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The Dark Side of Martin Luther November 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding the cold sterility of perverse, “same-sex” relations October 29, 2014

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The very philosophical E.Bougis at FideCogitActio has a post examining the ontological differences between normal, rightly ordered (and God-ordained) desires ordered towards the procreation of children, and the cold, barren sterility of perverse relations between people of the same sex.  Both Mr. Bougis’ own analysis, and a quote from Germain Grisez are worthy of reading.  First, Mr. Bougis:

Homosexuality is, by definition, love of one’s sameness-in-sex. It is, in other words, love of one’s self-in-sex. Homosexuality is, therefore, onanism by a longer name. It is the quintessence of the contraceptive (i.e. sterile) mentality. As such, it is not simply immoral; it is an aesthetic outrage, and therefore it is the pageant of our grotesque age.

For those who are, like me, unaware of what “onanism” means, it means self-abuse.  And without going into too much detail, I fervently agree. I have long believed that so-called homosexuality is a very highly developed form of narcissistic self-love, fed by self-abuse, that over time and especially with repeated exposure to pornography can eventually – not in every case, but in some – cause an individual to actually develop appetites for the same in intimate relations rather than the opposite.  Yes there are many corollary factors such as childhood sex abuse by a same-sex abuser (THE number one cause for falling into this kind of lifestyle), absent or distant fathers, perhaps even a certain predisposition to this kind of perversion, but overall, the perverse appetites develop as a result of unconstrained and truly abusive descent into addictive self-pleasuring.  As the mind and soul experience more and more of this pleasure at the, ahem, hands of the self, somehow the natural appetites are deranged to desire not the opposite, but the same in this powerful and almost totally misunderstood realm of psycho-sexual behavior.  Acceptance of self-abuse as “natural, normal, and harmless” in pseudo-scientific literature on the subject in such disastrous “guides” as The Joy of Sex and others caused, I believe, the explosion in perverse behavior we have seen in the past few decades.  Between normal relations rendered sterile by contraception, and the virtual epidemic of self-abuse in our culture (virtually every man today abuses himself regularly, and the large majority of women now, too), individual’s normal repulsion towards unnatural behaviors has been dramatically lessened, and the groundwork laid for “tolerance” and even “acceptance” of incredibly destructive behaviors.  We presently have an epidemic of intentional sterility in our culture, and that epidemic is destroying it.  God always allows our own worst sins to be our downfall, whether as individuals, or as a society.

On to Germain Grisez’ comments:

[A]lthough it is true that partners in sodomy also could conceivably share in a committed relationship with sincere mutual affection and express their feelings in ways that would be appropriate in any friendship, the coupling of two bodies of the same sex cannot form one complete organism and so cannot contribute to a bodily communion of persons. Hence, the experience of intimacy of the partners in sodomy cannot be the experience of any real unity between them. [Which is why so many same-sex “couples” practice serial “infidelity” and few relations last any length of time.  Even those most “committed” partnerings held up as examples of “virtuous” same-sex behavior almost always tolerate regular couplings outside the “committed” relationship]Rather, each one’s experience of intimacy is private and incommunicable, and is no more a common good than is the mere experience of sexual arousal and orgasm. Therefore, the choice to engage in sodomy for the sake of that experience of intimacy in no way contributes to the partners’ real common good as committed friends.

Someone who admits that sodomy necessarily lacks the unitive significance of heterosexual intercourse which makes a couple a single reproductive principle might nevertheless suggest that a couple can choose such sodomitic intercourse as a way of communicating good will and affection. [I’m sorry, but to sodomize someone is such a violent, unnatural act, I find any such claims to be mere shams, ridiculous cover given to try to excuse the inexcusable.]However, just as with fornicators, sexual intercourse is not chosen by sodomites in preference to conversation and mutually beneficial acts because it is the more expressive means of communicating good will and affection. Rather, it is chosen because it provides subjective satisfactions otherwise unavailable. [And I think the act in question involves the acting out of very sick and twisted roles of aggressor and submissive which, in almost every human society in history until now, were always understood to be the resort of a demented mind.  Fem-fem acting out is just as sick even if the abuse takes place in different ways.] Consequently, while sodomites may not choose, as fornicators do, an illusory good instead of a real one, they do choose to use their own and each other’s bodies to provide subjective satisfactions, and thus they choose self-disintegrity as masturbators do. Of course, while masturbators can be interested exclusively in the experience of sexual arousal and orgasm, sodomites also are interested in the illusion of intimacy.” (From The Way of the Lord Jesus, vol. 2)

Perhaps, but  I would argue that even these relatively benign (but still outrageously perverse) reasons for this behavior given above are rare in the individuals so accursed.  That is why even in public demonstrations of their perversions these poor lost souls cannot help but engage in outrageous displays of nudity, sado-masochism, denigration of wholesome institutions (like the Church and family), and violence.  Anyone who has seen photos of “pride” parades knows this to be true, and while perhaps most do not engage in these very public displays of degeneration, a very large number do so in private.

 

And what is more, these folks know, deep down inside, what they are.  That is why they demand such constant affirmations and even glorification from the culture at large, and why they will persecute the faithful with an unyielding savagery.

It is amazing I even have to write this.  The very idea that someone would have to explain the manifest grotesqueness of this perverse behavior against widespread societal acceptance would have shocked the average person from even 20 or 30 years ago.  That is how far we have fallen, so very fast.

And yet our beloved Church is absolutely infested with this perversion.  Lord, have mercy.

 

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 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.

 

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

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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.

 

That didn’t take long – Idaho preachers threatened with jail if they don’t perform sodo-weddings October 20, 2014

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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?

Completely predictable – Houston’s lesbian mayor and left wing bureaucrats attempt to censor Christian’s speech October 15, 2014

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I have long believed, along with others like Father Michael Rodriguez, that this sodomization of the culture would be the vehicle for persecution of Christians.  There is already ample evidence of this in other nations where the false “right” of those lost in sins of the gravest perversion to not feel badly about themselves trumps any kind of “religious freedom” supposedly enlightened liberal states allow.  In Canada several years ago, the now largely disbanded “human rights commissions” persecuted several Christian pastors for having the temerity to repeat the constant Gospel Truth regarding the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, including jailing one and directing that he could not broach the topic of sodomy even in the privacy of his own home.

Houston, quite incredibly, elected one of the nation’s first lesbian mayors of a major city and a very left wing city council.  That council, earlier this year, passed one of the most draconian, repressive, and immoral “non-discrimination” ordinances in the country, which, among other things, permitted either sex to use public restrooms nominally reserved for women, and attempts to make what was universally accepted morality just a few years ago into “hate speech.”  There was a huge recall effort that generated tens of thousands of signatures in record time, but the left wing cabal running the city just ignored the petition and then, in retaliation, demanded of local pastors (who were not directly involved in the recall effort, but certainly did oppose the new ordinance) all the contents of their sermons for the past several months, apparently in the hope to find evidence with which to embarrass and incriminate those who stand in opposition to the advancing immorality.  Sermons by a number of pastors – it is unknown if any are Catholic – are now under subpoena by the city, with threat of jail time if the pastors refuse to turn the contents of their sermons over.

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. [One might wonder on what possible grounds, but the controversial ordinance makes it a “crime” to denounce the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.]

“The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” [Eerily similar to events a couple years ago in El Paso. In that case, too, the city council and mayor who foisted an incredibly unpopular measure extending benefits to “same sex partners” used every devious means of legal trickery and naked force to block the will of the people]

ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.”……

……The subpoenas are just the latest twist in an ongoing saga over the Houston’s new non-discrimination ordinance. The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa.  The city council approved the law in June.

The Houston Chronicle reported opponents of the ordinance launched a petition drive that generated more than 50,000 signatures – far more than the 17,269 needed to put a referendum on the ballot.

However, the city threw out the petition in August over alleged irregularities.

After opponents of the bathroom bill filed a lawsuit the city’s attorneys responded by issuing the subpoenas against the pastors. [So then this is just political retaliation, yes?]

The pastors were not part of the lawsuit. However, they were part of a coalition of some 400 Houston-area churches that opposed the ordinance. The churches represent a number of faith groups – from Southern Baptist to non-denominational. [But no Catholics, as far as I could determine.  We don’t want to be controversial, after all.  And with the Synod, oh, who knows how things may change!  The prime opposition seems to come from conservative evangelical types.  The only traditional Catholic parishes in the Houston area are located well outside the city limits, and thus the authority, of these repressive leftists]

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” said ADF attorney Erik Stanley.  “This is designed to intimidate pastors.”

Mayor Parker will not explain why she wants to inspect the sermons. I contacted City Hall for a comment and received a terse reply from the mayor’s director of communications.

“We don’t comment on litigation,” said Janice Evans. [Very similar to the behavior of the Obama Administration.  We shall never recover from these 8 years]

However, ADF attorney Stanley suspects the mayor wants to publicly shame the ministers. He said he anticipates they will hold up their sermons for public scrutiny. In other words – the city is rummaging for evidence to “out” the pastors as anti-gay bigots.

It sounds to me like it’s a good time for a whole bunch of hard drives to crash.  It works so well for the federal government, after all.  It appears none of the pastors in question are going to comply.  They face possible jail time for “contempt of court.”  It will be interesting to see whether, even if they win in this case, this threat does not have a further chilling effect on opposition to the sodomite cabal.

This is exactly the kind of hateful, vindictive behavior we can expect from those so lost in immorality.  There is such a thing as the reprobate sense, which develops in those souls so given over to sin that they no longer have the ability to change right from wrong.  Many, perhaps most, who develop reprobate sense start with sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments.  Certainly, once one is so lost in sin – as we have seen so often among pro-aborts – sin starts to add unto sin, and the evil and cruel tendencies branch outward into other areas.  We also have seen very strong evidence that this radical sodomite cabal that is feeling so empowered of late, having bullied tens of millions into acquiescence of their immoral acts, tends to brook absolutely no criticism whatsoever.  Much of what the sodomite cabal is trying to achieve, politically and culturally, is oriented towards seeking that constant affirmation they crave, the better to quell any remaining scruples they may have.

So, this is to me utterly predictable, and something the faithful can expect much more of as time goes by and the institutionalization of gross perversion becomes more and more entrenched.  The room in which faithful Christians are allowed to operate will grow steadily narrower. They seek to drive us from the public square, and will not be satisfied there.  They will also attempt to insinuate their evils into the churches themselves, punishing those who do not comply and attempting to force even the most recalcitrant souls to embrace their wantonness. They seek to utterly destroy the Church, the constant enemy and eternal target of all left wing groups, as the final impediment between them and ultimate power.

And this Synod may give perfect cover to that large number of Catholic bishops and priests who would eagerly go along.

Supreme Court overturns 5th Circuit ruling reinstates abortion mills in Texas October 15, 2014

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I guess I should not have been surprised, but apparently Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts (those well known Catholics in good standing) are once again having scruples about limiting the availability of abortion in this country.  So, in spite of strong opposition from Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas, the Supreme Court overturned the 5th Circuit’s ruling of two weeks ago permitting the implementation of aspects of House Bill 2 that would have shuttered 80% of the abortion mills in the state. These are the aspects having to do with abortuarys – where major surgery certainly takes place, as anyone who has ever seen the blood-stained women leaving mills can attest – having to meet minimal ambulatory surgery center requirements.  While the 5th Circuit had ruled that the health and safety requirements could be implemented while the final ruling was still pending at the circuit level, the Supreme Court overturned that ruling and said they could not.  They also lifted the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals for mills in McAllen and El Paso.

I guess I should not have been surprised, as the Supreme Court has already noted, abortion is the vital backstop to one of the main, defining elements of the current American lifestyle, contraception, and hence cannot be made too inconvenient.

Abortion mills that have been closed for over a week are now free to reopen with this ruling.  How many babies will be brutally slaughtered as a result is known only to God:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law in Texas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America’s second most-populous state.

In an unsigned order, the justices sided with abortion rights advocates and health care providers in suspending an Oct. 2 ruling by a panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals that Texas could immediately apply a rule making abortion clinics statewide spend millions of dollars on hospital-level upgrades. [No they are not “hospital level.”  They are the same requirements any day surgery center has to meet.  Guess what, when you rip a living, growing entity intimately connected to the mother’s body, that constitutes surgery!  There is blood and infection and all manner of risk. This is a long, long overdue requirement, but the abortion mill hates it, because it will so cut into the abortionists bottom line that most choose to close their mills rather than meet the requirements, proving once again that abortion, for most child-murderers, is about filthy lucre, as it always has been.  Only a narrow group of pro-abort ideologues like Planned Barrenhood are so committed to abortion as their dark sacrament of hate that they will take the hit and upgrade facilities to meet the requirements.]

The court also put on hold a separate provision of the law only as it applies to clinics in McAllen and El Paso that requires doctors at the facilities to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The admitting privileges remains in effect elsewhere in Texas. [The tenor of these rulings makes me suspect the Supreme Court will overturn them even if the Fifth Circuit rules in favor of HB2]

Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have ruled against the clinics in all respects.

The 5th Circuit is still considering the overall constitutionality of the sweeping measure overwhelmingly passed by the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. [Can you believe we live in a country where this is even a question?  But this is far from the only one]

But even as it weighs the merits of the law, the appeals court said that it can be enforced in the meantime — opening the door for the emergency appeal to the Supreme Court……..

……Until the nation’s highest court intervened, only abortion facilities in the Houston, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth areas remained open. And none was left along the Texas-Mexico border or outside any of the state’s largest urban areas. [28 of 35 – 80% – were closed.  Even Planned Barrenhood’s new super center in South Dallas – which is supposed to meet the new requirements –  was closed last week, apparently]

It will be interesting to see whether the Supreme Court will allow all aspects of HB2 to stand. I am confident that the Fifth Circuit will rule favorably in all respects.  I fear the “Catholic” majority on the Supreme Court is just a dice roll – we never know how they are going to rule, and they are darned clear about the fact that they never, ever allow the Faith to guide their judgments.  Even Scalia declared as much.  Incredible.

Pray this law remains in full effect. Yes, it is far from perfect, yes, it leaves abortion legal, but it did go very, very far in dramatically limiting the availability of abortion in this state. I am confident that if fully implemented tens of thousands of babies will be saved a year.  It is one of the most effective and far-reaching abortion-limiting laws passed anywhere in the country.

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