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Vic Biorseth, OWM; Friday,
October 04, 2013
Lip Service Catholics may look Catholic and sound Catholic, but they are fraudulent Catholics; some of them knowingly so, most of them not. Like the trick-shop wind-up false teeth, you wind them up, and they say Catholic stuff, until the spring winds down and you wind them up again. Most of today's Catholic laymen are
Popular cultural and social error has probably crept into your church too, perhaps while you were not paying attention, or perhaps with your support and cooperation, whether knowingly or otherwise.
We have elsewhere talked about American "political" ecumenism that arose from our unique and exceptional American national nature. America was born of the desire for the freedom of Christian worship; she was thus born a Christian nation, but a multi - denominational Christian nation. Each denomination tolerated and even supported the others, finding strong kinship in their common belief in the same one and only God, and in their common Christian morality. They shared the same cultural ethos.
However, Protestant denominations continued to split into more and more denominations, and, perhaps more importantly, they "evolved" completely new and foreign doctrines, while they modified and even eliminated old ones. Being that Protestantism began life by splitting off from the Church Christ founded and moving away from the one true source of original doctrine, we can see that the newest denominations and the newest doctrinal interpretations are farther and farther away from the original Revelation.
Ordinarily, this should be no real surprise. It is the job (or one vitally important job) of the Church to protect and preserve unchanged the original Gospel message and the whole of the Creed we profess, throughout all of time. And, it is the purpose of the Protestant movement to reinterpret it, change it or replace it. That's what the argument between the original Church and Protestantism is all about.
But it is not Protestantism alone that has gone soft, and even gone off the tracks in some areas. Many old-timers among American Catholics today lament the loss of Latin, the loss of chant, the insertion of Protestant music into the sacred liturgy, the casual treatment of the Eucharist, the turning of the Altar, holding hands during the Lord's Prayer, etc., etc., etc. Listen, that stuff, while still important, is peanuts compared to the other areas where Catholicism has gone soft in America. I believe much of it is due to our unique form of political ecumenism; the larger, outside, atheist - syncretist - secularist culture has found a way to be the yeast that modifies us, rather than the other way round.
The terrible thing about that is the fact that belief itself takes a back seat to every issue in the realm of political America today. If that were not true, then such things as aborting people and homosexual marriage would not be universally promoted in pop-culture, sponsored by a major national political Party and promoted as worthwhile political goals worthy of championing. What we wind up with, ultimately, is a sick, twisted indifferentism and syncretism.
I'm-OK you're-OK Religion, in which anything goes, and all religions are seen to be sort of co-equal. It doesn't matter what you believe so long as you believe in something and it's even OK if you believe in nothing.
This is, of course, religious stupidity. It is even suicidal. Getting in bed with Moslems, for instance, means getting in bed with your own future murderers. Getting chummy with Satanists or Wica practitioners means getting chummy with people who's religious doctrine requires them to torture animals, among other things, and desecrate our Churches, holy objects and places.
All religions are not the same.
It does matter what you believe.
There is such a thing as evil, including organized evil.
Catholics and Protestants alike are falling into the mortal sins of indifference and syncretism. You may not be indifferent to the name of Jesus Christ. Syncretism - an endless blending of religions - may be perfectly acceptable in India, but this is not India; this is America. We have a different ethos.
Gathering with unrepentant obstinate sinners is pretty close to actually being an unrepentant obstinate sinner yourself. You will become your friends. Your habits and your associations and your activities will form you. Jesus ate with sinners, but they were repentant sinners; they were converted. Remember what He said to the woman caught in adultery: Go ye and sin no more. He came to redeem them from their sins, not to join them in their sins. Catholics and Protestants alike who politically champion mortal sin are actually apostates in disguise.
Nancy Pelosi typifies what we're talking about here. She sponsors, promotes, champions and defends the worst abominations in American political and legal life, while she poses as a practicing Catholic. She is the worst kind of a liar. She is a Catholic poseur. She is helping to lead her Democrat Party voter-base, which is The Moron Vote, right straight down the wide, easy, downhill path into hell, and now, under Obamunism, larger America is in very real danger of going to hell with them. And the SLIMC1 , acting as the Democrat Party's Propaganda Wing, is supporting the journey all they can. They are all, after all, MEJTML14 s.
We have spoken elsewhere herein of how the old racism of the historically racist Democrat Party has morphed into what I have called the New Racism, and what Rush and others have called The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations. Well, some of that may have crept into the thought patterns of American Catholic bishops, in their view of their own flocks.
They don't expect too much from us, because we are not too bright.
That's what it looks like to me. You don't see them correcting us much when we go astray, do you? That's odd; neither do I. That might explain why we seem to have lost the track of the simplest, lowest fundamentals of our own faith. Forget the big stuff for the moment; do we Catholic laymen even know what the difference is between us and non-Catholics? I'm not talking about fallen-away Catholics; I'm talking about you and me, and the person next to you in the pew every (or most) Sunday(s).
The Seven Precepts of the Church
Odds are pretty good that you either
Again, we are talking about falling into mortal sin here. It is a mortal sin to miss Mass without a good reason. The odds are 50-50 or worse that the person next to you in the pew either doesn't know that, or doesn't believe it. Missing Mass is no big deal any more. The odds are closer to 9 out of 10 that the person next to you in the pew does not abstain from meat on Fridays, and doesn't give up anything else in place of abstaining from meat either.
How many, including yourself, do you think are cognizant of the fact that Catholics are called to not only hear the Word, but to speak it? It is a requirement of the faith. It goes along with being Catholic. By not following any of the precepts of the faith, we move out of grace and into sin. How many Catholics today even think about that?
None of these precepts have changed or been abrogated. They are rules of the Church, established under the authority of the Church to bind and loose, granted by Christ Himself, to all the Apostles in Matt 18:18, and to Peter alone in Matt 16:19. He would not have given them this power if He did not intend for them to use it.
Yet today we see Catholic laymen lackadaisical in their faith, committing mortal sin and still coming forth to the the Communion Rail, adding sacrilege to their sins, seemingly oblivious to the importance of the simplest and most foundational principles of their own faith.
How many fully practicing Catholics think artificial contraception is more of a personal choice than a doctrine to be obediently followed? How many "feel" that abortion is less a matter of Church doctrine than a personal matter of a woman's right to choose to abort someone else? How many "feel" that divorce and remarriage, or non-sacramental marriage, or even cohabitation, are "personal" decisions, private matters, that should be outside the pervue of the Church?
The teaching has not changed.
America is burning down around our ears, and I'm going on about Lip-Service Catholicism. Why?
America is nothing without the Christian foundation of the nation.
When we look at the history of America within the larger history of nations, we re-learn what Madison, Jefferson, Tocqueville and others warned about. Not only the greatness, but even the very survival of the American form of representative Republic was and is absolutely dependent upon two very critical things:
Both of those absolute requirements of the free American citizenry have been and are being systematically destroyed by anti-American pro-Marxist formal education, anti-American pro-Marxist propaganists disguised as journalists and commentators, and anti-American pro-Marxist professional politicians.
We can thank the anti-American pro-Marxist art of community organizing.
Compartmentalizing our faith was the beginning of our national downfall. "Compartmentalizing" different areas of our life seems, at first glance, to be a good thing. The ideas that say, what happens at work stays at work; what happens in the home stays at home; what happens between friends stays between friends, etc. You don't want to bring work home; you don't want to bring family problems to the office; all that seems good. But our Christian faith cannot properly be compartmentalized.
If you are a Catholic, then you are a Catholic in Church, at work, at home, at play, and everywhere you go, and everything you do. You are Catholic when you sleep, when you awake, when you eat, when you travel, when you work, when you rest, and when you lay down again. Your faith has to be awake in you all day long, every day. You cannot ever put it aside. It is against your religion to put your religion aside, ever.
You must be Catholic even in the voting booth, even in the jury box, even at the political rally, even from the bully pulpit, even when arguing politics and issues. Always. Everywhere. In all company.
When Protestantism goes astray from the original revelation, someone needs to be prepared to argue and reason in the direction of religious sanity, and we Catholics are it. If nobody ever stands up and argues for the Truth, large T, then the Truth will ultimately become the truth, small t, in the minds of men. If we don't somehow get back to being a "good people" as Tocqueville once described us, then, perhaps we deserve to "burn down."
What lit my fire on this topic is a new series of talks by Michael Voris of ChurchMilitant.TV regarding the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church. When you look at this crisis, you see that it parallels the ongoing crisis in America, pertaining to the increasing peril to the actual continuation of American national existence. To my eye, they - the Catholic crisis, and the American crisis - are one and the same crisis. Michael, quite properly, lays the blame for the crisis in faith at the lukewarm feet of the Bishops. The Tea Party, quite properly, lays the blame for the crisis in America at the lukewarm feet of the Republican Party.
But each crisis feeds and magnifies the other.
I'm just going to put links to the series right here, and see what you think. Am I nuts, or is the lackadaisical attitude of the Bishops pretty much the same as the lackadaisical attitude of our elected representatives? How about the view from the Protestants? Is their teaching cooling off, too?
Let me know.
The 5 parts of the Demolition of the Faith series:
If the Tea Party is now big enough and organized enough to light a fire under the asses of some of our supposed representatives in government, I'm wondering if there are enough Catholics out there, and perhaps enough Protestants, and perhaps enough Jews, to light similar fires under the asses of priests, ministers, rabbis and bishops.
Now, the Church is no democracy, nor is she any sort of representative republic; we laymen have nothing to say about doctrine or theology or proper interpretation of Revelation. However, with the lion's share of all of that solidly recorded in Scripture and in Catechisms, and openly available to us all, we can see immediately when our religious leaders are falling down on the job. And they are. Big time.
Maybe if we can fire a few of them up, they might embarrass their brothers into properly fulfilling their responsibility for proper teaching of the faith in their particular Churches.
Bottom line,America is not going anywhere worth going without God.
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Date: Sat Oct 05 22:35:21 2013
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Date: Sun Oct 06 09:35:39 2013
From: Mariann/Mary's Child
Date: Wed Oct 09 05:32:08 2013
From: Vic Biorseth
Watched another video last night, and though I should share it with you. The elder Voris expresses how Marcie and I feel exactly. If are Catholic, and if you are our age or older, you will know that these words are true.
We wonder if the bishops are proud of themselves.
Date: Sun Oct 13 10:56:51 2013
From: Joan Boulio
Location: Dexter,/NY / USA
Thank you for writing your articles. Are you familiar with Garabandal? Mary said many cardinals,bishops and priests are on the road to perdition taking many souls with them. Akita Japan apparitions have been approved by the church. If only we could be consecrated to Jesus thru Mary.
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014
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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
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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
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