"With God and Jesus Christ excluded from political life,with authority derived not from God but from man,the very basis of that authority has been taken away,because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated.The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation." (Pope Pius XI in Quas Primas, December 11, 1925)
In this blogger's opinion, the below excerpts from the current Catechism of the Catholic Church pretty much destroy any notion that any adulterer, adulteress, active homosexual, pro-abortion politician, abortion "doctor", et al can receive Holy Communion, at least as long as these passages are extant and still taught in Roman Catholic Church.
If pronouncements from Rome/The Francis supercede any of the below authoritative texts, then these texts need to be amended as such so both pronouncement and text are in agreement with each other.
Otherwise, there will always be conflict. And where there is conflict, there will be doubt. That doubt will beget confusion and when that confusion then reigns, so will anarchy. And when anarchy ascends to the top, there can be no True Faith. When that happens, you have what we have now - a post-VII church in its potential death throes: seminaries closed; convents shuttered; vocations shattered; bishops conferences getting in bed with the known enemies of the Catholic Church; Bishops who sow more doubt than authentic Catholic Faith; kitten Cardinals afraid of even meowing too loudly (as Mundabor fondly writes) and a Pope that is already beatified by the secular and catholic press while yet alive.
"Rise And Rise Again Until Lambs Become Lions" is a quote from the Russell Crowe 2010 movie Robin Hood. I believe it is an apt quote that describes the Bishops and Cardinals of the modern Catholic Church quite well.
I am still waiting for the lions to be born...
1776 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment.... For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God.... His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."LINK
IV. Erroneous Judgment
1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.
1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."LINK In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.
1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.
1793 If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.
1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."LINK
The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards of moral conduct.LINK
I have self-identified as 6' 4" for well over a year now. And I demand - DEMAND! mind you - that others do the same. Otherwise they will make make me feel bad about myself and we just simply cannot have that now, can we? Uh, Uh. Nope. Not gonna happen. Not in the enlightened environment I find myself living in as I type this, anyway. (Maybe in the pre-VII days, but not now.)
I mean, it's so obvious that God Himself made a mistake when he formed me from leftover parts he had lying around. He just absentmindedly grabbed from the "S" size pile, instead of the "L" size pile. I mean - I just knowthat to be true because I just, ya know, feel it.
Others are the aberration, not me...got it? Good! I just luv being called "Tiny" - it makes me feel so, so, so...tiny, er... I mean, tall. But enough about me!
I am writing this post to have you celebrate my success at finally coming out about something exciting in my life - and yours! (drum roll / hushed anticipation)
I have decided to open ...wait for it!...a Water Bar! (Hold the applause...)
UH...No, really..a water bar.
Listen to me!
The business model is simple: I will sell and dispense hot and cold water only - you supply the actual type of flavored hot or cold water by simply self-identifying your particular cup of water as plain old coffee; a latte or cappuccino; a tasty craft beer of your choice; tea; or even - if I can gain the franchise rights from INBEV - a Bud Light!
Naturally, the pricing for your particular cup of water will be wholly dependent upon the type of self-identified beverage you are purchasing. Plain old water will be cheaper than a Double Sweet Chocolate Swirl Whipped Cappuccino, for instance.
This is a sure fired success that will propel me onwards and upwards and ensure financial security as the golden years continue to dawn upon my 5' 4" 6' 4" body.
YES! Instant richness and success! I can self-identify seeing my mug on the cover of Forbes magazine and a 5-column, front page write-up in the Wall Street Journal. I can self-identify my selling franchise rights and thereby gain more status quo and be ranked right up there with Amazon's Bezos or Facebook's Zuckerberg.
Jeff and Mark...they'll just have to luv me, right?... cause I self-identify as something I'm not, right? That's the way it's done nowadays, right?
I mean...I mean...
Tall people will finally have to treat me as an equal, instead of always LOOKING DOWN at me!!
I don't write too often anymore, just when the inspiration or initiative strikes me. Too many other things seem to get in the way: work, family, laziness, fatigue. Still though, I feel guilty. There is so much to write about, so much that needs to be said regarding the assault on the Roman Catholic Church One True Church, and therefore, Our Lord Jesus Christ. As a long-standing confirmed Soldier of Christ (and USAF veteran) you'd think I'd be full of vigor in going to war. It's not like I'm going to get killed (even though untold numbers are being Spiritually killed each day) by writing of The War Against the One True Church by Those Charged With Its Defense (a good title for a book, maybe), so I have no excuses - at least valid ones anyway - for not writing more often. So... this morning I trolled my archives and picked one from December 2016 that is still extant today and reposting it - hopefully as a prelude to more inspiration-driven posts. But even if reposting is all I do - at least I am fighting, even if it is behind the lines in the safety of the bunker. I even provided a graphic, this time...
************************************************************* I'm not stupid. With that declarative sentence, I must explain why I am so confident that I am not stupid. I am, after all, a Baby-Boomer: born in the late 50's; a product of the 60''s radicalization; a 70's agnostic when it came to Vatican II; an 80's ho-hum Catholic (at least until the early-decade when my parents re-introduced me to the Tridentine Mass). I have a well-formed conscience, an engaging thought process, an innate ability to see through subterfuge, and can spot a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing from 1-1/2 miles out. I am a confirmed Soldier of Christ (as well as a former USAF Veteran of 15-plus years of service). I manage to balance my checkbook each month, add to my savings weekly, pray my daily Rosary and kneel in the Confessional monthly (admittedly, it sometimes stretches a bit more, despite having weekly reminders from my Google Calendar.) My employer has enough confidence in my thought and technical service prowess that I can write a company check for $6,000 to settle a customer dispute, and not have to get upper-management clearance before I do. So, no...I am most definitely not stupid. It is too bad the clerics in Rome, and probably most of the world's Bishops think I am. They must believe this in their black heart-of-hearts, for it can be explained in no other manner. They truly believe that I can have no true understanding of what "One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic" means; that I can have no true understanding of what the 6th and 9th Commandments truly mean; that I can have no true understanding of the meaning of Christ's definitive and declarative spoken words as handed down from His Apostles; or that I am simply incapable of having the proper love, compassion, and mercy to my fellow man because I am so rigid in my Catholicity-of-old. They all - up to and including the Pope, the man-in-white-with-black-shoes, Francis - think of me as a lemming; an obstinate jackass; a domesticated turkey who doesn't even know how to get back into his pen and who dies of starvation because he can't remember where the damn gate is... No, your Greatnesses. I am not stupid, but you all are. You are stupid to think that I don't see beyond your gilded cages and corrupted minds; that most of you are protecting your turfs, your positions and your reputations. You believe yourselves to be above reproach because you have a few letters of the alphabet behind your names, or your name on a Dicastery door. You hobnob with the known enemies of the Catholic Faith, laugh robustly at their jokes at a secular dinner and shake their hands as they present you with a 5 or 6 figure check for the "poor" (read:your - and not necessarily the Catholic Church's- favorite cause célèbre). I don't need what you believe you are in sole possession of - a brain. I already have one, complete with right reason (read:Conscience) already installed. So I don't need you to re-interpret for me what Christ said from the Cross ("Father forgive them..."), what He said to Mary Magdalene ("Go...and sin no more...") or what I believe are his most important words relative to our modern times: For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? I already know that you are wrong in promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried sans annulment and without reparation and amendment; I already know that those who delude themselves into believing that what you are promoting is good and holy are potentially dooming their Souls, and also that you share in that culpability; I already know that you are subverting the laws and regulations of this country when you openly advocate universal open-borders, but yet fail in your duties to continually and prolifically defend human life with the same fervor. Where are the weekly, media-invited, pro-life marches to the local abortuary, with you and your fellow Bishops heroically distributing Holy Communion to the kneeling Faithful during the weekly open-air Mass and Benediction?? Hmmmmm??? No...I actually laugh at you, to be honest. I mean, how gullible can you be? How invertebrate can you be? How uncaring can you be? How un-Godlike can you be? In sum, just how stupid can you be? You have been entrusted to lead Souls to God, for God, and into Heaven. And instead many of you are, judging from your public words and actions, trying imperiously to lead them into perdition - gullible sheep being led by gullible shepherds in a gullible man-centered modern world that crumbles all around you. For supposedly smart men, you are surprisingly stupid, and more so to think that there are not going to be consequences for leading the sheep entrusted to you astray. Although in your eyes I am but a stupid and gullible Catholic, in the eyes of Our Lord Jesus Christ I remain true to His words and teachings (or try to despite my frailties). As well, I shall always remain true to you and to all you preach and teach when you follow what He has taught and that He has handed down to you. When you veer away from that, I will not follow; when you preach and teach the direct opposite of what has always been taught, I will not follow. When you tell me I am sinning just because I hold fast to what has always been taught, I will tell you that you are wrong; and if you tell me I am sinning by trying to convert a friend, acquaintance or even an enemy to the One True Faith, I will probably spit in your face in disgust. But beyond all of the above, you can be assured that I will continue to pray for your conversion back to the One True Faith. For many of you are not acting like you have a modicum of it left and truly need the prayers. I actually feel sorry for you...I just cannot yet believe that those so learned can be so stupid as to think they are doing God's Will by subverting the 6th and 9th Commandment or denying the Roman Catholic Church's supremacy over all other religions. I would rather have a cadre of St. John Vianney's leading the Catholic Church than you...at least they wouldn't be so impressed with their education that they believe themselves smarter than the sheep they lead. I wish you would remember that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the One True Faith...it would make Catholic Life so much easier to live. But then again, I think we all tend to forget that the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ was not a bouquet of Roses either. How many have forgotten The Passion, what it entailed and what Our Lord endured, in order to save Souls? Why can't you just shut-up and get back to what you were ordained to do all those many years ago? Why can't you just go and smell your sheep, instead of licking boots? Why not sacrifice a laugh or two or three at the Al Smith Dinner for the humble prayers and gratitude of your flock as they see you kneel with them in the rain at the local abortion facility in early Spring, drenched and shivering in the cold March air? Why can't you just be a simple Bishop, or Cardinal or even Pope and live up the the Trust and Confidence your Blessed Lord displayed in you when he gave you the privilege of the Miter and Crozier? If HE can so humble Himself as to hang from His infamous gibbet, who are you not to?