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Matt: Cardinal Burke Did Not “Betray” Traditional Movement with SSPX Comments October 4, 2017

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If you’re fortunate,  you’ve probably been spared the drama over some comments Cardinal Burke made at a conference back in June or July regarding the SSPX.  When asked specifically whether lay Catholics should or could attend an SSPX parish, Cardinal Burke said (in main point) they were schismatic, and that while their Masses were valid they were not licit and should be avoided.  This is the 100% mainstream conservative opinion in the Church, and the one that was espoused by the Pope Emeritus.

Some folks took grave exception to this commentary and opined that Cardinal Burke had somehow exposed himself as a true modernist at heart, or that he had failed the traditional movement, or that he is now rather suspect and not a good friend of traditional Catholics.

I think Michael Matt sums up my sentiments more or less exactly.  I am not surprised at what Cardinal Burke said in the slightest.  As I said, it’s pretty much the default position of the hierarchical Church, what these men in positions of power are taught and expected to say.  This doesn’t make Cardinal Burke a bad person or somehow a turncoat.  The good things he has done remain.  He remains the chief opponent of Francis in the ecclesiastical hierarchy, the author of the Dubia, and a very good friend of the Traditional Latin Mass.  But, like all of us, he’s far from perfect, and probably does not, nor ever will, align with our every desire as a perfect Catholic prelate (we all know there has only ever been one perfect prelate, and ever will be – Marcel Lefebvre).

Personally, I was neither exercised by the cardinal’s comments, nor by the reaction.  In fact, I completely expected the reaction.  If Matt’s video below did not so well accord with my own views and provide sensible counsel, I would not have covered the matter at all.  I don’t want to see the comments turn into one of those endless SSPX/anti-SSPX imbroglios.  They are boring and have already been done to death 1000 times over.  You are welcome to your opinion and to express it, but if the tete a tete’s get to extensive and descend into incivility I will terminate the comments (but not take any action against particular commenters, especially those who have been around a long time).  Experience has taught that anything touching on the SSPX tends to lead to great passions on all sides.  Let’s try to keep things cool.

I think Matt’s video could be easily summed up as: don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.  Sure, Cardinal Burke may have said something you or I or we don’t like, or wish he had said another way, but he does a great deal of good at the same time.

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Fr. Martin Makes a Statement September 27, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, cultural marxism, different religion, disaster, General Catholic, horror, Revolution, sadness, scandals, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, the struggle for the Church.
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Rorate has gotten some criticism over a tweet they did of this pic, not so much for the pic, but for what they had to say about it.  You can decide for yourself whether you think their commentary appropriate or not.

As for me, both the non-wearing of clerics, and the bottle on the shelf, make a very strong statement.

I highlighted the bottle to help you find it.

As if we didn’t know already.

He would come out, if he didn’t think it would hurt his cause.  Once Francis declares the Church for “gay unions,” he’ll be out n’ proud.

Poor soul.  He sees in Francis nothing but great victories for himself, but he is just digging deeper into a never-ending pit of sulfur and brimstone.

UPDATE: I read a chapter of the Bible every day.  This, providentially, was in the chapter I was to read today (since I go in order from beginning to end):

 I charge thee, before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead, by his coming, and his kingdom:

Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season, reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and doctrine.

For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears:

And will turn away indeed their hearing from the truth but will be turned to fables.

Father James Martin has turned away into fables of his own making.

Catholic Answers Akin: Catholics Should Commemorate the Protestant Revolution September 21, 2017

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I’ve never had much truck with Catholic Answers or any of its apologists.  Since my conversion, I’ve always found Jimmy Akin to be pretty squishy.  Both Akin and the broader organization are – and I use the term reluctantly – thoroughgoing neo-Catholics who have unequivocally demonstrated that their faith, if not quite amounting to a cult of personality revolving around the present occupant of the See of Peter, is at the very least far too pliant and far too – it seems – willing to change radically depending on what emanates from the current occupant of the Chair. Now, I’ve heard Akin spend hours arguing extremely detailed points of Scripture with protestants, pointing out their manifest errors.  But once Francis signaled that he found the 500th anniversary of the  protestant revolution/archheresy something to celebrate, even emulate, all those hours went out the window and now Akin proclaims his great sympathy for, even embrace of, these celebrations of the single most destructive event – for the eternal destiny of souls – in human history since the Fall.

Via reader Tim, The Remnant has its own take on this very sad exaltation of mass indifferentism.  I’ll let you go read that on your own time.

But ultimately that is what this is all about – the steady rise of religious indifference, affecting even some of the most core Doctrines of the Faith, which has afflicted the Church since Vatican II.

Ecumania – my silly term for ecumenism run wild – did not start with Francis.  It was going gangbusters in the years immediately following Vatican II, when the first rush of thrill of the “new and greater Pentecost” was still fresh and operative.  Ecumania cooled off somewhat with the surprise election of JPII as pope, but it certainly never went away.  Watch the footage or read the reports of Assisi ’86 for all the confirmation one needs of that.

I’m a former protestant.  My entire family still consists of active protestants of varying degrees of faith and commitment.  So, I have a very strong, personal interest in accepting and promulgating post-conciliar style ecumenism if it can be reconciled with the constant belief and practice of the Faith. But it cannot.  Not by the longest of shots.

One of the greatest evils afflicting our time is the lack of knowledge of history.  Coupled with widespread ignorance of theology in the Church, especially since Vatican II, and the set up is just right for convincing millions of Catholics that protestants are practically just like us, our slightly erroneous (on some tiny points of dogma nobody cares about anymore) brethren who just happen to find themselves outside the Church (and whose proselytizing activities – you know, all that solemn nonsense – are directed at Catholics as much, if not more, than out and out pagans, making tens of millions of Catholic converts to protestantism a year).

The problem is, some of us know a bit of theology.  And some of us know history.  And we know that, no matter what the protestant ecumenists try to say in all those wonderful ecumenical soirees in five star resorts, their understanding of Christianity is not just slightly deficient, it is not just a bit off, but it is directly contrary, on numerous critical points, to both Sacred Scripture and Tradition.  These errors are sufficient to make salvation of the souls holding these errors an exceptionally dicey proposition – many Saints during the age of anti-Church revolution and counter-revolution held that it made such salvation impossible.

But history weighs even more heavily against any “celebration” of the permanent, soul-crushing rending of Christendom.  Protestantism was everywhere founded by men seeking after their own prurient interests.  It started with Martin Luther, progressed through the truly unhinged and evil “Anabaptists,” reached its zenith of self-exalting human reason decoupled from supernatural Grace in Calvin and Zwinglii, and then fell into its gutter-trash denouement in the pathetic fall of Henry VIII into endless vice.

I haven’t got the space in this post to recount even a tiny percentage of the evils and vices of the men who unleashed so-called protestantism on the world.  The only thing they protested against was the idea that there was any moral law above that of their own, self-aggrandizing conception.

And that’s not even the half of it.  It is exceedingly easy to draw a straight line from the first inklings of self-serving, hedonistic rebellion against God’s Law and His vehicle on earth for propagating and enforcing that Law – the Church – and the debauched “man as his own God” neo-pagan, increasingly barbarous society in which we live today.  Protestantism set the stage for the ascendance of rationalism, science divorced from God and the supernatural, the concept of governmental authority arising up from the “will of the people” instead of down from Christ to man, steady and increasingly rapid collapse of the Christian moral order, and far too many other evils to list here.  Protestantism gave us doctrine by “Scripture alone,” salvation by “faith alone,” and made every single man into his own little magisterium, deciding for himself what to believe and what not to believe.  Sadly, over the past 60 years or so, most all of these errors have also found a home in the Church, once it seemed that protestantism and protestant-allied nations would be forever ascendant.

Now protestantism is in total collapse, racing ahead even of the Church, and we are supposed to celebrate it?  Protestantism has fragmented into tens of thousands of different sects and groups, each believing differently from each other and from the solemn Doctrine of the Faith.  Even that is not enough, and as more and more formerly “evangelical” and “fundamentalist” sects degenerate from one man’s rigid interpretation of Scripture to loose acceptance of societal norms (the “gay marriage” issue has been a disaster for evangelicals, with most of their young people eagerly accepting it), now protestants are increasingly devolving down into “house churches” and smaller and smaller groupings of people.  As soon as there is a disagreement, as there must inevitably be among 400 million little popes, the disaffected individuals break off and form their own sect.  This process of atomization will only continue.

In none of this is there anything to celebrate, let alone emulate.  Certainly distinctions can be made, that some protestants are better than others, that there are individual protestants who do lead very pious and holy lives, that there does exist some common ground between protestants and Catholics from which to build efforts against continuing cultural rot, but overall, especially in terms of major events like 500th anniversaries and the like, the core point that protestantism has been an unmitigated disaster for Christianity, and even more so for souls, must always carry precedence.

That doesn’t mean every single time we speak of an individual protestant and something they’ve done well we have to issue a fiery condemnation.  But it also means that we as Catholics don’t see anything, at all, to celebrate, emulate, extol, tout, or even positively mention regarding the phenomenon of protestantism historically, today, or in the future.

This is not the kind of unity Christ sought.  Our Blessed Lord, who died to give us the Truth necessary for salvation, certainly sought unity within His Church – but that’s just the point.  Protestants are not in His Church.  They left it.  Sure, there’s many protestants alive today who “inherited” protestantism culturally, through their families, and not so much as a deliberate act of rebellion.  The Church, however, taught for centuries that once protestants came of age, they DID make at least a tacit choice, to reject the Church and the Truth revealed through her.

Protestants reject whole swaths of the Gospel Christ came to live out and communicate to us.  Among individual protestants, there may be more that “unites us” than “divides,” but, overall, protestantism has been, continues to be, and was in fact created to always be, a force for continuing division and strife among Christians.  It is inseparable from its nature – it is “cooked into” the very idea that individual  men, absent the divine Grace associated with the office of priesthood, bishop, and Pope, can determine for himself what Scripture says, what Truth to believe.

Events like this 500th anniversary should, for Catholics, be a time of great sadness, which sadness pray God will form a wellspring of determination to fight for the true of Christianity again, within the bosom of Holy Mother Church.  “The discredited theology of the return” – to quote Benedict XVI – is not discredited.  It is entirely necessary.  It is only the fallen men within the leadership of the Church, and organizations dependent upon that leadership’s constant good graces, who have given up on that theology.  Because they fear and desire to please men more than God.

Now is a time for deep prayer and sacrifice, not only for our “separated brethren” in the protestant sects, but even more so for the leadership of our Church, and lay “apostolates” like Catholic Answers, which shake like a reed to every change in direction of earthly winds.

We’re Fine But Very Proud of My State August 29, 2017

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Sorry I’ve been away the past few days, I even missed my birthday. I’ve gotten some e-mails from people wondering if we’re OK, and of course, we are, thank God.  Not much happened in Dallas, a bit of badly needed rain on occasion but that’s it.  The heavy stuff was all a good 100 miles or more to the south.

We do have family in the area affected by Harvey and all are fine to date.  Only one outlaw nephew lives in the Houston area but they have not been flooded.

Just been too busy with work and life to get on and blog.  I hope to have some time tomorrow, I’ve put some big things behind me the past two days, work-wise.

I am so very proud of my state and the residents of the Houston area.  Dallas and Houston have a sometimes not-so-good-natured rivalry but I have been blown away both by the tremendous outpouring of aid, Texan’s self-reliance (utter opposite of Katrina), and the (to date) very small loss of life in this once in a millennium cataclysm.  I don’t know how many thousands have been rescued by neighbors and other “civilians” but based on the bits of coverage I’ve seen it is quite probable a majority of the rescues have been carried out not by agencies of the state (at whatever level of government) but by private citizens.  #That’sTexas.

I had an exchange with reader Tim via e-mail last week, he forwarded one of the predictions of 30+ inches of rain last Thursday and I kind of pooh-poohed it.  I was right on – tropical weather events virtually never affect the Dallas area more than slightly, we’re just too far inland (close to 300 miles), but I feel terrible thinking this event was going to be more hype than real.  Ooops.  Even though that was a private exchange, I look pretty dumb now.

This natural disaster isn’t over  yet, even though the rains have moved off, for the most part, waters will continue to rise for another day or so as the ground drains.  I’ve certainly been praying for these poor souls along the coast, as I’m sure you have.  Even without loss of life the impact is going to be devastating.

Another Reason Why I Will Never Again Be a Knight of Columbus August 23, 2017

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I know I have a goodly number of readers who belong to the Knights of Columbus, as I used to.  I left the organization years ago over its persecution of members who demanded the organization live up to its founding ideal, and ban membership from public heretics and others not living a “practical Catholic life.”  I can understand why some men want to belong to the KoC, warts and all.

But the organization under Supreme Knight Carl Andersen continues to make highly perplexing decisions.  One is the recently announced change to the 4th degree uniforms.  Whatever one thinks of the old ones, the new ones are decidedly lacking in presence.  It’s a suit coat with a patch and a goofy looking beret, instead of the classic tux and sash look.  Apparently this decision has been met with a great deal of controversy.

More telling, however, was the decision by the KoC to spend millions of dollars bolstering a decidedly left-wing pseudo-Catholic organization in the publication Crux – more or less a vanity vehicle for John Allen and an attempt by deranged Boston Globe management to cash in on what they thought would be the raging popularity of Francis, Bishop of Rome.  Crux has lately been on the attack against those horrid converts to Catholicism, who should really just be constantly on their knees thanking God for permitting us in the Church and just keep our mouths shut and let the left-liberal cradle Catholics do all the talking, thinking, and running of the Church*.

In a particularly ugly bit of spleen-venting, Francis-supporter and super-liberal Austin Invereigh inveighed against a number of Catholic converts by name, including Edwin Pentin and Ross Douthat, accusing them of being possessed of a neurosis.  This was followed up by a half-hearted apology and then a doubling down, repeating the attack in a third piece.  The KoC has, to date, not issued an apology or demanded a retraction, even though they are now part-owners of Crux.  Via Rorate:

The Knights of Columbus made a clear choice when the organization decided to sponsor the faltering “Crux” — founded by the Boston Globe for liberal journalist John Allen Jr (when the Globe thought it could cash in on Francis’ supposed “popularity”) and then, when it came into trouble, propped up by the Knights.
The Knights’ choice was to uphold the liberal and Modernist version of Catholicism in reporting news.
For a few weeks now, Knights-Crux has been on a crusade to crush the credibility of converts to Catholicism. This because the Modernist establishment currently in charge of much of the central government of the Church hates American Catholicism, hates conservative Catholics in the United States, hates the Traditional-friendly general trends of the strongest portions of English-speaking Catholicism, and hates, therefore, informed converts who are so influential in those circles.
The first shot was an article by Austin Ivereigh on “Pope Francis and the convert problem“. Yes, it’s a “problem”, apparently, and as such it will demand a “solution”. The controversy generated by the article was so great that Knights-Crux editor Allen Jr. had to intervene. This “intervention” was just for show, because a few days later, Knights-Crux publishes a new attack on converts, by convert David Mills with the shocking title “Newcomers to the Church should speak less, listen more“.
Why do the Knights of Columbus wish to silence, shame, and persecute Converts? Why do they support this campaign of discrimination of converts in the Church? The leadership of the Knights of Columbus must speak up clearly, or the Crux crusade against converts will remain for all purposes the public and editorial policy of the Knights.

I’m sorry, but there is no benefit the Knights provide that outweighs their coziness with those destroying the (human element of) Church from within.  There is no benefit to me or my family from being associated with this organization, which, whatever its founding purpose and original intent, has gone far astray, and is more concerned with receiving the continued approbation of the great powers in the Church (and, it seems, the culture) than really aiding the workaday lives of individual poor Catholics, which was Fr. Michael McGiveney’s intent.  In truth, the restoration of the Faith is what those poor Catholics – what all Catholics – need most, not politicking and engaging in dubious investments.

I know not all readers agree, and that’s their prerogative.  Please don’t take this post as an attack on you.  Perhaps traditional Catholic men should consider starting their own alternative to the Knights?  That might be a hot one for the parish council meeting, if your parish has such things.

*- They are not entirely wrong on this. I should be ever more thankful to God for making me a part of His Church.  But the reasons why the Crux crowd are on this crusade against conflicts has everything to do with sexular leftist politics/ideology (what one might call the leftists true religion), instead of any concern for converts’ souls.

Please pray for my son June 22, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, Holy suffering, sadness.
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My son has another MRI tomorrow.  This year of Our Lord two-thousand and seventeen has really been our annus horribilis, not just with my son’s brain tumor diagnosis but a dozen other things as well.  We’re facing myriad challenges on many fronts.  We’re having a major problem with almost every child. One is mired in persistent scruples.  Another is sinking into depression.  Others have suddenly decided to flake out academically.  And my son, even if his tumor is not growing, which I pray it is not, is having some severe behavioral problems, we think related to the anti-seizure medication, which we’ve changed, but we aren’t really sure.  And academically he’s really struggling, at least with reading.  Of course he has dyslexia which may be being caused by his tumor.  And all these are only some of the more major items.

My wife is about at her wits end.  She about came apart this morning and needs as much prayer support as my son does.

I know I don’t post much lately and maybe I’ve been testy because I am just about overwhelmed myself but I know the power of prayer and would greatly appreciate your support. We have always been incredibly blessed by Our Lord and Savior but with great blessings frequently comes heavy crosses.  This is our time to bear particular crosses.  Our Lord is desiring us to grow in our faith and in our reliance on Him, but it’s not an easy trial to experience. I – we – cannot do it alone.  So I appreciate your support more than words can say and pray for all of your daily, particularly if I am aware of a special need and generally for all the rest.

God bless you and thank you and I appreciate your patience while I am in a time in my life where sharing the Faith with others through words has to take a back seat to more pressing matters.  May God have mercy on us all in these trying times.

Prayer Request and Anyone Familiar with GoFundMe? May 23, 2017

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My wife has a niece who has now had two children (the oldest is maybe 2, or close to) diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that leaves otherwise healthy children unable to walk and can progress to even greater impairments.  It is considered as being within the spectrum of Muscular Dystrophy diseases.  The two children are Ivy and Cody K., Cody being a practical new-born, Ivy a very cute and precocious little girl.

There are some treatments out there that might help both children a great deal but insurance is not wanting to pay for these.  Thus I have explored with the family the idea of setting up a GoFundMe page, but I’ve never set one up and thought I’d query folks here to see if they had any knowledge of the best way to go about setting up such a page and then getting word out for it.  I’d greatly appreciate your help.  Sometimes things I post on this blog just tend to sort of peter out, not really spreading beyond the immediate regular readers.  Also these things seem to be driven mostly by social media, which I ain’t on.  So perhaps I should find someone who is on social media to set up a site?

What the family needs and requests more than anything right now, however, are your prayers.  I can only imagine what pain the young parents are experiencing, knowing that both of their children have been afflicted with a congenital disease.  That’s got to be an extremely painful cross to bear, as is the knowledge that the likelihood of future children being similarly afflicted is quite high.  Please pray that God may have mercy on this family and deign to work miraculous healings if such be His will.  May He also guide the parents in remaining faithful to His will for them in spite of the crosses this may bring.

Thank you and God bless you!

PS – The niece in question was the flower girl at my wife and I’s wedding in 1994.

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is not a Christian…… May 9, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in catachesis, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, huh?, sadness, secularism.
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……..at least not in any conventional sense.  I had taken from some of his many discussions on the subject of the Divine Logos/truth/etc and some interviews he did with a creator of Byzantine iconography that he might be Christian, but he addresses the matter more specifically below and I would have to conclude that, sadly, the Jungian inanity Peterson has absorbed takes him out of any category of comprehensible Christianity and into some netherworld between Christian and deist.  Which, good luck with that, as the man is brilliant and full of conviction but ultimately I do not believe he could repeat the Nicene Creed with any conviction:

 

Perhaps you’ll have a different takeaway, but that’s mine.

It’s a shame because Peterson is a man of prodigious gifts but 30  years being steeped in the modernist/post-modernist social sciences is almost impossible to escape without taking a severe toll.  Still great to see how easily he can take atheist’s conceits apart.

You can see the entire interview here.

I will be out the rest of the week due to a death in the family.  Please pray for the repose of the soul of John Hoelscher, my wife’s uncle.  He died yesterday, Monday May 8, 2017.  May God have mercy on his soul.

KC Media that Destroyed Bishop Finn Won’t Cover Far Larger Teacher-Sex Scandal April 27, 2017

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Very interesting piece from The American Thinker regarding ongoing – and atrocious – teacher sex abuse scandals in the state of Missouri, especially the Kansas City area.  While the vast majority of the populations of Kansas and Missouri are extremely conservative (in fact, Kansas is a hotbed of sede vacantism), the elites in the large cities are overwhelmingly leftist, as are the media.

Bishop Finn was not only conservative but also suspected of embracing Tradition (as his very close association with the Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles revealed).  For that, he had to be destroyed.  He remains the only US bishop ever to face criminal prosecution for ostensible malfeasance in a priest sex abuse case, even though the priest in question committed crimes that pale in comparison to those enabled by left-leaning bishops in the US and elsewhere.  Bishop Finn followed legal protocol and advice in his treatment of defrocked Fr. Shawn Ratigan, and removed him from service after he was found to have taken  upskirt photos of underage girls. But Fr. Ratigan repeated his (comparitively minor) crime, and the KC media had all the material they needed to mount a relentless campaign of destruction.

For instance, did you know that the local newspaper, the Kansas City Star, published NINETY articles attacking Bishop Finn during this campaign?  But Cardinal Mahoney, who had personal knowledge of actual boy-rape perpetrated repeatedly by certain priests, kept those priests in public apostolates, and he remained a cardinal in good standing throughout his tenure, and is still revered and feted around the country and world.

I hate leftism:

On April 15, Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutors charged James R. Green Jr., 52, with six counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. Green was a teacher and coach at a middle school in the suburban North Kansas City School District. Green’s victim was a sixteen-year-old boy. It appears likely that Green was abusing other boys over a period of at least twelve years in at least two different school districts, and Green’s crime is not the half of it…….

…….Without digging too hard, I discovered that Green was the sixth employee, all male, busted on sex charges with underage students in the last thirteen months in this one suburban school district. At least five of those employees were arrested. The reporting on the sixth was too sketchy to determine. Four of the interactions were heterosexual, two homosexual. In the same week Green was arrested, a campus supervisor at a high school in the North Kansas City District was charged with sending messages of a sexual nature to two female students, one fourteen and one fifteen. His was one of three cases at that same suburban school. In January 2017, the principal was arrested for having sex with students twenty years prior, and in August 2016 the band director was dismissed for sending sexual texts to students………

…….As troubling as these crimes were, what I found truly scandalous was that our local paper of record, the Kansas City Star, has not reported on this larger story. Typically, the paper has done brief one-offs on each crime and then moved on to something meatier, like, say, the latest imagined outrage by Gov. Brownback.

The reason for the silence is not hard to understand. The media and the teachers unions share an allegiance to the Democratic Party. The Star goes out of its way to protect the unions, and the unions have gone out of their way to protect the teachers, including the sexual predators………

………..[While steadfastly ignoring the far larger teacher-student rape scandal]the Star was dedicating its energies to Shawn Ratigan, a Catholic priest with the perverse habit of taking lurid photos of little girls unaware they were being photographed.

For the Star, the Ratigan scandal was tailor made. Unlike most accused priests, his pathology was heterosexual. Better still, the priest’s ultimate supervisor, Bishop Robert Finn, was described in media reports as a “theological conservative” with a record of challenging the Star’s agenda on life issues. [Yes. Don’t think that didn’t play a substantial role, especially when Finn several times publicly embarrassed the rag by refuting some of their pro-abort coverage]

The Star assigned its ace project reporter, Judy Thomas, to the Ratigan story. Locally, she had a reputation for seeking dirt on pro-life institutions, Catholic and evangelical. At the first whiff of the Ratigan scandal, the Star started to run above-the-fold headlines and soon called for the bishop’s resignation. “It’s painful to believe the most vulnerable in his flock weren’t protected,” thundered a Star editorialist. [Meanwhile, almost all the Star’s coverage of teacher sex abuse, which in some cases is even more systematic than it ever was in the Church, is buried deep in the paper if it is published at all]

After the photos were discovered, Ratigan attempted suicide. Bishop Finn consulted with his attorneys, and they assured him that what Ratigan had done may have been perverse, but it was not criminal. When Ratigan recovered, Finn assigned him to a home for aged nuns and imposed numerous restrictions. They did not work. Ratigan was caught taking photos at a family reunion.

The Star ran at least ninety articles on the Ratigan case, creating enough hysteria to get Ratigan a fifty-year prison sentence and get Finn, a saintly man, prosecuted for failure to report Ratigan to the police immediately. [And giving a hostile pope all the ammunition he needed to replace this good bishop years before the normal retirement age.]

Over the years, Catholic dioceses have dramatically altered their policies for identifying, reporting and removing alleged clerical predators, but, with cover from the media, public school districts have been largely insulated from any efforts to reform union practices.

Star editors went so far as to call Bishop Finn “repulsive,” but they have yet to mention the name of the man who runs the North Kansas City School District. As I have discovered, it is not just the national media that need to be watched. No, the local media are just as bad, maybe worse. [Which is why I dropped my subscription to the Dallas Morning News about 8 years ago.]

It was a hatchet job from beginning to end, deliberately construed to whip up enough public frenzy to get Finn not just charged, but convicted and then ultimately removed.

But Ace makes a great point.  The media – all media, entertainment, infotainment, “news,” etc. – only has the influence on us we choose to allow it to have.  If you are an expert in a certain field, or have a decent depth of knowledge, haven’t you noticed how often the media butchers related topics, and makes error after error?  Sure we discount the media’s political bias, but what about their cultural bias or even their plain knowledge of the world? Why would you believe they would be any more right in any other field?

Thus, the alternative media.  I am surprised, however, at the extent even people who should – who do! – know better still allow themselves to be moved on numerous issues by media opinion.  I just had the case of a (not terribly close) family member opining that “gay marriage” was just fine by them, because “they are in love and that’s who they are and how can we ‘deny them happiness'”?  Parroting almost word for word what the mass media says. Yet these same individuals see through the media lies regarding Trump. Discouraging.

Then again, they’re episcopalian, so go figure.

 

Shock! Obama Official Admits Manipulating Climate Data for Political Purposes April 27, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, cultural marxism, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, technology.
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As if we didn’t know this already, but it’s nice when the miscreant confesses to the crime:

A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington D.C. often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion.

Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street JournalMonday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion.

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has increased from 1980 as an illustration of how federal agencies fudged climate data. Koonin said the NCA’s assessment was technically incorrect……..

……..Press officers work with scientists within agencies like the National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) and NASA and are responsible for crafting misleading press releases on climate, he added.

Koonin is not the only one claiming wrongdoing. House lawmakers with the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, for instance, recently jumpstarted an investigation into NOAA after a whistleblower said agency scientists rushed a landmark global warming study to influence policymakers.

Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith, the committee’s chairman, will “move forward as soon as possible” in asking NOAA to hand over documents included in a 2015 subpoena on potential climate data tampering.

Yeah, but nothing will come of it.  It never does.  There is one set of rules for the cultural elite (that is, no rules), and one increasingly onerous and repressive set of rules for the rest of us, especially the lowest class, Christian conservatives.

So what do you think of Trump so far?  He’s over 3 months in, that 100 day mark is about to pass, and he hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, has he?

Mind you, I never thought he’d be a super-conservative, I hoped he might mean what he said about the wall, but so long as Hillary wasn’t elected and he nominated some solid judges, I was prepared to be satisfied.

Still, he’s given occasional glimpses of being capable of doing much, much more, but his administration seems to be sinking slowly into the swamp L’Enfant had our nation’s capital built upon.  I don’t know if one man, even a spectacular man (which I’m far from sure Trump is), can overcome the entrenched interests of the always left-leaning, always self-serving deep state.

Even Reagan failed to achieve much in the way of reducing the size of the federal government.  Most of his achievements were in the realm of foreign policy, or tax cuts (which gave us unprecedented deficits).  The last president to significantly reduce the federal budget was Eisenhower. But that was a different country, wasn’t it?

I should add, for completeness sake (and because someone will invariably bring it up in the comments), that the Catholic bishops have by and large accepted the cult of climate change uncritically.  Francis of Rome released an encyclical that indicated full-throated acceptance of this most dubious of theories, and the US bishops have certainly done the same.  What a wound it will be to the Church when this theory is finally debunked, which it eventually will be.  But I won’t hold my breath waiting for the USCCB to roll back some of its advocacy in this area in light of this report, they’ll pretend it doesn’t exist.