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Burke: If Francis Won’t “Clarify Serious Error,” Cardinals Must Take Corrective Action November 16, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Virtue.
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Put another, less diplomatic way, what Cardinal Burke is essentially saying is that, if Francis will not abjure the errors, or, at the very least, extremely dubious assertions, of Amoris Laetitia, Burke and others will move to try to correct him according to canon law, which could include the convoking of a general council to make a judgment of the pope’s adherence to the Sacred Deposit of Faith.  I can’t imagine how that would play out in any way that would lead to a negative judgment against Francis, given the state of the Church today and with so many prelates clearly given over to his view of things, but it’s most definitely a very serious warning.  I can’t really even see a sufficient number of prelates to be in agreement with Burke and other more faithful bishops – which are not inconsiderable in number, but I would think far short of a majority – to even call a general council against the will of the pope.  The last time such a thing occurred there were kings and princes with the ability to summon councils, but such do not exist any more.

Nevertheless, the plot thickens, and significantly so:

After joining a group of four cardinals in releasing a call for Pope Francis to clarify grave errors in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Cardinal Raymond Burke has now indicated the cardinals are contemplating a “formal correction” should the pope fail to address their concerns.

The cardinals had written to the pope with their concerns on September 19, but after failing to receive a response for nearly two months, they released the letter publicly on Monday morning.

Now, in an interview with the National Catholic Register’s Ed Pentin, Burke discusses the next steps should the pope fail to address the cardinals’ concerns. Here is Pentin’s question and the cardinal’s response:

What happens if the Holy Father does not respond to your act of justice and charity and fails to give the clarification of the Church’s teaching that you hope to achieve?

Then we would have to address that situation. There is, in the Tradition of the Church, the practice of correction of the Roman Pontiff. It is something that is clearly quite rare. But if there is no response to these questions, then I would say that it would be a question of taking a formal act of correction of a serious error. [So, Burke is claiming that Amoris Laetitia contains more than mere vague or confusing statements, but actually promotes and contains serious error.  In the history of the Church, there is only one means for dealing with those who persist in manifest, obdurate error (heresy) – and that is a declaration that they are outside the Church.  But such has never been formally declared of a reigning pontiff in the history of the Church, has it?]

Burke goes on to insist that in a case of conflict between the pope and Church Tradition, the Tradition is binding. “Ecclesial authority exists only in service of the Tradition,” Burke explains. “I think of that passage of St. Paul in the [Letter to the] Galatians (1:8), that if ‘even an angel should preach unto you any Gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema.’”

Historically, in the rare cases where popes have taught heresy, Burke explains, “It is the duty…, and historically it has happened, of cardinals and bishops to make clear that the Pope is teaching error and to ask him to correct it.” [And on the rare instances this has occurred, the popes in question have, to a man, I believe, had the decency to abjure any errors they professed, or even contemplated, well before the issue got to the level of a formal rebuke.  Will such be the case with Francis?  The evidence we have to date is not terribly hopeful.]

The September 19 letter, signed by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner, asked the pope 5 short questions which call for ‘yes or no’ answers that would immediately clarify the meaning of the confusion-plagued document on precisely those points where theologians, priests and even bishops have offered contradicting interpretations. [Hey, want to know some other documents where precisely the same confusion reigns, with even prelates taking completely contradictory stands?!?  How about Guadium Et Spes, Dignitatis Humanae, Nostra Aetate, etc.]

In the interview, Burke emphasizes that the cardinals have sought to act for “the good of the Church,” which, he says, “is suffering from a tremendous confusion” on the points they have raised especially. He notes, for example, that priests in different dioceses are being given contradictory directions on how to handle the question of access to Communion for those in adulterous unions. [Thus, does a practical schism not exist in the Church today?]

“We, as cardinals, judged it our responsibility to request a clarification with regard to these questions, in order to put an end to this spread of confusion that is actually leading people into error,” he says.

Again, I am heartened to see this, and it will be quite revealing to see this situation unfold.  Burke is getting very, very close to stating Francis formally promotes error.  Amazing. I pray that the Lord will give abundant strength to Burke, Meisner, Caffara, Brandmuller, and their allies. It is interesting that Cardinal Muller at the increasingly marginalized CDF has not responded, either.  For all those who have steadfastly maintained for  years that Francis hasn’t promoted any error, nor even made any significant failings of prudential judgment, I must wonder what they are thinking now?

I have been praying for some time that, should push ever come to shove like this, Francis would turn away from his seeming errors and return to the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  It’s a longshot, I know, but hope springs eternal.  The damage to the Church of a public trial of the pope’s belief – which, again, I can hardly believe would actually happen – would be immense.  But what alternative is there, if he keeps on this same course he has been pursuing for nearly 4 years?

It is truly heart-breaking that it has come to this.  What a nightmare, for the entire world.

Shock! Many/Most Protesting Trump’s Election Didn’t Bother to Vote November 16, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, silliness, Society.
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Data in from Portland shows of the most radical of the rioters (or the most unlucky?), that is, those who have been arrested, fewer than a quarter bothered to vote.  Most were not even registered to vote.  This shows us two things: either professional protesters from out of state are flooding into Portland to get paid/undo the election in the streets, or these guys are a heaping pile of hypocrites.

A little of column A, and a little of column B?

County records show more than half of the anti-Trump protesters arrested in Portland, Ore., last week didn’t actually vote in the election, according to a local TV station.

WKGW reported 69 of the 112 people arrested in recent protests either weren’t registered to vote or didn’t turn in a ballot. The TV station compared the names of the people arrested by police and compared them to state voter logs compiled by Multnomah County elections officials.

According to the report, 34 of the people arrested didn’t return a ballot and 35 of them weren’t registered to vote in the state. The station is still working to verify 17 of the protesters’ voting records.

Of the 112 arrested, 25 voted.

I’d be willing to be a very healthy amount that, of those who have been engaged in a week long temper tantrum over Clinton’s well-deserved loss, well fewer than half voted.  In fact, it’s not really even in doubt, since the vast majority of those protesting are 18-30 y/o, and far fewer than half of those folks voted in this election.  Some of the instant meltdowns on Youtube and Twitter revealed that many of these folks probably didn’t vote, with people saying things like “You need to fix this s–t!” or “Why are they doing this?” which likely reveals a sense of detachment that comes from not participating.

At any rate, it does seem the protests are starting to peter out, at least outside democrat dominated hellholes like Portland, Olympia, etc.

As I Predicted: Trump Won In Spite of Massive Voter Fraud November 16, 2016

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So, a local precinct warden and Republican national delegate told me of his experience at our local precinct – at least 5 men certainly committed voter fraud, voting without present voter ID, which they are allowed to do thanks to the Obama Justice department/leftist judge overturning a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote, while another 8-10 individuals probably voted both in our precinct and out of state.  There were myriad details surrounding these individuals he provided I won’t go into, but, suffice it to say, the legality of their local votes was dubious, at best.  So, perhaps 15 fraudulent votes in a precinct where only 313 were cast for president – nearly 5%.

True the Vote is reporting they have data that shows over three million illegal aliens – non-citizens of the US – voted in the election. I think it safe to say they voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, and thus make up her margin of victory in the popular vote, and then some:

Three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens, according to Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org organization.

If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud and almost certainly won the popular vote.

“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens,” tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.

“Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team,” he added.

According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted.

Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.

Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.

On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.

As I predicted, Trump would have to win by a margin of three to five million in order to win in the “official” count by 1 vote.  That’s how many fraudulent votes I expected him, or any non-demonrat party candidate, to have to win by in reality to be judged the winner officially because of all the fraud, to which the democrats admit.  The democrats generally do most of their electoral fraud at the presidential level because it’s much simpler to execute, which is why they have continued to mostly get pummelled on down-ballot races since they started instituting large-scale voter fraud in every presidential election since the 90s.  But it really got started in earnest in 2004 when they knew they had a compliant media that wouldn’t investigate anything they did, and self-justification in the lie that Bush “stole” the election in 2000.

I really hope this effort to have millions of ballots cast out succeeds, for a variety of reasons. I’m quite certain Trump won the popular vote at least as handily as he did the electoral college.  Leftists will never tire of singing about a “stolen” election unless if it can be proved Trump won the popular vote by a healthy margin. Even then they’ll still pretend it didn’t happen. Most important of all, however, is proving electoral fraud occurred, and then investigating in depth who perpetrated it and striving to have them prosecuted.  This nation is strongly divided, ideologically, probably to the greatest extent since the Civil War.  Throwing severe doubt on the validity of elections into the mix would be a very quick way to bring about a calamity.

If one considers the fact that Clinton won California by a 2:1 margin, that California does not require ID, and the huge number of illegals that reside there, it would be interesting to see what the real result was.  Amazingly, states with no ID requirements tend to be dominated by democrats. Go figure.  Of course, they’ve been doing this for well over a century around the country, wherever the demonrat party gets strongly established.  Used to happen en masse here in Texas, and magic ballots found in south Texas helped Kennedy win in ’60.

It will be interesting to see if this story develops, or if it gets squashed by the powers that be.

KGB Agent: Those Sucked into Cultural Marxism Never Get Out November 16, 2016

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The video below is over 30 years old, and features a high level KGB defector to the West, Yuri Bezmenov, describing how the process of cultural marxism/political correctness worked, and how major a part it was of the KGB’s overall program to subvert the West, far outdistancing mere espionage as an area of focus.

We have seen the program he lays out playing out before our eyes now for decades.  As he mentions, the baby boomers were really the first generation infected with large scale leftist propaganda through the university system, and that system of propaganda has now thoroughly infected almost all public schools and the vast majority of private in the intervening years.  Bezmenov notes, quite rightly, how inculcation in the cultural marxist/social justice warrior ethos leaves individuals totally unable to think critically, completely dependent on spoon-fed propaganda, alienated from their own nation/heritage, and so wedded to this perverse set of deliberately destructive ideologies (intended specifically to destroy a nation’s fabric and collective will to exist, to make them ripe for communist takeover) that they are literally beyond redemption by human means.  No matter what evidence they are confronted with, the alternate reality which they inhabit has so consumed them that they will choose any alternative to accepting that their world-view may be faulty.  Thus, we have leftists today screaming that 150 million odd Americans are irredeemably racist, sexist, “homophobic,” “islamophobic,” etc., because their very flawed candidate failed to win the presidency.

Don’t ever expect these people to change.  Absent a miracle of grace, they will not.  The greatest thing I have been involved with over the last 7-8 years as a a blogger/radio personality/catechist is the conversion of 12 or so people to the Church. I didn’t do that, Grace did that, but that these people were kind enough to give me some role in their conversion I count as my proudest achievement. But all of these folks (of which I am aware) were both conservative and had some kind of Christian upbringing before their conversion.  I have never made any significant inroads with a left-leaning individual, and as a catechist always found an inviolable wall of resistance whenever the truths of the Faith were conveyed to those whose true religion is more leftism than Catholicism.  They would simply roll their eyes and, before long, walk away, rather than continue to have to try to mentally combat arguments they were incapable of rebutting.

These folks need constant prayer.

Quite obviously, the relatively nascent state of incipient cultural marxism discussed in the video has now reached levels probably even Bezemnov could not foresee.  At this point in time, probably 25-30% of the population is more or less lost to this deliberately demonic pseudo-ideology, and the rising generation is more lost to it than any preceding one, and by a very large margin.  I don’t know if it’s more than 50% or not (and if not, it’s not for lack of trying, the public schools are completely consumed by it) among millenials, but it’s certainly getting close.  That, and the degree of indoctrination has grown with each generation, with each succeeding generation lost more deeply and thoroughly to this mindset than the preceding ones.

This is why I say the present protests against Trump will not go away anytime soon, and this continuing gulf between those indoctrinated in cultural marxism and those uninfected with this ideology will only grow, and grow worse.  The democrats thought they had a permanent electoral majority by cobbling together their base of cultural marxists and certain minority groups, but apparently not quite yet.  In fact, it is the democrat party’s rapid descent from a center-left party to hard leftism that is a factor mitigating against their broader electoral success, as more and more Americans uninfected by cultural marxism realize how extreme the democrat party has become, and where it plainly wants to go (hard socialism/communism).  But unless and until many more tens of millions of those who do not desire this nation to succumb to hard leftism realize it is the schools and media/culture that are the primary vehicles for its spread and respond by pulling their kids out of public schools (and most private) and keep their kids from being indoctrinated by the leftist-dominated entertainment media, eventually a majority will emerge for the demonrats that favors their goals because they share them.  That might require another 20-30 years or more to achieve, but it will happen.  The other alternative is to try to seize control of the school system again, but I take that as a very dim prospect given that it would require ejecting almost all the entrenched powers from the federal to the local level.  It would literally take a revolution.

Bear in mind, I am speaking strictly from a human/worldly standpoint in the above.  Before any kind of mass conversion to homeschooling or retaking of the schools can occur, a mass spiritual renewal would have to take place.  Note that the communists deliberately penetrated the churches in order to not only neuter but co-opt the greatest source of resistance they were likely to find.  That makes the process of spiritual renewal all the harder, and even harder still with a devotee of cultural marxism in the Chair of Peter, but all things are possible with God.  We must never give up hope.

In the meantime, you may well find, as I did, how instructive this video is in unmasking the literally unreasonable and seemingly inexplicable mentality we see on display among the  Left today across the country and especially on social media.  If you like, there is a much longer series of interviews featuring Yuri Bezmenov on Youtube, you only have to search by his name to find them.  I know much of this may seem like old hat to those who have studied cultural marxism, Alinskyite tactics, seen Agenda 21 and all the rest, but I do think Bezmenov’s analysis is both more penetrating and more concise than any I’ve previously seen.

Francis’ Response to Dubia Submitted by 4 Cardinals Comes Just as You’d Expect…… November 16, 2016

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……..that is to say, using the dumbest form of social media, through a surrogate, and with a tone of smug superiority and total disdain for the very real concerns raised.

Four cardinals, including Cardinal Burke, submitted a detailed dubium to Francis, requesting he clarify or correct what these cardinals rightly perceive as very problematic, even erroneous (or inviting error) statements within Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which was, surprise!, written before the second session of the synod on marriage and the family had even begun.  You can read the cardinal’s submission, and much related coverage, here.  While some may find this action late, it is important to remember that the Church always moves slowly, that this dubium was sent months ago, and that Amoris Laetitia only came out this year.  I am personally very gratified to see this official communication of resistance – it is really a not so veiled assertion of heresy within Amoris Laetitia, and calls upon Francis to, more or less, retract his erroneous propositions by clarifying them along orthodox lines – but I am left wondering where all this will lead.

Now, this dubium was submitted months ago, but was only publicized recently by the cardinals, since Francis has chosen not to respond to their charitable and quite appropriate submission.  However, his hand-picked court theologian, and author of Amoris Laetitia and a number of other papal statements, Anthony Spadaro, SJ, has responded, almost certainly with the knowledge and approval of Francis himself.  His reply, in the form of “tweets,” are as rude as they are dismissive of very real concerns shared not only by these four cardinals but by millions of other Catholics.  Via VoxCantoris:

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Very much a “my way or the highway” approach – just what one would naturally expect from a man who constantly appeals to charity, compassion, and understanding.  I am being sarcastic, of course, those appeals are naught but means to an end for this most revolutionary pontiff.

I am not surprised to see this response in the least.  It is exactly the kind of response I expect to see from any kind of left-wing ideologue, whether they cover themselves in the trappings of Catholicism or if they are out n’ proud denizens of the Castro Street Fair – not a mutually exclusive crowd, to say the least.  It’s the same kind of completely uncomprehending, dismissive attitude we see from the leftists trying to “re-litigate” the presidential election in the streets of the US.

The only question is, will Burke or other leaders of the Church realize that this man, Francis, is not playing by any of the old rules, and will not respond with anything but sneering derision to any of the standard means of trying to check error?  If this is all the response they get, will they go further?  What else can they, or should they, do, as leaders holding to a more orthodox approach to the Faith Christ gave us?  What should we be doing, if anything, beyond the constant recourse to prayer and penance? Is it even possible to conceive that a general council could be conceived, and that it would judge Francis to be a manifest and obdurate heretic?  I can’t conceive of it, but that’s where Steve Skojec thinks Burke may be headed.

The thing is, this man will never stop.  Amoris Laetitia is just the first major salvo.  There will be many more, unless God intervenes in dramatic or mundane fashion.  Indeed, his liberal allies of the St. Gallen mafia are calling for him to do much more. The intent is clear, to undermine and eventually overturn, along progressive-modernist lines, the entire moral edifice of the Faith, and to dare people to oppose him.  The few remaining institutional checks on wayward papal power are wholly ineffective against an ideologue of this sort, and, even more, the massive cult of personality that has surrounded the papacy over the past century or so has left Catholics ill-equipped to stand in opposition (which is at is should be?). He is unreachable by logic or persuasion.

I don’t have a lot of answers, other than, as I said, doing still more prayer and penance.  Prayer gave this country another chance to avoid the abyss, I pray God will be still more generous with regard to His Church.  The fox is in the henhouse.  We are deep into the passion of the Church.  I don’t know what the future holds, but I fear things will get much worse before they get better.  I guess one final question might be, is schism, at this point, inevitable (by human means)?  Steve Skojec seems to think it is.