Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gaudete!




Today's readings explains everything with such simplicity:

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.

Why do so many make it so complicated?

In response to this blog post about authentic justice and mercy, a commenter posted something that conveyed convictions that the motive for the theft was entitlement by an illegal immigrant and the response to the theft should not include forgiveness and compassion.

And we wonder why the Francis believes people who want their families catechized with the tools for salvation are merciless?

I feel like there's an awful lot of rational people fleeing to polar opposite extremist positions.

This was about theft by a poor, pregnant woman. Forgiveness and mercy doesn't mean we forbear deportation - just like the jury did not forbear conviction. Whether or not she is in the country illegally is an entirely separate matter. The jury was looking at the theft and they responded by illustrating how justice and mercy coexist. If I were sitting on that jury, I likely would have been compelled to compensate for the merciless and unforgiving attitude of the victim.

Are we not concerned about the conversion of illegal aliens? Are they nuisances that don't exist in the Kingdom of God?

No matter what happens to them, there is nothing outside of sitting them on a steel bench inside of a locked facility until deportation?

Are we supposed to be checking the legal status of every one who crosses our path before we administer the spiritual works of mercy?

This trajectory is not going to diminish the damage Pope Francis will do. He uses it for fuel to burn Church teaching. We can't be reactionary. Rome has been overcome and they're holding the temporal goods of the Church hostage. This is the time to be strategic, thoughtful about which direction to now go.

When my daughter was home on leave, we watched the movie Patton. The movie illustrates how everyone on every side of everything observed every move, used their head to figure out where the enemy was going, and the best strategy to defeat the advance of evil while preserving the lives of their own. They tweaked their strategy with every single step in the advance of evil.

The occupants of Rome do not know the symbiosis of the law, justice and spiritual works of mercy. They are clueless. I think it's really important, at this time, to verbalize how it works. This jury did it perfectly.

Maybe it would be helpful walk through how we found ourselves under the tyranny of the folks trampling everything in Rome.

Before Vatican II, we had people who wanted to have sex outside of Sacramental Marriage and use contraception so the sex would not produce commitment and a child.

Priests and nuns taught the significance and practice of keeping ones soul in a state of grace as the ONLY means of salvation. Sanctifying Grace caused long lines for confession and every seat in the pew was filled at every Mass.

But a few handfuls of people were mad at the Church. People who came back from Vatican II thought they were given permission to stop teaching things that make the handful of people mad.

Laws on Commandments make a handful of people mad, so it made sense to them to burden millions with lawlessness on the chance the handful would come to Church.

They certainly got the numbers right. The stunts they pulled left a handful in the pews, that is for sure.

Two generations of robbing Christ's people of the tools that help us make healthy choices, now 90% of Catholics are mad about Church teaching, the pews are empty and the world is on the verge of collapse from catastrophic diabolical disorientation. And the real kicker is, they still think hijacking and distorting the mission of "Vatican II" was a winning strategy. They actually think they did a fantastic job and there needs to be more of the same.

People don't even know what 'gender' they are! The complexity of the insanity against the simplicity of the answers really drives home how low intellectual deterioration has sunk. I'm reminded of that joke: "If you don't know your gender, look inside of your pants.....You're welcome!"

Along comes the Francis and the synod. They decide three generations of lawlessness didn't work, so let us tell people 2000 years of Church teaching and those who teach it are hateful and bad, and adultery and contraception is good. The fix is in.

The cray-cray is mind boggling.

Children in healthy families get mad at parents who teach healthy boundaries. It comes with the territory. Good, effective parents suck it up.

Good parents don't say, our children are mad, so let us lift prohibitions of the Commandments. They don't find solutions in teaching good is bad and bad is good. They don't teach androgyny and hang porn around the house. They don't tell their children they will "accompany" their children to the bordello.

But scorching the earth by withdrawing love and bearing down with excessive criticism and punishment, withholding all mercy from a defiant child is not effective. It drives the child further away. The keys to success lie in upholding the truth AND LAW with genuine love, sometimes you let them experience consequences. Other times, you show them mercy and forgiveness, hope for redemption -- along with a LOT of prayer of fasting, Holy Sacrifices. You have to let your kid off the hook once in a while, show them their worth, encourage them to rise to it. If you don't give them a good balance, you will destroy them.

To me, the perfect example of effective parenting came from St. John Paul II. He took two generations of uncatechized and patiently and constantly explained the beauty and efficacy of Church teaching. He never waivered or diluted. He just kept writing encyclicals - beautiful and faithful encyclicals. He was - and is - loving and affectionate.

I've told this story before, but it bears repeating: Back in the days when I was mad at the Church about contraception, I remember Pope John Paul II riding through Africa telling the poverty-stricken women not to use contraception. Boy, did I get hot under the collar and defensive. Put me right over the edge. I stayed that way for a while. But the combination of his affection and faithful voice, while continuing to make me mad, also made me curious. I genuinely liked him and wanted to know how he reached his convictions, so I read Theology of the Body. I was hooked. I got it, though in my stubbornness I was still skeptical. But I kept hunting down and reading his encyclicals. When he spoke, I was much more attentive and open to his messages.

It took me two years of reading Church teaching, the Deposit of Faith, the Saints, before I finally could admit I was dead wrong. It's a process. Taking the position of the parish busybody to criticize every minor infraction of decorum and every wimper of tiny tots is not helping the pilgrims in the pews. It's not just about us. You've got to figure out what's important and what isn't important and only react to what is important. I do NOT mean what is important to JUST YOU. I mean what is important to the overall health of you AND everyone around you.

In his homily today, the priest took 'in all circumstances give thanks for this is the will of God for you' and explained that everything happens for a reason. I don't know about that. Sometimes the reason is we are stupid and make bad decisions. LOL.

Please, let's play it smarter!

Vatican "Nativity" Exhibits Paraphiliaism (like everything else in this papacy)


Have you seen the pics of the Holy Father's "Nativity"?

Like everything else, it's everything but what it is with a touch of sexually provocative.

They couldn't set aside their paraphiliasim on the holiest day of our year?

Their endless, inappropriate sexual exhibitionism is so tiring.

This time, it isn't faithful Catholics pointing out the Holy See's sexual provocation, it's Mark Zukerberg, whose convictions on moral theology is close to Hugh Heffner's and the "Playboy" mansion.

Looking at this displaced, perverted mess, it is nearly impossible to find Christ, the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph and the message they are conveying.

It's a real essay about this papacy.


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Jury's Random Act of Kindness is a Tool for Conversion


Jury convicts woman of theft, then took up a collection to pay her fine.

I really, really understand the pain behind having her engagement ring stolen. It originally belonged to her beloved grandmother. Must have been crushing. There is an element of cruelty behind a person who would steal something they know has sentimental value. It's different than stealing money from a wallet or identity theft. Jewelry possesses the love of the person who gave it to us or to whom it belonged.

I've had it happen to me so I know the pain well. On face value, I get how a fine of only $60 could send a message of injustice to the victim of such cruelty.

But, I was sorry to see the victim wrapped around the wheels of vengeance. The woman felt remorse, confessed, returned the rings and wrote an apology. It's beyond comprehension how she failed to see the woman "accepting accountability". Come on lady!

Thank God, the jury saw an opportunity to acknowledge her guilt while showing her forgiveness and compassion. Go now, and sin no more.

I love the heroic kindness behind this story and pray that it's enough to get Mendez Ortega's on the right path. Please stop and say an Ave for her conversion!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spiritually-Deranged Fr. James Martin Tweets Transgender-looking Pornographic Image of The Blessed Mother


Fr. James Martin tweets androgynous pornographic image of the Blessed Mother on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Disturbing.

And I can't help thinking that a pope who would appoint a spiritually-dangerous individual and not remove him when he runs a 24/7 infomercial on his sexually-perverted ideas, why would he act differently with a priest pedophile?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Alpha" = Another BirdBrained Catechetical Program


Readers tell me this program has made the rounds in the Archdiocese of Boston.

This," Byrnes asserted, "really reflects the genius of something like Alpha ... We're giving really just the essentials, and it's not Protestant essentials, it's not even Orthodox essentials, it's not Catholic essentials — it's the essentials of being a Christian."

In other words, Catholic essentials are not "the essentials of being a Christian."

I wonder if this is the program that defined the Blessed Trinity as "Two men with beards and a bird"?! When I heard about it, I remember calling the evangelization office to tell them what they should already know and they told me the program was 'meeting people where they're at'.

If people are signing up for catechetical programs, they're not doing to it remain 'where they're at' - they're trying to kick 'where they're at' up a few notches.

Nobody this side of the moon wants to hear that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is two men with beards and a bird.


Medjugorje Update: You can fly to Bosnia to go to Church.


I was surprised to read the latest comments from the Francis team at Medjugorje a few days back.

Speaking to Aleteia last week, Archbishop Henryk Hoser said: “Today dioceses and other institutions can organize official pilgrimages. It is no longer a problem.”

He also said: “The devotion of Medjugorje is allowed. It’s not prohibited, and need not be done in secret.”

I would think before a local bishop could make a statement in a newspaper, we would first get the changed status from the Vatican. I hate to say it, but I concluded this was just another screwball contradiction of the Magisterium. I mean the real Magisterium.

But the bishop backtracked today. I had to read the message a few times to crack the code. He's articulating the current position of the Church: If you'd like to organize a pilgrimage to Bosnia to go to Mass, knock yourselves out - the 'seers' and their "messages" are forbidden - we're all waiting for the shoe to drop - and it isn't "if" but "when".

So it appears he misspoke. There's a lot of that going around

Save yourself the money and work, get in your car and go to your local parish.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Jerusalem, herald of good news!



I absolutely LOVE watching the Crucifix lifted high in the air come down the aisles in procession at Mass.   Christ, Triumphant, in all His Glory, going out before les miserables, leading us.  I am reminded how many warriors, martyrs and saints walked behind the Crucifix lifted high on their way to do something heroic, in Christ's Name, in times of persecution.

Yesterday, our Iraqi brothers and sisters were very much on my mind as I watched Christ Crucified leading His Priests and people.   A year after ending of the Obama administration, Iraq has been liberated from the Obama-financed-and-supported ISIS ethnic cleansing of Christians.

Christians have returned.  Here they are at Mass.

I couldn't hold back the tears as I thought about how they felt as Christ Crucified made His way to His Altar.

And the readings yesterday hit the bullseye.  As they always do.

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
the rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Go up on to a high mountain,
Zion, herald of glad tidings;
cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news!
Fear not to cry out
and say to the cities of Judah:
Here is your God!
Here comes with power
the Lord GOD,
who rules by his strong arm;
here is his reward with him,
his recompense before him.
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.

Pretty amazing.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Boston's Pastoral Planning Advisory Board Presents Findings to Priests


I have to confess that as soon as I come across an article with a title like "Boston's Pastoral Planning Advisory Board Presents Findings to Priests",  I immediately say to myself "this is going to be a doozy". And it never fails to disappoint.

Consisting of seven laypeople and one priest, the PPAB was founded in 2014 to evaluate the implementation of Disciples in Mission.
SEVEN lay people and ONE priest.  Are ya kidding me???   Why not seven deacons and one priest?

Disciples in Mission is the archdiocesan revitalization/evangelization program while closing and merging parishes.  A tough job under any circumstances.  Still, I remain perplexed by the things Archdiocesan leaders think, do and say.


The Disciples in Mission program would be successful if priests saw conversions, increased numbers in the Sacrament of Confession, Christ in the Eucharist with an understanding of what it's all about. How is it possible they thought its leadership should be seven lay people and one priest?

The article goes on to describe the feedback from priests across the diocese:

  • About half said since becoming a pastor of a collaborative, there has been less time to pray and connect with parishioners
  • About 90 percent said that in multi-cultural parishes, it has become more difficult to retain relationships with parishioners.
  • A little over half of the pastors said Disciples in Mission has had a negative impact on their physical and mental health, and they have experienced more stress, anxiety, and less free time.
  • Over half of the pastors said it is now harder to maintain personal relationships with friends and family, and most pastors said their relationships with parishioners have suffered. However, they noted that relationships with staff are strong.
  • Many pastors also listed financial restraints, as well as time restraints, as having a large impact.

Other than that Mrs. Kennedy, how was the parade?

Here comes my favorite part of the article:  The feedback from Archdiocesan officials.

John Straub, chief financial officer (CFO) and chancellor of the archdiocese, noted that Disciples in Mission has been successful.

After an initial financial drop-off, he said, parishes in collaboratives have seen, on average, a two percent gain in collections.

The program's success is measured on the money, the money, the money.   If the priests have no relationships with the people, there is no knowledge or interactions between them and the priests are curled up into a ball from exhaustion and stress, this is not a benchmark that tells you how the program is going.

And, after the Cardinal listened to priests tell him how they feel, he said he's got some thinking to do:

Responding to concerns over personal health, Cardinal O'Malley pointed to a recent study by the archdiocese's Clergy Funds, which indicated that overall, priests are healthier, in part thanks to a number of new mental and physical health programs the archdiocese provides.

The study "seems to show our health seems to be a little better, actually,"  (WUT???!!)  the cardinal said, although he made it clear that he also would be taking the feedback into consideration. (Ya think?)

It's the age-old question that bewilders luminaries who work in a chancery:

Is it the people you've convened to produce a 'study' that tells you what you want to hear or the priests actual descriptions of what's happening to them when their feet hit the floor - which one elucidates factual information?

Another unsolved mystery in a Chancery.

More importantly, why wouldn't it occur to them that their job is to provide solid spiritual health programs for priests who are out to steam?   They are not an extension of the local gym or mental health clinic.

I have to admit that the dishonesty is getting to me, especially when it comes from within.   Sometimes I spend way too much time going back and forth with people who are unwilling or incapable of unraveling the dishonesty.   Sometimes, I do it to back the dishonesty into the corner until all observers, excepting the advocate, see it is absurd, but how low the advocate is willing to sink into dishonesty and chicanery is exasperating.    I'm not out of steam, but the older I get, the less I want to spend my time and energy subjecting myself to it.  

Fr. Rutler describes the dishonesty in his weekly column this week as Orwellian insanity.   He also reminds us of the service and duty to Christ.   I'm doing the best I can but, admittedly, some days and some situations, I just don't have the bandwidth!


Father Rutler's Weekly Column



Sunday, December 10th, 2017


As a chaplain in a state mental hospital, I quickly learned two things. First, sometimes it was easy to mistake a psychiatrist for one of the patients. Second, and more importantly, the mentally ill can be highly intelligent. If one begins with an illogical premise, one may convincingly make a fallacy seem cogent. An unfortunate man in a locked ward who thinks he is Napoleon Bonaparte can almost convince a visitor that he is there because he lost the battle of Waterloo.

Insanity is not a lack of brains; it is a lack of judgment. The Second Sunday of Advent focuses on the right use of reason, in preparation for the coming of Christ the Logos, the source of all creation. He is the Righteous Judge because he is supremely logical, and it would be a form of madness not to expect the Logos to be so.

Our society has employed cleverness to justify moral madness, rationalizing a radical overhaul of social order as “hope and change.” George Orwell anticipated this in his “doublethink” which means holding two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and accepting both of them, so that, for instance, ignorance is strength, war is peace, freedom is slavery. Currently there are those who call censored speech “freedom of speech” and redistribution of wealth “income equality,” and who varnish anarchy as “resistance.” Infanticide is responsible parenthood, infidelity is independence, decadence is progress, common sense is bias, and natural law is hate speech. When the modern moral collapse euphemized as “sexual liberation” redefined vice as freedom, defective judgment unleashed a host of contradictions, so that the very institutions that promoted libertinism affect to be scandalized when celebrities are revealed to have done precisely what the euphemizers wanted. Like Casablanca’s Captain Renault they are “Shocked! Shocked!”

“Doublethinkers” cannot cope with the consequences of their manipulation of logic. Immature students riot when a professor disagrees with them, and voters scream at the sky when an election does not go their way. Their intolerance calls itself tolerance, but it is the false kind of tolerance which, as Chesterton said, is the virtue of the man without convictions.

The same people who ask “Who am I to judge?” judge right judgment to be tactlessly judgmental, and they politicize the judiciary to appoint justices who will usurp the function of legislators. Certainly, our Lord forbids any attempt to judge the human heart or the fate of a soul (Matthew 7:2), but blurring the line between right and wrong, which the theologians call antinomianism, turns an entire culture into a raucous asylum.

“If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ezekiel 3:18).


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pot, meet the Kettle.

As you no doubt know, over the last few days, the Holy Father said nobody before him was smart enough to notice the Our Father was incorrectly translated and everyone has been saying the Our Father wrong for 2000 years.

Suddenly, he's worried about correcting theological misunderstandings. If he would only get to the long list of his own.

In any event, the Pope said the Our Father has been teaching 2000 years of Catholics to believe God tempts us to sin by leading us to debauchery - and we have to ask him not to.

I don't know anyone who thinks that, do you? Who are these mysterious people?

One would have to be completely ignorant of the nature of God to believe He, and not the devil, is the force behind leading us to break Commandments.

The Our Father doesn't need a sophisticated theological scholar to understand. I learned the prayer at 3 and I was capable of grasping that "lead us not into temptation" asked God, who is the Good Shepherd, to counsel and guide us when we encounter the wiles of...wait for it.. the devil.

Temptation is the spiritual marathon that develops and matures love, trust and the tools the soul and intellect need to guide us to salvation. It's in the category that "all things work together for the good of those who love God".

Bishop Sheen gives a good explanation of temptation in the Life of Christ. He reminds us that Christ and the angels pass through temptation as an act of choice to prove love because words are not enough.

"The defenses of the soul are seen at their strongest when the evil which has been resisted is also strong. The presence of temptation does not necessarily imply moral imperfection on the part of the one who is tempted. In that case, Our Divine Lord could not have been tempted at all. An inward tendency toward evil, such as man has, is not a necessary condition for an onslaught of temptation. The temptation of Our Blessed Lord came only from without, and not from within as ours so often do. What was at stake in the trial of Our Lord was not the perversion of natural appetites to which the rest of men are tempted; rather, it was an appeal to Our Lord to disregard His Divine Mission and His Messianic work. The temptation that comes from without does not necessarily weaken character; indeed, when conquered, it affords an opportunity for holiness to increase. If he was to be the Pattern Man, He would have to teach us how to gain holiness by overcoming temptation....The tempter was sinful, but the One tempted was innocent.

It is part of the discipline of God to make his loved ones perfect through trial and suffering. Only by carrying the Cross can one reach the Resurrection."



It seems to me that the Holy Father, like many, is kidding himself into thinking the problems we face in the Church are about a sudden inability of people to learn their faith. But the reality he doesn't want to face is, ordained men don't want to teach it.

There are a host of reasons for that.

Over the many years of watching ordained men avoid the hard work of catechizing their people, absolving their sins and restoring their souls with the properties in the Divinity of Christ, every time they start 'leading people into temptation' with banality and heresy, I can't help thinking that cowardice and the sin of sloth is probably the least of their problems.

Some of them have taken lovers or wish they had. Most of them have abandoned their vocation to pursue their own insatiable need to be praised and adored. (Which is actually a sin against the First Commandment). We see the same fatal flaw in the vocations of mothers and fathers.

Of all the things ordained men incorrectly translate, the Our Father is very low on the list.

Take a look at this Act of Contrition found in missalettes:


Sinning is stripped of the consequences behind the choices we make: Hell. It fails to teach the absolution of sin once again gives the person the chance to live their eternity in Heaven.

Our people do not know, more than ever through this papacy, that Commandments are still in force and breaking them sends us to Hell and robs us of Heaven. All the sacrilegious communion he advises them to take does not change this reality.

If the Holy Father started working on correcting the misinterpretations of his own papacy, we'd be getting somewhere.

The irony in the Holy Father's statement does not go unnoticed:

"... it's not the Lord that tempts. It is not He that pushes me into temptation and then sees how I fall," Francis said in Italian. "A father does not do this. A father quickly helps those who are provoked into Satan's temptation."

Exactly. And I think the question on everyone's mind is, why do you do it?






Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Catholics Who Live with No Firm Purpose of Amendment


Fr. Ripperger defines a recidivist.



I worry that the Holy Father's is sentencing future generations of Catholics with some of these characteristics

  • No intention to change his/her ways.
  • No improvement in avoiding sin.
  • No attempt to overcome and root out vice and sin.
  • No contrition for sin

As Father Ripperger brilliantly explains (as usual!), people living this way have no remedy for defects in their disposition.

Catholics following the instructions of Pope Francis are being brainwashed into following their sinful appetites.

What a curve ball in the decaying culture of death. I always anticipated that Christ's promises would mean the battles would be external and the Holy Father would help us preserve our children from the wiles of the devil outside of the Church. I'm stressing out that he's joined the chorus of brainwashing diabolical nonsense!

I've read where Ed Peters and others are finding consolation that the Holy Father's attempt to incorporate heresy into the Magisterium did not abrogate Canon 915.

I can't get any traction with the thrill.

I suppose they are thinking for those awake, alert and oriented, this gives them the Canonical license to reject the counterfeit "magisterium", without opening oneself to disciplinary actions?

Where the rubber hits the road, we have a solid 40% of priests who are unfaithful that will use the counterfeit 'magisterium' to mislead people we love. Maybe I'm underestimating how the canons will come into play, so please feel free to set me straight if there's something I'm not seeing - but I just don't see how that is going to help us. I suppose it means it will be all the more important to get out of parishes with priests who teach apostasy but an awful lot of people will be putting a lot of mileage on their cars.