60 Responses to Anger Trumps Reason

  • “. . . he is feeding them a line of hooey that he has no intention of carrying out if elected.” Which has been my complaint since this all began.
    Bomber Bill Ayres, Cruz, Hillary, Romney, Obama, Moron.org, Kasich, BlackLivesMatter, Sanders, Rubio, McCain, and the entire GOP establishment are united against Trump. The entrails tell me If the Obama economy is so great, e.g. low unemployment statistic, why are near-record numbers of Americans dependent on food stamps? About 45% of Americans don’t pay income taxes; 40% of working age population don’t work; and 10% only have part-time jobs. Rarely is anything these clowns write, say or think even remotely true; and their constant misrepresentation of the facts surrounding the economy is no exception.more about them than it does about Trump. I was a Cruz man.
    Working class Americans are hurting after seven years of hope and change. And, near-record numbers of Americans dependent on food stamps. About 45% of Americans don’t pay income tax; 40% of the working-age population doesn’t work; and another 10% can only find part-time jobs. Rarely is anything these people write, say or think even remotely close to the experiences of millions of Americans. Their constant misrepresentations of the facts surrounding the economy are no exceptions.
    They were expendable. Not so long ago, 61% of Americans were middle class. That has crashed to 49% of the US population, and in aggregate they gave up 30% of their wealth: Yes We Can!
    And, millions of throw-away Trump voters are irate idiots because they don’t understand that their best interests lie in more immigration and more harmful trade agreements (TPP).

  • None of that matters because Trump validates their anger.

    And GoldmanSachs!

  • I’m not convinced Trump’s read his immigration plan. His easy reversal on H-1B visas suggests as much, and promises even more reversals in the future.

  • – or reason has lead to anger as regards actions of government oath takers

  • Love Andrew Klavan. Great writer and pundit.

  • Do you think a snickers bar would help?
    Schmucks voting for a schmuck. I hope they put on their thinking hats pretty soon.

  • Have you considered the possibility that the schmucks did put their thinking hats on, and decided they didn’t have anything to lose?

    Or that they don’t care that you do have something to lose?

  • Trump or Hillary. Take your pick.

  • Is this the time for a third party?
    A write in?

    Neither is a vote for both. A flip of the coin.
    We must not sit this one out.
    Who can we get behind and support for an Hail Mary throw into the political end zone.

    Tomorrow, Saint Patrick and Irish Luck, will be summoned by a group of conservatives that have similar convictions like Mr. McCleary and would never vote for Trump. This from Politico. http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/top-conservatives-gather-to-plot-third-party-run-against-trump-220786

    As these men meet tomorrow in D.C., I’ll be offering prayers that a candidate can be victorious come November. A third party candidate. Abraham Lincoln pray for us.

  • Just out of curiosity – have ANY of you bothered to read Trump’s book “America Is Broken” in which you can explore his ideas/plans in his own words, unfiltered by a very liberal, often hostile press ???

    You may be surprised at some of the differences in what he REALLY proposes and the way his ideas have been reported and distorted by the media.

    The way that I see it, he is the best bet to stop Chillary.

  • “unfiltered by a very liberal, often hostile press ???”

    Please. Trump is a creation of the media. He thrives on being outrageous and all media coverage for him is cream whether it is negative or positive. Once he strays into policy, that is when it is clear that Trump has no clue about public policy. “I’m going to build a wall and make the Mexicans pay for it!” Yeah, right.

  • Please. Trump is a creation of the media. He thrives on being outrageous and all media coverage for him is cream whether it is negative or positive.

    Sarah Hoyt on her blog has her theory that the media is playing softball with Trump because they think he’ll be the easiest to destroy in the general.
    Though I don’t know how conscious this might be (I’ve established my view on conspiracies) it could get interesting if true, and the press end up creating a monster they underestimated. Maybe all those old sci-fi movies with the mad scientist killed by his creation were onto something…

  • RE : “..Please. Trump is a creation of the media…”(???? Really???)

    Oh well DRM everybody has one, and I do NOT agree with you but….

    BTW I could not help but note that you COMPLETELY sidestepped my main point (which was that Trump’s ideas are different in his book than they are when portrayed by a liberal, generally hostile media…) so here goes … direct question : have you bothered to READ Mr. Trump’s book – or are you just another pontificating American with a big OPINION even with nothing much to really base it on?

  • PS my personal first choice would have been Santorum BUT he could never actually WIN !

    I decided long ago that my primary goal was/is to STOP CHILLARY : as the unquestionably popular long time front running candidate, (IMHO) Donald Trump has the best chance at beating Chillary.

    I also believe that if the GOP does not quit their shenanigans and get behind this ,their absolutely most popular candidate IN DECADES, they will essentially be giving the election to Hillary Clinton and self-destructing at the same time.

  • “have you bothered to READ Mr. Trump’s book – or are you just another pontificating American with a big OPINION even with nothing much to really base it on?”

    No, I have not read Trump’s book he had ghost written for him. I have observed the words that have tumbled forth from the fount of ignorance directly throughout the campaign and that has been quite enough.




  • I decided long ago that my primary goal was/is to STOP CHILLARY : as the unquestionably popular long time front running candidate, (IMHO) Donald Trump has the best chance at beating Chillary.

    If defeating Hillary is your number one goal, then backing the one candidate who trails her in every solitary poll and could possibly be the only one who would also bring Republicans defeat in both the Senate and House is a peculiar choice.

    their absolutely most popular candidate IN DECADES

    By any metric he is the LEAST popular candidate in decades. Every single Republican nominee after the Ford-Reagan contest had sewn up the nomination by this point, or had reached the point where every challenger had dropped out. Not only is Trump still losing states, and will likely lose many more, his approval/disapproval ratings are off the charts in the wrong direction.

  • Lol…fount of ignorance…
    Gotta love it.

    In looking for “America is broken,” I found “Crippled America. How to make America great again.”

    For $18.95 you get the book, decoder ring, the ground round, the vino and an honorary degree from Trump University. Kick Ass, the movie, is included when you rush your order by calling in the next 5 minutes. Operators are standing by.

  • By the way, here is an article that runs through the numbers to show how Trump is the weakest front-runner in my lifetime.

  • Without having read the article, it seems to me, in fairness to Trump, that he’s running in front of the strongest field in our lifetime too. So his weakness may be relative. Or not.

  • That said, I for one can’t help but feel like we’ve gone from starting this primary season with an embarrassment of riches, only to wind up ending with just the embarrassment.

  • Better the Devil you know, said the Gods of the Copybook Headings.

    Something to think about should the candidates two incumbent parties offer us this fall turn out to be HRC and Trump.

  • In that case I have to vote for Hillary Clinton. I know what she’s going to do to screw up the country.

  • @Donald R. McLarey – RE : “…No, I have not read Trump’s book…” [hmmmm somehow that is pretty much what I expected that you might say.]

    In other words, kind of like I suggested in the first post, -you seem to be just another pontificating American with a big OPINION even with nothing much to really base it on, outside of news reporting by an often hostile and usually “liberal” news media. Then, as if to prove it for me, you go on to quote from some of the liberal media such as I referenced who might misrepresent Trump & his words : to wit, you provide :

    1). one link to The New York Daily News , a tabloid format rag owned by a certain Mortimer Zuckerman, whose interests also include real-estate deals [conflict of interests ??] AND political contributions to Democrat and Independent politicians. He is a long-time supporter of the Democrat party and claims to have had a hand in writing at least one of Obama’s speeches.

    HARDLY an independent or disinterested, objective party ! and,

    2). a reference to another disparaging piece concerning ONE of Trump’s books – (from 16 years ago ! ) from the notoriously liberal online site “Salon” [ Appropriately described – also online – wiki- “.. It focuses on U.S. politics and current affairs from a liberal perspective..”] Gee is it surprising then that they do not particularly like his book or his ideas?

    Oh and by the way Mr.McLarey, just in case you have not even READ the articles which you are using as references, be aware that THIS article is basically a screed by a former employee of Trump who helped to “ghost write” Trump’s first political book some 16 years ago (” “The America We Deserve”) – a book that Mr.Trump came out with in the year 2000. It is NOTHING to do with his current book !

    and finally,

    3). Another reference to another disparaging piece in which early on the author writes : “..I never met Donald Trump. His subordinate, who ran the company, was the one who hired me…” This article is primarily about the author’s job complaints, and has NOTHING to do with Mr. Trump’s book !

    It is from the online news website “Vox” – founded by Ezra Klein,a “blogger” who had worked at The Washington Post (“Pravda on the Potomac”), had been associate editor for “The American Prospect” – [ Described thus online – again wiki – “…a quarterly American political magazine dedicated to American liberalism. Based in Washington, D.C., The American Prospect says it aims “to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate about today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities.”…”], as well as a contributor to such organizations as Bloomberg News and MSNBC [ “…Commentators have described MSNBC as having a bias towards left-leaning politics and the Democratic Party…” ] MSNBC has been accused of “left-leaning” by entities as disparate as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico ; now when both the Times and the Post call a news company “left-leaning”, does that mean “almost Marxist”???

    No Mr. McLarey – sorry but I must conclude that since your own references are FROM the very same liberal, biased & hostile-towards-Trump press that I spoke of….and since you have NOT read his book – in other words his own ideas in his OWN words – and NOT sound bites and NOT filtered through the hostile and generally liberally biased media – I must conclude then that you are indeed – [at least on this particular subject] just another uninformed American with a big OPINION but really has not taken the time to bother to do the proper research that would JUSTIFY a perhaps more VALID opinion.

    Besides – as I also made very clear – he would NOT have been MY FIRST CHOICE (that would have been Santorum, but he would never beat Chillary and he would simply put just never win. Sorry ! )

    BUT Trump is the best bet to stop Hillary. In my opinion.

    @P Zummo

    RE : “…If defeating Hillary is your number one goal, then backing the one candidate who trails her in every solitary poll and could possibly be the only one who would also bring Republicans defeat in both the Senate and House is a peculiar choice….”

    OK YOU can form your opinion by whatever the polls say if you would like to, but MY thoughts and viewpoints are NOT arrived at by some polling nonsense, by consensus of some (probably liberal-leaning) pollsters. The fact of the matter is that Trump has been CONSISTENTLY FOR MONTHS been drawing HUGE crowds and HUGE support from the people ! [ I admit that I am at a slight disadvantage in that I do NOT watch T.V. at ALL – haven’t in about 7 years- BUT I have seen many news reports about his continuing popularity.] Polls shmolls ! I research things to arrive at a (hopefully) informed opinion that I can live with. My research does NOT concern itself a great deal with “polls” !

    Thanks for the link to the article decrying Trump’s popularity. I have not had the time to fact-check it and all that business, BUT so what? This guy does not like Trump. Who cares? I still maintain that :

    1) he is the best chance to STOP HILLARY

    2) if the Republicans do not get behind this guy they are going to not only self-destruct BUT are going to make a gift of the presidency to Chillary ! (BTW if you want me to, I’m sure that I could supply links to many articles which attest to Trump’s HUGE popularity too ! ]

    @Philip you’re absolutely correct that I blew it on the title and it IS in fact “CRIPPLED AMERICA : How to Make America Great Again”. But apart from that admission, frankly the “satire’ in your post is absolutely lost on me ( and meaningless).

    LOL to me its as if it came from “the fount of ignorance” Einstein.

  • “@Donald R. McLarey – RE : “…No, I have not read Trump’s book…” [hmmmm somehow that is pretty much what I expected that you might say.]”

    It’s not his book. It’s a book he paid someone else to write.

    “In other words, kind of like I suggested in the first post, -you seem to be just another pontificating American with a big OPINION even with nothing much to really base it on, outside of news reporting by an often hostile and usually “liberal” news media.”

    Nope, its an opinion gleaned from close observation of what Trump has actually said.

    “one link to The New York Daily News”

    Yes, to demonstrate that Trump did not write the book that you are so taken with. The other links also demonstrated Trump’s use of ghost writers on other books and articles he allegedly wrote.

    “BUT Trump is the best bet to stop Hillary. In my opinion.”

    He might well accomplish that, as I have written:


    The problem of course is that Trump is just as unfit for the office of President as Clinton is. Trump is a fairly conventional New York liberal. Right now he is gulling foolish conservatives to support him even though his history indicates where his political loyalties lie.

    He is largely ignorant in regard to public policy as his speeches and pathetic debate performances amply demonstrate, and if elected would govern by instinct, and his instincts are on the left. I have seen many an idiotic political movement in my time, but the Trump Cult among some conservatives is the most delusional that I have witnessed.

  • Everybody has an OPINION Mr. McLarey.

    I just don’t always share the same ones as you do… but don’t be angry. It’s really nothing personal at all.

    The fact is that I disagree with your curt dismissal of DONALD TRUMP’S book and I do not estimate that your opinion is really all that valid since admittedly it is largely gleaned from press coverage [ from “what Trump has actually said…” – oh I get it – you mean those EDITED SOUNDBITES BY THE LIBERAL MEDIA ESTABLISHMENT ! ! ! ]

    AND you have not even bothered to read HIS book !

  • RE : “… Right now he is gulling foolish conservatives to support him even though his history indicates where his political loyalties lie…” (Really?? “foolish conservatives..”??? oh great and powerful thinker – just exactly WHO do you propose to vote for then….HILLARY??


    blah blah blah

    STOP HILLARY ! ! !



    It is one thing to wish to stop Hillary and recognize that Trump is a miserable lesser evil choice. I can understand that, as I have stated several times on this blog, even if I do not agree with it. It is another thing to be a delusional cultist who can’t accept that his idiot cult leader does not write the books that appear in his name.

    Oh, and by the way, writing in caps does not make your arguments more convincing, but merely makes you look crazy:


  • Donald Smock.

    Sorry you were “lost on the satire.”

    Here’s a clue.
    Press conference following a recent primary..?
    Pitch the products….?
    Look at my catalogue…?

    Trump is con man.
    A confidence man.
    Enjoy your choice Donald.
    Buy the package deal. Don’t choke on the steaks.

  • blah blah blah

  • The Breastplate of Saint Patrick

    I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.

    I arise today through the strength of Christ with His Baptism,
    through the strength of His Crucifixion with His Burial,
    through the strength of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
    through the strength of His descent for the Judgment of Doom.

    I arise today through the strength of the love of Cherubim
    in obedience of Angels, in the service of the Archangels,
    in hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
    in prayers of Patriarchs, in predictions of Prophets,
    in preachings of Apostles, in faiths of Confessors,
    in innocence of Holy Virgins, in deeds of righteous men.

    I arise today, through the strength of Heaven:
    light of Sun, brilliance of Moon, splendour of Fire,
    speed of Lightning, swiftness of Wind, depth of Sea,
    stability of Earth, firmness of Rock.

    I arise today, through God’s strength to pilot me:
    God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
    God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
    God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,
    God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
    God’s host to secure me:
    against snares of devils, against temptations of vices,
    against inclinations of nature, against everyone who
    shall wish me ill, afar and anear, alone and in a crowd.

    I summon today all these powers between me (and these evils):
    against every cruel and merciless power that may oppose my body and my soul, against incantations of false prophets,
    against black laws of heathenry,
    against false laws of heretics, against craft of idolatry,
    against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
    against every knowledge that endangers man’s body and soul.
    Christ to protect me today
    against poison, against burning,
    against drowning, against wounding,
    so that there may come abundance of reward.

    Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
    Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
    Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
    Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height,
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
    Christ in every eye that sees me,
    Christ in every ear that hears me.

    I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, through belief in the Threeness, through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
    Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of the Lord. Salvation is of Christ. May Thy Salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.

  • blah blah blah

    Such a weighty response, Mr. Smock. But since you can’t be bothered to address anything said to you with anything other than scorn, we won’t trouble you with the burden of future replies.

  • to Ernst Schreiber: And that’s what makes them schmucks.

  • I would venture to guess the schmucks return your disdain.
    Which is unfortunate for you, since they appear to comprise a larger share of the electorate than does whatever you define as not-schmucks.
    Unfortunate for me to, but I at least have the consolation of knowing it isn’t personal.

  • In 1980 voters had enough common sense to recognize what the problems were and chose someone capable of addressing them. In 2016 voters have become so susceptible to emotional, rather than fact based appeals, that they think with their cravings rather than their heads. When it turns out that none of the current candidates can give them all they desire, there will be hell to pay. The country and the people have gone so far down the road to perdition, there is little hope of a turn to moral values. While Mr. Smock is properly decrying the conditions today, he might be well informed as to history and causes to get a better perspective as to why we are where we are now.

  • Christianity is a Monarchy. God has no political association with democracy. God is King and absolute master of all. You may have an opinion because God is merciful, but you have no choice if you call yourself Christian and hope in your heart to be with God for eternity. I wish there were no political flags in Church. To have a national political flag in Church is to deny God’s supreme Kingdom over all the earth and all that exists. I pray for God to forgive us in our simple and childish political zeal. Only our zeal for God has valid worth.

  • @Donald Link

    If we would only have a Republican candidate running for office like we had then. Pipe dreams only on this cycle I’m afraid.

    Sure seems that the temperature is increasing regarding our political climate change.
    Keeping close to God is an oasis as things heat up.

    As you mentioned. This is not an overnight dilemma. We’ve been on this road for sometime now.

  • Peashooter, confusing religion with politics is as disastrous as confusing politics with religion. Christ is King, but He gives us no instructions on tax rates, the welfare state, defense policy, foreign relations, pollution regulations and a million and one matters that must be resolved through politics.

  • D McC..As I said; I am a Monarchist, God, and, only God, is my King. God has given us EVERYTHING we need because God is God. All things “political” clearly fell under my previous statement. I tolerate the secular state until judgment permanently destroys it, but I recognize only God the King. The secular state is all but irrelevant in my life. What time do you have to spare on such redundant worldly arguments? Especially when you do not know the time nor hour of your death? I rather spend this God created time worshiping God and serving the poor as God himself directed. I obey my King, not children playing with time as if it were theirs. I will pray for you.

  • “The secular state is all but irrelevant in my life.”

    That is false, especially if you have kids.

    “I tolerate the secular state until judgment permanently destroys it, but I recognize only God the King.”

    As Christ said, His kingdom is not of this world, and it is simply untrue that Christians are absolved from any responsibilities in regard to how the polities in which they live are governed or misgoverned.

    “What time do you have to spare on such redundant worldly arguments? Especially when you do not know the time nor hour of your death?”

    God gives us our lives to strive to do good in this world, and that often involves questions that have to do with politics. For example, should nuns be forced to pay for contraceptive coverage? Does a child in the womb have a right to life? Muat the State respect the seal of the confessional?

    “I rather spend this God created time worshiping God and serving the poor as God himself directed.”

    Your right to worship God as you choose and to help the poor as you choose, are both the products of political outcomes.

    “I obey my King, not children playing with time as if it were theirs.”

    Did God tell you to be smug and arrogant? That is certainly how you come off.

    “I will pray for you.”


  • Once again, people keep flocking to either of two extremes — either “politics is the ONLY thing that matters” or “politics doesn’t matter at all.” The secular state is not “irrelevant” and Christians do have a responsibility to do the best they can to affect political outcomes. However, that does not mean it’s “the end of the world” if they fail.

    I am not as indifferent as Peashooter — I took the time to vote in the IL Republican primary for someone other than Trump (not gonna say who because I don’t want to sidetrack this thread) — and I do dread the prospect of either a Trump or Hillary presidency. I personally think these candidacies are manifestations of divine chastisement in the form of bad leadership (a topic I’ve discussed before). That said, we should remind ourselves frequently that the Church has survived and even thrived under far worse conditions than these.

  • I rather spend this God created time worshiping God and serving the poor as God himself directed.

    Or I guess writing comments on a blog haranguing others for their interests.

  • True Elaine, and often time such worse conditions could have been avoided or ameliorated if Catholics had been wiser in their political actions.

  • http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/march-web-only/theology-of-donald-trump.html?start=1

    This is from Christianity Today– “On the theology of Donald Trump” and his appeal to evangelicals

  • We cannot let Hilary appoint Supreme Court justices. A vote for her is a vote to extend abortion and gender bending to say nothing of direct attack on religious rights. Bottom line is Trump is relevant only if he gets the nomination. At that point he becomes critical.

    A registered New Deal Democrat since 1960.

  • No one can solve the situation in our nation or in the world. Prayer and fasting is the solution Our Lady gave to us, all else will fail, words, waste of time because we live in an imperfect world and without the help of God and prayer we are all doomed to the same mistakes and problems mankind has faced since the beginning of time and government. There is nothing new under the sun, just the same sins, problems and sufferings. Now the problem is worst because there are more human beings in the world, hence a bigger problem.

  • “Now the problems are worse because their are more human beings in the world, hence a bigger problem.” -jf

    I disagree.

    If the human beings in this world were people of prayer and fasting, I believe the problems wouldn’t be as bad as they are. It’s because people have decided to worship themselves and focus on their own glorification that things have become so dark in this world.
    Abortion on demand, homosexuality as acceptable form of lifestyle and promiscuous behaviors that are NOT challenged by society are indicators that prayer and fasting have declined in recent decades. God loves us, but our free will choices can prevent graces that could help our world. How many babies have been killed that otherwise might have played important roles in solutions to many problems we face today?

  • I deleted your last comment Peashooter. You merely repeated yourself and you did not respond to any of the responses to what you had already posted.

  • Oh, I am so disappointed.
    One would have thought there would be Catholics here to answer. All I read is bitter Sinicism, with an emphasis on sin. If voting is your passion, take from each candidate what is good as the Lord God would have said. Discard the rest. Make your measurements there, among the good.
    I don’t believe cynicism is within Gods intended vocabulary for us. I am passionate about the greatest of kings, creator of all things seen and unseen. My desire is merely to obey my master forever, not quibble uncharitably over secular things such as some democratic processes boiling as a witch’s caldron of seething with animosity. Obeying is much easier and far less self centered. Christ Centered, that is the meaning of life! All else is an illusion designed to destroy us. I beg you, think of your King!

  • Ok, let’s say I want to obey.
    Now what?
    You know me so well, Peashooter, how have I disobeyed? When have I not thought of the King?

  • [When have I not thought of the King?]

    I am smiling!

    Hosanna in the Highest!

  • Well you do a find job of exalting yourself. What did the King say about that…
    To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
    13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
    14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

  • I’m thinking of Christ our King when I do all I can to teach the young women I work with the importance and sacredness of Life. These are women who have considered abortion for themselves, for family and friends.

    To be political, to be a friend of the King, you get yourself involved in saving souls from making disastrous mistakes. Mistakes that could kill lives.

    To be indifferent to political injustice, is what then? A friend of God?
    Peashooter. You might have a false King you adore. Ground check your conscience.
    Seek a good spiritual director.
    Come to serve the King.
    The King of Mercy.
    The Son of God.

  • Zacchaeus and Saint Matthew the tax collectors! If I could be so righteous! But I am just another sinner, full of pride and arrogance. I must keep my eye on the Lord with your help and the help of Saint Joseph of Cupertino I will!

  • Peashooter you say it, but you don’t believe it. You make a mockery of the words with your hollow excuses. If you admit that the last shall be first, then your efforts to place yourself last is just the same old usual effort to be first. You are the other side of the same pharisee coin. But don’t worry, you have received your reward as you pray loudly to be seen by others. By all means, please continue the show.

  • I will pray for you and I will pray that you will have more posters.
    Christianity is a Monarchy not a democracy. Democracy is secular.
    You cannot save yourself, much less the world. Noble as your effort may be, it begets vitriol and furthermore you know this. Do this YES! But with mercy I beg you.

  • http://www.lifenews.com/2016/03/21/woman-breaks-down-in-tears-saying-regrets-aborting-her-baby-to-get-a-nose-job/


    This is the battlefield.
    Are You your brothers keeper?
    You can not be stagnant and claim victory with God. You cannot.
    Abortion. Pornography. Materialism.
    See the political landscape and engage it.

  • Last point.

    I couldn’t bare the thought of being in front of Almighty God and His throne and then trying to explain away the reasons I walked by the beaten up bleeding man who was left for dead. He was robbed and laying in a pool of his own blood. Did I stop to bind his wounds?
    Did I take him to a Inn so he could recover?
    Did I do anything for him, or just walk past him?

    We only have a few years on earth.

    Make yours a brilliant testimony of the Love that is God. The Samaritans were considered to be the outcasts of society. The low-lifes.
    Yet the lowlife shined brighter and more brilliant than the priest that walked past the injured man.

PopeWatch: Hans Kung

Saturday, March 12, AD 2016



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


Famous Swiss theologian Hans Küng has reportedly sent a letter to Pope Francis, asking him to reconsider the Church’s stance on the Resurrection of Christ.

Speaking to the media this morning from his office in Germany, Kung told reporters that he hoped that “one of the most open-minded” popes in his lifetime would publically declare that the Resurrection did not take place, urging the Pope to also reconsider the Church’s stances on such issues as papal infallibility, the celibacy of priests, and euthanasia.

Speaking to EOTT about the future of the Church, Küng said that the Church needed to reform its outdated thinking before [the Church] became extinct.

“Centuries have passed and as society has continued to evolve, the Church remains stuck in the past,” Küng said. “If the Church is to survive, it is imperative that the hierarchy begins to acknowledge that such issues such as papal infallibility and the resurrection are archaic dogmas. This is just the first step, mind you. Once this is acknowledged, we must reconsider the idea of there being a god. Only then, when the antiquated idea of a higher being that created the universe becomes obsolete in the mind of the Church, then and only then, can we move on from us thinking we are in need of a Church as a voice of a god that does not even exist.”

When asked when he had changed his views on the existence of God, Küng said that, “When I have used the word God in the past, I was simply speaking of myself.”

“One cannot say that God is dead, because I am clearly still alive. I am God. And so are you. Everyone is a little God, and when we speak about a resurrection, we must speak of it only in so far as we are all little Gods that rise in the morning to rule over our own little worlds.”

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  • If the Pope did say there was no papal or magisterial infallibility, would that be an infallible statement?

  • Hans Kung has reached the nadir of his career. Not only rejecting the Resurrection of Christ, the most important event the Christian faith is based on, but now claiming to be god. He needs our prayers as he draws near the end of his physical life.

PopeWatch: Hair Today

Saturday, March 5, AD 2016

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Future National Catholic Register Post: The Pope on Satan: Nine Things to Know and Share

Sunday, February 21, AD 2016




November 15, 2016


A furor has arisen regarding the Pope’s comment in an interview in his flight back to Rome that “Satan got a raw deal from God.”  Here are nine things to know and share:

  1. It is possible that a mistranslation occurred.  The colloquial Italian phrase that the Pope used for raw deal can also be understood to mean “distasteful deal”.
  2. The Holy Father may have been speaking humorously.  When Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman was asked about this, he merely smiled, shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
  3. If the Pope was speaking seriously, perhaps he was intending to convey how Satan was looking at the situation.  Do not most sinners think they get a raw deal? Viewed from that vantage point, the Pope’s statement was correct, albeit incomplete.
  4. We must recall that this is the Year of Mercy and perhaps the Holy Father was attempting to say that God’s mercy extends even to Satan.
  5. The Vatican has denied that this statement constituted an all is forgiven message from the Pope to the Prince of Darkness
  6. This is not a reversal of the traditional teaching of the Church regarding Satan.  At most it is a minor development that the Pope may, or may not, expand upon.
  7. This statement was not made ex cathedra, but it must be treated with respect as Catholics must treat all statements of the Pope with respect.
  8. Islamic jihadists who are now calling Catholics devil worshipers are completely misinterpreting what the Pope said.
  9. I am not paid enough for doing this.



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17 Responses to Future National Catholic Register Post: The Pope on Satan: Nine Things to Know and Share

  • I dunno Don…you might have a bright future with NCR. You and the likes of Mr. Shea, a progressive new age quasi Catholic perspective! Go get the big bucks Donald! 🙂

  • Nine Things to Know and Share? With this pontificate it’s more like Nine Things to Grin and Bear!

  • The air crew on the pontifical flights should check the cabin pressure as it seems the Pope is not getting enough oxygen. If it is okay, then I humbly suggest a hefty dose of dramamine so that PF can sleep his way back to Vatican City.

  • And, as I am sure you know, Don, everyone in jail is innocent. 😉

  • They’re in jail because their damned lawyers screwed them over.

  • “They’re in jail because their damned lawyers screwed them over.”

    True. If their attorney wins the case, it was no great feat because they were innocent. If he loses the case it can only be because he was incompetent, corrupt, etc. Just ask any prisoner!

  • . Speaking of which, check Reuters tonight on the Pope calling for a worldwide ban on the death penalty. Here is one morsel: ” “The commandment “You shall not kill,” has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty,”
    Apparently his Bible doesn’t have the rest of the Pentateuch in which there are over 33 death penalties to the Jews from the same God who gave the fifth commandment….nor does his Bible have Gen.9:5-6 or Romans 13:4 which apply to gentiles and Jews at the governmental level. I like his heart…his mind is in chaos in certain areas of reality. He just left non death penalty Mexico whose murder rate is twenty times that of largely death penalty East Asia by UN figures.

  • Meanwhile, his frequent comments about the devil being real and being our enemy are one of the few areas where Pope Francis sometimes sounds more traditional than Pope Benedict.

    That said, there was a call on Fr Z’s blog for a nine hour novena to be prayed whenever Pope Francis gets on a plane with reporters. 😉

  • Bill, The Pope’s Bible seemingly is missing the part of Genesis wherein God commands that he who sheds man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed. Because man is made in God’s image.

  • T. Shaw,
    Yes…that’s Gen.9:5-6 which I mentioned and which a Cardinal quoted in the catechism in ccc #2260 in what I suspect was an effort to counter ccc #2267 by perhaps another Cardinal which says prisons suffice for protection now….a delusion refuted by Mexico, the second largest Catholic population.

  • It understandable why the Pope is devil friendly; they work together.

  • Fantastic.
    Nine things to share reminded me Jimmy Akin. He is trying his best these days.

  • This is not satire-this is dialogue with the devil: Cardinal Ravasi calls for Dialogue with Freemasonry . . .Cari Fratelli Massoni. Thier patron, the Light Bearer, Lucifer

  • November 15, 2016, why is this dated as printed?

  • It’s a future National Catholic Register Post.

  • “And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given to him to do two and forty months.” That would put it at September, 2016. Maybe we will have another pope by November.

2 Responses to Hey! The End of the World is Today!

  • The end of the world?

    Heard all over America; “I just tore up my tax returns….and I changed my underwear Mom, wherever you are.”

  • End of the world… yesterday?

    Rats. I missed it.
    Have to wait until Hellery enters office.
    Truly the end of the civilized world will commence if she wins.

PopeWatch: Pope Michael

Saturday, February 13, AD 2016



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



The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit Kansas in July to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Pope Michael’s election to the papacy, just months before visiting Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

During the July 16th trip to Kansas, Francis will take part in a joint prayer service with the conclavist community, the Vatican reported earlier this week.

Word of the visit to Kansas was reported Monday, after Francis learned that Michael would not be able to make it to Rome for what the Vatican was calling, “Remorsapalooza.”

The announcement was made during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, where Francis asked forgiveness “for the sins of our divisions that were, one hundred percent of the time, caused by the Church.”

“It’s all our fault,” Francis told leaders from the Protestant, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, and atheist communities. “To the Muslim community, I ask forgiveness for beginning the crusades. To our protestant brethren, we ask forgiveness for everything we did to cause the Reformation. And we ask forgiveness to our Jewish brethren for everything that happened to your community in consequence of the crucifixion. Definitely our fault.”

Francis went on to admit that every bad thing that had ever happened in the history of man, even those that took place before Christianity “was the fault of the Catholic Church,” before going on to lash himself for the Church’s sins for nearly three hours.

“We cannot erase what happened before, but we do not want to allow the weight of past wounds to continue to contaminate our relations,” Francis said at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. “Therefore, I offer St. Paul Outside the Walls to Pope Michael and all the tens of people that he shepherds.”


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  • Vatican insiders whisper to each other, that Francis fooled them all by keeping his fingers crossed during the entire apology. it’s an old Jesuit training trick.

Larry D Summarizes His Experiences at Patheos

Wednesday, February 3, AD 2016

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Larry D, who blogs at Acts of the Apostasy, one of the most intentionally funny Catholic websites not named Eye of the Tiber, summarizes in Trek Speak his parting of the ways with Patheos, or, as he calls it, The Blorg.  Go here to read all about it.  When it comes to Patheos, Catholic bloggers need the spirit of Commander Eddington:

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Bear Growls: Pope and Bears

Sunday, January 31, AD 2016


Bear Blogging


Our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear looks at papal interaction with a “bear”:


According to this report from Eye of the Tiber, Pope Francis granted a private audience with the celebrity Bear from the motion picture, “The Revenant.” Many have written to the Bear asking for a statement.

First of all, this so-called “Bear” is fake. That’s right. According to Variety, the bear is CGI.

The Bear wishes to make it perfectly clear that he is not bothered by some fake bear being a celebrity, while the Bear labors in obscurity. At least he knows he’s the real thing. Does Pope Emeritus Benedict’s coat of arms have some anonymous, fake, CGI bear on them? No. They unmistakably have St. Corbinian’s Bear, complete with pack. So, now who’s famous, Mr. Fake CGI imaginary bear?

So what to make of the Pope’s pitiful propaganda effort to convince the world that he is on good terms with Bears? Clearly, the Bear has gotten under his skin. He knows the growing popularity of the Bear is a threat to his Jesuitical plots. So His Holiness is trying to neutralize the Bear.

Here is the truth. The only Bears that are behind the Pope are South American Spectacled Bears, and Polar Bears, who are working the global warming scam for all its worth by swimming out to tiny ice features and hoping somebody takes their picture.

My friends, long after this so-called “bear” has been buried in the graveyard of forgotten CGI animals,  like that tiger from Life of Pi, or the 50 rampaging mammoths from 10,000 B.C., the Bear will still be writing his ephemeris, growing his audience, scrutinizing the Vatican like Bernardo Gui on methylphenidate. If a freelance Bear inquisitor high on speed doesn’t scare you, nothing will.

There’s only one place to find the real Bear. It’s right here, friends. Thank you for your continued support.

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  • Of course, CGI bears are fake! They don’t even s@&t in the woods! And what real bear doesn’t like to leave something soft and warm for nature loving hikers, especially those who left wing loons who perpetuate the global warming (I mean Climate Change) scam, to step in?

  • Nice picture, but it is of a mere black bear. The Bear is a magnificent brown bear, ursus arctos. But still, funny. Having seen the bear movie now, it is like if Luke Skywalker had been killed by Imperial Stormtroopers ten minutes in followed by three hours of watching Jawas scavenging junk. The famous bear fight was highly contrived and it was clear that the writers were determined to have Leonardo di Caprio survive for some reason. Bear did not get it at all, and snored through much of it after the main character was killed off. Not worth having to sit through trailers for Michael Moore’s new movie and some “let’s kill all the evil Confederates” feel good movie with Matthew McConaughey.

The Creed as Currently Understood

Sunday, December 20, AD 2015


Elliot Bougis at FideCogitActio has drafted a new Creed for the Age of Francis:


The Nicercene Creed

I [want to] believe in one God,
the Father [pretty much] almighty,
[evolutionary] maker of heaven and earth,
of [I guess] all things visible and invisible.

I [recognize that Christians prefer to] believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the [not necessarily] Only Begotten Son of God,
born [of the early Christian consciousness] of the Father before all ages.
God [or guru] from God, Light [or role model] from Light,
true God [among others] from true God,
begotten, not [entirely] made [up], [perhaps] consubstantial with the Father;
through him [or her] all things were made [unless you find that problematic].
For us men [and women and pets and rain forests] and for our salvation [or mere consideration]
he [claimed that he] came down from heaven,
and by [what we’ll generously agree to call] the Holy Spirit was incarnate [in Christian discourse] of the [putatively] Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was [allegedly] crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death [as befits any false Jewish prophet] and was buried,
and [according to Christians, at least,] rose again on the third day
in accordance with the [passages of the] Scriptures [that don’t offend Jews].
He [was memorialized as having] ascended into heaven
and is [best depicted in classical art as being] seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory [as the long-expected Jewish Messiah and in Muhammad’s train]
to [non-judgmentally] judge the living and the dead [who are already in Heaven if they were good at their own religion or even irreligion]
and his kingdom [among multiple other kingdoms] will [most likely] have no end.

[Oh, yeah, and] I believe in the Holy Spirit, the [Christian] Lord, the giver of life [and of circumcision],
who proceeds from [what Christians refer to as] the [“]Father[“] and the [“]Son[“],
who with [or perhaps without] the [“]Father[“] and the [“]Son[“] is adored and glorified [solely by Christians],
who has spoken [of a still-promised Jewish Messiah] through the [interreligiously sanitized] prophets.

I [am, I guess, willing to] believe in [at least] one, [generally] holy, catholic [but not Roman Catholic] and apostolic [but not anti-Judaic] Church.
I [don’t mind if others] confess one Baptism [or circumcision or lifetime of pagan piety] for the forgiveness of sins [if such there be]
and I look forward to the resurrection [or at least recollection] of the dead
and the life[style] of the [religiously pluralistic] world to come.

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  • Indeed.

    The Bear was thinking how much of Catholicism is up in the air after just a couple of years of Pope Francis. And not just minor stuff. So much that we had known, it seems, forever, is now a mystery. Is at least a passing acquaintance with Jesus Christ still necessary for salvation? Does anyone go to Hell? Are our personal sins taken care of by mercy or by confession, and, if the latter, what is all this business about mercy? Isn’t the sacrament of penance mercy? Is Jesus Christ actually there under the appearance of bread and wine, or is it just “a little bread and wine do no harm?” when a divorced and remarried Catholic wants to take communion. Are Lutherans welcome to receive communion? Anyone, so long as it’s okay in the inner forum of their conscience?

    Pope Francis hasn’t tinkered with doctrine like an ordinary humble reformer who realizes everyone else has always had everything wrong. Pope Francis drains the meaning from all doctrine and replaces it with whatever WWJD experience he is having the moment he steps in front of a microphone.

  • Considering what the Bear wrote, I think Pope Francis is mentally diseased. This Creed up above is what liberals believe and liberalism is a mental disease and Pope Francis is a liberal.

  • Some once told me that an orthodox person must believe in 10 of the 12 articles in the Apostles Creed.

    Now I think it is down to 8 or 9.

  • One recalls Mgr Ronald Knox
    “When suave Politeness, temp’ring bigot Zeal,
    Corrected, ‘ I believe,’ to ‘One does feel.’”
    Not to mention,
    “Gifted as if with Tongues, were there but wit
    Among his Audience to interpret it…”

  • The Bear is correct. And it would not be overstating it to say Pope Francis is the biggest Black Sheep in Church history or perhaps any history. Millions are being led astray.

  • God bless Ronald Knox- just reading another book of his- “the Hidden Stream” I hope he is praying for us.

  • You know, seriously, it makes it harder to lead RCIA right now. Our job is to teach/ discuss what the Catholic Church teaches. Our thoughtful catechumens have lots of questions.

  • For what is man if he does not have a creed to believe in. We all have them and some of us believe that the only true creed is that which is contained within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Thanks Be To God. A man without a creed is just a shell. Even “self” is a creed for the narcissists.

  • It is this sort of thing that makes it impossible to satire a website calling itself “The American Catholic”.

  • Howard, not writing in non sequiturs constantly would save you so much time when you are fumblingly attempting to make a point.

  • 🙂 Howard and Donald Those of us who struggle against writing non sequiturs know that it is only a non sequitur to the reader because we have failed to explain our mental sequitur!
    Merry Christmas to all my friends at TAC. What a wonderful gathering place for thought provoking conversation. God bless us everyone.

  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Anzlyne!

  • Donald R. McClarey: Get some real education before you try using Latin words. My response was to this statement: “Ah, to live in a pontificate where satire has a difficult time keeping up with headlines!” You are just some jackass with a blog; just one of millions of jackasses with blogs and all the wit of a fifth-grader. You claim to have a J.D., so it is no great surprise you are a jackass, but your claim to be Catholic is FAR more dubious. This little piece of crap you have written does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING GOOD. Are there problems in the Church? Yes. Did Pope Francis create these? Not the ones you’re complaining about. Just because you have access to a computer does not elevate your throne above that of the Pope; to put it in plain Anglo-Saxon, you are still the same little shit you were at age 10. All you are doing is making waves in the hope that others on the short bus will egg you on. They already have; your pride is appeased.

    I do not like to use language like this, but it is the only hope of penetrating the thick crust of pompous self-righteousness you have grown around yourself.

  • over and over, small minds attack the Holy Father. they seem absolutely incapable of considering that it might be their own ignorance ore pride that prevents them from accepting the Holy Father’s guidance.

  • “Accept the Holy Father’s guidance”??????
    This Occupier of the Seat of St Peter:
    Has displayed on St Peter’s Basilica a pagan animalistic light shown of blasphemous proportion
    Has appointed every godless liberal pervert he can to the episcopacy.
    Tried to get communion for adulterers sanctified at the recent Synod on the Family.
    Issued an encyclical touting the false gospel of global warming and the advocacy of a socialist world structure.
    Taken advice and direction from homosexual sodomite activists while demeaning, deriding and ridiculing orthodox traditionalists.
    This Argentinian Peronist Marxist is to the Catholic Faith what that Occupier of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is to the United States of America. I have never been so disgusted, so ashamed, so infuriated in all my life. To see both my Church and my Country go down the tubes of godless freaking liberal progressivism is intolerable. I oppose it, and however weak and pitiful my feeble efforts may be, I will fight against it till I die. No to this Pope and no to this President.

  • Howard, thank you for demonstrating the utility of banning trolls from this blog. Trolls are usually merely filled with ire and have nothing to contribute but spittle and insults. Once upon a time you made a few interesting comments on this blog. However, the personal antipathy you seem to possess for me, someone you have never met, has reduced you to trolldom. We will soldier on without you.

  • uh, just for the record, the Bear can satirize anything, including this blog. “March 22 — Braxton Bragg’s Birthday…” The Bear could go on, but fears someone would take it seriously and become offended 😉

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PopeWatch: Screen Saver

Saturday, December 12, AD 2015



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


An illuminated projection of the Microsoft Office Bubbles theme onto the facade of St. Peter’s on Tuesday evening drew large crowds as the new basilica screen saver appeared, notifying the faithful that the basilica had not been in use for 10 minutes.

The decision to use the new screensaver was made by Senior Vatican Security official Claudio Aquila who said that it was the Vatican’s duty to protect St. Peter’s from terrorists attempting to infiltrate the basilica.

“We can no longer trust that simple security measure such as more guards will keep the basilica safe,” Aquila told EOTT this morning. “Now, even if a terrorist somehow gets through security, they will not be able to enter the church without first entering a password.”

Critics say that the new measures are bothersome, especially since security officials are mandating that all employees of the Vatican change their password every first Friday of the month.

“Just this morning I left work for just fifteen to get an espresso, and when I got back, it was locked,” said one opponent of the new screensaver. “I had forgotten the password, so I was forced to sit there for ten minutes guessing it. In the end, I had to call technical support to help me reset my personal passcode. I changed it to Screw_the///environment79. Please don’t publish that.”

At press time, Vatican officials are toying with changing the bubbles screensaver with that cool one with the bungalow on the water somewhere in Bali where you wish you were, but can’t because your job pays you crap.

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2 Responses to PopeWatch: Screen Saver

  • I suspect this same technique was used by Michelangelo to flash his paint-by-the-number images on the Sistine Chapel. If you look very carefully, you can find the Microsoft logo in the portals of Hades right next to Waldo.

  • Don L.

    Thanks for the chuckle. Great line!
    “…you can find the Microsoft logo in the portals of Hades right next to Waldo.”
    My coffee tastes better now!

PopeWatch: Sheep Dip

Saturday, November 14, AD 2015



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

A new terrorist video put out today by Starbucks shows the latest batch of Christmas killers being trained by the terror group called “Barista.”

The 9-minute propaganda video released by Starbucks shows masked trainees wielding non-festive red cups and making inflammatory remarks such as “Happy Holidays” in an unknown location in Seattle, Washington.

The chilling video of green-clad barista terrorists standing behind a counter serving paying hostages moments before serving them Gingerbread Lattes in red cups with no mention of Christmas on them is being called one of the most terrifying images of our times.

In the video, the barista terrorists are seen smiling as they clearly undermine the saving power of Christ. The paying hostages are forced to pay for lattes and frappuccinos as a tattooed barista announces, “Thank you…have a great day,” without once mentioning Christmas. The paying hostages, who apparently chose to become hostages, are then given a chilling smile before each is forced to wait for their drink to arrive. The 9 minute-long propaganda video goes on to show terrified hostages receiving their drinks in little red cups that neither mention Christmas or Holidays.

In another part of the video, a barista is heard asking whether the hostage would like a receipt, instead of reciting the Nativity narrative from the Bible word-for-word to the hostage as is done in more civilized parts of the world.

“This is perhaps one of the most sickening videos I’ve ever seen,” said Christian pastor Thomas Hayes who was once a hostage himself. “I believe these barista terrorists are trying to send a clear message: “If you’re going to enjoy a warm latte on a cold winter evening, you’re going to have to convert to corporate paganism.”

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4 Responses to PopeWatch: Sheep Dip

  • Maybe if we changed our public greetings from “Merry Christmas,” to “Have a blessed Christmas” it’ll really blow their secular souls? But, then they’ll start serving their coffee more honestly in black cups with flashing red flames on the sides.

  • yup Popewatch- the price of the offending coffee should be given to the poor. “Happy Holidays” indeed. Next you know they will have their barista serving coffee wearing one of those secular Santa elf hats– looks very Phrygian

  • Pope Francis got the message right away. It was all about the coffee; the birth of Christ is beside the point.

  • Holy Scripture, Batman! At Mass this morning, a lay person read a statement setting forth the Christmas season Social Justice War strategy. She read that Jesus said (something to the effect that) as long as some have more than others . . .
    Providentially, I was able to stifle my typical utterance, “Where the Hell did she get that?”

PopeWatch: Beanie Babies

Saturday, November 7, AD 2015



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


The Vatican’s leaks scandal intensified Tuesday after a book detailing the millions of euros Vatican officials used to purchase Beanie Babies and in-app Clash of Clans upgrades was published.

Although “Merchants in the Temple,” by journalist Roberto Nuzzi is due out Thursday, EOTT was able to obtain an advance copy. Its publication comes just days after the Vatican announced the arrests of two high-ranking officials who reportedly spent close to € 157,000 on pogs.

The arrests of the Vatican officials marks a new chapter in what many are calling “Vatileaks,” which began in 2012 and peaked with the conviction of Pope Benedict XVI’s butler on charges he spent upwards of 3.7 million euros on Super Soakers, Tickle Me Elmos, and Slap Bracelets.

After Benedict retired, Francis was elected with a mandate from his fellow cardinals to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and clean up its finances. He set out to create a commission of experts to gather information from all Vatican offices to see where the money was going.

“Holy Father…there is a complete absence of transparency in the bookkeeping both of the Holy See and the Governorate,” five auditors wrote Francis in 2013, according to Nuzzi’s book. “Costs are out of control and it is quite difficult to meet with anyone, due to the fact that many in the Vatican are often too busy playing Candy Crush.”

It goes on to mention that Vatican officials had spent all of 2014’s Peter’s Pence money in just over two months on Clash of Clans gem upgrades.

“Every day I walk the streets of Rome and see the homeless and other citizens of this city,” one anonymous Vatican official told EOTT. “Not on purpose…I mean I’m not trying to see them. I’d rather not see them, but since the homeless and other Romans are there walking, I am often forced to look up so I do not trip, but when I look up, I begin to lose in Clash of Clans. When I lose, I need to spend more money on the app. Since it is typically the fault of a drunk homeless man bumping into me on my way to work, then it should be the homeless man that pays for the in-app purchase. But they have no money, so I simply take it from Peter’s Pence. And like that, we are even. It all makes sense now?”

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PopeWatch: Futbol

Saturday, October 31, AD 2015



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


A source close to Pope Francis this week reported to the media that His Holiness met privately in Washington last week with Tom Brady, the quarterback in New England who defied an NFL order to not deflate balls and cheat during games.

Senior Vatican officials initially did not confirm that the meeting had occurred until Wednesday afternoon, though they refused to discuss any of the details.

Mr. Brady, the star quarterback in Foxborough, Massachusetts, has been at the center of a nationwide controversy over whether quarterbacks of private football franchises have a legal right to deflate footballs used during NFL games.

On Tuesday night, Brady’s lawyer, Benjamin D. Alexander, said that Mr. Brady was sneaked into the Vatican Embassy by car on Thursday afternoon. Francis gave Brady his rosary and told him to “stay strong,” the lawyer said. Brady met for about 15 minutes with the pope, who was accompanied by security guards and aides.

“I put my hand out and he reached and grabbed the football I was spinning in my hand, and I hugged him and he hugged me,” Brady said Wednesday in an interview with EOTT. “He thanked me for my courage, then began to deflate the football. We both started laughing and we high-fived.”

“I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Brady went on to say. “I’m kind of a big deal, so it was really humbling for him to think I would want to meet or know him. It made me feel good to do something like that for somebody who’s not as good looking as I am.”

For the most part, Francis avoided any inflammatory talk about NFL controversies during his U.S. trip, and early in his papacy even signaled a tolerant attitude about cheaters with his now famous comment, “Who am I to deflate?” In his final Mass in Philadelphia just hours before his departure back to Rome, Francis said that God is revealed through the “covenant of one man and one ball.”

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An E-Mail Going Around Catholic Theological Circles

Friday, October 30, AD 2015



Colleagues, it is time for us to take a stand.  It has come to our attention that some of our members have come under attack from a group of right-wing Catholics who have no academic credentials:  not a theological degree among them.  As far as we can tell, none of them are even college graduates.  They are all white (of course) and all male (of course).  Some of them have produced texts that have been used against our fellow Catholic academics, often resulting in cries of heresy being raised by people who share their narrow, blinkered view of Catholicism.  This is intolerable in the twenty-first century for brilliant scholars to be held to account by ignorant yahoos.  We therefore ask you to append your names to the attached open letter and e-mail it back to us for future publication.  United, we can prevail over this assault of anti-intellectualism masquerading as Catholicism!

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  • Time for the Schism?

    These self-inflated, egotistical buffoons would not know mercy if they experienced it!

  • 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself.

    Who does this Paul character think he is anyway?

    As for the letter, it is to laugh. Maureen Dowd writes about the Church all the time, where’s the letter citing her lack of a degree in theology?

  • It is amazing that this James Martin can condemn his critics for not having a theological degree when most the the disciples of Christ were themselves unlearned men.

  • “Colleagues, . . . . United, we can prevail over this assault of anti-intellectualism masquerading as Catholicism!”

    I can’t tell if that’s satire or not.

  • Credentials! I don’t need no stinking credentials.
    I can discern errata in post-modern heterodox opinions and rank speculations, which lack Scriptural or Magisterial bases.

  • Sounds like the result of bad potty training ,

  • Heresy is a serious charge. And if the shoe fits, you need to wear it.

    “Hater” on the other hand is an unserious charge. When Fr. Martin results to categories employed by Taylor Swift, he proves how lightly we should take his protests.

  • The opinions of theologians outside their own area of expertise, like those of scientists, are entitled to no particular respect.

    When they talk about the D, E, J and P sources in the Pentateuch, the priority of Mark, the authorship of the Pastorals or the Comma Johanneum, the speak as experts on topics where an non-expert’s opinion is worthless. But on political and ethical questions, their erudition gives them no special advantage.

    Indeed, it is remarkable how seldom they apply those talents that made them first-class palaeographers, textual critics or comparative philologists – assiduity and minute and painstaking accuracy – to questions that lie outside their own field.

  • “I agree with this letter[.] Heresy is a grave charge.”

    Unlike hate I suppose. Or suggesting Cardinal Burke is a schismatic, for that matter.

  • “When Fr. Martin results to categories employed by Taylor Swift, he proves how lightly we should take his protests.”

    Now I wish I had said that.

  • “Sounds like the result of bad potty training.”
    Hank, when I read that comment of yours, I laughed so hard
    I frightened the dog. As for Fr. Martin, perhaps he could
    remind us where St Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church,
    got her theology degree?

  • Michael P-S I love you like a rock but I’m sticking to my autodidact opinion on JDEP junque hypothesis. 🙂

  • Saint Tarcisius pray for us.

    “Anxious to view the Christian mysteries, the Mob turned upon young Tarcisius with fury,He went down under the blows and it is believed that a fellow Christian drove off the Mob to rescue the young acolyte.”

    The boy died on his way back to the catacombs.

    Why is this relevant?

    Because a boy of twelve in the third century had more respect and love for God and neighbor than many so-called learned men of theology of today. This boy paid the price with his life. Learn from him Fr. M.

  • What kind of commie leftist is this guy, Martin.
    When one smears his opponent one should do it right.
    Just defining one’s opponent as a hateful person isn’t enough.
    There is the racist, misogynistic, homophobic smear or the
    truther or birther or conspiracy theorist smear or returning
    to the evil bigoted ‘50s smear, or the climate change deniers
    smear. And the ultimate smear used by every fanatical
    commie leftist, the Nazi and KKK smear. This Jacobin is
    arguing to replace the truth with intellectualism.

    Was watching Raymond Arroyo this evening with Cardinal
    Wuerl who explained the synod’s approach to divorce and
    remarried Catholics. Of course the teachings of the Church
    will not change, nor will the statements made by God on the
    indissolubility of marriage. However, the approach to Catholics
    in difficult situations by the Church will be change. They
    must be brought to God’s love and mercy where a solution
    to their difficulties can be achieved (no mention of repentance)
    God’s love is free and for all. Everyone has a right to God’s love
    and mercy. Or in other words everyone has a right to the sacraments
    no matter the difficulties they may find themselves in. So Wuerl
    is saying a Catholic living in sin can receive Communion, because
    his has a right to God’s love and mercy. Yet somehow this will not
    alter the teachings of the Church.

  • The story goes as such.

    So the bridge fell into the river bed.

    The local peasants reported this to the capital.

    The Engineers in said “what do a bunch of peasants know” and made no effort to fix it.

    The local governor sent a protest to the capitol, You idiots, “a bunch of peasants” may not know how to rebuild it; but hey are perfectly qualified to say it is in the river”.

    Some of the blogger is question may not know how to put the truth kn proper academic form – but they certainly know enough to recognize heresy when they see or hear it.

  • What ?! from the letter signed by catholics and academics ” … We therefore urge all Catholics to reject these men: Simon (who is called Peter), his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; and Simon the Zealot. There is also a Saul who goes under the alias of Paul. Too many Catholics read what these men have written, and, ignorant of the latest Catholic … ”
    There’ s inclusiveness in the short piece for the above signers. ‘h’ is for humor, too.

  • Patricia.

    Good find!
    Thanks for the link. 🙂

  • “Heresy is a serious charge.”

    Yup, but it’s an even far more serious behavior.

  • Check out Ann Barnhardt on Fr. James Martin below. Pope Francis should defrock him immediately. Maybe someone will start a petition asking the Pope to take care of this.


  • Arrogant, haughty, conceited, elitist….. aka Liberal.

  • Poor, Ann. She is so meek.

  • “Poor, Ann. She is so meek.”

    There does come a point when even Christ “loses it” and cleans our the temple area of vermin.

  • Karl.

    Meek Ann, the “call ’em like you see ’em,” Catholic. As for me, I like her. Her distaste for fraudulent speakers of TRUTH is not a hindrance to her spirit, rather a complementary asset in this, a cloud of witnesses we call the body of Christ.
    Mercy is lost enabling the disordered soul.
    Clear teaching and abstinence from sinful actions is Mercy.

  • “Check out Ann Barnhardt on Fr. James Martin below. Pope Francis should defrock him immediately. Maybe someone will start a petition asking the Pope to take care of this.”


    Where has this woman been all my life?!? This is freaking awesome!

    It is best she not reveal where she lives–the LGBT Mafia would put a contract out on her.

  • That should read “Douthat.” Autocorrect strikes.

  • Thanks Phillip.
    I made a comment on Ross’s rebuttal:

    Michael Dowd Venicel

    Ross is right! It is common sense and not liberal academic mumbo-jumbo designed to obscure the truth. Of course, liberal academics unfortunately no longer can even recognize the truth. Pity.

  • “2 + 2 = 4.” Excuse me, but you cannot say that publicly unless you have at least an MA in Math. And not just an MA-you also have to be on the approved list of progressive mathematicians. Without doubt, whether or not you have a BA. MA, Or PhD in theology, you can know and understand heresy when you hear it and see it. Tell a believing Catholic sophomore at a truly Catholic university that “Jesus is not divine,” and they will know you are a heretic – even without completing a degree. Thomas Aquinas said that he who says fornication is not a sin is a heretic. These current “mercy bullies” who say Jesus got it wrong, St. Paul writing the inspired words of God got it wrong, and they – bless their hearts, flaunting degrees like a modern-day inquisition-have it right when they say “Go and sin on more” – these who call themselves “theologians” are heretics. Note: 1 Cor 6:9 includes “men who have sex with men”. Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas


    Thus, God forbids adultery both to men and women. Now, it must be known that, although some believe that adultery is a sin, yet they do not believe that simple fornication is a mortal sin. Against them stand the words of St. Paul: “For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” And: “Do not err: neither fornicators, . . . nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind shall possess the kingdom of God.”[12] But one is not excluded from the kingdom of God except by mortal sin; therefore, fornication is a mortal sin.

    But one might say that there is no reason why fornication should be a mortal sin, since the body of the wife is not given, as in adultery. I say,however, if the body of the wife is not given, nevertheless, there is given the body of Christ which was given to the husband when he was sanctified in Baptism. If, then, one must not betray his wife, with much more reason must he not be unfaithful to Christ: “Know you not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid!”[13] It is heretical to say that fornication is not a mortal sin.”

  • Guy McClung.

    Mercy bullies…spot on description!

    Hell is a fabrication of ancient writers… at least that’s what they must believe, these mercy bullies. If they only realized that the doctrine of hell is real, they might “straighten up and fly right.”

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  • An inside look at our theologians. Not pretty:


    But the money quote to counter Fr. Martin is near the beginning:

    “All believing Catholics who seek to understand what it is they believe are Catholic theologians, which means that Ross Douthat is a Catholic theologian.”

  • “Nooooobody expects the Theological Inquisition!!!”

  • Philip-And one of those “ancient writers” they are correcting happens to be . . .drum roll, angels bow, devils cringe, . . .God Himself!

  • Am I wrong in thinking that the U. S. bishops are mistaken in their interpreting of the motto they are using for supporting “comprehensive immigration reform” – Mt 25; 35? “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”

    See the following footnote in my Catholic bible, The New American Bible 1989-1990 Edition, from which the bishops’ quote comes from.

    “Mt. 25; 31-46 : The conclusion of the discourse, which is peculiar to Mt, portrays the final judgment that will accompany the parousia. Although often called a ‘parable,’ it is not really such, for the only parabolic elements are the depiction of the ‘Son of Man’ as ‘a shepherd’ and of ‘the righteous’ and the wicked as ‘sheep and goats’ respectively (32-33). The criterion of judgment will be the deeds of mercy that have been done for the ‘least of Jesus’ ‘brothers’ (40). A DIFFICULT AND IMPORTANT QUESTION IS THE IDENTIFICATION OF THESE ‘LEAST BROTHERS.’ ARE THEY ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUFFERED HUNGER, THIRST, ETC. (35,36) OR A PARTICULAR GROUP OF SUCH SUFFERERS? (my emphasis) Scholars are divided in their response and arguments can be made for either side. BUT leaving aside the problem of what the traditional material that Mathew edited may have meant, IT SEEMS THAT A STRONGER CASE CAN BE MADE FOR THE VIEW THAT IN THE EVANGELIST’S SENSE THE SUFFERS ARE CHRISTIANS; PROBABLY CHRISTIAN MISSIONARIES WHOSE SUFFERINGS WERE BROUGHT UPON THEM BY THEIR PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. THE CRITERION OF JUDGMENT FOR ‘ALL THE NATIONS’ IS THEIR TREATMENT OF THOSE WHO HAVE BORNE TO THE WORLD THE MESSAGE OF JESUS, AND THIS MEANS ULTIMATELY THEIR ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF JESUS HIM SELF; cf10, 40, ‘WHOEVER RECEIVES YOU, RECEIVES ME.'” (my emphasis. Phrases set off by ‘ marks were words italicized in the footnote.

    “Illegal aliens,” their legal name in the law, are not Christian missionaries coming to spread the word of God. How in the world could the bishops be so wrong in using that bible verse on this issue? And why?

    I think one of several other biblical supports for the footnote interpretation above besides the one given (Mt. 10, 40) is Lk. Chapter 10 – “The Mission of the Seventy-two.” Lk 10; 1: “After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. v4 Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. v5. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.” v6 If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. v7 Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you….” Jesus sent out 72 in pairs telling them to take no supplies with them, therefore depending on people in places Jesus sent them to, to show care for their coming to witness to them, care they give in response to God’s touching them.

  • I’m all in favor of feeding and clothing illegals until we deport them back from whence they came.

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  • Democrats seem to come in four varieties nowadays: those for whom it is an identity affiliation, but not one which gets their juices flowing because they do not really follow public affairs; those who have a fundamentally sentimental or silly attachment to one or another nostrum or posture and who make a habit of not thinking anything through, those who constitute something of a contempt group (if not hate group) whose entire advocacy is a set of postures and status games; a few wonks like Mark Kleiman; and a few reasonably pleasant old men like Mark Shields. Most of the crew attempting to make a name for themselves as commentators are type 3.

  • I always thought that Democrats were people who felt that anything that got their panties should be national policy .

  • I intend to share that video with all my Democrat acquaintances (as a matter of policy I have no Democrat friends – one doesn’t befriend baby murderers and sodomy sanctifiers).

  • “Democrats seem to come in four varieties nowadays: those for whom it is an identity affiliation, but not one which gets their juices flowing because they do not really follow public affairs; those who have a fundamentally sentimental or silly attachment to one or another nostrum or posture and who make a habit of not thinking anything through, those who constitute something of a contempt group (if not hate group) whose entire advocacy is a set of postures and status games; a few wonks like Mark Kleiman; and a few reasonably pleasant old men like Mark Shields. Most of the crew attempting to make a name for themselves as commentators are type 3.”

    Where do those who think they are entitled to the money made by the sweat of other citizen’s brows fit in?

PopeWatch: The Center Cannot Hold

Saturday, October 24, AD 2015





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



Just days after Pope Francis called for a “healthy decentralization” of power in the Catholic Church, Bishops at the Synod have now announced that they are calling for a “healthy decentralization” of power in their dioceses, giving more decision-making authority for local pastors.

The bishops made their comments at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops, a worldwide gathering of bishops that occasionally does something worthwhile.

Cardinal Walter Kasper told those gathered that the type of collegiality envisioned by the Second Vatican Council still had not been achieved, and that it was not too late for pastors themselves to decentralize their own authority, and to give more decision-making authority to their parishioners.

“Pastors and even parishioners should have more authority to make decisions affecting themselves rather than always looking to the Catechism of the Catholic Church or Canon Law for a centralized decision that has to fit all,” he said.

Local pastor Fr. Devin Hayes told parishioners after reading an email from his bishop about the decentralization that he “had to take action immediately.”

“I feel the need to move ahead with a healthy decentralization of our parish and to allow every parishioner his or her own authority to make decisions so you don’t always have to look to me for an answer,” Hayes wrote on the parish website. “Do what you will, knowing in full confidence that your own conscience is your Vatican. I hereby elect every one of you Pope. Habemus A Lot Of Papam, or whatever the plural is for papam.”

As the synod enters its final days, bishops will produce a final paper that the pope may use to write his own authoritative document on the issues, wherein Francis will reportedly remind bishops that they can ignore the letter altogether if they wish because of the decentralization of authority.

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  • Obviously this is but a frail lukewarm attempt at decentralization (that anti-hierarchal impulse) and needs to be cleaned up.
    I would recommend they go much further away from Roman authoritarianism by moving a lot of that authority into the skilled hands of the young male and female alter-servers, also, any ushers, who by merit of longevity, (10 years or longer collecting) will receive the same honors.
    Diversity is heavenly!

  • That really made me laugh! Habemus a lot of papam! And we don’t have to treat Francis’ document as authoritative! …because

  • for some reason the words “2nd law of thermodynamics” come to mind as I read early reports from Rome. I may become dependent upon the laughter provided by EOTT.

    Entropy will either increase or remain the same– there is really no going back. One cannot unsay what has been said. or grab back from the cultural boiling pot…

  • Scanned the post too quickly. Got wound up. Did a double check to make sure this was Eye of the Tiber. The quotes were so plausible. Whew. Of course……………………