Wednesday, November 30, 2005

You Don't Even Know What An American Serviceman LOOKS Like!
But you say that you support him??!!

Conservo-babe Michelle Malkin catches MoveOn.org's latests ad as so much garbage. They claim to show American troops lines up for Thankgiving chow over in Iraq, and then a family back home crying over a serviceman who was killed in Iraq.

Here's the kicker... the Yank "troops" are actually Brits. You'd think someone at MoveOn.org even knew what an American Serviceman looked like! Then they have the 'nads to doctor the photo after the fact.

*shaking my head in disgust* ..... sheesh, liberals.
http://michellemalkin.com/archives/004007.htm

"MERRY F#%$IN' CHRISTMAS"
Denis Leary insults Our Lord and The Holy Mother and what you and I should do about it

From the Comedy Central so-called "special";

“Merry Christmas. Tonight we celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus, whose mom, Mary, just happens to be a virgin—even after she apparently gave birth to Jesus. At least that is what the Catholic Church would have you believe. “Tom Cruise is taking a lot of s--- for belonging to a religion, Scientology, that believes aliens came to this planet 75 million years ago. That is nothing. I was raised Catholic. We believe Mary was a virgin and Jesus ended up walking on water, creating a bottomless jug of wine and rising from the dead. Oh, yeah, and Tom Cruise is crazy. “Listen, Christmas is built on a line of bulls---. Do I believe there was a baby Jesus? You bet your ass I do. But I believe that nine months before he was born someone sure as s--- banged the hell out of his mom.” ~ Denis Leary

Fidei Defensor is the proverbial "man" on this story. His link says it MUCH better then I ever could http://fideidefensor.blogspot.com/
My Soul Doth MAGNIFY The Lord
...a sword shall pierce your heart, and the thoughts of many shall be revealed

Looks as if Protestant veneration of The Holy Mother is on the rise in England. As we all know, only Catholicism and the various schismatic Eastern Orthodox hold The Blessed Mother is such high regard. I seriously doubt if England will be going Russian Orthodox anytime soon. So with that said... I wonder just who could fill the void of a collapsing and dying Anglican Communion? http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=5370

Obviously, The Holy Mother is drawing more to her. When you go to Mary, you go to her Son. When you go to her Son here on earth, you go to her Son's Church. Yes... it really is that simple.

Speaking of Anglicans who Crossed The Tiber, I wanted to post this from the Venerable Cardinal Newman as he was answering objections to the Holy Mother's title "Co-Redemptrix":

"Why do you protest against Our Lady being called Co-redemptrix when you are ready to accept the immeasurably more glorious titles ascribed to her by the Fathers: Mother of God, Second Eve, Mother of All the Living, Mother of Life, Morning Star, Mystical New Heaven, Center of Orthodoxy, the all-undefiled Mother of Holiness, and the like?"

Another interesting tid-bit I came across was that upon his death, G.K. Chesterton was named by Pope Pius XI a "Defender of the Catholic Faith". COOL!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Oh, He's Really A Good Boy
He just made some unfortunate "life choices"

Warning: The Caveman is EXCEEDINGLY pissed off over the following story. If harsh language offends you, I suggest you go on the the next story instead. Thanks

The current Den Mother of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, William Cardinal Keeler, is giving an awful lot of his time and energy to a P.O.S. scum-bag murderer.... and damn little to the family of the 49 year old Teacher's Aide who had her brains blown out right in front of her two grandkids. Just to steal her purse.

But why is any of this a suprise to me? Warm and fuzzy, and pretty damned effeminate to boot, Keeler is the same one who said to a Jewish congregation that Pope Benedict XVI "reminds me of my mother". Sheesh... I'm going to F*****G puke. http://catholic-caveman.blogspot.com/2005/11/keeler-continues-grovel-athon-to-jews.html#links

According to the Baltimore Sun http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te.md.death29nov29,1,5718994.story?coll=bal-home-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true said Piece Of Shit, Wesley Baker, 47, is scheduled to be put to death by injection the week of Dec. 5 for the killing of Jane Tyson, a 49-year-old teacher's aide who was shot in the head and robbed of her purse in front of two of her grandchildren outside Westview Mall in Baltimore County in 1991. Keeler said he had spoken by phone over the past few days with Tyson's relatives. "They understood that we have to do what our conscience leads us to do," the cardinal said, declining to elaborate on their conversations. Karen Sulewski, whose children were with her mother when she was killed, said last night that she knew of the cardinal's visit and did not wish to comment.

Wow... Keeler CALLED the family on the phone, but said P.O.S. gets a jailhouse visit personally from His eminence? But I will admit, Mrs. Sulewski displayed a whole helluva lot more restraint then I could have.

The B'more Sun went on to say concerning the recent USCCB statement on the death penalty; The statement characterizes the administration of capital punishment as error-prone, biased and irreversible, and says that state-sanctioned killing diminishes all Americans. It also warns that the death penalty offers a false hope of healing to the survivors of crime and calls on Catholics to support those who have lost loved ones.

As far as "error prone", what error is there? There were two eye witnesses... the grandkids who saw grandma get her brains scattered all over the pavement.

"Biased"? Bullshit. The son of a bitch did it. May he rot in hell.

"Irreversible"? No shit. I certainly hope so.

"Diminishes all Americans"? Again, bullshit. I don't feel diminished. Do you?

"False hope of healing"? Funny, the absolute majority of family members of victims feel "closure" when the murderer of their family member gets executed, according to every single news report I've read.

Hey Maryland authorities... you looking for someone to shove in the needle? Call me.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The Quotable Chesterton
Everything WE do pales in comparison


"If there were no God, there would be no atheists."

"I had to become a Catholic because its the only church that does not see a contradiction between a pint, a pipe and a pew."

"There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions."

"The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right."

"Progress should mean that we are always changing the world to fit the vision; instead we are always changing the vision."

"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around."

"The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

"Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men."

"Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honor should decline."

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

"These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own."

[No society can survive the socialist] fallacy that there is an absolutely unlimited number of inspired officials and an absolutely unlimited amount of money to pay them."

"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."

"Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it."

"A strange fanaticism fills our time: the fanatical hatred of morality, especially of Christian morality."

"The sort of man who admires Italian art while despising Italian religion is a tourist and a cad."

"Every man who will not have softening of the heart must at least have softening of the brain."

“What we dread most … is a maze with no center. That is why atheism is only a nightmare.”
Hail Eurabia, Eurabia Rules The Waves (and everything else in England)
Britannia shall always, always, always be enslaved (the way things are going)

Well, well. Looks as if the muslims are going to build a 40,000 capacity mosque in London. According to the Times of London http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1892780,00.html

"The east London complex would have by far the largest capacity of any religious building in Britain. The biggest at present is the Baitul Futuh in Morden, Surrey, which holds about 10,000 worshippers. Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral, the largest Christian place of worship, has a capacity of 3,000."

Now we all know that Anglicanism is already experiencing it's death throes, but where is this Catholic "Springtime of The Church" I've been hearing for the past few decades? We have a pefect opportunity to bring England home to the Faith of her Fathers. In fact. I read that Pope Benedict XVI chose that name not so much because of Pope Benedict XV, but more so for St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe.

B-16, the apple is ready for picking.... don't let a thief take it.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Will the REAL Jeff Samardzija Please stand up?
GO IRISH!


Is Jeff Samardzija that record smashing wide reciever we've all been hearing about?











Or just another NERRRRD!!!!
(nerds...nerds...nerds...nerds)
Say Hello.... To My Lil' Meme!
All I have in dis world is my blog, an' my website, an' I don' chut 'em down for no one, chu unde'stan?

OK, I'm jumping on the "Meme" bandwagon. Hey, what's "meme" sort for, anyways? But I digress. I hereby tag JoeD, Peter Q, Franklin, Fidei Defensor, Guafridus, Tito and Scarlette. And anyone else who would care to jump in!

OK guys, make your three choices!

If I could...

Preach just one sermon, it would be about;
a. How Catholicism desperatly needs The Traditional Latin Mass back.
b. I don't care what Bishop Ifeelyourpain, Father Limpwrist, or Sister Mary Liberated says... get your ass in the Confessional before Taking Holy Communion!
c. Take my word for it. There really was a Catholic Church before 1962.

I would have _____ declared a Feast Day.
a. The Marine Corps Birthday.
b. John Wayne's Birthday
c. My Birthday

I would change the Popemobile to;
a. A Super Cobra Attack Helicopter with a loudspeaker underneath playing Wagners "Ride of the Valkyrie".
b. The Budweiser Beerwagon (well he IS German, you know)
c. The shoulders of Notre Dame football players, like they did in the movie "Rudy".

The Swiss Guard could be best utilized by;
a. Lightning swift late night raids on American seminaries, and then cleansing them with fire.
b. Invading militantly anti-Catholic heathen nations, like Holland and France.
c. Being extras in Mel Gibson's latests epic that takes place in 6th Century Zurich and uses only the ancient Romansh language.

Roger "The Dodger" Mahoney's replacment will choose _______ as his official motto.
a. Welcome to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sodomite free since... when was I installed?
b. The Beatings Will Continue Until The Theology Improves.
c. Well, at least I'm not in Boston.
And We Catholics Thought We Had It Bad!
1 in 33 Anglican clerics doubts the existence of God

And yes, I'm going to break my own rule against long posts... but this one is WORTH it! If you thought things were fairly lousy being a Catholic in modern day America, see what it's like in the various Protestant denomination. Especially the Anglican Communion.

a hat tip to Blosser at http://www.pblosser.blogspot.com/
  1. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Delegates to ELCA's 2005 national convention in August angered homosexual activists in the 4.9-million-member denomination when they rejected a proposal to allow the church, under certain circumstances, to ordain gays or lesbians in long-term, committed relationships. The convention upset conservatives, however, by refusing to vote for a resolution that would remove the ambiguity from the denomination's regulations regarding whether or not a minister could bless same-sex unions.
  2. Episcopal Church in USA (ECUSA) The fallout from ECUSA's 2003 consecration of openly-gay Rev. Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire continues to roil the denomination, home to 2.5 million of the worldwide Anglican Communion's 77 million members.Six Episcopal congregations in Florida have asked Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury and figurehead leader for worldwide Anglicans, to allow them to report to a new bishop. The row was caused, the congregations said, because their current bishop, John Howard, approved of Robinson's consecration....
  3. United Methodist Church (UMC) Rev. Edward Johnson, pastor of South Hill United Methodist Church in Virginia, was placed on a year-long leave of absence by his UMC district superintendent. His ecclesiastical crime? He refused to allow a nonrepentant homosexual into church membership.Johnson's district superintendent, the Rev. William Layman, had twice ordered Johnson to accept the homosexual man into membership....When the pastor refused, he was removed from his position without salary. Johnson, who has been in the pastorate for 24 years, had pastored at South Hill for six years. Meanwhile, the Rev. Irene Stroud, who had lost her credentials last December following an ecclesiastical trial over her admission that she was in a committed lesbian relationship, will have a new day in court. In April, a UMC appellate court reinstated her ministry credentials after overturning her conviction on an 8-1 vote....
  4. Presbyterian Church (USA) A special PCUSA panel recommended that next year's General Assembly not change a 1997 church law that limits clergy and lay officeholders to sex within marriage.The battle over the issue has grown heated in the PCUSA. Homosexual activists continue to submit bills to repeal the rules. Meanwhile, conservatives have been frustrated that congregations continue to defy current church law and that the denomination allows ceremonies to bless same-sex couples. An example of such open defiance occurred in the Pittsburgh Presbytery, where a female minister, Dr. Janet Edwards, performed a "marriage" ceremony for two lesbians. The ceremony integrated the couple's Buddhist and Christian traditions.

But if you think that's sad, read this from the Times of London;

Clergy who don't believe in God

By Ruth Gledhill

Clergy and laity show signs of schism over homosexuality, miracles and the Almighty

HUNDREDS of Church of England clergy doubt the existence of God and fewer than two thirds believe in miracles, a study out today says. The report, published on the eve of the General Synod, refers to “very fragile faultlines along which the Church of England could be torn apart”. Congregations are much more conservative than most of the comparatively liberal clergy preaching to them.

The report says that if committed Anglicans are clear about one thing it is the existence of God: 97 per cent have no hesitation in affirming His existence. Yet, it continues, one in 33 clerics doubts the existence of God. If reflected throughout the Church’s 9,000 clergy the finding would mean that nearly 300 Church of England clergy are uncertain that God exists. Equal numbers of clergy and laity, eight out of ten, believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ but more laity than clergy believe in the Virgin Birth — 62 per cent compared with 60 per cent — and in the miracle where Jesus turned water into wine — 65 per cent compared with 61 per cent.

The biggest division comes over the issue of homosexuality. One third of clergy are in favour of the ordination of practising homosexuals as priests, compared with one quarter of laity. Nearly one third of clergy also support the ordination of gay bishops, but among the laity this falls to fewer than one fifth. Whereas 56 per cent of the laity believe that it is wrong for people of the same gender to have sex together, the proportion falls to 48 per cent among the clergy.

The Anglican Church has been brought to the brink of a schism over homosexuality, and the survey shows it to be at risk of further unrest. “In many ways ordained Anglicans look out on to a somewhat different world from the world viewed by lay Anglicans,” says the 180-page report, Fragmented Faith?. “Overall, it is the faultline between the clergy and the committed laity on the issue of homosexuality which may take the Church of England most by surprise.” The report suggests that, had he known how deep the divisions were, the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev Richard Harries, might have thought twice before he conducted his “courageous experiment” in recommending a celibate homosexual, Dr Jeffrey John, to be Bishop of Reading in 2003.

The opposition forced Dr John to step aside and he was made Dean of St Albans instead. The study, by Leslie Francis, Mandy Robbins and Jeff Astley, of Bangor University, grew from a partnership between Bangor’s practical theology department and the Church Times. More than 9,000 people responded, of whom nearly 8,000 were Anglicans in England, nearly 2,000 of them being laity. Dr Francis says that the divisions “reflect clearly identifiable faultlines in the very structure and composition of the Church of England”.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1679824,00.html

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Useful Idiots Gather at Bush Ranch
Lights... Camera... Inaction!

Cindy Sheehan has returned to Bush's Crawford ranch this fine Thanksgiving week-end to... I dunno... do the dishes?

The "peace mom" who isn't simply a protester, but a tool for the Left in attempting to undermine a nation at war, has made such productive statements such as:

"If I was thinking straight, which I wasn't, I never would have allowed a military funeral, and I wouldn't have buried him in his uniform,"

And this gem;

I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people, like my sister over here says, since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted.

Cindy, then haul ass... and don't let the door hit you on the way out. Yes, it really is that simple. Have you considered those Workers Paradises known as North Korea and Cuba? I'm sure that The Beloved Leader and Comrade Fidel would just love you!

But my all time favorite is this one;

We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have.

"Might not have been attacked"? But she does seem sure of herself when it comes to taking her son to Canada... to do what, avoid volunteering? Much like what Sgt Hulka said "the draft ended years ago".
http://www.theinfozone.net/news_stories/infozone-news_Anti-War-Protests_.html

Sheehan's own husband has recently filed for divorce http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45786 and numerous family members are blasting her publicity stunts as her trying to promote her personal agenda "at the expense of her son's good name and reputation." http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45726

Cindy, go home. Reconcile with a family that wants to love you. Look around you, Cindy. Do you see Martin Sheen, Russell Means, Gary Hart, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Chuck Hagel, Ralph Nader, Charlie Rangel, anyone from Code Pink or MoveOn.org anywhere near you?

Of course not. You're not the media superstar you were just a few short months ago. To them, you're so yesterday. You've been nothing more than, as Lenin use to say, a "Useful Idiot".
Hissy-Fit Pandemic Hits America's Catholic Churches
Abnormally high amounts of pouting and foot stomping reported. Lisps at an all time high

As of just three short days ago, there're already 23 separate newswire stories of how various "official" Catholics are responding to the ban on turd burglars from being accepted to the seminaries.

In a huge suprize to no one, the vast majority of the negative comments are coming from New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Gee, imagine that.

http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=40713
O'Malley Wins The The Apocalypse 3:16 Award
What's "Apocalypse 3:16"?

In a time when Holy Mother The Church needs strong men, strong convictions, strong voices... what do we get? Weak-kneed, mealy-mouthed, tap dancers the likes of Archbishop O'Malley. This Sunday, he will have his message of love and compassion... and to a certain degree, acceptance of homosexuals read in the over 300 parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The good Archbishop's message is long (and I mean long) on "luv", and anemically short on any sort of moral absolutes. I guess a straightforward condemnation is out of the question.

But hey, put on a happy face! I'm sure that if O'Malley were a doctor, he'd tell cancer patients "...but look at all the weight you'll lose!"

http://www.rcab.org/News/releases/statement051123.html

Friday, November 25, 2005

Bishop Of Dublin Defies Rome On Sodomites, Still Kicks Seminarians Out.
But you'll never guess why THESE GUYS were kicked out!


Obviously believing that a good defense is a good offense, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has essentially told Pope Benedict to go screw himself, and has publicly proclaimed that "gays should not be excluded from priesthood", even though the leaked document (that everyone and their brother already has) hasn't even been released yet. But in an amazing display of verbal gymnastics (and moral cowardice), the Archbishop said that he "could not respond fully to questions on that issue since the Vatican document had not yet been officially released".

An utterly pathetic and disgusting example of what has happened to the land that once was the Cradle of the Priesthood.
http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=40919

But what is absolutely stunning, is the fact that the Archdiocese of Dublin will ordain zero priests this year. That's the first time ever in the history of this diocese that this has happened. Centuries upon centuries... and this is the first time... EVER!

But in all fairness to the good Archbishop, he recently did expel 6.7% of the entire student body at Maynooth Seminary (the only functioning seminary in the whole country). Time to clean up that seminary from the heretical scum and rabble that somehow managed to slip through the cracks. That's right... Archbishop Martin kicked some butt and took out the trash, baby!!!

What was the transgression for which this punishment was threatened? What would cause you to write off a candidate for the priesthood? Especially in a nation that is desperate for priests?

Brace yourself. Cover the eyes of the children. OK, ready? They were kneeling for Communion.
http://www.cwnews.com/offtherecord/offtherecord.cfm?task=singledisplay&recnum=3113
Tip O' the hat to Diogenes

So I just want to make sure I have this right... if you drop to your knees and kneel down for one certain thing, you can join that gay band of Martin's Merry Men... but if you drop to your knees and kneel down for another certain something, you get kicked out. Ahhhh... I see now.
Meme... how I love ya, how I love ya!
My dear old Meme!

I've been memed by Tito over at http://custosfidei.blogspot.com/.

Here is my belated response to his 'tag'.

1. Write three things for which you're grateful to God in this past liturgical year.
I. I am grateful to God for having a wife, who after 26 years, still manages to take my breath away.
II. I am grateful to have a Traditional Mass within driving distance.
III. I am grateful to have good Confessers.

2. Write three ways in which you hope to improve you're relationship with God in this coming liturgical year.
I. To be more humble before Him.
II. To help others understand their Faith.
III. To have the moral courage to properly defend The Faith, regardless of the circumstances.

3. Pass this on to three other bloggers.
No can do... you guys are the only bloggers I know! (I'm new at this)
Follow The Dots
AGAIN I must follow in the footsteps of Quintero. (But he's so COOL!)

Yes, I'll readily admit that I'm swiping from Peter. But hey, a great idea is a great idea! And in all honesty, I don't think that Peter would mind. What's the old saying, "imitation is the sincerest form...". Well you know the rest.

But anyhow, the utter, absolute and arrogant hypocrisy here is simply mind boggling (in the immortal words of Kelly Bundy, "It wobbles the mind") .

Follow The Dots...

WHAAAAA!!!! http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0506537.htm
Nov 15, 2005. "Church officials got the "run around" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency when they wanted to know what federal plans were for helping the regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina"... The harsh criticism of FEMA came from Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston. "It was clear to me that not a whole lot of help was coming from FEMA," he said.

Follow the Dots...

Archbishop Fiorenza Kicks Out Priest Because Of Latin Masses http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/940715/posts

June 29, 2003. Fr. Stephen Zigrang JCL, pastor of St. Andrew's Church in Channelview, has been called into his bishop's office, threatened with suspension, removed from his parish and even forced to defend his mental health to his own father... He was told that he would be suspended and had until the next day to vacate the St. Andrew's rectory... as he was moving out of the parish rectory, Fr. Zigrang was called by Bishop Fiorenza, who recommended that he take a two month leave of duty. It was further suggested that Fr. Zigrang may want to seek psychiatric counseling during this time.

Follow the Dots...

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Protects Child Molesters http://www.dallasnews.com/cgi-bin/bi/dallas/2002/priests.cgi?bishop=97&title=&diocese=&state=&keyword=Enter+keyword&step=Search&step=Search

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, as bishop of San Angelo in West Texas, he employed a priest who'd been forced from three other dioceses because of molestation accusations. Bishop Fiorenza wrote in a 1982 letter that he knew of the Rev. David Holley's "past difficulties" and stated: "With our shortage of priests, I am willing to risk incardinating him"... In 1997, when The Dallas Morning News obtained that letter and the rest of Father Holley's personnel file, Bishop Fiorenza refused interview requests.... Father Holley is now imprisoned for molesting boys in New Mexico.

...in the mid-1980s, Bishop Fiorenza transferred the Rev. Noe Guzman to another parish after the priest was caught sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. The bishop has said he delegated the matter to an assistant, who has testified that he accepted Father Guzman's characterization of the girl as a "precocious child who came on to him." The woman who caught the priest has said that the assistant urged her not to cooperate with police. The assault came to light after Father Guzman impregnated a church secretary; he served a short jail term.


Have you followed the dots? And we wonder why we have a shortage of priests. We can't figure out why the majority of Catholics don't even believe in The Real Presence. We struggle to find out why Confession is a dead Sacrament. Want the answers? Look to the wolves in sheeps clothing at the USCCB.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Bible Verses And My Birthday
OK, OK... I'm jumping on the bandwagon! (And I'm kinda freaked out by what I found)

It seems that just about every blogger has been doing this the past few days, so I figured I'd break out my D.R. Bible and see what's what. Interesting "connection"? Ya think the Good Lord is trying to tell me something? Could be!

Mt 8:27 - But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him?

Mk 8:27 - And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi. And in the way, he asked his disciples, saying to them: Whom do men say that I am?

Lk 8:27 - And when he was come forth to the land, there met him a certain man who had a devil now a very long time, and he wore no clothes, neither did he abide in a house, but in the sepulchres.

Jn 8:27 - And they understood not, that he called God his Father.

Now I know that all this is pure coincidence. No silly "Bible Code" or any of that nonsense. But God does speak to us in mysterious ways. The Holy Ghost can touch us in any fashion He sees fit.

But anyhow, three out of four passages concern how people just don't get Jesus. But one out of the four is about a man who does, and he is possessed by a huge multitude of demons... literally thousands of demons were in him. But all this wretched soul had to do was recognize exactly who Jesus was (which he did IMMEDIATELY!) and ask for mercy. Hmmm... I'm going to have to stew over this one for awhile.
There IS Hope...
Prepare to be shocked

This is a test... this is only a test.

Who's quote is this?

"You, my friends, by God, you must fight with Mary and with Christ as your sword. May you fight with St. Michael and all the angels in defending God, in sending Lucifer and his army straight back to hell where they belong!"


St. Athanasius?

St. Augustine?

Pope Urban II?

Charles "The Hammer of God" Martel?

Pope St. Pius V?

Give up? it's the man who has been described as being "shamelessly Catholic";


Actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of The Christ

Here Comes My Thanksgiving Dinner!!!
Even the pumpkins want to puke

A special thanks to Diogenes at http://www.cwnews.com/offtherecord/offtherecord.cfm

Rendering Thanks
If you have a queasy stomach, you won't want to read the following near dinnertime. If you have diabetes, you'd better not read it at all. Quarried from that tin mine of 1970s liturgical dreck, The Prayer of the Faithful (New York: Pueblo, 1977), these are petitions to be read at Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Not, repeat not, a parody.

CELEBRANT: As consumers, we are conditioned by our economy never to be satisfied. But God, too, is a fantastic supplier, and we stop and take a sample inventory on this special day for giving thanks.

LEADER: For the smell of new rain, for pumpkins, and Snoopy, for the aroma of homemade bread, for cotton candy, for funny looking animals like giraffes and koalas and human beings; let us give thanks to the Lord.

2. For the smell of fall in the air, for pay checks, and smoked ribs, for the intricate designs of window frost, and for ice cubes and ice cream; let us give thanks to the Lord.

3. For clean sheets and peanut butter, and perma-press, and stereo-headphones, for vacations and seat belts, for escalators, and for views from tall buildings, and for red balloons; let us give thanks to the Lord.

4. For first romances and second romances, for eyes to see colors and ears to hear music and feet to dance, for dissenters and the right to dissent, for black and red and brown power, for pine trees and daisies, for newspapers and sandals and frogs; let us give thanks to the Lord.

5. For parks and woodsmoke and snow, for the smell of leather, for funny buttons and powerful posters, for pecan pies and long hair and french fries and re-cycling centers, for jet planes and for finding a nearby parking space, for zoos and splashing fountains and rock music and Bach music, let us give thanks to the Lord.

CELEBRANT: God, you overwhelm us with your goodness. And we have yet to mention your greatest gift, our brother Jesus! For these and all your gracious gifts please help us to learn how to live thankfully each day.


*urrp.... urrp... urrp... HUUUUUURL!*
See, I told you even the pumpkins wanted to puke
Ildephonse, Marmaduke, And Yes... Hercules
All good Catholic Baptismal names

Looking for a somewhat rarified name for an upcoming Baptism? None to thrilled with LaQueesh'aa, Bubba Ray, or Maxfield-Stefan? Take a gander at the list of English Martyrs. All Saint, Blessed or Venerable... each and every one.
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/ncd05033.htm

In the meantime, let's all continue to pray for the Canonization for John Wayne (yes, he was Baptized Catholic on his deathbed). I'm looking forward to the day to have a future grandchild baptized "Duke".

Iohannes Waynius Maximus - Ora Pro Nobis
This Is A Lovely Whine...
Very fruity, but oddly enough, also very bitter


Looks like the latest temper tantrum for the good folks at the National Catholic(?) Reporter is that they are somewhat miffed at the American bishops. Their latest op-ed piece bemoans that the US bishops seem to have a tough time "challenging the Vatican", and that a church should have a "national identity" and lastly, how democracy should be used to "find answers and solutions".

Ummmm.... NCR folks... there's a word for people like that, they're call members of the Protestant Episcopal Church, USA. http://natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005d/112505/112505zb.htm


So it's a rather large Catholic Caveman "Tango Sierra" to the good folks at NCR. Much like the new slogan for McDonald's: "I'm Lovin' It".

Good bye, good luck, good riddance... and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out.
THE OATH AGAINST MODERNISM
Now THAT has to be done away with... much too Catholic, you know.


Gaufridus got me thinking. Possibly it's time for all of us to refresh ourselves with this particular Oath. I for one, haven't read it in years. I'm long overdue. http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius10/p10moath.htm

But first, who excatly was required?

To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries.

Hey, sounds good to me! And there is one line that I feel complelled to post;

Therefore, I entirely reject the heretical misrepresentation that dogmas evolve and change from one meaning to another different from the one which the Church held previously.
THAT says it all.
Pope To Franciscans -
"I will unscrew your head and s**t down your neck!!


As we all know, things move slowly in Catholicism... glacially slow. And with that, memories are long. As we all have read by now, His Holiness has just given the ecclesiastical version of a bitch slap to the Franciscans. *SMACK!!*

What I find heartening is that Pope Benedict is not only putting the Franciscans in Assissi on a very short leash, but his actions are also keeping garbage like what the Franciscans from happening again. As our little sing-song dirty ditty in The Corps used to go "f*** around, f*** around... soon you won't be around". It took almost 20 years, but it looks as if the other shoe is falling.

Some interesting points to ponder;
The friars were granted autonomy by Pope Paul VI in 1969, and the picturesque shrine of the saint in the Umbrian hills has since become renowned for its annual peace marches, drawing thousands of participants, and for two Assisi peace conferences, in 1986 and 2002, which caused outrage among conservative Catholics.The first conference in particular, which saw the participation of native American and African animists as well as Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist leaders, still rankles with the conservatives. At the time the current Pope, then Cardinal Ratzinger and John Paul II's theological adviser, said of the meeting, "this cannot be the model" for ecumenical dialogue.

Vittorio Messori, a conservative Catholic commentator, said: "The Church has a long memory. Joseph Ratzinger has had an account to settle with the friars of Assisi since the inter-religious meeting of 1986. Now he has fixed it."

He went on: "Ratzinger has not forgiven the Franciscan community for the excesses of the first day of prayer of the religious leaders with [Pope John Paul II]. It was a mockery, as many said, that forced the hand of the Pope, and it was the friars who broke the agreement they had made. They went so far as to allow African animists to slaughter chickens on the altar of the basilica of Santa Chiara, and American redskins to dance in the church."
http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article328512.ece

Like i've said before... it took forty years to screw things up. It'll take a long time to fix 'em. But I must say, as Catholicism goes, Pope Benedict is moving rather quickly. Now if we can just get The Swiss Guard to start kicking in doors and spraying some rooms in the U.S. Seminaries. But I have a funny feeling that a rather huge s**t bomb is about to hit American (liberal) Catholics right between the eyes... and soon.
Pope St. Pius X Had It All Wrong
Silly rabbit, apostates are for kids!


Leave it to the National Catholic(?) Reporter. Turns out that the synthesis of all heresy, Modernism, really is a GOOD thing! http://natcath.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005d/112505/112505z.htm

And let's keep in mind that no less than Pope St. Pius X officially declared Modernism to be a heresy. For those who aren't quite that familiar with Modernism... rest assured, it has nothing to do with electricity nor indoor plumbing. Moderism, in short, is a philosophy that espouses that nothing... and I mean NOTHING is eternal or absolute. Everything is subject to change. To include dogma. Condemnation #80 of Pascendi Dominici Gregis (On The Doctrines of the Modernists) clearly condemns one of the glaring Modernist propositions; "The Roman Pontiff can and ought to conform with contemporary progress, liberalism, and civilization". Does THAT sound familiar? Spirit of Vatican II calling on line 1.

If it's traditional, if it's orthodox, if it's conservative, if it's a moral absolute... it's no good. No 10 Commandments, just 10 Suggestions. No Works of Mercy, just Thoughts of Maybe. No Great Commission, just a Great Omission. Anyone still confused as to why Modernism is considered a heresy.

But nonetheless, take a quick peek at some of the drivel coming out of the NCR;

Revisiting the modernists
By DANA K. GREENE
In the long history of the church, change has been prompted by reformers who both left its fold and stayed within it. Abuses -- political, economic, moral -- often sparked the reform, but almost inevitably reform demanded some struggle between the issues of individual conscience and church authority. One can look back to Joan of Arc or Martin Luther, to Francis or Catherine of Siena, or to the contemporary treatment of Frs. Hans Küng or Charles Curran.


Wow, Sts. Joan of Arc and Francis and Catherine of Siena are thrown into the same pot as Theological Quislings like luther, Küng and Curran. I'm sure that Pope St. Pius X is exceedingly pleased.

Unbelievable. Apologists for heresy, at a "Catholic" publication, no less. Next thing you'll tell me is that the pope wants to convene a synod because most Catholics don't even believe in the Real Presence. Oops... too late.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

News from the U. S. Bishops, Whoever They Are
Laity as clerics... Clerics as laity


Simply excellent article by Dr. Jeff Mirus in CatholicCulture.org

Just one excerpt:

"Three controversial issues surfaced at the U.S. Bishops’ November meeting in Washington: the death penalty, the rejection of Church teaching by Catholic politicians, and liturgical translations. All three are important; one would also think they are fairly straightforward. Yet the bishops clearly have no clue how to handle any of them, apparently because they don’t understand their own identity. Who are the bishops, anyway?"


A somewhat short article... but as subtle as a napalm run.
http://www.catholicculture.org/highlights/highlights.cfm?id=87
America's Fighting Men And Women?
I want HER humpin' the 60. All 105 pounds of her. And give her a couple of extra ammo cans while you're at it.


If I have to hear the mythical phrase America's Fighting Men and Women one more time, I think I'll actually vomit... or at least get a wee bit queasy. You know, like that feeling after drinking Old Milwaukee.

But anyhow, I recall a couple of years ago up in NYC, Mayor Bloomberg was speaking at the Nautical Museum, USS Intrepid, and he was gushing on and on about "the brave men and women who fought and died about the Intrepid", etc, etc, ad nauseum. I hate to tell Hizzoner this, but no women ever died aboard the Intrepid. Why? Simple... no women ever served aboard her, that's why. PC run amok.

And at a Veterans Day gathering at the Nautical Museum, USS North Carolina, some city official made the same screw-up as Bloomberg... spewing the same nonsense. "Brave man and women who fought and died aboard the North Carolina". Sheesh, one doesn't have to be a military historian to know that no women ever served aboard warships during the Second World War. Yet again, PC run amok.

First off, there are no "fighting women", with the exception of a extremely small number of token pilots. With the emphasis on the word "token". But I digress, in the history of this nation, well over half a million men have died in direct combat with the enemy. How many women? Less than one hundred. And the vast majority of those ladies were support personnel who simply were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And damn few were "fighting", that is if one accepts feminist myths about a handful of women who disguised themselves as men during The War Between The States (3 total. 1 Union, 2 Confederate). But like I said, those are unsubstantiated myths, but the rad-femm's love stating such as if were fact.

But anyhow, were the substantantiated combat deaths of those hundred ladies just as tragic and equally patriotic as those of men? Absolutely... no question whatsoever. But here's the point I'm getting at; you can't simply lump five hundred thousand with less than one hundred.

If we are going to continue to use the phrase fighting men and women, then we damn better start talking about the brave WHITE and Black soldiers who served in the Buffalo Soldier units of the old American West. After all, every Officer in the Buffalo Soldier units were White. Whites served in the Buffalo Soldiers, but we never hear of them... I wonder why?

While we're at it... let's throw the same kudos to the brave WHITE and Japanese-American (Nisei) soldiers who served in the 442 Regimental Combat Team and 100th Battalion in World War II. After all, most of the Officers in the Nisei units were White. Whites served in the Nisei units, but we never hear of them... I wonder why?

Here's why we rarely, and should only rarely, hear about the Whites who served with the above mentioned units; the Blacks in the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Nisei in the 442d and 100th did the vast... and I mean VAST, majority of the fighting and dying. They're the ones who deserve the lion's share of the recognition and the glory that comes with it.

...and the same applies to the over half a million men who died in combat for this nation. And besides, no real Catholic man would even dream about letting his wife, daughter, sister or mother do his fighting for him while he can still draw breath.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Totally Clueless
I know your worried about that hemorrhoid, but why are you ingoring the cancer?

Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Texas said most Catholic politicians in the United States have fallen into "a distorted understanding of what their faith is." http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=40886

Huh... what? Hey Your Excellency, have you checked out some of the things said and done by your own fellow bishops? Do I REALLY have to bring up such stellar examples of firm Catholic moral teaching and example like:

1. Cardinal "You Can't Touch Me Now, I'm In Rome" Law
2. Cardinal "You'll Never See The Files of the Rapists I Protected" Mahoney
3. Archbishop Rembert "A Half Million Dollars To Keep My Boyfriend Quite Is Nothing!" Weakland
4. Bishop Thomas "I can't differentiate between Mexicans and dogs" O'Brien

Do I REALLY need to go on? I do appriciate the fact that he is at least trying. But his efforts would fall on more receptive ears if he took care of the wolves in the parlor first, and then alerted us about the weasles in the yard.

One other thing, the good Archbishop is rightly worried about Catholic politicians who have "a distorted understanding of what their faith is"... but Your Excellency, who do you think taught these goombas their theology (or lack thereof) in the first place? For the answer, just look to your left and to your right at the next Annual USCCB Group Hug and Circle Jerk.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Lifeteen Founder Arrested
Gee, I wonder what he was busted for...

Lifeteen, the wonderful "Catholic" organization that brought us the Rock 'N Roll Mass, has witness it's founder, Msgr. Dale Fushek, dragged off to county lock-up for... you guessed... several charges of assault, indecent exposure, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Good golly, Miss Molly. I for one, never saw THIS coming. Did you? One more interesting tid-bit, he was also the vicar general of the Phoenix diocese under Bishop Thomas "I can't differentiate between Mexicans and dogs" O'Brien.
http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=62629

Let me give you some examples of the "fruits" of Lifeteen...

THIS is how "CATHOLIC" kids conduct themselves? And to think that "Catholic" parents
allowed this. Hey St Joseph's Parish in Long Beach, California... is THIS how you teach teens to be decent Catholics? Thanks, but NO THANKS!
A perfect example of what the "New Church" is doing to our Catholic Youth. Examples of "Life Teen", supposedly "Leading Teens To Christ". How exactly? By looking like sluts and satanists? Is a woman that is carrying a child now a "costume"? So much for the beauty of a woman and her unborn child. That is now something to snicker at... well, at "Life Teen" anyhow.
Then we see what's happening at St. Therese's Parish in Pheonix, AZ at a (get ready for this) All Saints Day Dance. That's right... All Saints Day. The kids were suppose to dress up as their favorite role model, such as a Saint, a certain priest or nun, something along those lines. Obviously, girls in pull over shirts throwing their legs over each other is considered a role model.
But my personal favorite is the young lady here dressed up as a priest, and a young man dressed up as a nun. By the way... love the rainbow. Looks more like a Gay Pride Parade than a Catholic childrens dance.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Beatings Will Continue Until Moral Improves
The Pope breaks out a can of Kick-Ass

The worlds bishops fall in for inspection... otherwise known as the Ad Limina visits. How they doin' so far? The Italians Passed, the Austrians Flunked (miserably), the Brazilians got a suprize. I wonder what Vitamin B-16 will do to the Americans? Sackcloth and ashes are a good start. Followed by... hmmm... any of you old timers remember the opening to the old Chuck Connors show "Branded"?

But I digress... here's a lil' something His Holiness said to the Austrians;

"there are some topics relating to the truth of the faith, and above all to moral doctrine, which are not present in the catechesis and preaching of your dioceses to a sufficient extent, and which sometimes, for example in pastoral outreach to youth in the parishes or groups, are either not confronted at all or are not addressed in the clear sense understood by the Church. Thanks be to God, it is not like this everywhere."

As we say Down South.... DAI-YUM! (translation for Yankees; damn!). Looks like THIS pope is about as subtle as a napalm run.

Make Your Own Church Sign!
Tip 'o the hat to Peter at LA Catholic




'Confiteor' Meme

Peter over at L.A. Catholic, and Fidei Defensor have motivated me to pass on the Meme Confession. What do YOU have to confess?

I confess that I have every line to The Quiet Man memorized.

I confess that I have accused certain priests of being Sodomite-Friendly.

I confess to crying at movies. Who amongst us didn't cry when the Drill Instructor got shot in Full Metal Jacket?

I confess to refering to certain ultra-liberal parishes by made up and rather insulting names, such as Innacurate Deception and St. Missed The Mark.

I confess that my home repair kit being a ball peen hammer and a roll of duct tape.

I confess to interrogating my daughter's boyfriend with a ball peen hammer and a roll of duct tape.

I confess I blamed my wife for "shrinking" all my clothes. (sure! I'd love a third helping of mashed potatoes!)

I confess that during weaker moments, I refered to my beloved Corps as "U.S.M.C. -- Unlimited S**t, Mass Confusion".

I confess mumbling my way through portions of certain songs where I'm not quite sure of the lyrics, then screaming the words I do know in the hopes that I've just fooled everyone into believing that I really do know all the words.

I confess to watching the sit-com "Wings" just to see Crystal Bernard's butt.

I confess to using the Latin language incorrectly just to make me sound smart. (we all know that Latin for "Bag The Day" is "Carpe Scrotum"... right?)

I confess that while I was on D.I. Duty, I never thumped a recruit... who didn't deserve it.

I confess to tapping the gas nozzle against the opening of the gas tank, just so I can get EVERY LAST DROP of gas. Why is it only guys who do that? Must be something urinary.

Speaking of urine, I confess to peeing into a jar on many a coast-to-coast drive.

I confess to not picking up the dog crap in my back yard because I rationalized it as "it's fertilizing the grass".

I confess to refering to the USCCB as the Judas Iscariot Fan Club

The Theology of Punctuation
It all boils down to this...

I've been cruising around various Catholic news sites to get more info on the USCCB's latest statement on how scumbags who rape and murder little kids should be allowed to live. I read this the other day, but it never really hit me until now.

Stay with me on this...

The official statement included such gems as; "It is time for our nation to abandon the illusion that we can protect life by taking life." and "The use of the death penalty ought to be abandoned not only for what it does to those who are executed, but what it does to all of society." And here's the biggie; "The sanction of death violates respect for human life and dignity"

Wow... pretty powerful stuff. Straightforward and to the point. Especially the last quote. That one pretty much says that if I'm in favor of the death penalty, I'm in essence, a murderer. And this is from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops!!

But take a gander at at what His Excellency Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn had to say; "While the bishops argue against capital punishment, he said, Catholics may disagree without separating themselves from the Church community."

Huh? I'm confused. If I'm in favor of such, I'm in direct contradiction to what the USCCB says... but simultaneously, I can DIRECTLY go against the USCCB and somehow magically be in communion with "the Church community". So I reinterate... huh?

Catholicism never has vagueness and ambiguity at this scale until the great and sweeping changes stemming from the Second Vatican Council. You know, I've come to the conclusion that the Traditional Catholicism and the Vatican II Huggy-Touchie-Feelie Church can be boiled down to puncuation.

The theology of Traditional Catholicism is by and large, a period (.) with an occasional exclamation point (!).

The theology of The New & Improved Vatican II Church is in essence, a question mark (?).
The Animal Sacrifice Mass
Another Bitter Fruit of Vatican II

First we had the Hootennay Mass complete with guitars, tambourines, dirty hippie singers, etc.; then the Hula Mass that probably had Hawaiian verses like "haka puuki nikki... c'mon Iwanna blessya"; then the Polka Mass, featuring "Fadder" Stanislaw Kzecwictzyckyyzwchski and His Prancing Polander Polka Band; ... I even read recently up in Canada there was something called a Cowboy Mass (hey pard'ner, let's go rustle us up some Eucharist), now I read of the "Blood Libation Mass" in South Africa.

According to Archpresider Buti Tlhagle "...the libation is a gift to the ancestors, not to God." I can hear it now... "Ancestors, we have these gifts to offer. Liver of the goat, claw of the chicken, blood of the cow. They are offered up for you and for all, etc, etc, ad nauseum." http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2000/115/46.0.html


Granted, this is a few years old, but still shocking nonetheless. Enough of this garbage. Catholics need to get back in the habit of being Catholics. Enough of trying to be everything to everyone. The Mass changes from nation to nation -- diocese to diocese -- parish to parish. We are the Latin Rite Church. It's about time we started attending a Mass that was celebrated in the Latin rite.

A few years back, I read the diary of a young Navy Chaplain serving in the South Pacific in WWII. The good Father readily admitted that we sometimes had thoughts that the Mass in Latin was "somewhat silly"... until he attended Mass at a mission in New Guinea. As he said "French priests, New Guinea natives, American sailors, all worshipping together in the same tounge". The good father realized what a BINDING force the Latin Mass is. But I'll go on further at a later date as to why we so desperatly need the Latin Mass liberated.

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sign of the Cross a Hate Crime
Scotland the Gutless

Yeah, this is a couple of years old... but it still pisses me off.

In a Politically Correct world gone mad, people very well could end up getting tossed in the hoose-gow for making the Sign of the Cross. Turns out that in the whacky and woolly world of professional European Kick-Ball, there seem to be some teams just for Catholics... some just for Protestants.

Turns out that the Catholic team in Scotland is Celtic and the prot team are the Rangers. Well, what do ya know... the Rangers don't like Catholics, and neither do the Ranger fans.

Whenever one of those good laddies from Celtic get ready for a penalty kick, many of them throw up a quick Sign of the Cross, being good Catholic boys, and all. And it turns out that the Ranger fans go positively apoplectic. "Sign of the Cross!!?? Damnable Papists!!!"

Now things start getting stupid. Riots break out, cars get torched, skulls get fractured, without fail... someone invariably get's an eye put out. But anyhow, to keep those drunken, unwashed, French loving Ranger hooligans happy, the Scottish Paliament is entertaining the notion to make the Sign of the Cross a Hate Crime. Mustn't upset the prot majority, you know.

http://www.cathnews.com/news/301/37.html



Why Can't It Be ME That's The Evil Overlord?!
C'mon, admit it... we all thought about this at least once


Hilariously funny website.

http://www.evilrulers.com/

















Is The New Mass Itself The Cause Of All The Problems In Todays New And Improved Catholic Church?
Mama use to say... ambiguous is as ambiguous does

A friend of mine and I are having a running debate on what is the cause of the ever growing liberalism in todays New & Improved, Vatican II Approved Catholic Church. He asserts that the New Mass, in and of itself, is just fine if celebrated in accordance with the GIRM de jure. I however, see the problem is the New Mass itself. I do consider The New Mass to be valid, but by it's very nature, it's vague and ambiguous... hence, wide open for the possibility for scandal and error.

Some info I found concerning The New Mass. My comments are in italics.

Without obliging priests to face the people at Mass, the 1970 Roman Missal called for this orientation to be made possible: "The main altar should be freestanding so that the ministers can easily walk around it and Mass can (not "will", or "will not"? "can" leaves a lot of wiggle room. Ambiguous) be celebrated facing the people" (GIRM 1975). The 2002 edition of the GIRM added a phrase declaring a freestanding main altar "desirable wherever possible" (GIRM 299).
WOW! "Desirable whenever possible"? There's that Mack truck sized loop hole again

On the USCCB website
http://www.usccb.org/liturgy/current/chapter2.shtml#sect3c , here are some excerpts from the 2000 GIRM. Again, my comments are in italics.

The Structure of the Mass, Its Elements and Its Parts

I. The General Structure of the Mass

27. At Mass—that is, the Lord's Supper—the People of God is called together, with a priest presiding and acting in the person of Christ, to celebrate the memorial of the Lord, the Eucharistic Sacrifice.37
Now, is he the "presider" (president of the assembly) or is he in persona Christi? Again, ambiguous.

33. The priest, in fact, as the one who presides...
Again with the presider nonsense?

The definition of "preside"?
preside verb, intr presided, presiding
1. To take the lead at (an event), the chair at (a meeting, etc); to be in charge.
Thesaurus: govern, head, lead, manage, direct, run, supervise, officiate, control, chair, conduct, administer.2. To dominate; to be a dominating presence in (a place, etc).
Example: His statue presides over the park
Etymology: 17c: from Latin praesidere to command, from prae before + sedere to sit.

Here's what I'm getting at with the word "preside"... it's open ended. Is he really the Alter Christus, is he really In Persona Christi? Or is he simply "officiating" or "administering" at a worship service? Now we can go round and round on this, but here's the unarguable... the particular words used here with the Mass of Paul VI are open ended and subject to a myriad of definitions. The can cause confusion to the Faithful, hence; ambiguous.


34. Since the celebration of Mass by its nature has a "communitarian" character,45 both the dialogues between the priest and the faithful gathered together and the acclamations are of great significance;46 in fact, they are not simply outward signs of communal celebration but foster and bring about communion between priest and people.
What??!! What happened to the sacrificial nature of the Mass? Is this just a community get together? Could this be any more protestant? Even the most ardent apologist for the New Mass has to admit that this very well could cause confusion to the Faithful. Again, ambiguous.

Also;
The Importance and Dignity of the Eucharistic Celebration
I. The General Structure of the Mass
17. It is therefore of the greatest importance that the celebration of the Mass—that is, the Lord's Supper—be so arranged that the sacred ministers and the faithful taking part in it, according to the proper state of each, may derive from it more abundantly26 those fruits for the sake of which Christ the Lord instituted the Eucharistic Sacrifice of his Body and Blood and entrusted it to the Church, his beloved Bride, as the memorial of his Passion and Resurrection.2718. This will best be accomplished if, with due regard for the nature and the particular circumstances of each liturgical assembly, the entire celebration is planned in such a way that it leads to a conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful both in body and in mind, a participation burning with faith, hope, and charity, of the sort which is desired by the Church and demanded by the very nature of the celebration, and to which the Christian people have a right and duty by reason of their Baptism.28
Hold the phone... "best be accomplished"? "BEST BE ACCOMPLISHED"??!! Was it somehow "lesser" when Catholic priests said Mass in communist jail cells by themselves? Sould we tell Cardinals Kung and Mindszenty that while they were rotting in communist dungeons, their Masses were lesser? But I digress... again with the ambiguity.

19. Even if it is sometimes not possible to have the presence and active participation of the faithful, which bring out more plainly the ecclesial nature of the celebration,29 the Eucharistic Celebration always retains its efficacy and dignity because it is the action of Christ and the Church, in which the priest fulfills his own principal office and always acts for the people's salvation.
Hold on again... "presence and active participation of the faithful" bring out WHAT? Who exactly here is consecrating? We don't NEED a congregation to bring out the ecclesial nature of the Mass. I smell protestant influences. And again, there is an ambiguous nature to this passage.

20. Because, however, the celebration of the Eucharist, like the entire Liturgy, is carried out through perceptible signs that nourish, strengthen, and express faith,31 the utmost care must be taken to choose and to arrange those forms and elements set forth by the Church that, in view of the circumstances of the people and the place, will more effectively foster active and full participation and more properly respond to the spiritual needs of the faithful.

21. This Instruction aims both to offer general guidelines for properly arranging the Celebration of the Eucharist and to set forth rules for ordering the various forms of celebration.32
Catholicism, you have a call. Inculturation on line 2

For the diocesan Bishop, the chief steward of the mysteries of God in the particular Church entrusted to his care, is the moderator, promoter, and guardian of the whole of its liturgical life.33 In celebrations at which the Bishop presides, and especially in the celebration of the Eucharist led by the Bishop himself with the presbyterate, the deacons, and the people taking part, the mystery of the Church is revealed. For this reason, the solemn celebration of Masses of this sort must be an example for the entire diocese.
This is a very telling paragraph.
1. Another example of the bishop being reff'ed to something other than shepherd or leader. Glorified waiter? Yes. Leader? No.

2. Again with the "preside" nonsense

3. All throughout these documents, I have found this phrase "celebration of the Eucharist", but I can't find one example of the words "Sacrifice of the Mass". I'm sure their here somewhere, but the undeniable emphasis is on "celebration" on not too much on "sacrifice". In a nut shell, ambiguous.

The Bishop should therefore be determined that the priests, the deacons, and the lay Christian faithful grasp ever more deeply the genuine meaning of the rites and liturgical texts and thereby be led to an active and fruitful celebration of the Eucharist. To the same end, he should also be vigilant that the dignity of these celebrations be enhanced. In promoting this dignity, the beauty of the sacred place, of music, and of art should contribute as greatly as possible.
Here's another one. I see the word "should" hand over fist. Rare indeed do I see "will" or "will not". Want to know why we have architectural monstrosities like that so-called "Cathedral" in Los Angeles? Simply look to this rather ambiguous paragraph.

23. Moreover, in order that such a celebration may correspond more fully to the prescriptions and spirit of the Sacred Liturgy, and also in order to increase its pastoral effectiveness, certain accommodations and adaptations are specified in this General Instruction and in the Order of Mass.24. These adaptations consist for the most part in the choice of certain rites or texts, that is, of the chants, readings, prayers, explanations, and gestures that may respond better to the needs, preparation, and culture of the participants and that are entrusted to the priest celebrant. Nevertheless, the priest must remember that he is the servant of the Sacred Liturgy and that he himself is not permitted, on his own initiative, to add, to remove, or to change anything in the celebration of Mass.34


Wait, wait wait. The first two sections that I placed in bold give a green light to Inculturation, but the 3d section I placed in bold says no. But wait! The first two sections say go ahead! BUT WAIT! The 3d section says no!! I"M SO CONFUSED!!!!!

OK, all joking aside. Could these two paragraphs be more contradictory? It is precisely because of ambiguous language like this that we have abominations like the "Hula Mass" in Hawaii, or the "Polka Mass" in Ohio, or may personal favorite... the "Animal Blood Sacrifice Mass" in South
Africa.

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Late, Great Sacrament of Confession
Forgive Me Lay Ecclesial Minister...

An excellent article by Andrew Santella. http://www.slate.com/id/2130589/

One of the better indictments of the Vatican II "reforms" I have read to date. One small example;

Like most of the recent changes in the church, the shift occurred in the wake of the Vatican II reforms. The program of renewal for the church that emerged from the Vatican II council said almost nothing about penance and reconciliation. The church's emphasis after Vatican II seemed to be less on guilt and damnation and more on love and forgiveness. The sacrament was given its current kinder, gentler name, reconciliation. Which seemed to reduce the stakes: If priests rarely talked about going to hell anymore, why bother confessing to them? To the extent that confession seemed necessary, the church's post-Vatican II efforts to empower the people in the pews left some Catholics figuring that they could confess their sins directly to God in prayer. At the same time, baby boomers who had been educated in the arcane legalisms of Catholic transgression, is eating meat on Friday a mortal or venial sin? found themselves as adults thinking less about whether they were breaking the rules and more about their attitudes, intentions, and ideas about how to live a Christian life.

Like I've been saying for years... why is it in the average Novus Ordo parish, possibly a dozen or so actually show up for Confession, but literally hundreds go to Communion? Only one explanationion I can come up with... either they don't believe in The Real Presence, or they don't believe in sin.
USCCB Wants This Human Garbage To Live
What's their rationale? He wasn't propery potty trained, or that he wasn't breast fed?

The Judas Iscariat Fan Club has come out against the Death Penalty. No special circumstances, no exceptions, no nothing... period.

That means that stellar performers like the POS to the left can live. What momentary lapse in judgment did he make? Ohhhh.... just 1st Degree Kidnapping, 1st Degree Rape, 1st Degree Murder. That's all. richard davis is the scum in question. By the way, he raped and sodomized 12 year old Polly Klaas before he sexually tortured her with a pair of vice grips. Use your imagination, imagen the worst, then multiply it by 100.

But to give one a better idea of exactly what a monster he is, check this out --- while addressing the court before his formal sentencing, he was talking about problems in his interrogation when he said, "The main reason I know I did not attempt any lewd act that night was because of a statement the young girl made to me while walking up the embankment: `Just don't do me like my Dad.'"

He was interrupted by an unidentified voice believed to be Polly's father, Marc Klaas, saying "Burn in Hell, Davis." Klaas lunged at davis and was escorted out of the room.

Just to twist the knife a little deeper into an already grieving father. Evil... pure evil.

Polly's father said before the hearing that he was looking forward to hearing the judge issue a death sentence for Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped and killed his daughter. "It's actually very offensive to have to breathe the same air as this individual," Klaas said.

As a father as well, I can only imagen the depths of sarrow and disgust of Marc Klass. And now we have the USCCB spewing forth drivel like "The sanction of death violates respect for human life and dignity". Yeah... right. richard davis rates respect and dignity. To hell with the victims, to hell with the traditional 2,000 year Church teaching, to hell with Justice. Focus on protecting evil doers. But the USCCB is already a bunch of old pros at that.

Hey USCCB, do what you do best. Stick to cover-ups and sending homo-sodomite rapists from one parish to another. How sad the USCCB didn't take this hard of a stand against rapist "priests".

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_051117deathpenalty.shtml

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Atomic Bombing of Japan
Can Catholics say it was moral?

Without a doubt, I say yes. Here's some of my rationale;

1. In an invasion of the Home Islands, U.S. KIA estimates were approx 1,000,000.

2. In an invasion of the Home Islands, British Commonwealth KIA estimates were approx 1,000,000.

3. In an invasion of the Home Islands, Japanese civilian deaths from famine alone were estimated at approx 5,000,000.

4. During the invasions of Saipan and Okinawa, Japanese parents killed their children by the hundreds (some estimate thousands). Then the parents would commit suicide themselves. What would happen during an invasion of the Home Islands, where millions lived?

5. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were far from "innocent" targets. Both were centers of war industry and war transportation (valid military targets). Hiroshima was also slated to be the HQ for the Japanese defense on the Southern Front (Operation "Getsu-Go"; Japan's plans for defense of the home islands). when the Allies invaded (Operations Down Fall, Coronet and Olympic).

6. Hiroshima also had thousands of soldiers stationed in and around the city. Hiroshima was also the HQ for the 2d Imperial Army. Again, making it a valid military target.

7. The entire nation of Japan was girding for armed combat. If you thought that the German "Volkssturm" units (little boys and old men who fought the Red Army to the death) were tough, wait until we met the Japanese Home Guard, bushido tradition and all. And yes, 9 year old little Japanese boys and girls were in training to charge American machine gun nests with sharpened bamboo spears. Don't kid yourself... they would have done it. And Allied troops would have had no choice but to mow them down by the tens, if not hundreds of thousands.

8. There was a slogan popular in Japan in the closing months of the war; "One hundred million heartbeats. One death". Hmmm, what did they mean by that? National Hari-Kiri or a National Fight To The Death.... or both?

9. If "the war was already over and Japan was ready to surrender" as the revisionists tell us... why did it take TWO atomic bombs to make Japan surrender?

10. Many within The Church point to #2314 of the CCC; "Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation."[109] A danger of modern warfare is that it provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons - to commit such crimes." Notice the word "indiscriminate"? Taking out a valid military target is far from indiscriminate.

So, it's a fact that we killed 180,000 Japanese in the atomic bombings of Japan. Here's one I have for the revisionists.... would they have been happy if more than 2,000,000 Allied Servicemen died, along with most of the Japanese people?
Some Within The USCCB Has New Wristband... WWJD?
What Would Judas Do?

Looks as if many within the USCCB move ever closer still to a priestless Catholicism. I seem to recall The High Priest of Sodom, Roger The Dodger Mahoney, stating that the priest shortage was some sort of "gift" of the Holy Spirit. He went on about something about greater lay participation. Hmmm.... what ever could he mean by that?

Simple... just see what they're about to do;

The bishops approved new rules and expectations for the American church's 30,632 "lay ecclesial ministers," many of whom are filling tasks that used to be exclusively assigned to clergy. In some parishes, for instance, they conduct weddings and baptisms.

First off, this "priest shortage" is a joke. It's artificial... man made, or should I say person made. Must be politically correct, you know. But anyhow, we all know that the liberals within The Church have been trying for decades to get rid of the Sacrificial Priesthood and replace it with a watered down protestantized version. Looks like they're getting their way.

Big time phoney-baloney Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who chaired the drafting committee on lay ministers, told a news conference that the church has long had lay religious educators but what's new is the laity handling pastoral and administrative work. "That role has evolved because of the shortage of priests".

WHAT??!! Isn't your diocese the one who recently declared bankrupcy because of all the cover-up by the bishop concerning homosexual rape? So tell me again, Your Sexcellency... we have a shortage of priests why again?

More often than not, unless you're a scalding sodomite, any given young Catholic male need not apply to the seminary. But don't fret! Coming soon to the St. Luther Community Faith Formation & Group Hug Center near you, the USCCB's newest monstrosity; priest-lite.

With shepherds like those at the USCCB, who needs wolves?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051115/ap_on_re_us/catholic_bishops

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Say It With Me Now... Spirit Fingers!"
Sparky Polastri Vows To "Bring It On" To Presider Mahoney

Mahoney To Sparky - "Are These Spirit Fingers?"

Temple prostitutes dance in front of throne of High Priest of Sodom (Los Angeles) as harlot songstress wails










Sparky To Mahoney - "Those Aren't Spirit Fingers..."

Coach and crew look on in horror









"THESE Are Spirit Fingers!!!"

"At least we don't dance like this in church"

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Let The Schism Begin!
...and don't let the door hit your ass on the way out

So there are some (many?) "priests" in the United States and Canada who very well may go into schism when the document concerning those fit for Holy Orders get's published at the end of this month. http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/nov/05111406.html

It's being reported that several Catholic leaders including an American bishop have publicly stated their views against the long-standing Vatican position against ordaining men with homosexual inclinations to the priesthood. Rochester, NY, Bishop Matthew H. Clark, was the latest to come out in favour of homosexual priests in a column in his diocesan paper Saturday.

So? His Sexcellency up in Rochester wants to pitch a hissy and haul ass? Good... leave. Or as we use to say in the Marines; "pack your shit" (no pun intended, well... maybe a little. OK, I'll admit it, it was intended)

What's that stuff that chicks use to "Wash The Gray Away"? VO-5? Finally, Catholicism has a big ol' bottle of B-16 to "Wash The Gay Away".