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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Is Pope Francis a Heretic?

One Peter Five reports that a group of theologians, scholars, and clerics are raising the question:
In the seemingly interminable war between Catholics and Pope Francis, another salvo has been fired. This time, it lands a bit closer to the target. 
In a 20-page open letter addressed not to the pope, but to the bishops of the Church, 13 Catholic scholars, some of them clergy, state that they “accuse Pope Francis of the canonical delict of heresy” and ask the bishops of the Church to “take the steps necessary to deal with the grave situation of a heretical pope.”  Read more here.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Flee the Cities, Especially Those Run by Democrats!

And it's not just San Francisco. Find a major city that's a total, almost unlivable disaster, and you can be sure it's a bastion of liberalism run by Democrats.

Nevermind How You Feel, Tell Me What You Think!

I listened to Rush Limbaugh on the radio one day last week.  A caller said he noticed most people today will rarely reply to a question by saying, “I think….”  They generally, he said, reply, “I feel…”  The two continued to discuss the difference.  Rush said it is easy to feel anything, but to THINK requires effort, conviction, rational thought and a rejection of the alternatives to the answer given.  How anyone feels can’t be argued with especially when what they say is couched in such a way as to not offend someone else or prevent them from not liking you. 

You Support Abortion, Communion is No Problemo; You Kneel, Get Behind Me, Satan!

I thought refusing Communion to kneeling faithful was a thing of the past, but not with this recently named Chilean bishop, Bishop Celestino Aós Braco.  It happened at the Chrism Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile. The bishop replaces Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati who is under criminal investigation for covering up sex abuse. Read more here.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Why do Catholic Schools Give Platforms to the Enemies of Life? Sign the Petition!

Would this little one have grown
up to be a student at St. Mary's?
It's baffling. Even the bishops say that speakers who violate Catholic truth should not be honored or given platforms at Catholic institutions. The Task Force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians wrote this in 2004:
We affirmed that the Catholic community and Catholic institutions should “not honor” those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. The Task Force plans to consult with leaders in Catholic education, Catholic health care, and Catholic social services to discuss how we can together best carry out this guidance.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Of Cleaning Hot Spots and Lamenting "Progressive Preachers"

Have you ever heard of the Fly Lady? She's a whirlwind of activity against CHAOS which stands for "Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome." I followed her for awhile trying to get my own clutter under control -- a never ending battle it seems.

This morning while working on one of my "hot spots," a counter filled with newspapers, magazines, junk mail, etc. I came across an article that temporarily halted my purge. Titled Questions for 'progressive' preachers, it was written by the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Everett Piper.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Islamic Genocide of Armenian Christians 104 Years Ago

Armenian Christians escorted by Ottoman Muslim soldiers
are marched through Haput to prison in Mezireh

The Demonically Inspired Islamic Hatred of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Western intelligentsia and media elites continue to portray Islam as a religion of peace. However today's current and very real crisis in the world is that of Christians persecuted (for 1400 years) by this same religion of peace
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 104 years ago during the Armenian Genocide, Islam's greatest slaughter of Christians.

Calling All Crusaders in the Church Militant: Defend Your Good Priests!

I received this email today from a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales in Purcelville who is up in arms over the treatment of Fr. Ron Escalante. What she urges is absolutely necessary. Silence in the face of calumny and injustice is unacceptable. If you aren't aware of the mistreatment of Fr. Escalante go here. Defend your good priests before there aren't any left!

Dear Parishioners,

It is time to rise up and put pressure on the Bishop to return our beloved Pastor to SFDS.  Please send a written letter to:

This Video Shows Exactly Why the Evil of Abortion Will End in Utter Defeat!

...with hope for those who "once were lost, but now are saved" through the amazing grace of God!

Meet the Abortionist From the “Unplanned” Movie Who is Now Pro-Life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Fr. Escalante Tale Goes On...

...and it's beginning to feel like Tales from the Crypt. Check out the offices of the PR bureaucracy at the Diocese of Arlington:

Not sure who the guy in the coffin is....What do you think?

If you haven't been following the saga up to now, go here and here.

Notre Dame Fire: Chief Architect Says "Ancient Oak Doesn't Burn Life That."

Is the official narrative honest or are the powers that be afraid of the conflagration that will erupt if it turns out that Notre Dame was deliberately set by the same folks (i.e., Muslims) setting the other fires in French Catholic churches?

Former Chief Architect of French Historic Monuments Casts Doubt on Official Story

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ask the Question!

Bishop Burbidge, Where is Fr. Escalante?

The Diocese of Arlington criticizes "lapse of journalistic standards" over Fr. Escalante article.

Fr. Ron Escalante
Below is the statement on the Arlington diocesan website responding to the Blue Ridge Leader's article about the unjust treatment of Fr. Ron Escalante who was removed as pastor at St. Francis de Sales in Purcellville over an alleged "boundary violation" with a teenage girl. [See article here.]

Excuse my eye-rolling over the diocese's statement. What a bunch of hooey! We hear all the time about how bishops want openness and transparency. Don't believe it! My mom raised me to be too much of a lady to use the language that comes to mind. I doubt if protecting Fr. Escalante's privacy is the main point in all this and their attack on the Blue Ridge Leader is nothing but a diversion. I want to commend Valerie Cury and the Blue Ridge Leader for defending the rights of a good priest. I trust their investigation more than I trust the diocese's. If the sex abuse crisis has taught us anything, it's to be skeptical, not of the Church, but of the Church bureaucracy. My comments are in red.

Guest Post: A Litany for Lawyers and Government Officials

Editor's comment: This week we've seen liberals going after Attorney General William Barr, calling him Trump's attorney and questioning his integrity. 

What I find interesting about this attack is that once again we see the mainstream media's double standard applied. Let's go back to a hot summer day in Phoenix, June 28, 2016 when Bill Clinton requested a meeting on the tarmac with Attorney General Loretta Lynch while her office was investigating Hillary's server/email debacle. Funny thing -- the media treated that meeting with a yawn. Did anyone question Loretta Lynch's treatment of Hillary? Not that I recall. In fact, the media always treats the Clintons' shady dealings with a yawn. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Gospel According to Muhammad

The evil that is Islam did this in Sri Lanka.

    The Incarnation of Lucifer as Islam. Muhammad bears witness thim.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

3 But then God made the angels. And from them came Lucifer who became Allah.

4 In Lucifer was killing and death, and death was the darkness of men.

5 And Lucifer’s darkness shrouded the light, and men of light did not comprehend it.

Like I one is beyond God's Grace! Famous Conversions to the Catholic Faith

Famed Australian Atheist, Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

Former Australian Governor General Bill Hayden becomes Catholic!

Will the Extremist Loons Wake Up the Honest Lefties?

Camille Paglia, an honest leftie?
It's easy to pigeon-hole and condemn the left. Their "spokesmen" are so intransigent in promoting intrinsic moral evils like abortion, assisted suicide, sodomy, same-sex "marriage," etc. that one is tempted to dismiss them all as minions of Satan.

But I know some lefties who are struggling (as we all are) to live moral lives, some in my own extended family. They are kind and helpful. They love their children and are faithful to their spouses.

 I can't question their sincerity, however misguided their ideas. And that leads me to a dilemma.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Exult and be glad for Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

Wishing you a blessed Easter Day and Easter Season from the ladies of Les Femmes.

What the Stars Can Teach Us

I like stars.  I always have.  "Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star, How I wonder what you are."  

I grew up in Texas and everyone knows, “The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas.” 

Now where I live, 13 miles west of Washington, D.C. it is nearly impossible to see more than a dozen of them on any night whether the sky is clear or not because city light obscures them from view. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Black Voters are Turning Conservative! Say Good-Bye to the Democrats' Liberal Plantation

Diamond and Silk, the dynamite duo, score a home run with their speech at CPAC. You can tell they have the left quaking in their boots, because the liberal shills at Google, Facebook and Twitter are trying so hard to suppress their message on social media! 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Diamond and Silk's speech. 

Would you give to the restoration of Notre Dame without knowing what you'll get?

Donations are pouring in to repair Notre Dame. What can we expect from a secular government?
Already, voices clamor for something completely new that fits the France of today. Ah...the hubris of progressives who happily throw away the past!

That thought leads to some troubling speculations. Will Notre Dame become a multi-cultural center? Or will it be designed with architecture that celebrates Islam? Will the "new" church really be Notre Dame rebuilt, the great gothic cathedral erected over hundreds of years by the faithful? Or will it be something strange? And even possibly a monument to the spirit of the world?

Will the new Notre Dame resemble the glorious old as we see her here?

Friday, April 19, 2019

A Good Friday Gift from Hilaire Belloc and Jacques Tissot

Death of Jesus by Jacques Tissot (1836-1902)
Our Lord and Our Lady
by Hilaire Belloc
They warned Our Lady for the Child
That was Our Blessed Lord,
And She took Him into the desert wild,
Over the camel’s ford.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Update on Notre Dame Fire and a Correction

It's interesting that, even while the fire was going on, officials were calling it an accident. Does that sound like a sensible way to conduct an "investigation."

Bishop Athanasius Schneider had this to say:

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water....

Great white shark weighing 1,668 pounds spotted off Florida Panhandle, researchers say

And it's not just sharks you need to guard against. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Holy Week Meditation: Spy Wednesday -- Did Jesus Love Judas?

The short answer: ABSOLUTELY! Perhaps His compassion was greater for Judas than for all the others knowing his tragic end. Judas was one of the chosen ones among the disciples called to be part of the select twelve! And even given the particular responsibility of holding the purse and administering alms to the poor. Wasn't giving him that role an act of trust?

And while I'm reflecting on those whom Jesus loved, what about the pharisees and sadducees plotting to kill him? Did He love them?

This is How You Smear a Good Priest! Bring Back Fr. Escalante!

Blue Ridge Leader 10 hours agoOur Towns, Top News0 Comments

By Valerie Cury

In November of 2018, Father Ronald S. Escalante, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Church in Purcellville, was placed on administrative leave by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

Whoddu Guessed? Some of those Drag Queens are Child Molesters!

I won't link to Malestia Child's Instagram page,
and I don't know if he does story hours, but what

does he imply by adopting a name like that? Our
culture supports child killing. Molesting next?

Yet Another “Story Hour” Drag Queen Turns Out To Be A Child Sex Offender

Hey, Library Board, of course! We know you care about children. So bring the drag queens on into the children's section of the library to groom the little ones to except "gender fluidity."

Oh...and if little Johnny says, "Mommy, I have to pee!" send him to the Potty with "Malestia Child" or "Sharon Needles" or "Phallic Cunt."

Yes, these are all the monikers for real life drag queens. Motherhood and apple pie, anyone?

Allowing these folks access to children is absolutely insane! In Houston alone two sex offenders volunteering to scandalize children have been exposed (no pun intended) by the local Mass Resistance group. How many others remain underground because they change their aliases so much they're hard to uncover.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Guest Post: "When the Bad Are Punished, Others Become Better."

Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrates killing
children even at birth with two thumbs up.
Communion and Catholic Pro-Abortion Politicians

by Robert G. Marshall

Evangelical Christian, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the famed Rev. Billy Graham, in three “tweets” in two minutes captured the hopes and sentiments of many Catholics by urging N.Y. Cardinal Dolan to excommunicate “Catholic” N.Y. Governor Cuomo for bizarrely celebrating and signing a third trimester abortion law. Since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision Catholic bishops have been in a position to question “Catholic” politicians who openly vote for abortion and who still claim to be Catholics in good standing.

Is Paris Burning? A Reflection on the Notre Dame Fire.

Was the Notre Dame fire and accident? Perhaps. But the on-going, deliberate attacks on Catholic churches in France fuels speculation (not unreasonably, I believe). Churches there are under siege by Muslim migrants. The trashing of Paris is well documented and across France acts of vandalism and violence are increasing. (See here and here and here for just three examples including the brutal murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel during morning Mass by two young Muslim men.)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday Meditation: Love at First Sight for Beautiful Baby Girl!

Sometimes a story just tugs at your heart strings. This one did. Poor little unwanted baby girl finds a forever home with a kind and compassionate nurse. May we all bless the lives of others!

Did You Miss These Stories? Six worth reading and reflecting on! And, of course, praying about!

Cupich: a typical liberal who operates by a double
 standard that persecutes good and advances evil!
Cardinal Cupich and His Selective Justice for Accused Priests Are we surprised when liberal clerics persecute orthodox priests even when they are exonerated? No justice for them!

Ohio Heartbeat Bill Signed Libs go wild! The sky is falling. Doctors may leave the state! (What a tragedy if abortionists went elsewhere, right?) Companies may refuse to locate there. Pray today for Gov. Mike DeWine, the "strongest pro-life governor in the nation."

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bigotry on Parade: Two Airports Ban Chick-Fil-A because of the Owner's Political Views...

N.B. This photo comes from a satire site, not
Chik-fil-A. But it's too funny not to share!
...Is that constitutional?

How would you like it if you were a teacher and the school said you couldn't teach because you held the wrong political opinions even if you never voiced them in the classroom?

What if you were fired from a garage where you worked as a mechanic because your boss saw you out running on your own time in a MAGA hat.

Is it fair for a department store or a restaurant to check out its employees' political views as a litmus test for employment?

Of course not!

Friday, April 12, 2019

New York Introduces Bill to Break the Seal of Confession

The New York General Assembly's Standing Committee on Children and Families is considering a bill, AO6662, that would destroy the sacred bond between a confessor and the penitent. While the bill is limited to cases of child abuse, this is the camel's nose in the tent. Why should a priest not be required to report any serious breach of the law: murder, rape, embezzlement, etc.?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Left is Okay with Bullying as Long as You Bully the "Right" People... know...those deplorables who cling to their bibles and their guns and refuse to bend the knee to the idols of gender totalitarianism, Islam, globalism, climate change...(You get the picture)

Aaron and Melissa Klein lost their family-run business because they refused to bake a cake for a same sex wedding. Keep in mind that gay bakers refusing service to Christians are a-okay.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Baby Girl Left in Storm Drain to Die: Will This Be the New Normal for Democrats?

It happened in South Africa. Clearly the little girl was "unwanted" in the verbiage we hear so often
from Planned Parenthood. And so she was dumped, very deliberately, with a colony of stinging red ants nearby.  The lid of the drain had to be pried off to leave her there...and to rescue her!

Monday, April 8, 2019

The soft core that lies around the hard core of politics consists of LIVING IN A BUBBLE

Hungary's Viktor Orban
The soft core of Leftism consists of universities, research institutes, NGOs - especially Soros NGOs - and the Mainstream Media and have huge amounts of power affecting politics which currently touts mass migration, the target of which is the Western world, especially Europe. Yet the majority of Europeans want to defend their Christian culture against mass immigration and Islamic culture invading their land. On April 5, 2019, Hungary's Viktor Orban laid it on the line. 

We either defend the Christian culture of the West or be overrun with Islam and Islamic culture until the floodgates hold no more. Mass migrations into another land - in this case, the liquidation of the precedence of European Christian culture, and with it the elimination of European nations - are never peaceful occurrences because it leads to conflict between different cultures, opposite religions and the fight for the future of whose culture will be dominant. As in "youth, when death has no reality" the current lie existing in the leftist bubble is "coexistence in multiculturalism"
This 30 minute video is on BitTube and is from the Vlad Tepes Blog. It starts slow but is well worth your time. 

Seattle is Dying and it Isn't Alone

A friend sent me a link a few days ago to a documentary titled Killing Seattle and I watched it in horror.  It is an hour long, but you can get the idea in the first ten minutes what the problem is and how dire it has become.  The calamities highlighted in this film are currently being experienced not only in Seattle, but also in San Francisco and Los Angeles and a growing number of other cities in the USA. 

Real LIfe Sidewalk Counselors Save Babies from Death and their Moms from a Lifetime of Regret!

The real Marilisa from Unplanned on the right.
Meat the Real-Life Marilisa from Unplanned

This is a great interview and as a sidewalk counselor myself I found it compelling. I spent many Saturdays for about 15 years sidewalk counseling at an abortion mill next to Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria. Before that it was Wednesdays at the Falls Church abortion mill where I stood on a stepladder talking to women over the fence between St. James and the facility.

Everything in Unplanned is absolutely on target about sidewalk counseling and pro-life witness.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Stupid Trudeau, Vicious Allah, Ignorant Francis

How obtuse the left is and Justin Trudeau is not only ignorant, he is an empty-headed fool. At the 2017 Toronto gay pride parade he wished HAPPY PRIDE TO ALLAH!

Socialists and Cattle

I would dare to say most people hearing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proclamation that we have to get rid of cows simply thought of their Big Mac disappearing or their standing rib roast at Christmas.  Maybe they thought of their summer steaks on the grill or their Philly cheese steak sandwiches.  Or even their corned beef savored on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Friday, April 5, 2019

Really, Mount St. Mary's? A NARAL Hero as Commencement Speaker?

Mark Shriver set to
 scandalize graduates
at the Mount. Protest
 this pro-abort pol!
Mount St. Mary’s University Urged to Rescind Commencement Honors Invitation

"The Mount" is one of the schools listed in the Newman Guide to great Catholic colleges so what a betrayal it is for them to scandalize their graduates with Mark Shriver! Here's a bit from the Newman Society's article:
Shriver was a pro-abortion rights politician who served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1995 to 2003 and failed a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. Shriver garnered a 100 percent rating by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland. In a 2002 Washington Post interview, Shriver stated, “Women’s issues are critically important and I will continue to fight for a women’s right to choose; family planning funds; maternal and child health funding and education for girls both here and abroad.”

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Put on Your Black Arm Bands, D.C. Wilton Gregory is Coming to Town!

Pope Names First African American to Highest Post's official...another member of the homosexual subculture is promoted and will take over the most important see in the country. Many in Washington mourn today that another member of the McCarrick/Wuerl clique is coming to D.C. Haven't they suffered enough?

This is an unmitigated disaster for both Gregory and the flock.  When these men gain power they tend to abuse it and the flock along with it. That certainly can't be good for a man's soul. I hope every Catholic will commit to pray for Gregory and for the faithful of D.C. who live in the midst of a political world so filled with corruption.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

An Amazing Film Experience: UNPLANNED Rips the Mask off Planned Parenthood!

Wow! That was all I could say after seeing Unplanned yesterday. The film portrays the incredible story of Abby Johnson's conversion from Planned Parenthood Director to pro-life warrior. What a story! I've been following Abby since she left the abortion industry with a heart on fire to pull other people out of the pit. As a long-time sidewalk counselor, pregnancy help center volunteer, and rescuer I can testify to the the accuracy of much of the film because I've lived it. I've picketed and prayed outside abortion meetings and abortion mills. I've spoken to many abortion workers and abortionists. I've prayed with 40 Days for Life and talked to women going into the clinics and to some coming out after their abortions. To many I've offered help and healing. Pro-life work not only saves lives it changes lives -- not only those considering abortions, but those trying stop it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Good Advice for Those Thinking about the Priesthood...

Bishop Morlino died last
November. May he rest in peace.
Are seminaries safe? Better make sure says Fr. Mark Goring in the video below. Ask the bishop of the diocese or the superior of the order you are considering for assurance! He mentions Bishop Morlino's letter of August 18, 2018 in which he included these particular messages to seminarians, priests, and the lay faithful:
To our seminarians: If you are unchastely propositioned, abused, or threatened (no matter by whom), or if you directly witness unchaste behavior, report it to me and to the seminary rector. I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation. I trust that the seminaries I choose, very discriminately, to help form our men will not ignore this type of scandalous behavior, and I will continue to verify that expectation. 
To our priests: Most simply, live out the promises you made on your ordination day. You are called to serve Christ’s people, beginning with praying daily the Liturgy of the Hours.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Imitate Your Mother, Our Twelve Star General!

It's Monday, the start of a new week and a new month. Every first day is a good time to reflect on your role as a warrior in the Church Militant. Mary wasn't a week, 16-year-old girl who stood around weeping and wringing her hands over evil. She represents the captain of the guard, Queen of angels and saints. And she engages the enemy directly. Meditate on these image of Mary and then put on the armor of God and fight on the battlefield behind your General, rosary in hand and Confession and Eucharist in your swordbelt!

Some wag portrayed this with the rhyme: Hail Mary, full of grace,
punch the devil in the Face!