Dang………wrong Georgia. I was getting ready to move! I add emphasis and comments:
Priests [priests!] and thousands of other Georgians broke through police barricades and forced gay rights activists to flee on Friday, cutting short their rally to mark the international day against homophobia. [I say, good for them, as long as they were non-violent]Holding banners saying “Stop Homosexual Propaganda in Georgia!” and “Not in our city!”, the demonstrators swarmed into a square in central Tbilisi where about 50 Georgians [50 whole people!] were rallying in support of gay rights. Police escorted the gay rights supporters onto buses and drove them away to avoid violence.Several people, including some journalists, received minor injuries, Georgian media said.“We won’t allow these sick people to hold gay parades in our country,” said Zhuzhuna Tavadze, brandishing a bunch of nettles and adding that she was ready to fight.
Why aren’t liberals more critical of islam? May 17, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, demographics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society.
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I found this post on a blog I don’t read very often, bookwormroom, discussing the very strange and really nonsensical phenomenon of why liberals constantly attack Christianity, but bend over backwards, upside down, and inside out, to give islam a pass. I think it has some merit, but also misses some rather significant reasons:
The article I read on this subject is Benjamin Wiker’s “Why aren’t liberals more critical of Islam?” In it, he posits that, because secularism arose within and in opposition to a Christian Europe and America, Christianity was its original enemy. Giving proof, however, to my repeated claim that “Progressives” are actually profoundly “regressive,” secularists (i.e., Leftists) continue their battle with Christianity despite that particular war having ended long ago. Judaism and Christianity absorbed the better parts of secularism while holding on to their core religious principles. [Well, the author is probably quite right regarding the absorption of secularism, but I would argue that doing so has badly disfigured Christianity and left the Church - and Christianity in general - in a profound crisis. Because secularism and Christianity are not complimentary ideologies, but implacably hostile ones. To the extent the Church and various sects have embraced secularism, they have been wounded by the experience. The Catholic Church fought mightily against doing so for three or more centuries, then suddenly tore down the bastions of resistance in the latter half of the 20th century. The result has been catastrophe, the biggest, most universal collapse in the practice of the Faith the Church has seen in its 2000 year history]
Because they are locked forever in an ideological time warp, says Wiker, liberals (or Progressives or Leftists or whatever else they call themselves to avoid the taint their ideas leave behind) cannot contemplate the possibility that there is another enemy, greater than their old foe Christianity.
And here I think the author makes a critical mistake. Yes, it is ludicrous that progressives ignore the truly monstrous ideology of islam, which poses at present a far more direct threat to progressives interests than does Christianity, but perhaps the progressives aren’t so blind and dumb as we think. Secular pagan progressivism is locked in a death struggle with Christianity. Secularism knows that a culture can either embrace secular values, or Christian ones, but not both. So, even though secularism is at present highly ascendent, and the Church and Christianity in general quite moribund, secularism still knows that the most existential threat to its existence resides in Christiainity. I think secularists are highly confident that they can pervert and corrupt islam much more easily than they have Christianity. They may be wrong about that, but there are many signs they are not. For one thing, as islam has become exposed to the modern world, their birth rate has collapsed at a rate faster than any seen in recorded history (true for most countries, not all, but most). Islamic embrace of the worst of western immorality, like rampant porn use, is another sign that islam may not stand up to secularism. But, at the same time, islam possesses such a perverse moral code, many muslims see no problem in brutally subjugating their wives and daughters while getting off to western porn at night. Such isn’t even seen as immoral.
I think there is something to the idea that pagan sexularism cannot recognize the threat of islam for many reasons, one of the most prime of which is the inherent hostility towards Christianity creating an attitude of sophist admiration for any non-Christian religion, a willingness to turn a blind eye to the deformed immoralities of islam or voodoo or whatever, and seeing in these groups a falsely benign alternative to “evil” Christianity. Sort of along the lines of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
In fact, the author Wiker noted above gets it, whereas I don’t think bookworm did. Secularists are not only blind to the fact that all other religions are highly deficient in comparison to Christianity, and most of them are much more violently hostile to secularism, but secularism needs these other religions to be “good” in order to continue painting Christianity in a bad light. Secularism needs to be able to say that “islam is the religion of peace,” in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, so they can claim that Christianity is the religion of death and war. Even though that is completely inside out and upside down. As pretty much all secularist thinking is.
But while the radical pagan sexularists of the modern West may have huge blind-spots, they are not dumb. Or not as dumb as they act. While we Catholics may look around and say “what else could the secularists do to destroy our culture?,” the secularists look around and see a very unfinished job. They are not nearly done driving Christianity, and especially the embodiment of it, the Church, from the public square. Sexular paganism with a strong socialist bent has as its highest imperative the destruction of Christianity. I fear things will get much, much worse, before they get better.
But, we know how the story will end. So, never fear. It can actually be a very good thing to live in a time of persecution. Both white and red martyrdom atone for many sins, and may speed one’s way to Heaven. All we need to worry about is our own personal practice of virtue and adhering to the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church. Nothing else really matters.
Dear Lord: Another Gosnell, this time in Texas May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, disaster, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, shocking, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Operation Rescue, Life News, and Jill Stanek are all covering a huge story that broke yesterday while I was in pointless training, about abortionist Doug Karpen and his Houston mill, where several former mill workers have stepped forward – and provided copious evidence – of the same atrocious conditions, illegal very late-term abortions, and killing of babies after being born that we saw with Dr. Joseph Mengele Kermit Gosnell. I am certain this will be far from the last such revelations of illegal child-murder at abortion mills. I must warn you, this story is horribly graphic. From Jill Stanek:
Operation Rescue and Life Dynamics have released photos, video, and witness testimony about a late-term abortionist in Houston, Texas, who routinely murders babies in horrendous ways after he aborts them alive.
Three former employees of abortionist Douglas Karpen (pictured below left) have come forward with shocking testimony, which they have corroborated with video and photos.
In the video below Gigi Aguliar, Deborah Edge, and Krystal Rodriguez say Karpen aborts babies beyond the legal limit in Texas of 24 weeks.
The informants also say they witnessed Karpen routinely kill babies after they were born by puncturing the soft spot or impaling the stomach with a sharp instrument, twisting the head off, or puncturing the throat with his finger.
They maintain babies Karpen aborted babies alive and then murdered them “daily.”
There are also horribly graphic photos at Life News and Jill Stanek’s blogs linked above. I really don’t feel like having them on my blog, they are beyond horrific. Two little babies so hideously mangled……..ours is a sick, fallen world. How can we “aggiornamento” such a world, that is so utterly sick and fallen. Our Lord Himself said he prayed not for the world, but for His Own………
……The abortion lobby and media have been claiming Kermit Gosnell was an anomaly, while pro-life activists know there are many more just like him. How can it not be that late-term abortionists blur the line between preborn and postborn?
I urge the TMB and AG Abbott to reopen their investigation of Karpen, particularly in light of the fact that the U.S. Congress has now launched a probe into shoddy abortion clinics, late-term abortions, and live birth abortions.
By now Abbott, pictured right, has received a letter from the House Judiciary Committee inquiring how he is enforcing the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act and how limits on late-term abortions are enforced.
Operation Rescue has many more details on this developing story, including video shot within the clinic.
It is true, they do. And while conditions at Karpen’s mill in Houston are not as bad as those in Kermit Gosnell’s baby assasination factory, they are still highly unsanitary and septic. Looking at the picture of Karpen’s abortuary, I was reminded of the nasty-looking Routh St. mill on Central Expy in Dallas. Same dingy exterior, covering up, I am told, a rather nasty, dirty interior.
Unbelievably, Operation Rescue had submitted the evidence to the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbot, and the Texas Medical Board for review, in 2012. They were told by the TMB, in an unsigned letter, that the case was dismissed due to “insufficient evidence.” I bet their scrambling to re-examine that evidence right now. And Attorney General Greg Abbot had better be on the ball on this one, as should Harris County DAs.
There is no question many state and other medical boards are supportive of, and have close connections to, the abortion industry. So, getting medical boards to condemn mills generally takes heavy political pressure. We’ve seen around the country that state boards or other supervisory agencies have historically been ridiculously lax, callously lax, in investigating complaints regarding mills, and in conducting thorough-going inspections, reviews of records, etc. But given how much money NARAL, Planned Barrenhood, the Hershey fund, etc., throw around, this probably shouldn’t surprise us. Abortion is a multi-billion dollar nexus of evil, and the prime selling point to induce doctors to perform them has always been money.
If you want to help insure this case isn’t buried by abortion-industry bought influence, please, in yoru charity, consider contacting the following responsible officials:
Mike Anderson, District Attorney Harris County, Texas
1201 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77002-1923
Greg Abbott, Attorney General of Texas
Office of the Attorney General
PO Box 12548
Austin, TX 78711-2548
Voice: (512) 463-2050
Texas Medical Board
Tower 3, Suite 610
Austin, TX 78701
Voice: (512) 305-7010
How our cardinals do sin…. May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Abortion, Basics, contraception, disaster, episcopate, error, horror, scandals, self-serving, shocking, Society, the return.
Cardinals are the very princes of the Church. They are men given great Grace to elect the Pope, in addition to the torrents of Grace available through their ordination and then consecration as bishops. But it seems so very few Cardinals cooperate with that Grace. There has been the stomach-turning scandal of Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland, who resigned from his see in disgrace after numerous reports of depraved homosexual activity surfaced involving him, and men under his care, typically seminarians. After this resignation, Cardinal O’Brien had esconced himself in the parish of his “lifelong friend,” a fellow priest. When the Vatican began to intimate it would force Cardinal O’Brien to live a more retired and prayerful life than one of likely continued debauchery with his special “friend,” that priest-friend threatened to cause further scandal if his Cardinal-buddy were removed from his loving care. Well, the Vatican wasn’t bullied by this threat, the Holy See just announced that Cardinal O’Brien is leaving Scotland.
Michael Voris has much more here, including additional details on the O’Brien scandal:
This homosexual crisis in the priesthood is, to my mind, the single greatest threat to the priesthood in its 2000 year history. Can men engaged in lives founded on lies and engaging in the most debauched of activities really have a valid vocation? Do they really intend to confect the Blessed Sacrament, to change bread and wine+water into the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ? The implications of this scandal are soul-rocking, to say the least.
And as if the scandal of Cardinal O’Brien was not enough (and we know he is far from the only homosexual cardinal the Church has been afflicted with in the past few decades), today we get word that Cardinal Dolan once again failed to speak Truth to power, once again caved when it came to standing up for what the Church believed when it might threaten his ego-boosting playing at politics with the governor of New York:
New York’s Timothy Cardinal Dolan warned Gov. Cuomo to be ready for a holy battle if he tries to strengthen state abortion-rights laws.
In an interview on an Albany radio station Tuesday, Dolan said Catholic bishops would be “as vociferous and rigorous as possible in our opposition” to the governor’s efforts.Although Cuomo has yet to release an abortion bill, he’s announced plans to write into New York law protections now provided by federal court decisions like Roe vs. Wade…….………..Archbishop Dolan said the conviction Monday of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell on murder charges calls for laws that go the other way instead.“I am in a bit of consternation as to why in a time when there seems to be kind of a sobering up about these horrors of the unfettered access to abortion, why in New York we are talking about even expanding it further,” Dolan said. [Because there is nothing more sacred to a leftist than a woman's right to kill her child, you dolt! They will sacrifice ANY other policy position to protect that one! When will you guys in the American hierarchy figure this out? THE DEMOCRATS ARE THE PARTY OF ABORTION, AND WILL BE FOR AS FAR AS WE CAN SEE IN THE FUTURE. NOTHING - NOTHING (short of an act of God, which you are deliberately frustrating with your cowardice) - WILL MAKE THEM CHANGE THAT!]When asked how Cuomo could still consider himself a Catholic in good standing while also promoting abortion legislation, Dolan responded: “That’s something that I talk turkey with him about.”Dolan spokesman Joseph Zwilling later said the cardinal did not mean to suggest that Cuomo would not be a Catholic in good standing if he went forward with the bill.
Oh, Cardinal Dolan, you pathetic worldling.
How can we otherwise think, Cardinal Dolan, that you care so very much more about the opinions of men, and especially powerful men, than you do about either serving Christ OR even protecting the unborn on a natural level, that you immediately take the most powerful weapon you have against these apostate Catholics off the table? Cuomo is pursuing the most radical expansion of abortion in this nation at present. All around the country, abortion is being rolled back by drips and drabs, but not in New Yack! Oh, no, there, it’s a brave new world of baby slaughter for all, with the great Cardinal of New Yack talking turkey as the sewer drains overflow with blood! And so you have to clarify “oh……I didn’t mean to imply still-living-in-sin-with-his-concubine Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t be a Catholic in good standing if he is directly responsible for dramatically increasing what is already by far the country’s highest rate of abortion!” It wouldn’t be politic to do so, right?!
Prayers for local tornado victims May 16, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Admin, Dallas Diocese, disaster, horror, North Deanery, sadness, Society.
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It was a wild and wooly night in North Texas. We drove home from Mass under a torrential downpour, with tornado warnings all around. The really severe weather was down to the south and west of DFW, from west of Granbury to east and south of Cleburne. I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased, and all those who had their lives turned upside down last night:
Mile-wide tornado near Cleburne:
We drive through part of the area the tornadoes struck all the time. The path through Johnson County followed near US67 for quite a while. It is most fortuitous that the huge tornado was in mostly rural areas. Otherwise, the damage could have been of biblical proportions. Thank God for that.
Get your pro-life on at the annual National Right to Life conference at the Hyatt Regency DFW June 27-29. Registration is (yikes!) $95. Couples get a $5 break. There is childcare available. You an register here.
There are many, many speakers, mostly a bevy of evangelical protestants. But, Fr. Frank Pavone will apparently get out of his cell in Amarillo and be there, along with Brother Paul O’Donnell, FBP from Minneapolis.
Headliners include O. Carter Snead, Wesley J. Smith, Chet McDoniel, David Barton, and Reggie Littlejohn. I know!
I will bet money they don’t talk about contraception very much. But we’ll never be rid of abortion in this country, until all the churches oppose contraception and most of the people stop using it. And it will take the Catholic Church getting serious about her opposition to contraception, again, in order to make both happen. But we’re not even there, yet.
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Gosnell will spend the rest of his lifte in jail. But he won’t get the death penalty, a mercy he denied tens of thousands of children he executed over the years:
Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell has given up his right to appeal the verdict that found him guilty on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced.
As a result, prosecutors have agreed to life terms in prison for the former abortion facility owner and he will now not face the death penalty.
Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole, and Gosnell will now face sentencing Wednesday as opposed to next week, where he could have been subjected to the death penalty by a second jury. The prosecutors originally sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person and because of the age of the newborn babies involved.
They also agreed to the life sentences in prison because Gosnell’s age made it unlikely he would be executed before his appeals ran out, as he would die naturally beforehand.
“Gosnell is to be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts,” AP reported.
…….Gosnell was found guilty of killing Baby A, Baby C and Baby D and found not guilty of killing Baby E. He was also convicted on hundreds of lesser charges ranging from infanticide to running a corrupt organization.
Gonell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar, who died after a botched abortion. And he was found guilty on most of the more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s informed consent law.
In total, Gosnell was found guilty of 21 out of 24 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit and found guilty on all but 16 of 227 misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law……..
Which counts, collectively, would have resulted in his serving a 30 day suspended sentence, with 100 hours of community service. I jest, but not much.
I did not think Gosnell would get the death penalty. And, as the article mentioned, even if he had, it’s very unlikely he would have actually been put to death by the state. I pray this reprieve he’s gotten will result in his sincere conversion. I pray he learns to repent of his life of murder. It’s amazing that he was only caught out because agents raided his place for dispensing bogus scripts for pain pills and other drugs. It seems even his millions made from murdering babies was not enough. Greed, and pride, are the two primary drivers of the abortion industry.
I pray this case also results in all states passing laws requiring all abortion mills to meet the same sterility and other requirements as other outpatient surgical centers do. It is ludicrous that they presently do not, in almost all states. These simple requirements will eat so much into the profit margins of abortion mills that most will shut down of their own accord. Murdering babies won’t be nearly so lucrative as it used to be.
It remains to be seen what long-term impact this trial will have on the nation’s conscience. I fear we are so anethestized to violence and so addicted to contraception and its backstop, that it won’t make much difference at all.
Domine, miserere nobis!
A devastating post from Eponymous Flower May 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, horror, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Wow, I saw this post at Eponymous Flower earlier today, and was just floored. The context for the post was Minnesota – in spite of voting against state recognition of sodomites simulating marriage just last year, held yet another vote where the destruction of marriage was approved. That has been the case in many states: continue pounding, pounding, pounding away, until either exhaustion or indifference sets in, and the forces of darkness win. Of course, once that occurs, it’s set in stone forever, with nary a possibility of change.
But that was just the context. In a few pics and a modicum of words, Tancred managed to tie together, very coherently, British satanist (and sexual deviant – that almost invariably goes together) Aleister Crowley, Barak Obama, Alfred Kinsey, and the whole cultural descent into darkness. Today, as rainbow flags dominate a major bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota, satan must be doing a victory dance.
I don’t want to steal too much of Tancred’s thunder – you really must go to his site to see the whole thing – but he made clear how perverse conceptions of “love”, which really mean unbridled, depraved lust, have become accepted first by our elites, and then foisted on the rest of us until we now face cultural armageddon. As a certain famous nun once said, if God doesn’t chastise America for what we’ve become, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. A couple of photos from Tancred’s post:
Obama sporting an Aleister Crowley T-shirt – apparently, he’s not a muslim at all, but a satanist.
Then, a photo showing the prophet of perversion himself, Alfred Kinsey – whose lies were propagated by the media as great scientific revelations, and whose “research” included the most unethical, soul-destroying acts imaginable – posing with Kenneth Anger, another satanist and purveyor of high brow homosexual filth in the 50s and 60s, at the “house of Crowley:”
Kinsey was a very, very distrubed man. And his research was almost totally bunk, drawn from terribly biased pools of depraved individuals, especially prison inmates, whose sexual escapades he then pretended applied to the general public. But the public, through the media, accepted his claims with little protest.
I don’t know if Kinsey was a satanist himself, but he was certainly one of the most destructive personalities of the last century. His research is still accepted among many “progressive” academics as Gospel. Shocking, I know. It’s amazing how much progressives love to elevate themselves over the hoi polloi for their sharp, analytical minds and “reality-based” thinking, always referring to conservatives as scientific illiterates. But the truth, as we see with regard to global
warming cooling climate change weather, is really quite different.
Boy, Kinsey looks like Karloff playing Frankenstein. Sometimes, photos capture images from the soul.
We are in the deepest of trouble, my friends.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us! St. Michael the Arcangel, defend us!
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The annual Immaculate Heart of Mary homeschooling conference for North Texas will be held June 28-29 at the Arlington Convention Center. The main website for the conference is here. Speakers include:
- Fr. Shenan Boquet, head of Human Life International
- Dr. Michael Foley, traditional Catholic and Baylor professor, whose articles are published in many traditional publications like Latin Mass Magazine
- Mr. Andrew Pudewa, who is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing
- Mrs. Virginia Seuffert, a long term homeschooling mom
Admission is free. All details in the flyer here.
The continuing scandal of Cardinal Roger Mahony May 14, 2013Posted by tantamergo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Holy suffering, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
This is what comes of elevating unworthy men to positions of great power and influence. This man is a disciple of Cardinal Bernadin, and shows every day just what a damning association that is:
The Los Angeles Times expresses confusion, as we all should, about what the heck is going on in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Three months ago, Archbishop Gomez relieved his predecessor, Roger Cardinal Mahony, of “public duties” in the Archdiocese, including, according to a spokesman for the Archdiocese at the time of Archbishop Gomez’s announcement, celebrating the sacrament of confirmation. [Well, Archbishop Gomez caved within a day, reinstating Cardinal Mahony's faculties. This was after direct threats from Mahony and his very wealthy supporters (I shudder to think of the state of the souls that would willingly, and viciously, support this man) regarding retaliation against Gomez, intimating they would reveal what Gomez knew and when regarding handling of various abuse cases. This threat apparently worked, and well. Gomez has been totally silent on the matter of this disgraced cardinal since then] At the moment, however, the Cardinal is traveling around the Archdiocese celebrating that sacrament “every week” (his own words) and telling those who question him about it to “go home now” (his words). Meanwhile, Archbishop Gomez refuses to comment.
Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of his clergy’s abuse of children boggles the mind and saddens the heart. A decade after Cardinal Law was pressured into resigning for his own mishandling of such abuse, Mahony continued the mishandling right up until he submitted his resignation as required at the age of 75, and his successor, who surely knew much or all of what Mahony had done to hide the abuse, distanced himself and the Archdiocese from Mahony only when files Mahony had endlessly litigated to keep secret became public. Two years Archbishop Gomez waited, and when at last he relieved Mahony of his “public duties,” he did so only for purposes of a phony publicity stunt, it would now seem.
Only the Pope can discipline a Cardinal, but Archbishop Gomez has jurisdiction over the confirmation schedule in his own Archdiocese. We can hope that Pope Francis will ground Cardinal Mahony and turn off his self-serving blog. We can also hope that Archbishop Gomez will do right by the faithful of his Archdiocese and *in fact* relieve Cardinal Mahony of his public duties in the Archdiocese. Members of the hierarchy need to stop scandalizing the faithful. Enough already. It is Cardinal Mahony who should “go home now.” If Pope Francis seeks to “rebuild” the Church, Cardinal Mahony’s public presence is only impeding that all-important work. Public penance for the Cardinal would be a help to that work on which turns, after all, the salvation of souls. Archbishop Gomez’s integrity is on the line here as well, and the jury — including in the form of the LA Times — is observing the evidence as it pours in.
I’m not surprised at all by Gomez’ failure to act, nor his moral cowardice. I’ve never been terribly impressed by him. The difference between San Antonio and LA is essentially nil. Both are extremely liberal dioceses.
Mahony has one of the most mammoth egos I’ve ever seen. This man – like his mentor, Bernadin – is utterly cocksure he can do no wrong, that he is always in the right, and gives no appearance of even a slight degree of real repentance for his crimes. Yes, he continues to cause scandal by his very presence. And if he were to be present to confirm one of my children, my children would get confirmed somewhere else. He is as utterly unlikeable figure as there is in the Church today.
But, he still has a soul, and will face his individual judgment. His towering ego and overweening pride reveal him to be a man who treats “working out our salvation with fear and trembling” with disdain. I am afraid Cardinal Mahony might be in for a terrible surprise. Certainly, there is nothing in being a cardinal that gives assurance of piety, let alone salvation - the Church has had some disastrously immoral cardinals. Thus, all the more does he need prayers, unworthy of them he may be. In fact, it is his very unworthiness that makes it all the more imperative to pray for him. And given what an ugly character he is, sincere prayers on his behalf are sure to be very meritorious of Grace and virtue.
Of course, also pray for his many victims. The pain they must endure at the sight of this man getting off utterly scot free must be horrifying.