Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

What a journey 50 years makes

When this mysterious document came out, dissent set in to Bishops and Priests all over America.  Today, for the 50th Anniversary, the USCCB is actively selling it!

Friday, April 27, 2018

ODOT violates Freedom of Speech?

Found in Capitol Chatter today:

• Location, location, location: The Oregon Department of Transportation reminds candidates and their supporters: "Political signs may not be posted on any Oregon state highway right of way, and there are restrictions for signs placed on private property visible from state highways."

How is this even slightly legal?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Please, Holy Father, know that you have missed the mark

Once again, Pope Francis has given us an Exhortation.  As you can see by the word cloud above, the real message hiding in Gaudete et exultate is "Saint Can Love Life, Jesus Lord, God, Others with Good Will"

Not as eloquent as the last word cloud, and perhaps can be rearranged.  Any takers in the comments?

Once again though, nice idea, telling us to embrace holiness, but the problems are in the details.

I find it problematic that in Gaudete et exsultate, a quick word search for "repentance", "penance" and "confession" are not mentioned as a path to holiness, "conversion" is mentioned only once as one possible path to holiness, and the Eucharist and Reconciliation and devotions are only mentioned as a path to sanctification "we are familiar with" and thus, apparently, don't need to be mentioned in depth (Paragraph 110).  In a world where 5/6 Catholics reject weekly Mass, I think that is a horrible assumption that we are currently familiar with the sacraments.

Paragraphs 35-62 inclusive are extremely problematic, given that he then engages in this very error himself in paragraphs 158-175 when he invokes the Jesuit semi-pelagian disciplines of discernment and subjective conscience against Church Teaching!  Paragraphs 168 and 173 are especially painful, given the change that this Pope claims is from the spirit, yet wounds so much the victims of pederasty and divorce.

This form of holiness, that hates contemplation and prayer (right up front in paragraph 26 he claims that contemplatives, hermits, and anchorites are in fact "unhealthy"), is rather strange to me, though at one time I followed that path of only the corporal works of mercy and never the spiritual works myself. But when I followed that path of only the active life, I did not find holiness, I did not find joy, but merely escape from my sin. To find forgiveness for my sin required repentance, and in repentance, lies true holiness.
And finally, pro-lifers, the correct response to the pulled out of context quote from Paragraph 101 "Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection." is found in the very sentence before "Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development." (clearly, whomever translated this is from England!)

Please, Holy Father, know that we, your abused children, have adopted rigidity for our very survival. That we are rigid not out of gnostic and pelagian selfishness, but out of actual harm done to our families and ourselves by the embrace of sexual revolutionary ideas by the clergy and the consecrated. We are rigid because we have to be- to protect our sons and our daughters from pornographers and sex traffickers that are not only common in society, but have even infested the clergy of the church. We have a need to protect intact marriages from the abuse of divorce. 

We are the wounded. Why has the church abandoned us?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A bit sour on the idea of progress

Progressivism and Catholicism are incompatible.

I have no hope left for progress. Every time somebody uses the word progress, hidden in it is "how can I hurt my neighbor today".

It is just as bad within the Church. Every time I turn around, people are using "prudence", "Pastoral", "discernment" and "conscience" in very thinly disguised excuses for abuse. I do not think we should be fooled by such claims.

Of course, part of my impression MIGHT be because I live in a state where "progress" is defined as kill the unborn and the old human beings to save the salmon and fund windmills. And that whenever I argue against the genocide of the unwanted at church, I'm sure to run across some "Jesuit trained" person who thinks homosexual rape of boys builds character and that abortion and contraception are necessary to keep those awful poor people from breeding too much.The latest expansion on the Death With Dignity act seems very undignified to me. If you have no use of your arms, the attendants can now choose to just stop feeding you. Was signed into law last week. Thus we now have two forms of euthanasia in Oregon- voluntarily chocking down 9 grams of barbiturates ground into your applesauce, or involuntarily starving to death.

Next up according to the man who wrote the latest bill: Removal of the six month terminal illness limit and requirement for depression testing for dementia patients.

Next up according to the man who wrote the latest bill: Removal of the six month terminal illness limit and requirement for depression testing for dementia patients.
So forgive me if I'm a bit sour, on the whole idea of "progress"
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