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It is the Catholic bishops who depart from the Church’s Doctrine on immigration, not “conservative” laity September 4, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, Papa, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
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John Zmirak notes that many bishops – including those considered “conservative” – the democrat party, and its propaganda arm, the media,  are giddily anticipating Pope Francis’ coming visit to the United States to include clear endorsements of some of their most cherished shibboleths.  This especially includes utterly unconstrained illegal immigration, provided it continues from predominately Hispanic/Catholic countries.  Even Archbishop Chaput, that supposed scion of conservative Catholicism, has come recently endorsing extremely progressive views on immigration and castigating as heretics any who would dare oppose him.

We are thus being treated to a growing chorus about how “conservative Catholics” somehow “reject Church social doctrine” because we may have grave concerns over present and proposed US immigration policy.  But Zmirak challenges this assumption, arguing that actual Catholic Doctrine on immigration is quite limited, and to the extent it does exist, is entirely consonant with “conservative” concerns over US immigration policy. Even more damningly, he also points out the degree to which the USCCB and individual bishops are compromised on this matter, promoting their own self-interest as “doctrine.” Some good points below:

Abp. Chaput’s remarks do not reflect real Catholic teaching on immigration — not the text of the current Catechism, nor the historic practice of Catholic countries, including the Papal States, on immigration. (To how many Muslims has the Vatican granted citizenship?) No more do Pope Francis’ speculations on the causes of inequality, or the vagaries of earth’s climate, have the slightest guarantee of religious authority. On all of these matters, popes and bishops are merely playing pundits, speaking beyond their proper authority and undermining it in the process.

That detailed, policy-specific “Catholic social teaching” from which conservatives allegedly dissent does not exist. It is a myth. The only authority that popes have is to pass on the deposit of faith given to the apostles, and clarify where needed the moral law as known by reason. When it comes to specific political applications of those principles, popes have wildly contradicted each other over the centuries, discrediting completely any claim that they represent a consistent “Magisterium” (teaching authority) on political issues…….

…….So what must Catholics believe about immigration? The relevant section of the Catechism, drawn up under Pope John Paul II, is brief and reasonable. I will quote it in its entirety:

The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens (2241). [OK, so we know that a catechism is not a dogmatic document in and of itself, it is supposed to be a compendium of Catholic thought, a reliable resource-guide that will not lead one astray.  The 1990 Catechism was imbued with post-conciliar thought and contained elements that are sometimes in apparent conflict with previous catechisms, such as the excelled Catechism Explained.  The point is, however, immigration policy is a prudential issue that should be guided by Catholic moral precepts but is not, in and of itself, a Catholic moral precept, as is something like the inviolate right to life from conception to natural death, nor the intrinsic evil of usury]

All the misty-eyed rhetoric bubbling up from Chaput and from Francis on the sufferings of immigrants and the “selfishness” and alleged “nativism” of conservatives on this issue founders on these words, “to the extent that they are able.” Well, that is what we are arguing about, now isn’t it? How many unskilled immigrants is the U.S. “able” to accept from Latin America, without unjustly endangering the interests of native low-skill workers — whose wages have been static for two generations?  Or of working families who pay taxes to support the 73 percent of Latin American immigrant households receiving welfare? Or of unborn children, whom the same immigrants overwhelmingly (and in defiance of their stated religious faith) vote to leave at the mercy of Planned Parenthood?….

…..Questions such as immigration totals, or welfare benefits…….are issues for patriotic, tax-paying citizens to argue over rationally with a clear eye to the common good, and a “preferential option” for the poorest people in their own countries.  Not the poorest people in the world, but their poorest fellow citizens — whose ancestors worked, fought, and in many cases slaved, to build those countries……. [And here again we see the dread hand of the Revolution at play, as the Revolution wants a one-world super-state, to go along with an indifferent, worldly, immanentist, non-salvific one world religion.  National borders are an imposition to the Revolution and must be done away with.  There are many adherents of the Revolution in the Church today, and many of them wear pink or red piped cassocks]

…….The U.S. Catholic bishops have several clear conflicts of interest on the subject of immigration, which completely negate their claim to the moral high ground. First, they are eager to refill the emptying pews in our parishes. Clearly, our bishops have proven unable to pass along the Faith in their schools and churches. The Pew Study just reported that a shocking 50 percent of native-born American Catholics leave the church at some point, most never to return……..Second, the U.S. bishops collect tens of millions of dollars from taxpayer-funded programs to resettle those immigrants, which sluice through misnamed organizations like Catholic Charities, which in fact mostly act as federal contractors dispensing public money. [Awesome, awesome quote, and all too true.  Catholic Charities and CRS both receive over 90% of their funding from the federal government, which is a major source for all the scandals we see in both of these organizations endorsing immoral activities and partnering with immoral organizations at federal behest.  The federales pay the tune, and the Katholyc pipers play what they want to hear.]

Secure the borders, and two things happen: Catholic parishes will be forced to sink or swim, to evangelize and catechize the children of American Catholics, without the constant human subsidy of millions of Catholics who haven’t yet been confused and alienated by the state of the American Catholic Church. [Absent continued unconstrained immigration, certain “large, suburban parishes” in this diocese would experience a massive decrease in size, and a large number would have to close] And bishops will see their budgets shrink by tens of millions of dollars, as “charities” have to rely on the willing donations of laymen, instead of tax money that has been collected from them by force and handed over to the bishops.

Obviously, we can’t have any of that.  And so we’ll continue to be chastised for failing to serve the bishop’s narrow interests.

From the comments at the link, here’s just one small, if unsubstantiated, episode that illustrates the larger problem:

I personally heard a woman from Catholic Charities in Delaware tell the non-profit I worked for to set up an illegal immigrant legal clinic (ironies abound there) because there is “millions of government money available.”

That is the mentality of far too many among the tens of thousands of self-interested careerists staffing the massive Catholic bureaucracy today.  “But there’s all this money!  We have to go get it!”  And everything else, including Doctrine and moral decency, simply falls by the way.

Chaput is not the great orthodox prelate many think he is.  He is thoroughly institutional and beholden to the dominant power structure in the Church.

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Rowan County, KY clerk Kim Davis jailed; I hope Anthony Kennedy is satisfied September 4, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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We must remember who, ultimately, caused all this. Impersonal “forces” don’t make or change laws, they don’t create broad social trends.  Individual men and women do.  In terms of the pro-sodomy revolution inflicted on this country, ONE man, a supposed Catholic in good standing, a man who is regularly feted and fawned over by bishop and cardinal, has brought this nightmare upon us.  He is responsible for Kim Davis’ incarceration and the scandal and suffering of millions of souls.  Never forget that.

For it was Anthony Kennedy who wrote the ludicrous Lawrence vs. Texas decision in 2003, the decision that made Obergefell a foregone conclusion.  It was Anthony Kennedy who cast the deciding vote in favor of legalizing pseudo-sodo-marriage at the federal level in 2013, and Anthony Kennedy who cast the deciding vote in Obergefell in 2015, applying this sick and deranged law to the 50 states.  Yes I know Sotomayor also voted in favor in both cases, but does anyone really think, deep down, she fancies herself a faithful Catholic?  Anthony Kennedy does.  And not only did he cast the deciding votes, he also lectured us that the ONLY possible opposition to sodomy and its cultural glorification is bigotry.  Apparently, Jesus Christ, Saint Paul, Saint Augustine, Saint Peter…….all bigots.  What a laugh.

This pseudo-sodo-marriage law is unjust, it is tyrannical, and it will see more and more faithful souls crushed over time:

An innocent woman is in prison tonight in Kentucky. Her name is Kim Davis.

She is in prison because one of the laws of her country, the United States of America, is unjust. [Oh it’s far more than just one.  Abortion, liberal divorce, usury, invasion of privacy, violation of subsidiarity, there are thousands of unjust laws in this “land of the free.”]

She has, rightly, refused to obey that law.

According to that unjust law, she must abandon her own deeply held belief and accept the justice of the law, or be arrested and jailed.

She has chosen to accept arrest and jail rather than abandon her belief.

So begins a confrontation that was inevitable, a conflict between judicial tyranny and individual courage……

…..Kim is the first of many US citizens unwilling to abandon their principles before such an unjust law. [Will it be many?  There are apparently two other Kentucky county clerks refusing to issue psuedo-sodo-marriage licenses, and a handful have resigned, but I don’t see anything like mass opposition.  More on that later]

The consequence today? One of the saddest — and most shocking — things ever to happen in modern America: an ordinary American citizen has been dragged off to prison simply for refusing to violate her Christian beliefs on marriage. [Shades of the 60s civil rights movement, which the sodomites have tried to co-opt to their side, but which is a laugh now that they have the power of the state at their backs, which power, to a great degree, they’ve enjoyed at least since Lawrence. A lot of Christians went to jail for violating unjust Jim Crow laws]

She was sent to jail for contempt by federal judge David L. Bunning [son of Senator Jim Bunning and an unworthy appointee] after she stood by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples seeking them under the tainted June 26 US Supreme Court decision which imposed homosexual “marriage” on all 50 states — including [the 30] states whose people and legislatures had voted to prohibit it.

Davis said she had “no choice” because issuing the licenses would have conflicted with her religious beliefs.

Though lawyers for the homosexual couples had asked the judge to fine Ms. Davis rather than send her to jail, the judge imposed jail time anyway, saying he thought a fine would be insufficient to force her compliance. [Please understand this point. If you take away nothing else from this post, please get this: YOU WILL BE MADE TO COMPLY. Or you will be made to suffer.  That’s your choice. Decide now, and prepare for your fate.]

So this is what it has come to: the US government is applying force to induce a person to do what she knows is wrong. [Ummm……they’ve been doing it for decades]
This is clearly a form of tyranny.
An unprecedented new type of dictatorship has begun to take power in America.
The Christian opposition to homosexual “marriage” has become, in the eyes of this regime, pernicious — something to be severely punished. 

I agree.  However, I fear that like abortion, over time, the matter will become institutionalized, with forces on both sides and a lot of money tied in with each, encouraging a low-level civil struggle to go on for decades, while the moral heart of this nation continues to corrode (if it even has one anymore).

Already in Rowan County, they have found souls willing to compromise and issue marriage licenses in Davis’ absence.  They always do.  They make a brutal example of a few and then virtually everyone, save a few “crazies,” quickly fall into line.  There will probably be opposition here or there, but very manageable levels of opposition.  I greatly fear that over time, even the vast majority of relatively faithful Christians will silently accommodate themselves to this unjust law.

I do have a question, though.  Is marriage now a matter for the federal government?  I thought even with Obergefell’s imposition of a universal marriage law that marriage licenses were still issued by counties within states, not the federal government.  How is it, then, that Davis is consigned to a federal prison?  Just because the case got elevated to that level?

Flightline Friday: Raptors make first European deployment September 4, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Amazingly, even though the F-22 Raptor has been in service for a solid decade, Europe’s relatively low priority has meant that the F-22 had never deployed there until recently.  Due to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ disastrous decision (one of many) to cap F-22 production at 187 aircraft in favor of the supposedly much less expensive F-35 (guess what?!  It’s not only a lot less capable, it’s not any less expensive, either!), the Air Force has a critical shortfall in numbers of air superiority aircraft.  It is keeping a very small number (3 squadrons, at present) of F-15s in active duty while maintaining many more in the Guard and Reserve than planned years ago.  So at present the entire active duty air superiority force possessed by USAF numbers maybe 200 aircraft, since a fair number of Raptors have to be assigned to training and other non-combat duties.  That’s pathetic.  That’s fewer than deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and that’s the entire Air Force.  Even with their own massive problems, China is going to clean our clocks someday.

No, I have no idea what they spend the $100 billion a year budget on, either.  Personnel costs eat up a huge amount of that (and, I think, are ultimately unsustainable at present rates of pay, though military members would probably slap me for saying that), but more and more its just O&M, they claim…….operations and maintenance. Older aircraft are more expensive to maintain, and we’ve been waging at least some kind of warfare somewhere almost continually for 25 years.  But it is still incredible that 100 freaking billion dollars every year buys so little.

Anyway, four F-22s and associated support arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany earlier this week.  They then promptly forward deployed to Lask Air Base in Poland for a brief demonstration along with F-16s assigned to beef up NATO defenses in Eastern Europe.  It was the first time the F-22 had made an appearance in either country.  The increased presence in Eastern Europe is of course in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and numerous threats, including of nuclear attack, made towards the US and Western European nations.  In addition to the deployment of a small “presence force” in terms of air assets, similar deployments of ground assets are also occurring.  The Marines, for instance, just deployed what amounts to a calvary troop to eastern Bulgaria, including four M1A1 tanks, a half dozen LAV-25 light armored vehicles, and associated trucks and HMMVWs.

But I know what you want……..airplane pr0n:

Three F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft fly over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015 as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe. Four F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., along with a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft and more than 50 support Airmen were part of the deployment. This effort is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and will serve to assure allies of the Air Force’s commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Three F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft fly over Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015 as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe. Four F-22s from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., along with a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft and more than 50 support Airmen were part of the deployment. This effort is part of the European Reassurance Initiative and will serve to assure allies of the Air Force’s commitment to European security and stability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Four F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft taxi after landing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015 as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as part of the European Reassurance Initiative and will conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft while demonstrating U.S. commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Four F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft taxi after landing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015 as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

Members of the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.,marshal U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts near hardened aircraft shelters,Aug. 28, 2015, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The 95th FS deployed to Spangdahlem as part of the European Reassurance Initiative, which is intended to increase the capability, readiness and responsiveness of NATO forces in part by funding rotational force presence in Eastern Europe. This training deployment is also part of ensuring the 5th generation fighters can deploy to European bases and other NATO installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

Members of the 95th Fighter Squadron from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.,marshal U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts near hardened aircraft shelters,Aug. 28, 2015, on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released)

An F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to exit an F-22 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015. The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III and more than 50 Airmen to Spangdahlem in support of the first F-22 European training deployment. The inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, a $1 billion pledge announced by President Obama in March 2014.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

An F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft pilot assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., prepares to exit an F-22 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor taxis on the flightline at Lask Air Base, Poland, Aug. 31, 2015. The deployment represents the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which is intended to increase the capability, readiness and responsiveness of NATO forces in part by funding rotational force presence in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor taxis on the flightline at Lask Air Base, Poland, Aug. 31, 2015. The deployment represents the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe and is funded by the European Reassurance Initiative, which is intended to increase the capability, readiness and responsiveness of NATO forces in part by funding rotational force presence in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released)

F-23 still would have been better.