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It is not “gossip” to have concerns over the Synod April 24, 2015

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So says Christopher Ferrara in the video below.  Certainly he is known as a most outspoken traditional Catholic, but what he says is neither traditional nor liberal, neo-Catholic nor orthodox.  It is simply the truth.  It is not a gossip to express concern over public events!  It is not gossip to have concern over the direction of the Church.  It is also not gossip to look at public statements that are gravely concerning and wonder what they mean, especially since so many of them seem to point to radical changes to the Church’s perennial practice and thus, inevitably, her belief – just as Fr. Rosica said:

7:00 – 8:20 is to me the key.

I was reading Fr. Carota yesterday, and he said the following:

Good traditional Catholic news.  No, the pope has not converted.  Let us keep praying for that miracle.

Father Carota is no extremist.  He is a regular diocesan priest.  He certainly has great affinity for the Traditional Mass and the Faith as it was practiced and proclaimed for many centuries, but he is also very far from being a sede vacantist or in any way “irregular.”  And yet he, among many others, sees this pope as needing conversion.  Is that not significant?

I know some may not be comfortable with this post or Ferrara’s analysis.  But I do not think it can be simply dismissed on that basis.  Yes Pope Francis certainly does make orthodox statements on a daily basis, but it is not those statements that give concern or scandal. It is his forming of this Synod, his direction of the first portion of it including the production of the mid-term Relatio and its release even though it had been seen by not a single synodal bishop nor approved by the body at all (and was in fact rejected, or failed to receive sufficient positive votes), and it is his constant very leading statements on this subject, such as that addressed above, which cause grave concern, confusion, and even scandal.

We can pull the wool over our own eyes and simply look away, or we can, in great charity not just for this Pope but for the entire Petrine office and, even more, the entire bi-millennial Church, point out the truth as we see it.  It is certainly easier to pretend all is well and that, if there are problems, they are caused by subordinates for some reason allowed to run amok, but that is not in consequence with the facts as they present themselves.

So, I will continue to speak out and bring things like this to the fore, even while I pray, like Fr. Carota, for Pope Francis to be the leader the Church desperately needs, rather than the one we deserve.

Beautiful witness on staying faithful in an abandoned marriage April 24, 2015

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Skeinster sent me the link to the article excerpted below, and I am very grateful that she did.  Via Voice of the Family, a woman abandoned in her marriage, to which she has remained faithful, shares with us the great Grace that faithfulness has brought to her own life, and how vital it is that the Vatican honor and support these people who truly conform to the ideal of the Sacrament (faithful to the end), as opposed to those who seek to find happiness or an end to loneliness in non-sacramental replacement “marriages.”  There is much good to quote below, this was actually a letter the woman in question sent to Cardinal Muller some time back. I add emphasis and comments:

I married at the age of 21. I had until that time been raised in a large Catholic family. My parents had a deep commitment to their marriage, to us and to the Church. My assumption was that once sacramentally married my husband would have that same commitment. [Incredibly, far too many people today do not.]

After three years of marriage, my husband left for the first time for about 3 months returning shortly before the birth of our second child. Shortly after the birth of our third child who is profoundly disabled, my husband left for a few years. This son now in his thirties still lives with me. Following his return we enjoyed a long period of stability until my husband again left when our youngest child was 2 years old. He has been gone since. [In my semi-public role, I learn of a great many troubled marriages. A number of people have sought me out for counsel, which I generally refer to others (mostly priests). People have such deranged ideas of marriage now. The culture has utterly perverted that understanding, convincing people that marriage should be about thrills, excitement, passion, and the like. But this is utterly unrealistic.  It is very difficult to keep the fire of passion over decades. In the past, people knew this – they knew that long marriages had a beautiful habit of transitioning from the passion and excitement of youth to the deepest of friendship and companionship in old age.  Of course, separating the marital act from its primary end, procreation, has played a huge role in helping reshape the understanding of marriage as a lifelong thrill ride.  And here we have to say that too many in the Church have had a hand in this, in their attempts to elevate the unitive aspect of marriage up to, and even over, the procreative in importance. This has had profound consequences.]

Though at each desertion there were those who would see an end to the marriage and a new man in my life as the obvious solution, I trusted the Church’s teaching on marriage and knew that my vow was for life and doggedly insisted that a new relationship was not possible because “I was married”.  [God bless this pious woman]

Looking back, I am amazed at the strength of this conviction which must have been a grace because at the time of those early separations I was frightened, ill, impoverished, heartbroken and lonely. I am particularly thankful for my “Penny Catechism” training which had provided me with simple formulas about matrimony, sin, sacrament and “avoiding the near occasion of sin” as these were lifelines in these times of crisis when deep reflection was impossible.

What became clear to me as each emotional storm passed is that I was not alone. I began to appreciate that the Holy Spirit was there, ever present, ever faithful to the marriage. That He, as well as my husband and I, had entered a covenant on the day of our sacramental marriage. That God will remain in the sacrament until my death or my husband’s death and that even if one spouse deserts, even if both desert, the marriage, Jesus would remain, waiting, watching for our return like He does in the tabernacle of a locked church. As this became clear to me, fidelity to the marriage became easy. What man, what security could ever be worth walking away from God? [This woman truly understands marriage, and understands spousal love. She still loves her spouse because God joined them together forever.  I have seen some folks who have remained faithful in the face of abandonment who have become very bitter and angry, especially when the Church tells them the marriage they remained faithful to never existed in the first place. That is surely incredibly painful, and this woman probably lives in a country where diocesan annulment mills are not a reality, but the anger and bitterness are not helpful or healthful to the poor abandoned soul.  And yes it is incredibly easy for me to say that and I pray I am never in that position.]

What have I discovered since?

God is not to be outdone. He provides abundantly. How I don’t know but there is always enough….things always work out……..

………I am so grateful for the decision to be faithful (which could so easily have been different) because God has graced my life and that of my family out of all proportion to my feeble “yes”. In all of this, I have come to an appreciation of the beauty and strength of the Sacrament of Matrimony. It has increasingly dawned on me that I might never have known this had my marriage been stable. It has been a privilege I do not deserve to experience the Fidelity of God to the sacramental bond even when that bond has been broken. So wonderful is the Divine Fidelity that this is a truth I would love to see communicated to all sacramentally married people regardless of their situation.

I am surrounded by friends who have made the other decision, the decision to try to heal their broken hearts through replacement relationships. I am not in their hearts nor can I see their souls but observing from the outside, listening to them and watching as the years pass, it seems that the problems they sought to solve became compounded and the future they sought to secure has fallen short and in many cases has led to more heart ache. [This may sound harsh, but in at least some cases, especially those involving folks who have been divorced two or three or more times, the problems remain because they reside within themselves, because they haven’t accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts.]

The sad thing about the push to allow people who are divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion is that Jesus, waiting within their sacramental marriage, is forgotten. If they would return to Jesus, He would welcome them and they could truly receive Him. In effect people want to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist but not in the Sacrament of Matrimony and so an impossible contradiction arises.  In fairness to most of these unfortunate people they do not know, such has been the inadequacy of catechesis especially in marriage preparation. Communicating the “real presence” of God in Marriage seems to me to be the heart of the question that the bishops must address in the synods on the Family 2014 and 2015 in relation to your Instruction. [This woman has a profound understanding of marriage and the reasons for the broken state in which this most sacred institution stands. And she is entirely correct in diagnosing the problem, a near total lack of meaningful catechesis on the subject, as on so many others.  Friend and reader SB has lamented to me many times that the bishops, some relatively rare exceptions aside, have continually over the past several decades abrogated their responsibility to catechize the faithful, and in response to the manifest problems this failure engenders, then turn around and seek quick fix solutions to it, solutions often at apparent odds with the Doctrine of the Faith, such as this latest push to admit the divorced and remarried to Communion.  As this woman so clearly demonstrates, with a proper understanding and openness to Grace, it is possible to remain happy, healthy, and fulfilled, even in the face of such a cruel abandonment.  And yet the Synod threatens to abandon these brave and faithful spouses yet again.  How heartbreaking that must be for those who have struggled to remain faithful]

When people in a non sacramental remarriage feel the call of Christ to come to Him they do not understand that His call is coming from His dwelling in their sacramental marriage where He keeps faithful watch no matter how long ago the marriage has been abandoned. I would hope and pray that the bishops would help the people of our time to understand this beautiful truth.

Again, God bless this good woman. She should be an inspiration and model to so many, especially our Church leaders, for her faithfulness in the face of enormous challenges.  In fact, it is souls like this that should be held up as the exemplars at the Synod of how to live in a culture more and more hostile to, and deranged from, the Faith.  As Dietrich von Hildebrand says in The Trojan Horse in the City of God, souls such as this should be the bishop’s pride and joy, instead of being uncomfortable reminders of a faithfulness they themselves no longer xtol, and quite likely, no longer share.

This post is already long enough, so I’ll shut up, but I thank skeinster for sharing this again, this is probably the best single work on this subject I’ve seen.

I did not excerpt all of it – probably about half. Do go read the whole thing.

More evidence of craven anti-Christian acts in military April 23, 2015

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I was at a men’s discussion group last night, and the question came up of what happened with the flap over Catholic chaplains in the military being persecuted for proclaiming and defend Church Doctrine?  This was a big issue a couple of years ago, yet it seems to have gone down the memory hole. Given the radical social experiments being foisted on the military, and the military’s open endorsement of sodomy and aligned sins since “don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed, it would seem most Catholic chaplains would, at the least, be in a very difficult position?  Have many silently just gone along with the program?  Anyone know or have any comments?  You can’t find any stories from the past year on this subject of any substance, whereas there were scores from 2013.  What’s up?

My dear Air Force is the poster child for the paganization of the military.  20 years ago, the USAF officer corps was dominated by convicted Christians and the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs was rife with devout evangelical Christians, so much so that there was a lot of cross-pollination between James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, also in Colorado Springs, and USAF leadership. But starting about that time, an aggrieved Jewish atheist named Mikey Weinstein started filing suits against the Air Force for alleged religious discrimination, which cases were rarely proved but resulted in quick caves to escape the bad PR.  So, by 2000 or so, the USAF was turning over base chapels to wiccans and other false, demonic practices, even though doing so offended the vast majority of service members.  Nowadays, being an open and devout Christian in the Air Force is a quick way to end one’s career.  Christians today have to be more closeted, if you will, than the perverse ever had to be under “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

As evidence of this growing bias, there has been an imbroglio at Patrick AFB, Fl, which services Cape Canaveral and the eastern space launch ranges, over a POW-MIA table and an offending Bible.  You already know how this story turned out:

A sad little kerfuffle has unfolded at Patrick AFB, Florida in recent weeks.

It’s sad, because the controversy was totally preventable and completely unnecessary. But in today’s politically correct military, senior leaders scramble to avoid offending the smallest minority, lest that individual or group contact their Congressmen, the media–or both–and create a tempest that derails a commander’s career. Never mind that such efforts often anger the vast majority of military members and generate the same controversy the commander was hoping to avoid.  [I have a lot of contacts in the military.  They all, to a person, tell me that the vast majority of commanders from 0-4 up are far more concerned with pushing the reigning PC BS and radical social engineering than they are with combat effectiveness or mission performance.  There are still a few good salts, but they will hit a camo-ceiling at O-5, if they are that lucky, and most are being quickly forced out.  The military is being deliberately de-Christianized and emasculated, all to satisfy the insatiable leftist desire for power and control.  That incident earlier this week was just one more example, and note, even after the uproar, the order remains in place for ALL Army ROTC cadets to experience this public humiliation of cross-dressed emasculization.]

At Patrick, the sordid business began–of all places–at the base dining facility.

Like many military mess halls, the Riverside Dining Facility at Patrick proudly displayed a “POW-MIA Missing Man Table,” honoring those held captive in the nation’s wars, and those who went missing in action. The tables are a long-honored military tradition; the display includes a white table cloth setting with an inverted glass, a plate with lemon and salt, a single rose, a candle and a Bible.

According to the National League of POW and MIA Families, each element is carefully selected for its significance. The Bible “represents the strength gained through faith in our country, founded as one nation under God, to sustain those lost from our midst.” [Almost all Vietnam POWs who spent years in hell and survived were and are devout Christians.  They all attest to the critical their faith played in their survival]

But someone at Patrick took offense to inclusion of the Bible, so the entire display was removed last month. Bad move, because that caught the attention of airmen, retirees and other personnel who eat at Riverside. They raised cain, and late last month, the “missing” POW-MIA table made the pages of Florida Today, the largest newspaper on the Space Coast.

Once the media came knocking, base “leadership” had a change of heart. Here’s a statement they released in late March, affirming their desire to honor POWs and those missing in action, and promising to restore the display:…….

[Craven self-serving boilerplate response unworthy of inclusion on this blog.  But note if the display returns it will not have a Bible.]

So far, there has been no confirmation that the POW-MIA table is back on display at the dining facility.

The Patrick incident is merely the latest skirmish in the USAF’s internal war over religion, which has been raging for almost two decades. In the mid-1990s, the service began allowing Wiccans and other groups to use base chapel facilities, a move that brought complaints from Christian and Jewish airmen. Later, the Air Force became embroiled in a legal battle with a former JAG officer, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, who claimed he was subjected to anti-Semitic comments and harassment as a cadet at the Air Force Academy in the 1970s, and his sons received similar treatment at the school three decades later….. [So his experience was so horrific he deliberately exposed his sons to it 30 years later? Or were they always agents provocateurs intent on overturning the predominant, if disordered, Christian characteristics of the military?  Ever read John Cardinal Krol and the Cultural Revoltion?  I am very far from a Jewish conspiracy theorist, but a pretty strong case can be made that leftist people of Jewish (few, if any, practice their faith, but they certainly appear to hate Christians) descent have been in the vanguard of the cultural revolution in this country.  Goodness, Saul Alinsky, anyone? The entire Frankfurt School was Jewish communists!]

……And that begs another question: would the POW-MIA table still be on display if it included a Koran, the vedas, or the Tipitaka? [Certainly the former]  And where were the base chaplains when this controversy erupted? Did any of them take a stand in the name of the military’s religious heritage, founded on Judeo-Christian principles? [Good questions]

Lest you think this is just an oddball one off, you could check out this or this or this.

America’s military: a global force for sexular paganism and leftist grievance mongering.

One of the few things Obama did not lie about was his plan to fundamentally transform America.  Mission accomplished.

After 8 more years of this under Hillary!, there won’t be anything left.

Fr. Carota in Mexico April 22, 2015

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Fr. Peter Carota has been in Mexico for some time, serving as many souls as he can.  I take a bit from each of a number of posts below.  He is experiencing quite a bit of resistance to the traditional practice of the Faith there, especially from wayward priests and religious, some of whom he describes as drunk and materialistic.  These are some of the people most opposed to the traditional practice of the Faith, because, it must be said, it stands as a rebuke to so much of their own apostolates, such as they are.  Unfortunately, they also influence many lay people there, who are also resistant to the TLM and the traditional Faith.  Is it different in the Mexico City area than it is in Guadalajara? I ask because Fr. Romanowski said many Guadalajarans are still attached to more traditional piety, even if not the TLM, like kneeling to receive Communion.

Some snapshots of Fr. Carota’s experiences:

I had to go pay the electricity bill in another city, Tenancingo.  All the micro buses where full.  So I hitch hiked.  The woman who stop was going to the same city.  She ended up being great friends with Herman Gabriela.  We prayed the Holy Rosary all the way.  As I was leaving her, I told her (with kindness) that the tight pants she was wearing offend God greatly.  She accepted my correction and said she wears them because it is easier to work in them.  [My wife has kind of objected to this kind of admonishment, especially by men, before. What do you think?  I don’t have a problem with it. We’re certainly not going to change adhering to the blase’ status quo]

I have compadres here who work on Sunday and sell tight pants to woman.  I keep on lovingly telling these people it is wrong.

Last night people arrived for the Latin Mass and for spiritual direction.  Also a 17 year old man who wants to become a priest with the Augustinians.  But I told him how liberal they are and that many of the ones I have known are into money and get drunk. I hated to talk bad about priests to a young man who wants to become a priest.  But he could lose his vocation and possibly his faith if he does not know the situation of the priesthood. [Boy ain’t that the truth. I know a young man who for years was just certain he wanted to be a priest, then he went on retreat to a group that has a pretty good reputation and they absolutely destroyed his interest in the priesthood. It was amazing – a two week retreat, and he came back a radically different person, and has shown no sign of changing since. We still have no idea what happened, other than that they encouraged him to date and, maybe more, IYKWIM]

Another woman came to talk to me about her son who has some spirit that sleeps with him in his bed.  She also told me that her TV gets pornography.  I am begging everyone to get rid of the TV, dress modest, not work on Sunday and go to Holy Mass. [Doesn’t it seem there is an inordinate amount of very marked demonic activity in Mexico?  I know a lot of Hispanics are mixed up in the occult, and many more are still very superstitious – there are shocking items for sale in Mexican markets near our house, all kinds of potions and spells, supposedly.  What’s up with that?]

WE are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know what will get us to hell and what we can do to avoid them.

We waited to have the Latin Mass so that the family of Leonardo could experience it.  He loves it and wanted his family to experience it.  The man who drove the small bus had never experience it before and he said it gave him a peace that he had never felt before.

Before we started offering the Holy Mass, I showed this picture below to help the people understand that the Mass is a sacrifice, not a feel good prayer……

Traditional-Latin-Mass

…….Then we began to talk about the holy Mass and true Catholic morals.  We talk about it being a contemplative prayer directed to God and not to man.  I explain to the people how the masons, (who were behind Presidente Elias Plutarco Calles killing of the Cristeros), are also to blame for getting rid of the Latin Mass because it united the Catholics in One Holy Catholic Church with One Holy Latin Mass.  (Yes there is an insignificant number who are Catholics and have the Divine Liturgy in Greek, Russian and Aramaic.  But in comparison to the Billion who used the Roman Missal in Latin the number is small.)

One of the young men said he did not understand Latin and I give the same answer; I am not speaking to you, I am speaking to God and He understands His sacred language.

I told her to listen to the good that is deep in her soul and not to the 3 enemies, the devil, the flesh and the world.  I said that God probably has a special mission for her, but the devil doesn’t want her to accomplish it.

Her parents do not go to mass every Sunday, even though they try to live good lives.  But I explained to the mother that her daughter was not protected because her father is not being the spiritual protector of the family by missing Sunday mass.

The grandma was a good Catholic and understood what I said.  She probably is 80 years old.  I told the mother and daughter that they would miss the holiness of the grandmother after she died.  These holy old women are not appreciated until they die.  Then the whole family usually separates and there is no one to pray for them.  

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to have the whole truth and God’s protection from the devil by all of the sacramentals we correctly believe in, (The crucifix, Holy Water, St, Benedict’s medal and the scapular. [Yes, we are so blessed]

[The saddest of all……] It can be absolutely overwhelming entering into any Catholic Church for the new mass.  My friend invited me to his son’s baptism here in the parish of Malinalco.  During the mass, women all dressed alike in tight pants and in white tops were the ‘liturgy helpers’.  They did the reading and at the time of the consecration stand with candles near the altar.  Almost all of the women in the church were also in tight pants.  Those, who after mass had their children baptized, were even dressed worse.  The priest had everyone clap after the baptism. [While a lot of caucasian Americans dress horribly for weddings and sometimes on Sundays, I would have to say my that in my experience Hispanic women in this country are somewhat worse at dressing immodestly at Mass. It almost seems to be a contest to see who can wear the most revealing clothing. Even more, I have been to a number of Spanish Masses and find more of a problem with disinterested or distracted (phones, video games, etc) behavior.  Is that typical?  There are some wonderfully devout Catholics in Latin America, but Father notes some not so good ones here, and I have seen quite a few here north of the border. I have seen “anglos” do the same, but not in the same numbers. Is this criticism fair?  Is my experience too narrow or biased?  But then it seems there are some really very holy regions like Guadalajara.]

After mass and baptism I went to talked to two of the priests.  One I have known for 30 years.  The other one is new.  As I approached, I ran into my neighbor.  She said: ‘I have really bad news.  The pastor will not allow you to offer the Latin Mass in the neighborhood chapel.  She was so depressed and could not understand.  I was not surprised at all.  She is helping the pastor with the youth and thought he would say yes. [Note it was no imposition on the pastor at all.  He just doesn’t like the TLM, or Fr. Carota, or both]

After the baptism we went to the Fiesta.  There were a lot of people drinking too much and women terribly immodest.  I was asked to bless the food and I just tried to be kind to everyone who was there.  How do you fit in?  What do you say?   I just stayed enough time to eat and then told everyone good by.  I tried to be the presence of Christ in this party environment.

People, from all over the pueblo, continue to keep coming to go to confession or for the Latin Mass.  But I am afraid the priests will get angry.  I am not inviting them, they just hear that I am in town and keep coming.

What is so so frustrating is that you want to help people, but because you are traditional, most of the bishops and priests are against you.  And then you see the horrible condition that the Catholics are in and you wonder, ‘What can I do?’  ‘Don’t they see?’

I redundantly ask myself, ‘What is so horrible about traditional Catholicism, traditional modesty and traditional morals?  Isn’t there something worse that the bishops and priests can be worried about? [As Dismas would say……it’s a different religion, and it will brook no competition, especially from the former religion of the same name]

Meanwhile, I just keep on hearing confessions, praying for the sick, giving counsel to the lost and offering my private Holy Latin Mass.  All I can say, over and over again, is thanks be to God we are traditional Catholics and are trying to live lives pleasing to God. [I really admire Father’s charity.

Please pray for Fr. Carota. He is really wearing himself trying to reach as many souls as he possibly can with the traditional practice of the Faith.  He is a very good man.  We need so many more like him.

Poor Bishop Robert Finn finally hounded from office April 21, 2015

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The surprising number of extreme liberals in the Diocese of Kansas City have finally managed to get their man.  They have been gunning for Bishop Finn’s head since he was installed as bishop in 2005.  He was opposed not for what he did, nor for any real failing in handling cases of grave priestly immorality, but because of who he was: an orthodox bishop of traditional bent, who loved and supported the Traditional Latin Mass and especially gave refuge to a very holy group of nuns.  Speaking of, we must redouble our prayers of the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles, they are also a major target in this episcopal coup.  All will depend on who replaces Bishop Finn, and the stance he takes towards the traditional practice of the Faith generally, and the nuns of Ephesus particularly.

As for now, I grieve the successful railroading of one of the most devout, orthodox bishops in this country, who certainly was not perfect and did make a mistake that is costing him his job (I would say quite unfairly, especially in light of how small his sin was in comparison to the massive, continued string of felonies and misdemeanors committed by the likes of Mahony, Bernadin, Grahman, and others) but who was really deserving of far better treatment than he has received:

Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese.

The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time.

Article 2 of Canon 104, according to the Vatican’s website, refers to a situation when “a diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office.”

Finn’s resignation will take effect immediately, and although he will still be a bishop, he will no longer lead a diocese. It is up to Pope Francis to choose his successor.

The brief Vatican statement gave no word as to what Bishop Finn will do following his resignation.

Last September, two years after Bishop Finn’s trial and guilty verdict, an archbishop held a visitation on behalf of the Vatican and met with Bishop Finn. [And this now makes the 4th or 5th bishop with traditional leanings to be removed from office over supposed failures of leadership associated with (in comparison to the big picture) rather mild episodes of priestly misconduct?  Even while progressive prelates accused of far more substantial cover ups and failures of leadership are allowed to keep their episcopal see?]

The reasons for the visitation were not revealed, however some reports indicate that the visitation was intended to evaluate the bishop’s leadership of his diocese.

There were efforts almost exactly akin to those we see against Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco today directed against Bishop Finn for years.  He was hated by much of the entrenched diocesan bureaucracy and especially the Heretic Reporter crowd.  I am certain they are crowing their great victory today, but that “victory” will one day have the taste of ashes.  I am very gratified Bishop Finn gave every canonical right and protection to the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles he could, but those rights could be undone by his successor with the stroke of a pen.

I have been awaiting this sad day for a year and a half or more. The handwriting was on the wall quite some time back.  And so I have some opinions that may be controversial, but since this is my last good chance to express them, I may as well.  For one, Bishop Finn would not have been removed from office had Pope Benedict not abdicated, at least, not without some further major scandal (which I certainly would not expect).  I mean that as a period, end of sentence kind of statement. It simply would not have happened.  But under Francis, frankly, it was inevitable.  We’ll see who Francis names as replacement, and maybe I’ll be quite surprised (I’m not alone in seeing a bit of a change in direction over the past few months), but the inevitability  of Finn’s dismissal is not, in my mind, directly due to Pope Francis himself, but due to the forces that have obviously been unleashed since his election.  It is apparent that the progressive element in the Church feels empowered and is settling some old scores while they can.  Under Pope Benedict, they would not have been able to act so freely, but by hook or crook, under Francis, they feel they can.

The other thing is this: it certainly seems there is a new paradigm emerging where prelates of a more progressive bent can get away with a heckuva lot and not face even minor intra-Church scrutiny over their failings, while more explicitly traditional types run a grave risk of losing their office for one mistake of much smaller magnitude.

Beyond that, I haven’t much to say, other than that I am disappointed and a bit disheartened at this turn of events, and anxiously await the naming of Bishop Finn’s replacement, which will probably happen pretty quickly.  I am most concerned for the nuns of Ephesus…….I pray they may be allowed to continue to grow and flourish.  When we wonder why there are not more traditional women’s religious orders around, this is a major reason why – episcopal hostility to having them.

Gomorrist schoolteacher chillingly reveals how she indoctrinates preschoolers April 20, 2015

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Via CMR, boy this made my blood run cold. You can see exactly how innocent little souls are propagandized by advocates for this perverted lifestyle embedded in the school systems and, in a very real sense, mind raped.  They have their innocence taken and will not get it back.  In a very real sense, these children are irreparably damaged as a result of this psychological manipulation, and will never be the same again.  How many parents explicitly signed onto this teacher’s agenda to remake their children in her perverse image?

A primary grade lesbian teacher from an Ontario public school revealed in a workshop at a homosexual activist conference for teachers earlier this month how she uses her classroom to convince children as young as four to accept homosexual relationships.

“And I started in Kindergarten. What a great place to start. It was where I was teaching. So, I was the most comfortable there,” Pam Strong said at the conference, attended by LifeSiteNews……… [Remember to pray for her conversion]

.…….Strong related that as she was reading “King and King” in the junior kindergarten class as a springboard to discuss her sexuality with the kids, she got to the part where the two princes become ‘married’ when one of the boys suddenly shouted out: “They can’t do that! They can’t get married. They’re two boys.” [So either someone formed this boy right, or he simply knew this innately, which many kids do.  Now his parents will either have to deprogram their poor child, something easier said than done, or they may never know why their child suddenly and disastrously changed.  Does the teacher cum perverse Svengali ever go back to see how her indoctrination affects her young charges?]

Recounted Strong: “And I said, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, they can. It’s right here on page 12.

To which the boy replied, according to Strong: “Oh, yeah, I know Mrs. Strong, but that’s just a story. That’s not real life.”

“And I said: ‘It happens in real life too. I am married to a woman. I am gay. And I am in love with my wife.”

Strong said the young children “just all kind of went silent.”  [I bet they did.  Thus we see public edukayshion as vehicle of radical propaganda] She then told them: “That may seem different to you, how many of you have heard of that before?”

“Not one hand went up,” she related. “And so I said: ‘That may seem different to you, but we’re not that different. Would you like to know about what I do with my family?” [Not really.  But, look…..it’s plain these children were completely ignorant of something many parents would consider grossly inappropriate for this age group, and there is this vanguard of the revolution type inflicting confusion and how knows what kind of misery on these poor kids.  And the goal, whether admitted or not, is to make converts to the new sexular pagan religion.  See below]

“Yeah, tell us,” she recounted the children enthusiastically saying. 

“I said, you know, we take our kids to the park. I swing them on swings,” she related, telling conference attendees that she could share things she did with her own children that “mostly likely all of their families did with them.”…….

……Strong said that at that point, the boy who had used the word ‘gay’ looked and her and said: “Well, you’re a family.” [Only when presented in the most glowing light, and with a complete detachment from fundamental truths, like the fact that the couple in itself is inherently sterile and always will be, the fact that someone had to lose or give up a child in order for them to have theirs (perhaps there is a grieving natural parent somewhere, coolly left out of the picture), the fact that rates of sex abuse in these mixed families are vastly higher than in natural families, etc]

“And I said, yeah, we are,” she related. “And off I go to the next classroom.”

[In between quotes above or below, there was a hideous story about how she broke down one recalcitrant student and turned him into an apostle of perversion. But kids are nothing if not malleable, which is why getting their propaganda before children is one of the sodomites highest priorities]

Strong said that she went from “class to class to class and continued with these conversations, and they were very powerful.”….

…..Strong called it “key” to develop a “positive classroom culture” — and she mentioned it often takes months — before getting into what she called “difficult conversations” with students about convincing students of the normality of her sexual preference for women. [What she is actually doing is months of careful groundwork to make sure the young minds she has been given the awesome responsibility of forming are going to be receptive to her message of perversion.  Goodness, I have to ask what besides the propaganda of perversion this teacher has time to teach?!?]

She mentioned how she spends time “building a common vocabulary” in her classroom of words like “stereotype, prejudice, discrimination” so her students will be able to more readily conform to her pro-LGBTQ message.

“Sometimes with these big ideas there are also very big words that are very hard to understand. I find that whether it’s kindergarten, right up to grade six, visuals help a lot,” she said…….

[And now to the point of it all……..] 

……“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” wrote Canadian gay activist Sason Bear Bergman, a woman who identifies as a transgender man, in a March 2015 piece titled “I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).” Bergman holds nothing back, stating she wants to make children “like us” even if that “goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.” [Don’t you just love how they act like some of us just “made up” some interpretation of highly questionable quotes from Scripture of a sudden out of thin air, rather than representing complete and total continuity with what thousands of years of belief and practice have constantly maintained?  It is for arguments like this that the left has spent literally centuries assaulting the past, assailing tradition, besmirching honored memory,  and always pointing to a bright new future (which will be paved with blood and reek of death) – so that we would feel like we were on some strange island of belief, isolated and alone, while it is in reality the queers, as they call themselves, who are the distant outliers from moral human behavior, the literal deviants, if you will]

In 2011 U.S. gay activist Daniel Villarreal penned a column for Queerty.com stating that the time had come for the homosexual lobby to admit to “indoctrinating” schoolchildren to accept homosexuality.

We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it. Recruiting children? You bet we are,” he added…….

Homosexual activist Michael Swift wrote in 1987 in the Gay Community News that school children would become explicit targets for homosexual indoctrination. “We shall seduce them in your schools…They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us,” he wrote at the time. 

Almost incredible to believe, but mission accomplished.  My God, how far we have sunk.  When I was a kid, not that long ago, someone trying to indoctrinate school kids kindergartners! in this filth would have in all likelihood been brought up on charges.  No, we haven’t suddenly gained an extra special moral compass that now causes us to divine that sodomy and its ilk are just fine and dandy in spite of thousands of years of contrary evidence.  What we have done is experienced one of the greatest, swiftest moral collapses in history!, into the most total corruption of public morality imaginable, all the while being told by our “betters” that we are wrong to hold on to what literally everyone knew to be rock-solid incontrovertible TRUTH just a second ago, in comparison to the grand sweep of time.

Almost funnily, there have been voices warning us that what we see above now as reality was coming for us for many years, and many of us, myself included until a few years ago, laughed to scorn those who said that things like divorce on demand, fornication, self-abuse, pornography, and especially gradual acceptance of sodomy (by repealing laws against its practice, by affording special rights and protections, by allowing “gays” in the military, etc), would lead, inexorably, to exactly this point where now people turn their children over to be indoctrinated into this lifestyle built around sin that cries out to Heaven for vengeance.  Oh, that would never happen, they said!  Slippery slope arguments are false!  Well…….look where we are at now, when before very long even writing what I’m writing now will get me fired, or worse.  And don’t think they don’t want to force the Church to “marry” them……that’s the ultimate affirmation, the greatest forcegasm ever! (forcegasm – that thrill some people get by exercising power over others).  It is coming as surely as the dawn.

I’ve often wondered what it must have been like to be alive in central Europe in the mid 30s, watching the darkness descend, trying to resist, but knowing such efforts were doomed to failure.  I don’t have to wonder anymore.  We have brought this on ourselves.  God will not be mocked. And this nation, this society, this former Christian culture -and yes, this Church –  is going to pay a dear price, a price beyond contemplation, for what it is doing.  Romans 12:19.

A week in the “Religion of Peace” April 20, 2015

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Just a small sampling below of some of the more egregious evils committed by the trademarked Religion of Peace against Christians:

In Uganda, five Muslims gang-raped the daughter of a Christian minister who refused their demands that he close his church:

….“The five Muslims took hold of me, and they raped me there,” the church source quoted the daughter as saying. “I tried to scream, but they threatened to kill me. One of them said, ‘Your father should stop this prayer meeting of trying to change Muslims to become Christians and close the church building — we have warned him several times.’”

In Libya, ISIS has released a video of Ethiopian Christians being beheaded next to the ocean:

The video starts with what it called a history of Christian-Muslim relations, followed by scenes of militants destroying churches, graves and icons. A masked fighter brandishing a pistol delivers a long statement, saying Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran…… [Islam requires much more than just that.  Christians are not allowed any even remotely public practice or demonstration of their faith.  Christians must put up with very aggressive, in your face muslim proselytizing but can not respond in any way.  Muslims are even allowed to tack on the door of churches statements against Christianity and its “falsity,” while extolling Christians to convert.  Christians are gravely limited in their economic, political, and social options.  Yes, implementation varies, but under strict sharia, Christians are only allowed a groveling, “at thy bidding” type of existence, and can be subject to attack with little or no recourse to the law at any time. So, it’s more than just a 2.5% tax on all income, it is a very repressive existence]

……… The video then switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. [And our government is heavily responsible for Libya’s collapse into crazed islamist anarchy, ousting the admittedly despicable Qaddafi without having a clue what might emerge in his stead]

In Australia, five Muslim teenagers have been arrested for plotting a terrorist attack to take place on ANZAC Day.

And most chilling of all, muslims attacked and killed 12 Christians fleeing the insanity in Libya on a boat with 105 other souls.  The poor Christians were thrown in the sea and left to drown, all because they had the temerity to invoke the Sacred Name in prayer for their safe arrival:

Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.

Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said…. [It will be interesting to see what develops of these arrests.]

The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said……. [Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal are far from Libya and not enduring total civil chaos.  So I have to ask what percentage of this mass emigration is really poor afflicted souls fleeing Libya, and opportunists seeing the collapse of Libyan authority as their chance to emigrate to the European welfare state, where they can live in relative comfort and ease all the while trying to turn Europe into another part of the “ummah” of islam?]

…….The confrontation happened in the middle of the night, when the rubber boat, with 105 persons aboard, began to deflate. Two groups were formed. On one side the Muslim immigrants, making a majority on the boat which left April 12 from the Libyan coast; the other side, the Christians accused of praying to another god. “After making threats, a dozen Muslims moved to make good on their threats and began to throw some of us into the water,” said to the Italian police Yeboah, one of the survivors of this latest tragedy in the sea-route of immigration.

Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said.

So did the large number of muslims not involved in the murders do anything to stop their fellow death cultists co-religionists?

Yes, there have been a huge number of tragedies in this mass exodus of souls attempting to emigrate from Africa to Italy since the collapse of the Libyan regime of Qaddafi, and his subsequent murder.  Just recently 400 souls perished when their makeshift craft sank.  And there have been a number of other reports of robberies and murders occurring in other attempts to cross the Mediterranean, but not one that was so directly religiously inspired, nor one that was a case of mass murder.

On the broader point of muslim persecution (is there a word stronger than that?) of Christians, yes, certainly, there have been times and places when the roles have been reversed.  But over the past several decades, and the past 10-15 years in particular, we have seen a steady rise in what certainly appears to be a deliberate, systematic effort on the part of at least a very large subset of muslims to exterminate the few remaining Christians in their ancient ancestral home.  Not only that, but more and more evidence seems to indicate that islam is attempting to export this effort to Europe as their numbers steadily increase there (due to amoral leftist policies).

I know this is largely preaching to the converted, but my goodness how willfully blind does the left have to be (including our forlorn President) to continue to pretend that islam is not a radical threat to peace loving souls, either Christian or secular pagans?  All the above attacks occurred in the past few days, and that doesn’t include ongoing atrocities in places like Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria.  More Christians are being martyred right now than at any time in the history of the Church!  And yet still we hear “just a radical fringe,” “religion of peace,” “Crusades – don’t get on your high horse,” and all the rest of the apologias.  How long will we have to continue to ignore the massively mounting evidence around us?!?

I know……we’ve been over all this before. Most of the committed sexular pagans will happily submit to islam before they will convert to Christianity, because their religion is built on opposition to Jesus Christ and His Church before anything else.  And yet it is only a strong, vibrant Christianity that has ever been able to stand, anywhere, against the depredations of islam.  There is none so blind, as he who will not see.

There is a really good sermon that touches on this subject I just heard, but it’s not online, yet. I hope to post it as soon as it is (romans10seventeen.org seriously needs updating!  It’s been almost 4 months!)

Meet the real abortion extremists April 20, 2015

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In Colorado some time back, a woman was brutally attacked by another woman.  The assaulted woman was 27 weeks pregnant.  The obviously sick soul who attacked her cut her child out of her womb.  The child died.  But because Colorado has been taken over by West Coast leftists, it remains a state without a law declaring that an attack on a pregnant mom which results in the death of the child will be treated as murder.  Texas and many other states do have such laws.  As a result of this very widely publicized attack, a bill was proposed in the legislature to pass just such a law.  But the abortion extremists who make up a majority of the the legislature shot it down, because they could not countenance any bill that would legally establish the humanity and personage of a human still in utero.  Doing so would have been to gravely undermine the “logic” of their pro-abort position, and they can’t have that:

In Colorado this week, Republicans introduced a fetal homicide bill that would enable prosecutors to file murder charges when an unborn baby is killed against the mother’s wishes…….

….The bill, which Senate Democrats oppose, was drafted in reaction to a grisly case in Longmont, Colorado, where a seveneight-month pregnant Michelle Wilkins was attacked and left for dead after her baby was cut out of her womb by an attacker. The mother survived; her baby – who the family says was named “Aurora” – did not. The district attorney was unable to charge the perpetrator with murder because the coroner concluded the baby was not alive outside the womb, even though, without any violent interference, more than 90 percent of babies born after 27 weeks survive.

The truth is that pro-choice advocates don’t want district attorneys prosecuting people for killing fetuses because it sets up two dangerous debates.

First, the act of humanizing unborn babies that women want to keep means humanizing unborn babies others do not want to keep. Aurora got a name, but the other third-trimester babies disposed of aren’t as fortunate.

Secondly, any admission by liberals that life in the womb is human life worthy of protections sets up a host of uncomfortable philosophical questions and legal precedents.  For starters, how can the act of killing a fetus – granted, for different purposes and with very different levels of violence – end a human life in one instance and not the other?……..

………Contemporary Democrats are willing to kill a human trafficking billbecause it features decades-old language from the Hyde Amendment – which bans taxpayer-funded abortions other than cases of rape, incest, and life-threatening danger to the mother. [Which cases make up about 1% of all abortions performed]

The article goes on to mention that demonrat national committee spokesghoul Debbie Wasserman-Schultz exclaimed, when asked whether she was OK with killing a seven pound baby at full term, responded by stating that she supported baby murder up to delivery with no exceptions and no limit.  That is the abortion maximalist position that led to decades of partial-birth abortion in this country, where fully developed babies were 3/4 birthed and then killed by stabbing scissors at the base of their skull.  My calling democrats demonrats may seem childish, but it was years of covering evils like this that convinced me of its veracity.

But Wasserman-Schultz’ response proves a very important point.  It’s certainly not just in Colorado that such extremism exists.  It is the foundational principle of today’s leftist-dominated demonrat party: abortion on demand at taxpayer expense without exception or apology.  Basically, a baby murder free-for-all, with you and I paying for it, because if the sexular pagan left knows one thing, they know that abortion is that absolutely vital, non-negotiable backstop for their entire agenda.  The sexular pagan left is built on contraception making immoral, illicit relations possible and frequent.  But since contraception has an inevitable (and quite high) failure rate, there must be abortion to deal with the “accidents” that result.  Without abortion, the entire sexular pagan agenda to turn this country (and the whole world) into a dystopia blending equal parts Brave New World, 1984, and Idiocracy would be impossible.  That is why it is their number 1, non-negotiable, most sacred belief.

And they act like it.  Would that our Repubniks would act like defending life and overturning abortion was anything like a similar priority for them.

Or, I might add, for our collective bishops (a few notable exceptions aside).

Major pro life groups: HB 3074 unsupportable, does not improve very poor Texas end of life care law April 20, 2015

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Last year about this time there was a quite public row between various pro-life groups in the State of Texas and the Texas Catholic Conference (TCC), the bureaucratic and lobbying arm of the state’s bishops.  Texas Right to Life and other groups were vehemently opposed to a major effort to reform end of life care law in Texas, the present law being viewed by many as horribly outdated and antithetical to patient’s and their families best interests.  At that time, Texas Right to Life (TRL), Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida, friend of the blog Kassi Marks, and others found themselves at odds with other Texas pro-life groups and the Texas Catholic Conference on a bill then pending in the Texas Senate, which proposed purported reforms that TRL, Bishop Gracida, and many others feared would actually worsen the present situation, and not improve it.  Thank God, these opponents of that SB303 managed to get it stopped in the legislature.  That’s both good and bad – a bill that may have made the disastrous end of life statutes in this state even worse was avoided, but the present really poor status quo was maintained.  I covered this matter in a post last year.

Several weeks ago, I saw an article in the Texas Tribune that proclaimed, hurrah!, there is finally a bill that will insure that Texans in end of life situations will receive at least minimal artificially administered nutrition and hydration (AANH).  The article raised my doubting antenna, however, when it went on to proclaim that no one could possibly oppose this bill and that the pro-life groups that were recalcitrant last year better get on board, if they knew what was good for them.  I thought about writing on the matter at that time, and actually contacted TRL to get their opinion on the matter (never heard back), but thought I’d wait to see until there was a response from the much more solidly pro-life side before covering the matter.  Well, Bishop Gracida and Kassi Marks have now responded quite formally (including testimony before the Texas legislature), and they are quite forward in their opposition to this new bill (HB 3074).

The basic problem with last year’s SB 303 and this year’s HB 3074 is that neither does what it purports to do: provide real, viable safeguards for patients in long term comas or other persistent maladies, where doctors basically want to clear the bed out and stop spending money and just put the patient down.  In Texas at present, horses and dogs are given much better legal safeguards for the provision of minimal care up until natural death than are the people of this state.  SB 303 was very poorly written and it would have made the present very bad situation worse.  HB 3074 is more narrowly written but is really just more of the same and, basically, leaves all decision-making regarding end-of-life care in the hands of doctors and hospitals, and gives very little recourse to the patient’s family.

Before moving to Kassi’s coverage, I should explain what I mean by “more solidly pro-life.”  There are many pro-life groups in Texas.  Two of the major ones are Texas Right to Life and Texas Alliance for Life.  The former is generally much more solid in seeking to defend life from conception to natural death than the latter, which takes a much more accommodating viewpoint with the powers that be and has backed some legislation (like last year’s SB 303) that many pro-lifers found gravely morally objectionable.  Likewise for the Texas Catholic Conference, we had the sad spectacle last year of the TCC excoriating the more solidly pro-life organizations for blocking the legislation they backed.

As for what is wrong with HB 3074 and why pro-lifers should not support it, please read all of Kassi Mark’s post. I provide some excerpts below that will hopefully convey the major objections:

HB 3074 is basically a narrower version of SB 303 from last session, if you will. (And, there are the same moral problems with it as well. I have already written about that a great deal in prior posts.) HB 3074’s proponents, among them certain “pro-life organizations” and the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, say that it would prohibit doctors and hospitals (who can affirm a doctor’s decision to terminate this life-sustaining care) from withholding artificially administered nutrition and hydration. The problem is that the exceptions where AANH can be withdrawn are so broad, that the bill immediately takes away any alleged protection that its proponents says it offers. In short, it is a net ZERO gain for the patient.

What it would do is codify into law what doctors and hospitals are already doing, that is, basing their withdrawal of care, including AANH on “quality of life decisions.” That is, the doctor and hospital will decide that their opinion is that the patient has no quality of life and that he’s basically, “better off dead.” That is the net result of what they do. Don’t believe me? Read on……..

……But know this – just passing anything will not do. The chairman of this committee made it abundantly clear that the he just wants to get it over with and not have to return to this issue each session. (For the record, this particular individual is not the only person addressing this issue. Each session the committee make-up changes. Each session these bills are assigned to different committees. But his statement was telling and we should take heed.) There was much talk about “incrementalism” and isn’t this just a little better than the status quo? No, it’s not. But at least this committee chairman wants to “just do something” to say that it’s been done and not deal with it again. That tells me that just passing something that is inherently flawed and “fixing it later” is not politically feasible. [That has been something put forth by supporters of this bill, including some affiliated with TCC, that, OK, this bill may not be great, but it’s a start and we can improve it later.  Not if the matter is assigned to this committee, apparently] The legislature will just tell us later that “the matter has been dealt with.” Remember, TADA has been a deeply flawed law for about 15 years. It has not yet been amended to address these flaws yet, although efforts are made each session. A poor effort is a wasted effort – especially when the poor effort changes nothing.

…….For those wondering, yes, there are good bills introduced that would amend TADA in substantive ways.

  • HB 2949 by Representative Stephanie Klick & SB 1546 by Senator Charles Perry is a DNR Consent Bill – that is, you would have to give your consent prior to a “Do Not Resuscitate” Order being put in your file. That is not the law currently. DNRs are slipped into patients’ files without their knowledge or consent. This allows the hospital to NOT resuscitate a patient. How about that?
  • HB 3414 by Representative James Frank & SB 1163 by Senator Kelly Hancock. This reform to current law (Chapter 166.046 of the Health & Safety Code) would limit the statutory ethics committee process to only be used to withdraw treatment that is physiologically futile. This bill would also clarify that treatment decisions cannot be based on discriminatory judgments against persons with disabilities, the elderly, and terminally ill patients.

However, these bills have not been set for a hearing at this time and time is running short in the session. Only the powers that be in the Texas Legislature can set the bills for hearing. [And the powers that be have proven amazingly proficient and blocking the will of the overwhelming majority of Texans to see this and other pro-life laws passed, and have also managed to keep the pro-life majority in the Legislature fairly well contained and limited to nibbling around the margins, HB 2 from last year excepted]

———-End Quote———-

This post has gotten quite long, so go to Kassi Mark’s site to read her specific objections to the bill.  As she says, the present exceptions written into the law (exceptions which would allow doctors to depart from the default setting of providing artificial nutrition) are very broad and would result in little, if any, practical change to the status quo.

Flightline Friday – the forgotten South African Border War April 17, 2015

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The video below covers a conflict few ever heard of even when it was ongoing, and probably next to no one (in this country, anyway) remembers today.  It was the two decade-plus “border war” between South Africa and Cuba+the Soviet Union in southern Angola and northern Namibia.

The war started in 1966 when an insurgency against then Portuguese Angola got started with substantial Soviet support.  South Africa at that time ruled what was then called South West Africa (Namibia) as a trust territory.  South African involvement was mainly limited, for the first decade, to joining Portugal in creating a counter-insurgency movement, based on tribal lines, to fight against the so-called “Southwest Africa People’s Organization” (SWAPO).  This counter-insurgency was called UNITA.  Anyways, after the leftist Portuguese “rose revolution” of 1974, Portugal rapidly divested itself of its colonial empire in Africa and Angola was granted independence.  A leftist (communist) government seized power, and was abundantly supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, up to and including the insertion of tens of thousands of ground troops and hundreds of millions of dollars in military hardware.

South Africa responded by increasing its support for UNITA, support that was so successful South Africa/UNITA basically controlled the southern quarter of Angola, along the border with Namibia, for most of the duration of the conflict.  However, as SWAPO used terrorist/insurgency tactics, there was ongoing low level conflict in northern Namibia throughout.  South Africa’s main aim in the conflict was to limit the insurgent activity into Namibia as much as possible, and basically to contain the major fighting to Angola. They were almost wholly successful in this.

As I said, Cuba, in particular, deployed large contingents of troops in division strength to support the Angolans. As the war progressed in the 80s, it became less and less a counter-insurgency and more and more a conventional conflict.  In all respects, the South Africans absolutely excelled.  Over the course of the war, South African casualties were an order of magnitude less than those of the Cubans, and even less when the native Angolans are factored in.  South Africa used long range patrols, mobile forces included wheeled armored vehicles such as the Ratel, and long-range G5 and G6 artillery to deal crushing blows to the communist forces.  The South Africans demonstrated themselves to be a very competent, professional fighting force, almost always severely outnumbered and even out-equipped, but, through superior training, tactics, and unit cohesion, almost always emerging victorious.

The war eventually degenerated into a costly stalemate.  South Africa basically gained its objectives but Cuba and the Soviet Union were, even as their own nations collapsed, too stubborn to quit the fight.  It was actually international pressure and changing internal political dynamics (the collapse of Apartheid) in South Africa that eventually led to the end of the war in late 1988.  Namibia gained its independence and majority rule, while the Cubans and Soviets, who couldn’t afford to fight such a costly war anymore, anyway, went home.  The communist aspect of the insurgency, anyway, was soundly defeated.

The video below was produced in the late 80s and contains a lot of very graphic combat footage.  You are forewarned that there is a lot of blood and gore.  Unfortunately whatever source this came from deteriorated badly before being uploaded.  Resolution is quite poor overall, and terrible at times. But ti’s a heck of an interesting video for the 2 other readers who share my interest.  This is a modern counterinsurgency war and one with a lot of lessons for those willing to investigate and learn them.  For some reason, the southern Africa whites (Rhodesia, South Africa) somehow proved to be perhaps the world’s greatest counterinsurgent fighters, even if their cause was far from noble or just, in the grand scheme of things:

The final South African withdrawl from Angola in 1988.  Real good footage of a Centurion @~1:30.

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