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Kwasniewski and White on the True Nature of the Crisis in the Church August 22, 2018

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Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College normally writes in measured, scholarly tones, always providing insightful commentary but not usually with a lot of polemic.  But he let fly with both barrels in a recent post at One Peter Five, from which I excerpt extensively below (admittedly, he claims to be quoting another, but approvingly).  Hilary White has been waging a vitriolic war of words against the tyranny of the Bergoglian papacy, and rightly so, for years.  She continues her excellent work with another strong piece also at One Peter Five.  I tie the two together and try to add a few contributions of my own, paltry though they are.

First up, Dr. K – no matter how bad you think the corruption/rot/heresy/perversion in the Church is, it’s almost certainly much, much worse, and will get still more so:

Most commentators do not begin to understand the true nature of the problem.

The ring of criminal Nancy Boys is the same ring that has been sedulously working for decades to undermine the integrity of the doctrinal, moral, sacramental, liturgical Church. These men – McCarrick, McElroy, Wuerl, O’Malley, Mahony, Cupich, Tobin, Farrell, Lynch, Weakland, Paglia, Maradiaga, their lovable mouthpiece James Martin, Thomas Rosica, and far too many others, including ones who have passed on to their eternal fate, such as Lyons, Boland, Brom – are the same ones who have destabilized and adulterated catechesis, theology, liturgy, and most obviously the Church’s commitment to the unchanging moral law, as we saw in the Amoris Laetitia debacle and all that surrounded and succeeded it. We must connect the dots and not pretend to be shocked when we see, for example, attempts under way to “re-interpret” Humanae Vitae through a false teaching on conscience, or to do away with clerical celibacy, or to introduce female deacons.

To treat the sins of this ring of conspirators as nothing more than a recrudescence of the sex scandals of the past would be to lose sight of their real enormity. These are not just men of bad moral character; they are apostates, and they are trying to remake the Church in the image of their own apostasy. The Church has been smashed up in front of our eyes in slow motion for decades and few can even begin to admit that we are now faced with a Church in actual smithereens. The Nancy Boys have conducted their campaign of demolition with a kind of imperial sway. It is not this or that aspect of the Church that is corrupt; the rot is now everywhere. It is a rot on which the McCarrick Ring still sups, like maggots feasting on a corpse. For this reason, to hear well meaning people say Bergoglio must impanel some investigative body to set things right is Alice in Wonderland lunacy. It’s like putting Himmler in charge of Nuremberg.

We do not need bishops engaging in public penance (although it’s a good idea for their souls and long overdue); we do not need episcopal investigations; we do not need new procedures and new policies. These are all cries for exculpation. Bishops beating their breasts and then going back to doing nothing about the manifest apostasy at the very heart of the Church will not solve matters. We need the apostates [and those who have enabled and covered for them, and also all the sodomites] identified, denounced, and removed. [And so the Church in the US would probably lose 90+% of its clergy at a shot, if all the moral perverts and manifest heretics were, by some miracle, removed from office.  Are we prepared for that?  I can really only speak to the Church in the US, but I understand that in many Western countries, and Latin America, the problem is even worse.  There might not even be 1% of the active priests who are not heretical, addicted to horrifically immoral sin, or both]We need a reaffirmation of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. To clean up this mess, we have to clean up more than the scandal of homosexuality, with all of its attendant horrors. We have to denounce and reject the apostasy that powerful and influential homosexuals and their friends have insinuated into the Church over decades………

……….It is a package deal. This, above all, is what people need to see. The moral depravity, the doctrinal heresy, the liturgical devastation – all of it goes together. If you have the courage to follow each thread, you will find that any attack on one part of the Church, one aspect of her life, one component of her tradition, already is or will soon be bound up with an attack on the other parts, too. The real “seamless garment” is Catholicism taken in its totality. Either you have the whole or you can’t have any…….

……..The difference with the clerical sodomites is that they become professional apostates. It is not enough for them not to believe in the sacraments; they must make others not believe in them as well. They will not stop twisting and mutilating the Church until she blesses their sin, along with many other sins. To achieve their goals, they must wreak havoc on every last aspect of the Church. This is what the faithful must stop – forget about the contemptible bureaucracy of the USCCB with its well heeled lawyers and slick marketeers. We begin to stop the havoc by calling its source by its real name. McCarrick was not just a predatory sodomite, but an apostate, and all of his “brother bishops” who knew about the double life and still got their pictures taken with him [or concelebrated with him, because there is a school of theological thought that says that concelebration is a tacit admission of doctrinal conformity with the celebrant, which is one of many reasons why traditional priests abhor the practice and refuse to condone it], laughing away at the latest wool pulled over the people’s eyes – you know, the ones who are putting out videos about how unfortunate this is, what a mess, and, you know, it isn’t as bad as people are making it out to be – these are all apostates, too. They’re company men with company cars, driving in a long line to their own burials at the ecumenical cemetery…………

………The Catholic Church is being rocked to its foundations by a scandal of Modernist apostasy of staggering proportions. We are in “2+2 = 5” territory, and the “conservative” apologists have no real response to that, which is why they insist on treating the McCarrick business as a sex scandalThey are more concerned about a mendacious, ramshackle, unaccountable episcopate than they are about the deposit of the faith under daily assault, as it has been ever since the progressive European bishops maneuvered into control of the Second Vatican Council, strewing ambiguities and half-truths in its documents and dominating its implementation, particularly in the liturgical sphere – all of which has led us straight into the cesspool of iniquity and heresy in which we are stewing.

But where does this go? What do they ultimately want?  That is what Miss White tells us, and very clearly, almost prophetically, to extend her analogy:

What is the Bergoglian Paradigm about? It is about a new religion, and specifically a religion that falsifies, negates, contradicts, denies, and abominates the old religion. It is about the complete reversal of all that God has taught mankind, not only since the dawn of the Christian era, but from the beginning. If the Bergoglian Negation is true, then everything we have believed, not for 2,000 years, but since the time of Abraham, indeed since the time of the promise to Eve, is false. Every miracle, every promise, every covenant, every expression of love of God for us was all a lie……….

…….Why? Because the Bergoglians tell us not to repent, not to turn away from sin. They tell us that God will not save, will not lend you strength. They tell us even that sin is good. It is a counsel of despair; it tells you that you are helpless in your sins, that no God is coming to save you, that His grace is insufficient for you, that you are ensnared in depravity and can never escape, never hope for holiness, never hope for salvation.

And that only humanity, only their leftism, only the communist utopia, can “save” you, and that you may as well have as much “pleasure” in this life as possible, as this is the only one there is.  That is what these men have been telling themselves, every day and practically every minute, for decades now. Misery loves company.  They want to drag everyone down to their level, ESPECIALLY those who have, by some miracle, managed to maintain true Faith over the past several insanely painful decades.

But these kinds of men have come before, and God has defeated them.  The Catholic Church has appeared broken and defeated, only to experience miraculous turnarounds.  In the mid-11th century, the popes had been  under the thumb – to the point of being named/appointed and even in some sense “consecrated” by them – of the Roman “nobility” and “Holy” Roman Emperor for 250 years. This is the period when a 16 yo boy was appointed pope and proceeded to live a most scandalous and profligate life, dying of acute cirrhosis when he was only 24 or so. Most priests and bishops were 2nd, 3rd, or 5th sons of petty lords who only used their positions as clergy to enrich themselves while they married, fornicated, drank, engaged in piracy and brigandage, and left the people to starve, spiritually.  Only here and there were there isolated locations where the Faith was actually maintained and practiced, and those very few.  But it was enough.  God managed to get a man, Hildebrand, appointed as St. Gregory VII and the entire enterprise, the whole edifice, was turned around in just 2-3 decades.  Problems remained, but the Church of the 12th and 13th centuries – admitted by all as the most Catholic in history –  was created immediately after these periods of near total collapse and disaster.

I say that so people do not become hopeless, but at the same time, I feel, for a variety of reasons, that the current crisis/mass apostasy is the most dangerous, yet, because it is the most efficient, systematic, and organized the Church has yet faced.  I think it is far more organized than anyone knows.  And it is not done, yet.  Even should we, by some small stroke of God’s will, be freed of Bergoglio, his replacement may well be worse.  This may go on for many decades to come, until they believe they have sucked the Church dry of all benefit it could provide them, or some great saintly reformer comes along to start the process of setting things right.

I know these are not exactly huge revelations to this crowd.  Heretics took over the human aspect of the Church, including the clergy, perhaps as divine retribution for the Church’s institutional embrace of usury via the IOR/Vatican Bank*.  But keep the Faith.  Find the best Mass/priest  you can and cling to them with all your might.  As Bear says, nail your foot to the floor if you have to.  Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus still applies, even though the institutional Church has not only lost its mind but appears demonically possessed.  It is still Christ’s Church and that is still His Body in the Blessed Sacrament.  Plus, as they say, living good is the best revenge, well, staying holy and keeping faith is the best way to deny this evil cohort the victory they desire.

*-has anyone else seen/heard this claim, that Vatican Bank/IOR activities have constituted sin of usury since the concordat with Mussolini in 1929, which transformed the Holy See from debtor mini-state to extremely wealthy and influential state?  Didn’t Malachi Martin argue this, that the Vatican had prior to Pius XI always held aloof from global financial markets due to refusal to charge interest for money or accept interest on money (as these constituted grave sins of usury, even worse than murder) and was thus impoverished from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries, but that the concordat and subsequent creation of the Vatican Bank rendered the Vatican spectacularly wealthy but required they engage in usurious practices?  And this is where all the trouble really started, as it instantly caused rapidly spreading corruption?  Thoughts?  I read the theory in this book, which seems to rely quite a bit on Malachi Martin.

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Rejection of Christianity at the Heart of the West’s Self-Loathing Death Wish August 15, 2018

Posted by Tantumblogo in Christendom, cultural marxism, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, Immigration, paganism, persecution, sadness, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Not much commentary, I’ve covered all this before, but the author here makes some good points, and reaches the obvious conclusion – the reason the West is in such a state of moral confusion and is possessed of a seeming death wish, unable/unwilling to defend itself, see the threats it is bringing into its very heart (islam), is because it has turned its back on its very nature, which is Christian (Catholic-Christian, to be exact).  Those who have rejected Christianity have tried every conceivable alternative, and all of them having failed, they would rather die, and see the whole construct die, than admit their failure and their adherence to a patently failed ideology.

For a quick addendum, see the video below, where Australian leftists (which the large majority are) express their horror at the idea of allowing persecuted whites into their country, and especially their revulsion at allowing Arab Christians from Syria in (see 1:28-35 below).  They are ready to surrender, to give the keys over to someone else, someone who still has the courage of their convictions.  Amazing, but true.  That is how much their false ideology, their diabolical narcissism, means to them.  They are ready to see millions die, including themselves, rather than give it up.  And note, all the people in the vid below were attending a rally in Australia in favor of mass muslim immigration to Australia, under the guise of “refugee” resettling, which, as you can see, they care nothing for.  They don’t give a rat’s rear end about refugees, they want to see Australia and the West remade into a muslim-dominated non-white state.

I do not know how to deal with such people.  What do you do with the 10, or 20, or 50, or 80% turned traitor and destroyer in your midst?!?  And bear in mind, these people may be fools, but they are by and large not dumb.  They know what they want, and what they are calling for – destruction of the West, so long as they believe they can maintain their ease and comfort.  They had no kids (speaking broadly), so damn the future.

Speaking of self-loathing death wishes, a reader sent me the cartoon below, and it’s quite apropos.  Same crowd, different venue, they all want to see Christendom gone, ,since it doesn’t align with their diabolically informed ideology:

Are you a Catholic or an adherent of the First Church of Christ Sodomite? August 3, 2018

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Given the attempted papal redefinition of what must surely constitute solemnly defined doctrine if not outright dogma (the right of the state to use the power of the sword to maintain order and justice), and given the recent McCarrick “revelations” (can they be revelations if everyone already knew? – and remember Cardinal Farrell is his closest protege and former roommate.  Literally, every bishop, most priests and virtually every well-connected layperson knew of McCarrick’s perversion and his “Auntie Blanche” epithet.), a very partial list of the prelates of AmChurch for whom substantial evidence of “irresistible” attraction for the sins of Sodom exists, and should be conveyed to souls for their own edification as the major explanation for the crisis currently afflicting our Church:

Francis Cdl. Spellman , NY , deceased. page 313, C.I.A. & F.B.I. declassified reports
Howard Hubbard
Matthew Clark
Rembart Weakland
Thos. Lyons
Jos. Ferraro
Francis Mugavero, Brooklyn, deceased
Cdl. Ted McCarrick
Cdl. John Wright
Joseph Cdl. Bernadin
Bp. Robt. Brown
Bp. Thos Dupre
Cdl. Ed Egan, NY , deceased
Thos. Green
Paul Dudley
Jos. Green
Witon Gregory
Geo. Guilfoyle
Jos. Hart
Francis P. Murphy
John Myers
Anthony O’Connell
John R. Quinn
Jas. Rausch
Frank Rodimer
Geo. Rueger
Dan Ryan
Lawrence Soens
Cardinal Francis J. Stafford
Keith Symons
Lawrence Welsh
J. Kendrick Williams
G. Patrick Ziemann
Robert Lynch

A few more I add on my own:

M. Sheehan
Thomas Tschoeppe
Blaise Cupich
Robert McElroy

Much, much, much more has been cataloged in Randy Engel’s encyclopedic Rite of Sodomy.  The list above is surely quite partial, the total numbers are probably more like 2/3 or more of the consecrated bishops in the United States since the 1950s.

Look folks this is the final battle – these men intend to turn the Catholic Church into the church of sodomy/Episcopal Church USA, but I repeat myself.  I’ve just been reading an excellent history of the early Church and the many, many times virtually the entire hierarchy, including the pope on several occasions, went over to manifest if not formal heresy (it was more than once, and more than just Liberius), and how the faithful Catholics of the time were willing to literally spill their blood in defense of the Faith.  Many times in the early Church, when the fundamental theology of the Faith was still being worked out by the Holy Ghost, it was basically the lay faithful alone who kept the orthodox Faith, and not just for a year or two here or there, but for decades on end.  Many suffered loss of income, forced exile, torture, and even death, for their adherence to the Faith Christ brought to mankind.

So what shall we do, now that Francis is trying to deliberately teach error and what amounts to formal heresy?  While a Catechism may not be dogmatic, it is surely the most widely referenced formal teaching instrument in the Church since Vatican II.  In fact, the Catechism was deliberately developed to try to counter much of the post-conciliar heresy, while also formalizing other aspects of the Vatican II novelties.

Do we just whine and bend our knees a bit more – maybe – and pray God will take all this away?  Of course prayer is always the first and greatest recourse, but taking the early Christians as our example do we have the faith to be instruments of God in more concrete action?  What form should that action take?  It’s time for the faithful to start seriously considering just what this Faith means to them, and the degree to which they may be supporting the ongoing overthrow of Holy Mother Church, whether they admit of it or not.

I know this is very painful stuff but millions of souls are at stake, including, quite possibly, our own.  We can’t sit around forever waiting for someone else to be God’s instrument of salvation for the human element of the Church.  The saviors we are waiting for are us. There is no one else.  Do we belong to the Church of Jesus Christ or some man-made entity full of lies and doomed to destruction?

The choice is ours. May God give us the faith and strength to always correspond to His Will, and may He have mercy on us and on our Holy Mother Church.

Alfie Evans Must Die to Maintain the Fiction of the NHS in Britain April 26, 2018

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The public execution, through denial of medical care, by the government of the United Kingdom of a child who has been offered free medical care, transportation, etc. by a hospital in Italy has received wide coverage.  And rightly so.  This is not the first time we have seen such an atrocity play out in full view of the public. Last year it was Charlie Gard, who was denied “lifesaving treatment that would be given in any US hospital.”  Now it is little Alfie Evans.

The court case is through, the judge (as always seems the case in Britain) sided with the apparatchiks of the state health care rationing scheme, euphemistically called the National Health Service, and the child’s parents are even being barred from assisting the child in breathing or other such minimal provisions.  Little Alfie is to be offered “palliative care” only, which means, he will be kept in a heavily drugged stupor until he dies.

Many pro-life, Catholic, and other conservative sites have offered numerous explanations for why the government and legal system in England seem to find it so easy to kill through neglect children with severe, but quite possibly still treatable, medical problems.  That the vast majority of Britons, and especially their cultural-political elite, are now godless heathens possessed of a reprobate sense is one obvious explanation, as Mundabor notes below (h/t reader TT):

The dramatic events surrounding poor little Alfie Evans give a shocking portrait of what the United Kingdom has become: a Country in which every Christian vestige is rapidly disappearing as a deep vain of Nazism pervades the fabric of its society.

A hospital trying all they can to put an end to the life of a child, and a “justice” system supporting them in their effort: this is XXI Century Britain.

It order for the inhumanity to appear egalitarian, the child is not even allowed to live abroad, where Christian minds would have compassion of his little life. No, little Alfie Evans has to die, to satisfy the Nazi mentality informing our “health” system………

…….This, my dear readers, is a Country allowing himself a big debate and years of controversies about the very occasional, perfectly legal killing of… vermin, but cannot stand the thought of a child whose life they deem unworthy of living (this is a Nazi concept: lebensunwertes Leben, “life unworthy of living”) to be allowed to live.

All this and much other commentary on the deplorable state of morals in Britain today is undoubtedly true.  Not that the US is in any measurable sense superior.

But one point I thought should be made, is that this is also a case of a corrupt, inefficient, wasteful, and ineffective bureaucracy going to any lengths to shield itself from well deserved criticism.  The NHS needs not reform, but abolishing.  Hundreds if not thousands of Britons die every year through sheer neglect, mismanagement, incompetence, and inability to procure necessary care in a system that is hamstrung through its limited taxpayer funding.  Were an Alfie Evans or a Charlie Gard to be treated in another country and make a spectacular recovery, that would be a huge PR hit for the socialist pyramid scheme and greatly undermine public confidence in the state as the primary if not sole means of medical care in a nation.  Even though Britons have been very carefully and deliberately propagandized to believe that no NHS = millions dying in the streets – you know, just like it is in the US, where you can hardly take a step without tripping over all the dead bodies – a few such incidents like that could result in calls for reform, reduced funding, or, the utterly unthinkable to the statists/apparatchiks of the NHS and the politicians dependent upon it for their political support – abolishment.

So, it is much, much easier for all involved – at least in the ruling class – to just allow a little boy to die unnecessarily, rather than deal with the potential fallout from his treatment elsewhere. And this kind of calculus is entirely informed by the godless, neo-pagan secular spirit that pervades the ruling class in Briton and throughout Christendom today, as Mundabor notes above.  In a very real sense, the state, symbolized by the NHS in Britain, has become the replacement god for these poor, lost souls.  And as the next post will show, millions of Americans are undergoing, or have already undergone, a similar transformation into decadent, selfish sexular paganism.

As I said just the other day, the US has been following the same trajectory as the already-post-Christian countries like Canada and the UK, we’ve only been a few decades behind.  Yes there are more traditional Christian elements in this country that are resisting the trend, but they are steadily weakening and losing influence.  I don’t say this to promote dejection, but simply as an accurate assessment of our times.  In spite of the heartening the election of Trump meant to all of us, he hasn’t fundamentally altered the social/cultural trajectory of this country, yet.  We already have millions of our own Alfie Evans, they never even get far enough to be named or be born, but the same underlying solipsistic belief system is at work.

California Assembly Bill Would Ban Bible, Most Books on Christian Morality……. April 24, 2018

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…….or anything that has to do with opposition to the “sacred” act of sodomy, one of the sacraments of the sexular pagan religion (along with abortion – the anti-baptism, “gay marriage” – the anti-matrimony, and others).  A new bill under consideration in the California Assembly purports to ban any book or publication that inveighs against the acts of Sodom and Gomorrah and those who choose to define themselves by those same acts.  Thus the Bible could quite easily – and predictably – be found beyond the scope of state-approved literature, since there are of course nearly 20 clear denunciations of sodomy and the lifestyle associated with it in both the Old and New Testaments.

Of course, the radical Left that is pushing this bill claims that the old fuddy-duddy Christofascists are wrong again, postulating slippery slopes where none exist.  But based on how previous bills have been used to ban opposition to sexual license, or punish bakers and florists who refuse to service a same-sex couple’s pretense of a wedding, my money will be on this very broadly worded bill being yet another attempt by the Left to force Christians out of the public square and deep underground.  Which may well be the very best thing that could happen to a Faith that has become lazy and complacent, so if it were not for the damage that would result, one could almost say bring it on:

If liberal lawmakers in California get their way, that west coast state may be one step closer to being unrecognizable as part of the United States. A bill currently pending in the legislature would essentially ban the sale of books that include traditional Christian views on marriage and sexuality.

Shockingly, the proposed law could even be construed to make it illegal to sell Bibles, since they include verses that the far left finds unacceptable.

Assembly Bill 2943 would make it an ‘unlawful business practice’ to engage in ‘a transaction intended to result or that results in the sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer’ that advertise, offer to engage in, or do engage in ‘sexual orientation change efforts with an individual,’” explained National Review.

That’s a lot of legalese to digest, so let’s break it down. What the bill basically says is that anything that can be seen as trying to impact a person’s sexual orientation would be illegal to sell or offer. [Looking even farther down the road, it is not inconceivable to foresee an attempt to define church services as a kind of “transaction” and thus also open to meddling by a segment of the population that never sees any need for limits to the state’s power – when used against their enemies]

This would almost certainly include traditional Christian counseling services and books.

“The bill then defines ‘sexual orientation change efforts’ as ‘any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation. This includes efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions, or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same sex,” continued National Review (emphasis added). [And you can see how this is really about imposing a wholly new, and totally hostile, moral order on the state/country.  The rights of unrepentant sodomites trump those of repentant ones.  Anything that alludes to Christianity can and must be suppressed and persecuted. “Bu- bu-but tax write offs for church donations!  That proves there is no persecution!”  Uh huh.  That will be one of the final steps, once all the other institutional supports for Christianity have been not just removed, but inverted and turned into means of persecution.]

“Efforts to change behaviors” is where the real problem is. After all, almost all counseling and even common psychiatric care are intended to “change behaviors” in various ways.

If you think about it, that’s the entire reason people seek help in the first place: They want to stop drinking or becoming angry or, yes, having troubling thoughts about their sexuality.

It’s also worth pointing out that the bill as written would apply to people who are trying to change their own behavior. This would mean that if a person was struggling with same-sex behavior or sexual identity and they themselves wanted to change, it would be illegal for them to buy any book meant to help them with this……… [Of course.  Because sodomites want to be told that their sin is an unalloyed good, and nothing may be permitted that undermines that belief.]

……….You don’t even have to particularly agree with the Bible verses mentioned here to see the problem. Efforts like the proposed bill represent dangerous slippery slopes that would use the legislature to attack traditional beliefs, and even mainstream views that happen to be at odds with the far-left agenda.

If nothing else, it’s an affront to the free exchange of ideas — yes, even ones that someone might dislike — and a censorship of speech.

“No one doubts that (Christianity’s) teachings on sexual morality are increasingly unpopular,” summarized National Review. “But they remain constitutionally protected, and no state legislature should be permitted to ban a ‘good’ (such as a book) or a ‘service’ (like counseling) that makes these arguments and provides them to willing, consenting consumers.”

It’s amazing that the same liberals who bemoan “government in the bedroom” eagerly jump at the chance to give the same government control over sexual and moral topics the moment it helps their cause.

“No government in the bedroom” was always a convenient lie.  Just like “born that way,” “safe, legal, and rare,” and “federal government involvement in schools won’t lead to politicization.” All these statements have simply been means to an end, a wedge to use against Christians in the public eye as a means to split unthinking people from core cultural/social beliefs that evolved over centuries to produce that great construct known as Christendom, by far the greatest culture the world has ever known. It was all as hypocritical and cynical as hell, but that’s how they’ve managed to subvert the culture almost totally, while their opposition – in a sense rightly – preferred to adhere to their principles and clutched their collective pearls at it all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catholic Parents in Ohio Lose Custody of Child for Refusing Carcinogenic Hormones to “Change Gender” February 20, 2018

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I just love it when the Left tells Christians how paranoid and stupid they are to be concerned about things like pseudo-sodomarriage and this “transgender rights movement” cum “I’m atopa the Victim Pyramid!” fad are going to lead to direct persecution of Christians.  But a fad, and an unprecedentedly destructive one is exactly what we’re seeing. And it is afflicting even convicted Catholic families, even some readers of this blog and the poor family below from Ohio, where the state has decided to revoke parent’s custody of their 17 year old daughter because a shyster physician says carcinogenic “hormone therapy” is medically necessary for her mental well being.  What’s next, parents lose their daughter for not providing a “medically necessary” BMW convertible?  How about all those “medically necessary” 4th or 5th abortions?

Excerpts below, with my comments:

An Ohio couple has temporarily lost custody of their 17-year-old daughter after refusing her transgender hormones prescribed by doctors who claim she suffers from gender dysphoria and will commit suicide without the drugs. A judge is expected to rule on her long-term custody Friday. [So this nearly adult aged girl has no moral agency whatsoever, no drugs = certain suicide? BS. It’s less than a year until she is 18 and can wreck her life all she wants, she can’t possibly hold out till then?]

In 2016, the unnamed girl was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression, anxiety disorder, and gender dysphoria, which the American Psychiatric Association defines as “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify.” Doctors claim that the parents’ treating the girl as a girl has triggered suicidal feelings. [But “gender dysphoria” is much more than just a conflict between “assigned” and “identified” gender.  It’s also a ticket to instant moral authority and adulation in many quarters of society and especially online.  Want instant popularity on Tumblr? Come out as trans.  For the unstable, chronically unhappy, and mere attention seekers, this can be too great a temptation to pass up.  It can also serve as a uniquely effective way of injuring parents for perceived slights and failings.]

Temporary custody has been granted to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which has placed the girl with her maternal grandparents, who support the transgender identity[This is sadly common.  Grandparents very often, I pray unintentionally, undermine the efforts of devout parents to form their children and protect them from this sadistic, rapacious culture. I know of multiple cases involving ostensible “trans” where the grandparents are actively aiding and abetting the unfortunate grandchild. My wife and I have already decided, should this inexpressibly sad situation befall our family, and the child run away to coddling grandma, we shall have nothing to do with either, nor shall any of our minor children, for so long as the situation persists.  Now, it’s very easy to say that when it hasn’t happened and I’m not feeling all the emotion of a broken heart, but that’s our plan at present. However, it is virtually impossible that any of the grandparents would be sympathetic, especially the mighty Catholic warrior/maternal grandfather.]  The medical team from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center testified that the girl is improving because her grandparents are treating her like a boy. They argued that she should immediately start treatment to decrease the risk of suicide, however. [The medical profession, and especially those in the higher levels of administration, are overwhelmingly left-wing, and very few possess any kind of serious Christian faith, and in fact generally view believing Christians with attitudes ranging from suspicion to outright hostility.  Virtually all of the professional medical and psychological associations have been coopted by the Left, and are now supporting/pursuing all element’s of the Left’s agenda, from taxpayer-funded abortion on demand to transgenderism.]

“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the child,” Paul Hunt, an attorney for Hamilton County Job and Family Services, testified, according to court records obtained by CNN. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it,” i.e. giving their daughter transgender hormones……….[Note “best decision for child” = correspond to government/medical/leftist agenda, but I repeat myself.  Now to be fair there are exceedingly rare cases where people do genuinely develop what is called today gender dysphoria, but those have historically been vanishingly rare and typically have not constituted a medical emergency requiring such drastic action as terminating non-abusive parental custody.  I can’t help thinking there is more than a bit of family drama being played out in the courts, as too often happens, and the parents find themselves on the wrong side of the approved rightthink.]

……….Hamilton County prosecutor Donald Clancy argued that the parents are basing their decision on religious beliefs, not the best interest of the child. [Why assume a conflict between the two?  Because the State insists on promulgating that conflict.] The “father testified that any kind of transition at all would go against his core beliefs and allowing the child to transition would be akin to him taking his heart out of his chest and placing it on the table,” Clancy argued. [I can understand how he feels]

Clancy admitted that the father “fully accepts” his child, but noted that the father also testified that having the girl come home acting like a boy would “warp” her siblings’ perception of reality. [Damn right it would.  These things are often catching]

The daughter’s lawyer, Thomas Mellott, testified that the parents enrolled her in a Catholic school that made her wear dresses and answer to her birth name. These experiences “caused additional trauma and anxiety,” he argued. “When you lack all hope, and when he thought this would all continue to happen to him, the suicidal ideation became more pronounced, and that is how he ended up where he was,” in the hospital. [good for that school.  I wonder how long before Catholic schools cave on this?]

Even seeing her birth name on documents causes the girl trauma, Jeffrey Cutcher, the grandparents’ lawyer, testified. Mellot agreed. “The name has become a very big trigger,” the girl’s lawyer said. “It has gotten to the point where my client mentioned that he doesn’t want to think about college at this point because the marketing materials he’s getting keep using the birth name.”

Oh for God’s sake. Better toughen up, buttercup, the world does not care about your feelz.  If seeing your name causes you to have a meltdown, maybe you should demand the government find a way for you to re-enter the womb or some other ultra safe space for another few decades of maturation.

These situations can come to pass in spite of parent’s best efforts, but it is also true that parents sometimes play a role in, if not bringing these situations about, creating an environment where a child might be likely to seek extreme forms of external validation. That is to say, somewhere along the way, the child never formed, or perhaps was allowed to form, and adequate sense of self.  Jordan Peterson speaks of the enormous damage caused by tyrannical mothers.  The point being, we must always be so careful for our children, so balanced (not suffocating nor allowing to run wild), and never satisfied with ourselves.  I think that’s a big weakness of very devout/traditional Catholics, there is a tendency sometimes to think because we are so pious, go to daily Mass, have the TLM, good priests, whatever, we think we are somehow above all the cultural chaos. But we are not, and our children especially are not. So always be careful, especially regarding satan’s favorite soul-destroyer, the computer/internet/smart phone.  Have reporting software on everything and stringent rules about phone/computer usage (like all usage must be in the open, limit hours of usage, even check on their chats sometimes, if they are allowed such, etc).

An Open Letter to Michael Knowles        December 6, 2017

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Not that he’ll ever read it, this post is more for my own benefit, and possibly yours.

Before I begin, I will note that I am taking Knowles straight up on his own declarations.  If he is practicing some weird and really obscure  form of “humor,” that would be a problem (and scandal) in and of itself, but a different one from what I identify below.

Who is Michael Knowles, and why should committed Catholics care?  He is the host of an internet podcast under Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire umbrella.  He hosts several episodes a week.  He is a proud, at times even militant, Catholic.  Much of his program is dedicated to answering protestant “questions” regarding Catholicism, which means, in reality, refuting arrogant, ignorant charges from American evangelicals against the Church Jesus Christ – not Martin Luther, not John Calvin, not Henry VIII, not Mary Baker Eddy – founded.

And he does a good job.  In fact, he has at times given me to wonder whether he is a Trad, such is his strong grasp of catechesis, theology, etc.  He certainly presents liturgical sentiments which align quite well with the TLM and against the Novus Ordo.  He is well read in Church teaching and especially Church history. He’s pointed out on several occasions the way Francis, Bishop of Rome is at odds with Catholic Dogma. He provides such an interesting perspective I was really starting to wonder if we had the second (but better??) coming of Mike Church.

And then there was that moment……you know the one, the one where the needle goes from playing a lovely melody to sliding all the way across the record……yeah, that one.

That moment came when Knowles, in a spoken word commercial he gave for a mattress company during one of his podcasts, mentioned that he and his fiancée just love sharing a bed made of these wonderful mattresses.

That’s………..that’s a problem. That’s a very big problem.

I don’t ever like to peer into consciences and convict others of sin, but Knowles has done so himself.  He has declared that he is committing ongoing, grievous sin, at the very least by continuing to expose himself to incredible temptation by sharing a bed with a woman other than his wife, but more likely by advertising the fact that he and she are ongoing fornicators.  Even if they both sleep in PVC bodysuits that cover them head to foot, even if they’ve never so much as kissed, this situation would be sinful alone for the scandal it gives.  You are basically advertising for fornication, and proudly proclaiming yourself a Catholic while doing so.

I’m sorry, Mr. Knowles, but you are not the solution, but the problem.  This is the very crisis the Church has faced since the 60s, where public spokesman, whether they at one time had a formal mission from the Church  such as Fr. Charles Curran, or self-appointed ones like yourself (and me), publicly deviating from the Faith, even attacking and undermining it.  I have not so far heard you directly verbally challenge or undermine a Dogma or Doctrine……..at least until that mattress ad.  And then I heard several other mentions of your fiancée wherein you made clear your relationship is fundamentally indifferent from all the pagans of the world these days, lost in sin.

Which brings up an interesting point – while Knowles clearly acknowledges the evils Francis is visiting on the Church, is he at the same time positioning himself to be the beneficiary of some of this doctrinal reformulation, especially regarding reception of Communion while in a manifest state of grievous, probably mortal, sin?  Seems quite possible.

Are you receiving the Blessed Sacrament, Mr. Knowles, while persisting in this relationship with your fiancée?  Your podcast statements would seem to indicate so.  Thus, you have added sacrilege to fornication and scandal.  Don’t read I Cor xi:25-29 much?

I am really at a loss how a man so obviously well-formed can be openly and proudly persisting in a relationship that is grievously scandalous at best (and which he makes pains to announce in most episodes of late).  He seems to have a nearly Traditional level of formation, to the extent that I would almost wonder if he hasn’t received regular trad catechesis, and, one would tend to assume, Confession?  Has this never come up?  My experience of multiple FSSP/SSPX confessors would lead me to believe that any and all of them would instantly point out this massive moral problem, were they aware of it.

So, I won’t be listening to him anymore.  Until he recognizes the huge scandal he has given and indicates some public contrition, he is actually a very dangerous man, all the more so due to his talents and gifts of formation. He sounds like the real deal.  He sounds like a really authentic Catholic, and he is reaching out to tens of thousands of protestants and giving them a very bad idea of what the Catholic Church is all about.  I haven’t listened to many of his shows – maybe 7 or 8 – but I’ve never heard him called out for his scandal, even from hostile protestants (which probably shows how virtually all of them are so morally confused in this age of error that they see nothing wrong with a little pre-marital fornication).

I would advise readers to stay far away from this charlatan. He certainly had me fooled.  Once one is confronted with a figure mixing truth and error, consuming their product becomes risky, at best.  Given the other excellent sources available, there is no reason to expose oneself to this risk.

I will pray for him, and especially pray that some really good traditional priest reaches out to him and shakes him from his morally damnable situation, and convinces him to make some public act of contrition for the scandal he is causing on an ongoing basis.

Mr. Knowles, if you read this, reach out to me and I will get you in touch with multiple very solid priests who will make abundantly clear the grave danger to which you are exposing your soul, and that of your fiancee. It’s all well and good to declare ourselves committed Catholics so long as that commitment costs us little – it is when it costs us dear is where the rubber meets the road. Take up your cross and follow Christ.  Deus Vult.

For the declaration upon which this post is based, see the below, if you must, at 8:28:

Amazon: “Mohammad a Wise Prophet,” but “Jesus Christ a Fictional Character” November 29, 2017

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Steven Crowder ran a little impromptu experiment using Amazon’s in-home phishing/hack box Alexa (why people would put one of these things in their house is beyond me) over the Thanksgiving holiday, after noting that Alexa’s answer to many questions seemed to carry more than a little bit of bias.  So Crowder started asking Alexa numerous questions on the fly, and got some amazing responses.  You have to see the video for all of loaded answers, but the most significant to me and you is that Alexa finds in Mohammad “a wise prophet,” and a caring provider for his child-rape bride Aisha, while Jesus Christ is dismissed as “a fictional character:”

Now, obviously, Alexa is just a bot programmed by human beings, human beings who by and large work on the Left Coast and have powerful biases themselves.  It also draws many of its “encyclopedia” type answers from Wikipedia, which in virtually any socially significant subject is unbelievably biased towards the Left (go read the Wikipedia article on North Korea, for an example).

Nevertheless, this is more than slightly revealing.  Many leftists are trying to accuse Crowder of somehow staging this event or concocting this as a put-on, but he swears it’s on the up and up and released the raw footage  yesterday to confirm that.  From my standpoint, I’m not surprised in the slightest. In fact, I’d expect little else.  To a leftist, Mohammad is a wise prophet (yet another demonstration of how the Left will happily adopt islam should Christianity ever be definitively crushed), and Jesus Christ is just a sky fairy, about as real to them as the communist slaughter of millions or the plain meaning of the 2nd Amendment.  The confirmation bias inherent in all this is more than just a little troubling, however.  How can people who repeat such mantras day in and day out (Mohammad great, Jesus fake) ever be converted?  It would appear beyond human means, anyway.

Having said that, per the actual historical record, there is far, far, FAR more disinterested, 3rd party evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ than there is for the existence of Mohammad.  Some students of islam, like Steve Kellmeyer and Robert Spencer, are very doubtful that a single individual named Mohammad ever existed. There is essentially ZERO evidence, independent of the Koran, that there was a man named Mohammad, and that he single-handedly founded his strange new cult.  What probably happened is that he was invented ex post facto to serve as the instigator of that hellish melange of Jewish Zealotry and Arian (not) Christianity that became islam.  With the Christ, there are both direct testimonies of His existence (Josephus) and numerous contemporaneous, or nearly so, records from the dominant power (Rome) that He existed and that He founded a powerful religious movement that rapidly swept over the entire eastern Levant and beyond.  In fact, in the secular scholarly community, all but the most dedicated modernists/leftists/atheists have come to the conclusion that the vast preponderance of evidence supports the existence of an individual man (-God) Jesus Christ.

But as we saw in the previous post, leftists never let facts get in the way of a politically helpful narrative.

Seriously, why someone would get easily hacked “smart” appliances, or one of these Alexa or Google thingess in their houses, is beyond me.  Even our “smart” phones are insidious evil things, with the mike on all the time and quite possibly the camera, as well.  The scary thing is not so much how they affect old farts like me, but the younger generation who seem utterly unable to live without these devices 6 inches from their face 23 hours a day.  All this could be taken away from me and I’d be annoyed at times but otherwise just fine.  But from these kids who have never known anything different, and who no longer know how to relate to other people without the filter of their electronic opiate?

Down high horse, down.  Still, the known hacking potentials alone in these devices is more than enough reason for me to say no thanks.  I wonder how long I’ll still have the privilege of setting my own analog thermostat, or buying a dishwasher that isn’t connected to the internet/NSA?

Testimony of Steve Willeford, Hero in Texas Church-Shooting November 8, 2017

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A very good interview from Steven Crowder below.  Sutherland Springs is only about 5 miles from where one of my wife’s sisters lives.  I do not know if they knew any of the victims.  My sister in law lives just outside La Vernia, which is about 7 miles from the shootings.

There is more and more evidence that the crazed shooter was motivated at least generally by hatred of Christians, with a heaping dose of base millennial instability, grave childhood woundedness, and severe emotional disorders to complete the tragic mix .  He used an AR-type weapon to perpetrate this atrocity, while he was also stopped by an AR-type firearm.  Hero Steve Willeford testifies that, due to the body armor the maniac atheist shooter Devin Kelley was wearing, it required at least an AR-type firearm to stop him.  It also seems increasingly likely that it was Willeford’s shot that put an end to Kelley’s life:

Obviously, prayers are urgent for all those suffering from this evil, a sign far less of a country in need of stricter restrictions on firearms for citizens to defend themselves (the killer, by the laws on the books, should never have passed the background check and should have been red flagged in the instant check database, but the Air Force failed to convey his domestic battery conviction to the FBI), than it is in need of a great cultural and spiritual renewal/restoration.  This is revealed even more in the response of the far left in this country, including such pathetically lost and self-loathing characters as Will Wheaton, which indulged in some vicious Christian-bashing in the wake of this crime.  Much of this commentary, though it comes from sources already known for their hatred of Christianity, is so over the top it is revelatory of the amoral hell that is at the root of Leftism.  Only a wholly amoral soul, one given over practically totally to that worst moral condition to which a soul can fall – a reprobate sense – could have uttered some of the hateful vituperation Wheaton and others hurled in response to the victims in this shooting.  Some were even mocking the deaths as being “deserved” because the victims were Christians, Texans, and thus probably conservatives, and so unworthy of life.

This is the cultural milieu in which we are forced to work out our salvation.  The self-anointed “elites” of the culture and country mock Christian prayer and the practice of virtue, while hiding crimes like child rape and the abuse of women committed by themselves and their allies (but what should we expect, from a group of people to treat the wholesale slaughter of perfect innocents, largely for the sake of convenience, as their holiest and greatest shibboleth?).  They laugh at a Christian response to an unspeakable tragedy but cover up for and extol islam when a similar attack is committed in New York a few days earlier, telling us how “allahu ackbar” is almost always a beautiful prayer.  Do you think these scum would declare the Pater Noster or Ave Maria a beautiful prayer under any context, but especially if a crazed false Christian uttered such words while in commission of a horrible crime? We’d never hear the end of it.  Just another reason why tens of millions of Americans no longer believe the slightest thing the media says.

As I’ve said for years, the self-described “rational,” “scientific,” atheistic Left is nothing of the sort.  They belong to a pseudo-religion that has hatred for Christianity, and especially Christian morals (the rejection of these morals being the driver behind all they do), at the very center of its creed.  Islam is simply another false totalitarian religion which the Left is making common cause with in its effort to finally rid itself of that Savior they are too proud, broken, or stupid to countenance.  But most of these leftists will happily don the hijab and prostrate themselves towards Mecca five times a day should the right circumstances arise.  They are not generally anti-religious – they are some of the most fervent (if depraved) religionists around.  They are simply anti-Christian.  They are revealing it more and more practically every day.

Thank you all for your thoughts and concerns about my health (TT, you are a wonderful person and a true friend.  Already had some Lourdes water, though!).  I go in tomorrow for some more follow-up.  It’s taken a lot longer than I would have liked to get this settled down (it is still not, yet, but hopefully tomorrow will be a big step forward).  We also had a major medical test on my son.  Good news there, what we were concerned were signs of seizures are not, in fact, seizures.  He may have had one or two breakthrough seizures in the past 6-7 months but that seems to be it, based on the test results.  So that is awesome. As for me, hopefully after tomorrow we’ll know a lot more and I can start to get back to my regular routine.