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Pretty interesting coverage from The Blaze, below. They note the seeming persecution of Catholics who criticize the papacy in fairly strong terms by institutional Catholic media sites. The implication of the piece is that Francis’ pontificate is forcing many Catholic media apostolates to reveal their true stripes, liberal or anti-liberal:
Directly following the papal visit to the U.S., the editor of conservative journal First Things announced he sacked a writer after she wrote a column critical of Pope Francis.
The announcement from First Things editor R. R. Reno is revealing……..[follows excerpt likening Maureen Mullarkey’s writing to conservative talk radio hosts, which I think is unfair and, yes, revealing]
It may surprise some that such anti-conservative clichés would come from a conservative publication like First Things. [Not me. This is the same site that has employed Damon Linker and Joseph (I heart gay marriage) Bottum] But Pope Francis’ pontificate is having that effect on more and more Catholic publications.
Adam Shaw lost his position at Catholic News Service after writing a critique of Pope Francis’s economic opinions. Patrick Archbold was sacked from National Catholic Register when he complained Pope Francis was alienating traditionalists. This writer was told to leave a Catholic publication after writing articles with a “tone” of “judgment” out of line with Pope Francis’s message of “welcome.” [This is a most partial list]
It’s almost as if publications that are owned by or beholden to the Church are treating the Holy Father’s critics like whistleblowers uncovering an unsightly scandal. Perhaps because they are………
………Defending Pope Francis against the fired writer, Reno contends that “we need to have the moral and spiritual generosity to enter into our adversaries’ ways of thinking,” apparently implying that his adversary Maureen Mullarkey’s way of thinking is an exception to that rule.
And what rule is that? It is the “golden rule,” which Pope Francis proposed during his recent address to Congress. But Pope Francis applies the golden rule to battles between truth and dangerous error — rather than between neighbors as the Gospel recommends — and so it serves only as a defense of error against the truth. [Think on that a bit]
After all, when he spoke live to a world torn apart by error and moral chaos, what was the single “temptation” that Pope Francis said “we must especially guard against” in his address to Congress? “The simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and the sinners.” [But Pope Francis’ opposition to hard doctrinal stands, which he decries as an “ideology,” is itself an ideology! He is the most rigidly ideologically pontiff most of us have ever experienced]
Instead of praising saints and admonishing sinners, we must “confront every form of polarization which would divide [the contemporary world] into these two camps” in the first place, the pontiff said. [What a disastrous statement. This guy……..he’s not Catholic. He doesn’t get it. He doesn’t get Saints as sources of division and even bitter struggle, but favors a strumming the guitar around the campfire while smoking a J kind of Church]
Perhaps this is why Reno would choose to publically excoriate Maureen Mullarkey for criticizing the political coalition Pope Francis is building with the left, instead of, say, First Things contributor Elizabeth Scalia — who was broadcasting the “Virtuous Pedophile” movement long before even Salon.com would touch it. [Yeah, uh…….no wonder I’ not such a fan of Patheos and their ilk]
This kind of thing has long been known. That’s one major reason why specifically “traditional” publications have emerged going back decades, because the mainstream or institutional media would simply not countenance these kinds of opinions.
There are two major reasons why I don’t collaborate well and keep this blog a small, one man operation (and why I don’t look to make money from it, thank God): money makes people do things they don’t want to, it is a rare man who can resist the temptation of the almighty dollar to stick to his principles, and I don’t like being told what opinions I can or cannot express or whether it’s OK if I X, Y, or Z. I’ve had some very fortunate collaborations (mostly years ago) involving Vicki Middleton and Rebecca Diserio who would kind and generous enough to let me do my spiel with a totally free hand (and found both made quite insightful contributions in their own right) but those kinds of collaborations are rare. I think they worked because we weren’t exchanging money back and forth, and because the ladies had their own commitment to the fight. Some others haven’t worked as well, mostly because I lost interest or just sort of like to do things my way.
I think we’ve seen a heckuva lot of people go off the rails over the matter of money (and, possibly, fame) over the years. Some people stop making sense, or they fall away entirely. But I’m glad there is explicitly traditional, unyielding media that point out the crisis – and its roots – and refuse to be bullied into silence. They are financially independent and don’t depend on the good graces of Bishop X or Group Y to make their money. All the better. Nothing seems to lead to mixed motives and moral compromises that direct Church-sponsorship. None of that for me.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
Latest developments in the ongoing persecution of Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein for their refusal to supply a cake to a fake wedding. There are some very interesting revelations below, including claims from the gomorrist couple in question that they seek no money from the Klein’s. This appears completely a politically motivated persecution by a single unelected government official who is trying to make a name for himself (in pursuit of higher office, surely) as a crusader for sodomites. And if a good Christian couple must be broken in the process…….well, a political career omelette doesn’t get made without breaking a few Christian eggs, does it?
The agency that ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple began the legal process last week to seize the money the Oregon bakers are refusing to pay.
“Our agency has docketed the judgment and is exploring collection options,” Charlie Burr, communications director for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, told The Daily Signal. “They are entitled to a full and fair review of the case, but do not have the right to disregard a legally binding order.”
Docketing the judgment is a preliminary step the agency must take in order to seize the Kleins’ house, property, or other assets in lieu of payment.
On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 for the emotional, physical, and psychological damages they caused Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for refusing to make a wedding cake.
Since then, the Kleins have been vocal about their plans to resist the order, and they told The Daily Signal they have no intention of backing down.
“There’s legal reasons and there’s also kind of personal reasons,” Aaron Klein told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “If a civil court or a circuit court judge had made this order, I would consider it legally binding. But when a bureaucracy does it and I didn’t get due process, I don’t call it legally binding.”
Talking about the personal reasons, Aaron cited a July interview in Willamette Week, where the complainants suggested that the case wasn’t about money.
“We didn’t have a choice in how this was prosecuted,” Rachel Bowman-Cryer said. “We didn’t have a choice in the fine. If we had been given the option, we probably would have said: ‘Just apologize. Just say you’re sorry and go away.’” [i think this is re-writing history. The gomorrists have been active complainants and came up with a whole laundry list of complaints that they said equaled $150k in “suffering.” I’ve covered this before. So now to turn around and say “oh, we sought nothing, just an apology, is frankly pretty cheeky. I think the winds of sentiment have changed, and more now side with the Klein’s than this perverse couple (and feel the judgment against the Klein’s egregious), and they’re looking for cover]
wife[person she acts out with] Laurel, added, “[W]e’re not asking for anything. We’ve never asked for a penny from anybody.”
“When you have these girls come out and say we never wanted the money,” Aaron said, “it wasn’t about the money and we don’t need the money … and I say this isn’t right, I shouldn’t have to pay this money, and the only person saying the money should exchange hands seems to be Brad Avakian.” [an unelected official administering an “administrative court” without usual standards of evidence or appeal. Basically he is given carte blanche to rule in any way he feels like, and he feels like making an example of some Christo-fascist bible humpers who had the audacity to stand in the way of the sexular pagan zeitgeist.]
Lesson to Christians: move out of leftist states if at all possible. Congregate in the most conservative, Christian-friendly states you can find (except Texas, we’re full, try Alabama or Mississippi, they’re very nice, you’ll love them).
There was more at the link, including the video below, which contains evidence of the “girls” seeking extensive damages:
Sexular paganism, or satanic progressivism, and the Christian Faith, cannot coexist. Historically in the West, the Faith was ascendant, but over the past 200 years, that has changed, to the point where now it is leftism that is ascendant, and don’t think they don’t mean to very much enjoy this power for however long it lasts.
Sheesh I wish that guy would lose the earrings. A lot of us have been there, buddy, but we also turned 25 or 28 and put such things away.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, Papa, persecution, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, the return, the struggle for the Church.
I instantly saw the report come out on Tuesday from a French source alleging that the evil American globalist financial power had somehow forced Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication by freezing assets at the Vatican bank. Here is the report below, translated by Google:
“Few know what SWIFT (the acronym stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is: in theory, is a global “clearing house”, uniting 10,500 banks in 215 countries. In fact, is the most occult and sole center of American-globalist financial power, a bastion of blackmail on which the hegemony of the dollar, the most powerful means of political and economic espionage (to the detriment especially for us Europeans) and the means by which the most feared global finance breaks the legs of states that do not obey. …
“‘When a bank or territory is excluded from the system, as it did in the case of the Vatican in the days before the resignation of Benedict XVI in February 2013, all transactions are blocked. Without waiting for the election of Pope Bergoglio, the Swift system has been unlocked the announcement of the resignation of Benedict XVI.
“‘There was a blackmail come from who knows where, through SWIFT, exercised on Benedict XVI. The underlying reasons for this story have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.’
“This explains and justifies the unprecedented resignation of Ratzinger, that many of us have been able to exchange for an act of cowardice; the Church was treated as a state ‘terrorist’, but worse — because note that the dozen banks falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ‘are not excluded from SWIFT’ and continue to be able to make international transactions — and the Vatican finances could no longer pay the nunciature, to convey transport missions — in fact, the same ATM of Vatican City had been blocked.
The Church of Benedict could not ‘neither sell nor buy’; its own economic life was counted in hours.”
So my initial inclination was to think this was all a bit histrionic, especially the typically European hyperbole over (often European-dominated) international institutions like SWIFT and of course the cruel hand of the American Dollar.
HOWEVER, I started looking through some dates on these matters, and things lined up shockingly well. The Vatican Bank lost access to all electronic monetary transfers on Jan. 1, 2013, ostensibly due to failure to implement Euro-mandated reforms regarding protections against money laundering. For years, PBXVI had been trying to reform the Vatican Bank, or “IOR,” without total success. As 2012 melted into 2013, his reform process came to a standstill with the forcing out of IOR head Gotto Tedeschi, the man hand-picked by Benedict to reform the bank. Tedeschi seems to have been nothing but a fall guy, facing a number of false allegations after his dismissal and beating them all in court (even Italian court, which is really saying something). It appears his force out was part of the broader struggle to undermine and foil every attempt PBXVI made at reform at every level. Tedeschi was simply an early casualty in the war against Pope Benedict and Cardinal Bertone.
SO, the day after Pope Benedict announces his abdication, voila!, the ban on electronic monetary transfers/credit card transactions is suddenly lifted! That seems an enormous coincidence, but who am I to judge?
Anyway, I see Louie Verrecchio has written a long piece on this subject with far more detail than I can give, so if you really want to dig deep into it, you can read his post. I really tend to think the Vatileaks scandal, the 300 page dossier on sodomite clergy in the Diocese of Rome/Vatican (how quickly that has been forgotten), and the constant machinations of the modernist cardinals like Daneels, Kasper, McCarrick, et. al., were probably more significant factors, but this may have been the icing on the cake to convince Pope Benedict to realize that his pontificate was being ground to a halt, with ongoing damage to the Church (though not so much damage as since!). I still think there is a missing link, which Rorate Caeli has referred to, regarding a certain turncoat cardinal, ostensibly an ally/protege of Benedict, who convinced him that abdication was a safe course as a friendly, like-minded successor was assured.
I do think the many revelations we’ve seen in the past 12-18 months do make clear (to this writer, anyway) that Pope Benedict abdicated under duress. That is to say, the stated reason (health) was perhaps only one part of a very complex picture, featuring attacks on his pontificate from every possible angle.
Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, different religion, disaster, episcopate, error, General Catholic, horror, Papa, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, SOD, the struggle for the Church.
Well folks, it seems the dread day has finally arrived. It is being widely reported that a secret parallel synod comprising Jesuits and Argentines has been stood up to draft the post-synodal documents that will implement whatever Pope Francis and his sponsors, like the immoral Cardinal Daneels and the radical episcopalian Cardinal Kasper, want. Marco Tossati reports, along with more info from Edward Pentin. All below from Rorate Caeli:
Italian journalist Marco Tosatti reveals that A SECRET PARALLEL SYNOD has been established in Rome, a cabal composed almost exclusively by Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian presence (easy to guess who), to draft the necessary post-synodal documents to implement whatever the Pope wants to implement. And they will implement it, no matter what, as the secret committee to draft the Annulment reforms has shown; what everyone supposed was true in fact is true: the Synodal process is a sham.
Because since, as Edward Pentin revealed in detail, the 2014 Synod was rigged, [and yet still did not quite achieve the desired result]the 2015 will be rigged beyond all measure, as Pentin himself reported on September 29 at the National Catholic Register, on procedural changes to be announced tomorrow (Friday) that will make any control over the outcome impossible by Synod Fathers who realize they are being cheated (as happened last year – the manipulators learned their lesson):
At last year’s meeting, the interim document, properly called a relatio post-disceptationem, caused controversy after it was sent out to the media before the synod fathers had read it. Critics said the document lacked references to Scripture and tradition, and most controversially, appeared to imply the Church was considering giving tacit acceptance of same-sex relationships — an issue that was hardly discussed during the meeting’s first week. [The 2014 Synod was greatly manipulated by papal-appointees assigned to lead and govern the Synod, all in order to promote a modernist-progressive message as morally acceptable]
The probable decision not to have an interim report may be an effort to avoid last year’s controversy from recurring. But some fear it will lead to less transparency, and worry the timing could be intentional in order to facilitate the advancement of controversial proposals as time runs out for discussion.
Another rumored change is that the rule on propositions having to pass by a two-thirds majority might be eliminated and a simple majority take its place.
This would favor a controversial proposal, such as Cardinal Kasper’s, because his thesis only received a simple majority at the last synod……..
Tosatti adds his own exclusive information, which is quite explosive, considering that the last time a secret papal commission met, what we got was the most authoritarian canon law reforms in the history of the Church, in violation of all understanding of the proper boundaries of papal power and establishing de facto Catholic divorce under the guise of easy acccess to “annulments”: [Because left-liberal paeans to “fairness” and “equality” and “democracy” are really just a pile of manure, nothing but cover for “I will.” I will that sodomites should be “regularized” in the Church, I will that adulterers receive the Blessed Sacrament, I will that Catholic divorce be permitted, etc. It’s the most authoritarian papacy of the past 200 years, if not a lot longer than that. We now see very clearly, as if we did not before, that “collegiality” and “dialogue” and all the other things are just means to their ends, when convenient, and instantly chucked overboard when they are not. A more faithful/traditional pope in future would do well to remember that.]
In this context [that is, of the procedural changes mentioned by Edward Pentin], news has arrived to us for about twelve days that around thirty people, almost all of them Jesuits, with the occasional Argentinian, are working on the themes on the Synod, in a very reserved way, under the coordinatin of Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of Civiltà Cattolica [the official journal of the Holy See], who spends a long time in Santa Marta, in consultation with the Pope.
The discretion in the works extends also to the Jesuits of the same House, the villa of Civiltà Cattolica, Villa Malta, on the Pincio [Hill], where part of the work is done. One possibility is that the “task force” works to provide the Pope the instruments for an eventual post-synodal document on the theme of the Eucharist to the remarried divorced, on cohabiting [couples], and same-sex couples.
Patrick Archbold feels this revelation irrevocably nails the intent behind the Synod, which is not to canvass the opinions of a small subset of the world’s bishops, but to arrive at predetermined ideological conclusions, the very conclusions we’ve seen referenced by Cardinal Daneels, Cardinal McCarrick, and many others: a “modernized” church, “finishing the work of Vatican II,” and firmly and irrevocably instituting the modernist program into formal Church legislation:
They will get their way NO. MATTER. WHAT.
Because of their PR setbacks last year when their nefarious deeds became public, they are changing the rules. Just like the Pope circumvented all traditional process to implement his annulment reforms, they are changing all the rules of the synod this time around to keep that from happening again. The persistent rumors will likely become fact tomorrow after a press conference on the subject.
But that is just the beginning. Like the first time around when the tragic, horrible, and disgusting interim relatio was written before a single conversation, the fix is in…….
They will get their way and they are depending on the Pope to make it happen.
This is where we are now. Time to face it.
And there is nary a handful of Bishops standing up to this thuggery in any meaningful way.
There is NO resistance but us. None. Time we start acting like it.
I think a lot of us are trying. I’m not entirely certain what we do at this point.
I will say this: these guys are messing with primal supernatural forces. They may unleash something well beyond their expectation, and it may have shocking results. The only thing I know is, God will not be mocked. This will not stand. Even if it takes the black flag of Jihad flying over St. Peter’s, this will not stand.
May God have mercy on His Church. What terrible days we live in.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Christendom, Ecumenism, General Catholic, persecution, Society, technology, the enemy.
The Russian Parliament today gave President Vladimir Putin approval to begin military operations in Syria. Operations began almost immediately thereafter. Operations appear limited to airstrikes at present, with a strong ground presence around the airbases housing several types of Russian fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Russian forces gave any US forces that might be in their area of operations 1 hour notice to clear out before attacks began. Since the US and other nations have been engaged in a very low-intensity air campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, it remains to be seen how operations with Russian forces can be coordinated, or whether they will, at all (big potential for problems, there, but I imagine Obama will just surrender, again, and force ROE on US forces that keep them hundreds of miles from anywhere Russians might be operating).
Note this – Russian bombing will not be the extremely precise, minimum collateral damage that the US and its “coalition partners” have been practicing. Many of these attacks have amounted to pinpricks with many high-value targets excluded due to ostensible fear of causing “civilian” casualties (or perhaps because Obama really doesn’t want to fight his co-religionists very hard). Russia won’t do that, for one thing, they have very few and very poor precision guided munitions, secondly, their aircraft don’t carry advanced sensors to aim precisely, and thirdly, they rarely care about civilian casualties. In the Chechnyan War, in Georgia, they frequently made use of carpet bombing by Tu-22M3 bombers. None are deployed to Syria, but they don’t need to be – they can easily reach Syria from Crimean bases recently annexed, involuntarily, from the Ukraine.
In an interesting development, the Russian Orthodox Church has decreed the Russian intervention in Syria a “holy war” and indicated its full support. Nah, not a bit of nationalism in Orthodoxy! Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that some Christians understand the existential nature of the fight against islam and use a bit of militant terminology:
The Russian Orthodox Church has backed the country’s parliamentary decision to give President Vladimir Putin permission to use military force in Syria, saying the fight against terrorism is a “holy war”.
The head of Synodal department for church and society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told journalists on 30 September that the decision from the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council, to authorise air strikes in Syria was “consistent with international law, the mentality of our people and the role that our country has always played in the Middle East”, according to Interfax news agency.
He added that Russia cannot be indifferent while Christians and other minority groups are being destroyed in the region. [Well, they’ve been being wiped out for years, so don’t paint yourself as too much the hero] The interreligious council of Russia released a statement in support of military operations against terrorism in the Middle East. “The fight against terrorism is a holy struggle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world to combat terrorism,” the priest said.
None of the preening moralism of “interreligious dialogue” from the Russian Orthodox. It’d be nice to see such a muscular faith from our own
Blessing Russian jets headed to Syria
It should be noted that Syrian President Assad – who controls perhaps 1/4 of the main populated areas of his country now – requested this intervention. He has been gradually losing this war for years, especially since ISIS became involved. This is really a last ditch effort to keep his regime alive – which is something I hope happens because if ISIS takes over, it will be curtains for Christians in a land where millions have lived for thousands of years.
While Russia may be covering their actions in a cloak of high morality, there are also of course geo-political reasons for the intervention. Syria is Russia’s last client state in the western Mideast. Aside from Iran, which is very much an independent actor, they are their only remaining client. Naval bases in northern Syria are their only access point in the entire Mediterranean now, since Qaddafi fell. So they have strong reasons to see the regime survive.
But I don’t think airstrikes alone are going to do it. Assad has lost so much territory and support they’re going to have to intervene on the ground and in large numbers in order to make a substantial difference. Not initially, but the inevitable logic of this kind of open-ended commitment is to gradually get sucked in more and more. If Russian bases fall under mortar or rocket attack, for instance, there will be a great temptation to expand their security perimeter by several miles. That will mean contact with the enemy, which will in turn create pressure for even more ground forces and even further contact. The generals will be screaming for more intervention if all this comes about. And that will mean large losses, and the potential exposure of Russian kit as being well below Western standard yet again (which really kills Russian arm sales overseas, one of their prime means of funding procurement for their own armed forces at home – it’s the same model the French use). It will take enormous strength on Putin’s part not to get gradually sucked in – unless, of course, he’s planned that all along. But counter-insurgencies are a nightmare to fight, as both Russia and the US have found out repeatedly over the years, take a long commitment and a willingness to take high losses. Is that commitment there?
Are the Russian people in favor of this intervention? Western media say no, pointing to some polling data that ostensibly shows broad Russian opposition to involvement in Syria. Russian people have generally been supportive of Putin’s various escapades in Chechnya, Georgia, and the Ukraine. But further afield?
A little bit more:
Fox News has published more details on its claim that Russia has demanded that American warplanes exit Syrian airspace immediately.
Citing a senior U.S. official, the network reports that Russian diplomats “sent an official demarche ordering US planes out of Syria, adding that Russian fighter jets were now flying over Syrian territory”
US military sources told Fox News that US planes would not comply with the Russian demand:
There is nothing to indicate that we are changing operations over Syria
We have had every indication in recent weeks that [the Russians] were going to do something given the build-up
Airspace de-confliction in a combat area can be a b—h. Generally it requires positive radar coverage of the area (which AWACS can provide, but do we have enough, and are they flying over Syria?). The Russians will probably get positive radar control from the remaining Syrian government ground stations. But without an overall plan and coordination, unfortunate accidents could certainly happen.
And what would it be like if armed US and Russian warplanes happen upon each other? Will we finally get to see how much better the F-22 is than the Su-30MK?
One final thought – is ramping up the scale of the Mideast conflagration an attempt by Putin to drive oil prices, upon which the Russian economy is utterly dependent, up, and a great deal?
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic, Society, scandals, foolishness, silliness, sadness, Papa, episcopate, Virtue, Tradition, persecution, pr stunts, different religion.
A little late, one might think. While he had numerous golden opportunities and the most high-profile platforms available, Pope Francis said little or nothing about pseudo-sodo-marriage or the rising persecution in this country, save for some bland, nebulous statements regarding religious liberty (which could have been the erroneous secular understanding of same, for all we know). But on the flight back from North America to Rome sweet Rome, Pope Francis finally gave a sterling, powerful, full-throated defense of those who, in conscience, simply cannot go along with the sexular pagan agenda and specifically, perform government functions that require them to pretend that two people of the same sex can be married. Hallelujah! We’re saved:
On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays.
“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said…..
“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said, speaking in Italian.
“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.
Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. “Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not.'”
WOW! Couldn’t be clearer, could it?!? In fact, I’m quite certain this is the first whopping step that will see the steady roll back – nay, complete crushing – of the forces of sodomy in the world at large! I mean what possible rejoinder could there be to “Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure” and “And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.” I understand ARCUS and New Ways Ministry are considering shutting down after this clear, unequivocal condemnation of sodomy and bold assertion of the Truth and rights of the Church as revealed by God Almighty. Heck, they’ve probably closed up shop already.
The Pope just utterly blew away the moral relativism of the satanic left by pointing it out to them in the last sentence. I’m sure they are even now in sackcloth and ashes, bewailing the fact that their “might makes right” modus operandi has now been exposed for all the world to see.
OK……I’m being a bit smart. But sorry, this is way too little and way too late. Instead of pointing to conscientious objection, Pope Francis could have just as easily, and much more powerfully, said that objection to pseudo-sodo-marriage and all the rest is an absolute right because it is founded in the Truth, while this fake marriage and all the other atrocities are evil and morally wrong. But instead he basically begged permission for some to be excused from the sexular pagan zeitgeist. It is rather nice that he at least recognizes that what the sexular left proposes is a structure entirely based on marxist power dynamics (power = right/morality), but his language is again so nebulous and weak that a) the point evades most people and b) it fails to condemn it in the stark terms demanded by the severity of the situation.
Context also comes into play. The same words said in front of Congress would have had a lot more impact than on the flight home to Rome, almost while running away, as it were. Throughout the 10 day visit to both the US and Cuba, Pope Francis had any number of golden opportunities to really strike blows in favor of the Church, the Truth, and the good of souls, but, a few relatively innocuous exceptions aside, singularly failed to do so. He seemed much more interested in stressing his political program (which happens to align with the desires of the self-anointed, false* elite in both countries) and in not making any serious waves against the global powers that be. It was quite the opposite of visits from PBXVI and PSJPII, both of whom, at least periodically, would afflict the powerful of the world. But I don’t think too many are surprised by this at this point.
And, if you really didn’t get it V-G = Victory over Gay, like V-J for Victory over Japan
* – I have no animus against an elite in any society, properly understood and construed. I wouldn’t say I’m a monarchist or a devotee of an aristocratic system, per se’, but I do believe there is a proper role for an elite in any society, be it the Church, a locality, a nation, or the world. But such elites must be dedicated, and this is critical, to the assertion of the common good, which can only be rightly done in concert with revealed Truth, that is, the Doctrine of the Faith. The vast majority of self-anointed elites today – and they do anoint themselves, whether it be by riches, media presence, media stardom, or academic credentials – not only do very little for the common good (their self-promoting PR stunts aside), but work for the positive derangement of the moral order and the promotion of what is best for souls. They are, by and large, thoroughgoing promoters of the lies of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and are not at all deserving of our respect or admiration, nor their self-anointed roles as society’s “betters” and arbiters of cultural standards.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Just a few recent items of brief note:
Root of the matter? Cardinal Dolan can’t explain why Christianity is in free-fall in this country. Fr. Richard Heilmann advises Cardinal Dolan that perhaps the largest reason is the banality of the Mass and its reduction from glorious other-worldly act of transcendent beauty to “banal, on-the-spot product” is one major reason:
Those churches, religious orders, etc. who have fully embraced modernism (basically, a rejection of tradition and the sacred – see image on the right above), are emptying out at an alarming rate.
At the same time, there is an “awakening” going on in those churches that are staying true to the traditional and the sacred. “The Church is not meant to change with culture, but to be counter-cultural.”……
………..With all due respect, Cardinal Dolan (and all of the USCCB), this is really not rocket science. Once the decision was made to remove everything that points to the Glory of God, we are left with something banal and mundane and common. We are mere mortals … we need our eyes and, therefore, our hearts filled with visual reminders that “THIS IS GOD!” And, to be reminded, “THAT MEANS THIS IS A BIG DEAL!”
I think we can clearly see now that when it comes to the Liturgy Cardinal Dolan simply doesn’t get it. Of course, he’s shown that with his repeated affronts to the TLM generally and Fr. George Rutler in particular.
I don’t know where Fr. Heilmann found this pic but it’s horrific:
Why is the cross on right upside down?
Next, just a few hours after his new BFF Pope Francis left the country, President Obama threw down the gauntlet to Christians, telling us in no uncertain terms that sodomy trumps Jesus Christ, in his perverse and addled mind:
As Pope Francis flew back to Rome, President Obama issued a stern warning to Christians, warning them their attempts to assert their religious liberty to oppose gay rights would fail.
“We affirm that we cherish our religious freedom and are profoundly respectful of religious traditions,” he insisted during a dramatic speech at a LGTB fundraiser in New York City on Sunday night, praising the progress made on gay rights under his administration. “But we also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
That’s funny, because Obama sure doesn’t seem to have much problem denying the constitutional rights of millions of American gun owners, or at least trying to do so at every opportunity.
They could not be more clear: your religion means nothing to them, while their religion of satanic leftism means everything to them. They are determined that their religion will win out.
Of course, our Pope did not exactly cover himself in glory on this matter of persecution of Christians in this country, but he did at least bring the subject up, unlike a certain Holy Name that should be on the lips of Christians every possible minute.
Final note: it has been claimed that 141 American counties have more registered voters than living souls. But democracy rocks, and voter ID is just a cruelly repressive denial of the right of millions of dead and non-existent people to vote. America!
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) has put 141 counties on notice across the United States that they have more registered voters than people alive. PILF has sent 141 statutory notice letters to county election officials in 21 states. The letters are a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against those counties under Section 8 of the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The letters inform the target counties that it appears they are violating the NVRA because they are not properly maintaining the voter rolls. The NVRA (also known as Motor Voter) requires state and local election officials to properly maintain voter rolls and ensure that only eligible voters are registered to vote. Having more registrants than eligible citizens alive indicates that election officials have failed to properly maintain voter rolls……..
……….“Corrupted voter rolls provide the perfect environment for voter fraud,” said J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel of PILF. “Close elections tainted by voter fraud turned control of the United States Senate in 2009. Too much is at stake in 2016 to allow that to happen again.” [And decided the 1960 (certainly) and 2012 (possibly) elections]
Well there’s always too much at stake, we hear that every election. Having said that, I think “democracy” without some kind of property/knowledge/stakeholding requirement to vote is little more than a particularly prolonged method of national suicide. Once everyone with a pulse can vote, those with the least stake in a society can vote for themselves all manner of benefits from those with the greatest involvement. I think our voting base has revealed itself to be grossly ignorant of the issues at hand and easily manipulated. I’m all for trying something else (the notion that democratic government is responsible to the will of at least this particular people long ago having become something of a joke).
Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, manhood, Papa, persecution, SSPX, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I was sent this by two people, and I, too, am very gratified to see this:
Something you just don’t see every day. As the situation in the Church goes from really bad to much worse, it is hardly difficult to predict a gradual coming together of traditional Catholics the world over in the days to come.
At the Catholic Identity Conference in Weirton, WV, this weekend priests from all the major traditional Catholic fraternities and priestly societies came together to encourage the faithful to keep the old Faith and be not discouraged. Here we have two diocesan priests (who offer the old Mass only), one priest of the Fraternity of St Peter, one priest of the Society of St Pius X, and one priest of the Institute of Christ the King.
False compromise? NONE! There are still strategic differences between these priests, and they do not pretend otherwise. But recognizing the severity of the crisis at hand and the necessity of confirming the faithful at this critical moment in history, these priests have reached out as faithful fathers to scattered and fearful sheep, urging us to pray, take hold of Tradition and never let go, and keep the Faith.
God bless and keep these courageous priests and their powerful example of true Christian charity. May God continue to bless His Church with good and holy priests.
The priests are not identified, and that’s sadly necessary in this time of ramped up attacks between priests of the various traditional communities. I know some folks are turned off by the “can’t we all just get along” approach but I think it vitally necessary at this time. So while various elements within or in the orbit of these groups try to continue to stoke the fires of division (and even more, much more at times, than that), it is most heartening for me to see a certain grass-roots appreciation for the paramount need to come together in unity in the face of the truly unprecedented threats facing the Church and souls right now. Certainly we all have our differences and concerns about the hated other, but at this time when literal insanity has gripped the highest echelons of Church authority (or the insanity already extant has taken a decided turn for the worse), Mr. Matt, myself, and many others feel it is absolutely critical to set aside our differences, however legitimate they may be, and all work together for the defense of Holy Mother Church.
May God bless those priests concerned. One of them in particular has certainly had a most heavy cross to bear in his steadfast adherence to the Faith of our fathers, but I’m certain they’ve all had to share in those difficult but glorious sufferings.
May God sustain all those who strive to accept and practice the Faith whole and entire in these most trying times. May He protect any of us from falling away or failing in our duty.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, paganism, persecution, pr stunts, scandals, self-serving, unbelievable BS.
………and that the family’s rage at what they call a false allegation may well have precipitated a sting operation to give a black eye to the Irving school system and MacArthur High School:
After the MSNBC segment, Eyman [hero-boy’s sister] and I sit down in the hallway where she says the same thing happened to her as Ahmed.
“I got suspended from school for three days from this stupid same district, from this girl saying I wanted to blow up the school, something I had nothing to do with.” [That’s her claim. But it would certainly be a motive for revenge, would it not. It also seems this family has serious issues with living in Irving.]
……“I got suspended and I didn’t do anything about it and so when I heard about Ahmed, I was so mad because it happened to me and I didn’t get to stand up, so I’m making sure he’s standing up because it’s not right. So I’m not jealous, I’m kinda like—it’s like he’s standing for me.”
Eyman said her suspension was in her first year of middle school, “my first year of attempting middle school in America. I knew English, but the culture was different, the people were different.” [So, maybe you didn’t know Americans are a bit touchy about muslims using the words “bomb” or “slay infidels?”]
Some other important data points. Mark Cuban (HUGE language warning) spoke with young muslim clock-dismantler hero-boy and noted two important details: his sister told him what to say throughout the conversation, and the boy made a point of very visibly demonstrating his wonderful “invention” (taking apart a manufactured clock) to the point of being pushy. A teacher finally got concerned AFTER THE CLOCK WENT OFF IN CLASS and called school administrators, who thought it didn’t look right. From there the police were involved, and while few thought it was a real bomb, few could comprehend why this kid was so all-fire proud of taking apart a cheap, 30 year old electronic device.
Even more revealingly, the muslim family has now refused to allow the Irving PD to release the video of his police interviews, wherein the police claim he was combative and non-cooperative:
Last night, Irving Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne revealed that the family of Ahmed Mohammed has repeatedly refused to meet with city officials, refused to released records exonerating police conduct, and that President Obama had tweeted about the case even before pictures of the so-called “clock” were publicly available. [Remember, Daddy Mohammed named his trucking company “Twin Towers Transportation” as a kind of FU to the entire nation.]
Appearing on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze TV, Van Duyne noted how reporting on the interaction between Mohammed and police had been remarkably one-sided, in part because the Mohammed family refused to release records noting:
“As a juvenile, they can not release those records. The school district, a number of times, has asked the family, to release the records, so that you can have the balanced story out there. The family is ignoring the request from the ISD.”
Van Duyne told Beck it would “help to describe why it progressed as it did” if the records were available. “Nobody is going to walk in and say, ‘oh you’re a 14-year old child, you’re totally cooperating, we have all the answers we need, let’s arrest you,’” Van Duyne added.
A spokesperson for the Irving Police Department has said there have been multiple open records requests for the full police reporting, but that those requests remained in the hands of the city’s legal advisor. The available police report describes the event only as, “…Arrestee being in possession of a hoax bomb at MacArthur High School.”
Van Duyne said that according to the information she had seen, Mohammed had been “non-responsive” and “passive aggressive” in response to questions from police officers.
The refusal to amiably resolve the situation continued as the family rushed to bring Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) representatives into the case, and repeatedly cancelled meetings with the school district and city officials before finally speaking to the media…..[let me re-phrase that: purposefully stalled for time while CAIR organized a media circus. Thus they had a tweet set up from our first muslim president that went out just minutes after the story broke]
…….“At the exact same time they were supposed to be meeting with us, they were on their front lawn with a press conference,“ she said…….
………the Mohammed family were members of a mosque tied to an Irving Sharia Tribunal which Mayor Van Duyne had publicly opposed. [Which would be another strong motivation to stage this thing, to both darken the reputation of the city and to try to force them to allow the sharia court]
So now the family, probably under CAIR’s direction (is the white woman seen directing the Mohammed family photo ops dressed in hijab a creature of CAIR?), is being “conciliatory,” saying they don’t blame the school but “political figures who have created a charged environment,” surely a reference to the Irving mayor who blocked the sharia law court. Man, how badly do they want that thing?!? Apparently, pretty danged badly. It also contains a certain potential threat of lawsuit – as in, if the political environment does not change, they may pursue lawfare against the district.
The family has already pulled the boy out of Irving schools and will probably move out of Irving shortly. Wow……we’ll really miss them.
This is exactly what kabuki theater looks like. The mainstream media doesn’t even halfway fake an interest in the truth anymore, it’s all about sensationalizing the leftist narrative. What a crock.
Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, episcopate, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, Papa, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Since it now seems that Fidel Castro, a brutal and repressive murderer motivated, in the words of his chief protege’ and ally Che Guevara, “by pure hate,” is worthy of “particular respect and consideration” by the highest authority of Holy Mother Church, I thought it might be helpful to share a brief compendium of some of Fidel Castro’s greatest atrocities and crimes, via the Cuban expatriate Babalu blog. Given that Cuba has been under Castro a rigidly authoritarian society governed in a militarist command style, trying to claim that Castro was simply unaware of, or uninvolved in, these atrocities is simply false. Whatever his personal knowledge and involvement in these crimes – and there is great evidence that he had a direct hand in many of them – he created and maintained by sheer force of his own personal will the system that made them possible. As Supreme Leader of the Cuban Revolution and government, the one indispensable man, he bears a moral responsibility for each and every one of these atrocities.
So, the list:
1. Fidel Castro’s firing squads in Cuba – Cuba has executed at least 5,000 political opponents through firing squad and extrajudicial killings. This is only the number that has been confirmed by evidence, the actual number is certainly much, much higher. The trials that result in these killings are a farce of justice with the outcome predetermined. Note, the reported numbers only include those avowedly killed for political reasons, Cubans have been killed by their government for other alleged crimes, as well, including killing a cow to eat it (which constituted treason against the party, all livestock being owned by the
people Communist Party).
2. Fidel Castro sank the 13 de Marzo tugboat killing Cuban women and children – a boat fleeing the starvation prevalent in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union was deliberately sunk by attacking government craft. 41 of 72 on board were killed.
3. Fidel Castro’s shoot down of American civilian aircraft killing 4 people including 3 American citizens – This occurred in 1996. Aircraft flying in international airspace were attacked by Cuban air force MiGs and shot down in an unprovoked attack.
4. Fidel Castro’s Cuban political prisoners – hundreds of thousands to millions have been imprisoned for supposed “anti-revolutionary activities” – which might include complaining over lack of stock in a government run grocery – with many languishing in prison for years. Political activism or simply expression of humanitarian concern for fellow Cubans which is critical of the ruling junta (which has become fabulously rich during its period of rule while ordinary Cubans endure an endless nightmare of deprivation and want) leads almost inevitably to a long and close familiarity with the Cuban prison system.
5. Fidel Castro’s Cuban forced labor camps, the UMAPs – tens of thousands of lesser dissidents not consigned to long prison terms were inducted into forced labor camps
6. Fidel Castro’s religious repression against Cubans – ongoing still today even during the Pope’s visit. Leaders of a Catholic movement for the rights of the Church have been blocked from meeting with Pope Francis by the Cuban government. They have been detained in prison.
7. Fidel Castro separates Cuban families
8. Fidel Castro restricts the movement of Cubans – well duh. You have to get a difficult to obtain pass to move from one part of Cuba to another. Even foreign tourists run into problems with this system. For ordinary Cubans, movement in the country is looked up with deep suspicion by the government and thus difficult to obtain.
9. Fidel Castro’s foreign interventions resulting in thousands of deaths – this occurred principally in Angola, but also in Grenada and other parts of Africa. Castro tried to export revolution throughout Latin America and had a fair amount of success. The “Sandinista revolution” in Nicaragua and the civil war in El Salvador could not have been successfully conducted without massive Cuban support. In Angola alone, Cuban intervention in a civil war there in favor of an illegitimate communist government prolonged the fighting and led to tens of thousands of deaths, including at least 10,000 Cuban military fatalities. These Cold War struggles were fought with an impressively equipped Cuban military while ordinary Cubans starved and had little if any productive work.
10. Fidel Castro’s espionage – too long to go into, and it continues to this day.
I’ll add another item to the list. Castro was instrumental in fostering the Cuban Missile Crisis and was such an absolutely deranged communist that he actually WANTED the Soviets to engage in first-use of nuclear weapons (insanely, with even the mildest provocation), knowing that doing so would lead to the total destruction of Cuba, because he thought it would help bring about “world revolution” and the collapse of capitalism.
Castro was truly deranged, because there was probably no time during the entirety of the Cold War that the US enjoyed a more massive strategic superiority over the Soviet Union than late 1962. There were probably 50-50 odds that if the US had conducted a decapitating first strike, the Soviet Union would have been utterly destroyed without a single Soviet nuclear warhead reaching US territory. Not that the Kennedy Administration would have been unhinged enough to do such a thing (in fact, their exorbitant fear of Soviet capabilities helped precipitate the crisis), I simply bring that up to emphasize the degree of superiority in offensive and defensive armament the US possessed at that time. Castro must have been completely fooled by Khrushchev’s bluster, because that’s about all it was – a handful of ICBMs that took hours if not days to get ready to launch, less than 100 bombers that could only be sent on one-way suicide missions, and a handful of very creaky, unworkable ballistic missile submarines.
One final note: it is odd that Pope Francis, when speaking in a communist state that has left its people mired in repression and the direst poverty for decades (OH, but the free medical care! Yeah……not that great.) suddenly finds virtue in poverty, while his previous statements in many lands where the communist ideal is less fully realized found poverty there to be very nearly an intrinsic evil that must always be stamped out (and also someone else’s fault). Change in environment facilitates a change in viewpoint?