Monday, March 31, 2008

St. Gabriel Possenti, Patron Saint Of Gun Owners...
Ora pro nobis
Helemt tip to my buddy, Former Altar Boy, for forwarding this e-mail to me.

The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

A few points to ponder;

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

3. I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him "Why do you carry a 45?" The Ranger responded, "Because they don't make a 46."

6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. "Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?" "No Ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle."

8. Beware the man who only has one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!

But wait, there's more!

I was once asked by a lady visiting if I had a gun in the house. I said I did. She said "Well I certainly hope it isn't loaded!" To which I said, of course it is loaded, can't work without bullets!" She then asked, "Are you that afraid of someone evil coming into your house?" My reply was, "No not at all. I am not afraid of the house catching fire either, but I have fire extinguishers around, and they are all loaded too.." To which I'll add, having a gun in the house that isn't loaded is like having a car in the garage without gas in the tank.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

And The Coveted Wheelbarrow For A Jockstrap Award Goes To...
Dutch MP Geert Wilders

WARNING!! The video that I've linked to is NOT for the faint of heart. If images of what islam is really all about, I suggest you skip this posting.

The hottest thing to come out of Holland since my Greenawalt ancestors, Member of Parliament and one of the honchos for the conservative and nationalistic Party for Freedom (Partij Voor de Vrijheid), Geert Wilders.

Not only has he referred to the koran as a "Fascist book", but he's also just released the uber-controversial film Fitna (loosely translated, that's Arabic for war or strife) which makes the Danish cartoon drawing of mohammed look like... well, a cartoon.

Moslems world-wide are already going ape shit over this hard hitting flick. But even all that aside, Wilders knows damn good and well that the Islamo-Terrorists want him dead.

His response? He bleached his hair platinum blond. That way, the terrorists will have no trouble spotting him in a crowd. Yeah, I'd say he uses a wheelbarrow for a jockstrap.

NOTE: I did have the video for the short film "Fitna" posted here, but Liveleak has since pulled it due to death threats they've received from... you guessed it... moslem terrorists. Here's some of the news report from AFP news; The Britain-based said it pulled down the video, which can still be seen on other websites, including The film was posted to the Internet on Thursday.

"Following threats to our staff of a very serious nature, and some ill informed reports from certain corners of the British media that could directly lead to the harm of some of our staff, has been left with no other choice but to remove 'Fitna' from our servers," the site said in a statement.

"This is a sad day for freedom of speech on the net but we have to place the safety and well being of our staff above all else," the online statement said.

Wilders said it was "terrible that these threats deal a serious blow to freedom of expression," but he told Dutch news agency ANP that he understood the decision to withdraw the short film.
By the way... if you read the actual news report, they quote every moslem and his brother, who (of course) are condemning Wilders as a racist, and how horrible his film is, etc, etc, ad nauseum.

I've got a news flash for these limp wristed appeasers -- it isn't Dutch Catholics that are threatening the lives of Likeleak employees. Kinda missed that little fact, didn't you AFP?



Bloglodyte extraordinaire, Helen, has found a site that features Fitna in it's entirety. Please go to XXXXXXXXX. Thanks again, Helen!



Thanks to Helen and Arkanabar, I've been informed that the site previously posted was hacked by Islamic Terrorist sympathisers. But the good news... LiveLeak had the video back up. Here's the link.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Anyone Remember The Movie The Cardinal?
If so, you'll remember this certain scene...

Even though it was "Hollywooded-up", remember the scene where the Nazis beat the hell outta members of an Austrian Catholic Youth group? And yes, that scene is based on an actual event. But anyhow, isn't it sad where in a country such as Austria where not all that long ago, Catholics had to suffer beatings (and sometimes even death) at the hands of evildoers as so to defend The Faith, has degraded to this?

From The Brussels Journal; (Emphasis and warning mine) The Dommuseum in Vienna, the art gallery attached to the historic Catholic cathedral of St. Stephen, is running an exhibition of works by a self-avowed Marxist atheist [Alfred Hrdlicka], titled “Religion, Flesh and Power”, that includes depictions of explicit homosexual sex acts in “religious” themed art. Prominent among the works is a rendition of the Last Supper with Christ and His Apostles depicted as homosexuals engaged in an orgy. The director of the Dommuseum, Mr. Bernhard Böhler, said that visitors have asked “in a more or less emotional way,” why the Apostles are depicted copulating. According to the director, the artist responded, “There were no women around”.

Gloria Television made
a short video of the works that shows Hrdlicka’s depiction of the flagellation of Christ with a nude Roman soldier performing a lewd act on the Lord's body. (WARNING!! It's as disgusting as you think it may be.)

Vienna’s Cathedral and Diocesan Museum was founded in 1933, and describes itself as “one of the exquisite gems amongst the many museums in Vienna”. It is located adjacent to the Archbishop’s Palace of Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, O.P.
Time for whips and overturning of tables.
Such CRAP!!
And that's putting it mildly

WARNING! Harsh language alert. You know the drill.

I've recently posted concerning the myth of The Catholic Vote. And as much as I respect her and her organization, I have to call out Kathy Coll (who happens to be the president of the Pro-Life Coalition) for perpetuating the lie that was once known as The Catholic Vote.

As Madame Coll stated in a fluff piece by the Catholic News Agency; "While a candidate cannot win on the Catholic vote alone, there is no doubt Pennsylvania Catholics are a key swing vote candidates must understand... no politician can win if they have upset the Catholic apple cart."With all due respect... Kathy, what planet are you living on? I'd like to point out a wee bit of reality that just may burst her bubble.

Just the first sentence in this article from The Boston Globe says it all; (Emphasis mine) Obama gets key Pa. endorsement
By Sasha Issenberg

Globe Staff / March 29, 2008
PITTSBURGH - Senator Bob Casey, a champion of the working-class Catholic voters at the core of Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania coalition, endorsed Barack Obama yesterday, the latest swipe between two warring dynasties whose battles have defined the Democratic Party's search for a modern identity.
Well, well. The "champion" of working-class Catholics is supporting the same sorry bastard who actively fought against the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act. If you want to read about how The Obamanation fought against granting personhood to babies who survived abortion.... how he wanted them killed... babies... read this.

And lets not forget that these very same "Catholics" that Bob "Bag of Silver" Casey wants to bring over to Obama, they're considered to be "the core of Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania coalition".

This is such bull shit.

In all sincerity, Cardinal Rigali... PLEASE come out in no uncertain terms, and protect your flock from the wolves. NOW is the time we need courageous leaders, not gutless political appeasers with the backbone of a chocolate eclair.
Wow, Is There Anything She CAN'T Do??!! (Part II)
Enough BS to fertilize the entire Mid-West

As we all already know from my posting of the other day (and it being splashed all over the national news), The Hilldabeast not only singlehandedly saved the Northern Ireland peace process, she also corkscrewed her way into Bosnia... with kid in tow.

But wait... there's more!!

Did you know she's also named after the first man to scale Everest: Sir Edmund Hillary. I do find it odd that the parents of the Hilldabeast would name their kid after an obscure New Zealand beekeeper. After all, Sir Edmund didn't climb Everest until six years after The Hilldabeast was born.

But wait... there's more!!

She also claimed that Chelsea was jogging around the World Trade Center when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 took place. Turns out that her daughter was four miles away... sleeping. Sheesh, talk about pimping out your kid.

But wait... there's more!!

She has also said that she's only the only First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to be in a war zone. Hmph! I guess she forgot about Pat Nixon in Viet-Nam back in 1969.

But wait... there's more!!

Did you know that when she made a killing on the futures market, she learned how to do such by reading the Wall Street Journal? The only problem is, at that time the WSJ didn't cover the futures market.

But wait... there's more!!

And the one that really pisses me off... she claims to have once attempted to join my beloved Marine Corps. As Jim Geraghty of the National Review points out; And kind of odd that with all of the attention on Hillary Clinton all through the years, all those interviews, all those profiles, it never was mentioned until she addressed a lunch on Capitol Hill honoring military women, huh?

I know, I know, I'm such a cynic...
Me too, Jim. Me too.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Haven't I Been Saying This All Along?
Will THIS finally put these two questions to bed?

An interesting little article from Catholic World News. Here's the meat and potatoes version; (Emphasis mine) Ecclesia Dei president offers clarification on motu proprio

Vatican, Mar. 28, 2008 ( - In an interview with the Vatican newspaper, the head of the Ecclesia Dei commission has indicated that priests do not require permission from their bishops in order to celebrate the extraordinary form of the Latin liturgy.

Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos told L'Osservatore Romano that "all can celebrate" the traditional Latin Mass. While the "ordinary form"-- the Novus Ordo-- remains "the Mass that normally all priests say," the cardinal said that Pope Benedict, in his motu proprio broadening access to the traditional liturgy, authorized all priests to use the older liturgy.
"Some ask permission, as if this were some sort of concession or exception," Cardinal Castrillon said. "But there is no need for that."

When asked how the wider use of the older liturgy might affect relations with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), Cardinal Castrillon said that Summorum Pontificum could help to pave the way for a restoration of the traditionalist group to full communion with the Church.

However, the cardinal took pains to say that members of the SSPX are not separated from the Catholic Church. "The excommunication applied only to the four bishops," he said. While the Mass celebrated at SSPX chapels is not licit, he said, it is unquestionably valid. "Certainly neither the priests nor the faithful are excommunicated," he added.
More Craziness From The Land Of Fruits And Nuts
...or would that be "piers and queers"?

WARNING! Exceedingly crude references to homosexuality. If you are easily insulted by such, I suggest you pass on this posting.

I've read recently that when The Holy Father visits the Land of the Free later this Spring, that he may be coming down hard on American "Catholic" Universities. If that's the truth, I suggest he start by bulldozing over the Jesuit-run (big shocker, huh?) University of Than Franthithco. Then set fire to whatever combustible material may be left, then piss on the ashes. And of course, a heavy dousing of salt over the entire contaminated area juuuuuust to be sure.

What prompted this posting? Ohhh, just that latest in the litany of bull shit oozing forth from USF. Here's some of the latest from the California Catholic Daily; (Emphasis mine)

“Beyond the confines of the Roman church”
USF theology professor is ordained priest, but not a Catholic one

In a letter printed in the March 21 edition of Catholic San Francisco, Jesuit Father Stephen Privett took author George Weigel to task for saying in a column that Catholicism is “vestigial at best” on Catholic college campuses. In response, Privett said the University of San Francisco, of which he is president, “has a Catholic Studies program; a Catholic focused curriculum in the Theology and Religious Studies Department,” as well as other Catholic-inspired programs and activities.

USF may have all these things, but it also has Vincent Pizzuto, who, besides being assistant professor in the university’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, is also an ordained priest in the Celtic Christian Church. Pizzuto also serves on the board of directors of the LGBTQ Caucus of the University of San Francisco, which says it was formed in the Fall of 2005 “as a way to promote social justice for LGBTQ people.”

According to the USF web site, “in addition to his teaching, Prof. Pizzuto lectures in local parishes on areas of prayer and spirituality with particular outreach to the gay and lesbian community.”

In a discussion, “Is it Ethical to be Catholic? – Queer Perspectives,” given at Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco in 2006, Pizzuto said that ethical questions have “driven faithful Catholics beyond the confines of the Roman church where they might more faithfully live out their catholic faith elsewhere. And I count myself among them.”

Pizzuto was ordained a "Celtic Christian" priest in San Francisco in July 2006. He serves as “presider” over the New Skellig community in the Bay Area, which, says its web site, is a “catholic contemplative community of lay people” meeting “in small intimate settings in the homes of its members.”
As they say Down South (and I'll clean it up) - "that boy may not [engage in homosexual oral sex], but I guarantee he'd swish it around in his mouth four or five times."

Oh, and someone might want to remind the fudge packing-friendly crew over at USF that the Profession of Faith and The Oath Of Fidelity On Assuming An Office To Be Exercised In The Name Of The Church from 1998 specifically states; Canon 833, Nos. 5-8 obliges the following to make the profession of faith: "the rectors of an ecclesiastical or Catholic university at the beginning of the rector's term of office"; and, "at the beginning of their term of office, teachers in any universities whatsoever who teach disciplines which deal with faith or morals"...In other words, "Father" Sugar Britches needs to be shit canned. But then again, "shit can" is probably a queer euphemism for the poop chute for the male of the species. And the last thing any of us need is another Backdoor Conquistador on the campus of USF whipped up into a rectally recreational feeding frenzy.

Know what I mean, Vern?
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Yet Another Reason Why Catholicism In Europe Is Self-Destructing
Roman Protestantism at it's best

Sorry for the long post... but this one's worth it. Stick with me, gang. You'll be glad you did. European bishops flock to Neocatechumenate meeting

Jerusalem, Mar. 25, 2008 ( - More than 100 European bishops have traveled to the Holy Land to attend a gathering at the Neocatechumenal Way’s Domus Galilaeae. The meeting begins today and concludes March 29.
Now I know the following is rather lengthy, but it's just a portion of the original article from Chiesa news (of Italy). If you get the chance, read the entire article. It's very illuminating. (Emphasis mine) Bad History, Bad Guide. The Strange Liturgy of the Neocatechumenals
A book authorized by founders Kiko and Carmen presents a doctrinal and liturgical defense of the Neocatechumenal Way. But the criticisms about how they celebrate the mass remain intact
by Sandro Magister

ROMA, January 24, 2005 – Among the new movements that have arisen within the Catholic Church in recent decades – on the "dangers" of which an editorial in "La Civiltà Cattolica" sounded the alarm on August 19, 2004 – there is one that is under closer observation than the rest: the Neocatechumenal Way.

In effect, the catechisms written by Kiko and Carmen, which provide a model for all of the Way, have never been made public, and are still under examination by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Written "in a somewhat chaotic way, with unclear theoretical formulations, with recourse to paradoxes, using images more than concepts" (this is one evaluation of the original draft, made by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy), these catechetical writings have lent themselves over the years to accusations of doctrinal error, which a reviewed and corrected publication should put to rest.

The Neocatechumenals customarily celebrate the Sunday mass on Saturday evening, separately from the parish community to which they belong.

That's not all. Given that each Neocatechumenal community corresponds to a precise stage of The Way, each community of twenty or thirty persons has its own mass. If there are ten communities in a parish, on Saturday evening there will be ten discrete masses, in separate locations.

Since 2002, the statutes approved by the Holy See have obligated these masses to be "open also to other members of the faithful" (art. 13.3), but in point of fact nothing has changed.

The book "authorized" by Fr. Devoto seeks to defend The Way from some of the recurrent accusations: in particular, that it obscures the sacrificial nature of the mass and minimizes the permanent real presence of Christ in the consecrated bread.
And to justify the liturgical praxis of The Way, the author refers to unpublished texts by Kiko and Carmen, in which they recount to their disciples their own highly particular history of the mass, according to which the great merit of the Way is that of restoring the celebration of the mass to its original purity.

But this historical reconstruction – with the practices which are derived from it – is itself the most questionable point of the apology.

Here by way of example are some passages taken from pages 71-77:

"Over the course of the centuries, the eucharist has been fragmented and crusted over, repackaged to the point at which we did not see anywhere in our mass the resurrection of Jesus Christ"...

"And while the people lived out the privatization of the mass, the erudite elaborated rational theologies which, although they contain the essence of revelation ‘in nuce,’ are wrapped in philosophical garments foreign to Christ and the apostles"...

"So it is understandable why Luther emerged, making a clean break with everything he believed was a purely human addition or tradition"...

"When what a sacrament is, what a memorial is, is lost from sight, one proceeds to give philosophical definitions which not only cannot exhaust the reality that they contain, but are not even necessarily linked to the philosophy used to express them. Thus Luther, who never doubted the real presence of Christ in the eucharist, rejected 'transubstantiation,' because it was bound to the Aristotelian-Thomistic concept of substance, which is foreign to the Church of the apostles and the Fathers"...

"The rigidity and fixity of the Council of Trent generated a static mentality in the liturgy, which has persisted to our day, quick to be scandalized by any change or transformation. And this is an error, because the liturgy is life, a reality of the Spirit living among men. For this reason, it can never be bottled up"...

"Having emerged from a legalistic and rigid mentality, we witnessed at Vatican II a profound renewal of the liturgy. The cloaks that had covered the eucharist were removed from it. It is interesting to see that originally, the anaphora [the prayer of consecration] was not written, but was improvised by the presider"...

"The Church has tolerated inauthentic forms for centuries. Thus it is seen that the 'Gloria,' which was part of the liturgy of the hours recited by the monks, entered into the mass when a single celebration was made of the two actions, and that the 'Credo' emerged with the appearance of heresies and apostasies. Even the 'Orate Fratres' is a culminating example of the prayers with which the mass was stuffed full"...

"The celebration of the eucharist on Saturday evening is not intended to facilitate Sunday recreation, but to go back to the roots: the day of rest for the Jews begins with the sighting of the first three stars on Friday, and the first vespers of Sunday for the entire Church have always been on Saturday evening"...

"On Saturday, we join the feast with our whole being, to sit at the table of the Great King and taste even now the banquet of eternal life. After the supper, the day concludes with a cordial and friendly celebration"...

The fruits of this questionable history lesson are visible in the liturgies celebrated by the Neocatechumenal communities all over the world.

The masses are almost always celebrated, community by community, not in the churches, but in parish buildings. Centuries of sacred art and architecture are thus nullified. And these are substituted by new decor typical of The Way, dominated by a large, square dinner table at the center of the room. The images used are in the style of the founder, Kiko, who is a Byzantine-influenced painter. And so are the songs. The musical accompaniment is provided by the guitar, defined as the instrument "closest to the ancient Hebrew psalter."

The celebration is formally open to all. In reality, at the moment of entrance there is an exchange of greetings, presentations, and applause, which acts as a barrier to those outside the community.

In the liturgy of the Word, each of the readings is preceded and followed by long "admonitions" from the catechists, which are then followed by "echoes" from many of those present. The priest's homily is barely distinguishable from the rest of the comments.

The eucharistic liturgy is also pulled free from the norms in order to represent instead the presumed physical actions of the primitive apostolic community: with a huge loaf of bread mixed and baked according to Kiko's precise instructions, with wine which passes from hand to hand in decanters, with a communion that takes place as fellow sitting diners eating and drinking around a dinner table...

The statutes of the Neocatechumenal Way were approved by the Holy See in 2002 on an "ad experimentum" basis for five years. The bishops are entrusted with the task of watching over their application.

John Paul II is one of their most convicted admirers. In the Vatican, they receive strong support from Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
In June 2007 the five years "ad experimentum" time of the Statutes expired. No official statement by the Catholic Church has been made about their prolongation or definitive approval.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

And Today's Mass Was Brought To You By...
The highest bidder

The other day I did a posting concerning some organization known as Catholic Democrats of California who were "sponsoring" a Mass at the Cathedral in San Jose, CA. And that got me to thinking. If a pro-baby killing bunch like them can "sponsor" a Mass, what's to stop every other bunch of crack-pots from whoring out the Mass?

If we're going to allow "sponsorship" of Masses, the logical conclusion is the NASCAR-ization of our clergy... right?

Never let it be said that Cardinal Mahony wasn't on the cutting edge of novelty.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wow, Is There Anything She CAN'T Do??!!
Ladies and gentlemen... the amazing Hildabeast

As we all know by now, Hillary Clinton not only saved The Northern Ireland Peace Process single-handedly, she also braved sniper fire in The Balkans.

But there has been one small fact that, unbelievable as it may seem, the media has overlooked in the long and glorious public service career of one Hillary Diane Heinz Kerry von Liechtenstein Rodham Clinton.

The next time any of you make it to the DC area, make sure you swing by the Marine Corps War Memorial (aka; The Iwo Jima Monument) and take a good close look. I'm sure you'll all be just as amazed and impressed with how much of American history the Hildabeast has been an active participant of.

God Bless America.

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Chicks With Pyx Emerge From The Sticks
Attack of the Poncho Lady!

From the jerk-water Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania... home to one Bishop Donald "You're Not Smart Enough To Understand Simple Words" Troutperson, comes those wild and wacky, ugly double-knit pantsuit wearin', helmet-headed hairdo, jockstrap equipped "nuns" who are still uberpissed at The Almighty for not making them men.

Here's some of the article from The California Catholic Daily; (Emphasis mine)
“Unity inspired by fear”
Nun who defied Vatican scheduled to speak in Los Angeles

In April, the Immaculate Heart Community in Los Angeles will host a lecture by a woman religious who, seven years ago, publicly ignored a Vatican disciplinary order.

Sister Christine Vladimiroff, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania, will deliver an Anita Caspary Lecture in Los Angeles on April 13, reported the March 19 “Justice and Peace Newsblast” of the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Office of Justice and Peace.

In 2004, the Tidings, the archdiocese’s newspaper, reported in an article about a talk by Vladimiroff that the prioress had come into prominence in 2001 “for opposing a Vatican directive that one of its members, Sister Joan Chittister, not participate in a conference on women’s ordination.”
With a last name like that, I'll bet she's really an ex-KGB operative.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Name VSC's New Dog!
It's time for a contest

As some of you already know, our beloved Collie of 16 years, Megan, recently passed away. Again, many thanks ro St. Francis for our girl dying peacefully and quietly. But anyhow... we just had a new addition to The Lair.

Mrs Caveman wants to name him Ulrich von Liechtenstein. I want Sean Thornton (yeah, I know here's a German dog, but he barks with an Irish accent).

What's the verdict going to be, fellow Bloglodytes?

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes
So wise for those so young

The "learned men" who poison the well in more than one chancery and classroom in Catholic universities, could learn a thing or two about good ol' fashioned Catholicism from these youngsters.

Here's some of the article from the Boston Herald; (Emphasis mine)

Boys step up to altar, en Mass

A new generation of young altar servers captivated by the solemn rituals of Latin Mass is mastering the traditional rite in growing numbers in the Boston archdiocese as the liturgy makes a comeback after a four-decade hiatus.

It’s really reverent. That’s why I like it,” said altar server Brendan MacKenzie, 12, of Marshfield, as he readied for the Tenebrae, or “Spy Wednesday,” service at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton during Holy Week. “It brings you closer to God.”

Angelus Davulis, 13, of Dorchester was first exposed to Latin Mass at age 7 when his uncle, the Rev. Dominic Gentile, performed a High Solemn Mass. Since the 1990s, the Boston archdiocese has offered Latin Mass at Holy Trinity Church in the South End. The Mass relocated to Mary Immaculate last year.

Davulis studies from a booklet titled “How To Serve Low Mass and Benediction” to learn the difficult Latin. He said he prefers serving at Latin Mass to serving at the Novus Ordo, or modern Mass, because he feels more involved.“ I just want to learn it now before it’s too late,” said Davulis.

MacKenzie’s older brother, Cameron, 14, said he resisted when his parents urged him to serve. “I guess the first time when I served I realized I was serving God. I guess it just took me away,” he said.

[Father] Higgins said he is heartened by his new flock of servers and is training five priests to say Latin Mass. “They have an openness to the religious practice, which is very refreshing,” said Higgins. “I see it as a hopeful sign that when they come of age, that whatever stage of life they choose, that they will be strong Christian men whether as priests or family men.”
I wonder if any of these boys would be willing to take charge of some of the larger Archdiocese in America. They certainly have a better grasp of Catholicism than many of our esteemed leaders.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Finding the Truth: The Old Mass Has It All.

No doubt many of us who are big fans of Cavey and his Cave, spend several hours each week reviewing Traditional Catholic web sites, and taking the pulse of the Church today. With our current Holy Father turning the liberals upside down, it is fascinating watching a new generation of Roman Catholics find the old Mass, find Tradition, find the TRUTH!

Below are several comments from an article regarding the old Mass (Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite). Enjoy them.

Semper Fidelis Holy Father!
Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 9:18 AM By Janek Amazing in just a couple of years since he became Pope Benedict the XVI with the Moto propio and his wearing of pre-Vatican 2 chasubles, mitres, the six candlesticks and central crucifix returned to the altar at St. Peters Basilica, Latin chant returning, the F.S.S.P., Institute of Christ the King, all swelling with seminarians and the waiting list a mile long.

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 9:32 AM By Ramon Wals A very grave error made by the post conciliar fathers to ignore the Traditional Latin Mass to the point of almost abolishing it. Thanks and praise God that our Holy Father Benedict XVI corageously issued the Summorum Pontificum, and once more the Mass of all Ages is restored in all his glory!

Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 9:36 AM By Janek This is truly the return of tradition and true restoration the Roman Church has been waiting for over 40 years in the wilderness. Yes, there are people like Mahony still wearing hippie tiedye vestments, his dancing girls, kool-aide pitchers, kiss of peace, hand holding, guitars, altar-girls, in other words everything that is not remotely Catholic. Take a look around and see for yourself the Traditional Latin Masse's popping up in diocese after diocese, and most important they are being performed by Archbishops and Bishops themselves, one could never have seen that a few short years ago under the JP 2 papacy. My thinking is many of these bishops understand they will soon like ourselves meet our Lord and they must explain to him why they let this crap of post Vatican 2 go on and on! Benedict the XVI knows very well what has to be done and with his new Papal master of ceromonies Monsg. Marini the old Marini with his Broadway shows he put on is out thank the Lord. Yes of course the Novus Ordo crowd is screaming to high heaven about all the lace, gold, Latin chant, kneeling, genuflecting, women and girls wearing mantillas on their heads, men in dress suits, well get used to it this is called the Holy Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church and Benedict the XVI is now leading it DEO GRATIAS BENEDICTUS XVI !!!!!!! Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 10:39 AM By Mary Kathryn, hermit Most of the "new Mass" errors come from a mythological version of Vatican II created by an ultra liberal faction and taught to all as "truth"; when I reread the Documents 30 years ago and found many of the things I'd been taught as "commanded by Vatican II" were IN FACT REPEATEDLY FORBIDDEN -- like passing the chalice and paten around (instead of priest giving everyone Holy Communion) I had to question my traiing and do my own remedial education by actually rereading the Documents and later Implementation Documents. The new Mass is OK but lacks the profound sense of our unworthiness and need of God's mercy that radiates from Tridentine. New Mass is rarely done as prescribed -- because so many priests were taught that it was wrong to be "slaves to the rules" and they had to be consantly "innovating". Essentially, their formation was "Mass is so dull you have to juice it up so people don't fall asleep.:" Those at fault are the ones who formed our priests in these errors. A 5th column? How did such an organized wrong interpretation of V2 come into being and get perpetrated in seminaries and religious orders? Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 12:12 PM By Former Altar Boy Leonard, I was an altar boy in the "old" rite (now the newly resplendent "extraordinary" rite) and because I know how to read the English ont he right side of my missal while the priest says the same words in Latin, I miss nothing. The traditional Mass is certainly more reverent than the self-centered Mass of Vatican II with all its novelties and nonsense not to mention all the changes NEVER called for much less even mentioned in Vatican II. Posted Sunday, March 23, 2008 5:33 PM By Mary Teresa Our two young children, ages 3 and 9, are far more reverent and well behaved in the Traditional Latin Mass. They pay rapt attention to what is going on on the altar and they sense that something sacred and mysterious, something truly great, is taking place. They feel much closer to God at the Traditional Latin Mass and the older one has absolutely no problem following the Latin. She knows the responses with or without the missal and she will be well ahead of her classmates when she starts a formal study of the language next year in the fifth grade at her Catholic elementary school. Of course, most of her classmates don't even attend Mass on Sundays, but I have a feeling that this is changing. We are at the beginning of a great revival. By the way, the TLM at St. Agnes Church here in Manhattan was standing room only today for Easter Sunday.
Posted Monday, March 24, 2008 1:21 AM By Veritas I'm a sophomore in college and now only attend Mass in the Old Rite. The Novus Ordo Missae was the work of a man (Father/Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, credibly suspected of Freemasonry) seeking to remove much of what was genuinely Catholic from the Mass to form a sort of overdone handshake with Protestant "worship." It should surprise no one that several Protestant ministers advised its creation. It should also be noted that language isn't necessarily the biggest of issues here. I would find an Old Rite Mass celebrated reverently in the vernacular as infinitely preferable to the Novus Ordo. The trouble is that the essence of the Mass was changed to where the New Rite gives a Protestant air of reenacting the Last Supper with an assembly, when the Old Rite places emphasis on Christ's Holy Sacrifice AND how we partake of that Sacrifice in becoming part of the Body of Christ with Holy Communion. The Last Supper and the Holy Sacrifice on the Cross (and all Masses, past, present and future) are moments existing outside of time. They are not, never were, and never shall be prisoners of their age. The Mass is timeless; and this is something one understands in the Old Rite a great, great deal more than in the Novus Ordo.
I Wanted To Let You Know...
Just because I care!

Hey fellow Bloglodytes, it's been an unbelievably busy week-ends here at The Lair. There are simply posts a'plenty! PreVatII has finally discovered how to navigate his way around Blogger with a modicum of proficiency... so he's just been all atwitter with joy posting his lil' Marine Corps heart out. A veritable e-gasm of posting fun.

So please scroll down and enjoy a whole buncha posts from the past few days.
"Extra Democrat Party, Nulla Salus"
Translation - Outside The Democratic Party, There Is No Salvation

What happens when Sacred Writ is replaced by the Platform of the Democratic Party? Could it be the same thing that happens when Sacred Tradition is replaced by the history of "The Spirit of Vatican II"?

Hold your collective noses and read on to find out what happens. Here's some from The California Catholic Daily (Comments and emphasis mine) “Antithetical to the Catholic ethos”
Special "Mass for Democrats" to be celebrated at San Jose diocesan cathedral

When California Democrats gather this coming weekend for their state convention in San Jose, delegates will have the opportunity to attend a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, the seat of the Diocese of San Jose, located just a half-mile from the convention site.

The Mass is sponsored by a group that calls itself Catholic Democrats of California, the state affiliate of a national group based in Boston known as Catholic Democrats.

“Some have asked why the group is focused on Catholic issues and spirituality, as opposed to broader Christian themes,” the web site continues. “Because conservatives have increasingly used Catholic language and Catholic congregations to advance their economic agenda and political interests, we have felt a special obligation as Catholics to enunciate the reasons why we think many of the current conservatives stances are so antithetical to the Catholic ethos -- on poverty, on war, on racial strife, and perhaps especially on abortion and other social issues.”
(Oh really? Those nasty Conservatives are speaking out on abortion? Surely they can't be pro-life... like you folks, right? Oops, but then I read the very next paragraph with wonderfully illustrates how hypocritical you sorry bastards really are)

The proposed platform of the California Democratic Party specifically mentions abortion, but under the euphemism “reproductive rights." The state party “proudly and vigorously supports a woman’s right to choose how to use her mind, her body and her time,” says a draft version of the platform.

The platform pledges to “preserve confidential, unrestricted access to affordable, quality and culturally appropriate health and reproductive services, including contraception and emergency contraception, without requiring guardian, judicial, parental or spousal consent or notification.”
(Gee, I'm ready to join Catholic Democrats of California right now, how 'bout you?)

In addition, the platform says California Democrats “support the LGBT community in its quest for the right to legal marriage.” (Ooooooh! Where do I sign up!!??)

The Mass at the cathedral is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, at 7:15 a.m., and will be officiated by Fr. Jon Pedigo, pastor of St. Julie Billiart parish in San Jose. “Join us as we come together to share the social justice teachings of Catholic Democrats,” says an announcement of the Mass on the California group’s web site. ("Social Justice"! I'm there, baby! But isn't the Mass suppose to be about the Unbloody Sacrifice of Christ on Calvary? Hmmm.....)

Fr. Pedigo, “a native of the Bay Area, has been active in civic affairs and social justice causes for over 25 years,” notes the parish web site. “Since his ordination to the Diocese of San José in 1991, Fr. Pedigo has been involved with several local social justice causes and inter-faith dialogues.” (MORE "Social Justice"!!)

The state Democratic Party Convention begins on Friday, March 28, and concludes on Sunday, March 30. On opening night, says a preliminary agenda, the “Chair's Welcome Reception” will feature “Special Guest, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” (Don't they mean Her Holiness, Pope Nancy?)
Did anyone ever notice any mention of the salvation of souls? How about The Kingship of Christ? Neither did I.

All joking aside, the "priest" in question and the bishop of San Jose are in desperate need of prayers. It's obvious that they consider the salvation of their immortal souls to be found in the Democratic Party, and the Catholic Church is nothing more than a means to an end to this bastardized version of secular salvation.

Saint Joseph, pray for us and especially the diocese dedicated to you.
"The Fifteenth Station Of The Cross"
The agony of de feet

Again... we see the washing of women's feet on Holy Thursday. And again... we see the slow but deliberate destruction of the male priesthood.

And as innocuous as the washing of women's feet seems to be, no matter how well meaning the catechitically-impaired laity feels about the topic at hand, the Sacred Tootsie Washing (AKA: Poncho Lady Pedicure Bop) is just flat-out wrong.

Here's why we should never be washing the feet of other than adult males -- (borrowed from the CUF site on the subject) -- The Church’s current guidelines clearly prescribe that only men may have their feet washed in the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual. And this is based upon the fact that The Holy Bible states that the only ones present at the washing of the feet were Christ's Apostles (Jn. 13:1-20).
And let's not forget... the Apostles were the first priests, bishops and pope. Right? But I'll emphasis that in a bit later in this posting.

Anyhow, this brings into question the phrase viri selecti in which the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal) uses, which can only be translated as “chosen men” (males). Notice it doesn't say mulieribus selecti, or even the generic, all encompassing homo selecti. It's VIRI selecti. As in VIR Speluncae Catholicus. Get it?

Unfortunately, many don't. That's why the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued the circular letter, “Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts” (Paschales Solemnitatis) on January 16, 1988 (emphasis mine).

“The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came ‘not to be served, but to serve.’ This tradition should be maintained, and its proper significance explained”.In other words... when Christ washed the feet of His Apostles, it signified that the priests are to serve... not to be served. The purpose of the ritual is to focus on the role of the priest.

Yet alas, in many corners of The Church, everybody and their brother (or sister, as the case may be) are getting their footsies hosed down every Holy Thursday. So now the focus is now off the priest, and placed squarely on the laity.

But hasn't the "Spirit of Vatican II" has been diabolically striving for lo these many past decades?

I think CUF says it best;
Unfortunately, in many parishes changes have been introduced to the washing of feet ritual. These changes violate liturgical norms and destroy the sign value of the ritual. These changes include washing the feet of women and children, having extraordinary ministers wash feet, having the entire congregation come forward to have their feet or hands washed, or having hands anointed. Proponents of these changes argue that those whose feet are washed should represent the many different people in the parish and the equality of all. In places where hands are washed, they argue that it is easier to do and everyone can participate. Such arguments wrongly de-emphasize the purpose of the prescribed ritual.

When women, children, or large numbers take part in the foot washing ritual, the focus shifts from the priest to the congregation. This is not the purpose of the ritual. The purpose of the ritual is to focus on the role of the priest. When hands are washed rather than feet, the connection with Scripture and the actions of Christ are lost (Jn. 13:3-11). As Jesus Himself said to Peter, who wanted his hands and head washed with his feet, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet…but not everyone of you (are clean)” (Jn. 13:10). These last statements of Jesus show that the emphasis of the ritual is not on the people, but on the actions of the priest. For the ritual does not symbolize that everyone is made clean, or that everyone participates, but rather that the priest is to serve.
And just out of curiosities sake... have any of you had other than adult males as participants in this particular ritual last Holy Thursday?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Father Z Hits the Nail on the Head.....Again!
(Thank God for Pope Benedict XVI)

I am a huge fan of Father Z's blog, "What Does the Prayer Really Say" at It is always a true joy to read. Therefore, I am uploading a recent WDTPRS posting from Fr. Z regarding an article he reviewed, dealing with the rage amongst liberal Catholics at our current Holy Father's vestments. I, of course, can't get enough of them, knowing full well that they are slowly, but surely, turning this post-Vatican II nightmare around.

The following is from Fr. Z's blog, with his comments in red. Enjoy.
Benedict XVI proclaims that baroque is back. The Pope’s sartorial choices are provoking rage among liberal Catholics, says Anna Arco. But there is a deep theological point to his finery Priests dance on roller-skates and ridiculously lacy surplices flutter down the catwalk. Copes made entirely of mirrors are followed by chasubles and mitres covered in blinking neon lights, while eerie atonal music reaches its crescendo when glittering, heavy, overly embroidered hyper-Baroque vestments glide through the darkened room. The audience at the "clerical fashion show" consists of decaying, ancient aristos; and Rome’s old guard is presided over by an ageing cardinal, so decrepit that he falls asleep during the silken extravaganza. [Reminds me of some parishes I have seen.]
For many, any discussion of liturgical dress conjures up this scene from Federico Fellini’s 1972 film Roma: it seems like the theatre of the absurd and the surreal, a vestige of a former, more decadent time in the Church’s history, more interested in form than in substance, that is far removed from what is essential in Catholicism today. It is often seen as a subject that should long have been relegated to the dusty storerooms of the collective memory, much like the pre-conciliar vestments have been consigned to museums, depots or sold to junk shops and decorators. Ecclesiastical dress, be it ancient or modern, has the power to provoke strong emotions."The sartorial choices of Benedict XVI fill me with indescribable anger," lamented one Tablet reader last week, reacting to the Pope’s choice of vestments on Ash Wednesday which were based on patterns from Pope Paul V’s pontificate. "What message is all this ostentation giving to the poor and deprived in the rest of the world? What need have the cardinals, or the pope, for ermine-trimmed capes, red velvet shoes, chasubles commissioned in the style of the 17th-century pope, priceless lace albs and surplices, ornate gold rings, jewelled mitres (or even mitres at all)? ‘I am the Way,’ said Christ; what would he think of all this richesse? "
On the other side of the spectrum (quite literally) the bonanza of tie-dyed blue and yellow that the Pope wore for the Mass in Mariazell in Austria was met with a mixture of grim mirth and despair. The liturgical reforms of Vatican II changed attitudes to sacred vestments. They came in part to be a physical symbol of the renewal of the Church that the Council was hoping for, but also for some of the overly liberal interpretations of the Council documents which led in turn to some liturgical excesses never envisaged by the Council Fathers. In 1971, shortly after the liturgical reforms were implemented, Mgr John Doherty, the executive secretary of the Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of New York, wrote: "The Church’s attitude toward the use of vestments of our time grows out of her present view of her mission and image. While firmly committed to sacred vestments in the performance of the liturgy and to maintaining the basic tradition of the past, the Church will see adaptation and creativity grow and increase, based not on a Roman or a Catholic or a baroque model, but arising from varying cultures and local expression." [We must have good and authentic Catholic inculturation. But it is important to understand what authentic inculturation is. WDTPRS has written about this many times.]
Many old vestments were discarded; opulent Renaissance and Baroque vestments especially were relegated to museums, warehouses or simply thrown away. In the mainstream Church, the poncho-like Gothic shape of the chasuble (the vestment worn by the celebrant) replaced the rounded shield shape of old Roman vestments; maniples stopped being used and abstract images and shapes replaced traditional patterns. Albs, the white vestment worn under dalmatic, chasuble, and cope, lost their lace and became simpler.Since Pope Benedict replaced Pope John Paul II’s creative Master of Ceremonies, Archbishop Piero Marini, with Mgr Guido Marini last year, a number of changes have crept into the papal wardrobe. With the liberalisation of the 1962 traditional form of the Mass, which requires the use of items that have fallen out of use like the maniple and the biretta, he has slowly started mixing the old with the new. [Gravitational pull, boys and girls, gravitational pull!]
As Archbishop Marini’s favourite liturgical designers, X Regio, said in a 2005 interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, what the Pope wears sets trends. For the Palm Sunday procession this year Benedict XVI wore an old-fashioned cope, a long mantle-like liturgical vestment which was less widely used in the mainstream Church after the reforms of the 1960s and 1970s (although it was not suppressed), while the cardinal deacons wore dalmatics which were similar in style. The Pope’s chasuble during the Mass was plain, in the modern Gothic shape. Pope Benedict’s renewed use of older forms of liturgical vestments is more than just a taste for showy clothes and is in keeping with his concept of the liturgy, which is informed not by a nostalgia for an older Church or by an elaborate "aestheticism" but by his profound understanding of the reforms instituted by Vatican II and what he sees as their place in both the long history of Church tradition and its philosophical and theological underpinnings. [This is a direct shot, in the WDTPRS line, at critics of Pope Benedict and indeed anyone attached to traditional forms of worship!]
As the Australian theologian and philosopher Dr Tracey Rowland argues in her excellent new book Ratzinger’s Faith; The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, beauty plays an important role in Pope Benedict’s faith, not as an optional pedagogical tool or a "question of taste" but as an integral part of his understanding of Christ. While Dr Rowland does not write about vestments, she outlines Pope Benedict’s theology and how it informs his understanding of the liturgy. Beauty and God are inseparable and for Pope Benedict the liturgy is "a living network of tradition which had taken concrete form, which cannot be torn apart into little pieces, but has to be seen and experienced as a living whole".
Summing up Pope Benedict’s attitudes both to some of the liturgical malpractices which came out of certain interpretations of Vatican II and the need for beauty in the liturgy, Dr Rowland writes: "Beauty is not an optional extra or something contrary to a preferential option for the poor. [Right!] It is not a scandal to clothe silken words in silken garments. [Marvelous phrase! I think I need this book.] Catholics are not tone deaf philistines who will be intellectually challenged by the use of a liturgical language or put off by changeless ritual forms. However, banality can act as a repellent." [Remember that great artic"le in the National Review? "…if good music does not always save the soul, bad music never does.”]
As the discussion about liturgical vestments heats up (which by the looks of things, it will) [D’ya think!] the Pope is said to have ordered a new series of vestments copied from pre-Tridentine vestments which he was to wear last Sunday. It is worth remembering one catchphrase which has qualified Benedict XVI’s papacy so far: the hermeneutic of continuity. By wearing older, pre-conciliar style vestments to celebrate the Novus Ordo, a practice common in his native Bavaria as well as other pockets of the world, the Pope is sending a signal that the post-Vatican II Church should not turn its back on its long history, but rather that it should celebrate it.

Remember, It's Always Better in Latin!

(Nothing special in this post-just want to piss off the libs on this Easter Sunday.)
Another of the "Greatest Generation" Dies. (Once again, proof that giant balls were given out back then!)

Jacob DeShazer, Bombardier on Doolittle Raid, Dies at 95

Jacob DeShazer, a bombardier in the storied Doolittle raid over Japan in World War II who endured 40 months of brutality as a prisoner of the Japanese, then became a missionary in Japan spreading a message of Christian love and forgiveness, died on March 15 at his home in Salem, Ore. He was 95. His death was announced by his wife, Florence.

On April 18, 1942, crewmen in 16 Army Air Forces B-25 bombers, commanded by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, flew from the carrier Hornet on a daylight bombing raid that brought the war home to Japan for the first time since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The raid resulted in only light damage to military and industrial targets, but it buoyed an American home front stunned by Japanese advances during the war’s first four months.

Corporal DeShazer, a native of Oregon and the son of a Church of God minister, was among the five-member crew of Bat Out of Hell, the last bomber to depart the Hornet. His plane dropped incendiary bombs on an oil installation and a factory in Nagoya but it ran out of fuel before the pilot could try a landing at an airfield held by America’s Chinese allies.

The five crewmen bailed out over Japanese-occupied territory in China and all were quickly captured. In October 1942, a Japanese firing squad executed the pilot, Lt. William G. Farrow, and the engineer-gunner, Sgt. Harold A. Spatz, along with a captured crewman from another Doolittle raid plane. Corporal DeShazer and the other surviving crewmen from his plane, Lt. George Barr, the navigator, and Lt. Robert L. Hite, the co-pilot, were starved, beaten and tortured at prisons in Japan and China — spending most of their time in solitary confinement — until their liberation a few days after Japan’s surrender in August 1945.

Amid his misery, Corporal DeShazer had one source of solace. “I begged my captors to get a Bible for me,” he recalled in “I Was a Prisoner of Japan,” a religious tract he wrote in 1950. “At last, in the month of May 1944, a guard brought me the book, but told me I could have it only for three weeks. I eagerly began to read its pages. I discovered that God had given me new spiritual eyes and that when I looked at the enemy officers and guards who had starved and beaten my companions and me so cruelly, I found my bitter hatred for them changed to loving pity. I realized that these people did not know anything about my Savior and that if Christ is not in a heart, it is natural to be cruel.”

Corporal DeShazer gained the strength to survive, and he became determined to spread Christian teachings to his enemy.

Upon returning home, he enrolled at Seattle Pacific College (now Seattle Pacific University) and received a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature in 1948. He arrived in Japan with Florence, also a graduate of Seattle Pacific and a fellow missionary in the Free Methodist Church, in late December 1948. A few days later, he preached his first sermon there, speaking to about 180 people at a Free Methodist church in a Tokyo suburb.

In 1950, he gained a remarkable convert. Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese naval flier who had led the Pearl Harbor attack and had become a rice farmer after the war, came upon the DeShazer tract.

“It was then that I met Jesus, and accepted him as my personal savior,” Mr. Fuchida recalled when he attended a memorial service in Hawaii in observance of the 25th anniversary of the attack. He had become an evangelist and had made several trips to the United States to meet with Japanese-speaking immigrants.

Mr. DeShazer spent 30 years in Japan doing missionary work, interrupted only by a sabbatical to earn a master’s degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky in 1958.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Mark, of Winston, Ore.; John, of Coos Bay, Ore.; Paul, of Salem; daughters Ruth Kutrakun of Seattle, and Carol Dixon of Chicago; a sister, Helen Hindman of Iowa City; 10 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Over the years, Mr. DeShazer met on several occasions with Mr. Fuchida, who died in 1976.
“I saw him just before he died,” Mr. DeShazer once told The Salem Statesman Journal. “We shared in that good wonderful thing that Christ has done.”
The Pot Calling The Kettle Black
Or are black pots now called African-Pot-Americans?

I must admit that I've been tardy on getting off my keester and getting this post knocked out, but hey... better late than never.

Anyhow, the fire storm of not all that long ago when The Empty Suit referred to his grandmother (on his mom's side) in the following manner;
"The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, she doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes comes out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."Interesting. I just can't help but wonder how many "typical White persons" there are it his rallies having their liberal Obagasms every time he speaks in his vague generalities way?

But what struck me right off the bat when this whole "typical White person" episode started was the similarities when Ross Perot spoke before the NAACP Convention way back when he was making his bid for The White House.

For those who have forgotten, here's a gentle reminder of the depths of hatred and hypocrisy engrained in most Black Democrats and their equally worthless and self-loathing White cohorts.

From the archives of the New York Times;
Talking about the nation's economic problems, Mr. Perot said: "Financially, at least, it's going to be a long, hot summer. I don't have to tell you who gets hurt first when this sort of thing happens, do I? You, your people do. Your people do. I know that and you know that."

One man called out objecting to the phrase. He called out again later when Mr. Perot said it was "your people" who suffer most from runaway crime.

Willie Clark, president of the N.A.A.C.P. branch in San Bernadino, Calif., said the overall tone of Mr. Perot's remarks and particularly his use of the phrase "your people" reflected how culturally out of touch he was with his audience.

"When he said 'you people' or 'your people,' it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull," he said. "It's something white folks have used when they don't want to call you nigger, but they don't want to treat you like an equal."
First off, never mind the fact that what Perot said was one of the most frank and (for lack of a better expression) pro-Black speeches ever made. But all that aside, this typical mixed-race White and Pacific Islander guy understands now.... if a Black makes a broad, sweeping racial generality, everything's just hunky-dory. But if a White guy does it, that's the same as referring to all Blacks as niggers.

OK, I get now.
"The Passion" revisited. PreVat II Speaks

Last night, Good Friday, I watched Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” I have seen this film each year since it first came out on Ash Wednesday, 2004. This is now a tradition in our household. This is such a magnificent film, and speaks to the very heart of the Christian Faith.

A few days ago, as we sat in church, I heard a priest say in his sermon, “No Good Friday, no Easter; no Easter, no salvation for mankind.” Simple, but direct. That is the Christian Faith.

I, like many of you, have seen just about every Christian movie made by Hollywood. From “The Robe” to “Ben Hur,” from “The Greatest Story Ever Told” to “Jesus of Nazareth.” Yet no film has ever captured pure, solid, Christian belief as does Gibson’s “The Passion.”

Several years ago, prior to its release, I followed closely the controversy surrounding “the Passion,” especially by those who had yet to even see one minute of the film. I was amazed at the outright hatred of so many, especially from Hollywood (who up until then had seen Gibson as a huge star and money maker), from liberal Jews, to liberal Christians (to include several Catholic Bishops), and, of course, from the secular media, most of who detest Christianity on any level.

Much was made of Gibson’s upbringing, his Traditional Roman Catholic faith (he was raised with only the old Mass, refusing to attend the new), and of his father, who was (and is) a sedevacantist (a Catholic who believes the last true Pope was Pius XII). Gibson, for his part, has never stated that he was (or is) a sedevacantist, but he has had some very strong words for the post-Vatican II church that Roman Catholics find themselves in. He also refused to walk away from his father. (Sounds like a current politician running for President today, no?)

One of the many things I found so interesting upon the release of “The Passion” was in the reactions from Christians around the world. (How non-Christian religions viewed this film is of no interest to me.) It seems as though Evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants, along with Traditional and conservative Roman Catholics, loved this film. Yet, it was liberal Catholics, and mainstream Protestant denominations, that had the most criticism of this portrayal of Christ’s Passion. The answer to this is, I believe, in so many mainstream Protestant denominations having steadily moved away from historical Christianity, where their faith, what it is, is based more on Jesus being simply a “good man” or a “good teacher” instead of God himself, the second person of the Holy Trinity. I also believe that it is the “hard sayings” of Christ regarding salvation that has effectively turned off these groups to what they all once held dear.

Not to be left out, I saw many of our older, much more liberal bishops (many who are so wrapped up in the Ecumenical movement) side with the mainstream Protestants over this film, and Gibson’s portrayal of the actual Passion.

My next comment is sure to upset many with in my Church. But, to put it bluntly, I do not believe that a post-Vatican II director could have made “The Passion” as Gibson did. It was, from beginning to end, nothing but Traditional Catholicism. Only one seeped in pre-Vatican II theology, a man of the Council of Trent, could have done what Gibson did so magnificently. I’m sure many would disagree with this statement, but I hold to it.

Lastly, I can never get over the shear brilliance of the casting, the score used, and the use of Aramaic and Latin by the actors. My two favorite scenes are during Christ’s walk to Golgotha. First, when Satan and Mary look at each other from opposite sides of the road. Both know who the other is. Both know what is expected of each in salvation history.

The second, and my most favorite scene, is when Mary runs to her Son, as He falls again with His cross. He looks up at her, puts His hand to her face and quotes Revelation 21:5, “Look, I make all things new!” Incredible film making by an incredible director.

I would ask all of you to think about what that priest said the other day, i.e., No Good Friday, no Easter. No Easter, no salvation.
It's (Another) Easter Miracle!!
But under the circumstances, you might want to put the Swiss Guard on a war footing

As wonderful as the news is that we're going to have yet another new Catholic, I'm just going to post the headline itself, and just the first sentence. That pretty much says it all concerning "the religion of peace".

From the Earth Times (of the UK); (Emphasis mine)
Muslim journalist to be baptized by Pope Benedict

Vatican City - An Italian journalist who is under police protection in the wake of threats from Muslim extremists is set to be baptized late Saturday by Pope Benedict XVI, according to news reports citing the Vatican's spokesman.
And let's not forget that they claim to have such great respect for Christianity... that is unless one of their own wants to convert. Then it's "death to the infidel!!"

And speaking of the headline and first sentence only, how 'bout this lil' gem from The New York Sun? (Emphasis mine) Fears Mount for Pope's Safety After Threats by Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden's first public message this year, in which he accused Pope Benedict XVI of complicity in a "new Crusade" against Islam, is raising fears here over security measures for the papal visit next month and the possibility of a terrorist attack.
But let's not forget, fellow Bloglodytes, this isn't a war against Christianity... right?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

"Hey, Why Not!? God Spelled Backwards Is Dog!"
But does the same apply to the German language?

With apologies to The Fixx... this really is a case of One Thing Leads To Another.

When you pull cheap theatric stunts like this...

Don't be all that shocked when you end up with this...
The Growth of Islamic Centers in France

Friday, March 21, 2008

"Happy" Good Friday?
Isn't that inappropriate?

I've always wondered why Good Friday was called Good to begin with. I seem to recall from my Catholic school education from The Dark Ages, that even though the death of Christ is the most sorrowful event that ever has or ever will occur, the one great thing that did about because of it, was that finally the Gates of Heaven were opened for humanity after The Great Fall.

Has anyone else been taught something different? I'd be interested to know.

But anyhow, a number of times today, I've heard a rather cheery "Happy Good Friday!" both in person and from various individuals on TV. Personally, I've made the decision that from now on, I'll be giving the salutation "have a prayerful Good Friday". I think that's more appropriate, don't you?
It's 3 AM... The Phone Rings... Who Serving The Tea?
Hillary picks a winner!

All this noise about The Hilldabeast having "eight years of White House experience" is pretty much the same thing I recently scraped off the bottom of my shoe.

Here are a few examples of Hillary's vast experience of her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue;


By GEOFF EARLE and CHARLES HURT. Post Correspondents
March 20, 2008 --
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton boasts on the campaign trail of having had a key foreign-policy role when she was first lady - but newly released records of her travel abroad paint a picture that looks more like an extended vacation of get-togethers and tea parties.

For example, records of Clinton's official June 1994 trip to Rome, where she accompanied her president-husband, reveal she wasn't negotiating any arms-control treaties - but did participate in an art history lesson with 15 third-graders, and got to tour the Forum.

On one afternoon, Hillary, who claims to have the experience to best handle a crisis, held an "informal mix-and-mingle with approximately 30 women." At the same time, a bold notation on her White House schedule reads: "Note: [president] is having bilateral with [Prime Minister Silvio] Berlusconi."

Other trips, to Moscow, Paris and Israel, fit a similar pattern - with Hillary filling a largely ceremonial role, soaking up local culture and tasting fine cuisine, while touring hospitals and engaging in goodwill gestures.

On a January 1994 visit to Moscow, she hit the town with the wife of President Boris Yeltsin, visiting a birthing class and touring the Cathedral of the Assumption. She then lunched with prominent women, dining on blini with caviar and mutton.

In France, after attending ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of D-Day, Clinton flew to Paris, where she toured the Opera House and the Rodin Museum.

In a December 1998 excursion to Israel, President Clinton met with top leaders about the peace process, but the first lady was repeatedly left out, getting serenaded by children and holding separate meetings with leaders' wives.

While her husband attended the G-8 summit in 1999, Hillary flew to Morocco, where her schedule from 12:10 to 12:15 p.m. at the airport's Royal Terminal provided for a "very brief cup of tea before departing."

On March 24, when US cruise missiles slammed into Serbia, Hillary toured ancient Luxor in Egypt.

When Bill Clinton announced attacks on al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan on Aug. 20, 1998, Hillary was on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.

Hillary's overseas expeditions were entirely legitimate and in keeping with the traditional ceremonial role of first lady. But on the campaign trail, she portrays a much more substantive role, stressing her efforts to bring peace to Northern Ireland, a visit to Bosnia, and championing women's rights in China.

The treasure trove of 11,000 pages of information about Clinton's daily routine as first lady has been meticulously archived by the feds, and was released yesterday. Of nine randomly selected weeks by The Post, Clinton had a total 73 total meetings - only six of which were with foreign leaders or representatives.

Two of those were with Queen Noor of Jordan, one was with the first lady of Liberia, and two were briefings with US officials.

The new records also offered a trip down memory lane of President Clinton's peccadilloes with Monica Lewinsky. On the night when Bill stained Lewinsky's infamous blue dress in the Oval Office bathroom, Hillary stayed in the White House.

On the December day in 1998 when the House took up articles of impeachment against her husband, Hillary attended "The Nutcracker" ballet.
(no pun intended... this just worked out that way)

As that debate raged on, she attended a "Secret Santa Party" in the White House Map Room.
It's three AM... the phone rings... a few short words spoken... crisis averted.

We'll be serving Chamomile.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

"I'm Against The War, But Support The Troops!"
More Liberal hypocrisy

As most of us already know, yesterday was the 5th anniversary of the start of the War in Terrorism, Iraq theater of operations. And of course... the peace-loving Great Unwashed made quite a show of how much they were "against the war, but support the troops" by attacking military recruiting offices across the nation.

Real quick... you know what gets me about the whole phony-assed "I'm against the war, but support the troops" mob? They piss and moan about how the War on Terror is a "violation of international law, unconstitutional, waged against innocent women and children, fought only for the profits if big business", etc, etc, ad nauseum. Bet let's not forget... The Great Unwashed is FOR THE TROOPS!! This only further illustrates how patently full of shit Liberals are.

They bemoan all these horrible, horrible things that are happening... but state that they SUPPORT the very individuals who are perpetrating these "crimes against humanity". That makes absolutely zero sense. Especially in light that we have an All-Volunteer military. So much for the "oh, but they have no choice on where they're ordered to go!" whine from the Brain Dead Left.

Anyhow, I stumbled across this very telling article. Here's some from the Anchorage Daily News; (Emphasis mine)

Vandals Dump Paint on Veterans Memorial

Vandals dumped a bucket of red paint on a downtown veterans memorial this morning, the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, in what police suspect was a symbolic act of protest. Passers-by spotted the blood-toned paint on the Anchorage Veterans Memorial... The soldier's helmet was blood red, with the paint dripping down to the ground below.

The statue was cleaned off by early afternoon, with only a hint of a reddish hue staining the greening copper shaped into a soldier holding a carbine. The blood-colored paint stained the snow beneath a placard that is part of the monument: "To those Alaska veterans whose eyes have seen what the protected will never know."
Oh, how I'd love to set free all those "wrongfully detained political prisoners" in Guantanamo Bay, and have them share a condo with all those spoiled brat protesters. I can see it now... the piss stained trousers mixed with the heavy smell of abject fear and panic as the terrorists descend upon these limousine liberals like wolves on a flock of lambs. Kinda like Dawn of the Dead meets Weekend at Bernie's.

But I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes. Please read it thoughtfully and carefully --
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nothing New Here
It's what The Church has taught for centuries

A few months ago, I posted a story concerning the possible addition of a 5th Marian Dogma, specifically stating that she is "the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix with Jesus the redeemer, mediatrix of all graces with Jesus the one mediator, and advocate with Jesus Christ on behalf of the human race."

It turns out that one of the signers of the petition to The Holy Father lobbying for said dogma, is retired Luis Cardinal Aponte Martínez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Below is an excellent interview with His Eminence. Check it out if you have the chance.

But I'd like to post some points to ponder for us Catholics as we get the usual set of questions from our non-Catholic friends (and sometimes not so friendly) and acquaintances. My very own MaryFAQ, if you will.

1. We often hear about "the brothers and sisters" of Jesus. All through the New Testament, references are made to them.
a. First off, besides the fact that "brethren" translates to "cousins" or even "close friends", keep in mind there's only one individual in all of The New Testament who's specifically identified as a child of Mary. That's right.... Jesus. No one else.
b. And even in the Protestant versions of The Holy Bible, there are direct references to "the brothers" of Jesus, such as Acts of The Apostles 1:14; All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. But the fatal flaw for the Prots is that they won't scratch the surface. The very next verse states that the "brothers" of Jesus number at one hundred and twenty. That's a lotta brothers.

2. We also hear that when Christ was dying on the cross, He made sure that His "brother", John, took care of their mother, Mary. Time for a common sense check. Jesus is up there on the cross DYING! If Mary really was the mother of them both, why in the world would Christ stop everything He was going through just to point out the obvious? "John... grass is green, the sky is blue, Mary is our mother". Doesn't it make sense that Christ would have something more profound to tell us that? But He did... Mary is the Spiritual Mother of all mankind.

And those are just two points that come to mind right off the bat. Can anyone else think of any others?