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Vic Biorseth, Tuesday, July
A commonly held moral code is what forms a distinct and identifiable People, and a distinct and identifiable People is what forms a Nation. Until the Protestant Reformation, all of Western Civilization was Roman Catholic. There was always a tension between Popes and Kings; generally, Popes crowned Kings, but stayed out of civil politics other than to advise and consent or admonish. Sometimes Kings tried to crown or somehow control Popes, but none dared to try to control the religion itself. Until Luther.
Fr. Luther's original disobedience unleashed the infamous Peasant's Revolt, lead by Munzer, which was the first skirmish in the long, horrible World War that history would record as The Reformation. You can read the details of this long and bloody war in For God and Country. It was Luther's own fiery rhetoric that incited Munzer and the Peasants to violence; but when he could not control them and he began to fear them himself, he turned to the Princes and Nobles to crush his own rebellion. With his "inspirational" rhetoric to the Princes, he invented a new maxim to add to the new Lutheran creed:
With all the cathedrals, churches, monasteries, convents and lands available for the taking and personal possessing, the Princes were off and running, and the World War was on. This was Western Civilization's first experience with a radical combination of Church and State. It was rule of Man, not rule of law; nothing new there. But, after the Reformation, a man - a Noble - ruled not only the civil order, but the religious order as well. A mere man became master of all aspects of life in Europe's new kingdoms and noble domains.
The first Colonists came to America specifically and precisely to get away from the radical combination of Church and State. They came here to worship as they saw fit, regardless of the authority of any Noble. Despite their overwhelming infection with the primary heresies of Luther - Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide - the Colonists sought a return to the original Catholic system of separate authorities for civil law and religious law. But without a Pope.
The lack of one single religious authority was the serious flaw that, in America's new religious freedom, would put Protestant Denominationalism on steroids, resulting in untold thousands of profitable new and newer denominations, just as fast as they could be interpreted or imagined into being.
Even in her imperfection, once the American nation was "Constituted" into a Republic, she became the world's first nation of laws and not of mere men. Men come and go, but the law remains. So the Political side of America had come perhaps as close as any worldly thing can come to perfection. But what about the religious side?
Forced secularism of American society began with an unconstitutional and therefore illegal action of the Supreme Court, in establishing the "Constitutional Principle" of Separation of Church and State. In a deliberate gross mal-interpretation of the First Amendment, the Court put legal restrictions on the Government, the various Churches and the people that were never intended by the writers of the First Amendment, and that cannot be found in the simple English wording of the religion clause of the Amendment.
Very simple, nothing to it. Two restrictions are placed upon the government, and no restrictions whatsoever are placed on the citizenry. Those two restrictions on the government are:
That's it. Anything beyond that is a violation of the Constitution, and a violation of the Oath of Office of any officer of the federal government.
Nevertheless, with that unrepresentative, un-legislated, Court invented New Law, the American government began to secularize - that is, religiously cleanse - itself, the public square, and the American people. Through tax policy and IRS rules, through arguably unconstitutional funding of schools and universities, the federal government began imposing a religion - either atheism or the appearance of atheism - upon the whole nation. It was the beginning of the "put your religion aside" movement in certain areas of human activity. The classroom, the workplace, the public square, the government office, etc.
If you are a Christian, putting your religion aside is against your religion.
The evil ideology of Karl Marx, who considered religion to be the "opiate of the masses", was driving the State Forced Secularism religious denominational bus long before the American Supreme Court got on board.
Marxism operates on both sides of the religion-politics nexus. While it seeks to crush religion on the one side, it also raises Munzer's rabid anti-authoritarianism and anti-institutionalism to new levels on the political side, insisting on a brutally enforced egalitarianism, while pretending to be "humanitarian" and "fair".
Marxist ideology now drives one of America's two great political Parties, the Marxocrat Party, and it has made major inroads into the other one, the Republicrat Party. The agendas of both Parties are so distracted with worldly things, frauds and falsehoods, and supposed "humanitarian" needs that neither of them support or even recognize the Constitution they are sworn to uphold.
The humanitarian false-face of Marxism has, to some degree, seduced many ranking Catholic clerics, Popes included. We first spoke of this in Papal Globalism, and it now appears that Pope Francis is considerably deeper under the influence of Marxism's humanitarian spell. I don't think he recognizes it for the mortal enemy that it is. Vietnam taught America - or should have taught America - that the enemy most likely to take you out is the enemy who is not recognized as an enemy. The enemy who has convinced you that he is your friend.
That is why I so despise the lie, and attack falsehood on sight.
In Vietnam, the deceptive Viet Cong terrorists moved freely among the people, appearing to be other than what they were. In America, at the same time, Communist activists and propagandists moved freely among the politicians, and among the journalists and commentators, and among the entertainment-celebrity news makers, and among teachers and academics, appearing to be other than what they were. Inciting the riots in the streets of America that ultimately lost the war, they advanced the cause of Marxism at the expense of human liberty, and at the cost of untold thousands of lives. All based on lies and deception. On unrecognized treachery.
The only clear and unambiguous statements Pope Francis has issued all have to do with either achieving global egalitarianism through global government, or global action to save the world from man-caused environmental disaster, or "unsustainable" over-use of limited resources, or horrible pollution, failure to recycle, etc. All notions born of or co-opted by the flagrant lies and open frauds of Marxism, aimed at government control of all human activity, and government control of all human beings, including the Pope. That's the future New Word Order Pope Francis is cooperating with Marxism to create, knowingly or otherwise.
This is clouded thinking, at the very least.
What Pope Francis is promoting, but not in these words, is the legally forced redistribution of earned income, and the legally forced redistribution of legitimately held wealth. Which is to say, private property. The end of private property in favor of communal property. We tried that here, in Colonial Communism; it didn't work. It never does. It never has. It cannot.
But, what Pope Francis and "humanitarian" Marxists fail to recognize is that that is not even the ultimate goal of Marxism. Humanitarianism is only the lure. Power is the goal. Control. Totalitarianism. On a global scale. If and when any global totalitarian New World Order comes into being, Satan will rule it. It is his world, after all.
Humanitarian Marxism pushes such economic absurdities as, for instance, minimum wage laws, and right to work laws, as "moral" issues.
If you establish work as a human right, then you must find and order someone to supply all the jobs, whether they like it or not. The only people who will be able to obey such orders, eventually, will be people running governments. So, universal right to work means, eventually, absolute government control and employment of all work.
A legally set wage violates the natural laws of supply and demand, which automatically and naturally set the prices of everything, including labor. If you artificially set the price of labor to produce a good or service without considering the price of raw materials and tools, and without considering market demand for the finished product, you will eventually be forced to fix the prices of raw materials, tools, and finished product, or, go out of business. So, eventually, the government that employs everyone will also set the prices of everything.
It is a falsehood that Americans won't do the work criminal aliens now do. It is illegal for Americans to work below legal minimum wage. If it were legal, they would work. Many Americans do work, illegally, off the record and off the grid, solely because of the insufferable existing myriad of government employment, wage, benefit and tax laws and bureaucratic regulations. Can anyone blame them?
Neither Religion nor Politics should be controlling the free market.
These are economic, not moral issues; we should leave nature alone.
Clarity goes away when we turn to the Catholic view of immoral behaviors. Pope Francis says we should be less fixated and obsessed with such issues as "abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods", and concentrate our efforts more on the essentials of the Gospel and the missionary mission of the Church.
I don't know whether this represents ignorance of or acquiescence to the predominant types of scandalous public mortal sinners who are now fully participating in Catholic Sacramental life in America and probably everywhere else in the world. While granting that this was not a crystal clear statement of the Pope, it certainly seems that these particular moral issues should be addressed in perfectly crystal clear language, one way or the other.
Protestantism has already been down this trail. Germany's Cardinal Kaspar is not breaking any new ground promoting divorce and remarriage in the Church; the Church of England, under Henry the Eighth, was founded on divorce and remarriage. That's the whole basis for the denomination, and the sole reason that it exists. Is that the direction we now want the whole Catholic Church to go?
So it is with contraception. Are we to follow the lead of Protestantism? Now, our own Supreme Court, sworn to uphold the Constitution, has unconstitutionally declared homosexual "marriage" to be a "constitutional" civil right. Would we be considered obsessed with the mortal sinfulness and glaring immorality of it if we continued to resist this social march toward hell?
Where, exactly, are all of our Bishops leading us?
I'm just asking the question that nobody seems to want to answer.
Added Friday 7/24/2015
Worth Fighting For
This latest from Church Militant exemplifies what we all should be doing. If we are serious about our faith, we need to say it, out loud, and live it, and take the consequences, and just keep saying it and living it. Do we believe what we say we believe, or not?
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While Popes enjoy the charism of Infallibility when teaching on faith and morals, as established in the unchanging Deposit of Faith, they remain human, and imperfect, as was Peter and the original Apostles. Popes can err when not teaching on faith and morals, and whenever speaking on matters outside the Deposit of Faith. Two of these areas, particularly troubling in these days, involve Papal favor shown to areas of Godless Marxist ideology, and to the belligerent, invasive, domineering and menacing false religion of Islam.
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Will Pope Francis become a Self Deposing Pope? "The pope himself, if notoriously guilty of heresy, would cease to be pope because he would cease to be a member of the Church."--Catholic Encyclopedia
Red Pope Francis and the KGB's Liberation Theology. The Russian KGB developed "Liberation Theology" as another path to Global Revolution. Pope Francis may be a victim of it, or, he may be a perpetrator of it.
Vatican War: Are we witnessing a Papal Melt Down? Pope Francis and the "Spirit Of Vatican II" Cardinals now openly attacking Orthodox Cardinals in the now open-to-public-view Vatican War.
On the Question of Papal Deposability. Asking whether Bishops may actually Depose a Pope for Heresy. Is there even such a thing as Papal Deposability?
Dubiosity (my word) in Francis' Papacy: The Five Dubia. Pope Francis feeds Papal Dubiosity through indecisiveness, vague language and official pronouncements left open to wildly varying interpretation.
Pope Francis and the deepening and worsening Catholic Civil War. Letter asking Pope Francis to step down: Can we really do that? Has it been done before? And is Pope Francis even Catholic?
There is No Hell, because Pope Francis said so. Right? "No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!" --Pope Francis
Popephobia: A Catholic Mental Disorder. (I think I have it.) Popephobia is related to American Obamaphobia, and German Merkelphobia. They are all closely related social disorders. (Could they be a Social WMD?)
The Blind Guides leading Western Civilization toward the pit of Human Barbarity. "Establishment" Party Members and "Establishment" USCCB Bishops are not all Evil Traitors; most of them are Deceived Blind Guides.
Unreason in the Church: Who Is Evangelizing Who? On Unreasoned Gathering with Sinners: Who is Converting Who? Is the Church committing "Merciful" Suicide?
Loosey-Goosey Theology, Wishy-Washy Leadership, and Anything Goes Culture. Pope Francis' Exhortation, Obamunist Cultural Diversity, LGBTQP+ "Sophisticated" Social Engineering, and "Whatever" Global Culture.
Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism? The veil of mystery over the Council’s omitting any reference to Communism has gradually been lifted
I must oppose the pope on globalism, but not on faith and morals. Recent comments of the pope on globalism, calling for a world political authority, is absolutely the last thing the world needs.
The Smoke of Satan is in the Church in America; has it reached the Vatican too? The Smoke of Satan conceals the true object of the Progressive Agenda.
On the "inevitability" of a Perfect Global Government in a "New World Order". Is this "New World Order" idea divinely inspired, or is it the ongoing work of Satan?
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and Evangelizing for World Communism. Evangelii Gaudium started out on Catholic Evangelism, but ended up Evangelizing World Communism.
The Treacherous Global Delusions of Marxism-Leninism. Is Pope Francis a duped "Useful Idiot" of Marxism, is he Delusional, or is he actually In On It?
Musings on the deep treachery of the most trusted among us. Deep Treachery: Were they all deceiving us from the beginning, or did they somehow "turn" after being raised to positions of trust?
Crony-Catholicism? Really? The USCCB is advancing Obamunism? Say it ain't so, Joe! It's bad enough that we now have so many Marxified Bishops, but now they actually act against the faith?
Cliff Kincaid interviewed Vic on TV about Pope Francis and his Marxism. Addressing Marxist and Islamic ideology creeping into Catholicism.
If Francis is a Communist Pope, how does that affect Catholic Faith and Morals? Exploring the links between Comrade Obama (peace be upon him), Pope Francis and Communist Cuba.
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On the Vague Anti Authoritarianism of Pope Francis And the Relationship between Vague Anti Authoritarianism in High Places and Moral Depravity in Culture
Do we have an anti-American Pope? A Pro-Obama, Anti-Capitalist, Redistributionist, Utopian, Pro-Illegal Alien, quite consistently Anti-American, Pope Francis?
Delusional Pope Francis, molding world culture into one undefinable hodgepodge. Does the Pope want International Communism, or just a border-less, all inclusive, nonsensical, global non-culture?
The Religion Politics Nexus: If the Religion is not true, Politics become evil. For Martin Luther, Politics drove Religion. For Pope Francis, Religion drives Politics. Or does it?
Pope Francis just said WHAT? Excuse me? Can anyone out there help me reconcile what Pope Francis just said with Catholic Revealed Truth?
Marxists running the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Science? Died in the wool Marxists in the Vatican's P.A.S.S. No wonder Pope Francis favors the Socializing Frauds of "Sustainable Development", "Climate Change", etc.
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.
Pope Francis receives an Open Letter calling for his Papal Resignation. "Year of Mercy" begins with an Open Letter: An Urgent Appeal to Pope Francis to Either Change Course or Renounce the Petrine Office.
Globalist Pope Francis' Marxist Program to End All Sovereign Nations. Our Globalist Pope leads the attack on all National Sovereignty to bring an end to all national borders in favor of Total Global Disorder, ostensibly for the good of the Planet and the Poor.
Looking more closely at Pope Francis' chosen Papal Pals. If a critter walks like a duck, talks like a duck and is constantly seen in the company of other ducks, the logical conclusion is that he most probably is a duck.
Globalist Stupidassism in the Vatican. Globalist Fraud after Hoax after Scam, all promoted in the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences "Workshop on Biological Extinction."
On the new (to me) heresy of Popalitry. False belief that a Pope can do no wrong leads to Pope Worship.
Do we have a Diabolically Controlled Pope? Every time he opens his mouth, he makes himself a fool.
The Dubia Aftermath shows that Pope Francis still doesn't get it. Non-response to the Dubia means a Warning; non-response to that means a second Warning, and finally, a non-Pope Council to depose the Pope.
"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
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