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German bishops threaten schism February 27, 2015

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I imagine most readers have already seen the report on Rorate, coming out of the German bishop’s annual conference, that they are basically threatening schism over the matter of Communion for divorced and remarried but unanulled Catholics (those who persist in a state of adultery/fornication).

It may be my hopeful side, but I see this as perhaps a tactic to try to manipulate the Synod into accepting the German position.  Post-conciliar history shows that threats of schism are extremely effective.  The Dutch bishops threatened to go into schism over Communion in the hand, and an ostensibly reluctant Pope Paul VI yielded.  There are other examples, as well.  In fact, it is reported that threats of schism rendered neuter a goodly number of attempts during the JPII/Benedict era to re-instill doctrinal discipline.

Having said that, the rhetoric below is pretty heated.  It may be just that, but, reading carefully, it is obvious the German bishops are already in schism, at least in terms of professed belief.  My Lord how they have deluded themselves in believing that permitting this mass sin and sacrilege will keep them in their billions of euros of Church tax money.  As a commenter said recently, money is the root of all evil.  Amazing:

.. Reinhard Cardinal Marx underlined in view of the family synod in autumn the bishops’ attempt to “go down new paths” and to “help that doors be opened”. In the universal church there were “certain expectations” of Germany. [for repeated manifest heresy, the systematic murder of millions, and just about every disastrous, anti-Christian philosophy to emerge in the last 500 years?] He hoped that some questions could already be tackled before the synod, Marx told journalists in Hildesheim on Tuesday [Feb 24].
The synod would have to find a text that would “further encourage” discussion and find a common position in fundamental questions. Doctrinally, one would remain within the community of the [Universal]Church, but in detailed questions of pastoral care “the synod cannot prescribe in detail what we must do in Germany”. Therefore, the bishops wanted to publish their own pastoral letter on marriage and family after the synod. It was not the duty of the bishops to wait for permissions[And Luther did not wait for approval from Rome to begin his “reforms,” either]
“We are no subsidiaries of Rome. [Wow. FU universal Church] Each conference of bishops is responsible for pastoral care in its culture, and must, as its most proper task, preach the Gospel on our own. We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we have to shape pastoral care for marriage and family here”.  [And thus we see the grave disorder – one might even say evil – of the post-conciliar system of national episcopal conferences made manifest]
According to the German bishops’ position, the reality of life constitutes an important factor for the doctrine of the Church.[Luther said just about exactly the same, did he not?] “We also learn from life in doctrine,” underlined Cardinal Marx. Franz-Josef Bode, Bishop of Osnabrück, called in this context the synod “historically important.” According to his view the participants do not only debate questions of marriage and family, but the possibility of a paradigm shift.
The basic question was, are only Scripture or Tradition sources for theological understanding, or are [such sources] also “the reality of men and of the world.”[That question has been answered definitively over 2000 years. I would say even asking the question implies heresy, if it is not manifest evidence of such]  [Bode,] The chairman of the pastoral commission of the bishops’ conference reminded his audience of the “dialogical structure” of reality, which had already been mentioned in the pastoral constitution “Gaudium et Spes” of Vatican II, and quotes this conciliar document: “there is nothing truly human, that has no resonance in their hearts.” Thus Bode concludes: “Not only does the Christian message have to find resonance with men, but also men must find resonance with us.” Bode stated that it was important for him that the Sacrament [of the Eucharist] was not only a sign of unity, but also a means to unity, and could contribute to healing.
Cardinal Marx announced a bishops’ statement on the synod that should be published within the upcoming weeks.
I have feared for this Synod for a very long time, but now that fear is doubled.  If anything could have moved the Synod in the direction of the Germans, it would be threat of schism. So, they’ve played their ultimate trump card, and very publicly. I think that does mean they were highly concerned, even doubtful, the Ordinary Synod this fall would go in their preferred direction.  So now they openly profess to break the unity of the Church, and assert German dominance over Christ’s One Mystical Body.  Incredible.
I am out of time. I am interested (and hopeful) to see Cardinal Burke’s response to this.  We need strong leaders now more than ever.  Pray for him, that he may be that.

Flightline Friday: one false move edition…… February 27, 2015

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This actually isn’t much of a Flightline Friday at all.  It’s more of a ground-pounder Friday.  But it’s a heckuva an interesting video.

It took a little while, but since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the US and NATO have been making some very visible deployments to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  The Russians have rattled their sabers at the Baltic states, too, and those nations – with a long history of Russian subjugation, and very slight ability to defend themselves – have been quite open in requesting NATO forces be deployed in their countries.  All these nations are members of NATO.

Now, for a long time, there has been something called the Baltic Air Patrol ongoing.  Since these three ancient but tiny nations are generally too poor to afford their own air forces (of any account), NATO units rotate in and out of bases in all three nations periodically and basically provide an on-call Air Force.  These deployments are generally pretty small – usually just 4-6 aircraft.  Rarely does the BAP amount to even a squadron’s worth of aircraft.  But I believe the numbers have increased at least slightly of late, and all the missions are flown fully armed with live missiles.

Starting towards the end of last year, I also began to see reports of NATO (and especially US) land forces engaging in an unusually high number of “training exercises” with Baltic armies.  Again, these Baltic armies are very small and not terribly well equipped, so the US presence has been deliberately visible and quite highly publicized.  While the size of the units deployed for these “exercises” has generally been quite small – too small to be effective in resisting any serious Russian advance, one would think (but then again, the Russians have shown themselves to be, ah……less than impressive in their recent expansionary efforts, in terms of military performance (no one thought the Ukrainians would hold up a serious Russian effort for months, but they have)) – their very visibility makes their purpose clear.

And, apparently, USEUCOM and SACEUR are pushing to increase these deployments even more.  I haven’t heard any talk of permanent stationing of a significant (brigade and up) land force to any of the Baltic states, but these deployments have steadily increased from platoon, to company, and now possibly battalion size efforts. A battalion or two isn’t going to stop a determined Russian invasion, but it does raise the stakes immeasurably.

Which finally gets me to the video below.  Seen below are US Stryker armored personnel carriers parading (and I mean parading, flags flying and all) through Narva, Estonia, a city that sits right on the Russian border and even sort of “juts into” Russian territory.  While certainly no one expects anything bad to happen, increasingly along the western Russian frontier a situation is coming into being where “one false move” could start a war.  I don’t know what that move would be – you never do, in advance – and I would hope significant precautions are being taken to prevent such, but the Russians have been pretty aggressive along the Baltic frontier (with units mysteriously showing up in one of the Baltic nation’s territory, then vacating when found, there have also been a bit of exchange of hostilities) and one never knows what might happen.

So……..perhaps something to add to your list of prayers.  The last thing this world needs now is another armed conflict.

US vehicles start about ~3:00

More occurred the next day:

So now it’s being advertised that this was supposed to be for a parade celebrating Estonia’s independence, but the parade route was only 1000 ft from the Russian border and surely had more significance than that.

Coptic Christians march on White House February 27, 2015

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Wearing orange jump suits, a group of Coptic Christians marched on the White House calling on President Obama to protect Christians in the area.  Doing so across 1500 miles of open desert would be a neat trick, but I understand their sentiment. Unfortunately, this nation has twice decided to elect an islam-protecting narcissist as president, who has repeatedly shown his attitude towards Christians…….disdain, comes to mind.

Naturally, the mainstream media consigned this non-event to the memory hole, and the omnipresent intelligence machine probably marked every name and face for possible reprisal, later.  Non-events and unpersons, that the United States these days (and yes, I’m being negative, but I think I have every reason to be):

A group of Coptic Christians marched to the White House on Tuesday, demanding that President Obama protect Christians from the genocide that is taking place in the Middle East.

“Obama, Obama, did you see? Christian blood in the sea,” they repeated as they marched in D.C.

As U.S. allies push back against ISIS, [half-heartedly and ineffectually] the Islamist militants take every opportunity to inflict acts of barbarism across Iraq and Syria. Even in retreat, they’ve taken over small villages, kidnapping Christians, and separating the men from woman and children.

No one can be certain of their fate, [unfortunately, I think we can….]  but if recent history is any indication, the men will be paraded out, tortured and murdered. And the Christian women and children will be sold as sex slaves. [Ah, the pleasures of jihad…..murder, barbarity, theft, rapine, and endless quenching of bloodlust.  Of course islam is the “religion of peace!”]

………“These women were sobbing, saying, ‘What is our fault? Why is the West silent? Why is the Church not talking about our persecution?” Taimoorazy said.

“And they’re asking, they’re questioning the foreign policy of America and also other world powers and Europe, saying, ‘Why is it that there’s nothing; there’s no agenda.’ There’s really nothing being done to help the persecuted in the Middle East,” she said.

Without starting a debate on how broke this country is or anything else, first and foremost, little is done to protect Christians because the West’s elites have absolutely no interest in doing so.  Their multi-culti sensibilities and latent (or openly avowed) disdain for Christianity (and especially the Church) mean they have no interest in protecting Christians terrorized by muslims.  The effort against ISIS – such as it is, and it isn’t much – is about geopolitics, not saving persecuted religious minorities.  We only do that for muslims, as we did in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Chechnya.

These Christians, monophysites or not, have my prayers, and a little bit of money, but that’s probably all they can expect from us at this point.

If we Christians want to be defended – and I mean that as much in this country as any around the world – we are going to have to do the defending ourselves.

On a side note, perhaps we’ll see the first Egyptian Coptic “doctor of the Church” soon?

Sorry, it was just hanging there, waiting for me to bat it out of the park.  But instead I hit a dribbler down the third base line, but the third baseman errored out and I got on base, anyway.

US insults, mortifies other nations by naming first global envoy for sodo-agenda February 27, 2015

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A large part of me would still like to be a rah-rah yay America we’re always on the side of good kind of guy.  But the America I would like to root for exists only in my memory now, and it may be a false memory, at that.  As for now……..while I still love my country, I am increasingly ashamed of it.  Especially when it openly uses its enormous wealth, influence, and naked power to advance all manner of the gravest immoralities possible, from abortion to contraception to usury to defrauding workmen wages to, now, the radical sodomite agenda.

Yes, the United States, under muslim communist god-emperor Barack Obama has announced its first international envoy for the promotion of the sodomite lifestyle, with open plans to advocate for sodomy in dozens of unwilling countries around the world (and with likely punishments to be meted out to those who resist).

The United States is naming its first international envoy for homosexual rights. This is a historic event, because no nation, even the United Nations, has ever appointed a homosexual ambassador for global homosexual rights.

Every single major news outlet in the U.S. is covering this historic event.

In a press release, the U.S. State Department said Randy Berry, an openly homosexual diplomat, will be its special envoy to promote homosexual rights. State Department Secretary John Kerry said, “We’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world.” [The US is the new sodom.  I don’t think there can be any question.  From “shining city on a hill” to the filthy whore found dead in a gutter with a needle in her arm…….that’s us.]

The U.S. government’s concern is not only the more than 75 countries that criminalize homosexual activity, but also to target nations trying to resist the onslaught of homosexual groups from United States and Europe, especially because of several pro-family laws that have taken effect around the world in recent years. The Washington Post gave some examples, “Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation in 2013 banning ‘homosexual propaganda,’ and Nigeria banned same-sex marriage and restricted homosexual behavior, including public displays of affection between gays.”

Putin was named by The Advocate, the largest homosexual magazine in the U.S., as the most prominent opponent of the gay agenda. [Putin is no moral paragon, but on this at least, he is right]

……..The appointment of an openly homosexual diplomat as a LGBT envoy sends a message that the United States will remain on the forefront and leadership of promoting the gay agenda around the world. It shows also its determination of pushing back Russia, Nigeria and other nations.

Now the United States will make the world freer to adherents of homosexual acts and ideology and less free for Christians and others who do not accept homosexual depravity, including Russia and Nigeria that are trying to protect their children from homosexual propaganda.

Every single homosexual activist around the world is benefited by the U.S. move.

Every single practicing Christian is threatened by it…….

Thus, the view of a Brazilian evangelical, who a friend describes as “more Catholic than the bishops of that country.”  And I think it’s exactly right. It is heartbreaking to watch the country I have always loved sink rapidly into the morass of the worst possible evil.  Literally, this country has been turned upside down.  The communist-inspired left is culturally and (for the most part) politically ascendant in this nation.  How on earth did this country manage to win the Cold War but lose the peace?  I guess Catholic convert Whitaker Chambers was right to be depressed……..he thought he was on the losing side, too.

How many of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance is this government openly committed to supporting? Let’s see……sodomy, check.  Defraud workmen his wages – oh check check.  Murder?  Absolutely.  Oppressing the poor?  I think this would be a yes.

How long will God’s hand be stayed on a nation that is so openly defiant to His Law?  In point of fact…….His hand is already well in motion, and has been since this nation (at least in its governing elites) became a hideous purveyor of every moral evil possible.

 

She is the very model of the modern Catholic school product February 27, 2015

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……..has no information animal but spouts gender the-o-ry.

I won’t spoil the surprise.  You have to watch and see for yourself – especially from 1:10 on – what are probably pretty close to the median views of the median graduate of the Catholic school system in North America today:

As Stacy McCain said, “You had me at pansexual.”

I swear I have seen this girl 100 times before, up close and in person.  It’s like they come out of a factory: the same shrill, smug superiority, the same aping of all the most trendy leftist shibboleths of the moment, the same superciliousness, even the same voice and the same appearance.  And always, always the stupid chants (a long time far-left tactic to prevent too much thought, and to prevent uncomfortable questions from being asked) and the omnipresent bullhorn.

As if you needed another reason to homeschool.

Catholic schools in Ontario for much of the 00’s taught a deeply disordered and highly perverse perversion indoctrination curriculum at the behest of the Ontario government.  It was briefly overturned (covered here), but is coming roaring back under the very liberal, very lesbian new premiere of Ontario.  The curriculum includes such disgusting topics as the below:

Did you know that Grade 8s will have to “demonstrate a full understanding” of terms like “two-spirited,” and the difference between “transsexual” and “transgendered”?

From “anal fluid” to the “nine genders,” it’s obvious that this curriculum is pushing a political agenda, not a scientific one.

And that’s really just the beginning.  There is a lot more below:

I’m sorry, I cannot see this as being anything but grooming and indoctrination, with a minimal goal of insuring all children grow up with a thorough acceptance of perversion as normal and fully equal in the eyes of God and everyone else to normal marital relations, and to turn as many young people as possible onto these “alternative lifestyles.”  And the best part is, YOU (in Canada) are paying for this.

Man have leftists managed to cobble together one heckuva of a social revolution machine, formed by them, administered by them, advertised in the media by them, and paid for………by you.

PS – I should have added, it seemed to me a lot of the group protesting this new sexual indoctrination curriculum were probably not Catholic. There were quite a few muslims and a good number of eastern Europeans (Russians?) in the mix.  Hard to tell, but I didn’t get the impression of a heavy Catholic presence with Rosaries, crucifixes, etc.