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Support for homosexual marriage being ginned up through push polls August 20, 2013

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Big surprise.  For those who don’t know, a push poll is not a poll that really checks to see what people think about a matter, but is designed, instead, to shape thinking on a matter. This is done in a variety of ways, but most typically through using leading questions that guide people to arrive at a favored conclusion.  With respect to sodomites pretending to be married, that might include a  format like this:

  • Do you believe marriage is important for America?
  • Do you believe marriage is founded on love, mutual respect, and shared interests?
  • Do you believe everyone is entitled to love?
  • Do you think it important to encourage loving relationships between couples?
  • Do you know any homosexual people?
  • Are they in stable, loving relationships?
  • Do you support ‘marriage’ between people of the same sex?

By the time you reach the end, you’re a heartless America-hating “homophobe” if you don’t answer “yes” to the last question.  The pollsters rarely share the “prep” questions, only the one the poll is “really about.”

National Review has an article that sheds some light on this phenomenon, and concludes that much of the supposedly “inevitable” cascade of support for homosexual fake marriage is being manufactured through push polling:

But Gallup continues to ask a question about the legality of “homosexual relations” before it asks about same-sex marriage, a technique known as “priming,” or preparing survey-takers for subsequent questions. In their book News That Matters, political psychologists Donald Kinder and Shanto Iyengar document how priming shapes respondents’ answers to subsequent questions, particularly where sentiments about a previous question spill over. Gallup asks whether respondents “think gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal,” a question that most observers would assume is not even asked any more.

It turns out that Gallup did not always prime with a question on the legality of homosexual relations before asking about same-sex marriage. Back when it varied its practice — priming on some surveys and not others — support for same-sex marriage varied. When Gallup did not prime, support for SSM totaled, on average, 6 to 7 percentage points less than when it did. A few percentage points may not seem like much, until we recall last month’s Gallup survey: Swing 6 or 7 points in the other direction and you would bring the poll to near-equilibrium between supporters and opposers. Thus a majority of Americans might not — or at least not yet — actually support same-sex marriage. The Rice study did not prime its respondents, and it asked the question differently; the results show notably greater opposition than support.

The lack of clarity about polling extends to actual voting behavior as well. In 2010 Patrick Egan, assistant professor of politics and public policy at New York University, compiled ten years of polling data about same-sex marriage in states that had voted on same-sex-marriage ballot initiatives. He found that public-opinion polls consistently underestimated ballot-box opposition to SSM. Egan noted that “the share of voters in pre-election surveys saying they will vote to ban same-sex marriage is typically seven percentage points lower than the actual vote on election day.” Why? Egan doesn’t know. [I know why. Because the constant media drumbeat has now “primed” the entire population, more or less, to feel a compulsion to answer the question in the “correct,” culturally approved manner. But in the privacy of the voting booth (meh), people do not feel so compelled.]

[As I just said…….]  In other words, when sensitive issues are at stake, people may feel pressure to give pollsters answers that sound enlightened, politically correct, or free of any trace of “bigotry” — a term that has reemerged as a club in the debate over same-sex marriage……

…..What to conclude? First, American public opinion seems split nearly down the middle on same-sex marriage, once we account for priming, question-wording “bonuses,” and Egan’s observations of systematic underreporting of opposition. Second, the bad news for those who oppose legal recognition of same-sex marriage is that the overall, decades-long trend lines do not favor them, individual surveys aside. Battering one’s opposition with catchy memes and claims about right and wrong sides of history may be annoying, but it has been effective……

Boy, has it.  Few people can withstand the withering fusillade of propaganda they submit themselves to through the cultural programming box TV set for hours every day.

Pope Francis – “We cannot sleep peacefully while babies are dying of hunger….. August 20, 2013

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…….and the elderly are without medical assistance.”

I sorely wish there were an addendum to that: “We also cannot sleep peacefully when millions of souls are falling into hell through neglect, indifference, and lack of catechesis.”

That is to say, the concerns the Pope repeatedly stresses regarding the natural, active virtues are very important.  But even more important is the eternal destination of souls.

Another quick hit – how anti-Catholic is the Obama Administration?  They considered terminating formal relations with the Holy See, recalling the ambassador.

“Reward your friends, punish your enemies.”  Sounds about right.

LCWR keynote speech steeped in modernism…… August 20, 2013

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……and was clearly heretical, given the formal definition of the heresy of modernism made by the great Pope St. Pius X, whose 100th anniversary of death is approaching.

Fr. Philip Neri Powell takes apart the reported lowlights from Sr. Ilia Delio’s keynote speech before the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  These women are simply totally immune to warnings, threats, and counsel.  They are so full of pride they are willing to see their orders disappear rather than be proved wrong. But that’s how the Gnostics always were, prideful perverters of the Faith (Delio’s statements in italics, Fr. Powell’s response in plain, my comments)

“If we are to rethink in terms of religion, we have to think in terms of cosmology. . .” [I doubt very seriously that she means “cosmology” in the same sense that physicists understand the term. She’s talking about Brian Swimme’s pseudo-mystical/quasi-scientific blend of eastern bumpersticker philosophy and bad 70’s head shop poetry, The New Universe Story. This book has been The Thing among the LCWR crowd since sometime in early 2000.] [It’s all new age pantheism, one with the cosmos claptrap.  And, from what I’ve gleaned through some rather intensive study of progressive religious, Fr. Powell is spot on.  Enneagrams are so 90s, the new fad is warmed over 40 year old leftist pop psychology.  In other words, these women are profoundly immature.]

We have to understand the order of the whole. . .There is no cosmos without God, and no God without cosmos.” [We do have to understand the order of the whole. And there is no cosmos w/o God.  So far, so good. Then she loops into pantheism: no God w/o the cosmos?  This is a complete rejection of the Judeo-Christian understanding of the Creator, His creation, and our relationship to both. Pantheism is attractive to gnostic types b/c it allows them to claim authority/power through “specialized knowledge.” In the 21st century, the most specialized knowledge out there is scientific.] [Yep.  Again, spot on.  But it’s more than just gnosticism, it’s modernism, specifically, the Teilhard de Chardin modernist, evolution-inspired pantheism that was adopted almost to a man by the Jesuits in the mid-20th century, and through numerous Jesuit spiritual directors, into the majority of women’s religious communities, where it proceeded to destroy them.  Modern Jesuits have so much to answer for, it is simply unbelievable.  They should be supressed.]
The reporter paraphrases: “A mixture of Scripture, philosophy from Plato and other Greek thinkers helped develop our theory of Jesus Christ — unchanging, static — a mechanical God.” [This is the standard handful of ignorant mud thrown at the scholastic theological tradition. It’s nonsense. Deus caritas est. How is that static, mechanical, etc.? God is pure act, according Thomas, and there can be no more perfect act. What she’s worried about, of course, isn’t an unmoving God, but an “unmoving church” that won’t accommodate her personal theological preferences and those of her fellow-travelers.] [It’s the same as all heretics, especially those inspired by protestant “personal interpretation” of Scripture (which includes throwing a whole bunch of Scripture out). But what is more interesting to me, is that this “mechanical God” phraseology is exactly the same phrase used by Newton, Hobbes, and Locke in attacking the Scholastic-based philosophy of the Christendom, in order to promote their endarkenment errors. Thus, Sr. has just revealed more than she may have intended. The core of the above is simply modernism, there is no Truth, simply a “truth” relative to you, to me, to all the believers alive at one given moment, so that the “truth” literally changes, by degrees, from second to second, moment to moment.  Which is convenient if you’re a heretic and you’re seeking a good explanation to deflect accusations from the Holy Office/CDF!]
We have an incredible, dynamic, expanding universe. Simply from the point of science, this is awesome,” Sister Ilia said, adding, “Literally, we are stardust.” [True, we are stardust in the most literal sense. And this is awesome from more than just the point-of-view of science. In fact, we’ve pretty much known for a long time now that we’re stardust. . .say, since Genesis, at least. But apparently she believes that cosmic forces somehow took stardust and randomly evolved human consciousness from the assembled particles. Remember: no cosmos, no God; therefore, God couldn’t have assembled the particles or given them life. He had to wait until we randomly evolved before coming into existence, which means that in some sense, God’s existence is contingent on us.] [I have a simpler explanation. Sr. Delio prefers her false god “science” to the true God.]
“Does evolution continue through us? The physical structure of the universe is love. The way physical life works, it is not background to the human story. It is the human story.” [Is physical evolution the sort of process that “continues through” individuals?  I thought evolution happened at the level of species over billion of years. The physical structure of the universe is matter
and energy. Love is not physical; it’s relational. Of course, if you’re a pantheist, God is identical to the universe and since God is love, then the universe is love.  Whoa. Dude. Pass the bong.] [Eh, I think Fr. Powell had grown tired of replying by the end of the post. As I said, Sr. Delio has two gods, and it is plain the one she shows preference towards. For her, and other Teilhardian pantheist modernists, the Faith must conform to the dictates of (quite frequently, deliberately anti-Catholic) “science.” That was the whole point of de Chardin’s heresy! She plainly conflates “god” and the universe above, when she says “the universe is love.” This is incredible, that there are still people out there promoting this garbage, and that she is an “approved” professor of theology at a supposedly Catholic university!  Give me a break!  This women is spouting 80 year old heresies, and she’s pretending their “new!”]
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I have some questions for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation of Religious, and Archbishop Peter Sartain, apostolic “overseer” of the LCWR: how can a group be reformed, that is still openly embracing the worst of heresies?  What, exactly, is the point?
Should not the LCWR be done away with?  What indication have they given of being even remotely open to reform?

 

Chickens coming home to roost, autism edition August 20, 2013

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CMR has  posted a photo of a letter some Canadian woman sent to her neighbor, said neighbor having an autistic child.  All I can say is, when you promote, propagandize, and ultimately convince the vast majority of people that the only lives that matters are their own, and maybe a handful of people around them, this is what you get:

autism letter

Autistic children can act out.  Of course, all children can, but autistic children can be difficult to handle.  Nevertheless, even if this case is egregious, the narcissistic self-important hurtfulness of the above is simply beyond the pale.  The letter writer seems to have reduced her neighbor – both parent and child – to sub-human garbage levels, to be tolerated, at best, if they be totally obesequious and do everything they are told to do.

From the initial complaint over noise, we cross over into stereotypical misanthropy, just plain hatred of a sub-human “other.” This child is fit for nothing but to be cut up and used – by good, “normal” people like the letter writer – for their own  selfish ends. Rather like unborn babies, who should also be grown to develop replacement parts for aging “real” humans.  This is straight out of the worst kind of fusion of Stalinism and Brave New World.

I saw a TV report of the teen in question, and they showed some of his typical noises. They are pretty minor.  I’d say whoever wrote this letter has a serious amount of self-hatred.  It’s very depressing to consider that the complainant has kids of their own.  These types of behavior tend to be generational, absent a large amount of Grace.

I’m certain many prayers are warranted for all involved. Nevertheless, I am convinced that if we were not possessed of a culture so morally bankrupt as to be having to debate whether it’s best to just off old (and young) geezers who trouble us, such a thought would not have entered the letter-writer’s mind.  That is to say, she’s simply co-opting the dominant cultural trends and applying them to her hatred, to have just a bit more invective to hurl.  We did not see her say, for instance, that the child should be sold off to some slave labor camp, because such considerations have not yet entered the cultural zeitgiest, yet.  But, reading Solzhenitsyn, horrid neighbors like this threatened to denounce others they did not like to the Chekists in the Soviet Union, and thus gained power over them.  People did such, because it was part of the culture they lived in, as recommendations of euthanasia is part of ours.

I am also convinced that as this culture reaches its barbaric, sexular pagan nadir, slavery will come back into existence under other names. It’s inevitable.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori’s Rule of Life, part 2 August 20, 2013

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God be praised, here is part 2 of the great Moral Doctor’s Rule of Life, from The Way of Salvation and Perfection. God willing, I shall finish the third and final part tomorrow!

Do not omit to hear Mass daily. [As in, daily!]  But what is of the greatest importance is that those who hear Mass should makde a special application to their own souls of the merits of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Mass should be heard for the same ends for which it was instituted; namely:

  1. To honor Almighty God
  2. To thank Him for His benefits
  3. To make atonement for the punishment due our sins
  4. To obtain Divine Grace

So that we ought then to pray as follows: “Eternal Father, in this Mass I offer Thee Jesus Christ, with allthe merits of His Passion, to honor Thy Majesty, to thank Thee for all Thy benefits towards me, in satisfaction for my sins and for those of all the living, and of those who died in Thy Grace, and to obtain all the graces necessary for salvation.” At the elevation of the Host, we may say “By the blood of Jesus Christ, grant me to lvae Thee in this life and in the next.”

In addition to this, read some spiritual book for a half hour, at least, a day.  It is best to make use of the lives of the Saints.

Moreover, do not fail to pay every day a visit to the Most Holy Sacrament, when you should make at least the following acts:

  1. O Lord, I thank Thee for Thy love in leaving Thyself to me in this Holy Sacrament
  2. With my whole heart I love Thee, O God, above all other good; and because I love Thee I am sorry for all my offences against Thee, whether great or small
  3. I beseech Thee to grant me perseverence in Thy Grace and Thy holy love.

At the same time make a visit to our Blessed Lady, before one of Her images, and beg of Her also the same graces of perseverence and the DSCF1500love of God.

In the evening, make an examination of conscience, and then add the Christian acts.

Frequent the holy Sacraments of Confession and Communion at least once per week, and oftener if possible. [In St. Alphonsus’ time, most people received the Blessed Sacrament irregularly. Very few, if any, received every time they assisted at Mass] With regard to Confession, say beforehand: “I thank Thee O my God! for having waited for me until now! I hope, through the merits of Jesus Christ, for the pardon of all my offences against Thee!  I am sorry for them, and repent of them with my whole heart, because by them I have lost Heaven and deserved hell; but, above all, I am grieved to my inmost soul, and hate and detest my sins more than all evils, because they ahve offended Thy infinite goodness. I purpose in future rather to die than offend Thee any more.”

1After Confession thank God for the pardon which you hope you have received, [make a good Confession!] and renew your good resolution never more to offend Him, and to avoid all occasions of sin; and pray to Jesus and Mary for perseverence.

As to the Holy Communion, we must know that it is the Grand Medicine, as the Council of Trent terms it, which purifies us from our dialy venial faults, and preserves us from mortal ones. He who communicates most frequently will be freest from sin, and will make farthest progress in Divine Love; only let him communicate with a good desire. But, in order to derive more abundant fruits from Commounion, he should manage to spend half an hour after receiving in producing devout acts, or at least in praying out of some spiritual book…….

It is well to make choice of a good confessor and to follow his direction in all spiritual matters, and even in temporal matters of importance; nor should he be left without a good reason. St. Philip Neri spoke thus: “Let those who are desirous of advancing in the way offr magdala first mass (7) God put themselves under an enlightened confessor; and let them obey him, as occupying the place of God. Whoever does this may feel assured that he will never have to render an account to God of what he does.” And this  is only conformable to the words of Jesus Christ, that whosoever hears His ministers hears Him (Lk X:16). A general Confession should be made, if it has not hitherto been made, for it is a most excellent means of bringing one’s life into good order; and it is advisable to make it to the director himself, that he may be the better able to guide us.

Avoid idleness, dissipated companions, immodest conservations, and, more than all, evil occasions, especially where there is danger of incontinency; and for this reason one cannot be too cautious in keeping one’s eyes from dwelling on any dangerous objects[Can you imagine what St. Alphonsus would say of our hideous culture of today, where a mere drive on a highway is a near occasion of serious sin!  “If your eye causes you to sin, poke it out!”  This is a major reason we have no TV!  It is almost impossible to watch TV without being scandalized by immodesty, if not outright perversion!]  For a person that does not avoid the voluntary occasions of sin, especially those which have frequently proved fatal to his innocence, it is morally impossible to persevere in the Grace of God: He that loves the danger shall perish in it (Eccles III:27).

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I have no doubt, that any soul who follows St. Alphonsus’ Rule of Life (see part 1 here), will experience tremendous interior growth, will evidence exterior sanctity, and is veritably assured of salvation.  What a great grace, to have Saints like this who share the route to Heaven with us!

The problem, of course, is in the doing!

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Your Air Force now punishing those who refuse to promote sodomy August 19, 2013

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It appears, my dear readers, that the Obama Administration has managed to work the same kind of transformation upon my beloved United States Air Force, as the Clinton Administration was able to work upon the US Navy in the 90s.  In the wake of Tailhook 1993, the Navy was made to submit, and I mean submit, to a strenuous application of all the feminist inspired “diversity training” and “sensitivity workshops” that you can imagine.  The net result is a viciously hostile environment of careerist diversity officers who are constantly on the prowl for the next E-8, O-5, or O-6 they can nail to their punishment board.  They essentially “excel” at their jobs by wrecking other’s careers.  Thus, the former Captain of the USS Enterprise CVN-65 was cashiered for a morale effort with his troops that offended someone’s oh-so-delicate sensibilities.  And he is far, far from the only one.

It seems Obama’s minions are using the same tricks to turn the US Air Force, formerly perhaps the most conservative and Christian branch of the armed forces (maybe except for the Marines), into a seething cauldron of homosexual activism and careerist intrigue.  Lovely:

A 19-year veteran of the Air Force said he was relieved of his duties after he disagreed with his openly gay commander when she wanted to severely punish an instructor who had expressed religious objections to homosexuality.

“I was relieved of my position because I don’t agree with my commander’s position on gay marriage,” Senior Master Sgt. Phillip Monk told Fox News. “We’ve been told that if you publicly say that homosexuality is wrong, you are in violation of Air Force policy.”

The Liberty Institute is representing the Christian airman in case the Pentagon decides to retaliate.

“Are we going to have a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy for Christians so we don’t get harassed for our beliefs?” attorney Hiram Sasser asked Fox News. “Here’s a guy who wants to have his religious liberty and serve in the military. He shouldn’t have to believe in gay marriage in order to serve.”

A spokesperson for Lackland Air Force Base public affairs told Fox News Monk was not punished and that he was simply at the end of his assignment. [Maybe. But he was Command First Sergeant for the 37th Training Wing, the wing that trains all USAF Airmen recruits. It is amazing, and surely highly politically significant, that an open lesbian was appointed to command this incredibly important unit.  That is a way of sending a very visible signal]

“They did have a disagreement, but supposedly, they agreed to disagree,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “But the wing commander said there was no punishment. [Maybe. In the military, the difference between “reward” and “punishment” can be difficult to discern. For instance, he could be sent to Thule AB, Greenland to finish out his 20 years, with no possibility of promotion.]

Monk has served as a first sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio since 2011. He recently returned from a deployment and discovered he had a new commander – an open lesbian.

“In one of our first meetings, she was talking about her promotion and she mentioned something about a benediction,” Monk told Fox News. “She said she wanted a chaplain but objected to one particular chaplain that she called a bigot because he preached that homosexuality is a sin.” [Note: the “open lesbian” can act on her militant homosexuality by denigrating a chaplain under her command as a bigot – and you think that doesn’t have any impact?  But a Christian who says “I don’t think gays pretending to be marriage is right” is horribly intolerant, and cashiered. We truly live in Orwellian times.]

“She then said, ‘I don’t know what kind of people actually believe that kind of crap,’” Monk said, recalling the meeting. “I knew I was going to have a rough time in this unit and I would have to be very careful what I said.”

That moment came when Monk was called in to advise the commander on a disciplinary matter involving an Air Force instructor accused of making comments objecting to gay marriage.

The instructor was investigated and the members of his trainees were asked if the instructor had slandered homosexuals and whether he created a hostile work environment.

Monk said he quickly determined the instructor meant no harm by his public comments – comparing the United States with the fall of the Roman Empire.

“He said in spite of our differences, we can’t let that happen to the United States,” Monk said. “He then used homosexual marriage as an example – saying that he didn’t believe in it – but it doesn’t matter because he was going to train them the same way.”

Seven people filed complaints about the remarks. It then became Monk’s job to advise the commander on disciplinary action. [All military training has become a joke, the USMC possibly excluded.  In the Navy, Air Force, and Army, recruits can refuse to perform drills they feel are too demanding, they can issue a “time-out” card when they feel overwhelmed, and apparently they can file complaints about anything that insults their delicate sensibilities.  We’re raising a bunch of steel clawed tigers, that’s for sure!]

…….The instructor was eventually punished by having a letter of counseling placed in his official file.  [And thus, his career is finished.]

Monk soon found himself in a very similar position after his commander ordered him to answer a question about whether people who object to gay marriage are guilty of discrimination.

“She said, ‘Sgt. Monk, I need to know if you can, as my first sergeant, if you can see discrimination if somebody says that they don’t agree with homosexual marriage,’” he said. “I refused to answer the question.”

Monk said to answer would have put him in a legal predicament.

“And as a matter of conscience I could not answer the question the way the commander wanted me to,” he said.

At that point, Monk said that perhaps it would be best if he went on leave. The commander agreed.

“I was essentially fired for not validating my commander’s position on having an opinion about homosexual marriage,” he said.

Monk said he is brokenhearted over the way the military has treated him.

“If this young man would’ve given a speech and said he was good with homosexuality, we wouldn’t be here,” he said. “The narrative is that you cannot say anything that contradicts Air Force policy.”

He said in essence, Christians are trading places with homosexuals.

“Christians have to go into the closet,” he said. “We are being robbed of our dignity and respect. We can’t be who we are.”

This is how the persecution advances.  Christianity, and militant homosexuality, cannot co-exist.  They are mutually exclusive.  All observant monotheistic faiths have always – ALWAYS – and everywhere condemned homosexuality as the worst of sins, a hideous perversion of God’s intent for human nature and a direct repudiation of His Will. Even since the founding of Christendom, Christianity – be it Catholicism, Orthodoxy, protestantism, whatever – has enjoyed a privileged place wherever it was accepted by most.  For the first time in history, we are seeing the culture reject Christianity and embrace a sexular paganism antithetical to, and incompatible with, that Christianity.

I’ve always said this radical homosexual agenda would be THE vehicle of the persecution.  This is simply a bridge Christians cannot cross.  By a million little ways like the one above, the culture will be made to accept – is accepting – this sodomite agenda.  By a million little cuts, Christians will be persecuted.  We are being boxed in more and more and more, and eventually, they will come into our churches and try to demand that Dogma be formally changed to support their perversions.  And then the martyrdom will begin.

I did not think such would occur in my lifetime, but now I am far from sure.  In fact, I increasingly think it will.

Do not, under any circumstances, join the US military.  I have one friend who is very troubled, trying to weight whether to accept promotion to O-6 and stay another 4 years, or just retire at 20 as an O-5. I’ve always encouraged him in his career, but I advised him to get out.  I have another friend who was an F-16 pilot, but who figured out that in today’s Air Force, being a “career pilot” means, at best, 8-10 years flying fighters, and 12-16 sitting at a desk.  He’s also a Robin Olds type, hard living, hard fighting.  He is obsolete in today’s Hair Farce.

Start a meme – LCWR means……..? August 19, 2013

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I found this at Mundabor’s blog, and had to share:

when-you-lose-the-habit

You could even turn it into a meme.  How to abuse the LCWR acronym.  Wow, I thought up a very harsh one right off the bat:

  • Lesbian Chicks Wreck Religion
  • Little Children Whining Radically
  • Last Chance for Whiners to Repent
  • Lost hippy Children Wish to Re-enact 60s

I had some others, but they’re not fit for my sweet family blog.

Now, a palette cleanser, via TCP:

Misa_con_ngeles

There is some awesome art that comes up on Spanish Googles that don’t do so en Ingles!

A portrait of a Church in collapse August 19, 2013

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Pertinacious Papist presents some highlights – or lowlights – from a long study Dr. Ralph Martin has done on the present state of the Church in the United States.  Citing data from one “large Midwestern Diocese” – almost certainly, Martin’s own Archdiocese of Detroit – Martin paints a picture of a Church that is in the advanced stages of total collapse.  He also posits some reasons for the collapse, which I will elaborate on.  All the words quoted below are from PP’s report on Martin’s much longer article (I add emphasis and comments):

I was forcibly struck by the table of statistics from the “Midwestern Diocese” offered on p. 59. The numbers are nothing short of catastrophic. The table shows that over the last decade (from 2000 to 2010):

  • Infant Baptisms have decreased 42.4% (from 16,294 to 9,544)
  • Adult Baptisms have decreased 51.2% (from 1,442 to 704)
  • Full Communion has decreased 43.6% (from 1,713 to 960)
  • Catholic Marriages decreased 45.3% (from 3,641 to 1,649)

This is in ten short years, folks. Some of us remember Y2K as though it were yesterday. What will the next decade bring? [This diocese, again, likely Detroit, is hardly an outlier. Similar data has been reported across the country.  The United States, even with the influex of Hispanics, is entering the end-stages of collapse which struck Europe 50 years ago.  Have the European bishops been willing to admit the truth, the failure of their indifferentist ecumenism and modernist catachesis, as major sources of this collapse?  Are you kidding?!  That would be apostasy from “englightenment” liberalism!]

Further, Martin cites sources showing that while “Hispanics now constitute nearly 40 percent of the total U.S. Catholic population (and more than 50 percent of the Catholic youth population), only 10 to 15 percent of the priests ordained each year are Hispanic” and “only 9 percent of the bishops are Hispanic.”  [Must be due to racism] The growth of Church numbers in the West is “largely due to Hispanic immigration, not to growth through evangelization,” and “the statistics about the outflow from the Catholic Church in second and third generation Hispanic Catholic immigrants are not encouraging.”  [And yet, the bishops of this country, at least officially, have prostrated themselves before the concept of totally unconstrained immigration, the better to continue pretending, at least until they retire, that everything is alright.  Unfortunately for them, due to the collapse in Mexico’s birth rate, we’ll likely never see such huge waves of immigration again, and, even worse from their standpoint, many of these Hispanic immigrants, and especially their children, subsequently leave the Faith. In point of fact, most Catholics in Central and South America are so horribly catechized that they make even your average American Catholic look like Bellarmine.  More below.]

Martin does not make the mistake of placing all the blame for this collapse on the secularization of culture. “Years of silence about those aspects of the gospel which the contemporary culture is hostile to — the truths about sin, about heaven and hell, about the need for repentance, about the real meaning of discipleship, about the supreme value of knowing Christ — have contributed to the metamorphosis of Catholicism in the minds of many into a comforting religious ritual of indeterminate meaning.”  [Yep.]

He also cites what Cardinal Ratzinger called a “catastrophic collapse” of catechetics…….

Martin cites the Catherine of Siena Institute in Colorado Springs, CO, which has interviewed tens of thousands of Catholics and their pastors and shown that “even among the minority of Catholics who come to Church somewhat regularly, fewer than 10 percent could be considered ‘intentional disciples’ who have consciously made Christ the center of their lives.”  [And that, my friends, is the sum total of this tragedy. Even among Catholics who assist at Mass regularly, the vast majority are only incidentally Catholic, at best, and they would never, ever, countenance exchanging the “primacy of their individual conscience” for the authentic Dogmas of the Faith.  They are invincibly convinced by heresy is every “Catholic’s” right, and the vast majority have come to that opinion after deliberate formation in that belief by some priest, brother, nun, and/or bishop.]

Finally, Martin hits the nail on the head with the following observation he makes on a strange phenomenon that many of us have, I am certain, long found troubling:

Cardinal Ratzinger remarked on a strange phenomenon he observed in conjunction with the collapse of the Church in the Netherlands after Vatican II. He pointed out that by every statistical measure the Church in the Netherlands was collapsing and yet, strangely, at the same time an atmosphere of “general optimism” was prevalent that seemed blind to the actual situation.

I thought to myself: what would one say of a businessman whose accounts were completely in the red but who, instead of recognizing this evil, finding out its reasons, and courageously taking steps against it, wanted to commend himself to his creditors solely through optimism? What should one’s attitude be to an optimism that was quite simply opposed to reality? (Ratzinger, Op. cit., pp. 30-40)

“In the United States, “official optimism” has been quite strong in the midst of radical decline.

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Of course they maintain denial, to do otherwise would be to admit failure, and to commit the greatest sin possible for an American prelate – to criticize, even by implication, one’s brother bishop. Remember that brief flurry of Catholic orthodoxy we saw from a handful of bishops last 20130819_145601summer in response to the HHS Mandate?  That got stamped out pretty quick, didn’t it?  It got stamped out, because it made more progressive bishops look bad (and maybe even the sin of sins, it made them feel bad), and the pressure of USCCB collegiality was applied behind the scenes, shutting the bolder bishops up.

I had two very illuminating experience on Friday.  I had a coworker come by and ask me if I’m Catholic.  Now, this guy has an Italian name, so I figured he was.  But, to even ask was kind if ridiculous. If you look at the attached pics, you’ll realize I’m “that guy.”  I’m that guy that just throws all his life out for all to see.  My cube is wallpapered with Catholic stuff all over the place.  So, he likes to talk, really, much too much, and he started telling me how he was raised Catholic, but hasn’t been to Mass in about 30 years (30!!), and how he got turned off by Pope John Paul II, who was so different from the Franciscans who formed him in 20130819_145714school back in the 60s and 70s, really wacked out liberals, apparently.  And they basically formed him to be an enlightenment deist, whose vision of “Christianity” is limited entirely to doing “good works,” and who find any form of doctrinal orthodoxy which is counter to the sexular pagan zeitgiest repellant. He just found JPII and Pope Benedict way, waaaaaay too……..Catholic, but………he is very excited about Pope Francis!  He might even condescend to return to Mass……in some distant, indeterminate date (which, I wouldn’t hold my breath about).

The other data point came during a lovely dinner we were invited to at a friend’s house.  The wife of this couple is from Peru, and she was telling me how people in Peru and other South American countries call themselves Catholic, and exist in the rump of a nearly dead Catholic culture, but they aren’t Catholic in any practical sense at all.  For instance, even satisfying the Precept of the Church to receive the Blessed Sacrament annually is a rarity.  They go to Mass every week, but it is strictly a social function and, vernacular be damned, they get very little out it.  They don’t know or comprehend the Real Presence, the Ten Commandments, or anything else of substance.  They are so terribly catechized they are easy pickings for protestant sects, even nutty ones (or especially nutty ones) like Jehovah’s Witness, whose spiel, long tailored to go after soft Catholic targets, just bowls them over.

So, what is to be done?  Do we wait for the hierarchy to finally get it?   As individual Catholics, we certainly can, and must, pray, fast, witness, evangelize, and catechize, but we would be doing amazingly well if we managed to play a role in the conversion of a few dozen in our lifetimes.  Amchurch loses that many from one Diocese, every day, before breakfast.  I think the answer lies in beginning to speak, more and more strenuously, truth to the currently entrenched progressive power.  Pope Francis advised Catholics at World Youth Day to “make a mess,” and perhaps we need to do so.  I’m not sure how that plays out, but I think we’re past the point of applying the usual methods. I think its time for more drastic action, like Marian Processions around the Chancery, Rosary vigils outside the Turtle Creek mansion, etc., etc. i know such would be uncomfortable for many. But think of the torment all those souls falling out of the Church and into hell are experiencing, or will experience.  We must have love for them, and demonstrate that love by keeping others from their tragic fate.

Pertinacious Papist also had this, which is utterly apropos:

From the Prayer of Azariah [deuterocanonical text following Daniel 3:23 in Catholic Bibles]:

[6] For we have sinfully and lawlessly departed from thee, and have sinned in all things and have not obeyed thy commandments;
[7] we have not observed them or done them, as thou hast commanded us that it might go well with us.
[8] So all that thou hast brought upon us, and all that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment.
[9] Thou hast given us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful rebels, and to an unjust king, the most wicked in all the world.
[10] And now we cannot open our mouths; shame and disgrace have befallen thy servants and worshipers.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori’s Rule of Life, part 1 August 19, 2013

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This Rule of Life forms the conclusion of Volume II of the great Moral Doctor’s Ascetical Works, The Way of Salvation and Perfection.  I’ve just about finished one volume of those works.  Only two dozen left to go!

Part 1 of the Rule of Life today. God willing, I will highlights from the remainder over the next few days.

On rising in the morning make the following acts:

  1. “O my God! I adore Thee! I love Thee with my whole heart, and thank Thee for all Thy benefits, particularly for having preserved me this night.”
  2. “I offer to Thee all that I shall do or suffer throughout the day, in union with all the actions and sufferings of Jesus and Mary, intending to gain all the indulgences in my power.”
  3. I purpose, O Lord! to avoid this day every offence against Thee; but do Thou extend Thy protecting hand over me, that I may not betray Thee. Most Holy Mary, take me under thy protection. My angel guardian and patron saints, assist me.”

Then say one Pater Noster, on Ave Maria, and one Credo, followed by three more Ave’s in honor of the purity of the Blessed Virgin.

Take care to make half an hour’s meditation as soon as possible in the day. [I have many prayers and readings I do in the morning, but I do not meditate. I usually do that later in the day.  I pray I may find the time in the morning!] For though meditation is not St Gerardo Mariaabsolutely necessary, it is morally necessary, in order to gain the grace of perseverence. Those who neglect it will find it very difficult to persevere in the Grace of God.  The reasons for this are twofold: the first is, because the eternal truths cannot be seen by the eyes of the flesh, but by the eye of the understanding, which is reflection……..The second reason is because the soul that does not practice meditation will also be backward to practice prayer. Now, prayer is necessary, not merely as a precept, but as a means to observe the commandments, since as a general rule, and speaking of adults, God only give His Grace to those who ask for it. But without meditation a person has a very faint notion of his own spiritual wants, and he is moreover but slightly impressed with the necessity of praying, in order to overcome temptations and to save his soul; thus he is led to pray but little or nothing, and for want of prayer is eventually lost………. [And yet, meditation is so little stressed to Catholics.  Very few Catholics even offer any rudimentary prayers every day, let alone engage in meditation.  But, as the great Saint says, obtaining salvation without a deep interior/prayer life is very difficult, and having a deep prayer life without meditation is also very rare.  I know many traditional priests greatly stress the need to meditate, even if you start 19-08-St John Eudes Sidebarwith only a few minutes a day.  Don’t buy modern books on meditation, they are likely to be infected with modernism and new agism!  Meditate on good, holy, spiritual books, preferably those published, originally, well before 1900.  Most books by TAN are OK, or Lepanto, Loreto, and Angelus Press.]

With regard to practice, meditation has three parts: preparation, consideration, and conclusion.  In the preparation must be made three acts: 1. of the presence of God; 2, of humility, 3, of petition for light. We say, “1, My God, I believe Thou art here present, and I adore Thee,” “2, I deserve at this momment to be burning in hell. O my God, I am sorry for having offended Thee!,” “3, Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus and Mary, grant me light in this meditation, that I may profit by it.”  Then say a Hail Mary to the Divine Mother, and a Glory Be, in honor of our angel guardian. Then read the point of meditation, and be sure, at least occasionally, to meditate on the Passion of Jesus Christ. [Although not explicitly stated here, St. Alphonsus recommends basing your meditation on some spiritual reading. Such is, in fact, the point of all his Ascetical works – to provide material for meditation.  If one wereBlessed Francis Xavier Seelos to meditate based on these, one would have a truly rewarding interior life.]  It must also be understood that the fruit of prayer does not so much consist in meditating, but rather in producing affections – for instance, of humility, confidence, love, sorrow, resignation, and the like – in making petitions, and especially imploring God to grant us perseverence and His Holy Love, and in making the resolution to avoid some particular sin, and of practicing some particular virtue. [I must admit, my meditations tend towards the latter]

Finally, the conclusion is made thus: “I thank Thee, O God, for the lights thou has given me, I purpose to keep the resolutions I have made, and I beg They Grace to fulfill them.” Nor must we ever forget to recommend to God the holy souls in Purgatory, and all poor sinners. We must never omit our accustomed meditation, whatever coldness and weariness we may feel over it, for as St. Teresa of Jesus says “to do so would be to cast ourselves into hell with our own hands.” Benedict XIV granted a plenary indulgence to every one who makes a meditation of at least one quarter hour very day for a month, with Confession, Communion, and prayers to the intention of the Church, and partial indulgences are granted every day to those who meditate. This indulgence is applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

Dominus vobiscum!

Benediction

photos of Redemptorists in action via Transalpine Redemptorists

Latin Mass tonight at St. Mark August 19, 2013

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The Novus Ordo Latin Mass is back on the attack tonight at St. Mark!  Even better, the schola will be present.  I was thinking, we haven’t had a “Requiem” Mass for August, yet.  I don’t think that’s tonight.  Looks like I’ll miss it – we’re out next week.  You won’t see an announcement for Latin Mass next week, nor any blog posts, but there should be Latin Mass next Monday, August 26, as well.

Attendance had been edging up, but fell back a bit again last week.  So, tonight, I’m handing out $500 bills to everyone in attendance. They’re Zimbabwean dollars, so they’re worth about .000001 cent, but, it’s the thought that counts.

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