November 29, 2019

To Flee or To Fight...What Is Right?

The Marquis of Valdegamas-Juan Donoso Cortés

I've used the below quote from the Marquis before as it has been prescient for a variety of reasons concerning things Catholic. And it has become so again...

There has been talk, especially on Social Media, of Catholics who appear to desire leaving the Catholic Church - or that have actually left - because Her current state of affairs is not to their liking (or just because:Francis). Father Z had an excellent post this past week that dealt with this mindset quite well...and quite harshly, as was needed. There is not much more that I can add to Fr. Z's excellent reply but I'm going to anyway as I believe it apropos to the occasionI urge my readers to apply these words to the current conflict raging within each of us, as well as that within Holy Mother Church. We should also all remember that we are Roman Catholics, confirmed in our Faith as foot-soldiers of Christ, and as such, we simply cannot flee in the face of the enemy. More importantly, we cannot seek shelter outside the confines of our the quote and you will understand why this must be so. 

I hope the words will give Grace, strength and courage to those who may be in need. All emphasis to the original is mine:

"There is no man, let him be aware of it or not, who is not a combatant in this hot contest; no one who does not take an active part in the responsibility of the defeat or victory. The prisoner in his chains and the king on his throne, the poor and the rich, the healthy and the infirm, the wise and the ignorant, the captive and the free, the old man and the child, the civilized and the savage, share equally in the combat. Every word that is pronounced, is either inspired by God or by the world, and necessarily proclaims, implicitly or explicitly, but always clearly, the glory of the one or the triumph of the other. In this singular warfare we all fight through forced enlistment; here the system of substitutes or volunteers finds no place. In it is unknown the exception of sex or age; here no attention is paid to him who says, I am the son of a poor widow; nor to the mother of the paralytic, nor to the wife of the cripple. In this warfare all men born of woman are soldiers.

And don’t tell me you don’t wish to fight; for the moment you tell me that, you are already fighting; nor that you don’t know which side to join, for while you are saying that, you have already joined a side; nor that you wish to remain neutral; for while you are thinking to be so, you are so no longer; nor that you want to be indifferent; for I will laugh at you, because on pronouncing that word you have chosen your party. Don’t tire yourself in seeking a place of security against the chances of war, for you tire yourself in vain; that war is extended as far as space, and prolonged through all time. In eternity alone, the country of the just, can you find rest, because there alone there is no combat. But do not imagine, however, that the gates of eternity shall be opened for you, unless you first show the wounds you bear; those gates are only opened for those who gloriously fought here the battles of the Lord, and were, like the Lord, crucified."                

(Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism, and Socialism, 1879.)

For the record, I agree with Fr. Z....stand and fight. We all have as models Our Lord's Blessed Mother, St John and the Holy Women who remained at the foot of His Cross throughout Our Lord's agony...can we do any less while, today, he is being crucified anew?

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November 24, 2019

Statistics. It's All In the Statistics..

The Pew Research Center recently released an updated religious landscape report for the US. The results were not surprising in that Christianity has maintained its precipitous decline over the last decade, dropping another 12%. This follows that of Catholics who dropped to 20%, down from 23% in 2009. This recent study, along with those in 2007 and 2014 has shown that religious disaffiliation has continued at an alarming pace, and most likely will continue to do so as the US (and the World) drop further into the abyss of abortion, contraception, homosexuality, transgenderism and legal pedophilia. Many would ask "Why is this so?". I would answer "It's all in the statistics."

Or, simply put: the aggiornamento of Vatican Council II.  

Graph from CARA Georgetown University

The late Fr. Peter Carota of Traditional Catholic Priest blog (now administered by Jonathan Byrd) had written a "before & after" post in 2014 of the Church in the USA since Vatican II. The findings then from CARA Georgetown University (see one graph above) are as sobering as the more recent PEW Study. Consider the CARA findings:

  • 1958 Priests:58,000--------------------------> 2013: 38,800
  • 1965 Ordinations:994-------------------------> 2013: 511 
  • 1965 Seminarians (graduate level):8,325---> 2013: 3,694
  • 1973 Religious Sisters (world): 1 million----> 2013: 721,935
  • 1965 Sunday Mass attendance: 65%-------> 2013: 24%
  • 1970 Average age of priests: 35-------> 2013: 63

Students in elementary schools also dropped by 1 million and Catholic in-church marriages were only 34%. Sobering statistics all and likely not very well known by the average pewsitter. But be assured they are well known by your bishops and the USCCB, many of whom simply refuse to see the causal root of the problems noted above...they can not or will not name the name and chart a reparative course accordingly. 

Of course, we all know that reparative course has to start at the top. Without Peter's authority and direction, the best we can hope for are Traditional Catholic oases in a few dioceses around the US (and the world). Unfortunately, it is now known that Bergoglio is not the Pope that will start the much-needed reparative therapy. And that reason is just as simple: no group of Cardinals or Bishops have so far had the courage to form an imperfect council to force Bergoglio to address his heretical and heterodox positions. He may die without it ever being done and we could very well be saddled with a worse Peter waiting in the shadows. And that, my friends, will be the fault of the red and purple cassocks that simply would not force the issue, especially after such brazen displays by the current Pope of idol worshipping, universalism and ecumenism. Bergoglio is 82 and could live another 10 years for all anyone knows. Can you imagine what the face of Roman Catholicism will look like in another 2, 5, or 8 years under this Pontificate? 

My guess is that many more Catholics will become another fallen-away statistic on some future CARA or Pew study. 

I will close with these quotes from the Pew study. The impact of each speak for themselves:

  • "Religious “nones” now make up fully one-third of Democrats. And about six-in-ten people who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party say they attend religious services no more than a few times a year. The ranks of religious “nones” and infrequent churchgoers also are growing within the Republican Party, though they make up smaller shares of Republicans than Democrats."
  • "Christians have declined and “nones” have grown as a share of the adult population in all four major U.S. regions. Catholic losses have been most pronounced in the Northeast, where 36% identified as Catholic in 2009, compared with 27% today."
  • "Catholics no longer constitute a majority of the U.S. Hispanic population. In Pew Research Center RDD surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 47% of Hispanics describe themselves as Catholic, down from 57% a decade ago. Meanwhile, the share of Hispanics who say they are religiously unaffiliated is now 23%, up from 15% in 2009."

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November 13, 2019

Thoughts on Trump and Democrats

The Democratic Circus is about to start. Once again, the Democrats will attempt to unseat a sitting President, as they have been doing since November of 2016. They are still reeling from the devastating loss of an election by a woman who will never - ever - be President. The Democratic Party has become a petulant child unwilling to take "NO!" for an answer and to just go back to playing with the toy they already have. Now they find themselves debasing their official offices, the House of Representatives, the Constitution and anything or anyone else that stands in their way of getting to ALL the cookies in the cookie jar. Like the ever-petulant child they are, they have resorted to throwing a Constitution-sized temper-tantrum in order to get their way. No holding their breath until their faces turn blue, no siree...they are going for the jugular in full berserker mode!!

They will not succeed, of course. They have nothing concrete and impeachable to run on, else it would all have been over with by now. Trump would have already resigned, Mike Pence would be the President, Hillary Clinton would still NOT be President and Nancy Pelosi would have more feathers surrounding her already frail body that she could preen daily in front of the cameras. And Adam Schiff would go back to being what he has always been (whatever that is, but it certainly is NOT as "The Honorable Mr...").

And then there's the Senate to consider, also. I know the Republican majority is slim, but despite repeated posturing by some Republicans, few will actually vote for impeachment. Only those whose seats are politically secure would even chance endangering their reelection in 2020. Those in less secure settings won't chance angering their voters - Trump voters - and will wiggle and squirm accordingly, but will toe the line in the end. 

You know what I would do were I Donald John Trump having endured all the lies, deceits, attacks - both personal and familial - and negativity that has spanned the 3 years since my election? I would go on National TV and place before the American people my case, defend my innocence, denounce the anarchists trying to overthrow the Constitutional process and remind the people how much I love and admire them and our country. And then tell them:

"I'm outta here. If you truly want the Democrats in charge, you can have them. I don't need the headaches and constant strain upon my family. And I certainly don't need these assholes trying to railroad me into oblivion. can have them; their socialist ideas; their anti-gun and anti-life policies; their hatred of America. I don't need it. I don't need the money. I don't need any of this. See ya!"

But...I am not Donald John Trump. The real one is doing what is best for his Country, his Office and his Honor: fighting the bastards who are trying to overthrow a valid US election and get Hillary Clinton in the White House in 2020 (however unlikely that most certainly is). I applaud and support him in this, even though I have some major disagreements with certain of his policies. What is happening to him and to the Presidency is unprecedented, unjust, unConstitutional and is doomed to failure. The saving grace in it all is that it will forever cement the unworthiness of Democrats to hold any office higher than House or Senate Page. They are not honorable men and women, as this debacle markedly shows, and they will suffer for it at the polls and for a long time hence. 

Some will say my thoughts and views are naive. It may well be so, but the gross miscarriage of justice presently being carried on in the hallowed halls of Congress is enough to make me believe otherwise. Even if man himself does not see this, the God in Heaven does. If ever a man on earth deserved immediate Heavenly support, such a man is Donald John Trump. He is as close to a Catholic President as we have had in a very long time, and by that I mean his thoughts, words and actions of his vision for a strong country mirrors those of Catholic teachings (I said Catholic, not modernist). Every Catholic should be supporting him in fighting the injustice about to be inflicted upon him, regardless of their party affiliation. Many won't, but they should.

I am certain, however, that DJT has some very Powerful Allies that will watch over and protect him as he prepares for war. Let us bolster his defenses by prayers and Rosaries on his behalf to his Heavenly Guardians.

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