Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More On McCarrick - With A Trip Down Memory Lane

Christopher Manion, a Catholic journalist, wrote a piece in which he calls for the resignations of all bishops who knew of Cardinal McCarrick's abuses and did nothing to stop it.  One Peter Five has commentary on that and I need not elaborate on that.  I would only add that priests be added to that clarion call.  Even if they were victims, even if their vocations were on the line, they still had a moral duty to come forth, yet they shirked it.

Today Church Militant published the account of John DeFilippis, a former seminarian who had his own harrowing experience with Cardinal McCarrick.  However, even he doesn't name names.  Clearly the priest who told him that McCarrick might want to share his bed was complicit.  He should be named.

From the moment he arrived in Washington, Cardinal McCarrick was always prone to embroil himself in squalid associations, be they with Ted Kennedy, John Sweeney, Sr. Carol Keehan, etc.  Over the years I've been involved with four pickets to protest his joint appearances with these pro-aborts.  It appears that there will be no others from him - at least I hope so.  Below I post a video from the last of these encounters.  This occasion was the graduating ceremony of students from Gonzaga High, in June of 2010.  The Obama Hell-Bill had just been signed, with the connivance of Sister Carol Keehan of the Pen of Perfidy.  Guess who the commencement speaker was?  Yes, the aforementioned Keehan!  Guess who gave the invocation?  Yes, Cardinal McCarrick!  We were on hand to protest the debacle and Cardinal McCarrick received some well-deserved rebuke.  Observe (please watch till the end).

Cardinal McCarrick's years are winding down.  He hasn't much time left.  Please pray that he repents - that he makes a good confession, and very soon.  Else his eternal prospects look mighty dim.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Some Of McCarrick's Abused Come Forward - More Are Needed

On July 16th the New York Times published an article that details the sexual abuse that many seminarians endured at the hands of Cardinal McCarrick.  It also makes clear that higher-ups in Church leadership did absolutely nothing when complaints about Cardinal McCarrick were lodged with them.  LifeSiteNews links to the article, with helpful commentary of their own.  By the way - this article links to another that details McCarrick's role in procuring the pontificate for Cardinal Bergoglio.  McCarrick himself admitted it in the video embedded here.

The latest issue of the Catholic Standard published statements about McCarrick's mess.  Frankly, given their absolute silence regarding the Archdiocese's treatment of Father Guarnizo in 2012, a situation that literally made world-wide news, I was wondering if they were going to try the "mum" routine again.  They probably realized that they wouldn't get away with it this time, so they tried some "damage control"; either that, or they (and the New York Times) are participating in a wide-scale ruse.  What do I mean by "ruse"?  As I said in previous posts, I wonder if it's possible that McCarrick is simply taking "one for the team" to appease those of us who are tired of predators in roman collars roaming freely throughout the church.  At his age, he hasn't that much to lose, and could easily be placed somewhere to live his remaining years rather comfortably.

Anyway, the Standard published McCarrick's statement, available here.  I commented on the part where he said he "had no recollection" of the abuse.  However, he also said "I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charge has gone through.."  Pain?  What pain?  If pain is present, what caused that pain?  And why would McCarrick think it appropriate to say he's sorry for the pain?  Freudian slip much?

Also on the 16th Renew American published a piece by Matt Abbott in which he discloses what one of McCarrick's victims told him about twelve years ago.  The now-ex-priest's name is Bart Aslin  So far he, Ciolek, and Father Boniface Ramsey (LSN article) are the only ones (to my knowledge) that have gone on record to detail   My blogging colleague Vox Cantoris opines that all bishops today at least knew of McCarrick's sordid activities and yet remained silent.  I agree but I think the conspiracy of silence goes much further than that.  There are many priests who either were targeted by the Cardinal or knew of the targeting of their brother priests and seminarians.  Mr. Aslin wrote that many of them chose silence to protect their chances of ordination.  However, they were taught (or should have been taught) in their moral theology classes that the ends do not justify evil means.  Yes, their silence was and is evil.  By their silence they made it easier for the abuse to continue unabated.  I reiterate my call for them to come forth and join Aslin and Ciolek to ensure that McCarrick has no more access to young boys.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

How Pious-Sounding But Silly Platitudes Trip Up Good Catholics

I speak mostly of pious-sounding platitudes that are put before some good Catholics by others whom they hold in esteem.  Many of them contain some elements of truth, but the truth is never differentiated from the outright rubbish that is also contained.  So let's start.

The first is actually a statement of St Mother Teresa of Calcutta that has been largely yanked out of its context.  In an interview when a reporter asked her about the growth of her order and her work, she said, "God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful."
  • She was speaking only of herself and the work of her order.  I would bet that she, in her wildest nightmares, would never have envisioned that Catholics in other apostolates,would attempt to take her statement and turn it into a maxim for their own work.
  • She was responding to inquiries about her success.  Too often pro-lifers, when faced with failed efforts, whip out that quote in a knee-jerk fashion instead of doing the hard work to see why failed and to learn from mistakes.  They'd rather do that then address their own failures, and more frighteningly so, the failures of their co-workers.
  • In adopting her quote for their own work, pro-lifers actually act in disregard of the words of another saint, Pope St John Paul II.  At the 1993 World Youth Day in Colorado, he told all people there "woe to you if you do not succeed in defending life".  Notice that he said nothing about merely "trying" and "being faithful".  The Holy Father clearly laid on our shoulders the onus for objectively measurable, tangible success.  We are NOT allowed to yank Mother Teresa's statement out of context to give our failures an "escape clause".
  • Now a little dose of irony.  If pro-lifers don't examine their failures and learn from them, if they don't strive with every ounce of effort to succeed, if they don't take ownership of their efforts and outcomes - they aren't truly being faithful!
Here's another regrettable platitude.  It is half-true and half-nonsensical.  "God doesn't called the equipped; He equips the called".  The second half of that statement is quite true.  It's the first one that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.  Consider that every ability, every talent that we have has its source in God, right?  So if "God doesn't call the equipped", that is, the people on whom He bestowed the "equipment", why did He give them the "equipment" in the first place?  That's absurd.

These are just two examples that come to mind.  As I run across more, I will dissect them too.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bishop Paprocki Rebukes His Treacherous Brother Bishops And Their Slavish Devotion To Labor Unions

In their June 27th decision regarding Janus vs AFSCME, the US Supreme Court stated that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay union dues when these unions support political positions with which they don't agree.  It seems very simple; the average worker should not be subject to extortion by labor unions in exchange for their jobs.  After all - the worker has his/her rights of association, speech, religion, etc, correct?

One would think that the Church would uphold that right - but a few days later, the USCCB bewailed that ruling.  "Why", you may ask.  The USCCB revealed how they operate.  They get a fair amount of $$$ from these unions.  If the unions cannot extort it from unwilling workers, well, that means less $$$ for the USCCB.  Let's not forget how much the USCCB is in the pockets of their sugar-daddy puppet-string holders.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki remains (so far) the only voice of sanity who reminds his money-grubbing brother bishops of what Rerun Novarum had to say of the legitimate role of labor unions.  Too many of them support abortion, sodomy and a whole host of anti-God positions.

John Sweeney, Labor Boss
One of my first forays into activism against the rot in the Church occurred in 2002, when some of us protested the Catholic Charities gala in the Dupont Circle area of Washington DC.  Why?  Because Cardinal McCarrick (heard about him a lot these days) was the co-chairman of the gala along with his buddy, John Sweeney, then head of AFL-CIO.  At the time, AFL-CIO was pushing for labor agreements that would provide for contraceptives, and their web page linked directly to that of NOW.  Moreover, we all know of the insidious SEIU; enough has been written on this blog.

When the USCCB goes so far as to issue such releases, they only show what lemmings they are for progressive money bags.  I cannot say they undermine their own credibility, for they long since forfeited the last shreds of credibility they once had.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Church Militant Exposes Hypocrisy Of Diocese Of Helena Montana - Action Requested

Apparently two priests of the diocese and two others from a neighboring diocese attended a rally in clerical attire to support a pro-life Catholic who is running for US Senate.  President Trump also attended.  Some pro-aborts got into a hissy over it and complained to the diocesan administrator, Msgr. Kevin O'Neill.  He immediately waxed indignant at the two priests and browbeat them into an apology.

HOWEVER...

Church Militant obtained a photo of O'Neill attending the inauguration of pro-abort "katholyc" Governor Steve Bullock.  It sure appears to me that O'Neill is in his clerics sitting towards the front.  Bullock has voted to promote both abortion and homosexual perversion.  O'Neill also allows Bullock to receive Holy Communion in complete disobedience to Canon 915.  Bullock forks over healthy donations to the cathedral, so O'Neill happily accepts the "30 pieces of silver" in exchange for sacrilege against Holy Communion.

To the Catholics in the Diocese of Helena, I'd suggest that you boycott any collections until Msgr O'Neill issues an apology for:
  • Complete disregard for Canon 915
  • Toadying to the pro-abortion governor
  • His treatment of the four priests at the rally
Please let him know why you're boycotting.  The contact information is here.  Alternatively they have a facebook page.  Catholics of other locations should visit these sites and make their displeasure known.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Traitorous Bishops Galore

Yes, they abound.  At this time a retired Italian bishop has earned top (or bottom) ranking of sacrilege and betrayal.  Bishop Raffaele Nogaro, bishop emeritus of Caserta, said that he "is ready to turn all the churches into mosques" to facilitate the de facto muslim invasion of his country.

When I first heard of this, the term "judas priest" came to mind.  Indeed, he voiced his willingness to cast aside the Blessed Sacrament so that idolatry could be conducted in sacred grounds.  Would he be willing to remodel the churches so that child-"marriages" could take place or make rooms for the performance of female genital mutilation?

In addition to the passage from Matthew 15 to which the linked article refers, I'd suggest for consideration Matthew 24, beginning at verse 11.  Therein Jesus warns not only of false prophets but also of "the abomination of desolation..standing in the holy place".  We can also think back to Exodus 32, the first instance of mass idolatry committed by God's people - instigated by Aaron the first high priest.  While God forgave the people after exacting a great punishment, Aaron would never see the promised land.  Will these scenarios be repeated to appease those who hold to the barbarism of Islam?  We can be grateful that Nogaro is an emeritus and not the actual prelate, thus lacking authority to implement his treachery - but how many more are of his mindset?  Now Judas betrayed Our Lord for thirty pieces of silver.  What are the "thirty pieces" being offered to Nogaro?  Is George Soros the financier behind all this?

Coming stateside, we now deal with more antics from Cardinal Cupich.  Recently, he caused Father Frank Phillips, a traditional priest from the Canons Regular of St John Cantius, to be removed as pastor of the parish of that same name because of allegations of improper conduct.  Despite the proper investigations that exonerated Father Phillips, Cardinal Cupich refuses to restore him to his former position.  Father will take recourse to canon law; I pray he prevails.

Meanwhile, a real dissident Chicago priest, Father Michael Pfleger (Where have we heard that name before?  Oh, yes!  He's "Obama's other pastor"!) decided to protest gun violence by shutting down a major highway for several hours.  Cardinal Cupich reacted by thanking officials for allowing Pfleger's debacle to occur.  By the way - take a look at Father's shirt.  Those are raised fists!  They are most commonly associated with violent revolution - the kind that Michael Sean Winters awaits with bated breath!  They certainly don't evince sentiments of peace and non-violence!  But then again, Father Pfleger did threaten to "snuff out" a local gun shop owner - all in the name of peace!

So Cardinal Cupich stabs faithful priests in the back while allowing renegade priests to run rampant.  He and Bishop Nogaro are but two of many "judas priest" bishops.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Pope Francis Joked Of McCarrick Going To Hell

These jokes happened twice over the years, and the Cardinal thought them so hilarious that he couldn't resist rehashing the "charming" anecdotes.  Some questions come immediately to mind.
  1. Hell is a serious business.  It is one of the main missions of priests to save people from that horrible fate and direct them to heaven.  Since when do competent priests consider hell to be a joking matter?
  2. If, as Ms. Yore suggests, Pope Francis knew of McCarrick's sordid conduct with young men, why did he not address it appropriately?  Was he afraid of McCarrick or were the jokes a "wink-wink" sort of approval of his behavior?
Let us pray for the gift of repentance to the cardinal and all clergy who have engaged in this conduct, lest they suffer the horrifying fate about which they so glibly joke today.

John McAdams And The Faith Triumph Over Wayward Catholic University

LifeSiteNews carries the story of McAdam's two-year ordeal inflicted on him because he stood up for a faithful student.  The tyrants in this case are the administrators of Marquette University.  It is supposedly a Catholic institution, but since it's run by Jesuits, we know that in truth it's anything but Catholic.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court found that Marquette violated McAdam's rights and ordered him reinstated with full tenure, pay, benefits.  It's quite telling when a secular court has more sense of decency than Jesuits.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Michael Sean Winters Has Betrayed His Liberal Comrades

Yes, dear liberals who troll this blog!  I almost hate to break the news to you if you haven't already seen it in the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter.  It appears that he does espouse capital punishment after all.  Knowing how its abolition is a cause that is near and dear to your hearts (in direct contradiction to Church tradition, but we've already discussed that), I surmise that your hearts must be broken by his (dare I say it?) mean-spirited rhtoric, to wit:

Normally, when I get into a debate with a conservative friend and we are at an impasse, with no hope for resolution, I try to ease the tension with levity, and say, "Well, when the revolution comes, I will put in a good word for you and your family." To my friends in the Republican political and legal establishment who have not stood up to Trump: When the revolution comes, you are on your own, and I will be clamoring not for mercy but for a seat next to the guillotine, where I can do my knitting.

Some of my friends have already pointed out Winters' rank hypocrisy in fantasizing about Trump supporters going to the guillotine, but that's not all he admits.  He admits that the whole progressive dreams for revolution will indeed be about violence, much like the Bolshevik revolution in Russia was, and the Communist takeover in China was as well.

I think I detect another verbal indiscretion on Winters' part in this article.  Here's the quote: Kennedy was my least favorite justice because he was the most libertarian of the justices. My liberal friends liked that he sided with them on same-sex marriage and upholding Roe but his reasons on both issues were always libertarian reasons, which are not my reasons.

Winters admits that he didn't disagree with Kennedy's favoring of Roe and same-sex "marriage", just his reasons.  So Winters dissents from God's laws that call these evils out as abominations, albeit for different reasons than did Kennedy.  Any doubts as to Winters' pro-baby-murder proclivities are now erased.

So my dear naive liberal friends, are your eyes now opened just a tad?   You've just been given a glimpse into the real mindsets of your progressive "dear leaders".  To those "dear leaders", do you realize that in Michael Sean Winters you have a blabbermouth who has just tipped your hand?

Ok, liberals.  You can now come out of your little safe spaces!  Open your eyes!  Time to #walkaway from liberalism and convert to the One True Faith!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

McCarrick Matter Puts Past Situations In New Light

Both LifeSiteNews and National Catholic Register raise a very serious question.  That is, "In light of what they knew regarding Cardinal McCarrick's crimes of perversion, why did his brother bishops say nothing, essentially allowing McCarrick to carry on unfettered?"  We even know that when Pope John Paul II was considering the bestowal of the "red hat" on then-Archbishop McCarrick, a group of seminarians (some prior targets) went to Rome to advise against this appointment; the were ignored.

I now link to an article written a few days ago by Eric Sammons.  It appears on the One Peter Five site and is entitled "Who Watches The Watchmen?  The Fatal Flaw Of The Dallas Charter".   He, like I, resided in the Archdiocese of Washington at the time and we experienced in our different ways the damage control mechanisms of the DC chancery when the Boston Globe first broke the story regarding the rampant abuse of minors by clerics.  He relates his experiences as a parent of being treated as a potential abuser when he challenged the fatal flaws of Virtus.

My experience of the damage control was different but still quite revealing.  In the wake of the scandals, the chancery decided to have discussion panels at various parishes to detail to concerned Catholics "what they were doing to address the problem".  I realized very soon after the first and only session at St Raphael's in Rockville that its purposes was to quell our questioning and displeasure.

The room at St Raphael's was packed.  The panel of so-called "experts" from the Archdiocese first tried to tell us that nationwide only about 10% of pedophile cases are homosexual in nature.  That didn't work when we pointed out that we were not concerned with pedophilia as it occurs in the general population but that which is perpetrated by Catholic clergy, and that indeed is over 90% homosexual.  For the rest of the evening, the "experts" adopted  "deer-in-headlight" facial expressions as they tried to suffer through and end their torture quickly. This first of these sessions turned out to be the last as well.  Clearly these "experts" were instructed to brainwash us into disregarding the homosexual component.  Now they probably had no idea that their boss Cardinal McCarrick was one of those abusers, and we certainly didn't.  However, last week's news puts my St Raphael's experience in a new light.

Also put in a new light is the situation that occurred at my parish over six years ago, when Father Marcel Guarnizo was expelled from the Archdiocese for denying Holy Communion to a flagrant lesbian.  I needn't go through these details, including the ADW's despicable conduct towards Father, but when you consider that another pervert, albeit retired, still wielded much influence in the chancery, we get a bit more insight into the mindsets of ADW leaders.

Some of my colleagues voice optimism that this revelation might signal a paradigm shift in attitudes of church leaders towards gay sex abuse among their clergy.  I remain cautious for leopards don't change their spots overnight.  I voiced a possibility that Cardinal McCarrick, since he is already of advanced age, might simply be "taking one for the team", and if our attention is diverted to other matters, he might simply be left alone to be quietly rewarded.  But I may happily be proven wrong.  God does work miracles.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Humanae Vitae 50 Years Later

On July 25, 1968, Humanae Vitae was promulgated by Pope Paul VI.  It is a reiteration of God's timeless teachings regarding marriage, family, and the intrinsic evil of artificial conception.  As you read it, you might have trouble believing it was written 50 years ago, for it predicted great calamities that would befall society if contraception were ever accepted: abortion, degrading of women, rampant divorce, etc.  At that time these evils were not widespread; now they are rampant.

Even 50 years ago, progressives were beginning to insinuate themselves in the priesthood and eventually wormed their way into the Vatican.  When Humanae Vitae was promulgated, they pulled all stops in trying to railroad this encyclical to irrelevance.  To a degree they succeeded for one rarely hears the truths found in Humanae Vitae proclaimed from the pulpit.

That is why I was delighted to hear that Bishop Joseph Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler TX delivered the homily below and instructed his priests to read it during their masses this past Sunday, the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist.  I pray that not only the Tyler diocese but all diocese across the Catholic world will proclaim this message far and wide.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Another Supreme Court Improvement On The Horizon

This improvement is occasioned by the upcoming retirement of Anthony Kennedy.  Long known to be a "swing vote", his vote swung the wrong way to affirm Roe V Wade and to foist upon us gay #mowwidge.  If the nomination and seating of Neil Gorsuch is any indication, we might have some real improvement on that court very soon.

Ladies and gentlemen, this proves once again that ELECTIONS MATTER!  To my #nevertrump friends (if you still are in that camp), if you had your way, Kennedy's announcement would have been a harbinger of disaster.  Aren't you glad now that Hillary is not in the White House?

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red Hen Is Losing Its Feathers

I've been seeing several shots of the "greeting" on Red Hen of Lexington VA's business phone.  One must say it's rather unique in its application of basic marketing principles - you know, the ones about being welcoming, inviting, friendly, etc as being necessary to draw customers.  See for yourselves

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Wasn't that charming?  Just full of that much-fabled southern hospitality?

Are the brains of the owners of Red Hen in Lexington VA (not to be confused with other local restaurants with the same name) so addled by progressivism that they are totally devoid of any business sense?  Or common sense?

Let’s assume that an out-of-state traveler, having no knowledge of the treatment of Sarah Sanders, was simply looking for a place to eat.  They would most likely find this greeting to be outright rude. It is rude.  Whatever happened to "choose civility"?

It is also stupid from a business viewpoint (among others).  One does not attract customers by addressing them in a snarky and condescending manner.  I’m sure many stayed away after hearing that screed: not only conservatives but liberals who did not appreciate the vitriol in that greeting.

I understand that a “gofundme” account has been set up to support the Wilkinsons because of their so-called “bold” actions that night – actions that included stalking Mrs Sanders as she left the Red Hen to go to another restaurant.  Now why would Ms Wilkinson stalk Mrs Sanders like that? Didn’t she have a restaurant to run that evening? But I digress.  This “gofundme” account is most likely meant to supplement the restaurant revenues that are tanking because decent people will not step one foot in the place. Maybe she can ask her cousin Meryl Streep to bail her out.

Getting back to the phone greetings, I was curious so I attempted to call the Red Hen myself.  Here's what I got.



Alrighty then!  That should get the clientele flocking back to the restaurant in a jiffy!  Calling restrictions!  When did they teach that in "Marketing 101"?  These "red hen" dumb clucks are losing it big time!  Well, they made their bed and now they can lay in it.  If this restaurant goes belly-up, it will be no great loss.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Just Why Are The Dems Kvelling About The Kids Crossing The Borders?

I think the reasons for at least some of them are quite nefarious, with the others just following along like obedient little lap dogs.

In a nutshell, when border-crashers are caught by ICE and other security personnel entering our country illegally and with children, procedures may involve the separation of the children from the adults who are bringing them along.  Note that I did not automatically imply familial relationships for too often they don't exist.  The LA Times, no bastion of conservatism, has noted the problem.  Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'll post now the video of a press conference on the matter given by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and continue my remarks below the video.



Note how she emphasized the concern for children who might well be being exploited (sexual and otherwise) by the adults who accompanied them.  This is not a new problem.  Two years ago, the Washington Post (hardly a conservative news outlet) noted that then-President Obama released thousands of these children to adults who were not vetted and who may have been sex traffickers.   Was this simply gross negligence on his part?  Maybe not!

I will now link to an article that seems unrelated, but may not be.  Inspector General Michael Horowitz, while investigating corruption at the Justice Departent and the FBI in relation to Hillary Clinton's email security violations, came across evidence that she may be involved in sex trafficking of children.

Might this be a good part of the reason why the libs are objecting to "parents" being separated from their "children" at the borders? Perhaps they know damned well that kids are being trafficked and they want the children to stay with their "handlers" lest the children elude their grasp.

The US bishops' gab-fest ended this weekend.  They spent most of the time whining about the President's enforcement of reasonable immigration laws.  Of course they did so at the behest of their Democrat puppet-masters and sugar-daddies.  They know on what side of their bread the butter appears: millions of federal dollars to "resettle immigrants).  Let's see if we hear of any more blather about "canonical penalties".  I wonder if the frivolous threat of "canonical penalties" is its own canonical offense.

Another Inadvertent Admission Of Truth? - With Update.

In today's bulletin was an insert from the Archdiocese of Washington containing Cardinal Wuerl's statement regarding Cardinal McCarrick's situation.  This probably went into the bulletins of all the ADW churches.  It is to the right.  Click on it to open it in a new window if it is too small to read.

What caught my eye is the statement that is the third line from bottom in the body of Wuerl's statement.  The Cardinal asks prayers for "the survivor who stepped forward".   Survivor??  In order for a person to be a "survivor", there must be a traumatic event that he/she survived.  So just what did this individual survive?

I suspect this choice of language was probably not well-considered from the chancery's perspective precisely because it indicates that the allegations are true.

UPDATE - A friend pointed out to me that Cardinal Wuerl's comment about no case being lodged against Cardinal McCarrick here only pertained to abuse of minors.  No reference - including denial - is made to any abuse of seminarians or adults.  That means there could be cases.  They do have a way with words, don't they?

Friday, June 22, 2018

Pope Francis Erroneously Claims Bishops Can Allow Sacrilege Against Holy Communion

Yes, he actually said that yesterday during another of his inane in-flight press conferences.  Here it is from LifeSiteNews and from the Catholic News Service.  Bear in mind that the latter is the official news agency of the USCCB.  He basically confirmed the heresy of the German bishops and his own disgraceful advice to the Argentinian woman.

The teaching of the Church has been crystal clear throughout the centuries.  Only Catholics who are properly disposed (meaning being free from mortal sin and having performed the requisite fast) can receive Holy Communion, with the imminent danger of death allowing for some exceptions.  These requirements are linked to the truth that when one receives Holy Communion they are receiving Our Lord in Body, Blood, Soul, Divinity.  No bishop is allowed to change that.  Period.  What the pope is advocating is nothing short of sacrilege.

In the LSN article, at the bottom are some important comments by Cardinal Muller.  The whole notion of the Catholic Church is being undermined by her chief shepherd.  Since the Church is the primary means by which people can be put in touch with the graces, sacraments, teachings, etc that they need to attain eternal salvation, we can see that what the pope said yesterday will greatly increase the likelihood that many could find themselves deprived of salvation.  These errors must be resisted.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

McCarrick's Nephews Must Come Forth And Come Clean

About 18 months ago I posted a video detailing the nine ways that one can be an accessory to the mortal sin of another, thereby incurring the guilt of his/her own mortal sin.  I now post that and ask you to review, then I'll continue my comments below the video.



I now link to an article by Rob Dreher about the removal of Cardinal McCarrick.  He goes into rather graphic detail about the alleged abuses by Cardinal McCarrick.  This is not the first time that I've heard of these scenarios.  Notice that in this article, McCarrick is depicted as molesting seminarians that were in his charge.  McCarrick is removed due to an incident with a minor, but seminarians are not minors.  They were young men at the time, but full grown and quite capable of fending off an older man - but they didn't!

As you heard in the video, two of the ways that one shares the guilt of another's mortal sin are by concealment and silence.  That's exactly the grievous fault of these young men.  A careful read of the article makes clear that some of them pretended not to notice as McCarrick was molesting one of their fellow seminarians a few feet from him.  One gets a hint as to the motivation behind the silence - that they didn't want to jeopardize their chances at being ordained.  But what really did they do?  Did they in fact not compromise their own priesthoods by such (I'll say it) cowardice?  In some cases they displayed despicable lack of charity in failing to come to the aid of their brother seminarians.  Surely at the time of these incidents they had some knowledge that what was going on was morally repugnant.  Would they have looked the other way while a young child was being so raped?  Only they can answer that question, but given what they did I shudder to ponder the answer to that question.

This matter is now under investigation.  I now call upon those who may have been molested by the Cardinal to come forth and lend their names and testimony to the investigation.  They are morally obliged to do so.  In their previous silence they not only endangered themselves but the seminarians who came after them under McCarrick's control.  They now have the opportunity to make some sort of amends.  They now have the opportunity to send messages to other perverts that the days of free access to youths without consequences are over.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

BREAKING - Cardinal McCarrick Removed From Ministry After "Credible" Abuse Allegations - Updated

From LifeSiteNews.  I'll have more to say on this later when time allows, and will add to this post.  Suffice it now to say that I'm not the least bit surprised.

UPDATE:
As promised, I will add my two cents worth now that I have some time.  As a reminder, I have lived in the Archdiocese of Washington since early childhood - about 54 years.  That means I endured the reign of Cardinal McCarrick and his ever-increasing progressive pandering.  At one time, faithful Catholics could make their displeasure known via the Catholic Standard's "letters to the editor".  Once McCarrick made known his disdain for Canon 915, the Standard ceased their "letters to the editor" because they were hearing from thousands of faithful Catholics (including me).  To date the Standard has not resumed that feature.  Hence I started the site restore-dc-catholicism.com website and a few years later, this blog, to give some voice to faithful Catholics and to help coordinate some activism to clean up the Church.  When McCarrick had retired and Wuerl succeeded him, we had hopes for some improvement.  We know what became of those hopes.

In his retirement, McCarrick had not kept any silence.  Put the word "McCarrick" in the search box in the top left to see how he, in his retirement, continued to trash the credibility of the Church.  We haven't heard from him too much lately and I assume he's just slowing down due to his advanced age.  So much for this background.

Let's look closely at his statement as quoted by LifeSiteNews.  As he commented on the report of the allegation, he said. "while I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse".  That's quite the Freudian slip.  If someone were to allege that I had robbed a bank, murdered a person, committed arson, etc, my statement wouldn't indicate that "I have no recollection" for I know damned well that I didn't commit those crimes, I'd denounce the allegation vehemently and I'd take the person who made the allegations to court for slander, defamation of character, you name it.  Now McCarrick has alwasy been quite slippery with his words.  Might he have meant that he had no recollection of that particular incident simply because there were so many over the years that he lost track of them all?

It's no secret that Pope Francis himself is quite sympathetic to sodomites.  The interim relatio at the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family made that painfully obvious, as did other incidents detailed in various blogposts.  So why, oh why, did McCarrick get sacked?  Did he somehow run afoul of that Bergoglio-led mafia in the Vatican?  Maybe, but maybe not.  We faithful Catholics have been turning up the heat on the Vatican for some time.  Maybe they decided to toss to us a little bone.  The Cardinal has been removed from public ministry.  So what?  Just how much "public ministry" is an 87-year-old doing anyway?  Perhaps he's being secretly rewarded for being a "fall-guy".

It's difficult to guess the motives behind the removal of McCarrick from ministry.  Suffice it to say that the Vatican is most likely operating from less-than-honorable motives.  At least some sort of justice has been served, even if only meagerly.  Let us pray for more cleansing of the Church's clergy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More Political Campaign Trash From Montgomery County MD

And the comedy routines continue! Eight years ago, George Leventhal was one of the most rude council members to address pro-lifers when they were trying to ram through the pregnancy center gag bill. It got shot down in court for its blatant unconstitutional treatment of pro-lifers. There you have prima facie evidence of his disregard for the US Constitution, rule of law and the babies. But hey - this ad did proclaim his NARAL endorsement. He certainly does act like he's in their back pockets, doesn't he?

I remember a time when candidates of all persuasions assumed that their constituents were intelligent adults and designed their outreaches accordingly.  Their ads detailed their positions on the issues of the day and they conducted themselves like dignified, mature adults.  No more - at least from the Democrat side.  Has there been similar nonsense on the GOP side?  I'd suspect that there would be next to none.  Maybe the Democrats are putting out this infantile nonsense because that is the constituency to which they really must appeal if they hope to garner votes.  Sadly Montgomery County MD is rather full of such people.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Silence In The Face Of Errors - Even The Pope's - Means Culpability In Those Errors

In the June 15th edition of the Vortex, Michael Voris addresses the prelates who are more orthodox in comparison with some of their more progressive brethren.  He challenges them on their silence in regards to the homosexual poison that permeates Church life.  He prefaced the video by saying that it could put some noses out of joint but it had to be done.

While I stand in agreement with the content of that video, I now have a proposition for the CM staff.  I realize that it could cause them some heartburn, but so be it.  I'd propose that they take the transcript of that video and make some substitutions as they recite it to themselves in a mirror.   They could ask themselves why they are so silent about the role that Pope Francis has had in fostering the de facto implosion of the Church on so many fronts.  I recall mentioning that there was some awakening when they acknowledged that Pope Francis' words to Juan Carlos Cruz were harmful, but shortly thereafter they backpedaled by suggesting that the pope didn't utter those words.  As Voris asked the bishops if they feared losing friendships, etc, they might ask themselves what they might fear losing if they face the "elephant in the living room" that is the pope's undeniable culpability in the Church's situation.  Could it be certain donors?

I truly hope all faithful Catholics set aside their fears of this, that or the other and call out the errors, no matter from whom they emanate.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Maryland Catholic Conference's 2018 Voters' Guide

In the June 14th issue of the Catholic Standard appears Maryland Catholic Conference's 2018 Voters's Guide for the Maryland primaries that will occur on June 26th.  It isn't on the Standard's site (yet) but it is on the MCC site.  When you get to that site, click on the "2018 Elections" menu.  If you need a reminder of your legislative district, click on the "general assembly" link to the left to be taken to a tool to learn your district number.

The usefulness of this site is, at best, limited.  Take, for example, the governor race.  You'll notice that most of the candidates did not respond.  Either they disdain the Catholic vote; Hogan is running unopposed in the Republican primary so this questionnaire is moot for him.  I hope and pray that he does answer the questionnaire that pertains to the general election this coming November.

If you look at the responses from Madaleno and Vignarajah, they appear to be identical.  So if one just uses this MCC guide for voter information, they won't understand that Madaleno is morally unqualified to be Maryland's chief executive and in fact most of the Democrats are, owing to their pro-abortion support and shilling for sodomy.  But you wouldn't know that if you just relied solely on the MCC guide.

I did some research on some candidates two weeks ago.  By no stretch of the imagination is this a comprehensive treatment of the various candidates.  I urge you to do your own homework before the elections.  You might start by googling their names and looking at their own websites.

As you do your research, please pray that God's will be done.  Encourage others to do the same.  Get out and vote on June 26.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

VA Democrat Candidates Produce Their Own Freak-Show Gaffes!

My dear fellow Catholic conservatives who seek to restore sanity in the public square, we might as well pack it in!  Let's throw in the towel now!  How can we hope to withstand the brilliance of these liberals and their progressive-inspired political campaigns?  Why, just look at the stellar videos these people have produced!  We've already been overwhelmed by the stellar work of these Maryland campaigns, but Virginians aren't slouches either!  Look at these two gems from Virginia!

Dan Helmer ran for US Congress in VA's 10th district.  One of his most valuable assets is that he can sing!  Does he plan to serenade his colleagues from the House floor?  Was he trying to win a House seat or a karaoke contest?



Then we have Karen Mallard running for Congress from the 2nd district. She hates AR-15s!  She hates them so much that she showed us all how to saw the barrel off of one such dastardly gun!  She said that she doesn't want them in anyone's home!  So would she come crashing through our doors, buzzsaw in hand?  The poor dear!  In sawing off that barrel, she broke NFA regulations and may now be investigated by the ATF!  Oh, well...



So on one hand we have singing of dubious quality.  On the other hand, we have the grinding sound of a buzz-saw.  It's hard to tell which of these is the greater insult to the human ear drum.

By the way - Virginia's primary election happened two days ago.  Both of these candidates went down in flames!  Good bye!  Good riddance!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

USCCB Ponders Canonical Penalties Against Defenders Of US Borders

Eeeekk!!  The USCCB is having their semi-annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale this week!  And they've already plopped a massive stinker!  This one centers around "immigration".  In other words, they are all for the coddling of those who crash our borders, entering illegally.  By definition, those who sneak into our country and break our laws are criminals.  But the bishops have historically been awarded millions of federal dollars throughout the years to "resettle" those who crash our borders.

They have their kindred progressive spirits in liberal areas of the country - Maryland being one of them.  In particular, Montgomery County is a liberal loony bin.  You might recall the debate among the candidates for County Council President.  I recorded that and posted the entire thing here.  Listen to these lemmings brag that they will order local police not to cooperate with ICE in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.  This debate happened in a Catholic church; Msgr Enzler (president of Catholic Charities, by the way - the same Catholic Charities that was the recipient of the aforementioned billions of our tax dollars) was just beaming at these arrogant pronouncements.

Yesterday the USCCB ranted against the Trump administration's moves to protect our borders.  They went so far as to say that this matter is a "right to life" issue.  Some bishops even suggested "canonical penalties" for those who implement the administration's new rules.  More on that in a moment.

Here's one gem of a paragraph:

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, N.J., proposed that a group of bishops be sent to the border to inspect the detention facilities where children are kept as a “sign of our pastoral concern and protest against the hardening of the American heart.” Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, N.M., suggested “public gestures” such as prayer vigils in front of federal courthouses.

This is the same Cardinal Tobin who, as Archbishop of Indianapolis, turned a deaf ear to us when we pleaded with him to forbid lesbians from using a KofC hall to celebrate their fake "marriage".  In light of his subsequent receipt of his red zucchetto, I entertain the possibility that in fact he ordered that concession to the perverts.  Where was his "pastoral concern" when perverts and their enablers were allowed to flaunt their mortal sins on Catholic property?

Here's another:

Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Ariz., made a bolder suggestion, raising the possibility of implementing canonical penalties for Catholics “who are involved in this,” referring to children being separated from their families at the border.Canonical penalties can range from denial of sacraments to excommunication, though Weisenburger did not specify what he intended beyond referring to sanctions that already exist for “life issues.”

Weisenburger was appointed Tuscon bishop by Pope Francis.  Certainly canon law is not one of his strong points for canonical penalties cannot be levied in the absence of canonical offenses.  Disagreeing with some clergy on matters of prudential judgment is not a canonical crime.  Bishops cannot wave the threat of "canonical penalties at their whims and fancies.  Sheesh!  Where's the "separation of church and state crowd" now?  Oh, that's right!  They only come out when non-negotiable matters of morality are the topics of interest.

Now here's an interesting question regarding canonical penalties.  We know that they are completely disregarded when pro-abortion politicians strut up the Communion line and receive, in direct violation of Canon 915.  So will all these prelates who thumb their noses at this unmistakable canon law now wax stern and forceful if Weisenburger has his way?

Speaking of "life issues", how much attention will baby-slaughter receive at this meeting?  Not much, but I digress.

Maryland bishops and their Annapolis cronies have been particularly hard at work to make Maryland a haven for illegals.  With these illegals have come hispanic gangs such as MS-13.  I link now to a video detailing how dangerous they have made it to attend public schools.  The Maryland bishops, to an uncomfortably large extent, are culpable for this state of affairs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Pope Francis Owns The Gay Problem In The Church

Of course he didn't start it, for flaming gays were in high places of Church power long before Cardinal Bergoglio ascended the papal throne.  However, he has not so much failed to make any headway with the problem as much as he has acted to further ensconce them within positions of Church influence.  Two weeks ago his latest pro-sodomy dissidence was spoken to Juan Carlos Cruz when the pope told Cruz "God made you that way.."

This blog and others have listed the myriad ways that the pope has given green lights to gays and their enablers.  Two of the most egregious are:
Two weeks ago, Michael Voris, in his Vortex, excoriated all this gay-pandering.  Please listen very closely to it.  In it, he acknowledges the pope's horrible error and admits no doubt that the blasphemy escaped the pope's lips.  Voris went so far as to offer a rebuke to both the Cardinal and the Pope.  He was right to do so.

In yesterday's Vortex, though, he backpeddled a bit when he attempted to cast doubt as to whether or not the pope uttered the blasphemy.  
  • He states that "no member of the hierarchy has said anything about it", with "it" being the pope's words as related by Cruz.  Well, doesn't the "hierarchy" include the pope?  And why haven't they cleared any misunderstanding?  Such would be their duty, to mitigate any confusion to the faithful.
  • He points out that Father James Martin has become "the waterboy for the advancing of the gay agenda".  True enough; I already mentioned his Vatican appointment above, and there's more that will be detailed in the following paragraphs.
I linked to the article as opposed to merely posting the video for I think the comments below are most instructive for the way they articulate the pope's responsibility for this debacle.  I myself would have commented; however, for similar comments that I made in previous articles, I've been banned from commenting on the CM website.  Voris tried to chide them saying that they're "going back to Catholic cool to slam the pope".  I commend the others for their polite, firm, and educated responses to that childishness.  Should those comments be pulled, I've saved screenshots.

As promised, I'll give the latest news regarding Father Martin, courtesy of Rorate Caeli.  The World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin, Ireland on August 21-24, 2018.  Guess who's been invited to speak?  Yes, and he claims that the invitation was extended by both the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Vatican.  I've no reason to doubt his account.  News of this came after the release of yesterday's vortex.  This is just the latest of the pope's smooch-ups to gays; there will be more soon enough, I'm sure.

I've rehearsed these old problems because tomorrow Church Militant will host a webinar called "Catholic and Gay".  It will ostensibly instruct the faithful Catholic in how to combat the gay infestation in the Church.  I've no doubt that many good points and suggestions will be made in that regard.  However, if Church Militant continues to side-step the proverbial "elephant in the living room" regarding the pope's own fostering of gays within the Church, the information they present will be woefully incomplete.  The same goes for those who still refuse to acknowledge the objective harm caused by this pope; their efforts to improve the church will be stymied.  It's time for them - including Church Militant - to admit the truth so it can be addressed.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Maryland Primary Elections Freak Shows - Parental Advisory

IMPORTANT UPDATE - It dawned on me after posting this piece, that a Parental Advisory is in order, due to Madaleno's flaunting of his perversion.  While the spectacle is more juvenile than anything else, parents may wish to review this before deciding whether or not it's appropriate for their children.  Think of it - a political ad that flaunts the mortal sin of sodomy!  That itself is reason enough to vote for Hogan, should Maryland's Democrats be so dense as to nominate Madaleno for governor.  Besides, wouldn't we want a governor whose main concern is the welfare of Maryland, as opposed to "p***ng Trump off" and other such childish taunts and temper tantrums?

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, has trouble keeping secrets as we all know.  He has declared his intention to run for US Senate; I posted one of his ads.  Among his many poor choices in life was his selection for campaign director.  Perhaps he or she is merely of the same mind as Manning, for they both thought it the most wonderful campaign move to feature Manning as he hisses and snarls his way through various shots of violence, with cheap horror-show sound effects in the background.

Not to be outdone in sheer stupidity is an ad by Rich Madaleno, currently a Maryland State Senator, now running for governor (one of several Democrat lemmings to do so).   Below is the stinker that he plopped.  Click on the word "youtube" at the bottom to see this on the youtube channel and then read the comments.  Of course this thing went over like a lead balloon.  That these liberals put this trash out in public, thinking that it will shoo them to victory, just shows how deluded they really are.

The primaries are June 26.  How many more of these will emerge to insult our intelligence?

First Manning's, then Madaleno's...



Vatican Striking Hands With New World Order

Earlier today the pope spoke at a Vatican "climate change conference" (yes, another one!).  Please note that it was not a conference to discuss the precipitous decline that faith and morals have undergone in once-Catholic enclaves like Ireland.  Nope!  One again the pope was touting his screed Laudato Si and yes, the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.  Don't believe me?  It's right here on the Vatican site!  Notice also in his address the references to "global energy transition", "interdependent world", "global responses".  This is nothing more than unabashed shilling for a one-world government.

Now let's look at another meeting that will be attended by Cardinal Parolin; I speak of the annual Bilderberg Group meeting.  Lifesitenews gives a brief run-down of the history of this thing.  Basically it's a gabfest of those who wield power in Europe and the US to discuss various issues regarding government and life.  It's quite elitist, to say the least.  It's also quite secretive, as attendees are sworn not to divulge the discussions outside the meeting.  This is the first time that a Church official has been invited to this globalist gaggle.

Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, said that "while the Church is a global organization, it is thankfully not a globalist organization".  In light of the pope's address this week (and in light of Laudato Si and other occurrences), we might believe Mr. McAdams to be mistaken.  McAdams also pointed out that Bill Gates, a frequent Bilderberg attendee, advocates lowering the world's population to stop "global climate change".  He does indeed.  However, the pope's address this week, coupled with Laudato Si, echo Gates' beliefs when they embrace the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.  In many ways, this pope has adopted the anti-life mindset of Gates et al; he certainly is furthering the progressive goals.

By the way - the big topic of discussion at this year's Bilderberg event is "populism".  Yes, they are truly worried when people actually value their own culture, traditions and faith in God versus a slavish grovelling to the New World Order.  And in what country to the Great Unwashed dare to throw off their progressive-imposed shackles?  Italy!  They join Poland and Hungary in declaring their autonomy from the EU slave-masters!  This must be such an embarrassment to the Pope and his Vatican progressive pals.  Let us keep them in prayer that they rediscover and reinvigorate their Catholic heritage.  We can even pray the same for the Vatican.

Speaking of Laudato Si, here's a little entertainment from AKA Catholic.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Poop Video - Nuanced Nod To Gays?

AKA-Catholic asks a very good question of this month's Poop Video: Did Pope Francis toss a bone to the gays?  This is "pride month", after all.  Listen to all the gay-appropriated buzz words: "inclusiveness", "respect for differences"

During his pontificate, we have seen many examples of Francis' flirtations and dalliances with gays - most flagrantly during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family in 2014 when its interim relatio spouted off nonsense about the "special gifts of gays". 

I think Louie is correct.  Perhaps that is why Lori and so many others are silent about the gay pride parades set to occur.  By the way - did they invite Cardinal Dolan to march in the New York one?


Archdiocese Of Baltimore Kowtows To Secular Culture Regarding Wedding Venues

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is allowing weddings to take place outside Catholic Churches.  Any Catholic with any trace of the sensus fidelium will understand that Matrimony is one of the Seven Sacraments, deserving of all solemnity and protection of Holy Mother Church.  Of course it should be celebrated in front of the Blessed Sacrament and in the context of a Nuptial Mass.  Such rubrics are a reminder that the Catholic wedding isn't just about the couple to be married, but more importantly is centered on God Himself.  Now that the archdiocese has acquiesced to secular culture and attitudes regarding the venue for matrimony, it stands to reason that it will offer no antidote to the poisonous mindsets regarding marriage, period.

It's no coincidence that this news comes to us just before the various pride debaucheries are to take place in major cities across the nation - Baltimore being one of them.  No doubt St Matthew's on Loch Raven Boulevard will be participating, as it has done in years past; probably other parishes will join in. One can count on Archbishop Lori et al to look the other way.  Meanwhile the faithful Catholics had better do prayer and reparation, not only for those celebrating mortal sin, but for the prelates who won't offer a peep to protect the souls in their charge.

Monday, June 4, 2018

US Supreme Court Upholds Christian Baker's First Amendment Rights

In a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court sided today with Jack Philips, a Christian who owns and operates Masterpiece Cakeshop.  Mr. Philips refused to make a wedding cake for the fake #mowwidge of two sodomites.

The Supreme Court declared that Phillips did not get a fair hearing from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  They noted the hostility towards Phillip's beliefs in Colorado's written opinions.  Even Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, two progressive Justices found Colorado's bigotry to be unacceptable and delivered to them a much-needed smackdown.

This bodes well for the other Christian-owned small businesses that are similarly threatened by the gaystapo juggernaut that seeks to relegate Christians to the status of "niggers of the new age".  For this victory we thank God and give a shout-out to Alliance Defending Freedom and to Mr. Phillips and the other Christian business owners who are taking stands for God and His Laws.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Father Reese Shills For Sex Abuse Cover-Ups

As we saw in the previous post, Father Thomas Reese and the administration of Georgetown University are shills for Planned Parenthood.  Reese complained about the reduction of federal funding for Planned Parenthood and the Georgetown Law School lauds them on their web pages (except when they are trying to hide that fact from us).  Recall several years ago when David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress uncovered the trafficking in baby body parts through his investigative reporting.  Now Lila Rose has released some interviews with former Planned Parenthood workers in which the latter detail the ways that Planned Parenthood management sought to evade the reporting requirements, essentially turning their backs on vulnerable and exploited young women.  Dare we opine that had Father Reese been privy to the skulduggery, that he too would have been all for the cover-ups?  So much for #metoo!


Click on the word "youtube" at the bottom right corner to be taken to the other videos to which Ms. Rose refers.  Now ask whether or not Reese et al are knowingly condoning the abuse of these young girls.  Unless they are complete dunces, the answer has to be "yes".

From The Georgetown Follies Department: Georgetown Openly Advocates For Baby-Murder

The scandals emanating from Georgetown University (once faithful to Catholicism, but now gone the way of its Jesuit zoo-keepers) are legion.  You can read about them here.  I had been somewhat surprised that there had been nothing too horrendous coming from them lately.  Alas, that respite has drawn to a close.

Father Thomas Reese, SJ, was a former editor of the Jesuit screed-rag known as America.  When Pope Benedict XVI ascended to the papal throne, one of his first accomplishments was the firing of Reese from his position.  Sadly, that failed to improve the magazine; its current editor is Fr James Martin - but I digress.  After his ouster, Reese joined some of his fellow Jesuit sewer rats inside the sewer called Georgetown, where he can be found today.

Exercising the finest intellectual prowess that Jesuits can muster these days, he announced that pro-lifers must consider voting for pro-abortion Democrats to reduce abortions.  Yes, he said that.  This was done partially to object to the President's recent defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Can one imagine in the 1850s, that logic being used to fight slavery?  I suppose the idea is that the Democrat's socialistic economic policies would reduce incentive for abortions.  Leaving aside for the moment that socialism and income redistribution are themselves inherently evil, we cannot pretend that pro-abortion politicians have any interest in reducing abortions.  They are in the pockets of Planned Parenthood and other baby-killers.  One can suspect that Georgetown University is, too.  One gets the impression that he's trying to stave off future pro-life efforts; perhaps we are getting under the skins of Georgetown's pro-abortion sugar-daddies.  He can stuff a sock in it.

In a related story, we learn that Georgetown's Law School is urging its students to support not only Planned Parenthood, but NOW, NARAL and a whole host of other pro-aborts and pro-sodomite-perversion organizations.  This news comes courtesy of TFP Student Action (an excellent organization, by the way).  I'd urge you to support this effort of their's.  The article links to Georgetown's "organizations you can support" page.  Not surprisingly, Georgetown took down this page.  HOWEVER, as we all should know, once something's on the internet, it never quite goes away, thanks to web-crawlers.  One such site is wayback.com.  So here is what wayback archived.  Sure enough, there is the "mysteriously" missing page.  In its NARAL blurb, Georgetown explicitly shills for a woman's "right" to murder her helpless baby.  This sheds lots of light on the reasons behind Reese's sniveling.  I shudder to think of what may be happening in Georgetown's hospital: we know of at least one instance where they attempted to euthanize a woman.

Tell me again why they are still called "Catholic"?  Oh yes, lots of money brings that about.

HT to Canon 212

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gay-Enabling Prelates Must Be Resisted

Much of the media (not just Catholic outlets) have been ablaze with the news of what Pope Francis said to Juan Carlos Cruz, one of the child victims of gay-priest pedophiles in Chile.  The young man is now himself gay, but the pope said to him "God made you gay and loves you like this".  There are doubts regarding the veracity of this statement.  However, given the silence of the Vatican Press Office and other (mis)deeds committed by the pope in relation to gays (see this piece by Doug Mainwaring of LifeSiteNews), I've no reason to doubt the accuracy of Cruz's account of the conversation.

Cardinal Dolan has chimed in on the matter, going so far as to claim of the pope's affirmation of mortal sin that "Jesus could have said that".  So he compounds the pope's blasphemy with his own.  In today's Vortex, Michael Voris comments this latest nonsense from Dolan.  He speculates that Dolan may have fallen out of grace a bit with the progressives in the Vatican and that one of Dolan's aims with his statement was to brown-nose his way back into their favor.  Voris goes into a list of Dolan's dalliances with gays, but even that list isn't complete.  Below the Vortex I'll supply some more.  These make me believe that when it comes to smooching up to gays, that the Vatican bigwigs have nothing over Dolan.



In addition to what Voris said, Dolan has allowed parishes to host "pre-pride masses", approved the "coming-out" of a gay athlete on television, set not a peep in Kim Davis' defense, etc.  Now comes word (ht Joseph Sciambra) that St. Francis de Sales Church in NYC not only has a LGBT "ministry" (in other words, a pervert dating service), but that this "ministry" is led by a flamboyantly promiscuous drag queen; see the parish website.  Wanna bet that this guy will retain his position?

So much for Cardinal Dolan leading New York Catholics to hell with his dissidence.  Let's hear from some prelates who aren't afraid to speak truth to the agenda of perversion.  Two weeks ago, at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, Cardinal Sarah stated plainly that the gay agenda is a demonic attack on the family.  Meanwhile, Bishop Athanasius Scheider gave an interview to One Peter Five.  He commented on many topics and I'd suggest you read the whole thing.  He touched upon the question of priests "blessing" gay shack-ups.  He stated that any priest who dared to do so would be committing a sin that's even greater than the one being committed by the gays being "blessed" - or more accurately cursed.  Think about that.  The priests so doing are not only lulling the perverts towards deadened consciences and eventual damnation (if they don't repent before death), but they are committing sacrilege against one of the Seven Sacraments.  They are misrepresenting the Church and Jesus Christ Himself.  These sins, by the way, are precisely what Father Guarnizo avoided six years ago.  Conversely, the sins of misrepresenting the Church are precisely what Bishop Knestout committed when he extended to Barbara Johnson that wretched apology.

Now consider this.  In Oregon, a Catholic parish is being sued for refusing to host an LGBT event in one of its facilities.  This episode occurred over three years ago but they are just now filing suit.  This is not unlike the situation in Indiana when a KofC council allowed two lesbians to hold their "wedding reception" for absolutely no charge.  Then-archbishop Joseph Tobin was in charge and did absolutely nothing to stop it.  In light of his recent advancement to Cardinal under Pope Francis, one might wonder if he actually ordered that capitulation to the lesbians. 

Now some questions are before us and we need to answer them before we find these situation in our own parishes: especially if these parishes cower before perverts, threatening the sanctity of our Churches.  Are we prepared to offer resistance?  No, I don't mean merely praying the Rosary in some location away from the travesty.  I mean are we prepared to offer what could be called "civil disobedience" in order to stand with our outraged Lord?


https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/public-school-kids-cant-read...and-its-not-by-accident

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Coming From The Rubble Of The Referendum

News is coming forth of some Irish clergy who are raising their voices in defense of the Church's teachings regarding life in the wake of the referendum debacle.  Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin said that Catholics who voted for the repeal while knowing that it would result in abortion being unleashed in Ireland should take their vote to confession.  He stopped short of telling such errant Catholics that they should not receive Holy Communion until they do.  That last waffling was to his discredit.  Now I presume that the ballots are secret, but if any Catholics in his diocese were flagrant in their disregard for the laws of God, I pray that he would have the decency to obey Canon 915 and deny Holy Communion to them until they repent of the public evil they committed.

Northern Ireland was not impacted by last week's vote, although the pro-aborts have that area in their crosshairs.  One Northern Irish priest laid down the law to a couple in his parish that advocate for abortion.  Father Damien Quigley of the Diocese of Armagh told the couple that they'd need to discuss their advocacy with him before he allowed them to be married in his church.  He relayed this message to the couple privately, so one has to imagine that the couple themselves leaked the matter to the public.  They are behaving in much the same way as did Barbara Johnson did six years ago in my parish when Father Marcel Guarnizo denied Holy Communion to her since she was openly engaged in a lesbian relationship.  Now the question remains if the Bishop of Armagh will through Father Quigley under the bus as did Cardinal Wuerl to Father Guarnizo.

Now hear from Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

2018 Maryland Primaries

Reminder - Faithful Catholics of MD/DC Inc is not a non-profit as defined by IRS sec 501(c).  That means this blog is free to make any endorsement that it deems fit.  Readers will notice that I drew heavily from the work of redmaryland.com.  Should you not see candidates from your district in the post below, please check that site out, along with others.

Maryland's primary elections will happen June 26 (with opportunities for early voting) so I'm taking a look at the candidates.  I won't bother with the Democrat primary since they are either pro-aborts or people whom the Democrat party in Maryland will submarine.

Hogan is running for governor again and he is unopposed.  Let's look the the candidates for US Senator.  Chris Chaffee supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood but is wishy-washy regarding gay #mowwidge.  Evan Cronhardt on the other hand sings the praises of Planned Parenthood and in addition to being pro-abort and pro-euthanasia, shows himself to be quite the progressive.  He is absolutely unacceptable.  Albert Binyahmin Howard appears to oppose euthanasia.  Quite honestly I'm not charmed with the photoshopped picture of Mount Rushmore on his website and the "issues" page on the site appears to be a smorgasbord of tweets.  Tony Campbell appears to be quite acceptable, as does Brian Vaeth.  Not so Bill Krehnbrink.  He might be if he didn't play the loose cannon.  When he bloviates that he wants "to replace every Maryland congressman", does that include Andy Harris?  As far as Nnabu Eze goes, why isn't he running as a Democrat, given his leftist leanings?  Blaine Taylor, if I understand the Red Maryland site properly indicates that he is pro-life but also for assisted suicide - as well as being for gun-grabbing.  He'd be a no-go for me.

As far as US Congress goes in District 6 (mine) I cannot recommend Amie Hoeber; she is so-called "pro-choice" and smells of progressivism on other issues.  So is Kurt Elsasser.  Lisa Lloyd and Bradley St Rohrs are much more preferable.  So now we have a dilemma here.  We can only vote for one of these two and we don't want to split the pro-life vote in District 6; there's so little of it as it is.  My read of the redmaryland sketches indicates that Lloyd might be the better of the two.

Gail Bates is running for State Senate in District 9.  She is solidly pro-life.  I can say the same for Michael Peroutka who is running for Anne Arundel County Council.  Other decent candidates include:
  • Richmond Davis, running for US Congress from District 7
  • Patricia Fenati, Montgomery County GOP Central Committee - at large
  • Ms Fenati is also running for Delegate from District 14
  • Andy Harris, running for re-election to Congress from District 1
  • Dwight Patel, Montgomery County GOP Central Committee - District 20
  • Josephine Wang - The Red Maryland site is unclear as to whether she's running for Montgomery County GOP Central Committee or State Senator from District 17.  Either way I recommend her.
  • Thomas Sheahen - Garrett County GOP Central Committee 1A
  • Kathy Szeliga - Delegate for District 7
  • Gus Alzona - Montgomery County GOP Central Committee at-large 
If anyone has been paying attention to the kooky things coming from Maryland public schools (little boys punished for saying "pow" while high school kids play hooky while "marching for lives"), you'll understand that the various boards of education play a pivotal role in educating future citizens.  I for one would prefer that my tax dollars be used for truly useful and honest education and not progressive brain-washing; the latter is the order of business today in our schools. 

I will only focus on the Montgomery County Board of Education.  In the general elections I would recommend getting a hold of the "Apple ballot" from the workers at the door to see who the NEA endorsed and then vote against those endorsements.  Right now we don't have that luxury.  Of the at-large candidates:
  • I'd avoid Julie Reiley.  She admires as "role models" Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
  • Similarly, John Robertson admires Obama.  Need we say more?
  • I couldn't find anything on Brandon Orman Rippeon as a candidate for the Board of Education, but he ran for Congress in 2011 on a fairly conservative platform.  He might be the safest bet.  I couldn't find anything on the other candidates.
Here are the BOE candidates for school district 3:
  • Lynn Amano is endorsed by LGBTQ Democrats of Montgomery County and Progressive Neighbors - REJECT!
  • Patricia O'Neill has been on the board for many years.  Where was she when the teachers went bonkers over the little boy in Silver Spring who was suspended for saying "pow" to a classmate?   Moreover, she is endorsed by some progressive "usual suspects" like Montgomery County Education Association, SEIU, CASA, and some Democrat clubs.  REJECT!
  • That leaves Laura Simon.  Her redmaryland profile is rather non-descript.  However, compared to what we know of her two opponents, that is a plus.  I'm recommending voting for her if only to oppose meaningfully the two flaming progressives.
That is all I have - for now.  Remember to pray for wisdom and vote.  Both are serious morally-binding duties.

Friday, May 25, 2018

#SaveThe8th

At this time the Irish polls have closed and the ballot counting is underway.  Exit polls indicate that the snakes may have returned to Ireland, however we can still pray for a miracle.  I join some blogging colleagues in wondering why Pope Francis has been so silent regarding this vote, considering that Ireland is (or was) one of a handful of countries that ban the baby-slaughter known as abortion.  The pope certainly seemed to have enough words regarding our presidential election in 2016, but none regarding this crucial matter?

For that matter, where are the faux-prolifers who call themselves "New Pro-Life Movement" and "Rehumanize International"?  Google them and search their sites and social media pages for one word about this referendum.  Let me know if you find anything (giving url) because I couldn't find where they uttered a peep.

As I said, I believe the ballot-counting is still underway, or maybe it will commence tomorrow.  Thus it's not too late to pray your rosaries and to all the Irish saints, that the Lord may preserve intact this lonely bastion for the babies.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mary Wagner Speaks To Ireland To #Savethe8th

Ireland is one of the very few countries that still outlaws the baby-slaughter known as abortion.  The 8th Amendment to its constitution specifically guarantees the right to life of unborn children.  As might be expected, this amendment has long been in the cross-hairs of pro-abortion forces everywhere.  They have been making inroads, however, and now they have managed to put the 8th amendment to referendum.  The vote in Ireland will occur on March 25.  Should the amendment be repealed, Ireland will join the majority of western civilization as it spirals down the sewer of moral depravity and blood-shed.

Mary Wagner, is a pro-life activist in Canada who has been arrested and jailed multiple times for going into abortion mills to convince women to spare their children.  She now gives this plea to Ireland.  We must all pray for Ireland that the vote goes to preserve its 8th amendment.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Be Innocent As Doves And Wise As Serpents

It is possible to take Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" and use at least some of them to our advantage.  I say "some" because that "some" are not intrinsically evil.  For instance, the rule called "make your opponents live by their own rules" cannot be considered evil.  It's high time we stop playing the "Clark Kent" nice guys and take on the agents of death head-on.  As Voris explains, Donald Trump has learned how to do that.  Some of us in the Catholic blogosphere have likewise learned.  All faithful Catholics must do the same.