12 September 2016

So Much to Learn and See (Observations from a Busy Weekend at Hil[l]ary's)

Good Monday morning, everyone.  I may go a little free-flow today because I have so much to write about after this weekend.  I'm not just referring to the "Weekend at Hillary's" episode with the Clinton campaign having been caught in their one billionth lie (with the press forced to actually almost cover it). But also the import and consequence from a much more important event is finally sinking in--and I am forced to actually almost cover it.

1.  First, on the lesser stage, Hillary Clinton is finally proven to be clearly unwell. Her bizarre ticks, robotic reactions to stimuli, unsteady speech and gait, and rap-sampling coughing fits are the result of a cold allergies thinking about Trump too much allergy medicine overheating pneumonia, right? Right. No one but the enrolled Hillary disciples believes this. No one probably ever would have had the so-called free press not run interference for her for years. But now, whether it is pneumonia (wink, wink) or the much more likely debilitating, serious health issue, Clinton has been caught in a lie for all the world to see, one that she can't cover up. Well, she can kill about 80 million Americans and then cover it up, but she's not president yet.

"Overheating. Allergies. Oh wait, the doctor confirms it was pneumonia all along. We did lie.  We lied."

Ask yourself this question: your elderly mom shows up on your doorstep after fainting (wink, wink) due to a stated, serious case of pneumonia. What do you do?

a) give her a glass of water and put her back on the street;
b) take her to a hospital and tie her to the bed if necessary to get her proper medical treatment.

What would Chelsea do? Pneumonia my Aunt Fanny.

2.  My concern now (recalling always my standard disclaimer on political matters that I'm just assuming any of it matters) is that the powers that be will finally pull the plug on Hillary's political life and insert Crazy Joe Biden or Beta-male Kaine at the top of the ticket.  Everyone hates Hillary, but Biden is too dense to really hate. And no one knows Kaine yet. If I were Trump I'd issue a statement of concern for Hillary, send her flowers, and tell everyone you look forward to the debate after she recovers from her minor health issue.

3.  And I'm not forgetting that the great Leader is on the lookout for any reason to simply stay put and put off the transition of power awhile. Oh yeah, is 2017 getting closer?

4.  Onward and upward, I have to beg, urge, bribe, implore and anything else I can do to please make you read the last several posts by a better Hilary, Hilary White, at her Francischurch blog. Why?

Because she has done a very good job in citing, synthesizing, and analyzing recent events out of the Vatican, along with several bloggers commentary on them, about 1) the increasing accumulation of evidence to cast doubt on Benedict's abdication, and 2) Francis' letter to Argentine bishops that endorses sacrilegious communions as the correct interpretation of the awful Amoris Laetitia.  If you are a glutton for punishment, I would say you can check all of the following links: three from Hilary here (taking on a post from Frank Walker), here (taking on a post from the great Antonio Socci) and here (where she takes on the Francis decoder ring and the inevitable schism that will result from A.L.). The last two posts are particularly in-depth and worth a careful and prayerful read.

Added to these, I would refer you to some practical reality from Steve Skojec here.

5. My own thoughts I've posted before, but they are mostly in line with these posts.  In a nutshell: 

a. I think there is plenty of reason to doubt that Benedict effectively resigned, which of course would make him, not Francis, the real pope. 

b. There is no way I (or you) can know a.) for sure, and in the absence of someone competent ( a pope or a council at least) to say so, we must assume the abdication was effective, which means Francis, not Benedict, is the real pope.

c. Francis is a bad pope or antipope, and for our purposes it doesn't matter. Why? Because it is not for us to judge him-- far from it. It is our duty to submit to the pontiff, and if we choose wrongly but in good faith that is not on us. We must submit to him in all things but sin.

d. Which leads to this: whoever the Pope is, we must remain Catholic. If he commands sacrilegious communions, we must resist. If he commands mortal sin, we must resist. To the death if necessary. At some future date, pope or antipope aside, Amoris Laetitia will be repudiated by a real pope.

e. So, pray, endure, submit where possible and resist where submission is impossible. Receive the sacraments while you have them. Be Catholic.

6. More concerning than any political intrigue, as potentially important as that may be, is the collapse of the teaching authority of the visible Church and the papacy in particular. The secular governments of the West have long ceded the field of the promotion of virtue. Now Rome stands by, mute or complicit.  Get ready for trouble.

For the mystery of iniquity already worketh; only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way. And then that wicked one shall be revealed whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth; and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming, him, Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe lying: That all may be judged who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity. 

But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you firstfruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the spirit, and faith of the truth: Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.

2 Thessalonians 2:7-15


Peggy said...

A faithful priest friend of mine basically had the same message as Steve Skojec. "Popes come and go." I understood Father's words to mean just what Steve writes. Keep doing your thing being Catholic. Frankly quit listening to him and letting him destroy your faith. He's not that important. Well, think about that. The papacy is important, but Francis/Bergoglio is not. He will be replaced in God's good time. Of course, God is letting this happen. Why? I dunno. Why does this sweet one get cancer and that evil one enjoy great health? God's ways are not ours.

Barry must be thrilled with Hillary's illness. It fits in with his plans. Kaine is really creepy to look at and is a dull personality, not to mention a SJW, liberation theologist.

Onward Christian soldiers.

Konstantin said...

Let's say hyopthetically that Francis were to proclaim a dogma. Let's say that Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces. What would you do? Give absolute assent of the Faith as is due to a dogma -- also taking into account that Benedict would probably stand there and smile, just as he has often done during public acts of Francis -- or would you say, well, it is theologically certain, but since I don't know who's the Pope, I will suspend judgement until I have figured it out? You probably see the problems and see what I'm getting at...

The Bear said...

First, hi, Peggy, Second, pinging you for an opposing viewpoint over at Bear's ephemeris. Bear never knows about tone, but everything is sincere, and he is not criticizing your opinion. It is undoubtedly the safest individual rule. I don't think anyone could come to a bad conclusion, but I'm paranoid about that. In a nutshell, I don't think it is enough to limit ourselves to criticizing actual formal heresy or invitations to sin. I show how the Church in Rome could be demolished without a single formal heresy or sin. Is, in fact, being demolished. (Or so, at least, so the picture on the lid of the jigsaw puzzle box shows (a hoary old analogy familiar to trial lawyers - not quite sure what kind of lawyer you are, other than, I am certain, a very ethical one and fine.)

Peggy said...

HEllo Bear,

I don't know whether I am wear my priest friend advises. I don't say it's good or right. I think we also have to tend to our daily lives and not let these externals destroy us. There are of course real concerns with the many proclamations the man makes. I guess I started thinking about the "cult of personality" surrounding the modern papacy. Maybe we read about and listen to his every word too much. The traditionalist blogs remind us that we follow Jesus and the teachings of the Church as given in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, not what any individual pope says. I suppose this protects us from the errors of a given pope, a mere man, though in an important and holy office.

We may be the last Catholic men and women standing, but stand we shall.

I will comment at your blog when you get "Name/URL" option that Timman has. I'm not going to use my full name or make up a fake id to start a google account.


Peggy said...

P.S. I didn't catch your comment on this. I am not an attorney. I have a graduate education in business and have worked in economic policy for several years--alongside lawyers.

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