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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Thursday,
February 27, 2014
"You will become your friends" was my mother's warning. "Choose friends carefully." "Whoever you hang out with will have an effect on you." Thus it now occurs to me that the most serious problem with America's Catholic Bishops just may be that so many of them no longer know what the word anathema means. Whether this came to be via misplaced zeal to evangelize the particularly wicked, or a seeking of popularity is not important. What is important is the slide of Church prelates into levels of indifferentism and possible syncretism - a merging of secular "values" with Roman Catholicism, in a happy-go-lucky sort of way.
The great "organizer" for Communist revolution, Saul Alinksy, had great success in "organizing" slum dwellers, labor, labor unions, and Catholics. He "united" organized labor and American Catholicism into an anti-wealth, anti-property, pro-Marxist, anti-American alliance, way, way back when. If you ever wondered how it ever came to be that American Catholics always support Marxist-dominated organized labor, and Catholics always vote the Marxocrat ticket, it all came about from the evil deceiving, conniving, convincing and organizing talents and efforts of Saul Alinsky. Through him, Marxism entered the Church in America.
If any man takes on new values, mores and principles, these new values, mores and principles will act to dilute and lessen the importance of the ones he already held. One cannot embrace an evil person or group or idea without lessening if not rejecting the notion of anathema. Thus, we should not be surprised at the lessening of the importance of Eucharist clearly obvious among many Princes of the Church. They don't take Eucharist seriously, and they don't take their own ordination seriously. Today, in Washington high-society, it is hard to tell a Catholic Bishop from a Good Time Charlie.
Today, plenty of American Catholic Bishops - indeed, most of them - have no problem whatsoever with scandalously giving Eucharist to public figures who are notorious champions and sponsors of such evils as abortion, sodomy, contraception, euthanasia, etc., etc., etc. These Bishops have sold their souls to the Princes of the World. They have made themselves part of the Washington Establishment.
Through these Bishops, Marxist-infected Catholic "values" have become pervasive throughout America. It was evidenced by the formerly Catholic Georgetown University's behavior toward their hero, the moral monster Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) when they decided to honor him there. Super-sensitive to his hatred of Christianity in general and Jesus Christ in particular, they covered up the IHS Christogram representing the name of Jesus, so that Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) would not be offended.
Notice I said formerly Catholic Georgetown University. If it were still Catholic, it would know what the word anathema means, and it would use it. Georgetown is merely another institution of the world, and it's "Catholic" voice is nothing but pretension, and not to be trusted by real Catholics.
And so it is with formerly Catholic Notre Dame, which not only invited Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) to speak, but honored him, with a Doctorate of Law degree, of all things.
This persistent, consistent violator of the very American Constitution he falsely swore to support in his oath of office; this most lawless President in American history; this evil man who violates standing law with virtually every official action he takes, or purposely and illegally fails to take, was made a Doctor of Law by Notre Dame University. Go figure.
They were proud and happy to honor this avowed champion and chief sponsor of abortion, sodomy, euthanasia, eugenics, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, anti-Western Culture, anti-white racism, Marxist revolution, Marxist redistributionism, Marxist Progressivism, Marxist Collectivism, Islamic Jihadism and the end of sovereign nations.
What does it say about an institution that pretends to be Catholic while it honors and raises up an avowed enemy of Catholicism? What does it say about a purported school of law that makes a doctor of one so blatantly and consistently lawless?
Now, that's not the case with all American Catholic bishops, surely. Just the overwhelming majority of them. Cardinal Burke, for instance, made it quite clear that major public figures who were openly obstinate unrepentant sinners would be denied Eucharist at any Church in his Diocese. On the other hand, Cardinal Wuerl, representing the clear majority position among American Bishops, has made it quite clear that all major public figures who were openly obstinate unrepentant sinners would be perfectly welcome at the Communion rail in any Church in his diocese. After all, what's a little political sponsorship of abortion among Catholics.
We have a clue regarding where Pope Francis stands on the importance of the Eucharist in our Catholic faith in the fact that he kicked Cardinal Burke out of his position in the curia and replaced him with Cardinal Wuerl. That's the position that oversees the selection of new Bishops.
There is no such thing as anathema among the overwhelming majority of American Catholic Bishops. Period. Even non-Catholic scandalous sinners, like the Clintons, have received Catholic Eucharist, to the quiet cheers of most American Bishops.
We all know that there are only a pitifully few office-holding members of the Republicrat Party - probably less than six in number - who fully and fiercely defend the Constitution they all swore to uphold in their oaths of office. We all know that Boehner and the rest of the GOP are in cahoots with the regime, and intent on taking the Constitution out of legal standing, if not existence. Now it looks to me like something similar is going on among the prelates of the Catholic Church. At least here in America, the Bishops appear to be more politically oriented than religiously oriented. And they have joined the Obamunists, the Marxocrats and the Republicrats on the Marxist, anti-Constitution, anti-American side of the political street.
That's one thing I never saw coming.
No wonder the cultural slide into social degeneracy is so rapid!
I knew the American News Media was populated by Marxist anti-American propagandists way, way back during the Vietnam War. Cronkite, Rather, Mudd, Severeid, Jennings, Brokaw, Sawyers, Brinkly - all of them, the whole damned slew of them, were lying through their treacherous Marxist teeth, every day, and I knew it then. But nobody believed it. Nobody could believe it. But I knew it, and I wasn't alone. Today, it should be clear to anyone with half a brain that the whole damned News Media, print and broadcast, is nothing but a propaganda arm of the current, overwhelmingly Marxist sitting government. Just look at the evidences among the Mainstream Media pages.
The whole thing could have been nipped in the bud way back in the McCarthy Hearings if Marxism hadn't already made such inroads into the News Media. It was the News Media, not the truth, and not any evidence, that destroyed the Hearings and the reputation of McCarthy, to the benefit of the advancement of the Marxist agenda in America.
It actually took the Democrat Party quite a few years to catch up with the News Media in their ideological metamorphosis into anti-American Marxism. Academe and Education came first, then the Media, and finally a political Party. And today's Republicrat Party is not that far behind today's Marxocrat Party in going completely anti-Constitution.
I knew the teaching at the Cincinnati Archdiocese's Athenaeum of Ohio, in their Lay Pastoral Minstry Program, was absolutely not Catholic. It was, indeed, borderline heretical. But I didn't really pick up on anything political, except that maybe some of the professors might lean hard Left. I didn't see real Marxist deception and treachery there; maybe I should have. Look at the following links for what the LPMP program was all about.
There's probably more among the Refuting Perverted Catholicism pages. I have never heard, one way or another, whether anything ever changed since I went through the program, so I am assuming that the program remains as it was. Which, if correct, would mean that:
- and more; much more. It was all pretty disgusting. But I didn't detect anything deeper; my anti-Marxist radar never switched on. I never dreamed that consecrated religious might ever be more motivated by worldly politics than by religion.
But then I was introduced to some peripheral linkages between Catholicism and Marxism, mostly a book by Carol Byrne, by Michael Voris' reports through his CurchMilitant.TV articles, and input from some of you. From all that, I wrote the Dorothy Day page, showing the unmistakeable truth of this obvious Communist who is up for sainthood. And I wrote the Lucifer and the CCHD page, showing how Saul Alinsky virtually invented the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which, eventually, did so much to get Comrade Obama (peace be upon him) elected. Twice.
And, I was mildly alarmed when I wrote the Pope Benedict XVI on Globalism page. But, for whatever reason, I still saw all of these as isolated instances, and I didn't pick up on any pattern.
Even after I read his Evanagelii Gaudium, recognized the clear Marxist redistributionism and opposition to private property, free markets and individual liberty of Pope Francis, and I wrote Evangelizing for World Communism, I still did not see anything deeper than individuals mislead (we should hope) by a life bombarded by Marxist propaganda. After all, the world is filled with millions if not billions of people who, with the best of personal intentions, have become what all the early Marxists called their "Useful Idiots", unknowingly, naively, idealistically cooperating in their own eventual subjugation, and their own eventual transport to the camps.
And, in those remarks showing his close affinity with Marx's grand ideals, His Holiness was not speaking about or from anything in the sacred Deposit of Faith.
Then I saw another of the ChurchMilitant.TV videos, the one at http://www.churchmilitant.tv/daily/?today=2014-02-25, and, for whatever reason, I finally began to see a bigger picture unfolding.
It's happening all over the world. One thing the Michael Voris organization is particularly good at is research into numbers, development of statistical patterns and looking at trends from a higher elevation than most of us. What struck me was the similarity in the major perversions of nature being accepted in the Philippines - contraception, homosexuality, abortion - seem to be the same perversions of nature on the radical advance here, and everywhere else. Why?
If the numbers of Catholic faithful who accept these perversions of nature as "normal" let alone not sinful are similar to the numbers of non-Catholics who accept them, then, where the hell are their Bishops? And what's the difference between the average Catholic Bishop and anyone who is not a Catholic Bishop?
The three responsibilities of a Catholic Bishop are to teach, to sanctify and to govern. Thus, the Bishop has ultimate, and I would say sole, responsibility for proper catechesis in his particular Church (diocese or archdiocese). If major numbers of Catholic faithful in his particular Church are accepting of contraception, homosexuality and abortion, then it is his fault, and no one else's. Failing to properly teach such sinfulness is failing in his responsibility to teach his flock.
There is supposed to be a difference between Catholics and non-Catholics. If there is no difference, then, why be Catholic?
I can't tell you how many times I have discussed Catholic faith and moral issues with "faithful" Catholics who did not know that the Church has not and cannot change any original doctrine, or make any new ones. Many - perhaps most - believe the Church has, can and should change doctrines to "meet the times". Every time any "faithful" Catholic says something like that, there is a Bishop behind it, guilty of failing in his sole teaching authority.
We had a brother-in-law (may he rest in peace) who never attended Mass, and was absolutely convinced that there was no sin in missing Mass. "They changed that a long time ago" he would say, and shake his head at any attempt to correct that mistake. He was not alone; there are lots of Catholics who believe that. They don't think they need confession; they don't need Eucharist; they just need to be "good".
I have talked to fellow Catholics, in Church, and even in the LPMP program classes, who were convinced that the Church ought to change multiple doctrines to embrace the "advances" in the larger outside culture. They don't even see that they have denied the existence of absolute truth, which logically, in the end, amounts to a denial of the existence of God.
Slow Parasitic Revolution, as opposed to Rapid Violent Revolution, is what has me concerned here. Elitists everywhere, including Marxist elitists, consider the ordinary citizen to be not smart enough to take care of himself, and in need of Elitist Guidance if not Governance to make all of his life decisions for him. The educated intellectuals feel called to "administer" the lesser people, for their own good; that is the idea at the core of Elitism, here and elsewhere.
With the ultimate failures of all of the Marxist revolutions spawned in 1848 with the publication of the Communist Manifesto, Marxism changed its spots, and became more parasitic, still working toward eventual revolution, but more slowly, while gathering more disciples and useful idiots. Following the Machiavellian plan of deception, it covertly penetrated and "infected" the very enemy institutions it targeted for eventual revolution.
Thus, Sanger's racist eugenics plan recruited black preachers and black doctors to lead the parade in contracepting and aborting black people and other "undesirables" out of existence. Sometimes it was forced. Nazis put Jews to work burning other Jews in the ovens.
We have seen the Marxist involvement in the Free Love movement born of the Sexual Revolution. It was this kind of sneaky insurgency that took over, first, education and academe, then journalism, then the Democrat Party. And now the Republican Party. And even the whole of the elected government of the USA.
Why would it not be the same thing in the Catholic Church?
I have no evidence; I'm just asking the question.
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Date: Sun Mar 02 23:57:21 2014
there is no Communist under your bed. The "Machiavellian plan of deception" you refer to was merely a plot in a fictional book. It had nothing to do with Communism, and Communism is merely a hopeful social ideal, which can be realized by following the Gospel of Christ.
Date: Mon Mar 03 06:06:03 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
It seems clear that you have read neither Marx's Communist Manifesto nor the Gospel of Christ. Nor are you aware of Marx's immersion in the theories of Machiavelli and Hegel, who were his two favorite "philosophers".
The Communist Manifesto is a masterpiece of Machiavellian deception aimed at achieving dictatorship, following the Hegelian Dialectic. The hundreds of millions of people who were murdered in the name of your mere "hopeful social ideal" would disagree with your contention that Communism is anything other than a polemic aimed at eventual violent and bloody revolution, against the status quo, whatever it is.
If you had ever actually read the Manifesto, you would know that it directly calls for violent revolution against whatever form of government exists at any particular moment in time. All of your teachers or professors or authors who told you otherwise were liars, ala Machiavelli.
Read the Refuting Marx page. All Communists are either evil, or dupes of evil.
Date: Tue Mar 04 22:58:18 2014
You have no authority to dress down bishops and cardinals and even the pope the way you do. There are other more conciliatory ways to express your concerns through proper channels. This is unsupportable slander. You could be sued or excommunicated.
Date: Wed Mar 05 06:11:28 2014
From: Vic Biorseth
Nothing I have said is unsupportable. Truth has an authority all His own. Perhaps if you had a Paczki before you wrote that, you wouldn't have been such a grouch.
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014
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