Requiescat In Pace: Martin Landau

Monday, July 17, AD 2017

Actor Martin Landau is dead at age 89.  I became familiar with his work as a child sitting through endless Mission: Impossible episodes.  A very good character actor, he had the talent of drawing attention to the role he was playing rather than to himself.  Unlike many in his profession, he kept whatever private political views he had private.  The above video has my favorite of his many, many roles.

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July, Lincoln and Springfield

Monday, July 17, AD 2017

 

 

Last Friday my family and I made our annual pilgrimage to Springfield to attend the Lincoln Museum and go to the Lincoln Tomb.  As we made our way though the Museum we encountered, for the second year in a row, a large number of Amish touring the Museum, the women wearing long dresses and poke bonnets that made them look as if they stepped from the 1860s.  The Amish were obviously fascinated by what they were seeing and talked among themselves in “Pennsylvania Dutch”.   Illinois has had a large colony of Amish in the Arthur, Illinois area, about 72 miles from Springfield, since the 19th century.  (Although the Amish are as theologically as far from the Church as it is possible for Christians to be, I should note that I have a huge amount of respect for them.  They take care of their own, and ask nothing from the larger society in which they live, except to be left alone, a sentiment which resonates with me.)

After the museum, as usual we had a first rate lunch at the nearby The Feed Store.  (Nothing shouts Midwest more than eating in a restaurant with a name like that.)  (I highly recommend their barley soup, their tuna fish salad sandwich, and any of their many variants of cheesecake.)

We finished our day at Lincoln’s tomb praying for the repose of his soul and the souls of his wife and kids.)  Once again I thought to myself how nice it was that the first or second greatest President in our history, has his tomb in a cemetery open to all, where there are no guards, no charges for admission, not even for parking.  You simply pull up to the small parking area next to the tomb, go in and make your way through the tomb.  We owe Mary Todd Lincoln for that.  After Lincoln’s murder, there was an attempt to have Lincoln buried in Washington with a grand mausoleum being erected thereafter over his remains.  Mary Lincoln would have none of it.  She took her dead husband, and had the remains of her dead son Willie exhumed, and traveled with them both back to Springfield for burial.  She wanted nothing more from Washington except to get out of there as quickly as she could, a city where she had suffered grief that makes her such a poignant figure in American history.  (An exhibit in the Museum shows her framed by a rain stained window, sitting forlornly, mourning the loss of Willie.  My bride and I, sadly, having lost a son know precisely how she feels.)  We made sure to rub the nose of the nose of the huge bust of Lincoln outside of the tomb.  Most noses of Lincoln on metal statues and busts in Illinois are shiny due to the Illinois superstition that rubbing the nose of a bust or a statue of Lincoln brings good luck.  With my son taking the Illinois bar at the end of July, it can’t hurt.

It wouldn’t be a McClarey expedition if we didn’t buy books.  We bought books yesterday at the Museum and the Prairie Archives bookstore in Springfield which boasts a collection of a quarter of a million books. Most of the books were about Lincoln or the Civil War (surprise!) and here are those books:

Lincoln the President:  The Last Full Measure, J. G. Ballard and Richard N. Current (1955).  This is the fourth and final volume in Ballard’s study of Lincoln.  At the time of his death in 1953 he had written only eight chapters.  In his will he suggested either historian Allan Nevins or Richard N. Current to finish his work if he could not.  Current took up the challenge, even though he had never written about Lincoln before, and completed the volume in 1955.  He later became one of the great Lincoln scholars of his day, writing numerous books on Lincoln and dying in 2012 at age 100.  Now I have the complete set.  I think I will read it backwards like witches are said to say their prayers.

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PopeWatch: Pope Emeritus

Monday, July 17, AD 2017

 

It appears that the Pope Emeritus has sent out a commentary regarding the disastrous course of his successor:

 

Given his inability to travel, the usually silent retired Pope delivered the message in writing, and had it read aloud in the Cologne Cathedral by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who also serves as Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis.

In the text, Benedict said that Cardinal Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post, especially at a time in which the Church stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination.”

What moved me all the more, Benedict said, was that, “in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”

Notably, Cardinal Meisner was one of the four cardinals who presented a series of questions, or “dubia,” to Pope Francis last September, asking him to clarify five serious doctrinal doubts proceeding from his 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) concerning Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried, the indissolubility of marriage, and the proper role of conscience.

The other three prelates who submitted the questions to the Pope were Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; Carlo Caffarra, archbishop emeritus of Bologna; and Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences.

When Pope Francis failed to respond to the dubia, the four cardinals published their questions publicly last November.

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  • Yes, Benedict XVI set the stage for this “kidney stone”. And yes, the desire to see Benedict rip his successor full blast is understandable. But would it do more harm than good?

  • Greg, good consideration. The first requirement is to discern and admonish, however Benedict is astute enough to understand the warning to “be as cunning as serpents,” so one has to wonder if his comment was a mere casual thought or a well-aimed warning shot across the bow of the S.S. Vatican, however close to capsizing it be.

  • Since we seem to be rapidly entering into a schism in any case Greg, what further harm could it do? Along the same lines, it would be nice if the Pope Emeritus would finally tell us the truth about his sudden resignation, since I think the health reason given was a cock and bull cover story.

  • You may very well be right, Don. As far as the reason for his abdication, I still the reason he gave is part, but all the story. Perhaps he saw the storm clouds of the Lavender Mob et. al. and thought it was worth the risk to step down and get someone in there who had the energy to deal with it. Who knows?

    One would think if it were blackmail or something like that, it would require an ability to keep a secret that is beyond the Vatican’s ability to stop from leaking out.

  • I meant to say “part but not all” of the story.

  • That is a good point Greg, the Vatican leaks like a sieve. All I know is that the health reason rang hollow to me at the time, and considering we are four years on now, it seems increasingly unlikely.

  • Yes, I hope we can hear the real story at some point, though, like many Vatican intrigues, it may never see the light of day. The health thing is bogus, clearly. What did they have on Benedict and why should he not now, with nothing to lose, spill the beans?

  • No, no schism! Let them do it! We just to need to sit down, tell the truth, and refuse to be dragged into that relativistic future. What are they going to do, excommunicate half of America’s Catholics? No way.
    I mean, if you are not going to promote Christian unity why be Catholic? There’s plenty of other churches already available if you don’t want to be Catholic, there’s no need to start another.

  • Pope Benedict owes it to all Catholics and the entire world to come clean about his resignation or leave a testament before he dies.

  • Worth sharing;

    http://fideminterra.blogspot.it/2017/07/benedict-xvis-message-at-funeral-of.html?m=1

    Pope Emeritus.
    This ship will make it home.
    Bailing out the water through prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.

25 Responses to Young People Love Socialism-Have No Idea What It Is

  • Don’t cry for me Venezuela!

  • Watching them all get instant brain cramps when having to define what exactly socialism is, is hilarious. Liberals are all mental midgets.

  • College campuses are hotbeds of Socialist sympathizers. , as is the Democrat Party, as is the Catholic Church, and as are many of the kids parents. Being sympathetic to Socialism is politically correct. Medicare, medicaid, social security are socialist type programs. And few folks see the damage all of this causes until it is too late. Socialism is mercy without justice, which ends with justice without mercy.

  • Perhaps one of the reasons young people love Socialism is that Capitalism has caused ongoing recessions, increase poverty, increase poor working conditions and greater gaps between rich and poor. As a Catholic, I find it difficult to be Pro-Capitalist and find it difficult to turn a blind eye to attacks on the disabled and the poor.

  • Considering the appalling record of socialism James, it is not remarkable that ignorant young people, indoctrinated by leftist teachers embrace it, because only the ignorant, the malevolent or those who see socialism as a path to dictatorial political power could embrace it. Milder variants of socialism have a better track record only to the extent that capitalism is allowed to exist. Go to Venezuela and you would quickly change your tune about capitalism unless your obvious ignorance about it is of the invincible variant.

  • Mr. Clarkson has obviously never lived in the old Iron Curtain or Cuba or North Korea. Capitalism is, if memory serves. A term coined by the greatest idiot of all time, Karl Marx, to denigrate free market economies.
    Now, I realize that Marx and all of his followers, past and present, are dolts. Mr. Clarkson’s comments prove George Santanya correct.

  • The names James Charles is interesting. The only James Charles about whom I have heard is that effeminate male model for cover girl – and of course the current Church of Nice (Nice – from Latin Nescius meaning ignorant) encourages such effeminancy inasmuch as the Lavender Mafia have assumed control at the Vatican.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Charles_(model)

    I will wager that he too is a socialist, albeit he is likely quite ignorant of what socialist extraordinaire Josef Stalin would do to such perverted creatures as he. Even real socialists have their limits.

  • Socialism is the surrender to mob rule or the “party” of one’s sovereignty over oneself and the relinquishing of responsibility for one’s life to a dictator, who imagines himself a god. Socialism is becoming a public servant without a public. This is my opinion and I am sticking with it. The sovereign person made in the image and likeness of God is eradicated and replaced as a cog in the machinery of the human species.

  • Socialism and capitalism both have their shortcomings, but it would be difficult given the evidence to say that capitalism has not had the better run. In a perfect world, ruled and populated by angels, either system would likely work reasonably well, but in an “east of Eden” world, capitalism seems more resistant to total corruption (not immune to it, but it seems to be able to cause less harm once infected).

  • Michael Dowd has it right, I believe– if you’re against Socialism on campus, you’re not PC.

    And those who are not PC can be attacked, be it physically, socially, economically or by your grades.

    Nobody with sense is going to be videotaped saying something that is politically incorrect or could be edited to such a thing.

  • Brown shirts are fashionable these days.
    Berkeley is only one of the fashion centers that cater to tolerance ala’ Nazis style.

    These new recruits are ripe for the jack boots and brown shirts.

    Socialist? Damn straight!
    Freedom baby. Free-dumb!

  • Sorry, James Charles, but your socialism would be just as bad as all the others. Get over it.

  • “Medicare, medicaid, social security are socialist type programs” “Socialist type programs”, in fact, these are the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and are subject to the principles of separation of church and state.

  • James, capitalism in practice is not a perfect system by any means. That’s not due so much to capitalism itself as it is fallen human nature.

    If you stop think about capitalism is the only economic system that contains the mechanisms to rectify the things you decry.

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  • the word “capitalist” first shows in print in 1792 in a book called “travels in france” by arthur young. the word “capitalism” was not used, as far as the oxford english dictionary can tell until 1833. then it showed up in an article in the british newspaper “the standard”. at that time karl marx was 15 years old. i doubt that he was writing yet for the standard.

  • These kids will change there minds when they’re waiting in line for toilet paper

  • george berea-
    that same source notices that while capitalist was used, the term capitalism wasn’t.
    It meant someone who invests or employs capital, not someone who believes in property rights.

  • Too many labels. I think most young people want a fairer more equitable system. Let us start with a single payer health care system. I have lived in Japan for 20+ years and it works fine. My sister in New Zealand and brother in the UK also have similar systems. Forget the labels and cut to the chase.

  • “I think most young people want a fairer more equitable system”

    If that were truly the case they would flee from a government controlled health care system.

  • To Micheal Thompson:

    Population of Japan – 127 mil
    Population of New Zealand – 4.693 mil
    Population of UK – 65.64 mil

    127 + 4.693 + 65.64 = 197.33… mil

    United States population? 323.1 mil.

    Oh and those health care systems?

    Japan’s buckling system. UK on the brink of collapse. New Zealand slipping behind.

    I notice the SMALLEST country there seems to have the most stable, enduring system at the moment. Yet you think it wise for a country nearly twice the size of all three of those put together to follow in their mistakes. What about medical tourism? According to patients beyond borders:

    Costa Rica, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States

  • The UK system: that’s the one that just got done punishing Charlie Gard’s parents for not aborting him like they should have, right?

  • Of course they don’t know what ‘it’ ‘is’. The term has been used to refer to anything from full-bore command economies to Otto von Bismarck’s old age pensions. Now, why they’re attracted to something they cannot properly define = that’s another matter.
    Actually, these youngsters are making a grab bag of utterances, some endorsing the term, some not.

  • Too many labels. I think most young people want a fairer more equitable system. Let us start with a single payer health care system. I have lived in Japan for 20+ years and it works fine. My sister in New Zealand and brother in the UK also have similar systems. Forget the labels and cut to the chase.

    I’ll cut to the chase: our political economy is suffused with rent seeking, sinecures, (and some looting as well). If you want ‘fairer and more equitable’, you need to cut the number of cadres living on politically-generated incomes, cut the capacity of the central government (especially federal judges) to run roughshod over local communities, and cut (to the bone) the capacity of politicians to act as benefit brokers.

  • Perhaps one of the reasons young people love Socialism is that Capitalism has caused ongoing recessions, increase poverty, increase poor working conditions and greater gaps between rich and poor.

    No, James, ‘capitalism’ does not ’cause’ those things. ‘Capitalism” means merely that private enterprise is conducted by firms in which proprietorship, management, labor, and finance are commonly disaggregated functions.

    Neither ‘poverty’ nor ‘poor working conditions’ are ‘increasing’ as we speak nor have they since 1850 been ‘increasing’ (absent destruction of physical plant) for any length of time longer than a business cycle. Nor do you have ‘ongoing’ ‘recessions’. Economic recession has in this country enveloped 1 year in 6 since 1938, with increasingly long intervals between events.

Robert E. Lee’s Greatest Victory

Sunday, July 16, AD 2017

 

He was a foe without hate; a friend without treachery; a soldier without cruelty; a victor without oppression; and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices; a private citizen without wrong; a neighbor without reproach; a Christian without hypocrisy and a man without guile. He was a Caesar without his ambition; Frederick without his tyranny; Napoleon without his selfishness; and Washington without his reward.

Benjamin H. Hill on Robert E. Lee

 

 

“It’s a warm spring Sunday at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. As the minister is about to present Holy Communion, a tall well-dressed black man sitting in the section reserved for African Americans unexpectedly advances to the communion rail; unexpectedly because this has never happened here before.

The congregation freezes. Those who have been ready to go forward and kneel at the communion rail remain fixed in their pews. The minister stands in his place stunned and motionless. The black man slowly lowers his body, kneeling at the communion rail.

After what seems an interminable amount of time, an older white man rises. His hair snowy white, head up, and eyes proud, he walks quietly up the isle to the chancel rail.

So with silent dignity and self-possession, the white man kneels down to take communion along the same rail with the black man.

Lee has said that he has rejoiced that slavery is dead. But this action indicates that those were not idle words meant to placate a Northern audience. Here among his people, he leads wordlessly through example. The other communicants slowly move forward to the altar with a mixture of reluctance and fear, hope and awkward expectation. In the end, America would defy the cruel chain of history besetting nations torn apart by Civil War.”

From “April 1865:  the Month that Saved America

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, July 16, AD 2017

And, after that, the chunky man from the West,
Stranger to you, not one of the men you loved
As you loved McClellan, a rider with a hard bit,
Takes you and uses you as you could be used,
Wasting you grimly but breaking the hurdle down.
You are never to worship him as you did McClellan,
But at the last you can trust him.  He slaughters you
But he sees that you are fed.  After sullen Cold Harbor
They call him a butcher and want him out of the saddle,
But you have had other butchers who did not win
And this man wins in the end.

Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body

 

“I appealed to Lincoln for his own sake to remove Grant at once, and, in giving my reasons for it, I simply voiced the admittedly overwhelming protest from the loyal people of the land against Grant’s continuance in command. I could form no judgment during the conversation as to what effect my arguments had upon him beyond the fact that he was greatly distressed at this new complication. When I had said everything that could be said from my standpoint, we lapsed into silence. Lincoln remained silent for what seemed a very long time. He then gathered himself up in his chair and said in a tone of earnestness that I shall never forget: ‘I can’t spare this man; he fights.‘”

Alexander McClure recalling a meeting with President Lincoln shortly after the Battle of Shiloh

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July 16, 1769: Saint Junipero Serra Founds First Mission in California

Sunday, July 16, AD 2017

 

By the 18th Century Spain’s glory days were in her past, and her time as a great power was rapidly coming to an end.  It is therefore somewhat unusual that at this period in her history, Spain added to her vast colonial empire.  It would never have occurred but for the drive of one Spanish governor and the burning desire of a saint to spread the Gospel of Christ.

Miquel Josep Serra i Ferrer was born on the island of Majorca, the largest of the Balearic islands, off the Mediterranean coast of Spain on November 24, 1713.  From his youth he had a desire to join the Franciscans and on September 14, 1730 he entered the Order of Friars Minor, and took the name of Junipero after Saint Junipero, one of the closest companions of Saint Francis.  He had a sharp mind, and before his ordination to the priesthood was appointed lector of philosophy.  He would go on to earn a doctorate in philosophy from Lullian University and went on to occupy the Duns Scotus chair of philosophy there.  A quiet life teaching philosophy was his for the asking.  Instead, he went off to be a missionary in the New World in 1749.

His first assignment was to teach in Mexico City, but that was not why he had left the Old World.  At his request he was assigned to the Sierra Gorda Indian missions in Central Mexico as a mission priest, a task which occupied him  for the next nine years.

In 1768 he was appointed the head of 15 Franciscans in Baja California who were taking over Jesuit missions to the Indians there, following the suppression of the Jesuit Order.  It was in Baja California that he met the Governor of that province, Gaspar de Portola.

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  • Fray Serra took on his mission with unquestionable zeal and delight in being of service to God. He embarked upon his journey at approximately the same time as the Revolutionary War wasa going on and almost all of Protestant America is woefully unaware of his endeavors. That is no excuse for Catholics in the US to be unaware of the remarkable deeds of Fray Serra.

The Pope Hates US

Saturday, July 15, AD 2017

 

 

Lots of reaction to that anti-American article in La Civilta Cattolica article.  Go here to read about it.  First, from Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture:

 

With a harsh denunciation of American conservatism, published in the semi-official Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, the Vatican has plunged headlong into a partisan debate in a society that it clearly does not understand, potentially alienating (or should I say, further alienating) the Americans most inclined to favor the influence of the Church.

 

Why? Why this bitter attack on the natural allies of traditional Catholic teachings? Is it because the most influential figures at the Vatican today actually want to move away from those traditional teachings, and form a new alliance with modernity?

The authors of the essay claim to embrace ecumenism, but they have nothing but disdain for the coalition formed by Catholics and Evangelical Protestants in the United States. They scold American conservatives for seeing world events as a struggle of good against evil, yet they clearly convey the impression that they see American conservativism as an evil influence that must be defeated.

While they are quick to pronounce judgment on American politicians, the two authors betray an appalling ignorance of the American scene. The authors toss Presidents Nixon (a Quaker), Reagan, Bush, and Trump into the same religious classification, suggesting that they were all motivated by “fundamentalist” principles. An ordinary American, reading this account, would be surprised to see the authors’ preoccupation with the late Rev. Rousas Rushdoony and the Church Militant web site: hardly major figures in the formation of American public opinion. The essay is written from the perspective of people who draw their information about America from left-wing journals rather than from practical experience.

Go here to read the rest.   Samuel Gregg at Catholic World Report gives his opinion on the piece:

This brings me to a very odd article that recently appeared in La Civiltà Cattolica: the Italian Jesuit periodical published twice a month and which enjoys a quasi-official status inasmuch as the Vatican’s Secretariat of State exercises oversight over the articles it publishes. Entitled “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A Surprising Ecumenism,” its authors Father Antonio Spadaro SJ (Civiltà Cattolica’s Editor-in-chief) and Rev. Marcelo Figueroa (a Presbyterian pastor who is Editor-in-chief of L’Osservatore Romano’s Argentinean edition), make various assertions about specific political and religious trends in the United States: claims which are, at best, tenuous and certainly badly informed.

Consider, for instance, the authors’ analogy between the theological outlook of particular strands of American Evangelicalism and ISIS. As far as I am aware, American self-described fundamentalists are not destroying 2000 year-old architectural treasures, decapitating Muslims, crucifying Middle Eastern Christians, promoting vile anti-Semitic literature, or slaughtering octogenarian French priests. Another questionable contention made in the article is that the Holy Roman Empire was constituted as an effort to realize the Kingdom of God on earth. This particular analysis will come as news to serious historians of that complicated political entity which became, as the saying goes, neither Holy nor Roman nor an Empire.

Various links are also made between climate change skepticism, the faith of white southern Christians (comments which, if applied to other racial groups, would be denounced by some as verging on bigotry), and apocalyptic thinking among some American Evangelicals. Taken together, it is claimed, these things reflect and help fuel a Manichean view of the world on the United States’ part. Then there is the article’s peculiar association of the heresy of the Prosperity Gospel with recent efforts to protect religious liberty in America.

No doubt, Evangelical scholars and others will highlight the many problems characterizing the article’s grasp of the history of Evangelical Christianity and fundamentalism in America. One agnostic friend of mine who happens to be a leading historian of American Evangelicalism at a prestigious secular university described the article’s take on this subject to me as “laughably ignorant.” I also suspect Rev. Figueroa and Father Spadaro are oblivious, for instance, to many Evangelicals’ embrace of natural law thinking in recent decades: something that, by definition, immunizes any serious Christian from fideist tendencies. But two particular claims made by the authors require a more detailed response.

Go here to read the rest.  Next, Father Z:

 

By now you may have seen the attack on Americans – conservative Americans and traditional Catholic Americans – in what some people consider a semi-official publication of the Holy See Civiltà Cattolica (now aka Inciviltà cattolica).  The title in English: “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism”

“Integralism” is perhaps not used as much in these USA as it is in Europe.  This term is a dog whistle.  In somewhat broad terms, it can be used generically for the position that one’s religious beliefs should dictate their politics and social involvement.  However, “integralism” developed in a specific context of conflict between Catholicism and modernity in Europe.  In France and Italy, the haters of Catholic tradition often refer to anyone who wants traditional worship as being “intégriste”.  It is flung like an insult.  For a quick and fascinating lesson on “integralism”, and what Spadaro is calling conservative Americans, head over to the Wikipedia article.  HERE Wiki is perfect as a source, but it gives you a rapid entry point.

The Holy See’s newspaper, the increasingly irrelevant L’Osservatore Romano, reprinted the anti-American attack with the title: “Ecumenism of Hate”

Again, this term “integralism” is a dog whistle: the troops are being called up to launch their own campaign of intolerant repression of anyone who might stand in the way of their agenda.

The vicious attack piece is penned by Fr Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit editor of Inciviltà cattolica.  Fr. Spadaro is so interested in the life and works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli that he created his own website about him (HERE).

The co-author of the article, with the Jesuit who is dedicated to the study of Tondelli, is Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian pastor, who is the editor of the Argentinian edition of L’Osservatore Romano.  He once had a TV show in Argentina with the future-Pope Francis and a rabbi.

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  • I recall, as a young sailor (Korea-early 1950’s) standing outside the Vatican next to one of the large fountains when a man with a long overcoat opened one side and offered a display of rosary beads and holy water etc for sale. Having just bought beads blessed by the pope I told him I didn’t need his wares, so he then opened his other side of his overcoat to display pornography and a few whisky bottles thinking, if I wasn’t holy, then I’d buy this stuff.
    Somehow, I suspect, with good and evil so upside down these days, his kind might well be operating inside…..

  • Of course Jorge Bergoglio hates us. We are everything that he and his henchmen are not and can never be.

    What is interesting is that this criticism does not include (unless I missed it) any citation of Testem Benevolentiae Nostrae by Pope Leo XIII, warning against the heresy of Americanism:

    http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13teste.htm

    Perhaps because that encyclical is too conservative for their liberal progressive feminist tastes.

    We have to face reality. We have an evil Pope surrounded by evil henchmen. He must be deposed and anathematized, and his henchmen must be driven out of the Vatican as Jesus drove the money changers out of the Temple. Every time I have to attend a Novus Ordo Mass and the priest starts speaking some Bergoglian heresy, I will blog about it, email him and email his Bishop. It may do not any good. But if we don’t start speaking out against these demonic assassins of all that is holy and righteous, then they will win.

  • Certainly, as it is understood in France, « Intégrisme » is quite unconnected with “Throne and Altar” Conservatism. Rather it was an attack on certain, mostly Jesuit Neo-Scholastics who talked of a “natural order,” governed by Natural Law, consisting of truths accessible to unaided human reason, as something that can be kept separate from the supernatural truths revealed in the Gospel. They saw the political and social order as having its own autonomy and argued that right reason can legitimately arrive at valid conclusions without recourse to supernatural revelation as their necessary source or sanction.

    It was this teaching Jacques Maritain had in mind when he insisted “Integral political science . . . is superior in kind to philosophy; to be truly complete it must have a reference to the domain of theology, and it is precisely as a theologian that St. Thomas wrote De regimine principum . . . the knowledge of human actions and of the good conduct of the human State in particular can exist as an integral science, as a complete body of doctrine, only if related to the ultimate end of the human being. . . the rule of conduct governing individual and social life cannot therefore leave the supernatural order out of account (The Things that are not Caesar’s)

    So, too, Maurice Blondel, who declared that we must never forget “that one cannot think or act anywhere as if we do not all have a supernatural destiny. Because, since it concerns the human being such as he is, in concreto, in his living and total reality, not in a simple state of hypothetical nature, nothing is truly complete (boucle), even in the sheerly natural order”

    The saw that to hold otherwise would be to justify the liberal privatisation of religion, as irrelevant to public policy.

  • Last paragraph should begin “They saw…”

  • “As far as I am aware, American self-described fundamentalists are not destroying 2000 year-old architectural treasures”

    Perhaps I’m wrong, but the only ones I see in our country who are calling for the destruction or eradication of old monuments and architectural treasures are decidedly not conservative. But then the ones I see wanting the courts to step in and punish people for not embracing their ideologies aren’t necessarily standing exclusively to the right of center. But then, the ones I see subtly suggesting violence could be a justified reaction to particularly appalling speech and attitudes aren’t necessarily confined to the conservative fundamentalist circles. Could it be that the Church is simply coming clean and admitting it wants to join the rest of the liberal religious movement and declare fealty to the modern left, and that includes excusing the inexcusable as long as it’s directed against those who fail to conform with the rising power of modern progressives?

  • Francis is a small-minded man with a resentment for Northern – especially U.S. – wealth, success and power. Economics is a zero-sum game for him. If we are rich and Venezuela is poor, we must have taken our wealth from them. He sees things in naturalistic terms from a leftist, if not Marxist, perspective. That is not an “oh, by the way,” to explain his hatred of American conservatives. That is the horrific reality of our Church today. It is not animated by anything that would seem out of place in the New America Foundation or any other Soros-tentacled think tank that have already turned the USCCB into a Democrat front group. If you ever wondered what the Catholic Church would look like without God, you have your big chance now.

  • Let us thank Pope Francis for drawing a clear line in the sand on the interpretation of Catholic doctrine. On one side is 2000 years of traditional interpretation where Christ is the center of worship and on the other is Pope Francis and his followers of the modernist new age of Vatican II who have a utopian vision with Man at the center.

    Perhaps it is the raging homosexual activity at the Vatican that has twisted their minds. We have now reached a point where God may feel He must intervene. Let us pray for them. Let us pray for us.

  • @ Michael Dowd.

    Yes. Prayers are needed. The farce is unbecoming of the Holy office. Long in patience and rich in mercy is our God. How long will he suffer this blatant protestant Pope? Not much longer I hope.

    God bless Cardinal Burke. Our American Pope.

  • I’d like to know : what can I do to fight this? I attend a traditional FSSP traditional Latin mass. I read as much as I can. I pray. I’m overwhelmed at the parish novus ordo mass and organization. The Catholic high school here has liberalbreachers. This Bishop here is left… pro illegal immigration…. I would organize a group to meet to discuss and pray … but what would we be called— those folks who are against Pope Francis??Our state is only 6% Catholic. I’m just stumped!

  • Dan Curry

    Start at the holyleague.com

    Our monthly meeting is men only.
    Mass..then dinner at church..then guest speakers…then hour of Adoration with confession available during adoration.

    Yes 3 and a half hours long that passes so quickly. Great monthly remedy for staying faithful to Holy Church regardless of poor leadership. Cardinal Burke started this up a few years ago… Resurrected from centuries
    ago, this form of gathering has deep Roots and efficacious in the fight aginist ALL evil.

  • “I’d like to know : what can I do to fight this?”

    Organize and agitate! As our Pope says, make a mess! Prayer of course never hurts. Blogging also never hurts, since the powers that be at the Vatican seem to keep track of the blogs.

  • blogging, blogging, blogging…
    Tertullian became a heretic and was excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
    Our innate, human Constitutional First Amendment cannot be overridden or abrogated by cruel, unjust, and flimsy Washington State law that I believe was an :”ex poste facto’ law prohibited by our Constitution: Article I, Section 9-10 or political correctness or anyone…
    Beliefs and actions belong to two different realms. Beliefs belong to the transcendent realm. Actions belong to the community as “Blessings of Liberty” as proscribed in The Preamble, the purpose of our Constitution and our Founding Principles, or curses, scandals, depriving our Constitutional Posterity, all future generations, of freedom to mature and to freely choose their pursuit of Happiness, their destiny.
    Every person has a personal space that may not invaded or entered into without the individual sovereign person’s invitation and welcome, for any purpose, including forming an informed contract through informed consent. While the government may regulate business space, the state does not own the person or his personal space, the rest is subjection and slavery. Would you not agree? The DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE was written to get King George III’s military men out of the colonists’ home and private property.
    Self-defense against the addiction to sodomy, the vice of lust and scandal is a human right inscribed in The Preamble. The state forcing compliance into the addiction to sodomy and evil is tyranny. Addiction to sodomy is NOT a civil right.
    Is establishing a “right” to addiction to sodomy really in everyone’s best interest?
    Arlene’ s Flowers has an innate human right to self-defense. Innate human rights become our civil rights, safeguarded by the Founding Principles, since our sovereign nation is instituted through the sovereign personhood of every sovereign person. Sovereignty over oneself is lost through addiction.
    How can you believe in God when you do not believe in your own existence? God is existence, infinite existence…before any and all creation. God is Being, infinite Being. What God has joined together let no man put asunder.

    The Truth will out. The longer it takes the finer it gets.. Sodomites and lesbians forfeit their sovereignty over themselves in their addiction. No sovereign person has a civil right to violate “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” to practice assault and battery on another person or to abuse himself.
    Addicts to the vice of lust and addiction to sodomy ostracize themselves from “the public”.
    Addiction to sodomy is NOT a civil right, nor is addiction a religious belief. Blaming God for their free will act of addiction to sodomy is blasphemy. No. Atheism is not a religious expression; not a religious belief. Atheism is a belief in no God. Atheism is a belief, but atheism is not a true belief. Atheism is anti religion and will eventually deny all persons their unalienable human rights. Only an infinite God can endow unalienable human rights. “The rights the state gives, the state can take away.” Thomas Jefferson.
    People, all people have a constitutional right to self-defense. The law says that if the persons are in the residence of a particular business, or rental place where the owner lives, the owner gets to choose who he will allow to share his residence. Only if the owner does not live there, then he must allow all individuals. So wedding places where the owners live are exempt by the owners’ presence and personal space. Make your own way. Stop imposing your way of life on other people who are also enjoying our freedom.

    Male brides and female husbands are perjury in a court of law. Male brides and female husbands are a disgrace. Can Justice exist without TRUTH? Can Justice persist in perjury?

    People, all people have a constitutional right to self-defense. The law says that if the persons are in the residence of a particular business, or rental place where the owner lives, the owner gets to choose who he will allow to share his residence. Only if the owner does not live there, then he must allow all individuals. So wedding places where the owners live are exempt by the owners’ presence and personal space. Make your own way. Stop imposing your way of life on other people who are also enjoying our freedom.

    Arlene’ s Flowers has an innate human right to self-defense. Innate human rights become our civil rights, safeguarded by the Founding Principles, since our sovereign nation is instituted through the sovereign personhood of every sovereign person. Sovereignty over oneself is lost through addiction.
    “Invidious discrimination” against addiction to sodomy and the vice of lust is a virtue.
    Woodrow Wilson, as President promoted The League of Nations. Wilson hated our Founding Principles and wished our Constitution to be abolished and for American citizens to be ruled over by foreign interests.
    Our Constitution as the backbone of true freedom would have been marvelous as a rule for all nations. Wilson wanted atheism or communism; the state as our god. In this, with Wilson’s oath to uphold our Founding Principles, made Wilson a man without a country.
    We now have The United Nations, one of the most atheistic regimes on the face of the earth. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of The United Nations was truly written by Eleanor Roosevelt. The United Nations savaged Eleanor Roosevelt’s work and imposed an atheistic regime upon the world.
    The United Nations has wanted 1) An International Court which it got. 2) A Standing Army which it may have gotten to every ill repute. 3) The unauthorized authority to tax American citizens which would infringe and annihilate every American citizen’s sovereignty and the sovereignty to institute America.
    Sovereignty is like virginity. One is or one is not.
    Mary, our sovereign Virgin, will defeat the Muslim threat to freedom and subjection to the Sharia Law that disembowels our personal sovereignty. Allah has no son to love and to love him. “WHO is TRUTH?” “Behold the Son of Man.”

  • We used to talk about the “smoke of Satan” in the Church, no more. The Church is currently engulfed in the flames of Hell with our current pope. Though Hell will not prevail, its flames are charring every corner of our Faith.

  • I really don’t know what to make of this. Yes, the article in question is based on an extremely distorted concept of American conservatism and is grossly unfair to one of the most doggedly faithful segments of the Church… people like us who have kept the faith through thick and thin.

    But… didn’t Christ Himself reserve his harshest words, NOT for the obvious sinners, but for His own followers (“Get behind me Satan!” “O you of little faith!”) and for the most devoutly religious people of His day, i.e. the Pharisees. Were not some of the canonized saints subjected to unfair and false accusations from their own bishops, religious superiors, etc. yet remained obedient and faithful? And if it’s wrong for liberals to put their politics above their faith, isn’t it equally wrong for conservatives to do it? I guess I’m still trying to come up with a plausible reason why God would allow the Vicar of Christ himself and His Chrurch to kick us (religious/political conservatives) in the teeth right when we most need them to “have our backs”. Oh well, God chastises those He loves but He never said we had to like it or pretend it doesn’t hurt…

  • As Lincoln noted Elaine, the Almighty has His own purposes. I freely acknowledge that often those purposes are quite opaque to me. Let us assume, for the sake of argument, that God allowed Francis to become Pope for some purpose of His own. That tells us nothing as to how we should react. God may have made Francis Pope precisely to raise a reaction to him. I do not know. I do know that Francis does seem to be putting his politics above his religion and calling his politics Catholicism, and I cannot keep silent about that.

  • Elaine Krewer wrote, “Christ Himself reserve his harshest words, NOT for the obvious sinners, but for His own followers… and for the most devoutly religious people of His day, i.e. the Pharisees.”

    It was in the sme spirit that Maurice Blondel castigated the Jesuit, Père Pedro Descoqs for distorting the gospel to political ends: ““A Catholicism without Christianity, submissiveness without thought, an authority without love, a Church that would rejoice at the insulting tributes paid to the virtuosity of her interpretative and repressive system… To accept all from God except God, all from Christ except His Spirit, to preserve in Catholicism only a residue that is aristocratic and soothing for the privileged and beguiling or threatening for the lower classes—is not all this, under the pretext perhaps of thinking only about religion, really a matter of pursuing only politics?”

    Like wise, one recalls the scathing words of the editor of Blondel’s publication, L’Annales de philosophie chrétienne, the Oratorian, lAbbé Lucien Laberthonnière: to those French Catholics who hoped that L’action française would lead to “the triumph of the Church in society.”

    “’The triumph of the Church in society?’ That would be excellent. But then, it is necessary to examine by what means our religion permits us to pursue it. Moreover, it has not been promised us. And then, it is not, perhaps, the most pressing of our tasks.

    The Church is like Christ. To go to souls, she is, in her own essence, a soul of truth and kindness. And, if He needs a body to act in the world, it is by His soul and for His soul that His body subsists. And, if we wish His body to be beautiful and vigorous, if we wish it to be radiant, let us labour to enrich her soul with the faith and love of our souls.

    Her power does not consist in giving orders, to which external obedience is required, backed up by threats or favours. Her power is to raise souls to the life above. It is to give birth to and to cultivate in consciences the supernaturalising obligation to live for God and for others, through Christ, and to pass through temporal defeats to a triumph that is timeless.

    Do not indulge in childish dreams, when you have in your grasp eternal realities that invite you. Understand, all you who would triumph and reign on earth – Et nunc, reges, intell1gite.” (Ps 2:10) [To a French audience, instantly recognizable as the text of Bossuet’s funeral oration for Henrietta Maria, widow of the executed Charles I of England, that everyone reads at school]

    « Et puis, ce n’est peut-être pas le plus pressé de notre tâche ». – Perhaps, it is not the most pressing of our tasks. These are words we could well ponder today.

  • one’s religious beliefs should dictate their politics and social involvement.

    The horror!! As for God’s purposes vis-a-vis Bergoglio, who knows? A slap across the face witha cold wet fish is likely not very pleasant, but it does get your attention.

PopeWatch: Deadbeat

Saturday, July 15, AD 2017

 

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

 

The mother of local deadbeat Anthony Green confirmed to friends and family today that the sweet, pretty girl that sits behind her at Mass on Sundays would be “just perfect” for her son.

Tamara Green, mother of four, excitedly told those gathered at their weekly bingo night that the “adorable thing” is just what her son needed to get his life on track.

“When I first saw her, I definitely thought she could be the one I’ve been praying for to whip him into shape,” Tamara Green said as she mumbled a quick prayer to St. Raphael. “He’s been out sowing his wild oats—such a typical boy—but I’d like it if he would settle down and raise a nice little Catholic family. When I spotted her volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul Village on Tuesday, I just knew she was his match made in heaven. My son never volunteers, so she’d be a great influence on him. I just have to devise a creative little meetup since I know I would never be able to get him to go to Mass and see for himself.”

Tamara Green also said that she was hopeful that God was calling the “precious little angel” to work tirelessly for the rest of her life tending to Anthony, and in doing so, giving up her dreams of possibly becoming a nun or marrying an honest and respectable man of God.

“The thing is, God calls all of us to carry our cross, and I truly believe that Anthony is the cross this girl might need. He’ll give her the opportunity to strengthen her patience, just as she’ll sanctify him by getting him to stop playing video games, to get a job, start attending Mass, and getting him to stop leaving crumbs all over his bedroom.”

At press time, family and friends are concerned for the well-being of the girl in question, and are quietly saying a prayer to St. Raphael to not let Tamara Green’s prayers be answered.

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Bastille Day and Les Sammes

Friday, July 14, AD 2017

Uncle Sam shaking hands with the Marquis de Lafayette, French poster-1917

On Bastille Day 1917, General John J. Pershing reviewed French troops and pinned the Croix de Guerre on men who had earned the award by their valor.  The Star Spangled Banner and the Marseillaise were played and many of the civilian observers wept with joy and emotion that American help was on the way.  Today the French are honoring Les Sammes, as they are all year, who came to France in World War I to fight to keep France free.  US Marines will march down the Champs-Elysees with French troops in Paris, a symbol of the good relations that have usually existed between the old Allies.

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  • When celebrating the 14th of July – for those who are celebrating it… –, one doesn’t celebrate the “Bastille Day” (July 14th, 1789) but the « Fête de la Federation » (Federation Celebration) which took part on July 14th 1790, (one year later) with King Louis XVI and the Royal Family presiding over this event. When passing the law establishing the National Day, on July 6th, 1880 (nearly one century later…), il was officially stated that this National Day was commemorating the « Fête de la Fédération ». So forget the Bastille Day… God bless.

PopeWatch: Bizarre

Friday, July 14, AD 2017

 

Two of the Pope’s allies, Antonio Spadaro S.J., Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica and Marcelo Figueroa, Presbyterian pastor, Editor-in-chief of the Argentinean edition of L’Osservatore Romano, have launched a bizarre, spittle-flecked attack in the Vatican organ  La Civiltà Cattolica  on everyone to the right of Barack Obama in the United States:

 

Appealing to the values of fundamentalism, a strange form of surprising ecumenism is developing between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists brought together by the same desire for religious influence in the political sphere.

Some who profess themselves to be Catholic express themselves in ways that until recently were unknown in their tradition and using tones much closer to Evangelicals. They are defined as value voters as far as attracting electoral mass support is concerned. There is a well-defined world of ecumenical convergence between sectors that are paradoxically competitors when it comes to confessional belonging. This meeting over shared objectives happens around such themes as abortion, same-sex marriage, religious education in schools and other matters generally considered moral or tied to values. Both Evangelical and Catholic Integralists condemn traditional ecumenism and yet promote an ecumenism of conflict that unites them in the nostalgic dream of a theocratic type of state.

However, the most dangerous prospect for this strange ecumenism is attributable to its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations. The word “ecumenism” transforms into a paradox, into an “ecumenism of hate.” Intolerance is a celestial mark of purism. Reductionism is the exegetical methodology. Ultra-literalism is its hermeneutical key.

Clearly there is an enormous difference between these concepts and the ecumenism employed by Pope Francis with various Christian bodies and other religious confessions. His is an ecumenism that moves under the urge of inclusion, peace, encounter and bridges. This presence of opposing ecumenisms – and their contrasting perceptions of the faith and visions of the world where religions have irreconcilable roles – is perhaps the least known and most dramatic aspect of the spread of Integralist fundamentalism. Here we can understand why the pontiff is so committed to working against “walls” and any kind of “war of religion.”

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  • Mark Shea gushed over that very article. If Mark Shea thinks it’s good, guaranteed it’s a load of mentally deranged tripe.

  • This sadly isnt bizzare. It is typical and represents what Jorge Bergoglio and his henchmen think. It also represents what the USCCB and most of the Church in America thinks. Recently Msg McSweeney of the largest Catholic Parish in the US – St. Matthews in Charlotte, NC – gave an interview in the Charlotte Observer and spoke with much the same thought and tone as what you see here. My commentary on this is located at:

    http://prognosticis.blogspot.com/2017/07/decessus-mei-senioris-ioannis-mcsweeney.html?m=1

    I ensured that St. Matthews and the Chancery of the Diocese of Charlotte got a copy. I shall ever receive a response. But I will tell you this: I shall never ever darken the door of one of these kinds of parishes again. I would rather go Orthodox than ever give those liberal Katholycks any credence whatsoever. All those lilly white rich liberal sophisticated “beautiful people” from the Ballantyne area of Charlotte are transplants from the godless liberal northeast. They flee what they voted for themselves in government and what they demanded for themselves in Church, and then they dare to come down here and recreate the failure from which they run away. They and their effeminancy and their social justice crap disgust me. Altar girls, womyn lectors, etc……enough is enough! Where is the Patrimony of authentic Catholicism!

    One thing is certain. Death will one day take us all. That includes Msg McSweeney and Jorge Bergoglio. And we will all answer to God for our sins. All of us. Yes, me included, especially me. But at least I can say, “Drunkard was I once, liberal never was I.”

  • I notice that Papa Bergoglio’s henchmen attacked American conservatives and by extension Traditionalists. Well, bring it on. This wingnut of a Pontiff will not dare touch Summorum Pontificum. Not willing he or any offish henchmen utter a word about Poland’s refusal to take in Muslims or adopt his silly encyclicals.
    I am far from perfect. I’m a sinner in need of Confession. I struggle and fail, but I refuse to be beaten down by left wing blabbermouths. They lose in the end. The Pope is ignorant of history. My ancestors were Polish, and I am not ignorant of history.

  • Thank God corrupt, incompetent Hillary lost and is not 24/7 doing this to the USA.

    I stopped reading in the middle of the first paragraph when I realized that I have no idea what are the definitions of the serial, liberal swear words they were spewing.

    Evidently, the liberal imbecile and idiot intellectual believe all that liberal crap. Sad!

  • I wouldn’t call what you quote ‘spittle-flecked’, but it is stupid. You have to wonder of the people yammering about ‘theocratic state’ actually believe this or whether they’re just talking to their marks.

  • As I said to someone on Facebook:

    Spadaro’s piece is hackery. Rushdoony’s corpse is given the Pope Formosus treatment by every ignoramus bent on seeing The Handmaid’s Tale being hatched in every rural evangelical chapel.

    HE’S BEEN DEAD FOR SIXTEEN YEARS.

    His small core of disciples have scattered to the four winds (Gary North was last seen warning people about Y2K) and the Old Testament penal code has been instituted in the following states since Rushdoony assumed room temperature:

    1…..

    It’s twaddle written by someone who gave Spadaro the HuffPo Guide To American Religion. If he submitted it as a paper in a 200 level course, he’d get a D.
    That, and it’s painfully clear the insight-impaired Spadaro is no de Tocqueville.

  • Russia is certainly involved. 🙂

  • twaddle, noun–trivial, silly, feeble, tedious talk or writing…..synonym–bull crap
    (tip of the hat to fellow commenter Dale Price)

  • Finally, the Vatican is waking up. Now, we need excommunications. With the debate over Trumpcare, now is the time we should be seeing a bull of excommunication that reads something like this, “If anyone saith, in contradiction to the teaching of Holy Mother Church as expressed clearly in Pacem in Terris #11, that healthcare is NOT a human right, let him be anathema”. That would just about finish off the conservative opposition to the Supreme Vicar of Christ on Earth.

  • Does anyone known the percentage of the money that the universal church receives from the United States? I ask because I imagine that it must be quite large, given the dismal state of European parish life and the limited resources of the rest of the world’s Catholics. If Americans get angry enough at our treatment, they may decide to stop supporting the rest of the Church. I am not saying that would be right but it is a distinct possibility. I admit to being quite angry at this Papacy.

  • The article says that those who want to make abortion illegal entertain fantasies about “a theocratic society.”

    So there we have it, directly FROM THE POPE (don’t kid yourself): The Pope is OPPOSED to making abortion illegal.

  • So, what is the circulation of La Civilta, nowadays? 29, or 30, if including Fr. Spadaro’s own subscription for his mother?

    And probably about the same numbers for “America.”

  • I don’t know that there’s a way to cut off the Holy See without cutting off your local parish.

  • I do wish someone in a position of considerable prominence would speak of this pope and his camarilla in unflinching terms. Maureen Mullarkey has done so, but she’s known only to a niche audience.

  • I couldn’t find any breakdown of other than contributions to Peter’s Pence. The Holy See’s finances are too complex to clearly divine how much the US contributes but we donated about $65 million USD to Peter’s Pence, in essence a fund that His Holiness gets to use at will, for whatever purpose he sees fit.

    Perhaps it is time to let our money talk since he has silenced our Bishops.

  • I haven’t contributed to Peter’s Pence since 2014.

  • The Pope of peace and mercy, indeed. Way to go Pope for alienating 50% of America. For those of us who wish to expose the corruption in the Church Bergoglio is our best example. Keep it up Pope. The best thing that could happen to us would be to be excommunicated. Among other things it would be begin to separate the wheat from the chaff. I am delighted Pope made this dumb move.

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  • Is there a site that has full article that doesn’t need a password? I would like to read the whole thing.

  • Try the link now Teresa. I have updated it.

PopeWatch: Melinda Gates

Thursday, July 13, AD 2017

 

Melinda Gates and her husband Bill Gates are rabidly pro-contraception.  Melinda Gates, raised as a Catholic, believes that Pope Francis will change the teaching of the Church on contraception.  With this Pope nothing would surprise PopeWatch.  What is interesting in regard to Gates is the attitude of the Order of nuns who taught her as a child:

However, what interests me here about Mrs Gates’s campaign, launched at a recent conference in Berlin, is that she appears to be supported by the nuns of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas where she received her education. It seems the nuns contacted her after her conference speech by a phone call to her hotel room to say: “We’re all for you. We know this is a difficult issue to speak on, but we absolutely believe that you’re living under Catholic values.” Mrs Gates found this support “just so heartening”.

A formal statement was then issued by the president of the Ursuline Academy, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, which said that the nuns “are proud of Melinda French Gates, her dedication to social justice, her compassion for the undeserved and the great work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.” The president added that “Melinda Gates leads from her conscience and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world”. She emphasised that “the mission of the Ursuline Academy of Dallas is to educate young women for such leadership.”

Sister Moser also said that the Ursuline order is committed “to the social and doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church”. While recognising that “Melinda’s beliefs on birth control are different from those of the Catholic Church”, the Sisters “respect her right to speak from her research and experience of the world we live in”.

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  • “Pope Francis is merely a symptom of the rot in the Church and not the cause.”

    This is what I have been saying all along. He’s not just the symptom, he is the product of that rot.

  • The product of rot that has been allowed to exist for a very long time. There has been little to no consequence for heterodoxy for many years. Let’s go back to Cardinal Seamless Garment. That false doctrine has done immeasurable damage, yet hardly a word from Rome as it spread and undermined Catholic resistance to the holocaust of abortion. Yes, Pope Francis is a symptom.

  • About a hundred years ago, I dated a girl that attended the Ursuline Academy in the Bronx.

    FYI Ursuline Sisters, the first commandment, found in Genesis, God gave to His Creation is to be fruitful and multiply.

    ON the worldly plane, look at the demographic suicides unfolding in Japan and western Europe.

  • Hardly a surprise that Ms. Gates (of Hell) hails from an all-girl katholik high school. Unfortunately, the main one in Houston is no better, headed by a lesbian nun for years. 👿

  • Not surprised that a fading order would want to cozy up to immense wealth.

  • Private “catholic” high schools $$$, upper middle class on the Pill with 1 or 2 children, who would have thunk it! The contraceptive mentality has many tendrils…

    Now, consider the catechesis for almost everyone else is only to 8th grade (CCD).

  • Ms. Gates would not take counterfeit money Yet, she embraces counterfeit self-giving in the Holy bond of Matrimony. The nuns who are enamored of earthly success and fraudulent love are not heading to heaven. Pope Francis, in his love for the “poor”, needs to instruct his flock that using contraceptives in not love. True love is joy. True love is chaste. True love is true. And pitiful are those whose poverty includes the lack of joy and purity in their self-giving in their marriage.

  • The decaying congregation of Ursuline Sisters are “… proud of Melinda French Gates,
    … and the great work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”.

    The “great work” of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the Ursuline Sisters are
    fangirling over includes massive grants to Planned Parenthood of America, the
    International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood of Western
    Washington– to the tune of about $71 million from before 2009 through 2013.
    Also, the foundation has given huge amounts to Marie Stopes International (which
    like PP provides abortions, contraception and sterilizations internationally). In
    2012 alone the B&M Gates Foundation gave Stopes over $46 million.

    https://illinoisfamily.org/uncategorized/gates-foundation-philanthropy-cloaked-abortion/

    As Tom McKenna said above, it’s not surprising that a fading order would want
    to cozy up to immense wealth. Especially a such decadent congregation that
    clearly couldn’t care less about the Church’s perennial teachings on both the sanctity
    of life and on human dignity. Shame!

  • An observer of John Paul offered that his policy re religious orders was to allow natural selection to kill off the corrupt ones.

    I spoke to an elderly sister in 2001 who told me “Vatican II destroyed us”. She said that 60 women had professed in 1961 and 1962; the number who had entered since 1970 was about 1 a year and their median age was (as of 2001) 70. Very sad. The smart money says the actuarial tables will put this ruined order out of business ‘ere long.

    Andrew Greeley in a moment of candor said he’d never much liked nuns or felt at home around them. His short stories set in the pre-conciliar period depict disagreeable women who have priests cowed. One short story set ca. 1985, however, depicts a rude and dykish sister-lawyer who dislikes and despises ordinary women unless they’re material for labor law suits. Mother Angelica (b. in 1923) said the sisters she’d known as a child were just about ‘the meanest people I’ve ever met’ You do wonder if such orders were damaged before the council destroyed them.

  • Art Deco, It wasn’t V2 that destroyed woman’s vocations, it was contraception…

  • It’s true that the pontiff can accurately be seen as a symptom of the disease. But he’s also a catalyst of the rebound infection which is metastasizing everywhere. He’s their banner, because he’s one of them.

  • Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, but you kinda (sorta, almost maybe) have to respect the forthrightness of her heterodoxy. When she dissents, she heads for a microphone, not a telephone.

  • “While recognizing that ‘Melinda’s beliefs on birth control are different
    from those of the Catholic Church’, the Sisters ‘respect her right to speak
    from her research and experience of the world we live in'”.

    The giant elephant in the room of course isn’t that Melinda Gates isn’t
    just articulating her own views on birth control, sterilization and abortion,
    she’s also putting vast sums into the coffers of organizations out there
    making those views a reality. If, say, an enormously wealthy alumna of
    Ursuline Academy was a straight-up racist shoveling tens of millions of
    dollars annually to the KKK, would these decadent sisters still be peddling
    their mealy-mouthed nonsense about ‘respecting her right to speak from
    her research and experience’ even though that racism was at odds with
    the Church? Of course not. These sisters are only looking the other way
    re: Mrs. Gates’ support for abortion and contraception because they
    not-so-secretly don’t think it’s a big deal.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates perpetuate the myth that abortion and population control will cure poverty and other evils in this world. Gender selection through infanticide and abortion creates an unbalanced male to female ratio causing serious societal problems.

    Melinda Gates never fails to mention her Catholic upbringing which rankles me because she seems to suit herself when it comes to morality.
    My parents sacrificed to send me (and my brother) to parochial elementary school run by the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The two all girl high schools I attended were staffed by Sisters of Mercy and Sisters of Providence. All three orders provided excellent educations, but that was ’56 to ’67 feminism had not infiltrated those orders.
    Our sons were taught by the Sister of St. Joseph of Cluny ’86-’87 (very good) and plain clothes Sisters of Notre Dame ’91-92 (not good). The latter’s pro-life program was Save the Baby Whales and buying a yard of Brazilian rain forest. Times change; society changes. Some orders educate still according to the teachings of the Church and some orders are wacky or borderline heretical. It seems that teaching orders dedicated to traditional Catholic education have the most vocations, i.e. Nashville Dominicans.

  • A good Pope would denounce the Ursuline sisters for publicly advancing the cause of contraception. But we have a Pope who doesn’t know if he is capable of judging such matters (“Who am I to judge.”) How pathetic the Church has become when no one in authority is willing to stand up for the faith.

  • An examination of conscience that is absolute, not slanted by self deception, would cause Mr. “Bill” and Mrs. Gates to reconsider their efforts to kill children.

    Let us pray for their conversion.

    Yes. Pope Francis too.

  • Bill Gates’ dad was a big supporter of Worse than Murder. Notice that no Bishop opens his mouth over what Melinda Gates does.
    I despise Microsoft. They make lousy software and they are a worse monopoly than Ma Bell ever was.

  • Art Deco, It wasn’t V2 that destroyed woman’s vocations, it was contraception…

    You fancy there was a 97% decline in the size of female birth cohorts between 1940 and 1950? There wasn’t.

  • V2, contraception, women’s lib, perhaps lesbianism, lack of family support for vocations, loss of community living….all factors. I firmly believe the loss of habit was a factor too. The habit engendered respect and at the same time it was a protection. There’s been a suggestion that nuns might take temporary vows and sign an enlistment contract.
    Re the Dallas Ursilines, it’s got to be Gates money with strings attached.

  • The habit engendered respect and at the same time it was a protection.

    The habit of our time consists of iron-gray hair and sensible shoes.

  • V2, contraception, women’s lib, perhaps lesbianism, lack of family support for vocations, loss of community living….all factors. I firmly believe the loss of habit was a factor too.

    There’s a brief passage in Greeley’s 1987 memoirs re the self-immolation of the women’s orders. Greeley was an oddly ambivalent figure. I doubt he had any time for orthodox doctrine or moral teaching or the Church he was ordained into as a social organism. At the same time, he was aghast at the disappearance of palpable features of pious observance.

  • Our enemies want to create more divisions inside the church. And on the inside, we have people, organizations and “religious” orders that have embraced the commands or our opressors.

Oregon Hearts Abortion

Wednesday, July 12, AD 2017

 

Oregon hearts abortion:

 

 

Oregon’s legislature wants to cement the state’s status as the most abortion-friendly in the US — and its governor is champing at the bit to finalize it. Last week, lawmakers passed a bill that would require insurers to pay 100% of all abortion-on-demand costs no matter how late-term they may be, and regardless of motive. It would also require insurers to pay $10 million into a fund for public funding of abortions in what is clearly a gift to Planned Parenthood:

Insurance companies in Oregon would be required to cover abortions and other reproductive services at no cost to the patient regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity under a measure approved Wednesday by lawmakers.

Oregon already has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the U.S., leaving out otherwise common requirements for waiting periods or spending limits on taxpayer funds. …

In some states such as New York, abortions are cost-free if they’re deemed medically necessary. The Oregon bill is unique, however, in that patients would have access to the procedure for virtually any reason, at any time, including sex-selective and late-term abortions.

The bill would also allocate almost $500,000 over the next two years to expand cost-free reproductive health coverage, including abortions, to immigrants who are otherwise ineligible under the Oregon Health Plan — the state’s Medicaid program that currently spends nearly $2 million a year to pay for roughly 3,500 abortions statewide.

Governor Kate Brown, who previously worked as a lobbyist for the abortion industry, cheered on these government mandates for abortion at all times for any reason:

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  • What is it called when a female person (wearing a vagina cap, no less0 that supports the murders of tens of millions of gestational, human babies falsely accuses President Trump of being capable of killing an infant?

  • The answer, T Shaw, is one simple “four letter” word…evil.

  • I despise Oregon – Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene – the hot bed of godless atheistic sexual perversion and permissiveness. Its governor – Kate Brown –
    by the way is a bisexual female pervert. When I was in Corvallis, people would brag to me that the local OSU Campus was where the term “Flying Spaghetti Monster” had been first coined to deride Christian religious beliefs as ludicrous mythology. And one Saturday when I went down town (which is really a place of run down ramshackled buildings because the enviro-wackoes won’t permit any moderization), all the pink feminist Planned Parenthood pieces of crap were about the walkways passing out their handouts. One of them took one look at me and knew better. I would have dumped her paperwork feces all over the street and screamed at her to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand. I did that to two supporters of Bernie Sanders who approached my home in the south east of the US during the last election – they’ll never return, I promise you that! Fortunately the Planned Parenthood murderess did not dare approach me when I was in Corvallis, and I both stayed out of jail that night and kept my job (my company is so far left liberal that it isn’t funny – it has hitched its star to the mantra of global warming and will never let go).

    Yet when I went to Mass at St. Mary’s, here I found a holy priest in the midst of utter pagan evil. I have nothing but the deepest respect for Father Ignacio who would go onto the OSU Campus in town and confront the pagans. What bravery to walk into the Lion’s Den! But the souls he saved! Perhaps because he was far more diplomatic that I ever could be. I love that priest – the one bright spot in all of the godlessness that is Oregon, and he even had 24 hour Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. That freaking town of spoiled brat decadent college student feminist snowflakes and nit wit college professors needed (and still needs) such Perpetual Adoration.

    I will end with this, and think what you will. Trump remembers who messed with him and who didn’t. Oregon voted overwhelming for that murderess Hillary. And it was the Oregon State Attorney General (as I recall) who spearheaded the movement to overturn in the court system Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration. And it was in Portland, Oregon that all the human trash of university and college rioted and burned and looted in protest against Trump. So any Oregon based company which thinks it can get DOE funding from Trump’s Rick Perry is quite mistaken. Liberalism has a way of imploding on itself.

  • Well said Donald. Anyone who pretends there is no difference between the parties when it comes to the holocaust of abortion is a liar. That needs to be repeated every single time.

  • There is certainly a difference between the two parties. Problem is there needs to be more…quite a bit more.

  • There is a huge difference between the parties – Democrats are willing to die on the sword of their support for abortion; the vast majority of Republicans on their opposition to it? Not so much.

  • That is not fair if one considers all the abortion regulation implemented by the GOP in the states. It also ignores that almost all the media treats abortion like a sacrament and that the entertainment media is also enlisted in support of abortion. Considering the strength of the pro-abort movement in this country, the GOP rarely gets the credit from pro-lifers it deserves for carrying on the fight in a very hostile environment

  • As support for secession grows in California, one can only hope that, if it happens, they take Oregon with them.

  • Hear, hear Tom McKenna! Throw all 3 states out of the Union: California, Oregon and Washington. And include NYS, VT, Taxachusetts, and Illinois along with them.

    Sorry. Can’t help myself. I am being bad this morning. Recently I had to go to the left coast for two weeks. It was truly horrible. Send me to Texas. Send me to Florida. Send me to Pennsylvannia. But please, Dear Lord, not the armpit of the universe!

  • The other 49 states need to secede from this union. Oregon is violating our Founding Principles and our Constitutional Posterity. Government does not grant sovereign personhood. God does at the very first moment of existence. Oregon’s government wishes to play God it will go very badly for the people of that state. God does not take kindly to having his adopted children slaughtered in the womb nor having his innocent souls scraped from their mothers. Only the prayers of the people keep Oregon safe. When all of the people have been aborted or allowed to commit assisted suicide, the state of Oregon will have perished….and maybe good riddance.

  • Denying the existence of the rational human soul infused by “their Creator” is denying God. It is the establishment of atheism by the state of Oregon and the imposition of atheism on the taxpayers and citizens of Oregon. Extorting the taxpayers to pay to obliterate our Constitutional Posterity, our brothers and sisters, our neighbors is the height of tyranny.

  • Horrifying. Perpetual Adoration is a potent weapon. U. of Portland (Holy Cross Congregation), Maryhurst University and Mount Angel Abbey (Benedictine) are the R. Catholic institutions of higher learning in the state. There was a wonderful Holy Cross priest, Naval Reserve, from U. of Portland who was stationed at NAS Cubi Pt. Before the seminary he had been an Aviation Ordnanceman on a carrier. Last seen he was at Arlington National Cemetery conducting burials. It would be sad if the U. of Portland has gone the way of Notre Dame/Georgetown.

  • There is certainly a difference between the two parties. Problem is there needs to be more…quite a bit more.
    Greg Mockeridge

    Have you mustered visible, in the public eye support for your elected representative when your rep sticks his neck out on a controversial abortion roll-back bill? If you want your reps to do more, you the constituent must do more. Showing up at the polls once every couple of years is the bare minimum of support and gets the bare minimum in return.

    …Democrats are willing to die on the sword of their support for abortion; the vast majority of Republicans on their opposition to it? Not so much.
    c matt

    c matt, you’re obviously not doing enough to cover the backs of Republicans who do vote to roll back abortion.
    You also seem uninformed about where the two parties are on the abortion issue. The Democrat party has pretty much ceased debate on the matter, the Democrat party as a whole is pro-abortion, period. The Democrat apparatus will not, as a rule, tolerate any wavering from a solid pro-abortion stand among their nationwide and statewide candidates. Some tactical wiggle room is allowed for more local candidates but that is becoming increasingly constricted.

    As for the Republican party, just because Democrats are for something doesn’t mean that Republicans are automatically a’gin it and vice-versa. And with a little study of US history you’d discover that within living memory (if your grandparents are alive) it was the Republican party that tended to favor permitting abortion (though never on demand as today’s Democrat party insists) and the Democrats who opposed it. Among Republicans the debate over abortion still goes on. Nobody is written out of the GOP because of their position on abortion, although since the Reagan Realignment the ability of a Republican candidate for nationwide office who is pro-abortion to win the nomination is in question (ask Rudy Guiliani sometime).

    So there you are, c matt, you’ll not get any unearned opposition to abortion from your representatives in the legislature. So I’ve gotta ask, what are you doing to make sure that even bad representatives vote the right way on your issues? If it’s to be, it’s up to thee.

  • Donald,

    I think the GOP as a whole is often judged by what the party does on a national level without looking at the party at the state level. I must admit I am often guilty of that. And probably is unfair to a degree.

    However, we must also take into account that conservatives have, thanks to talk radio, the Internet, and cable TV, a media access we didn’t have 30 years ago. Also, we have conservatives in the entertainment industry willing to come out as conservatives in ways they weren’t in the not so distant past.

  • CAM, unfortunately Marylhurst University had a manager from Planned Parenthood in Oregon as part of the faculty of their business school, and advertised that on her bio. She’s no longer there, but she should never have been hired.

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Game of Thrones is Filth

Wednesday, July 12, AD 2017

 

 

I have to agree with Mathew Walther on this:

 

My goodness. I’ve just spent an hour watching to see if a guy who raped a teenage girl at bow-and-arrow point is going to be eaten alive by the animals he has spent the last few seasons subjecting to forms of cruelty that make Michael Vick look like a PETA ambassador or beaten to death in the freezing cold by his victim’s half-brother. Thank goodness the guy who set his terminally ill daughter on fire in a pyromantic oblation to a heathen god at the behest of a witch who never seems to wear any clothes is not around to prevent justice from being carried out here — the woman whose size makes her the frequent butt of bestiality-related jokes killed him just in time! Lucky that she has a wealthy and well-connected benefactor in a one-armed knight whose hobbies from childhood on have included killing people and sleeping with his queen sister — including in a church right next to the corpse of one of their unacknowledged sons — to whom we were first introduced when he pushed the little brother of the above-mentioned rape victim out of a window to conceal his incest from her drunken prostitute-addicted domestic-abuser husband! Almighty God has made me in His own image and endowed me with faculties of reason and sense perception and given me free will so that I can tune in next week to see whether the unidextrous dueling champ’s royal sister sets her daughter-in-law and the rest of her extended family on fire or just a bunch of priests. Hallelujah!

Go here to read the rest.  It is a shame too, because among the porn and violence laden dog’s vomit there are such gems as this:

 

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  • I guess this is simply more evidence that a civilization based on Judeo-Christian values is worth preserving. Maybe President Trump was on to something in his Warsaw speech?

  • I forget where I saw it, but somewhere I saw it written that Martin avoided serving during Vietnam, and went on to write a Dungeons and Dragons fantasy laden with porn, gratuitous violence and general filth. Tolkien survived the hell-pit of the Somme and penned an epic story of soaring beauty and depth. Something like that. Perhaps there is something to why the works are so different. I don’t think it’s the objectionable material in a work as much as why it’s there. And what balances it out.

  • Martin got CO status during Vietnam and did alternative civilian service in Cook County in Illinois. It is impossible to overestimate the impact of World War I on Tolkien. In 1918 he noted simply that almost all of his friends had been killed in the War. Tolkien saw the world at its absolute worst in the War but could see beyond the blood and carnage. For Martin there is little but blood and carnage, laden with sex.

  • Another reason I don’t pay for so-called premium cable TV.

    From the little contact I have had with this genre of garbage, it seems to be adolescent prurience spewed by pencil-necked nerds that never even got themselves into a fist fight or a tackle football game, much less a shooting war.

    Tolkein and the “Lost Generation” were grounded in patriotism, religion and tradition. Today, the snow-flake, venal generation is grounded in less than BS.

  • Heck, I rejected it at the books…from running into plot details on TV Tropes.

    ….Every single one had a pattern of author influence to make it more depressing.

    To heck with that; at least Lovecraft didn’t try to keep the thing going for long.

  • I heard someone defend it as more realistic for historic times and civil wars. Heck you might be able to find examples now in some of the god-forsaken places in the world.

    I don’t know for sure. While I may agree that maybe things in the past weren’t as well-behaved as LotR depicted (humans can be outright bastards), even my cynicism wonders that man can really be bad as GRRM shows. If we were, there’s a question of how our species survived at all to this point, it seems like we should have all been dead by now.

    To throw even more red meat onto the board, I present this interesting video essay.

  • What’s the difference between the sadism of Game of Thrones and the sadism of the Roman Coliseum? I cannot bear watching any of it.

  • *snickers* I had the misfortune to be in the area of a couple of historians when someone did that… it didn’t go over well.

    Short version?

    The individual events frequently have some sort of inspiration, but then they go further than even historic accusations, and there are no consequences. The “invite everyone to a feast and then kill them” thing?
    That would get the person doing it wiped out, because they’d just PROVEN they cannot be trusted, ever, in the most mild of things. You could never let them in your house, if their armies moved it would be an attack….

  • Foxfier: Sounds interesting. By all means post the long version sometime as I’d like to know more.

  • Unfortunately, I’m not good at catching things on the fly. 🙁
    I could probably find real life versions of pretty much everything but the dragons– and even then, you could probably substitute in vicious animals of a generic sort for a similarity– but the main take-away was that yeah, stuff like that happened, but not all right on top of each other and it had consequences.

    Game of Thrones is history-type outrages with modern type consequences.

  • If I was a betting man I’d say the dragons are probably representing new technological developments which give a group an edge in conflicts. (i.e. chariots)

  • Hm… I’m not expressing it very well….

    In modern times, breaking “the rules” will get you punished by the authorities. There just isn’t much social pressure– there are actual lawsuits around things like “yes, I went to jail six times for stealing from the till, but don’t you dare discriminate against hiring me as a cashier.”

    More accurate historically would mean that breaking the rules put you outside their protection.
    Because everybody had to actively enforce them, to have a hope of getting the protection.

  • Foxfier, The “invite everyone to a feast and then kill them” thing? Look up the Black Dinner in Scottish histor, inspired Martin..

  • 😥 it is the worse thing to ever be on tv……so violent….im amazed we are here if they were our forefathers….fore mothers etc

  • Yes, foxfier, read about the consequences to the 10 year old principal at the Black Dinner, including another savage murder and establishing his family as unchallenged Kings of Scotland, and later England too, for 200 years.
    You might have to revise your ideas about modern and ancient consequences.

  • The Black Dinner is most likely a myth:

    http://iainthepict.blogspot.com/2011/11/earl-of-douglas-and-black-dinner.html

    Scottish “history”, the further back one goes, is a tangle of fact and embroidery by balladeers and clan mendacity.

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  • Yes a lot of filth and violence and sex. However as a woman the sex scenes to me are porno but I flip over them (we have the DVDs). It seems to me that the earth was like this in pre Christian times. Germany,France and England not to mention Rome sacrificed live children and babies to gods. Barbarians pillaged villages and raped the women. You only have to read about sone I’d the earlier saints( who by they way we’re martyred by the countrymen in horrible ways) much like the characters in this series. As late as the 16th century priests were drawn and quartered in Nerry Old Engkand. The Aztechs murdered babies, and may gave still fine this if not for Our Lady if Guadalupe. This is not my favorite series, but the acting is superb and there are “gotcha” moments. So yes, I will still watch this as its not an occasion if sin for me compared to some of the risqué movies out today with no plot but plenty of violence and sex. History shouldn’t be looked at with rose tinted glasses. Attila the Hun could very well have been one of these characters as well as Nero ( the boy king resembled him in sadistic behavior and cruelty). By the way I’m 73 years old and know the cruelty if men in the last war via concentration camps and gassing. Some things never change.

  • Why is major league baseball inviting fans to participate in this? I had no idea what Game of Thrones even was.

  • We are what we watch, what we read, what we see, what we hear. Those who thrive on watching violent porn need to admit to the darkness within themselves. What I have noticed is that those who are following the Lord, would never watch this filth and those who don’t, well, they gravitate to things the enemy brings them to. Something to think about.

  • *sigh* Wish that I was getting dang emails for new comments….

    Yes, I *HAVE* heard various stories that hinge on violating hospitality where a host kills a guest or guests. It’s a pretty standard way to establish a group as really evil. That is, in fact, one of the things I was thinking of for being able to find similar events in history.

    Even if it were not a legend, that doesn’t answer the actual argument I made.

  • Deblette, I agree with your statement. We are what we watch, read, listen to . . . Kind of scary to think of how many people are “Game of Thrones” on the inside.

PopeWatch: No Greater Love

Wednesday, July 12, AD 2017

 

Pope Francis has decreed a new path to sainthood:

 

The Letter creates a new category – a facti species in technical language – called, oblatio vitae, and distinguishes it from the facti species of martyrdom, by five (5) criteria:

a) The free and voluntary offering of one’s life, and heroic acceptance propter caritatem of a certain and soon-to-come death;

b) A nexus – i.e. close relation – between the offering of one’s life and the premature death of the one who offers it;

c) The exercise, at least in ordinary degree, of the Christian virtues before the subject’s offering of his or her life and, afterward, perseverance in those virtues unto death;

d) The existence of fama sanctitatis – i.e. the reputation for holiness – on the part of the subject, and of signs [in confirmation thereof], at least after death;

e) The necessity, for beatification, of a miracle, one that occurred after the death of the Servant of God, and by said Servant’s intercession.

The oblatio vitae of the Servant of God, in order that it be valid and efficacious for beatification, must respond to all of the aforementioned criteria.

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