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+Schneider Likens Church to Soviet Regime December 7, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, Francis, General Catholic, persecution, Restoration, scandals, secularism, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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Well, one leftist cohort tends to resemble another.  They are all predicated on the exaltation of man above God and the state (or institution) above all, to the extent that humans are crushed for the “greater good,” which really means the good of the tiny cabal that actually holds the reigns of power.

Leftists that treat supposedly sacrosanct “dialogue” as an arcane relic once they’ve gained power?  Color me shocked:

Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities.

“When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to the world.”……

……..“The formulation of dubia, as the Cardinals here have expressed in their own terms, has been a common practice in the Church,” he explained. “We need to be able to ask questions openly without being afraid of repressions.” [Progressives are all about “dialogue” and “debate” when they perceive themselves out of power, but when they believe they have power, such quaint notions go out the window.  It’s all about whatever serves their perceived interests, that’s all.]

Bishop Schneider referred to the numerous attacks that the four Princes of the Church have suffered after their dubia was published. The questions still remain unanswered by Pope Francis.

“The reaction to the dubia is a proof of the climate in which we actually live in the Church right now,” Bishop Schneider said. “We live in a climate of threats and of denial of dialogue towards a specific group.”

Schneider went to say that “dialogue seems to be accepted only if you think like everyone else – that is practically like a regime.” [Leftists be leftists, wherever they are. Power is the only end they care about, and will use any means to gain it. Once they have it, they have few scruples in using it in cruel and unjust ways]

Schneider brought up his experience in Russia, where he was born in the time of the Soviet Union. His parents were sent by Stalin to work camps, or “Gulags,” after the Second World War. “If you didn’t follow the line of the party, or you questioned it, you couldn’t even ask. That is for me a very clear parallel to what is happening now in the reactions to the dubia — questions — of the Cardinals.”

“This is a very sad experience especially since everybody is speaking about a ‘culture of dialogue’ after the Second Vatican Council. While bishops openly teach heresies and nothing happens to them, that is truly a grave injustice and very sad,” Bishop Schneider added. [Sure. “Dialogue” for the progressives, which really means promotion of the worst errors, and persecution for everyone else]

“If the Pope does not answer, the next step will be recourse to prayer, to supernatural means,” Schneider said, “to pray for the enlightenment of the Pope and that he will gain courage.” [Prayer is the basis of everything.  It’s a foregone conclusion.  But I hope Burke and his allies are prepared to do more in the material realm, if need be.  As in starting formal proceedings of inquiry into the orthodoxy of Francis’ beliefs.]

Schneider speculated about what might happen in the near future. “In Church history, we say that in an extreme case in which the bonum commune of the faith is threatened, then the bishops as members of the college of bishops, and in a truly collegial relation to the Pope with a brotherly obedience to him, must ask him publicly to renounce the misdeed of giving Communion to remarried divorced Catholics, as it is already being done in many dioceses.” [That’s very specific. But in a general council, Burke and those like him would be in the distinct minority, would they not?  What then?]

Rebutting the attacks of various persons against the Cardinals, he defended the four. “This situation has already had precedences in saints — not in schismatics or heretics. Hilary of Poitiers, St. Catherine of Siena, and I think this should be possible in the Church without the person being called a schismatic.” [Absolutely.  As I say, leftists always project. When they call someone schismatic, it’s because they themselves have schismatic intent.  Thus the recent article in L’Osservatore Romano by the Patriarch of Constantinople, certainly the most liberal patriarch of the Orthodox Church.]

Cardinal Burke has said a “formal correction” might be in order to resolve the situation of uncertainty. “In the language of moral theology, fraternal correction is an act of love — if it is given in obedience and with reason,” Schneider commented. “We have to return to this familiar way of dealing with it.”

Absolutely true.  I pray that not only does Cardinal Burke have the wherewithal to continue pursuing this matter – he is increasingly becoming the obvious leader of the opposition to Francis’ Reign of Error – but that he can be sufficiently persuasive to get at least 30% or so of prelates on his side.  He may not ever be able to convince a majority of spineless, careerist prelates to join him in condemning Francis’ promotion of error, but even a good 25-30% would be an enormous rebuke and a sign of pending schism. It would gravely undermine Francis’ ability to govern the Church, and, more importantly, pursue his agenda.

Schneider is correct, however, in assessing that prayer is the basis for whatever strength Burke and his allies will have.  Please devote Novenas, Rosaries, and many other prayers to him and all like him who are willing to oppose this most egregiously destructive of popes.

As an addendum, Cardinal Turkson has been, for the most part, firmly in the Franciscan camp (which is how he got a plum new assignment), but one wonders if he is wavering, given his recent statements seemingly supportive of the pointed questioning of the dubia?  Turkson is a wholly political animal, a man who plastered Rome with images of himself during the conclave of 2013, so if he is shifting, even a bit, it might be revealing of general trends within the episcopate.  Or he could simply be playing both sides of the fence.

Father Rodriguez on Devotion to Our Lady…… December 5, 2016

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…….and the end of the liturgical  year.  You know me, I have to upload pretty much any material from Fr. Michael Rodriguez that goes public.  He just helped me out this weekend with advice on a thorny moral problem afflicting someone dear to me.  Please keep him in your prayers, his situation in El Paso remains difficult, to say the least; he is a priest in good standing and is doing much good work but he still has no official assignment/role with the Diocese.  The powers that be rarely, especially in a fallen age such as ours,  like having their failings called out, and the failings of Church leadership locally and universally have been as spectacular as they have been numerous in recent decades.  These are the times that try good men’s souls, indeed.

Father ties in devotion to Our Lady with the end of the liturgical year, demonstrating how it is so appropriate for the liturgical year to end on a Saturday, Our Lady’s day.  As we should end each day with devotion to Our Lady, so the liturgical year ends.  He also discusses the Salus Populi Romani, a sacred image of Our Lady painted by St. Luke on a table top built by Our Blessed Lord (I was not aware of that last detail until now).

It’s a short video and well worth your time, I think you’ll pick up several amazing bits regarding this sacred painting and evidence of devotion to Our Lady going back to the early Church.  Of course, it was popular demand, indicating immense devotion of very long practice, that drove the 4th century Council of Ephesus to dogmatically define, as required of belief by all the faithful, that Our Lady is truly the Mother of God, and eminently worthy of veneration and emulation.

Buzzfeed Sets Out to Destroy Popular Christian’s Livelihood, Fails – UPDATED December 1, 2016

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UPDATE: It has been confirmed, as if we needed more evidence, that this was nothing but a hit piece intended to create an internet mob that would destroy this couple’s program and livelihood, all because they are Christians. The authorette wrote a nasty tweet about them three days before her hit piece was posted, basically revealing she reviled the hosts over their beliefs.

Leftists always lie. Leftists always project. Leftists always double down.

Interestingly, my mom told me about this at lunch today.  I don’t have cable, don’t follow Twitter, find HGTV overrun with sodomites, and in general prefer to actually……you know, fix things up…….rather than spend many hours watching others do so on TV.  Having said that, this show “Fixer Uppers” featuring an evangelical Christian couple with a happy marriage, largish family, and successful home-renovation business has been a popular fixture for years.  They are up front about their Christianity and their joyfulness is apparently infectious.

Well, the Left hates two things the most in the whole wide universe, Christianity and success, so this obviously could not be permitted to stand.  So, click-whoring site Buzzfeed stepped into the breech with an article even many left-wingers are finding atrocious in trying to harm, possibly even destroy this couple by impugning them for attending a church (sect house) whose pastor opposes pseudo-sodo-marriage.  This is obviously little but an attempt to both attract hits (the cheapest way) and gin up a progressive outrage mob to try to steal away a little bit of this couple’s happiness and success.  Rather what one would expect from the vile, reprehensible, self-loathing creatures who inhabit sites like Gawker, Jezebel, and, yes, BuzzFeed.

Fortunately, there has been a massive backlash, rather like what happened when the Left over-reached and tried to take down the “Duck Dynasty” family.  I’m glad there is still some pushback, but it’s not nearly frequent enough, nor on the right things (my emphasis and comments):

So Buzzfeed reporter Kate Aurthur wrote a post about popular HGTV hosts Chip and Joanne Gaines which informed the world that the Gaineses’ have a pastor who is opposed to same-sex marriage. This post had one purpose and one purpose alone: to harm the couple. The post served no news purpose—even Aurthur concedes she never learned the Gaines’ view of same-sex marriage. The post cannot be termed “activism” since it fails at every level to persuade readers of the rightness of the same-sex marriage cause. Even the most generous alternate topic of Aurthur’s post, “Texas pastor opposes same-sex marriage,” is as dog-bites-chew-toy as a news item can be. The only conceivable purpose of targeting the popular television couple in this manner was to cost them viewers and, perhaps, their jobs[Of course.  You will be made to care, and brought to heel.  Christianity as a religion with a counter-cultural moral code must be destroyed.  I think, however, this kind of over-reach, and the reaction it engenders, actually demonstrates the extreme tenuousness of the Left’s many “successes” in recent years in appearing to radically shift accepted morality.  I think that’s why they HAVE to try to gin up outrage mobs and punish innocent people like this, both because it’s who they are, but also to keep people on message and to try to block any counter-revolutionary efforts. I think they know should any serious opposition start to develop, the likelihood for a preference cascade against some of their most recent, egregious revolutionary gains is massive, and growing in the wake of Trump.  My parents were absolutely incensed over this attempt at an Alinskyite destruction through “find the target, freeze it, frame it, destroy it.”]

To forestall the protestations, there can be no serious doubt that Aurthur specifically targeted the Gaineses as the object of her post. The headline, subhead, and first, second, third, and fourth paragraphs were solely about the Gaineses, their popular HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” and the fact that they are (gasp!) openly Christian. Only in the fifth paragraph does Aurthur wander into the question of whether gay people will appear on their television show (like with other HGTV programming), and the rest of the piece is about the Gainses’ pastor’s views. [So maybe there aren’t just a whole lot of open devotees of the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah in Waco?]

The word for Buzzfeed publishing this garbage is “harassment.” Even as Aurthur (and her boss) hide behind a pretense of journalistic standards, there is no journalistic content in the piece. The Gainses cannot be blamed for declining to volunteer themselves as victims for Aurthur’s bullying. After years of contemptuous boycotts and Twitter outrage storms directed at individuals and companies over their views on same-sex marriage, harassers like Aurthur have taught many of their victims — reasonably! — to hunker down and say nothing. [Which is also part of the point.  Make Christians and others so terrified of the reaction they may engender for publicly espousing what essentially everyone believed even 6-8 years ago is all part of the Leftist game, which shows both its power and its weakness, as there must be an ever-increasing reign of terror for each advance, while resentment against that reign grows and grows]

Worse, harassment will never be a good tool of persuasion. Aurthur presumably supports same-sex marriage and would like more people to join her side of that cultural split. [I don’t think she cares a whit about convincing people to join her side. She thinks because there is supposedly a narrow majority in favor of pseudo-sodo-marriage that her side has won, and only seeks to punish her tribe’s enemies and reinforce her allies] But by targeting the Gaines’ livelihood this way, without even knowing the couple’s views of marriage, Aurthur has made her own cause appear mean and and her publisher petty. Bystanders, watching this little drama can learn but one thing: a perfect stranger with a media platform can try to ruin your livelihood because of religious beliefs she imputes to you, and there isn’t a darn thing you can do about it.

No, Leftists are mean and petty by nature, and since the vast majority of the media is made up of left-wingers, the media is also, of course, filled with similar little jealously vindictive individuals.

Around our little lunch table today, the consensus was that we’re absolutely sick of being called racist, “homophobic,” sexist, and “islamophobic” for absolutely no reason.  We concluded the terms have lost all meaning through overuse, and that the Left uses these terms because it is intellectually and morally bankrupt.  We were hardly a diverse group, but my mom used to be kinda feminist, and now essentially rejects that label, as the feminism she used to embrace (equality of education and economic opportunity for women) has ceased to need to exist, and has been replaced by a radical man-hating baby-killing Leftism she finds abhorrent.

Ace – who had a fantastic post on the Left’s projection of their collective bigoted hatred when it comes to racism, sexism, and all the other -isms onto their ideological opponents – is recommending #War with organizations that seek to destroy individuals based on nothing more than their not being part of the leftist coalition:

If it’s #War, then let it be #War for all sides; this stupid game of restraint by conservatives where we try to convince people to follow our example by acting “better” than they do is pure foolishness, for a simple reason: They are arrogant and think they need to learn nothing more than they knew in kindergarten, and furthermore, they literally believe you to be subhuman.

In what world does someone who thinks you’re literally subhuman learn “lessons” from you by observing your behavior and then imitating it?

Most of us want the Peace State. I know I do.

But it is foolish in the extreme — foolish to the point of delusion — to continue insisting that a tactic that has a long, long track record of simply not working at all — acting as if one is in the Peace State when one’s enemies have decided to attack you — will lead to the Peace State.

No. Continuing to unilaterally disarm ourselves will lead to further attacks.

If you want to be in the social-war Peace State — as most do — then one must, as one must do in real life, temporarily go into the War State to punish one’s enemies until they are willing to discuss terms and themselves move to the Peace State.

Weakness in the face of aggression is provocative.

Weakness in the face of unceasing harassment is volunteering for this treatment.

To treat kindly those who treat you cruelly is to make oneself an accomplice in one’s own debasement, denigration, and subjugation.

Si vis pacem, para bellum — if you wish peace, prepare for #War.

Of course, this would be a war where, pray God, no one dies, simply a war of ideas, of economics, of rhetoric, and of cultural muscle.  It’s always been fought at a marked disadvantage by us on the “right,” as we have productive jobs and families and don’t generally spend 10 years working as paid agitators for some group or other.

But if we want to survive as a nation and as Catholics, we had probably start getting prepared to go to war to retake cultural space in all areas of endeavor, rather than simply run off and try to find some enclave where we can hide and be left in peace to practice our beliefs and possibly be allowed to live rather freely. Because the Left won’t let that happen.  They will come after you and me and everyone who disagrees, eventually.  War is pretty much the only choice at this point, because the other side demands it, knowing nothing else.  It’ s been coming for a long time – had earlier generations of Christians, especially Catholics, done their duty, perhaps this could have been avoided, but it’s too late, now.  Having the institutional Church fall to co-option by the Left in the 60s certainly has made resistance difficult, but institutional Church-backing or no, we need to get a lot more serious about how we are going to oppose the Left and even fight them, where necessary, on their own terms.  We can see they have absolutely no compunction about destroying the lives of those they perceive as being – even passively, peacefully – their ideological opponents.  We are going to have to acquire something like the same willingness, though without the overt vindictiveness and pettiness.

Our best tool is economic.  Refuse to do business with left-wingers to the greatest extent possible.  Kellogg’s, for instance, is off my list. I won’t go to Sonic because they support Planned Butcherhood.  The list is long, but we really need to start amping up who and how much we boycott.

Open to your suggestions.

Burke, et. al., Threatened With Loss of Cardinalate Over Dubia November 30, 2016

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The reasoning, as always with FrancisChurch, is absolutely atrocious.  Coming as it does from the Dean of the Roman Rota – the very man Francis sacked Cardinal Burke to replace with – is all the more disheartening.  Via LifeSiteNews:

While the dubia of four Cardinals concerning clarification of Amoris Laetitia spreads wider and wider ripples in the Vatican and worldwide, the dean of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the highest appeals court of the Church, says that they might lose their Cardinalate.

“The action of the Holy Spirit cannot be doubted,” he says. “[The Cardinals] question not one synod but two! The ordinary and the extraordinary,” Mons. Vito Pinto explained during a conference in the Ecclesiastical University of San Dámaso in Madrid, Spain. [OK.  Whether or not the exhortation following the Synods – Amoris Laetitia – is Magisterial (normally it would be, but how can it be where it plainly intends – via Francis’ own implementation/interpretation – to contradict the Sacred Deposit of Faith!), the Synods WERE NOT.  Tiny subsets of bishops do not equate to an ecumenical council, whether they meet one time or forty times.  Not even 5% of the world’s bishops were invited to attend, and the deck was stacked with as many friendly to revolution as possible, particularly in the second synod.  This is specious, circular reasoning at its lowest]

The four Cardinals, Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner, asked Pope Francis for clarification on September 19, and then went public with their concerns earlier this month when Francis failed to answer.

“Which Church do these Cardinals defend?” Pinto reproaches. “The Pope is faithful to the doctrine of Christ.” [The boundless effrontery of it all is simply amazing.  So now that they have a progressive pope, the Left in the Church decrees that the Faith = whatever the pope says it is today.  They weren’t quite so ultramontanist when Benedict was in the Chair of Peter!]

“What they have done is a very serious scandal that could lead the Holy Father to remove them from the Cardinalate, as it has sometimes happened in Church history,” Pinto expounds. [I think if Francis did that, he would both be making a very big mistake, and also telling us a very great deal about his conception of mercy.  These men, after all, only asked questions, questions which permitted no wiggle room, no diabolical “shades of grey,” which Francis, apparently, has either preferred – or is unable – to answer. Who is introducing the novel doctrines here?  It is not the four cardinals, and their numerous allies.  It is Jesuit Francis.]

The Cardinalate – unlike the deaconate, priestly, or bishop’s ordination – does not entail an ontological change in the individual, but is an office conferred by the Pope. Therefore the Church speaks of “creating” Cardinals who join the College of Cardinals. They serve principally as helpers – in Latin, “hinges” (cardines) – to the Pope in ruling the Church. Therefore, they could theoretically be removed from their positions and return to being “simple” bishops or archbishops.

Mons. Vito Pinto affirms that the Pope has not directly answered their dubia but “indirectly he has told them that they only see in white or black, when in the Church there are shades of colors.” Pinto referred to multiple instances in which Pope Francis stated that life is not black and white but grey.

In the same conference, Mons. Pinto recalls, referring to Catholic “remarried” divorcees, how the center of Francis’ message is that the Church needs to accept the injured and fallen: “A nun told me that there are people divorced or living together who are communicating. And what should the Church do, say ‘yes, you may’ and ‘no, you may not’? Pope Francis wants a Church that is very close to the people.” [Which, if you note, does not address the supposed nun’s supposed concern at all.  It’s meaningless blather. In reality, the message is being conveyed, but in the typical passive-aggressive, cowardly leftist way.  They won’t straight up publicly proclaim heresy, but they hint at it, give it a wink and a nod, and basically encourage people to go that way, while in private communiques, the clear message is sent: give Communion to adulterers. I guess Christ, then, was not up to Francis’ exceedingly high standards of closeness to the people, when he said that manifest sinners who refuse the intervention of the Church should be anathematized?]

For Mons. Pinto the only solution – and the key to Francis’ pontificate – is acceptance, what he calls “mercy.” “In our time the Bride of Christ prefers to use the medicine of mercy and not wield the weapons of severity. The Catholic Church wishes to show herself to be a kind mother to all, patient and full of mercy to the children separated from her.”

Even while they fall into hell?  So did Our Blessed Lord tell the Truth, or not?  Is remarrying after a civil divorce adultery?  Is adultery not a grievous sin?  Did not St. Paul inform us that those who receive unworthily eat and drink condemnation on themselves?  And what did St. Peter tell us about false prophets and blind guides who try to soothe the itching ears of the world by telling them happy lies, lies that smell of sulfur and brimstone?  St. Paul told us that anyone who tries to bring a Gospel other than the one Christ preached must be anathematized.  Does Vio Pinto represent Christ, or Francis?

I am willing to bet Cardinal Burke will be willing to lose much more than a red hat than to fold on this matter of permitting this radical change – this insidious attack – on the Church’s moral Doctrine.

Would You Consider Helping a Good and Holy FFI Seeking to Become a Hermit? November 28, 2016

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I met Father Maximilian Mary, FFI, at Clear Creek monastery about two or three years ago.  At that time, I believe he was headed to be near the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles (order their new CD!) and possibly serve some kind of chaplaincy with those traditional nuns.  He is now trying to live as a hermit in the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, and Deo Gratias to Bishop Ronald Gainer for being open to Father’s apostolate.  However, he needs financial support to do so, and is making the following appeal:

Grace, peace and joy to you in the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary!

I have been a longstanding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and, in 2013, I obtained permission from our Apostolic Commissioner to discern my contemplative vocation outside the walls of the Order. Thanks be to God I have recently been welcomed by a benevolent Bishop to be a hermit in his Diocese.

One of the conditions for being received into his Diocese is that I be “self-sustaining.”

Providentially, a group of the lay faithful who used to assist the missionaries and contemplatives of the Franciscans of the Immaculate through a Latin Mass Novena website have recently offered the use of this website to me. Besides my normal expenses (food, utilities, healthcare, etc.), there are the initial costs of getting set up as a hermit, so I was wondering if Rorate Caeli might be in a position to let people know about my upcoming Christmas Latin Mass Novena which, besides enrollment in 9 Tridentine Masses, includes a beautiful Christmas enrollment card and a CD (anthology of sacred and classical music I have recorded as a seminarian and friar over the past 26 years). All of the information can be found HERE.

Thank you and God bless you.

In Corde Matris,

Fr. Maximilian Mary

CLICK HERE NOW TO ENROLL OR READ MORE

Here is more from his website:

A Christmas Novena of Traditional Latin Masses according to the 1962 Roman Missal (extraordinary form) will be offered for THE SANCTIFICATION OF ALL FAMILIES (or persons) enrolled in the Novena. The nine Masses will begin with the Christmas Midnight Mass and will conclude on Jan. 1st, Solemnity of Our Lord’s Circumcision. The suggested donation is $20 for each enrollment which includes an enrollment card and the CD MemorareThese will be sent to each family (or person) enrolled. The Masses for this year’s Christmas Novena will be offered by Fr. Maximilian Mary of Jesus Crucified in his hermitage and/or on the high altar of the Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.

You can enroll in the Novena of Masses and make a donation for Father here.  As I said, I had the pleasure to meet Father Maximilian Mary some time back, and was very impressed with his candor, piety, and devotion.  He was able to avoid some of the unpleasantness surrounding the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least directly.  I fully support his effort to become a hermit and pray he finds generous support in this season of Advent and beyond. I am very pleased to have enrolled my family in this Novena of Masses, which is such a powerful source of Grace.  I pray the abundant fruit of these Masses will result in great spiritual fruit for my family and our friends during this upcoming Christmas season!

Thanks to Father Maximilian Mary for making this kind exchange possible.

As I Predicted: Trump Won In Spite of Massive Voter Fraud November 16, 2016

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So, a local precinct warden and Republican national delegate told me of his experience at our local precinct – at least 5 men certainly committed voter fraud, voting without present voter ID, which they are allowed to do thanks to the Obama Justice department/leftist judge overturning a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote, while another 8-10 individuals probably voted both in our precinct and out of state.  There were myriad details surrounding these individuals he provided I won’t go into, but, suffice it to say, the legality of their local votes was dubious, at best.  So, perhaps 15 fraudulent votes in a precinct where only 313 were cast for president – nearly 5%.

True the Vote is reporting they have data that shows over three million illegal aliens – non-citizens of the US – voted in the election. I think it safe to say they voted overwhelmingly for Hillary, and thus make up her margin of victory in the popular vote, and then some:

Three million votes in the U.S. presidential election were cast by illegal aliens, according to Greg Phillips of the VoteFraud.org organization.

If true, this would mean that Donald Trump still won the contest despite widespread vote fraud and almost certainly won the popular vote.

“We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens,” tweeted Phillips after reporting that the group had completed an analysis of a database of 180 million voter registrations.

“Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team,” he added.

According to current indications, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by around 630,000 votes, although around 7 million ballots remain uncounted.

Virtually all of the votes cast by 3 million illegal immigrants are likely to have been for Hillary Clinton, meaning Trump might have won the popular vote when this number is taken into account.

Vote fraud using ballots cast in the name of dead people and illegal alien voters was a huge concern before the election.

On the morning of the election there were 4 million dead people on U.S. voter rolls.

As I predicted, Trump would have to win by a margin of three to five million in order to win in the “official” count by 1 vote.  That’s how many fraudulent votes I expected him, or any non-demonrat party candidate, to have to win by in reality to be judged the winner officially because of all the fraud, to which the democrats admit.  The democrats generally do most of their electoral fraud at the presidential level because it’s much simpler to execute, which is why they have continued to mostly get pummelled on down-ballot races since they started instituting large-scale voter fraud in every presidential election since the 90s.  But it really got started in earnest in 2004 when they knew they had a compliant media that wouldn’t investigate anything they did, and self-justification in the lie that Bush “stole” the election in 2000.

I really hope this effort to have millions of ballots cast out succeeds, for a variety of reasons. I’m quite certain Trump won the popular vote at least as handily as he did the electoral college.  Leftists will never tire of singing about a “stolen” election unless if it can be proved Trump won the popular vote by a healthy margin. Even then they’ll still pretend it didn’t happen. Most important of all, however, is proving electoral fraud occurred, and then investigating in depth who perpetrated it and striving to have them prosecuted.  This nation is strongly divided, ideologically, probably to the greatest extent since the Civil War.  Throwing severe doubt on the validity of elections into the mix would be a very quick way to bring about a calamity.

If one considers the fact that Clinton won California by a 2:1 margin, that California does not require ID, and the huge number of illegals that reside there, it would be interesting to see what the real result was.  Amazingly, states with no ID requirements tend to be dominated by democrats. Go figure.  Of course, they’ve been doing this for well over a century around the country, wherever the demonrat party gets strongly established.  Used to happen en masse here in Texas, and magic ballots found in south Texas helped Kennedy win in ’60.

It will be interesting to see if this story develops, or if it gets squashed by the powers that be.

KGB Agent: Those Sucked into Cultural Marxism Never Get Out November 16, 2016

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The video below is over 30 years old, and features a high level KGB defector to the West, Yuri Bezmenov, describing how the process of cultural marxism/political correctness worked, and how major a part it was of the KGB’s overall program to subvert the West, far outdistancing mere espionage as an area of focus.

We have seen the program he lays out playing out before our eyes now for decades.  As he mentions, the baby boomers were really the first generation infected with large scale leftist propaganda through the university system, and that system of propaganda has now thoroughly infected almost all public schools and the vast majority of private in the intervening years.  Bezmenov notes, quite rightly, how inculcation in the cultural marxist/social justice warrior ethos leaves individuals totally unable to think critically, completely dependent on spoon-fed propaganda, alienated from their own nation/heritage, and so wedded to this perverse set of deliberately destructive ideologies (intended specifically to destroy a nation’s fabric and collective will to exist, to make them ripe for communist takeover) that they are literally beyond redemption by human means.  No matter what evidence they are confronted with, the alternate reality which they inhabit has so consumed them that they will choose any alternative to accepting that their world-view may be faulty.  Thus, we have leftists today screaming that 150 million odd Americans are irredeemably racist, sexist, “homophobic,” “islamophobic,” etc., because their very flawed candidate failed to win the presidency.

Don’t ever expect these people to change.  Absent a miracle of grace, they will not.  The greatest thing I have been involved with over the last 7-8 years as a a blogger/radio personality/catechist is the conversion of 12 or so people to the Church. I didn’t do that, Grace did that, but that these people were kind enough to give me some role in their conversion I count as my proudest achievement. But all of these folks (of which I am aware) were both conservative and had some kind of Christian upbringing before their conversion.  I have never made any significant inroads with a left-leaning individual, and as a catechist always found an inviolable wall of resistance whenever the truths of the Faith were conveyed to those whose true religion is more leftism than Catholicism.  They would simply roll their eyes and, before long, walk away, rather than continue to have to try to mentally combat arguments they were incapable of rebutting.

These folks need constant prayer.

Quite obviously, the relatively nascent state of incipient cultural marxism discussed in the video has now reached levels probably even Bezemnov could not foresee.  At this point in time, probably 25-30% of the population is more or less lost to this deliberately demonic pseudo-ideology, and the rising generation is more lost to it than any preceding one, and by a very large margin.  I don’t know if it’s more than 50% or not (and if not, it’s not for lack of trying, the public schools are completely consumed by it) among millenials, but it’s certainly getting close.  That, and the degree of indoctrination has grown with each generation, with each succeeding generation lost more deeply and thoroughly to this mindset than the preceding ones.

This is why I say the present protests against Trump will not go away anytime soon, and this continuing gulf between those indoctrinated in cultural marxism and those uninfected with this ideology will only grow, and grow worse.  The democrats thought they had a permanent electoral majority by cobbling together their base of cultural marxists and certain minority groups, but apparently not quite yet.  In fact, it is the democrat party’s rapid descent from a center-left party to hard leftism that is a factor mitigating against their broader electoral success, as more and more Americans uninfected by cultural marxism realize how extreme the democrat party has become, and where it plainly wants to go (hard socialism/communism).  But unless and until many more tens of millions of those who do not desire this nation to succumb to hard leftism realize it is the schools and media/culture that are the primary vehicles for its spread and respond by pulling their kids out of public schools (and most private) and keep their kids from being indoctrinated by the leftist-dominated entertainment media, eventually a majority will emerge for the demonrats that favors their goals because they share them.  That might require another 20-30 years or more to achieve, but it will happen.  The other alternative is to try to seize control of the school system again, but I take that as a very dim prospect given that it would require ejecting almost all the entrenched powers from the federal to the local level.  It would literally take a revolution.

Bear in mind, I am speaking strictly from a human/worldly standpoint in the above.  Before any kind of mass conversion to homeschooling or retaking of the schools can occur, a mass spiritual renewal would have to take place.  Note that the communists deliberately penetrated the churches in order to not only neuter but co-opt the greatest source of resistance they were likely to find.  That makes the process of spiritual renewal all the harder, and even harder still with a devotee of cultural marxism in the Chair of Peter, but all things are possible with God.  We must never give up hope.

In the meantime, you may well find, as I did, how instructive this video is in unmasking the literally unreasonable and seemingly inexplicable mentality we see on display among the  Left today across the country and especially on social media.  If you like, there is a much longer series of interviews featuring Yuri Bezmenov on Youtube, you only have to search by his name to find them.  I know much of this may seem like old hat to those who have studied cultural marxism, Alinskyite tactics, seen Agenda 21 and all the rest, but I do think Bezmenov’s analysis is both more penetrating and more concise than any I’ve previously seen.

Francis’ Response to Dubia Submitted by 4 Cardinals Comes Just as You’d Expect…… November 16, 2016

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……..that is to say, using the dumbest form of social media, through a surrogate, and with a tone of smug superiority and total disdain for the very real concerns raised.

Four cardinals, including Cardinal Burke, submitted a detailed dubium to Francis, requesting he clarify or correct what these cardinals rightly perceive as very problematic, even erroneous (or inviting error) statements within Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which was, surprise!, written before the second session of the synod on marriage and the family had even begun.  You can read the cardinal’s submission, and much related coverage, here.  While some may find this action late, it is important to remember that the Church always moves slowly, that this dubium was sent months ago, and that Amoris Laetitia only came out this year.  I am personally very gratified to see this official communication of resistance – it is really a not so veiled assertion of heresy within Amoris Laetitia, and calls upon Francis to, more or less, retract his erroneous propositions by clarifying them along orthodox lines – but I am left wondering where all this will lead.

Now, this dubium was submitted months ago, but was only publicized recently by the cardinals, since Francis has chosen not to respond to their charitable and quite appropriate submission.  However, his hand-picked court theologian, and author of Amoris Laetitia and a number of other papal statements, Anthony Spadaro, SJ, has responded, almost certainly with the knowledge and approval of Francis himself.  His reply, in the form of “tweets,” are as rude as they are dismissive of very real concerns shared not only by these four cardinals but by millions of other Catholics.  Via VoxCantoris:

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Very much a “my way or the highway” approach – just what one would naturally expect from a man who constantly appeals to charity, compassion, and understanding.  I am being sarcastic, of course, those appeals are naught but means to an end for this most revolutionary pontiff.

I am not surprised to see this response in the least.  It is exactly the kind of response I expect to see from any kind of left-wing ideologue, whether they cover themselves in the trappings of Catholicism or if they are out n’ proud denizens of the Castro Street Fair – not a mutually exclusive crowd, to say the least.  It’s the same kind of completely uncomprehending, dismissive attitude we see from the leftists trying to “re-litigate” the presidential election in the streets of the US.

The only question is, will Burke or other leaders of the Church realize that this man, Francis, is not playing by any of the old rules, and will not respond with anything but sneering derision to any of the standard means of trying to check error?  If this is all the response they get, will they go further?  What else can they, or should they, do, as leaders holding to a more orthodox approach to the Faith Christ gave us?  What should we be doing, if anything, beyond the constant recourse to prayer and penance? Is it even possible to conceive that a general council could be conceived, and that it would judge Francis to be a manifest and obdurate heretic?  I can’t conceive of it, but that’s where Steve Skojec thinks Burke may be headed.

The thing is, this man will never stop.  Amoris Laetitia is just the first major salvo.  There will be many more, unless God intervenes in dramatic or mundane fashion.  Indeed, his liberal allies of the St. Gallen mafia are calling for him to do much more. The intent is clear, to undermine and eventually overturn, along progressive-modernist lines, the entire moral edifice of the Faith, and to dare people to oppose him.  The few remaining institutional checks on wayward papal power are wholly ineffective against an ideologue of this sort, and, even more, the massive cult of personality that has surrounded the papacy over the past century or so has left Catholics ill-equipped to stand in opposition (which is at is should be?). He is unreachable by logic or persuasion.

I don’t have a lot of answers, other than, as I said, doing still more prayer and penance.  Prayer gave this country another chance to avoid the abyss, I pray God will be still more generous with regard to His Church.  The fox is in the henhouse.  We are deep into the passion of the Church.  I don’t know what the future holds, but I fear things will get much worse before they get better.  I guess one final question might be, is schism, at this point, inevitable (by human means)?  Steve Skojec seems to think it is.

Francis Re-Instituting Inquisition Along Progressive Lines? November 15, 2016

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That’s what this report from Rorate sounds like.  A new group with a more than slightly Orwellian name (and redolent of the personalism/cult of personality that has been distorting Catholicism for over a century) – the Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis (OARCPF) – has sent out letters to Catholic professors at pontifically-recognized colleges around the world, telling them they will be judged as to whether or not they “teach” Amoris Laetitia according to Francis’ intent, which means, allowing adulterers and fornicators to receive the Blessed Sacrament without contrition or confession.  This sounds disturbingly me like an inquisition being stood up along progressive lines, forcing the promulgation of opinions – which many view as heresies – contrary to the direct will of Jesus Christ and as revealed throughout Sacred Scripture by both Our Lord and St. Paul.

A bit of explanatory text from Rorate, and then a copy of the letter which has been sent to Roman institutions with threatening tone:

You will not believe the ridiculousness of it all, but Bergoglioland has finally reached full Banana Republic status. Pope Francis, the Anastasio Somoza of Adultery, the Papa Doc of Sinful Cohabitation, has under him now a Secret “Police”, the Osservatorio per l’Attuazione della Riforma della Chiesa di Papa Francesco (OARCPF – Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis) sending out e-mail letters of official tone to professors in Roman institutions demanding them to teach Amoris Laetitia according to the mind of the Pope (that is, Holy Communion to public adulterers and fornicators) — or (the threat is obviously implied) to face expulsion………

……….Magister transcribes the letter received by faculty in the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and the Family (linked to the Lateran University). The threats contained in it are not hollow, because Francis himself intervened earlier this year to completely subject the board of the Institute to HIS new view of marriage (as opposed to Jesus Christ’s and John Paul II’s), putting strong henchmen in their place. Men who would not mind following orders, even if absurd.

The text of the communique, with my emphasis and comments:

Subject: Monitoring of studies and teaching in the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Dear Mr/Ms Professor
Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Pontifical Lateran University
Vatican City
As has already happened and is happening for other pastoral, academic, and cultural Catholic institutions, our Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis (OARCPF) – an initiative of a group of Catholuc lay people in support of the pontificate of Pope Francis – has begun in the current academic year the monitoring of the contents of publications of faculty and the teachings imparted [in class] in the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family  in order to make clear the adaptations or eventual disagreements regarding the address made by Pope Francis on the occasion of the opening of the new academic year of your Institute (Sala Clementina, October 28, 2016), in which you were called “to support the necessary opening of the intelligence of the faith in the service of the pastoral solicitude of the Successor of Peter.”  [We are truly living through unprecedented times.  There may have been disastrous popes, even popes that held personal errors, but never has a pontiff not only held personal errors but tried to inflict them on the entire Church as a substitute for the Truth, as some kind of benign and holy reform!  Never in modern history have multiple cardinals submitted dubia to the reigning pontiff demanding he clarify his doctrinal errors in light of Tradition/Catholic belief. Incredibly, and contrary to all precedent, Francis has ignored this request for clarification/correction. It’s been 40 years since large numbers of Catholic intellectuals have risen up in opposition – some privately, others publicly – against the destructive “reforms” being foisted upon the Church by the Bishop of Rome.  I would wager that never in history has a pope more publicly challenged, undermined, and even directly attacked the Sacred Deposit of faith.  Unbelievable.]
In particular, the contents of published works and the imparted classes will be taken into consideration in reference to what is expressed in the apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia”, according to the image “of the Church that is, not of a Church thought in one’s own image and likeness,” orienting research and teaching not anymore towards “a too abstract theological ideal of matrimony, almost artificially built, far from the concrete situation and from the effective possibilities of families as they are” (Pope Francis, mentioned address, October 28, 2016). [TFrancis has declared repeatedly, both directly and by inference, that Grace is not all-powerful, that “concrete situations” and “effective possibilities” overwhelm individuals and make them powerless to act – “powerless” to stop sinning.  This is a heresy in and of itself, that God does not provide souls with all the tools they need to avoid sin, especially mortal sins like fornication and adultery.  This is a totally toxic and endlessly destructive notion, revealing the schizophrenia that results from trying to marry Catholicism with leftism.  The destruction this ideology will wreak is unimaginable, and yet this man may remain in office for years more, for reasons known only to God]
To this end, we will make use of the analytical and critical reading of the studies published by the faculty, of the theses of graduation and doctorate approved by the Institute, of the syllabus of classes of of their bibliographies, as well as interviews of students made after classes, in the square in front of the Lateran University. [Incredible.  Doctrine turned on its head.  Doctrinal conformity will be enforced, but along lines hostile to the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  We see yet again that liberality of thought and “freedom of inquiry” are nothing but tools used by modernist-progressives to gain power – once they seize it, they squash dissent]
Certain that we are doing a useful task to improve the service that you perform with dedication to the Church and to the Holy Father, we keep you up to date on the results of our observational study.
Observatory for the Implementation of the Church Reform of Pope Francis (OARCPF) – Section for Rome
Rorate opines at the end this intervention may only be directed at the Pontifical JPII Institute or Roman institutes.  Perhaps. We shall see if this effort broadens.  I would tend to imagine it will.
Either that, or this JPII institute for marriage and the family has been singled out as a likely locus of resistance towards Francis’ dubious doctrinal assertions and thus merits special intervention, a la the Franciscans of the Immaculate.  One must conclude Francis considered them a unique threat to his modernist agenda, one to be taken out early, in spite of the bad PR such draconian action generated.

Local Boy with Disfiguring Disease Refuses Surgery….. November 11, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Dallas Diocese, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Latin Mass, manhood, mortification, persecution, sadness, sanctity, Society, Virtue.
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…….so he won’t lose his smile.  This is a bit different for me, but we’ve seen this family around occasionally at Mater Dei and while I’ve never had the opportunity to speak with them, their story is quite inspirational.

Ethan D’Amato was born in 2003 with obvious defects.  He was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 1, which causes tumors to grow on nerve endings on his face.  He lost his right eye and obviously has some disfigurement of his face. But he refused surgery to remove the tumors because it likely would have left part of his face paralyzed and left him unable to smile.

He has received a fair amount of media coverage but I had never heard of him until earlier this week.  There is a Youtube channel dedicated to sharing aspects of his life and helping spread awareness of this disease.  There is also a GoFundMe page which I think is still active.  Apparently the boy has experienced bullying or negative reactions caused by his appearance, which is a tragedy but typical of human nature.

Some videos on his situation and experience below:

One way we’ve seen Ethan around Mater Dei is through violin practice he takes there.  He’s quite a good violinist for his age:

Not sure if I can get this video to load.  Not a big fan of Maury Povich or any shows of that type, but here is some background on the bullying Ethan has suffered:

That’s an inspiring boy and family.  I commend them for their faith in our Lord and trust in His will.  That is a heavy cross to bear.  I don’t know if I would bear up under that load as well as they seem to.  God bless them.

Shoot, I meant to include this prayer in the post.  Updating now.  A prayer to Our Mother of Sorrows composed by Pope Pius XII:

O clement and pious Mother, whose soul was pierced by the Sword of Sorrow, behold us poor sick beside you on the Calvary of your Jesus.

We, chosen for the sublime grace of suffering and desirous of fulfilling also in our own flesh that which is wanting in the Passion of Christ, for that body of His which is the Church, consecrate to you our persons and our sufferings, so that you may offer them both on the altar of the Cross of your Divine Son as the humble victims of propitiation for our spiritual well-being and that of our brothers.

Accept, O Sorrowful Mother, this our dedication and confirm in our hearts the great hope that, as we share the sufferings of Christ, we may thus share in His comfort here and in eternity.  Amen.