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NYT: Christian churches “must be made to affirm ‘homosexuality'” April 8, 2015

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And now for the end game.  This has always been the end game.  This is what “gay marriage” has always been about.  It’s not been about people who make serial promiscuity a daily habit wanting to “marry,” it was about forcing observant Christians to either acquiesce to wanton immorality, or to at least be completely driven from the public sphere and even a remote connection to “polite society.”  It’s about, once and for all, telling God off and getting the Bible-humpers (as they call us) to either give that oh-so-cherished affirmation, or at least shut the @#&% up, and forever:

A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches “must” be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an “ossified” doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral.

Frank Bruni wrote that traditional Christianity – whether among evangelicals, Catholics, or Orthodox – provides the greatest resistance to normalizing homosexuality in the United States in a recent column in the New York Times. [It’s not just “normalizing” perversion, it’s the entire sexular pagan agenda of the state as “god”, “father,” and provider, and hedonistic sex as the one outlet the state allows from its total control of every other aspect of life]

Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere,” Bruni insisted. [B as in B, S as in S] “The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. [No, it is unalterable revealed Truth given us by the Third Person of the Holy Trinity under divine inspiration, as confirmed by the Church for 2000 years.  It is also 2000 years of accepted belief and practice through Sacred Tradition.] It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.” [What advances in science? What on earth is he talking about?  He’s still pretending that sodomites are born that way, when there is virtually no real scientific evidence (as opposed to politicking parading as science) to support such a claim. Heck, why doesn’t he demand churches stop viewing intoxication and addiction as sins?  There is a helluva lot more scientific support for a genetic component to addiction than there is for sodomy.  In fact, all the best evidence continues to indicate that an inclination to perverse acts is far more a function of environment than it is anything else, in spite of decades of furious searching for the non-existent “gay gene.” As to the argument itself, why don’t you, Mr. Lefitst, give up your sacred shibboleths in things like abortion (which is just child murder) and promiscuity, before I give up my beliefs which have been embraced by all of Christendom for 2000 years?]

Bruni quoted furniture tycoon Mitchell Gold, who has used his millions to found a liberal pressure group Faith in America, writing that Gold believes Christian churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.’” [Well, whoopee!  A rich sodomite believes that his preferred sin is not. Well, the Church ought to just kneel right down and worship their new golden calf, shouldn’t they?]

“His commandment is worthy — and warranted,” Bruni added…….

[And now for the real point]……..But even refraining from calling same-sex relations a sin – or, in the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “intrinsically disordered” – is not enough for the modern LGBT movement. [Which, “intrinsically disordered,” would probably have been viewed by many great Saints and Fathers as a cop out.  Ask St. Peter Damian.]

“The LGBT militants are not asking to be left alone,” said former Reagan administration adviser Pat Buchanan, a co-founder of The American Conservative. “They are demanding that we accept the morality of homosexuality and same-sex marriages, and manifest that acceptance, under pain of law and sanctions, in our daily lives.” [They are demanding constant affirmation from a source they believe will finally give their pained, reprobate consciences a sense of peace.  But even if all the churches and people of the world were to (and this won’t happen) march in parades of perversion and proclaim sodomy the new key to heaven (hell), these people still will not find the peace they so crave, for the law of God is written on their hearts, and nothing, no drug, no random hook up partner, no money, can ever efface that.  They will continue to be, deep down, terribly unhappy and conflicted over their sin, because God did not make us to sin.  He made us to be obedient to Him and happy with Him forever in Heaven]

Buchanan said during an interview with WND.com that orthodox Christian churches must have one response to demands that they alter their teachings to fit the modernzeitgeist: “The answer is no. If it comes to civil disobedience, so be it.”

Buchanan’s statement came as a number of prominent evangelical Christian leaders have called for open acts of nonviolent resistance if the Supreme Court forces states to accept homosexual “marriages” this summer. [And where is our leadership in the Church on this topic?  Far too many are given over to this terrible affliction themselves.  But even among those who are not, there are precious few who are willing to stand against the hurricane of condemnation that would fall on them for speaking the Truth Christ has revealed plainly and charitably.]

I continue to hold out a probably forlorn hope that the sexularists are going to over-reach and eventually engender a wicked backlash.  I keep waiting for that to happen, and I would be heartened if this resistance in the form of “disobedience” really evolves into something more than talk, but at present I just see people getting exasperated and venting on the internet but not really doing anything about it.  There is no cohesion in the response, and no leader has emerged.  So I fear the rapid descent into persecution will only continue, and as Fr. Z and others have noted, I fear we will have the “pleasure” of seeing our own Church leaders condemn us as bigots and “homophobes” in the process, all for having the temerity to believe what the Church has always believed, and what God Himself has chosen to reveal.

That this movement is plainly oriented strictly towards persecution of Christians is obvious by these reports from Colorado, and this video here, which has not caused even a tiny reaction.  I’m so sick of all this I could burst, but I’d be far better off preparing myself spiritually to be jobless, hounded, and persecuted, than getting mad.  Even if there is so very much to be outraged about.  Lord, have mercy on all of us. We desperately need your mercy, even if we do not deserve it.

Christians, your president is very disappointed in you April 8, 2015

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Get off your high horse, already, you Christofascist crusaders.  Our communist muslim president – representing perhaps the most antithetical mixture possible – has told us again how disappointed he is with Christians, who are not at all like his dear, peaceable muslim co-religionists.  And at his Easter Breakfast, no less:

President Obama took a more measured approach in his remarks about Christianity at the Easter Prayer Breakfast, following the kerfuffle he caused at a previous prayer event.

Speaking in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday, Obama spoke at length about the meaning of Easter, the Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, noting the religion’s emphasis on themes of love and acceptance. [Do you think he dwelled on sin and repentance very much?  Our Savior did.  That was the entire focus of His mission]

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned,” President Obama said, before theatrically stopping himself. “But that’s a topic for another day.”

Why, it’s like he’s not really a Christian at all, and doesn’t even begin to understand this strange and alien religion he claims to be a lifelong member of.  And this from the man who has done more to empower radical islam than any other president in this nation’s history.

Why doesn’t the media ask Obama a few softball questions about his ostensible Christian faith?  Such as……Is Jesus Christ God, and did He really rise from the dead?  Or are there separate places, Heaven and hell, where people go when they die?  Or how about this one, is there only one God, Allah, and Mohammad is his messenger?  Which of those three do you think he is the most likely to answer clearly and convincingly? Speaking politically, answering either of the first two with even a remotely orthodox Christian opinion would be injurious to his standing with his base, and likely gravely so, unless they just blow it off as an obviously false response.

Of course, I’m fantasizing, as the media would never ask a difficult question of their sexular pagan idol.

 

NJ bishop at center of teacher controversy fails to explicitly endorse Church belief April 8, 2015

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I have stayed away from the heavy coverage of the teacher in the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ, who will not be rehired because she made clear statements of Catholic belief regarding the “gay” lifestyle in a private capacity on a social network.  That statement got reported back to the school and Diocese, where Bishop Paul Gregory Bootkoski determined to put her on leave for the rest of the semester and not renew her contract for next year. I stayed away, because there was heavy promotion of an effort – within hours or days of her “dismissal” – to financially support this woman to a rather generous amount.  It just seemed a bit gratuitous to me.

Nevertheless, I think there has been something of a scandal in the behavior of Bishop Bootkoski in his handling of this matter.  He has failed to visibly defend Church Doctrine and has exalted the new concept of mercy being touted in recent years.  Yet another golden opportunity to catechize souls on the real Doctrine of the Faith has been lost.  Instead, we are told by the bishop that “we are to accept all our brethren,” and that “our educators must steer away from harsh and judgmental statements that can alienate and divide us.”  I’m sorry, but that is pretty much boilerplate progressive Amchurch-speak, and a shirking of the duty to not just defend, but extol the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church.  Instead, we have received yet another example that the only virtues are “acceptance” and false tolerance, and the only sins are to adhere to the mean ol’ Faith.

CNS News, rather brightly, I might add, has asked Bishop Bootkoski to give a clear statement accepting Church Doctrine as contained in the Catechism of 1997.  Now, as hardcore restatements of timeless belief go, the Catechism leaves a lot to be desired in many areas, one of the prime ones being the immorality of sodomy, a sin which cries to Heaven for vengeance.  But even that, apparently, was too much for Bishop Bootkoski, who has refused to agree with, or answer in any way, the following questions posed to him by CNS News:

In a March 30 e-mail to Bishop Bootkoski and his office of communications, CNSNews.com asked the following three questions:

1) Do you, Bishop Bootkoski, agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2357, which says, “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved”?

2) Do you agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2359, which says, “Homosexual persons are called to chastity”?

3)  Do you agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1605, which quotes Jesus Christ Himself on the issue of marriage, saying, “’Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.’ The Lord himself shows that this signifies an unbreakable union of their two lives by recalling what the plan of the Creator had been ‘in the beginning’: ‘So they are no longer two, but one flesh’”?

CNS then goes on to quote another section of the Catechism, which rather strongly implies that bishops that fail to clearly promote the Doctrine of the Faith are failing in their duty.

None of the above means Bishop Bootkoski explicitly rejects Church Doctrine, but he is certainly going out of his way to avoid publicizing it.  Or, at least that Doctrine which is controversial and unpopular today, contra the indifferentist “mercy” that, again, seems to constitute the only virtue left for Catholics to observe.  It is precisely in this area of the defense and promotion of unpopular but core Church Doctrines that the episcopate of not just the US but the entire western world has massively failed in recent decades.  That failure is the prime reason for the confusion and doctrinal chaos that reign in the Church today.  Our bishops have sadly chosen to emulate Judas far more than St. John.

In related episcopal news, the Canadian bishops tacitly criticized military support given to persecuted Christians in the Mideast (support the bishops of the region have repeatedly begged for) in a recent ecumenical statement, calling for “arms control” in the Mideast.  It’s a lovely idea, but rather difficult to obtain, given the millions of AKs and hundreds of millions of rounds floating around that region – and that’s just the beginning. How on earth would one get nebulous non-state actors like ISIS to even begin to engage in diplomacy, let alone agree to lay down their arms?  How do you control gun smuggling across a vast desert with completely porous borders without a huge occupation force?  Do these guys ever think about what they say, or do they just mindlessly repeat progressive shibboleths?

I guess what I’m really asking is, why is it bishops conferences so often sound like they just stepped through a doorway marked 1975?

Von Hildebrand on Leftism and its inexorable drive towards atheism and destruction April 8, 2015

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I guess this is going to be a theme today, not that I intended it.  I have been meaning to publish some excerpts from Dietrich von Hildebrand’s My Battle Against Hitler.  The excerpts below are actually from articles he wrote in support of the Dolfuss Catholic corporatist government in Austria in the 1930s.  In the excerpts below, von Hildebrand is actually debunking what he calls anti-personalism.  But since leftism is the cultural and political manifestation of what he describes as anti-personalism, I have taken the liberty to generally substitute leftism in the excerpt below in place of the term von Hildebrand actually uses.  Please do note, this is not to say that there are no aspects of typical leftist belief that are in alignment with the Faith, nor that a hard leftist necessarily apostasizes 100% from the entire deposit of Faith.  That is of course not necessarily true.  But what it does mean is that the leftist, pagan, materialist outlook fundamentally works in opposition to the good of souls and the propagation of the Faith.

Before beginning, I should stress that von Hildebrand was completely clear on the fact that National Socialism was simply another egregious manifestation of liberalism/leftism generally, and in fact, along with hard socialism and communism, represented the logical outcome of liberal/leftist belief.  The following excerpt came from an article in von Hildebrand’s Catholic corporatist publication Der Christliche Standestaat in January of 1934:

Leftism, when carried through to its ultimate consequences, is always atheism – indeed, is the hatred of God.  The assertion that the non-personal is higher, more comprehensive, and greater than the personal constitutes an insurmountable obstacle on the path to God. [“non-personal” in this case being a community, society, nation, etc.  It is the collectivist exaltation of the rights of the state over the rights of the individual that is being chastised here] We encounter it in every form of pantheism, as well as in pure atheism.  It is the original source of all substitutes for God. Leftism is incompatible with all Revelation.  Even in formal terms, it revolts against the person of the God who speaks to us, and still more against the God who loves us with an infinite love. Thus leftism necessarily bars the way to knowledge of the true God, in whom the yearning for the ultimate foundation of all that is objective and organic is satisfied at last. [re: leftism as being incompatible with God, read so many of the radical endarkenment authors, who made no bones of their hatred for Christ and His Church.  Even the more moderate philosphes sought to reduce the Christian Faith to a deistic, Sunday-only affair with only a muted role, at best, in the public sphere.]

That only God can provide such satisfaction becomes most obvious when we consider that all human yearnings to be set free of error and perversion must, in the end, lead to Christ.  “Christ is the solution to all difficulties,” says one Church Father.  As long as we rely on ourselves rather than the God-man, Jesus Christ, absurdities of every kind – including the perversion and violation of the hierarchy of being [or embrace of the perversion of the God-given marital act] – cannot be avoided.  

….Thus, leftism signifies a separation from God and the supernatural link to God through Christ.  Furthermore, it denies the highest and most authentic community of human beings with each other, the unity of the members of the Mystical Body of Christ……..

——–End Quote——–

So, what, then, are the practical effects of leftism in the conduct of human affairs?  von Hildebrand addresses that in another article, published also in December 1933:

Underlying these aberrations is a false belief in the power of the state to transform the world, a belief which is the foundation of socialism, Bolshevism, and National Socialism.  [and leftism generally] ……According to the view of the Church, the face of the earth cannot be renewed “from without” through laws of the state, but only “from within” through the transformation of each individual in Christ, through full and completely personal membership in the Mystical Body of Christ.  Socialism believes, on the basis of its materialistic view of history, that a change of the economic order would transform earth into a paradise.  Bolshevism wants to use blood and terror to replace  the bourgeois type of human being with a new type.  National Socialism thinks that it can create a “Germanic” superman with the brutal means of power available to a totalitarian state, through racial breeding, and through propaganda, and that it can call a new culture into life.  

It is the old story of the search for the Philospher’s Stone.  Quite apart form the various ideals which these movements hope to attain, and their substantial incompatibility with the ideal of the Christian, they all share, formally speaking, a naive, mechanical conception of the process through which the world can be inwardly transformed.  They want to bring on changes by force “from without,” but these are possible only through the individual’s free will, which is supported by the Church’s stream of Grace, guided by the Magisterium of the Church, and formed by Christ.  They expect of the state things that by their essence are reserved to the Church[Which points to the unbelievable hatred so many of these folks have for the Church, as the prime “obstacle” to their delusional nirvanas]

——–End Quote———

Leftism is certainly pernicious and seductive, as it has survived countless refutations from the underappreciated Gregory XVI to the Syllabus of Pius IX to Rerum Novarum to scores if not hundreds of great minds like von Hildebrand’s just in the last century alone.  Sadly, leftism appeals to the weakest part of our fallen nature, our diabolical desire to forget, if not literally kill, God.  We just saw how eager even very devoutly religious souls can be to kill God when He doesn’t work to their ends or confirm their preconceptions in the annual representation of the Passion.  Many Church Fathers maintain the Pharisees knew exactly Who and What they were killing, but did so, anyways, so blinded were they by sin.

A warning to us all, individually, and as a culture.  We also know that all enterprises not blessed by God are doomed to die of their own sins. We see that happening today in the formerly Christian West contracepting itself out of existence, and importing hostile muslims to replace the babies they did not have.  That’s sure to work out just swell.

So, is this interesting, or too repetitive, or?  I have more I’d like to post from von Hildebrand along the same lines if this is interesting and helpful.

The emptiness of sexular pagan materialism in two videos April 8, 2015

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So shame on me, but I’ve been watching bits of Mad Men here and there.  Not on TV, of course, we haven’t got cable, but on Youtube. The series is both amazingly seductive but equally repellent. It is very difficult to watch, as it captures the empty banality of the post-Christian coastal elite lifestyle (even 50 years ago) in voyeuristic detail.  Bereft of God or a transcendent morality, all the deeply flawed characters (even the poor children – they never had a chance) engage in wanton hedonism and endless self-pleasing cruelty.  They are all equally miserable.

But………the series is, as I said, seductive, in that while so much of what occurs is beyond repulsive, the emptiness of it all is also clearly criticized (maybe annihilated would be a better word) in a dark, understated manner.  Maybe I’m the only person who had never seen any of it until recently.

In short, the series describes the howling insanity of the new sexular paganism.  And I think the short scene below, in many ways, underscores the endless emptiness that comes from a godless, materialist view of the world (~2:20 – 2:45 is the key):

The materialist mindset brilliantly explained.  But what if you can’t get “all of it?”  What happens, at the end of the day, when you’ve built the perfect business empire, the perfect house, have the perfect wife you cheat on constantly, and there is nothing left to build?  What happens, then, as the video below shows, is a shattering emptiness, or a pathology that frequently manifests as a need to destroy what one has built (because the happiness is in the acquiring, not in the possessing…..once possessed, the possession is revealed as hollow and empty as the last thing, whether its a person, a business deal, or whatever) or even, oneself.

The man in the video below once led a hedonist coastal lifestyle.  He was deep into the lifestyle of sodomy.  He was a jet-setter.  He was a model.  He partied with rock stars and hung out with movie moguls.  But in the end, he found it empty, self-indulgent, and unfulfilling:

The key, again, is this quote, at 18:00 – 18:25 “…you can get the satisfaction, but it’s only good for the moment you get it.  It’s a constant search, for something that doesn’t really exist.”

It is so sad to see more and more people falling into this empty, materialist trap.  We were made by God to know, love, and serve Him, and to be happy with Him in eternity.  When people reject God, when they live the materialist sexular pagan lifestyle, they have a huge hole in their heart and soul that causes them to cast about, chasing after one thing after the next, in an effort to fill that hole. In many if not most cases, the things they use to fill satisfy that ache in their heart, be it drugs, or sex, or greed, or power, are positively destructive and only leave them more miserable than they were at the start.

I used to be very much like that, and I tried to fill that hole in those same ways, which only led to drug addiction and worse, only adding to my misery. And I say this as someone who was raised in a pretty Christian home and always had at least some belief in God.  But I hadn’t made that connection, I hadn’t allowed Grace to really come into my life and work in it (of course, I was also lost in very grave sins, so Grace was blocked by my actions), so even the religion I formally practiced had essentially no effect.  And that, of course, gets us back to the crisis in the Church, because the great turn towards materialism and embrace of the “wisdom of the world” has so distorted the common practice of the Faith that fewer and fewer souls are able to lay down their sins and cooperate with Grace.

It is wonderful to see testimony from souls who have overcome the evil sickness pervading the culture and their own fallen tendency to sin, but there are so many more who remain lost, and we see the culture becoming increasingly hostile to the Christian Faith.  There is a diabolical dynamic in play, where it is almost solely the Christian Faith that is so despised and hated by the sexular pagans, who would frankly like to see it eradicated forever.  It is a testament to their moral blindness and reprobate sense that the growing legions of enemies of Christ never ask themselves why it is they so despise Christianity and seek to destroy it, when there is copious evidence that other religions are even more antithetical to the sexular pagan project.  Yes, there are many excuses for this, but I think it all boils down to satan working to usurp Christ and His Church, and these people are useful idiots in that doomed project.  But this persecution only gives more evidence to the faithful that they belong to the One, True Church founded by Jesus Christ, since it is so obviously the target of satan’s ire, while the others are not nearly so, or not at all.

Unfortunately, it seems almost inevitable that our culture is determined to learn in the hardest way possible (barring an enormous miracle) that human society detached from God and the Christian Faith is doomed to destruction and long suffering. There is a literal death wish being acted out, where detachment from God forms the seed of cultural self-destruction.  I fear that only from near total wreckage can Christendom be rebuilt – that seems to be the determination of the culture today, anyways, and especially the self-anointed elites.  Then again, our Blessed Lord did ask, in a very leading way, whether there would be faith on the earth when He returned. It is quite possible He meant, by and large, no.  In which case this is all ordained, anyway, and we must simply do our best to keep the Faith as “things fall apart, and the center does not hold.”

Final reminder: praying outside “The Men’s Club” tonight at 8pm April 8, 2015

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All the details are here.  I will be praying outside The Men’s Club tonight, April 8, at 8pm or thereabouts.  No banners or signs, please.  Men over 18 only.  I do greatly value skeinster’s suggestion that those who cannot attend please support us with your prayers, wherever you are.

Many thanks, we shall see if it will be more than just my trusty friend SB and I.  But the numbers don’t matter, I plan on continuing this even if alone.  If it be blessed by God, it will grow.

Deo Gratias!