The thirty or so couples were all invited to receive Holy Communion despite there being no indication that any of them had promised to live as brother and sister.

“Welcome back home,” Bishop Angel José Macin of the diocese of Reconquista told the couples during the Mass celebrated on the June 11th Feast of the Blessed Trinity, according to Argentinian news website Radioamanecer.com.ar

The couples were given Holy Communion in what was described as a “festive atmosphere” in the parish church of Saint Roque. Relatives took photographs.

8 Responses to PopeWatch: Christ?

  • It is near impossible to believe that this planting of poison ivy within Catholic flower beds isn’t done by design.

  • ” Pope Francis is all about mercy even if someone else gets kicked in the teeth as a result.”
    Comment of the week.
    “…til death do us part” means nothing so how could “I love you” from remarried people mean anything? Love is taking a back seat to I want what I want and I want it now, while Pope Francis plays the fiddle. The Pope’s job is to reiterate the words of Christ. For those who refuse to listen, they will not listen even if the rich man rises from the dead. It appears that our Pope Francis is among those who will not listen even though Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

  • It depends on what “objective truth” means.

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  • “Until death do you part..”

    Oh, how Cheap! ..those words have become!

  • Honestly, it’s as if our Pope and his fellow travelers in the clergy truly
    believe that the only worthy reason a person still might be denied Holy
    Communion is if he wished to receive upon the tongue whilst kneeling.

    Well, that’s overstating. I think a few might also refuse Communion to
    those who would deny the inerrancy of ‘man-made climate change’…

    Snark aside, if no one need listen to the Church’s perennial teachings on
    the indissolubility of marriage, the sinfulness of adultery and fornication,
    and the necessity of being free of mortal sin before approaching Communion,
    then why exactly should anyone listen to bishops and Popes when they speak
    about the sinfulness of anything else? Would it still be “merciful” to deny
    Communion to a notorious, outspoken racist? What about an unrepentant
    advocate of pedophilia? Would this bishop also greet them at the Communion
    rail and tell them “welcome back home” without one word about their need to
    amend their lives?

    Bishops like His Excellency the Bishop of Reconquista are no shepherds. They
    are refusing to herd their sheep towards the Father’s fold, and abandon them
    to find their own way– with disastrous results for the lost sheep. Worse, the
    sheep are told they’re on the right path no matter what they do, when in
    fact they are left in the dark, unknowingly lurching towards the wolves…

    “Merciful” prelates such as His Excellency the Bishop of Reconquista might
    abandon the ancient symbol of their office, the shepherd’s crook, for some-
    thing that better reflects their new understanding of their role. If a bishop
    intends neither to teach, govern nor sanctify as a bishop should, but rather
    is merely the head administrator and chief glad-hander of the diocese, perhaps
    his symbol of office shouldn’t be a crozier but instead a giant checkbook and a
    microphone. (At least we could tell more easily which ones to avoid).

  • Here is a case of actions speaking louder than words. Now, who can deny what Pope Francis really means in Amoris Laetitia?

  • The four “dubia” cardinals requested an audience with the pope and it appears they’re getting blown off again.

    http://m.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/dubia-cardinals-seek-papal-audience#.WUji-YVlCaM

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Eliot Ness: Legend Eclipses Reality

Monday, June 19, AD 2017

 

I have foresworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld and I am content that I have done right!

Eliot Ness, The Untouchables (1987)

 

Hard to believe it is 30 years since The Untouchables (1987) movie was released.  My bride and I saw it in Joliet that year and we both loved it.  A year or two later and I was sitting next to one of the last of the surviving members of Al Capone’s gang.  A truckdriver for Capone, he had invested in Central Illinois farmland and by the time I knew him he was a grey headed and kindly great grandfather.  I never worked up the courage to ask him if Capone had asked him to bury some gangland slaying victims in the ground he purchased, as local rumor indicated.

 

The film was magnificent with the screenplay by David Mamet and the haunting, and period appropriate, musical score by Henry Mancini.  De Niro gave the performance of his career as Capone and Sean Connery, who won a best supporting Oscar for his performance, was completely believable as honest cop Jimmy Malone, joining Ness in his crusade against the corruption that sickened Malone.  Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness was superb as an innocent who learns the terrible cost that is sometimes demanded when evil is confronted.

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  • Vir Cotto – hero with lance? Just a thought.

    vir N 2 3 NOM S M
    vir N 2 3 VOC S M
    vir, viri N M [XXXAX]
    man; husband; hero; person of courage, honor, and nobility;

    cott.o N 2 1 DAT S M
    cott.o N 2 1 ABL S M
    contus, conti N M [XWXCO]
    long pole esp. used on ship); lance, pike;

  • I loved Vir. His waving cheerfully at Morden, anticipating his head on a pike, is one of my favorite parts.

    It’s been quite a shame to see death take an early toll on so many of B5’s crew. I heard only recently that Michael O’Hare was struggling with schizophrenia, and that led to Sinclair’s character being written out (when clearly it was he who was to have been past, present and future commander of the various Babylons..His wife who was on Z’ha’dum, etc.) His passing, and Richard Biggs, Jerry Doyle, Andreas Katsulas, all very young. It’s all very sad.

    Even though JMS is clearly very liberal (and this show was one of the first to push the televised lesbian agenda) he saw many truths that are relevant to us today.

    But the biggest truth of all from that show, that we, humanity, will keep reaching, and that our faith will survive this current civilization, stays with me daily.

    Why else did the Lord give us such a giant universe if not to bring the truth of Christ to all corners of it?

  • Loved Furst as Vir. The fact that his story arc disproved “Nice Guys Finish Last” was one of the many things I liked about him. May Stephen Furst rest in peace.

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Father’s Day

Sunday, June 18, AD 2017

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127: 3-5

 

 

Traditionally Father’s Day was celebrated on March 19 in Catholic countries, a feast day of Saint Joseph/tt  The first Father’s Day observance in the US was on July 5, 1908 In Fairmont, West Virginia.  It was held to honor the 250 fathers who had been among the 361 miners killed in the Monongah mining disaster in Monongah, West Virginia.  The observance receive little publicity and it did not start the current Father’s Day.  Over the next few decades there would be proposals to have a Father’s Day and observances, but nothing took hold.  In 1957 Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a bill to establish Father’s Day, stating it was unfair to have Mother’s Day and not a Father’s Day. In 1966 President Johnson issued a proclamation establishing Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June.  President Nixon in 1972 signed a bill establishing Father’s Day as a national holiday. 

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  • Two things:

    One, The First Commandment God Almighty gave to His creation is “Be Fruitful and Multiply.”

    Two, my grandest Father’s Day gifts are my children.

  • Happy Father’s day to my own dad and all the other daddies out there.

    https://youtu.be/JA5iEKvHNxk

  • The 1981 Dan Fogelberg hit song Leader of the Band was written by Fogelberg as a tribute to his father Lawrence Fogelberg, who was a band leader and a teacher. The elder Fogelberg died a year later in 1982.

    One would be hard pressed to find a better tribute from son to a father put to music than that song.

    https://youtu.be/qsocZrEcp0Y

  • TZZM- It does that on my screen before the page finishes opening; I think the text is in one frame, and the links/commments/stuff to the right is on another.

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    My husband wanted to go to a movie…and he doesn’t see a point to going to movies alone, but I’m just not that into movies and plus there’s the baby… so he took his two eldest movie buddies to see Wonder Woman. (Their review: “She’s just like she always is!” They’re use to Justice League and Justice League United, so I’d say they hit the character just right.)

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Panis Angelicus

Sunday, June 18, AD 2017

Saint Thomas Aquinas composed Sacris Solemnis at the command of Pope Urban IV for the new feast of Corpus Christi in 1264.  The last two stanzas have become the hymn Panis Angelicus.  I have always viewed this as the heart of the Summa set to music.

When he was canonized in 1323 some objections were raised because of a lack of miracles relating to the Angelic Doctor.  Pope John xxii responded that every question Saint Thomas answered was a miracle.

Why we call God Father

1. He created us. We call God Father because He created us in a special way-namely, in His own image and likeness which He did not impress on other creatures here below: “He is thy Father Who made thee, and created thee.”

2. He governs us. We also call God Father because He governs us. For although He governs all things, yet He governs us as masters of ourselves whereas He governs other things as slaves of His will: “Thy providence, O Father, governs all things”. “Thou disposest of us with great favor”.

3. He adopted us. We call God Father because He has adopted us. For He endowed other creatures with trifling gifts, but to us He granted the inheritance, because (as the Apostle says) we are His sons “and if sons, heirs also”. “You have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons whereby we cry, Abba (‘Father’)”.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

 

 

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Islam and the Church

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

 

 

As faithful readers of this blog know, I am not a fan of the Jesuits in their contemporary incarnation.  However, their are Jesuits alive today who bear the stamp of Saint Ignatius Loyola and who serve the Church well.  One is Egyptian Jesuit Henri Boulad who Edward Pentin interviews at the National Catholic Register.  In that interview Father Boulad quotes from a letter he sent the Pope:

“It seems to me that — on the pretext of openness, tolerance and Christian charity — the Catholic Church has fallen into the trap of the liberal left ideology which is destroying the West. Anything that does not espouse this ideology is immediately stigmatized in the name of “political correctness”. Many think that a certain number of your positions are aligned with this ideology and that, from complacency, you go from concessions to concessions and compromises in compromises at the expense of the truth.”

“The West is in an ethical and moral debacle, both religious and spiritual. And it is not by relativizing the painful reality that these societies will be helped to emerge from their disarray. By defending at all costs Islam and seeking to exonerate it from the horrors committed every day in its name, one ends up betraying the truth.”

“Jesus said to us, ‘the Truth will set you free.’ It is because he refused any compromise on this point that he knew the fate which was his. Following him, countless Christians preferred martyrdom to compromise, as is the case in Egypt and elsewhere to this day.”

“In the extreme fragility of Christians — both in the West and in the East — they are expecting something from you other than vague and harmless declarations that may obscure reality. Your predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, had the courage to take a clear and unambiguous position. His attitude has raised a lot of shields and earned him many enemies. But is not a frank confrontation healthier than a dialogue based on compromise? When the Jewish hierarchs asked the apostles to stop announcing the Gospel, they replied: “As for us, we cannot not proclaim what we have seen and heard …” (Acts 4:20).

“It is high time to emerge from a shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism that attacks the West and the rest of the world. A systematically conciliatory attitude is interpreted by the majority of Muslims as a sign of fear and weakness. If Jesus said to us: Blessed are the peacemakers, he did not say to us: Blessed are the pacifists. Peace is peace at any cost, at any price. Such an attitude is a pure and simple betrayal of truth.”

 

 

8 Responses to Islam and the Church

  • TV’s highly popular “zombie” extravaganzas are there for a reason. It’s coming. Sell your mantle and buy guns and ammunition, and be prepared to effectively use them.

    The Church’s caving in to (switching sides to?) the socialists, secularists, and hedonists didn’t help matters.

    Bingo! The most-dangerous enemies of God and the American way of life are the liberal elites (including the hierarchy) , democrats and chamber of commerce RINO’s. They control public indoctrination/education, the academy and the lying media and use them to propagandize their traitorous filth. Their secular humanism, which they both promote and defend, with PC speech codes and censorship of any dissenting views are killing the West.

    Abortion, artificial contraception, etc. are offspring of elitist denial of responsibility, hedonism and materialism. it seems the next stage in this long march(?) is promoting sterile gay and transgender privileges – and if one objects, one is a fascist that should be shot, e.g., Rep. Scalise.

    The most destructive results are zero and negative population growth. Islam promotes population explosions.

  • Excellent article.
    Thank you.

  • TShaw, I would add the educrats, Hollywood and those who financially support the homosexualist movement. There are a lot more pro lifers than homosexualists but the Homosexualists got their own way while the pro life movement is still fighting abortion.

    Hollywood is a purveyor of garbage. Even just thirty years ago or so, there were movies with Chuck Norris and Schwarzenegger beating the snot out of the bad guys, be they Communists or Muslim terrorists. No more.

  • “It seems to me that — on the pretext of openness, tolerance and Christian charity — the Catholic Church has fallen into the trap of the liberal left ideology which is destroying the West. ”

    Absolutely true! While Pope Francis is certainly accelerating this decline, it was well underway long prior to his ascent to the Chair of Peter. Just look at the positions staked out by even our “orthodox” bishops here in this country on the refugee and immigration issue overall. It is not only indistinguishable from that of the worst elements of the left, they engage in the same kind of smear tactics secular leftists do in demonizing those who dare take issue with their positions. And American bishops are considered the most “conservative” in the west.

  • Excellent, especially from a modern Jesuit. We need to hear more from the very clear thinking Father Boulad. From the Pope we get a “shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism”. Pope Francis is a menace to the Catholic Church, the World and himself–but a friend of the the devil.

    “It is high time to emerge from a shameful and embarrassed silence in the face of this Islamism that attacks the West and the rest of the world. A systematically conciliatory attitude is interpreted by the majority of Muslims as a sign of fear and weakness. If Jesus said to us: Blessed are the peacemakers, he did not say to us: Blessed are the pacifists. Peace is peace at any cost, at any price. Such an attitude is a pure and simple betrayal of truth.”

  • T Shaw wrote, “Islam promotes population explosions.”

    Rather unsuccessfully.

    Of the Muslim majority countries in Europe, Bosnia & Herzegovina has one of the lowest Total Fertility Rates in the world at 1.28 per woman (the replacement level is 2.1). Albania’s is 1.51 and Turkey, at 2.03 is just below replacement.

    Outside Europe, Iran has a Total Fertility Rate of 1.71. Azerbaijan (1.90) Turkmenistan (2.08) and Uzbekistan (1.78) are all below replacement.

    In the Maghreb, Tunisia has a TFR below replacement at 1.98, as does Libya (2.04). Morocco at 2.2 is just above it and Algeria’s 2.74 is well above replacement, but down from over 5 in the 1960s

    Iwlam may promote population explosions but, apparently, Muslim women are not listening.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour, Alleluia!

  • Great article! Thanks for sharing it. Father Henri Boulad is well spoken. I feel the world needs a Marian moment. To much killing. I pray for peace.

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PopeWatch: Dark

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

In an effort to attract more young people, the USCCB announced today that they will begin working on a dark, gruesome, and gritty reboot of the Novus Ordo.

Speaking with EOTT, Bishop Robert Lombardo, who came up with the idea for the reboot, said that they hope to begin saying the new Mass beginning next fall.

“Right now we’re just beginning to work on the new translation, which we’re tentatively calling ‘The Mass: Rise of the Godman.’”

Lombardo also went on to explain that the reboot would skew more towards gritty priests and deacons and away from the smiling and happy priest and deacon that we’ve become accustomed to seeing.

“These days young adults are spending so much of their time and money watching dark movie reboots, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that within the context of the Mass. To say to someone in their 20’s and 30’s, ‘Hey, you enjoyed that gritty and gruesome movie last night, now come to Mass and enjoy the complete opposite of what you loved last night,’ is absurd. We have to give them what they want is what it boils down to.”

Gotham bishop Leonard Kelly told EOTT that the bishops also discussed a reboot for all the sacraments, including Confirmation, which will be called The Sacrament of the Blood Oath, Anointing of the Sick, which will be called The Sacrament of Bodily Annihilation, and Matrimony, which will be called The Sacrament of Mental Annihilation.

We also plan to change the vestments so that they’re simply red mantles and hoods, with the red symbolizing blood, all the blood Christ spilled for our transgressions.

At press time, Kelly has cryptically stated that it is time for the youth to heed the calling of the Light, saying “You either die a saint or live long enough to see yourself become the devil,” before throwing the hood over his head and leaping off the top of a church spire.

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Good-bye Broadway, Hello France

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

Something for the weekend.  Good-bye Broadway, Hello France.  Like the Civil War, World War I produced endless songs, most of which were never heard of again after the  War was concluded.  Quite popular during the War was Good-bye Broadway, Hello France, written in 1917 by by Billy Baskette, with lyrics written by C. Francis Reisner and Benny Davis.  Whenever a World War I documentary has ever been produced, this song is often played as US troops are shown being shipped to France.

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Dymphna’s Road

Saturday, June 17, AD 2017

 

I have come to loathe some of the attorneys and co-workers at my job. They haven’t changed. I have. Either my tolerance level has lowered or it’s because they have become completely unhinged since the election and are not careful with what they say. I come from a working class family and it is unnerving to hear how much my Harvard and Yale bosses despise normal people. Whenever they have to go on trial outside of the East or West Coasts they moan and groan as if they are going to Calcutta. I over heard two attorneys talking about how they ventured beyond Whole Foods, Trader Joes and their favorite farmer’s market —gasp— went to a regular grocery store as if they went on safari. I think if they went to Walmart or Sav-a-Lot they’d have a stroke. It’s like the Floating World of Edo era Japan. The inhabitants have their drivers, their cheap illegal nannies, gardeners and to Hell with everybody else. I guess I need to start looking for another job.

We have a new blog in the blog role, Dymphna’s Road.  I always appreciate writing that packs a lot of meaning into a few words, and the above quote is a sample of what Dymphna at her blog can do.  Go here to have a look at the blog and I think you will put it on your regular blog reading list as I have have.

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  • It was never about equality, liberty, or fraternity.

    It’s all good. I need to emigrate to America. I’m looking at Sheridan, WY. It is close to numerous site of Plains Indian Wars battles (Fetterman, Wagon Box, Rosebud, Little Big Horn, etc.) and near (enough) the Tetons and Yellowstone.

    Years ago, the “New Yorker” magazine produced a cover that communicated this animus.

    Yet, these geniuses completely support the worst political class in US History, which class is fundamentally transforming America into a third-world hell hole.

    Do they think, somehow, that they will escape the catastrophe?

    Anyhow, guilty as charged. I frequent Walmart and Costco dressed in my worst. To be fair, we proles (including me) can come off as “quaint.”

  • The ladt bullet of Dymphna’s post is the best:

    “I’ve never liked Mark Shea. This does not improve my already low view of him.”

    I will add that I have never liked Jorge Bergoglio either.

  • My type of work (accounting and tax work, in the SF Baytheist Area, to boot) also puts me in a situation where I often have to endure the painful overhearing of many loco, and increasingly bitter, political conversations floating over the cubicle walls these past 12 mos. St. Dymphna’s observation that people here, in this case, on the Left Coast, cannot possibly ken what the Flyovers think and believe—but worse, the smug condescension is nauseating.

    Now, for my part, I scrupulously avoid political talk (which is a company policy, BTW) since to me it is completely unprofessional and entirely too personal: tax and accounting issues need to be kept to the cold unemotional facts, just the facts, ma’am (and the numbers, and the applicable statutes ).

    Yet some of the EA’S and CPA’S drop their professional garb in a flash, if they read, or too often misread, and inject themselves, into a charged political exchange that is way off course from the work at hand. I don’t see them doing their client a favor, even those who agree with them. But the conversations, and the bitterness, I have heard… Unspeakable, and often, highly charged, very enraged and very personal.

    I am convinced people here in Cali continue to distill and display their particularly inbred form of radicalism—it’s on the schools, the media, the “entertainment “—a Fort Sumter-type moment is forthcoming (just as Congressman Scalise ‘s shooting is analogous to Bleeding Kansas or perhaps Harper’s Ferry ). No good will come from this increasingly fevered ‘thinking’, if it can be called that.

  • Thanks Donald. Agree. With 11 kids I understand the Progressive prejudice. Even worse one of my kids is a ABC political commentator who can’t wait to get off another criticism of our dear Donald.

    And thanks for the St.Dymphna’s blog site recommendation.

  • Please forgive my use of a personal frame of reference in this regard but it facilitates succinctness. My political inclinations are disparately influenced by such as William F. Buckley Jr. and his National Review, and by my altogether working class Irish and Italian American roots. The former draws from Catholic and classical sources, while the latter draw from the earthy experience of ordinary life. I think Trump, through his lifelong association with the working classes of the construction industry, is much influenced by that latter experience. Not to support him in the office he holds would work against the interests of most Americans.

  • If naming your blog after Saint Dympha, is a subtle reference to those with liberal leanings as being mentally ill, it is an affront to those who actually have a mental illness,and perpetuates the stigma already associated with it. Who are the mentally ill? They are our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, neighbors and friends.

  • I doubt if that was the intent of Dymphna Bob, although I can’t speak for her. As for most contemporary liberals, if only they had mental illness as an explanation for the madness they embrace.

  • Bob, the blog is named Dymphna’s Road because my mother was terribly fond of an Irish co-worker named Dymphna and it’s one of my names. Thank you Mr. McClarey for the kind words.

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9 Responses to Cuba Libre

  • I watched the speech. I have been happy since election night. I am even happier today. Astonishingly, Rubio was good, too.

    I also “caught” Sen. Leahy’s evil, ignorant response. I felt more stupider after he spoke. Now, we see why liberals need to be removed from the halls of power.

  • As Ben Shapiro would say, “Good Trump!”

  • I love it that an initiative from Barack Hussien Obama and Jorge Bergoglio has been overturned so publicly. Those two arrogant prideful wreckers of Western society need to have their noses rubbed in defeat. I couldn’t be happier.

    Here you go, Obama and Bergoglio!

  • An ancillary matter, but good.

  • That is a good start but the US does business with other oppressive dictatorships, what about China, Saudi Arabia et al. There is merit to the argument this was done as a strike against BHO’s legacy.

  • Trump has not been noted for his friendliness to China, to say the least. In regard to the Saudis, Trump will use them as long as he perceives an alliance to be in the service of America and not for a second longer. The domestic opponents of the Saudi monarchy are often worse than the current rulers. Believers in democracy are sparse on the ground on the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Very inspiring! Thank you for this.

  • I do not advocate war against anyone. I didn’t serve and I don’t lightly consider putting our armed forces in harm’s way. Now, to come off as hypocritical, there are plenty of reasons to take out the Communists in Cuba. Communism there has been a cancer throughout Latin America. My wife’s homeland of Colombia and the horrors of Venezuela are testament to that, not to mention the Sendero Luminoso of Peru. I think the Cuban forces would crumble like a stale Ritz cracker.

    I love Cuban food. If there were more of it around me I would weigh another 25 pounds.

    I cannot help but sympathize with the Cuban Americans. There is a chapel in Coral Gables, Ermita de La Caridad. On the wall behind the sanctuary is a pictoral history of Cuba, starting with Columbus planting the standards of Queen Isabel the Catholic and King Fernando. Given that their nation is a victim of communism, as was Poland, I cannot help but sympathize. Behind the chapel there is an inlet where people throw bouquets of flowers in memory of those who lost their lives in Cuba or fleeing it.

  • what about China, Saudi Arabia et al.

    You want sanctions on China? About 1/4 of the world’s productive capacity is in China as is about 18% of the world’s population. In contrast to Cuba and North Korea, China’s a great deal more benevolent in its internal policies than it was 50 years ago. Constitutional government of any description was unknown in the Far East prior to about 1890. The list of Far Eastern countries which have had some sort of parliamentary government without interruption since 1973 has three names on it, of which two (Malaysia and Singapore) are governed by heretofore impregnable political machines. As for Saudi Arabia, the place has had its successes and failures over the last 90 years. Places in the Near East, North Africa, and Central Asia which have been tentatively successful in establishing electoral and deliberative institutions have done so with incremental adjustments which incorporate negotiation and power-sharing between various stakeholders. That’s a generation’s long process.

    Cuba is the most abused and retrograde country in the hemisphere and an enduring geopolitical enemy. There’s no reason to concede anything to them bar that Barack Obama’s an other directed man concerned with the status signals sent by academics and the like.

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June 14, 1917: Pershing Arrives in France

Friday, June 16, AD 2017

On June 14, 1917 General John J. Pershing and 190 of his staff, military and civilians, arrived in France.  The first American combat troops would land on June 26, 1917.  America would not have a full division in France until the arrival of the last elements of the First Division in October 1917.  Eventually two million doughboys would serve in France but the buildup was initially a slow process.  No doubt many Allied leaders were wondering if the Americans would arrive in time to turn the balance against a Germany that was in the process of winning the War in the East.  Perilous times for America and its allies a century ago.  We forget today what a monumental task it was to raise an army of millions, train and equip it and to ship it across the Atlantic, and to do this from a starting stop in about a year’s time.  No wonder that some Allied leaders were skeptical, as Winston Churchill noted after Pearl Harbor:

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PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia

Friday, June 16, AD 2017

 

 

The Lavender Mafia is alive and well at the Vatican:

 

Cardinal Joseph Tobin told the New York Times that it would have been “backhanded” of him to mention anything about sin to the “LGBT pilgrims” who he personally welcomed to a Cathedral Mass last month.

On Sunday, May 21, the Cardinal was on hand at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart to personally welcome homosexuals on a so-called “LGBT Pilgrimage.”

When asked by the New York Times if he should have used the event to call the “LGBT pilgrims” out of sin, Cardinal Tobin replied: “That sounds a little backhanded to me.” 

“It was appropriate to welcome people to come and pray and call them who they were. And later on, we can talk,” he said. 

The Cardinal said that to “combine his welcome with a criticism would not have been a full welcome at all.”

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Some other high profile priests and bishops pushing the envelope on the acceptance of homosexuality within the Church include: 

  • Fr. James Martin, SJ, editor-at-large for the Jesuit magazine America and recently appointed to the Vatican as a communications consultant, who just published his pro-homosexual book, Building a Bridge.
  • Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, now at the helm of both the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Pontifical Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, who paid a homosexual artist to paint a homoerotic mural in his cathedral church in 2007. The mural includes an image of the archbishop himself clasped to a semi-naked man.
  • Cardinal Kevin Farrell, recently appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican office on laity, family, and life issues, who has called on his city’s priests to embrace “LGBT families.”
  • The Diocese of San Diego, under Bishop Robert McElroy, recently announced that Fr. John Dolan, a priest with an LGBT-positive record, had been appointed by the Vatican to be an auxiliary bishop. Fr, Dolan had previously gone on record suggesting that there is no problem with homosexual “marriage” within the Catholic church.

Catholic parishioners in some major urban centers may also have noticed a creeping incrementalism of the acceptance of homosexuality within their parishes. 

For instance, in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Matthew’s Parish has been promoting homosexuality and its so-called “compatibility” with Catholicism for years.

In the Archdiocese of New York, leaders of “gay and lesbian ministries” in three separate parishes openly flout Catholic teaching on sexual morality, saying that their lifestyle choices are part of how God made them. 

6 Responses to PopeWatch: Lavender Mafia

  • I am sick to death of homosexualism. They are indeed pushing the envelope. God knows when they push too far.

  • Cardinal could have offered an off-hand remark on whether one could simultaneously be LGBT and Catholic Christian. Problem is: where does he stand?

    I’m totally ignorant in Theology. Were Hitler’s life style choices part of how God made him?

  • Lavender Mafia and Free Masonry ties?

    I wonder.
    My guess is that there connected.

    Was Francis blanketing a smokescreen when he ordered Cardinal Burke to clear out Mason’s a few months ago? http://angelqueen.org/2017/01/12/pope-ordered-card-burke-to-clean-out-freemasons-from-the-knights-of-malta/

    Who knows.
    In this climate it’s a possibility.

    As always we must pray for his conversion.
    Holy Spirit take over… please.

  • I think us lay people are more faithful to our faith its teaching and our Lord Jesus Christ then any of the Bishops, Cardinal, Priest and our Pope who all seem to be leading us in the wrong direction. I wish they would grow a backbone and teach the teaching that God wants us to live by. Shame on them!!!!

  • Homosexuality or same sex attraction is an act of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.” Addiction to sodomy and the vice of lust is a free will act contrary to and in violation of the rational free will. Sodomy itself is assault and battery of another human being. There is nothing sexual about sodomy. Sodomy is a crime against oneself and Nature. Only Truth will set us free. The Truth about addiction to sodomy is enslavement to slavery. The Preamble to our Constitution promises “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our (Constitutional ) Posterity, all future generations. Enslaving all future generations, our Posterity, to an addiction to sodomy is the devil’s work. All human beings are conceived in original innocence, legal and moral innocence. They are the standard of Justice for our nation from the very first moment of their existence. To corrupt an innocence child needs a millstone about the neck and a very deep river into which the corrupter needs to cast himself. Priest, pagan and heretics all are required to maintain our innocent children in innocence as their God and their heritage intends for them.

  • Only those persons who reverence the human person can enter into the honorable state of Holy Matrimony.
    Informed consent cannot be given to sodomy. Sodomy is a lie. A female husband and a male bride is a lie and perjury in a court of law. Informed consent cannot be given to a lie because by its very nature a lie is disinformation.

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Flag Revolution

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.

Justice Felix Frankfurter

 

 

I loved this station sign off back in the seventies.  May God bless America and may America become worthier of that blessing.  Instead of Flag Evolution I would call this Flag Revolution.  The American Revolution is ongoing, as our experiment in democracy continues down the years.

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23 Responses to Mark Shea Demonstrates How Not to Respond When a Democrat Fanatic Attempts to Murder Republican Congressmen

  • Mark Shea – MOLON LABE – come take!

    See if you can take my gun from me!

    I dare you!

    Come! Take!

    What a freaking nit wit! That murderous deranged Democrat nut case would have used a bomb or a knife or a bow and arrow or whatever were guns unavailable! Cain used a stone ot murder Able! It’s not gun which kill nor spoons that make people fat (looking your way, Shea!), but insane crazy self will run riot!

  • Mac, Did your confessor assign as a penance reading Mark-who? The Second Sorrowful Mystery, THE Scourging At The Pillar; I Desire A Spirit Of Mortification.

    It’s dishonesty/diversion/distraction.

    Only in America can a liberal unsuccessfully attempt to massacre lawmakers with whom they differ and the liberals scream that conservatives need to be disarmed.

    I took inventory. I have more guns than I have tightey-whiteys (you didn’t need to know that). I have as much cold steel – bayonets, K-Bar, kukri, etc. Unlike the typical liberal, I know how to use them and live to fight another day.

    Let’s Roll! Stay low. Move fast. Shoot first. Die last. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your planning was faulty.

    You bet that’s s call to arms: civil war. They started it.

  • FWIW, Rob’s comment was deleted. Others, including those yucking it up saying the GOP deserves what it gets, the NRA!’ are left up. A sad state for a once celebrated Catholic author who helped me into the Church. Mark is quickly giving voice to the worst of the radical alt-left.

  • Too true, Dave G. One commentator over there asked Mark if he was comfortable with the kind of commentators and discussion he was allowing and fostering.

    Mark’s reply:
    “Aside from jh (who I rebuked) who do you mean? The people who are rightly saying that gun cult rhetoric is false? That health care is good? I’m not interested in Tone Policing on behalf of a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    “Blood on their hands” huh? Guess we know how happy his spirit will be when the next shooting occurs. And he was all about tone policing when an abortion clinic was shot up (twice!). I guess conservative lives and souls just matter less to him.

  • I’m not interested in Tone Policing on behalf of a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    He manifests here three pathologies of prog-trash politics: (1) no sense of personal agency and (2) an affection for sociological nonsense in service to (3) sticking the bill for social pathology with a set of preferred bogies. In this case, hobbyists largely resident in exurbs, small towns, and the countryside (which have homicide rates around about 2 per 100,000) are held responsible for the fruits of the slum honor culture (which breeds homicide rates of 35 per 100,000). If you want to contain the social damage done by the slum honor culture, you might just…police the slums with ample manpower making use of best practices. You do that correctly, and Harlem has a homicide rate of 8.5 per 100,000 and a great many young people who might have ended up dead at 25 get to shuffle into middle age. However, it’s much more fun to cast aspersions on a gun collector in Greene County than to endorse addressing the problems Harlem has had.

    After some time reading the occasional blurts of a Catholic writer who fancies himself this generation’s Dorothy Day, it occurred to me that the man hated cops, and, indeed, anyone who defends himself with force and is capable of doing so. Mark Shea talks more an more like that man. What do you figure lies behind that?

  • If you want to contain the social damage done by the slum honor culture, you might just…police the slums with ample manpower making use of best practices.

    Nah if you REALLY want to contain the problem of the slums, you get fathers back into the homes. But how to do that is a big question that ain’t easy to answer.

    As for Mark & cops… it’s weird. One day he’ll post something against them, then the next day will post

    The three guys in London were dead within eight minutes of the attack and could only kill seven people for one reason: they lacked guns and were massively outgunned by cops who had them.

    So does he really hate cops or not? I get the feeling he’s really in favor of some platonic ideal of a cop that all the real flesh and blood ones keep failing to live up to and it’s those he really hates.

    Maybe. He’ll probably change his mind tomorrow.

  • “. . . .a Gun Cult that has the blood of more Americas on its hands since 1968 than all of our wars combined.”

    I’m old enough to remember when Hitler used that same argument to kill 6,000,000 Jews.

  • I think we should all borrow a trick from the left and each one of us make a donation to the NRA or a similar organization in Mark Shea’s name.

  • Nah if you REALLY want to contain the problem of the slums, you get fathers back into the homes.

    To which the Mayor of Philadelphia responds, “Who me? Oh, I’ll get right to it…”.

    We might just do something about violent crime in the slums (successfully addressed in New York) in lieu of twiddling our thumbs for six or seven generations until some spontaneous Great Awakening causes the problem to disappear.

  • “Maybe. He’ll probably change his mind tomorrow.”

    Nate, unfortunately inconsistency is one of Mark’s biggest problems. Part of it he’s ultimately an amateur, with no real accountability. Take those horrible days after Sandy Hook. He took a few days away from blogging – and that was certainly understood. But when he came back, it was NRA=Nazi and gun regulations now! all the way. And woe betide those who dared even think about asking him to unpack some of what he said, or critique his non-particulars. He said we must do whatever or else, and that was that. Except for some of his buddies, representing a more pro-gun rights viewpoint. Even though they were echoing some of what the rest of us were saying (and getting blasted by Mark and his more left leaning readers for doing so), Mark gave them great praise for their thoughtful questions and concerns. Because, well, they were buddies and pals. That was a key moment in my following of Mark. But then I find that those who wish to somehow compromise with the forces of modernity begin struggling in the consistency department.

  • The fact that I’m commenting tells you how bloody useless my life is.

    Do gun regulations work? Maybe, but the facts (guys like Mark-who are allergic to the facts) tell another tale. In the past ten years, national violent crime numbers declined 50% while private gun ownership numbers (Obama was the world record gun salesman) rose by 100%.

    Guys like Mark-who? climb on the broken, little bodies, and wave the bloody shirts, and throw hate at whole classes of people for the massacres.

    Look! I feel horrible about 23 little children being massacred. But, it wasn’t me.

  • “But, it wasn’t me.”

    Not sure if I’m reading you right, but you appear to be saying take comfort, at least I wasn’t massacred. Which, if that’s what you’re saying, I fear is all too true. I call it the modern golden rule: do unto others as long as you don’t do unto me. Of course when it’s applied is, like most things nowadays, radically inconsistent. Take unarmed blacks shot by cops. I have no reason to think it will happen to me – not being black – and yet I”m told to care and care passionately. But terrorism? That’s when it goes back to ‘as long as terrorists kill someone else, since nothing else matters but that it directly benefits me, it’s a sacrifice I”m willing to make.’ Altogether chilling, except for how many Christians are now jumping on the bandwagon.

  • Re Sandy Hook: preventing a Sandy Hook massacre would require mass gun confiscation or putting armed guards with almost nothing to do in exurban elementary schools. Nancy Lanza owned four guns and was in compliance with Connecticut law. They kept in a safe in her home. He murdered his mother in order to get hold of the key to the safe and then committed suicide after he’d finished his massacre at the school. Clayton Cramer’s complaints about free-range mental patients are not readily applicable. Unlike Cramer’s brother, Adam Lanza did not have a history of violence that anyone knew about and Nancy Lanza was in the process of attempting to have her son placed in an institution. The one recent case where a deficit of custodial care for schizophrenics seems spot on as a source of trouble would be that cinema shot up in Aurora, Colo.

    Trouble is, it’s a big country and any big country has a non-zero population of utter kooks you really cannot identify beforehand without a boatload of false positives.

  • The more he posts, the more he corroborates the National Catholic Register’s decision: http://the-american-catholic.com/2016/08/22/reports-that-mark-shea-has-been-fired-by-national-catholic-register/

  • Patheos ought to be driven into the dirt for sponsoring that blowhard windbag. Kellogg’s opened their mouths badmouthing Breitbart and it bit them in the rear end. Sponsor or peddle crap and you deserve to get clobbered in the wallet.

    ESPN is spiraling down the drain by being a bunch of SJWs instead of covering sports. The NFL saw its ratings plunge because a half black talentless quarterback named Colin Kapernick refused to stand for the National Anthem. Shea knows less about being Catholic than I do but some outfit saw fit to give him a forum for his crummy writing. Patheos deserves to bite the dust and Shea needs to find honest work.

  • David G. – It wasn’t me shooting.

    Art D. Immediately (as legislatures operate) CT and NY banned/confiscated all assault weapons. The day after the laws went into effect, approximately 800,000 CT and NTY residents were made felons. I believe the NY law (S.A.F.E. Act) specifically prohibits obtaining or maintaining statistics on compliance.

    Two things in conclusion re the Hodgkinson attack: It was a quick and easy transition from “Punch a Nazi!” to “Assassinate a Republican Congressman!” This is not about guns.

  • The top three nations for per capita gun ownership are, in descending order,
    the United States, Serbia, and Switzerland. The rates of gun-related homicides
    per 100K for each nation are:

    USA: 3.43 gun related homicides per 100,000 residents. (2014 statistics)
    Serbia: 0.61 per 100K (c. 2012)
    Switzerland: 0.21 per 100K (c. 2015) In 2014, that figure was even lower– 0.09.

    What to make of these statistics? Serbia is not a particularly stable country,
    but even with the high number of guns per capita, it has a markedly lower
    rate of gun-related homicide than we do. In Switzerland militia training is
    mandatory and reservists are encouraged to keep their government-issue
    weapon (usually a Sturmgewehr 90 assault rifle) in their homes. Guns are
    almost everywhere, and shooting clubs are common. That nation has about
    2.5X the population of Chicago, which has very strict gun control laws.
    Yet in Chicago last year there were over 450 gun-related homicides. And
    in all Switzerland in 2015 (the most recent stat I could find) there were… 17.

    What to make of all that? I’m sure there are many variables behind the
    differences in gun homicide rates between the three countries, but it seems
    clear to me that the relatively low rates of gun homicide enjoyed by both
    Serbia and Switzerland, despite their high number of guns per capita, means
    that our higher rate of gun violence has causes other than just the availability
    of guns. People (*ahem*, Mark Shea) who harp on the need to reduce access
    to guns are ignoring the actual causes of gun-related violence in this country,
    whatever those actual causes might be. Shea and his ilk would do well to get
    past their obsession with gun control and try to address the true causes
    of our nation’s gun-related violence. (And yes, as Penguins Fan stated above,
    Shea is a blowhard windbag).

  • We also have the fact that the most well-armed, per capita, regions of the country, invariably rural, have European levels of homicide rates. Death by homicide in this country is largely an urban problem and usually associated with drugs and gangs.

  • I have more guns than I have tightey-whiteys (you didn’t need to know that).

    Only 20 years late to the “boxers or briefs” question….

    *******
    A thing to look out for on statistics– not all countries figure homicide the way we do, and age is an important consideration. Guys between the ages of 16 and 30-something are involved in most crimes. (Which makes sense– it’s really dumb for, oh, a grandma to try intimidating people in a robbery!)

  • and usually associated with drugs and gangs.

    The homicide rate in my hometown is bad (20 per 100,000, or 35 per 100,000 in the core of the city) with little in the way of organized gangs. A great many slum homicides are inter-personal disputes between troublesome and impetuous people. (Or, as the disreputable Mr. Sailer puts it, “the Dominican guy shoots the Puerto Rican guy in a dispute over a plate of chicken”. The social control established by amply staffed police forces (including and especially incapacitation of a smalll selection of youth) cuts way back on this. Laws requiring registration of pistols and prohibiting licenses to juveniles or people with convictions for certain offenses are a component of these efforts at social control, because you can stop and frisk and then jail people you find with unlicensed firearms. This sort of thing is remote from mass confiscation. Also keep in mind that long guns are used in only about 3% of all homicides.

  • You look at the Democratic Party and you figure that one-third to two-thirds vote regularly but otherwise do not pay much attention to public affairs. As for the remainder, they make their voice heard here:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/steve-scalise-alexandria-shooting-doctors-update/

  • Shea’s problem is that deep down, he’s still suffering from the Protestant heresy. Converts like him haven’t really completely converted to the Catholic Church, but rather a Protestant-like church with sacraments. He claims to know and accept all that the Catholic Church teaches, and that very well may be true, but that doesn’t mean he practices the faith. We should pray for the man, but also warn others that he is a danger to their soul.

  • Shea’s problem is that deep down, he’s still suffering from the Protestant heresy. Converts like him haven’t really completely converted to the Catholic Church, but rather a Protestant-like church with sacraments.

    His problem is that he’s emotionally disturbed, and has a portfolio of stock characters from outside the Church who are his hate objects. That he was once an evangelical is perfectly irrelevant to his problem.

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Eisenhower on Lee

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017

 

 

Hattip to Michael W. Lively.  It has become fashionable to denigrate Robert E. Lee and to call for the removal of all statues honoring him.  57 years ago President Dwight Eisenhower answered such an attack:

 

August 1, 1960
Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower
White House
Washington, D.C. 

Dear Mr. President: 

At the Republication Convention I heard you mention that you have the pictures of four (4) great Americans in your office, and that included in these is a picture of Robert E. Lee. 

I do not understand how any American can include Robert E. Lee as a person to be emulated, and why the President of the United States of America should do so is certainly beyond me. 

The most outstanding thing that Robert E. Lee did, was to devote his best efforts to the destruction of the United States Government, and I am sure that you do not say that a person who tries to destroy our Government is worthy of being held as one of our heroes. 

Will you please tell me just why you hold him in such high esteem? 

Sincerely yours,

Leon W. Scott

Eisenhower responded:

2 Responses to Eisenhower on Lee

  • How is it one can honor a military officer who betrayed his oath to defend the US? He admittedly did so reluctantly. Did he repent his betrayal? I will grant he had many noble qualities. I can understand why a fellow general could admire him, but still, he fought against his country.

  • “I can understand why a fellow general could admire him, but still, he fought against his country.”

    What the country consisted of was what the Civil War was all about. If the Confederacy had prevailed, I assume the usual analysis would be that the Union troops were brave but foolish, attempting to keep people part of a nation that they no longer belonged to. The Civil War answered a lot of questions, and the answers were by no means clear prior to the War.

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PopeWatch: Unchanging

Thursday, June 15, AD 2017

 

PopeWatch has long believed that the key to understanding Pope Francis is his life in Argentina, and, above all, this event:

 

A titanic struggle for the soul of Catholicism ensued. Bergoglio had strong support within the Jesuits when he became provincial superior in 1973. But by the time he ended his leadership role as rector of Buenos Aires’s Jesuit seminary in 1986, those who loathed him had begun to outnumber those who loved him. By 1990, his support within the order had been eroded by his authoritarian style and his incorrigible inability, in the words of the Jesuit, Father Frank Brennan, “to let go the reins of office once a [Jesuit] provincial of a different hue was in the saddle.” Another senior Jesuit told me: “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

10 Responses to PopeWatch: Unchanging

  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    If my own experience is any guide, the propensity of management to push that line is inversely proportional to the actual skills possessed.

  • “His view that it is his way or the highway as a young man remains the exact mode of operation of his Papacy.”

    Wait till the Lord Jesus Christ deposes him and one day He shall. This dictatorial Latin American Peronist will have much to answer for.

  • “What Pope Francis learned from this is that the left is stronger than the right in internal Church struggles, and from then on he was going to ally himself with the left.”

    Looks like practically every bishop learned that same lesson and took it to heart. As I have said before, Pope Francis is not as much the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church’s power base, but the product of it.

  • Practically every bishop in the west that is.

  • John Paul II did not learn this lesson and neither did Pope Benedict. Pope Francis is most definitely the cause of the leftward lurch in the Church as we will see after his successor takes office.

  • Well, Donald, JPIi and Benedict XVI did unwittingly set the table for much of what we are seeing now. In the case of JPII, in the latter part of his pontificate took positions on issues like capital punishment in a manner that an honest critique would demand to regarded as irresponsible. As for B16, although he didn’t enshrine his views on the “climate change” hoax in an encyclical, he was clearly in the Al Gore like camp on that issue. And the bishops they picked are clearly leftist, even the orthodox ones. Unless Church teaching explicitly forbids it, these bishops are not only leftist, but hard left. And judging from the tone of their statements, they are more concerned about “social justice” than they are anything else.

    Against this backdrop, it was only a matter of time that someone like Bergoglio got elected.

  • Pope John Paul II also helped to bring down Communism in Eastern Europe, chastised the Sandinistas to their face and was a champion of orthodoxy. Likewise Pope Benedict was a champion of orthodoxy, was alarmed by the threats to religious freedom in the US from the Obama administration and fought the normalization of homosexuality. Compared to Francis, either one was Reagan in a cassock.

  • Of course, I am not denying the good these popes did. In fact, I think especially JPII was a great pope. But in some areas, he did things that were harmful.

    Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is. And given the fact JPII was a Pole, that would have put both the Polish government and the Polish bishops in a bad position because they take a very politically incorrect, but correct, position on that issue. That’s why Poland doesn’t have a problem with Islamic terrorism.

    And yes, compared to Pope Francis, they were Reagan in a cassock. But considered who Pope Francis is, that in itself isn’t really saying much, is it?

  • Unfortunately, I think JPII would handled the Muslim refugee issue in a similar manner as Francis is.

    Not so sure about that:

    http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/messages/migration/documents/hf_jp-ii_mes_25071995_undocumented_migrants.html

    “When no solution is foreseen, these same institutions should direct those they are helping, perhaps also providing them with material assistance, either to seek acceptance in other countries, or to return to their own country.”

  • “He drove people really crazy with his insistence that only he knew the right way to do things. Finally the other Jesuits said: ‘Enough.’”

    Let us hope the Cardinals will soon say that they too have had “Enough”.

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8 Responses to President Trump on Scalise Shooting

  • Good speech. However, the parts about people in DC loving and being devoted to America are not true for Democrats. They hate America and have for a half century. They are the reason this shooting happened. They portrayed Trump decapitated and then they portrayed Trump as Julius Caesar assassinated. They are just like Muslim Jihadists in sentiment and this barbaric shooting proves what they are capable of doing. We will find ourselves in the same situation as the Maccabean brothers if they ever regain power.

    PS, for the record: I voted 3rd Party – Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party – last November. I wanted someone better than either Trump or Hillary. That however is not what the people decided. Now that Trump is elected, he should be respected. The Democrats refuse to respect him and go out of their way to malign and ridicule him at every opportunity. Enough is enough. I am sick of them and I am very, very angry, not because I lie Trump but because the Democrats are committing violence against anything and anyone remotely conservative and Constitutionalist. That anger is very bad for me because it stops me from seeing that Democrats are human too. It has transformed into hate and Jesus said we are to love our enemies, not hate them.

    🙁 🙁 🙁

  • Hodgkinson, Griffin, Theater in the Parka re only the tip of the liberal violence iceberg.

    “Strong hatred defender of peoples.” Iliad Book XXI.

    In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”

    In three days, the left (academia/Hollywood/media) will redouble the campaign to fabricate the vilest lies about President Trump and we the deplorable, 63 million Americans that voted for him.

    It wasn’t me. They started it. It’s too late to apologize.

  • Hodgkinson was the typical American assassin, or would be assassin: a loser and very marginal figure who suddenly lashes out. I would not view him as a forerunner of signs of a coming Civil War. Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

  • When Donald McClarey posts a song like “It’s Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration,” then you know it’s serious – Domine Deus, miserere nobis et totius Americae!

    Lyrics…
    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground
    Screaming ‘cross the waves
    You can’t hear a sound
    There’s no fair trials, no trade, no liberties
    No tea
    We’ve colonized America; we won’t stand for tyranny,
    Oh king

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    We’ve paid your foolish tax, read the acts
    And they just won’t do
    We want to make it clear, we believe this much is true
    All men were created with certain

    Unalienable rights
    Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
    Of happiness

    And it’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late

    It’s too late to apologize
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late apologize
    It’s too late

    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah
    It’s too late
    I said it’s too late to apologize, yeah

    Halfway across the globe
    And we’re standing on new ground

  • T. Shaw: “In North Africa, an officer passed the following concerning Patton, “He hates Germans like the Devil hates Holy Water.”
    Patton hated what some Germans were doing. There was a wonderful German underground resistance to the Nazis. Claus von Stauffenberg, Robert Bosch and the Lutheran minister executed by Hitler whose name escapes me now.
    The one line that makes me love Patton is : Kill them with kindness”
    Individuals who refuse to love our Constitution, who would deny due process of law and civil rights to people ought to be exiled as ‘persona non grata’ and enforced as ‘men without a country”

  • Much more disturbing are those who seek to justify political murder. They are relatively few in number, but they are out there.

    The Netherlands split the difference: Pim Fortuyn’s murderer has been paroled (he was detained for 12 years) but Theo Van Gogh’s has not.

    I suspect a fragmentary legitimation of crimes approved of by people like Barack Obama and his social circle. (See Bergdahl and Manning). That will eventually include the murder of political opponents.

  • By their words and actions extreme Leftists have murder in their hearts as they are primarily influenced by the devil. I am not so sure the same can be said about extremists on the Right.

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