23 June 2017

Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and Act of Consecration

Blessed feast day to all of you. 

Today is a first class feast of Our Lord, and so the abstinence obligation is not in force today.  If you have not yet assisted at Mass, note that there is a Solemn High Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory tonight at 6:30pm.  Members of the Society of the Sacred Heart may obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, if they assist at Mass today.

May we all find rest and mercy in the pierced Heart of Christ, which He suffered to be opened as a wellspring of love for us.

Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Your altar. We are Yours, and Yours we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with You, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known You; many too, despising Your precepts, have rejected You. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.

You are King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

You are King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

You are King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Your eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Your chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.


-- Pius XI

20 June 2017

In Canada, "You Have the Right to Free Speech, as Long as You're not Dumb Enough to Actually Try It"

with a nod to The Clash...

I present the following write-up and link from Taki Mag's regular The Week That Perished post:

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SAY “TRANNY” IN CANADA, GO TO JAIL

The nation of Canada huddles jealously north of the USA and has all the personality of a frozen dinner. Because its residents are deeply ashamed that America gets all the attention while the world needs constant reminders that Canada even exists, Canadians work their tangled guilt complexes out through nonstop America-bashing and highly public displays of cultural suicide.

In Canada, “Human Rights” mean you have no right to disagree with even one iota of what the government defines as “Human Rights.” If you say that some Muslims like to blow up people—which is true—this is obviously because you hate Muslims and want to blow them up, so the best thing to do is to toss you in a jail cell and let you stew about the fact that “hate speech” is not free speech, and you’re an idiot for ever thinking it was.

Last week, by a rollicking margin of 67-11, Canada’s Senate passed Bill C-16, which amends the nation’s absolutely unnecessary Human Rights Code to include “gender identity” and “gender expression” as things which you are officially no longer permitted to hate. Perhaps most depressingly, the transparently insane expression “the sex they were assigned at birth” is now enshrined in Canada’s legal canon:

People may identify with a concept of gender that is aligned with the sex they were assigned at birth, or they may identify with a gender that is different from their sex assigned at birth….The bill is intended to protect individuals from discrimination within the sphere of federal jurisdiction and from being the targets of hate propaganda, as a consequence of their gender identity or their gender expression. The bill adds “gender identity or expression” to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the list of characteristics of identifiable groups protected from hate propaganda in the Criminal Code. It also adds that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on a person’s gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance for a court to consider when imposing a criminal sentence.

In other words, if you refuse to submit to some mental case’s demand that you refer to them in their preferred pronoun of “xe,” “xir,” or “zip-zop-boobity-bop,” you are committing a hate crime against them and deserve to be treated like a mangy pit bull in a rusty animal shelter.

“Hatred…is a most extreme emotion that belies reason,” the bill states. We disagree. In several ways, hatred can be the most reasonable response to something. What belies reason is the idea that men who think they’re women are anything more than delusional men.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau... tweeted his glee over the bill’s passage:

Great news: Bill C-16 has passed the Senate – making it illegal to discriminate based on gender identity or expression. #LoveisLove

“Love is Love.” Can’t argue with much there. Then again, genitals are genitals. And boys are boys. And girls are girls. And the whole world has gone crazy.

A Rare Moment of Sanity in the City of Saint Louis

We briefly interrupt our city's descent into barbarism with some cautiously optimistic news. A city judge has issued an injunction against the City of Saint Louis, halting Lyda Krewson's number one priority-- the removal of the Confederate monument in Forest Park. Evita's Lyda's krews were halted mid-operation yesterday, even as steel plates were bored into the granite top to facilitate a crane to hoist it into oblivion.

Whenever a judge, even a lowly circuit court judge, shows respect for the rule of law these days, I admit to being pleasantly surprised. As a lawyer, I guess I shouldn't be. But there it is.

No further destruction can be done to this work of art until a hearing on July 6 to consider the question of ownership. The Daughters of the Confederacy gave deed of ownership to the Missouri Civil War Museum, which--get this-- wants the monument, will pay to move the monument to its location, and will pay to clean it up.  It would cost the city nothing

Remember when Lyda said that the delay in her Great Leap Forward was  caused by lack of funds, and how she eventually said some public money would be required to remove it? So one might expect a grateful city to thank the museum for taking such a thorny problem off its hands?  

No. That is what a decent and sane person would do. We're talking about Lyda Krewson and the Board of Aldermen. They don't want anyone to actually ever see this monument again. So, they will spend my tax dollars, maybe yours, too, to fight this in court. The Post-Dispatch covers the story here

The inmates are running the asylum, and they just happen to be the Soviet Politburo--without the charm.

15 June 2017

"The wonder in all this question, is not our loving and longing for God, but that He should have first loved us."

Every living being thirsts after happiness; and yet, and because of that, it aspires only after the good of which it is capable; for it is the necessary condition of happiness that, in order to its existence, there must be the full contentment of the creature's desire. Hence, in that great act of creation which the Scripture so sublimely calls His playing in the world, when, with His almighty power He prepared the heavens, and enclosed the depths, and balanced the foundations of the earth, we are told that divine Wisdom secured the harmony of the universe by giving to each creature, according to its degree in the scale of being, an end adequate to its powers. He thus measured the wants, the instinct, the appetite (that is, the desire) of each creature, according to its respective nature; so that it would never have cravings which its faculties were insufficient to satisfy. 

In obedience, then, to this law, was not man, too, obliged to confine, within the limits of his finite nature, his desires for the good and the beautiful, that is, his searching after God, which is a necessity with every intelligent and free being? Otherwise, would not certain beings have to place their happiness in objects which must ever be out of the reach of their natural faculties?

Great as the anomaly would appear, yet does it exist: true psychology, that is, the true science of the human mind, bears testimony to this desire for the infinite. Like every living creature around him, man thirsts for happiness; and yet, he is the only creature on earth that feels within itself longings for what is immensely beyond its capacity. 

Whilst docile to the lord placed over them by the Creator, irrational creatures are quite satisfied with what they find in this world; they render to man their several services, and their own desires are all fully gratified by what is within their reach. It is not so with man; he can find nothing in this his earthly dwelling, which can satiate his irresistible longings for something which this earth cannot give, and which time cannot produce; for that something is the infinite. 

God Himself, when revealing Himself to man through the works He has created, that is, when showing Himself to man in a way which his natural powers can take in; when giving man to know Him as the First Cause, as the Last End of all creatures, as unlimited perfection, as infinite beauty, as sovereign goodness, as the object which can content both our understanding and our will-- no, not even God Himself, thus known and thus enjoyed, could satisfy man. This being, made out of nothing, wishes to possess the Infinite in his own substance; he longs after the sight of the face, he ambitions to enjoy the life, of his Lord and God. The earth seems to him but a trackless desert, where he can find no water to quench his thirst. 

From early dawn of each wearisome day, his soul is at once on the watch, pining for that God who alone can quell his desires; yea, his very flesh too, has its thrilling expectations for that beautiful Infinite One. Let us listen to the psalmist, who speaks for us all: 

'As the hart panteth after the fountains of water, so my soul panteth after Thee, O God! My soul hath thirsted after the strong, living God: when shall I come and appear before the face of God? My tears have been my bread, day and night, whilst it is said to me daily: Where is thy God? These things I remembered, and poured out my soul in me: for I shall go over into the place of the wonderful tabernacle, even to the house of God. With the voice of joy and praise, the noise of one that is feasting. Why art thou sad, O my soul? and why dost thou trouble me? Hope in God, for I will still give praise unto Him: the salvation of my countenance and my God.'

--from the entry for Corpus Christi, The Liturgical Year

For the Fatima File: A Reluctant but Necessary Snapshot of the Church's Destruction

I'm sure you picked up on the recent period of light posting, which I think I'm past at long last. But independently of that, I have tried-- and I mean reeeeallllly tried-- to limit my posts on the usual, daily disaster coming out of the current occupant of the See of Peter. Some reasonsfor this I've given before.

Thus, posting daily or weekly in order to beat the same dead horse isn't productive and serves to cause despair at the risk of pride. However, I still think it is important to point out the egregious things being done by Francis for several reasons: 1) The Church is the Bride of Christ and deserves to be defended; 2) There could be, I suppose, some Catholics who still haven't figured out the total disaster this is; and, 3) I don't want anyone to think that prolonged silence on my part means I no longer oppose and am no longer dismayed by the horrible and ongoing destruction.

So, to sum up, it is with some reluctance yet some compulsion that I post this link to a true, and truly devastating piece by thegreat Christopher Ferrara at Fatima Perspectives. 


You should read it, and pray. The destruction is ongoing and gaining all worldly momentum. Only Our Lady can save us, as she so pointedly said at Fatima.

St. Louis City's Politicians Want to Shove. Abortion. Down. Your. Throat.

What are we going to do about this?

A longtime reader sent me this email about more city baby-killing shenanigans. Just as the State legislature is trying to save the City from itself by overturning the "abortion sanctuary city ordinance", the city is trying to pass more unjust ordinances to make it harder to protest against the murder of babies in St. Louis by trying to create more ways to arrest, prosecute and otherwise persecute pro-lifers. 

In addition, he calls attention to another proposed ordinance that seeks to tax non-profits. 

He says it well, and I present the entire email here:


Sir,

    I hope this note finds you well.  A couple of issues have cropped up lately that you may already be well-familiar with, but if not, you might want to bring them to your readership's attention:

1) The St. Louis Board of Aldermen held a hearing on BB34, the bill creating "buffer zones" for "health care facilities", on Tuesday, June 13.  The progressives of the Board, citing an epidemic of "sidewalk harassment" and "traffic hazards" (strangely, Planned Parenthood never offers video evidence despite its nearly omni-present cameras) are actually hoping this bill will protect Planned Parenthood's revenues from the efforts of pro-life sidewalk counselors.  You might want to urge your readers to contact their alderwoman/alderman - aldermanic members have cited mail volume previously as an influence on their votes.  Finally, if BB34 does eventually pass, your readers might want to consider boycotting the City to the extent they can.

2) Alderman Steve Conway is floating the idea of a 0.5% payroll tax on non-profits with more than 20 employees to fund police retention and hiring.  The City has money to move obscure monuments, maintain under-used bike lanes, and upgrade stadiums.  It taxes my charitable donations already by not offering a charitable deduction on the earnings tax, thus deciding the City warrants 1% of that money because it briefly touched my account on the trip from my employer to my chosen cause.  It taxes City residents who work in the County at the full 1%, even though we do not use City services for 1/3 of the day (and our increasing property taxes presumably cover the cost of watching over our homes).  It taxes County residents who work in the City at the full 1%, even though they do not use City services 2/3 of the day.  Despite all of this, when it comes to that most basic governmental function of providing security, the City needs to extract money from charities to make that happen.  And nor should small charities take comfort, even if they never cross the threshold from "valuable community asset" to "freeloader" by hiring that 20th employee; once the law is changed, it becomes much easier for it to eventually be amended down to non-profits with a handful of employees.

    Please urge your readers to contact their alderwomen/aldermen and attend the listening sessions.  If this tax passes, they might wish to consider doing some shopping outside of the City, so that the sales tax lost offsets the payroll revenue gained.

Thanks much for your consideration.

God bless,


Bryan

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As an aside, I wanted to report that the results of our latest poll are in, and an overwhelming 100% of those responding agree that Lyda Krewson should be impeached.  100%! Take that, Lyda.

Corpus Christi


A blessed feast day to you all.  One of the greatest days on the Church's calendar, proof of the love and humility of God.

Yes, it is today, as it is every year on the Church's ancient calendar. Yet we all have an opportunity to show our love and devotion to our Eucharistic Lord in processions on Sunday-- the novus ordo feast is deferred to Sunday, and the traditional Mass centers in the Archdiocese both will celebrate an External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, with procession, on Sunday.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory will process with the Eucharist after 10am Solemn High Mass. The procession will traverse Ohio, Sydney, Iowa and Lynch streets, with Benediction.

All Saints in University City will conduct a procession after the 11:30am Mass, and part of this procession will occur down Delmar Avenue in the Loop.  That is an interesting juxtaposition, indeed.

Go to the Oratory, process, then head to U City and process again. And blessings to all who process with Our Lord this weekend.

14 June 2017

Auxilium Christianorum

Thou, Most Holy Virgin, who dost evermore stand before the throne of the Most Holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to the most beloved Son, pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, give thanks for me, and obtain for me pardon of all my sins; help me especially at my last hour, and, when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, sprinkle me with holy water, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favour me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overcome the wicked enemy; and when I can no longer say, "Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands, say it for me; and when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, then do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, O pray for me instantly, earnestly, and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and conduct my soul into Heaven with thee, that, united with all the Elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thyself for all eternity.

Amen.

Hail Mary (thrice)

Progress in the Legislative Special Session on Three Pro-Life Bills

Three bills passed out of Senate committee yesterday, one of which would overturn the city's abortion sanctuary city ordinance.  Keep up the pressure by contacting your legislators.

The baby-killing lobby's main strategy seems to be to complain about the exorbitant cost of having a special session.  Last month's special session cost $67,000.  This one might cost a bit more. Of course, they don't mind millions of dollars of state money being used to fund Planned Parenthood. Just as long as it kills as many babies as possible, I guess. I mean we have to have our priorities straight.

12 June 2017

"Sing in Me, Oh Muse, and through Me Tell the Story."-- The Nobel Lecture of Bob Dylan

The full lecture can be found here. Better yet, listen to it here.  As you should expect, it is filled with wisdom and a deep insight into human nature, the hallmark of Dylan's poetry. Viewed from the proper perspective, Dylan's Catholicity permeates the remarks. 

Grace builds upon nature, and Dylan's God-given talent as poet and lyricist channels grace a-plenty to build upon nature.  Enjoy the speech, but I submit for your brief consideration the following three excerpts, tracking his own structure.  Dylan reflects on three books that deeply affected him at a young age as a way to give an insight into his music: Moby Dick, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Odyssey.  

In order, first, Moby Dick:


Everything is mixed in. All the myths: the Judeo Christian bible, Hindu myths, British legends, Saint George, Perseus, Hercules – they’re all whalers. Greek mythology, the gory business of cutting up a whale. Lots of facts in this book, geographical knowledge, whale oil – good for coronation of royalty – noble families in the whaling industry. Whale oil is used to anoint the kings. History of the whale, phrenology, classical philosophy, pseudo-scientific theories, justification for discrimination – everything thrown in and none of it hardly rational. Highbrow, lowbrow, chasing illusion, chasing death, the great white whale, white as polar bear, white as a white man, the emperor, the nemesis, the embodiment of evil. The demented captain who actually lost his leg years ago trying to attack Moby with a knife.


We see only the surface of things. We can interpret what lies below any way we see fit. Crewmen walk around on deck listening for mermaids, and sharks and vultures follow the ship. Reading skulls and faces like you read a book. Here’s a face. I’ll put it in front of you. Read it if you can.

[...] When Starbuck tells Ahab that he should let bygones be bygones, the angry captain snaps back, “Speak not to me of blasphemy, man, I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” Ahab, too, is a poet of eloquence. He says, “The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails whereon my soul is grooved to run.”  Or these lines, “All visible objects are but pasteboard masks.” Quotable poetic phrases that can’t be beat.

Finally, Ahab spots Moby, and the harpoons come out. Boats are lowered. Ahab’s harpoon has been baptised in blood. Moby attacks Ahab’s boat and destroys it. Next day, he sights Moby again. Boats are lowered again. Moby attacks Ahab’s boat again. On the third day, another boat goes in. More religious allegory. He has risen. Moby attacks one more time, ramming the Pequod and sinking it. Ahab gets tangled up in the harpoon lines and is thrown out of his boat into a watery grave.

Ishmael survives. He’s in the sea floating on a coffin. And that’s about it. That’s the whole story. That theme and all that it implies would work its way into more than a few of my songs.

Reflecting on All Quiet on the Western Front:

All Quiet on the Western Front was another book that did. All Quiet on the Western Front is a horror story. This is a book where you lose your childhood, your faith in a meaningful world, and your concern for individuals. You’re stuck in a nightmare. Sucked up into a mysterious whirlpool of death and pain. You’re defending yourself from elimination. You’re being wiped off the face of the map. Once upon a time you were an innocent youth with big dreams about being a concert pianist. Once you loved life and the world, and now you’re shooting it to pieces.

[...]You’ve come to despise that older generation that sent you out into this madness, into this torture chamber. All around you, your comrades are dying. Dying from abdominal wounds, double amputations, shattered hipbones, and you think, “I’m only twenty years old, but I’m capable of killing anybody. Even my father if he came at me.”

Yesterday, you tried to save a wounded messenger dog, and somebody shouted, “Don’t be a fool.” One Froggy is laying gurgling at your feet. You stuck him with a dagger in his stomach, but the man still lives. You know you should finish the job, but you can’t. You’re on the real iron cross, and a Roman soldier’s putting a sponge of vinegar to your lips.

[...]All that culture from a thousand years ago, that philosophy, that wisdom – Plato, Aristotle, Socrates – what happened to it?  It should have prevented this. Your thoughts turn homeward. And once again you’re a schoolboy walking through the tall poplar trees. It’s a pleasant memory. More bombs dropping on you from blimps. You got to get it together now. You can’t even look at anybody for fear of some miscalculable thing that might happen. The common grave. There are no other possibilities.


 Finally, The Odyssey:

He’s always being warned of things to come. Touching things he’s told not to. There’s two roads to take, and they’re both bad. Both hazardous. On one you could drown and on the other you could starve. He goes into the narrow straits with foaming whirlpools that swallow him. Meets six-headed monsters with sharp fangs. Thunderbolts strike at him. Overhanging branches that he makes a leap to reach for to save himself from a raging river. Goddesses and gods protect him, but some others want to kill him. He changes identities. He’s exhausted. He falls asleep, and he’s woken up by the sound of laughter. He tells his story to strangers. He’s been gone twenty years. He was carried off somewhere and left there. Drugs have been dropped into his wine. It’s been a hard road to travel.

In a lot of ways, some of these same things have happened to you. You too have had drugs dropped into your wine. You too have shared a bed with the wrong woman. You too have been spellbound by magical voices, sweet voices with strange melodies. You too have come so far and have been so far blown back. And you’ve had close calls as well. You have angered people you should not have. And you too have rambled this country all around. And you’ve also felt that ill wind, the one that blows you no good. And that’s still not all of it.

08 June 2017

A Thorough Refutation of the Ongoing Stalinist Purge of Historical Markers

Instead of excerpting from it, I would direct your attention to this long but well-reasoned, reasonable article by Joe Bob Briggs at Taki's site that Lyda Krewson ought to read.  New Orleans is not New Orleans anymore?  Neither is this country this country anymore.

This is What a Vibrant Catholicism Looks Like

From Michael Matt's article on this year's Chartres pilgrimage:



Good Political News on the Pro-Life Front

The political marriage of the pro-life movement and the GOP has been a rough one, and at times simply a marriage of convenience. I have long been tired of the lap dog, "we just need one more Justice on the Court so vote for Romney" thing. But when politicians come through, we should acknowledge it.  Good news today on both the national and the state fronts.

First, as this article in Brietbart relates, the Trump administration is set to finally undo the ridiculous, unconstitutional mandate that religious organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor pay for contraceptive coverage. Some weeks back, when the government asked for a continuance to file a responsive pleading in that case, lots of Facebook angst ensued-- particularly from the hoping-to-be-vindicated NeverTrumpers. I wrote at the time that this was a development capable of many interpretations, and most of them benign. And so it was. This chapter of the anti-Christian Obama regime appears to be over.

Secondly, I have to credit Governor Greitens for calling a second special session for the legislature to pass a bill overturning and preempting the St. Louis abortion sanctuary city ordinance.  When the legislature failed to address this (despite having the votes) in the regular session and the first special session, I was a bit miffed.  I am grateful this is now being corrected. It is only a secondary benefit that it will overturn the vote of the pro-abortion, tax-wasting, spineless mayor of Saint Louis.  But of course we know she has better things to do anyway, like re-writing history to placate special interest groups.

Great developments, but we must always press for the complete prohibition of abortion; how can we have the temerity to ask God to bless this land until we do?

07 June 2017

Impeach Lyda Krewson

Her brilliant plan to use taxpayers' money to remove an historical monument and work of art can only be execrated. Her mentor, Francis Slay, had an even more brilliant plan to drop the monument down a literal memory hole.

Look at the monument above. There is no battle flag on that carving. There are no hate symbols-- unless, that is, you see a white family as a hate symbol. The Civil War was one that found persons of good will on both sides. Many on both sides fought with honor. Their causes you may agree with or disagree with, but using a twentieth century lens to do so seems a trifle unfair.  At least we should can the righteous indignation and virture signalling in favor of a government that now stands for the legal slaughter of millions of little babies.

Money for abortionists. Laws to allow abortionists to sue pro-lifers for thoughtcrimes. Dropping history down the memory hole.  

Lyda Krewson-- the perfect Mayor for 1984.

Homeschool, If You Can, While You Can

Hi, I write a blog called Saint Louis Catholic. And I intend to post original content at least once a year. OK, all kidding aside, sorry again for the pathetic posting rate. 

Onward and upward:

I'm of course late to the game on the Jefferson City "let's pretend that boys who wear girls clothes are girls and pretend that girls who wear boys clothes are boys and that this is all perfectly normal" debacle.  It is disgusting beyond relation OF COURSE that a Catholic diocese would have a policy of admitting students who deny natural law without insisting that such denial not be foisted as reality upon the other students under their charge.  

Let's be clear: the Diocese of Jefferson City has declared that it values money (in the form of tuition payments) over Catholic doctrine, the good of souls, the innocence of little children, and common sense.  If that is the case, then what weapons do parents have to protect their children's innocence, stand up for the natural law and the teaching of Christ, and promote common sense?  You guessed it: hit them in the wallet. Don't pay tuition. Don't send your kids-- at significant expense, mind you-- to an anti-Catholic school system posing as Catholic.  

Common sense. 2 + 2 = 4.

This is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Jefferson City Diocese. This is the person in charge of a system that employs nuns (nuns!) to role play sexual perversion with grade school students:

You can't judge a book by its cover, but any serious Catholic who sees a nun dressed like this and yet is surprised by the policy or its implementation is beyond waking up to reality. And I'm not letting the Bishop off the hook. It is 100% on Bishop Gaydos.

This policy needs to change. Will it? Not if the sheep keep allowing the shearing to go on.

And what of public schools?  

In the post-Vatican II world (I'm not pining for "good old days" here-- I mean in the recent past), parents used to have the following choice: 1) pay dearly for a Catholic-lite education that wasn't really worth it but protected children from the worst of secularization; or, 2) send children into the public school system armed best as one can but at least also receive the benefit of not paying for the privilege of mangling their faith.

As bad as that was, that choice may no longer exist. The Jeff City example is one of many that prove the Catholic schools aren't Catholic-lite. They are every bit as dangerous as their government counterparts.  And public schools are no longer simply "cost-free" secular indoctrination centers.  They are dangerous interfaces with the anti-Catholic state, as evidenced in the recent news out of Ontario, Canada. 

You don't like sexual perversion propaganda in Jeff City? Don't send them.  You don't like sexual perversion propaganda in Ontario? We'll take your children away.

The purpose of an educational system in a well-ordered society is to assist parents in their right and duty to form their children. The system is subordinate to the parents. The purpose of an educational system in the wreckage of the West in which we find ourselves is to produce compliant, ignorant, spiritually dead voters.

Homeschooling, for however long it is tolerated, is all parents have left. Yes, to do it well is not easy. It requires great sacrifice. And yes, not every parent can or should homeschool, but those who cannot have a greater responsibility to guard their children as they walk that minefield.  Like Bob Dylan says, "There's only one road, and it leads to Calvary."

As homeschooling becomes ever more popular, and ever more children escape the Matrix, the pressure to outlaw it will grow. In this article, one of the dangers identified is precisely that it is harder for the government to intervene in parental educational decisions! Look for trouble if Trump is a one-termer, or who knows, maybe sooner.  

And yet, what can we do but make the best of it while we can, for as long as we can, and pray with confidence.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

23 May 2017

Honey Pie, You're Not Safe Here

A shout-out to Morrisey after his statement on Facebook in the wake of the Manchester Islamist bombing:

"The Church will know that the terrible chastisement is at hand, for prayer will then be as rare as faith."

Greetings on the Tuesday of the Rogation Days that precede Ascension Thursday.  Dom Gueranger has a reflection today that is simply stunning both in its accurate reflection of our times and its correct prediction of the woes that would accompany the rejection of the faith of our fathers and the embrace of paganism.  This is a fairly long essay, but oh, is it on point:

Today, again, the great Litany, the supplication, is heard from the house of the Lord: the solemn procession re-appears in the streets of the city, and in the quiet lanes of the country. Let us take our share in this sacred rite; let us blend our voice with that of our mother, and join the cry that pierces the clouds: Kyrie Eleison! Lord have mercy on us! Let us think, for a moment, of the countless sins that are being committed, day and night; and let us sue for mercy. In the days of Noe, all flesh had corrupted its way; but men thought not of asking for mercy. The flood came, and destroyed them all, says our Saviour. Had they prayed, had they begged God's pardon, the hand of His justice would have been stayed, and the flood-gates of heaven would not have been opened. The day is to come, when not water as heretofore, but fire, is suddenly to be enkindled by the divine wrath, and is to burn the whole earth. It shall burn even the foundations of the mountains; it shall devour sinners, who will be resting then, as they were in the days of Noe, in a false security.

Persecuted by her enemies, decimated by the martyrdom of her children, afflicted by numerous apostasies from the faith, and deprived of every human aid, the Church will know that the terrible chastisement is at hand, for prayer will then be as rare as faith. Let us, therefore, pray; that thus the day of wrath may be put off, the Christian life regain something of its ancient vigour, and the end of the world not be in our times. There are even yet Catholics in every part of the world; but their number has visibly decreased. Heresy is now in possession of whole countries, that were once faithful to the Church. In others, where heresy has not triumphed, religious indifference has left the majority of men with nothing of Catholicity but the name, seeing that they neglect even their most essential obligations without remorse. Among many of those who fulfil the precepts of the Church, truths are diminished. The old honesty of faith has been superseded by loose ideas and half-formed convictions. A man is popular in proportion to the concessions he makes in favour of principles condemned by the Church. The sentiments and actions of the saints, the conduct and teaching of the Church, are taxed with exaggeration, and decried as being unsuited to the period. The search after comforts has become a serious study; the thirst for earthly goods is a noble passion; independence is an idol to which everything must be sacrificed; submission is a humiliation which must be got rid of, or, where that cannot be, it must not be publicly acknowledged. Finally, there is sensualism, which, like an impure atmosphere, so impregnates every class of society, that one would suppose there was a league formed to abolish the cross of Christ from the minds of men.

What miseries must not follow from this systematic setting aside of the conditions imposed by God upon His creatures? If the Gospel be the word of infinite Truth, how can men oppose it without drawing down upon themselves the severest chastisements? Would that these chastisements might work the salvation of them that have provoked them! Let us humble ourselves before the sovereign holiness of our God, and confess our guilt. The sins of men are increasing both in number and in enormity. The picture we have just drawn is sad enough; what would it have been, had we added such abominations as these, which we purposely excluded: downright impiety; corrupt doctrines, which are being actively propagated throughout the world; dealings with satan, which threaten to degrade our age to the level of pagan times; the conspiracy organized against order, justice, and religion, by secret societies? Oh! let us unite our prayer with that of holy Church, and say to our God: From Thy wrath, deliver us, O Lord!

--from The Liturgical Year

22 May 2017

Archdiocese of Saint Louis Sues the City over Abortion Sanctuary City Ordinance

This story is covered in both the Review and STL Today.  Clink either or both links.

I give the Archbishop kudos for his early, consistent, forthright and unstinting leadership in opposing this pro-death legislation. The Archdiocese's legal team has also greatly improved since the dark days of botching the St. Stan's game.

In a country governed by the U.S. Constitution, this ordinance would be struck down on quickly, beginning with a TRO.  Of course, that wouldn't be this country now, would it?  But in any event, the Archdiocese is doing the right thing, including making a bold declaration that whatever the outcome of this lawsuit, it will never comply with the ordinance.

Again, all good news, so forgive me if I point out a couple of sour notes.  The St. Louis Review article's headline still refers to this piece of [ahem] legislation as a "reproductive decisions" ordinance. Really?  It did the same on an article covering the mayoral signing of this execrable bill.  Who is writing the headlines, and who is editing this? Why are we using the language of the enemies of unborn babies to allow them to frame the issue? Even the Post-Dispatch uses the somewhat more accurate and less propaganda-ish term "abortion anti-discrimination ordinance".

Then, on top of this, the Review carries a slideshow of photos, one of which shows a person holding a sign reading "Religious Liberty: Our Most Basic Freedom".  Except that this, too, uses the language of our enemies. Religious liberty is a heresy. Religious error is not a right. If we mean we have the right to the true worship of God, say so.  Even in the context of the Constitution religious liberty isn't the right here.  Freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and free exercise of religion. All these are covered in the First Amendment. The right to life is covered in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. 

Perhaps this last point is a quibble but the whole battle for "religious liberty" is a de facto whimper to be treated the same as all the false religions, begging for a scrap of what is ours by right.  And in the end you get satanic black masses and satanic monuments on public property, and why? Because the true Church demands only "religious liberty". And we are left without an argument to make against these atrocities because all we asked for was religious "liberty".

Okay, tangent over.  The lawsuit filed today is a great thing, and it is gratifying to see the more muscular push-back on the legal front in this and other issues over the last few years.

Ring Them Bells



Ring them bells, ye heathen
From the city that dreams
Ring them bells from the sanctuaries
’Cross the valleys and streams
For they’re deep and they’re wide
And the world’s on its side
And time is running backwards
And so is the bride

Ring them bells St. Peter
Where the four winds blow
Ring them bells with an iron hand
So the people will know
Oh it’s rush hour now
On the wheel and the plow
And the sun is going down
Upon the sacred cow

Ring them bells Sweet Martha
For the poor man’s son
Ring them bells so the world will know
That God is one
Oh the shepherd is asleep
Where the willows weep
And the mountains are filled
With lost sheep

Ring them bells for the blind and the deaf
Ring them bells for all of us who are left
Ring them bells for the chosen few
Who will judge the many when the game is through
Ring them bells, for the time that flies
For the child that cries
When innocence dies

Ring them bells St. Catherine
From the top of the room
Ring them from the fortress
For the lilies that bloom
Oh the lines are long
And the fighting is strong
And they’re breaking down the distance
Between right and wrong

-- Bob Dylan, 1989 



19 May 2017

Taking Stock, Fatima Style

I think I've begun about five posts in the past few days that I haven't finished. Let's see how this one pans out. 

Taking a survey of the scene in the Church and world these days is tough-- not so much because most of the news is bad, but because we are in a reality of such constant progression in badness, that reporting on the bad of the day is obsolete as the next day's badness exceeds it--making the alarm, outrage, suffering or correction of the previous day's badness seem almost quaint. 

As though I long for the good old days when Francis merely told some old gal on the phone to (wink-wink) go to Holy Communion but bear in mind it's just our little secret! A veritable Tridentine moment, compared to now.

As an aside, this is why I admire the work, especially these days, of Steve Skojec at 1P5, and Michael Matt and Chris Ferrara at The Remnant. Because myself and other bloggers of the Catholic remnant camp have been posting less regularly. Totally understandable for the reasons I listed, as well as for "real-world" crises, work-crushes, personal matters, etc., that I don't for a moment think are coincidental. But the two above, and perhaps others (I don't want to slight anyone) keep slogging on. 

And what a slog it is to do the Lord's work in this terrain of Jell-O.

I mean how bad is it, when fresh off of my total consecration to Jesus through Mary, consecrating everything I am and have to the honor and glory of the Mother of God, made on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I couldn't scrounge up the energy and will to take on the horrific comments of the self-proclaimed "bishop in white" at Fatima, because I knew it would only be succeeded by another outrage soon enough? Well, true though that is, I will correct this matter below.

So, making no predictions of anything by way of events, I return to Fatima. Fatima is the key to our times. On the temporal side, the Deep State, globalist war against Trump (or at least against what Trump promised), the constant vilification and provocation of Russia seems destined to produce fruit-- good or rotten, depending on the action of the Church herself. On the spiritual side, the apostasy of the Church (news flash) goes all the way to the top. When will the Church obey Our Mother?

Friends, Mary promised it. Russia will be the instrument of a great temporal chastisement of man, or the instrument of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart bringing peace to the world. Either/or. Both/and?

So what did Francis say at Fatima, on top of the watering down of the Fatima message and non-consecration on which I would have bet a million dollars? Here is the relevant portion (I give the whole paragraph for context, but emphasize the money lines):

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Pilgrims with Mary…  But which Mary?  A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the “narrow way” of the cross by giving us an example, or a Lady “unapproachable” and impossible to imitate?  A woman “blessed because she believed” always and everywhere in God’s words (cf. Lk 1:42.45), or a “plaster statue” from whom we beg favours at little cost?  The Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer, or a Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us? (Francis, 2017)
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Francis canonized two of the visionaries, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, while at Fatima. What did St. Francisco say about Mary? Echoing Hilary White's piece here, these are the words of the new saint:

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‘Our Lady can no longer hold back the Arm of her beloved Son from the world. It is necessary to do penance. If people change their ways, Our Lord will still spare the world; but if they do not, the chastisement will come.’ (St. Francisco 1920)


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By all appearances, intentional or not, this is a rebuke of the saint the pope came to canonize, an open discouragement of the Fatima apparition and message, and a slight to Our Lady's Mercy and Our Lord's Justice. In my opinion, a new low, even for a pontificate of lowest lows.

But do not be afraid. Mary cannot be denied. If her Son cannot deny her anything, what chance does hell and the world stand against her? 

And into the morass of the desert of the real that is the visible hierarchy of the Church comes Cardinal Burke. The great Cardinal, ever stalwart (though deliberate to a fault to my impatience), drafter and proposer of the dubia, advocate of the Church's integrity in Malta, attacked on all sides-- now comes forth to cast another Clark Bar into the modernist punchbowl:

Remember how the idea fact that the consecration of Russia to Mary's Immaculate Heart at Fatima has NOT been done has been derided by Modernists of the prog- and neo- variety? Remember the scorn towards Fr. Gruner (who did the most on keeping this push alive) and everyone else who acknowledged the obvious truth that no pope has obeyed Mary's wishes on this?

Well, Cardinal Burke has now openly called for the Pope to consecrate Russia, in union with the world's bishops, to Mary's Immaculate Heart.  You know, JUST LIKE SHE ASKED.


If the pope does this, Russia will be converted and a period of peace will be given to the world. If not, “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions against the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated.”


Please pray and yes, demand that the Pope consecrate Russia as Our Lady has asked. Remember, in the end, Her Immaculate Heart will triumph, and all this will be done. Why must we continue to suffer before believing her?