Sunday, September 15, 2019

Talk A New Church Into Being

Watch this video.  The pope is announcing some sort of meeting commencing May 14, 2020.  Let's cut through the bovine manure.  He states that the purpose of this gabfest is to coordinate brainwashing education efforts to build some sort of "village" - that is, a new-world order utopia completely devoid of God and any thought of eternity.  Obviously he is borrowing ideas from Hillary Clinton and her book.  He is asking religious and political leaders to sign a "global pact for a new humanism".  That was his one mention of the word "religious".  I listened carefully.  This Vicar of Christ didn't utter the name of Jesus Christ or even God once during this entire screed.



Related to this attempt to undermine the Faith is his call for us to "obey the United Nations".  The Gloria article outlines nicely how antithetical to Jesus's teachings this is. See the video below and go to the 27:27 mark for the exact quote from the pope's Sept 10th plane conference.



On Friday I posted the call to prayer and fasting that was issued by Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider.  They also issued a document listing several areas in which the direction of the synod would lead the Church to massive theological departures from Sacred Tradition, maybe departures so severe that they would lead to schism.  I believe the pope realizes that too.  That is why I believe he went into preemptive damage control - to shift blame on us who would simply be pointing out the havoc that he is wreaking.

The pope himself seems unafraid of schism.  That is what he claims, and I believe that he is being quite frank.  Archbishop Vigano gave an interview last month in which he stated that next month's synod could be the culmination of a centuries-old plan by Freemasons to desconstruct the Church and to bring on a "new church".

Zenit has published the transcript of the Sept 10th interview.  Here it is.

Recall Matt's words that the possible schism.  If the Amazon sin-nod doesn't do that, this May 14, 2020 gabfest just might well do it.

Just to reiterate the progressives' desire for a "new church", let me call from your long-suppressed nightmares the farce from 10 years ago from Call to Action..

Friday, September 13, 2019

Call To Prayer And Fasting For Synod And A Warning From Holy Trinity Parish

Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider have issued:
  • A declaration warning against six "theological errors and heresies" contained in the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon Synod that will happen next month in Rome, and
  • A call for prayer and fasting during the forty days prior to the sin-nod.  They will start September 17.  The two prelates recommend a daily Rosary and fasting, preferably on Wednesdays or Fridays.  The intention is that the errors and heresies noted in their warning will never come out of the sin-nod.
If these errors are issued from the sin-nod, the way will be paved for even more violations of the Faith.  Some of these are happening now.

For those in the Washington DC area, I use as an example Holy Trinity Parish, just south of Georgetown University.  It is run by Jesuits and has been a dissident hotbed for some time now.

This parish is celebrating its 225th anniversary.  What better way for a Catholic parish to celebrate and give thanks to God for its existence by fawning all over sexual perverts and their enablers?  As you see in this bulletin, gay-enabling Father James Martin is scheduled to give an address at 10am, Saturday Oct 5 to peddle his latest heretical tome.  Read the entire bulletin to see more groveling to the gay juggernaut.

From the parish's youtube channel, we see this pathetic fellow wax lyrical regarding his descent towards perdition being accelerated by Holy Trinity.


On the parish's page dedicated to this anniversary, we read: "could Bishop John Carroll and Rev. Francis Neale, S.J. know what Holy Trinity would become 225 years ago?"  The answer is no - not in their most horrid nightmares.

As we join in this prayer effort, let us also pray for all the Joe Figinis of this world who, when they asked for fish, were given serpents.  Pray that they may come to repentance and salvation despite their parishes.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense

I suspect the title of this post summarizes the strategy that Pope Francis is employing in the wake of the impending heretical circus known as the Amazon Sin-Nod, scheduled for next month.  No doubt this hootenanny will be so chock-full of spiritual poison, designed to mutate the Faith beyond recognition, that the pope would love nothing more than for us to dissect and analyze the mess.  He knows in so doing, that we would disarm at least some of the bombs that will be flying from that sin-nod, so he is trying his darndest to scold us into silence.

How else do you account for these gaffes?
  • On the plane yesterday, he stated that "dissent from American Catholic conservatives would not lead to a schism in the church".  Oh, there is so much to unpack in that article.  We who are "rigid" (that is, we who hold to the Traditions of the Church), well, "there are problems" and we have to be "accompanied with tenderness".  What will cause schism is any disobedience to Tradition, such as pretending to ordain women, pantheism, admittance of those in mortal sin to Holy Communion.  Does he know that is coming down the road, hence his attempt to shift blame for rupture to faithful Catholics?  He said he was willing to listen to critics and make necessary corrections, but meanwhile the dubia still sit on his desk, utterly disdained.
  • Cardinal Gerhard Muller, former head of doctrine for the Vatican, has raised concerns regarding the direction in which the pope is leading the Church.  The pope, ever willing to listen to correction (per the previous bullet point) responded by saying that the Cardinal "has good intentions but is like a child".  The condescension is palpable. 
  • Let's not forget that the pope "is honored when Americans attack him".  So to criticize a person's actions is to attack him personally?  He knows better than that.  He simply is trying to vilify concerned Catholics who do not turn a blind eye to the obvious.  But a note to those who criticize this blog.  According to the pope, you should no longer accuse me of not honoring him, for he himself said that I honor him!  So, there!
I'm now going to post a screen shot from a Facebook post that Msgr Charles Pope wrote regarding these little jibes from the pope.  It's an open letter to the pope.


Regarding Father's last sentence, we're tired of it too but we must realize this is par for the course.  What the pope is doing is simply "advance damage control" as it were.  I think the idea is to shame us into shutting up if, and when, the real dissidence and heresies ooze out of the Amazon Sin-Nod and elsewhere.  I for one will not fall for that.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Support A Catholic Pastor Who Removed Occultic Books From The School Library

Father Dan Reehil is pastor of St Edward parish in Nashville, TN.  He recently took the step of removing the Harry Potter series from the library of his parish's school.  As his reasons, he cited the advice of Catholic exorcists who have dealt with demonic fallout from people who read the books, either unwittingly or recklessly.

Of course he is catching much flack from all manners of progressives and other entities who are ignorant of the realities of demons - or who just don't care about such matters.  Please take a few minutes and go here to express your support and appreciation to Father Reehil.  It's all too rare these days to see a pastor who will take action against spiritual perils that happen to be celebrated by secular culture.  Thank you.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

How Several Strains Of Progressivism Gained Ground Over This Past Century

As noted in a previous post, I'm currently reading Taylor Marshall's excellent book, "Infiltration".  In it he explores the history of the corruption of the Church hierarchy.  In reference to that corruption, we are now staring at its horrible consequences as they unfold before our very eyes.  Only those who stubbornly and yes, sinfully, persist in wearing rose-colored glasses will pretend to be ignorant of the sickness and impotence of today's parishes (with some exceptions).

Many people believe that the trouble started with the Vatican II council.  That is only when the disasters started to manifest themselves.  In reality, they have been almost 200 years in the making.  Recall that Pope St Pius X issued many encyclicals against modernism and he died over 100 years ago.  Again, I refer you to Marshall's book and to the source materials therein.  You can also browse the writings of the popes; you'll see the link on the right side bar of this blog.

Other ominous movements were afoot during that period, running parallel with the attempts to infiltrate the Church.  All of these bear the paw prints of freemasonry.  Within this anthology of posts I link to a movie called Maafa 21, exploring the eugenics movement as it rose in the United States following the Civil War.  You'll see therein how many of the eugenicists were involved in the Ku Klux Klan and the American Birth Control League.  The latter became known as Planned Parenthood.  In fact, Margaret Sanger, the foundress of Planned Parenthood, gave an address to at least one meeting of a women's auxiliary KKK group and corresponded with Nazi "doctors" prior to the outbreak of World War II.  Those doctors mastermined the mass murders of Jews and other "undesirables".  It is Sanger herself who referred to the poor as "human weeds".  Now it is important to ponder the term "Planned Parenthood".  Doesn't that sound like they simply want couples to plan when they have children?  Well, that's the current myth, but Sanger herself was up front about her intents.  If it were up to her, parents wouldn't do the planning, for by her sick measures, they might not be "fit" to be parents.  She must have realized that sort of totalitarianism wouldn't fly with the Americans of that era, so contraception became her answer.  I'd urge you to watch the Maafa 21 film.

I will now post a movie done by Ben Stein called "Expelled".  It details how atheistic Darwinism conquered academia and how it's stifled any differing scientific opinions about intelligent design.  My post will continue after the video.



All those who hold to Darwinism to the point of quashing other opinion whine and moan about how the intelligent design theory will empower religious people.  Quite frankly, their misgivings, from their warped perspectives, are rather logical.  Intelligent design implies a Supreme Intelligence, does it not?  Of course that means that mankind is not the supreme being in the universe, and that there is a God that has legitimate demands on our allegiance, obedience and worship.  They must either obey or disobey, with consequences to follow.  From that truth they instinctively recoil and lash out against those who dare propose the truth.

At the 1:12:00 mark, you'll see how the Darwinist position, with its emphasis on "survival of the fittest", is just another facet of the eugenics position.  Both were atheists.  In rejecting God, they also rejected the truth of eternal life after this sojourn on earth.  Understanding that mental paradigm, we can see how they would only be focused on this life.  Their emphasis would be to make life on this earth to be their paradise.

Can we not see this same mindset in so many of our progressive clergy?  Take note of their obsession with environmentalism.  We have seen recently how this pope has engaged various "population control" advocates to formulate the thinking behind Laudato Si and now the Amazon Synod.

Such deadly poison has long ago infiltrated Catholic clergy.  In this article we see that a Catholic priest (Franciscan) is chiding pro-life activists for prioritizing babies over "the environment".  He has in fact relegated the environment to the status of a de facto deity.  This is gaia worship.  His own claims to being pro-life ring hollow.

This error stated by Fr. Horan is quite compatible with the horror stated by democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.  He stated that abortion and birth control would be part of his plan to address "climate change".  Given his previous heretical blooper, how could Fr Horan argue with that?  More importantly, would he be inclined to argue with Sanders.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the pope's continuing destruction of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family.  We now see that Archbishop Paglia (yes, him) pretends that the term "life" needs to be redefined.  What's next?  Will this crowd try to redefine the word "God"?  For 2000 years now, the Church has proclaimed God's teachings of life, family and morality.  Any attempt to modify the meanings of those truths, by definition, will be to introduce deception and confusion to crystal-clear truth.

Speaking of "modifying teachings", that is exactly what will be attempted next month at the Amazon Sin-Nod.  Pray your Rosaries for protection.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Malefactors Are Squirming

During this past year, Theodore McCarrick has been living in a small Capuchin friary in Victoria KS.  He has remained silent - until now.  A few weeks ago, he granted an interview. The reporter, Ruth Graham, asked him point-blank if he "did it".  Here is his reply: “I’m not as bad as they paint me. I do not believe that I did the things that they accused me of.”

The italics are mine, for obvious reasons.  Dear readers, if someone were to state that you committed a crime, say of sexual abuse (like the ex-cardinal) or even something else like bank robbery or murder.  If you're anything like me, you'd be denying those accusations with all the vehemence that you could muster and would even demand that the accusations be retracted under pain of legal action.  His statements have both guilt and arrogance screaming all over them.

During the conversation he spoke of the former seminarians who accused him of abuse in his summer beach house, implying that they were put up to it.  He also had vitriol to hurl at Archbishop Vigano, who helped blow the cover off of McCarrick.  He said that Vigano was "talking as a representative of the far right".

McCarrick is not the only one to have a bone to pick with "the far right".  Yes, I'm afraid the pope gave another plane interview during which he inserted both feet into the papal speech apparatus.  He was presented with a book written by Nicolas Seneze entitled "How America Wants to Change the Pope".  Sadly the author is mistaken for there are plenty of progressives who just adore the pope as he is.  In many ways, the title of that book has things precisely ass-backwards.  Upon receiving the book the pope let out with this blooper: "For me, it's an honor that Americans attack me".  Of course his press handlers scurried into damage control mode, but too late. I thought the pope and other clergy were to be honored when they suffer for doing God's will; even then, they weren't expected to thump their chests over it.  Praying for fish, promoting LBGT supporters to the College of Cardinals, etc, is NOT "doing God's will".

Two prelates aren't quite as cheeky as they are facing the music for their misdeeds.  Recall that in Seattle, Archbishop Sartain approved a public Catholic funeral for a flaming gay who announced his planned suicide well in advance.  Years before, Sartain approved a Catholic funeral for a priest who had abused several boys.  Just days after his approval of Fuller's funeral was made public, Sartain resigned his position.

In Buffalo, NY, Bishop Richard Malone is under intense scrutiny owing to his own sexual misdeeds.  He knows it.  He has been recorded as saying, "this could be the end for me as bishop".  I hope he takes it further and realizes that if he doesn't repent and make a good confession, that the end could be hell - literally.

There are those good Catholics who state that only by prayer and fasting can these evils be purged from our Church.  I agree, except for that "only" part.  Prayer, fasting, sacraments are crucial, but by themselves they are insufficient.  The reactions related above have occurred because of intense scrutiny and protest as well as prayer.  We need both - from every single faithful Catholic.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stacking The College Of Cardinals

This is no surprise.  To be honest, I anticipated this.  Franklin Roosevelt threatened to do this to the Supreme Court when it appeared that they would strike down a goodly part of his unconstitutional "New Deal".  Now we have the same thing going on, with more progressives being put in positions to be electors for the next pope.  I needn't rehash what others have said.  See here and here and here.

Pope Francis is not the first to stack the College of Cardinals.  Probably the most recent attempt was by Pope John XXIII as he attempted to preserve the proceedings of Vatican II. This I learned from Taylor Marshall's book "Infiltration".  By the way - I'd suggest that everyone get a copy of this book and read it now.  It can be obtained on Amazon.

To understand a bit better about this latest crop of cardinals, please take a gander.  This post from the heretic Fr James Martin speaks volumes.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Some Root Causes Of The Church's Current Malaise

I'd suggest taking the time to watch this.  Please see below for comments.



Hichborn ends with some suggestions to combat these evils.  With all due respect, his list is somewhat lacking, in my opinion.  Yes, the Mass, Rosary, Scapular, prayer, etc are absolutely crucial, but by themselves they are wholly inadequate.  Hichborn is focusing on actions that one can take within the relatively safe confines of the Church and home.

But we must actually confront the evil head-on, where it occurs.  That goes for each and every one of us - no exceptions whatsoever.  We are going to have to get some dirt under our fingernails.  We must face the fact that when we speak out, we will be tossed out of Church roles and positions, we will be pilloried, we will be shunned as "rad-trad nuts" or what-have-you.

One key action that we can all take is to boycott some of the second collections that are foisted upon all US dioceses.  Four that come to mind are:
  1. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection
  2. The Catholic Relief Services collection
  3. The Catholic Charities collection
  4. The Peter's Pence collection
There is much information regarding these organizations on this blog and other sites (including Lepanto).  Please, in your collection envelopes, let the parish know why there is no money therein and sign your names.  Take a public, non-anonymous stand.

If dissidents are being honored at Catholic venues in your area, raise a firm but polite protest with the venue and your bishop.  Should your communications be unheeded, picket the events.  Again, we must make public stands.  We must make the malefactors uncomfortable in their dissidence.  That requires a willingness on our part to step out of our own comfort zones.

Ora et labora.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

No Wonder I Don't Go Out At Night!!

I live in that liberal loony-bin called Montgomery County MD.  For various reasons, I cannot leave the place.  The Dem-dopes who run this place have declared Montgomery County to be a sanctuary for border-crashers.  That is to say that they won't cooperate with ICE to enforce our nations' immigration laws.  Of course they have the backing of the equally nefarious Maryland Catholic Conference.

From Fox News we hear that since July 25, seven of these border-crashers have been accused of rape.  Folks, that's one ever week!  Again, we don't have only the Democrat-ridden Montgomery County Council to thank for this, but also the area bishops.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Something's Fishy With This Poop Video

Bear in mind that every day babies are being deliberately slaughtered by the thousands.  In the middle east Christians are also being murdered simply because they are Christians.  In China, as a result of the pope's betrayal, Christians are seeing their churches destroyed and their lives being placed in jeopardy.  All manners of sexual perversion are now being celebrated as Christians find themselves persecuted for simply living their faith.  Just recently we saw the Seattle Church utterly betray Jesus Christ as they literally ushered an unrepentant gay "shaman" to his likely eternal perdition.

Now the September installment of the "Pope Video" has been released.  In it, for what does Pope Francis suggest we pray?  Is it for any of the serious problems listed above?  Nope!

We are being asked to pray for a bunch of damned fish!



Notice that when the pope says that fish "are threatened for various reasons" we see one of those evil motor boats with propellers churning?  That's because big bad mankind is killing all the fishees, see?

So now we're supposed to pray that "politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans".  Not babies, not marriage, not persecuted Christians but "seas and oceans"!

It's obvious that this poop video is nothing more than a cheesy attempt to prime us for the Amazon Sin-nod and its gaia-worship, environmentalist screeds.  By the way - I still haven't finished my penitential study of that Instrumentum Laboris mess.  I hope to do that soon.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Regarding Fuller's Suicide, The Clergy Knew Beforehand

Father Dupont knew of Fuller's diabolical plans at that Mass.  Dupont is not the pastor of St Therese in Seattle; rather, he is a priest who regularly assists with Masses and who frequently said Masses at which Fuller attended.  He gave Fuller a "blessing" and even embroiled First Communicant children in his stunt, giving scandal to them.  Now what was it that Jesus said about those giving scandal to little ones?  Oh, yes!

Regarding Fuller's funeral, Seattle Archbishop Sartain gave approval for a Church funeral, in direct contradiction to Canon law.  In recent years, funerals have been granted to suicides, assuming that they were not in their right minds when they committed the act.  However, Fuller's suicide was methodically planned.  He had a party to celebrate his planned sin and even compounded that sin with the celebration of his sodomite relationship by "marrying" his accomplice in sodomy just before his suicide.  I link now to a Church Militant article where two bishops are cited as stating that unrepentant homosexuals cannot be given Church funeral rites.

So here we have two clerics, one a bishop, cooperating with several mortal sins committed by Fuller this past May.  They have cheapened God's laws and the value of human life.  We pray for their own repentance.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Did A Seattle Jesuit Facilitate Murder And Likely Damnation Of A Catholic In A Catholic Church??

The Catholic blogosphere just learned of an "assisted suicide" of a sodomy-practicing man in Seattle Washington.  He learned he was terminally ill.  Instead of preparing for his death to ensure his salvation after his mortal sins of sodomy, he mocked the Sacrament of Matrimony with his accomplice in sodomy and announced his planned suicide with great fanfare.

Mr. Fuller was Catholic, although obviously dissident.  On the Sunday before he ended his own life, he attended Mass and received Holy Communion - obviously sacrilegiously.  Moreover, Father Quentin Dupont, SJ, led the First Communion children in "blessing" Fuller.  Fuller's plans were widely known at that parish.  Unless the priest was inexcusably oblivious, he had to have known them too.  I am unable to determine the nature of Dupont's relationship to the parish; he appears not to be the pastor.

If Father Dupont, at that Mass, was aware of the impending sin of suicide that Fuller was to commit, then he is guilty of that sin by way of being an accessory to the sin.  Several other parishioners would also be in that status.  In a previous post, I listed the nine ways of being an accessory to sin and participating in its guilt.  I'll run through them now.
  1. Counsel - Did Father Dupont suggest that Fuller was taking a correct step?
  2. Command - Probably not present in this situation.
  3. Consent - That "blessing" would appear to constitute consent.
  4. Provocation - Did that happen?
  5. Praise or flattery - That seemed to be oozing from many parishioners.  What about Father?
  6. Concealment - Well that certainly didn't occur.
  7. Partnership - This is defined as sharing the fruits of the sin.  Not present here.
  8. Silence - Father did not act or speak to prevent Fuller's sins
  9. Defending evil - That was all over the praise from the other parishioners.
The Seattle bishops intend to "review" this matter.  If Dupont didn't know of the impending suicide, then what reason did he have of "blessing" Dupont and even inducing children to be props in his stunt?  Will the bishops really do an honest review of this matter or are they simply trying to stall in the hopes that we will forget about this atrocity?

Unless Fuller made a perfect act of contrition right at the moment of his death, he is not in a good place.  Let us pray that he did.  But let us also take action.  Contact St Therese Parish and the Archdiocese of Seattle to demand that real investigations be done regarding the apparent approval that Fuller received from Fr Dupont.  That atrocity can never again happen in a Catholic Church.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

St Louis Jesuits - Bid Them Good Bye And Good Riddance

The St. Louis Jesuits, producers of much of the watered-down mush that is called "modern Catholic music", are giving a farewell concert.  The concert is scheduled for Sept 29 and will happen in St. Louis, near the seminary where they met.

Take a look at their picture (circa 1070s) and consider that they met towards the end of their priestly formations.  At that stage, they should have been wearing clerics.  Why did that not happen in this photo?

Only three of them are now priests.  Tim Manion left seminary and became a Buddist.  Dan Schutte was ordained and left the priesthood.  The CM article points to evidence that Schutte is living in gay perversion with another named Mike Gale.  Now take a look at this review of a book written about the SLJesuits.  The book was edited by someone named Mike Gale.  It would take some doing to convince me that this is just some strange coincidence.  When I learned of that several years ago, I resolved never to sing anything written by the St Louis Jesuits.

They might not garner anymore income from public appearances (we hope), but they'll still be raking in the dough from royalties, etc.  Let's pray that they understand how they participated in the damage and repent.  Schutte and Manion are in desparate need of prayers, not commercial patronage.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Left-Wing Bloggers Are Reacting To Uncensored Truth

The Catholic left-wing mainstream media are bunching their undies over the fact that  their monopolistic stranglehold  over the flow of information to faithful Catholics has been broken.  They cite specifically LifeSiteNews, Church Militant, and Crisis magazine.  Frankly I think that we  smaller bloggers have had our hand in this too, and I find it curious that they omit mention of George Neumayr.

WherePeterIs.com is a site run by one such left-winger, Mike Lewis.  In his post yesterday, he comments on an article  by Michael Sean Winters, in which Winters plays Chicken Little by accusing us of fomenting schism.  Apparently Winters is suggesting that the bishops, in their November USCCB meeting, address the all-important question of "to what degree are the seeds of a de facto schism being sown within the U.S. church?"

So that is what he suggests should be the diversion main question instead of minor matters such as:
  • "How many of us in this USCCB meeting need to resign yesterday over our coverups and even personal commissions of homosexual rapes?"
  • "How will we bring fidelity and discipline back to  the celebration of the Sacraments?"
  • "What steps will we take to begin immediate obedience to Canon 915?"
But those things are such trivialities, you see?  They don't amount to a hill of beans comparied to facilitation of border crashing, governmental gun-grabs from decent people, climate change (more on this later), etc.

So this Mike Lewis doesn't like us mean old "extremists" spouting "dangerous narratives".  Let's take a look at Mr Lewis.  His bio sketch at the end of his site indicates Maryland residence - not too surprising.  Looking at his Linkedin profile, we see that he's Director of Operations at Catholic Climate Covenant.  He appears to be relatively new at that organization so he wasn't there when I and other "extremists" exposed their shenanigans.  Maybe had he looked at what we said, he might have had cause to pause.  But maybe they were right up his ally anyway.  Lewis is also a frequent guest on Mark Shea's radio program.  Mark Shea is another left-leaning pundit who has from time to time had hissy-snits to hurl our way, with language that some could call "colorful".  I refuse to link to his stuff for Patheos pays its bloggers according to the click counts accumulated by the sites.

We are getting their attention; that is why we are seeing all the temper tantrums.  We can surmise that others of good will are being given food for thought as well.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Undermining Church Teaching On Marriage And Family Life

I'm going to refer you now to this LifeSiteNews article about this facet of this pope's efforts to remake the Church into some kind of progressive wasteland.  His destruction of the John Paul Institute for Marriage and the Family marches on.  Read that article and watch the video below.

What I find peculiar and somewhat ominous is how quickly the pope moved with that motu proprio just days after Cardinal Caffara (one of the dubia cardinals as well as founding director) died.  How could that have been made ready so quickly?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

SJW Ditty Was Our Communion Hymn Today

I will now link to a post I wrote a few years back and ask you to pay particular attention to "zinger 2".  We are revisiting that matter for "zinger 2" revisited my parish today, masquerading as the Communion hymn at our 9:30 Mass.

Several years ago I've adopted the practice of reviewing the hymns before Mass begins.  The last thing I want to do is to catch myself mouthing some heretical poison as I "go along with the crowd".  Regrettably many people do that, not even thinking about the words coming out of their mouths.  Could that possibly be a subtle way of brainwashing?  We can and must arm ourselves against these tricks with constance vigilance.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Priest Disciplined By Cardinal Ratzinger (Now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) Is Driving Force Behind Amazon Sin-Nod Mess

Remember how I poked fun at the Laboris Instrumentum for claiming that the "earth cries"?  That concept comes from Leonardo Boff, the dissident and heretic behind that document and much of the sin-nod itself.  Note that he left the priesthood after he was silenced by Cardinal Ratzinger.  Sound familiar?  That's because Boff was not the only one disciplined by Benedict XVI and rehabilitated by Pope Francis.  Recall that McCarrick himself was ordered to conduct no public appearances but who had those sanctions lifted when Francis took the throne.  It's quite possible that some of the motivation here is to provide yet another poke in the eye to Benedict XVI.

Did you also catch that this sin-nod will take place in Rome and not near the Amazon itself?  Wait a minute!  What about all that highfalutin talk about "smell of the sheep" and "accompaniment"?  Now I just wonder how many private jets will be spewing their carbon footprints all over the place to ferry their well-heeled passengers to this gab-fest?  At any rate, the two surviving dubia cardinals have outright condemned the Instrumentum Laboris. I would think that by extension they have rightly condemned the upcoming sin-nod itself.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rossi To Be Investigated And Absp Gregory Botches Theology On Tap

As many know, Catholic journalist George Neumayr has been unearthing scandalous details regarding Msgr Walter Rossi's perverted misdeeds.  Now comes the announcement from the Diocese of Scranton (Rossi's diocese) that both Bishop Bambera and Archbishop Wilton Gregory will conduct a joint "forensic investigation" into the allegations regarding Rossi.

Archbishop Gregory had to have known that we would never let the Rossi matter fade from the memories of Catholics.  Not only was there my 5-second reminder to him this past Saturday, but at yesterday's "Theology on Tap" session, the first question from the audience was in regard to the Rossi matter.  You'll find that at the 17-minute marker.



One other teensy little news item might have served as impetus for at least putting up a facade of an investigation (if that is what it is).  Church Militant has published the news that James Grein, the man whom McCarrick savaged for years is now filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Vatican and the Archdiocese of New York for doing absolutely nothing about the abuse that he suffered.  Perhaps that is not a factor behind Gregory's present decision to do something about Rossi, but often money is a key motivating factor for our errant shepherds.  My blogging colleague, A Washington DC Catholic, has additional questions regarding this matter.

Before we all entertain wild hopes that some changes might be coming to the Archdiocese, please be advised that the rest of that video will snap you back to reality.  The camera is always facing the archbishop, so we can't see those posing the questions and I find the questions somewhat inaudible.  Gregory's responses, though, are rather distressing. At the 20-minute mark, in reply to someone from St Matthew's about those engaged in perversions (not his terms), Gregory rehashes his deplorable track record in Atlanta and sings the praises of dissident priest Fr James Martin and a sodomite-enabling bunch called Fortunate Families.  One glance at that web page will leave no doubt as to the spiritual poison to be found therein.

At the 30-minute mark, we hear from someone who identifies him/herself as a "transgender Catholic".  Again, the camera faces Gregory and the acoustics are poor, so I've no way of telling if that person was male or female.  At least I have a reasonable excuse.  Anyway, he/she asks "what place do I have in the church?".  To that  Gregory responds "right in the heart of the Church".  He added that Jesus "engaged such people".  Well, not as equals, Your Excellency!  He always called sinners to repentance, not "accompaniment".   Of course all the liberals clapped and whistled over that nonsense.  It's nonsense because the bishop of the local Church failed to preach repentance from the mortal sins of perversion as a necessary step to eternal life.

In Washington DC, the swamp will be fetid for quite some time.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Question Of Tubal Pregnancies

A kerfuffle between Eponymous Flower and Live Action has arisen over the release of this video by Life Action.  Here is the video and my commentary will follow.



I believe the doctor is incorrect in claiming that all ectopic pregnancies will prove to be fatal to the babies involved.  In fact, a number of the children survived.  She seems to be confusing the term "ectopic pregnancy" with "tubal pregnancy".  It is quite common to confuse the two.  While tubal pregnancies are ectopic pregnancies, not all ectopic pregnancies are tubal.  The term "ectoopic pregnancy" means that the baby has implanted elsewhere besides the normal uterine wall.  He/she can implant in the tubes, but can also implant outside the uterine wall.  As noted earlier, some of those do survive.  However, I have no knowledge of a tubal pregnancy being successfully carried to term.

The author of the EF piece commits the same error in terminology - and quite a few other errors besides.  Some of those errors are committed by commenters who support Ms. Swetz's position.  For instance, David Martin erroneously states:

Abortion defined is the artificial ejection of the living child from the woman's body, which is exactly what happens in the "treatment" of an ectopic pregnancy. Therefore, it is an abortion. Ectopic pregnancy diagnoses are often just fabrications and used as excuses to eliminate the innocent.

This "definition" is extremely sloppy.  Notice that his definition doesn't touch upon deliberated death.  It might be helpful to differentiate between spontaneous abortion, commonly called miscarriage versus induced abortion, that which many prolifers simply call abortion.  The person committing the abortion always has as his/her purpose the intention of destroying the child.

Commenters named "Kathleen 1031" and "Dymphna" (also commenters on this blog), along with Peter Watson and "Fatty" attempted to interject some valid considerations into the overly simplistic take of Ms Swetz and others.  For their efforts they (particularly Mr. Watson) were treated derisively.  But don't take my word for it.  Pop over there yourselves.

Two Good Young Men

I was contemplating a post on another topic, but realized I had to put that aside when I saw accounts of these two young men on social media.

The first is Jakub Baryla, a 15-year-old in Plock, Poland who describes himself as "Catholic, traditional, conservative and patriotic".  A "gay-pride" parade took place in his town.  He decided to block the parade by himself, holding only a crucifix and a Rosary.  I will let you read it for yourself from Church Militant's site.  My one question is why was he alone?  Where were the clergy?  Speaking of "clergy", Baryla aspires to the priesthood.  At his age, that vocation is not cast in stone but we simply pray that he remains steadfast in the onslaughts that will now be hurled his way.

In Albany, NY we meet 9-year-old Jack Thimons.  He became motivated to act when Governor Cuomo signed New York's radical abortion bill into law.  He has begun a prayer campaign for Cuomo's conversion to the Faith.  He had written letters to both Cardinal Dolan and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.  Dolan of course did not respond but the Friars did.  Based on their suggestions, Jack and his father designed the site convertcuomo.com to collect prayer pledges for that intention.

Speaking of Cuomo, perhaps Jack might throw in a prayer or two for the governor's brother, Chris Cuomo.  He seems to have a nasty temper.  To wit: (and forgive his f-bombs)



But I digress.  Kudos to both Jack and Jakub.  May more people take their Catholic faith seriously as do these young me.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

ADW! Boycott CCHD THIS WEEK END

This evening I did something that I hardly ever do; I went to a Saturday evening Mass.  Normally I go on Sunday because that day is the Lord's Day.  However, I went because Archbishop Gregory was going to celebrate that Mass.  And he did - more on that later.

As I was going into Mass, I saw the CCHD collection envelopes in a bin for usage.  I grabbed one and had time to jot a note to explain why I won't give to "Catholic Cash Helping Demons".  I signed my note, put it in the envelope and dropped it in the second collection basket.  Read this little compendium for more reasons why not one penny should be forked over to that bunch.

There was a respectable number of people at that Mass, but it was by no means crowded.  After Mass I greeted him and said that I was looking forward to having some of the current mess cleaned up.  He replied "I'll try" then turned away. Clearly I brought up an unpleasant topic, but it was necessary.  I believe that he will be showing up at many archdiocesan parishes.  I hope many others join me in letting him know that we will not rest until the rot is cleaned out of the chancery.  This excellent article by Christopher Manion will explain why I'm not optimistic that Gregory will join us but rather will have some 'splainin' of his own to do.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

We'll Probably All Need To Do This

If you are in one of the few dioceses that has a strong, orthodox bishop who obeys ALL Church teachings and laws, please count your blessings and pray for the majority of us who are not nearly so fortunate.  Everyone else please keep reading.

I will now post a link to an open letter written by Eric Sammons to his bishop.  Once upon a time Eric and his family were members of my parish within the Archdiocese of Washington.  His letter is instructive, especially for us in the ADW who are still coming to grips with the fact that for so many years, predators and their enablers were our bishops.  In fact, an enabler is most likely our current bishop.  We should be prepared to speak words of truth to our prelates, as is Mr. Sammons.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Reveling In Sin By Dance

Eureka!  We've found it!  The cure for global warming!  Oh, joy!  The world and all humanity is saved!

Of course this dance company would be from San Francisco, the home of everything silly and tooty-fruity.  Speaking of which, notice the gay-themed dance beginning at the 0:22 mark?  Doesn't it bear some resemblance to this sacrilege?  I say "sacrilege" for that piece of pornographic "dance" was done at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Montreal.

By the way, does anyone else grasp the irony of this envirowhacko "dance company" throwing green confetti all over the place?  Maybe they recycle it afterwards, but eventually they will trash it.  For shame!  How many poor, helpless trees died for this production?  How many other pieces of long-green did the audience plunk down to watch this drivel?

As far as the other, the people who put on that sacrilege at St Peter's Church - especially the clergy who allowed it to occur - had better repent of the sin of sodomy before their eternal fates revolve around "global warming" of the most horrifying kind.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thugs At The Shrine

No, I do not refer to criminals lurking outside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  I refer to those employed by the Shrine.

First, I will relate a story to put this in context.  About 20 years ago, I visited the Shrine on a monthly basis (approximately) to go to Confession and peruse the book store.  At that time, the security staff was comprised of older, even elderly, men who quite frankly would never have been able to handle a real security emergency.  On one visit, I was strolling through the cafeteria and for some reason that I cannot fathom, I attracted the attention of a man who was obviously mentally imbalanced.  He followed me and demanded that I wait at his beck and call.  I loudly demanded that he back off and walked into a women's rest room.  I waited, hoping he'd loose interest and go away.  He didn't.  When I emerged, he started right back up and again I had to yell at him to back off and don't dare follow me.  Again, this was in the cafeteria.  There were at least three of the less-than-intrepid security staff sitting by, watching the entire confrontation - and making not one damned move to assist me.  He didn't follow me and I left.  Needless to say, my visits to the Shrine were greatly reduced after that.

Fast forward to today.  We now have a rogue security staff, directed by a gay-mafia Msgr Walter Rossi ejecting George Neumayr for asking questions.  They even lied about having a legal order to eject Neumayr from Shrine property.

In the course of researching his treatment at the hands of Shrine staff, he learned that a key security staffer at the Shrine has an actual crime history replete with violent crimes.  Rossi may well be covering for this fellow owing to a past friendship with his father.  But what the heck?  Covering up the crimes of each other seems to be a favorite course of action for this local gay-mafia that infects this Shrine and Archdiocese.

Now I wonder how my encounter of 20 years ago would have been resolved had this criminal been in charge of Shrine security at that time?  There probably would have been no difference.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Archbishop Gregory Opens Mouth And Inserts Both Feet

Archbishop Gregory made one of his first public addresses a day or so ago.  He took the occasion to lob a pot-shot at President Trump for accurately stating that parts of Baltimore are filled with both trash and violent crimes.  He spun the president's remarks to insinuate that Trump aimed derogatory remarks at the Baltimore citizens themselves.  Quite frankly, both Gregory's and Lori's remarks are themselves dishonest and nonsensical.

Both Lori and Gregory are part of the liberal Church establishment.  They get lots of favors by doing the bidding of their Democrat task-masters.  They are coming to the defense of those task-masters because it's the Democrats that have been in charge of Baltimore for over 50 years.  Baltimore has not seen a Republican mayor since Theodore McKelden left that office in 1967.  Democrats have been at the helm since then - and two of those Demorats were the father and brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  But that's just a coincidence, I'm sure (ahem)!  There are many questions as to how Baltimore handled Federal grants throughout the years; where did that money go??

By the way - Washington DC has gone down the tubes as well.  DC's mayors have all been Democrats for the past 45 years.  Lori and Gregory should take a walk on their respective cities' wild sides and see for themselves how their cities have fared under their Democrat buddies.  One left-wing reporter from Fox 45 Baltimore did that in a run-down Baltimore neighborhood.  As she sniffed that Trump should "take a look at things for himself", a rat photobombed her video.  Take a look.

If Lori and Gregory can't give honest appraisals of the situations of their dioceses, maybe they should stick to their God-given jobs - you know, like, making sure the Faith is taught properly in their parishes, cleaning perversion from their parishes (like St Matthew's, Abhp Lori!), disciplining pro-abortion Catholic pols in their Churches by obeying Canon 915, you get the picture!

Until these things happen, I'd suggest complete boycotts of any archdiocesan collections in both DC and Baltimore.

Amazon Sin-Nod - One Of The Final Touches Towards Schism

Archbishop Vigano himself is sounding this alarm, as are others.  I haven't gotten very far in my attempts to digest the Instrumentum Laboris, but from what I've read, it is an apology for both pantheism and environmentalism.  In trashing western culture, the authors of the IL are also denigrating the Catholic faith, the very basis of western culture.  In turn, they downplay Jesus Christ Himself, from Whom the Catholic Church sprung.

The archbishop sees it as an amalgamation of liberation theology, socialism, pantheism, and a deconstruction of the Faith in its insinuation of married clergy, female deacons and sexual license.  Cardinal Brandmuller flat out called the IL "heretical" and "apostacy".

We should point out that the proceedings of no synod are binding upon the faithful, especially when they run counter to Church Tradition.  In that case, they are heretical and must not only be opposed in our personal lives, but must be outwardly and forcefully resisted if and when they are brought to bear in our churches.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Archbishop Lori Lies About Baltimore

Either the archbishop is lying or he is inexcusably deluded about the true nature of things in the center of his archdiocese.  For the record, I was born and lived early childhood in Baltimore.  My family (both sides) has its roots in Baltimore.  That said, I agree with President Trump when he tweeted that sections of Baltimore (Elijah Cummings' district to be precise) is infested with crime and rats.

Once upon a time it was a decent place.  Now why did it go to seed?  Well, consider that the last time that a Republican was mayor was in 1967, when Theodore McKeldin's term ended.  That was over 50 years ago.  Now consider the riots that occurred four years ago.  Then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she ordered city police to stand down during the looting, burning and mayhem to give "to those who wished to destroy space to do that".  At that time, Lori was archbishop.  Did he selectively forget that little quip or the other Democrat scandals centered in Baltimore?

But progressive bishops have long marched in lock-step with their Democrat sugar-daddies and puppet-masters!  So when the President spoke truth to the mess that is in Baltimore, Lori had to leap to their defense, knowing damned well that the Democrats made Baltimore into a mess, just as they have done for Detroit, Chicago and other metropolitan areas that they control.

Archbishop Lori, if you truly want to help Baltimore, then start being the leader that the local Catholics need.  That means clearing St Matthew's and St Vincent de Paul's of the gay-nazi filth that is poisoning the souls of their parishioners and the surrounding areas.  That means preaching from the pulpit on the evils of contraception, abortion, euthanasia.  That means calling pro-abortion Catholics to repentance and denying Holy Communion to them until they do.  Are you up for the challenge?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

USCCB Calls Evil What God Ordained As A Tool For Civil Order

Last week I posted how many leftists are putting their souls into jeopardy by calling evil what God has ordained as goods.  The USCCB continues down that slippery path.

Today Attorney General William Barr has announced that the US Department of Justice will resume the federal death penalty.  Right on cue the USCCB is pitching its hissy fit.  A telling phrase in the Catholic News Agency piece is this: "Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2267 on the death penalty was updated in 2018 with a statement from Pope Francis, calling the death penalty “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person."

NEWS FLASH!  No one, not even a pope, can change Church teaching.  The pope is to safeguard the Deposit of Faith, not mutate it according to his whims and fancies.  Other popes throughout the centuries have upheld the legitimacy of the death penalty.  Pope John Paul II, in paragraph 56 of Evangelium Vitae, while making his personal disapproval known, also upheld the licity of the death penalty.

Any statement that claims that the death penalty is inherently evil is rank heresy.  It doesn't matter who utters it.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Agony Continues

We resume our trek through the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming Sham-azon Sin-Nod.  I am on page 14 of 64 pages.  That's right!  Sixty-four pages of gobblygoop!  What isn't utter fluff is actual heresy.  And this is just the working document of the October gabfest.  Can you just imagine the verbosity that will billow forth in the wake of the sin-nod?

In paragraph 17 we see the phrase "defense of life".  For close to 30 years I have been involved in pro-life efforts and currently write columns for a Maryland-based pro-life Catholic organization called Defend Life.  So I perked up when I saw that phrase, thinking that they might actually be concerned with the intrinsic evils of contraception, abortion, euthanasia.  Alas, no such fidelity to Church teaching was to be found.  Instead, we read of angst against "imbalance in the seasons" and "imbalance in the climate".  NEWS FLASH!  God alone controls the weather!  Who do these sin-nod honchos think they are to dictate what the weather should be?  We even hear some wretched nonsense about the "multinationals cutting the earth and the earth is bleeding".  The earth does not have blood.  Would that our Church leaders showed the same solicitude to the bleeding of thousands of babies everyday from abortion.

The next several paragraphs are one big politically correct lament about how the big-bad western civilization has "polluted the rivers", "burned trees", "destroyed species", ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Gosh, if one didn't know better, one might think that they copied a lot from Laudato Si, which itself is probably largely the works of pro-death Jeffrey Sachs and that bunch.

But now comes chapter 3!  We find that the Amazon is in a "period of grace".  So that means that the bishops are going to proclaim Christ and salvation from their sins, and lead them to the One True Church which is God's chosen vehicle of salvation?  Oh, silly!  Don't be so pelagian and triumphalist!  Paragraph 29 says the natives have much to teach us!  So shut up already and eternal destiny of souls be damned (I mean that literally, given the thrust of this tome).  In paragraph 30, we read that "the unique diversity of the Amazon region - biological, religious and cultural - suggests a new Pentecost."  What they are saying is that the various idolatries of the natives take precedence over the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  As any Catholic child could have told these IL authors 100 years ago, Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the Apostles, after which they proclaimed Jesus Christ and the Gospel of repentance, conversion and salvation.  Idolatries were sins to be cast aside, not celebrated as this piece of papal plop is now suggesting.

We see more of the same in paragraph 33, where IL claims that God's presence is to be found in the superstitions of the Amazon natives.  Such hideous spiritual poison we have encountered so far.  Mind you, we are only on page 19.  We still have 45 more pages of this sludge through which we must wade.

Moving on, we see that Chapter 4 is entitled "Dialogue".  In paragraph 36, it claims that Jesus had dialogue with the Samaritan woman at the well.  Break out your bibles and read John 4.  Jesus did not dialogue with her as with an equal.  He taught her - plain and simple.

Part 2 is entitled "Integral Ecology: The Cry of the Earth and the Poor".  My!  The earth seems rather talented!  It cries!  It bleeds!  Does it sing and dance and take a bow?  Personification much?  Apparently we need an "integral ecological conversion", according to the IL authors.  In actuality, what is needed is conversion to the One True Faith through the Catholic Church.  An "ecological conversion", by definition, renders ecology into a de facto idol.

We will resume with part 2 another time.  I don't want this to get too long.  This IL is already insufferably long.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Our Lady Of Akita

This video is for your prayerful consideration.  I don't know about claiming that the Akita message is the third secret of Fatima, but these messages must be taken seriously.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

El Pregonero - Accessory To Sin

El Pregonero is a publication of the Archdiocese of Washington that ostensibly caters to Spanish-speaking Catholics of the Archdiocese of Washington.  Law-abiding Hispanics can be excused for believing that they are of no concern for the staff of El Pregonero as this publication is catering to those who have flouted US immigration laws.

The publication is in Spanish, but it is quite easy to read it in English.  Using Chrome, put in the link "elpreg(dot)org".  The site will come up and Chrome will ask if you want it translated into English.  Answer in the affirmative, if you wish.

As you can imagine the preg staff is all aflutter regarding the deportation efforts that have started this week.  Here's one gem: "Persecuted, But In Need: The Harsh Reality Of The Undocumented".  Wrong nomenclature.  One can only be persecuted in the true sense of the word when they suffer for doing what is right and just.   1 Peter 2:20 makes clear that if one suffers for sinning, there is no merit.

The preg staff, like their bosses in the liberal Church structure, insist on using euphamisms to cover the reality of sinful conduct.  "Undocumented" simply means those who have crashed our borders or overstayed their visas in defiance of US immigration laws.  What?  Will shoplifters soon be called "undocumented customers" or bank robberies be called "undocumented bank withdrawals"?

In a post several years ago, I recited the Church's teaching on the ways in which we can cooperate with the sins of others.  That list is in the first post of this anthology.  It doesn't require that much imagination to see how the bishops, and El Pregonero, are sharing in the guilt of border-crashing in most of the ways listed.  What may not be so obvious is the occurrence of #7: partnership - sharing the fruits of the sin.  Let's bear in mind that the Church has lots of money riding on the numbers of border-crashers that come into this country.  I'd be willing to bet that the preg staff understands that.

We'll be keeeping an eye on this rag in the future.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Woe To You That Call Evil Good, And Good Evil

That passage from Isaiah 5:20 is a strong admonition to left-leaning Catholics who have joined the progressive clarion call to fight all kinds of what they consider to be "social injustices" that may not be unjust at all.  The measure of what is good or evil, just or unjust is to be found in the Church's teaching traditions of the past two centuries, as opposed to popular fads that are spewing forth from dissident Catholic quarters.

Let's look at immigration, since these left-wing quarters, from the top down (that means you, USCCB) are having hissy fits about President Trump's ongoing efforts to expel foreign invaders.  The left-wing, clergy included, refuse to acknowledge that our concerns lie not with those who immigrate in conformity with our applicable laws, but with those who flout our laws and sneak inside the US.  They are, by definition, criminals.  They are breaking US law that does comply with Catholic moral theology.  In obfuscating that important distinction, they commit serious sins against the Eighth Commandment.  I've written a bit on this topic over the years; here's a collection of it.  So in this case, what's being called "evil" is the responsible regulating of immigration and what's being called "good" is the direct disobedience of immigration laws and being accessories to these crimes.

Let's move to another darling cause of the progressives - gun control.  The left is all gung-ho on this bugaboo, not addressing the fact that criminals, by definition, disobey laws.   The only ones impacted would be law-abiding citizens who desire to own firearms for the protection of themselves and their families.  Whenever a shooting happens, immediately the left starts kveling about the need for firearm restriction - never the apprehension of criminals.  Would that impinge too greatly on the Democratic voting base?  Look at England.  They've essentially outlawed guns, so what happens? Knife attacks arise - surprise!  The "geniuses" governing England are now into (wait for it!) knife-control!  Same thing in Red China!

Again, I've written a bit about that.  See here.  Please note that the top post explains why I believe that the USCCB's stance on gun control runs counter to Catholic moral theology.  Once upon a time I believed that this was an area in which good people could disagree.  I no longer hold onto that delusion.  The right to adequate self defense is a moral good that no one may call evil, on pain of sin.  A former pro-life leader, Rob Schenck, has glommed onto the erroneous push for arms banning, and in the process has allowed his thinking on basic pro-life issues to become corrupted.  I'll have more to say on that later.

Let's move on to the death penalty or capital punishment.  If gun control is an attack on the good of self-defense, the push to eliminate the death penalty is an attack on the good of civil government protecting its citizens from violent criminals.  Again, the USCCB and their dutiful puppets are lock-step with their Soros-esque sugar-daddies in their shielding of criminals from the death penalty.  Again, I've written much on that and won't rehash everything, but will elaborate on one major point.  In the past, all the popes have upheld the legitimacy and the good of capital punishment.  The most recent catechism from Pope John Paul II does the same.  However, last year Pope Francis annnounced his intention to rewrite the catechism to say that the death penalty is inadmissable.  I said it then, I'll say it now; THIS IS HERESY.   Of course the USCCB intends to happily comply in promulgating this heresy.  So now the good of capital punishment has been called evil, and this error has reached the proportions of full-blown heresy.

The USCCB, their obedient state-wide counterparts and the rest of their lapdogs are fully engaged in calling good "evil", and evil "good".  They have jettisoned all authentic moral bearing for the favors of money, power, and worldly prestige.  In so doing they have allowed their own thinking to become clouded, as have those who unthinkingly swallow the progressive bile simply because it comes from men wearing miters.

However, there have been pro-life leaders who, themselves succumbing to the siren calls of emotion-based leftwing sentiments, have allowed their pro-life beliefs to become weak and uncertain.  In other words, by assuming progressive positions on immigration, gun control, etc, they have assumed progressive positions in pro-life matters as well.  I have already mentioned Rob Schenck a few paragraphs back.  He now supports the legalized murder of children.  Another former pro-life leader, John Cavanaugh-O'Keefe, became so enamored of progressivism that he cast his vote for the rabidly pro-abortion Hillary Clinton in 2016.  Both of these men clearly called evil "good".

Ladies and gentlemen, liberalism is harmful to the soul and can impede eternal salvation.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Faithful Christians Taking Stands In Archdioceses Of Baltimore And Washington

Pursuant to yesterday's post, I'd like to point out a group of concerned people from Lexington Park, MD who are standing up to the filth oozing from the public libraries.  Last month I wrote of a "drag queen story hour" that took place at the local library, presumably funded with taxpayers' dollars.

Last week a County Commission meeting was held in St. Mary's County.  LifesiteNews and related links will show you the testimony presented by outraged Christians at the obvious sexual grooming of area children.  It appears that the library board isn't elected but these commissioners are.  These commissioners hold the purse strings for the library.  Many more good people need to rise up and advise these commissioners that come next election day they may find themselves tossed out on their ears.

If you go back to my June 28th post, you'll see a comment from "St Mary's Resident" arguing that my rebuke of the local clergy was unfair.  He/she mentioned the holy hour that occurred in reparation for the sins committed at that "story hour".  While it's all well and good to pray within the safe confines of Catholic property, that will not suffice as a substitute for getting out where the real need is.  Moreover, I noticed no Catholic clergy in the videos of that commissioner meeting.

Lexington Park lies within the Archdiocese of Washington.  Who has heard of anything said by Archbishop Gregory about this travesty?  Not I!  Anyone?

Shifting our attention to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston WV, a suffrigan of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, we hear with gladness of Catholics standing up to the stonewalling by Archbishop Lori.  They call themselves Lay Catholic Voices for Change.  They have learned early on that the only language this crowd of bishops knows is the language of money.  They have spoken it by announcing a boycott.  Apparently it didn't take long for Lori et al to get the message for the latter have announced a spate of reforms.  I only counsel my WV colleagues to monitor that situation closely and if any sleight of hand occurs, to reinstate that boycott immediately.  Good for them!

May their numbers increase!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lay People! Stiffen Your Spines And Thicken Your Skins!

Michael Voris did a special report on gay infiltration and corruption in a New Jersey diocese that got its start from McCarrick.  Voris mentioned in passing that parishioners are disgusted but didn't want to go public for fear of the bishop.  While McCarrick et al were a big factor of the problem, this servile cowardice of the congregations is yet another.

Of what are they afraid?  They're lay people!  They aren't vowed in obedience to the bishop!  We laity have rights that clergy don't.  Are they afraid that a priest might glare at them from the pulpit, or that he might grouse at them in the hallway?  Are they afraid they will lose positions of influence in the parish or of being kicked out of parish functions?  If that happens, well so what??

Really!  We laity must stiffen our spinal columns and thicken our skins!  If we shrink at the thought of arousing the ire of an errant priest or his buddies, how on earth do we think we will deal with real persecution from the world that seems to be increasing as I write this?

Let's not forget that as lay people, we hold a unique power over them, and that is the power of the purse.  Money talks a lot to corrupt clergy and we should ensure that they hear ours - or lack thereof, if you get my drift.

Of course we must draw strength and courage from prayer and the Sacraments.  These are the source of supernatural faith and courage.  But after that we must simply square our shoulders and do the unpleasant work of confronting evil within the Church.  Let's not tolerate cowardice in ourselves or each other.  It is a vice that will lead to sins of omission.  If we don't care enough to confront evil, we  will have to answer for that in our particular judgments.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Mum's The Word! So Do NOT Give To The Annual Appeal!

While he slithered about the Archdiocese of Washington, ex-cardinal McCarrick maintained a personal charitable fund called the Archbishop's Fund.  There seems to be reason to believe that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that flowed in and out of that "charitable fund" were actually bribes.  Of course we don't know for sure because the Archdiocese refuses to answer questions about the funds: questions such as who were recipients, how much did each receive, why, etc.  Right off the bat I can think of two uses that McCarrick may have had for these funds:
  1. Facilitation and/or damage control related to his sexual predations
  2. Buying of votes during the papal conclave that elected Pope Francis
  3. If there are other suggestions, please communicate via the comments section.
If the uses of this fund were honorable, why not disclose them?  Of course when we say the "archdiocese refuses to answer", we must necessarily say that Archbishop Gregory refuses to answer those questions.  And he does.  Oh, by the way.  This past Sunday the Archbishop received the Pallium

In other related archdiocesan news, we recall that journalist George Neumayr was ejected from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  Allegedly he was being kicked out because of some legal order barring him from being on Shrine grounds.  Well, guess what?  No such order actually existed, according to a Shrine staffer.  Surprise!  See here and here.  So Msgr Rossi flat out lied.  There was no such order with DC Police.  But speaking of Rossi and the police, it seems that Rossi himself has racked up his own rap sheet - after ordination.  No, we're not talking about minor traffic tickets.  We're talking about drunken driving, hit-and-run accidents.  In October 2017 (less than two years ago) he was apprehended in Virginia for reckless driving and had to pay a fine (I wonder if that wound up on an expense report?).

Meanwhile our arms are being twisted to give to the "Annual Appeal".  They won't even call it "Archbishop's Appeal", as if that will fool anyone.  I suggest not giving one penny to that thing.  Why should we pay for their bribes and drunken driving fines?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Word Among Us Touts Experience-Based Alpha Program

Below is a video that dissects the spiritual booby-trap known as known as Alpha.  It is a program devised by protestants, ostensibly to facilitate evangelism (such as protestants understand the word "evangelism").  Alpha seems to emphasize protestant priorities such as "relationship" and "experiences".  Actual errors seem to include (at least implicitly) the "sola scriptura" heresy and disregard for the Sacraments and Magisterium.

At 9:17 we hear the question, "why are you promoting error to Catholics?"  That is a question that should be addressed to the Word Among Us magazine, for their Easter 2019 issue features an article that sings forth the dubious praises of Alpha.  Indeed, as I read this article, it makes evangelism sound like one big, slick marketing campaign.  Its title is most telling: "Relationship First".  That is flat-out not Christianity.  Since they are "sola scriptura", let's look at Scripture, namely the Gospel of Mark.  What's the first recorded word of Jesus from that Gospel?  Is it "relationship"?  Is it "experience"?  No, it's "Repent".

14:30 "It allows you to become a Christian without change...".  Therein lies a big danger to souls.  Let's look at what today's gospel would have been if we were in "B" cycle.  It's when Jesus sent the 72 disciples on a preaching tour to preach the gospel of repentance.  It wasn't a gospel of "experience" or "personal fulfillment", but of repentance.

Time does not allow me to recite all the ills of Alpha, but I will touch on a few.  This link states that Alpha has been linked with the dangerous practice known as the "Toronto Blessing".  I don't know the precise nature of this linkage but I'd suspect that might be found in this anthology.  About thirty years ago I was affiliated with the Mother of God Community, from whence sprang the Word Among Us.  Towards the end of its heyday, it started dabbling in the "Toronto Blessing".  I knew enough to avoid participation in it like the plague.  Such are the dangers of overemphasis on "experience" and disregard for the Sacraments and the Magisterium.  If you take a look at the bottom of that "anthology" link, you will see that Cardinal Burke condemned Alpha.

Two years ago, the Word Among Us advocated the new age practice of centering prayer. Now they've linked up with Alpha bile.  This is the kind of nonsense that will happen when one stokes lusts for spiritual "experience" instead of preaching the truths of the Catholic faith.  I'd advocate the avoidance of WAU.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Are You A Cotton-Candy Catholic?

In a recent Vortex, Michael Voris uses the term "country-club Catholics" to describe Catholics who do accept the Church's teachings but who refuse to discuss, let alone confront, the evil within the Church - especially when that evil emanates from the clergy and even the Vatican.  Instead of "country-club", I prefer the term coined by the Activist Mommy, "cotton candy Catholics".  This term more accurately describes the tendency of those milquetoast Catholics to play the three monkeys in terms of dealing with the Church's internal evils.

I have found myself flummoxed by this cotton-candy crowd myself.  These are the same folks who refuse to pray in front of abortuaries.  I now believe this is why we had such an abysmally poor turnout at the Mount when we protested Shriver's appearance.

The "cotton candy" crowd will simply have to take off the rose-colored glasses and put on their big-boy pants.  They will have to join us "deplorables" in getting some dirt under their fingernails and dealing with some guff from non-faithful CINOs.  They will have to join us in speaking truth to power - even when that power is one's own bishop.  They will have to deal with the fact that they will lose positions of influence in their parishes owing to speaking plain truth.  Anything less than that will entail great risk to their own souls, not to mention the furtherance of more evil in the Church.

We are the Church Militant!  We are NOT the "church milquetoast"!  We are NOT the "church mellow"!  We are NOT the "church mealy-mouth"!  We are NOT the "church mamby-pamby"!  MILITANT!  Got that?

Toughen up!  Man (or woman) up!  Grow up!  Now!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Pope Leads The Charge In Vilifying Faithful Catholics

Lately we've seen quite a spate of faithful priests and Catholic laity being tossed to the curb for the "high crime and misdemeanor" of - being a Catholic faithful to the timeless teachings and traditions of Jesus Christ and by extension to His Church.

Father Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto in the Archdiocese of Detroit, has promoted the traditional liturgy and has stood for orthodoxy.  The archdiocese has placed him on leave after receiving a "credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor".  This parish just happens to be the parish of Michael Voris.  In this Church Militant article, you can see Voris and other parishioners confront the episcopal vicar, Msgr Michael Bugarin, after Mass and let him know that they weren't swallowing the baloney.  Please take the time to watch these videos.  Chances are that we will find it incumbent upon ourselves to take similar actions.  It certainly is heart-warming to see Catholics no longer just sitting on their hands and being silent in the face of these atrocities.  And yes, it was rather fun to watch Bugarin squirm as he was called out on his own disregard for due process under canon law, and other assorted acts of hypocrisy committed by both him and Archbishop Vigneron.

Meanwhile in Minneapolis, Fr Vaughn Treco, pastor of St. Bede the Venerable and a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has found himself excommunicated and his parish closed after he criticized the actions of some popes during and after the Second Vatican Council.  You can listen to the "offending homily" here.  Mind you, Fr James Martin and others of his ilk spread their homophile bile in pulpit after pulpit and they receive lauds and adulations for so polluting those churches, with nary a slap on the wrists.  Listen to Father Treco's homily in the link and if you detect any heresy or even errors, please advise in the comments.

In Italy yet another faithful order has been destroyed.  The malefactors from the Vatican didn't even bother to trump up any charges against them.  But maybe this talk that Pope Francis gave two years ago some clues.  Below the video I will have commentary.



So those who understand that Christ's teachings are clear and immutable are "fanatics" and we "sow division in the Church".  Well, guess what?  Without a solid basis in Godly teachings, any "unity" will necessarily be an utter sham.  While this is two years old, it shows that the treatment being meted out to these two priests and many other faithful Catholics is very likely part of a coordinated effort to expunge the Church of all true followers of Christ and His teachings.  Two lessons:
  1. We can expect similar treatment - no exceptions.  Any who hold positions in parishes can expect to be expelled from those positions if they remain faithful to Church teachings.
  2. We should be prepared to speak truth to evil, as the Assumption parishioners did with Msgr Bugarin.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Queen Of The Nile

According to sources in Atlanta, Archbishop Gregory's former see, his nickname is "Queen of the Nile".  I understand such nicknames are quite common in, uh, "certain circles".  We've had "Donna" and "Blanche".  If history is any predictor, we in the Washington archdiocese are in for a bumpy ride.

By the way - we are being asked to pay for that ride via the "Annual Appeal".  Notice how they won't call it the "Archbishop's Appeal"?  They know very well that "Archbishop's" anything would go over like a lead balloon.  How stupid do they think we are?  Here's the email that I and many others received today.

Let's make sure this little balloon goes down with a thud, too.  Just give directly to worthwhile charities without going through these "middlemen" and risking your dollars being diverted to anti-Catholic entities.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pro-Abort Acid Reflux Syndrome

Yes, this dread condition exists!  How do I know?  Why, I have seen such an individual who is afflicted with this malady.  I don't know his name so I'll call him "Mr Belcher" for reasons soon to be apparent.  Quite often the poor soul walks by us on Saturday mornings.  He looks towards us, and then the unfortunate fellow lets out with a loud burp.  This has happened several times now.  How distressing it must be for him!  Something tells me that he isn't the only victim of this disease.

So how does this sickness develop?  Is it because the afflicted ones have to swallow so much intellectual and moral bile that their very digestive systems rebel from such an insult?  Or maybe it's because they are truly trying to articulate their position, and all they can do is belch forth fetid gases.  That would make sense since the intellectual justification for baby-murder is nothing more than noxious vapors anyway.

We realize that by our very presence in front of these mills, we are offering much needed rebuke to any passers-by who favor the murder of tiny children.  The First Spiritual Work of Mercy is "Rebuke the Sinner".  When confronted with the truth, one only has two possible reactions: acceptance or rejection.  Mr. Belcher seems to be rejecting the truth, but burps are all that he can muster.  While he is still on this side of the grave, we pray that he repents of his support for baby-murder and for any personal involvement in that sin that there might be.

In the meantime, he might want to buy some Rolaids or Tums.