This broad is a marxist, people! I suppose some people really are more equal than others! Now all she has to do to complete her hypocrisy is put one of those "we are the 99%" signs in her front yard.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
On April 7, conservative pundit Alex Jones saw several small children being stuffed into a luggage compartment in a car in Texas. The children were leaving a facility and were being prepared for smuggling to some seedy destination.
Jones placed himself in front of the vehicle, preventing it from driving away. Meanwhile, his crew members sought out police attention. Read more here.
Did you notice what the facility was, from which the children were being smuggled away? Yes, it was a Catholic Charities office. Are you shocked? Don't be! This sort of underhanded behavior is par for the course with them. I've written much about their shenanigans throughout the years. Their dirty deeds include:
- Taking one of their "clients" to an abortion appointment
- Coordinating needle-exchange arrangements for drug addicts.
- Their CEO Msgr John Enzler making political contributions to pro-abortion candidates
- And the list goes on
Thursday, April 8, 2021
When I wrote my April 5th post, I neglected to mention that incident happened in Calgary within the province of Alberta. Today we all received word of another incident of jack-boot behavior, this time in Spruce Grove, still within Alberta. The church that is literally under siege by local police is Grace Life Church, pastored by James Coates.
This pastor was recently jailed for not limiting the number of attendees at his church services. He was recently released, but made clear that he did not intend to humor the little despots who currently occupy local government there. Anticipating that Coates might engage in the dastardly deed of conducting church services, the local jack-boots erected a barricade around the perimeter of the church
My! Alberta must be so free of petty little crimes - you know, teensy little nuisances like murder, rape, robbery, etc - that the police departments can focus their attention on the real nefarious threats like people praying in churches, listening to Bible readings and acting like normal people.
While Canada has, in the past, conducted itself like a free nation, I don't believe that they have anything like the Bill of Rights enshrined in their laws. We do. However, we have had incidents this past year. Like Pastors Coates and Pawlowski in Canada, we must stand up to the tyrants, not violently but forcefully. We must do the same with their enablers, even if those enablers wear clerical collars.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Would that our Catholic priests had half the backbone that Artur Pawlowski displays in the video below. This gentleman does not have the graces of the Sacrament of Ordination, yet he stood against the thugs in uniforms who apparently intruded on his church service. Let's all take some lessons from this man.
The Calgary police tried to justify their wanton actions; Vox Cantoris has a copy of their ridiculous tome.
Important note: when I implied that Catholic clergy lacked backbones, I was referring to those who aren't actually in cahoots with the progressive, great-reset crowd that includes many bishops. They too, like the ones who refuse to apologize to Deirdre Hairston in Texas, need to be resisted to their faces.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Today is Holy Thursday, when Our Lord celebrated the first Sacrifice of the Mass and ordained the apostles as the Church's first priests and bishops. Yet today we see both the priesthood and the Mass coming under vicious attack. Most egregiously, that attack is not arising from forces outside the Church, but from within - from corrupt prelates and even the pope.
Father Clay Hunt of San Antonio is one such attacked priest. When he expressed his desire that all his flock receive the Sacraments, his bishop, who has many times displayed his progressive stripes, initiated canonical action against him. Read about it in this Church Militant link and watch the interview embedded therein.
LifeSiteNews informs us of prohibitions enacted by the Archdiocese of Boston, limiting lay ministry at the altar to vaccinated persons. While it may be a blessing in disguise to be rid of lay lectors and "extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion", that places unconscionable burdens and yes, conflicts of conscience on altar boys. It is utterly immoral, considering that this archdiocese is in fact mandating that their flock make sinful use of the bodies of aborted babies.
There will be more of these. As I become aware of them, I will publicize them. Only if these priests and bishops feel the rebuke where it hurts, that is, their bank accounts, our pleas will fall on deaf ears. That means when we stop our donations, we must tell them precisely why. Please pass this along to your other networks.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
This video from Taylor Marshall confirms many of my suspicions regarding the way that too many prelates have treated the Traditional Latin Mass. Incidentally, I've always held the Second Eucharistic Prayer in less than high regard. I've always known that many priests - particularly older and/or liberal priests - use it because of its hurried brevity. Younger priests are more apt to choose one of the others, including the first Eucharistic prayer, which is the traditional Roman canon.
During this year-long pandemic, I've not had to miss one Mass. However, had it not been for the priests offering the Traditional Latin Mass, I would have been deprived of the Mass. For obvious reasons I cannot go into that detail on this blog. Suffice it to say that it has only been the priests committed to the Traditional Mass that understood the importance of providing that Sacrament to the faithful Catholics.
HT - Eponymous Flower
The Code of Canon Law details why and how the Sacrament of Confession is to be administered by a Catholic priest. The link is to Book IV, Part 1, Title IV, dealing solely with that sacrament, Please note that Chapter III, Canon 991 specifically states that "every member of the Christian faithful is free to confess sins to a legitimately approved confessor of his or her choice, even to one of another rite".
That said, by what chutzpah did the Church of the Precious Blood of Monmouth Beach NJ attempt to restrict the Sacrament only to those who've received the Covid vaccine? Think of the logic, or lack thereof. In order to have one's sins forgiven at that parish, the penitent would have had to commit another sin by receiving one of the morally-tainted vaccines. This is the announcement as it appeared earlier on the parish website. Note that this is an archived page for they amended the requirement in an even more bizarre fashion.
Here is the announcement as it exists at the time of this writing. I can only imagine that they removed their previous draconian requirement because they drew some rightly-deserved rebukes. But the parish priests only manifested their vaccine-enslavement in another way that violates yet another canon law. On that first link, Chapter I, Canon 964 section 2 states "The conference of bishops is to establish norms regarding the confessional; it is to take care, however, that there are always confessionals with a fixed grate between the penitent and the confessor in an open place so that the faithful who wish to can use them freely." In other words, the penitent has the right to anonymous confession, no if ands or buts.
Now I for one find it rather interesting that the parish is mandating that there be no barrier between the priest and the non-vaccinated penitent. Why, one might think that if the priest were truly fearful of contagion, that he might want a barrier between them to block all those dastardly, deadly microbes that must ooze forth from every non-vaccinated person these days! Sarcasm aside, we know the motive - to shame and punish those who will not sully themselves with vaccines derived by the usage of the bodies of murdered children.
Here we have the contact page for this parish. All of us should contact this parish and advise them that their misdeeds, unless rectified, will not go unpunished in the next life. If they persist in their punishment of the non-vaccinated people, parishioners should punish them in this life too by withholding their donations.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
The lock-down, mask-up tyranny continues to be foisted upon Catholics who are trying to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. Before I continue, let me clarify a point. The tyranny of which I speak is being inflicted by conniving bishops and their crony pastors. Quite a few governmental officials have lifted restrictions on the churches, but they continue to be imposed by these same faithless bishops who are showing themselves to be lackeys of the atheistic new world order.
I wrote last week on this matter, pointing out that in Texas, the restrictions on church attendance and mask-wearing were lifted by Governor Abbott. I also pointed out that the bishops continue the strangulation of Sacramental life, with the happy exception of Bishop Strickland of the Diocese of Tyler. News comes to us now of quite a sinister twist in the Texas bishops' smackdown of faithful Catholic life.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Dallas is one parish that retains the draconian restrictions, at the behest of Bishop Edward Burns of the Diocese of Dallas; you can see the mandate right on the home page. A few days ago, Deirdre Hairston, a pregnant woman sitting in the back of the church was arrested by local police. She did not wear a mask; remember, she's pregnant. They were called by the pastor, Father Milton Ryan, and they proceeded to remove her while Mass was still in progress. At least she was able to receive Holy Communion. Taylor Marshall interviewed her, and played the video of the encounter that she was able to obtain.
Before you watch the video, I must point out some errors in what the two of them engaged. They all stem from a regrettable tendency of Catholics to conflate civil law with canon law. At canon law, Father Ryan was completely, 100% wrong in denying Mrs. Hairston the right to attend Mass. Compounding his canonical crime is that he had her forever banned from stepping onto Church property. At canon law he had no right to do that. Unfortunately at civil law, he did. They observed that Bishop Burns is the legal owner of the parish grounds. Marshall and Hairston mentioned that, but then assumed that Burns himself had to request her removal. Not so. Most bishops do delegate that authority and responsibility to the local pastors. Moreover, the police, by virtue of being enforcers of civil law, could not consider canon law; the latter is simply out of their area of competence. I fail to see what good it did to criticize their calling the church a "business". Well, maybe "establishment" might have been better, but they were unable to enforce civil law using the standards of canon law. We Catholics have simply got to stop assuming that our civil servants can take church law into account when enforcing civil law; we accomplish nothing by this sloppy thinking.
I am linking now to the web page of Holy Trinity Church - their "contact us" page, to be precise. Therein you will find phone numbers, email addresses, etc to which I urge every one of us to direct our polite but very firm protests. Those of you in the Dallas area should consider whether or not this diocese is worthy of your financial support; clearly that goes double for parishioners of Holy Trinity. Sometimes money, or lack thereof, is the only language these people understand. Here's the Dallas diocese's contact page.
Another important note - I and many others don't post these things to get hits on our blogs and sites. As we try to assist Holy Mother Church, we seek to: 1) inform you of the perils that really do exist and 2) to motivate and assist you in taking concrete action in setting these matters aright. All of us - including you - are the Church Militant. We have a solemn duty to slough off indifference and take action. Prayer is vital, of course, but by itself is an inadequate response. Ora et labora.
Friday, March 26, 2021
If we recall the meetings that the pope had before Laudato Si was inflicted upon us, we will recall that he is all on board with the UN's Sustainable Development goals. The pope lends a facade of moral credibility to these Masonic goals. With President Trump gone, the progressives - and that includes the pope - have a more clear path towards the implementation of these goals. All this and more was just discussed on this evening's Anchor Team broadcast by the Lepanto Institute.
Thursday, March 25, 2021
In this video, Father Ripperger ties together many current events/disasters of the past year, showing how many of them, including the bishops' abysmal response to the Covid situation, have been orchestrated by diabolical spirits. Of course he also delves into our need to remain in a state of grace - made harder by the deprivation of Sacraments.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Last Sunday, Laetare Sunday, the priest at Mass gave a homily regarding the link between the Eucharist and the priesthood. He recalled to our memories that Our Lord instituted both the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders on the first Holy Thursday. The Holy Thursday mass commemorates both those realities. That is why it is an abomination that women have their feet washed along with men during the Novus Ordo version of that Mass, but I digress. Father went on to point out that the Church would cease to exist without these two Sacraments.
Whether or not Father intended to shed some additional light upon the current state of sacramental life in the Churches throughout the world, I don't know, but he did. The shutdowns as inflicted upon the Catholic Churches are an attempt to strangle the Church to death and to choke off a necessary avenue of grace for our world that is obviously in dire straits. I think it could very well be a deliberated goal on the part of some corrupt clergy, but it clearly is of the devils. There are, of course, the clergy who really have no faith in God nor belief in the spiritual realm, so they play right into the hands of the other masterminds.
The immediate dissembling and capitulation of our bishops in the face of immoral and unconstitutional intrusion by civic officials is nothing short of sinful. Indeed, in many cases, the bishops outdid the government in choking off the sacraments, and the graces that would flow from them. Now that some of the local governments are backing off the restrictions, some bishops are moving to retain them. The situation in Texas comes to mind. Governor Abbott has done away with most restrictions, but that state's bishops, with the exception of Bishop Strickland, are keeping the sacraments from their flocks.
We now have a situation in which the world is spiritually and physically dying for lack of Masses being offered and other Sacraments being conferred. It is up to us, the laity, to insist that Sacramental life be restored immediately, with our without the permission of increasingly rogue states. No more can we just suffer this situation in silence. If ever there was a time when "offering up" was simply a sanctimonious excuse for cowardice, now is that time.
For starters, please find below a petition that can be downloaded and mailed to your local bishop. When you send it in, sign your name. If you'd rather not spend the postage, you will be pleased to realize that many of the dioceses are having their annual appeals about now. Many of those campaigns include the distribution of postage-paid envelopes in which you can send donations. Well, use it for something more profitable to your diocese. Put your letter therein and send it. Please send them no money until they open both the Churches and the Sacraments.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Last weekend when I walked into the grocery store, I saw green bagels. For a moment, I thought they had gone bad and wondered how the management could have let them be put on display. Then I looked around and saw balloons with shamrocks on them and realized that the bagels had simply been dyed a sickening green in light of March 17. I almost said that they were dyed green to honor St Patrick's day, but I realized that honoring the patron saint of Ireland and the Faith for which he labored was most likely the last thing on their minds.
A few years back I published this post, lamenting the trivialization of St Patrick and his feast day. Please read it. Now for an account of Catholics truly honoring St. Patrick.
I am happy to relay this story to you from LifeSiteNews, regarding the street activism of Catholics in Ireland who are protesting that country's ridiculous shutdowns. We know that in recent years, Ireland as a nation has abandoned the One True Faith. These Catholics will speak for the Faith on March 17 as they protest both the lockdowns and the government's embrace of baby-slaughter.
Pray for our fellow Catholics in Ireland, that this protest be instrumental in turning that country around. Moreover, let us take opportunities to speak the truth in our own communities.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Most people know that Governor Abbott of Texas has done away with the draconian restrictions in his state, including those laid upon places of worship. One would think that decent bishops down there would be rejoicing at the prospect of once again resuming normalcy in their dioceses and would be making provisions to restore unfettered administration of the Sacraments to their congregations. It would appear that most of them aren't decent. Only one of them, Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, is restoring normal Catholic life in his diocese. All the others are still continuing to curtail the administration of Sacraments to their congregations, even though they are no longer under governmental compunction to do so.
The same scenario now plays itself out in Maryland. Governor Hogan has relaxed many of the restrictions here. Houses of worship are being permitted to admit greater numbers in their buildings for worship and Sacraments. However, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced that they will maintain the same draconian restrictions; again, they do this of their own volition. As for the Archdiocese of Washington, I am aware that both Montgomery and Prince George's counties will still maintain their strangleholds on public gatherings, but I don't know about Charles and Calvert counties. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Cardinal Gregory still denied the sacraments to the faithful, for he beat both the MD and DC governments to the punch in shuttering the churches.
Below I'm posting a podcast of Michael Hichborn's that was just broadcast. In it was discussed the situation at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. All private Masses have been halted in the main part of the Church and the Traditional Latin Mass has been all but banned from that locale. I believe there is an effort underway to deprive the faithful of authentic Masses and other sacraments. In doing so, the perpetrators seek to dry up channels of grace needed for souls and civilizations to survive in this world. We knew persecution was imminent, but how could we ever have dreamed that the persecution would come primarily through errant bishops and yes, an errant pope, who are playing the wolves in shepherds' clothing? Those who try to curtail access to the Sacraments out of fear of a germ are either completely destitute of Catholic faith and/or actually conniving to remove sacramental grace from our lives and the world.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
In regards to his recent trip to Iraq, Pope Francis was dismissive of those who said that in this trip, he flirted with heresy. Well, truth be told, he's been making a career of flirting with heresy; this trip is not unique in that dismal respect. Moreover, when the description of the purpose of religion (as he stated) given before muslim leaders doesn't even mention the word "God" but focuses on temporal matters, we can say that he's moved beyond flirtation.
On his return trip from Iraq to the Vatican, the pope gave an interview. Like many of his previous plane interviews, it's a humdinger. Catholic News Agency published the full text. Read the heretical nonsense in his own words. He calls the Muslim leader Al-Sistani "a man of God". What "god"? He certainly doesn't worship the One True God as Catholics do. Even he would admit that the Muslims worship a different being than do we Catholics. It's worthwhile to consider the saint for whom the pope took his name. St Francis visited the Muslims with the clear intent to convert them from their ways and have them come into the Church. He wasn't successful, but neither did he call "a man of god" the leader who had martyered five Franciscans before Francis' arrival.
He then coined a new term "next-door saints", whom he defined as "men and women who live their faith, whatever it may be, with coherence". So the Muslim suicide bombers are "next door saints"? Whatever else they are, they are people who live their murderous creeds. As we know, saints are those who have attained heaven, with some being put before us as examples of dedication to Our Lord and to His Church. One is not a saint who does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as True God.
This jaunt was gob-smacked full of religious indifferentism plus a total focus on this secular world to the exclusion of the spiritual realm. Nowhere in that interview did I see mention of Jesus Christ and His commands to lead peoples to conversion for their eternal salvation. Not a peep was said about that.
Another reason to avoid donating to your dioceses is that a portion of that will go to the Vatican to finance gabfests such as this Iraqi session. Not another penny to them.
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Let me preface this by saying that I regularly peruse the Catholic Standard, official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington. In the February 18th issue of the Standard, the supposed "Financial Report to the People of the Archdiocese of Washington, Fiscal Year 2019-2020". I scoured that report, with my CPA eyes, and found in it no hint of the items that will be mentioned in this post. So much for transparency.
I congratulate the staff and writers of The Pillar, for I believe they broke this news (correct me if I'm wrong). LifeSiteNews also commented about this, and I link also to their piece for embedded in that is a link to the official audited reports of the Archdiocese. Readers of the Standard might want to compare this and the Standard's report side by side. I noticed that the financial report, while printed in the Standard, was not on the Standard's website. Frankly I find that odd and I think it only serves to cast further doubt on this notion of archdiocesan transparency.
Even as one examines the official auditors' report, one really has to look for mention of this $2 million to Cardinal Wuerl. It's in the "Net Asset" section of the Statements of Financial Position. The subheading is "Net assets without donor restrictions"; bear this in mind, for it will be very telling later. The number is $55.9 million, and it refers to the Notes of the Financial Statement - note m, to be precise.
So slog through the Financial Statement notes and you will find a list of items that sum to the $55.9 million. Sure enough, we see "Continuing ministry activities for Archbishop Emeritus". He received over $2 million this year and $1.4 million last year. Is this sort of disbursement supposed to be an annual occurrence? One could reasonably assume in the positive. Taylor Marshall pointed out some interesting math behind it. $2 million per year is equivalent to about $167k per month. Breaking that down further, that is approximately $5k every day! What kind of "continuing ministry activities" require $5k every day?
Pillar and several others have posed these types of questions to the DC chancery. These inquiries prompted Cardinal Gregory to publicize this statement. Please notice that he says that "donations" to the Wuerl fund "were made by persons who want to cover Cardinal Wuerl's expenses.." Therefore these "donations" are, by definition, donor-restricted. Two paragraphs up, we saw that the official financial statements calls these donations "assets without donor restrictions"! I regret that this statement of Cardinal Gregory's has all the smell of a damage-control alibi.
I noticed some other interesting things in note m. There is a "reserve for future legal costs" of $3 million. Pray tell, what necessitates such a huge reserve? Priestly formation, on the other hand, seems to rate only a relatively minor sum of $1 million; is that indicative of the low priority that the archdiocese places on the spiritual wellbeing of DC-area Catholics?
Some brain-storm questions I will now list.
- Why does there exist the disparity between Gregory's flim-flam excuse and the language used on the audited financial report?
- What is the ultimate source of funds for the $3.4 million that has been shelled out on Cardinal Wuerl's behalf over the past two years?
- What is the usage of these funds? Is it strictly cash for him or are vendors being paid on Wuerl's behalf?
- Assuming that the $2 million comes from general donations (such as in-pew collections) as suggested by the Statements of Financial positions, wouldn't more worthwhile expenditures be "priestly formation" (that only received $1 million) or going towards the funding of the retirement liability?
- Is Cardinal Wuerl truly the only beneficiary of this fund? Unanswered remains the question of who/what is paying the living expenses of Theodore McCarrick.
Monday, March 1, 2021
In a facebook post, Father James Martin touts the dribblings of a feminist heretic who refers to God in the feminine. Please note that in his commentary, Martin also refers to God as a female, thus overtly participating in the heresy and sacrilege.
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Vickey McBride reflects on everything that changed last Lent and offers a...Posted by Fr. James Martin, SJ on Sunday, February 28, 2021
Please also notice how she says "you don't have to be good", in direct contradiction to Our Lord's admonition to "be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect". That is found in Matthew 5:48. By the way, Our Lord used the word "Father", not some androgynous gobblygoop. This woman McBride holds a number of position, including Director of Campus Ministry at St Martin de Porres High School in Cleveland Ohio. She is leading many young impressionable people astray. Pray for their protection and her repentance because "if anyone causes these little ones - those who believe in me - to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." Matthew 18:6
Here is yet another. Father Martin is being none too discreet about things now, is he? Why is he getting bolder and more overt about his disregard for God and how He calls Himself? Usually these progressives wax pompous about respecting people's "chosen pronouns". Doesn't God Almighty deserve at least that token of respect?
Dear friends: Here is an invitation to what looks like a wonderful lecture by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ,...Posted by Fr. James Martin, SJ on Monday, March 1, 2021
Meanwhile, Pope Francis is trying to scare us about the climate-change hoax. Borrowing nonsense from Al Gore and Barack Obama, he "warns" of a "great flood" due to "global warming". Ironically, he does this while casting doubt on the historical accuracy of the flood report as found in Genesis. However, also in Genesis is God's promise never to again destroy the world by means of a flood. So is the pope saying that God could renege on His word?
These progressives are being more blatant about their contempt for the Faith because they think they can be. However, they also serve to make plain their absolute lack of spiritual, intellectual and moral credibility. Nothing they say can be taken at face value, for they are false teachers, wolves in shepherds' clothing indeed.
Friday, February 26, 2021
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives voted to pass the so-called "Equality Act". As LifeSiteNews said, what it does is rewrite the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include LGTBQ delusions as protected classes. It certainly does that; here's the text so you can see for yourselves.
The LifeSiteNews piece lays out quite well just why this bill portends great danger to those of us who take seriously God's laws regarding marriage, sexuality, life and family, as well as our ability to proclaim other truths of our faith without fear of reprisals.
Unless it can be stopped in the Senate, this thing will become the law of the land. Given the Supreme Court's abysmal patterns of behavior recently, I've no special confidence that challenges to this law will be upheld. Elections have consequences. There was fraud this past November, but I am still aware of those who call themselves pro-life who either didn't vote or actually cast votes for Biden. These people need to do some serious soul-searching and repentance and then work with us to rectify these wrongs.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Thanks to Canon 212, I became aware of this situation in La Plata, MD. Father Larry Swink, pastor of Sacred Heart parish, came to the defense of a pro-life student at Archbishop Neale school in Port Tobacco who was being bullied in the school for his pro-life stance. Let that sink in for a moment. The student was being bullied in a Catholic school for being pro-life.
The parents of the bullies didn't take too kindly to Father putting a stop to the marauding of their darling little hellions. They complained to the Archdiocese of Washington. So what did the progressives at the ADW do? Without so much as a decent hearing (hmm... sound familiar?), they barred Father Swink from the school.
A petition has been started to get the archdiocese to reconsider their actions. The archdiocese really needs to stop undermining the One True Faith, starting at the top, meaning Cardinal Gregory himself. Please go to that link and sign it, and then alert others to do so.
One might ask why I'd be inclined to believe the narrative as stated on the petition page. It's very simple. What happened in La Plata is typical of what's been happening in the Archdiocese of Washington for years now. As Cardinal Wuerl behaved towards Father Guarnizo, so does Cardinal Gregory behave towards Father Swink.
Gregory joins Cupich in claiming that the USCCB was incorrect to highlight Biden's pro-abortion stance. Remember when Gregory waxed so indignant when President Trump visited the JPII Center? Get a gander of this picture of him presiding at a Mass with Pelosi as lector; the Mass, by the way, was a public funeral for pro-abortion Cokie Roberts. This is blatant episcopal hypocrisy.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
John Sweeney, former president of both the AFL-CIO and SEIU, passed away on Feb 1st. A picture from the Baltimore Catholic Review shows him receiving the Medal of Freedom from the Messiah Most Miserable. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why?
One of my first forays into street activism was a picket of a Catholic Charities gala at which Sweeney was being honored. At the time he was still president of the AFL-CIO. Ostensibly that union fought for the rights of workers - but they were for the slaughter of the unborn babies of those workers. While he was president, the union demanded of employers that they include contraception coverage. Their webpage linked directly to that of the NOW. Of course the Review would jibber-jabber about Sweeney's faith and how it educated his labor advocacy while ignoring Sweeney's defiance of the Church's laws regarding contraception and the rights of unborn children.
By the way - if you read my other posts regarding Sweeney, you will notice that now-disgraced Theodore McCarrick was quite chummy with Sweeney. McCarrick was present at that gala that we picketed. He must have felt bad about the reception that we gave Sweeney so he decided to honor Sweeney later. We picketed that event, too!
The Catholic News Service piece was also published in the Catholic Standard.
Now that Pelosi and company have once again utterly failed in their mockery of an impeachment, they can once again give the business to, uh, I mean, do the business of the nation. Ahem!
So what pressing issues now occupy the
insipid intrepid leadership of Congress? Well, we have the "No Glory for Hate Act" put forth by Linda Sanchez D-CA. Claiming erroneously and disingenuously that Trump was impeached twice (again, that second side-show was NOT an impeachment and he was acquitted both times), she crafted this poop to state that it is forbidden that statues, monuments, etc be created in Trump's honor using federal funds.
Hmm.. I wonder how some of these funds would now be used? Why, Sheila Jackson Lee is putting through a reparations bill to provide "appropriate remedies" to slavery and discrimination dating back hundreds of years. So who will pay all that? We the taxpayers will! I'd be willing to bet that in that regard, there will be no bias whatsoever; we'll all pay, regardless of race and/or ethnicity.
By the way - have you noticed that gas prices are rising, now that the pipeline is shut down and we're saddled with the Paris Climate hoax once again? Just think! This is only the first month of the Biden/Harris Debacle! We've got four more years of this, two if we're lucky and can get Congress back in 2022.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Rush Limbaugh, long-time leading conservative talk-show host, passed away this morning after a year-long battle with stage-four lung cancer. I first started listening to him on WMAL about 25 years ago. He was a lone conservative voice in the midst of a liberal-dominated media mode.
His radio show, plus some of the smaller Catholic newspapers (such as Wanderer and Catholic Family News) existed some time before the internet became available. They paved the way for those of us providing alternatives to the mainstream media and its leftwing slant. Rush spoke truth to their falsehoods, often using cutting humor to make his points. He grew in popularity with those of us who often thought ourselves alone in the liberal jungle. For that, he was hated and vilified by the left-wing moguls who saw their holds on the populace being thus challenged and weakened.
When Bill Clinton took the White House in 1992 Limbaugh opened his show with the statement, "America held hostage for x amount off days" during Clinton's term. In 1994, conservatives seized both the House and Senate, along with many state governor seats. No doubt they were rallied in no small part by Limbaugh and some others who were coming on the scenes.
I don't believe Limbaugh was a saint; he had his flaws, as we all do. While he voiced belief in God, I'm not sure he adhered to any particular denomination (please correct me if I'm mistaken). That said, he was an example of someone with honesty and clear thinking being able to comprehend and appreciate natural law - hence his conservative and patriotic principles. I don't think I'm alone among Catholics who will say that Limbaugh was more helpful to my thinking than many quisling prelates were. Both Old and New Testaments are replete with accounts of God's people being assisted by non-believers of good will.
Let us pray that Limbaugh had the grace of final repentance and conversion before he died, as well as peace for his family. Let us also pray for some progressives who are literally cackling in glee over his death, forgetting that death will one day come for them as it will for us all.
Today is Ash Wednesday. We can now take this opportunity to ponder our own preparation for our end. "Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverim reverteris."
Monday, February 15, 2021
It was just about a year ago when we learned that Father Joseph Muth, pastor of St Matthew's in Baltimore was asked/ordered to resign his position by Archbishop Lori. He was supposed to be gone last September, but stayed on. Of course covid was the excuse.
However, I was delighted to see, in the latest Baltimore Catholic Review, a list of parish assignments that makes official the retirement of Father Muth effective this coming July. We pray that he will not be given free reign to continue his mischief, as is the unfortunate case with Washington's Father Peter Daley. Rather, pray that Father Muth will be given the grace to repent and spend his remaining time on earth in prayer and penance for the harm he has done.
Father Muth will be replaced by Father Matthew Beuning. Does anyone know his stances on the various issues? I don't see how he can be as dissident as Father Muth. That said, I pray that he has the fortitude to withstand any onslaughts that might be launched by the gay-pandering parishioners. They were quite angry when Lori's first request was made known and I pray that Father Beuning will administer truth to these parishioners who desperately need it and who were ill-served by Father Muth.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Last Sunday, in the Diocese of Phoenix, this homily was delivered by Father William Kosco. Would that every parish had such homilies preached regularly.
Friday, February 12, 2021
Today's episode of the Anchor Team gives much-needed food for thought and some historical perspective on current events not only here, but throughout the world.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Monday, February 8, 2021
Originally billed as a "DC Queer and Trans Black History Month March and Rally" (Isn't that a mouthful?), a stomp down a Dupont Circle street got rather acrimonious. Oh, what am I saying? Of course it was "mostly peaceful" - of course! At least they didn't throw things at people or start any fires (this time) but I understand there was some jostling with police and harassing of restaurant patrons. But it was "mostly peaceful" jostling and harassing! Got that talking point straight?
Apparently the little thug-darlings want to make sure they get their $2k stimulus checks (courtesy of us gainfully-employed people who pay taxes to fund their various stampedes). They marched through the area chanting "if we don't get it, burn it down". Thankfully they didn't burn anything, but we just know that had they done so, it would have been an act of "mostly peaceful" arson.
I don't watch mainstream news, so I'm curious as to how much coverage this latest BLM antic received. My guess is, not a whole lot. Had Trump's victory been formally acknowledged, I wager that this episode would have been trumpeted far and wide.
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
Below is a Lepanto Institute podcast, wherein Michael Hichborn and Jim Maughan explain how today's calamities are most likely results, punishments if you will, for the pachamama being brought into the Vatican for idolatrous worship. They point out how spiritual and societal deterioration have accelerated since the pachamama sacrileges, most notably the corona virus, the abject dereliction of duty on the part of Catholic clergy (more on that later) and the Democratic theft of the US presidential election.
During the covid pandemic, with a few exceptions, the Catholic bishops all over the world - and yes, that includes the pope - have been absolutely derelict in their duties to soldier through these conditions to provide the sacraments to the Catholics in their charge. Instead, they have shuttered the churches and hidden themselves from their flocks. Early on I thought that cowardice was the sole motivator behind their actions. While that may have been partially true, I failed to consider the other key motivator behind many of their misdeeds throughout these past few decades - money. Taylor Marshall, in this video, details how the US hierarchy collected billions of taxpayers' dollars via the PPP loans and stuffed them in their coffers. Here is the AP article to which Marshall refers. Among other things, Marshall points out how this can set a precedent for tax dollars to be diverted to churches, along the lines of Germany.
So here we see another facet of the corruption in the Church, and how it has at least been accelerated by idolatry within the walls of the Vatican. Besides prayer, we must shine the light of truth on it so at least the perpetrators will have to operate under scrutiny. Perhaps this is one reason why the pope has recently railed yet again against "fundamentalist" Catholics and the media outlets that they run. Archbishop Vigano is correct in pointing out how this pope directs harsh words against faithful, traditional Catholics while ignoring and even rewarding dissidents. If he is lashing out so harshly against us, it can only mean that the truth is being heard.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
President Plugs has been a busy little bee, signing the "executive orders" that his handlers have been placing before him. Here is a list of them as of February 2; no doubt the list will be increasing as the days go by. He also reversed the Mexico City Policy and restored funding to Planned Parenthood, meaning that our tax dollars will again go towards the slaughter of babies.Bishop McElroy of San Diego decries "some bishops" making a "litmus test" out of abortion. He criticizes them for making abortion the top priority in their evaluation of Biden. He said, "if adopted, such a position will reduce the common good to a single issue". McElroy refuses to consider that for 3500 babies every day, that single issue is all there is; no "common good" for them! Of course, what they consider "common good" is itself debatable, but that's another post. As you can imagine, McElroy has been mentioned several times on this blog. Let's not forget also the fit that Cardinal Cupich pitched when the USCCB pointed out Biden's disregard of basic morality. Not to be outdone, the
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Some time after Nellie Gray's death in 2012, I began to sense something amiss about March for Life, the apostolate that Nellie founded and guided from 1974 till her passing. As I watched the video below, I could not help but recall one of Nellie's favorite slogans: "Not even a little bit of abortion!" She approached this menace from a thorough, unapologetically Catholic perspective.
As Nellie and her fellow board members got on in years, some of us wondered why new blood wasn't brought into her organization. Well, perhaps now we can appreciate Nellie's hesitations, because the new blood that came in after her death has been a weaker, thinner blood type if you get my drift. Not only do we see it in what Louie Verrecchio presents to us, but in the abject cowardice displayed in the cancellation of the March for Life this year. During what other trying circumstance was a previous March canceled? I cannot recall.
Again, please watch. To get to the links he mentions, watch it also on the youtube page and the links will be there. Here is The Hill article written by Carl Anderson.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I came across this on Father James Martin's facebook page. As you can imagine, he too got the vapors over the appeal of the Traditional Latin Mass. Here is the article: "In Came Latin, Incense And Burned Books, Out Went Half The Parishioners". It's not more than a glorified hissy-fit, and it's an admission of their own failures as much as the appeal of authentic Catholicism.
One Mad Mom did her own excellent critique of the NCR's hysteria, and I suggest that you read it. I will supplement it with a few of my own observations.
First, my own attendance at the Traditional Latin Mass had been slowly increasing in frequency before the pandemic. When the mainstream bishops cowered before the magistrates during the onset of "restrictions", the Traditional Latin Mass literally became the only game in town, as it were. Only those Masses was I able to attend, if only in my car, and receive actual Holy Communion. For the first 8 weeks, I drove 2.5 hours each way to attend Mass. Of course Holy Mass is worth it. By God's grace I have not had to settle for spiritual Communion once on account of the pandemic and nonsensical "regulations".
The NCR piece starts by quoting Maria Lichtmann, a "religious scholar". I googled her and discovered that she has a bit of a resume, peppered with all sorts of nods to her own dissidence. What would an academic career be without a stint at Georgetown University? On page 2 we see that there she taught a course called "The Problem of God". On the same page we see her affiliation with the dissident bunch Pax Christi. On page 5 we see that she authored a paper entitled "My Search For The Goddess" and on page 6, "Saint Paul Reexamined: The Case For Women Priests". So of course this woman would find the presence of authentic Catholicism to be "strange" and perhaps even threatening to her shaky beliefs.
The parishioners who abhor tradition are conducting Mass in an auto body shop. Like One Mad Mom, I hope the bishop clamps down on that. Anyway, the article quotes Father John Hoover, one of the two priests who says Mass in this setting, probably illicitly. He states that after the homily, he invites parishioners to talk of their spiritual struggles. Not after Mass, but after the homily, as in "before the Creed" and "during Mass"? These shenanigans are prime examples of why these parishioners don't value the Real Presence nor Our Lord's One True Church.
I could go on and on. Suffice it to say that both Father Martin and the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter have given to the One True Church an unintentional salute, acknowledging that their efforts to dismantle and desconstruct the One True Church are being successfully opposed.
Dissident Chicago priest Fr Michael Pfleger has finally been ousted. I've written about him and his antics much in the past, and always wondered what hold he had over Cardinal George that kept the latter from removing him. One might have thought his crack about "snuffing out" that gun shop owner would have gotten him expelled, if no laicized.
It took a sex abuse allegation to purge the Archdiocese of Chicago of a cancerous priesthood. I do not offer an opinion as to the veracity of the abuse allegations. I regret that it took so long to eject Pfleger and to end his spiritually poisonous "ministry".
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Today I picked up the January 2021 issue of Our Parish Times. At one time it offered a refreshing difference from the tired propaganda found in the Catholic Standard. Such is no longer the case, as you will soon see.
On page 3 we read of "The Persistent Challenge of Racism" by Carmela Cowgill and Bill Beard. I did some searching on Cowgill. At one time she was parish council chair at Resurrection Church in Burtonsville, MD. Her Facebook page evinces a focus on progressive causes. Most disturbing are her political contributions to Joe Biden and Act Blue. The latter contributions were earmarked for specific candidates, including Chris Van Hollen and some non-Maryland candidates.
The other author is Bill Beard. On his twitter page (wrbeardjr1) he describes himself as "husband, father, social justice advocate..". The rest of the page is a progressive screed. We see a tweet to petition the bishops to stop attacking President Biden, but further down we see another tweet congratulating Cardinal Gregory for attacking President Trump. Hypcrite much? Of course he too contributed exclusively to pro-abortion candidates, such as Biden, Pelosi and others.
Getting back to the article, we see that after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, several parishes formed "listening groups" to discuss racism.. I have heard no formal, official determination that racism was a factor in either of those deaths. To make a long story short, after these gab-fests ended, they decided to embark on a "necessary journey to examine our Christian response to racism". So they held "virtual racial justice sessions", complete with dissident speakers such as Sister Simone Campbell and Steven Schneck. Recently, Campbell stated that Biden has a "very developed approach to abortion". She calls rescinding the Mexico City policy and restoring Planned Parenthood funding "very developed" because she too supports baby-slaughter. I've written about this "
nut nun on the bus" quite a bit in the past. As for Steven Schneck, I too have written about this guy who supports pro-abortion candidates. His role in these "sessions" was to "examine racism and Catholic social teaching in light of the then-ongoing presidential election process". I wonder just how subtle was the shilling for Biden during these sessions?
I just picked up this issue of Our Parish Times today and thought this would be a quick stroll through that edition. It isn't. How much more progressive propaganda will we find later?
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Last Saturday I posted about the sacrilegious attack on Holy Mass in Columbus Ohio, and the pathetic reaction to the thugs by the Mass attendees. It appears that the men in that contingent simply allowed the thugs to run riot through the Church. They were stopped only by the police; who knows how long it took them to arrive?
It dawned on me today that there are several Catholic men's organizations operating today. Do any of them deal with these kinds of matters? Are they contemplating any strategies? I speak not only of the Knights of Columbus, but also newer ones such as That Man Is You and Exodus 90.
I looked at their websites just now and saw no signs of them even paying attention to such attacks - attacks that will only increase, given the current political climate that is our new reality. They seem to be focused on personal holiness and family life, but that's it. Ostensibly they are about promoting authentic Catholic manhood, but being an authentic Catholic also entails paying attention and addressing the spiritual and moral ills that plague society at large. Last Saturday we had a case of those spiritually malevolent forces literally barging into our Churches. How long will it be until they cause upheaval in your parish Mass, or even barge into your homes? That will happen if they perceive passivity on our parts - the men in particular.
In Spring of 2019, pro-abortion Mark Shriver gave the commencement address at Mount St Mary's in Emmitsburg MD. I tried desperately to get a group of Catholics who would give a few hours of their Saturday morning to picket that mess. I approached some men in my parish, but they excused themselves by saying that their TMIY chapter was going to watch one of their movies and discuss it afterwards. I said nothing, but the irony struck me. Here they were, choosing to talk about Catholic manhood while passing up an opportunity to actually do Catholic manhood. I am not belittling the need for Catholic men to gather for fellowship, but I do question the reluctance to join a once-in-a-while opportunity to put their skin in the game, as it were.
As you saw in the linked post, I was not alone. A group of young men from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition Family and Property were there. These men are often out in the streets, confronting evil as they see it; I've been privileged to join them at Georgetown University, too.
In all of this discussion about Catholic manhood, has there ever been discussion or even a thought about the responsibility to defend against unjust aggression? That is a responsibility particularly incumbent upon fathers and men. Are these groups going to broach matters such as:
- De-escalation skills
- Crowd-control techniques
- Restraining aggressive individual
- Martial arts
- Weapons usage
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Yesterday, at St Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio, Bishop Robert Brennan was celebrating Mass for pro-life efforts. Yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision by the Supreme Court. About 200 people were in attendance.
A little bit into the Mass (probably during the homily), 8 pro-abortion thugs with signs barged into the Mass, making their way up to the altar., Bishop Brennan, intrepid shepherd that he is (cough!), fled the pulpit. Please note that this same Bishop Brennan has a penchant for sending orthodox and/or pro-life priests away for "evaluation" and the such. That might explain his cowardice. I should point out that this Bishop Robert Brennan is not to be confused with Bishop Mark Brennan of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charlestown in West Virginia.
My questions about this situation do not have to do with the feckless bishop as much as they have to do with the adults in the congregation. I'm sure the police were called immediately, but between that phone call and the time that the police arrive, much damage could have been done. The thugs should never have been allowed to advance as far as the altar. Not only might they have damaged property, but worse, they might have actually committed sacrilege against sacred objects, and perhaps the Blessed Sacrament Himself.
The article states that about 200 people, including children, were present. Assuming 50 of those people were children, that still would have left 150 adults to deal with 8 thugs. That's almost 20 Catholics per pro-abort thug. I would also venture a guess that there were more than 8 able-bodied men that could have blocked and/or restrained those miscreants until authorities arrived, with others video-recording the events for legal protection and/or action.
I've been involved in several facebook discussions regarding this situation. Some people are actually defending the inaction of the congregation, stating that "Jesus didn't resist" and/or that the congregation shouldn't be expected to put themselves out to protect the church. They forget that the Church on earth is the Church Militant, not the "church milquetoast". Others, I'm happy to say, understand that the laity need to start stepping up to the plate and to develop action plans to deal with these situations when (not if, but when) they happen in our own parishes.
I will now say a word to those who are trying to justify passivity, laziness and/or cowardice by saying "Jesus didn't resist when arrested". Jesus Himself told us why. He reminded the disciples that He could all upon legions of angels at a moment's notice, but wouldn't because the plan of redemption had to be fulfilled. Therefore, this does not excuse us from the responsibility to resist evil and prevent sacrilege to God's houses. I certainly am not advocating violence, that is, unjust use of force against attackers. However, we may and must defend the Church and other Christians via blocking attackers and/or restraining them until legal authorities can take over. Men have simply got to be prepared to step up to the plate. They (and all of us) must purge from their thinking the idea that Jesus was a prototype of the hippie-peacenik of the 1960s. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It is incumbent upon each and every parish to come up with plans to deal with these disruptions when they happen. Under a Biden administration, these incidents will likely increase, so let's plan now. Of absolute necessity will be the recording of any such events. Have at each Mass someone who will bring a camcorder and be alert to use it the moment a situation arises. The ushers should be trained in detection of potential trouble, de-escalation of trouble, crowd-control and disruption control techniques. If they are unwilling to involve themselves in this, what is the point of them being ushers?
When I received the Sacrament of Confirmation, the bishop lightly slapped us on the cheek. That was a reminder of our duty to endure and to deal with suffering for our faith, a reminder that we are the Church Militant. I understand that feature has been removed from the Sacrament now, a sign of the lower expectations being placed on Catholics.
Catholics of our generation (and succeeding ones) have, in a sense, had it too easy. We've become spiritually and morally flabby. That usually results in lack of physical courage and endurance as well. We simply have to stiffen our spines, thicken our skins, and harden our noses. We, each and every one of us, must get used to the idea of skinning our knuckles and getting some dirt under our fingernails. These episodes will increase. We need to deal with it - NOW.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Right now I'm just talking of the disgusting behavior of Catholic clergy, as they slobber all over President Plugs and the Kamel. First the USCCB released a statement, which for them was actually relatively decent. While they slathered it on thick with their congratulations and enthusiasm about progressive issues, they at least acknowledged, albeit weakly, that Biden's support of baby-murder, gay #mowwidge and anti-Catholic bigotry "would advance moral evils.."
Weak as the statement was, it was direct enough to knot the knickers of Cardinal Blaise Cupich, a favorite of both Pope Francis and the now-disgraced Theodore McCarrick. He harrumphed about it all over Twitter. Apparently the statement didn't reek of enough "collegiality" for him. Too bad! By way of background, I remind my readers that this same Cupich, while Bishop of Spokane, would not allow his priests to participate in the 40 Days for Life campaign. He almost carries on like he's pro-abortion!
Then before the actual inauguration, there was the Mass at St Matthew's cathedral in northwest DC. Besides Plugs and Kamel and their spouses, several Congressional leaders were in attendance, at this invitation-only Mass. Wanna bet that Plugs and Pope Pelosi marched right up to Holy Communion? The homily was given by Fr Kevin O'Brien, president of Santa Clara University and a Jesuit (of course!). You can read that drivel here. By the way - take a gander at those pictures. I don't see much "social distancing" happening! Do you?
In related news, Biden has saddled us with the Paris Climate boondoggle and will strike the Mexico City policy and let illegal immigrants in. This is just the first 24 hours!
Monday, January 18, 2021
Today, January 18 2021 early in the morning, Joe Scheidler passed away from pneumonia at the age of 93. He and his wife Ann are the founders of Pro-Life Action League, pioneers in exposing the truth of the violence of abortion via pictures of the tiny murdered children.
I was fortunate enough to meet him several times when he came to the DC area, and one of those meetings happened outside an abortuary where several of us offered prayers and counseling. He was always supportive of our efforts to end the horror of abortion in our localities.
I will post below a tribute to him, created several years ago. The narration is by Joe himself. Those who really wish to honor him would do well to go to your local mills and offer prayers and assistance to abortion-minded women.
Please pray for the repose of his soul, and consolation for his family. Also, ask his intercession for those of us still in the realm of the Church Militant who continue the fight for the Culture of Life, soon to be rendered all the more difficult under the looming Biden-Harris tyranny.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
When we reach out to others in prayer at abortion mills, we exercise many of these works of mercy simultaneously. Some are emphasized more than others. Today we caught sight of the abortionist of 1111 Spring Street, Silver Spring, MD. He tried to dash past us, but he heard these few words that we were able to utter before the doors closed behind him. Let us pray that he and others will heed our words of rebuke.
Friday, January 15, 2021
MD State Senator Mike Miller Has Died - Pray That He Repented Before His Death - Lori Reacts Disgracefully
Thomas "Mike" Miller, who was a longtime President of the Maryland State Senate, died today. Regrettably he was just another poster-boy of the pro-abortion katholyc crowd. In 1991, he helped ram through Senate Bill 162, a bill that codified Roe v Wade in the State of Maryland. When I say "rammed through", I do mean that he twisted arms to get that to happen. We pro-life activists managed to get the thing petitioned to the ballot, but in liberal la-la land Maryland, it passed during the 1992 election. Thanks largely to Mike Miller, Maryland is now an abortion hot-spot, attracting the likes of Leroy Carhart.
And yes, Miller claimed to be a Catholic.
Given Miller's anti-life and anti-God tenure in the State Senate, why, oh why, did Archbishop Lori see fit to pen this slobbering "tribute" to him? Read it! What little crumbs did Miller toss towards the church hierarchy to inspire Lori to make a fool of himself? "Extraordinary legacy of leadership"? "All he did for the Church"? "Example of courage"? Is that what Lori calls Miller's paving the way for largescale slaughter of babies in Maryland? In all that drivel, I detected not one hint that we should pray for God's mercy on Miller's soul; that is Lori's largest dereliction of duty in penning that slop.
Miller just died today so I'm sure funeral arrangements haven't been formulated. One positive aspect of the Covid hysteria is that it tends to discourage large public funerals. We hope that is the case. Of course prayers and Masses must be offered for his soul. A private funeral would be most appropriate in this case.
Should Hogan make an exception for Miller (if he does, so much for equal treatment under the law) and should any Catholic clergy participate in some gaudy extravaganza, we may need to be present. At any rate, let us pray for God's mercy on Miller's soul.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Here's one of their pieces of horse-manure, sniffing that Catholics who supported President Trump need to (wait for it!) "confess our complicit in the failed coup". They are shamelessly trying to make hay out of the violence that happened inside the Capitol. It is unknown at this time just who instigated it, and why the Capitol Police actually opened the barriers to those people. But left-wingers are not keen on letting facts get in the way of their pet presumptions.
They list a few Catholic leaders and alternative media outlets as "having blood on their hands" for daring to suggest the obvious - that the election was stolen not only from Donald Trump, but the millions of people that voted for him in a landslide. I for one congratulate those organizations and individuals who drew the venom and ire of the Not-At-All Catholic Reporter; coming from them, such vituperation is a badge of honor.
As an aside, another NCR whine-session took particular umbrage at Father John Zuhlsdorf. Father has rightly dubbed NCR as "the fishwrap". The author, Phyllis Zagano pouts because Father has criticized her and other dissidents. Let us cry her a river.
They do let off with a few gems of pure silliness. "a pro-life movement unwilling to exclaim 'black lives matter' is not a pro-life movement". Oh, really? Does that silly rag exclaim that all lives matter? How about the black babies murdered via abortion? How about the victims of black-on-black violence, or are those deaths only tragic if perpetrated by white criminals?
Then they have the audacity to call Joe Biden "a decent man". Yes Biden - the guy who:
- unabashedly pro-abortion
- supporting the trashing of authentic marriage, to the point of officiating at a gay mockery of marriage
- can't keep his hands off little girls
- is in cahoots with his corrupt son Hunter
Sunday, January 10, 2021
A few days ago, according to Catholic News Agency, Cardinal Gregory condemned the violence that happened in the Capitol on Wednesday. He opined that the Capitol is "sacred ground". Of course that's a major theological blooper, but perhaps he was just confused, seeing how he shuttered the real sacred places, that is, the Catholic Churches of the Archdiocese of Washington - but I digress! We're glad that he condemned that violence, although Catholic News Agency engaged in poor journalism by not acknowledging Antifa's likely role in it. However, the Cardinal's words of two days ago stand in stark contrast to abject dismissal of the riots perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and antifa two months ago. Remember that? He was "sorry" that it happened, but he didn't condemn those rioters, who did kill quite a few people. Instead, he understood what "energized" them. What "energized" them was rank hatred stoked by the Marxists who run BLM and antifa. So what did Cardinal Gregory unwittingly admit then?issued a statement regarding the death of George Floyd last summer. For that matter, so did many of the US bishops. I agree that the treatment Floyd received at least hastened his death from the drugs already floating in his bloodstream. It is only common sense to realize that kneeling on someone's neck for 10 minutes is way over the top. But so is shooting an unarmed woman in the neck. That is precisely what happened to Ashli Babbitt on January 6. Should she have been climbing in that window? No! However, that is no cause to shoot her, despite the cop's whining that he "had no choice". In Maryland, if I did that to someone breaking into my home, I would be arrested on manslaughter charges. Yet leftwing pundits are quick to excuse the reckless police officer who killed her, whereas they condemn the killing of Floyd. But..Floyd was black and Babbitt was white, although they were both killed by out-of-control cops.. I daresay that we are seeing a blatant case of reverse racism. Regrettably Cardinal Gregory, by his deplorable silence regarding Babbitt's killing, evinces the same racism. Is that his motivation?
Friday, January 8, 2021
So now it appears that Joe "Plugs" Biden will be our next president: that is, until his handlers decide that he no longer needs to be in the White House for show and they replace him with someone else, probably Kamel. No one with a scintilla of honesty in their being can gainsay that the election was stolen from Donald Trump, and quite blatantly at that.
Last evening however, I watched many members of the Senate wax pompous about doing "the will of the people" and decrying the attempts to set things aright. Of course I would have expected that from the Democrats but too many Republicans played the "go along to get along" game. That includes Vice President Pence, who basically ended his political career by disgracing himself spectacularly. I wonder whom those bloviating gas-bags thought they were deceiving? Maybe they didn't care, although I suspect there are a great number of woefully and willfully ignorant and naive people who swallowed that pabulum "lock, stock and barrel".
Still, a great many good and decent people fought hard these last few weeks to seek a modicum of real justice for the "will of the people", although that didn't happen last evening - political posturing aside. We prayed to Our Lord, who obviously allowed this scourge to happen. Now we must ask "why", not to contend with God or to utter rebellious complaint, but to learn what lessons that He wants us to draw from this sorry episode.
John Adams, a Founding Father and the second president of the United States, had this to say:"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Over the past 47 years, our country has slaughtered over 1 million of its unborn children. It has expelled God from its schools and other sectors of public life. It is now celebrating homosexuality and other manners of sexual perversions. Long ago did we forfeit any claim to being a "moral and religious people". I myself have conversed with people (some of them claiming to be Catholic!) who claim that just because the pope or bishops say so, that it's perfectly fine and even obligatory to ingest vaccines made from the body parts of murdered children. Is it really any wonder that we must now deal with tyrants looming over us?
And deal with them we must, as we repent before Our Lord. Some might now say our task is to passively suffer in silence and let the thugs have their ways. This stance is nothing more than cowardice cloaked with a thin sanctimonious veneer. I am seeing way too many instances of this nonsense on social media. Too many are posting nonsense to the efffect of, "we are being chastised and God is in control, so let's just wait and watch God's plan unfold, and praise the Lord". Frankly, anyone who posts this crap needs to be gob-smacked on the side of his or her head. This damnable passivity is one of the many reasons why we are being chastised, and now we should engage in more of that sin?
So what to do now? The first thing is that we must deal with the spiritual realities. Our Lady of Fatima gave us very specific requests. Make the First Saturday devotiions: that is, Mass, Confession, Rosary. When I say "Mass", I mean get yourself to an in-person Mass. That is one of the reasons we are being punished; the bishops have shuttered the churches, but by and large we have not uttered a peep regarding that. Drive several hours, if you must, to receive the Sacraments. I myself have had to do that. Pray your Rosaries - every day. Wear the Brown Scapulars, in accord with the wishes of Our Lady.
We must educate ourselves regarding the eternal truths of our Faith. We cannot depend on the clergy (with a few exceptions) to assist us. When we have pope and bishops claiming that it's morally acceptable to utilize the results of the mutilation of the bodies of murdered babies in a witches'-brew vaccine, how can we trust them to tell us the truth in other areas?
Learn US history (world history, too) by reading books that are older than the politically correct propaganda that has been published - same goes for civics (now we know why the public schools stopped teaching civics).
Look at the left and see how they were able to take a position of ascendancy. It didn't just happen overnight. They worked patiently and diligently through several decades, quietly ensconsing themselves in positions of influence. We can afford to do no less. While we won't adopt their goals and many of their methods, we must learn from their long-term dedication to their goals, such as those goals are.
One facebook friend of mine suggested that we put heavy emphasis on local actions, and local governments. If nothing else, it's local governments that determine voting policies for their areas. How many times have we seen "more Christian than thou" types wax sanctimonious about not voting for "the lesser of two evils" but then tout the virtues of some obscure "third party" candidate? Well perhaps this is time to scuttle the GOP for a third party, but that party will have to win some down-ticket races in order to position themselves to float candidates for national offices.
Obviously we'll have to network with each other, and I might try to work out details. Just the act of gathering in our own homes these days would constitute acts of civil disobedience, but perhaps that's just what is needed. An unjust law is no law itself, and these "mandates" about the number of people in homes fly in the face of the First Amendment right to peaceable assembly. These measures are not about "safety". They are all about control, and about keeping us from one another to make it difficult to resist their planned tyrannies.
Let's steel ourselves with prayer and the Sacraments. Pray those Rosaries, for some real struggles are ahead of us.