29 September 2016

Pope Francis Spoke to Me Today

It took more than three years since that portentous day His Holiness stepped out on the balcony above St. Peter's Square and cooly surveyed the field, truly "white already to harvest."  But it finally happened. The Holy Father gave a homily with me directly in mind.

I have been experiencing, perhaps coincidentally for a little more than three years now, feelings of spiritual desolation and a state of generalized sadness.  Who knows why? Certainly, things in the Church and the world at large have never been better.

And also coincidentally, I have recently discovered the wonderfully distracting power of Kentucky straight bourbon.  

As though he looked right through me, His Holiness gave a homily the other day that proves that the charism of the office operates regardless of the occupant, as Caiphas proved in his prophecy that it was better for one man to be sacrificed than the whole nation. Even the hint of the number of doses of distraction is simply uncanny.  From CNA:

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2016 / 02:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Feelings of spiritual desolation, or a lack of will to live, should be combated with prayer, not with sleeping pills or alcohol – things that only distract us from the problem – Pope Francis said Tuesday.

“We need to understand that when our soul is in this state of generalized sadness we can barely breathe: This happens to all of us… whether strong or not,” the Pope said in a homily Sept. 27. We need to “understand what goes on in our hearts.”

[...] 

In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the day's first reading, which is from the Book of Job, saying “Spiritual desolation makes us feel as though our souls are crushed, we can’t succeed, we can’t succeed and we also don’t want to live.”

[...]

Instead of giving in to this despair, or trying to distract ourselves from our problems by taking sleeping pills or drinking “one, two, three or four glasses” of alcohol, which “do not help,” Francis said we should pray.

[...]

Pope Francis emphasized that spiritual desolation is something that happens to everyone and said that the first step is to recognize within ourselves when we are having these moments of hopelessness or when we don't understand why something is happening.

[...]

Offering advice for when we encounter a person who is suffering or experiencing a sense of desolation, the Pope said we should be silent; “but a silence with much love, closeness and caresses. And we must not make speeches that don’t help in the end and even can do harm.”


28 September 2016

Apocalypse Now

Francis won't resign, can't be fired.

Matheny won't resign, can't be fired.

Public adulterers get to commit sacrilege as Church policy.

Cubs favorites to win World Series.

Stock up on rice, blessed candles, and holy water, because here it comes!





Juventutem Solemn High Mass This Saturday

Juventutem St. Louis has announced that there will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Henry Damian Juncker, first bishop of Alton, IL (1809-1868).  The Mass will begin at 11am at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton, with a gathering of the Juventutem group after Mass at a local restaurant.  More information can be found by emailing Ryan Murphy at ryanmurphy525@gmail.com or at 314-704-8819.

Congratulations, Lester Holt!

Robot Grandma Killary must be happy enough-- three days later, he's still alive!



25 September 2016

For the Love of God and the Holy Virgin

To complete the record to date, here is part III of the joint Remnant-CFN liber of accusation against Francis. I give them credit for their meticulous efforts, and lament the fact that it is also necessary to have been done. There is a great need for leadership from the college of Cardinals and from local bishops. This is a truly unprecedented situation-- who knows where we will be even a year from now should the Pope not defend the faith once more.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!







23 September 2016

Questions from the Mind of a Lawyer

Words mean things. 
Hair-splitting words mean things.
The law has certain requirements, and certain effects.

Conviction of heart-- is it conscience, or rationalization? 
(cf. Luke 10:18)

Pondering these things...

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

Part II of the Liber of Accusation...

...against Francis by the Remnant and CFN can be read here.

It is absolutely devastating. It's undeniable.

The consequences... of the many horrible aspects of the Bergoglio pontificate, and of the heroic temerity of pointing them out... I wonder where we are headed. And faster and faster at that.






22 September 2016

Bishop Schneider to Visit Northeast U.S.

A long-time reader asked me to post information on the upcoming visit of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to the United States October 18-27, and I am very happy to do so.  Information in full can be found here, and really, some of the cities can be driven to in one day from St. Louis.

"My Dad was a small business!": Shrill-Shrieking Harpy Finally Loses It


If this person's agenda were something different than to destroy Western Civilizaton generally, and the United States of America specifically, I would feel worse about posting this. As it is, there can't be a single voter in this country who would be more likely to vote for her after seeing this video, so why not share it far and wide?

She crazy.

21 September 2016

Ship without a Helm, Two Years down the Stream

"Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm, whatever the reason for this may be; now, it is more important than ever to examine our faith, have a healthy spiritual leader and give powerful witness to the faith."

-- Raymond Cardinal Burke, October 31, 2014




20 September 2016

The Difference between Sadness and Depression

"There are things in the world that deserve the dignity of grief because there are terrible things in the world and they should be allotted a certain amount of grief and sadness because that's only right and proper."

--Aimee Mann, 1993

"Of course we are nothing in the scheme of things, and yet...": The Remnant and Catholic Family News Level Public Accusation against Francis

This is a three-parter, with issue one here, by two of the most well-known and longstanding traditional Catholic news outlets. I can well believe there are three issues' worth of accusations; no serious Catholic can fail to have been scandalized, outraged, chagrined, embarrassed, discouraged or otherwise negatively-affected by some few or many things Francis has done. 

Part one doesn't even tackle the worst of it.  Still, it is heady business to have to feel compelled to publicly call out the putatively-reigning Supreme Pontiff for manifest acts of harm to the Catholic faith and faithful he is charged to safeguard. With few and only measured exceptions, the silence of the Bishops and Cardinals has been deafening.  I understand the prudence of some in the past, but the publication of Francis' letter to the Argentine bishops confirming the admission of unrepentant public adulterers to Holy Communion has begged for rebuke by someone in the hierarchy. Instead, as is frankly and astutely said by the authors, it is left to those who "are nothing in the scheme of things" to do so.

They cite no less than the Angelic Doctor as justification for this unusual statement.  To wit:

It must be observed, however, that if the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter’s subject, rebuked him in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning faith, and, as the gloss of Augustine says on Galatians 2:11, “Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects.” [Summa Theologiae, II-II, Q. 33, Art 4]

Let us pray that the bishops and priests of the world, including the Holy Father himself, will take it upon themselves to defend Christ and His Church from heresy, apostasy and destruction.

God save us.

16 September 2016

Just in Case: a Note for the Fatima File

Lost in the well-deserved angst over Pope Benedict XVI's bizarre commentary on the questions surrounding his putative abdication and his assurances of approval of the evil wrought by his putative successor, is a third possibility as to its cause.  I just want to note it in case it comes to pass, and in the hope that he can square his actions with the notion that he is a holy man who accomplished a great good in his pontificate, especially via Summorum Pontificum.

We know of the Fatima prophecy of the Bishop in White. We see there are two such-clothed persons walking the earth at the moment, one of whom is the pope. The other?

Anyway, in charity to Pope Benedict I just want to note for the record the bare possibility that he is acting on the express instructions of Our Lady, as a part of her impending triumph. That for whatever reasons of heaven, he is to be eclipsed, reviled, and the Church laid bare to her enemies. That in some way it will serve the plans of God and that Our Lady's triumph will be the greater.

There, that's it. How likely the possibility is, you may answer for yourself. But if it were true, and he is so doing, think of the gall he suffers in seeing the Church attacked, not being able to do anything about it, and being slandered and abused in the process. Everything being destroyed around him, without any means of defending himself or us.  IF that were true, I would want him to know that at least one person holds it as a possibility and that I continue to pray for him.

Because every other possibility, all of which are to visible eyes more likely to be true by a factor of a hundred, makes his abdication, attempted or real, a disaster for which he appears quite culpable.

And of course, we couldn't prove this alternative theory until the triumph of the Immaculate Heart comes to pass, a triumph of which we are assured.  Who knows where we will be then? Here? Heaven or hell?

Back to your normal concerns.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

14 September 2016

On Record

Schism is the inevitable result of this policy. It is likely the goal of this policy. But remember that those who side with Christ and His words, Christ and His Church-- the constant teaching whereof is immutable on the questions of matrimony and the reception of Holy Communion-- these are not the schismatics.

We can only pray that God will show mercy on us, a mercy that in any objective measure none of us deserve, and bring clarity.  Is Francis Pope or not? If he is not, this all becomes easier on the spiritual and intellectual level. Who cares how hard it will be on the natural level, if the persecution we will inevitably suffer and hopefully endure, as long as we know we are on the side of Christ? But on the other hand, it will be an added cross indeed to suffer and hopefully endure, not knowing if we backed the wrong horse. This is the type of confusion that could easily discourage the faithful under persecution, though of course, if borne with out of love for God's will, that will make the crown more glorious. I just know that I don't trust my strength to endure, let alone to endure with the added burden of doubt as to cause.

We are now officially-- as if we didn't know it before, some from the time he stepped on the balcony and surveyed the sheep to be slaughtered-- on notice.  The time for choosing. Are we going to stand for Christ or not? Will we sit there and allow Him to be desecrated in His Eucharistic Body and Blood as a matter of policy? 

What are you prepared to do? Pray for the Church and the Pope! And choose. Priests, will you defile Him? Seminarians, will you go along? Lay faithful, will stand idly by? We must choose.

With Christ, or against Him.

Are you willing to risk something, anything, to be with Him? Or will we go along to avoid trouble? Ready to leave your parish and go elsewhere while you can? Ready to be sacked by the Bishop or appointed chaplain of the out-state hospital? Ready to be kicked out of seminary? Ready to choose with your actions?

The alarm is sounded. Are you ready? The man who sits on the Chair of Peter has written that unrepentant public adulterers are to be allowed to commit sacrilege. Do you care?

And then, of course, His Holiness gives us this little dig to ensure we know that he knows that we know that he knows.



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

08 September 2016

Nativity of Mary

Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.

Proverbs 8: 32-35

"When I feel myself tossed about in the sea of this world amidst storms and tempests, I keep my fixed on you, O Mary, shining star, lest I be swallowed up by the waves.

"When the winds of temptation arise, when I dash against the reefs of tribulations, I raise my eyes to you and call upon you, O Mary. When I am agitated by the billows of pride, ambition, slander or jealousy, I look to you and invoke you, O Mary; when anger or avarice or the seductions of the flesh rock the fragile little barque of my soul, I always look to you, O Mary. And if I am troubled by the enormity of my sins, troubled in conscience, frightened at the severity of judgment, and if I should feel myself engulfed in sadness or drawn into the abyss of despair, again I raise my eyes to you, always calling on you, O Mary.

"In dangers, in difficulties, in doubts, I will always think of you, O Mary, I will always call on you. May your name, O Virgin Mary, be always on my lips and never leave my heart; in order that I may obtain the help of your prayers, grant that I may never lose sight of the example of your life. Following you, O Mary, I shall not go astray, thinking of you I shall not err, if you support me I shall not fall, if you protect me I shall have nothing to fear, if you accompany me I shall not grow weary, if you look upon me with favor, I shall reach the port."


--c.f. Saint Bernard (taken from Divine Intimacy, by Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.)

07 September 2016

Ephesians 5: 11-16

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For the things that are done by them in secret, it is a shame even to speak of. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light; for all that is made manifest is light. Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee. See therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise, but as wise: redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

The Heroism of the Small Proves to Be Great

Auxilium Christianorum
“Such is of the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

The National Post has run an in-depth account of the escape of Edward Snowden from Hong Kong-- his first intended place of refuge-- to Russia, where he remains under a grant of temporary asylum.  Snowden apparently has offers of asylum from more than one Central/South American country, but cannot travel out of Russia due to the U.S. revoking his passport.

Of course, the reason why Snowden was on the run in the first place was due to the threat of (at least) arrest or worse from elements in the U.S. government that don't care for their program of unconstitutional surveillance being exposed to the public. Ironically, the threat to life and limb caused by Snowden's act of bravery has elicited mostly yawns from his Snapchatting, video game-playing, porn-watching, government indoctrination schools-graduating fellow citizens. 

The outcome doesn't affect the analysis of the good or bad of the act; we are not utilitarians.

Anyway, the story behind the escape of this man is a very interesting read, and reveals many acts of individual courage as well as some questionable tactics of persuasion.  

Many of the people who hid Snowden in Hong Kong are identified in this story and in the upcoming Oliver Stone movie about the escape. Some knew who Snowden was before, and some only after, agreeing to hide him.  These "little" people deserve more credit than I think we here in the U.S. realize. They live in squalor in Hong Kong's refugee district, the poorest of the poor, as our churchmen love to say. I pray that these poor persons escape being suicided to death long after the public attention dies down.  

And also prominently in the story is the Canadian lawyer who assisted Snowden, not only in applying for refugee status at the U.N., but who also finagled others of his clients to take Snowden in. As a lawyer, I can only say that this tactic, while understandable in the real-world, dangerous, and highly unusual circumstances surrounding Snowden's escape, is fraught with moral and ethical problems. I don't know how he avoids the conclusion of violating his duties to some clients on behalf of others, but maybe there is a difference in that jurisdiction, or facts we don't know that explain the apparent problems away. In either event, I again focus on the bravery of the refugees involved. 

The entire story is here. Very interesting indeed.

The story reminds me of a case in my own experience where a person was forced to negotiate the perils of obtaining relevant documentation for international travel while hiding from known danger, involving political asylum law, the Courts, atypical means of international transport, and violent foreign gang activity. But I can't tell you anything about it, so there.



06 September 2016

"The only person on the other side was Phyllis Schlafly, but that was enough."

Ann Coulter has written what I hope will be the definitive tribute to the life of the great Phyllis Schlafly.  If you don't like Ann Coulter, get over it and read this lovely and impressive obit anyway.  I would post it in full here, but it is very lengthy.  Fitting for a woman of such great accomplishment.

Catholic action is defined by Schlafly.  She used the incredible mind and character God gave her to make things better for her fellow man.  The Catholic faith was at the core of her being; without it there would have been no victory in the many fights she won. The quote in the title of this post is from one admiring scholar who summed up the defeat of the so-called "Equal Rights Amendment."  It shows how a very few brave and determined people on the side of right-- even one such person-- can win against seemingly impossible odds.  We will need to remember this example often in the near future.

05 September 2016

Phyllis Schafly, Requiescat in Pace

This woman was the embodiment of dedication, justice and intelligence. She did so much good in the political sphere, doing everything she could to advance the Social Reign of Christ the King. No wimp, no equivocator, she.

Her deeds are legendary and deserve to be gratefully remembered and, more importantly, emulated. Even at the end of her life, she fought to defend the keep as our enemies swarm within the gates.

A bio of her-- though look for more definitive ones later and in other places-- is here at STLToday.

Let us do as she would wish us to do, and pray for her soul.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

May the souls of Phyllis Schlafly and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.



04 September 2016

Psalm LXXXIII


[1] In finem, pro torcularibus filiis Core. Psalmus. [2] Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutum! [3] Concupiscit, et deficit anima mea in atria Domini; cor meum et caro mea exsultaverunt in Deum vivum. [4] Etenim passer invenit sibi domum, et turtur nidum sibi, ubi ponat pullos suos. Altaria tua, Domine virtutum, rex meus, et Deus meus. [5] Beati qui habitant in domo tua, Domine; in saecula saeculorum laudabunt te.

[6] Beatus vir cujus est auxilium abs te, ascensiones in corde suo disposuit, [7] in valle lacrimarum, in loco quem posuit. [8] Etenim benedictionem dabit legislator; ibunt de virtute in virtutem, videbitur Deus deorum in Sion. [9] Domine Deus virtutum, exaudi orationem meam; auribus percipe, Deus Jacob. [10] Protector noster, aspice, Deus, et respice in faciem christi tui.

[11] Quia melior est dies una in atriis tuis super millia; elegi abjectus esse in domo Dei mei magis quam habitare in tabernaculis peccatorum. [12] Quia misericordiam et veritatem diligit Deus, gratiam et gloriam dabit Dominus. [13] Non privabit bonis eos qui ambulant in innocentia. Domine virtutum, beatus homo qui sperat in te.

02 September 2016

No Mercy: Review Uses Space to Promote White Guilt

Here we go.

I saw this op-ed earlier, but I've tried to refrain from shooting fish in the Review's barrel for some time now.  On first read I just shook my head and wondered what in the world is the point of having a diocesan newspaper anymore.

But Canon212, by linking the piece, has rightly shamed me into posting about this embarrassing and silly piece in Our Archdiocese's newspaper of record.  Essentially, it is just the type of race pandering, race baiting, juvenile fake-apology-for-no-reason-to-prove-how-non-racist-I-am that you would expect from a high school student newspaper or perhaps the Oprah Winfrey show audience. 

In other words, I would say it is all just a lot of light and heat, signifying nothing, except there isn't any light and the heat is about the strength of a refrigerator light bulb.

Consider: this piece was written. Then it was submitted. Then someone decided to publish it.  

Anyway, here are some excerpts, with a bit of my own commentary:

Understanding, then addressing, ‘white privilege’

By Cathy Pressimone

As a white woman, I've had to work hard to understand that I'm privileged in a way that my black brothers and sisters are not. [...] Don't be alarmed, she is not about to engage in any meaningful discussion of the differences in races. Nor is she hinting that her black brothers and sisters aren't children of God just like good old white people-- because even in today's intellectual and theological wasteland this is not controversial.

I have never walked into a store — as a white mother of many children — and felt that I was being watched as a potential problem. I have never been followed when I have gone into a shop or walked in the mall, just because of the my skin color. Great. Thanks for sharing. Have you shopped in a predominantly black neighborhood? Or have you walked down St. Louis Avenue after dark? Those questions are equally relevant; that is to say, equally irrelevant.

I have never wondered how a police officer was going to treat me if he pulls me over for speeding, running a red light or stop sign. I have never wondered if I was pulled over because the officer thought I was driving a car out of my league or because of the color of my skin. I have never wondered whether a police officer would draw his weapon when I reach into the glove compartment for my registration and insurance papers. This is a grotesque oversimplification and mostly inaccurate parroting of the false narrative that is paralyzing our country and preventing any real progress in race relations and in protecting civil liberties.  

This peace of mind, freedom from fear, doesn't exist for my black brothers and sisters; sons and daughters. The situations experienced by black neighbors and friends are the opposite of my experience. [...] Doesn't exist? At all? with your black neighbors? Is your neighborhood so racist? I'm thinking this is a mere rhetorical device.

A good friend who is a retired federal judge — a black woman — doesn't know of any black acquaintance who hasn't been pulled over without cause. An African-American university president was pulled over with an excuse that his tail light was out and given a warning. He stopped a couple blocks away to check; his tail lights were working fine. Is this the equivalent of assuring us that "some of my best friends are black?" Obviously, the story, if intended to relate an actual event, is hearsay.

This is what "white privilege" means. This inequity is something I have and can't discard, share or opt out. I'm aware I have benefited from it without intent. I don't even know if it is something for which I can apologize. You can't without looking like really silly, but hey, go right ahead.

But I want to correct this. There needs to be culpability and acknowledgement among white people, whether or not we're intentional in our "white privilege." I find no culpability for being the person that God created, the way he created me. Why does there need to be culpability? For what? This is truly asinine. 

We need to address our black sisters and brothers, look them straight in the eyes, and ask, "What can I/we do? What will prove to you my/our willingness to stand for your rights and freedom? How can I/we make amends in a world where racism is allowed to exist? Can you forgive me/us?" Here's one idea: treat them truly equally-- like adults, who don't need to be condescendingly pandered to by someone brainwashed into liberal guilt. You know, the magic guilt of a liberal that tends to make one feel, in fact, quite smug.

Pressimone is pastoral associate at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Clayton. Actually, the parish includes portions of Clayton and University City. Median household income: $210,057; 5.9% black population. Parish registration forms can be had at the rectory.