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Each day I sin, I strike a nail in Our Lord’s cross. 

The other day I was watching a show on EWTN hosted by Fr. Benedict Groeschel. I greatly admire this good and gentle old priest. The topic was “Teaching Orders in the Church.” Fr. Groeschel invited two guests, one of which was Christian Brother (CB) Edward Sheilds (ES). ES, to the best of my knowledge, is not one of the morally bankrupt and disgraced Irish CBs.

I was curious as to what ES would say because I was educated by the Christian Brothers during the 1960s. The Christian Brothers is an order of teaching laity founded by a priest and saint, Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. However, because the Brothers do not take Holy Orders, they do not take priestly vows nor may they act in the place of priests. This may be confusing to the general population because CBs wear black garb that is similar to a priest. Unsuspecting persons, and that includes parents and their children seeking a good Catholic education, assume because of outward appearances, the CBs think and act like priests. This is not so.

I received as good an academic education as one may receive at any Catholic HS in the country. My school alumni directory is loaded with Brainiacs of every conceivable type—business, science, politics, arts, sports. High IQs abounded among the teaching staff and students. Back when the SATs were 1600 (harder than today!), we had our share of annual perfect or near-perfect score-makers. Alas! A lethal combination of nature and nurture prevented me from attaining such heights.

However, if the goal was to properly form the minds of young Catholic men and equip them with an adult understanding of the Faith, ready to face the moral challenges that were bound to happen, and to lead their souls to Heaven, then the CBs of my time utterly failed and are no less a disgrace to the Church than any of the wolves in sheep’s clothing now leading the Church towards schism.

The CBs did everything possible to steer our minds away from Church teaching, not in direct defiance but in more subtle cunning ways. We did not study Augustine or any of the Patristic Fathers; Thomas Aquinas or any of the Church Doctors; or any of the heroes of the Church, like Saint Agatha, or closer to our own time, people like Cardinal Jezsef Mindszenty, Sister Faustina, or Edith Stein. We did not study modern Church teaching as applied in the Catechism. We studied Darwin and Marx, Utopian theory, situational ethics, and secular humanism. We believed in Holden Caulfield and followed him as if he was the second coming. We learned how to properly apply a condom. In adulthood we learned how to become New Agers, Atheists, Agnostics, or Universalists; and followers of Modernism, Scientism, Malthusianism, or any fashionable belief system, just so long as it wasn’t Catholicism.

Thanks to the CBs, I fell into it all; I was ignorant of the true Faith and rationalized my unbelief, my sins, and my life-avoiding decisions. And if there is one thing that I regret, it’s that because of such beliefs we did not have more children. I miss having more kids and grandkids.

What of the CBs today? By their active support of the LGBT agenda at CB colleges such as Manhattan in NYC, Lewis in Ill., and CBU in Memphis, they still cling to their falsehoods. By necessity, in supporting key planks of the progressive movement, they must support them all in order to maintain position and not antagonize their friends. Directly or indirectly, the CBs support the Culture of Death. My views are known to the CBs at my HS and my classmates on the HS senior blog. The vitriol on the blog is immense, as are the superior claims to brain power and logic leveled against me, as is the rejection of ancient Church teachings; but not that all surprising, coming from such well trained Catholic anti-Catholics.

Sorry Fr. Groeschel. For these reasons I do not support the CBs in any way, shape or form.

UPDATE: Unrelated to the above show, it was announced by EWTN that Fr. G. would not be returning. We hope and pray that Fr. G. will keep the peace of Our Lord in his heart, for he is a kindly old gentleman and deserving of the heavenly gates. (IMHO)

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I remember reading an essay on military tactics during the War Between the States—Generals on both sides deployed their troops in 18th Century attack formations using “modern” 19th Century arms. The carnage was both immediate and apparent.

Immediate in that once engaged, the speed at which battles were fought was greatly accelerated and apparent in that if battle commanders did not adapt to the new technology, a great many men were sure to die without purpose.
For Northern Generals, modern military technology gave rise to new and modern theories of engagement, especially the notion that total war was possible, that is, to completely destroy the ways and means whereby an enemy may engage in war and in so doing, destroy their will. In practice this meant the obliteration of entire civilian communities, for example, in Sherman’s March to the Sea.

The lesson of genius is that being a  genius in one thing does not make a person a genius in all things and it is impossible to predict every possibility, whether the results will be beneficial or unsavory. Did the arms-makers of the 19th Century foresee that their inventions would lead to the acceptance of total mass destruction in wartime? The best we can do is admit that possibilities exist, watch them unfold, and take proper moral action when necessary.

Faith is an odd thing. We believe in an Invisible Almighty God, and what He wants from us is predictable and good. It is understood in  properly formed minds through inspiration, prayer, instruction, and practice. Yet we also put our faith in men, often times above God. Men whose actions are unpredictable and may not be good at all and contrary to our beliefs in God. The visible order trumps God’s order. Why do we accept Man over God? What are the consequences?

Occasionally I come across articles that list companies which support organizations and public officials spouting views contrary to Church teaching on faith and morals, especially abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage. The intent is to inform, to encourage you to communicate your displeasure to the powers that be, and to exert pressure by boycotting their goods and services if they don’t change.

The list of companies is endless; I don’t know how I could function in society if I boycotted every company that I think is deserving of my wrath. Food, clothing, shelter are all affected; so too material possessions like the interior furnishings and appliance in my home, my car, even the gas I put in my car, and the garden stuff I buy and where I buy it. The things I enjoy most for entertainment, movies and sports, are affected. The restaurants we choose to dine out. I do what I can (I really do not know if I’m doing enough!) and that’s about it.

But what of the companies themselves, do they not see the possibilities? Consider the more than fifty million abortions in the US over the past forty years as well as the millions more that would have been born if the previously aborted had not been murdered in the womb and come of age. The statistically proven below-replacement rates looming in Russia, China, and Western Europe. What is predictable is a decreasing rate of population growth and then a decline in population altogether as older people die and there is no one to take their place. It doesn’t happen all at once, but over decades.

If true, what of the long range strategic plans of companies like Microsoft, Apple, Kraft Foods, JC Penney, Kellogg, and General Mills, among others? They support in one way or another progressive views on population control, abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, etc. However, they depend on consumers, but where do consumers come from? Kill off God, freedom of religion, true marriage, family, and babies and in time you kill off consumers. Eventually, such companies stagnate, investment values decline, expansion plans fail, and they become minor players, are bought out, or die on the vine.

God gave us free will and He will not turn us into automatans at this point.  If the people of a country chooses to downsizes its population, then everything worth preserving about that country, not just the big companies, is downsized. Doesn’t make sense to me, but God will let us have our way in the end, even if it means choosing Hell over Heaven.

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You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you,   You forgot the God who gave you birth….What a fickle race they are,   sons with no loyalty in them!” “Since they have provoked me with their ‘no-god’   and angered me with their vain idols,I will provoke them with a ‘no-people’;   with a foolish nation I will anger them.” (Deuteronomy  32:18-19) (Nice cuts from recent Msgr. C. Pope blog )

What happened in the concentration camps of Nazi Germany and the gulags of Communist Russia could never happen in the United States, right? The people would not stand for it. We are not a godless, secular nation, unaware of our roots…

We are a nation of ideas, freely spoken and heard, and we cherish our liberty too much to have it taken away by extremists, to be replaced with totalitarian beliefs which deny our right to openly practice our faith as we see fit, to build our families as we see fit, and to demonstrate right virtue and deplore the lack thereof in public as we see fit.

Russia gave us this:

And One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich:

Germany gave us this:

And Applied Eugenics:

America gave us this:

And Catholics In Name Only, leaders in the Culture of Death:

It Could Happen to You—With Apologies to the Warningers of Past Times

  “Harry, what has gotten into you this morning? You have the look of a dog with a collapsed lung. Why are you breathing so hard?”
  “Not so funny today Charlie. I sent my reports to the top days ago and haven’t received my customaries. Days ago Charlie. And nothing!”
  Charlie furrowed his brow in the utmost concern.
  “Harry, I wouldn’t be too worried. Probably a mix up at the bureau; these things happen from time-to-time. They’ve got their hands full with that other business, way down in the southern marshes. Here, let me have your messages for today. I’ll hand-carry them over with my things and look in to it.”
  “Thanks Charlie, I knew I could count on you.”
  Charlie looked winsomely upon his desk companion as he handed over the sealed envelope.
  “Good. I’ll be back before you know it.” Charlie got up and quickly left their cubicle.
  Harry sat back in his chair and looked up at the clock. Nothing but dead silence except for the sound of the ticking.   There he sat the rest of the day staring blankly at the clock hands until he nodded off. Then of a sudden, he heard footsteps in the corridor moving at the quick step, most urgent. It was thirty minutes past closing. But wait! Not Charlie’s heavy footsteps, he knew those by heart. Lighter steps and more than one set.
  Harry rushed the door. As he turned the knob the door flew open. Many hands grabbed him and bound him in metal cords.
  “Damn you all, you bastards!” he shouted out. “Do what you can! You will never take my mind! Never! Do you hear me?”
  They gagged Harry and covered his head in a cloth pouch.
  “So long Charlie, dear old friend,” Harry thought as they dragged him away. 

  The memory of a long-since dead prayer came to him, one he had ordered exterminated many years ago.  But It didn’t matter anymore, not where they were taking him.  It wasn’t like they would torture him in the old ways, the implants made sure of that. If he wanted to believe in an invisible world, then they would give it to him, complete and aware. There would be no more interaction with any kind of living thing, human on nonhuman,  for the rest of his life.  Deaf, blind, and dumb he would become, in the company of whatever angels and demons he conjured up. Then when he breathed his last, they would take his body and make fertilizer of it.

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Although the bishops were unable to get it, by luck I got hold of an advance copy of the keynote speaker’s address, from Sister Pearl OC (Order of the Clam),  at the upcoming annual assembly of the LCWR in St. Louis August 7-10. I though it worth repeating here Sister Pearl’s opening invitation to prayer: 

On The Purpose of Life

Thus spake our departed Sister Moon Sun Shi who is here among us in spirit, whispering in our ears her blessed isms : Ye are he who is, as ye are she who is; thus, ye who are he and she are both in is, just as ye are both he and she separate yet together; separate and together do ye abide as he and she within is, yet still be ye both a glimmer of is. Yea, less ye allow unrest to trouble thy mind, let it be known that what is perchance to be that what is, he and she may not be as is truly is, as he and she are not like unto is as is always was and still is the quantum void, but rather ye who are he and she do dwell within it.

Let us pray. Listen to our opening theme music, and be inspired. (Sister Pearl directed to point up to the large screen above her head): 

UPDATE: Dang! It sounds like I was pretty much on the mark after reading about the new age guru who made the keynote speech.  I just might invite her over for dinner (I make a great bean sprouts salad and brew organic basil tea) and listen to my Yanni collection.

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How can the sheep let their shepherds know of their displeasure? A recent exchange between me and an internet priest-not Fr. Z or Fr. DL:

To: Fr. X
From: Me

Recently I mentioned in the confessional my anger at Catholic bishops and priests who say and do things in public that are contrary to Catholic teaching, such as Jesuits who publicly support the homosexual and abortion agendas. On the other hand one might read commentary from a Jesuit that is exactly in line with Church teaching. My priest told me there is no need to worry about events that occur in other parishes or dioceses far away from where I live and to find a local church and priest that I like and go there.

I did not find his answer acceptable. I do not think it right for ministers of the Church to foster ideas that are defined as gravely evil by the Church. If there is scandal in one part of the Church somewhere, is there not scandal for the whole Church?

In this day and age of open communications, doesn’t anyone within the hierarchy of the Church realize what confusion, anger, and distrust this creates among us pew-sitters? For example, priests celebrate gay Masses (not in my diocese) knowing that those in attendance reject Church teaching on sexual sin and they receive communion with a clear heart. The bishop of that church says and does nothing. While back in my own little church far away I sweat every day my sexual weaknesses, pray, and abstain from communion until I have made a proper confession. This does not make sense!

Secondly, why is there a tolerance within these Orders and the bishops in general of priests who act in ways-both materially and consistently-that is against Church teaching? I would not ignore them. I would tell them kindly to get back in line or throw them out.

How can the Church say we must evangelize the world when it hasn’t done its own house-cleaning?

Me

To: Me
From: Fr. X

It is odd that God didn’t make me and you bishops. If God had known what He was doing He would certainly have put you and me in charge. Forget the bishops tolerating these things. Someone should straighten out the Almighty. And what was this business about making Judas that thief and traitor the first church treasurer and that coward Peter the first pope? God should have His head examined!

Fr. X

To: Fr. X,
From: Me

Thank you for personally replying. I did not expect it knowing that you lead a very busy life. You need not be sarcastic with me in thinking that I think that God has erred in the selection of bishops, etc. I do not think that at all and it was not the basis for my questions. I believe that we have a right to question the soundness of certain actions, especially in this day and age of instant internet communications, wherein persons in authority may find it hard to keep things private. In this I refer to the teaching of faith and morals only.

It may very well be that God has a very good reason for keeping the wolves in sheep’s clothing in place. It does not mean we should sit back and do nothing. BTW, you didn’t answer a single one of my questions nor did you respond with theological authority.

There is one thing certain when dealing with liberal Catholics-they believe that Our Lord can be half-pregnant. Believe everything Christ said about Heaven and pretend He did not say a thing about sin, judgment, and Hell. (And also the enablers of sin.)
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Credit must be given to John Vennari for saving me the time to look up St. Thomas A. See his entire article: http://www.catholicapologetics.info/modernproblems/vatican2/wayward.htm

Saint Thomas Aquinas, in many passages of his works, upholds the principle that the faithful can rebuke and admonish Prelates. For example: “There being an imminent danger for the faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. Thus, Saint Paul, who was a subject of Saint Peter, questioned him publicly on account of an imminent danger of scandal in a matter of Faith. And, as the Glosa of Saint Augustine puts it (Ad Galatas 2,14), ‘Saint Peter himself gave the example to those who govern so that if sometime they stray from the right way, they will not reject a correction as unworthy even if it comes from their subjects’.”

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