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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Will we see the apocalypitic vision of Fatima played out?

Jacinta being carried to protect her from the crowd.

It is Spring 2016. One hundred years ago during this season in Portugal (the children could never pinpoint the date)  an angel visited three little shepherd children and urged them to pray. He taught them an act of reparation:

MY GOD, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee! 
I ask pardon for for those who do not believe, 
do not adore, do not trust and do not love Thee.

The angel, and later Our Blessed Mother, urged the children to sacrifice themselves for sinners and to pray the rosary every day.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wanted: Real Men to Answer the Call: Into the Breach, Godly Men!

Sr. Lucia said late in her life that the final battle would be over the family. And who do we need to fight in that battle? Godly men! Men have always been called to defend the family: to stand in the breach to prevent the annihilation of their wives and children. Today, many men not only fail to defend the family, they become the aggressors attacking their own children. That has to end and Bishop Thomas Olmsted is a leader in helping men take their rightful places as spiritual heads of the family and defenders of their families. Here is the first paragraph of Bishop Olmsted's powerful exhortation:
I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ:

Topsy and Tuptim Finish Chapter Nine of Amoris Laetitia: "It's a Wrap!"

Tell Topsy and Tuptim I surrender.
Chapter Nine Paragraphs 313 --325

Topsy and Tuptim leave the last session of their study group with relief. Out in the parking lot they give each other high fives congratulating themselves for slogging through all 260 pages of Amoris Laetitia and surviving the dissenting drivel served up by Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie. With nothing to celebrate about the document, the ladies nevertheless rejoice in their Catholic faith and the fact that they know Christ will never abandon His Church. Tuptim declares with enthusiasm, "That's a wrap!...Finally!" They make plans to meet later at Papa Benedetto's Italian Restaurant to enjoy the prix fixe dinner as a reward for successfully navigating the murky waters of the exhortation without losing the faith. Like special agents completing a mission, they want to debrief and consider their next step. And so, at 6:00 p.m. they arrive for their reservation where the hostess shows them to a corner table. They choose their selections off the menu and order glasses of wine with an order of calamari. When the wine arrives, Topsy proposes a toast.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Who is Speaking the Truth? Cardinals Kasper and Schonborn or the "Rad-Trads?"

Watch the video below from The Remnant, but first my comments.

Yes, I respect these "Rad-Trads" who are so systematically ridiculed and dismissed by so many.

 Who are more faithful to the Church? Those who uphold the doctrine and tradition of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church throughout the ages, or those who endorse an "open and dynamic" church where all is relative and capable of change?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In Which Topsy and Tuptim Take a Field Trip and Discuss the Infamous Chapter Eight of Amoris Laetitia

Chapter Eight Paragraphs 291 - 312
Footnote? What footnote was that?
Topsy and Tuptima navigate the traffic in downtown Washington, D.C. passing the Smithsonian and the Capitol building, turning on North Capitol St. heading toward the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and Topsy's alma mater, Trinity College. 

Tuptim: Remind me again, why we're here.

Topsy: (Giving her a look)...You need to eat coconut oil to help with your memory.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bishop Athanasius Schneider Points Out Some of the Devastating "Logical Conclusions" of Amoris Laetitia

To read the entire document, go to Voice of the Family. But here are some of the "logical
consequences" the bishop points out from a heterodox reading of the document which has been encouraged by Cardinal Schonborn, Cardinal Sodano, Cardinal Kasper and even the pope himself:

Armenian Genocide 101 Years Ago

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

As Western intelligentsia and media elites continue to focus upon the fake and inflated refugee crisis among Palestinians, the world’s real refugee crisis, now described as the worst since World War II, is that of Syrian Christians and Yazidis persecuted by ISIS and migrating to Europe by the hundreds of thousands. The cause of this catastrophe is not difficult to grasp unless we rely on the mainstream media, not only today, but also yesterday; that is, the yesterday of 100 years ago.

In the 1930s Hitler took advantage of the silence of the media when planning the extermination of the Jews. He was not troubled about anger or retaliation because of his wicked strategies since he was aware of the world’s muteness on the matter of Turkey’s 1915 slaughter and genocide of Armenian Christians. He said, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Since no one did, Hitler well knew he could annihilate the Jews without arousing the world’s wrath.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Biking the Gettysburg Battlefield Reflecting on Choice

Larry and I spent the weekend in Gettysburg square dancing with our camping club. We never have much time on these weekends to see the sights so we stayed an extra day. This morning we biked the battlefield. As I rode around examining the monuments and reading the historical markers I thought of choice. The Kansas-Nebraska Act signed in 1854 was all about choice. Western territories had the "freedom to choose" by popular vote whether to be slave or free. In other words, Kansas-Nebraska, like Roe v. Wade was "pro-choice." Of course, Kansas Nebraska was passed by the Congress and Roe was imposed by the Supreme Court, but both sanctified the notion of the freedom to choose.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday Meditation: Will Parents Being Non-Judgmental Lead their Children to Hell?

I was reading Fr. Jerry Pokorsky's article at The Catholic Thing this morning about non-judgmental clergy, a real indictment against priests who refuse to be shepherds warning their sheep. Instead, they let them run headlong into spiritual danger. But the paragraphs that really struck me had to do with parents:
Someone recently told me about a Catholic religion teacher who was called by a concerned parent. The teacher was presenting the Catholic faith in a methodical fashion. An upcoming topic was to be love and marriage. The parent wanted assurances that his young daughter would not be taught that the lesbian lifestyle of her older sister is immoral. 
If the younger sister came home with a crisp understanding of Christian marriage, she would become hopelessly “judgmental” – a truly horrible person – at least in Dad’s judgment. And she might even find herself denied entry to one or more colleges on the basis of her “intolerance.” You see, believing and living the Catholic faith is “judgmental” and it ruins education – and careers.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Topsy and Tuptim Discuss Stuff Off the Cuff (Chapter 7 of Amoris Laetitia)

The pope, thinking Topsy and Tuptim are eco-fascists
Topsy and Tuptim meet at the playground with their grandchildren for a play date. They sit on a bench drinking coffee and watching the youngsters climb the ladders of the “castle” and slide down the chutes while they discuss the study session on Chapter Seven. 

Topsy: Aren’t the children sweet. We're so blessed in our grandchildren. (Calling to a child at the top of the slide)...Be careful, Max! Wait for Bianca to get off.

Tuptim: We sure are. When I’m tempted to give up on the world I make a play date with the kids. (Laughing)...There’s nothing like getting down and dirty with a three-year-old to give you a fresh perspective.

Pope Francis, It's Sin, Not Climate Change or Other Progressive Fads, that Endanger Us!

The world fawns over this pope!
As we continue to reflect on Amoris Laetitia, consider these wise voices:

Female Doctor tells Pope to his Face: “Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or “climate change”.

Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia” by Fr. Gerald Murray

Pope Francis' "pastoral" approach flies in the face of Church teaching. And the fact that the world loves him is more than troubling; it's alarming. Here are several paragraphs from Fr. Murray's long reflections. Keep in mind that he is a canon lawyer. He knows what he's talking about:
The publication of Amoris Laetitia brought an end to this discipline. [Denying Communion to the divorced and invalidly remarried] Now, the Church’s help and accompaniment of people publicly known to be living in “an objective state of sin” [305] has changed, as set forth in footnote 351 (and somewhat obscurely in footnote 336): “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments.” The footnote refers to two statements Pope Francis made previously encouraging pastors to act with mildness and wide latitude when administering the sacraments of penance and the Holy Eucharist.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pray for Michael Voris in his Magdalene Moment

The two Mary's weep at the foot of the cross.
I can't say I was especially surprised by the revelation that Michael Voris' past sins involved living an active homosexual lifestyle. He's candid about being a terrible sinner before he reverted to the faith, and that, had he died during that period of his life, he would have spent eternity in hell. He's also expressed great love and appreciation for his mother and her willingness, like Our Blessed Mother, to suffer anything to rescue her sinful children. Like Mary, Michael's mom was willing to experience her own personal crucifixion for the salvation of one specific beloved sinner.

In one sense, this revelation is just. Michael dishes it out and those who hate him, his "tone", and his targeting of higher-ups in the Church are probably chortling. They obviously want to discredit him as a liar and hypocrite. But this doesn't do it. I myself have many sins of my youth. Like Michael, I repented and perhaps those sins made me "love much" more than I would have if I'd never strayed from God's laws.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Not Everyone in a Roman Collar, or Even a Papal Zucchetto is Telling You the Truth!

Is there a halo under that zucchetto?
Every day when we say the Morning Offering we pray "for the reunion of all Christians." I thought of that when I received this comment from my friend, Fr. Tom Collins, today.
It is no wonder the Orthodox are not too eager about reuniting with the Roman Catholic Church.considering the fact that the pastoral theology of the Western Church is so badly infected with a number of secularly transmitted diseases such as moral relativism, Darwinian evolution, and the capitulation to sexual perversion as “respect for freedom of conscience”, what good pastor would want to risk infecting his flock with such highly contagious diseases? It seems that many in the Western Church do not accept the fact that eternal damnation is a real danger for any who do not take the whole truth of God seriously.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Trouble in the LGBTQXYZ Paradise?

Isn't this how you've always imagined Helen of Troy?

Gay Pride Event Bans Drag Queen Outfits Because It Offends The Transgendered

Poor drag queens. They're banned from performing because some transgendered folks might feel "uncomfortable."

So let me see if I have this straight. Cross-dressing gay men who don't self-identify as transgendered, but like to dress up and sing and dance as women are banned from this event.

But transgendered men who like to cross dress, put on heels and make up and glittery gowns and sing and dance are welcome.

Topsy and Tuptim Spar with Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie on Chapter Six of Amoris Laetitia

I'm trying to be pastoral here. Get with the program, girls!
Chapter Six Paragraphs 199 - 258

Topsy and Tuptim are back at the church basement for the study group session on Chapter Six. Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie both chirp enthusiastically about the chapter as they introduce the session.

Fr. Jimmy: we are getting into the application of Pope Francis' philosophy, his pastoral approach. He is calling for communities to develop initiatives that really meet the needs of engaged and married couples where they are. (Enthuses breathlessly) This document changes everything, opening the door to a Church that finally cares about all people.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pro-LIfe Students at Georgetown Match Abby Johnson against Cecile Richards

"I am the slave girl of the Lord. Be it done unto me
according to your word."
Read about it here.

Richards and Johnson will be speaking at Georgetown tomorrow. I'm offering my Mass and rosary tomorrow that the truth will ring out and drown out the lie. Satan is the prince of liars, but he has plenty of minions who serve him. You know them, not horns and pitchforks, but by lies and blood. He who was a liar and a murderer from the beginning uses people like Richards as priestesses for his human sacrifices. She may think she's a free woman, but she's a slave of the evil one. Those of us, on the other hand, who, like Mary, freely choose to be "slave girls of the Lord" which is the literal translation of her response to the angel, are the ones who are truly free.

I'm No Trump Fan, But I Hold Pat Buchanan in High Regard!

Is the GOP Risking Suicide?

The Trump phenomenon shows how absolutely fed up American voters are with the status quo, i.e., with elite politicians manipulating the system to make sure their super party, THE ESTABLISHMENT, maintains its control. I think it's likely that no matter how the Republican convention turns out, Hillary Clinton will be our next president. The franchisement of millions of illegals who want all the goodies passed out by the democrats, massive election fraud, etc. probably ensure the wicked witch of the West with her flying monkeys will mount the oval throne to rule Oz.

Topsy and Tuptim discuss Chapter Five at the top of the bleachers

Chapter Five Paragraphs 165 - 198

Lord, please make Topsy and Tuptim stop it.
In order to work off their frustration, Topsy and Tuptim meet at the track after their Amoris Laetitia class with Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie. They bring water to drink while walking and also a thermos of coffee to share while sitting in the bleachers (they like to sit at the very top) after their exercise. At the top of the bleachers they are free to discuss Chapter Five where no one can overhear them.

Tuptim: Whew! That was great! (Pouring coffee in styrofoam cups and offering one to Topsy)

Topsy: (Taking it and frowning.) No cream?

Tuptim: Oh, don't be a whiner....(Laughs and throws a napkin at her) I needed that workout after listening to Sr. Joanie earlier. She's upset that the Pope continually referred to "mother and father", "maternal and paternal" and "male and female" instead of also including two parents of the same sex.

Relay for Life logo - pandering to Islam or just being inclusive?

Is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Symbol an example of pandering to Islam?

At one time or another we have all looked at a logo and wondered what its meaning is or what hidden subliminal message might be entering our subconscious to spur us into buying whatever the company has to sell

When looking at the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) logo for their Relay for Life what first comes to mind? What message does it convey and what strikes us at first glance?
The ACS says that their Relay for Life symbol is a “simple logo in the shape of a crescent moon and the rays of the sun, accentuated by a single star to the left of it”. When seen in neighborhoods, storefronts, college campuses and corporate buildings in the 24 countries which support this effort it will remind all who see it of the “day and night battle for survival many men, women and children face on a daily (and nightly) basis.”

Monday, April 18, 2016

Great Discussion on Amoris Laetitia: Ambiguous and Problematic

Doesn't she mean Rome?
Fr. Gerald Murray and Robert Royal engage in an intelligent discussion on this "problematic" document. There is "always an excuse. There's no limit on the excuses."

I totally agree with Fr. Murray in the video below. He's a canon lawyer and is concerned about the language and the "excuse cards" that give people a free pass to sin. And that is the implication of Amoris Laetitia. Those people making excuses need their consciences stirred up because their very salvation may be at stake:

Metaphors for Life: The Boston Marathon

Our daughter, fourth of five children, is running the Boston Marathon today for the second time. She had to overcome a number of injuries and challenges to be there today. As I was praying for her this morning it occurred to me that the marathon is a metaphor for life in the Church these days. Many of us keep running the race according to the rules (orthodoxy), while the judges and race administrators play fast and loose and let interlopers join in despite lacking the proper certification and failing to meet the qualifications.

At the same time, those false judges berate the registered runners for their rigidity and lack of mercy toward the cheaters who are unprepared and likely to suffer serious injuries. is, indeed, a marathon not a sprint. And no matter what the false judges do we persevere in the race following the rules of the Supreme Judge who will make the final decision and will separate the legitimate runners from those who winked and strutted and made deals with the false judges so they could pretend to be serious runners. We would happily welcome them to the training ranks if they wished, but they are too busy looking for loopholes and shortcuts to listen.

Do your best today, Tara. We're with you in spirit cheering on the sidelines. May your guardian angel run with you!

Topsy and Tuptim Discuss the (Mostly) Inspiring Chapter 4 of Amoris Laetitia

Chapter Four Paragraphs 89 - 164
Topsy and Tuptim like something in my exhortation?
Topsy and Tuptim are back at the coffee shop sharing a cheese Danish and drinking their favorite javas. Chapter four is the focus of today's meeting and they both have their highlighted copies in front of them.

Topsy: I was really excited to read Chapter four. 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite Scripture passages. In fact, my husband and I chose it as the second reading at our wedding. (Laughing)...Not very original; lots of couples do. As I read through the different paragraphs: love is patient, love is kind...I was touched and convicted by some of the reflections. Like the one on "love is not irritable or resentful." Listen (She reads)..."It refers to a violent reaction within, a hidden irritation that sets us on edge where others are concerned, as if they were troublesome or threatening and thus to be avoided." Ouch! That pinched.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Pope Confirms New Possibilities for the Divorced and Remarried

Somebody take away his mike....PLEASE!
On the plane from Greece returning to Rome, the pope was asked:
Some maintain that nothing has changed with respect to the discipline that governs the access to the Sacraments for the divorced and remarried, and that the law and the pastoral practice and obviously the doctrine remains the same; others maintain instead that much has changed and that there are many new openings and possibilities. The question is for one person, a Catholic, that wants to know: Are there new concrete possibilities, that did not exist before the publication of the Exhortation or not.
The pope's answer? “Io posso dire sì. Punto.” In English: “I can say yes. Period.” (Source)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Want Irony? Read Shakespeare

Shakespeare, master of irony
I just finished reading Henry V and we went to Blackfriars Theater last night to see the play. Ouch...not a particularly good production. They turned many of the scenes into light comedy.

One that was particularly inappropriate was the tennis ball scene. The Dauphin, prince of France, insults Henry who led a loose and playful life before ascending the throne by sending him, via his messenger, a casket of tennis balls. Henry, who is about to invade France, responds calmly but you can see the rage roiling beneath his self control. Kenneth Brannagh is perfect in his understated anger as the young king. I highly recommend that film although the battle scenes are very graphic and bloody,

Friday, April 15, 2016

Topsy and Tuptim Study Chapter Three and Ask Questions

Chapter Three Paragraphs 57 - 88

For all those couples out there, this is for you....
"Love is a many-splendored thing."
Tuptim and Topsy realize that their schedules don't allow time after class for a visit to the coffee shop or library to go over Chapter Three. Instead they decide to study the chapter intensively beforehand thinking of questions for Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie within the small sharing groups.

They walk into the church basement, take seats in their group circles and get out their notebooks. They're a bit late, though, and Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie are just finishing their long opening prayer invoking the Spirit to come upon them as leaders to enlighten their students, guiding them to the fruits of Amoris Laetitia.

Tuptim, looking over at Topsy mouths..."Here we go!" Topsy gives a slight nod, and rolls her eyes in anticipation of not being able to do so in a few minutes when everyone is looking.

Sometimes the Good Guys Win: Bishops' Media Head Gets the Axe

 Good-bye, Tony. We'll pray for you. 
Catholic News Service has been a problem for years and this story explains exactly why.

Head of US Bishops’ news agency resigns, blames ‘far right blogosphere’

It's amazing how many dissident Catholics think they can pick the pockets of the faithful in the pew while they undermine the faith and give public scandal. I'm happy to say that there is one fewer dissenter at the USCCB now that Tony Spence got the axe. 

Maybe Tony was the reason disgusting homosexual propaganda films like Brokeback Mountain got such glowing reviews.

A big thank you and two thumbs up to the "far right blogosphere" including the Lepanto Institute, ChurchMilitantTV and LifeSiteNews. They helped the bishops see the light. Stop using our money to pay termites like Tony Spence to destroy the faith! 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Are You Unhappy? Take a Lesson from the Bees.

I just came in from the bee yard which is just across the field from our front door. Sometimes I go out and just sit and watch the bees flying in and out to see what they're doing. The past few weeks they've been carrying in lots of pollen to feed the brood. The colonies are increasing giving us great hope for an abundant season flowing with honey.

The birds and beasts and insects all do exactly what God wants -- no rebellion in their midst. They just do it! That's what I love about nature. We, on the other hand, have the natural law ingrained within us, but have the free will to rebel against it -- to our own sorrow. And I sometimes wonder if the extremes of nature, the natural disasters, floods, tsunamis, etc. aren't a reflection of OUR REBELLION. Perhaps our sins give Satan the power to use nature against us.

Topsy and Tuptim at the Library Review Chapter Two of Amoris Laetitia

Chapter Two: Paragraphs 31-57

Topsy and Tuptim said what?
Topsy and Tuptim left the study group and decided to go to the library to exchange comments. They set up camp in a meeting room where they can eat lunch. From her bag Topsy pulls out two bologna sandwiches, a thermos of coffee, two mugs and napkins. She sets the table for a working lunch. They both spread out their highlighted copies of Chapter Two of Amoris Laetitia. 

Topsy: Fr. Jimmy was sure in rare form this morning in his intro. One more gushing adjective and I would have run to the bathroom, especially when he said the pope is calling us all to get away from "rigid orthodoxy" to become more "open, expansive and inclusive with equality and justice for all." Sounds like the pope is Superman! And what do all those adjectives mean anyway?

Tuptim: Sr. Joanie was even worse in our small group. She said the doc didn't go far enough, She loves that it shows unconditional love (mimics Sr. Joanie) "for the amazing diversity of God's people, but it really falls short in offering positive change for gays and women. (raising her arm like the Statue of Liberty) The Church is not a list of rules; it's the people." (In her normal voice) Good grief, she went on and on about the Church discriminating against gays and women. You'd think every parish had a gallows.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Who's at the Helm of the Barque of Peter? Catholic Writers Express Concern about Pope's Letter

Topsy & Little Eva
Number of Catholic writers expressing concern about Pope’s exhortation rapidly growing

Grow'd like Topsy....

By the way, if you don't know where the expression comes from check it out. Hint: it's a literary illusion to a famous book that helped incite the Civil War.

Plenty of "Gongs Clanging and Cymbals Clashing" in the Pope's Exhortation

Fr. George Rutler has a way with words and his insights are always worth reading or listening to. Here's an excerpt from a recent article on Amoris Laetitia:
there are a lot of gongs clanging and cymbals clashing in the contradictions and redundancies of much of the exhortation’s diction. Parts like the affirmation of Humanae Vitae settle the text in the sacred tradition, but there is also the muddled treatment of moral culpability that almost nods to the neuralgic interpretation of the “fundamental option” theory rejected by St. John Paul II (Veritatis Splendor, nn.65, 67)....

Tuptim and Topsy Join a Study Group on Amoris Laetitia and Discuss Chapter 1

Prologue and Chapter One: Paragraphs 1-30

Pleased to present the Catechism of Pastoral Practice
The study group is meeting in the basement of St. Athanasias Church. Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie [Chittister] are leading the sessions. There are sixteen participants and Fr. Jimmy and Sr. Joanie split the group in half so each leads a small group discussion. In the introductory session, Fr. Jimmy explained that they will study one chapter at each meeting. The initial meeting was get-acquainted time and set the boundaries. 

Fr. Jimmy told the group that there are no wrong answers and everyone's input is welcome. Nobody has a corner on the truth and everybody's opinion is equal. Topsy and Tuptim gave each other a look when he said that, but resisted eye-rolling. Topsy is in Fr. Jimmy's group and Tuptim is in Sr. Joanie's. 

The study group has finished the first chapter and Tuptim and Topsy stop at the coffee shop on the way home to discuss their initial impressions and the content of chapter one. Listen in.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

We Have a New Papal Nuncio

Archbishop Christophe Pierre

And more....

Let's Get Specific on the Pope's Exhortation: Rewrites on paragraph 305

Hamas child suicide bomber
I received this email from a friend today and have to say her priest friend pegged it. Here's what she wrote:

A priest friend of mine took one of Pope Francis’s quotes on “irregular marriages” and substituted. It cuts to the chase. See below:
paragraph 305, et ceterized ...
(Original) For this reason, a pastor cannot feel that it is enough simply to apply moral laws to those living in “irregular” situations, as if they were stones to throw at people’s lives. This would bespeak the closed heart of one used to hiding behind the Church’s teachings.

Great Post on Amoris Laetitita Quoting a Dissenter who Pegs It!

St. Ann teaching Mary
But, as the author says, the dissenter rejoices, he himself is in mourning. Me too and other faithful Catholics I know. So much of the apostolic exhortation is beautiful, but like a beautiful dinner that's been poisoned, it will sicken the flock, not nourish it.

I completely agree with James Carroll, the dissenter, that the pope has just brought the practice of pastoral dissent out of the shadows. Those of us who survived the sixties all knew about the dissent to Humanae Vitae: in the confessional, through the conspiracy of silence in the pulpit, through the failure to teach.

For those of us who lived those days it's deja vu. Read the article. It puts things in sad perspective. Keep the faith no matter what those around you are doing. Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

James Carroll (Yes THAT James Carroll) Pens the Best Analysis Yet of Amoris Laetitia and It's Relation to Post Vatican II Catholicism

The Story of Islamic World Domination

"We love death more than infidels love life."
Caliph Abu Bakr, 636 AD
Is Islam a religion of peace?

Peace for Islam means world domination, that is, when all people on earth convert to Islam and are Muslims living under Sharia law, at last there will be universal peace. Meanwhile, beyond the outward facade of Islam, lies something intrinsically evil and unnatural when its believers display jubilant ecstasy at the killing of their fellow man in the name of Allah, while declaring themselves to be messengers of a peaceful religion, grinning and holding up freshly severed human heads.

In July, 2014, ISIS Sunni Muslims posted pictures on Twitter of themselves holding up decapitated heads with additional human heads impaled on a fencepost behind them. There were buckets filled with more heads and additional heads of young men lying on the ground. These victims of Islam’s peace were once someone’s beloved son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend just a few moments before the photos were posted. Thousands more victims of the believers of this cheerless religion of anger and rage are gang raped, stoned to death, kidnapped, tortured, mutilated and beheaded, all in the name of Islam violently killing its way to world peace leaving carnage, death and destruction in its wake. The comatose world does nothing except make excuses for this wicked evil because the politically correct name for these religious actions is peace.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Most Powerful (and shortest) Response to the Pope's Exhortation... at Dymphna's blog. It brought tears to my eyes and a stab to my heart because I know some of these women. And then read this one. Thanks for your wisdom, Dymphna!

Tuptim and Topsy discover that Pope Francis and Obama are twins

Tuptim: More coffee, Tops? My treat.

Topsy: Yes, thank you! I’ll have the usual – a small extra bold with a little cream.

Tuptim: That’s the real stuff! I wonder what kind of coffee Cardinal Walter Kaspar orders? A milk chocolate magic mocha with cinnamon and whipped cream dotted with nutmeg Sulawesi?

Topsy: What’s that?
I order what Obama orders

Tuptim: No clue…just saw it on the menu and it sounded so odd that immediately I thought of him.

Topsy: Hmmm…I wonder what kind of coffee Pope Francis orders when he’s wandering around Rome on foot and stops by Starbucks to pay out of his own pocket? And Obama too. That would be interesting.

Tuptim: Well, whatever it is, they would be the same because Pope Francis and Obama are practically twins, aren’t they?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Protect Yourself: Sign a Power of Attorney to Protect and Preserve Life!

I'm concerned about what's happening in the health care field. I was involved in fighting for the lives of both Terri Schiavo and Hugh Finn, brain damaged individuals deliberately starved and dehydrated to death because their spouses wanted to be rid of them. In both cases, parents and siblings fought for their lives. In Hugh Finn's case even his mother-in-law resisted the evil her daughter was doing.

I've written about those cases and others that use the bogus "brain dead" farce so organ teams can harvest a living patient. (More here and here.)

Sunday Meditation: Do You Love Me?

In today's gospel Jesus asks that question of Peter --- three times. Why three times? To make up for the triple betrayal on Good Friday. I was reflecting on Peter's betrayal this morning in the light (or the dark) of the pope's apostolic exhortation. I admit outright that I haven't read more than the first few pages yet, but people I respect have read it. And they are saying things that don't exactly bolster one's confidence in the outcome we'll see following the promulgation of this encyclopedic exhortation.

The first Islamic Muppet is a girl

The first Islamic Sesame Street Muppet is a girl named Zari, which means “shimmering”, and she’s going to empower young Muslim girls. Even though girls are not allowed schooling in many parts of the Islamic world, Zari will help them dream of going to school, having a career and being a doctor. Read here

With her purple face (thankfully covered by a veil in some circumstances), and her brown hair streaked with blue, purple, orange and pink, Zari will be the picture-perfect model to get to the heart of the matter – empowering girls to overcome “entrenched traditional (Islamic) attitudes towards women’s education and careers” outside the home…driving a herself.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tuptim and Topsy discuss the pope's exhortation on the family and find one good point.

At the coffee shop Topsy and Tuptim are discussing Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhoration Amoris Laetitia:

Topsy: (Handing Tuptim the New York Times and Washington Post) Have you read the pope's exhortation yet? The New York Times says the pope wants to "unhinge" the "mentality of rules." The Post said (Picks it up and reads) he "stopped short of changing church laws, while strongly hinting that he wanted to." Wow!

Saturday Morning Trivia: Shakespeare and Sherlock

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
A few friends and I decided to start a book club to alternate between reading Shakespeare and Church documents. We just started, and our first selection is Henry V. For those not versed in Shakespeare, the play revolves around the main battle of the 100 year war between England and France, the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.  Henry, who lived a loose and lascivious life before mounting the throne, casts off his former self to become a serious monarch, one who intends to claim what he considers his right to French lands.

Last night (in the wee hours when I couldn't sleep), I read Act III which finds Henry and his retinue on the French coast laying siege to the city of Harfleur. This is the source of the famous speech that begins, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." As I read Henry's exhortation to his troops I stopped short at the end when I read, "The game's afoot."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Exposing Islam: Reality vs. Myth

Today we started a new page on our site linking to most of our articles on Islam. (See the sidebar.) Many Muslims, probably most, are not out to kill their next door neighbors. However, they also are not willing to condemn the violence that their leaders espouse based on the Koran. If you read these articles you will recognize exactly how evil Islam is. It is a religion (and political belief system) of domination. When the Muslim population of the U.S. reaches a tipping point, Islamic leaders will work to subjugate our Constitution and replace it with Shariah Law.

Called to be Witnesses to Christ: Are We Listening?

Rembrandt: The Stoning of St. Stephen
During the Easter season I like to read the Acts of the Apostles and the post Resurrection gospel passages. They are all about Christian witness, i.e., evangelization. Peter uses the word witness over and over after the Resurrection of Jesus. He tells the crowd on Pentecost Sunday about Christ saying, "This is the Jesus God has raised up, and we are his witnesses." (Acts 2:32) After curing the cripple at the Beautiful Gate of the temple Peter proclaims to the amazed crowd, "Why do you stare at us as if we had made this man walk by some power or holiness of our own? The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Jesus....

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The "Unborn Person" Doesn't Have Constitutional Rights -- Hillary Said So!

Just a slave!
Let's face it. The unborn aren't "persons" in the whole sense. They are simply the chattel of their mothers. Remember where that philosophy comes from?

Dred Scott revisited: On March 6, 1857 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision on slavery that helped to ignite the Civil War by escalating the debate.. Written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the Scott vs. Sanford decision declared that "a negro, whose ancestors were imported into [the U.S.], and sold as slaves" could not be an American citizen and so could not bring a lawsuit. Dred Scott was just a piece of property. He sued claiming that by taking him into free territory, his owner no longer had the right to keep him enslaved.

Is Islam an Abrahamic Faith?

Abraham and the Angels
Arent de Gelder,  1680-1685

The Story of Abraham, the First Muslim

Islam is strictly and spiritually a Muhammadan faith, and as such, has no claim to Abraham as its spiritual founder, therefore is not an Abrahamic Faith. In addition, it is Islamic tradition that Muhammad descended from Abraham's son Ishmael, however, this also does not mean that the religion Muhammad founded is an Abrahamic Faith, for religion and faith are of the soul, spiritual and transcendent, and not transmittable by bloodline.

Monday, April 4, 2016

A Message from One of My Heroes: Bishop Rene Gracida Calls the Laity to "Rise Up" -- Literally!

If we don't do it, "the Church is doomed." What are you doing, laity, to defend the faith? Note what Bishop Gracida says about mercy (beginning at minute 4:48). Mercy is not the essential attribute of God as the Kasperites say. "The essential attribute of God is love....We are in a crisis comparable to the Arian heresy." St. John says, "God is love, not God is mercy." Bishop Gracida calls the laity to rise up and say to our heretical shepherds, "NO! That is not true." If heresy is preached from the pulpit the laity should rise up and say, "NO!" A priest will think twice about preaching heresy again out of fear another courageous person in the pew will stand up and resist.  Listen to the entire interview at Church Militant.

Tuptim and Topsy Fill Out an Application

teaching a guy to walk like a girl
Tuptim: Hey Topsy, did you know transgenders have beauty pageants? Look at this application I ran off the internet for Miss International Queen.

Topsy: I always wanted to be a queen. Why don't we fill it out. Is it only for men pretending to be women or do they include contestants who are women pretending to be men?

Tuptim: You have to be born a biological male who's transgendered, can still have your male parts attached.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Killing Us Softly

Killing us softly
Remember this song?

Strumming my depression with his fingers
Skipping the no-touch time
Killing me softly with organ transplant
Killing me softly while my heart is still beating
Taking my whole life with his knife
Killing me softly with his knife

Skipping the “no-touch time” – a period of several minutes which must elapse to ensure that death has occurred – a proposal by medical researchers in Holland READ HERE says that, “Instead of dying by lethal injection, people requesting euthanasia could be legitimately killed as their organs are stripped from them on the operating table during transplant surgery.” The researchers believe that doctors should be given the power to kill under these circumstances since it would “improve the quality of the transplanted organ.”

Looking for a Job that's More than a Job? Are You a Faithful Catholic?

Want to be an apostle and witness for Christ? 

Church Militant TV is hiring and they have quite an assortment of jobs available. They're located in the Detroit area. Check out the seven jobs listed here.  

If you are graduating from college in May and want to dedicate some time to serving the Lord, what better way to do it than become involved in promoting and defending the faith? 

The dark is getting darker because there aren't enough faithful Catholics shining the light of truth in the world. Be one! If not at Church Militant than out in front of your local abortuary. Ask a friend and pray the rosary once a week in a public place. How about your local city hall? Be a witness to the faith; it's an Easter thing to do.

Friday, April 1, 2016

From the "What's Wrong with the World" File: The Firing of Wendy Bell

Why was this Pittsburgh news anchor fired? Because she spoke the truth about violent fatherless black youth and dared to post it on Facebook. The politically correct dumbos called her comments racist and her idiot bosses apparently have the backbones of jellyfish. Her comments are anything but racist.

Read about what happened here. This reminds me of Daniel Patrick Moynihan when he worked for LBJ warning that liberal policies were damaging the black family by pushing dads out of the home and encouraging illegitimacy.