31 May 2016

Why We're Still Here

“I think of so many faithful who express to me their profound concerns for the Church in the present time, when there seems to be so much confusion about fundamental dogmatic and moral truths. In responding to their concerns, I urge them to deepen their understanding of the constant teaching and discipline of the Church and to make their voices heard, so that the shepherds of the flock may understand the urgent need to announce again with clarity and courage the truths of the faith and to apply again with charity and firmness the discipline needed to safeguard the same truths.

--His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, speaking in Rome to the Voice of the Family Conference

Time is Greater than Space

But Bob is greater than both.

27 May 2016

"Certainly, almost all Heresiarchs were either bishops or priests"

"...although democracy is absolutely the worst form of government nevertheless, it appears more pernicious for the Church than aristocracy. Accordingly, the worst thing for the Church is heresy: however, heresies are more often excited among the aristocrats, than among the common faithful. Certainly, almost all Heresiarchs were either bishops or priests; therefore, heresies are almost like factions amongst aristocrats, without which there would be no sedition in the Church of the people. But factions never arise more easily or frequently than when aristocrats rule, as can be proved not merely from example, and the testimony of philosophers, but even from the confession of Calvin himself."

--St. Robert Bellarmine, De Romano Pontifice

Good to Keep in Mind

When He Returns

The iron hand it ain’t no match for the iron rod
 The strongest wall will crumble and fall to a mighty God
 For all those who have eyes and all those who have ears
 It is only He who can reduce me to tears
 Don’t you cry and don’t you die and don’t you burn
 For like a thief in the night, He’ll replace wrong with right
 When He returns

 Truth is an arrow and the gate is narrow that it passes through
 He unleashed His power at an unknown hour that no one knew
 How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
 How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?
 Can I cast it aside, all this loyalty and this pride?
 Will I ever learn that there’ll be no peace, that the war won’t cease
 Until He returns?

 Surrender your crown on this blood-stained ground, take off your mask
 He sees your deeds, He knows your needs even before you ask
 How long can you falsify and deny what is real?
 How long can you hate yourself for the weakness you conceal?
 Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned
 He’s got plans of His own to set up His throne

 When He returns

--Bob Dylan

26 May 2016

Corpus Christi

...Jesus brings us to the Father, the Father draws us to Jesus. A Christian cannot do without Christ; He is, in the strictest sense of the word, our Pontiff, the great Bridge-builder who has spanned the abyss between God and us. At the end of the liturgical cycle in which we commemorate the mysteries of the Savior, the Church, who like a good Mother knows that our spiritual life cannot subsist without Jesus, leads us to Him, really and truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. The solemnity of the Corpus Domini is not just the simple memorial of an event which took place almost two thousand years ago at the Last Supper; rather, it recalls us to the ever-present reality of Jesus always living in our midst. We can say, in truth, that He has not "left us orphans," but has willed to remain permanently with us, in the integrity of His Person in the fullness of His humanity and His divinity.

-- from Divine Intimacy, by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink of the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord.

-- from the Epistle for today

25 May 2016

75 Years of Bob Dylan

Yesterday was Bob Dylan's 75th birthday. I knew it, but forgot to blog it.

STLToday has this nice little photo retrospective for your enjoyment.

Bob: proof God exists and that He loves us.

For your enjoyment, a little ditty from Dylan's The Times They Are a-Changin', and apropos of nothing:

Boots of Spanish Leather (1963)

Oh, I’m sailin’ away my own true love
 I’m sailin’ away in the morning
 Is there something I can send you from across the sea
 From the place that I’ll be landing?

 No, there’s nothin’ you can send me, my own true love
 There’s nothin’ I wish to be ownin’
 Just carry yourself back to me unspoiled
 From across that lonesome ocean

 Oh, but I just thought you might want something fine
 Made of silver or of golden
 Either from the mountains of Madrid
 Or from the coast of Barcelona

 Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night
 And the diamonds from the deepest ocean
 I’d forsake them all for your sweet kiss
 For that’s all I’m wishin’ to be ownin’

 That I might be gone a long time
 And it’s only that I’m askin’
 Is there something I can send you to remember me by
 To make your time more easy passin’

 Oh, how can, how can you ask me again
 It only brings me sorrow
 The same thing I want from you today
 I would want again tomorrow

 I got a letter on a lonesome day
 It was from her ship a-sailin’
 Saying I don’t know when I’ll be comin’ back again
 It depends on how I’m a-feelin’

 Well, if you, my love, must think that-a-way
 I’m sure your mind is roamin’
 I’m sure your heart is not with me
 But with the country to where you’re goin’

 So take heed, take heed of the western wind
 Take heed of the stormy weather
 And yes, there’s something you can send back to me

 Spanish boots of Spanish leather

24 May 2016

"…but it’s not like we haven’t already figured it out…"

Call it the Hilary White Must-Read Trilogy.  And it's now complete

Of course, she doesn't call it that. It's my own shorthand for three recent posts concerning Reality, the reality of what has happened, where we are, and what if anything to do about it.

IF you are Catholic, or want to be, and IF you really want to deal with the reality of the current mess, and IF you want to know how to be and remain Catholic once you face reality, these three posts make for productive reading.  Well, as much as blog posts can-- no one is saying to throw your bibles or missals or catechisms away.

I'll get to the final installment, but here is a link to the first one, on the road to waking up and the concomitant "tradversion", along with my own post discussing it.

The second one is here, and covers some necessary authors and works to provide the context to our little 50+ year stuff-storm.

And the third, today, in my opinion, marks the perfect post to put a bow on the first two. Using the intended to astound and confound "news" of Msgr. Georg Ganswein's published comments on the "expanded Petrine ministry" caused by the actions and relations and coordination of the Pope and a Bishop dressed in White, 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father' (roles as yet unconfirmed-- wait for the Third Act!), Miss White does a wonderful job of not being impressed. 

In other words, whatever the game being played, of which we are to be the dupes, she is having none of it.  And in this post, now describing the matters for daily care, now coming back to the mess, now again focusing on the real, she lays out quite the plan for "action" for the faithful remnant.  That is to say, be Catholic, focus on the real, forget the distractions, and pray.

Prayer is the only difference we are going to make here.  It is the only power we have, and it is the task Our Lord has given us.  By praying, we are able to most effectively cooperate with Divine power and grace. And isn't that enough? At the least, if we are not praying very well, what hope have we of acting well?


...Anyway, you know, this speech by Ganswein is pretty damning, to be sure. “An expanded petrine ministry…” Good grief. Seriously, do they actually expect people to buy this crap?

I dunno, maybe he meant to spill it, tell us what was really going on, while still sounding like he was on their side, like it’s a coded message or something. “Everything’s great! It’s just FINE THAT WE HAVE TWO POPES, isn’t it? Right? Wink-wink, nudge nudge… Oh, did I just say that out loud? Heh… ahem…”

Sigh… You know, I’m kind of at the stage when when I hear stuff like this, I’m more inclined to eye-rolls than anything else. Blah blah blah… world’s ending …blah blah… invalid Conclave… blah, blah…two popes … blabbity-blabbity… Great Chastisement… yadda yadda…


As for the anti-pope thing, I’m just going to stick with my original theory: it’s possible Bergugsie is an antipope. It’s possible that Benedict was coerced and this whole resignation thing has been bullshit from the start and the Conclave was a lie that everyone went along with. In fact, I’m going to go so far as to say that I think that’s getting to look more and more likely all the time. But it still isn’t my call to make. I’m officially agnostic on the antipope question.

The doo-doo hit the fan three years ago, and we are in no position, whilst swimming in the midst of it all, to make such determinations. In the history of the Church, these have always been the things that future popes and ecumenical councils have had to work out. Previous ages of chaos have required a lot more work than a blog post to sort out. I’m just glad it’s not going to be my job.


As a Traditionalist Catholic, it’s a great deal easier not to get into a tizzy over it all. I Tradded 13 years ago because the logic attached to the observable facts led to precisely this conclusion. The abandonment of the Principle of Authority and adoption of “make-reality-up-as-we-go-along” Modernism. When you’ve got people who refuse to pay attention to the Logical Principle of Non-Contradiction, who deny ontology, who can’t define “is”… it was going to lead to this exact moment; utter chaos, bad prelates just doing whatever the hell they want, saying whatever the hell they want, despoiling the Church for every nickel they can get, using their Modernist excuses to bugger the choir boys with impunity…

The things I observed 13 years ago were like looking down and seeing that I was standing on a road. It was the work of a moment to look down the length of the road and see where it led, and to say, Erm… no thanks.

So I changed roads. I had to wade through some tall weeds and hike around a bit to find the Old Road, and it was pretty difficult to see, all hidden and ignored as it was and sometimes grown over. But it was there, and seeing it made it possible to look along its length and see that this was where I was supposed to be going; somewhere much nicer than where NOChurch was going....

23 May 2016

I Try to Analyze These Things Like a Lawyer Would

Last week witnessed the brouhaha surrounding the report at OnePeter5 that Pope Benedict XVI (the still-living Bishop of Rome, wearing white, still bearing the title of Pope, residing in Rome-- remember him?) admitted that the full Third Secret of Fatima has not yet been released.  Opposed to this idea, in addition to the usual suspects in the liberal "Catholic" media and their cuckservative counterparts in the blogosphere, was, notably and surprisingly, Rorate Caeli.  

I have no inside information in the Vatican, obviously.  So, the sourcing of the alleged statements, both from OnePeter5 and Vatican Radio, I cannot properly evaluate.  Yes, I mentioned the Vatican Radio report when I said "alleged" statements. 

The 1P5 report was based upon hearsay, in that the words of Pope Benedict are attested to by a third party-- a priest in the trust of the blog's author, Steve Skojec.  The report may be accurate or not, I'm just mentioning the hearsay nature of the source.  So, that weighs the scales in favor of Vatican Radio, yes?

No.  The Vatican Radio report is also hearsay, and in fact we have no information on the person reporting Pope Benedict's words, or how they were obtained. All we have is the assurance of the communique from the Holy See press office that Pope Benedict said them.

As an aside, I don't trust the veracity of Vatican Radio on the subject of Fatima, as if there has been a cover-up of the Third Secret (as there has undoubtedly been; open-minded skeptics can begin reading here), this is the type of release we would expect. And in this pontificate my trust level has gone way down. I have a high regard for Mr. Skojec's work, but to be fair I cannot analyze his report based upon the source either.

As a result, let me just analyze the alleged statement from Pope Benedict as related by the official communique:

“Several articles have appeared recently, including declarations attributed to Professor Ingo Dollinger according to which Cardinal Ratzinger, after the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima (which took place in June 2000), had confided to him that the publication was not complete. 

“In this regard, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares ‘never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima’, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter ‘are pure inventions, absolutely untrue’, and he confirms decisively that ‘the publication of the  Third Secret of Fatima is complete’.”

That's the communique in its entirety.  No signature from either bishop in white on this one, no foundation of when and where and with whom the alleged interview with Pope Benedict took place. But again, let's read the words used:

"... never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima." That is a modifier with possible import. Obviously, the communique wishes to deny any conversation with Dollinger, but it doesn't take Bill Clinton to parse those words such that a conversation about something else (Vatican press procedures, the New Mass, Cardinal Sodano's personal hygiene, etc.) could have produced an opinion about the 2000 release on Fatima.  And if there is any defect of memory on the exact words attributed to Pope Benedict, as opposed to the point of message, one could technically call them "pure inventions, absolutely untrue."

Please don't think that I cannot comprehend that the intended message, and the first one that comes to mind, is that the entire conversation never happened and that the 1P5 report is untrue.  Got it.  I'm just saying, if there is a press office that wishes not to lie (maybe because Catholics shouldn't) and is employing a whopper of a mental reservation (which it might find justifiable) this is one way to do it. Note that one of the "absolutely untrue" statements from the source at 1P5 is that the vision released in 2000 (of the bishop in white whom "we took to be" the pope) was in fact authentic. Is the Vatican taking that back? I doubt that. 

Recall that no matter what the reality is, by definition one of these bishops in white we have today IS NOT THE POPE. The obvious correlation with the Third Secret's vision released in 2000, when none of this could have been humanly contemplated, should put us on guard about the heady nature of these times.

Finally, consider this part of Pope Benedict's alleged statement: "the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete." The publication is complete. To me, that says, "That publication is all you're going to get.  We are not going to publish any more. Or, alternatively, "The publication (of the vision released in 2000) is complete. That is the vision the children saw.  The vision Sr. Lucia wrote down.  It makes no comment on the words of Our Lady that Sr. Lucia attested had been made, and which have not been published. And that is the whole ballgame-- and maybe the heavenly, official hermeneutic of Vatican II?  

One other way of parsing this, a notion made in the past, and discussed extensively by Antonio Socci, is that the entire Fatima secret semi-release and cover-up involves a large scale mental reservation, but in the end is true-- the vision, JPII's statements at Fulda and at the beatification ceremony of visionaries Francisco and Jacinta, the Marian apparition at Akita, and other Vatican press releases, taken together and in their entirety, have produced a full release of the Third Secret overall.

But timman, you are reading this too strictly, and are straining gnats while swallowing camels! I answer that God gave us brains for a reason, and no less an example than St. Thomas More argues for a careful reading of words, when words' meanings are important.

Well, that's my take. I have no way of verifying the 1P5 report, and I have no way of verifying the Vatican Radio report.  The record of the Vatican on Fatima has not been stellar.  You can make your own call. I have no doubt that the words of Our Lady surrounding the vision of the bishop in white have been hidden from us, and that we are all on the brink of learning what they were the hard way.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

Everything is Awesome

Pope embraces "Imam" in Rome.

Pope doesn't like conservative American Catholics.

Of course, don't file these items under "news".  There's nothing unexpected here.

20 May 2016

Dilbert Analyzes the Political Race, and Rather Well at That

You may have noticed I have at long last linked Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, on the blogroll at right.  In addition to a daily cartoon strip, his blog usually has some trenchant view on modernity. Today, he surveys the Trump Train v. Wicked Witch of the West matchup.  Nevertrump-ers might want to look away-- I suspect they can't handle that their position has always been a bit foolish.

I have opined to anyone who will listen (7 people and dwindling...) that Trump would bury Clinton in an electoral landslide, subject to my usual admonition that it may not matter at all, as Hillary's emails probably contain confirmation that someone already pre-programmed the voting machines. And, as one more piece of crackpottery for long-time readers, I will just predict right now that the Democrat party nominee will likely be....

Joe Biden.
Evaluating the Political Chess Board

Trump has pulled ahead of Clinton nationally in both the new FOX poll and the Rasmussen Poll. And Trump passed Clinton in favorability according to the newest national poll on that topic. The Megyn Kelly interview (including the hyping of it ahead of time) marked Trump’s third-act turn.

Meanwhile, Clinton is losing one primary after another to a dehydrated dandelion in her own party. That doesn’t bode well for the coming cage fight with Godzilla.

And Godzilla hasn’t even started to punch hard. He’s still looking at the opposition research and humming. So that’s coming.


The New York Times did its best to make Trump look like a sexist, but they only succeeded in destroyed their own credibility when their star witness outed them for making up stuff.


Clinton’s team continues to churn out anti-Trump hit pieces that ask you to imagine President Trump in office. By November, voters will think Trump has been running the country for a year and it looked a lot like the Obama administration. That’s called “graduated exposure” and it’s a well-understood psychological phenomenon. The Democrats are working overtime to make Trump feel less scary while believing they are doing the opposite.

Now imagine Clinton and Trump selecting VPs. If Clinton picks a woman, she overplays the woman card to destruction. If she selects a beta male, it will seem cringeworthy to the sexist public. If she selects an alpha male it will annoy her base without gaining a single vote. Clinton loses on every path.

Meanwhile, Trump can pick a man or a woman and it will look natural. No VP will overshadow Trump’s energy. All he needs is a running mate that is competent and a little bit interesting.

Trump announced his list of potential Supreme Court Justices. Republicans seemed to like the list, which makes Trump seem more mainstream even if you don’t like the names on the list.

A jet on the way from France to Egypt has disappeared, and terrorism is the assumed reason. That plays to Trump’s strength, as does every act of terror everywhere.

Trump has gone a few weeks without creating any new provocations on the scale of his 2015 self. The longer he proves he can moderate his behavior to fit the situation – as he did in the Megyn Kelly interview – the more people trust that he isn’t crazy.

Trump’s insults are now understood to be more than random hate. They are weapons-grade persuasion that have been engineered and then A-B tested at rallies. The “Crooked Hillary” harpoon is already doing its damage. If history is our guide, the nickname will bleed her out before November.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign manager, knows how to win. The Clinton campaign doesn’t show the same level of talent, at least in terms of persuasion. Clinton’s logo (the big H) looks like a hospital sign. And their “Love Trumps Hate” slogan is two-thirds “Love Trump.” Any trained persuader knows people put more cognitive weight on the first part of sentences.

I’m teeming with confirmation bias, but from my kitchen counter, I don’t see how it can go any direction but a Trump landslide from here.

I’ll remind readers that I have disavowed all of the candidates. My political views don’t line up with any of them. My interest is in Trump’s persuasion skills.

Bob Knows, pt. 3,043

The party's over, and there's less and less to say.

-- Bob Dylan, Highlands

If there's an original thought out there, I could use it right now.

--Bob Dylan, Brownsville Girl

Original content coming soon. sometime.

19 May 2016

Prayer to Divine Providence

O Sweet and Tender Providence of God, into Thy hands I commend my spirit, to Thee I abandon myself, my hopes, my fears, my desires, my repugnances, my temporal and eternal prospects. To Thee I commit the wants of my perishable body, to Thee I commit the far more precious interests of my immortal soul, for whose interests I have nothing to fear while I withdraw it not from Thy bosom. Though my faults are many, my misery great, my spiritual poverty extreme, my hope in Thee surpasses all. It is greater than my difficulties, stronger than death. Though temptations should assail me, I will hope in Thee, though I should sink beneath my weakness, I will hope in Thee still, though I should break my resolutions a thousand times, I will look to Thee confidently for grace to keep them at last; though Thou shouldst slay me, even then will I trust Thee, for Thou art my God, my Father and my Friend. Thou art my kind, my tender, my indulgent Parent, and I am Thy loving Child, who cast myself into Thy Arms and beg Thy blessing, who put my trust in Thee, and so trusting, shall never be confounded. Amen.

17 May 2016


The angel of the Annunciation came,
And breathed upon the consecrated earth,
And lit within its frozen heart a flame;
For in the night the miracle of birth
Crept trembling through the conscious fields and trees.
With the first shiver of the April morn,
What stranger grace and new?
It was the fragrance of the dawn's cool breeze;--
The world, awakening through its tears of dew,
Smiled, for in darkness blossom had been born.

As though the dawn had flung to earth her veil,
The dew-drenched blossom trembles in the sun;
More soft than snow, and a mirage, and frail,
It hangs in films that blush, divinely spun.
What silent plotting powers have planned this sight?
It is as though the never-resting loom
Of time had ceased to ply;
And the thin web of hours had taken flight
before the advent of Eternity,--
As darkness, when dawn breaks into bloom.

But ah! that vision is a wistful smile
Upon the cheating features of the hour;
Earth toils in travail, beauty is born, awhile
To shine with flame, to wither like a flower.
Man, that has fashioned of his hand and brain,
Foam out of marble, bronze of sound and song,
Sees the immortal dream
Rise like the blossom, like the blossom wane;
And on the moving surface of Time's stream
Its life is neither briefer nor more long.

Sorrow descends upon the mortal sight,
Sorrow for beauty of fair things that fade,
Till one strong thought consoles the hopeless night,
That from the wealth of God, where worlds are made,
(The Treasure-house that nothing can decrease),
A never-ending tide shall ebb and flow;
The note must sound and die,--
The eternal symphony shall never cease;
Divinely made, thought, shape and melody
Shall come like blossom and like blossom go.

--Blossom, Maurice Baring, Rome 1903

13 May 2016

Rorate Caeli has posted a reflection by Francesca Bonadonna on the 99th Anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima:

Almost a century has passed since the great Fatima event when Our Lady, messenger of God, appeared to the three little shepherds to give an immensely important message and to offer Her maternal intercession for a humanity afflicted by sin - a humanity, more narcotized than ever by creeping secularization, Most Holy Mary is the Queen of the eagerly awaited kingdom, foreseen according to Her promise and unforeseen according to its time and modality; the hope of a new millennium for the children of Light i.e. the militant forces of the People of God moved by the Holy Ghost amid the breakers of unrest and disorder but heading towards the safe harbor described in St. John Bosco’s dream, which points to the two pillars of salvation: the Holy Eucharist and the Virgin Mary.

In 1917 at the Cova da Iria, Our Lady launched a strong, clear message - a message that very few have accepted into their lives: the Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart, unfulfilled, according to the instructions given to Sister Lucia, for us to avoid the errors of communism and the outcome of wars and persecutions to Holy Church and the Holy Father. Human weakness and the failed response to the Divine call have irremediably determined the frightful, perverse scenario of our times of which we are helpless onlookers.

This frightful scenario is like an overflowing river that engulfs us each day, crossing our paths, our squares, our cities, our country and the entire world. The TV channels and radio stations are polluted by a cesspit of lies, where there is nothing that refers to God for the edification of society: on the contrary, we have promoters of easy conquests like the non-fulfilling politicians and statesmen, at the service of skilful direction, who make false promises which shortly after come to nothing.

A crisis that was foreseen and made known in 1917, is now full-blown: at little less than a century away we are at the countdown for the shortening of these times of iniquity, prepared by the false myths of science which, more than ever, dare to challenge God’s creative omnipotence by changing and shunning the natural law based on the procreative action of the family, the only source of life and the only school of universal, perennial values.

An induced disorientation, that displaces the best consciences and confounds the toughest intellects, blinded by their lust for power and fame, led astray by the satanic illusion of false promises that depart from the service of the good to which we must be devoted until the end. Our Lady spoke to the three little shepherds in order ‘to scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts and exalt the humble’, in a time of apostasy activated to annul the dogma of the Faith and turn absolute truths upside down. It is the Church that suffers because of the betrayal of Her ministers who, having been sucked into the vortex of corruption, drive the sheep away from the fold, helpless as they are, to discern the voice of their shepherd.

We are on the threshold of the Great Promise of Fatima, that of the Woman Clothed with the Sun, at the dawn of a new era of peace: She, who will triumph with a sudden mysterious act and will clothe humanity in a new light - the radiant light of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of Christ, who continuously prays, cries and suffers with His Church, for the loss of Her children, hoping to the very last for their salvation, as a mother does on the threshold of giving birth to new life.


"On the threshold of the Great Promise of Fatima".  May Our Lady's triumph come soon!  It cannot be too soon.  Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

In the Interests of More Efficient Blogging

Holding down a real job can get in the way of wasting my time blogging. Posting news and analysis every day is taxing.

As in most areas of Catholic life, Pope Francis has made my job easier: simply do the same thing every day! So, dear readers, I hereby present today's Catholic news. Simply access this post every day and you will be up-to-date:

Today, Francis said and/or did something shocking and/or scandalous, throwing Catholic practice and/or teaching into turmoil.

Mark Shea and/or Jimmy Akin and/or Simcha Fisher and/or Fr. Longenecker assure everyone that Francis didn't say that and/or he said that but it doesn't matter and/or Catholics have always believed and/or done this.

George Wiegel is writing a 1,000 page book all about it.

No one in a diocesan news bureau cares enough to write about it, let alone denounce it.

Two to five bishops around the world lament it, in very measured terms.

Everyone (except those two to five bishops) agrees that the real problem is that there are too many traditional Catholics, and that they won't shut up. Therefore they ridicule and scold them.

Meanwhile, traditional Catholics pray, go to confession, and drink, in random order. Their confessors tell them to have more faith and patience.

See you tomorrow! Wash, rinse, repeat!

12 May 2016

Fatima, Fatima, Fatima

It is the key to understanding our plight; it is the source of hope in the time of woe.

I post song lyrics; OnePeter5 posts this. Draw your own conclusions.


Owing to a lack of clarity and specificity in Chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), mutually contradictory views are circulating as to what it means for Catholics living publicly in objectively sinful relationships.  Has the present Holy Father broken with his predecessors, who never permitted any of these folks to receive Holy Communion?  Some say Yes, some say No. The distinguished German Catholic philosopher Robert Spaemann, a friend of Pope Benedict XVI, has not hesitated to affirm in a recent interview that with the promulgation of AL, “chaos [has been]raised to a principle by the stroke of a pen”, and that “the consequences are already foreseeable: uncertainty and confusion, from the bishops’ conferences to the small parishes in the middle of nowhere.”

This critical situation invites further reflection on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, as we begin this Friday (May 13, 2016), the 100th year since her first appearance to the Portuguese shepherd children. Back in 1980 the one surviving visionary, Sister Lucy, wrote an important letter to Monsignor (now Cardinal) Carlo Caffarra. After Pope John Paul asked him to begin a new Pontifical Institute for studies on marriage and the family, Caffarra wrote to Sister Lucy, simply requesting her prayers for this venture. He has recently made known his surprise at receiving “a very long letter with her signature. . . . In it we find written: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, for this is the decisive issue.’ And then she concluded: ‘however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.’”

This reassurance is encouraging, because fifteen years after Sister Lucia wrote that letter, Cardinal Luigi Ciappi (1909-1996), personal theological adviser to five popes, made a stunning disclosure about that part of the Fatima secret that the Vatican has never released (and which is evidently referenced by the enigmatic word “etc.” in the published part of Our Lady’s message). His Eminence, one of the few persons who had seen the complete secret, wrote in a 1995 letter to Professor Baumgartner of Salzburg: “In the Third Secret it is predicted, among other things, that the great apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.

A Snapshot Profile of Trump Supporters

From the Pew Center.  Spoiler: they are more conservative than the average GOP voter.

10 May 2016


Ray, as of today, I can't say things will ever be the same
And that could be a shame.
'Cause though I think I know another lonely exile when I see one
And you appear to be one.


I'm playing it down 'cause I could really be found if you've got it to spare.
I'm playing it cool but it's terribly cruel 'cause I oughta be there.

Ray, what can I say?
You don't know me, it's just wishful thinking to keep myself from sinking.
And hence, no evidence to support any theory I have founded
If you could understand.

And so...

I'm playing it down 'cause I could really be found if you've got it to spare.
I'm playing it cool but it's terribly cruel 'cause I oughta be there.

'Cause you're as bad off as me...

Ray, can we repay ourselves for days that we've lost through indecision
With one of recognition?
If so, then here I go, 'cause some things you know...
And some you just believe in and hope it comes out even.


I'm playing it down 'cause I could really be found if you've got it to spare.
I'm playing it cool but it's terribly cruel 'cause I oughta be there.

I oughta be there
I oughta be there

--Aimee Mann

Lincoln's Heir

I'm sure that the Lincoln adulators will cheer the Obama administration's war on North Carolina's sovereignty.

09 May 2016


How can black people not be insulted by natural law violators comparing their "plight" to the civil rights movement?

05 May 2016

Viri Galilaei

He commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, which you have heard (saith He) by My mouth; for John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts 1:4-5)

They therefore who were come together asked Him, saying: Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel? (Acts 1:6)

But He said to them: It is not for you to know the times or the moments which the Father hath put in His own power: but you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:7-8)

And He said to them: Go ye into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. (Mk. 16:15-16)

And when He had said these things, while they looked on, He was raised up: and a cloud received Him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9)
And while they were beholding Him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments, who also said: Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus, Who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen Him going into heaven. (Acts 1:10-11)

But they going forth preached everywhere, the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed. (Mk. 16:20)
Today also begins the Novena to the Holy Ghost in advance of the feast of Pentecost, imitating the first novena of Our Lady and the Apostles. For one such variant, click here. There are others.

A blessed feast day to you all.

04 May 2016

Vigil of the Ascension, and a Note on Ascension Thursday Sunday Thursday

Today is the Vigil of the Ascension, and the last of the Rogation Days, with the lesser litanies.

I take this opportunity to wish you a blessed Ascension Thursday, and to let you know that if you actually wish to celebrate Ascension Thursday on the actual day-- you know, 1) Ascension and 2) Thursday, the Oratory has Mass at 8 am and 6:30 pm.

For your reading pleasure, a previous post on the abomination of Ascension Thursday Sunday.

03 May 2016

"We had best check our hole card."

Just another entry for the Fatima file.

Please, Holy Father...

Please, please stop these degrading videos.  They are beyond infra dig.

I read a story today in the UK Mirror, where the Pope was subjected to the vilest abuse on Twitter because he Tweeted this:

“Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the dead.”

The disgusting comments made to and about the pope at the link above are typical fare you might read in any Post-Dispatch story about the Catholic Church. Dear Holy Father, this is the treatment you get for proclaiming the Gospel. The world hates us, hates Christ, hates His Church, hates the Gospel.

Note what you are saying when the world applauds. It applauds when it sees the spirit of the world being proclaimed.

Please, Holy Father. We are like sheep without a shepherd out here.

God Is Good

He just is.

02 May 2016

"Like" Two Different Religions

I've written here before of my own "faith journey" [drink!] to traditional Catholic belief and praxis.  I have also written often, and at some length, of the deficiencies of the novus ordo missae and the novus ordo agendi.  To repeat my sincere belief: there will be no resurgence of the Church on earth unless and until the novus ordo missae is abolished

This position comes from simple common sense observation of its fruits, with an eye on reality. Focusing on validity merely obfuscates the central issue.  The practical suppression of the ancient Mass and the regime of novelty in liturgy has led to the devastation of the vineyard. Why?  Though the reasons are legion, the destruction of the liturgy has necessarily led to the destruction of sound doctrine. The novus ordo agendi leads to the loss of souls.

Because others write more goodly than I do, I want to call attention to this post by the irrepressible Hilary White.  The whole post needs to be read for context, so please read it.  But here are just a few excerpts: 

...But it was inescapable: there was and is a vast cleavage in the Catholic Church that amounted to a de facto schism. A new and false religion was being produced, like the toxins from a bacterial infection that sickens the body, inside all the institutions of the Church, and hardly anyone had noticed. It was a hidden schism that had been nesting within the Catholic institution entirely uncorrected, since the close of Vatican II. Neo-modernism had succeeded in replacing authentic Catholic teaching to the point where to hold the doctrines of the Faith in certain areas and profess them out loud was enough to have you ostracized from this “conservative Catholic revival”. The New Modernism had, in fact, become the new conservatism. 

Thirteen years is a long time and since then, particularly in the last three years, the false categories of this simplistic “conservative/liberal” narrative are rapidly becoming obsolete. The contradictions are finally becoming inescapable to a vast swathe of Catholics. And it didn’t start with Francis. John Paul II pushed along its long decline when he approved the use of female servers at Mass, and a great many of these “conservatives” in the Church (including Cardinal Ambrozic of Toronto btw,) who had been loudly calling for restoration of the norm were suddenly undermined by their darling “conservative” pope.

This blow to the carefully constructed public image of John Paul II as the “conservative” icon (thanks in large part to George Weigel’s bizarre pre-humous canonization) was a severe dent in their entire worldview and could not be encompassed. They took the only solution they could, and simply redefined orthodoxy to include whatever theological or disciplinary novelty a pope was willing to install. Papolatry or Papal Positivism, as we’ve started to call it, was born. The person of the pope, the man himself, became the new orthodoxy, a kind of semi-divine oracle who brings us either the old or the new doctrine, as the mood strikes, straight from the mouth of the “Spirit” whispering in his ear. “Altar girls” were fine, just fine, and anyone who continued to call for their abolition were extremists. Reactionaries! Rad Trads! Schismatics! etc…

The conservative capitulation in the altar girls battle was where most of the antipathy of the new conservatives towards Traditionalists began and that continues to escalate – with the brief Benedictine respite – to this day. A guilty conscience, I guess.

But slowly, the ground on which these “neoCatholics” stand was being chipped away, until the only metric left to them has been the Church’s teaching on sexual morality. As long as the pope continues to defend and uphold these, the narrative tells them, it doesn’t matter how many Korans he kisses. All that stuff is open to debate. Sex, marriage and babies is the bottom line. Except that this bottom line has been drawn in chalk on the false floor. And Francis has begun to erase it. The “conservative Catholic” position had been safe in this demarcation zone, at least until Amoris Laetitia.


It took a long time, a lot of reading, a lot of talking and thinking and visiting and learning to understand all this, but when I did, it was like being pulled out of the Matrix. The entire universe of Catholicism was, in reality, nothing at all like what I had thought. I realized that not only had I, somehow, come to a perspective in which all the puzzling pieces fit together to form a coherent, though horrifying, big picture, but that without this perspective it was going to be nearly impossible to convince anyone else. How do you tell people that things are, indeed, much worse than even their darkest imaginings and, more importantly, aren’t getting better? I figured we were going to need an act of God for that. (You can see where this is going, right?) 

There are a lot of Trad-converts who would certainly rather not know what we know. It is damned uncomfortable, and it meant too that a great many doors were going to be closed to me forever – particularly vocational doors, which was very hard to bear. But that simply was where the evidence led. There was no way around it. Only the Real counts, even if it means you can’t ever, ever have the one thing you’ve wanted all your life. Even if it means you’re going to be going in a direction in life, and for the rest of your life, that you never, ever would have chosen for yourself. But it is why I and my Traditionalist friends are able to understand what is going on now. 


The facade of unity, one that irritated me for years because of its obvious falsity, is finally falling irrevocably into ruins. Cardinal Muller is hardly being theologically controversial when he says that God’s mercy and His law are not opposed. But to do so, to state this simple truth of the Catholic faith, is now not only controversial, it is anathema. Because it is “against the pope.” 


If Muller is “against the pope,” it is because the pope is against the Faith. The schism that we have been pretending did not exist, is finally becoming so evident, so many are falling into the gulf and hitting the rocky bottom, that it can no longer be wished away. Neo-Catholics are going to have to either revamp their ideology to conform with the new Franciscan paradigm – which will be fine, since their ideology is simply “the pope,” – or if they have retained a shred of Catholicity, they are going to have to start facing some uncomfortable facts about the condition of the Church. The middle ground on which they have been standing, rooted, since the 80s, is gone.