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Kinda Neat, Kinda Flightline Friday July 26, 2017

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So I stumbled upon this the other day:

This is the patch of the 67th Cyberspace Wing, Lackland AFB, TX.  Formerly the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, which RF-4Cs used to wake me up Every. Saturday. Morning. at 7am when I lived in Austin. Flew right over my ghetto apartment.

At any rate, Lux Ex Tenebris is, of course, a phrase that emanates from the Catholic faith, most particularly, Tenebrae during Holy Week.  Lux Ex Tenebris means “Light out of Darkness,” which is the very essence of our Blessed Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.

So, on the one hand, I want to say, that’s neat.  Maybe some devout Catholic helped devise this motto?

Of course, this is not the old 67th TRW, unarmed and scared shitless unafraid, flying solo missions over hostile territory to gather photographic intelligence. No, this is the 67th Cyberspace Wing, whose mission is to “train and ready airmen to execute computer network exploitation and attack. It also executes full-spectrum Air Force network operations, training, tactics, and management.”

So maybe it does things like trying to hack into sensitive computer networks of potentially hostile great powers like Russia or China? Maybe they hack into North Korea’s missile program?

Or maybe does it ever work with the NSA in prying very deeply – to a degree that would be unbelievable to the Founders of this nation – into the personal affairs of private citizens?

Hard to tell in this day and age. And the wing is probably fortunate most people today are wholly ignorant of both Latin and the connection this phrase has to the Catholic Faith.  Otherwise, they would probably be forced to change it.

The motto dates back to the Korean War, and the unit’s activation at that time.  Maybe an early CO or DCO was a devout Catholic, and tried to sacralize the wing from its start.  Or perhaps they simply had some knowledge of Latin, though this phrase has, in the Western parlance, always had an overwhelmingly liturgical association.  Then again, the United States of 1951 was a much more Christian, much better educated nation.  If airmen from then could be magically transported to today, they would find the place unrecognizable, and be heartbroken to know that, whatever their efforts against external enemies, this nation has very nearly fallen to internal ones.

BDA from 67th TRW RF-4C, Operation Desert Storm

Trump Does Good – Bans “Transgender” from US Military July 26, 2017

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Even at the somewhat Trump-friendly New York Post, the commentary (in a supposed news article) is extremely negative.  Trump has had his gaffes and failures – often caused by Republicrat intransigence in Congress – but he continues to infuriate all the right people.  This transgender canard was just another showcase for the Left to flex its muscles, to continue to force conservatives and especially Christians into a smaller and smaller box, imposing self-censorship and using the power of the federal government to advance the most radical of social agendas.

Historically, the number of genuine “transgender” types in the military has been numbered in the scores to hundreds, even when the “peacetime” military numbered over 3 million.  Today, that number is claimed to have jumped into the thousands, even tens of thousands (which I sorely doubt), as sexular pagan cultural influence and a desire by weak, troubled, unscrupulous, and/or perverse souls to place themselves atop Mount Victimhood is causing a reported huge spike in the number of souls judging themselves to be somehow unsure of their sex (how serious many of these people are, how many of them there really are, and how much the ruin already inflicted on mostly young souls who have bought into the sexular pagan paradigm of wanton promiscuity and seedy deviance is at work here are all almost impossible to quantify).

This pushback may be small and narrowly focused, but it’s one of the few areas of successful pushback against the sexular pagan cultural juggernaut we’ve witnessed in the past decade or more.  So good on Trump:

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday that “transgender individuals” should not be allowed to serve in “any capacity” in the US military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow​ …,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming …​”​

He finished up by writing: “victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”……

……….Transgender people already in the military would be allowed to continue​ serving, but no new transgender recruits would be able to join during the review.

​A Rand Corp. study​ ​ found there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military.

All of reasons in favor of this common-sense ban are demonstrably true.  If there is a spike in supposed gender confused souls in the military, how much of that spike was due to hopes of getting very expensive hormone injections and body-mutilation done on the taxpayer dime?  This move is also politically smart.  Let the democrats try to sell their support for this most extreme and troubling of their coalition of the aggrieved and perverse to the majority of Americans.  It won’t.

Already the rules the military was having to define to deal with Obama’s permission for these very troubled souls to serve in the military was highly destructive of morale and would likely have led to many good people being driving from the ranks, unable to live in intimate environs with members of the opposite sex pretending to be their own.  The rules for showering and other such private acts put virtually all the burden on conforming on the vast majority who are not “trans.” Unfortunately Trump’s move will allow those “transgendered” people already acknowledged by the military to continue to serve, but their numbers are relatively limited.

I don’t trust the study from Rand, they used to be great, when they were funded by USAF and were called RAND, but like virtually every other NGO, academic, or “research” institution, they have been penetrated and co-opted by the Left.  Their status as dispassionate analysts and finders of fact is severely diminished, along with other formerly great entities like the Hudson Institute and Brookings (which was always liberal, but used to do fair work).

Even if their numbers are correct, however, it means that only 0.15 – 0.4% of the military is transgender.  That  is probably a factor of ten greater than the historical average, which is why I am dubious of the numbers, but who knows in this insane age?

At any rate, good for Trump. Now build the dang wall, and gut the federal administrative bureaucracy working so very hard to undermine and destroy his presidency.  I’d say a 70% cut in staff would be a great place to start.

Rebutting Sorondo: Temperature Adjustments Account for Nearly All “Warming” in Government Climate Data July 25, 2017

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Regarding the title, see my previous post.

There are two primary sources of data for the global warming “studies” trotted out several times a year by a media breathless to advance their ideology – those gathered by the US government (NASA and NOAA) and the UK’s Meteorology Office.  The data sets produced by these government bodies are all heavily manipulated – with virtually all the manipulation involving increasing temperatures recorded now, and decreasing those recorded in the past, in order to make supposed warming look greater than it really is.

Until recently, however, it was not known just how much of the warming in these “gold standard” data sets was due to manipulation, and how much was due to actual changes in the environment.  A recent study reveals that virtually all the recent “warming” in the government data is due to manipulation (which correlates with data from orbiting satellites, which data is not subject to manipulation and which has shown virtually no increase, and if anything, a slight cooling of late):

 

A new study found adjustments made to global surface temperature readings by scientists in recent years “are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

“Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever – despite current claims of record setting warming,” according to a study published June 27 by two scientists and a veteran statistician.

The peer-reviewed study tried to validate current surface temperature datasets managed by NASA, NOAA and the UK’s Met Office, all of which make adjustments to raw thermometer readings. Skeptics of man-made global warming have criticized the adjustments.

Climate scientists often apply adjustments to surface temperature thermometers to account for “biases” in the data. The new study doesn’t question the adjustments themselves but notes nearly all of them increase the warming trend.

Basically, “cyclical pattern in the earlier reported data has very nearly been ‘adjusted’ out” of temperature readings taken from weather stations, buoys, ships and other sources.

In fact, almost all the surface temperature warming adjustments cool past temperatures and warm more current records, increasing the warming trend, according to the study’s authors.

“Here are your new ‘gods,’ O Israel!  The golden calves of manipulated data and political ideology you shall worship, and you shall have no other gods besides these” proclaimed the high priest of fornication and contraception, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

These outright lies are what this man (among many) holds up as “truth” against the constant belief and practice of the Church, founded by God to be His witness on earth to the Truth He Himself has revealed to us as the Son of Man.

These churchmen seek the praise and acceptance of the world and the abettors of the sexular pagan orthodoxy over the Truth of Jesus Christ.  There have always been men who have fallen into error, for as many reasons as there are errors, the praise and acceptance of the powers of the world always being a leading one. But never have the errors been so outlandish, so contrary to the Faith, and so transparently false (and so unspeakably evil, if one considers the poverty and misery that would envelop the world should the program of the priests of the false temple of climate change ever be enacted).

What is amazing is that, in spite of all this, these errors have won over the vast majority of those given enormous Grace by God and incredible power over souls in the offices of priest, bishop, and even the Chair of Peter.  A contrary and implacably hostile religion has entered into the Church and, in most regions, offices, and souls, successfully supplanted the True Faith.  And what is most amazing of all, is that this happened with – comparatively speaking – almost no resistance whatsoever.  That’s because the purveyors of errors came from within the leadership of the Church, and decades of careful programming had convinced souls that obedience, even to the point of nihilism, was the most vital virtue of all.

Yes, a tiny remnant remains faithful, but that remnant is, at present, of almost no consequence in the day to day life of the Church.  Not that I am discouraged or cynical, just realistic.  In fact, in spite of it all, I’ve always remained hopeful, trusting in Our Blessed Lord’s promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against His Church.  My hope has, almost inexplicably, increased of late.  These guys only have the power over us we allow them to have.  For me, they may as well not even exist, except as fodder to make particular points.

Unfortunately, these promoters of a hostile religion DO have an impact on the souls of others, leading them into egregious, salvation-threatening errors.  Refuting their errors is a practical duty incumbent on souls with the means to do so.

More evidence of falsehood and manipulation in the climate change shakedown.  As if you needed more.

How Long Before Father James Martin SJ Comes Out As An Open/Active Sodomite? July 19, 2017

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Discuss.  He may as well come out, he’s done everything but put up a billboard attesting to his proclivities and, probably, unchastity.

But the Vatican’s got his back, at least the heresiarch/demoniac Fr. Tom Rosica does.  I doubt Rosica says or does much of anything without clear direction from Francis.  You do the math.

One day, and that day may not be as far off as we fear, traitors/double agents like Martin and Rosica will be pitied and reviled by all good souls and even the Church as an institution. God will bring this revolution of self-interested sexular paganism in the Church to an end.  It’s only a matter of time.

How many souls are led to eternal suffering by the lies and errors of these men, however, is too terrible to contemplate.  May God have mercy on us all.

To know why former Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell got his red hat, consider this: he endorsed Martin’s immoral book:

Who else do we find endorsing Fr. Martin’s 2017 repackaging of the New Ways message of the 1990’s? None other than three of Pope Francis’ most recent episcopal appointments: Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey; Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life; and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, California.

Farrell is a hardcore modernist and worker of amoral revolution in the Church and against all the souls alive in the world today. Whatever he pretended to be while Benedict was still Pope to get an appointment in Dallas is long gone.  But what would we expect from a protege of McCarrick?

And I’ve been reliably informed that Farrell more or less hand-picked his successor, our current Bishop Edward Burns.  Yippee.

UPDATE: Just read this in I Corinthians ii:

9 But as it is written: *That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love him:

10 But to us God hath revealed by his Spirit. For the Spirit searcheth all things, even the profound things of God.

11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, but the spirit of a man that is in him? So the things also that are of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God.

12 Now we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we may know the things that are given us from God:

13 *Which things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the sensual man perceiveth not the things that are of the Spirit of God: for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand: because it is spiritually examined.

Martin, Rosica, the rest of their ilk, and, yes, Francis, are sensual men.  To them, the things of the Spirit, the constant belief and practice of the Church, are foolishness, because they have neither eyes to see, nor ears to hear.  They are blinded and deafened by their attachment to the “pleasures” of this world, and to its master.

The Innovators/Modernists in the Church are Either Heresiarchs or Demoniacs July 19, 2017

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An excellent sermon below from a priest much loved by this blog, dealing with the subject of attempted radical changes to Church belief which fallen men have tried to impose on her almost from the Church’s inception.  The specific matter addressed here has to do with a small portion of the First Catholic Epistle of St. John, but there are obvious implications for all those attempting to foist different and novel beliefs upon the Church.

The priest’s key point is that the Church has been empowered by God to be THE reliable witness to the Truth of Jesus Christ in the world for all time.  Father uses a secular analogy to describe the impact the innovators have on the Church’s credibility – if the sole eyewitness to an alleged murder radically changed his testimony on the witness stand, even contradicting himself, would such a witness be considered reliable?  Of course not.  In the even more weighty matter of giving testimony of the Truth absolutely necessary for salvation, if the Church changes her testimony, what will the result be?  The result will not be to win the appraise and lauds of the world – those these may occur, they will be fleeting, and more a self-congratulatory chorus from enemies of Christ and His Church on finally having “vanquished” an eternal foe – the result will be the total collapse of the Church’s moral and spiritual authority and its dismissal from the ranks of seriously considered belief systems.

Of course, even before Francis, immense damage along this line had already been done, as Vatican II and the revolution which afflicted the Church from the early 60s on produced numerous priests and prelates who promoted everything from practical apostasy to subtle undermining of ancient beliefs.  But it’s one thing for individual priests and prelates to promote error, it is something else for the highest authority in the Church to do so.  While Francis is never mentioned by name in the sermon, it is obvious that the specter of Francis looms large over all the priest says.

There is some good news, however.  The priest relates that during the Arian heresy, something like 95-97% of all the priests and bishops in the Church fell into the error that Christ is not God.  How many laity fell likewise is not as well known, though most historians describe the laity as being the main source of orthodoxy during this widespread heresy. Today, I’d say similar figures probably apply to the hierarchy, but in the current crisis, a vast majority of the laity has also fallen away.  I do think, in most respects, this current crisis of sexular paganism/modernism is the worst the Church has ever faced.

May God have mercy on us all.

PS – I saw on Rorate last week how one of Francis’ closest collaborators in wreckovating the doctrinal edifice of the Church, Fr. Anthony Spadaro, attacked Church Militant by name (and at length) in an official Vatican publication.  While I have no time and little interest in following Church Militant anymore, reading it did remind me of a saying an old Senior Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy used quite frequently: what would you expect from a pig, but a grunt?   I would say this attack (which was basically superficial, ill-informed, and full of spite for the United States via a wholly distorted view not only of the US but of the Church herself and her ancient conception of proper Church-state relations) is actually a good sign, in that some of the efforts at resistance (whatever we may think of their particular merits or lack thereof) to the revolutionary agenda are reaching even the highest levels of the Church.  Keep up the fight, and keep to that Faith which has always been believed and practiced.  You can learn this Faith by studying the Saints of old and reading pre-conciliar, and especially early- or pre-20th century books on morality, theology, and the like.  They are available, and a small but growing number of publishers are turning out reprints (or wholly new translations) of traditional Catholic works.

This pontificate lusts to be adulated by modernism on it’s own terms.

Now it Makes Sense: Many of Europe’s Most Influential Leaders Childless July 11, 2017

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Some people are childless, and not of their choice.  This can be a very painful cross for them to bear.  But in this age, the vast majority of adults without children are childless by choice.

I think it speaks a great deal to Europe’s ongoing descent into chaos and literally insane government that so many of Europe’s most prominent leaders are childless.  The current leaders of the arguably the four most powerful countries in Europe – France, Germany, Italy, and Britain – are all childless.  It speaks to the dominance of sexular pagan belief in Europe and the strange desire for self-annihilation so many Europeans (leaders or no) seem to have these days:

James McPherson, writing in the Washington Examiner, makes a remarkable observation: the leaders of Europe have no children. France’s Emmanuel Macron has none. Same with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British prime minister Theresa May, Italian prime minister Paolo Gentilon, Holland’s Mark Rutte, Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon, and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven has no biological children.

The prime minister of Luxembourg is also childless. I mention him not to cherry pick, but because it means that of the six founding members of what evolved into the European Union, five are now led by childless prime ministers or presidents. As George Weigel says, this would have been unimaginable to one of the founders of modern “Europe,” Konrad Adenauer, who was the father of eight.

It’s also unimaginable in the U.S., at least for the time being. President Trump has five kids. There hasn’t been a childless American president in my lifetime.

It is very strange to me that people would elect leaders over and over who, in a very real sense, have no great stake in the future of their country.  Not only do those leaders lack a vested personal interest in the future state of the nation they lead, but they also represent a sort of gotterdammerung all too prevalent in the West today, a sense that today is all that matters and the future be damned.  Even on the strictly utilitarian basis of setting an example for the people of the country to emulate, they fail.  Many European nations, afflicted with terminal birth rate declines especially among the native populations, have resorted to financial incentives to try to entice women to have children.  But the message is obviously a mixed one, with most Euro governments also taxing citizens for provide “free” or highly subsidized contraception and abortion.

If corporate and political interests want to flood Europe with reliably cheap workers (or more souls for the welfare roles) and statist voters, the fact that this policy will, sooner rather than later, result in the extinguishing of Western civilization matters not a whit to them, because neither they, nor their non-existent children will ever have to experience the negative consequences of this policy.   Of course it is possible for a leader to have a nation’s genuine interests at heart whether they have children or not, but I think as an overall trend it is disturbing at best, and an profound indication of Europe’s ongoing nihilist desire for self-destruction at worst.

It’s also completely unsurprising.

Leftist “anti-fascists” applaud speech entirely composed of Hitler quotes July 10, 2017

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At a “Trump impeachment” rally in impoverished, decaying, and debt-ridden Chicago, a Kekistani-type troll gave a speech composed entirely of Hitler quotes.  The speech was moderately well received, but, interestingly, the organizer of the demonstration was quite impressed and asked the speaker to come back and deliver more quotes from Mein Kampf, the Nuremberg Rallies, and other such great events in the history of culturo-political leftism:

Hilarious.  Reading these quotes, the socialist-leftist origins of National Socialism are readily apparent.  The Left has succeeded amazingly in perpetuating the lie that the Nazis were somehow a “right wing” phenomenon, and then directing attention away from the evils of the Soviet Union, Maoist China, and other unmistakably leftist hellholes, and getting most all of the West to see in Hitler history’s greatest monster (compared to Stalin, Mao, and other communists, he was a piker).  And yet his language is exactly their own.

In point of fact, the American Left and its dominance of the democrat party pose an infinitely larger threat to what remains of American liberty and freedom than Donald Trump or any other non-extreme-fringe creature of the right.  The extreme fringe has become the middle in the democrat party today.  When they imagine portents of violent repression and government-enforced ideological compliance, they are but projecting their own dreams and aspirations onto their ideological opponents, yet again.  In modern political history, the Left has killed exponentially more than the right in the pursuit of its illusory, unobtainable paradise on earth.

And yet…….and yet……it is not entirely without basis to describe the USCCB as the democrat party at prayer.  Knowing that tells you all you need to know about the state of the Church in this country.  And compared to their counterparts around the world, the US bishops lean somewhat conservative.  Thus the state of the Church today, since the sudden and open coup engineered in the mid-60s.

Millions of Illegal Immigrant Votes Probably Cast in the 2008, 2012 Presidential Elections June 22, 2017

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Horrifying, but I’m quite certain this is the case.  Another post on a quite different topic in an unrelated publication noted the massive shift the democrat party underwent on immigration between the mid-2000s and today.  10-12 years ago, major factions in the demonrat party were in favor of limitations on immigration and controlling the southern border – by fence or whatever means.  But since then, the party has embraced the same hard, absolutist position on totally unconstrained illegal immigration as the Catholic episcopate – a few exceptions aside – has.  They have done so for wholly political reasons, as dems have known for 20 years that demographics among the native-born population (and especially the white population) were entirely against them.  Politics correlates very strongly within families, and core members of the dem constituency were not having babies, while conservatives were.  By 2040 without massive changes to the American electorate through immigration, the Dems would be a permanent minority party at the national level.

So, much as Euro elites have done, when the electorate did not correspond to their ambition, leftist elites decided to find a new electorate rather than reconsider their failed religious beliefs.  It seems this effort has been a big success, as a recent report has assessed that as many as 6 million illegal aliens voted in the 2008 presidential election  – a huge factor, but not quite enough to, by themselves, account for Obama’s victory – and another 4 or 5 million voted in the 2012 election (enough that Romney may well have won that election. We must also consider the other electoral fraud demonrats regularly engage in, from ballot-stuffing to repeat voting to blocking conservatives from voting.  It is little wonder that demonrats stridently oppose both constraints on illegal immigration and voter ID laws – they cannot win outside their narrow coastal enclaves (plus Chicago) without massive electoral fraud:

A report from the conservative/libertarian think tank Just Facts shows that up to 5.7 million people who cast their ballots in the 2008 presidential election were non-citizens. The group used data from a Harvard study as well as U.S. Census Bureau data to arrive at that conclusion.

Just Facts also estimated that up to 3.6 million non-citizens cast their vote in 2012.

Just Facts’ conclusions confront both sides in the illegal voting debate: those who say it happens a lot and those who say the problem nonexistent.

In one camp, there are groundbreaking studies by professors at Old Dominion University in Virginia who attempted to compile scientifically derived illegal voting numbers using the Harvard data, called the Cooperative Congressional Election Study.

On the other side are the professors who conducted the study and contended that “zero” noncitizens of about 18 million adults in the U.S. voted. The liberal mainstream media adopted this position and proclaimed the Old Dominion work was “debunked.” [Given 18 million – it’s probably far higher than that – illegals in this country, there is ZERO chance that zero of them have fraudulently voted.  Democrats are so focused on – and cover up with such fervor – their get out the vote efforts in Hispanic neighborhoods, and demonrats so freely admit their fraud in other areas, there is no way illegals are not voting.  I’m quite certain millions are, and illegals underlie demonrat hopes to turn Texas “blue” or at least purple. We must get that wall built, NOW]

The ODU professors, who stand by their work in the face of attacks from the left, concluded that in 2008 as few as 38,000 and as many as 2.8 million noncitizens voted.

Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on much higher numbers. He estimated that as many as 7.9 million noncitizens were illegally registered that year and 594,000 to 5.7 million voted.

It is little wonder that democrats and the political-cultural elite they control are so hell-bent on keeping the mass influx of immigrants continuing unabated.  Their entire electoral program hinges on it, at least so long as they remain wedded to elitist, leftist political/religious dogmas. I see little chance of their core beliefs changing.  So I pray President Trump and the few good Republicans in Congress start focusing ALL their efforts on building the wall and getting a handle on this mass influx. The very survival of this nation as it has always been construed depends on it, if that survival can even be attained at this point.

There is, however, a certain irony from the Catholic point of view in seeing the historical protestant core/elite of this country swamped in a flood of Catholics.  Of course, the Church is so weak and rotten at present that most of those fall away a few years after arriving here.  I had some sad experience of that lately.  Actually, sad, but then happy.  A young Hispanic man at our local TLM parish described to me how his parents had come here in the early 80s, gotten amnestied in ’86, and then become protestant and started a family. This young man was thus raised protestant, but their protestant sect house in Grand Prairie started going liberal – as they almost all tend to do over time, since they are man-made institutions (not that our God-made institution is without its human flaws) – and he started learning about Catholicism.  Long story short, he converted, and he managed to get most of his family to revert, but they were shortly disgusted by the liberalism, false doctrine, horrid liturgy and other grave problems they found in Novus Ordo world.  And so that is how this young man found himself at the Fraternity parish in Irving.  Wonder of wonders, his elderly grandmother who pined for an authentic Mass for decades after emigrating to the US finally got to experience it just a few days ago.  When they started going back to the Catholic Church in the US, grandmother wondered at the plethora of Eucharistic ministers, the casual and immodest dress, and the poor quality of the liturgy.  She was mightily pleased by her experience at Mater Dei, apparently.

God can draw straight with very crooked human lines.  A family fell away by immigrating to the US, but managed to return, and quite possibly find a much more robust practice of the Faith, by coming to this country.  The TLM is rarely available in Mexico, at least outside Mexico City and Guadalajara and a handful of other places.  Our God is great.

A Troika of Awesome Sermons on Fatherhood June 22, 2017

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I’m not going to try to give a synopsis of each of the three sermons below, I’m only going to say they are from a fantastic and much missed (by me, and others) priest, and on a topic of absolutely vital importance: spiritual and natural fatherhood.  I would agree with the priest that the root crisis in the Church and world today is a total collapse of all forms of fatherhood – the pious and virtuous father in the home, the holy priest who sacrifices himself for his flock in the knowledge that he will be judged severely for every soul that falls away or into sin, and fatherhood stemming from exalted episcopal offices in the Church, by which the souls of thousands, hundreds of thousands, and even millions are affected.

As anyone with eyes to see knows, fatherhood as an institution in every sense in recent decades has been in practically terminal decline.  The manifest problems stemming from failures by fathers in the home are too well known to review, but the enervation of spiritual fatherhood in the Church is perhaps less well known, or at least less recognized, and is even more poisonous to souls and the good of Christendom (what’s left of it) than the divorce rate, fornication, abortion, abandoned children, leviathan state, and other evidences of bad fathers in the home.

These three videos should be watched in order as each builds on the preceding one.  They give an awesome catechesis on all aspects of fatherhood – and the spiritual aspects of familial fatherhood should never be underestimated, as the father is the head of the domestic church! – as well as a powerful exhortation to amend our lives, as few if any fathers in this age, be they spiritual or familial, are performing their sacred and vital office with as much dedication and virtue as they should be.

I don’t know if synopses encourage people to watch videos I post more or not, and while there is a fairly significant time investment in watching or listening to these three, they are absolutely worth the time!  Listen while you do some household chores.  Listen while you drive. These are a must for men but also extremely valuable for women.  I pray you will take the time to listen to all of them, as I have.  There is catechetical wisdom contained in these sermons that is virtually impossible to find elsewhere and of inestimable value.

And yes Father gives me a shiny nickel for each view he gets, so I was really motivated to give a heavy sales pitch*.

Oh, Father does touch on one thing in the first video I thought I’d explore a bit in this post.  He leads off discussing the subject of mission, or being sent, and how only those commissioned by the Church in apostolates really have the right – and solemn duty – to perform various duties related to souls.  Fathers of families get their mission to raise children up in the Faith to be holy souls by the Sacrament of Matrimony.  Of course priests get their mission from the Sacrament of Holy Orders and their incardination in various dioceses or religious orders.

Protestants, however, do not have valid holy orders, nor do they possess valid sacraments.  Related to the post from Tuesday discussing Dave Eubank and his “mission” serving souls in extremely dangerous situations in Iraq, this is a point I wanted to address but did not get to.  But in reality, for all the good Eubank is doing, and it seems to be substantial, he has no proper mission in an ecclesiastical sense.  No protestant does.  Not even High Anglicans/Anglo-Catholics in pseudo-orders have such valid missions. That is something only the Church can give.

But mission is also something that is presently completely misunderstood, and even misrepresented to the point of abuse, in the Church today.  So many priests are horribly abusing their mission in preaching error and kow-towing to (almost always) Leftist politico-religious shibboleths.  Familial fathers have their own grave problems.  Anyway I thought this an interesting point and the concept of mission, as discussed by father, plays and absolutely vital role in all forms of fatherhood.

*-I am, of course, joking.

Amazing Protestant Family Giving Witness Amidst Incredible Danger in Iraq June 20, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, family, General Catholic, sanctity, Society, Virtue.
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There is a man named Dave Eubank, former Green Beret, devout protestant, husband, father, and – it must be said – extremely dedicated evangelist, who has developed a mission (in a quasi-military sense) over the past several years of serving others in need amidst some of the most violent conflicts in the world. After starting in the jungles of Burma, where a low-level civil war has been ongoing for decades, he transferred his efforts – still called the Free Burma Rangers – to Iraq.

I saw an article about this man, and his family, including three minor children, providing supplies and medical care to souls suffering during the endless fighting in Iraq (fighting that was, tragically, largely caused by the failed policy efforts of these United States).  There is certainly much to be said about the prudence of exposing children to such extremely dangerous situations.  Yes I am sure they are careful, but they are in an active warzone and irreplaceable loss mixed with unspeakable tragedy is just a wrong footstep away.

And these folks are not somewhere miles behind the lines.  All of them are routinely exposed to great danger, especially the husband and father, Mr. Eubank:

Note, the video title has it wrong, none of the men in the video are currently serving US armed forces.  They are all members of Eubank’s Free Burma Rangers organization.  They apparently get into the fighting as part of their efforts, at least as far as giving covering fire for rescue efforts.  Also, there were two children Eubanks attempted to rescue.  He recovered the 5-6 year old girl, but there was also a toddler boy being fired at by ISIS in Mosul he was unable to recover.

That is incredible dedication.  I don’t know about the prudence of a father a family depends on doing that as a mission of charity, but it certainly speaks to this man’s enormous courage and conviction.

And this wasn’t a one time deal.  In the video below, Mr. Eubank gets shot through the arm, and his (presumably) Kurdish escort gets hit far worse:

The video below gives a better idea for what the wife and kids are exposed to:

It’s funny to see the reporter just inundated with body armor – like she’s in EOD or something! – and Eubank just walks around with a shirt and pants.  But I digress…….

Now, this man is certainly brave, has enormous conviction, and appears to be doing quite a bit of good.  But is it right for him to expose his children to such extremes of danger by choice?  There are certainly many ways of giving witness and serving others that don’t entail such grave risk of injury or loss of life.  And one could easily say that the children – even if they seem on board with dad’s very adventurous work – don’t really have a choice in the matter.  Kids might find it very hard to express their real feelings about being drug into this very violent and messy war.

Still, I find much to admire in this man and his family.  Now he’s a former Green Beret and probably well-versed in the situations in which he places himself and his family, but there it takes enormous guts and faith to do what he’s doing.  He states he has faith that God will protect him and his family in their work, and if it is their time it is their time.  One may argue with the morality and prudence of doing that, but I think he’s honest in being motivated by faith.  I do wonder if such extremes of effort, such great demonstrations of charity, make any impact on the hardened muslim mind?  Eubank did make converts in Burma, several of the medics serving with him in Iraq are Burmese.

Unfortunately he is protestant and thus holds a number of errors.  But would I have the faith and courage – even without wife and kids – to do what he’s done and plans to continue doing?  Probably not.  But does he even have a valid call from God to do this? Being protestant, that’s especially problematic (as St. Ignatius makes clear – more on that later, I pray).

That he is doing good is I think undeniable.  I am really amazed by this man’s willingness to help others.  See this rescue of a girl trapped under rubble for three days in ISIS-held territory:

So what do you think?  Is this zeal gone astray, or is this putting John xv:13 into concrete action in about the most literal way possible?  If he were Catholic would you think any differently of his work?