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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Are We Warriors for Christ Like St. Pius V?


Today is the feast of St. Pius V, the pope who saved the West from Islam. Had he not raised the Holy League under the leadership of Don John of Austria, today we would all likely be answering the Muslim call to prayer instead of responding to the bells of our local churches to come and worship Jesus Christ.

Out of Shadows: Child Trafficking, Satanism, Mind Control -- It's Real, Folks!

"Satan prowls the world like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour." Pray the St. Michael prayer before you watch this. 



Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Facts and Questions about the COVID 19 Crisis: Will the Outcome be Worse than the Disease?

Is this you, looking at our dystopian society?
Do you feel like you're living in a dystopian novel? Do you wonder what the end game really is? Do the censorship and attacks on medical people who deviate from the official narrative concern you? What do you think the economic impact will be for the country as we go forward? Do all the unintended consequences of the lockdown worry you? Are you curious about why politicians are telling the medical profession how to treat a disease? Lots of questions! I'm sure you have some of your own. 

Guest Post: Meet me in St. Louis, Dr. Hitchcock by Dexter Duggan

From the evil one's lips to Dr Hitchcock's ears?
"Hey man, you're good. Don't embarrass
yourself by admitting you goofed! Think
 about your reputation as a historian!"
Editor's comment: What responsibility does a Catholic have to correct slanderous comments about others -- especially when they are public and published? The damage is ongoing. Every person led to believe the false and damaging information is scandalized. And to the degree that they promote and spread the slander, the culpability of the instigator is magnified.

I've been following my friend and colleague Dexter Duggan's story on his battle to restore his reputation for several years. I share his distress over Dr. Hitchcock's slander. As a former admirer of both Dr. Hitchcock and his wife, Helen Hull Hitchcock, I find it all most distressing...and, frankly, shocking.

In the beginning, one could give Dr. Hitchcock the benefit of the doubt that his inaccuracies were "mistakes." But something more malicious enters the picture when one refuses to budge from errors and falsehoods and, instead, doubles down on them which Dr. Hitchcock continues to do.

At this point, he appears to be guilty of calumny against Dexter Duggan and that is a serious sin against the 8th Commandment. It brings to mind the story of St. Jean Vianney who told a woman who confessed gossiping to go empty a feather pillow on the hillside and then come back for absolution. When she did, he told her to go gather the feathers up again. "Impossible!" she replied. The saint replied that it was also impossible to undo the damage she did with her tongue. Dr. Hitchcock, please take that story to heart and do what you can to undo the damage you did to Dexter and his reputation with your pen and your keyboard!

Please, readers, pray for both Dr. Hitchcock and my friend Dexter. We will all stand before the Judgment Seat of God. Better to be humiliated here by acknowledging shoddy work than to stand before God in prideful unrepentance!


Errant Missouri historian, EWTN, and London publisher never say, ‘Sorry’:

Meet me in St. Louis, Dr. Hitchcock

By Dexter Duggan, writer for The Wanderer

As veteran pro-life activist Fr. Frank Pavone joined with tens of thousands of others to march down San Francisco’s Market Street for the annual Walk for Life West Coast in January 2017, people recognized him and came right up to shake hands, take pictures, and congratulate his work. I walked alongside Pavone that day, doing an interview as part of my story on the event for The Wanderer (www.thewandererpress.com), the oldest weekly national Catholic paper in the U.S., founded in 1867.

As national director of Priests for Life, Pavone had become a familiar face over the decades for his part in pro-life leadership. He had just flown in to San Francisco after attending the January 20, 2017, inauguration of new President Donald Trump and was very hopeful of Trump’s aiding the pro-life cause. Pavone told me then that Trump“is completely in our corner on issues that matter the most, and that he’s a man who follows through on what needs to be done.”

The previous year, during the presidential campaign, I did an interview with Pavone for The Wanderer dated for June 23, 2016, headlined, “Fr. Pavone Says Trump Speech ‘Crystal Clear’ Supporting Life, Religious Liberty.” Many pro-lifers still were looking to choose a candidate. The New York-born Pavone liked what he saw up close about Trump.


Dexter with Cardinal Burke
in October 2019
 
Pavone is a longtime friend to The Wanderer and says that reading its strong advocacy for unborn babies nourished his vocation to the priesthood and to pro-life leadership. Other prominent supporters of The Wanderer include Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke and Judge Andrew Napolitano.

Just around the time Pavone marched in San Francisco, a new book that claimed to stand up for the pro-life cause was hitting the shelves that entirely ignored Pavone but found space to bring in topics like the Spanish American War and Prohibition, events long before the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe vs. Wade, in 1973.

While Pavone placed great hope in Trump, this new book, published late in 2016, firmly proclaimed that the election of either Republican Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton as president would mean the end of the pro-life movement. The book brusquely called Trump a “bizarre threat.”

The book’s index doesn’t mention Pavone at all, although I’m listed on 20 pages. Huh? I’m that much more important than Pavone? Even commentator Norman Podhoretz, Cambodian mass murderer Pol Pot and Prohibition get a reference. I’m on twice as many pages as Planned Parenthood, which gets 10.

The book’s misleadingly broad title was Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics. It was written by elder Missouri historian James Hitchcock, Ph.D. One of its major targets was The Wanderer, whose “Catholic underground,” Hitchcock cried, was guilty of “conspiracy theories, old religious and ethnic grudges, economic ignorance, resentment, and alienation from the entire modern world,” etc., etc.

The book personally attacked me repeatedly as a writer for The Wanderer with outright falsehoods and seriously misleading statements. Hitchcock for years had a bee in his bonnet against The Wanderer that he clung to stubbornly.

Amazingly, his remarkable errors escaped serious editing, and the book came out from Transaction Publishers, at Rutgers University, in New Jersey. (Did you know that Justice Elena Kagan is a Catholic member of the U.S. Supreme Court? Hitchcock says so.) Shortly thereafter, the major international publisher Taylor & Francis, headquartered in London, acquired the Transaction firm and issued the shoddy book under its own Routledge imprint, whose hard cover edition sold to universities for around $100 a copy.

Before long, the powerful “global Catholic network,” EWTN, was interviewing Hitchcock and telling its audience members that they could contact EWTN directly to order the book.

Also amazingly, neither Taylor & Francis, EWTN nor anyone else in a responsible position has ever made any apology for abetting Hitchcock’s defamation or publicly called on him, so far as I’ve ever heard, to make needed corrections. Nor did the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, for which he had worked.

Despite more than three years of the pro-life Trump presidency, Hitchcock never has apologized for his misjudgment. Nor has he retracted any of his embarrassing errors repeatedly called to his attention since mid-2017. Asked to account for them, he stubbornly remained silent, not acknowledging his mistakes, much less defending them. As this is written in late April 2020, Hitchcock recently was untruthful again about what was on the record.

Like many others, I had admired Hitchcock as a scholar, even before we both were contributing editors at the National Catholic Register in the early 1980s. That is, until I discovered in 2017 that he, without offering any evidence, defamed my good reputation as a lifelong pro-lifer. If he couldn’t find facts he wanted, he made them up.

I’ve written before about his assaults. To readers new to this scandal, I’ll repeat a few before getting to the latest news.

Hitchcock, a veteran professor at two Catholic institutions, St.
Dr. James Hitchcock
Louis University and the St. Louis archdiocesan Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, inexplicably charged me with believing that “fanatically pro-abortion” U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was “worthy of unqualified support.” Does not the Catholic Hitchcock understand he is saying that I, a practicing Catholic, am on the road to Hell unless I repent? Yet he never has offered the slightest evidence for this defamation, not even in the years since the book was published and I said to prove it.


In March 2020 I challenged him to meet me on a debate stage in his St. Louis home town, however his health allows. No response yet. Two years ago, he told his friend Christopher Manion, Ph.D., that he had been “very busy,” but he intended to reply to Manion’s and my criticisms. However, he never did.

Hitchcock falsely wrote that I didn’t care for “Reagan Democrats,” and that I was among those trying “to persuade pro-lifers to transcend their narrow outlook and support a wider agenda.” He never offered any evidence for this, just empty accusations.

He repeatedly put the words of other plainly identified people in my mouth to make me look bad, and even twisted them, such as taking a comment by a black activist in 2015 who said that he thought blacks “are moving toward Donald Trump.” Hitchcock instead claimed that I, Duggan, said blacks “would flock to Trump’s banner.” So now, in my supposedly pro-abortionist Trump fervor, I not only presume to speak for blacks, but also attribute even more eagerness for them to go dashing toward Trump than the black activist himself suggested.

When I covered an official Arizona Republican county meeting where a pro-abortion extremist Democrat was criticized, Hitchcock instead claimed that I covered a meeting of people who looked down their noses at pro-lifers and “were ecstatic” over a “newly elected” pro-abortion Republican whose election hadn’t even been held yet.

In a different story, I noted a range of political gossip over Sen. John McCain inviting potential vice-presidential running mates to his ranch before the GOP convention in 2008. I wrote: “Conservatives could ponder whether a dedicated conservative activist and pro-lifer like (Louisiana Gov. Bobby) Jindal could enhance the ticket by influencing McCain to the right, or only be used as the Arizona senator’s yes-man to lure conservative voters to elect an administration dedicated to undermining their cause.”

Yet what did Hitchcock claim I wrote? This: “Duggan (June 5 [2008]) asked whether, if McCain picked a pro-life running mate, it would only be ‘to lure conservative voters to elect an administration dedicated to undermining their cause’.” Hitchcock simply threw away the part of the sentence that disproved his claim. How low can ya go? Well, as low as when Hitchcock took the words of a man likening McCain to “a mad scientist” and instead claimed that was my own remark.

Now for the latest disappointing news I’m aware of, which occurred just last month, in March 2020.

A woman I know, and who had met Hitchcock years ago, asked him by email on March 12 for “the TRUTH” about the book situation. Hitchcock replied by email on March 19: “Dexter Duggan, whom I have never met, says that I misrepresented him. But he does not say exactly how. He also says that I have discredited myself. If that is true (it is not) what more does he want?”

I never claimed to have met Hitchcock, but I spoke with him on the phone at least once decades ago, when we both wrote for the National Catholic Register and he was fully aware I was a pro-lifer way back then. His claim that I do “not say exactly how” he misrepresented me is as false as his book’s tales. In asking “what more” I want, he seems to suggest he already has done a lot to satisfy me, when in fact he has done absolutely nothing.


The woman replied to Hitchcock on March 21 with some of his many inaccuracies that I’ve pointed out. Rather than thanking her for giving him the opportunity to reply, Hitchcock cut her off peremptorily on March 22: “DD and I have both had our say.” (“DD” is, of course, me, Dexter Duggan.) And that was the end of what the adamantly incorrect Hitchcock would say.

University abortion historian Prof. Mary Ziegler is bringing out her own book via Cambridge University Press now, Abortion and the Law in America: Roe v. Wade to the Present. I’m on a few pages of her book, but she phoned me by prearrangement for a recorded interview then double-checked with me for accuracy -- unlike Hitchcock, who never contacted me at all before publication, and has mainly ducked me since.

 In June 2019 he finally wrote me, once, in a four-sentence letter, strangely addressing me as “Mr. McDermott,” still not acknowledging making a single error, and still inexplicably accusing me of being a bad Catholic and “a loyal Goldwaterite.” Please recall, he’d told his book readers that Goldwater was “fanatically pro-abortion.” He did not answer my reply to this cruel letter.

Prof. Ziegler made none of the howling errors that Hitchcock did. I wonder why. These are historians writing for the future, a standard that Hitchcock sadly failed while gulling his publisher, EWTN and the public.

Maybe in my next installment I’ll name folks representing the publisher and EWTN, for starters, about their part in the remarkable refusal to admit any error. Heck, here are a few now. For the publisher: Tyler Bay, Dean Birkenkamp, Julie Smith, Beckie Parker, Corinne Militello. For EWTN: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Jason Addington, Michael Warsaw, Doug Keck.



---April 28, 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

"Mayday, Mayday" -- Rallies around the Country on Friday, May 1st Saying OPEN THE STATES! Respond with Prayer!



Friday is May Day. And groups are holding rallies in most states calling for an end to the lockdowns. Isn't it interesting that the international distress signal is "mayday." We certainly are in distress in the United States and if the lockdown isn't lifted soon we may all learn what it was like for our parents and grandparents to go through the Great Depression.

More From Dr. Erickson and Dr. Massihi on the Ingraham Angle. OPEN THE COUNTRY!

These guys are impressive and they are on the front lines. It's way past time to reopen the country. And Dr. Birx's statement that people at fall weddings will have to wear masks is outrageous! I'm sure not wearing one to my granddaughter's wedding! If I'm sick I won't go. If I'm not I'll put on my dancing shoes and enjoy every minute with family.



Are You and I Willing to Die for the Faith? St. Stephen, Pray for Us.


For some reason, I got it into my head this morning that today is the feast of St. Stephen. I must have been suffering a senior moment. (Is that a symptom of COVID 19)? I know it's not the feast of St. Stephen, so where did that come from? (His feast is actually December 26th.) 

Monday, April 27, 2020

The COVID 19 Strategy Makes No Scientific Sense! Time to Take on the Tyrants!

UPDATE: APRIL 28TH 11:00 P.M -- Laura Ingraham just announced that the video by the two doctors has been removed from You Tube because anything that questions the World Health Organization narrative "violates their terms of service." The videos below were taken down, but fortunately they are still available on the TV station's website for now. Pray that these don't disappear as well and watch now before they do. Giant corporations like Google, Facebook, and YouTube control the narrative. For a partial transcript go here

On the way home from Mass at the fairgrounds yesterday with my husband and a fellow parishioner, we were talking about the necessity for someone to stand up to our tyrannical governor. "What would happen," I asked, "if a local mayor or town council or county board of supervisors met with health officials and the local police department and opened up our local businesses with safety guideline recommendations in place?" Just tell the governor to go fly a kite at his beach house in North Carolina.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday Meditation: Don't Be Detoured from Authentic Spirituality

Don't let the deceiver lead you
off on a disastrous detour!
by Fr. Tom Collins

One of the most serious problems in the spiritual lives of so many people is the fact that they fail to assess critically the foundational premises of their spiritualities. 

There is an adage, “Well begun is half done”. If our premises are correct, it is much more likely that we will arrive at the right conclusion.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The SSPX Revisited

Archbishop Lefebvre -- Hero or Villain?

Before I get into the subject of the post, I want to address Church Militant's (CM) April 22nd exposé about the SSPX. Yes I watched the Vortex and read the report. It's horrifying if true, just like the horrifying information about bishops and priests all over the country (and world) that we've been steeped in for years. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Guest Post: The Mask - A Security Blanket for Adults imposed by "Omnipotent Moral Busybodies"

Ready for the Post Office?
by Lise Baur

Today I was thrown out of a post office because I did not have a mask. No, the post office was not in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, aka East Germany, it was in Silver Spring Maryland. I stopped in to get a free small flat rate box and the check on the amount of postage required. If it were possible, I would have mailed my item but, since I was being hollered at and told to leave, I left.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Our Lady Running to Meet Her Son, The Resurrected Lord

La Madonna che scappa, or the Runaway Madonna, is a pious ritual held every Easter Sunday in Sulmona, Italy. (A large statue of) Mary, dressed in black and keening while swaying back and forth, suddenly sees the resurrected Lord. As she sees the living Christ, her black shroud is cast off, exchanged for a garment of green (the color of life), and, as white doves fly up around her, she rushes to meet her Son. This spectacular theatrical re-enactment, one of the biggest events in Italy, has been acted out for centuries in Sulmona by the Confraternita di Santa Maria di Loreto. The full experience begins on Friday night and ends with Mary rushing to greet Our Risen Lord. So, next year in Sulmona?



Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Doctors are Seeing Success with Hydroxychloroquine, Zinc, and other Combination Regimens



Marseille study shows promising results:

Another Round of Great Articles: From Fr. Jerry Pokorosky and Raymond De Souza

Protestants Saving the Catholic Church by Fr. Jerry Pokorsky

Father makes an important and sad point:
The sex abuse crisis within the Church, along with an increasingly top-heavy bureaucracy, has – arguably – caused a kind of institutional paralysis....How else can we explain the general institutional failure to guard religious liberty during the pandemic? Historians will forever argue whether respect for the common good, fear of legal action, or servile fear, motivated Church authorities to meekly comply with government edicts. Regardless, the Church’s bureaucratic behemoth – and virtually every Catholic parish and entity – have submitted.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Random Thoughts on Tuesday Morning

  • Another Tuesday on lockdown....When will it end? The animals at the farm down the road are more free today than many Americans.

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Improbability of Turning On Faith That Has Been Extinguished

There are good days and then there are bad days in all our lives.  For the most part I have endured this lockdown in my home as well as anyone due in large part to the fact I am not alone.  I share the confinement with a loving patient husband.  I receive much satisfaction from the daily texts I get from friends in Chicago and Texas and I look forward each morning to opening my email and reading the newest posts on my favorite Catholic websites.  I am supported by my children who are busy with their own lives, but never forget to check in with their parents. 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday Meditation: Mr. Tumnus (and C.S. Lewis) Explain it All for You!



I love this sculpture, a gift from our daughter. It's on the buffet in our dining room and I see it at every meal. 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Read Fr. Z: On the SSPX, the Coronavirus, and "Old Scratch"

St. Jean Vianney, patron of parish priests, pray for us.
I love priests! How much I pray that they will all imitate the great patron of parish priests, St. Jean Vianney. I heartily recommend the little gem, Eucharistic Meditations of the saint which you can order here. I've cycled through the meditations once and am beginning again. The spiritual benefit of reading these is such a blessing! I intend to use it as my "sermon" for all the virtual Masses I pray in front of the tabernacle until public Masses are restored. And I've already given copies to two priest and one to a friend and ordered three more. St. Jean Vianney, pray for all our clergy that they will love the Eucharist with the same fervor that you did.

Articles worth reading and pondering on!

A few for celebration!
Texas doctor successfully treats 39 patients in senior home with hydroxychloroquine with zero side effects
Trump Halts Funding of WHO! Cutting the money to this evil organization rates cheers!
Democrat Vernon Jones Endorses Trump! And he's from a solid blue district. Democrats with integrity are scarcer than hens' teeth! Jones seems to be one.
 U.S. Bishops Cancel Spring Assembly over the Virus Well that's good news. The damage they can do will be at least be delayed for awhile!

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Coronavirus Toll Nobody's Talking About

See Dr. Phil interview at the end.
Did you know that 98% of coronavirus sufferers get well? 

Let me repeat that. 98% of those contracting the virus do NOT die.

You can be excused for not knowing that in view of the fact that the media and the "experts" beat the doom drums daily to justify their continued draconian approach including some who now say the country must be shut down for 18 months (or until a vaccine is developed) and things will never go back to normal!

The Coronavirus Numbers are Phony Baloney! Especially in New York!

Hey, God didn't do it, I did!
US Coronavirus Death Count To Include ‘Probable’ Causes, Could Add Thousands Who Never Tested Positive

Yes the virus is terrible, but the numbers are phony baloney, especially in New York. So don't look at their lying death statistics. It's all about making you panic and solidifying their power. Be prudent, exercise good hygiene, do all you can to boost your immune system, and trust in God. 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

From the Just Wonderin' File: Questions about Coronavirus!

Memo: No more infecting anyone! Pass it on.
My son and his family don't want to visit us these days because they worry about giving us the coronavirus. So even though they live only an hour away, we've only seen them once since Christmas and not at all since the pandemic of panic set in. 

Cooking the Books and Suppressing Dissent with Coronavirus: FIRE FAUCI, DEFUND WHO

"It's not Fauci's first rodeo."

What's going on? A few takeouts from the video below:
  • Fauci has a checkered history of false causality about AIDS, connections to big pharma, Hollywood, Bill Gates, and the Chinese 
  • Diagnosing most deaths as coronavirus as all other death statistics (pneumonia, heart disease, etc.) go down is a big red flag. How many are really dying from the virus?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Exposing WHO and the CDC: The Sock Puppets for Bill Gates and Big Pharma


Robert F Kennedy Jr. Exposes Bill Gates' Vaccine Agenda In Scathing Report

Authored by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman, Children’s Health Defense,

Guest Post: This is a test, this is only a test… are we failing?

by Lise Baur

In whom do we trust? The "experts" with their failed models? 
Science has not made us smarter but more afraid. This over dependence on science has left us feeling extremely vulnerable. Our movement towards using science to verify all things, otherwise known as scientism, has very deep and established roots. One could trace that line of thinking back to the garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Time to Laugh: When Trolls Crawl Out from under their Rocks

A troll dressed like an
angel is still a troll.
If you just wait a bit, a troll masquerading as an angel will cast off the costume and reveal her troll-ness to the world....well...at least to you.

I wrote about trolls and tattletales last week describing several as being like "moths to a flame" flapping around my blog. Before I continue, let's define the noun troll and the verb to troll:
verb: to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content;...to harass, criticize, or antagonize (someone) especially by provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts. 
noun: one who does these things
I've stopped posting comments by trolls since they add nothing to the conversation as you'll see by the two most recent comments. They mostly engage in ad hominem attacks. I guess they figure if only they throw enough rocks or shoot enough darts, they'll knock you down and metaphorically kill you off. Fat chance!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Guest Post: BUYING THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE FROM COMMUNIST CHINA by James M. Thunder

George Parker
If you believe CNN and Hillary and so many more people and organizations, then you believe that U.S. deaths from the coronavirus have surpassed China’s. And you must also believe that Communist China’s reports, below, that the entire country (not just Wuhan) has had few or no new cases since February 21, and no more than a few deaths from the virus per day since March 10. See the up-to-date graphs on the website of Worldometer which in turn sources Chinese-language documents. Recall that half of Wuhan’s pre-virus population of 10 million fled before Wuhan was locked down. It looks like a lot of people have bought the Brooklyn Bridge from Communist China. (Hmmm, how did China get it? Maybe from con man George C. Parker (1860-1936).)

Sunday, April 12, 2020

A Time to Mourn and Turn to Mary: The Crying Cardinal at St. Peter's

How can we not join in weeping with this cardinal as he prays the rosary begging Our Lady for help? (Read more here.)



Roberto de Mattei urges us in this time of crisis:
In the hour of spiritual emptiness, the souls of those who have faith, turn instinctively to the One, Who is never empty, since She is filled with all the graces: the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Only in Her, can the soul find the spiritual and moral fullness, that St. Peter’s Square and the countless closed churches now no longer offer.
Let us be diligent in praying the rosary and begging Our Lady's intercession.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on us.

Mother of Mercy, pray for us.

Easter in the Trenches: Watch Out, Tyrants, the Lawsuits are Coming!

The Roman Tyrant, Nero
The Thugs are Coming Out from Under Their Rocks for Easter Persecution!

I wrote the other day about the thugs and tyrants who embrace the coronavirus with enthusiasm as a means to control and oppress. Sad to say they've been emboldened by the virus and the pandemic of fear surrounding it. The Democrat party overflows with these thugs! [I recommend the Ron Paul video at the link above if you haven't watched it yet!]

Remember the story of Nero who started a fire in Rome as a pretext to murder Christians? Some of our own home-grown thugs are channeling Nero today. Let's look at a few (emphasis in italics is mine):
  • Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky who's instructing police to record the license plates of Americans who attend Easter services so he can send his brownshirts from the health department to their homes to demand 14 days of house arrest self-quarantine because,  “If you’re going to expose yourself to this virus, it’s not fair to everybody else out there that you might spread it to.... Understand, this is the only way we can ensure your decision doesn’t kill somebody else.” 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Passion by Brickfilm: An Alternative to the Passion of the Christ for Children

We own The Passion of the Christ movie, but I haven't watched it this year. The scourging scene and all the abuse to Christ is so graphic I dread to even think of it. So yesterday I read the meditation in A Doctor at Calvary, but haven't and may not watch the film. It certainly is no movie for children!

But the Brickfilm movie can help them understand what Christ suffered to save us. Parents should preview the movie and consider how appropriate it is for a given child. Some older children are so sensitive that even this depiction would be upsetting. But then, the crucifixion should be upsetting! Anyone not moved by the sufferings of Christ would not be moved by the murder of babies!

Expose and Defund the World Health Organization and its Corrupt Leader!

The mainstream media never lets an opportunity to criticize Trump pass. Since he suggested investigating and possibly defunding "China-centric" WHO (World Health Organization), the media is blasting! No surprises there! No matter what Trump says or does the liberal sycophants blast him. Here's his comments on WHO from yesterday's briefing:


Friday, April 10, 2020

The Corporal Passion of Jesus Christ from Doctor at Calvary by Dr. Pierre Barbet

Every Good Friday between 12 noon and 3 p.m. I try to read Pierre Barbet's meditation on the Passion. Barbet was a surgeon who studied the wounds on the Shroud of Turin and wrote a book about his finding, A Doctor at Calvary.

It is a difficult meditation and one that I can never read without tears as he admits he does himself. But if you truly want to walk the way of the cross with Jesus, you can hardly find a more truthful companion than Barbet.

 If you would like to read it, the book is online here. The meditation begins on page 187 in the book, page 213 of the PDF.

May God bless your meditations on this oh-so-strange Good Friday of 2020. And may you receive all the blessings of Our Divine Lord's passion and resurrection.

I also invite you to respond to Archbishop Vigano's call for all the bishops and priests of the world to join in Pope Leo XIII's exorcism prayer against the virus tomorrow, Holy Saturday, at 3:00 p.m. Rome time which is 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

"More Freedom, Not More Thugs Running Our Lives"

When I watched this video I thought of all the thugs of the Passion: the Pharisees plotting and clamoring for crucifixion, the false witnesses lying about Jesus, the name callers screaming "Blasphemer! Son of Beelzebub!," the temple guards with their clubs and torches, the betrayer with his poisonous kiss, the cowardly authority too afraid of the mob to defend the Truth. They were all there and they are with us today on this Good Friday. 


Take aways from the video:

Make this "Good Friday" Truly Good: OPEN OUR CHURCHES!

We need priests like Fr. Vincent Capodanno. Would he run from the virus like our bishops are doing? Or would he look for ways to serve on the battlefield of the pandemic? 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Fr. Tom Collins: WE PROCLAIM CHRIST CRUCIFIED!

How many bishops, priests and laity,
pay lip service to the faith, but don't live it?
In view of sufferings being endured by so many faithful Catholics through the exposure of the clergy sex abuse scandals and the slanderous assaults upon Catholics, who seek to reverence and conform to the whole truth of God, there is a great danger of becoming caught up in a spiritual quagmire of discouragement, depression and despair.

This danger is compounded by the rather apparent inability of the Church’s hierarchy to unite in both proclaiming and holding themselves accountable to the whole truth of God. The doctrine that the Church always and everywhere proclaims the same saving truths seems to be more of a myth than a reality, as so many of our leaders promote such deviations from divine truth as the supremacy of sin-seared consciences over such truth, a tolerance for various forms of sexual perversions, the promotion of codependence as a form of compassion and the displacing of the doctrine of evocation (i.e., God is calling forth all of Creation into a more profound communion with His sanctifying love and truth) with the new paradigm of a self-gratifying and self-fulfilling evolution.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Yes, Catholics, You May Attend an SSPX Mass!

Are empty churches a metaphor for the lost faith
of so many Catholics including bishops & priests?
My husband and I rise every morning, get dressed for the day, and head to our little parish church, St. John Bosco in Woodstock, VA to pray the daily Mass in our Magnificat and receive Communion spiritually. Thank God the bishop hasn't ordered us all locked out! This morning when we arrived there were two people in the church. When we left we were the only ones there worshiping, but two painters had arrive to work on repainting the interior of the church. (Proper distancing was respected.)

Although I'm grateful for televised Masses for shut-ins, I can't watch the Mass on TV without being disturbed and upset. Why is that, I've wondered? This morning, as I was praying, and reading St. Jean Vianney's 25th Eucharistic Meditation (on attending daily Mass) as the "sermon," I received the answer.

Spy Wednesday: Judas Betrays Jesus

Giotto 'The Betrayal of Christ', 1303-06 (Fresco)
Wednesday of Holy Week is traditionally called "Spy Wednesday" because Judas bargained with the High Priest to betray Jesus for thirty silver pieces (Matt 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:1-6). In Poland, the young people throw an effigy of Judas from the top of a church steeple. Then it is dragged through the village amidst hurling sticks and stones. What remains of the effigy is drowned in nearby stream or pond. (Read more...). 

For a brief meditation on Judas' betrayal, go here. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Laugh of the Day: Of Silly Trolls and Tattletales!




Several trolls like to visit my blog and fly around like moths to a flame. They hate what I do and say, but can't stay away. Frankly, I find that puzzling. If you don't like someone's opinions and their posts, why do you waste your time reading them? Do you just like to fight? Really...get a life!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Weird! It's the Madhatter's Tea Party!


I visited my spiritual director today and we agreed that the times are weird. Very weird! I've
described them as "surreal." Some days I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. Other days it's more like the Madhatter's tea party. Frankly, I'd like to join the dormouse and go to sleep until it's all over!

Holy Week Monday: It begins. The repentant woman anoints Jesus for his burial....


And standing behind at his feet, she began to wash his feet, with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment....And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she with tears hath washed my feet, and with her hairs hath wiped them. Thou gavest me no kiss; but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet.My head with oil thou didst not anoint; but she with ointment hath anointed my feet. Wherefore I say to thee: Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much. But to whom less is forgiven, he loveth less. (Luke 7:44ff)

Sign the open letter urging our bishops to "RESTORE THE SACRAMENTS!"

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Question for the Day: Is the Pope Catholic?

Will someone not rid me of
this troublesome archbishop?
Is the pope Catholic?

It used to be a joke. Someone would ask a rhetorical question, the answer an obvious and emphatic yes:
Question: Do bees buzz? (As a beekeeper I had to get that one in!) 
Answer: Is the pope Catholic?
Unfortunately, in the era of Pope Francis, the answer is no longer a rhetorical "obvious and emphatic yes."

Does the pope, in fact, exhibit a Catholic mind and heart? Or does he join the list of popes and anti-popes who scandalized the faithful and took wrecking balls to the Church?

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Hey, Catholics, We're called to be Warrior Witnesses! EVEN NOW, ESPECIALLY NOW!




Hey Church! What are you doing to fight the culture of death?

If you can't be on the front lines physically, you can be a front-line warrior through prayer and penance.

Are you a warrior for Christ ready to take risks for the Lord?

Friday, April 3, 2020

Churches locked but bi$hop$ still want The Money. O.Ver.My.Cold.Dead.Body.

No Mass, no Sacraments, no Easter
but 
bishops want the flow of

$$$$$ to continue unabated.
Opening lines to The Money Song from Cabaret

A Mark, a Yen, a Buck or a Pound 
Is all that makes the world go around,
That klinking, clanking sound,
Can make the world (of the bishops) go 'round. 
(notice the bishop's Emcee' gold teeth @ 0:25 in video below)

After decades of offering stones to the faithful, the bishops suddenly have links to orthodox websites and activities for the laity to engage in "to keep our Faith", "to be close to Jesus" while we're now jobless and imprisoned in our homes. To remind you of the stones we are given, here's a partial list posted in the comment section of one of last year's blog posts. Thank you to the unknown person who sent this.

Coronavirus: It's Not All Bad News! Praise God for the Good He Will Bring from It!

We are called to be saints. (Fra Angelico)
One of my favorite Scripture passages is this:
All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and serve according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) 
The Douay-Rheims translates Paul's passage this way:
And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

When the Lord Comes Will He Find Faith on the Earth?


I have always loved the story of the presentation, especially since I entered the ranks of "seniors." Simeon and Anna seem to me to be the icons of old age. They practically lived at the Temple praying for the coming of the Messiah, and they received the grace of seeing Him in the flesh....and holding Him in their arms. How I want to be like them!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fr. Tom Collins: "Through Him and with Him and in Him" - The Great Forfeiture

Editor's note: A forfeiture is "the loss or giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoing." Reflect on that definition as you read Father's column on the "Great Forfeiture." 

Our Lord and Savior gave Himself up as a holocaust on the altar of sacrifice as a penalty for OUR sins, the innocent Lamb of God. And yet, as Father points out, we do not lose Him in the giving up. In His gracious mercy He abides with us still in all the tabernacles of the world even til the end of time. 

Even during this time of pain and suffering and loss of the Mass, when so many churches are actually closed and locked, He remains with us. If they lock us out of our local church (as they've done to churches in Pittsburgh where my daughter lives) I will be kneeling on the steps outside gazing at the tabernacle through the glass doors and praying. May God have mercy on us in this time when the faith of many is wavering as they put their trust in the CDC rather than in Almighty God. Prudence is one thing; fear and panic is quite another.
                             
 THE GREAT FORFEITURE       by Fr. Tom Collins