Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Liturgical Year, Our Lady, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.
We must never forget that in other dark times, when all appeared lost, when the fate of millions of souls hung in the balance, Our Lady has always been our Protectress, if we will only appeal to Her:
Image via Eponymous Flower.
Pray the Rosary daily and devoutly! It is only by prayer that both we and the Church can be sustained in piety and virtue.
And beg Our Lady to intercede for the continued sanctity and integrity of our great Faith, the only means of salvation for all of us.
So based on so many of Our Lady’s apparitions and interventions, how can we assess Her approach to ecumenism/interreligious dialogue? Ever read the biography or history of Saint Fernando III of Spain? That noble Saint believed fervently that it was Our Lady who powered his unprecedented victories against the Mohammadans occupying Spain. How should the faithful understand the ecumenism and endless dialogue of the past 50 years when it so appears to be acting in contradiction to what can certainly be seen as the plainly expressed will of the Blessed Mother?
Food for thought. By the way, Crusader Cat hasn’t made an appearance in a long time. HE’S BACK!
Posted by Tantumblogo in Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, persecution, Society, technology, the enemy.
The Russian Parliament today gave President Vladimir Putin approval to begin military operations in Syria. Operations began almost immediately thereafter. Operations appear limited to airstrikes at present, with a strong ground presence around the airbases housing several types of Russian fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Russian forces gave any US forces that might be in their area of operations 1 hour notice to clear out before attacks began. Since the US and other nations have been engaged in a very low-intensity air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, it remains to be seen how operations with Russian forces can be coordinated, or whether they will, at all (big potential for problems, there, but I imagine Obama will just surrender, again, and force ROE on US forces that keep them hundreds of miles from anywhere Russians might be operating).
Note this – Russian bombing will not be the extremely precise, minimum collateral damage that the US and its “coalition partners” have been practicing. Many of these attacks have amounted to pinpricks with many high-value targets excluded due to ostensible fear of causing “civilian” casualties (or perhaps because Obama really doesn’t want to fight his co-religionists very hard). Russia won’t do that, for one thing, they have very few and very poor precision guided munitions, secondly, their aircraft don’t carry advanced sensors to aim precisely, and thirdly, they rarely care about civilian casualties. In the Chechnyan War, in Georgia, they frequently made use of carpet bombing by Tu-22M3 bombers. None are deployed to Syria, but they don’t need to be – they can easily reach Syria from Crimean bases recently annexed, involuntarily, from the Ukraine.
In an interesting development, the Russian Orthodox Church has decreed the Russian intervention in Syria a “holy war” and indicated its full support. Nah, not a bit of nationalism in Orthodoxy! Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that some Christians understand the existential nature of the fight against islam and use a bit of militant terminology:
The Russian Orthodox Church has backed the country’s parliamentary decision to give President Vladimir Putin permission to use military force in Syria, saying the fight against terrorism is a “holy war”.
The head of Synodal department for church and society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told journalists on 30 September that the decision from the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council, to authorise air strikes in Syria was “consistent with international law, the mentality of our people and the role that our country has always played in the Middle East”, according to Interfax news agency.
He added that Russia cannot be indifferent while Christians and other minority groups are being destroyed in the region. [Well, they’ve been being wiped out for years, so don’t paint yourself as too much the hero] The interreligious council of Russia released a statement in support of military operations against terrorism in the Middle East. “The fight against terrorism is a holy struggle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world to combat terrorism,” the priest said.
None of the preening moralism of “interreligious dialogue” from the Russian Orthodox. It’d be nice to see such a muscular faith from our own
Blessing Russian jets headed to Syria
It should be noted that Syrian President Assad – who controls perhaps 1/4 of the main populated areas of his country now – requested this intervention. He has been gradually losing this war for years, especially since ISIS became involved. This is really a last ditch effort to keep his regime alive – which is something I hope happens because if ISIS takes over, it will be curtains for Christians in a land where millions have lived for thousands of years.
While Russia may be covering their actions in a cloak of high morality, there are also of course geo-political reasons for the intervention. Syria is Russia’s last client state in the western Mideast. Aside from Iran, which is very much an independent actor, they are their only remaining client. Naval bases in northern Syria are their only access point in the entire Mediterranean now, since Qaddafi fell. So they have strong reasons to see the regime survive.
But I don’t think airstrikes alone are going to do it. Assad has lost so much territory and support they’re going to have to intervene on the ground and in large numbers in order to make a substantial difference. Not initially, but the inevitable logic of this kind of open-ended commitment is to gradually get sucked in more and more. If Russian bases fall under mortar or rocket attack, for instance, there will be a great temptation to expand their security perimeter by several miles. That will mean contact with the enemy, which will in turn create pressure for even more ground forces and even further contact. The generals will be screaming for more intervention if all this comes about. And that will mean large losses, and the potential exposure of Russian kit as being well below Western standard yet again (which really kills Russian arm sales overseas, one of their prime means of funding procurement for their own armed forces at home – it’s the same model the French use). It will take enormous strength on Putin’s part not to get gradually sucked in – unless, of course, he’s planned that all along. But counter-insurgencies are a nightmare to fight, as both Russia and the US have found out repeatedly over the years, take a long commitment and a willingness to take high losses. Is that commitment there?
Are the Russian people in favor of this intervention? Western media say no, pointing to some polling data that ostensibly shows broad Russian opposition to involvement in Syria. Russian people have generally been supportive of Putin’s various escapades in Chechnya, Georgia, and the Ukraine. But further afield?
A little bit more:
Fox News has published more details on its claim that Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately.
Citing a senior U.S. official, the network reports that Russian diplomats “sent an official demarche ordering US planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory”
US military sources told Fox News that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand:
There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria
We have had every indication in recent weeks that [the Russians] were going to do something given the build-up
Airspace de-confliction in a combat area can be a b—h. Generally it requires positive radar coverage of the area (which AWACS can provide, but do we have enough, and are they flying over Syria?). The Russians will probably get positive radar control from the remaining Syrian government ground stations. But without an overall plan and coordination, unfortunate accidents could certainly happen.
And what would it be like if armed US and Russian warplanes happen upon each other? Will we finally get to see how much better the F-22 is than the Su-30MK?
One final thought – is ramping up the scale of the Mideast conflagration an attempt by Putin to drive oil prices, upon which the Russian economy is utterly dependent, up, and a great deal?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, self-serving, unbelievable BS.
………and that the family’s rage at what they call a false allegation may well have precipitated a sting operation to give a black eye to the Irving school system and MacArthur High School:
After the MSNBC segment, Eyman [hero-boy’s sister] and I sit down in the hallway where she says the same thing happened to her as Ahmed.
“I got suspended from school for three days from this stupid same district, from this girl saying I wanted to blow up the school, something I had nothing to do with.” [That’s her claim. But it would certainly be a motive for revenge, would it not. It also seems this family has serious issues with living in Irving.]
……“I got suspended and I didn’t do anything about it and so when I heard about Ahmed, I was so mad because it happened to me and I didn’t get to stand up, so I’m making sure he’s standing up because it’s not right. So I’m not jealous, I’m kinda like—it’s like he’s standing for me.”
Eyman said her suspension was in her first year of middle school, “my first year of attempting middle school in America. I knew English, but the culture was different, the people were different.” [So, maybe you didn’t know Americans are a bit touchy about muslims using the words “bomb” or “slay infidels?”]
Some other important data points. Mark Cuban (HUGE language warning) spoke with young muslim clock-dismantler hero-boy and noted two important details: his sister told him what to say throughout the conversation, and the boy made a point of very visibly demonstrating his wonderful “invention” (taking apart a manufactured clock) to the point of being pushy. A teacher finally got concerned AFTER THE CLOCK WENT OFF IN CLASS and called school administrators, who thought it didn’t look right. From there the police were involved, and while few thought it was a real bomb, few could comprehend why this kid was so all-fire proud of taking apart a cheap, 30 year old electronic device.
Even more revealingly, the muslim family has now refused to allow the Irving PD to release the video of his police interviews, wherein the police claim he was combative and non-cooperative:
Last night, Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne revealed that the family of Ahmed Mohammed has repeatedly refused to meet with city officials, refused to released records exonerating police conduct, and that President Obama had tweeted about the case even before pictures of the so-called “clock” were publicly available. [Remember, Daddy Mohammed named his trucking company “Twin Towers Transportation” as a kind of FU to the entire nation.]
Appearing on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, Van Duyne noted how reporting on the interaction between Mohammed and police had been remarkably one-sided, in part because the Mohammed family refused to release records noting:
“As a juvenile, they can not release those records. The school district, a number of times, has asked the family, to release the records, so that you can have the balanced story out there. The family is ignoring the request from the ISD.”
Van Duyne told Beck it would “help to describe why it progressed as it did” if the records were available. “Nobody is going to walk in and say, ‘oh you’re a 14-year old child, you’re totally cooperating, we have all the answers we need, let’s arrest you,’” Van Duyne added.
A spokesperson for the Irving Police Department has said there have been multiple open records requests for the full police reporting, but that those requests remained in the hands of the city’s legal advisor. The available police report describes the event only as, “…Arrestee being in possession of a hoax bomb at MacArthur High School.”
Van Duyne said that according to the information she had seen, Mohammed had been “non-responsive” and “passive aggressive” in response to questions from police officers.
The refusal to amiably resolve the situation continued as the family rushed to bring Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) representatives into the case, and repeatedly cancelled meetings with the school district and city officials before finally speaking to the media…..[let me re-phrase that: purposefully stalled for time while CAIR organized a media circus. Thus they had a tweet set up from our first muslim president that went out just minutes after the story broke]
…….“At the exact same time they were supposed to be meeting with us, they were on their front lawn with a press conference,“ she said…….
………the Mohammed family were members of a mosque tied to an Irving Sharia Tribunal which Mayor Van Duyne had publicly opposed. [Which would be another strong motivation to stage this thing, to both darken the reputation of the city and to try to force them to allow the sharia court]
So now the family, probably under CAIR’s direction (is the white woman seen directing the Mohammed family photo ops dressed in hijab a creature of CAIR?), is being “conciliatory,” saying they don’t blame the school but “political figures who have created a charged environment,” surely a reference to the Irving mayor who blocked the sharia law court. Man, how badly do they want that thing?!? Apparently, pretty danged badly. It also contains a certain potential threat of lawsuit – as in, if the political environment does not change, they may pursue lawfare against the district.
The family has already pulled the boy out of Irving schools and will probably move out of Irving shortly. Wow……we’ll really miss them.
This is exactly what kabuki theater looks like. The mainstream media doesn’t even halfway fake an interest in the truth anymore, it’s all about sensationalizing the leftist narrative. What a crock.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Interior Life, Papa, Society, The End, Tradition, Virtue.
Sort of a for the record kind of post. Three statements from popes on Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.
“There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside of which no one at all is saved.” – Pope Innocent III at the Fourth Lateran Council, 1215
“We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff” – Pope Boniface VIII, Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302. Poor Boniface VIII. I think his deposing by Philip the unFair was a decisive turning point in the history of the Church, when the secular authority began to assert dominance over the ecclesiastical authority
“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes, and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the Sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, not even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.” – Pope Eugene IV, Bull Cantate Domino, 1441
I do have a question – what is the level of doctrinal authority given to these statements. Obviously, Innocent III’s at Lateran is dogmatic, because it was given by a Pope in union with an ecumenical council. It is also the least precise of the three.
I know papal bulls are considered Magisterial/doctrinal, but do the statements/declarations raised therein rise to the level of a Sacred Dogma. I am no theologian, but my understanding of the degree of certainty that should be accorded to papal statements would indicate that yes, such clear statements that reiterate prior dogmatic statements and clarify/strengthen them are dogmatic. But perhaps I am incorrect.
If they are dogmatic, meaning requiring of the assent of faith of all Catholics, how can Pope Eugene IV’s very specific statement be reconciled with widespread belief in the Church today (they certainly have historical antecedents, as well) that it is possible for those outside visible communion with the Church to be saved through ignorance or other means? Eugene IV’s statement seems to say that ignorance is no excuse and that NONE of those who are pagans, Jews, or heretics/schismatics (including the protestant sects that did not exist at that time) can be saved.
Pope Eugene IV claims that even those who die for Christ but outside communion with the Church are damned. Is this not problematic with respect to baptism by blood?
Cantate Domino also discusses the Church’s definitions of the triune God and specifies that those who reject the Doctrine of the Trinity are heretics and outside Communion. If one is damned for not holding to the Church’s Doctrine of the Holy Trinity could those who are ignorant of it be saved? It would seem that by definition they would not hold the view, being ignorant of it.
In addition, and I think this is most significant, Cantate Domino seems to state – it is not completely clear – that the definition of being “in communion,” or of being a Christian, is having received baptism.
I want to make clear that I don’t reject the idea that those outside the Church can be saved – I certainly hope they can, for the sake of my entire family – but my question is how the doctrines on baptism by desire/blood can be reconciled with Pope Eugene IV? I have read several analyses of this matter from traditional sources, including the SSPX, and found they ignore Eugene IV’s statement entirely or make only an oblique reference to it.
I’ve read some rather exhaustive arguments in favor of baptism by desire/blood as possibilities – which is rather contrary to the dominant meme in the Church today, which is that pretty much everyone is saved automatically – and I found little to dispute in them. What I did not find was analysis that convincingly reconciled Eugene IV’s Bull and the doctrine on baptism of desire/blood. I did read two analyses that tried such a reconciliation but to my estimation they failed very badly.
So……..while accepting the possibility of baptism by desire/blood (while personally feeling these means of salvation are probably quite rare), I would like to see something that really reconciles Cantate Domino with those doctrines substantially, with a minimum of arm waving. Anyone have a recommendation?
Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, pr stunts, rank stupidity, scandals, Society, unbelievable BS.
It got little media coverage, but a muslim man went a bit nuts and burst into an East Texas church claiming he was going to “slay infidels.” For reasons that are not entirely clear, he did not follow through with his attack. He was later apprehended:
Authorities say a man who was arrested for making threats against an East Texas church, allegedly did so citing God as the reason for his actions.
On Sunday at 2:10 p.m., the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Corinth Church located on FM 346 near Lake Palestine.
The caller said an unknown black male was wearing a camouflage helmet, camo pants, tactical vest and boots entered the church around 2:00 p.m. The caller also stated they could see what appeared to be a pistol in his pocket. The man was later identified as Rasheed Abdul Aziz, 40, of Flint.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said the suspect appeared distressed and stated he was a man of Islam, and that God had told him to “slay infidels.” Several parishioners brought Aziz into a room away from others at the church while another person called the Sheriff’s Office.
Before law enforcement arrived at the scene, Aziz left the church and headed north on FM 346 into Smith County. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office notified Smith County and Cherokee County deputies remained in the area in an attempt to locate Aziz, who was not found……..
……At around 8:20 p.m. Smith County reported they had Aziz in custody, resulting from a call they responded to on Beautiful Hills Drive in Flint, Texas. According to the Smith Count Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was found inside thte Pine Trail Shores subdivision.
Aziz was arrested with an illegally-acquired Taurus 9mm pistol and what appears to be at least two 12-rounds magazines and 70 rounds of ammunition.
Of course, the media ran away from this “jihadists gone wild” story, quite contrary to both their coverage of an insane attack on a black church in Charleston earlier this summer.
It is also quite opposite of the fawning, deferential coverage given to a 14 y/o muslim male here in Irving, TX, who was arrested after bringing what he called a “home made clock” to school. School officials who called the police, and police who arrested him, have been lambasted from one end of the country to the other for their supposed bigotry and meanness, but if the bomb had been real, and they not responded, they would have been even more pilloried, and rightly so. Regarding all that hubbub about the boy’s alleged scientific curiosity and brilliance: the “home made” clock was just a disassembled alarm 80s vintage Radio Shack model, and hardly an original creation. The link tells the story in detail, as does this video:
So not only did the kid just take an old alarm clock out of its plastic case and call it an “invention” (which might be expected from a bright 7 or 8 year old, but a 14 year old?!?), he added other wires and features to make it look more threatening. Like a “device.” A potentially explosive device.
This whole flap is smelling more and more to me like a set up from the beginning. His father is a long-time rabble-rouser and frequent candidate for the presidency of Sudan. They have been politically active here in the US. For crying out loud, his father’s trucking company is named “Twin Towers Transportation,” an obvious cheap shot and deliberately provocative name. Irving is of course my hometown and also a city that imposed restrictions on a nascent sharia law court, one of the first of its kind in the US. I have to wonder if this incident wasn’t a bit of fabricated agitprop to help smear Irving as an anti-muslim town and undermine the city’s stand against the sharia law court. It would hardly be the first time we’ve seen astroturf and kabuki theater like this.
As Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, sanctity, The End, the enemy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I am guessing the “Elder Proclus” below is a Romanian Orthodox monk/hermit. I assume he is Romanian Orthodox as that is the language spoken. Stay away from the comments. They are full of anti-Catholic bile, and quite the opposite of what this holy man preaches, even if he belong to a schismatic Church. He would hardly be the first seemingly very holy soul I have encountered among the Orthodox Church.
There is great wisdom in these two videos. Humility is the seed bed of the interior life. Without humility we cannot progress in sanctity. It is so very easy for us to think ourselves right in everything. It is perhaps even easier to put others down, especially in subtle ways in our interior conversation. I think the “elder” is quite wise to advise that we should enter Mass or any other gathering of the faithful so cognizant of our own sins that we feel ourselves the very worst person there. Such beliefs about the self can be found in the lives of many, many Saints. This man also stresses the need for Confession and the paramount need for good and holy priests.
“Now, we are very weak Christians. We are not like Christians from the old times, we have no power…..And there is only one way for us to overcome: humility!”
This Elder Proclus speaks to me with the voice of a man who has not spoken in a long time, or only rarely. Perhaps most worthy of note of all his words are his statements that the end times are near and that all the demons have been loosed from hell to afflict souls on this Earth. That’s a most troubling statement but given what is going on in the world, I have a hard time disputing it. Pray and get ready!
Another video with more discourse on humility:
If we think we’re so holy, we’re being deceived by the devil. The Lord is all good, but He does not forgive pride.
There are more videos of this man but I did not find anymore with subtitles. Yes certainly the Orthodox have their problems (don’t we all) but I found quite a bit that was edifying in this man’s comments. I think humility is a great failing for me. I am not nearly so humble as I should be.
See, if you want to do ecumenism, this is the kind of folks ecumenism could be done with – the Orthodox. There are very significant points of difference but these guys are not protestant, they get the interior life, have the Mass, and there is a huge basis for dialogue and cooperation. Unfortunately the Orthodox are frequently very hostile towards Catholics, especially the more devout (and the reverse is also true, but usually not so fervent).
Another important note: you can obtain a plenary indulgence by devoutly kissing a Crucifix and repeating either or both of the prayers below. The indulgence can be obtained today (Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary) and yesterday (Exaltation of the Holy Cross), so if your time travel machine is working you can score twice! The indulgence can be gained for yourself or the souls in Purgatory.
“Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Forgive us our Trespasses as we Forgive Those who Trespass Against Us
“I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to Pray to the Lord Our God for Me.”
Thanks to reader D for ALL of the above! Really good stuff.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, Christendom, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, sadness, self-serving, shocking, sickness, Society, the struggle for the Church.
1 Peter 5 has an interesting post from Andrew Bieszad on the ongoing immigration influx into Europe and the what it really constitutes. Bear in mind that the vast, vast majority of those flooding into Europe – not from Syria, but from all over the muslim “ummah” – are young, single men. Thus the concept of the “hizra,” or deliberate invasion of non-muslim territory, begins to make sense. Islam has always sought to occupy Rome as the last unconquered bastion of Christianity. Islam is convinced, collectively, that Rome falling to islam would mean the permanent crushing of the greatest obstacle to islam’s worldwide dominance: Christianity.
Much to ponder below:
In Islamic law and applied theology, the idea of the hijra pertains to the movement of a group of Muslims from a predominately Muslim area to a predominately non-Muslim area, with the goal of establishing Islam’s dominance in it. After Muhammad’s death, Muslims have counted two great hijras in the West. The first was the great Islamic expansion from 632 to 750, when Islamic armies conquered all of the territory from what is today central France to Uzbekistan. The second hijra included the Turkish migrations that resulted in the fall of Constantinople, and reached its zenith with Islamic armies besieging the gates of Vienna in 1683. It was during this last encounter that the horde was driven back by Polish Catholic forces into the Balkan Peninsula, breaking the strength of the Ottoman Empire.
The battle began on September 11th, 1683.
After the Battle of Vienna, European regimes began to rapidly colonize the Middle East, and the remains of the Ottoman Empire diminished, eventually being formally abolished by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923 – but not before purging over a million Armenian, Assyrian, Pontic Greek, and Turkish Christians from its lands between 1915 and 1917. [And millions more later] Muslim “revivalists” beginning as early as the 18th century [when the wahhabist sect started] reminisced about a return to the practice of “orthodox” Islam, and posited that in so doing, they could bring about a revival of the same bestial force which conquered so much of the world and subjected so many countless peoples under Islam’s burdensome yoke. [muslim leadres and scholars openly discuss islam’s conceited belief that they should spread by violence/conquering. They love our ladies.] The first hijra conquered Jerusalem in 638. The second hijra conquered Constantinople in 1453. Two of the three oldest and holiest cities for Christians were conquered by Muslims. [Jerusalem was retaken by Christians from 1099-1187. And they didn’t even really try that hard.]
Except for Rome.
This, now, is the third hijra. According to certain voices in the Islamic world, it will be the final hijra, the one that will conquer Rome.
In Islamic circles, there has been a long-held belief that Christianity — and specifically, the Catholic Church — is the main obstacle impeding Islam’s domination of all humanity under one religious and political system. Therefore, in order to realize this vision, the Christian faithful must not only be converted to Islam, but their sacred spaces must be taken from them and given to the dar Al-Islam – “the house of Islam.” If the Islamic conquest of Jerusalem led to the end of Christianity as the dominant religion in the Holy Land, and the same was true in the Byzantine Empire with the fall of Constantinople, the conquest of Rome and the Islamization of St. Peter’s Basilica would mean the effective destruction of the Church worldwide, and its replacement with Islam. [Meh. I’m a bit skeptical about that. But on the path we’re on now, who knows?!? Would the fall of Rome to islam cause people to wake up from their sexular pagan materialist dream world, or would they prefer to keep their heads buried in the sand and/or submit provided they remained comfortable. But they wouldn’t remain comfortable for long, islam would not be able to even remotely manage the finely balanced, infinitely intricate global technological and economic construct that the world identifies with the West.]
I have written extensively about the Catholic faithful and Islam. I have constantly stressed that we must pray and make sacrifice for the souls of the Muslims, and must continue to do so. But as the example of the Church teaches clearly, despite the current reticence from our prelates, there are times when the Church’s members must fight in military combat against their enemies, not least of whom may be the armies of Ishmael. We did so before, and Europe was saved. If we are tested again and fail, many of our churches and faithful may fall under the cruel dominion of Islam. We are seeing this now in the areas dominated by the Islamic State. It is a reality that will only continue to spread if left unchecked.
There are two primary reasons for islam’s sudden resurgence, which would have been taken as a joke even 50 years ago: the vast amounts of wealth being transferred from the developed world to muslim energy producing states, which use some of those funds to spread islam around the world, and the moral enervation of the West. The latter could be easily offset and overcome, but the latter is the key factor. It is the prime reason for islam’s resurgence and for its successful penetration into Europe in vast numbers, as Europeans have sterilized, aborted, and contracepted themselves to the point of economic collapse without the importation of vast amounts of cheap labor. It is also the reason why the militarily, technologically, and economically superior West appears so unable to respond effectively to islam’s rise.
There is, in essence, no basis on which to respond. Liberalism/leftism may be a religion, but it is an empty, hollow one, that deep down even its most fervent adepts recognize. It rarely inspires in souls the kind of conviction that can lead to life-giving self-denial, at least not on the kind of scale needed to respond to the existential threat many feel islam represents. Only true religious conviction can inspire that kind of self-giving (islam certainly does so, but in a manner which is essentially opposite from the Christian sense). Thus, with the ongoing collapse of real Christian belief, the West is increasingly disarmed and unable to respond to this rising threat, except by abject surrender and endless posturing.
Just some random videos that may or may not have anything to do with the above:
Well, what do you know, a ripple launch of 4 Trident D-5 missiles.
The books say the CEP of a Mark 21 RV on a Minuteman III is 100 m (see towards the end). It looks more like about 10 to me.
An oldie but a goodie:
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, disaster, Ecumenism, error, General Catholic, history, horror, Papa, persecution, sickness, Society.
Many observers have noted on this 14th anniversary of 9/11 how many seem to have forgotten the horror of that day. But even more, how have we gone from righteous anger at the atrocities committed by radical islam, to now seemingly cowering before its advance? Sure, there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since, including two ineptly conducted and foolishly concluded wars, but I’m speaking of how islam, in spite of all its trepidations worldwide, continues to enjoy, among the media and elites, anyway, a sort of superiority that makes questioning islam’s beliefs and actions almost verboten. If not verboten, at least something not done in polite society, and something that could get one labeled a “racist” (though islam is not a race) or some kind of bigot, apparently the very worst thing a post-modern American can ever be called.
Well forget that. I am going to remember. Even more, I will share with as many as possible the foul history and beliefs of islam, its constant hostility and hatred towards the Christian West, and general incompatibility with reason and intellectual development. Just starting randomly:
- The founder of islam is a known serial child-rapist, slave keeper and instigator of rebellion and warfare.
- Islam’s beliefs are a melange of Arian “Christianity” (key: Christ was the best man ever, but just a man) and erroneous Jewish sects along the Red Sea coast of Arabia. These likely included remnants of the last “messianic” Jewish cults, the Zealots
- There is a very strong possibility that Mohammad never existed. He could be entirely a literary fabrication. Either way, islam is a religion built on straw.
- Islam is unique among world religions in being spread by violence (the sword). No other world religion uses conquest and threats of violence as its primary means of making “converts”
- Islam is the only major world religion that justifies lying and other sins, so long as they are directed against those not of their faith. Thus, islam really posits a dualistic world view, where only those of the “ummah” are fully human and to be treated decently, while all others are sub-human and can be abused at will.
- Islam is fundamentally opposed to the use of reason. Islam is a religion of rigid obedience, where every word of the 7th century text that forms the basis for the religion must be taken literally. But even more, there is something in the muslim psyche that causes civilizations under its dominance to stagnate and then regress. It is fatalism. For the muslim, everything is the positive will of God. If someone lights a cigarette around a liquid oxygen tank on a flight line and subsequently blows himself and a dozen others to smithereens, it must have been God’s will, not a stupid act of carelessness (this occurred more than once in Egypt. The Soviets had to institute savage security measures to keep the Egyptians from stupidly killing themselves or others). There is no little or no distinction in islam between God’s permissive will (He will allow us to do stupid things that even result in very bad things) and God’s positive will (God intervenes to cause something to occur).
- Mohammad worked not a single public miracle. In fact, the Koran itself claims that Mohammad did not work miracles because God supposedly did not empower him to do so.
- Unlike Jesus Christ and some of the major Old Testament prophets, the “coming” of the supposedly last, greatest, and only really important “prophet” Mohammad was never foretold. It just happened out of the blue.
- Even ancient muslim scholars recognized Mohammad preached error in the so-called “Satanic Verses.” In these verses, Mohammad, under satan’s influence, spoke diabolical error.
- Even when not under the direct influence of satan (according to ancient muslim sources), Mohammad preached many false prophecies. We know from Sacred Scripture that we are to judge a prophet’s veracity on whether or not his prophecies come true.
- Mohammad modified supposed revelations from God and even begged “God” not to reveal any more to him if it further alienated the people, because, most of all, he desired to create a powerful political/religious system that would allow him to gain control over eastern Arabia. This ties in with the Satanic Verses, in which satan ostensibly tricked Mohammad into accepting some of the polytheistic practices and “gods” of the eastern Arabians in order to please them. Mohammad later repented of this action, but many historians feel in this episode a much more earthly motive: Mohammad modified his new religion to gain new followers, and once he felt powerful enough, cast out their many gods since that was the will of the majority of his later believers. This is not revelation; it is politics.
- Mohammad ostensibly said: “I wish, Allah had not revealed to me anything distasteful to them” [the polytheists he desired to convert]. Is this how Jesus Christ approached preaching the Truth to the Jews? No. In fact, it is the opposite. Jesus Christ was willing to be hated and calumniated for the sake of the Truth, and even died or it.
- Islam conquered some of the most well-developed, advanced regions of the world in its first 150 years. Except for those territories retaken by Christians, most all of those regions fell into economic and technological stagnation and then regression. By the mid-1500s western technological superiority in all areas outside warfare was marked and steadily growing. This despite the fact that starting from ~650, islam had a marked advantage, possessing all the well-developed and advanced civilizations of the east while the West was mired in post-Roman decay.
- Only islam advises its members to wage unremitting, unyielding war against those of other religions. This is an ostensible direct command of “god.” History establishes how seriously this command has been taken. But since islam believes it is the perfection of the Abrahamic religions, sent to overtake Christianity and Judaism, and the “God” of islam is supposedly the God of Christianity/Judaism, then God has contradicted Himself at numerous turns not only within the Koran, but especially in comparison to the Christian Bible. In fact, if islam is the supposed perfection of God’s revelation, then God contradicted Himself repeatedly because it is clear from Sacred Scripture that the Christian revelation is the last possible revelation, and that after the death of the last Apostle there could be no new public revelation. Thus if islam is correct, then God is not God.
- Islam is, in fact, a man-made religion inspired by satan to be the ultimate threat to the Christianity he so hates.
- No major world religion today treats women as cruelly as islam. Islam is the only major religion that instructs men to beat their wives.
I could go on and on. Christians have been pointing this stuff out for 1400 years.
Far from stemming from and being a perfection of true Christianity (as opposed to Arianism), islam is in fact of the major world’s religion the LEAST compatible with Christianity, excepting possibly hinduism. Many muslim converts to the Faith note that as the learn the Bible they quickly come to see that the Koran and the Bible are veritable opposites.
Which brings me to the last point: we can see from the above (and much, much more: there are literally hundreds of books on this subject), islam and Christianity are about as alike as oil and water. And yet so many in the Church today (I would say even more among the leadership than among the laity) who try to pretend that islam is basically benign and just sort of a zany sidekick to Catholicism (kind of like having a “zany” ax-murdering cousin). Even worse, they pretend that islam is salvific and essentially on a par with the Church Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, founded.
It’s beyond crazy. It’s like a death wish.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Papa, Revolution, Society.
Interesting points via Patrick Archbold. I’m out of time, I add a bit more below:
ope Francis is wrong on the migrant crisis and the wave of Muslim migrants currently sweeping Europe actually represents an “invasion”, a Hungarian Bishop has said.
Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, Bishop of Szeged-Csanad in southern Hungary, said the migrants “come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar.’ They want to take over.” He added that Pope Francis “doesn’t know the situation” and that many so-called refugees are actually economic migrants.
On Sunday, the Pope called on every Catholic parish across Europe to take in refugees. “Faced with the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees who are fleeing death by war and by hunger, and who are on a path toward a hope for life, the Gospel calls us to be neighbours to the smallest and most abandoned, to give them concrete hope,” he said.
“May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family, starting with my diocese of Rome,” he added.
However, in an interview with the Washington Post, Kiss-Rigo said the Pope was mistaken.
“They’re not refugees. This is an invasion,” he said, adding that the influx of migrants posed a threat to Europe’s “Christian, universal values.”
He also said that many of them were not deserving of help as they “have money.” They have also been leaving rubbish strewn in their wake and have refused food and water.
“Most of them behave in a way that is very arrogant and cynical,” he said
Regarding the portrayal of these refugees – the vast majority of which are young, single men, not old women and children, as is commonly claimed – here are some interesting counterpoints. Many of these folks are not desperately poor, are not from Syria, and are under no particular kind of threat:
The Syrian refugee crisis that the media bleats about is not a crisis. And the Syrian refugees it champions are often neither Syrians nor refugees. Fake Syrian passports are cheaper than an EU politician’s virtue and easier to come by. Just about anyone who speaks enough Arabic to pass the scrutiny of a European bureaucrat can come with his two wives in tow and take a turn on the carousel of their welfare state…….
……..The head of a UNHCR camp called Syrian refugees “The most difficult refugees I’ve ever seen. In Bulgaria, they complained that there were no jobs. In Sweden, they took off their clothes to protest that it was too cold.
In Italy, Muslim African “refugees” rejected pasta and demanded food from their own countries. But the cruel Europeans who “mistreat” migrants set up a kitchen in Calais with imported spices cooked by a Michelin chefdetermined to give them the stir-fried rabbit and lamb meatballs they’re used to. There are also mobile phone charging stations so the destitute refugees can check on their Facebook accounts.
It had to be done because the refugees in Italy were throwing rocks at police while demanding free wifi.
This is the tawdry sense of entitlement of the Syrian Muslim refugee that the media champions.
Hussein said: “We have the feeling that the aid workers are heartless.” (He) lives in a trailer that cost $3,000. The air-conditioner runs with electricity he is tapping from the Italian hospital. The water for his tea is from canisters provided by UNICEF. He hasn’t worked, paid or thanked anyone for any of it.”
And why would he? He’s entitled to it by virtue of his superiority as a Muslim and our inferiority as infidels. There is no sense of gratitude. Only constant demands as if the people who drove out their own Christians and Jews have some moral claim on the charity of the Christians and Jews of the West.
It should also be noted that the story of a man who witnessed his wife and young children drowning at sea after trying to flee Turkey (not Syria!) in a flimsy boat is almost certainly a fabrication. The man was already in Europe when he sent his family over by the cheapest means possible.
Someone suddenly decided it was time to even more greatly open the floodgates from the “ummah” into Europe, by something like an order of magnitude. Somehow word has gotten out it’s time to move now, or you might not get yoru chance. It almost seems like long-set plans regarding a progressive agenda are suddenly being put in motion. We have a bizarre combination in the White House and in St. Peter’s.
Why, and to what purpose, all this is suddenly happening is not being asked by enough people.
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Immigration, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, Tradition.
If CAIR doesn’t like it, you know it has to have at least some redeeming value.
Millions of Christians are being persecuted, driven from their homes, beaten, raped, and murdered throughout much of the Mideast, from Iraq to Libya. The response of the West has been paltry, at best. The US intervention is oriented far more towards quieting political criticism at home than it is towards either defending the ancient Christian communities the US has long abandoned, or seriously attriting ISIS’ ability to continue its genocidal campaign.
Of course, there are always limitations and down-sides to mass intervention. We – the US – more or less created the nightmare afflicting the ancient Christian communities through our original, botched invasion and occupation of Iraq. I am far from certain that another mass intervention would not result in even worse ramifications. However, there are ways to aid those on the ground to defend themselves without using the typical HULK SMASH methods of the US military. One method would be to arm and equip them to have at least a fair chance of defending themselves. This would be a relatively low-cost intervention in terms of money and especially lives.
A Florida gun-maker has come up with what might be the ideal anti-ISIS small arm: an AR-15 based platform called the “Crusader” that contains a verse from Scripture that islam finds offensive:
A new assault rifle being manufactured in central Florida has drawn fire after the gunmaker branded it the “Crusader” and said it was designed “to never be used by Muslim terrorists.”
Spike’s Tactical in Apopka etched its new $1,395 AR-15 with a Bible verse that says “Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle,” MyFoxOrlando reported. [I’ve always seen it read the other way, “who trains my hands for battle, and my fingers for war.” It is part of Psalm 143, and a very good Psalm it is]
Company spokesman Ben Thomas, a former Navy SEAL, said the scripture is something of an insurance policy to keep it out of the hands of terrorists. The idea came to him during the weapon’s development. At the time, the U.S. government was preparing to arm rebel groups in Syria.
“When you make a rifle, you have to understand that it could be used for ill deeds if it got in the wrong hands,” Thomas told the station….[Alright, this is weak. The Scripture is plainly intended to be hostile towards islam, and not without reason. You can argue whether Scripture should be associated with a killing device, but the Crusaders certainly used much religious imagery and symbolism in arming themselves for war against islam]
……The gun went on sale this week and was quickly denounced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida, according to MyFoxOrlando.
“Sadly, this manufacturer’s fancy new gun won’t do anything to stop the real threat in America: the escalating problem of gun violence,” the council told the station. “This is just another shameful marketing ploy intended to profit from the promotion of hatred, division, and violence.” [CAIR is a radical-muslim apologist group and, I believe, element of taqqiyah aimed at disarming the West. I discount all their feigned exasperation]
Thomas defended the Crusader, saying he would like to take a weapon with scripture etched on the side into battle and that the gun is not meant to be racist. [Islam isn’t even a race, there are muslims of every race, but racism is one of the left’s favorite tools to tar those who do things they don’t like, so it gets used. It would be less effective to say they are “anti-muslim,” because, more and more people are, and again not without reason]
“We didn’t say ‘No Muslims,’” he said.
The scripture is etched on one side of the magazine. Etched on the other is a symbol of a cross that dates from the Crusades of the Middle Ages.
Thomas told the Orlando Sentinel the company’s owners did not intend to insult or antagonize Muslims.
I think they’re making a mistake claiming the inscription and other bits worked into it are intended to keep muslims from using the rifle. They’re being put on there to oppose militant islam with Christian truth, even if the application may be questionable and the truth only partial. I sort of like it, though I’m not about to drop $1400 on an AR. I like my guns Russian in origin.
Some other humorous aspects: the select-fire knob is labeled in Latin, “Pax” peace for safe, “Bellum” war for semi-auto, and ‘Deus Vult”- God Wills It – for full-auto? Or just semi-auto again? I like the Crusader’s shield, too.
Note protestant Pslam numbering
I’m sure they’re nice guns. They’re loaded with Picatinny rails, flash suppressor and probably have fine, after market triggers. I can only guess the “Deus Vult” setting would be full-auto or 3-shot groups.
OK, say they’re $1400 but they’re basically hand-made, one would hope in mass production the price would drop to at least $1000. So, $1 billion for a million rifles, roughly. Another $2 billion for 10 billion rounds of ammo (10,000 rounds per gun would be enough to keep them in combat for several months, maybe half a year). So, for $3 billion at least a minimally just means of self-defense could be supplied to the remaining Christians in Iraq and Syria. Training’s another matter.
Eh, it’ll never happen, anyways. Even should private individuals get together to donate money or arms to Christians in the Mideast, the US gov’t would do all in its power to prevent such aid from reaching them. We are in a period of unprecedented persecution when most of the great powers of the earth – governments, hostile religions, NGOs, much of private industry, the academy – appear ranged against the Church. At some point, many of us will have to come to decisions as to whether to be martyred or resist. There are of course moral guidelines governing that resistance, but fundamentally, we do not have to be as sheep led to the slaughter if we can enlist enough people to join us in resistance. We’re not at that point, yet, but it doesn’t hurt to start calculating how one might respond in different situations. They may not be as far away as we would like to think.