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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Earth to Pope Francis – Yes, Religions do Make War and No, Church Secretaries are Not Disciples of Satan

Parish secretaries scare me, like...like...they
are disciples of Satan or something.
While we’re here on earth with our feet firmly planted on the ground, Pope Francis flies around the world on his airplane from place to place making what the media takes to be Francis’ latest ex cathedra statements. I suppose we should get used to the fact that every time he’s in flight, he makes mind-boggling off the cuff statements, so mind-boggling that by now we don’t pay much attention to what he says way up there the air. Why bother? We have the Catechism and Canon Law to consult right here on earth.

It’s as if, weighed down by woes and worries of the universal Church, Francis thinks himself not free to speak his mind but as soon as he’s on the plane he’s suddenly transformed into a spouting fountain of floating thoughts clouding his intellect.

Do These Two Things Every Day if You Want to Go to Heaven!

St. Robert Bellarmine preached on hell.
Do you want to go to heaven? There are two things that will help you make that goal: love God and meditate on the four last things: death judgment, heaven or hell.

 First, as St. John Bosco always told his boys, "Love God!" Isn't that the same thing Jesus told anyone who asked Him about the most important commandments? "The first is this: Love God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength!"

But what does that mean? What is love? So many people say they love this or that. Certainly many people love their gadgets. They put their entire heart, soul, mind, and strength into playing games and expanding their list of friends. They spend most waking hours glued to their Ipads, Iphones, and computers. That's where they invest the most time and energy. How many are chasing Pokemon right now? Is he a little god to be pursued and followed and "loved?" How many are addicted zombie-like to their little boxes? Are these gadgets the new gods seducing us?

Monday, August 29, 2016

Tim Kaine's Pastor: An Ear-Tickler of the First Order

Catholics protest at Tim Kaine’s parish: If priest won’t ‘instruct parishioners’ on Church teaching, we will

Fr. Tom Collins Outs the Democrats as the REAL KKK

Democrats public housing project
In spite of all that Hillary Clinton is doing to use the KKK to slander Donald Trump, the raw data of history shows that the Democratic Party has never really lost its arrogant patronizing attitude toward the African-American community, which has been largely confined to the welfare state plantation by Democratic policies for over sixty years. Check out blackgenocide.org for some insight as to how the Democratic Party and its agenda of:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

U.S. Medicine in the Culture of Death: The Murder of Israel Stinson

Hospital puts Israel Stinson to death after parents bring him back to U.S.

All these parents wanted was to get little Israel stabilized so they could bring him home and care for him there. Instead, the hospital agreed to accept the little boy for treatment, but apparently always intended to put him to death when he was back on American soil.

Wow! He got better care in Guatemala. This is what American medicine has become --

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Guest Post: Another Assault on Religious Speech and Judicial Child Abuse

Editor's note: SB 1172 does not address pastors per se. It forbids all mental health providers, licensed counselors, etc. from engaging in reparative therapy or other efforts to help children overcome same-sex attraction. A number of other states (here, here, here, and here) have also introduced legislation banning conversion therapy. This definitely affects Christian mental health professionals among whom are pastors who are also licensed mental health professional. Not only that, but it stands to reason that if counseling minors to avoid acting on same-sex attraction is unethical and abusive as implied in all the laws, how can the state not intervene to protect the young from pastors and Church representatives who dare to commit the crime of telling children to resist feelings of sexual attraction toward same-sex friends? These laws which are proliferating around the country are the spearhead that will initially target and limit both the free speech of minors and mental health professionals, but will ultimately be expanded to engulf pastors, youth leaders, etc. Remember when abortion was only legal for the "hard cases?" That's how the liberal tyrants always begin and they always use children to accomplish their goals. The reality is that the gay and lesbian community wants to recruit children because it is their principal way of expanding. Even their language indicates how they prey on children. Consider the terms "chicken" and "chicken hawk." The state has become a pimp for gay activists who want no limits on their ability to recruit children into their perverted lifestyle.

California court declares it is illegal to advise minors about their gay tendencies
by David Martin

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mark Shea: The Internet's Donald Trump

More G.K. Chesterton, less Mark Shea
 Dave Griffey makes the case that Mark Shea is simply an internet version of Donald Trump, a man he routinely castigates. I don't usually point people to Patheos, but this article is so on target about Mark Shea, I had to link.
How can I be so heartless and judgmental to compare Mark to Trump? Or compare others on Social Media to Trump? Easy. I read. I listen to Trump and what people criticize him for, and then visit various Facebook pages, including Mark’s, and I see no difference. Trump, beyond the policies he advocates – when we can figure them out – is brash, crude, rude, vulgar, sinful, mean spirited, ill-informed and simply a lousy person because of how he interacts with others and treats others who dare disagree with him.
So how is that different than Mark, or even Mark’s own followers? Or the followers on any one of a million sites?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our job as Catholics: To implement Luke 17:21 -- "The Kingdom of God is in the midst of you."

Rush Limbaugh jokes about "low information voters." We've all seen videos of (presumable) voters who talk about Obama paying for free goodies out of his "stash." And then there are the on-campus interviews of college students who can't name a single Founding Father, but can tell you minute details about Beyonce. We're in trouble, folks.

Which is one reason I was excited to receive an email from a friend in Front Royal, VA describing an initiative he and several friends are spearheading: The Front Royal Catholics Civic Education Group. they have a website and Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

George Soros and Pope Francis -- Strange Bedfellows or Birds of a Feather?

Wikileaks published a number of emails showing how George Soros uses supporters within the
Money talks, even at the Vatican. Now that we have
Laudato Si, what shall we do next from our marxist agenda?
Vatican to influence Pope Francis. It's not a pretty story and, in fact, it should give every Catholic pause. When a socialist monster like Soros is influencing how the Vatican approaches the moral issues of the day, WATCH OUT! LifeSiteNews and The Remnant both wrote stories showing how Soros money is being used to influence what comes out of Rome. Here are some excerpts from The Remnant story:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Poem: The Reprobation of Hillary Clinton

A friend sent me a poem from a young woman named Corinna Swetz who will be 25 next month. I thought it was worth sharing. Unlike les femmes who love the Lord and fight for the faith as our patron St. Joan of Arc did, la femme Hillary is more like the sorceress involved in the Eucharistic miracle of Offida who advised a young bride to take a consecrated host, burn it, and put it into her husband's food as a love potion. Hillary's blood lust is aimed at the little images of Christ in their mother's wombs. She not only encourages their murder as choice, but enables the butchers who sacrifice them on their bloody altars. May God have mercy on her soul.

The Reprobation of Hillary Clinton

Polygamy for Muslims in Italy?

Man with wives 1, 2, 3, & 4
 If the Italian government passed a law to legalize sodomy then can polygamy for Muslims be far behind? Seems that it's only a matter of time. It's only fair, right? If God's marriage is tossed into the heap of yesteryear and of no importance, then anything goes so there should be no problem passing polygamy.

Hamza Piccardo, an Italian Islamic leader and Spokesperson of the European Muslim Network, wants polygamy legalized for consenting persons, especially Muslims.  Muslims don’t agree with same sex unions but have to accept it in the West, so they feel that other people should accept polygamy even if they don’t agree with it.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Pornography: it fuels violence against women! Listen to one famous victim.

Elizabeth Smart survived nine months of horrifying abuse
Now she works to help abuse victims.
I once heard a talk by a police officer who specialized in violent crimes from rape to serial killing. He said he never caught a perpetrator that he didn't find pornography in his possession. Many people think porn is no big deal, but multiple studies show how porn use changes your brain. And how soft porn is the "entry drug" that creates an addiction that makes the user want more and more and increasingly hard-core material. Check out studies here, here, and here.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

American Shuts Up Rampaging Saudi Wahhabi Muslim in Georgetown

"I AM PEACE!!! I AM PEACE!!!
DON'T TOUCH ME, YOU LIAR!!!" says peaceful Muslim
The video below is priceless. In a white hot rage, utterly incapable of "dialogue" or participating in a reasonable discussion, a Saudi Wahhabi Muslim SCREAMS and YELLS at peaceful demonstrators whose signs say that radical Wahhabi Islam has no place in the world.

The irate Wahhabi Muslim SCREAMS that the demonstrators are Iranians or Russians who kill children then screams, YOU ARE TERRORISTS! IRANIAN OR RUSSIAN! 

Then he screams, "WE ARE PEACE!!! WE ARE PEACE!!!!" He shouts, DON'T TOUCH ME! DON'T TOUCH ME! YOU ARE NOT MUSLIM! DON'T TOUCH ME DON'T TOUCH ME DON'T TOUCH ME!!!!

Signs in the Heavens: Are you paying attention?

I've reflected for months on the fact that next year is the 100th anniversary of Fatima. My spiritual antennae say it's going to be a deeply significant year for the USA and the world.

And here's a post from Fr. Z that just made my antennae start quivering addressing the total solar eclipse a year from today. Is the Lord trying to get our attention?

The USA Solar Eclipse of 2017 

Trump: He's "Honest" and a "Square Dealer"

The Day I Went Head to Head with Donald Trump

Thomas Stewart is a retired investment banker with a military background who flew combat missions as an attack flight officer in the Gulf War. Here's a quick summary from the article:
Whenever I hear someone complain that Donald Trump is “not presidential,” I reply, “Compared to whom? Which president are we talking about? How ‘presidential’ was Barack Obama in 2008 when he said of the Republicans, ‘If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun’?”

What Did You Learn in Kindergarten?

The Joyful Illiterate Kindergarteners of Finland

I love this article because it shows a learning program that treats children like real little individuals who need to be children. No wonder Finnish schools are doing so much better than those in America.

 I remember my own kindergarten experience.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

This is What Sportsmanship Looks Like!

The Olympic Moment

Who is Cardinal Wuerl Talking To?

Cardinal Wuerl laughing it up with the pretty people! 

Wuerl says only ‘very few’ are unhappy with Pope Francis


I confess I laughed when I read the interview. Let's face it. To whom do you think Cardinal Wuerl speaks? Do you think he's spending a lot of time outside his chancery speaking to the ordinary people of the diocese or is his contact with them from the window of his lavish apartment on embassy row? (Oh look, somebody dressed in jeans and a t-shirt is going into the church to make a visit!) Here's a bit from the interview with my comments in red.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

More Bad News from the Vatican: It goes on and on!

Here's to sex, any flavor. Like my rainbow glasses?
Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is the man and there's plenty to pray about with this appointment.

Facts from the article: 
  • Paglia heads the Pontifical Council for the Family, (responsible for releasing the shameful sex ed program at World Youth Day). 
  • He supports giving Communion to the divorced and invalidly remarried.
  • He invited homosexual couples to last year's World Meeting of Families and promotes homosexuality.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Death of Common Sense: No, Islam is NOT a "Religion of Peace!"

Madrid Train Bombing 2004 - 190 dead, many injured

I was disappointed when I read that Msgr. Swetland was promoting the false notion of Islam as a "religion of peace" in a debate with Robert Spencer.  Good grief, any person with eyes to see can tell you it's a religion steeped in violence.

I met Msgr. Swetland once years ago and was impressed with his orthodoxy and his zeal for the pro-life cause, so I was particularly disappointed by his, dare I say silly, statements.

Monday, August 15, 2016

How many "Franks" do you know? I.e., People Who Put Politics above God Himself!

Friends of Frank -- Tell God to take a hike and mind His
own business! We've got things under control.
By Chriss Rainey

"Frank is a die-hard Democrat. He said even if Jesus ran against a Democrat, he would not vote
for Him.”

This quote above is from a friend of mine who knows Frank. He occasionally plays the piano at a northern Virginia church where my friend and I used to belong. When I read this quote, I was honestly thrown back on my heels and it took me a minute to digest it. It's possible, I suppose, that he was only trying to make a point, but that's a pretty drastic position to take even in the heat of an argument. I can't imagine I would ever put a candidate sight unseen before Jesus simply because of his or her party affiliation.

Black or White, Police Officers are always Wrong!


...who, by the way, just happened to have an automatic weapon with 23 rounds in it.

DEAD MILWAUKEE MAN RAISED GUN AT POLICE OFFICER, POLICE CHIEF SAYS

But police aren't supposed to defend themselves these days, so... no surprise, the shooting resulted in an eruption of violence against the police. 

If You Can't Support the Candidates, Read the Party Platforms...

Republicans: Defend life, individual rights, & the Constitution!
...Which one aligns with your values?  The Democrats' party of the abortion full court press, transgender social experimentation, big government, and big deficits? Or the party whose platform defends life and the constitutional rights of the individual?

I read an interesting article this morning that made a good point at the difference in the party platforms. Have you ever read them? Which one squares more with your moral viewpoint or philosophy of life?

If You're On the Fence About Your Vote, This Pastor Clarifies How the Very Future of America Is At Stake

What a Witness to the Catholic Faith: Simone Biles is a Dynamo of Grace!

In more ways than one!


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Guest Article: German Bishops Hail Arch-Heretic Luther as "Teacher of the Faith"

Luther had an X-rated tongue!
By David Martin

The Catholic bishops of Germany are praising Martin Luther, calling him a "Gospel witness and teacher of the Faith" and lamenting that the Church hasn't given him an "adequate hearing."

In a report released August 9th by the German Bishops' Conference, Bishop Gerhard Feige, chairman of the German Bishops' Ecumenical Commission, says the "history of the Reformation has encountered a changeable reception in the Catholic Church, where its event and protagonists were long seen in a negative, derogatory light." The report asserts that theological differences have been "re-evaluated," and that "the Catholic Church may recognize today what was important in the Reformation."

Fr. Tom Collins Speculates on an "October Surprise."

Could a natural disaster cause postponement of the election?
POSSIBLE OCTOBER SURPRISE SCENARIO

It would not be surprising to see Hillary have to drop out soon before the election, due to health reasons or new revelations about her criminal activities. This would allow Obama, together with Attorney General Lynch and the progressive justices on the Supreme Court, ignoring the fact that the American people could vote for any of the several other “Third Party” candidates on the ballot , to determine that a Democrat must be on the ballot, and thus cancel or postpone the election because of this contrived “Constitutional crisis”.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Big Catholic Families: What a Gift to the Church and the World!

How one family is sending 13 kids to college, living debt free — and still plans to retire early

The Fatzingers could be the poster family for Dave Ramsey, the finance radio guru who always encourages his listeners to live debt free. And, in fact, maybe he could learn a tip or two from their approach to living well with less. 

I've always thought of myself as thrifty, but my strategies can't hold a candle to this family. What a revolution if more people would follow their example by both welcoming children as a blessing from the Lord and giving them the lesson of hard work, saving, and money management as well as having fun while living the faith.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Are You as Sick as I am Hearing that Conservatives Don't Care about the Poor?

Mayor Richard Berry
What we care about is offering people help that respects their dignity and worth and helps them achieve a healthy independence. God bless Mayor Berry!

This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.

How many homeless people do you think Hillary Clinton has ever talked to? 

Open Concept: What Everybody Wants or So They Think

 Growing up I lived in several simple wood frame houses. My mother enjoyed flipping houses before there was such a thing. Usually it was to get the family out of debt. The rooms in these houses were small, bedrooms had barely enough space to get around the bed, closets were so small they could be mistaken for phone booths. Most of them had no formal dining room, none had more than three bedrooms. Yet we managed and I don't ever remember my parents suggesting that we would be even the least bit happier if we only had more space.

The same sort of houses were built in Levittown, NY after WWII in the late 1940's and early 1950's, designed to be affordable with the potential of being expanded over time as the family grew and money permitted.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Boys Will Be Boys (And Girls Will Be Girls)

My husband just came back from an outing with three of our grandchildren to the parish thrift store which has all kinds of appealing treasures. He gave them carte blanche  and sent them abroad among the toys to make their choices. He made no attempt to steer them to traditional toys associated with a particular sex.

Surprise! The two little girls (eight and five) came out with gorgeous china dolls. They love Ann of Green Gables and promptly christened their dolls Ann and Diana. The two year old headed straight for the trucks and came home with a great dump truck with lots of room for hauling stuff. I can hear them all now playing in the family room very excited about their new toys.

Democrats Really are Sickos as They Rejoice over Scalia's Sudden Death

I don't wish anyone ill...except for conservatives on the
Supreme Court. Let's hope they all die! Yuck, yuck. 
Celebrating Scalia's death with the audience clapping and laughing shows just how sick and cynical the democrats are. This audio also gives anyone who cares about the Supreme Court and its impact on demolishing the America we know one more reason to vote for Donald Trump. Keep in mind that Ted Strickland is from Ohio (a former governor), the state where Obama got over 100% in some precincts and 99% of the vote in 100 precincts in one country. Ohio was an important swing state in 2012 and the Democrats sure weren't taking any chances. Does anybody think these thugs won't go for a repeat this fall?

Female Cardinals a Possibility? It's the Deja Vu Show!

Hmm...female cardinals...let me give that some thought.

He says women can't be ordained, but they can be cardinals to help elect a future pope:
If the pope wishes it, he can transfer these functions also to future deaconesses. The Church’s Law would have to be changed by the pope accordingly. Dogmatically, this is permitted.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Inspiring Olympic Story: Simone Biles

Abandoned by her parents, adopted by her Catholic grandparents -- She's the best gymnast in the world. Faith and Family undergird Simone's success. Celebrate grandparents!

Random Thoughts and Questions on the Pope and the Vatican...

...with links.
Who me? I cause scandal and confusion? You're joking right?

1. Is the pope so clueless he really believes Islam is not a religion of submission that justifies murdering and enslaving its enemies?  (See The Church and Islam) Kirkpatrick writes:
The Church’s handling of the numerous cases of [what Pope Francis calls] “Islamic abuse” has the potential for causing a greater scandal [than the sex abuse scandal]. The similarities are striking. Once again we have Church leaders who deny that there is any serious problem.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Is Hillary Physically Fit to Be President?




Can anyone really see this sick woman as president? Matt Drudge posted the photo at the left on his website earlier this week. The incident took place six months ago which had the mainstream media trumpeting it was old news as though it was a manipulation.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday Meditation: How Do You Keep Sunday?

The Ghost of Sunday (and every other day)!
Do you remember the description of Scrooge at the end of A Christmas Carol? He was a man who "knew how to keep Christmas," something he learned from the three ghosts. Perhaps we need three ghosts today to help us "keep" Sunday: the Ghost of Sunday Past, the Ghost of Sunday Present, and the Ghost of Sunday Future. If those ghosts visited us today what would those visits look like?

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Best Black Lives Matter Ever

Best ever Black Lives Matter picture
(Erin Haynes, right)
So how do I know that the Tavares, Florida, Black Lives Matter is the best one ever? I’ve only been to this one but it’s the only one I need to go to. Here’s why. No one was killed, no one was overtly angry, no marchers were bussed in from Orlando, there was no hatred, no yelling, no riots, no guns, no danger – not even a hint of it – and no incivility on anyone’s part. It didn’t make the nightly news across the nation but Tavares’ Black Lives Matter March was a first rate act.

People were friendly, smiling, kind to each other, excited to be able to have a march to express their rights and their thoughts. It was well organized by 26 year-old Erin Haynes, who attended Florida A&M University for two years and plans on studying broadcast journalism at Lake Sumter State College in the fall.

Marchers began assembling in the park by the lake at 6pm (Sunday, July 31) where Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” played through speakers. At 6:15 Erin made a short speech where she insisted that the march was to be peaceful, saying, “We want to relay a message of peace, unity and equality. That’s what it’s all about. No acts of violence will be tolerated.” In addition Haynes said that she wanted people to know that while the march is focused on the Black Lives Matter movement, she believes that all lives matter and blue lives matter. All races, religions and ages of people were welcome in the march.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Chesterton Conference: A Rousing Good Time

Alec Guiness as Fr. Brown
We're at the Chesterton Conference at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, PA. I have to say that Chestertonians are some of the happiest people on the planet. We're having a rollicking good time! This morning we heard a great talk on Chesterton's joi de vivre and this afternoon we listened to the conversion story of a magician (who makes his living in the banking industry) who came to the Church after twenty-five years of trial and error, through the impact of Chesterton. His story made me think of one of my favorite poems, The Hound of Heaven. He finished his talk with a few magic tricks. Chesterton would have loved it!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Joe Biden Gives the Bird to his So-Called Catholic Faith

Biden Officiates at Same-Sex Wedding

Biden had to get special permission to do this, so we know it was an act flaunting his contempt for Catholic teaching on marriage. What will be the repercussions from Cardinal Donald Wuerl (Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.) or Biden's Wilmington bishop, W. Francis Malooly? I'm not holding my breath. Several bishops have recommended in the past that Biden be banned from speaking in Catholic venues and abstain from Communion, but there's no evidence he's ever complied.

Well, well, well...Ain't This an Interesting Development re Khizr Khan!

Want in? American visas for sale!
Panic Mode: Khizr Khan Deletes Law Firm Website that Specialized in Muslim Immigration

Time to hide his background from public scrutiny! His firm is part of the corrupt EB5 program:

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Unlike Pope Francis, Here's a Priest Who Understands Islam.

Tolerating Terror

Fr. Rutler understand the "logic of the Quran" that shows a god named Allah in the image of the Father of Lies, i.e., Satan. Islam is satanic pure and simple, a religion with a false god who hates his own creation. Fr. Rutler obviously doesn't buy the premise that Islam is a religion of peace. This excerpt is just a taste of an article worth reading and re-reading. Let's pray the pope reads it and takes it to heart:

More Nonsense from Pope Francis Who Equates the Religion of War with Individual Sin

This is how we'll remodel St. Peters into a mosque
like we did to Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. 

Here are pickup quotes from the full press conference on the papal plane (My comments in red.):
Question: ...why do you, when you speak of these violent events, always speak of terrorists, but never of Islam, never use the word Islam? And then, aside from prayer and dialogue, which are obviously essential, what concrete initiatives can you advise or suggest in order to counteract Islamic violence? Thank you, Holiness. 
Pope Francis: I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy… this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life

Beautiful child
The website for International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life is www.idscforlife.org.



Will the Real Khizr Khan Please Stand Up. Defender of the U.S. Constitution or Saudi Jihad and Sharia Law?

I'm sorry when anyone has an adult child killed in battle. But when that death is used to advance an agenda, well, what can one say. There is a lot more to the lawyer Khizr Khan than was revealed at the DNC. And it is a troubling picture. Khan is an immigration lawyer with deep ties to the Saudi government and to corrupt immigration practices. Here are some facts from Clinton Cash: Khizr Khan’s Deep Legal, Financial Connections to Saudi Arabia, Hillary’s Clinton Foundation Tie Terror, Immigration, Email Scandals Together:
...in addition to being Gold Star parents, the Khans are financially and legally tied deeply to the industry of Muslim migration–and to the government of Saudi Arabia and to the Clintons themselves.

Khan...used to work at the law firm Hogan Lovells, LLP, a major D.C. law firm that has been on retainer as the law firm representing the government of Saudi Arabia in the United States for years....

Monday, August 1, 2016

Chelsea Clinton as Stand Up Comic

"I tried to care about money but couldn't."

This is hilarious. Chelsea, who right out of college got a six-figure salary and was hired by NBC at $600,000 a year for her exceptional talents (hahahahahahahaha.......) bought a $10.5 million apartment with her husband in 2013. But she just can't care about money. So she joined her parents money-laundering scam used to reward Clinton supporters, aka The Clinton Foundation. One wall street analyst described the foundation as "Robin Hood in reverse":