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Traditional Priest – Soft, liberal Katholycism will offer no resistance to resurgent militant Islam August 26, 2014

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Great post by Father Carota, as usual.  He notes that islam is increasing in population at a time when the Church is shedding members in the millions in most parts of the world, especially Europe and the Americas, Her traditional home.  Now, I have read detailed studies of islam’s own fertility collapse, and outside a few countries in Africa the population of muslims will peak around 2030 or 2040 and then begin to follow the same decline that is being seen almost everywhere else, but the problem is, islam’s fertility collapse is trailing Christianity’s by over 50 years, and that time interval represents an increasing window of danger as population percentages shift.  Irrespective of the demographics, so long as islam, and especially its radical wing, presents a very vibrant, cohesive, and countercultural set of beliefs, it will continue to attract more and souls disaffected with the prevailing sexular pagan status quo, the sort of soft socialism with pandemic sexual immorality that American hegemony has set loose upon the world.  The more the Church rejects Her own countercultural beliefs, the more elements within Her try to please the world and succumb to its prince, the fewer the souls that will be attracted to the Church’s far stronger, reasonable, glorious, charitable, and Truthful belief set.

So while the Church continues to retreat under the twin forces of sexular paganism and militant islam, many souls, including souls raised within the boundaries of the remnant of Christendom (Britain is the source of many of the most extreme of the ISIS psychopaths, including the one who beheaded that poor journalist), will drift into islam’s orbit or formally join this disordered, violent, and even diabolical religion.

Father Carota notes some of the depravities of islam, especially with respect to the persecution of Christians, as well as the cancers eating away at the Church. First, only a very brief list of islamic atrocities:

1) Raping Catholic and other non muslim women and girls. [and performing mass, forced genital mutilation.  They also sexually enslave islamists of sects other than wahhabism]

2) Driving Catholics and others out of their homes and country.

3) Bombing, burning and destroying Catholic, Orthodox and other christian churches.

4) Suicide bombings.

5) Kidnapping men, women and children to be sold as slaves, (and some as sex slaves). [indeed, the only parts of the world where slavery has not been totally eradicated are in islamic areas and, perhaps, in East Asia, where women and even children are sold into what amounts sexual slavery.  But as the sexular pagan ethos continues to advance in the West, there will be fewer and fewer philosophical and social strong points of opposition to slavery, and I fully believe that if this culture does not turn around, the utilitarian and materialist ethos dominant in the West will find justifications for the reintroduction of slavery and/or indentured servitude in the not too distant future]

6) Stealing Catholic’s and other’s houses, cars, jewelry and possessions as they are driven out of town.

7) Torturing, burring alive, crucifying and murdering of Catholics and other religion members, (and bragging about it on Youtube).

Father Carota also notes some specific atrocities muslims have committed, such as various bombings and terror attacks, and the constant treatment of women as chattel. He then asks how such a religion could be growing and attracting thousands of young men willing to die for religion, when most Catholics, far from being willing to suffer even a minor inconvenience to show up to Mass once or twice a year, demand the Church change it’s Dogmas to suit them and their sins.  And that is why islam is attracting at least a fair number of converts, because it presents a strong, masculine-seeming and vibrant set of beliefs in opposition to the ongoing pointlessness of self-absorbed existence in the West and much of the rest of the world.  Father Carota lists some reasons for islam’s growth:

1) They have passion for what they believe in.

2) They will kill you or make life difficult for you if you do not convert.

3) They give men a masculine role in their religion;  a) God made men to be leaders, and  b) Men and boys like to fight. [While Western women want to emasculate men and smash "patriarchy."  You know what......success in their endeavor will make them even more miserable than they are now.  But ideologues aren't much open to reason]

4) Religion and state work together for their religious laws. [This is very key.  Islam demands the state accord to the religion, and islamic nations enforce laws to perpetuate their faith.  We in the West are of course far too sophisticated for that, having chosen the false gods of "self-determination" and atheism as the de facto state religion.  States founded on such nebulous and ultimately false beliefs will not stand a religiously motivated enemy]

5) Men can marry a lot of women and have more sex.

6) Muslim men get non muslim women to fall in love with them and convert.  They then could later on find out that these men have other wives as well. [That's not the half of it.  They can claim any women from the infidels they conquer and keep them as concubines in their harem. This has been ongoing in Iraq and Syria. Those don't even count as marriages.  So muslim men get to screw a lot of different women, which has a certain animalistic appeal].

7) There is sex in heaven. [Their entire conception of "heaven" is entirely worldly.  Islam is incapable of understanding God or existence outside of time as they must be, where worldly "pleasures" (almost always associated with some pain or downside) have no meaning. That's because it's a recycled version of pre-Christian Judaism with heretical Arianism thrown in]

8) Oppressed races are given honor when they convert, like when (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr), Mohammed Ali converted. (Read here his conversion on a pro muslim blog).  Many black men convert to the muslim religion in prison. [I don't know about "oppressed," but converts are certainly lauded.]

So what is the Church doing in opposition to this existential threat?

we Catholics 1) feminize our Catholic faith, 2) accept all religions as good and equal and 3) become more and more hedonistic, we will continue to see more and more Catholics converting to islam.

And that’s just the beginning.  We also see Church leaders fawning all over islam as a great “religion of peace,” we are told, rather coyly, that islam “worships the same God,” in the current catechism, we see Koran’s kissed, we see even TFG tell muslims there is no reason for them to convert……we see a very great deal, none of it good.  We see a constant denial of islam as an endemically hostile religion that seeks to conquer or convert the entire world, and has the zeal and willingness to do so. We also see  pointless “dialogue” that often gives scandal and undermines the Faith of the relatively few souls striving to accept and practice what the Church has always believed.  We see a very great deal.

Father Carota concludes:

I find it interesting that when the Israelites would become evil, God would send people from Babylon to destroy them and take them into exile.  Isn’t Iraq where Babylon was?  Yes, it is. [see Psalm 43, which I posted yesterday]

But God will never be outdone, even when we are giving away our Catholic souls to the muslims.  God will come to our aid.  And that is why we need the passionate traditional Catholic beliefs and practices.  At least a few of Jesus’ followers are standing up strong for His Catholic Faith.  And our loving Catholic witness in our everyday life, speaks powerfully in a world filled with selfishness and hate.

Meanwhile we should be praying, sacrificing and sending money to help the Catholic refugees from muslim terrorism.  Especially offer your Holy Rosaries for the conversion of muslims and the spreading of the Catholic faith. [I do, every day.  Even if my devotion and attentiveness during prayer is not what it should be] Mary has always had a powerful hand in defeating the muslims and all evil. [Dang right!  And another sign of the weakness in the Church today was the replacement of the great Feast of Our Lady of Victory every October  with Our Lady of the Rosary.  I have a great devotion to the Rosary, but Our Lady is also a powerful intercessor in earthly Christian struggles against rampaging hordes of pagans and infidels of all stripes, especially muslims.  She has intervened to effect miraculous victories on numerous occasions.  And, in response to the overly pacifist tendency in Catholicism today, a complete misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Saint Francis, in particular, our God is the God of Armies!  That's what "God of Hosts" means, He is the God of Armies, earthly and angelic!  And He always intervenes to protect and bring victory to His souls, when they are faithful to Him!]

I’ll add this final consideration – does not soft, liberal katholycism, far from offering any opposition to islam and its effectiveness in bringing in many converts, some former Catholics, but does it not instead immensely aid islam in its continued growth and depredations?  Does not the pathetically soft response of so many Church leaders only help convince radical islamists that Christianity is weak and ripe for attack?  And for how long must we be told that the great mass of muslims are peaceful and kind and loving, just like the best Catholics, when they seem to offer absolutely no opposition to the radical elements at all (exactly the opposite from how “radical” traditional Catholics are treated), and in fact can be found, in much coverage of the ongoing atrocities, happily milling around and taking photos and videos while people are crucified, beheaded, raped, or shot?  Where is the movement of this “great mass” of muslims in opposition to the radicals?  They are nowhere to be found, because they are either too cowed to stand against them, or really don’t mind seeing Christian, shiites, and others, get what they “deserve.”

End post.  I was going to post a great writing by Saint Louis, King of France, but I have run out of time.  Tomorrow, God willing!  Dang work!

Remember, leftist dogma is that missile defense could never, ever, EVER work August 26, 2014

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In actuality, intercepting ballistic missiles, in spite their fantastic speed, is an exceedingly easy targeting solution.  Indeed, the US obtained skin on skin hits with the ancient Nike Zeus system, using a mechanically scanned radar, as far back as 1962.  The reason why the targeting solution is that a ballistic missile, once launched, follows an entirely predictable, parabolic arc, so that radar and computer systems working in concert can predict where that missile or warhead will be at any given moment with fantastic accuracy.  This does not deal with the matter of penetration aids, obviously, but as a basic technology, missile defense has never been terribly difficult, in spite of the speeds involved.

In many respects, these rickety short range missiles fired into Israel represent a more difficult targeting solution than do long range ICBMs, even if these short range missiles are much shorter ranged. But it is that shorter range that makes them difficult to intercept, short range means short flight time and less time for defenses to react.  Many of these short range missiles have a flight time of only 2 or 3 minutes.  In addition, because they are so flimsy, the often start falling apart in flight, providing a sort of penetration aid to target in the form of debris that can fool the radars into mistaking false targets for the real ones.  Flimsiness can also result in deviations from the ballistic flight path, which means accuracy is non-existent, but makes defense all the more difficult (Hamas doesn’t care how inaccurate their missiles are, so long as they land in Israel and kill Jews).

So it is not a mean feat when Iron Dome engaged and defeated fifteen Qassam rockets simultaneously – and from the same battery.  Boo yah!

Regarding some of that old missile defense technology, which they used to call ABM (anti-ballistic missile):

Something more recent – MRBMs have a range of about 1000 miles.  BTW, the Soviets, errr…..Russians, are now in violation of the 1987 INF treaty by testing the SS-26 ‘Stone’ medium range theater ballistic missile.

If I were President, I would wallpaper the country with these things.  Defense is inherently moral, offense much more problematic.

 

Pope Francis supports intervention to stop ISIS….. August 18, 2014

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…….but believes any such intervention should proceed through the UN, which……..Ah pbmit mah ton owff

I would just say the United Nations, as a venue for achieving conflict resolution, has, over its 7 decade history, shown itself to be amazingly ineffective and generally ordered to just accepting whatever the new status quo is after some people gets devastated by another.  They are then happy to sit down with the victors and perhaps admit them to the Security Council within a few years.

I exaggerate, but not much.

So make what you will of that, but in spite of some in the press saying Pope Francis strongly endorsed military intervention, and others saying he “punted,” here is what he actually said:

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The first paragraph is good, helpful Catholic just war theory.  It’s wonderful to stop an unjust aggression without using force, but often that is simply not possible. The kinds of groups/nations/whatever that would resort to an unjust aggression are not the kind that tend to listen to verbal reason. They only know one language, force.  The United States could fit into that category in many minds.

Second paragraph, perhaps, but I don’t think there have been too many colonial wars of conquest in the past century or so, at least with first world powers as the aggressors.  I think appealing to the US invasion of Iraq in 20033 as a war of conquest would be a pretty far reach, but I have no clear idea if that is what is being referred to.

Para 3 is a bit muddled and seems more like personal opinion – one could even interpret from the language that the nation or group suffering  unjust attack must wait a judgment from the UN that such attack is indeed unjust before responding!  There is nothing in Catholic just war doctrine that a nation under attack must achieve some kind of balance of world opinion or a majority vote declaring the depredations being committed against it unjust.  In the time it can take to achieve such a consensus many nations have been wiped out, so I find this more than just slightly strange.  But it is very consistent with a progressive world view.  I would agree the arguments seem directed against the US acting alone, but, once again, history has shown that by the time one can get the bloated, almost inevitably corrupt UN to act, it is very often far too late to do anything but evacuate the few survivors and pick up bodies from the rubble.

This is another transcript of a famous airplane interview, so who knows.  I think it important to note this is not a doctrinal document.  I’ll admit to being torn on this matter of US intervention, I am scandalized and sorrowful by the ongoing atrocities in the Mideast against Christians (and others) and want it to end now, and I know there is not really another nation that can do any intervening with the level of effect the US can achieve, even alone, but I am pretty reticent to see another Mideast conflict involving the US, especially with the current leadership.  I do not have much confidence any real long term results can be achieved; at most, I can see perhaps a temporary reduction if not elimination of the suffering.

I do get the sense from the statement above, with the usual caveats for “translation errors” and all that, that Pope Francis is torn himself.  There is reality, and then there is the great ecumenical/interreligious project, and the two don’t always align very nicely.

Nevertheless, I pray these words hearten the suffering Iraqi and Syrian Catholics and encourage them to resist this horrific onslaught with whatever means they can find, and with whatever help is given them.  I pray this ISIS nightmare be utterly crushed and returned to the pit from whence it came.

 

 

For newchurch, Lutherans, Baptists, Islam (anything?) better than the SSPX August 18, 2014

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I wrote a rather strongly worded post last week in which I stated my rather firm belief that the postconciliar Church is a radical new construct implacably hostile to the “bad, old church.”   Another data point in that direction emerged recently from Pittsburgh, where, via CMR, the diocese appears ready to sell a parish it can no longer afford to anyone so long as they are not those damnable schismatics in the SSPX:

By fall of 2013, as the diocese was laying off employees due to a $2.3M deficit in their budget, the price of St. Michael’s had dropped down to $150,000 despite the readiness of our checkbook. At that time a local reporter contacted the diocese about the sale of St. Michael’s and asked why the diocese had previously sold churches to the Lutherans and Baptists while they would not sell to the SSPX. The response that was posted in the newspaper was, “those groups [Lutherans and Baptists] are not schismatic in the eyes of the Church.” What a losing battle this was! There was no use trying to reason with the diocese. It became clear that they might sell this church for Protestant “worship” or to a developer for making apartments, but not to a group that would use it according the purpose for which it was built—the Mass of All Time and the perennial teaching and sacraments of the Church.

Patrick Archbold notes that the SSPX agrees with far more of the sainted Council than does any lutheran or baptist.  That may or may not be true, as there are heretic baptists and lutherans as much as their are Catholics, the lutherans in particular having gone pretty heavy into sexular pagan indifferentism, but I get the point.  There is a special enmity reserved for the Society, as they are the living embodiment of what newchurch absolutely cannot countenance, which is the way things were.  It is interesting to note how much tolerance there is in the postconciliar Church for every kind of error, novelty, destructive trend, etc., imaginable, save for that most hated of enemies, the pre-conciliar religion.

None of the above is to say that there are not legitimate concerns over the SSPX and their conduct in given locales at times, but the same could be said of any organ within the Church.  Jesuits used to be known as heavy-handed and possessed of a superiority complex, too.  It might seem difficult for diocesan administration to consider allowing such a transfer of Church property, but the willingness to sell to destructive heretics over alleged schismatics (the schism being far from clear, especially officially, and even more especially since 2007) is, I think, more than just a bit revealing.

So is the willingness to turn down good money when it comes from just one particular organization, but should an even more problematic organization from within the Church, like some group of heretic female religious offer to buy the place, I would imagine the diocese would find a way to make it happen.  And what if the Orthodox desired to buy the parish?  Are they not schismatic “in the eyes of the Church?”  But do you think a very public row would be allowed to play out against our “ecumenical partners?”

So we see, once again, that there is an unfathomable animosity against the terrible old pre-conciliar Church and its supporters, once again.  Yes there are legitimate problems with the SSPX, but the above smacks more than just a little bit of a huge double standard.

85 yo Assyrian takes up arms to defend his people August 14, 2014

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I don’t know if he’s Catholic or not, but he has a Christian name: Moses George.  Could be Assyrian Orthodox, I guess.

An 85 yo Assyrian man has had enough of muslims tormenting and killing his people and is ready to fight.  Thanks to reader D for sending this in:

85-year old Moshi Gewargis (Moses George), an Assyrian resident of Dohuk, has armed himself and volunteered to defend his town from the Islamic State. Three days ago he told his son he wanted to go to Mosul and fight to protect the Assyrians. In 2003, after the fall of regime, he joined in the effort to liberate Tel Kepe and was armed and drove in to help the local Assyrians. Mr. Gewargis has 10 children and 40 grandchildren. [That's my kind of man. 10 kids, knows how to use a gun, has fought before.....greatness.  And maybe the most epic mustache ever]

“I will proudly remain here and not leave,” he told one of his sons who lives in Chicago.

The question of arming the Assyrian Christians is now at the forefront, as they are not being protected by Iraqi or Kurdish security forces. On August 7 as ISIS advanced into the Nineveh Plain the Kurdish and Iraqi forces withdrew, leaving the area unprotected, which caused the flight of 200,000 Assyrians to the north and to the East.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako issued a statement on August 10 expressing disappointment at President Obama for appearing to commit only to the protection of Arbel, saying “The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain.”

Assyrian leaders throughout the world are now calling for arming the Assyrians, as they are the only ones that can protect themselves against ISIS.

That last bit is key.  The Kurds are mostly concerned about defending their own people and territory.  They do not have much excess force to extend there area of control into the Christian dominated Nineveh plain, nor do they have much interest in doing so.   They did so before mostly to keep ISIS away from Kurdistan.  They are pretty hard pressed doing even that, now, so if the Christians are going to be helped, they’re going to have to help themselves.

But they need the tools to do so.  I know it is always a risk to put capable weapons into the hands of irregular forces, but dire times call for expedient measures.  At least give these people a chance.  I understand end user certificates, always a dubious means of controlling who ends up using a supply of weapons, are being waived already in arming the Kurds.  If that’s the case, there is no reason not to arm the Assyrians, as well.  It’s going to take more than AKs and side arms.  It’s going to take some heavier weaponry.

Please continue praying.  It is making a difference.

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Evidence of previous Arab (and Kurdish!) atrocities against Assyrians in 1933.  The Kurds are not great friends of the Christians in the area:

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Catholic religious attacked in the Netherlands…….. August 14, 2014

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…….for wearing a T-shirt demonstrating solidarity with the persecuted Catholics in Iraq.  This shirt, here:

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Amazing……I think Rorate started that meme.  The report via Tancred below:

 A Catholic seminary student from Colombia has been threatened and spat upon in Utrecht by radical Muslims: Brother Jaider Chantré Sanchez who upon just leaving  church on the weekend, while walking alone through the park when two Muslims began to pursue him, cursing and spitting . They are supposed to have shouted, “We will  kill all of you Christians.”  [Anti-semitism among muslims and many European leftists is becoming an epidemic.  During the most recent war against Gaza, there have been many ugly demonstrations directed against Jews and attacks on synagogues.  Much of that hatred can easily be redirected towards Christians, and likely will.  The Nazis killed nearly as many Catholics as they did Jews, after all]
“I was so scared. It is the first time something like  that’s happened to me,”    Chantré Sannchez recently explained in the newspaper “De Telegraaf “. “I was told in Colombia, the Netherlands is a tolerant country. But this does not seem to be so,” continued the student, who was able to escape. [Oh, they are very tolerant, provided you do and think exactly what they want all the time]  The attackers had apparently been traveling to an anti-Israel demonstration.  Yet Sanchez believes he has an explanation as to why they had become so aggressive, however, with this explanation: “I wore a T-shirt with the logo Nasrani. This is used by the IS-terrorist group in Iraq to mark houses of Christians. Many Christians wear those shirts now in solidarity with their fellow Muslims in Iraq. The logo must have seemed to the two Muslims like a red flag.”
I guess that would make the muslims the bull.  Europe’s vaunted “tolerance” is a thin veneer built on indifference and hypocrisy.  And as Europe becomes more and more islamic, that tolerance will rapidly go the way of the dodo and be replaced by something much uglier.  The thing about leftists is, there are only a few really committed, die hard types.  Most people go along with leftism because it is what the media and educational system tell them to believe, but they aren’t really convicted.  They are just as happy glomming on to whatever seems to be the strongest horse.  Just as most Germans were not convicted Nazis, but eagerly participated in assisting and upholding the regime once in place, and most Russians were not communists but quickly adapted to that regime, as well.
I will not be surprised at all if it becomes very difficult to be a Catholic in Europe very soon.  And after Europe, the Americas.

 

 

Invoke Saint Clare for the defense of Christians! August 13, 2014

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As good Father Peter Carota notes, on two separate occasions St. Clare of Assisi, foundress of the feminine branch of the Franciscans, stopped download (4)armies through her intervention.  What Fr. Carota does not note, is that in the first case, the army of Frederick II seeking to sack Assisi was made up largely of muslim, or saracen, mercenaries.  Such a great affront against Christendom, to use the infidel dogs against his religious brethren. But then again, Frederick II was always a haughty atheist apostate (a prototype of the modern sexular pagan left, which is why he is so beloved by them) and was excommunicate at the time:

One of the greatest miracles know about St. Clare was when the army of Frederick II, in 1234, began to invade Assisi and even had ladders up to the windows of the sisters convent.  The whole community was in great fear.   But St. Clare, calmly rose from her sick bed, took the ciborium from the chapel, and proceeded to face the invaders through an open window.  As she raised up the Blessed Sacrament, the soldiers, who were about to enter their monastery, became confused like and left the sisters and Assisi alone.

Again, later on, General Vitale di Aversa began another offensive against Assisi.  St.Clare gathered her community around her and they knelt in prayer that Assisi might be spared. Instantly, a powerful storm arose that tore up and scattered all the soldiers tents.  They began to panic and quickly departed in great fear.  The people of Assisi knew that it was St. Clare, and her sisters prayers, that had saved them again.

As St. Francis had the joy of seeing his order spread all over Europe, St. Clare also was able to see many Poor Clare convents open up all over Europe in her own lifetime…..

Father Carota also notes some similarities between Saint Clare and traditional Catholics:

St. Clare had two very important goals in her life.  It “was to bring about a restoration of discipline in the Church, and of morals and civilization in the peoples of Western Europe”  These two goals are also what we traditional Catholics have in common with her.  We want to see:

1) The restoring of the Catholic Church back to Jesus’ Biblical teachings.

2)  Return to the 2000 year old Catholic Traditions.

3) Return of the sacred Catholic Rites, like the Latin Mass and all other Latin Sacraments.

4) The use of the traditional blessings of Holy Water and other sacred objects.

5) Society subjected to Jesus’ Rule and Laws.

6) The restitution of the indissolubility of the Sacrament of Marriage, (only between a man and a woman).

But I’d really like to see some Iraqi daughter of Clare stop the islamic hordes with a brave display of the Blessed Sacrament!  And Clare was deathly483px-HeiligenkreuzStClare ill at the time!

Yesterday was of course that great Saint’s Feast day. Speaking of lost ars traditionis, check out how Bishop Hugolin of Ostia addressed her in a letter:

To his very dear Sister in Jesus Christ , to his mother the Lady Clare, handmaid of Christ, Hugolin of Ostia, unworthy bishop and sinner.  Ever since the hour when I had to deprive myself of your holy conversation, to snatch myself from that heavenly joy, such bitterness of heart causes my tears to flow, that if I did not find at the feet of Jesus the consolation which His love never refuses, my mind would fail and my soul would melt away.  Where is the glorious joy of that Easter spent in your company and that of the other handmaids of Christ?  I knoew that i was a sinner; but at the remembrance of your supereminent virtue, my misery overpowers me, and I believe myself unworthy ever to enjoy again that converation of the Saints, unless your tears and prayers obtain pardon for my sins.  I put my souls, then, into your hands; to you I entrust my mind, that you may answer for me on the day of judgment……..

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Would that we had frequent witness to such holy and edifying correspondence from our bishops today!  What complete focus on Christ, what acknowledgement of our unworthiness, what great example of humility and piety!  Oh Lord, give us such men as Hugolin of Ostia again!  And we pray raise up great Saints like Clare of Assisi to give us great example of purity, holiness, piety, strength, and succor in these times of trial!  May Saint Clare intercede for persecuted Catholics everywhere, but especially in the Mideast, and use her great intercessory power to stop the terrible sufferings, and make those sufferings endured thus efficacious of great Grace!

May all the souls lost in this horrible persecution be saved through their martyrdom and Saint Clare’s intercession!

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Lord please let it stop – cataloging a few ISIS atrocities August 13, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare, unadulterated evil.
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EXTREME GRAPHIC MATERIAL WARNING!  KIDS TURN AWAY NOW!  

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SENSITIVE SOULS SKIP THIS POST!  YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE!!

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EXTREMELY GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF HORRIFIC EVIL BELOW.

READER DISCRETION MOST HEAVILY ADVISED!!!!!!

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Some of the photos below have appeared on a few Catholic sites.  But I felt they should be made available in order to catalog the depths of the evil we as Catholics are dealing with in the ongoing effort to depopulate the entire Mideast (eventually, you know it is coming to that) of Christians.  Some may disagree with posting these.  Some will appreciate it.  For others, it may be old news.

Please Lord let someone stop this evil.  I don’t know if there is anyone else with the ability and the will to do so. Most European nations can’t even deploy a battalion for more than token “peacekeeping.”  I still don’t favor US boots on the ground, but when I see the below, I have no problem arming the Kurds and Christians to the teeth and giving them air support and intelligence.

Pictures below are a mix from Iraq and Syria.  Of course I am equally concerned with what happens to Christians in both countries, and in other countries, as well as the other persecuted peoples, which is basically everyone save for the most insanely jihadist radical wahhabists.  The most backwards, idiotic, demonic, tribal bedoin form of islam from the depths of the Arabian peninsula is rapidly becoming the “elite” form of islam.  Amazing.

Maybe an answer is to bomb the Saudi and Qatari oil terminals.  They are ultimately behind all this with their $$. Pics are thumbnails for obvious reasons.  It was the last two that ripped my gut out.

LAST WARNING YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE THIS!

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Dead Yazidi children being carried to burial

ISIS pointing guns at Syrian infant

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In the last, that is ostensibly the girl’s father.  What crime could a 2 year old possibly commit to deserve beheading?  Not being a wahhabist muslim.  Now we know why the Spanish, in the Reconquista, called them infidel dogs.

There are other, even worse photos (and videos) out there.  All from the past year or two.  And these crimes are also frequently perpetrated within wahabbist regions themselves, against their own people – typically women and girls.  Genital mutilation, dousing faces with acid, poking out eyes, cutting off noses, ears, and tongues, sometimes all at the same time, are frequently enacted as revenge by muslim “men” upon their women due to some perceived slight.

I made a mistake recently, saying that these atrocities are unprecedented. It would be nice to be able to say that, but that would be untrue.  As a matter of fact, from the muslim genocide against the Armenians in 1915 to the anti-Christian pogroms in Nigeria, Sudan, and all over the Mideast, muslim persecution of Christians has been a constant fact of Christian existence in the Mideast from the inception of this wicked and perverse religion.  Islam is the antithesis of Christianity, it is cruelty and bloodshed and lust and perversity and backwardness all rolled up in one.  And yet somehow, we are called to forgive these people.  Not an easy task.

This is a scourge that must be stopped.  Lord, grant peace and your sanctifying Grace to the victims of this hellish persecution.  Lord, grant unity and strength to Your Church, and especially to those entrusted with those high offices of such great import.  Lord, guide the afflicted souls through this nightmare with Your constant aid and Grace.  And give wisdom, prudence, and strength of  conviction to the secular world’s leaders to deal with this existential threat to all that is good and holy in a decisive way.

I would opine that any single one of those photos above would be sufficient to immediately terminate all “dialogue” with this religion until it begins to exercise at least a little bit of self-discipline.  From what the world can tell, the radicals are utterly in charge and any “moderate” muslims are either too cowed or too ineffectual to do anything to even slightly hinder them, let alone stop these barbarities.

Pro-life prayer vigil outside the new Planned Barrenhood mill in South Dallas Sat Aug 16 August 12, 2014

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There will be a major pro-life prayer vigil, apparently interfaith, outside the new Planned Barrenhood mega-mill set to open soon in South Dallas.  Banned Parenthood is opening this new facility so they can continue to perform abortions, ostensibly in conformance with last year’s HB2, which made minimum health and safety requirements for abortion mills mandatory.  All other mills in Dallas, it is my understanding, will be closing Aug 31, since the law goes into effect Sept 1 (save for Curtis Boyd’s abattoir).

The vigil starts at 10a, so it probably won’t be much above 95 at that point.  Comparatively temperate.  The mill is at 7989 West Virginia Dr in Dallas near Methodist Hospital (I certainly hope Methodist didn’t give privileges to the abortionists.  My brother works there).

There will also be an “informational meeting” at Christ for the Nations conference center at 350 W. Kiest in Dallas at 11:30.  There will be a former Planned Parenthood employee laying down the evils of that organization, as if my readers needed any more evidence.  I’ll be skipping that.  But we may try to go to the morning vigil.

All info here—–>>>>> South_Dallas_Vigil_8-16-14

Interesting that Texas Alliance for Life is involved.  They have been controversial with some pro-lifers in some of their stances.

 

Does the situation in Iraq call for US military intervention? August 12, 2014

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CatholicVote sent out an e-mail this morning that seems to argue for US military intervention in Iraq.  I assume they mean over and above the rather piddling response made thus far in the form of a few very limited airstrikes.

I’ve sort of brought up the subject before on my blog, but I thought I would address the topic directly – is this ongoing genocide in Iraq, largely the result of previous, disastrous US policy decisions, rise to the level of demanding some significant response from the United States and other Western nations?   That the ongoing crisis is a direct result of US actions is, I think, unarguable.  From the initial and badly mistaken decision to invade in 2003, to the public revocation of support for most of the ante bellum political leadership of the Mideast giving rise to the “Arab Spring,” (which spring has in reality been a cold winter of islamic hate and radicalism from Tunisia to Iran), to this administration siding with the rebels in Syria and even arming them, no matter how radical they were, and then the precipitous and completely self-serving decision by Obama to pull all troops out of Iraq, which left that false, cobbled together “nation” tottering on the brink of calamity…..the stage was set pretty well by the US, Britain, and the West generally for this unspeakable agony.

Pope Francis has now weighed in more forcefully (if belatedly) against this genocide, and key figures in the Curia seem to be saying that this genocide is a situation that calls for military intervention:

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, who serves as the Pope Francis’ ambassador to Baghdad, told Vatican radio that American strikes are “something that had to be done, otherwise [ISIS] could not be stopped.”

Additionally, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, told Vatican Radio that “military action in this moment is probably necessary.”

so over 100,000 Christians have fled their homeland “horrified and panicked” with “nothing but the clothes on their backs,” said Patriarch Louis Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Patriarch Sako appealed to Western nations to intervene:

“To summarize the situation of the Christian villages around Mosul up to the borders of Kurdistan Region: the churches are deserted and desecrated; five bishops are out of their bishoprics, the priests and nuns left their missions and institutions leaving everything behind, the families have fled with their children abandoning everything else! The level of disaster is extreme.

“The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain.”

Having said that, a gravely imprudent decision to go to war – a war Pope Saint John Paul II and his successor both decried repeatedly as unnecessary and unjust – set this tragedy in motion.  The pre-war population of 2,000,000 Chaldean Catholics in Iraq has already been cut in more than half through death and flight, and the 800,000 or so who remain are suffering mightily.  Even if military intervention is justified (as it certainly seems to be), and prudent and necessary, I’m not certain I see a way to get out.  Where will it end?  There seems to be an endless stream of young  muslims ready to take up the black flag of jihad and spread murder and mayhem everywhere they can.

And, as a commenter already noted in another post, this nation really cannot afford another military adventure, no matter how well justified.  I hate to weigh human lives against dollars, but the fact remains this nation has been living beyond its means for decades, and every additional $100 billion (or whatever) seems to doom it even further.

So I’m really torn.  While I can see that a vigorous military response could likely gravely wound ISIS and drive them away from Christian areas, easing the pressure on not just Catholics but everyone who is not a crazed jihadist, I fear that this will only perpetuate the seemingly endless cycle of violence in the area. I don’t see any clear way to extricate military force once involved.  Airstrikes are not terribly costly and may help reduce the greatest pressure, but it won’t win back any of the Christian cities in the Nineveh plain lost to ISIS.  Air power will at best be only a slight remedy.  Maybe there is merit in distributing a whole bunch of arms to the area and training locals to use them- not just Kurds, but Christians, as well.  Apparently Qaraqosh was successfully defended several times by Peshmerga and Catholics when ISIS attacked with small arms, but when they brought in heavy artillery (taken from the cowardly Iraqi Army), there was no defense, so they had to flee.

I have spoken at times of the idea of opening up refugee status to allow these persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and other locales to enter the US.  That argument has mostly been made as a riposte to US bishops who seem only concerned about continuing to flood the US with Hispanic Catholics, and to point out the hypocrisy of their stance.  But I don’t want to see the Mideast de-populated of Christians.  That’s our home!  Christians were there long before Mohammad was born, and I pray there will be tens of millions in the Mideast long after islam is just a global bad memory.  So I don’t see a mass flight as a really good response, either, even if I think we Catholics should be pretty open to the idea in individual Saint_James_Moorslayer_museo_pedro_osmacases.

I guess what I’m struggling with is that this seems about as good a case for military intervention as one is likely to get, and yet I’m still pretty divided.  For me, I don’t think the cost factor even enters in.  These are dying people, and not just people but our brothers in the Faith, in our ancestral home, if you will……they deserve our support.  Where I get hung up is, ok, once we help them out, then what?

At this point I’m really just down to prayer as the only universally effective tool we have to deal with this crisis.  The US bishops have asked all Catholics to make this Sunday, August 17 a day of prayer for the persecuted Christians in the Mideast, and I think that’s a good idea, at least for a start.  I pray Our merciful God, the God of armies, will stop this nightmare in its tracks and perform some glorious miracle such as occurred when Saint James, Matamoros, took the field at the Battle of Clavijo in 844.  Ultimately, if the muslims insist on endless war, the Christians of the area are either going to have to find some way to stop the invading hordes, or give the area up, which I would truly hate to see.  I pray God may protect them and have mercy on them, and work a  miracle of conversion on their tormentors.

I’m open to hear your impressions.  It is quite a change for me to be a quasi-peacenik, I was a full bore interventionist back 11 years ago.  I could get somewhat behind military intervention, but I am not terribly hopeful it will really result in long-term peace for the afflicted.

I do know one thing, this debacle is an object lesson in hubris, and not listening to the Vicar of Christ.  Perhaps something to ponder there for all of us.

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