Thursday, January 22, 2015

Rick Santorum said practicing Catholic families find it 'difficult' to listen to Pope Francis

His commentary here.

That's a polite way to put it.

It's more accurate to say practicing Catholic families find having their children receive the messages of Pope Francis is 'dangerous'.

Dangerous is the word.

When our children came to us to tell us they wanted to save money and move in with their boyfriend, we had the Deposit of Faith to explain the damage they are inflicting upon themselves, the person they love, God and the disadvantages all of it places upon a relationship intended to be life-long.

That has been taken away from us.

I shouldn't say its been taken away from us because there's nothing Pope Francis can do to take it away so he's relying on undermining us to demolish the 2000 years of theology.

It's more accurate to say, he's taken away our efficacy. And we all know that means.  The children of God's elite army are in the hands of the tempter.

Every nutjob priest they ordained over the last forty years is emboldened and teaching and preaching immorality. Every apostate teacher in every Catholic school and apostolate is ramming their heresies down our children's throats - courtesy of the new age pope.

I feel sorry for Pope Francis because I don't think this was his intention.

But it is what it is and as much as I care about Pope Francis, I care about my children and their salvation more. And, I care about Christ and his Church even more than that.

The Pope has alienated faithful Catholic families practicing our religion. When journalists have informed of what he knows or should know, he said he didn't care about any opposition, he and his team are going to keep on carrying out the agenda of putting apostate Cardinals in charge of 'pastorally' misleading his flock into temptation, sin and sacrilegious communion.

He is misleading the people we love.

It's way more than 'difficult'.

His shtick is 'dangerous' to our children.

He's made himself an enemy of the hand that rocks the cradle.

I wish him a lot of luck with that because here are a lot of wabbits. More wabbits than he realizes. And our kicks where the sun doesn't shine are going to send him to the moon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pope Francis Praises Big Families as a gift from God -I bet you say that to all the wabbits.

Jumpin' without a parachute? Kinda dangerous, ain't it? - Bugs Bunny

At least we know he's getting the messages.

I also think his immediate reversal is an action taken in good faith to demonstrate he is on the same page with the fiat of woman.

When the Holy Father said we all need to listen to women because they can see things men can't, this is a shining example. And he did respond.

There are still several problems here and they are not insignificant problems.

1. The two-year history of ridiculing, rebuking, penalizing faithful Catholics while shilling for the goodness in adulterous relationships that has just got to stop.

"Stop breathing on my fur!"

He knows how to be careful with what he says. It's time to stop the off the cuff remarks. He knows his stream of consciousness is not orthodox by nature. It's time to give them ice cream on the plane without talking about theology.

2. He owes the pregnant woman he rebuked an apology.

3. He's given the world the idea that NFP is the approved-approved method of birth control.

Technically, this could be argued when a mother's life is in danger, but if there is the extremely rare genuine case where a pregnancy is killing the mother, the Church does not penalize the woman if the pregnancy is terminated.

We don't promote this as a valid Church-approved abortion.

See the theological and pastoral problem with the spin on contraception?

TTC readers are not going to like what I have to say about this one, but it could be we could hijack this and get women off of the pill and into using NFP.

Think about this for a minute.

The reality is, most contraception use is about the inability to afford a child. Most people are exaggerating their financial situation to delay a family, but there are some legitimate cases. If we were to jump on this to get women into good NFP programs that teaches the distinction, more good than harm would be brought to bear from this booboo.

Why not? Every mistake made by the Holy See gets put into full throttle into catechesis. Let's play the game.

4. He's got to stop appointing apostates.

5. This is the most important one: He has to teach moral theology and encourage priests to do the same.

While we have a captive audience, any other suggestions?

I wanted to post today's optional readings for the Memorial of St. Agnes. They are speaking to us. Having trouble finding them. the USCCB site, unbelievably, does not have them.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chiding a Pregnant Mother of Seven for 'tempting God'

I've been thinking about Pope Francis revelation that he chided a pregnant mother of seven for for 'tempting God'.

What's the action he expected her to take?

Inquiring minds want to know.

This is what happens when you have a good sexual relationship at home. When two people are still on fire for each other, and that takes work, even using the authority of the Church to give yourself permission to say 'this is a good reason' to refrain from relations on this week, sometimes the Author of Life has other plans.

Was she supposed to responsibly abort her baby?

Is she and her husband supposed to go out and find a same-sex partner so her Pope won't judge her and will go out of his way to find good in the sex they are having?

He wouldn't dare tell the communist Castro he is tempting God.

He wouldn't dare tell the nuns on the bus, who led generations of children into temptation and gehanna, they are tempting God.

Out of his long list of insults to faithful Catholics, I think this is the worst.

Forget about his vulgar caricature of conjugal love as a mindless sex of rabbits and the theological problems he continues to foster, where is his faith in God through Whom all things are possible?

Where is his trust?

Where is his surrender?

Even if a mother dies rather than kill or intercept a life given to her by God, that is our fiat. We don't balance consequences and then obstruct the Creator of Life.

If God creates, we trust and love Him enough to say yes.

What good was accomplished by making her feel shame for doing what the Church has taught for 2000 years?

Is SCOTUS set to formalize our country as Sodom and Gomorrah?

Fr. Z recommends hunkering down in prayer.

It's a giant leap for the cultural warriors who wage war against God.

It is point in time where the entire country tells God we are the arbiters of moral law, not You. In the mystical world, it is a force of an entire country putting a false god before God.

In spite of the gargoyles who think they have the power to dictate good and evil, every locus on earth is God's. He creates and permits its destruction at will. This is the mother of all wars against God.

Some of judges are long-suffering pagans who have been fighting God all their lives.

For those who know better, or should know better, the wisest thing to do would be to limit the opinion to two sentences.

The power to give edicts or moral laws belongs to God and He has spoken through the design of the human body and procreation. I recuse myself on the grounds that my religion forbids the use of my authority to subordinate God's.

Nothing more needs or should be said.

It is telling that the Pope suggested Lord of the World as good reading material. He knows a frantic harvesting is going down in the spiritual world and desperate times call for desperate measures. He's on the right side but meandering off of the track.

We need to keep kicking him where the sun doesn't shine, showing him the poor he is crosses the street to avoid. The poor he walks over and tramples on. The poor his see and priests have starved to death. The poor he himself is starving to death.

And in the meantime, hope THOSE poor suffering from diabolical disorientation he is inflicting upon his people with his own hands, get caught into his loving arms.

It was incredible, she told herself, that this ravening monster, dripping blood from claws and teeth, that had arisen roaring in the night, could be the Humanity that had become her God.~Lord of the World

There are too many macho men in the Church who don't listen to women's ideas.

There are too many macho men in the Church who don't listen to women's ideas.

Some of the things he says are so removed from reality, it is beginning to get weird.

One has to travel many kilometers to find a macho man in Vatican City. Maybe he needs a new prescription for eyeglasses.

What's next? Too many feminine women in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious?

Brace yourself:

"(We) don't allow room for women but women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye. Women are able to pose questions that we men are not able to understand," he said to more applause.

It's frightening. He's clueless.

The problem isn't macho men who don't listen to women's ideas. It's sissified men listening to women with the wrong ideas.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pope Francis: "Some think that being a good Catholic means breeding like rabbits.”

Another plane ride, another dumb statement.

He talked about contraception and responsible parenthood denouncing the neo-Malthusian theory in favour of birth control. But regarding child birth he also said: Some think that being a good Catholic means breeding like rabbits...adding the Church promoted "responsible parenthood".

The man is making it impossible for women to be an effective witness of living the Magnificat.

The Spectator made the Pope's Statement into the eleventh commandment: Catholics must not breed like rabbits said the pope and yes you read that right.

The National Catholic Distorter actually goes further: he pontiff has also made what appears to be an unprecedented statement that Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children....

Telling the story of a woman he met in a parish in Rome several months ago who had given birth to seven children via Cesarean section and was pregnant with an eighth, Francis asked: "Does she want to leave the seven orphans?"

"This is to tempt God," he said, adding later: "That is an irresponsibility." Catholics, the pope said, should speak of "responsible parenthood."

"How do we do this?" Francis asked. "With dialogue. Each person with his pastor seeks how to do that responsible parenthood."

"God gives you methods to be responsible,"

Damien gets the gist of what the Pope probably meant to convey:

I know what he means. I think. Contraception and family planning are fine so long as you don’t artificially block procreation. But the subliminal and unintended messages are (a) that Catholics have a reputation for breeding like rabbits and (b) birth control is OK, full stop.

Now, I won’t pretend that I’ve ever agreed with the Church on the wickedness of the pill, but better Catholics than me who observe Humanae Vitae to the letter will be dismayed. Because they know that the media will seize on this interview as evidence that Francis is softening Church teaching.

Do you think it's the thin oxygen in high altitudes?

Might be time for some Sea Bands around the lips before getting on a plane.

This was my favorite quote:

Speaking about corruption, he disclosed that, in his native Argentina in 1994, he almost kicked two government bureaucrats "where the sun doesn't shine" after they tried to involve him in a kickback scheme.

I'm beginning to feel like kicking him where the sun doesn't shine. LOL.

When he comes to the US, maybe we could lead his motorcade to an intensive Dale Carnegie course.

The Holy Father also recommended the journalists read Lord of the World.

He obviously knows where the diabolical disorientation has taken the village idiots. God help them!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Maybe if we rush this over to Cardinal Kasper, they can include it in their treatise on the modern family

Teenager marrying her father.

If they're seeking God in their relationship who are we to judge?

After all, they may have children and we wouldn't want to give them the idea that what Grampa and Mommy did is offensive to God.

Maybe they too can become Church leaders who teach the people the good that comes from incest.

They can share living expenses.

They are keeping each other from loneliness.

What were some of the other things on the new pastoral bent of hoodwinking the congregation into moral chaos?

Is it too late to produce a video for the Pontifical Council for Culture on what these two poor misguided creatures 'think about their body'?

Magnificent News: Margery Eagan is "feeling devastated by this pope".

For two years now, the Pope has been trying to tell Catholic parents that when we're living in a world overcome by diabolical disorientation, we all have to swing into a mode that withholds and discredits Church teaching to win the admiration of the uncatechized. Once they love us for discrediting Church teaching and maligning those who practice it, the strategy then shifts into second gear where we express Church teaching.

Seasoned parents, who have tried every trick in the book, know the fatal flaws of his naivete.

When the strategy backfired at the Synod to the point where it was clear irreparable harm was being done to his papacy, our Holy Father finally did what Cardinal Burke has been asking him to do: He expressed his beliefs in the teachings of the Church.

Maybe that meeting in Rome went a little different than the 'Vatican II' wingnuts had hoped.

If I were an honorable man sitting on the Chair of Peter who wanted to really understand why my show was making enemies in the camp of catechized Catholics who practice their religion, I would call the man who speaks so valiantly for them and ask him to speak openly and honestly. I would listen in good faith and try to understand. Then I would do some good soul searching and if I found the truth, I would use the next opportunity I had to reveal my convictions in Church teaching.

Just saying.

I haven't been curious enough to run over to the Crux to find out how the cultural cronies at our lady of the mattress reacted, but somebody sent me Margery Eagan's op-ed this morn.

Lookie here. It's Ms.Funeral Face.

I'll save you the pain of reading her drivel. Here's the Reader's Digest:

Pope Francis left me feeling foolish for even hoping that he’d somehow see his way to ending the Church’s completely indefensible contraception ban. Mostly, I just feel sad.

It turns out all this time the ambiguity of talking about people who love with joy are the people who believe and practice Church teaching.

That's right Maggs. You are the wicked witch he's been talking about in the pews.

You are the little monster in the annals of history.

You're the Vatican II museum mummy.

For the last fifty years, every time a priest or bishop has tried to convey Church teaching on the gift of human sexuality - you are the sourpuss he's been talking about.

You are the querulous and disillusioned pessimist who drove two generations into the fog of diabolical disorientation. Instead of going to Church, they don't know whether to wind their wristwatch or try to figure out if they were born a man without a penis. Yeah, ya sure have come a long way baby.

It's you sister suffragette. You are the people without the Light, the real downers, rotting in the heart, weak, weak to the point of rottenness.

You are the pickled pepper faced old lady pining for structures that are not life-giving in today's world. It's Sacramental Grace. Get it?

You've convinced daffy women that the 'dream' of owning a 50 thousand dollar car beats the incredible joy of the divine gift of being a mother. Being there when your children get off of the bus to tell you about something upsetting that happened in their day. Bind their wounds. Having a home-cooked meal ready for your husband when he walks through the door to talk about his challenges and receive your healing wisdom. The role of the Blessed Mother is all too demeaning to you.

You're a fool all right.

And a much bigger one than you will ever know.


I did find a Jacko Allen's take on the Pope's long-awaited announcement that he accepts Church teaching on contraception and marriage and the role model of the Blessed Mother for women.

As for the gay marriage and birth control remarks, what will emerge upon examination is that Francis was actually voicing the moderate Catholic position, not veering to the hard right.

What he said about priests being generous in individual cases was the tip of the hand.

In broad strokes, liberals want the Church to change its teaching on sexual morality and conservatives want it to be ever more aggressive in enforcing it. Moderates uphold the teaching, but want to be flexible and merciful in applying it to concrete situations.

In other words, nothing Francis said Friday night ultimately will change the big-picture perception of him as a compassionate centrist.

He better touch base with the magpie.

Second, media narratives are surprisingly durable once they’ve been set in stone, and often prove stubbornly resistant to correction.

By now, most media organizations have invested a good deal of their own credibility, not to mention a lot of money, building up the story of Francis as a maverick populist and reformer, and it would take a lot to convince them to let go.

It’s not clear that what we’ve seen this week, especially given that it happened half a world away in the Philippines, will do the trick.

Finally, while Francis may occasionally do things that challenge the narrative that has grown up around him, he also constantly delivers words and gestures that reinforce it.

This is why it is critical to keep beating the drum that nothing short of moving apostates out of roles that teach our children their religion is imperative. We need to be more vigilant and louder than ever.

What John Allen is saying is, the Pope is giving lip service to everyone. When it comes down to what he's doing to change the Church is putting appointing Cardinal Kasper in the role that will shape theology on the family. That is what will form our children's moral compasses and shape the culture.

The roles given to Kasper to lead theology on the family is beneath contempt for it.

I don't know what he is doing and at this point, I don't care. John Allen is correct. The appointments of apostates to lead and teach is where the rubber meets the road. It's practice that we need to see meets its end on every level.

In a lot of ways, I see the Holy Spirit giving us the chance to put it out of it's misery on a very public level.

We have made some progress this week but we are nowhere near getting to the root of the evil an whacking it with the ax.

If I were a Cardinal summoned to the Holy Father's office to help him understand what's going awry with his show in the land where the hand rocks the cradle, here's what I'd tell him:

You evidently don't understand the convictions of mothers who saw the system you have here of men who rape children because now your appointing men who rape our children's souls to lead theology on the family.

Perhaps I'm being presumptuous, but it seems to me you don't understand ordained men who physically rape children are nowhere near as dangerous to parents as the ones you appoint who rape souls under the guise it's 'mercy'. It seems you don't understand that the days are gonzo when we will sit quietly in the pews as the sickness of clericalism puts on a new face. Even when it comes from a sitting pope.

Keep going with it brother, because you're about to find out.

Fr. Rutler's Weekly: False Prophets Who are Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

January 18, 2015
by Fr. George W. Rutler

A prophecy is a declaration of truths from God: “Thus says the Lord . . .” Because it is a very serious matter to speak that way, our Lord warns against “false prophets who are wolves in sheep’s clothing.” It is inexact to think of a prophecy as a prediction, as when someone who says something will happen on the world scene is said to have made a “prophetic statement.” The confusion is understandable, since when the Lord speaks, there are warnings and promises about the consequences of not obeying the Voice.

Since people are not divine, even those of acute insight can lack foresight. Some of their wrong predictions are amusing, but only in retrospect. In 1876 an officer of Western Union saw no commercial use for the telephone, and before that, in 1830, an inventor said that rail travel at high speed would cause people to die from asphyxia. Even before then, it is said that Napoleon stomped out of a room indignantly when he thought his intelligence had been insulted by Robert Fulton describing a boat propelled by a steam engine. Then in 1807, right down the street from our church, a crowd gathered to jeer “Fulton's Folly,” but the Clermont did work and made it up to Albany, albeit at five miles per hour.

Pope Innocent III decided that the world would end in 1284, 666 years after the founding of Islam. The Michigan Savings Bank decided against funding Henry Ford’s horseless carriage because it was only a fad. In 1878 Oxford professor Erasmus Wilson confided, “When the Paris Exposition closes, electric light will close with it, and no more will be heard of it.” Hiram Maxim said of his own invention in 1893, “The machine gun will make war impossible.” The New York Times displayed its infallible intuition for fallibility in 1936: “A rocket will never be able to leave earth’s atmosphere.” In 1943 the Chairman of IBM said that there would be a world market for no more than five computers.

These days there are various predictions about climate change, a legitimate concern that should be tempered by caution about turning hypotheses into absolutes. Fifty years ago we were told from many quarters that by now there would be massive starvation caused by overpopulation, and England would be covered in ice, just as the meteorologist Albert Porta thought that an exploding sun would engulf the earth in 1919.

Abraham Lincoln’s self-effacement resulted in a most memorable miscalculation when he said: “The world will little note nor long remember . . .”—in the Gettysburg Address. The Mother of our Lord made an opposite and very accurate prediction, stunning as it was: “Henceforth all generations shall call me blessed . . .” In her case, perfect humility dispensed with natural modesty. John the Baptist was the last of the prophets, which is why any religion that proposes Christ as a prophet but not the Son of God misses the whole point of true prophecy itself.

Christ did make some predictions—the death of Judas, the destiny of Peter, and the destruction of the Temple—but he counseled against worrying about the future. His only prediction we need to know is fulfilled in every generation: “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away.”

I wonder what he's talking about here.

Oh wait...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Don't tell me blogosphere doesn't make a difference - all the way to the Chair of Peter

The Pope has finally expressed Catholic moral theology for the family.

At this evening's encounter with families in a 20,000-seat Manila arena (fullvid), the Pope went off-script at length to issue a bluntly pointed condemnation of an "ideological colonization" of domestic life by forces that would "threaten" it, including among its examples attempts "to redefine the very institution of marriage" and "a lack of openness to life."

What do you make of this?

The pressures on family life today are many. Here in the Philippines, countless families are still suffering from the effects of natural disasters. The economic situation has caused families to be separated by migration and the search for employment, and financial problems strain many households. While all too many people live in dire poverty, others are caught up in materialism and lifestyles which are destructive of family life and the most basic demands of Christian morality. The family is also threatened by growing efforts on the part of some to redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.

I think of Blessed Paul VI in the moment of that challenge of population growth, he had the strength to defend openness to life. He knew the difficulties families experience and that’s why in his encyclical (Humanae Vitae) he expressed compassion for specific cases and he taught professors to be particularly compassionate for particular cases. And he went further, he looked at the people on the earth and he saw that lack (of children) and the problem it could cause families in the future. Paul VI was courageous, a good pastor and he warned his sheep about the wolves that were approaching. And from the heavens he blesses us today.

Explaining to Christ's sheep that Kasper and his cohorts are wolves would go a long way to lending credibility to the practice of his own talking points?