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Cardinal Cupich, LGBTQ flag, Fr Kalchik Resurrection Parish, St Luke Institute

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Father Dwight Longenecker has a great analysis of the story brought out by Michael Voris at Church Militant. Father Dwight’s comment is HERE.

Having read Father Dwight’s excellent presentation there are some other points to consider:

  • Weaponizing psychiatric evaluation (or six month psycho-sexual ordeal) so that no evangelization of the Sign of Contradiction, wherein Jesus is the One, the only One, is not possible, is itself a sign of a criminal abuse of power on so very many levels.
  • Any psychiatrist, any institute which allows indeed welcomes the weaponizing of psychiatric evaluation for political agendas such as making bishops look like heroes tends to discredit all psychiatric evaluation, making all psychiatry odious and suspect. It doesn’t help that most each institute has been politicized, even being founded for that express purpose.
  • Saint Luke Institute was founded by those of the homosexualist agenda, who have homosexualist policies and homosexualist methods. For instance, the use of pornography of all kinds, including that of children, to “discover” the proclivities of an individual, even though this has been discredited for some forty years, and even though this method is in itself criminal, and even though this method is mortally sinful for the bishops who send people to such a place, and for the administration, and for the staff, and for the subjects. This methodology was spoken about repeatedly by the John Jay Report (look it up for yourselves), but the bishops still support this kind of sexual raping of their own priests. As I’ve said before, the bishops probably get video tapes of such sessions. This has to stop. Saint Luke Institute is not the only one. Many others come to mind, including one where the two priests involved in providing this methodology in one such institute left the priesthood, moved to Hawaii, and got married to each other.

One could go on adding a thousand other points about all this, including that of massive financial manipulations.

But what I would like to add here as well concerns the ambiguous alleged history of incidents of this priest that is not appreciated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. I bet you that these are categorized as his not being a “team player,” his not being a “man of consensus,” etc., because, just guessing, this priest does not promote a change in church teaching on the evils of LGBTQ gender bending, does not promote womens ordination, does not promote gay marriage, does not promote abortion on demand, does not promote sacrilege of all kinds, etc.

One last thing, as Father Dwight points out, two thugs were sent by Cupich who presented Father Kalchick with a death threat. The death threat was witnessed. Father Kalchick is now in hiding, just like Viganò. There is no due process. Just the murder of those who go against the homosexualist bullying. We recall the recent murder of whistle blower Father Joseph F. Moreno, Jr. of the Diocese of Buffalo.

Just to say, I’ve been calling out people for a long time on their sensationalist statements that this is all a pedophilia crisis when manifestly by all accounts it is a homosexualist crisis, that is, a using of homosexuality for aggressive bullying. Anything can be used for aggressive bullying. It’s true, Saint Paul goes after aggressively purposed homosexualist bullying as having a final result in violence (see Romans 1:18 to the end of that chapter), but I would like to point out in a way that is not inconsistent with that inspired statement of Saint Paul that, in the end, violent bullying is all about lust for power, ultimately, a share in demonic power. But the purveyors of demonic power will find out that Satan doesn’t share anything, least of all his “power.”

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Roasting on an open fire edition)

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These were seen near the hermitage this past Tuesday. It’s late September. The chestnuts are maturing. Christmas is coming soon. Christmas is all about Mary’s Divine Son. Surely a branch with some chestnuts in a bouquet for the Immaculate Conception is most appropriate.

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Conquering today’s demonic abuse of power with hellfire? Yep!

Today’s crisis is all about abuse of power. In our fallen state and without grace we think free will is power over God Himself. We can in fact choose to destroy the image of God: male and female God created them, in the image of God God created them. Male and female was rejected for sex without procreation, making sex about pieces of meat only, so why not same-sex sex? And why not smash down youngsters just when they are able to procreate so as to pervert them into a lust after the power to think one can trounce God by destroying the image of God as male and female? Today’s crisis. It’s about abuse of power. It’s about arrogance challenging God Himself.

People see this abuse of power as hell fire setting people ablaze with demonic machinations of mind games about what is to be bullied into being acceptable and tolerated until it is celebrated. And so it is.

And people fight this often on the same level, lowering themselves to the demonic mind games of bullying, just trying to be louder and more obnoxious. But that gets no one anywhere except perhaps hell. Let’s take a 24 second caricature of a caricature of the burning fires of hell:

As was mentioned on this blog a couple years back, sometimes people think that the fires of hell mean real fire (only), because they are afraid of WHO that fire actually is, namely, God, that is, God’s love. Yes, in hell. It’s not universal salvationistic-esque to say that God loves all regardless of whether or not they love Him, regardless of whether they are in heaven or in hell or here upon this earth for that matter. The difference involves the reception of that love or not:

  • Those in heaven rejoice in this ardent fiery love.
  • Those on earth who follow Jesus are purified by this fiery love.
  • Those in purgatory are purged by this fiery love.
  • Those on earth who reject Jesus are thrown into agonizing frustration by this fiery love.
  • Those in hell, upon whom God’s love shines, scream in the agony that this love brings to them – “IT BURNS!” – for they want nothing to do with such love; their intellectual burning frustration sets their souls on fire. They perceive this love as hatred because that’s what they are all about. They hate themselves, others, God.

Irony is scary, isn’t it? But we are to fight hell fire with hell fire because hell fire is actually the love of God. If we one with God’s love we can see that the scariest thing – hell fire – is not scary at all if we are one with God’s love. That means we can take on the entire onslaught of hell while in our weak state in this world, because it’s not our strength on which we depend: it’s all about Jesus. He’s the One. He’s the only One.

We can and must rejoice in irony, all the more if it is scary, as we know that it is then bearing such magnificence of truth in love.

But maybe I’m “evil”. Hilaire Belloc might say so. Perhaps we should all be so “evil”, just as Jesus was on the cross, bearing as He did the very reflection of the evil from which He was redeeming us, saving us. So majestic. I can’t help but put it up again:

hilaire bellocTo the young, the pure, and the ingenuous, irony must always appear to have a quality of something evil, and so it has, for […] it is a sword to wound. It is so directly the product or reflex of evil that, though it can never be used – nay, can hardly exist – save in the chastisement of evil, yet irony always carries with it some reflections of the bad spirit against which it was directed. […] It suggests most powerfully the evil against which it is directed, and those innocent of evil shun so terrible an instrument. […] The mere truth is vivid with ironical power […] when the mere utterance of a plain truth labouriously concealed by hypocrisy, denied by contemporary falsehood, and forgotten in the moral lethargy of the populace, takes upon itself an ironical quality more powerful than any elaboration of special ironies could have taken in the past. […] No man possessed of irony and using it has lived happily; nor has any man possessing it and using it died without having done great good to his fellows and secured a singular advantage to his own soul. [Hilaire Belloc, “On Irony” (pages 124-127; Penguin books 1325. Selected Essays (2/6), edited by J.B. Morton; Harmondsworth – Baltimore – Mitcham 1958).]

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Homily 2018 09 13 – Truth’s Clarity

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Ringwraith stabbing: my trip to Rome. Hilaire Belloc “On Irony” ;-)

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Did you ever see the Lord of the Rings? Do you remember when Frodo Baggins was stabbed by the poisonous sword of the Ringwraith?

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It wasn’t those to whom I spoke. It wasn’t those about whom I was speaking. The “Ringwraith” in this case was the political atmosphere storming about Vatican hill. Get near that in any serious way as I did when I went up into the Apostolic Palace the other week to deliver some packages going to the heart of the current crisis and you’ll get stabbed by that Ringwraithness. Again, this doesn’t at all refer to those to whom I spoke or about the packages so delivered.

Getting stabbed doesn’t necessitate becoming a Ringwraith. It just means that you have to struggle a bit. I’m sure we all have an experience like that of Frodo. And we all have “Elvish medicine” by which to conquer.

I’d like to think of that medicine as giving a flower to the Immaculate Conception. After all, she saw her own Son get crushed by Satan and all the powers of hell and saw Him risen from the dead.

To put it another way: When Jesus lays down His life, it is in that very action that He also lays down our lives with His, we being members of the Body of Christ, we being children of Jesus’ good mom, you know, like the Master so the disciple. That’s for all of us.

But that is a burden to carry in this world. I don’t know how those on the straight and narrow in the Vatican can survive. It’s all God’s grace. They carry an enormous burden. They are getting stabbed by Ringwraithness on a continuous basis, 24/7/365. For them: Hail Mary…

But there is more. There is irony. It is so fierce that people can scream running away. Don’t run. Don’t be afraid. Perhaps a re-read of some irony will help:

hilaire bellocTo the young, the pure, and the ingenuous, irony must always appear to have a quality of something evil, and so it has, for […] it is a sword to wound. It is so directly the product or reflex of evil that, though it can never be used – nay, can hardly exist – save in the chastisement of evil, yet irony always carries with it some reflections of the bad spirit against which it was directed. […] It suggests most powerfully the evil against which it is directed, and those innocent of evil shun so terrible an instrument. […] The mere truth is vivid with ironical power […] when the mere utterance of a plain truth labouriously concealed by hypocrisy, denied by contemporary falsehood, and forgotten in the moral lethargy of the populace, takes upon itself an ironical quality more powerful than any elaboration of special ironies could have taken in the past. […] No man possessed of irony and using it has lived happily; nor has any man possessing it and using it died without having done great good to his fellows and secured a singular advantage to his own soul. [Hilaire Belloc, “On Irony” (pages 124-127; Penguin books 1325. Selected Essays (2/6), edited by J.B. Morton; Harmondsworth – Baltimore – Mitcham 1958).]

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Florence and Francis

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The 2:00 AM Monday marked with a black-circled “D” for a Tropical Cyclone having winds of less than 39 miles per hour is right over the parish in Andrews, NC. There is a threat of some flooding, though not at any of our church campuses or the rectory. There is no threat from the wind.

However, the weird thing with lots of rain and even no wind is that trees simply fall down. The root system cannot grab anything steadfast. The mountain cliffs against which the roads are forged are the super weak shale. As the trees fall in their dozens, roads are blocked throughout the mountains, and, of course, power lines are snapped in half.

What’s different about this storm is that FEMA has decided to pre-position crews to either side of Wilmington NC, so that they can get to work right away. I gotta wonder how well that will work, since the flooding is the real problem in south-eastern NC. The waters build up and recede over something like six weeks. For the first couple of weeks, if I remember rightly, the water can be so high that emergency vehicles simply can’t move. Anyway, all our emergency utility crews are moving down to the coast.

Some close friends live in Wilmington, but they have moved away from the worst areas for the next days or weeks, depending. They helped me with some communication logistics so that I could put together a certain dossier, one of the two packages to bring over to the Holy Father the other week. I’m thinking that the two packages I delivered to him backed him into a corner and lit a bit of a fire under him. I don’t mean to put pressure on him. After all I did deliver it to him, not to some newspaper or some blog.

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My boarding security: Always interesting.

  • Flight’s an hour late. Ok.
  • On my way to get the boarding pass nice lady number one directing passengers and checking tickets gave me a wide eyed look and sent me through the ropes.
  • Nice lady number two randomly in the ropes saw the security stickers on the passport and whisked me through removing ropes for me.
  • Nice lady number one came running after me to put on other security stickers.
  • At the gate, nice lady number three came out of the plane, walked right over to me, asked if I was on this flight, then asked for my ticket, then marched right back into the plane.
  • At the final check while actually boarding, nice lady number four pulled me aside for a special check. I asked what the special gadget was and I guess I was so soft spoken that she told me: it’s for bomb sniffing.
  • That’s my fate on the DARPA COMPASS program. At least I’m not on a no fly list!

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Delayed plane. Piano guy. People watching: Demographics changing

It flipped on its own. I deserve that for filming vertical.

I’ve been coming to Rome since 1980, but twenty actual years in Rome. In these few days I’ve seen more Muslims everywhere in Rome, particularly in St Peter’s Basilica, than I have in all my other years put together.

Time to take up the greatest interreligious dialogue of all time, the Summa contra gentiles of Saint Thomas Aquinas. All those many volumes are for the conversion of Muslims to Jesus because it’s all about Jesus. He’s the One. He’s the only One.

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Comments about “Church”

Some comments have been quite cynical. I don’t want to give space to that. People only end up hurting themselves. One comment mentioned the “Church” in scare quotes. That’s stepping over the line. That’s insulting to God and neighbor. That’s a danger to the soul. Let’s keep things in perspective. We’ve all crucified the Son of the living God with sin, original sin and personal sin. To dismiss Jesus and the Church as irrelevant because of one’s mere opinion is not the way to go.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Jesus’ delight edition)

The Tyburns have the most spectacular flowers in their garden. These flowers grow by the zillions on vines that have taken over an entire wall of the monastery grounds. Of course, the Tyburns being Tyburns, they have the more stately, staid orchids:

But unlike ice cube flowers the ones looking like hoarfrost up top seem to bespeak a lively joy.

There are times for stately and staid and there are times for lively joy. When I see such things I can only think that Jesus especially delights in giving flowers to His good mom.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Tripod Catholicism edition)

Revelation is Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition together. Everyone can read Scripture. The Truth is the same, univocal – for everyone in whom Tradition is provided by the Holy Spirit. Tradition is handed on merely “quasi per manus” almost as if by hand, for it is the work of the Holy Spirit. It is supreme ignorance and one of the worst plagues of the Church since Martin Luther and Adolphe Tanqueray that anyone would think of Tradition as being, for instance, a set of dogmatic facts, Councils, pronouncements coming up with an unheard of fake tract in theology called “Fundamental Theology”. The Sacred Magisterium can and has established interpretations of Revelation.

This is the Catholic tripod. Kick one leg away and the others fall. See Dei Verbum 10.

This is a flower for the Immaculate Conception because God’s Word is her Divine Son.

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Meeting in Those Stone Walls

Thank you for your prayers.

Some notes:

  • The meeting went for about one hour and 45 minutes.
  • It was a good idea to hand deliver the packages, a sine qua non.
  • The packages were personally given to Pope Francis with oral explanations and a cover letter. Success. The trip was worth doing.

Some general observations:

  • Security has been jacked up. There are logistics which are 1000% better. There are much better ways and means. Some bugs. But that’s to be expected. Intel has made astounding progress just in these last few months since I was in Rome (in April).
  • I recall the statement of Rumsfeld on what we know or don’t know.

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Anzio Debt of Honor

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Escape after the meeting

After the meeting, since I wanted to pray at Saint Peter’s tomb, I was allowed to escape without ever going outside. The security lines are still long. Ah yes, there he is, in the “Confession”…

Finally, outside, and having checked out the bookstore, there was this guy:

He can barely stand up. He looks as old as I feel right now.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Wiping the Stomping edition)

This is at the Tyburns, just outside the adoration chapel. Just below are the flowers.

The wounds can’t be wiped off, of course.

Some might object that this is the infant Jesus. I answer that the Word of God had the intention to lay down His life for us, the Innocent for the guilty, before He was born.

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“That never happens”

Just to make things easier, entrance was made at Porta Sant’Anna. The usual permesso took seconds. This was quite unusual.

Outside again, on the other side of the post office, I took the picture above. Just then, I was intercepted by a car driven by someone from the Governatorato, or so he said. I was just going to go to the southern entrance of the Belvedere Courtyard but he zipped me over to the ramp up to the back of the Sistine Chapel. You can see that ramp entrance through the portal in the lower right of picture above. He could be sincere, of course, and could have just taken pity on my limping. It just seemed all too serendipitous. He had nice things to say about Viganò. It’s easy to say nice things, so, I said nice things. My Ooda Loop was maxing out as he passed by the drop off point and brought me around the basilica near the jail. Perhaps this was a delaying tactic to talk longer. He brought me back and dumped me off at the ramp and then sped off to the Vatican Gardens above. Finally, into the courtyard I hobbled.

I was told that this never ever never happens. Never. Only to me. Perhaps “G”, the head of security sent him. Very nice. But I think I had to walk farther by getting a ride. That’s ok. I’m not complaining. I like adventure.

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Oh, I forgot. The Audience.

To go from Peter to Paul, Bishops to Clergy, CDF to the Apostolic Palace, from the Augustinianum to Porta Sant’Anna is an exercise in futility on Wednesday mornings, unless you walk the length of Borgo Santo Spirito, then cross over, then back track. You can’t get there from here, well, if you’re like me. I forgot I had cripply legs. Now I remember, and I’ve only been here a day. But it’s been a great day so far…

Started with Holy Mass here. Then a two hour breakfast with a seminarian, a ferociously fast moving conversation about being a priest in these times. What a blessing, what an inspiration to spend time with a believer. I am heartened.

But now I have to do the long walk to the other side… A Hail Mary please for my appointment at 1:00 PM Rome time, 7:00 AM USA EST.

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Sensus fidelium in a crisis

This is the chapel at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. The Tabernacle is empty during the Summer. You can really sense the absence of Jesus compared to when the Blessed Sacrament is there. It’s like ripping ones heart out and throwing it onto the street. Meanwhile…

Outside, the Biblicum library is on your right. The USCCB post graduate priests residence in Rome, the NAC’s Casa Santa Maria is to your left. My room was three up, fourth from the end, the upper left of this picture years ago. That’s the Gregorian University straight ahead.

It was right here while taking this picture Tuesday evening that I was accosted by, I would say, a demoniac. He was raging on about the present crisis and wanted to know what I thought. I said that no matter how dark and terrible things can be, we must know that Jesus has conquered, that He rose from the dead. He said Jesus is no longer conquering with what’s happening today.

But I’ll tell you this, I remain more impressed with the Son of God being tortured to death for me than I am because some individuals have sinned. Jesus rules and He will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. Amen.

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Supreme Tribunal ads!

You may recall the last time I was in Rome that there was a bit of controversy about the advertisements on the scaffolding on Vatican owned buildings which support the cost of renovations. One of those was from hell, a promotion of gender bender ideology.

I can’t argue with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, the ad now on the Tribunal. The others are for sports and computers. All clean. They’re learning. ;-)

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Update: Son qua

The usual accompaniment was with me for the flight. Wow. I like it. USMC et al. That tells me something.

Two out of place characters were present. They seemed to be Romanians, one of whom was working on writing code. Neither had seating assignments or boarding passes. They sat next to me at the gate. When I boarded one was in my seat, the other next to him. The stewardess didn’t care that they had no documents. Maybe they were standby, but I know that those seats had been filled. Maybe just those cancelled.

When I got my SIM card for the trip, the gal said my passport number was already in use by a Canadian. I still got the card though.

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