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Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicken Little, "You're Fired!" Climate Change is a Myth.

Climate change PROVED to be 'nothing but a lie', claims top meteorologist

All the predictions of the climate gloom and doomers have failed. They said the ice cap was melting; it's increasing. They said the oceans would rise and coasts would be under water -- WRONG! They said we'd have more and worse storms -- not true.

So exactly why do so many people believe this nonsense? Could it be our education system is working as John Dewey desired -- to make little mindless robots who are easily manipulated by government? 

Teach your children to be critical thinkers!

Eat Your Heart Out, Riverdance!

This video of the dueling dancing priests reminded me so much of the James Cagney/Bob Hope dancing duel, I just had to find it and watch it again. And Bob and Jimmy are a lot older than those youngsters Roman collars. Let's hear it for hoofers! Dance and you'll live longer and have more energy to serve the Lord! (We square dance.)

Praising God for a Good Night's Sleep!

These days waking up rested is not my default position. Since Sunday I've had three nights with 4-5 hours of sleep. I'm not complaining, mind you, just stating a fact. Do you ever think about what a blessing it is to have a good night's sleep? And do you ever get up and thank God for the blessing of a peaceful night taking a break from the pressure-cooker of life? I always say my morning offering, but it's only when I'm not sleeping that I appreciate what a gift sleep is.

Some quotes on sleep:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Inhumanity of In Vitro Fertilization: A Mother's Story and a Doctor's Witness

My Journey Through In Vitro Fertilization

This mom's story, one baby born from 31 children created through IVF, is confirmed by an article in Crisis Magazine. Here are a few salient paragraphs from the Crisis article:
During the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology this July, it was announced that five million babies have been born following in vitro fertilization procedures since 1978. Today, approximately 350,000 IVF babies are born annually, and the numbers are increasing.
An eerie silence hangs over these numbers.

Great Political Ad! Every Pro-Abort Politician Should be Confronted by This!

See more about this family's story here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Please, Michael, Say it Ain't So?

I have a lot of regard for Michael Voris which made me even more disappointed with this apology which seems misguided to me. You can be in full communion with the Church, respect the papacy, and still criticize the wrong actions of a pope. Of course we are called to respect, pray for, and love the pope as he says. But criticizing the pope's actions is not the same thing as undermining love for the Church or denying that Pope Francis is the duly elected pope. To say otherwise seems to me to be an error.

So what if others have used the pope's scandalous situation to gleefully malign him? Wrong as that is, it seems to me to be irrelevant and a red herring with regard to legitimate questioning of papal actions.

We have a problem, Houston -- It's Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker....

...and her crusade against the free speech rights of pastors.

Houston, We Have a (1st Amendment) Problem!

Interesting that liberals never mind political action by democrats in churches, but if you dare to speak against a politically correct sacred cow like the oxymoronic gay marriage, watch out! 

But isn't it fun to watch Chuck Norris, "Texas Ranger,"  take them on! Go, Chuck, go!  He seems like a man with good, moral sense. In fact, here's a little blurb about the show from Wikipedia:
The show was known for its moral values. For example, the characters refrained from the use of drugs, and they participated in community service. Martial arts were displayed prominently as the primary tool of law enforcement and occasionally as a tool for Walker and company to reach out to the community.[5][6] The show has since become one of the most popular action shows in television history and has gained a cult following for its camp appeal.
I'm glad he's on the side of free speech and constitutional principles! And he has a sense of humor too!

New Evidence from Ferguson Supports Police Officer's Testimony

BREAKING: New Forensic Evidence Is a GAME CHANGER in Mike Brown / Officer Darren Wilson Case

Do you think this will get the same kind of media coverage as all the hate the cracker cop race baiting from Al Sharpton and gang? Or will they still demand a lynching to avoid race riots? Their "gentle giant" meme isn't holding up well in the light of facts. But who cares about facts when there's an agenda on the table?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Helen Hull Hitchcock -- Rest in Peace

Register Article

I only met Helen once, at the U.S. Bishops' Conference meeting in Baltimore a number of years ago. The Catholic Media Coalition of which I'm president, was sponsoring a hospitality room and she and another member of Women for Faith and Family joined us. We had an interesting conversation about the state of the Church. I was always grateful for the work of Women for Faith and Family and their informative newsletter.

I'll be offering my rosary this evening and my Mass tomorrow morning for the repose of her soul. Farewell, courageous lady! Please pray for us as we will for you.

Be One of the First to Read Dietrich Von Hildebrand's Book

My Battle Against Hitler

I've ordered the book and eagerly await its arrival. After reading Alice Von Hildebrand's biography, Soul of a Lion, which briefly addressed the Nazis' attempts to assassinate the great philosopher, I'm eager to read an extended account of his adventures which included nearly miraculous escapes on several occasions. If you don't have any of Dietrich Von Hildebrand's books on your Catholic bookshelf, you must remedy that situation as soon as possible. I've read The Devastated Vineyard more than once and it's a regular source of reference. Right now I'm reading Transformation in Christ which is difficult but worth the effort.

Happy reading! I'd love to discuss this book with other interested parties.

Get Rid of Those Black Babies! Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Aimed at Population Control.

Is the WHO trying to sterilize Kenyan women through its Tetanus Vaccine Campaign?

It's happened before -- in the Philippines, Nicaragua, and Mexico -- a vaccine laced with HCG, the pregnancy hormone, and aimed only at women and girls. Why? Because injecting HCG causes women to build antibodies against it so when pregnancy takes place their immune systems attack the pregnancy and they miscarry.. 

Is that what Bill Gates meant when he said that vaccine programs were the answer to over-population? Liberals never met a baby of color they wouldn't be happy to abort. They would rather provide the Third World with dangerous chemical contraceptives and abortion machines rather than give them what they really need: clean water systems, anti diarrhea medication, and antibiotics.

I remember a conversation with a young woman arguing for abortion because the poor in the Third World need it. Yes, of course, kill those children of the poor -- especially the Africans. What does it say when the main thing the rich want to do for the poor is kill their children? 

Thank you, Bill Gates. 

For more see:
KENYA: Catholic Bishops Urge Ministry of Health to Come Clean on Tetanus Vaccine

Eating and Living Healthy is Part of the Catholic Lifestyle

I'm convinced that eating and exercising sensibly is part of living a healthy Catholic lifestyle. It gives you the energy and the stamina to be an active servant of the Lord. There may come a time when my service is all prayer and sacrifice, but I hope that's well into the future.  

So as part of my "healthy living" resolution, I watched an interview today with a young woman, Melissa Joulwan, who has written several paleo cookbooks titled Well Fed. She made a great statement near the end of the interview about how to approach eating.

"Food is neither punishment nor reward.....Healthy food is a gift, not food jail....and be happy" Basically, she was pointing out that you don't have to look at food as either/or. You don't have to cut out grains or sugar forever. It's a choice and if you choose to eat a cookie or pasta you don't have to think of it as "cheating." Her attitude sounded a lot like the Christian principle of "moderation in all things." Very sensible.

I love her statement that "food is a gift." God gives us so many gifts. We could just eat to live like the animals. Somehow I can't imagine a cow chewing its cud thinking about enjoyment. "Moo....Let's see,.. I'll eat this sweet grass and then I'll go over and nibble on some buttercups for variety."

But God gave us all these wonderful gifts and the ability to enjoy them. We eat in fellowship breaking bread together. And, as Chesterton said, “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.” I still recall the wonderful smell of my dad's pipe tobacco.

Melissa's statement came near the end of the video after she described her struggle with yo-yoing weight issues, adrenal problems, sleeping difficulties, and just not feeling good.

I understand what she's talking about. Since my diagnosis with Myasthenia Gravis, I'm taking medications that affect my weight, my digestion, my sleeping.... So in addition to dealing with the effects of the autoimmune disease itself, I end up dealing with the issues related to side effects of the meds. After four months of taking heavy antacids every day to control side effects, I decided I don't want to do that any more. Long-term reduction of stomach acid which is necessary for proper digestion can cause an entire schema of other problems. So now I'm taking pro-biotics and eating yogurt in the morning and trying to make sensible food choices that control the digestive issues related to the meds. It's an interesting adventure, a constant experiment, and one that occasionally gives me something to offer up for the Poor Souls in Purgatory. And that's not such a bad thing either.

And this video just made me laugh.

Thank God for the "Conservative Uprising!"

Two thumbs up for Michael Voris and Church Militant TV and their excellent coverage of the Synod. And yes, we do "care about the Church" and resent the way the secular media "spin stories." God bless all the faithful Catholic members of the press who helped create the orthodox (a better term) uprising. May Jesus Christ be praised, now and forever. Down with modernism, up with fidelity to Christ and the unchanging doctrine of the faith.

Moynihan Letter -- Interesting Evaluation of the Synod

This is long, so if you want a quick read, I've highlighted in red what struck me most. I ran the entire letter because it's not up on the Inside the Vatican website yet. But I recommend you sign up for these letters which are always insightful about what's happening in the Church. I also recommend the magazine which is well worth the subscriptiong price. As you read this, praise God for the African and Polish bishops who seem to have their heads on straighter than most of the Americans and the Germans.

October 20, 2014, Monday — Light from the East

The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church has just spent two weeks considering fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of marriage and the family.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Community Organizers Continue to Stir Things Up in Ferguson

A great article from my friend Stephanie Block, one that shows exactly how cynical and manipulative these community organizers are who use whatever they can, not for the good of the community, but to advance their own agenda.

Alinskyian agitators stir discontent in Ferguson MO

The Dark Side of Same Sex "Families"

Breaking the Silence: Redefining Marriage Hurts Women Like Me - and Our Children

This article is heartbreaking -- from the divorce, to the judge granting custody of the children to the gay father, to the daily psychological abuse of the children in this disordered situation. These two paragraphs alone reveal the evil of the judge who awarded custody of the children to their gay father:

Do You Want to Find an Oasis of Peace?

Meditate on beautiful religious art works. What better prayer aid for the rosary and other spiritual devotions than wonderful art works?

I'm going to use this Fra Angelica face of Mary and the Rembrandt Flight into Egypt to meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and the devotion of the Seven Sorrows.of Mary.

Mother of Sorrows, Pray for us.

But my favorite meditation aid is the Holy Face of Jesus, the living face reconstructed from the face on the Shroud of Turin. 

Keep the Faith -- No Matter What!

And here's another great website to help you do it! Keep the Faith

Termite Groups Sponsor Speaking Tour by Heretical Irish Priest

The American Catholic Council and their clique are always busy-busy, like termites, undermining the faith. Their latest exploit? A Catholic Tipping Point Tour featuring dissenting Irish priest, Tony Flannery who was silenced after refusing to sign a document affirming Church teachings. Here's how Fr. Tony's situation is described by the dissenters:
Fr.Tony has been ordered to remain silent and forbidden to minister as a priest because of his refusal to sign a document that violates his conscience: namely that women cannot be priests and that he accepts all Church stances on contraception, homosexuality, and refusal of the sacraments to people in second relationships. After a year during which he attempted to come to some accommodation with the Vatican without success, he has decided to take a public stance on the need for reform in the Church.
Oh, my goodness, fidelity to Catholic doctrine "violates [Fr. Tony's] conscience!"

"I've Never Known a Synod so Obviously Steered from the Top."

I'm offering my rosary today for Edward Pentin. Thank God for an honest journalist. He proves the term doesn't have to be an oxymoron.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

And It's a Wrap -- Mike Voris Summarizes the Last Day of the Synod

Read Pope Francis' closing speech here. Read the final synod document here.

Well, things ended up better than they started with a little push back from orthodox Catholics. Let us pledge ourselves to pray continuously this year for the Ordinary Synod that will take place next October. All for the greater honor and glory of God.

Frankly, I'm relieved it's over for now. Watching the war within the Church is exhausting.

A Sunday Homily Worth Sharing -- Reflect on God's Mercy

Homily for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time delivered by Rev. Fr. William J Kuchinsky at St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Wheeling, WV for the anticipatory Mass on 27 September 2014.

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others.

The public circus is over --- at least for now

The Vatican released the full text of the closing message from the Synod today and it's actually quite good. Unfortunately, it can hardly undo the damage of the Ratio that went viral around the world last week to confuse Catholics and non-Catholics alike. That document focused almost exclusively on sexual issues (homosexuality, cohabitation, and reception of Communion after divorce and remarriage) and implied that the old rigid, intolerant Church has seen the light and is being transform into an open, tolerant pastoral one.

My own diocese (Arlington) joined the mainstream media this week with a frontpage CNS (Catholic News Service) article headlined "A place for gays, nonmarital unions."

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burke Confirms the Rumors...

...he's out at the Apostolic Signatura. 

This May Get the Selfish World's Attention on Ebola!

Ebola Threatens World's Chocolate Supply!

What a catastrophe!

Happy Feast Day, St. Ignatius of Antioch

St. Ignatius died a martyr's death in the Roman Coliseum in 115 AD under the persecution of Trajan. He is one of the early Apostolic Fathers and, like St. Paul, wrote numerous letters to the early Church communities around the known world.

As the soldiers took him from Syra to Rome for execution he continued his letters and in one to the Romans urged the Christian not to hinder his martyrdom:
4:1 I write to all the churches, and I bid all men know, that of my own free will I die for God, unless ye should hinder me. I exhort you, be ye not an unseasonable kindness to me. Let me be given to the wild beasts, for through them I can attain unto God. I am God's wheat, and I am ground by the teeth of wild beasts that I may be found pure bread [of Christ].

4:2 Rather entice the wild beasts, that they may become my sepulchre and may leave no part of my body behind, so that I may not, when I am fallen asleep, be burdensome to any one. Then shall I be truly a disciple of Jesus Christ, when the world shall not so much as see my body. Supplicate the Lord for me, that through these instruments I may be found a sacrifice to God.
Let us pray that the Lord will give us bishops like St. Ignatius who loved Jesus Christ so zealously and served the flock so faithfully. We desperately need them!

St. Ignatius of Antioch, pray for us.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave...

...when first we practice to deceive." (Sir Walter Scott)

Evidence of an Engineered Synod

Please, let's all join in praying the prayers at the end of the article -- for the Synod and for our own families.

Pope's fingerprints all over the effort to control the synod! more ways than one. 

You need to read the entire article to understand how bizarre the synod has been. Think of all the pressing issues and ask whether Communion for the divorced and remarried is the most important item:

Political Correctness May Kill Us!

Doctors Chief: CDC Curbs Secondhand Smoke More Than Ebola

But, hey, we won't die from secondhand smoke. Isn't that a relief? Won't that make you fell better if you contract ebola?

CDC Incompetence Proved Again

Vomiting Passenger Dead on Arrival at JFK

And a CDC official rules out ebola after "cursory exam." I'll bet all those passengers were relieved, especially the ones sitting near the dead man. They say ebola isn't airborne but it can be contracted from "droplets" and how many "droplets" were released during the vomiting episodes?

Solving the ebola problem sure doesn't include letting countless healthy people be exposed. I'm more and more concerned that we are at the beginning of a pandemic like the influenza epidemic of 1918 that killed millions. How does something like that begin? One sick person at a time exposing others who expose others.

Border security in Africa is helping to limit the disease to five countries with two, Senegal and Nigeria, showing no new cases in several months due to aggressive tracking and isolation of sick people and their contacts. From an AP article:
WHO, the U.N. health agency, called it "a piece of world-class epidemiological detective work." The organization is set to declare an end to the outbreak in Nigeria on Monday.
Note that "border security" was the answer to controlling the ebola outbreak in these countries. And exactly how secure are our borders?

Do you believe the CDC and Obama when they tell us we have nothing to worry about? Are we taking the common sense measures necessary to protect the people of the U.S.?

Cardinal Pell on the Rebellion by the Synod Fathers against the Original Ratio

Note his description of the original Relatio. It was "tendentious, skewed, didn't reflect accurately the feelings of the Synod Fathers...We're not giving in to the secular agenda....We have no intention of following those radical elements."

What a great testimony! Pray for the Synod Fathers, especially those who stand faithfully and solidly on Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition refusing to let the world's agenda reform Church doctrine.