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Polish Bishops Report: Francis Plans to Devolve Doctrinal Decisions on Episcopal Conferences August 3, 2016

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You can imagine how that will turn out.  Hey, I needed a quick post, no better place to turn than good ‘ol Life Site News:

The head of the Polish bishops conference says that in a private meeting this week Pope Francis held with the country’s bishops, he spoke of allowing local bishops conferences to make decisions about the controversial practice of giving Communion to those who are divorced and remarried.

“The Holy Father says that general laws are very hard to enforce in each country, and so he speaks about decentralization,” Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki told reporters after a July 27 closed-door meeting with the Pope in Krakow. The pope had traveled to Poland for World Youth Day.

The pope related that in a decentralized Church, bishops’ conferences “might on their own initiative not only interpret papal encyclicals, but also looking at their own cultural situation, might approach some specific issues in an appropriate manner,” Gadecki said.

Which few, if any, expect would actually manifest as a MORE rigorous approach.  The episcopal conferences of almost all Western countries – which I remind, have no real authority even in their unanimous decisions, if that decision contradicts the Doctrine of the Faith – could be expected to use this permission to gravely undermine the sanctity of marriage and the entire moral order, which is crafted around the marital union and its incredibly important realization with regard to Christ’s relationship with the Church.

Doctrinal devolution, even through a fig leaf of pastoral care, would be devastating for the Church.  It’s the short road to Anglicanism, or could be potentially even worse than Anglicanism.  Imagine what episcopal conferences that pretend that Ad Orientem worship is forbidden (or requires special permission), that Communion on the hand is the universal norm, and who have all but buried Catholic Doctrine on contraception, divorce, and a dozen other issues, would do if given a free hand with regard to doctrinal matters.  How much of that devolution would actually be thought out by bishops, anyway, and how much by unaccountable, charism-less lay bureaucrats in the Church?

Vox, who has written some very powerful stuff lately, had this to say:

There can be no denying that Jorge Bergoglio’s hints at the Synod and in Amoris Laetitia will now come to pass, at least, so long as he is alive and in the Chair of Peter.

Catholics, get your heads out of the sand! This is the most dangerous threat to the Catholic Church since Arius.

Cardinals and Bishops, will you stand by and allow this?

You will go to Hell.

So will Bergoglio!

A little strong?  I do wonder if we’re not a bit beyond even the Arian heresy in today’s Church, and that extends far beyond Francis.

Gotta go.

Priest slaughtered during Mass, nun injured; bishop claims perps “victims” July 26, 2016

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During Mass this morning in Rouen, a French priest was nearly beheaded (he perished), and a nun gravely wounded, during an attack by jihadists that also devolved into a hostage situation where several others were injured.  The instigators of this attack shouted the dreadfully familiar “allahu akbar” and were subsequently killed by French police.  The parish where this attack occurred had apparently been on an ISIS target list for over a year:

Two knife-wielding attackers who had pledged allegiance to ISIS, shouting “Allahu Akbar,” slit the throat of an 84-year-old priest and critically wounded at least one other person during a Tuesday morning terror attack on a Catholic church near the Normandy city of Rouen, officials said.

The terrorists, who were later shot and killed by police, forced priest Jacques Hamel to kneel before they slaughtered him, and the Islamist attackers captured the bloody episode on film, Reuters reported, citing a nun who escaped the assault. ISIS’ Amaq news agency said the France attack was carried out by two Islamic State “soldiers,” Reuters reported…….

……..The attackers, who were not immediately identified, entered through the back door of the church and took the priest, two nuns and two parishioners hostage during morning Mass, police said.

Police responded and later confirmed that the attackers had been “neutralized,” Sky News reported. Three hostages were rescued in good condition, while another was taken away on a stretcher, according to reports.

It seems basically everyone at the Mass – the priest, a couple of female religious, and two lay people, were taken hostage?  Amazingly, the Archbishop of Rouen, comfortably ensconced at World Youth Day in Krakow, described the murderers as “victims:”

Away from his diocese at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland the archbishop of Rouen has released astatement on the death of one of his priests this morning, which strangely seems to identify both the slain clergyman and his killers as “victims”.

He said: “I have learnt with sadness of the killing this morning at the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. The three victims: the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, 84, and the perpetrators of the assassination.

“Three other people were injured, one very seriously. I cry out to God with all men of good will. I would invite non-believers to join in the cry!……. The Catholic Church cannot take weapons other than those of prayer and brotherhood among men.

We can always count on the post-VII modernist-progressive cabal to invert the truth, say the wrong thing, and cause scandal.  How one turns vicious, cold-blooded murderers, shot in the very act of committing grave crimes, into victims, is beyond me.  It requires decades of deep immersion in moral relativism and a reprobate sense to arrive at that level of moral confusion and abdication of duty.

As for “other weapons,” how about the Truth, Bishop Lebrun?  How about preaching the Truth of Jesus Christ in season and out, and clearly denouncing the massive, soul-killing errors of Mohammadism?

Lebrun, a longtime liberal, was appointed Archbishop of Rouen by Francis just last year.  Perhaps he’s still growing into his office.

As for the priest, Father Jacques Hamel, he was 84  years when killed.  I know nothing of his personal beliefs, but he must be considered a martyr for the Faith and the Church in France.  He is the first priest martyred in continental Europe in quite some time, isn’t he?  Perhaps since the fall of the communist empire?

We live in dreadful times.  It is vital to stay prayed up.

Via Cardinal Sarah’s twitter feed: “How many dead before European governments understand situation of West today? How many decapitations?”

Indeed.  One more question: how many Catholics must die before the Church hierarchy recognizes that all “dialogue” with islam is a useless diversion, at best, and stands in total opposition to islam and its murderous errors as the Church did for so many centuries?

Have I Finally Found a Reason to Definitively Support Trump?     July 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, General Catholic, huh?, pr stunts, shocking, Society, Virtue.
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Rorate ran an absolutely fascinating report the other day regarding statements Donald Trump has made concerning the Johnson Amendment, which for 62  years has severely limtited – one might even say throttled – the ability of religious institutions to endorse or condemn specific candidates by name.  That’s because the Johnson Amendment holds the church or religious institution’s tax exempt status under threat for so doing.

What Trump said, is that he would seek to repeal the Johnson Amendment and permit churches and religious institutions a much freer hand in terms of what is considered acceptable political speech on their part.  One can only imagine the quandary in which this would place the USCCB and many individual bishops.  Coverage from Rorate (my comments):

Now, enter Donald J. Trump. To be clear, we are not, have not and will not support any candidacy, but it is important to explain where the freedom of the Catholic Church will be better protected.

Back in 1954, when future President Lyndon Johnson was still a senator, he helped pass a change to the U.S. Tax Code called the Johnson Amendment. The amendment, among other things, prevents tax-exempt institutions and churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates. [Which imposition may be speculated to stem from Johnson’s ardor at having been opposed by certain preachers in the hotly contested 1948 Senate Election in Texas, which Johnson stole from Coke Stevenson by ballot-stuffing.  Typical for the despicable Johnson]

So, if Candidate A is a rabid pro-abort, and Candidate B is a man of faith, our priests, college presidents, bishops conference, etc., must stay silent, saying no more than something such as “we believe you should vote pro-life” (yes, we know, the USCCB and many “Catholic” school presidents would probably still not endorse over other issues not related to — or now, sadly, in direct opposition to the Faith — even if the law didn’t exist). [Yeah, no kidding.  I imagine most at the USCCB would assume the law remain in place, to prevent their having to remain either embarrassingly silent, or endure the wrath of scandalized Catholics when the refuse to endorse the obvious pro-life/morals candidate]

Because of this law — which really does fit nicely into a land that divorced God from its governance from the beginning — we have warned our prelates and priests to start their planning for a day when they have to pay taxes in order to prevent violating their consciences. [Or maybe they’ll just go along to get along]

Then, in a remarkable but little-reported line in Donald Trump’s speech announcing Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, he made a statement to the effect that we must allow religious to speak freely in our society and in their churches — and he promised the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

First the work was done at Trump’s request at the GOP Platform Committee meeting a few days earlier…….. [Yes, the RNC did add this repeal to the platform, for what it’s worth]

……In the speech yesterday, Trump stated: “We’re going to get rid of that horrible Johnson amendment and we’re going to let evangelicals — we’re going to let Christians and Jews and people of religion talk without being afraid to talk.”

Will Trump act on this pledge? Will he be able to get a bill repealing the Johnson Amendment through Congress?  The left would lose their minds, they’ve been banking on breaking Christian adherence to doctrine through the club of threatening repeal of the tax-exempt status.  This is not just a clever end-run around yet another sacred shibboleth of the left, but yet another very clever tactical ploy from Trump to undercut cultural marxism on some of its most foundational assumptions.

And, repeal of the Johnson Amendment would be a pretty big deal.  Catholics could, for instance, run ads directly attacking pro-aborts and endorsing specific very pro-life/morals candidates.  It would greatly remove the threat to the church tax exempt status by forcing the left to focus on first getting the Johnson Amendment reinstated, or something like it.  It could have a quite positive impact on the culture.

Amazingly, Trump is the first serious candidate since ’54 to advocate for the Johnson Amendment’s repeal.  I don’t think I believe that Trump is more conservative than Reagan, but that’s an interesting fact nonetheless.  It’s the kind of thing that makes me reconsider whether he might be more sincere on a number of issues important to me than I have given him credit for.  I’ll certainly watch with interest what he does from this point on.

We shall see how the spirit moves me.

A Nightmare in Dallas – UPDATED July 8, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, disaster, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Revolution, sadness, secularism, shocking, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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What an awful night.  I’m sure readers are all aware of the hellish atrocity that occurred last night in Dallas.  It was not a “tragedy!”  I am so sick of the culture of lies in which we are awash, and misidentifying brutal, deliberate, premeditated attacks like this as “tragedies” is part of that culture.  A tragedy is when a  tornado strikes, or a bridge collapses.  When people are killed as a result of deliberate, evil intent, it’s something else entirely – an atrocity, an unspeakable evil, a fruit of satan.

There is so much to discuss I hardly know where to begin.  First, I’d like to clarify something.  The national media (and local media, too, to an extent) is portraying this Black Lives Matter march as totally peaceful and happy prior to the atrocity which took place.  This is true in the sense that no acts of violence were committed until the shooting started, but there was a lot of very heated rhetoric and intimidation going on.

According to eyewitness reports on local media last night (which seem to be disappearing), marchers were shouting “F— the Police,” “No Justice No Peace,” and worse, taunting them, obstructing them in their duties at times, and behaving in a more and more confrontational manner as the march went along.  It is now known that the killer was probably not part of the march but used the event as a venue to target police, but he was certainly motivated by BLM rhetoric which increasingly posits that any police shooting of a black male is entirely unjustified.  And, there were absolutely deplorable interviews of marchers last night that showed little empathy for the cops and several strongly implied the police got what was coming to them.  This latter comment came from one of the leaders of the march, and was broadcast on KDFW Fox 4 last night at about 11 pm.  The reporter shut down the interview very quickly when it became apparent where it was going. I doubt that particular segment will be vaulted or made available online.

Right now the situation remains fluid and confused.  All night, Dallas Police maintained that there were two shooters, shooting in a triangulated pattern from elevated structures.  While 2 or 3 people remain in custody for questioning, only one murderer has been definitively caught, and killed, by a police bomb robot.  This occurred after negotiations had broken down and the murderer opened fire again on police.  There is video footage of the man killing Officer David Brent Thompson.  He shot him 4 or 5 times at point blank range with an AR-type weapon and left him to bleed out on the ground.  His blood stains and shell casings still litter the entrance to the El Centro Junior College building.

The known murderer has been identified as Micah X Johnson of Mesquite, Texas.  Johnson is reported as having no known priors and no ties to terror groups.  While I am generally disdainful of claims that people may be motivated to violence by political rhetoric, in this case, there seems little other motive than an outrage generated by the BLM movement.  The killer deliberately targeted white and/or hispanic cops.  According to Dallas Police Chief David Brown:

“He wanted to kill officers, and he expressed killing white people, he expressed killing white officers,” Brown said. “He expressed anger for Black Lives Matter.

This Black Lives Matters movement have practiced increasing levels of hateful rhetoric, intolerance, political theater (like shutting down freeways during rush hour, attacking other protests, interrupting/attacking other political events), and incitements to violence over the past year or two.  Now, the motivation for the worst mass attack on Dallas law enforcement in the city’s history has been directly attributed to this.  The left has lectured its opponents for years that political talk they don’t like serves as an incitement to violence.  I’ve always thought that’s balderdash, but, fine,  you made the rule, now play by it.   Of course they won’t, it’s all about nothing but power to them and whatever it takes to get it, so already they are trying to declare criticism of BLM verboten with regard to this atrocity.

In fact, the arch-idiot kleptocrat Jesse Jackson is trying to blame this attack on Trump!

A few other notes: there were some early suspects identified as men who were open carrying during the march, deliberately exercising their 2nd Amendment rights in a rather provocative way.  At least one of those men peacefully turned his firearm over to police as the shooting began, and later met with police to discuss the situation.  He was cleared and released.

Whether there were other shooters involved remains uncertain.  It seems improbable to me that one shooter could so quickly transit from a parking garage to ground level and back again, shooting all the time and successfully targeting a dozen police, killing five.  However, the latest press conference from Police Chief David Brown hinted that there was only one shooter.

At present, the atrocity stands at 12 police shot with five killed, and two civilians injured.  The  names of two of the police have been released:  the aforementioned Brent Thompson, a Dallas Area Rapid Transit policeman, and Dallas PD Officer Patrick Zamarripa.  I pray for the repose of their souls, and those of the other three killed.  I pray for the quick healing of the injured officers and civilians.  I pray for strength and solace for the families affected, especially the children who have lost their fathers.

Of course, the ultimate root cause of all this chaos in our society is the diabolical disorientation and reprobate sense that has afflicted tens if not hundreds of millions of Americans.  This is exactly the kind of behavior you get in a post-Christian, barbaric, neo-pagan society, and it will only get worse.  Be prepared.  The answer from Church leaders to atrocities of this kind should not be a call for political action, but a call to conversion.

UPDATE: Video of “protesters” mocking police AFTER the shooting.  Also, drunken protesters attempted to loot a local 7-11 and then mocked and harassed officers sent to defend it.

Photos of the two deceased identified at present, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarippa:

brent

I watched this poor man get cut to pieces last night on video.  He ducked right, when he should have ducked left.  But he was trying very hard to stop the shooter, and lost his life in the process.  He was very close. UPDATE: Further analysis reveals Thompson actually hit the murderer at least once with his sidearm, but it seems the Army killer was wearing hard body armor and the handgun round(s) just bounced off.  Then he very coolly tracked Thompson and shot him repeatedly at point blank range.

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This will probably be the only post of the day,  because I was up really late last night, but I may try to update it as more information becomes available.

It’s looking like 1968 all over again in the US June 3, 2016

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In 1968, Americans watched in horror as young people, energized and radicalized at least to some degree by 8 years of the most left-wing presidential administrations in US history, exploded out of college campuses and into the streets, sparking riots and bringing society to what seemed to many to be the tipping point of anarchy.

The presidential election in 1968 featured a democrat machine politician against a highly polarizing figure from the Republican party, a man who had in the past said and done many things that made even conservative’s skin crawl.  But under what appeared to be the threat of a near-total collapse of society, Americans rallied to the the rather unlikable Republican candidate and gave him a fairly narrow victory.  Along the way, there was tremendous violence and bloodshed as leftist protesters attacked both democrat and Republican political rallies.  A very long, hot summer of violence ensued, a summer that helped drive the outcome of the presidential election.  Oh, by the way, there was also an interminable war in a far off Asian land that seemed to accomplish nothing but the filling of body bags.

I think the US stood at a precipice in ’68, and, fortunately, turned back, at least to some degree.  While the cultural advance of leftism continued unabated, and even accelerated, after 68, the political advance of leftism was stymied for 30-40 years.  Until today.

This country increasingly appears to stand at a new and more frightening precipice.  There were very few democrat politicians who supported the radical, violent tactics of the ’68 “protesters” – today, the democrat party and its media allies seems to be actively enlisting them to try to terrify people into changing their vote, or not voting at all.  Riots directed at Trump supporters are reported as “violence breaking out.”  The leftist/media complex (one and the same) seem intent on disenfranchising 100+ million Americans who are just about sick to death of being bullied on everything from how big their soda can be to how much endless shame and guilt they absolutely MUST feel because they were born the “wrong” sex (male) or the “wrong” skin color (white).

We also have an increasing breakdown of respect for the concept of “equal under the law.”  Those same tens of millions of Americans being increasingly, and violently, persecuted by the Left, can see how much of a gigantic double standard has emerged in this country.  If you’re left-wing, you can break the law with impunity, enriching yourself and your buddies as you see fit.  You can also use the government as a weapon to terrorize and shut down political opposition.   Remember all those lessons you learned in school about how terrible it was for the Jim Crow apparatus to use government power to disenfranchise blacks and other minorities?  Good times, good times.

So, on the one hand, we have a sizable cohort of thoroughly radicalized, poorly educated, largely unthinking and wholly emotional young people who have been indoctrinated to believe that democrat = virtuous, who feel themselves on the cusp of seizing real power and driving this country on a path of no return to Balkanized socialism (fueled by massive illegal immigration) – and you have an even larger group, a group that has tended in the past to be too meek, mild and occupied with their families and jobs to be very politically active – saying, hell no, we’ve had enough, we’re not taking one more step in that direction.

Readers know I am very cool to Donald Trump.  But the reaction he is engendering on the Left is causing my antipathy towards him to ebb away.  The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and all that.  In addition, the Left is obviously terrified of the guy, I think because of his ability to reduce PC-shibboleths to a laughingstock effortlessly (and maybe the wall).

Which raises a further variable in which 2016 appears more dangerous than ’68 – the presence of tens of millions of unassimilated, aggrieved (for no good reason) illegal immigrants who have been showing themselves increasingly willing to act violently to prevent any change to the broken immigration status-quo in this country.  Thus, you get scenes like this, where a woman peacefully attending a political rally is violently attacked by young Hispanic males, while idiots stand around filming:

Just a few more scenes from yesterday’s insanity in San Jose, where leftists and Mexicans wave the Mexican flag and destroy the American flag (excessive foul language):

The core of all these protests are trained professional cadres employed by leftist organizations to go around staging riots.  They are not honest actors, they are deliberate agents provocateur on the demonrat payroll for things like “community organizing” and “controlling the message.”  They literally are paid to go around from event to event, city to city, to stir up trouble. If you look at the footage and photographs closely, you will start to see the same faces over and over, like that jackass in the video above with the sunglasses.

Here’s another guy being attacked for doing nothing more but participating in the American political process:

Now I don’t agree with some of the language the guy uses in the video above.  But heck, he’s not nearly as incendiary as some on the right are becoming, as a natural reaction to these kinds of attacks.

So where does all this go?  Do demonrats really expect 80-100 million (almost universally) heavily armed Americans to just sit there and take it as they are attacked, beaten, disenfranchised, stolen from, told to shut up, nannied to death, threatened with politically motivated persecution, etc., etc ad nauseum, and watch their country crumble in the dust?  Do they know how fine the edge upon which this country walks now is?  Or are they too stupid and blinded by ideology to notice or care?  Yeah…….I can answer that for myself.

Plus there is the role of the media in turning Trump into a racist monster, very nearly Hitler (again, you can see the mortal terror with which they fear him), which has been helping fuel so many of these protests, as this guy, who attended a Trump rally from a neutral perspective, makes clear:

Scary, scary times.  I don’t know how this is going to play out, but it’s looking very bad.  I suggest investing in ammo.  It is true Thomas Aquinas lays out very narrow grounds upon which Catholics can morally resist a tyrannical government, but there is much more flexibility when you talk about widespread civil unrest.

But, then again, it’s most likely this will just peter out.  This is entirely, 100%, about getting a democrat elected president.  So I think we can strongly assume this stupidity has an end date.

Vatican Gives “Unprecedented” Access to Women’s Fauxrdination Supporters  June 2, 2016

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When I covered Francis’ statements on women’s ordination a couple of weeks ago, I got the impression a number of readers were doubtful that he was really indicating any support of that doctrinally ludicrous (or, more, pointless) venture.   Having watched this pontificate fairly closely after 3+ years, however, I have become convinced that nothing happens “off the cuff,” nothing is accidental.  So I took those statements, even though they seemed to be dubious towards priestesseses, as an ominous sign.

Well, here we are a few weeks later, and now the Vatican has determined to allow, for the first time, apparently, a demonstration by women’s “ordination” supporters within the grounds of the papal-owned Castel Sant’Angelo itself, in addition to getting a curial official to pass on a petition in favor of fauxrdination to Francis (my emphasis and comments):

Campaigners calling for women priests are meeting in Rome this week where they have launched a poster campaign drawing attention to their cause and where they will participate in their first ever official public demonstration.

Women’s Ordination Worldwide, which this year marks its 20th anniversary, wants to re-open dialogue in the Church in spite of Pope John Paul II’s ruling that the matter should not be discussed.

Despite the ruling, since 2002, around 150 women have been “ordained” and all of them have been excommunicated as a result.

Yesterday evening two of them had an unprecedented meeting with an official from the Vatican Secretariat of State who agreed to give a petition to the Pope calling for the excommunications to be lifted, and who, according to the women, listened to “our heartfelt plea for women priests in our Church”…….[Will they listen to the heartfelt pleas of many others that women cannot possibly be ordained, as defined solemnly (though not Ex Cathedra, tragically) by Pope St. JPII?]

………The conference in Rome suggests a renewed confidence in discussing female ordination. Campaigners have been encouraged by Pope Francis’s recent remarks that he wanted to set up a commission to explore the question of women deacons.

For the first time the group has been given official permission to hold a public demonstration in the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo on Friday, the day that the Pope celebrates a jubilee mass for priests in St Peter’s Square. Members of the women’s ordination group have also been given tickets to attend the Mass. 

The pictures on the posters being put around Rome this week include 70 female ‘priests’ from the United States and Colombia photographed by Italian artist Giulia Bianchi as part of an ongoing project.

I’m telling you, folks, absent a massive backlash a la the attempt to sneak recognition for sodo-civil-unions into the previous Synod, there is going to be some kind of massive swing on this matter before very long, or at least a serious attempt at such.

The left does nothing casually.  These organizers are all so intertwined and have so many supporters in position of authority, they would not have “renewed confidence” unless they had already been given some tacit, behind the scene.  Note how they have been allowed to stage their demonstration on the very day Francis is to offer a special Mass for priests.  You think that accidental?  They will also be in attendance at the Mass, quite possibly with the foreknowledge they intend to display their placards or engage in some other form of protest.

Better get to praying on this.  This threat is very much for real.  Fauxrdination is a deadly threat to the entire Faith. It attacks the entire nature of the priesthood, and would lead to an instant, if perhaps only tacit, schism in the Church.  That last bit is perhaps the only thing that might squash enthusiasm for this.  However, I fear modernist-progressive ideology will trump prudence in this matter, as it so often does.

Media elites suggest it is wrong for young men to reject “transgenders” interested in them May 11, 2016

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You know the old saw some people will say: “I’m okay with homosexuality, so long as they don’t make it mandatory?”  Yeah, about that.  The media elites driving the “gender is a construct” revolution in Western society have spoken, and they have decided it is bad, very bad, for males to reject men pretending to be women on the basis of their being, uh…..not women.  That is to say, the fantasy play we are all to be forced to enact will extend into the most intimate areas, making one a bigot if one decides simply slapping on some makeup and shaving the legs isn’t enough to make one a woman:

Transgender teens Claire, Devon, Arin and Katie have set out to expose the harsh reality of modern, teen relationships. [Do notice, the “harsh” reality revolves entirely around the disastrous choices these men have made] 

Appearing in a new BBC Three documentary, Young, Trans and Looking for Love, they let viewers see a glimpse of their lives as they struggle to find love. [Not a whiff of indoctrination here]

The doc shows the moment Claire, from Virginia, meets a guy that she likes, only to be rejected by him as soon as he finds out she was born a boy….. [#$@%^&!!  What do you expect!  This is infinite solipsism.  Trans-boy gets to be picky about who HE chooses, but it is so wrong for others to have criteria in their dating (which is very disordered, anyway).  Does trans-boy go after girls?  No.  But this creature expects men to shuck all their preferences and fundamental inclinations and go along with her mental illness-inspired fantasy reality?]

…….She says: “In a lot of ways, I don’t like telling a guy. Once I tell him all respect goes out of the window. [I’ve mentioned I’ve had some interaction with trannies. I deliberately use the term they find offensive.  One of my biggest complaints about them is you will never meet a group of more offensively narcissistic individuals in your life.  Brittle, unstable, and pathologically narcissistic, which we see here, this individual deciding it no problem to found a relationship on a lie.]

Straight guys just can’t get over you having the male parts[I simply don’t know what to say.  But you can see the depths to which we will be forced to comply with the deranged fantasies of desperately sick individuals]

“Once I’ve had or get the surgery, I think it will change a lot for me because right now if I meet a straight guy and he doesn’t know – we can’t get physical if I don’t tell him. [So Mr. Infinite Solipsism decides it best to found all future relationships on a lie.  Like the fact that he is a male, and always will be, no matter how many people cooperate in his fantasies.]

“And then if he finds out, things just get so complicated, I can’t even begin to explain.” [Gee, you mean the fact that you’re a man who’s had all kinds of unnecessary surgeries and dangerous chemical treatments to appear more like a woman?  Basically, your entire existence is a lie, you are (or will become) incapable of reproducing, you will always, no matter what, have a Y chromosome and will be biologically male?  Yeah, just a few “complications.”]

There are some heart-breaking pics at the original story, which I did not link to.  Fairly safe link above.  I cannot imagine what trauma caused normal, healthy-looking little boys to so despise themselves they seek to obliterate their God-given existence.  Three almost certain factors: poor father image/absence of male role model, the constant cultural attacks on manhood and masculinity, and chronic self-abuse.  Self-abuse and porn use drastically alter the brain, leading to all manner of perversions of thought and being.  Note that something like 80% of so-called transgenders are male.

It will be mandatory, at some point.  It is not at all preposterous to claim that at some point in the relative near future, it will be considered a hate crime to reject same-sex advances.  Look at how far we’ve fallen just in the last 10-20 years alone.  But then again, sometimes, dramatic turn arounds do occur.  Who would have predicted the fall of the Soviet Union in 1984?  And yet 5  years later, it was gone.

OKC continues to demonstrate its status as most vile anti-Catholic city in US April 25, 2016

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A bit of juxtaposition.  For the second time in three years, the city government of Oklahoma City, OK – a city long dominated by a narrow cohort of white evangelical protestants – is going to permit the ultimate blasphemy against the universal Church, a black mass, on city property.  OKC’s mayor, council members, and staff steadfastly maintain this is simply a First Amendment matter, that since satanists have “free speech” under our Constitution and Supreme Court rulings to blaspheme God, the city simply has no choice but to rent city property to these satanists allowing them to do so.  To block them, they said, would be to invite a lawsuit OKC would lose with 100% certainty.

Meanwhile, 200 miles to the south, the City of Dallas has blocked a repeat performance of the diabolically lewd “Exxxotica Expo” at the Dallas Convention Center.  Amazingly, when the producers of the Expo sued on First Amendment grounds, the City of Dallas won, at least at the district court level (no word yet on whether the Expo producers plan to appeal), but I have it on good authority the judge’s decision was worded in such a way that makes appeal quite difficult.

I would note in passing that Dallas proper is probably close to 50% nominal Catholic, with perhaps 10% actually practicing the Faith to some dimly recognizable degree.  OKC’s Catholic population is far lower, less than 10% in general terms and probably in low single digits when it comes to faithful practice.  However, to describe Dallas as a Catholic city would be ludicrous.  Dallas has its own white protestant cohort who tend to run things their own way, even as the city has become increasingly Hispanic and Catholic.

So, on the one hand, we have a city that has permitted (and, by happily renting city property, I would say encouraged) direct assaults on the Catholic Faith and the commission of the gravest, most offensive blasphemy imaginable (and not only that, but acts constantly associated with depravity of a criminal degree in the past); and on the other you have one that was not only willing to go to court to prevent a much lower level of evil (sins directly against God in His majesty being the gravest possible), they proceeded to win.

I had no idea there was a second black mass planned in Oklahoma City, and already approved by the City, for the Feast of the Assumption August 15 2016, until about an hour ago.  Even before learning this blood-boiling fact, I had already decided that Oklahoma City was, at least in its elected leadership and bureaucracy, a virulently, despicably anti-Catholic town.  This latest revelation only further confirms that fact, just as it confirms that the arguments I heard all last year from OKC officials in my extensive correspondence with them in the run up to the desecration of Our Lady were as false as they were self-serving.  Individuals claim First Amendment protections all the time, for all manner of nefarious activities.  Cities and other government bodies, for myriad reasons, choose to oppose those claims, legally, for numerous reasons.  Those bodies tend to win about as many First Amendment-related lawsuits as they win.  The idea that because someone said “religious freedom” meant the city had to positively cooperate in the commission of grave moral evil was always tenuous, at best.  Recent events in Dallas have proven it is verifiably false.

Which gets me to the conclusion I have been forced to reach: OKC would only roll over for these satanists, again and again, and even positively cooperate with their atrocities, out of reasons of bias, bias against Catholics.  Now one could argue that bias stems from mundane worldly motives (such as, there not being many politically involved Catholics in the area, Catholics not representing a big enough voting bloc to act in favor of), but those are unlikely.  City elections frequently draw only a few thousand voters and aggravating even several hundred could have a huge impact on an election. Since it is obvious even in this day and age that Catholics far outnumber satanists, even in OKC, it seems odd that a city councilman or mayor would not go to bat in favor of even 1-2% or so of their constituents.  They routinely act on behalf of far, far fewer than that.

I’ll add to that reasoning my personal experience.  If you know where I live and where my farm is (and all my family from), you will realize I’ve been through Oklahoma City scores of times.  At least 50. We used to stop there all the time.  Since I’ve become a more convicted Catholic, I’ve had some interaction with the local populace. Bear in mind, this is the city that likes to pride itself as being the brass clasp on the buckle of the Bible belt.  It is evangelical central, and often aggressively so.  I’ve had some encounters with the locals on religious matters, a few of them quite nasty.  I’ve never felt much warmth of Christian brotherhood form the locals.

So,  yeah, it’s not a lock solid proof, but I’m personally convinced the reason OKC is allowing all this to happen without even lifting a finger of opposition, nor showing even the slightest solidarity (by, say, participating in some of the protests or things to that effect) with Catholics is due to a widespread and quite deep anti-Catholic bias.  We’re also safe targets, unlike muslims or even Jews.  The former might kill you, while the media would go nuts should somebody draw a swastika on a synagogue.

Therefore, I’m boycotting OKC. In fact, I’m boycotting everything from Paul’s Valley to Guthrie.  I’ll never stop there again.  I might try to avoid stopping in the entire state when I’m passing through.  It’s easy enough for me to do.

Another response: sign the TFP petition.  Over 100,000 sigs so far, TFP are gunning for 200,000 and I bet they make it.  Apparently even 100,000 people scandalized and broken-hearted by this horrid blasphemy aren’t enough to move the rock-hard hearts of the Oklahoma City leadership.  That’s some pretty intense anti-Catholicism right there.  Rather what one would expect from people who made the likes of Robert Tilton and Oral Roberts filthy rich:

No different from Kenneth Copeland, whom Francis has received and feted several times. Francis finds this kind of devilish, money-loving chicanery just fine, but traditional Catholics, well, they’re the real sinners.

 

 

A few more thoughts on Amoris Laetitia April 15, 2016

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A rare late Friday afternoon blog post for you.  I haven’t thought this post through very well, I only have a few minutes……we’ll see what emerges.

I saw some commentary on the post to the effect that we shouldn’t panic, the Church still stands, a pope cannot destroy the Church, etc.  I do not panic for the Church.  I panic for the millions of souls who will, with absolute certainty, fall into error and lose their faith.  I panic over the irreparable (in human terms) harm being done to the Church and souls.  I have great fear over the future, and further chaos.  I fear the gathering darkness, and just how brutal the Church’s passion must be.  Since the Church is our Lord’s Body on earth, we can discern her passion will be every bit as terrible as His.

I have considered whether my initial post on this matter was scandalous or over the top.  I did get some guidance that I might pull back my strong hints regarding Francis’ lack of faithfulness to the belief and practice of the Church.

But considering the matter more coolly, now that the initial shock and anger have subsided, I would have a hard time issuing a retraction.  Subsequent analysis, contra the claims of Cardinal Burke, has indicated that Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Sex?”) constitutes a clear addition to the Church’s Magisterium*.  Yet it contains scores of statements which are scandalous, dangerous, possessed of a grave tendency to spread error and undermine the Faith, or out and out erroneous.  Millions have already concluded that the Church has somehow changed her Doctrine on solemn matters such as the reception of the Blessed Sacrament by those persisting in openly adulterous unions.

This document represents not only a radical departure from the Church’s perennial belief and practice on numerous moral matters, it contains not only grave misrepresentations (to the point of prevarication) of previous magisterial statements, but it, to me, represents a direct assault on some of the most critical moral doctrines of the Faith.  Declaring pseudo-sodo-marriage to be out of bounds while gravely wounding marriage by helping to normalize divorce, remarriage, and de-sacralizing the Blessed Sacrament is not just unwise, it self-contradictory.  How did we get to the point where the culture is so insane that most Catholics now believe that marriage between two people of the same sex is not only possible, it is full equivalent to true marriage and should be recognized as such by law?  Precisely through the mass normalization of divorce, remarriage, abuse of the Blessed Sacrament (and the self-denial of the torrents of Grace that should flow from it), etc.  It is contradictory to gravely weaken the Church’s condemnation of fornication, while at the same time declare abortion to be impermissible.

That is to say, what we are confronted with in Amoris Laetitia is very different from, say, Honorius signing a document endorsing Arianism at the point of a sword.  This is a concerted, deliberate, pre-meditated act.  What is more, it touches not on just one point of Doctrine but many of them.

The solemn Doctrine of the Faith is a tightly woven cohesive whole.  One thread cannot be pulled without unraveling the entirety.  The protestant revolutionaries proved this irrefutably with the founding of their false sects. Many started with just one particular point of deviation (such as the rejection of indulgences), but in virtually no time that “one thing” expanded into a radically different, and implacably hostile, set of beliefs.  If this course of synodal- and, it must be said, papal-induced chaos continues for even a few years, there will be nothing left.

Taken as a whole, I am forced to conclude that, from an earthly perspective, Francis lacks the Faith.  However, I also believe that he remains the Bishop of Rome seated in the Chair of Peter and head of the universal Church.  I do not know how to reconcile these beliefs.  I can only conclude that this is a mystery far beyond me, a mystery which may well continue to torment the Church for decades should he be followed by like-minded individuals as the Church continues her inevitable passion.  I am not saying, even remotely, that the Church has fallen, that Christ’s promise is false. I am not saying that the heretical sects are somehow right. I am not saying that the Church is reduced to an invisible element.

I am only saying that based on all the mass of evidence we have before us (and it is copious), Francis holds views which cannot be reconciled with the perennial belief and practice of the Church. Since holding those beliefs in their entirety has always been taken to be the sine qua non of being Catholic, the conclusion is inescapable.

I know Jesus Christ will prevail in the end. I strongly suspect all these events are being directed by His positive will.  I have not the faintest doubt that Christ will come in glory, the dead will rise, and there will be a final judgment of the good and evil.  I pray I have the faith to stand fast in these difficult times, but nothing any pope says or does is going to cause me to fall away.  Nor should you.  But I’m not going to bury my head in the sand, pretend this is not huge significant, or go along as if nothing has happened.  Something has happened, and we all have to come to terms with it while striving with all our might to remain faithful.

I strongly feel what we are seeing now from many quarters, seeking to explain away this exhortation or diminish its significance, is an exact replay of how the modernists were able to remake the Church in the wake of Vatican II.  If you wondered how people raised in the Faith with the Mass of Ages to sustain them could meekly accept, with precious little opposition, the radical changes foisted on the Church, look around you.  In fact, the process never stopped, but today the similarities are too striking to ignore.

I hope and pray I may be some tiny bit of assistance to you all in that effort. But if you’re looking for apologias for this pontificate, you’re probably going to be better off visiting other sites.

*- I have seen Cardinal Burke’s claim that Amoris Laetitia is not a magisterial document. I believe the case Cardinal Burke puts forth is flawed.  As other sites have noted, declaring Amoris Laetitia to be non-magisterial would be to throw out numerous other similar apostolic exhortations of the post-conciliar period, such as Familiaris Consortio, generally seen as being a much more orthodox document.  But perhaps throwing out all these apostolic exhortations from the post-conciliar period, novel as they are in consisting of “conclusions” ostensibly drawn from a meeting of a limited sub-set of bishops (I say ostensibly, as it is very apparent this pope had a conclusion in mind from well before the idea of a series of synods was even floated), might not be such a bad thing?  Perhaps Cardinal Burke is on to something, after all?  Or perhaps the argument could be framed that any document, from whatever source, that contradicts the Faith is immediately inadmissible?  But how to reconcile this with the magisterial definition of the Office of the Papacy that has emerged, particularly over the past 150 years?

I am not the one to answer these questions.  I have a feeling, however, that should the Church and this earth survive for another few hundred years, future saintly theologians will be struggling with these  questions, and might arrive at surprising conclusions.

Enough!  Have a blessed weekend.

Horrifying: Francis claims Church lacks “privileged voice” in ethics, morals February 2, 2016

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Wow.  Via Eponymous Flower, one of the most disturbing statements emanating from Francis I’ve read to date.  Speaking before the Italian Committee on Bioethics recently, Pope Francis had this to say, according to Vatican Insider:

Francis said: “Everyone is aware of how sensitive the Church is to ethical issues but perhaps it is not clear to everyone that the Church does not lay claim to a privileged voice in this field; [Whaaa?!?!] in fact it is a source of great satisfaction for the Church when civic responsibility at different levels is able to reflect, discern and act according to a free and open way of thinking and inspired by integral human and social values. This mature civic responsibility is a sign that the seed of the Gospel – which has been revealed and entrusted to the Church – has produced fruits, successfully fostering the search for truth and good in complex human and ethical questions” [This last statement might seem to ameliorate the first a bit, but what is he saying?  He seems to be saying that “integral human and social values” are Gospel values, and they are, but that is such a reductive view of the Gospel, which is first and foremost about SALVATION. The first statement – that the Church does not lay claim to a privileged voice in ethical – or moral – matters is incredible, inexplicable, and indefensible.  Like “who am I to judge,” this can be used by enemies of the constant belief and practice of the Faith within the Church for many years to come.  How dare you speak out against abortion, or usury, or anything else?  The Church doesn’t have a privileged voice, after all.]

…….Pope Francis said in a meeting with the Italian Committee for Bioethics today, highlighting the risk of utility and profit being the only reference points for developments in science and biological and medical technologies. He urged this advisory body of the Italian government, headed by Francesco Paolo Casavola, a Catholic, to look further into environmental degradation, “disability and the marginalisation of vulnerable individuals”. [Purely humanistic concerns.  But what about the state’s role in fostering good morals and even an environment conducive to the salvation of souls, something so many previous Pope’s have highlighted?] He asked them in other words to tackle the challenge of countering today’s “throwaway culture” which “takes on many forms, including treating human embryos as disposable material, as well as sick and elderly people approaching the end”. The Pope also asked them to harmonise standards and norms in the biological and medical fields.

Francis seems increasingly to exist in a world I might call fantastic, or something like a fantasy-land. At a time when the Christian influence on the culture, especially in the post-Christian West, is falling away more rapidly than at anytime in recorded history, he points at integral human and social values in bioethics – a highly morally troubled field, to be kind – as evidence of Gospel influence?  Yes, tilting one’s head sideways and ignoring a great deal of contrary evidence, there is a bit of truth to that, but implying that modern-day progressive humanist values as strongly Gospel-inspired is simply incredible.

 

I guess more concerning – more obviously substantial – is his correlation of humanism with the Gospel. Again, that is true, to a point, but there are no distinctions made, no rebuke against the grave errors that inhabit the mind of many “ethicists” (this is the same profession, after all, that has told us that post-birth abortion “aka murder” of children up to five is perfectly acceptable), no demarcating a clear line of distinction between the positive humanism of Jesus Christ and the profoundly negative, materialist, soul-destroying humanism of the modern-day progressive outlook.

And on top of it all, the statement that the Church has no privileged voice when it comes to public ethics!  No wonder he looks down upon those praying outside abortion mills as interloping busy bodies!  No wonder he opposed the effort of tens of thousands of Italian Catholics to stop their nation from accepting the lie of pseudo-sodo-marriage!  Little wonder he lists “environmental degradation” as one of the most grave evils to combat!

This is well beyond even anything that Pope Paul VI was willing to advocate, heretofore far and away the most secular-minded, progressive pope in history.  It is the veritable opposite of what virtually every single other predecessor of his in his vital office has ever decreed, such as Pope Leo XIII stating: “The Church of Christ is the true and sole teacher of virtue and guardian of morals.”  However, this kind of declaration is in line with how a secular left-leaning individual views the Church. In fact, it is entirely in context with what we have seen of this entire agenda to remake the Church into what Francis somehow claims to loathe – just another worldly, money-funneling, occasionally-do-some-good NGO.

I’m quite surprised this comment hasn’t received far more attention than it has, because it’s really shocking.  Have we already become inured to such declarations?  That’s a potential follow-on effect of this pontificate, that it reshape the views of even those doubtful, or openly opposed, to its course in ways they themselves don’t quite realize.  Thus the revolution embodied -and, according to many of his collaborators, intended – by this pontificate can become deeply ingrained in the Catholic psyche, affecting the sensus fidei of millions for years or decades to come  And as I said, this can even trickle down to those who have grave concerns.

Feature or bug?