Before I go for the weekend (and what a week it has been!), here is some disturbing polling data – that confirms many other recent polls – that anywhere from 50-60% of Americans now favor state recognition of so-called same-sex marriage, with those opposed falling in some polls down to only 1/3 or so of the population. We are plainly losing badly on this matter, even if individual polls tend to exaggerate the degree of support.
I agree with Father Michael Rodriguez, sodomite marriage will be the law of the land in these 50 states within a few years, at most, and this nightmare will be the vehicle of the persecution.
What is even more disturbing, is that this support may not be as much due to cultural pressure as I thought. There is a tendency in polling – which can be dramatically exaggerated by how questions are formed – to give what the respondent feels is the “correct” response. For example, people who answer a religious survey as to religious affiliation as Catholic, tend to overestimate their Church attendance by a factor of two – that is to say, 40% claim they assist at Mass weekly, when the real number is under 20%. But Catholics are expected to assist at Mass regularly, so people tend to give what they know is the expected answer – at least, good number of people do so.
So, if people think most others believe homo-marriage is preferred by others, they would tend to answer that they support it, even if they are waffling or unsure, because that is the expected “correct” answer. But further poll data actually shows Americans are pretty clueless on the degree of public support for this radical redefinition/destruction of marriage, so that bias may not be as significant as I once thought.
Nevertheless, there does remain heavy cultural pressure in favor of this state recognition of immorality as “marriage,” through films, music, TV, etc. This pressure is slowly converting people to a position that would have utterly mortified virtually every preceding generation of Christendom going back many, many centuries.
Bring on the persecution. It will open the doors of Heaven to many faithful, and will plant the seed of a glorious restoration of Christendom – provided we are not nearing the Parousia!
I’m out of time, have a blessed weekend.
I thought this was good……”They Live” March 7, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Christendom, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, self-serving, sickness, Society.
If you know the 1988 John Carpenter satire/horror film, you might appreciate this off-topic bit:
That’s pretty much how I feel about them. I used to think Brad Pitt was maybe OK back in the late 90s when he did 12 Monkeys and Fight Club, but ever since, not so much.
The whole thing has become so false and fake it’s stunning. If you step away from TV/film for a while, and then see scenes like this, it becomes obvious how unreal all this Hollywood crud is.
Belgian King signs child euthanasia bill into law March 5, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, scandals, foolishness, sadness, sickness, disaster, horror, error, unadulterated evil, secularism, self-serving, Christendom.
How long before the sexular pagans have altars of sacrifice set up to burn children to death? That is, after all, what their satanic “god” ultimately wants. Of course, he already gets that in abortion, so maybe such visible demonstrations are passe’. Still, God put a need for worship in man’s heart, but modern paganism has rejected God and seems headed towards truly perverse forms of diabolical worship. I cannot but see the below as yet another step in this process of moral and spiritual degradation.
I blogged about the legislation passed in Belgium a short while back, legalizing euthanasia for children. In a supposed act of mercy (how perverse understanding of the virtues has become!), this bill requires the children to agree to their being killed! Can you imagine! My little boy has been very sick for the past week, and at times he became afraid because he did not know how much more sick he would become, or even if he would die. He was so sweet if sad and scared……and yet now parents are going to “ease the suffering” of their children (or is it themselves?) by asking them to die!
All hinged on the King of the Belgians. There was hope he would be as stout-hearted as his uncle, who resigned his monarchy rather than sign a pro-abortion bill. It was not to be. The King duly signed, and children can now be murdered in hospitals across Belgium.
Good Lord, it makes me sick:
The head of state has completely fulfilled his constitutional role despite various pressures.
King Philippe signed the law this Sunday on the extension of euthanasia to minors. This was the final act expected in the tracking process of the law since its adoption by the House, two weeks having elapsed after having been in the Senate. [that means this was the last act needed to promulgate the law]
There’s more, including an international petition signed by over 200,000 asking the king to refuse to sign, but obviously it was all for naught.
And so now we have yet another via media for the slaughter of the innocents. At least these children have a chance to be baptized, not that many in Belgium do that anymore.
And the sinking of the ship that was western culture accelerates a little bit more. A few of us are scrambling with buckets to bail the thing out, but we are so few, and the maddened masses continuing to pull out the hull cocks are so many.
What’s going on in Syracuse? March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
This is a bit far afield from Dallas, but being your intrepid reporter on all things Catholic (that happen to interest me), and knowing how wrecked virtually every upstate New York diocese has been by rampantly ideological progressive dominance over the past 40 odd years, I thought the following two items relevant.
First, two Catholic churches in Syracuse are bringing in a transgendered person to talk about their confused and destructive (not to mention, appalling to God) lifestyle:
Two Syracuse Catholic Churches are hosting a series of talks on what it’s like to be transgender.
The series of events highlighting what it’s like to be transgender is sponsored by All Saints Catholic Church and St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.
It was organized by the All Saints LGBT Task Force and volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality in New York State.
The next event is March 4. “Voices From The Journey: Hearing From Transgender Persons.” That will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and repeated the same day from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
This is only part of the list of talks. There are day long workshops, all intended to normalize a severe perversion/mental disorder and undermine Catholic Doctrine. These conferences are invariably heavy on emotion and short on reason, and try to win support from Catholics (or, it looks like, Katholycs) for both opposition to that Doctrine and in support of insupportable immorality.
Leaving aside Church Doctrine and the offense such folks give to God (see both Old and New Testament), the life outcomes for transgender types are horrific. Even in this unceasingly “tolerant” age, where virtually every kink is approved of and given cultural support on a wide scale, trans-types have nightmarish rates of suicide, substance abuse, self-mutilation, chronic depression, etc. This lifestyle is so fundamentally disordered that to be a trans is to shorten one’s lifespan, on average, by over 40 years. Some try to claim this is due to lingering cultural oppression, but please…..does this series of talks – during LENT, of all times – indicate repression?
What it does indicate is that the Diocese of Syracuse has serious, serious problems. I have to ask, where is the bishop? How can he tolerate not only these talks, but the presence of doctrine-rejecting, division-inducing groups like “ LGBT Task Force and volunteers from Family Allies for Trans Equality?” We have seen in this Diocese of Dallas that these alleged homosexual support groups almost invariably depart from Church Doctrine and become advocates for radical notions of sodom/gomorrah “rights,” undermining the sensus fidei of the faithful and harming the entire Body of Christ.
Reading any number of books, from Rite of Sodomy to Ungodly Rage to Goodbye, Good Men will reveal to any even remotely faithful Catholic that these pro-homosex groups are virtually unanimously irreconcilable with the Faith. And yet a group that is truly dedicated to the good of souls and aiding those with same-sex attraction to living a chaste, virtuous life are ignored and reviled, in spite of the enormous good they do.
But it’s not just in the parishes. A Katholyc college within the Diocese of Syracuse is planning a “drag show,” again during Lent, on campus:
Unfortunately, the “smoke of Satan” is spreading on Catholic campuses. This time Catholic Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, is planning its second annual “drag show” on March 10 in the Grewen Auditorium.
The lewd event flatly undermines moral values and is being promoted on the college’s web site as a “fun event for everyone! Learn about drag culture ettiquet [sic], enter prize raffles, and dance!”
An advertisement for the event attacks human nature by displaying a human face that is a mixture of male and female. Here is the inappropriate tweet promoting the pro-homosexual show.
The “show” is promoted by a group on campus called “Creating Awareness & Reaching Equality.” The same group supports same-sex “marriage” and other sins that violate Catholic moral teaching.
Naturally, this is a college in the “Jesuit” tradition. What will they do when there are no more Jesuits to have a “tradition?”
So this college can get away with promoting decadent, sinful filth, and it’s scot free! But a traditional Catholic college may start to drift a bit in things traditional, and it’s crush, crush them! The hypocrisy is stultifying.
I’d say Bishop Robert Cunningham has some ‘splaining to do. But the entire Church in upstate New York has become diabolically disoriented under the influence of the almost certainly active homosexual, but now thankfully retired, Bishops Matthew Clark and Howard Hubbard. There were numerous instances of priest boy-rape in upstate New York. These things tend to go together: support for the homosexual agenda, and boy-rape scandals.
The Church is upstate New York, once a glorious pillar, is now a fallen down wreck. Vocations are pathetically low (by deliberate intent), parishes are closed, the percentage of Catholics in the population continues to plummet, the few remaining faithful souls are isolated and persecuted, and sin abounds.
But where sin abounds, Grace abounds the more, so let us pray for the conversion and reconstitution of the Church in upstate New York, and for the the conversion of Bishop Cunningham.
You can sign a petition opposing the drag horror show here.
Disney pressures Boy Scouts to have sodo-scoutmasters March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Disney Corporation, whatever it used to be, is now an open and avowed agent of the culture of death and evil, generally. The trail of destruction that follows virtually all young Disney stars should be enough to tell us there is something gravely immoral at play in that giant corporation.
As part of their continuing efforts to advance radical cultural change and the destruction of the traditional family (does Disney have research that shows that kids in single-parent or other non-traditional homes tends to watch more?), Walt Disney World has told the Boy Scouts of America- which organization jumped the shark last year in admitting openly homosexual scouts – to start admitting sodomy loving scoutmasters by 2015 or lose funding:
Walt Disney World has decided it will stop funding the local Boy Scouts of America chapter beginning next year unless the childhood group allows open homosexuals to serve as Scoutmasters.
The Disney corporation said the BSA violates its non-discrimination policy. Disney World’s VoluntEARS program allows employees to trade volunteer work for donations to a charity of their choice. But the scouts will no longer be eligible for these funds……
……Homosexual groups said the decision is a sign of their growing influence in the culture, especially in the realm of children’s entertainment [Think about that. A local priest says he knows our culture is dead when the men won't stand up to fight against sodomites redefining marriage and - their ultimate goal? - gaining influence over our children. If we won't fight against that, and I mean hard, what will we fight against?]
I think anyone with a smidgen of a brain knew that the Boy Scouts halfway embrace of the perverse culture by permitting homosexual-claiming youth wouldn’t last any length of time at all. The corporate powers that be, who play an instrumental role in advancing radical perversion in our culture, will not allow it. The Boy Scouts could have stood strong and been willing to suffer the consequences of remaining true to the dictates of Christ, but they chose to cave into the world. The first time is hardest, after that, it becomes easier and easier, until it becomes a habit.
For a good Catholic alternative to the Boy Scouts, consider the Troops of St. George.
More notes on Fisher-More and comments back on March 4, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, the return, Tradition.
I am truly sorry I had to disable comments on the two Fisher-More posts yesterday, but some tempers were getting hot and I simply cannot monitor comments in the evening/nighttime. I didn’t like to do it, but I did not think I could just leave comments wide open, because I had a fair number I had to delete or edit.
I had a long conversation with some people very familiar with Fisher-More last night. It was very helpful, and I thank the kind souls for their time.
Unfortunately, much of what they told me – as so much of what I’ve heard before – was in confidence, so I have to be deliberately vague. I can say that this conversation only reinforced in my mind the grave situation at Fisher-More and the moral/ethical problems of the college’s president. His behavior is inexplicable, a true “Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” situation.
There are some details I feel I can share. The first of these is that the present student body at Fisher-More College consists of 25 students, which correlates exactly with what I was saying yesterday. Due to sagging morale surrounding all the internal strife on campus (a campus which consists of one building where some of the administration/faculty actually live, creating almost a pressure-cooker type environment due to close and constant proximity), many students stopped assisting at Daily Mass some time ago. Some of the students don’t have a particular attraction to the TLM, anyway. The situation became so grave the administration actually compelled the students to assist at some of the daily devotions and Mass.
But given that there are only 25 students, and a good number of those either have the means of assisting at Mass elsewhere, or aren’t particularly interested in assisting at daily TLMs at present, the number of souls truly afflicted by this ban by Bishop Olsen is in the range of 8-12. There remains an enormous principle involved, about which more later, but I think it important to have an understanding of the scope of the matter. I think it is a tragedy and a sin against charity whenever a reasonably attended TLM is closed by a bishop/religious superior for ulterior motives, as seems to be the case here. But it needs to be recognized that the “community” affected here was truly small.
On a related note, and this is truly key, there has been no priest available to regularly offer the TLM at Fisher-More, anyways, since the Fathers of Mercy departed. There has not been a TLM for going on to near two weeks, at present. I do not know of any locally available priests who would be able/willing to offer the TLM at Fisher-More. I am unaware of any diocesan priests in Fort Worth that can offer the TLM. So, even without the ban, the TLM at Fisher-More was in a difficult situation.
But about Bishop Olson. I have received some input that suggests he might have some overall antipathy towards the TLM, based on his previous record at a local seminary. I really cannot say very much, here, and I hope you understand, but there is some evidence that his view of the TLM might be one of tolerance, at best, and certainly not one of support. We probably knew that already.
While the bishop’s options were quite limited, I do fear this action could be part of an emerging paradigm to crush traditional criticism of the Council by denying the TLM to groups that engage in such criticism. Since the TLM is the heart of traditional Catholic life, removing it from an organization may prove an effective way to kill both the offending organization and the criticism itself. But there are so many factors in play, it’s difficult for me to say definitively whether this particular action is part of a trend, or just a terribly unfortunate outlier.
As for the rest of what I had confirmed (for I had understood much of what was discussed already, but the conversations simply helped fill in many details) last night, it’s really difficult to go into in any detail. I can say that there was a rapid and pretty severe new orientation towards a very negative view of controversial aspects of Vatican II. These are views I may have some sympathy towards, but they were expressed in particularly harsh, condemnatory, and final ways. There was also the prospect of developing a relationship with canonically irregular groups as a sort of new direction for the college.
All in all, there are a great many broken hearts. It seemed as if Fisher-More were really about to take off a couple of years ago, but that dream seems pretty remote, now. About half the student body left at the fall-spring break this year. More plan to leave. Some of these who are leaving have no other collegiate options, but they cannot continue in the unhealthy, scandalous environment present at Fisher-More. Some very long time faculty/administration have left, as well. There is constant turnover in the board. There is a great deal of anger and upset, and the whole environment of the college seems almost irretrievably poisoned.
Oh, one more thing I can confirm, Fr. Gruner was at Fisher-More, he did offer Mass, but it was apparently a private Mass. So there you go.
Again, as I said in the first post yesterday, while I have been amazed at the passion this matter involving a tiny Catholic college has aroused, this is not a hill I’m going to die on. If you feel passionately that Bishop Olson took this action simply out of hatred for the TLM, be my guest. I’m not entirely convinced of that, but who knows? It could be true.
I do plan on this being my last post on the matter, and comments will be monitored closely. It is past time to shift gears towards Lent.
How orthodox young priests are broken, part deux March 3, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
I related in a previous post how liturgical abuse and assignments with liberal pastor overseers are used to help break priests of their orthodoxy. But even more frighteningly, a subsequent chapter describes the use of psychological torture and even brainwashing to break the wills and intellects of orthodox young priest aspirants. Some very well known and orthodox priests even likened the seminary system in the United States – at least as it existed 10 or so years ago (it has improved, but not that much) – to the satanic Soviet system of GULAGs and general communist totalitarianism. That might seem an overstatement, but wait until you read below, and, also, consider that many of these seminary overlords are far, far leftwing. The Left has shown repeatedly that it views dissent from its religious orthodoxy as something akin to a mental disorder – we see that hear in this country, and the Soviets literally institutionalized those who opposed the nightmares of the “perfect” communist state.
From chapter 7 of Goodbye, Good men, Go see the Shrink!
Father Perry Amos [not his real name] of the Diocese of Austin put it this way: “One of the classic dynamics at the seminary was that the young, and hence in some ways immature, orthodox seminarian, hammered from all sides by a system inimical to his faith, his sexuality, and his sense of mature human behavior, would be worn down to the point of ‘striking back.’ If necessary, this pressure could also be increased by advisers, faculty evaluations, etc., especially when thy attempted to rearrange or force the manifestation of a candidate’s conscience. Once you ‘struck back’ you were dead. You were ‘insubordinate,’ ‘had problems with authority figures, or were ‘rigid.’ [Apparently, being "rigid" is the worst possible sin a seminarian can commit. It means being faithful to the Magisterium, and we can't have that! It will ruin our glorious proletarian revolution!] It was sobering at the time to realize how closely the dynamic paralleled the brain-washing strategies of the communist re-education camps. Even the connotations of the terms ‘rigid,’ ‘pre-conciliar,’ ‘anti-community,’ resonated with communist terms like ‘capitalist,’ bourgeois,’ and ‘anti-democratic.’” [I prefer the term 'running dog lackeys']
Father John Trigilio [A very orthodox priest and host of my favorite EWTN show, ever, "Web of Faith." It helped me a lot during my conversion] of the Harrisburg diocese made the same comparison: “The one book that helped me persevere through my twelve years of seminary,” he said, “was Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. [I have read this masterpiece. Everyone should. It reveals to its naked core the enormous, diabolical evil that is communism. That Trigilio, a priest I respect, should make this comparison to Catholic seminaries.....it is beyond disturbing. Heaven help us. But as he goes on in his description, it is plain he is not exaggerating] His imprisonment and constant surveillance was in many ways identical to my seminary life, in which cultural revolutionaries sought to ‘rehabilitate’ the orthodox into becoming full-fledged party members of the new dissidence. As in the former USSR, if you opposed the ‘party-line,’ which in the case of the seminary was their particular brand of heterodoxy, then you wre labeled as mentally u nfit and kept under close scrutiny ‘for your own safety.’ The mind games, spying, and hidden agendas as well as the vast bureaucracy of the KGB was cloned in seminaries across America.”
“Fellow seminarians spy on one another; blackmail, intimidation, slander, threats, and even violence are employed to protect the status quo. Quote the Pope and you are an archconservative, John Birch, KKK, neo-nazi, etc. Quote Gore Vidal and you are an intellectual Renaissance man.” [There seems to be a corollary between the methods of surveillance and repression reported here, and traits commonly associated with a certain, currently very en vogue sexual deviancy. But given that so many of that kind ruled so many seminaries, that would make sense.]
“I actually saw vocations tortured and killed by those who were supposedly there to promote and foster vocations.” What Trigilio witnessed, he said, can only be described as ” a real persecution and systematic extermination of orthodoxy and manly piety so as to artificially create a climate for married and women clergy.” [I tell you, I find the words chosen by Fr. Trigilio chilling. "Tortured," "killed," "systematic extermination." These are the kinds of words we normally see when reading about horrid evils like genocide or "ethnic cleansing." Instead, they are being applied to what has occurred to thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of hopeful, pious young Catholic men who only wanted to serve God in His Holy Church! It is unthinkable that such a state could exist! And yet I respect Fr. Trigilio a great deal, so I am inclined to accept his assessment at face value.]
Amazing. Diabolical. Two things pop to mind that I frequently come back to: one, that public heresy is invariably driven by private (or not so private) sin, and, two, that there are no limits to the depths of depravity to which one can sink when you cut God our of your life, or reject His Law and lead a life devoid of Grace. It appears both were dominant in most seminaries for decades.
Incredible stuff. What a day. More comments and views than ever, not sure how it happened! But I’m so glad to know you all love, me, you really, really love me!
I feel like Sally Field!
Fisher-More denied ability to offer TLM March 3, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Latin Mass, persecution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, SSPX.
Some commenters already brought this up in another post, but Rorate has a screaming headline concerning Fisher-More College in Ft. Worth, and some decision by the Diocese of Fort Worth to deny Fisher-More the ability to have the Traditional Latin Mass on campus.
You guys know how much I respect Rorate. But I think in this case their zeal for the TLM, and perhaps a less than full understanding of the situation, may have skewed their coverage a bit.
As commenter Skeinster noted, there are problems at Fisher-More. Problems so severe, I privately regretted having supported their fundraising drive last fall (I had heard inklings at the time I gave that support, but came to know much, much more shortly thereafter).
A lot of people who live outside Texas, and even many within the state who reside outside the Metroplex, do not know how close together Dallas and Fort Worth are. It’s only about a half hour drive from downtown Dallas to downtown Fort Worth. As such, our local Traditional Latin Mass community shares a lot of people between the two cities. And, the priests of our FSSP parish provide a TLM in the Fort Worth Diocese on Sundays. Some priests from our parish have taught classes at Fisher-More.
But they have stopped doing so. In fact, many long-time faculty have left Fisher-More. This is not solely related to their financial woes. In fact, it has to do with really severe problems with the college’s administration, and in particular, the college president Michael King referenced.
I know many exceedingly good traditional Catholic families who have (or, I should stress, had) children at Fisher-More. I know some folks who have taught there. I know some who are still employed there. All are unfailingly stalwart supporters of the great Tradition of our Faith and all recognize the hideous crisis now afflicting the Church. But many – most – have increasingly grave concerns regarding Fisher-More and especially the direction Michael King is taking the college. Well-known traditional Catholic academic Taylor Marshall left Fisher-More last summer over these same concerns.
These concerns center on Mr. King taking an increasingly severe stand regarding the Council and the changes that have occurred in the Church in the past 50 years. I am not privy to all the details – perhaps some of those who are could chime in – but the level of excoriation for the Church and Her leaders has reached a state that even many good, traditional Catholics are scandalized by the rhetoric. And, from what I have been told by many, no dissent from Mr. King’s “direction” is tolerated. Those that voice doubts or express concerns are dismissed, virtually on the spot. This applies to both faculty and staff. As such, the college has lost many longtime faculty and administrators and even the college’s founder has been sidelined. Again, I have had all this confirmed to me by numerous sources. Many students – very solid, traditional Catholic students – have left the university as it seems to be heading towards such extremism the students fear scandal if they continue their studies.
In addition, many parents feel that they are being told one story by the administration (Mr. King), but that the reality is something quite different. Many parents feel misled.
I’m not saying Bishop Olson’s solution is fully appropriate or justifiable. It seems severe. And naturally, it was aimed at the TLM. If this was absolutely necessary and the ONLY way Bishop Olson thought he could solve the problems at Fisher-More, he should have explained why his action in that regard was uniquely necessary. He should also explained under what authority he, as a bishop, managed to undo a papal act liberalizing the availability of the TLM. Bishop Olson has now caused some degree of scandal among the faithful, who feel their rights trampled upon.
After Bishop Vann departed, the vicar general of Fort Worth had already restricted the TLM at Fisher-More. It could be Bishop Olson followed the recommendations of his staff, some of which probably aren’t too fond of having a traditional Catholic college in their diocese. And even if this act is intended to be some charitable attempt to recall a wayward sheep, it does seem harsh and uncharitable towards students and others at Fisher-More who have come to depend upon the TLM. Fisher-More was an attempt to build a traditional Catholic college, but without the TLM either on campus or immediately available on a daily basis, it would seem one of the prime reasons for the college’s existence was just wiped out. Close as Dallas and Fort Worth are, asking college students to drive 60 miles round trip every day to assist at the TLM in Irving is a bit much.
I also think it was an unfortunately clumsy statement – a truly foolhardy statement – to associate removal of the TLM with “the good of your own soul.” I think folks are reading a connection there that may not be intended, but it’s too easily made by this very brief, very unspecific document.
Nevertheless, there has been growing concern locally both over King’s draconian style of administration and his seeming desire to make Fisher-More an informal (or formal, who knows?) appendage of the Society of St. Pius X. That may not be King’s intent, but it is the impression many have. In addition, I am told that even though they managed to stay open this spring, Fisher-More’s finances are a wreck and the college is living on borrowed time. These issues may seem unrelated, but they are not. In fact, they are tightly intertwined. That’s all I’ll say about that.
So, make up your own mind. Hopefully we’ll get some more details in the comments from those close to Fisher-More.
UPDATE: I’m shutting down comments since I cannot monitor overnight. I think this has been talked about enough.
Now is a time for serious prayers………. March 1, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sickness, Society.
………….I know I say that a lot, but this thing in the Ukraine/Crimea has all the makings of something really ugly. I don’t mean just for the poor Ukrainians, I mean something far, far broader.
Does the US/Britain have a treaty with the Ukraine to intervene militarily if Russia invades them? Apparently, such a promise was made under Clinton in 1994 in order to get Ukraine to get rid of their nukes, but it is unclear if it is a true, ratified treaty.
If it is……..yikes. Russia cannot let Ukraine go NATO, which the Ukrainians want very badly, and understandably so. With Ukraine in NATO, Russia would have an enemy on both flanks of the only part of Russia that matters – European
Russia. They would have no strategic depth, a prime Russian imperative going back 300 years. They would feel exceedingly vulnerable. A key factor that won the war for Stalin back in WWII was the Soviet Union’s enormous expanse and inverse funnel effect (look at a map, entering Russia from the West, you’re on an 800 mile front, by the time you get to a line from Arkangelsk to Arakan you’re on a front twice as long). With the Baltics and Ukraine in NATO, Russia – one of the most paranoid countries on earth – would feel vulnerable to north-south pincers meeting at some point about 100 miles east of Nizhny Novgorod. It would almost completely eliminate Russia’s geographic advantage. Even more, some of Russia’s most important gas pipelines – their largest source of external revenue -pass through the Ukraine, and the Ukraine sits immediately adjacent to one of Russia’s most oil-rich area, the Caucasus.
Not that I think Obama would honor any treaty that he didn’t feel benefited him and his leftist cohort directly, let alone one that could bring a fight with Russia. But this guy, and his entire crew (especially frankenface Lurch Kerry) of foreign policy boneheads, could just blunder into some disaster.
That’s what I worry about. Putin will probably play Obama like a violin and the poor Ukrainians made to suffer horribly yet again, but who knows what may happen with this neophyte dilettante ackjass.
This might be a real good intention for your Holy Face devotions.
God bless you!
PS – This is why I used to advocate until I was blue in the face that the US build up our current national missile defense system to at least 500 interceptors (instead, we have about 50), because Russia probably doesn’t even have 500 working, deliverable nuclear warheads. Or didn’t, until the last few years, Putin has managed to reconstitute the Russian strategic nuclear arsenal pretty well. Instead of fighting pointless wars overseas, we could have been building a defense at home capable of saving tens of millions of lives. Uff da……
Here cometh the persecution…… February 28, 2014Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
…….and it’s riding the gay train, as I’ve long said.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer refused to sign a bill passed with substantial majorities in the Arizona legislature that would have extended religious freedom protections to businesses. A law exists that covers individuals. Since many small businesses, in particular, are merely extensions of the individual, this law would appear to make a good deal of sense. But, caving to outside pressure, including threats to never allow another Super Bowl in Arizona, Brewer refused to sign the bill. So, Christian cake bakers and wedding photographers can still be forced to provide services for actions they find repugnant – such as marrying two people of the same sex – under penalty of law, if they get a magistrate or bureaucrat who feels their refusal constitutes a “hate crime.”
We have traveled, as Jonah Goldberg notes, an immense distance in a historical blink of the eye. Just a couple of decades ago, homosexual acts and the inclination itself were viewed as profoundly disordered and destructive, with homosexual acts largely illegal (if unenforced) and homosexuality rated as a mental disorder – as it had been considered for a very, very long time.
But now we have come to such a low point, those who adhere to the same Christian Dogma regarding homosexuality that practically everyone at least tacitly accepted just a few years ago, are now called Nazis and likened to Jim Crow racists by the cultural powers that be:
Speaking of unreasonableness, according to ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser, if Arizona allows bakers to refuse to bake cakes for gay couples, gays may have to wear “yellow stars” like the Jews of Nazi Germany. It would be Jim Crow for gays according to, well, too many people to list.
So merely passing a law that allows people to refuse service to those who desire their participation in acts they find morally repugnant – such as photographing a “wedding” of two men – is so completely beyond the pale those people are likened to some of the most monstrous evils in all history.
In essence, Christianity is being forcible ejected from the public square. And since Christianity is a religion that demands public practice and witness, there will be an inevitable clash between secularists that demand we shut up (or, preferably, cease to exist) and Christians who refuse to be silenced.
It happened in Canada, and some Christians went to jail. Most just meekly acquiesced.
This is the persecution. Will we be stronger in the Faith than many Canadians? Will we fight like the French? The FRENCH! Where are our million-person marches on the Capital opposing this state-enforced immorality?
I am out of time!