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Friday, October 15, 2021

Is Church Militant lying about the SSPX or are they just incompetent?

Falsehoods and lies scattered in the wind
...or did someone just incompetently
let go of the pillowcase?
Before I begin, let me say a word to Milo. Milo, run! Run away from Church Militant as fast as you can. They're using you, your name and your fame for their own personal and professional gain. Stop being used!

Now that I've gotten that off my chest let's delve into Christine Niles and Church Militant knowing the truth while willfully lying (or are they just incompetent?) in order to defame the SSPX. 

Remember back in July when Christine Niles excoriated me for not "doing simple fact-checking" by not calling Rebecca Carroll personally and asking if she knew Jassy and Hannah before posting my article on the Internet? Christine was so incensed at my apparent ineptness that she threatened me with a lawsuit! 

Therefore shouldn't Christine Niles do the same thing herself? Shouldn't she be doing simple fact-checking - or at least have her staff do it for her - before taping shows and posting false base premises (my base premise was true) on Church Militant, Facebook and Twitter? Why lie when easily obtained facts are in plain sight? Is Church Militant lying for (Opus Dei) money to "fabricate a pretext" against the SSPX or is incompetence their modus operandi?

On October 9th Niles posted this on her Facebook page:

Christine Niles
October 9 @ 10:25 AM
I'm going to start a new dance called the SSPX Pretzel. https://www.churchmilitant.com/.../spotlight-sspx-cover...

In Church Militant's video, "Spotlight on the SSPX", Christine Niles states that Fr Jurgen Wegner, at the time District Superior for the SSPX in the United States, is "caught on audio" referencing "200 cases of abuse". That would be the number of priestly abuse cases that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is currently investigating going back several years (Missouri's cases went back to 1945). Out of the 205 cases, 120 are active. The number of "5-200 cases" which Fr Wegner mentions is the number of total cases from all four Kansas Catholic dioceses plus the small number of SSPX priests at St Mary's and Wichita. Yet Church Militant apparently edits the audio recording to make it seem as if Fr Wegner is saying that all 200 cases are from the SSPX alone. 

This isn't a "mistake". It can't possibly be, can it? Surely Church Militant doesn't make "mistakes" like that. That being an impossibility, it then seems that this was done deliberately by Church Militant in order to defame the SSPX, especially since the KBI report is on the Internet. By doing a simple search anyone can find it without the help of an entire studio filled with employees, so either Church Militant is incompetent or this is a bold-faced lie.

Since sensational tabloid journalism is Church Militant's forte their anti-SSPX video has stock photos of sad agonizing school girls fiddling with their hair while staring off into space, pictures of shooting guns, shredded secret documents, barbed wire, thumbprints, crime scene tape and the hilarious shot of a person (supposedly an SSPX priest) lurking in shadows behind closed window blinds with a gun in his hand, all of which are chosen specifically to heighten Church Militant's agenda against the SSPX.

Creepy psycho Halloween music is supposed to send chills of fear and terror up and down our spines since their music credits consist of Tension Builder, Dark Ambient, Countdown to Terror, Cinematic High Adrenaline Suspense, The Dark Skies of Armageddon, Horror Ambience 1, Intrigue and Mystery, and Shocking News among others. 

Next, as if Jassy wasn't totally tiresome enough the first time around, they repeat several minutes from her edited "tell all" video. We can see a letter stating that Jassy has spies in Sanford who are reporting "suspicious conduct" back to her in Kansas. (OMG!!! I saw him walk across the parking lot and get into a car!!!) Then as we listen to the erroneous and false base premise (200 cases of abuse among 50 SSPX priests) Christine mentally "does the math" for us!

Church Militant apparently obtained secret video or secret audio recording of Fr Wegner saying there are between "5-200" cases of sex abuse, however they neglect to show the entire secret footage from the secret video/audio recording, probably not because it's secret, but because Fr Wegner is referring to the entire KBI report and not just to the SSPX. He says he knows of 5-200 cases of sex abuse (that the KBI is involved in in Kansas) so Niles does the math, taking, not the lowest number of 5 or any number in between, but the largest number of 200, then infers that the entire 200 cases were from all 50 SSPX priests in the entire United States when obviously only a few of them were in Kansas. 

Meanwhile the report from the KBI clearly states that the 200 cases are from Kansas only, not the entire US (obviously), and in all 4 Kansas Dioceses of Wichita, Salina, Dodge City, Kansas City and the very small SSPX presence in St Mary's. Church Militant creates falsehoods (or are they just incompetent?) to make their audience think that all 200 cases are from the 50 US SSPX priests posted in the United States whereas the reality is that all 50 US SSPX priests obviously are not concentrated in the middle of the US in one place.

Nevertheless, Christine poses her false base premise then mentally does her math word problem. She says, "...serious questions must be answered. Was Fr Wegner referring to abuse cases only in the US? That's the natural implication considering he was in charge of the US at the time. If so that would mean 200 abuse cases among only approximately 50 priests - an extraordinarily high number. That would also mean the total of abuse cases worldwide would be many hundreds more with 680 Society priests globally according to the latest figures. This leads to other questions the Society must answer. What is the actual total number of abuse cases in the SSPX over the course of its 50-year history?"

Do you see what she does there? She pretends not to know who or what Fr Wegner is referring to but that the natural implication would be that he was referring to his SSPX priests only. By pretending not to know, if anyone questions her integrity she can say, "Well, it's right there on the video where I questioned that fact." However, why didn't Niles call Fr Wegner and verify what he meant? After all, she threatened to sue me for not doing that very same thing. 

She then dodges a possible lawsuit by her Scarlett O'Hara imitation: "Oh fiddle-dee-dee. My natural inclination was assumed by his natural implication." My guess is that Church Militant knows full well that Fr Wegner was referring to the 200 KBI cases of abuse by Kansas Diocesan Novus Ordo priests, some of which are probably Opus Dei, but that wouldn't fit Church Militant's narrative of 50 SSPX priests being responsible for all 200 cases.

Niles' simple math word problem multiplies ever increasing numbers thereby purposefully blowing the final number out of all realistic proportion in order to shock her trusting but foolish audience. Calculating the math by using Christine's false base premise the numbers are:

  • 200 cases of sex abuse divided by 50 SSPX priests = 4 cases of sex abuse per SSPX priest 
  • 4 cases of sex abuse per SSPX priest x 680 SSPX priests globally = 2,720 cases of sex abuse 
  • 2,720 cases of sex abuse x 50 years of existence = 136,000 cases of sex abuse!! supposedly hidden by the SSPX for 50 years

As of October 9th Church Militant is still spreading this lie. My guess is that the truth is too revealing since there are probably only 1 or 2 actual open cases for the SSPX in Kansas. By using a false base premise Church Militant demonstrates their shameful agenda of doing the most harm possible to the SSPX. They know the truth, which is that the 200 cases are not from the SSPX alone but from all four dioceses in Kansas consisting of hundreds of diocesan priests, going back many years. They also know that the total number of SSPX priests should not include all United States SSPX priests, but only those few in Kansas at the time of the KBI Report.

Therefore Is Church Militant a group of unprofessional amateurs who can't manage to stumble over or grasp the facts right there in front of them, or are they wily charlatans out to destroy other people by twisting story lines to fit their preferred narrative? Why would anyone trust what they say?

Do they expose "falsehoods and lies" or do they make them up? Their love of sensationalism and insatiable desire to destroy the SSPX is truly and astonishingly something to behold. 

8 comments:

PGMGN said...

CM (Niles et al) engages shame and blame tactics, no matter what they 'report.'

Sadly, their business model is one that re-abuses abuse victims. Jassy needs help and should get it. Her being exploited as click bait is reprehensible as is CM's using Milo who deserves all the support he can get. Honesty--not spin. (And certainly not the fawning attention of a highly confused and obsessive Niles who seems to be seeking a Voris replacement. Her gushing is truly disturbing. That said, in charity, Christine Niles needs serious help...not praise for indulging her personal issues and not encouragement to embrace whatever delusions are driving her narratives.)

But abusing the abused is what CM does. By withholding the fullness of truth and presuming to speak in place of the magisterium, they are fomenting true schism. Lies and falsehoods are used by CM to promote more lies and falsehoods. This when it's the Truth that sets us free.

That Niles resorts to statements such as 'you people' delineates a prideful superiority and a cult-like atmosphere. One has to wonder why Niles doesn't excoriate those people they currently use -- like Fr. Altman -- on record for his being a pedo-enablers. Altman has been measured about the SSPX, so in fairness, he should be publicly raked over the coals for his diseased mentality. Why isn't that happening???

Aqua said...

CM and their masters are playing from the Saul Alinsky Rulebook For Radicals. I can see these clearly:

RULE 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.” Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety, and uncertainty.

RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more.

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance. As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new. (Attack, attack, attack from all sides, never giving the reeling organization a chance to rest, regroup, recover and re-strategize.)

RULE 9: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (Perception is reality … The possibilities can easily poison the mind and result in demoralization.)

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

Saul Alinsky - an “atheist” who dedicated his happy little book to Lucifer (he really did).

We see a lot of his disciples these days.

As with all mortal enemies, they don’t go away by wishing. They must be met by equal, opposite and ultimately prevailing force and will.

Debbie said...

Fr. Altman is a pedo-enabler?

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Hi Debbie, I think Susan was referring to CM’s designation of the SSPX as pedophiles. Since Fr. Altman doesn’t condemn the Society, in CM’s book, it makes him a “pedo enabler.” It was a tongue-in-cheek statement because that’s what CM calls people like me and Susan.

Debbie said...

Thank you Mary Ann. I see it now. I met father in August, he was at my parish for Mass and afterwards I asked him to strongly consider distancing himself from CM.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Good advice. They just get crazier with every Vortex. The latest on Baltimore is over the top even for Voris.

ChumpChange said...

I am sick and tired of CM attacking the SSPX--we belong to a lovely SSPX parish in Phoenix and the priests are exemplary men there as well as the other SSPX parishes we have attended before. I think CM is jealous that the SSPX maintains holiness and reverence and doesn't fit their Opus Dei agenda...in fact, how about an expose' on OD?? Or would CN threaten to sue again

PGMGN said...

@Debbie

Sadly, if you pose any logical objection to CM's smearing of the entire SSPX with bits and pieces purposefully taken out of context, or ask for fair and balanced reporting, Niles will label you a pedo-enabler. Happens mostly on Twitter.

Fr. Altman and CANCELLED PRIESTS are getting CM some positive press at the moment. But wait. Should the wind shift and CM sense that both need to be cut from the ranks, the knives and slurs will be out in abundance.

Good for you advising Fr. Altman to... watch his back.