31 January 2017

Help Saint Louis Catholic Take Over the Knights of Malta

I figured, hey, anyone can do it.  All I have to do is to ask the current Francis appointee to resign. I figure it should be easy--apparently they resign on the spot if you just ask them.

Then I'll get some cool miliary duds and my spiritual director will be Cardinal Burke. And because it is a sovereign entity (or used to be, anyway), I'll get new passports for my family and me so we can escape the U.S. the next time the Soros crowd gets power. How cool is that?

All I need is some manufactured controversy. That's where you come in. I need all of you to request condoms from the new Francisknights, and if you don't get them in 10 business days, Francis will support my takeover.  

Might as well send those requests directly to the Vatican.

Once the takeover is complete, I guess we'll invade Malta. Maybe make it Catholic again.

Won't you help me do that?

30 January 2017

Still with Burke

-- Still waiting for the dubia to be answered.
-- I Don't believe any of the slanders published against him.
-- I Trust him to do what he says, and pray for his vindication.
-- His vindication will be the vindication of Christ and His Church.
-- The sheep know the voice of their Master and flee the hireling.
-- As long as Burke is with Christ, I'm with Burke.
-- I know I'm not alone.

God bless you, Cardinal Burke! Stand firm.

Snapped

Sorry I'm a bit late on this, but it looks like some of the chickens may at last be coming home to roost over at SNAP, the organization whose stated purpose is to provide support for those abused by priests. It has appeared to some over the years that perhaps there may have been another agenda unrelated to such a laudable one as claimed. But perhaps that is a matter of opinion.

According to the Post-Dispatch, SNAP is facing a lawsuit claiming it colluded with attorneys for the alleged victims. A quote from the story:

“SNAP does not focus on protecting or helping survivors — it exploits them,” the lawsuit says. “SNAP routinely accepts financial kickbacks from attorneys in the form of ‘donations.’ In exchange for the kickbacks, SNAP refers survivors as potential clients to attorneys, who then file lawsuits on behalf of the survivors against the Catholic Church.”

A strong allegation. We'll see where it leads.

And this follows on the heels of a federal judge siding with a priest against SNAP who claimed SNAP defamed him with false allegations. A quote from the story:

Jackson said the court will direct that it has been established that SNAP defendants did conspire together “to obtain plaintiff’s conviction on sexual abuse charges” and that it was because of “discriminatory animus against plaintiff based on his religion, religious vocation, race, and national origin.”

Hmmm.  And we learn also that David Clohessy, SNAP's longtime leader, has resigned. But we are assured that it had nothing to do with the lawsuit above.

29 January 2017

Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Today is the Feast of the great Doctor of Charity, St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Oratory, co-patron of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, patron of journalists and writers, and great agent of the conversion of heretics.

Faithful who assist at any Institute Mass today may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.

Dom Gueranger says of the saint who converted 72,000 Calvinists:

God gave him to the Church at the very time that heresy was holding her out to the world as a worn-out system, that had no influence over men's minds.  He raised up this true minister of the Gospel in the very country where the harsh doctrines of Calvin were most in vogue, that the ardent charity of Francis might counteract the sad influence of that heresy.  If you want heretics to be convinced of their errors, said the leaned Cardinal du Perron, you may send them to me; but if you want them to be converted, send them to the Bishop of Geneva.

Thanks to JJR for this great novena prayer to St. Francis de Sales:

O Blessed Francis de Sales, who in your mortal life did excel in all virtues, especially in love of God and of neighbor, I earnestly entreat you to take me under your immediate protection, to obtain from God my perfect conversion, and that of all sinners, especially of (the names of persons for whom you wish to pray should be mentioned here). Teach me, O Father, to fix my eyes on heaven, that I may generously trample under foot every obstacle that presents itself in my way, and attain that degree of glory which you in your mercy hold out to me. Obtain also that particular favor for which I now pray. (mention intention)

Assist us, O Lord, we beseech you, through the merits of St. Francis de Sales. That what our endeavors cannot obtain may be given us by his intercession. Let us pray: O God, who for the salvation of souls, did will that St. Francis de Sales, your confessor and bishop, should become all things to all men and women, mercifully grant that we, infused with the gentleness of his charity, guided by his teachings, and sharing in his merits, may obtain eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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A reflection from Divine Intimacy quotes from St. Francis de Sales:

"O Lord Jesus, when You died on the Cross Your heart was so filled with kindness toward us and You loved us so tenderly, even though we ourselves were the cause of Your death, that You had but one thought: to obtain pardon for Your executioners, even while they tortured You and cruelly insulted You. Help me, I beg You, to endure my neighbors' faults and imperfections with kindness.

"To those who despise me or murmur against me, teach me to reply with humility, mildness, and a steadfast kindness of heart, never defending myself in any way. For love of You, I desire to let everyone say what he wishes, because words are not of value but love is, and he who loves more will be more loved and glorified. Help me, then, my Jesus, to love You; help me to love creatures for love of You, especially those who despise me, without letting myself be disturbed by their contempt, but applying myself to the practice of humility and mildness; then You will be my reward.

"Teach me to comport myself always with mildness and sweetness, and never to disrupt peace with anyone. All that I can do and obtain with love I will do, but what I cannot do or procure without a dispute, I will let be. Help me to make use of the repugnances and aversions I encounter in my contacts with others to practice the virtue of mildness, and to show myself loving with all, even with those who are opposed to me, or who are a cause of aversion.


"Finally, I purpose with Your help, O most lovable God, to apply myself to acquire kindness of heart toward my neighbor by thinking of him as Your creature, destined to enjoy You some day in Paradise. Those whom You tolerate, O Lord God, it is but just that I, too, tolerate them tenderly and with great compassion for their spiritual infirmities."

Blessed feast day to you all!


28 January 2017

My Last Word on the Subject

Francis is:

a) the Pope. I'm running out of things to say about the Vicar of Christ that don't amount to insulting him. There is no mileage in insulting the Vicar of Christ. In my view, this is the most disastrous papacy in history, and he is destroying so much that is good and true that it breaks my heart. And it angers me. I need to pray more, trust in the Lord, and will refrain from commenting further.

b) not the Pope. Which would make me want to do much, much more in calling him out. But I cannot unilaterally declare him such, and there is no mileage in rank internet speculation on such a question. One must submit to the Roman Pontiff in order to be saved, in all non-sinful things. Only the Church can declare if he ever loses, or has lost, or has never gained, the office.  I need to pray more, trust in the Lord, and will refrain from commenting further.

From now on, I will say nothing of the man but will limit myself to addressing issues of faith while begging God to relieve us of this disaster. I suppose other persons will soon enough fall under the eye.  God help us. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

27 January 2017

This

When a modernist uses the term "renewal", he means destruction. 

The Knights of Malta have one last chance to stand with Christ, against the destroyers who would cast Christ's commands into the gutter and who support the violaton of the natual law. It's that simple.

Full story from Rorate Caeli, a post by Roberto de Mattei.

Knights-- you beat the Turks! Don't surrender now.

25 January 2017

Remarks at a Maltese Funeral

Friends, Maltese, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Fra Matthew Festing, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Fra Matthew. The noble Francis
Hath told you Fra Matthew was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Fra Matthew answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Francis and the rest–
For Francis is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men–
Come I to speak in Fra Matthew's funeral.
He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Francis says he was ambitious;
And Francis is an honourable man.
He hath upheld the doctrines of Rome
Whose tenets were laid down by Christ:
Did this in Fra Matthew seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Fra Matthew hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Francis says he was ambitious;
And Francis is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the internet
A subordinate distributing condoms to poor souls,
Which Fra Matthew made him rue: was this ambition?
Yet Francis says he was ambitious-- and did not accompany;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.
I speak not to disprove what Francis spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love Christ once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for His servant?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Fra Matthew--and the Sovereign Order of Knights---

And I must pause till it come back to me.

23 January 2017

To Mark the Women's March, a Timely Observation about Conservatism

"It may be inferred again that the present movement for women’s rights will certainly prevail from the history of its only opponent, Northern conservatism. This [Northern conservatism] is a party which never conserves anything. Its history has been that it demurs to each aggression of the progressive party, and aims to save its credit by a respectable amount of growling, but always acquiesces at last in the innovation. What was the resisted novelty of yesterday is today one of the accepted principles of conservatism; it is now conservative only in affecting to resist the next innovation, which will tomorrow be forced upon its timidity and will be succeeded by some third revolution; to be denounced and then adopted in its turn. American conservatism is merely the shadow that follows Radicalism as it moves forward towards perdition. It remains behind it, but never retards it, and always advances near its leader. This pretended salt hath utterly lost its savor: wherewith shall it be salted? Its impotency is not hard, indeed, to explain. It is worthless because it is the conservatism of expediency only, and not of sturdy principle. It intends to risk nothing serious for the sake of the truth, and has no idea of being guilty of the folly of martyrdom. It always when about to enter a protest very blandly informs the wild beast whose path it essays to stop, that its “bark is worse than its bite,” and that it only means to save its manners by enacting its decent role of resistance: The only practical purpose which it now subserves in American politics is to give enough exercise to Radicalism to keep it “in wind,” and to prevent its becoming pursy and lazy ,from having nothing to whip.”

-- Robert Lewis Dabney, 1897





20 January 2017

For Today, Psalm 95

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

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


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

18 January 2017

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


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

Restless Farewell

Bob Dylan

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

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

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

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

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

And bid farewell and not give a damn

16 January 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Answer the dubia, Your Holiness. 

Or step down.

This situation needs to end. Yesterday.

Is It Friday Yet?

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

13 January 2017

Is It 2017 Already?

Now Vatican computer systems are hacked.

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


11 January 2017

Ohhhh Baby!

Salt + Smoke opening St. Louis Hills location.

Best brisket in the universe.



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

Good for His Grace on this one.

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

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

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

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

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

The full statement of Archbishop Carlson:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 January 2017

Dear Cardinal Burke...

Your Eminence,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saint Louis Catholic

A Thought for Christmastide

There was another custom, which originated in the Ages of Faith, and which is still observed in many countries. In honour of the Three Kings, who came from the East to adore the Babe of Bethlehem, each family chose one of its members to be King. The choice was thus made. The family kept a feast, which was an allusion to the third of the Epiphany-Mysteries - the Feast of Cana in Galilee - a Cake was served up, and he who took the piece which had a certain secret mark, was proclaimed the King of the day. Two portions of the cake were reserved for the poor, in whom honour was thus paid to the Infant Jesus and his Blessed Mother; for, on this Day of the triumph of Him, who, though King, was humble and poor, it was fitting that the poor should have a share in the general joy. The happiness of home was here, as in so many other instances, blended with the sacredness of Religion. This custom of King’s Feast brought relations and friends together, and encouraged feelings of kindness and charity. Human weakness would sometimes, perhaps, show itself during these hours of holiday-making; but the idea and sentiment and spirit of the whole feast was profoundly Catholic, and that was sufficient guarantee to innocence.


King’s Feast is still a Christmas joy in thousands of families; and happy those where it is kept in the Christian spirit which first originated it! For the last three hundred years, a puritanical zeal has decried these simple customs, wherein the seriousness of religion and the home enjoyments of certain Festivals were blended together. The traditions of Christian family rejoicings have been blamed under pretexts of abuse; as though a recreation, in which religion had no share and no influence, were less open to intemperance and sin. Others have pretended, (though with little or no foundation,) that the Twelfth Cake and the custom of choosing a King, are mere imitations of the ancient pagan Saturnalia. Granting this to be correct, (which it is not,) we would answer, that many of the old pagan customs have undergone a Christian transformation, and no one thinks of refusing to accept them thus purified. All this mistaken zeal has produced the sad effect of divorcing the Church from family life and customs, of excluding every religious manifestation from our traditions, and of bringing about what is so pompously called, (though the word is expressive enough,) the secularisation of society.

--from a discussion on the customs of Epiphany in The Liturgical Year, by Dom Prosper Gueranger

08 January 2017

Feast of the Holy Family

Blessings to all of your families on this great feast day-- and to my sainted wife and her little homeschoolers, whose patrons the Holy Family are.



04 January 2017

For the Record: Assange Interview

As the nation awaits to see how far the Dear Leader will go in starting World War III before January 20, I thought I'd post this, the full video of Sean Hannity's interview with Julian Assange published January 3.

03 January 2017

January 14: Pontifical Low Mass of Cardinal Burke at St. Mary of Victories

Good news on many levels, courtesy of Juventutem Saint Louis. On Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10 a.m., Raymond Cardinal Burke will celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Mary of Victories in St. Louis.

There are all kinds of reasons to go to this event, but might I suggest that it would be fitting to show our gratitude to Our Lord for Cardinal Burke, and also to show our support for one of the few Bishops standing up for the truths of the faith in the face of hostile opposition at the highest levels? Moreover, any advancement of the Traditional Mass is most welcome.

After Mass, there will be a reception with Cardinal Burke in the church hall.

Mark your calendars. Go to Mass!