Saturday, August 27, 2016

Is Phil Lawlor still scratching his head?

Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of John Paul II on life and marriage?

I mean, come on.

The king is in the-all-together.

Where is Phil going with this?

Let's put into the deep.

St. John Paul II's writings were not personal opinions, they were faithful to 2000 years of Church Teaching.

Consequently, Pope Francis is leading away from the teachings of Christ.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pope Francis Suggests Priests Apply Muddled Thinking in the Sacrament of Confession

This one really hits home for me because I was a victim of this malady for so many years when I was rebelling against Church teaching on contraception.

As I've mentioned before on this blog, people whose minds are muddled from sin seek out priests who will enable the behavior.    We find out where they are and drive to their parish to listen to their lies so we can keep on doing what we're doing without guilt.

The secular culture hates guilt because it drives you crazy until you stop the bad behavior.

If you have an affinity to be attracted to ordained men who will relieve you of guilt, your soul is so far gone it has affected your intellect.  The only fix for that is the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist.

Most of the priests I would go out of my way to use as a shepherd would not absolve the use of contraception.    I could never quite get comfortable with it, but I continued to put my salvation in their care.

The one thing that saved me was the consistent voice of St. John Paul II.   With the Pope constantly articulating Church teaching, I eventually knew I was being lied to.

I still went to the bad priests to hear the lies but each time St. John Paul II spoke about contraception, my skepticism grew.

I remember the last time a priest tried to tell me he wasn't going to absolve me.  I interrupted him with "Don't you dare try to tell me...etc.    He obliged and absolved me and  I walked out of the counterfeit church for good.

I think this is why the disordered nonsense coming out of Pope Francis is so disturbing to me.   Our people are being hoodwinked from the Chair of Peter.  

Just listen to this irrational bag of lies he is selling:

“The Church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment,” the pope told the Polish Jesuits, whom he met with during his visit to Krakow as he led a week-long Catholic festival called World Youth Day.

“Some programs of priestly formation run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined in advance and that set aside concrete situations: this must be done, this mustn’t be done,” the pope said during the July 30 meeting he had with some 30 Jesuits.

Francis said that priests who weren’t taught the “wisdom of discernment” during their formation years, later “find themselves in difficulty in accompanying the life of so many young people and adults.”

“And many people leave the confessional disappointed. Not because the priest is bad, but because the priest doesn’t have the ability to discern situations, to accompany them in authentic discernment,”
express remorse to God for your lack of faith, your fall to temptation - and receive the gift of Sanctifying Grace to help resist temptation.

If a person is confessing a sin in the confessional, they know the behavior is an offense to God and the proper response to the activity is to receive Sanctifying Grace.

There's a spark of Sanctifying Grace already at work and we now have a Pope who is asking priests to throw a wet blanket on it by deliberately befuddling them and withholding absolution.

That's what the Holy Father is talking about here. If there was ever a statement that defines the trajectory he is imposing upon the people we love, this is it. What harm could ever be done by absolution and the power in Sanctifying Grace? What on earth would ever posses the man to instruct priests to obstruct it?

Oh, we are discerning all right.

You can take that to the bank.

Shea Just Proved His Theological Problems (One Last Shea post)

I know I'm encouraging others to leave Mark and Simcha by the side of the road and press the pedal to the medal in Christendom, but I think it's important to point this out.

The few handfuls of people in comboxes repeating the allegations that Mark and Simcha were innocent victims of Donald Trump supporters were practicing the terrible habit of encouraging others to jump off of the cliff.

When you encourage a person to continue their flaws on full speed ahead, eventually they self-destruct.

This isn't charity. You are doing that person a disservice.

Case in point: Mark posted an article in which he alleges that there are no scriptural prohibitions on vulgarity, the Church is only concerned with taking the Lord's name in vain, ergo please feel free to practice vulgarity because it's at best only a venial sin. He opines that people who do not say "fart' or 'sh*t' are puritans and thin-lipped little pharisees.

The man is clueless at how this practice leads the soul away from holiness, how it affects the company willing to subject themselves to it, how this leads to bad choices and more importantly, the lack of respect for the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament within our soul.

It's a bad case of mystical bankruptcy.

He actually uses a reckless moment of St. Thomas More to position the practice as saintly. And he doesn't even get the point of what St. Thomas More is saying, which in effect is, when one lieth with the doggies you will get up with fleas.

St Nicholas punched somebody in the nose.  This doesn't mean evangelists should promote pinching people in the nose.

Not every moment of every saints life bears an imprimatur.

This is Mark's theological downfall: He sees bad behavior, finds a way to defend its practice and the next thing you know he's writing a thesis on how saintly it is to light your farts on fire, shack up with your homosexual lover, talk like a putana in the public square or vote for a murderous tyrant - and promote these activities to readers as part of the Magisterium. When everybody else in Christendom has been doing the exact opposite for 2000 years.

Duly note: Shea's article is not new. He confesses its something he wrote 'some time ago'. Consequently, the article lays accountability for Simcha's behavior - and ultimate firing - squarely upon the stupid advice in Shea's article!

The moral of this story is, if you want your flaws and sins to be patronized as part of some kind of subvert magisterium, keep-a-reading his stuff.  Look how well it worked out for Simcha.

Ordered souls did not want their fellow Catholics strung along with perversions of Church teaching. It had nothing whatsoever to do with "Donald Trump".

ACNN Exclusive: Trump confirms he personally fired Mark Shea

Ok, Mark Shea is in the rear-view mirror but this was just too fun not to post.

Did Soros Give the Bishops Cash in Exchange for Pope Francis to Play a Political Puppet for the Democratic Party?

I suspected something like this when secular media reported Boston's Jack Connors was leading Pope Francis around by the nose.

Parading Pope Francis into Cuba to praise leaders of the violent communists stunk to the high heavens.

For readers outside of Boston, here's more background on Connors.

In December of 2014, I said this:

I bet money was funneled into Church coffers somewhere.

The Pope's praise of violent dictators included positioning a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in revolution square, giving the appearance of veneration of the portrait of Che.

At the time, Cardinal O'Malley affirmed the veneration of Che was deliberate. Here's what he said:

"Today we had the privilege and the joy to attend Pope Francis' Mass in Havana in the Plaza de la Revolución under the picture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara. Hundreds of thousands of people from Cuba, and from beyond, gathered with the Holy Father for this great event," Cardinal O'Malley said.


Only a nice payment of cashola to bishops could be behind this outrageous use of a Pope and worse, the Holy Sacrifice of Christ.

I am not saying Pope Francis knew about it, but there are reports of his direct participation in setting it up. I've done very little diligence on the substance of these emails but from what I've read, Cardinal O'Malley is not mentioned as being involved in the payoff. But whether they knew and helped arrange it doesn't mitigate their outrageous participation, statements and silence on human rights of babies being murdered.

Some of the statements made by Pope Francis at the time also stunk of a George Soros infomercial. Claiming Trump wasn't Christian, overlooking the connection of the murderous regime of Obama to Christians and the unborn, instead reporting the Pope called Obama from the plane on the ride home to give Obama his well-wishes.

Then, just at the time of discovery that unborn children were being hacked alive to harvest body parts and Congress was contemplating continuing to fund them, Pope Francis stood in front of Congress and deliberately withheld any discussion on the human rights of the unborn.

I'm sorry to say it, but this also had the stink of a corrupt monetary agreement. More digging needs to be done.

When macabre evidence that human beings are being dissected alive and the idiots paying for it are in front of you, who would instead prepare a discussion on invented concerns about the weather? Say not one word to influence the murdering regime to stop paying for it? Say absolutely nothing?

It was as bizarre as a pope being ushered into a bunker in Auschwitz and as we are all glued to our televisions waiting for him to say something about the killing of the Jews, watch him give a speech about littering and air pollution.

Here is another creepy development: Pope Francis administration appears to be collaborating with communists in the appointment of bishops.

There are even reports that the Holy Father is denying the existence of the counterfeit church erected by communists and the decades of persecution.

Another thing I am suspicious the Bishops were given cash for, is the political publicity stunt they pulled at the Mexican border with the Blessed Sacrament.

The evidence of a political payoff to bishops has been made public, and any way you slice it we have a front row seat to Judases taking his handful of cash.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Gift of Understanding (A terror of demons!)

The Gift of Understanding: The infused gift of the Holy Spirit given to the mind for grasping revealed truths easily and profoundly. It differs from faith because it gives insight into the meaning of what a person believes, whereas faith, as such, merely assents to what God has revealed. This gift produces three principal effects in those who possess it. They are enabled to penetrate to the very core of revealed truths, without ever fully understanding their meaning; they are confirmed in their belief by acquiring great certitude in the revealed word of God; and they are brought to the knowledge of a greater number of truths by drawing numerous conclusions from revealed principles. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary)

This was today's meditation in the 54 day rosary.

This gift always floors me. I love reading things written by people endowed with this gift and I'm always floored when it's at play in my own life.

It's a supernatural gift that works covertly. Telling us when something doesn't jive with Divine laws, His guidebook for salvation.

It's such kryptonite when we tune into it.

I've mastered it's practice in theology but sometimes struggle with realtime insights with people

I always feel it tapping me on the shoulder about a person, but can't hear the specifics.  Or sometimes I can and overrule it because I like the person or think God's work is lurking in the adventure.  I get the sense it the vibes of the Holy Spirit but my head is too much in the world to hear "something is wrong here, pay attention, dig deeper", "danger ahead!", "time to get out of Dodge" or "keep your hand on this plow".

I can always hear loud "I tried to tell you" when I'm standing in some pile of rubble!

Understanding is my most powerful gift and at the same time, my greatest challenge.

The meditations in this 54 day Novena are outstanding and so helpful in drawing upon the gifts.

I don't mean to sound sexist, but I'm not sure men are typically endowed with this gift, which is why so many priests can recite theology but can't seem to figure out its application.   This is our greatest contribution to the Church, family, community.

I'm wowed when I hear women saying the "role" of motherhood in the Church makes them feel inferior.

What is better than the role of an intercessor between God and His people?

We have direct access to know where the power of God.  Our role is in the miracle department of Christ's Church.  We bring the empty bottles of wine to Christ's attention and respond when our priests and bishop and pope wonder what business it is of theirs.

I can't believe my eyes when I see women sell this gift for getting their feet washed or some other trivial task.

Women are selling their gifts for pennies on the dollar.

I'm frustrated when ordained men undermine our role by reductio ad absurdum.  But even that insufferable nonsense is more tolerable than their inability to listen.

Usually when I write something about this, all my male friends will remind me they are equally endowed, which they are.  But that is because my gifts don't threaten their ego and I am not threatened by theirs.  But this is a huge  problem in the world of priests and bishops.

We've got to somehow get past this Rubicon.

Changes are possible.

For years in Boston We fought like cars and dogs with Chancery staff.  This is the main reason why we turned to blogs to free a parish from somebody or something that was harming them.

The last few times I reached out to them about something, I wouldn't exactly say they didn't try a few old tricks, but there was listening with far less defensive nonsense, errors acknowledged and real resolutions were promised.

The parable of the unjust judge can happen and will happen if we remain tenacious.

But we need a whole boatload of understanding.  Everywhere!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cardinal Burke Says the Pope Does NOT Consider Him an Enemy

Here is my favorite part: He said the Pope is encouraged by his candor!

"I have never been, and I am not presently, the enemy of the Pope," the American cardinal said. Although he has made a number of public statements that have been critical of the Pope's public statements, Cardinal Burke stressed that he will always remain loyal to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Burke reported that he had told Pope Francis, in a friendly conversation: "Holy Father, the only way I can serve you is by speaking the truth in the best and clearest way possible." He said that the Pope replied: "That's what I want."

I absolutely believe this.

The accusation we are pope haters is about as credible as the accusation we're 'republicans'.

The Holy Father has told people we love to listen to heretics when making prudential judgments about how to respond to temptation. They have embraced that advice and are being robbed of their salvation.

Any and every Catholic who takes their baptismal vows seriously, who loves Christ and loves their relatives and friends is going to stand in the public square and blow a trumpet. At a deafening decibel level until they wave a white flag in surrender, or it collapses on its own. As it always does.

We may hate the effect of a person who is causing great harm, we may do everything in our power to stop it, but we do not hate the person. We don't take a shine to him, but we don't hate him!

Cardinal Burke also re-affirmed that he/we will never be part of a schism.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I will never leave the Catholic Church. No matter what happens I intend to die a Roman Catholic. I will never be part of a schism.

“I’ll just keep the faith as I know it and respond in the best way possible. That’s what the Lord expects of me. But I can assure you this: You won’t find me as part of any schismatic movement or, God forbid, leading people to break away from the Catholic Church. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the church of our Lord Jesus Christ and the pope is his vicar on earth and I’m not going to be separated from that.”

Love this man!

We are going nowhere.

Staying with the Eucharist, Sacraments and Deposit of Faith. Hanging on to everything we can to preserve the Inheritance that belongs to the next generation.

A New Day Dawning Catholic Blogosphere

There's a lot of great commentary out there about the changes taking place at the Register and blogosphere, so I won't repeat them.

I will say that while I'm sorry the changes will result in a loss of income for two Catholic families, I am very happy about the positive ways it will change our ability to evangelize the people we love. Ultimately, these are changes to the efficacy of the truth and salvation of our people. These changes will help us shepherd our people to the fiat of living each day in a state of Sanctifying Grace and I am so happy about this outcome, I could do a cartwheel.

And I am really happy for the folks at EWTN. The rift with faithful Catholics has widened over the years and it had a negative impact upon Mother Angelica's mission to preserve our families from the hostility within. I truly believe these changes happened with her intercession.

Lots of people contributed to this outcome. People who tried to reach out privately to EWTN, Catholics who were forced to point out the errors on blogs, Austin's, Steven, John Henry and Jason's articles over the last few months.

I couldn't agree more with this comment from Fr. Heilman.

I see an amazing group of devout Catholics who have been beat up by a powerful progressive movement for 50 years, finally seeing some cause for rejoicing. The ship is turning ... slowly ... but it is turning.



My general advice going forward would be to pay as little attention to Mark and Simcha as possible. Chances are, their behavior is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. They've got to keep up the feud, keep blaming others for the outcome they caused and bearing false witness to make themselves relevant and I think the less relevant they become, the more outrageous that conduct will become.

Case in point, Mark's latest post.

In it, he caritcatures Simcha's 'a bawdry d*ick joke' (gross, but it must be said) as similar to the Scriptural writings of St. Paul. He continues with the flaw of painting Catholic prolife activists as salacious and bloodthirsty and efforts to topple the infiltration of Mother Angelica's apostolate as politically-motivated while painting Simcha as a person who wouldn't harm a fly.

She does none harm. She says none harm. She thinks none harm.

But there was a plethora of evidence to the contrary.

EWTN is is refuge from the hostility Church teaching faces in our parish, communities and in the public square. The enemy had set up camp within it and were launching grenades at faithful Catholics for years. She and husband conducted themselves with viscous conduct. True, not quite as vicious as Mark, but it was vicious. Vulgar and vicious. They were teaching that conduct to others and we were encountering it in our parishes, community and the public square.

This was contrary to Mother Angelica's reasons for building. the refuge from it. As a result, the Register began to lose their base of readers. That, combined with their refusal to stop it for years did significant damage to the Register. The broken trust and hostility was going to go one way or the other. Many of us had given up hope it was gonzo. Like thousands of other aposolates we have had the misfortune to lose.

I believe one of the main reasons for this 180 degree turn-around was Shimek's article. If they need a scapegoat for their own accountability, they can blame Shimek.

Fr. Longnecker explains the same reasons I have been articulating in a different way.

I think we ought to put things in perspective. First of all, I think Mark and Simcha’s main problem is that they forgot some of the basic rules of writing. I’ve always understood that a good writer writes primarily for his audience–not for himself. This doesn’t mean one has to pander to the audience and simply feed the monkeys. It does mean that you keep your audience in mind so that when you challenge them you challenge them in a way they will be able to hear and understand. In other words, you build up trust with your audience. People should come back to your blog or your column because you are going to inspire, entertain and challenge them, but if all you do is inspire or entertain or challenge they will soon look elsewhere.

If I’m right about this, the release of Mark and Simcha doesn’t have as much to do with their behavior as people, but with their behavior as writers. They’re both good writers, but maybe they forgot that to be a writer you are in a position of respect with your audience. If you know your audience is conservative religious people, then it’s not too smart to use profanity, go on ceaselessly about how dumb and hypocritical they are and how stupid their pet projects are. Criticize by all means, but criticize in a smart and specific way. It is possible to criticize with wit and charity–although in the present political climate I admit that this is increasingly difficult.

In my opinion Mark and Simcha were released not because they are bad people or bad writers or bad Catholics but simply because they were no longer successfully connecting with their audience.

I hope in a few days, they'll start thinking and acting rational and go on to make changes and recover. The only other choice they have is to continue to pass out the koolaid WITHOUT the sponsorship of EWTN. That will be like talking to a refrigerator.

They have our prayers but it is time to put our energy into building a new Catholic blogosphere.

A reader pointed us to a great summary on angelqueen:

Still ranting in irrational outbursts, smearing and anathematizing Catholics. Tough case.

Part of the problem may have been a failure to understand how the teaching on abortion applies to politics as well as a failure to grasp Catholic sensibilities in Catholic culture. Fortunately, there is a cure for that problem. It’s called a Catholic education. There is still time to look into that.

The abortion issue in this year’s presidential election in the United States requires an exercise of reason and rational prudential judgment, not the knee-jerk emotionalism of the NeverTrumpers’ virtue signaling. There are still Catholic colleges and high schools which teach enough about natural law and Thomistic philosophy to find one’s footing in the exercise of reason and prudential judgments in the world of reality. That would provide a good remedy for these anti-Catholic outbursts. Conversion should include embracing the Catholic teachings on natural law and prudential judgments on the abortion issue in politics. That is essential for becoming an informed, sound, and educated adult Catholic. It might also provide some help in avoiding accusations about a lack of charity in future exchanges on this controversy.

And that's the way it is.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Petition urges Pope Francis to Stop Harmful Sex Ed Program

Our friend Judie Brown and John Henry have organized a petition to Pope Francis to intervene on the harmful sex ed initiative coming from the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Please sign and pass along to your networks.

Thanks to Judie and John Henry for staying on top of this one.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Shea's Post-Mortem Conspiracy Theories

A lot going on there.

Still can't own up to the fact that nothing but his own conduct is responsible for this ending.

Of course people forgive conduct. That doesn't mean your qualified to continue to run a Catholic Apostolate at EWTN.