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The Quiet Ones

 

There are some causes worth speaking out about. And then there are those causes that one dare not utter a word for fear of retribution. Pope Francis and Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, are quite sympathetic and at times vocal about certain causes – LGBTQ rights, gun violence, diversity, and climate change to name but a few — but they’ve both gotten noticeably quiet about two movements that have surfaced in the past year or so. One that promotes free speech and one that would crush it. One that seeks to live in freedom in one of the great success stories of enterprise and capitalism and the other that seeks to impose communist rule through a blood-soaked revolution.

Clearly, Apple has a great deal to lose if Cook speaks up about the Chinese government’s moves to bring Hong Kong under a more oppressive yoke, taking direct control of Hong Kong’s banking sector, and cracking down on any dissent. The financial hit to Apple would be in the billions if President-for-Life Xi Jinping became upset with a positive statement from Cook about the democracy movement in Hong Kong and ordered that factories where Apple products are manufactured be shuttered.

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Remember Uncle Ted? Theodore McCarrick? Former cardinal of the Catholic Church and money man/glad hander for Pope Francis? If you don’t, he is the despicable homo-predator and poster boy for the sex abuse crisis in the USA. And other than being forced to live a life of prayer and penance, and relegated to the lay […]

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Just How Obstinate is Pope Francis?

 

Seems like a silly question, doesn’t it? I mean to a greater or lesser degree we have all displayed obstinance about certain ideas or positions we’ve held even as others have convincingly explained how it is we have been wrong (I’m lookin’ at you, Bill Kristol). So, what’s the big deal if Pope Francis has displayed very apparent obstinate behavior? Well, the obstinance is one of the lynchpin factors to determine whether a member of the clergy, in this case, the current pontiff, may be a heretic for the positions he’s articulated that run counter to both doctrine and dogma and for his continued promotion of known sexual predators to positions of prominence in the Roman Curia.

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Is Pope Francis a Heretic?

 

I want to call your attention first to this from respected Vatican journalist Edward Pentin:

The well-known and respected Dominican theologian Father Aidan Nichols has put his name to an historic open letter to bishops claiming Pope Francis is guilty of heresy and calling on them to formally correct him.

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Jordan Peterson v. The Catholic Hierarchy – The Grudge Match

 

In my occasional wanderings on social media, I’ve noticed a certain dismissive or snarky narrative cropping up from members of the Catholic clergy about Dr. Jordan Peterson. Though many admire his intellect, Dr. Peterson comes in for a lot of tut-tutting, tsk-tsking, dismay and disappointment because he won’t emphatically state that he is a Christian or that he believes in God.

Peterson, is a well-read intellectual grounded in years of listening to his clinical patients and who has adhered to a fairly rigorous scientific methodology. For those who have spent any time watching him speak before a large audience, debate or respond to sometimes hostile interviewers, it’s evident that Peterson thinks very carefully before he speaks. At times, one can even see him struggling as his dancing fingers appear to search the ether around him for just the right word to accurately express his thoughts accompanied by an oft repeated question, “…how would you say…?” Peterson has indeed been reluctant to answer whether he believes in God, as he says, because he’s not sure what his interrogator means by the terms “believe” and “God” or if the intent of the interrogator is to pigeon-hole him or immediately embrace him as a member of his particular faith or version of Christianity. Some may find Peterson’s reluctance to be evasive and perhaps even cowardly. I find it refreshing and intellectually honest.

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Pope Francis has just completed a 3-day Apostolic Journey to the United Arab Emirates. This trip comes 800 years after the meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with the Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. It made history for the fact that Pope Francis prayed the first papal mass on the Arabian Peninsula and for the signing, by Pope […]

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Claims of papal plausible deniability about clerics with histories of sexual predation are wearing thin with the Catholic faithful. One would have thought that after the Cardinal McCarrick revelations from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò back in August of 2017, which was shocking and disheartening enough for the Catholic faithful, that the pope would act in […]

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McCarrick, Bernardin, Bergoglio, and Satan.

 

In May of 2015, I wrote about Alfred Hitchcock’s Catholicism, evident in his many amazingly crafted movies. It seems that one can always draw some interesting insights from Hitch, particularly as it relates to the nature of evil and the tactics of evil men and women. Here’s an excerpt from my post:

Hitchcock’s dark world is perhaps most vividly described in Shadow of a Doubt by Uncle Charlie, Charles Oakley (Joseph Cotten) who describes what the world is really like to his niece Charlie (Charlotte) played by Teresa Wright, after she discovers that her uncle is indeed the psychotic serial killer of wealthy widows on the run from the law whom a detective has warned her about. At night, in a Santa Rosa bar, Uncle Charlie chases down and confronts his troubled namesake and niece:

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Resigned and reappointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl, contrary to his previous public comments about not being aware of disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s years of sexual predation on young boys and seminarians, in fact knew and reported what he knew to the Vatican according to The Washington Post: More

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Pope Francis marked World Day of the Sick this week by meditating on Matthew 10:8: “Freely you have received, freely give.” Some of his thoughts: Volunteer work passes on values, behaviours and ways of living born of a deep desire to be generous. It is also a means of making health care more humane. More

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It takes more than a few errant parish priests who can’t control their sexual desires to undermine the Church and disillusion the faithful who were their victims and who left the Church altogether. It takes a widespread corruption of the priesthood on every continent on the planet by those who not only preyed on children […]

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The 90’s came and went. The priestly abuse scandal came, went and returned. Little was done to fix the problem. As has been discussed here, those who tried to act meaningfully were marginalized. Now, of all people, it looks like Francis is taking action. https://nypost.com/2018/12/03/pope-francis-says-gay-men-shouldnt-join-catholic-clergy/ More

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I am no longer astounded or dumbfounded or shocked or surprised by the things Pope Francis says, but this one is a real gem. In an address today, Pope Francis said this (trigger warning: gobbledygook ahead): More

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Police Raid Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

 

After all the anger that has been simmering toward the Catholic hierarchy in America and in Rome for the dismissive and deceptive way in which it has responded to the generations-old sexual abuse crisis, where priests and bishops have preyed on children and seminarians, it may fall to American law enforcement to begin the effort to cleanse the Catholic Church.

News broke today that offices for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, TX, which is the office of Cardinal DiNardo who currently presides over the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, have been raided by law enforcement officers with warrants to gather information pertaining to the case of a priest accused of molesting children who was reassigned to another parish. From KHOU in Houston:

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As a confessional Lutheran, I have followed the discussions here concerning the latest cascade of scandals from the Roman Catholic Church. I have sat silently on provocative observations on the daggers that Martin Luther thrust into the corpulent target of the 16th Century papal rule and conduct. Those responses are not constructive today. Those sheep […]

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Vatican Bans Further Editions of Book on Viganò

 

Many decades ago, the Catholic Church banned Franco Zeffirelli’s film of Romeo & Juliet because the director showed the couple in bed after they had been married by Friar Lawrence and because audiences got a brief glimpse of Romeo’s rear end and split-second glimpse of Juliet’s breast. The ban was essentially toothless since it was more of a signal of displeasure from the Holy See but otherwise something that couldn’t prevent Catholics from seeing the film. My late father, a huge fan of the film, who was fluent in Italian, quite knowledgeable about Catholic theology and who converted to the faith during WWII, was incensed by the Church’s pronouncement. The film has stood the test of time and is a classic not merely for Shakespeare’s insightful and beautiful rhyming couplets but for the way in which Zeffirelli handled the material and his choice of actors, locations (in Verona, Italy where the legendary story of the star-crossed lovers is actually set), costumes, music (Nino Rota) and cinematography.

Fast-forward 50 years to the Catholic Church of What’s Happening Now where predatory homosexual priests, bishops, and cardinals who have raped children, sexually groomed seminarians, and engaged in drug-fueled orgies are protected and promoted and very rarely punished or defrocked; and where a militant gay clergy continues to aggressively push the Church (with a nod and a wink from Francis) to openly embrace an active gay lifestyle that runs counter to almost two thousand years of Church teaching.

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In his 1987 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, Pope St. John Paul II, deviated from the custom of giving a year-in-review address and instead spoke of a new vision for the Church. The work of the great Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar had suggested that four biblical images of the Church, based on […]

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The Church’s Ongoing Gay Orgy

 
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio

Not a headline I take any pleasure in writing but arguably quite accurate and descriptive of the crisis that threatens to utterly destroy the Catholic Church and all that portends – especially the possible disintegration of the good charitable work and the medical care the Church provides.

The news of a cocaine-fueled gay orgy in the same Vatican building that houses the offices of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith* broke in July of 2017, four years into Francis’ papacy. Priests engaging in this orgy and their guests, some of whom may have been male prostitutes, were arrested by Vatican police. About a month ago, it came to light that, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was present at the orgy and was given an opportunity to leave the scene by the police rather than be arrested.

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The Heresy from Within

 

Are you paying attention? Have you been watching the Catholic Church wrestling with itself on being more relevant to the post-modernist world? In today’s Internet age, you have a ringside seat to this sad and sordid spectacle because news and commentary abound beyond what the talking heads or columnists in the mainstream media, who adore the current pope, will report.

To say that the barbarians are once more at the gates of Rome might be an insult to barbarians, many of whom may have had better family values and ethics than some of the despicable members of the Catholic clergy who have seduced and raped young boys, young girls, seminarians, conducted drug-fueled gay orgies in the shadow of St. Peter’s basilica, or who continue to maintain homosexual relationships with other priests or members of the laity without a worry that they will be reprimanded or defrocked; or other bishops and cardinals who have shielded and shuffled around the aforementioned pederasts, pedophiles, and rapists who then continued to prey on new victims in other parishes. No, the Roman Catholic Church is not suffering from an assault from an outside throng of barbarians running amok in Vatican City, rather it is under attack from demonic forces who wear clerical garb who are running amok within and spreading sin and heresy throughout the world in their wake.

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‘To Bear Witness to Corruption in the Hierarchy of the Catholic Church Was a Painful Decision’

 

So begins the third “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, on the ongoing sexual abuse/coverup scandal in the Church (h/t @9thdistrictneighbor). With this latest installment of “he said”/”he said,” Archbishop Viganò restates the key points of his original testimony and also answers the rebuke he received from Marc Cardinal Ouellet.

It was good to have the key points listed succinctly and to have an answer to Cardinal Ouellet’s letter, but what touched me most were the reasons Viganò gave for writing his testimonies. He strikes me as a man of great faith (which is in direct contrast to how I view those involved in this scandal).

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