Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Msgr. Charles Pope: The Blind Leading the Blind

Msgr. Charles Pope, along with his fellow trads/conservatives, has railed against the COVID-19 restrictions, and has even condemned those who have not immediately returned to Mass of being "lukewarm Catholics."

Msgr. Pope now has the opportunity to put his money where his mouth has been because he has just tested positive for COVID-19.

Interestingly, although the secular news media has reported extensively on Msgr. Pope ("A pastor who told congregants not to be afraid of the coronavirus was hospitalized with COVID-19"), the only Catholic blogs I have seen report it are John Zuhlsdorf and Deacon Greg Kandra.  Per usual, if the news does not fit into the radical right's version of reality - which, more often than not, does not correspond to actual reality - they just pretend it doesn't exist.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Love's in need of Love today

I John 4:20-21
If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
I John 4:7-8:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.
Seems there are not a whole lot of people who know or love God today.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

If You Are A Conservative, You Are Probably Not Christian, Part II

To conserve means basically to protect the status quo, to defend against change.  The dictionary defines Conservative as "holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion." In our political world today, Conservatives vehemently oppose change and denounce any questioning of conservative traditions and authority as evil.

Many American Conservatives, unlike their liberal counterparts, also self identify as Christians, meaning they claim to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. However, one has to wonder if any of these Conservative Christians have actually read the New Testament, because the Gospel stories make it very clear that if He walked the earth today, Jesus Christ, as I will show, would completely disavow all political movements and parties, including the Conservative movement.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Murder of George Floyd Reveals A System Evil To Its Core

We are living in completely unprecedented times.  Never have we witnessed worldwide protests to a single event as we have seen with the George Floyd murder.  

I am old enough to remember the civil rights struggles and race riots of the 1960s along with the anti-war protests.   

I remember 1968 when it seemed riots were happening somewhere in America for almost the entire summer.  

I remember the beating of Rodney King, the subsequent trial and acquittal of the officers involved in that beating and the tension felt around the nation while we watched Los Angeles burn.  We have all seen the horrific videos in recent years of unarmed black men and women dying at the hands of police.  And there have been protests against many of these killings.  

But never, never, never have I seen such a widespread and unified response not only in the United States but around the world as we have witnessed in reaction to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  As I write this, we have seen almost two straight weeks of protest in the United States, even in the face of a pandemic, with no signs of stopping.  

What is different?

Monday, May 25, 2020

If You Are A Conservative, You Probably Aren't Christian

The dictionary definition of a conservative is: "a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics."

A conservative is someone who wants to preserve the status quo.  New or innovative ways and beliefs are evil and must be resisted.   Conservatives live their lives by looking in the rear view mirror.  A Conservative's goal in life is to preserve his way of life at all costs, no matter the effect upon others.

Conservatives never doubt themselves or their beliefs.  They know they are on the side of everything good and sacred and therefore, anyone who disagrees with them is not only wrong but evil.  Since they "know" their opponents are evil, they have no problem doing whatever is necessary to silence dissenting voices.

In religious circles, conservatives are called fundamentalists.  Fundamentalists are motivated by the belief that they have a direct line to God, and therefore to disagree with them is to disagree with God Himself.  And because they are so close to God, they believe they have not only a right but a duty to resist and fight against their enemies.

Conservatives view their world with rose colored glasses.  They see everything in their world as perfect, in no need of change or correction. The only correction that needs to be made is to those who disagree.  As GK Chesterton said:
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
Conservatives also live their lives in fear and anger. They are fearful of anyone and anything that challenges their world.  Because of their inability to do any introspective thinking, they lash out with hatred and scorn at those who threaten to upset their worlds.

Nothing has made this more apparent than the reaction of conservatives to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of reacting to the great suffering and death caused by this pandemic with compassion and empathy, we have seen only anger and hate. But it is not the disease that has upset them. Conservatives don't blame the disease, which many claim is a hoax. They blame those trying to control the disease.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Your Response To COVID-19 Could Determine Your Eternal Salvation

Did you ever wonder why obedience to lawful human authority is so important to God?  Certainly we understand that obedience to Our Lord is of paramount importance, but why is it so important to obey our human leaders?  They are sinful human beings just like us.  Why must we submit our will to other sinners?  They can be and often are wrong in their beliefs and motivations.

Yet, we find verses such as these in the Written Word of God:
Titus 3:1 Remind believers to willingly place themselves under the authority of government officials. Believers should obey them and be ready to help them with every good thing they do.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you. 
Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
God gave us minds so that we are able to think for ourselves.  Why must we submit to human authority, especially when we know, in our great wisdom, that those human authorities are absolutely wrong?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

We Have Killed Nature, and Now Nature Is Killing Us

We live in completely unprecedented times.  A microscopic virus that cannot be seen, heard, touched, tasted or smelled, has brought the entirety of humanity to its knees.  It is as if the Angel of Death depicted in the Biblical book of Exodus has been unleashed upon the whole world.  And 21st Century man, with all of his advances in technology and abilities, is completely powerless against it.

But many people do not believe this.  They believe that we should have handled COVID-19 the same way we do with any flu.  These people believe that the lockdown, which has caused so much economic hardship, was completely unnecessary.

Those who make such arguments are showing their complete ignorance of the threat we are facing.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Nothing Like A Crisis To Show The True Colors of People

Last year, 2019 (which seems like at least 100 years ago now), countless "Catholic" traditionalists/conservatives in the Church were very upset about the Synod on the Amazon.  They warned the rest of us for months before the Synod even began how "dangerous" it was.  Cardinal Raymond Burke said the Synod would result in the "dismantling" of the entire global church.  He and other anti-Francis prelates urged Catholics to pray and fast about the Synod, warning that it was apostasy.

However, none of these people seemed in the least concerned about the Amazonians.  Many of the faithful in the Amazon go for months or even years without access to the Mass or the Sacraments because of the lack of priests.  Yet I never heard any concern about this problem on any of the blogs/websites of these self-righteous critics.  No one ever called for fasting and prayer on behalf of the people in the Amazon.

Now those who were so critical of the Amazon Synod have themselves been deprived of access to the Mass and the Sacraments.  This is not the result of the lack of priests but of a worldwide pandemic called COVID-19 that is sickening and killing hundreds of thousands of people worldwide (1,923,935 confirmed cases and 119,612 deaths as of this writing).  Here in the United States, as I write, there are 586,941 confirmed infections and 23,634 deaths (source).  You can click the links to see how much this has changed from the time of my writing (April 13).

As a result of this nightmare in which we are all living, all Masses have been canceled in the United States and most other parts of the world, and there is little to no access to the Sacraments.  This is done in an effort to try to save lives.  Nevertheless in Italy, which is in total lockdown, more than 100 priests have died.  We have lost two priests here in the Diocese of Brooklyn:  Father Gioacchino Basile, 60 and 49-year-old Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay.  At least one priest in the New York Archdiocese has died.

I see no concern on any of these blogs about the death of these priests or anyone else for that matter.  They are all concerned basically about one thing:  they don't have the Mass or the Sacraments, and they are mad!

Even a worldwide pandemic has not helped them develop any empathy or concern for others.  They are still unable to see outside their own little circle, viewing everything that happens in the world only as a conspiracy to destroy these last remaining "faithful Catholics."

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Is Being Willing to Die for a Disease an Heroic Act or Just Plain Stupidity and Selfishness?

As I write this, the world is in the midst of the worst pandemic of the 21st century, and the worst in many, many decades before that.  We have never seen a virus travel so quickly throughout the world or one as deadly as COVID-19.  

At the moment, there have been 1,182,830 confirmed cases and 63,925 deaths worldwide.  In the US, there have been 301,147 confirmed cases and 8,173 deaths.  And this all began only a little more than 3 months ago, on December 31, 2019 when the first COVID-19 infection was diagnosed. [SOURCE]  If you click on the link, you will see the updated numbers, which will be much higher than those I have stated here.  

COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the United States.  From The Hill.com. April 1, 2020:
The coronavirus has become the third-highest cause of death in the U.S., according to a doctor's analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. 
Maria Danilychev of San Diego charted coronavirus growth throughout the country and found that COVID-19 fatalities had surpassed Alzheimer's, stroke and chronic lung disease with 748 deaths per day and rising, The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday. 
The analysis is based on reports from a single day, assuming the rate of deaths remains the same or increases from now until the virus hits the projected apex towards the end of April.
Yet, there are still many people who are insisting on their right to meet together during this storm. Sadly, that includes many Catholics who have condemned their bishops for closing churches everywhere in an attempt to save as many lives as possible.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Selfish Conservatives/Trads Acting Like Spoiled Spring Breakers

We were all shocked at the callousness and selfishness displayed by these Florida spring breakers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  People are getting sick and dying around the world, but all these young people can think about is the fun they want to have, giving no thought or concern whatsoever to their role in spreading this pandemic to others, causing even more sickness and death.

This is the exact same attitude I see displayed on conservative/trad websites in regard to attending Mass.  C'mon, you say!  Going to spring break and Mass are hardly the same thing!  We want to worship God, not party down with sex and drugs!  

The trads are telling us that there can never be a reason to cancel Mass and close the churches, not even in the midst of a pandemic.  After all, they didn't even close churches during the bubonic plague in the Middle Ages.  We must always have access to God and the Sacraments.  (I guess they believe that God can only be found in churches and nowhere else)

But the fact is, all large gatherings, no matter what the purpose, are putting people at extreme risk with COVID-19.  This is the most infectious disease we have seen in the 21st Century, and for many decades before that.  Church doors, unfortunately, do not have the capability of holding back this coronavirus, a completely new disease about which very little is known and to which no adult seems to be immune.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Pachamama: Is It A Gotcha Mama for Enemies of Pope Francis?

Pope Francis cannot sneeze without being condemned by Those More Catholic Than The Pope.  They have hated him from the time he stepped onto the balcony after being elected pope in 2013, and have been plotting and strategizing to push him out of the papacy from the point on.

Think I am exaggerating?  Here is the post from Rorate Caeli, one of the most right-wing, anti-Francis catholic websites on the Internet, from March 13, 2013, the day of Pope Francis' election:
Of all the unthinkable candidates, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is perhaps the worst. Not because he openly professes doctrines against the faith and morals, but because, judging from his work as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, faith and morals seem to have been irrelevant to him.
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May God help His Church. One can never dismiss, as humanly hard as it may seem, the possibility of a conversion... and, nonetheless, the future terrifies us. 
That could have been written today, 6 and 1/2 years later.  These people are consistent, if nothing else.

There have been a lot of hopeful "gotcha" moments that have come and gone:  the synods on marriage, Laudato Si, Amoris Laetitia, Who Am I To Judge?, praising a dead Anglican priest, washing the feet of women on Holy Thursday, the people he talks to, the papal staff he carries at Mass, etc. etc. etc.  There have been open letters written by Catholic theologians to Pope Francis accusing the Holy Father of heresy.  We can't forget the Dubia by four cardinals (two of whom are now dead) and, of course, Archbishop Vigano's accusations and call for the Pope's resignation.  The list goes on and on and on.

Almost every day the enemies of Francis find some new mud to sling at the Holy Father, but so far, nothing has worked for Those More Catholic Than the Pope. Francis continues to sit in the Chair of Peter.

But now they are convinced they got him.  They have found the silver bullet:  PACHAMAMA!! It is indisputable.  Francis the heretic is actively and publicly promoting the worship of pagan idols.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Plenary Indulgence - What's a Radical Right Wing Catholic to Do?

Many right wing conservative catholics have rejected Pope Francis as either a heretic, an anti-pope or both.  They condemn his every word and action.  There is nothing he can do or say that they will support.

These same right wing catholics are pretty excited today because they can gain a plenary indulgence for All Souls Day.  From one of the premier anti-Francis sites, onepeterfive.com:
Grant #29.1.1For the Souls in Purgatory 
Plenary Indulgence
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted each and every day from Nov 1 to Nov 8, who devoutly visit a cemetery and there pray, if only mentally, for the departed.
This article then gives us the requirements for a plenary indulgence:
Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:
  • Do the work while in a state of grace,
  • Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
  • Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),
  • Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),
  • Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
Oh, dear, we have a real problem here.  One of the requirements for a plenary indulgence is to pray for the Pope's intentions.  But that means praying for the intentions of the evil heretic, Pope Francis!  What's a "faithful catholic" to do?

Well, it really doesn't matter because another requirement for a plenary indulgence is to be a state of grace, and the "faithful catholics' " rejection of and refusal to submit to the authority of Pope Francis has removed all grace from their souls. Refusal to submit to the authority of the pope is the definition of schism, which is an automatic excommunication.

Of course, they could always repent.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Face of Schism - Michael Matt to Pope Francis: Get the Hell Out Of Our Church

Above is a clip from a video put out by Michael Matt from Remnant Newspaper in which he denounces the Amazon Synod and as you can see from this clip, he completely renounces and rejects Pope Francis, actually demanding that Pope Francis "get the hell out of our church." 

The above video is an active act of schism according to Canon Law 751:
Can. 751 Heresy is the obstinate denial or obstinate doubt after the reception of baptism of some truth which is to be believed by divine and Catholic faith; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him.
Neither Michael Matt nor any other person on earth has the authority to push the Pope out of the Catholic Church.  The Church is founded on the Pope.  Jesus Christ said specifically to Peter, and to Peter alone:
And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.  Mat. 16:18-19
Pushing the pope out of the Church is like destroying the foundation of a building in order to make it stronger.  The only result you will get is the complete destruction of the building.

Peter is the earthly foundation of the Catholic Church.  If a Catholic separates himself from Peter, he is no longer a part of the Catholic Church.  If you do not recognize Peter as the earthly head of the Church, then you are not Catholic.  If you're not with Peter, you're not with the Church.  Where Peter is, there is the Church.

To quote St. Cyprian:
How can anyone think he keeps the faith, if he breaks the unity of the Church? The blessed Apostle Paul teaches the same sacrament of unity: “There is one body and one spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God? ” [Eph. 4:4] Do they who fight and resist the Church believe that they are in the Church?
And from St. Jerome:
I follow no leader but Christ and join in communion with none but your blessedness [Pope Damasus I], that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that this is the rock on which the Church has been built. Whoever eats the Lamb outside this house is profane. Anyone who is not in the ark of Noah will perish when the flood prevails
Many rad trads try to get around this problem of rejecting the Pope by claiming Pope Francis is not legitimate.  Michael Matt can't use this pathetic excuse for his actions.  He doesn't make even a pretense that he doesn't recognize Pope Francis as the legitimate Vicar of Christ.  Matt actually calls Pope Francis by the title, "Holy Father" as he denounces him.

From the video:
We say to you, Holy Father . . . for God's sake, pack up your pagan goodies, and you and your globalist pals, get the literal hell out of our church. Because we've had enough.
By standing in open defiance and opposition to the Vicar of Christ, Michael Matt, and anyone who stands with him, is in a state of schism and automatic excommunication according to both Canon Law and Matthew 16:18-19. If Michael Matt and his "pals" do not repent, they will be damned to the fires of hell for all eternity.

It is that serious.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

War Council Against Pope Francis Held In Rome

Audience in Rome To discuss how to do battle with Pope Francis
Definition of War Council:  A council of war is a term in military science that describes a meeting held to decide on a course of action, usually in the midst of a battle.

Michael Matt, far right-wing radical traditionalist from Remnant Newspaper, excitedly and breathlessly released a video on Youtube on October 14 of a talk given that night by Bishop Athanasius Schneider in Rome to commemorate his new book.  Schneider's new book is actually just a very long interview he did with a radical right-wing Lifesitenews reporter.

It should be noted that there is no imprimatur on Bishop Schneider's book.  Read at your own risk.

Matt says in the video that it is the first time Schneider's book has been made available. Not exactly true.  The book was released on Amazon on September 26, about 3 weeks ago.

However, the meeting was not really about Bishop Schneider's book.  It was a planning session on how to defeat Pope Francis.  We can be sure there have been many such meetings held in private.  But this one was right out in the open, and very little was held back.

Matt entitled the video, "HUGE SIGN OF HOPE: Schneider, Burke Speak in Rome."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

St. John Henry Newman? Not with Anti Pope Francis

There are a whole lot of catholics who are denying the papacy of Pope Francis, declaring him an anti pope  These same people are also very happy with the canonization of John Henry Newman.

Unfortunately, they have a real problem.  If Francis is an anti pope, there is no St. John Henry Newman.  An anti pope can't canonize anyone. 

Sigh.  Such a quandry, isn't it?

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