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Latest Atrocities Regarding Francis of Rome – Corrupt Donation, Seeking to Sack Raymond Arroyo February 21, 2018

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A couple of recent items regarding the man inexplicably elected pope in 2013, Jorge Bergoglio.  One involves a massive and unusual donation from a US source to a corrupt Italian hospital apparently made at the pope’s direct request, and the other is the working out of a personal vendetta by one of the closest of Francis’ advisers (Anthony Spadaro, SJ) against an unlikely target – Raymond Arroyo of EWTN News, who has, it must be said, been quite willing to air negative opinions regarding Francis and his pontificate over the past several years, and especially the disastrous papal document Amoris Laetitia, apparently ghost-written by Spadaro himself.  Spadaro has been waging a PR campaign to have Arroyo fired, and now wants EWTN anathematized, an action which would surely scandalize and anger millions of the few remaining faithful American Catholics (not to mention being incredibly hypocritical, seeing how much heresy and error is tolerated and even promoted by this pontificate).

First on the donation, from LifeSiteNews and with additional commentary by Bishop Gracida:

Leaked documents obtained by LifeSiteNews connect the Pope himself to a new Vatican financial scandal and raise serious questions about his global reputation as the “pope for the poor.”

LifeSiteNews has obtained internal documents of the U.S.-based Papal Foundation, a charity with a stellar history of assisting the world’s poor, showing that last summer the Pope personally requested, and obtained in part, a $25 million grant to a corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological hospital in Rome accused of money laundering. Records from the financial police indicate the hospital has liabilities over one billion USD – an amount larger than the national debt of some 20 nations.

The grant has lay members of the Papal Foundation up in arms, and some tendering resignations. Responding to questions from LifeSiteNews, Papal Foundation staff sent a statement saying that it is not their practice to comment on individual requests………

………However, the majority of the board is composed of U.S. bishops, including every U.S. Cardinal living in America. The foundation customarily gives grants of $200,000 or less to organizations in the developing world (see a grant list for 2017 here) via the Holy See.

According to the internal documents, the Pope made the request for the massive grant, which is 100 times larger than its normal grants, through Papal Foundation board chairman Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the summer of 2017.

Despite opposition from the lay “stewards,” the bishops on the board voted in December to send an $8 million payment to the Holy See. In January, the documents reveal, lay members raised alarm about what they consider a gross misuse of their funds, but despite their protests another $5 million was sent with Cardinal Wuerl brooking no dissent. [Clouds of intrigue and immorality have swirled around Cardinal Wuerl for decades]……..

…………The lay members of the board have good reason to be concerned about the supposed recipient of their generosity. Pope Francis asked for the funds to be directed to the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a dermatological hospital in Rome that has been plagued with corruption and financial scandal for years.

On May 15, 2013, ANSA, the leading news wire in Italy, reported “police confiscated over six million euros worth of property and bank accounts as part of investigations into alleged corruption at the Italian hospital group Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI).”

The news of Vatican financial corruption connected to the IDI hit international headlines in 2015 with a June 20 Reuters article showing the Italian magistrates suspected Vatican Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi diverted 30 million euros destined for a Church-owned children’s hospital to the Church-owned IDI.

Another ANSA piece from 2016 reported, “Finance police discovered IDI was 845 million euros in the red and 450 million euros in tax evasion while 82 million euros had been diverted and six million euros in public funds embezzled.”

In May 2017, La Repubblica – the only newspaper Pope Francis says he reads – reported on court rulings revolving around the IDI detailing twenty-four indictments, leading to a dozen convictions, some of which carried over three years in prison. The court recognized the evidence from the financial police including “about 845 million euros in balance sheet liabilities and over 82 million in diverted funds, plus the undue use of another 6 million public funds.”………

So it seems a typically corrupt Italian enterprise.  Why would the pope demand a $25 million donation from an unusual source, one that typically gives donations orders of magnitude smaller and typically only in third world countries mired in extreme poverty?  It seems the cardinals on the board – which does not include Raymond Burke, since he does not reside in the US – pushed this donation through over the objections of the lay people who both fund and partially direct it (with final determinations being made by the cardinals, when they see fit to exercise their authority).

Bishop Gracida adds more, reminding us of other financial scandals:

First, what happened to the $140,000,000 left to the Knights of Malta which led Francis to fire Cardinal Burke as the Cardinal Protector of the Knights and to fire the Supreme Knight and to replace him with one of the Friends of Francis.

Second, was Francis involved in the ‘loan’ of $400,000 to Cardinal Sodano for the ‘remodeling’ of his apartment.  A loan made by the Bambino Children’s Hospital in Rome.  Was the money passed through the Hospital in a money laundering operation?  The Italian Government thinks it was and has launched an investigation,   the results of which will probably never be made public.

Cardinal Sodano is Borgia-esque in his personal corruption and immorality.  Benedict XVI spent years trying to drive him from the Vatican and finally succeeded, only to have Sodano – probably – play a role in his downfall through the manipulation of Vatican accounts and the Italian government.  Rorate Caeli has hinted for years there is much to be found in investigating the St. Gallen group, the Vatican bank “scandal,” and Benedict’s abdication and Francis’ subsequent election, but has remained mum on the details.  Apparently there is some connection between Sodano, money laundering, the St. Gallen group, and Francis.  Thus, the Leftist Catholic, the self-mortifying friend of the little man, always concerned about the poor and always living a penniless ascetic existence.  Not.

Onto Spadaro’s patent vendetta, as I said above, he seeks to have Arroyo fired, for criticizing himself, Francis, and Amoris Laetitia – if they do not, he calls for them to be interdicted and shut down:

 Papal confidante Father Antonio Spadaro retweeted a call for EWTN to be severely censured “until they get rid of Raymond Arroyo.”

The call for an “interdict” to be imposed on the Catholic media empire started by Mother Angelica came from Anthony Annett, Assistant to the Director at the International Monetary Fund’s Communications Department[This is a rather odd matter for a major figure at the IMF to comment on, is it not?  Notice the connection to the worldwide financial network, however, along with the revelations above]

An interdict is essentially one step short of excommunication. It bans a person or people from accessing most Church Sacraments.

Annett called for an interdict to be imposed on EWTN because of a February 15 World Over segment.

“Make no mistake,” tweeted Annett, the show’s discussion of a recent Spadaro speech and ultra-liberal Cardinal Blase Cupich “represent ‘total war’ on the papacy of Pope Francis.”……..

………..Spadaro, a Jesuit who is often called the pope’s “mouthpiece,” frequently criticizes critics of Amoris Laetitia’s ambiguity or the Francis pontificate. He is the editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica[Well, he would lash out at critics of Amoris Laetitia, since he wrote it.]

Here is the world over segment, which discussed Francis’ plan to support Leftism worldwide and give a massive rebuke and infinite wound to the faithful souls of China’s underground Church, who have labored under the most severe persecution for decades, by sacking all the faithfully consecrated bishops and priests and substituting them with those approved by the communist government in Beijing (segment starts at 6:47):

The Vatican’s “diplomacy” regarding the Church in China is something I hope to write about soon.  It is an unspeakable betrayal and something that is unjustifiable and frankly even rises to the level of sin, I would argue.  I have long been a supporter and advocate for the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which helps the true Church in China survive by financial and other means.  They have been covering this seductive dance between the Chicoms and Francis’ pontificate for  years, and have rightly prognosticated that Francis seeks to sell out the Church in China.

This betrayal involves no concrete reward to the Church or souls, but only an ideological victory for Francis and his allies in removing a thorn from the side of fellow Leftists around the world, in this case, China.  Unbelievable, but hardly surprising.

Spadaro is essentially Francis’ mouthpiece, so when he exalts Francis as being “light years ahead” of basically every non-communist-appeasing person on the planet, we know what the Pope of Humility thinks of himself.  He’s so far above us peons that we don’t even register on his radar.

And this is the Vatican that has Cardinal Secretaries hosting cocaine-fueled sodomite orgies directly adjacent to St. Peters.  This is their vision for the Church.  It is always sin that drives heresy, and generally sins of the flesh, though those of love of money also often figure in.  These things are all tied together.

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So It’s Pretty Much Obvious at This Point that Representative Democracy in the USA Is Dead February 6, 2018

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I know some, perhaps most, readers have believed that what we have all been sold as “democracy,” or a representative republic where the “will of the people” is expressed, at least generally, in broad strokes, by their elected leaders at the national level, has been dead for decades.  Pick your date for when it died – Marbury vs. Madison, the Civil War, the 16th Amendment, direct election of Senators, the assassination of JFK, the lies perpetrated by the intelligence apparatus to suck us into the Iraq War……whatever – the point is, many of you have been onto the fact that this thing we have been very deliberately and carefully propagandized to believe – that we have some say (again, at the national level particularly) in how we are ruled (not governed) – is a farce.  It hasn’t been true in a very long time.

I don’t mean to sound defeatist, unpatriotic, or, God forbid, like a carping leftist, but if the revelations of the mammoth, ongoing, unrepentant, largely unreported Deep State conspiracies against Donald Trump, and, more particularly, those who elected him, have shown us anything, it is that somehow, over the past few decades (I think it’s mostly occurred in my lifetime), a deeply entrenched unelected unaccountable cabal has taken over the reins of power in this country, particularly at the national level but depending on where you live all the way down to the most local level, and that democracy, or republicanism, as we have all been taught to believe, is a crock.

This cabal consists of deeply embedded, careerist bureaucrats in the government, the academic environment from which they derive their sacred credentials which they purport makes them fit to rule over others, and a media which has become wholly ideological and uncaring about having even a semblance of impartial coverage.  It is deeply classist and thoroughly bourgeois. Indeed, that is their primary objection to Trump and his supporters, that they are so working class, so often Christian, so rough and tumble, so politically incorrect (and thus heretics against their new, self-made, godless and God-hating religion) and just so gauche.

This coalition of the unworthy, this cadre of self-anointed leftists, has grown unchecked in power and influence over the past 50 years irrespective of which party is in office.  Well intentioned fool Bush ’43, however, did a very great deal to make their hold on power unshakable through the the “PATRIOT Act” and unaccountable, secretive courts and apparatus that have been, and will continue to be, ranged against the people of this country not in pursuit of national defense, but in pursuit of naked partisanism and self-aggrandizement.

We are confronted in these present days with a scandal that utterly dwarfs the defining political scandal of the past 3 generations (at least) – Watergate – in which a democrat administration and a democrat political campaign found eager partners in the intelligence and federal law enforcement bureaucracies in order to try to destroy the reputation of the Republican candidate and so swing the election to Hillary Clinton. Even after this effort failed and Trump won, the democrats and their media allies have waged an utterly unprecedented and unconstitutional (as if that matters anymore) campaign to have a sitting president accused of committing some crime, any crime, even (or especially) if it is not an actual crime, in order to drive him from office.

And the media, an absolutely vital component in the system of checks and balances envisioned by the Founding Fathers, has gone over wholly into this same obvious partisanship and absolute contempt for decency, fair play, or anything remotely resembling balance.  Indeed, the relations between the media, academy, infotainment complex, and government agencies is as incestuous as it is corrupt.  All of these entities have a huge stake in seeing the current system continue to grow in wealth and power, no matter the consequences for the “little people” who are being crushed through their avarice.  No, that’s wrong……crushing the little people is indeed the point, as this cabal seeks to create a new peasant class and a new aristocracy.

That this cabal is also entirely leftist and filled with loathing for this nation as founded, all non-leftists, and especially those who believe in God and adhere to traditional morality is simply the glue that holds the entire unholy enterprise together.

I’m ranting, but I think we good cause.  I have listened to hours of media coverage try to pretend that a government conspiracy to destroy a major party presidential candidate (and now president) is of absolutely no consequence, and in fact, that it is the Republicans who are damaging the Constitution and endangering the Republic.  The unmitigated gall…….but as I’ve said before, if you want to know exactly what evils leftists are guilty of, see what they accuse their opponents of.

If you’re looking for specific reasons why I am so outraged and ranting like this, here are but a few: the US in danger of becoming East Germany, intelligence services threaten to stop even their current, feckless, recalcitrant “cooperation” with Congress in overseeing their activities, and switch to outright adversarial obstructionism, if Congress does not stop investigating their unconstitutional and tyrannical activities, the failure to send even ONE IRS or other federal gov’t employee to prison after illegally persecuting “TEA party” groups in 2011-2, the fact that Robert Mueller’s witch hunt is still ongoing after the basis for it has been shown repeatedly to be not just false, but an entirely partisan hit piece………I could go on for ages.  It’s not just where we’re at, it’s where we are so manifestly headed.  As this piece notes:

…Kamala Harris tried to imprison pro-life journalists for probing Planned Parenthood. Now she’s a U.S. senator, whom some think should run for president. What would President Harris’ FBI look like? A lot more like the Stasi than we would like to admit.

More than likely, the best that we can hope for is that Trump will not be wounded politically by all these efforts, but may even get a slight bump.  But given what we’ve witnessed in these last 5-6 years of ugly, self-serving, Chicago machine-style rule, there is absolutely zero chance that any of the major players in this attempt to destroy a properly elected Republican administration will even be convicted of a crime, let alone serve any jail time (which, manifestly, numerous people, from Lois Lerner to James Comey to Strozk and these many other characters should).  The law, the ever-multiplying rules and regulations they impose on  us, are for the little people.  The elite, the connected, the self-anointed (always holding the correct, changing-by-the-minute leftist politically correct beliefs) are above such things.

The question is, how much longer are we not just going to take it, but continue to pay for the privilege through our obsequious submission to taxation and and other means of control?

The other question is, many traditional Catholics would argue that what we are seeing now is the inevitable end state of a democracy.  All previous “experiments” in democracy have failed.  Are we doomed to repeat the experience, and must it lead to civil war and cultural collapse, as it so often has in the past?

What should we, as Catholics, advocate for, in terms of politics, if anything?  Is it better to just try to ride out the calamity, doing the best we can for our family and other loved ones, and let the chips fall where they may?  Is there a point in engaging in this system anymore, or should we only advocate for some radical alternative, whatever it may be?

Crazed Mass Murderer, One of History’s Greatest Monsters, Resigns Planned Barrenhood January 25, 2018

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The rumors have been that Planned Butcherhood is about to get hit with a number of federal charges/indictments, and that some of those might name apparently departing Planned Parenthood head Cecile Richards personally.  She got out while the gettin’ was good.  Whenever one of these ambitious, wholly ideological creatures says “time with the family” or “other projects,” it means it was forced in one way or another.  These people never voluntarily step down from their positions of power and influence.  To the idea that she means to run for governor of Texas – yeah, good luck with that.

Anyway, by deliberate act, she participated in the murder of over 3.5 million babies.  That makes her one of histories greatest monsters:

The President of America’s largest abortion chain Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, plans to resign next week, according to a Buzzfeed report that cited “two sources familiar with the matter.”

A Planned Parenthood representative told Buzzfeed, “Cecile plans to discuss 2018 and the next steps for Planned Parenthood’s future at the upcoming board meeting.”

“The Planned Parenthood official did not comment on Richards’ future,” Buzzfeed reported, even though “Richards, 60, has informed at least some members of the organization’s board of directors [that she is leaving], one of the sources confirmed.”

Richards has overseen America’s largest abortion vendor since 2006. Her salary continually increased as did her tenure. She currently rakes in nearly a million dollars a year overseeing the organization that commits over 300,000 abortions annually. [$3 a head.  What a bargain.]

During the Obama era, the abortion business had an ally in the White House. However, Richards still had to contend with investigations from Live Action and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) that revealed Planned Parenthood’s willingness to cover up child sex abuseaid-and-abet sex traffickers, and profit from selling body parts of aborted babies. [Abortionists cover up sex abuse?  How else do the abusers get rid of the evidence?  I mean, c’mon people!  This is current year!  What else are they going to do with it?!?  It’s not like selling babies into white slavery in Qatar or Brunei is easy these days!]

Since President Trump took office, Planned Parenthood has increasingly sounded the alarm about the threat he and other pro-life Republicans pose to abortion-on-demand.

“Cecile Richards was the most devoted practitioner of Planned Parenthood’s ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra to cover up their barbaric abortion business from the public,” David Daleiden of CMP told LifeSiteNews. “As Planned Parenthood faces federal criminal investigation from the FBI and DOJ for selling aborted baby hearts, lungs, livers, and brains, Richards’ departure shows that the old strategy is no longer working – the secret is out that Planned Parenthood is a taxpayer-sponsored crime syndicate of industrial-scale child killing, and even Cecile Richards can no longer put a friendly spin on it.” [Awesome quote]

“Cecile Richards may be stepping down because Planned Parenthood is under investigation for illegally trafficking in aborted baby body parts and other crimes,” Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, told LifeSiteNews. “She may be trying to get out before indictments drop. She is also tainted with other scandals by her close affiliation with Hillary Clinton and Fusion GPS, which are also being investigated. Planned Parenthood may now view her as a liability.”

“In any case, this news indicates a destabilized Planned Parenthood organization, and as long as they are in disarray, they can’t expand their abortion enterprise, and that is good news,” said Newman.

So for the greatest killers of the last 120 years, Cecile Richards has passed fellow leftist Pol Pot and is up there in Hitler territory.  She’s a piker compared to the greatest leftist murderers of all time, though – Stalin and his 50 million, and Mao with his 100 million plus.

It’s almost like this ideology is the literal inversion of all that is good and true and brings with it nothing but endless, hellish death.  But it’s the official ideology of probably 95% of all the college professors in this country and throughout the West.  Could a hundred thousand academics really be this wrong?

And you want to pay them $50,000 a year for the privilege of indoctrinating your children in this most beastly of ideologies?  Of course, there are ways around this, it’s not a blanket condemnation of sending any kids to any college, but it is meant to be a provocative challenge – are you really thinking about what you’re doing?  And are you doing it for them, or for yourself? I knew a family, an outwardly good, seemingly Catholic family, that refused to believe that Notre Dame University was anything but the be all and end all of Catholicism, and the absolute best place to send their kids to college after going through the incredible sacrifice of homeschooling all of them.  They had 5 kids.  They sent four of them to Notre Dame.  Every single one has fallen away from the Faith. and not in a low key, but a spectacular manner.    They’re not just cold to the Faith, they are positively hostile.  The last kid, the youngest, was lucky.  He didn’t have the grades for Notre Dame. So he’s going to a local community college, and is still Catholic.

I bring up this bit about college because Leftism is an all-pervading ideology with a thousand facets and a million ways to kill a soul.  It’s also the dominant culture in our media-numbed society.  Leftism always ends in death.  Sometimes its the death of millions of babies, other times it’s the death of faith in millions of souls, but it always brings death with it, because it’s not just a creation of fallen men, but it was contrived as a deliberate antithesis to Christianity and godliness.  It’s the tempting alternative to a moral, godly life.  It’s presented as bright and shiny, intelligent and popular, urbane and sophisticated, the default belief set for anyone who wants to be anybody in this world.

But this is what it really is:

For the squeamish, frankly, I could have shown much, much worse.  This is who Cecile Richards is, and what she promotes.  May God have mercy on her soul, and may she convert before it is too late.

Quick Post – Was Marx Almost Right? January 24, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Endless Corruption, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, true leadership.
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A couple of videos from Tumblar House below, critiquing the modern “liberal” democratic state and pointing out its internal contradictions.  Indeed, I think a reasonable argument could be formed that the Catholic hating Karl Marx was somewhat on the right track in predicting that a then-emerging system would collapse of its own internal contradictions, but he was wrong to apply that reasoning to the economic sphere rather than the political.  That’s not to say that anything else was at all right, and in fact I am being a bit deliberately tongue in cheek and provocative in even relating this to Marx, but the point is, there are far, far more identifiable and correctable problems with the modern (cult like) understanding of “democracy” as the pinnacle of political evolution than there were, or are, with capitalism as an economic system. That is not, to say, the modern “capitalist” state with heavy socialistic government interference almost everywhere in the world, and certainly in the global mass economy, with the government picking winners and losers and stacking the deck heavily in favor of corporate titans, but with the essence of capitalism, which is eminently Catholic and essentially the natural economic system of humankind – the exchange of goods and services at agreed upon rates by free actors acting in their own perceived interest.

Having said that, the two vids are interesting and worthy of some reasonable discussion, though I deplore the production values in the first.  Being a host is harder than it looks!  I’ve never heard of this Christophe Buffin de Chosal before, but it seems Charles Coulombe admires his work.  Endorsements aside, I believe he does raise some valid and important points, that democracy, far from elevating the best of society to the top to serve as enlightened, dispassionate rulers, instead tends to advance the very worst – as the top political figures we’ve seen in this country over the past half-century, at least, have made abundantly clear.  What tends to emerge is that, by pandering to the lowest common denominator in a society (buying special interest votes), hidden, or not so hidden, actors behind the scene can gorge themselves on the taxpayer teat while more or less ignoring the will of the masses.  Goodness, to take one issue alone, there have been huge majorities (in the US, at least) in favor of drastically limiting LEGAL immigration in this country for decades, not to speak of illegal immigration, and yet the politicians, beholden to elites who desire cheap labor, continue to enact laws and policies that not only permit but encourage immigration at rates, and from cultures, that are demonstrably eating away at the fabric of not only the United States but the entire West.

Anyway, I am out of time, but discuss.  I know many trads and hardcore Catholics tend to be critical of the modern liberal erstwhile democratic state, anyway, and there are probably a number of monarchists among us, but is democracy doomed to fail? Will it take down the entire culture with us, as it practically did the great ancient civilization of the Mediterranean, collapsing into first despotic rule and then total civilizational implosion, at least in the West?  Are there ways out of this that are reasonably possible?

 

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga – Poverty for Thee, but Not for Me (or my boyfriends) January 17, 2018

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This news is almost a month old, but I think the implications are plain – once again, a leftist ecclesiastic demanding a “poorer church,” a “church of accompaniment” – has been found personally enriching himself at Church expense.  Or, at least, there is substantial evidence of such.  Even more, this enrichment seems to be directly tied to personal immorality of the type practiced in Sodom and Gomorrah, and seems to make plain why these leftist cardinals and other apparatchiks in the Church seek to implode the current moral edifice of the Faith, and replace it with one that is conducive to progressive mores.

There is a long article below, but the implications are damning, both for Rodriguez-Maradiaga, and for Francis, who has apparently sat on this information for over 6 months while deciding how to treat with one of his closest advisers and allies (my emphasis and comments):

When he finished reading the inquiry drafted by the apostolic envoy he himself had sent to Honduras last May, Pope Francis’ hands went up to his skullcap. He had just found out that his friend and main councilor — powerful cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, a staunch supporter of a poor and pauperist Church and coordinator of the Council of Cardinals after he appointed him in 2013 — had received over the years from the Catholic University of Tegucigalpa around 41,600 US dollars a month, with an additional 64,200 dollars bonus in December.Bergoglio had yet to learn that several witnesses, both ecclesiastical and secular, were accusing Maradiaga of investments in some companies in London topping a 1,2 million dollars that later vanished into thin air, or that the Court of Auditors of the small Central American nation was investigating a flow of large sums of money from the Honduran government to the Foundation for Education and Social Communication and to the Suyapa Foundation, both foundations of the local Church and therefore depending on Maradiaga himself.

“The Pope is sad and saddened, but also very determined at discovering the truth,” people of his entourage at Santa Marta, his residency, explain. [Uh huh. Is that why this was not made public for over 6 months, and in fact required investigative journalism (as in, not a Vatican press release) to uncover?  Can you imagine the hue and cry if this had occurred under Benedict, with one of his closest advisers and supporters?] He wants to know every item of the investigation Argentine bishop Jorge Pedro Casaretto conducted in Honduras, on top, of course, of the final destination of the jaw-dropping sums of money obtained by the cardinal. Just in one year, 2015, as shown in an internal university report L’Espresso obtained, the cardinal received almost 600,000 dollars, a sum that according to some sources he collected for a decade in his capacity as “Grand Chancellor” of the university. However, some other rather unpleasant items account for the rest of the sums he received according to Bishop Casaretto’s report. The pope’s trustworthy person put down on paper the serious accusations many witnesses brought forward (the audits totaled around fifty witnesses and included administrative staff of the diocese and of the university, priests, seminarians and the cardinal’s driver and secretary) also against the Auxiliary Bishop of Tegucigalpa, Juan José Pineda, among the most loyal in Maradiaga’s inner circle and de facto his deputy in Central America. [We will learn just how close Rodriguez and Pineda are later on]

After studying the dossier he received directly six months ago, Pope Francis assigned to himself all final decisions to be made. [Because of course he did.  Makes it easier to bury the unpleasant news.  As Rorate has noted, Rodriguez Maradiaga was absolutely key in securing Francis’ election in 2013, and may well have used copious distribution of funds from his leadership of Caritas International to do so – at least, that is the implication, which no one in the media seems interested in investigating]

……..The accusations are many: “Some expenses go to close friends of Pineda, like a Mexican who calls himself ‘Father Erick’, but who never took his vows,” said a missionary. “The real name of the man is Erick Cravioto Fajardo. He lived for years in an apartment adjacent to that of the cardinal at Villa Iris. Pineda, who lived with him under the same roof, recently bought him a downtown apartment and a car. The money, we fear, came from university funds or from the diocese. We denounced this close and unseemly relationship also to the Vatican………[“Close and unseemly.”  I think we can understand just what that means in this disastrous era of sodomitical penetration deep into the bowels of the Church – so to speak. So at least some of this pilfered money is going to the lover and buddy of Maradiaga’s protege and closest supporter, who just happens to live next door to the Cardinal.  But we don’t need any investigation of a “gay mafia” in the Church, right Francis?  Unbelievable.]

The witnesses envoy Casaretto audited talked also about investments to the tune of millions gone catastrophically sour: Maradiaga supposedly transferred large amounts of the diocese’s funds to some financial companies in London, like Leman Wealth Management (whose owner is one Youssry Henien, as the registers of the Company House of England and Wales show). Now part of the money entrusted (and deposited in accounts in German banks) seem to have vanished.

There is more to the story. Casaretto’s report also hints to likely huge flows of money from the media empire the archbishopric set up and Suyapa Foundation, which manages the newspapers and televisions of the diocese, controls. As to Bishop Pineda, local newspapers pinpointed him recently as being the man who orchestrated reckless financial operations and the recipient of public funds (for as much as 1,2 million dollars) allegedly destined to obscure projects aimed at “training of the faithful to the values ​​and understanding laws and social life”. According to the accusers, these expenses were never supported by valid documentation. [Which tends to be the way these guys operate, especially when they need to pay off aggrieved former lovers or the outraged families of violated children.  This would hardly be the first time vast resources intended for the good of souls have been misdirected by unworthy men to enable their corrupt and immoral lifestyles.]

The Vatican is worried also about the Court of Auditors of Honduras’ launching of an accounting probe on the Catholic diocese there between 2012 and 2014. The prosecutors at the Tribunal Superior de Cuentas want to see clear about the lawfulness of the projects for which the government transferred every year tens of millions of lempiras to the Foundation for Education and Social Communication, whose official representative is still Maradiaga. As of the time of writing — so in a letter from the prosecutors L’Espresso obtained — the church did not produce the records on assets and liabilities and expenditure documentations. [Stonewalling from post-Vatican II Church bureaucrats?  Unthinkable!]

Leftism is religion for immoral people.  As Saint Thomas Aquinas and many other great Saints and Fathers of the Church have warned us, heresy, especially from ecclesiastics, is always a cover for personal immorality, almost always involving sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments.  Once a man convinces himself that Church Doctrine is false and his error is truth, that God has lied or the Church radically misunderstood, there is no end to the depths to which he will stoop.  I am not at all surprised that a major progressive Church operator is facing accusations of corruption and immorality – I only sense that there are far, far more such instances of which we are unaware, due to deliberate complicity by a media intent on protecting its co-religionists and ideological allies.

What a catastrophe for souls.  How terribly, terribly sad. Whether AA-1025 be true or not in all its details, I think it unmistakable that communists/leftists did undertake a deliberate program to penetrate the priesthood and fill it with ravening wolves.  I think that effort is dying out, at least in North America, but we shall be stuck with the products of it for decades to come, and with its effects for even longer.

What a fireball nightmare.

Secular Paganism Ascendant: Leftists Attempt to Impose Religious Test for Federal Offices September 14, 2017

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At one time, Christianity was culturally, morally, and, to a lesser degree, politically ascendant in this country.  At least, some notional shade of Christianity, defective at various points and divorced from the Church, but, the United States was culturally and morally recognizable Christian for at least the first 150 years of its existence.  During that time, while the “no religious test” endarkenment error enshrined in the US Constitution always applied (and to eventually a highly destructive degree), one had to at least pay a certain lip service to being a Christian in order to occupy high office.

Over the past century or so, a different, irrevocably hostile religion has gained cultural and moral suzerainty – sexular pagan leftism or rationalistic materialism.  Especially since the 1960s, it has supplanted Christianity as the de facto official religion of the United States, to the extent that nowadays there is increasingly a religious test being applied not only for federal offices, but even for any public role at all, and these tests are rapidly multiplying out into private life.  As a for instance, a private corporation that is a federal contractor embraced the most radical interpretation of Obama’s transgender bathroom executive order, and basically declared that any criticism of transgenderism or sodomy of any stripe would be a fireable offense, even if this criticism occurred outside of work (such as via social meadia).  Basically, Christians were commanded to keep key moral precepts to themselves, or better yet, to jettison them entirely, on pain of losing their jobs.  And, of course, we have seen in recent years numerous careers ruined when individuals are exposed for holding heresies held to be damnable by the sexular pagans.

The end-game for this process is when it becomes completely normalized and enshrined in law (at least common law), such as when despicable leftist senators Dianne Feinstein and thievin’ Dick Durbin tried to apply a religious test to Catholic federal court nominees:

“Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” is an unusual and inappropriate question for a senator to ask a judicial nominee. In fact, the Constitution forbids it.

But that didn’t stop Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., from probing Notre Dame Law professor Amy Coney Barrett about her faith. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. D-Calif., also chided Barrett for being a practicing Catholic, proclaiming, “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Both senators appear to have forgotten Article VI’s admonition that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Officer or public Trust under the United States.” [Well, this has always been a contentious issue.  The attempt to disassociate the government of the United States from an explicit compact with the Christian Faith was the biggest mistake the Founders made.  Over the nation’s history, the degree to which an official’s or candidate’s faith could inform his decision making has varied widely.  John Kennedy more or less had to apostatize the Catholic Faith in order to get elected, stating that he would not allow the Faith – or the “Pope in Rome” – to guide his decision making.  He was not so much opposed by militant secularists at that time -though there were a few – as by bigoted protestants who didn’t want a Catholic president*.  But as I said at the top, in most places in this country, for the first 70% or so of its history, you had to be at least publicly accepted as a fairly decent Christian/Jew in order to get elected.  Certainly there were exceptions, but for the most part, the rule applied.  Much public discourse up till the mid-20th century was heavily populated with references to the Christian God.  Now that is practically forbidden.  Interestingly, however, outside the decadent post-Christian West, acceptance of atheism is plummeting and belief in God is growing rapidly, to the extent that, globally, the number of atheists is actually shrinking.  But in the US, we are still in a period of rapid Christian decline and sexular pagan ascendance, most especially among the cultural, political, and economic elites, but also within the private lives of tens of millions of Americans who, even if they self-identify as Christian, put very little of the Faith in practice in their lives.]

The senators’ hostility to religion was loudly on display as Barrett and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, having been nominated by the president to fill two federal appellate vacancies………

……..Barrett faced numerous questions about her writings, including her criticism of stare decisis or the role of precedent in judicial decision-making in certain circumstances……..

………She also faced questions about a 1998 article that she co-authored as a law student, discussing Catholic judges participating in death penalty cases. In that article she considered situations in which the law and a judge’s religious faith conflict. [And she unfortunately took the JPII neo-liberal stance that the Catholic Church “condemns” the death penalty as gospel, and thus claimed that Catholics must oppose the death penalty.  Well, she is a product of Notre Dame.  As for a Catholic recusing themselves in cases that touch on the Doctrine of the Faith – baloney BS.  Believing Catholics must ESPECIALLY apply themselves to those cases that most closely correlate to the Doctrine of the Faith, otherwise, they are failing in their duty as Catholics.]

Senate Democrats attempted to distort her article, claiming she would put religious beliefs above the law. [The Law of God is above the law of man.  And sexular pagans do this constantly, putting their religious beliefs ahead of the Constitution as written and seeking to re-write it and/or obliterate it] But in fact, she wrote, “The legal system has a solution for this dilemma—it allows (indeed it requires) the recusal of judges whose convictions keep them from doing their job.”

Barrett is not the first to broach this subject. Many Catholic judges have considered and written on this issue, including Judge William Pryor, who sits on the 11th Circuit, and Scalia.

At any rate, these two did finally make it out of committee after this little demonstration by the sodomite-serving leftists.

Had Hillary been elected, I think we would have seen this kind of attack become completely regularized and accepted, if by some miracle any conservative would have ever been able to get elected after her.  Trump is increasingly appearing to be at best a pause, however, he is doing precious little to roll the leviathan back at the governmental level, though he has stirred up a significant cultural resistance.  Well, some of us always knew he wouldn’t be a conservative.  However, if he folds on the wall and caves to corrupt Republicrats on virtually everything else, I don’t know if some less undesirable judicial nominees are enough to vote for him again.  Without the wall, this nation as it was established and intended to be is finished.

*- The best thing Kennedy could have done would have been to implore the leading cardinals of the time – Cushing, Spellman, Meyer, etc – to consecrate the US to Our Lady and Christ the King in a public Mass immediately after taking office.  Doing so would have radically altered this nation’s history.  Alas, he was not remotely interested in doing so, and, probably, few of the cardinals would have been, either.

Media Scum Show their Hateful Loathing of Ordinary Americans……. August 30, 2017

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…….and since we’re speaking of the heroism on regular display in Houston and southeast Texas, also revealing their callow envy at people they know to be far better than themselves.

What a spiteful little bit of bile, via Ace:

There’s actually quite a bit being revealed, probably more than the artist intended.  He shows much more his own ignorance of (and bitter anger towards) Christianity than he says anything remotely relevant of Christians, even erroneous fundamentalist protestants.

A local priest has told a joke/story about God’s intervention in our lives a number of times, and it is perfectly apropos for this cartoon and the whole Harvey situation.  It involves a man trapped on his roof amid steadily rising flood waters.  The man is praying for God to rescue him, and lo, about an hour later, comes a boat offering rescue to the man.  But the man refuses, continuing his prayer.  A little later comes another, larger boat.  Again the man refuses to be rescued.  Still later, when the man has had to climb his chimney as the water rises ever higher, a helicopter passes over and begins to lower its rescue cage, but the man waves them off.  Finally the man is swept off his chimney by the waters and drowns.  When he meets God, he asks why God didn’t rescue him.  God answers “I sent you one small boat, one big one, and a helicopter – what more did you want?”

That is to say, there is nothing to say that a “helicopter sent by government” was not influenced by Grace to respond to a particular person’s needs at a given time or place.  The idea that only a complete redneck imbecile would think that demonstrates the incredibly childish level of understanding our self-appointed “betters” in the media have of Christianity, and their utter disdain for the operation of Grace.  Only those possessed of a reprobate sense would have such a callous view of even the potentiality of the miraculous.  And yet these are the opinion-shapers – even still, even after a million self-inflicted wounds to their credibility – that form the thinking of tens of millions of Americans, probably still a majority.

As for me, I have no truck with anything they say or do anymore.  The media come across to me as high chiefs of a strange and always hostile religion.

More leftist hatred of the petit bourgeoisie here.

Still more ripoff – professional muslim agitprop agent Linda Sarsour misrepresents pro-radical muslim political campaign donation efforts as “hurricane relief.”  Most despicable, using money bilked from  unsuspecting people to stir up hatred and envy among those possibly rendered vulnerable to these terrible vices by the trauma they’ve experienced.  I suspect it will not result in much measurable success in Texas.

Be very careful who you donate to.  Already several shyster donation ripoff sites have been exposed in the Houston area.

 

Urgent Exhortation to Follow and Support the Center for Medical Progress Enduring Persecution August 9, 2017

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A reader who shall remain nameless sent the following e-mail a few days ago, and it’s very good:

With everything going on around us we tend to have short attention-spans. I think this works in the favor of the “change agents”.

One of the continuing sagas that remains in the front of my mind is that of David Daleiden, the young man who filmed the PP doctors openly discussing the sale of aborted baby parts.

It is really astounding to follow this case. It is particularly revealing to see just how much this episode has frightened the abortionists and just how much they are willing to put into bringing the house down on Daleiden. They and their attorneys are doing everything they can to turn the tables on Daleiden and up to this point they have been very successful. It is also revealing to see just how much the “justice” system has cooperated with the abortionists into turning a hero into the villain. Daleiden runs a real risk of doing long jail time and paying hefty extortion money.

I think this case is of particular importance and deserves our attention. If the abortionists and their lapdogs in the judiciary meet with any success they must calculate that his example will go a long way to deter the more feint-of-heart in taking on this powerful cabal.

I’ll not go into detail. It is a lengthy story and I think it deserves to be brought to the front of our consciousness. There is plenty of detail on the website of the Center for Medical Progress http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/author/david/ and you can also do a search to read more about it.

I get regular updates from the Thomas More Society, which happens to be the only Catholic pro-life organization that gets any of my money. I’d also encourage you to consider them for donation. https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/

Not to toot my own horn, but I have written about the Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden a number of times.  However, I have not done so of late.

In order to remedy that, and to point out the extreme levels to which the leftist powers that be are going in order to crush this man who humiliated Planned Barrenhood and revealed them for the greedy butchers they are, I bring this recent release from CMP, which indicates not only how CMPs and Daleiden’s rights are being trampled, but how intertwined the ruling class is with the evil of mass child slaughter:

Today, David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress filed their petition for a writ of certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, appealing the unconstitutional gag order issued by San Francisco Judge William Orrick III against the publication of undercover footage of top-level Planned Parenthood leadership at the National Abortion Federation’s annual trade shows. The petition argues that no federal court has ever upheld a prior restraint like Judge Orrick’s gag order to suppress speech of overwhelming public interest:

“At issue in this appeal is a gag order, a preliminary injunction imposed specifically for the purpose of hiding information from the public, precisely because the information is of such significant public interest and concern—the procurement and sale of aborted fetal body parts.”

CMP project lead David Daleiden says, “Judge Orrick’s gag order, issued at the behest of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, is an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by a clearly biased federal judge. Judge Orrick even wants to press his gag order in the California Attorney General’s bogus criminal case against me—though he, NAF, and Planned Parenthood insist the gag order only applies to my defense, and not to the Attorney General’s bogus prosecution.”

As a key leader of the “Good Samaritan Family Resource Center” in San Francisco, Judge Orrick helped open and fund a Planned Parenthood Northern California clinic inside the Center’s headquarters. Planned Parenthood Northern California has membership in the National Abortion Federation and is a named plaintiff against CMP and Daleiden in Judge Orrick’s courtroom. A motion to disqualify Judge Orrick is still pending.

Just like the Perry v. Hollingsworth case, the case which overturned the California constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and a woman (remember, just a 6 or 7 year ago, when even a majority of Californians still believed that – that is how fast our culture is collapsing), the bias and corruption of a judiciary completely out of control is on full display here.  In Perry, the federal court judge who heard the case was a long-time sodomite and a man who wanted to marry one of his many “partners!”  Here we have a federal judge who has a deeply vested interest in protecting and defending Planned Murderhood.  Anyone with a shred of decency and legal professionalism would have recused himself from the case, but we all know such traits are unknown among the left-dominated ruling class, who insist upon no rules for themselves, but an endless plethora of rules for everyone else (one can also find out just how connected and blue-blooded Orrick is, his family owns the largest and oldest legal firm on the West Coast and one that is in neck deep with the agents of cultural revolution, and have been for a very long time. Orrick himself raised nearly half a million dollars in support of various demonrat candidates, most especially Obama and Kerry).

So keep following the Daleiden case.  I also agree that the Thomas More Society is an excellent group worthy of support.  Please pray for the Daleiden family and all those being unconstitutionally persecuted by these seeming worshipers of child sacrifice to Moloch.  Pray they keep the faith and their persecutors be undone in their efforts to keep the truth about Planned Murderhood and abortion/contraception from the public.

Report Exposes Thousands of Illegal Votes in 2016 Election August 3, 2017

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The real reason why democrats are so mortally terrified of any kind of electoral reform/voter ID/etc – they have long depended on massive voter fraud.  It is widely acknowledged voter fraud for the democrats turned the 1960 election, and it certainly got LBJ into the Senate from Texas in 1948.  There is significant evidence of ongoing fraud in numerous local, state, and federal elections ever since – democrat operatives have admitted to such on tape.  Aside from the illegal and unconstitutional persecution and attempted disenfranchisement of conservative groups as an act of deliberate policy by the Obama Administration – for which persecution not a single person has served even a day in jail – recent evidence reveals that tens of thousands of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, and this is most likely simply the most obvious, easiest to find fraud.  For instance, there are apparently hundreds of people in the US over the age of 115, because that many people voted.  It is further known that this fraud works almost entirely one way – in favor of votes for democrat politicians.

A new bombshell studyreleased by the Government Accountability Institute shows why President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has such an important job ahead of it.

The Institute concluded in its report that thousands of votes in the 2016 election were illegal duplicate votes from people who registered and voted in more than one state…….

…….The Government Accountability Institute was able to obtain voter registration and voter history data from only 21 states because while some states shared it freely, “others impose exorbitant costs or refuse to comply with voter information requests.”

These 21 states represent “about 17 percent of all possible state-to-state comparison combinations.”

The Institute compared the lists using an “extremely conservative matching approach that sought only to identify two votes cast in the same legal name.” It found that 8,471 votes in 2016 were “highly likely” duplicates.

Extrapolating this to all 50 states would likely produce, with “high-confidence,” around 45,000 duplicate votes.

The probability of 45,000 illegal duplicate votes is the low end of the spectrum, and it does not even account for other types of fraud such as ineligible voting by noncitizens and felons and absentee ballot fraud.

To put this number of fraudulent votes in perspective, Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by fewer than 3,000 votes out of over 700,000 cast. Just this number of duplicate votes alone has the power to swing state results and, in turn, elections.

In fact the numbers are probably far higher, because the states that have refused to cooperate are both democrat-dominated and states that have the least demanding voter-ID laws, if any at all.

So between open (and unpunished) persecution of conservatives by Obama and increasing evidence of ongoing massive voter fraud, wither the United States of America?  I know a goodly number of readers have long believed something approximating a real, functioning representative republic has not been operative in this nation for decades if not longer, but what happens when most of the people start to feel their votes have little or no impact or value (see the previous post) is  generally double plus ungood.  In such cases, the people, generally and historically, take to the streets to express themselves when blocked by the regular means.  It rarely ends well.

Then again, I had a long talk with an elder Catholic the other day, and he was recalling the craziness of the 60s, which our times still fall far short of.  So perhaps this is more imaginary than real.  We’ll see, I fear.

KC Media that Destroyed Bishop Finn Won’t Cover Far Larger Teacher-Sex Scandal April 27, 2017

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Very interesting piece from The American Thinker regarding ongoing – and atrocious – teacher sex abuse scandals in the state of Missouri, especially the Kansas City area.  While the vast majority of the populations of Kansas and Missouri are extremely conservative (in fact, Kansas is a hotbed of sede vacantism), the elites in the large cities are overwhelmingly leftist, as are the media.

Bishop Finn was not only conservative but also suspected of embracing Tradition (as his very close association with the Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles revealed).  For that, he had to be destroyed.  He remains the only US bishop ever to face criminal prosecution for ostensible malfeasance in a priest sex abuse case, even though the priest in question committed crimes that pale in comparison to those enabled by left-leaning bishops in the US and elsewhere.  Bishop Finn followed legal protocol and advice in his treatment of defrocked Fr. Shawn Ratigan, and removed him from service after he was found to have taken  upskirt photos of underage girls. But Fr. Ratigan repeated his (comparitively minor) crime, and the KC media had all the material they needed to mount a relentless campaign of destruction.

For instance, did you know that the local newspaper, the Kansas City Star, published NINETY articles attacking Bishop Finn during this campaign?  But Cardinal Mahoney, who had personal knowledge of actual boy-rape perpetrated repeatedly by certain priests, kept those priests in public apostolates, and he remained a cardinal in good standing throughout his tenure, and is still revered and feted around the country and world.

I hate leftism:

On April 15, Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutors charged James R. Green Jr., 52, with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. Green was a teacher and coach at a middle school in the suburban North Kansas City School District. Green’s victim was a sixteen-year-old boy. It appears likely that Green was abusing other boys over a period of at least twelve years in at least two different school districts, and Green’s crime is not the half of it…….

…….Without digging too hard, I discovered that Green was the sixth employee, all male, busted on sex charges with underage students in the last thirteen months in this one suburban school district. At least five of those employees were arrested. The reporting on the sixth was too sketchy to determine. Four of the interactions were heterosexual, two homosexual. In the same week Green was arrested, a campus supervisor at a high school in the North Kansas City District was charged with sending messages of a sexual nature to two female students, one fourteen and one fifteen. His was one of three cases at that same suburban school. In January 2017, the principal was arrested for having sex with students twenty years prior, and in August 2016 the band director was dismissed for sending sexual texts to students………

…….As troubling as these crimes were, what I found truly scandalous was that our local paper of record, the Kansas City Star, has not reported on this larger story. Typically, the paper has done brief one-offs on each crime and then moved on to something meatier, like, say, the latest imagined outrage by Gov. Brownback.

The reason for the silence is not hard to understand. The media and the teachers unions share an allegiance to the Democratic Party. The Star goes out of its way to protect the unions, and the unions have gone out of their way to protect the teachers, including the sexual predators………

………..[While steadfastly ignoring the far larger teacher-student rape scandal]the Star was dedicating its energies to Shawn Ratigan, a Catholic priest with the perverse habit of taking lurid photos of little girls unaware they were being photographed.

For the Star, the Ratigan scandal was tailor made. Unlike most accused priests, his pathology was heterosexual. Better still, the priest’s ultimate supervisor, Bishop Robert Finn, was described in media reports as a “theological conservative” with a record of challenging the Star’s agenda on life issues. [Yes. Don’t think that didn’t play a substantial role, especially when Finn several times publicly embarrassed the rag by refuting some of their pro-abort coverage]

The Star assigned its ace project reporter, Judy Thomas, to the Ratigan story. Locally, she had a reputation for seeking dirt on pro-life institutions, Catholic and evangelical. At the first whiff of the Ratigan scandal, the Star started to run above-the-fold headlines and soon called for the bishop’s resignation. “It’s painful to believe the most vulnerable in his flock weren’t protected,” thundered a Star editorialist. [Meanwhile, almost all the Star’s coverage of teacher sex abuse, which in some cases is even more systematic than it ever was in the Church, is buried deep in the paper if it is published at all]

After the photos were discovered, Ratigan attempted suicide. Bishop Finn consulted with his attorneys, and they assured him that what Ratigan had done may have been perverse, but it was not criminal. When Ratigan recovered, Finn assigned him to a home for aged nuns and imposed numerous restrictions. They did not work. Ratigan was caught taking photos at a family reunion.

The Star ran at least ninety articles on the Ratigan case, creating enough hysteria to get Ratigan a fifty-year prison sentence and get Finn, a saintly man, prosecuted for failure to report Ratigan to the police immediately. [And giving a hostile pope all the ammunition he needed to replace this good bishop years before the normal retirement age.]

Over the years, Catholic dioceses have dramatically altered their policies for identifying, reporting and removing alleged clerical predators, but, with cover from the media, public school districts have been largely insulated from any efforts to reform union practices.

Star editors went so far as to call Bishop Finn “repulsive,” but they have yet to mention the name of the man who runs the North Kansas City School District. As I have discovered, it is not just the national media that need to be watched. No, the local media are just as bad, maybe worse. [Which is why I dropped my subscription to the Dallas Morning News about 8 years ago.]

It was a hatchet job from beginning to end, deliberately construed to whip up enough public frenzy to get Finn not just charged, but convicted and then ultimately removed.

But Ace makes a great point.  The media – all media, entertainment, infotainment, “news,” etc. – only has the influence on us we choose to allow it to have.  If you are an expert in a certain field, or have a decent depth of knowledge, haven’t you noticed how often the media butchers related topics, and makes error after error?  Sure we discount the media’s political bias, but what about their cultural bias or even their plain knowledge of the world? Why would you believe they would be any more right in any other field?

Thus, the alternative media.  I am surprised, however, at the extent even people who should – who do! – know better still allow themselves to be moved on numerous issues by media opinion.  I just had the case of a (not terribly close) family member opining that “gay marriage” was just fine by them, because “they are in love and that’s who they are and how can we ‘deny them happiness'”?  Parroting almost word for word what the mass media says. Yet these same individuals see through the media lies regarding Trump. Discouraging.

Then again, they’re episcopalian, so go figure.