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French mathematical society obliterates global warming cult hysteria December 1, 2015

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This is a tad dated, but given the looming Paris climate conference, still quite timely.  A society of French mathematicians has issued a scathing critique of global warming hysteria, which it alludes to in various places as functioning like a religious cult.  Of course, it is, it’s one of the more extreme manifestations of the religion of sexular paganism.  What the mathematicians and the leftists all miss, however, is that God created man with a foundational predisposition towards religion.  He did that to give us every advantage to accept and practice the true Faith, His Church, but when that Church is rejected or ignored, that religious hunger in-built in humanity still has to be satisfied.  Many thus turn to false pagan religions, as they have throughout history, including made up ones that pretend not to be religious at all, even while behaving with the most lockstep dogmatism imaginable.

Thus, the global warming cult:

As the United Nations gears up for its next international conference on climate change in Paris next month (COP 21), a scathing white paper released by a society of French mathematicians calls its fight against global warming “absurd” and “a costly and pointless crusade”.

“You would probably have to go quite a long way back in human…history to find [such a] mad obsession,” according to a translated summary of the document released in September by the Paris-based Société de Calcul Mathématique SA[And, with the constant manipulation of data on a truly unprecedented basis, in addition to the blocking of other data, refusal to publish articles skeptical of global warming in journals, blackballing of skeptics, advancement and extolling of warmists, massive political involvement distorting the entire process……..this is probably the single greatest scandal in the history of science, one that has the potential to shake cultural deference towards “science” – one of the bedrocks of the post-enlightenment paradigm – to its core.]

The mathematicians harshly criticized a “crusade [that] has invaded every area of activity and everyone’s thinking,” noting that “the battle [against] CO2 has become a national priority.


“There is not a single fact, figure…[or] observation that leads us to conclude the world’s climate is in any way ‘disturbed,” the paper states. “It is variable, as it has always been. … Modern methods are far from being able to accurately measure the planet’s overall temperature even today, so measurements made 50 or 100 years ago are even less reliable.” [and predictions of the future based on deeply flawed models even more so]

Noting that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) have “always” varied, the French mathematicians also said that after processing the raw data on hurricanes themselves, they verified that “they are no more frequent now than they have been in the past.”

“We are being told that a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees C[elsius] by comparison with the beginning of the industrial age would have dramatic consequences and absolutely has to be prevented.

“When they hear this, people worry. Has there not already been an increase of 1.9 degrees C?

“Actually, no. The figures for the period 1995-2015 show an upward trend of about 1 degree C every hundred years! Of course, these figures, [which] contradict public policies, are never brought to public attention,” the white paper stated.

Obviously, many things can cause climate change. Human activity and cow farts are not at the top of the list… if they even make the list:

The French mathematicians also said that the UN’s climate models have failed to take into account natural phenomena that affects climate far more than human activity.

Human impact on the climate is “tiny, quite negligible in comparison with natural causes,” they point out. “Human beings can do nothing about solar activity, the state of the oceans, the temperature of the Earth’s magna, or the composition of the atmosphere.”

Furthermore, the work done by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does not meet the basic standards set by reputable scientific journals because its “conclusions go [contrary] to observed facts; the figures used are deliberately chosen to support its conclusions (with no regard for the most basic scientific honesty); and the variability of natural phenomena is passed over without comment.”

“Shut up,” they replied.  That’s about all they’ve got at this point.

How’s this for self-defeating idiocy: the onerous environmental standards already imposed, and to be strengthened dramatically if the warmists have their way, are unevenly applied to already developed countries, countries whose emissions per unit of output are far, far lower than those of developing nations like China and India.  Further tightened standards simply drive economic activity from developed nations to the less developed ones, which don’t have such stringent standards, resulting in MORE net global emissions (pollution) than less!  Such is the inanity of the religion of global warming, but it’s functioning as designed: it’s not about the environment, it never has been, it’s about leftism, government control of the means of production and driving “icky” manufacturing overseas.

And so much of this warmist pagan religion is about virtue display and tribal signalling by people too attached to sin to countenance changing themselves. That’s what powers their moral zeal to crush opponents, which is rapidly destroying science as an honest intellectual pursuit.

Leftism is a religion, one implacably hostile to Catholicism.  I pray our Church leadership comes to recognize that fact at some point, because we’re already past too late.

An ender for Ted Cruz? Mocks banning contraception, large families December 1, 2015

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Ted Cruz is, by his rhetoric and voting record, probably one of the more pro-life candidates running for office in the 2016 election.  But even he seems to fail to comprehend the moral environment that leads to massive demand for abortion, and more specifically, the inextricable link between mass contraceptive use and a million-plus abortions a year.

In a recent stump speech in Iowa, Cruz – who had heretofore been my preferred candidate in a very weak field – mocked both the idea of “banning” contraceptives and, to some, the idea of having a large family.  I have some in-laws who might take a bit of exception to the tittering Cruz elicited with his comment on being glad not to have 17 kids:

This underscores one of the conundrums of trying to vote as a Catholic.  There are virtually no national level politicians who do not hold morally unacceptable positions.  Cruz is about as conservative a candidate as there is the Repubnik field but we see here even he holds some seriously problematic positions.  This is a gaping hole in his pro-life credentials, since contraception creates the moral and intellectual environment in which abortion thrives.  Failed contraception is the primary reason for seeking out abortion (aside from the innate selfishness of the act).  To claim to be against abortion while ridiculing the idea of limiting contraception is a fool’s errand and a completely untenable position.

As a political strategy I understand where Cruz is coming from.  The “war on women” has always been made up, just like the current “rape epidemic” on college campuses is utterly made up, too.  Both have been deliberate demonrat strategies to achieve electoral success.  But I find Cruz’s logic and response flawed.  He probably knows all too well, even were he inclined to work towards some kinds of limits on contraceptive availability, that to advocate for such would mean electoral death worse than threatening to do away with Social Security.  Which is a dang sad commentary on our nation, Sandra Day O’Connor was not incorrect when she stated that the entire post-60’s revolution American lifestyle is built around contraception.  So I get there is a strong political angle to this.

But at some point we’re going to have to have some pols who will be willing to recognize that this nation will never extricate itself from its current rapid slide into destruction unless some of these sacred shibboleths of the left and leftist inspired “conventional wisdom” are challenged.  There are some fringe parties that are a bit more moral choice, but in the near term they are unlikely to have much success.  There are radical options like secession but Texans are as addicted to contraception and any number of other moral evils as anyone else.  I don’t see a lot of hope on the horizon for the conversion of this nation – because that’s absolutely what’s needed – short of some calamity that finally shakes people from their comfortably amoral lethargy and gets them to recognize the cancers eating away at this nations’ fabric.

Until then, I’ll remain politically active but excuse my cynicism if it all seems like window dressing and bread and circuses for the more intelligent.


Pope Francis: “Wars are the leading cause of death.” December 1, 2015

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Pope Francis made an absolutely ludicrous statement.  Wars are so far from being the leading cause of death virtually EVERYWHERE in the world his statement below beggars belief.  Is he really this ill-informed, or unhinged, or given to ridiculously flawed on the spot statements?

On his recent flight back from Africa, Pope Francis was asked a “gotcha” question from the press regarding condom use in avoiding the spread of HIV on that continent where it is so rife.  After undermining 2000 year old doctrine yet again, Pope Francis went on a rant that exposed his incredibly simplistic (I would really like to say, stupid) view of the causes of poverty and suffering in the world while once again harping against “arms manufacture” and wars.  But when he claims that wars are the number 1 cause of death (he said this generally, as if it is a universal truth around the world), he really demonstrated his grave inability to either proclaim the Faith or even think clearly, missing the obvious fact (which rarely, if ever, appears to occur to him) that ABORTION has been the leading cause of death around the world over the past 40 years, with probably close to two BILLION lives snuffed out in that time from this satanic sacrifice of perfectly innocent (of actual sin) children:

Pope: The question seems biased to me. Yes, it is one of the methods, the morality of the Church faces a bit of a predicament here. [No, it doesn’t!  The Doctrine of the Faith, properly understood and explained, never faces a “predicament” it cannot viably address.  How about, stop fornicating, stop raping virgins, stop engaging in anal sex with men?  No, that’s too “hard,” it’s an unsolvable “predicament!”] The fifth or the sixth commandment: defend life or a sexual relationship that is open to life. [So is he uncertain which one it is?  Nevertheless, there is much more to both Commandments that simply being open to life]  But this is not the problem. There is a greater problem than this: this question makes me think of the question they once asked Jesus: tell me Master, is it acceptable to heal on a Saturday? Healing is obligatory!  Malnutrition, exploitation, slave labour, the lack of drinking water, these are the problems. [Modernists always are trying to achieve an earthly paradise. They insist that all temporal suffering be wiped out.  I’m not saying these things should not be overcome, but the mentality is most distressing, because Pope Francis and those like him appear to throw out the Church’s constant understanding that joyfully accepted suffering of our lot in life is THE prime means of living in accord with Grace and achieving salvation. “Take up your cross and follow me.”] We’re not talking about which plaster we should use for which wound. The great injustice is social injustice, the great injustice is malnutrition. I don’t like making such casuistic reflections [“casuistic” is Jesuit-speak for doctrinal distinctions/clarity – saying “No you cannot do that” when it comes to the groinal issues] when there are people dying because of a lack of water and hunger. Think about arms trafficking. When these problems cease to exist, then I think we can ask ourselves the question: is it acceptable to heal on a Saturday? Why are arms still being manufactured? Wars are the leading cause of death. Forget about whether it is acceptable or not to heal on a Saturday. Make justice and when everyone is healed, when there is no injustice in this world, then we can talk about Saturday.

Wow.  Just wow.  Does he really believe this?  I mean, could he really be that unimaginative and that much of a lockstep ideologue?

Even at the height of WWII, there were more people dying from natural causes around the world than were dying from warfare.

And throughout it all, not a single mention of abortion

Peace out man, groovy, like, you know, war is bad n’ stuff.  Flower power, make love not war, smoke a J, give peace a chance.

But if you thought that’s bad, Pope Francis also pronounces that faithful Catholics are idolaters:

[Pope:] In the Catholic Church we have some – many – who believe they possess the absolute truth and they go on sullying others through slander and defamation and this is wrong. I say this because it is my Church. [His Church?  Or Jesus Christ’s?]Religious fundamentalism must be combatted. It is not religious, God is lacking, it is idolatrous. What religious leaders need to do is convince people who have these tendencies. [You’re failing, massively] Fundamentalism that ends in tragedy or commits crimes is a bad thing but it exists in all religions. [But only ONE religion for the past 100 years has made its very mission to be the murder of thousands of innocent non-combatant individuals in the name of God through hundreds if not thousands of separate attacks and ongoing wars of conquest and oppression. But that religion does not get names, no, it’s those damned fundie Catholics who have to be combated]

The similarity in diatribes from Pope Francis and President Obama are amazing.  Both turn a deliberately blind eye towards the grave threat (and constant atrocities) of militant islam, while both castigate Christians for their perceived failings (mostly of the distant past). Both also seem to view their internal ideological opponents as their true objects of ire, while barely being able to even feign much concern over islam.

And yes, Pope Francis, I do believe the Catholic Church has absolute Truth, that’s why I became Catholic. It is very much apparent you are equally convinced that the Church does NOT possess that Truth.  What you are doing leading the Church, the very Body of Christ on earth, I really cannot possibly imagine, other than that God is very, very displeased with us.  And I feel Pope Francis has, since the beginning of his pontificate, made very clear who he views as those “fundamentalist Catholics” – that is, his prime ideological opponents – those who hold the Truth revealed by Jesus Christ through His Church to be inviolable, and in particular those attached to the pre-conciliar practice of the Faith.

In other words, you and me.

In one sense, I am very glad for Francis’ pontificate. He manages to put the struggle for the Church in starkest, grimmest terms possible.  We see with him exactly what the Church is faced with in combating this great modernist revolution. At least, it is apparent to those with eyes to see………

Threat brewing to TLM from liberal episcopal conferences? November 30, 2015

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Not the usual threat – pretending the TLM is some kind of forbidden act, like the “lambada” – but attempting to inflict the post-conciliar reform on the TLM in the form of the death of a thousand cuts.

That’s one possible interpretation – in addition to the overtones of ecumania – to the request/demand of the episcopal conference of England and Wales that the language of the TLM be changed again with regard to the prayers of the conversion of the Jews in the Good Friday intercessory prayers.  Those prayers form part of the Mass of the Presanctified.  So this could be more ecumenism gone wild……or could it be something more?

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a public request [public] that the Vatican change the prayer for the Jews said on Good Friday in the Extraordinary Form liturgy.

The prayer, composed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, asks God to illumine the hearts of the Jewish people “that they acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Savior of all men.” [You can see why I rarely quote Catholic Culture anymore. They are not speaking accurately or fairly here. Did the TLM just fall from the sky in 2008?  Was it invented by Pope Benedict?  So what really happened in 2008?  Was it not that Benedict caved to heavy pressure from within and outside the Church to edit the ancient prayers imploring conversion of the Jews because they used supposedly “harsh” terms like “blindness of that people” and “take away the veil of their hearts,” which for 1000 years or more had been known as charitable pastoral concern, not anti-Jew bigotry?]  

Archbishop Kevin McDonald, who chairs the British bishops’ committee for relations with Jews, said that the prayer has “caused great confusion and upset” among Jews. The bishops of England and Wales said that the prayer should be revised to reflect the understanding of relations between Catholics and Jews that is set forth in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate.

What tosh.  Let me translate for you: the TLM throughout conveys ideas and expresses very clear beliefs that are irreconcilable with much post-conciliar belief and practice.  The two can at best only warily coexist.  The modification of the the TLM statements having to do with the Jews is just one very small area where the post-conciliar Church That Is would like to force the Church That Was -as represented by the TLM – into accepting the new order.  Benedict’s wording in 2008 was a somewhat skillful compromise that minimized the actual damage while setting a disastrous precedent (verified by the actions of the English episcopal conference).  We can see that the editing that has occurred so far has not satisfied the demands of the ecumaniacs and other progressives.

So is this just a special case of a certain excess of concern towards the opinions of the Jews regarding our 2000 year old sacred worship (I note the Church is not permitted to make similar criticisms of Jewish practice), or is it a sign of a general effort – perhaps in its most nascent stages – to neuter the TLM and render it more acceptable to the post-conciliar ethos and reigning secular pagan zeitgeist?  The evidence to date points to the former, but the known intent of the revolutionaries in the Church screams the latter.

If you want your TLM, you may have to fight to keep it.

Note, I haven’t even addressed the profound lack of supernatural charity exhibited by this constant kow-towing to the Jews (and other religions) by Church leaders.  Their lack of faith is as amazing as it is apparent, and is the only explanation for their apparent contempt for the eternal destiny of millions of souls in a fallen and obsolete religion – rendered obsolete by the direct act of God, and the Jews continuing refusal to accept the most direct Divine revelation in the history of the world.

Brief reminder: Beware donating to Salvation Army this Christmas November 30, 2015

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Christians, especially devout Christians, like to give.  Americans like convenience.  Couple the two, and the ringing bell of the Salvation Army seeking donations outside your local Target or Walmart might make a strong temptation.

Probably readers of this site are, for the most part, disinclined to donate to the Salvation Army, being at least somewhat aware of the really bizarre beliefs of their founder (which largely continue to this day), but in case you needed another reason, the Salvation Army is also quite squishy on abortion and, like so many other charities, has ties to Planned Barrenhood.  In case you’re like me, and have occasionally in the past fallen into some impulse charity, this info might arm you with the moral resolve not to seek an endorphin rush charity thrill with this particular organization:

The Salvation Army notes that termination can occur when “carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother” or diagnostic procedures identify a fetal abnormality causing only a “very brief post-natal period”. Further, rape and incest also represent “special case[s] for the consideration of termination”. These exceptions portray a troubling contradiction to the professed “sanctity, unique dignity and respect” due to the “image of God” found in our unborn brethren………

…….While SA may not directly contribute to PP, there is evidence that they do partner with one another. Research by Life Decisions International has found this to be the case, and has placed the Salvation Army on their Dishonorable Mention list. Further, American Life League has also found a troubling connection between the two. Simply considering “all the good they do” is not enough to excuse or set aside this compromise of pro-life principles…….

……As we further peruse the SA website we can also find stated support of contraception in their international positional statement:

A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us to a commitment to the prevention of unwanted pregnancy through means such as access to reliable birth control ….”

And about that doctrinal craziness:

………Founder William Booth completely rejected the Sacraments. Although for some years he continued to follow the Protestant tradition of two Sacraments – Baptism and the “Lord’s Supper” — he held they were purely symbolic, until finally he dispensed with them altogether. In practice, many adult recruits had never been baptized, nor was it required. In the end, Booth had come to the conclusion that not only were the Sacraments not vital, they were mistakes. Therefore, in his “Foundation Deed”, he abolished the Sacraments completely.

That’s really just the beginning.  There is a lot more.

I know it can be frustrating to find non-morally compromised charities to support.  There are some.  I’ve compiled a list in the past, but danged if I can find it now!  I still like Food For The Poor, though they’ve had a bit of taint about them the last year or two.  Some local homeless charities are good, but check their websites because many of the larger ones have some kind of relationship with Banned Parenthood.

Shock! Pope Francis unequivocally condemns tens of millions worldwide! November 20, 2015

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Too bad those tens of millions are involved in a perfectly legitimate enterprise that has long been found as perfectly justifiable by the Church.

That’s how it reads to me, anyway, when he indulged in this……..I have to call it a rant…….today at Casa Santa Marta.  So apparently fornicators, adulterers, and even sodomites are beyond judgment, but those involved in the defense of nations……..cursed:

 Pope Francis went on to recall the recent commemorations of the Second World War, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, his visit to Redipuglia last year on the anniversary of the Great War: “Useless slaughters,” he called them, repeating the words of Pope Benedict XV. “Everywhere there is war today, there is hatred,” he said. Then he asked, “What shall remain in the wake of this war, in the midst of which we are living now?”

“What shall remain? Ruins, thousands of children without education, so many innocent victims: and lots of money in the pockets of arms dealers. Jesus once said: ‘You can not serve two masters:  either God or riches.’ War is the right choice for him, who would serve wealth: ‘Let us build weapons, so that the economy will right itself somewhat, and let us go forward in pursuit of our interests. There is an ugly word the Lord spoke: ‘Cursed!’ Because He said: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers!.’ The men who work war, who make war, are cursed, they are criminals. A war can be justified – so to speak – with many, many reasons, but when all the world as it is today, at war – piecemeal though that war may be – a little here, a little there, and everywhere – there is no justification – and God weeps. Jesus weeps.” 

The Holy Father went on to say that, while the arms dealers go about their business, there are the poor peacemakers who, perforce to help another person, and another and another, spend themselves utterly, and even give their lives……

Pope Francis is applying a corollary that is non-scriptural and also not part of the Tradition.  Yes, our Blessed Lord certainly did say “Blessed are the peacemakers,” but he did not say “damned are the soldiers are weapons merchants.”  That’s a huge logical leap that is totally unsupported by the Church’s extremely well developed doctrine surrounding warfare and the taking of human life.  Pope Francis is emoting that false modern belief that to be Christian is to be pacifist.  This belief, like so many others, is based entirely on distortions of the words of great Saints and fathers, wrong interpretations of bits of Scripture, and a burning desire to witness not to the Faith but the worldly progressive zeitgeist.

It is also manifestly unjust.  It takes more than a bit of cheek for a man who, by many reports, cooperated with the military junta during Argentina’s Dirty wWar, to call those “who work war, who make war” cursed and criminals.  There are many perfectly morally justifiable reasons to serve in the armed forces and to be involved in the defense of one’s country. There are situations in which armed combat is not just permissible, but even a moral imperative. Our Lord never once condemned soldiers, he simply told them to do their duty and not abuse people sinfully.  Our Lord in fact reserved some of his highest praise for a Roman Centurion, who described his faith in terms of military discipline and left Our Lord amazed.

This pope once again shows himself as a man upon whom nuance is lost.  He also shows himself to be a disturbingly ideological creature, and a man given to fits of passion.  He has here condemned many dozens of very good souls I know who are involved either in the defense industry or the military.  It is simply an amazing departure from the kind of careful thought and thorough grounding in tradition we have come to expect from popes going back centuries, even the relatively recent (and more problematic) ones.  I wonder if the Holy Father gave any thought to the grave disconcert his statements would give to the millions of Catholics worldwide who work in some capacity related to the defense industry and/or armed forces?  This is a blanket condemnation without exception, compared to the extravagant “mercy” he extends to those involved in actual moral depravities, it’s really an unconscionable statement.

It’s also inconsistent as hell.  Remember when he excoriated the WWII Allies for not bombing the railroads leading to Dachau and Sachsenhausen?  But I thought all war-making and war-fighting was cursed?  Never ask a liberal to be consistent, it all depends on his feels at a given moment.

But not altogether unpredictable. Indeed, in so many ways, this pope seems to be gradually revealing his very novel, doctrinaire vision to the world as time unfolds.

Rorate notes the translation appears solid.  They also add this:

More than ever, Francis symbolizes a Church and a civilization that is tired and has lost its will to live: a “West” that in the face of wrath it could not comprehend, possessed with only a fraction of the conviction that its enemies has, takes refuge in meaningless slogans that inspire no one, help no one, and only encourage those who would like to destroy everything that is holy, everything that is of value.

Indeed.  Enjoy your Camp of the Saints.

The world has lost its sense of irony November 19, 2015

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Two highly ironic things in the article below.  The irony is completely lost on the subjects.  Case 1, one of the major reasons Missouri’s black students are up in arms – aside from the tingly sensation of power they are enjoying – is because the university has had to cancel it’s health insurance for graduate students due to Obamacare.  This especially upset the millionaire son hunger-striker.  Case two, Planned Barrenhood reveals for the umpteenth time their complete lack of shame:

University of Missouri graduate students, including hunger strike protester Jonathan Butler, have been protesting on campus in part because of cuts to the students’ health-care coverage as a result of Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the cutbacks were explained in detail on an August posting on the school’s website, which said Obamacare’s regulations banned employers, like universities, from paying for their grad students’ health insurance.

Graduate students would have to buy insurance in individual markets as a result of not being eligible for the insurance plan offered to MU staff and faculty.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported that the Internal Revenue Service posted a bulletin offering guidance on this issue and threatened “severe” penalties for noncompliance.

…….In a letter announcing his hunger strike, Butler described incidents that, he said, “dynamically disrupted the learning experience for marginalized/ underrepresented students.” [Oh PLEASE!  Underrepresented even though admissions standards are dramatically lower for certain minorities, which doesn’t help their representation when over half fail out during their freshman year]

Butler wrote, “In the past 90 days alone we have seen the MSA (Missouri Students Association) President Payton Head being called the n-word on campus, [by a non-student, if it happened at all. The word was allegedly called from a passing vehicle, making misinterpretation very likely.  And what precipitated it use?] graduate students being robbed of their health insurance, [blame your brother Barack for that]Planned Parenthood services being stripped from campus, #ConcernedStudent1950 peaceful demonstrators being threatened with pepper spray, [BS] and a matter of days ago a vile and disgusting act of hatred where a MU student drew a swastika in the Gateway residential hall with their own feces.” [which was not directed at any group, and could have just been drunken stupidity]

Now for the Planned Barrenhood stupidity:

Mizzou also canceled 10 contracts with Planned Parenthood three months ago. The contracts had allowed MU’s nursing and medical students to get experience at Planned Parenthood facilities in five cities in four states, the Associated Press reported….

………The canceled contracts angered both student body and faculty alike, and two months later, by October, MU allowed its nursing and medical students to work at Planned Parenthood clinics. The new agreement, however, banned the students from participating in abortion services — a measure that was allowed under the previous agreements.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri president and CEO Laura McQuade was pleased the agreements were renewed but told the AP that “more must be done.” She said the university had surrendered to “political bullying.”

Oh now that’s rich!  Planned Barrenhood, which unleashed the most brazen bullying imaginable to crush Susan G. Komen when they defunded them, complaining about mass opposition to Planned Barrenhood’s selling of murdered baby parts as “political bullying!”

And how did abortion become legal, anyway?  Was that not an undemocratic act of political bullying by 7 unaccountable, unelected old men in black robes?!?  And what of Planned Barrenhood’s bribes and payouts to politicians to keep abortion legal, isn’t that a form of bullying?  What a crock.

But I’m wasting my breath.  What else would one expect from an organization drenched in innocent children’s blood?

Pretending Dignitatis Humanae can be interpreted according to Tradition is itself contrary to Tradition November 19, 2015

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What can I say?  More thought-provoking material from Phoenix from the Ashes by HJA Sire.  I think the material largely speaks for itself, but I do add emphasis and comments.

Below, Sire discusses one of the most problematic documents of Vatican II, the Declaration on Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae.

Traditionalists [He appears to use the term pretty broadly, many self-described traditionalists would probably take umbrage with what he says here] who want to uphold the authority of the Council have argued that the declaration Dignitatis Humanae is acceptable if interpreted, as it must be, in the context of Catholic Tradition, and indeed the saving statements made at the beginning of the document give a basis for such an approach. [Saving statements meaning an introductory text and statement by Paul VI that claim DH does not intend to change Church Doctrine, right before the main body of the text appears to do just that] Nevertheless, that is not the way the Church has traditionally taken with suspect doctrines.  Its affinity is with the special pleading by which Newman, in his Tractarian days, [i.e., when Blessed John Henry Newman was still an Anglican]  sought to argue that the Thirty Nine Articles can be interpreted as part of Catholic tradition, ignoring the fact that they are the founding document of a heretical protestant sect.  The Catholic Church has always dismissed such evasions, exemplified by the attempts made by Hussites and Jansenists to disown the heretical doctrines attributed to them.  Against such hair-splitting, the Church’s view has been that the doctrine of a text is what it appears to be and what it is in practice, in the sense of the use made of it by its followers.  By that criterion, the teaching of Dignitatis Humanae is the one conveyed by the main part of the document, not that of the introductory statement or Paul VI’s covering statement.  The bulk of Catholics worldwide understand its teaching as declaring an absolute right of religious liberty and would be shocked to hear that the document begins with a statement that no such right exists. [The bulk of “Catholics” worldwide have never even heard of it, though they are probably just peachy with the very liberal interpretation and implementation its received] That is the humanistic reading that the declaration has, in fact, propagated; the philosophy it conveys, putting man before God, has been the prime agent in the corrupted Catholicism brought in by Vatican II, devastating the spiritual life of the Church and destroying its intellectual coherence. 

…..In fact, when the Declaration on Religious Liberty was discussed in the Council, the American bishops were to be found arguing for it on undisguisedly humanistic grounds, ad they were backed in Europe by out and out modernists such as Kung and Bishop de Smedt of Bruges.  In its eagerness to make a generous gesture to the world, the Council felt obliged to embrace this philosophy, since no less than a whole-hearted declaration would do justice to the ideals of openness and ecumenism; and by that ill-conceived intention it was led to adopt a teaching that destroys the basis of coherent religion.  

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What follows the excerpt above is perhaps the best exegesis I’ve read on the difference between the illusory modern notion of human rights, and the Catholic concept of human dignity.  That runs about 1800 words and I really haven’t time today to type all that in. Plus, I’m afraid Sire is going to fly over and break my fingers so I stop ripping off his copyright. So, perhaps tomorrow. If I don’t find something even better to share in the interim.

I’m also holding off on excerpting more of the book, because I’d like to switch gears now and provide a practical application of how Dignitatis Humanae (or its application) has radically disfigured a right understanding and practice of the Faith, perhaps especially among the hierarchy.  In the Nov. 13 2015 edition of Texas Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Dallas, there is an article on the a the recent “Eugene McDermott Lecture” sponsored by the University of Dallas.  This lecture glorified the 50th anniversary of another highly controversial Vatican II document, Nostra Aetate, which revolutionized the Church’s formal approach towards the Jewish religion.  Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell must have been in fine fettle, he had his older brother Brian flown in to also speak at the event.

Some excerpts from the article below:

Bishop Brian Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Christian Unity……..spoke to the crowd and praised the results Nostra Aetate has produced:

[Watch how he denigrates the Truth, and 2000 years of Catholic belief and practice…..]“It introduced a fundamental change of attitude of attitude from negative stereotypes and prejudices to a positive respect for and close collaboration between Catholics and Jews for the good of the entire human family…” [“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”  “If you do not eat my flesh and drink my blood, you do not have life within you.”  “He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”  You ecumaniacs are content to leave Jews in their obsolete, supernaturally useless religion, all so you can have warm feelings from a few worldly accolades. Disgraceful.  Where is your charity?  Probably the same place you sent your faith] 

Bishop Farrell and Rabbi Rosen  said that for the most of its history, Christianity had viewed the Jewish people as being rejected and condemned by God as a result of Christ’s crucifixion. [That’s a pretty neat trick?  Who rejected Whom?  And who crucified Whom?  Do the biblical statements above mean anything?  If they don’t why bother being Catholic?]  Rabbi Rosen said the normative thought was this: because the Jews did not recognize Jesus Christ [Umm, they did a bit more than that] they were punished and left wandering without a homeland as a “continual testimony of what happens to you when you reject the Christian dispensation and to be an eternal warning until the end of time.” [Once again, what does Scripture say?  Did our Blessed Lord not say that the Jews would be punished, their city and temple crushed, their sacrificial religion destroyed, in his prophecy recorded in the Synoptic Gospels? (Lk xix:44)]

As a result, Christians had come to see themselves as having replaced the Jews as God’s Chosen People. [“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood” (I Pet ii:9). Also Gal ii:14-16 – “by the works of the {old} law no one will be justified”]

Nostra Aetate, he said, turned that completely around. [So much the worse for Nostra Aetate, then]

…..Today, Bishop Farrell said, the church [sic] insists on understanding and embracing the Jewish roots of the Christian faith.  Catholics cannot understand Jesus without his [sic] Jewish background. [That doesn’t mean the Jews have a valid covenant, or that conversion is not imperative for them]

“Jesus was a Jew,” he said.  “Mary was a Jew.  The first disciples were Jewish.  All were immersed in the Jewish traditions of their time.”  [That’s right……They were Jews.  Then they became Christians.  And were saved on that basis. Notice the constant use of sleight of hand by these guys]

……Rabbi Rosen said he advocates that Nostra Aetate be part of seminary formation around the world [Of course!  It’s the greatest boon to the Jewish faith since Theodore Herzl.  But that’s not the same as being best for their souls, but who cares about that anymore, since we pretend everyone goes to Heaven anyway, right?!?]  Bishop Brian Farrell reiterated the document’s firm rejection of any discrimination and anti-Semitism as part of any catechesis done in the Catholic Church. [Note that both these men consider even telling Jews their covenant is obsolete/invalid and that they must convert to be saved to be “anti-semitism.”] 

Different religion.  And I don’t particularly care for it.  Not because I’m attached to some Jew-hatred.  It’s because I like to think I care just a bit about the eternal destination of souls, and this “let’s all pretend nothing matters and we’re all saved and let’s just all have a great big huggy warm feeling good time” leaves souls in an incredibly precarious position by every indication from Scripture and Tradition.  Notwithstanding what Vatican II has to say on the subject, it is contradicted by literally hundreds if not thousands of declarations from Scripture and Tradition and I am inclined to give those much more credence than the late Council.


If that makes me a heretic, so be it.

8 “Syrians” caught attempting to cross US border at Laredo November 19, 2015

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US Border Patrol agents have revealed that 8 supposedly Syrian men attempted to infiltrate the United States in the Laredo zone recently. This in addition to 5 “Syrians” arrested in Honduras this week attempting to transit to the US using stolen Greek passports.  Enjoy the Honduran jails, fellas!

I guess Obama’s promise to admit 100,000 “Syrians” into the US just isn’t moving forward fast enough for some folks:

Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”……..

………Breitbart Texas can confirm that a Syrian did attempt to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas in late September. The Syrian was caught using a passport that belonged to someone else and U.S. authorities decided against prosecuting anyone involved due to “circumstances.”

UPDATE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has confirmed that eight Syrians were taken into custody at the Laredo port of entry. 

And how about this: today Brietbart is reporting that 6 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan – those paragons of moderation and stability – were caught attempting to infiltrate the United States in Arizona:

The six men were traveling in a group and were captured roughly 16 miles into the state of Arizona, specifically, near the small picturesque town of Patagonia, Arizona.

You know, I wonder if the bishops realize just how high-risk their extremely public support for continued unlimited illegal immigration over our porous southern border really is.  They have vocally opposed most effective security measures.  If there is a major terror attack on this country that can be attributed to terrorists flowing over our effectively undefended, uncontrolled southern border – and they already have – there could be very serious blowback against the strident pro-immigration position of the USCCB.  And I would say that every day that ISIS exists and grows, that likelihood only increases.  This could have extremely serious ramifications for the bishop’s conference.

Especially since the bishop’s commitment to immigration – even “Syrian” immigration – is not quite so altruistic as they like to make out.


Remember – not one dime for CCHD over Thanksgiving November 19, 2015

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This weekend or next, your parish (but not mine) will likely take a collection for the so-called Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  This ostensible charity, which is actually nothing more than a method for Catholics to fund marxist political agitation, is supported by almost all dioceses and parishes in the country.  It is an organization with a constant track record of scandal since its inception in 1969, when Msgr. Jack Egan, prominent figure in the Archdiocese of Chicago, friend of marxist organizer Saul Alinsky, and confidant of then-Archbishop Bernadin convinced the highly influential Archbishop to support funding for this organization.  Bernadin then used his dominant influence over the then National Conference of Catholic Bishops to force through a nationwide collection.

Over the years, CCHD has disbursed tens of millions dollars – dollars taken from Catholics almost universally ignorant of its aim and intent – to disastrously anti-Catholic organizations who support all manner of moral evils, from contraception to abortion to socialism to pseudo-sodo-marriage – and even worse.  While certain groups with such stands have been defunded from time to time, the problems always recur.  That’s because there is hardly a leftist organization in the world that does not support one moral depravity or another, and generally, a whole cornucopia of them.

Michael Hitchborn at the Lepanto Institute, whose work I greatly respect, has put together another long and very damning analysis of CCHD and its ongoing association with immoral causes.  He builds his case methodically, starting with deliberate communist efforts in the first half of the 20th century to penetrate their agents into Christian churches, and especially the Catholic Church, to gain cultural influence, moral authority, and, above all, access to money.  From there he notes the influence of Saul Alinsky in forming CCHD, and CCHD’s still-ongoing relationship with many Alinskyite groups, such as the Gamaliel Foundation.  He also shows how organizations on the receiving end of some of the largest CCHD disbursements over the past few  years are also led by hardcore communists.

Most interesting to me, however, was the portion of the expose dealing with Ralph McCloud, former Fort Worth City Council member and current head of the CCHD.  Hitchborn finds a huge conflict of interest in the fact that McCloud serves on the board of directors of the extremely radical Interfaith Worker’s Justice, even while CCHD disburses copious funds to that organization.  Can you say conflict of interest?  Hitchborn:


Generally speaking, since IWJ is applying for funds from the CCHD, this is called a conflict of interest. But there are other problems with McCloud that should disqualify him from his position at the CCHD.

Ralph McCloud assumed the duties of Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in November of 2007. Prior to this, McCloud served as a city council member and mayor pro tem in Fort Worth, Texas. While still serving in Texas government, McCloud gave a political endorsement to radical pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis when she announced her run for state senate against the solidly pro-life incumbent, Kim Brimer.


In addition to this endorsement, McCloud also served as the treasurer for Davis’ campaign. McCloud denied any knowledge of Davis’ pro-abortion position at the time he gave her an endorsement and agreed to serve as her campaign treasurer, and claims that he never assumed any of the duties as treasurer.

Going back to the Gamaliel Foundation for a moment, remember that Ralph McCloud was provided with air-tight evidence that the Gamaliel Foundation lied directly to him about its relationship with an organization pushing for legal recognition of same-sex couples, and he broke off communication with investigators at that point.  Also, keep in mind that Saul Alinsky said about developing relationships so as to be somewhat bulletproof in the face of controversial topics.  There are important things to remember because in 2008, Ralph McCloud gave a speech at a Gamaliel event called, “Realizing the Promise.” The event was a celebration of the election of Barack Obama to the presidency. Just listen to what McCloud said about how this celebration of Obama’s election is a “great day” where “we will see a new Jerusalem, and justice will flow like waters.” [hyperbole much?  But contemplate this: have we seen on college campuses all over the country in recent days just what kind of “justice” people like Ralph McCloud believes this nation deserves?  I can say that the policy differences between Gamaliel, and the radical crybullies on college campuses today are infinitesimal.  They all stem from the same entitled, demanding hatred of this country.  And they are profoundly racist, in the truest sense of the term.]

So, Ralph McCloud, who endorsed radical pro-abortion candidate Wendy Davis, agreed to be her campaign treasurer, spoke at a Gamaliel event in support of Barack Obama’s election, defended the direct lie of the Gamaliel Foundation, and serves on the board of the radically Marxist Interfaith Worker Justice is in charge of the distribution of Catholic dollars.

Not one dime for CCHD.  But I ask readers this: if the USCCB has been willing to start up CCHD, run it for decades in the face of serious opposition and far too many scandals to count, can you trust ANY USCCB organization with your money?  I refer to Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, and even ostensible funding programs for catechesis and priestly formation.  Money is fungible.  There are myriad problems with Catholic Charities and CRS.  I have long concluded my family cannot, in good conscience, support any of these groups.  I do my best to insulate my donations as much as I can even from diocesan assessment, because the same problems that exist on the national level are also present at the local, diocesan level.

Something to consider.


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