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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Cardinal Cupich and Fr. Frank Phillips, Merciful Accompaniment or the Mailed Fist?

What is really going on with Cardinal Cupich's
action against Fr. Frank Phillips?
It's all over the Catholic blogosphere. Fr. Frank Phillips of the Canons Regular and pastor of traditional parish, St. John Cantius, has been removed (very publicly) for unspecified "credible allegations" of improper behavior with adult men. Is it true? Who knows at this point. It's under investigation.

Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida posted on his shock and disturbance at the way the situation is being handled:
I was stunned by the news....Thirty years ago Father Phillips, a member of the Resurrection Congregation, had founded at Saint John Cantius Parish a Diocesan Institute known as the Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius. Over the years the Canons Regular have grown in numbers and have made Saint John Cantius world famous as a church where the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated in all its forms perfectly.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Message from the Squirrels: Adoption not Abortion

The world would be a better place if we all acted like squirrels. If a squirrel finds an abandoned baby squirrel, it will adopt the baby and take it home and raise it. Think about that, you pro-abortion folks. Are you really less loving than a squirrel?

How Much Evil Comes about Through Sacrilegious Communions?

Catherine of Siena, Saint of
the Eucharist, pray for us.
That's a good question and I don't know the answer, but how can this grave sin not bring destruction on the one who commits it and on those around him and the community? Think of the destruction that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah. Will sacrilege against Jesus Christ Himself not bring about moral destruction?

In 2011, Fr. Tom Collins sent two letters to Archbishop Timothy Dolan while he was head of the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) raising some important issues about the Holy Eucharist. They remain relevant, and, in fact, are even more important considering that sacrilegious Communions are actively encouraged since the publication of Amoris Laetitia.  And so, I offer excerpts from Father's letters while encouraging Catholics to meditate on Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.  

Do we approach Communion in fear and trembling? We certainly should!

Here are Father's thoughts from his letter of August, 2011:   

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Did You Hear the Fanfare for March 14th? You Should Have!

Pope Pius XI
March 14th was the 81st anniversary of Mit Brennender Sorge, Pope Pius XI's encyclical on Nazism. He wrote it in 1937, four years after Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. That same year, 1933, Hitler was raised to dictator; the Reich initiated the burnings to purge works that reflected an "unGerman spirit"including books by Helen Keller, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway; construction of Dachau was completed; eugenic sterilization laws were passed and the Vatican signed a Concordat trying to protect the rights of the Church and the Catholic faithful.

Hitler, of course, never intended to keep any of the agreements of the Concordat, a reminder of another tyrant and another Concordat between Napoleon and the Vatican in the 19th century. Hitler was simply one more game-playing tyrant who wanted to suppress intervention by the Church in his political affairs, and the Church was his major opponent. Hitler, a baptized Catholic who hadn't practiced the faith since childhood, was creating his own religion, a combination of teutonic paganism with new age-type spirituality that incorporated distorted elements of Christianity like the "naming ceremony" for babies born in the "Lebensborns" which were essentially brothels for Nazi officers. Hitler saw himself as the Lord and Master of the super race, even manipulating the birth of "perfect" Aryans.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Is Anyone at the Vatican a Truth Teller? More on the Benedict Letter and Pope Francis' Theology

The gates of hell will never
prevail against the Church!
Omigoodness! The plot gets thicker and thicker. Those Vatican communicators really know how to lay it on so thick you need a sharp knife to cut through it.

Sandro Magister has the latest on what was left out by Msgr. Vigano when he quoted Benedict's letter declining to comment on the eleven volumes about the theology of Pope Francis. You can read the entire article here, but if you just want the quick and dirty version here it is:
The reason adopted by Benedict XVI in the final lines of his letter - we are told by an incontrovertible source - is the presence among the authors of those eleven booklets of two German theologians, and one in particular, Peter Hünermann, who was an implacable critic both of John Paul II and of Joseph Ratzinger himself as theologian and as pope.

If you hear this greeting today: "The Top of the Morning To You!"

The response is..."And the Rest of the Day to Yourself!"
St. Patrick's Day trivia:

  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York's Manhattan in 1762 when a group of Irish soldiers in the British army gathered and paraded down Broadway to celebrate the day.
  • “Erin go bragh” means "Ireland forever!"
  • The St. Patrick's day celebration in Chicago includes dumping a secret "dye" into the Chicago River turning a portion green.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Should We Arm the Teachers?

Meditating on My Pencil and the Desire to Be among the Sharpest in the Box!

Let's all aim to be the
sharpest pencils we can be!
I'm using a pencil to make notes today. It looked fine when I picked it up, nice and sharp and ready to use. But when I put it to paper I realized the graphite was not in the pencil's center. (Must be made in China!) On one side the graphite seemed to have a nice point that should write well. But on the other side the wooden sheath went all the way to the tip. So my pencil will only write on one side. And even that deteriorates quickly as the graphite wears down and the wood hits the paper. Frustrating!

That faulty pencil got me thinking about centering. The Oxford definition defines centering as "placed or situated in the center." Hmm...I was taught you should never use the word being defined in the definition. does a little better in that respect defining it as " equidistant from all bordering or adjacent areas." When used to describe a person, being "centered" means "to be well balanced and confident and serene."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Really! Is Everything Realeased by the Vatican Put through the Spin Machine?

UPDATE: From Steve Skojec - Personal Thoughts on the Benedict Correspondence

We've all been hearing how heartily Pope Emeritus Benedict endorsed the theological writings of Pope Francis. He's a brilliant theologian don't you know?

Well, it now appears that the famous Benedict letter was doctored, that Pope Benedict hasn't read Pope Francis' works, and that the Vatican wasn't satisfied with the kind words he DID say, so they just conveniently put a fake spin on the letter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

To Pope Francis on his Fifth Anniversary from Eccles is Saved!

Pope Francis celebrated his fifth anniversary as pope on March 13th and, perhaps in recognition, a film is coming out this May called Pope Francis - A Man of His Word. There doesn't appear to be anything facetious about the title, but I have to confess it got me thinking.

Let's see....Pope Francis is a man of his word, but which words? He contradicts himself so often, following him is like watching the ball in a tennis match:

  • Pope Francis, during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, called for his clergy to be open and transparent and not be afraid to express their views. And yet, how many YEARS has it been since concerned cardinals asked a few questions that required a yes or no answer? And got NO answer! Is that the transparency the pope meant?

Discoveries Arabs Never Made

Islam's contribution to world culture in 1915
*See end note about this picture
The title of this post was going to be "The Culture of the West vs that of Islam". But then I thought: Culture? Islam has a culture"?

Saying "the culture of the West versus the culture of Islam suggests two cultures put on the same level, as if they were two parallel entities. Two realities of equal weight and value." (Oriana Fallaci)

In her book,
 The Rage and the Pride, famously known as "a sermon to the West", Oriana Fallaci says, "Behind our Western culture there is Homer, there is Pheidias, there is Socrates, there is Plato, there is Aristotle, there is Archimedes. There is ancient Greece with its divine sculpture and architecture and poetry and philosophy, with its principle of democracy. 

"There is Ancient Rome with all its grandeur, its universality, its concept of the Law, its palaces, its amphitheaters its aqueducts, its streets built all over the then known world. There is Jesus who died on the cross to teach us the concept of love and justice. There is also a Church...there is Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raffello, Lorenzo il Magnifico...There is also Erasmus, and Montaigne and Thomas More and Cartesius.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One of Our Favorite Lenten Activities: Making Pretzels and Praying the Pretzel Prayer

Four little visitors came for the afternoon and it is always a challenge on a windy chilly day to think of creative indoor activities. I got out the bags of colored home-made play dough and the cookie cutters which kept everyone busy for some time. Rolling snakes made me remember one of our favorite Lenten projects -- making pretzels like little praying arms. Fortunately I had a package of yeast (slightly out of date) but it was active enough.

While the children finished playing with play dough, I made the real dough for the pretzels. Then they all pulled up chairs to the counter (after hand-washing, of course) and we shaped the pretzels, baked them, said the pretzel prayer and ate them with honey and/or mustard. Since I didn't take any pictures, I refer you to a post from 2016 with the prayer and the recipe at my Grandma blog. This activity is always a big hit so I hope you try it with your kids or grandkids! Since the oldest granddaughter gave up sweets for Lent this was a much better activity than the old grandma staple of baking cookies!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Morning Meandering: "Climate Change" and other Stuff

  • False prophets on the left keep blathering: Just thinking....we should all be dead by now. Paul Ehrlich, the bug scientist who predicted in the 1960s that overpopulation would kill us all by starvation is still spouting nonsense and people are still dumb enough to give him a platform including the Vatican. And then there's Al Gore whose silly movie, An Inconvenient Truth, claimed Miami and Manhattan would be underwater by now. Of course, they aren't, but that hasn't kept him from continuing to impersonate Chicken Little with a stupid sequel that is filled with errors and junk science. Just go home, Al, and take Paul with you! Let's listen to a real climate scientist, Roy Spencer. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Should the English Translation of the Our Father be Changed?

St. Francis de Sales would definitely oppose
changing the Our Father!
Last December Pope Francis suggested (in an impromptu comment) changing the translation of the Our Father from "lead us not into temptation" to "do not let us fall into temptation." I don't know if there is any support for the change among the English speaking hierarchy, but I don't think St. Francis de Sales, bishop and Doctor of the Church, would agree. I think he would oppose the French bishops who did, in fact, change the translation before the pope's comments. effective the first Sunday of Advent. (Maybe that's what gave the pope the idea.)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Amoris Laettia: The Vehicle for the Latest Assault by the Dissenters

Charlie Curran's still in the dissent saddle
 chortlinging, We'll get Humanae Vitae yet!
Remember back in 1968 when the encyclical on marriage, Humanae Vitae, was released affirming the sanctity of marriage and the marital embrace?

Remember the lavish full color booklets dioceses developed to spread the message to the Catholic faithful to help them understand the teaching of the Church and why contraception violated God's plan of love for the family? Remember all those beautiful sermons and conferences with priests and married couples eloquently expressing their appreciation for the document?


You don't remember that?

Not at all?

Right! I don't either. All we heard was the sound of silence.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mary Wagner, Inspiration for the Red Rose Rescues, is Released from Prison.

I received the following email today about Canadian rescuer Mary Wagner who was released mid-trial on her own recognizance. Note the significance of the date of her release and the date the trial resumes. None of this is accidental. Nothing "just happens." God is very close to those who rescue as I can testify from personal experience. Rejoice and pray for all those who are willing to risk arrest and jail to protect babies in the womb.

Image result for images of Mary Wagner
Munificent Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen,
        The Princess of the Pro-Life Movement, Mary Wagner, had been locked up in jail for 3 long months since her last rescue at a local abortion mill in Toronto back on Dec 8, 2017. Her trial finally started this week on Monday, March 5. But the trial took a sudden and unexpected turn when

The Coffin Club: Wish We Had One Around Here!

I think this has real promise.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Margaret Sanger Gets the Heave Ho from University Library Thanks to Campus Pro-Life Group!

University Removes Poster of Margaret Sanger

Sanger was a eugenicist and admirer of Adolf Hitler. The only place for her image is in the circular file.

Really, Some People Just Can't Read!

I read a blog post the other day that raked Msgr. Charles Pope over the coals because of an article titled "Kindness is not the same as love." After I read Msgr. Pope's article I wondered if the blogger knew how to read. The monsignor was making the point that "Love should not be reduced to mere kindness." It's much more. He specifically said that "Kindness is certainly a good thing and has an important place in our relationships" and "Kindness is an aspect of love." But, Monsignor Pope goes on, "it is necessarily distinct from it, for it sometimes happens that love, which wills what is best for the other, may deem it best not to remove all suffering." And then he writes about parents disciplining their children, etc.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Important Headlines You Shouldn't Miss

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, added to Roman Calendar

Operation Rescue Defends the Red Rose Rescues from "Friendly Fire" anti-rescue Video: 
History shows that in direct response to the [past] rescues, sidewalk counseling ministries and pregnancy help centers exploded in number across the nation. In addition, the Rescue Movement motivated pro-life Christians to seek public office in record numbers and engage in other spheres of influence where their advocacy on behalf of the pre-born would have lasting impact.
Canadian Doctors Being Forced to Kill Their Patients or Face Punishment:

Sounds like Superfragilisticexpialidocious, It's Actually The Growing Religion in America

Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame University, co-authored a book with Melinda Lundquist Denton in 2005 titled, Soul Searching:  The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.  They suggested that the “de facto” dominant religion among contemporary teenagers in the United States was what one might call “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”  They proposed that the creed of that religion,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

We Need Nicholas Freitas in Higher Office!

And this Virginia State Delegate is running for Senate!

The Poison of Cultural Marxism; Is There a Cure?

The bloody tyrant and the humble saint played by
Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield. 
St. Thomas More once said, “There is no time so evil that a good man cannot live in it.” Of course, as things turned out, he could not, in fact, live in that evil time, and suffered martyrdom through the betrayal of liars and sycophants. And other good men and women over the next decades under succeeding monarchs of that trying English period died too: clergy like Bishop John Fisher and scores of priests including Jesuits St. Edmund Campion and St. Robert Southwell, lay priest protectors like Anne Line and Margaret Clitherow, and a host of others dragged to the “tree” at Tyburn, their personal cross, to be hanged, drawn and quartered.1

What's Missing on the Field of Dreams These Days?

It’s almost baseball season and we will have another opportunity to watch both our grandsons play.  I am proud to say they are both very good at it and are well liked and admired by their teammates and coaches.  There is something about them that sets them apart from the others.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Thought for the Day: Sola Scriptura Makes No Sense!

And if you interpret it any which way, and reject
the authority of the Church, the same applies!
I'm always catching up on my reading and this morning I'm reading the January 4th issue of The Wanderer. Great publication! Raymond De Souza has an article in his Live Your Faith series providing testimony from early Christians on the sacrament of Confession which proves it was practiced from the first century. He is refuting the contention by some skeptics that the sacrament was an invention from the Middle Ages and demonstrates through the writings of The Fathers of the Church (and others) to illustrate his point. But the paragraph that caught my eye was this:

Gucci Models Carry Their Own (Replicated) Severed Heads on Runway

Me and my 
new Gucci bag
Where can I buy one! 
A fashion must have...
There's nothing like Cultural Marxism to bring out ugliness and evil. The fashion world is abuzz at how the grotesque severed heads were made, model's third eye in the middle of her forehead, horns, baby dragons and snakes, and how and where the figures were born in the imagination of weird fashion designer Alessandro Michele for Gucci's latest Fall-Winter 2018 Milan fashion show.

Michele, described as "a true artist filled with sensitivity", says that severed heads in his creepy operating room runway set remind us of Lord of the Rings and Judith in the Bible...because the Bible is the first thing we think of when we see people beheaded, right? And in the next instant the image of Judith beheading Holofernes leaps into our minds. Right? Of course not. 

Severed heads = Islam, but no one would dare say the obvious. That would be Islamophobic. Therefore Michele merely speaks fluff-talk to cover up Europe's current dhimmi situation along with their subliminal mindset which is capitulation to Islam. It's as if, with the severed heads, Gucci is presenting a tribute to Islam - and the message is loud and clear: "Oh conquering Muslim masters, we submit! We give up! We carry our heads to lay at your feet." 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Guest Post: Dr. King’s Response to Those Who Fear Red Rose Rescues

We welcome our guest author today who is writing about the "Red Rose Rescues" a peaceful movement to offer mothers in abortion centers the support to carry their babies to term. These peaceful pro-lifers go into the abortion facilities and give the mothers red roses, the symbol of precious babies in the womb, with a promise of assistance and a list of resources. Please read and share. Only when we begin to act like abortion is the tragedy it is and are willing to risk our own lives and freedom for the little ones and their moms will things change. The sacrifice of those who stand in unity with the infants, the tiniest of God's least ones, is the yeast that will leaven the culture of life and make it grow and spread. God bless all the dear ones participating in the Red Rose Rescues! I pray for the courage and energy to rejoin the rescue movement personally.

by Richard Cowden Guido

For reasons not overly obscure the Orwell memory hole of our era has chosen to bury the most extensive and popular expression of non-violent civil resistance in American history: it nonetheless remains that in terms of incidents, arrests, and incarceration no other social struggle against injustice in this country comes remotely close to the movement that began even before Roe v. Wade, and came to be known as Operation Rescue.

Yet while it has never died out altogether, the popular quality that saw nearly 100,000 Americans arrested for rescue between 1988 and 1991 faded for numerous reasons by 1992:

Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad! Evidence? Planned Parenthood!

This guy is getting hard to ignore!
Planned Parenthood is insane!
Planned Parenthood Tweets that "Some men have a uterus."

Not true of course. All women pretending to be men and taking drugs that help create the illusion of being men have uteruses (unless they've had them surgically removed). And some men pretending to be women have surgery that removes some of their male parts and creates faux women-parts. But the SCIENTIFIC FACT remains that girls will be girls and boys will be boys and nothing on God's green earth can change the reality. All the rest is playing "let's pretend."

But I love some of the responses this ridiculous statement generated. Ben Shapiro tweeted, "Then I guess your argument that men can’t have opinions on abortion is destroyed, isn’t it." Comedian Owen Benjamin tweeted:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Monty Python Goes Mainstream: He Now Writes Pamphlets on Pronouns

Seems like some academics these days love to be ridiculed and their actions certainly invite it. Kennesaw State University in Georgia appears to be run by Monty Python. If you want a good laugh about what some colleges today think is appropriate read this article:

School goes full Monty Python on gender-neutral pronouns. 

If you visit the KSU website

Country Music Debacle -- Hate Wins!: Are Christians No Longer Welcome at Country Music Concerts?

Have you heard about Mike Huckabee being maligned, slandered, and driven out of his appointment to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation? It's another victory for the intolerant LGBTQXYZ activists. I'm surprised they didn't demand tar and feathering and burning a cross on his lawn! The incident got me thinking....

Disgusting Beyond Words: Abortion Mills Grind Up Babies and Flush Them!

Abortion mill disposal plan:
grind 'em up; flush 'em down!
Do you ever think when you turn on your tap to get a drink that maybe that water, recycled through the sewage treatment plant, has ground baby body parts in it? Or when you see the dump trucks turning into the local landfill that mixed with all the trash and garbage are babies' bodies?

That can't be right you say? That can't be legal?

Think again. Deirdre Cooper has an article at LifeNews documenting a Texas law on the disposal of aborted babies:

Friday, March 2, 2018

Oriana Fallaci's "Sermon for the West" on Islam

"My soldier's weapon is the TRUTH. From Afghanistan to Sudan, from Palestine to Pakistan, from Malaysia to Iran, from Egypt to Iraq, from Algiers to Senegal, from Syria to Kenya, from Libya to Chad, from Lebanon to Morocco, from Indonesia to Yemen, from Saudi Arabia to Somalia the hate for the West swells like a fire fed by the wind. 

And the followers of Islamic fundamentalism multiply like the protozoa of a cell which splits to become two cells, then four, then eight, and sixteen and thirty-two to infinity. ... The clash between us and them is not a military clash. It is a cultural one. A religious one." Oriana Fallaci

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Songs that Celebrate Marriage; What's Your Favorite?

Jim Thunder had a great article on The American Spectator a few weeks ago about marriage and music that celebrates it. The article includes a long list of great songs about marriage. Many of them are old songs I remember from my past. Just reading the list is a walk down memory lane. Here's the first paragraph with a link to the article:

Canada is Deaf, Dumb and Blind to Ex-Muslims

The liberal mainstream media and leftist government in Canada ignore ex-Muslims because they spoil the narrative and political agenda. Lesson: For the Left, the only good Muslim is one who believes in the theocratic totalitarian ideology of Islam.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Massive Child Abuse is Acceptable Behavior in Islam

Video is 1:30. Viewer discretion advised.

Beating children is a tradition well rooted in Islamic law and in many Islamic countries across the world.
Lesson: Child abuse is acceptable in Islam

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

As Today's Gospel Says, Actions Speak Louder than Words!

"Observe all things whatsoever they tell
 you, but do not follow their example.
For they preach but do not practice."
Matt 23
Jesus advises his listeners in today's gospel to obey what the Pharisees say, but not to imitate their actions.
That's a good lesson for us as we face the crisis in the Church. Let's look at some recent actions of members of the hierarchy (and the pope) and reflect on the consequences of those actions for the faith of the little ones in the pew.

Jesus was always concerned about simple believers and the responsibility of the teachers not to scandalize them. Today we are exposed to scandal on a daily basis from within the Church herself by false shepherds. And it is a serious threat to the faith.
  • Amoris Laetitia: It goes without saying at this point that the actions arising out of the document Amoris Laetitia undermine the indissolubility of marriage.

A Great Idea for the Bishop's Lenten Appeal!

Most dioceses are in the midst of their big yearly fundraising program usually labeled the Bishop's Lenten Appeal. While we support some of what our appeal finances (particularly the seminary and seminarians) there is soooo much we can't support that we don't give at all or put in only a token amount so the pastor gets credit for participation. Then we give directly to things we do support: pro-life, the Poor Clares, faithful seminaries, authentic Catholic education, etc. We refuse to pour money into lobbying for open borders or supporting "charities" that fund intrinsic evils like abortion and contraception while they propagandize for liberalism.

Ex-Muslim Says He Doesn't Believe the Fairy Tale of Islam Anymore

(23 second video)

Lesson: Islam is a fairy tale therefore it's the original fake news (as opposed to the Good News)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Well, this is amusing - a lego-style Donald Trump. Now all we need is a Lego White House!

You too can own your very own Donald Trump lego-type figure with hair that is interchangeable with a hard hat that reads "Make America Great Again." And Trump holds an executive order. I wonder if his other hand can hold a pen. Wouldn't that make a nice desk item for the President Trump lover in your family.

And this is not the only Trump item available. Check them all out here.

You can use some of your tax savings to buy a gold-plated $100 bill (for $6.95) with Trump's picture on it or a Trump lover's T-shirt.

I'm and Ex-Muslim Because I was Tired of Hating and Cursing My Enemies

(This video is 40 seconds long)

Instead of hating and cursing his enemies, ex-Muslim Mohamad Faradi chose to love his enemies because "all of us are made in the Image of God." He was tired of cursing his enemies in a culture filled with hatred, fear and war. He says that the message of love healed his heart. Lesson: Christianity is filled with love; Islam is filled with hate.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Does My Face Look Happy Right Now?

The Family is the corporeal Image of God in this world - Man / Woman / Child. This family (husband's explanation is below the 52 second video) has all the attributes of God - love, kindness, calmness, forgiveness (well..."probably"), reconciliation and humor.

We need to send this child to Rome to scold Pope Francis. 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Random And Meandering Thoughts

AB Sorondo's Chinese Utopia.

  • What times we live in eh? The Vatican is betraying the faithful Chinese bishops and throwing the persecuted underground Church under the bus. Retired Chinese Cardinal Zen has been very outspoken about the betrayal which has elicited the usual Vatican response -- a rebuke (without naming him).
  • Telling the truth these days isn't popular at the Vatican. Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Academies for Sciences and Social Sciences, praised the current bloody Commie bosses who, according to him, have made the country a Utopia: no drugs, no "shantytowns," a country that has taken on a "moral leadership that others have abandoned." (This was likely a reference to Trump pulling out of the Paris Accord. China, of course, is a bastion of ecological responsibility!) The bishop must be clueless about the millions of forced abortions in China, the fact that most of the meth in the Philippines comes from China as well as the synthetic opioids that end up in the U.S., and that many people in the country live on the equivalent of a dollar day. Archbishop Sorondo apparently lives in the Potemkin Village!

Virginia Catholic Conference, Abortion, and the Tenth Amendment

My pastor recently asked me if I would be the point of contact in the parish for the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) which is basically the Catholic lobby group for the two Virginia dioceses, Arlington and Richmond. I rarely say yes to anything without giving it serious consideration and research, so I've been examining the VCC website and looking at their 2018 legislative agenda.

Not surprisingly, their agenda is filled with issues that are questions of prudential judgment (on things like immigration, gun control, consumer protection, etc.) rather than issues involving non-negotiable moral imperatives like abortion and same sex "marriage"; but I'll set that aside for a moment.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Saudi Blogger Got 1000 Lashes and 10 Years in Prison

Raif Badawi

The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes, said the first flogging (50 lashes a week for 20 weeks) nearly killed him. Of the large crowd gathered to watch, she said: "The crowd was cheering like it was a beach party."

Badawi was led by Saudi officials into the middle of the square in front of al-Jafali mosque in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His crime is "insulting Islam by calling for free speech on his website." His treatment by authorities in Saudi Arabia is a vicious act of cruelty. In addition, Raif's lawyer received 15 years in prison for defending him. Lessons:  (1) Islam is cruel and (2) there is no freedom in Islam.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

I've Seen People Being Beheaded in Public Squares

People think that ex-Muslims only are in danger in countries where sharia law is practiced, but this Australian ex-Muslim is scared of being beheaded even though he's n
ow in a free country.  Raised in Saudi Arabia, he says if his family knew he was an ex-Muslim and speaking out against Islam they would kill him. This man has seen people beheaded in public squares in Saudi Arabia and says that the same people killing their fellow Muslims are now in Australia. On his Facebook page he gets many death threats from Muslims such as, "The day will come when we will cut your head off, freak infidel." Lesson: Facebook censors "Islamophobia", but Facebook allows Muslims to issue death threats.

Fr. Spadaro and the Long Knives for Raymond Arroyo!

My colleague at Restore D.C. Catholicism has a great post on Fr. Spadaro's attack on Raymond Arroyo.

Father Spadaro Points Long Knives At Raymond Arroyo - Call Him Out On It

Spadaro retweeted a silly Twitter post calling for EWTN to be put under interdict unless they fire Arroyo for daring to criticize some of the appalling swill being brewed at the Vatican. Really...the vindictiveness of these clerics staggers the imagination. They strain at the gnat of orthodoxy and swallow whole the camel of heresy. I posted on Spadaro awhile ago pointing out how disingenuous he is. That seems to be a common quality of FOF (Friends of Francis).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What Are You Reading for Lent?

I always pick out a book for Lent to be my primary reading material. Since I read St. Francis de Sales Sermons for Advent, I decided to read his Sermons for Lent. He is, of course, addressing his sermons to religious, but they nevertheless are fruitful for the laity.

Since we arrived back from our Florida trip on Ash Wednesday and I had several days of catch up, I didn't read his Ash Wednesday sermon until this morning at adoration which is on fasting and how to do it properly and well. He firsts wants the reader to recognize how beneficial fasting is, so he describes four fruits of fasting well:

  • fasting fortifies the spirit, mortifying the flesh and its sensuality
  • it raises the spirit to God
  • it fights cocupiscence and gives power to conquer and deaden its passions
  • it disposes the heart to seek to please only God with great purity of heart

Islam is the Casual Evil That Poisons Everyone Who Calls Themselves Muslim

American ex-Muslim Bosch Fawstin was raised in the Bronx by Albanian Muslim parents around the poisons of misogyny and Jew hatred. In Islam there is a casual admiration for Hitler, Islam's favorite infidel because Hitler killed more Jews than anyone. Every Islamic woman Bosch knew had been beaten by their husbands and his mother mourned the birth of her own granddaughters because of misogyny in Islam. Lesson: admiration for Hitler and Jew hatred is considered white supremacist thinking and is a cultural sin, but when Muslims hold the same admiration for Hitler because of their supremacist Islamic thinking, it becomes a cultural sin to speak out against Islam's hatred for Jews. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Of Shakespeare and Radical Agendas

My Shakespeare book club met yesterday to discuss The Merchant of Venice. After talking about the play and its topical allusions to events of the day, i.e., executions of the Jesuit martyr Robert Southwell for being a Catholic priest and Elizabeth's Jewish physician for allegedly plotting her murder, etc. we watched the film version of the play with Al Pacino as Shylock and Jeremy Irons as Antonio (2004).

Appalling is too tame a word to describe what the director, Michael Radford, did to Shakespeare's script although many modern critics celebrated the film which made Shylock the hero and the Christians the villains. It as an anti-Christian, pro-homosexual rant that twisted Shakespeare in every which way to meet Radford's own perverse, modern agenda which was apparently to turn Shylock into a tragic hero and cast the Christians as the devilish demons and Jew persecutors.

I Told My Devout Family I Am Taking Off My Veil

Her brother brutally beat her and her mother fears the wrath of
God for Esraa's sin of not wearing a veil. Lesson: in Islam it's considered a sin to take off the veil, but in Islam it isn't considered a sin to viciously beat your sister.

Monday, February 19, 2018

May the Wind of Freedom Blow Away the Last Hijab Ever Forced on a Woman's Hair
While "Islamophobia" is made a crime punishable by fines and prison time, ex-Muslims are speaking out trying to find a media voice for their side of the coin, none of which the mainstream media will publish since being an ex-Muslim goes against their agenda and that of the Left, the European Union, United Nations and the 57 member nations of the Organization of Islamic Countries. is a group of courageous ex-Muslims featuring a series of short two minute videos of ex-Muslims explaining why they left Islam.

Each day during Lent I will post videos from These beautiful young ex-Muslim men were all killed by Islam. Lesson: in Islam apostasy is a sin, but it isn't a sin in Islam to brutally murder an apostate.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Isolation is the Devil's Workshop!

 Family life is an antidote to isolation!
I was reading the Lectio Divina (commentary on the Gospel) in my Magnificat before Mass this morning and stopped abruptly to reflect a bit when I reached this passage from St. John Chrysostom:
"The Spirit drags Jesus into the desert, since he wanted to draw the devil there; and Jesus gave occasion to him not only on account of his hunger but also on account of the place: for then most especially does the devil attack, when he sees people isolated and by themselves."
Jesus was attacked and tempted in His isolation. When, I asked myself, have I been most tempted to discouragement and despair? Isn't it when I feel alone, abandoned by those around me? I remember one Christmas years ago when many challenges robbed me of joy. Surrounded by family, I nevertheless felt alone, my spirit locked in darkness. I felt isolated and unhappy, but resisted the temptation to rob joy from those around me. So I smiled and prepared the feast although my heart felt like a stone. By the end of the day, serving others had lifted my spirits considerably. Which I think is a serious lesson. When we stop looking at ourselves in our misery and look outward to others (and especially to the face of Jesus), we cannot remain stuck in the slough of despond.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Guest Post: Young Eastern Europeans Study Free Market Ways with Project Arizona

"It's the North Star of my life to look to God."

Dexter Duggan has a fascinating article at The Wanderer describing a project in Arizona that brings Eastern European interns to the United States to learn free-market philosophy to take home to their countries. These young adults know the reality of Communism and state very clearly that those who advocate for socialism have little understanding of what it really entails. We live in times when many who spout off about everything, know almost nothing. Check out Dexter's article. Here's the beginning:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Of Lent and Computer Crashes

It's been an interesting week. My computer crashed last Saturday while we were vacationing in Florida. One minute it was working fine and the next all I could get after the welcome message was a black screen.

You never realize how dependent you are on technology until it fails you. It seems the poor computer was dying. Fortunately, my techie son-in-law could retrieve the data from the hard drive and I now have an Apple (installed tonight) that I need to learn how to use. Oh goodie! He assures me it is more secure than my old laptop and besides four of my children have switched to Apple and think they're great. Who am I to argue with all my smart, tech-savvy kids?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Having Washed Off the Ashes, Now What?

Yesterday those who went to mass were told by the priest or deacon as he marked their foreheads with ashes, “for dust you are and unto dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:19)  Anyone who is not Catholic might consider this a terrible pronouncement of the uselessness of this life.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Is RCIA the best the Church Can Offer Those Seeking to Enter the Bark of Peter?

My grandson, Aidan Thomas, will be receiving his First Communion this spring and our whole family is revving up with excitement. He has a great yearning, obvious to us, to receive the Body of Christ on his tongue and be one with the rest of his family in the practice of our faith. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Don't Fall for the Seamless Garment Scam!

Cardinal Bernardin,
scam artist extraordinaire 
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin made a career out of speaking with an orthodox tongue while he undermined serious moral issues. His "seamless garment" provided cover to many pro-abortion Democrats like Ted Kennedy who could posture on the moral high ground as a serious Catholic while he voted to dismember babies in the womb. I mean he opposed executing serial killers, for heaven't sake! How much more "Catholic" can you be?

I wrote the other day about the 14 Catholic senators who refused to support the ban on aborting babies after 20 weeks who feel the pain of being torn limb from limb. Many of the abortion-enabling politicians use the "seamless garment" to justify themselves. They continually tell us how much they just luuuuuuv the weak and vulnerable...with one exclusion (well, millions of exclusions actually) -- babies waiting to be born. Hey, the babies can't vote and won't be fodder for elections for years, so who needs 'em? After all, the feminists and pro-abort adults can vote and pandering to them is a career enhancer for Democrats.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Overcome the Darkness with the Light of Hope!

When you think the world's in twilight before dark
consider you may be seeing the coming dawn!
There is much these days to rob the most optimistic Catholic of hope. The dark clouds gather not only over our world and our country, but over the Church as well. When oppressive gloom begins to depress us, we would do well to remember the slogan of the Christophers: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” And if we have eyes to see, that single candle illuminates signs of hope everywhere, because hope is higher and wider than despair. Let me share a few examples.

Anthony Esolen, the persecuted English professor who got into hot water with the diversity barbarians at purportedly Catholic Providence College, recently described an experience at his new academic home, St. Thomas More College in Merrimack, NH:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Liberals Are Cannibals; They Eat Their Own

Democrats and Republicans busy
about their cannibalistic rituals
"Late last week, New York Times columnist David Brooks tried to wake liberals up to the dangers of their abortion fixation -- and became a punching bag instead. The Left unleashed on Brooks for focusing on the party's greater good, responding with all sorts of vile, profane-laced tirades for committing the unforgiveable sin: questioning their abortion orthodoxy."

What a laugh to see "tolerant" liberal cannibals light a fire under their cauldron to cook Brooks after he dared to challenge their sacramental rite of abortion. You know...their "abortion on demand without apology and with no limits" policy. I have to say reading about it made me laugh.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Fr. Tom Collins on Illegal "Immigrants"

Infiltrators are like strangler
fig trees that suck the life
out of their hosts until death!
I am concerned at how the left is being allowed to determine the terminology used to define the whole immigration issue. Those who have entered our nation illegally are not immigrants, they are infiltrators. Immigrants respect the laws, customs and traditions of the nation that is graciously hosting them. They also intend to enhance the life of that nation with the blessings of their own historical and cultural heritage. Infiltrators, on the other hand, furtively enter a nation. They despise its laws and traditions and treat it much as a parasite treats a host, sucking out its life-blood while infecting it with lethal pathogens.

It is sad that we allow drug traffickers, human traffickers, violent gang members, rapists, kidnappers, jihadists and murders to be dignified by Democrats with the name, “immigrants”. Also, the lax enforcement of our immigrations law demanded for years by many Democrats has encouraged parents to urge their unaccompanied vulnerable children to go on a hazardous journey to America through a gauntlet of merciless human traffickers and drug smugglers looking for some more “mules” to transport their lethal contraband into the United States. It is interesting to note how many Democrats want to treat such parents as human rights’ heroes, while at the same time they want to vigorously prosecute for child neglect any American mother, who merely leaves her  sleeping child in her house for two minutes, while she gets a cup of sugar from a next-door neighbor. 

Thomas Collins

Covington VA

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Great Men and the People Who Influence Them

This conversation about Donald Trump and G.K. Chesterton fascinates me.  When someone left a comment to my post last week about Dale Ahlquist and the American Chesterton Society I thought it a curious thing and I was glad, Mary Ann, when you, a great follower of Chesterton and a long standing member of "the club" picked up on it with your own post. 
Two facts I believe to be important need to be inserted here.

Pray for Priests, Especially the False Shepherds in Danger of Hell

Dymphna has a prayer for unfaithful priests on her blog that I prayed this morning. I invite you to join me. We need our priests desperately for the salvation of our souls. What a blessing when a bad priest repents and returns to the faithful service of his people. What a blessing if we love our priests so deeply and sincerely that we pray and fast and sacrifice for them, especially those most in need of the mercy of God.

Lord Jesus, High Priest and King of Kings, have mercy on us!

Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy and Help of All Christians, pray for us!

How Chestertonian is the American Chesterton Society?

For Dale Ahlquist and co.
Following my post Friday on the Chesterton Society's attack on Trump and discussing Dale' Ahlquist's support for allowing certain people living in adulterous situations to return to Communion, several Facebook Friends chimed in with interesting comments. I think what they have to say is worth sharing.

A lawyer friend said that "the saying [Dale mentioned] that the exception proves the rule means the opposite of what Dale suggests it means."

Just goes to show that being a fan of Chesterton doesn't necessarily mean you are as clear a thinker or as precise in your use of language.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

If I'd Gotten Off That Train, I'd Be Dead Right Now

Captured Christian white slaves being auctioned
in the Muslim Ottoman Empire
This is a true story about how dangerous Europe (anywhere really but especially Europe with its millions of recent Muslim arrivals and skyrocketing crime against women) is today for unsuspecting young girls and women. My granddaughter is going to Europe this summer, but when I give warnings for her to "be careful" my daughter's response is exactly the same as Carlo's wife's response all those years ago.

When I was 19 and young, naive and innocent I went to school in Padua and Venice staying with friends of my parents, Carlo and Ann. It was a glorious experience but often I think back to how I certainly was almost kidnapped, drugged and sold into the white slave market. (Today it's called human trafficking.) At that time people thought the destination of a white slave was a harem deep in Saudi Arabia where women were cosseted and plied with lotions and oil on their skin, watched over by a eunuch and called to the bed of the sheikh at his command. However, now a more likely fate occurs to me - I might have been pimped out by the Mafia or sold to a Neapolitan drug gang.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Reminder: Pray the Rosary today for the Purification of the Church

Today is the rosary crusade project to pray for the purification of the Church and the triumph of the light of Christ over all sin and error. This is something we desperately need! As soon as I finish this post, my husband and I are lighting a candle and praying our rosary joined in heart with the many others dedicated to this purpose. Read about the project here and if you are late in reading this, remember that time is all one to God, and join in the rosary for these intentions.

Chesterton, Dale Ahlquist, and the Civil War in the Church

What would Chesterton think of Amoris Laetitia?
I'm a great fan of G.K. Chesterton and the American Chesterton Society. Let me amend that statement. I am a great fan of Chesteron and was a great fan of the Society. Dale Ahlquist, its founder, has done a splendid job bringing Chesterton to a modern culture that knew little about him. If Chesterton isn't yet a household word, there are many in the last two decades who have come to know him through Dale's work and programming on EWTN. I congratulate him for that.

Unfortunately there's a "but." The first problem for me was the Society jumping on the hate-Trump bandwagon. Up to that time I belonged to the Society, had attended several of their annual conferences, and subscribed to Gilbert, the Society's magazine. I did not renew my subscription, however, after the Society's taking sides that would have, if successful, guaranteed Hillary Clinton's election. After several anti-Trump articles, the final straw was a suggestion from one of their main writers to enter Chesterton's name on the ballot as a write-in. What insanity! So I did not renew my subscription and have no plans to attend another conference.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Clericalism is Alive and Well in Amchurch!

Does Fr. Martin follow the
Holy Spirit or the
Spirit of this world?
I'm always amused by accusations that orthodox Catholics who uphold the teachings of the Church are filled with fear, hatred, homophobia, anger, and are bullies, raging maniacs...well, you get the picture. James Martin, also known as "Father," a Jesuit sadly reflective of the state to which that order has fallen, recently had another talk cancelled. It was due to the "haters" who run nasty, evil, vilifying...well you get the picture... websites and blogs that (sniff, sniff) result in the "censorship" of "progressives" like the good Fr. Martin who is compassionate, kind, sweet, loving...well you get the picture, upholder of all things perverse.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Catholic Judases Essentially Vote to Continue Killing Babies After 20 Weeks!

Yesterday the Senate shut down a vote on the bill to ban murdering babies after 20 weeks (Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act). Fourteen Catholic senators who voted to keep the filibuster going were enough to crush the vote. Think of it, those fourteen Catholics had the power to protect babies or keep the holocaust on full throttle, and they used their power to do the devil's work. Most of the Senate was in favor of voting on the bill, but they needed 60 senators to stop the filibuster. Those fourteen Judas Catholics tipped the balance. Now, unless Republican leadership resorts to the "nuclear option," the bill is essentially dead.

And so are babies like this little 20-week-old baby boy if their moms decide they don't want them.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dexter Duggan Reviews the March for Life

Wanderer reporter, Dexter Duggan, a real journalist, contacted me last week asking for comments on the March for Life. He included some of them in his article. Go here to see what Dexter wrote and please commit to praying for abortion workers. Many of them just need a job and don't really understand the evil reality of abortion and its sordid history. Others are "true believers" in the liberal agenda believing the lies that freedom is in the license to do whatever you please. Actually, the queen of murder, founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger (Slee), used to say as she aged (ungracefully), "I will do exactly as I please." She was a sad woman indeed who ended her life drug-addicted and nasty as a wet cat. Check out her call for legislation to ban babies. What a woman!