Tuesday, January 31, 2006

George Bush Doesn't Care About Wet People
And other stupid things said

A rather short, but nonetheless, hardhitting post by Dymphna. This gal's about as subtle as a napalm run. I sure do like her!
Accidents Reduced by 79%
Dept. of Transportation study shows...

It's real

It's honest

It's no lie

It's the way things should be

Rome, SSPX Rift To End Soon?
God willing!

I had the original French web-posting translated, but sat on this story until I saw something in English. Well, here it is.

God willing, the Regularization will take place soon and The Latin Mass will be freed.
This is Catholic Schools Week
Remember a Sister in your prayers.

I was roaming outside the cave over at the Digitial Hairshirt (see link to the left) and was reminded this is Catholic Schools Week. As mentioned in my introductory post, I had the privilege of 12 years of Catholic schooling (well, actually 13 if you count kindergarten); 8 years with religious Sisters and 4 years with Brothers.

God bless all my teachers. I wouldn’t be the person, man, or Catholic, I am today without them. So whether they have gone to home heaven or still part of the Church Militant, whether they remain in their religious vocation or were laicized in the confusion, misdirection, and chaos after Vatican II (gag). (Yes, I purposely left out the Church Suffering, as I am sure they served their purgatory time dealing with all us kids. Thank you, every one.)

Nowadays, one of the constant demands of the teachers’ unions is smaller class size. That’s they only way they can give the kids the attention they need, say the unions. Of course, smaller classes also mean more jobs for teachers, who will pay more jobs, creating the need for more administrators, ad infinitum.

I don’t know what the ratio is in Catholic schools these days (mostly with lay teachers), but pre-Vat II, in my grade school, there was one Sister in a classroom of 60 kids. And yes, they did maintain order. One icy look was usually all it took. Or worse, the threat (yes, just the threat) of being sent to the principal’s office. See, those were the days when parents didn’t come to school and threaten to sue the teachers, the principal, and the school board, because Johnny got detention or had his self-esteem damaged with a failing grade, like too many schools nowadays. Back then, the parents supported the Sisters. If you got reprimanded at school, you didn’t even want your siblings mentioning it at home, ‘cuz you’d get worse from your folks.

Two things that have always pissed me off: stories of Catholic schools laying a guilt trip on you and getting beat by the Sisters. One thing a good Catholic education will teach you is right from wrong. If you do something wrong, you should feel guilty. I never had a Sister or Brother waste time laying “a trip” on me. I heard it said that guilt is one of the most powerful emotions, right up there with love and hate, because it is the one emotion we work so hard to deny, ignore, or bury. So if you learned right from wrong and now want to deny some justified guilt you’ve earned, don’t blame the Sisters for the guilt part of it. That’s on you, bro.

I was never struck, hit, slapped, or physically punished by any Sister or Brother. Oh yeah, once I got scratched on the arm – by accident – when a Sister grabbed me to get me in the room. We all heard about old Sister Mary Norbert using a ruler across the back of a kid’s knuckles, but it was probably just an urban myth she kept alive to help maintain order. Once, I saw a little Brother throw a big football player against the wall in the course of breaking up a fight. That was it. (Maybe someday I’ll post something about the fun times of attending an all-boys high school.)

So, if you ever attended Catholic school, say a prayer of thanksgiving for your teachers, AND your parents. If your kids are in Catholic school (bless you for your sacrifice), support the school and the teachers – it takes more than just paying tuition.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Don’t Trust the Popular Media
They are not our friends

I learned long ago to never trust anything American mass media has to say about the teachings or doings of the Catholic Church. Today, most of the popular media is politically liberal and dominated, it seems, by atheists, agnostics, and others who think Bible-believing Christians are all a bunch of ignorant hicks. (What did St. Paul say about it all being nonsense to the unspiritual? 1 Cor. 2:14.) As such, they don’t give a hoot about the Catholic Church and most loathe it. Why? Because it is the one institution in the world that consistently stands for truth, something the mass media seems to have abandoned long ago. Their hatred is inflamed even more because the Church will not change its teachings to accommodate their choices and lifestyles.

With that in mind, check out this headline from the L.A. Daily News:
Pope urges more rapid divorce decrees.

As you know, there are no divorces in the Catholic Church. So that part is patently false. The Church might, after a finding there was a defect in the marital “contract” at the time it was entered into, grant an annulment. In other words, the Church can officially say a valid marriage was never formed at the very beginning. (That’s why it doesn’t make any difference how many years the couple have been together or how many children they had, a point many people – including some Catholics – fail or refuse to understand.)

However, even if the word “divorce” was replaced with “annulment” in the headline, it is still misleading. The Holy Father is not asking for speedier annulments. He is concerned about marriages being regularized and wants people to be able to receive the Eucharist. (“The ecclesiastical sentences in this matter, in fact, define the possibility or not of the reception of eucharistic Communion by not a few faithful.”) The Holy Father has simply asked for marriage tribunals to quit fooling around and make prompt decisions in each case.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Wouldn't It Be Nice?
Just once?

Wouldn't you like to see Judge Alito and Chief Justice Roberts questioning the Democrat Senators to determine their qualifications for Public office?

Judge Alito (JA): "Senator Kennedy, I see from your official resume that you attended Harvard University..."

Senator Kennedy (SK): "Yes, your honor, I certainly did."

JA: "Did you graduate?"

SK: "Your honor, I respectfully ask that you not pry into my personal life..."

JA: "Is it not true that you were expelled from Harvard for violating the honor code, to wit, you hired someone to take an exam for you?"

SK: "Mr. Chairman, I want to go on record that I disagree with this line of questioning. I ask the chair to order the Judge from asking questions about my private matters.."

Senator Specter, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee: "Answer the Judge's questions. He answered all of yours.."

JA: "Senator Kennedy, we have on hand a transcript of the session of the university's honor council attesting to your fraudulent examination and subsequent expulsion from the university..."

SK: "I have had all I can take of this line of unreasonable questioning. I am going to ask Al Gore how he managed to keep his early departure from Vanderbilt University Divinity School away from those who would dare to question his qualifications."

JA: "Senator Kennedy, I want to ask you about the 26 phone calls you made from a motel room the night Mary Jo Kopecne drowned in your car at Chappaquidik, when you said you were asleep all night, but I'll save that for tomorrow."

Senator Specter: "Chief Justice Roberts [CJR] will now question Senator Biden [SB], Democrat of Delaware..."

CJR: "Senator Biden, is it not true that you were expelled from law school for plagiarizing another student's work?"

SB: [no response]

CJR: Senator?

SB: [still no response... just a glazed look]

Senator Specter: "There must be something wrong with Senator Biden. Chief Justice, would it be acceptable to continue the questioning at a later date?

CJR: "With all due respect Mr. Chairman... no. I want an answer... NOW! Sen Biden, I'm waiting for an answer, sir. The American people deserve to know the truth."

SB: [The Senator collapses, urinates on himself and is taken away on a stretcher]

Senator Specter: "Judge Alito will now question Senator Feinstein, Democrat of California..."

JA: "Senator Feinstein [SF], why did you consistently vote for Senator Robert Byrd, former Grand Kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan of West Virginia to be the Democrat Senate Majority Leader in 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1992?"

SF: [runs screaming from the building]

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Your Average Black = Homosexuals + Rich + Mostly White
And other twisted logic

Harsh language alert!!

The fertilizer has collided with the oscillating cooling device in a BIG way in Maryland.

In the short time since a Baltimore circuit court declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, black Democrats in the General Assembly have reached consensus only on one thing: They don't want the matter put to a vote.

State Senator Gwendolyn T. Britt, a Democrats from Prince George's County, said she answers to the echoes of the civil rights era and supports gay men and lesbians because she knows "how to walk a mile in someone else's shoes". And Sen. Britt isn't the only one who has equated being Black with being homosexual. Hell, Sen. Britt was downright soft-core about it compared to many others.

But nonetheless, hold on... back the truck up. What the hell does being a Black have to be with acts that are intrinsically evil? Since when does being of African ancestry equate to some dude sloshing his penis around in some other dude's feces filled colon? This is pure Bull Shit. What an absolute insult to Blacks.

It's NORMAL to be born Negroid. It's NORMAL to be born Caucasoid. It's NORMAL to be born Mongoloid. It's ABNORMAL to insert fold "A" into fold "B". Sheesh... let's divorce ourselves from religion just for one sec so I can placate the PC Gestapo who invariably will scream that I'm only using the "Bible defense". Physiologically, homosexuality simply doesn't fit into the natural order.

If someone needs a broken bone set, don't offer them an enema. Don't tell me an enema is a splint. If someone needed a heart transplant, don't offer them a liver. Don't tell me a liver is a heart. Don't tell me that homosexuality equates to ethnicity.

If someone told me that homosexuality equated in anyway, shape or form to someone of Irish, German, Spanish, Chammoro, Italian, English, Japanese bloodlines... we'd be scrappin'.

I Gar-ahn-tee.
Pope Holds Unscheduled Meeting With Spanish Opposition Leader
Where's Torquemada when we really need him?

The once great Catholic nation of Spain has literally lost it's mind... and soul along with it. If you say anything against homosexuals, you go to jail. Serious consideration of taxing The Church. Abortion on demand. Homosexual "marriage" and adoption. A gutless government that yields to terrorists.

Amid The Spanish nation taking AC/DC's advice on exactly what highway to take, the leader of the main opposition party, Mariano Rajoy of the center-right Parti Popular had an unscheduled and very private meeting with His Holiness.

Let's see if The Church has any muscle left in Europe. If we fail in SPAIN... how could we ever hope to regain the once great Catholic nations of Austria, Belgium, France, etc?

Stay tuned for further developments.
So THAT'S Why You Have A Bronze Star...
Me and the Chaplain

Former Altar Boy jogged my memory concerning Chaplains I've known during my life time. First a little bit of background. For those who don't already know, I'm a retired Marine. My 2d eldest brother is a retired Naval Officer (both of us are Gulf War vets). Our eldest brother is a former Marine (Viet-Nam vet 0331 - Machine Gunner), our dad is retired Navy Chief (WWII, Korea and Viet-Nam). Suffice it to say, the vast majority of priests I've know my whole life were Navy Chaplains. Most of them served at least a hitch or two with the Marines. Most of them were combat vets.

Take my word for it... you'll never meet a more saintly, spiritual, flat out hard core (in every aspect of the word) priest until you've met one who served a tour of duty in... oh, I don't know... say Iwo Jima or Khe Sahn?

But anyhow, I remember years ago when I was stationed on Parris Island. The Chief Chaplain aboard "The Island" was good old Father Kelly, full bird Navy Captain. I think he went through Officer Candidate School with Moses. A five foot, five inch Irishman who couldn't have weighed more than 145 pounds. But literally could freeze water with a mere glance.

I usually saw Father Kelly at Mass, and obviously, he was wearing his vestments. But one day, I ran into the Padre outside of Mass. He was wearing the Charlie Uniform (dress uniform, short sleeve shirt). And did he had a serious stack of ribbons. I think he had the Battle Of Lepanto service medal... anyhow, I noticed that he also had the Combat Action Ribbon. Like a dope searching for something to say, I asked him how he got it. He gave me one of those water freezing looks and gave the obvious answer; "the battalion I was with in 'Nam got hit a lot, and we hit back a lot'.

I couldn't leave well enough alone. I just had to ask how he got the senior medal on his stack, the Bronze Star with Combat "V" (the "V" denotes personal valor in a combat situation). His demeanor changed at this point. He got very far away and quiet... but he answered nonetheless. "We were on a firebase, and I was walking the perimeter checking on the boys. I was in the .50 pit (50 caliber machine gun position) when we got hit. All hell broke loose. Here we were, an understrengthed battalion, and we were getting hit by at least a regiment. The A-Gunner was killed... I gave the boy Last Rites. I was trying to help the primary gunner as best I could, but then he was killed... I gave that boy Last Rites, too. So there I was, all alone in the .50 pit and over the ridge line, here comes what seemed like the entire NVA (North Viet-Namese Army)".

So says I "what'd ya do then Father?!"

His priceless response; "well... SOMEONE had to kill those godless Communists!"

May God bless ya, Father Kelly. Wherever you are.
Guilty Pleasures Meme
I tag Conde, FD, Digi, Dymphna, Carlton, Paul, Gillibrand, Mike I, Scarlette, Dad29, Rick, Tom, Jay, Darwin, Curmudgie, ... did I miss anyone?

WARNING! Some may find some of my responses rather... crude. If you find such offensive, you might want to pass on this posting.

What things in life are there that you REALLY enjoy, but you really don't want others knowing about? What the heck... I'll get the ball rolling. Now I'm being up front and honest. I expect all of you to follow suit!

Music - Christopher Cross. Gordon Lightfoot (does that make me a chick... or Canadian?)

Movies - Peewee's Big Adventure. John Hughes movies

Politics - Democrats... how DO THEY effortlessly blame others for their own shortcomings? I'm impressed!

Church related - FINALLY getting to sit down at Mass (lots of kneeling at the Latin Mass)

Chow - Milk and Cookies late at night. Spinach Quiche

Clothing - Commando Style (set the boys FREE!)

TV - Beauty and the Geek. Leave It To Beaver

Hygenically (or lack thereof) - Pissin' in the shower. Scratchin' my ass (Ahhh... this must be what Crack feels like!). Package Checks.
Straight From The Jarhead's Mouth
straight scoop... what a nice change of pace

I stumbled and fumbled my way onto an absolutely first rate blog; One Marine's View.

Here's an example of what you can find on young Captain B's wordsmithing prowess;

Modern day warriors. So we aren’t beating the crap out of criminals or fighting lions on Saturday afternoons in coliseums and eating chicken drumsticks in the streets (ok Im not sure about that last one) but today’s warriors are as tuff and have the same fight in them as the old Roman tuff guys did. Covered with armor, multiple weapons hanging on them and traveling in packs, today’s Marines bring victory in multiple size cans of whoop ass and flexibility to respond anywhere in the world. Tuff, young full of tenacity and spirit, we defend a country and help the little guy all in the same set of armor. We wear the white hat and do what’s right even when its not popular. Selfless sacrifice, it isn’t uncommon to hear of Marines giving their all to aide others and paying the ultimate price in doing it.
You Can Tell By The Company They Keep
...and your husband is divorcing you, WHY again?

My favorite Red Star Mom, and winner of the John Kerry/Stan Laurel Look-A-Like Contest, Cindy Sheehan, is back in the news again. Seen here with renown poverty pimp, Jesse "Soup" Jackson.

Cindy was also the Guest of Honor at The People’s Weekly World Banquet . Oh, by the way... the People's Weekly World is the official newpaper for the Communist Party, USA.

And check out the wonderful folks from the Revolutionary Communist Party that she's hangin' out with at the The World Can't Wait/Drive Out the Bush Regime rally. How nice.

Here is someone who was a so-called "Catholic Youth Minister" at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville, California. I've always despised the Novus Ordo obsession with calling everyone a "minister of this", or a "minister of that", but that's a different post. Anyhow, didn't someone at St. Mary's know that Comrade Cindy was so enamored of Communist sympathizers and outright Communists? No one develops Sheehan's maniacal embrace of such in a blink of an eye. But no one at St. Mary's noticed? Hmmm... I guess Comrade Cindy just fit right in at all those Peace and Social Justice seminars, huh?

I also couldn't help but notice how she prostitutes her Catholicism when the time is right... and the cameras are rolling. Didn't anyone ever tell Comrade Cindy that Catholicism and Communism don't mix? Obviously, her priest didn't.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Worshipping in Sin City
Travels with Internet-challenged Former Altar Boy

I was in Las Vegas last weekend and attended Mass at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer. It might surprise you to learn (as I was, the first time I went there), that so many Catholics – primarily visitors -- actually attend Mass on Sunday that the cathedral on the north end of the “Strip” couldn’t handle the crowds. So, the diocese built this huge shrine – 2,200 seating capacity – at the south end (near the Mandalay Bay and Tropicana, if you know Vegas). It’s a “shrine” because it’s not a parish. (Aside: if it’s not a parish, does that mean locals who attend services at the shrine cannot be baptized, confirmed, or married there? Good – maybe they’ll understand how Catholics attending the indult Masses around the country feel about not being able to receive ALL the sacraments in the Tridentine Rite.)

The shrine has a vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and three Masses on Sunday. I was at the 10 a.m. service and it was about 90% full.

Inside, the ceiling slopes up from the low back to very high above the altar. The front outside can be seen in the photo. Upon entering and looking down the long center aisle, the first thing any Catholic would notice is the lack of a crucifix over the altar. No, don’t picture it with a cross minus the corpus. There is nothing but this huge, probably 30 feet wide and 40 feet high pastel tile mosaic that, I guess, is supposed to look like clouds. Of course, the General Instruction for the Roman Missal (GIRM) requires a crucifix near the altar. Along the front walls that slope out from the altar are several large niches with huge statuary scenes. The one nearest the altar on the right - but distinctively separate from the altar - is Christ on the cross and three people (likely the Blessed Virgin, St. John, and St. Mary Magdalene) standing below.

Front and center below the tile mosaic and behind the plain, simple altar is the “presider’s” chair. (Who’s important here?) Slightly off to the left, but, thank God, in full view of the congregation and not stuck in some broom closet, is the tabernacle for the reserved Blessed Sacrament with a white (?) sanctuary light burning above it. (What? Red was too traditional?)

Before Mass, the rector (remember, it’s not a parish, so there is no pastor), Father Bianchi (I wonder if he’s related to the holster manufacturer?) stood at the front of the church below the sanctuary, and told everyone about the shrine and current happenings. For example, he told us about the building fund. For a school? Of course not. Aren’t you paying attention? This isn’t a parish. They’re expanding the gift shop! This is Las Vegas. Even the church has to have a tourist trap. Father then reminded everyone about us being part of the universal Church and being as most everyone was a visitor, we should introduce ourselves to our neighbor and say where we were from. That hand-shaking nonsense interrupting the Eucharist Prayer of the New Mass drives me nuts, but before Mass, and given the location, this seemed quite natural. As it turned out, the couple in front of me where from Ohio and the guy next to me was from Budapest, Hungary.

Understand, I am a caveman Catholic, as in “old school.” I was raised, at home and school, with the belief that “Rome has spoken, it is done.” So, while I prefer the traditional Latin Mass, I fully accept the New Mass and can enjoy it when it is done properly and reverently. However, anything contrary to the GIRM or that smacks of personal innovation by the celebrant, will distract me and probably piss me off.

Having been there twice before, I know Fr. Bianchi gives a good homily. Unfortunately, we had a visiting priest from a local hospice. His homily lasted about ten minutes. Well, my mind was off on something else – probably that missing crucifix in the sanctuary – and the homily was over before I really got into it. (Aside: as bad as the Vatican II modernists want to Protestantize the Catholic Church, a whole lot of our priests could take some preaching lessons from the Prots. Or, better yet, go listen to some Bishop Sheen tapes.)

I know how many modernist churches are into standing throughout the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In Mahoney’s kingdom, I think it’s the law. Not here (thank God.) Everyone stayed kneeling until after the Great Amen.

I’ll give this to Holy Redeemer. They have a good organist (no guitars, bongos, etc.) and their music is always pretty traditional. And it’s one place where Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist makes sense, given the nearly 2,000 people. They had seven (one man and six women) in addition to the celebrant and Fr. Bianchi.

If you’re even in Las Vegas, Holy Redeemer can be the place for your Sunday obligation. Ask for their handy little map and Mass schedule when you check in at your hotel.
Out With The Old, In With The New
Too much confusion, anyhow

In keeping with the "Spirit of Cave-ican II", from now on my nome de blog is Catholicam Speluncam Masculum.
...Just Like How The Greek Orthodox Are HQ'd In A Moslem Country
The same is happening to The Roman Church

I've said for years that the future of the Western Church lies in South America, Africa and Asia. Unless things change, and damn quick, those of us in Western Europe and North America will simply be awash in our own spiritual filth. Geographically, morally and spiritually, the Vatican will be just a very small fish in a very large ocean of Modernism, Relativism, Hedonism and sexual anarchy of such magnitude that even Caligula would blush and avert his eyes.

Most Western clerics will just bury their collective heads in the sand (while simultaneously having their thumbs up their collective arses) and regale us with insipid, do-nothing, feel good slogans the likes of Springtime for the Church, The Spirit of Vatican II, Peace and Social Justice, Ecumenical Gatherings, etc, etc, ad neauseum.

Even individuals like the darling of the Conservative Novus Ordo folks, Archbishop Chaput of Denver will comment on the results of the Second Vatican Council being "mixed" to date. Huh? What he say? "Mixed"... MIXED!!?? With all due respect, has His Excellency been smoking dope?

Ummm, Your Excellency, the results of the Second Vatican Council have been an absolute DISASTER! But I digress....

To help further illustrate my point, here are some quotes from certain Catholic bishops concerning the question of abortion;

“Abortion - the deliberate termination of a pregnancy at any stage of its development - is always an objective evil”.

“No legislation can change it into something good. This is the law of God, which anyone can find enshrined in the natural law…Abortion is an objective evil and our legislation must never seek to legitimize it.”

“Abortion is always a defeat of humanity: the elaborate, mixed and confused semantics under which it is increasingly disguised… will never hide the fact that it is a willful homicide of the most defenseless form of life. In the history of humanity never has such objective evil been presented and approved as a right. This is the fundamental truth that no mixed and deceitful semantics can hide.”

The bishops spoke out against manipulative language used by abortion advocates to present abortion as something other than the deliberate killing of a baby.

WOW!!! Who are these guys!!?? Have the likes of Cardinals Mahoney and McCarrick suddenly grown backbones? Has the USCCB discovered what it means to defend official Church Teaching? Does America magically have REAL Catholic bishops!

No such luck. The above quotes are from a recent meeting of Ugandan Bishops. And may God bless 'em, ever one.

Any chance we can swap the vast majority of the USCCB for just a few men the caliber of the Chairman of the Ugandan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Paul Bakyenga?

We'll Take The TAC
You can HAVE The Gumbinator

An interesting couple of official websites coming out of two VERY different members of the World-Wide Anglican Communion.

First we have the Traditional Anglican Communion. Interesting news page here. A couple of short blurbs concerning ordinations. Then a rather long article on Pope Benedict's recent encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love). Then a VERY long article with messages from two of their bishops concerning how the entire TAC (all 400,000 of 'em) is working towards converting en mass to Catholicism. Even their news stories refer to Pope Benedict as "His Holiness". Interesting indeed.

Then we come to the pro-murder Episcopal Church, USA. There is no way in heaven or hell that I could ever accurately describe this site. Just remember... this is off the OFFICIAL site for the Episcopal Church, USA.

Prepared to be shocked.

'Nuff said.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Gumbleton, Episcopalians and "saint" Thurgood Marshall
...before it's too late

Jeff over at The Curt Jester has already commented on our favorite wolf in sheeps clothing, The Gumbinator. (Excellent post, by the way)

Now Gumblitious has already referred to The Church as "evil" for not ordaining Sodomites. The Count has also stated a knowledge of how one one FEELS during a sodomization. Hmmm... interesting.

The list goes on and on.

Now that this particular Friend-Of-Pokey has Pope Benedict's footprint on his ass, I say we strip him of all priestly rights and privileges NOW!

Mark my words... this jamook'll jump ship. He'll go rad-lib Whiskipalian. Hell, the Episcopalians have gone insane anyways. "Saint" Thurgood Marshall? Wonderful. All the latter day hitlers that love having babies butchered will finally have their own "saint".

Gumby'll fit right in. Gumby'll venerate the pen that Marshall wrote his supporting position on Roe v. Wade. Gumby'll have Chicks with Pxy hand over fist. Gumby will be just tickled pink to "preside" over worship services at the nearest Brokeback Parish near you.

Pope Benedict, if your reading my blog (and I know you are)... listen to The Caveman. Shit-Can this fanook NOW! Besides, do we want to give them valid Apostolic Succession?

Let him be a Protestant embarrassment. We have enough already.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Say Hello To My Lil' Friends!
Well, two of 'em anyways

Young Dave Pawlak and his his better half have recently been proclaimed Blog-lodytes.

Dave posted an exceptionally well done piece concerning how some are more equal than others (a theme I've presented a few times as well!) and his House Sergeant Major (wife) has an absolutely FIRST RATE posting here concerning the recent Pro-Life March held in Sodom by the Sea.

Check 'em out!

(mark my words... I'll have 'em looking for a Latin Mass in no time flat!)

Ben, my partner in crime over at The Catholic Barfight podcast has been considering CANCELLING the podacst due to no input.

Hey, do The Caveman a solid... send us an e-mail and ask a question for us to discuss on a future 'cast, OK? The only specific is that the question relate to Catholicism. Apologetics, personal opinion... whatever.

You Can Tell By The Company They Keep
If you lie with dogs, don't be suprized if you get fleas

Major Hat Tip to Paul, just this guy, you know?

Yeah, He's Been To Survival School
It was either this, or blink out an S.O.S.

The picture shows that this soldier has been thru Survival School and learned his lessons well. He's giving the sign of "coercion" with his left hand. These hand signs are taught in survival school to be used by POW's as a method of posing messages back to our intelligence services who may view the photo or video. This guy was obviously being coerced into shaking hands with Hillary Clinton. It's ironic how little she knew that he would so inform us about the photo---perhaps because she's never understood our military to begin with.

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Time to Get the .45 Millstones Ready
But a Well Aimed .22 Will Do

Michael Wempe’s trial started yesterday. You may have missed the news and I’m sure you won’t read about it in your diocesan newspaper. What? You never heard of Michael Wempe? Well, thank God you never heard of him 20 or 30 years ago, especially if you were a prepubescent boy, back when “Father Mike” was working his way through his flock of victims. The ex-priest escaped a dozen other charges due to the statute of limitations, but is facing 16 years in prison if convicted on the current offenses.

Down the hall in the same courthouse, Michael Baker, or yeah, another former “Father Mike,” was being arraigned on eight counts of molesting an 11-year-old boy. The cops arrested Baker at LAX after he got off a plane from Thailand, aka “pervert paradise.” Baker was one of the priests that Cardinal (gag) Mahoney admitted to shuffling around the diocese AFTER learning of his proclivities for child abuse. Mahoney has since apologized. I’m sure the victims felt a whole lot better after hearing that!

Marital love – as in sexual intercourse – is a Godly gift and a sacramental privilege. I have nothing but loathing and disgust for anyone who would steal the innocence of a child and likely ruin their full appreciation of the sex act for the rest of their lives.

In my view, a modern application of the Lord’s words, about throwing into the depths of the sea with a millstone tied around the neck of anyone who would mislead a child, is in order. I say give them a fair trial and if found guilty, they’re taken into a field and given one shot to the head. Sorry. You’d do the same thing to a rabid dog, right? Call me brutal, call me a Neanderthal, but child abuse is an incurable disease and caveman justice is in order. All the Megan’s Laws in the world will not protect children from these predators.

And while I’m on the subject, does the U.S. have an extradition treaty with the Vatican? There’s a cardinal (gag) over there who needs to be brought back here to face accessory-after-the-fact charges.
What's Your Mafia Hitman Name?
You talkin' to ME??!!

Another fun-filled quiz by The Caveman

Remember, when you say your Hitman name for the first time, you MUST throw your shoulders forward, curl your lip, and say it with an Italian accent, capice?

You scored as The Hitman Formerly Known As... (Insert Real Name Here).

Dude, you need to shut the hell up. With any luck, someone will teach you the meaning of the word "discreet" before you get picked up by The Feds.

The Hitman Formerly Known As... - 69%
Cotto - 63%
Summertime - 56%
The Nun - 50%
Mezzofinook - 31%

What's Your Mafia Hitman Name?
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Want to cheat and see what the other definitions are? Just scroll down

Cotto. Like the salami. No explaination necessary.

Summertime. You have a thing about sharp objects and dismenberment. When "Da Boss" asks you where you put those whom you have whacked, you simply say "summer here... summer there".

The Nun. Don't let the name fool you. You're a certified bad-ass. "The Nun" is a play on words. It illustrates how much mercy you show your victims... none.

Mezzofinook. Can you blame us for calling you that? Your slim and trim, dress like a model, enjoy being out with the boys, and you're clean as hell to boot!
Former Altar Boy Checks In

It’s a real honor that the Caveman Commander has invited me to become a contributor to the Lair. Some of you may recognize my blog “handle” from my occasional scrawlings on the cave wall, which I will continue to do. However, whenever I think I have something worthy to share, you will see it as a regular posting.

By way of background, I am a cradle Catholic (although I’ll admit to a few years of non-practicing in my 20s) and have lived under six Popes. My parents not only gifted me with the One True Faith, but also 12 years of Catholic schooling. I’ve tried to study, and practice, my Faith ever since. (Plenty of practice – one of these years, I may get it right!) If any of my other history is relevant, you’ll see it in future posts.

My favorite Scripture passage is Matthew 7:1. My favorite saintly quotes are:

“For my part, I should not believe the gospel except moved by the authority of the Catholic Church.” –St. Augustine of Hippo

“Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were, to be in collusion with the Church's enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.” –St. Peter Canisius

“The glory of God is man fully alive.” –St. Irenaeus (Surely the good saint was thinking of downhill skiing and snorkeling.)

Monday, January 23, 2006

This Date In History
Everything old is new again

With a Hat Tip to Gaufridus

Do you know what happened this week back in 1850?

1. California became a state.

2. The state had no electricity.

3. The state had no money.

4. Almost everyone spoke Spanish.

5. There were gun fights in the streets.

So, basically, it was just like California today... except the women had real boobs
Have Things Really Gotten THAT Bad?
I'll say it again... forget about Vatican III, we need a Trent II

First we all had to endure our Holy Father calling a synod because *gasp!* most Catholics don't even believe in The Real Presence of Christ in The Eucharist

Now we have a Cardinal... a Prince of The Church... coming right out and saying it;

"The Church must speak about the devil"

Are things really THAT BAD in The Catholic Church that it takes a Cardinal must remind us of something so basic as that?

Things must be that bad. Murderer Michael Schiavo wed his concubine in residence, Jodi Centonze Saturday.... in a Catholic church.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Greens Party Indoctrination 101
And other classes at Catholic Universities

While tooling around the website for my diocese, I ran across a notice that we can sign up for a class called Advanced Catholic Social Teaching through the University of Dayton's "Virtual Learning Community". In other words, through the computer, but "Virtual Learning Community" does sound much more impressive, does it not?.

Well, I decided to what said course looked like. Hmmm... interesting, indeed.

Under Course Goals I see the following;
Focus on the last four tenets by means of reading, discussion and research; these tenets are Preferential Option to the Poor and Vulnerable; the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; God's Care for Creation

Hey, that stuff looks familiar! Now I got my degree many moons ago, but I certain phrases still send up red flares. Such as;

1. Preferential Option to the Poor and Vulnerable. In other words, Socialism.

2-3. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. In other words, Marxism.

4. God's Care for Creation. In other words, Militant Ecology

Silly me, and I still wonder why so many Catholic kids cease being Catholic upon graduating from "Catholic" colleges.
I Come From The Land Down Under
Where children quit 'cuz The Church blundered

Interesting news from the Land of Koalas, really big sharks and Mel Gibson.

A Perth Marist Brother who lectures at Edith Cowan University last month delivered a report that claimed almost all students who graduate from Catholic education regard the Church as irrelevant.

In a report by Brother Luke Shaker, only 12.8% of those surveyed attend Sunday Mass regularly, even though most (55.6%) strongly agreed or agreed that their overall religious education program influenced their religious development. Hey, a blind man could see the problem here. Yes, the Catholic Religious Education they recieved most certainly did influence them... to leave The Church.

On the other hand, Br. Saker reported, when students have the reasons for the Church's teachings and position on a number of issues explained to them in university classes, they often express surprise that they have never heard such explanations before. What??!! These kids aren't even taught the basics until they hit university?

Do yourself a favor and read this article. The numbers are simply shocking. Catholic kids in Australia are abandoning The Church quicker than rats off a sinking ship.

But can we really blame them? I seem to recall a certain someone talking about something called "The Dictatorship of Relativism" that has infected The Church.

We have met the enemy and they are us.
You Knew It Was Only A Matter Of Time
Ya think it's time to stop Inculturation?

I've railed against The Polka Mass.

I've screamed over the Hula Mass.

I blew my top over the Black Culture/Hip Hop Mass.

I went into melt-down over the Rock 'N Roll Mass.

You knew it was only a matter of time.....

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you The Gelatinous Mass

Don't Call Me "Oriental"!
I'm "Asian"

As many of you can tell... I'm proudly Politically Incorrect. Case in point; The wife and I were watching the Miss America Contest last night. Miss Georgia, Monica Pang, seemed to play the Race Card just a wee bit too much.

I was really pushing for Pang as well. But I tell ya, she must have said it at least 3 or 4 times; "I'm Asian-American". OK, Monica... we get it. Your Mom has blond hair and blue eyes and very Germanic, but you dad's Chinese. We heard you the first 3 times. Enough already.

Hmmm... Asia's a pretty big continent. Lebanon's in Asia. Why can't we refer to those of Lebanese extraction as Asian-Americans? Sammy Hagar, Casey Kasem, Doug Flutie, Danny Thomas, Salma Hayek (no, she's Asian-Lebanese-Mexican-American... right?)

How about Armenia? Armenia's in Asia. So that means that it's OK to call Cherylin Sarkissian (known to the world as "Cher") an Asian-American, right? Remember the TV show "Mannix"? Doesn't the star of that show, Mike (Ohanian) Connors rates the same?

Do Americans of Iranian blood rate to be called Asians? Andre Agassi, Christiane Amanpour. Too bad Freddie Mercury didn't live in America... we could have called him an Asian-American.

Now that I think about it, how about every single blond hair and blue eyed Russian living east of the Ural Mountain Range? Shouldn't they be called Asians?

OK, I'm sure you get my point. Those whose lineage is from the east of the Asian continent are ORIENTALS. Sheesh... oriental means "of the east". If someone so desires to refer to me as an Occidental (on my fathers side), go right ahead! After all, occidental means "of the west".

Let's be honest. If someone referred to an Eastern Russian, a Lebanese, a Turk, an Azerbaijani, etc, etc, as an Asian, they would either be laughed at or looked upon as if they just grew a second head.

Could you imagine what would happen if Scandinavians laid claim to the title Europeans. None of you Irish, Latvians, Sicilians, Bavarians... none of you can call yourselves European anymore.

Wouldn't that be labeled..... racist?
OK, I Get It... She Was Jewish
But why the change in tradition?

In 1891, a baby girl was born of Jewish parents, Siegried Stein and Auguste Courant, in Breslau, Germany. That same child eventually converted to Catholicism. And tragically, she died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz on 9 August 1942. As this Saint once said, "Once can only learn the science of the Cross by feeling the Cross in one’s own person."

We should all follow the example of St. Teresa Benedicta of The Cross... or is it St. Edith Stein?

OK, here's my complaint against PC, yet again, run amok in The Church. For centuries and centuries, whenever a Cleric or Religious took vows, they took a "vowed" name other than their Baptismal name or family name. And if said person would ever become raised to the altar, they were to always be known by said professed name.

Do we have a St. Helen Kowalska? No, we have St. Faustina

Do We have a Mother Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu ? No, we have Mother Teresa

Do We have a St. Raymond Kolbe? No, we have St. Maximilian Kolbe

Do We have a Blessed Kaia'tanon Tekakwitha? No, we have Blessed Ketari (Algonguin for Katherine) Tekakwitha

Do We have a St. Giuseppe Sarto? No, we have Pope St. Pius X

Do we have a St. Simon bar-Jonah? No, we have St. Peter

Do we really have to resort to the cheap theatrics of stressing to the absurd, the ethnicity of someone? OK, I get it... St Teresa Benedicta was ethnically Jewish. So?

As far as I'm concerned, she's St. Teresa Benedicta of The Cross, and will always be.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

What Good Is Oil If We Glow In The Dark?
Love, hate or indifferent. Just take them seriously

The Iranians have been talking a lot of smack as of late. It might be a good idea to remind them that the Israelis have 3 subs and they are in the process of getting 2 more, if they haven't done so already.

Oh... they all have cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.

Last I read, the Israelis only keep one sub in port at any given time. That's a LOT of nuclear missiles under the Indian Ocean. And I haven't even brought up the Israeli Air Force.

Well... in case the Iranian Prez is reading my blog, let me just tell ya. Dude... don't be a dumb ass. No amount of sabre rattling will keep Isreal from nuking the dog snot outta you. But if you want to glow in the dark for the next zillion years... that's your call.
Something Extraordinary Happened This Week
And none of the newspapers covered the story

This past week, thousands of young America boys became men. Most went through either Parris Island, SC, or San Diego, CA. A few went through Quantico, VA. What they all have in common is that they are ALL Marines.

Most of them are seventeen, eighteen, nineteen years old. A few are in their very early twenties. Most will be on Active Duty... a few will be Reservists. Most will be in support roles... a few will be real live gunslingers. What they all have in common is that they are ALL Marines.

Most are White. Many are Black. Many are Latino. What they all have in common is that they are ALL Marines.

Every one of them know that this time next year, many of them will be combat veterans. And those that aren't, soon will be. What they all have in common is that they are ALL Marines.

The vast majority have already voted at least once. Many are already married. Almost all own cars. This time next year, some will be considered combat heroes, some will be dead. What they all have in common is that when every single one of them signed the papers committing them to the Corps, none of them were "mature" enough to legally drink a beer.... and most of them still can't legally buy one, lousy beer.
Best Movie Line EVER!
From Bob Hope's The Ghost Breakers

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Or You Can Click Here For The Audio Only
U.S. Bishops Wanted Delay In Perverts In
The Seminary Ban
Things are getting curiouser and
curiouser, by George!

According to Chicago's Francis Cardinal George, US bishops were concerned that the timing of the document's publication would create the appearance that it was linked with the current Vatican visitation of American seminaries.

According to the good Cardinal, "We said [to Rome], 'If you do this, it will be taken as a commentary on the visitations and we'll get into this whole business that the gay community is so sensitive to of, 'You're blaming us for the pedophilia.'"

Ummm... why does Cardinal George give a Tinkers Damn about what the "gay community" thinks?

Oh, and before I forget. One American Cardinal ran away and is in hiding in Rome. Diocese after diocese are declaring bankruptcy. At least one Archbishop (that we know of) has paid hush money to his boyfriend. 80% of the abuse cases were NOT pedophilia, but flat out homosexual (sex with an adult male, not a pre-pubescent boy). So far, one BILLION dollars has been paid out. Should I go on?

Aw hell... but whatever you do Cardinal George, please don't upset the "gay community"!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Hey, Who's The New Guy? (Part II)
We all see you. Now just say something

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest Team Member to the lair; Former Altar Boy.

Turn on's: Long walks on the beach. Puppies. Spooning. Anything with saffron.

Turn off's: Mean people. Nuclear war. Wearing white after Labor Day.

Just kidding. FAB is just as much a club draggin', Rosary sayin', red meat eatin' (but not on Friday) blog-lodyte as me and PV Deuce are.

Would A Saint's Name Be Too Much To Ask?
What... no Trent Institute?

Leave it to the Archdiocese of San Francisco. St Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park is home to The Vatican II Institute. Now I know that the name Sacred Heart is popular... so is Immaculate Mary... as is Our Lady, Help Of Christians, etc. .

But Catholicism has more Saints than you can shake a stick at. Couldn't the good folks there think up a better name than The Vatican II Institute for Continuing Formation? St Eoghan is up for grabs. Hows about good ol' St Dwynwen? Not even Pope St Zephyrinus? He's free... and I'll bet he'd be tickled pink to be patron and/or protector of something... ANYTHING!

C'mon guys, anythings better than The Vatican II Institute.

You know, now that I think of it, isn't the name taken suppose to be of the one who will be both Patron and Protector? How in the world could The Second Vatican Council possibly be a patron and/or protector of anything?

Ahhh... I see now. They must be talking about The Spirit of Vatican II!

Does that mean that St. Patrick's is where The Fruits of Vatican II come from?

As Dr. Evil says.... *while slowly nodding head* "riiiiiiiiight"
Thanks Pelosi, Kennedy And Kerry
bin-Laden thanks you

Usama bin-Laden has spoken. And the handiwork of the Potomac Axis of Evil pays off for him.

We already know that the world-wide al-Qaeda organization is headed up by bin-Laden himself. The organization al-Qaeda in Iraq is honchoed by al-Zarkawi.

Now we have to deal with a new terrorist threat... al-Qaeda in Washington. al-Pelosi, al-Kennedy, al-Kerry. This traitorous triumvirate has been screaming to anyone who would listen how we have to cut and run ASAF'ingP from Iraq. The Cut and Run crew have actively been attempting to undermine American military operations in Iraq at every turn. Anyone who says they don't affect opinion polls is a fool.

With that said, look what our buddy Usama says about opinion polls, shall we?

"...the results of your polls that show an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq."

Thanks al-Qaeda in Washington. Speaking of al-Qaeda in Washington, haven't they been saying that there is no connection between al-Qaeda and Iraq? bin-Laden doesn't seem to think so.

The reality shows that the war against America and its allies has not been limited to Iraq as he (Bush) claims. Iraq has become a point of attraction and restorer of (our) energies.

And for those that think this will be a quick war... just look to our enemy's perspective;

Failing to carry out jihad, which is called for in our religion, is a sin. The best death to us is under the shadows of swords. Don't let your strength and modern arms fool you. They win a few battles but lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are much better. We were patient in fighting the Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years and we bled their economy and now they are nothing.

In that there is a lesson for you.

This war will go into the 2010's at least. Much like the Kamikaze's of Imperial Japan, these individuals will fight to the death. If that's what they want... fine. We'll kill them all.

Just one side note that say that the American death toll is through the roof... we are losing approximately 700 a year. In W.W.II, we lost 112,000 a year. On Iwo Jima alone, in 32 short days, over 6,000 Marines died. The only way we can lose this war is if the likes of al-Pelosi and her minions ensure that America is psychologically castrated.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

American Taliban's Daddy Claims Maggot Son Tortured By U.S. Military
...and your point, exactly?

Harsh language alert. If off-color language pisses you off, you might want to skip this post.

Frank Lindh, had to fight back the tears (Bravo Foxtrot Delta) when he addressed the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Awwww.... daddy got all weepy eyed. Hey dad, how about acting like a man. No wonder your son's such a damn little punk.

Seems that Daddy Lindh is all emotional and shit because he claims that his douche bag brat was tortured by American military forces in Afghanistan. Said Lindh; "John Lindh did not need to be tortured to tell the American forces where he had been and what he had seen," "I cannot fathom why the military felt it necessary to humiliate him in this way." At times fighting back tears, the father accused U.S. forces of torturing his son. He showed a photo of his son's body strapped to a stretcher at a military base in southern Afghanistan.

Tortured.... TORTURED? Hey dip shit, your enemy combatant scumbag kid was strapped tight and blindfolded because he was deemed a severe threat. I guess that lil' Johnny totin' around a Kalashnikov and bragging to CNN how much he loved the Taliban kinda made the American Military not really trust him all that much. Ya think? How sad that this little bastard didn't think about the consequences of his actions before he took up arms against his own country. Hey Johnny... tough shit.

I for one, certainly do hope that sonny boy did get the shit kicked out of him. Am I the only one that remembers that this little ass-hole was captured during the Mazar-e Sharif Prison uprising where CIA officer Johnny Michael Spann was brutally murdered by Lindh's runnin' buddies??!!

With any luck at all, little Johnny Lindh is now the Sweetheart of Cell Block 16. Or at least Big Bubba's girlfriend.

Phrases That Should Be Added To The Mass
To The Mass of Pope Caveman I, that is

Cum Catapultae Proscriptae Erunt Tum Soli Fuerint Catapultas Habebunt
When Catapults Are Outlawed Only Outlaws Will Have Catapults

Per Molestias Eruditio
True Education Through Physical Abuse

Australem Gratia Dei
Southern By The Grace of God

Flagellatas Perseverante Donec Perbeatus Meliore
The Beatings Will Continue Until Moral Improves

Elvisuis Est Rex Regenium, Infantia!
Elvis Is The King, Baby!

Age. Fac ut gaudeam
Go ahead. Make my day

Abeo, abeo, abeo, actum est, comites!
Ah-bee, ah-bee, ah-bee, that's all, folks!

...and firmly affixed to the Fred Flintstone style Pope-Mobile;

Sic Hoc Adfixum In Obice Legere Potes, Et Liberaliter Educatus Et Nimis Propinquus Ades
If You Can Read This Bumper Sticker, You Are Both Very Well Educated And Much Too Close

anyone have any more?

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Quartet Meme
I tag whoever wants to do this

Both Jay at Pro Ecclesia and Paul at Regular Thoughs said "Consider yourself 'Tagged' if you read this and have not already done this one."

Four Jobs I've had in my life

1. Warrior god AKA U.S. Marine (Loved it. Life's dream come true)
2. Prison Guard (Hated it. Hangin' out with the dregs of society all day sucks)
3. Nuclear Plant Security Response Force member (Hated it A LOT. Barney Fife would do a better job than these goombas)
4. Bouncer (But for only one night so I could honestly say "I use to be a bouncer")

Four Movies I could watch over and over

1. The Quiet Man
2. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
3. Breaker Morant
4. The Commitments

Four Places I have lived

1. San Diego, California
2. Barrigada, Guam
3. A Hole In The Ground, Saudi Arabia (Gulf War)
4. Summerville, South Carolina

Four T.V. Shows I love to watch

1. MXC
2. Futurama
3. Father Ted
4. Law and Order

Four Places I have been on vacation

1. Staff NCO Club, Camp Lejeune
2. Staff NCO Club, MCRD Parris Island
3. Staff NCO Club, MCRD San Diego
4. Staff NCO Club, MCAS Miramar

Four Websites I visit daily

1. Seattle Catholic
2. The San Diego Union - Padres page
3. Padres.com
4. Countless other blogs in my blogroll (go check all of them out)

Four Favorite Foods

1. Ribeye with finadene and onions
2. North Carolina BBQ Pork with vinegar sauce
3. BBQ'd chicken Guam style with finadene and boonie peppers
4. Taco salad (heavy on the taco... light on the salad)

Four Places I would rather be right now

1. At a Padres game
2. In bed asleep
3. In my recliner watching a Padres game
4. At a Latin Mass that I didn't have to drive over 200 miles round trip to attend.
Hey, Who's The New Guy?
We all see you. Now just say something

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest (and only other) Team Member to the lair; PreVatII.

Now if'n I can just get PV Deuce to post something!!

You can always tell a Former Marine... you just can't tell 'em much.

*FAB, where you be?*
Professor of Islamic Law Calls for "Positive Hatred" of Christians
Religion of peace?

In a wonderful example of "hate the sinner, hate the sin", Saudi Professor of Islamic Law Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Fawzan Al-Fawzan lays it on the line.

"But if this person is an infidel, even if this person is my mother or father, God forbid, or my son or daughter - I must hate him, his heresy, and his defiance of Allah and His prophet. I must hate his abominable deeds. Moreover, this hatred must be positive hatred. It should make me feel compassion for him, and should make me guide and reform him."

Ummm.... does flying airplanes into buildings count as "guiding and reforming"?
Bishop Fellay Of SSPX: "We WILL reach a conclusion"
Regularization on the horizon?

A major Hat Tip to Rorate Caeli

Reuters and AFP (France Presse) have reported on it, but they have not transcribed the exact words. Below is a translation of the interview (French)which the Superior-General of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, granted at Radio-France to the [French] Association of Religious Information Journalists.

For copyright reasons, I present only excerpts (those I consider the most important) of the interview.

Jean-Claude Noyé, Apic journalist in Paris
A conclusion for the conflict under the pontificate of Benedict XVI

Paris, January 13, 2006 (Apic). The Superior-General of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X has wished to minimise the oppositions between the latter and the Vatican. Bishop Bernard Fellay has expressed the certainty that the conclusion of the conflict begun in 1988 between John Paul II and Archbishop Lefèbvre will be reached under the reign of the new pope.

Question: Where is your dialogue with Rome after August 29, date of your meeting with Benedict XVI?

Bernard Fellay: It continues slowly. In fact, it takes time to overcome the reciprocal mistrust. But I am convinced, from my part, that we will reach a conclusion. We have had a long discussion, the most fruitful of all of them, and have discussed the deep issues. Rome wishes to settle the problem quickly and the papal audience, which we had asked last May, was rapidly granted to us. The Magisterium privileges a pragmatic approach. We are slowing things down because we do not wish a superficial solution. The pope has charged Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos to dialogue with us. The latter has explained, in an interview to an Italian television, that we are not heretics, but that we must, both sides, reach for a more perfect communion. It is a new language.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Perverts Vow To Hijack Easter Party
Just leave your Easter Gerbils at home

With the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll not too far away, various and sundry groups of freaks such as: Soulforce, The Metropolitan Community Church, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), Love Makes a Family, the BLGT Office of the Unitarian Universalists, and the unofficial Reconciling Ministries Network within United Methodism have vowed to crash the party.

Soulforce (the prime mover here) went on to promise: "This event will be like nothing anyone has ever seen before. The White House lawn--the Bush [italics in original] White House lawn--will, quite unexpectedly, be filled with gay and lesbian families. This is something people will be talking about for a long time, an event that will make history!"

"On April 17, 2006, when the White House lawn is opened to families for the Annual Easter Egg Roll, imagine if the first 1,000 families onto the lawn were LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] families," enthused a January 4 email alert from Soulforce. Once America sees the White House lawn awash in LGBT families, "there will be no going back," Soulforce promised.

It's beyond me... why do these individuals demand to make their private life so public?
Spanish Archbishop Bemoans That The Church Is Looked Upon As "Irrelevant"
40 years late and a billion dollars short

Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Valladolid, Spain, said this week Catholics do not know what the Church is and that it was “sad” that many consider it to be an “old and irrelevant structure.”

Ummm... You Excellency, why do you think that so many Catholics look upon The Church that way? The Archbishop stated that the recent analysis of Vatican II was “interesting, clarifying and of great service to the present-day Church.” “Everything depends on the correct interpretation of the Council, the correct key to reading it,” he noted, since “two contrary interpretations have squared off, that of a rupture, on the one hand, and that of a renewal in the continuity of the only Church given by the Lord, on the other.”

Back the truck up... shouldn't this type of pondering have happened... oh, I don't know... FORTY YEARS AGO??!!

I'm not going to point to the examples of "The Spirit of Vatican II" run amok. One only needs to make a quick visit to L.A. Catholic to see that. And that's just the first site that came to mind. I could name the examples all day long of the garbage that has been taking place for decades. But I won't.

I'll just leave it at this; Vatican II kicked the door wide open for anyone and everyone to question everything Catholic. And that's exactly what Catholics have been doing for 40 years. Thanks to Vatican II, The Church has been awash in a Sea of Relativism. And don't let looks fool you. Some of the most conservative looking churches preach the most heretical tripe since the days of martin luther.

While we're at it, just look at our leaders, especially here in America.

Cardinal Law is in hiding in Rome for protecting rapists. Archbishop Weakland paid almost a half a million dollars in hush money to his boyfriend. Bishop Gumbleton rants on more like a member of Comrade Fidel's cabinet than a Catholic bishop. How many diocese have filed for bankrupcy? Need I go on?

And people still don't know why so many Catholics consider The Church irrelevant?

Monday, January 16, 2006

Caveman, You So Crazy!!
I know... I know. Pride.

I initially posted this as a comment over at LA Catholic when P.Q. was asking how Mass was this past Sunday, where we attend.

If I say so myself... I do think it's fairly funny.


Where I went to Mass this past Sunday SCARED ME!!!!

Four priests total and they sang the entire Mass in a language that sounded alot like Italian... but wasn't.

The priest who said the Mass itself was SO RUDE! He had his back to us the entire time and faced this little box in the middle of the table.

And all the kneeling!! Shessh... why should I kneel? And while I'm at it, no Sign of Peace! Everyone around me had their eyes closed and they seemed so far away... like they were concentrating on something other than me. Know what I mean? Hey, I just wanted someone to talk to!

Well, I don't think I'll go to Mass there anymore. Someone said the priests carried guns. I overheard somebody say that they all had Birettas.
Missal Envy
Who says there's no difference?

I've been saying for quite some time now that I have a vastly greater love for the Traditional Latin Mass than for the New Mass of Paul VI.

I think one illustration that might help is just go to this page and see the two missals compared side by side. To say that there's a difference is an understatement. Granted, the Tridentine Mass is longer in time, but look at exactly what's being said... and what's not.

My take... the New Mass simply can't hold a candle to the Tridentine Mass when it comes to reverence, respect, and sacredness. I see the New Mass as a shadow... a mere shell... of the absolute and utter Catholicity of the Latin Mass.

What do you think?
Birmingham Mayor Calls For All White City
Says mayor ~ "That's how God wants it"

The mayor of Birmingham, Alabama has called for his city to be an all white city... or at least mostly white. Said the mayor; "a majority White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant city". He went on to say; "It's the way God wants it to be."

How do you fell about this? Outraged... angry... ready to march on those idiot red-necks down in 'Bama?

Now that I have your attention, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama said no such thing.

But get ready for this... the mayor of New Orleans, Ray "What, Me Worry" Nagin, is predicting that his city will once again be "a majority African-American city".

In a Martin Luther King Day speech to a crowd at City Hall, Mayor Ray Nagin said, "It's the way God wants it to be." He said you can't have New Orleans any other way.

Rest assured, this will cause a minor sensation for a day or two, but then it will all die out. And Nagin knows this. Nothing will happen to him.

Gee... I wonder what would have happened if a White mayor would have said this?
5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables

Idea stolen from Paul, just this guy, you know?

The Smoke of Satan
Destroy The Church from within

Ugly cathedral
L.A. wolf in sheeps clothing

Lose "R" from chowdah
Has more ass than a mule farm
Subpoener finds "R"

Fat drunk damn Yankee
Vote, after vote, after vote
I hate Alito

    Smaller, purer Church
    Playtime is over, kiddies
    Der Panzer Pontiff
    The Times They Are A Changin'
    What? There really was a Catholic Church before V2?

    Simply excellent article concerning what The Holy Father said recently concerning the possibility of salvation for non-Christians, as well as the heretical belief by certain Protestants that Baptism is all that is required for Salvation.

    Theologian Ilaria Morali, a professor of theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, explains the Pope's speech against those who would mis-interpret it.

    What was used as source documentation was St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy; the writings of St. Augustine; and lastly, Pope Pius IX encyclical letter "Quanto Conficiamur Moerore" of 1863.

    What I found stunning, is that il professore not once mentioned The Spirit of Vatican II, nor did the good professor ever say "according to the writings of the Second Vatican Council". When was the last time any of us saw something like this come out of Rome?

    I, for one, don't think it's by accident that Vatican II was never mentioned. What's Il Papa up to?

    Part 2 of this interview will be published sometime soon. I certainly hope that The Prof doesn't let me down.

    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    Happy Robert E. Lee's Birthday!
    I do believe a Mint Julep is in order

    Five states - Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama - mark Robert E. Lee's birthday, January 19, as an official holiday. Virginia officially observes Lee/Jackson Day. But whether you are in the North or South, you can celebrate the life of this true Southern gentleman.

    Here are some telling quotes, but remember, when you say them either out loud or in your head... they must be said with a Southern accent, it adds to the whole Dixie motif:

    Character: As a general principle, you should not force young men to do their duty, but let them do it voluntarily and thereby develop their characters.

    Conduct: We have only one rule here (at Washington College) to act like a gentleman at all times.

    Defeat: We may be annihilated, but we cannot be conquered.

    Dreams: All I ever wanted was a Virginia farm, no end of cream and fresh butter and fried chicken-not one fried chicken, or two, but unlimited fried chicken.

    Duty: Do your duty. That is all the pleasure, all the comfort, all the glory we can enjoy in this world.

    Forgiveness: Abandon your animosities, and make your sons Americans.

    Honesty: The trite saying that honesty is the best policy has met with the just criticism that honesty is not policy. The real honest man is honest from conviction of what is right, not from policy.

    Patriotism: These men are not an army-they are citizens defending their country.

    Promotion: What do you care about rank? I would serve under a corporal if necessary!

    Vengeance: It must be remembered that we make war only upon armed men, and that we cannot take vengeance for the wrongs our people have suffered without lowering ourselves in the eyes of all whose abhorrence has been excited by the atrocities of our enemies.
    Go Ahead... Take A Wild Guess
    I DARE you!

    Take a peek at the below photos. At first I thought this was *sigh* yet another homosexual gathering where they all dress us as Catholic Clerics and/or Religious and do all they can to denigrate everything Catholic.

    Well... I was half right.

    It's actually Father Robert Lubic in 1991, commemorating Halloween with some friends while he was studying(?) at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. That's right... this is at a CATHOLIC Seminary. As Father Hipster says, he's dressed as "Patriarch Moondoggie". How nice. I can't help but wonder how he managed to lay hands on the clerical garb for his "costume"?

    What happens when you cross Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson from The Breakfast Club? You get a young seminarian trying his best to look really cool in a brooding, Goth sorta way. How sad... somewhere on earth there's a '63 Volkswagen with no upholstery.

    Can someone tell me the difference between the way he's dressed, and how those who costume themselves at anti-Catholic homosexual rallies? But hey, would be expect any less from the self proclaimed Punk Priest? That's right... he even has his own web site. On the main page, is it just me, or is he pictured wearing an upside down cross?

    I'm sure that Father Lubic... or Father Bob... or Patriarch Moondoggie... or Raven-Soul Darkwing... or whatever the hell he calls himself, is one swell guy. But I just have to tell him; listen up Peter Pan, it's time to grow up. You're an ordained Catholic priest. Start acting like one.

    Saturday, January 14, 2006

    New Edition Of The Catholic Barfight
    Is Up And Running
    Download now!!

    The second podcast is ready for download. Just go to http://catholicbarfight.libsyn.com/ and click on the Jan 14th episode. If you don't have an iPod... that's OK. Just right click, and "save as". If you have crappy dial-up like I do, it'll take about 2 hrs to download it. Of coarse, RR and DSL and all that other high tech stuff will download it in no time flat.

    Both Ben and I think that this one is a bit more polished than the first... and the sparks fly a LOT more. We finished up our debate on the Death Penalty. Ben's now convinced that I'm a homicidal maniac.

    Hey, shoot us an e-mail at catholicbarfight@gmail.com and tell us what you like, don't like, ideas for future topics, etc, etc.
    Jesus and the "other gods"

    When in the hell are Catholics going to grow a backbone and say "ENOUGH"!! The de facto NON-Catholic "community" of St. Ambrose in Buffalo, NY proudly displays their "Window Of Non-Christians. And it can only be described as disgusting.

    God the Father and Son dominate the window. With outstretched arms, in traditional sign of sending the Spirit, they bless Moses and Mohammed pictured together in the center of the window. The familiar crescent hangs over the head of Mohammed. The falcon-headed character is a remnant of the mythological beliefs of ancient Egypt. He is identified as Horus, the son of Isis. The dancing and whirling figure to the right is the Hindu God Shiva. The final figure at the bottom center depicts the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, more familiarly known as the "Buddha."

    This is simply beyond the pale... even for advanced Ecumaniacs like these heretical creeps at the St. Ambrose "community" (I guess the word "parish" is just a wee bit too Catholic). But hey... what the hell... pagan "gods" and a heretic in stained glass are good-to-go. By the way, did you notice how they spelled "god" with a capital "G" when referring to shiva? Interesting.

    If you get a chance, make sure you check out their "Window of Christian Ecumenism". I love the way they state that Christianity is fractured between the One, True Church... the valid, yet schismatic Eastern Orthodox... invalid, schismatic and heretical Protestantism... and then they add a fourth; the just as invalid, schismatic and heretical Protestant as the rest of 'em Anglicans.

    Yep, the Anglicans have been screaming for centuries that they are a VALID branch of Christianity. And Rome has been OFFICIALLY say that they aren't for just as long.

    Hey folks at St. Ambrose... thanks for telling the English Martyrs that they died for nothing. St. Oliver Plunkett, St. Margaret Ward, St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher... all you hundreds and hundreds of Martyrs, you all died for absolutely nothing. Well, according to the Roman Protestants at St. Ambrose.
    The window on Ecumenism is a special tribute to Pope John who was anxious to heal the rift between Protestants and Roman Catholics, a struggle often bitter in nature that has persisted since Reformation time in the 16th century. From the very beginning, Protestant, Anglo-Catholic and Orthodox Catholics were invited to be present at the Council in special seating in the oula of the Basilica. On November 21, 1964 the Council Fathers issued a decree on Ecumenism: "UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO." The decree signalled the end of the counter-reformation and the beginning of a fresh attempt to heal the wounds of division. This window is a tribute to a wonderful Spirit of Ecumenism that exists in South Buffalo. The Lord Jesus is the centerpience joining in Spirit with men and women representatives of all Christian faiths. At the bottom stand two priests - one Orthodox, the other Roman. The evangelical figure in the center is proclaiming the Word. Surrounding Jesus and the human figures holding hands are the logos of every Protestant and Episcopal Church in South Buffalo. At the bottom center is the seal of Martin Luther. To the left is the logo of the United Methodist Church. Rising counterclockwise is the logo of the United Church of Christ. In the upper left center is the seal of the United Presbyterian Church;at the top left is the notional symbol of the American Baptist Church, and at the top right is the logo of the Episcopalian community.
    Things We Shouldn't Be Meddling With
    You never know what you'll end up with

    Looks as if some clone-meister in England is fixin' to clone a human-rabbit hybrid. Seriously... I'm not that smart enough to make this stuff up.

    I for one, say leave this stuff alone!

    If you clone THIS

    With THIS

    It'll be born like THIS

    And will grow up to look like THIS

    And do ANY of us what that?