Stinkin’ Thinkin’? Fr. Thomas Berg writes that we are not necessarily called to be successful . . .

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Biblical truth or a convenient excuse for a poorly run Church?

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Message to Obama cultists: Only God (the real one) has the power to simply “speak” good things into existence.

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Our modernity is style rather than substance. It’s Obama grinning. It’s the right font. It’s the right joke. It’s that sense that X knows what he’s doing because he presents it the right way. There’s nothing particularly modern about that. In most cultures, the illusion of competence trumps the real thing. It’s why so many countries are so badly broken because they go by appearances, rather than by results.

The idea that we should go by results, rather than by processes, by outcomes rather than by appearances, was revolutionary. For most of human history, we were trapped in a cargo cult mode. We did the “right things” not because they led to the right results, but because we had decided that they were the right things. There were many competent people, but they were hamstrung by rigid institutions that made it impossible to go from Point A to Point B in the shortest possible time.

And we’re right back there today. The entire process of ObamaCare was the opposite of going from Point A to Point B. It was the least competent and efficient solution every step of the way. There was no reason to think that its website would be any better. The process that led to it being dumped on the American people was completely devoid of any notion of testing or outcomes. It was the right thing to do because… it was the right thing to do. It was cargo cult logic all the same. So was its website.

Healthcare.gov, like ObamaCare, was going to work because it was “good”.

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Garbage in … garbage out. Thank God!

NEW YORK (RNS) A Tony-nominated play that offered a controversial take on the Virgin Mary reflecting on her life held its final performance on Sunday (May 5), closing after only two weeks as poor ticket sales never matched high expectations.

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Why former GM executive Bob Lutz is also a “yutz”: Advocates massively raising gas taxes to force people into electric cars.

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“If you want people to use less of a given commodity, you raise the price of that commodity. It’s that simple.” Lutz further offered, “A higher price is the right economic stimulus to get people to buy more fuel efficient vehicles.”

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Editor’s note: The Urban Dictionary defines the word “yutz” thusly: This is from the Yiddish, it means ditz, clutz, dumkoft, ninny, nincompoop, socially incompetant boob, twit, dumbass. (Add “elitist schlub”  to the aforementioned.)

Now you know why GM failed!

Barack “the messiah” Obama beseeches supporters, “Keep believing in me!”

Three and a half years later, the only HOPE that remains is a complete and profound CHANGE … of leadership!

ABO 2012 ! ! !

(Anyone BUT Obama in 2012 ! ! !)

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Deceived … or just another failure and dereliction of duty?

It is a puzzling question, but in a mostly overlooked interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo in August, Archbishop Dolan gave some insight into what happened behind the scenes, suggesting that the bishops had, in fact, deliberately avoided “pulling out the stops.”

Why? Because, Dolan says, he and his fellow bishops had been assured by “political allies” that the bill didn’t have any legs, and that there was no need to expend resources fighting it.

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Editor’s note: The bishops are, by nature, political creatures. Archbishop Dolan’s lame excuses simply don’t pass muster. There was much more to this abject failure in leadership than meets the eye … but it’s likely we won’t hear anything more about it than this. Shame!

Mississippi personhood amendment fails

The amendment was controversial as it pitted some pro-life advocates supporting it against others who recognized the amendment would not ban abortions and would perhaps give a pro-abortion dominated Supreme Court or lower courts a chance to reaffirm the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions in 1973.

With 1559 of 1876 precincts counted, the amendment failed by a 58 to 42 percentage point margin.

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Is the pro-life movement really successful?


In one sense certainly. No other organization has consistently brought several hundred thousand people to the capital consistently for nearly 40 years, not that I’ve ever heard of anyway. Moreover, the Pro-life movement in particular places offers real solutions for women, through crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortive counseling, gifts, donations, adoption etc. In my estimation these are the real successes.

The successes however, sadly don’t overshadow the striking failures of the movement politically, and these are due to two factors: 1) A faulty grasp on the real nature of the problem and 2) absolute dependence on the Republican party which does not care. Thus we can say that the pro-life movement is successful socially with all of the good it is able to do for women in need, but not politically.

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European Union totally fails to enforce CO2 emissions limits

Where is Al Gore when we really need him?

Does this mean that the world’s carbon credits have already been totally used up … for the next 112 years?

Why aren’t the eco-pagans screaming about this? Could it be that they feel their “god” is already far too angry?

Perhaps another naked assault by Rahm Emanuel would finally bring things under control?

And why have Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi remained totally silent on this issue?

Liberal Catholic nonsense that’s become commonly accepted by clergy and laity alike

“God does not ask us to be successful.
He only asks us to have faith!”


“We have already won the battle,
so it’s only a matter of time!”


N O N S E N S E ! ! !

God expects us to use all the grace and all the talents
that he provides, for his greater glory,
holding nothing back, and never doubting
the power and efficacy of divine providence.

Coming in “second” to the forces of evil
does nothing to enhance God’s glory,
to advance the causes of the Kingdom of God,
or to alleviate the human suffering caused by sin.

Only when we are centered in the express will of God,
fortified by his grace, and absolutely committed to doing his will,
no matter the cost, can we be absolutely assured of success.


T H I S  I S  T R U E  F A I T H .

The Apostles built the Church on faith like that.

Failure is God’s way of telling us that we do not really know him.
Not knowing God, we do instead what we think is right …
and we fail …
suffering all the bitter consequences … for nothing.

Worse than that, we might also end up in Hell!

Consistent prayer and study, along with full, active, and faithful
participation in ALL the work, worship, sacraments
and devotions of the Catholic Church
is how we typically come to know and love God,
and successfully discern his will for our life.


God is not glorified by failure … nor are we.

God provides everything we need to succeed.

God expects us to succeed. For him. Not us.

In fact, his judgment demands it!

A parable:

Matthew 25:14-30 For even as a man going into a far country called his servants and delivered to them his goods;  And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

And he that had received the five talents went his way and traded with the same and gained other five.  And in like manner he that had received the two gained other two. But he that had received the one, going his way, digged into the earth and hid his lord’s money.

But after a long time the lord of those servants came and reckoned with them. And he that had received the five talents coming, brought other five talents, saying: Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents. Behold I have gained other five over and above.  His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord. And he also that had received the two talents came and said: Lord, thou deliveredst two talents to me. Behold I have gained other two. His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

But he that had received the one talent, came and said: Lord, I know that thou art a hard man; thou reapest where thou hast not sown and gatherest where thou hast not strewed.  And being afraid, I went and hid thy talent in the earth. Behold here thou hast that which is thine.

And his lord answering, said to him: Wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sow not and gather where I have not strewed. Thou oughtest therefore to have committed my money to the bankers: and at my coming I should have received my own with usury.

Take ye away therefore the talent from him and give it him that hath ten talents. For to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: but from him that hath not, that also which he seemeth to have shall be taken away.

And the unprofitable servant, cast ye out into the exterior darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In the above passage, the faithful servants knew their master, they knew what their master expected of them, they put to good use the training and talents they were given, and they invested them profitably, obtaining appropriate rewards for themselves, and for their master.

The facts, in the words of Jesus Christ:

Matthew 7:14-23 How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

By their fruits you shall know them.

Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

Here, Jesus warns us of false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. Having been forewarned, he expects us to be able to recognize and choose only what is good. If we fail, we might end up in hell.

That’s just the way it is. All the more reason to succeed!

Now you know what God expects. Don’t believe the nonsense, whatever the source!

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Birth control roulette: Contraception typically fails 1 time out of 5 during initial 2 year period

Summary: 21% of Teen Women Using Contraception Will Be Pregnant Within Two Years of Beginning Use

The average failure rate for reversible contraceptives over a two-year period is 19% for all women. Various socioeconomic factors, including a woman’s age, also affect contraceptive success.

  • Thirteen percent of women using reversible methods of contraceptives will experience contraceptive failure (e.g. pregnancy) in their first year of use and 8 percent in the second year of use. Contraceptive effectivness also varies based on four socioeconomic factors: women’s age, union status (e.g. married, cohabiting, not in a union), poverty status, and race or ethnicity. Of women younger than 18 years old, 21.1% experience an unintended pregnancy (contraceptive failure) in the first two years of use.1

1Contraceptive Failure in the First Two Years of Use: Differences Across Socioeconomic Subgroups, Family Planning Perspectives, Vol. 33, No. 1, January/February 2001.

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FDA Warning: Condoms are not 100% safe, but if used properly, will reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. (Chances of “getting something” are about 1 in 6).

Why Planned Parenthood gives out free condoms

CDC Reports 15% Increase in HIV/AIDS Cases (Claims it doesn’t know why).


Moral bankruptcy preceded world financial crisis

archbshezzati“If I look at the origins of this crisis and I analyze the first and fundamental fact, I find an action that is immoral: speculating with money that belongs to others; huge investments with no foundation and backing; the desire to profit at the expense of others,” the archbishop said. 

“It can be said with certainty,” he continued, “that this crisis was foretold by Pope Benedict XVI one year earlier in his encyclical ‘Spe salvi,’ when he warned that the foundation upon which the growth and development of the world was being carried out was erroneous and would lead to failure.” 

According to Archbishop Ezzati, “The moral crisis is due to a crisis of faith in human intelligence, because human reason is called to seek the truth, as an ethical obligation. But it is not enough to find it, it must also be followed. For this reason, the leaders of the world economy have a great task, that of using their intelligence to seek the truth that leads to true development.”

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