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Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio September 12, 2014

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Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States.  Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the  new focus on “mercy” cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein.  Some excerpts:

New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “I have no trouble with the decision at all … I think the decision is a wise one,” he said.

His action has left many Catholics, including elected officials like myself, puzzled and disheartened especially when we measure Cardinal Dolan’s new policy with that of his predecessor, John Cardinal O’Connor. [I understand there is a massive new excavation on Manhattan Island.  It developed only recently, but has already achieved prodigious proportions.  It is caused by Cardinal O’Connor spinning in his grave at hypersonic speeds.]

In 1993, when LGBT groups and government officials demanded that openly homosexual groups be included in the Parade, Cardinal O’Connor vowed in a St. Patrick’s Day sermon that he “could never even be perceived as compromising Catholic teaching. Neither respectability nor political correctness is worth one comma in the Apostles Creed.” (New York Times, 1/20/93) [We certainly do not have the same caliber of man as Cardinal Archbishop of New York today.  What a buffoon this Dolan is.]

At that time, the New York Times also noted that, “The Hibernians and Cardinal O’Connor have said there is no place for a gay contingent in the parade because it is a Catholic Event and the Church teaches that homosexual acts are sinful.”

Yet, Cardinal Dolan claimed, “Neither my predecessors as archbishops of New York nor I have ever determined who would or would not march in this parade,” adding that “the parade would be a source of unity for all of us.” (New York Times, 9/3/14) [Which shows that Cardinal Dolan was either ignorant of the very public stand of his predecessor, or is quite willing to prevaricate.  The repeated statements by Dolan in defense of this indefensible act are increasingly troubling and reveal a man detached from the Catholic sensus fidei.]

Would Cardinal Dolan, as Parade Marshal, applaud the inclusion of Irish abortion clinic owners or Planned Parenthood employees in a Parade honoring Saint Patrick? On what logical grounds does he applaud openly LGBT marchers and reject openly pro-abortion Catholics, including some “Catholic” nuns?  [Give him time. He well might.]

……..This situation is not about judging individual souls. God loves all his children, and fortunately He is the only one who judges men’s hearts, but we live in a world of actions that have individual, social and legal consequences. [But there is such a thing as objectively sinful acts.  And we have to judge those acts and the people who commit them – not their eternal destiny or the state of their soul, but whether such acts conform to Truth and goodness, or falsehood and evil.  And we cannot give support to those who manifestly and unrepentantly promote their evil.]

Equality of persons is not the same as equality of behavior. What message does Cardinal Dolan’s decision give? The US Supreme Court is considering whether to hear challenges to state laws allowing only one-man, one-woman marriage. Cardinal Dolan’s statement and actions are most untimely……… [More than untimely, almost diabolical in their likely effect]

……I know from a lifetime in and around politics that federal judges and Members of Congress read newspapers. They are influenced by the actions of moral leaders. They gauge what they can “get away with” by what Catholic prelates “tolerate.”

We do our brothers and sisters no service by pretending that God’s teaching or the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” are not important today. No one can change Natural Law or the Word of God, written in the blood of Our Savior for our wellbeing and redemption/

I haven’t talked to one Catholic who thinks that what Cardinal Dolan did was prudent or helpful in defending the Faith, marriage or morals. Converts, especially, are distressed. [Yes, I am distressed.  But there are millions of katholycs out there who think what he’s done is just grand.  But I agree, I don’t think a single Catholic could support Dolan’s actions – including Bill Donahue.  Perhaps he should change his group’s name to the Katholyc League.]

Some contemporary American Catholics falsely think that “tolerance” is exercised by maintaining indifference towards ideas, opinion or even error, or holding that all points of view are equal. For a Church authority to embrace political correctness at such a time will have consequences which extend far beyond the parade route[False tolerance, meaning indifference and the pretension that this life is the only one to be concerned with, is the driving heresy of the sexular pagan religion]

Cardinal Dolan’s actions will make enacting legislation in conformity with the Natural Law immeasurably harder to defend especially for lay Catholics or Catholic legislators……..[Dang straight.  Already, one or two tragic, flippant comments are constantly thrown in faithful Catholic faces regarding all manner of moral issues, from abortion to sodomy to fornication to whatever!  “Who am I to judge?” goes right along with “I think the decision a wise one.”  The position of faithful Catholics has been horribly undermined.]

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Cardinal Dolan is rapidly becoming the American poster boy – at least for the present day, there have been many others – for the new state religion of sexular paganism.  From all appearances, it seems Dolan seeks to change the Church to suit the ways of this fallen and evil world, rather than the other way around.  Or, if not change the Church, at least change the appearance of the Church so that She never appears to stand in contradiction to the oppressive desires of the power elite.  It’s so much easier that way!  And Governor Cuomo will answer your calls, and let you feel important for a few minutes!  And you’ll get more interviews on 60 Minutes!

See!  It’s win-win!

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Trouble in paradise? Catholic League exits St. Patrick’s Day parade on flimsy pretext September 12, 2014

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Bill Donahue, head of the Catholic League, is not known for subtlety.  The man constantly reminds me of Archie Bunker, but Bunker was frankly not quite as over the top.

Donahue has spent years attacking the sodomite agenda in this country and defending Church Doctrine – and good for him for doing so. Unfortunately, he has also consistently shown himself to be a creature of the Archdiocese of New York and has contradicted himself, and undermined the Doctrine he used to defend, increasingly as Cardinal Dolan continues his descent into pathetic political  pandering.

Perhaps the conflict generated by Dolan’s increasing heresy has finally become too much.  The Catholic League has pulled out of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade for reasons that seem flimsy at best.  See what you think (note, the article below consistently misuses the term “gay,” as does Donahue):

For the first time in 20 years, the president of the the Catholic League has announced the group will not be marching in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade next year.

The decision comes one week after parade organizers lifted a ban on gay groups marching under their own banners. Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the decision was based on parade organizers not allowing a pro-life group to march as well.

“Prior to the announcement that a gay group would march under its own banner in the 2015 parade, I was consulted by parade organizers about their plans,” he said in a statement, a New York CBS affiliate reported. “I told them that I could only support this decision if there were a formal revision in the parade’s rules governing marching units, and that is exactly what I said in my first public statement.

“To be specific,” he continued, “I asked them to pledge that a pro-life Catholic group would also be permitted. I was told that a formal change in the rules had been approved and that a pro-life group would march. Now I am being told that the list of marching units is set and that no pro-life group will march in next year’s parade. Accordingly, I have decided to withdraw our participation.”

Mr. Donahue said his decision has nothing to do with gays, but with the inconsistencies of the parade committee.

But perhaps I’m all wet, thinking Donahue might have had enough of being Dolan’s lap dog:

“Attempts will now be made to pit me against Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Grand Marshal of the 2015 parade,” Mr. Donohue said, the station reported. “The suggestion that I am at odds with the New York Archbishop is not only false, it is despicable. Cardinal Dolan has no more rabid supporter than Bill Donohue, and nothing that has transpired recently changes anything.”

If the above is really true, Mr. Donahue, the only thing that is despicable is your willingness to subvert revealed Truth, cause huge scandal, and undermine the salvation of innumerable souls, in order to continue your cozy relationship with the Cardinal Archbishop of New York.  What Doctrine, exactly, would Dolan have to reject in order to lose your most fervent support.

I will say, though, that if Donahue is anything, he’s politically adept. He knows which way the winds are blowing in the Church, and he has changed tack to follow suit.

That should be troubling for us all.  If a man like Donahue is willing to publicly make a fool of himself by appearing so blatantly hypocritical, he must have a pretty strong motivation to do so. And I fear that motivation comes from more sources than just the Archdiocese of NY.  There is a completely different feel and emphasis in the Church today, it is as if the is 1970 all over again.

Thanks to reader MFG for the link.

Flightline Friday – A direct link from WWII to today in a single picture September 12, 2014

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How old are American military aircraft?  World War II ended almost 70 years ago.   On November 12, 1944, with the war at the peak of its intensity, the Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter took to the air for the first time.  Derived from the B-29 Superfortress, not many cargo versions of the aircraft were built, but over 800 tanker versions – the KC-97 – were built, starting in 1948.

The Northrop P-530/YF-17 Cobra has already been covered on this blog. First conceived in 1969, the YF-17 engaged in a flyoff competition with the YF-16 in 1974.  The photo below is from that competition.  At the time, highly obsolescent KC-97 tankers were rapidly passing from service.   They were all gone by 1978, for a service period of 30 years.  The YF-17 was developed into the F-18 Hornet, which entered service in 1980.  It has been in service, then, 34  years, and is at present the Navy’s most modern fighter in squadron service (the F-35 still hasn’t achieved that).

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So in a single photo, you can see a direct line of constantly operational US military aircraft from 1944 to 2014 – 70 years.  In fact, since the Super Hornet will be in service for at least another 20 years, that almost 100 years of aviation in one photo. 70 years ago, it would have been unthinkable that an aircraft could remain in service for so long, but it is common in the military today. The USAF used to have a policy of painting an “O,” for obsolete, in front of the tail numbers of all of its aircraft more than 10 years old (in fact, you can see that on the tail of the KC-97L above).  From the inception of flight until the 1970s, that was a pretty fair policy, since most aircraft served less than 10 years and were replaced.  In the go-go 50s and 60s, when American aviation was at its peak, new types were introduced almost every year, and “old” types retired. Now, we’re so broke, there is barely a new fighter for each decade, and a new bomber or cargo aircraft once each generation.  This trend is the inevitable result of the advanced state of socialism in our political-economic system. In fact, the average age of the USAF fleet is over 30 years.  Many types, like the B-52 and KC-135, are over 50 years old.

Britain once ruled the waves.  Until at least the 1930s, Britain was as powerful a nation as any in the world.  Fighting WWII alone for a year did terrific damage to the British economy, but that’s not why Britain is in the pathetic state, militarily, that it is today.  In all honesty, I do not think Britain even retains the ability to defend their nation from external attack, let alone project any power.  At present, the Royal Navy is 2/3 the size of the United States Coast Guard – and about as combat effective.  The British Army only has 36 operational tanks.  The Royal Air Force consists of about 100 combat capable tactical aircraft (and most of those, the Typhoons, are still very limited).

Britain, in terms of socialism, has been, consistently since WWII, about 20-30 years ahead of the United States.  The same budget pressures, caused by massive transfers of wealth from productive to unproductive sectors of the economy, and ham-handed centralized economic planning, that have left Britain almost defenseless, are at work in the United States.  The US military is in the process of being gutted, once again.  I won’t go into the details, but in 5-10 years the US military will be a shadow of its former self.  Perhaps that is as it should be, given what an immoral instrument the armed services have become under the past two demonrat administrations.

This post is a bit of a lament. I loved the US military of the 80s, strong, well-armed, well-funded, with tons of great kit being produced, and most of all – not used.  At least not much.  There were no endless, draining wars back then.  There didn’t have to be, the world knew the US military circa 1987 was large, capable, and not to be messed with. Even the massive Soviet military machine respected and, to a degree, feared our military capabilities.  As that military weakens, and our political leadership becomes increasingly feckless and beholden to domestic political interests, more and more adversaries will be tempted to take a shot.

The world is going to become a much bloodier, messier, less happy place.  I am not recommending a massive increase in defense spending, or more wars, especially not with the current clown college running things in this country, but I am maybe sounding a bit of a note of caution.  It’s easy to bash military intervention and pine for isolationism, but all that will have a cost.  Human nature being what it is, when the alpha male weakens and resigns the field, others will take their chance.  We’re seeing that in abundance already.  And I fear it will only get worse.

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The Hellenic Air Force still uses A-7H’s.  Hopefully next week I’ll have time to do a post on the A-7, a very underrated and under-appreciated bird.