Monday, June 27, 2022

More States Abortion-Free

Happily, yesterday's post is obsolete.  More states are now abortion-free; see here, here.  Each locale that rejects abortion is one more place where babies are more safe than they were last week.  Moreover, the rejection of evil can only bode well in terms of bringing healing upon our land.  Read 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Some States Are Abortion-Free

With the overturn of Roe and Casey, trigger laws in several states will be in effect, banning abortions in those states.  In other states, (such as my own state of Maryland), baby-killing can continue unabated for now.  There are other states in between those two poles.  Aletia has an article giving a synopsis of each state's situation.  A map below puts things in visual format.  Situations can change as various states enact legislation.

Now that the arena has moved back to the states, we must focus legal attention there.  That can be accomplished primarily by whom we elect to fill state and local law-making bodies.

Of this we can be certain.  The pro-aborts consider themselves now highly motivated to place their own in all levels of local government.  They have demonstrated repeatedly in the past that they will have the drive and discipline to work towards their warped goals.  The drive and discipline that we have must at least match theirs.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Wishy-Washy Advice On Dealing With Potential Mass Disruptions. Firm Manliness Is Needed

All, I received the following email from the parish in which I'm registered...

We rejoice in the most recent Supreme Court Decision on Abortion.


However, federal and local authorities have issued warnings that churches and other religious facilities face a heightened threat environment.  

 Should you witness a disruption by an individual or group, or any other suspicious activity in or around the parish:

  • Call 911.  The street address of our church is REDACTED.
  • Please handle the situation with Christian charity and discretion, and do not confront protesters, whether inside or outside of the church.  
Thank you for your attention in this matter.

The call to the police is most certainly needed.  I find the second bullet-point action (perhaps more accurately, inaction) questionable.  Men, I am addressing this to you for the defense against physical aggression is primarily a masculine duty.  What do you do when thugs come in and threaten the sanctity of the Church?  Do you just let them run riot throughout the church and pray that the police arrive quickly?  As the saying goes, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  What if they stampede towards the Tabernacle and attempt to desecrate the Blessed Sacrament?  Do you utter whiny little protests at them while wringing your hands?  What if they dare expose themselves and hurl obscenities and threats at your wives and children?  

In these cases, "do not confront" is not morally permissible.  You simply must impede and contain the thugs, even if you have to lay hands on them and deck them a few.  Under no circumstances can you allow them to have their way.  Many of you (men in my parish included) have been going through a series called "That Man Is You".  Well, what's the good of all that talk if, when the chips are down, you intend to play the sanctimonious cowards?  You are called to be men, not 21st century beta-males.

I would suggest that men of the parish confer with one another - independently of clergy - and devise a plan on how to deal with these thugs, should they ever darken your doors.  Do not worry about what the mass media might say, for no matter what they will paint you in the most unfavorable manner.  They've gotten so many things wrong in the past anyway.  What will God think?

Let me close with an account of a martyr of the Eucharist, Saint Tarcisius.  He was a young Roman Christian.  The priests in the catacombs were trying to devise a plan to smuggle Holy Communion to Christians in prison.  Tarcisius volunteered to do the job, stating that because of his youth, he would not be suspected by the Romans.  They all agreed and he was given the package.

However, the Romans did suspect and confronted Tarcisius, demanding that he surrender the Eucharist to them.  He refused, whereupon they set themselves on him, beating him mercilessly.  They still could not wrest the package from him.  Finally Tarcissius died, whereupon the Eucharist rose from his dead hands and vanished.  

How young was Tarcisius?  Twelve years old.  Surely our grown men can muster up the courage to approximate his, through his intercession.  Be men of God.

Insipid Garblings From MD Bishops Regarding Overturn Of Roe

For a truly Catholic bishop, news of the overturn of Roe v Wade would be a joy for him to announce with clarity and he would jump at the chance to state his gratitude to God and exhort his flock to continued fidelity and prayer and action.  However, truly Catholic bishops seem to be a rare commodity in this nation and they are sorely lacking in the MD/DC area.  Nevertheless, they are astute enough to know that they could not maintain absolute silence in the face of this obviously significant occurrence.

The poor dears!  I'm certain they found themselves between a rock and a hard place, what with trying to put on a Catholic appearance while pleasing their progressive sugar-daddies and all.  No wonder why these statements sound like piles of namby-pamby mush.

Let's examine what came from Archbishop Lori.  He happens to be in Germany at the moment, but released his statement to the Catholic Review.  Every sentence of his starts with "I think" when evaluating what happened today.  He "thinks" it's good news?  Thinks?  It either is or it isn't. Of course it most definitely is good news.  Can you just imagine how Peter's first sermon would have sounded if he used such tepid language?  "I think you should repent and be baptized.."  That really would have converted those 3,000 people - would it not have?  Then he talks about redoubling efforts to reach out to women in troubled pregnancies.  Certainly that is needed, but that's not all that is needed.  Neither he nor any of the other pro-life leaders quoted in that article utter a peep about fighting for legal protection for unborn children.  Frankly, I know why.  If they did that, they would put themselves at odds against their progressive sugar-daddies in the local government who give them all sorts of nice funding dollars (extorted from taxpayers, but that's its own post).

Even more insipid is the pabulum uttered by Cardinal Gregory, as published in the Catholic Standard.  He lauds the ruling as a step in winning legal protections for unborn children, oops!  My bad!  That should read "heal the nation's divisions".  He immediately segues into a litany of seamless garment, social justice mish-mash.  The attempt to distract from the primacy of baby slaughter is so obvious that it's laughable.  Like Lori, he steers thoughts away from seeking legal protections for the unborn children - protections that would undoubtedly irk the Democrat demagogues with oodles of money to divert to church hierarchy coffers.

These statements, coupled with their abysmal refusals to assist our petition drive last month, make plain that we will have to proceed to work independently of our prelates.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Roe V Wade Is Overturned. Let's Keep Moving

Roe v Wade was decided when I was 17 years old.  Frankly, the way things were going, I didn't think I'd live to see this day, but here we are.  The ruling is not only an unambiguous smack-down of Roe but also of Casey v Planned Parenthood, picking apart their constitutional flaws.

By God's grace we have finally cleared a major hurdle, but there are many more to be surmounted.  We give thanks to God while not only maintaining but increasing our stride.  The little pro-abort darlings who chided us for years to "respect the court decisions" announced that tonight they intend to engage in temper tantrums that they call the "summer of rage".  They have already vandalized a number of Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers.  Hmm... I wonder why they only target Catholic churches.  Might it be that they are acknowledging a truth that some of our protestant friends won't?  But I digress.

While I lived to see the day, many of my pro-life colleagues passed on.  I will now give them a shout-out, in no particular order.  To keep this list at a reasonable length, I'll only list those with whom I worked in one degree or another.  Some are nationally-known, but many were local folks.  They are: Nellie Gray, Joe Scheidler, Norma McCorvey, Marilyn Szewczyk, John Marcus, John Jay Daly, Anthony Sheehan, George Offerman, Cookie Harris, Kristin Kazyak, Jim Sharbaugh, Jim Sedlak, Mike Fritz, Bill Ferris, Bill Simpson, Bill Luksic, Dick Retta, Francis Popper, Francois Quinson, Robert Kling.  I'm sure their prayers were joined with ours in overturning that Roe beast and those prayers will continue to be with us.

This is no time for slacking off, for "resting on our laurels", as it were.  We must redouble our prayers and efforts.  We must continue to offer our daily Masses, pray our daily rosaries.  We must continue with our pro-life apostolates and work to elect good pro-life people to public office.

Let me draw special attention to that last sentence.  In 2016, a fair number of misguided and perhaps "mis-motivated" pro-life people thumbed their noses at Donald Trump, claiming that he wasn't pro-life enough for their overly-dainty tastes.  I've chided them quite a bit during that time; see here and here

When I wrote those posts six years ago, I didn't know how true those words would ring.  Donald Trump won the White House and kept his promise to appoint judges and justices who would interpret the Constitution as originally written.  Thus, Kavanaugh, Gorsuch and Barrett were appointed Supreme Court justices.  Today's Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs involved several written opinions.  The vote to uphold the Mississippi law was 6-3.  Of those 6, Chief Justice Roberts voted to uphold the Mississippi law, but not to overturn Roe and Casey.  That vote was really 5-4.  Three of the five were the justices that Trump appointed (Alito and Thomas being the other two).  Had the "nevertrumpers" in pro-life circles had their way, this victory for the babies would never have occurred.  Trump is owed much credit for keeping his word.

Frankly, I believe this ruling to have particular spiritual significance.  For nearly 50 years, with the de facto legalization of baby-slaughter, the United States as a nation has incurred the blood-guilt of over 60 million babies murdered since January 1973.  Now that ruling has ended and some purification has begun.  Today both Texas and Missouri have declared their states abortion-free.  Mississippi's law stands.  Other state bans, in limbo till now, can be enforced.  

We have another presidential election in two years.  For now, let us focus on our local elections, especially since the overtuning of Roe puts the fight for the babies back to local governments.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

From The "Elections Matter" Department

Today, in its ruling on the NYSRPA v Bruen case, the United States Supreme Court struck down a New York state law that sought to abridge a citizen's right to carry a handgun outside his/her home for self-defense.  The vote was 6-3, with Clarence Thomas writing the majority opinion.

In another excellent ruling, the Supreme Court voted 8-1 (Sotomeyer dissenting) ruled that Republican lawmakers do have authority to intervene for the enforcement of voter id laws in North Carolina.  This brings much-needed accountability to the conduct of elections.

All this goes to show that elections have consequences and that we as Christians have a duty to vote, even if none of the candidates is as pure as the driven snow.  These rulings would not have happened if Trump was defeated in 2016.  I daresay that much of today's mess would not have happened had the election not been stolen from Trump in 2020.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Who, Like Me, Is A "Deplorable Restorationist"?

The pope seems to think it bad to be a "restorationist" when it comes to the Traditional Mass and fidelity to the teachings on faith and morality that the Church has always promulgated.  While he bandies that term like an insult, I wear it proudly, as do many of my friends.  I also wear with honor the "deplorable" distinction that Hillary Clinton gave to so many good people.  Hence I am a "Deplorable Restorationist"!

Archbishop Vigano apparently is quite comfortable with it, as he details in an interview the masonic underpinnings and machinations behind so much of the chaos - spiritual, political, economical - that the world is experiencing.  It is all quite by design; frankly, I think that is painfully obvious.

I suggest you read through that interview carefully and then listen to this clip from Raymond Arroyo as he interviews Peter Kwasniewski about some of the pope's questionable words and actions, including his slurs against ornate vestments (calling them "grandma's lace").  Notice how well the pope is following the directives of Klaus Schwab, George Soros and other puppet-masters as he works to undermine the Faith that stands almost like a lone bulwark against this new world order.

To truly be a "restorationist" means to be one who works to restore the world to Christ, to restore fidelity to Christ's teachings, to restore the Christian underpinnings that once graced western civilization.  If the pope considers that an insult, that says more about him than us.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

An Excellent Treatise On The Latin Mass

My friend and blogging colleague at Les Femmes posted an excellent talk by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski as he gives an overview of the Tridentine Mass and its immense value.  We need to rediscover true worship of Jesus Christ.  This Mass needs to be made more available.  The attempts by the pope and progressive prelates to destroy it are nothing short of demonic.  At any rate, this talk is well worth the time it takes to listen to it, and to be passed along.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Don't Worry, Be Happy! As The World Destroys Itself..

When I attend Mass on weekdays, the Novus Ordo Masses are the only option available.  Such was the case today.  The first reading was from 2 Chronicles 24:17-25.  I'll cut and paste it from the Douay-Rheims version.

And after the death of Joiada, the princes of Juda went in, and worshipped the king: and he was soothed by their services and hearkened to them. [18] And they forsook the temple of the Lord the God of their fathers, and served groves and idols, and wrath came upon Juda and Jerusalem for this sin. [19] And he sent prophets to them to bring them back to the Lord, and they would not give ear when they testified against them. [20] The spirit of God then came upon Zacharias the son of Joiada the priest, and he stood in the sight of the people, and said to them: Thus saith the Lord God: Why transgress you the commandment of the Lord which will not be for your good, and have forsaken the Lord, to make him forsake you?

[21] And they gathered themselves together against him, and stoned him at the king's commandment in the court of the house of the Lord. [22] And king Joas did not remember the kindness that Joiada his father had done to him, but killed his son. And when he died, he said: The Lord see, and require it. [23] And when a year was come about, the army of Syria came up against him: and they came to Juda and Jerusalem, and killed all the princes of the people, and they sent all the spoils to the king of Damascus. [24] And whereas there came a very small number of the Syrians, the Lord delivered into their hands an infinite multitude, because they had forsaken the Lord the God of their fathers: and on Joas they executed shameful judgments. [25] And departing they left him in diseases: and his servants rose up against him, for revenge of the blood of the son of Joiada the priest, and they slew him in his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.

I think the applicability of this passage to current events is obvious.  Moreover, the Gospel was from Matthew 6, part of the Sermon on the Mount.  The main thrust of this was Jesus exhorting the people to "seek first the kingdom of God".  As a lead-up to that, Jesus remarked how the people worried about their material needs.  So what did the priest emphasize today?

He emphasized the worry that many people have.  He actually used the phrase "don't stress".  I could almost hear Bobby McFerrin's trite little ditty "Don't Worry Be Happy".  What an abysmal waste of a teaching moment.  The world is literally going to hell in a handbasket, with plenty of souls cascading their way down there now, with so many progressive bishops indifferent to their plight.

To think that Father might have encouraged the congregation to more frequent confession, to the daily Rosary, requests of Our Lady of Fatima, etc.  The readings provided the perfect setting for that.  Instead, he settled for happy-clappy pap.

However, we know what we must do.