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Safety of whistle blower Viganò is reason for silence on crisis? Irony!

 

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Lots of people die in violence all the time right around the world. None of us are non-expendable, least of all Jesus, who was purposely sent to be expendable on our behalf, the innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in his own justice to forgive those who in their pride think that they are so non-expendable.

Archbishop Viganò does not think he is non-expendable. He’s put himself at some risk by being a whistle blower. His going into hiding in his retirement is merely being prudent. That prudence was also the modus operandi of Saint Thomas More who said that God gave us the wits to get ourselves out of danger if that was at all possible. Chop!

In a recent post – My request to Archbishop Viganò: Your help is needed; I’m depending on you – I said I would like to have a chat with his Excellency about some matters in which he could assist in a more expansive way to bring this crisis full circle. There might be some progress in setting up a face to face in the works. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, various other responses also came in, one of which was particularly baiting, particularly ironic ever so typical of counterintel mind game idiocy, replete with an insurance policy, a threat of violence in the mode of “If you do this, then this will happen”:

“Father Byers, +Vigano’s life is in danger. People could follow you to him. Pardon me, but I don’t think your request is prudent with respect to +Vigano.

You say: “But that’s not enough. This isn’t about Archbishop Viganò being vindicated. It’s about solving the problem, right? So, let’s just say it:”

But you have not said about what THE problem is that you mention. Is the problem the homosexual cabal that has taken over the highest positions in the Vatican?…that +Vigano is so very clear about? If so, they are absolutely ruthless. I hope you think it is worth it to put +Vigano’s life in even more danger.

In other words, bringing the whole crisis full circle isn’t wanted. It’s as much to say to me:

“Don’t you dare bring do anything at all to help bring this crisis full circle! Should you dare to meet with Viganò with your intention to be assisted by him in doing your little part to help bring this crisis to a conclusion, he will be killed, and you can go ahead and feel guilty about it. Your guilt about his demise is our insurance policy making sure nothing of what you intend will go forward, because we know you’re too nice to put someone else at risk. And you’re already guilty for being stupid, you stupid priest!”

So, in playing on my genetically Judeo-Catholic guilt – I ask – what or who is this person wanting to protect? That’s my question. Yep.

Here’s the deal: the Archbishop just wants to do the right thing at whatever cost to himself. I just want to do the right thing, at whatever cost to myself. Look: isn’t that true for all of us? So, like, what’s the big deal? No heroes here. Jesus is the One, the only One. We just do what we have to do, as Jesus says, right? All of us who follow Jesus, right? The angels set up what we are to do if we are to do it. So, I don’t get the drama here. Who cares what happens to us in this sorry post-original sin world of darkness. Killed? Big deal! My concern is eternal life and getting other people there. Who cares about death if we have a love stronger than death?

Having said all that, I’ll add that if I really don’t want to be followed – not that I ever bothered – then it just wouldn’t happen. I’m not at Jack Reacher’s level – but… Hey! – I’m willing to learn from him, and I do think I know something about situational awareness. For humor and instruction:

Let’s play a game! No bad language. No sex scenes. No blood letting. It’s just 1’43”. No, really, watch the video, and then answer the following questions. Don’t peek at them! It’s fun!

  • Did you notice from where you are watching at .05′ and other equipment and your environmental surroundings?
  • Did you see that same black SUV (note the environmental surroundings) with Jack using the eyes in back of his head at .09′ and the peripheral vision following that?
  • Did you see at .32′ the direct eye contact with those following using the waitress as cover?
  • Did you see at .39′ that he’s just thought of how to use the salt shaker as a tool for attack. That’s obvious. But, did you also see how he’s using the shiny surface of its cap as a mirror by which to keep track of those having inordinate interest?
  • Did you hear what he said at 1.31′, that is, as something normal for him to say, that he believes this can happen to him without him being paranoid in the least, just being someone with great situational awareness?
  • Did you get the address of “The Farm”?

To the baiter: If you answered “No” to any one of those questions you have no business being in the business you’re in. You have no idea. And… and… have you prayed about this? This may be more serious than your little games.

Anyway, how did the rest of you do? ;-)

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Deep Kryptic: FBI, Abuse, Confession. Father Byers protects RICO in Penn?

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There was a strange hit on the blog to this post: “Mandatory Reporting” of Abuse Confessed in Sacramental Confession. [Read that again!] That seems to have sparked interest in this: Missionaries of Mercy reconfirmed: New list of faculties… [Read that again!] Involved is a group which archives and protects data for – How to say it? – the entire world, as in mirroring the likes the NSA, CIA, FBI, with the latter having a shared address. They figure into the posts above.

I reckon that there are two possible explanations besides just saying that there are a million coincidences and all the stars are happenstance aligning: (1) Someone’s wondering about the ethics of storing digitally recorded sacramental confessions such as those procured by the FBI multiple times not only in prisons but also in bugged confessionals in, for instance, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City [Yep.]; (2) More likely: someone’s wanting to access those digitally recorded sacramental confessions at least as indicators of who to look at so as to get enough info to get warrants for those they didn’t know were suspect, and at the same time looking at the constitutional issues of free exercise of religion, which such recordings and research would significantly damage.

Again, it’s not that it’s not done. It is. I was personally approached by the Italian Department of Defense to agree to this very thing so that they might accomplish a kind of sting operation in southern Italy against whoever it was they were after back in the day.

Oh. Just another coincidence. The FBI has just now started a RICO investigation in Pennsylvania where our data center is at. Too bad that investigation is just about the influence of homosexualist bullying of teens instead of also about RICO style kickbacks to chanceries from risk retention groups for false accusations. Billions of dollars in that investigation, but it’s not politically correct right now. We’re now at the stage of, analogously, the Mueller investigation insisting on non-existent Russian collusion but finding (and ignoring) all the Democrat and DoJ and FBI crimes. But we’ll get there with that too, right?

The particular data site (of so very many sites globally for the same group) is some hundreds of acres, hundreds of feet below ground, in the middle of absolutely nowhere, one of the most secure places in these USA and, therefore, on earth. They brag about perimeter security, armed guards, metal detection, mantraps, biometric access, CCTV, almost to the point of making a Titanic statement that even God can’t sink this ship. Um…

I
In a solitude of the sea
Deep from human vanity,
And the Pride of Life that planned her, stilly couches she.

II
Steel chambers, late the pyres
Of her salamandrine fires,
Cold currents thrid, and turn to rhythmic tidal lyres.

III
Over the mirrors meant
To glass the opulent
The sea-worm crawls — grotesque, slimed, dumb, indifferent.

IV
Jewels in joy designed
To ravish the sensuous mind
Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind.

V
Dim moon-eyed fishes near
Gaze at the gilded gear
And query: “What does this vaingloriousness down here?” …

VI
Well: while was fashioning
This creature of cleaving wing,
The Immanent Will that stirs and urges everything

VII
Prepared a sinister mate
For her — so gaily great —
A Shape of Ice, for the time far and dissociate.

VIII
And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

IX
Alien they seemed to be;
No mortal eye could see
The intimate welding of their later history,

X
Or sign that they were bent
By paths coincident
On being anon twin halves of one august event,

XI
Till the Spinner of the Years
Said “Now!” And each one hears,
And consummation comes, and jars two hemispheres.

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Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, particularly those who mock sacramental confession. I’ll assume that those who archive are wanting to delete out of the system all digitally recorded sacramental confessions. Right? Right?

 

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Adoration, Confession, Peter’s Keys

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Our weekly Sunday morning holy hours 6:00-7:00 AM at Holy Redeemer sometimes have a quiet moment or two, during one of which I took this picture. We have the rosary or a chaplet, lauds, chants. After exposition, to make sure we have some quiet, I stay on my knees before the Blessed Sacrament for the first ten minutes. But after that, I go back to the Confessional. I mean, people kneeling before our Lord makes for a busy confessional. Always so very inspiring, making any priest, even me, happy to be one with Jesus in His priesthood.

I would just like to point out the bit of yellow that you see through the window on the outside of the door. That’s the flag of the Holy See, the Papal Flag. We have to remember, do we not, that the Holy Father, whatever anyone might think about him, whatever Jesus might think about him, still has the power of keys, still delegates such powers with the apostolic mandate of bishops, who still sub-delegate that to the priests.

I make no apologies for being in solidarity with the Bishop of Rome – the most attacked-by-Satan bishop in the world – praying for him. I always mention him during Mass (not all do, you know), and at the end of the intercessions, the bidding prayers. I mean, I have cloistered nuns who pray for my wretched soul. When I complain to them that they are getting me in trouble with all those prayers because Jesus will ask me what I actually did with all those graces, they instantly say that such trouble with Jesus is alright since – “Look at it this way” they say – just think of where you would have been if we weren’t praying for you at all. Oh my.

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Viganò’s extra-judicial trial of Francis. Ending abuse of power with the same?

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Archbishop Viganò has published a second letter. LifeSite has a PDF, Scio cui credidi. In it, he describes the dynamic of what is going on:

“The pope’s unwillingness to respond to my charges and his deafness to the appeals by the faithful for accountability are hardly consistent with his calls for transparency and bridge building.”

Sure. That’s right. Almost 100%. But there’s one little bit that’s wrong in which one forgets the old maxim:

  • Bonum ex integra causa (It’s good if it’s all good).
  • Malum ex quocumque defectu (It’s bad if there is any defect whatsoever).

The presentation of Archbishop Viganò is almost 100%, but doesn’t quite make it all the way. So, what do we actually have here?

This is actually a final judgment rendered in an extra-judicial trial conducted by Archbishop Viganò over against the one who is called the Supreme Pontiff for a reason. The Bishop of Rome cannot legitimately be tried in an ecclesiastical court with or without the trappings of ecclesiastical fanfare, by Council or not. Saying something, whatever, and then demanding an answer is no way to go about things with the Pope. Making an accusation and being met by silence doesn’t always mean that one consents, the old Qui tacet, tacet consentire (the one who keeps silence, keeps silence in order to consent).

If one puts this kind of pressure on the Holy Father, there is all of a sudden something much bigger at play. It is a utilitarian usage of abuse (an insult to real victims) in order to bring about another agenda, the downfall not of a particular bishop of Rome, but the downfall of the papacy itself, the downfall of the Catholic Church. It’s all about power. It always is. Abuse of power is always ugly. It’s the old taunting “Nyeah nyeah nyeah nyeah nyeah.” That’s NOT to say that there isn’t something to the charges. It’s the way of bringing items to the Holy Father that really does count.

Long time readers will know that I myself brought a couple of matters to the attention of the Holy Father quietly, without publicizing what those two matters were other than to say that one deals with the Holy See and the other with the McCarrick affair. There was a response, an awesome response, as I have reported. Anyway…

Fighting abuse of power with the abuse of power is no way to end the abuse of power. In doing exorcisms, one might notice that Satan is especially good at mind games in getting people to abuse power. That’s what he does.

“But it’s all about the children!” splutter the self-righteous abuse of power mongers. No, it’s not about the children, except to make a utilitarian usage of them, again. That’s offensive. There are other ways.

I’ll make you a bet:

  • I’m not a betting man, but I bet you that McCarrick will be dismissed from the clerical state in the not-too-distant future. The winner and loser of this bet have to say a Hail Mary for McCarrick and another for Pope Francis and another for the Church. Either way, do it.

Don’t get me wrong: 

I’m all for helping the Holy Father discern all that which is good and holy. I’ve done that with Benedict XVI. I’ve done that with Francis. Let me slightly edit Saint Paul’s words to the Ephesians (3:14-21), replacing “you” with “the Pope” so as to let you know my wishes for Pope Francis:

“I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant [the Pope] in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in [the Pope’s] heart[-] through faith; that [the Pope], rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that [the Pope] may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

  • What Saint Paul is talking about cuts through any mind games, any politics.
  • What Saint Paul is talking about is enough to bring any Pope to confirm his brothers in the faith.

What surprises me…

What surprises me is the almost non-existent theology regarding the papacy even by those who claim to be theologians, and orthodox to boot. Almost no one knows what Infallibility is about, what it’s consequences are. The extra-judicial judgment thing is just one more sign of ignorance as to what being the Bishop of Rome is all about.

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Saint Luke Institute and clones homosexualize clients promoting sin: exactly what priests don’t need.

You have heard that it was said that Saint Luke Institute and such like “clinics” do have some good use for some few who are actually in need of psychological help and that some people do benefit, but I tell you that this is not true.

If we had believers who were great at counselling and to whom one could go on a confidential basis – Hey! What an idea! – that would be great. However:

  • such places follow the ethos of accreditation by secular society and so promote all that which society promotes;
  • the second one walks in the door is the second you sign a waver so that everything in your file will be sent to the bishop and chanceries (=newspapers);
  • results are often predetermined according to the one paying the bills, often without any person ever having presented, even on the phone.

Such places are often a method by which to get a priest dismissed from the clerical state. Weaponizing psychological help is the best way to take this aid away from those who need it.

Just to be clear because of following the accreditation norms:

  • homosexualism is promoted;
  • self-abuse is promoted;
  • the rape of those who attend by way of measuring their physiological responses to the viewing of pornography of all kinds, including child-porn (a felony for all involved) has been done (as noted many times by the John Jay Report); would you entrust yourself to a rapist, to an institute known for raping residents?

Those who actually need counselling can find actually believing counselors. So, they should not, must not go to such places as Saint Luke Institute.

It is better to go to heaven having suffered with a psychological problem on earth than to go to hell committed unspeakable sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. Making a policy of unspeakable sins is what brought the scourge of the present crisis upon the Church. It is unconscionable to promote such places.

  • I believe that any bishop who sends his priests to such places is committing sin.
  • I believe that any administration at such places are committing sin.
  • I believe that anyone in Rome able to shut such places down but does not is committing sin.

Active homosexualization of the clergy by policy must stop. Get it?

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Father Paul Kalchik Interview. Solidarity: Je suis le père Paul Kalchik

Seriously, this priest, for all he’s been through, is calm, reasonable, nuanced, prudent, exact in descriptions, restrained in his actions, pastorally minded, doesn’t exaggerate, is profound in his theology, is reverent before the Lord Jesus. In short, he has a priestly identity in every way, and, it seems to me, with honesty, with integrity. I recognize Jesus in him. I’ll have more to say about this, but for this post, recall the repercussions of Charlie Hebdo (bad analogy, I know). But, in solidarity, I will say that:

Je suis le père Paul Kalchik.

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“Fr. Byers, be the virgo prudens!”

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In asking a fellow priest about the prudence of commentary here on Arise! we both spoke of the Lord’s supreme prudence in taking whips and cleansing the temple.

We then discussed the five prudent virgins (φρόνιμοι) vs the five imprudent virgins (μωραὶ), you remember them, with the lamps which either had or didn’t have oil, that is, the charity of fiery Holy Spirit. Recall that the prudent virgins with extreme intensity of sarcasm suggested to the imprudent virgins that they should just go to the shop where God’s charity is sold and buy some of the that charity. And. They. Do. Idiots. One can’t buy God’s charity. This wasn’t baiting them to do something that they were entrapped into doing as if they would not otherwise do it. This was just getting the imprudent virgins out of the faces of the prudent virgins. It’s what they would do anyway because that’s where they are already.

In the end, this priest friend of mine summed it all up and said: “Be the virgo prudens!”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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That’s the plane. We’re boarding.

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IOR Vatican Bank: extortion of a crisis

In this video, Dr Marshall provides a very helpful timeline of events.

What is said in this video is entirely consistent with what was known of the situation. Things have developed of course in the years of Pope Francis’ pontificate. People have taken it upon themselves to manipulate things. This aspect of the crisis is an important key to understanding unintelligible actions from on high.

Extortion is not impossible. Consider that the Holy See and Vatican City State are two entities. If descriptions of the same and laws regarding the same, both internally and internationally, were to be conflated one with the other, what kind of extortion might that permit?

Again, this is a homosexualist crisis. Considering the players behind the scenes, some of whom who have not yet been named, I’m guessing that the idea is to use this as a method of extortion to change the teaching of the Church regarding homosexuality. We have already seen proposed changes. Settlements for “pedophilia” cases, and eventual litigation with much longer tentacles, are merely leverage to push for a change in the teaching of the Church.

Just my opinion. But when you see who is as thick as thieves with who, and with what connections, and the power they have even over the Holy Father, I would say that my opinion is well founded, enough to try to break things open. Oh, I forgot! I’m on my way to Rome today to try to do just that.

 

 

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