Pope Francis: “Recognizing abuse more important than the Church’s reputation.” Great, but…

To put it more precisely, Holy Father, it is in rooting out abuse that one upholds the Church’s reputation.

Just a side comment: It is a sign of the times that “reputation” has become the all important premise of any moral equation, well, equivocation: As long as we can distance ourselves from appearance of wrongdoing, it’s all a go. What’s that all about. That blatant attempt at coverup is everywhere. But the big lie blinds people in noticing it. But God sees all and will hold people accountable regardless of their being so disgusted at those who do bring things to light, saying: “We can’t have that kind of thing going on.”

I know for a fact that evidence of abuse wrought by high profile ecclesiastics has been suppressed so as to protect the Church’s reputation, thus harming the same.

Meanwhile, there’s abuse and then there’s abuse. High profile ecclesiastics effectively promoting abortion by actively encouraging sacrilege against the Most Blessed Sacrament continues. And who is there anywhere who speaks against chemical abortion? How many (arch)bishops, including you, Holy Father, push the fake “vaccines” that turn people into super-spreaders, “vaccines” which took live babies, healthy and fully developed, from the wombs of their mothers so as to rip out those live organs in order to replicate living cells so as to do research and/or development and/or testing?

And if I report on the deadly abuse of children in this way, if I’m one of those who “have that kind of thing going on,” am I to be penalized, cast aside, marginalized, thrown beyond the darkest of existential peripheries? Yes?

Well, tell you what, Holy Father, that’s where this priest is most comfortable. I fear nothing in this world; I fear no penalties that you can impose for my speaking against the deadly abuse of the least of the brethren. I have my eyes on heaven. I want to be hidden with Christ Jesus in heaven, hidden from all the hypocrisy, all the self-hero worship. It’s all so disgusting. Not that I wouldn’t have done all that myself. There but for the grace of God go I, go we all. Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, who saves me from all of this, who would save us all from all of this. And I did have to be saved from all of this, sinner that I am. Join me, Holy Father, in protecting even those in the womb.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Yep, edition)

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This is the Morris rose, which had a tough life this Summer, what with me having had Covid and then pneumonia. No weeding. No pruning. Neglect. Yep.

Morris himself had a tough life. He’s my hero in any number of ways. Yep. To him I say, Thank you, Morris. I offer Holy Mass for the repose of his soul regularly.

My favorite meditation is about entering into heaven, not because I’m presumptuous about myself making it to heaven, rather because it is so instructive about why not to be presumptuous at all. I imagine that there is a glorious parade through the pearly gates constituted by souls who know what it is to have suffered because of living righteously by the grace of God in a terribly fallen world that is the sworn enemy of all that is good and holy. Yep.

Outside of Christ our God, Divine Son of the Living God, Son of the Immaculate Conception, there is no one who was more beat up by the hell of this world than the dearest good mom of Jesus. So, a Morris rose, a “Yep” rose for you, Mary. You understand. Thanks for being a good mom to Jesus and to us.

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Vax for Sacraments: Zeig mir deinen Ausweis! Coward (arch)bishops vs Mafiosi. Humor. So sad.

From the website of the Archdiocese of Moncton: COVID-19: GREEN phase: September 17th 2021 Update

Beginning Wednesday Sep 22nd, at any gathering inside our churches, rectories or community centres under our supervision, those present must be doubly vaccinated. By gatherings we mean: religious celebrations (Sunday and weekly masses, prayer meetings, baptisms, weddings and funerals, Confirmation, First Reconciliation, First Communion), parish and pastoral meetings, catechesis meetings, management meetings, conferences, workshops, fraternal and social meetings, bingos, card games, etc. By those present we mean: priests, lay ministers, members of choirs, volunteers, the faithful and other participants. This also applies to family members or close friends at baptisms, weddings, or funerals. Young people under the age of 12 are naturally exempted by this measure, as they cannot currently be vaccinated. How can these measures be put in place?

  1. At Masses next week, several volunteers are expected to be at the doors of each church to ask worshippers for full proof of vaccination and collect their names on a list of fully vaccinated people. This list will be used again on subsequent Sundays so our volunteers will avoid asking our parishioners for proof of vaccination each time. The request for proof of vaccination would then be required only for new people. This list may eventually be requested by the government.
  2. Inform the funeral home staff that family members and loved ones who come to church are to be doubly vaccinated. For baptisms and weddings, this task will fall to the parish office staff or to the person meeting the family to prepare for the celebration. As with other masses and celebrations, it will be necessary to keep a list of participants in funerals, weddings and baptisms after ensuring that they are doubly vaccinated.
  3. For catechesis with children, we follow the rules in force in schools. For the safety of young people, catechists should be fully vaccinated. When parents (or another adult) attend the meetings, they will of course have to be doubly vaccinated. For a celebration in church, you will follow the rule in force now in our churches.
  4. As for parish employees, it is highly desirable that they be fully vaccinated. However, if this is not the case, they will have to wear a mask at all times and undergo a COVID test periodically according to government policy.
  5. We will accept anyone who comes to the parish offices for information or service. If this person is not vaccinated, they may be asked to wear a mask.

Questions: Can we still accept a person who is not vaccinated or has a single dose inside our facilities for a celebration or a meeting? Even with a mask and social distancing?
Answer: The minister said “no” unless she had proof of exemption, which is rare.

We ask you to implement these new measures in each of your Christian communities not only to respect the government’s request but above all to help stop the spread of the virus among our population. We would not want one of our places of worship to be the location of a COVID exposure due to our negligence. The Minister of Health is counting on our cooperation.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you implement these new measures. I thank you in advance for all the efforts it requires to put in place this new protocol.

May the Lord bless us and continue to watch over us. — Mgr Valery Vienneau, Archbishop of Moncton

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You are correct, your Grace, the Lord is watching you.

Dear readers, this kind of thing is happening multiple times a day right around the world and is coming to a(n) (arch)diocese near you.

In my little world, I think of immediately of the mafia. Lol. I’d like to see the coward bishops who insist on implementing these measures come to a baptism or wedding or funeral involving a mafia crime family and telling a capo or boss or any low-level enforcer that they are not allowed in the church, and that they have to show their identities. Do you think a cowardly bishop is going to threaten these guys by whispering at the entrance to a church to say, a mafia hitman, like, “I know where your family lives, where your children go to school…”

No, no. Ain’t gonna happen. If any (arch)bishop tries this, he’ll immediately disgustingly soil himself when the mafia hitman tells him ever so matter-of-factly what will happen forthwith unless any interference ceases. Lol.

Meanwhile, so very sad. Denying the Sacraments. And the Holy See doesn’t do anything. Because of that, it seems to me that those in the Holy See are using the likes of such (arch)bishops as test-the-waters cases. If they “get away with it” and they are, this will happen elsewhere, as is happening.

But, about that testing of the waters:

How are the waters, (arch)bishop?

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (persecution is darkest when…, ed.)

Stupidly, I mentioned to another priest the horrific persecutions this past century has witnessed. He immediately corrected my stupidity, no matter the hundreds of millions murdered by communist cruelty that I had recounted. It’s likely that they will be on their way to heaven, he said, but that’s not necessarily the case when the persecution is actually the darkest, such as we have here in these U.S.A.

He explained what Sacred Scripture has to say about the most terrible persecution, the proliferation of pastors who are wolves in sheep’s clothing, who fatten themselves by their own destruction of the Little Flock. Evil pastors, priests and bishops, who are running breakneck into hell and making sure that the sheep run with them into hell constitute, in view of each soul and in view of eternity, the worst persecution, bringing souls to hell for eternity.

This was brought to my attention another way after the Vigil Mass last night. A couple all the way from Florida thanked me profusely for my homily. I tried to get out of it, pointing to my guardian angel but they continued to insist. My homilies are ever so mediocre, and to have them hailed as being so good doesn’t reflect on the homilies so much but to the fact that there are so many who are apostate heretic wolves in sheep’s clothing who have nothing whatsoever to say in their homilies that will be an occasion for the Lord’s Little flock to be brought closer to Jesus. No matter what I say, it will be better than what the wolves have to howl on about. That’s scary. In any other time, my homilies would be seen to be the mediocrity that they are. Yikes!

Meanwhile, one of the last Jasmine flowers for you, Mary. You survey all the hell into which this world runs. But the cross shines out brightly in the darkness. The Lord’s Little Flock overlooks the ineptitude of non-wolf shepherds if there is any effort whatsoever to point to the cross in the midst of the darkness. They notice the cross, and then the one standing next to the cross, you, O Mary. So a Jasmine cross for you.

The last of the October Beans were harvested the other day. It’s not even October! Organic gardening has it’s weirdnesses for sure. It being this late in the season these flowers had no chance of turning into beans. Everything is pulled up now. There are plenty to plant this next year, ensuring lot’s more flowers for the Immaculate Conception. Just my opinion, but we will need plenty of flowers to give to Mary as time marches on. Just my nsho, but times will get much worse before they get better, much darker better lightening up. More on that later. Meanwhile, these for you, Mary, while we can.

No idea what these small purple flowers are. They’ve been growing in a planter bucket discarded from the outside of the church and now next to the rectory for many years. They’re quite small. Unobtrusive. Just super stubborn. They will continue to churn out flowers for the Immaculate Conception in the worst of circumstances. Incredible. A good occasion for an examination of conscience on the state of my own soul in these dark times. Giving flowers to the Immaculate Conception isn’t so much about any of us giving flowers to Mary, is it? No. Jesus provided the flowers for us to give to His dear mother. Then it’s not so dark anymore.

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Adoration of the Light of the Nations in the dead of night

A rather learned poetic and papabile friend made a big deal of my usage of the phrase “dead of winter” much like “dead of night.” His inscaping of such expressions with present catastrophe was intense.

“George!” he exclaimed at midday with the bright sun blindingly reflecting off the snow, “It’s the dead of winter, the dead of winter! The dead of night!” He had many words to inscape, as do we all.

But all is expressed in the silence of that moment when the very Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us, and when that Word was silenced on the cross that the dead might come to life.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (mum’s the word, edition)

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Highlights:

  • Friday Noon there was a sotto voce Holy Mass in the parish church. :-)
  • Friday Night was the Eucharistic Holy Hour in the parish church with time for quiet adoration. No Pachamama here. :-)
  • Friday Night was Last Rites out of State at Union General, quietly taking place in an overflow Covid Ward. A good friend very much appeared to be in his last moments. I returned the next day, lots of quiet prayers in between for a good friend. He survived, so far. I quietly repeated the Last Rites.
  • In between those visits, a foray was made further down into the Peach State, down to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. I was inside for five hours+. More courses updating info for Law Enforcement chaplains. Three more modules. One of them was on confidentiality. Here’s a slide of that:

Basically, mum’s the word. Of course, I was already well versed in all this, being a Catholic priest who has to keep such as the Seal of Confession.

If you were expecting that we would be talking chrysantheMUMS here… No. I have none to give. I would if I could.

The special mum here is about keeping quiet. Mum’s the word, which refers to an old middle German word for one who keeps his mouth shut. It’s a bit ironic, that saying, speaking of a word for not speaking a word, “mum’s the word.” Sorry.

The quiet of Jesus, having given His all on the Cross, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, speaks loudly through the quiet sacraments today, often provided when all is mum. And there is Mary, Jesus’ mum, at His side. All is mum, well, in lots of ways. So, flowers for you dearest mum, even if they are not mums. You know what it is to keep mum with your dear Son. And teach your priest sons to keep mum as well.

So, no matter what, lots of flowers for you, Mary.

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In lieu of the Eucharistic Congress

Always Jesus. He’s the One. He’s the only One.

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Today’s Feast of the Engraving of the Stigmata of St Francis

This came in the mail today…

Jesus and Francis, a Band of Brothers in Blood.

Saint Francis, pray for us.

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Covid vaxing: direct, proximate, formal cooperation in the murder of children. Clear moral analysis: It’s not rocket science, you murderers. [update already]

  • As church leaders punt away their responsibilities to teach and lead and risk all in witness to Christ, the laity are bidden to follow their own conscience regardless of what the actual moral analysis of anything happens to be. That’s already a moral heresy, that conscience is unleashed to the relativism of an individual, whereby they pick and choose whose moral authority they will learn from, whether that be Christ Jesus or, diversely, CNN.
  • Having done that, when pressed anyway, analysis from some specious group of self-congratulating moralists or talk show talking heads will be called in to the rescue of the ever present and pernicious modus operandi of being “men of consensus” with the world’s secular governments and their ever to be feared ecclesiastical puppets.
  • Those with Styrofoam souls will say that getting the vaccine is entirely moral, that opinions on one side or the other are on the same level as opinions on global warming, and that we all need to be welcoming. Look, to be welcomed into heaven we have to do the will of God, keeping His commandments, such as “DO NOT MURDER.”
  • When pressed, they will add all the academic vocabulary impressive to those wanting an excuse and who have chosen not to think about the purposed murder of the children involved, purposely tested to be absolutely healthy and absolutely perfectly developed and viable, so that then, in sterile conditions of, say, a pharmaceutical laboratory, the the living organs of the living child are removed for research and/or development and/or testing.
    • In their sophistic academic vocabulary they will speak about merely “remote cooperation with evil”, but nothing is remote about this. God holds all of time in His hands. All is present before Him. And the babies own living cells are still multiplying through the years. That’s NOT the past. And anyway, time is not the referent for the term “remote”.
    • In their sophistic academic vocabulary they will speak about merely “material” cooperation in the murder. But “material” cooperation would be like paving a street past a pharmaceutical laboratory that is murdering children. The paver likely has no idea. This is NOT that.
    • And now we come to the heart and soul of this murder which they rationalize with such glib arrogance, sweet smiles on their faces. They say that cooperation it is not formal cooperation when one receives a “vaccine.” But it is instead true that such a purposed murder makes anyone who is a willing recipient of “benefits” of that murder into a murderer himself. Why’s that? Because the only reason for that murder was for the profit of pharmaceutical companies and the “benefit” of recipients of whatever “vaccine.” There is no double-effect theory by which a directly and intrinsically evil act such as murdering the innocent is to equivocated with some kind of proportionalism or some kind of situation ethics. Doing evil that good may come from it is entirely condemned. See Romans 3:8 – “Why not say – as some slanderously claim that we say – ‘Let us do evil that good may result’? … Their condemnation is just!”. Just because Jesus redeemed us all, and please God saved some of us, that doesn’t mean that Caiaphas was honorable to say that it is better that one Innocent Man die than that the whole nation perish. Let’s those words sink in for future reference: “Justly condemned.”

Look, the moral analysis on this is not rocket science. It is not complex. Those who abscond from their responsibilities to appear politically correct, as men of consensus, as those who are sophisticated and clever, above the fray, better than those stupid pro-lifers, those stupid believers in Jesus, they will have their lies and deceits front and center for them at the judgment. They won’t be able to hide behind any other murderers. They will face the very children they helped to murder. They will face Mary, with Jesus in her womb. Stare at that picture up top. No, really. It may save your eternal soul. ➔ Go to Confession.

/// UPDATE: A distant and sometimes-reader of this blog made a comment on this post which I place here to give it emphasis. It was quite short:

  • Where is the mercy?

To which, in answer, I respond, in an equal amount of words:

  • See the last sentence.

It might be hard to see that that’s where mercy is to be found. It might be obnoxious for us to look to Jesus for mercy when it is Jesus image that is being ripped out of the womb for the “vaccines”. With repentance, one may indeed approach Jesus in the Tribunal of Mercy. All things being equal, Jesus provides mercy. Jesus forgives. All things being equal means that there has to also be a firm purpose of amendment: no “boosters”, no more killing of kids for “vaccines.”

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Pope Francis: pro-abort politicos & Holy Communion

Oooo! Pope Francis is so strong against abortion, likening it to hiring a hit-man, a sicario, to solve a problem.

I’m calling this B.S. Why? Because he then says that the worst pro-abort politico can go to Holy Communion to receive Jesus who was Himself nine months in the womb of His Immaculate, Virgin Mother.

And that means that his dissing of abortion is NOT the dissing of abortion, but mere satire of “rigid” people, mocking them for being pro-life, mocking their belief in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Pope Francis has zero moral authority for this priest. None. Zilch. Zippo. Nada.

I follow Jesus.

And I will deny any murderous pro-abort politician who comes up to receive Holy Communion in my little church.

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Pope with zero moral authority promotes civil unions also for same-sex couples, having them risk hell

I denounce Pope Francis and his moral heresy in my parish. Does your priest or bishop, ever, like, ever?

That doesn’t mean I don’t pray for the person of Pope Francis, even offering Mass for him, frequently.

Peter turned back to confirm the brethren in the faith. That’s what we want for Pope Francis.

But that doesn’t mean we lead souls to hell with him. No. We oppose him to his face, well, as much as we can!

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Last Rites from an unvaxed priest! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look!

  • “Last Rites given by an unvaxed priest! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Super-Troublemaker! Father George!”

To those who think that I do something extraordinarily heroic… sigh… all I do is jump not over tall buildings but merely into a beat-up vehicle, having an absolute blast driving through the absolutely gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains on the super-cool curvy roads of far, far Western North Carolina, North Georgia, etc., blasting through any number of parishes and (arch)dioceses and states to do what I’m supposed to do as a priest. That’s it. Nothing heroic. Nothing out of the ordinary. It’s what any priest would do, at least if they could.

Some priests are locked down, commanded by their bishops not to provide the Sacraments of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not even Last Rites to those in the throws of death. What’s it gonna hurt the person who’s dying? What’s it gonna hurt the priest even if he catches Covid and dies? Giving the Last Rites gets both to heaven, and isn’t that what we want? We’re all gonna die. But the dying need the Last Rites and the priest must provide the Last Rites.

Even bishops sitting mightily in power denying Last Rites to their subjects will die. We priests are to ignore them as Canon Law bids us to do. And I’m not bucking any authority in all this: regardless of any jurisdiction any bishop thinks he has, when it’s a matter of someone dying on the spot any priest whomsoever has the right and duty to provide the Sacraments, even someone who is excommunicated, even if a priest in good standing is right there. And anyway, I’m in good standing with both Church and State.

By “Last Rites” I mean any number of things that can include but are not limited to rites of Confession and Anointing, also known as Extreme Unction. While Confession is expressly mentioned in Canon Law (Canon 976), I include Anointing since it covers what happens in Confession when Confession cannot otherwise be made. The supreme law is the salvation of souls, right?

To those who think that I do something criminal, being unvaxed and being with… gasp!… other people who are dying, even while I am spot-tested, enrobed, masked and gloved (but not gloved for a few seconds when I actually provide the sacraments), to those who judge me as being an old meanie for comforting the dying and sending them to heaven in their last minutes, to them I say… well, actually… I am speechless… But I’ll just keep doing what I do best, to be with the dying, to hear Confessions, to provide the Last Rites… and that’s NOT heroic, it’s just a priest being a priest.

If I myself were to die in moments, desiring the Last Rites, and some traitor (arch)bishop somewhere somehow forbade any priest to come to my assistance, and would not in any event show up himself, say, in a Covid Ward, you know, so that he could score some political points with who knows who, I would be tempted to sin with thoughts of exaggerated bitterness against him (not good, I know). That’s not the state of mind I would otherwise want when preparing to go before the Lord in just some minutes. Much better to ask the Lord for His mercy, for the forgiveness of all my terrible sins, for the grace of final perseverance in those last seconds, for the joy of going to heaven to thank Him forever.

I “confess” that in the past few days I’ve been to all sorts of hospitals in Covid overflow wards, in Covid lockdown wards, in North Carolina, in Georgia, at private homes… Again, that’s nothing heroic. It’s what all priests are supposed to do. In any other time, people wouldn’t pay one bit of attention. Nothing. But now, wrongly, it’s all, like:

  • “Last Rites given by an unvaxed priest! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Super-Troublemaker! Father George!”

But let’s talk about being unvaxed for a second. I am unvaxed. There are priests in, say, the Diocese of Lexington who are unvaxed and who are forbidden by their bishop because of that to provide the Last Rites. Does anyone ask them if they have super strong natural antibodies such that they cannot be carriers, unable to get or transmit Covid? No? Why not? What’s the political motivation behind that? Does anyone do spot tests? No? Why not? What’s the political motivation behind that? I wonder who it is who is the real criminal here…

For myself, and I’m sure for those other priests, I would, we would be happy to be considered criminals if only we could provide the Last Sacraments to the dying, because, you know, how could you not? Jesus Himself died for this. Ask His Mother. What does she tell you?

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I think there’s a great again meme in there

These billboards are all over Pennsylvania, and will remain up for a couple of months. They were put up by former Republican state senator Scott Wagner. Good on Scott Wagner.

So, continuing meme, how about…

You get the idea.

I’m sick of it. I’m sick of all of it. I’m sick of individuals who betray these U.S.A. I’m sick of individuals in the Church who betray Christ Jesus. I’m sick.

But, enough of that. That’s just me being weak and useless.

I should be enthusiastic, joyful to live in these times. What a privilege to live in these times. Thank you Jesus.

So how about something like this…

That portrait of Saint Thomas More as Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII always had pride of place in the law offices of my dad.

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Diocesan newspaper kicking unvaxed-sick in the face. Pope Francis disses Cardinal Burke. Even I was mocked.

But that’s just the Richmond diocesan newspaper running that cartoon. Meanwhile, Pope Francis just now condescendingly made fun of Cardinal Burke, who had a particularly bad bout with the CCP-Fauci virus. I also came down with Covid recently and a priest who gotten the vaccine numerous times poked fun of me, anti-vaxer that I am.

What this tells me is that vaxers hate themselves and everyone else.

Meanwhile, the vaxers have become super-spreaders and those who had Covid with no vaccine are now the most protected: they can’t get it any more and they can’t give it to others at all.

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Unvaxed priests can’t give Last Rites in Lexington Diocese

☦ (@johnamonaco) Tweeted: This past weekend, @BpStowe of Lexington made the cathedral’s deacon announce that the pastor & vicar aren’t vaccinated, that people may choose to not attend their Masses, & that these two priests are not allowed to visit the sick, the homebound, or the dying. https://t.co/vFvE4VLbYc https://twitter.com/johnamonaco/status/1437465923850547208?s=20

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Talk about moral injury against the priests…

Talk about spiritual injury against laity…

If the bishop lays dying will he want the Last Rites if there is only an unvaxed priest?

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Fr George, you’re not a man of consensus, a weaver of dialogue, but merely an embarrassing troublemaker: “We can’t have that kind of thing going on.”

Let’s list just a few of the things with which I am certainly discordant with the powers that be:

  • You have heard that it was said that the Ancient Rite of Mass, the TLM, is not valid as the Lex orandi, the law of praying, Jesus’ Sacrifice, and therefore is not valid as a source of Lex credendi, the law of believing, and is therefore simply hurtful rubbish which must be trashed, obliterated from the face of the earth.
    • But I say to you that anyone who knowingly and wittingly and willfully and freely holds that to be true is a blasphemer, a heretic, an apostate, an excommunicate.
  • You have heard that it was said that idol worship, say, of murderous demon Pachamama, is just some nice weaving of dialogue and that we have to incorporate demon worship into the Sacrifice of the Mass, the Novus Ordo.
    • But I say to you that anyone who worships a demon idol will become like that demon idol. See Psalm 115: 4-8 — “Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell. They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound. And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”
  • You have heard that it was said that those who do not repent, those who fully intend to sin again, say by way of adultery, are to receive the absolution that they do not want, that they are rejecting.
    • But I say to you that we must recognize the moral capacity of people and power of God’s grace and then say with Jesus, having brought someone to repentance: “Go and do not sin again.” To say that all, for instance, Latinos, have no moral capacity and so must be merely accompanied in their sin is racist and an insult to Jesus.
  • You have heard that it was said that same-sex marriage is not to be sanctioned, but that same-sex civilly sanctioned unions are good.
    • But I say to you that this destroys the image of God, which is one male, one female, marriage and family life. Any same-sex whatever is an attack on the image of God.
  • You have heard that it was said that the pro-abortion “vaccines” are necessary in charity, to protect others.
    • But I say to you that the murder of children in the womb for the research and/or development and/or testing of these “vaccines” is not protecting others, but murdering others. Also, it makes those getting the “vaccine” (as with all vaccines) into super spreaders who maybe get sick less themselves or maybe die less. Murder for hire, for self-benefit, is never good, never charity, and will make you risk going to hell forever.

/// There are thousands of things which I cannot tolerate in conscience for myself, which I cannot teach others to do, regardless if it is a guy named Bergoglio or ________________ (fill in the blank) who is pushing whatever idiocy. I don’t care what abuse of authority attempts to coerce me to commit sin. I’m not going to do it.

  • Do you want to take me out of active ministry, also hurting Jesus’ Little Flock? I feel badly for Jesus’ Little Flock, but for me, what is that punishment compared to going to heaven for eternity for having done the right thing without compromise, standing with Jesus in His trials?
  • Do you want to suspend me a divinis, from offering the Sacraments and from preaching, also hurting Jesus’ Little Flock? I feel badly for Jesus’ Little Flock, but for me, what is that punishment compared to going to heaven for eternity for having done the right thing without compromise, standing with Jesus in His trials?
  • Do you want to excommunicate me, also hurting Jesus’ Little Flock? I feel badly for Jesus’ Little Flock, but for me, what is that punishment compared to going to heaven for eternity for having done the right thing without compromise, standing with Jesus in His trials?
  • Do you want to burn me to death at the stake, thus also hurting Jesus’ Little Flock? I feel badly for Jesus’ Little Flock, but for me, what is that punishment compared to going to heaven for eternity for having done the right thing without compromise, standing with Jesus in His trials?

Seriously, I would rather stand by Jesus in His Trials. I say that with hope that, even if I am as weak as Peter, or worse, Jesus will not abandon me:

  • Luke 22:28-34 “You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

But we must have hope!

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Pareidolia: “Look at this!” he said; now I can’t unsee it. Smoke and flames from 9-11 WTC.

Besides the smoke and flames goat heads and baphomets in the flames and the smoke from both buildings, there are two almost photograph quality faces on the lower right, one mostly black and white, the other orangey. And now I can’t unsee all that. That’s the top photo of Father Gordon’s post today.

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In my dreams. One day, I hope. Soon.

GENESIS THESIS popular cover

But I want to turn this into a push for our Lady as co-Redemptrix…

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Our Lady of Sorrows, edition)

This feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows follows the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Throughout my life the two feast days of John the Baptist (his birth and martyrdom) and also the tandem feasts of the Exaltation of the Cross and of Our Lady of Sorrows have brought life changing events to yours truly.

Don’t get the wrong idea. That’s not because I have much of any reflection of Jesus and Mary and John in my life. Just the opposite. It’s because I need all the help I can get and I need to pay attention to dearest John, to the cross, and to the sorrows of our Lady (hint: because that’s not what I do on my own, wretch that I am).

To make this post short and sweet, recall the comments of the Venerable Fulton J Sheen on anyone’s autobiography, who our lives are written out in the wounds of dearest Mary’s dear Son, Jesus. There I am for all to see, and you as well:

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Co-Redemptrix unnecessary for faith? Un-architecting “relational signifiers”

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[[ This post was published a couple of years in the past about a future of writing about our Lady that has not yet come to pass. Re-posting this just keeps it on a burner on the stove as it were. Plus, I like the snarkiness of this post to this day. ]]

A rather anthropologically inhumane comment arrived to the blog stating “co-redemptrix as a title […] is not necessary for the faith,” and that “‘Co’ seems to be too strong of a relational signifier.” – That’s from a doctor of philosophy in theology, as it were, so to speak, who’s trying to architect Catholic faith with big words. Oooo! Big words! So, he says:

  • The “‘Co’ [of co-redemptrix] seems to be too strong…”

I guess he’s a man of his time. Are we all supposed to be absolute individualists, with no “relational signifiers” that are, you know, too strong, nothing that would disturb our faith so much as to be, like, actually related to others, to God?

Bwahahahaha…. Sorry. This is actually sad.

Let’s see what Saint Paul says about what kind of “relational signifiers” are appropriate:

  • “He gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ, so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, brings about the body’s growth and builds itself up in love. So I declare and testify in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds; darkened in understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance, because of their hardness of heart, they have become callous…” (Ephesians 4:11-19 nab)

Get that? No? Try this:

  • “He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he himself might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile all things for him, making peace by the blood of his cross (through him), whether those on earth or those in heaven. And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through his death, to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him, provided that you persevere in the faith, firmly grounded, stable, and not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, am a minister. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past. But now it has been manifested to his holy ones, to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.” (Colosians 1:13-29 nab)

Let’s see, Christ the Head, we the members, one Body of Christ, Mystici corporis Christi.

But all those “relational signifiers” – like “he” – are jussst toooo haaaard!

But wait, that one line there… “Filling up what is lacking…”

Let’s pray about this:

“And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to myself.” (John 12:32)

I mean, that’s on Calvary, during the Redemption, Jesus on the Cross, and we’re supposed to be with Him on the Cross. We, with Him, on the Cross. What’s Jesus talking about? It’s as if while He is laying down His life, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us – He is also laying down our lives, like His whole Body, Head and members. There’s a highly “relational signifier” if I ever saw one. But, here’s the methodology of it: “Blessed is he who takes no offense at me” (Luke 7:23), and “He must deny himself and take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23 – passim…)

But let’s go back to the outrageous Saint Paul, just to make sure we understand and it’s not tooooo haaard. I mean, “relational signifiers” is certainly tooooo haaard for me.

  • God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of (Jesus) Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-12 nab)
  • Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take Christ’s members and make them the members of a prostitute? Of course not! (Or) do you not know that anyone who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For “the two,” it says, “will become one flesh.” But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20 nab)

So, let’s go back to Genesis, where the Mother of the Redeemer is singled out in battle with Satan. Then there is a parallel of sorts in the battle between her Seed and Satan’s seed, that is, her Son and those who belong to Him, over against Satan and those who belong to him. Lot’s of “relational signifiers” going on there. If you want to know about who crushed the serpent on the head, see my conference and thesis.

It really is the Mother of the Redeemer’s Son.

Sometimes the “relational signifier” was in the feminine, so that the Mother of the Redeemer is presented as crushing the head of the great deceiver. This points to how our lives are laid down with that of the Redeemer, whose heel is crushed (and He dies) and we with Him. One Bread One Body. All that.

I would love to see an advance in artwork. I would like to see Mary crushing the serpent on the head with her heel (not just a gentle caress with a couple of toes), and I would like to see how the serpent’s head is being crushed even while that serpent is crushing the heel of Mary in all violence. More on that in a Flower for the Immaculate Conception…

Anyway, to those who think they can quote Cardinal Ratzinger from the Seewald interview, think again. At the time the great Cardinal was burdened with his utter rejection of original sin, and therefore his complete misunderstanding of the import of the Immaculate Conception. You can read about that in a homily reprinted in In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall. Get the German. For him, at that time, it’s all about original sin not as original sin, not with propagation, but by way of imitation. This isn’t hard. Moving ahead – and this is all a long story which deserves to told at length – now Pope Benedict XVI gave his Angelus address in Lourdes on Sunday, September 14, 2008, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Suffice it for now to say that he reversed a lifetime of thought about original sin and the immaculate conception. Follow the French. Stare at it long and hard, repeatedly. It’s inescapable. Really. This goes to the heart of a lifetime of thought for him. This is not a small thing. He just didn’t get how close it is that Christ makes us members of His Body. But since then, he does. A gentleman. A scholar. Does he himself quote Saint Paul as I have. Yes. But, at that time, a bit from the outside. But no longer.

Look. Christ is our Redeemer, alone. I know that. But try to go deeper into the intimacy in which He unites us with Himself, His Body. There’s a couple of pages in the thesis dedicated to the great Cardinal. I made it easy for you in the link above. You don’t have to go to the Pontifical Biblical Institute to peruse it, after you get your degrees there.

I can’t resist, one more from Saint Paul, as I just can’t get over this guys usage of “relational signifiers”:

  • “For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church, he himself the savior of the body. As the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So (also) husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “For this reason a man shall leave (his) father and (his) mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5:23-32 nab)

Talk about “relational signifiers”… HAH!

When someone says that such closeness with humanity is just too much, I think of Islam, which is scandalized by the Cross, for God could NOT love the world so much as to send His only Son so that He might make us one with Himself to give us as a gift to our Heavenly Father, through, with and in Himself, again… He having stood in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us:

  • For the sake of His sorrowful passion (justice)
  • Have mercy on us and on the whole world (mercy)

For Islam, God is tooooooooooo hoooooooooly for such love. But God is love. Jesus does make us one with Himself. When He lays down His life, he lays down our lives with His.

To think any other way is to prostitute oneself to the world. And by the way, the prostitute doesn’t need to be accompanied in her “job”, she needs to be gotten out of that.

And that’s, analogously, why I write such things, also for Pope Francis. I had the time to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He didn’t. We help each other out.

All this is encouraging me to do up the popular version of the thesis. I know that the time has come when people say that it is imprudent to speak of the Redeemer and the Mother of the Redeemer.  (More “relational signifiers” there, btw.) /// end of rant

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