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This is all you get for your pathetic Flightline Friday October 24, 2014

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I’m out. A commenter brought up the A-4 Skyhawk and why it seemed I was bashing it in last week’s post on the A-7.  So here is the Skyhawk – still in service! – in all its glory:

A-4AR FightingHawk still in Argentine service. Pope Francis approves!

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Nice cockpit upgrade by Lockheed.  It sure didn’t look like that in the original Skyhawks!

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On long flights the crew can watch cartoons on their TV screens.

Catholic Hispanics joining radical islam en masse? October 24, 2014

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I read some of the below last night and was most disconcerted.  This is a disaster of the largest proportions, and it simply confirms for me what has been obvious to any faithful souls with eyes to see: the rejection of Doctrine and practice handed down to us by preceding generations is at utter disaster for souls.

It seems thousands of American Hispanics, who have to be at least nominally Catholic (or were not very long ago), are now embracing not just islam, but its most radical varieties.  Even more amazingly, the preponderance of those Hispanics doing so are women.  And they tell us why that is. They say islam, especially radical islam, gives them doctrinal certainty and a sure moral guide in a Western culture rapidly spinning out of control.  It gives them a framework around which to build their lives more substantial than “if it feels good, do it, and the consequences be damned.”

It also demonstrates conclusively the utter failure of the humanist, secularist “opening to the world” the Church has engaged in, by and large, for the past 50 years.  We already know millions of souls have fallen away – and each one of those is a tragedy of a magnitude we simply cannot calculate – but now those souls are opting for islam, the most repressive, backward, anti-Christian religion possible.  They are telling the Church, in so many words: “You have failed me so completely I now spit you out of my mouth and join your enemy of 15 centuries.”

Unbelievable:

More Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female…….

……A new phenomenon is occurring in the backdrop. More Latinas, such as Greisa Torres and Stephanie Londono, are turning to Islam. They are not alone.

Arriving from Miami four years ago, Torres said she had “lost her identity in the move and found it in the Prophet Muhammad”, according to a report on Voice of America.

Torres explained: “It was very hard for me because we do not have family here, just my husband and my kids. On this day, my baby – Mahdi – he was going to be born. That is why I converted to Islam because I was scared.” [Another way of saying I feel lost in this perverse culture and I need something strong and seemingly authoritative to cling to.  The Church, in Her watered down, indifferentist, ecumenical and interreligious present incarnation, simply fails to offer that to the vast majority of souls who do not know or comprehend the right practice of the Faith, especially in traditional communities.]

…….“When people see you with the hijab, they respect you first. Second, it’s the emotion you feel because you are different. You believe in something. It’s amazing.” Londono said. [Yeah, well, I believe in Jesus Christ and Him crucified, as well as His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament]

It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or ‘halal,’ and what’s prohibited which is ‘haram’. So they know exactly where they stand. So the Qur’an becomes this guidebook that tells you exactly what to wear, what to eat, how to wash, how to behave, when to pray.”

According to the same report on Voice of America, there are more than 3,000 Hispanic Muslims in Miami and more than 40,000 nationwide across the United States……

Great, so our own government is encouraging Hispanics to convert to islam.  Big surprise.

Now, before I get too carried away, I must note that there is some other verbiage I did not include that paints the convert as a wacked out leftist.  And that re-emphasizes for me the choice the left in this country and in all the West will gleefully make in increasing numbers: since leftism has always had at its foundation hatred of Christianity, and yet it is still an utterly bankrupt and unfulfilling philosophy, it is inevitable that as islam gains more and more cultural cache, more and more leftists will embrace it either through formal conversion or through willing dhimmi participation.

But once again, I do think there is something very significant here with respect to the Church: these souls are lost, they were allowed to either fall away, or felt utterly malnourished by the Faith, were encouraged to embrace leftism through so many of the bad parishes/dioceses/schools, whatever…….the Church is being rejected because of the conduct of the Faith these past 50 years.  That conduct is atrociously worldly and does not give that sustenance souls desperately crave.  And so they seek it out elsewhere.

It is incredible if it were not true.  Data point 1,987,438 for the disasters inflicted on the Church, world, and most importantly, souls by “aggiornamento.”

Corpus Christi Bishop Emeritus Gracida speaking on “end of life” definitions October 24, 2014

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Several things as way of a brief introduction.  The man who introduces Bishop Gracida – a long time friend and supporter of the TLM and one of the most orthodox bishops in entire post-conciliar US Church -is Jim Graham, President of Texas Right to Life.  There are two major pro-life political action organizations in Texas, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Alliance for Life. You really, really, really want to support the former and not the latter.  Texas Right to Life is completely pro-life up and down the whole panoply of life-related issues and is very strongly Catholic.  Texas Alliance for Life is much weaker on end-of-life issues and has equivocated on critical matters a number of times.

Secondly, Bishop Gracida below addresses the really pernicious error of current “end of life” declarations that have been formulated over the past 50 years to support the organ harvesting industry.  Organs for transplantation MUST, with present technology, be taken from a living human being.  The organs deteriorate to uselessness within just a few minutes of actual death.  That is why destructive ideologies like “brain death” have been created, in order to pretend that people with still beating hearts, even those who breathe on their own, are somehow “dead,” and thus suitable victims for organ harvesting.  But far too many entities in the institutional Church have accepted this illusory definition and have given the “moral OK” to perform such practices. Bishop Gracida has opposed this form of murder for decades.

Finally, I must agree with Jim Graham’s introductory notes, the reason that we have seen Western culture collapse to the terrific extent it has in the past several decades – an incredibly rapid acceleration of a process building for 500 years – is due to the failure of the Church to uphold traditional morality and Doctrine and instead try be a never challenging, often indifferentist “friend” of the world.

Some really very good comments below from Bishop Gracida, it is worth watching:

That man is 93 years old.  Can you believe it?  He looks and sounds 20 years younger.  Which sort of explodes the mandatory retirement age program put in place after Vatican II.  I can imagine how blessed the Diocese of Corpus Christi would now be had Bishop Gracida remained in office until now – over 30 years. Ad multos annos!  My father-in-law looks and works 15 years younger than he is at 85 but I think Bishop Gracida might put him to shame.

The fundamental immorality of protestantism October 23, 2014

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A quick excerpt from Dom Charles Poulet’s A History of the Catholic Church, published in the 1920s.  Dom Poulet was a monk of the great abbey of Solesmes.

On the fundamental errors and immorality of protestantism:

The pivotal dogma of Lutheranism is immoral, because justification by faith alone implies that good works are useless, and the absence of free will implies that it is impossible to be virtuous.  For this reason Luther regarded virginity as an impossible state, [Ha!  Due strictly to his own inability to remain continent.  The man was lost in a sea of lusts, and rather than turn to Grace for help, turned virtue upside down and made sin into good. Incredible that so many people bought it, but that is our fallen nature, always looking for ways to sin and still remain in God's good pleasure.  Just like today]  and looked upon marriage as as physical necessity to every man, a purely animal act devoid of any sacramental character.  No wonder that his most violent attacks were directed against the monastic vows, and that he himself married (1525) Catherine of Bora, an ex-Cistercian nun.  However, he admitted: “I have made myself so base and  despicable by this marriage that I hope all the angels will laugh and all the demons cry.”  He took to liquor, and according to his own expression, “devoured food like a Bohemian and drank like a Teuton.”  [One is rarely intemperate in only one area, intemperance once committed tends to exert dominance over all aspects of life. Thus, Luther was a drunkard,  there is some evidence of womanizing, and he certainly had a volcanic and unstable temper.] The effects of his teaching upon his contemporaries was equally disastrous.  “License and vicious habits of all sorts,” he was wont to say, “have developed to a degree never attained under papism.”  He was quite conscious that his followers justified their evil manner of living by his own teachings. “If men are not saved by their good works,” they argued, “why should we impose privations upon ourselves?”  In the presence of such results Luther gave way to despair.  “If I had to begin all over again,” he exclaimed, “I would leave the great masses of the people under the direction of the pope; for these people are not amending their ways with the Gospel and are only abusing the freedom than has been granted them.” [You would have thought this might have moved him towards contrition for the infinite evil he had committed, but it was PRIDE that drove Luther more than anything, and he refused to admit, publicly, that he could have been even ever slightly in error.”

Yet hatred of the pope was a salient characteristic of the ex-monk of Wittenberg. “No one,” he said, “can attain to salvation if he does not oppose the dictates of the pope with all his strength.”

[End Quote]

And thus Luther’s biggest failing – hypocrisy – reveals itself.  Luther was incredibly hypocritical.  He claims that man is saved by faith alone and that only the Bible, interpreted by each individual conscience according to the light it receives from God (and never a demon?), and yet in his volcanic temper he cast down all kinds of anathemas of those who took his very principles and started applying them in ways he did not like.  Those who went to far in the revolution he damned, and those who adhered to the Holy See he damned.  Luther was such a hypocrite, as time went on, it became clear that he viewed HIMSELF as the sole authority for the interpretation of Scripture, and that all must conform to his highly variable will.

In reality, Luther’s radically destructive Doctrine, which would have meant the death of Christianity and the end of the protestant revolution in short order, had to be Catholicized by Melanchthon, his close confident.  Melanchthon, especially after Luther’s death, worked to “Catholicize” Lutheranism and expunge much of its more ludicrous elements. While “justification by faith alone” remains a Lutheran tenent to this day, in practice, Lutherans quickly but quietly began to reassert the need for virtuous acts of good for salvation. The other way, Luther’s way, led directly to immense chaos, immorality, and suffering, such as the nightmares of the Peasant’s Revolt and the anabaptists of Munster.

Another salient feature of protestantism is its constant warring against itself into an infinite number of bickering sects.  Indeed, within 3 years of Luther nailing his false “theses” to the door of Wittenberg cathedral, there were already 6 or 8 new groups, spousing new errors, sprung up.  Ten years in, this number had increased to well over a dozen, although some of these sects wound up getting reabsorbed by the state churches that emerged in Germany to take the place of the One True Church founded by Jesus Christ.  Today, of course, there are tens if not hundreds of thousands of competing protestant sects, although most are so indifferent on various matters of belief that they are difficult to distinguish from one another.  But when pressed to the limit, it can be found that the pastor at “Woodcreek” disagrees mightily with the pastor at “Lakepointe” who disagrees violently, on some point, with the pastor at “Watermark.”  And so satan’s plan of division, error, enmity, and, most critically, the loss of souls, continues.

And yet after hundreds of years of opposition, after hundreds of years of seeing the incredibly destructive effects of so-called protestantism, up to and including the destruction of the greatest culture God has ever blessed the world with, Christendom, there is a large majority of prelates, priests, and laity who are more protestant than Catholic, to the extent they are even Christian at all.

I just had the sad experience of debating with a self-described “lukewarm Catholic” or “Catholic Reformed Druid” (no kidding!) various aspects of the Faith.  Even when he admitted his rejection of Church Doctrine was based solely on his own comfort and preference, he still would not be moved.  What shocked me the most is when he said he acknowledged the Real Presence but found it not really that big a deal.  He can’t possibly truly understand what the Real Presence means.

Amazing. That is what 50 years of the formal inculcation of error in the Bride of Christ has wrought.  Lord, have mercy on us.

I hope the above also highlights just how hideous, how wrong the “Joint Declaration on Justification” brought about by…….you guessed it!…….Kasper the Klown Kardinal between the Church and Lutheranism really is.  It is an affront to every faithful soul and yet another example of Christ’s Truth being suborned to worldly ends.

Bishop Tobin: “Pope Francis wanted to make a mess. Mission accomplished.” October 23, 2014

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I don’t know what to think of Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin. Under Pope Benedict, he was noted for being one of the more vocally orthodox bishops – he even criticized Pope Francis early on – but seemed to have made a turn toward the heterodox over the past year or so (understand the terms orthodox and heterodox are made relative to the present standard in the Church). Perhaps he was tacking into the prevailing winds.  But now Bishop Tobin seems to be saying that the Pope has made a doctrinal mess of the Church:

Thomas J. Tobin, the Catholic bishop for the Diocese of Providence, R.I., commented on the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family held at the Vatican as “being rather Protestant” in having bishops vote on “doctrinal applications,” and added that in terms of Pope Francis’s fondness for a “creating a mess,” you can say, “mission accomplished.”

“Pope Francis is fond of ‘creating a mess.’ Mission accomplished,” said Bishop Tobin in his Oct. 21 blog post at the Diocese of Providence website. [Which isn't absolutely a criticism. It certainly can be taken as such, but if one was into modernism it could be looked on as a good thing. But I don't think that's what Bishop Tobin meant.]

……Commenting further on the Synod, Bishop Tobin said,The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant.”  At the close of the Synod, the bishops voted on all 62 paragraphs in the final document, the Relatio Synodi. [Yeah, you're not the only one.  But see what he says below.]

The Synod of bishops will meet again in one year to review the document, make more changes, and then Pope Francis will review that material and write a public letter on the family and marriage issues examined. [Oh goody.  I just can't wait.  Be still my heart.]

As for more of his “Random Thoughts about the Synod on the Family,” Bishop Tobin said:

“Have we learned that it’s probably not a good idea to publish half-baked minutes of candid discussions about sensitive topics, especially when we know that the secular media will hijack the preliminary discussions for their own agendas? [Please.  It wasn't half-baked, it was written weeks in advance.  What a joke.  And the man who wrote it, Archbishop Forte, is a disciple of Kasper/Kung/Rahner/von Baltasar and the whole school of Tubingen, and slippery as an eel.]

– “Wherever he serves, Cardinal Burke will be a principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” [Dang straight.  And possibly emerge as a desperately needed leader.]

Thanks to reader D for the link.  Some more of Bishop Tobin’s comments, perhaps less reassuring:

In addressing contemporary issues of marriage and the family, the path forward will probably be found somewhere between the positions of Fr. Z and the National Catholic Reporter. [Amazing he knows who Fr. Z is.  Probably 2/3 of American bishops would have no clue, while they would have intimate familiarity with Michael Sean Winters, the Heretic Reporter, and Thomas Reese.  Nevertheless, here we see another bishop pretending Doctrine - eternal Truth revealed by Jesus Christ - can be compromised on.  Muy malo.]

Pope Francis encouraged fearless and candid discussion and transparency during the Synod. I wonder if the American Bishops will adopt the same protocol during their meeting next month in Baltimore. [Heh. Nice zinger.]

I for one am extremely saddened to see yet another American prelate, like Cardinal Burke (who surely deserved his stunning demotion), fall out of that precious full communion with the pope.  So sad.

Burke Galero

He comes for you, Frankie.

It’s called sarcasm, people.

Seriously, though, how much are the apparitions at Fatima, Akita, and Quito being borne out?  Bishop against bishop, cardinal against cardinal……..it’s 1517 all over again.  Just great!

The farce of it all: Kalifornia uber alles orders churches to fund abortions – or else October 23, 2014

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Well, surprise, surprise, surprise……as part of its enforcement of Obamacare, the state of Kalifornia has determined that surgical abortion now constitutes “basic health services” and must be covered by ALL insurance plans, whether the holders of those plans are churches with moral objections to the murder of babies or not.  Everyone with a brain knew Obamacare would wind up instituting universal coverage for grave moral evils like contraception and abortion even on churches, even on the Church.  Kalifornia has simply jumped the gun a bit. Whether this will hold up in court, it all depends on what the magic 8 ball of Anthony Kennedy says on that particular day:

For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious libertywhile arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for-profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer”), and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. [WRONG.] They implied, if not claimed outright, that they would surely support religious freedom in another case, but Hobby Lobby was unworthy to claim its protections. [Horse hockey]

The State of California is now calling their bluff. California’s Department of Managed Health Care has ordered all insurance plans in the state to immediately begin covering elective abortion. Not Plan B. Not contraceptives. Elective surgical dismemberment abortion. 

At the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union, [a long time communist front group, founded by a communist] the DMHC concluded that a 40-year-old state law requiring health plans to cover “basic health services” had been misinterpreted all these decades. Every plan in the state was immediately ordered, effective August 22, to cover elective abortion. California had not even applied this test to its own state employee health plans (which covered only “medically necessary” abortions). But this novel reading was nevertheless quietly imposed on every plan in the state by fiat.……..[Ah, the leftist's favorite word.......fiat]

…..Several other California churches have received similar notices from their insurers, and others will follow. While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate, there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate. This leaves California churches in the illogical and impossible position of being free to exclude contraceptives from their health plan for reasons of religious conscience but required to provide their employees with abortion coverage. [And even more illogically, chemical abortions are excluded, but not surgical ones!  They must really feel a need to ramp up the offerings to satan there in the Kalifornia state government.]

This California mandate is in blatant violation of federal law that specifically prohibits California from discriminating against health care plans on the basis that they do not cover abortion.[So there had to be a law enacted specifically to keep Kalifornia from persecuting churches?  Do they pick on mosques in the same way?]  Alliance Defending Freedom and Life Legal Defense Foundation have filed administrative complaints with the HHS Office of Civil Rights (which oversees this federal law) on behalf of individual employees and seven California churches forced into abortion coverage in violation of their conscience.

What will be the administration and the Left’s response to this unprecedented attack on religious liberty? If they couldn’t stand with Hobby Lobby because it was a for-profit business, not a church, and because they thought its conscience concern was misplaced on the abortifacient nature of Plan B, will they now demand religious liberty for churches forced to cover elective abortion? If not now for religious liberty, when?

Oh please, never.  They don’t give a squat for “religious liberty,” “freedom of worship,” or any  of it.  To the militant sexular pagan left, religion is  for bitter clingers who just can’t get with the program in modern society without a crutch.  Even over just the past few years, the left’s open hatred for bible-@#$%ing Christofascist God botherers [their terms] has grown more and more open. They’ll say what is politically convenient at a particular time, but when push comes to shove, when it’s time to ratchet up the persecution another notch, all on the left will eagerly support the new measure, while the right will just mewl a bit and say how unfair it all is.

Guess what, the left doesn’t care about fair, or truth, or being exposed as hypocrites, or being shown to have massive double-standards, or anything else.  All the left cares about is naked power, and gradually assuming more and more of it.  To the extent any organization poses even a possible threat to that power, it will be crushed.  This is why the left, whenever it has seized unequivocal control in any nation, has always made persecution of organized religion one of its first moves. From France in 1789 to the Piedmont in 1848 to all of Italy in 1870 to Russia in 1917 to Eastern Europe in 46-48 to Chile in ’73 to Nicaragua in ’79, the left has always either co-opted the Church when possible (Nicaragua, largely) or tried to crush it out of existence.

The left is a product of endarkenment rationalism which itself was founded on (often well hidden) hatred of Christianity and the Church in particular.  Reading pre-conciliar Church histories, biographies of Saints and popes, and the like, makes clear the extent to which the pre-conciliar Church understood the radical political left to be its deadly enemy.  Reality hasn’t changed since then, what has changed is the attitude of most in the Church, who have decided its easier to be co-opted than to fight.  But make no mistake, the left will only allow a completely pliant, indifferent, ineffective, and pointless shell of a Church – otherwise, the left is always the inveterate enemy of the Church, with the greater the leftness, the greater the hatred.

 

City of Houston reissues subpoenas against area pastors October 22, 2014

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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.

 

Getting with the new program? Atlanta Archdiocese supports “gay pride” march October 22, 2014

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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.”

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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, 2014

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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.
And the Church shuddered and awoke to find itself episcopalian.  Indeed.

Kasper continues to lie, and threatens retaliation towards Cardinal Burke October 21, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, Society, SOD, unadulterated evil.
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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.

 

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