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1980's: Was Every Pro-Communist Central American Religious Killed a Martyr?

By Frank Walker

Four Liberals in a Profound Moment


The Winona Daily News reports Minnesota St. Mary's University Trustees have presented Pope Francis with an award.

An Argentinian pope has joined a Guatemalan bishop as the second recipient of the Signum Fidei Award from Saint Mary’s University — created in memory of an SMU alumni martyred in Central America.

Was this alumnus martyred for the Faith or because he 'loved the poor?'  Oh, right! Same thing.

SMU President William Mann, along with SMU trustees Mary Burrichter and Sandra Simon, presented Pope Francis — personally — with the award following the pope’s weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square April 15.

The Signum Fidei — Sign of the Faith — Award is bestowed in recognition of extraordinary service to the vulnerable and marginalized members of society and work that promotes human solidarity. The award presented to the pope is in the form of a bronze bust of Brother James Miller, a SMU alumni and member of the Christian Brothers who in 1982, while serving as a missionary in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, was gunned down by three unidentified gunmen while repairing a wall at the mission school.

They never know who did it, but they always know why.

Miller met his death serving the poor, the marginalized, the forgotten, Mann said. “This pope seems to be — in a major way — reaching out to those populations.”

What is a marginalized population anyway?  Doesn't it just mean liberal?  And if some people are forgotten, why do they get remembered so much?

When is the pope going to reach out to a Catholic?

Mann said that as he explained to the pope who James Miller was and what he had done, Francis reached out to touch the bronze and blessed it — the Latin American pope very aware of the situation at the time.

“It was an incredible experience,” Burrichter said of her meeting with Pope Francis. “He came up to us,” she said, “ Brother William spoke to him in Spanish ... He held my right hand. He gave us his blessing, then said to us in English, ‘Pray for me.’”

“He seemed to be a very gentle, a very kind man.”

Really?  What about this?



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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Who Created FrancisChurch? ]]>
Who Created FrancisChurch?

By Frank Walker

FrancisChurch priest and his friend, Raul: advocates for 'the poor'


At National Review, Ion Mihai Pacepa brings back a too-quickly forgotten reality of the Latin American Church.

History often repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing the reenactment with your own eyes.

Liberation theology, of which not much has been heard for two decades, is back in the news. But what is not being mentioned is its origins. It was not invented by Latin American Catholics. It was developed by the KGB. The man who is now the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, secretly worked for the KGB under the code name “Mikhailov” and spent four decades promoting liberation theology, which we at the top of the Eastern European intelligence community nicknamed Christianized Marxism.

Imagine how brilliant this idea!  In the rubble of the Vatican II earthquake, move Communist activists into the Catholic  orders and mix their 'ideologies' into one worldly focus.  Who would denounce the 'holy' goals of the Church itself?  Who could silence Marxist priests without also provoking the faithful?

Liberation theology has been generally understood to be a marriage of Marxism and Christianity. What has not been understood is that it was not the product of Christians who pursued Communism, but of Communists who pursued Christians. I described the birth of liberation theology in my book Disinformation, co-authored with Professor Ronald Rychlak. Its genesis was part of a highly classified Party/State Disinformation Program, formally approved in 1960 by KGB chairman Aleksandr Shelepin and Politburo member Aleksei Kirichenko, then the second in the party hierarchy after Nikita Khrushchev.

In 1971, the KGB sent Kirill — who had just been elevated to the rank of archimandrite — to Geneva as emissary of the Russian Orthodox Church to the World Council of Churches. The WCC was, and still is, the largest international religious organization after the Vatican, representing some 550 million Christians of various denominations in 120 countries. Kirill/Mikhailov’s main task was to involve the WCC in spreading the new liberation theology throughout Latin America. In 1975, the KGB was able to infiltrate Kirill into the Central Committee of the WCC — a position he held until he was “elected” patriarch of Russia, in 2009. Not long after he joined the Central Committee, Kirill reported to the KGB: “Now the agenda of the WCC is also our agenda.”

There is perhaps a reason why pliant, morbid mainline protestant groups almost always echo the policy positions of the world's bishops?

During Kirill’s years at the helm of the WCC, liberation theology put down deep roots in Latin America — where the map now has significant patches of red. Russian military ships and bombers are back in Cuba for the first time since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and Russia has also newly sent ships and bombers to Venezuela.

It can be argued whether today's Russia is aggressive or defensive, but they are clearly engaged.  And despite evidence that both Kirill and Putin may have unfairly enriched themselves, today they project Christian leadership and defend Christian values while the West just capitulates.

Pope John Paul II, who knew the Communist playbook well, was not taken in by the Soviets’ liberation theology. In 1983, his friend and trusted colleague Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), who at that time was head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, discarded as Marxist the liberation-theology idea that class struggle is fundamental to history. The cardinal called liberation theology a “singular heresy” and blasted it as a “fundamental threat” to the Church.

This has in no way changed, only become more true.

Of course, it was and remains a threat — one deliberately designed to undermine the Church and destabilize the West by subordinating religion to an atheist political ideology for its geopolitical gain.

Listen for this coming from Rome today!

Now names — like Oscar Romero and Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann – not heard since the 1980s, when the Soviet Union was still en vogue, are again making international news. And here we are. The promoters of a KGB-inspired religious ideology, which once embraced violent Marxist revolution, are now denying its link to Marxism and to the KGB.

Whom is it that has rehabilitated Romero; naming him 'martyr' and eager to make him saint?  Who resurrected the notorious d'Escota?

Is it perhaps the one who rails constantly against the evil economic system, framing Christianity as the enemy of power and wealth? Is it the one who sees those who cling to the doctrines of Faith and the rubrics of the Mass as control-obsessed Pharisees and Lawgivers jealous of Christ, the one who thinks Communism stole the flag of Christendom?


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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis Revises the Concept of Martyr ]]>
Pope Francis Revises the Concept of Martyr

By Frank Walker

  • Unitarian Universalist?


Nigerian Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme has just announced the most devastating strategy to thwart the Islamist world takeover that's been heard in years.

Other than that, nobody seems to be doing anything besides crying and 'pontificating.'

Vatican Radio writes:

Drawing inspiration from the First Reading of the Act of the Apostles which tells of the stoning and martyrdom of Stephen, the first Christian martyr, the Pope remembered “our brothers whose throats have been slit on the beaches of Libya”, he spoke of “the young boy who was burnt alive by his companions because he was Christian”, he recalled “the migrants who were thrown from their boat into open sea” because, they too, were Christians.

The Pope is very vocal about the now widespread slaughter of Christians, praising their courage and their faith, and comparing them to past martyrs and saints like Stephen.

“God’s Word is always rejected by some. God’s Word is inconvenient when you have a stone heart, when you have a pagan heart, because God’s Word asks you to go ahead trying to satisfy your hunger with the bread which Jesus spoke of.  In the history of the Revelation many martyrs have been killed for their faith and loyalty towards God’s Word, God’s Truth”.

Pope Francis continued comparing the martyrdom of Stephen to that of Jesus: he too “died with that Christian magnanimity of forgiveness, praying for his enemies’.

And those who persecuted the prophets - the Pope pointed out – believed they were giving glory to God; they thought they were being true to God’s doctrine.

“Today – the  Pope said – I would like to remember that the true history of the Church is that of the Saints and the martyrs,” of so many who were persecuted and killed by those who thought they possessed the ‘truth’- whose heart was corrupted by ‘truth’:

Now, what does Pope Francis mean by that?  Did the truth have some corrupting effect on the hearts of those persecutors?  I thought they became corrupted by lies, or worldliness or other temptations.

“In these days how many Stephens there are in the world! Let us think of our brothers whose throats were slit on the beach in Libya; let’s think of the young boy who was burnt alive by his companions because he was a Christian; let us think of those migrants thrown from their boat into the open sea by other migrants because they were Christians; let us think – just the day before yesterday – of those Ethiopians assassinated because they were Christians… and of many others. Many others of whom we do not even know and who are suffering in jails because they are Christians… The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness”.

Around the world in places like Nigeria, Christians slaughtered by Muslims are Catholics, but in most of the Middle East they are schismatic separated Christians.  They are more faithful and virtuous than many Roman Catholics, but they are still not united to the Church to which St. Stephen belonged.  Where we may be removed through sin and false catechesis, they are separated in a different way.

Their churches vary in teaching from the Truth in matters like marriage and authority.  This is heresy, and heresy like any other sin committed in ignorance or not, is never right.  The Pope makes it seem like it's all one Truth and one Church; as if it didn't matter.

Will all non-Catholic men and woman who choose to confess Christ in the face of death go to Heaven?  They may be ahead of the rest of us, but what if they've lived distorted misguided lives?  What if, like most Protestants, they've rejected the Sacraments?  At what point are they dying for something that is not really the Truth, but they nevertheless consider Christian?  Pope Francis seems to believe they still die for the Truth anyway.

Islam itself was born of the Arian Heresy.  They can't technically be called Christians but that misused word can be a pretty low bar.  The Qur'an is full of references to Jesus and Mary.  Are Muslims martyrs when they kill each other?

Can Mormons be martyrs?

Were the Yazidi's martyrs?  They died for being Yazidis, another form of NOT Muslim.  Not enough, right?  But Protestantism is.

Unitarianism?  Quakers?

Either way, isn't Pope Francis muddying already black waters here by constantly holding up Protestants killed by Muslims as examples of Catholic martyrs?  These brave Christians are dead now.  The rest of us have to live on with true examples of men and women who were actually Catholic and died for the Christ's Church.  Must we underestimate the necessity of true unity with the Church Militant at every turn, dropping important truths and picking up heresies here and there as we go along in one big 'ecumenism of blood' (whatever that means)?

The Pope plays so loose with hard Catholic concepts in an effort to distort!  Oscar Romero is made martyr because undefined right-wingers shot him at Mass ending his nationwide alignment with Communist guerillas, i mean, 'the poor.'

And now we have special 'hidden martyrs.'

The Pope also pointed out that there are also many “hidden martyrs: those men and women who are faithful to the voice of the Spirit and who are searching for new ways and paths to help their brothers better love God”.

He said they are often viewed with suspicion, vilified and persecuted by so many modern ‘Sanhedrins’ who think they are the possessors of truth.

This sounds familiar.  I think we've found something that's definitely NOT a martyr in FrancisChurch.  It's an actual Catholic!


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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Cuba: Pope Francis Makes Andrew Cuomo Proud ]]>
Cuba: Pope Francis Makes Andrew Cuomo Proud

By Frank Walker

Big deals and a bright Cuban Francisfuture


Local New York CBS reports:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to return to New York from Cuba on Tuesday with two major business deals in hand.

As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, although the trade mission was supposed to be about developing future business, the group actually came back to the states with two deals made, including one where an upstate medical facility is going to be able to run clinical trials of a lung cancer vaccine developed by Cubans.

That's what's been going on in Cuba all these years.  They developed a vaccine for lung cancer!  Thank you Pope Francis for this new arrangement.  Obama couldn't have done it without you.  Can I be in the clinical trial?

Cuomo, who became the first U.S. governor to visit Cuba in decades, said he also laid the groundwork for more New York-based businesses to get a foot in the door on the island nation.

Oh, no news yet on any U.S. businesses starting up in Cuba though.

“We believe this is going to be a dramatic change that is going to be to the benefit of the people of Cuba and also to the people of the United States,” Cuomo said.

While the embargo would have to be lifted by Congress, President Barack Obama can grant licenses to businesses to trade with Cuba.

So the embargo is still in effect except when Obama says it isn't.  There are so many laws like that now!

The governor was accompanied by other New York lawmakers and executives from JetBlue, MasterCard, Pfizer, Chobani and other companies.

Cuomo took a tour of a new nearly $10 million deep water Port of Mariel, which could be just the ticket for New York businesses to get their goods to Cuba and the rest of Latin America.

Cuomo is no stranger to big construction projects, but still, he was suitably impressed with the Cuban government’s efforts to build a massive commercial port and duty free zone west of Havana that could revolutionize the way Cuba does business, Kramer reported.

“We have had a friendship that went on for decades. It is about rekindling that friendship,” Cuomo said.

What is it with New York Italians, politicians, unions, ports, big construction projects, places like Cuba, and Catholic bishops?

Cuomo also met with Cuban Roman Catholic Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino while in Havana.

The governor expressed admiration for the cardinal’s efforts in expanding the church’s reach in the Communist-ruled country.

“We’re very proud of what his eminence has done,” Cuomo said. “We’re very proud of what the Catholic church has done.”

Isn't that nice?  Andrew Cuomo is very proud of our Church.  I guess we can all be proud of that then.

When asked if his decision to move so quickly to help end the embargo had anything to do with his late father Mario, Cuomo said “My father said isolation is not going to work. Isolation is just going to cause bitterness and it’s going to accomplish nothing.”

Back in New York, Republicans called the governor’s trade mission a political stunt.

One lawmaker said it was offensive to Cuban-Americans whose families have been victims of the Castros’ rule.

Who was that one lawmaker?  What a silly thing to say.  Castro is nice now.  It was all America's bitter isolation as they sinned against dialogue, encounter, accompaniment, heartfelt closeness, and that Catholicism whose flag Communism stole.



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Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Finn Removal: Before It's Over FrancisChurch Will Be So Squeaky Clean There Won't Be a Catholic Left ]]>
Finn Removal: Before It's Over FrancisChurch Will Be So Squeaky Clean There Won't Be a Catholic Left

By Frank Walker

If Francis truly were the 'peoples' pope' he would actually care about Catholic people - you know those Pharisees who need 'religious observances' out of pride and mental illness, but won't ever get to Heaven.

Real Catholic faithful and clergy loved Kansas City Bishop Finn.  The National Catholic Reporter didn't.  True Catholics in Chile are furious Pope Francis would give them a Bishop like Juan Barros, but Francis doesn't care what people like that think, does he? 

The more outraged real Catholics become, the more he seems to like it.

Parishioners in a southern Chile diocese are gathering wherever their new bishop appears, but their presence is not the sort of assembly the Catholic Church would expect.

In the month since Bishop Juan Barros was installed in Osorno, the priest has had to sneak out of back exits, call on riot police to shepherd him from the city's cathedral and coordinate movements with bodyguards and police canine units.

Such is the public routine of the bishop who is denounced by his opponents as having shielded Chile's most notorious pedophile priest. For his part, Barros says relations are improving.

Meaning: the crowd is giving up and getting accustomed to my infernal presence.

The appointment of Barros by Pope Francis has unleashed an unprecedented protest, with more than 1,300 church members, 30 diocesan priests and nearly half of Chile's Parliament sending letters urging the pope to reconsider.

They may be emboldened after Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of a U.S. bishop, Robert Finn, who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected abuser, answering calls by victims to hold priests accountable and ensure children are protected.

At least three men say Barros was present when they were sexually molested in the 1980s and 1990s by the Rev. Fernando Karadima. Karadima was sanctioned by the Vatican in 2011 for sexually abusing minors, ordered to live out his life cloistered in a nun's convent. Barros has said he knew nothing of Karadima's abuses.

The controversy is being watched by victims, advocacy groups and lawmakers as a test of the pope's promises to crack down on clerical sex abuse. On April 12, members on the pope's sex abuse advisory committee traveled to Rome to voice their concerns.

Well, he's cracked down now in Missouri!  Problem solved.  Still, you can't remove every bishop that inspires a peep of protest.  You must pick and choose. After all, what's the point of this whole priest-pedophilia abuse dance anyway if you can't use it to intimidate and banish honest clergy?

And what's the point of approving a gay ambassador to the Vatican if he's barely even gay and he's faithful?

What's even wrong with gay pedophilia?  They teach gayness to four years-olds now and all the GOP Presidential candidates are terrified into attending gay weddings.  When a man is your mother and a woman is a husband anything goes, except Catholicism.


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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ The Mentality that Denies the Resurrection ]]>
The Mentality that Denies the Resurrection

By Frank Walker

Fr. George Rutler writes on resurrection, genocide, and the authority of the Church:

Even in this Easter season, there are those who would nervously employ the secular convention of saying that they want Christ but not his Church, and that they can confess their sins to God without confessing to a priest. This ignores what Jesus did when he rose from the dead: he constructed the Church through his teaching during the forty days before the Ascension, and the first thing he did when he appeared to the apostles was to give them authority to forgive sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Saint John wrote that not all the books in the world could contain what Christ did in those forty days, but the Gospel accounts tell all that he wants us to know. The power of what he taught the apostles in that brief time, with the wounds still in his body, is clear in the fact that all of them, save John himself, died brave deaths proclaiming the Resurrection.

Such dying, predicted by Christ, has perdured through all subsequent ages in one way or another. Last week, Pope Francis marked the one hundredth anniversary of the massacre of about 1.5 million Armenian Christians by the Turks, abetted by Imperial German staff officers serving with the Ottoman Empire. The Pope said that “it is necessary, and indeed a duty” to “recall the centenary of that tragic event . . . Concealing or denying evil is like allowing a wound to keep bleeding without bandaging it.” The greatest number of killings occurred on appalling death marches of hundreds of miles where the Turks drove women, children and old people (most of the young men had already been massacred) into the Syrian desert. There was no food or water given to the victims along the way—and this was done by design.

Saint Paul, converted by the risen Christ, had evangelized his Turkish homeland. Despite centuries of persecution by Muslims, in 1914 some 15% of the Turkish population was Christian. Today the Christian community is practically non-existent. Persisting in its denial of the persecution, the Turkish government condemned the honesty of Pope Francis by withdrawing its ambassador to the Holy See. That exercise in denial was not singular. In 2010, a declaration was introduced in the House of Representatives calling the systematic eradication of the Armenians a genocide. The Obama administration blocked it.

The mentality that denies the Resurrection, also denies the consequences of such denial. The Resurrection is not about spring flowers and butterflies, and Jesus made that clear by retaining the wounds in his glorified body. Christ triumphed over Satan, and to deny that is to give Satan a leg up in the governance of nations and the attitudes of people. The dominant religion of Turkey maintains that Jesus was not crucified. If not crucified, then not risen. And if not risen, then mankind has license to sink to its lowest depths by crushing life and spreading death.



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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Marco Rubio: Baptist, Mass-Going, Gay Wedding-Attending Catholic ]]>
Marco Rubio: Baptist, Mass-Going, Gay Wedding-Attending Catholic

By Frank Walker

Sharing love and joy at important events


Catholic Vote has just republished the assertion that Florida Senator Marco Rubio has returned to his Cuban Catholic roots.  Just the other day he was reported to 'crave the Blessed Sacrament.'

It's not unusual for people to claim to be Catholics yet in reality be some form of Protestant, but Sen. Rubio seems really to be embracing a 'big tent Christianity.'  His wife attends a Baptist megachurch, where he is a regular contributing member.

Can one be both Protestant and Catholic?

As an adult, from 2000 to 2004 Rubio took a detour from his Catholic roots to exclusively attend Miami's Christ Fellowship, a Southern Baptist megachurch to which Rubio has given at least $50,000.

Now straddling both Christ Fellowship and the Catholic Church, Marco Rubio seems positioned to appeal both to conservative Catholics but also the anti-LGBT, demon-casting, creationist segment of the Protestant evangelical right.

Though he's now primarily and "firmly" Catholic, Rubio has recently toldReligion News Service reporter Sarah Pulliam-Bailey that he has "maintained the relationship with Christ Fellowship" and often attends services at the church.

At CatholicVote they say Marco Rubio goes to Mass every Sunday and to the Baptist Megachurch too!

Why no reference to a Catholic parish?

Marco Rubio had perhaps the most fascinating journey of them all. He was born in Miami and his Catholic parents were both born in Communist Cuba. When he was about 8, his family moved to Las Vegas. And for awhile the Rubio family became Mormon. By the time Marco was in sixth grade, his family left the Mormon Church. He received Holy Communion on Christmas Day 1984. When the family returned to Miami a year later, he received the sacrament of Confirmation. His wife encouraged him to start attending an evangelical church in 2000 — and they exclusively for several years. “I felt called back to Catholicism around 2004,” he said. When Rubio ran for the Senate in 2010, there was confusion about whether he was evangelical or Catholic. I spoke with Rubio’s spokesman JR Sanchez in 2010. Sanchez told me that Rubio went to Mass every Sunday but that he also attended services at the evangelical church. As noted by religion writer Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Rubio himself later confirmed this in his memoir.

It's not hard to see how many Catholics today can make no real distinction between the Mass and Protestant services.  If they have no other exposure to the Faith, they're fair game for all kinds of silly trendy ideas.

Today from Politico:

Marco Rubio says he would attend the wedding of a same-sex couple, even though the Republican Florida senator and newly minted presidential candidate has said he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Fusion host Jorge Ramos pressed Rubio on Wednesday about whether he would go to the same-sex ceremony of someone in his family or someone on his staff who happens to be gay.

"Happens to be gay"  You sure hear that a lot, as if it were all some casual accidental occurrence.

“If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events,” he told Ramos.

Terrific.  If it's an 'important event,' then by all means participate.  It's all about love the Bible says.


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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ MS Winter's Piece on Misericordiae Vultus is the Best Endorsement of Papal Bull Ever ]]>
MS Winter's Piece on Misericordiae Vultus is the Best Endorsement of Papal Bull Ever

By Frank Walker

National Catholic Reporter-Endorsed


Michael Sean Winters reports on the Pope's voluminous new Bull.

Misericordiae Vultus is the best papal bull ever. And that is no bull.

At Commonweal, Fr. Robert P. Imbelli has already called attention to the Christocentric focus of the text, which we discern in its opening sentence,: "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy." This is who Jesus Christ is. The essence of His relationship from the Father and to ourselves is mercy. Contra the many obnoxious attacks on Cardinal Walter Kasper's book Mercy that have appeared, Pope Francis states that +Kasper nailed it: A Church in which the proclamation of God's mercy is not foundational, operational and obvious is not being true to its founder.

It's christocentric and Kasper nailed it.  Isn't everything Christian christocentric?

The second paragraph of the text spells this out:

We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

Do you find your faith to be a 'wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace?'  I find it to be a challenge and a saving grace.  Why are they constantly going off about joy and peace?  What is serenity anyway?  Isn't it also peace?

It is hard to imagine a more countercultural cluster of sentences. At the end of a century in which humankind's mastery over the atom was illustrative of a thorough-going dominance, after the Shoah and Hiroshima, after we became aware of mass starvation while the rich want for nothing, after all the wars and all the terrorism and all the other horrors our "mastery" has called forth, Pope Francis invites us to look to the "wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace" that is God's mercy, not just as individuals but as a Church.

Why do liberals always think they're brave and counter-cultural, as if they don't have their fingers in the wind?

Mercy, for the Holy Father, is not some abstract conception. It is real, and it makes demands on us. Consider these words from the 15th paragraph:

In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates. How many uncertain and painful situations there are in the world today! How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich! During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care. Let us not fall into humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine that prevents us from discovering what is new! Let us ward off destructive cynicism! Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help! May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!

If there is any clearer rebuttal to the libertarianism that has afflicted our political culture, I do not know it. Ayn Rand celebrated indifference to others and thought altruism a great deceit. Her followers, even those who are Catholic, may not be so aggressively insistent about altruism being a bad thing, but they still worship at the god of the unregulated market, the laws of which are indifferent. Father Sirico: Call your office!


If you call enough conservatives libertarians, then maybe you can start calling liberals conservative so they can feel better.

It is often said that Pope Francis is the world's parish priest on account of his morning sermons each day and the way he stood outside the door at St. Anne's Church in the Vatican his first Sunday as pope, greeting the people as they left. In this new bull, we see more evidences of his designation as the world's parish priest. After recalling the parable of the "ruthless servant," Pope Francis says: "This parable contains a profound teaching for all of us. Jesus affirms that mercy is not only an action of the Father, it becomes a criterion for ascertaining who his true children are." Those may be fighting words at the next synod, but the lesson drawn for everyday life from the parable is the kind of preaching one expects from a good parish priest.

Another example of Pope Francis' deep immersion in the pastoral life of the Church is found in his discussion of confession. He instructs the clergy:

Every confessor must accept the faithful as the father in the parable of the prodigal son: a father who runs out to meet his son despite the fact that he has squandered away his inheritance. Confessors are called to embrace the repentant son who comes back home and to express the joy of having him back again. Let us never tire of also going out to the other son who stands outside, incapable of rejoicing, in order to explain to him that his judgment is severe and unjust and meaningless in light of the father's boundless mercy. May confessors not ask useless questions, but like the father in the parable, interrupt the speech prepared ahead of time by the prodigal son, so that confessors will learn to accept the plea for help and mercy gushing from the heart of every penitent. In short, confessors are called to be a sign of the primacy of mercy always, everywhere, and in every situation, no matter what.

Nice. Confessors ordered not to ask questions, then interrupt penitents so they can't tell they're sins.  It's the 'primacy of mercy!'

How many slogans can one Pope invent and still call Catholic?

If every confessor really did behave in this way, would more people avail themselves of the sacrament? If every confessor really did behave in this way, would more people be committed to spreading mercy throughout their lives and their relationships? If every confessor really did rush out to greet the prodigals in their parish, would those parishioners be more deeply rooted in what really matters in the life of the Church?

It is hard to believe that a papal bull that is in some ways so deeply conservative, drawing on the deepest traditions and practices of the Church like confession, can be spoken in such a way that the message is fresh. This is because the Holy Father is reminding us that our faith is less about what we do and more about what God does, or better to say, it is about us only insofar as it is about Him.

It's conservative yet fresh, instead of liberal and foul.

Last week, I spent time discussing important issues of the day, such as Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but religious freedom is not the heart of the matter. No particular requirement of the moral law is the heart of the matter. No act of justice, however noble or effective, is the heart of the matter. Mercy is the heart of the matter. It is so simple and, yet, so very non-modern. The pope's bull does not draw on anything modern, but on the one thing that is always new, the presence of Jesus Christ in our midst. There is nothing the social sciences can tell us about mercy. There is no lawyer, nor analyst, nor medical doctor whose expertise enlightens us about God's mercy. And, sadly, for too long the Church itself has failed to give mercy the centrality of focus it deserves and which Jesus Christ requires. This is the core of the Pope Francis Revolution. It is exhilarating to witness.

Yes, it's all about the original Church, the one that got lost all those long, long years ago.  Nothing new here.


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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis To Orders: If They're Not Forward-Looking, Screen 'Em Out As Nut-Cases ]]>
Pope Francis To Orders: If They're Not Forward-Looking, Screen 'Em Out As Nut-Cases

By Frank Walker

No need for balance or structure


At the Radical Catholic there's no reason to start glossing over the Pope's naked contempt for the Faithful.  It's not like it's going to stop.

The great Vatican II is the Church in entirety!  Those Catholics who retain beliefs from the prior Church must be branded insane - and this in the Year of Mercy.

Doubling down on Cardinal João Braz de Aviz' warning to religious vocations directors from around the world about the consequences of distancing oneself from the "great lines" of the Second Vatican Council, the following day Pope Francis gave the same group a short list of warning signs that a young person might not be suited for religious life.*

Given the state of the Church, one might be tempted to expect such a list to include, say, active homosexuality, pedophilia, theological and/or pastoral dissent, careerism, inordinate fondness of polyester pantsuits, etc. But I suspect that even considering such things as being potentially harmful to religious vocations is to have already distanced oneself from Vatican II - perhaps irreparably so. No, the real threat to religious vocations is to be found elsewhere: deep in the Freudian Unconscious. Pope Francis explains:

All the people who know the human personality - may they be psychologists, spiritual fathers, spiritual mothers - tell us that young people who unconsciously feel they have something unbalanced or some problem of mental imbalance or deviation unconsciously seek strong structures that protect them, to protect themselves.

Faithful Catholics, people who are conservative, grounded, Christian; they are unbalanced.  Ask anyone who knows the 'human personality' like a psychologist.  Nothing trendy about psychology, no.  It trumps all.

While insinuating mental imbalance in one who seeks structure is somewhat new - I mention only in passing his description of Christian ideology as a "serious illness" - decrying the threefold evil of 'structures, rules and habits' is an established trope of Pope Francis' personal magisterium. As he wrote in Evangelii Gaudium (§49):

More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: "Give them something to eat."

Again, is there any doubt as to who is meant here? And could the modus operandi of setting up false dichotomies be any clearer?

Why is it that every aspect of the 1970s church, which produced, among other things, the endless sex abuse lawsuits and scandals, has to be replicated today?  How many faithful vocations were subjected to these psychological screening attacks back then?

Personally I find little encouraging in the fact there are about a hundred more ordinations in the U.S. this year.  It's still a miniscule number for a country with over 300 million people.  I know Pope Francis says he's all about quality, but I can't help but thinking they've probably become more lax in at least one key area.  After all, they'd probably have thousands of vocations if they really wanted them, not hundreds.

At his core, the place where there should be Faith and wisdom, doesn't something seem deeply twisted in the mind of Pope Francis?  It's almost a crushing hatred for those who obstruct his goals, a determination to succeed at their expense.  It's the kind of force which drove the Protestant Reformation: a deranged (ideological?) mind at the helm with all the powerful establishment lined up behind him.

I hate to say it, but I don't know what else to call it.



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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Is Marco Rubio Catholic or What? ]]>
Is Marco Rubio Catholic or What?

By Frank Walker

Seeking the Baptist-Mormon-Catholic Vote

Mark Stricherz at Aleteia reports on the Marco Rubio announcement.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida has told political donors that he is running for president, according to The Washington Post:

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the son of Cuban immigrants whose rapid political ascent was nearly blocked five years ago by national Republican leaders, told supporters on a Monday call that he is running for president, according to two people familiar with his plans.

Five years ago Marco Rubio was reliably conservative.

Rubio is four years into his first term as a senator. Rubio won his race in 2010 by appealing to fiscal conservatives or tea-party supporters, cultural conservatives, and Hispanics. The mixture has made him one of the Republican Party’s top political prospects, according to Harry Enten of

In part because he did so well with Hispanics, Rubio vastly over-performed most other Republican senatorial candidates in 2010, as well as those who ran in 2014.  Rubio won his race by 11 percentage points more than you would have expected controlling for the past presidential vote of the state and incumbency.

That was before Rubio became the conservative poster-boy for illegal amnesty, a wasted expense of political capital by of one of the most trusted and popular GOP leaders.

Then there's his religion.  Is he Catholic or Protestant?  It depends on who you ask.  At one point it was rumored he began to return to his Catholic roots, but that was a while ago.  Today, on the point of his entering the GOP field for president, Stricherz picked up something from Rubio's autobiography:

Rubio was baptized as a Catholic, turned to Mormonism as a youth, married a Southern Baptist, and has gone to Baptist and Catholic services. As reporter Lauren Markoe of Religion News Service notes, in his autobiography Rubio explained his devotion to Catholicism this way:

“I craved, literally, the Most Blessed Sacrament, Holy Communion, the sacramental point of contact between the Catholic and the liturgy of heaven,” he wrote. “I wondered why there couldn’t be a church that offered both a powerful, contemporary gospel message and the actual body and blood of Jesus.”

Starting in late 2004, he began to delve deeper into his Roman Catholic roots, reading the whole catechism, and concluding that “every sacrament, every symbol and tradition of the Catholic faith is intended to convey, above everything else, the revelation that God yearns, too, for a relationship with you."

The "sacramental point of contact between the Catholic and the liturgy of heaven?"  What does that mean?  Does it work for the non-Catholic?  Why must you 'crave' it so, and if you do, why not go to Mass somewhere?  Catholics are doing 'powerful and contemporary' all over the place these days.

“every sacrament, every symbol and tradition of the Catholic faith is intended to convey, above everything else, the revelation that God yearns, too, for a relationship with you.”

So the entire Catholic faith is all about God's yearning to have a relationship with me?  This is a man who, despite having read every page of the tedious Catechism, holds only a tangential and Protestant faith.

It's telling how these top-tier Christian politicians can only cobble together some nonsense to express their beliefs.  Jeb Bush can't seem to find anything the least bit meaningful to say about his Catholicism either, but at least he can be found in a Church occasionally.

Faithful Catholics need Christians to represent them in government.  If they are Protestant, at least we can support them for the elements of Faith that they share and apply.  What we don't need are men who will play with us and feign Catholicism when they show little respect or understanding of its beliefs or evidence of its practice.




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Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Christendom is Dying of Selfish Cowardice ]]>
Christendom is Dying of Selfish Cowardice

By Frank Walker

Chair warmers
Chair warmers


At the Remnant, Hilary White's title says it all:

Vatican OK with using force as “last resort” against ISIS, on the off chance we might come to it some day

In our world today there is nothing detectable whatsoever in the way of Christian power. We have numbers, but we are completely enervated, sleeping, smothered, choked - you choose the descriptor. We are like an enormous man dying.

Are we to give a sigh of relief, or a cheer, that the Vatican seems finally to be noticing that Christians are being systematically wiped out en masse in the cradle of Christian civilisation? Or that they are telling the UN Human Rights Council that the use of force “may” be used as a “very last choice,” to defend them?

Some news services are reporting that the Vatican “says military force should be harnessed,” in response to the growing threat of ISIS, but I think this might be a bit strong. I’m pretty sure the word “should” was a bit of journalistic license. At the press conference, Time quotes the Vatican’s UN delegate Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, saying, “We have to stop this kind of genocide.”

“Otherwise we’ll be crying out in the future about why we didn’t do something, why we allowed such a terrible tragedy to happen.”

Alright, but the official joint statement says… well, what, exactly?

The Middle East is living in a situation of instability and conflict that recently have been aggravated. The consequences are disastrous for the entire population of the region. The existence of many religious communities is seriously threatened. Christians are now especially affected. These days even their survival is in question.

Efforts to build a better future for all are frustrated. We witness a situation where violence, religious and ethnic hatred, fundamentalist radicalism, extremism, intolerance, exclusion, destruction of the social fabric of whole societies and communities are becoming the features of a non-viable political and social model, endangering the very existence of many communities, the Christian community in particular.

Why is it necessary that our Holy Church in it's officials acts and it's application of doctrine must be entirely passive, even declining to use words on behalf of Christianity itself?  In short, what good actually does the Vatican do? Isn't diplomacy just what happens when nothing is really happening?

We are talking about ISIS, of course, as everyone knows. ISIS, the Islamic supremacist group that grew, with the help of US backing, out of the “rebels” fighting the Assad government in Syria, and has now declared itself the new “Caliphate” to fulfill the command of Mohammed to dominate the whole world. ISIS, only one of the group’s acronyms, stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” and the motivation for its goals is the issue that is being so carefully avoided with such determined diplomatic use of the passive voice.

And all the world knows what ISIS is doing: mass slaughter, mass rapes and enslavement of captives, mass deportations, child soldiers, beheadings, crucifixions, burning captives alive, bulldozing and setting fire to churches, monasteries, towns and villages, jackhammering away any cultural or historic trace of anything that is not specifically Sunni Islamic. But diminished and chest-less modern men, apparently even those representing the Vatican, seem incapable of forthrightly condemning this monstrous Old Testament scenery.

Instead we have from the ostensible leaders of Christianity, an apparently unbreakable habit of dainty, non-committal, UN committee-approved terms like “terrorist groups,” the “so-called Islamic State,” who are creating “a situation of instability and conflict” by committing “human rights violations, repression and abuses.”

In the statement’s strongest language – still doggedly retaining the passive voice - it admits that Christian communities are subject to “barbaric acts of violence: they are deprived of homes, driven from their native lands, sold into slavery, killed, beheaded and burnt alive. Dozens of Christian churches, and ancient shrines of all religions have been destroyed.”

But there is no expression of normal, human outrage, no horror at this, no booming demands for international military intervention. Instead, the situation “raises deep concerns.” This is always coupled with the continued insistence that force can be used only as a last possible resort, and no hint at all how many have to die before we may divine when that point has been reached.

The only force that will be insisted upon for the moment will be the force of dialogue, the force of 'encounter' - you know those contemporary pseudo-Christian imperatives which honor and elevate the dishonorable and deadly.

Perhaps most depressing in this minimalist and insipid declarative sentence is the meticulous avoidance – by the Catholic Church – of any mention that the Christians in the Middle East were there first. This and gaping eloquent silence on the long history of Islamic conquest and brutal subjugation – is all the acknowledgement they get from the pope’s representative for 1700 years of suffering.

For every Christian life and village taken today there will countless generations of hopelessness and suffering.  Islam, engendered in terror, blackened what was once the great ancient and Christian world well over a thousand years ago.  What will it make of Europe now?

So, why is it a bad thing to violently wipe out the remaining shreds of the (native) Christian civilisation? Well, because, Diversity!

In our globalized world, pluralism is an enrichment. The presence and the contributions of ethnic and religious communities reflect an ancient diversity and a common heritage. A future without the different communities in the Middle East will run a high risk of new forms of violence, exclusion, and the absence of peace and development.

A journalist friend in Rome told me that he has occasionally interviewed high-ranking representatives of the Vatican’s diplomatic service and confronted them about their habitual diffidence and addiction to UN-speak. He said that he asked why in none of their official statements they ever actually come out and say anything Christian. That they never forthrightly proclaim that Christianity – that Christ – is the solution to all this. The reaction, he said, was one of blank incomprehension.

In fact, the statement says little about anything, and nothing the world needed to be told about the Middle East, Islam or ISIS. But it does certainly say a lot about its authors and about the deeply engrained culture of diffidence, passivity and, frankly, relativistic weakness – of an absence of belief – that rules all the institutions of the formerly Christian West, and, perhaps particularly egregiously, is the favoured language of official Vatican pronouncements. Certainly there is nothing here to upset the sensitivities of the internationalist bureaucrats, the “aggressive secularists” at the EU who famously refused to acknowledge even the historical existence of Christendom.

Why do we throw our hands up while a feckless, faithless hierarchy destroys the Church?

Much is made today of the danger of sexual sins, of the reality of Hell, and the widespread disregard for chastity.  We also hear volumes at the moment (even if only to advocate for statist policy) about the sin of neglect for the needy.  But I don't think Our Lord or Our Mother in Heaven will lament those sins the most when they have the final say on our generation.

I think they will wonder at our cowardice, our failure to do like Peter and Paul: to stand in the Temple and defend the Faith.  They will be pleased with our Rosaries said outside abortuaries, but they will wonder why we let so many die in sin or at the hands of killers who hate Truth.


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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ S.O.S. to Pope Francis: Come Save the Iran-Obama Nuke Deal! ]]>
S.O.S. to Pope Francis: Come Save the Iran-Obama Nuke Deal!

By Frank Walker

francis dove

Oh Pope Francis, work your magic!

As the frightening Obama Iran Nuke capitulation seems perhaps to be stalling on all sides; John Allen, Pope Francis, and Obama remain believers.  Seeing how effective the Pope was in lining America up with the Cuban thug regime, Allen suggests it's time for Pope Francis work another miracle. Will the Vicar of Christ come through?

Popes generally use their Easter Urbi et Orbi address, “to the city and the world,” to pray for peace amid global conflicts. Francis followed that tradition on Sunday, among other things commenting on a tentative nuclear deal between the P5+1 nations, including the United States, and Iran.

The pontiff said, “In hope we entrust to the merciful Lord the framework recently agreed to in Lausanne, that it may be a definitive step toward a more secure and fraternal world.”

That may not amount to a direct endorsement, but it’s certainly more favorable than the commentary coming from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or Republicans in Congress about the outline for an accord reached April 2 in Switzerland, not to mention Iranian hardliners who see it as a threat to their national interests. (On Monday, Israel backed off its insistence that Iran halt all uranium enrichment, a move seen as acknowledgement that the pact required concessions on all sides.)

What is the political point of Pope Francis?  Is it to go around lending 'spiritual' leverage to enemies of the Church worldwide?  Why do John Boehner, Jeb Bush, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden all seem to be faithful new Catholics of FrancisChurch?  Does he have something they all want?

Moderates on both sides of the divide, in other words, may struggle to bring along the hawks in their own shops. In that effort, the Vatican could turn out to be a surprisingly potent resource.

First of all, Pope Francis has plenty of political capital at the moment because of his high approval ratings and perceptions of his moral authority. He also has a proven capacity to translate that capital into results, as his role in restoring relations between the United States and Cuba illustrates.

If Francis were to lend his seal of approval to the nuclear deal, even campaigning for it in the oblique but unmistakable way popes sometimes do on political matters, it could move the needle in terms of public opinion.

On a more long-term basis, the Vatican may be the global institution with the best shot at rebuilding trust between Iran and the West.

Is it 'building trust' or just lending false credibility in the name of Christ?


Read more at The Stumbling Block




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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch: Why Do They Oppress Us When We're So Open and Embracing? ]]>
FrancisChurch: Why Do They Oppress Us When We're So Open and Embracing?

By Frank Walker

Francis to America: Christ-like hugs all around!
Francis to America: Christ-like hugs all around!


In commenting on the generally tragic movement of the anti-Christian bar in Indiana and Arkansas recently, D.C. Cd. Donald Wuerl opens with a glowing discussion of the Pope's Christlike openness and outreach.

When Pope Francis comes to the United States in September, his message will be that "God loves all of us the way we are" and "God asks us to love one another," said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

"We see in him not just the message, but how you do it," the cardinal said in an interview with Fox News on Easter. "The way in which he lives, treats people, responds to people says, I think, to many people ... he sounds and looks a lot like what Jesus would have sounded like."

Cardinal Wuerl said that "a beautiful part of his ministry" and why people find Pope Francis "so inviting" is that "he keeps saying, 'Go out, meet people where they are, and accompany them on their journey,' so that perhaps all of us could get a little closer to where we all need to be."

I find this kind of thing ugly. Why do we always have to be treated to some kind of verbal embrace when we hear about the Pope? Don't worry sinner. Here, have a hug! I know you can't help it. You're just that way!

It's not love. It's just warmth, and it's not what Jesus would have sounded like at all.

Jesus sounded like He did in the Bible.  Those are His words, yes?  If Jesus sounded like Pope Francis they never would have killed him.  They would have begged him to come visit and praised him in the Temple.

In the Fox interview, Cardinal Wuerl discussed the ongoing debate on religious freedom and discrimination, saying that people involved in that debate need to realize there is strong discrimination against the Catholic Church.

"If we talk about discrimination, then we also have to talk about discriminating against the Catholic Church, its teachings and its ability to carry out its mission," he said.

"No one should be forced to follow the actions of another and accept the actions of another. ... Our schools should be free to teach. We don't believe in abortion, and we need to be free to teach that," the cardinal told Fox News.

He also talked about, for instance, the situation of a Christian baker being forced to make a cake for a same-sex wedding when the baker is morally opposed to such marriages.

Cardinal Wuerl asked whether the use of anti-discrimination laws is seen as one-way street.

"I wonder if across the board we're not seeing different measuring rods being used when it comes to issues that we're facing here, for example," he said. "Why would it be discrimination for a Catholic university to say we're not going to allow a gay rights or an abortion rights group to have their program on our campus, and it not be discrimination for that group to insist that the Catholic school change its teaching?"

In one case, the Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon face a fine of $150,000 after being found guilty of violating a state anti-discrimination law for declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

Cardinal Wuerl said he believes there must be a way to "recognize the dignity of everyone and at the same time recognize the freedom and the rights, especially religious liberty, of everyone."

It's encouraging and appropriate to hear the powerful American cardinal make an eloquent defense of Christians, but does it really matter now that we've lost this battle and our side wants to pretend we're still negotiating?


Read more at The Stumbling Block



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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch Martyrs: Obama Justice Dept. Deporting Anti-Communist Ally ]]>
FrancisChurch Martyrs: Obama Justice Dept. Deporting Anti-Communist Ally

By Frank Walker

Is every Jesuit killed fighting for Communism a martyr?
Is every Jesuit killed fighting for Communism a martyr?


It's a new world for men who fought Communist guerrillas in Latin America.  They've got no home in this country any more.

The United States on Wednesday deported Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, El Salvador's former defense minister, accused of involvement in torture and killings 30 years ago during the Central American country's bloody civil war, U.S. officials said.

Vides Casanova was defense minister from 1983-89, a brutal period during the conflict between leftist rebels and U.S.-backed government forces. He retired and moved to Florida in 1989.

The Department of Homeland Security had in 2009 announced its initiation of deportation proceedings, at the request of human rights activists who sued on behalf of torture survivors.

How could he be a pro-freedom immigrant one day and a torturing criminal after Obama takes the White House?  I guess Obama's no Bill Clinton Democrat.

"The deportation of General Vides Casanova is a historic moment for the victims and survivors of human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war," said Carolyn Patty Blum, Legal Advisor the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability, which brought a case against Vides Casanova in 1999 on behalf of torture victims living in the United States.

"The removal from the United States of Vides Casanova, a general at the apex of power during years of horrendous repression, is unprecedented, she added.

It's so unprecedented you could even call it un-American.

His deportation to El Salvador came on the same day that U.S. authorities announced they will seek the extradition of a former colonel in the Salvadoran army wanted by Spain to face charges over the murder of five Spanish Jesuit priests in El Salvador in 1989, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

This should lend much-needed credibility to these new FrancisChurch saints the Pope is eager to proclaim, Jesuit priests who plotted against their governments on behalf of that 'christianity' he says people always confuse with Communism.



Read more at The Stumbling Block




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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Christendom is Dying of Selfish Cowardice; S.O.S. to Pope Francis: Come Save the Iran-Obama Nuke Deal! FrancisChurch: Why Do They Oppress Us When We're So Open and Embracing? FrancisChurch Martyrs: Justice Dept. Deporting Anti-Communist Ally ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Christendom is Dying of Selfish Cowardice


S.O.S. to Pope Francis: Come Save the Iran-Obama Nuke Deal!


FrancisChurch: Why Do They Oppress Us When We're So Open and Embracing?


FrancisChurch Martyrs: Obama Justice Dept. Deporting Anti-Communist Ally



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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Jeb Bush: Pope Francis Republican ]]>
Jeb Bush: Pope Francis Republican

By Frank Walker


Cardinal Dolan meditates on another Bush presidency
Cardinal Dolan meditates on another Bush presidency


I get the impression that Jeb Bush is so far removed from any consciousness of GOP voters that he's become a completely technical politician.  Every phrase out of his mouth is some kind of arrow shot at a target.

NRO's Kathryn Lopez phoned GOP Presidential heir-designate Jeb Bush recently, and right away they're talking about Francis, their mutual pope, and his 'way with words'.

I'm so jealous.  If only I knew how to say those 'simple things' that draw people toward me.

What does Jeb Bush think of Pope Francis? The pope must be “the envy of a lot of people in public life,” Bush says. He has a “remarkable” way of “saying the simplest things that draws people towards his beliefs.”It slipped my mind in my new busy-ness but I forgot those fond memories of my becoming Catholic.

Twenty years ago this Easter, at a vigil Mass in 1995, Bush was received into the Catholic Church. We talked by phone briefly on Easter Monday afternoon about the anniversary of his conversion to Catholicism — which had actually slipped his mind. In the busy-ness of my “new work,” he says, “I had totally forgotten it was the 20th anniversary last Saturday. It brought back fond memories.

”When the subject turns to the new FrancisChurch we get a hyper-canned version of the frozen Catholic right:

Asked if he’s experienced change in the Church in the 20 years since his conversion, he points to the stability of Catholicism, but then immediately notes the “obvious” change in the Church the “tone and emphasis” of Pope Francis has brought.

He notes that the media may be missing the whole story when the pope gets into “specifics.” Bush predicts that there might “turn out to be a real disappointment” for people, especially non-Catholics, “who think this guy is really cool” and expect “big changes” in terms of doctrine.

How could they possibly be disappointed when they've already been thrilled?

Does Bush imagine we should expect 'small' changes in doctrine, or that we should be pleased when they don't turn out to be big?  What does the Governor think is Catholic?

We talk a little bit about the pope’s upcoming visit to the United States this fall. The mere fact that Philadelphia could be expecting in the range of 2 million people, he says, is “a powerful statement in and of itself — that this many people would want to come and hear the pope and participate in communion with him.”

Are there any statistics on the Pope's appearances today that aren't inflated?  With whom does Jeb Bush think people 'participate in communion'?  Is he talking about Holy Communion or communion with Francis?  This phrasing is odd, isn't it? It reminds me of when Obama praises "His Holiness's pronouncements."  These politicians seem to think we're all Children of the Corn.

Can an attitude like Pope Francis’s help Catholics in public life, especially in situations like last week’s unpleasant upheaval over religious-freedom laws? “Absolutely,” says Governor Bush.

“I do think he can help change the conversation. Because right now, it’s just full of landmines.”

A minefield.  That's America to Jeb.  A more elitist characterization could not be made, or a more frightened one.

On the topic of Indiana and related controversies, he adds: “It’s hard to imagine a country with our tradition of tolerance where now it’s ‘either/or.’ . . . A country as big and noble as our country doesn’t have space to be able to allow people of conscience to act on their faith and people not be discriminated against? I think we can figure this out.”

This is the Bishops' position, those conservative lions.  Keep trying!  There must be a way to force bakers to bake gay wedding cakes and still call it freedom.  Endeavor to persevere!

Making clear he’s not mistaking himself for pope or pastor, Bush suggests that “in politics, we really need to focus on language that cuts through that gets beyond them vs. us, the divide that always seems to prevail.”

He readily admits he doesn’t get it right all the time. “I think about . . . how I can improve how I express my views,” he says. People’s beliefs on a lot of hot-button issues like religious liberty, life, among others, may be “informed by faith, your life’s journey, the thousands of interactions you have with people,” and are matters “way beyond politics,” he says. At the same time, discussing them is not only unavoidable, but necessary. So how to do so compellingly, convincingly, in such a way as to invite collaboration and even conversion (of the political sort)?

Well, it seems following that Pope Francis model is the key here.  It's about finding that special language which unites.

Pope Francis’s lesson may just be, Bush suggests, “Where you say it, how you say, it is important.”

“You’ve got to figure out a way that gets beyond being pushed into a position where you sound like you’re intolerant of people who may not agree,” he says. “But you have to say what you believe as well,” surmising that in the case of Francis the media, in search of sound bites, may have glossed over some of the pope’s more inconvenient underlying beliefs.

Despite the fact Pope Francis is a liberal, he is not a Bush.  His position is more akin to Obama because represents the dissident Left within the Church.  From Bush's disinterested American perspective, Francis looks like a smooth talker skillfully manning a faithful conservative post, but that's only catholic media spin.  Francis isn't protecting faithful positions.  They are his targets.

Saying things well is not the Pope's priority.  He demonstrates daily that it doesn't matter what he says, he can get away with it.  The media will always support Pope Francis so long as he keeps doing their work in Rome, but they won't treat Jeb Bush that way if he takes the primaries.  In that case, just like a bishop, it will be his job to pretend, capitulate, and lose - but there won't be anybody praising his words while he does it.

If I were the governor I'd reconsider my humble and gushing esteem for Pope Francis and his 'tone'.  They both don't play for the same team and the Pope plays to win.  It's not like Jeb would get his vote.



See more at The Stumbling Block.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Garry Wills Can't Conceal His Christian Joy ]]>
Garry Wills Can't Conceal His Christian Joy

By Frank Walker


“Without joy that person is not a true believer?”
“Without joy that person is not a true believer?”


Notorious grim catholic dissident Garry Wills continues his celebratory Pope Francis book tour, having fun like liberals do by attacking the Faithful and gloating.

At a recent I talk I gave about Pope Francis, a man asked me, “Why do more non-Catholics like the pope than Catholics do?” He was wrong, of course. A Pew poll two months ago found that 90 percent of Catholics like what the pope is doing—and the number is even higher (95 percent) among the most observant, Mass attending Catholics. The percentage of non-Catholics who view the pope favorably does not get above the 70s.

If any orthodox Catholics out there like Pope Francis and what he's doing, here's news.  He doesn't like you.

Yet the question was understandable. There is a perception of great resistance to the pope in his own church. This is largely the product of noise. Extremists get more press coverage than blander types, and some Catholic bloggers have suggested that the pope is not truly Catholic. They are right to be in a panic. They are not used to having a pope who is a Christian. They call Francis a radical because he deplores the sequestration of great wealth for a rich few and deprivation of the many poor. But Francis is a moderate. Jesus was the radical: “How hard it will be for the wealthy man to enter the kingdom of God…. It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:23, 26). In the Gospel of Luke (16:19-31), when the rich man (Dives) calls for succor from hell, Abraham, holding the poor man (Lazarus) in his bosom, answers: “All the good things fell to you while you were alive, and all the bad to Lazarus; now he has his consolation here, and it is you who are in agony.”

You 'extremists' and your noise! How dare you suggest the Pope doesn't believe all Catholic doctrines.  It's not like he's given you any reason to doubt!

You don't like him because you're greedy and he loves the poor. You're just not used to a Pope who is a Christian?!

It took 2,000 years to get one who is, right Garry?



See more at The Stumbling Block.

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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Worldwide FrancisChurch Emblem Discovered ]]>
Worldwide FrancisChurch Emblem Discovered

By Frank Walker


At "The Eye-Witness" they've identified the worldwide emblem of the ever forward-looking FrancisChurch.

When the discussions arise about reclaiming our heritage there are various cries instantly heard telling us that we cannot turn back the clock.  We are assured this cannot be done.

Even Rome has so stated: there is no return to those old days.  We must put these old practices out of our heads.  We have no further use of them.

Rome has spoken.

But something has now happened in Rome in the past two years.  It would appear that their minds have now changed on the subject and that there will be a going-back....

hip and cool
hip and cool the late 1960s and the 1970s.

The Church of the Leisure Suit is at last being restored, and all is well with the world again.


My head is spinning.



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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ As An Entire Country Closes Its Churches, One Cardinal Mentions Why ]]>
As An Entire Country Closes Its Churches, One Cardinal Mentions Why?

By Frank Walker


Presiding over the death of his Church?
Presiding over the end of his Church?


In the Netherlands a cardinal prepares his Catholics for the inevitable:

During Lent, Catholics in the Netherlands are getting accustomed to the vision of a future without churches. In this year’s Message for Lent, the President of the Episcopate of the Netherlands Willem Cardinal Eijk, announced that he will take on one of the most painful problems of the local Catholic community, i.e. the necessity to close the vast majority of churches in the country, in the near future. As a result of mistakes made by the local Church after the Council and the actual abandonment of evangelization, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of faithful in in recent decades.

In all fairness Cardinal Eijk may not mean exactly what he seems to be saying here, but one couldn't think of a more exact description of the problem, not just in the local Church, but the entire Church itself.

Card. Eijk stressed, that he never takes an initiative in this regard alone. For the “deconsecration” of a sanctuary, it is the parish council that writes a simple request stating that only a few faithful attend a church and therefore the parish does not have the necessary funds for its maintnance. The Utrecht ordinary stressed that the decision to deconsecrate is always taken with a heavy heart.

Card. Eijk therefore understands the bitterness of the faithful who find that their village or district will no longer have a church. He however cautions that this should not cultivate these sorts of negative feelings, because they can lead to permanent bitterness. It is important, however, to be open to God and to other Catholics, and with them deepen their faith through prayer, the Word of God and catechesis. Although church buildings might disappear, our faith and the will to be the Church does not disappear from our villages and districts – Cardinal Eijk writes in his message for Lent.

No the Faith won't disappear.  They just won't need very many Churches to hold it.

One would imagine that someone must have had this result in mind back in the 1960's.  Was everyone misguided hierarch behind it just in the grip of some fantasy?


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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Jeb Bush: Pope Francis Republican; Garry Wills Cant Conceal His Christian Joy; Worldwide FrancisChurch Emblem Discovered; As An Entire Country Closes Its Churches, One Cardinal Mentions Why ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Jeb Bush: Pope Francis Republican


Garry Wills Cant Conceal His Christian Joy


Worldwide FrancisChurch Emblem Discovered


As An Entire Country Closes Its Churches, One Cardinal Mentions Why



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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch Shepherds Faithful Into The Planetary Capacity Regime ]]>
FrancisChurch Shepherds Faithful Into The Planetary Capacity Regime

By Frank Walker


Pope tees up for UN overlords

InfoWars reports:

Officials within the UN are pushing the notion that the human population should be reduced in order to effectively combat climate change.

The long standing notion has been continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation with Climate One founder Greg Dalton regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change.

For 'planners' everything is a system with inputs and outputs.  Make this intervention here, and the humans will provide that targeted output there.  We are to be pushed, molded, formed, crushed.

“Obviously less people would exert less pressure on the natural resources,” Figueres answered, also noting that estimates suggest the Earth’s population will rise to nine billion by 2050.

Dalton then questioned whether that figure could in some way be stalled or halted.

“So is nine billion a forgone conclusion? That’s like baked in, done, no way to change that?” he asked Figueres.

“There is pressure in the system to go toward that; we can definitely change those, right? We can definitely change those numbers,” Figueres said in response.

Really, we should make every effort to change those numbers because we are already, today, already exceeding the planet’s planetary carrying capacity.” she also claimed.

What kind of sweeping, arrogant, ignorant statement is that?  Is the Earth some Airbus to Hell where you can only carry on one bag and a computer?  Someone told her the 'planet's planetary capacity' and she believed it - and look, we've exceeded it already!  That must be why we have all that warming which no-one can feel or detect. Humans have already ruined the climate so humans must cease.

“So yes we should do everything possible. But we cannot fall into the very simplistic opinion of saying just by curtailing population then we’ve solved the problem. It is not either/or, it is an and/also.” the UN official also said.

There is one thing liberals never are and it's simple.  They are always complex and complicated and we are simple. That must be why Pope Francis told us on Good Friday to:

"enter into the mystery of the empty tomb", to "seek a deeper meaning, an answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity and our very existence." 

Truth is so complicated it can't even be known or believed.  To have faith is far too simple a solution.  We must always question, question, question.

That must also be why Pope Francis, author of the upcoming encyclical on the climate and sustainability, recently warned against breeding like rabbits.  I think three-children is the "number experts say is important to keep the population going," he advised.

Why we must get this kind of moral advice from someone who has such weak discernment, who relates to UN overlords with planetary egos and systemic ignorance, I have no idea; but he's the Pope foisted on us upon Benedict's abdication, and we have to size up the situation for what it is.

Climate change 'c'atholicism coming up next, you dirty rabbits.



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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Catholic College Student Suspended for Not Going Through with ISIS Funding Scheme ]]>
Catholic College Student Suspended for Not Going Through with ISIS Funding Scheme

By Frank Walker


Unnamed honor student who did not show sufficient trust or respect
Unnamed Laura who failed to sufficiently honor Catholic College's mission


Hemingway started out as a reporter with no college degree.  Student Laura X at a Catholic College in Miami might want to do the same.

Barry University has suspended a student reporter for her participation in a Project Veritas video that featured a university coordinator assisting in the creation of an ISIS club on campus.

The student journalist, identified only as Laura, recorded her efforts trying to launch a “Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” student group last week.

This morning, she received an emailed notice from Maria Alvarez, the university’s associate vice president and dean of students, stating she had been suspended over allegations that her reporting violated the university’s Code of Conduct.

“In response to complaints filed by members of the University community on Wednesday, April 3, and received by my office this morning, April 6, 2015, your alleged actions were the cause root of disruption of the University community and the creation of a hostile environment for members of the University staff,” the notice read. “Because these alleged actions violate Barry University's Code of Conduct, effective immediately you are placed on Interim Suspension from Barry University.”

The university's Code of Conduct demands that "[m]embers of the campus community must act out of mutual respect to establish an atmosphere of trust," and that enrollment at the school "presumes an obligation on the part of the student to act at all times in a manner compatible with the university's purpose, processes and functions."

Of course, in order to have trust and be respected you have to be trustworthy and respectable, yes?

If I had to be part of an organization which demanded I "act at all times in a manner compatible" with it's "purpose, processes and functions," I'd run for the door.  That's because I would be not in the bosom of a Catholic school, but the grip of an Orwellian network which cared nothing for my life nor the lives of victims anywhere.

During the suspension, Laura is forbidden from visiting the Barry University campus or attending classes.



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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis Out With His First Hit Single ]]>
Pope Francis Out With His First Hit Single

By Frank Walker


FrancisChurch theology now in song
FrancisChurch theology now in song


Do you ever get the feeling Pope Francis is just sort of place-holding while armies of people hype him into all kinds of figures like pope, theologian, politician, climatologist, economics advocate, St. Francis and Mother Teresa, cool guy, bouncer, teddy bear, pop star?

Ever since I learned that the Vatican retained consulting giant McKinsey & Co. fresh after the Conclave to help Pope Francis 'reform' the Church, I find little to celebrate in stunts like this:

Pope Francis was already well-qualified as a renaissance man, having formerly worked as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub and a literature professor who was able to persuade Argentina’s most famous surrealist writer, Jorge Luis Borges, to speak to one of his classes.

Now the pontiff has added yet another improbable title to his résumé: Songwriter.

His new song, titled “So we can all be one,” is the product of a collaborative effort between Francis and Italian-Argentinian musician Odino Faccia. Its public debut came March 29, following Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

"We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day so lets start giving!"

Faccia told Crux in an e-mail that his bond with the pope comes from his work, since he’s always favored music that promotes peace and values. Faccia, considering how to transmit the pope’s message of peace, composed the song — with Francis’s full support.

After singing the new song on Palm Sunday, Faccia told Crux that Pope Francis reported to him that he “really liked the song.”

“This message is of light and hope,” begins the three-minute song, which describes overcoming darkness and looking ahead, rather than allowing the past to determine one’s life.

“So that all may be one,” goes the chorus, “gone are the walls, only the value of the encounter remains … that is the bridge to peace.”

I think this effort may express the Pope's theological insights quite well. Could it possibly be more trite, empty, or meaningless?

“So we can all be one,” distributed by Sony music, is currently available only in Spanish, but Faccia said versions are currently being produced in English, Italian, Polish, Arabic, and Portuguese.

They say St. Peter's Square is really starting to thin out for papal appearances.  I wonder what will happen when they start playing this in a loop?



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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Liturgy of the New Evangelization: Forward Into What? ]]>
Liturgy of the New Evangelization: Forward Into What?

By Frank Walker


Is this forward enough?
This isn't turning back, right?

Pope Francis, standing on the site of Pope Paul VI's formal suppression of the Ancient Mass, said, "We must go forward, ever forward.  To go back is wrong!"

CWR's Matthew James Christoff  seems to wonder:

Forward into what?

Despite the fact the New Evangelization has been an ongoing emphasis by the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. Since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%. Something is desperately wrong with the Church’s approach to the New Evangelization.

One reason the New Evangelization is faltering is because it is missing men. The New Emangelization Project has documented the serious Catholic “man-crisis” in the United States. 1 in 3 baptized Catholic men have left the faith and of those who remain, 50-60% of them are “Casual Catholics”, men who don’t know and don’t practice the faith. Of those who practice the faith, many are lukewarm, not converted to the point of conviction, a conviction in which they are prepared to make disciples for Christ and His Catholic Church. The New Evangelization has largely ignored men, with no substantial or sustained efforts to directly confront the Catholic “man-crisis”.

The Catholic “man-crisis” matters. The souls of men matter and many are being lost; for example, two thirds of Christian men are looking at porn at least monthly and the numbers are much higher for younger men. The faith of the children matter and huge numbers of young people are leaving the faith because they have followed their fathers out of the Church. Without a New Emangelization in which millions of Catholic men become newly committed to Christ and His Church, there can be no New Evangelization.

While a complex set of forces have driven the Catholic “man-crisis”, including both massive cultural changes outside the Church and serious missteps within the Church, the lack of engagement of men in the Mass is a major contributing factor: men don’t understand the Mass and well-meaning, but misinformed priests in many parishes have de-sacralized the Mass causing many men to simply “drift away.”

Mass in my parish is not only profane, it's also loud, distracting and ugly. It's not just feminized, it's Broadway-musicalized.  It's homosexualized and self-centered. The flat screen TVs are over eight feet high.  The prayers of the faithful go on for years, and the pastor always teaches something angry, sentimental, and destined to carefully unravel your natural beliefs.

Men of unsure faith and keen sense find our Masses repulsive, directly contrary to their virtues and instincts, and in many ways they are.

Christoff asks:

Why is the Mass a key driver of the Catholic “man-crisis”? Research shows that almost 9 out of 10 Catholic men don’t participate in a Catholic activity outside of attending Mass; if men aren’t being reached in the Mass, they aren’t being reached. Only about 1/3 of Catholic men are attending Mass on a weekly basis. Only 1 in 50 Catholic men have a monthly practice of Confession, underscoring the fact that many are attending Mass without a proper preparation to receive the Eucharist. 48% of Catholic men are “bored” in the Mass and 55% of Catholic men don’t feel they “get anything out of the Mass.” These statistics confirm what dozens of the New Emangelization Project interviews with top Catholic men’s evangelists know: men don’t understand the Mass. No man can truly understand the Mass and be bored.

After noting Cardinal Burke's courageous and necessary recommendation to correct the destruction of the Mass particularly in light of men, Christoff concludes.

After forty years, the New Evangelization has so far failed to reverse the growing losses of Catholics in the West. Rather than a continued parade of programs and events, the Church needs to get back to the basics; the Mass and men. When there is a Mass Conversion of Men in which millions of men and priests are evangelized and catechized to the point of conversion in the Mass, the Church will be renewed and the promise of the New Evangelization will be fulfilled.


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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch Shepherds Faithful Into The Planetary Capacity Regime; Catholic College Student Suspended for Not Going Through with ISIS Funding Scheme; Pope Francis Out With His First Hit Single; New Evangelization Liturgy: Forward Into What? ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker


FrancisChurch Shepherds Faithful Into The Planetary Capacity Regime


Catholic College Student Suspended for Not Going Through with ISIS Funding Scheme


Pope Francis Out With His First Hit Single


Liturgy of the New Evangelization: Forward Into What?



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Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Holy Thursday Is Not Just About Remembering Jesus and Feet ]]>
Holy Thursday Is Not Just About Remembering Jesus and Feet

By Frank Walker


Where is the rest of Holy Thursday hiding?
Where is the rest of Holy Thursday hiding?


The stark Francis style of Holy Week papal observance is all about deletion and de-emphasis in the name of corporal works of mercy.  Holy Thursday and the Catholic Rites of Our Lord's Last Supper are mainly about the Blessed Sacrament, the priesthood, and the Mass itself.  But for Pope Francis it's about service, service, service.

In other words it's all about the feet.

Go to a jail, not a church, and smell like sheep!  That's wonderful true, but it's not Holy Thursday is it?  That's because it leaves a lot of important Catholic things out, priceless heavenly things that Our Lord gave us.

It's troubling to find the Catholic media falling in line too.

When I was growing up, like a lot of families, mine had one of those small, cheap Kodak Instamatic cameras. You used those flash bulbs that looked like ice cubes…and got these little square pictures back from the drug store when you had them developed. My dad must have taken hundreds, if not thousands of pictures with that camera. I never appreciated them until years later, after I was grown, and my parents had died, and we were going through their things and we found all these pictures. Boxes of them, curled and faded. But there they were – life, captured by Kodak. Memories you can put in a shoebox.

We need that. We want something of the person we love to outlast them, and stay with us.

We want to remember them.

So photos help us to remember the ones we love.

And remembrance is at the very heart of what we celebrate this evening. But Jesus didn’t leave us photographs in a shoebox. He left us something better.

He left us Himself.

Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth is the earliest account ever written of the Last Supper. It pre-dates, even, the gospels. It is so close to the original event, that its words are part of our Eucharistic prayer, spoken at every mass, at every altar, around the world. The words that created the Eucharist are the beating heart of our Catholic Christian belief.

And through it all, one word leaps out at us.


Do this in remembrance of me.

Jesus is saying: This is how I want to be remembered.

So, instead of photos, Jesus left us Himself in the Eucharist and he wants us to remember him by the Blessed Sacrament?  Or Perhaps, since Our Lord's real presence is much more than just a memory, Deacon Kandra is saying that Jesus wanted priests to remember to confect the Holy Eucharist in that way.  The memory is the Mass, not the Sacrament itself.  Either way, there is much more to the Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Mass than remembering Jesus.

Next Deacon Kandra uses the Gospel of John to sort of change the Last Supper into mainly a message of service.

In the gospel, John doesn’t even mention the meal, or the institution of the Eucharist. But he finds something else for us to remember: Christ, the servant.

This of course is no reason to see Holy Thursday primarily in this way.

Deacons feel a special affection for this passage, because it is here that the diaconate, really, is born — in Christ’s extraordinary act of service, the washing of his disciples’ feet. Often, you will see emblems for the diaconate that include the image of a basin and a towel. It refers to this specific passage. And it is a reminder that we are called to serve – to wash one another’s feet, in humility and in love, just as Jesus did.

But is the meaning in Jesus' act the same for lay people? Isn't there something in it about bishops, priests, and deacons--something uniquely apostolic?

But it is not just the ordained who are called to this. It is all of Christ’s disciples. All who sit at His table and share in His body and blood.

All of us.

“You ought to wash one another’s feet,” Jesus says. “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

In other words: remember what I have done. And do this, too, in remembrance of me.

So we go from family photos, to the Mass, to the Eucharist, to the Priesthood, down to lay people helping each other; then to cap it off we hear the words of consecration used in a way that could apply to any single act of Christian mercy.

Doesn't something strike you as odd about that? It reminds me of what Pope Francis warned yesterday, when he claimed:

"If we approach Holy Communion without being sincerely willing to wash one another's feet, we do not recognize the Body of the Lord?"

Do the Blessed Sacrament, or Mass, or the priesthood have no power or value intrinsic to themselves, or do these things only matter if we wash enough feet?

Is is just all the same this Holy Thursday?


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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pro-Gay Slavery: It Will Stop When Its Stopped ]]>
Pro-Gay Slavery: It Will Stop When Its Stopped

By Frank Walker


To be Christian is to hate, Yes?
To be Christian is to hate, Yes?


At The Stream, John Zmirak is coldly accurate:

If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a while. You’ll be hearing a lot more fighting words as we enter the next phase of Christian life in America.

Sample the hate that has been spewed at the state of Indiana in the past week, and faithful Christians in recent years, by gay activists and their allies. We are “bigots,” “Neanderthals” and “haters,” whose views must be ritually rejected by anyone hoping to keep a job in today’s America — even in a Catholic high school. Where will this end? Is there a logical stopping point for this aggression, where Christians are left in peace?

If you are in China, it may seem to have no end.  If you are in Russia, you know it ends when it's stopped.

History teaches that mass vilification rarely stops short of spilling blood. The French Jacobins who spent the 1780s slandering the clergy in pornographic pamphlets went on in the 1790s to slaughter Christians by the hundreds of thousands. The Turks paved the way for killing a million Armenian Christians with a wave of propaganda. The Bolsheviks followed their “anti-God” crusade of the 1920s with starvation camps and firing squads. The Communist governments of Eastern Europe obeyed the same script, as scholar Anne Applebaum documents in her sobering study The Iron Curtain. The Hutu government of Rwanda prepared for its assault on the once-powerful Tutsis by incessantly describing them as “cockroaches” on radio broadcasts, which triggered a genocide.

If the media, the law and our elite institutions succeed in lumping Christian sexual morals in with white racism, how long will it be before believing Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox (and many religious minorities) find themselves labelled as members of “extremist sects,” no more to be trusted with the care of their own children than the Branch Davidians were?

Does that sound crazy to you? Then ask yourself why the German government, and the European Court of Human Rights, felt justified in seizing a Christian home-schooled student — with the apparent approval of the Obama administration. Think about the moral views you teach your own kids. Would your local education bureaucrats approve?

Perhaps Chicago’s cardinal, Francis George, wasn’t guilty of hyperbole when he said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.”

Joining him would be many Christians who affirm the Gospel in its integrity — instead of the neutered version that’s now sweeping the denominations to swell the ranks of the persecutors. See the Episcopalians and Presbyterians who are now blessing same-sex marriages; see “Catholic” universities such as Marquette, which fired a professor for defending the Catholic Catechism on this subject, and bishops such as Paul Bootkowski of Metuchen, N.J., who backed up a Catholic school that suspended a Catholic teacher for her Facebook comments critical of gay activism. With shepherds like these, who really needs wolves?

Zmirak says we should not be surprised at the hate and contempt gay militants have for Christians.  The question is, "What should we do?"

If Indiana caves and guts its religious freedom law — as Gov. Mike Pence has already promised — it will prove an equal triumph for those who are so enraged at Christian teaching that they are willing to persecute Christians.

If these zealots succeed, they will tear up the civil peace in this country, forcing millions of Americans to choose between church and state. If laws or government policies beggar Christian businesses, close Christian colleges and schools and force faithful Christians into third-class citizenship — making us virtual dhimmis, like the Christian Copts in Egypt — what should we do? What should be our response now that we know what they want to do, and are overplaying their hand, but before they complete their coup d’etat?

We need to ask ourselves some brutal questions: How should the faithful in the U.S. military respond? What about those in the state and local police? City, state and federal employees? What about religious shareholders in corporations led by anti-Christians, such as Apple?

He closes with the hopeful thought that the situation isn't new or unusual for the Church, and it has been overcome before.

We should not let the possibility or even the likelihood of “failure” make us timid. Witness is utterly different from propaganda, more fragile but far more enduring.

For centuries, the early Christians endured far worse than we might face, dying in the Colosseum to the taunts of jeering crowds — whose grandchildren would flee the moral chaos of collapsing Rome and flock to the underground churches. All the persecution that a government like China can deal its native Christians has not stopped the church from exploding there, and striking fear at the highest levels of a totalitarian government. The battered church in Poland led the movement that brought down the Iron Curtain, through sober, persistent resistance.

Perhaps the future we face is the one that Cardinal George envisioned. Speaking of a future bishop who would someday die a martyr, George predicted, “His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” If we stand for eternity, then history is on our side.



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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Parolin's New World Based on Contempt for Powerful ]]>
Cardinal Parolin's New World Based on Contempt for Powerful

By Frank Walker


We need a new economic 'system' of nice people like me.
We need a new economic 'system' of nice people like me.

Apparently Pope Francis' Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin had a public discussion/debate with the President of the Italian Senate where they spoke a lot about 'economics'.

The Holy See calls for a “financial system that works in service of society”, condemns “the war and all forms of nationalistic arrogance or egoism, including in its financial manifestations” and promotes “an ethical sense of responsibility on the part of big political or economic agents,” encouraging “the free and efficient participation of the poor in building their own economic dignity”. Cardinal Pietro Parolin outlined the Vatican line of action in the field of geopolitics and the social commitment of the Church in a public discussion he had with the President of the Italian Senate, Pietro Grasso during the presentation of a volume titled “Moneta e Impero” (Currency and Empire) and published by Lime, an Italian geopolitics magazine. The presentation took place at Palazzo Maffei-Marescotti, in Rome, in association with Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi.

Let's try to unpack this nest of self-righteous and condemnatory gobbledegook.

Whenever someone tells you there's something wrong with the system beware.  They are usually trying to put something over on you.  Isn't a 'financial system' just people spending their money?  If that 'system' doesn't work how will you fix it?  How is my giving someone money for something not serving society?  The only thing that can go wrong is when laws take away people's rights to their property, thereby oppressing them.

Before Cardinal Parolin's first line is finished, the 'broken' system is linked to war.  Then war is linked to nationalism, arrogance, and egoism.  Next those bad things are 'manifested' financially.  (This kind of talk only means something in college.)  In Parolin's mind the new non-broken system would 'promote' an ethical sense of responsibility on the part of 'big political or economic agents.'

Does a 'system' promote things and create an 'ethical sense of responsibility' or does a system rely on on laws?  Because I think what the Cardinal is dreaming of will require laws; laws that force 'big agents' to do something he thinks is not unethical, warlike, arrogant, egotistical, or irresponsible, and serves society.

Still running with the same sentence, Cardinal Parolin's new system will encourage “the free and efficient participation of the poor in building their own economic dignity.”

Whenever someone considers 'the poor' as a group beware, because 'the poor' are just people who don't have money at the moment.  If you give them money they won't be poor any more but someone else will.  Poor is a fluid condition that varies based on effort.  If they by definition have no money, how will 'the poor' participate in the new ethical financial system?

Finally the bigger question for the Catholic cardinal, "When did money ever give someone dignity?" Dignity comes from God and our cooperation with his law.  If you follow Cardinal Parolin's thinking, the Holy Family would have no dignity!

The Pope’s main collaborator pointed out the need for “an economy that is able to give life to enterprises inspired by the principle of solidarity and able to create sociality”.

What does solidarity really mean other than helping others and togetherness, and what in the world is 'sociality?'

The cooperatives established at the end of the 19th century are to be seen as models. “They were the response to the first capitalistic globalisation” which “brought huge suffering to the people of Europe and was linked to the imperialistic disputes that led to the First World War”. Today, as was the case back then, the limit to the pact between big capital and the exercise of power is an economy “promoted by people who have nothing but the common good at heart and in their minds”.

There's something telling here.  At the core of the cardinal's new system are nice people!  It's a system based on nice people.  That's the difference.  I wonder who those people are?  Certainly Cardinal Parolin is one of them.

This bare radical formula isn't too complicated.

People with power and money = Bad, Selfish

'New system' decision-makers = Nice, Caring.

It's good to know a powerful prince of the Church has such a refined moral sense.

“Big capital tends to finance established powers and the more profitable activities”; while credit is not available to the poor.” For this reason, “taking the superior dignity of man as its starting point, the Church does not give up in the face of this state of things but perseveres in stressing the dignity of mankind.” Cardinal Parolin pointed the finger at “the rather obvious link between big finance, the exercise of power and the competition between the various centres of power”. “it is difficult to establish whether priority is given to imperial objectives or finance and both fuel each other.”

I don't know if money drives politics or politics enables money but they both have to make way, and we in the Church are just the ones to help it because we know it's not about money at all.  It's about dignity, and the more of your money we quarantine, the more dignity we're gonna spread around.


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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Holy Thursday Is Not Just About Remembering Jesus and Feet; Pro-Gay Slavery: It Will Stop When Its Stopped; Cardinal Parolin's New World Based on Contempt for Powerful ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker


Holy Thursday Is Not Just About Remembering Jesus and Feet


Pro-Gay Slavery: It Will Stop When Its Stopped


Cardinal Parolin's New World Based on Contempt for Powerful



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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis Makes Holy Thursday About Dirty Feet ]]>
Pope Francis Makes Holy Thursday About Dirty Feet

By Frank Walker


This will show those rulemakers

This will show those rulemakers


Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam has detailed the striking offense that is the Pope’s regular Holy Thursday Stunt.  Pope Francis is trying to make a new religion, but it’s not really new.  It’s just not Catholic.

Pope Francis has again made headlines by announcing he will spend Holy Thursday washing the feet of inmates at the Rebiba prison in Rome. This is the third time the Holy Father has chosen to perform the foot washing ceremony in such facilities, visiting the Casal del Marmo prison in 2013 and the Don Gnocchi center for the elderly and disabled in 2014.
Saying the Holy Thursday Mass in the prison in 2013 was one of the first gestures of Francis’ pontificate, which earned him the respect of many while provoking apprehension among traditional Catholics. This misgiving among traditionalists provoked (and continues to provoke) ire among those who “don’t see what the problem is” and can’t understand why this is such a “big deal.”
I would say this is one issue where the traditionalist objection is totally misunderstood – willfully, I believe. “Don’t like it when Peter goes around with tax collectors and sinners, huh?” “Yeah, Jesus was offensive to the Pharisees, too.” These are the sorts of shallow rebuttals our criticisms have been met with, as if there is really nothing deeper to traditionalist objections beyond the stupid old “tax collectors and sinners” trope.
The problem is this is Holy Thursday, one of the holiest days of the year. It’s about so much more than dirty feet.
First off, lets clear the air about one thing: there is no problem with the pope celebrating a Mass at a prison or other such facility. Benedict XVI celebrated a Mass at Casal del Marmo prison during Lent of 2007 – the same location Francis used in 2013. The issue is not the location of the Mass, or that the pope wants to celebrate with prisoners, elderly, indigent, whatever. Not an issue.
Benedict, however, did not celebrate this Mass on Holy Thursday, and that is a big difference. This brings me to my first objection: The traditional location of the Holy Thursday evening Mass is St. Peter’s basilica, which made the Holy Thursday Mass much more available to the faithful. St. Peter’s Basilica (according to its website) is capable of seating 15,000 people; if Mass is held in the square, it can accommodate 80,000.
Whatever one may want to say about Masses of that magnitude, it cannot be denied that a Mass in a basilica offers a much greater opportunity for participation of the faithful than a Mass in a small prison or nursing home. The Holy Thursday Mass, which inaugurates the sacred Triduum and which (until 1642) was a holy day of obligation is in a totally different category than, say, a daily Mass. This is why when Benedict XVI wanted to celebrate Mass in the Casal del Marmo, he did so in a daily Mass, not the Holy Thursday Mass, which as part of the sacred Triduum, is of a much more solemn and public nature than a mere daily Mass.

Remember, the pope is also Bishop of the diocese of Rome. This means that for the past three years, the faithful of that diocese have been deprived of access to the celebration of one of the most sacred Masses of the year by their bishop. I admit this is not a huge issue or a monumental scandal – but it is something.

My pastor is having an “Easterbration” in the town football stadium with games, face-painting and even Mass!  There’s going to be puppets.  The whole town is invited, but if you don’t want that there’s an alternate Mass at church with no choir. (A blessing.)  That’s what the Pope is doing to faithful Catholics and priests, depriving them of their right and treating them with contempt, like Obama treats Israelis.
Regarding the importance of this inaugural Mass of the Sacred Triduum, it is well to recall that its proper name is the “Mass of the Lord’s Supper.” The “theme” or focal point of this Mass has always been the double institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood by our Lord Jesus Christ at the Last Supper.
In his last Holy Thursday homily delivered in 2004, St. John Paul II preached on the centrality of the Eucharist and its connection to the priesthood in the context of Holy Thursday:

“While we fix our gaze on Christ who institutes the Eucharist, we have a renewed awareness of the importance of the priests in the Church and of their union with the Eucharistic sacrament. In the Letter that I wrote to priests for this holy day, I wished to repeat that the Sacrament of the altar is gift and mystery, and that the priesthood is gift and mystery, both having flowed from the Heart of Christ during the Last Supper.” (source)

This is why one of the readings from the Holy Thursday Mass has always been the institution of the Eucharist as described in 1 Cor. 11:23-32. This has been part of the readings for the day as far back as we have records. In Pope Francis’ Holy Thursday celebrations, there is little emphasis on these traditional themes. For example, Francis’ 2013 homily does not mention the Eucharist at all; the refrain was a very generic message of “Help one another”; Francis’ 2014 homily focused entirely on the foot washing ceremony and admonished Christians to “be servants to one another.” No mention of the priesthood at all, and only a passing comment on the Eucharist, which he strangely subordinates to “service”; service is the main theme of the Mass in Coena Domini, and the Eucharist is an afterthought to service. This is an inversion from the familiar formula that the Eucharist, in fact, is the source and summit of the faith.

It must be remembered that though foot washing in general is a sign of service (cf. 1 Tim. 5:10), the Holy Thursday foot washing in particular is much more than that. Christ did not just wash His disciples’ feet as a sign of service to mankind in general, but of the service the hierarchy renders to the clergy in particular. This is why most liturgical foot washing in the Church’s history has always focused on the bishop’s service to his clergy; priests, canons, deacons and subdeacons have been the recipients of foot washing; this was true of diocesan bishops as well as the pope. It is an ecclesiological ritual relating to the clergy and their superiors, not a general sign of service to mankind.

It is certainly not “wrong” to wash the feet of persons not among the clergy; obviously as the parish level, a priest does not have any clergy beneath him whose feet he can wash and the washing of laymen’s feet is the norm (still, in some parishes, the priest will not wash the feet of anybody willy-nilly; he will choose representatives of different parish apostolates – Knights of Columbus, the DRE, ushers, etc). As mentioned above, foot washing was a sign of general obeisance in the early church. But at a pontifical Holy Thursday Mass, we would expect a bishop or the pope especially to recognize this clerical aspect of the rite by performing the Mandatum on the clergy subject to him. This gets obscured when the focus of the rite is reduced to mere “service” without reference to the clergy.

The choice of Holy Thursday is appropriate to the Pope’s message however, because it strikes right at the heart of the Church and goes fundamentally to his own stark faith and twisted vision.  The message of humble service is not the main message of the Pope’s Holy Thursday show.  The main message is break Church laws and flout the Eucharist, Holy Mass, and the priesthood on behalf of the poor and the sinful.
If the Holy Thursday foot washing is supposed to signify the service of the hierarchy to the Church – and to the clergy in particular – then we can easily understand why it is totally inappropriate that non-Christians should be the recipients of the ceremony. In what fantasy land can a Muslim or atheist in any way represent the Church?
Finally, of course, we all know that the rubrics for Holy Thursday say the recipient of the foot washing must be a vir (Lat. “man”). In 2013, the decision of the Holy Father to wash the feet of women prompted some apologists to simply shrug and say, “Well, the Holy Father is the supreme interpreter of the Church’s liturgical law and canon law. He can change it how he sees fit.”
That’s true to an extent. But it seems lost on many that to say one has an authority to change a law is not the same thing as suggesting he can simply break the law. We all understand this. If the Holy Father does not like the current legislation, he has the power to change it. He can promulgate new rubrics or new norms if he so chooses. But for law to be law, this is accomplished by an act of law; i.e., the lawgiver changing the law by an legitimate exercise of his legislative power. The law is not changed by the lawgiver simply breaking the law.
Suppose the speed limit in your town was 30 mph. Suppose your small town Mayor decided he did not like that speed limit. Suppose, on the premise that he was the “supreme authority” in your small town, he just decided to start breaking the speed limit with impunity. How would you react? You would be indignant! You would say, “If the Mayor doesn’t like the speed limit, then change the law, but for heaven’s sake, don’t just break it!”
Since the rubrics for Holy Thursday have not changed, the fact remains that Pope Francis is simply violating the rubrics. You may say the law should change. You may applaud his inclusiveness. You may affirm that he has the power to change the law. But you cannot deny that he is breaking the law every time he washes the foot of a female on Holy Thursday. There’s no other way to explain it.
The writer closes this most excellent and necessary piece with a powerful reminder of the mass capitulation of faithful intelligentsia in the new FrancisEra.

Let us also remember that the conservative apologists who are now saying that the pope can do whatever he wants are the very same who, under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, loudly insisted that the letter of the law must be observed when it came to liberal priests washing women’s feet.

It is not because I or anyone else has a “problem” with the pope fraternizing with the poor, or prisoners, or whatever. It is not because we think women are inferior or any nonsense like that. The substance of the traditionalist critique of Pope Francis’ venues for Holy Thursday is that this is a violation of liturgical law and hence an abuse of power; that it obscures the ecclesiological symbolism of the Mandatum rite and constitutes a detraction from the Eucharistic and clerical focus of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper; and that it deprives the Catholics of the Diocese of Rome from the ability to publicly celebrate the beginning of the Triduum with their bishop, thus depriving them of special graces.

You may read all this and shrug and say, “Eh. You’re nitpicking.” Maybe you think that. Maybe you are right. God knows. But it is definitely not a matter of traditional Catholics somehow objecting to the poor, or women, or prisoners receiving papal attention. You may think the objections are not worthy of consideration; but at least acknowledge that there are legitimate objections that go far beyond the tired old “tax collectors and sinners” mantra. It was never about that anyway.

I would add that outside the terrific scandal to the world that these symbolic acts provide, they are likely offensive to Our Lord as well since they deprive him of the worship He is due, not just in Rome but everywhere, and they obscure the message of His Gospel during moments most meaningful to Him.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Register Fires Pat Archbold: EWTN Formally Joins FrancisChurch? ]]>
Register Fires Pat Archbold: EWTN Formally Joins FrancisChurch

By Frank Walker


Some call this 'Christian Unity'
Some call this 'Christian Unity'


Pat Archbold has been fired from the National Catholic Register.

Ever since Francis became Pope the media world has become a frightening virtual reality. First the Register started apologizing for the Pope's anti-Catholic attacks. Then they started attacking Catholics themselves. Last month they joined two dissident rags in a liberal political move which backfired, of course, in their faces. Now this. They release their best and most powerful writer; perhaps the only one that didn't need the job and could still tell the truth.

I got to write for the Register for five years and now I don't anymore. It was never gonna be a lifetime appointment. Any money I receive from writing is essentially inconsequential to my family as I have always had another primary career. I got into writing because I love my faith and the Church. It is that simple. I always just wanted to write what I thought about what was happening in the culture and in the Church and I wanted to say it the way I wanted to say it.

The sad thing is that this is EWTN's most faithful outlet. Remember how amazing and miraculous that network once was?

For a while that was understood, accepted, and even appreciated by the Register. For the past 2 years, that has increasingly not been the case. That shouldn't be a surprise to many. There was no sense in me changing since my reasons and need for writing had not changed. But obviously some things changed, as we all know. I knew what I was doing and I understood well the current mood. I didn't change because I didn't want to. But it is their newspaper and they get to choose what they want to pay for and publish. That obviously was no longer my writing.

In a strange way, I am relieved. It feels more honest now. No more me jumping through hoops and worrying about every word or topic choice. And I am sure some folks who had to deal with me during an increasingly tense process are equally glad to be rid of me.

He did have to jump through the hoops for a couple years. The problem is he couldn't stop his message from getting out.

The Christian example here is in Archbold's consistency.  He didn't bend.  They did. "There was no sense in me changing since my reasons and need for writing had not changed." Pat was writing out of love for Christ and the Church, NOT for money, so he had no need or desire to compromise!

My question is, "Why is the entire planet, including all the Catholic press, being paid to do Francis-Hype?"  Is perhaps the entire planet up to something holy and that's why they care so much about the Church?


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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Saint Cesar Chavez? Planned Parenthood Agrees ]]>
Saint Cesar Chavez? Planned Parenthood Agrees

By Frank Walker


Patron Saint of Unions and Planned Parenthood
Patron Saint of Unions and Planned Parenthood?


You can't deny the fundamental fact that the evil Left loves Pope Francis.  Why not?  He promotes most of their goals - as did many of his new saint causes.  Was Cesar Chavez very religious?

SAN JOSE -- Family members of labor leader Cesar Chavez led a march in his honor Saturday through the neighborhood where he once lived, and some supporters also used the birthday commemoration to revive a movement to make Chavez a Catholic saint.

Was it a procession or a 'march'?  Isn't San Jose where they just got a new FrancisBishop?

"This is the beginning of a campaign to canonize Cesar Chavez," said Rudy Chavez Medina, a nephew of the legendary California activist. "When you look at Cesar's life -- and all the lives he touched -- that's a miracle."

Is that going to be the miracle?

Laying out a detailed case for Chavez's canonization was the Rev. Jon Pedigo, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, whose proposal was met with surprise and elation from some veterans of the United Farm Workers movement.

The process of officially declaring someone a saint requires a long, complicated investigation by the Catholic Church, usually to prove that the person miraculously cured physical ailments. But Pedigo said it can begin with a popular movement.

It "can start anywhere in the world, in his birthplace in Yuma, Arizona, or the place where we believe his call came from, here in San Jose," Pedigo said. "It's a matter of where do people really want to organize around the question of sainthood."

Is this about finding devotion to a saint and evidence of miracles, or just organizing for social action?  Will this be the first 'Patron Saint of Union Organizing'?

The sainthood campaign brought new energy to the annual San Jose event celebrating the life of Chavez, who died at age 66 in 1993 and would have turned 88 on Tuesday. Monday is a state holiday in his honor.

After a service at the Guadalupe Church, about 100 people, led by the labor leader's siblings, nephews and nieces and a host of local politicians, began marching from McDonnell Hall, where Chavez gathered farmworkers in the 1950s.

"Here in East San Jose, one of our own community members raised the consciousness of our whole nation," said Mayor Sam Liccardo, sporting a white guayabera shirt for the occasion.

He's a consciousness-raising saint even the mayor can love.  Guess who else loves Chavez?

“Planned Parenthood shares César Chávez’s belief in fair treatment for everyone; we believe that all women and their families deserve the highest quality of affordable health care no matter who they are and where they live – no matter what. We know that health disparities remain a serious issue that is undeniably linked to poverty, lack of access, racism, sexism, and discrimination in all of its forms. As we continue to be inspired by César Chávez’s legacy, we know that these structural inequalities can only be changed through collective action – that’s why we are committed to working together with our partners to break down these barriers and to transform our world from one divided by disparities to a world united by health equity.

“The Affordable Care Act has provided millions of Latinos with access to critical services and allowed us to make significant strides toward better health care outcomes for all, but there is still much work to be done. We know that enrollment was only half the battle. Now that many Latinos have insurance for the first time, we are committed to making sure that they know what they can do with it, and of course there are still a significant number of Latinos who remain uninsured, many of whom are undocumented. We honor César Chávez’s memory by continuing to provide and advocate for services that allow people of all ages, races, and walks of life – regardless of immigration status – to reach their fullest potential.”

So, Planned Parenthood is filled with esteem for the labor-leader saint.  I guess a life of service can be a lot like 'advocating for services', and even though there isn't a word about Him in either of these testimonials, we all know Jesus was all about service!


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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis Makes Holy Thursday About Dirty Feet; Register Fires Pat Archbold: EWTN Formally Joins FrancisChurch; Saint Cesar Chavez? Planned Parenthood Agrees ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Pope Francis Makes Holy Thursday About Dirty Feet


Register Fires Pat Archbold: EWTN Formally Joins FrancisChurch


Saint Cesar Chavez? Planned Parenthood Agrees




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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Dom Helder Camara: New Emerging FrancisSaint Even More Like Pope Francis ]]>
Dom Helder Camara: New Emerging FrancisSaint Even More Like Pope Francis

By Frank Walker


They call me Communist because I'm all about social action!
They call me Communist because I'm all about social action!


FrancisChurch may seem like a completely new kind of Catholicism, but it's not new.  The more you learn about it, the more you can see it's all been done before.  In Kerknet Google Translation we read: before new 'martyr' Oscar Romero has even been beatified yet another 'saint of the people' has emerged from the Pope's Latin America; home of  the poor, the poor, the poor and the oppressed....oh and the marginalized.

Mgr. Fernando Antônio Saburido OSB, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife (Brazil), Rome has asked for permission to his archdiocese the beatification process for Dom Helder Camara, the legendary "bishop of the poor", to boot. Rome investigating the case. So wrote the French newspaper La Croix 'Monday.

Can you imagine if our Lord in His day went around bleating continuously about the poor and their evil oppressors?  Instead of dying on a cross he might have lived to be ninety like our new FrancisChurch saint.

Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999), the symbol of liberation theology in Latin America, the firm took on the poor. In 1964 he became Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, in one of the poorest regions of Brazil. He left the Archbishop's palace and went to live in a slum.

No Pope should live in the Pope's house and no archbishop in the archbishop's house!  What do you think I am, an archbishop?  I'm not one of those evil elitist Church-people you know.  The poor are at the center of MY Gospel.

Dom Helder Camara founded a seminary where the formation of the priest candidates in social action was as important as the theological formation.

Let me see.  Theology is about God, Truth, and the Catholic Faith. Social Action is about radical agitation, envy, guerilla  war, and Communist thuggery.  He's right!  They are equally important!

He opposed the then military dictatorship in his country when the military him as 'communist' and 'demagogue' labeled. "When I give food to the poor, they say I'm a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they say I'm a communist, "said Dom Helder Camara then.

Wait a minute, that's the Pope's line, yes?  Communism stole the Catholic flag.  It's just Christianity.  All I do is love the poor and people call me a Communist. I thought Pope Francis made that up?

Is there a slight chance that people called Oscar Romero, Dom Helder Camara, and Pope Francis Communists because they act like Communists, not because they love the poor?  Is it possible to love the poor without raving against the unjust system like a Communist? Can people who are neither poor themselves nor socialists actually love the poor?

No. It's not possible.  In that 1970's Latin American world of Pope Francis there was either the Church of the Poor or the greedy enablers of the repressive murderous 'military dictatorship' (many of whom respected the rule of law and were actually faithful Catholics).

In 1979, Pope John Paul II brought openly tribute to Dom Helder Camara, during his visit to Brazil, but in 1985 appointed Msgr. José Cardoso Sobrinho as his successor. And that immediately made a tabula rasa of everything Dom Helder Camara had built.

Once again John Paul II turns out to be one of them.  He must have been in the pocket of the U.S. money-machine backing all the Latin American oppressors.  Thank goodness the Church is finally free from their influence and we can go back to moving forward, ever forward even more toward the people!

The only issue here is that Camara can't be a 'martyr' because he wasn't shot.  Get ready for Dom Helder's miracle.




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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Church of Suicidal Loopholes ]]>
New Church of Suicidal Loopholes

By Frank Walker


Escaping Pain
Escaping Pain

Aleteia is running a priestly advice piece on suicide, and predictably it does everything humanly possible to make killing oneself seem anything but damnable.  It even presents a picture of a woman who seems to be submerged, as if drowning.  If only suicide were drowning!

A writer asks Fr. Mike Schmitz if those who commit suicide 'automatically' go to Hell.  Who asks questions like this?  Does anyone believe that Hell is automatic?  Isn't Christ our judge? Mercy is always possible for those who can truly repent but reiterating that incessantly undermines Church teaching. We have our Church to show us what we should expect, and what not to presume.

Catholics must take an absolute stand against every form of suicide. Suicide is “contrary to the love of God.” It is truly evil. Now, please understand me here. In saying that suicide is evil, I am not saying that the person who commits suicide is necessarily evil. But anyone can choose to do evil actions. There are some actions which are evil in and of themselves, regardless of motivation or circumstance. Of these, suicide is one.

Suicide is always bad, but people...people are not bad, OK.  This confusing modern mantra makes Catholics think they're all going to Heaven.  People can be called bad when they are vicious, meaning they have acquired many vices.  That's what a bad person is.  Everyone is redeemable, but some can truly be called bad until the point when they are not.

And for these people who are never really bad and who commit suicide, there are all kinds of extenuating circumstances.

If a person freely chose to kill himself, fully knowing that he was saying “no” to God, and he died unrepentant, all signs point to eternal separation from God. But here’s the deal: we don’t know a lot of that information. I don’t know if his will was truly free (the person may have suffered from “grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture”…these can lessen their responsibility (cf. CCC 2282). I also don’t know the person's degree of knowledge; did he know that he was not simply “escaping pain,” but was in fact choosing something contrary to God’s love? And lastly, none of us have any way of knowing if the person repented before death. There is an ancient saying in the Church, “We don’t know what happened between the bridge and the water.” This indicates that you and I have no clue if the person we love regretted the decision and turned back to God at the last minute. There are stories of many people who survived attempted suicides, who found themselves praying that God didn’t let them die even after they jumped, or swallowed the pills, or used other means.

Why is the bar so, so low today?  Committing suicide is absolutely one of the worst things a person can do and honestly, when did psychology ever begin to be a factor in someone's culpability?  Didn't they just invent it?

Another mitigation is this lack of knowledge.  People who kill themselves don't really know it's bad today, and people don't know what marriage is either, and they don't know all the sexual sins are wrong any more, and on and on.  Why do we even teach anyone the Faith?  If we left them all blissfully ignorant they could sin miserably their whole lives and then sail into Heaven!  You don't even have to be part of the Church so long as you're nice.

It's like we've developed a new doctrine of excuses.  Can we really expect to get to Heaven with a pocketful of explanations? No. but we can surely go to Hell preaching laxity, presumption, and hyper-mercy.



 Read more at The Stumbling Block.



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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Dom Helder Camara: New Emerging FrancisSaint Even More Like Pope Francis; New Church of Suicidal Loopholes ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker


Dom Helder Camara: New Emerging FrancisSaint Even More Like Pope Francis


New Church of Suicidal Loopholes





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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch: It's About Faith Not Doctrine! Love Not Law! ]]>
FrancisChurch: It's About Faith Not Doctrine! Love Not Law!

By Frank Walker

Feel the Joy
Feel the Joy


It's difficult to imagine the frightening zeal that must have possessed men like Martin Luther or the other false priests who led huge movements out of the Church. For those unfortunate shepherds their work was an obsession.  Pope Francis cannot stop hammering at those Pharisees and doctors of the law by whom, we must know by now, he means us, faithful pious Catholics.

Zenit's Junno Arocho Esteves reports on the Pope's March 26th homily in Casa Santa Marta.

To be joyful is a grace that only comes from faith and not from doctrine or law that is detached from love. This was the central theme of Pope Francis' homily at Casa Santa Marta this morning.

According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on today's readings, both of which spoke on Abraham. In John's Gospels, Jesus tells the scribes and doctors of the law that "Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.”

The Pope said that the doctors of the law did not understand what Jesus meant because they did not understand the joy of hope, of promise and of the covenant.

"They did not know how to rejoice, because they lost the meaning of joy that only comes from faith," he said. "Our father Abraham was able to rejoice because he had faith: he was made just in faith.

Abraham was justified by faith. Not also works?

The Pope continues.

These lost their faith. They were doctors of the law, but without faith! But more so: they lost the law! Because the center of the law is love, love for God and for neighbor."

Of course Our Lord corrected the Pharisees because they were led by self-interest.  That's why they went around enforcing unjust oppressive rules, rules which have nothing to do with Jesus or the true teachings of the Catholic Church.

The Holy Father went on to say that the doctors of the law were so attached to doctrine that their often times their questions dealt in abstract circumstances.

"Should taxes be paid to Cesar, or should they not? This woman, who was married seven times, when she goes to Heaven will she be the wife of those seven? […]

Petty overbearing law-making more appropriate to the U.S. Congress is how our Pope sees the doctrines of the Church and the Holy Mass. Since love isn't at the center, these are only unjust laws which have nothing to do with faith. So the master of the false dichotomy presents the king of them all.  He pits doctrine against faith and he pits the law against love.

The problem is: the doctrines of the Church ARE faith and it's law IS love.  We aren't Pharisees because we don't reject Christ!

This was their world, an abstract world, a world without love, a world without faith, a world without hope, a world without trust, a world without God," he noted. "And this is why they could not rejoice!"

No hope, no faith, no trust, no God, no point in joy:  How much contempt can the Pope muster for men and women who love Church teaching?

The 78 year old Pontiff continued saying that it was sad to be a believer without joy. Without joy, he said, there is no faith, only "cold doctrine."

Now we're cold dead too.

He's always going on about warmth and closeness. Didn't his mother hug him?  It gives me the creeps.

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said that the joy of faith and the Gospel is the touchstone of one's faith. Without it, one is not a "true believer."

So now Pope Francis has become a joy-sniffer who goes around pegging Pharisees with his joyometer.  Better check that pickle face, Catholic!



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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Cardinal Nichols to Real Catholics: Stay Out of the Press! ]]>
Cardinal Nichols to Real Catholics: Stay Out of the Press!

By Frank Walker


Don't cross Francis with that doctrine stuff in my territory
Don't cross Francis with that doctrine stuff in my territory


The Tenth Crusade never loses her steel-eyed assessment of the Pontificate for Thugs:

The synod is sinking and the rats are coming out of the woodwork.

Didn't Pope Francis initiative call for open and honest discussion of Kasper's heresy?

If you can distance yourself from the emotional baggage that comes with the empowerment of the thugs who sell heresy, this is fascinating to watch.

Pope picks heretic to teach his see heresy and tells us all to openly discuss the pros and cons of embracing it.

When Catholics who will never embrace heresy openly and honestly discuss the cons, Pope Francis army of mercy and justice tell us to STFU.

It's all about synodality and open, honest discussion (of heresy and sacrilege).

Make a mess! (Just don't get in my way.)

When 500 faithful priests from the UK signed a letter asking the Synod to defend the Faith, the leader of the English Bishops, Cardinal Nichols, told them publicly to be quiet.  The same day, Pope Francis warned the Church to pray for, not 'gossip' about the Synod.

I always knew what Francis meant by all that railing against gossip.  He means keep your mouth shut and never cross me or one of my pliant FrancisBishops.

Get this: After the Holy Father tells us to discuss the very public, well-orchestrated circus of deception and heresy at the synod, this Cardinal tell us not to conduct a debate about the synod through the press.

Priests should not conduct a debate about the October Family Synod through the press, Cardinal Nichols has said, following the publication of a letter signed by hundreds of priests, urging the synod to issue a ‘clear and firm proclamation’ upholding Church teaching on marriage.

They want exclusive rights to conduct publicity stunts.

UK Cardinal Nichols continues:

Every priest in England and Wales has been asked to reflect on the Synod discussion. It is my understanding that this has been taken up in every diocese, and that channels of communication have been established,’ the statement said.

‘The pastoral experience and concern of all priests in these matters are of great importance and are welcomed by the Bishops. Pope Francis has asked for a period of spiritual discernment. This dialogue, between a priest and his bishop, is not best conducted through the press.’

The problem is simple and it's been going on for decades.  What do faithful clergy do when their hierarchy stand against the faith?  Answer: They must be silent, endure or be banished with their lives ruined, or they can unite, hold fast.

The faithful clergy need laypeople to defend them more than they ever have.  We can't go on like this, with evil men destroying the Church and crushing true Catholic clergy.  It can't continue forever. The Church is dying.  God sees the damage and He will ask us why?

Tenth Crusade sums up the Cardinal's threat:

Get it?

Any discussion was supposed to be privately discussed with the heretics trying to implement it.

Good one.

Next time we have a complaint, let's waste our time and call up the foxes they put in the henhouse.

There is something really creepy about communication in the administration of this papacy. In every conceivable way.

Right is wrong and wrong is right. Error is evangelized and truth is silenced.

It's the stink of sulfur.

We need to be careful because it is everywhere and demons specialize in capitalizing on naivete and stupidity.

But everywhere this agenda is being promoted, the liars and thugs storm to silence and destroy catechesis and truth.

We've all taken several bites of the apple now and it is rotten to the core.



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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ CDF to Cardinal Marx: You Are Nothing More Than A Technical Moderator ]]>
CDF to Cardinal Marx: You Are Nothing More Than A Technical Moderator

By Frank Walker

Laying down the law somewhere else
Laying down the law somewhere else

Some weeks after Gang of Nine Cardinal Reinhard Marx made his statement of German independence from Rome, the Vatican head of Doctrine has responded.

The idea that bishops’ conferences can take doctrinal decisions on marriage and the family is “absolutely anti-Catholic”, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

In an exclusive interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said: “This is an absolutely anti-Catholic idea that does not respect the catholicity of the Church. Episcopal conferences have authority over certain issues, but not a magisterium alongside the Magisterium, without the Pope and without communion with the bishops.”

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also responded to recent remarks by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German bishops’ conference.

Cardinal Marx argued that the German bishops were “not just a subsidiary of Rome” and needed to set their own policies on marriage and the family.

He said: “Each episcopal conference is responsible for the pastoral care in their culture and has to proclaim the Gospel in its own unique way. We cannot wait until a synod states something, as we have to carry out marriage and family ministry here.”

Marx is right that bishops' conferences do wield a lot of power, but they shouldn't.  They are another of many bad modern ideas and they have undermined the Church entirely.

According to a translation by Rorate Caeli, Cardinal Müller told Famille Chrétienne: “An episcopal conference is not a particular council, even less so an ecumenical council. The president of an episcopal conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and he does not have any particular magisterial authority due to this title.

It's hard to imagine what Marx hoped to accomplish with his arrogance since it seemed to hurt the Pope's apparent initiative to enforce Mass sacrilege, throwing in the towel so to speak; except for the fact that it does telegraph what Germany will do, and many other countries following them, if the Synod fails to produce results.


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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Obamas to Host Pope Francis. They Have So Much To Talk About! ]]>
Obamas to Host Pope Francis. They Have So Much To Talk About!

By Frank Walker

For the poor, the marginalized, and the common good
For the poor, the marginalized, and the common good

In a frightening piece last December a noted Marxist sees a new Church coming that is indistinguishable from Communism.  Some months after the Pope Francis-brokered Obama Cuba betrayal, Cliff Kincaid predicted a Francis-Obama axis of socialists in the Americas.

That's why it's unsettling to see that Pope has added an event to his U.S. Trip in September.

The White House says President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis in Washington when he visits the United States this fall.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama and first lady Michelle Obama would welcome the pontiff as a guest at the White House on Sept. 23. It is Francis' first papal visit to the United States.

Francis is already scheduled to address the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Sept. 25. The pope has also agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, the first time the head of the world's Roman Catholics will address Congress.

Obama met Francis in the Vatican in March of last year. Earnest said discussions would range from poverty and economic opportunity to immigration and the environment.

This kind of high-level diplomacy is ugly.  Why, at the top of the world, is everyone all smiles and friendly, having dinner, honoring each other?  How many good Catholics would like to break bread with Mr. and Mrs. Obama?  I would hope none. I guess we just don't understand diplomacy.

Poverty, economics, illegal aliens, the earth, controlling weather - They have so much to talk about!

They have so much in common.



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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ FrancisChurch: It’s About Faith Not Doctrine! Love Not Law! Cardinal Nichols to Real Catholics: Stay Out of the Press! CDF to Cardinal Marx: You Are Nothing More Than A Technical Moderator; Obamas to Host Pope Francis. They Have So Much To Talk ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

FrancisChurch: It’s About Faith Not Doctrine! Love Not Law!


Cardinal Nichols to Real Catholics: Stay Out of the Press!


CDF to Cardinal Marx: You Are Nothing More Than A Technical Moderator


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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Beatification of Oscar Romero is the Church Atoning for its Sins ]]>
Beatification of Oscar Romero is the Church Atoning for its Sins

By Frank Walker



I know what you're up to and I want it to stop.
I know what you're up to and I want it to stop.


The hard-left "Progressive" has a glowing story of beloved new 'martyr' Archbishop Oscar Romero, chastened by the Church for radical Liberation Theology and soon to be blessed in the new FrancisChurch.

While in the capital, leading the church, he gained incredible spiritual strength to defend the poor and the voiceless. Millions would listen to his homilies on radio.

The people who truly embraced Romero were the poor campesinos who attended his mass and those who had the privilege to get to know him when he would visit their villages. Romero came from a middle-class background but he purposely chose to live a humble life.

Every priest makes humble choices and many sacrifices, unless of course they rise into the new hierarchy.  Then they must make token visible gestures, like selling off residences and discretely living in apartment buildings, carrying old suitcases, wearing brown shoes, and driving Fords.

Romero was not afraid to die. He was a valiant man who did not accept bodyguards. He consciously chose to give his life for the poor.

But he was very afraid of the demons that were being unleashed upon the Salvadoran populace. He knew much blood would be spilled. He even risked his life by having a dialogue with the guerrilla leaders, asking them to avoid using violence. He tried everything in his power to stop the oncoming bloodbath.

What is a demon?  Is it an actual demon or someone who's not 'the poor' and kills?  Did you know 'having a dialogue' risked one's life?  I thought that was always a peace thing?

Before his assassination, Romero visited Pope John Paul II, who snubbed Romero. Romero was deliberately made to wait an inordinate amount of time and relegated to a long line to meet the pope. The pope chastised Romero and ordered him to stop speaking up for the rights of the poor and involving himself in political issues.

Romero returned heartbroken to El Salvador. But he still continued to denounce the regime’s human rights abuses and killings. He made up his mind that he would give his life for the persecuted Salvadoran people, even if the Vatican refused to acknowledge the atrocities.

It's important to remember that the Liberation Theology pro-Communist front hates the Catholic Church establishment and everything it represents.  Who did Pope John Paul think he was to correct Oscar Romero when all he did was love the poor and offer them his life!  Romero was heartbroken!

Who was right, the Pope who told Romero to stay out of politics, or the one who is canonizing him and calling him a martyr because he died for those politics?  It can't be both.  What kind of NewChurch is this?

Even if Romero did die because he cared about the oppression of the poor, is that a martyr, or is it just a so-called good deed doer?  St. Stephen died for Christ.  Romero died supposedly at the hands of those 'demons' in the government.

Ironically, the same church that turned its back on Romero is all set to venerate him. The Catholic Church formally beatified Romero on May 23 in San Salvador, one step short of sainthood.

He fed the poor, clothed them, and he spoke up for them, knowing that he would possibly be killed. In fact, the miracle is that Romero has been now recognized as an international hero by the Catholic Church, when before he was demonized by many of his fellow clergy. Finally, the church is atoning for its sins toward him.

Everything is a miracle: feeding the poor, clothing the poor, speaking about them a lot - all miracles, and the biggest miracle is that the notorious Catholic Church is calling Romero a hero and ready to canonize him?!

In the new 'ever forward' FrancisChurch, it's Oscar Romero who is a saint and the Catholic Church who is the sinner.  "We must atone," the Progressive magazine rants, and we are.


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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Evangelium Vitae at 20: Three Popes on 'Life' Means More Leftist Policy? ]]>
Evangelium Vitae at 20: Three Popes on 'Life' Means Still More Leftist Policy?

By Frank Walker


Leftist Policy Just As Important As Baby Girls
Leftist Policy Just As Important As Baby Girls


At Catholic Vote, on the twentieth anniversary of John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae, it's time to make everything about life.

Tomorrow, on the Feast of the Annunciation, we mark also the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of St. John Paul II’s Evangelium Vitae. In that encyclical, the Polish pope insisted that “everyone has an important role to play” in proclaiming the Gospel of Life:

Together with the family, teachers and educators have a particularly valuable contribution to make. Much will depend on them if young people, trained in true freedom, are to be able to preserve for themselves and make known to others new, authentic ideals of life, and if they are to grow in respect for and service to every other person, in the family and in society.

This is what it means to build a culture of life in the broadest sense, the implications of which reach far beyond opposition to grave evils like abortion or euthanasia: human freedom must be directed toward truth, toward “authentic ideals” of life in the family and in society itself.

I'm so confused.  Is this about life and death or about freedom, truth, ideals, family and society?

The culture of life, in which the dignity and worth of every human person is protected and cherished, is the only sure foundation upon which to build an authentic civilization of love. The full dignity and worth of the human person is revealed in the light of the Incarnation: we were made by God, in the image of God, for communion with God.

Dignity and worth?  Authentic civilization?  Love? God?  Are all these things really the same as condemning abortion and euthanasia, tied together in a some great karma in the sky?

Continuing with three popes on Life, CV's Stephen White quotes Pope Benedict next, where he talks about the worth of every human being and how the dictatorship of relativism leads to murder.

Pope Benedict XVI understood this very clearly. When we lose sight of the truth about the human person, we lose both a proper sense of the worth of every human life, but we also lose the proper understanding of what it means to be person. A person is not just an isolated individual; a person always exists in relation to other persons, and finds fulfillment in the giving and receiving of love.

Obscure the truth of the human person and what remains is, in then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s famous words, “a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.” The dictatorship of relativism arises when we become untethered from the truth about who we are and what we are destined for. In this state, we are not free; quite the opposite. We are left with only ourselves, cut off from the common ground of truth, with no ability to recognize the true dignity of others. The culture of death and the dictatorship of relativism are thus intertwined; indeed, they are two facets of the very same problem.

Benedict was clear.  But next we get Francis, the third Pope on 'life.'

Pope Francis picks up on this theme, too, linking it definitively to his great theme of solicitude for the poor. Shortly after he was elected pope, Francis spoke to various ambassadors and diplomats. He spoke of the significance of his chosen name, Francis, for understanding the Church’s closeness to the poor. Then the Holy Father continued:

But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the “tyranny of relativism”, which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.

To summarize: Rich people suffer from spiritual poverty. The dictatorship of relativism endangers co-existence. I picked the name Francis because he said we should work for peace. There's no peace without truth and there's no truth with relativism, where everyone claims their own rights without caring for others.

There's a line running through things but this is a reach.

Here we see the common thread which runs from the culture of death, through the dictatorship of relativism, straight to what Pope Francis has dubbed, the culture of waste:

This “culture of waste” tends to become a common mentality that infects everyone. Human life, the person, are no longer seen as a primary value to be respected and safeguarded, especially if they are poor or disabled, if they are not yet useful — like the unborn child — or are no longer of any use — like the elderly person.

Pope Francis goes on to tie this “culture of waste” to a lack of respect for material goods and nature itself. As I’ve highlighted before, when we lose sight of our proper relationship with the creator—our origin and end—our relationship with all of creation suffers.

Finally, and for this reasons, what Pope Francis calls the culture of waste, is intimately connected to that materialism—as common in consumerist societies as in socialist ones, according to John Paul II—that reduces man to the sum of his economic choices and ignores the fullness of his freedom and, indeed, the fullness of his humanity. In Centesimus Annus, John Paul II connects our disordered relationship to the material world back to the dangers of thinking about man in primarily economic terms:

When… man is seen more as a producer or consumer of goods than as a subject who produces and consumes in order to live, then economic freedom loses its necessary relationship to the human person and ends up by alienating and oppressing him.

So here we are again.  Attacks on life and the Dictatorship of Relativism have caused us not to care for others, to treat each other like throw away material, to waste each other, to hurt nature.  Because of our careless 'consumerism' we're as materialistic as the cruel socialists or ruthless 'capitalists' JPII lamented.

Two of these three popes, John Paul II and Francis, are both mistaken to fault capitalism for being as materialistic as socialism since the 'capitalism' they deride is not one of too much freedom and too little government control.  The 'capitalism' they fault is our current western economies, where small groups of powerful men own the means of production or 'capital', and most people must come to them or to the government for work.  That is materialistic, but it's not a need for even more regulations and state controls.  It's a need for less regulation and more freedom.

More regulation and more control just means more socialism, yes?

Either way, none of these things have anything to do with abortion or euthanasia, unless you're talking about evils foisted on people by rulers with too much power and no love for God or the Faith.


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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Go To Hell if You Don't Help the Poor! ]]>
Go To Hell if You Don't Help the Poor!

By Frank Walker

Fire and Brimstone for Poverty Policy?
Fire and Brimstone for Poverty Policy?


At Aleteia Tom Hoopes reveals Philly Abp. Chaput's assertion that neglecting the poor is a mortal sin which will condemn us to Hell.

What about the Jubilee Year of Mercy?

“I’ve said many times over many years that if we ignore the poor, we will go to hell: literally,” Archbishop Charles Chaput said, most recently, here.

I love that. I am well aware that, just as perfect contrition is better than imperfect contrition, it is better to serve the poor out of love for God and neighbor than out of fear of reprisal.

But I also know that, to get over spiritual and moral inertia, sometimes we need a little push.

So if you are like me, and avoiding hell is a motivator for you, remember that is how we will be judged, and take the steps you need to get right with God.

Hoopes cites Jesus' story of Lazarus and the Rich Man.

For Jesus, it is impossible to love him and not serve the poor. It is there in the Last Judgement in Matthew 25:31-46; it is there in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. Anyone who thinks they are doing so is fooling themselves.

Certainly it is good to love the poor and to help them.  The story of Lazarus condemns sloth, greed, and lack of charity; sins of omission which can be temptations to those leading cushy lives.  When I hear this story I think of limousine liberals; Hollywood stars who advocate for trendy causes and government programs, but do little good.

But this new mantra emerging in the Time of Mercy, where it doesn't matter how much faith you have, how many Masses or Sacraments you seek, if you don't help the poor then you're damned; is ugly.

The Mass and Sacraments should never been posed against good works as if they are only both good together.  The Mass is always good and beneficial and lack of charity is never good.  Why this dichotomy?  Are we supposed to think that the Sacraments don't work in our hearts and souls?  Where is your faith?

Next are we going to learn again how climate change is racist and hurts the poor, and how we're going to Hell if we don't think like Al Gore? If Lazarus is lying full of sores in the street, you won't get to Heaven giving him Obamacare.


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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT