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Dont Let the FrancisMercy Fool You, Faithful Catholic

By Frank Walker

         Sneaky, guilty, and up to no good?

In his passionate, battling manner Mundabor has an excellent point about the double-edge sword of FrancisMercy laid upon the planet on September 1st.

He doesn't trust it.

As Mahound made clear, the outreach to those guilty of the sin of abortion is not really an outreach at all, but like all FrancisMercy it's just a trick, a PR stunt designed to make Francis popular with the 999 out of 1,000 people who don't understand Catholic teaching on Confession.

Almost everyone in the West thinks that Catholicism is backward and unforgiving, but most of all they think it's changeable, because everything in their minds has been morphing their entire lives.  Most people think what they are given to think by the powers that be, yes?  Humanity and common sense creep in, but get quickly swept away in the hurricane of media and sin.  So they see Francis, the television tells them it's a new Church now, and it makes perfect sense.

The powers that be know they actually can make a new Church.  They just did it in the 1960's.  It's eternal character didn't change, but that doesn't mean it's not entirely different today.  The world got the Pope it wanted, he suppressed the Mass and the catechetics, relaxed the Church governance and voila', a wrecked world.  The faithful Church in Quebec was crushed practically in a matter of months.  Today they just received the first shipment of death kits from their government.  Mission accomplished.

So now every unrepentant sinner is celebrating because the media told them to celebrate and because that rotten Church, which has been the source of their grief despite the fact that they never darken its doors, is now forgiving them.  Thank you Francis, the Pope of New Mercy.

In reality that effort wasn't for anyone except Obama and UN.  It consolidates the FrancisBase, those herd of swine in the country of the Gerasens who, when filled with demons, run right off a cliff.  It wasn't for the Church or the people. It was for the purposes of the media-backed FrancisProp machine.

Some say the jubilee mercy letter brilliantly places Confession in a good light with a huge chunk of the apostate world, but that doesn't matter because it won't help.  Those people don't care.  They're not going to run down to Confession now, learn the Faith, or practice it.  And as the Mahound said:

If the Pope were truly interested in offering absolution to those who were a party to abortion, he would implore them to see a priest today, not wait until the start of his own Jubilee Year on December 8.

It's all just politics.

So what about the SSPX?  It's a coincidence that the very same issue recently raised by Madison Bp. Morlino and touted by Fr. Z, that of 'jurisdiction for Confessions,' should come up as FrancisMercy just when it was being used as a cudgel.  Since the FrancisEra was imposed, Michael Voris, former leader of the faithful obedient Catholic stalwarts, and his friend Fr. Paul Nicholson, have been ranting against the 'evil group of disobedient SSPX traditionalists' and dividing Pope Benedict's beloved movement.  Mundabor sees this latest FrancisMercy as an opening to more of the same.  According to him, it's all about the Synod and neutralizing the opposition.

I do not trust this. I do not trust the time, I do not trust the motives, and most importantly I do not trust the person. I fear Francis even when he bears gifts, because a scheming and heretical pope cannot have in mind anything good for Catholicism.

A liberal is a liberal is a liberal.  You can't be part liberal.  It just makes you liberal.  Just the same you can't be part heretic.  There is nothing good or Catholic about liberalism. There are only faithful and unfaithful.  You have to accept the whole package, not hem and haw over interpretations, social justice and sustainability, and play rhetorical Parcheesi.  Everybody knows you're a dishonest fraud and a cheat; a traitor to the cause.

The faithful Catholic establishment loves to remind us of Pope Paul VI and his chaos, how in the end he pulled through with Humanae Vitae.   Wow.  He did something Catholic.  The man suppressed the Mass of the Apostles, quite possibly one of the most destructive things anyone has ever done.  He gave us the notorious Cardinal Bernardin and the nasty bishops conferences.  He handed his tiara to the UN because he didn't want to look fancy or powerful.  Nice.

I don't think God appreciated those changes.  Those castaways meant something to Him.  But you don't have to take my word for it. Just look around you, or are you unfamiliar with the appearance of death?  This world is a lot more like Venus today than Earth.  Do you know how hot it must be walking around Venus right now?  Have you heard of the boiled frog?

Francis is not both liberal and Catholic.  That's impossible.  Doctrine is practice is application, and I'm not talking about recycling.  The entire planet knows for which team the Pope plays.  The only ones who don't are we faithful foolish few.  We are the ducks for the big dinner.

I do not trust the time and the motives, because it seems to me that Francis is opening the war on the sacraments with a manoeuvre aimed at disorienting his enemy. He is “merciful” to the SSPX: how will the conservative Catholics, then, be angry at him when he is “merciful” to adulterers? I smell a huge German rat here, and whilst many German bishops will feign mock opposition or even mock indignation, I am pretty sure they all know where this is going to end, and will play the game for all they're worth. Adultery is well worth an SSPX confession, and they will now shout even louder that once Francis is “merciful” to the “schismatic” SSPX ( I know, I know… slander and false accusations never get old) how can he refuse “mercy” to the oh so acutely suffering concubines and perverts?

But most importantly, I do not trust the person. Not for one second will I think that Francis has suddenly become an orthodox Catholic. Please understand that Francis is not pursuing a less heretical agenda today than he was yesterday. He will not start today to like the rosary-counting Catholics he so much despises. The Evil Clown that went to bed yesterday evening is the same that woke up this morning. Of course he is throwing a bone to the conservative crowd before he serves the sacrilegious entree to his heretical followers, or at least tries to let them have as much of the dish as he can.

"Throwing a bone to the conservative crowd before he serves the sacrilegious entree."  Mundabor is right.  That sounds like just what we should expect from our papal Obama-fan.


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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ More Pap From the People's Pope ]]>
More Pap From the People's Pope

By Frank Walker

            Jesus's Favorite Kind of Guy?

Does Pope Francis make a fetish out of some academic, ideological notion of 'the people?'

The capacity to recognize ourselves as sinners opens us to the astonishment at the encounter with Jesus: that was the message of Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass for the feast of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church.

Pope Francis’ homily focused on the day’s Gospel reading which tells the story of the miraculous catch of fish. After working throughout the night without catching anything, Peter, trusting in Jesus, cast his nets into the sea. The Holy Father used this story to speak about faith as an encounter with the Lord. First of all, he said, it pleases me to consider the fact that Jesus spent the greater part of His time in the street, with the people; then, later in evening, He went away by Himself to pray – but He encountered the people, He sought the people.”

I have never gotten this message from the Gospel myself.  From what I've read, Jesus was just as likely to be at a beautiful wedding, with the doctors in the Temple, or at the home of an important person as among the sick and lame in the street.  How did he 'recline at table' if he was huddling in the road all the time?

Sinners are everywhere and Jesus is a King.  He wasn't a stranger to power and responsibility.  He could relate to it.  He was of course a leader Himself.  I don't believe Pope Francis or his contemporaries in the hierarchy when they try to paste this 'preferential option for the poor' onto Christ.

Wealth is a great temptation but Jesus didn't avoid the wealthy, and if they were hardened and proud he didn't reject them either.  He scolded the Pharisees because it was for their own good, not because he loved them less.

Christ prefers the repentant faithful.  That's who he prefers.  He's not a Communist.



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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ UK Guardian: Pro-Lifers Hate FrancisMercy ]]>
UK Guardian: Pro-Lifers Hate FrancisMercy

By Frank Walker

                   Feeling the New Mercy


At the UK Guardian Anthea Butler provides a great example of the whole point behind the new Jubilee Year Abortion-Related FrancisMercy.

Pope Francis’s pastoral letter for the Year of Mercy, indicating that priests may absolve those who procure abortions, does nothing to change Catholic church policy with regards to how abortion is viewed. Current canonical law states that abortion is a grave sin, resulting in “automatic” excommunication.

It also doesn’t change very much when it comes to the mechanics of sin and forgiveness in the Catholic Church. Current teachings state that bishops could give priests the right to forgive a woman for having an an abortion if she was truly penitent; for this year, priests do not specifically have to ask a bishop for the right to absolve anyone seeking forgiveness for assisting an abortion or having one. (And Pope John Paul II gave priests the same term-limited right in the year 2000.)

What the Pope did was make a deft statement on the eve of his first visit to Cuba and the United States – a very Jesuitical move from the Jesuit pontiff. It presents to the public and press a more forgiving, more open church, which needs all the good PR feelings it can muster.

So far, so good.

In a letter outlining the preparations for the Year of Mercy beginning on 8 December 2015, the pope stated he is “conceding to all priests for the Jubilee year the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion to those who have procured it”.

While the edict is not a change in canon law, it does give a pathway to forgiveness for what the church terms “a grave sin”. Once a person is absolved, then they are back in “good standing’ with the Catholic church, and are able to partake of the sacrament of the Eucharist and be accepted into heaven.

Not so sure about this 'new pathway' she's talking about, but it's great to hear a big secular paper actually explain Confession, Holy Communion, and forgiveness in our Faith.

But wait:

The move to offer absolution to women who had abortions is likely to rankle conservatives who have found themselves embattled with this pope, who hews closely to Catholic church teachings but still makes comments like “who am I to judge” with regards to homosexuality and calls upon Church leaders to get active on climate change.

The letter particularly puts the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops once again in the interesting position of having to support the pope, even though many of them are staunch anti-abortion advocates who may not have wished to extend – or even forbidden the extension of – forgiveness to those women who have sought it regarding abortions. Many of those bishops have been eager to fight the culture wars surrounding abortion rights in the United States; this announcement reduces their bluster substantively.

They were doing so well, weren't they?  They were talking about the Church and not making things up.  Pro-life faithful bishops don't want forgiveness for abortions!  Now we have to silence the culture war?

Just when we thought maybe the secular left would start to understand Christ's mercy, we find out they only get FrancisMercy.  FrancisMercy is only for liberals.



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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Don't Panic Yet. They're Only Releasing the Death Kits ]]>
Don't Panic Yet. They're Only Releasing the Death Kits

By Frank Walker

              Problem solved, rights protected


I knew that things were bad and spiraling, but I didn't think they'd already be sending out the death kits.

When news leaked Sept. 1 that the Quebec government is preparing “euthanasia kits” for doctors, it came as no surprise to the head of a physicians’ group that opposes euthanasia.

Dr. Catherine Ferrier, president of the Quebec-based Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia, said she knew the Collège des médecins du Québec was “working on guidelines on how to euthanize a patient.”

“It was foreseen since the law was passed last year,” she said, noting Quebec’s euthanasia Bill 52 comes into effect Dec. 10.

Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) director Michele Boulva also said these guidelines, while shocking, were expected.

“Citizens who have not yet realized what the legalization of euthanasia will mean for them and their loved ones will have a very difficult awakening,” Boulva said. “Families will obviously need to be very proactive and attentive to what’s going on with their loved ones in the hospital and make sure their family doctor is opposed to this practice.”

Do we have 'family doctors' now?  I thought you just had to go where they sent you and do what they say?  How are you supposed to make sure you get one that doesn't kill people, especially when it's their job?  I've been to the hospital quite a bit over the years.  Now more than ever they don't answer too many questions.  There's all kinds of 'I don't knows' and 'wait and see's.'

The euthanasia guidelines, reportedly developed in conjunction with Quebec’s governing bodies for nurses and pharmacists, involve a combination of drugs delivered intravenously to first, quell anxiety, second, to induce a coma, and third, drugs to stop breathing and to stop the heart.

That's nice.  Three easy steps, and the anxiety relief is really humane.  I know I'd be nervous.

The drug formulas will be available on a restricted part of the College’s web site to doctors, nurses and pharmacists.

“None of this should have happened, obviously,” said Ferrier, a family doctor with a geriatric practice. “If they are going to make it legal, doctors have to learn how to do it.”

But Ferrier said the Quebec government is “scrambling” because “when the law comes into effect a lot of people won’t be prepared” to perform euthanasia. “The system won’t be set up for it,” she said. A patient might demand euthanasia once the law comes into effect, but the hospital may not have policies set up.

This government health care, they even botch killing people. We need procedures!

Ferrier questioned whether enough doctors will be willing to kill their patients and whether nurses will refuse to participate. She also questioned whether the guideline that doctors administer the drugs and supervise the death is realistic.

“Doctors are not always known to always sit by the bedside of patients when they don’t have to,” Ferrier said.

The more likely scenario is a doctor giving the injection, then leaving for the operating room or the next patient, leaving the process to the nurse, she said.

That's right.  Leave the dirty job to the nurse again.  You didn't study for twelve years so you could do everything yourself, right?



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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Dont Let the FrancisMercy Fool You, Faithful Catholic; More Pap From the People's Pope; UK Guardian: Pro-Lifers Hate FrancisMercy; Don't Panic Yet. They're Only Releasing the Death Kits ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Dont Let the FrancisMercy Fool You, Faithful Catholic


More Pap From the People's Pope


UK Guardian: Pro-Lifers Hate FrancisMercy


Don't Panic Yet. They're Only Releasing the Death Kits


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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pew Survey Reveals Catholic Church Is Practically a Lifeless Husk ]]>
Pew Survey Reveals Catholic Church Is Practically a Lifeless Husk

By Frank Walker

     Starting new life demands a certain virility.

The Washington Post is reporting a Pew survey which reveals stark information that  will immediately fall into a memory sieve.  The so-called 'catholic' population of the United States (and the world for that matter) is comprised almost entirely of apostates and protestants.  That vast majority of these people are both:

  1. Almost completely un-formed
  2. Brilliantly and ruthlessly mal-formed

They most certainly are not Catholic and should not be considered so.

Most Americans who were raised Catholic but have since left the church could not envision themselves returning to it, according to a new Pew Research Center survey examining American Catholics and family life. The survey’s findings were released Wednesday, weeks before Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States, and as Catholic leadership contends with dramatic demographic shifts.

Seventy-seven percent of those who were raised Catholic but no longer identify with the religion said they could not envision themselves eventually returning to the church, according to the Pew survey. The survey also examined U.S. Catholics’ views on issues such as divorce, same-sex marriage and sinful behavior, finding an openness for non-traditional family structures.

This is unsurprising.  Outside the Faith everybody thinks the same.  On the other side of Heaven is only the reign of Hell.  It also has its 'doctrines.' Life has only two rooms really.

Although Catholics have long made up about a quarter of the U.S. population, recent data has shown that percentage dropping. In 2007, 23.9 percent of Americans identified as Catholic. In 2014, 20.8 percent of Americans said the same, according to previous survey results from Pew.

But the new survey illustrates something else about Catholic life in the United States: while the percentage of Americans who may identify their religion as Catholicism is dropping, a much larger group of Americans identify as Catholic in some way.

In all, 45 percent of Americans say they are either Catholic, or are connected to Catholicism. That larger percentage includes “Cultural Catholics” (making up nine percent of those surveyed) who are not practicing Catholics but who identify with the religion in some way; and “ex-Catholics” (also nine percent) who were formerly Catholic but no longer identify with Catholicism at all. And another eight percent said they had some other connection to Catholicism, for instance by having a Catholic partner or spouse. For the purposes of the survey, Pew kept each category mutually exclusive.

According to the survey, about half of those who were raised Catholic end up leaving at some point, while about 11 percent of those who left have since returned.

That means half of them don't leave.  I wonder how old most of those people are.

The study also sheds some light on how Catholic American attitudes on family, sex, and marriage compare with church teaching. When asked whether they believed the church should change its position on a variety of issues, a very large percentage of religiously identified Catholics — 76 percent — expressed a desire to see the church allow the use of birth control. Sixty-two percent felt that the church should allow priests to marry, and about the same percentage thought that the church should allow divorced and cohabitation couples to receive communion.

These beliefs are easy to instill.  All you have to do is reject the sacraments and turn on the TV.

Fifty-nine percent of Catholics surveyed thought women should be allowed to become priests. Meanwhile, just 46 percent of Catholics believe the church should recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Among those Catholics who attend Mass weekly, support for these changes was lower overall. But Pew notes that even among this particular population, two-thirds of Mass-going Catholics think the church should relax its prohibition on contraceptives.

Heretics.  The vast majority of 'catholics' don't even approach a Church.  The vast majority of those that do, still reject her teachings.  This would be strikingly clear to the world if only the bishops weren't even worse themselves.

These people don't need 'mercy.'  They need the book thrown at them so they know where they stand.  The Pope and hierarchy are unable to do so today, but until clear lines are drawn around the Church militant, she will never be visible, and the world continue to spiral like a fireball.


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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Pope Francis Gets Around To The Gist of the Final Judgment ]]>
Pope Francis Gets Around To The Gist of the Final Judgment

By Frank Walker

           Salvation at short notice?

Does Pope Francis believe in Hell, I mean for other than faithful Catholics?  If he does, then why doesn't he act like it?  He sounds like a Lutheran.

Christians are to comfort each other through good works and kind words and not with useless chatter.

In his first public daily Mass at his residence since his summer break, Francis called on Catholics to realize our God lives and will come to find us, and therefore, to live accordingly, reported Vatican Radio.

In the responsorial psalm, the Pope noted how we repeat the words, ‘I am sure I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living,’ and then posed a question to those present.

"Are you certain you will see the Lord?" he asked.

Like Job, Francis said, despite many misadventures, we are to firmly believe we'll see Christ with our own eyes and let this give us hope.

“It’s true, He will come to judge and when we go to the Sistine (Chapel) we see that beautiful scene of the Last Judgement," the Pope said. "But we must also believe that He will come to find me because I see Him with my eyes, I embrace Him and am always with Him.  This is the hope that the Apostle Paul tells us to explain to others through our life, to give witness to hope.  This is the true comfort, this is the true certainty: 'I am sure I will see the Lord’s kindness.'"

Liberals are always embracing, embracing.  It's wonderful to think of embracing Jesus but isn't there a bit more to it?  Michelangelo's Last Judgment is beautiful yes, but also terrifying.  There isn't any embracing at all.

In today's letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul encourages early Christians to let hope grow in their hearts until the final day in which they meet him, the Pope recalled. Francis stressed how the Apostle also warned that this day could arrive without warning, like a "thief in the night."

Though the thought of lack of notice could be frightening, Francis reminded those gathered that Jesus is coming to bring salvation to those who believe in Him and to have hope, comfort and help each other.

"Lack of notice?"  I feel like I'm being read to by my kindergarten teacher (A cruel woman with little respect for boys.)  Is Francis joining the chorus of 'minders' intent on removing every trace of freedom, power, or dignity from the human race?  Can we not get a true image of the final judgment from the Pope so we can know what to do with our lives?

It takes hope to follow the Lord, to be obedient to the laws of God and His Church.  It is not hope in Christ 'no matter what,' or in 'faith alone.'  It's the hope in His promises.

“Let us ask the Lord for this grace: that seed of hope that he has planted in our hearts so it germinates and grows until our final meeting with Him."

"'I am certain that I will see the Lord.' 'I am certain that our Lord lives.' 'I am certain that our Lord will come to find me': This should be the horizon of our life.  Let us ask the Lord for this grace and let us comfort each other with good works and kind words, (let’s go) along this road.”

“This is my advice, ‘comfort each other.’ Speak about this: but I’m asking you: do we speak about this, that the Lord will come and will we meet Him? Or do we speak about so many things, including theology, things about the Church, priests, religious sisters, monsignors, all this?  And is this hope our comfort? ‘Comfort each other,’ comfort those in the community. In our community, in our parishes, are we speaking about this that we’re waiting for the Lord who comes?  Or are we instead chattering about this and that to help pass the time and not get too bored?”

The Pope concluded by exhorting the faithful to live lives they would be at peace with the day the Lord gives a surprise visit.

That sounds more like it.


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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Blinding FrancisMercy Assault Undone in a Day ]]>
Blinding FrancisMercy Assault Undone in a Day

By Frank Walker

               Briefly blinded to the Truth

It's only September 2nd and the Obama network of dictators, the UN, their Vatican, its hierarchy, and the entire media machine are all hyping FrancisVisit ahead of the Paris Summit.  Right out of the box they hit us with a bewildering cocktail of assaults of course under the banner of 'mercy.'  With his left he disarmed his faithful critics.  With his right Pope Francis made the entire faithless world think he just forgave abortions.

Though extremely clever, the Francis brand is better with its right than its left because it's only taken a day for us to bounce back.  Mahound's Paradise chimed in.

One of the headlines yesterday was that in honor of the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has granted to every priest the authority to absolve the sin of abortion, at least for the Jubilee year. The implicit subtext is that priests did not have this authority before. The relevant text is reprinted at the end of this post.

While this declaration has been hailed in many quarters as a sort of stunning development--an example of the Pope's new Church of Mercy in action, its actual effect in terms of the practical ability to obtain absolution for abortion is . . . wait for it . . . almost zero.

Why do I say that?

Because priests could do it anyway.

Or to put it differently, as with many things surrounding this Pope, the reality is different from the hype.

The word 'hype' is so apt for this Propagandist-Pope.

The writer goes on to describe the many, many ways that the restrictions on Confession and absolution for abortion are legally lifted already.  In reality there are no limits upon the Mercy of God for the repentant.  Of course, most people do not know that.  They think the Church is all about hating people.

Here the reader may stop and ask, isn't this all just so complicated? Shouldn't the Pope be commended for making it simple and transparent (during the Jubilee Year only, we should add, then we go back to the regular rules)? The answer to this is that while the rules might be somewhat complicated--it's taken me 1,000+ words to explain them--the reality or the practice is not. If one has been a party to abortion, "easy" absolution has always been available, or, more accurately, has been available at least since 1983 and in many cases earlier.

The truth of the matter of course is that the real impediment is not some 24 hour waiting period that would apply in only a small minority of cases anyway, but the state of mind of the potential penitent--not desiring to obtain absolution from a priest, or being afraid of it, ignorant as to its importance or whatever.

The Pope's announcement was, to put it simply, a PR move.

This is the cold hard truth about FrancisMercy.  It's PR.  'Mercy for the peripheries' to put it another way.  It's supposed to reel in the lost, but it will only serve to do two things:

  1. Confirm them in their sins.
  2. Make Pope Francis look like the Messiah again so he can be harnessed by the Left.

He is a 'transformational figure,' remember, meaningful to so much more than just 'catholics.'

But those who are wise as serpents in these matters might look on it in another way: It's a PR move to stress the goodness and mercy not of God, but of this Pope, and to implicitly condemn the "old" or "traditional" Church (in other words the eternal Catholic Church) of being, well, mean.

(I should note that the sub-headline to many stories on the Pope's announcement plays exactly into that--"traditionalists" were "dismayed" at the Pope offering an "easy out" to such a grave sin. Given the stress by traditionalists on confession, that's almost a complete inversion of the truth.)

If the Pope were truly interested in saving those who were prisoners of mortal sin, he would call all non-Catholics to convert (you need to be a Catholic, obviously, to receive the sacrament of absolution) instead of implying that it doesn't matter and condemning those who think it does--"proselytism is solemn nonsense...the most important thing is to journey together towards the good."

If the Pope were truly interested in reminding his flock of the necessity of confession, he would ask all Catholics to go and go regularly, and require that his bishops and priests make it more readily available. Announce it from the pulpit often, allot more time to it, put the confession booths back and stop storing hymnals in them.

If the Pope were truly interested in offering absolution to those who were a party to abortion, he would implore them to see a priest today, not wait until the start of his own Jubilee Year on December 8.

That is the last word on the subject of yesterday.


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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ The Abp. Wesolowski Resolution Seems Odd ]]>
The Abp. Wesolowski Resolution Seems Odd

By Frank Walker

Hard to concentrate when you have to keep looking over your shoulder

Argentina's Kirchner has been to the FrancisVatican seven times.  She was also conveniently saved when a prosecutor intent on arresting her wound up dead just before trial.

There are perhaps many high level bishops as dastardly as Polish Archbishop Wesolowski, but they go unaccused. In such an atmosphere there must be scores of compromising stories to be concealed.

Why did the man destined to become the most forcefully prosecuted sex criminal in the modern Church suddenly turn up dead?  Internal Vatican autopsy says, 'cardiac event.'  I guess that means heart attack?

If the Archbishop was still awaiting trial, why was the Vatican's normally bland 'La Stampa' so eager to remind us that he was 'disgraced' and 'defrocked?'

And why did they refuse him a bishop's burial even going so far as to make everyone sit through eight minutes of silence in absence of a homily?

I know I'm suspicious, but there seems to be too much touchiness about these things in Rome.


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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Blinding FrancisMercy Assault Undone in a Day; Pope Francis Gets Around To The Gist of the Final Judgment; Pew Survey Reveals Catholic Church Is Practically a Lifeless Husk; The Abp. Wesolowski Resolution Seems Odd ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Blinding FrancisMercy Assault Undone in a Day


Pope Francis Gets Around To The Gist of the Final Judgment


Pew Survey Reveals Catholic Church Is Practically a Lifeless Husk


The Abp. Wesolowski Resolution Seems Odd







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Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ What Will The Last Word Be On Father Corapi? ]]>
What Will The Last Word Be On Father Corapi?

By Frank Walker

                           Just another corrupt priest?

At Renew America Catholic reporter Matt Abbott makes a statement about Father John Corapi, who dropped off the radar screen about four years ago after apparently leaving the priesthood.

A bit of good news to share: A reliable source has informed me that Father John Corapi, a popular priest among orthodox Catholics who departed public life after a tumultuous period a few years ago, remains in the priesthood and is re-establishing his spiritual life.

What does this mean?  Is father permitted to say Mass or hear Confessions?  Is he living in a monastery?  At some point will we hear something vindicating Fr. Corapi?  Will he return to public life one day?  I would have to guess that if he could he would.

There's no indication he'll be returning to public life anytime soon, if ever. However, it's nice to know that Father Corapi can at least be a quiet prayer warrior during this extremely difficult time in the Church and world.

I won't go into the particulars about what transpired in the past – it's water under the bridge – and I'm sure there's information on the Internet (some of it more reliable than other information, obviously) for those who may not be familiar with the situation. Plus, those who really didn't pay attention to him in the first place likely don't care one way or the other about his current status.

Father Corapi was very popular.  Many thousands were catechized and strengthened through his ministry.  He was not politically correct.  He was a conservative Catholic and a military man.  He was not reluctant to call out his superiors if he thought necessary.

The bottom line is that we all are wounded and spiritually/morally fall often (I know I do!). We just have to try our best to keep moving forward in faith in this "valley of tears." A very difficult task, I must say. That doesn't mean condoning moral corruption or remaining silent about it, but we all need God's mercy.

I've never seen anything convincing about the accusations against Fr. Corapi but it isn't surprising that his own leadership moved against him.  That kind of thing happens to faithful and effective Catholics at times.  Slander, false accusations, bogus proceedings and judgments.  It's entirely possible.  I did however, see an entire Catholic media fall on him based on the internal conclusions.  I'm not satisfied that a bishop, a tribunal, and some hearsay are the last word on him.  I think few people know what actually happened.

It's true he acted quite odd and he's not saying anything.  What would you do if your enemies tried to crush everything you'd built and forced you to end your life confined in some facility run by heretics, homosexuals, and cutthroats?  He might have been looking at that possibility.  I'm not concluding he's a victim.  I'm just saying that it wouldn't be so unusual if he were.

Do you remember what they tried to do to Fr. Frank Pavone?  They said he was guilty of gross financial mismanagement, obfuscation, refusal to cooperate.  But when facts became released it just looked like he took on a bit more debt in a bad economy.  They sure had a lot of nasty accusations flying about the founder of Priests for Life though, and ahead of big elections.  He was skyping from his cell in the Texas desert.

In order for Father Corapi to be a fraud he would have to have been a fraud all along.  I can see a man sinking, but he was once faithful priest and a clear thinker.  Sin can darken a mind, but it doesn't easily conquer someone with faith and with a conscience formed like that.


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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Is the Catholic League Survey of Catholics Worth Reading if You're Not a Bishop? ]]>
Is the Catholic League Survey of Catholics Worth Reading if You're Not a Bishop?

By Frank Walker

           What's up with those 'catholics' over there?

Bill Donohue's Catholic League has released an extensive survey of Catholics.

Earlier this month, the Catholic League commissioned The Polling Company, headed by Kellyanne Conway, to conduct a nationwide survey of Catholics. In addition to the usual questions asked of respondents, we asked about issues the media have little interest in pursuing. We also dug deeper, seeking to tap the ways Catholics are conflicted over various matters.

The problem with many surveys is that they seek to elicit a black and white response to contemporary subjects; this is especially problematic when contentious issues are being weighed. Our survey was designed to allow for a more nuanced, and therefore accurate, response.

It's almost impossible to find helpful statistical data on Catholics in the press.  This is simply because they adamantly refuse to consider any criteria that would identify the true Church militant:  those who are actually faithful and obedient to the Church.

Instead they count any baptized Catholic.  In a Church two generations from a heretical putsch and a complete collapse of faith, it's easy to find 'catholics' like that.  It would be good for an organization to lend a little clarity.


The findings suggest that most Catholics are faithful sons and daughters, and this is especially true of practicing Catholics. To read my analysis of the survey data, click here. The analysis has been sent to the bishops of every diocese in the nation.

"most Catholics are faithful sons and daughters, and this is especially true of practicing Catholics!"

I haven't looked at this survey but if you think, as that sentence reveals, that Catholics are faithful sons and daughters of the Church even when they're not practicing, then you're not adding anything to what's already been done.  I'm sure the bishops will appreciate the effort though.

The Church must stop considering those who are neither practicing nor faithful as Catholics.  They are lost.  We lost them by chasing them.  When the sheep see the entire flock chasing after the lost sheep in unison, they follow the leader.  That's how this happened.

Our Lord doesn't chase.  He leads and has to be followed.


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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Let the FrancisHype Begin ]]>
Let the FrancisHype Begin

By Frank Walker

              No Christ on the cross or in the message

Here it comes.  FrancisVisit is ramping up and it's going to be all politics.  Our propagandist-pope is going to be the subject of non-stop mega-hype.  If only I watched ABC news!

Pope Francis held a virtual audience with Americans in three U.S. cities on Monday, just weeks ahead of his first visit to the country later this month. In the first official meeting with the American public, the pope once again demonstrated his priority to pastor to often-marginalized communities by targeting issues relating to youth, homelessness and immigration.

During the audience, which will be part of an ABC News special airing on Friday, the pope said he is praying for the U.S. and asked for Americans' prayers in turn.

The pope spoke from the Vatican to students at the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, individuals from homeless shelters in Los Angeles and immigrants at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas.

Marginalized, youth, homeless, and illegal aliens - read liberal voters and  excuses for corrupt Democrat policy.  Hello, Pope Francis!  What about Catholicism and Jesus?

One 17-year-old student started crying as she told the pope about being bullied for a skin condition she has had her whole life. She said she has found strength in music, which inspired Pope Francis to make a special request.

"I would like to hear you sing," the pope said in English. "May I ask of you to sing a song for me? Be courageous!" The teenager then treated Francis to song in the Argentine pope's native Spanish.

Oh my gosh!  A crying bullied teenager with a skin disease and the Pope asks her to sing!  I'm completely flattened.  It's like Heaven just landed in my television.  If this is the new Pope Francis Catholicism then I'm as on board as Castro!


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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ The Era of the New Hippie Catholic ]]>
The Era of the New Hippie Catholic

By Frank Walker

         Humble FrancisChurch Pilgrims en Route


Hippies are so cute, right?  Just don't look too closely.

Hippies are also perfect for FrancisChurch.  They love nature, have poor humble carbon footprints, and they hate those stuffy rules!  CNN reports:

The freewheeling Volkswagen bus, painted a Caribbean turquoise, rolls down Guatemala's CA-9 highway. Hot wind blows in and out of every open window, and the noise from the rear engine is loud. But no one seems to mind.

Sandwiched between four kids in the back, I can't help but think these travelers' attitude might be mistaken for flower power. But this is no magic bus on a hippie trip. This family is on a mission rooted in their Catholic faith.

Catire Walker, 41, and his wife, Noël Zemborain, 39, packed their children, camping gear and a few belongings in March and left their home in Buenos Aires on a daunting 13,000-mile journey through 13 countries.

Their family and friends called them crazy. Maybe they were. But they figured it was about time that they did something crazy. About time that they devoted more time to what mattered most: family.

There final destination is Philadelphia to see the Pope.

Pope Francis, who has made family one of his hot button issues, is visiting the United States for the first time later this month. The Walkers plan to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families, a central event of the papal visit. The VW bus is plastered with a sticker emblazoned with the event's logo. Everywhere the family goes, the curious stop and ask.

These people aren't crazy.  This is a marketing stunt and Mrs. Hippie is a marketing professional.  That VW is over forty years old.  It only means something to old liberals and collectors.

Faith, for the Walkers, has never been about church and its rituals but about the everyday occurrences of life. In Francis, they finally saw a pope who understood ordinary people like them, a pope who talked about things no pope had discussed openly before.

They may be ordinary people but they're not Catholics!  They don't believe in anything.  They like Francis because he doesn't remind them of the Church.

Besides, they felt immensely proud that Francis was a fellow Argentine. They had followed Jorge Bergoglio closely when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires and had even seen him up close right after he was named Pope.

They were in Rome on a business trip and stood among the crowd at the Vatican. When Francis drove by in the Pope Mobile, Catire screamed "Jorge!" and held up their youngest child, Carmin, then only 10 months old. One of the security guards carried the baby past the barricade and lifted her up so Francis could kiss her.

What kind of poor hippies can afford to take their entire family of six to Rome on business, yet still find it in their hearts to beg their way north for five months?

The Walkers don't know how far they will get today or where they will sleep tonight. This is how it has been in their months of travel on a tight budget. They raised a few dollars through a crowdsourcing site but mostly, they depend on the kindness of strangers, many of whom open up their homes and become lifelong friends.

The journey has been humbling, Noël tells me.

"We have learned how to ask for help," she says. "We have learned how to be grateful, how to live with very little. And just to let go and not to try and always control everything."

They've also learned how to be cogs in the left-wing FrancisHype machine, sort of like hippie-capitalists.


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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Let the FrancisHype Begin; Is the Catholic League Survey of Catholics Worth Reading if You're Not a Bishop? What Will The Last Word Be On Father Corapi? The Era of the New Hippie Catholic ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Let the FrancisHype Begin


Is the Catholic League Survey of Catholics Worth Reading if You're Not a Bishop? 


What Will The Last Word Be On Father Corapi? 


The Era of the New Hippie Catholic





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Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Contentious Labor Contract Agreement Reached for San Francisco Catholic Schools ]]>
Contentious Labor Contract Agreement Reached for San Francisco Catholic Schools

By Frank Walker

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has released details of the just-reached union agreement.  Apparently much of the protections for Catholic identity and the personal Catholic character of employees has been maintained.

From the Diocesan statement:


2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement – Preamble Clauses on Catholic Education

WHEREAS, the Union and its members recognize the unique nature of the Archdiocesan high school system in that it is Roman Catholic, committed to provide education within the framework of Catholic principles; that Catholic teachings and precepts shall remain paramount throughout the term of this Agreement; and that nothing in the Agreement shall be construed as interfering in any way with the Superintendent’s functions and duties insofar as they are canonical; and

WHEREAS, the Union and its members recognize that all lay teachers covered by this Agreement shall perform all their duties as set forth in this Agreement in accordance with the doctrines and precepts of the Roman Catholic Church, and shall conduct themselves at all times during the performance of those duties in a manner in keeping with the standards of the Church; and

WHEREAS, the Parties to this agreement acknowledge that the purpose of Catholic schools is to affirm Catholic values through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to help students learn and develop their critical and moral faculties; and

WHEREAS, teachers are expected to support the purpose of our Catholic schools in such a way that their personal conduct will not adversely impact their ability to teach in our Catholic High Schools; and

WHEREAS, the Parties acknowledge that disputes about teacher conduct on and off the job are subject to the grievance procedure to determine whether such conduct has adversely impacted the teacher’s ability to teach in our Catholic High Schools.



2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement –Preamble Clauses on Catholic Education


2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement – Preamble Clauses on Catholic Education


WHEREAS, the Union and its members recognize the unique nature of the Archdiocesan high school system in that it is Roman Catholic, committed to provide education within the framework of Catholic principles; that Catholic teachings and precepts shall remain paramount throughout the term of this Agreement; and that nothing in the Agreement shall be construed as interfering in any way with the Superintendent’s functions and duties insofar as they are canonical; and


WHEREAS, the Union and its members recognize that all lay teachers covered by this Agreement shall perform all their duties as set forth in this Agreement in accordance with the doctrines and precepts of the Roman Catholic Church, and shall conduct themselves at all times during the performance of those duties in a manner in keeping with the standards of the Church; and


WHEREAS, the Parties to this agreement acknowledge that the purpose of Catholic schools is to affirm Catholic values through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to help students learn and develop their critical and moral faculties; and


WHEREAS, teachers are expected to support the purpose of our Catholic schools in such a way that their personal conduct will not adversely impact their ability to teach in our Catholic High Schools; and


WHEREAS, the Parties acknowledge that disputes about teacher conduct on and off the job are subject to the grievance procedure to determine whether such conduct has adversely impacted the teacher’s ability to teach in our Catholic High Schools.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ JPII Medical Research Inst. Warns on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS ]]>
JPII Medical Research Inst. Warns on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS

By Frank Walker

The Return of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Pro-Life Institute Ready for the Challenge


Coralville, IA, August 20, 2015

The Ice Bucket Challenge has returned, and the John Paul II Medical Research Institute challenges every Catholic to participate in this year’s challenge.

“We encourage everyone who supported our Institute through last year’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to once again join us by participating and challenging others this year. While 2014 brought awareness to the need for ALS funding, it’s still crucial for all of us to continue supporting ALS research through donations,” Jay Kamath, CEO of John Paul II Medical Research Institute, said.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was a global phenomenon last year as hundreds of thousands of people dumped ice water over their heads to raise money for ALS research. The John Paul II Medical Research Institute received its share of ALS donations and raised over $450,000 from all 50 states and 38 countries. The Institute gained popularity after the Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr voiced concerns about the ALS Association’s support for embryonic stem cell research and urged Catholics to donate to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute instead.

Over 300 medical research organizations either support or participate in embryonic stem cell research, and last year’s Challenge raised awareness that fundraisers’ money could be funding efforts that go against their beliefs. The Institute is one of a select few groups focusing on medical research that does not support or participate in embryonic stem cell or aborted fetus research.

Using only adult stem cells and IPS cells, the scientists at the John Paul II Medical Research Institute are working to find better treatments and hopefully a cure for ALS. However, medical research requires constant funding, and now that August is here, the John Paul II Medical Research is reaching out so everyone participates in the Challenge again starting this month.

“Continued support will enable our Institute to build on our current research milestones as we work toward finding a cure for ALS and possible cures for other diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis as well. While the science industry is an expensive endeavor, we’re committed in our mission to use ethical research efforts to develop better therapies and cures for a variety of diseases,” Kamath said.

And what did JP2MRI do with all that money? 90 percent of donations for ALS went directly toward ALS research. Their science team produced a number of stem cell lines for ALS and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, and these lines have the potential to enter clinical trials.

“We hope that you will help make this year’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge even more successful than 2014,” Kamath says. “Every donation helps.”


Jennifer Moy

2500 Crosspark Rd.

Coralville, IA 52241

Phone: (319) 655-3000




About JP2MRI: Founded in 2006, John Paul II Medical Research Institute is a pro-life non-profit based in Iowa. They specialize in adult stem cells to find cures for cancer, neurological diseases, rare diseases, and chronic diseases. Their institute does NOT conduct research with embryonic stem cells and believes in upholding the dignity of all human life.

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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Who Does Pope Francis Love More, America or Obama? ]]>
Who Does Pope Francis Love More, America or Obama?

By Frank Walker

                                  Not abusing Capitalism but still hard-working

Vatican's La Stampa has an interview with Obama's ambassador to the Vatican, former Catholic Relief Services Director, Kenneth Hackett about Francis' upcoming visit to the United States and Cuba.  Apparently the whole thing was hatched not so much at the invitation of the House's Boehner, but Obama.

The President invited him to the United States?

Yes, the President invited him and more importantly, in the context of that invitation, the dynamic, the personal interaction, was more than warm; they hit it off on a number of issues including, I think, migration, poverty, exclusion, and people falling through the cracks. Those are the kind of things that I believe they were discussing behind closed doors. As soon as we were let in immediately afterwards you could feel the atmosphere in the room was very positive. So somehow Pope Francis had a very positive view of President Obama and what he is trying to do, and they clicked. And I think that led to his decision to come.  

Then the following September I carried the invitation from Speaker Boehner to speak to Congress and I probably said at the time that this is a long shot, but Francis picked it up and there it goes.

The UN was not on the cards in the very beginning because we kept hearing it’s going to be a pastoral visit, and yes he’ll go to the White House, and then he’ll go to Congress.  But all of a sudden (UN Secretary General) Ban Ki-moon came in and locked down the UN because a lot of people were saying it is the 50th anniversary of Paul VI’s visit to the UN, and Francis could speak about climate and about the sustainable development goals, and so they were creating an environment for him to speak at the UN.

"The dynamic, the personal interaction, was more than warm?"  What does that mean? If it was more than warm was it hot?  Did the pope have the least bit of Christian council or concern for the world in the face of a man like Obama?  Is President Obama Pope Francis' favorite person in the world?  Was he in love?  Is Obama a spiritual guide to Pope Francis?

What was the President’s reaction afterwards?

As you know well, the private conversation went on for a very long time. And coming out of the Pope’s meeting Obama was refreshed. He was happy!

Obama was refreshed after a very long conversation via interpreter?  Was there a shower in there?  Why was he so happy?  Did his meeting with Francis succeed beyond his wildest dreams?

What is your own personal memory of that meeting?

It was two friends talking about things, even though they had never met before.  As I was seeing it, this was warm and positive, and everything I have heard from the White House since he got back says the President was overjoyed with the visit.

Why is the entire monstrous liberal machine giddy about Francis?  Is he handing over the patrimony of the Church so fast they can't contain their demonic glee?

The lengthy interview is full of spin, but the biggest helping of it is applied to Francis and Communism, I mean, 'anti-Capitalism.'

Some of his statements in the encyclical “on our common home” and in his speech to the Popular Movements, during his visit to Bolivia, were strong critiques of the way the economy is run. Many in the US read them as a strong critique of capitalism.  What do you say to these critics?

I didn’t read them as a strong critique to all forms of capitalism. I think he’s basically saying what his predecessors said, but he is doing it with a Latin flare. He talks about the excesses of capitalism, and as I pick up the paper and I see who has been jailed in this place and that place for some banking scandal, I see there are excesses.  I cannot believe that he is saying that the capitalist system which rewards hard work, good decisions, is totally wrong. He’s certainly not saying that the socialist system is the answer! He just saying don’t abuse things, don’t abuse your capitalism.

 "A Latin flare, eh?"  He has that. 

In Francis' mind having more than someone else is an abuse of freedom.  As he travels to Bolivia and around the world Francis is saying that situation must be fixed.  He wants a new 'system' where things are no longer 'unequal.'  If the free system where you buy goods and services and spend your own money to do so doesn't work, then we need a 'system' where that's restrained, checked.  Francis wants to impose some alternative to our God-given right to our lives and property, and then call it Catholic morality.  That's socialism, communism, Liberation Theology.  Obama loves it and Ambassador Hackett is lying.

He’s certainly has raised this concern in various quarters about the stratification of our society, that so few at the very top have accumulated so much wealth and have left out the entire next three or four levels, and not just the poorest but even those who are struggling to get by on 30,000 dollars with three kids – that’s below the poverty line in some cities.  He recognizes the issues, and I think those who are criticizing him as anti-capitalist are going too far. I may be wrong but that’s the way I read it.

I hope I'm not going too far but, do you know where capitalism isn't 'totally wrong' either?  Cuba.  The state-controlled Cuban labor scheme leaves employees with 4% of every dollar they generate, but that 4% is still some hard-working capitalism.  I may be wrong but that’s the way I read it.



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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Do Your Part to Share the Selfie Francis Faith ]]>
Do Your Part to Share the Selfie Francis Faith

By Frank Walker



The mainstream media is really pushing these life-size cardboard Pope Francises.  Why?  Is it just because it's fun, or funny.  Is it just for the money?

In keeping with previous papal visits, Pope Francis' U.S. visit in September has spurred a mad dash among souvenir sellers. For $160, you can order an official, life-size "cutout" of the pontiff from the group organizing one of the events in Philadelphia.

Why is it so expensive?  Is it a collector's item already?

Those 69-inch "standup" versions of Pope Francis, whose global popularity is perhaps the only thing larger than the replicas themselves, are being placed around Philadelphia so people can take selfies and share them on social media, the Associated Press reported.

So the point is not just to have a big Pope Francis around to bother you.  It's to take a selfie with it and 'share on social media.'

"Pope Francis is described as the people's pope. So we have him in places where many people can see him," World Meeting of Families digital content manager Nancy Caramanico told the news agency. "People are just really excited to be around him and are anticipating his visit to Philadelphia."

Nineteen-year-old college student Jennifer D'Angelo will be in school when Pope Francis visits her hometown, the AP reported, so she took the opportunity to pose with a two-dimensional cutout of the pope on display at a food court.

"It seems like he's trying to bring the Catholic Church together," D'Angelo, 19, said. "I think he's doing a great job. I'm just kind of sad that I'm not going to be in the city when he comes."

Aren't all the popes 'people's popes?'  Why just Francis?  Was Benedict only for rich fancy people?

Is Pope Francis bringing the Catholic Church together?  I think he's just rallying non-Catholics, dissidents, media people, and dictators.  How many actual Catholics are excited to be around Pope Francis?  Are we thinking with our televisions?

For those seeking a less-grand papal presence, you can also order a variety of posters, a coffee mug emblazoned with some of the pope's more notable quotations, and a 10-inch tall Pope Francis "plush doll" that is "surface wash only."

Merchandising papal visits has a long tradition in the United States and elsewhere. In 1987, the U.S. tour undertaken by Saint John Paul II, then in the ninth year of his pontificate, inspired such items as a "Pope-Scope," a cardboard tube with small mirrors at an angle, so people could see his motorcade over the heads of others. Other souvenirs included buttons, a T-shirt inscribed "Your Holiness, Welcome to Texas" and additional booklets, a selection of which was for sale via the online auction site eBay for $49.99.

Everything that happens in FrancisChurch is always framed as part of a long tradition but it's not.  It just manipulates and morphs traditions.  It abuses them.

Six years later, mindful of such kitsch as "Pope-on-a-Rope" soap bars, Catholic leaders in 1993 prepared for another Pope John Paul II visit to America by hiring the Famous Artists Merchandising Exchange of Dayton, Ohio, to handle licensing of the pope's image, according to The New York Times (paywall).

"More than 100 items were deemed acceptable, including those … approved to bear the Pope's countenance: medallions, T-shirts, posters, postcards, lithographs, fanny packs and the Pope-Scope," the newspaper reported.

Perhaps one of the most notable pope-related products emerged during a 1965 visit to New York by Pope Paul VI. It came during a newspaper strike, leaving journalists for The New York Times and other print outlets to cover a story they couldn't distribute in those pre-Internet days. The answer? An "instant book" created by Times staffers and Bantam Books, a paperback publisher that released 500,000 copies of the story within four days of the visit. As the Times reported, Pope Paul VI "got his copy for free."

Don't be fooled.  A few vendors promoting and capitalizing off previous papal visits is nothing like the worldwide media/marketing efforts behind Francis today.

At the top of the article there is an enormous photo  of a man kneeling in prayer before his Pope Francis cutout and grasping its cardboard hand. Francis swag is not about fun or money.  It's McKinsey & Company's idea of worship, worship of their new catholicism.

If St. Peter lived in our time and had access to cardboard images and selfies, would he make sure the countries he evangelized were filled with life-size statues of himself first?  Is there going to be a single image of Christ anywhere near Francis next month?  I suppose one or two are unavoidable.

The Francis cutout is symbolic because his papacy really a contrived event.  It's something orchestrated and Francis is just filling the life-size pope spot within it.

Real Francis is not flat.  He's very round and so is the Church.  It has depth and it lives.  But FrancisChurch doesn't.  It's just a pasted veneer, a stage set.



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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ The World Isn't Killing the Church. The Bishops Are. ]]>
The World Isn't Killing the Church. The Bishops Are.

By Frank Walker

                                                      Not racist

Christopher Manion has had quite enough of Catholic leaders using Holy Mother Church and her faithful for their nefarious political schemes.  Not only do they pretend their agenda is noble rather than lawless and evil.  They smear the true and obedient members of the Church as murderous bigots!  Why on Earth must we pretend that these robed men are our Apostles?  They're nothing like Christians.

Millions of Americans, including many Catholics, were stunned when Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Catholic Archbishop of New York, attacked opponents of illegal immigration as “nativists” in a recent and widely-circulated column in a liberal New York tabloid.

Unfortunately, Cardinal Dolan’s outburst represents a long line of liberalism on the part of America’s bishops — a position based not only on their “Social Justice” leftism, but because the welfare state which they celebrate doles out over a billion dollars a year to their Non-Government Organizations (Catholic Charities, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Migration and Refugee Services, and so on).

And Cardinal Dolan is not alone. In fact, he is merely echoing his colleague in Los Angeles, Archbishop José Gomez. Gomez routinely attacks opponents of amnesty for illegal immigrants, accusing them with a string of strong epithets. In turn, he is merely echoing his fellow bishops in his native Mexico, who frequently rise to condemn “the arrogant, xenophobic, and racist attitude of the United States” (to which Abp. Gomez adds “bigotry”).

Is it 'racist' for Ireland to prefer mainly to be comprised of Irishmen, for Italy to prefer Italians, Germany Germans and Japan Japanese?  How about some deference toward Christian backgrounds?  Is that immoral?  What about Muslims?  How about criminals?

Must we choose between being fools and the enemies of our Bishops?

Nonetheless, the notion that all Caucasian Americans are guilty until proven innocent goes far to explain Cardinal Dolan’s unctuous condescension as he recalls his days as a teacher.

Any college student, he implies, knows that to oppose amnesty for illegal aliens (a term he refuses to acknowledge, by the way), or to demand that they follow the law (including the Ten Commandments) is nativist, backward — and anti-Catholic.

This unwarranted assertion cannot go unchallenged, since it is both unjust and counter-factual. Counter-factual because many Catholics are among the millions of Americans who oppose Obama’s program to import as many Third-World immigrants, legal and illegal, into the United States as possible.

Moreover, many of those same immigrants are not Catholic.

It is unjust because the Cardinal implies that anyone who disagrees with him is nativist — as though support of amnesty for illegal aliens were a requirement of Catholic Faith and Morals. This grievously overstates the matter.

What is required by Catholic Faith and Morals goes unmentioned: the doctrine on contraception and other sexual sins contained in Humanae Vitae.

Yet, in 2013 Cardinal Dolan bragged on national television that he has “only rarely, in my 37 years as a priest” taught the truths of that genuinely Magisterial document.

What is it that induces our bishops to ignore the Church’s timeless teachings, and instead browbeat us with their political preferences disguised as moral imperatives?

Well, as my father used to tell his Notre Dame Law students for thirty years, “if you take the first bribe, you may as well take the rest.”

So permit me ask a parallel classroom question to those that Professor Dolan shared with his college students years ago.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB for short) and its subsidiaries, as well as individual Catholic dioceses, receive over a billion dollars a year from the U.S. taxpayer.

Now, consider: Cardinal Dolan has exuberantly announced, on national television, that America’s bishops want to be Obama’s “cheerleaders.”

Can it be that our beloved bishops have — unconsciously, of course, just like the Cardinal’s target audience of “nativist” lay Catholics — could it be that our bishops have been bribed into silence by that billion dollars a year?

And could it be that our beloved bishops - who have watched more than thirty million of the faithful become “former Catholics” — could these prelates actually support amnesty because they want to keep the pews filled while they please their government paymasters?

These are merely questions, of course, not unjust accusations.

It seems today that the Catholic Church has no bishops, no shepherds.  That is the only reason that the flock is scattered and lost.  A bishop is not a bishop if he shows contempt for his faithful flock, as Cardinal Dolan certainly has, and teaches an anti-doctrine in place of the truth.

We are not Aaron's Israelites dancing around the golden calf and the Cardinal isn't Moses with the tablets.  We are humbly following God into the desert while this jolly prelate fires arrows with Pharaoh's army.  Sorry to be noninclusive but he's just not one of us.



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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Who Does Pope Francis Love More, America or Obama? The World Isn't Killing the Church. The Bishops Are; Do Your Part to Share the Selfie Francis Faith ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Who Does Pope Francis Love More, America or Obama? 


The World Isn't Killing the Church. The Bishops Are


Do Your Part to Share the Selfie Francis Faith








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Thu, 13 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Trump Hits the GOP Skids. No Friendly Fire Necessary ]]>
Trump Hits the GOP Skids. No Friendly Fire Necessary

By Frank Walker


At Creative Minority Report Matt Archbold draws attention to an unfortunate and revealing interview with Donald Trump where he was asked about all those good things Planned Parenthood does other than abortion:

Here's what I would do if the time came: I would look at the individual things that they do and maybe some of the things are good and I know a lot of things are bad. The abortion aspect of it should not be funded by government. Absolutely...I would look at the good aspects of it and I would also look as I'm sure they do some things properly and good and good for women and I would look at that. I would look at other aspects, also. But we have to take care of women. We have to absolutely take care of women. The abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood should not absolutely – should not be funded.

This reminds me of when Ross Perot said he'd erase the deficit by "getting under the hood" and fixing it, or that he'd "get a shovel and clean out the barn."

Archbold writes:

Well that changes things quite a bit, doesn't it? Trump says that the abortion aspect of Planned Parenthood shouldn't be funded but as he knows, money is fungible and Planned Parenthood already says that no taxpayer money goes to abortion. The Hyde Amendment states that no government funding can go towards abortion. So he's saying he would consider funding Planned Parenthood as long as it didn't fund abortion. So Trump wouldn't change anything when it comes to funding Planned Parenthood.

Next 'The Donald' told the world that he'll permit three whole exceptions for abortions too!

I am for the exceptions. You have the three exceptions. I'm for the exceptions. The health of the mother and life of the mother. I absolutely am for the exceptions and so was Ronald Reagan, by the way. There's nothing wrong with that. You have to do it, in my opinion. Now, Marco took a strong stand. I respect him. He believes that. I have – you now it's just a different thing. I am for the exceptions, yes.

Trump failed to cite what the third exception was.  I assume he meant in cases of rape.  Either way, we all know that one exception is every exception because this is murder, and any lying excuse will do.

I think it's probably hard for someone in Donald Trump's business and position to actually be pro-life today.  Very hard.



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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Sins In FrancisChurch Just Keep Accumulating ]]>
New Sins In FrancisChurch Just Keep Accumulating

By Frank Walker

                                   Ruled as Insufficiently Compelling

Pope Francis has made his universally broad new environmental Catholic doctrine mandatory.  Obey or you're not a true Christian!  You have no choice in the matter because I'm the Pope of course.

How do we specifically comply with this new teaching from God?  There are millions of media outlets, government funded institutions, and 'Catholic' establishments who will provide the necessary action items.

For two years I taught social studies at an inner-city high school; for six years I ran a Catholic Worker shelter for homeless families. Then, almost 20 years ago, I became a full-time animal advocate, confident that such labor is integral to Catholicism.

As one might expect, I received plaudits from fellow Catholics for my anti-poverty and educational work but less support for my animal protection work. Most Catholics I’ve encountered seem to think of such do-gooding as fundamentally removed from religious imperatives.

Yet Pope Francis begs to differ.

“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork,” Francis wrote in his latest encyclical, “is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”

Get out your FrancisChurch notebook.  Full-time paid animal advocacy fits the bill as being 'essential to a life of virtue!'

On the day Francis released the encyclical, he tweeted, “It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. #LaudatoSi.”

Leaving aside the modern method of transmission, this statement is not actually remarkable. It’s a quotation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

But what does it mean that we should not cause animals to suffer or die needlessly? Surely this admonition demands more of us than that we not personally injure and kill animals. I’m convinced that we are also obligated as Catholics to avoid paying others to kill or harm animals, absent some exceedingly compelling justification.

Is a chicken sandwich exceedingly compelling?  I'm not sure but I definitely feel guilty.  I was hungry but I wasn't exceedingly compelled I must admit.  I wish I could ask Pope Francis but he probably just eats beans.

Put another way, “purchasing is always a moral — and not simply economic — act.” That line also comes from the encyclical, in a paragraph in which Francis applauds consumer boycotts focused on pushing corporations to engage in more ethical practices.

Thinking about consumer choices in the context of animal rights, consider that by far the most needless suffering comes at the hands of the meat industry, which kills about 9 billion land animals annually. These creatures are treated in ways that would warrant cruelty-to-animals charges were dogs or cats similarly abused.

Do you know why purchasing is always a moral choice in FrancisGospel?  It's because he's an anti-capitalist and his hackles rise when anyone is able to do something with money.  Making money a moral choice gives him jurisdiction over every tiny decision people make.  It robs those foolish enough to believe him of their God-given freedom.

Communists think you should get what they give you when they want you to have it and they think they should own everything you've got.  Pope Francis communists (Liberation Theologists) are the same but they pretend it's Christian morality and not just pride, envy, and thievery.

Why does FrancisChurch seem to inevitably lead to putting left wing environmentalist pressure on every tangible industry in the world?  Miners can't mine, Farmers can't farm.  Ranchers can't slaughter cattle.  We can't eat the meat they sell us.  Nobody can have any money or property that someone else doesn't, regardless of their choices or rights.  And if you have enough to do something really productive, then you're really in trouble.

You're money belongs to you, not to Pope Francis and his false preaching on moral choices.  Buying poison or a mafia hit is a bad use of money, not a steak, or a gun, or an acre of land. We used to understand this was foolishness and tyranny.  Why must we now pretend it's our Faith?



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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Fr. Bimbi Pays the Baptized to Have Babies ]]>
Fr. Bimbi Pays the Baptized to Have Babies

By Frank Walker

                                    Still good for 88 bucks a month.

The Canadian Catholic Register reports:

A Tuscany priest is offering a baby bonus of more than $2,000 to Italian Catholic families who have three or more children. But there are strings attached.

The gift to parishioners in Staggia, a village close to Siena, was announced online as an “extraordinary contribution” by Fr. Stefano Bimbi, the local Catholic priest.

The $2,210 (2,000 euros) will be handed over only when the children are baptized. Additionally, the offer applies strictly to Italian couples who were married in the church, are residents of the village and have three or more children.

Incentives to have more children are a good thing and this is a wonderful gift for young families open to life, but I must ask:

  • How did we get to a point where we were forced to pay people to do the right thing and to accept the gift of children?
  • Should we reward people simply for not sinning, for refusing to contracept or abort children?
  • Isn't money generally the same incentive people have for thwarting childbirth?  Doesn't that actually pay better?
  • Is this about money or about honor, duty, love, and Heaven?
  • Aren't beasts the creatures who will do things for treats?

Nonetheless, Bimbi said the decision had the potential to help Catholic couples. “Our parish wants to give concrete help in this moment of crisis for families, that with courage accept the gift of a child!” he wrote in the announcement.

The language of reverse pastoral care permeates the Synod documents. The message of softness is immoral.  Childbirth is a moment of crisis?  Is caring for the family you created some kind of heroic courage or is it just decent?  Must we be paid not to be negligent or criminal?

Get up in the pulpit Fr. Bimbi and lay them straight!   Tell them there's far more joy in raising a holy child with love than in being paid to sit there and shove food in their face like some government nanny.  And if they can't hear you because they're not at Mass, why are you giving them 2,000 euro?

The parish coffers are not all “roses and flowers,” the priest said, so its economic affairs council had allocated an unspecified limited sum for the baby project. Bimbi was not immediately available when contacted by Religion News Service to discuss whether anyone had yet taken him up on the offer.

The financial incentive follows a similar initiative by the Italian government, which promised low-income families $88 (80 euros) a month for each child under 3 years old.

Talk about baby factories!  If the Italian Gov't could bump that up to about 1,000 euros there's be some high living in those noisy houses.  What say you, Pope Francis?  It's fine so long as there's not too much soy in the formula and the diapers are sustainable?



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PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Fr. Bimbi Pays the Baptized to Have Babies


New Sins In FrancisChurch Just Keep Accumulating


Trump Hits the GOP Skids. No Friendly Fire Necessary







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Wed, 12 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Activist Details Event and Outrage at Orange Diocese 'Catholic' Global Warming Forum ]]>
Bishop Vann Bails, "Protest And Outrage Quite Apparent" - Activist Details Orange Diocese 'Catholic' Global Warming Forum

By Frank Walker


An activist who attended the former Hour of Power Cathedral for the latest in FrancisChurch propaganda, and witnessed the outcry, reports:


On Saturday, August 8th, the Catholic Diocese of Orange held a presentation and community forum to promote Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical.  This event was part of a local and national marketing effort by the Catholic church to indoctrinate and convince millions of American Catholics of why they should support the Pope's encyclical.  Many Catholics, like myself, see this encyclical as a political statement reaching far beyond the boundaries of Catholic doctrine.    Over 20 protesters lined up along Chapman Ave. at the entrance to Christ Cathedral to protest the event as well as the Pope's climate change encyclical.  

Activists from Orange County, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire participated in the protest intended to expose the false and misleading premiss of "Climate Change" which has become the battle cry of the globalists, the progressive left and crony capitalist right, and basis for uber destructive legislation in California, AB32 (cap & trade) SB375  (Sustainable Development/Climate Change) and United Nations Agenda 21.  The activists were joined by frustrated and angry Catholics who are unhappy with the Pope's involvement in a politically-motivated movement that they believe does not represent the tenants of the Church.

The purpose of the forum was billed as "a focus on the theology of the encyclical, the global impact of climate change on the poor, and to help build a scientific understanding of climate change and offer a context for how we can begin to address this seminal issue in our own lives and society."   The forum included presentations by Sister Nadine McGuinness (St. Joseph Center-Orange),   Tony Strawa, PdD, Catholic Climate Change Ambassador and Joan Rosenhauer, Catholic Relef Services.

The event was attended by approximately 125 local Catholics and was video taped by one of the activists (see below).

Several concerned Catholics who attended were outraged by not only the content of the forum but also the indoctrination-like format.   In part one, by Sister Nadine came across like a hypnotic mind-manipulation filled with feel-good "love the earth" mantra.   Part two was a poorly constructed and patently false attempt to make the scientific case for climate change, which has been completely disproven and debunked.   Finally, part 3, by Joan Rosenhauer of Catholic Relief Services, flat out exposes the political extortion by the Pope and Catholic church to bully the U.S. into pushing for more of Obama's aggressive Climate Change policy and to push the U.S. into giving billion of dollars to the United Nations to promote social justice.

Several devoted Catholics in attendance were shocked and ashamed that the Church and Pope Francis are promoting such unfounded politically-charged propaganda.  Furthermore, many were angry that there was no opportunity for question/answer.   Questions had to be submitted via question cards however the moderator made it clear that there would be "no discussion or debate" of the science!    To quote one of the attendees "the bishop's job is to shepherd souls to their eternal salvation and the Pope's job is even more solumn to the entire world.   What went on at this forum was NOT Catholic!"   One attendee became so enraged at the content and lack of questions that he stood up and shouted his disagreement.   The bishop did not return to the event for closing prayer, perhaps due to the protests and outrage that was quite apparent.





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Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Atlanta Archdiocese Giving 'Sanctuary' to Border Jumpers ]]>
Atlanta Archdiocese Giving Sanctuary to Border Jumpers

By Frank Walker

                            Seeking Sanctuary and Legalization


In a country filled with murder and sinful compliance forced upon Christians, the Catholic Church in Atlanta has finally decided to help disobey a law.

Claudia Mariela Jurado fled to the Our Lady of the Americas Catholic Mission with her two young children Friday after federal immigration authorities requested she appear in Atlanta to be deported for illegally entering the country. Using a pair of garden shears, she recently cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet immigration authorities had attached to her ankle. Now living in a converted office at the mission, Jurado said she left El Salvador because a gang extorted money from her there.

It's not illegally harboring a criminal.  It's 'sanctuary.'  At least nobody will try and extort money from her any more in the United States, right?

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time someone has attempted to claim sanctuary in one of our Catholic churches,” Paula Gwynn Grant, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said in a prepared statement Tuesday afternoon. “Our Lady of the Americas Mission will provide assistance to the extent that the law and their very limited resources allow, mindful that the mission is not a long-term solution.”

Grant added Catholic teaching “has long supported the principle that every person has the right to live in his or her homeland in security and dignity with opportunities for work.”

Is that a principle or simply an unjust and un-Catholic assertion?

“The Catholic Church continues to advocate for reform of current immigration law,” Grant continued. “We recommend immigrants seek legal counsel to see if they have means to stay in the U.S. and/or to seek asylum under current immigration law. The U.S. Catholic Bishops do not condone unlawful entry or circumventions of our nation’s immigration laws.”

Really? Then why are you hiding Claudia after she cut off her legally-ordered monitor bracelet?  I guess while you 'advocate for reform' of the law you might as well flout it too - in the name of Christ.



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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ The Time is Ripe For NatureChurch ]]>
The Time is Ripe For NatureChurch

By Frank Walker

       Part of an inclusive and more just society which respects the demands of nature


The Remnant's Chris Ferrara has the latest and most penetrating take on the frightening Cecil-the-Lion/Planned Parenthood news story juxtaposition, on what this says about the state of the world, and where Pope Francis fits in.

Now this kind of touristic safari “hunting” goes on all the time. It’s a profitable business and generally nobody really cares. But if you’ve paid fifty grand to kill a celebrity animal in such a craven way, and then you lop off its head for a trophy, what can you expect but big trouble if news of the kill goes viral in our emotivist age? Yet while outrage over this incident is one thing, quite another is the fulminating hatred for Cecil’s killer, including demands for his imprisonment and even obscenity-laced threats to kill him in the same manner he killed the lion.

The world is braying for the blood of an obscure Minnesota dentist, to the point where he can no longer extract teeth for a living because he had to shut down his dental office in fear of violence. Yet America’s abortionists go on with their deadly extraction of human beings from their mothers’ wombs—hacking off human, not lion heads. These butchers are undeterred by anything more than a few dogged pro-life demonstrators who face federal prison if they dare to impede access to legally protected abattoirs. The Senate vote to defend Planned Parenthood on account of its trafficking in the organs of aborted babies has failed—of course—yet a resolution to condemn the killing of Cecil the Lion would undoubtedly have passed by a wide margin.

I believe the uproar and the threats of violence would certainly not have occurred without the professional outrage machine to gin them up.  It's not quite true to blame these phenomena on the common mind though.  They aren't necessarily organic events.  They are created and exploited for a purpose.

Abortion goes on because it is not perceived by the generality of people to have any tangible social or even psychic cost. And so the abortion mills keep humming along as part of the background noise of American life. The outrage over Planned Parenthood’s profiteering in human organs is but an implicit confirmation of this: the ongoing mass murder of the unborn had long been accepted as part of the sociopolitical status quo; it was only the harvesting of the victims’ organs that had revived the public’s sense of cruelty to humans. But, oh well, the Senate vote failed. Time to move on to the next issue. And the slaughter of innocents will continue just as before.

What it’s all about, then, is that people have become weary of their own species. To be sure, they still love their loved ones as instantiations of it. But they do not hold the species as such in very high regard. Thus the human sacrifice of 10-year-old Jivan Kohar in a Hindu temple, as reported by CNNonly days ago, was a story that immediately sank beneath the waves. The murder took place in Nepal, where the father of an ailing boy followed the advice of a Hindu “priest” to sacrifice someone else’s son in order to heal his own.

Did you know that human sacrifice could be a characteristic of Hinduism?  We're always taught that it's so peaceful.  Sometimes it seems that the Aztecs have regained Mexico and we know that life can be cheap in the Muslim world.

In fact, human sacrifice remains very much a part of Hindu ritual in various places. In 2006, for example, the Indian press reported the sacrifice of a three-year-old child, “one of dozens of sacrifices” performed by a local Hindu cult: “The two men then used a knife to slice off the child’s nose, ears and hands before laying him, bleeding, in front of Kali’s image.”

But in America the same sort of ritual takes place in abortion mills, where children are sacrificed even without reference to the imaginary favors of an imaginary deity but merely for personal convenience. And our nation lets it happen—year after year, decade after decade. Again, people still love their own but think little of the species to which they belong. As Aristotle observes in The Politics: “…when devoid of virtue man is the most unholy and savage of animals, and the most full of lust and gluttony.” (Politics, 1253a). Man is weary of himself because he is weary of what he has become. No wonder people in our time are inordinately attached to their pets, who have never betrayed them like their fellow men. No wonder the public mind evinces vastly more outrage over the fate of Cecil the Lion than the fate of Kali the Human.

Our world is learning painfully that the other side of Christendom is not a utopia of love and tolerance. We don't know God so we don't understand man.  Our ancient animist forefathers weren't any less intelligent that we are.  They looked at the world around them and drew what logical conclusions they could without the benefit of revelation, noting their own smallness and fallen state, and giving too much honor and deference to their environment and the 'spirits' behind it.

Man’s weariness of his own nature has penetrated the human element of the Church along with the rest of the nihilistic spirit of this post-Christian age, giving rise to a Church that is now, in practice, post-Catholic in its approach to the world. That is why we are given a 185-page encyclical on the environment, addressed to “every person living on this planet,” while Francis and the Vatican remain silent about such matters as the Planned Parenthood affair, the ongoing massacre of Christians in nation after nation, and the human sacrifice of Jivan Kohar (and who knows how many others) in a Hindu temple only a week ago. And it is why Laudato si reduces millions of human sacrifices on the altar of abortion to “fail[ure] to protect a human embryo.” LS 120.

I think Mr. Ferrara may have just coined the defining term, "Post-Catholic Church,"  and that is certainly what we have.

Last year Cardinal Tauran, head of the supremely ridiculous Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, issued a “Message to Hindus for the Feast Of Deepavali 2014.” No religion on earth has less regard for the human species than this one. Yet, ignoring this cult’s congeries of diabolical superstitions and its age-old oppression of inferior castes, Tauran declared:

As people grounded in our own respective religious traditions and with shared convictions, may we, Hindus and Christians, join together with followers of other religions and with people of good will to foster a culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society.

We wish you all a HappyDeepavali!

Giving honor to error and to the enemies of Christ and his Church can only be morbid.  Uniting all religions and the secular force which hates them under one cult of nature respects neither life nor God.   It's not the civilized paganism of Ancient Greece.  It's the demonic focus of the primitive, and the culture of death is always in its company.



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Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ ObamaRegs: Pope Francis Builds the Murderous Monster State ]]>
ObamaRegs: Pope Francis Builds the Murderous Monster State

By Frank Walker

I shall obey the FrancisGospel and so should you. Let him figure out if it has anything to do with Jesus. I could care less.

Independent Catholic News reports:

President Barack Obama announced plans on Monday to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years by nearly one third. In his address, the President made reference to Pope Francis' moral authority on climate issues, as made clear in his Encyclical Laudato si', saying "taking a stand against climate change is a moral obligation".

If the ruthless Obama state protects and enables the Planned Parenthood machine, then in nurturing gov't. to totalitarian size through false moral approval, Francis distributes the scalpels in the name of God.

President Obama highlighted the dangerous level of emissions currently being produced by American power plants. His Clean Power Plan calls for coal-fired power stations to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.

"With this Clean Power Plan, by 2030, carbon pollution from our power plants will be 32 percent lower than it was a decade ago. The nerdier way to say that is that we will be keeping 870 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution out of our atmosphere," he said.

The plan also intends to promote cleaner, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar generated power.

President Obama stressed the health benefits of cleaner air. "Over the past three decades, nationwide asthma rates have more than doubled. Climate change puts those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. As one of America's governors has said, 'We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.'"

The Clean Power Plan is widely seen as the cornerstone of President Obama's desire to secure a global treaty at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, an event which Pope Francis' recently-released Encyclical Laudato si' also seeks to influence.

The Church hasn't been this united to world government since the 13th century.  Only this time around, it doesn't guide rulers spiritually toward the reign of Christ.  It's crushed, pliant, and mutilated at the bottom of a kingdom of lies.



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PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

ObamaRegs: Pope Francis Builds the Murderous Monster State


The Time is Ripe For NatureChurch


Atlanta Archdiocese Giving 'Sanctuary' to Border Jumpers




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<![CDATA[ Gay Sexuality is Not Something Immutable. Vices Can Just Seem That Way Sometimes. ]]>
Gay Sexuality is Not Something Immutable. Vices Can Just Seem That Way Sometimes.

By Frank Walker

          Human beings make choices and that's what sin is all about.

Crisis Magazine notes how Rachel Maddow tried in vain to pin Rick Santorum down on the so-called 'immutability' of gayness - as if she doesn't know.  People are much more than sexual organs and their loves and preferences are much more than physical, but if you're a woman and you don't like the idea of sex with men it probably has less to do with the fact that you don't like heterosexual sex and more to do with the fact that you don't like men so much.  And that of course is most certainly a choice.

When Rick Santorum recently appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, the host spent quite a bit of time during the interview trying to pin down Santorum on the question of whether sexual preference is an immutable characteristic.

Maddow: Can I ask you if you believe people choose to be gay?

Santorum: Ya know, I’ve sort of never answered that question. But I suspect there’s all sorts of reasons why people end up the way they are, and I’ll sort of leave it at that.

Maddow: But it matters in terms of whether or not—I mean, legally, in terms of the types of things that we’re describing here, in terms of whether or not the Congress should challenge the Supreme Court on these issues. I mean, if it’s an immutable characteristic. You don’t know if it’s an immutable?

Santorum: I don’t know. [Later in the interview] There are people who are alive today who identified themselves as gay and lesbian and who no longer are. That’s true. I do know—I’ve met people in that case. So, I guess maybe in that case, may be they did.

So is sexual preference, whether heterosexual or homosexual, theoretically immutable, or is it subject to change?

From here the writer, Kevin Clark, discusses the APA's definition of homosexuality, which is entirely biased, unreliable, and recently changed from a mental disorder to an 'immutable characteristic.'  Polling data in this area is also, I believe, inconclusive for many reasons.

On being interrogated, Santorum correctly cites examples of gay celebrities and others who have switched their stated orientations as evidence of 'mutability,' but he declines to draw the obvious conclusion because he's a politician.  But the fact is gay sex could never have been considered a sin and a moral failing for thousands of years up until now if it were not also a choice and a perversion of sexuality.    You can't pervert something that is naturally there.  Gay people are groomed into the habit of gay sex, or fall in with groups of gay friends, or they respond to family situations so bleak that they reject their own nature and their roles as men or women.  People also have more gay sex in situations where there is no one of the opposite sex around, like prison.

Gay attraction is an inclination, but it's also a cultivated habit and a choice.  Still, pretending otherwise is key to the gay agenda, which seeks to normalize and spread gay sexuality. They say you can't make people gay, but it's exactly what they want to do.   That wouldn't be possible if homosexual attraction were simply an immutable reality of nature, but they can't achieve their gay-topia if they don't convince everyone that they're just 'born that way' first.

The vast majority of people with gay attractions never act on them.  The next biggest group of those people act on them but settle into a natural male/female lifestyle.  Experts might call all these people 'bisexual' if they responded honestly to polls, but they're really not, since they generally lead heterosexual lives.

The smallest group of people with SSA have sex almost exclusively with others of the same sex and reject the opposite sex.  Just like that other victim group, 'the poor,'  this consists of a shifting group of people.  Nevertheless, we all know someone who lives a gay lifestyle for practically their entire life.

That rejection is a much deeper choice than sexual because men and women are much more than their bodies.  It's a rejection of the opposite sex and the role of husband, wife, mother, or father.  It's also a rejection of one's own nature as a man or a woman, of who one was born to be.  Like someone in prison, for various reasons this person has lost all hope in the possibility of a happy heterosexual relationship.  It's not an 'acceptance' of a natural immutable orientation like they say, but a rejection, and it's enabled and encouraged by the habitual sin of sodomy.



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Does the Bishop of Cadiz, Spain Rule At the Whim of Some Tranny? ]]>
Does the Bishop of Cadiz, Spain Rule At the Whim of Some Tranny?

By Frank Walker

    I AM a man, I AM a Catholic, I AM a Godparent, and YOU kicked me!

Huffpo reports on the latest outrage being perpetrated against one unsuspecting Spanish bishop and faithful Catholics everywhere.

Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a "firm believer" and wants to be a godparent at his nephew's baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. According to them, he is not a "suitable" person because of the life he leads, a life not "congruent with faith.”

Alex is a good name for this human.  It can go both ways.  Who designated its original female assignation, the furies?  Whoever assigned it, it was definitely not the same one who 'authenticated' its manhood later.

At least it wants to be a godparent. A godfather would give the bishop too many insane battles at once.

I suppose if we let this 'it' and its friends at the Huffington Post decide what is congruent with the faith instead of its bishop, that makes our faith really gay now.  Everything is gay, even Christ's Church.

However, they do not find their argument to be discriminatory.

The diocese insists that "no discrimination is implied" by impeding a transgender man from being the godfather at the baptism of his nephew in the parish of San Fernando (Cadiz), indicating that it "happens frequently" with people who are not considered "suitable" because of their "lifestyle, opinions, and lack of congruence with Christian life and the Church's regulations."

Discrimination is good.  It's a word stolen from us by liberals in an effort to make us their mind-slaves.  It simply means to tell one thing from another; to choose.  Rashly judging a person based on superficial or unrelated characteristics is a mistake - even a sin, but being able to see that a gay person who can't figure out if it's a man or a woman makes an evil choice for godparent is the good kind of 'discriminating.'  But there's no sense in arguing that it's not discrimination.

When 'discriminating' is illegal, the only ones who are permitted to do it are judges, and even bishops have to leave their deciding to experts.

"To the church, I am still a woman, even though my documents of identification have changed," explained Alex Salinas, who wants the diocese to reconsider their decision, which he took "as a kick in the stomach" because he is a "firm believer."

Why do they always say you kicked them in the stomach when the only thing that happened was that they wished they could kick you in the stomach?

If you say you're a man then you're a man.  If you say you're a firm believer then you're a firm believer.  If you say you're a bishop then provide a statement for the paper and call your lawyers.



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<![CDATA[ Being Forced to Honor Gay Marriage is One Thing. Being Uncivil is Quite Another! ]]>
Being Forced to Honor Gay Marriage is One Thing. Being Uncivil is Quite Another!

By Frank Walker

                    Feel the dignity, the civility, and the respect

On Sunday Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta released a statement on the incoherent impeachable ruling from the depraved Supreme Court ordering us all to pretend gay people are married when the state says they are; just like we're forced to pretend men are women, or women are men or something transitional. Being forced to sin, being forced to lie: that's the rule in the Kingdom of Satan.

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory released this statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage:

“Each U.S. Supreme Court decision that has ever been rendered has resulted in deep disappointment for some people and vindication for others. If we all agreed on the outcomes of these divisive cases, there would simply be no reason for the Court to convene. This most recent decision is no different.

Nothing special about this decision, yes?  More of the same, people disagreeing with each other.  Can't we all just get along?  Whatever happened to love?

By the same token, every court decision is limited in what it can achieve; again, this one is no exception. It does not change the biological differences between male and female human beings or the requirements for the generation of human life, which still demands the participation of both. It does not change the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony, which beautifully joins a man and woman in a loving union that is permanent in commitment and open to God’s blessing of precious new life.

Thank God SCOTUS can't change Catholic teaching on marriage, yet.  I suppose we should be grateful for that. But what difference does Catholic teaching matter anyway?  What if I'm not Catholic, or I'm a faux-catholic or one of those many people repulsed by the Church for one reason or another? What if I hate the Church and I'm in position to force the world to obey my commands?

This judgment, however, does not absolve either those who may approve or disapprove of this decision from the obligations of civility toward one another. Neither is it a license for more venomous language or vile behavior against those whose opinions continue to differ from our own. It is a decision that confers a civil entitlement to some people who could not claim it before. It does not resolve the moral debate that preceded it and will most certainly continue in its wake.

This evil and illicit ruling is nothing if not a license for incivility and vile behavior.  The problem is the offense only goes one way.  An attack not resisted is conquest.

Did he really call this a 'civil entitlement to some people who could not claim it?'  I find the Archbishop's language 'venomous' -  you know, like something a snake might utter.

This moral debate must also include the way that we treat one another – especially those with whom we may disagree. In many respects, the moral question is at least as consequential and weighty as the granting of this civil entitlement. The decision has offered all of us an opportunity to continue the vitally important dialogue of human encounter, especially between those of diametrically differing opinions regarding its outcome.

Who is having a moral debate?  This is a ruling. The debate's over.  Nor is there a current debate about how we treat each other either.  There is only you and others like you urging decent people to lie down, comply, and neglect to confront evil.  There is no such thing as a 'dialogue of human encounter.'  There is only right and wrong, life and death, Heaven and..What the Hell is this FrancisBishop talking about?

The decision has made my ministry as a pastor more complex since it demands that I both continue to uphold the teachings of my Church regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony while also demanding that I insist upon respect for the human dignity of both those who approve of the judgment as well as those who may disapprove.”

Everything liberals think is complex.  That's what they say when they're getting ready to do something evil.  If you protest you're just too simple.

You can't truly 'uphold' Catholic teaching without correcting, shaming, silencing, and checking the advance of sin.  You can only pretend to, just like Archbishop Gregory does.  They're always handing out human dignity like it's coupons and applying it like it's Vicks.  But those who approve of this judgment have already abused their own dignity and deserve neither respect nor deference from faithful Christians.  The problem is, it's illegal now in this world of false prelates and corrupted justice.


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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Being Forced to Honor Gay Marriage is One Thing. Being Uncivil is Quite Another! Gay Sexuality is Not Something Immutable. Vices Can Just Seem That Way Sometimes; Does the Bishop of Cadiz, Spain Rule At the Whim of Some Tranny? ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Gay Sexuality is Not Something Immutable. Vices Can Just Seem That Way Sometimes


Being Forced to Honor Gay Marriage is One Thing. Being Uncivil is Quite Another! 


Does the Bishop of Cadiz, Spain Rule At the Whim of Some Tranny?



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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Catholic Answers: Is Hands-Off the Hierarchy the Honorable Thing? ]]>
Catholic Answers: Is Hands-Off the Hierarchy the Honorable Thing?

By Frank Walker

                                        No time for trouble


Is Catholic Answers an ideal resource? Its founder Karl Keating has taken a few hits in recent years over money and orthodoxy, and the site doesn't have same reputation it had.  Why then yesterday, other than in the spirit of gracious appreciation, did Keating publish a lengthy thank you to his early suporter, notorious Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony?

As my first book was going through the publishing process at Ignatius Press, the editors sought endorsements from prominent Catholics. Among those who were asked for a blurb was Roger Mahony, then Archbishop of Los Angeles, a see to which he was appointed in 1985. (Six years later he was named a cardinal.)

Three weeks after receiving the manuscript of my book, Mahony replied to Ignatius Press with a letter dated January 28, 1988:

“I am very enthusiastic about the new book, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, by Karl Keating, and I hasten to offer my support and endorsement for this book.

“The book is a fine defense of the Catholic Faith in the context of Fundamentalism’s widely accepted claims against the Roman Catholic Church as a ‘cult,’ a ‘perverted form of Christianity,’ and ‘one of the cruelest institutions in the history of Western civilization.’ It is also a fine exposition of the false assumptions—historical and doctrinal—which underlie Fundamentalism’s claims against the Church.

“Furthermore, this new book takes the main claims of Fundamentalism—its own doctrines as well as its anti-Catholic positions—and refutes them with convincing argumentation. The book also discourses well on the scriptural basis of Catholic doctrine and offers the reader a means of responding to Fundamentalism’s anti-Catholicism.”

The publisher considered this a fine and generous endorsement, and so did I, but there was more, something not even asked for:

“Not only do I endorse this book with enthusiasm,” wrote Mahony, “but I am also pleased to grant both the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur, should you find that helpful.”

It was found helpful, and Mahony’s imprimatur was used, even though doing so constituted a bit of an irregularity. Under canon law, the imprimatur may be granted by the bishop of the diocese where the author lives (I reside in San Diego) or the bishop of the diocese where the publisher is located (Ignatius Press is in San Francisco).

I suppose it was a bit of a stretch to have the Archbishop of Los Angeles grant the imprimatur, but perhaps use was made of the fact that Los Angeles is the metropolitan diocese in Southern California—that is, that Los Angeles has a certain pre-eminence over the other dioceses of the area, even if it doesn’t quite have jurisdiction over them.

When I later had a chance to meet Mahony, he told me that, once he had received the manuscript, he read it straight through. He made other kind remarks about the book, and I was grateful that a prominent prelate thought the book to be useful.

That was not the only kindness Mahony displayed toward me. In September 1988, entirely at his own initiative and not in response to any request from me, he wrote to all of the priests of the archdiocese:

“I am very pleased to recommend to you an organization called Catholic Answers.

“The attached sheet indicates their background and activities, and I cannot recommend Mr. Karl Keating and his group more highly to you. They give an excellent presentation on the real meaning of Fundamentalism and the various sects which operate so widely here in Southern California.

“Several of our parishes have already had Mr. Keating speak and give workshops, and I would recommend that you consider him for your ongoing adult education effort.”

This endorsement was sent just eight months after I went into full-time apologetics work. Over the next few years my colleagues and I gave many parish seminars in the Los Angeles area. I’m sure we would not have had so many had it not been for Mahony’s encouragement.

In those early years, we drove up from San Diego in the late afternoon, after preparing our materials at the office (we took much literature, very little of which, at that time, was produced by us). Usually it was three of us and lots of boxes crammed into a van.

At the parish, we arranged our tables, gave the presentation, and then answered questions for as long as anyone was interested in sticking around. The seminar itself might conclude by 9:00, but often we found ourselves going one-on-one in the parking lot far past midnight. It wasn’t uncommon for us to get back to the office around 2:00 a.m.

At best, on the way up, we’d have a chance to stop for a snack, so by the time everything was over, we were famished. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much open in the wee hours other than Denny’s. We got to know its menu all too well.

Some weeks we had multiple engagements in the Los Angeles area. We’d drive up for parish A on Tuesday, parish B on Thursday, parish C on Friday, and parish D on Saturday. We put lots of miles on the van and lots of miles on ourselves. One week I kept a tally of how long I worked: 101 hours. After that, I no longer kept a record.

As tiring as those trips were, they laid the foundation for Catholic Answers’ public presentations. They allowed us to refine our talks, hone our arguments, and polish our styles. After a while, we discovered that we could handle whatever a questioner might ask. We didn’t flail, as we sometimes did when we first went on the road. It was a wonderful, educative experience, even if exhausting.

It would have been different if Roger Mahony hadn’t endorsed my book and endorsed my organization. In 1990 he celebrated Mass at the very first Catholic Answers national conference, which was held in Long Beach. After that, we more or less lost touch. He became a cardinal the next year, and not only did his duties change in important ways, but so too did his interests and, perhaps, some of his opinions.

Eventually he came to be considered the dean of the liberal wing of the Church in America. It may be that his views changed about the kind of work and the kind of approach that Catholic Answers has engaged in. I don’t know.

I do know that for the next twenty years, until his retirement, he was the frequent object of complaints by orthodox Catholics. For many, he was their bete noire. At the end, he was embroiled in the abuse scandal and had his administrative wings clipped by his successor. He ended in semi-disgrace.

In all those years I never wrote anything against him. There wasn’t much need to. Plenty of others were eager enough to take him to task; there was justification for that. There was no good reason for me to pile on. I had nothing to say that hadn’t been said by many others.

That was part of the reason I didn’t go after him, but the main reason was that I remember when someone does me an unexpected kindness—or, as in his case, more than one. I honor that because, I think, it’s the honorable thing to do.

So Cardinal Mahony was nice to Karl Keating and his organization, yet so often not nice otherwise.  Is it honorable to look the other way out of gratitude?  Isn't that the kind of thing that keeps trouble circulating among cronies?  Is it possible that the Cardinal was perhaps eager to get Keating in his debt early on, particularly since he was so frustrated by EWTN's Mother Angelica at the time?

St. Paul's admonition to bring correction privately first, then publicly if you have to is sound and honorable.  So was Mother's reply when the Cardinal was using all his weight to intimidate her into yielding control of her network, “I’ll blow the damn thing up before you get your hands on it.”



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ UK Herald: Some People Think They're More Catholic Than The Pope! ]]>
UK Herald: Some People Think They're More Catholic Than The Pope!

By Frank Walker

I don't know what in the world he's talking about but I will nevertheless submit my mind.

The UK Catholic Herald has a sad piece today telling faithful Catholics to stopp up their ears and close their eyes.  We aren't supposed to think, just obey the hierarchy, yes?  Makes sense.  They're all so nice.

But, huh, society being what it is, people will be people.

Authority is something Western society has a problem with. We like to make our own minds up, and even in Britain, once famed for its deference, everyone is their own expert.

In terms of religion, this is a very Protestant attitude. You go to the Bible, you find your proof text and you cite it, usually to support a position you have already taken up. This is not the Catholic attitude. We know what Scripture is because it was canonised by the Church, which also possesses the authority to expound it correctly, situating the texts within its traditions.

If your bishop is actually a Protestant, does that make you a Catholic to be a Protestant?  What if it's your pope?

The Magisterium has a teaching authority, which is expressed in many ways, including encyclicals. But, as reaction to the most recent papal encyclical, Laudato Si’, showed, even Catholics have a tendency to think that such teaching is something they can take or leave. Indeed, as with so much of the reaction in some quarters to Pope Francis’s comments, there was a tendency for commentators to assume they were more Catholic than the Pope – something which seems to happen a great deal with Francis.

Why?  Why does it happen so much with Francis?  Don't tell me.  It's because he's so wonderful and prophetic our hard hearts can't hear it.  We're just too challenged by his holy correction.  We don't feel guilty enough about money.  We're not afraid of the weather. We've been bribed by an oil company, and fooled by all the papers.

What do these writers suppose Heaven will make of their spin someday?

Popes are neither impeccable nor infallible in all they say, but it should be borne in mind that a papal encyclical is part of the ordinary magisterium, to which, as the Vatican II text Lumen Gentium reminds us, “religious submission of mind and will must be shown … in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence.” That means acknowledging the authority of the Magisterium, and, even when we disagree with some of what is said (acknowledging that on politics, economics and science, there is no question of infallibility applying), we should do so in a manner which shows respect.

Respect for a mountain of destructive lies?  Maybe that's part of your faith, Mr. Charmley.



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Gina McCarthy: Planner Reveals the FrancisChurch Paradigm ]]>
Gina McCarthy: Planner Reveals the FrancisChurch Paradigm

By Frank Walker

             Fully enabled to penetrate Catholic communities, now.

If these top Washington bureaucrats are so smart that they rule over us, inform the United Nations, and now drive the Vatican; why do they betray their careful schemes to the press? Is it carelessness?  Do they assume they are commiserating with someone who, of course, also thinks Catholicism is just a tremendous hoax played on the simple, or is it just their egos?

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said there is no need to continue debating the science behind climate change.

“I can remember a day when the weather report was in the middle of the domestic and international news and took about a minute and a half. It wasn’t the news. When you go on the news today the first thing you’ll hear about is the weather. So there is a dramatic difference in the way people perceive the ability of the climate to impact their lives because they’re feeling it today,” McCarthy said during an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Their endless climate propaganda is its own proof.  Like Jack Nicholson said in The Shining,  "It's okay. He saw it on the television."

“I think we need to make it very clear and not continue to debate the science. I think we need to get more people speaking about it than EPA, or NOAA or NASA. I mean, those people are great and looked at as being experts, not necessarily the best at making climate change science personal for people so they understand it,” she added.

Why does she speak of the organization she runs as 'those people?'  Is it so enormous she doesn't even feel like she's part of it?  Like a Nazi McCarthy shouts, "No more debates!"

Hmmm.  How can we make the global warming scam 'more personal?'  How can we get the stupid masses to understand?  If only we could put one of our boys at the top of the Church, we could get all those pope-worshiping Catholics to do what we say.

McCarthy, who met with the Pope Francis in January to discuss climate change, applauded his encyclical as “a big game changer.” She said it’s America’s “moral responsibility” to act on the issue.

These elitist anti-life overlords looooooove that encyclical.  Now it's moral!  The Catholic doctrine is ours in new FrancisChurch.  We will finally penetrate those impossible Christian 'communities.'

“He can reach to communities that we can’t. I think it’s very difficult to say the pope is saying it for political reasons. He’s, I think, able to make the case that this is really a factual occurrence that humans are impacting the climate, that’s it’s really important, that it’s most important for the poor, the low-income minority communities that can’t get out of the way of the climate impacts,” McCarthy said.

It's very difficult to say that the pope is a political agent?  Why would that be a benefit for McCarthy to celebrate?  How is it they can speak of the leader of the Catholic Church as if he is at once hawking their fiction-driven agenda and at the same time perceived as the voice of wisdom and truth?

It's because they think the Church is a lie already, so why not make it their lie.  It's worked before, and now that we've gotten hold of the mechanism, it will work again.  The problem is, similar to those Detroit atheists dancing around their new Satan statue, they don't know what they're playing with.

The reason Gina McCarthy and others like her reveal their strategy is because they are so thrilled about Pope Francis they can't contain their excitement.  Francis is really able to 'make the case,' she exclaims, that the poor can't get out of the way of the climate!  But is that a case or a sell?

It all seems impossible.  This new Gospel has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity because it's about stealing and hurting the poor, but their FrancisChurch will stick and spread even as it kills.  Why?  Because you can always find enough bitter malcontents around to pay to make trouble.  They did it to the Latin Church.  They can do it to the world.



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Gina McCarthy: Planner Reveals the FrancisChurch Paradigm; UK Herald: Some People Think They're More Catholic Than The Pope! Catholic Answers: Is Hands-Off the Hierarchy the Honorable Thing? ]]>
PewSitter NewsBytes

By Frank Walker

Gina McCarthy: Planner Reveals the FrancisChurch Paradigm


UK Herald: Some People Think They're More Catholic Than The Pope!


Catholic Answers: Is Hands-Off the Hierarchy the Honorable Thing?



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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ American Catholic Lawyers Assoc. on <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i> ]]>
Press Release on Obergefell v. Hodges


July 27, 2015, Fairfield, NJ - The American Catholic Lawyers Association announces its objection to the majority ruling in the case of  Obergefell v. Hodges regarding same-sex marriage.  Sodomy, as the Supreme Court itself observed in Bowers v. Hardwicke, before overruling itself a mere seventeen years later in Lawrence v. Texas, is immoral and perverse conduct that the U.S. Constitution was never intended to protect; and the Constitution is forbidden to transgress those aspects of the divine and natural law binding on all men and all nations. Nor was the Constitution ever intended to take away from the States the right to punish sodomy or to codify the truth of both divine and natural law that marriage is between one man and one woman. 

Moreover the Obergefell decision is invalid in that two of the Justices were required by the U.S. Code, Title 28, Part I, Chapter 21, § 455, to recuse themselves because of “impartiality that might reasonably be questioned.” Both Justices Kagan and Ginsburg failed to recuse themselves despite having a public record of advocacy of “same-sex marriage,” with both having conducted “same-sex wedding” ceremonies.   

Finally, the American Catholic Lawyers Association protests in the strongest terms the actions of Justice Anthony Kennedy.  Because he was the deciding vote, God gave him, as a professing Catholic, the opportunity to uphold the divine and natural law that marriage is between a man and a woman. Instead, he did the unthinkable and attempted to overturn that truth with false human reasoning. 

As a Catholic jurist, especially one protected by the life tenure that ensures judicial independence from popular sentiment, Justice Kennedy was bound to obey a law higher than his false notion of “liberty,” the law that God has inscribed in human nature.  Justice Kennedy failed in this sacred duty, violated the oath to God he took upon ascension to his high office, and thereby inflicted incalculable harm on society. 

In a teaching that applies universally under the natural law, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in a statement whose publication was ordered by John Paul II, declared that even “[i]n those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application.” [“Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons”, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, June 3, 2003]

Accordingly, we call upon the Court to overrule this decision at the first opportunity. Further, we call on the Bishop of Justice Kennedy’s diocese or any competent Church authority to impose appropriate canonical sanctions in keeping with the 1983 Code of Canon Law promulgated by John Paul II, which provides: “Those who have… been obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” CIC (1983) § 915. The Catholic faithful are not immune from the authority of the Church when they don judicial robes or enter legislative chambers. On the contrary, the Church imposes a higher duty on Catholic public officials precisely in virtue of their public offices—a duty to defend and protect the common good according to the higher law.


AMERICAN CATHOLIC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION, INC. is a federally tax-exempt organization dedicated, since 1991, to defending the rights of Catholics in civil and criminal courts throughout the nation, both state and federal, and in public discourse and debate. Donations to the work of the Association are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS Code § 501(c)(3).

CONTACT PERSON: John Obriski, Administrative Assistant, 973.244.9895;




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Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ New Our Savior Spiritual Director an Episcopalian Massage Therapist? ]]>
New York's Our Savior: Renewing Souls at Wreckovated Churches

By Frank Walker

'catholic' spiritual direction at wreckovated New York's Church of Our Savior?


How did New York's Church of Our Savior go so deeply in debt in just one brief year?  One must assume that the ongoing wreckovations, which are 'sensitive' to the past yet prepared for future technologies, cost money.  There's also that tremendous collapse in collections from the Park Avenue jewel.  Still, there are many other ways for a Manhattan parish to waste Catholic contributions in the new FrancisChurch.  For example, you can hire someone to 'renew' lay ministries and apply deep-tissue spiritual direction at the same time.

Kathleen T. Ullmann, Class of 2013, has been called by the Church of Our Savior, NYC, as their first pastoral associate for lay ecclesial ministries.

The entire Archdiocese of New York is now involved in a strategic planning process called Making All Things New to ensure that the pastoral care of parishioners is not sacrificed or short-changed as the Archdiocese engages in the merging of parishes. Ullmann will be tasked with accomplishing the renewal of lay ministries in the three parishes of Church of Our Savior, Church of St. Stephen and Our Lady of the Scapular, and Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

That's handy.  While they're busy chewing up three parishes and selling them off as priceless real-estate, scattering the flock and reshuffling them far from home, they're also actually 'renewing' the lay ministries - and since it's too much for the remainder priests and faithful volunteers, they bring in an expert.

Before receiving her MA in Theology as well as a certificate in Spiritual Direction from General, Ullmann received a Master’s Degree as an early childhood special educator and is a licensed massage therapist.  She has completed three years of CPE in various hospital settings in NYC and will soon begin another  year of CPE at VA Medical Center.

CPE is an 'interfaith' spiritual direction license, The General is an Episcopal Church seminary, and a massage therapist is paid to give massages.

There's more to a wreckovation than just 'renewing' churches and the Mass.




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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Vicar Of Christ To Anti-Catholic Pro-Abort Mayors: You Are The "Conscience Of Humanity!" ]]>
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party: Moonbeam and Mayors Descend on the Vatican

By Elizabeth Yore

Vatican Abp. Sanchez Sorondo draws exclusively leftist mayors, politicians from around the world to save the planet, end slavery.


Down another rabbit hole we tumble.

California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown and 8 Democratic U.S. Mayors descend on the Vatican today to worship at the altar of the new religion of environmentalism. The Vatican’s latest selection of eco experts continues to get ‘curiouser and curiouser’. In Vatican Eco-wonderland, everything is turned upside down; left is right, wrong is right, moral is ecological. Despite Pope Francis’ assertion in Laudato Si that he is open to dialogue from all sides, no Republican mayors or governors were invited to the eco convention.

Behind each door is a more radical, more anti Catholic politician invited by the Vatican to elicit support for its eco edict. The DRINK ME Potion of environmentalism is feasted on by Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) as it sets the table for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The leftist delegation of mayoral tree huggers led by the Governor Moonbeam, are featured as honored guests at the Vatican climate change pep rally. Jerry ‘Solar Panel’ Brown genuflects at the global warming altar:

“Religion deals with the fundamentals. When you deal with fundamentals of what makes the atmosphere and the weather, and whether that permanently or radically changes, that’s very similar to a fundamental principle of right and wrong.”

The newly christened ‘religion of environmentalism’ chanted by Governor Brown sets the stage to build momentum for the upcoming U.S. Papal visit, the UN Sustainable Development Summit, and the Paris Climate Treaty. Governor Brown anoints the new moral and religious force of the eco movement:

“Pope Francis is bringing to climate change a moral and theological dimension that adds to the market and political calculations.”

Yes, the global warming movement is immensely warmed by the arrival and presence of its long missing energy source, a moral voice, now supplied by Pope Francis. Yet, as the author and anthropologist, Michael Crichton cautioned about the dangers of deifying the climate change movement:

“{S}cience offers us the only way out of politics. And if we allow science to become politicized, then we are lost. We will enter the Internet version of the dark ages, an era of shifting fears and wild prejudices, transmitted to people who don't know any better. That's not a good future for the human race. That's our past. So it's time to abandon the religion of environmentalism, and return to the science of environmentalism, and base our public policy decisions firmly on that.”

These democratic pols share the papal world view of climate change and UN sustainable development. Curiously though, these Vatican hand picked and personally invited politicians are bitter enemies of the moral teaching of the Church, who actively and aggressively promote political policies and laws in direct contravention of the tenets of the Catholic Church.

Take for example, Jerry “ex seminarian” Brown. Brown supports legalized abortion and same sex marriage. In 2013, Brown signed into law one of the most radical abortion laws in the country which gave California women more access to abortion, by allowing nurse practitioners and certain other non-physicians to perform the procedure during the first trimester of pregnancy. Brown also opposed a bill banning same sex marriage.

Perchance, did Archbishop Gomez of LA place a call to the Vatican and ask why are you welcoming to the Vatican, a baptized catholic who as a politician has promoted abortion and same sex marriage in contravention of the faith and morals of the Catholic Church? This might be a sign of confusion and contradiction to faithful Catholics?

How about Ed Lee, democratic mayor of San Francisco, environmentalist and abortion proponent? Did the Vatican check in with Archbishop Cordileone about the Ed Lee invitation?

What about democratic Mayors Hodges (Minneapolis), Hales, (Portland), Liccardo (San Jose), Landrieu (New Orleans), all invited guests of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy on Social Sciences who all hold pro abortion, pro LGBT views in contravention of Catholic teaching.

Are Catholics free to ignore and condone the anti-Catholic stances of these politicians? Are the mayors’ environmental beliefs more important to the Vatican than their position on abortion or same sex marriage? What are Catholics to believe when, in the words of Vatican Bishop Sorondo, “we can invite whomever we want.” Is that because the Pontifical Academy of Social Science has become a radical forum to elevate, not the tenets of the Catholic faith, but the new religion of environmentalism?

Surely the papal invitation to Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston must have raised the ire of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, one of the 8 Cardinals in Pope Francis’ Cabinet. Was Cardinal O’Malley distressed by the papal invitation to Boston’s most prominent Catholic politician who is virulently pro abortion and refused to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade because of the Church’s LGBT stance? Certainly, Pope Francis would respond to a phone call from Cardinal O’Malley about the Archdiocese’s political and moral adversary.

Was the prominent and popular Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York displeased by the invitation to Mayor Bill de Blasio to speak at the Vatican. Cardinal Dolan is no shrinking violet and would certainly express his displeasure at the invite to a radical pro abortion, pro LGBT supporter. In fact, de Blasio is a longtime supporter of Nicaragua’s Marxist Sandinistas and de Blasio even honeymooned in Cuba, in violation of the U.S. travel ban. Cuba! No wonder, de Blasio was asked to speak at the conference.

De Blasio supports same sex marriage and even officiated at a same sex marriage. He, too, like Mayor Marty Walsh refused to walk in the St. Pat’s parade in protest of the Church’s stance. Not to worry, de Blasio has the political credentials that the Vatican needs in its environmental campaign.

These are the men that Pope Francis described during the conference as “the conscience of humanity”?

Last week, Catholics learned that the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church was not offended by a hammer and sickle crucifix. This week the Pope hosts the early Democratic convention featuring the most radical anti-Catholic leftists in American politics. Crichton saw the danger of mixing environmentalism with religion, a theology dominating the Vatican during the Francis papacy:

“We are energy sinners, doomed to die, unless we seek salvation, which is now called sustainability. Sustainability is salvation in the church of the environment.”

This week the Vatican is hosting its 7th Sustainable Development Conference of the Francis papacy by inviting 60 leftist politicians from around the world. Bishop Sorondo, who is hosting the event, when asked whether the “exclusive presence of mayors of the left of center is not a sign of partiality.” Sorondo heatedly responded that “the invitation is open to everyone.”

In the words of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, “I don't believe there's an atom of meaning in it.”



Elizabeth Yore is an international child rights lawyer who has handled human trafficking cases throughout her legal career. She was a member of the Heartland Institute Delegation that travelled to Rome to urge the Vatican to avoid the anti life UN Sustainable Development agenda. She served as Special Counsel at Harpo, Inc. In that position, she acted as Oprah Winfrey’s Child Advocate in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Elizabeth was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and General Counsel at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.




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Tue, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[ Fr. Rutler on On Pessimism, Optimism, and Hope ]]>
On Pessimism, Optimism, and Hope

By Fr. George W. Rutler

The pessimist and the optimist are much alike. Though the maxim has the pessimist seeing a glass half-empty and the optimist seeing it half-full, what they share is the confinement of their perspectives to the glass and what is in it. I’d rather be an optimist, because he tends to be more valiant. King Saul with his spear was a pessimist who though that Goliath was too big to be killed, and David with his slingshot was an optimist who thought that the giant was too big to miss. But the attitudes of both were psychological. The morose personality sees threat, and the buoyant personality sees opportunity, but reality for both is only perception. It has been observed that the pessimist is an unhappy idiot and the optimist a happy idiot, for the self and the self’s humor are the measure of all things.  

There is agreement among both kinds of personalities that the world is going to end. Grimly or happily, they can cite physicists who expect that our own planet will be finished by the year 500,000,000,000 AD. But it will be too hot to sustain human life within a mere one billion years. These days, many seem to be pessimists who think that the world will end faster than expected, at least in terms of livable conditions affected by climate change. Some take this as a new Gospel, and skeptics are treated as heretics facing an opprobrium as harsh as it is capricious and as capricious as it is vicious. The argument is declared settled, even though no true science is ever settled.   

No less a brain than that of Isaac Newton was confident that the world would end in 2060 AD. The jury is still out on that. Now some Russian scientists complicate things by predicting that a 60% drop in solar activity will cause a mini-ice age from 2030 to 2040, similar to the freeze from 1645 to 1715. We do know that Paul Ehrlich’s book, The Population Bomb, predicted in 1968 that long before now 4 billion people would have starved to death, including 65 million in the United States. He continues to lecture to well-fed students at Stanford University.   

Grigori Rasputin contaminated Russia with his pessimism, predicting that the world would end on August 23, 2013. That only happened in places like Detroit.  He was the opposite of P.G. Wodehouse’s blithe Madeline Bassett who thought that “the stars are God’s daisy chain,” and “every time a fairy blows its wee nose a baby is born.”   

The only settled science is that of the soul. It is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. It is the realism of Christ who is the Eternal Logos, reason itself. Against pessimism and optimism it posits the virtue of hope. By hope, one trusts God will grant eternal life and the means to attain it if one cooperates with the divine will, while recognizing the difficulties that lie in the path toward that blissful eternity. Hope has no patience for its dark enemy pessimism, nor for its gossamer imitation optimism. 

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Paul VI Said the UN was the Mandatory Path, and He Was No Right-Winger

By Frank Walker

           Calm down. The Holy See says the UN is quite the opposite.

Vatican Global Warming Archbishop and UN point man, Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, never has a good answer to a question:

The United Nations is not “the devil,” so a papal think tank is free to collaborate with the international body as well as people of any political persuasion, said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

The church will continue to collaborate with the United Nations on any joint project that “does not go against the doctrine of the church,” he said at a news conference July 15.

The Vatican academy is sponsoring a one-day symposium July 22 with the United Nations’ global initiative, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, headed by U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs.

The unjust and oppressive schemes going on in the Vatican certainly do go against the doctrine of the Church, which is exactly why it's entirely appropriate that it collaborates with the UN.  Of course the UN is not 'the Devil' but, much like Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo, it does make the Devil very pleased by doing all his dirty business.  He's a huge fan.

“The United Nations is not the devil. Rather, quite the opposite,” he said.

If the United Nations is completely opposed to the devil it must be the Church, yes? - or even God himself!

Is the Vatican so infested there's not a saved soul in it?

Blessed Pope Paul VI, who was the first pope to visit the United Nations, told the general assembly in 1965 that the world organization represented the mandatory path of modern civilization and world peace, Bishop Sanchez said. Successive popes showed the same kind of support with their own visits to the U.N., too, he said.

Speaking to the UN and doing its cruel job are two different things.  Citing the only Pope with the nerve to suppress the Mass of the Apostles and replace it with one he made up, and who flooded the hierarchy with faithless homosexuals, is at the least unconvincing.  I know Pope Francis made him a blessed so you're right, there's that.

“Therefore, I don’t see how there can be any problem” with collaborating with the United Nations, especially as the academy has worked with many other world organizations and leaders, he said.

That's a good point.  The line of thugs and dictators trolling through the Vatican lately is quite long.  None of them are the devil either.

“To see the devil in the United Nations, which some on the right tend to do, is not the position of the Holy See,” he said.

Take that 'position of the Holy See' line to St. Peter at the gates.  That oughta fly.


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