Pope Liberator

Sunday, June 26, AD 2016

“My Communist colleagues decided that the Bishops ahead of Karol Wojtyla on the list of candidates were not good for the state, so they pushed Karol Wojtyla. The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways.”

General Wojciech Witold Jaruzelski, last ruler of Communist Poland

 

 

 

In the era of Pope Francis, it is easy to become dispirited as the Church is misled by a man who often gives new depth to the word incoherent.  However, I firmly believe that Pope Francis and all his works are a mere blip in the history of the Church.  Future historians will recognize that the most important pope of this era was Saint John Paul II.  A new look at his role in the unraveling of European Communism is above.  It will be shown on various PBS stations in the weeks to come.  Go here to purchase it.

 

When we badly needed a great Pope, God granted us one.  Was he perfect?  No.  I regard his effort to do away with the death penalty as wrong-headed.  He was much too friendly with Islam.  His flirting with pacifism in the latter portion of his papacy was a great mistake.  However, he was the greatest Pope of my lifetime, a charismatic and strong champion of Christ.

(I have posted this list of his accomplishments before, but I think they need to be remembered as the years roll by.)

Here is a list of just a few of his accomplishments, although it will take centuries for historians to fully assess his almost 27 year-long papacy, but here are some of the events that I think they will note.

1.  He largely stopped the post Vatican II chaos-After Vatican II the impulse to transform the Church into an institution fully reflecting the current views of cultural elites in the West wreaked much havoc.  Paul VI, a good and holy man, drew a line in the sand with Humanae Vitae, but he lacked the stomach and the will to fight it out with those who would have transformed the Catholic Church into what the Anglican Church is now:  a dying institution, adrift from any allegiance to traditional Christianity, and fully in accord with the mores and beliefs of the secular elite of the West.  Many were rubbing their hands with glee after the death of Pope Paul, in confident assurance that a new liberal pope would complete the transformation of the Church into something akin to Unitarianism with fancy dress.  Instead they got John Paul II, a Polish fighter who had stood toe to toe with the atheist rulers of Poland and was not the least frightened or impressed by the forces that sought to neuter Christ’s Church.  The chaos and low morale of the Church could not be completely reversed in one papacy, but John Paul II began the process and made a huge amount of progress.

2.  Presiding at the Funeral of Communism-During World War II, both the Nazis and the Communists slaughtered a huge number of Polish priests, viewing them as deadly enemies.  How very right they were!  The Polish Church, in the midst of one of the worst persecutions sustained by the Catholic Church in the last century, never lost faith that the Church and Poland would both ultimately outlast the totalitarian regimes and emerge triumphant.  John Paul II was the embodiment of this robust confidence that Communism, like Nazism, was merely a brief historical aberration that could and would be defeated.  The rise of Solidarity was completely predictable to him, and his embrace of it made a crackdown by the Polish Communist regime, and its Kremlin puppet masters, impossible.  John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in the Eighties brought about the largely peaceful collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and laid the groundwork for its collapse in the former Soviet Union.  The heirs of Joseph Stalin learned to their sorrow that the type of power wielded by a skillful and determined pope cannot be counted in divisions but rather in human hearts.

3.  Culture of Life-In the teeth of an overwhelming movement among Western elites to jettison the belief that human life is sacred, John Paul II rededicated the Church to that proposition and waged a long uphill struggle throughout his papacy against abortion and euthanasia.  Like Moses, John Paul II did not live to see the victory in this fight, but ultimately we will win, and his brave stand at a crucial moment in history will be one of the reasons why.

4.  Pope of the people-With modern means of transportation, a vigorous Pope can treat the whole world as his diocese by globe-trotting and that is precisely what John Paul II did.  In the Nineteenth Century, modern means of communication, the telegraph, photography and newspapers, were skillfully used by Pius IX to forge a personal contact between the Pope and average Catholics.  Pope John Paul II took this a step farther by bringing the Pope to the average Catholic.  A masterful stroke and superbly executed.

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  • I agree. In the end, not just Pope Francis but ALL who have departed from Christ, the source of life and wisdom, will be forgotten. He is but a “blip” in history.

    When we fear the legacy of Pope Francis and his minions, we demonstrate our own lack of faith. This world was created b God for God’s good pleasure. We are but actors in the play.

    Good, Catholic advice to take the long view.

  • #4. Pope of the people.

    His ability to engage the young and energize their faith in the numerous World Youth Days is worth noting. The image of millions of young people gathered together to celebrate LIFE in Christ will always be a cherished moment in the history of our Church.

    I will always love this Pope.

    At one time, St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Pope JPII were living in close proximity to each other. Powerful Poland!

  • I think that both JP II and B XVI were great Popes. Like all men, however, they made mistakes: ingratiation with Islam, opposition to the death penalty, pacifism, internationalism, etc. Nevertheless, they were holy men and their overall theology was orthodox. Given the reign of the Marxist Peronist who currently occupies the Seat of St Peter, I long for the days when they were Popes.

  • I have real problems with people’s thinking about Pope Saint John Paul II. I can’t comfortably say that Christianity made any gains during his papacy. I mean, sure, some saints are heroic but unsuccessful temporally. Plenty of missionaries served as great examples of the Faith but were martyred without converting anyone. But if we’re judging a pope by the accomplishments of his papacy, I don’t see JPII as effective. He helped roll back an evil anti-Christian philosophy. But a majority of those under Communist domination at the beginning of his papacy were still under it at the end. And those who threw it off, did they see a revitalization of the Faith? Is the former Warsaw Pact more Christian than it was? I’m pretty sure it’s not more Catholic. Poland emerged well, but then again they’d always held onto the Faith. Some of the Eastern Orthodox churches have bounced back, although there are reasons to be skeptical. Overall, I’m very glad that Soviet Communism fell, but I don’t see John Paul as being comparable to the great figures of the Counter-Reformation.

    It reminds me of a joke that recently appeared on this site, the punch line of which was, “when was the last time you ran into an Albigensian?”.

  • “but I don’t see John Paul as being comparable to the great figures of the Counter-Reformation.”

    Neither do I. He was much more successful than any Counter-Reformation figure I can think of. Including the Asian Communist nations in the mix, where the Pope’s influence was nil, seems to me to be unfair. I lived through those times, and if anyone had said in 1980 that Communism would be finished in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union within a dozen years he would have been regarded as a lunatic. What JPII, Reagan and Thatcher, and the brave anti-Communists in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, accomplished is the greatest geo-political miracle in history.

  • “I have real problems with people’s thinking of St. Pope John Paul II.”-Pinky

    If your speaking about the Divine Mercy message from Saint Faustina and subsequently, Divine Mercy Sunday being celebrated the first Sunday after Easter as being hum drum or just more fodder for the faithless Catholics than your right to have a problem with people’s love for him. Since that love would be nothing more than hollow roadies worshipping a new king of pop.

    If on the other hand you have problems with the tens of thousands who have found that pearl of great price through these newly accepted devotions brought about by the studious works of John Paul II and the misinterpretations that the Vatican held prior to his Holiness bringing in the true light of the works….well then I feel sorry for you.

    Having been privileged to witness God’s mercy in the lives of four families who were at the deathbeds of their parent(s), and their faith come awake at the end of the chaplet and coincidentally at the end of their parents life is not why Saint John Paul is Great…but because of the sincerity and devotion to serve God well. Yes. These events came about because of live and obedience to following the prompts of the Holy Spirit.

    Pinky. Your opinion is yours based upon your experiences and study. Mine too.
    My study is ongoing in the rooms of the souls who are nearing death. My application is heart shared prayers, including the formal prayers of the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I’m not challenging your opinions, however I am witnessing the greatness of a man who Loved others first, only after developing a lively love for God through Mary Immaculate. His love for God and God’s love for him was confirmed on the day of his death.. Divine Mercy Sunday.

    Just more….. coincidences?

    Nope!
    God incidence is more like it.

    Pope John Paul II wasn’t perfect by any means…but he was faithful to the end.

  • (… these events came about because of love and obidence…)

    not live.

  • I guess I’m mostly responding to Don’s point #2. It was a great success, but not a great spiritual success. John Paul had other great spiritual successes – I probably overlook his impact on vocations, which is an area where he may have proved himself an equal to the Counter-Reformers.

  • Pinky.
    Please excuse my exuberance for defending my favorite Pope. I understand better your reply to Don’s #2.

    One hidden and beautiful attribute to St. Pope JPII is his love for adoration of Christ. It changes people, their hearts and minds.

    On Dec.2nd 1981 St. Pope John Paul II began perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel in St. Peters Basilica in Rome. In his opening prayer, “Stay with us Lord,” the Pope urged all parishes to begin P.E.A. To date, 5,200 out of 20,000 parishes offer Adoration of either partial or perpetual in the US. Adoration changes people.

    This, I believe , is one of St. Pope JPII’s greatest accomplishments. Spreading this practice.

    Thanks Pinky for your opinions and your interesting insights too. I’m just a simpleton type of believer, but I am learning.

    http://www.therealpresence.org

April 2, 2005: Death of John Paul II

Sunday, April 3, AD 2016

 

 

Hard to believe that it has been eleven years since the death of Saint John Paul II.  On the date of his death Amy Welborn at her blog Open Book had a post dedicated to memories of the Pope.  Here was my contribution:

When the Pope was in Nicaragua and a Sandinista organized group was attempting to shout the Pope down while he was giving a sermon during a vast outdoor mass. The Pope lost his temper finally and yelled out “Silencio!”, followed by applause from the vast majority of the worshipers.

The Pope was a man’s man of unusual physical courage. Nothing fazed him: Nazis, Communists of all stripes, an almost successful assassination attempt, parkinson’s, etc. This is certainly not the most important feature of the Pope, but I personally found it one of the most inspiring aspects of this great man.

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  • “By their fruits you shall know them”

  • St. John Paul II’s death 11 years ago yesterday struck me in several different ways. He was elected when I was 15 and died when I was 42. His God given gift of being a polyglot and his brief time spent acting as a young man gave him a unique ability to connect with and relate to people all over the world.

    One thing we will not know the extent of is how much the Holy See, working with the CIA and other organizations, funneled money and supplies to Solidarity in Poland during and after the imposition of martial law. The Holy See and the Catholic Church in Poland worked hand in hand with the Polish people to put an end to the evil that is Communism in Central Europe.

    Certainly his time in the papal office had its ups and downs. Many hold St. John Paul II personally responsible for the priest abuse scandals. I hold the bishops of the dioceses responsible. Priests are the responsibility of the bishops and the bishops know it. Those priests received admission to the seminaries, were passed through, ordained and assigned by the bishops. I can find fault with some of his appointments. Roger + Mahony is as big a mistake as a person can make.
    + Bergoglio ranks up there.

    JPII got in the face of the liberation theology bunch in Latin America. Problem was he wasn’t strict enough with them.

    JPII made his first trip back to Poland in 1979. Brezhnev told the Polish government not to let him in. In front of countless thousands in Warsaw, the people chanted “We Want God!”

    I doubt there will be a funeral with more in attendance than that of St. John Paul II.

  • I want to add that St. John Paul II exemplified on a grand stage the unbeatable spirit of the Polish people. Poland and its diaspora have produced renowned scientists, musicians, warriors and saints.
    Unlike the so called enlightened nations of Western Europe, which have revolted against the Catholic Church for nebulous secular ideologies, Poland has resisted this garbage. God, honor, country.

  • TWO “almost successful” assassination attempts. Don’t forget the scratch he got from a bayonet wielded by a crazy ex-priest at Fatima.

  • Still I say any Catholic who kisses a book that blasphemes the Lord Jesus and the Blessed Apostles is NOT a Catholic Saint, by any stretch of the imagination.
    Any Catholic who allows pagan incantations to be recited inside the holy houses of Assisi in 1986 is NOT a Catholic Saint.
    The Sacred Scriptures warns us that the sin against the 1st commandment is a grave sin.
    .
    JP 2 may have helped the Polish people get political freedom but that does not make him a Catholic saint.
    Che Guevera also helped many to get political freedom in the Americas but that does not make him a Catholic saint.

  • “Che Guevera also helped many to get political freedom in the Americas”

    What a bizarre thing to say. Castro’s hangman helped no one gain freedom; he was always a gunman for the Communists and they are ever foes of freedom.

  • Tell that to the tens of millions of people around the globe that wear proudly T-shirts with Che’s face emblazoned.
    Still neither Che nor JP 2 are Catholic saints. They are both worldly-popular but neither is a Catholic Saint.
    Certainly the unfortunate victims of Maciel Marcel (the close friend and protege of JP 2) DO NOT regard JP 2 as a Catholic saint. Quite on the contrary.

  • “Tell that to the tens of millions of people around the globe that wear proudly T-shirts with Che’s face emblazoned.”

    They’re idiots:

  • “JP II may have helped the Polish people get political freedom but that does not make him a Catholic Saint.”-cpola.

    No s-it!

    Then the next idiotic thing you spout is a comparison of Saint JPII the Great to the likes of this murdering scum Che.

    You have sunk to a new low cpola.

    How dare you?

    ” I don’t believe there are many bad people out there, just people with bad ideas.” – A. Scalia.

    The late Supreme Court Justice said it best when he came across tripe like yours cpola.
    Your not bad. Your ideas are.

    Shame on you to tell us why Saint JPII the Great isn’t a Saint. The miracles that attest to his sainthood are what then? Lies?
    cpola. Go back to the hole you live in and say more prayers. Pray to be forgiven.

  • Great clip.

    The documentary, John Paul II: A Saint for Our Times by director John Biffar is a beautiful testimony of courage, sacrifice and love that blessed the world in the form of a polish man, a man who truly was baptised by fire.

    ABC correspondent, Bill Blakemore does a magnificent job in this piece, and talks of his personal transformation as a young man when he started his relationship interviewing JPII and how he respected the Pope as time went on.

    Great film.
    It’s in our library at home.

  • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/pope/interviews/blakemore.html

    Bill Blakemore gives an interview to PBS on his years covering St. Pope JPII.
    Bill is a Protestant, however he is touched by the deep humility and courageousness of our former Holy Father. The Cuban meeting with Castro is interesting. Months after JPII’s visit, Christmas is allowed to be celebrated once again.

  • Kissing the Koran was one mistake hard core radtrads will never forgive JPII for. Another is Archbishop Lefebvre’s excommunication.
    Of course, those that accuse JPII are perfect. Just ask them.

  • Penguins Fan.
    🙂 agreed.

Be Not Afraid

Friday, September 25, AD 2015

And we ask all you who suffer to support us. We ask precisely you who are weak to become a source of strength for the Church and humanity. In the terrible battle between the forces of good and evil, revealed to our eyes by our modern world, may your suffering in union with the Cross of Christ be victorious!

John Paul II, SALVIFICI DOLORIS

 

 

 

“Be Not Afraid”, the words of a very great Pope.  Something to remember during these days under a very bad Pope.  In 1993 John Paul II said the following with a tight lipped Bill Clinton standing uneasily by his side:

“America has a strong tradition of respect for the individual, for human
dignity and human rights. I gladly acknowledged this during my previous
visit to the United States in 1987 and I would like to repeat today the
hope I expressed on that occasion: “America, you are beautiful and blessed
in so many ways … But your best beauty and your richest blessing is
found in the human person: in each man, woman and child, in every
immigrant, in every native born son and daughter … The ultimate test of
your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the
weakest and most defenseless ones. The best traditions of your land
presume respect for those who cannot defend themselves. If you want equal
justice for all, and true freedom and lasting peace, then, America, defend
life! All the great causes that are yours today will have meaning only to
the extent that you guarantee the right to life and protect the human
person.”‘

In the cant phrase of the left that was “speaking truth to Power.”  That is the power of Catholicism under a Pope who is not seeking to emulate the worst of the secular left, but rather to remind the world of the timeless message of Christ.

 

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Blessed John Paul II: First Pope of the Catholic Resurgence

Sunday, April 27, AD 2014

(Today Pope John Paul II is being canonized, so I am rerunning this assessment of his papacy from 2011.)

Sometimes a great historical figure is not as recognized as such during his lifetime.  Other historical figures are recognized as monumentally important even while they live.  John Paul II, who was beatified yesterday, was definitely in the latter category.  He was the most important Pope of the last century, and the first pope I think of what will be viewed by future historians as a great Catholic resurgence.  It will take centuries for historians to fully assess his almost 27 year long papacy, but here are some of the factors that I think they will note.

1.  He largely stopped the post Vatican II chaos-After Vatican II the impulse to transform the Church into an institution fully reflecting the current views of cultural elites in the West wreaked much havoc.  Paul VI, a good and holy man, drew a line in the sand with Humanae Vitae, but he lacked the stomach and the will to fight it out with those who would have transformed the Catholic Church into what the Anglican Church is now:  a dying institution, adrift from any allegiance to traditional Christianity, and fully in accord with the mores and beliefs of the secular elite of the West.  Many were rubbing their hands with glee after the death of Pope Paul, in confident assurance that a new liberal pope would complete the transformation of the Church into something akin to Unitarianism with fancy dress.  Instead they got John Paul II, a Polish fighter who had stood toe to toe with the atheist rulers of Poland and was not the least frightened or impressed by the forces that sought to neuter Christ’s Church.  The chaos and low morale of the Church could not be completely reversed in one papacy, but John Paul II began the process and made a huge amount of progress.

2.  Presiding at the Funeral of Communism-During World War II, both the Nazis and the Communists slaughtered a huge number of Polish priests, viewing them as deadly enemies.  How very right they were!  The Polish Church, in the midst of one of the worst persecutions sustained by the Catholic Church in the last century, never lost faith that the Church and Poland would both ultimately outlast the totalitarian regimes and emerge triumphant.  John Paul II was the embodiment of this robust confidence that Communism, like Nazism, was merely a brief historical abberation that could and would be defeated.  The rise of Solidarity was completely predictable to him, and his embrace of it made a crackdown by the Polish Communist regime, and its Kremlin puppet masters, impossible.  John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in the Eighties brought about the largely peaceful collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and laid the groundwork for its collapse in the former Soviet Union.  The heirs of Joseph Stalin learned to their sorrow that the type of power wielded by a skillful and determined pope cannot be counted in divisions but rather in human hearts.

3.  Culture of Life-In the teeth of an overwhelming movement among Western elites to jettison the belief that human life is sacred, John Paul II rededicated the Church to that proposition and waged a long uphill struggle throughout his papacy against abortion and euthanasia.  Like Moses, John Paul II did not live to see the victory in this fight, but ultimately we will win, and his brave stand at a crucial moment in history will be one of the reasons why.

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  • I miss Pope John Paul II. Thank you, Mr. McClarey, for so positively restating the accomplishments of this holy man.

    As many here may have inferred, I lean to the Traditionalist side of Catholic worship and life – which makes me no less a sinner than anyone else. Certain “rad Trads” with an ax to grin blame Pope John Paul II (and John XXVIII) for the priest abuse scandal, and the appointment of the likes of Cardinal Mahony, and the sad Father Maicel situation. Certain of these people are perpetually angry – angry because of the Assisi conference when John Paul II kissed a Koran, anfry because Archbishop Lefebvre (SIC) was excommunicated (he ordained Bishop Williamson).

    We should remember that there has never been a time when things were perfect in the Church and they never will be perfect in this world. Wojtyla dealt with the death of his family, the invasion of Poland by Hitler and Stalin, the murder of millons of Polish citizens, the abandonment of his homeland to the Communist occupiers and the subsequent repression of his people. He persevered through it all. I would like for his most outspoken critics to walk in his shoes and then talk.

  • Obamacare is our Nova Huta, the workers’ paradise. Heaven without God…is called hell.

  • Great post Donald! I agree 100% with all the points. It is hard to place any of these in a hierarchy but I would say three things ‘stick out’ in my mind concerning Saint Pope John Paul:

    1) stopping the chaos that taken over the Church after the closing of the Second Vatican Council by:
    a) calling for the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 which gave us:
    i. 6 principles by which we can properly interpret Vatican II
    ii began the process of real ‘reception’ of Vatican II within the Church
    iii.Calling for a new Catechism to put forth the teachings of the Church with an
    emphasis on interpreting the Council within the greater Catholic Tradition
    b) held synods and in turn wrote apostolic exhortations on every major area and grouping
    within the Catholic Church

    c) began (granted on a limited scale) the reintegration of TLM within the Church, responding to both the genuine pastoral need as well as the richness of the tradition found in TLM. This began the process by which TLM was no longer a bone of contention which it should never have been [An important note here. For those who do not know me well, I am a regular participant in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite]

    2) Brought forward for all to see the vision of Jesus Christ, God made flesh, true God and true man [Council of Chalcedon 451 AD] through the prism of Vatican II’s four foundational Constitutions and revealed: The Redeemer of Man: that Christianity is not simply a humanism it is really the ultimate humanism, since in Christ, each human being discovers their identity, dignity, worth and meaning of life. Saint JPII showed that the Council and the Catholic Church is not ‘anthropocentric’ (man-centered) versus God-centered, but Christ-centered.
    a)In turn, Christ becomes the foundation of an ultimate interpreter of ‘culture’. It is culture and not economics (a la marx) or politics, or technology that makes this world run. Some theologians have put forward this thought: the Council of Trent wrestled with and put forward the Church’s teaching on grace and human nature; Vatican II wrestled with and put forward the Church’s teaching on grace and culture.
    b)in turn Christ is the Lord of history, The Church has wrestled with and accepted historical consciousness [not the exact same as ‘historical criticism’], Saint JPII saw all of the present moment of the CHurch moving toward the turn of the Millenium in 2000 AD and proceeding from that great moment [can anyone deny we are living in a very different ‘age’?] Since Christ is the Lord of History we need not be afraid: “Be not afraid!”

    3) revolutionized Catholic moral theology giving us the first encyclical on the foundations of moral theology: “throwing out” the various theologies being put forth in the chaos after the Council supposedly in the ‘spirit of VII”. He did thisnot by ‘fiat’ (an edict) but by showing that they have been ‘seen, judged, and found wanting’.

    a) This gave the foundation for his piggy back encyclical: the Gospel of Life on the foundations and applications of the Dignity of Life

    b)also put forward his Theology of the Body which is a phenomenal teaching which only now is beginning to be received into the Church
    c) social doctrine of Centissimus Annus [I have to be honest, the fuller implications of this encyclical got by me for years. So I can say with Saint Augustine, “Late have I loved thee” lol but it’s understanding of human freedom etc within the economic sphere is phenomena

    4) Because of his ‘vision of Christ’ he had a profound (deep) view of man as ‘religious’. He saw the Lord Jesus [Iesus Domine] as the unique Lord and Savior, through Whom all who are to be saved, are saved.
    a) He was passionate about ecumenical relations all attempting to encourage and assist the process toward which all Christians would be one as the Father and Christ are one, in the Spirit-most especially with the Orthodox seeing the Church must breathe out of both lungs (East as well as West)
    b) Nonetheless, he saw the Catholic Church’s responsibility to build dialogue and communications with all world religions (most especially Judaism with which we have unique ties) Freedom of religion, mutual respect, growth in communications and understanding must mark ‘religious man’s’ journey through history. After 9/11 Saint JPII added that no one, absolutely no one can claim to kill in the Name of God.

    I am sure I have forgotten some things here. These were off the top of my head. BTW I was on pilgrimage to Rome in 1978, saw Pope John Paul I at his last audience, and was there for some of his funeral rites. As things turned out, I was the very last ‘public person’ in the Sistine Chapel before Saint JPII was elected pope. I treasure that memory

  • Our Pope! He touched us deeply with his love his sincerity and his wit.

    One more to add Mr. McClarey; The Catechism of the Catholic Church. His oversight and vision in having a clear teaching tool to reinforce the truths of our faith should be mentioned. Santos JP II !!!

  • I remember Pope Saint John Paul II because he was an instrumental part of that triad – himself, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – who engineered the defeat and dissolution of the Iron Curtain. Without a doubt God’s hand was upon him.

  • PS, I wonder if all three – JPII, Reagan and Thatcher – are now in Heaven together, and I wonder what they are saying as they look upon the State of the Church and Western civilization. We do a grave disservice to their memory.

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  • I have two photos of him with my son, when my son was not yet in the seminary and one later during an ad lumina visit with our bishop when son was studying at gregorian
    I say my son is a third class relic!
    My friends, praying for my son to come back to the Church! Ask St John Paul for him. When my son met him the pope called him Grande (sp). My son is 6’7″. He was there during last days of JP and first of B16. Please pray for my son.

  • He (John Paul II) largely stopped the post Vatican II chaos…
    –Donald R. McClarey

    Unfortunately, he didn’t reverse it much. Pope Benedict XVI began to reverse the chaos, then came Pope Francis. Chaos thrives when foot-in-mouth disease strikes.

  • Anzlyne.

    Holy hour coming up!
    Your son is in my prayers.
    God bless your family and St.Pope JPII will be busy….very busy! Peace.

  • Anzlyne: My prayers for your son walking about in the desert. What a wonderful priest he will be.

  • Thank you Philip and Mary god has blessed you with generous hearts. Mary I hope that is a prophecy from God.

Jimmy Carter, Ex-President and Anti-Catholic Bigot, Attacks Pope John Paul II

Monday, June 24, AD 2013

(In light of Carter’s latest tirade against the Catholic Church, I thought TAC readers would like to see this post from March of last year.)

 

Bad enough that James Earl Carter, Jr. is the worst president this country has had not named James Buchanan or Barack Obama, but he is also an anti-Catholic bigot as his latest mind droppings amply demonstrate:

Former US President Jimmy Carter has disclosed that he had angry exchanges with Pope John Paul II about liberation theology and about the ordination of women.  

The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and “there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of ‘liberation theology.” Carter said that he classified the Pope as a “fundamentalist,” placing him in that category along with Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini.  

In the same interview Carter said that “it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies,” although he suggested—“maybe arbitrarily”—that churches should not be required by law to solemnize same-sex unions.  

Carter made his remarks as he introduced a new edition of the Bible with his own study notes, helping readers to follow his understanding of the Scriptures. 

Jimmy, here is a clue for you.  No one cares a rat’s nether regions about what you think about anything.  You were a completely incompetent president and the American people have tried their best to forget you.  You were such a wretched president that even in your own party you are a non-person, and it difficult to embarrass Democrats over anything.  Pope John Paul II was a magnificent pope.  Here is a list of just a few of his accomplishments, although it will take centuries for historians to fully assess his almost 27 year-long papacy, but here are some of the factors that I think they will note.

1.  He largely stopped the post Vatican II chaos-After Vatican II the impulse to transform the Church into an institution fully reflecting the current views of cultural elites in the West wreaked much havoc.  Paul VI, a good and holy man, drew a line in the sand with Humanae Vitae, but he lacked the stomach and the will to fight it out with those who would have transformed the Catholic Church into what the Anglican Church is now:  a dying institution, adrift from any allegiance to traditional Christianity, and fully in accord with the mores and beliefs of the secular elite of the West.  Many were rubbing their hands with glee after the death of Pope Paul, in confident assurance that a new liberal pope would complete the transformation of the Church into something akin to Unitarianism with fancy dress.  Instead they got John Paul II, a Polish fighter who had stood toe to toe with the atheist rulers of Poland and was not the least frightened or impressed by the forces that sought to neuter Christ’s Church.  The chaos and low morale of the Church could not be completely reversed in one papacy, but John Paul II began the process and made a huge amount of progress.

2.  Presiding at the Funeral of Communism-During World War II, both the Nazis and the Communists slaughtered a huge number of Polish priests, viewing them as deadly enemies.  How very right they were!  The Polish Church, in the midst of one of the worst persecutions sustained by the Catholic Church in the last century, never lost faith that the Church and Poland would both ultimately outlast the totalitarian regimes and emerge triumphant.  John Paul II was the embodiment of this robust confidence that Communism, like Nazism, was merely a brief historical aberration that could and would be defeated.  The rise of Solidarity was completely predictable to him, and his embrace of it made a crackdown by the Polish Communist regime, and its Kremlin puppet masters, impossible.  John Paul II and Ronald Reagan in the Eighties brought about the largely peaceful collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and laid the groundwork for its collapse in the former Soviet Union.  The heirs of Joseph Stalin learned to their sorrow that the type of power wielded by a skillful and determined pope cannot be counted in divisions but rather in human hearts.

3.  Culture of Life-In the teeth of an overwhelming movement among Western elites to jettison the belief that human life is sacred, John Paul II rededicated the Church to that proposition and waged a long uphill struggle throughout his papacy against abortion and euthanasia.  Like Moses, John Paul II did not live to see the victory in this fight, but ultimately we will win, and his brave stand at a crucial moment in history will be one of the reasons why.

4.  Pope of the people-With modern means of transportation, a vigorous Pope can treat the whole world as his diocese by globe-trotting and that is precisely what John Paul II did.  In the Nineteenth Century, modern means of communication, the telegraph, photography and newspapers, were skillfully used by Pius IX to forge a personal contact between the Pope and average Catholics.  Pope John Paul II took this a step farther by bringing the Pope to the average Catholic.  A masterful stroke and superbly executed.

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  • “Carter made his remarks as he introduced a new edition of the Bible with his own study notes, helping readers to follow his understanding of the Scriptures.”

    Anybody want to buy a failed President’s Study Bible?

    http://www.christianbook.com/niv-lessons-personal-reflections-jimmy-carter/9780310950813/pd/950813

    I wrote a nasty letter to Zondervan Publishing about a year or so about this, highlighting Carter’s anti-Semitism and anti-Catholicism. I got a nastier letter back, as expected. I would have been disappointed otherwise. My advice: boycott Zondervan. There are plenty of other good Christian publishing houses, both Roman and otherwise, without giving them your business.

  • How is denying the doctrine of the all-male priesthood anti-Catholic in a way that denying the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is not? We generally don’t call those who do not believe in the Immaculate Conception anti-Catholic.

  • Don’t be obtuse Kurt. Carter isn’t merely saying that this is a Catholic doctrine that he doesn’t accept. He is saying that not ordaining women is wrong and leads to women being treated as second class and mentions some of the most odious elements of the Islamic world in the bargain. He also makes up history by claiming that women were once ordained as priests by the Church. By claiming that not ordaining women is a human rights abuse he is also, not so subtly, implying that some authority like the UN should get those benighted Catholics to stop abusing women.

  • Perhaps Carter is just as “Catholic” as you are, Kurt! 😉

    Not.

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  • Why doesn’t he go away?! He is SO irrelevant. Oops! I guess I just answered my own question.

  • “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15

  • Kurt:

    What Carter is doing is trying to pave the way for Catholics to be excluded from civil society. Painting Catholics as bigoted and discriminatory is the way they will go about this. Denying the Immaculate Conception isn’t going to do that. If one expresses belief in the Immaculate Conception in public, you might get some puzzled looks, but no one is going to say you shouldn’t participate in public life. It might not be well understood by the rest of society, but it won’t get you lynched. It might prompt a conversation about what Catholic teaching is on the matter.

    On the other hand, if you can misrepresent Catholic teaching and say that Catholics hurt women and discriminate against women and gays, then you get some real leverage. Again, the public won’t understand what Catholic teaching is and they will believe the lie. And once they listen to someone like Carter, they will shut their minds and not listen to a thing you have to say about the matter. In fact, Carter can drum up support for persecution of Catholics on the grounds that we are violating someone’s human rights. It’s sort of like in the days of Nero when they said Catholics were cannibals. It’s a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching designed to shut minds against the Church and lead to persecution. It was back in Nero’s time, and it is the same today. To quote the TV series Galactica, “All of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.”

  • I meant “Battlestar Galactica”, the more recent version from 2004.

  • Obama says that Catholic schools are a cause of the Irish troubles. Carter piles on with his anti-woman nonsense. Sibelius forces us to provide contraception and abortifacient drugs to employees. Caesar, Henry, Elizabeth, Cromwell, Napoleon, Marx, Bismarck, Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin are all gone. The Church remains.

  • The peanut farmer kissed Brezhnev on the cheek.

    John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher kicked Gorbachev in the a**.

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  • Carter’s osculation of the Soviet leader led The Economist to remark that he was “a-wastin’ Christian kisses on a heathen idol’s foot” (cf Kipling). The only political legacy of Jimmy Carter was that he started the fashion among politicians of holding hands with their wives in public (dashed bad form, don’t you know). However, unlike the present incumbent of the White House, he didn’t use Rosalind as a cheer-leader and warm-up act.

    Seriously, Karol Wojtyla was the only undeniable great man of the second half of the 20th century. And the western democracies had the sense to replace Carter and Callaghan with Reagan and Thatcher.

November 9, 1989

Tuesday, November 9, AD 2010

Twenty-one years ago today my wife and I arrived home from buying software for our Commodore 64  (Yeah, it is that long ago.) and watched stunned after we turned on the tv as we saw East Germans dancing on top of the Berlin War, tearing into it with sledge hammers.   It is hard to convey to people who did not live through the Cold War how wonderful a sight this was.  Most people at the time thought the Cold War was a permanent state of things.  Not Ronald Wilson Reagan.  He knew that Communism would end up on the losing side of history and throughout his career strove to bring that day ever closer.  His becoming President so soon after John Paul II became Pope set the stage for the magnificent decade of the Eighties when Communism passed from being a deadly threat to the globe to a belief held only by a handful of benighted tyrannical regimes around the world, and crazed American professors.  In most of his movies, the good guys won in the end, and Reagan helped give us a very happy ending to a menace that started in 1917 and died in 1989. 

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  • My close friend’s son-in-law was in Berlin at the time on his OE, and he collected 2 small rocks from the wall, which he considers priceless souvenirs.

  • I have a piece also Don, and I agree that such bits of the wall are priceless reminders that tyranny can be defeated.

  • Small correction – the USSR fell on December 25, 1991, I believe.

  • A good point Mark, but I think 1989 was the decisive year for the ending of Communist regimes in Europe. 1789 ushered in the era of totalitarian regimes in Europe and 1989 ushered them out. God has an exquisite sense of humor.

  • My daughter will remember the date, and tell folks about it, because she was born on the 20th anniversary.

    Can’t ask for a better start!

  • Indeed Foxfier, and happy birthday to your daughter!

  • Ahhh I remember being in 6th grade and winning 1st place ribbons and a gold medal for all the physical fitness tests our school went through. I was the fastest girl runner in the whole school. But what I remembered the most, and cherished, was my physical fitness award signed by none other than the greatest president of my time, Ronald Reagan. It was great to be a kid back then. So many hopes and dreams. I’m sad to say my kids don’t have those same hopes and dreams of the America today. But , I do believe that the hope we all still have is eternal life after death. So know matter how bad it gets here in this life we always have the after life to look forward to and if that’s the only hope I can encourage my kids with then I’m one up! 🙂

  • Happy birthday to your daughter, Foxfier. My eight year old daughter was born on D-Day. I affectionately call her my D-Day girl and her birthdays serve as an opportunity to recall that great and horrible day. Last birthday when I asked “And what is D-Day again”, she replied in one of those questioning tones, “when we won the war.” I replied, “No no no. It was when the Allied Powers assaulted Fortress Europe at the rocky beaches of Normandy to begin the long drawn out process of wresting the continent free from the dark power of the National Socialism.” Oh what fun it was to say that!

  • “Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall” is the perfect ante-upper to “Ich bin ein Berliner,” in my opinion.

  • “An OCED (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) study of 1985 carefully examined the performance of the advanced capitalist economies and concluded… [that] Sweden, with one of the most generous welfare states, outperformed Ronald Reagan’s America at a time when he was cutting programs… As the Wall Street Journal editor computed those Reagan percentages [of his public spending ratio], they were over 23 percent of the GNP and therefore higher than at the end of the Carter presidency, which Reagan himself had excoriated for its big spending… ” – Michael Harrington’s Socialism – Past & Future