Wake Up America! Liberalism, Democracy and Unenlightened Capitalism.

LIBERALISM…
Liberalism, as a political philosophy (not party politics), is rooted in
Rationalism, that is to say, in the belief that human reason can attain
truth unaided by divine revelation. Since, according to its premises, human
reason can attain truth unaided, it follows naturally that man must be
free, that is, free to do what his reason tells him is right. Hence, the
birth of Liberalism. The concept of man’s reasonableness and freedom is
eminently Christian, but in a totally different sense, and this ambiguity,
which has always been cultivated by the enemies of God, has been
responsible for a great many evils.

DEMOCRACY and CAPITALISM…
The philosophy of Liberalism has given birth to a political system: Democracy; and to an economic system: Capitalism. In both systems, freedom of action and expression is the mainstay, and both rest on the private judgment of persons, not on considerations flowing from divine revelation.

It is not difficult to see, therefore, to what abuses these systems can lead: moral values are not considered. When they exist at all, it is merely as a legacy of Christian tradition, the complete disappearance of which is only a matter of time.

Once moral values have totally disappeared no limits will be set to the claims of man, nothing will restrain his craving for complete freedom: anarchy and bloodshed are the inevitable outcome. But, before we reach that final stage, laws are enacted which are increasingly permissive, since, according to the Liberalist creed, laws must reflect the will of the consensus.

Thus, evils such as divorce, abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality are made lawful. As early as 100 years ago, many thinkers forecast what we are now witnessing. But their warnings were unheeded, if not held up to ridicule, and modern man continued on his democratic path toward chaos and anarchy.

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Does Pope Francis think people are stupid?

In the longest and most important speech of his four-month pontificate, Francis took a direct swipe at the “intellectual” message of the church that so characterized the pontificate of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Speaking to Brazil’s bishops, he said ordinary Catholics simply don’t understand such lofty ideas and need to hear the simpler message of love, forgiveness and mercy that is at the core of the Catholic faith.

“At times we lose people because they don’t understand what we are saying, because we have forgotten the language of simplicity and import an intellectualism foreign to our people,” he said. “Without the grammar of simplicity, the church loses the very conditions which make it possible to fish for God in the deep waters of his mystery.”

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Editor’s note: How did the post-Vatican II mantra – “God is love” – which likely constitutes the greatest depth of official Catholic catechesis, since the late 1960’s – suddenly become “too intellectual”?

The problem isn’t intellectualism, it’s liberalism – and the almost complete lack of virtually any good, practical Catholic catechesis, at the parish level.

The liberals who took over the church after Vatican II – like all “good” liberals – relied on a system of substandard education in order to obliterate from memory the old ways – in the hope that their gravely inferior, radical (but luke-warm) reforms would eventually become the “norm”.

Now that they have achieved what they intended, they’re still not happy – and that’s not surprising, considering the substandard “product” they’ve managed to foist upon the “People of God” – for the last half century.

According to Pope Francis, more CHANGE is necessary – and much, much more must be “stripped away” from The Mystical Body of Christ – for the good of the people – and the Church.

After the Catholic faith debacle of the last 50 years, one has to wonder what remains of the one, true faith that can actually still be jettisoned?

Pope Francis – in spite of his recent popular success – is turning out to be a very “shallow” – arrogantly humble pope – who seems to be obsessed with the concept of minimalism. And that doesn’t bode well for the Catholic faith – or the world.

Pray for him.

Ecumenical Christian Scandal: The Paganization/Gnosticization of New Testament Bible Studies.

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Pagan Gnosticism Is Modernist Christian Babel

Given the institutions where I have taught during my professional life, it is appropriate to begin my overview of the Paganization/Gnosticization of NT Studies with a quote from J. Gresham Machen, speaking of the inroads of Liberalism into the American church at the beginning of the last century:

“The truth is that liberalism has lost sight of the very centre and core of the Christian teaching. In the Christian view of God as set forth in the Bible, there are many elements. But one attribute of God is absolutely fundamental in the Bible; one attribute is absolutely necessary in order to render intelligible all the rest. That attribute is the awful transcendence of God. From beginning to end the Bible is concerned to set forth the awful gulf that separates the creature from the Creator. It is true, indeed, that according to the Bible God is immanent in the world. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without Him. But He is immanent in the world not because He is identified with the world, but because He is the free Creator and upholder of it. Between the creature and the Creator a great gulf is fixed.

To be sure, Machen does mention Gnosticism, but he does define the essence it religious belief. Gnosticism, which builds on the common pagan notion of humanity as divine. Plato taught that the soul “was immortal by its very nature.” This notion is integrated into Jewish thinking by Philo, and developed by later Gnosticism as the alien “divine spark” within humanity.

Hans Jonas defines Gnosticism as radically dualistic–a dualism between man and the world, “an anthropological acosmism.” “The essence of man is knowledge, of the self and God.”

As the famous Messina Colloquium on Gnosticism in 1966 clearly recognized, “the idea of divine consubstantiality” is a defining notion of Gnosticism. Such a notion effectively eliminates the uniqueness and transcendence of God.

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See what might happen if liberalism and ecumenism are allowed to proceed unchecked.

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Mr. Hugh Moore, Executive Director of the St. Laphatdis Foundation (www.laphadisfoundation.net) in Chicago announced today at a press conference the discovery of a previously unreleased version of Nostra Aetate, the Vatican II document on inter-faith relations.

The document outlines efforts by the council to reach some level of ecumenical understanding with the Church of Satan.

In Germany, an ecumenical Cardinal who prefered to go unnamed gave ghostly praise to the new document, calling it “a breakthrough in the Catholic Church’s journey toward fully reconciling herself with the many gifts that those who reject Christ bring to our cultural heritage.”

Read NOSTRA AETATE (Part II):
Declaration on the relation of the Church to Satan

Editor’s note: This article is a parody. Nothing like this ever happened … yet!

The feminized metrosexual culture of contemporary liberalism

Big Bird, the perfect symbol of liberal fantasies, is neither handsome nor ugly, has no discernible sexuality, is neither smart nor stupid.  He is never threatened by the need to work hard to accomplish things, because he has no discernible ambition.  He never demands anything and never has to deal with aggressive wishes.

Anger is not a problem for Big Bird.  Competition is not for him.

Unlike the creatures of classic fairy tales, he is just a bland, unthreatening being purveying the liberal fantasy that in utopia, we are all equally lovable and all think good thoughts.  No doubt there are graduate students at our elite universities composing theses on the postmodren significance of Sesame Street.

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Obama’s poor Julia vs. traditional Jane

When Jane was 17, there was no Race to the Top program or federal aid to education. Nevertheless, she took the SAT and a number of Advanced Placement examinations. Strangely, SAT scores were much higher then. Although fewer people went to college, hardworking high school graduates still could get a good job before federal taxes and regulations drove about 40,000 factories overseas.

Jane did not get a Pell Grant, but college education was very affordable. She could pay most of her in-state tuition with earnings from a part-time job in the chemistry laboratory, which paid $1.25 per hour. She lived at home. The commute was short, but in any event, gasoline was less than 30 cents a gallon, or about $1.91 in 2005 dollars.

Poor Julia will be in debt before she ever graduates from college.

Jane had an appendectomy at about age 14. There was no “health care reform” and no Medicare or Medicaid, either. Her hospital bill was $150, which was 10 days’ pay for a construction laborer.

Julia’s hospital bill probably was 10 or 20 times higher.

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Those who do evil insist upon the acceptance and even the promotion of evil, on an ever-widening scale.

There is a substantive moral difference between permitting a particular elective practice and forcing everybody to participate in the funding of that practice. One has to be pretty far gone morally to fail to see this distinction. To fail to see it, one must argue something very much like the following:

  1. Practice X is a morally good personal decision.
  2. Therefore, those who embrace Practice X promote the common good.
  3. Therefore, everyone should contribute to the costs of Practice X.
  4. Therefore, anyone who believes Practice X to be immoral should be coerced into paying a share of the costs.

This line of thought includes no fewer than four logical leaps. It begins with the assumption that there can be no legitimate disagreement concerning the value of Practice X. It leaps from that assumption to a further assumption about the common good, and from this second assumption to a third, that the cost of whatever contributes to the common good should be shared by all, and finally from this third assumption to a fourth—that coercion is warranted for those who disagree.

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Editor’s note: Liberalism in itself is evil … so it’s no wonder that liberals typically suffer from a pronounced darkening of the intellect … and are often guilty of blindly following a profoundly deviant moral compass … currently exemplified by Barack Obama and his merry band of left-wing, Marxist/Leninist anarchists.

Liberalism is a sin

Take one of the most powerful institutions in history and change it so radically, in all the wrong ways, that in the span of 50 years, it will be a shell of its former self…

In the tumultuous 1960s, the world was on fire as secularism and moral relativism were in vogue. Rather than fighting those concepts, the church went in the opposite direction. Vatican II allowed Catholics to be “Catholic” in any way they wanted, playing into the hands of the Woodstock culture. Unwittingly, that carte-blanche decree served as a launching point for the now-dominant “do whatever makes you feel good” mentality.

In an instant, what made Roman Catholicism the world’s dominant force vanished. To many, the “rock” upon which St. Peter built the church no longer seemed solid, but more “flexible.”

Read more on Newsmax.com: Catholic Schools Suffer From Vatican II
Editor’s note: Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition Who opposeth and is lifted up above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.
Remember you not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now holdeth do hold, until he be taken out of the way.
And then that wicked one shall be revealed: whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power and signs and lying wonders: And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2:10)
Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: (2:11) That all may be judged who have not believed the truth but have consented to iniquity.   (2 Thessalonians 2:3-12)
Related notes from the Haydock Bible commentary

Former CUA student falls victim to the high priestess of liberalism

For the past three years, I’ve been struggling to remember why I am a Catholic. Growing up, I was raised Catholic by a mother who has taught me to love everyone for who they are, and by a father who, by working at the United Nations, has opened me up to people and cultures from all over the world.

My exposure to diversity instilled in me a strong urgency for justice, love, and respect for all. However, over the course of my college career, I’ve been exposed to an ugly and judgmental minority of the Catholic Church that has lead me to question what it is that I believe in as a Catholic.

This exposure forced me to detach myself from religion completely. I resented the requirement of theology courses because I felt trapped and pressured by conservative views that didn’t coincide with my Democratic morals. It opened me up to a side of the Church that was narrow-minded and judgmental toward anyone who disagreed.

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Editor’s note: Is this a gay thing? A gay Democrat thing? A gay, Democrat, feminist thing? Or is it simply a narrow-minded and judgmental screed against the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church, in order to help justify a world view that is unable or unwilling to recognize the difference between absolute Catholic truth and the many popular misconceptions of our times?

Catholic dogma is not on the same level as the panoply of social justice and peace issues, where people of faith may agree and disagree, and choose to participate … or not … based on their personal likes and dislikes. Catholic dogma is pure divine truth, faithfully preserved and transmitted by the Catholic Church, so that people from every generation (including self-styled liberals) might be personally transformed by it.

Reject Catholic dogma and you reject Christ.  Reject the latest CCHD Alynskian outreach program … and you can still support any number of other good social justice causes … without putting your eternal soul in jeopardy. 

Liberals, like this misguided woman, can’t or won’t make this critical distinction, so they raise their liberalism above their Catholic faith, stripping Catholicism of its essential richness, and relegating it to the status of a mere public charity … or perhaps, a semi-exclusive social club.

This profound disrespect for the Catholic Church is nothing less than a twisted form of idolatry. 

Makes you wonder why someone like this would choose to attend a school named, “The Catholic University of America”.

Ignoring the inherited intuitive wisdom by which the people have always lived.

What we have in the United States today is not an ideological battle, or even a cultural war, but something larger and deeper: a true clash of irreconcilable philosophic views, not just about abortion, but about truth.

One of those views encompasses all that is best in the Western tradition from antiquity until now, including the findings of science, and the other holds that everything that is essential to human betterment in the modern world began during the Enlightenment, and everything preceding that was obscurantist, credulous, and bloody.

From the mad-dog attacks of the New Atheists to the absurd mental gymnastics of Justice Harry Blackman in Roe v. Wade, from New York Times editorials to movies and TV dramas, the strategy is always the same: create a climate of doubt about the possibility of objective truth, discoverable by reason; corrupt the inherited intuitive wisdom by which the people have always lived; construct and then promulgate through mass-media entertainment a philosophy that puts an end to all philosophy, destroying civility in its broadest and deepest sense.

Define, deride, delegitimize, deconstruct, then destroy.

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Editor’s note: In the aftermath of the 2nd Vatican Council, the Catholic Church experienced nothing less than this. The confusion (and yes, deconstruction) in the Catholic Church paved the way for the release of all the societal evils that followed in its wake.

Pope John XXIII made the mess.

Pope Paul VI inherited the mess.

Pope John Paul I was fortunate to have to endure the mess for only 33 days.

Pope John Paul II was a primary instigator of the mess (at the council) and spent 27 years of his papacy trying to make sense of it and promoting it.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) was one of the key architects of the mess (at the council) and still firmly believes in much of it. As one of the most widely published liberal, radical German Catholic theologians, his own extensive writings (including some of his latest works) convict him of many of the sins that are mentioned in this article.

It’s interesting to note that once Benedict XVI inherited the mess he helped to make, even he couldn’t stand by and allow things to proceed, without at least a few significant modifications. Because of this, many mistakenly consider Benedict XVI to be a conservative pope.

Questionable Research: “Study” says Catholics more liberal on homosexual matters.

Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research
  • Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall. Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.
  • When same-sex marriage is defined explicitly as a civil marriage, support is dramatically higher among Catholics. If marriage for gay couples is defined as a civil marriage “like you get at city hall,” Catholic support for allowing gay couples to marry increases by 28 points, from 43% to 71%. A similar pattern exists in the general population, but the Catholic increase is more pronounced.

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Editor’s note: This research was funded by pro-homosexual, social change groups who have a vested interest in the supposed findings. What we have here is a homosexual prayer to the false god of liberalism. Not a real study. It reminds me of the study (paid for by breakfast cereal companies) that “proved” eggs were dangerously high in cholesterol. Totally false … but people believed it … and it worked!

The poverty problem in America is not about jobs and it is not about racism.

Oseola McCarty is a 75-year-old African-American cleaning woman from Mississippi. From working all her life she accumulated enough savings to donate $150,000 to a student scholarship program at the University of Southern Mississippi. In short, a black woman, living in the most racist and poorest state in the union (almost half her life under segregation), can earn enough money washing other people’s clothes to save $150,000 and give it away. If Oseola McCarty can do that, what American cannot?

Oseola McCarty’s example tells us that the poverty problem in America is not about jobs and it is not about racism. Poverty is about individual failure. It is about family dysfunction, character disorder and self-destructive behavior. That is what Oseola McCarty’s achievement means. It is no surprise that, while most self-appointed spokesmen get tongue-tied when asked if African-Americans have gained anything from the civil rights revolution of the last 30 years, Oseola McCarty had no hesitation.

She said the world is a “much much better place” than when she was a child. So it can be for anyone liberated from the philosophy of liberalism. The new mantra would be this: Spare us from the kindness of those who would cripple us with excuses for attitudes and behaviors that can only destroy us. Keep us from the charity of those who would chain us to their benevolence with lifetime handouts. Spare us the compassion of these saviors who secretly despise us, who think that we cannot compete on our merits, or live up to the moral standards they expect of themselves. This is the creed of true equality. It just has taken me a long time to understand.

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Tom Roeser: Liberalism has been called by some a mental disorder but essentially it’s a spiritual illness.

Probably the most bitter disappointment to me has been the stealthy takeover of the Catholic church by liberal theologians. They influenced the appointment of liberal bishops (you have to try hard to exceed the mysterious Bernardin whose history is as masked by liberals in the Church as is Obama’s school grades and early life) under the false rubric of “the Spirit [sic] of Vatican II.”

When I criticized my own bishop for allowing the USCCB, the bishops’ trade association which he headed, of cutting a deal to support ObamaCare he called me a “hate monger” the same week he conferred a reward on Fr. Pfleger for “social justice”—the same Fr. Pfleger who went on a tirade before a crowd gathered in front of a legally constituted gun shop, demanding the legitimate owner come outside or “we’ll come in and drag you out like the rat you are!” Then announcing over a loud-speaker that he—Fr. Pfleger—“will snuff you out!”—a threat of murder.

My bishop criticized me for using my own personal blog to express my views and urged advisory council members of a Catholic organization to get rid of me. This same bishop and the USCCB issued not a single word of complaint about the Congress’ repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…while the organization lobbied extensively on its website and personally for passage of the DREAM Act.

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Seen on the web: What went wrong with the Catholic Church?

Matt said…

I’ll answer the Holy Father’s question as to what went wrong in our proclamation, in our entire way of living the Christian life, that allowed such a thing to happen. 

What went wrong is the fact that the great majority of bishops, priests, and theologians in Western lands have embraced every heresy of modernism, liberalism, socialism, multiculturalism, and sentimentality that they could find, in a pathetic attempt to be fashionable. Most of our shepherds no longer know what the Gospel is, let alone possess the fitness to proclaim it. You need but look at the headlines of today to see that the smoke of Satan still lingers heavily in the Catholic Church. For instance, why were the American bishops (practically to a man) entirely onboard with the DREAM Act, which would have rewarded criminal intrusions into our country on a hitherto unprecedented scale? Why did the USCCB issue a statement that announced how willing the organization would have been to support Obama’s health care reform tyranny, but for the fact that it “failed to sufficiently protect the unborn” and (horror of horrors!) didn’t do enough to provide for “immigrants, independent of who they are or how they got here.”? Why is the CCHD cutting checks to ACORN and other groups that support abortion and gay marriage? It’s because the majority of Western Catholics, both clergy and laity, no longer love the faith. They’ve decided that, to the extent to which they wish to live the Gospel message at all, that message reduces to being a “nice person,” as the degenerate, urbane, liberal intelligentsia of our suffocating cities define “nice.”

But I ask them this: When did rewarding criminals, bankrupting the country, and supporting tyranny become articles of the Catholic faith? Answer: They never did. The men who support such measures are no longer Catholics but heretics, modernists, wolves in sheeps’ clothing. If anyone should doubt this, just look at their fruits. Look at the cataclysmic decline in mass attendance, in vocations, in holiness of life. Look at their incestuous alliance with that murderous den of vipers, the Democratic Party. Look at corpulent blowhards like Archbishop Timothy Dolan, complacently smiling and waving at openly gay Catholic parishioners.

And I must say that Fr. Barron as well cuts the figure of a sunken priest, a veritable Tim Dolan mini-me. Everything from his personal appearance to his vocal inflection to his swimmingly sophistical explication of the Pope’s message, announces to the world that he is no true Father, no protector of pilgrims. For crying out loud, child sex trafficking in the Third World has nothing to do with the clergy sex abuse scandal. That was brought about by the fact that homosexual men and their gay agenda have been infiltrating the seminaries for decades now, with the active assistence of many, even within the Vatican itself. And the demonic Fr. Maciel being appointed the synod of bishops for priestly formation certainly didn’t help, either.

This is getting ridiculous. The Church needs to stand up and realize that it cannot compromise with the modern world, that liberalism is a sin, and that our enemies will gladly use our own stupidity and sentimentality against us. We need to preach the truth and only the truth. Until we do, Our Lady’s garments will be torn to shreds by the feral dogs that this decadent civilization has become.

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The Devil’s Final Battle: read it on-line, or buy it!

Viewed from afar, the Catholic Church appears to be an institution that changes only slowly and reluctantly. The process of reform initiated by Vatican II in the 1960s led to unprecedented changes in the Church (e.g., vernacular Masses, abandonment of distinctive clerical garb, etc.) that may have seemed dramatic to insiders, but were almost invisible to outsiders. Compared to secular trends in the latter half of the 20th Century, the Church seemed resistant to change, maintaining Her teaching on such things as priestly celibacy, ordination of women, contraception, divorce and abortion. In all these respects, the Church still seems firmly entrenched in positions She has maintained for centuries.

But does this mean that Vatican leadership is resolutely traditionalist? Outsiders who rely on such things as the Pope’s public utterances might well think so. But as this book explains, insiders know better. The Catholic Church today is not what She seems, and the gap between public perceptions and actual realities is growing wider every day.

While traditions have been officially upheld in certain respects, they have been abandoned or undermined in others. And while the positions still being maintained have been widely publicized, those being abandoned or undermined have been barely acknowledged. Catholics who once shared a common set of beliefs around the world now find themselves drifting in different directions in different places, following contradictory and uncertain leadership at all levels.

Editor’s note: The content of this book is controversial. The author obviously believes that the leadership of the Catholic Church has deliberately ignored and/or deemphasized the messages and secrets of Our Lady of Fatima, delivered in 1917, in order to freely carry on with programs designed to modernize and liberalize the Catholic Church, to the serious detriment of the whole world. (And that’s not all!)

Read it. Make up your own mind.

The Fatima Network

2006 address by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz still a “must read” for today.


Unless there is a strong realization among practicing Catholics that there is a crisis, and that this crisis deserves our resolute determination to confront it and overcome it, we will not get very far, except to descend further into the bleakness of this sad kind of winter. Unless the patient realizes he is sick, he will not expose his wounds to the necessary healing medicine that would provide a cure for his problems.

There are, of course, many causes for these ecclesiastical crises in which we are involved. There are many causes outside of the Church. We live, for example, in a culture that is dominated by materialism and hedonism, invisibly and imperceptibly the values of those things creep in the lives and attitudes of all, including Catholics. Even the healthiest fish cannot swim along in polluted waters. In our country, especially, a serious misunderstanding of freedom has turned freedom into license, and we live in a pan-sexual and irresponsible age, in which pleasure, comfort, and material possessions appear to be the goals of human existence. Lacking solid catechetical teaching, it is very easy for people, especially young people to be lured into that kind of attitude and condition their entire life-style by such an attitude.

As Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say, “Most poisons are quite sweet to the lips. It is only when they are ingested that they destroy one.”

However, we would certainly be blind to reality if we did not also realize that there are many causes of the current crises within the church herself, and the children of the Church who are in large measure betraying her, being one of the principal causes. First of all, the creed is absolutely the basis of what we are and what we do. When heretical and erroneous teachings are allowed to run rampant, it is a very short time before total disaster engulfs the entire ecclesiastical enterprise in any one area. We should remember that there was a time when North Africa was almost entirely Christian, almost entirely Catholic. Today, one can journey across North Africa from Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, and Egypt and find very little, if any, Catholic presence in most locations on that shore of the Mediterranean Sea. We should not think this cannot happen here. Although we are promised that the Church will endure until the end of time, we have no promise that it will be enduring in North America.

A great amount of dissent and turmoil has come about because of a very serious misunderstanding of the Second Vatican Council. The documents of the Second Vatican Council are excellent. All of the documents deserve careful study and careful consideration in all their implications and all their nuances. The intentions of the Popes of the Council, Blessed John XXIII and Pope Paul VI are also quite clear in their writings and speeches and in all the things they saw as derivative from the Council. The Council in itself we consider a great act of the Holy Spirit. However, what happened was (and I speak from first-hand experience because I was in Rome at the conclusion of the Council) that a great number of personages and causes gathered around the Council as a kind of para-Council, which gave, because of their domination of the media, an incredibly wrong impression which persist even to this day, about what the Council was and what it was intended to achieve. For example, one hears very little about the continuity of historic tradition which is inherent in the very actions of the Council and in its documents, that it always understood itself as in organic unity with the previous Councils of the Church, including both the Council of Trent and the First Vatican Council which is explicitly affirmed and intended to incorporate in its outlook. This para-Council of advisors, experts and non-Catholic observers bestowed on the media incredibly distorted and even totally inaccurate impressions of the Council, giving to many Catholics even today, expectations for changes that were unrealistic and completely unintended. There was, in a certain sense the rigidities of the past and perhaps some faulty catechetics about issues in the past that made it possible for Catholics to be severely mistaken in what the Council intended and what would be within the capacities of the church to accomplish. The turbulent times of the 1960’s especially in North America and Western Europe – with problems of racial justice, war and peace, and similar matters – got mixed up in the minds and hearts of many people and some Catholics were completely led astray, that Pope John’s opening the windows to let fresh air into the church was an act they didn’t see, which Pope John actually did see, the need for screens on the windows to keep foreign bodies from entering into the Church. Thus, we heard a few years later, Pope Paul VI saying that the very smoke from the fires of hell had crept into and under the window sashes and doors of the Church.

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President says his message “didn’t get through”. On the contrary …


According to Tom Roeser (with whom I agree) …

Watching President Obama at his news conference yesterday ratified for me that he is a congenital Leftist who is truly in-educable.  Declaring truthfully that he and his Dem allies in Congress “took a shellacking” he made several assertions that proved he not only hasn’t learned from Nov. 2 but is in serious denial.

He said the electorate reacted to the economy’s woes. Wrong. It reacted to his programs which cost a trillion dollars with no results but worsened employment. He said he had to rush through a great many programs without adequate explanation. Wrong. His major programs were thoroughly defended by him: 64 separate addresses alone on health care. Many-many news conferences by him and his cabinet touched on cap and trade…stimulus—you name it.
He seemed to thrive on the myth that Republicans simply opposed… and advanced no alternative programs. Wrong.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.l among others advanced a comprehensive re-ordering of budget and spending….so comprehensive that Obama’s favorite economist Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman of Princeton, columnist for The New York Times made a systemic critique of it.

Obama seemed annoyed that the voters don’t get what he tried to do.  He expressed contrition that “some of the finest public servants I have ever met” encountered defeat after risking their popularity by voting for his measures. Good night…does this man not understand that the electorate does not want his program and the men who were defeated challenged their electorates saying they were wrong?

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Seen on the web: “If there is no God, then everything is permissible.”

Liberalism is the religion of those who relegate God to mythical status, while those who (no matter their political party affiliation or faith tradition) worship at the altar of liberalism reject God’s eternal truths in favor of the ungodly folly of “everything being permissible”.

The “Catholic Reformed Church”?


Catholics born in the 40’s and 50’s can well remember the confidence they once knew in a Church that, like Christ Himself, would be the same today, tomorrow and forever. The Mass was the rock, offered by priests who faced God in the tabernacle, exactly as priests had done for a thousand years and throughout the whole world; Mass was heard and seen and prayed exactly as every saint, martyr and pope had heard and seen and prayed it back to the days of the Apostles.

For Catholics—not just in the Middle Ages, but in living memory—the Holy Father was infallible, the Mass was in Latin, the priest was in the confessional, scapular enrollment was universal, rosaries were lifelines, nuns were in cloisters and classrooms, mothers were in the homes, families were made up of numerous children, Christ was in the tabernacle, and the Catholic Church was the shining city on the hill.

And then one day it all blew up—sabotaged not by a visible invading army but by forces from within who thought they knew better. The Mass of all time was thrown out and replaced by something utterly foreign to every Catholic who’d ever lived. The nuns threw off their habits and became agents for “social justice”. The priests rejected the sacrificial symbols of their holy office and became our buddies. Women invaded the sanctuaries while men abandoned the pews. The seminaries and churches became laboratories for pop theology and experimental psychology. Catholics had declared war on themselves.

If you wanted to pass out Holy Communion, reject Humanae Vitae, hold hands at the Our Father, shake hands at the kiss of peace, or belt out the latest ditty that’d replaced Sacred Music—you could stay on. But if you didn’t want all that, but preferred instead to continue to practice the Faith as you’d been taught in Catholic school and as your father and mother had always done, you had to make sure not to let the door hit you in the backside on your way out.

Some stayed and suffered like Magdalene beneath the Cross. Others went along with the madness. Most walked away, never to return. And today much of the remnant of the Catholic faithful is either white-haired and fading away or, bereft of any Catholic identity whatsoever, cheering on Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

Young people from the best families may continue going to Mass for a few years, at least until they’re 16 or so. They may even show up for weekend retreats and overnights when the idea of getting out of the house on their own is still appealing. But soon enough all too many of them will join the rest of the “Catholic Christian” community today that quite simply is losing the Faith. If they’re unfortunate enough to attend a Catholic college or university, it’s a slam dunk!

According to a new poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life forty-five percent of Roman Catholics don’t even know that the consecrated bread and wine of Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.

Clearly, the fort has been betrayed.

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