Saturday, May 30, 2015

Our Picket Of Carafem Last Week

As announced in this post, we picketed Montgomery County's newest "abortion spa".  It was designed by pro-aborts to "take the stigma from abortion".  That's purely wishful thinking on their part, for there will always be stigma to heinous evils such as baby-murder.

On Saturday morning, May 23, we were in front of 5530 Wisconsin Avenue in Chevy Chase, displaying pictures of abortion victims and distributing informative post cards as you see to the right.  Earlier in the week, we had been informed that the mill would be open.  Later in the week, closer to the time of our picket, we were informed that they had decided to close for the day.  Indeed we saw no one enter the building.  That in and of itself proved the worth of our effort, for on that day no babies were slaughtered at Carafem.  Who knows how many children we were able save just by us being there?  That doesn't even count the people passing on the sidewalk who may silently have been contemplating abortion.

More details and pictures of the event are below the jump break, so,

Friday, May 29, 2015

Smoke And Wolves Inside The Church

In a post of mine three weeks ago, I touched upon several avenues by which the smoke of Satan is entering into the Catholic Church.  In this post, I'll deal with several of these avenues.  First we look at the various partnerships that the Vatican has struck with those opposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ (fifth bullet point).

Caritas is reputedly the main social organization inside the Vatican.  Yet as the Lepanto Institute and other organizations have pointed out, Caritas has been funding and even directing socialist organizations in their promotions of abortion, contraception, marxism etc.

Lepanto has discovered yet another squalid venture of Caritas.  An outfit called Cordaid is apparently a co-founder of Caritas, and remains as the representative of Caritas in the Netherlands.  As you read the link to the Lepanto expose, you'll see that Cordaid is directly involved in the distribution of contraception, sex education, condoms, etc to African countries.  They even gave money to Planned Parenthood of Siera Leone.  It appears that Cardinal Maradiaga stepped down as head of Caritas and was succeeded by Cardinal Tagle of the Philippines.  The Lepanto article ends with a suggestion that Cardinal Tagle be petitioned to separate Cordaid from Caritas.  That might be nice, but give what I've seen of Cardinal Tagle, one should not be surprised if these petitions are disregarded.

By the way - the Cordaid link contains a video report of the misdeeds of Caritas.  Accuracy in Media checked out the facts stated therein and found them to be accurate.  Caritas is promoting disobedience to the Church's teachings on life and sexuality, and also those regarding communism.

Now we'll address the second bullet point in my "smoke" post: advancement of the gay agenda.  First a shout-out to the Lepanto Institue for ferreting out all these snakes in the grass.  We'll now look at some mischief surrounding the Pope's visit to Philadelphia next September.  It's a big conference and as can be expected, there will be many exhibitors.  Someone has to decide what organizations will be allowed to exhibit at this conference.  Who might that someone be?  Lepanto found the answer and it is most disquieting to say the least.  Her name is Teresa Matozzo and she works for Talley Management Group.  She is also a gay activist in a lesbian relationship.  Do we see any potential for dissident bias in the decision-making process?  As critical as that question might be, that's not the most serious question here.  That would be, "what possessed the event organizers to allow a gay activist to have such a role in this papal conference?"

Today we learned from LifeSiteNews that in the wake of the Irish vote disaster and the "shadow council", that Cardinal Kasper wants the synod to consider "the question of same-sex couples".  Cardinal Kasper has written his own book called Pope Francis' Revolution Of Tenderness And Love.  (Since when is love a revolutionary concept in the Catholic Church?)  It's published by Paulist Press.  Father Janus, president of Paulist Press, gave to the pope a copy of that book along with a film about LGBT Catholics called "Owning Our Faith".  Watch the clip and you'll see immediately the heresies therein; (is the priest interviewed in that film still allowed to conduct himself as priest?)  If Father Janus is championing both the film and book, I can only surmise that the book is similarly oriented.

It sure seems we're being force-fed a raunchy diet of pro-sodomy propaganda.  I suspect it's part and parcel of the "maturation" that we're supposed to undergo before the next October sin-nod.  I might suggest a read of Lepanto's treatise on Fatima as it relates to sodomy.

Why It's Inherently Sinful For Catholic Groups To Accept (Let Alone Seek) Government Funding

And as we know, sin always has consequences in the afterlife and often in this present life.

Ladies and gentlemen, the basis of this post's title is found right in the Seventh Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Steal.  It doesn't matter if the stealing is sanctioned by law (after all, is not baby-murder and sodomy now sanctioned by law?), stealing is still sin.  It is NOT an acceptable venue for "charity", for true charitable giving must stem from an act of free will, not governmental extortion.

Why don't Catholic charitable organizations accept that truth?  Lured by the smell of what they perceived to be "easy money" (and with the connivance of leaders with marxist mindsets), many Catholic organizations took the bait - and on account of their own shortsightedness and stupidity, fell into a rather obvious trap.  When President Bush rammed through his ill-advised "faith-based intiative" nonsense, many of us saw the pitfalls but failed to make others see them.  The fact that at the time a relatively benign president was at the helm lulled them into a false illusion of assurance and complacency.  Now that illusion has been shattered and the lemmings are now howling.

From ChurchMilitant.com we read news of the sprung trap.  Here's the first sentence: "A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious objections."  Naturally there's whining and gnashing of teeth.  Many of these "faith-based" recipients are crying "foul" when they've been playing foul all along by accepting funding that has been bilked from the wallets of already-strapped taxpayers.  Boys and girls, can we say "crocodile tears?"

We've seen in this blog alone many examples of the anti-Catholic actions of Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  It is no accident that these agencies derives a significant percentage, if not majority, of their funds from governmental agencies at various levels of government.  In order to keep the federal faucets flowing into their coffers, these organizations have literally sold their Catholic souls and in many cases are working to advance anti-life and anti-God agendas.  They probably have the blood of many unborn babies and the damnation of countless souls to their credit - all for the receipt of the proverbial "thirty pieces of silver".

The real solution to this dilemma is simple and necessary, although it won't be easy.  We see it in the first sentence of the article, particularly the underscored portion.  Here it is, spelled out.  Stop seeking after and accepting government funding - NOW!  These groups cannot have it "both ways"; you accept the government's money by accepting their rules.  That's a fact of life.  The charities must decouple from the feds at once if they are to maintain true independence from governmental interference.  They must stop playing the little piglets and  immediately wean themselves immediately from governmental teats.  They must accept the fact that if they cannot fund their ventures from voluntary donations, the venture is not theirs to undertake.  Of course they can stop paying salaries of several hundred thousands of dollars to their CEOs and other perks.

If they insist on salivating after government funds, they deserve all the grief from government that they can get - and not one red cent from true Catholics.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

More Details On What Is Being Called The Shadow Council

I wrote yesterday of the Shadow Council that happened in the Vatican a few days ago.  Edward Pentin wrote a follow-up piece that listed some of the key invitees to that meeting.  He pointed out that there was not a variety of perspectives represented at the meeing.

One Peter Five linked to a translation of an Italian news source that gave some details of the discussion proceeds.  I link to it here but must warn you that some of the ideas expressed at that meeting appeared to border on pornographic.  If the transcripts of the meeting are indeed made public, we may have to rate them "x" or "r" as we do some movies.

Pope Paul VI is said to have lamented the "smoke of satan entering in the Church."  It seems that a large component of that smoke may be carbon monoxide.  Pray.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Monday's Secret Pow-Wow At The Vatican - A Harbinger Of Schism?

This past Monday, Cardinal Reinhard Marx hosted a closed meeting of various prelates and theologians at the Pontifical Gregorian University, reports Edward Pentin in the National Catholic Register.  This was held as a sort of brainstorming for the next October synod.  Among the "topics" discussed:
  • how the Church can "better welcome those in stable same-sex unions"
  • to "develop" the Church's teaching on human sexuality
  • calling for a "theology of love" as opposed to "theology of the body"
  • "the importance of the human sex drive"
  • admitting remarried divorcees to Holy Communion (of course!)
One participant said that next October's synod would be a "failure" if it affirmed what the Church has already taught.  If that was the general attitude of all the attendees, perhaps all should be defrocked and/or have their teaching credentials revoked, but I digress.  Among those in attendance was Father Eberhard Schockenhoff, who vociferously opposes Humanae Vitae and favors same-sex relationships.  With that splotch to his name, one must wonder why he would have been included in this pow-wow.  Or maybe we know the reason all too well.

Father Z and One Peter Five both have commentaries on this meeting.  The latter blogger believes this is a harbinger of schism.  I believe he is correct.  Ladies and gentlemen, we need to pray for our Church.  In order to do so, we must cease playing pollyanna and remove our rose-colored glasses.  The rot is within the Vatican itself.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's Hard To Part With Rose-Colored Glasses, But They Blind One To The Truth

Steve Soukup of the Culture of Life blog sounds the siren call for denial of reality when it comes to serious blunders by the Pope.  He repeats the tired yarn of "blame it on the big bad media for misquoting the Pope".  No.  Perhaps we might have ascribed credibility to that excuse early on in the papacy, but admittedly this spiel is getting rather old and worn.  Two years have gone by.  That should have been plenty of time for the Vatican press office to take control of the pope's messages to present them to the media.  After all, the mainstream media was no more friendly to Pope John Paul II or Pope Benedict XVI than they are to Pope Francis.

The previous pontiffs did take some precautions.  Rarely, if ever, did they do extemporaneous interviews.  They knew that the media would indeed make mincemeat out of their words.  Incredibly this pope engages in these interviews quite frequently.  He cannot claim ignorance regarding any potential misquote, given the fiascoes that have already occurred.  Therefore we must conclude that either: 1) he doesn't care about the damage caused by the media or 2) he actually desires the confusion.

I don't know how Soukup gets the erroneous impression that we rely upon mainstream media for our information. There is so much "first-hand" data from which to learn.  For instance, to learn just what poison was foisted upon us last October in the interim relatio from the sin-nod, we need only look at the report that is posted on the Vatican's own website.  And then there are video clips of the pope himself prounouncing horrible stuff that might well veer into heresy - such as the one below that smacks of the heresy of indifferentism (with that same stench being acknowledged by the pope!).  Both Creative Minority Report and Harvesting the Fruit have commentary.  Soukup et al can rail all they want against those of us who call a spade a spade, but that won't change the nature of the truth that daily slaps us in the face.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Al Carmines - Another Composer To Be Avoided By Catholics

Yesterday I attended the 9:30 Mass at St. John Neumann in Gaitherburg, MD.  I received an email later from a friend who attended the 11:30.  He advised me of a Communion meditation hymn that was sung then: "Many Gifts, One Spirit", written by Al Carmines.  He voiced concerns about the composer: concerns that I share.

Like Ruth Duck, Carmines was not Catholic, so one cannot say he was a heretic from the One True Faith.  However, he was a flaming gay.  This wikipedia write-up is quite telling.  He was an "ordained Methodist minister" who also had an interest in theater.  One of the themes of his "works" was something called "The Faggot".  One can only imagine what that was about!  The article says that when Carmines died, he was survived by his accomplice in sodomy.

Carmines was hired by Howard Moody to be associate pastor at Judson Memorial Church.  He was there quite a while, from the sound of the articles.  A look at Moody is quite revelatory, most notably his rather strident support for legalized baby-murder.  This write-up of Moody's life (done after his death) is most telling.  In addition to his advocacy of baby-murder, we read of the "flag arrests" involving both Carmines and Moody.  They were arrested for making "political statements" with the flag.  And what, pray tell, was the nature of the "political statements"?  The flag was folded/bunched to resemble male genitalia.  What a bunch of swell guys!  And this is the type of lemming whose music should be sung in a Catholic church?  I don't think so!  My friend opined that this hymn's selection was particularly irksome, given that the gay juggernaut just ran roughshod all over Ireland.  I agree and also would add that in light of Carmines' disrespect of the flag, a double-insult was offered over Memorial Day weekend.

What other anti-God folks are being validated with the performance of their music in Catholic churches?  I'm sure this is a wide-scale problem, perhaps even across national boundaries.

Some Helpful Information For The Vatican Envirowhackos

(Satire alert!)

You know, I've been thinking.  Perhaps I've been too harsh on the progressive lemmings individuals concerned about the environment in the Vatican.  The poor dears!  Climate change has been weighing so heavily on their minds that they've scarcely had the energy to utter a peep about what just happened in Ireland!  They need support!  Accordingly, I present the important information below, as they prepare to sell us out to the United Nations "population control" goons!  Who knows?  Perhaps it might be included in a last-minute revision of the environmental encyclical before it's released!  :-)

With Bishops Like Him, No Wonder Ireland Is Going Down The Sewer

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dairmuid Martin, stated that the Church in Ireland needs a "reality check".  What kind of "reality check" he has in mind is anything but reality.  He started out by saying "we have drifted away from young people".  Young people!  Not the truth, not Jesus Christ, who is the Way, Truth and Life, along with His teachings - but young people!

He said he voted "no" in the referendum (well we should hope so!), he said he wanted Irish society to be (get this!) "creative in finding ways in which people of same-sex orientation have their rights and their loving and caring relationships recognized and cherished in a culture of difference, while respecting the uniqueness of the male-female relationship."  Wow!  Talk about satanic double-talk!  Let's unpack this heresy, shall we?
  • There is nothing "loving and caring" about sodomy.  Actual love happens when one  desires what is beneficial for another.  Sodomy is a mortal sin: one that will, unless repented, damn the sodomites to hell for all eternity.  How can sodomites claim to "love" one another when they act in ways that will facilitate the eternal damnation of those whom they claim to "love"?
  • In saying he wants Irish society to be creative, well, let me translate. "We want Irish society to facilitate the mortal sin of sodomy".  Martin is also saying that he wants the Irish church to cooperate formally and materially in mortal sin - which would be its own mortal sin.  That is what we call the blind leading the blind straight into hell.
Here's the kind of "reality check" that the Irish Church really needs.  This vote happened the way it did precisely because of the de facto treachery of bishops such as Martin.  A real "reality check" will involve an admission that the Church has been wimpy and lackluster about proclaiming the Faith and moral teachings of Jesus Christ.  The Church should not concern itself with "drifting away from young people" but drifting away from Jesus.  It's time that the Catholic Church should drop all this fascination with "climate change" and progressive "social justice" (euphamism for socialism) and get about its real mission of saving souls.

Will the Church be ever so popular for doing so?  Probably not.  But Jesus was not crucified because He was popular.  We can expect no less - certainly not from a world that has become not only indifferent but murderously hostile towards Christianity.  We have been given a mission by Jesus Himself - a mission upon which hinges our own salvation.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Serpents HAVE Returned To Ireland

Ireland, as a nation, has just voted to ensconce "same-sex marriage" into its constitution.  In so doing, it has sealed its fate as a nation by thumbing its nose at God, whom it once humbly acknowledged as its Lord.  Oh, the end won't come immediately as it will take some time for the traditions and social structures, once founded on Christian principles, to rot from within and crumble from without.  But unless there is speedy repentance and course correction, its ruin is inevitable.

Saints Patrick, Brigid, Columba and other noted Irish saints must be rolling in their graves.  This is a dark day for Christianity and western civilization.