❌ @Pontifex on unborn children: "I do not say a person, because this is debated, but a living human being."— Matt Gaspers (@MattGaspers) November 28, 2022
✅ CCC: "From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person..." (para. 2270). https://t.co/HmHxhwtVnd
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
"I Do Not Say Person Because This Is Debated But A Living Human Being
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Refuting Attempts To Discredit The Mass Of The Ages
Over a month ago, three theologians, Drs. Mary Healy and John Cavadini, with Father Thomas Weinandy, wrote a series of articles that appeared in Church Life Journal. I haven't read all the articles, but what I read seems to be an attempt at justifying the heavy-handedness of Francis' Traditionis Custodes. I'm not going into all the detail of the errors here. Two other theologians, Drs Joseph Shaw and Peter Kwasniewski, have done an excellent job. I suggest that all links be read, even the links contained in the linked articles.
I am not acquainted with Dr. Cavadini, but am with Dr. Healy and Father Weinandy, although it's been quite a few years since I've seen either of them. That acquaintance goes back to our days in the Mother of God Community, a group that was part of the so-called "charismatic renewal" that fell under scrutiny owing to cultish behaviors on the part of the leadership in the early 1990s. I parted ways with that group at that time. A major reason for my departure was the overemphasis on personal experience over adherence to Catholic doctrine. The Novus Ordo Mass is geared to personal experience whereas the Traditional Latin Mass is geared towards worship of God exclusively.
That last word "exclusively" is key. You'll not find sloppy dress nor conduct in a church dedicated to the Traditional Latin Mass. Women dress decently and modestly: no exposed body parts, cloths modest and in good repair. Similarly, men are not dressed as though they were just in a drunken brawl: no jeans, tee-shirts but lots of suits and ties. Before and after Mass in the nave of the church, there is no chit-chat going on between adults. One might hear the occasional cooing of babies. Speaking of which, there are many young families with many children at at Traditional Latin Mass, more so than at a Novus Ordo.
I myself attend both. On Sundays I will attend a Traditional Latin Mass, although I must drive some distance to do so. That Mass isn't available other days for me so I will attend the Novus Ordo Masses. Often at those Masses I am reminded of why I prefer the Traditional Latin Mass. However, if I truly believed that the Novus Ordo Mass was an inherent danger to my faith, I would not attend (barring Holy Days of Obligation). I personally don't know anyone who attends the Traditional Latin Mass who believes it would be dangerous and even sinful to attend. The CHW series intimates, though, that this mindset is so prevalent as to justify Francis' draconian actions towards the Traditional Latin Mass. I realize that a few attendees of the Traditional Latin Mass do hold those erroneous attitudes towards the Novus Ordo, but to attribute such mindsets towards all the attendees, including me, and to publish such attributions veers into sins of slander and libel.
Some faithful and courageous prelates are not taking this attack on the Latin Mass lying down. Archbishop Vigano penned an open letter to another Italian bishop, taking him to task for his senseless quashing of the Latin Mass. There have been others. As I track them down, I will repost.
Addendum as of November 28 Mr. Kwasniewski offered more commentary exposing the errors underlying the CHW piece.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
France Tries To Quash An Actual Catholic Priest
I wrote a few weeks ago about the persecution of Father Sean Sheehy in Ireland who denounced abortion from the pulpit. Now we hear of a similar occurrence in France. Father Francois Schneider, during an Armistace Day Mass on November 11, pointed out that abortion killed more people than did World War 1. Apparently that wasn't the first time Father Schneider dared speak truth to his congregation and they had enough. The cry-babies whined to the chancery and the diocesan superiors forbade Father to speak in public for four weeks. After all, we can't have Catholic priests speaking like...Catholic priests, now, can we?
The LifeSiteNews article contains a link to the diocesan web page. If you use Chrome, you can ask it to translate it into English. Then click the "contact us" button and leave your protest. Be firm and truthful. While not forgetting that you yourselves are Catholics, do NOT feel you have to be overly conciliatory. The time for "nice guy" is long past.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Cardinal Gregory Cancels Youth Rally And Mass For Life - That May Be A Good Thing
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Bishops Meeting In Baltimore Starts Tomorrow November 14 - It's Time To Call Them Out
Yesterday's Mass was the Memorial of St. Josaphat, bishop and martyr. The first reading appears below.
Here John is exhorting the recipients to assist some missionaries. Take note of the third line from the bottom, where it says that these missionaries "are accepting nothing from the pagans". Dear readers, for the past several decades, our bishops have sold the collective soul of the US Catholic Church as they grovel and snivel before de facto pagan governments for huge sums of our tax dollars. Of course many of these receipts are funneled to leftwing progressive organizations.
We can rest assured that they will be strategizing ways to suck some more from the federal teats. That will be high on the priority list along with the ongoing efforts to strangle the Traditional Latin Mass and marginalize faithful Catholics, while allowing pro-abortion politicians and other celebrities to receive Holy Communion sacrilegiously. Baby-slaughter, gay perversions and loss of supernatural faith among Catholics will register mere blips on their radar screens - if that much.
Fortunately faithful Catholics are rising up and are calling our bishops to be the shepherds that they've been ordained to be. Please see the flyer below. This is a call for Catholic men to be actual men. I know that many men have participated in the "That Man Is You" and the "Exodus 90" programs these past few years. Now here's a golden opportunity to put some walk to all that talk. Men in the Baltimore/DC area, be there! If you are in distant areas of the country, organize your own marches.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Let Church Bulletins Keep Silence
Today I attended a Rosary Rally for the Latin Mass at the Vatican Embassy in Washington DC. The Arlington Latin Mass Society has been conducting these rallies for two months now, where they pray the Rosary (in Latin) for the freedom to celebrate the Tridentine Mass without the ridiculous hindrances imposed by Traditionis Custodes.
I met a lady there who composed this parody hymn and put it on youtube. Here it is. I believe there are more on her youtube channel.
If you live in the MD/DC/VA area, stop by and pray for an end to the unjust suppression of the Latin Mass that is being done in direct disobedience to Quo Primum, issued by Pope St Pius V after the Council of Trent.
Sunday, November 6, 2022
On The Cusp Of The Elections, They Now Try Pandemisty
From the October 31st issue of the Atlantic, we read this "cya" (that's short for "cover your arse") piece from Emily Oster.
LET’S DECLARE A PANDEMIC AMNESTY
Let’s focus on the future, and fix the problems we still need to solve.
In April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks. Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”
These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know.
I have been reflecting on this lack of knowledge thanks to a class I’m co-teaching at Brown University on COVID. We’ve spent several lectures reliving the first year of the pandemic, discussing the many important choices we had to make under conditions of tremendous uncertainty.
Some of these choices turned out better than others. To take an example close to my own work, there is an emerging (if not universal) consensus that schools in the U.S. were closed for too long: The health risks of in-school spread were relatively low, whereas the costs to students’ well-being and educational progress were high. The latest figures on learning loss are alarming. But in spring and summer 2020, we had only glimmers of information. Reasonable people—people who cared about children and teachers—advocated on both sides of the reopening debate.
Another example: When the vaccines came out, we lacked definitive data on the relative efficacies of the Johnson & Johnson shot versus the mRNA options from Pfizer and Moderna. The mRNA vaccines have won out. But at the time, many people in public health were either neutral or expressed a J&J preference. This misstep wasn’t nefarious. It was the result of uncertainty.
Obviously some people intended to mislead and made wildly irresponsible claims. Remember when the public-health community had to spend a lot of time and resources urging Americans not to inject themselves with bleach? That was bad. Misinformation was, and remains, a huge problem. But most errors were made by people who were working in earnest for the good of society.
Given the amount of uncertainty, almost every position was taken on every topic. And on every topic, someone was eventually proved right, and someone else was proved wrong. In some instances, the right people were right for the wrong reasons. In other instances, they had a prescient understanding of the available information.
The people who got it right, for whatever reason, may want to gloat. Those who got it wrong, for whatever reason, may feel defensive and retrench into a position that doesn’t accord with the facts. All of this gloating and defensiveness continues to gobble up a lot of social energy and to drive the culture wars, especially on the internet. These discussions are heated, unpleasant and, ultimately, unproductive. In the face of so much uncertainty, getting something right had a hefty element of luck. And, similarly, getting something wrong wasn’t a moral failing. Treating pandemic choices as a scorecard on which some people racked up more points than others is preventing us from moving forward.
We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. Los Angeles County closed its beaches in summer 2020. Ex post facto, this makes no more sense than my family’s masked hiking trips. But we need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too. Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high. And I certainly don’t need to dissect and rehash that time for the rest of my days.
Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.
Student test scores have shown historic declines, more so in math than in reading, and more so for students who were disadvantaged at the start. We need to collect data, experiment, and invest. Is high-dosage tutoring more or less cost-effective than extended school years? Why have some states recovered faster than others? We should focus on questions like these, because answering them is how we will help our children recover.
Many people have neglected their health care over the past several years. Notably, routine vaccination rates for children (for measles, pertussis, etc.) are way down. Rather than debating the role that messaging about COVID vaccines had in this decline, we need to put all our energy into bringing these rates back up. Pediatricians and public-health officials will need to work together on community outreach, and politicians will need to consider school mandates.
The standard saying is that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. But dwelling on the mistakes of history can lead to a repetitive doom loop as well. Let’s acknowledge that we made complicated choices in the face of deep uncertainty, and then try to work together to build back and move forward.
END OF SNIVEL-PIECE
I can sum all this up in a few words: "Oopsie-boopsie! Some mistakes were made! Well, why don't we just let bygones be bygones and forget about making amends?"
Emily et al, it doesn't work that way. Either you're hopelessly clueless or flat out lying. I think it's the latter.
One thing that sticks out is the ridiculous "we didn't know" nonsense. You had no excuse for not knowing. Sensible people had been saying all along that the shutdowns and vaccines were harmless. For their attempts to spread the truth, many of them lost their livelihoods and even suffered legal sanctions. Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter were unabashed in cancelling any viewpoint that didn't tow the Fauci line. To this day, Facebook continues to wag its finger at me and others if we dare post a meme that shows the vaccine narrative to be a complete farce.
In that entire screed of Oster's, I saw no hint of apology for:
- The small businesses that were forced to cease operations, bringing financial ruin to their owners.
- The ever-increasing count of young people who are "mysteriously dying" from heart issues, often from vaccine-induced blot-clots. Where are the apologies to their grief-stricken families?
- The elderly who were in nursing homes who were exposed to Covid patients when liberal governors had them transferred to the homes?
- Many sick and elderly people in hospitals who were isolated from their families, being forced to die alone.
- The millions of children who had their intellectual and social development stunted by both social isolation and the inane masks.
- The uptick in substance abuse, domestic violence, divorce, and even suicides due to enforced isolation.
- Those patients falsely diagnosed with Covid so that hospitals could get their per-covid-patient grants?
- The absolutely unethical withholding of information regarding the benefits of ivermectin, hydroxichloroquine, zinc, quercetin, vitamins D3 and C.
- The poisoning of people via the usage of remdesivir.
- The draconian punishments and even imprisonments of common-sense people who refused to be masked and/or isolated.
- Those who were fired from jobs because they refused to be injected with the vaccines.
- Any other deleterious effects of this pandemic nonsense
Friday, November 4, 2022
Another Priest Canceled For Preaching Like A Catholic
Approximately ten years ago at St. John Neumann Church in Gaithersburg MD, Father Marcel Guarnizo was celebrating the funeral Mass of a parishioner. Her daughter happened to be a flaming lesbian and made Father quite aware of that fact minutes before the Mass began. When the daughter presented herself for Holy Communion, Father refused to let her commit sacrilege by receiving unworthily. Days later, he was summarily ejected from the Archdiocese of Washington. Since then, several such incidents have occurred throughout the western world, where good priests have been betrayed by their corrupt bishops.
The latest occurred a few days ago in County Kerry, Ireland. Father Sean Sheehy, a retired priest residing at St Mary's Church in Listowel, celebrated a memorial Mass for a deceased parishioner. He lambasted the sins of abortion, contraception and sodomy in his homily, causing some badly-formed Catholics to clutch their pearls. They scurried off to Bishop Kerry Browne. Instead of explaining why Father was correct, Browne offered a sniveling apology, stating that Father's words "do not represent the Christian position." Bishop Browne needs a catechism refresher course. Then he forbade Father to celebrate any more Masses
This video from St Mary’s Church in Listowel is absolutely shocking…. pic.twitter.com/VYHu3Ktc3d— Shane McAuliffe 🐷✈️ (@ShaneMcAuliffe1) November 1, 2022
I trust that the faithful Catholics of County Kerry are raising their voices and closing their wallets in protest.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Halloween - How Should Catholics Approach This Day?
Around this time, there is a lot of back-and-forth between Catholics regarding the merits and demerits of celebrating Halloween with secular traditions. One faction seems to advocate not celebrating it at all, citing satanic rituals that happen that day. On the other hand, we have those who seem to think that simply because their childhoods included the secular traditions, those traditions are harmless.
I link now to a piece from Michael Matt that leans towards the second extreme. I'm all for some fun on that day, but some of those traditions are sinful. Take the pranks, for example. Mention is made of soaping up car windows. That is not innocent, harmless fun. Boys and girls, can we say "vandalism"? God forbid if one of those hapless car owners had a medical emergency during the night and needed to go to a hospital quickly. First they had to wash their windows. I've also dealt with the inherent sinfulness of pranks in a previous post.
Below is a clip of Father Ripperger and Taylor Marshall discussing this very topic. In it are very good things that can be done to make Halloween both a fun and uplifting experience. Father is an exorcist so I'd take him seriously when he advises against dressing as witches, ghosts, monsters, anything to do with the occult.