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Catholic video begging permission to hold counter-cultural thoughts attracts massive ire July 1, 2015

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Catholic Vote has produced a video that basically begs the culture for permission to adhere to the Doctrine of the Faith.  That’s a fairly harsh view, perhaps, but I don’t think it unfair.  See the video and then I’ll share some of the “elite’s” responses:

I have several problems with this video.  I deplore the overall tone of surrender – “please don’t hate me because I think differently from you!”  I’m much more in the mode of Andrew Breitbart of late in his approach to the perverse left: You are completely, totally wrong about practically everything and I don’t have to beg permission from you or anyone else to believe what virtually all of you now hating me believed before it became easier to join the preference cascade and switch sides.  The real reason you hate and vilify me is because my mere presence holds a mirror up to your own inconstancy and cowardice.  I believe what I believe because it is the truth as can be irrefutably established from reason, nature, and trumping all, the Truth God has revealed through His Church.

I also don’t like the term “who happen to be gay”…….there may be people like that, but when we are speaking of the radical sodomite agenda we are speaking of people who define themselves according to a revolting, unnatural act.  It is an act so incredibly offensive that even the very demons hide their eyes in shame whenever it is committed (by two men, or man and woman, or whatever).  Yes we must have charity for these poor souls but that does not include whitewashing the act or pretending that the act they feel defines their very being can somehow be set aside as we bask in their notwithstanding goodness.  Charity in fact means presenting the truth of the evil of these acts and imploring these souls to desist from the acts and the entire associated lifestyle.

In the video’s favor, it was obviously intended to reach out to the “unchurched” or katholyc krowd and to strike home with them by mimicking “outing” videos used for  years by the “other side.”  It is being very widely viewed (thanks a great deal to the manic reaction below), so perhaps it has achieved its goal, though it seems most of the young people viewing the video are strongly opposed.

Now for some of the “elite” responses:

Adfreak: Gay marriage opponents act like an oppressed minority in Catholic Group’s Ad

GQ: Absurd Catholic Video Presents Bigots as the Victims of Marriage Equality

Dazed: This anti-gay marriage video could be the worst film ever

PR Newser: Advocacy group tries, fails to make anti-gay marriage ad

NewNowNext: Watch this hilariously awful anti-gay marriage PSA by Catholic Vote

Daily Kos: New ad by anti-gay Catholic group is crazy surreal

Adweek: Despicable new ad

Here, have a bit more from Adweek (I won’t link it, they can come after me all they like):

And everyone is entitled to their opinion, as long as it doesn’t lead to legislation that discriminates. [We will reluctantly allow you hate-filled bigots to continue to hold your worse-than-Hitler views for now so long as you never pronounce them in public and keep your Bible-humping to yourself.  And don’t you ever try to influence legislation or any kind of public policy, you Christofascists. That is, you can privately hold those views for now.  Two years from now…..]   No, what’s galling about the ad is its appropriation of LGBTQ themes to marginalize LGBTQ people.

The ad, with a straight face, position Catholics as a persecuted group for not having their message of intolerance (here blatantly recast as its opposite) widely accepted these days. It even plays like a coming-out video for Catholics who are afraid to take the “brave” step of voicing their objection to equality. That’s a pretty audacious tactic—disingenuous and disrespectful, to say the least.

Oh is it now? And  yet who is castigating who in a publication that reaches hundreds of thousands?  Adweek is a major trade publication. It is incredibly influential, it probably reaches 100x as many people in a week as Catholic Vote.  Adweek has a major influence in the advertising medium, which is influential on literally billions of people around the planet, and yet Adweek is casting any opposition to this made up “same sex marriage” as “bigotry.”  That is persecution in and of itself.

And the Catholic Vote ad used “coming out” formatting as a deliberate send-up of radical sexular pagan tactics to hopefully wake some souls up to what is happening. But hang on, it gets worse:

Beyond that, it is rather illogical. You can’t reposition a group as oppressed when there is no movement to oppress them.   And you certainly can’t equate being called a bigot for spouting intolerance with anything near what members of the LGBTQ community have experienced for decades.

So saying “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman” is now being “a bigot spouting intolerance.”  That right there is categorical persecution, since being publicly identified as a bigot has long been to excluded from all decent society (such as it is, anymore) and a deadly threat to careers, livelihood, and even personal safety.  Please tell Baronelle Stutzman, Memories Pizza, and dozens of other Christians around this country who have had their lives and finances ruined by the radical sexular pagans that there is no persecution ongoing.  You guys are so endlessly vindictive you even got gofundme to stop allowing efforts to fund these people being persecuted.  But our persecutors are so lost they feel we “had it coming” for engaging in such doubleplusungood wrongthink.  Thus, they now come to break the dissenting Christians financially.

But there’s more to it than that. In all these responses, and I’ve read every one, there is not a single attempt to refute the argument that marriage is between one man and one woman.  They are all nothing but the most vicious ad hominem attacks on Catholics I’ve seen in a long time.  Even the recent Supreme Court decision posited virtually no real argument, from reason, for recognizing these false “marriages,” they simply declared a new “right” and went on from there.  The Obergefell decision was filled with nothing but bald assertion after bald assertion, with virtually no recourse to reason.  The dissenting justices (whom, I suppose, are also raving hate-filled bigots now, too?) literally mocked the majority for their lack of reason.

That’s because, aside from appeal to emotion and naked bullying, there is no justification for this travesty, and we can see that in this kind of over-the-top response to a really low-key ad.  The arguments for pseudo-sodo-marriage are so weak, and the reliance on naked force to implement this offense against decency so overwhelming, that they HAVE to insure there is absolutely no dissent, or at the very least, that any dissent be just pilloried in the media.  It was this kind of heavy handed propaganda campaign that instigated the preference cascade starting in 2009 in the first place!  They are deadly afraid that any dissent, and especially reasoned, Christian dissent could easily result in a tilt the other way.

And it will, eventually, lest we be headed for the Parousia, as I’ve said many times before.  But in the interim, I hope the above helps you realize how rough times ahead will be, and how solid in the Faith we will need to be to withstand them.

May God have mercy on us all, especially those who hate and revile us.

PS – What if the decision had gone the other way?  My goodness, it was 5-4, what if Anthony Kennedy peered into his magic 8 ball and it said “no” that day?  Yes the left would have gone insane (and that would be different how……?) and the cultural campaign would have continued, but there has been a sea change since the decision in the rhetoric used, now even relatively mainstream sites like Adweek feel completely free in describing opponents of pseudo-sodo-marriage as “bigots” and haterz, whereas such harsh language was more muted before.  So, a 5-4 decision means that 160 million people are suddenly, overnight, bigots?

No one ever said the post-modern left fancied logic or consistency very much.

REMINDER: PRAYER VIGIL OUTSIDE ‘MEN’S CLUB’ TONIGHT July 1, 2015

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Final reminder:

I will be praying outside  The Men’s Club, 2340 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, on Wednesday July 1, at 8 pm.  I will actually be across the street in the parking lot of the US Post Office.  This is directly across from the entrance to the inappropriately named “gentleman’s club.”  

We’ve had some good turnout.  I pray all of you are able to come back out this Wednesday.

The post office parking lot is well lit and set back some distance from the very busy roadway.  It is public land so we cannot be harassed for being there.  It’s really an ideal situation, we are basically impossible to miss by patrons leaving this sexually oriented business (SOB).  Men over 18 only.  All men are welcome.  You don’t have to be a member of a particular parish.  I will stay for at least an hour, maybe an hour and a half, depending on how many show up.

No protesting, just prayer.  No interaction with the patrons at this time.  That may come later.  We’ll see.  Of course, last month, we had some interaction we did not seek. If that happens again, please keep praying and I will try to engage with whomever approaches us.

This is a small way to push back against the culture of license, perversion, and death.  Maybe it’s even a way to get that canonized “smell of the sheep” we hear so much about.

Deo Gratias.

Excerpts from an old catechism on the nature of faith July 1, 2015

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More specifically, our Catholic Faith, but also the virtue/grace of faith.  Some somewhat random excerpts from The Catechism Explained which I think (hope) will form a cohesive whole. I will keep comments to a minimum to try to keep this post brief:

The Christian faith is the firm conviction, arrived at with the grace of God, that all that Jesus Christ taught on earth is true, as well as all that the Catholic Church teaches by the commission She has received from Him.

Christian faith is both a grace and at the same time a matter of the understanding and an act of the will.

Faith never requires us to believe anything that is contradictory to human reason. [While some things, like bodily resurrection, may be beyond our comprehension, they are not contrary to reason]

The man of good will can always find a sufficient reason for believing, a man of bad will an excuse for not believing.

It would be blasphemy to suppose that Our Lord, Who is Truth itself, could ever have, in one single instance, deceived us.  Hence faith gives us a greater certainty than the evidence of our senses.  Our senses can deceive us – God cannot deceive us.

We believe the teaching of the Church because Christ guides the Church to all truth through the Holy Ghost, and guards it against all error, and also because God, even up to the present day, has confirmed the truth of the teaching of the Catholic Church by miracles.

He who willfully disbelieves a single doctrine of the Catholic Church has no true faith, for he who receives some of the words of Christ and rejects others, does not really believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He guides the Catholic Church.  [I almost hate to say this, but to how many bishops and priests could this statement apply?]

A faith which does not comprise all the Doctrines of the Catholic Church is no faith at all.  It is like a house with no foundation.  A man who believes all other Catholic Doctrines, but rejects the sinfulness of contraception, has no true faith.  What insolence on the part of men to treat God like a dishonest dealer, some of whose goods they accept and others reject!……..He who willfully rejects a single Dogma sins against the whole body of doctrine of the Catholic Church and the guilt of sin is mortal.  Hence no heretic, if he is so through his own fault, can make an act of faith, even in the existence of God or the divinity of Jesus Christ[Think of how many false oaths are offered up weekly if not daily in so many parishes when the Nicene Creed is falsely recited, even by priests themselves]

God bestows the knowledge of the truth and the gift of faith chiefly on those who 1) strive after it with earnestness and perseverance, 2) live a God-fearing life, 3) pray that they may find the truth.

Many men fail to attain to the Christian Faith through pride, self-will, and an unwillingness to give up the indulgence of their passions. [I think the latter is the primary root of every heresy, especially the modern groinal ones, combined with pride]

……in the present day, God allows His Church to be oppressed and persecuted and looked down upon.  Hence there is no miracle at which the proud will not scoff.  God hides the secrets of His Providence from the proud, and more than this, He positively resists them (I Pet v:5).

Without faith, we can do no good works pleasing to God, or which will merit for us a reward in Heaven.  Acts of kindness, etc., done from a natural motive earn a reward in this life, but not in the next. [Contra Pope Francis’ claims that works pleasing to God can emanate from those in other religions]

Faith alone is not sufficient for salvation.  

It must be a living faith, that is, we must add to ti good works and must be ready to confess it openly.

A living faith is one which produces works pleasing to God.  Our Lord says: “Not every one who saith to Me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doth the will of my Father Who is in Heaven” (Matt vii:21).  He who has done no works of mercy will be condemned at the judgment (Matt xxv:41).  Such a one is like the devils, who believe and disobey (Jas ii:19)……..Good works such as are necessary for salvation, can only be performed by one who is in possession of sanctifying grace, and loves God in his heart.  Hence St. Paul says, “If I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains and have not charity, I am nothing” (I Cor xiii:2).  We must also be ready to confess our faith……..Man consists of body and soul, and therefore must honor God, not only inwardly, but also outwardly.  Christ promises the Kingdom of Heaven only to those who confess Him before men (Matt x:32).

———-End Quote———–

And thus we see the calamity that faces us in this Christ- and Truth-hating culture.  We are positively commanded to witness to all the Truth Christ has revealed before men.  We simply MUST confess Him.  And yet the leftist cabal demands that we NOT do so.  Thus the inevitable conflict that looms ahead.

We have the blessed assurance of knowing, however, that no matter how bleak things may look at this or any other time, so long as we remain faithful to Our Lord’s commands we know how our personal stories will work out in the end.  The victory has already been won for us, we simply have to persevere to insure we can share in it.

Sorry if the above is too basic, I thought it might be helpful to put some elementary Doctrine all together in one place because so many people have forgotten (or never learned) even these fundamental beliefs.

 

Some stinging rebukes of Laudato Si and the Vatican climate conference July 1, 2015

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Via Pertinacious Papist, a very harsh analysis of Laudato Si by Maureen Mullarkey, who normally writes at First Things (but given the rebuke First Things received for daring to ask critical questions of the April Climate Conference from Vatican officials, perhaps they were gun shy to print this?), along with some videos of those awful, horrible, science-hating, utterly unreasonable “deniers” from the Heartland Institute, who everyone knows is just totally in the pocket of Koch Brothers and Chesapeake Energy (not).  First up, Mullarkey, who, I would say, pulls no punches (my emphasis and comments):

Subversion of Christianity by the spirit of the age has been a hazard down the centuries. The significance of “Laudato Si” lies beyond its stated concern for the climate. Discount obfuscating religious language. The encyclical lays ground to legitimize global government and makes the church an instrument of propaganda—a herald for the upcoming United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference in Paris…….

…..The document’s catalogue of distortions and factual errors are those of the climate-change establishment swallowed whole. There is no scientific consensus on man-made global warming, no consensus on the role of human activity in any of the environmental phenomena cited. [All true. But do you notice how much the rhetoric and actions of the “climate change” activists mirrors that of the “same-sex marriage” activists?  Of course, they are both part of the left which has always used brutal rhetorical tactics, but even by that standard they are both amazingly excessive in their attempts to utterly discredit ALL opposition as completely unfounded and simply bigoted or possessed of evil ulterior motives. Thus the reaction of the Vatican apparatus to mild questions raised over the climate change conference were very troubling for what it revealed: a thoroughgoing leftist mindset blinded by ideology to the point that there could be no other possible legitimate viewpoint, and any who don’t immediately jump completely on board could be nothing less than pretty much pure evil.  That’s very disconcerting to see from curial officials, even by post-conciliar standards] 

……Enter Jorge Bergolio. Informed objection to the pope’s roster of pending disasters is widely available—but also, at this point, moot. Reducing greenhouse gases has just been deemed a religious obligation. What should concern us now is the ecclesial climate that yielded this extravagant rant.

There is nothing to admire in its assault on market economies, technological progress, and—worse—on rationality itself. Bergolio, whom we know now as Pope Francis, is a limited man. His grasp of economics is straitjacketed by the Peronist culture in which he was raised. “Laudato Si” descends to garish, left-wing boilerplate. The pope is neither a public intellectual, theologian, nor a man of science. Yet he impersonates all three. [Wow. I can see why First Things shied away. Please try not to fly off the handle too much in response to this piece, but I do think the bit concerning Peronist provincialism is spot on.]

…….The document is steeped in Third Worldism. The imagined plight of the planet is the work of a rapacious West. Ignoring the role of corruption, mismanagement, and counter-productive ideology in failed or deteriorating states, it gives a ruinous pass to Third World oligarchs and despots. [And also to the far worse environmental record of virtually every communist state, including China up to this very day!  The Soviet Union possessed thousands of square miles of landscape completely devoid of life, due to the communist’s indifference towards the environment, an indifference which led to whole regions being polluted to levels where nothing still grows to this day. And yet Cardinal Maradiaga proclaimed capitalism as the sole source of environmental degradation.  This is nothing but ideology]

Bergolio’s resentment of First World prosperity is of a piece with his simplistic understanding of the “financial interests” and “financial resources” he condemns. He nurses a Luddite yen to roll back the Industrial Revolution for a fantasy of pre-industrial harmony between man and a virginal Mother Earth. He demonizes the very means that have raised millions out of poverty, and that remain crucial in continuing to raise standards of living among the poor.

Take no comfort from “Laudato Si’s” restatements of the Catholic Church’s traditional positions on the sanctity of life, the primacy of the family, and rejection of abortion. In this context, orthodoxy and pious expression serve a rancid purpose. They are a Trojan horse, a vehicle for insinuating surrender to pseudo-science and the eco-fascism that requires it. [A very harsh assessment. Do you think it fair?]

………Papal suspicion of private property and infatuation with a “theology of poverty” lend sanctimony to the class antagonism hibernating in the church’s “preferential option for the poor,” a problematic concept derived from Liberation Theology. (Problematic because the promise of the resurrection, the ineradicable core of Christianity, is not directed to a class, but to individuals.) [Now that’s a very interesting point, and could easily deserve a post or more to analyze and discuss on its own, but while the Church has always had enormous concern for the poor, I do think an ideology has developed in the Church over the past few decades that takes that concern in problematic directions.  I don’t want to get too much into that side issue now, though] 

It is reasonable to think that Bergolio is a greater friend to poverty than to the poor. [ouch]

A strain of inadvertent comedy runs through “Laudato Si.” Il Papa [double ouch, a reference to Mussolini, Il Duce] assumes the posture of governess to the world—Mary Poppins on the Throne of Peter. Who else could align the magisterium of the Catholic Church with exhortation to turn off the air conditioner, shut the lights, and be sure to recycle? For this Christ died: to atone for petroleum products. And for carbon emissions from private cars carrying only one or two people. [I guess I shall be damned for all eternity for my 30 mile commute to work each day.  And all so that we could live very near our TLM parish.  What a horrible Catholic I am, when I used to be 30 miles from the TLM and only 4 miles from work!]

While Christians in the birthplaces of Christianity are crucified and beheaded for their faith, young girls are kidnapped and sold for the price of a pack of cigarettes, our encyclical whines: “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.” [Yeah, I’d call that a whine]

There is more in that letter-to-the-editor vein: “Neighbourhoods, even those recently built, are congested, chaotic and lacking in sufficient green space. We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature.” [this is actually a point where Pope Francis may oppose most American leftist urban planners, who want every city to be like New York with hundreds of thousands crammed into high rise apartments with no personal lawns or terrible, horrible single family homes.]

Gospel quotations are bent to serve. In the chapter “The Gaze of Jesus,” we read this: “98. Jesus lived in full harmony with creation, and others were amazed: ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’ (Mt 8:27).” [Douay Reims has the 8:26-7 as: “And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, of ye of little faith?  Then rising up, he commanded the winds and the sea, and there came a great calm.  But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and sea obey Him?”  This has nothing to do with the Christ as a kumbayah tree hugging nature communer]

That passage from Matthew has not a thing to do with harmony. Rather, it tells of Jesus’dominion over nature. It is a statement of authority, of lordship over the natural order. The verse complements one from John: “He that cometh from above is above all.” By abolishing the scriptural intuition of power and might, the truncated quotation makes Jesus a screen on which to project a chimera of cosmic equality…….

……Resurgent Islam and the spread of Sharia are the church’s enemies, not oil, coal, and gas. None are poorer than those who live, despised, in the path of ISIS. Where, then, is the encyclical calling for the conversion of Islam away from its murderous climate of hatred? Instead, the Vicar of Christ calls all the world—intending primarily the West—to “ecological conversion.” [Which conversion has, in fact, already happened. As the founder of Greenpeace noted on leaving the organization in 1986, all the reasonable things – ending nuclear testing, dramatically improving real air quality, not made up “carbon dioxide” problems, safe disposal of toxic waste, etc., etc. have already been done, or are at least constantly attended to.  He also noted that to justify their existence and their patent hatred of capitalism (and, not coincidentally, Christianity), the radical environmental left has to go to more and more extreme lengths.  Thus carbon dioxide becomes the world’s greatest threat, even though it is a totally natural product produced far, far more by the earth and normal life than it is by man. There is always room for improvement, but basically castigating an entire economic system and mode of life as fundamentally evil – on an environmental basis! – is much less Catholic than it is a political ideology]

Intellectual and moral confusion of such magnitude is a judgment on the ecclesial culture that produced it and the popular culture that consents to it.

———-End Quote———–

If you think some of the above was over the top, don’t go read the whole thing.  I would say Mullarkey got a pretty good head of steam going.

Now, real quick, because this post is already very long, the presentation made by Elizabeth Yore at the Heartland Institute’s colloquy in Rome, held at the same time as the Vatican climate change PR event conference:

I’ll close with this: one of the most damaging trends in Catholic catechesis/theological study over the past 50 years has been the tendency to radically mix up the prudential and the dogmatic.  Issuing an encyclical on a subject that by definition is largely outside the special charism of the Pope is only a furtherance of this very destructive trend.  I have long lamented how no one pays any attention to what the USCCB says because they issue 50 press releases every day on prudential subjects far outside the bishop’s competency – farm bills, telecommunications regulations, all manner of economic policies, etc, while they very, very rarely pronunciate on those matters that ARE their competency and in fact their duty as shepherds: moral matters and the Doctrine of the Faith.  For the most part the papacy, with some glaring exceptions, had avoided this tendency but it seems it has now adopted it with abandon.  Making prudential matters out to be somehow dogmatic is only going to turn some people off, and, far worse, massively confuse people as to what is actually required belief to be Catholic, and what is not.  We now have leftists attacking orthodox Catholics for not being on board the great climate change hoax, which is simply ludicrous but we instantly saw how this encyclical gave much more ammunition to those who want to turn the Church into just one more secularist, left-wing NGO.  More on that later, God willing.

And this was so exceptional I went with it though I am trying to avoid any non-synodal related coverage of this Papacy for the rest of the summer.

The plural of anecdote may be anecdotes, but this is one heckuva revealing one July 1, 2015

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Enough anecdotes……hundreds, maybe thousands……..do eventually become that most sacrosanct of terms in our science-beguiled society: “data.”  But for now this is just one anecdote that confirms what a whole bunch of DATA reveals, which data only reinforces what we already know from the natural law, Scripture, and Tradition: perverse couplings are inherently unstable, immoral, and prone to bad endings.  That one in fifty lasts more than a few years is far more anecdotal than the reality of how the vast, vast majority of these relationships go.

So what is one great new benefit of the Supreme Court imposed state recognition of pseudo-sodomarriage?  When their relationships almost inevitably fail, the divorce is now much, much easier:

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – While many were celebrating Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that now allows same-sex couples to marry in Tennessee, a smaller group was breathing a quiet sigh of relief for what it means for them — the right to divorce a same-sex spouse.

A former Clarksville woman filed what is believed to be the first paperwork in the state seeking a divorce from a same-sex partner. Her Complaint for Divorce was filed in Montgomery County Chancery Court just before the courthouse closed Friday afternoon.

The couple married in Shelbyville, Indiana, on June 4, 2014, but before Friday’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Tennessee, they could not seek a divorce here. To terminate their marriage, one or the other would have had to move to a state that recognizes same-sex marriage and establish residency — a process that usually takes at least six months, said Nashville Attorney Ryan Johnson of Turner Law Offices.

He and Robert J. Turner are representing Taramarie Gulledge, who now lives in Kingston Springs but lived with her wife and their almost 3-year-old daughter in Clarksville until the couple split up in May.

My goodness!  They were “married” for a whole 11 months!  What a great witness of heroic virtue and joyfully willed sacrifice!

But wait, there’s more!  The complaint hints at promiscuity in one of the partners and possible domestic violence!  Short duration, promiscuity, and violence……it’s a trifecta of core characteristics of these kinds of immoral couplings!  The only thing missing is substance abuse/unresolved mental health problems.

And naturally, there’s a child in the mix!  For the sake of the child, this “divorce” could actually be quite a good thing, provided whoever gains custody doesn’t further descend into this lifestyle.

Yes, I’m possibly being a bit over the top and taking a harsh view of this sordid affair, but statistics from European countries where this kind of “marriage” has been recognized by the state for years indicates that these relationships rarely last.  The data shows that the average duration of a “marriage” between two women in the Low Countries and Scandanavia is just under 3 years.  It’s almost as if the “marriage” is really about the wedding, a great big party and a desperately craved affirmation that never quite stills that deep ache in their heart that comes from living an unnatural, perverse lifestyle.

State-recognition won’t solve anything, it will not make these people feel any better about themselves, and once that realization dawns en masse, then they’ll really start looking for a scapegoat, and the goats will be me and you.  As Reilly notes, unable to face their own immorality, they will cast about looking for others to blame, seeing in the few remaining opponents to their immorality the source of their inability to ever be not just happy, but even at peace. This will be a totally false attribution, but we’ve already seen it in operation many times.

Of course, even should they be totally successful in not only driving believing Christians from the public square, or, by some calamity, even manage to convert everyone to their irrational, immoral ethos, it won’t make the slightest bit of difference in how they feel.  Oh yes there will be parties and some may even have a somewhat lasting sense of triumph, but ultimately, they will end up exactly where they are now and have always been, mired in a lifestyle that is unnatural, immoral, and undignified, and that small still voice, which never quite goes away no matter how many partners you have or how many drugs you take, will still confront them with the reality of the evil of what they do.  It is that voice they flee from, and in that flight they seek to tear down all the possible reminders of their sin.  But you can’t overcome nature and you can’t kill God, so the voice will remain, the only question is how much damage will be done in the interim, both to themselves and to everyone else.

It’s a Greek tragedy playing out on a culture-wide scale, with the “hero’s” great flaw preventing them from seeing that their Odyssean work will only destroy themselves and those around them.  The more I contemplate this matter, I tend not to become angrier, though there is enough of that, but I get sad.  Each one of these people was created as a soul of infinite worth and dignity, and yet they have mired themselves in the worst filth, and with their power and hubris, they have convinced many, many people to pretend along with them that they are in fact good and even holy!  It is the lies that make me angry, the lies that have the stench of death and the sulfur of hell.  But in the individual souls I only feel great sadness, as for the women above and especially their poor child, who never had a say in the matter and will likely grow up badly damaged as a result, as a good number of children raised in such disordered environments have already attested.

Such a shame.  And it will get much, much worse before it gets better.

Call to end tax exempt status is really a call to end churches and plunder their property June 30, 2015

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One of the dominant characteristics of the Tudor dynasty in 16th and 17th century England was its totalitarian nature and profound lawlessness.  It was this lawlessness that laid the seed-bed for 17th century rebellion against monastery and the (to the present day) total ascendance of the Parliament over the monarchy.  Henry VIII infamously sacked much of the wealth of the English Church, the better to buy support among certain aristocrats and other unscrupulous souls.  He did so through an instrument of totalitarian government, the Act of Supremacy, which declared Henry the sole head of the “church in England.”

History never repeats, but historical situations do recur.  We don’t quite have an all-powerful king, but we do have a narrow elite hell-bent on pursuing their own narrow interest and using any and all means to do so.  We also have a nation horribly in debt and unable to meet even its present-day fiscal obligations, not to mention the titanic mountain of debt that looms on the near horizon.  These are two very powerful elements that, with this disastrous Obergfell Supreme Court decision, now have the means to plunder the churches both for the wealth that could be gained by so doing and, to paraphrase King Henry II, to rid themselves of these damned meddlesome Christians.

That’s the conclusion (and the extrapolation) I draw from Denny Burk’s warning that the sexular pagans are not nearly done with their revolution, and that they are coming for the churches next, both for our money, and to silence us once and for all (my emphasis and comments):

Mark Oppenheimer of The New York Times is now calling for the government to remove tax-exempt status from churches. After I posted a link to his article on Facebook, a pastor friend commented: “I’m not sure our small church could survive.” That, my friends, is the point. And Oppenheimer knows it. [Well, he admits as much later]

Legal gay marriage is not the endgame for the gay-rights movement. It never was. Moral approval is the endgame. The agenda is not tolerance for different beliefs and lifestyles. The agenda is a demand that everyone get on board with the moral revolution or be punished. That means if you or your church won’t get with the program, then the revolutionaries will endeavor to close you down. [That is it in a nutshell.  Reilly establishes very clearly that this “marriage” movement is all about gaining that precious, precious affirmation these poor souls so constantly crave.  It won’t work, of course, the Law of God written on their hearts will continue to keep them in misery so long as they live these terrible lives of sin]

But they aren’t going to say,”We’ll close you down,” in so many words. They will cover it in propaganda that conceals their real aim. They’ll say, as Oppenheimer does, that taxpayers are “subsidizing” churches, that ministers make fat-cat six-figure salaries, and that government should get those rich priests and preachers off the government dole[I don’t know what our bishops in this country make, but there are some fat cats in the Church in places like Germany.  But in this country, even the pastor of a large parish rarely makes more than $60k a year, though they do have many major expenses covered]

Never mind that the average base salary of a full-time senior pastor ranges from $33,000 to $70,000 (source). Never mind that ministers do pay income taxes. Never mind that it is absurd to suggest not paying taxes is a subsidy…….That doesn’t fit the fictional narrative activists wish to advance—that these churches don’t deserve to have their “subsidy” continued in light of their intolerable views on sexuality. [Yep, that’s the point.  And the rhetoric about “subsidy” reveals for the tweltheenth time that leftists view ALL income as belonging by right to the state, with lowered taxes somehow becoming “subsidies” or even “gifts” from the state to the citizen.  All they need now is their Fouquier-Tinville.]

No, the real intent of removing tax-exempt status is to cripple the institutions that continue their dissent from the sexual revolution. When tax exemptions are removed, donors will give far less than they are giving now. Churches will become liable to property taxes.[Especially in deep blue states, but it could become universal eventually]  That means that many churches will have to forfeit their property to the government because they won’t be able to afford the taxes they have to pay on it.[And what a bonanza that could be]  Many of them wouldn’t be able to pay them now. If donations went down, they would be that much further from being able to pay them. As a result, churches that reside on valuable properties in urban locations would be immediately vulnerable. Eventually, so would everyone else. [Dang right. Maybe it’s been a great grace that so many traddie parishes are in undesirable locales?]

Oppenheimer knows this. That is why he argues that if churches can’t raise the money for their new tax burden, then they don’t deserve to retain their property.[Who the hell is he to say this?  OK, if we ever elect a real social conservative, how about raising taxes on urban elites (especially NYC) to 95%?  If government is going to be all about will to power, punish the minority and squash all dissent, then this could involve into savage persecution of the other side depending on who comes out on top after a given election.  This process won’t last long, it will end in dictatorship – with a lot of people clamoring for it – just to return to some kind of perceived sense of order]   After all, he argues, the government would do a better job than churches at meeting the needs of their community. [This is false, private charities have been demonstrated to be far more efficient distributors of charity, being much closer to local needs.  Oppenheimer’s entire piece is full of such bald, unsupported assertions] He concludes, “So yes, the logic of gay-marriage rights could lead to a reexamination of conservative churches’ tax exemptions… When that day comes, it will be long overdue.”……[Ah – did you get that?  That’s the key.  It won’t be all churches.  It won’t be unitarian  universalists or other churches of the sexular pagan left.  It will be orthodox Christian churches.  So this is entirely about crushing opposition]

………When some of us warned of the religious-liberty implications of making gay marriage a fundamental constitutional right, we were told that such things would never happen. What they really meant was, “That will never happen, but when it does you Christians will deserve it.” Oppenheimer is making the case for why he thinks we deserve it.

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Is it revealing the degree to which seemingly secular Jews have been playing in the advance of the sexular pagan agenda going back decades now?  Is it revealing that the entire Frankfurt School of avowed communists was made up of deeply self-loathing Jews (and thoroughly miserable human beings)?  Is there an eschatological element to this involvement by the Jews in the unprecedented retreat of Christendom over the past few hundred  years?

Perhaps more immediate questions are: now that we have confirmation that the sexularist revolutionaries are already moving against the Church in the primary area they can influence – funding – and thus all of our dire predictions have been proved right……..does it matter?  Now that we have confirmation that these same pagans are already moving to legalize polygamy and even worse, incest, and we’ve been proved right again……will that knowledge make any difference?  Will enough people care?  Are there enough basically orthodox Christians and protestants of any stripe to stop this runaway freight?

I’m afraid the answers are likely no.  In certain regions, more rural communities in the South, West, and Great Plains, there remains a relatively large number of at least somewhat orthodox Christians and protestants, but everywhere else………we’ll be a tiny minority.  We certainly are in most cities. And once real suffering starts, our numbers will decrease even more.

If persecuting policies aimed at bankrupting churches are enacted at the federal (national) level, it will be very hard on most parishes.  It is possible more friendly state and local policy could offset a good deal of the damage done, however.  So this will likely be a more regional phenomenon, where leftist states are able to even further drive all opposition out but survival may be possible elsewhere.  Rod Dreher seems to be pointing towards rural enclaves a la the early monasteries.  Much will depend on how our bishops respond, but barring an unforeseen miracle I think it will become increasingly difficult to impossible for traditional Catholic communities to exist in liberal areas generally and large coastal cities in particular.  Maybe I’m being a bit too negative, but I don’t believe I am.  While I predicted pseudo-sodomarriage would be the law of the land 2-3 years ago, if you had asked me 10 years ago whether any of this would come to pass, I would have thought you were crazy.  That’s how fast things are moving.

It might not be a bad idea for traditional parishes to start identifying alternative centers for the Sacraments if they cannot maintain their present physical locations.  This might include barns, halls, meeting places, even open fields.

I don’t mean to discourage anyone, but we’re heading into a real, red persecution.  We need to be prepared.

Mexicans in Chihuahua block passage of “same-sex marriage” bill…… June 30, 2015

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………and Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette, LA calls for civil disobedience against such manifestly unjust and immoral laws.

Blaise Cupich of Chicago, however, released the formal instrument of surrender for his archdiocese.

Differing responses to the moral calamity that faces us.  I am certain this will be par for the course for at least the next few years:

A dozen Catholic priests, accompanied by dozens more of the faithful, prevented the discussion of a bill to create homosexual “marriage” in the Mexican state of Chihuahua by their impassioned protest outside of the capitol building and their entrance into the congress itself to observe the proceedings, according to reports in the local and national press.

Following a prayer vigil the night before in the cathedral of the state capital, the protesters began to gather outside of the state congress and express their rejection of allowing debate over the legal recognition of homosexual unions as “marriages.” At 11:30 pm a group of about ten priests accompanied by laymen entered the congress itself to witness the proceedings, holding placards expressing support for the traditional family.

Seeing the protestors and the presence of the priests, the president of the state congress, Cesar Augusto Pacheco Hernandez, stated that the topic would not be addressed at the session, according to the local El Diario newspaper. The decision was met by cheers from the pro-family protesters……..

……..According to recent Supreme Court decisions, it is “discriminatory” to link “the requirements of marriage to sexual preferences,” as this “unjustifiably excludes homosexual couples -who are in similar conditions as heterosexual couples- from marriage,” the Court stated.  It added its claim that it is “unsuitable” to “consider that the purpose of marriage is procreation,” and affirmed that the “only constitutional purpose this decree acknowledges is the protection of family as a social reality.”

They’re almost entirely fake, transitory “unions” anyways!  The entire agenda is founded on a hideous lie, which is that the normal course of sodomite/gomorrist relations resembles anything like even marriage as it exists today, as abused and denigrated by “heterosexuals” as it is, let alone marriage as it has been for thousands of years – the indissoluble union of a man and woman oriented towards the creation of new life.  The only way sodomite “unions” persist more than a handful of years, if not months, is through constant and expected fornication with others.  Even then, above 90% of such relationships last less than 3 years.  That lets alone the profoundly unnatural aspects of this behavior, with hideously high rates of all manner of horrific diseases – anal cancer, rectal prolapse, sky-high rates of domestic violence, depression, drug addiction, suicide.

No matter what court decides what, the actions that define the sodomite agenda will remain foul, contrary to nature, incredibly offensive to God and downright sickening and evil.

I’ve wondered as a blogger a few times as to why the pro-life movement has chosen to totally eschew the more confrontational tactics of the late 70s and 80s that generated a lot of controversy but also probably saved a lot of lives.  At that time, human chains blocking entrances to mills and rescue operations even inside mills were quite common.  I have been told that such means were counterproductive and just got the pro-life movement labeled as crazy, while noting our cultural and religious enemies rarely have such compunction.  Radical tactics certainly seem to work for them.

Possibly along those lines, Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette, LA seems to call for civil disobedience, at least among elected officials, without postulating what that might involve (I really think, in charity, priests and prelates owe their flocks very clear moral guidelines on the forms of resistance we may morally engage in).

Personally, I’m all for considering such steps.  You know I’ve been praying outside strip clubs for a little while now, and while I think that helpful and sort of an overlooked evil in our midst, I’ve been debating with myself if that’s really the most effective place to be or even if that’s what I’m being called to.  Part of me wants to park myself outside some of these sodomite pseudo-churches that confirm these people in their sins by butchering Christianity into a neo-pagan evil and confronting this gravest threat to our religion more directly.  But I can envision such engagement escalating quickly and I don’t think we have the numbers for that kind of confrontation, yet, even while I wonder if I am spiritually up to such (I’m sure the others are, but I am weak and cowardly).  I’m sure we’ll know very soon where these pseudo-sodo-marriages are taking place, and maybe that’s where we can take a stand in the near future.  I’ll think about it more.

The point being, the status quo has obviously failed.  Our political and church leadership have totally collapsed in the face of the advance of this gravest of perversions.  Do we just circle the wagons and prepare for the day they come for us, or do we take the fight to the enemy while we might still have a prayer of making a difference?  Is it prudent to do so, or will that just make the parishes from which we emanate greater targets?  Does that even matter at this point?  If we’re doomed to suffer anyways, should we actively seek it out or wait till it comes to us?  With the abdication of our shepherds, must the sheep become their own shepherds?   I don’t know, perhaps you have some thoughts.

America Is Done June 24, 2015

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So says Patrick Archbold, and I am danged if I can argue with him on this one.  The people of the United States (probably, who knows what voter fraud went on, especially in 2012) elected twice a man who openly hated this country and its former orientation and vowed to “fundamentally transform” it.  Mission accomplished.  We have seen the federal government grow more monstrous and invidious in almost every imaginable respect over the past 6+ years, and there is still a year and a half to grow.  Religion, especially Christianity, is in retreat under the combined assault of federal leviathan power and a hostile, hate-filled culture like never before.

I don’t know for certain what the future holds, but I don’t think it’s going to be pleasant:

……….[T]he decision on the manufacturing of a constitutional right to gay marriage looms large. More on that in a moment. But the passage in the Senate of TPA is just another indicator that signals the end of limited constitutional government and the separation of powers.

I won’t bore with the details of this decision, but what I want to impress upon you is that elections, the throwing out one party for another, made absolutely no difference. The federal behemoth grows unabated and our sovereignty is bartered for political support from the Chamber of Commerce. What is wrong with America is beyond the normal powers of elections and the electorate to fix.  [It’s not just TPA.  It’s Obamacare (which Repubniks plan to save if the Supreme Court throws out the exchanges), it’s illegal immigration, it’s Export-Import, it’s the growth of the federal budget, the Republicans haven’t followed through on a single campaign promise of any substance (20 week abortion ban still pending).  This is what we’ve seen from the Republican party going back since the late 90s, they are as on board with big government and radical social change as the democrats, they just lie to their base about it]

America, as we knew it and thought we understood it, is done. I know people don’t want to hear that and I understand. I know they don’t want to believe that and I understand. But it is true none the less. [I thank God I have a farm in Kansas.  How to get there, and how to live there, is another matter]

If you haven’t accepted that truth yet, perhaps the decision on gay marriage will clue you in. When they invent a constitutional right to gay marriage, your first amendment rights for the free exercise of religion and speech, will be under constant assault from the very government that should be protecting our first freedoms. We may win some of the battles, but I assure you the war is lost. You will not be able to practice your religion or speak the truth without oppression from the government over employment, student loans, business permits, and the list goes on and on. People will go to jail for believing and speaking the truth. [And parishes that refuse to get on board with the new order may well be closed.  And it may not be the government doing the closing]

But the truth is America has been done for a while. There is a financial reckoning coming like nothing you can imagine and likely much sooner than you can imagine. And when it comes, the government will come after everything you have.

Sorry to leave you on such a downer note.  But look on it this way, standing against persecution should gain  you a lot of time off in Purgatory!

Various and Sundry as I wind down the week June 24, 2015

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It’s harvest time at the farm, so I am going to be out for the next several days.  I might come back with a scintillating combine video I’m sure you’ll just be wracked in anticipation thereof.  Sorry, you’ll just have to wait.

A few items of ephemera for the interim.  I took a couple of these from JP Sonnen’s blog.  First up, a lovely evening/night pilgrimage at La Salette:

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I love our Lady’s apparitions. I need to learn more about La Sallete.  I like the idea of a night procession.  That’s beautiful.  Looks like quite a suitable church, too.

These are good ones:

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Et deux:

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All three are essential. Since our culture has chosen to forget the God part, it was inevitable that marriage would fall to the state it has.

I also wanted to put up this video from The Remnant, for two reasons.  For one, there is a very interesting quote from Elizabeth Yore regarding the recent “climate change” conference held at the Vatican and, of course, the encyclical Laudato Si.  But even more there is a plug for a small but deserving online video Catholic apostolate called JMJHF Productions.  I’ve posted a number of their videos on the blog before, and they are apparently working on a documentary on this year’s pilgrimage to Chartres, which is something I eagerly await.  It might even inspire me to consider going sometime, though I’ve never been a fan of long distance travel.

Have a watch:

I do find it significant that the Vatican has apparently relied so heavily on input from the radical environmental lobby for both the recent conference and the encyclical, to the point of calumniating other viewpoints, even from very devout children of the Church.  That is a most troubling development, because it points to a politicization of the Vatican we have not seen in a very long time, and represents the ascension of an ideology that has been at war with the Church for hundreds of years.  The message from certain curial figures of late to faithful Catholics has been: buzz off.  And they don’t say it quite so nicely.

Were you aware that the Vatican collaborated with the Obama administration to tie the encyclical to various federal policies, which I assume includes the attempt to label carbon dioxide (which we all exhale) a hazardous pollutant subject to EPA control?

I’ve been pretty skeptical of the New World Order rhetoric, but now…….I’m not so sure.  There certainly seems to be a tremendous amount of coordination going on around the world, directing events on a score of different fronts in a common direction, coordination that speaks of a high level of organization and conducted by individuals with a huge amount of influence.

But Chartres does give one a good deal of hope.  It looks like many hundreds if not more participated?

 

Finally formally announced: Fort Worth gets FSSP parish June 24, 2015

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Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth paid a surprise visit to the Fort Worth Latin Mass community parish (Our Lady of thefwlogohiresAssumption) to make a special announcement: Fort Worth will soon have its own full-time FSSP parish.  The names of the two priests to be assigned have already been determined: Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne.  Approvals are already essentially complete, it is expected the priests could arrive as early as August.  More below:

This past Sunday The Fort Worth Latin Mass Community had a surprise visitor…Bishop Olson.

He came to announce that an official apostolate parish for the FSSP will soon be established in the diocese.

He said all of the paperwork should be finalized some time in July.  After that we will be welcoming two new priests, Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne, no specific date was given.

The Bishop welcomes all of the members of the Fort Worth Latin Mass community to email him, officeofthebishop@fwdioc.org, with name suggestions.  He only asks that it not be a duplicate name of a parish already in the Fort Worth Diocese.

I have heard a rumor, and it is only that, that the new parish will be in White Settlement.  If so, that’s a bit out of the way for a lot of folks.  It’s on the northwest side of Tarrant County.  Nice if you’re stationed at Carswell, though.

I feel rather vindicated. When Bishop Olson blocked the offering of the TLM at Fisher-More College during its final days, due to numerous administrative and other problems ongoing at the former college, I was about the only traditional-leaning blogger who defended his action (and I took it on the chin pretty good for doing so).  I knew a lot more about the situation at Fisher-More and the reasons for Olson’s action than the vast majority of those who commented, almost all of whom really attacked the bishop for an alleged animus against the TLM. I also knew that Fort Worth would not be long in getting a permanent, full-time TLM parish.  I thank Bishop Olson for his generosity and his patience in putting up with some pretty hardcore attacks.*

And so now 1 1/2 years later Fort Worth is going to have a full-time TLM staffed by two priests with daily Mass and Confession.  That’s an enormous good for the entire Diocese and region, and indicates anything but a bias against the TLM.  Fort Worth will now be among a minority of US dioceses to have the TLM available daily.  The DFW area will now have 3 FSSP parishes with two or more priests within about an hour’s drive of central Dallas. That is awesome.

DEO GRATIAS!

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* – no I’m not saying Bishop Olson is Mr. Traditional nor is he my hero, I’m just saying the situation with the Mass at Fisher-More was all to do about Fisher-More and nothing to do with Bishop Olson’s views on the TLM.

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