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Vic Biorseth, Monday, July
Untold millions believe that lie. And yet the truth of the matter is that evil does indeed exist. If evil did not exist, we would have no need for our Church, we would have no need for our police, we would have no need for our military, we would have no need for any weaponry, and we would have no need to be vigilant and ever watchful. But we do. Evil is always, always, convincing, recruiting, training and sending out surrogates and agents and dupes to advance falsehood. Evil destroys whole nations, from within, one citizen at a time, one family at a time, one culture at a time. Evil raises up evil nations to scourge and conquer the distracted, unbelieving, unprepared world.
Advancing the lie that evil does not even exist is Job One of the Secularism Movement, tasked with religiously cleansing human society everywhere. The Secularists seek to turn the Truth around and against itself, claiming that religion is and has been the locus of evil throughout history, when the exact opposite is true. It was not religion, but rejection of and opposition to religion that brought about history's worst exterminations, terror campaigns, atrocities, death camps, concentration camps, gulags and closed, enslaved nations. Not religion, but irreligion. Anti-religion.
The goal of Secularism is to convince you, at the very least, that religion has nothing to do with politics, and that there are all sorts of circumstances in which you need to put your religion aside. If you ever do that, you will weaken your own belief in your own religion, your own holiness and your connection with Divinity. Once you put your religion aside, there is every possibility that you will fail to properly pick it up again, or even to pick it back up at all. Your religion thereby becomes a mere topic of occasional interest, like sports, or a hobby, or entertainment. Something, like everything else, not to be over-done.
Just as Jesus has two natures, one Divine and one Incarnate, man has two natures; one Spirit, and the other Flesh, or Animate. In this world, since the Fall, the Flesh predominates. It involves all of that which we can see and smell and hear and taste and touch. We have to be introduced to our Spirit side, the earlier in life the better. While Natural Law may be written on our hearts, it must be quickened and brought to fulness of understanding by proper reinforcement from parents, the Church and the larger culture.
A good moral guiding conscience does not just go Poof! and pop into being; it must be properly formed, in the family, in the Church and in the culture. Infants, toddlers and little ones need to be taught about God, Satan, good and evil early on, through songs, stories, rhymes and teaching. Theoretically enlightened, elitist, "Properly Secularized" parents and families who say "We'll let the children decide for themselves what religious path they will follow" make a grave error. Little children lack the proper discernment that only comes with Adult Judgement. Possession of good judgment is what separates adults from children, and competent adults from incompetent adults.
Little children lack adult judgment. They will follow whatever evil comes along, and they will go wherever the pleasures of the world lead them. And Satan rules this world. That's why little children need adult attention, protection and supervision. All they know is what they can see and hear and smell and taste and touch, and what they have been taught, or not taught. Leave them to their own devices and they will seek pleasure, pure and simple, and you will be raising up little pagans possessing little or no properly formed consciences. Every failure to raise up one child with a good Christian moral conscience contributes to the death of the larger free, self-governing Christian Culture, and with it, the eventual death of all citizen liberty.
Only a good collective conscience drives a good and decent culture.
With the unexplainable but horrible suffering of truly good people, with the loss of our most beloved ones to tragedy, with the advance of burdens seemingly too heavy to bear, in our human weakness, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of blaming God for whatever seeming cruelty is going on. This temporary, physical, increasingly secular world, ruled by Satan, will always help that process along. In our human weakness we easily forget, or perhaps never learned, that this life is fleeting, and the one to come eternal. Only Truth is permanent; all of this is passing.
We too rarely tie our own suffering or the suffering of those we love to the Cross of Christ, offering it as a full participation in His suffering for the redemption of all, for whosoever would embrace His redemption. To participate more fully in His suffering is to participate more fully in His Resurrection, and that Resurrection is permanent.
He didn't bring evil into the world, but love, and the freedom to be able to love, by free choice. For what is love, in the absence of freedom? His promise was of everlasting life, but He never promised an easy path. What He said was to pick up your cross and follow Him, every day. Whatever suffering you are facing now, you will get through this suffering, with commitment, patience, trust and love of God and neighbor, and this suffering - whatever it is - is passing. It will pass with this brief, temporary, worldly life, and the life to come - your reward - is eternal.
The more you suffer, the more you should embrace the Spirit over the Flesh, embrace the Grace that has been given you, give thanks for your suffering, and hold tight to the Lord Who is everlasting Life. For Resurrection follows Crucifixion, and Resurrection is forever.
Objective Truth, or Reality, is fixed, permanent and unchangeable. It remains unchanged and unchangeable truth despite any thinking or actions of man; it is independently always true; it depends on nothing other than itself to remain true. Satan knows this, and he knows that he cannot change any objective truth; but he also knows that he can change man's perception of it, and he knows how to create and deliver a watered-down or altered human understanding of it.
Worse, he knows how to get man to consciously participate in advancing falsehood, once man is convinced in the separate falsehood that what he is doing is "good" for human kind, or for the environment, or for the planet, or for some other worldly thing. Man will then consciously lie to "change things for the better".
This is the watered-down, unclear thinking that now predominates in academia and in all education, and that now predominates even in the hard sciences. It is a replacement of strict empiricism with a sort of democratization of all professions, including even material science. It has already displaced the Scientific Method with a more worldly, more democratic, "Scientific Consensus" form of worldly group-think. Which is why we herein refer to it as Scientism, being more of a belief system than old time material science, and now becoming almost a religion unto itself.
Jesus founded His one and only Church on Peter in Matt 16:18. The authority of His Church is recognized in Matt 18:17. The Church is described as the "pillar and bulwark of Truth" in 1 Tim 3:15. He promised to be with His Church until the end of time in Matt 28:20, and He promised, in John 14:26, that the Holy Spirit would remain with His Church, and would return to its memory all that Jesus had taught them before His Assumption into heaven. A Church organization, a "hierarchy" was established through the laying on of hands, as shown in Phil 1:1, 2 Tim 1:6 and elsewhere.
Thus, the Church is an institution, a hierarchical organization, with authority, in possession of the fulness of Truth.
How, you might ask, could Satan ever water that down?
Well, first off, everyone in the entire hierarchy is an imperfect human being, living in this world, which is ruled by Satan, who is the great Tempter and Deceiver.
Just as academia and education, journalism and other professions, including even hard sciences and medical science, were gradually "Democratized" to the point of professional-consensus-thinking predominating over empiricism, so it is happening within the Church. If some recognized Bishops agree on some new vision or reinterpretation of an Objective Truth, well, the rest of the Bishops ought to at least consider what these recognized Bishops have to say, discuss it over time, maybe pray about it, and periodically take a vote on it.
That seems to be the new thinking.
In The Liturgical Wars we spoke of the periti, or "experts" in various subjects under discussion in Councils, such as the Second Vatican Council. Many of these experts, if not most of them, were not Bishops. That is to say, they were not part of the teaching authority, the Magisterium, of the Church, protected from error by each other, Peter and the Holy Spirit. Yet, these experts actually wrote major parts or even whole documents as the official output of that great Church Council.
This was not a mere matter of advice, or even advice and consent, if these non-bishops actually authored major parts of Council documents. Real Bishops actually complained about not having input to some of these documents before they were published. One Cardinal even complained about wording being purposely left vague and subject to gross misinterpretation, opening a path for the heresy of Modernism to enter into Church teaching.
The infamous "Bugnini Schema" came out of this vague approach to a new Liturgy. Go to the link for the details; here I just want to point out that, the minute the body of Bishops allows non-Bishops to make important, seemingly permanent input into Council documents on their own, the teaching authority of Rome has been watered down, at the least, and perhaps corrupted. While this corrupted authority may not yet have altered official teaching of an Objective Truth, it is certainly moving in that direction.
Only Catholic Bishops should author Catholic Documents from Catholic Councils. That's my humble opinion.
In Lucifer and the CCHD we described, among other things, the radical Marxist Revolutionary Saul Alinsky and his treacherous "Community Organizing" aimed at eventual Revolution. In that same webpage we also described the origination of the USCCB. First, in an era that saw radical social upheaval and change, and entirely new "organizations" of people who wanted to be the newly popular Agents Of Change rather than the old fashioned and newly demonized Opponents Of Change, the two original Catholic organizations, one of Catholic Bishops (the NCCB) and the other of Catholic Laymen (the USCC) were formed. These were the organizations that would later merge to become today's USCCB, which was and remains equal parts lay and episcopate.
Again, just as in the example of the periti above, no one asked the glaringly obvious question,
It's bad enough that some Bishops may already be corrupt and sinful men, but to allow lay input to the deliberative process of the episcopate is to water down the authority of the institution established by Christ Himself. His promise that the Holy Spirit would bring to their mind all that he had taught them, and guide them into all truth, was made to the Apostles, not to the laymen. The Bishops are supposed to teach the laymen, not deliberate with them on an equal footing.
Just as the original Democrat Party (today's Marxocrat Party) and the original Republican Party (today's Republicrat Party) operate as if they were Constitutional branches of government, more politically powerful even than the three actual Constitutional branches, the USCCB gives every appearance of being a spurious "Political Party" not in the original hierarchical design of the Church and thus invalid, and yet wielding considerable authority and power of its own, now existing to exist, and to grow itself and increase its own power.
I see the USCCB as an invalid Catholic Political Party, just as corrupt and misleading as America's two major unconstitutional Political Parties. I see it as a movement to "Democratize" Catholicism. The Church is not a Democracy, and it cannot ever be a Democracy, because the Truth it protects and hands on is fixed forever, and cannot change. Changing culture and popular opinion have nothing to do with Objective Truth.
In Cafeteria Catholicism 101, and in all the other Cafeteria Catholic pages linked to from that webpage, we talked about the blending of lay "ministers" with ordained clerics in "Pastoral" ministry. All of what I'm talking about here came from the Lay Pastoral Ministry Program (LPMP) of the Cincinnati Archdiocese, which we now understand is a mirror of other LPMP programs all over America. Understanding that only an ordained Priest can be a Pastor, ask yourself the question,
A Layman cannot be a Pastor, and cannot do Pastoral Ministry. What we are seeing all over America are the growth of little lay fiefdoms in areas of "ministry", mostly having to do with some part or all parts of Liturgy, predominantly the Liturgy of the Mass itself. The Novus Ordo Mass of Paul VI has become heavily laden with lay participation. And because it is now the "Ordinary" form, and the 1962 Latin Mass of John XXIII is the "Extraordinary" form, it predominates everywhere in America, and probably in the world.
Due to the ever growing Priest shortages everywhere (except in the pitifully few dioceses that never watered down original doctrine) it is a fact that Priests need help running Parishes, but not, in my opinion, in Pastoral Ministry. Bookkeeping, maintenance of building and grounds, teaching CCHD, visiting the sick and home-bound, and other purely administrative tasks are all areas of lay participation. But it always bugged me that we laymen are now commonly called upon to get up there in the Sacred Area and actively participate in producing the Liturgy of the Mass. It is Commonplace.
I admit to having been sucked into this process myself. I have taken Communion to the sick, served at Mass as Lector and as Acolyte (Altar Boy), and - something I prefer to avoid, but do when called upon by the Priest - lay distributor of Communion. So, I have to admit to "feeding the beast" of popularizing lay participation by my own example to others.
Now, there is nothing wrong with laymen serving at the Altar at Mass. However, in my opinion, it is a task that should be reserved to young men or boys as an initiation into the Liturgy in practical application, and a possible ongoing apprenticeship, in learning and practicing the Liturgy, in which to discern a possible vocation to the Priesthood. Serving at the Altar aside, I always had a little negative feeling about all the rest of it.
Even having gone through the Athenaeum of Ohio's LPMP program, I didn't realize it then, and was quite late in discovering that all this lay participation, as well as major universally established Liturgical practices, were never even in Paul VI's original Novus Ordo, nor did they come out of Vatican II. They just appeared, and went into practice, everywhere. Suddenly.
Communion in the hand. Lay distribution. Lay lectors. The Gift of Peace. The virtual elimination of Latin. Protestant hymns. All these things, and more, were just piled on to the Novus Ordo.
Along with all of this came lay choreographing, or orchestrating, or whatever you want to call it, of who was to do what, when, and how, during the Mass. For liturgical participants, preparation for Mass became, rather than a period of reading the day's Mass readings, reflection and prayer, discussions or even squabbles about who was doing what, and how. And, the who would do what and how changed from Mass to Mass, because we didn't always have the same Priest, and each Priest did things just a little differently. And other participants changed, too, with lectors, distributors, etc., going through assignment-list rotations, and with panic and re-orchestrations ensuing every time someone was late or missing in action.
What's missing in all of this lay busy - ness is recognition of the simple fact that the only guy absolutely indispensable to Eucharist is the Priest, who is quite capable of doing it all; the Mass can go on quite efficaciously without any of the rest of us.
It makes us yearn for the old Latin days, when every Mass was the same, everywhere you went. You can still see it today, wherever they still say the Latin Mass. Assumption Grotto in Detroit is where we go whenever we visit family in Michigan, and it presents an excellent example of the true majesty, and the sheer Glory To God nature of the Mass without any lay participation whatsoever, except for the Altar boys.
Whether the Novus Ordo is prayed, or the 1962 Latin Mass is prayed, there is no deviation from the established norm. Both are prayed entirely in Latin. The Priest faces the Altar, not the people. There are no lay lectors or lay distributors. There is no "gift of peace". Everyone kneels at the Communion Rail and receives on the tongue.
And, ya know what? It's Glorious. There is no lay "busy - ness" or fussing about anything. There is clear and obvious recognition by everyone in the pews that, that is actually God up there, in the Priest's hands, on that Altar, and in that little Tabernacle. Everybody takes that quite seriously, and they all show it.
It is how God should be treated, plain and simple.
I can't say that watered down Catholic doctrine and loose interpretation if not blessing of sin caused all the cultural degradation we see all around us today, but I can say that it certainly didn't help. We Catholics are supposed to be the Marines of Christianity; if we Catholics have gone all wimpy in our religion, what should we expect from the Protestants?
Lay and Clerics alike who do go forth to preach the Good News
seemingly never, ever, "shake the dust" and move on when they encounter
direct opposition to the teaching. Why not?
The universal Catholic approach today is less to admonish the sinner than to be universally welcoming to all, including very public and scandalous sinners. No scandalous public obstinate unrepentant sinner is ever just as publicly excommunicated, for anything at all, ever. Why not?
Among the laity, no one, no matter how degenerate, no matter how depraved, is ever anathematized or shunned or kept apart from. Why the hell not?
Did Catholic Moral Doctrine actually change, or, do we all not really need to follow it any more? Is Doctrine still important? Does anyone in the clerical order even give a damn?
When Catholic clerics are among the obstinate unrepentant sinners contributing to the degradation and depravity of the Church and of the larger American culture, and seemingly all of the rest of the clergy are looking the other way, or pretending to not notice, or are too gutless and nutless to take any action, then they have no room to bitch about anything the Court or the Congress or the Dictator do or say about any of it. (I mean the President.)
America has a new Ruling Class, comprised of our Political Parties. Against the warnings and advice of George Washington, we have stood by like dummies and allowed our Political Parties to grow into the illegitimate, corrupt, degenerate moral monsters they are today, and they now "legally" rule over the Constitution, and us. Legitimate or not, they wield more legal and governmental power than the three Constitutional branches of government together. They run the House; they run the Senate; they run the Presidency; they run the Court. They own it all.
And they are not even mentioned in the Constitution. They are "out of scope" for the federal government; no matter, they run it all anyway.
I've gone over the clearly anti-American "agenda" of the Marxocrat Party, and the cooperative non-agenda of the Republicrat Party elsewhere herein, and I'm not going to go over that old ground again here. Suffice it to say that one Party sponsors every form of moral degeneracy in existence, and the other does not resist any of it, at least not in the world of practical reality. Speeches don't count. Action counts. Speeches aside, none of them are worth a nickle.
Nobody is talking about this. Nobody. It is the Political Parties that are the locus of the money-power that comes from the oligarchs and the crony capitalists and all the globalist, would-be Fascists or would-be "Participative Dictators". Take out the Parties, and you take out 90% of the corruption and corrupting influence of the true ruling class hiding behind the scenery. Marxist-Leninists among them. Yes, there is such a thing as a rich Marxist. Most of them are rich; at least the ones who are most conscious of their own Marxism.
Useful Idiots, of course, don't even know they are Marxists.
The Constitution, like the Declaration it was built upon, is a set of Principles. The Parties are driven by agendas that have nothing to do with Principles, nor do they have anything to do with the Constitution, other than to get around it or bypass it or directly violate it. The Parties serve their big-money payers, power brokers and, actually, in practical reality, Party Owners. Unelected, unrepresentative, un-sworn to uphold the Constitution. But running the nation anyway, in spite of the Constitution.
Kind of like the USCCB. Kind of like a lot of the Bishops and Priests who are running Archdioceses, Dioceses and Parishes.
We the People have something to say about the political situation; we may have one more chance, if God is willing.
But We the Laymen can't do anything at all about the Church. Only Bishops can to anything about that.
Now, we have it on the very best authority that the Church will survive even this, although it's hard to see how large the Church might be when the test is over.
We have no such authoritative assurance regarding America.
Evil is advancing; decency is in retreat. The obstinate unrepentant sinners are now anathematizing the Christians, socially persecuting them and even legally prosecuting them. In America. Satan was allowed on the bus, and Satan is now driving the bus.
If you don't do something about it, don't count on anyone else.
His will be done.
Seek the Truth; find the Way; live the Life. Please God and live forever.
Added Thursday 07/30/2015.
Today's Vortex seemed appropriate to the topic. The Church's current approach to preaching and teaching appears to have more to do with a misguided marketing campaign or political campaign than it has to do with Objective Truth.
This approach is getting old and tiresome. An unmistakable identifying characteristic of Uber-Leftist, Super-Elitist "Experts" is the prideful inability to ever admit that they are or were ever wrong, to themselves or to anyone. This is true regardless of the subject or the discipline or area of supposed expertise. Assuming that the driving motive is more error than outright evil intent, the Uber-Leftist is unable, as opposed to unwilling, to ever admit to being wrong and changing course. Period.
They will keep flogging this dead horse and keep not getting anywhere, forever, and never admit to the truth. When all the flesh has rotted off of the dead horse's white bones, they will still keep flogging it, and still be making no progress, and still keep believing that this is the direction they want to go, and this is how to get there.
They just keep flogging, while the whole world swirls round the sewer.
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Date: Fri Jul 31 10:09:26 2015
Location: Austin, TX
Great read. Thank you. Church Militant recently had an episode on Hell that I found discouraging at first...Voris quoted many of our older brothers(saints) in the faith in regards to this subject. Many saints said that only a small fraction of people go to heaven from here and there and so forth, reiterating what Jesus told us about the wide road to hell. One of the staggering examples was a saint that said when he died alongside(I cant remember the number exactly) 30,000 others that day, that only 4-5 were saved! A couple went straight to heaven and the other few had to be purged. I am a scrupulous man and upon hearing this, I gotta admit, it made me feel hopeless and deterred somewhat. However, now that these Planned Parenthood videos have surfaced and you STILL have people defending this barbaric practice, I GET IT.....I understand now what our brothers were saying.
It made me realize I need to ask Mother to pray on my behalf for graces to trust Father more. Hearts of stone come to mind....Thanks again Vic for all your hard work you put in to convert souls. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless you and family.
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you; and you are on the right track. There is no indication in Scripture that more are saved than damned. Quite the opposite. It tells us that Satan was already condemned, and that the eternal fire was prepared for him and for his angels. But Satan is the prince of this world, and Satan will have his souls; he will not go alone into the fire.
People are so shocked at the moral depravity of these videos, but where has their shock been all the many, many years it has been going on? The whole purpose of so-called "partial birth" abortions is to "harvest" organs while the baby's heart is still beating. The whole purpose of the medical redefinition of clinical death to be a "flat" brain wave rather than a non-beating heart was to enable the "harvesting" of organs from a live human while the heart was still beating. For profit. That's it.
Because you can't get transplant-able or profitably useable tissue from a cadaver. That's the only reason for the redefinition of clinical death for all of us former fetuses lucky enough to have been born. Never check the little box that says "Organ Donor" on anything or you may wind up being "flat-lined" before your time, for profit, if you end up in some hospital at an opportune moment for some other patient.
Everywhere you look you see moral depravity and degradation among "normal" people with smiling faces. Everything the Marxocrat Party sponsors is either morally depraved or antithetical to Christianity, the Constitution, the Declaration, the very idea of America and everything American once stood for. It is a Marxist Party, and Marxism, in every piece, part and variation, is diametrically opposed to America and her Constitution. And the Republicrat Party does not oppose any of this in actual practice, conservative bloviating and blustering speeches aside.
Our Court, in it's majority, is utterly depraved, or they never could have decided such cases as Roe v Wade and the recent sodomite redefinition of marriage as they did. But that ain't all.
Libertarians and "Social Liberals" who politically avoid the moral issues, in so doing, allow them to grow and take over society as they are, and as they have. I can't decide whether these jerks are stupid or evil, but they most certainly are not Christian, or they would oppose the advance of evil. Whatever they are, they are not moral; they, too, are morally depraved, or they could not stand for this. No decent human being would stand for it.
I once wrote The Smiling Revolutionaries about the Marxist murderers so beloved by the Left today. What I need to write now is The Smiling Degenerates to highlight the utter depravity of so many "inclusive" and "tolerant" disgusting morons and fools who would like us all to gather with Satan himself in the name of politically correct nonjudgmentalism and social justice.
Thank you again, and peace, justice (of the real variety) and eternal life.
Date: Sat Aug 01 17:35:37 2015
There is something terribly wrong in and out of the Church. Many people do not see this for various reasons which plays into the devil's hands.
The Lepanto Institute for the Restoration of All Things in Christ is a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church against assaults from without as well as from within. Whether in the form of armies, heretics, or traitors, the Church has always faced enemies seeking Her destruction. Today, the Church faces all three.
Recently, Lepanto Institute asked the question: "Why Is the Vatican Pushing Communist Goals?"
Lepanto Institute, "This coming November, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Science is holding a workshop intended to figure out how to indoctrinate your children in the Sustainable Development Goals. This comes on the heels of the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations announcing “verbatim” support for the SDGs, and after Catholic Relief Services president, Dr. Carolyn Woo echoed Pope Francis’ call for support for the SDGs as well.
So, what are the Sustainable Development Goals? They’re a United Nations plan for the creation of a global socialist utopia thinly disguised as a poverty reduction program. They are the fruit born out of Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals and a host of other socialist programs developed by the United Nations.
In short, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the first step in achieving several of the goals laid out in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. In truth, these goals are Communist goals, through and through. Here’s a snap-shot of how specific portions of the SDGs line up with identified Communist goals" . . . Read more:
We are in an escalating battle like never I can remember which seeks to destroy everything good. The Church established by Christ and the family created by God are especially being attacked. May God give us all His Grace to wake up, unite and fight the good fight according to His will against all evil in the ways we can with wisdom, courage and perseverance. Keep up the good work in shining the truth. Please put in a good word about Lepanto Institute.
Date: Sun Aug 02 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
I am happy to recommend the Lepanto Institute. A link to them is in in my recommended links page.
I have long been aware of the evil leaning of the UN, along with the intentions of the predominantly Marxist-leaning and predominantly Islamic-leaning nations that form a double-majority in it, its morally depraved and scientifically fraudulent NGOs (Non-Government Entities) and it's ever increasingly corrupt leadership.
The UN has become an evil organization, predominantly funded by us.
The very idea of "sustainable development" is a joke, or it would be, if so many weren't fooled by it. The earth is perfectly capable of sustaining itself without the UN, or Superman, or anyone else.
But I am even more concerned about what the true nature of this Pope might be. The more time goes by since his election, the more he says and does, the worse he appears to be.
Date: Sun Aug 02 23:10:58 2015
"Due to the ever growing Priest shortages everywhere (except in the pitifully few dioceses that never watered down original doctrine)"
What dioceses do not have priest shortages?
Date: Mon Aug 03 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
I still remember the lethargic effort in my own Archdiocese involving representatives from all the Parish Councils. What we planned for was not to change the trajectory of the declining seminary numbers, but to "prepare" the Parishes for the "inevitable" declining numbers of Priests. Clusters and Regions of Churches sharing one Pastor and so forth. Never ending. I will never forget it. The "projections" were for x numbers of diocesan Priests by some date; x minus y by some later date, etc.
When I asked the inevitable question, "When counting backwards as we are, what number comes after the number 1?" and having the question studiously ignored, talked over and the subject rapidly changed. Why, we could never have no Priests, no, things would turn around before then, was the brush-off.
How? I saw no effort aimed at turning it around, other than praying.
That whole archdiocesan program was, in my opinion, a psychological exercise rather than a practical real-world problem-solving project. The whole "Gate-Keeping" and heterodoxy-strengthening effort was to continue the decline. What else could it have been?
The true hidden twin goals, in my opinion, were to increase lay acceptance of the ideas of the elimination of the Priestly celibacy rule, and of female ordinations to the Priesthood.
And, again, in my opinion, both of those goals, if ever fulfilled, would further accelerate the decline in ordinations. Severely.
And maybe that was the real goal.
Date: Mon Aug 03 06:14:25 2015
Thank you for recommending Lepanto Institute, Vic.
They do excellent research which I don't expect the wolves in sheep's clothing to police themselves.
Lepanto Institute has, also, done extensive Research on Catholic organizations going against Catholic teaching.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been a source of controversy and has a history of funding organization that promote abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and Marxism and some have even given funds to Planned Parenthood or distributed condoms. The CCHD continues to deny any wrongdoing, despite the mountain of evidence against it. Read more:
Catholic Relief Services: Over the course of the past few years, several organizations have investigated Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partnerships. In these investigations, CRS has been found to be intimately involved, either directly or indirectly, in the promotion of abortion and contraception. A brief history of some of the serious concerns faithful Catholics have had regarding CRS is listed - read more:
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations operating in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Among its members are Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and CORDAID.
Caritas Internationalis was discovered in November of 2014 to be on the governing body of an international pro-abortion, pro-homosexuality and Communist organization called the World Social Forum. The following video provides the details of this discovery. Read more:
Date: Mon Aug 03 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Lepanto Institute has been among my links for a long time now. Agree with all your points. Have come to the point where, if it is recommended by the USCCB, I assume going in that it is most likely anti-Catholic, anti-American, and at least mildly Marxist.
Date: Mon Aug 03 06:22:18 2015
In helping to defend holy sacramental marriage and the family, I recommend a booklet titled Preferential Option for the Family - One Hundred Questions and One Hundred Answers Regarding the Synod written by three Bishops.
#77 Question asks: How come some Synod Fathers have insisted on proposing the admission of the divorced and remarried to Communion?
Answer: Even in the Church, many are seduced by the subjective idea that everyone has an equal right to everything, and to deny a possibility granted to others is unacceptable discrimination. But receiving Communion is not a "human right" and therefore the Church can deny it to those who do not qualify for being incapable or unworthy . . . .
To read the rest of the answer to #77 you need to get the booklet
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
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Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in
thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life:
and few there are that find it! Beware of false prophets, who come to you in
the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Jesus Christ; Matt 7:13-15
This group of links
show articles exposing the infiltration of evil into the Church, larger
Christianity, the American government, Political Parties, the larger
Culture, and Western Civilization
The Infiltration of Evil Pages
Showing how Evil advances in culture by one little "accommodation" at a time, to the point where supposedly good men of high stature eventually come to support it under other names, through corrupted language.
On Cultural Desensitization to Strategies of Cultural Destruction. The systematic psychological desensitization of a nation's citizenry to the reality of mortal threats to nations.
The Infiltration of Evil Pages highlight the hidden advance of our cultural destruction. Mighty nations, invincible in battle, may be taken down by slow parasitic infiltration of evil.
On the Coming Total Global Reset. This Global Reset will touch every aspect of human life, and nothing will be the same again.
Gay Marriage: What the hell is gay about it? It isn't Gay Marriage, it's Homosexual Marriage. If you surrender the language you lose.
Disorder and Confusion from the White House. And from the Vatican, too? The growing disorder in Obama's America, and in Pope Francis' Catholic Church.
The "Top Down" Catholic Revolution by Bishops Against Established Doctrine. The "Bottom Up" Catholic Revolution by Laymen For Established Doctrine.
Anathematizing anathema: the predictable result of the denial of evil. In a world that denies the existence of evil, anathematizing anathema itself is the only anathema allowed.
On Glorious Adult Judgmentalism, and Our Disastrous Loss Of It. The desire to "Find Common Ground" precipitates our slow, steady, sure decline into pure evil.
The Grand Conspirators, gathering riches and power through treachery and deceit. The Grand Conspirators behind collapsing currencies, environmental panic, social revolution and the end of nations.
Farewell America? No friendly nation will bid "Farewell America" as we go under, for all friendly nations will be too preoccupied with their own deadly emergencies.
American Faith: What it was in the beginning, what it is now, what it should be. If Modern American Faith is not to be Christian, then, what exactly is it to be? Nothingness?
The cultural road to Sodom: Wide, smooth, straight and downhill all the way. Asking the questions, is America already the New Sodom, and is there any way back to simple decency?
Property = Wealth = A Penny Saved = A Fundamental Human Civil Right. Wealth Redistribution = confiscating private property from those who earned it to benefit those who did not earn it.
What does income inequality, or any inequality, have to do with morality? When did we become so stupid? Income inequality, wealth gaps, etc., are not moral issues.
Imperfect Cliven Bundy v. all the Perfect White Commentators. Perfection is not of this world, but the next; unless you're a White Journalist, Pundit or Commentator.
The Class Warfare Lies of "Social Justice" infecting theology and philosophy. Most every time Social Justice is invoked, you are about to hear some Class Warfare Lies.
Decision Point: Will You (We) Stand in Truth, or Lay Down with The World? The exact same Decision Point at which Nineveh was saved, and Sodom and Gomorrah were lost.
On Common Law and the Constitution. What, exactly, is Common Law?
The Contraception Perversion: The Deep Root Cause of All Sexual Perversions. Every form of sexual perversion has its roots in the original perversion of Artificial Contraception.
How many "Practicing" Catholics are really only Lip Service Catholics? Lip Service Catholics like to look Catholic and sound Catholic, but they are fraudulent Catholics.
"Unfettered Capitalism" does not exist; so why is the term so popular? Unfettered Capitalism is a nonsensical term. The moment it is fettered it is no longer Capitalism.
Do detractors even know what Trickle Down economic theory is? Those who condemn Trickle Down economic theory either don't understand it, or they are trying to fool someone.
Marching nations into the Great Collective under the banner of Social Justice. Does Social Justice mean collective property, collective labor, collective rights and collective salvation?
Presenting Yankee Economics to Ranking Catholic Churchmen and others unfamiliar. Yankee Economics 101: A light description for those who never experienced it.
Wayward bishops and complicit journalists corrupted Catholic culture. Evil grew as a leaven in the clergy and corrupted Catholic culture from within.
Establishment Democrats, Establishment Republicans, and Establishment Bishops? Supposedly Catholic, Inside-the-Beltway, Big Government, Progressive, Establishment Bishops.
On the Objective Reality of God, Objective Reality versus Subjective Empiricism, which holds that Reality is subject to Human Perception.
Death to the Church of Nice. Long Live the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Religion in Culture: the vitally important factor no longer recognized today. Secularists oppose religion in culture. But then, secularists oppose both religion and culture.
Cardinal Dolan's Church of Sodomy: destroying New York Catholicism from the top. Cardinal Dolan is doing to New York Catholicism exactly what Comrade President Obama (peace be upon him) is doing to Constitutional America.
The Culture of Death always wears a false but alluringly innocent smiley face. The Culture of Death, where Madam Hillary loves Scripture and your Living Will won't necessarily kill you.
Thinking of Bai MacFarlane and the upcoming Synod on the Family. Whatever emanates from the Synod, the Bai MacFarlane family tragedy brings it all into proper focus.
Incremental Tyranny advances as we Tea Party-ers cheer our imagined victories. How we always greet more Incremental Tyranny with a cheer, a whoop and a happy-dance.
Catholic American Treason: Bishops join Republcrats in Obamunist treason. Bishops participate in the destruction of American sovereignty, in acts of Catholic American Treason.
On The Evil One's Mal-Formed Compassion and Malignant Mercy. In malignant mercy we see that evil and untruth can infiltrate and commandeer even the virtues.
Promoting Moral Depravity: the popular sport of the intellectual elites. Almost no one knows they are promoting moral depravity, but almost everyone is.
The Pathological Liars of the Left. What do common criminals, Marxists and Moslems have most in common? They are all pathological liars.
Disinformation differs from miss-information by being deliberate and deceptive. Deliberate Disinformation moves America and the World deeper and deeper into error.
Evil is, definitively, Falsehood; Evil is the Opposite of permanent Truth. Evil convincingly argues Religion out of Politics in this temporary, passing world, where Satan reigns.
On the Stupidity of Evil, and the Connection between Evil and Stupidity. Evil is Opposition to God, and Opposition to God is just Glaring Stupidity.
Truth Denial: Über-elitist, high intellectual, super sophisticated Stupidity. Evil = Falsehood; the opposite of Truth. It is not possible to oppose reality and not be stupid.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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