January 6, 2020

IT'S WAR! WAR!! WAR!!!




I thought that since the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate is wringing their hands over the sure fact we are - or soon will be - involved in The Final World War III with Iran, that I would take a few minutes and produce the news headline as they would like to see it printed. Hopefully, the LA Times won't send the FBI shock troops to my front door - their Glock 19's, Uzi's and M-9's drawn - for making use of their archival photo as it fit so perfectly. Ed.


Now, for my opinion piece on what's going on:

There be will be no all out "war" with Iran. If they shoot a missile at US troops, the US will shoot 2 to 4 in return (NB: I wrote the preceding sentence in my draft of this post before President Trump Tweeted this). Iran may have 35 targets planned, but Trump has said that he has 52, which means he probably has closer to 75, all of which are,undoubtedly, focused on Iran's ability to wage war. What this means is that in a war of attrition, Iran loses. There is no possibility Iran would ever come out on top, and especially so with Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief of the US Military. Besides, Iran has domestic trouble at home; there is documented unrest in their own backyard. They cannot afford a war with the US as they would have, in fact, a two-front war. And no one nation has won a war while fighting on two fronts, as Germany found out in WWII. To pay attention to only the one, leaves the other wide-open for exploitation.


So...Iran is a screamer, albeit a dangerous one, and should be handled with clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose. But in the end, a screamer is all they will remain.

Trump's handling of the current situation is correct. Speaking to Iran with the aforementioned clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose ensures that Iran will have gotten the message. Whether or not they understand it is another matter entirely. Even if they do understand, they may still attack with their rockets and terrorist androids. Casualties may yet be had on both sides, though I pray it never gets to that point. I have one son currently in the Marines, and three more of age able to be called up, so I have a vested interest in wanting true peace maintained but NOT "a peace for our time" as Neville Chamberlain, the English appeaser & Prime Minister said in 1938. There is a difference in the two that, sadly, many of the above Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate fail to grasp.

Now, obviously, I am no geopolitical aficionado and most definitely am not on the NSC, sitting beside Donald Trump's right ear. All I have is what I read of the situation, think on the broader picture and try to understand who we have for a President. Who we have and what we have is a man and President who will act to defend this Country and its military to the best of his abilities, and not be a 21st Century Neville Chamberlain. Despite being hobbled by inner-circle anarchists and external enemies from before his election, he has done an amazing job.

My stated views and opinions might be so far off the mark as to laugh me right into internet obscurity. No matter...I've tried to use my God-given common sense and intellect to make sense of what I see and hear. Whether I am ultimately proved naively wrong or presciently correct, at least I've kept my wits and did not lose control of the broader picture and allowed my emotions to drive my thoughts, words and actions.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate.




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January 5, 2020

SSPX: The Catholic Church in Decline in the Western World

More sobering statistical evidence of the post-Vatican II aggiornamento from the SSPX. My original post  on this subject can be found hereEd.




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If the number of Catholic faithful has increased in absolute value as shown by the last survey published by the Fides agency (see DICI n ° 390, November 2019), the analysis of local situations remains alarming for Christianity, especially in Western countries.

In the United States

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. published this fall, reveals that Christians of all faiths have dropped from 78% of the population in 2007 to 65% in 2019. At the same time, those who declare themselves to be atheists, agnostics, or without religion went from 16% to 26%. Christians who reported attending mass or some other service at least once a month dropped from 54% to 45%. While those who reported having done so only a few times in a year or never, except for weddings and funerals, increased from 45% to 54%.

This fall in religious practice equally affects men as well as women, whites as well as blacks and Hispanics, and those with a degree as well as those with little education.

It is especially the age and the political tendencies that show a big difference. Those born in the 80s and early 90s as well as those who vote for the Democratic Party are the American demographic that has experienced the biggest drop in the practice of religion.

Among American citizens of Hispanic origin, Catholics were in the majority ten years ago, with 57%. Today, they are less than half, or 47%.

The region where the decrease of American Catholics is most pronounced is in the northeast where they have gone from 36% to 27% of the population over the past 10 years.

In Argentina

According to a study published by the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of the Republic of Argentina (Conicet), the number of Catholics in Pope Francis’ home country fell by 13% between 2008 and 2019. The study carried out on a representative sample of 2,421 people specifies that 62.9% of the 45 million Argentines consider themselves Catholic. They represented 76.5% of the population in 2008.The people who indicated not having a religion currently constitute 18.9% of the population, as opposed to 11.3% in 2008. 

The Conicet study emphasizes that the number of faithful in Evangelical Churches has risen from 9% to 15.3 % in 11 years.

The study finds that “the hopes aroused by the election of Pope Francis in March 2013 have not been fulfilled.” 82% of those polled confirmed that the election had “had no impact on their religiosity,” and only 8% said it had “reinforced their religious beliefs.” According to the authors of the study, the figure of Pope Francis is “not a unifying factor,” but rather one of division in his own country. If more than a quarter of those polled (27.4%) consider that the Holy Father is a “world authority” in “denouncing situations of injustice on the planet,” a similar number (27%) of his compatriots thinks that the sovereign pontiff is “too involved in politics” and that “it disrupted his spiritual responsibilities.”

The Conicet study also illustrates a great generational rupture. Thus, among residents aged 65 and over, the proportion of Catholics remains quite high (81.5%). But it drops to 52.5% among people aged 18 to 29, and mediates at 57.4% among people between 30 and 44 years old. The “without religion” category has thus increased by 25% among young people aged 19 to 29.

Research also reveals regional disparities. There is a greater presence of those who identify as being “without religion” in the region of Buenos Aires, the capital, where the share of Catholics is one of the lowest in the country (56.8%). For the authors of the study, this decline is explained by the “secularization effect” which affects the capital in particular.

In Italy

Catholics are also on the decline in Italy, as shown by the latest IPSOS survey published in November 2019. The number of practicing Catholics—those who attend religious services at least once a week—has dropped from 21% to 14% of the population in 10 years.

In contrast, the number of those who define themselves as non-believers has almost doubled, from 14% to 27% of Italians, with higher peaks among young people—46% of 18 to 24 year-olds and 39% of 25 to 34 years old—and this among the most active and educated strata, especially in the north of the country.

In the European elections in spring 2019, the most restrictive political movement on the issue of immigration, the Northern League, was the party most supported by practicing Catholics, both the regulars with 32.7%, and the occasional with 38.4%, as opposed to 18.9% among non-believers.

“Even if the Church and the Pope have explicitly and vigorously expressed themselves in favor of a policy of open reception...” of the migrants, “the feeling that prevails even among the most assiduous Catholics is to support more restrictive policies,” said the survey.

In Switzerland

In Switzerland, the Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology (SPI) published, on November 26, 2019, the results of ecclesial statistics for 2018. It notes a significant increase in the number of those leaving the Church: 25,366 in 2018, i.e., 25% more than the 20,014 recorded in 2017.

The investigation also reveals behavioral changes on the part of Church members. Since the 1990s, there has been a drop in the number of Catholic marriages. In the past five years, it has declined 20%. In 2018, only 3,200 unions were celebrated in the Church. Since 2013, the number of baptisms in self-defined Catholic families has decreased in Switzerland by 11%. The diocese of Basel (62% of Catholic families) and the diocese of Sion (65%) fall within this estimate, unlike the dioceses of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg where the decrease phenomenon is even more widespread, since only one child in two, born into a family of Catholic origin, was baptized in 2018.

However, the number of those entering the Catholic Church increased in 2018, reports the Swiss Institute of Pastoral Sociology. However, it does not specify whether it this due to the number of baptisms or the reintegration of members into the Church.
Sociological Analysis

“Leaving churches is a fundamental phenomenon throughout the western region,” said Jörg Stolz, professor of sociology of religions at the University of Lausanne. “At one time, it was thought that the United States was the exception, but the latest data confirms that the situation is the same as in Europe or Australia.”

The academic notes that the typical profile of the person who comes out of the Church is “a young person, with an urban lifestyle, who does not feel a particular link with religion”: a category of the population that tends to grow in western countries. “These people usually decide to leave the institution following a trigger. It may be when they realize that they are paying church taxes, when they feel at odds with a moral point, or when a scandal breaks out.”

According to the sociologist, “the Churches are already doing a lot” to improve their “offerings,” to make themselves more attractive and closer to people. “But there are serious trends linked to secularization. We have already observed since the 19th century that each generation is a little less religious than the previous one. It is likely to continue.”

Jörg Stolz notes that this is essentially a problem of identification: people no longer feel linked to a religious community. “Ultimately, the disaffiliation is only a concretization of the already effective state of distancing from religion,” he concluded.—Such is the concrete consequence of the indifferentism and secularism of modern societies which have thrown God out of social and political life.



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December 29, 2019

Crystal Balling With BerGOGlio



What is going to happen in the Catholic Church over the next 2-3 years? No one can know for certain, mainly because we don't know how long Jorge BerGOGlio has to live (or who his successor might be). What is certain, however, is that changes will come constantly as long as BerGOGlio is the earthly leader of the Church. We already know this. Just look at the recent Catholic news and you'll see: 

  • the German Catholic Hierarchy proposing outright schism, and silence from BerGOGlio's Vatican.
  • BerGOGlio's re-writing of the 6th Commandment, and silence from the Curia and Cardinals.
  • BerGOGlio's continued shellacking of Traditional Catholicism, its ancient practices and the Catholics who embrace it, and silence from the greater majority of Bishops who could have and should have defended them all, despite VII's saintly status within the hierarchy.
  • BerGOGlio's pro-homosexual sermons, interviews, writings and behavior that require priests to reconcile the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching to that of the "living" Catechism of BerGOGlio - and do so with a straight face in front of their parishioners. 
  • BerGOGlio's brazen worshipping of the Paka-Waka-Mama idol in the very heart of Rome with Cardinals and other clerics - in silence - beside him.

"Trust me!" he says. "Hagan Lio!" he does.

So, how does one reconcile BerGOGlio's God of Surprises, who apparently loves to see homosexuality in His priests, adultery in His children and idol worshipping in His Temple, to the Triune God who punished Sodom and Gomorrah with fire, told Mary Magdalene to cease adultery and banished the idolaters of Mt Sinai to Hell? One cannot, for each is diametrically opposed to the other. So, then, as Catholics, whom are we required to follow when presented with two versions of Truth: God or BerGOGlio? 

The answer is written pretty clearly in Revelations (concerning Heaven): "There shall not enter into it any thing defiled, or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the book of life of the Lamb."

Sobering words. Remember them well.

It's hard not to believe that BerGOGlio has a tablet at his bedside (a gift from his Masonic & Gay handlers, perhaps) with all of the changes already listed that he will enact. All he need do at the end of each day is to check off what's been accomplished that has accelerated the making of the Roman Catholic Church into just another subsidiary religion under the control of the United Nations. And each day he awakens to another New Dawn, another New Aggiornamento to repeat the process.

But, I here ask, what of that day forthcoming when Bergoglio doesn't awaken from his sleep? What will happen in the days and weeks beyond that event? 

The man is already a living-saint to some and I will venture to say that Bergoglio will have a meteoric rise to sainthood. He will be remembered and honored in the hallowed halls of the United Nations, the mosques of Abu Dhabi and the United States House of Representatives (which currently enjoys a majority of his fans in residence). Accolades and joyous choruses will be heard from New Ways Ministry and its pro-homosexual adherent churches (no links), who will also name BerGOGlio as their Patron Saint. And Father James Martin, S.J. will be the Honorary Reader who will present BerGOGlio's eulogy to the masses huddled inside the protected walls of St. Peters.

Sadly, though, as the mourners will be restricted to advance ticket holders, all others, i.e. the smelly sheep of the Amazonians, the boat people of Lampedusa and the marginalized poor of Rome itself, will need to be content with an ear to the Vatican walls. (Sorry folks...space is limited and there is, um...the wall, you know? Heh.Heh.)

So...am I prescient or what? 


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December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas to Everyone!




"For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace." 
[Isaias (Isaiah) 9:6]






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December 18, 2019

Prayer for Our Government & and Our President

As the impeachment circus comes to a head on this day in the House of Representatives, let us offer this prayer, not only for our country, but for our President. May Our Lord Jesus Christ and his Most Blessed Mother, Patroness of the United States of America, continue to bestow their Graces & blessings upon our country and especially its current President. 

Despite his real or perceived failings, Donald John Trump has been one of the best Presidents this country has had in recent memory...I personally place him next to Ronald Reagan, and far ahead of either of the George Bush's. We will have to wait, though, for history to write his actual place among his equals. Ed.



Prayer for Our Government 
(and for our President, Ed.)

We pray, O almighty and eternal God, who through Jesus Christ has revealed thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of your name.

We pray Thee, who alone are good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, the pope, the vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, all other bishops, prelates and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct your people into the ways of salvation.

We pray O God of might, wisdom and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the president of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness and be eminently useful to your people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality.

Let the light of your divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by your powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to your unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of your most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to you, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of your servants departed, who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech you, a place of refreshment, light and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.

Amen.

Archbishop John Carroll (November 10, 1791)


 Archbishop John Carroll (Wikipedia)

H/T: getfed.com




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