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Cardinal O’Malley’s troublesome 60 Minutes interview November 19, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD, the return.
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Cardinal Sean, as he likes to be called, was interviewed by the progressive political organization “60 Minutes” recently and the interview was broadcast Sunday night.  I know my opinion regarding Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO diverges from some readers but I was pretty disgusted to see him thrown under the bus by Cardinal O’Malley Sean. I could not tell who to be more incensed by, the interviewer for constantly asking questions with a decisively left-wing slant, or Cardinal O’Malley Sean for willingly playing her game and failing to give a vigorous defense of the Church and his brother bishop, who to my mind was very much railroaded by a highly antagonistic political-media establishment that was seriously peeved by Bishop Finn’s orthodoxy.  Suffice it to say, it is quite ludicrous to pick on him for a comparatively very minor crime when men like Cardinals Mahony Roger and Daneels Gottfried are still in full public ministry (yes Mahony is “retired” but he is very far from inactive in LA and still exercises great influence there) even though their cover-ups were orders of magnitude worse and in the case of Daneels still ongoing.  I guess the red hat does have its privileges, provided one is of the correct ideological orientation?

By the way, I’m not going to give CBS a bunch of clicks, if you want to watch the whole interview (I recommend not having eaten for at least an hour or two before doing so) find it yo dang self, but this preview below contains some of the more egregious elements:

Did you like how she spun the Vatican investigation of women’s religious in the US?  Poor persecuted sweet little leftist sisters!  No, the investigation had nothing to do with repeated statements from LCWR leadership that they were “post-Catholic” and even “beyond Jesus,” it had nothing to do with the fact that virtually every single one of their orders, which they inherited in full fruit of vibrancy, will be gone within 10 or 20 years due to absolute lack of vocations, it has nothing to do with all the moral and theological error they promote and instill in vulnerable minds, no, it was all about the fact that they did not oppose abortion enough (quite the contrary, they support it, and with vigor!).  What a travesty of a presentation.  Unfortunately, Cardinal O’Malley gave a very poor response, even calling the apostolic investigation of these dying, anti-Catholic religious (are they still really Catholic religious?) a “disaster.”  What a way to treat the man who made him Cardinal and gave him such a platform. See how quickly these will o’ the wisp bishops will turn when the wind blows a different direction!

I will say that the newsreader’s attempts to spin the opposition to sodomite boy abuse in the Church as an invention of Pope Francis are simply disgusting.  Repeatedly in the narration of the interview, the left-wing newsreader tries to make this false portrayal, but then I ask: who rehabilitated and returned to power the exceedingly corrupt Cardinal Sodano, a man heavily on the payroll of the disgraced Father Maciel and who had been sacked by Pope Benedict?  In fact, who has returned many such individuals to positions of power and authority?  Who invited the aforementioned Cardinal Daneels to help preside over the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, of all things!, even though Cardinal Daneels is still actively involved in the cover-up of his own crimes and those of several of his proteges?  But the newsreader can get away with such injustices because 99 1/2% of all Catholics, let alone those outside the Church, have no idea of the truth of such matters.  In truth, no Pope to date has done more to combat the clergy boy rape scandal and the cover-ups by bishops than Pope Benedict.  While some bishops are under investigation now, given how some others (like Daneels) are given important new sinecures and all those under investigation are of a more orthodox bent, the “crackdown” appears to many to look more like an ideological witch-hunt than a real attempt to curb priest sex abuse of minors.

There was of course also an obligatory segment on the USCCB’s stand regarding unconstrained immigration from predominately Hispanic countries.  Only visible on the CBS site, you can witness Cardinal Sean distribute the Blessed Sacrament through a border fence in Nogales, Arizona with great showmanship.

I should say in Cardinal O’Malley’s defense who knows how 60 Minutes butchered his quotes?  They are notorious for doing so and have faced a number of lawsuits in the past for dramatically misrepresenting the statements of those they interview.  I couldn’t even watch the whole thing, it literally did turn my stomach.

I’m sorry to pick on this name calling thing but even if you don’t have enough respect for yourself to be called Cardinal O’Malley, preferring instead to approach the many sheep of his flock like a kindergarten teacher, one would like to think that the office would demand avoiding such cheap and false demonstrations of approachability.  In truth much of the present leadership of the Church is very far from kind, warm, and approachable and are some of the worst clericalists the Church has been afflicted with.

It saddens me, but given the name dropping of Bishop Finn  in the interview I am sure he is finished in Kansas City. Apparently there is a new standard in the Church, more orthodox bishops are liable to be sacked over even relatively small failings, while progressive bishops can continue getting away with what they have always gotten away with.  It helps to have friends in high places.

 

More data on the collapse of the Church in Latin America November 18, 2014

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Probably most of my readers, if not all, read Rorate Caeli, but there was some very disheartening material posted there recently regarding the continuing collapse of the Church in Latin America.  As Rorate notes, this collapse cannot be blamed on ongoing secularization nearly to the degree that it can be in the “advanced” nations of North American and Europe.  The Church in Latin American was, in 1970, quite strong, cohesive, and going through (perhaps concluding is a better word) a period of great renewal that started well before the Council.  But ever since the mid-70s the Church in Latin America has been in free-fall on a scale that outpaces even the collapse of the Faith in some Western European countries.  There hasn’t been a period since the protestant revolt when so many have fallen away so fast in a given region.

Another difference between the secularization of countries like Canada, France, Germany, Spain, etc., and the Latin American countries, is that, for the most part, in the former countries people have tended to fall out of religious practice entirely, they have become atheist or agnostic.  In the Latin American countries, religious practice remains very strong, but a huge portion of the Church has found the “product,” if you will, so lacking in the post-conciliar environment that they have sought spiritual sustenance even in the separated and heretical sects. And as the data shows, they have done so in great numbers, tens of millions, over the past 4 decades:

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I have to look no farther than my own backyard to see witness of this phenomenon.  In my home zip code, the population is something like 70% Hispanic, many recent immigrants.  There is only one Catholic parish to serve both this and several other zip codes containing tens of thousands of Hispanic families, while one literally cannot drive a block without finding some Hispanic-oriented evangelical sect, many small, but some quite large, serving tens of thousands of former Catholics.  It breaks my heart to have to see this every day.  And my observation over the past year-plus is that this trend is accelerating dramatically, with new evangelical sects popping up almost weekly.

Even more devastating is the deep anti-Catholicism many of these former Catholic souls have imbibed.  There is a little restaurant I frequent on occasion, and the owners are recent Hispanic immigrants who are now evangelical. They were quite warm to me when they saw me reading my Bible in their restaurant, but when they found I was still Catholic they became less so.  Even more, there is anti-Catholic propaganda in their restaurant, not obvious, but there.  I have tried to engage with the owners but due to my poor Spanish speaking skills (especially when it comes to technical topics – I read much better than I speak) and their self-assured hostility, I have made precious little progress. When souls make a conscious choice to reject the Faith they were raised in, it is very rare for them to return. Please pray for these and millions of other souls falling away from the Church like snowflakes.

It is easy for the scale of this tragedy to get lost in the cold reality of numbers.  Each one of these souls falling away from the Church is an incalculable loss both to the souls themselves and to the Mystical Body of Christ. What we are witnessing is a tragedy that is beyond human reckoning, but with widespread erroneous understandings of notions like “ecumenism” and “universal salvation” even at the highest levels of the Church, there is little sense of crisis in response to data like this. To the extent many in the Church are concerned about this ongoing hemorrhaging of souls, the concern is only worldly: what will this mean for Church income, what will this mean for parish closures, how will we run a Church without priests?  There is little or no sense of urgency in dealing with this crisis: quite the opposite, so many in the Church and especially the hierarchy seem to be doing all they can to exacerbate the crisis?

These souls are falling away, by and large, because they felt spiritually starved. I know a good number of former Catholics who left for the exact same reason.  All the changes being discussed – Communion for adulterers, the gifts of sodomites, institutionalizing the travesty of US-style annulment mills, etc., etc. – none of this will attract souls back to the Faith.  The opposite is actually true, and I’ve seen comments all over the web to confirm this: souls already outside the Church or leading sinful/heretical lives will only feel confirmed in their errors by all these destructive novelties, and, even more, they feel that a Church that can be so wrong on so much for so long has nothing to offer them.

That is the true tale of the Church in Latin America over the past four decades: a Church without substance feeding worldly pablum to starving souls who then depart en masse.  This is so contrary to how the Church conducted Herself for centuries it is simply staggering.  The last five decades have proven, without doubt in my mind, that this “openness” to the world is destructive of the Faith and the good of souls.  The case of the Church in Latin America is a very strong argument that the collapse in the Faith is not something that just happened to the Church, but is a result of the deliberate direction the Church has taken.

The Dark Side of Martin Luther November 14, 2014

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There is a long post at Shameless Popery regarding Luther and his rather substantial dark side.  It is a very long post and a bit difficult to excerpt, but for weekend reading I think you would be most edified to read the whole thing.  A quote a bit from the intro and conclusion, do go read the whole thing, as Pope Leo XIII and many good priests have argued, protestantism loosed errors on the world that have caused the downfall of Christendom and led directly to the anti-Christian, liberal, amoral culture in which we are awash today.  He also provides powerful argumentation that the mass murder machine known as National Socialism and the German embrace of the same was deeply rooted in Luther’s hatred of the Jews and his penchant for absolute obedience to state authority (but forget the Church authority!) almost to the point of religious reverence (another Nazi characteristic, deification of government leaders):

There’s a popular Luther narrative that plays out a little like Star Wars. A humble son of the Church rises up to overthrow the Dark Side, the Evil Empire, the Roman Catholic Church, all while cominfg to see his true identity. We love an underdog story, so it’s easy to root for Luther. And this narrative is an important one, both for Protestants (to show why the Reformation was “necessary”) and atheists (to show why Catholicism/Christianity/fundamentalism/religion is dangerous and evil).

But no matter how attractive it may be, this Luther narrative is a fundamentally false one. It relies on two sets of falsehoods: (1) distortions and exaggerations of the evils done on the Catholic side; and (2) a whitewashing of the real history of Luther and the early Protestants. I’ve addressed (1) before, and I’d like to address (2) head-on today.

The real-life Luther was a man passionately convicted of his own rightness, so convinced that he thought anyone who disagreed with him was either ignorant, stupid, or evil. It was this overconfidence that I would suggest is the root behind some of the shockingly evil things he advocated. I’m going to lay them out here, letting them speak for themselves, before considering the implications of these facts…….

[Follows an analysis of some of Luther’s most egregious evils, calling for the most violent and repressive measures against those who took him at his word and started interpreting Scripture privately, which soon led to cultural chaos and armed uprisings in much of Germany. Very worth a read.  Mind, this post only discusses Luther’s more publicly deplorable acts, and skips the many private vices of the man]

……I mentioned before that Luther was so passionately convinced of his own rightness that he thought his opponents must necessarily be ignorant, stupid, or evil. This is the spirit consistently animating Luther’s writings. When he’s writing to someone who agrees with him, or who he thinks will agree with him, we get Dr. Jekyll. When he realizes that the other person actuallythinks he’s wrong, Mr. Hyde appears. We see it from the first with his writings to the papacy, sweetly promising to obey whatever the pope should decide, and then denouncing him as the Antichrist when the pope doesn’t decide in his favor.

We see that play out time and again in the above passages: he’s convinced that the Christian rulers who disagree with him secretly know the truth about the “Gospel,” but just refuse to acknowledge it. He’s gentle to the peasants until he realizes that they’re not listening to them; then he calls for their mass slaughter. Likewise, he defends the Jews, when he thinks that they’re open to hearing his version of the Gospel; when he fails, he calls for their destruction, as well.

This has all the marks of the sin of pride, the sin said to have caused the fall of Lucifer. And none of us, regardless of Church affiliation, are immune from these temptations. It’s so easy to fall into a mindset where your political or religious opponents are idiots or monsters. Let Luther’s life be a cautionary tale in that regard.

[I regard the below as really key, and as a former protestant I attest to its veracity]

When Catholics point out that several of Luther’s early writings sound pretty Catholic, the standard Protestant response (and a quite reasonable one, I might add), is that Luther wasn’t completely reformed yet. Even after he went into schism, he spent another quarter-century slowly divesting himself of his Catholic beliefs. But what’s remarkable is that, as Luther became less and less Catholic, he became less and less Christian. [Dang right]

Compare the before-and-after you see above to see what I mean. There are countless other examples that point in the same direction, too. For example, Hosanna Lutheran Church notes that Luther’s language in Against the Papacy at Rome Founded by the Devil, written in 1545 (a year before his death), was “the most vehement and vulgar Luther ever wrote. To accompany it Luther commissioned a series of political cartoons by Lucas Cranach defaming the pope and Rome.”

The man praised for taking a bold stand for freedom of conscience was positively bloodthirsty towards those whose consciences disagreed with his own. And he became crueler and more bloodthirsty, the longer he spent away from the Church. [Well like all protestant revolutionaries, “private interpretation” quickly came to mean “MY interpretation.”  And anyone who opposed Luther’s, or Zwingli’s, or especially Calvin’s interpretation was a damnable heretic and must be put to death.  Within three years of Luther posting his false “theses” protestantism had already splintered into myriad groups, mutually antagonistic and all claiming to be right, only joined together in confederations of convenience by hatred of the Church founded by Jesus Christ]

[Killer conclusion:] This is one of the most important questions that I think we can take away from this: do we have any reason to conclude from the evidence that Martin Luther was a Saint?
Within the same year, 1525, he both cautiously encouraged the peasant’s revolt as possibly of God, and called for everyone involved in the revolt to be killed, saying that they were all going to hell. Does that sound like someone being led by the Holy Spirit, or like those that St. Paul warns (Eph. 4:14) are “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the cunning of men, by their craftiness in deceitful wiles”?
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Great post. Do go read the rest. Thanks to reader skeinster for the linka.
I must quickly add this note: Lutherans spent a century after Luther’s death reforming his untenable and unChristian doctrines into something much more palatable to reasonable men.  In so doing, they walked back much closer to Catholicism.  However, they stubbornly maintain at least a tacit attachment to all of Luther’s main errors, including private interpretation and justification by Faith alone. I note that the lead agent for the disastrous “Joint Declaration on Justification” between the Church and a German Lutheran synod was none other the Kasper the Klown Kardinal himself.

 

Diocese of Dallas training video: “Two greatest Commandments love of self and love of neighbor” November 13, 2014

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Somehow, God got left out of the picture.  If I could reduce the past 50 years of the Church’s history into one brief sentence, that would be it.

I put up a post yesterday asking locals for their appraisal of religious formation in the Diocese of Dallas.  There have been some good responses, you should go read them if you have not, but I received another one, offline.  It had to do with Safe Environment training.

Now, I will state straight up, I have enormous problems with Catholic Safe Environment training in both concept and execution.  The Dallas Policy and the training it mandates basically takes a disaster caused by men manifestly unfit for the priesthood (and in most cases, this was obvious from their earliest seminary days) and makes complete innocents victims of their crimes.  This victimhood applies to both the adults and children who are forced into these programs.  Adults are victims because they are incurring the penalty, if you will, for crimes committed by others, and children because they are exposed to materials what are often not just inappropriate but potentially very damaging.  But Safe Environment is just one aspect of the collective bishops’ response to the boy-rape scandal that seeks at all turns to minimize the culpability of the episcopate for their own actions.  It is a training program forced on all that assumes all are potential abusers in order to meet a certain legal strategy and reduce their potential future liability.

There has been much ink spilled already about the problems with the Safe Environment training directed at children, which many feel introduces topics and ideas inappropriate for many age groups.  The adult training generally gets less visibility and fewer complaints.  But I happened to be informed of an egregious faux pas – at least I sure hope it was – in a Safe Environment video for adults produced by the Diocese of Dallas that is so severe it could cause one to question the reliability of the entire content of the video.

I cannot link the video, it is embedded without link and is not public on Youtube (or, at least, I couldn’t find it), so you’ll have to go here to see it. The offending comment starts at 3:59 and goes to about 4:03.  Again I will try to be charitable and assume the person who makes the statement didn’t mean what they said, and I quote “The two greatest commandments, love and self and love of neighbor……..” but how could this statement make it through editing and be used as a form of training – it could even be viewed as catechesis – in this Catholic Diocese of Dallas? My correspondent asks how a successor of the Apostles could appear and, one would think, approve of a video where this statement is made?  This isn’t just slightly wrong, it’s directly contrary to the entire ethos Christ gave us and is emblematic of the error at the heart of the crisis in the Church and culture: men have replaced love of self for love of God.

I must also say that this is why I am so leery of having half-trained lay people serve as heads of ministries and perform so many roles once assigned to priests and religious in our churches today, and which the comments from yesterday’s post indicate is evidence of a systemic problem in religious education.  But I want to stress I am certain the comment is not intentional, the greater problem is how this was vetted and a reviewed and still allowed to go public, as it were.  It’s just so revealing of the kind of shoddy product that bureaucracies tend to produce.  And the Church has been bureaucratized as never before in the past several decades.

Lest you think there is just this one comment I have a problem with, I assure you, that is not the case.  Another person in the video says child abusers go where the children are, so I must ask why those men who displayed such perverse tendencies in seminary and in service, like Rudy Kos (where there will literally dozens of warnings sounded) were allowed contact with children for  years?

Anyway, I’m not sure how long the video will stay up, so you may want to jet on over and see it while you can.  And another thing, I am reliably informed that at least two complaints about this video (and the offending comment) have already been made, privately, so I consider the lack of response makes this fair game for public airing.

Take the quiz! Modernist church or communist building?! November 12, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, fun, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return.
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I scored 8/10.  You simply must take this fun if depressingly revealing quiz at ChurchPop, which site I know nothing about but I love the quiz!  A few samples:

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Some of the buildings in the quiz are not Catholic, but some are.  I think I’m giving you a cheat.

And those Catholic churches in the quiz are hardly rare examples:

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It is absolutely NO accident that Stalinist brutalism, resplendent (if that is the right word) of modernist errors and almost always iconoclastic with regard to traditional Church art, was for quite some time the dominant form of architecture in the Church, and elements remain in almost every church built even today.  We know that the modernists have tried to foist a new religion on the Church in the post-conciliar period, well, nothing better represents the aspirations and core principles of a people better than its architecture.  All of these structures are to my mind completely obscene and undermine, in a most underhanded but destructive manner, proper instillation of Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Lex Vivendi.

In many ways (or all?), these structures are overt attacks on traditional Catholic piety.  You could even say they are a form of persecution. They speak of a different religion from that which was handed onto the mid-20th century.  They also speak to me of dominant left-wing influence in the Church.  The similarities between communist architectural grotesqueries and many churches built since the 1940s are too many to be coincidental.  Ever been to Eastern Europe?  You will know what I mean in a heartbeat.

Thankfully, aside from some disastrous cathedrals, few Catholic churches built in the US today are this obviously representative of a competing, hostile religion.  But that hardly indicates they are adequate or ideal.

UN surreptitiously sterilizes millions of Africans through tetanus shot? November 7, 2014

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Wow. If true – and given the UN’s eager promotion of the leftist agenda of population control, it would certainly fit – what an unbelievable travesty.  I haven’t had a tetanus booster in nearly 20 years and my doctor asks me every year at my physical if I want one.  Ummm…….no thanks?  I have not done so because they’ve combined it with whooping cough now and I’m more than a bit concerned about the origin of this particular vaccine.

This is just so evil, and yet so typical of the modern left that dominates non-governmental organizations, the UN, and so many national governments.  They know what is best for us, we will be made to comply with their unholy agenda whether we want to or not, they will find ways to make us sick and sterile and thus dependent on them, they will manipulate seemingly innocuous services to their nefarious ends……it is of the devil:

Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two United Nations organizations with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus inoculation program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Priests throughout Kenya reportedly are advising their congregations to refuse the vaccine.

“We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen,” Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. “They were all laced with HCG.”

Dr. Ngare, spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, stated in a bulletin released November 4, “This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

But the government says the vaccine is safe. Health Minister James Macharia even told the BBC, “I would recommend my own daughter and wife to take it because I entirely 100% agree with it and have confidence it has no adverse health effects.”  [That is not a denial.  It’s not even close. He simply agrees with the intention of the vaccine, to render women sterile.]

Supporters of the vaccine say women who receive the shots are still getting pregnant.  But this is not the first time such an attempt at mass sterilization has been made, and it takes a while for the vaccine to take effect:

“We knew that the last time this vaccination with five injections has been used was in Mexico in 1993 and Nicaragua and the Philippines in 1994,” said Dr. Ngare. “It didn’t cause miscarriages till three years later,” which is why, he added, the counterclaims that women who got the vaccination recently and then got pregnant are meaningless.

Ngare said WHO tried to bring the same anti-fertility program into Kenya in the 1990s. “We alerted the government and it stopped the vaccination. But this time they haven’t done so.”

This sounds very strange.  If they keep messing with vaccines, deriving them from hideous sources or mixing in things that are immoral, people are going to stop receiving them en masse and we’re going to be back to the days of mass plagues.

But I’m far from sure the sterilizers care.  Once one is disconnected from the Faith and the morality it requires there is no limit to the evil to which men will stoop.

A bit non sequitur – Thailand arms civilian auxiliary to stop muslim terror November 6, 2014

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Most readers are likely aware that the past decade or two have seen the worst persecution of Christians we have seen in a century or so.  However, while due to proximity and other reasons Christians tend to bear the brunt of muslim depredations, muslims are equal opportunity persecutors.  I have mentioned on this blog that I used to belong to a defense analysis group online that included a broad cross-section of military/diplomatic/economic professionals deep in “the business” (the defense biz), as well as some exceedingly well informed outsiders.  And then I just kind of hung along.  Anyway, one of the professionals that belonged to our group (which included high ranking staff and flag officers (including a former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy), senior defense analysts at the premier consultancy firms, people with many years experience developing and applying military hardware, etc) was an active duty major general in the Royal Thai Army.  There was no one quite like Suphi.  She had fought the Vietnamese at Mon Mok Moon (an attempted invasion of Thailand by Vietnam crushed by the Royal Thai Army and almost unknown in the West), conducted counter-insurgency against the Vietnamese and Chinese backed communist insurgency in Thailand (she had a special method of “interrogating” communist cadres, she would take them up in her personal helicopter and throw them out), and, around 2003, started informing us of the growing muslim insurgency, backed by Malaysia, against the southern Thai provinces.

This activity soon got so intense she would drop off the site for extended periods.  Then she ultimately relayed that because of the coups that began in Thailand in 2006 and the role the Army (or she?) played in those coups, she could no longer participate at all. That’s about the time I finally dropped off, as well.

But prior to doing so Suphi had described for the benefit of others how Thailand defeated  the communist insurgency of the 70s and 80s.  They did this not by bombing their own country to smithereens, as we  did to our ally South Vietnam, nor by flooding the countryside with hundreds of thousands of troops and thereby totally disrupting rural life so essential to the stability of any country.  No, they did it by giving some basic training to villagers, winning them over to the country’s/government’s side decisively, arming them, and leaving a radio to call for help to stop large groups of insurgents the villagers could not handle.  This method was exceedingly successful, and after 20 years of patient effort the communist insurgency – conducted mostly by Chinese and Vietnamese outsiders – was crushed.

She said similar steps were being taken to fight the muslim insurgents in the South, but that the left wing government that occasionally came to power constantly opposed this. The most recent coup in Thailand unseated a certain destructive political movement again, and I must admit I smiled when I read this:

Thailand has a separatist problem. A Muslim separatist problem, to be more specific, in three southern provinces. As straitstimes.com reports, “Violence in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south has left thousands dead – the majority civilians – since 2004 across the southernmost provinces of Pattani, Narathiwat and Yala, which were annexed more than a century ago by Thailand. In response to a recent slew of shootings and bomb attacks on civilian “soft” targets, Thailand has vowed to protect locals while it seeks a firm date for a fresh round of peace talks with the publicity-shy but ruthless rebels.” But the strategy they’ve chosen is an unusual one for a government that took power in a military coup . . .[Suphi described how these terrorists work. First of all, almost all of them are high as a kite on speedballs when they do their attacks. She described hitting one with 7 rounds from her .45 Smith and Wesson Desert Eagle and still not taking a doped up terrorist down. He was eventually cut down by a Ma Deuce.  Secondly, they have sanctuaries in Malaysia and the Malaysians do absolutely nothing to stop them, and probably help the insurgents quite a bit, least of all by letting armaments get to them.]

So to uphold the new prime minister’s promise to bring both sides to the negotiating table, he’s trying to create a balance of power. To do that…

Some 2,700 Heckler & Koch HK33 assault rifles have been distributed over the past two months to volunteers in the region, according to a spokesman for the Internal Operations Security Command (ISOC). [Yeah, well, these people cannot be negotiated with.  They aren’t interested in “dialogue.”]

Yes, an authoritarian government is putting thousands of rifles in the hands of volunteers who have come under attack, part of an insurgency that has killed more than 6000 people in the last decade. As one internal security official put it,

“They need weapons for self-defence… they can’t fight with just wooden sticks,” ISOC spokesman Colonel Banphot Phunphien told AFP.

All of which has caused pearls to be clutched and hands to be wrung among Thailand’s peace activist community, who have apparently learned to appropriate talking points from America’s disarmament community. As bbc.com relates,

Guns have been distributed to Muslim and Buddhist villagers before this, but some fell into the hands of the insurgents themselves or resulted in incidents where volunteers opened fire on unarmed civilians. [Sure, and guns were stolen from villagers during the communist insurgency, but the vast majority weren’t, and the forming of armed groups of loyal Thai citizens played a decisive role in blocking the previous insurgency]

Right(s) groups have condemned the distribution of guns saying it would only increase violence in the region. [And the government removed from office by the military – possibly at the behest of the Thai king – had made this policy so inconsistent as to be ineffective.  Perhaps it will be more so now.]

I’m not saying this is the only way to defeat an insurgency, but it’s a proven and effective way.  The British won the insurgency against them in Malaya during the 50s by police tactics which included arming loyal citizens.

Thailand is one of the least Christian countries in the world.  It was never successfully penetrated by missionaries of any stripe.  The vast majority of the populace is semi-Buddhist but mostly addicted to pleasure.  Thais are a happy people, a business-like people, and an incredibly well-mannered people, but they are not religious. It will be interesting to see how they stand up to this insurgency, even more fanatical than the communist one.

A devastating rundown on the collapse of the Faith among Hispanics November 5, 2014

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The video below is from a secular site and is not really concerned about the Catholic Faith per se’.  The point of the video is that immigrant “amnesty” would be electoral suicide for the party of dumb.  I agree.  The commentator goes through many reasons why this is so, but when he comes to the claim that Catholic Hispanics are natural social conservatives, he really explodes the myths.  I knew a lot of disastrous statistics regarding the collapse of the Faith among Hispanic immigrants, but I was shocked by one - the percentage of Hispanics self-identifying as Catholics has dropped 12% in only the past four years!

So good luck with that shamnesty, bishops, it’s sure to save your bacon at your ad limina visits faaar into the future:

I don’t mean to pick on Hispanics. It’s just that the USCCB and so many individual bishops so plainly support unconstrained Hispanic immigration out of self-interest.  But it’s not like other ethnic groups are doing much better.  There is no country, no diocese where the crisis in the Church is not markedly evident.  Given how much the USCCB’s claims of a vibrant, robust Church in this country are based almost entirely on reliance on heavy Hispanic immigration (and Hispanics remaining in the Faith), this evidence demonstrates the falsity of their claims.

It is also a human tragedy in every case.  All anyone has to do is drive around where I live to see literally dozens of Hispanic-focused evangelical churches, some small, some quite large.  I would hazard that fewer than half of the very large Hispanic population where I live now are even Christmas and Easter Catholics.  Most are lost for good.  They left because they were spiritually and liturgically starved.

 

 

Lena Dunham perversion reveals the manifest sickness so prevalent in the “elite” left November 4, 2014

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NOTE: This post is for adult readers only and those who are not easily troubled by explicit content of a graphic nature related to human anatomy and perversions of the marital act.

I don’t know if you’ve been following the scandal of Lena Dunham’s autobiography, which she pitched as being “the voice of her generation.”  Please.  Dunham is descended from a old liberal family of great wealth.  Given her abysmal lack of talent (I say that objectively) and the very low ratings of her self-indulgent HBO product Girls, it seems apparent to me that it was her family’s money that got their troubled daughter this high-profile gig.  Dunham also attracted attention in 2012 in her campaign ad for Barack Obama, in which she compared voting for Obama to losing one’s virginity.  While many found that commercial trite and offensive, further revelations indicate that commercial may have said more about Dunham than she intended.

Back to her biography, from what was intended to be a vehicle to advance her stardom, such as it is, to new heights, it has now become an enormous source of scandal.  Not only does Dunham reveal in this biography her own perverted acts, which probably played a significant role in her sister self-identifying as a gomorrist, but she also reveals how sick and twisted her own upbringing was at the hands of her “artist” parents.  In reading some of the excerpts from her book, I could not help but thinking that her parents behaved exactly like child molesters, grooming their children from a very young age to be comfortable with adult nudity and explicit depictions of sexuality (both in their “art” and otherwise), and that the entire family is a case study in the endless decadence in our left wing cultural elites.  A few excerpts from the book (final warning, this material is inescapably perverse and explicit as it contains direct quotes from Miss Dunham’s biography.  Emphasis and comments mine):

Still, to dismiss Lena Dunham as an insulated and spoiled child of Manhattan’s ruling class is to misunderstand her story entirely. If there is such a thing as actually abusing a child through excessive generosity and overindulgence, then Lena Dunham’s parents are child abusers. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter noted for his primitive brand of highbrow pornography, his canvases anchored by puffy neon-pink labia; her photographer mother filled the family home with nude pictures of herself, “legs spread defiantly.” Self-styled radicals from old money, they were not the sort of people inclined to enforce even the most lax of boundaries. And they were, in their daughter’s telling, enablers of some very disturbing behavior that would be considered child abuse in many jurisdictions — Lena Dunham’s sexual abuse, specifically, of her younger sister, Grace, the sort of thing that gets children taken away from non-millionaire families without Andover pedigrees and Manhattanite social connections. Dunham writes of casually masturbating while in bed next to her younger sister, [While Dunham was 17 and her sister 10] of bribing her with “three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds . . . anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying.” At one point, when her sister is a toddler, Lena Dunham pries open her vagina — “my curiosity got the best of me,” she offers, as though that were an explanation. “This was within the spectrum of things I did.” [Leaving out many other sordid details, such as dressing her sister up as a whore to be used around age 5, Dunham engaged in extremely questionable if not outright abusive behavior of her sister for over 10 years, routinely violating her young sister’s most vulnerable and private dimensions. There is an extremely strong correlation between childhood sex abuse at the hands of a same-sex abuser and later manifestation of same-sex attraction.  Is it any wonder, then, that Dunham’s sister – named Grace, of all things – has wound up drawn to same sex perversion?]

…..When Dunham inspects her sister’s business, she shrieks at what she sees: “Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. . . . Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been such a success.” Dunham’s writing often is unclear (willfully so, it seems), but the context here — Grace has overheard her older sister asking whether her baby sister has a uterus — and Grace’s satisfaction with her prank suggest that Grace was expecting her older sister to go poking around in her genitals and inserted the pebbles in expectation of it. Grace is around one year old at the time of these events. There is no non-horrific interpretation of this episode. As for stroking her mother’s vagina, having mistaken it for her hairless cat . . .[As I said, it seems nudity and reckless disregard for the rights of a child to be brought up in a wholesome environment sustaining of virtue were completely disregarded.  How on earth did Lena Dunham come to fondle her own mother, mistaking her parts for a cat?  How did she manage to repeatedly kiss her sister on the lips for 5 seconds at a time?  Somehow I managed entirely through my childhood without coming within 50 yards of either.]

Dunham also made a casual rape allegation she has refused to publicly either denounce or stand behind, resulting in at least one man’s life being ruined, and probably that of his entire family:

Lena Dunham never actually writes that she was raped by a mustachioed campus Republican named Barry at Oberlin College. She leads up to it with a long story about her childhood misuse of the word “rape” — she accuses her little sister of raping her and tells people that her father sticks a fork in her vagina when she misbehaves — and dwells on her lifelong fear of being raped. [Those who have experienced abuse often have enormous sensitivity to the future prospect of it happening again.  This girl is a walking tragedy, both sufferer and inflicter of an endless cycle of pain on others. I would never, ever want to be independently wealthy.  It is a curse for the vast majority.] She describes two different versions of the same sexual encounter, in the latter version insisting that she did not consent to what happened. And in a remarkably dishonest turn, she has other people describe the event as “rape,” thereby dodging any intellectual or moral responsibility for making the claim herself.

It takes me about two minutes to discover a Republican named Barry whose time at Oberlin coincided with Dunham’s. A few minutes later, I know a great deal about him: Where he works, where he lives, what he majored in, his high-school-prom plans, people we know in common, and other surprising intersections between our lives. When I call him at his office, I get the distinct impression that I am not the first reporter to have done so. “I don’t have anything to say about what I know you’re calling about,” he says. We speak very briefly, and he is concerned that I will use his name. It’s a strange thing to be concerned about — his name is out there, easily found. Oberlin opened an investigation into the incident after the publication of Dunham’s book and has consulted with the local police department. The statute of limitations for rape in Ohio is 20 years, and Dunham graduated in 2008.

As for how she got so irreversibly messed up, I think Kevin Williamson about nails it:

She did not get this way by accident; she got this way because the series of economic and intellectual cloisters in which she has lived her life have functioned as the emotional equivalent of Song-dynasty foot-binding: Intended to bring her nearer to perfection, they have instead left her disfigured and disabled……Dunham is busily building an ever-thicker cocoon of fantasy, prescription drugs, and weaponized celebrity, manipulating reality to her own specifications. If she is emblematic of her generation, it is in that her life, in her own telling, is a reminder that being ruined by comfort and privilege is as easy as (perhaps easier than) being crippled by privation and abuse.

There is your left wing elite, America.  Dunham is just a less intelligent version of very many others who are just as perverse and just as disassociated from virtue and reason as she is.  Dunham was not smart enough to know where to draw the line in the telling of her tales.  She revealed far too much and of the wrong things.  Her bio has turned into a PR disaster and her career will be gravely inhibited.  But there are tens of thousands just as perverse as she who did not make the same mistakes, and direct our society through the leftist dominated government-media-entertainment complex more and more every day.

What we have to understand is that leftism is inherently, consciously opposed to Christianity and especially that old “monster,” the Catholic Church.  The Church was the reason for the left’s coming into being and has been the primary target in almost all the revolutions the left has inflicted upon helpless innocents since.  The kinds of perversion outlined in brief above – there was much, much more – have been prominent characteristics of the radical elements in Western Civilization since they first burst on the scene at the start of the 16th century.  They are as antithetical to the Faith as satan himself, but through centuries of propaganda have become accepted as “normal” by huge swaths of people.

Sometimes the enemy is a frightening muslim dressed in black battle fatigues and with an AK and C4 strapped to his back.  Sometimes it is a diminutive little girl who sells herself a slice at a time.  The latter may be the more destructive.

An English Anglican’s assessment of the 16th Century Church of England….. November 3, 2014

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……and Ireland, where the Tudors, Stuarts, and others tried to force protestantism down the collective throat of a most reluctant population.

Edmund Spenser was and remains a famous poet of Elizabethan England.  Whatever his merits as a poet, he saw much to dislike in the Elizabethan Anglican church.  Spenser made the following observations of the “official” religion of Anglicanism in England and Ireland at the close of the 16th century.  This is reported in Dom Charles Poulet’s decidedly pre-conciliar A History of the Catholic Church:

the-glee-of-smashing-idols-calvinists-in-a-catholic-church-1The state of the Reform church [I still think Catholics have failed miserably in adequately describing the protestant sects.  They are not churches, and certainly did not “reform” anything.  We need to come up with better, more accurate terms, and not use their own self-serving terminology. Protestant revolutionaries is apt, and instead of saying “reformation,” or “reform church,” perhaps “deformation” and “deformed church” would be better.]  at this period is worthy of note.  It is impartially described by Edmund Spenser, an English protestant poet, who had a residence in Ireland.  “Whatever disorders you see in the Church of England,” he wrote, “you may find in Ireland, and many more, namely gross simony, greedy covetousness, incontinence, careless sloth, and generally all the disordered life in the common clergyman…..They neither read the Scriptures, nor preach to the people, nor administer the communion…….It is great wonder to see the odds which are between the zeal of the Popish priests and the ministers of the gospel. [Spenser’s term for Anglican ministers]  For they [Catholic priests] spare not to come out of Spain, from Rome, and from Rheims, by long toil and dangerous traveling hither, where thy know peril of death awaiteth them, and no reward or riches are to be found, only to draw the people unto the Church of Rome; whereas some of our idle ministers having a way for credit and estimation thereby opened unto them without pains and without peril, will neither for the same, nor any love of God, nor zeal of religion, nor for all the good they may do for winning souls to God, be drawn from their warm nests to look out into God’s harvest.

That was the first, and, at the time, the only honest thing that was said about the reform in Ireland.  Penned by an eye-witness, it summed up the whole situation perfectly.  His description is corroborated in every detail by the state papers that have since come to light.

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Indeed.  At the time Dom Poulet’s history was written, the prevailing view in the academy was still that old protestant trope, that the people of England, by and large, welcomed the protestant revolt in their 180px-Iconoclasmland and had little love lost for the Church.  This view was basically just a repetition of the old polemics the victorious protestant nobility and power elite had made since Elizabethan times, and it was as self-serving as it was false.  More recent scholarship has shown just how painful and pitiful the “reform” in the British Isles really was, being born in lust, powered by greed (the sacking of the monasteries and the redistribution of those semi-public lands used for the welfare of the poor, all given in payment to the nobility to support the revolutionary creed), and executed by naked and most cruel force.  The large majority of the population was opposed to the reform, and a quite substantial proportion remained attached to the Catholic Faith even after decades of the most severe and unrelenting persecution possible.

In fact, it took a century or more of this kind of abuse to drive people from the Faith.  It must be remembered that for the vast majority of this long period – in which many families were completely impoverished by taxes levied on them just for being Catholic, or refusing to partake of the “established” religion (such an apt name, established by MAN!) – these faithful had virtually no recourse to any spiritual sustenance of any kind, and might see one of the few priests sent to England perhaps once every few years.  And this is how souls were broken of the Faith in the formerly Christian lands of the Levant and North Africa, left from generation to generation without priest or bishop by an evil, repressive government. It is an amazing testimony to our Faith that even after three CENTURIES of this most violent repression, there were still hundreds of thousands of professing Catholics in England by the time of the “Catholic Emancipation Act” of 1830, an act which allowed for full public worship and, wonder of wonders, the ability of
Catholics to even hold public office. I guess the grave “threat” they posed to the power elite and their ill-gotten riches was judged to have been sufficiently attenuated by then.

Always remember: the protestant creeds were all born in lust, powered by greed, and inflicted by force. I cannot overstate this point. Yes there were millions who willingly – and for as many different reasons – went over to this heresy that has eaten away at Western Civilization for 500 years, but there were many millions more who were more or less forced into protestantism unwillingly, or would at least have been much happier remaining under the “old religion.”

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