"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Here's a thought: As long as we're talking about a "piecemeal" World War III...

How about recognizing a piecemeal schism?

How about recognizing a piecemeal great apostasy?  

How about a piecemeal Islam?

I agree with the Holy Father's observation that we are in a piecemeal WWIII - I have no problem whatsoever with what the Pope says...

Just with the rest of you.

Last night I caught a rerun of Bill Donohue on EWTN.  What a load of _____.  He and Arroyo were discussing the St. Pat's parade and Donohue was explaining why he decided not to march.  The whole thing boils down to the fact he was kept out of the loop and felt betrayed.  Who cares.

Betrayed, bewildered... wrong response?

So many of our arguments online are just ego jousts, self promotion and "I'm more Catholic than you" popularity contests.

Some of these conflicts betray something deeper, more divisive.

There really is a piecemeal schism.  This weekend I noted on one 'news' portal (and elsewhere) a few not so subtle little digs over the announcement of the feast days for St.s John XXIII and John Paul II.  I got the impression they were more than pleased that the feast days were not obligatory memorials. What is so schismatic about that?   It is an attitude shared by those folks who reject Vatican II, the Ordinary Form of Mass, and just about everything Pope Francis says.  (Not to forget "all those Fatima 'crazies'.." whose comments will be removed if she keeps posting her crap.)

Yeah, but, a piecemeal great apostasy?   Look around:  Closing churches.  Bad catechesis.  Unfaithful Catholic colleges and universities.  Christians who claim to be spiritual but not religious.  The general population disagrees with Church teaching on contraception and abortion, homosexuality and marriage, and so on.  While religious leaders seek to accommodate teaching to be more welcoming.  It's piecemeal, of course.

Maybe - but a piecemeal Islam?  Really?  Islam is a major religion, a religion of peace.

That is what I get so tired of hearing and reading.  Be it President Obama or some Cardinal claiming Islam is so much like Christianity.  Everyone bends over backwards to say ISIS is not Islamic.  That ISIS can't just decide on their own to form a caliphate.  As if the claims made by ISIS don't count because they don't play by the rules.  To say they are not Islamic is like saying the Nuns on the Bus are not Catholic, or Pro-choice politicians like Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden are not Catholic.  They certainly believe they are.

People are pretending.  Either that, or they are deluded.  Or.  Schismatic?  Piecemeal of course.  Apostate? Piecemeal to be sure.  Embracing Islam, the religion of piecemeal?

“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate
 - that's just like the sign of the cross!"
Watch your neck...

So anyway...  Cardinal McCarrick.
“In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

“Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human person… [and] as you study the holy Koran, as you study Islam, basically, this is what Muhammad the prophet, peace be upon him, has been teaching.” - Story here.

That sounds fairly piecemeal to me.

I may be wrong of course.

"Never in the history of New York’s 
St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
have homosexuals been barred from marching."
Bill Donohue


  1. profound... great insight!

    1. Haha! You made me laugh - thanks James.

  2. "I may be wrong of course."

    Perish the thought! I think you are right on the mark -- as you usually are. (Which means we usually agree. LOL!)

  3. Abandoned in Rome: You want a piece of me? ;)

    So anyway. I love to see your response when I won't let you comment. You left 3 comments here so far. Just imagine if you used your real name or emailed me identifying yourself - I would publish all your comments. Heck, I'd dedicate a post to you.

    Why do I think you are a woman? Aw, Loneliest place in Rome, as Melvin Udall explained how it is he can write so well from a woman's perspective: "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability." You get unreasonable when I won't let you comment. You have no accountability - especially as a stalker/commenter, and of course, your comments are almost always shrewish... Methinks the woman protests too much. Anyway - what kind of guy would identify with a phrase from Eat, Pray, Love?

    In all charity, in the very words Michael Voris likes to sign off with...

    "God love you."

    1. Lonely, you are absolutely correct.

      God love you.

  4. Yes Yes. And yes! You hit a homerun there, Terry!

  5. Yep...beautifully worded and wonderfully inspiring. ^^

    Thank you, Terry!

  6. Love this, Terry. Have been reading along for a while; but now feel inspired to comment. We are living in a fractured world and it has become the world that Ben Franklin feared. We are now hanging separately.


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.