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Hungarian Bishop – Pope wrong, muslim “refugee crisis” actually invasion of Europe September 10, 2015

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Interesting points via Patrick Archbold.  I’m out of time, I add a bit more below:

ope Francis is wrong on the migrant crisis and the wave of Muslim migrants currently sweeping Europe actually represents an “invasion”, a Hungarian Bishop has said.

Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, Bishop of Szeged-Csanad in southern Hungary, said the migrants “come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They want to take over.” He added that Pope Francis “doesn’t know the situation” and that many so-called refugees are actually economic migrants.

On Sunday, the Pope called on every Catholic parish across Europe to take in refugees. “Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,” he said.

“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family, starting with my diocese of Rome,” he added.

However, in an interview with the Washington Post, Kiss-Rigo said the Pope was mistaken.

“They’re not refugees. This is an invasion,” he said, adding that the influx of migrants posed a threat to Europe’s “Christian, universal values.”

He also said that many of them were not deserving of help as they “have money.” They have also been leaving rubbish strewn in their wake and have refused food and water.

“Most of them behave in a way that is very arrogant and cynical,” he said

Regarding the portrayal of these refugees – the vast majority of which are young, single men, not old women and children, as is commonly claimed – here are some interesting counterpoints.  Many of these folks are not desperately poor, are not from Syria, and are under no particular kind of threat:

The Syrian refugee crisis that the media bleats about is not a crisis. And the Syrian refugees it champions are often neither Syrians nor refugees. Fake Syrian passports are cheaper than an EU politician’s virtue and easier to come by. Just about anyone who speaks enough Arabic to pass the scrutiny of a European bureaucrat can come with his two wives in tow and take a turn on the carousel of their welfare state…….

……..The head of a UNHCR camp called Syrian refugees “The most difficult refugees I’ve ever seen. In Bulgaria, they complained that there were no jobs. In Sweden, they took off their clothes to protest that it was too cold.

In Italy, Muslim African “refugees” rejected pasta and demanded food from their own countries. But the cruel Europeans who “mistreat” migrants set up a kitchen in Calais with imported spices cooked by a Michelin chefdetermined to give them the stir-fried rabbit and lamb meatballs they’re used to. There are also mobile phone charging stations so the destitute refugees can check on their Facebook accounts.

It had to be done because the refugees in Italy were throwing rocks at police while demanding free wifi.

This is the tawdry sense of entitlement of the Syrian Muslim refugee that the media champions.

Hussein said: “We have the feeling that the aid workers are heartless.” (He) lives in a trailer that cost $3,000. The air-conditioner runs with electricity he is tapping from the Italian hospital. The water for his tea is from canisters provided by UNICEF. He hasn’t worked, paid or thanked anyone for any of it.”

And why would he? He’s entitled to it by virtue of his superiority as a Muslim and our inferiority as infidels. There is no sense of gratitude. Only constant demands as if the people who drove out their own Christians and Jews have some moral claim on the charity of the Christians and Jews of the West.

It should also be noted that the story of a man who witnessed his wife and young children drowning at sea after trying to flee Turkey (not Syria!) in a flimsy boat is almost certainly a fabrication.  The man was already in Europe when he sent his family over by the cheapest means possible.

Someone suddenly decided it was time to even more greatly open the floodgates from the “ummah” into Europe, by something like an order of magnitude.  Somehow word has gotten out it’s time to move now, or you might not get yoru chance.  It almost seems like long-set plans regarding a progressive agenda are suddenly being put in motion.  We have a bizarre combination in the White House and in St. Peter’s.

Why, and to what purpose, all this is suddenly happening is not being asked by enough people.

Flightline Friday: ground-pounder edition September 10, 2015

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An early Flightline Friday for those who just can’t wait.  This one is a bit of a mixed bad.  I stumbled on quite a bit of helmet-cam footage from soldiers in Afghanistan.  It gives you a pretty good idea of what combat is like in the early 21st century. So much for the “end of history” and a long period of peace.  Each of the videos below does have an Air Force connection of one kind or another.

I must warn, this being actual footage of soldiers in combat, there is occasional use of foul language.  I think active combat is one of the few occasions in which such language can be excused.

The first video shows a bit of footage of what I am fairly certain are a small group of special forces operators in contact with islamists in a mountainous region of Afghanistan.  The terrain and weather is actually quite lovely.  It is sad that is has been the scene of such brutal warfare over the years.  You also get a bonus of a bunch of A-10 runs firing the mighty GAU-8 Avenger 30 mm cannon.  You will hear an initial buzz – that is the rounds impacting the target area – and then a second buzz, which is the sound of the cannon fire arriving several seconds later:

General firefight, units not specified (supposedly special forces), fight ended by two JDAMs (GPS guided bombs).  I guess the beards and ATVs indicate they are special forces:

A video showing major assets used by the Strategic Air Command from its formation in 1946 until its 20th anniversary in 1966. Note this only shows aircraft and other systems already retired by 1966.  Thus, no B-52s, B-58s, LGM-30 or LGM-25C.

A warning from God to proud, false shepherds September 10, 2015

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From Ezechiel chapter XXXIV.  I add some comments for context, but I think the text largely self-explanatory.

Background – the Jews were constantly falling into heresy and idolatry through their associating with members of foreign, satanic religions (an interesting commentary on ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue, no?).  They intermarried and under various influences embraced the barbaric, demonic practices of the religions of Ba’al and other false gods.  This included sacrificing their own infant children to a supposed god of fertility, burning them to death in the arms of a brass idol heated to terrific temperature by fires lit for the purpose (shades of our rampant abortion, today).  After several hundred years of disasters, prophetic warnings, and God literally begging his people to stop, He finally had enough and allowed the Assyrians under Nebuchadnezzar to crush them.  Some of the worst fates were reserved for the priests and Levites who had not only tolerated this heresy but often taken part in them, as well.

I’ll let the great prophet Ezechiel take it from there:

1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

2 Son of man, prophesy concerning the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to the shepherds: Thus saith the Lord God: *Wo to the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves: should not the flocks be fed by the shepherds?

3 You eat the milk, and you clothed yourselves with the wool, and you killed that which was fat: but my flock you did not feed. [Seeking to serve themselves and please the powers of the world, they allowed their flock to starve, spiritually.  That was a significant factor, according to the inspired Word of God, in the Israeli’s falling into idolatry and even apostasy]

4 The weak you have not strengthened, and that which was sick you have not healed; that which was broken you have not bound up, and that which was driven away you have not brought again, neither have you sought that which was lost: but you ruled over them with rigour, and with a high hand. [They enforced cold, man-made laws that did not instill a love of God in souls but just a rigorous following of rules.  But most of all, they left people in ignorance and false practice, afraid of displeasing men rather than God by telling people to stop their wicked ways.  The parallels to today should be readily apparent]

5 And my sheep were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and they became the prey of all the beasts of the field, and were scattered.

6 My sheep have wandered in every mountain, and in every high hill; and my flocks were scattered upon the face of the earth, and there was none that sought them; there was none, I say, that sought them. [How many millions have wandered from the Church during the reign of the false “spirit of Vatican II?” It must be in the hundreds of millions by now, with tens of millions pouring out of the Church and into the sects (esp. in Latin America), seeking even the fake, moldy bread of protestantism to the dust and ashes they have been “fed” by so many wayward shepherds in the Church.  And yet these shepherds proclaim the leftism and worldliness they offer a banquet, pretending it is a gourmet feast, as the spiritual skeletons drag themselves away seeking something, anything to fill themselves with]

7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

8 As I live, saith the Lord God, forasmuch as my flocks have been made a spoil, and my sheep are become a prey to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd; for my shepherds did not seek after my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flocks:

9 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord:

10 Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I myself come upon the shepherds, I will require my flock at their hand, and I will cause them to cease from feeding the flock any more; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more: and I will deliver my flock from their mouth, and it shall no more be meat for them.

[And yet we must have hope, for Our Lord will not leave us abandoned if we remain faithful……]

11 For thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them.

12 As the shepherd visiteth his flock, in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered; so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered, in the cloudy and dark day.

13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and will gather them out of the countries, and will bring them to their own land; and I will feed them in the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the habitations of the land:

14 I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel; there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel.

15 I will feed my sheep: and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God

16 I will seek that which was lost; and that which was driven away, I will bring again; and I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak, and that which was fat and strong I will preserve: and I will feed them in judgment.

17 And as for you, O my flocks, thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, of rams and of he-goats. [According to Fr. George Leo Haydock, who compiled this excellent study bible: “The crimes of the pastors do not excuse the flock.”  This is a most excellent warning.  I know many good souls who piously hope that the fact that so many souls are left ignorant of many aspects of the Faith will excuse them from their sins.  And it might, for some. But much of the moral law is plainly evident from the natural law (such as not killing your own offspring), and the natural law is given to all who have the faculty of reason, or can be plainly arrived at by anyone with a modicum of discernment.  In such areas, proclaiming ignorance of the law may be no defense.]

18 Was it not enough for you to feed upon good pastures? but you must also tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures: and when you drank the clearest water, you troubled the rest with your feet. [A warning for those who destroy or waste the great spiritual gifts they are given, lay or clerical.  But this is especially intended for the false shepherds, the wolves in sheep’s clothing]

19 And my sheep were fed with that which you had trodden with your feet; and they drank what your feet had troubled.

20 Therefore, thus saith the Lord God to you: Behold, I myself will judge between the fat cattle and the lean.

21 Because you thrusted with sides and shoulders, and struck all the weak cattle with your horns, till they were scattered abroad.

22 I will save my flock, and it shall be no more a spoil; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

23 *And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd……..

———–End Quote———–

Obviously, this Scripture from the Old Testament has to do with the fall of Israel, their subsequent chastisement by God, and the coming of the Messiah.  But we must keep in mind that so many Old Testament texts, and especially the prophetic ones like this, are types not only of the New Testament but also for the New Covenant.  That is to say, while this hard rebuff and chastisement from God was certainly intended for the Levites and priests of the Old Covenant day, they also apply to the priests and bishops of the New Covenant.  Christ will come again.  And I fear Our Blessed Lord’s telling question “Yet the Son of Man, when he cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on the earth?” (Lk xviii:18) was rhetorical.  I think Our Lord was telling us that there would not be much faith in those coming days.

Let us not be among the sheep of the flock who wander away due to wayward pastors!  Let us always remain faithful to Holy Mother Church, no matter how deranged those appointed to shepherd souls may become.  I like Saint Corbinian Bear’s phrase: nail your foot to the floor in front of your favorite pew and die there.  I know we sometimes have to find parishes that best meet our spiritual needs, and those of our family, but you get the point.

Pray fervently for our pastors!  To those to whom much have been given, much will be required!  (Lk xii:48)!  But one major reason for the lack of leadership in the Church could be lack of prayers by the faithful on their behalf.  Absolutely pray for good pastors, but also pray, perhaps even more, for the conversion of those who are not so good.

How an avowedly papal-submissive organization views Vatican II……. September 10, 2015

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……and the revolution in the Church.  When the Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP) was formed by Plinio Correa de Oliveira in 1950s Brazil, the organization was at pains to indicate its total submission to the will and desire of the Holy Father.  Under Pope Pius XII, that posed the organization no particular problems.  However, as the fallout from Vatican II began to emerge in the mid-1960s, the organization – according to Oliveira’s book Revolution and Counter-Revolution – had to come to grips both the with the failure of Vatican II to condemn what TFP viewed as the single greatest threat to Christendom at that time – atheistic communism – and the raging “spirit of the council,” which seemed to cause most of the Church hierarchy to war with the Church they had known just a few short years before.

I found the analysis of the Council and its impact from Revolution and Counter-Revolution quite incisive.  Yes much of it will be old hat to some readers, but, then again, it doesn’t hurt to know that another substantial body of Catholics comprehends and fights against the crisis afflicting the Church.  I also found the below, especially the last few paragraphs, a very good example of faithful opposition to what our sensus fidei tells us to be the disastrous decision of even the highest levels of leadership in the Church.

Begin quote:

………the greatest success attained by the smiling post-Stalinist communism was the Second Vatican Council’s enigmatic, disconcerting, incredible, and apocalyptically tragic silence about communism.

It was the desire of this Council to be pastoral and not dogmatic.  And, in fact, it did not have a dogmatic scope.  But its omission regarding communism might make it go down in history as the apastoral Council……..

…….Imagine an immense flock languishing in poor, arid fields and being attacked on all sides by swarms of bees and wasps and birds of prey.  The shepherds begin to irrigate the fields and drive away the swarms and birds.  Can this activity be termed pastoral?  In theory, certainly.

However, if at the same time the flock were under attack by packs of voracious wolves, many of them covered with sheepskins, and the pastors fought against the insects and birds without making any effort to unmask or drive away the wolves, could their work be considered pastoral, proper to good and faithful shepherds?

In other words, did those in the Second Vatican Council who wished to scare away the lesser adversaries but gave free rein – by their silence – to the greatest adversary act as pastors?  

Using “aggiornate” tactics (about which the least that can be said is that they are contestable in theory and proving ruinous in practice), the Second Vatican Council tried to scare away, let us say, bees and wasps.  But its silence about communism left full liberty to the wolves.  The work of this Council cannot be inscribed as effectively pastoral either in history or in the Book of Life.  [Ouch. We know what happens to those whose name is not inscribed in the Book of Life, although eternal damnation is another belief that has been effectively rejected by many, many souls in the Church, including far too many leaders, as being ill-suited to the times, so they believe in pretensions like universal salvation and mercy utterly squashing justice]

It is painful to say this.  But in this sense, the evidence singles out Vatican II as one of the greatest calamities, if not the greatest, in the history of the Church.  From the Council on, the “smoke of satan” penetrated the Church in unbelievable proportions.  And this smoke is spreading day by day, with the terrible force of gasses in expansion.  To the scandal of uncountable souls, the Mystical Body of Christ entered a sinister process of self-destruction, as it were.  [Tens if not hundreds of millions have left the Church as a result.  I have a brother-in-law who was one of them. He believed the strong catechism he was taught as a child in the 50s and early 60s, only to suddenly be told all that old stuff was wrong and now there was a new set of “doctrine” to believe, much of it entirely contrary to the previous doctrine.  It scandalized him right out of the Church.  He still goes to Mass at times, but his faith in the Church as Christ’s Mystical Body containing all the Truth necessary for salvation is gone, he thinks it a farce.]

……..History narrates the innumerable dramas the Church has suffered in the twenty centuries of her existence: oppositions that germinated outside her and tried to destroy her from outside; malignancies that formed within her, were cut off by her, and thereafter ferociously tried to destroy her from outside.

When, however, has history witnessed an attempted auto-demolition of the Church like the present one?  No longer undertaken by an adversary, it was termed a “self-destruction” in a most lofty pronouncement having worldwide repercussion (Allocution of Paul VI to the Lombard Seminary, Dec. 7 1965).

From this resulted an immense debacle for the Church and what still remains of Christian civilization.  The Ostpolitik of the Vatican, for example, and the massive infiltration of communism into Catholic circles are effects of all these calamities.  And they constitute additional successes of the psychological offensive of the Third Revolution against the Church. [The Third Revolution being the communist onslaught, after the First (protestant revolt) and second (French) Revolutions.  But they are all part of the same Revolution against God.]

……In 1959, when we wrote Revolution and Counter-Revolution, the Church was considered the great spiritual force against the worldwide expansion of the communist sect.

In 1976, numerous ecclesiastics, including bishops, figure as accomplices by omission, as collaborators, and even as driving forces of the Revolution.  Progressivism, installed almost everywhere, is converting the formerly verdant forest of the Catholic Church into wood that can easily burst into Revolutionary flame.  

In a word, the extent of this change is such that we do not hesitate to affirm that the center – the most sensitive and truly decisive point in the fight between the Revolution and the Counter-Revolution – has shifted from the temporal to the spiritual society.  

The Holy Church is now this center.  In her, progressivists, cryptocommunists, and procommunists confront the remaining faithful souls…….[Some of us hoped, or deluded ourselves into thinking, that the progressive forces were in decisive retreat during the pontificate of Benedict XVI.  I have been amazed to see their incredible resurgence. Indeed, progressives and communists confront the faithful today.  They’ve come forth from their lairs and are bound and determined to remake the Church in their Gramscian, de Chardinian image]

….In 1968, the TFPs then existing in South America……..organized national petition drives addressed to Paul VI, requesting measures against leftist infiltration into the Catholic clergy and the laity of South America.

Altogether, 2,060,368 people in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay singed the petition in a 58 day period………

The answer of Paul VI was not merely silence and inaction.  It was – how it pains us to say it – a series of acts whose effect continues to give prestige and facility of action to many promoters of Catholic leftism today.  

At the sight of this rising tide of communist infiltration into the Holy Church…….TFP…..in 1974 ……published a declaration expressing their non-conformity with the Vatican Ostpolitik and their resolve to “resist to the face” (Gal ii:11):

On our knees, gazing with veneration at the person of His Holiness Paul VI, we express all our fidelity to him. In this filial act we say to the Pastor of Pastors; “Our soul in Yours, our life is Yours. Order us to do whatever you wish.  Only do not order us to cross our arms in the face of the assailing Red wolf.  To this our conscience is opposed.”

———End Quote———-

“Resist to the face.”  That is indeed what Saint Paul felt compelled to do to Saint Peter.  I don’t think any of us with grave concerns over this pontificate think we are anything like Saint Paul, yet we feel the same compulsion to resist error and threats to souls no matter the source, no matter how well- (or ill-) intentioned.  TFP was lambasted at one time as an ultra-montanist organization for its defense of the Faith (and this post is not a commentary on TFP right or wrong), and yet they felt compelled to indicate their inability to go along with some of Paul VI’s agenda and actions, just as they have done with Pope Francis and another petition drive they’ve initiated.



Strong Polish video on the crisis in the Church, sodomy, adultery, and the Synod September 10, 2015

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I know much of my readership crosses over with Rorate Caeli so many readers may already be aware, but Rorate requested this video be given wide coverage and I am happy to oblige.

A quite good video out of Poland, below, featuring Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Pawel Lenga (who continues to impress me), and Bishop Schneider.  Poland, of course, just elected a visibly Catholic president and government.  That president famously rescued a fallen Host at an outdoor Mass.  Yes there are many signs the post-conciliar rot, from which the Eastern Bloc countries were somewhat shielded until the end of the Cold War, is infesting Poland.  But there is equally apparent a strong resistance to that rot.

This video is plainly part of the latter.  As Rorate notes, topics such as the evil of sodomy are discussed in unusually blunt terms, which is always welcome:

A few quotes:

Archbishop Lenga: “I think there is no spirit of the Gospels nowadays. Therefore there is no great message in what the high-ranking hierarchs say. There is no great power in it. It is only a bunch of beautifully spoke words, but there is no truth in it”.

“… if we believe that homosexuals brought something into the Church, it is nothing but debauchery and licentiousness. … The Holy Scripture beautifully says that such people will not get into Heaven. It is not our statement, we did not invent it, but we should repeat it at all levels of our hierarchies and throughout out ministry, that this cannot be done.”

Sometimes in the Church you do not talk about Christ, you do not speak like Christ, you do not say “yes yes no no” and this causes misunderstandings in the perception of sin. People wrongly think there is no need of confession because the sin is how you see it and explain yourself. God is merciful and good.  In some countries Christ is no longer crucified, He is already resurrected, not to worry about His sufferings.  This is not the truth about Christ. Where there is no truth there are misunderstandings in the Church [about Christ, sin, suffering, etc.  Moral relativism lets people create a “god” of their own choosing and liking]

Christ is the same now as He was in the past.  He is not different. But those who act in His Name are not of His flock, they have long been wolves in sheep’s clothing. Thank God, the laity today is much stronger [so, I suppose, it can oppose the wolves who should be the shepherds]

Bishop Schneider: “That even some Bishops in their public pronouncements contradict some respect[s] of the Catholic doctrine, especially of the moral issues.”

“It is our duty, our first duty, to be faithful to God”

This crisis is manifesting itself mainly in a situation of confusion. From the outside we have the clear and immutable teaching of the Church, of the 2000 year old Magisterium, which was very clear, but on the other side there are phenomenon which contradict this clear and always valid teaching of the Church.  The Renaissance popes accepted, at some times, the spirit of the world……..at some times, a neo-pagan spirit entered Rome in the forms of “culture.”

When one had observed carefully what happened in the last Synod…..they could observe in a Church meeting of Catholic bishops even in Rome, that there were pronounced words and affirmations which contradict the Divine Truth. For example, some members of the Syond that they have to evaluate, positively, homosexual relationships.

Polish historian: “…..the people of the Church, for which we should apologize, put themselves over what we call Rome, this means the eternal Rome, the eternal teaching of the Church immersed in Tradition and the Holy Scripture.”

“The new pastoral care is as elusive as the spirit of the Council. Everyone is talking about it, but no one really knows what is going on.” [Because modernists seek to spread as much confusion as possible, confusion which gives them room, they hope, to implement their destructive agenda.]

Cardinal Burke: “….It is heresy to teach that homosexual relations are not disordered or to teach that they have positive elements.”

There is much more from Cardinal Burke and the others.  The quotes above all come from the first half of the video.

I don’t know much about Archbishop Lengua, aside from the fact that he has been strongly opposed to the grave and destructive novelties proposed at the Synod and gave some heartening quotes in this extensive interview.