20 January 2017

For Today, Psalm 95

[2]Cantate Domino, et benedicite nomini ejus; annuntiate de die in diem salutare ejus. [3] Annuntiate inter gentes gloriam ejus, in omnibus populis mirabilia ejus. [4] Quoniam magnus Dominus, et laudabilis nimis; terribilis est super omnes deos; [5] quoniam omnes dii gentium daemonia; Dominus autem caelos fecit.

[6] Confessio et pulchritudo in conspectu ejus; sanctimonia et magnificentia in sanctificatione ejus. [7] Afferte Domino, patriae gentium; afferte Domino gloriam et honorem; [8] afferte Domino gloriam nomini ejus. Tollite hostias, et introite in atria ejus; [9] adorate Dominum in atrio sancto ejus. Commoveatur a facie ejus universa terra; [10] dicite in gentibus, quia Dominus regnavit. Etenim correxit orbem terrae, qui non commovebitur; judicabit populos in aequitate.

[11] Laetentur caeli, et exsultet terra: commoveatur mare et plenitudo ejus; [12] gaudebunt campi, et omnia quae in eis sunt. Tunc exsultabunt omnia ligna silvarum [13] a facie Domini, quia venit, quoniam venit judicare terram. Judicabit orbem terrae in aequitate, et populos in veritate sua.

18 January 2017

When I Hang It Up, Look for This Song to Be the Last Post

You love Bob. I love Bob. This version, performed about fifty years after he wrote it, comes from Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday tribute. Lyrics below:

Restless Farewell

Bob Dylan

Oh, all the money that in my whole life I did spend
Be it mine right or wrongfully
I let it slip gladly to friends
To tie up the time most forcefully
But the bottles are done
We've killed each one
And the table's full and overflowed
And the corner sign
Says it's closing time
So I'll bid farewell and be down the road

Oh, ev'ry girl that ever I've touched
I did not do it harmfully
And ev'ry girl that ever I've hurt
I did not do it knowin'ly
But to remain as friends
You need the time to make amends
And stay behind
And since my feet are now fast
And point away from the past
I'll bid farewell and be down the line

Oh, ev'ry foe that ever I faced
The cause was there before we came
And ev'ry cause that ever I fought
I fought it full without regret or shame
But the dark does die
As the curtain is drawn and somebody's eyes
Must meet the dawn
And if I see the day
I'd only have to stay
So I'll bid farewell in the night and be gone

Oh, ev'ry thought that's strung a knot in my mind
I might go insane if it couldn't be sprung
But it's not to stand naked under unknowin' eyes
It's for myself and my friends my stories are sung
But the time ain't tall
Yet on time you depend and no word is possessed
By no special friend
And though the line is cut
It ain't quite the end
I'll just bid farewell till we meet again

Oh, a false clock tries to tick out my time
To disgrace, distract, and bother me
And the dirt of gossip blows into my face
And the dust of rumors covers me
But if the arrow is straight
And the point is slick
It can pierce through dust no matter how thick
So I'll make my stand
And remain as I am

And bid farewell and not give a damn

16 January 2017

The "Fruits" of Amoris Laetitia: Bishops Now Treat the Eucharist as Just a Bit of Malt-a-Meal

I used to crack a terrible pun that at once exposed my age and my lack of humor: that no matter what you ate while in Malta, it was always a "Malt-a-Meal". Yes, it hurt my fingers to even type that.

Now, my horrific pun is reality, or at least what the Maltese bishops--FOLLOWING THE MOST OBVIOUS READING of the Exhortation of Desolation-- want you to believe. Jesus didn't mean what He said about marriage, divorce and adultery. And if He didn't mean that, then did He really mean it when He said, "This is My Body; this is My Blood"?

Holy Communion is now just Malta-Meal: feel-good glop for those with the spiritually immature, doled out by priests and bishops who don't see anything special about it either.

This is a disaster, and at the very least it is recklessly fostered by the Pope himself. But really, is there anyone who doesn't think this confusion isn't the entire, planned outcome of Amoris Laetitia? If it isn't planned, why won't the Vicar of Christ step in to definitively correct this situation.

Answer the dubia, Your Holiness. 

Or step down.

This situation needs to end. Yesterday.

Is It Friday Yet?

Another great idea-- let's send troops to Norway! Still four working days for the Left to get WW3 going.

13 January 2017

Is It 2017 Already?

Now Vatican computer systems are hacked.

Maybe consecrate Russia already, Holy Father? Or just wait until this information is leaked. Shouldn't be explosive, as we know all is tip-top at the Vatican.

11 January 2017

Ohhhh Baby!

Salt + Smoke opening St. Louis Hills location.

Best brisket in the universe.

Archbishop Carlson Opposes Proposed Pro-Abortion, Anti-Free Speech City Ordinance

Good for His Grace on this one.

One St. Louis Alderman, Megan-Ellyia Green, has cooked up a particularly hare-brained scheme to prevent any employer or landlord from disagreeing with someone's "reproductive health decisions" by adding "reproductive health decisions" to the city's anti-discrimination ordinance.

The referenced euphemistic phrase includes decisions to open or run an abortuary, kill one's own baby, support the killing of millions of babies, or using or supporting the use of contraception. So, if you don't want Planned Parenthood to open a new abortuary in your rental property, prepare to be subject to investigation, fine and arrest. Prepare to be sued. Your employees demand abortion or contraception coverage in your insurance plan? Better give it to them or be fined. Heck, the law is worded so badly that if you try to talk an employee out of a pro-abortion political position and make him feel bad, you could be guilty of discrimination.

Why in the world would this Alderman want to enact such a bill? What problems exist now? Well, read her own words:

She said she had no example of such discrimination in St. Louis, but added, “With a (Donald) Trump presidency and a Republican supermajority in Jefferson City, attacks on women’s rights are real.”

There you have it folks. That is the logic we face in the battle for civilization.

The full statement of Archbishop Carlson:

The Board of Aldermen of the City of St. Louis is considering an ordinance (Board Bill 203) that attacks the most deeply held moral and religious convictions of the people of this great city. This proposed ordinance seeks to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion, an act that kills innocent unborn children. This is not what our city should stand for; rather, St. Louis should be a sanctuary for life and compassion, especially compassion for mothers and their developing children.

Board Bill 203 is vague and ambiguous but could have terrible consequences for religious institutions. For example, a Catholic school or Catholic Charities agency could be fined by the City of St. Louis for not employing persons who publicly promote practices such as abortion. In addition, our Catholic institutions could be fined for not including coverage for abortion in their insurance plans.

Board Bill 203 could also allow the City of St. Louis to fine landlords and others who do not want to rent to or be associated with the abortion industry. This proposed ordinance, therefore, would force the people of St. Louis to be complicit in the profound evil of abortion. This would be a flagrant violation of religious liberty and individual rights of conscience.

I urge the citizens of St. Louis to oppose Board Bill 203. Protection and care for human life at all stages of development from conception until natural death is a fundamental moral value shared by Catholics as well as many other people of faith. City ordinances should respect all people, including women facing unplanned pregnancies, unborn children, and people who desire to live their lives in accordance with their religious convictions.

As the shepherd of the faithful Catholics of this region, let me be clear that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot and will not comply with any ordinance like Board Bill 203 that attempts to force the Church and others to become unwilling participants in the abortion business. There is no room for compromise on such a matter. This is a matter of fundamental religious and moral beliefs.

Rather than aiding and abetting the abortion industry, the archdiocese, through its various ministries and programs, will continue to extend both spiritual and material assistance to all those in need, especially the poor and those women facing crisis pregnancies who feel they have no one else to turn to for help—both during their pregnancies as well as after their child is born.

I urge the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to defeat Board Bill 203.  I appeal to the humanity and the love of all freedom-loving citizens of St. Louis to make their voices heard in defense of human life.

10 January 2017

Dear Cardinal Burke...

Your Eminence,

With respect, I think I can say that this little blog, from its inception ten years ago, and whatever its reach may be, has been an enthusiastic supporter of your ministry.  It has supported you in your reign in St. Louis, in your time in Rome, and will ever be eager to do so. 

I have known you for more than a decade, and your Catholic heart has always impressed me as that of a true shepherd. When some in the Catholic internet doubted whether you were going to defend the faith against the policies, winks, intentional confustion and secret encouragements of the Vatican apparatus, this blog defended you. Why? Because I know you have never shown yourself to shrink from your duty just because you may be unpopular or make enemies of those who would subjugate or compromise the faith. I had confidence that things were happening that we could not see. And as we now know, things indeed have been moving that we could not see.

Prudence and charity can often dictate a path that we internet-Peters-with-swords-in-hand would not immediately take.

In short, I had confidence in you, and I have confidence in you.

Therefore, please accept this little post--should you ever have occasion to read it-- as a humble plea from a Catholic who gives you credit for a better plan than I might devise. 

That being said, I really pray the dubia standoff is not allowed to fester too long. The board is set. We know the truth. The pope must either own it or declare himself a heretic. If he will not answer the dubia directly and manfully, then after he is informed of the errors by Your Eminence and/or others of the hierarchy, then he must be informed that the Church has declared him to be such a heretic. After typing that paragraph, I am hit with just how serious, and seriously bizarre, that is. But reality is reality.

Souls are at stake. This of course you know. The Church needs a Catholic pope. Schism and persecution are better than a Church that betrays her Spouse. We pray that the correction come not at all, but if it need come, may it come very soon. This tension is becoming unbearable.

As an aside, the Octave of the Epiphany will end this week...

With assurance of my prayers (and undoubtedly the prayers of millions more), 
In Christ,

Saint Louis Catholic