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Academic Lays out the Left-Wing Plan: First Your Guns, Then Your Cash September 21, 2016

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Then the day long bread line for you, comrade!  Death to the kulaks!  Imagine the glorious socialist GULAG archipelago that could be constructed in Alaska and the Northwest Territories!

The article below might be a bit more exercised over the threat of this statist professor’s call to ban the accumulation or use of large amounts of cash than I might be, on the face of it, but how many major leftist assaults on individual liberty have started just as small and grown into terrifying significant and intrusive phenomenon?  Why on earth ban cash and bills beyond $10 unless one desires to control people and curtail their freedom of action?  The gains from such a draconian act would be trivial, if they even exist.  But recall that the original gun control legislation passed in this country was all sold as being directed solely against criminals like the inner-city gangsters of the Al Capone and Lucky Luciano type, but very quickly expanded into something quite different indeed.

I’d say this definitely bears watching:

Russian philosopher Fyodor Dostoevsky in the 1800s said, “Money is coined liberty.”

Ken Rogoff, economics professor at Harvard (and previously an economist at the IMF and at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), wants to take that liberty away.  He has a new book out on the wickedness of cash, calling out the usual suspects – tax evaders and other criminals – to justify doing something about it.  I’m surprised he didn’t claim that Ben Franklins have been known to kill small children or poison the water in Flint, Michigan.  His solution is to eliminate all denominations of currency above ten dollars.

This sounds suspiciously like the argument for taking away firearms from law-abiding citizens to keep criminals from using guns.  It makes no sense unless your ultimate goal is to disarm the population – or, in this case, take one more step to tracing, taxing, and then controlling the spending habits of law-abiding citizens.

The plan is quite devious.  It is probably backed by credit card companies.  Rogoff’s answer is to create state-run banks that provide the services of a Citibank for free or a small fee.

First government got control of the health care industry.  Now this economist wants to give it control of the banking industry as well?

Rogoff generously recognizes that there is something to be said for cash as a guarantor of privacy and by extension liberty, as Dostoevsky proposed so eloquently in just four words, although he is more enamored of the possibility of the Federal Reserve implementing negative interest rates as a way to “stimulate” the economy.  He even matter-of-factly suggests the possibility of  rates as low as negative two or three percent.  Consider that as long as citizens hold cash, they can hedge against the government charging for the privilege of controlling our earnings and savings in the form of negative interest rates.

The Progressive endgame proposed by Mr. Rogoff follows the Communist plan: take away the guns.  Gain control of health care.  Indoctrinate the next generation through control of education curricula.  Demonize Judeo-Christian beliefs.  And then take away currency from the people, thus allowing government control of the flow of funds.

What Professor Rogoff isn’t mentioning in his argument is that this is the same control the Castro brothers have over Cuban currency and how the Kim regime of the DPRK manipulates its citizenry with its currency policies.  It is also the ultimate dream of the Federal Reserve.

In Cuba, they have two separate currencies.  There is one for the government and foreigners and one for the citizens.  Ordinary citizens are not allowed to hold and trade in the much more valuable convertible pesos, or Cuban dollars.  They must use only the virtually useless peso for their everyday needs.

I think we can safely assume that the hundreds of millions of dollars the Castro brothers have accumulated – all in the name of socialist fraternity and equality, no doubt! – is not in worthless Cuban internal currency.  No, it’s in American dollars, British pounds, or other currencies that, at least as far as the international money market is concerned – carry a real value.

It is the same in China and other socialist paradises, as well, of course.  North Koreans may starve and be killed off in their millions, but the Kim family lives very well, indeed.  In the old Soviet Union, party apparatchiks had Zil limousines, private shops with well-stocked shelves including the latest Western wares, personal dachas in the countryside paid for at state expense, and many other perquisites.  They didn’t stand in line for hours to browse almost barren shops.  The left always takes care of its own, that is, those that don’t become inconvenient and don’t fall into the category of useful idiots (almost all), which they kill off without a second thought.

In reality, Leftism, and the transnational global one world government movement, is all about the ascendance of a new, and thoroughly amoral, aristocracy.  The aristocracy of old, tied to the land, at least somewhat Catholic, and bound by tradition and custom to have something of a concern for those landless peasants under their care (that was by and large the case, there were, of course, exceptions) was a far cry from the new one that is being stood up by self-anointed elites.  They don’t care a whit for anyone but themselves. Ideology is all to them, but they see no contradiction in maintaining all the wealth and comforts of advanced 21st civilization for themselves, while denying them to everyone else, all in the name of whatever leftist ideology they care to cite.

But communism/leftism has always been riddled with far more “internal contradictions” such as these than the capitalist system communists like to deplore.  In truth, leftism is really more of a religion for deeply disordered and aggrieved individuals than it is a real economic or governmental philosophy.  It’s really the perfect self-justifying philosophy.  All the founders of the modern Left were deeply disturbed men, Marx among the worst.  A total failure at life all he could do was abuse those around him and rail against the world for not recognizing his “greatness.”  I sense a lot of the same sentiment abroad in our country today – Bernie Sanders has been in his life, and was in his campaign, almost the perfect personification of this.

Well, Orwell said that oligarchical collectivism was simply the revolt of a bureaucratic/technocratic class against a previous highest class and its institution of itself as the ever-ruling oligarchy.  He was just a bit early in prognosticating when it would come about.

Saint Leo the Great on Offering Penance September 21, 2016

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Even though the excerpt below was spoken, and primarily intended, for the start of Lent, it is not without its usefulness in an Ember Week.  Saint Leo effectively, gracefully communicates the Church’s steadfast belief in the efficacy of fasting (penance) and its salutary effects on our souls. I don’t know if you ever need inspiration to fast/works of penance, but if you do, I think you’ll find this mighty motivatin’.  What Grace there is waiting for us in penance, and how few avail themselves of it! What a tragedy for the Church and the world!

From pp. 121-3 of The Liturgical Year, Vol. V:

The Holy Church, seeing her children…….speaks to them in her Office of Matins, these eloquent and noble words of St. Leo the Great: dfsasf

“Having to announce to you, dearly beloved, the most sacred and chief fast, how can I more appropriately begin, than with the words of the Apostle, in whom Christ Himself spoke, and by saying to you what has just been read: “Behold!  Now is the acceptable time!  Behold, Now is the day of salvation!For although there be no time which is not replete with divine gifts, and we may always, by God’s Grace, have access to His mercy, yet ought we all to redouble our efforts to make spiritual progress and be animated with unusual confidence, now that the anniversary of the day of our redemption is approaching, inviting us to devote ourselves to every good work, that catholic-penanceso we may celebrate, with purity of body and mind, the incomparable mystery of our Lord’s Passion.  

It is true that our devotion and reverence towards so great a mystery should be kept up during the whole  year, and we ourselves should be at all times, in the eyes of God, the same as we are bound to be at the Easter solemnity.  But this is an effort which only few among us have the courage to sustain.  The weakness of the flesh induces us to relax our austerities; the various occupations of every day life take up our thoughts; and thus even the virtuous find their hearts clogged by the world’s dust.  Hence it is that the Lord has most providentially given us these days, whose holy exercises should be to us a remedy, whereby to regain our purity of soul.  The good works and the holy fastings of this season were instituted as an atonement for, and an obliteration of, the sins we commit during the rest of the year.  [Such a beautiful sentiment. They were also specifically intended for the sanctification of priests and especially those seminarians to be ordained this season/year]

Now, therefore, that we are about to enter upon these days, which are so full of mystery, and which were instituted for the holy purpose of purifying both soul and body, let us, dearly beloved, be careful to do as the Apostle bids us, and cleanse ourselves from all defilements of the flesh and the spirit; that thus the combat between the two substances being made less fierce, the soul, which, when she herself is subject to God, ought to be the ruler of the body, will recover her own dignity and position. [Dang right!]  Let us also avoid giving offence to any man, so that here be none to blame or speak evil things of us.  For we deserve the harsh remarks of infidels, and we provoke the tongues of the wicked to blaspheme religion, when we who fast lead unholy lives.  For our fast does not consist in the mere abstinence from food; nor is it of much use to deny food to our body, unless we restrain the soul from sin.

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Reminder: Fall Ember Days Start Tomorrow 09/21/16 September 20, 2016

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EOM.  Maybe a bit more tomorrow.  Fast and partial abstinence tomorrow and Saturday, full abstinence on Friday (per, I’m certain, your usual practice).

Mac n’ Cheese for me!

Start Novena to St. Michael the Arcangel Today 09/20/16 September 20, 2016

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I try to put out these reminders for you.  The Novena starts today and finishes on the vigil of the feast.

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His people, I turn to you with confidence andStMichaelTheArchangelseek your powerful intercession.

For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels, be pleased to hear my prayer.

You know the value of my soul in the eyes of God.  May no stain of evil ever disfigure its beauty.  Help me to conquer the evil spirit who tempts me.  I desire to imitate your loyalty to God and Holy Mother Church and your great love for God and men.  And since you are God’s messenger for the care of His people, I entrust to you this special request:

(Mention your request)

Saint Michael, since you are, by the Will of the Creator, the powerful intercessor of Christians, I have great confidence in your prayers.  I earnestly trust that if it is God’s holy will my petition will be granted.St_Michael_Raphael

Pray for me, Saint Michael, and also for those I love.  Protect us in all dangers of body and soul.  Help us in our daily needs.

Through your powerful intercession, may we live a holy life, die a happy death, and reach heaven where we may praise and love God with you forever.

Amen.

In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed on St. Michael: one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be.

The faithful who recite devoutly some prayers in honor of St. Michael with the intention of continuing the said prayers for nine consecutive days may gain: an indulgence of 5 years once each day; a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, at the end of their novena.

Has the In$titutionalized Pro-Life Been a Manifest Failure Through Steadfast Repubnik Loyalty? September 20, 2016

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So says Leon H. Wolf in a piece at RedState, which, it must be said, tries to tie what I agree is a general trend towards failure by the institutionalized pro-life movement into an anti-Trump screed.  I’ve read few sites that have been more reliably Never Trump, so keep that in mind.

I’ll cut and paste a bit of the article below, but while I think the author has a major point, I think he also errs substantially in 1) trying to parlay the “Republicans have always abused you” argument into “You’re a sucker if you vote for Trump” and 2) his general bashing of the pro-life movement for being steadfast Republican homers.  For instance, was the same author just as exercised against pro-life orgs support for Mitt Romney, who had just as inconsistent record on abortion as Trump?  If not, why not?  Secondly, where else were pro-lifers supposed to go over the past 40 years, even as the Repubniks did, admittedly, repeatedly screw them over?

Ergo, I think this piece is a lot more about hating on Trump than really having something to say regarding the pro-life movement. YMMV.

Having said that, if you want to bash the in$$titutionalized  pro-life movement for being ineffective and probably more concerned with keeping fundraising going than really ending abortion, you’ll get little argument from me.  As for the rest, see what you think:

Personally, I have reached the point that I am fed up with these organizations. They have been, by and large, total failures in holding politicians accountable. When is the last time you can recall that a pro-life group claimed the scalp of any of the dozens if not hundreds of Republicans who have betrayed the pro-life cause over the years? It has not happened and it does not happen. [Well, is that the point of being a pro-life group, to claim Republican scalps?  They’ve claimed a number of democrats, which is not unimportant.  I agree most pro-life groups far too slavishly tote the mainstream Republican line, but what mainstream conservative commentators have ever called for a mass pro-life turning against Republican politicians who have somehow betrayed the cause? That is, until the Republican nominee somehow threatened the interests of these same mainstream commentators. I follow pro-life events quite closely, and I can’t remember more than a handful of such calls, all at the state or local level, never national.Why now?]

………These orgs are all carrot, no stick. They are happy to go out and encourage people to elect more Republicans, elect more Republicans, vote Republican for President in particular. Meanwhile, 7 of the 9 judges who decided Roe v. Wade were appointed by Republicans. Roe v. Wade would not have survived throughout all these years without Justices O’Connor, Kennedy, and Souter – all nominated by Republicans and confirmed with the unanimous consent of Senate Republicans. At no point has anyone ever paid a political price for this. So pro-life orgs set their sights on a series of incremental legislative changes to the abortion regime at the state level, which have systematically been thrown out by judges who were appointed and confirmed by Republicans – and again, no one has paid a political price for any of this. You could hardly ask for a more useful set of stooges for the RNC. [Again, who has been advocating for this?  I think it’s a good idea, and if this is to be a start of a movement to get the pro-life movement to hold Republicans far more accountable for their lack of support for pro-life matters, I’m all for it, but as an argument simply to not support Trump, because now’s the time to start punishing R’s for lack of pro-life commitment?  I don’t get it.  Why not start with some of the most egregious House and Senate members, and go from there?  How about we try to get a turncoat like Lindsay Graham driven from office, rather than start at the highest office?  Or was this all just about self-justification?  Which, if so, fine, but say so, don’t try to cloak it in some supposed larger-than-self virtue]

………I don’t know what it is about these groups that makes them totally unable to state the obvious: that pro-lifers are being played for suckers by the GOP, which has no intention of ever allowing Roe v. Wade to be overturned. [I thought Trump was an insurrection against the establishment GOP and largely despised by people like the author?  So how does supporting him make people suckers for the GOPe?]  After all, if it were, how would they scare the evangelicals into voting for the Donald Trumps of the future? [Well, I do wonder if there still isn’t some massive play going on, where, just as conservative were lured to vote for the non-conservative Romney in 2012 (after which many said never again), they are somehow being lured to vote for the non-conservative Trump in 2016.  That all depends, I suppose, on how much sincerity one think Trump has.] The professional pro-life orgs are too scared to say this, and to admit that everything they have done for the last 40 years to this point has been an abject failure, because doing so might cause their donor money to dry up. So they continue to play the willing sucker again and again and at no point has it been more evident than their embrace of Trump this year. [I think this guy is getting a bit carried away in fervor to make his point. I don’t think the pro-life movement has been an abject, meaning total, failure over the past 40 years.  Successes have been small, and too rare, but they have occurred.  What awesome, unique cultural forces has the pro-life movement faced, that, say, someone supporting tighter immigration controls hasn’t faced, like, virtually all Americans defining their lives around the use of contraception?  Have those had an effect?]

………If you believe that Trump has actual pro-life principles or that he will honor any sort of pledge to only appoint pro-life justices, then you have to be one of the most monumental suckers who has ever lived…… [Again, this is really inconsistent. Somehow he is tarring Trump the outsider as being part of the GOPe that has so failed pro-lifers.  But Trump could actually be perceived as the very reaction this guy seeks, though not in the way he seeks it, agreeing with his preferences.  That is to say, many pro-lifers, agreeing that the GOPe has used and abused them for decades, are now willing to take a flyer on the extremely dubious Trump, who is at least better than the same old same old that has betrayed them over and over.  Again, did this guy advocate the pro-lifers finally punish the GOPe who gave us the pro-abort Romney in 2012?  If not, then it’s not serious, it’s more NeverTrumpism] 

………..Will there ever come a point – and I do mean, literally ever, where the professional pro-life orgs throw up their hands and say, “You know what? We are sick of being played for fools by the Republican Party. They must be actually opposed until they change their ways.” And if that day is ever supposed to come, why not now? If the Trump Farce isn’t enough to make them say “no mas,” then what will be?

The more I read this piece, the more unnerved I became.  At the end, I no longer took it seriously as cri d’couer to the pro-life movement, but just another NeverTrumper seeking to justify his refusal to vote for Trump, and using some pretty ugly psychology on pro-lifers to try to sway them away from Trump, basically ending with calling pro-lifers stupid inbred mouth-breathing flyover dolts who don’t know what’s good for them when we tell them!

Which kind of smug superiority explains at least half of Trump’s support among conservatives in a nutshell.  They are sick of being betrayed, they are sick of being lied to, they feel they have nothing to lose at this point, and so, why not give a total outsider, even one like Trump, a shot?  At least he kneecaps cultural marxism on an almost daily basis, and seems to have a near Reaganesque quality to deflect all the media’s attempts to destroy him.  Historically, how would the pro-life movement been better off if it had abandoned Republicans for…..what?  What alternative was there?  Even the examples he cites in his piece for successful “punishments” of Republican politicians who fell afoul of this special interest in the conservative base or that were only individual House members, never the presidential candidate, let alone an abandonment of an entire party!  I think the author may have tipped his hand as to what he plans to do should Trump win……..

Telling these folks what stupid idiots they are for supporting Trump smells a lot more like sour grapes and deep fear of diminishing influence than it does anything else.

Look, I never have liked Trump. But I have no alternative but to vote for him at this point, because he is the best of a damnably weak field (at least in my state). I see no point in attacking him.  He’s the nominee, he’s not going to give us an out by dropping out of the race (it was never going to happen), and it looks like he’s going to be quite competitive.  I cannot understand, then, what purpose attacking him or those who support him serves, at this point, at least outside individual self-interest.

Which is a shame, because I think the original point of the piece, that the institutional pro-life movement, especially at the national level, has sold out, is dead on.

What do you think?

h/t reader good ‘ol MFG, who sends so many thought-provoking pieces

PS – At this point, I find any “pro-lifer” who isn’t also completely, totally anti-contraception to be unworthy of the name.

New Movie EWTN Affiliate Focuses on Alinskyite Influence in the Church September 20, 2016

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I guess it’s throwback Tuesday on the blog, I’m hitting a lot of subjects I covered in depth in the past but sort of moved on from.

Probably many of you know about Saul Alinsky and his influence on the current president, the Catholic Church (especially the Archdiocese of Chicago), and the advance of cultural marxism in the US generally.  True to his paramour, satan, he has been a one man wrecking crew.  Coupled with the Frankfurt School penetration of the federalized education industrial complex, Alinskyite “social justice” warriors have probably done more to advance the creeping socialization of the United States than any other group.

Someone at EWTN apparently recently figured this out, because there is a new movie coming out on 09/22 that features much EWTN talent, like Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, etc., discussing the baleful influence of Saul Alinsky and his Rules of Radicals.  I’m sure it’s a well done production and a great message to get out, but,  ummm………where were you in 2008?

Well, the reason is, there is always a steady stream of folks who have advanced to a point where a message like what I expect from this movie will have a significant impact on them.  So while perhaps quite a bit late to stop the fundamental transformation of our nation, perhaps it will help prepare a few souls for the future that awaits us:

Summary from the website:

From the producers of the Gabriel Award winning television series “SAINTS ALIVE!” on EWTN, comes “A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING”, a new feature docudrama on Saul Alinsky, the father of community organizing and author of “Rules for Radicals”. The film is a lens into America’s cultural Marxism euphemistically called ‘progressivism.’

With all the radical transformations of America and its religious freedoms, politics, economy, education, healthcare, courts, media, cinema, music, art, architecture; the film will help Catholics and all Christians understand “how we’ve gotten to where we are today” and “what’s behind” the amorality, sexual revolution, political correctness, gender confusion that is destroying our families and culture.

This is no conspiracy theory! It’s the real story of Alinsky and his movement. It’s the classic teachings of the Church with insights from philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (who as a Jesuit scholastic was trained in Alinskyian organizing), Fathers Glenn Sudano & Andrew Apostoli (co-founders with Fr. Benedict Groeschel of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal), Stephanie Block (who wrote the definitive 4 volume study of Alinskyian organizing) [Stephanie’s great.  She’s always worth a listen]. Actors play Alinsky, Popes St. John Paul II & Leo XIII, Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko & others.

Most interesting to contemplate is the degree to which leftists and left-leaners within the Church were eager to provide the Alinskyite movement with its first big success at penetrating a church for the much sought after money and moral credibility.  It’s been no stopping for them ever since, which is also how we have gotten such poisonous doctrines as the “seamless garment.”

But perhaps most interesting of all is the correlation between the present pontificate and the beliefs, methods, and techniques of personal destruction honed and Saul Alinsky.  I’m sure that won’t be part of this movie, but you can ruminate on that as an extra credit assignment to work on at home.

Remember to show your work.

Bishops Fear Loss of Revenue More than Tax-Exempt Status September 20, 2016

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It’s been a while, but I wrote extensively in the past about how 90+% of the budget of Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services comes from the federal government, and how that federal funding has caused inevitable compromises in the Catholic mission and identity of these erstwhile charities (is it a charity if the money is taken by force?).

Many wonder why so few bishops have any backbone to oppose the culture or even the very public moral failings of their flock.  Why do they always seem to cave?  Well, the main reason is, they belong to a different religion, but many also wonder whether fear of losing their tax-exempt status might not have a big part to do with it.  Didn’t Nancy Pelosi threated to strip it if the bishops ever got out of line and started, totally contrary to their personal inclinations, really opposing democrat candidates?

But the tax-exempt issue, while large, is probably less significant compared to the loss of the billions of dollars of forced donations taken from the American public at large and given to the USCCB’s charities by the federal government every year, so long as the bishops continue to play their part in the big, always left-turning machine of our culture.

That’s the theory proposed by Philip De Vous below, and I think he’s pretty much spot on, if you leave out the whole different religion aspect (my comments):

Every time I hear an American Bishop or some apparatchik at the USCCB give some fake warning about being careful what we say, or write, or what pro-life literature we hand out concerning the election because “we could lose our tax exempt status, I laugh and think, “so what and let the bastards try it.” [Fight through. Move along…….]

Why are so many prelates and priests so unmanly and afraid of a confrontation and a fight? Surely one of the reasons men only are called to the priesthood has something to do with a man’s capacity to fight and protect what he loves? Testicular fortitude should be thing for men–Christ’s own men especially!!!

“What doth it profit a man to gain his tax exempt status and lose his soul?” [Well, what if these men are actually fervent devotees, high priests even, of a different and implacably competing religion, a religion of man, by men, and for men, a religion dreamed up by Montesquieu and Voltaire and Hegel and all the other prophets of the sexular pagan left?  What if they held a vision of “catholicism” that reduced it to a simple appendage, a sort of god-modded version, of the “greater” religion of sexular pagan leftism?  Mr. De Vous is completely right in his analysis, insofar as it goes, but there is much more beneath the surface of prurient interest and Pharisaical wealth- and influence-seeking.]

As I see it, given the number of people who regularly go to Mass, confession, and actually support the Church, and given that Catholics contracept and divorce at the same rates as the pagan population [slightly higher!], we have too much land, too many parishes, and too many schools for the number of Catholics who actually practice their faith, so a tax paying forced reorganization might be beneficial to properly slim down to productive and believing ecclesiastical assets[Great point]

Why do Bishops pretend as if they would have no public leverage, influence, or legal recourse should the government actually and improbably move to revoke the Church’s tax exempt status? Why do they and their apparatchiks tell this ridiculous, very public lie of the potential revocation of exemption every election season? How many African-American congregations have suffered a revocation of their exemption when they regularly have candidates preaching from their pulpits? NONE. [Maybe, just maybe, many if not most of those bishops don’t WANT to stand against the dominant culture and the evils it promotes, because they predominately agree with them? You’re asking them to inveigh against their most deeply held spiritual beliefs – the horror!]

When are we going to confront the real truth at the root of what the Bishops and their apparatchiks fear: That they have made the Catholic Church in the United States a subcontractor for the anti-Catholic, secularized welfare state and have grown dependent on government money to prop up the Church’s charities and social welfare programs, partly due to the fact that the faithful aren’t so faithful anymore and don’t support the Church and her works much anymore. [But which came first, chicken or egg?  The faithful and bishops both started abandoning the faith en masse in the mid-20th century, but a fair argument can be made that the elites (bishops) went first.  So, stop teaching the Faith,  make massive changes in the very core of people’s lived religious experience (the Mass), and experience a decrease in conviction and involvement.  So the USCCB sucked up to the gov’t to make up for the lack of conviction (read: donations) their own mishandling of the Faith had encouraged, which sucking up is what they wanted to do all along for deeply held cultural and ideological reasons.  Sound like a self-fulfilling prophecy?]

We’ve been corrupted by government money and have made it hard for ourselves to speak the truth about things that matter most, the millions in government dollars prop up school lunch programs, family aid programs, Catholic charities programs, refugee aid, etc.  “Helping people” viewed as a quantity, at the cost of muting our integral witness on moral non-negotiables is surely a highway to Hell paved with greenbacks. [But may have been viewed as much more of a feature than a bug]

It’s not our tax exempt status we’re afraid of losing by speaking the truths that frankly most comfortable, semi-practicing Catholics don’t much want to hear, it’s because we’re afraid of losing the money(concupiscence of the eyes) and the public prestige that administering these big programs (the pride of life) brings to episcopal and meta-episcopal administrations, such as the various organs of the USCCB.

Again, I don’t mean to sound critical, it’s great analysis as far as it goes, and mirrors almost exactly where I was, say, in 2011 or so.  Even then, however, it was evident to me that something was seriously off in the episcopate beyond the love of easily obtained governmental money, something much more to do with ideology and a repugnance for the Bad Old Church.

Nevertheless, it’s always refreshing to see people seeing through the bureaucratic smokescreens of the USCCB/chanceries and starting to figure things out for themselves.  Don’t stop digging, Mr. De Vous!  The truth is out there…….

Reason #945 to Never Serve in the US Military……. September 19, 2016

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……..or strongly consider terminating service at the earliest possible/foreseeable date.  The Navy, acting on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s act of the will permitting “transgender” individuals to serve in the armed forces, is implementing across-the-board training indoctrination for all servicemembers starting next year.  Aside from encouraging deeply disordered individuals from maintaining a fiction in total contradiction to their God-given identity, aside from allowing burly men free access to women’s restrooms and other facilities on ship, it will also, almost certainly, require all Naval personnel to join in with this fantasy by mandating the use of one’s “gender pronoun of choice,” or even ludicrous made up ones like xer, zim, xhe, etc.  This is institution-mandated madness, and, in line with the Gramscian principles at work in all cultural marxism of this type, will help serve as both a massively useful legal precedent for imposing this unprecedented social engineering on unwilling states and even private entities, and as a further wrench in the already broken down machine of Western civilization.

As you can see, it’s win-win to the leftists who are attempting to foist this insanity on all of us:

An all-Navy message sent out Tuesday says that all sailors will be required to undergo transgender behavioral education by July 2017.

Starting Nov. 1, the training will educate sailors about the Navy’s new transgender policy that allows transgenders to serve in the military, Military.com reported.

“This training will emphasize policies and expectations of personal behavior,” the message states. [Meaning, if you call a 6’5″ 250 lb dude covered in thick body hair who happens to wear a wig – or not even that, who happens to feel like a woman, today, even though he gives absolutely no outward indication of being such – “sir,” you’re finished.]

……In the meantime, leadership is putting together a commander’s tool kit that will guide training, said Lt. Jessica Anderson, a spokeswoman for Naval Personnel Command, to Military.com[The fact that a woman is spokesman for this is hardly surprising.  Of all the services, none have been more a special target of cultural marxism than the Navy, whose “Tailhook scandal” gave the powers that be all the excuse they needed to break yet another cultural institution of any outward masculine orientation]

Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. [This is a euphemism of language policing on an unprecedented scale] “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.” [If you had any idea how much time in today’s military is taken up by training of this type, and similar inanities (like ubiquitous commercials on Armed Forces TV demanding service members constantly wear reflector belts even when on duty in a war zone), you’d be amazed that anything productive ever gets accomplished.]

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals. [Which would include telling someone who is manifestly a man, that they are not, in fact, a woman, no matter how many cancer-causing drugs they take, or how much self-mutilation they perform. Even use of the “wrong” pronoun will be grounds for severe penalties, because you will be made to care, and to sing the leftist tune.]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter repealed the ban on transgenders serving in the military back in June.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said at a Pentagonpress conference. “We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”

What complete, utter bullshwaggle.  Transgenders don’t even make up 0.03% of the population.  The military has gotten by without them for 240 years, and could continue getting by forever without these super-special snowflakes.  This is all about an exercise of naked power by cultural marxists to advance the ball as far as they possibly can while they still hold power.

Do you have any idea how high the same sex rape rate is in the US military? Did you know that men are almost as likely to be raped in the US military as are women?

And you do, of course, realize, that this whole transgender rights line of attack on morality and decency is, a) something that was on absolutely no one’s radar even 2 years ago, before Obergefell, and b) is a direct result of that decision, which suddenly gave those inclined to sodomy and allied perversion not only “equal” rights but, given all the pre-existing “hate crimes” legislation and other special government protections, superior rights to the most hated creature in the known universe, the always deplorable white male?

The Left worked to set the table for that decision for at least twenty five years solid, and once it came, had an entire panoply of causes to put forth to continue their attack on their real enemy, Christianity.  We’re bogged down in bathroom wars over an aggrieved 50,000 or so very, very loud people, nationwide, so that almost no one gives thought to, say, rolling back Obergefell, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  That’s how the Left has succeeded for 60 odd years now, they never rest, as soon as one objective is obtained, they push for 5 more.

So, Catholic Navy types (and, I assume, those of all the other branches)…….are you going to go along and call a giant he “Ma’am,” or whatever is demanded of you?  Or will there be an appropriate weasel word provided, something sexless so you don’t have to compromise yourself totally?  Like just addressing people by rank?  But hasn’t going along to get along helped bring us to this very point?  Not that I would have the wherewithal to do any differently if it were my career on the line………..or would I?

I have gone out in a blaze of glory once.  There’s no way I could ever work at Fuji-land again so long as current management remains, not that I’d want to.

h/t reader TT

Why Homeschool? September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I don’t think most readers of this blog need much convincing that homeschooling is not only the best choice, but increasingly the only real moral alternative for educating children in a culture of pandemic immorality and out of control self-interest.  Aside from an exceedingly limited number of still relatively orthodox private school alternatives, there is really no choice in a culture that permits men into little girl’s restrooms, pretends two people of the same sex can be married, encourages all manner of self-serving vice from the most gluttonous avarice to the most shameful self-degradation, but to homeschool.

Still, even with the numerous motivations, it is not easy.  It is especially not easy if mom has to try to maintain the education of multiple children in multiple different grades, with only very rare breaks, and with all the hassles and upsets that come from not just raising a whole bunch of kids, but trying to educate them, too.  There can be endless frustrations and enormous challenges to patience. Sometimes, it will seem that the effort is not worth it, that you’re “failing” or “doing a bad job” in educating your children, or maybe even being counterproductive in not always maintaining a hybrid June Cleaver/Saint Teresa level of superhuman homemaking and saintly piety.

Don’t let these thoughts linger in your head.  This is the suffering God has called you to in this time.  It can be enormously challenging suffering, but remember the Divine and Inerrant Word of God told us, through Saint Paul, that His Grace is more than sufficient aid to overcome it.

Such is the major point of Father’s sermon below.  The voice will be familiar to many.  Some may have heard this message before, but its worth hearing again at the start of this homeschooling year.  The more we struggle, the more Grace abounds for all of us.  Don’t let worries over whether you’re teaching Algebra II well enough, or whether your homeschooled child will do well on the PSAT, distract you from your primary jobs, which are maintaining your own growth in holiness while witnessing a faithful – if struggling and imperfect – Catholic life to your children.

There is much in this sermon for everyone, but especially for those moms (or dads) starting another long year’s slog.  Don’t let pride and self-will detract from the beautiful, unimaginably important gift (and challenge) he has given you/us in bringing up children in a time of darkness to be good and holy souls:

Catholic Irving Gets a Bit More Catholic September 19, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, religious, the struggle for the Church, true leadership, Virtue.
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One of the reasons Irving, TX is such a Catholic town, it must be admitted, is the presence of the University of Dallas (UD).  No, UD is not what it once was, sadly, the effects of modernist influence under Msgr. Milam Joseph’s tenure and some subsequent problems have definitely had their effect, but UD does still remain one of the more Catholic universities in this country.  A bit of a step back in the direction of relative orthodoxy was announced recently, with the standing up of a branch of the Nashville Dominicans to both study and teach at UD.  No, the Nashville Dominicans are not explicitly traditional, but they are one of the most solid “mainstream” religious orders in this country, especially among the women’s orders.

Several nuns have already arrived in Irving to set up their convent and are teaching this semester.  Their presence brings to six the number of monasteries/convents either within Irving or within a few miles (including – Carmel of the Infant Jesus of Prague in Dallas, Cistercians in Irving, Holy Family of Nazareth in Grand Prairie, Carmelites in Arlington, and both male and female Dominicans at UD.  Am I missing any?).  For this day and age, that’s an  unusual density, though, even a few short decades ago, I think any city of 200,000 with a large Catholic population would have had far more than that, so we still have a long way to go.  Some details from the announcement:

When classes began on Aug. 24, UD students were greeted by a different combination of white and black on the mall: the white and black of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious congregation more commonly known as the Nashville Dominicans. The Cistercian fathers, the Dominican fathers and the diocesan priests have contributed much to the academic and spiritual life on the campus for many years, but the presence of women religious, so prominent in UD’s early days, has been lacking in recent times.

This past spring, Associate Professor and Chairman of Theology Mark Goodwin extended an invitation to alumna Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., to teach systematic theology full time at UD. This invitation led to a conversation between President Thomas Keefe and the Nashville Dominican Mother General, Mother Ann Marie Karlovic, O.P., in which they discussed the possibility of a small community of sisters coming to serve at the University of Dallas.

As a result of this conversation, on Aug. 9, three Nashville Dominicans arrived in Irving and established a convent. Sister Mary Edith Humphries, O.P., another UD alumna, is teaching Literary Tradition I while continuing work on her doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare for The Catholic University of America; Sister Rosemary Esseff, O.P., is leading the Schola Rosa Mystica (a Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony choir) while also working on her doctoral dissertation in sacred music composition for the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, Italy; and Sister Jane Dominic, of course, is teaching theology.

The two alumnae sisters are happy to be back at UD.

In fact, nine nuns of the Nashville Dominicans are alumnae of UD.  So it seems the university remains, still and all, at least something of a bastion of conservative Catholicism, if not outright traditionalism (though, there are many folks very friendly to tradition there, and there present is certainly felt at Mater Dei).

As for me, I always try to maintain a very open mind and find the manifest good (and it is certainly there) in these very conservative, if not explicitly traditional orders.  I know from local experience that convents of nuns, in particular, would often love to fully embrace tradition but are prohibited from doing so by their own religious superiors or even diocesan intransigence.

These women do a great deal of good.  I pray they continue to grow, and ever more rapidly.  Speaking of good, there is a talk being given by the theology professor Sister Jane Dominic Laurel tonight at UD from 7:30 – 9 TONIGHT on the subject of praying as a family.  See flyer below:

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Childcare is available.