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The doctrinal inversion at the heart of the post-conciliar Church December 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Papa, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition.
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Good piece from Pat Archbold. I’m out of time, hope you enjoy.  I add a few comments:

I don’t care for the term neo-Catholic, for it is too often used as pejorative.  For this reason, you will not often find the term in my writing, not least for the reason that I was frequently accused of being one.   [I agree.  I try to avoid the term, too, because it originated as an insult.  But I was one by default 5 years ago, as are many other well-meaning people who simply have not grasped the deadly intellectual inversion at the heart of the post-conciliar Revolution, which Archbold makes clear below]

The term neo-Catholicism actually has a meaning, even if that precise meaning is frequently ignored.  Generally, the term refers to Catholics that take their faith seriously, but generally don’t have a problem with the Church of the last 50 years, even embracing changes that have proven themselves disastrous……

……..As you can see, NuChurch has inverted the order.  First, NuChurch put love of God on a par with love of neighbor, as if they were one command.  Love of neighbor, they would have us believe, is equal to love of God.  But as can be seen from EG161, even that is not enough.  Pope Francis, avoiding Jesus’ direct answer to the question, answers the question with another quote entirely, purposely avoiding love of God, not just as the primary commandment, but dropping it altogether in favor of the love of man. 

This simple, but pernicious change is at the heart of NuChurch.  Any Catholic from a century ago would understand that the love of God comes first and that love of neighbor, which derives from the first, is secondary.  But now man is first and the love of God is a secondary to loving man, instead of the other way around.  This is the grand inversion that is at the heart of NuChurch.

But don’t take my word on it.  Listen to Pope Paul VI address this very question in his closing remarks from the Second Vatican Council:

“It might be said that all this and everything else we might say about the human values of the council have diverted the attention of the Church in council to the trend of modern culture, centered on humanity. We would say not diverted but rather directed.” 

It is right there from the beginning.  This error, this inversion of the Truth of God’s command is at the root of all of it including our man-centered liturgy, false ecumenism, indifferentism, and the false mercy of the current pontificate. [And in certain episcopal sermons] They believe that the only love that matters is the love of man.  Yet the Council of Trent takes a very different approach.

“Moreover, no honor, no piety, no devotion can be rendered to God sufficiently worthy of Him, since love of Him admits of infinite increase. Hence our charity should become every day more fervent towards Him, who commands us to love Him with our whole heart, our whole soul, and with all our strength. The love of our neighbor, on the contrary, has its limits, for the Lord commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. To outstep these limits by loving our neighbor as we love God would be an enormous crime.” —Catechism of Trent, Part 3, Chapter 5, Question 5

So ingrained has this inversion become in NuChurch, that when a Catholic puts the love of God and his commandments first as he always should, he is derided by no less than the Pope himself as a rigid and unmerciful Pharisee.

But once you see this inversion and understand it for what it is, your entire approach begins to change and your neo-Catholicism can no longer be sustained. 

That’s precisely it, and beautifully put.  The humanist revolution at the heart of Vatican II is irreconcilable with the First Commandment.  It disfigures everything it touches, and it touches everything.  With the elevation of Christ’s second commandment above the first, there is no end to the Revolution nor the deformation of the Church.

And yes, there are people who see many problems in the Church but refuse to see the inversion at the heart of it.  They are to be more pitied and deplored, even given all the damage they may help rationalize if not realize.

In short: different religion.

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Repubniks betray base yet again December 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society.
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Longtime readers will know that over the past 3 years or so I have lost just about all faith in the Republican party.  Especially since the elections of 2014, when they were handed historic majorities in both Houses of Congress and yet have done little with those majorities but to continue to advance Obama’s agenda, I have been forced to come to the conclusion that both parties are now dominated by corporatist masters and an over-awning acceptance of cultural leftism.

Some folks held out hope that ousting former Speaker John Boehner would yield some positive developments, but in his first major legislative act as Speaker, Paul Ryan has produced a massive, bloated omnibus spending bill that greatly expands immigration and other items noxious to the base.  Even more, this spending bill was negotiated by a tiny group on insiders, worked out in close collaboration with Obama and congressional democrats, and was basically kept hidden from the large conservative caucus in the House.  Once it was completed, the public and general members of the House were provided with all of 48 hours to review the nearly 3000 page bill.

In short, they’ve flipped the bird at those who put them in office once again.  How long are we going to continue to vote for guys who only pay lip service to our concerns at election time, and then rule like leftist insiders once they’re in office?

Some of the worst aspects:

(2) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Sanctuary Cities

Five months ago, 32-year-old Kate Steinle was bleeding to death in her father’s arms. She was gunned down in broad daylight by a five-time deported criminal alien whose presence in the country was the direct result of San Francisco’s refusal to comply with U.S. immigration law—yet Paul Ryan’s omnibus rewards these lawless Sanctuary Cities with federal grants. Division B Title II of Ryan’s omnibus funds various grant programs for the Department of Justice (pages 167, 168, and 169) and contains no language that would restrict the provision of such grants to sanctuary jurisdictions.

In a Congressional hearing, Steinle’s father demanded Congressional action and recalled his daughter’s dying words: “Help me, Dad.”

(3) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs

Despite broad support amongst Republican lawmakers for a proposal to halt all refugee resettlement, Ryan’s appropriations bill will fund President Obama’s refugee resettlement operation and will allow for the admission of tens of thousands of refugees with access to federal benefits. Division H Title II of Ryan’s bill contains appropriations of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and contains no language that would restrict the program. Nor are there any restrictions for the program in Division K of Ryan’s bill, which provides funding for the Department of State, which oversees refugee admissions.

Ryan is not one of the 84 cosponsors of Babin’s bill to halt the refugee operation, and he recently told Sean Hannity that he does not support halting resettlement because, “We’re a compassionate country. The refugees laws are important laws.”

(4) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent Years 

Although multiple immigrant and visa programs in recent years have been exploited by terrorists (such as the F-1 “student” visa, the K-1 “fiancée” visa, and our green card and refugee programs), Ryan’s proposal does nothing to limit admissions from jihadist-prone regions. As Senators Shelby and Sessions of Alabama noted in a joint statement: “The omnibus would put the U.S. on a path to approve admission for hundreds of thousands of migrants from a broad range of countries with jihadists movements over the next 12 months, on top of all the other autopilot annual immigration.”

(5) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Illegal Alien Resettlement

On page 917 of Ryan’s omnibus a section titled “Refugee and Entrant Assistance” funds the President’s resettlement of illegal immigrant border crossers.

(7) Ryan’s Omnibus Quadruples H-2B Foreign Worker Visas 

Despite Ryan’s pledge not to move an immigration compromise with President Obama, tucked 700 pages into Ryan’s spending bill is language that would resuscitate and expand a controversial provision of the Schumer-Rubio Gang of Eight plan to increase the H-2B visa program.

The provision “would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for unskilled guest workers, for a total of more than 250,000,” writes immigration attorney Ian Smith. The Americans who fill these jobs are typically “society’s most vulnerable — including single women, the disabled, the elderly, minorities, teenagers, students, and first-generation immigrants,”  Smith explains.

A recent BuzzFeed exposé revealed how this program allows businesses to discriminate against American workers and “deliberately den[y] jobs to American workers so they can hire foreign workers on H-2 visas instead.” As one GOP aide told Breitbart News, “This provision is a knife in the heart of the working class, and African Americans.”

The bill has now passed into law. It passed with a majority of Republican and Democrat support.  Both parties own this turkey.

This bill also postpones the “Cadillac tax” portion of Obamacare, helping to keep it politically viable for a little longer. Democrats are crowing that this budget represents a huge victory for them.  Why, exactly, do we keep voting Republican?

I’m not fan of Trump or his movement.  But it appears the Republican party is doing all they can to assure his election.  I very much get the extreme anger that is driving his lead position in the polls.  There are tens of millions of Americans who feel, quite rightly, that neither party serves their interests in the slightest.  That’s a very dangerous thing, for tens of millions of the hardest working, most virtuous citizens to feel that their government not only does not represent them, but constantly works against them, belittles them, mocks them, and yet constantly demands they pay for this thing or that that they hate.  I don’t think this can continue much longer without some kind of reckoning, and I fear the longer that reckoning is put off, the more extreme the reaction will be.

Short Flightline Friday – F-35s first LFE, wheeled launcher for MLRS December 18, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Flightline Friday, foolishness, fun, non squitur, silliness, Society, technology.
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Checkered Flag is a major large force, mixed type air defense exercise held at Tyndall AFB, FL a few times a year.  With the F-35A scheduled to achieve initial operational capability in August of next year, F-35s have been participating in more and more regular large force exercises (LFEs), though not the king of them all, Red Flag, to my knowledge.

Anyhoo, F-35s from the 33rd Fighter Wing at nearby Eglin are participating in Checkered Flag for what I think is the first time.  Some good military pr0n below, check out the tail art on the Wild Weasel F-16CG from Shaw:

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That's 50 years of Wild Weasel SAM suppression aircraft

That’s 50 years of Wild Weasel SAM suppression aircraft

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I’m still very cool to the F-35, but it’s inevitable at this point.  There is simply nothing else available, thanks to the hideous direction of Robert Gates.

Reader TE sent me the following video this week.  It’s fairly close to home for him.  New wheeled version of the MLRS launcher, called HiMARS.  I guess they’re keeping the tracked versions, too?  I don’t follow Army stuff very much, so I really don’t know:

So MLRS can launch either the original battlefield-ranged rocket or the theater-ranged ATACMS.  Video of the tracked platform from the 80s below:

That’s you’re Flightline Friday for today.  Not that many care!