Monday, September 29, 2014

Faithful Catholics! We Must Step Outside Our Comfort Zones!

Today's Vortex is a report of the escapades of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former head of the Dominicans who has jumped the tracks, so to speak, to shill for acceptance of the mortal sin of homosexual behavior.

Radcliffe had just concluded a speaking tour in the Diocese of San Diego.  Voris features some reactions of faithful Catholics in that diocese, and their frustrations at having their pleas for correction ignored and rebuffed by the chancery.  Question!  Is there more that faithful Catholics can do in such situations?  Most likely, yes BUT it will mean that we must step outside our comfort zones and raise our voices that will cause the dissidents and their supporters to lose their comfort.  More after the video.

My first experience of this was in September 2012.  A Montgomery County parish was planning a commemoration of the 9-11-01 attacks.  One feature of their commemoration was to allow Connie Morella to address the congregation from the pulpit (although I don't think this would have been during Mass).  At the time she was a "katholyc" US Representative.  Some of us got wind of this a few days beforehand and made clear that a picket would happen if she spoke (I bought a bull-horn for that occasion).  They saw the light of day and canceled her talk.  On that occasion a picket wasn't necessary - not so other occasions.

We found ourselves picketing Catholic high school commencements when the convocation addresses were being given by flagrant pro-aborts.  I link now to the protest we did outside Gonzaga's 2010 commencement, when Sr Carol Keehan was the main attraction.  We've also shed light on other planned travesties, such as the Catholic Businessmen's Network planned hosting of Mark Shriver last month.  After a number of us protested, it was determined that Shriver "had a scheduling conflict".

My point is that we cannot allow these scandalous events to proceed without pricking their consciences.  We have to aim to make them uncomfortable in the conduct of these debacles.  Yes, many will hate and despise us (as you might have noticed in the comments on my Gonzaga post).  So what?  They want to conduct their squalid sorties in quiet, low-key fashions.  We cannot reward them by being "polite" as these talks, etc are conducted.  Ideally, when we protest first in writing, phone calls, etc, they'll see the light and cancel.  If not, we must go into action.  We must be willing to raise protests, taking to the streets when advantageous.  Leaflet cars and parking lots where dissidents are speaking.  Picket outside the events.  Go inside and ask probing questions.  Who among us will commit to that?  If not, complaints to the chanceries will be useless.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

This Papacy - Troubling Incidents Continue To Increase

A few weeks ago, I wrote of "Obvious Questions Regarding This Papacy".  Since then, more questions have surfaced.  First, I recommend to your reading "The Rise Of Bergoglianism" by Christopher Ferrara.  While I look a bit askance at the term "bergoglianism", Ferrara reminds us of some things that should cause us to have great concern for the future of the Church.

I won't rehash what Ferrara wrote, please read for yourselves.  I will mention that Ferrara missed a few things.  For one thing, there was the multi-marriage extravaganza that occurred earlier this month, and the plethora of issues raised with that.  There is the bizarre treatment meted out to Cardinal Burke; see here and here.  There is the rather nauseating appointment of Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago.  I haven't written about this (yet) but other blogging colleagues have.  See here and here.  There is also the troubling dismissal of Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Paraguay.  He was an opponent of liberation theology (quite the fad in Paraguay) and one who managed to fill his seminaries with numerous vocations.   More troubling is that Pope Francis has refused to receive the bishop when he came to discuss his dismissal, as no reasons had been given to him beforehand.

Then there is the matter of Cardinal Walter Kasper.  He is reputed to be a close friend of Pope Francis' and will most likely wield much influence at the Extraordinary Synod of the Family to be held next month.  He has stated that he favors the allowance of Holy Communion to those Catholics who are divorced and who have civilly remarried without obtaining a Church annulment.  Now mind you, he's not about "changing doctrine", but just "pastoral practice".  Got that?  Gotta love that "pastoral" word - it allows for all sorts of double-talk chicanery.  Kasper had the gall to insinuate that his proposal "was agreed" ahead of time by the Holy Father.  I pray that's presumptuous double-talk for the only other explanation is horrifying.

Kasper is also on record as favoring a "reinterpretation of the Church's ban on contraception".  He says that  "so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also has an artificial element", according to the Telegraph.  Read John Kippley's analysis of this statement.  So in addition to a major theological failure, we also have from Kasper a biological gaffe as well.

So Cardinal Kasper wields Vatican influence and Bishop Cupich takes the See of Chicago, while Cardinal Burke and Bishop Livieres have been given the proverbial boot.  It makes sense, and I'm not being sarcastic.  There seems to be a move to marginalize authentic tradition for intellectual and theological slop, and sentimental notions of "mercy" and being "pastoral".

We need to pray for this upcoming Synod.  Again, the Vicar of Christ cannot solemnly promulgate error.  But other sorts of havoc, almost equally damaging, can be visited upon the Church.  I join my friend Carol in stating that this blog also refuses to be silent regarding the increasing number of "elephants in the living room".  We must see clearly in order to pray properly.  We will pray as we sound alarms.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vatican Swallows The Spiritual And Intellectual Poisoned Koolaid Called Environmentalism

LifesiteNews did an expose of the Vatican's embrace of environmentalism this past Wednesday called "Why Is The Vatican Stumbling Into Climate Controversy?"  He points out the Vatican luminaries (including Cardinal Maradiaga, the leader of the "gang of 8").  He also points out a statement by the Vatican that "the scientific consensus is rather consistent..."  No it isn't.  There is a wide divergence of conclusions in the scientific community (see here and here) - the sort that the progressive media tries to keep silent.

The most important Jalsevak pointed out is that this matter of "climate change" is way beyond the bishops' realm of competence.  They have no knowledge by which to make scientific conclusions, let alone decide and declare which of widely varying theories is correct.

I would like to think that the Vatican is just being naive and easily led when it comes to climate change.  However, I now believe there are powerful forces within the Vatican - the same ones controlling the USCCB - that are pulling puppet strings and doing their utmost to promote progressive agendas upon the whole world.  Last week Cardinal Dolan was simply taking marching orders from those holding his puppet strings; the behaviors cited in Jalsevak's reports are at the behest of the same masterminds.

Four years ago I posted commentary on an expose of environmentalism done by Michael Voris.  Here is the link to my commentary; embedded in that post is the video that he produced and another link to supporting documentation.  Note the three principles to environmentalism: population control, world governance, earth worship.   Here I believe we see a rather stark example of earth worship.  If you clicked on the "Dolan" link in the preceding paragraph and were able to endure RFK Jr.'s diatribe in the video, you noticed his none-too-subtle hints at socialism.

In this video from Sunday's parade/charade (ht Reason Magazine) you'll notice even less subtle calls for socialism.  Warning!  As the video proceeds, your eardrums will be assaulted by hideous music performed (using words "performed" and "music" loosely) by aging hippies.  You might want to offer up any earaches as penances.

Environmentalism is just another ploy to replace western civilization with atheism and socialism.  Now they are leading the Vatican by the nose.  This is yet another reason why we cannot blindly follow and obey every statement issued by the Vatican - especially when they violate the Magisterium and step outside their realms of competence.  Now the Right Reason video..

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Muslim Beheads An American - Will US Bishops Finally Learn Some Lessons?

Yesterday in Oklahoma, a recently-fired worker named Alton Nolen went on a murderous spree.  He had just been fired from Vaughn Foods and broke out his knife.  He beheaded one Vaughan Foods employee and was stabbing another when he was shot by the CEO and owner of Vaughan Foods, Mark Vaughan.  Co-workers said that Nolen had been trying to convert them to Islam.  Some accounts to read are Jihadwatch and  On Facebook he's known as Jah'Keem Yisrael.  Take a look at that page before it's taken down.  His firing had been occasioned by his insistence that women should be stoned for certain offenses, a common belief of Muslims.  I'd suspect his supervisors feared he could turn violent.  If so, their fears were realized.

Besides the general alert that beheading is now occurring on American soil, I think there are some real lessons, particularly for our US bishops.
  1. Moore, OK is about a 20-minute drive from Oklahoma City, maybe 11 miles in distance.  Nolen was said to have lived in Oklahoma City.  What happened in Oklahoma City this past Sunday?  The black mass - that is, worship of demons.  Can anyone doubt now that malevolent spiritual forces were given more free play by those participants in that demonic debacle?  When people flirt with evil, they open all sorts of doors that shouldn't be opened.
  2. If you didn't hear about the black mass until just now (or after it happened), that shows dereliction of duty on the parts of the US bishops.  With the obvious exception of OK's Archbishop Coakley, I do not recall hearing of one bishop who sounded the call for his flock to offer prayers and sacrifices.  All of them should have called their flocks to spiritual battle.  They didn't.  Why not?
  3. Nolen was stopped because Mark Vaughan exercised his Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.  Had he not done so, that second woman would have died and there probably would have been more victims.  Under no circumstances should citizens be deprived of their abilities to defend themselves.  Our bishops should be ashamed of themselves for playing the lackey to governmental progressives in trying to strip us of our arms.
  4. The US bishops must cease their inane attempts to portray Islam to be morally equivalent to Christianity.  Yesterday's incident is just the latest evidence that the bishops' pipe dream could not be further from the truth.  That 66-page piece of poppycock that the USCCB wrote would be considered an utter joke if it wasn't based on dangerous naivete of the bishops (unless some of them are closet imams themselves).
We need to oppose our bishops loudly whenever and wherever they play the puppets of the progressives.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

USCCB - Puppets And Mouthpieces For Muslim Terrorists

Today Crisis Magazine published a piece by William Kilpatrick entitled "The Downside Of Dialogue".  He is commenting on a document called "Revelation: Catholic And Muslim Practices".  This thing was concocted by both the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America.

I've written in the past why I believe the USCCB could just as well stand for "Useless Syndicate of Corrupt Cowardly Bishops".  But let's take a look at this Islamic Society of North America (ISNA for brevity), shall we?  Discoverthenetworks (see right side bar) has done rather extensive research into their origins and history, detailing links with the Muslim Brotherhood.  Notice their aim to impose sharia law wherever it can, and their allegiance to the Wahhibist brand of Islam - the same from which springs ISIS.  Jihadwatch has a plethora of articles detailing ISNA's Hamas links and their disdain for the State of Israel.

Let me say a word about that word "dialogue".  Much deliberate mischief has been wrought by that word's invocation.  Dialogue is used in terms of describing conversation between equals.  However, progressives will blather mindlessly how Jesus "dialogued" with others.  HE DID NOT!  Certainly He conversed with others, but He always spoke as a Teacher instructing His disciples.  In the same way, the bishops are called to proclaim the truth.  They have a charism as teachers; they are belittling that charism by engaging in distracting "dialogue".  That should cease immediately.

This document is 66 pages long.  Maybe one day, if I have time, I'll wade through the mess.  In the meantime let's look at one statement.  In its conclusion we read, "Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed; their teachings and example call for solidarity with the poor, oppressed, homeless, hungry, and needy in today’s world."  Last week I wrote on a "Muslim Day" parade in New York City.  In that parade we saw clear demonstration of Muhammad's "love and solidarity".  It is an act of blasphemy for the USCCB to equate the charity commanded by Jesus Christ and the murderous barbarism of the Muslims.

Once again the USCCB is showing itself to be a collection of stooges for the progressives.  At one time I would simply have suggested that they not be taken seriously.  My opinion has changed; I fear now that they must be regarded as enemies of the True Faith.  We must watch them with caution and oppose them.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Disgusting March Cardinal Dolan Wanted Catholics To Attend

Two days ago the debacle called the People's Climate March was held in New York City.  Cardinal Dolan just adored the idea - he hoped for a "strong Catholic presence".   I couldn't help but notice not one hint of the need for prayer for the black mass that was scheduled to happen - but I digress.

Speaking of adoration, there seemed to be a good bit of that going on at the climate farce.  Youngcons shows a bunch of farce attendees bowing to an idol.  It's rather grotesque, too.  I'm not sure just what the hell that thing is supposed to represent, but there's no doubt that environmentalism is a cloak for paganism.  Of course that cloak is now a bit more transparent.  Now consider that Cardinal Dolan wanted Catholics there.  It was clear from his own blog that he didn't want Catholics to preach the Gospel; after all "proselytism is solemn nonsense"!  Would he have been ok with them joining in the overt idol worshiping that was happening?  I wish I could answer confidently in the negative.

Many from the leftwing "gang of usual suspects" put in their appearances.  Michelle Fields of PJ Media managed to get an interview from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  The man makes absolutely no sense.  Marylanders will recognize his cognitive dissonance as being similar to that of our former Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, his sister.  When one fills their brain with pro-abortion gobblygook and empties their conscience of any trace of their Catholic faith, their brains will fry.  Behold for yourselves.

Breitbart News has information on other famous attendees.  Former VP Al Gore was there; afterwards he departed in his Chevy Suburban SUV.  Leonardo Di Caprio also was there; he owns five luxury homes and lives quite the jet-setting lifestyle.  By their own professed standards, what do you believe would be the sizes of their "carbon footprints"?  Oh, excuse me!  It's just fine and dandy for them to live high on the hog.  It is we, the great unwashed rabble, who must pare back our own lifestyles to appease that idol that was worshiped at the farce!

When the nonsense finally came to a close (and all the bigwigs made their getaways in their various gas-guzzling vehicles), they made quite a mark on the city.  That is to say, they left piles of trash that the city maintenance workers had to clean up.  Oh, wait!  Maybe they didn't have to clean it up!  Perhaps they fed the garbage to their grotesque idol!  That must be it!

Cardinal Dolan, what do you have to say about this mess now - assuming you care?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Why I Believe Cupich's Appointment To Chicago Bodes Ill For The Church

As most people know by now, Pope Francis has appointed Spokane's Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago to succeed the ailing Cardinal George.  This appointment, particularly on the heels of the de facto sacking of Cardinal Burke to the hinterlands, causes much consternation to faithful Catholics.

It was exactly three years ago when Cupich forbade his Spokane priests to participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  I wrote rather extensively about that disgrace.  Moreover, when the Messiah Most Miserable polluted the once-holy grounds of Notre Dame University, he did not join the protests of other US bishops against that debacle.

My friend at Les Femmes reported on what some progressive rags are saying about Cupich.  They are ecstatic.  Given what I wrote above, their glee (from their perspective) has basis.  Now we read how the gay rag, the Advocate, chortles over this appointment.  Ladies and gentlemen, they advocate mortal sin to the detriment of their immortal souls.  Why do you think they gloat?  Because they believe that they have in Cupich someone who won't trouble their consciences with the truth!

There also seems to have been some considerable - how do I say it? - political maneuverings within the Vatican to secure this appointment.  Rorate Caeli believes that Cardinal Oullet and the Congregation for Bishops were sidestepped by Pope Francis at the suggestion of the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.   Missing from the Congregation of Bishops, of course, is Cardinal Burke - removed by the Pope and replaced by Cardinal Wuerl.  Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia has key points to ponder (his post is long, but work your way through it).  He seems to think that Cardinal O'Malley and Cardinal Wuerl gave support to Cupich's nomination (I can see them also lobbying to keep Cardinal Burke away from that see).

There have been way too many ominous signs from the Vatican to ignore.  The enemy lies within and his minions wear clerical garb.  While we know that the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church, in this struggle the forces of hell can wreak much havoc and cause the eternal damnation of countless souls.  Pray your Rosaries and beg God's mercy on His wounded Church.

SSPX Priests Lead The Public Witness Against Yesterday's Black Mass

I congratulate the SSPX (Society of St Pius X) and the hundreds of Catholics who traveled from all areas of the country to offer reparation for the horrible blasphemy of the black mass in Oklahoma City.  I hope we all offered extra prayer yesterday, from wherever we happened to be at that hour.  By the way - from "church of nice" parishes, did you hear one exhortation to pray a Rosary in reparation for this blasphemy?  In my church I heard - crickets.  The "church of nice" is in deep denial about the true nature of the spiritual warfare.  Pray for them and challenge them.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fulfillment Of The Akita Apparitions?

In Facebook I found this quote from the late Dietrich von Hildebrand:

"One of the most horrifying and widespread diseases in the Church today is the lethargy of the guardians of the Faith of the Church ... who make no use whatever of their authority when it comes to intervening against heretical theologians or priests, or against blasphemous performances of public worship ... but assume a rigorously authoritarian attitude towards those believers who are fighting for orthodoxy, and who are thus doing what the bishops ought to be doing themselves! ... They want to silence the faithful believers who take up the cause of orthodoxy, the very people who should by all rights be the joy of the bishops' hearts, their consolation, a source of strength for overcoming their own lethargy. Instead, these people are regarded as disturbers of the peace. ..." ~Dietrich von Hildebrand, "The Devastated Vineyard"

No one can doubt this is happening today.  He might well be speaking of Cardinals Dolan and Wuerl, or perhaps the new archbishop of Chicago.  Those are only three; the modern church is replete with examples.

I'll now link to an EWTN synopsis of Our Lady's apparitions at Akita.  Bear in mind as you read this that the apparitions happened 40 years ago.  Given what's going on at the Vatican right now (and all over the world) one could imagine that the predictions are unfolding right before their eyes.  They are.

My colleague at Les Femmes highlights how today's situation reflects another series of apparitions of Our Lady of Good Success - these having occurred 400 years ago.

Pray for our clergy and raise our voices against misdeeds.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Complete Video Of Mother Angelica's Rebuke Of The Church Of Nice

During the World Youth Day of 1993, with Pope Saint John Paul II in attendance, some mime performers portrayed the Stations of the Cross.  The mime who portrayed Jesus was obviously a woman.  I agree with Mother Angelica and others that this portrayal was blasphemous and another symptom of the progressive poison that is killing the faith of so many Catholics.

Michael Voris on his Vortex series has been analyzing her rebuke.  However, he only used excerpts of her talk in his own shows.  Therefore I am delighted that I found Mother's entire address on video (thanks to Rorate Caeli) and present it now to you.

It's worth noting that after this talk, liberal bishops throughout the country aimed their long knives at her.  Sadly they succeeded and she no longer directs EWTN - that she founded.  Now she is gravely ill.  It must be a cross to her to see how EWTN has degraded into a milquetoast mouthpiece of the Church of Nice.   A few days ago we witnessed something similar with Cardinal Burke.  After the release of his book that defends Christian marriage and Church laws, he too has been relieved of positions of influence.