PopeWatch: Circle the Date

Friday, May 5, AD 2017

PopeWatch is looking forward to this:

Pope Francis will receive US President Donald Trump at the Vatican on May 24, the Holy See said Thursday, ahead of a G7 summit meeting in Sicily.

Trump’s audience with Francis in the morning will be followed by meetings with his Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

7 Responses to Freedom!

  • Amazing photo.

    Were I Maduro, I would be rather perspiring profusely on the nape of my neck. If my head were still so attached..

  • A socialist government at it’s climax.
    A glimpse of Christmas future for the likes of Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and other destroyers of capitalism if Trump had not secured the Oval office. As a matter of principle, America should freeze the assets of one Micheal Moore and deport his carcass to Venezuela as a means of enlightenment for the Flint Michigan native.

    While he is scrambling for food he could eat his words. Call it a humble pie diet.

  • “As a matter of principle, America should freeze the assets of one Micheal Moore and deport his carcass to Venezuela as a means of enlightenment for the Flint Michigan native.

    While he is scrambling for food he could eat his words. Call it a humble pie diet.”

    Comment of the week Philip! Take ‘er away Sam!

  • “As a matter of principle, America should freeze the assets of one Micheal Moore and deport his carcass to Venezuela as a means of enlightenment for the Flint Michigan native.

    While he is scrambling for food he could eat his words. Call it a humble pie diet.”

    Comment of the week Philip! Take ‘er away Sam!
    Best ever.

  • Don and Mary.
    😊 thanks

  • And the pontiff unsurprisingly refused to criticize a tyrannical left-wing government when offered the chance this past weekend.

    No enemies to the left.

  • Their oppressors are men voted into office by about 1/2 the populace. A petition to Our Lady that Maduro and his camarilla cut and run, that their successors be granted wisdom, and that the people be granted patience.

A Start

Thursday, May 4, AD 2017

President Trump issued an Executive Order on religious liberty today, the National Day of Prayer:



By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, in order to guide the executive branch in formulating and implementing policies with implications for the religious liberty of persons and organizations in America, and to further compliance with the Constitution and with applicable statutes and Presidential Directives, it is hereby ordered as follows:


Section 1. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom. The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government. For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans’ first freedom. Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government. The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.


Sec. 2. Respecting Religious and Political Speech. All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech. In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury. As used in this section, the term “adverse action” means the imposition of any tax or tax penalty; the delay or denial of tax-exempt status; the disallowance of tax deductions for contributions made to entities exempted from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of title 26, United States Code; or any other action that makes unavailable or denies any tax deduction, exemption, credit, or benefit.


Sec. 3. Conscience Protections with Respect to Preventive-Care Mandate. The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate promulgated under section 300gg-13(a)(4) of title 42, United States Code.


Sec. 4. Religious Liberty Guidance. In order to guide all agencies in complying with relevant Federal law, the Attorney General shall, as appropriate, issue guidance interpreting religious liberty protections in Federal law.


8 Responses to A Start

  • http://www.lifenews.com/2017/05/04/house-passes-bill-to-defund-planned-parenthood-abortion-biz/

    Maybe this will be a good start as well!

    I pray it is. Still a ways to go however.

  • Liberal Federal judges in Oregon, Californication, Hawaii, NY State will overturn it.

  • I fear now that there won’t be any sermons on contraception and we’ll be in a worse spot in a few years.

  • The power to tax is the power to destroy.

    Earlier, President Donald J. Trump He had done some heavy lifting by ordering he IRS (American terrorist organization) to not enforce the 1954(?) regulatory ruling prohibiting (deny tax-exempt status0 religious political speech.

  • May 5 The Johnson Amendment presumes to dictate to a sovereign people what they may think and speak in the privacy of their relationship with “their Creator” during their visits to their chosen church, in their chosen beliefs. The Johnson Amendment arrogates to itself illegitimate authority over the sovereignty of religion, over the sovereignty of righteous conscience and over the sovereignty of the citizen over the state. The Johnson Amendment is a chip in the totalitarian state, a veritable false God, idolatry and an abomination. The Johnson Amendment imposes Freedom From Religion on every citizen. One might ask why the Freedom From Religion Foundation and other atheistic groups so aggressively counter righteous religious communities. The taxpayers pay the legal fees demanded by atheistic groups to counter righteous religious communities in our court system, a battle that cannot be won and a legal fee that cannot be met. The good that comes from the court pursuit is that citizens become aware of their freedom and the expression of their civil rights. If the atheistic groups’ contention is valid it will hold its own in a court of law and not have to be funded by the tax money of righteously religious people. Atheism has divided this country against its sovereign citizens. Atheism has no good will for the common good.
    Thomas Jefferson wrote in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Church about the sovereignty of the citizen’s conscience over the state. “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
    I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection & blessing of the common father and creator of man, and tender you for yourselves & your religious association, assurances of my high respect & esteem.”
    Th. Jefferson
    The Ninth Amendment to our Constitution upholds Jefferson’s truth.

    Catholic churches do not vote. To tax churches would impose two taxes on the parishioners who have only one vote: Taxation without representation. All churches are held in trust for all future generations as is The Vatican and the Vatican’s treasures, trusts that are not owned by the parishioners and therefore the trusts cannot be taxed. It is pitiful that our government can be so bigoted and religiously discriminating wanting to disenfranchise non-profit churches because of their beliefs.

  • This Executive Order may be a double edged sword. The Democrats abused the former law by allowing candidates and elected officials to speak as part of worship services. In Richmond VP candidateSen Kaine was allowed to speak at his parish during the Mass, as I understand it. I am not interested in hearing any candidate or elected official for that matter speak during Mass unless they are a lector reading the Epistles and the Psalms. I do appreciate the Catholic Voting Guide and would like to see that as a handout at the back of the church.
    We are safe in our congregation in that our last two resident priests and our current priest are conservative, traditional Catholics and politically conservative. It’s not like that everywhere.
    On a positive note maybe this Exec. Order will make our cardinals and bishops brave, if the reason they have been so weak is fear of taxation. We’ll see.

  • CNN was absolutely infuriated [*nothing new there, but] that Trump had his “peculiar” “religious day”, they called it.

    The Devil knows his enemies well.

Coming Soon to a State Near You

Thursday, May 4, AD 2017


Puerto Rico has filed bankruptcy:

As per our report last night that following the expiration of the litigation freeze, Puerto Rico’s creditors had filed a barrage of lawsuits against the insolvent Commonwealth a bankruptcy was imminent, moments ago Puerto Rico’s governor announced the commonwealth will request bankruptcy protection of a portion of the island’s $70 billion in debt, setting up a showdown with Wall Street firms owed billions of dollars, in what will be the largest-ever U.S. municipal debt restructuring and further complicating the U.S. territory’s efforts to pull itself out of a financial crisis.

The Puerto Rico restructuring would be far larger than Detroit’s record-setting bankruptcy, with little to no details how long a court proceeding would last or what cuts would are imposed on bondholders. The island’s financial recovery plan covers less than a quarter of the debt payments due over the next decade.

Cited by AP, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Wednesday that a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances has agreed with his request to put the debts before a court. He told reporters that he has requested that the U.S. territory’s federal financial oversight board commence a Title III proceeding under last year’s Puerto Rico rescue law known as PROMESA. Title III is an in-court debt restructuring process similar to U.S. Bankruptcy.

19 Responses to Coming Soon to a State Near You

  • My understanding is that PR does not have access to US bankruptcy laws.

    In any case, Puerto Rico cannot pay according to the terms. Ergo, investors will calculate the recoverable amounts using reasonable estimates of the amounts believed to be recoverable over a reasonably estimated time frame, and discounting those cash flows at the stated rate of the bond indentures. The calculated/estimated deficiency would be charged as a loss.

    Similar fiscal catastrophes are brewing in most so-called blue states. Also, many pensioners will face tragic reductions.

    This is what happens when the SJW’s run out of other people’s money. They can’t repay them.

    It will be interesting to see if Uncle Sam bails out pension fund and Wall Street investors in Puerto Rico defaulted paper.

    Isn’t that why they pay people like Hillary $250,000 and Obama $400,000 for 20-minute schmoozes?

  • “My understanding is that PR does not have access to US bankruptcy laws.”

    Incorrect. Congress changed the law last year to allow Puerto Rico to file bankruptcy.

  • You know this is coming to “your” blue state imminently.

    Here in the mentally-ill state of California, the actual market basis allocated debt per household for the state’s ballooning pension debt is about $75,000 each: $1 trillion total. and the state actually pretends to run a surplus but is not.
    Even that hardly right-wing org, Stanford Institute of Public Policy issued a warning in December (2016) of the unsustainability of just the pension debt load on the state’s budget.

    But nobody pays attention.

  • Thanks, Donald, I retired from this pomp and circumstances end of May 2015. My accounting answer wasn’t 100%, either. The discount rate would be the effective rate (related to the purchase price) at which the debt security was acquired.

    The pension funds’ yield estimates often are too high (high risk, high yield). It’s one way they can estimate they are “solvent.” Estimation approaches have been made to be complicated which allow the numbers to be manipulated.

    Anyhow, government without justice is mass brigandage – St. Augustine. Government is the middle man in the robbing of Peter to pay Paul. It’s a code word for the crimes we agree to commit in unity.

  • Interesting that the State of Californication is cited in the comments above. Apparently they have been as foolhardy with their finances as they have with their power generation. Rancho Seco was shutdown in the 90s. San Onofre is now gone. And Diablo Canyon is next. No nukes Californicators! And they want useless worthless green energy wind mills that don’t turn when you need them to and solar cells that don’t produce on cloudy days or at night time. and they won’t allow any coal or gas or oil generation – dreaded carbon emissions! I say let the Californicators suffer and wallow in the mess and filth that they have created. Sanctuary cities, open sodomy, rampant baby murdering. Let them reap the punishment they have brought on their own heads. For the righteous in Californication, I have one phrase – MOVE OUT! FLEE! Do as Lot did regarding Sodom and Gomorrah! For the rest I have nothing but disgust.

  • Agree, Lucius Magnificus, regarding exit-strategy from Californicate-ya and the SF Baytheist Area.

    Our planning strategy is in place in 3 years 4 mos for NE Utah, and the clear free air and where open-carry prevails and a men’s restroom means men only.

    But a small perverse fascination I will have to forego is to watch the daily CA madness and the certain coming train wreck.

  • What about those of us at that awkward age (50 something) where you’re probably too old for a new employer to hire but still at least 10-15 years away from retirement? Is there any good exit strategy for us?

  • I would recommend for such a person Elaine seeking employment in small town businesses. Often times they have difficulty getting young employees and they often have more appreciation for an experienced worker than urban employers. This applies both to the private and public sectors in rural areas, at least in Central Illinois in my experience. In my county experienced secretaries, especially those with computer skills, often are in high demand.

  • How ’bout we agree to a federal bailout of bankrupt states IF those states agree to revert to territorial status?

    A lot of liberal Congress Critters would suddenly find themselves neutered.

  • What about those of us at that awkward age (50 something) where you’re probably too old for a new employer to hire but still at least 10-15 years away from retirement? Is there any good exit strategy for us?

    The state college in Springfield, or one of the other state campuses. They generally have TIAA-CREF, which is distinct from state and local pension systems. With your background, you might be a good fit for the communications office.

  • Art, by “exit strategy” I meant getting out of IL altogether so getting a job at a state university isn’t going to help. All IL state universities are on the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) which is part of the same astronomical pension liability as the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) and the Teachers Retirement System (TRS).

  • I’m quite surprised TIAA-CREF is not covering your state schools. You could apply to a private institution. St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis come to mind. If you’re inclined toward small cities, there’s a clutch of them in Indiana and Iowa and Wisconsin. Your mobility is going to depend on your husband’s occupation. While we’re at it, Wisconsin’s state pensions are fully funded.

  • “My understanding is that PR does not have access to US bankruptcy laws.”
    –T. Shaw

    Incorrect. Congress changed the law last year to allow Puerto Rico to file bankruptcy.
    Donald R. McClarey

    That Congress finally acted in this matter is fortunate for Puerto Rico’s creditors, else they would not have access to US bankruptcy laws but only to whatever the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico imposed on them.

  • Don’t get too smug thinking about California’s state debt and unfunded pension liabilities, Lucias, Elaine, et. al.. Your own state’s may be worse. Illinois, for example. Or not much better. Utah, for example, has about half of what California has. Yet half of unmanageable is still unmanageable.

  • Illinois will eventually be the first state to go into bankruptcy.

  • I don’t think that is correct. The US Constitution runs in Puerto Rico so they simply could not declare debts null and void, and the Commonwealth could always be sued in Federal Court.

  • Yet half of unmanageable is still unmanageable.

    No, state debts are manageable. Even during the Depression, only 3 states were in default. What’s of concern is unfunded liabilities. Some states have actuarially sound retirement systems, some do not.

  • Puerto Rico has some long-standing problems in its social and political economy, as well as more recent economic woes (a decade-long recession, for starters). It’s not terribly representative.

  • In 2015, Wall St Journal did a good analysis of the states with worst unfunded pension liabilities: At that time, those red states like S Dakota (#1 most well funded) , Nebraska (#12 most well funded) and others, like Utah (#14) etc did pretty well:


    It is a nice graphic and snapshot of the future Puerto Rico’s among us. CA at that time was #21, but Stanford Institute for Public Policy now puts them near the bottom (report Dec 2016), with the $1 Trillion unfunded dollars I mentioned above.
    And who was dead last? Illinois, #50. Land of Barry O.

    However, you all may be familiar in June of 2016, George Mason U. ranked all the states again in terms of total debt—accumulated debt as well as annual IOU’s and other notes payable.


    Again, nice and neat, but Illinois actually has other blue-blue-state company: Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. You can click on each of the 50 states (or 57 if you are Barry from Down Low Chi-town) and get the real numbers.

    Yes, Utah looks pretty good compared with Californicatia.

PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

Thursday, May 4, AD 2017



An interesting letter from the Pope Emeritus:


Benedict XVI
Pope emeritus
Vatican City
15 April 2017
Distinguished Mr. President of the Republic of Poland!
Eminences and Excellencies!
Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen!
With great and profound emotion, gratitude and joy, I learned the news that, on the occasion of my 90th birthday, with the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, high representatives of the state and ecclesial authorities of Poland will meet for a scientific conference on the theme: “The concept of the State in the perspective of the teaching of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI”.
The chosen theme brings together state and ecclesial authorities to dialogue about an essential question for the future of our Continent. The clash between radically atheistic conceptions of the State and the emergence of a radically religious state in the Islamist movements, leads our time into an explosive situation, the consequences of which we experience every day. These radicalisms urgently demand that we develop a convincing conception of the State that sustains the clash with these challenges and can overcome them.
In the travail of the last half century, with Bishop-Witness Cardinal Wyszyński and with Pope Saint John Paul II, Poland has given humanity two great figures, who not only reflected on this question, but have brought to it their own suffering and lived experience, and thus they continue to point the way to the future.
With my cordial gratitude for the work that their Excellencies propose in this circumstance, I impart to them all my paternal blessing,
Benedict XVI​

6 Responses to PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

  • Will the radical extremists of Islam be won over by peaceful means? By dialogue?

    I wasn’t familiar with Cardinal Wyszynski, hence the link in case others are unfamiliar as well, and what I see is courageous faith in action. Going against the communist attempt to smother Catholism and her practices.

    With Islam is this same approach going to be effective? Will the ideology of “submission” cave in favor of Christian ideas and more importantly knowledge of Christ… relationship with Him?

    It’s not impossible since God can do the miraculous and in this tide of Islamic infiltration into Europe and beyond one must hope and pray for a miracle.


  • Wow. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s writing is beautiful.
    Here, I am going to go off the rails for awhile: The Decree Against Communism is still in effect.
    Perhaps the bishops of America will excommunicate the abortionists for being communists.
    Roe v. Wade denied sovereign personhood to the newly conceived and disenfranchised every procreator of the office of fatherhood. Communism denies all sovereign persons of sovereign personhood, starting with the Persons of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
    Pope Pius XII’s Decree Against Communism is the sword in St. Michael’s hand. Roe v. Wade is a lesser form of communism.
    Still, Islam is another form of atheist communism, denying to the individual sovereign person, sovereignty, the freedom to be whomever God, our Creator calls him to be.
    The desert will bloom. The Bible promises it

  • The good Cardinal should be considered a candidate for sainthood. He was steadfast in the Catholic Faith against the Nazis and Communists and displayed heroic virtue.

    Poland is nerly unique among nations for having fought against three of the great evils of the world..Islam, Nazism and Communism. Certainly Hungary suffered at the hands of Islam and Communism. Poland would not have survived without its deep Catholic faith, the faith displayed by the good Cardinal.

  • The ultimate goals of the leftists and Islamic hegemonists are to destroy the political and religious institutions of our free societies and replace them with totalitarianism and sharia. They deploy violent and nonviolent tactics to achieve their ominous objectives.

    From a Real Clear Religion article 3/24/2008, “St. Francis and the Conversion of the Muslims,” Re: PF trip to Egypt. “”If we equate our religion with theirs, it only leads to confusion and contempt. As demonstrated by St Francis’s approach, Muslims are far more respectful and willing to listen to a person who acknowledges the great division that separates the two religions than to a person who says that all the religions are the same; that we all believe the same things; we all have the same faith.

    “Although St. Francis was not on a formal mission of peace, converting the muslims was his attempt to bring about peace. According to one scholar, Christopher Maier, ‘”Francis like the crusaders wanted to liberate the holy places of Palestine from Muslim rule. What was different was his strategy…He wanted their total submission to the Christian faith.'” The author quotes . . .

  • Cardinal Wyszynski of Poland and Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary two stalwarts of the Church during turbulent, godless times in Europe.
    It is inspiring to read the Benedict VI letter. I understood every word of it unlike the current pope. It makes me wonder if PF will acknowledge the meeting and it’s results. The Poland and Hungary did not take in many, if any, of the Islamic refugees.
    Isn’t this meeting a first? The Holy Spirit is involved. It gives me hope for Europe.

  • *interested* That sounds like a really awesome conference, and properly aimed, too.

Model Catholic

Wednesday, May 3, AD 2017


Strong, strong content warning for the above video.  Remember when Bishop Barron and Mark Shea were celebrating how Catholic left wing comic Stephen Colbert was?  Go here to read about it.  Well model Catholic Colbert delivered an unfunny and obscene rant against Trump this week that stands out among the hate filled screeds that have dominated left wing commentary since the election of Trump.  Humor is hard, hate is easy.

13 Responses to Model Catholic

  • He used to be funny.

  • To be honest, it wasn’t as profanity laced as I thought it would be. Just hate filled. I used to say our invasion of Iraq didn’t cause other countries to hate us. It gave other countries that hated us a justification for finally admitting it. And Trump has finally allowed the Left and its court prophets to set aside all pretense of tolerance and respect for diversity and proclaim their unbridled hatred of anyone who fails to conform to their dogmas, including those of narcissism and hedonism. A hatred they have had for decades, and have expressed for decades, but always behind the veil of euphemism. Now it’s out on the table for all to see. And it seems they’re enjoying the freedom of finally admitting it.

  • There was a really good priest whom I know who favorably twittered about this freaking donkey’s orifice a while back. I reminded him Colbert is pro-abort, pro sodomy. Zero response. Wonder if this priest has changed his mind and wised up yet?

  • He used to be funny? I always had a visceral dislike of him. I remember Jon Stewart being funny, but Colbert always rubbed me the wrong way.

  • It’s true what Donald said; “Humor is hard, hate is easy.” When libs banter political the aloofness of Trump I remind myself that it was the their policies and picks for representatives that put Trump in. They have only themselves to blame.
    In an awkward way this is punchline that Colbert and others like him fail to recognize. They are the butt of their own ridicule. As a wise man just said; “donkey’s orifice.” Well so be it.
    They can pout about it for at least another three and a half years.

    Poor bitches.

  • I don’t remember Bishop Barron upholding Colbert as a model Catholic. I remember it more as a blind squirrel finding a nut –when the nut falls on his head– kind of thing.

  • Pinky, Stephen could be very funny. Just check out the times he was on Who’s Line is it Anyway?

    Episode 1.17
    Episode 8.11

  • Colbert and other like-minded lefties have missing their own pacifier since 0bama left the stage. They are just acting out.

  • Up until about the nine and a half minute mark, Colbert’s bit was within bounds, other than the penis remark (I’ve always thought there was something wrong with guys who are preoccupied with the genitalia of other men, but I digress).

    Whatever one might think of President Trump, he is not a recruitment tool for skinheads. In fact, the violence is enabled if not encouraged by the leftists Colbert aligns himself with.

    As to Bishop Barron’s disgusting puff piece extolling the “depth of Catholic faith” of the pro-abort, pro-homosexual Colbert, equal, if not more, blame lies at the feet of the editor of Catholic World Report.

  • President Trump has a right to be evasive, especially to inimici, the unfriendly press. Reagan was extremely evasive and adroit (rightly) at avoiding any semblance of confidence. It must have stung the leftys. Look how they respond. It is not funny. If it weren’t for the paid audience cheering and laughing, there would be SILENCE.

  • and President Trump would not be bullied, sending Dickerson away when Dickerson tried. I am proud that I voted for President Trump.

  • I’m glad I don’t watch TV much

  • Let’s all admit, it Pres. Trump didn’t act and talk like such an idiot …. we could actually agree to disagree with these leftist folks,

Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson

Wednesday, May 3, AD 2017


Our Federal Union! It must be preserved!

Toast offered by President Jackson, April 13, 1830



Another tale in the ongoing annals of Trump Derangement Syndrome.  Let me say at the outset that I doubt if Donald Trump knows all that much about Andrew Jackson.  Like most Americans, his knowledge of American history is superficial.  Most politicians fit into this category.  Certainly Obama, who didn’t know how to pronounce medical corpsman and Joe Biden who recalled television addresses by Franklin Delano Roosevelt were in that category.  I regret this, but such ignorance is not considered newsworthy unless the politician displaying ignorance is Donald Trump or some other Republican.

Trump in an interview with the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito, mused that if Andrew Jackson had been born a little bit later perhaps he could have stopped the Civil War.  Go here to read about the interview.  In the interview Trump fully displays his limited knowledge of history especially in regard to the Civil War.  Trump finds the parallels between himself and Jackson flattering and was attempting to play up his knowledge of Jackson and fell on his face while doing so.   The media has been having a field day with this, hauling out historians to denounce Trump.  What has been missed is that Trump was correct on his main point.

Andrew Jackson, born in 1767 ,was a veteran of the American Revolution, something that marked him for life.  When the Declaration of Independence was issued, he was picked to read it aloud to his largely illiterate frontier community.  Both of Jackson’s brothers fought in the War and died in it.  He served in the militia and at the age of 13, as a POW, refused to shine a British officer’s boots and received a saber cut on his forehead for his defiance.  Like most Americans who fought in the Revolution, his service inspired in him a deep love for the new nation he had helped to create.  For all his days he was an ardent American patriot and a defender of the Union.  His steadfast stance against nullification during the Nullification Crisis of 1832 was completely in character as was his threat to lead an American army against South Carolina if it seceded and to hang every secessionist he could get his hands upon.  Although he was pro-slavery, I have no doubt that if he had been alive at the time of the Civil War he would likely have fought for the Union.  His state of Tennessee was divided during the war with East Tennessee being a hotbed of Union sentiment.  The man who considered himself the political heir of Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, was the only Southern Senator to stand by the Union.  His admirers called him Young Hickory, and in that I think they were absolutely correct.  In his love for the Union he shared with Jackson a sentiment that would override all sectional allegiances.  Abraham Lincoln understood this aspect of Jackson.  He had spent his entire political life fighting the political party founded by Jackson, yet in his office during the Civil War, he had an engraved portrait of Jackson hanging over his fireplace.  If Jackson had been President in 1860 I have no doubt that he would have taken action to militarily quelch secession.  Whether he would have been successful is another question.  However if Jackson had been there secessionists dreaming of a peaceful withdrawal from the Union would have realized that this dream was a delusion.

17 Responses to Donald Trump and Andrew Jackson

  • When the GOP nominates a man who lacks the common sense to not pontificate on matters he must know he is ignorant, it is a tell tale sign it is in bad shape. The fact that the other party may be in worse shape doesn’t change that fact one bit.

    Nor is mainstream media bias (as much a fact of life as that is) any excuse.

  • “When the GOP nominates a man who lacks the common sense to not pontificate on matters he must know he is ignorant, it is a tell tale sign it is in bad shape.”

    Actually the GOP is in the strongest shape that it has been since Coolidge was President. The GOP has problems but the election of Trump is not among them. As for politicians pontificating on subjects they are bone ignorant on, that is a common trait. Reagan, the greatest president of my life time, did it all the time, and would usually make something up when called upon it. Trump in many ways is sui generis as President, but speaking through his hat is not one of them.

  • If the GOP is such strong shape, it certainly doesn’t act like it.

  • I agree that it does not on the national level, yet. The states are another matter.

  • Until things change on the national level, it won’t matter too much what gains are made on the state level.

  • By the way, wasn’t Jackson called Old Hickory as opposed to Young Hickory?

  • Disagree strongly on that. The key weakness of the GOP since the New Deal has always been a weakness on the State level. Strength on the Federal level was always fleeting because of Democrat hegemony over most of the States. That has been broken and that is a major accomplishment. The significance of this will be on full display in the redistricting of 2021, assuming that the Republicans can hold on to almost all their gains since 2010 which they have succeeded in doing in the three election cycles since 2010.

  • Andrew Johnson was called Young Hickory.

  • I hope you’re right, Donald. It would seem that since the GOP has control of the White House and houses of Congress plus the historic gains they have made at the state level since 2010, they would be feeling serious wind at their backs nationally. But they still seem to be operating by the “Cave now, ask questions later.” playbook. State gains have to translate into housecleaning of the national party leadership. But there seem to be no signs of that happening.

  • Agreed. The budget deal approved was massively disappointing. I do think if Congressional Republicans do no better in September that Trump will shut the government down by vetoing the budget, to the limited extent it can be shut down. We shall see.

  • I’ve been in The Hermitage while our son was stationed at Fort Campbell with 1/187/3 BCT/101st Airborne. Screaming eagles!

    Greg, “The fact that the other party may be in worse shape doesn’t change that fact one bit.” TRUTH. However, every morning I wale, l pinch myself, and I recall the corrupt, incompetent Hillary is not President — PRICELESS.

  • The Republicans have a history of acting like they are the minority party even when they control both houses of Congress. When are they going to learn that liberal Demorcrats’ mantra is Our Way or No Way. Any Republican who moves center is a fool. Have to hand it to the Dems – their party leadership keeps them inline with a united front.

  • And don’t forget, Jackson, like Lincoln, would ignore the Supreme Court (Jackson with respect to Worcester v. Georgia, and Lincoln with respect to ex parte Merryman); and Jackson would infamously abuse the Indians by sanctioning their forcible removal from lands guaranteed them by treaty, resulting in the Trail of Tears. But it’s true, given his clear willingness to use the federalized troops to invade a state, he would foreshadow Lincoln. Had he been president instead of Buchanan, who waffled on the issue of how to respond to secession, he would have almost certainly have sent a clear message about secession that might have dissuaded the deep South from seceding. But then again, given what the South feared from the fire-breathing Republicans, maybe nothing could have staved off the impending storm.

  • “And don’t forget, Jackson, like Lincoln, would ignore the Supreme Court (Jackson with respect to Worcester v. Georgia, and Lincoln with respect to ex parte Merryman);”

    In Worcester the Supreme Court did not ask for US Marshals to enforce its decision so there was nothing to ignore. Jackson called the decision still-born, and that was accurate, perhaps by the design of John Marshall to avoid a collision between the Executive and the Judiciary. In Merryman Chief Justice Taney was sitting as a Federal circuit court judge and he never actually ordered anyone to release Merryman. The case went no further so there was nothing for Lincoln to ignore.

  • Lincoln did ignore the Supreme Court Dred Scott decision. Professor Hadley Arkes details in his book “Natural Rights and the Right to Choose”, the Buchanan adminstration had denied a black man a patent and another black man a passport (or similar documents) necessary for him to study medicine abroad, because according to the Dred Scott decision, they were not citizens of the U.S.
    Lincoln had his federal officers issue the patent and the documents.

  • Truman Agreed With Trump. In his 1952 book, President Truman said that if Jackson had been president instead of Buchanan, there probably would not have been a Civil War. He thought that Jackson was strong enough to put down any secession at the first hint. So it’s not President Trump who doesn’t know history. You can agree or disagree with the conclusion, but it’s based on an understanding of history.

  • Constitution: Article IV. Section 4 absolutely prohibits secession.

PopeWatch: Low-Intensity

Wednesday, May 3, AD 2017


Sandro Magister explains our “low-intensity” Pope:


The most updated diagnoses of the religious phenomenon in the West converge in defining it as “low-intensity.” Fluid, with no more dogmas, without binding authorities. Highly visible, but irrelevant in the public arena.

Even Catholicism is reshaping itself this way. And the pontificate of Francis is adapting in a spectacular way to this new phenomenology, in its successes and in its limitations.

As a good Jesuit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio instinctively goes along with the signs of the times. He is not even trying to stem the growing diversification within the Church. On the contrary, he is encouraging it.

He is not responding to the cardinals who submit “doubts” to him and ask him to bring clarity.

He is giving free rein to even the most reckless opinions, like those of the new general of the Jesuits, the Venezuelan Arturo Sosa Abascal, according to whom it is not possible to know what Jesus really said “because there were no recorders.”

And he himself has been telling some whoppers, without any fear of toppling the fundamental articles of the Creed.

Last March 17, during an audience at the Apostolic Palace, to explain what he means by “unity in difference” he even said that “inside the Holy Trinity they’re all arguing behind closed doors, but on the outside they give the picture of unity.”

On April 19, in a general audience Saint Peter’s Square, he said that the death of Jesus is a historical fact but his resurrection is not, it is only an act of faith.

On April 4, in a homily at Santa Marta, he said that on the Cross “Jesus made himself devil, serpent.”

And these are only the latest of a not-small collection of reckless statements, which however glide away like water on marble, without effect on public opinion both Catholic and not, for which this pope continues to be popular in part because he will say anything, with tranquility.

11 Responses to PopeWatch: Low-Intensity

  • Heretic! Jorge Bergoglio is a heretic!

  • Agreed, Lucius, agreed.

  • “….. arguing behind closed doors!”

    Oh of course they are.
    There’s the difficult son and the Jewish Mother who’s constantly nagging her husband, the Holy Spirit. The Father Almighty is shaking his head about the trash not being taken out!

    The trash will be taken out soon.
    Very soon!

    Until then the heritic Francis can give us more deep insights into this “unity in difference.”

    btw……My second grade teacher Mr. Springer would say; “If it looks like dog poop leave it alone. Let the dogs roll around in it. It makes perfect sense to them.”

  • “Is there something mentally wrong with our Pope?”

    It is the most charitable explanation.

  • I asked our priest about the phrase no longer in the Creed, He descended into hell” as in “crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell and on the the third day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven seated at the right hand of God”. The priest said that the Jews’ concept of hell was that it was the souls of the dead waiting place until the Messiah came. After His coming He would transport them to Paradise. Perhaps Pope Francis in his Santa Marta homily has twisted that part of the old Creed? Otherwise the brain tumor is back!

  • CAM, I’ve been told that you / we are dealing with an Old English language translation issue for the name of the realm of the dead. The Old English term for the realm of the dead is NOW our name for the realm of the Damned. It had been decided, by whom I know not, that it would be too problematic to change the Apostles Creed to a more correct translation.

    If someone knows something else, please let me know.

  • In The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, stigmatist and visionary, Anne Catherine Emmerich describes Our Lord’s descent into Limbo to free the patriarchs and His descent into hell.
    “Not one iota of the law can be changed”

  • JFK and Mary De Voe, thank you for your insight.

  • Pope Francis motto appears to be: Truth is whatever you wish, do what you want, we are all saved. Now who is going to have a problem with that thinking? Very few, it would seem.

  • The pope seems uninformed about the opinions of the infidels. For them, everything about Jesus is about faith, for they question every statement in the New Testament, even though the history they accept without question is based on documents a thousand years newer than Scripture.

  • John F Kennedy wrote, “CAM, I’ve been told that you / we are dealing with an Old English language translation issue for the name of the realm of the dead”

    The original Latin of the Apostles’ Creed has “descendit ad inferos” – He descended to those below, although some manuscripts have infernis,” – The places below.

    I take it to mean the Underworld, or those in it.

    Compare 1 Pet 3:18-20 He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit, in which He also went and preached to the spirits in prison [τοῖς ἐν φυλακῇ πνεύμασιν] who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah…

The Devil and Andrew Jackson

Wednesday, May 3, AD 2017


(I originally posted this back in 2009.  Old Hickory is back in the news because of President Trump’s musings upon him.  As a result I decided to repost this.)


I have never liked President’s Day.  Why celebrate loser presidents like Jimmy Carter and James Buchanan, non-entities like Millard Fillmore, bad presidents, like Grant, with great presidents like Washington and Lincoln?  We have had other great presidents, and one of them, although Republican as I am I bridle on bestowing the title upon him, was Andrew Jackson.  No one was ever neutral about Old Hickory.  He is described as the father of the Democrat party.  Actually, both major parties owe their existence to him.   The Whig party, the main ancestor of the modern Republican party, was founded in opposition to Jackson’s policies.

4 Responses to The Devil and Andrew Jackson

  • Thank you. Very interesting. Even though I spent four years in Knoxville I didn’t know that much about Jackson.
    Now the Democrats want to take Pres. Jackson’s face off the $20 bill; substitute it with a woman as a sop to feminism and minorities. Bad enough that three Navy ships were to be named for G. Giffords (gun control), C. Chavez (Latino vote and farm worker labor) and Harvey Milk (LBGT vote) instead of MOH winners.

  • On long car trips in the 50s my dad would alleviate the boredom by leading us in college fight songs. My brother and I in turn would sing the Battle of New Orleans and other patriotic songs.

  • Wow! Old Hickory, bark and all,.

  • Thank you Donald, for fleshing out the bare bones of my knowledge of Andrew Jackson. I admit to allowing the expulsion of the Cherokees from Georgia to unduly define the man. Many whom we unanimously revere would be considered rough as cobs, were they present among us.

PopeWatch: Esther Ballestrino de Careaga

Tuesday, May 2, AD 2017


PopeWatch has long been convinced that the key to understanding Pope Francis is looking at his life in Argentina.  George Neumayr looks at one part of his life in Argentina;



The “boss” to whom Pope Francis referred is Esther Ballestrino de Careaga. He has described her as a “Paraguayan woman” and a “fervent communist.” He considers her one of his most important mentors. “I owe a huge amount to that great woman,” he has said, saying that she “taught me so much about politics.” (He worked for her as an assistant at Hickethier-Bachmann Laboratory in Buenos Aires.)

“She often read Communist Party texts to me and gave them to me to read. So I also got to know that very materialistic conception. I remember that she also gave me the statement from the American Communists in defense of the Rosenbergs, who had been sentenced to death,” he has said. Learning about communism, he said, “through a courageous and honest person was helpful. I realized a few things, an aspect of the social, which I then found in the social doctrine of the Church.” As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, he took pride in helping her hide the family’s Marxist literature from the authorities who were investigating her. According to the author James Carroll, Bergoglio smuggled her communist books, including Marx’s Das Kapital, into a “Jesuit library.”

“Tragically, Ballestrino herself ‘disappeared’ at the hands of security forces in 1977,” reported Vatican correspondent John Allen. “Almost three decades later, when her remains were discovered and identified, Bergoglio gave permission for her to be buried in the garden of a Buenos Aires church called Santa Cruz, the spot where she had been abducted. Her daughter requested that her mother and several other women be buried there because ‘it was the last place they had been as free people.’ Despite knowing full well that Ballestrino was not a believing Catholic, the future pope readily consented.”

These biographical details throw light on the pope’s ideological instincts. Yet many commentators have ignored them, breezily casting his leftism as a bit confused but basically harmless.

“I must say that communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian,” he said in 2014. Such a comment would have startled his predecessors. They didn’t see communism as a benign exaggeration.

13 Responses to PopeWatch: Esther Ballestrino de Careaga

  • Communists refuse to acknowledge the sovereign person who institutes the state. Body and soul, the sovereign person is denied. The party is all that matters. Free will is denied to the person and freedom. I remember the goods nuns saying that they were the biggest communists, that is, living in community. The difference being the informed consent that is given to living in community. In communism the individual sovereign person does not count and is not acknowledged except as he is valuable to support the party. The rest of my comment must be censored. I suggest everyone hear Archbishop Sheen’s Life is Worth Living Series: The Glory of Being American, especially Pope Francis.

  • I do not give one hoot why this Argentinian Marxist Peronist heretic thinks the way he does. Communism has been formally rejected and proscribed:


    Depose and anathematize Jorge Bergoglio!

  • Inneresting. It’s doubtful she taught him much ‘about politics’. She likely taught him political discourse conducted through social theory babble conjoined to a habit of responding to what’s often just the human condition by lobbing accusations at approved bogies. Most leftists have a hat full of bogies. The cast of characters changes from one time period to another and one place to another, but the impulse is the same. Francis’ particular bogies are industrialists (especially in munitions and aerospace) and conscientious Catholics.

  • The Pontiff is an old fool. He is a product of his environment, which is a nation blessed with a good climate, vast arable land and run by a series of fools. The Pontiff closes his eyes to the horror committed by Communism because he cannot conceive of the world outside of his own. He is who he is. The greater sin was committed by the Fools who elected him Pope.

  • I believe she was a mother of a “disappeared” then disappeared herself as happened to lefties under right side government. South America has seen the pendulum swing. Having been a catholic witness you would think the pope would be more balanced.

  • Penguins Fan: “The greater sin was committed by the Fools who elected him Pope.”

    Amen! Right again! We can survive an incompetent – even a heretical – Pontiff. But can we survive the darn fools who elected him, and worse yet, the darn fools who support and adore him.

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  • Is anyone really surprised?

  • “The greater sin was committed by the fools who elected him Pope”.

    I fervently hope that at the next conclave the majority of Cardinal-electors
    will have had enough of Francis’ ways and opt to elect a man utterly unlike
    him. Basta!

  • More evidence that Pope Francis has had lifelong political and Communists leanings. No surprise, of course. But wouldn’t it be heartening to hear about what he has done in the pursuit of sanctity for himself and others.

  • There are some obvious factual errors in the excerpt from the book. Hopefully they did not make it into the printed version.

    1) “As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, he took pride in helping her hide the family’s Marxist literature from the authorities who were investigating her.” Bergoglio became archbishop in 1998. She disappeared in 1977. How did he help her hide books in a Jesuit library when she had already been missing for over 21 years?

    2) The linked passage says, “socialist agitator Saul Alinsky — a mentor to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.” I don’t think even Obama’s most ardent detractors would argue that Alinsky was a “mentor” to Obama, considering he died in 1972, the year Obama turned 11.

    There are several other inaccuracies in the excerpt at the Spectator, but these two factual errors jumped out at me right away.

  • Good catch Aaron. I hope that the book is more accurate than this.

  • “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, The Truth Is I Never Left You, I Kept My Promise” Father forgive them, I think they do know what they do

Nazism and Communism

Tuesday, May 2, AD 2017

It is not Germany that will turn Bolshevist but Bolshevism that will become a sort of National Socialism. Besides, there is more that binds us to Bolshevism than separates us from it…. I have always made allowance for this circumstance, and given orders that former Communists are to be admitted to the party at once. The petit bourgeois Social-Democrat and the trade union boss will never make a National Socialist, but the Communist always will.

Adolph Hitler



Dennis Prager examines why Communism is not as hated as Nazism.  The answer really is quite simple:   the West is infested with people in influential places who regard Communism as basically a mistaken ideology for people who have their hearts in the right place.   They view the goals of Communism as laudable even if their methods were mistaken.  Marx is regarded as a serious philosopher rather than a bad economist whose writings were seized upon by disgruntled intellectuals to justify seizing power and using police state methods to keep themselves in power.  Nazism is regarded as an abomination and its adherents banished to the fringes of society.  Marxists hold academic seats throughout the Western world.  The Pope has literally said that some of his best friends were Communists.  Can anyone imagine that he would dream about saying the same thing of Nazis, even though there were more than a few Nazis and Nazi sympathizers in the Argentina of his youth and young adulthood?

Perhaps it all comes down to the fact that racism is considered akin to original sin in the contemporary world, while hating people for economic reasons is considered noble.  Until we recognize that such hate is two sides of the same ugly coin, the world will continue to risk repeating the errors of the last century in this one.

9 Responses to Nazism and Communism

  • Since the French Revolution there have been people convinced that they can create paradise on earth, given enough money and power.
    Marx’s writings are that of a lunatic. They have led to the death of more innocent people than any other natural or man made catastrophe. Yet Marxism, despite being’s failure, marches on. The allure of making oneself God is a powerful one.

    Honest thinking people will see Marxism for what it is and reject it in its entirety. We do not have enough honest thinking people. The current Pontiff had the reasoning ability of a three year old. He reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode where the six year old kid has omnipotent power and destroys whoever angers him. I have read the Black Book of Communism. There is no movie or book that is more horrifying. When man rejects God, man becomes like the boys in Lord of the Flies.

  • John Golding’s Lord of the Flies translates to Beelzebub. nough said.

  • President Reagan said something like, “A communist is a person that reads Marx and Lenin. An anti-communist is a person who understands Marx and Lenin.”

    John Maynard Keynes (not that it matters) had contempt for Marx’s economics.

    Sadly, both Bolshevism and Nazism were not simultaneously destroyed. We see them flagrant on college campuses and in anti-American street demonstrations.

    From the end of the Soviet U. civil war to 1941, the Bolsheviks killed as many of their own people as did the Nazis in the invasions.

  • A red statue of Martin Luther as gift is making more sense now.

  • Everyone goes through phases where he thinks that there could be a more equitable distribution of goods, or more equitable ownership rules. Not everyone goes through phases where they think the world would be better off without Jews. I hate both communism and Nazism, but I can’t get upset that people hate Nazism more. I probably hate Nazism more.

  • I agree with Indiana Jones, “Nazis. I hate these guys!”

    BTW, many people over 50 may know of the Nazi horrors, but I’ve found that many young people, especially under 30 have no idea of history much less what happened in the 1930s and 1940s. We / they will be doomed to repeat it.

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  • “Perhaps it all comes down to the fact that racism is considered akin to original sin in the contemporary world, while hating people for economic reasons is considered noble. Until we recognize that such hate is two sides of the same ugly coin, the world will continue to risk repeating the errors of the last century in this one. Agree.

  • “Not everyone goes through phases where they think the world would be better off without Jews.”

    Pinky, Stalin did right before he died. Earlier he tried to get rid of Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians, Ukrainians, Tartars, Chechens, etc etc etc. What was the difference? Only a lack of a full commitment to Final Solutions.

Loyalty Day 2017 and Trump Derangement Syndrome

Monday, May 1, AD 2017

President Trump proclaimed today as Loyalty Day and the port side of our politics went crazy on twitter, the above photo allegedly from the Ivanka Trump Loyalty Day Collection being one sample.  Go here to read all about it.  The problem is that May 1 has been Loyalty Day by Federal law starting in 1955 and all Presidents since, including Obama, have proclaimed it to be such.  Go here to read my post on Loyalty Day in 2014.  Trump Derangement Syndrome is not merely a political brickbat, but it is a real phenomenon, and it would be pointed out as such if so many of the chattering classes in reporting, the professions, academia and entertainment were not deeply in the throes of it.


4 Responses to Loyalty Day 2017 and Trump Derangement Syndrome

  • Keep it up and President trump could win 48 states in 2020.

    Smug (arrogant people are stupid) liberals will never learn.

    “Vote for us you inbred, racist idiots.” (Instapundit) doesn’t win on Election Day. Ask corrupt, incompetent Hillary.

  • Or Trump could be the next one-term wonder a la Jimmeh Cartah because the feckless GOP Congress drives the white working class Democrats that won him the rust belt back into non-voting apathy.

  • Unless you read Stars and Stripes, or The Conservative Treehouse, the latter blog which has the full speech transcript, the Major Media once again misses the enormous personal connection that Donald J Trump has with mainstream America. You have to read the transcript of the speech dated @ The Conservative Treehouse, today
    5/2/2017. Trump is funny, over-the-top, self-deprecating and honorific of the USA and if all the services, and explains what his bigger picture amounts to.

    Read, or watch the approx 15-20 min. video, and be moved

  • By the way, the speech is titled “Commander -in-chief award to USAF Academy”, 5/2/17.

PopeWatch: More Catholic Than The Pope

Monday, May 1, AD 2017



The Pope is busily dispensing some of his patented mercy again to faithful Catholics:



 Pope Francis spoke critically again of the faithful who have a strong embrace of Catholic doctrine, resorting to pejorative terms he has often used such as hypocritical and phariseeism.

“You cannot be more restrictive than the Church herself,” he told a lay association gathered Thursday morning at the Vatican, “nor more Papist than the Pope.” 

Addressing the Congress of the International Forum of Catholic Action in the Synod Hall, the pope told participants he wanted them to be out among the people and that there is a need for “active mercy.”

The theme for the association’s three-day gathering was “Catholic Action is mission, with all and for all.”

“Do not be border police,” he told the conference. 

“Please, open the doors,” Pope Francis stated, “don’t administer Christian perfection tests because you will only promote a hypocritical phariseeism.”

The pope has spoken several times as though the idea of a Christian ideal is something unattainable.

He also warned Thursday against trying to clericalize the laity.

Compelling laypeople into a vocation because they perform valued service to the Church instead leaving this to the Holy Spirit “worries me,” Pope Francis said, according to the Catholic Herald. “Do not clericalize!”

The pope spoke negatively as well about “proselytism or coercion,” the Herald report said, “which goes against the Gospel.”

“It makes me really sad to see people who are in ministry – lay, consecrated, priests, bishops – who are still playing the proselytism card,” he stated. “No! It is done through attraction. That is the genius phrase of Pope Benedict XVI.”

The notion of working to convert others to the faith is something he has repeatedly criticized previously.

In interview last month with the German newspaper Die Zeit, Pope Francis condemned proselytizing in a discussion about Germany’s vocations crisis.

“That has nothing to do with proselytism,” he said of low priest numbers in Germany. “By proselytism, you will not gain vocations … ”

He defined proselytism as “the poaching of those with a different faith, like with a charity organization who poaches members. Then many young people come, who do not feel called, and ruin the Church.”

The pope stated in October that “there is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism. We should never proselytize the Orthodox!”

13 Responses to PopeWatch: More Catholic Than The Pope

  • “Attractive proselytism is bad; unattractive proselytism is good.”

  • Why not? Not that the Orthodox would be attracted to this Papacy, but for the first thousand years of Christamity the East accepted the Papacy.

  • Are we not to tell the orthodox about the papal succession?

  • This man has never read The Acts of the Apostles.

  • What in God’s dear name is “active mercy” but a euphemism for something else?

  • Dear Father of Seven, 1. you’ve got me beat as a father of four :-).
    And – 2. your quip is excellent!

  • Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”…
    Matthew 28:19

    Evidently, Pope Francis thinks Jesus got it wrong.

  • Mary De Voe asks, “Are we not to tell the orthodox about the papal succession?”

    That was dealt with in the famous Ratzinger Formula:

    “Rome must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of primacy than what had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium . . . Rome need not ask for more. Reunion could take place in this context if, on the one hand, the East would cease to oppose as heretical the developments that took place in the West in the second millennium and would accept the Catholic Church as legitimate and orthodox in the form she had acquired in the course of that development, while, on the other hand, the West would recognize the Church of the East as orthodox and legitimate in the form she has always had.” Joseph Ratzinger, Principles of Catholic Theology

    This is very far from proselytizing

  • Divine Mercy is predicated on repentance. Mercy Sunday is celebrated with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

  • Thanks for the link 😉

  • “The pope stated in October that ‘there is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism. We should never proselytize the Orthodox!'”

    It is NOT that the Orthodox should be proselytized. They have valid Sacraments, valid Holy Orders. Rather, their errors should be corrected. And that’s what the Pope should do. That’s his job.

    There is much about Orthodoxy to be admired. But there are mistakes, too, and those need fixing. This Pope deliberately avoids doing that lest he seem unmerciful or closed minded or worst of all, not nice.

    BTW, saying what the Pope said is a slam again the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk. I have no issue with the Russian Orthodox Church being Russian Orthodox, but its domination among the Ukrainian Orthodox and its marginalization of the UGCC as Uniates during this on again, off again civil war whose rebels are aided and abetted by Moscow is completely wrong. The Pope needs to speak out against that instead of speaking out against stopping illegal immigrants and defeating Muslim terrorists through force of arms.

    But he doesn’t want to proselytize, so he feeds the Ukrainians to the wolves, and that’s the problem I have.

    Let Orthodox be Orthodox and Catholic be Catholic. But the Orthodox have to accept that Peter was chosen by Christ to a special role whether they like it or not. And the Pope has to take on that role and internalize it instead of ingratiating himself with every leftist eco-wacko enviro-nazi commie pinko program and policy out there.

  • The Holy Father can be reassured that I am less papist than the pope.

  • LQC wrote, “But the Orthodox have to accept that Peter was chosen by Christ to a special role whether they like it or not…”
    Of course. But the point that Joseph Ratzinger (as he then was) was making was that “Rome must not require more from the East with respect to the doctrine of primacy than what had been formulated and was lived in the first millennium…” Otherwise, we appear to be saying that the Undivided church lacked the fullness of the Catholic Faith.

Victims of Communism Day

Monday, May 1, AD 2017


Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and Victims of Communism Day.  Pius XII instituted the feast in 1955.  In 1949 he issued the Decree Against Communism which excommunicated all Catholics collaborating with Communist organizations. 

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Pope Francis Hates Libertarianism

Sunday, April 30, AD 2017



In a message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Pope Francis makes clear that what really makes his blood boil is libertarianism:


Finally, I cannot but speak of the serious risks associated with the invasion, at high levels of culture and education in both universities and in schools, of positions of libertarian individualism. A common feature of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is, “living well”, a “good life” in the community framework, and exalts the selfish ideal that deceptively proposes a “beautiful life”. If individualism affirms that it is only the individual who gives value to things and interpersonal relationships, and so it is only the individual who decides what is good and what is bad, then libertarianism, today in fashion, preaches that to establish freedom and individual responsibility, it is necessary to resort to the idea of “self-causation”. Thus libertarian individualism denies the validity of the common good because on the one hand it supposes that the very idea of “common” implies the constriction of at least some individuals, and the other that the notion of “good” deprives freedom of its essence.

The radicalization of individualism in libertarian and therefore anti-social terms leads to the conclusion that everyone has the “right” to expand as far as his power allows, even at the expense of the exclusion and marginalization of the most vulnerable majority. Bonds would have to be cut inasmuch as they would limit freedom. By mistakenly matching the concept of “bond” to that of “constraint”, one ends up confusing what may condition freedom – the constraints – with the essence of created freedom, that is, bonds or relations, family and interpersonal, with the excluded and marginalized, with the common good, and finally with God.

28 Responses to Pope Francis Hates Libertarianism

  • I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but it seems as if he says whatever you think of Jesus is irrelevant. Be a good person; do good things as defined by more modern, progressive sensitivities; embrace a socialist world view; and it’s heaven bound. A Pelagius meets Marx Romans Road. I might be wrong. But the more he talks, the more this is what I hear.

  • True Dave. The Pope proposes endless and instant mercy for those who commit what the Church traditionally defines as sin; not so much for those who do not share his political beliefs.

  • “The radicalization of individualism in libertarian and therefore anti-social terms leads to the conclusion that everyone has the “right” to expand as far as his power allows, even at the expense of the exclusion and marginalization of the most vulnerable majority.”

    Bull crap. Bull freaking crap! The ignorant, indolent, decadent majority are precisely the problem. They are the ones who exclude and marginalized the individual. Two wolves and one sheep voting on what’s for dinner – Democracy – is precisely the problem. This Pope knows nothing about the principle of the non-initiation of force inherent in libertarianism which denies to the individual “the ‘right’ to expand as far as his power allows.”

    What Jorge Bergioglio really hates is the individual person being held responsible before man and before God for the consequences of his own actions or inactions. He hates that. He cannot conceive what St. Paul wrote so long ago: whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap. Here is a decade old You Tube video that explains what this Pope’s mind is not big enough to comprehend.


    PS, I am not libertarian. The reason why is that the Libertarian Party supports abortion and sodomy. Undermining the family, the building block of society, by things like abortion and sodomy is suicidal. No individual has the right to initiate force against anyone else. Abortion is force directly – murder of a human being. Sodomy is force indirectly – murder of marriage between one man and one woman, the foundation of the family. So if the Pope opposed Libertarianism on those grounds, then I could see his point. Instead however he vaults off into the usual social justice, common good, peace at any price nonsense: all that Argentinian Marxist Peronist idiocy. He does NOT point to SIN (abortion and sodomy) in order to forbid it.

    Until this Pope is deposed and anathematized, the Church will continue to fall.

  • The state controlling the economy for the “good” of society. If good is being hungry and unable to receive medical attention when needed. If good is having to kill pets and animals who live in the zoo just to feed one’s self. Good then isn’t good enough for me. Venezuela?

    Oh. A good dance is all that’s needed.
    Dance and be merry; http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/04/27/venezuela-maduro-everyone-must-dance/

  • A Rectification of Names seems to be in order.

  • The problem is that His Holiness is not as smart or as educated as he thinks he is. He opines without understanding, leaning on the Papacy as a crutch which prevents critique from reaching his settled consciousness. He is anti-intellectual and dogmatic, harsh and unkind, judgmental and impatient and all of those flaws are elevated to goods by his supporters, thereby reinforcing his elevated sense of self.

    Honestly, if you and Father Z stopped covering his nonsense, I wouldn’t have any idea what embarrassing thing he said, on any given day. I have tuned him out. The moment I read “Pope Francis…” I move to the next article.

    This is new for me. I devoured Benedict’s writings and JPII’s as well. I read Chaput’s writings and Burke’s so it isn’t that I don’t want to hear from learned church men, it is that Pope Francis isn’t, and that is a tragedy.

  • Hey! What happened to your website? I want the old one back….No graphics, side bars,favorite sites, links, where’s the Eagle? Looks so bare….I’m sure it’s the same content, but I don’t like how it looks. Bare bones. Sorry just looks so boring…
    Also- can’t see what you are typing in below for name et…? What’s going on?

  • OOPS! Must be something on my computer! The site just came back the way it always was, pictures, colours, blogroll, even the little bust of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus in a circle! Never mind!

  • The Pope cannot make use of political terminology in a way that is explanatory rather than confounding. With regard to libertarian social thought, you can come up with a half-dozen strands of it in just the English-speaking world. I don’t expect the Pope to write compare-and-contrast essays about the writings of John Stuart Mill and Milton Friedman, but if he’s going to open his trap, he might just know the lay of the land a bit.

  • I really despise much of what I have read about Libertarianism. At least to how it projects itself in the USA, Libertarians favor laissez-faire economics, abortion, gay marriage, complete legalization of drugs, legalization of prostitution and completely open borders. There is no morality except fulfilling your own desires….Ayn Rand on steroids.

    The Roman Pontiff’s ramblings on libertarianism are not unlike Don Quixote charging the windmills.

  • Christine, That happens once or twice a week.

    The man never fails to disappoint.

    Totalitarian mindset: Don’t look at what’s happening in Venezuela and every place they forced socialism on a people.

    Elites and the smart kids are killing America and Europe, and, in particular, the middle classes. US National debt deteriorated 89% rising $9.4 trillion from $10.6 trillion to $20 trillion. National debt per capital nearly doubled going to $61,340 from $31,000. Labor force participation rate crashed 5% from 65.8% to 62.8%.

    Home Ownership Rate dropped from 67.3% to 63.5%. Real Median Household Income declined 6.4% from $57,744 to $54,045. Food stamp dependence worsened by 36% from 32 million to 43.6 million.

    Persons in poverty rose by 7 million destitute Americans deteriorating 18% to 45 million from 38 million.

    Never achieved 3% annual GDP growth. The powers-that-be not only fear and loathe the masses, they are totally incompetent.

    To be fair, he’s not the first Pope to tell peasants to keep in their place.

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  • Libertarians favor laissez-faire economics, abortion, gay marriage, complete legalization of drugs, legalization of prostitution and completely open borders. There is no morality except fulfilling your own desires….Ayn Rand on steroids.

    Ayn Rand had no time for the Libertarian Party or the libertarian wing of the Young Americans for Freedom. Neither she nor her literary executors have taken an interest in striking attitudes in the realm of practical politics. She endorsed Gerald Ford.

    What you say is pretty true of the strand of libertarianism you find in the Libertarian Party and the Reason Foundation. Another strand is very concerned with the protection of private property, positive law, the maintenance of legal tradition concerned with private property and freedom of contract, and so forth. They’re not invested in promoting adolescent pursuits. A modern thinker in this vein would be Gottfried Dietze. The tricorn hat wing of starboard politics has a great affinity for this sort of libertarianism.

  • How is this any different from the leftist garbage put forth by practically every western bishop? Just look at how our bishops here in the U.S., even those who are considered strongly orthodox, repackage left-wing economic and suicidal immigration policies as Catholic Social Doctrine and, like Pope Francis, smear those who take differing, yet legitimately Catholic positions on these issues.

  • Remember, this is a man who flunked his doctoral comps, let alone composed a functional thesis, but all the time parades himself as a Great Mind.

  • Supreme Comrade Bergoglio has again shown himself to be both an enemy of Man and an enemy of God as he opposes freedom and celebrates oppression.

  • Don R Mc et al, What will we do in future if and when a person who accepts and follows the Magisterium is elected Pope? Not to worry? The St G Mafia is in control? Re Mercy, see below. Guy McClung, San Antonio TX

    La Misericordia Bulla

    Mercy for you, mercy from me.
    Hosanna, mercy! Hosanna, me !

    Dogma says “don’t”, doctrine says “whoa”!
    Tradition says “halt”. Serviam? I say No.

    Sin can be virtue, virtue be sin.
    But mercy is mercy, Voila! Sin again.

    Obstinate, harsh, hateful justice is wrong.
    Mercy the prize, dance to my song.

    Mercy the rock, the rock built on me.
    So it is now and ever will be.

    Mercy for all, unring the bell.
    Satan is saved, though his ideal is hell

    Mercy for you, mercy from me.
    Hosanna, mercy! Hosanna, me!

    Guy McClung
    Catholic Lane 2016

  • I wonder where “free will” fits into the view of this communist anti-pope? Whenever he opens his mouth, his foolishness and complete lack of Christian charity cause me to experience spiritual revulsion. I believe he is evil incarnate.

  • The sub-group of Libertarians he describes are a serious issue, all the more because they are frequently the result of people who broke free of the nasty communist philosophies.

    That is probably why he is upset by it– we’ve noticed before that he seems to be trying to “reach out” to those caught in the soul-devouring philosophy, and in this case– zip! They go from one ditch to clear across the other side of the road, right into the other ditch.

    They’re both bad because they both reject the inherent value of people; one by insisting there’s no worth to people, only groups, the other by insisting there’s no worth to people, only individuals.

    On a practical level, the “everything is OK if it’s freely chosen by the individual,” usually with a requirement for explicit agreement (to get them out of the reality that having sex IS trying to make a baby, or to excuse them from having to support that which they were happy to use) is a rather big problem, because just like communism it doesn’t work. Both philosophies have to keep getting new resources because they can’t build up.

  • Tom Woods has an interesting take on this: essentially “Libertarian” to a European means “libertine.” Not at all the same thing as “libertarian” to an American.

  • Yves Simon’s General Theory of Authority is very good on this question.

    “Human communities are the highest attainment of nature for they are virtually unlimited with regard to diversity of perfections, and are virtually immortal.” He is talking not about what God has in mind for us in eternal life but what, in this world, is the purpose of the “highest of the practical sciences,” as Aristotle called politics.

    The polity, at its best, was designed that men bring forth the perfection of their knowing and artistic capacities within an order that allowed them to pass individual lives benefiting from the temporal and spiritual goods made possible by different persons bringing forth differing accomplishments and perfections, yet making them available to each other.

    “Beyond the satisfaction of individual needs, the association of men serves a good unique in plenitude and duration, the common good of the human community.” This “common good” is not a separate “being” into which individual persons are somehow subsumed. Rather it is a “good” that recognizes that each citizen also has a transcendent destiny that is not merely political. Moreover, the polity itself exists as a relation of order among men, whose being, whose substance, grounds the polity’s reality, which cannot exist without them.

    The highest activity/being in the natural order is free arrangement of men about what is good brought together in an actual polity where it is no longer a mere abstraction. This is, as it were, the inner-worldly purpose of our being on this earth. The polity itself, however, is, or should be, organized in such a fashion that the transcendent finality of each individual person is recognized as operative in him.

  • The polity, at its best, was designed that men bring forth the perfection of their knowing and artistic capacities within an order that allowed them to pass individual lives benefiting from the temporal and spiritual goods made possible by different persons bringing forth differing accomplishments and perfections, yet making them available to each other.

    Uh huh. Can we start with ‘defend the shores, deliver the mail, pick up the trash, and clap the local hoodlums in jail”? When we get some basics down, maybe we consider some other things.

  • Christine, the website has changed on my computer also. The comment space is small about a 1/4″.
    Sometimes the information on the right side of the site is there and sometimes not. Liked the website the way it was, but I’m happy that TAC is still in business.

  • Art Deco wrote, “Uh huh. Can we start with ‘defend the shores, deliver the mail, pick up the trash, and clap the local hoodlums in jail”?”
    “If the state is confused with civil society, and if its specific end is laid down as the security and protection of property and personal freedom, then the interest of the individuals as such becomes the ultimate end of their association, and it follows that membership of the state is something optional. But the state’s relation to the individual is quite different from this. Since the state is mind objectified, it is only as one of its members that the individual himself has objectivity, genuine individuality, and an ethical life. Unification pure and simple is the true content and aim of the individual, and the individual’s destiny is the living of a universal life. His further particular satisfaction, activity and mode of conduct have this substantive and universally valid life as their starting point and their result.” G W Hegel, “Philosophy of Right” 258

  • Thanks for the verbal chaff. It’s been an education.

  • Or, the polity can fail even “to deliver the mail, pick up the garbage” and yet try to slap the citizenry with a massive unsustainable pension debt—a reward by polits to their government union friends and employees: e.g., that ultimately benighted state, Puerto Rico, files for a form of Ch.9-like bankruptcy.

    And soon likewise: Philadelphia, perhaps the State of Illinois, and as certain as Habakkuk’s watch, this equally morally darkened state of Californication.

  • The Pope knows about as much about the substance of Libertarianism and Pius IX knew about Modernism. Both looked at the framework and decided the didn’t like what was inside, never mind that they didn’t even to try to separate the real from the dross. Both Pontiffs were obviously affected by their background and environment which is all the more reason for them to step out of their comfort zones in order to become informed enough to comment competently. Finally, what is truly regrettable is that such simply gives ammunition to those who consider the Church backward, hidebound and irrelevant.

  • Yup.
    He is what he is: a 1970s Liberation Theology Jesuit.
    Which means he is a socialist, communist sympathizer.
    Thanks for nothin’, Jorge’.

Imperial German Plans to Invade the US

Sunday, April 30, AD 2017


Other than the diplomatic debacle of Germany attempting to tempt Mexico to engage in a hopeless war with the US if America and Germany went to war which led to the Zimmerman Telegram, Imperial Germany had no plans to invade the US, having more than it could handle in Europe and the Middle East.  However, plans had been drawn up to invade the US from 1897 to 1903 at the request of the Kaiser who was perturbed at the growing global influence of the US.

The first plan written by a German naval Lieutenant envisaged a naval war of the east coast of the US with raids against American east coast naval bases.

After American victory in the Spanish-American War, the plan was revised to include German troop landings and occupation of Boston and New York.

A third and final plan concentrated on bringing America to the negotiating table by seizing Puerto Rico and establishing a  naval base there and polished up the ideas of invading at Boston and New York.  The plan noted that none of this could be undertaken unless Germany enjoyed peace in Europe.

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  • This is time to recall—as my father advised me, who had Pentagon clearance in WW2, and worked during 1943-45, in the “Pineapple Pentagon” in Honolulu–that after Pearl Harbor and the anticipated final devastation of the US carrier fleet at Midway, the Imperial Japanese High Command had plans for a full military occupation of San Francisco and it’s military and naval facilities there, from which their massive battleships, the Musashi and Yamato, would sally forth with aircraft carrier coverage and devastate Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego, and force the US government and its “soft American” populace, to sue for peace. (Those plans, decoded from their highest-level communications, because we had cracked the IJ naval code, was why Japanese -Americans were force-relocated in 1942, inland, under Roosevelt ‘s order 9066).

    I don’t know who had/has the more distorted vision of reality–the Imperial German military in 1897-1903, or the Japanese High Command in 1942, or Pope Francis in 2017.

  • “(Those plans, decoded from their highest-level communications, because we had cracked the IJ naval code, was why Japanese -Americans were force-relocated in 1942, inland, under Roosevelt ‘s order 9066).”
    Thank you, Steve Phoenix. The revisionist history makes victims of the internment of Japanese during WWII.

  • Interestingly, the U.S. military appears to have fully anticipated these plans. They anticipated in the 1890’s that an Imperial German landing would occur on Long Island, and that it would take at least 2 months to dislodge them. It was these war games which led to the creation of what became the Great White Fleet (along with the theories written by Mahan and Roosevelt).

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  • Raison d’ etat: Power and riches to the aristocrats, subsistence for the masses.

  • Subsidiarity yesterday, today, and forever! It is not having been in the dark house that matters but having come out.

  • William P Walsh wrote, “Subsidiarity yesterday, today, and forever!”
    I have, perforce, had to read a great many EU regulations and directives and I have never encountered one without the following recital:
    “In accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty, the objectives of this Regulation cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore be better achieved by the Community. This Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve those objectives. [Conformément aux principes de subsidiarité et de proportionnalité énoncés à l’article 5 du traité, les objectifs du présent règlement ne peuvent pas être réalisés de manière suffisante par les États membres et peuvent donc être mieux réalisés au niveau communautaire. Le présent règlement n’excède pas ce qui est nécessaire pour atteindre ces objectifs.]”

  • “In accordance with the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality as set out in Article 5 of the Treaty, the objectives of this Regulation cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States and can therefore be better achieved by the Community. This Regulation does not go beyond what is necessary to achieve those objectives.” DOUBLE TALK…and can therefore be better achieved by the Communists.

  • Lip service gains no credibility by repetition.