City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, Basics, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Spiritual Warfare.
I’ve reported on this persecution before. The gomorrist mayor of Houston a few weeks ago, in a very politically motivated act, launched extremely invasive subpoenas against Houston area evangelical pastors who had opposed her radical pro-sodomite ordinance (including, among other things, provisions that allow men to use women’s public restrooms). This subpoena demanded all texts of sermons, e-mails, letters, recordings of conversations, texts, Tweets, or any other correspondence of any kind that touched on the mayor, the ordinance, “homosexuality,” and several other broad categories. There was a big uproar, and the City retrenched. But now a new and narrower but still egregious subpoena has been launched against the same pastors. It must be remembered this subpoena carries a strong stench of political retribution because the pastors supported a ballot petition to have the offending pro-sodomite ordinance put to a direct vote of the people. The City of Houston threw the petition out (even though it garnered 3 times the required signatures) – for unnamed “irregularities” – and opponents of the ordinance then sued the city. As punishment for such insolence, the city then subpoenaed the pastors, even though they had no direct involvement in the matter.
A few more details in the article quoted below, including the fact that Houston gomorrist mayor Anise Parker may be doing all this to further her post-mayoral political career by playing to the radical leftist/sodomite base:
……the city issued a revised subpoena, which narrows the information sought. From the City of Houston’s filing on Friday:
Request No. 12 originally read: All speeches, presentations, or sermons related to HERO, the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuals, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
Defendants hereby revise Request No. 12 as follows: All speeches or presentations related to HERO or the Petition prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.
…..It makes complete sense that Parker would make such a politically aggressive move. She is term limited. This is her lame-duck year in office. This national-news-attracting subpoena is base outreach, and I must compliment her because it is a much savvier move than any Wendy Davis has made. Davis is done. She had flash-in-the-pan popularity among a vocal minority on a widely unpopular issue, which she has long since squandered in issue ignorance and gross insensitivity. Parker is looking to replace Davis as the “It” Woman of the Progressive Left. She has the story, the polish, a better political resume, and intelligence. She just needed name recognition and Progressive cred outside of Houston. Facing off against churches will work for her…….
And thus, persecution of the Church will become a regular feature of left wing (including some Repubniks?) politics from now on, and Father Rodriguez and I have often opined. The Church continues to be compressed into a narrower and narrower space by the twin forces of islamism and sexular paganism.
The author of the piece, an attorney, also opines that Parker’s move is actually in line with current IRS law, which she claims does inhibit 501(c)3 charities from engaging in anything even remotely political. I think that a doubtful interpretation, but I was not surprised to see that it was dirty ol’ Lyndon Baines himself who instituted that law in order to crush church opposition to his senate run in 1954. And we see how the gifts of the progressive left just keep on giving!
The author does feel that Supreme Court would overturn any real IRS enforcement of this law, but I, for one, have little confidence that any matter brought before the Supreme Court can be predicted with any confidence. It’s a crap shoot with those “Catholics in good standing” on the Court every time.
One piece of advice the author gives to churches I do share: gird your loins. We are going to see much, much more of this as it becomes increasingly politically popular to persecute Christians.
I must also reiterate this subpoena apparently affected no Catholic churches or pastors in Houston, because none had taken a strong stand against this immoral ordinance.
Via Eponymous Flower, it seems Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s Atlanta archdiocese has tacked into the new direction of the wind blowing in the Church, and now has a Shrine of the Immaculate Conception – perhaps to make the blasphemy even greater – supporting the Atlanta
gay pride parade of self-loathing and perversion run wild. This event already took place on Tuesday past:
Archbishop Wilton Daniel Gregory, former President of the UCCB and current Archbishop of Atlanta, has authorized the use of The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and support for participating in the secular Gay Pride Parade. The event took place on October 14th and the Shrine is listed as a sponsor endorsing the event.
The laity in Atlanta has done nothing, and a cursory search of the internet shows no concern about this event, either.
It’s on the site of the first church built in Atlanta and was first referred to as a shrine in 1954.
Here’s an image of the daily bulletin, where the Shrine promotes the “Gay Pride Parade.”
Do note the “LGBT” potluck at lower right. It seems this parish has had a longtime problem comprehending 2000 years of unchanging Christian belief regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. They are listed on the heretical and condemned “New Ways Ministry” website as “gay friendly.” I do note that list at the link is a fair bit longer than it was a year or two ago. Lord have mercy.
You really, really do not want to check out their parish website. Photos of pastor, deacon, and many others set my gaydar ringing at level 9.
The future of the new worldly church?
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross.”
If you want to know, at least in fair part, how this came to be, read this. It was the WWII and “silent” generations that, while being perhaps fiscally and politically somewhat conservative, were truly radical morally. It was this generation that embraced contraception en masse and oversaw (without much criticism) the explosion of sexual immorality it produced. It was this generation that constantly patted itself on the back for exploding old social mores as obsolete and counterproductive. Now they look back on what they’ve wrought and pat themselves on the back. Not all, of course, but the vast majority. Yes, I’m being harsh and judgmental, but civilizational collapses don’t just happen, they happen because millions of people drop the torch handed down to them by their predecessors. And it was the generation born roughly 1910-1940 that really, truly, screwed the pooch. The boomers just built on what was already a large and broad foundation of social revolution inherited from their parents, uncles, teachers, etc. Again, the “60s” didn’t just emerge out of a vacuum, it was the natural response to decades of shirking traditional morality and undermining Christian belief in formerly Christian countries.
It is worse than useless to attempt conciliation with the revolutionary spirit abroad in the world October 21, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, the enemy.
So said Pope Leo XIII’s biographer Fr. Bernard O’Reilly, writing in 1886. I think his comments are a rebuke to many in the Church who think they can make nicey-nice with the world and still keep some semblance of doctrinal integrity. In fact, what the world demands, what the secular elite demands, is total apostasy. A few quotes from Life of Pope Leo XIII, published 1887:
In truth, it would have been worse than useless to attempt to conciliate the spirit which rules the governments, and administrations, the legislatures, or the revolutionary press during all these fateful years. Conciliation, so far as they were concerned, meant more than to compromise on the most sacred principles; it meant virtual, if not formal, renouncement of one’s most cherished and conscientious convictions. It meant apostasy.
End quote. But even 130 years ago, there were far too many priests and even, then, a handful of bishops who were ready to suborn the Church to the errors of the world, especially those most revolutionary errors unleashed in 1789, which became the replacement religion for a growing number of Churchmen as the 1800s advanced. As Father O’Reilly notes, these internal enemies of the Church were the worst right religion has ever had:
It is not to be denied that among the very worst enemies of religion in Italy from 1846 to 1886 were some of her own ministers. Among these may have been men of unimpeachable moral conduct, who, carried away by the powerful current of revolutionary ideas and sentiments……….deemed the established religion as an obstacle and an enemy, and combated it with all their might.
End quote. So, the crisis we face today has had a long history of preparation. Satan loves to make use of priests and bishops of God’s Holy Church who have fallen into sin and error (almost invariably, both – as Aquinas and many other Doctors have said, public error is almost invariably driven by private sin). But I don’t know if ever in the Church’s history satan has been able to capture so many priests, so many bishops, so many cardinals, and then we have the special problem of the moment, the Holy Father himself. I stop short of tying the Holy Father directly to satan’s influence……..I just can’t do it, right now.
There have been some really excellent, if very troubling, articles on the Synod of Darkness in the secular press of late. Rorate quoted one, and I read this one last night. Really very strong and disconcerting commentary. I highly recommend reading both pieces.
Both authors reach the same conclusion I reached a year ago, and have repeated from time to time since: this Kasperite gambit attacking marriage, the family, and now the Church’s opposition to sodomy, is of such significance that even a slight weakening of “pastoral” practice in their regard will be – not could be, but will be - sufficient to utterly obliterate not just the Moral Doctrine of the Faith, all of which is so tightly interrelated and intertwined, but also destroy any and all remaining moral authority the Church has. As Rorate stressed, these radical modernist cardinals and bishops are actually pursuing the destruction of their own office and influence, but I’m not sure if they view that as a feature or a bug. New Catholic got it exactly right: “No Marriage, No Infallibility, No Papacy, No Catholic Church.”
I believe many in the Church, especially in the West and most especially in the episcopate in Western countries, are thoroughgoing modernists who have exchanged faith in worldly sexular paganism for faith in Jesus Christ. Some or perhaps even many or most may be actively, consciously seeking out the destruction of the Church. These men are essentially unreachable absent a moral miracle. But I do suspect there are also a good number who have simply not thought the logic of their actions through, who are so swept up in their own narrow concerns, their church taxes, the applause of the world, and enormous peer pressure, that they are contributing to a course whose resolution they would not want to see realized. Now is a very good time for these men to step back and take a very hard, very prayerful look at what they are unleashing on Christ’s Church. Because I do fully agree that the Church Herself, or at least Her human element, hangs in the balance with the radical, soul and doctrine destroying heresies some are trying to codify in Church practice if not formally in law (but I wouldn’t hold my breath on the latter, either).
I’ll conclude with some of Rorate’s comments on the fate of the Church hanging in the balance with a dangerously novel Holy Father and a group of radicals in the episcopate eager to divorce the Church from the Bridegroom:
If divorce and remarriage are acceptable, in “specific circumstances” and after a “path of penance”, then certainly Our Lord Jesus Christ can rightfully repudiate and divorce his newly-adulterous Catholic Bride.Yes, the stakes are that high, though some have not completely grasped that they are digging their own grave…….………Anarchy and subversion are not a one-way street, cardinal Marx, two can play that game: if you like to destroy Divine Law by dismissing it as “taboo”, then beware:the next taboo to fall is your claim to speak for anyone but yourself.
He’s just a peach of a man. And this is the one who does “serene theology” and is the most influential theologian for this pontificate?
But when you’re the big man’s boy, the “designated success,” you can get away with anything. Anyone who follows the news knows that the self-anointed elites are above the rules they create for the rest of us, and I’m certain Kasper the Klown Kardinal (KKK for short) counts himself in that camp.
First, KKK made the amazing statement to the unquestioning, fawning German Catholic mainstream media that he didn’t even speak at the Synod. It took about 5 seconds for that lie to be exposed:
This Monday, Franca Giansoldati in Il Messaggero reported Kasper’s words on the outcome of the Synod: among other things, he said the following:
“I am not disappointed. There was just a discussion, and now the issue will be deepened. I did not speak at the Synod, I did not want to push my positions. It will be seen, I am calm.”Why did he say that? Because the atmosphere in Rome is so heavy for him after the defeat of the manipulation strategy of which he was the centerpiece during the historic debates of October 16, as well as due to his anti-African words and his lying about it, that he wanted to appear “above the fray,” and save his doomed position safely for the 2015 assembly.Well, that did not last for long. Shortly after this declaration became public, Matteo Matzuzzi, religious correspondent for Il Foglio,tweeted back:
“Card. Kasper: ‘I did not speak at the Synod’. But the official records of the Press Office show that he spoke on October 8, in the afternoon.“Could it be that lying is the entire foundation of his theology? No wonder, as Roberto de Mattei proved, his entire thesis on “communion for remarried divorcees” is based on an immensely and embarrassingly deceptive presentation of historical evidence. Is it possible that this is just the way his mind works always? If so, it does not appear that more “Church Tax Money” is the right answer.
Lie and threaten, lie and threaten, with the occasional disdainful remark: it seems to be his modus operandi. Does this merit a theological award or perhaps, rather, another kind of more thorough evaluation?
Even if he had not spoken, what of it? It is his proposal that drove the discussion, it was his minions in the German episcopate that made the favorable interventions (primarily)……so even this false claim is preposterous and dumb on its face.
But that’s not all KKK’s been up to. He’s evidently hopping mad at Cardinal Burke for having the temerity to question his most exalted and serene authority:
Another comment made by Cardinal Kasper in speaking with Kath.net is quite breathtaking: he talked again about a “deliberate dirty trick” to denounce him. [Oh, now speaking one's mind in defense of the Faith is a "deliberate dirty trick!" Just how exalted an opinion does KKK have of himself?] “The fact that Catholic media (and unfortunately a cardinal in person) should participate in it, in order to tear down another position morally, is shameful,” Kasper opined.[Hello? Pot, kettle? The claim is outrageous anyway. He hasn't hesitated to tear down his opposition. He just doesn't like return fire]When Kath.net asked as a follow-up question who that cardinal was, Kasper unfortunately gave no answer. The retired Curial Cardinal announced, however, that “other journalists” are going to take action against such “undignified machinations”
So now it’s with threats! How is that for “undignified machinations?” KKK, you are a prince among men, I tell you what! A one man demonstration of all that is wrong with the Church. Please keep talking! Please please please don’t shut your mouth! A few more months of this and you will have so discredited yourself and your position that no one with a conscience will be able to approach within 15 feet of you.
But, then again, I would take that threat pretty seriously. This is pretty conclusive evidence that much of the “mainstream Catholic” media is deeply in bed with the modernists – as if we needed confirmation of that! It does further indicate the bankruptcy of the modernist’s position and their own incredible immorality, at least as evidenced by their own chosen leader. Once again, sort of restating the obvious, but there is some benefit when the wolf in sheep’s clothing shows his teeth.
What a scandalous little man. Incredible.
Helpful tips for our times…….. October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, catachesis, episcopate, error, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, Grace, Holy suffering, manhood, Papa, persecution, scandals, secularism, sickness, silliness, Society.
…….I thought at least the male readers might find this useful:
Maybe it’s just better to wear pants.
This is more romantic:
Whatever the motivation, we’ve got to keep up the fight. The Synod, whatever it was – minor setback, major defeat, or pre-planned retrenchment after the introduction of soul-destroying novelties – will be back next year. We’ll see much more that is disturbing and upsetting between now and then. So keep ‘em girt, strap on your armor, or whatever you need to do to be ready to fight.
That didn’t take long – Idaho preachers threatened with jail if they don’t perform sodo-weddings October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
A federal court just last week overturned Idaho’s law defining marriage as it has always been understood (can we even comprehend anymore how INSANE it is that such laws were even necessary, but not only that, are now being overturned by judicial fiat!?!). We denizens of the 5th Circuit Court are now, I believe, the only part of the nation that have not had sodo-marriage foisted on them, yet. But it’s only a matter of time.
OK, so a judge contradicts probably the teachings of his own “faith” and 10,000 years of human civilization and decides that Idaho must allow sodomites and lesbians to pretend marry, and then recognize that pretension as actual marriage. But we’ve always been assured that our “religious freedom” enshrined in the 1st Amendment would mean that Christian churches would have an out.
Ha! That’s so yesterday, bible-humper! Get with the program! They will force themselves on the churches, just wait and see:
City officials in Coeur d’Alene Idaho have told a married couple who are both ordained ministers that they will go to jail if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for gay couples.
The Alliance for Defending Freedom has filed suit against the city and asked for a temporary restraining order to prevent officials from carrying out their threat…..
……City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both ordained ministers who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, are required to perform such ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The couple would face 180 days in jail and up to $1000 in fines per day if they dared to adhere to their religious beliefs………
….This is a law that manifestly violates the Constitution so I wouldn’t expect any court in America to uphold the city statutue.
Oh please! 20 years ago not a judge in the country would have found a law defining marriage as between one man and one woman UNconstitutional, so don’t tell us how much protection that piece of paper gives us now! It gives none! It fact, it is often used as a pacifier to lull us to sleep, believing the Constitution really will protect religious believers, the family, etc, etc, until one day, like magic, it doesn’t. That’s another damnable aspect of this so-called representative democracy.
According to the state of Idaho, if a person or church marries anyone, it must “marry” these people who define themselves according to their perversion. How long will the Church herself be able to refuse?
This ludicrous redefinition of marriage will be the law of the land in all 50 states within 6 months. Then what? It won’t be five minutes before the Catholic Church is sued for refusing/failing to “marry” these poor lost souls. And how many parishes/dioceses will cave without a fight?
I know a large number of nominal conservative Christians who think this issue is no big deal. They think it doesn’t really affect them, so they don’t really care. Well, guess what? They will be made to care? This sodo-lobby will not stop until they receive unending adulation from everyone, or at the very least have the obvious ability to bend whomever they desire to their will. Resistance will be crushed. Disagreement will not be tolerated.
Thus, the vehicle of the persecution. With how many agents already not just in the Church, but serving as Her priests and prelates?
Post-Synod Notes: Kasper’s “Replacement” and reward, the German’s motivation, and the punishments will continue until morale improves October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
There has been copious coverage since Friday on the Synod and its after-effects. I’m sure we will still be processing this most disconcerting and tempestuous of fortnights for some time to come. I did see a few notes I wanted to bring to your attention. Some may be old news. Taken together they do start to reveal a certain picture, if you will.
First, while Cardinal Kasper’s reputation seems badly damaged publicly (one would hope, in fact, he would be finished), it seems the Germans are ready to continue advancing “his” errors to the end. In fact, the head of the German bishop’s conference, Cardinal Marx, seems to have happily taken the mantle of revolution upon himself (my emphasis and comments)
Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried.
“Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things,” the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. [St. Vincent of Lerins: "To announce, therefore, to Catholic Christians anything besides that which they have received has never been lawful, is lawful nowhere, and never will be lawful; and to anathematize those who announce anything besides that which has been once received has always been necessary. This being the case, is there anyone of such audacity as to teach other than that which has already been taught in the Church, or anyone of such levity as to receive anything besides that which he has once received from the Church? Sadly, Saint Vincent, there is.] Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper.
“We cannot change the Church,” Cardinal Marx said, “but we have not understood everything yet.” He stressed that the Church should serve all of the faith, not dividing them “into first class or second class or third class.” [You know, Cardinal Marx is quite right. Which is why I fail to understand why he wants to relegate those few faithful souls who do abide by all the Church's belief - or strive to do so to their utmost - to a "third class" equivalence to those who persist in manifest states of grave sin. Having a marriage fall apart is not a small "oopsie," it is a first class disaster for all involved, horribly wounds children (often irrevocably), and inflicts serious damage on the Church and the entire culture. But that is forgotten in this headlong rush to inflict leftist revolution on the Church.]
I guess I cannot say that Kardinal Kasper’s reputation is that sullied….he is being feted and awarded by the Catholic University of America. The party is Nov. 6 and all are invited. Perhaps some faithful Catholics could let this soul – in such desperate straits, whether he will acknowledge it or not – hear some charitable correction. I think it would be quite hilarious for a large number of African-American Catholics to show up and question him.
So what is up with the German bishops? Why are they so hell bent on inflicting revolution on the Church? While Pope Francis may be the ultimate author of this revolutionary push, it is the bishops of the Germanic countries that make up the core of his support and backing, intellectually, politically, and, especially, economically. So is this just more evil from that most perverse of races (apparently), which has brought us little but error for the past 500 years (Lutheranism, rationalism, modernism, Hegelianism, Heidegger, Nietzsche , Marx, Hitler, etc)? Or is it something else? Hint:
In Germany, Catholics are leaving the Church in droves, as an average of 140,000 formally abandon the Faith annually.* This is easy to track, because numbers are publicly reported in a system where Germans pay 8-9% of their income tax to receive the Sacraments. The church tax is administered by the State on behalf of the Church through a payroll deduction, for a lucrative 2-3% processing fee.
Apparently, more and more German Catholics resent this tax (and especially, the firm declaration that those who refuse to pay it WILL be denied the Sacraments, no exceptions allowed. Thus, most Germans view the Catholic Church as a cold, hard, self-interested bureaucracy that only cares for its own comfort and convenience:
First, the ordinary Germans are correct. The Catholic Church is Germany’s second-largest employer with 690,000 employees. (That’s 7 times the size of Mercedes Benz, folks.) Bishops take home between $10,000 and $15,000 per MONTH, and they don’t pay for their residence, their cars or their upkeep. You can read all about it here, but suffice to say that the German Catholic Church has been a gravy train for clerics for the last 60 years. [Think about that. 700,000 employees. That is twice as many as GM, Ford, and Chrysler - combined. Over $6 billion a year in direct income for the German bishops from the tax, much of which winds up in secular investments, with the bishops themselves the recipients of much of the windfall. The German episcopate is about the most disconnected from the Apostolic example in the entire world. But money buys lots and lots of influence.]
Second, the gravy train is about to come to an end. Fully 140,000 Germans leave the Church every year. Plus, a demographic cliff looms, and the Germans — world masters at corporate planning — can see the end coming very clearly. Estimates vary, but basically in 15-20 years the well will run dry. The old people will die. The young people won’t pay.
And so the whole “mercy” gambit is just a desperate hope that they can keep that gravy train rolling on, that they can woo people to separate with a very substantial part of their income in exchange for happily confirming them in their error and sin. I have no word for it, but disgusting. They are attacking Jesus Christ for filthy lucre.
Finally, I have held out a silent, pious hope that the events of late last week might have shocked Pope Francis out of his present……..support for novelty. I mentioned that to a few folks, who told me they thought my hope forlorn. Well, unfortunately, they were probably right. Rather than reconsider his position viz a viz the mind of the Church after the setback at the Synod, it appears the revolutionaries plan to double down on the authoritarian repression and deform the makeup of the hierarchy even more in their favor:
A couple of Italian papers have mentioned it during the weekend and also this Monday (Il Messaggero; Corriere della Sera). As a punishment for his defense of the orthodox faith against the subversive and heretical attempts of his fellow countryman Walter “A Good African is a Quiet African” Kasper and his position of firm resistance before and during the Synod, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Müller, would be sent to Siberia. Sorry, to Germany.
There are at least two major Sees available in Kirchensteuerland: Berlin, vacant, and his own hometown of Mainz, whose bishop, the Kasperite Cardinal Lehmann, is almost 79 by now.
This should open a wide path for the also widely rumored complete dismantling of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith so that it might become an inefficient ornament…….
……….Speaking of Papa Wojtyla, all reports (also in Il Messaggero this Monday) and rumors also converge in one direction: the new stage of the current purge will not stop at the Ratzingerians (such as Burke or Müller), but would now reach the Wojtylians as well. All conservative Poles in the Curia, and their allies, will be removed when the Curial reform takes place. Their offices could be simply extinguished or merged, and the new leadership would certainly be of a new (actually old liberal) kind.
Some may say “oh, it’s just a rumor!” Yeah, but on how many “rumors” has the Italian press been right in the past 6-12 months? Pretty much every one of any significance. But it’s all my fault for reporting it. Whatever.
Final final thought: Oh Father AG, is this the wagon you have hitched yourself and your order to? Is this what you expected and desired? Are you happy with the direction in which the Church is being led? Or is all this again just the fevered imaginings of us poor lost evil trads, the very worst people in the universe, according to you?
Quick post: Michael Matt on the Synod October 20, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, catachesis, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, SOD, the return.
This came out on Thursday and I meant to post Friday but did not get to it, as usual. Some pretty good comments below. Even with the “triumph” of the “orthodox?” at the Synod and the (temporary?) blocking of the agenda of Pope Francis (from this point forward, I will attribute this synodal gambit to its obvious author), there is still much to be dismayed over the course of events this past two weeks. The disastrous relation is out there, confirming souls in error, millions have been scandalized, radical errors put forward, sin abounds, etc., etc……so perhaps we should not be too cheered that at the 11th hour the wound to the Church turned out not to be life-threatening, but only very serious. We are still in unprecedented times, the threat of schism is real, and it has become perfectly obvious that we have perhaps the most doctrinally radical Pope in the history of the Church.
That is to say, we have a very great deal to still be concerned and vigilant about.
I do think Matt may go a bit too negative at times. I’m not sure what time of day this video was recorded, I tend to think it was before the “revolt” that occurred on Thursday was clear. I am certain he was unaware of some of the vote tallies that have now been leaked on some of these matters – the scandalous comments about sodomites were opposed more than 2:1, and the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Blessed Sacrament by a large majority. So it was not just a small but vocal minority opposing these destructive novelties – it was the large preponderance of the prelates. And further commentary over the weekend implies that this papacy may be badly weakened as a result of being shown to be so distant from the mind of the Church. But we shall see.
I will add this little bit – I do not know how many people answered Cardinal Burke’s call to prayer, and specifically the Chaplet of the Holy Face, but I know we prayed it as a family intently. I am convinced that to whatever extent Doctrine has been preserved and the forces of relative orthodoxy strengthened, it was due to the prayers of the faithful, so please do not stop even though the Synod is over for now. The threat remains.
Flightline Friday: The End of the Line for the SLUF October 17, 2014Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, awesomeness, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, General Catholic, history, non squitur, silliness, Society.
Today marked the final retirement of the incredible Vought A-7 Corsair II from military service. The Hellenic Air Force retired their last A-7H at Araxos airbase just today, Friday, October 17 2014, completing 49 years of active service. The Greeks, like everyone who flew it, loved their SLUFs. Derived from the GREATEST MILITARY AIRCRAFT EVER!11!, the Vought F-8 Crusader, the A-7 served with the US Navy, Air Force, and the air forces of Portugal and Greece.
Designed as a light attack aircraft replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, the A-7 was developed incredibly quickly. From contract award to entry into service was less than 3 years – utterly unheard of today, but very possible for the amazing aerospace industry this country once had. Of course, it helped that the A-7 leveraged a whole bunch from the F-8 design, but it was a substantially new aircraft. It was also not cripplingly expensive.
The A-7 had much better range-payload capability than the A-4 it replaced, and when lightly loaded could even serve as a fighter. In fact, because of their longer legs, low operating costs, and high fuel efficiency, A-7s were routinely assigned to escort Soviet bombers that frequently shadowed US carrier battle groups.
The A-7 first entered squadron service in 1965 and went into combat in 1966. It served throughout the Vietnam war in increasing numbers.
While derived from the nearly Mach 2 Crusader, the A-7 was a subsonic bomb truck with, for its time, unprecedented accuracy, especially in the A-7D and E versions. Developed for the Navy, the Air Force was compelled to purchase a large number of A-7s, lacking an alternative strike aircraft to buy in the late 60s. USAF resented that greatly, and after Vietnam ended (in which the A-7D acquitted itself admirably), rapidly transferred the A-7Ds from active service to the Guard and Reserve. In fact, the A-7D was still in production, so, unusually, the Air Force was procuring a new aircraft for the Guard, instead of the usual hand-me-downs they received. This continued into the 1980s. The A-7 became the prime aircraft of the Air National Guard during the mid-late 70s, and was a heck of a capable aircraft. Pilots loved its stability, maneuverability, reliability, and bombing accuracy. The A-7 had a very capable digital bombing system.
As the 80s wore on, more and more A-7s were replaced by F-16s and A-10s in the Air Force and F-18s in the Navy. The F-18 may have been a way better fighter than the A-7 but it was much shorter ranged, a problem that continues to afflict the F-18 to this day. In the late 80s, the Air Force actually wanted a supersonic aircraft to replace the very slow A-10. Yes, USAF has never been entirely comfortable with the A-10. While a variant of the F-16 was favored by the brass, the Army balked at a short ranged light fighter in the close air support role, and Vought saw a chance to stay in the fighter business by redesigning the A-7 to take a much more powerful and modern engine, the F100, and make the SLUF supersonic like it’s F-8 parent. But the end of the Cold War brought all those plans to an end and the A-7 left service in 1993 after a final swan song, in naval service, in the first Gulf War.
I’m out of time, so that means videos.
First a late 80s video of an ANG A-7 on a bombing run:
Navy birds, terrible soundtrack:
Better quality footage, even worse soundtrack. You can see an A-7D operating from a roadway, which used to be done back in the Cold War in case the balloon ever went up. There were some sort of plans to use roads as alternative bases, as it was assumed the main airbases would not last long in a WWIII environment:
Great Planes documentary on the type. Best video I could find on the SLUF. Has some good info on the YA-7F Mach 1.6 supersonic variant:
Finally, given the auspicious nature of today being the final flight of an A-7, two vids from the HAF with A-7s playing down low. Lots of napalm, and super low level sea flight:
God willing, next week will be better than this last.
I have been as heartened as anyone to read about developments late this week at the Synod of Darkness (or Death, or Doom, or…..), when it seems an orthodox counteroffensive has made plain that at least most of the Synod Fathers are strongly opposed to the extreme, Doctrine-destroying novelties a narrow modernist-leftist cabal – centered, it must be said, on this Pope of unprecedented radicalism – and will not go along with the Kasperite (or is that Bergoglian?) gambits. However, the modernists set up this entire Synod process incredibly in their favor, there is still the matter of the final report AND the entire second session next year, and as Rorate notes, they still control all the organizational elements in the Synod through Francis-appointed Cardinal Baldiserri and other apparatchiks, and thus tremendous power to manipulate events. While I happily repeat Rorate’s translation of an Italian article on yesterday’s orthodox counter-offensive (and add some commentary), I would caution folks to keep praying intensely because this thing is far from over.
And I fear, as I stated yesterday, the final report was written weeks or months ago and will be unleashed in spite of what the Synod members do. But we’ll see:
Soon after nine yesterday morning, cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary to the Synod, takes the floor and announces that the relationes of the circuli minores would not be made public. A reverse course from what had always happened in the past and affirmed in the previous days. In other words, only the Relatio post disceptationem, signed by Cardinal Erdo and written by Abp. Bruno Forte, would have been fed to the press. Against the novelty presented by Baldisseri, rose up Cardinal George Pell, who strongly contested the decision. After him, a long line of Fathers, from the Archbishop of Brussels, Abp. Léonard, to that of Durban, Cardinal Napier, asked for the matter to be at least put to a vote. Even the Secretary of State took the floor. And all in the atmosphere of a stadium, with standing ovation and even some booing. The Pope, seated at the presidency table, looked on, impassive. At the end, as Cardinal Christoph Schönborn would say some hours later at the press conference, “the decision to render public the relationes of the circuli was taken by large majority.” The texts are clear, and go in an opposite direction as the one upheld by Cardinal Walter Kasper. [Rorate is claiming the influence of Kasper and Forte (he of the highly questionable orientation) is finished. We'll see]