Friday, June 24, 2022

With Persecution Besides


I think Catholics can expect some backlash after today's decision.  Perhaps a lot of backlash.

It's amazing to me how many Catholics really probably supported Roe v. Wade, or at least believed it was a woman's choice to make, between she and her doctor.  I definitely thought the admittance to Holy Communion was between she and her bishop, I wasn't sure about the former.

Either way - I'm against abortion, I consider it the worst form of abuse and murder.

In Thanksgiving for Favors Granted

Pintura en óleo sobre tela del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús por el artista Celayense Francisco Eduardo Tresguerras.


Roe v. Wade is finally overturned.

"On Friday morning, the Supreme Court issued its opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey—the two decades-old Supreme Court cases that together guaranteed abortion rights in America. The opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, undoes the constitutional right to abortion and returns the right to regulate the procedure to individual states. The decision will likely lead to the criminalization of abortion, at all stages of pregnancy, in about half of the United States

On Friday morning, Alito’s conservative colleague on the court, Justice Clarence Thomas, disagreed with that. In his own individual opinion, Thomas wrote that, in fact, overturning Roe should only be the first step. “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” he writes. “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous.’”

“Demonstrably erroneous.” There is very little that is vague about those words. With the death of abortion rights in America, Thomas has now come out and said, in no-uncertain terms, that cases that enshrined Americans’ rights to marry whomever they want and to make personal decisions about their intimacy and child-bearing are flat-out wrong. For now, that is just Thomas’ opinion—none of what he’s written is legally enforceable. But the fact that he’s stating this explicitly affirms the fears of advocates that for many conservatives the demise of Roe was never meant to be the end—but rather a bleak beginning." - Mother Jones

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Because they believe in their heart.

I'm watching the hearings, listening to testimony and actual calls by Trump. Out and out lies. I'm totally shocked - that people 'believe in their heart' that Trump is innocent. That the election was stolen.
I read this morning that the Republican party of Texas has as part of their platform the belief that the election was stolen. There are so many online who believe that. They can hear Trump's raging as they watch this testimony. You know they reject it - they think all of these people are lying. It's incomprehensible to me. "They believe in their heart" though the evidence to the contrary is right in front of them.

Many of these people are Catholics who also are convinced that Pope Francis is not really the Pope, that Benedict's resignation was invalid. They reject everything from this Pope and follow pre-Vatican II rules and rubrics, because "they know in their hearts" they are right.

It is incomprehensible to me.

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Even the elect now do it...

Diehard opponents of Pope Francis and Vatican II have since pretty much turned on Pope Benedict and JPII - I've noticed a growing number even criticize Pope Pius XII for his reform of the Liturgy of Holy Week and permitting wider participation of the laity at Mass, leading to the experimental 'Dialogue Mass'.

Friday, June 03, 2022

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 The devil’s knowledge is very wide, in every field. He even knows the verses of the Bible very well and uses them in fighting people such as theologians. In the temptation on the mount, he used the Holy Bible in his own way (Matt. 4:6). He is even the author of all heresies and heterodoxies. He put them in the minds of heretics and offered them wrong concepts for the verses of the Bible. True are the words of St. Athanasius the apostolic, "Our enemy is not the Arians but the devil."

Pope Shenouda III

from “Diabolic Wars”

Thursday, June 02, 2022

We are living in the era of “piccolomini… little men”...

Says a little man.

“When small men begin to cast big shadows, it means that the sun is about to set.”
– Lin Yutang, 20th century Chinese philosopher

Fr. Z wrote an extremely scornful assessment of the new members of the College of Cardinals, appointed by Pope Francis.  Traditionalists are upset and Z invites them to laugh it off since, "The ploy and play of the list is so obvious that it is hardly to be taken seriously anymore."  Beware - as St. Benedict, citing Scripture in his Rule on the Tenth Step of Humility cautioned: "Only a fool raises his voice in laughter."(Sir 21:23)

Fr. Z appears to be growing more bitter and scornful than ever before.  I wonder if  resentment and the remembrance of wrongs is perhaps part of the cause?  I of course do not know - but I would avoid priests like him and be careful not to be led astray in opposition to the Pope and Bishops in communion with him.

A little man with a big blog.

Fr. Z brings it on himself.  I'm not judging his soul, not even his motivation - though I may wonder about it after I read his critiques of what the Pope has to say.  Today his contradiction of the Holy Father's allocution at yesterday's Wednesday Audience is extremely disrespectful and defensive.  He can do and say as he wishes since he appears to be a 'free-agent' priest, but those who follow him and others who read him, they cannot be well served by it, much less edified.  

"Scorn, bitterness, scoffing, these are no weapons. Belittling others, not seeing Christ in them -- this too is to inflict wounds -- is to do to Christ what we are doing to the least around us. This is an expression of fear -- fear of being laughed at and scorned in turn. If we scorn others we will not win them. There is no love in scorn." - August 13, 1951 - The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day
Fr. Z finds the CNA article on the Holy Father and what the Pope says "amusing." His post makes it clear he wasn't amused. In fact, his response was what he claimed the Pope's 'attack' on people who desire Tradition was - "pretty vicious."
Those who really believe do not attribute too much importance to the struggle for the reform of ecclesiastical ritual. They live on what the Church always is; and if one wants to know what the Church really is one must go to them. For the Church is most present not where organizing, reforming and governing are going on but in those who simply believe and receive from her the gift of faith that is life to them." - Ratzinger: "Introduction to Christianity." Holy, Yet Mingled with Sinners: The Church of the Pope Theologian

Yup.  I use pull quotes too.


Sunday, May 29, 2022

Ascension Sunday

"I have found my heaven on earth, since heaven is You, O Lord, and You are in my soul." - St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

"The meaning of Christ's Ascension," writes Pope Benedict XVI, "expresses our belief that in Christ the humanity that we all share has entered into the inner life of God in a new and hitherto unheard of way. It means that man has found an everlasting place in God." It would be a mistake to interpret the Ascension as "the temporary absence of Christ from the world." Rather, "we go to heaven to the extent that we go to Jesus Christ and enter into him." Heaven is a person. "Jesus himself is what we call 'heaven'."

“Holy Father, I pray not only for them,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me." - Jn 17:20-26

"O my God, You are in me and I am in You. I have found my heaven on earth, since heaven is You, O Lord, and You are in my soul. I can find You there always; even when I do not feel Your presence, You are there nevertheless, and I like to seek You there. Oh! if only I could never leave You alone!" (cf. Sr Elizabeth of the Trinity, Letters)

Friday, May 27, 2022

“only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”


That was then...*

Not true.

The latest school shooting took place while police with guns were outside for an hour waiting for SWAT and backup.  There is more to that story emerging, I'm just saying the good guys with guns were apparently helpless when confronted with a kid armed with an AR-15.  The kid bought the weapons as soon as he turned 18 years old - May 16, 2022.  

The Texas shooter's determination to purchase combat weapons as soon as he turned legal age demonstrates that this problem really is about guns.  His mental state is a separate issue, though it seems to me he was stable enough to plan and execute his 'mission'.  Politicians cannot keep saying this is a problem due to mental illness - it really is about assault weapons and proliferation of guns.  

It seems we all forget the largest mass shooting in American history - the Las Vegas shootout.

A lone gunman unleashed a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500 others attending a country music festival below, officials said.

It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history, and Stephen Craig Paddock was "solely responsible for this heinous act," Assistant Clark County Sheriff Todd Fasulo told reporters Monday night. - Las Vegas shooting.

The shooter had an entire arsenal in his hotel suite.  To my knowledge there is no evidence he was mentally ill, much less a terrorist.  That happened in 2017 and there is apparently no motive, leading to my conclusion that he did it because he could.  Perhaps it was a type of hunting or sport-shooting for him?  Maybe he wanted to add a realistic dimension to some of the online games available to kids and adults?  Google such games and these pop-up:

Mr Bullet Online.
Aliens Attack.
Sniper Ultimate Assassin.
Alpha Guns.
Dead Zed.
Shoot Robbers.
Rooftop Snipers


I don't know if these things play into the shooter mentality?  I don't know if these can be virtual training videos - it just seems to me these games feed into the cult mentality associated with 2nd Amendment gun rights.  Such games are big business.  Weapons is big business for arms trade.  I don't play games nor am I an action film aficionado, so I don't know what influence this stuff has on mass-killers.  Yet it seems to me the morbid fascination with guns and stalking prey has to have an effect upon one's personality, as well as their soul.  Especially anyone with a 'mean-streak' or who lacks empathy.  Then there is the problem of evil. 

Figuring out why a shooter, mass-killer acts is definitely important.  Nevertheless - access to weapons of war like these is ridiculous for civilians.  We need legislation and bans on access and types of weapons.  We need lawmakers who are not corrupted by the gun lobby, and/or fanatically attached to the ideology derived from idolization of the 2nd Amendment.

"The Second Amendment did not come down from Sinai. The right to bear arms will never be more important than human life. Our children have rights too. And our elected officials have a moral duty to protect them." Cardinal Cupich 

It is a problem of evil - it seems to me it is growing in proportion to the increase of hatred among people, a hardening of heart.  Like I said, I don't know, I'm no authority.  What I do know is that even Catholics will reject calls for reform and ignore people like Cupich and Francis when they call for change - precisely because they have hardened their hearts against them.  I dare say, many even end up hating them.  You see?  It's a problem of evil, which enters the heart through hatred.

Vain rejoicing in moral goods.

 There is a certain self-righteousness in those who blindly cling to the letter of the 2nd Amendment and promote unbridled ownership and use of guns for morally responsible, upstanding citizens determined to Make America Great Again.  John of the Cross alludes to it in The Ascent of Mt. Carmel - at least I connect the problem to it.  Vain rejoicing in moral goods.  It's the story of the Pharisee and the Publican.  St. John notes the harm which results in vain rejoicing in moral goods, e.g. one's virtues and good works as a law abiding citizen.

The seventh kind of harm is that human beings, insofar as they do not quell vain joy in their moral deeds, become more incapable of taking counsel and receiving reasonable instructions about the works they ought to do. The habitual weakness they have from working with this vain joy so enchains them that they either do not believe that the counsel of another is better, or do not wish to follow it even if in their opinion it is, because they are without the courage to do so.

Such people become very slack in charity toward God and neighbor, for the self-love contained in their works makes them grow cold in charity. - Ascent, 28:9

It seems to me, that it's a problem not simply confined to the perpetrators - the self-love and lack of charity of the 'good' is in some sense mirrored in the lack of empathy and hatred of the 'bad'.  Both permit evil to triumph.

I will close with the precaution given by the Holy Father at this week's audience:

"I pray for the children, the adults killed and their families," said Francis at the conclusion of his Wednesday general audience. "It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of guns."

"Let us all commit ourselves so that such tragedies can never happen again," he continued. - Pope Francis

Yeah. So, "Let us all commit ourselves so that such tragedies can never happen again."

 *Top photo found on Tumbler with a naïve observation: "Guns aren't the problem."

"Guns aren't the problem.

Back in high school - more years ago than I care to count - I gave a speech in an English class. My subject was the M1. I was able to borrow a rifle from our armory (I was on the rifle team), walked four blocks to the school with the rifle slung over my shoulder, and gave my speech on how to field dress the weapon.

Most kids (boys) who were able to drive to school had rifles or shotguns in their back windows if they were driving a truck.

We never heard of school shootings. Period.

Guns aren't the problem."

That was then, this is now.  Guns are the problem.  The kid in Texas bought assault weapons as soon as he turned eighteen.  Snap out of it.


Saturday, May 21, 2022

We all see it, we all see it.

The Archbishop Cordileone interdict.

Mrs. Pelosi is not to be admitted to Holy Communion:

“I asked her to repudiate this position, or else refrain from referring to her Catholic faith in public and receiving Holy Communion,” he wrote.

“I also advised her that if she refused to do this, I would be forced to make a public announcement that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” - CNA

The Archbishop acted within his right as the local ordinary of San Francisco.  Many people are upset and angry, others are gloating, I support the Archbishop.

I have deep respect for Archbishop Cordileone. I am sure this was a difficult decision, especially since so many non-Catholics, along with some practicing Catholics, do not understand the Eucharist, and most likely think this was an uncharitable act, meant to shame and punish. That's not what this is about. This type of action is always for the benefit of the person under interdict/ban, as well as those who may be otherwise scandalized if there is no correction.  Mrs. Pelosi's policies and statements demonstrate she is not in communion with Catholic teaching, therefore she ought to abstain from Holy Communion - the source and summit of Christian life, the sign of unity, and the true body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, I expect Cordileone will face growing criticism and protest, especially from protesters who support Roe v Wade and a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy.  His life is most likely in danger and churches will probably suffer desecration and vandalism as a result.  We've already seen it in the United States and in Chile, Canada and elsewhere.

That said, "Cordileone’s instruction applies only within the San Francisco archdiocese." Pelosi most likely will be able to receive Communion in another diocese.  [In Genoa, during the time of St. Catherine of Genoa, her bishop interdicted the entire city, so she popped over to a nearby diocese (in her day there were many) for Mass and Communion.]

Prayers for all concerned.  Other than that, I have no opinion nor any responsibility to comment further.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Do you reject the glamour of evil, and refuse to be mastered by sin?

I do.

Today on The View - yes, I watch it - they had a segment on RuPaul's Drag Race, which I have never watched.  There were several drag queens celebrating their craft, identities and Queer Culture.  I'm not a fan - never have been.  I used to go to bars which featured drags, but I never enjoyed the show.  Friends seemed to love it, I just wanted to drink and dance.

I hated the exaggerated portrayal of women and the bawdy entertainment.  It's worse these days as they emulate fashion models, disco-divas and a category of celebrities who are only famous for being famous.  Like the Kardashians - who happen to model a straight form of drag queen.  So-called couturiers - fashion designers, have picked up drag-queen-queer style and mainstreamed it, to some extent.  (That all began with grunge and goth copied from the streets a couple of decades ago.)

The glamour of evil.

I like to revisit club-dance-trance music once in a while online.  I'm a huge fan of Chaka Kahn and discovered a great dance song by her sister Taka Boom, "Must Be the Music".  If I was 20+ years younger, and I came across that song, you couldn't make me stay home.  Watching the video, I noticed the back-up singers, very cool, moving 'discreetly', sort of like acolytes in a temple.  I was fascinated by the crowd and the musicians and the lights, viewing it as a kind of mesmerizing ritual, with the mantra "must be the music" repeated incessantly.  It can be rather seductive.  

A very old impression of this kind of entertainment came to mind for me.  After my conversion, I thought gay bars and disco and gay behavior were reminiscent of ancient cultures which engaged in temple prostitution, sacred prostitution associated with fertility cults.  In our day, there are no longer fertility cults, rather, today it's all about infertility by choice, through contraception and abortion.  Today some activists actually regard abortion in terms of pagan sacrifice for a greater good, similar to  a sacrifice to Astarte, goddess of fertility and sexuality.

The result may perhaps be similar to the way Israel behaved, turning from the Lord to idols and depravity.  Even the Levites defiling themselves, as in Exodus:

Early the next day the people sacrificed burnt offerings and brought communion sacrifices. Then they sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. - Exodus 32:6

Today I read that an group called "Ruth sent us" may be responsible for stealing a tabernacle from a Texas church.  It was found a few days later by a Burger King, intact, the only thing missing was the Blessed Sacrament, all the consecrated hosts.  'Ruth sent us' activists made a statement last week saying they intend to burn the Blessed Sacrament - the Eucharist - in protest for the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade.  Which reminded me of the Exodus passage, 'the people sacrificed burnt offerings and brought communion offerings... and rose up to revel'.  

Must be the music.

UPDATE: Stolen Tabernacle Found with only Consecrated Hosts Missing