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In a Church in Chaos, Don’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good Enough October 17, 2019

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An article appeared at the generally strong Federalist a few weeks ago, which surprisingly centered on a disgruntled TLM-er – or former traddie – listing the manifest failures of the TLM parish from their point of view.  It seemed to me a rather strange choice for The Federalist, as they normally do politics from a reliably right wing perspective and most often are out there excoriating Never Trumpers, and rightly so.  But, whatevs.   You should read the whole thing.  I’d appreciate your insight on it.

Now, a few things up front. I happen to know the author.  Not really, but I’ve seen him.  He’s been around pretty regularly for several years.  I think he was in one of the choirs at one point. I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to him. And, the parish he was criticizing was my own, or, at least, given that he regularly assisted there off and on for years I’d tend to think it figured largely in his thinking.   I say that out front to let you know that I have a bit of a vested interest in this matter– this is the parish I have chosen to plight my troth with and raise my children in.  I am well aware of the limitations of traditional Catholicism generally in this time of unprecedented crisis, and of the priestly fraternity that operates the parish I attend, and of the parish itself.  The author, Auguste Meyrat, repeats many of the shopworn criticisms of traditional parishes – an ostensible lack of charity, the people are “weird” or “extreme” (but that tattooed, plate-lipped RCIA instructor at Our Lady of Feelin’ Good is groovy), not enough involvement or social outlets for single people in particular, etc.

All this could be taken as a given.  Virtually any parish, anywhere, that has not been led by Saint X, has suffered general lack of virtue.  That is our human nature. Even the parishioners of St. Jean Marie Vianney were the objects of constant, stinging rebukes from that great Saint, and his people were, especially after the first few years, souls who had been formed and influenced by someone virtually all the parishioners knew would be canonized someday.  This is the nature of any moderately sized grouping of people.  Souls gonna sin.  It’s our nature.  That doesn’t mean we don’t constantly strive for improvement.  Of course we do, and we need to hear correction from time to time, especially from our priests, who know our collective and individual failings far better than any layman ever could.

But that’s not my principle problem with this piece criticizing my parish.  My principle problem is the tone, the overall nastiness of the criticisms, the sense of entitlement, and the overweening lack of gratitude present.  To take a few examples (my comments):

………….TLM parishes can sometimes become unwelcoming places that feel more like strange cults than normal Catholic communities.” [oh?  What does a “normal” Catholic community feel like?]

……….This stance often makes some traditional Catholics weird, for lack of a better word. In their minds, countless Freemasons lurk in the shadows, the South really will rise again, monarchy is the ideal form of government, all music after 1700 is sinful, and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is the greatest work of literature after the Bible. [Huh.  I find Tolkein boring.  Sorry.  I got 50 pages into The Hobbit and quit.  Funny the author just quoted Taylor Marshall’s Infiltration (I did not include), and now drops this remark about Freemasons.  The South will what?  Monarchy?  Music what? What the heck are you talking about?  Speaking of, the author quotes Father Ripperger lovingly, and yet Father Ripperger has a lot negative to say about virtually any 20th century music.  So which is it?]

They believe the mainstream church is a disgrace, and everything outside the church is an apocalyptic wasteland. In response, they hope to create isolated, self-sustaining communities to buffet the tides of immorality and impiety surrounding them. [Yeah. Exactly.  Seriously, that’s one of the best descriptions for why I’m a traditional Catholic. It’s like the first rule of medicine – first, do no harm.  Protect what you have.  Defend your family.  Most of us find we have more than enough to fill our time doing just that. But some of us do occasionally make efforts to convert the wider culture.]

The more normal traditional Catholics at these parishes often go to great lengths to contain the nuttiness. [Really. Explain how.] Depending on the parish and the priests running it, they may succeed, or else they may find themselves falling into the same patterns. Without occasional outside contact, there is no reality check. [We live in a time where “outside contact” is practically unavoidable.  Be it radio, TV, internet, co-workers, neighbors, family, shopping, etc, the most insulated Catholics of today probably encounter 100 times as many people in a year than the most outgoing villagers and isolated farmers – the normative Catholic of 1700 – did.  This is silly.  Note also the author siting himself with the “normals.”  In this time of rampant sodomy, four year old transvestites, baby murder, drug addiction, unconstrained usury and rapacious capitalism, etc……..is that what’s being called “normal?”]

I could go on, but I’ll desist (in fact, I left out some of the harshest stuff).  I think you have by now gotten the tenor of the piece, and why I take exception to it.  It’s painting with a very coarse brush, and does not give anywhere near the exculpation for supposedly strange Trad behaviors that people might rightly deserve – such as the trauma at seeing friends and loved ones consumed and destroyed by this culture, the hatred and vitriol directed at them by the institutional Church, the destructive errors emanating from virtually every Novus Ordo pulpit every Sunday (let alone Rome and this pope, which the author essentially ignores or downplays to a level of insouciance) that lead souls to destruction in this life and in the next.  Again, I could go on and on.  If some Trads are extreme, if they tend towards a bit of strange behavior, perhaps they could be forgiven, for the damage they’ve incurred and the treatment they’ve been exposed to.

My real riposte to Meyrat, however, would be compared to what ideal are the current afficianados of the TLM so deficient?  Compared to some other parish?  Some Novus Ordo parish, perhaps?  If that’s the case, I’d say there is much more going on here than just a bit of concern about bad attitudes evidenced from time to time.

Or perhaps the comparison is to some hypothetical ideal that exists only in the author’s mind?  I suspect that’s the more likely.  Certainly, compared to some real Catholic communities that have existed, led by exceptional souls cooperating with grace in superhuman ways that have been the ideals towards which all Catholic communities have pointed for 2000 years, every Trad parish falls short.  Of course, so does every Novus Ordo parish, and to a remarkably greater degree.   Those past communities were led by people who now have “Saint” in front of their names.  These saintly communities rarely had to deal with both a culture and a Church in such utter, deplorable crisis and moral depravity.  But, nevertheless, if this is the ideal the author, strongly influenced, it seems, by Father Chad Ripperger, holds, then so be it.  This is rightly the ideal towards which all Catholic communities should aim.

But I still take exception to the type and manner of criticisms made.  I don’t think it’s helpful for people to be made fun of or made to seem ridiculous for failing to live up to the very highest standards of Catholic formation and community life of the past 2000 years, and I think to some extent that’s what’s going on here. In addition, the piece as a whole had far too much of the sense of an almost anthropological examination of some strange tribe, some “other” to be analyzed and criticized, but not joined or properly understood, rather like the author viewed himself as somehow above or separate from the community.

And that’s another point.  Our family has been very involved in this parish for 10 years.  My wife, particularly, knocks herself out, especially with regard to the high school co-op.  I’ve done a thing or two myself.  This is my biggest problem with Mater Dei.  While the parish has grown from 300 to 1800 in 10 years, the same 30 people seem to do 90% of the labor at the parish.  That’s not entirely true, speaking totally extemporaneously, out of every 100 new parishioners about 1 or 2 will come on board and really help out.  It’s a lot easier to just sit back and criticize and find fault, than to join in and help out and build up.  What?

The author was worried that weirdo trads are going to keep the TLM phenomenon from growing.  I think his analysis is quite off here, too. First, we can only plant, God alone gives the increase, but I think these pieces excoriating wide swaths of the TLM movement as strange, mean, and ugly do far more to keep souls away than the behavior of the 3 or 5% of stereotypical angry old Trads.  While I wouldn’t exactly describe this piece at The Federalist as being another circular firing squad amont Trads, it comes close, and does probably more harm than good, certainly more than the author intended.  In fact, I think broad criticisms like this are singularly unhelpful, especially published in a secular venue where lack of nuance can easily lead large numbers of people to develop the wrong idea.

I would also add that it is remarkable that for such deficient community, it is amazing that Mater Dei has managed to grow 600% over the past decade.  If the souls assisting at Mater Dei were anything like the author describes, that growth would have been impossible.  Virtually any other parish, Novus Ordo or TLM, would love to have had such growth over the same timeframe.  I don’t think that is accidental, or would have been possible with such a toxic community as described in the piece.   The same goes for the other regional TLMs in Tyler, Fort Worth, Houston, and Oklahoma City, to varying degrees.

Alright, I’m done defending my parish.  It’s not that I think this parish, or TLM parishes in general, are above criticism.  Certainly, I’ve had some things to say in the past, but generally much more specific and to the point.  It’s more that I think this particular criticism was off base, and may have said a bit more about the author than it did the parish.  Naturally, in matters such as this, your mileage may vary.  If the author had other parishes in mind when crafting this piece, my analysis still applies, though somewhat less forcefully and specifically.  I think the trope of “mean old trads” and traditional Catholic moral deficiences – as a group, as opposed to individuals – needs to die, or at least be something we see far, far less of.  Or of which we see far, far less, for the English teachers out there.

Our Endlessly Self-Aggrandizing Elites: Statistics on the Collapse of Manufacturing in the US October 3, 2019

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Aside from insanity directly related to the steadily increasing moral insanity of our creature, two ideas – factoids, declarations, I don’t know what you call them – have bothered more than almost any other throughout my life. I remember these things since I was a teenager and they’ve always bothered me.  The first is, it is inevitable that manufacturing be lost in the US to foreign competition.  The second one is a corollary to the first- because of this, we must of necessity become a service economy (an unspoken part of this second bit was, because of this, we must of necessity become a much poorer nation, because flipping burgers doesn’t pay like a CNC operator or ASME-code pressure vessel welder).

These twin declarations – shibboleths, is what they really are, shibboleths held as unyielding dogmas by the self-anointed elites in our society from industry to academia to media to government, who then try to convince us thattheir self-serving policies were actually forces of nature – always really bothered me because I always knew they were a form of lie.  They were lies because what was really being said was, “we elites choose, in large measure, to  send manufacturing overseas, to enact policies that make that transfer practically inevitable, and we thus impose this service economy whether you like it or not.”  Now, of course, there are many reasons of varying degrees of validity to explain why the US manufacturing base has been unbelievably gutted in the last 40 years, but especially in the last 20.  US wages are comparatively high, environmental and safety regulations (among others) impose onerous costs, taxes are sometimes high in some ways, etc.  But Ross Perot was right, NAFTA did lead to a giant sucking sound, and it was followed by an even larger sound going not south but east, to China and other locales starting after President Bush inexplicably gave preferential trade advantages to the murderous communist regime in China (oh, I know, if we just enrich the Chicom party bosses, and make them infinitely more powerful than they were in, say, 1980, they’ll be sure to become oh-so-amenable to our will!).

The point being, manufacturing has been lost due to some organic factors, certainly. Some loss was probably inevitable. But a very great deal of that loss has been a result of deliberate policies enacted at the highest levels of our political and economic system, policies that have enriched a very few at the expense of the very many.  Perhaps manufacturing was always going to decrease in the US as wages increased, but this much, this fast?  90+% of some industries eliminated in less than 40 years?

The list below represents some 10 million families wiped out in the space of a generation.  No wonder people are so enraged, and a revolutionary spirit seems to grow more and more insistent.

Note, while many industries outlined below are “old style” heavy industries like metal forming and steel production, some are not.  Aerospace, defense, and computer/microchip manufacturing make the list of industries founded in the US or once incredibly robust here that have been all but eliminated, and these last certainly in the last 25 years or so, not 40.

One delicious irony in the data below is that the industry that probably did a great deal to egg on, give cover for, and otherwise encourage political and cultural elites to gut manufacturing in this country – the media – have been hoisted on their own petard.  Newpaper printing and circulation is one of the 20 industries that have most collapsed over the past 40 years.

  1. Newspaper publishing and printing

475,800 people were employed in 1980, falling to 207,700 in 2017 (a 56% drop).

  1. Metalworking machinery manufacturing

370,300 people were employed in 1980, falling to 156,600 in 2017 (a 58% drop).

  1. Iron and steel foundries

208,500 people were employed in 1980, falling to 88,100 in 2017 (a 58% drop).

  1. Metal forging and stamping

183,300 people were employed in 1980, falling to 73,700 in 2017 (a 60% drop).

  1. Blast furnaces, steelworks, and rolling and finishing mills

682,200 people were employed in 1980, falling to 270,000 in 2017 (a 60% drop).

  1. Construction and material handling machines manufacturing

389,400 people were employed in 1980, falling to 152,400 in 2017 (a 61% drop).

  1. Water transportation

189,600 people were employed in 1980, falling to 74,000 in 2017 (a 61% drop).

  1. Household appliances manufacturing

185,800 people were employed in 1980, falling to 71,400 in 2017 (a 62% drop).

  1. Primary aluminum production

171,600 people were employed in 1980, falling to 64,100 in 2017 (a 63% drop).

  1. Metal mining

122,000 people were employed in 1980, falling to 45,200 in 2017 (a 63% drop).

  1. Computer and related equipment manufacturing

419,400 people were employed in 1980, falling to 146,600 in 2017 (a 65% drop).

  1. Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts manufacturing

198,100 people were employed in 1980, falling to 66,900 in 2017 (a 66% drop).

  1. Cutlery, hand tools, and general hardware manufacturing

143,900 people were employed in 1980, falling to 46,500 in 2017 (a 68% drop).

  1. Coal mining

263,100 people were employed in 1980, falling to 62,500 in 2017 (a 76% drop).

  1. Radio, TV, and communication equipment manufacturing

588,900 people were employed in 1980, falling to 136,000 in 2017 (a 77% drop).

  1. Primary metal industries, other than iron, steel, and aluminum

251,200 people were employed in 1980, falling to 54,000 in 2017 (a 78% drop).

  1. Footwear manufacturing

160,600 people were employed in 1980, falling to 32,500 in 2017 (an 80% drop).

  1. Yarn, thread, and fabric mills

568,300 people were employed in 1980, falling to 107,600 in 2017 (an 81% drop).

  1. Apparel and accessories manufacturing

1,149,300 people were employed in 1980, falling to 206,900 in 2017 (an 82% drop).

  1. Knitting mills

178,100 people were employed in 1980, falling to 17,700 in 2017 (a 90% drop)

It ain’t just manufacturing any more.  Engineering and other white collar fields are being increasingly hit – through straight up job loss or wage stagnation – due to foreign competition or a flood of cheap immigrant labor.  Very few people have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.  Very few are able to satisfy the demands of extremely intellectually challenging and creative fields.  What the “other 80%” are going to do, 50 years from now, is quite terrifying.

Something tells me we won’t get to that point, however.  I think the wheels are going to come off this society before then, the singularity will never, could never, happen, and instead we’re going to go through a brief period of intense decay followed by widespread collapse.

Meh, this is me just mostly spit-balling, but those numbers represent a tragedy of almost limitless proportions.  So sad.

If only there were an alternative.

What Did I Tell You? Greta Thunberg Proclaimed “Successor of Christ” by “church” of Sweden October 3, 2019

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You can’t make this stuff up.  This is so obviously pagan and pathetically political it’s difficult not to laugh.  What else should I expect from a false, heretical, man-made “church” of Sweden.  In fact, given the fact that Sweden has such a fake church, and that virtually everyone belongs to it, it was practically inevitable that this kind of human-worshipping secular “sainthood” would develop.

Perhaps they deserve to die from cultural assimilation by muslim hordes.  At least the muslims have the courage of their convictions:

For [her] defense of the environment, the Swedish church has claimed that activist Greta Thunberg is the “successor of Jesus Christ” at this time.

“Ad! Jesus of Nazareth has now named one of his successors, Greta Thunberg, ” wrote the Limhamns Kyrka church on Twitter.

And a fame-obsessed*, propagandized, mentally unstable child shall lead them.

I’m sure Francis can’t wait to begin surrender negotiations ecumenical dialogue with this Swedish “church.”

*- well, at least her parents are

No, You Cannot “Partially Confess” Mortal Sins……. September 28, 2019

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…….and the matter addressed in this post raises major issues with Novus Ordo Church.

I initially used the Youtuber’s name in the post, but went through and removed it, since it’s not really the point.

There is a particular Youtube channel with a particular female “host.” This woman formerly lived in Seattle and now lives in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, area.  She’s what’s called a “based” or “red-pilled” Youtuber, which means she strongly rejects leftist social justice warrior ideology and adheres much more to conservative viewpoints.  In fact, she plays at being attracted to fascist ideologies at times.  I’m not sure how serious that attraction is, most of my viewership of her material comes through the weekly livecasts she does with another Youtuber.

In many respects she’s great.  She’s very conservative and we align on a number of points.  In spite of these many points of agreement, however, like Michael Knowles, there is a serious problem with her attitude regarding the Church and the moral law Christ has given to guide us in this life, be pleasing to Him, and enable us to spend eternity worshipping Him in Heaven..  Like so many of us, this fair haired woman has a lot of baggage.  Lord knows, I do, too.  I’ve been pretty open about that over the years.  One thing I have striven most mightily to do is to conform myself to the mind of the Church in all aspects of my life of which I am aware.  This does not mean I have succeeded in all fronts, but I continue to try.

In this day and age, however, that can be a difficult thing to do.  What should be the simplest, most straightforward thing in the world – for Catholics to know the moral law and live in accord with it (I didn’t say easiest) – has become a labyrinthe of difficulty, due to the error and outright heresy rife in the Church of the past 100 years or so, extending in recent times right to the highest level.  While the Doctrine of the Faith is still out there to be found by souls who are willing to put forth the effort – in books, on website, at traditional parishes, etc – there is a huge mass of error to lead poeple astray, and especially to tempt them in the most trying (marriage, chastity, procreation) aspects of their lives to find the wide, easy road to destruction, instead of the hard, narrow way our Blessed Lord told us would be our lot if we chose to take up our cross and follow Him.

All I say below has been publicly revealed by this Youtube personality herself, so I am not revealing any confidences. This woman is married to a non-Catholic.  She was married outside the Church.  As she became much more conservative over the past several years, she began to feel an attraction towards the Church again.  From what she has said, her initial return to the Church was to the SSPX. I am guessing this is the Immaculate Conception priory the SSPX has near the Washington/Idaho border. Upon approaching the priests there regarding regularzing her marriage and being able to receive the Sacraments, as she terms it, she was told that she would have to wait 6 months in order to have her marriage reviewed and the process of investigation completed.  During that time, she would have to remain chaste with her husband, living as brother and sister.  Now, this Youtuber is in her early 30s and is attempting to conceive her first child.  She has been married for at least a few years.

This was undoubtedly a huge cross to bear. I asked some local priests about this period of continence, and they indicated that it seemed rather longer than their experience indicated but that each case was different, and not knowing the particulars it was difficult to comment.  They absolutely agreed that this woman and her husband would need to live as brother and sister until the marriage was made right in the eyes of God and Holy Mother Church, and that she could not receive Communion during this waiting period, either.  It should be noted that, prior to the 1950s, getting a sacramentally invalid marriage to a non-Catholic validated was all but impossible. Whether such marriages should even be available for validation is a huge question, one which I won’t go into at this time.

The Youtuber was not amenable to this direction, done for the good of her soul, and that of her husband’s, I’m sure.  She sought out a Novus Ordo parish, my guess would be St. Thomas the Apostle because she described this as a relatively conservative and orthodox parish.  There are only two or three Novus Ordo parishes in the area, and this one is definitely the most orthodox by all appearances.  Apparently, from what she has said, this parish somehow regularized her marital situation, or gave her some kind of leave to continue to live as husband and wife while the matter was being resolved (and allowing her to receive the Sacraments). After discussing this situation on their Youtube livestream, I reached out directly to this woman and I suggested she seek out the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter parish in the area, because I feared that she may have been getting some worldly, feel-good kind of direction that is all too common in the Novus Ordo world.  I do not know if she contacted good Father Gordon up there, but she did say she was going to Mass and receiving Sacraments and seemed satisfied.

Now, I have no knowledge of the details, so perhaps this resolution of her non-sacramental marriage was perfectly legitimate.  But I was concerned that this could be evidence of the kind of extremely lackadiasical attitude towards the Sacraments and their right administration that is all too common in essentially all Novus Ordo parishes.  Subsequent events gave strong evidence of this.  The Youtubing woman related that as she had been away from the Church for years, she had accumulated numerous sins, including a number of mortal ones, and that confessing these was difficult.  She stated that the priest of this parish had advised that she could just confess one or two as she felt moved to do at each Confession, and then continue to receive Communion as she gradually went through her history of sins.  She indicated this was the course she was following.

This is obviously a grave offense against God and His Church, and is an absolutely disastrous pastoral practice.  Objectively speaking, every one of these Confessions has been invalid, devoid of the Grace of reconciliation with God, and each subsequent reception of the Blessed Sacrament has been unspeakably sacrilegious.  Now, the Youtuber received absolutely disastrous direction from her priest, so I’m not certain how much guilt accrues to her, and how much to him, but the entire situation is a catastrophe.  If she becomes aware of this grave offense against God, she would have to go re-confess all these sacrilegious confessions and all the other, original mortal sins, besides. What a nightmare.

And this brings me to the point of this post.  If I am right about the parish in question, by all external appearances it looks like a quite faithful, orthodox parish.  There is frequent public Rosary and Confession most days.  It could be she attends the other parish in Coeur d’Alene, St. Pius X (please don’t harrass either parish since I/we don’t know with certainty).  But either way, this situation highlights something I have learned at great cost over the past decade or so – that, one priest aside, there are virtually no Novus Ordo priests in this country who can be relied upon in every situation, no matter how difficult, to adhere to the Doctrine of the Faith and guide souls along these ancient, constant lines. Even in seemingly conservative/faithful Novus Ordo parishes/chapels, I have universally encountered error to one degree or another, with the exception of one priest, Father Paul Weinberger.  He is a rock.  But even in Hanceville, when Mother Angelica was still alive, I got some very unfortunate direction in the confessional, which fortunately I knew better than to follow.  There are other priests in the Novus Ordo church that I believe are also quite solid, like Father Ryan Erlenbush, but I do not have enough direct personal knowledge to confirm.  If you have such a priest, thank God, for you are truly fortunate.

The seemingly very quick and convenient, with little or no moral consequence, regularization of the sacramentally invalid marriage was frankly a huge warning sign.  But this matter of the advice given with regard to Confession is beyond the pale, and puts the woman’s soul in the gravest of jeopardy.  I have spoken with several priests on this matter – confidentially, of course  – and all were utterly aghast at this hideous direction.

It is a tragedy, but is one of the strongest reasons why I now pretty much advocate exclusively for souls to avail themselves of priests of traditional priestly societies if at all possible (up to an including driving an hour or so each way if possible), or of priests offering the TLM in the next case.  If absolutely no TLM is available, especially from a society of men deliberately formed according to the constant belief and practice of the Faith, search out the best priest you can find, but I think in such a case you have a particular duty to exert great effort to form yourself in the Faith to the degree that you will not be influenced by poor catechesis and destructive direction.

It just reinforces my growing opinion that the future of the Church is entirely in her past.  She must return to herself in all ways, most especially those related to the moral virtues and the Liturgy.  That’s not just about saving souls.  It’s about giving God the glory He deserves.

 

Meet Your New Secular Mediatrix September 27, 2019

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“Saint” Greta, intercede for us!

Diabolical disorientation.  Reprobate sense.  It’s all that and then some.  And a child shall lead them……..straight to hell.

A poor distrubed, tiny little wisp of a girl, is going to be used, chewed up, and spit out by these wholly cynical, uncaring thugs who only know and want one thing – power.

Of course, we’ve seen all this before:

The dark haired, dark-complected girl is Severn Cullis-Suzuki.  Today, she has a minimal role as a low-level environmental activist.  Almost all of her “pull” dates back to that 1992 speech, which was about the then-boogyman of “ozone depletion.”  Of course, the ozone layer is fine.  Yet another false environmental panic, whose only practical effect was to ban an extremely useful and efficient series of chemical products to be replaced by more expensive, less efficient ones.  Just like dishwashers that don’t wash, light bulbs that don’t light, and “eco-friendly” electric cars filled with hundreds of pounds of extremely toxic heavy metals.

In fact, it appears Ms. Cullis-Suzuki, a Canadian, has been little more than a professional student and hacktivist.  She was still in college working on a PhD in 2017, at age 38.  She was also a completely astroturfed phenomenon, just as Greta Thunberg is the creation of extremist leftist activist parents, Cullis-Suzuki is the daughter of extremist Canadian environmentalist terrorizer David Suzuki.  She, like her father, makes a quite comfortable living being a member of numerous NGOs, all involved in attempting to impoverish and sicken billions of people to comfort their endless neuroticism.

The earth is not catastrophically warming. As an expert in the field of computational fluid dynamics with 20 years experience in the field, I can flatly declare that the models upon which all this panic and fear-mongering rest are laughably inadequate to the task of forecasting future global temperatures based on the near infinite, multi-variate factors involved in the Earth’s massive ecosystem.  CFD has always been and remains a field that is as much art as science.  CFD models on comparitively tiny-scale industrial systems are doing exceedingly well if they can predict within 10% the actual temperatures a given system will experience based on various heat loads, flow patterns, etc.  This has to do with the inherent limitations within the simulation software.  Yes, the global warming scientists use ostensibly more sophisticated software with custom-written codes running on supercomputers, but the basic limitations of CFD remain, which is why the models both vary so wildly from each other in output, and why the results have been at such extreme variance with what the global climate has done over the past 20-30 years of this ridiculous moral panic.

Human beings are not causing whatever warming may be occurring, which certainly appears to be very, very much within historical norms.  It has not been established that carbon dioxide levels contribute significantly to global warming, and to the extent that they do, both Europe and North America have substantially reduced their levels of CO2 emissions, while China’s and India’s have exploded.  But neither of these misguided children of extremists give even the slightest thought for attacking the real source of this manufactured, false crisis – developing countries with little or no industrial pollution controls.  Thus, they are lying hacks, whether they intend to be or not.

Want to know a great joke?  Do you know who first posited this ridiculous theory of anthropocentric global warming, and why he did it?  It was the amoral Dr. Edward Teller, inventor of the hydrogen bomb, who in 1955 realized that, with the cheapness of oil and natural gas, his beloved nuclear industry would need an additional selling point to start turning extremely radioactive substances into a source of power, especially given the massive problem of dealing with the spent fuel.  So, he came up with the idea of this dire threat of global warming, to serve as an unanswerable reason to switch to nuclear energy.  Obviously, all the above is a massive simplification, but, the entire global warming craze owes its existence to probably the most immoral scientist of the latter 20th century.

I wonder how many of these environmentalists realize they are ultimately doing the bidding of the inventor of thermonuclear weapons, and the driver of their miniaturization to where they could be placed in very small missiles and bombs and still pack a city-crushing punch.

This Is the Luxury Home Former Bishop Farrell Occupied During His Time in Dallas September 18, 2019

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This actually came out in 2014, but I missed it until just recently.  An “anonymous donor” (perhaps a certain former cardinal, or an ally of his?) mysteriously gifted this luxury home to now Cardinal Farrell just immediately as he arrived in Dallas, and the home was sold instantly upon his departure.  No other occupant of the episcopal see of Dallas has ever lived in such lavish circumstances, to my knowledge.  Ostensibly, this home was to allow Farrell to entertain the great and the rich, to pull donations from them.  Somehow both his predecessor and successor managed to entertain potential donors without recourse to such luxurious surroundings.  There is absolutely no concrete evidence that this home was associated with any particular donations. There were occasional, frankly unbelievable, statements from Farrell that he really just wanted to have a poor little apartment, but was just forced, forced, you see, by the hard life of being a bishop to live in such ostentatious circumstances, and this in a diocese that was then, and remains – or so we are told – essentially existing in penury.

I frankly find it preposterous, and even insulting, this claim that soliciting donations made such a home absolutely necessary.  As if donors would not donate if not entertained in extremely comfortable surroundings?  Please.  This was for Farrell, who has made personal comfot a focal point in his episcopal career, from his days in the corrupt and decadent Legionaires of Christ to his cardinalate in Rome, where he was the recipient of nearly $30,000 from the corrupt and fallen Bishop Bransfield of West Virginia to to help pay for his living expenses in Rome. Apparently, the extravagance Farrell lavished on himself in terms of living arrangements was not limited to Dallas.  After the scandal broke about this sodomite, drug-addicted Bishop Bransfield (another creature of the Washington, DC circle of graft, immorality, and self-pleasing surrounding McCarrick, Wuerl, and, yes, Kevin J. Farrell), Farrell ostensibly returned the money, but why would bishops be in the habit of personally gifting each other tens of thousands of dollars? One of Farrell’s defenses in this case was that this kind of thing goes on all the time, and is no big deal.

Below, Farrell’s 6100 square foot home in a very expensive section of North Dallas.  Bought for $1.2 million in 2007, today it is worth north of $2 million.  Taxes alone on this property would be in the vicinity of $30,000 a year.  It had over 1000 square feet of garage and occupied nearly half an acre of extremely expensive land.

You can decide why a supposedly celibate priest would need to live in such circumstances.  If those walls could talk, eh?

I’m sure they’d tell a tale of superior virtue and rigid self-denial, right?  I kid.  But just on a purely human level, this is an exceedingly poor look for a Catholic bishop, and practically invites scandal.  Especially in a diocese that was supposedly flat busted, monetarily, from the Rudy Kos payout.  Yes, yes, anonymous donor, yes, supposedly Farrell raised money at this house (impossible to prove, of course), but our bishops are supposed to be our guides in all aspects of the Faith, and set a personal example for all us.  Saintly bishops produce saintly laity.  And vice versa.

Culture War Keeps Hottin’ Up – Baby Murder Supporter Assaults, Batters Pro-Lifer Outside Mill (UPDATED) September 6, 2019

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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[UPDATE] Sorry folks I’ve been away from the blog so long I forgot about the horrific formatting issues blogspot brings into WordPress.  Another curse from Google. Should be fixed.

And the apparent violent felon also appears to be in senior management at the most vile and despicable company on earth, Google.  A quick note to Google, when you have to remind yourself in your stupid masthead not to be evil, you already are.  That’s the inevitable consequence of being staffed with narcissistic leftists:

So what do you think triggered our little skinny soi boi leftist on this particular day?  Did he cause a baby or two to be murdered, or is it simply like a demon encountering someone, anyone, with a grace-filled soul?  These are rhetorical questions, of course.  But this jerk Quinn Chasan should not have a job as of this evening.  Knowing Google, he’ll probably get promoted.

I suppose I should not be shocked that the political elite in Britain has determined to tell the hoi polloi that their vote no longer matters. The best and probably final shot at Brexit is being blocked by parliamentary action, after a group of Tories split from their Prime Minister (he subsequently kicked them out of the party) and voted in favor of a bill that will block Boris Johnson from pursuing a no-deal Brexit.  This is the British elite telling the public they are nothing but farm animals producing taxes for the elite to decide what to do this.  I thought it was the most breathtakingly anti-democratic act I had seen in memory……………until I saw a former Chair of the corrupt and destructive Federal Reserve basically calling for the Fed to do all in its power to block a democratically elected president and bring him down in 2020:

“There’s even an argument that the election itself falls within the Fed’s purview,” Mr. Dudley writes. “After all, Trump’s reelection arguably presents a threat to the U.S. and global economy, to the Fed’s independence and its ability to achieve its employment and inflation objectives. If the goal of monetary policy is to achieve the best long-term economic outcome, then Fed officials should consider how their decisions will affect the political outcome in 2020.”

Wow. Talk about stripping the veil. These columns wondered if Mr. Dudley was politically motivated while he was at the Fed, favoring bond buying to finance Barack Obama ’s deficit spending, urging the Fed to intervene in markets to boost housing, and keeping interest rates low for as long as possible. And now here Mr. Dudley is confirming that he views the Fed as an agent of the Democratic Party.

Which is just one branch of the bi-coastal (and that’s not all they’re bi- about) elite’s beloved and all-powerful uniparty. We have seen abundant anti-democratic, screw the little people action here in the US over the past few years.

I agree totally with Glenn Reynolds on this one:

A key lesson of the Trump era is that every single allegedly neutral, nonpartisan, super-professional institution has turned out to be, in fact, a bunch of partisan hacks shilling for the permanent political party. Voters can be forgiven for adopting a “burn it all down” attitude in response.

Dang right.  I’ve never cottoned to that before, but increasingly, I think just about all of it needs to be torched.  “Democracy” is a sham pulled over the eyes of suckers.

Objective Unlocked – Proportion of White Christians Declines over 50% in 40 Years September 5, 2019

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, demographics, disaster, error, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
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This is what several decades of deliberate attack and undermining of the Christian faith was aimed at, making what was formerly the most religiously active developed country in the world areligious and ripe for conversion to social and economic leftism.  That, and the massive, unrestrained influx of peoples from cultures often hostile towards the mores and beliefs of the former majority of this nation. The US that I knew as a child no longer exists.  From a country that was 81% white and Christian, by at least one measure, in 1976, the country by 2016 had become only 43% so.  And polls show the percentage has declined steeply in the past 3 years, to around 38-40%.  Being from Texas, I have seen this happen with my own eyes.

Unfortunately, it must be said that white Christians – or perhaps I should say “Christians” – played their own massive role in this unprecedented demographic change. Abortion and, even more so, contraception, have driven white Christian fertility down below the replacement rate.  Given that, it was almost inevitable that the vacuum thus created would create economic pressures to attract huge numbers of (economic) migrants.  It was also almost inevitable that the proportion of white Christians, not even bothering to replace themselves, would decrease.  Of course, the political-economic elites have driven immigration rates far above what was needed simply to insure a relatively healthy and stable population.  They have pursued their own selfish interest in this matter.  But the white “Christians” have done much to bring about this decline, and among those Catholics are some of the most guilty, since they should and most, even with the collapse of the teaching authority of the Church (by design), indeed do know the Truth Christ has revealed on this most vital matter – that contraception is always and everywhere sinful, and that being fruitful and multiplying is a great blessing from God.

Some of the most energetic opponents of immigration and demographic change should be looking in the mirror when they search for whom to blame.

The data:

According to PPRI, self-described ‘White Christians’ made up 81% of the population in 1976, but only 43% in 2016.

They wrote, “White Christians are a declining proportion of the U.S. population: 81% in 1976”, adding “43% in 2016”.

Illegal immigration, in particular, has been a contentious hot topic for several years.

Crime and excessive welfare participation have both been called into question.

One America News Network Political Correspondent Ryan James Girdusky wrote, “In 1998, non-citizens made up 36.9 percent of federal arrests”, adding “In 2018, non-citizens made up 63.9 percent of federal arrests.”

In a second tweet, he added specifics about non-citizens from Mexico and Central America as a whole.

“In 1998, non-citizens from Mexico made up 27.9% of arrests”, he added, “In 2018 non-citizens from Mexico made up 39.9% of arrests.”

On Central America, Girdusky notes “In 1998, non-citizens from Central America made up 1.2% of arrests,” and, “In 2018, non-citizens from Central America made up 20.4% of arrests.”

I do not mean to sound defeatist, but even if Trump is able to build a continuous wall, and that wall massively reduces illegal immigration, it will almost certainly be too late.  Trump’s administration is bragging about permitting more legal immigration than ever before.  If so, he has significantly misread the intention of those who elected him, the large majority of who want all immigration, legal and otherwise, drastically curtailed for some time, at least several decades, to give this nation time to absorb and assimilate the unprecedented numbers who have entered over the past 50 years or so.  Right now, whatever progress he is making seems to be much too little, and too late.

A final thought his how much the churches themselves have done to bring about this collapse.  From the gimmicks of the “hardcore” evangelical type groups to the utter collapse of the mainline protestant sects, to the continuing self-demolition of the Catholic Church, modern American Christianity has for 30 years or more had practically no success in keeping its own, let alone rolling back the constant advance of the leftist juggernaut.  Our beloved Holy Mother Church will become much, much, much smaller – smaller than I think many can envision – before she is fully healed (barring, of course, some dramatic Divine intervention).  But that is a topic for another time.

 

Voris Obliterates AmChurch, and Challenges those Blase’ Souls that Sustain It July 19, 2019

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Dallas Diocese, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Revolution, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, the struggle for the Church, unadulterated evil, Voris.
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Amchurch, Novus Ordo land, the Great Facade………..whatever one wants to call it, Michael Voris obliterates it in the video below (h/t to reader Dismas).

Sort of……..frankly, he doesn’t go far enough.  For Bernadin and McCarrick, Dearden and Hallinan, Hunthausen and Mahony, didn’t fall out of the sky and land in their cathedras.  They were chosen and assigned, by popes dating back to Pius XII in some cases.  These are the popes Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton, regarded by several traditonal priests as the greatest theologian this country has ever produced, described as the popes between Saint Pius X and Paul VI as “weak and liberal……..who have flooded the hierarchy with unworthy and stupid men.”  That is to say, Voris identifies two key sources of the crisis in the Church, so far as the United States is concerned, but as always fails to follow the line to its inevitable conclusion.  Fenton was not sede vacantist in the slightest, and the quoted words were private comments pulled from his personal diary after his death, but nevertheless he was openly critical of the papalotry of his time and would be even more so today.  This is where Church Militant continually fails.

It’s a very rough line to draw.  If I had their reach and audience, I, too, would be very careful in how far I went in describing the crisis in the Church and its source, but it rings a little hollow to absolutely excoriate the hierarchy in the United States and say not a word about those in Rome who have selected, empowered, and backed up that hierarchy in all its error and destruction not only in the United States but around the world.

And, of course, today we see the apotheosis – or at least it’s apotheosis thus far, his successor may be far worse, God forbid – of this trend in the dictator pope Francis.

Nevertheless, these reminders of the corruption at the heart of the Novus Ordo establishment are healthy and helpful.  I would love to know how Voris’ video is received by any souls long used to the Novus Ordo church, who believe it to be the normative mode of Catholicism – indeed, for millions, it is the only form they have ever known.  But I am skeptical that many converts will be made by this video.  Perhaps there will be some, and God bless them if they see the light and Michael Voris for all his hard work. But I have found that very few souls happily ensconced in low-demand, happy-clappy, kindergarten-class Novus Ordo land very open to serious critiques of what they know.  Some of the very hardest to reach are the older souls who remember the pre-Vatican II Church, and dutifully followed their mother down this wide path to destruction so many years ago.  Souls who were devout enough to remain faithful even as the Church turned against her very core, her very nature, have a very, very hard time admitting, in the twilight of their life, that any reseverations they had decades ago were well placed, and that the experiment in aggiornamento has been a complete and total failure.  Of course, some of these folks went along quite wilingly, in the spirit of that tragic decade, thinking they really were good and great enough to “sing a new church into being,” to summon a “new pentecost,” one even greater than the first.

Nevertheless, watching this caused me to reflect on that occasional good news that comes out of the Novus Ordo environment, of priests offering Mass in Latin or more Confession, or good assignments made.  I like to think these are positive developments, but if they keep people from making the leap to the TLM and a real traditional Catholic community where the Faith is preached and, to the degree it can be in this sewer of a culture, lived, then they may actually be counterproductive.  It’s possible my own experience, where all these things – more Confession (which I sorely needed and need), more authentic forms of the Liturgy, increasingly solid catechesis from priests as we moved from the “large suburban parish” to the very conservative oddball Novus Ordo parish on the outskirts of the Diocese – pushed me and mine inexorably towards a traditional Latin Mass community.  But that may not be everyone’s experience.  At the same time, I do not feel comfortable criticizing those who are trying, by their own lights, to improve the situation in their parish, and seeing occasional positive moves in that direction.

Another thing Church Militant misses, today – they didn’t used to, at one time they were very much going in the direction of publicly excoriating the ambiguous, deliberately murky, and even blatantly erroneous aspects of Vatican II – is just that.  They don’t get to the root errors that caused Vatican II to happen.  Not at the level of, like Archbishop Lefebvre, accusing the Council.  I’ve been trying to screw up the courage to do a long podcast review of two books, John Courtney Murray, Time/Life, and the American Proposition by David Wemhoff, with a strong whiff of E. Michael Jones about it, and Desire and Deception by Charles Coulombe.  I’ll have to do it as a podcast, otherwise it’d be a 5000 word post I’d never get out.  Both books dwell on possibly the key aspect of the Faith, the practical rejection of which led inevitably to the crisis in the Church today – Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus – but one I think is a rather poor and even often misleading effort, and the other is much more spot on.  It’s a subject I’d really like to do proper justice to, so I pray I can finally get around to making a recording and posting it.

How in the heck?!? Scumbag sodomite McCarrick somehow winds up 60 miles from my family farm? November 5, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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More than just 60 miles away – I’ve been to St. Fidelis several times.  The church is as beautiful as the Masses offered there by these Capuchins are as bland Novus Ordo as they come.  In fact, the church is just about half a mile south of I-70 in Victoria, KS, about 10 minutes east of the medium sized town of Hays.  So I will have to drive past this son of a gun every time I go to my farm.

The townspeople and people of the Diocese of Salina are none too pleased at this development.  McCarrick will also be within a few dozen yards of the local school.  And no, those facilities are not sequestered at all, they all share the same lot and there is no fencing or any substantive barriers in between – at least there were not as little as 6 months ago.  Typically, local Church officials in Kansas did not bother to inform either the school or local residents before placing this disgraced monster in their midst.

So while this may seem like a banishment to the outer hinterlands and a real sequestration of McCarrick, I wouldn’t be so sure.  If he is allowed to roam, he can be in Denver in 7 hours or Kansas City in 5.  From there, the world.  We’ve certainly learned of the escapades of other priests and prelates who were supposedly “banished” to a life of prayer and penance, and yet they kept le bon temps roulez, no?

Sockcuckers:

 A school official in the small town of Victoria, Kansas says Church leaders did not inform them that the disgraced former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, would be moving in next door to an elementary school.

The Archdiocese of Washington announced Friday that McCarrick, 88, had moved into St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, with the permission of the local bishop, Gerald L. Vincke of the Diocese of Salina.

The friary is attached to the Basilica of St. Fidelis, which is right next door to Victoria Elementary School and only five blocks from Victoria High School.

“I was never made aware of it until I found out through social media today,” Kent Michel, the elementary school’s principal, told the Kansas City Star on Friday.

The Star says they asked Michel if the school had told parents of McCarrick’s new living arrangements, and he replied, “I’ll be getting with my board. I really don’t have a comment on it right now.”

McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, DC, and a prominent liberal, lost his cardinal’s hat and was told to withdraw from public ministry in July after a credible accusation that he sexually abused a teenager.

Pope Francis named Vincke as bishop of Salina in June. He was consecrated and installed as bishop on August 22.

Vincke told the Star: “I am not aware that the school was notified, but I need to double check with the friary.”

In a letter to the faithful yesterday, Bishop Vincke explained why he welcomed McCarrick into the diocese.

“I realize this decision will be offensive and hurtful to many people,” he said. “Please know that I agreed to this arrangement with the understanding that Archbishop McCarrick is excluded from any public appearances and ministry. Our diocese is not incurring any cost in this arrangement.”

“In saying ‘yes,’ I had to reconcile my own feelings of disappointment, anger and even resentment toward Archbishop McCarrick,” said the bishop.  “I had to turn to Christ for guidance.”

Because Christ was all about total forgiveness for the utterly unrepentant.  Even more, Christ always spoke about how wise it was to expose the most vulnerable of sheep to the most ravening of wolves.