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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (If I were Pope, edition)

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A comment came in on Sunday morning having it that I can go ahead and pray for Satanic anti-Pope Francis all I want, but that won’t make him into some kind of Pope since, it was said, he’s not Pope, and why don’t I go ahead and pray for the real Pope, Pope Benedict? I guess this guy doesn’t know my connection with the great Ratz.

The same guy in the same comment continued with a diatribe listing his complaints about Pope Francis. It was very clever, even humorous, citing “amoralis laetitia”, and it was ever so literary, using phrases like “…anyone passing familiar with…”

This is a young guy, and attorney. My dad was an attorney, one of the best, you know, Georgetown Law School, the whole bit. So, I’m thinking I should pity this guy, but then, minutes after that long rant, another comment, a taunting, baiting comment came in from him revealing the real motive for sede-vacantism. He said:

“Don’t wish to engage the issue, aye Padre?”

This is a smart guy. He knows priests are just a little bit busy on Sundays, especially one in a parish with only one priest. He knows I have zero time to “engage” with him on Sunday morning, and that’s the point, right? winning by attrition, killing the one you consider to be your opponent and declaring yourself victor? Is that “winning”? We should remember that Jesus was victor by being tortured to death by those who were convinced they were right while making sure there was no possibility of rebuttal. Or so they thought. Jesus rose from the dead. And Peter repented.

This priest was up before 3:00 AM, leaving for church soon after 5:30 AM for our Sunday morning Holy Hour of Adoration and Confessions at 6:00 AM. I then raced up across the mountain to another county in the parish for more Adoration and Confessions and then Mass (a 40 mile round trip) and then a “social”, and then racing back for more Confessions and another Mass and then, this past Sunday, a special Knights of Columbus Mothers Day “social” (at which a security team, by the way, was put together for the church from Catholics and those becoming Catholic!) and then, what? Oh yes! Then off to the Nursing Home/Rehab to bring Holy Communion, another 30 mile round trip. Then, having raced back in the evening to the rectory, time to feed Shadow-dog and Laudie-dog. Then, more dead than alive, crashing to sleep, worried that I haven’t yet engaged our sede-vacantist friend…

swiss guard fatimaAfter all this, I saw a YouTube on what the ideal Pope would be like. It was all about favorite niceness. It immediately struck me as being ever so insufficient and missing the point altogether.

It comes to mind, then, what I would do if I were Pope. I think I would go to Confession. Yes. That’s what I would do. For all the world to see (though not hear, out of respect for the Confessor to keep the Seal of Confession), you know, right out on the Loggia.

And then I would mention some of my lack to the world and say that the only thing I myself could bring to being Bishop of Rome, the only thing I have of myself, is sin, is a denial of Jesus, which, however, I would protest, as did Peter, that I don’t want to do that. I would ask for prayers. And then I would speak of being thankful to Jesus’ good mom for interceding for me – not for becoming Pope! – but rather that I might receive the mercy and forgiveness of her Divine Son, as did Peter after his denial of Jesus. That’s what’s important.

And then I would encourage others to go to Confession. And then I would place a flower at the feet of Jesus’ good mom. She would be up on the Loggia too. And then I would do the Urbi et Orbi and then I would ask everyone again to pray for me that I may not run away from the wolves, that I may not fall asleep in Gethsemane.

But I don’t think I would beg forgiveness for doing what I should do with Adoration and Confessions and Mass and taking care of the sick and dying and encouraging those who are in the process of converting.

Oh, I forgot. I’m probably not considered a real priest anyway. How could I be if I ask for prayers for any and every Pope regardless of whether they need prayers or not? If I asked for prayers for all Popes, surely I’m a Judas hypocrite.

The truth is that all popes need our prayers. We all need the prayers of each other. Is it such crime to pray for Pope Francis?

For the sede-vacantist guy, and for me, and for all of us, and for Pope Francis:

Hail Mary…

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Standing in solidarity with the Pope

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Father Byers: “Let’s pray for Pope Francis!”

Tradition-al-ism-ists: “So, Father Byers, when did you stop being Catholic?”

Father Byers: “Let’s pray for Pope Francis!”

Tradition-al-ism-ists: “So, Father Byers, when did you abandon the faith, the truth, the Church, your obligations as a priest to lead your flock to heaven?

Father Byers: “Let’s pray for Pope Francis!”

Tradition-al-ism-ists: “So, Father Byers, why are you such a hypocrite, pretending to be Catholic, but supporting Pope Francis with prayer? You traitor, you false priest, you servant of Satan!”

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Since when is it required NOT to pray for someone, anyone, in order to held to be Catholic? It is the supreme denial of Jesus’ mandate to pray for others, even if we consider them to be our enemies, if we require of ourselves and others NEVER to pray for the Pope.

No matter how many times I try to get Tradition-al-ism-ists to lay aside theological differences as being irrelevant to whether or not we pray for the Pope, it is never about helping each other get to heaven with prayer, but only about politics: It is held that if you pray for someone, it means that you agree with everything they say and do always and everywhere. Talk about ultramontanism! How very ironic.

Guarantee: Not even one Tradition-al-ism-ist-ic person will see the irony, but instead just be triggered to condemn any and all prayers for the Holy Father as being a sign of Satan, that one holds that everything the Holy Father says and does is an ex-cathedra proclamation. Guaranteed.

Meanwhile, what did Jesus say? That Peter would be sifted as wheat by Satan, but that after he turns, he is to confirm the brethren? Yes? Well, then, did Peter have anyone to pray for him while he was being sifted as wheat? Maybe, I don’t know… Let’s see… Perhaps Jesus’ good mom? Is she demonic? And – Hey! – Maybe Jesus prayed as well? (See Luke 22:32). Really. It’s there. In Scripture.

  • …I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.
  • …ἐγὼ δὲ ἐδεήθην περὶ σοῦ ἵνα μὴ ἐκλίπῃ ἡ πίστις σου· καὶ σύ ποτε ἐπιστρέψας στήρισον τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου.
  • …ego autem rogavi pro te ut non deficiat fides tua: et tu aliquando conversus, confirma fratres tuos.

And before anyone, laughing, mocks to say that I must be admitting – finally – that Pope Francis is in the grip of Satan, instead, I say this: Satan sifts us all as wheat. No one is exempt, not Mary, not Jesus. That’s not the question. The question is whether or not we will join Jesus and His good mom in praying for the Successor of him who is now SAINT Peter. Hail Mary

And still I can hear it:

  • Do you know what he did with appointments?
  • Do you know what he did with Amoris laetitia?
  • Don’t you know that mercy is fake? (Said even with no nuances given.)
  • Don’t you know what he’s doing with doctrine and evangelization?
  • Don’t you know that he doesn’t wear red shoes?

“STOP PRAYING FOR FAKE POPE FRANCIS!” they shriek.

Sigh…

I wonder if such people would walk up to Jesus in Gethsemane while He sweat as with great drops of blood, and spit on Him, slap Him, throw a hissy fit, even while He prays for Peter. I wonder if such people would walk up to Mary under the cross, and throw her to the ground, screaming at her to have her stop being in solidarity with Jesus, who prays for Peter also from the cross, even while all hell is broken out on Calvary. Let’s try again:

Hail Mary

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“Team Francis” wrote “The Letter”? Oxford offers a clue to the mystery.

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You have heard that it was said that the authors of the most recent diatribe against the papacy as such “clarify” that (1) they are not saying that the Supreme Pontiff has “denied truths of the faith in pronouncements that satisfy the conditions for an infallible papal teaching” [and that is correct] and that (2) “We assert that this would be impossible, since it would be incompatible with the guidance given to the Church by the Holy Spirit” [and that is also correct].

But then the most exalted and enlightened group of “they” have it that a “heretical papacy may not be tolerated or dissimulated to avoid a worse evil.”

Wait a minute there… “Heretical papacy”? Did they just contradict themselves? Do they mean “personally heretical pope”? If they did they would say it. These are clever guys (et alii) after all. “Heretical papacy” is as ambiguous as the ambiguity they are attacking. To say “heretical papacy” jacks up the stakes, lighting the wood around any stake on fire.

Of course, any individual Bishop of Rome can personally be a heretic. Too bad, that. And if that were the case and if it were to be known it would surely adversely affect the salvation of souls. I do grieve should that ever be the case in the history of the Church (and it has been the case more than once).

But I should like to know by what act of self-appointment above the Supreme Pontiff is it which grants powers of judgment over the personal beliefs of the Successor of Peter such as to put him on trial so as to forcibly depose him, remove him, get rid of him. How is it that they can seriously think that they themselves will not be held accountable to the Divine Son of the Living God as they spit not only on the anointed of the Lord, but on the Face of Jesus, Mary’s dear Son? Are they going to storm the Vatican, kill the Swiss Guards with bombs, arrest the Holy Father and drag him out next to the Obelisk so as to put him on trial, and then hanging him on the Obelisk itself?

  • Peter, you denied me. Do you love me more than these? Feed my lambs…

And then:

  • Are any of us without sin? By our sin, original sin and whatever of our own rubbish, we have all crucified the Son of the Living God.

They speak of carrying out this coup with the cynicism said to be in accord “with the hallowed adage, Salus animarum prima lex — “the salvation of souls is the highest [first] law”. Pffft. I’m not judging them, but what they present outside of themselves, objectively, is nothing more than what amounts to glorifying themselves.

Cowards that they are, they hide behind the skirts of bishops who they call to be their henchmen, (1) by “admonishing Pope Francis to reject these heresies [forget the show trial], and (2) if he should persistently refuse [to listen to tantrums], by declaring that he has freely deprived himself of the papacy.”

Wow. I thought I heard a lot of stupid, stupid, stupid things about the papacy, but this takes the prize. You’ll remember the stupidity of some, saying that if Pope Francis infallibly spoke fallibly – or is that fallibly spoke infallibly? – then, after the fact, he should be deposed, meaning that he would be able to do that in the first place, you know, infallibly speak fallibly – or is that fallibly speak infallibly? – The lack of logic should be clear. But pretty much all of the Tradition-al-ism-ists grabbed on to this. And if anyone went against their illogic and, indeed, heresy, these outsiders were simply dismissed as “Team Francis.” But this present statement of these cowards on the deprivation of the papacy is worse for its insanity.

They say that it can be declared against the will of the Holy Father that the Holy Father is doing something freely. How stupid is that? Look, people. These guys may not realize it, but they are mocking you all as being incredibly stupid and unable to think for yourselves. They think you are their puppets. They want ever more puppets. Doesn’t that mean that it’s about power, Power, POWER! It’s mine! My Precious! Get it? Let me take nine seconds of your time that you’ll never get back:

They say that the Holy Father would have “freely deprived himself of the papacy” by not receiving such a declaration made by others, even just a small group of others.

Then, when they drag him away into exile and set up a puppet pope, an anti-pope, there will be no confusion among the faithful as to whether the “hallowed adage” of the salvation of souls being the first law has been served, you know, while smashing down all other laws in the church, right?

I mean, imagine the outcome of an anti-pope who cannot legitimately be elected as the Successor of Peter and therefore does NOT have the Power of Keys, and cannot delegate the Power of Keys.

One could go on with devastating consequences for the Church a thousand times more damaging that whatever these guys think is the damage going on under Pope Francis.

So, I ask, if these guys are saying that “Team Francis” is destroying the Church, and what want to be done would provide deep, deep wounds for the Church, whose “Team” are they actually on? Oh. I get it. Irony. Yep.

More than that, the last thing Pope Francis wants is that anyone be on “Team Francis.” This is about Jesus.

Anyway, if it’s not bad enough of me to cite John Ronald Reuel Tolkien by way of Gollum, then I may as well go on to cite Hilaire Beloc:

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. […] 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, Selected Essays (2/6), ed. J.B. Morton; Penguin Books (1325): Harmondsworth – Baltimore – Mitcham 1958. See the essay “On Irony” on pages 124-127.]

So, what’s the upshot of all that?

  • Pray for Pope Francis. Hail Mary…
  • Pray for these others working as hard as they can for an anti-Pope. Hail Mary…

Maybe I’m really just a meany, you know, citing such as Belloc and Tolkien, both Oxford-ites. And maybe I should give some slack to some of the “top” names of “The Letter.” After all, their country has a long history of fake pope stuff going on. Not a big deal then, I guess. Nevertheless, the reality of the matter is that it does matter, regardless of Oxford-ites know it or not.

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The King of Fishers! Jesus to Peter…

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My last sightings of the majestic Kingfisher were back in Minnesota at “The Pond.” The King has a magnificent crest reminiscent of a crown. You can’t see it in the picture above as his head is turned entirely sideways in the opposite direction as he rearranges the swallowing in one gulp of a fish about as long as he is. This is just some few feet outside the window of the rectory. He’s over the creek next to the rectory. There are plenty of minnows and small fish. Here’s what they otherwise look like:

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I remember the ones in Minnesota had blue markings and perhaps the familiar rust-belt. And they were much bigger, more like the size of crows, much bigger than Blue Jays.

Meanwhile, Father CC in the diocese here texted me about the reading of the Passion for Palm Sunday. As is his want, he pointed out some worthy to be noticed incisive irony on the part of Jesus over against Simon Peter:

“Jesus calls him Simon when speaking of his strength in confirming the brethren, but Peter (the Rock) when speaking of his weakness in denying Him.”

Ha ha ha. And then: Yikes!

Pray for Pope Francis, that he may confirm the brethren and not deny our Lord.

Pray for Pope Francis that he might follow our King, Jesus and be a fisher of men.

Hail Mary…

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Pope Francis: other religions are false

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In an exclusive interview with Bishop Schneider, Diane Montagna of LifeSiteNews reports on the Bishop scoring a clarification on diversity of religions from Pope Francis – ROME 3-7-2019

At a March 1 meeting, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, obtained from Pope Francis a clarification that God only permits but does not positively will a “diversity of religions.”

LifeSiteNews: Can you say [something] about how Pope Francis responded to your concern about the Abu Dhabi statement on the diversity of religions? The controversial passage reads:

“The pluralism and the diversity of religions, color, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.”

Bishop Schneider: On the topic of my concern about the phrase used in the Abu Dhabi document – that God “wills” the diversity of religions – the Pope’s answer was very clear: he said that the diversity of religions is only the permissive will of God. He stressed this and told us: you can say this, too, that the diversity of religions is the permissive will of God. I tried to go more deeply into the question, at least by quoting the sentence as it reads in the document. The sentence says that as God wills the diversity of sexes, color, race and language, so God wills the diversity of religions. There is an evident comparison between the diversity of religions and the diversity of sexes. I mentioned this point to the Holy Father, and he acknowledged that, with this direct comparison, the sentence can be understood erroneously. I stressed in my response to him that the diversity of sexes is not the permissive will of God but is positively willed by God. And the Holy Father acknowledged this and agreed with me that the diversity of the sexes is not a matter of God’s permissive will. But when we mention both of these phrases in the same sentence, then the diversity of religions is interpreted as positively willed by God, like the diversity of sexes. The sentence therefore leads to doubt and erroneous interpretations, and so it was my desire, and my request that the Holy Father rectify this. But he said to us bishops: you can say that the phrase in question on the diversity of religions means the permissive will of God.

LifeSiteNews: For readers who may not be familiar with the distinction between the permissive and positive will of God, can you give some examples of other things that God allows through his permissive will?

Bishop Schneider: Yes, permissive will means that God allows certain things. God allowed or permitted Adam’s sin and all its consequences; and even when we personally sin, in some sense God permits this or tolerates this. But God does not positively will our sin. He permits it in view of the infinitely meritorious sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, and because he does not want to destroy our freedom. This is the meaning of the permissive will of God.


/// That’s the heart of it. Great! But, what does this actually mean? I was explaining the above exchange to another priest who exclaimed that what it means is not really hard to figure out. However, sometimes you have to spell things out. Shall we?

To indicate that Islam belongs to that category of things definitely NOT positively willed by God but only “willed” by way of grudging tolerance in view of the free will God gave to us (the so-called “permissive will” of God) is to say that Islam is a false religion and that to choose willingly and knowingly to belong to that “religion” is a grave sin. So, let’s just say that all on its own, shall we? …

Islam is a false religion.

Pope Francis might as well have said to the imam guy: “Islam is an insult to God and is detrimental to mankind. Pope Francis might as well have said that Islam, that is, error has no rights, no rights to murder the innocent, no rights to stop the worship of true religion, no rights to stop the free exercise of true religion, no rights to tax non-Muslims to death,  no rights to force non-Muslims into exile, no rights to hack down non-Muslims wherever they might be found, no rights to rights to spread by the sword that “religion.”

Having said that, keep in mind that all that which is Judeo-Catholic is but one religion. Everything in the Hebrew Scriptures points to the Jewish Messiah, the Suffering Servant, the Son of the Living God. Now that expectation is fulfilled. Jews have been given the fullness of revelation, as Siri and Lagrange and before them, Aquinas, said so eloquently. Paul has it that there is a veil, which speaks to the fullness of true religion, just that there is presently a veil.

Note that religion is a virtue of justice, rendering to God that which God is due in justice, that is, our obedience, that which, after original sin, only Jesus can accomplish of His own, taking the initiative to lay down His life for us (see Gen 3:15), standing in our stead, the Innocent for the guilty, having the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, to have us once again be obedient, in Him, to God:

Jewish Jesus is Religion Incarnate.

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Missionary of Mercy in 2019 rants on hateful pundits who condemn mercy

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Yes, I’m still a Missionary of Mercy. Yes, I still have special faculties that encourage especially priests to go to Confession with rather difficult sins. I think it’s a good idea. It’s done for the good for the Church. I thank Pope Francis for it.

Hateful pundits speak of statistics of Confessions of priests who have had the special faculties for absolution from the Missionaries of Mercy applied to them, saying that it’s all useless since these faculties are never used anyway. How do they know? Seriously. Do they have Satanic gnostic witchcraft seances, looking into crystal balls? Seriously.  There is something called the Seal of Confession. I, for one, take it seriously.

That there are haters is to be expected, but – oh my – look at the multitudes of gullible people who follow them. What the haters want is that no one but no one goes to Confession. I’ve heard the haters say that all Missionaries of Mercy are not priests. Really? The haters will have to answer for their statements stopping people from going to Confession. If the haters want justice and no mercy, they might well be on their way to getting what they want. That’s just too sad. I’ll happily grant them absolution if they properly desire it. Firm purpose of amendment is required, even for the haters.

For myself, I have not committed any sins against the doctrine or morality of the Church by utilizing these special faculties of the Missionaries of Mercy. I’ve not gone against justice, or anything that is good and holy with the special faculties the Holy Father has granted to me. And I don’t know of any Missionary of Mercy who has done such a thing.

In fact, these faculties are provided with the proviso that nothing in the internal forum will have publicly knowable, practical effect in the external forum. There is to be no internal forum solutions for “marriages”, etc., etc., etc. The Missionaries of Mercy are not agents of Amoris laetitia, which is merely, in the words of Pope Francis in that very document, just a volley in dialogue.

But, I’m all ears. If anyone has cogent arguments as to why Missionaries of Mercy are not validly ordained priests, or that being a Missionary of Mercy risks eternal damnation for such priests, drop a comment in the comments box.

To the rest of those who desire the Mercy of the Lord Jesus in a validly provided absolution in the Sacrament of Confession, don’t worry about what the haters say. Just go to Confession, and go to heaven. We’ve got to make it to heaven!

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Pius XII archives to be opened: Anti-Semitic cover-up in the making?

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First of all: THANK YOU POPE FRANCIS for announcing the opening of the archives in March 2020. THANK YOU! But we’ll see what the underlings do. Here’s the AP news story:

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Declaring that the church “isn’t afraid of history,” Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by [some] Jews of staying silent on the Holocaust. Francis told officials and personnel of the Vatican Secret Archives that the archive would be open to researchers starting March 2, 2020.

Yours truly has been seeking a copy of a certain letter forwarding a certain matter to Pius XII. It was sent in to Pius XII directly by the Archbishop of Paris, Emmanuel Célestin Cardinal Suhard. Meanwhile, Pius XII gave this letter of the Cardinal to the Secretary of the Pontifical Biblical Commission of the day, which, back when, was part and parcel and had the authority of the Holy Office (the Sacred and Supreme of that name), what we now call the CDF, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Holy Office did offer a ferocious response to the matter which is now published. That response is perhaps an example of sarcasm against the stupidity of anti-Semitic “biblical scholars” that hasn’t been seen before or since. The problem is that the matter itself is not published, only the answer to it.

holy officeHaving gotten a bishop to back up my request for a copy of this letter, a recent Prefect of the CDF (now already some ten years ago) responded to say that the letter of Cardinal Suhard relating the matter was not to be found in the archives of the CDF, but were possibly to be found in the personal (and therefore secret) archives of Pius XII himself. Those archives, he said, are to be found in the Secretariat of State. What he could have done, of course, and as is the practice, is to send the inquiry directly to the Secretariat of State. What he did is an evasion. But I digress. The opening of the archives is only a year away. I look forward to it.

From what I can gather, the matter forwarded by Cardinal Suhard detailed the anti-Semitic attitudes of some French biblical “scholars” who, immediately after WWII and the closing of the horrific concentration camps, wanted what they considered to be the idiocy of the Jewish Scriptures smacked down, you know, all the usual hatred that the Jews, wandering about in the desert, couldn’t possibly have copied mythology correctly as they simply didn’t know what they were doing and perhaps belong in concentration camps even today. I want names. “Never again!” means knowing what was going on at the time, right? But we’ll see if the cover-up continues. If it does, I will not be happy. Here’s a video I made, upset with the violence. It’s a reading of the names in the children’s memorial at Yad vaShem (The Power and the Name Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem):

I’d like to make this my next major project, even though there is a realization that there are another couple dozens major projects on the back burners. It’s just that when opportunity hits a strike has to be made. This may have to involve any number of bishops. This may take multiple trips to Rome. I’m just as determined as I ever was. Never give up. Be relentless. Anyway:

THANK YOU, POPE FRANCIS, for announcing the opening of the archives!

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McCarrick laicization public: Success of “package” delivered to Rome

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Pope Francis continues to assist McCarrick to be on a proper path to the Lord, first by dismissing him from being a Cardinal, and now dismissing him from the clerical state. Good on you, Pope Francis.

McCarrick was put down January 11. He appealed. At a “Feria Quarta” meeting of the members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after this appeal the appeal was rejected. That decision was ratified by Pope Francis the next day and this has now been publicized.

Your prayers are requested for the victims of McCarrick. More than that, and I know this is difficult, but your prayers are also asked for McCarrick.

What we must do is to bring greater honor and glory to God, which is to make flourish as much as we can the saving grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who, stunningly, loved us all while we were yet sinners. Some accept this grace. Some reject this grace.

While we breathe we must have hope for all, as that is what most respects what our Lord has done for us all. Having hope for all on earth is not at all in any way the same as having hope that all are saved. Instead, having hope for all who are still alive on this earth is to say that we have doubt for the salvation of anyone, but, for our Lord who redeemed all, we must desire that as many as will allow themselves to be saved by God’s grace will in fact be saved. And that does us a world of good, an eternity of good.

The angels made the delivery to Pope Francis of what I call “The Package” possible back in September 2018. The deposition then came about in December. Three weeks later the decree in January, then the appeal, then the rejection, then the ratification, then the public decree in February 2019. Absolutely everything instantaneously fell into place beautifully. The angels made it happen. I’m guessing that since the delivery of that package and the laicization this represents possibly a turnaround time for such an action over against a [Cardinal] Archbishop the fastest in the history of the Church. As far as I know, he’s also the most senior member of the hierarchy to be laicized ever.

The “Package” I brought over, the case of a priest, is absolutely amazing. His story is a story which must be told. It speaks to fidelity amidst suffering. It speaks to the greatness of the priesthood amidst suffering. It speaks to the intercession of the angels and saints. It speaks to the greatness, yes, also of some in the hierarchy also over in Rome and also of those in the dicasteries, yes, even the midst of infidelity and politicking of others. Again, please pray for this priest, whom I consider a good friend.

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Malicious solidarity with Pope Francis, Jesus’ “holy servant”?

World Youth Day 2016 Pope Francis and Jesus

It is not malicious solidarity with Pope Francis to pray for him. Those who agree with Pope Francis on pretty much everything should pray for him. Those who disagree with Pope Francis on pretty much everything should pray for him. It’s “traditional” to pray for the Pope:

V. Let us pray for Francis, the Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.

V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.

Let us pray. O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Francis, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

About those words “holy servant” or the vocative title “Holy Father” or, for those in the Pontifical Household, “Most Holy Father,” we have to realize that “holy” in the most ancient sense refers to being chosen out of, set apart, and hasn’t necessarily to do with whether we are canonizing anyone. In fact, the prayer is about the Pope subjunctively getting to heaven, which is in question. Get that? And that will permit the lefties, who think there is no such thing as holiness, to pray for him. And that will permit the traditional-ism-ists, who don’t think of Pope Francis as “holy”, to pray for him as well.

I hope that people would pray for me while I’m still alive. I need all the help I can get, and I’m just a back-mountain country priest in the tiniest of all parishes. Imagine the horror that Satan puts any Pope through.

When I die, I hope people pray for me that I might be able to get out of purgatory. If I go to hell your prayers go for others. If I go to heaven your prayers go for others. But if I am indeed in purgatory otherwise until the end of the world, you would do me a great favor by praying a Hail Mary for me and getting me on my way to heaven. Wouldn’t it be terrible for a priest to know that he is in purgatory until the end of the world unless someone prays a Hail Mary for him, as he watches his entire parish from purgatory, and everyone in the parish is saying that Father George was so holy, so surely he went straight to heaven, and we don’t need to pray for him, and so we won’t pray for him. And I’m going, like, “No! Instead, please pray a Hail Mary for me! Pleeeeaaaasse!”

On the one hand, it is malicious solidarity with Pope Francis to be a “Yes”-man who just says anything one thinks Pope Francis wants to hear. That would be evil and bad. I hope that I am not ever a sycophant of anyone.

On the other hand, humor is not malicious solidarity as there is always some bit of truth in the humor, which can be a backhanded critique:

“Cute” is nice. But the first thing we would want anyone to say about any of us is that we speak of Jesus, right? Is that the first thing people say about us, that we speak of Jesus? And so, we pray for each other. Also for the Pope. It would be downright malicious not to pray for each other, or specifically, not to pray for the Pope.

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Update on McCarrick investigation. Interviews Thursday AND Friday.

I see that Christine Niles and Michael Voris over at Church Militant have put up a presentation on one of those affected by McCarrick. He testified under oath to a Canon Lawyer, a Judicial Vicar, directly appointed by Pope Francis to receive testimony on McCarrick. That was Thursday, December 21, 2018. The next day, Friday, December 22, 2018, the last day to receive testimony under oath, a priest gave testimony. The latter’s case comprises one of the “packages” I brought over to Pope Francis. That communication was cited three times and presented to the priest witness who answered as to the veracity of each statement and signed each individual statement. The Debriefer said that within days he would personally deliver this to Pope Francis. I’m guessing that’s now happened in the last couple of days.

You’ll notice that, in all this, the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington DC, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Clergy, the Secretariat of State and even the Pontifical Family have been rather unceremoniously left out of the loop when it comes to delivery of these major communications. As I myself was told when I went over, this kind of thing would otherwise never reach the Holy Father.

Readers are urged to pray for a successful continuation of this investigation. We recall that this is still December, some six weeks before the extraordinary synod on abuse that is to convene in February 2019.

Suggestion to Pope Francis: Have special investigators compare files at the Nunciature in Washington DC and the mirrored files in the various dicasteries in the Roman Curia (not leaving out the Congregation for Religious) about candidates for the episcopacy. If the files have been tampered with on the D.C. side before being sent (easy to spot from what we now know), or if what was sent from D.C. to Rome is different compared to what is now in the files of the Roman Curia (meaning that these files were tampered with in Rome to promote some candidates over others), then it will blow the whole “lavender mafia” thing wide open. And we’ll know who’s who, even today, as some players are still in the game, even for the February synod. Jesus’ Church has no room for a mafia, does it? There are only some names with which to start, those mentioned, for instance, by Archbishop Viganò.

still wish I could speak with the Archbishop, as there is much, much more to do, and it help me to have a wee chat with him before doing that.

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Victim vs McCarrick: Papal Debriefer. Today’s victory for Church and world.

Today, Friday, at 11:00 AM, the central witness, by far the most important witness against McCarrick, proffered testimony to the Debriefer appointed by Pope Francis to take sworn testimony about McCarrick. Mind you, this is still December, before the February Synod.

The testimony of this witness backs up Archbishop Viganò’s testimony.

This central witness’ case is one of the ‘packages’ which I brought across the pond to give Pope Francis. This is part of the result of that trip.

This goes to the heart of the matter. Prayers, please, for a good continuation of the progress being made.

This was a great day for the Church and the world. Truly.

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I’m racking my brains: Pope Francis, personnel as policy, real due process

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Pope = Immaculate Conception? ed.)

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Imagine the best possible in a Pope, perhaps the martyrdom of Saint Peter.

Imagine the worst in a Pope, perhaps the denial of Peter not yet Saint Peter.

Either way, the Pope is the Pope, the Successor of Peter. So, we pray for him, stand by him, are in solidarity with him.

Does that mean that we, say, deny that Peter denied our Lord, or that we have to say that all Popes throughout their lives, throughout their pontificates are always and in every way saints? No, it doesn’t mean that. It means that we are obliged to pray for the father of the family of faith here upon this earth, you know, father, papa, Pope.

It still needs to be pointed out how much people jump into cynicism and condemn just for the sake of being fake news. For instance, recall how many throughout the Catholic world condemned Pope Francis to hell for “downplaying the importance of the papacy”, they said, by insisting as he did on being the Bishop of Rome. Damn him for insisting on being the Bishop of Rome, they said, when he should be saying that he’s the most illustrious, magnificent effervescent utterly grand Fill-in-the-Title, they said.

The fake news crowd were stunningly ignorant of all things Catholic, for it is because the Holy Father is first of all Bishop of Rome that he is the Successor of Peter, not the other way around. Get that?

How ironic that these same people, now so jaded, won’t these days use any titles for Pope Francis at all, and instead talk about how useless the papacy is, anyway, verging on condemning our Lord for founding the Church on the likes of Peter and, mind you, Peter’s successors, that is, on the person of the one Bishop of Rome.

Are you ready for irony? This proves that these same people, in proportion to how much they refuse to speak of the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Peter, the Holy Father, the Supreme Pontiff, or even of the Pope, but merely of Francis, or Jorge, or Bergoglio… this shows proportionally just how ultramontanistic they are. It speaks to how much they have never understood our Lord founding the Church on the weak person of Peter, of the weak persons of the Successors of Peter. It speaks to how much they have no strength of faith, no security in the faith, wanting the Bishop of Rome to be their savior, but not Jesus. They know any Bishop of Rome is just another sinner like all the rest of us, and insisting that he himself be the Immaculate Conception know that they are setting up their rejection of him, that is, of the Church, that is, all the truth and morality that our Lord insists upon for us. That’s the point. That’s why people run to the fake news crowd. The fake news crowd become the Saviors. Fake news is all about power, dark power.

But the Pope is not the Immaculate Conception. I dare say he knows that. We pray for him as we pray for each other. Mary Undoer of Knots prays for him as she does for us.

Breathlessly, people throw all this to the side and say that I’m saying that everything that the Pope says and does is what any canonized saint would do. No. That’s malicious.

Some might say it’s just jaded cynicism, but, it seems to me that to get to the point of jaded cynicism one first of all and repeatedly must let oneself fall into malice, purposed hatred. Ah, but Mary prayers also those in such a sorry state. She wants us in heaven. All of us. Hopefully, we are among “the many.”

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Pope Francis on Mary’s virginity ed.)

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You have heard recently that it was said that Jesus’ good mom, Mary, the immaculate ever virgin mother of God, had no intention whatsoever of remaining a virgin at all. This is to insult Mary as being stupid.

Consider that when the angel sent to her to announce that she was to be the Mother of the Divine Son of God, she asked how this could be since she knows not man. Mind you, she was betrothed to Joseph, to be married to him, but she is ruling out making babies with Joseph. She knows not man. She will not ever know man. She’s not ever going to give up on being a virgin. She knew absolutely that she was called by God to be virgin forever.

That doesn’t mean that she was ruling out following the command to be fruitful and multiply; that doesn’t mean she was ruling out being a mother.

When the angel explained that she would conceive inside her womb by the power of the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, so that the One who is to be born of her will truly be the Divine Son of God, and when the angel again explained to her that during the very birth that Divine Son of God would be called “Holy” – necessitating that there be no blood offending Jewish purity laws (which would be impossible unless it would be a miraculous birth) – only then did she consent: “Yes!”

So, to repeat, saying that Mary had no intention to remain forever a virgin is to insult her as stupid or as being a liar. We recall what Pope Francis said about insulting one’s mother:

Of course, I have no intention to punch Pope Francis for having insulted Jesus’ good mom. I’ll leave that to Jesus (but see below). I do recall, however, that in mid-January 2015 Pope Francis insulted my mom by telling women generally not to breed like rabbits: as it is, I’m the fourth child of my own mother. She wasn’t a rabbit.

Now, having said all that: I forgive Pope Francis. I assume that he’s had a typical Jesuit anti-Catholic training in the seminary, and that he was taught to be dismissive of the Sacred Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church and the Councils of the Church. I assume that he thinks that he’s better than everyone before him because he lives today, you know, the old trick of being Promethean and all that, you know, because that’s the trick that everyone who taught him were playing when he was in the seminary. I assume that he’s no theologian, that he thinks it’s nice to speak of Mary as being “normal girl”, that he’s simply a political animal, you know, sincere in his vacuity, but sincere nonetheless. So, whatever. That’s on him. I forgive him.

That I forgive him – I’m his own Missionary of Mercy, right? – that forgiveness doesn’t mean I don’t hate it that people are scandalized, that people are not fed, that the brethren are not at all confirmed in the faith, that the Pope is not the sign of unity. I do hate all that. But I forgive him. And he does say the occasional good thing, you know, now and again. And he has, of course, never abused the gift of infallibility, nor could he.

Here’s the deal: I’ve done much worse. I’ve crucified the Son of the Living God, of the Immaculate ever Virgin Mary by way of my after-the-fact participation in original sin, by way of my own sin. We’re not made more righteous by throwing a tantrum and condemning others. We’re not made more righteous by being cynical and unforgiving.

Regardless of whatever Pope Francis says to insult Mary, I myself will continue to give flowers to the Immaculate Conception, asking that she ask her Divine Son Jesus to forgive Pope Francis for such insults and outrages.

You know what happens then? Then I am peaceful in heart and soul once again. Thank you, Jesus; thank you, Mary.

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You know when obfuscation is afoot… (Pope Francis’ advisers on crisis)

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Both “packages” delivered to the Holy Father have had their effect with the Holy Father. I am most grateful for the results that continue to be seen regarding both. However, sometimes those who advise the Holy Father are specialists at spinning. That’s most unfortunate. They do not serve the Holy Father well.

As the Holy Father has now ordered to be bandied about, there is a mea culpa in the works for the upper echelons. I wonder how that will really work. It seems that the announcement was written by someone quite at the center of things who himself has plenty for which to say mea culpa. If I am correct about who this is (there are certain turns of phrase), well then, as he has done for very many years in cooking the books and being thick as thieves with the worst of the worst abusers of power, he has redirected the crisis to other than what it is, making it seem like a pedophilia crisis instead of a homosexualist bully crisis. So, what I would like to see is the following:

  • Start with in interrogation of all those who have worked in the abuse office in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since it started some decades ago, and ask about cooking the books.
  • Continue with decisions of dismissal from the clerical state wrought against priests who have suffered the books being cooked against them, and take a look at the ultimatums those priests were given, such as (1) leave the priesthood or (2) stay in the priesthood but be locked up under the care of those who rape priests in their clinics with plethysmography and porn. This ultimatum was given many times.
  • Close down all “treatment” centers to which bishops send priests which promote self-abuse and homosexualism, then dismiss from the clerical state all priests and bishops who have sent priests to such gateways to hell.
  • Do a full investigation on kickback schemes that give the money of the faithful to risk retention groups which insist on immediate settlements with no attorneys with (cough cough) service fees being given to bishops and chancery officials. Dismiss from the clerical state all priests and bishops who have participated in such racketeer influenced corruption.
  • Dismiss from the clerical state all priests and bishops who have ensured that priests are not named defendants so that they cannot possibly enjoy due process, claiming that their Judas-esque practices are wrought for the good of the Church (pro bono ecclesiae).
  • Dismiss from the clerical state all priests and bishops who have scandalously pushed homosexualist ideologies, smashing down faithful priests and bishops who desire to speak of the beauty of the image of God in one man – one woman marriage and family.

But instead, if it goes the way that a certain person would like it to go (who’s not assigned to Rome as his main occupation by the way) it may be that we will only get an over-generalized non-personalized non-particularized expression of regret blaming people for complaining: “I regret that you stupidly suffered conflicting emotions because of your own stupid immaturity regarding our power.” Something like that. I hope not.

The consequences. Oh, I’m sure that young seminarians, who have nothing to do with any of this rubbish that all went on before they were born, will be blamed for everything: We’re going to be really tough on seminarians, those bad and evil seminarians. Listen, when I was a seminarian way back in the day, there were some bad seminarians, sure, but they were SO OBVIOUS. The problem was the super gay protecting staff, faculty and administration and the bishops who protected them.

The consequences. Oh, I’m sure that priests who have nothing to do with any of this rubbish will be treated like trash. Just like bad cops are hated most by good cops, so the vast majority of priests are upset with the Judas-priests. But all are lumped together so that good priests are punished but, actually, the bad priests slip through. Meanwhile, the Holy See and the bishops are off the hook because of deflecting so well.

The consequences. Abuse of power continues and it only gets much, much worse, so that seminaries are turned into treatment centers where candidates are trained into sin. Truly. This is the direction this has been going for some decades.

Solutions. It’s all about Jesus. Priests and bishops, from the top down, all of them, all of us, have to get to know Jesus. THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO BE FRIENDS WITH JESUS IS TO GO TO CONFESSION. PRIESTS AND BISHOPS MUST GO TO CONFESSION REGULARLY

I would make this a rule in universal law. If priests and bishops do not go to Confession at least a couple of times a month they are to be dismissed from the clerical state. Period. Honestly, that would pretty much bring all B.S. to an end. Jesus would reign among His priests. All would be right with the world.

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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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Update: Packages given to Pope Francis – Most Holy Father: Thank you!

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Package One: Concerning that which goes to the very heart of the McCarrick fiasco the entire dire situation brought to the Holy Father as presented by this package was for himself utterly reversed and put in good order. That’s most stunning in itself, that in which one can rejoice for the good of the priesthood, for the good of the Church. The one involved was burdened with the weight of the universe and that weight has been lifted. But there’s more. The Holy Father caused this to be brought about by those involved with a manner that truly restorative, wrought with a profound ecclesial sense, majestic, really, with apologies, and bringing a sense of the presence of the angels and of our Lord Himself. The blessed Immaculate Virgin was also mentioned. Devout. Pious. Humble. A motive for joy. Thank you, Holy Father, for making this come about. Awesome.

Package Two: This may have instigated an investigation in a most unexpected place with the most unexpected persons. If so, this may have blown out of the water and merely temporarily nixed any more generalized Apostolic Visitation to these United States so as to examine the actions or benign neglect of any bishops across the board. Temporarily.

Apologies: If I was a little bold in putting this before the Holy Father accompanied by a request that was unexpectedly unnecessary – mea culpa – then, in that case of being little too bold, mi pento e mi dolgo con tutto il cuore. However, it might be noticed that the weeks clicked by without me doing anything else whatsoever, just waiting on the Holy Father to do His thing. And he did.

An extra bit in which to rejoice: As some things played out, a particular name of a particular Archbishop, one with whom I am presently involved in certain matters (not a diplomat) came to the fore in a most significant way. Very impressive, very heartening. Awesome.

As I might have said before on this blog, also in regard to the Holy Father:

Nothing is as it seems!

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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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Pope Francis: Apostolic Constitution changing law for Synods of Bishops

Here’s the document in Italian on the Vatican web site: Episcopalis communio.

I’ve yet to read it over. Maybe on the day-off today.

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