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Vatican Issues Stamp Hailing Luther – Will Anything Shake Papologists From Their Slumber? January 20, 2017

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The Vatican post office plans to issue a stamp this year featuring the likeness of the arch-heretic Martin Luther, the man single most responsible for the seeming-permanent rending of the unity of Christendom and, almost certainly, the man responsible for consigning literal billions to eternal damnation.  Given the aid and comfort the Bishop of Rome has given protestants since his installation, this is hardly surprising, but only marks an intensification of an effort that dates back to Francis’ days in Argentina:

The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed Tuesday to LifeSiteNews that Luther, who broke away from the Catholic Church in a schism 500 years ago, will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017. The office is in charge of the annual commission of stamps, coins, and other commemorative medals.

The Vatican regularly issues such memorabilia for special events, including papal trips and holy years. Honoring Luther and the Protestant Reformation is an unlikely choice, trumping other significant events in the Catholic Church such as the 100-year anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima and the 300-year anniversary of our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil.

Got that?  Luther trumps Fatima.  Will that be the tenor for the entire, momentous year 2017?  I fear so.

Michael Matt posted a video last night that directly relates both the stamp issue and the broader crisis afflicting the Church of which the administration of Francis is simply the culmination so far.  It features a debate he had with an ostensible Church liberal and conservative (Dale Alquist), wherin both his opponents more or less ganged up on Matt and attacked him with ad hominems throughout.  According to Matt (the entire debate was not included) neither of his opponents were able to provide cogent arguments in defence of their position that, regarding violating 2000 years of sacred belief and practice and a direct command of Jesus Christ, it just doesn’t matter that much, times have changed, and the Church needs to get with the 21st century program and go all mercy all the time, even to the point of allowing constant sacrilegious reception of the Blessed Sacrament by those openly persisting in grave sin.  The video is great and I recommend you watch the whole thing:

But the broader point is this, and cuts to the quick of that 50+ year argument that has been ongoing between those who accept radical changes in the Church (whether quickly a la “liberals” or more slowly a la “conservatives”), and those who find those changes a total abandonment of the Church as she lived and breathed for 1900+ years. The results of the exchange were not encouraging – there is apparently no action authority figures in Rome can take that will not be accepted by those Matt labels as “neo-Catholics.”  As Matt notes, where the revolutionary program is headed is all the more obvious everyday – protestantism, and protestantism of the most ineffectual, libertine bent.  We know from 150 years of history where that liberal, worldly protestantism leads: decay, destruction, and collapse, both of individual souls and church structures as a whole.

But the vast majority in the Church still refuse to see this.  At some deep level, they appear psychologically unable to see it.  Their conception of the Church simply does not allow that bad men might deeply infiltrate it and possibly even corrupt her teachings to the extent men can – which is not insubstantial.  But the evidence that there has been a deliberate effort to alter, undermine, and destroy twenty centuries of sacred Doctrine is there for any who care to examine it, and it is overwhelmingly compelling.  Nevertheless, it appears the “neo-Cats” will never be moved by it.  They were not moved by the radical destruction of the Liturgy.  They were not moved by the implosion of the priesthood and religious life.  They were not moved by all manner of heresy and abuse being taught as solemn Catholic Doctrine.  They were not moved by Assisi.  A stamp won’t even elicit a tired sigh from them.

Even more, the manifest problems afflicting the Church since the 60s have had their center in the Petrine office.  Francis may be the most openly radical of the post-conciliar pontiffs, but he is hardly the only one to promote massive novelty.  All of his immediate predecessors have, including Benedict.

It appears the Church is to cleave into two halves, a tiny, faithful remnant, and an initially huge but constantly, rapidly shrinking majority who go along with whatever they are told this week constitutes Catholic belief and practice.  I used to hold high hopes that by sharing careful, detailed analysis of the crisis in the Church – by getting the message out – that souls would naturally react similarly to me, come to see the crisis for what it is, and do what they could to impose the different religion we see being built around us.  I found out very early to my dismay, however, that while there was a fraction who would come to comprehend the crisis in the Church and the inadmissibility of many of the revolutionary changes made since Vatican II (that including the vast majority of those who will read this), the vast majority would not.  That, in fact, that there was nothing that would move them to do so.  They were literally unable to do so.

I understand that, to a degree.  We all have lines we are unwilling, even unable to cross.  I am disheartened to see how many struggle to accept that the Church could be afflicted with a pope who tries to promote error (it’s happened before, after all), but it’s a reality I – we all – have to face.  The question is what we do about that reality.  It seems we are fated to be a very small remnant, with malice towards none and charity for all, hopefully, but a very small one, nonetheless.  We must work to preserve as much as we possibly can, which starts with saving ourselves and our families.  We must do as much prayer and penance as possible, far, far more than most of us are doing today.

We must pray for one thing in particular, to sum up which I will turn to Ann Barnhardt.  We must pray to have the traditional Sacraments available to us as the cultural and ecclesiastical noose tightens around our necks, figuratively or literally:

What you should do is move heaven and earth to attend a Traditional Mass or Divine Liturgy, and then go every single day humanly possible, and spend as much time as possible before the Blessed Sacrament, and go to confession frequently.  Do whatever it takes, right now, to find a good parish or chapel. If you wait until The Remnant Church is forced completely underground, you will have a much harder time.  This is precisely what the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is about, folks.  At some point, the door will close, and if you are one of the foolish virgins who got caught without any oil in your lamp, and had to scramble to find any, it will, at some point, be too late, and the Bridegroom will close the door.  You have been warned.  It is obvious what is happening.  No one will have any excuse.

Go to Our Lord, kneel before Him and BEG HIM to provide for you and your family to always be able to go to Mass. Beg Him to show you the way and illumine the path for you, as He illumined the path of the Magi. Beg Him to fill your lamp with oil Himself, and to keep it always full.  Beg Mary, Mother of The Church, to intercede for you.  Beg St. Joseph, Patron of The Universal Church, to lead you to safety as he led Our Lord and Our Lady on the flight to Egypt.

I hoped to flesh this post out some more, but I’ve run out of time, at least for the moment. I think Barnhardt’s exhortation is as good an ending as I could put to a post, anyway.

The Atrocious Conditions Inside the Southwestern Abortuary January 20, 2017

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I have prayed outside so-called “Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center” many times. This is the abortion mill – though butcher shop might be a more apt description – operated by former baptist minister and long time abortion fanatic Curtis Boyd.  A woman probably undergoing an abortion apparently had a medical emergency at Boyd’s shop recently.  Which is hardly surprising, considering the atrocious conditions found inside, as detailed in a 22 page report listing health and safety violations at the abortion mill.  Lots of very revealing, if terrifying, detail below:

An ambulance was called to Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas, on January 12, 2017, to aid a woman who was removed from the abortion facility in a wheel chair prior to being loaded into the ambulance.

According to radio communications obtained by Operation Rescue, an ambulance was dispatched to the abortion facility at 12:21 pm. The recording indicated that the woman in need of emergency care was having difficulty breathing.

Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center (SWSC) is considered a high-volume abortion facility, conducting approximately 50 surgical abortions per day. It is owned and operated by aging abortionist Curtis Boyd, who turns 80 in March and is said to still conduct surgical abortions there………

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However, the most recent inspection report available for SWSC, dated November 24, 2015, tells a different story about horrific conditions women have been subjected to there.

Within the 22 pages of violations were found a litany of problems, including untrained staff, unsanitary conditions, failure to maintain the sterility of surgical instruments, and failure to follow up with women who were given abortion drugs, to name a few.

However, perhaps the most shocking finding was related to SWSC’s storage and disposal of contaminated waste and aborted baby remains.

Inspectors found the Biohazard Room packed “floor to ceiling” with bags of soiled linens and biohazard boxes. There was a refrigerator that contained aborted baby remains, but the room was so junky, that the inspector could not access that refrigerator.

On the second day of the inspection, bags of dirty linens were found crammed into nearly every available space, including the patient recovery room. Again, access to the refrigerator storing aborted baby remains was not possible due to the obstructions, which the staff never bothered to remove.

If the storage refrigerator could not be accessed, one can only wonder how the remains from the day’s abortions could possibly be refrigerated, and how it was possible for a disposal firm to collect the refrigerated remains.

Unfortunately, SWSC isn’t unique when it comes to badly failing health and safety inspections. The most recent inspection reports available for each abortion facility in Texas were obtained by Operation Rescue. They showed 16 out of 17 abortion facilities failed their inspections and were cited for a wide range of violations.

Of course, with the courts overturning the very sensible restrictions the State of Texas had placed on abortion mills, requiring them to meet minimum health and safety standards, the standards against which abortion mills are judged are much less stringent than they should be.  When that Texas law – HB2 – was passed, the vast majority of the state’s mills closed.  They were unable to make a fat profit while meeting minimum health and safety standards.  Now that the law has been overturned by the unelected black robed oligarchy that rules this country, mills are free to conduct their business amidst atrocious, horrifying conditions.

And why wouldn’t they? Individuals dedicated to the wholesale slaughter of perfectly innocent children are unlikely to have any scruples over such a trivial thing as health code violations.  That is why state health code enforcement against abortion mills must be rigorous and severe.  But it’s not.  In fact, it’s the opposite, mills are constantly allowed to continue operating even with numerous ongoing, unremediated violations.  The whole thing reeks of collusion, and the women seeking abortions are the ones who ultimately pay the bill.

Pro-aborts love to use scare-tactics regarding sensible abortion restrictions, claiming that the day of the back-alley butcher and coat-hanger abortion will return en masse if mills are required to maintain even the slightest standards.  But doesn’t that reveal a great deal about just who populates the abortion industry, and the kinds of depths they are ever-ready to stoop to in their unquenchable pursuit of profit?

That is to say, the supposed “abortion doctor” of today is in reality the very same as the “back alley butcher” of yesterday, he’s’ just hung a shingle and set up shop in a filthy, unkempt facility.  Thus, the Left’s supposed sacrosanct concern over “women’s health.”  What a crock.  Like everything else, it’s a monstrous, diabolical lie.

Sooo……..Clinton Global Initiative Was Just a Shakedown/Protection Racket All Along January 18, 2017

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Not that you needed me to tell you that, it was obvious to anyone with eyes to see that the former-billion dollar plus “charity” known as the Clinton Global Initiative was a sick combination of perpetual campaign apparatus and global shakedown machine.  On two fronts, it no longer has a need to exist – there are no more campaigns to staff up and fund, and there are no longer any donors seeking to gain influence with a hopeful future president of the United States.

But I think even more, the rapid shuttering of the Clinton Global Initiative reveals that this was an organization that raked in huge donations from extremely shady characters not only because these characters sought to influence Clinton, but also as a sort of protection racket.  Either cough up a fat $300 million “donation,” or the Clintons might use the power of the US government to destroy that nice uranium mining outfit you’ve got there, or that child slavery/sex trafficking ring.

At any rate, it’s all gone now.  There is no longer any influence to peddle, and it turns out people really didn’t really adore the Clintons to the tune of $5 million speaking engagements after all:

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) filed a WARN — Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification — with New York State’s Department of Labor on Thursday, announcing that, effective April 15, 2017, it would be closing its doors and laying off 22 employees. The CGI’s stated reason: “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.”

Following the election, foreign governments that had been regular donors began cutting their contributions to the Clinton Foundation, some severely. For example, news.com.au noted that the Australian government “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway, which had been contributing as much as $20 million a year to the foundation, cut its contribution by nearly 90 percent.

As noted by the New York Observer, these cuts indicate that “the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work.”

Surely the most corrupt family in the history of American politics.  They’re kind of leaving Chelsea out to dry, though, aren’t they?  I thought the Clinton’s, like the Bushes and Obama’s, were intent on setting up a political dynasty a la the Kennedy’s?

Probably they’ve amassed more than sufficient cash already to fund whatever political ambitions Chelsea may have.

And the elites wonder why the people are in full, open revolt against their scheming corruption and constant self-aggrandizement?

Fr. James Martin, LBGTSJ, Continues to Cover Himself in Dung January 9, 2017

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A brief final post of the day: many readers will be aware that Fr. James Martin, SJ, is typical for men of the sadly fallen order he represents so fittingly, in being solidly on the progressive, worldly side, frequently (if not constantly) making what should be clear Doctrine into a dog’s breakfast of confusion and uncertainty.  He displayed that to excess, recently, in trying to claim that the Holy Family was filled with argument and disunity at times, contrary to the constant belief of the Church dating from Apostolic times, which is that the Holy Family featured three souls for whom sin was totally foreign*, and for whom self-interest was a non-existent commodity, thus making argument an impossibility, even if Mary and Joseph were sometimes confused by aspects of the Savior’s mission on earth:

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Perhaps I’m overstating things in claiming that Martin is asserting arguments within the Holy Family, but I think that implication can be plainly drawn.  His intent to “humanize” or “de-mythologize” the Holy Family may have good or sinister intent, but it is wholly consistent with the kind of insidious attacks on long-held belief that Jesuits have been infamous for these past several decades.

Our Lady was miraculously preserved from sin from her Immaculate Conception.  She was incapable of disagreeing with her Son, of not seeing “eye to eye.”  If there were times when she did not understand, fully, the Christ’s actions, she instantly conformed her will to them once their meaning became plain, such as when we read in the Gospel from the Feast of the Holy Family this past Sunday, when Jesus stayed behind in the Temple in obedience to his true Father instead of his earthly one – the completely right priority. Joseph and Mary were naturally worried about their son, but did not chastise Him or argue with Him in any way once He made his reply.  The Wedding at Cana is another instance where what may to secular eyes appear as “conflict” is actually the perfect alignment of wills.  Our Lady asked Jesus, perhaps prematurely, to address the exhaustion of the wine.  She asked this KNOWING that He would accede to her……it wasn’t really even a request, it was more a bald statement of fact, but Jesus, in His perfect generosity, knew what His mother willed……..and that is of course what happened.  Any other purported instances of disagreement are simply the natural result of what happens when limited human understanding confronts omnipotence and omniscience – there are bound to be misunderstandings on the human part, but in every case, Our Lady conformed her will to that of her Son as perfectly as a human being can.

This kind of tweet and post are just click-bait, to me.  Say something controversial in the hope of attracting hits.  It’s as banal as it is predictable – especially for a creature such as Martin.  There is no concern over causing scandal or offending the sensibilities of numerous devout souls, the only concern is for the clicks.

But that’s not all, Martin LBGTSJ also feels compelled to jump on the cultural bandwagon whenever something pleasing to progressives comes along, such as Meryl Streep’s breathless hyperventilating at the Golden Globes:

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Wow, so deep.  You can see how social media so elevates the cultural discourse.

Streep’s comments were offensive, because they equate voting for Trump with holding a foundational disrespect for certain others (whoever the Left wants from one moment to the next).  Sure, Trump has said some  unfortunate things, but they are off-hand comments made in passing, not points of deliberate policy.  Streep, Martin, and their co-religionists of the Left think very little about the “disrespect” shown to the unborn by the outgoing president they so idolize.  No, they are fixated on 15 year old off-color comments, not because they really care, but because it serves their political interests to do so.  That’s what all this screaming and crying and literal public lunacy on display over the past 2 months has been about, an attempt to de-legitimize the man elected president and prevent his administration from being able to roll back any of Obama’s disastrous policies, policies that have pushed this nation to the brink of destruction.

But politics is what it’s always about with the Left, whether it’s Streep or Martin or Winters or Chittister.  They are fervent adherents of an implacably hostile, alien religion, a demonic mishmash of bad science, diabolical philosophy, hatred for sound Doctrine, and unbounded pride – the religion of sexular Leftism.

I’m quite certain you already knew well enough to ignore anything Martin, SJLBGT and his ilk have to say, because you guys is S-M-R-T smart.

The only question I have is, can the Jesuits be reconstituted along something like the lines of their holy founder again through great suffering, reduction in numbers, and eventual replacement by solidly orthodox membership, or will extreme measures like suppression for a century or so be required to snuff out their particularly vile and pernicious set of errors?

*- St. Joseph is regarded – I don’t think it is a doctrine, but it is a strong tradition – to have been sinless from the moment of his betrothal to Mary.  For the time Jesus was Incarnate until his death, then, St. Joseph did not sin, even venially.

Neo-Catholics, Water Carriers of the Revolution January 9, 2017

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Quite a stinging, but very much timely and on point video from Michael Matt.  A couple of people sent this to me over the weekend, but I’d already seen it – you have to get up pretty early to get the  jump on ol’ Tantumblogo.  Hopefully that doesn’t mean everyone’s already seen it – I hate to be redundant.  But if it’s good enough to watch once, it’s good enough to watch again, amiright?

I have to say, I’ve never seen a “gathering rite” as Matt relates.  I have, however, seen much abominable behavior prior to, during, and after Mass, including loud, rude conversation, total lack of prayer and devotion, wholly inappropriate attire, and various forms of roughhousing and grabass playing.  Sometimes that latter involves kids, sometimes not.  This complete lack of reverence, devotion, and seeming understanding of what is about to take place during the Mass is one of the major factors that drove me to seek out more orthodox, pious alternatives; first, a Novus Ordo Latin Mass, and finally, the TLM.

Speaking of, I assisted at a nuptial Mass in the Novus Ordo world over the holidays.  The parish was abominable, liturgically.  Tabernacle shunted into a literal closet (it sat 8 in cramped fashion!).  The church itself was a huge circle with the altar offset far to one side and a large stage for the priest and other “liturgical actors” to prance around on.  Felt banners abounded. There was naturally a huge hot tub baptismal font.  For a little while, I thought I was in San Antonio, but, no, it was just the Diocese of Fort Worth.

I will never comprehend what weird – one might even be tempted to say diabolical – psychology is at play in weddings (and not just Catholic ones), where it seems like a contest among the young women invited to attend to be the most scantily, inappropriately dressed woman there.  It almost seems like a passive-aggressive attempt by young, single women (and some not so young, or single) to upstage the bride by drawing attention to themselves through revealing clothing.  The laughable part was, it was quite cold that night by Texas standards, about 33 degrees with a brisk north wind.  My wife, always seeking the charitable explanation, opined that these fit-for-Tinder dresses might be the only ones they own.  I’m tempted to call BS on that, but, then again, I’ve seen similar at more than a few funerals, so maybe there’s something to it.

Folks at the wedding Mass at least tried to keep the conversation down to a dull roar, but far louder than one might see in, say, a movie theater.  That’s the worst part, these people have been deliberately and carefully formed to regard assisting at Mass, being in the Eucharistic Presence of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, to be of LESS significance, and deserving of less decorum, than one might find in a theater or upscale restaurant.  It’s not just St. Paul – prior to an ordination Mass here in the Diocese of Dallas, when the Cathedral was jam packed, I got congratulated by a media photographer for being the only one of the thousand odd people there on their knees, praying prior to the Mass.  He was Eastern Orthodox and blown away by the lack of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament and the unbelievably powerful transformation about to take place in men given a supernatural Grace beyond human comprehension, and by the boorishness of those in attendance.

I’m sure we all have similar stories.  Too many to share.  When we wonder how Francis could be doing what he’s doing, and all the long years of abuse, error, and even outright heresy committed by so many in the Church, including every one of his predecessors dating back to Paul VI, at least, all we have to realize is, they radically, cruelly, heartlessly changed the Mass. Heck, they upended it, turned it inside out, turned the sublime into the banal and showed a billion odd Catholics and the entire world that literally nothing at all was sacred in the brave new post-conciliar world.

Given that, nothing should really surprise us.  The way from the Church as it was prior to the Council to where it is today, near schism and potential doctrinal collapse, was paved very carefully and deliberately.  I think we have to recognize that even some of Francis “conservative” predecessors played a substantial role in that construction project.  I am far from certain how we get back to the way things were, or some new reality based on the Church as it must be, but I do know the restoration of the Mass of Ages is absolutely central to that project, and, indeed, it cannot occur without the return of the TLM as the regular, everyday, normative Mass for the entire Church.

 

California Legalizes Child Prostitution……. January 5, 2017

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……ostensibly to somehow make kids safe.  Leftism = rejection of God’s Law = any moral travesty is possible.

Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.

SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side. [It also shows the total amorality of the Left.  You cannot commit evil that good may come of it.  Here, government is deliberately permitting a moral evil in order to obtain a perceived good (and that perception is fatally flawed).  This is morally repugnant, and indicates what government divorced from right religion will quickly descend to]

The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit. [And more misery for the children lost in this nightmare, many of whom are, yes, here illegally, and thus very difficult to track]

As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322…….

……..The common thread running through this avalanche of liberal-left legislation is the total absence of common sense and a stubborn insistence on ignoring human nature. On a certain level, we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, progressives still believe eliminating poverty is a matter of spending enough money on enough government programs. Despite spending $15 trillion on anti-poverty and welfare programs since 1965, our national poverty rate is actually slightly higher today than it was then.

Indeed.  Whether they are useful idiots or men of deliberately evil intent, Leftism is ultimately about acquiring power for leftists.  If a few million souls have to suffer irreparable injury or even death in the process, well, that’s just the breaks.  Can’t make an omelette, and all that.  Kids, despite their claims to the contrary, are their absolute lowest priority, if not something the Left generally despises.  Why else would the Left hold as its most unassailable point of policy the murder of children and their frustration from ever coming into existence, while also encouraging divorce and other immorality that has the effect of ruining the lives of most of the few children that do manage to be born?  Anytime I read a leftist start talking about doing something “for the children,” I cover my wallet and unholster my gun.

Figuratively speaking. Sort of.

Does a Wife Owe Submission to Her Husband? How Should That Work? December 7, 2016

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A fairly good video below from the Fatima Center, but I thought the priest could have gone much further in both giving concrete examples and on insisting on the primacy of the husband’s role in the spousal relationship.  Some in the comments at Youtube noted the same.  I am out of time for the year, pretty much, I might be able to get on a little next week but I’ll be in North Carolina so that’s dubious, at best.

Too many even traditional priests take St. Paul’s statement regarding “husbands, love your wives, as Christ loves the Church” to mean that wives are obviated of their duty to obey their husbands if the husbands exercise less than Christ-like perfection.  That’s an exception that completely eviscerates the rule, and is said, I fear, because too many priests either accept some degree of cultural marxist inspired feminism themselves, or they simply don’t want to have an upset woman on their hands.  This is not what St. Paul meant at all, and there are few priests in my experience who are really willing to lay out, clearly, what owing obedience to one’s spouse  entails.

This does not mean that a husband gets to come home and act like a prince, doing little and being waited on hand and foot.  It does mean, however, that when there is a disagreement between the spouses on matters, the wife should, absent anything the husband might command that would result in the commission or near occasion of sin, generally yield to the husband’s will.  The wife can certainly make her case, and lay out her reasons why the kids should be treated in such a way or this car should be bought, or whatever it may be, but if the husband decides otherwise, ultimately, the wife should submit, happily, to his decision. I have found that even among devout Catholics women prepared to make such submission are all too rare.  Not that even devout Catholic husbands are absent their own faults, either.  And of course this does not mean that husbands will necessarily decide wisely in every case, nor that a husband may use his authority to rule his home severely or tyrannically.

But obedience means nothing if it is predicated on either getting one’s way – through outright disobedience, drama-filled hysterics, or calculated manipulation –  or near-perfect behavior on the part of the husband.  One of the biggest failings of Catholic married men of the past 60 or so has been their failure to insist on their duty and right to lead the family, for which he will be strictly judged by God.  Feminism and broader cultural trends have exacerbated this shirking of duty to a heinous degree, so that we now have whole generations who have never seen proper Catholic married male leadership in action, and which have picked up many bad, destructive beliefs from the culture.  This is a major point of contention in many families and is something that is very hard to do right.

Great topic I hope to expand on when I return.  The Fatima Center indicated they would try to get the Dominican priest in the video to expand on this topic in future, addressing more concrete situations and the widespread problem of spousal disobedience/failure to lead.  That would be an excellent way of framing a post, if anyone at the Fatima Center is reading.

And, yes, I am appreciative that the Fatima Center has found a traditional religious priest to replace the much-beloved and missed Fr. Gruner.

Scorcese Flick “Silence” Looks Like Another Assault on the Faith November 30, 2016

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Martin Scorsese is a man capable of bringing prodigious gifts to bear, though he has used them most often toward prurient interests and the denigration, as opposed to the uplifting, of the human spirit.  Almost all of his films are charnel-houses of violence, hedonism, unbounded lusts of all kinds, and the glorification of extremely seedy characters on the silver screen.  Of course, his “Last Temptation of Christ,”rumored for years to have been at least partially financed by the Mafia, is blasphemous from beginning to end.  It’s a shame, as he has such talents as to make even the most gruesome acts strangely mesmerizing, even beautiful in a way, but he has manifestly refused to use the gifts he has been given for more virtuous purposes.

So it should come as no surprise that Scorsese would be willing to produce a new movie based on a 1966 Japanese fiction book that depicted the supposed apostasy of numerous Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan.  And, equally unsurprising is the fact that the film has already been lauded by many worldlings who have seen advance showings, and has tragically even been embraced by the Bishop of Rome himself.  In fact, the Vatican hosted the glitzy world premiere, and there has been effusive praise for this work from many Vatican officials already.

Now, the book on which the movie is based supposedly has a good deal of merit until it veers wildly off course at the end, showing collapse of faith and total despondency, and it is unknown how faithfully Scorsese has followed the book in his movie, but given the fact that the arch-progressive James Martin, SJ, was principle advisor, I don’t think we can expect a ringing endorsement of the virtues of faith, patience, joyfully accepted suffering, and steadfastness in this upcoming epic.  Rorate provides further details, while noting the extreme differences between this new movie, and the wonderful A Man for All Seasons, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its original release:

In 1966 the movie “A Man for All Seasons” was released in the U.S., the same year Japanese author Shūsaku Endō wrote the historical fiction novel “Silence.”
Last night, the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the movie version of “Silence,” which will be released next month. Shown at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, administered by the Jesuits, approximately 400 priests and others attended. Rorate’s invitation to the screening may have been lost in the mail, so we have not seen the movie.  But based on the novel, the endings for the two 1966 works could not be more opposite. One concludes with heroism and martyrdom, the other with indifference and apostasy.

The adaption of “Silence” for the big screen was done by Mr. Martin Scorsese, a former seminarian (Cathedral College minor seminary in New York) who is now a self-proclaimed “lapsed Catholic.”  One may remember his scandalous and sacrilegious 1988 movie, “The Last Temptation of Christ.” [Saw bits of it way back in the way back when I was a blase’ protestant teen, and even then I thought it contrived, sacrilegious, and deliberately conceived to offend as many Christians as possible.  I also thought it chicken-s–t, as Scorsese would never have the cajones to make a similar film about buddhism, let alone islam.]
To make “Silence,” Scorsese chose James Martin, S.J., as a consultant for the movie…….[Which almost certainly tells us all we need to know about this production]
Before last night’s Vatican screening, Scorsese and Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich met with Pope Francis.  According to a Variety reporter in attendance:  “The private papal audience, held in the Apostolic Palace, was announced by the Vatican press office Tuesday in a clear show of support for ‘Silence,’ Scorsese’s passion project.” [“Last Temptation” was another “passion project,” which few studios were willing to release, let alone fund, due to its deliberately hateful content.  Thus, the recourse to unconventional sources of funding.  Consider which movie he made next]
Now, perhaps the ending to the movie “Silence” is completely different from the ending to the novel “Silence.”  We sure hope so. If not, the world will soon witness a $50 million renouncement of the Catholic Church by members of the Society of Jesus, as tacitly endorsed by the current (Jesuit) pope. The novel, which was absolutely terrific up until the end, has a clear message to leave with readers — the opposite of Saint Thomas More’s example to England and the world.
Apostasy should not be celebrated by the Vatican. These Jesuits are men for no seasons.

Indeed, and have been for decades.  At this point, sad though it may be, I wait for their hastening extinction while they refuse conversion and reform. Though with this pontiff, they appear committed to hastening headlong along the same road they have been on since the arch-heretics Tyrell and Loisy corrupted their ranks.

As for the movie, there is no chance I will ever see it.  The book’s ending is very provocative and the choice the “protagonist” makes will thrill worldlings, who will now have a powerful new weapon (a whole new mythology, powered by indelible images) with which to attack Christians who hold that adherence to the Doctrine of the Faith is the sine qua non of being a Christian, in spite of all suffering and persecution. Literally hundreds of glorious, edifying movies based on lives of real martyrs could have been made, but they would not stroke the world’s ego as this book does, telling the world, pretty much, what it wants to hear from “God.”

Meh.  As if we needed further confirmation that Hollywood and the Left – ooops, oxymoron – hate us, and hate Him.

Do You Think They Will? GOP “Plans” to De-Fund Planned Barrenhood Next Year November 30, 2016

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We’ve heard it before.  Voters gave the GOPe party unprecedented majorities in both the House and Senate in recent years, and yet we were told they could do essentially nothing on the pro-life front because they didn’t have the presidency.  Now they have that, too, though a reduced majority in the Senate, so the PR is now that the GOP will now, finally, try to de-fund Planned Barrenhood.  I’ll believe it when I see it.  With Collins and other libs remaining among the Repubnik Senate Caucus, and with dems always possessing what seems to be far greater moral fervor for their cause than the R’s have for any socially conservative cause, I remain firmly skeptical.  We’ve been lied to far too many times for me to trust just about anything these cats say:

“The entire movement is poised for a victory,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an advocacy group that opposes abortion. “We have every assurance [from congressional leaders] that it’s going to happen. Nobody is saying ‘whether,’ the question is ‘when.’”…

Eliminating Planned Parenthood’s approximately $550 million in federal funding — most of it through Medicaid — would be abortion opponent’s most tangible victory since 2007, when the Supreme Court upheld a ban on so-called partial birth abortions.

One possible approach is to attach the defunding of Planned Parenthood to a repeal of Obamacare and pass both items using reconciliation. That would only require a simple majority, though there is disagreement even among GOP Senators about whether a full repeal of Obamacare is possible using this maneuver.  No one seems ready to commit to a plan of action yet which is probably wise given the level of push-back it will generate.

Republicans say no final decision has been made about what they’ll do next year, although one GOP congressional aide said that among conservatives “there is an expectation that it will be included in any reconciliation bill.” But if the Obamacare repeal legislation runs into any roadblocks because it includes defunding Planned Parenthood, the provision could be cut.

Naturally, Democrats are prepared to make sure any such effort runs into every possible roadblock. And with the GOP’s narrow advantage in the Senate, it will matter if some GOP Senators refuse to back the plan:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposed using the reconciliation tactic to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare in 2015. Another moderate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), supported it. But she also introduced an amendment with Collins to strike the Planned Parenthood provision, indicating that she had reservations about cutting off funding. [Of course they would.  Both are strident pro-aborts]

As for President-elect Trump, he made clear during the primaries that he is committed to defunding PP because his position on abortion (which he said had evolved over time), but he was also the only Republican who defended the group saying, “millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood.”

You can see why I am underwhelmed.  It smells to me like more kabuki-theater, deliberate failure, “well, we tried, but those darned democrats with their tiny minority just foiled us again,” etc.  In other words, a set up.  Good for the pro-life groups, though.  Great pitch angle for donations – “donate to us and we’ll de-fund Planned Parenthood!”

Perhaps I’ve become a bit jaded, but as I said, I’ll believe it when I see it.  I think the GOP could foul up de-funding Planned Barrenhood, let alone repealing Obamacare, with a 72-seat majority, let alone a 52-seat one.  That’s because most Republican senators don’t want it repealed.  Think of all the graft they can skim off federal control of 20% of the economy?  Cha-ching.

Burke, et. al., Threatened With Loss of Cardinalate Over Dubia November 30, 2016

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The reasoning, as always with FrancisChurch, is absolutely atrocious.  Coming as it does from the Dean of the Roman Rota – the very man Francis sacked Cardinal Burke to replace with – is all the more disheartening.  Via LifeSiteNews:

While the dubia of four Cardinals concerning clarification of Amoris Laetitia spreads wider and wider ripples in the Vatican and worldwide, the dean of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the highest appeals court of the Church, says that they might lose their Cardinalate.

“The action of the Holy Spirit cannot be doubted,” he says. “[The Cardinals] question not one synod but two! The ordinary and the extraordinary,” Mons. Vito Pinto explained during a conference in the Ecclesiastical University of San Dámaso in Madrid, Spain. [OK.  Whether or not the exhortation following the Synods – Amoris Laetitia – is Magisterial (normally it would be, but how can it be where it plainly intends – via Francis’ own implementation/interpretation – to contradict the Sacred Deposit of Faith!), the Synods WERE NOT.  Tiny subsets of bishops do not equate to an ecumenical council, whether they meet one time or forty times.  Not even 5% of the world’s bishops were invited to attend, and the deck was stacked with as many friendly to revolution as possible, particularly in the second synod.  This is specious, circular reasoning at its lowest]

The four Cardinals, Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner, asked Pope Francis for clarification on September 19, and then went public with their concerns earlier this month when Francis failed to answer.

“Which Church do these Cardinals defend?” Pinto reproaches. “The Pope is faithful to the doctrine of Christ.” [The boundless effrontery of it all is simply amazing.  So now that they have a progressive pope, the Left in the Church decrees that the Faith = whatever the pope says it is today.  They weren’t quite so ultramontanist when Benedict was in the Chair of Peter!]

“What they have done is a very serious scandal that could lead the Holy Father to remove them from the Cardinalate, as it has sometimes happened in Church history,” Pinto expounds. [I think if Francis did that, he would both be making a very big mistake, and also telling us a very great deal about his conception of mercy.  These men, after all, only asked questions, questions which permitted no wiggle room, no diabolical “shades of grey,” which Francis, apparently, has either preferred – or is unable – to answer. Who is introducing the novel doctrines here?  It is not the four cardinals, and their numerous allies.  It is Jesuit Francis.]

The Cardinalate – unlike the deaconate, priestly, or bishop’s ordination – does not entail an ontological change in the individual, but is an office conferred by the Pope. Therefore the Church speaks of “creating” Cardinals who join the College of Cardinals. They serve principally as helpers – in Latin, “hinges” (cardines) – to the Pope in ruling the Church. Therefore, they could theoretically be removed from their positions and return to being “simple” bishops or archbishops.

Mons. Vito Pinto affirms that the Pope has not directly answered their dubia but “indirectly he has told them that they only see in white or black, when in the Church there are shades of colors.” Pinto referred to multiple instances in which Pope Francis stated that life is not black and white but grey.

In the same conference, Mons. Pinto recalls, referring to Catholic “remarried” divorcees, how the center of Francis’ message is that the Church needs to accept the injured and fallen: “A nun told me that there are people divorced or living together who are communicating. And what should the Church do, say ‘yes, you may’ and ‘no, you may not’? Pope Francis wants a Church that is very close to the people.” [Which, if you note, does not address the supposed nun’s supposed concern at all.  It’s meaningless blather. In reality, the message is being conveyed, but in the typical passive-aggressive, cowardly leftist way.  They won’t straight up publicly proclaim heresy, but they hint at it, give it a wink and a nod, and basically encourage people to go that way, while in private communiques, the clear message is sent: give Communion to adulterers. I guess Christ, then, was not up to Francis’ exceedingly high standards of closeness to the people, when he said that manifest sinners who refuse the intervention of the Church should be anathematized?]

For Mons. Pinto the only solution – and the key to Francis’ pontificate – is acceptance, what he calls “mercy.” “In our time the Bride of Christ prefers to use the medicine of mercy and not wield the weapons of severity. The Catholic Church wishes to show herself to be a kind mother to all, patient and full of mercy to the children separated from her.”

Even while they fall into hell?  So did Our Blessed Lord tell the Truth, or not?  Is remarrying after a civil divorce adultery?  Is adultery not a grievous sin?  Did not St. Paul inform us that those who receive unworthily eat and drink condemnation on themselves?  And what did St. Peter tell us about false prophets and blind guides who try to soothe the itching ears of the world by telling them happy lies, lies that smell of sulfur and brimstone?  St. Paul told us that anyone who tries to bring a Gospel other than the one Christ preached must be anathematized.  Does Vio Pinto represent Christ, or Francis?

I am willing to bet Cardinal Burke will be willing to lose much more than a red hat than to fold on this matter of permitting this radical change – this insidious attack – on the Church’s moral Doctrine.