Dems Enlisting Terrified, Indoctrinated Children to Attack Trump February 27, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, rank stupidity, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
Mark Dice very appropriately eviscerates a recent NBC propaganda piece that claims to honestly transmit the concerns of blatantly terrified kids regarding the Trump administration. Apparently, most New York leftist-raised children know Trump is a Nazi fascist homophobe racist anti-semite that just wants to kill him some dark skinned people. This has nothing to do with their parent’s biases, irrational phobias, and political radicalism. These are just the honest concerns of kids, concerns that were not forced upon them by parent or teachers at all.
I want you to observe the racial breakdown in the video below. Of about 12 kids interviewed, only two to four, I couldn’t quite tell, were visibly caucasian. America is still nearly 3/4 white (at least, officially, not factoring in who knows how many illegals). So this is an extremely skewed sample simply on that basis. We also know that whites broke overwhelmingly for Trump while minorities were overwhelmingly against. Maybe NBC should have expanded their search beyond some Upper West Side prep school:
Why do kids who appear to be about 3/4 white call themselves black? Is it because of the massive in-built advantages being listed as a “minority” confers? If whites were so all-powerful and possessed of so many wonderful societal privileges denied everyone else, why would so many millions of mixed race people invariably identify with whatever minority component they possess? If being white was so wonderfully awesome and opened so many amazing doors, while being minority (of whatever type) was so hideous, full of constant put-downs and outright persecutions, wouldn’t these people be clamoring to ID as white?!?
Of course we know the answer. Being a minority in this country conveys special privileges and advantages that are denied to whites, and, increasingly, asians.
Some related material on the subject below, via Ben Shapiro, who I usually like:
An Accurate Assessment from Iraq: “[Obama] despises Christians” February 27, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, Ecumenism, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, sadness, scandals, sickness, Society, the enemy, unadulterated evil.
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I’d say that’s about right. The article below details recent muslim atrocities against Christians around the world, focusing on the near total destruction of the ancient Christian communities of Assyria, which were all but obliterated by the invasion of ISIS into this region in 2014. Now that ISIS is being forced out of Assyria in a very half-hearted, desultory manner, some Christians are returning to relate the horrors they experienced at the hands of this terror group, which the US originally helped back and arm when it was thought, among our unqualified, really dumb “elites,” that ‘anybody but Assad’ was an appropriate policy for Syria and the Mideast:
Reports of Christian life under the Islamic State (ISIS) continued throughout November. Many of these came from the ancient Christian towns surrounding Mosul, such as Batnaya and Qaraqosh, conquered by ISIS in August, 2014, and liberated in late October, 2016.
One Christian man, Esam, from Qaraqosh, related what ISIS did after his sister’s husband refused to convert to Islam: “He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They [ISIS] told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus.” The Islamic militants tortured his brother-in-law from 6 in the evening until 11: “[T]hey cut his stomach open and shot him before leaving him hanging, crucified.” Two other members of Esam’s family, a Christian couple, were abducted and separated by ISIS. To this day, the husband does not know where his wife is; he only knows that she was turned into a concubine, a sex-slave…….
………Another handful of Christians told how they “were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam,” but they “miraculously survived more than two years under Islamic State group rule.”……
……..Before being driven out of these now-liberated Christian towns around Mosul, ISIS plantedexplosive devices in teddy bears and toys that would be detonated when children picked them up, “killing unsuspecting families.”
Those who survived ISIS, accused former U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama of doing nothing when Iraq’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh, fell to the Islamic terrorists more than two years ago, when its Christian population was over 50,000. One man said, “Obama has never helped the Christians. In fact, he despises them. In the last 26 months, he has shown he despises all of them. But we have hope in the new president, Trump.” A Catholic priest said: “The US government led by President Obama could have protected us – or at least helped us to protect ourselves. But unfortunately Obama abandoned us.” A young girl wearing a cross added: “We hope this new guy called Trump will help us more than Obama did.” [I would add, given the scale of the tragedy, Francis and the Church at large have been far too silent on the horrific persecutions Christians and Catholics in particular are suffering around the world]
Hey, muslims take care of their own. I know with complete certitude that Obama is no Christian, and I believe the evidence that he is either a practicing muslim or overwhelmingly sympathetic to them is overwhelming.
The article goes on to list an amazing list of atrocities perpetrated by muslims against Christians, which all occurred in one month, November 2016. There are over 20 separate attacks listed, and this list is most likely quite partial.
If one didn’t know better, you’d almost think there’s a religiously motivated war going on, but thank goodness, we know that’s not the case. Francis has told us so, even going so far as to claim that there is no such thing as “muslim terror.”
Francis will probably be dead and buried before the folly of his interreligious fantasizing really becomes apparent, with large sections of Europe being overrun by the forces of islam. Whether Rome will be one of those remains to be seen, but given the large and increasingly radical “refugee” populace there, the Church’s ancient home may eventually become untenable. That seems unthinkable, but given the trends abroad in the world, the unthinkable is becoming increasingly likely.
Milo What? Islamic Professor Defends Rape and Slavery at Georgetown February 24, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, persecution, rank stupidity, scandals, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
As you can guess, the reaction to the proclamation of these particular abhorrent beliefs has been just a little bit different from what was directed at Milo, because a prof is a member of the great left-wing machine and leftists always take care of their own. h/t to reader skeinster who sent this along (I know reports of this have been around for a while but they were fairly scattered so it’s likely many have not seen this):
Two weeks ago today, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, and not a single major media outlet—with the exception of a blogger on the Washington Post website and a brief posting on foxnews.com—has said a word about it. The absence of outrage is not hard to figure out: Jonathan Brown’s defense was limited to Islam. [yet another sign that islam is the de facto state religion of this country]
Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. The Jesuit-run institution has a wealthy benefactor in Saudi Arabia, a nation which bans Christianity. How sweet.
What did Georgetown get from this arrangement? Money, and a lot of it. Twelve years ago, Saudi Arabia wrote a check to the Jesuit-run institution for $20 million; it went to support the school’s Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, run by Brown. And what did Saudi Arabia get from this peculiar “understanding”? Legitimacy. [And much more than that. They got the silence of a Catholic university on the evils of islam. They got influence at a body that in turns greatly influence mainstream Catholic thought. They got influence on American and Catholic thought leaders for years to come. They got more and more acceptance of the idea that islam is deserving of special rights and privileges]
The fruit from this decayed tree is now apparent. Georgetown now employs a tenured professor who defends slavery and rape, provided the slavemasters and rapists are Muslims. This is apparently Georgetown’s idea of diversity. It also shows how phony the school is. Why all the handwringing about Georgetown’s ownership of American slaves in the 19th century when it employs defenders of slavery today?
Brown’s position was not made in the heat of debate. If anything, his comments were well prepared: they were delivered at the Islamic Institute for Islamic Thought. After being criticized by some, he tried to walk it back, offering a lame Tweet that meant nothing.
“As a category, as a conceptual category that exists throughout states and trans-historically,” Brown said clumsily, “there’s no such thing as slavery.” It gets better. “I don’t think you can talk about slavery in Islam until you realize that there is no such thing as slavery.” [Naturally. If you can’t defend your religion’s behavior on a subject, pretend the subject doesn’t exist. Also, taqqiyah.]
It is not certain what Brown would say to slaves in Mauritania and Somalia today—they are owned by their Muslim masters. Would he tell them to stop promoting fake news?……..
Brown is also incompetent. If slavery doesn’t exist in Muslim-run nations, why the need to justify it? “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself,” he opined. He really means it. “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us.” [This guy is really screwed up. Go figure for a western convert to islam]
(Who he owns he did not say, but perhaps the Southern Poverty Law Center will look into it. Maybe I’ll convert to Islam and see if I can buy him. I’ll use my credit card—Mastercard for the Master.)
When someone in the audience challenged Brown, he became indignant, as well as inconsistent. “The fact that there was slavery is wrong [thus did he contradict his remark that there was no such thing in Islam]. Okay. If you’re a Muslim, the prophet of God…had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Are you more morally mature than the prophet of God? No, you are not.” [HE’S DEMANDING STUDENTS ACCEPT THE DICTATES OF ISLAM, A FALSE SATANIC RELIGION, ON A CATHOLIC CAMPUS!!! This is an appeal to authority based on his view that Mohammad – if he existed – is supposedly “god’s” prophet. Does Brown know that, unlike Christ, Mohammad worked no miracles, did no great good deeds witnessed by tens of thousands, in short gave absolutely zero evidence of any supernatural connection or powers short of a book he wrote, alone, under supposed guidance from Gabriel? Does Brown admit of the satanic verses where the Koran (at least, a version where these bits are not expunged) admits that satan fooled Mohammad? Did satan ever trick Christ into teaching error?]
One would hope that all of us are more morally mature than Muhammad. After all, he was not only a slavemaster and an advocate of violence, he consummated his marriage with his bride Aisha when she was nine years old. That’s what we call rape.
Speaking of which, Brown went on to say that non-consensual sex—it’s called rape—is okay with him, at least if the offenders are adherents to Islam. He took aim at the Western notion of “consent,” maintaining that “It’s very hard to have this discussion because we think of, let’s say in the modern United States, the sine qua non of morally correct sex is consent.”
Continuing his defense of rape, Brown criticized Americans for making a big deal about individual rights. “We fetishize the idea of autonomy to the extent that we forget, again who’s really free? Are we really autonomous people?” In other words, since none of us is really autonomous, the difference between us and a rape victim is more contrived than real. [And you can tell from this exactly how far into islam this guy has gone, and it’s pretty damned deep. This is exactly why islamic societies are so backwards, hidebound, superstitious, and casually disdainful of human life. They place no value on the self as a unique soul created in the image and likeness of God – or to the extent they do, they have horribly perverted this understanding precisely in order to justify Mohammad’s abhorrent, amoral behavior.]
Brown and Georgetown would be on the front page of every newspaper in the nation if he had justified Christians enslaving and raping Muslims.
Dang straight. Good piece by Deal Hudson.
This is what the Left has in store for you folks. Get rid of Christianity, create a failed totalitarian leftist state, then submit to the almighty allah.
Brown does a fine job of revealing the demonic immorality at the heart of islam, as well as islam’s inability to logically, rationally defend itself. The appeals to authority start within moments. And I would say Christianity’s long struggle to extirpate slavery from Western civilization sufficiently establishes its inherent moral superiority.
Only a muslim extremist would claim differently. Good to know just what $20 million in dirty Saudi oil money will buy.
Tagle to Replace Muller at CDF, Francis Grooming His Ideal Successor? February 24, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, horror, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
A lot of people hold the pious hope that this Francis phenomenon will simply be a short lived nightmare, a sort of slumbering return to the horrifying days of the late 60s and 70s before we wake up and get back to “normality,” meaning something more conservative-ish like JPII and Benedict (leaving aside how much these two pontiffs leave to be desired compared to, say, a Gregory XVI or Leo XIII, let alone a Pius V).
I have been trying to steel folks in my inner circle – and, to some degree, readers of the blog – to the fact that Francis and those who elected him are not at all satisfied with a trip down memory lane to their salad days as bead wearing long haired hippy revolutionaries in the Church. They mean to make the revolution they’ve always sought permanent. Even though Francis has behaved almost frenetically in trying to impose this agenda, he’s old and his pontificate could end at any moment. More importantly, he could be replaced by someone sane and possessed of a Catholic sensus fidei, and the dream would go into remission, again.
Unless, of course, they can so arrange things that Francis is simply the first of an endless line of progressive pontiffs who will “sing their new church into being.” Rorate holds similar concerns, as expressed below, considering the rumors that arch-liberal Cardinal Tagle of Manila is going to replace Cardinal Muller at the CDF and thus have a powerful resume for the next conclave:
To the recent reports from other sources that Cardinal Müller has already offered his resignation from CDF, Rorate can now add, from its own very well-placed sources, that there is a plan at the highest levels to replace Müller as Prefect of CDF with no less than the Asian “Pope Francis”, the man seen by many as Francis’ dauphin, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.Müller, appointed Prefect in July 2012, has been effectively marginalized in the past years over the Family Synods and most importantly over Amoris Laetitia. Questions about his future in the Roman Curia have been persistent through the years. It remains to be seen whether he will eventually be sent back to Germany to take the still-vacant see of Mainz (traditionally a red-hat see), or be tossed to a ceremonial position, or whether, like Stanisław Cardinal Ryłko last year, he will simply be retired long before turning 75.Tagle’s own theological oeuvre is very thin and his academic reputation rests mainly on the essays he wrote as part of the Bologna School’s History of Vatican II. It is his slick promotion by the mainstream Catholic media, his reliably progressivist views (couched in “moderate” language) coupled with his stint at the International Theological Commission and the patronage he received from Joseph Ratzinger, first as CDF Prefect then as Pope, that have combined to give him an aura of learning far beyond what is supported by his real output. His election as President of both the Catholic Biblical Federation (in 2014) and Caritas International (in 2015) and his designation as one of three Delegate Presidents of the Extraordinary Synod of 2014 further guaranteed his prominence in the universal Church.Should this latest plan come to pass, Cardinal Tagle, who will turn 60 in June, will have an enviable “CV” for a conclave frontrunner: a long stint (more than 15 years and counting) as diocesan bishop then archbishop, followed by a stint as head of a Curial dicastery.
SPLC As Bad, Cynical, Ideological as You Would Expect February 23, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, It's all about the $$$, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the enemy.
Just some data to confirm what you already knew: the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which probably did some good and helpful work decades ago in helping to undermine and eliminate the legacy of the Jim Crow South, long ago became just another corrupt agent of leftist agitprop. More specifically, they’re simply another attack wing of the demonrat party, trading on the good name and legacy they built up decades ago to engage in nakedly biased, partisan political attacks.
And typical for politically favored institutional attack dogs, their attacks are typically based on outright falsehoods and incredibly manipulated “data.” As a for instance, in the wake of Trump’s election – and frankly mere days after the event – the SPLC claimed that “attacks” against muslims had skyrocketed, as had the number of anti-muslim “hate” groups.
How did this horrible outbreak of persecution occur? By broadcasting doubtful, or even inventing, incidents (many of which have been very publicly debunked) and listing things like billboards and individuals who hold beliefs the very far left SPLC finds wrong as being purveyors of “hate,” even if these beliefs are held by a large majority of Americans. FrontPageMag has catalogued a partial list of some of their recent inventions and false condemnations of largely innocent people, who simply happen to think differently than they do, and it’s an amazing compilation:
“Huge Growth in Anti-Muslim Hate Groups During 2016: SPLC Report,” wails NBC News. “Watchdog: Number of anti-Muslim hate groups tripled since 2015,” FOX News bleats. ABC News vomits up this word salad. “Trump cited in report finding increase in US hate groups for 2nd year in a row.”
The SPLC stands for the Southern Poverty Law Center: an organization with slightly less credibility than Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and without the academic degree in greasepaint.
And you won’t believe the shameless way the SPLC faked its latest Islamophobia crisis.
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate group” sightings claims that the “number of anti-Muslim hate groups increased almost three-fold in 2016.”
That’s a lot of folds.
And there is both bad news and good news from its “Year in Hate and Extremism.”
First the good news.
Casa D’Ice Signs, the sign outside a bar in K-Mart Plaza in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, is no longer listed as a hate group. The sign outside the bar had been listed as a hate group by the SPLC for years. The owner of Casa D’Ice had been known for putting politically incorrect signs outside his bar. So the SPLC listed the “signs” as a hate group. (Even though there was only one sign.) Not the bar. That would have made too much sense.
Since then Casa D’Ice was sold and the SPLC has celebrated the defeat of another hate group. Even if the hate group was just a plastic sign outside a bar.
But the bad news, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is that anti-Muslim hate groups shot up from only 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016.
What could possibly account for that growth? Statistical fakery so fake that a Vegas bookie would weep…….
…….The SPLC decided to count 45 chapters of Act for America as separate groups.
How do you get a sudden rise from 34 to 101 hate groups? It helps to suddenly add 45 chapters of one group. Act for America isn’t a hate group. It’s also just as obviously not 45 groups.
Act for America was only listed as one group in the 2015 list. It shot up to 45 now.
Furthermore Act for America boasts not 45, but 1,000 chapters across the country. Why list just 45 of them? Look at it from the SPLC’s perspective. Next year, it can add 200 chapters and claim that anti-Muslim hate groups once again tripled. And then it can do the same thing again the year after that……..
……..[T]he SPLC makes a point of highlighting the locations of likely terrorist targets. [People who oppose radical islam, for instance, or who uphold traditional morality] And the Southern Poverty Law Center’s map of hate has been used by terrorists before.
“Southern Poverty Law lists anti-gay groups. I found them online,” Corkins later confessed to the FBI.
When Leo Johnson, the building’s African-American manager, attempted to stop Corkins, the SPLC shooter told Johnson that he didn’t like his politics and opened fire. The SPLC gunman had planned to kill everyone in the office, but Johnson’s heroic actions saved their lives. The African-American building manager was forced to undergo painful surgeries because of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate list.
Despite its role in the terror attack, the SPLC continues to target the Family Research Council.
None of the so-called “Anti-Muslim hate groups” listed by the SPLC have shot anyone. The SPLC has……
……..But there is one barrier to being listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
No amount of overt anti-Semitism from CAIR’s Nihad Awad would ever get the Islamist hate group listed as a hate group. Even CAIR’s flirtation with Neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers can’t get it on the hate map. The SPLC collaborated with the Muslim Public Affairs Council despite its anti-Semitism.
Instead the SPLC lists counterterrorism organizations such as the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the Clarion Project and the David Horowitz Freedom Center which point out their terror ties as hate groups.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is greedy, cynical and dishonest.
Shorter post – the SPLC are thoroughgoing leftists who trade on the name and sufferings of those who truly fought discrimination and unjust persecution in order to advance leftism. If a person or group leans left, or is perceived as being part of the leftist coalition, as muslims are (even though muslims would destroy them, and take away so much of the sexual license leftists purport to love), they can literally do no wrong. If a person or group (or sign) is perceived as standing in opposition to leftism, they can do no right, and the SPLC will be quite happy to unjustly tar that individual as some kind of hate-mongerer, if they hold beliefs counter to the religion of sexualized secular paganism. It’s a travesty what they are allowed to do, but it’s part and parcel of the Left here and throughout the West.
Indeed, the SPLC has long listed traditional Catholic groups like the SSPX as “extremist” and supposedly guilty of one bad “-ism” or another. That’s because traditional Catholics uphold morals and decency, and those things are bad, because large parts of the leftist coalition would get bad feelz if someone “judged” their sodomizing or adulterating. They also have listed anti-abortion groups as “hate groups.” Soooo………they’re bad. Finis.
I pray to have the time tomorrow to post something much more substantive than these endless catalogs of the left’s moral failings and frank evil. They’re important, but I will try to focus tomorrow and next week on much more Catholic-focused posts.
Professor Jordan Peterson on Middle Class Socialists, and My New Motto February 23, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, cultural marxism, General Catholic, horror, manhood, paganism, persecution, Revolution, secularism, Society, true leadership.
I’ve realized more and more of late, that I’ve become something of a political opinion junky on Youtube. I used to listen to music through headphones while working outside the house on weekends (often around noisy machinery), but the music began to deteriorate so I started listening to some podcasts and things like that. Then the wave of “alt-right” or conservative programs broke through on Youtube in 2015 and I’ve found myself listening more and more. I can only listen to so many sermons while working, and the political stuff tends to be more, ahhh……..energizing.
Thus, the increasing spate of right wing or alt-right political commentary on the blog. Sorry if that’s a downer, videos are also much quicker and easier to post than pure opinion on my part or quoting 1500 words from a book, so it’s also fit in naturally with my even more time-compressed post-job-change blogging style.
At any rate, one person I like to listen to on Youtube – to a point – is Professor Jordan Peterson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Professor Peterson is an academic, naturally, but one who is revulsed by the social justice warrior left. And that’s where he’s at his best, diagnosing the noxiousness of the SJWs and their cultural marxist ideology, and the devastation it is wreaking on the culture. When he gets into his idea of “truth,” and wisdom, which is Christian-tinged but also filled with problematic ideas from men such as Carl Jung and other modernist New Age types, he’s on much more shaky ground, though I will say that he is unusually capable of presenting an extremely deeply thought out political-moral-social philosophy. He’s one of the few people able to communicate those ideas in the public square in a way that non-academics can comprehend, though I think he reaches some wrong conclusions. It’s a minor tragedy in a sense, here is a man plainly called in a very special way by Christ to speak the Truth in a powerful way, but I feel he may be a bit hamstrung from taking the next step in reducing Truth to the God made Man by his deep involvement in contemporary intellectual ideology (and especially, psychiatry).
There are tons of videos of Dr. Peterson absolutely eviscerating the Left, but this is a good, short one:
That is, even when it still bothered to purport to be concerned about the “little guy,” or the working class, that concern was self-motivated and based more on their own titanic envy against anyone richer/more powerful than themselves. This same idea has now spread and metastasized into the moral sphere, where Leftists hold anyone who believes differently than they do on not only practical policy but also basic moral issues to be not only wrong but evil. Pride is the root of all sin. What sins are being unleashed by the titanic, and wholly unearned, pride of the Left are terrifying to behold.
Another gem below, which is so important because it introduces the monumentally important work of Alexandr Solzhenitsyn to a broader audience, explains how ideology – which is most prevalent on the Left but can, to a much lesser and generally less dangerous extent, exist on the right – can give rise to the most appallingly evil, destructive, monstrous political-social regimes the world has ever seen. That is also the danger inherent in the collapse of Western institutions through the pervasive influence of cultural marxism, which has deliberately corrupted education, especially the education in history, civics, and philosophy (teaching how to think), that whole generations have been produced who are totally intellectually detached from any ability to think critically or analyze present events in the light of history. How else would millions of young people (and others) in the West have become so disenchanted with their own birthright and heritage – a heritage formed and shaped immensely by the Church – and come to prefer the “other,” be it traditional Marxism, cultural marxism, Mohamaddism, etc:
A shorter, more powerful, in some ways, view of the same:
One area of Professor Peterson’s crusade against the creeping totalitarianism of the Left is through his refusal to use the preferred “gender pronouns” of his students. So boys want to be called girls, a she insists on being called a he, etc. He’s gotten into a great deal of hot water over this, as one can imagine. There are presently disciplinary proceedings being arranged against him. He is also in trouble for denouncing Canada’s coming governmental embrace of sharia law in the form of instituting what amounts to an anti-blasphemy law favoring islam. Once again we see how islam is rapidly becoming the de facto state religion of the West, at least among the governing elites.
Professor Peterson is suffering for his beliefs. His health has badly deteriorated in the past year as the persecution against him has ramped up. He’s on the right track, I think, but I will pray for him that he come to recognize much more clearly that truth descends, always, from Jesus Christ, and that he jettison some of his intellectual baggage.
Finally, a bit of a silly personal aside, picked up from some random thing I stumbled on today. Yes, I’m getting a bit salty in my old age, but I think there is a great deal of wisdom in this quote from Tucker Carlson:
The beginning of wisdom is to know what an a$$hole you are.
Yep. I think that’s about right. Works for me, anyway. The more I meditate on that fact, the better I tend to behave to those around me, and the more humility I tend to evidence.
UPDATE: Just a note, I use scare quotes around “social conservative” and “conservative” in this piece because the people involved have covered themselves with this cloak, even though the key players are not either, to my mind, in reality. Egg McMuffin is an opportunist who is collaborating with very toxic left-wing sources to try to wound Trump. He, like the Left, is trying to re-litigate the election by other means. This “Reagan Battalion” is relatively new and at least partially funded by democrat operatives. Sounds like a sure fire paleo-con site to me!
Some amazing work below by Sargon of Akkad. I’d like to leave this matter of Milo’s fall behind, but this simply adds too much to the picture to ignore, and also reveals the depths to which certain “conservative” groups will go in their attempts to destroy Trump.
You don’t have to watch the whole thing. The last 8-10 minutes switch to a different but related topic. But the first 17-18 minutes are absolutely must see.
Before I get into the revelations, however, let me note that I’ll address more aspects of the Milo situation at the bottom. This is a complex matter, in which no one is completely free from guilt.
Having said that, what has Sargon (among others) found out? First of all, there was a leak on the massive and often problematic 4chan site Sunday about noon forecasting exactly what was about to break on Milo. This was obviously a leak from someone within the “mainstream” media, and showed exactly what was about to be dumped on Milo and, more importantly, why. In a word, it was all about damaging Trump, gradually eliminating allies and so poisoning his name that democrats would – against all odds, and they are steep – win control of the Senate in 2018 and then move to impeach Trump, for what, at this point, I have no idea, because he’s barely had time to actually do anything. For breaking their little leftist hearts, I suppose, and showing that their permanent electoral majority, at least at the presidential level, may not come to pass as they so fervently hoped.
So, this was obviously an orchestrated takedown. It was not just a random release of something some independent sleuth “found” – it had been out for over a year, and I had seen parts of the Joe Rogan show in question. But who orchestrated it? Well, a self-interested cabal of self-described “conservatives” who happen to be tightly affiliated with, and funded by, democrats, and, oh yes, that paragon of virtue and former CIA operative, Evan McMullin. A quarter of a million dollars of oppo research allegedly went into this effort, which just goes to show how much the establishment will waste money on things that could be found for free with a little interest and hard work.
The key part of the video is from 11:00 to 17:00. This establishes the connection between the site that broke the news, with highly edited videos, the NeverTrumper brigade on the “right,” democrat operatives, and Evan McMullin. I know some folks voted for McMullin out of exasperation over their choices in the two major parties, but his involvement here – which he has admitted – perhaps reveals more of his true character than his public rhetoric. The story exploded incredibly fast, over a matter of minutes and not hours, precisely because all had been worked out in advance behind the scenes, as the 4chan leaker revealed.
McMullin’s goal, and that of the NeverTrumpers who worked with him to pull this off, is ultimately to destroy Trump a la the lines laid out by the 4chan confessor – whose post, I must remind, came out many hours before the first post broke at the “Reagan Battalion” site. So, this is NeverTrumpers making common cause with the leftist media, leaking stories in advance to destroy a despised target. This is hugely revelatory.
As Sargon notes, this is not about concern for children. None of these people and groups involved in the Milo takedown have expressed concern about numerous statements from leftists either saying the same thing, or admitting/doing far worse, ranging from Richard Dawkins to Leah Dunham to George Takei to Brian Singer. But of course their is not criticism for these folks, they’re part of the great left-wing machine, and the Left always protects it’s own. It’s quite different on the “right,” of course, where invective for conservatives who buck the establishment is often far more severe than anything directed at the democrats and their allies.
Having said all that, Milo, to a large degree, made this destruction all but inevitable by his bizarre and damaging comments on his own experience at the hands of a Catholic priest, and another unnamed individual. Now there are some that hold that Milo can only “save” himself by coming forth and directly ID’ing those who abused him, or other men he’s allegedly seen taking part in boy-rape. As Sargon points out, however, this would be an even shorter path to destruction for Milo than his disastrous comments, as making these allegations without proof would invite massive defamation suits and would simply discredit him in another way – which may be why some of these folks are demanding he do just that, to complete the destruction. They would inevitably then turn around and lambast him for ruining “good people’s” names without proof. He’s stuck. However, if you’d like another point of view regarding this imbroglio, see the video at the bottom. It’s much less sympathetic and demands that Milo name names as a way of proving his opposition to pedophilia. I certainly can sort of understand why folks would be demanding this, and I can also understand the severe criticism of Milo’s very warped views of “man-boy” relationships, a view almost certainly imposed on him by his abusers, but I still don’t think the demands entirely reasonable or fair, and the criticism may become a bit harsh at various points, mixing sad humor from a wounded soul with deeply heartfelt beliefs.
In a previous post on this matter, I said, as I’ve said before on other matters, that people who experience child sex abuse are never quite right again. I have probably erred a bit in saying this, which was based both on my own experience associating with people abused as kids and out of my great desire to convey the total horror of these acts and their impact on children. I don’t think the degree of damage that occurs to a child in these absolutely disgusting situations can be overstated. But in my desire to convey this, I may have unintentionally conveyed that Grace cannot overcome such damage or even appeared to be discouraging towards survivors attempting to recover from abuse. Neither was my intent, in fact, it was the opposite, to maintain a proper level of righteous outrage against these kinds of acts, but I probably need to temper my default rhetoric somewhat. I plan on doing so going forward.
Regarding Milo, and George Takei, and Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, and probably far too many to name, this is just heartbreaking. The two Coreys, thank God, did not so internalize their abuse as to proclaim it wonderful and good, as the first two in my list did. As Joe Rogan notes here, in a video I don’t recommend you watch save for the first 1:30, we must wonder just how many of those who proclaim affinity for the sodomite lifestyle are not doing so because they were abused by men as children. My thinking is that it would be a shockingly large number, quite possibly, the distinct majority. This event is so shattering and soul-destroying that some people not only have their sexuality changed, but apparently feel compelled to go back in time and redefine it as a “good,” in order to deal with it emotionally. As the video at the bottom notes, pedophiles deliberately seek out disaffected young boys, boys who either have problems at home, or who are unsure of themselves, who are shy and uncomfortable and don’t fit in, and then shower attention on them and make them feel “wanted” and “loved.” Once they have broken down the poor soul, they then move to their real objective, the satisfaction of their unnatural, perverted, hideous desires. That a Catholic priest once again played a role in this………it is such a shame it is unbelievable.
And as the video at bottom points out – it’s long, but worth your time, as this man is an expert in dealing with recovery from abuse, physical and sexual – it is not uncommon at all for childhood victims of abuse to apologize for and defend their abusers, even blaming themselves for the abuse (making themselves the “aggressor” in a sexual relationship with an adult). Of course this self-damnation stems from an attempt to reconcile soul-destroying behavior from someone in a position of authority, who violated the most sacred trust imaginable.
Anyway, I think I’ve said my piece on this now and put out all the nuance I planned. Milo’s comments were surely warped, but I’m not sure how personally responsible he is for them. But this must be a warning to all of us of what kind of evils will emerge from the growing subculture of Sodom and Gomorrah – how many other devotees of these sins share similar twisted beliefs because of their own nightmarish experiences?
These men do have a history, for those who care:
The Elites Got Their Scalp – Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns Brietbart February 22, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, cultural marxism, disaster, Endless Corruption, error, horror, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.
While it may seem like a tempest in a teacup, or perhaps the well-earned and inevitable downfall of someone who created a name for himself by flaunting social (or elite) convention constantly and brazenly, I do have grave concerns over the rapid and seemingly near-total destruction of Milo Yiannopolous over the past two days. He just announced his “resignation” from Brietbart a little while ago, but from what I have heard and read the resignation was forced and eagerly desired by some Brietbart staffers who had grown annoyed at Milo’s popularity and antics. His lucrative book deal has been cancelled. He claims he has many new projects in the works, but his name has probably been permanently sullied by this “high tech lynching,” to quote Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
For those unaware of what I am discussing, videos were published, first on sites very closely linked to several high-power establishment Repubniks, containing highly edited statements from Milo Yiannopolous – videos recorded many months to a year+ ago – that gave the appearance that he either supported, apologized for, or had some sympathy for pedophilia. When it was shown that his words were being completely twisted, slightly less edited versions were released that made it appear that Milo was at least of questionable judgment on this matter. Milo maintains he was speaking of personal experience and that he is a bitter opponent of pedophiles.
I have had many thoughts and been rather conflicted about all this. First of all, this is obviously a carefully engineered takedown of someone who was a rising threat to the dominant uniparty elites. The offending comments were made long ago and were the “juiciest” things that hundreds of thousands of dollars of oppo research could find. And they were definitely not good. I think it’s confirmed now that Milo’s perversion is not an act and that it seriously affects aspects of his judgments, and not in a good way.
Amazingly, as all this has developed, it seems the Novus Ordo church played a significant role in Milo’s downfall, and I don’t mean just this week’s developments. Assuming he is being truthful, Milo was first exposed to the sodomite lifestyle by an English Catholic priest. That was his first “experience,” when he was 13. What a tragedy. What a scandal. Even more incredibly, very few people have even batted an eye at this revelation. “Oh yes another priest raped and morally ruined a young boy, yawn……” I mean, that’s’ been the overall reaction. That the Church has been involved in the moral corruption of a young boy yet again, something which not only ruined him but likely his entire family……..it makes me want to throw up. And yes I know this went on before VII, but VII did not materialize from a vacuum. The very fact there were perverts of this type corrupting the priesthood was a significant factor in the phenomenon we call Vatican II even coming into being.
But this revelation brings two very important points to the fore: one, those who suffer childhood sex abuse are never quite right again. Their ability to judge certain moral matters, especially those related to their own sexuality, are almost always forever compromised by the violent taking of their innocence. Secondly, a great many sodomites are sodomites because they were abused by men at a very young age. Thus, this entire sequence of sorry events is not entirely surprising.
That is to say, I agree quite a bit with Sargon’s analysis below, which, while generally apologizing for Milo, admits that he probably had to turn his abuse into a “good thing” to mentally and emotionally deal with such unimaginably deep and hurtful wounds (LANGUAGE WARNING):
I’ll add a few more thoughts, sort of randomly. First of all, the various ages of consent in differing nations are more or less arbitrary. It’s 16 in England, 14 in Germany, generally 17 or 18 in the US, etc. Of course there is no such thing in muslim countries, where young boys are systematically abused with societal and religious approval and girls as young as 8 or 9 are sold as “brides.”
Is the US with relatively high ages of consent more moral? But wasn’t Saint Elizabeth of Hungary married at age 14? In fact, throughout the Age of Faith, the great and high Middle Ages, marriage at such ages was routine. Of course, people generally died much younger, too, but I don’t think 13th century Spain or 11th century Italy was less Christian or less moral than these United States, or anywhere in the world today. Not that I think such is appropriate today, nor would I want that for my 6 daughters. I am merely stating that all these things are really just conventions and are almost wholly arbitrary.
The other things is, Milo is right, those who are carrying out this attempted destruction are not doing so out of moral outrage. They are doing it to take out a target they don’t like. The real target is not Yiannopolous. It’s Steve Bannon, and more importantly, Donald Trump. Milo was, whatever one may think of him, energizing an entirely new generation towards conservative/libertarian/populist beliefs, and there was a very strong cross-over between the thousands of kids who braved insult and injury to hear Milo speak on college campuses and support for Trump. He was also, like Trump, extremely effective at bulldozing into oblivion the cultural marxist structures in the academia, media, heck, in the very language, which are such powerful tools of the Left. He had been almost immune to criticism, with his “high on the victim pyramid” lifestyle and devil may care nature. Until now.
My concern is that if the elite media complex/entrenched political powers can do this to a Milo Yiannopolous or a Mike Flynn, they can do it to any of us. There has been a recent spate of what seem like vengeful attacks from the old media on the new, with targeted takedowns of rising new media personalities. For some analysis of how and why this is happening, I think this is spot on (again, language warning). And, of course, we have seen the media-government complex deign to destroy average Joes and Janes for exceedingly trivial sins against the sexular pagan orthodoxy on a number of occasions, from cake bakers in Oregon to photographers in New Mexico to bed and breakfast owners in Vermont to florists in Washington. This is about power, and maintaining a narrow, undeserving oligarchy in the power and riches which it has arrogated to itself. To me, it’s all part of a broader reaction against the little people who got a little too uppity and actually exercised their rights in a way the elites find annoying.
Having said all that, Milo largely did this to himself. I’d hate to have every off-hand or “boozy” (his words) comment I’ve ever made microscopically analyzed and held up for all the world to see, but that’s also what goes with the territory. The old media and entrenched political powers are not nice people and have no scruples in destroying anyone they perceive as being in their way, or simply annoying. Heck, it’s practically a sport to these people. Milo should have known, having already experienced several attempted “lynchings” for his blasphemies against the state religion of sexular pagan cultural marxism. I’m sure he’ll be back in some fashion, but he’s been permanently damaged by this, which takes away another important defender and ally from Trump.
I expect this to become far more cruel and ugly as we go along. They want to destroy all those who publicly support Trump and ultimately go after him.
The scope of Catholic deplorables is steadily expanding February 17, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, different religion, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, paganism, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church, unbelievable BS.
Michael Matt examines a recent interview on MSNBC features Jesuit Father James Martin, wherein Martin manages to cover himself yet again in heaping piles of dung. The Church Militant is bad. The spiritual works of mercy no longer have any application or relevance. “Radical Traditionalists” seek to be a Church Militant, which is completely opposed to Francis’ vision of a new humanist “mercy.” Well…….at least he can get something right:
“This fruit is exhibit A.” Boo-yah. Indeed. Pretty much all that needs to be said regarding Martin. Martin has such a huge signature he sets off my gaydar at about 1000 miles. I don’t pick up Ru Paul until 500 miles, so that tells you something, if you get the joke.
Yes, the Vatican is just infested with “rad-trads.” Yes, it is such a sin to desire a Church that is purer. Yes, Francis’ wrecking ball is just a series of “reforms.” Yes, MSNBC and their ilk have always been concerned with the well-being of the Church. Yes, the term “Church Militant” is a dirty phrase. Jesus Christ was really just a proto-leftist who never preached exclusion on the basis of sin. Martin and Francis and the rest would never subvert Christianity in favor of their true religion, leftist ideology. How much fake news can one 7 minute segment contain? But what else would we expect from the pathological liars at MSNBC?
Bear in mind this very orchestrated set piece attack with yesterday’s post regarding close contacts between Hillary Clinton and Francis. Absolutely nothing the democrat operatives in the media do is accidental. This is all about giving Francis the political cover he needs to execute his revolution.
MSNBC and basically every other leftist media outlet have become personifications of Goebbels. If you have a stalwart opponent, make up the biggest lie possible about them, in this case, that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist, and repeat it constantly as an unassailable truth. There is absolutely no virtue left among these people, they brazenly lie and are positively proud about it.
Exceedingly interesting comments towards the end about who constitutes a “rad trad”………anyone who still accepts the Doctrine of the Faith more or less whole and entire is a “rad trad” in the view of Martin, Francis, and their ideological allies. It matters not a whit whether one assists at the TLM or has problems with Vatican II, even those who fully accept VII as a valid council with valid and good conclusions are grouped into the “rad trad” group of deplorables if they have concerns over Francis’ agenda or simply accept the Doctrine of the Faith. That is to say, the scope of unacceptable belief within the new church of Francis is expanding rapidly and will take in millions more souls than simply those few who have long had grave reservations over the most recent council and the revolution that has afflicted the Church from within.
Leftists cannot stand ideological opposition. Anyone who is not fully on board with the agenda as it is today – and it changes daily – is a deplorable to be ostracized and an enemy to be crushed. The leftist cult demands instant unthinking obeisance to whatever the thought-leading elites in academia, the media, and the political-economic elites demand this instant. 2+2=5. A lie becomes the truth, and then becomes a lie again. Whatever the party needs. Hell on earth. And Christ must be driven from the earth for the glorious new church of man to come into being.
“Francis is shifting the Church so far to the Left that those Catholics who do not go along with him……..will be easily vilified as dangerous extremists. So filled with hate that even our own Church finds us deplorable. Do you see how the persecution is shaping up?”
Bad News on All Fronts With Francis February 16, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, different religion, disaster, error, Francis, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Maybe not ALL fronts, but on many, anyway. Because I haven’t had time to post much thanks to 3 days of truly interminable meetings (which are, Deo Gratias, now done), I’ll just post a roundup of many of the troubling items that have broken just in the past few days. Much of this may be old news, but sometimes the gravity of things really sinks in when items are compressed together.
First up, last week it was revealed that Francis – in a truly revealing move, as if we needed more revelation of his extreme ideological predilections – had decided to attack “restorationist” religious orders with numerous vocations at a meeting of heads of religious orders last fall, because being a Jesuit, he knows that the only purpose of a religious order is to grow old, modernist, corrupt, and decadent, prior to ending with a pathetic whimper:
Pope Francis has stated that the rise of new religious institutes that attract numerous religious vocations “worries” him because they often promote “rigidity.” Francis denounced new traditional religious orders as “Pelagians,” who want a return to asceticism and penance.
In an obvious reference to the Legionaries of Christ, he called young people in traditional orders “soldiers who seem ready to do anything for the defense of faith and morality, and then some scandal emerges involving the founder [male or female].”
“So, do not put hope in the sudden, mass blooming of these Institutes,” he added.
“When they tell me that there is a congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry,” he said during the closed-door meeting with 140 Superiors General of male religious orders and congregations that took place November 25. The transcript of the unscheduled Q&A was published this week by the leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Asked about how to fire the hearts of young people for the cause of the Gospel, the pope turned his focus to the training of “seminarians and future priests.”
Francis said that in priests’ training the “logic of black and white” that “can lead to abstract casuistry” must be avoided. [Anytime you see a Church official use the term “casuistry” in a pejorative sense, run, screaming, in the other direction. This is code speak for hatred of doctrinal clarity.]
“Discernment, meanwhile, means moving forward through the gray of life according to the will of God. And the will of God is to be sought according to the true doctrine of the Gospel and not in the rigidity of an abstract doctrine,” he said.
Asked what should be done about the plummeting number of vocations to the priesthood, the pope said that while the decline “worries me” he is also worried about the rise of new traditional religious orders.
“Some are, I might say, ‘restorationist’: they seem to offer security but instead give only rigidity,” he said. [Yes, we know how you feel about us. You’ve made that abundantly clear.]
I would just add that, coupling this attitude with Francis’ move last fall to reserve approval for most new religious institutes to the holy see, instead of local ordinaries as has been the case for hundreds of years, this kind of mentality has chilling prospects for the formation of new traditional religious orders, and the future of those which are already extant.
Next, in a move that just made be burst out in laughter because it is so predictable, Francis has banished good Cardinal Burke to Guam, at least for the time being (although there are unconfirmed reports that Cardinal Burke had recently started clearing his schedule of planned events going out months). That’s about as far as one can possibly get, geographically, from Rome. I would imagine Francis will soon name Burke apostolic nuncio to Antarctica next:
The Vatican has sent conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate an important case of sexual abuse, dispatching a seasoned jurist who has clashed repeatedly with Pope Francis for a sensitive mission halfway around the world.
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith back in October named Burke the presiding judge in its trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who is facing multiple allegations of sex abuse of altar boys in the 1970s, the Vatican press office said Wednesday. Apuron has denied the charges and has not been criminally charged.
Possibly related – Bishop Michael Byrnes, formerly Auxiliary of Detroit, was recently appointed co-adjutor archbishop of Guam in a move some saw as a further de-conservatizing of the US episcopate. Tiny Guam is apparently to get some all-star episcopal representation due to its fortuitous geographical location? You can read more analysis and speculation on this development here at One Peter Five.
Finally, and most troubling, the generally quite reliable Hilary White is reporting that some major shoe in the progressive-modernist Franciscan agenda is to drop this fall. She thinks Vatican III will be called, but I doubt it. I think there will be a proclamation regarding deaconessesseses, paving the way for fake priestesses later. Add in perhaps a repeal of the discipline on married priests. White also reported close contacts between Francis and the now never to happen Hillary Clinton administration. The source for this is an unnamed Roman priest, so take it for what you will:
The Catholic TwittFace world is popping and sparking and buzzing and sizzling with this, like an Italian electrical socket.
This anonymous blog in Italian, clearly based in Rome, is the latest coolest thing among the Rome Vatican-watchers. There. Y’all’re running with the cool kids now!
So far we’ve only had it in crappy Google-translate English. But a friend has helpfully helped to clarify the details with a good translation from the Italian original.
Let me tell you a story. Last Thursday, in a coffee bar in front of the Porta S. Anna (facing Vatican City) a Monsignor (very close to Bergoglio) in his 50s and a layman go for a coffee. The discussion turns to the “dubia”.
The Monsignor, with an “enough” says: “The Pope will never answer the “dubia” of the 4 Cardinals. He will never lower himself to their level. Francis has much bigger plans, which do not stop with Italy. The only hitch during this period has been the election of Trump.”
To which the layman replied: “And what has Trump got to do with Amoris Laetitia?”
“He has everything to do with it” replied the Monsignor, continuing: “the aim was to back Clinton, because she has a special relationship with Francis. They’re in frequent contact. And the goal to be reached was that the Catholic Church was to rehabilitate certain “non negotiable” principles in a soft manner, in such a way that the Vatican too would have had strong global political support, which is needed at this time, above all for the big manoeuvres which are coming.”
About this we must agree with the great Assange… read here …
The layman even more amazed says: “And which manoeuvres are coming?”
The Monsignor sips the last drops of coffee and says: “But have you still not understood that the vision which you have of the Church has been left behind?
“…But do you not understand that today the Pope is a world leader? That had Ratzinger stayed we’d all be finished. Do you know what the next manoeuvre will be? Precisely the diaconate for women. Because it’s the only way to show our concrete closeness to the Lutherans and Anglicans. And you will see that by November we will have the diaconate for women.Not of course identical with what you think. But it will come very close.”
If this is remotely accurate – and there is much external evidence to confirm that something along this line is in the works – we see the plan unfolding. Francis will re-make the Church into an inoffensive, completely neutered global NGO ak in to the disintegrating Anglican “Communion” with the backing of worldwide political power to squash whatever opposition emerges in the Church (opposition which, to date, has been depressingly weak and ineffective). All the “offensive” parts of the Gospel will be removed – or rendered mute and pointless – in the interest of worldly political power and the approval of men. If this is true, mass opposition must be the result. But judging by the reaction to the atrocities that have gone before, I have little hope it will materialize.
More from the Italian priest, “Fra Christoforo:”
Now let us take a moment to reflect. Saint Peter’s Square is by this point almost always empty (and ‘Tv 2000’ only films that small group of people crowded together in front of the window.)[This is true. EVERYONE I know who has gone to Rome has managed to get quite close to Francis. This would not be possible were the square thronged with tens of thousands of people.] What do the faithful matter to Bergoglio? From the contents of this conversation it can be inferred that the Argentinean has plans much broader than evangelisation. Often and willingly he has said that evangelisation is a form of proselytism, which is not OK. Just recently he even said that he is worried that in certain congregations there are many vocations.
There you are. He seeks only himself. He seeks to keep the spotlights on himself, and not to tread on anyone’s toes, because he is the LEADER.
And Jesus Christ does not concern him. How unlike St Paul. The Apostle to the gentiles said “we are become as the refuse of the world” (1 Cor 4,9-13) precisely because in first place he put evangelisation. Bergoglio instead, to the prejudice of Christ and of the salvation of souls, wants the first place for himself.
Dear readers, this is the reality. And in a week there will be more appalling news. But I won’t anticipate the press releases.
Some final thoughts from Miss White, including her prognostication about what this “appalling news” will be:
And the question about the “bomb” Perp Francers is preparing for the “whole world” is running around Rome journalist circles. Everyone seems to be talking about “the big one,” though no one knows exactly what it’s supposed to be.
Personally, my money’s on an Ecumenical Council. Vatican III that his buddy Kasper has wanted all these years. But if this is true, there is an even bigger question. Councils aren’t just a happy little get-together. They always have a stated goal. They are called for particular ends.
It might be a good idea to ask ourselves, what could Jorge Mario Bergoglio want badly enough to call an Ecumenical Council to get?
I think the synodal process proved to this point that a), he doesn’t need a council/synod to achieve his goals, and b), in spite of his best efforts to pack the court, so to speak, councils and synods work as a gathering place for opponents as much as they do for supporters. At a general council, while the opponents might be in the distinct minority, there would still be enough to raise a serious stink and possibly block some of the more extreme proposals. Thus, this bomb, if it materializes, will not involve a council or another synod, but simply an “executive order” a la Obama. Progressives despise democracy, anyway (or even the false impression of democracy), and would rather rule as an autocrat.
But I could be wrong. We’ll see, but I suspect the bombs being dropped will simply come down as orders from on high from the Argentinian publicly occupying the Chair of Peter.