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France grants asylum to Iraqi Christians, Obama administration continues cold indifference July 31, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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The Foreign Minister of the ragingly traditionalist endemically Catholic socialist and religiously indifferent government of France has offered, as a humanitarian gesture, to grant asylum to persecuted Iraqi Christians.  Meanwhile, muslim Alinksyite President Obama remains completely indifferent to their plight, even as he moves to “fundamentally transform” America through his encouragement of unconstrained immigration over our southern border.  So, it’s not that he doesn’t like immigrants…….it’s something else entirely:

The French government says it is willing to grant asylum to Iraqi Christians in the face of a jihadist onslaught against them.

“We are assisting displaced persons who are fleeing the Islamic State’s threats and seeking refuge in Kurdistan,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement this week. “Should they so wish, we are prepared to offer them asylum on our soil.”

In Washington, meanwhile, a leading religious freedom advocate on Capitol Hill slammed both President Obama and Congress Tuesday for their “silence” about the plight of Iraq’s Christians, which he said amounted to “genocide.”

“The silence in this town – in Washington – is deafening,” Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said on the House floor. “Does Washington even care?”

That’s one of those questions that doesn’t even need an answer.

It is interesting the lengths to which American progressives will go in their hatred of Christians.  And by interesting, I mean terrifying.

That is why I say the American left, ignorant and muddle-headed as it is (with each generation more blindingly ignorant than the one before), will don the burqa before they would convert to Christianity, because they have turned being anti-Christian into one of the pillars of their deranged point of view.  To be Christian, in the pov of the left in this country, is to be ignorant, superstitious, backwards, afraid, etc – all the things the left really is, but desperately wants to believe it is not.  Thus in their usual projection, they have defined an enemy they can never reconcile with because the enemy is ultimately themselves. Even though, as a religion, Christianity, even very orthodox Christianity, is far more compatible with many aspects of progressive thought than is islam, which is hostile to everything that is not inshallah.  But that matters not, blinded by bias as they are.

Two rebuttals – there are progressive “Christians,” but the left accepts them as agent provocateurs within Christianity to make it acceptable to progressivism – that is, to turn it into just one more impotent NGO.  Secondly, aren’t almost all those Hispanic immigrants Christian, and the left loves them, right?  The left loves them not because they are Christian, but tolerate their Christianity in pursuit of the larger goals this influx can achieve. They have no interest in bringing Iraqi Christians here because a, the primary reason for their coming would be their religion and b, Mideast immigrants tend not to break so decisively in favor of the democrats in terms of voting.  Plus, the populations from the south are just much more convenient.

Meanwhile in Pakistan a muslim mob killed a 7 year old girl and her baby sister and grandmother due to a picture on Facebook that was deemed offensive to the pathological religion of islam.  “Yet, such violence is viewed by these extremists to be the act of truly faithful Muslims and pleasing to God.”

But these people don’t need to convert to be saved, right?!?

Oh, another final note. While the USCCB is falling all over itself promoting Hispanic immigration, has one US prelate visited the persecuted Iraqis and Syrians as a number of French bishops have?

 

The USCCB’s flawed left-wing approach to immigration ignores Leo XIII while overstressing post-conciliar ethos July 31, 2014

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I almost said “obsessively promoting post-conciliar ethos.”  A really good post by an author I’ve not read before, who explores how the USCCB’s selective reading of the dogmatic Magisterium has led it to promote dangerously flawed and destructive policies with regard to immigration:

The issue, of course, can be defined differently—as a “border crisis that has raised humanitarian concerns,” but the document disparages that definition and, by implication, the US citizens who hold it. It declares: “The US and its regional partners must avoid the simplistic approach of addressing the forced migration by forcing children back through increased border enforcement. This response is akin to sending these children back into a burning building they just fled. Instead the approach must prioritize protection for those who are displaced from their homes, especially children, the most vulnerable.” (This is hardly a responsible consideration of consequences. The bishops ignore the likely effects of failing to enforce the border—encouraging the countries of origin to continue neglecting their social problems, rewarding the lawless “coyotes” for violating US laws, and most important, subjecting the children to deprivation and physical/sexual abuse during their journey and hardship thereafter.) [We also need to understand the huge play on the word "child" going on.  50% of this immigrant flood are males 15-17 yo.  Many have prior drug and gang history.  These are not innocent 6 year olds with Dora jammies and a teddy bear trying to make it 1500 miles to a desert border crossing.]

The USCCB document devotes considerable space to  [almost exclusively post-conciliar] Catholic social teaching, stressing the idea that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and therefore possess an inherent dignity and fundamental human rights. Citing John Paul II, it claims that illegal as well as legal immigrants possess these rights and the illegals’ rights should be balanced against “the rights of nations to control their borders.” Note that the quoted phrasing compares people’s rights with nation’s rights. Is this a fair comparison? Should it not be the rights of certain people (immigrants) versus the rights of other people (citizens)? More about this when I discussRerum Novarum. [It is not a fair comparison and is in fact a deliberate and Orwellian twisting of language, again. People generate sympathy, powerful nations, rarely so.  But nations are comprised of......people. And the people of this nation have MORE rights, according to Aquinas, in this nation, than do those trying to immigrate. Just as the people of Honduras have more rights viz a viz the expat Americans who live there.]

Perhaps the most revealing characteristic of the USCCB document is that it speaks almost exclusively about the response of governments and the Catholic Church to the “humanitarian crisis,” but says virtually nothing about the response of American citizens, taxpayers, or even Catholic parishioners. For example, it declares that “the institutional Catholic Church in the United States has played a critical role in the care of unaccompanied children.” That wording is highly misleading. In reality, everything the “institutional Catholic Church” does is financed by citizen’s taxes (awarded in the form of federal grants), by the generosity of Catholic parishioners, or by both. [The vast majority comes from confiscatory taxation, at the end of a government gun]  The focus on institutional efforts is therefore an insult to the millions of Americans who actually fund the works of charity and mercy. It is also, in effect if not intent, a subtle denial that legal US residents also possess God-given dignity and rights. [Dang right, and a huge point. And that is why I think so many Americans feel so strongly about this fake "crisis," because they see their rights - as taxpayers and people who have often given a lot for this country - being trampled on in favor of recent immigrants and narrow elite interests, like the incredibly corrupt and self serving US Chamber of Commerce.]

[The author Professor Ruggiero goes on to list elements of Rerum Novarum ignored by US Bishops, then gets back to his arguments.......]   By omitting any reference to Rerum Novarum, the USCCB document conveniently ignores a theological argument that challenges the bishops’ argument. [Gee, wonder why they left it out, then?  Surely not because they have some self-interest?!?  Perish the thought!  In fact, how  much pre-conciliar Catholicism has been dropped or attacked for that same reason?!]

 

If we apply Leo’s ideas to the present US immigration crisis, we will conclude that citizens of the United States are also children of God with fundamental rights that should not be abridged, especially not by the State.  [As I briefly allude in this post] Those rights include secure borders and protection from unfair taxation to provide entitlements to illegal aliens. [And disease vectors, terrorist risks, open venues for drug smuggling (how much of that could be prevented with a fence?!?), destruction of national unity, escalating gang violence, more drunken violence, higher crime rates, higher prison costs, families broken asunder, divorce, growth in santa muerte......I could go on a long time.  The costs of unconstrained immigration are very, very high, and the USCCB ignores almost all of them]  Moreover, again following Leo, we will conclude that, though we all have a debt to our less fortunate neighbors, it is a debt in charity rather than justice, and we are answerable to God, rather than to the government, for its fulfillment.

 

Even if the US bishops lean toward the thinking of Gustavo Gutiérrez,  [that is a nice little head snapping point there. I like that]  they are surely familiar with Leo XIII’s landmark encyclical,  [I would not make that assumption!  Most have probably heard of it, but I bet the vast majority have not read any of it. The scandal of atrocious formation has been ongoing for decades and applies to bishops too, now]   and they should therefore understand its relevance to the present discussion of illegal immigration. [Maybe they should, but it's inconvenient knowledge, so it goes in the memory hole.]  When they dismiss a line of thought consistent with Pope Leo’s insights as a “simplistic approach,” they do Pope Leo, their fellow Catholics, and the Catholic theological tradition a grave disservice. And when they pretend that only their perspective is compatible with Christ’s exhortation to care for those in need, they deepen the offense. [All very true. But once again, maybe most of the bishops really do believe there was a "new pentecost" and a "newchurch" born in 1965, and that anything that came before that is inconvenient, contradictory, or just not "with it" enough, and can be safely ignored and marginalized]

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I don’t know a thing about the author – although I like the piece and respect the thinking in it – but I know a lot of people have started wandering through Rerum Novarum, Quas Primas, the Syllabus, Trent, etc, and started wondering…….why have I never heard of this?  Why have I never seen this wonderful, clear cut catechesis?  And then they come to start wondering, how did we get here? What happened? How on earth can I reconcile 1900 in the Church with 1990?  After cutting through the propaganda on the non-dogmatic uber-council, then they really start to wonder!

I don’t know if this professor, a good deal older than I, is on that path, but it’s a doozy!

 

Some messages for Cardinal Kasper July 29, 2014

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A few messages for Cardinal Kasper and his ideological allies, via Fr. Carota and Cardinal Muller.  First, Fr. Carota had the following pics, one quoting a great priest and the other a great Saint, along with an emphatic statement in support for the inability of Doctrine to be contradicted:

We need to scream out a thousand million times: CATHOLIC DOCTRINE CAN NOT AND WILL NOT CHANGE.  We can further develop our understanding of it, we can further define it, but if it changes, it is no longer Catholic or the immutable Deposit of Faith given to us by Jesus Christ.  When people come up with “catholic doctrine” that has changed, it is absolutely no longer Catholic.  It is absolutely and nothing more than heresy.

Today, if you even question the changes in Catholic Doctrines, you are automatically persecuted and ostracized by most bishops, priests, religious and people.

All of us have a responsibility to suffer for defending the purity of Catholic truth.  TheArians, (Jesus is not equal to God the Father) were the majority of “catholics” for around 200 + years (300 – 500 A.D.).  Many “catholics” were Iconoclasts, (condemned painting or sculpturing of Catholic religious art), for hundreds of years too (Late 600′s- Early 800′s).  All those who resisted these heresies were exiled, punished, persecuted or put to death.

We might have such a glorious future to look forward to!

The awesome pics:

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Next, Prefect  of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Cardinal Gerhard Muller has given a book length interview in which he once again forcefully restates Catholic Doctrine on marriage, adultery, divorce, reception of the Blessed Sacrament, etc., and really takes apart the Kasperite gambit (as so many have already done).  At least Cardinal Muller appears much more orthodox on this topic than he is in some of his Marian theology and especially with regard to liberation theology:

Not even an ecumenical council can change the doctrine of the Church, because its founder, Jesus Christ, has entrusted the faithful custody of his teachings and his doctrine to the apostles and their successors. We have a well-developed and structured doctrine on marriage, based on the word of Jesus, which must be offered in its integrity. The absolute indissolubility of a valid marriage is not a mere doctrine, but rather a divine dogma that has been defined by the Church. In the face of the de facto rupture of a valid marriage, another civil “marriage” is not admissible. If it were, we would be facing a contradiction, because if the previous union, the “first” marriage – or rather, simply the marriage – is really a marriage, another subsequent union is not “marriage.” It is only by a play on words that one can speak of a first and second “marriage.” A second marriage is possible only when the legitimate spouse has died, or when the marriage has been declared invalid, because in these cases the previous bond has been dissolved. If this is not the case, we are in the presence of what is called the “impediment of the bond.”

…..“The image of the field hospital is very beautiful. Nonetheless we cannot manipulate the pope by reducing the whole reality of the Church to this image. The Church in itself is not a hospital: the Church is also the house of the Father.”……

……“A simple ‘adaptation’ of the reality of marriage to the expectations of the world does not bear any fruit, but rather turns out to be counterproductive: the Church cannot respond to the challenges of the modern world with a pragmatic adaptation. In opposing an easy pragmatic adaptation, we are called to choose the prophetic audacity of martyrdom. With this we can bear witness to the Gospel of the holiness of marriage. A lukewarm prophet, through an adjustment to the spirit of the time, would be seeking his own salvation, not the salvation that only God can give.”

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There is much more from Cardinal Muller at the link. He goes on to some length refuting this latest attempt to, in effect, destroy the Sacrament of Marriage and blaspheme the Holy Spirit through mass, sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament.  Cardinal Kasper, if he had any, should be ashamed for even bringing this up. His arguments, such as they are, have been completely refuted from Scripture, Tradition, and even the post-conciliar Magisterial statements of Pope Saint John Paul II.  It is ludicrous this is even being discussed.  Kasper has been strongly opposed by Cardinals Muller, Burke, Collins, Brandmuller, Sebastian, Caffarra, De Paolis, and others.  But he has a lot of support from other corners, such as most of the very disordered Germanic episcopate.

But, in spite of all that, this Synod will likely come down to where the pope stands.  If he strongly supports the Kasperite gambit, we shall have to pray much to the Holy Ghost.

A small data point from the sodo-marriage debates July 29, 2014

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Many readers will know that my family and I relocated from  north Dallas suburb to Irving to be nearer to the local FSSP parish.  I have been very glad to make some truly trivial sacrifices along the way so that my family can enjoy assisting at Mass much more frequently and generally being much more involved in parish life.  It has been an enormous blessing for all of us. I am so glad we moved.

We had a bit of a rough time with our first realtor, but after some sturm and drang found a great house just minutes from the parish.  God truly smiled on us in this.  But one thing we did not realize at the time we bought our wonderful house was that our next door neighbors consisted of an all-male couple.  We found out a day or two after we moved in.  There were initially two guys there (yes, this story gets a bit……involved), one of whom is highly “passable” as “straight” and the other less so.  Later there got to be a third guy, and there were also many men (and sometimes women) coming and going at all hours of day and night.  It has been a little bit of a circus.

Now, some of these were family and business associates, so it may not have been completely sordid, but it has been strange.  Nevertheless, through it all there was the “less straight” hispanic guy and the more straight partner.  They moved in several years ago and spent a ton of money fixing up their house into something really very nice.  But I found out last night that the Hispanic guy is moving out and that their relationship is now over.

I have no idea the hows or whys, any relation to the constant stream of visitors, and don’t want to know. It’s quite beside the point.  The point is that these guys were perfect candidates for the kind of couples that demand marriage be “redefined,” or really destroyed, so they can get tax benefits, have a big party, and all the rest.  They were “stable.”  They’d been together for  years.  But when things fell apart, apparently very recently, less straight dude started packing and will be gone within a few days.

The point of all this is that while just one small datapoint, it is illustrative of many of the problems and outright falsehoods being put forth regarding this most morally offensive of lifestyles and the prevarication that it any way can be compared to marriage.  Aside from exceedingly rare exceptions, these couples are not stable. They are not monogamous. There was a lot of obvious ickiness going on.  Living next door has been an object lesson in the mass falsehoods being perpetrated by adherents of this lifestyle and their allies on the ideological left regarding its true nature and radical difference from marriage. Unless one wants to consider 12 time divorced swingers as the default marriage nowadays.

But even more, marriage simply isn’t what these guys or any other perverse combo is.  Marriage is the contract between a man and woman for the reservation of those faculties ordered towards the creation of children exclusively for one another.  On any number of fronts, fake marriage between two men, three women, a man, a dog, and an orangutan, or anything else is just that, fake.

I picked the below from JP Sonnen’s site, I pray we have more defenders of marriage who can speak so clearly and eloquently on this subject. Ryan Anderson absolutely destroys the special pleading and morally bankrupt (and philosphically unjustifiable) argument of the poor lost soul desiring sodo-marriage:

What is tragic is that so many people are so wholly malformed by the culture, their own whims, and the dread effects of centuries of protestant/endarkenment/rationalist thinking that they simply cannot get through their heads: MARRIAGE HAS BEEN, IS, AND EVER WILL BE STRICTLY A UNION OF MAN AND WOMAN!  But as we see above, no matter how eloquently argued, this basic truth that 99.99999% of all people in Western civilization knew as an absolute metaphysical truth even a few decades ago, is now utterly lost on a huge and growing swath of the population.

Because everything, even timeless, bedrock institutions of all humanity, should be subject to the whims of moment and the lowest desires of our loins, and the highly unpredictable but certainly incredibly destructive consequences be damned.

Testimony of Iraqi Catholics: told By radical islamists to give them all their money and leave, or get a bullet in the brain July 28, 2014

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WARNING! EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGE AT THE END.  ALLEGED ISIS ATROCITIES!  ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR CHILDREN!  ALSO NOT FOR THOSE WITH SENSITIVE CONSCIENCES!

This is the death cult religion so many in the hierarchy of the Church fall all over themselves extolling and praising.  This is the so-called “religion of peace.”  How long must we put up with this prevaricating charade?  How long must we hear lies that bear the stench of death?

God bless that woman for her faith.  She just gave a great testimony of it, and of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow, what a calamity.  There are simply not words.  Rorate’s coverage has been quite good and thorough.  I am heartened to see that some in France, at least, seem to be getting it.

This is a genocide. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis the world has seen in decades, at least since the nightmares in Rwanda and Burundi of 20  years ago.  The barbarities that are being committed are simply beyond what decent, civilized people can imagine.  At the following link – AND I CANNOT WARN YOU ENOUGH HOW GRAPHIC THE LIVELEAK VIDEO IS! – there is footage of human beings, perceived enemies of this new satanic death cult islamic “caliphate,” who have been chopped to pieces in slaughterhouses like animals. There is footage of even muslim “enemies” of extremist islam being mowed down by the dozen in ritualistic killings.  That is how the radical muslim behaves towards all those who do not include “inshallah” in every cursed phrase they speak, who do not adhere to their stupid and evil wahhabism.

The link just above also provides powerful contextual evidence of the relation between this present genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria and that perpetrated against Armenians in Turkey after WWI.  In fact, in both cases, the radical muslims insist that killing Christians is an “acceptable sacrifice” to ‘allah'” – which it may be, if “allah” is indeed satan, as many ancient Christians maintained.

But our first muslim president (in effect if not in fact) can not be bothered to reply.  He has shown himself to be a bitter enemy of Christianity in general and the Church in particular throughout his presidency.

WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE COMING BELOW!

Oh Lord give us strength to pray and fast!  Lift this terrible scourge from Your Church!  We know we have been unfaithful, we know we have strayed so far!  We know that right worship of You has been perverted and that heretical, sinful error abounds!  We know sin abounds in what little remains of Christendom – may Your Grace abound more!

All you good Saints martyred by islam – pray for us!  Pray for our Church!  Pray especially for the souls suffering these nightmares!  End the scourge of this evil, perverse religion around the world!

“The mohammadan is either at your neck or at your feet.”  –  Winston Churchill  Say what you will about the  man, he knew people.  I wonder if he knew that the progressive left would eventually choose islam over Christianity (at least, by all available evidence)?

FINAL WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE NOW!  IMAGE SUPPOSED TO BE OF BEHEADED CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ!

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“Religion of peace” seizes ancient abbey, destroys Jonah’s tomb July 25, 2014

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And yet the interreligious crazy train rolls on along.  Because……..oh, I don’t even want to bother right now.

I know there have been many reports of the depredations of the lunatic islamists currently ruling large parts of the Fertile Crescent.  But here are two you might have missed.  First, the muslims seized the  1700 year old Mar Mattai monastery outside Mosul on Sunday (naturally!) this week:nineveh-mar-mattai-monastery

Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country’s best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday.

Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, on Sunday, the sources said.

“You have no place here anymore, you have to leave immediately,” a member of the Syriac clergy quoted the Sunni militants as telling the monastery’s residents.

He said the monks pleaded to be allowed to save some of the monastery’s relics but the fighters refused and ordered them to leave on foot with nothing but their clothes.

Christian residents from the area told AFP the monks walked several miles along a deserted road and were eventually picked up by Kurdish peshmerga fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh.

The Syriac cleric said five monks were expelled from Mar Behnam. Christian families in the area said there may have been up to nine people living at the monastery.

The incident was the latest move by the Islamic State, which last month declared a “caliphate” straddling large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, to threaten a Christian presence in the region spanning close to two millennia.

That is to say, there were Christians there centuries before mohammad mounted his first goat.  Or nine year old, for that matter.

In other news, the raging islamists, driven by Lord knows what kind of massive inferiority complex, blew up Jonah’s tomb this week, after previously ransacking it.  And I thought muslims held the Old Testament prophets in esteem?  Or is it just blood they worship?

This tomb contained not just the remains of Jonah the great prophet of Nineveh, but also many other priceless works of antiquity.  But that does not please crazed Salafist Islam which has been exported around the world by Saudi oil money (and the Saudis and Gulf states basically funded ISIS into 0,,17795562_303,00being, as well as most of the Syrian “opposition” movements, because this is part of a larger struggle between Persia/Shia and Saudi/Shiite islam).  One almost wonders if it’s not time use their oil fields as an open air repository for our nuclear waste.

 

Just a quick compare and contrast – which great Prophet remained completely chaste and constantly counseled same?  Which one counseled peace, benignity, and even suffering enormous insults and barbs without recourse to violence?  Ok, now which one not only engaged throughout his adult life in unchaste, promiscuous acts, to the point of taking very young girls as “wives,” treated women like cattle, and counseled same?  Which one founded a religion unique among all the non-primitive religions in directing the use of the most extreme violence against all non-believers?  Which religion has been spread virtually entirely by that violence?  Which one is opposed to reason and not only encourages, but seems to demand ignorance and backwardness?

I also have to ask why if these fighters are so brave and their cause so holy, why do they hide their face?

A little more.  In 2003, there were 35,000 Catholics in Mosul.  Now there are none.  An unintended consequence, to be sure, but one that was foreseeable all the same.  That dang war in Iraq unleashed chaos and extremism – just as Pope Saint John Paul II warned – that may never end.  And ancient Christian communities are being destroyed as a result.

The muslim goal is that there be no Christians at all in their “sacred” ummah.  This nation has done much to help bring that about:

The American Catholic Charities guy isn’t very impressive, but I was edified to see all those Chaldean Catholic women in veils.  Such a shame to know that all of that, in northern Iraq, at least, is gone.

I know there are relatively benign and even some good aspects to islam.  I know there are millions of relatively good muslims.  I guess. But I’m having an increasingly hard time not seeing it as a profoundly erroneous religion that seems predisposed to great evil.

And yet so many leaders in the Church slather completely unjustified attention and accolades on islam.  They are almost sycophants at time – good little dhimmis.

Two good sermons on the martial arts July 25, 2014

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I am just about out of time for the day, but hope you will enjoy the sermons below, both related to the martial arts, or Christianity’s more militant side.  The first is a good history of the Battle of Vienna of 1683, that awesome battle in which King Jan Sobieski and his winged hussars stopped islam’s final attempt (until now) to advance into the heart of Europe.  This priest is nothing if not a great story teller (but also very much more)!

The second is not historical, but examines aspects of serving in the military today.  Father starts off with a description of the life the martyr Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, who refused to fight for the immoral Nazi regime.  Sadly, our own country has veered so far into immorality, and the military in particular has been used as a vehicle to advance that immorality, that the proud tradition of military service in the United States is now more morally questionable than ever.  “Wars are punishments for the sins of the worlds.” Father considers just and unjust wars, and the distinction between fighting in them.  Many of the wars the US has fought over the past few decades, with our very troubling defense policy, are highly suspect (if not outright damnable) from a just war standpoint.  Thus, volunteering to serve in the US military is increasingly problematic.

This video may be controversial, I don’t know, but I think the points raised deserve the most serious examination:

You might bear in mind this priest is most well-suited by personal experience to speak on this topic.  I shall leave it at that.

 

Raging feminist professor who assaulted pro-lifers at UCSB pleads no contest July 24, 2014

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You remember the raging feminist professor who attacked pro-life students from Thomas Aquinas College at UC-Santa Barbara a few months ago?  She pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charges.  So, yay for justice? Money says she gets a slap on the wrist:

The pro-abortion feminist studies professor at University of California Santa Barbara who attacked a young pro-life activist, stole and destroyed her sign, and encouraged a group of students to violence, inciting an angry mob, has plead no contest to criminal charges.

The incident, which took place on March 4, saw two pro-life students Thrin and Joan Short, lead the peaceful pro-life outreach event with 11 friends, most of whom were students from Thomas Aquinas College.

They used signs displaying images of abortion victims to begin conversations with students before a confrontation by Professor of Feminist Studies, Mireille Miller-Young turned violent.  The angry professor interrupted the students’ calm interaction with the activists by grabbing a pro-life sign out of the hands of one of them, carrying the sign off through the campus flanked by her students, and then assaulting Thrin Short while trying to hide from police, who were on their way, the group said.

Police officers later found the remains of the sign, which had been destroyed. UC Santa Barbara police are completing their report to be submitted for prosecution.

Now, Miller-Young has entered a plea of nolo contendere (no contest) to the criminal charges against her, which include grand theft, vandalism, and battery. The plea means that she will be convicted on the three misdemeanor charges. A sentencing hearing has been set for late August, 2014.

This being California, and a really radically left wing college campus (one of the most thoroughly leftist in the country), and she being a radical feminist, I bet the total penalty comes down to 10 hours community service and a fine of less than $100.

Duties at college will count for community service, so the change in her life will be minimal.

The university has been very defensive and has imposed no known sanction against the professor (of a made up subject).  University officials have, for the most part, blamed the pro-lifers for the incident.

Peace and love, after all.  Until you get in our f—in’ way…….

Perry describes moral catastrophe from illegal immigration July 24, 2014

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Texas Governor Rick Perry gave an interview last night in which he outlined some truly calamitous results from absolutely unconstrained illegal immigration over the southern border of the United States.  Perry claimed some 3000 murders and 8000 sexual assaults were directly attributable to illegal immigrants – and just since 2008!  He also said 203,000 immigrants over that period had been jailed for one crime or another:

This is an absolute catastrophe on so many levels. Catastrophic for the victims, for the moral integrity of the state and nation, and even catastrophic for the perpetrators, who perhaps would not have found themselves in the circumstances to commit such crimes had they remain at home.  I don’t know how these figures were arrived at, or how accurate they are (or what they leave out – like how many people have been maimed for life due to the drunken driving that is epidemic among many Hispanic immigrants), but they point to just one “small” problem area with unconstrained immigration.

A local priest related a tale during a sermon some time back. It seemed a young Mexican man had wanted to come to the US.  He had even prayed to the Blessed Virgin to help him come here.  He tried this for months, but still he was unable to immigrate.  Then he tried praying to the demon “santa muerte,” and, what do you know, he made it to the US!  But then everything went horribly wrong.  He fell into gangs and drugs, committed many terrible crimes, and was sentenced to life in prison – a life ruined and a huge burden on this nation’s taxpayers.  He confessed to the priest that he did not know why things had gone so wrong.  The priest told him it was not God’s Will that he come to the US, that the Blessed Virgin had been protecting him by keeping him in Mexico, and that the demon lured him here and to ultimate destruction.

How many similar tales are there?!?  Perhaps not involving santa muerte, but who knows, it’s very popular in Mexico and Central America.

There is a good post here discussing a proper, non-ideological and unbiased (that is, not self-serving) Catholic approach to immigration, as outlined by Saint Thomas Aquinas.  Yes, there is a Christian duty to care for the less fortunate in our midst and even welcome strangers in certain regards, but a nation has a primary duty to safeguard its own citizens, promote the greater good, preserve morals, and prevent fractious spirits or those who refuse to assimilate the nation’s values into its midst.  There is also a reasonable limit – a nation does not have to permit itself to be overrun by huge numbers of immigrants in a short period of time, because doing so would pose a threat to the nation’s unity and the security and well-being of the existing citizenry.  Reasonable laws can be set, and no, not everyone has a “right” to come to this nation or any other.

All these things are eminently logical and clearly discernible from the natural law and human reason.  This ain’t rocket science.  And yet such reasonable and sensical policies seem utterly missing from the current debate, and, it must sadly be said, from the leadership (ahem) we’ve seen from our bishops on this matter.  Self-serving arguments are rarely convincing, but in this case it is sad to see self-interest cause reason and even what could be considered by many the greatest good, of all involved (citizen and non-citizen alike), to be cast aside.  It is also most dismaying to see the leadership of the Church in this country using the manipulative language and blatant emotionalism of the Left in this debate.  All of this is very far from the classical or traditional Catholic approach.

Build a fence.  Build a minefield.  Keep heavy patrols.  Use airborne sensors.  Whatever it takes. Israel has managed to cut illegal crossings along its own long border by 99% through fences and patrols. There is no reason this nation cannot do the same. Then we can talk about what to do with those here. Then we can talk about revising the broken immigration system. Then we can set reasonable limits and argue about them like mad, because reasonable people can disagree on such things.  But the present disastrous and immoral situation must end, before any other step can be taken.

And there is nothing injurious to Faith and Morals in saying so, in spite of all the rhetoric you hear to the contrary.

1914: The end of Western Civilization July 24, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, episcopate, General Catholic, history, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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Rorate has linked to a very interesting video from CNS (I’m not sure what has happened, CNS now trots out some very good, even very tradition-friendly material, while CNA has suddenly swung hard left – ultra-ultramontanism?) regarding the effect WWI had on Europe.  The claim made by the video by several historians is that WWI ended Western Civilization, and that we have been living in  a sort of hedonistic, strange twilight denouement ever since.  It’s not a claim I disagree with much.

This got me thinking though…..when did the “beginning of the end occur?”  1789?  1776?  Or perhaps, was it 1517?  Aye……..you could make a pretty powerful argument that what occurred starting in 1914 was a very predictable result of what occurred in 1517.  For protestantism fed rationalism, which fed hostility to religion, and then on to the endarkenment, radical new forms of government sequestering Christianity to an increasingly secondary status, and on and on through the slow decay of decades until finally, inexorably, Europe arrived at 1914.  It  is a certainty Europe has never recovered from the disasters of the First World War, and probably never will – at least not in its present construction.  Europe is one of many entities in the world that appears to desire final death and dissolution (witness the catastrophically low birth rates), to be replaced by something else, and some indeterminate point in the future.

Enough harangues from me, the video, which perhaps m any of you have already seen:

 

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Several points that cross my mind:

  • I think Rorate is right that the most significant remaining element of 2500 year old Western Civilization is the TLM, and with the TLM, complete re-birth is possible. There are some other elements remaining, as well, but primarily only observed by a limited few, often regarded as cranks or dismissed as hopelessly out of date.  It is interesting to consider whether the death wish towards the TLM that overtook many very influential mid-century Church leaders was part of this general rejection of all things European, Western, traditional, etc.  Think also on the cult of PC and the ludicrously exaggerated consideration expressed by Westerners towards “exotic” others – primitive jungle tribes have as valuable a “culture” as the West, or islam as a religion of “peace” equal to the Church, etc.
  • It would not necessarily be the greatest argument, but one could argue that it was the Central Powers in WWI who were the main defenders of traditional European culture, rather than the Entente.  Austria-Hungary was the most visibly Catholic government in Europe in 1914.  All the Central Powers were monarchies.  The war, in the minds of the Entente, came down to a struggle between stuffy, hidebound, reactionary monarchies and the new, liberal, “enlightened” (there’s that term, a coup of PR by the philosophes) democracies.  The Central Powers of course saw the opposite – they saw themselves as the defenders of traditional European government, societal order, etc., and France and Britain as dangerous, radical nations determined to destroy European civilization.  As the war dragged on, Kaiser Wilhelm II would fantasize about having all the prime ministers and other leaders of the Entente powers come and bend the knee before His Imperial Majesty, to prove the ultimate superiority of monarchism and traditional European values.  Now, this argument has several fallacies – there was probably no more traditional or authoritarian country in Europe in 1914 than Russia, and she was an Entente power, and there were ardent Catholics fighting for every country involved – but it’s interesting to consider.  From the standpoint of lovers of the Church and Western Civilization, there were no real “good guys” in WWI.  Everyone lost.
  • A final consideration is the fact that there is always something worse that can happen, and leftists/progressives/liberals have a knack for bringing that worse thing about.  WWI was a “triumph for democracy” in the victorious nations (it had to be something great, instead of what it was, the ultimate futile and pointless European war), but that “triumph” unleashed the hell of WWII.  The Entente Powers really did want to crush profound aspects of European culture and reshape the world according to their own liberal image. That was basically the main argument for the US entering the war – to “make the world safe for democracy.”  So all the monarchies of the Central Powers were deliberately crushed, and the same rhetoric and ideals fueled the Russian Revolution.  But the governments that rose from the ashes of WWI in Central Europe were either pathetically weak or even more monstrous constructs.  Today, progressives seem determined to see Christianity reduced to irrelevance, but what will come in Christianity’s train?  Something far worse, we can be assured.

But that makes no difference to us.  We shall always remain, as we know that Jesus Christ is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.  He did not promise us worldly victory or power.  He just promised that if we take up our cross and follow Him, we will have eternal life.

And that, is the point of it all.

 

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