PopeWatch: Luther

Monday, January 23, AD 2017

Pope Francis is doing his best to present a false image of Martin Luther:


The Pope was speaking to a delegation of pilgrims led by the Lutheran Archbishop Kari Makinen of Turku. Their annual visit takes place during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

In his address, Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October marking 500 years since the start of the Reformation, saying it was a “significant step” that “gave us courage” for the ecumenical journey ahead.

“This joint commemoration of the Reformation was important on both the human and theological-spiritual levels,” he said.

“After 50 years of official ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans, we have succeeded in clearly articulating points of view which today we agree on. For this we are grateful.”

“At the same time we keep alive in our hearts sincere contrition for our faults,” the Pope said. “In this spirit, we recalled in Lund that the intention of Martin Luther 500 years ago was to renew the Church, not divide Her.


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PopeWatch: Tramp Stamp

Saturday, January 21, AD 2017



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



According to several reports out today, the Vatican will be issuing lower back tattoos to Catholics in honor of German priest and protestant reformer Martin Luther this October.

Although Martin Luther was declared a heretic and excommunicated in 1521, Vatican officials have reportedly sent letters to all Catholics that are “able and willing” to visit Rome for the “official issuing of the ecclesiastical tramp stamp.”

“We believe that Martin Luther, though deemed a heretic by the antiquated Catholic Church, is deserving of recognition for being a witness to the gospel,” said Vatican Tramp Stamp official Eduardo Rosalini. “Also because we want people to like us. No matter whether it’s our fault or not. We do as Christ did in the Scriptures when he apologized to Pontius Pilate, blaming hypocritical members of the Sanhedrin for driving [Pilate] away from a potential conversion to Judaism.”

Rosalini went on to say that, although Catholics will not be eligible for indulgences for getting the tramp stamp due to Luther’s stance on the issue, they will, nevertheless, be compensated with salvation “no matter what sins they commit after the getting the tattoo.”

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8 Responses to PopeWatch: Tramp Stamp

  • Whoa, it looks like a “move over Che” moment has arrived.

  • Tattoo’s..?

    Wait for the ecclesiastical piercings!

    The crucifix hammer and sickle is charming. It will make great nose hardware for Lent. Sort of a mortification of the flesh.

  • In remembering that Henry V111 made himself the Head of the Church in England about 1535, and other nefarious happenings during that Century, satan might have uttered, as the Century clicked over,
    ‘One small step for Lucifer…one Giant step for evil’s kind.’ Timothy R.

  • But what about the women and the men who say they are women? Can they not have the tat where Madonna is having her protest tat done?

  • I was one of the Police Officers assigned to play bodyguard to Madonna when she was here filming the movie “A League of their Own”. To say that I was unimpressed with her, would be an understatement. TR.

  • My guess is that Madonna had sold her soul out years ago..1978 – 80.
    Her popularity and misuse of Catholic names, the Sacredness of our identity as a Holy Church as well as wearing rosaries while behaving like a woman possessed..this for fame and fortune.

    She will understand the question; What profit a man if he gains the whole world but looses his soul in the process?

    Micheal Jackson comes to mind.

    Pure implosion.
    I’m surprised Madonna hasn’t self destructed yet.

    God have Mercy.

  • Philip…I am more concerned with all of the young girls that she SCANDALIZED ! Jesus said that for anyone who scandalizes a child, “It would be better for them to have a great millstone hung around their neck and thrown into the Ocean” ! TR.

  • Instead of correcting the faults of the clergy, Martin Luther destroyed the faith of the people, depriving the people of the Truth of the Catholic faith. Luther excommunicated himself. Not even the Pope can live his free will for Luther. What is bound in heaven cannot be unbound on earth by the Vicar of Christ, nor ought it be loosed. Luther tramped out of the Church of his own free will and Francis cannot change that… not even with a Tramp Stamp.

Pope Francis to President Trump

Friday, January 20, AD 2017



Hattip to Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts.  A message to our new President from the Pope:


The Honorable Donald Trump, President of the United States of America,

Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.

At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide.

Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door. With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity.

Franciscus PP.

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  • Always about the poor for whom he does nothing except to deny them the prosperity that embracing free enterprise would give them.

  • A cringed a little at President Trump’s “America will be wealthy again statement” today. Money’s not everything. Great speech though. And the Pope could definitely use a healthy dose of free enterprise.

  • Finally a statement from Pope Francis that is not find particularly offensive. The thing Pope Francis doesn’t understand is that doing economics his way results in more poor people. Hopefully, Pope Francis can learn a thing or two from Trump. It begins with a good product. Pope Francis product has quality issues.

  • John said that we can have everything; but, without Love, we are Nothing. I WANT to believe that the Pope’s letter came from the Heart. I WANT to believe that. Timothy R.

  • The “outcasts” appear to be those who follow the traditional Catholic faith and its doctrine.

  • Don L….If that is where it is going, I will embrace my role as an “outcast”. Timothy R.

  • Were not the Apostles in hiding, when the Holy Spirit Came To Them !? Timothy R.

  • The Pope had to write something and having been called “disgraceful” by Trump when Francis said a man who would build a wall is not Christian, Francis learned that he’ll get counterpunched if he uses vinegar again. And he will get counterpunched again but Trump does need someone else to warn him about the Lazarus and the rich man parable….someone whose motives are not a mix of the gospel with Leftism. Forbes put Trump at 3.7 billion last September. There is another American billionaire ( ex billionaire now) who has given away
    everything but several million.

  • I wonder what the “exchange rate” is in Hell ? TR.

  • “The love of money is the root of all evil,” said Jesus. Not money itself.

  • Excuse me — the above quote is from 1TM 6:10. I don’t know why I said Jesus. I had a “false memory” of looking that up in the last few months or so and I thought Jesus said something to that effect. I’ll look some more.

  • HE doesn’t want the goofy looking green stuff to replace HIM in our affections. Wasn’t it Vince Lombardi who said, “Money isn’t everything. It’s the ONLY thing” ? TR.

  • Mother Teresa lectured the Clintons on abortion and the right of the sovereign person to live. Pope Francis is not affected by the slaughter of the innocent children of God in the womb who are the standard of Justice for our nation and the world. Maybe Francis cannot remember when he was legally and morally innocent and was spiritually enabled to maintain his original innocence?

  • I envy Children because I fervently wish to be “little” again. I pity Children because they will have to “grow up”and learn about all the misery. TR

PopeWatch: Inaugural Address

Friday, January 20, AD 2017


Imagine if Pope Francis had given an honest inaugural address back in 2013:

I would like to thank the conclave for my election.  In my pontificate I will emphasize mercy for all, especially for non-Catholics, although selfabsorbed promethean neopelagian had better start running.  I am mildly proud of how humble I am and extreme humility will be a hallmark of my reign.  In regard to Global Warming I intend to fight it with as much energy as I will fight most signs of traditional Catholicism.

In regard to economic matters I despise markets and look with favor at government regulation and control.

As for international peace, it will never come until every last arms merchants is bankrupt.

I believe it is time for the Church to rethink the blanket ban on Communion for Catholics in adulterous marriage.

Europe would greatly benefit from a huge influx of Muslim immigrants.

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  • It is essential that communist Cuba be rewarded with full recognition by the USA, as long as they promise not to change their present bad behavior.

  • Also, he might have said, and by the way I am abolishing orthodox Catholic doctrine as it’s not merciful, insensitive to folks who do not wish to repent of their sins, and completely at odds with my desire to finish Protestantizing the Catholic Church.

PopeWatch: Luther Stamp

Thursday, January 19, AD 2017

I feel much freer now that I am certain the pope is the Antichrist.

Martin Luther

PopeWatch pities satirists trying to keep up with this Vatican:

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Major events such as Christmas, Easter, the Holy Year of Mercy, and the World Meeting of Families have also merited a commemorative stamp. In the time before a Papal election, when the seat of Peter is vacant, the Philatelic and Numismatic office issues a “Sede Vacante” stamp.

Usually if individuals are commemorated on stamps they are saints, such as Teresa of Calcutta, John Paul II, and Pope John XXIII, who most recently were honored with stamps.

While the Vatican has in the past collaborated with other national post offices to create stamps that are not of explicitly religious content, such as Charlie Chaplain or the fall of the Berlin wall, the Luther stamp has an undeniable religious connotation linked with much hostility to the Catholic Church.

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PopeWatch: Blind Man

Wednesday, January 18, AD 2017



Sandro Magister brings us an english translation of Cardinal Caffarra’s explanation as to why the Four Cardinals wrote to the PopeL



We cardinals have the grave duty of advising the pope in the governance of the Church. It is a duty, and duties are obligatory.


Only a blind man could deny that in the Church there is great confusion, uncertainty, insecurity caused by some paragraphs of “Amoris Laetitia.” In recent months it has been happening that on the same fundamental questions concerning the sacramental economy – marriage, confession, and Eucharist – and Christian life, some bishops have said A, and others have said the opposite of A. With the intention of giving a good interpretation of the same texts.


There is only one way to get to the bottom of this: to ask the author of the text that has been interpreted in two contradictory ways what is the correct interpretation. There is no other way. Next came the problem of the way in which to approach the pope. We chose a way that is very traditional in the Church, what are called “dubia.” […] This was done in a private manner, and only when we were certain that the Holy Father would not respond did we decide to publish.


The problem is precisely this: that on fundamental points there is not a good understanding of what the pope is teaching, as demonstrated by the conflict of interpretations among bishops. We want to be docile to the pope’s magisterium, but the pope’s magisterium must be clear.


The division already existing in the Church is the cause of the letter [of the four cardinals to the pope – editor’s note], not its effect.


To conceive a pastoral practice not founded and rooted in doctrine means founding and rooting pastoral practice on inclination. A Church that pays little attention to doctrine is not a more pastoral Church, but a more ignorant Church.


The evolution of doctrine has always accompanied Christian thought. [But} if there is one clear point, it is that there is no evolution where there is contradiction. If I say that S is P and then I say that S is not P, the second proposition does not develop the first, but contradicts it. Already Aristotle had correctly taught that enunciating a universal affirmative principle (for example: all adultery is wrong) and at the same time a particular negative proposition having the same subject and predicate (for example: some adultery is not wrong), this is not making an exception to the former. It is contradicting it.


Can the minister of the Eucharist (usually the priest) give the Eucharist to a person who lives “more uxorio” with a woman or a man who is not the wife or husband, and does not intend to live in continence? […] Has “Amoris Laetitia” taught that, given certain specific circumstances and after going through a certain process, the faithful could receive the Eucharist without resolving to live in continence? There are bishops who have taught that this is possible. By a simple deduction of logic, one must therefore also teach that adultery is not evil in itself and of itself.


Conscience is the place where we come up against the central pillar of modernity. […] One who saw this in the most lucid manner imaginable was Blessed John Henry Newman. In the famous letter to the duke of Norfolk, he says: “All through my day there has been a resolute warfare, I had almost said conspiracy against the rights of conscience.” Further ahead he adds that in the name of conscience, true conscience is destroyed.

This is why among the five “dubia” doubt number five [the one on conscience – editor’s note] is the most important. There is a passage in “Amoris Laetitia,” at no. 303, that is not clear; it seems – I repeat: it seems – to admit the possibility that there may be a true judgment of conscience (not invincibly erroneous; this has always been admitted by the Church) in contradiction with that which the Church teaches as having to do with the deposit of divine Revelation. It seems. And that is why we raised the doubt with the pope.

Newman says that “did the Pope speak against Conscience in the true sense of the word, he would commit a suicidal act. He would be cutting the ground from under his feet.” These are matters of breathtaking gravity. Private judgment would be raised up as the ultimate criterion of moral truth. Never say to a person: “Always follow your conscience,” without always and immediately adding: “Love and seek the truth about the good.” You would be putting into his hands the weapon most destructive of his humanity.

(English translation by Matthew Sherry, Ballwin, Missouri, U.S.A.)


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28 Responses to PopeWatch: Baffling

  • Riddle me this, riddle me that.
    It sounds like an anti Trump tweet.

  • The tweet should read:
    “There can never be true peace until Jesus Christ returns at the Parousia.”
    Jorge Bergoglio like all liberal progressives believe that if man does just the right thing – the liberal progressive thing – then man can create peace on earth and a truly human paradise, and all that flies straight in the face of the teaching of Sacred Scripture and 2000 years of Sacred Tradition. Man cannot ever create peace on earth nor a human paradise. Cannot be done. Will not be done.

  • Lol….two things: most of the globe is unbaptised and in original sin except in those cases wherein God has cleansed some furtively; Christ said most human beings are on the broad road to destruction. If the Pope would tour the prisons of the largest Catholic population, Brazil, where there have just been inmate wars resulting in deaths and decapitations in several prisons, he would stop his Kahlil Gibran impressions.

  • I’ve avoided Twitter of which another blogger dubbed communication smut, but I read some of his past Tweets and while many were rather saccharine, in one he did invoke Mary’s protection which I found encouraging as it seems these days invoking the saints by Catholics is ecumenically incorrect.

    But otherwise it just drives home for me the idea that modern language isn’t even fossil poetry, it’s fossil ideology and I understand why Tolkien said in 1943 that when liberalism eventually swallowed the whole world he would refuse to speak anything but Old Mercian.

  • I cannot imagine he writes his tweets. If he does, I take it he’s given to solitary tippling in the evening. Likely some nice old wine in the Vatican cellars.

  • A meaningless statement. He was probably thinking in terms of companies that sell guns. Most of the people who read it are going to think about progressive gender theory. Leo the Great would have sounded dumb on Twitter, because it’s not a good forum for communication, but this pope is no Leo the Great.

  • And Don, I like the new look of the site, but there are two annoying “features”. The window for typing up comments is one and a half lines tall, and after you submit a comment you don’t get a whole refreshed thread, just the one comment.

  • ” He was probably thinking in terms of companies that sell guns. Most of the people who read it are going to think about progressive gender theory.”
    That’s the way I took it-gender theory.

  • “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal identity.”
    Every sovereign person made in the image of God in free will and intellect may not be, cannot be violated. If and when an individual violates himself as in addiction to sodomy or sex change, that individual loses his sovereignty over himself and even his citizenship. Sovereign personhood institutes the sovereign state. If one sovereign person is violated, the sovereign state suffers. The malefactor must be brought to Justice and Truth.

  • Brevity is the soul of witlessness. Else, his true religion is secular liberalism not Roman Catholicism.

  • “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her identity.” PF

    I beg your pardon.

    There can never be true peace until the individual finds himself or herself in the likeness of God. This comes in the form of loosing oneself for the betterment of another. When the selfless act of placing yourself last in an effort to supporting another becomes natural then the identity of self becomes apparent. Then the violation of identity isn’t a perversion of self induced glorification based upon “feelings” but the true formation of identity is grounded in the knowledge of love of others which begets love of God, and in that truth one is identified as being a child of God. That is not a violation, but a freedom which indeed is far above transgender identity, lifestyle choice or other perversions which are adopted today as being merciful, ” true to what and who you are.”

    That the idea of “I’m okay..Your okay,” ..is a falsehood. Consultation with Christian based professional application is valuable because it deals with body, mind and soul..since the soul continues on for eternity.

    Western consultation is worthless.

  • I do not know what to make of the Holy Father’s remark, but “Personal identity” normally refers to a problem that has bedevilled philosophy, ever since Descartes’s famous “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am)

    Locke put his finger on the problem: might not the thinking substance which thought the thought “I did it” be a different thinking substance from the one that could have had the thought: “I am doing it” when the act was done? In the jargon, this is called the “re-identification problem.”

    Hume asks us to consider what impression gives us our concept of self. However closely we examine our own experiences, we never observe anything beyond a series of transient feelings, sensations, and impressions. We can never be directly aware of ourselves, only of what we are experiencing at any given moment. He concluded that the self is just a bundle of perceptions, like links in a chain. To look for a unifying self beyond those perceptions is like looking for a chain apart from the links that constitute it. To ask what “I” denotes in “! Am thinking this thought” is like asking what “It” denotes in “It is raining.”

    There is another problem: how to connect this Cartesian Ego with its (?) body. As Miss Anscombe put it.” If you are a speaker who says “I,” you do not find out what is saying “I.” You do not for example look to see what apparatus the noise comes out of and assume that that is the sayer; or frame the hypothesis of something connected with it that is the sayer. If that were in question, you could doubt whether anything was saying “I.” As, indeed, you can doubt whether anything is saying it out loud. (And sometimes that doubt is correct.)”

    There is a solution, of course. A “person” is a living, human body (“The person over there,” “Offences against the Person”) that has reflexive (non-observational) awareness of its thoughts, sensations, posture, intentions and so on. No question of re-identification or of the connection between a reified “mind” and this body can arise. Talk of “selves” is simply a misconstrual of the reflexive pronoun.

  • Personal identity? Obviously this, at least to me, comes directly from the bible of Political correctness. It sounds like something Obama would say. What the Pope is talking about are homosexuals, transgenders, bisexuals and other perverts. This is another example of Pope Francis penchant for perversion of the truth.

    He should have said we are all children of God and should treat others accordingly.

  • To put oneself in the hands of God, body and soul, is an act of the free will and answers the question: “Who am I”

  • “I will, therefore, I am.”


    Excellent Mary.

  • I believe it goes back to the first battle, with Lucifer and St. Michael. I will not serve. Also,
    The very first deception…”Then your eyes will be open..” ..Adam and Eve.

    The, I Am the Immaculate Conception, is a brilliant testimony of the identity that is worthy of seeking and once found, replicating the virtues as best as one can.
    The transformation of virtues for vices is the unseen works of God and when completed, resembles the identity of the whole person as created by the Creator in the beginning. Impossible?
    An ongoing process?

    The perfection of identity is found in Saints.

    So many great examples to choose from.

    This, I believe, is true identity transformation.

    Worthy to be taught from the Church Militant…Not adopting cultural disordered behavior as being an example of identity.

  • I once sat on the parking lot of a troublesome Bar, in my Police Cruiser, and watched a drunk make repeated attempts to put his key in his car’s door. Suddenly, he saw me, waddled up to my window, and shouted, “Don’t just sit there ! Help me get in my car”! Timothy R.

  • He meant: “There can never be true peace as long as a single human being is violated in his or her personal safe space.”

  • Addendum : I am assuming that it all had a happy ending. I had always heard that the breakfasts were delicious up in the Jail. I called it…”Drunk & Donuts”.

  • One “quarter song” coming up : The Pope is trying to share with us Kurt Lewin’s Field Theory. Lewin was a Psychological Theorist who dwelled on what he termed “Life Space”. He taught that the field of Psychology had become too STATIC, or too Aristotleian. He wanted to see a shift toward the field being more Galileian, with the focus more dynamic. There is a commercial on TV, advertising chewing gum, of all things, that has plagiarized not only the concept of “Life Space” from my old textbook ( 1981 ), but also stolen the picture of two people facing each other, with the “circle” of Life Space between them. That is all Frances is trying to show us. Timothy R.

  • Ps. I hold a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Evansville, 1985. Timothy R.

  • Timothy, happily knowing your decidedly Catholic bias, I daresay you would today be unable to obtain a degree in psychology. You would tell the trruth in class and answer with the truth on your exams, and for that reason alone be denied a passing grade. In my book that makes you not a failure but heroic.

  • A short translation, if I may : The Pope wants us to quit being so standoffish with each other. “Body language is often more revealing than words and we humans are capable of much more. Don’t “stand your ground”, interface. If I had a flag, I’de wave it and shout, “Go team!” Team Human ! Timothy R.

  • Thanks for the cue, LQC; I am taking what you said seriously. Unfortunately, you are probably correct. TR.

  • Timothy Reed wrote, “Body language is often more revealing than words…”

    It is indeed. Wittgenstein asks, “Suppose you came as an explorer into an unknown country with a language quite strange to you. In what circumstances would you say that the people there gave orders, understood them, obeyed them, rebelled against them, and so on?”

    We can learn a great deal about people, simply by watching them.

  • During my lengthy career as a Police Officer, Mike, I would estimate that, at least 80% of the criminals I identified, and later arrested thru followup, I had gotten onto thru simple observation of Body Language.
    Ninety nine percent of whom were convinced that somebody had “squealed” on them, because they were convinced that “no Cop could be smart enough to figure it out.” I loved the look on peoples’ face when I would tell them, “Bigotry can be a good thing”. I loved being taken for “stupid”. I should have gotten an Oscar ! Timothy R.

  • They love me ! Really love me ! Or not. TR

PopeWatch: Beyond Parody

Monday, January 16, AD 2017



PopeWatch does wonder at times if this pontificate is a divine practical joke:


Life and family experts are calling it “scandalous,” “shocking,” “confusing,” and “perplexing” that the Vatican would invite Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement, to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference.

“The fact that Paul Ehrlich is advertised as a speaker at the Vatican’s ‘Biological Extinction’ conference is scandalous,” Maria Madise, manager of Voice of the Family, told LifeSiteNews.

“Through its choice of speakers, the Pontifical Academies running the event are giving an unmistakable message of sympathy for the radical environmental agenda, despite it going hand in hand with abortion, birth control, and a total lack of compassion for the real poor in today’s world, the unborn children,” she said.

Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world,” a story LifeSiteNews broke earlier this week. 

The Stanford biologist champions sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. It is impossible to calculate the possible millions of deaths globally the man and his population control ideas might indirectly be responsible for over the past five decades — ideas that are forcefully employed in countries such as China, India, Kenya, and many others.

Ehrlich called for “compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion” in his 1977 book Ecoscience, as a way to fight population growth.

He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people “throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.”

The conference, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences (PAS) and Social Sciences (PASS), will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between the world’s population and what the earth is capable of producing.

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  • It’s not the smoke of Satan that has wafted into the Vatican, it’s the entire inferno, flames and stench.

    Satan’s handiwork via Obama:

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

  • ……And to compare garbage / children…

    When I read this bit about PF wanting Card. Burke to clean up Malta, I thought it amusing….Since I have a gut feeling the head Mason is sitting in the Chair of Peter.
    If this guest speaker is indeed allowed to speak ……Well….Actions speak louder than words.

    To Card. Burke…Go get ’em ALL!
    Start in Rome.

  • Christ didn’t invite Satan to speak at the Sermon on the Mount, for good reason. Neither should Christ’s Church contaminate the truth by inviting the thoughts of the enemy of truth.

  • “He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people ‘throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.'”
    Maybe Ehrlich should take that statement to heart and abort himself post birth as the garbage that he says new human beings are. I truly despise liberalism from the depths of my being.

  • There’s nothing the man’s ever said of note to general audiences that wasn’t subsequently discredited or a manifest scam to begin with. Just read the disaster scenarios in The Population Bomb or recall that Julian Simon pwnd him quite thoroughly over mineral prices. (Simon let him pick the resource prices in question). As late as about 1993, he was offering cock-and-bull figures for the quantum of net primary productivity being consumed by humans. He’s a con man. This is item #637 in the file marked “Francis is mediocre and surrounds himself with mediocrities who do not challenge or embarrass him”

  • Francis is not Catholic. Yet more proof. By there fruit you will know them.

  • There is something else I would like to say about the non-existent Population Explosion, and I have said it before. With safe, clean, low-cost energy we can produce all the food and other essentials of human prosperity that we need. It is all a matter of energy supply. And God has endowed Earth’s crust with enough uranium and thorium to do exactly that with fast breeder reactors. With that energy we can:
    (1) Produce hydrogen fuel from water via thermo-catalytic splitting and liquid hydrocarbon fuel from coal via the Fischer Tropsch process
    (2) Desalinate sea water into fresh water to make the deserts bloom (the UAE is building four APR1400 gigantic reactors on the Persian Gulf to help do exactly that – I was offered a job to work there)
    (3) Produce fertilizer from organic waste
    (4) Etc.
    We do NOT have a population problem.
    We do NOT have an energy problem.
    We have a problem of SIN – greed, lust for power, pride, envy – those are our problems. We got enough of everything because God endowed this planet with all we need. And there’s the entire solar system out there – all reachable via NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) propulsion that we actually built and tested in the 1960s! We can get helium-3 from the moon for fusion reactors. We can mine the asteroids for metals. There’s no resource problem. And there is no need to keep major sections of the world’s population in abject misery and poverty. But first we got to fix our insides before we can fix our outsides. And that is what Pope Francis does NOT preach: repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

  • If the pontiff were a mediocrity, that would be a vast improvement.

  • It’s possible we do have a population problem– there’s a consistent pattern of the populations being much, much smaller than reported. Possibly because all the encouragements for estimating push in the same direction, towards a higher estimate. Be it foreign aid, or surveys where you ask traditional culture men on the street how many children they have, publicly questioning their masculinity….
    In general, I want these guys to talk. Ehrlich is a hack, and if his claims were more publicly known he’d be a laughing stock.
    I don’t think a Vatican conference is going to do much for allowing public confrontation of claims, though….

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  • We can mine the asteroids for metals.

    The brother of my Father-in-law drives a truck in Maine with a bumper sticker that reads:

    Earth First. We can mine the other planets later

    As for Franciscus, ABS has a desire to pay him no mind but

    He is laying waste to the Faith
    Trying to turn trads into wraiths

    One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished

  • Again and again, P. Francis is almost exactly modeling the coping behavior and steadily growing, erratic thought processes of a man I once worked with, he being in a key position of a Catholic institution —and one who desperately hid for years his slow-growing, inoperable brain cancer—he wouldn’t relinquish his position.

    I have mentioned before the article in the Italian news journal Quotidiana from October,2015, that chronicled significant details regarding a world-renowned brain cancer expert from Duke University and U.of Pisa medical faculties, who met with and assessed Bergoglio at that time. The dark spot found on his brain was considered “benign” supposedly. To me the meaning is probably that it was likely inoperable, even if it could be accessed.

    Back to the first person in my story: “E” was always very socially adept, power-loving, and quite intellectually high-powered: but gradually we started noting times when his emotions, especially. anger, dripped out, in, at first little snide remarks; then later, increasingly biting and eventually quite offensive and blatantly hostile remarks (people enjoy “eating feces”, a potential example). He began to disappear for days with hushed explanations–have you noticed that seems to be happening with Papa Francis? It turned out “E” was checking himself into a SF peninsula hospital where he was not well-known and could conceal his breakdowns. Still, his thinking, like this man’s, became progressively erratic and his circle of trusted associates, smaller and smaller, also like this man’s, every day nearly, the outbursts more unignorable. Finally, after a series of debacles, he had to be confronted and removed. It was pure hell for everyone. Only then did the true diagnosis become public.

    Yes, I think Bergoglio is a sick man, but like “E”, his fingers are tightly, relentlesdly, wrapped around that orb of power.

  • It is happenings like this–so contrary to natural law–that causes one think of extinction events. The irony of Pope Francis actions are inescapable. Western populations are already in decline as a result of abandoning the teaching of the Catholic Church. These populations are now being overrun by the new barbarians from the East. If anything, a Vatican population conference should try to figure out ways to increase the population which should begin with a return to orthodox Catholicism. What can we conclude? We are witnessing the ‘suicide of the west’ at the hands of the Catholic Church. Our Lady of Fatima, it is time for divine intervention.

  • “One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished.” Over a year ago, I read of reports that Pope Francis could have a brain tumor/brain cancer. The Vatican denied this, but a Dr. Fukushima, who is a brain cancer specialist apparently stated that a dark spot on the pope’s brain could possibly be treatable. Dr. Fukushima went to the Vatican more than once and met with several cardinals, and his staff is reported to have been instructed to make no comment on the matter. I recall that during Pope Paul VI’s visit to Manila during his pontificate he was attacked by a man wielding a knife or other sharp instrument. The Vatican at the time said that the pope sustained minor injuries. However, after his death, the Vatican said that the injuries Paul VI suffered in that attack were life threatening, and that he was for a time in danger of death. I am hesitant to believe anything that comes from the Vatican, and I will close with a question: If insanity (or illness) would make pope Gallen’sgroup less culpable, what would be his excuse for when he was a priest, a bishop, a cardinal?

  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    If Paul Erhlich exiles himself from American citizenship and sovereign personhood, no one can prevent his defection. but Paul Erhlick is no longer an American citizen as he has declared himself a traitor to our Founding Principles.
    These are our Founding Principles. Live them, breathe them, share them. Criminals, outlaws and traitors be damned.

  • Our Founding Principles are ratified by every state. Paul Erhlich is free to leave and Paul Erhlich is free to get three quarters of the states to ratify his opinion. Paul Erhlich is entitled to his opinion. Paul Erhlich is not entitled to my free speech, nor to my America’s sovereign citizens.
    The Vicar of Christ in the Vatican is entitled to the Truth, the Life and the Way of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is not entitled to blare our faults in public. Defamation, calumny and detraction are sins.

  • James, you are right about the contact with Dr. Takanori Fukushima, a world-renowned expert in certain rare brain cancers, who was flown in the papal helicopter from his medical facility near the U. of Pisa medical school campus sometime in Sept or October 2015. Quotidiano Nazionale, the news source, reported it here:


    According to the source, “a small dark spot” was detected on one of the brain scans (probably a CAT scan). Several medical staff personnel saw the papal helicopter with the Vatican coat of arms land at the clinic (“Clinica San Rossore di Barbaracina”) helipad.
    My own research at that time turned up that Dr. Fukushima splits time between the Pisa faculty and Duke U. Medical School. A lady named Lori Radcliffe, who is a medical administrator and scheduler for Dr. Fukushima, at the time of the Quotidiano story, issued a denial of his meeting with the pope: however, she is in Raleigh, NC and couldn’t possibly know whom Dr. Fukushima is meeting at the time in Italy, and besides which for her to acknowledge meeting with P Francis, she would be violating HIPAA confidentiality rules, and so she has to deny it. Also, as though on cue, our friend, papal spokesman at the time, Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a parallel denial, “I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” However, subsequently other news sources produced photos showing a select papal audience with Dr. Fukushima meeting with P. Francis — so Lori Radcliffe had to issue a correction later, stating the audience was merely personal, Dr. Fukushima (who is not Catholic) somehow just wanting to meet the Pope up close and personal, and somehow angling a select papal audience (sometime in Sept-Oct. 2015). The facts don’t fit together.

    Now, around this time (2015) the pope was seen mysteriously stumbling when ascending steps on at least two different occasions (and photographed, so hard to deny it happened). Balance organs are likely to be affected when one has some kinds of brain cancer, depending on where it were to occur; also if he is receiving radiation therapy. However, if he has been receiving the latter, he would likely be unable to carry on regular daily functions.

    But more to my point, having worked with and virtually lived with a person that was concealing a slow growing brain cancer, one of the anomalies that started to develop with increasing frequency was outbursts of anger exhibited in strange statements and overt language. The person is trying to control his raging emotions, made more difficult by the cancer, and is unable to realize objectively that his behavior is becoming increasingly bizarre. The now famous “eating feces” comment (supposedly aimed at “fake news”) on or about Dec. 7, 2016 is salient. Were it not brain cancer, I would view it as advancing dementia. But there is ample evidence to conclude it was brain cancer.

  • Oh: One other thing: Fr. Lombardi’s statement (““I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” ) is a masterpiece in denial. “No Japanese doctor”—does that include a brain cancer expert? “No examinations of the type indicated?” Does that mean we haven’t specifically asked about a specific brain cancer examination of a certain specific type?
    The statement appears to be classic PR disinformation.

  • And another thing: Fr. Lombardi’s denial was that “no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican”. But the Quotidiano article described an examination of a high-level confidential patient at the Clinica at Pisa. Because many VIP movie-star-types and political leaders come to the particular clinic, no one apparently can see them entering and exiting the facility—esp. if they arrive by helicopter. However, the papal coat of arms on a helicopter is a little hard to explain.

  • Let’s just be grateful that he can’t invite the late Josef Mengele. Timothy R.

  • He may be struggling with mental illness, but what about those advisors and cardinals– they don’t all have spots on their brains.

  • Bumper sticker seen in Indianapolis : In large block letters, “QUESTION AUTHORITY”. In much smaller letters underneath : “Just don’t act like you’re questioning authority”. Timothy R.

  • And who will be the person who will destroy other persons to “save the planet”? Paul Erhlich needs to apologize to people for denying to them the existence of their immortal, rational, human soul and for trying to deny to them their FREEDOM.
    Pope Francis needs to explain why he is trying to create an abomination of nations to supplant divine Providence.

  • Years ago, when Al Gore was running for the position of Grand Luna Tick, he told a reporter that all of the animals in cages, around the World, should be set free and replaced with humans. Timothy R.

PopeWatch: Meryl

Saturday, January 14, AD 2017

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


Just moments after being honored at the Golden Globes for her lifetime of work, actress Meryl Streep took the opportunity to make a sustained attack on Cardinal Burke’s dubia.

In her four-minute address while accepting the award, the actress denounced Burke’s traditionalist rhetoric and criticized him for trying to bully the Pope.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” Streep said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. It was that moment when the person who once sat in one of the highest seats in the Vatican questioned Pope Francis. It kind of broke my heart when I read about the dubia and I still can’t get it out of my head because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life. This instinct to humiliate and fraternally correct someone who hasn’t the power to answer the questions posed…it filters down into everyone’s spiritual life because it kind of gives permission for other people to dubia the Pope.”

Streep also went on to use her speech to highlight the importance of Catholic culture, pointing out how important it is, especially when it does not “in any way” intrude on the personal lives and choices of others.

“The Church is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, people they call nominals, and if you kick them all out of the communion lines, you’ll have nobody in your churches,” Streep said to huge applause from the room. “When the intellectually powerful use their position to bully others into justifying their actions, we all lose.”

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  • At least she didn’t say that half of us like to eat poop, and the other half aren’t really married.

  • This week’s great surprise was Piers Morgan incisively criticizing Streep’s attack on Trump showing that she and the globe audience gave Roman Polanski a standing ovation in ?2003.

  • ps…apparently Trump has repeatedly used this flailing arms motif while attacking a series of non disabled people throughout the years. Go here:

  • bill bannon.

    Good link, and point.

    Meryl and her Ilk lost and her little speech was a pathetic poke at the people’s choice.
    The “people” we’re the Deplorables that Mrs. Klingon so unashamedly blurted out.

    To the Hollywood crowd….Piss off with ya.
    Not very nice, I know, but they are infectious and their disease is killing the soul as well as the body. To hell with them!

  • I was about to cancel my ny times description until I checked their comments and they permit conservative criticism of themselves in the droves in comments. So I joined in and noted…” so Clinton lost because of Russian influence but wait….she also won the popular vote by several million…”

  • subscription not description.

  • We have discovered at least (each day more self-identify) three classes of people equally as out of touch with reality as are actors. They are college/university professors, college/university kids, and inmates of insane asylums

  • Now Trump is horrible for counterpunching John Lewis right before MLK day…lol. Lewis started it right before MLK day. Liberals want sacred cows to be able to hit Trump with no cost….kind of like hitjob welfare.

  • I admire Trumps raw ability to call a spade a spade. And to stand up to the covert bullying of the passive aggressive, lying left. He knows how to shut down his manipulative opposition with great skill. And I think many of his supporters feel personal gratification in the fact he responds with normal human anger; a reaction which most people would have when defending oneself from an attack. More politics should be played out like this. Less staged and managed. Less games….I hate games.

    Your concluding line, Donald McClarey, is brilliant!….”…PopeWatch called the Vatican for comment but was advised that the Pope was still recovering from viewing the film Florence Jenkins”

  • See Jim Carrey”s caricature of the Streep type in the movie “Mask”. “They love me ! Really love me !”
    Timothy R.

  • @David,
    About 100 up votes for you. That was a 10!

  • And besides, when you live in a Virtual World 99% of your life, you get to the point that you can do and say ANYTHING with impunity. Timothy R.

PopeWatch: Boss

Friday, January 13, AD 2017






Damian Thompson at The Spectator notes that many of the clerics working at the Vatican are not friends of Pope Francis;


Again, this is an opponent speaking. There is no evidence that the Pope is mentally ill. However, plenty of Vatican employees will testify to his outbursts of temper, rudeness towards subordinates and vulgar language.

He can also be genial, funny and compassionate. But this side of his personality is increasingly reserved for his inner circle and his allies.

All popes have inner circles, it goes without saying. What distinguishes Francis from his recent predecessors is the nature of the alliances he forms. He is far more brutal in the exercise of his power than, say, Pope John Paul II, who certainly had an authoritarian streak in him.

‘Bergoglio divides the church into those who are with him and those who are against him — and if he thinks you’re in the latter camp then he’ll come after you,’ says a priest who works in the curia.


‘Bergoglio’, note: he doesn’t even call him ‘Francis’. Tellingly, this priest used to be a fervent supporter of some of the Pope’s administrative reforms and he doesn’t look back nostalgically at the reign of Benedict, whom he blames for neglecting his papal duties.

But, like so many Vatican employees, he’s sick of Francis’s habit of telling the entire Roman curia that they are modern-day Pharisees — an analogy that casts the Argentinian pontiff in the role of Jesus.

Clearly Francis believes that relaxing the rules on communion for Catholics in irregular marriages is an act of Christlike compassion. This is also the view of the venerable liberal cardinals who campaigned to elect him. It is often said that he is enacting their agenda — and it’s true that Francis is well disposed to liberal demands for women deacons and married priests.

He is not, however, their instrument. In the words of a Vatican observer who held an important position in Rome for many years, ‘He hasn’t taken on the old progressive mantle so much as created his own personality cult.’ Theological niceties bore him. Personal loyalty obsesses him — ‘and if the cardinal electors had done due diligence they would have discovered that he was an extraordinarily divisive figure among the Argentinian Jesuits’.

It’s not hard to detect a Latin American flavour to the deal-making and settling of scores that has become blatant over the past year. Most Catholic bishops had thought Francis was a plain-spoken and perhaps touchingly naive reformer. Instead, they are confronted by a pope who is simultaneously combative, charming, bad-tempered, idealistic and vengeful.

Does that remind you of anyone? The Trump-Francis analogy has been doing the rounds in Rome for months, and not just among the Pope’s opponents.

‘It’s not meant entirely seriously,’ says a well-placed source. ‘No one is suggesting that Jorge Bergoglio is tempted by the same sins of the flesh as Donald Trump.

‘And there’s another difference. The Americans can kick out their old rogue after four years. Francis doesn’t have to stand for re-election by the conclave. Which, believe me, is lucky for him, because after the misery and nonsense of the past couple of years he’d be eliminated in the first ballot.’

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  • “[P]lenty of Vatican employees will testify to his outbursts of temper, rudeness towards subordinates and vulgar language.”
    Am I wrong in my observation that the above describes liberals fairly well in general? I do have one liberal friend who is not like that, though she is a bit feisty and combatative. My other liberal friend used to shock me with his two sided personality-genial one minute, vulgar name-caller the next. The latter is what I seem to see in and on the news.

  • Reading this and reading the previous article by Fr. Schall (and all the other good thinkers who share) just makes me want to kneel with Jesus on this sharp rocky ground of the present as I pray the Rosary…The Agony in the Garden…

  • There’s nothing wrong with authoritarian administrators and they are generally free of certain shortcomings (such as a tendency to make the convenience or sensibilities of employees the priority in running an office, rather then getting the work done). The description of Francis sounds like incompetent administrators I’ve worked for. Outbursts of temper, disciplinary letters and evaluations which are nonsensical, pointless meetings.

  • Playing favorites with your subordinates. And listening to only a selected few. The whole nine yards….

  • he’d be eliminated in the first ballot.

    I would certainly like to believe that.

  • “Clearly Francis believes that relaxing the rules on communion for Catholics in irregular marriages is an act of Christlike compassion. This is also the view of the venerable liberal cardinals who campaigned to elect him. It is often said that he is enacting their agenda — and it’s true that Francis is well disposed to liberal demands for women deacons and married priests”
    Francis is trying to loosen on earth what is bound in heaven. Something even God will not do as God does not contradict Himself. It must be very frustrating and disconcerting to be trying to do the impossible. Only death can undo a Sacramental marriage on earth. All persons called to Holy Orders must have vocations to the priesthood. Married priests cannot be ordained as bishops and women deacons cannot be raised to Holy Orders. Without a vocation an individual pursuing priesthood may be in danger of losing his soul.

  • The Bible talks a lot about the fear of God. One phrase that occurs several times in the Bible is “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.”

    My conclusion after observing leaders in both the civil government and in the Church’s government is that leaders can be put into two approximate categories:
    (1) Those who truly fear the LORD God Almighty, and
    (2) Those who do not truly fear the LORD God Almighty.

    For those who fear the LORD there are certain lines that they just will NOT cross, even they are confident that no human power will punish them for crossing the line, and even if crossing the line will serve as a means to the accomplishment of something truly great for themselves and some others.

    By contrast, those who do not really fear the LORD (even if they make a pretense of it), they will cross any and all lines, being constrained only by what human powers might be able to punish them for. These no-fear-of-the-LORD people are motivated only by having their personal greatness proven and acclaimed in the world over and over again.

  • His Holiness seems to have picked up some nasty Perronist tendencies.

  • His Holiness seems to have picked up some nasty Perronist tendencies.

    My erstwhile department manager was a Personist?

  • Actually the politician it sounds most like isn’t Donald J. Trump as much as Hilary Rodham Clinton.

    And his other verbal issues suggest he is taking psychiatric medicines. Specifically, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. SSRIs don’t improve your overall mood as much as they increase your impulsivity.

  • I think we can all agree that His Holiness demonstrates a strange form of holiness with his outbursts, personal vendettas, and foul language. It will be interesting to see how, when the time comes, his sainthood will be rationalized.

    There must be some purpose to all of this but only God knows what it is.

  • DJH-
    it describes most people when something that is obviously true is challenged by someone who should obviously realize how true it is, especially if they go about arguing for something totally off the wall wrong.
    Heck, even Jesus did it with the money changers.
    The big problem being when something is not only not obviously right, but possibly even totally wrong….. (which is why it sounds so much like liberals)

  • Sounds a tad schizophrenic to me, or to be more precise, a personality disorder.

Our Present Discontents

Thursday, January 12, AD 2017


Father James V. Schall, SJ, in a brilliant essay at Catholic World Report, examines the current sickness that afflicts the Church:


Vatican II presented itself as a massive effort to retain tradition but also to reconcile the Church with the modern world in such a way that they harmonized with each other. It was not noticed at the time, as Tracey Rowland pointed out in her Culture and the Thomist Tradition, that the word “culture” was not neutral. Modern “culture” already contained some good things, but it also had with in it principles and techniques that could eliminate both faith and even the structure of man as we had known him. In many ways, “to conform oneself to the culture” was a form of religious and intellectual suicide. 

In this mix, the thought of both John Paul II and Benedict XVI stood as a corrective. They carefully sorted out the subtle principles and tendencies motivating the modern mind. They identified where these ideas and customs were leading. Under their guidance, it was clear that the mind of Catholicism knew what it was about. Neither of these two popes had many intellectual peers. Those who were their peers usually recognized their genius. Catholicism understood where it came from in history and tradition. It clarified what it meant in relation to basic modern ideas, ideas that the two popes often defined more clearly than their advocates. 

This papal teaching was profound and incisive. Not a few, however, came to think it was over the heads of most people, even most bishops. There is a kind of clericalism, as Fr. Mark Pilon has pointed out, that assumes that the laity cannot think. The request for clarification, which is their due, is often taken for disobedience. We needed a return to the original Gospels, it is said, to the simple life of faith.

Catholicism did not have to present itself before the world as understanding it. It is better to leave things more open, undefined. In this light, however, with Pope Francis’ more recent emphasis on mercy and the poor, his many off-handed remarks, his hesitancy about explaining doctrine, the Church now, to many, seems confused, unsure of itself. It no longer seems to be a “rock” on which we can build.

The faithful are told that they are too “rigid”. The divorced and the homosexuals are, rightly or wrongly, convinced that the Church has changed its doctrine at least implicitly, if not explicitly. Divine positive law does not seem to hold against what people “do” do. Everything must be discerned. Every act seems an exception, which in a way it is. But there can be no “law” of only exceptions. 

Many recent converts begin to wonder whether the Church is not reverting to positions that they thought, in the name of truth, that they had left. It is difficult to see why anyone should convert or even be preached to. To many, the Church seems to present itself as a kind of modern humanism in culture and socialism in political preference.

In the meantime, some three thousand mosques, with much Saudi money, have been built in the United States, probably more in Europe. They are mostly closed enclaves. The decline of population of European citizens has been often noted. Traditional European  national populations are being replaced by a more fertile group of Muslims who, for the most part, do not assimilate or convert, either culturally or religiously. Some predict that Sweden will be Europe’s first Muslim country; others think it will be England. And if there is a first, there will be a second. 

Islamic thinkers themselves shrewdly seem to opt both for terrorist and for democratic means to expand into Europe and America. The martyrdom and expulsion of so many Christians from the Mideast have gone largely unaccounted for. They appear more as an embarrassment than as objects of justice. Their specific witness seems almost lost. 

It is a rare commentator or politician who notes the connection between Humanae Vitae, the decline of population, and the rise of Islam in Europe and America. “Refugees” fleeing into Europe can probably more accurately be described as “invaders” than immigrants, however sad their tale.

We are now experiencing something new, an incipient reaction. With Pierre Manent and Joshua Mitchell, we see that the nation-state and the family are the heart of true civilization. Globalism and world-state notions constantly reveal totalitarian tendencies. Emphasis on the poor has neglected the old Aristotelian notion of the middle-class, by far the majority in any decent society.

What are we to conclude from these considerations? The title of these opinions, and opinions they are, concerned “confused Catholics”. The conclusion is that the confusion of Catholics about the unity and consistency of their faith has dimmed or even taken out of the public order a firm voice that has connected in our civilization the present and the past, time and eternity.

Few seem certain about where the Church stands on many core issues that once were thought to be settled. Practice does not really replace thought. It merely produces another kind of practice that seeks justification in a different line of thought. Practice, overtly or covertly, depends on thought. The origin of all deviant practice is deviant thought. The knowing why it is deviant is a function of mind based on a standard of reason. It is the steady “knowing why” that, before anything else, we are missing.

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  • As in Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty can ascribe to words/reality any meaning he choses. But remember, Humpty Dumpty eventually fell.

  • One of the best “summaries” of our present condition. It is not for mere fallen man to resolve the dilemma that he alone has created.

  • The more I read it, the more I see Humane Vitae as a breach in the dam of sorts, or a classic hegelian thesis, anti-thesis, synthesis creep of progressive agenda –

    Thesis – RC teaching is that the primary end of the marital act is procreation and raising of children to the Glory of God.
    Anti-thesis – the primary end of the marital act is the unity of the spouses/strengthening of the marital bond
    Synthesis: the primary ends (can two things be primary?) of the marital act are procreation and the unity of the spouses.

    There really is no escaping that HV changed the teaching on primary ends. It is indisputable that “procreation is the primary end” is not the same thing as “procreation and unity are the primary ends”. A = Primary is not the same as A+B=Primary.

  • Given that, at the time, it was widely expected that the Catholic Church would slide into a genteel Anglicanism of sorts, it seems to me that Humanae Vitae is the plug in the breach in the dam; leaky as it might be.

  • A minor point: it’s doubtful Muslims in Europe are particularly fecund (or, if they are, that they will be in a generation). The source countries do not have particularly fecund populations. (total fertility rate: Egypt, 3.3; Turkey, 2.1; Libya 2.5; Tunisia, 2.2; Algeria 2.9; Morocco 2.5)

  • Another human being, body and soul, is the only reason to engage the marital act. Some people point to barren women, but the hope, the prayer, the desire for another human being is always there or the marriage and the Sacrament of Matrimony is non-existent, annulled by the non-existent intent of the participants.
    Is there more bonding of human beings than their bonding through another human being who makes a father of a man and a mother of a woman, whose perfectly legal and moral innocence is the standard of Justice for the state and whose sovereign personhood institutes the state?
    The intent and desire for a child makes a family of the couple. Without the desire for a child, the family, the marriage does not exist and the child does not exist. The state that the sovereign personhood of the newly begotten child might institute does not exist.
    Our constitutional POSTERITY cannot exist without our newly begotten, innocent sovereign persons.
    This is God’s plan for mankind and the support of divine Providence for our Declaration of Independence.

  • It’s possible, however, that their old evangelization is better suited to the (post-)modern temper than is our New.

  • cmatt:There really is no escaping that HV changed the teaching on primary ends. It is indisputable that “procreation is the primary end” is not the same thing as “procreation and unity are the primary ends”. A = Primary is not the same as A+B=Primary.”
    There is no bonding nor unity without procreation or the intent for procreation. Bonding and procreation are one and the same. The rest are not. The rest are fraud and perjury in a court of law.

  • We have the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. We have Jesus.

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  • Outstanding article. Brilliant summary of what is happening now in the Church and the world. Bottom line: In the absence of divine intervention we are entering a new dark age where Islam will dominate the culture. In my opinion, it was at Vatican II that the Church decided to make peace with the world and become both humanistic and socialistic—both aspects of Modernism. At this stage of the game–the Church having decided on a strategy of voluntary surrender–the only solution I see is prayer and penance on our part and divine intervention on God’s part. Let us ask Our Lady of Fatima for her help. She is more aware of our situation than anyone.

  • Friends…We have all observed, since Jimmy Carter ( and probably before him ) the Liberals’ fondness for dwelling on ideas involving an observed “malaise” in the Nation. Conservatives mostly speak of Hope and Shared Adventure. It is all a Humanist Dodge !
    Timothy R.

  • To clarify, a Dodge on the part of Liberals.
    Timothy R.

  • Art Deco wrote, “The source countries do not have particularly fecund populations.”
    Iran has a TFR OF 1.92 – below replacement.

  • I just tried to send a message. Did it come through. Having trouble with my device.

  • So, then, SSPX or Orthodox?

    I do not mean this flippantly. I recognize in the piece an overwhelming and depressing amount of Truth. Put in the general context of BXVI’s recognition that the general acceptance of Christianity in the West is failing and falling away and that there is something sublime in this resurgence of a smaller, more passionate, more dedicated and focused Church. (Admittedly, my impressions, rather than his words.)

    So, if the Vatican is veering towards Modernity, is there not wisdom and faith in becoming Orthodox or, if SSPX is regularized, becoming SSPX?

  • David S. brings up a good point. Our job is to try and save our souls and those around us. If this can be done in a better and safer through SSPX or becoming Orthodox –both approved, as far as I know, by the Church –why not?

  • Edie Eason, you came thru loud and clear. Timothy R.

  • “both approved, as far as I know, by the Church –why not?”

    The Orthodox are schismatics as is the SPPX. I will live and die a Roman Catholic, the True Faith. The idea that any bad pope could chase me from the Faith founded by Christ is laughable.

  • Per Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, the SSPX is not in schism. They have an irregular status but do not deny any of the deposit of faith. The Orthodox are in schism.

  • Penguin fan is correct – the SSPX is not in schism, but their status is irregular, and that is fast approaching regularising, with the Vatican offering them a Personal Prelature – like Opus Dei and the Anglican Ordinariate.
    There is a centre of the SSPX here in NZ in Wanganui, and they work in co-operation with some of the diocese where there are priests who offer the TLM and with the FSSP in Auckland, the Transalpine Redemptorists in Christchurch, and offer the TLM as frequently as possible – fortnightly or monthly in several cities in NZ. I have been in discussion with the head of the SSPX here in NZ who also cover Oceania – I have met him, along with some TLM supporters when he called to Tauranga a few months ago. I am continuing to work with him to try to establish a full SSPX parish as close as possible to Tauranga. They have a shortage of priests , but their seminary in Goulburn NSW Australia is full and they hope to have more priests in the next few years. They are having much success, and when I look what has happened in my lifetime over the past 74 years in the Church, I am gravely concerned and see the evidence of collapse happeneing everywhere – except where the “Usus Antiquior” is promoted. I will do my best to revert back to that – the Novus Ordo and the liberal Church of today is frought through with Modernsim and Heterodoxy – and with Kasper, Marx and co, direct heresy.

  • Hear ! Hear ! , Donald R ! Timothy R.

  • I ask the question because the Orthodox are in schism and the SSPX are headed to schism if the “regular” church continues down her present road.

    I am Roman Catholic and not troubled by the NO or many of th other expressions of our faith. They are not my preference but the umbrella of practice is quite large.

    Doctrine is an entirely different matter to me. I care a great deal about faithfulness to the teachings of the Church and am dismayed by what I see. It is increasingly hard for me to think clearly and it disturbs my prayer life.

    None of that is good and much of it is my fault, not the Pope’s.

    The haunting thought is that the Orthodox and SSPX are on a different course by choice. The Church, particularly with regards to SSPX, is in increasing contrast, doctrinally, from the faith of our brothers. They claim to be staying the course set by Peter and Paul and that it is we who are departing from the way.

    This piece eloquently voices those concerns and the question “why not Orthodox or SSPX if their status were regularized” naturally follows.

    Suppose SSPX reconciled, how many of the most devout would shift their practice that direction? I rather think many would and what remained in our parishes would be outnumbered by the very sorts described here, those consumed with hope for mercy without reconciliation and fostering community, rather than a relationship with God.

    I am worried, not because I seek a change; I do not. I am Catholic and will not leave but this nonsense has gone on too long and driven too far to be ignored.

  • Re: David Spaulding. ” This nonsense has gone on too long and driven too far to be ignored.”

    This nonsense has been going on for over 50 years. In trying to raise our 11 kids as Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit beginning in the 1960’s it was necessary to keep them as far as possible from Catholic schools, CCD programs, any of the new catechisms of the time . We and other like minded Catholics started our own school and our own Catechism Program. We also had to find our own priests and an out of diocese Bishop for confirmation. To say the least, it was all very difficult trying to communicate the Catholic faith to our kids. We certainly would not have gone through all of this if there had been an SSPX Chuch and school available at the time. Parents have a duty not to contaminate their kids with a false version of Catholicism.

  • Could we attribute some of the problems in the Church to the heathenistic atmosphere surrounding the Church ? For example, the FEDERAL Government’s takeover of Education in America ? Timothy R.

  • Timothy Reed. Re: Could we attribute some of the problems in the Church to the heathenistic atmosphere surrounding the Church ?

    Yes, the Church was certainly influenced by these secular events as we all are to some extent. However, Vatican II opened doors to the acceptance of the many evils of modernity which are corrupting the Church to this day. The Church has largely accomplished it’s implied V II mission of becoming Protestant in the formation of it’s followers. Now we have a very Lutheran Pope bent on even greater conformity with a secular ethic and the creation of a new world religion. Or so it appears to me.

  • We know this much, Mike, when the Liberals say, “Let us HELP you”; they are really saying “Let us CONTROL you ” ! Timothy R.

  • Timothy Reed.

    Liberals, in their own minds, see themselves doing the work of God. While not many would argue with this charitable disposition, the problem arises because they also think they can make the decisions for others and for God. That’s why socialism, failing to recognize human nature and without the wisdom of God, always fails in the end.

  • I could not have said it better ! Timothy R.

  • David Spaulding wrote, “They claim to be staying the course set by Peter and Paul and that it is we who are departing from the way.”
    So they do; so does the Assyrian Church of the East, which separated from the rest of Christendom after the Council of Ephesus in 431. They will tell you that they alone have remained faithful to Apostolic Tradition and continue their distinctive witness down to our own day.
    So, why do we say they are wrong? Are we prepared to trust our own theological judgment on such a question and insist that we cannot possibly be mistaken?
    When he was still an Anglican, Mgr Ronald Knox asked himself a simple question: “Why did those who anathematized Nestorius come to be regarded as “Catholics” rather than those who still accept his doctrines?” He realised that we do not have to concern ourselves with the theological arguments at all; the short answer is that the “Catholics” had the bishop of Rome in their party and the Nestorians did not.
    As he says, “if you ask a Catholic “What is the Catholic Faith? ” and are told it is that held by the Catholic Church; if you persevere, and ask what is the Catholic Church, you are no longer met with the irritatingly circular definition “the Church which holds the Catholic Faith” ; you are told it is the Church which is in communion with the Bishop of Rome.”

  • Go to Novusordowatch.com for the full post:
    SSPX Deal on the home stretch…

    Vatican “Abp.” Pozzo:
    Bp. Fellay has Accepted Personal Prelature Proposal for SSPX, Details being Worked Out

    [UPDATE 29-JUL-16 19:01 UTC: Society of St. Pius X (SSPX): What is and what is not negotiable for reconciliation with the Catholic Church? (Vatican Insider)]

    The head of the Vatican’s so-called Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, “Archbishop” Guido Pozzo, has revealed in an interview with the German Christ & Welt that Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), has agreed to canonical regularization under a personal prelature solution, although details are still being worked out. Pozzo added that this regularization will not take place until the remaining doctrinal issues are resolved, while at the same time clarifying that these issues do not include such “non-essential” and “pastoral” topics as ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, religious liberty, and the relationship between the Church and the modern world.

    In plain English: The deal is done, they’re just putting the finishing touches on the wrapping to make it look as presentable as possible.

    The interview is somewhat lengthy and has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, although we provide our own translation of some of the more salient portions below. A Spanish translation has been made available here, and the original German can be found here.

    Vatican “Abp.” Pozzo:
    Bp. Fellay has Accepted Personal Prelature Proposal for SSPX, Details being Worked Out

    [UPDATE 29-JUL-16 19:01 UTC: Society of St. Pius X (SSPX): What is and what is not negotiable for reconciliation with the Catholic Church? (Vatican Insider)]

    The head of the Vatican’s so-called Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, “Archbishop” Guido Pozzo, has revealed in an interview with the German Christ & Welt that Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), has agreed to canonical regularization under a personal prelature solution, although details are still being worked out. Pozzo added that this regularization will not take place until the remaining doctrinal issues are resolved, while at the same time clarifying that these issues do not include such “non-essential” and “pastoral” topics as ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, religious liberty, and the relationship between the Church and the modern world.

    In plain English: The deal is done, they’re just putting the finishing touches on the wrapping to make it look as presentable as possible.

    The interview is somewhat lengthy and has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, although we provide our own translation of some of the more salient portions below. A Spanish translation has been made available here, and the original German can be found here.

    DavI’d Spaulding
    Friday, January 13, AD 2017 at 9:44pm

  • Without an “Edit” function it is very difficult to do a post properly, and with the very limited window for the comment, it is difficult to read and add/delete anything – but this was in response to David Spaulding on Jan 13th.
    The issue stems from some – not all – of the documents from V II, and the Vatican has finally agreed with the SSPX that many of the documents are Pastoral rather than Doctrinal. If you search, you will find that A’bp. LeFebvre had formal approval of his Order from Paul VI – but a few years later when the liberals in the Vatican gained ascendancy, the SSPX Order was made irregular because of their point of view.
    There is no doubt that the SSPX adhere completely to the Tradition of the Church and recognise the duly elected Pope as the Successor of Peter. There is no dispute there, and they have never been declared as in schism. If they are adhering to the Tradition of the Church and the Fullness of the Church’s teaching, and if the “Today” Church moves on, how can that put the SSPX into schism? The logic fails.

  • Don the Kiwi asks, “If they are adhering to the Tradition of the Church and the Fullness of the Church’s teaching, and if the “Today” Church moves on, how can that put the SSPX into schism?”
    I do not feel you are giving full weight to Saint John Paul II’s Motu Proprio, Ecclesia Dei Adflicta of 2 July 1988. “In itself this act was one of disobedience to the Roman pontiff in a very grave matter and of supreme importance for the unity of the church, such as is the ordination of bishops whereby the apostolic succession is sacramentally perpetuated. Hence such disobedience—which implies in practice the rejection of the Roman primacy—constitutes a schismatic act. In performing such an act, notwithstanding the formal canonical warning sent to them by the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Bishops last June 17, Archbishop Lefebvre and the priests Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, Richard Williamson and Alfonso de Galarreta have incurred the grave penalty of excommunication envisaged by ecclesiastical law.”

    How does the SSPX’s position comport with the Pope’s primacy of jurisdiction, as defined in Pastor Aeternus “to which all, of whatsoever rite and dignity, are bound, by their duty of hierarchical subordination and true obedience, to submit, not only in matters which belong to faith and morals, but also in those that appertain to the discipline and government of the Church throughout the world; so that the Church of Christ may be one flock under one supreme pastor, through the preservation of unity, both of communion and of profession of the same faith, with the Roman pontiff.”

  • They put in a nickel, and they want a “quarter” song. Ok. Here is my “quarter song”. If we ever are blessed again with a Pope, that is like the Pope, who was a real man, the Polish Pope who CRUSHED communism, there will be a cry of JOY, heard all over this sad World, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike !!! Timothy R.

  • And, if such a Pope does “arrive”, I hope his Advisors recommend that he approves the design of different Vestment, of different colors, like maybe “pink” for the heretical Priests. Timothy R.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour.
    Perhaps this link will answer your comment. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cbishops/documents/rc_con_cbishops_doc_20090121_remissione-scomunica_en.html

    The excommunication against the four bishops – including Bp. Fellay is lifted, and encouragement given to regularise the situation – not a schism anymore.

  • Don the Kiwi wrote, “The excommunication against the four bishops – including Bp. Fellay is lifted, and encouragement given to regularise the situation – not a schism anymore.”

    It is the remission of a penalty; it does not alter the character of the original consecrations as a schismatic act.

    It also expresses the hope that “this step will be followed by the prompt attainment of full communion with the Church on the part of the whole Society of St Pius X, which will thus bear witness to its genuine fidelity and genuine recognition of the Magisterium and authority of the Pope by the proof of visible unity.” Until this is achieved, the Society is not in “full communion” or “visible unity.”

    We find similar language in the Common Christological Declaration of 11 November 1994, between the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, “[W]e pledge ourselves to do everything possible to dispel the obstacles of the past which still prevent the attainment of full communion between our Churches, so that we can better respond to the Lord’s call for the unity of his own, a unity which has of course to be expressed visibly.”

    Now, Canon 751 defines schism as “the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.” Individuals and churches either submit to the Supreme Pontiff (“genuine fidelity and genuine recognition of the Magisterium and authority of the Pope by the proof of visible unity”) and are in communion (“full communion”) with the members of the Church subject to him, or they are not; there is no half-way house.

  • I want to thank y’all for directly answering me.

    My subject matter expertise is not in theology or any other discipline useful to this discussion. This why I have spent my life accepting, at face value, what the Church teaches. In general, my process is to ask “what does the Church say?” and then try to live that. Where the Church allows for different voices, like the death penalty, I then apply Scripture, reason and experience. I always begin with Church teaching.

    I think this is why I find Pope Frances to be unsettling: if one counts on clear guidance and that clear guidance is ripped away, confusion and anger are natural human reactions. I do not think I am alone in this.

    Again, thank you for your patient and carefully considered responses.

PopeWatch: Liturgy

Thursday, January 12, AD 2017



Father Z alerts us that ominous changes are afoot:


From Sandro Magister:

A Firing, a Demolition: Behold the New Curia

The reform of the Vatican curia that Pope Francis is carrying out is being done partly in sunshine and partly in shadow. [Mostly shadow.  There is a lot that doesn’t reach the light.]

Among the provisions recently adopted in shadow, there are two that are emblematic.


The veil was lifted on the first by the vaticanista Marco Tosatti, when on December 26 he broke the news of an order the pope had given to a dicastery [CDF] head to summarily fire three of his officials, an order given without explanations and without accepting objections. [He has the power to do that.]

It is now known that the dicastery in question is not second-tier, it is the congregation for the doctrine of the faith. [CDF] And the three officials fired enjoyed the full approval of their prefect, Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, in his turn made the target of repeated acts of humiliation, in public, on the part of the pope.

But which of the three rejects is the official whom Francis personally – as Tosatti has reported – reprimanded harshly by telephone for having expressed criticisms against him, which had come to the pope’s ear through an informant? [True.  One of them was called personally.]

It is the Dutch priest Christophe J. Kruijen, 46, in service at the congregation for the doctrine of the faith since 2009, a theologian of acknowledged expertise, awarded with the prestigious Prix Henri De Lubac in 2010 by the French embassy to the Holy See, unanimously bestowed upon him by a jury made up of the cardinals Georges Cottier, Albert Vanhoye, and Paul Poupard,…

[… read about him there…]


The second measure taken in shadow concerns the congregation for divine worship, [CDW] the prefect of which is Cardinal Robert Sarah, he too the object of repeated public humiliations on the part of the pope, and now condemned to preside over offices and men who are pulling against him.

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3 Responses to PopeWatch: Liturgy

  • One thing s certain; that “smoke of Satan” that Paul VI spoke openly about has burst into flames. the only question left is who’s assisting the arsonists from Hades set fires within God’s Holy Temple? Silence will not solve this problem.

  • “Pontiff’s come and pontiff’s go.” -Card. Sarah ( I believe it is his quote )

    Amen to that!
    Hang on tight and do not abandon the fight.
    Polarization has increased since ’13 when, allegedly, the Holy Spirit seized the day.
    Allegedly because the shape Catholism was and is in Argentina is disappointing.
    Leadership?…Or agendas at foot?

  • Pope Francis gives much space to the fall of Adam but very little space to the God Bearer, The Blessed Virgin Mary who refused to sin, whose will she willed to have perfect conformity to the will of God and who like her Son, Jesus lived and died loving God.

PopeWatch: Knights of Malta

Wednesday, January 11, AD 2017


Troubled times for the Knights of Malta:



Letters seen by English Catholic news weekly The Tablet have revealed that Pope Francis specifically requested the Knights of Malta that no one be dismissed in a dispute that saw its third-in-command, Albrecht von Boeselager, thrown out as Grand Chancellor and then suspended from the Order.  

Boeselager was replaced by Maltese knight John Critien, who now represents the Sovereign Military Order as its foreign and home affairs minister.

Boeselager was sacked on 6 December by the Knights’ Grand Master, Matthew Festing, in the presence of the Order’s patron and prominent conservative critic of Francis, Cardinal Burke.

The reasons for Boeselager’s dismissal primarily date back to when he was Grand Hospitaller from 1989 to 2014 and in charge of Malteser International, the Knights’ large humanitarian aid agency located in 24 countries. During his tenure, the organization is documented to have distributed thousands of condoms and oral contraceptives, mainly but not exclusively to help prevent prostitutes in the Far East and Africa contracting HIV/AIDS.

The allegations were spearheaded by Michael Hichborn of the Lepanto Institute, who presented his findings to Burke in early November.

Boeselager denies the charges.

But now it has emerged that Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote to Festing a few days later, clarifying that the Pope did not want Boeselager sacked.

As a result of the Knights’ decision, the Holy See decided to set up an investigation into the Knights.   

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8 Responses to PopeWatch: Knights of Malta

  • I wonder if the Pope in a fit of revenge will sack Burke from the Cardinalate. After all, Burke has become champion spokesman of the Dubia and has presided over the sacking of the Grand Chancellor, and BOTH issues dealing with orthodoxy in sexual practices: the first in no adultery and the second in no contraceptives. This Pope cannot accept rigid adherence to moral regulation.
    So I want to ask him this: should I as a nuclear energy professional rigidly adhere to nuclear regulation? If yes, then why is nuclear regulation (or medical or fire protection or civil / structural or whatever) any more important to be scrupulously observed that moral regulation? Why not have mercy on poor fallible me?
    You see, folks, where this is going? Why is the body that one day becomes dust MORE important than the soul which lives forever? Jorge Bergoglio cannot think through the logical ramifications of his mercy philosophy.

  • Yep. That 1/10 letter is fierce. The Grand Master of the Knights has just told the commission to stuff it, in no uncertain terms.

    Not surprising that a fellow who gave a thumbs-up to birth control for eugenics purposes is not put out by what Boeselager did.

    We must accompany the poor, vulnerable and exploited with boxes of Trojans.

  • The Order of Malta is a sovereign entity. This is like the Vatican ordering an investigation of Andorra or Liechtenstein or San Marino – or Italy ordering an investigation of the Vatican.

  • Stuff like this wouldn’t happen if the knights were returned to defending Christians from Muslim terrorists.

    I just re-read St. Matthew’s (25: 31 – 40) “final judgment” narrative. It doesn’t see anything about giving condoms to the least of Jesus’ sisters. BTW: earlier St. Matthew (12: 48 – 50) relates how Jesus specifically identifies exactly who are his “brothers.” FYI: they ain’t prostitutes.

  • This could be a bank shot aimed at Cardinal Burke. Who knows? I doubt the Knights will pay the Pope much mind.

  • Despots eventually make themselves irrelevant. Like, Obama.
    Timothy R.

  • “The prime question is not what have you done, but who you know.” Well, Pope Gallengroup sure knew the right people on March 13, 2013.

PopeWatch: Silence

Tuesday, January 10, AD 2017



Sandro Magister sees resonance from the movie Silence in regard to how the powers that be in the Vatican view the proclamation of Christ.



On January 12, movie theaters in Italy and other countries will begin showing the latest film by Martin Scorsese, “Silence,” already screened in Rome a month ago for a select audience largely made up of Jesuits, after the audience that the pope held with the famous director on November 30 (see photo).

The plot of the film is taken from the novel of the same name by the Japanese Catholic writer Shusaku Endo (1923-1996). Set in the 17th century, at the height of the anti-Christian persecutions, its protagonists are two Jesuits who go to Japan in search of one of their confreres, Christovao Ferreira, a former provincial of the Society of Jesus, who is rumored to have apostatized. In effect, this is what had happened. And in the end one of the two, Sebastian Rodrigues, would even go so far as to abjure, with the intention of saving other Christians from an atrocious death.

The “silence” of the title is that of God, in the face of the martyrdom of those first Japanese Christians. And in effect the book, even more so than the film, is a tangle of essential questions on the reasons to hold firm to the faith or not in an era of extreme martyrdom. The Jesuits who abjure do so out of mercy toward those ordinary Christians who for their part are ready to sacrifice their lives out of fidelity to Christ. And as apostates, they are repaid with a role of prestige in the Japanese society of the time, to which they submit. The questions raised are of great density and profundity. And they are brought to light very well in the review of Endo’s novel written by the Jesuit Ferdinando Castelli in 1973, republished in its entirety in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica.”

It is striking, however, that such questions should remain closed off within the confines of literary criticism, as admirable as this may be. Because little of them appears in the other facets of the big publicity campaign that “La Civiltà Cattolica” orchestrated for the release of the film.

In the second-to-latest issue of the magazine of the Rome Jesuits – which by statute is printed after inspection by the Holy See and has become the mirror of Pope Francis’s thought – editor Fr. Antonio Spadaro published a conversation he had with Martin Scorsese that takes up a good 22 pages, in which however little more than a page is dedicated to “Silence” and the character the director says is the most “fascinating” for him is Kichjjiro, the companion of the two Jesuit protagonists, “constantly weak” and led to betray them, although at the end he is thanked as “teacher” by none other than the Jesuit who abjures:

> “Silence”. Interview with Martin Scorsese

This neglect of the essential questions underlying “Silence” is the subject of this critical commentary from auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles Robert Barron, in a post on the blog “Word on Fire“:

“My worry is that all of the stress on complexity and multivalence and ambiguity is in service of the cultural elite today, which is not that different from the Japanese cultural elite depicted in the film. What I mean is that the secular establishment always prefers Christians who are vacillating, unsure, divided, and altogether eager to privatize their religion. And it is all too willing to dismiss passionately religious people as dangerous, violent, and let’s face it, not that bright. Revisit Ferreira’s speech to Rodrigues about the supposedly simplistic Christianity of the Japanese laity if you doubt me on this score. I wonder whether Shusaku Endo (and perhaps Scorsese) was actually inviting us to look away from the priests and toward that wonderful group of courageous, pious, dedicated, long-suffering lay people who kept the Christian faith alive under the most inhospitable conditions imaginable and who, at the decisive moment, witnessed to Christ with their lives. Whereas the specially trained Ferreira and Rodrigues became paid lackeys of a tyrannical government, those simple folk remained a thorn in the side of the tyranny.

“I know, I know, Scorsese shows the corpse of Rodrigues inside his coffin clutching a small crucifix, which proves, I suppose, that the priest remained in some sense Christian. But again, that’s just the kind of Christianity the regnant culture likes: utterly privatized, hidden away, harmless.  So okay, perhaps a half-cheer for Rodrigues, but a full-throated three cheers for the martyrs, crucified by the seaside.”


But getting back to “La Civiltà Cattolica”,” what is most striking is the modern-day application that it makes of the historical events of  “Silence.”

In the latest issue of the magazine there is an article on what “the mission in secularized Japan” should like be today, in which the author, the Japanese Jesuit Shun’ichi Takayanagi, presents as obligatory “a paradigm shift regarding the concept of mission and the ways of exercising it.”

In the judgment of Fr. Takayanagi, in fact, the type of mission also in use in Japan until a few decades ago, which “aimed at visible and concrete results, meaning a great number of baptized,” today not only “is no longer possible,” but is outdated and to be replaced altogether.

He writes:

“Even if ‘mission’ obtained a great result in Japan in the 16th century, it is no longer possible to attain similar success in contemporary times, characterized by rapid progress of material culture and a high standard of living. Precisely for this reason the antiquated conception of mission, which comes from the Western colonial era of the 19th century and survives in the subconscious of many missionaries, foreign and native, must be replaced with a new conception of the people with whom and for whom one works. The new strategy of the proclamation of the Gospel must become an expression of the need for religion among the men of today. Dialogue must deepen our conception of the other religions and of the common human need for religious values.”

According to “La Civiltà Cattolica,” therefore, the “antiquated” concept of mission, or “making proselytes and procuring converts to the Church,” must be replaced with “dialogue.” All the more so in a country like Japan in which it is normal “to go to a Shinto shrine and take part in Buddhist celebrations, and also participate, on Christmas, in a Christian liturgy,” no longer with the “strange obligation to follow a certain religious creed” and “in a vaguely non-monotheistic cultural atmosphere.”

At the end of his article, Fr. Takayanagi emphasizes that the Japanese, although they are very much open to religious pluralism, “remain shaken by a few brutal episodes that can be traced back to religious roots,” Islamic but not solely.

And he comments:

“Of course, religion can help men to grow and mature, but in extreme cases belonging to a religion can also pervert human nature. Is Christianity capable of preventing fanaticism and this sort of perversion? This is an insistent question for us, which we must pose to ourselves in the exercise of our missionary activity. The history of Christianity, in this regard, is certainly not irreproachable. [. . .] In particular, some Japanese intellectuals, although in a vague and almost unconscious manner, and taking inspiration from the polytheistic Japanese culture, are beginning to wonder if the monotheistic religions, in the final analysis, can show themselves to be truly tolerant toward the members of other religions. [. . .] These intellectuals maintain that the polytheistic cultural terrain of Japanese Shintoism can ensure an accommodating haven for the other religions.”

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11 Responses to PopeWatch: Silence

  • Stay far, far away from most Jesuits. I don’t know what they are, but , most definitely, they are not Catholic.

  • I am not going to bother with this movie. Scorsese is, I believe, an apostate anyway do he has nothing to say worth listening to.
    I would rather watch El Cid.

  • “In particular, some Japanese intellectuals, although in a vague and almost unconscious manner, and taking inspiration from the polytheistic Japanese culture, are beginning to wonder if the monotheistic religions, in the final analysis, can show themselves to be truly tolerant toward the members of other religions. [. . .] ”

    An insight into why Pope Francis equates those who hold fast to the true teachings of the Church with Jihadists.


  • “some Japanese intellectuals, although in a vague and almost unconscious manner, and taking inspiration from the polytheistic Japanese culture, are beginning to wonder if the monotheistic religions, in the final analysis, can show themselves to be truly tolerant toward the members of other religions.”
    In the same manner that guns do not kill people; people kill people. Monotheistic religious tenets do not kill people; people kill people. Some evildoers know that they deserve death for their evil deeds. Their fear of retribution invites evildoers to accuse just people of unjustly seeking their life, but evildoers know that they deserve death.
    Faithful Christians recognize and tolerate fallen human nature in themselves and in their neighbors. Even the capital one murderer, in the first degree, is executed by his own citizenship in the state through his own forfeited power of attorney.
    Jesus Christ, the Revelation of God to man, lived His natural human life in perfect obedience to His Father, God in heaven. Jesus would have lived His life in Perfect obedience to the will of His Father in heaven, even if He was the only human being on earth. (Perfect obedience to The Creator was willed by the Immaculate Conception. Mary’s soul was created with Adam and Eve before the fall of mankind. Mary perfectly acknowledged God in her soul. Mary’s perfect acknowledgement of God in her soul preserved the original innocence, virginity and perfect obedience of The Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s perfect love of God enabled the Holy Spirit to overshadow her. Mary freely willed her soul to magnify the Lord)
    It was Jesus Christ’s perfect obedience to His Father in heaven that was the cause of mankind’s salvation, as Jesus Christ had taken on our human nature. The human nature that Jesus Christ had taken on through the Immaculate Conception was perfect in obedience. Mankind’s salvation is open to all persons but only through the individual person freely willing to purse his own salvation.
    Religion is a person’s relationship with God in obedience and in Truth. A perfect relationship with God in Truth does not allow for betrayal, apostasy and/or worship of false gods, imperfect truths and/or seducing (flim flaming, swindling and sidewinding) other souls seeking the True God.
    Those individuals who refuse to pursue their own salvation in Truth attempt to ruin the pursuit of other persons, causing their neighbors to fall into despair. Those individuals who willfully damage the Truth do the devil’s work and are the devil’s minions.
    Books like SILENCE are written to justify apostasy. Movies like SILENCE are made to justify apostasy.
    Rest in Peace Mr. Nat Hentoff. Your search for Peace and Justice is accomplished. May 60,000,000 aborted human souls bring you to Paradise.

  • In the discussion titled “Pope Watch :Basic Math”, I revealed an eyewitness account of my encounter ( and personal rejection ) of HUMANISM. I believe that the Jesuits, among others, have been INFECTED with it for centuries, carrying and spreading it where ever they have traveled ! It would be most ironic if such an atheistic infection was stopped in Japan by ANOTHER atheistic religion !
    Timothy R.

  • To enhance a bit, if I may : I’ve been told since I was a wee lad that the Lord moves in mysterious ways. What if, just what if, the Lord Himself arranged an encounter like the one in Silence ? It could be TWO pagan beliefs butting heads to remind us of what Jesus said two thousand years ago, “A house divided against itself can not stand !”
    Timothy R.

  • I’m looking forward to the movie, for my part, but I recommend reading Endo’s novel first.

  • Isn’t this book and movie a complete inversion of the passage in 2 Maccabees 7 about the martyrdom of the seven brothers? They were killed in front of their mother, who was also killed.

  • I find it fascinating, and troublesome too, the fact that man has always, and will continue on into the future, thinking that we can actually terminate another person by killing the body. Timothy R.

  • I think that Lucifer himself grieves even more than the Family, at the wake of a devout Catholic; because,
    he sees the Soul leaving, and knows that he can no longer try to “sift” that person. Timothy R.

PopeWatch: Basic Math

Monday, January 9, AD 2017

Carl E. Olsen takes a look at disturbing evidence that basic math, and basic rationality, may not apply in this pontificate:




Jesuit papal confidant and director of La Civiltà Cattolica, Fr. Antonio Spadaro S.J., who is considered to be “one of the Jesuits closest to Pope Francis,” has a lively Twitter account. Lively, but not necessarily theologically sound. Granted, there are more substantial news items out there, but this little tempest in a tea pot is not only rather fun, it is rather revealing.

The tweet in question, from earlier today:

Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5. Because it has to do with #God and real #life of #people

— Antonio Spadaro (@antoniospadaro) January 5, 2017

Fr. Spadaro was apparently trying to make a point about certain theologians who are supposedly too rigid, dogmatic, or scholastic in their approaches to complex or difficult moral situations. A number of folks responded to his tweet, pointing out, in essence, that it was wrong, vapid, and otherwise embarrassing. This is Theology 101, the sort of thing junior high students should understand: truth can never contradict truth, even if some truth (theology) is supra-rational. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, quoting from both Vatican I’s Dei Filius and Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes:

Faith and science: “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.” “Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.” (CCC, 159)

Dr. Francis Beckwith, meanwhile, proffers this from St. Thomas:

@antoniospadaro True, math’s not #theology, But incoherence is a vice of #reason, including #theology, not just math. See Aquinas SCG.I.84.1 pic.twitter.com/2xn5iAjlxK

— Francis J. Beckwith (@fbeckwith) January 6, 2017

Perhaps sensing that his tweet was not going to successfully buck commonsense, basic theology, and the entire Tradition, Fr. Spadaro tried to find an ally in Benedict XVI: 

“GOD was made flesh and shows us that he is NOT only a MATHEMATICAL reason but that this original Reason is also LOVE” #BenedictXVI (2006)

— Antonio Spadaro (@antoniospadaro) January 6, 2017

The quote, in the English translation on the Vatican site, is from an address given by Benedict at Auschwitz in May 2006: “The God in whom we believe is a God of reason – a reason, to be sure, which is not a kind of cold mathematics of the universe, but is one with love and with goodness.”

That quote, however, does not help Fr. Spadaro at all since Benedict—to repeat what I’ve already noted above—is simply noting that God is a God of reason and that God also transcends the limits of reason and human knowledge. In fact, Fr. Spadaro’s simplistic, glaring error—which he seems to think is some sort of great theological insight—was roundly rebuffed in one of Benedict’s most famous addresses, also in Germany in 2006, given at the University in Regensburg:

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  • This I think is a basis of a lot of what we’re seeing from this Pope, “2 + 2 need not equal 4”. And “anyone who thinks it must is rigid”.

  • I saw this on Twitter and FB a few days ago. Liberal progressive clerics know as much about theology, philosophy, science, engineering, mathematics and history as do liberal progressive news journalists and liberal progressive politicians and liberal progressive climatologists, which is to say: NONE. And that includes the Pope, too. We have to love the Pope and pray for the Pope, but the truth is that behaves and speaks exactly as would a typical Argentinian Marxist Peronist. Failing to see that means that we would be as blind as those ignorant liberal progressives.
    2+2=5 ! Spadaro says that to indicate God can create more out of less. Why not 2+2=3 ? God creates less out of more? Can Spadaro not think through the logical ramifications of the idiocy he is proposing? On 2nd thought, liberal progressives don’t think and that’s the whole point.

  • The principles of economics are absent, as well. Thomas Sowell, “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”

    As usual, LQD is 100% correct. You need to keep in mind that the typical liberal begins with a myth, superstition or narrative (objective to seize power) and treats it as Truth. And, anyone that presents the facts is met with a string of ad hominems and liberal swear-words, such as “racist”, “xenophobe”, homophobe”, Islamophobe”, “what about the children?” etc.

    And, liberal academia is worse. Economics has devolved (a tiny decline) into something shoddy and unreliable. But, that has always been true of the social sciences.

  • Bl John Henry Newman has an interesting comment on the application of number to theology: “[O]ur speculations concerning the Supreme Being, whom it may be unmeaning, not only to number with other beings, but to subject to number in regard to His own intrinsic characteristics. That is, to apply arithmetical notions to Him may be as unphilosophical as it is profane. Though He is at once Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the word “Trinity” belongs to those notions of Him which are forced on us by the necessity of our finite conceptions, the real and immutable distinction which exists between Person and Person implying in itself no infringement of His real and numerical Unity. And if it be asked how, if we cannot properly speak of Him as Three, we can speak of Him as One, I reply that He is not One in the way in which created things are severally units; for one, as applied to ourselves, is used in contrast to two or three and a whole series of numbers; but of the Supreme Being it is safer to use the word “monad” than unit, for He has not even such relation to His creatures as to allow, philosophically speaking, of our contrasting Him with them.”

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  • Pope Francis lives in a Modernist universe where truth is what you say it is. See: https://sarmaticusblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/fr-spadaro-wants-all-to-know-that-22-still-equals-5-at-the-domus-sanctae-marthae/

    Excellent point below. It is the key to modernism and Protestantism, i.e., we determine truth, not God.

    ” reviving the philosopher Maurice Blondel’s rejection of the traditional definition of truth as bringing the mind into conformity with reality (‘adaequatio rei et intellectus’) in favour of an account of truth as bringing thought into line with life (‘adaequatio realis mentis et vitae’).”

  • Michael Dowd wrote, “the philosopher Maurice Blondel’s rejection of the traditional definition of truth as bringing the mind into conformity with reality (‘adaequatio rei et intellectus’) in favour of an account of truth as bringing thought into line with life (‘adaequatio realis mentis et vitae’).”

    Blondel’s definition was profoundly influenced by Henri Bergson, whose lectures he attended. For Bergson, “The intellect, then, is a purely practical faculty, which has evolved for the purposes of action. What it does is to take the ceaseless, living flow of which the universe is composed and to make cuts across it, inserting artificial stops or gaps in what is really a continuous and indivisible process. The effect of these stops or gaps is to produce the impression of a world of apparently solid objects. These have no existence as separate objects in reality; they are, as it were, the design or pattern which our intellects have impressed on reality to serve our purposes.” This is reminiscent of Dedekind’s creation of a new irrational number at every gap in the continuous number line at which there is no existing real number.

  • The Lasso : Sometime, in the middle of my career in Law Enforcement, I became more than concerned with the feral ferocity of so many of the “family fights” I was having to cover. Especially in light of the fact that most of them involved children, helpless and present. I already held a four year degree from USI. So I applied at UE for admission to Graduate School to study for a Masters in Psychology. I wanted to find out what made people tick. Now, UofE is the most prestigious of all of the Universities in the Midwest. And I knocked myself out for three years to LEARN all I could, and get the degree. I graduated in 1985. But, you know, a part of the reason why it seemed like I was swimming upstream,, was because of the heavy influence of HUMANISM in so many of the studies. I edited it out myself, and came to think of it as a “Philosophical Virus”! Just like the virus that can infect a computer ! It is a Lasso to the thinking of so many !
    Timothy R.

  • Let’s see … doesn’t 2 cardinals + 2 cardinals = 5 dubia? 🙂

Traditional Catholics as Herod

Saturday, January 7, AD 2017


We can always depend upon our Pope to disappoint.  He uses the Feast of Epiphany to lash out at traditional Catholics:


“Longing for God draws us out of our iron-clad isolation, which makes us think that nothing can change. Longing for God shatters our dreary routines and impels us to make the changes we want and need. Longing for God has its roots in the past yet does not remain there: it reaches out to the future. Believers who feel this longing are led by faith to seek God, as the Magi did, in the most distant corners of history, for they know that there the Lord awaits them. They go to the peripheries, to the frontiers, to places not yet evangelized, to encounter their Lord. Nor do they do this out of a sense of superiority, but rather as beggars who cannot ignore the eyes of those who for whom the Good News is still uncharted territory.

“An entirely different attitude reigned in the palace of Herod, a short distance from Bethlehem, where no one realized what was taking place. As the Magi made their way, Jerusalem slept. It slept in collusion with a Herod who, rather than seeking, also slept. He slept, anesthetized by a cauterized conscience. He was bewildered, afraid. It is the bewilderment which, when faced with the newness that revolutionizes history, closes in on itself and its own achievements, its knowledge, its successes. The bewilderment of one who sits atop his wealth yet cannot see beyond it. The bewilderment lodged in the hearts of those who want to control everything and everyone. The bewilderment of those immersed in the culture of winning at any cost, in that culture where there is only room for “winners”, whatever the price. A bewilderment born of fear and foreboding before anything that challenges us, calls into question our certainties and our truths, our ways of clinging to the world and this life.

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  • Equating the evil Herod, who commissioned the slaughter of innocent babies, to traditional Catholics is part for the course when it comes to this Pontiff.
    The Caudillo Pontiff….. runs his office like a Caudillo.

  • I viewed the excerpt and it made me think of abortion. Infanticide outside or inside the womb is murder.

  • “A holy longing for God wells up in the heart of believers because they know that the Gospel is not an event of the past but of the present.” such a secular reading of the bible! Of course the Gospel actually transcends time.

  • This is reading into the bible what you want to read, then sermonizing on your own eisegesis.

  • I think he knows that he can’t answer the four Cardinals’ dubia either through sloth or by logic and it is eating at him but in a neurotic way that it is making him superman in his own eyes such that the Gospels are actually about him versus Burke etc. in his subconscious and only secondarily about the actual New Testament people. I think a tiny part of him knows that there is something wrong with him. And he fears the historical rarity of being formally corrected by Cardinals if he does not answer the dubia.

  • We now read the Pope as a politician with an enemies list who advocates an ideology we cannot support. His credibility as a spokesman for Christ is fast disappearing. He has become a crank and is now beginning to appear ridiculous. Let us pray for him.

  • I thought Jorge Bergoglio was talking about himself when he said:
    ” He slept, anesthetized by a cauterized conscience. He was bewildered, afraid. It is the bewilderment which, when faced with the newness that revolutionizes history, closes in on itself and its own achievements, its knowledge, its successes. The bewilderment of one who sits atop his wealth yet cannot see beyond it. The bewilderment lodged in the hearts of those who want to control everything and everyone. The bewilderment of those immersed in the culture of winning at any cost, in that culture where there is only room for ‘winners’, whatever the price. A bewilderment born of fear and foreboding before anything that challenges us, calls into question our certainties and our truths, our ways of clinging to the world and this life.”
    His conscience is cauterized, unable to respond to the dubia.
    He is a bewildered and frightened old man.
    He sits atop his wealth and power, and cannot see beyond it to the Gospel.
    I could go on, but you see what I mean. While he intended this for Traditionalists, what he responds to is his spiritual mirror and he doesn’t even know that.
    Marxist Peronist Argentinian.

  • I agree with Michael Dowd. Pope Francis works as if he were a politician. That is not good. See Orwell, politics are essentially coercion and deceit. Both are evident in his comparing to evil personified – Herod – Catholics whose only sins are to defend 2,000 year-old Church Teachings.

  • Aren’t we supposed to support the Pope?

  • Yes, when the Pope supports Catholicism.

  • Regardless of our thoughts about the Holy Father’s deeds and actions, he is the successor of St. Peter, appointed by Christ to lead the Church. If we are unhappy with something he’s said or done, we should pray for ourselves for understanding, for him, and for the whole church.
    I make a practice of praying each night for the pope and his intentions.

  • “I make a practice of praying each night for the pope and his intentions.”

    That is praiseworthy Sister and I mean that quite sincerely. However, as the interaction of Saint Paul and Saint Peter on one occasion indicates, sometimes action in addition to prayer is called for.

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  • I would be leery of saying I know better than the pope or classifying myself with Paul. The case has happened when serious work needs to be done, but it is dangerous to assume that we know better.

  • It is also dangerous to assume that a Pope, when he appears to contradict Holy Writ, or speaks on topics on which he has no charism of infallibility, is correct.

  • Sr. Christina,
    Pope Francis has ignored Romans 13:4 which affirms the death penalty within a very fallible empire that had already killed Christ and James ( Acts12:2). And instead he asserted that the fifth commandment opposed the death penalty….but the fifth commandment occurs for example in Deuteronomy which has multiple God mandated death penalties in the same first person imperative for the Sinai covenant with the Jews.
    Or take the issue of Judas. Pope Francis twce has cryptically alluded to a church statue in Europe as proof that God saved Judas in the end….but he never in those moments recounts Christ’s totally dire words on Judas….the most dire being said by Christ to His Father in prayer wherein Christ uses past tense prophecy which St. Justin Martyr asserted is unconditional as was the past tense prophecies of Isaiah 53 about Christ. If we can’t know better than this Pope ( and I was Dean’s List with the Jesuits whom I had for 8 years)…. then we all ought to walk away from religion if this man can pick and choose which scriptures he’ll ignore…and we all pretend he’s normal. I can’t remember one Jesuit in 8 years that had his lack of sense.

  • Does the Editor of the Pope’s Journal Think 2+2 = 5, if the Pope Says So? by John Zmirack

  • He slams the Four Cardinals, and he slams Trump with the comment about “winning.” About the ACTUAL, LITERAL baby-murderers in our culture today, he is silent, because he is their ally. Go to Bing, and search for EMMA BONINO POPE FRANCIS.

  • I’m glad we have a Pope Francis. He has brought modernism and Liberation Theology finally out in the open. With the dubia, the game is finally over.

  • The phrase “support the Pope” has several meanings; I’d be very careful if I found myself in the position of using it the same way that a modern homosexual activist demands that his family “support” him, by not opposing him when he is wrong, even if it makes him feel bad.
    There is some definite good in the Pope’s sermon, and I can’t see the swing at Traditionals– ironically enough, a lot of the tired old saw of the sticks-in-the-mud-as-villain that’s so common in Marxist influenced thought, but countered by this part:
    seek God, as the Magi did, in the most distant corners of history, for they know that there the Lord awaits them. They go to the peripheries, to the frontiers, to places not yet evangelized, to encounter their Lord. Nor do they do this out of a sense of superiority, but rather as beggars who cannot ignore the eyes of those who for whom the Good News is still uncharted territory.

    That sounds like places like here, or Jimmy Akin’s place, or the Catholic Geeks blog, or the many facebook Catholic Meme pages.

  • Seems someone is trying awfully hard to position this homily against traditional Catholics.

  • Yeah the Pope is. All you have to be is familiar with his prior bashings of traditional Catholics and it is as clear as a bell.

  • What a beautiful and insightful vision Pope Francis gives. If your heart is hardened…like Herods…blinded by attachment to the world…you too will perish. Those of you who oppose our good Pope at every turn have already received your judgment Terrible are God judgments against the heretics.

  • Thanks for your kind wishes James!

PopeWatch: Papal Nukes

Saturday, January 7, AD 2017



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


Just days after Pope Francis offered a message of hope in his annual “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas day message, the Pontiff has now backtracked, saying that if peace could not prevail, he would be forced to join the United States and Russia in an arms race.

Pope Francis told EOTT in an exclusive interview this morning that “We will outmatch Russia and the U.S. at every pass and outlast them all, both spiritually as well as with our growing stockpile of nuclear warheads.”

The Catholic leader has sparked fears about a global nuclear arms race days leading up to Christmas when he called on the members of the Curia to expand its nuclear arsenal in a Twitter post, which read in part that the Vatican must “greatly strengthen and expand its stock of atomic weapons until the world comes to its senses regarding Jesus Christ.”

He gave no further details about his plans, but his comments triggered fears that he will reverse decades of policy in which the Church, together with the Russian Orthodox Church, sought to reduce its arsenal.

Vatican spokesman Antonio Totti said that Pope Francis is “going to ensure that other countries and religions get the message that he’s not going to sit back and allow them to destroy the world. And what’s going to happen is they will come to their senses, and everyone will be just fine, or else he himself will unleash nuclear bomb showers to get everyone in line and to come together.”

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