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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Good news? A trend?

A Syrian Christian fighter has beheaded an Islamic State group (IS) militant to avenge people "executed" by the jihadists in northeastern Syria, a monitor said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the incident took place on Thursday in Hasakeh province, where IS holds large areas of the countryside.
According to the monitor, the Christian fighter, a member of the minority Assyrian community, found the jihadist in the local village of Tal Shamiram.
"He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a member of IS, the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The Observatory is based in Britain but has covered the Syrian conflict since it broke out four years ago thanks to a network of sources inside the country.
The Christian was fighting in the ranks of Kurdish forces who earlier this month drove IS out of more than a dozen Assyrian villages the jihadists had captured in Hasakeh.
IS has carried out a wave of abuses in areas it controls in both Syria and Iraq, including public beheadings, mass executions, enslavement and rape.
An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth? Fantastic. The concept of "turn the other cheek" is applicable to personal situations. When it comes to defending others, protecting a collective, or defending your nation, you apply the "eye for an eye" methodology as a deterrent and as a punitive method for wiping away the scum in your society. I have always been confused as to why people simply cannot understand that the directions in the Old Testament are meant for governments and peoples, while the directions of Christ in the New Testament are meant for people's personal lives.

With any luck, this brave Christian is starting a trend. The Christians of the Middle East need to fight back with ferocity, and they need to demonstrate that they cannot be easily trampled over like grass. Otherwise, the entire land will resemble the mad lands of Conan the Barbarian.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pope Francis: Those Close To Him

The Curia is divided. "But Oh! That is perfectly natural! It is natural that things in this fallen world become divided when Christ is present! This is nothing new! Nothing new under the sun!"

So, it seems that there are fellows in the Vatican who are at odds with the current Pontiff, and who have not yet been banished away to the Order of Malta. Here are the anonymous critical quotations.
1. The large stomach of the Vatican still has not yet digested the last address of Pope Francis to the Curia on December 22 of last year. […] The address still burns under the skin of many Curials. 'If someone would have had the courage to get off his chair and to leave the Sala Clementina while the Pope was presenting his list [of reproaches and accusations], then, I think, all – or nearly all – would have left: right-wing or left-wing, young or old.

2. Today, with the distance of two years, some of those wearers of the purple color who were then joining in jubilation might regret to have given their own vote to the then-76-year-old Archbishop. A struggle for Rome has started, and it is not at all clear who stands where – also because Francis himself speaks in a contradictory way. But there is already taking place a wrestling [a grappling]. And from October 4 on when between 200 and 300 bishops will meet in Rome for the [2015] Synod in order to speak about family questions, it could come to even harder fights.

3. Ideally, a family should have three children? That is what he [Pope Francis] said, during the press conference on the flight back from the trip to the Philippines. I am not astonished that many good Catholics felt offended.

4. On "Who am I to judge?" '[This was a] sentence which has been abused by many media, Pope Francis did damage to the Church. ... He has, without intending it, favored the advance of the homosexual lobby which he claims to fight.'

5. Of Cardinal Marx, who is admired by Pope Francis:  'As a social ethicist, Cardinal Marx might have some knowledge about the [commercial-financial] dependencies of subsidiaries toward their mother company. But, in the context of the Church, such comments should rather be left to the village pub.'

6. But the Church is universal, and the greatest poverty is the spiritual poverty, as one sees it especially in the Occident, where the number of Catholics is continually dwindling. Unfortunately, the Pope has very little interest in Europe.

7. I think, he [Pope Francis] wants to lead the forthcoming Synod on the Family in October onto a certain path so that the Synod Fathers feel urged to choose [putatively] merciful solutions – which would be, in my eyes, not be a true mercy – especially with regard to the question whether remarried people shall be admitted to Holy Communion.

Three cheers for the Francis Effect!

"Certainly [gay sexuality] can be generous, vulnerable, tender, mutual and non-violent. So in many ways, I would think that it can be expressive of Christ’s self-gift."

-Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, Pope Francis' latest appointment to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Good policy

Sounds like a good policy to me. 

 If you are foolish enough to attack me, "then you can be certain that I will exploit your weakness to whatever extent I happen to find useful or amusing. Why? Because you gave up any claim to my sympathy or civility of your own free will when you decided to attack me or mine without provocation."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Strange Noises Returns

Well, this is fun.  The last time I posted about this phenomenon, it was 2012.  I really did not give much credence to whatever this phenomenon was.  To be honest, I am more concerned with how swampy things are in my part of the country, as it seems to rain perpetually and never cease.  I cannot get through my backyard without mud boots.

However, The Telegraph seems to think that these strange noises are a legitimate phenomenon, and they have a recent video of them.  These more recent noises do not sound like something from Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.  These new noises actually sound as if something metal is bending and tearing through some kind of a dry-docked or a beached oil tanker.  I'm not saying that's what the noise is.  However, that's how it sounds to me.

Perhaps what we are seeing reported here is a growing abundance of people with the same idea for a hoax, and that these different people are merely doing it their own different ways.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pope Francis' Liberal Causes; Culture War Is Over;

Women's Income

So, Pope Francis said that it’s ‘pure scandal’ that women earn less than men.

My colleague, Miriam, told us at Te Deum the following insightful statement:
The substitution of political "solutions" and topics is a self-preserving diversion on their part.  Because they have lost the Faith, they are no longer (naturally) interested in their jobs.  They deflect their energies to different (non-religious) jobs and causes, into which they insert their "hope."  These become their new religion.  Francis is a paradigm for all of them.  Too many of them are running the Vatican and the local dioceses, both.
Too right, Miriam.  And don't get me started talking about Pope Francis' latest dive into the world of sustainability and man-made climate change.  The fact that the leader of the Christians is dabbling in this liberal tripe while Christians are getting slaughtered abroad can be infuriating.

As for women and their incomes, just last week, I was witness to a potentially fruitful relationship and eventual marriage collapse because the woman is a careerist.

After all, she's gotta be a part of the tax base.  And after all, she needs money to buy more crap.  I suppose normal married life is secondary on the priority list.

Pope Francis Doesn’t Want to “Liberalize the Church,” Says Cardinal

From ChurchMilitantTV, it was stated that Pope Francis and the Vatican is trying to figure out "...problems such as '...the number of couples who prefer not to marry.'"

Understanding why people today prefer not to marry? Pope Francis ought to, perhaps, consult today's game theoreticians and MGTOWs. I'd recommend Heartiste, Roosh, Aurini, or Vox Day. Somehow, I doubt His Holiness will be making a phone call to any one of these guys for insight.

The Church Has Nothing to Apologize For

So, I recently read an article titled: "With all its faults and failings, the Catholic Church is pretty wonderful And it’s time to start saying so again"

The very title rubs me the wrong way.  As does the following statements:
-It hardly needs saying that the Catholic Church has had, and still does have, plenty to apologize for.
-The difference with the Church is its recent willingness to admit its faults, starting with the scandal of sex abuse and coverup.
It is not the Catholic Church that is to blame for whatever scandals and crimes that there ever may have been.  Rather, it is the bent elements within the Church who have failed the Church.  It is the individual people within the Church who have strayed from Her teachings that have erred, and it is those exclusive individuals who ought to be held to account for any wrongdoing.  The Catholic Church on Earth--the Church Militant--may have served as a vector for malice, but it was never ever the case that an individual who was doing exactly as the Church taught which led to any kind of tradgedy whatsoever.

The Catholic Church in this life and the next is completely blameless, and it is perfect.  The people who march under Her banner are the ones who have failed to keep up with the standards.

The Church has no faults or failings.  The Church has nothing to apologize for.  The clerics and prelates who want to admit the Church's 'faults' are mistaken, and they should instead be explaining any faults as resting on the shoulders of failures who could not serve as perfect examples.

The Long Retreat in the Culture War

This part of Buchanan's essay struck me the most:
Whatever side of the civil rights revolution one was on, folks on both sides fought for what they believed in.
Amazing. The old segregationists who, morally speaking, held a pair of deuces resisted. But a Christian majority that had the Faith that created Western civilization behind it rolled over and played dead.
Christians watched paralyzed as their country was taken from them.
This part of Buchanan's essay struck me the most.  Rolling over and playing dead is precicely what the faithful do in this country.  Whenever we are approached by faithless people, particularly the nasty ones, we're mostly mute.

One day, I imagine, our culture will be so filled with aggressively faithless people that most conversation in the public square will be rancid and hostile to us to a degree we can only glimpse at in the most unwelcoming places of today.  Worse, hardly any of us is equipped to handle such impending confrontations.  I expect a future of harrassment for me and my descendants.

Who is to blame?  Church leadership?  Yes.  But once they fail, it falls onto we the laity.  Are we to expect that we--the untrained laity--are capable of performing missionary work that the clergy should have undertook?

And as long as I'm pondering such things, I wonder what it would look like for there to be a priest doing actual missionary work in this society.  I'm unsure I've ever seen such a thing.

Baltimore Riots

A Democrat problem in a Democrat town.

I'm sure incidents like this will be utilized to create a federalized police force that is ever-more tone deaf to the common man.

"We, who are justly punished for our offences..."

God does punish us for our sin.

If anything, the Book of the Apocalypse should back me up on this.

But more specifically, God tends to punish lazy collective groups of people with bad leaders.  He also allows us to languish in our sins, and He retracts the usual helps and graces that we once took for granted.

I read a great quotation lately.  It was in defense of using Latin as a universal language.  "A variety of human languages is a punishment."  This beckons to Babel, of course.  Not only is a variety of languages a punishment--but so is diversity itself.  And that's why I find it strangely sick when I see modernists trying to celebrate diversity, when in the end they are celebrating the divisions and confusion that stands between different peoples.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

So, is the sky falling?

Recent comments from a colleague who I personally know inspire me to post this latest piece of text that's been making its rounds through Catholic social media.  Is the sky falling?  Or is everything more or less the same as it's always been?  

Here is the text.  It is from, I believe, The Eye Witness:

Dear Churchmen, do not worry.
The stench of sodomy is destroying the Church from the lowest pew to the Vatican.  Countless souls are going to hell because of this vice, a vice so awful that even the Devil, having tempted men into committing this mortal sin, looks away in disgust.  Unless these poor, wretched souls confess and receive absolution and amend their lives they will be eternally damned.
There, Your Excellencies, Your Holinessses, Reverend Fathers, we've said it now so you don't have to.  Now you can go back to what you were doing and not have to worry any longer about preaching against this vice. You can continue with your photo-ops, your meetings with the high and the mighty, you can revel in all the good press you will receive from the media and sodomite-friendly presidents, and you don't need to be bothered with telling anyone they are living in a state of mortal sin.
We'll do that for you.  We laymen, writers, bloggers, people in the pew...we'll relieve you of your duty to teach since you apparently aren't terribly interested in doing so.  Don't preach sermons telling Catholics that contraception, abortion and sodomy are destroying souls and destroying countries. That's not your job.  Your job is to train altar girls, and make sure we're all participating at what you call a Mass and things like that.
We'll take the hits, the lawsuits, the persecutions, the destruction of our livelihoods (perhaps even our lives, I guess) the opprobrium of the media and everyone else.  We bakers and photographers will see our businesses ruined, our reputations torn to shreds, our bank accounts disappear simply for the pleasure of relieving you of the burden to teach faith and morals.  And you don't even have to visit us in jail if you don't want to.
We'll watch our own churches shun us, or former Catholic friends abandon us and our pastors studiously ignore us.  We accept this because we know you don't wish to get your hands dirty by teaching the Faith. You can continue to golf, go to the movies, sit on your thrones, smell your sheep, get interviewed on TV, receive the goodwill of impostors, heretics, blasphemers and haters of Christ.  Don't worry; we'll do your fighting for you.
You have more important things to do.  You have to scurry to Rome and share a glass of wine with the cowards who connive with our oppressors.  You have to worry about the environment, about saying anything Christ-like that might offend rabbis or Hindus (Heaven forbid that you try to convert them!), There are meetings with Happy Clubs and Happy Organizations you must address.  You must extol diversity and Welcoming.  This is what you must do.
So please don't trouble yourselves about having anything to do with Catholicism.  Continue to sit on your collective rumps and enjoy the cheers of the crowd.
Because, as I said, I guess we'll have to do your job for you.