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American Community Survey: “Blaspheme you freak priest!” Me: “I love Jesus.”

The American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau is NOT the Census of the U.S. Census Bureau. The ACS is sent out to relatively few individuals after the Census itself is over and done. The first round of the ACS amounts to a small volume of 48 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, with lots of intrusive, personal questions regarding one’s lifelong unrepeatable history. The penalty for lying or alternatively for not responding to questions is mandated by the U.S. Congress: up to $5,000.00 dollars in fines and up to five years in a Federal Penitentiary.

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  • Yours truly, Father George David Byers, Catholic priest and pastor of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Andrews, NC, admits his “guilt” for ignoring the electronic version of the ACS. It was indicated that a hardcopy would be sent out if I ignored the electronic version, or for some reason couldn’t complete it, such as a bad internet connection.
  • That hardcopy arrived Saturday evening, 21 November 2020. Yours truly also admits that, to date, now a week later, 29 November 2020, I have ignored that hardcopy. It was indicated that if I do not respond promptly with the hard-copy, an in-person interview may be conducted. I’m waiting for the banging on the door to begin. Fun!
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The stats on belligerent non-respondents being chosen to be interviewed, all things being equal, stand at 33%.

All things being equal, this is all random. But I know of two respondents in this region: (1) myself (the rather unwilling however vaunted Regional Census Partner for Western North Carolina); (2) our Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus (who volunteered to go door to door for the Census). The chances that both people tapped to be respondents to the ACS that I just happen to know about would have an already established relationship of some kind with the U.S. Census Bureau are, like, one in a zillion. Ain’t gonna happen. So, not really random.

Also, the ACS, like the Census itself, is dishonest, as they themselves brag about, saying that they will intentionally falsify answers given with the intention of protecting your identity from, you know, hackers and such. So, the whole exercise is used for – what? – gerrymandering political districts so as sway elections? My higher-up in the Census Bureau admitted they were giving talking points on this but wouldn’t talk. Pfft. What a bunch of criminals. Just my opinion. Anyway…

Some questions within the 48 page survey endanger oneself and one’s property. You are required to provide your daily schedule, as in when you leave your residence, to the minute, LAST WEEK (their capitalization), what kind of vehicle you have used in the LAST WEEK (their capitalization), how many minutes it takes you to get from home to work in the LAST WEEK (their capitalization), and extremely detailed information about everything there is to know about telephones and communications devices. Whiskey, Tango, and you know the rest. But that’s about as much as I would complain about the American Community Survey, all things being equal.

////// Humor break: Did I mention that the etymology of “Survey” is “voyeurism from above“? Yep. That would be right. Anyway… //////

Not all things are equal. There are any number of reasons why I cannot respond to the American Community Survey. In this post, I’ll just give one reason, the reason that I will ever so politely iterate to any very nice door-knockers. But I have more reasons.

After I had sent in the Census form of the United States Census Bureau on time and with correct information, such as yours truly being the only one to live in my residence, you know, as a Catholic priest in a Catholic Rectory, I received messages on my phone from three different individuals (some repeated) from the Atlanta Regional Census HQ apoplectic that I had to get in touch with them extremely urgently (I hate that kind of breathlessness) to answer a question they had for me about my residence. I did call them back…

My Catholic religion and I myself were forthwith mocked with great sarcasm by way of an inescapable implication that I am committing any number of criminal activities that must be secretly occurring in the Catholic Rectory where I reside. The only reason for such a concern is that it is, very specifically, a Catholic Rectory. Maybe I wouldn’t have been targeted if I lived in a Presbyterian Presbytery or a Baptist Parsonage, or in the house of a whatever Preacherman, Rabbi or Imam, or I were just an atheist or a Freemason or if I lived in the residence of – dare I say it? – a Democrat. Maybe it’s really because I’m a white boy, therefore “privileged” and, because white, therefore “racist.” This wasn’t about providing my credit card details. It’s not a scam. It’s called a hate crime wrought by the U.S. Census Bureau. To my recollection, the guy at the U.S. Census Bureau baited me multiple times with such words:

  • Because this is a Catholic Rectory we’re talking about, that must necessarily mean that you are keeping women and children there, because it’s a Catholic Rectory, right?

That word “keeping” inescapably implies accusations, right?

  • Prostitution?
  • Porn production?
  • Human trafficking?
  • Illegal immigration?
  • Cannibalism?
  • Targets for target practice?
  • Islamic style polygamy including child-marriage like Muhammad?
  • You fill in the blank: ________________
“Blaspheme Jesus, or we will mock you and kill you!” — “No. I love Jesus!”

Gotta be something like that because, after all, all Catholic Rectories are always necessarily residences used for committing crimes that involve “keeping” women and children. This isn’t one guy in the U.S. Census Bureau with some sort of personal tender snowflake ax to grind. There are three. This is purposed harassment accusing me of lying on the Census about numbers of people in the rectory and accusing me of any number of vile criminal activities.

So, it being that the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau has me maliciously targeted only because I’ve been ordained a Catholic Priest and only because I live in a Catholic Rectory, how is it, I ask, that I am supposed to trust the next subsidiary of the U.S. Census Bureau called the American Community Survey, which also asks about any others living in whatever residence. The U.S. Census Bureau has already said that I must be a liar, feloniously attacking me in the form of a religious hate crime. What am I supposed to do with the repeated questions? Jesus was silent before Pontius Pilate. That’s my only way to proceed. That silence sent Jesus to His death. It will only cost me $5,000.00 and five years in prison. So, what-ev-uh!

Someone is surely going to say that belligerent non-respondents are not prosecuted for like the last zillion years, but the demonstrated malice on their part in my case is truly striking. In a swampy administration, I’m guessing that this kind of malice will be the common way of proceeding.

Richard: “You must lie to God under oath!” St Thomas More: “No! I love Jesus!”

What it means is this: I will be able to avoid a $5,000.00 fine and five years in a Federal Penitentiary if only I assent to their religious hate crime by agreeing with them that all priests always and everywhere are keeping women and children in their Catholic rectories because they are Catholic priests living in Catholic rectories, and only if I then proceed to agree to cooperate with the American Community Survey based on that presumption, so that I must lie and say that I am indeed keeping women and children in this Catholic rectory according to the numbers that they will, I guess, provide themselves, since there are in all actuality exactly zero women and children living here, or visiting here, ever. Doesn’t happen. But they consider that to be a lie, so they will fine me and imprison me anyway, you know, to cover up their religious hate crime.

BUT IT’S ALL MUCH WORSE: All of this is a blasphemy against God, who is Himself disparaged by the assertion that all of Jesus’ priests must necessarily be monstrous sinners because and only because they are Jesus’ priests. To threaten one of Jesus’ priests to blaspheme Jesus under threat of a $5,000.00 fine and five years in a Federal Penitentiary is that which is subversive to the Constitutional Republic of these United States of America, which instead boasts of the free exercise of religion, that is, freedom from the religious hate-criminals crushing the unalienable rights of citizens in good standing. The first amendment protects citizens from their government, which is supposed to be for, by and of the people.

“You must blaspheme Jesus!” — “No! I love Jesus! He’s the Lamb of God!”

What is happening with me is a full on persecution of religion by the government in this otherwise Constitutional Republic boasting of the Rule of Law, viz., these United States of America. Just the other week, the great SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito was right to warn us all about the hell of religious persecution coming upon us.

“You must blaspheme Jesus!” — “No! We love Jesus!”

I’m guessing that the nice interviewers won’t come around for another few days or maybe another week or two because of Thanksgiving week throwing the schedule off just a bit. But maybe, if they then have time to read this post they’ll just choose to skip me altogether, you know, if all things were being equal. And, yes, I do get multiple hits from the U.S. Census Bureau to this tiny blog written by yours truly, an obscure mountain priest in this tiniest of parishes in North America.

///// UPDATE: Since this was published, the US Census Bureau has indeed visited the blog, with this post right near the top. Here’s that stat:

THAT didn’t take long. So, they are fully aware of what I have written here.

I’m an easy target for the cowardly but self-perceived powerful people, an expendable and insignificant test case. They have no idea that Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire. But, as I say, there’s not a great chance that I will be skipped considering their religious hate crimes against yours truly.

“You must blaspheme Jesus!” — “No! We love Jesus!”

Having said all that, their religious hate crime is only one objection. I have plenty more. And if they push, I will iterate another in detail, and if they push back, well, then, we’ll just have ourselves a little bit of discovery going on, won’t we? I’ll finally be able to delve into all those “files” of the Department of State. Heh heh heh. So, I don’t expect to see any Feds at the rectory at all. But sometimes people feel so “powerful” they just go ahead and launch themselves right into it, especially when they think that their swamp has sucked justice and integrity and honesty and the Constitution and the Rule of Law right down into the vortex of their quagmire…

“You must blaspheme Jesus!” — “No! Viva Cristo Rey!”

Look, I just want to continue being the Catholic priest for Jesus’ little flock here in Western North Carolina while being a patriotic American citizen in good standing. To desire good things is not virtue signaling. It’s called the hope of a sinner in God’s mercy, and the hope of a citizen in a very dark world.

But I’ll tell you what: I am totally disgusted by the swamp rats who hate God and who hate these United States, who have no integrity, no honor, no patriotism, who specifically hate Catholic priests and the Catholic Church.

I am attracted instead by the honor and patriotism instilled in me by my father, a great American hero, a practicing Catholic who taught me how to kneel properly at an altar rail, how to love Jesus. I proclaim that to the world:

These are some of the WWII medals awarded to my father and which White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows was able to get for me from the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Army. There’s two for the first, three for the second, and thank God only one of the third. Dad should have a war film based on him. He’s already been alluded to on the screen (Bah Bah Black Sheep) as he was the commander of the famed Checkerboard Squadron. The caption says: “George Byers Jr (1924-1993) USMC VLMB 611 & VMFA 312 Checkboard CMC. The world thanks you, dad. May you rest in peace. Amen.

This isn’t hero worship of my father. He was a sinner. He went to confession. I’m a sinner. I go to confession. When we honor the heroes it’s not done by acclaiming them and that’s it. That’s cheap. Jesus condemned that kind of fake praise. Instead, thanking our heroes is all about striving to follow their example of risking their lives continuously for God and country by doing the same ourselves. Pro Deo et Patria. That others may live. All that. Yes. All for Jesus, for neighbor, for country.

Can those who hate Jesus hurt me in this world specifically because of Jesus’ Holy Name? Yes. Can they hurt me specifically because I am one of Jesus’ little ones? Yes. And, being weak, I am a little bit in trepidation about that, like the greatest of all prophets, John the Baptist, was in trepidation, he wondering if Jesus was really the Messiah, because, you know, it shouldn’t be that the Forerunner, John, should get his head cut off for witnessing to the ten commandments, for if Jesus were really the Savior, He would stop that, right? Jesus’ response was to have John told that he wasn’t to be offended by Jesus. It’s the ol’ “as the Master (who will be crucified) so the disciple,” who was then forthwith decapitated.

It boils down to this:

  • American Community Survey Interrogator: “Curse God and blaspheme Jesus!”
  • Father George David Byers: “Praise God! I love Jesus!”
  • Jesus:

“Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you (Matthew 5:10-12 nab).”

I really like how Luke recalls this:

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. (Luke 6:22-23 nab)

Yes, I really like that: “Rejoice and leap for joy!” That’s Jesus saying that. So, I better do it. I hope I don’t sprain my ankle! Here goes… LEAP!… I survived!

Woohoo! :-)

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AOC, MAO, Green New Deal vs Faith, Truth and Justice

I mean, do you see any connection? The Green New Deal IS the Chinese Communist Party, right? I wonder if “NOW” refers to the National Organization for Women. Just sayin’.

Oh, I forgot, isn’t China the most absolute world’s worst in their arrogance of pumping out carbon emissions? Yeah, I think that would be right.

Always hypocrites, all the time, everywhere, about everything. Styrofoam puppets.

Lemme see. I think I remember a particular medal of dad.

It’s given for the World War II service in…. China. Japan was being slightly aggressive at that time. So, these USA and China were friends at one time, you know, until the Wuhan Virus was sent around the world.

The power grabs and hypocrisy are ever so typical of the ways of the world. In all honor, we can indeed attempt to serve our fellow man right around the world by risking life and limb on behalf of the mercy of justice. John the Baptist gave good advice about proper morality to the occupying military forces of Rome. He didn’t ask them to go AWOL.

And if you’re wondering about Little Boy and Fat Man and the role of my dad in that fiasco with Japan and why we were friends with China, check out what actually ended WW2 in the South Pacific theater. It wasn’t Little Boy and it wasn’t Fat Man:

USMC VMB 611: Japan Surrenders

Minoru Wada & George Byers Jr

Someone should do a doctoral thesis on this at, say, West Point, concentrating on the culture of Japan, what McArthur said about the instantaneous surrender of Japan should the Philippines fall from their control, and the whole story of Minoru Wada and George Byers Jr.

If we forget history, it will replay in all of its worst aspects, with players changing sides just to be clever.

  • For the worst of the worst, it’s never about patriotism, but only about power.
  • For the best of the best, it’s always about respect for fellow human beings wherever they are in the world, about honor, about the patriotism which supports all the best of a localized national family, if you will, which is at the service, as a nation, to others around the world.

For the best of the best to take place, with honor and integrity and honesty and justice and mercy, humble reverence before God Almighty must be rendered.

My best memory of Dad in early 1962, at two years of age, was kneeling with him at Communion time at the granite altar rail with its linins folded over our hands. That was, at that time, in the gorgeous Cathedral of Saint Mary in Saint Cloud, Minnesota.

In America and around the world, we have forgotten that our identity is to be found in God, who so loved the world…

The party that has voted God out of its platform, the Party that is all about attacking the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech, the party that is all about the suppression of the Living Truth… that Party is bringing hell on earth in an ever more unleashed manner.

We pray for a return to the faith: Hail Mary…

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“Stupid-Latinos”-grass-roots-community-organizers-and-secret-funding at my church

A couple of university “grass roots” community organizers came to church the other day, one with a neck-gator, one with an extremely poorly fitting mask that mocked the purpose of any mask wearing if any purpose existed ever, even though they said that they were community educators on how to wear masks properly, well, you know, educators of only that sector of the community they claim to be so stupid that they don’t know how to wear a mask, namely, they said, the Latinos.

You know the drill: “I’m gonna force you to wear a mask ‘properly’ you damned stupid Latinos, but I’m not gonna follow my own advice, so blatant about hypocrisy, on purpose, that you’ll get the hint that we’re inviting you to also *join the power* of racism and hypocrisy. Stop going to this church! Agitate! Protest in the streets!”

They said they were representing a grass-roots organization that was set on instructing the stupid Latinos who are so very stupid about mask wearing, and, by the way, they added, Latinos are so very stupid about masks.

They’ve never even been to the parish before. They’ve never attended our Spanish Mass. They’ve never seen how well the Latino community does in fact wear Covid-19 masks (regardless of whether you believe in their efficacy and very possible politicization). And that presumption about our Latinos is racist. And if I would have agreed with them that all Latinos are stupid and so yes please come and community organize (a verb) these stupid Latinos, easily manipulating them for your clearly ulterior motives, then I would be racist myself.

As it is, I believe all lives matter because Jesus redeemed us all and wants that we assist each other to be saved, we who all will look together on Him whom we have crucified and pierced through, we, from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Knowing literally within seconds that this couple were Marxist Community Organizers trying to establish a foothold in my parish with my blessing so that they could bully their political views by scaring our Latinos with immigration status and offering the Latinos the usual lies about giving them money and status if they would also agitate, I immediately asked them who it happens to be who is funding them.

Perhaps that was impolite, right? I mean, if I were to take them at face value with their self declared grass roots status, they would be doing this at their own expense or also using the donations of fellow students, but nothing more. Maybe their roots are dying with altogether too much B.S.

This question obviously caught them off guard as they looked to each other for a way to answer. The other one answered candidly, saying that there were, in fact, certain “groups” financially floating their endeavors, but straightaway [singular]*they* added that, of course, they didn’t know who these groups were or where that money was coming from.

“Bwahahahahaha,” thought I trying desperately to remain with a straight face. I think this parish priest has waaaay toooo much fun. It’s just too easy.

But now I laugh out loud writing all this: Bwahahahahah!!! :-)

In all their condescending concern for our beloved Latinos who they say have no idea how to wear a Covid-mask because they are all uneducated and stupid and have no one else to condescend to them to instruct them in all their stupidity…. in all their condescension are they not the very epitome of the definition of a hateful racist?

They offered to try to come up with a statement about themselves, but I said that I would get some research done on them myself. There is nothing to research of course. But all I have to do is examine their statements:

  • “We’re grass roots and we’re funded by groups so secret that even we don’t know who they are.”
  • “We’re so concerned about Latinos unlike this racist church because we say that Latinos are all stupid and they have to follow our dictates, and you haven’t already told them they are stupid and you haven’t already told them that they must follow our dictates so it is you who are racist with your stupid racist church… splutter, splutter, splutter…”

I’m fully expecting that a report on our little parish church – that we are not compliant with anti-USA violent bullies – will, say, go to George Soros and to our own Governor Cooper of North Carolina, whose discrimination against churches had to be smacked down hard by a Federal Judge. And now we’ll be enemies of anti-Americans, enemies of the liberal crowd, even though our Latinos are great about wearing masks, even if just to keep us out of trouble with the powers of the community organizers that be, our Latinos being really very smart altogether. :-)

You know, I was so very soft-spoken and polite with these community organizers, but I suppose I could be still be labeled as being an old meanie in that I’m also tagging this post as “Humor.” Sorry, but I have to laugh again:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

P.S. Someone will surely try to litigate against me and my parish church and my diocese and the USCCB and the Vatican while claiming that I’m clearly writing this post surely as a Republican over against Democrats, and so that proves that the Catholic Church should lose its tax exempt status. However, did I mention that this was any kind of political move in such a fashion? No.

Everything I said in this post is said as just another human being trying to be respectful of the natural law, trying to be respectful of our Latino community who were being viciously insulted by racist political baiters.

But, am I a priest? Yes. All the more am I going to understand the basis for being respectful to all, Jesus, who redeemed us and wants that we respect one another. Was I being disrespectful to these university students by writing this summary? No. Not at all. This is utmost respect, taking them seriously, pointing out to them that which perhaps no else will point out to them. I’m no tender snowflake racist like them. They need to convert and be respectful of their fellow human beings.

But they will surely complain that their secret sources of money will disappear if they are not racist enough, not anti-Catholic enough, don’t hate these USA enough.

I’ll just continue here in my church, priest that I am, trying my best to lead people to Jesus. Jesus is the One. He’s the only One. I believe in Jesus.

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Denying Joe Biden Communion? Of course! My Canon 915!

A comment came in from a supposed Kanuck who doubts that she may be welcome to comment seeing that she is a Kanuck. I guess she has an ultra-nationalist sway, but she can ask herself about that one. I wanted to give that comment a bit more of an audience and so I’m placing it here, but with my [comments]:

/// I’m a Canadian; so, I concede that I’ve little ‘right’ to comment on this topic [No, really, go ahead!]; but, I find it difficult to understand HOW a Priest of the Catholic Church can deliberately, and publicly, sully the professed ‘Catholicism’ [you put that in scare-quotes, didn’t you? Isn’t that a hypocrisy on your part?] of a public, political figure [She’s talking about Joey Biden at this post: Joe Biden: anti-Catholic, anti-human and horrifically racist… says this priest ] — on the word (gossip?) of another Priest [Umm… “this priest” in the title refers to me, the publisher and owner and writer of this blog, so I guess you’re gossiping about me gossiping, are you not?]. I sincerely believe that such would be the ‘job’ of the appropriate Bishop (who could then, publicly deny Mr. Biden his ability to receive The Eucharist ‘in good faith’). [Well, I don’t care what you sincerely believe. And I didn’t mention denying Joey Holy Communion in that post, did I? Anyway, living in Ottawa as you do you would think you could do a bit more research on the Canon Law of this matter with the Dominicans at Université Saint-Paul, where a good friend directs doctoral theses in Canon Law. But, nooo…. you jump right into it. Check out Canon 915 there missy. Or maybe you did and you don’t actually like all that hierarchical stuff like promulgated universal law of the Church. And I see you put “in good faith” regarding the Bishop[!] in scare quotes, or are you referring to Biden? Pfft.] Such is the situation here, in Canada, where Mr. Trudeau — who claims to be Catholic — has very publicly stated that he is ‘pro-abortion’ [and why would you put pro-abortion in scare quotes?]; and that he has no intention of ever ‘reversing’ or ‘changing’ the Law regarding abortion! [I guess your scare quotes mean you think that reverse or change of abortion law is just impossible anyway?] After that, the Bishop of Ottawa PUBLICLY stated that Mr. Trudeau would no longer be able to participate in receiving “the Body and the Blood of Christ”. However, several weeks later, a Catholic Elder Statesman died; and in honor of the deceased, a TELEVISED Catholic Funeral was held for him at The Cathedral in Montreal, Quebec (where he had resided). The church was packed, and Mr. & Mrs. Trudeau sat right at the front of the church. So, when the time came for the reception of the Eucharist, Mr. & Mrs. Trudeau were the first to present themselves at the Communion rail — and they both received The Body & Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ!! Needless to say, I was shocked … that Mr. Trudeau had even DARED to present himself to receive Communion; and that the Bishop of Montreal did not seem to know that this privilege had been revoked for Mr. Trudeau, by the Bishop of Ottawa! I considered it a public scandal; but no one in the Church and NO ‘Catholic’ clergy ever publicly said one more word about it. [So, you want me to sully their names on the hearsay of others? I wasn’t there. But I’m to take this from you?] ///

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Here’s the deal: Joey Biden doesn’t think he is sullying his name or that I am sullying his name just because I present what he has done with all of his pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, pro-persecution of the Catholic Church, pro-forced transgender rubbish, etc. Joey Biden sullies his name all on his own. He’s proud of it. What are you talking about?

Regarding denying Holy Communion to notorious sinners such as Biden and Pelosi and Kerry and Teddy Kennedy back in the day, and so on, even an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is to deny Holy Communion to such notorious sinners even if there has been no previous warning and even if there has been no consultation with the pastor of the parish, the priest of that Mass, the bishop, the metropolitan, the bishops conference, whatever. Notorious sinners must be denied, on the spot, every time. Joe Biden is one of the most notorious sinners in world history. And not even a bishops conference can undo the universal law of the Church. A priest or EMHC denying Joe Biden Holy Communion is not being disobedient to any bishop who demands that Joe Biden be given Holy Communion. No. We are not to be obedient to a sinful order. Ecclesiastical authorities who demand sin are acting ultra vires, beyond their powers, and in doing that they lose authority for that demand.

Anecdote: Just because the commenter seems to be purposely ignorant of Canon 915 (I’ll leave that up to her own exam of conscience) doesn’t mean that others are ignorant of it.

Back in the day I was parochial vicar in the most liberal parish in Australia, and that’s saying quite a bit. There had been horrific world-class scandal and sin in that parish on a very public scale. The larger picture involved deacon-whistleblowers getting sacked, priests being laicized, priests getting married to the secretaries who became rectory cleaners[!] while the priests continued as grounds crew; bishops and cardinals galore were involved, and some of those were sacked. It all came to a head again when I said I was going to refuse one of the extremely unrepentant and super-public miscreants Holy Communion. All hell broke loose. But that’s a very long story, epic in every way. What happened made it’s way through rank and file of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and finally to a General Congregation where is was the pivotal example that would keep Canon 915 as is, and not weakened. It silenced all objections to Canon 915. I have a lot of friends in a lot of high places. Thank you […]. And thank you – at the time – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and thank you, now Saint Pope John Paul II. :-)

Just to say: I have been so tempted through the years – and I still might do this – tempted to get a license plate for the car which says CANON915. That’s eight letters, and in North Carolina you get eight letters to use on a personalized license plate. :-)

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Joe Biden: anti-Catholic, anti-human and horrifically racist… says this priest

Outrageous: Biden said there should be a total lockdown, which also and in the very first place means no worship of God in church, not now, not – perhaps – until nearing 2022. But, by the way, all places that have done this have suffered crippling “second waves” which are not second waves, but that which has exaggeratedly put off the inevitable. It is a given that Covid-19 is so contagious that everyone in the world will get it. It’s but a matter of sooner or later, flattening the curve over time, not getting rid of the curve. Graham County in my parish had a horrific total lockdown enforced, ironically, with someone actively with Covid. Now they have a zillion cases. Almost all those are no-symptoms-cases. What’s the point of the no-worship policy, whether Joey, given his mental status, knows it or not? Just that: Damned be all who worship God. This is anti-Catholic, anti-God.

Outrageous: Joe Biden said police should be trained to shoot the legs of perps. This is entirely ignorant because you’re actually very likely to survive a hit to the torso, even multiple hits, but a hit to the leg will more than likely hit a major artery and you will bleed out immediately. Also, you’re extremely likely to miss the often toothpick sized legs of druggy perps, causing risk of ricochets and risk to the officer who has now lost the time he needed to end the threat. And every second can save lives. This whole thing is anti-human.

Outrageous: Joe Biden said that if an 8 year old boy says that wants to be a girl that should not be questioned and he should be given the “medical” treatment needed to bring that about. This attacks the rights of parents. This attacks the rights of the child as it is a denial that the child is a minor, meaning, specifically, that the child is defenseless against the unjust aggression of societal brainwashing regarding matters of sex. Activists will go after religious families first, as always. The parents will pay the bills. The children will simply be removed if they are “denied” “treatment.” This should preclude his election to the presidency.

But mostly outrageous: Joe Biden and his “running mate” hotly, hotly desire the status quo, that 2,000 kids every weekday are ripped to shreds in their mothers’ wombs (10,000) and another 10,000 every Saturday (20,000 a week) by way of procured abortion. Joe Biden wants you to pay for it. Joe Biden wants you to pay for abortion right across the world. I’d like to take the faces of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and every single person who votes for them and mash their faces into the corpses of – what is it? – something like 63,000,000 procured abortions in these USA since 1973. Abortion has always been pushed among the black and brown, putting clinics in their neighborhoods, reducing, mind you, non-white populations by something like 25%. This is racist genocide. Yep. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This is all a direct attack on the image of God. It is anti-God, anti-human.

Meanwhile: The Cyrus of our own day is the most pro-free-exercise-of-religion non-Catholic politician in the history of the world. The Cyrus of our own day is the most pro-life non-Catholic politician in the history of the world. Et cetera on a thousand points.

So, who is this priest going to endorse do you think? Oh, right, I forgot. I can’t go there. I won’t tell you who to vote for. I’ll just tell you, as a priest, that if you vote for one you risk going straight to hell. If you vote for the other, you vote against that hell.

I can’t wait to get threatened canonical litigation from… from… I think it’s a Catholic… I think it’s a Religious… in Charlotte… As it is, I didn’t endorse anyone, did I? No.

I can’t wait to get threatened canonical litigation from… from… an ex-Catholic, an attorney of some kind, out in crazy California. He actually dropped a comment a while back. But, as it is, I didn’t endorse anyone, did I? No.

On behalf of Joe Biden: I think he suffering elder-abuse, that he is manipulated by others. Is that what you are voting for in voting for Joe Biden? Yes. Yes, it is. Joe Biden voters and dismissive of God and dismissive of neighbor. And who is your neighbor? Also that little guy and little gal in the womb. Save them. You must.

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Christopher Columbus: the true story, not fake news

COURAGE AND CONVICTION: THE TRUE STORY OF COLUMBUS

  • “A thorough examination of the life and legacy of the fearless discoverer of America, narrated by actor Chazz Palminteri, this film provides insight into Christopher Columbus’ remarkable genius as a sea navigator as well as his deep desire to bring all nations to Christ. Through expert interviews and archival footage, we look at the origins of Columbus Day and the symbolic role that Columbus has for Catholic immigrants, especially Italian Americans. Finally, the film addresses the current indictments against Christopher Columbus with boldness and exposes the motives behind the attacks of revisionist historians. Courage and Conviction shows why Christopher Columbus remains not only a man worthy of admiration, but a noble icon of what it means to be a Catholic and an America.”

/// Nota bene: this was up on YT but now only the advertisement is up as well as some anti videos including one gal giving the finger to Christopher Columbus. I was able to get the URL as it was still in my history and it works for those who have the link. I’m not sure why it was taken down.

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No religious test: Feinstein takes ACB & us to Auschwitz. We’re all dead.

Let’s see some commentary:

  • “The No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution is a clause within Article VI, Clause 3: ‘The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.’ It immediately follows a clause requiring all federal office holders to take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. This clause contains the only explicit reference to religion in the original seven articles of the U.S. Constitution. The ban on religious tests contained in this clause protects not only federal officeholders and employees but it is applied to the states as you can see with the wording ‘State Legislatures and several states’.” (W)

We should keep in mind that:

  • (1) We also see in the very first amendment to the Constitution a recognition that there is a God-given, unalienable right to “the free exercise of religion,” which underlines not only the “no religious test” clause, but also the non-establishment clause. A “religious test” implies an already established State Religion (however secular), which passes only those in whom the dogma of true religion does not live deeply, but is rather abandoned for the fake State Religion that is dedicated to smashing down the Living Truth of true religion.
  • (2) The “free exercise of religion clause” does NOT refer to the government having the unalienable God-given right to smash God down in those who believe in God, as in the fiction that there can ever be a separation of Church and State, as if the State could never be made up of individuals who themselves also make up the Church.

A religious test means that those who do not belong to the anti-truth fake State Religion are not only second class citizens who cannot hold any public office, but are to be considered enemies of the State, a cancer in the body- politic that must be removed at any cost, with any violence. If you are Jewish, you have to wear a yellow Star of David so that the State can exterminate you. Get it?

Moving on to Dianne Feinstein vs Amy Coney Barrett:

Dianne Feinstein is a really smart lady with a complicated experience with religion. She holds herself to be Jewish, but attended Orthodox church services, meanwhile transferring from a Jewish day school to a Catholic school. In other words, she’s altogether familiar with, let’s call it, Judeo-Christianity. If there is one truth which shines out in both the Hebrew Scriptures, the Septuagint, and the New Testament, it’s that God is Himself Living Truth, and that we are creatures of this Creator, who is Himself un-manipulatable, and who expects His creatures to be His good sons and daughters, walking with integrity and honesty in this Living Truth.

Then there’s ACB, Amy Coney Barrett, a pious, sincere Catholic, who is aware that she can live her faith by way of the unalienable God-given right to the free exercise of religion, yes, even in the public square.

Here’s the deal: our unalienable rights are largely to be found in Natural Law and, get this, in the Ten Commandments. Reason and proper Faith are both from God, and do not contradict each other.

Instead, Dianne Feinstein, who should know better, quietly shrieked at ACB in the latter’s confirmation hearings a while back that the dogma lives deeply in ACB. Diane Feinstein thus dissed the Living Truth of God, thus dissed the U.S. Constitution, thus dissed the Bill of Rights, those unalienable God-given rights of the free exercise of religion, free of persecution from the State and from any wrongly established State Religion with all its concomitant religious tests.

It is as much as if Dianne Feinstein were to have said to Amy Coney Barrett: “Here’s your train ticket to Auschwitz. These gentlemen will bring you to the train. You’ll have plenty of company, all those who believe in God instead of the political correctness of the deep-as-hell State Religion which we always demand for civil service and from all civilians.”

I realize that some will be up in arms, saying that it is a crime against humanity to use the fact of the destruction of millions of Jewish lives so as to make such an analogy of the exact same thing proceeding to take place. This is exactly how the Holocaust became possible. I say that to make such an analogy honors my Jewish brothers and sisters who were slaughtered and who would not want this to be done to anyone. I say that not to make such an analogy is not only an insult to our Jewish brothers and sisters who were so viciously, cruelly murdered, but it is also a specious use of their deaths to ensure persecution of so many others, and, by the way, also other Jewish lives: if the State can have a religious test for Amy Coney Barrett, it can also have one for anybody. It’s just a sad irony that Dianne Feinstein holds herself to be Jewish at the same time.

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Danger Zone: church spin (Covid & Politics edition)

In the last few days, the thugs and buffoons have been spinning away in the parking lot of the church, faster and looser, always more “courageous”, always a bit more wildly spinning the backs of their cars into the main road with a blind curve on the one side and a blind hill on the other, also barely missing the electric pole, risking the whole time T-boning a family just picked up from school. That’s the point. Endangering families. For the narcissistic, that’s what feeds narcissistic “fun.” The joy of the narcissist it to find one’s identity in the destruction of others. If people die for such stupidity, that’s all part of it, for the narcissists. But, no matter how good you are on spin, you’ll get caught in the end:

The video above is the live unedited news version of the takedown which includes the total smackdown arrest at the end. For old times sake, I also include the version below with “Good ol’ boys” playing in the background, just for fun. You gotta know that the officers – I’m quite sure – were also having a bit of fun with all this, but especially in the total smackdown arrest. ;-)

The problem is, the thugs and buffoons think the fun bit is all there ever is. Endangering others’ lives, and “not just” the lives of the police officers, means nothing to them. It’s just about congratulating themselves for how good the spin is. That the spin makes their entire lives a lie is what puts the edge on it all for them.

Some might say that the spin in the church parking lot has intensified in proportion to the intensification of the spin inside the church, in that opinion, from the pulpit, and, in that opinion, from the bully pulpit during my homilies and sermons.

There has been zero hesitation in smacking down the spin of our democrat governor in all his freakish discrimination against religious practice, adamantly promoting ABC liquor stores remaining open as essential while kicking churches in the face, again and again, entrenching with sarcasm. And that’s not spin from any pulpit. Just the facts. We rebel against this State hatred of the Church, this persecution of the Church by the State. We condemn the hateful spin of the State against religion.

  • “The earth could exist more easily without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” – Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

And then there’s the stupidity on the insistence of practical atheism entitled the “separation of Church and State” so that the “free exercise of religion” guaranteed by the very First Amendment of the Constitution, with the end result that the Church can and must be persecuted by the State so as to free of the Church in order to be the State, smashing down, therefore, necessarily, all “free exercise of religion.”

The Covid-19 political manipulations have brought the democrat spin forward into further persecution. No longer is it just about changing the “free exercise of religion” to the “freedom of worship”, but now it is about changing “freedom of worship” into “NO freedom to worship.”

And this has been a reason for civil war in many countries around the world, viz., 1920s Mexico, during which time Cristeros rebelled against government oppression. Finally, now, 100 years later, they have at least partially won the day, just as the last Cristero died just some years ago.

But even worse, we are told by certain wimpy ecclesiastics (such as in the USCCB) that we cannot evaluate moral issues in such manner that one candidate is going to look worse than the other. What the anti-life, anti-Catholic Catholic Bishops are saying is that, for instance, we cannot say that the Biden-Harris ticket (Ooooh! I used names!) is the most pro-death, pro-abortion, anti-Catholic, pro-persecution of religion political platform in the history of the world, and that the Trump-Pence ticket (Ooooh! I used names!) is the most pro-life from conception to natural death, pro-Catholic specifically and pro-“free exercise of religion” generally political platform in the history of the world, that is, when the times are tough, when this is not a popular thing to do even among some idiot Catholics-in-name-only.

  • If you are pro-death, wanting with all your heart and soul and mind and strength to have 20,000 children in the womb and just born to be shredded to death each and every week, day-in and day-out, you hate both God (in whose image we are made) and neighbor. You hate women, who have as a most frequent day to commit suicide the day they have an abortion. You hate “black” and “brown” people in an especially racist, genocidal manner, with abortuaries being strategically placed in neighborhoods of predominantly “black” and “brown” people. But let me underline that you are adamant in hating God, no matter how much you congratulate yourself on being up-to-date, no matter how elitist and sophisticated and a pillar of society and a social justice warrior you hold yourself to be. You risk going straight to hell. In the end, in your spin, you will be smacked down. Go to Confession. Venerable Fulton Sheen used to say: Don’t be so tolerant and broadminded that you are flat-headed. Yes. Flat-headed for being smacked down in the end.
  • If you are pro-life, and will do your level best to ensure that the country goes in a pro-life direction, you obviously love God and neighbor even un-bennounced to yourself. You risk going straight to heaven. Do yourself a favor: also go to Church even against the persecution of the Church by the State; go to the sacraments also; always be ready to go to heaven. Will you go into the “danger zone” of State spin against the Church? Yes. But – hey! – that’s all part of it. Go right to the cross with Jesus, witness to the truth and to love and to respect for neighbor. Help your neighbor not to be smacked down in hell forever just because of stupid spin.

Since dad was a Top Gun instructor at Andrews just outside of DC before there was such a program, I thought I might include some Danger Zone Top Gun music. Go ahead. Go into the danger zone! ;-)

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Election sermon 2020: Tell me, IRS, can I keep this up? Thank you Fr James Altman

  • I didn’t mention any names.
  • I didn’t endorse anyone.
  • I didn’t tell anyone who to vote for.
  • I didn’t mention any political parties.

So, let’s see… I did mention…

  • The difference between pro-life and pro-death
  • The difference between promoting the free exercise of religion and the persecution of religion
  • The difference between socialism-communism-marxism-satanism and trying to follow the natural law and the ten commandments
  • The difference between promoting LGBTQ+, witnessing homosexualist “marriages” and recognizing that male and female in a family context is the image of God
  • The difference between KKK with slavery and respect for neighbor

Hey! Besides possibly getting an education from the IRS, maybe I’ll also get another lecture on how never to speak about moral issues in an election from certain ecclesiastical personages (who have no standing whatsoever).

What I want to do with this sermon is also to thank Father James Altman, who was smashed down for saying such things as I say here, although he has much greater rhetorical skill and fervor and solidness of spiritual life.

Father James Altman is an inspiration and hero whom I strive to follow.

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Priest responds to Catholic League’s Bill Donohue blasting Federal Electoral Commission Chairman Trey Trainor

Bulleted points (or in Italics on different platforms) in quotations marks are from Catholic League’s Bill Donohue (CL for short):

  • “Trey Trainor, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission, is accusing the bishops of refusing to partake in electoral politics because they are more interested in receiving federal funds than they are in mobilizing Catholics. He even goes so far as to say that priests should disobey their bishop.”
  • “Trainor says, “the bishops are using their non-profit status as a shield to hide behind from having to make a decision about who to support.” Why? Because they want federal dollars. “To look at the amount of money the Church receives for social services, I would say that they have a big fear of provoking the government into pulling money away from activities the Church is involved in.”

Up to this point, I agree with Trey Trainor. Great! But then CL has this:

  • “In actual fact, the bishops have always been reluctant—properly so—to tell Catholics who to vote for in an election. We don’t go to church to get lectured to by priests who are Republicans or Democrats.”

Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Con paz! Con paz! Just. Wow. Trey Trainor did not command the bishops who to vote for in an election. Trey Trainor did not command us to go to church in order to get lectured to by priests who are Republicans or Democrats. Trey Trainor did not command priests to lecture their congregations from the pulpit, endorsing this or that candidate. No.

  • “To be sure, priests are entitled to discuss public policy issues that the Church supports, such as laws that restrict abortion or statutes that support school choice. But priests who go beyond this are crossing the line. None of this has anything to do with money—it has to do with prudence and respect for the conscience of parishioners.”

Just. Wow. As a priest, I’m allowed by CL to discuss public policy issues. Pfft! “Discuss.” No. I’m not going to discuss anything from the pulpit. I’m not going to throw up in the air for “discussion”, say, ripping unborn children apart in the wombs of their mothers and sucking them out with a vacuum cleaner, discussing this… No. These children are made in the image and likeness of God, and I’m going to declare with Jesus, who was in the womb of His Immaculate Mother for nine months that procured abortion is intrinsically evil always and in every circumstance. This is not up for “discussion.”

Does CL really equate procured abortion with school choice, the old lies of “Common Ground” and “Seamless Garment”. Unbelievable.

CL says that priests who go beyond this step over the line. Well, CL, I’m stepping over the line. Sue me. I’m going to say that procured is intrinsically evil and that this is not up for discussion at all.

CL says that this has nothing to do with money – it has to do with prudence and respect for the conscience of parishioners. I say, that’s bull crap. The bishops get tons of Federal Money for Catholic Relief Services, which is anti-Catholic, anti-Relief, and against true Services. The Bishops get tons of Federal Money for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development which is not Catholic, but is a campaign against that which is Catholic, and is entirely against Human Development. Let’s talk the Bishops’ support for groups supporting abortion. Yes. Let’s do that, CL. Let’s talk the prudence and respect of Jesus for the consciences of the money changers in the Temple, overturning their tables of money. Just. Wow. “Prudence.” “Respect.” I’ll tell you this, Jesus took us deadly seriously. He was tortured to death for it. Jesus doesn’t want us to go to hell. He instructs us without fear. What the hell are you doing, CL? Being men of consensus?

  • “Worse is Trainor’s comments on priests and bishops. ‘When a priest takes the vow of obedience to the bishop, it’s in the area of faith and morals, but they have a higher duty to Our Lord. If the bishop is putting out something that is not right, then the priest has an obligation to the faithful to correct it because he has the higher duty to Our Lord.'”

And what Trey Trainor said is absolutely correct. I’ve taken that promise of obedience, knowing that such a promise is made within the structure of Canon Law. No bishop can legitimately command any priest to commit sin, say, by way of a sin of omission or in any other way. No priest has ever made a “vow” or promise to any bishop to commit whatever sin any bishop might command him to do. This is absurd of CL. Totally absurd. I’ll tell you this, dear CL, I would go to my death disobeying any bishop commanding me to sin. If a bishop were to command a priest to sin, it would be the very height of arrogance. But then, CL says this:

  • “Arrogance is commonplace among Washington officials, but this one is a gem. Since when is it the job of the chairman of the FEC to offer theological instructions to Roman Catholic priests? What mantle of authority does this bureaucrat have to tell priests that they should disobey their bishops?”

Yes, well, Trey Trainor happens to be a Catholic who has the right in Canon Law to bring his concerns to the pastors of the Church. And if Trey is also a government official, does that mean that he has no right to the free exercise of religion in the public square, no right to freedom of speech, no right to express his conscience on the matter? Trey is not doing this from the offices of the FEC, but rather in a journalist’s studio. I thank Trey Trainor for the instructions he has provided. And, CL, just for your instruction, I do have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, a Doctorate in Theology from the Angelicum again. I applaud the instruction of Trey Trainor. His “mantle of authority” is that… wait for it… he’s right.

  • “One would think that with all the hullaballoo about fraudulent ballots being cast, and all the chicanery about mail-in voting, that the head of the FEC would have better things to do than to tell the Catholic clergy what their responsibilities are. Trump needs to rein this guy in right away.”

I’ll tell you what, it’s fully my intention to cross the line set out by CL. I won’t discuss. I will instruct. I will defend the truth. I will defend children in the womb. I won’t command people how to vote, but I will say how candidates measure up to the absolute truth of Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception, who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire. Amen.

And, by the way, I also have better things to do than have to write such commentaries as this. I had the best day ever yesterday – to give an example – locked up in jail, giving another bible study. It was on the prodigal son. Tears of conversion flowed. I saw Jesus at work in these guys’ souls. I would much rather be doing all that than this commentary. And now it’s off to Holy Hours, Masses, Communion calls until nightfall. I love being a priest. Just don’t have the hubris of telling me how to be a priest, CL, well, you know, unless you’re right on something, like Trey Trainor.

P.S. I love what you do otherwise, CL. You do a great work for the Church. But with this attack on Trey Trainor, you’ve stepped over the line.

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“Don’t Let Them Ruin America”

I’ve been putting up some opinions. This 44 second conglomeration video of Dem lies about the destruction of American cities is one of those opinions. If I put it up it’s that I’m endorsing anyone – regardless of the last couple of seconds of that person’s video – rather I’m just challenging the Dems to come up with a video which expresses their opinion about the wanton destruction of America’s cities, their opinion about the rape, assault, murder, arson, looting, terrorism really. Oh, I forgot, the video above is all their voices, their opinions.

Sometimes when people are quoted from an audio recording, a video recording, they become furious at attacks on them, but, really, it’s just them saying their own thing. But they will about kill you for saying what they are saying: “Damn you, you damn priest! Stop quoting us saying what we’re saying!”

Um… uh… I think I’ll just hold on to all my first amendment God-given unalienable rights over against the violent Dems.

I would put this to the Dems – consider it a courtesy warning – If they keep up the encouragement of the violence and murder and mayhem, they may well be held responsible for crimes against humanity just as the radio station in Rwanda was held guilty for inciting the genocide. It was that radio station that “gave the go ahead.” And that’s what the Dems are doing. They should all go to prison. Oh, I forgot, they won’t mind. They will have already met the vast majority who go to prison, that is, upon the draconian laws enacted against black men by both Biden and Harris. They’ll love it there.

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No Catholic can vote for Joe Biden: Pro-life priests explain

Now, there’s an opinion. Am I still within the guidelines of the USCCB? If anyone thinks I’m being one-sided, not following the rules, and would like to see the other side of this, namely, that “Only real Catholics vote for Joe Biden”, then – Hey! – make another video of the same length and I’ll put it up here. No, really! But, here’s the deal, it has to be a Catholic priest or, say, deacon, whether diocesan or, say, a Jesuit. No, really! Be creative! Tell us how the most pro-abortion maniac, the most anti-free-exercise-of-religion candidate, Joe Biden, anti-Catholic on… really… everything… tell us how he is better than the most pro-life candidate this country has ever seen, Donald Trump, who is also the most pro-free-exercise-of-religion we have ever seen. So, this is a debate. I think that’s allowed by the first amendment without prejudice. Right? Right? 

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Holy Communion for Trump or Biden?

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TRUMP:

  • Despite POTUS Trump being the most pro-life, pro-free exercise of religion president in the history of these United States, it is in order to respect the integrity of POTUS Trump relative to both his present-time faith and reason, that I would not at this time administer Holy Communion to him should he – receiving bad advice – present himself for reception, desiring to help him fruitfully receive and enthusiastically rejoice in being heart to Heart with the Divine Son of God. I pray for the day that I would be able to administer Holy Communion to POTUS Trump.

BIDEN:

  • In order to respect the choice of Biden to be entirely anti-Catholic on basically every single doctrinal and moral aspect of the Catholic faith, in order to respect the choice of Biden to offend Natural Law regarding basically every aspect of how we are created by our good Creator, I would not at this time administer Holy Communion to him should he present himself for reception, with myself instead desiring to help him fruitfully receive and enthusiastically rejoice in being heart to Heart with the Divine Son of God.

Probably a certain Jesuit troll will complain in order to have this blog post taken down, what with the Jesuits being freakishly anti-Catholic and pro-Biden, and, I must say, clever in gathering henchmen around them to do their dirty work. I would to see this certain Jesuit call out Father James Martin. THAT ain’t gonna happen, is it?

If anyone has an opinion as to whether the two points made above regarding the present day non-administration of Holy Communion to POTUS Trump or Biden, drop that in the comments.

I’m a Catholic priest, but does that mean that on my private-opinion blog which I write on my own private internet connection, on my own private computer, on my own private time, in a totally off-church-campus dwelling, with unrelenting disclaimers that this is just little me representing just little me. But, if anyone thinks this should all have me thrown into prison, let me know what the law is. Thanks in advance!

 

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Having to buy my free speech rights?!

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Is the God-given unalienable right to Free Speech guaranteed by the Constitution’s First Amendment cancelled out by the God-given unalienable right to the Free Exercise of Religion? Does a religious minister have to buy his right to Free Speech?

Here’s the heart of  the problem, at least for Catholic priests. Catholics have an obligation under pain of mortal sin to assist with Holy Mass on Sunday’s (or any Vigil Mass). The Federal Government by way of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assists churches by not taxing incoming donations (Income Tax). It would be entirely offensive to the flock for a church or even a church minister to endorse a political candidate, well, in certain circumstances. Let’s make a distinction, which is not theological but rather deals only with taxes.

The question is this: Does a church minister, in this case a priest, ever have the right to endorse a political candidate?

To put this another way concerning the IRS and Income Tax. This priest, yours truly, pays Income Tax.

  • I can receive income from the church as reimbursement for “business expenses” such as mileage (which I don’t do, to a loss of some $7,000 or $8,000.00 a year, to my loss). The parish simply cannot afford to assist me with what we call “Mercy Mileage,” miles which rack up when I take people frequently to hospital and doctor visits even hundreds of miles away (we are in a medical desert), or go on Communion Calls and Last Rites calls all over this four county area of Graham, Cherokee, Clay and Macon counties. Those purposes are called “business” as far as the IRS is concerned.
  • But that distinction, made by the Federal Government, the IRS, mind you, means that in the very mind of the legislator, there is inescapable the real and expected possibility that a minister, indeed a priest, will have non-business mileage which he has no right to claim for business mileage as reimbursement-income. And while it is intended that this be a zero-sum game, so that it is only the money spent on business mileage that will be reimbursed (something like 0.55 ¢ per mile), it is still a recognition that a minister or priest has down time, non-business time, personal time, in which case he might take a vacation/pilgrimage to the Lourdes or the Holy Land, maybe read a book or… or… wait for it… write a blog post.

Speaking of writing my own personal opinion in my IRS granted down-time, let’s make some other things clear:

  • This means that a minister or priest cannot express any endorsement of a political candidate from the pulpit, or during any official church function, whether on or off campus, whether during sick calls, Last Rites calls, Communion calls, during religious processions through the streets, during any celebration of the Sacraments or sacramentals, not even in private casual conversation if such minister or priest is actually using his status as a minister or priest to enforce such a political endorsement. This goes for church bulletins, newspapers secular or religious, radio or television broadcasting, or even social media. I do none of that.
  • I make it crystal clear that when I communicate anything I do that simply in my own name. Period. End of story. But if you want more detail, see the long list of disclaimers about who I don’t speak for:

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  • I’m sure the IRS would be interested in some logistics. I’m good with that!
    • The blog I write on is my own personal blog, not that of the church.
    • I myself pay the fees for the blog and the domain.
    • My blog has NOTHING to do with the parish. It has nothing to do with the Diocese. It has nothing to do, believe me, with the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. It has nothing to do with the Holy See. Nothing to do with Pope Francis.
    • I designed the blog myself. No one edits it for me. No one is required to read this. Almost zero people in the parish do read it. Those who do so only read it once in a while, well, except for one or two people. But even they say that they pretty much just look at the “Flowers” posts, wishing these were on Instagram. Never!

Finally, let’s just ask the question:

In view of the IRS, can a minister or priest, totally on his own time and with his own resources, utterly not as part of his ministering or his being a priest in a parish or diocese, as expressed at great length above, go ahead and endorse a political candidate, it being a given that, in not using any 501c3 privileges whatsoever, but indeed paying his own income tax?

Diversely, can a minister or priest BUY BACK his God-given unalienable right to free speech as already guaranteed by the first amendment?

Diversely, can I, with all the distinctions made above, in my being a citizen in good standing in this great country, wave my American Flag and say that for I which I was so brutally censored?

AS FOR ME: TRUMP 2020

I’ve yet to read up on what Trump said in his executive order, or what the Bishops Conference said, or what Saint Pope John Paul II said, etc. I’m going a million miles an hour, busy with being a priest, and I love being a priest. I also love being a human being and a citizen, as least on my own time. By the way, if anyone wonders, my up-hours as opposed to my down hours, are often 12 or 16 or 18, sometimes 20 hours a day. I wonder if there really is much down time after that. Or maybe we are not allowed down time. I really NEVER take vacations, ever. There are scheduled days off that I miss out on.

Let me be frank about this… Here’s the deal: I was told that I am always and only 24/7/365 in my official public capacity, that I never am a private person. I wonder if pooping and peeing is private, or if my verbal diarrhea always has to be at the level of Papal Exhortation or Papal Encyclical or Apostolic Exhortation? I wonder if this is why we have IDIOT papal sycophants who think that every word that comes out of the Pope’s mouth or his pen is entirely infallible instead of only when he speaks on faith and morals to the universal church as the successor of Peter especially when deciding a controversy. These sycophants are the reason why we have, on the other hand, sede-vacantists. These are those who are responsible for such division in the church. They overstep their capacities taking on an authority they do not have. Shame on them. Shame on them. They are tender snowflake violent bullies who smack others down to demonstrate to themselves the power they don’t actually have. Whew! Amen, and, if you only knew:

Laughing out loud!

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Personal blog censored by pro-Biden operative. I say: Bug off you ignorant coward, thug and buffoon that you are

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Fear instilled by censorship of righteous free speech as appraised in natural law, local, state and federal law, constitutional law, and the freedom of all in church law to express concerns and also be about assistance not only of the Church but also of civil society, all here in these United States of America.

But that fear is about as scary as a Jaws-Bug that could about take your finger right off, well, until you see how cowardly that bug is, how they can be captured so easily, how cowardly and bumbling and ignorant are those who would censor righteous free speech, how they can be dealt with forthwith with legal argumentation and prayer, and common sense and prayer.

I’ve been doing some consulting on being censored with really smart people and have lots of great direction and appraisals of what the results would be of any test case going up to SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of These United States. You know, all the whys and wherefores and hows and such.

Legal argumentation of censorship is all about – not so much any law – but more about the political-policy modus agendi of the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service. Taxes! They do have SWAT teams to smash down and intimidate also innocent citizens, that’s true. But it’s all political angst that they have. And they also are cowards, thugs and buffoons.

I have a lot of reading to do from the White House, a half-dozen documents from the IRS, another from the USCCB, etc. So, I digress. I’m not yet ready to respond to the censorship on a legal secular level, or even to Demoncrat operatives in the USCCB. In this preliminary post, let me conjecture about the complainant:

  1. It could be a private person, even a Catholic, say, a woman who has had many abortions and wants demoncrats to win so she’s free to sacrifice any other children to demons, or at least rationalize what she’s done in the past. Could be. I don’t know. The complaint was way too clever, way too smart. It’s not that I’ve seen the complaint. It went directly to higher ups in this land. It wasn’t personal. It wasn’t taken to me. That’s not the simple reason-less emotion of someone who aborted.
  2. It could be a demoncrat operative.  They would be much more keyed in on the use of political correctness and fear with those they deem to be cowards and sycophants to the entitled thugs and buffoons of the nation. They wouldn’t involve me. That would be brave, but they are anything but that. They are, however, street smart with the cowardly who pretend their safe spaces will protect them from this fallen world’s aggression. It won’t. I bet it’s a campaign operative.
  3. But, say it’s not. In that case, and this is at least as likely, it could be a false flag from some even more clever as a political operative in the Trump campaign. In that case, it would be to laugh long and hard, with joy and contentedness. You gotta know I’m entirely predictable, and anyone with some intel experience knows they can bait me into entrenching into writing with incisiveness by putting a the pressure on. I love working under pressure. But in this case, it’s all entertainment, for then they would know that I would know what they are up to. LOL many times over. Stay tuned.

Everything that I will say will be about two fictional politicians:

  1. A political Herod wanna-be. Herod was a disgusting murderer, killing his own family, having lusty parties at party palaces, a disgrace to the nation, to the world.
  2. Another politician that we will call Constantine.

Everything that I will say will be about two fictional political parties:

  1. The Demoncrats, who take God out of their political platform and who sacrifice the pre-born, just born and elderly to the demons of narcissism. There is no such party called Demoncrats, right? Right?
  2. The Pro Deo et Patria party, also known as the 4G0D4ALL party. ;-)

Fictional! Fake! Make-believe! Once upon a 1984! All that. I’m sure you get the idea.

So, go ahead all you censors out there. Forward this post to the IRS and all your thugs and cowardly buffoons. Have them subscribe to the blog. Have them take me to court. You have no idea what you’ve unleashed. Why’s that?

I’m been censored before by the most disgusting el-creepo some years ago. In fact, the entire blog had to come down. That’s fine. I was good with it. I knew I would learn more about the ways and means of trying to save others in the midst of hell. And I have. As I say, stay tuned. And pray a Hail Mary for all involved. Hail Mary…

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Saint John Paul on voting for maniac pro-abort politicians

I’m going a million miles an hour. Can anyone find where JPII said that voting for politicians who are out to murder the preborn, the just born and the elderly when there is an extremely viable prolife and pro free exercise of religion candidate is a crime against humanity and a mortal sin?

Also, I need a link to Trump’s executive order on politics and religion.

Urgent. Yikes!

By the way… So far today besides Mass…

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I’ve seen this before…

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Let’s see… Oh! Yes! I remember now…

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There’s a lot riding on certain elections, right?

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Attacked and Restored in California

Sad about black shirt guy.

Got choked up with orange shirt guy.

Must be the Ave Maria being sung.

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Truth @ Joe Biden blocked by FaceBook

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Father Gordon has never seen his own FaceBook page but others post on his behalf. Content from TheseStoneWalls has been very popular on TheseStoneWalls FaceBook page. Posts from TSW have been very popular there especially with Catholic FaceBook “Groups”. There are people who post dozens of times a day elsewhere on FaceBook on their own pages, but nothing had been posted on my behalf for well over two days.

FaceBook blocked the graphic above from being posted on the following groups:

  • Roman Catholic Republicans Faithful to the Church
  • Catholic Pro-Life
  • Priests for Life
  • Catholic News Agency
  • Catholic News and Discussion
  • Sensus Fidelium
  • Catholic Writers
  • Catholic Media
  • Catholic Fellowship on Facebook
  • One Million Connected Catholics
  • Catholic Strong
  • Catholic Spiritual Warfare in Today’s World
  • The Catholics Writers Guild
  • …including many others such as FoxNews Groups, etc.

Even just two or three of the above have a readership of over 1/2 million followers.

The reason FaceBook gave is:

“FaceBook must place limits on how often you can post.”

FaceBook invited Father Gordon MacRae to make a rebuttal, which is as follows:

“FaceBook has been criticized for limiting or blocking conservative content. This is an example.”

The specific post being blocked in this very popular article by Father MacRae:

Was front page of The Big PULPIT on this Thursday past. However, we need YOU to share this as much as you can to get out the truth, those of you especially who have internet audiences.

Statement from Father Gordon J. MacRae:

  • “I may be the only priest free enough to write this. The Leftist Mobs cannot throw me in jail. They can only block me on FaceBook.”

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Last Rites at Covid-19 Emergency Room: Governor’s Office and Dept of Justice

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The other morning a request for Last Rites came, asking that I meet up at the Emergency Room. A family member was told that zero visitation is allowed because of new rules just then imposed. A security guard made his presence felt. I asked about giving the non-Covid-19 patient an extremely abbreviated form of the Last Rites used in just such circumstances. No way. We were told to move next to the parking lot, about 75 feet away from the entrance.

Not wanting to let this go, I googled the phone number for Governor Cooper’s Office here in North Carolina. He’s notorious for his outrageous discrimination against anything religious. I explained to the nice lady on the phone that I wanted an emergency intervention by the Governor’s Office with the hospital, so that I might provide Last Rites, you know, because bureaucratic red tape doesn’t otherwise hurry up even for death. I mentioned how Vice President Pence said that the rules have exceptions in end-of-life circumstances, allowing both family and ministers to attend to the dying.

“Oh! I’ll put you through to someone who can help with that!” chirped the nice lady at the Governor’s Office ever so joyfully. *Ring* – *Ring* – It was the Department of Justice which picked up.

In other words, the Governor’s Office entrenched in disrespecting religious ministrations, even Last Rites, and wanted me to go ahead and try to get an emergency hearing from the Supreme Court of North Carolina and then, I suppose, the Supreme Court of the United States. But there’s no time even for that. Emergency for the court system is not the same as the emergency of death.

Meanwhile – hahaha – it seems that the Governor’s Office had a quick change of heart and forthwith called the admin at the hospital and told them to just let me do it so that it doesn’t go viral on the media and such. The Governor has already been smacked down by a Federal Judge. The admin guy sent a nurse out to invite me to come in and give the Last Rites. ;-)

The squeaky wheel and all that, right? This turned out good for the patient, this time. But I’m sure this is a new policy. And I’m really not so sure that other ministers would insist on religious rights for whatever the various faith communities do, and that generalized comment might well include quite a number of Catholic priests.

It seems to me that the religious powers that be should get up with the political powers that be and agree together that unalienable rights provided by God such as those enumerated in the first amendment are to be respected. I’d like to see legislation providing criminal penalties to those who disrespect the free exercise of religion.

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