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Pope Francis’ careening, “off-the-cuff” sermon to Cuban yutes about what you’d expect September 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
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I could throw out a lot of adjectives, but I’d just be repeating what has already been said many times before. Via Mahound’s Paradise (original here), some excerpts from Pope Francis’ sermon to the glorious progressive people’s children of the future (I add emphasis and comments):

You said a phrase that I underlined and took note of: “that we might know how to welcome and accept the one who thinks differently than us.” Truly, sometimes we are closed in. We shut ourselves in our little world: “This is either the way that I want it or we’re not doing it.” And you went even further, “that we don’t close ourselves into the ‘little convents’ of ideologies or in the ‘little convents’ of religions. That we might grow in the face of individualism.” [Submitting to the Doctrine of the Faith is the opposite of individualism.  

When a religion becomes a “little convent” it loses the best that it has, it loses its reality of adoring God, of believing in God. It’s a little convent of words, of prayers, of “I’m good and you’re bad,’ of moral regulations. I have my ideology, my way of thinking and you have yours; I close myself in this “little convent” of ideology. [Does Pope Francis believe that Sacred Doctrine given by God directly to the Church for the conversion and salvation of mankind equates to mere ideology?  He has said this so many times, it seems impossible to conclude he does not.  How is this different from what has been enacted in the dying, most liberal protestant sects? Once again Pope Francis decrees Doctrine – directly revealed by God! – to be somehow in opposition to God, or to a right relationship with God.  And then he decries “moral regulations,” while he constantly lays out his own, deeply progressive, moral universe! Are these moral regulations simply the traditional moral Doctrine of the Faith?]

Open hearts. Open minds. If you are different than me, why don’t we talk?  Why do we always throw rocks at that which separates us? At that in which we are differing? Why don’t we hold hands in that which we have in common? Motivate ourselves to speak about what we have in common, and then we can talk about the differences we have. [Does that last bit ever happen, or do they tend to get ignored and papered over?  Or worse, does a least common denominator approach prevail, where critical distinctions are lost and important truth cast overboard in the interest of a worldly, false, and ineffectual sense of “unity?”] But I said, talk, I didn’t say fight. I didn’t say close ourselves in. I don’t say “shut ourselves into our little convent,” to use the word you used. But this is possible only when I have the capacity to speak of that which I have in common with the other, of that by which we are able to work together…….[I have to conclude based on this the audience consisted primarily of 5 and 6 year olds?]

………This is called social friendship: to seek the common good. Social enmity destroys. A family is destroyed by enmity. A country is destroyed by enmity. The world is destroyed by enmity. And the biggest enmity is war. And today we see that the world is destroying itself with war because people are incapable of sitting down and talking. OK, let’s negotiate. What can we do in common? In what things are we not going to give in? But let’s not kill more people. [Does Pope Francis really believe ISIS, for instance, will respond to negotiation?  Please. Should the Allies have negotiated with Hitler?  But I thought the Allies were really bad because they failed to bomb the railways to the concentration camps?!?  Is this the kind of contradiction that emerges from a simplistic and naive world view?]  When there is division, there is death, death in the soul because we are killing the capacity to unite. We are killing social friendship. And that’s what I ask of you today: be capable of creating social friendship……

………Hope is fruitful. Hope is given in work, and here I want to mention a very grave problem that is being experienced in Europe: the number of youth who don’t have work. There are countries in Europe where as many as 40% of youth 25 years old and younger live unemployed. I am thinking of one country. In another country, it’s 47% and in another 50%. [Yes, why is that, Pope Francis?  Why is that problem closely correlated with the degree of socialism in the government and the influence of trade unions over those governments?  In France, Spain, Italy, and many other European nations, youth cannot find work because the socialist economies are incredibly anemic and do not create new jobs, while trade unions protect current members at the expense of young people.  All of this is a direct product of left-wing political-economic policy.]

Evidently, when a people is not concerned with giving work to youth — and when I say “people,” I don’t mean government, I mean the entire people — it doesn’t have a future. [I have a huge problem with this statement. I think it very revealing.]

The youth become part of the throwaway culture and all of us know that today, in this empire of the god money, things are thrown away and people are thrown away, children are thrown away, because they are unwanted, because they kill them before they are born, the elderly are thrown away — I’m speaking of the world in general — because they don’t produce anymore. In some countries, there is legal euthanasia, but in so many others there is a hidden, covered up euthanasia. Youth are thrown away because they are not given work. So then? What is left for a young person who doesn’t have work? A country that doesn’t invent, a people that doesn’t invent employment opportunities for its youth, what’s left for this youth are addictions, or suicide, or to go around looking for armies of destruction to create wars……..[Like the muslim hordes descending on Europe, which development you have endorsed?]

……..And I, Cuban young people, though you think differently from each other, though you have your own points of view, I want you to go along accompanying each other, together, seeking hope, seeking the future and the nobility of your homeland. We began with the word hope and I want to conclude with another word that you said and that I tend to use a lot: the culture of encounter. [Groovy, man]  Please, let us not have “un-encounter” among us.[Yeah, that would, like, be a total drag] Let us go accompanying each other, in encounter, even though we think differently, even though we feel differently, but there is something bigger than us, which is the greatness of our people, which is the greatness of our homeland, which is this beauty, this sweet hope for the homeland to which we have to arrive.

I think the bit about people failing to “give work to youth” is quite revealing.  First of all, governments don’t create jobs, vibrant economies do.  Secondly, it reveals a fundamentally socialistic, or at least progressive, outlook to demand that people be “given” jobs.  I don’t believe in that.  I love this bit from the John Wayne movie McClintock! below, beginning at 21:00, where a young farmer new in town hits up John Wayne for a job.  I think Wayne’s response really dead on.

Aid in the form of “handouts” are certainly necessary for many at various times, but if relied upon for a long period  of time inevitably poison one’s sense of self-worth.  Ask anyone who volunteers at food banks or similar places about how folks who have relied on such aid for long periods of time frequentlyimages (10) become very demanding and unappreciative.  The same mentality is operative when one speaks of “giving” jobs to youth (and this is not the first time Pope Francis has used this language).

Certainly the destructive effects of lavish, unaffordable welfare states and incredibly stagnant economies unable to cause new job creation even among Europe’s very few young people (relatively speaking) are very bad things.  But the language of the speech seems to operate from the very mentality that gave rise to this unproductive form of political-economic system in the first place.  It’s not about “giving” jobs to the young, it’s about the young being able to find positions to fill where they work an honest day for a fair wage.  This may sound like semantics, but words have meaning and I think these words are very important.

All in all, I really do wish this Pope would be afflicted with severe laryngitis for the rest of his pontificate. Is that bad?


The Catechism Explained on Sloth September 22, 2015

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Sloth is one of the seven capital, or deadly, sins, but it is one we don’t often hear about.  The worst kind of sloth is spiritual sloth – a failure to do one’s duty in fulfilling the Precepts of the Church, certainly – but also a failure to grow in Grace and live to the fullest potential all God’s myriad gifts to us.  We all sin in sloth to one degree or another.  The lukewarm Christian are the ones God despises most.  From The Catechism Explained, pp. 507-8:

The Opposite of Zeal: Sloth

Sloth consists in shunning everything that conduces either to our temporal or eternal well-being, provided it be toilsome.

Sloth displays itself either by indolence, dislike of work, and the non-fulfillment even of the duties of one’s calling; or by tepidity in and indifference to what is good and conducive to one’s spiritual welfare.  The slothful man displays distaste for all good works.  We find life and movement and activity in all nature; the celestial hosts laud and magnify the Most High continually…..the tiny ant lays up a store in summer, the busy bees make honey and do not suffer drones to live; and shall man alone be a be an idler, an exception to all creatures whom instinct teaches to abhor idleness?……...The indolent postpone all work to a future day, and only pursue sensual pleasures.  Tomorrow, tomorrow, not today, is their cry.  The lukewarm Christian wills and does not will; he would fain have the wages God gives, but he will not work for Him; as soon as it is a question of putting force upon himself he shrinks back.  Yet the slothful think they do more than others, for while the fervent look at those who do better than themselves, to learn humility, the slothful on the contrary look at the good, not in others, but in themselves. [And if you’re anything like me, you might exaggerate that good quite a bit!  I really think this is a bit of particular wisdom here on the tendency for our fallen natures to try extol ourselves relative to others in terms of how much work we do.  We all think we’re the little red hen] Hence the slothful never attain perfection.  Great sinners have been known to become great saints, but the lukewarm, never.

Idleness leads to all kinds of vice; it brings misery in this life and eternal damnation in the life to come.

Idleness hath taught much evil (Eccl xxxiii:29);  it is in fact the source of every evil habit.  Man is like the earth; if a field be not sown with good seed, a crop of weeds spring up and grow apace; so if man has no useful occupation, his natural activity turns to all manner of mischief……[M]an corrupted by idleness becomes the abode of evil passions, and falls into manifold temptations.  The busy man is assailed by one demon, the unemployed by a hundred.  Idleness ruins the young, for it destroys all that is good in them…..Idleness brings misery in life.  Holy Scripture says of the slothful: “Want shall come upon thee and poverty” (Prov vi:11).  St. John Chrysostom declares idleness to be the parent of poverty and the root of despair.  It also brings a man to eternal damnation.  Idleness is in itself a sin.  A servant may not steal, or dink , or be insolent; but if he has the fault of being lazy, his master will dismiss him from his service.  God acts in the same manner.  “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire” (Matt vii:19)…….The idler cannot indeed hope that Heaven will be his portion, for Our Lord says: “Call the laborers and give them their hire.”  God does not love those who love their own ease.  He expressly states that those who are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, He will vomit out of His mouth (Apoc iii:16), that is, to say, He is disgusted with them.  Our God is a consuming fire, and He delights in the adoration of the Seraphim, who are inflamed with burning love.  An open unbeliever is less abhorrent to Him than a tepid Christian.  [For the unbeliever have not the Light of Faith, while the Catholic Christian should have no such excuse, though in this day and age, this is perhaps a bit less certain. How many Catholics, think you, have ever heard a strong sermon on the sin of sloth, especially in the spiritual sense?  Speaking of comparing ourselves well to others, how many rah-rah, you’re doing fine and maybe just need a slight tweak to be super-awesome sermons have you heard?  I’ve had a lifetime full of those, already.]

Those who are inclined to indolence should think frequently of the reward, both temporal and eternal, of industry, and thus they will overcome their distaste for work.

“Look not, O Christian,” says St. Augustine, “on the labor that it costs thee; look rather to the rest and the joys which God promises thee; see how infinitely they outweigh all thy toil.”  “In doing good, let us not fail; for in due time we shall reap, not failing” (Gal vi:9).

————End Quote————

I haven’t quoted from this 19th century Catechism for some time.  I have a lot of material I’d like to pull from it but these posts take quite a bit of effort.  This catechism is a gem, though.  I have some quibbles with a few points but 99% is rock solid.  I highly encourage its use for personal edification or, perhaps especially, for forming older (teen) children.

Muslims gone wild here in Texas September 22, 2015

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It got little media coverage, but a muslim man went a bit nuts and burst into an East Texas church claiming he was going to “slay infidels.”  For reasons that are not entirely clear, he did not follow through with his attack.  He was later apprehended:

Authorities say a man who was arrested for making threats against an East Texas church, allegedly did so citing God as the reason for his actions.

On Sunday at 2:10 p.m., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Corinth Church located on FM 346 near Lake Palestine.

The caller said an unknown black male was wearing a camouflage helmet, camo pants, tactical vest and boots entered the church around 2:00 p.m. The caller also stated they could see what appeared to be a pistol in his pocket. The man was later identified as Rasheed Abdul Aziz, 40, of Flint.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said the suspect appeared distressed and stated he was a man of Islam, and that God had told him to “slay infidels.” Several parishioners brought Aziz into a room away from others at the church while another person called the Sheriff’s Office.

Before law enforcement arrived at the scene, Aziz left the church and headed north on FM 346 into Smith County. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office notified Smith County and Cherokee County deputies remained in the area in an attempt to locate Aziz, who was not found……..

……At around 8:20 p.m. Smith County reported they had Aziz in custody, resulting from a call they responded to on Beautiful Hills Drive in Flint, Texas. According to the Smith Count Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was found inside thte Pine Trail Shores subdivision.

Aziz was arrested with an illegally-acquired Taurus 9mm pistol and what appears to be at least two 12-rounds magazines and 70 rounds of ammunition.

Of course, the media ran away from this “jihadists gone wild” story, quite contrary to both their coverage of an insane attack on a black church in Charleston earlier this summer.

It is also quite opposite of the fawning, deferential coverage given to a 14 y/o muslim male here in Irving, TX, who was arrested after bringing what he called a “home made clock” to school.   School officials who called the police, and police who arrested him, have been lambasted from one end of the country to the other for their supposed bigotry and meanness, but if the bomb had been real, and they not responded, they would have been even more pilloried, and rightly so.  Regarding all that hubbub about the boy’s alleged scientific curiosity and brilliance: the “home made” clock was just a disassembled alarm 80s vintage Radio Shack model, and hardly an original creation.  The link tells the story in detail, as does this video:

So not only did the kid just take an old alarm clock out of its plastic case and call it an “invention” (which might be expected from a bright 7 or 8 year old, but a 14 year old?!?), he added other wires and features to make it look more threatening.  Like a “device.”  A potentially explosive device.

This whole flap is smelling more and more to me like a set up from the beginning.  His father is a long-time rabble-rouser and frequent candidate for the presidency of Sudan.  They have been politically active here in the US. For crying out loud, his father’s trucking company is named “Twin Towers Transportation,” an obvious cheap shot and deliberately provocative name. Irving is of course my hometown and also a city that imposed restrictions on a nascent sharia law court, one of the first of its kind in the US.  I have to wonder if this incident wasn’t a bit of fabricated agitprop to help smear Irving as an anti-muslim town and undermine the city’s stand against the sharia law court.  It would hardly be the first time we’ve seen astroturf and kabuki theater like this.

As Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story.

“America is a……post-Christian nation on its way to becoming anti-Christian” September 22, 2015

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Some wisdom from traditional Catholic Patrick Buchanan, as he diagnoses the primary problem afflicting this nation’s sudden and seemingly terminal decline: government repudiation of Christianity under the influence of radical Christ-hating leftists.  He also points out the role the collapse of the Catholic Faith has played in this process, and especially its sudden doctrinal nose-dive under Pope Francis.  Lots of good stuff below, read it all here.

Since Eisenhower’s time, Christianity, the faith that created the West, has been purged from American public life. The Bible, prayer, and all Christian art, books and symbols have been expunged from the public schools as they were in Cuba when Fidel Castro took power.

Our cradle faith cannot be taught in our public schools.

America is a different country today, a secular and post-Christian nation on its way to becoming anti-Christian. Some feel like strangers in their own land. And from the standpoint of traditional Catholicism, American culture is an open sewer. A vast volume of the traffic on the Internet is pornography.

Ironically, as all this unfolds in what was once “God’s country,” Vladimir Putin seeks to re-establish Eastern Orthodox Christianity as the basis of morality and law in Russia. And one reads in The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Xi Jinping is trying to reintroduce his Chinese Communist comrades to the teachings of Confucianism.

The world is turned upside down. Every civilization seems to recognize the necessity of faith except for the West, which has lost its faith and is shrinking and dying for lack of it.

I’m going to stop and throw my yellow BS flag for a bit of exaggeration here.  China continues to persecute Christians most horrifically.  This promotion of Confucianism is actually a ploy to set up a controllable religion amenable to an authoritarian state, in competition with Christianity.  The only heartening bit is that the atheistic communists must be getting a bit desperate to resurrect this religion.

As for Putin, there is at least as much convenience in his courting of the Orthodox Church as their is conviction, if not more.  Yes it is heartening for those of us on the outs of the culture here in the West to see a prominent government leader opposing the sick trends abounding in our society, but Putin is hardly a Saint or even a choir boy.  What Putin really does is to tap into native Russian support for a nationalistic Orthodox Church and use that to his advantage.  The Russian Orthodox Church reveals one of its most glaring problems by happily being used by the government as a bit of agitprop and a channel for nationalist fervor, while also using the official support to solidify its position in Russian society.  It should be noted that wherever the Orthodox feel strong enough or possessed of enough governmental support, they persecute Catholics with a grim severity.  Some of the nastiest anti-Catholic views are held by Orthodox priests.  Continuing on:

Does moral truth change?

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” [What a noxiously liberal point of view. Heck, leftist.  How many horrific episodes from history prove this statement wrong, but it is such a great colloquialism it fools many because it sounds sort of right on the surface.  Only upon a moment’s reflection does it reveal itself as nothing but “might makes right,” the essence of barbaric leftism.]

But is this true? A decade after his beer hall putsch failed in Munich, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party won the largest number of Germans ever to vote in a democratic election.

He had succeeded in the marketplace of ideas. Did that democratic ratification make Hitler’s ideas true?

Or does truth exist independent of the marketplace?……

The Catholic Church, too, faces a growing crisis of moral consistency and credibility.

The church of Pius XII and John Paul II taught that the truths of the Ten Commandments brought down from Sinai and the truths of the Sermon on the Mount are eternal. Those popes also taught that a valid marriage is indissoluble, that homosexuality is unnatural and immoral, that abortion is the killing of the innocent unborn, an abomination. [One would hope that Mr. Buchanan is aware of the glaring problems in Saint John Paul II’s own exegesis that helped pave the way for the renewed revolutionary outburst we see in our midst today; in addition, Pius XII, for all the greatness of his pontificate, did not address the openly growing modernist influence during the course of his pontificate.  He did have some small matters like WWII, the Cold War, and keeping Western Europe from falling to communism to divide his attention.]

Yet one reads regularly of discussions inside the Vatican to alter what is infallible church teaching on these doctrines to make the church more appealing to those who have rejected them.

As the pope arrives in America, some Catholics are calling for an acceptance of contraception, the ordination of women and a new acceptance of homosexuality. Yet the Episcopalians, who have embraced all these “reforms” and more, appear to be going the way of James Fenimore Cooper’s Mohicans. [And there are also hundreds of thousands of Catholics imploring the Holy Father to uphold doctrinal integrity]

In Cuba, Pope Francis declined to address the repression of the Castro brothers. Will he also avoid America’s moral crisis to chatter on about income inequality and climate change and find common ground with Obama? [I could use a course cliche involving bears…….]

What has come out of the Vatican in the past two years is moral confusion. Yet as Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput reminds us, “confusion is of the devil.” It is also trifling with schism.

Having emerged victorious in the 70-year ideological struggle against one of the greatest enemies that mankind has ever known, Marxism-Leninism, are the United States and the Catholic Church heading for the same desuetude and disintegration?

It certainly appears so.  Somehow while defeating the communists on the nation-state level, the Left has been overwhelmingly successful in the war for individual hearts and minds.  I am mortified by the degree to which younger people today have been thoroughly indoctrinated in leftism.  The leftist march through the cultural institutions of the West has been their single greatest success.  Today they appear poised on the precipice of some kind of victory, even as the countries that have shaken off the communist yoke generally run as much as they can in the opposite direction.  On some levels this success appears shocking, but when one recounts how Christianity has been vilified and driven from the cultural sphere by the leftist elites (politicians, entertainers, media, academia, etc), this outcome appears inevitable.

What is even more shocking is the degree to which leftism – the Revolution – has penetrated what was always its gravest enemy and final bastion of resistance, the Catholic Church.  The importance and ramifications of this penetration, both within the Church and in the world at large, cannot be overstated. Most clergy, bishops, and laity who claim the name Catholic are now avowedly hard left wing.  We have all the evidence we need of that in the sudden and triumphant renaissance of the modernists dating from March 2013.  Where this will end is anyone’s guess, likely not until Russia is finally and properly consecrated, but in the meantime it seems that we face the inevitability of unprecedentedly dark times.  We had better be prayed and penanced up.

May God have mercy on us all.

Top Marine Sergeant trades rank for honesty September 22, 2015

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As the Obama Administration destruction of the US military continues, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has decreed that all combat positions shall be open to women. The Marines have stolidly resisted, and got Mabus to agree to a test to see how mixed-gender combat units performed compared to all-male units. The results were disastrous, with the even the very best women the Marine Corps has to offer – a truly picked group – equaling the performance of the bottom 5% of men in the Corps.  The mixed-gender unit performed more poorly in 70% of 139 tested categories and only out-performed the all-male unit in a handful of duties mostly related to record-keeping and other administrative tasks.  In spite of this result, Mabus has decreed that having women in combat is an unalloyed good that simply must happen, the results be damned.

A top Marine sergeant affiliated with the testing brutally summarized the failure of women to perform in the test, and will probably lose his stripes as a result. The military is increasingly not only no place for Christians, but for anyone of conscience:

A Marine hero blasted Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’ for claiming that Marines studying women in ground combat with the wrong mindset essentially caused women to drastically underperform in the gender integration experiment.

Sergeant Maj. Justin LeHew, senior enlisted adviser with Marine Corps Training and Education Command, the command in charge of the study, wrote a public post on Facebook saying that the Secretary’s comments were not only unfair to the women in the experiment, but run counter to national security interests.

“This was as stacked as a unit could get with the best Marines to give it a 100 percent success rate as we possibly could. End result? The best women in the GCEITF as a group in regard to infantry operations were equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5 percent of men as a group in this test study.[No matter how much feminists refuse to admit it, women are not just men with different gonads. They are fundamentally different, much better suited to certain things, but much poorer at others, and no amount of political agitation or endless crying about “gender bias” is ever going to change that.  There are virtually no women who could single-handedly perform a one-person carry of an injured 200 lb comrade for hundreds of yards to safety.  That’s just one of hundreds of potential life-threatening scenarios where women simply do not have the physical characteristics to stand in combat. And what kind of society would want its women playing at soldier, anyway?]

They are slower on all accounts in almost every technical and tactical aspect and physically weaker in every aspect across the range of military operations. SECNAV has stated that he has made his mind up even before the release of these results and that the USMC test unit will not change his mind on anything.

Listen up folks. Your senior leadership of this country does not want to see America overwhelmingly succeed on the battlefield, it wants to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to pursue whatever they want regardless of the outcome on national security……

…… In regards to the infantry… There is no trophy for second place. You perform or die.

Make no mistake. In this realm, you want your fastest, most fit, most physical and most lethal person you can possibly put on the battlefield to overwhelm the enemy’s ability to counter what you are throwing at them and in every test case, that person has turned out to be a man. [Amazing the things we have to “learn” these days, isn’t it?  I mean, this is just fundamental common sense going back thousands of years, and now its “controversial.”  What is really controversial is the leftist demand that women and men are utterly equal in every respect, which is as asinine as it is destructive.]

There is nothing gender biased about this, it is what it is. You will never see a female Quarterback in the NFL, there will never be a female center on any NHL team and you will never see a female batting in the number 4 spot for the New York Yankees. It is what it is. As a country we preach equality.

But to place these mandates on the military before this country has even considered making females register, just like males, for the selective service is in all aspects out of touch with reality. Equality and equal opportunity start before you raise your right hand and swear and oath to this country.

Yes, we are an all volunteer force at the moment. Should this country however need to mobilize rapidly again to face the threats of the world like our grandfathers did, it will once again look to the military age males of this country to fill the ranks because last I checked, we did not require women to register for the selective service.

Until that happens, we should not even be wasting our time even thinking about opening up the infantry to women..

That’s a great point, and reveals a fundamental tenet of feminism that is often overlooked: it’s all about maximizing opportunities and options for women while simultaneously minimizing them for men.  That’s not the pretty rhetoric women put out in public, but as RS McCain has shown in over a year’s worth of detailed study of “hidden” feminist rhetoric that goes on in the “women’s studies” degree plans on campuses around this nation and within the feminist milieu, it’s really about female superiority and the attempted subjugation of men to a distinctly second-class role.  The most crazed feminists these days make no bones of their abject hatred for all men (as in, there are NO good men, it is impossible for a man to be good, etc) and their avowed lesbianism, either.  These women constitute the deranged but incredibly influential outer edge of the feminist movement, a movement that hides it real objectives and desires from the general populace while seeking to garner political influence to eventually enact their misanthropy in law.  This case of the Marine Corps is just one more adventure in that regard, the feminists calling for women in combat roles and influencing the Obamination to force this insanity on the military loathe the armed services and would never condescend to volunteer themselves, but they demand women unequal to the task be put in danger in order to satisfy the radfem’s unquenchable need for validation and ego-stroking.

Good men and women will unnecessarily die as a result, and this nation will offend God in yet another respect.  I say that because I do not believe the God of Armies wants to see women in combat (save in some kind of nightmare necessity).  One can easily envision the horrors that will result.  One direct and very certain consequence is that combat units will now experience huge shortfalls in their order of battle as women assigned to combat slots get medevaced out part way through their tour, either due to pregnancy (occurs to 30-40% of women on Navy ships) or inability to bear the load. That has already led to those left behind having to pull double-duty to make up the missing personnel.

It all makes me sick. I saw a video recently of an Air Force Security Policewoman performing security outside an ICBM silo in North Dakota. That woman little girl was probably 5’2″ and 220 lbs.  She couldn’t run 3 miles if her life depended on it.  What a total joke.

REMINDER: Ember Days start tomorrow 09/23! September 22, 2015

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Just in time for the Pope’s visit to the US, a brief penitential season!  Coincidence?!?  I think not!

None of this for you

None of this for you

The Fall Ember Days start tomorrow 09/23/15!  You know the deal, Wed and Sat are days of partial abstinence (max. one meal with meat) and fast (one full meal and two snacks, at most), while Friday is full abstinence (no meat).

If you want to know more about the etymology of the Ember Days, click here.

Ember Days are part of a large number of former penitential and devotional practices that were once universally observed but were gradually downplayed more and more over the course of the 20th century, especially after VII, naturally.  But these days to consecrate the various seasons to Our Lord are very meritorious and worthy of embracing.  They help connect one better to the flow of the liturgical year, for one thing, and they are also opportunities for some badly needed exercise of penance and self-denial in this culture of super-abundance.

I pray you have a very holy and edifying Ember Week! I plan to offer my sufferings for the Synod and the Holy Father.

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I know this is pretty mom-bloggish and I’ve never done it before but this recipe for mushroom soup is AWESOME!!  It’s the best mushroom soup I’ve ever had.  It will definitely serve as the main meal.  I really recommend it, though if you have a large family you will probably want to double or triple the recipe size:

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour (rice flour for gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or broth)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 4 ounces brie, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toss the mushrooms in the oil, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing them up once in the middle.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the onions and cook until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Add the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and deglaze the pan.
  6. Add the broth and mushrooms, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Add the milk and brie, let the brie melt, fish out the rinds and season with salt and pepper to taste before pureeing to the desired consistency and enjoy!
Slow Cooker: Implement steps 1-4, place everything except the brie and cream into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours before adding the brie and cream, letting the brie melt and pureeing.
Option: Saute the mushrooms in a pan with the onions instead of roasting them.
Option: Add 2 tablespoons white miso.