Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Military's crisis of confidence in Barack Obama

Not too long ago, General Stanley McChrystal was the darling of the Left.

Democrat Congressman Glenn Nye of Virginia echoed what everyone else on the Democrat side of the aisle felt about Obama's hand-picked General:
“The United States has a difficult task ahead of us in Afghanistan, and it’s clear that General McChrystal is the right man for the job."Since then, it's doubtful if Obama would entrust McChrystal with making sure cigarette butts were cleaned up from the Pentagon parking lot.

Click here for the rest of the article

Monday, June 28, 2010

"Washington is broken, Mr. President. Do Your Job!" - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

The president personally told Arizona Governor Jan Brewer that "our border is as safe as it has ever been."

Really? The below video of Madam Governor tells it like it is.

2011 W-2 to tax Health Care Insurance costs?

An interesting e-mail is floating around the internet claiming that, "Starting in 2011-next year-the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are provided. It doesn't matter if you're retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the amount of insurance your employer paid for."

The St. Petersburg Times reports that the chain e-mail is correct that employers will be required to start listing the cost of insurance, but that will be for tax year 2011, and won't be reflected until 2012.

The Times also states that the amount will not be taxed due to current law excluding health insurance as taxable income, and that there is nothing in the new health care law that changes that.

Note: that's current law.

Click here for the rest of the article.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Shocking Numbers Further Illustrating What a Disaster Vatican II Was
Do American Catholics believe in sin?

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), at Georgetown University has been publishing trends in American Catholicism since 1995, and their most recent report further illustrates the downward spiral that is The Church in America since the Second Vatican Council.

Below are just a few of the statistics;

~ In 1965 the number of priests in this country was 58,632. It was since fallen to 39,993.

~ The amount of priestly ordinations in the mid-1960's was 994. It now stands at 459.

~ And the most dramatic drop was in Religious sisters, whose numbers stood at 179,954 in 1965,and have since plummeted to an astonishing 57,544.
Click here for the rest of the article.
Utah bishop ignores Church teachings... again

Bishop John Wester of the diocese of Salt Lake City seems to make a habit out of ignoring the true teachings of the Catholic Church.

In a recent dialogue between Wester and Brett Tolman, former U.S. attorney for Utah, on the topic of illegal immigration, Wester had some very interesting points that fly in the face of what Catholicism actually teaches.

During the course of the evening, Wester stated, "These people ... have the right to migrate when necessary. It's a human right. That transcends national law. It's an inherent human right."

Click here for the rest of the article.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Blame Game the Bishops Play
"If you look into a mirror and the reflection is ugly, don't blame the mirror"

Alleged Catholic makes case for Socialism

Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican Studies, Anthony Stevens-Arroy stated in his op/ed in the Washington Post that Catholics are obliged to embrace a political system that has been renounced by Popes for well over 100 years.

Stevens-Arroyo wrote, "Catholics in America are bound to embrace a redistribution of wealth, even if it goes contrary to ranting from groups like the Tea Party or Wall Street."

Since the mid-1800, no less than eight Popes have issued encyclicals (official teaching letters) against both Socialism and political Liberalism.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Michael Voris On The Constant Failure Of The American Bishops

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You Reap What You Sow
Cardinal George whines about what he's nurtured and protected

In an article from the Catholic News Agency, one of the lead writers for the notoriously anti-Catholic National Catholic Reporter, quotes Chicago's Francis Cardinal George bemoaning confusion in America's Catholics due to rebellious and heretical factions within The Church establishing, as the good Cardinal puts it, a "parallel magisterium".

But for years, Cardinal George has been a veritable Tower of Jello against rebellious and heretical factions within his own Archdiocese.

Click here for the rest of the article.
Where Would We Be Without Michael Voris?
Literally, thank God for him and the rest of the folks over at RealCatholicTV

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Probably the best political commercial of this election cycle

Death Metal Conservative?
Danzig isn't exactly my cuppa tea, but I love the quote

Death/Horror Metal icon, Glenn Danzig recently appeared on the very late night and equally very twisted Fox News show, Red Eye.

At the 4:09 mark, Danzig says something that catches the entire panel off guard;
Greg Gutfeld: You're obsessed with horror and assorted dark imagery. Would you ever do an album singing about like puppies and rainbows, would that ever happen?

Glenn Danzig: No, maybe I'll do a real horror record and talk about the Obama Administration.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Paul McCartney Slams Bush At Obama Led Event
Ebony and Idiot

At a White House ceremony, President Obama presented Paul McCartney with the Library of Congress Gershwin Award.

In the closing moments of his acceptance speech, McCartney stated, "After the last eight years, it's good to have a president that knows what a library is."

The ever caring McCartney seems to forget that the man who he took a none-so-subtle swipe at Bush, is (according to the Washington Post) the same man who has "quietly tripled direct humanitarian and development aid to the world's most impoverished continent [Africa] since taking office and recently vowed to double that increased amount by 2010 -- to nearly $9 billion."

And in a Reuters article, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in a welcome speech to the visiting American leader in 2008, "But we in Tanzania, if we are to speak for ourselves and for Africa, we know for sure that you, Mr. President, and your administration have been good friends of our country and have been good friends of Africa."

Bush has spent more money on aid to Africa than his predecessor, Bill Clinton, and is popular for his personal programs to fight AIDS and malaria and to help hospitals and schools.

The African leader also stated that Bush's legacy in Africa would be "saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of mothers and children who would otherwise have died from malaria or AIDS and enabling millions of people to get an education."

As of this date, there has been no apology from "Sir" Paul.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Ahhh... That's Why I Hate Professional Kick Ball
Helmet tip to The Crescat

Friday, June 18, 2010

Jindal To The Rescue, Bureaucrats Force Coast Guard To Cut Him Off At The Knees
Coast Guard to the rescue... when allowed

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently ordered a small fleet of oil skimmer barges into action in the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guardsmen, acting on orders from DC bureaucrats, halted the skimmers due to the proper amount of fire extinguishers and life jackets weren't on all the barges.

The skimmers were finally allowed to head to sea after sitting idle for a full day. An estimated 60,000 barrels (3,300,000 gallons) pour into the Gulf every day.

An understandably frustrated Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser said, ""We're disgusted that once again, instead of helping, the Coast Guard is throwing up a road block. I thought I heard the president say we were at war."

Nungesser went on to say, "Would you shut down tanks to check for fire extinguishers if you were being shot at? The people of Plaquemines Parish were so disgusted they took shop vacs from their garages and used them to suck up oil."

Meanwhile, During Katrina

During the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe, it was standard procedure to have more rescued people than allowable on Coast Guard rescue helicopters and boats than Federal Regulations allowed.

Coast Guardsmen both at sea and in the air worked around the clock, in clear violation of standard safety regulations, in order to rescue people that very well may have died without their help.

Somehow, the Obama Administration will blame George Bush for the Jindal barge fleet being delayed.

I predicted a week ago that somehow, the average Coast Guardsman would end up being the villain due to the Obama Administrations incompetence. Thanks for proving me right, Barry.
South Africans Protest For More American Money
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Thousands of South Africans hit the streets of Johannesburg yesterday demanding the U.S. government increase its contribution to the Global Fund on AIDS to $2.8 billion.

According to Mark Heywood, deputy chairman of the South African National Aids Council, "The United States must support AIDS treatment and increase AIDS funding to developing countries."

And Vuyiseka Dubula of the Treatment Action Campaign said "The recession is being used as a scapegoat. They [the donor nations] are shifting the responsibility for treatment to the individual countries, but they made a lifelong commitment. They started [the treatment], they need to sustain it until the health departments of those countries can support it themselves."

It's been widely reported that the vast majority of HIV-positive South African reject sexual abstinence to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hi Guys!

Just got home. Still pretty dopey from whatever drug they gave me (some Morphine kinda stuff). Mrs Caveman is off to the pharmacy to pick up some Vikoden (?)

The REALY good news is that (so far), looks like the blodd clots dodn't come back. Woo-Hoo!!!!

Hey, thanks for the prayers, guys. May God bless you all.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Caveman On Hiatus
Gettin' cut again!

Well fellow Bloglodytes, I'm gonna be off the radar for a few days. I'm going back for some surgery for an on going medical problem.

It's scheduled, so it's not like this is an emergency. But I did have to go off my Cumadin blood thinners, so hopefully, the blood clots won't make a comeback between now and my surgery date.

So anyhoo... provided I don't stroke out, have a heart attack or bleed out on the table, everything should be hunky dory. Know what I mean, gang?

I have plenty of articles (Exaniner.com gig) on schedule to be automatically published for the next few day, so even if I cash in, my wit and wisdom will live on (for at least a couple of days!)

Be posting again in a few days, God willing!
Where Did "Under God" Come From?
Catholics, that's where

From my Examiner.com article;
Have you ever seen one of those old pre-1950's movies where the Pledge of Allegiance was recited? Did it strike you as odd that they said "... one nation, indivisible..."? Why didn't they say "under God"?

Did you know that in 1954, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus adopted a resolution that urged Congress and the White House to add the words "under God" to the Pledge? Supreme Knight Luke Hart, who was also president of the National Fraternal Congress, persuaded the other 110 fraternal societies to support the resolution as well.

And the rest, as they say... is history.

How sad those Knights of yesteryear would be if they could see how many of our priests have abandoned the salvation of souls, to become ecclesiastical social workers.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Straight Up!
Go get 'em, Michael!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pastors and Dinosaurs
From RealCatholicTV

Why Are The Communist Chinese Looking For The Caveman?
Click here to find out

Friday, June 11, 2010

Obama At The Bat
Helmet tip to FAB

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What... No Club & Loincloth?
The unveiling of a caveman

OK, fellow bloglodytes... I'm going pro. Poorly paid, but pro nonetheless.

Just today I was locked-on with Examiner.com be be their "National Catholic" writer (or 'Examiner' as they say).

Rest assured, I'lll still be posting here in The Lair, but spending most of my time writing for Examiner. So if you will, swing on by my new digs and check out what what gives.

Click here for my articles link.

And if you would, please subscribe (it's free). Hey, it's the only way I'll get paid. And tell your friends!!

Caveman need money.

Thanks guys!
Kevin Whiteman
AKA: Vir Speluncae Catholicus
MSgt USMC (Ret)
Up, Up And Away
Yet another gem from Michael Voris

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

40 Hours Devotion

O Jesus, let him live to be a priest!!!!!!!!

Please join us in our 40 Hours Devotion to pray for Philip Johnson. This devotion dates back to about the year 1534. It consists in solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar for forty hours. We are going have a 40 Hours Devotion to offer our prayers for Phillip Johnson. Philip is a seminarian who is spending the summer at our parish, Sacred Heart Church in Dunn, NC. He has a brain tumor and will begin a new round of aggressive chemotherapy on June 15th. The 40 Hours Devotion will begin June 10th at the 12:15pm Mass and go till Saturday June 12th at 8am. June 11th is the Feast of the Sacred Heart so we will be praying especially to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for Phillip.

We are a small parish and we need your help. We need people to come and pray for an hour before the Blessed Sacrament for Philip for the specific intention that he is allowed to live to be a priest. If you would like to reserve an hour you can call the church office at 910-891-1972 from 9:30am to 2:30pm or you can email me at If you can not come to Dunn and pray we are asking that you go before the Blessed Sacrament anywhere in the world for at least one hour during these designated 40 hours and pray that Jesus, would let him live to be a priest.

We are asking that during this hour you would say at least one Rosary and the Litany of the Sacred Heart. We are asking that you pray for Philip through the intercession of Father Thomas Frederick Price, St. Bernadette Soubirous,St. John Vianney, St. Rita and our Blessed Mother.

I have enclose a copy of the Litany of the Sacred Heart below

Litany of the Sacred Heart

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells the fullness of divinity, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was well pleased, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for sin, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints, have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart.
Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Yeah... Right
Objective reporting from Time?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Canadian Cowardice

Here's some of this rather disgusting article from Catholic Culture;
Canada: Reconciliation between diocese, gay altar server as bishop preaches tolerance
Less than a month after a mediation session at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal resulted in a confidential settlement, Bishop Nicola de Angelis of Peterborough traveled to a Cobourg parish to preach that “nobody has the right to humiliate or slander their brother and sister.”

“Great in society is the one who is capable to respect the dignity of each person regardless of our differences in language,” he said. “Regardless of the color of our skin … regardless of our sex or sexual orientation.”

In 2009, altar server James Corcoran had been removed from his position as altar server at the bishop’s direction after 12 parishioners wrote letters complaining of his appointment. Mr. Corcoran says he is a celibate homosexual man who has lived with a same-sex partner for 20 years. Following his removal, Mr. Corcoran filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging illegal discrimination.

Mr. Corcoran was present at the bishop's Mass, as were the 12 parishioners.

"Tolerance" my ass. He preached acceptance.

Monday, June 07, 2010

The Archbishop Of The Military On DADT
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Here's some of the article from The California Catholic Daily;

Catholic chaplains “can never condone -- even silently -- homosexual behavior”
Archbishop for the Military Services offers guidance to priests serving U.S. armed forces, urges Congress not to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy

In a response to a request from the Chiefs of Chaplains of the Armed Forces I communicated some considerations and concerns regarding the proposal to change the existing legislation regarding persons with a homosexual orientation in the military. In fulfilling my role as the chief shepherd of Catholics in the United States Armed Forces, I have had the opportunity of visiting many installations in the recent past. A number of chaplains and commanding officers have expressed concerns about the effects of a change. There is a request for guidance.

This means that Catholic chaplains must show compassion for persons with a homosexual orientation, but can never condone -- even silently -- homosexual behavior. A change might have a negative effect on the role of the chaplain not only in the pulpit, but also in the classroom, in the barracks, and in the office.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Statue of Mass Murderer Stalin unveiled in Virginia
For shame...

Today is the 66th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Over 71,700 American, British, Canadian, Belgian, New Zealander, Free-French, Czech, Greek, Dutch, Polish, Australian, and Norwegian troops died less than two and a half months of slugging it out in the French bocage country.

Not a single Soviet participated in Operation Overlord.

Yet today in the sleepy Virginia town of Bedford, a memorial to the beginning of the liberation of Western Europe will unveil statues of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman.

And Soviet dictator and mass murderer Joseph Stalin.

Uncle Joe, Friend To The Common Man

It's conservatively estimated that during Joseph Stalin's reign of terror, tens of million of Russians as well as other ethnic groups were slaughtered at the hand of Stalin.

Also, at Stalin's order, millions of the following peoples were deported completely or partially: Ukrainians, Poles, Koreans, Volga Germans, Crimean Tatars, Kalmyks, Chechens, Ingush, Balkars, Kulaks, Karachays, Meskhetian Turks, Finns, Bulgarians, Greeks, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, and Jews.

It is conservatively estimated that most died during Stalin's bloody forced relocations.

And The Others At Normandy?

Although sons of their respective nations fought and died on the beaches of Normandy, the Bedford Memorial has no statues of Canadian Prime Minister William King, King Leopold III of Belgium, Prime Minister of New Zealand Peter Fraser, Gen. Charles DeGaulle of France, Czech President Dr. Emil Hacha, King George II of Greece, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, Polish leader Edward Smigly-Rydz, Australian Prime Minister John Curtin, or King Haakon VII of Norway.

But Joseph Stalin is there.

It is interesting to note that there is no statue of Allied leader Chiang Kai-Shek at the Bedford Memorial, who, like Stalin, had no connection whatsoever to Operation Overlord.

Yet the powers-to-be in Bedford saw fit to include Comrade Stalin.

Dr. Lee Edwards, a Distinguished Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation has released the following statement:

"Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin's primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial, to be dedicated in Bedford, Virginia, this Sunday, June 6.

Near the statue of Stalin, a plaque catalogues Stalin's crimes against millions of people both in Russia and throughout Europe. But no mere plaque can justify the inclusion of the statue which dishonors the heroic individuals who sacrificed so much on D-Day and in the Cold War.

A bust of Joseph Stalin has no place in a memorial whose purpose is to salute the brave soldiers who made D-Day a vital victory in the crusade for freedom."
Universal Enemies
Another jem from Michael Voris

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Utah Bishop Clueless
But just keep banging the drum of the 'Big Lie', You Excellency

Interesting headline I just read, and here's some of the article;
Solving illegal immigration requires fixing economic causes, stresses Bishop Wester

Washington D.C., Jun 4, 2010 / 01:29 am (CNA).- Meeting with other bishops in a conference on immigration reform on Thursday, Bishop John C. Wester underlined the need “to address the economic root causes of migration and seek economic policies which would help create jobs” in other countries. This, he stressed, “is the lasting and humane solution to the challenge of illegal immigration.”
Mexico's unemployment half that of America's

Are Mexicans flooding into the United States by the millions due to poverty in their own nation, or is this part of the long dreamt of Mexican Reconquista of the American Southwest? Or is it simply part of a plan by Mexico's ruling elite to dump their poor on the United States of America?

Or all of the above?

According to TradingEconomics.com, the most recent Mexican unemployment numbers are roughly half that of The United States.

~Mexico's unemployment rate at the end of April, 2010 stood at 5.53%.
~America's unemployment rate for the same date was 9.9%.
~Rampant "Crushing Poverty" In Mexico?
British-based ExpatForum.com states that Mexico remains to be the 12th biggest economy in the world. It has a total GDP of over 1 trillion euros and has a per capita GDP of 11,250 euros which ranks 63rd globally.

ExpatForum.com further wrote that Mexico has been determined as a newly industrialized country with an upper middle income country. Poverty rates have significantly decreased by over 10%.

According to Destino magazine,
~Mexico is #1 in all Latin America for foreign investment, #4 in the world.
~Mexico is #5 in the world for oil production.
~Mexico is #7 in the world for exportation.
~Mexico is 2nd largest population in all of Latin America, 11th in the world.
~Mexico is a country which internal reserve actually exceeds its external debt. Currently ~Mexico's debt is 34 billion dollars with reserves topping 80 billion.
~Mexico pays great returns on investments, currently interest rates on Mexican government treasuries are 8.25%.
~Within the next 10 years, 70 million people will retire. 25-30% of them will make some type of investment in Mexico.
~Further, almost one-third (11 out of 35) of Latin American billionaires are Mexican.
Mexican Leaders: In Their Own Words

Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the National Council of La Raza (The Race) meeting in Chicago, July 23, 1997: "I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important - a very important - part of it."

Juan Hernandez, while serving on Mexican President Vicente Fox's cabinet, told ABC's "Nightline": "We are betting that the Mexican-American population in the United States . . . will think Mexico first."

Mexican President Vicente Fox, May, 2005: "There is no doubt that Mexican men and women, full of dignity, drive and a capacity for work, are doing the jobs that not even blacks want to do there, in the United States."

Friday, June 04, 2010

Here's a bit of the article from the California Catholic Daily;
“United, but not absorbed”
Traditional Anglicans in California a step closer to full communion with Rome

Bishop Daren Williams, leader of the Diocese of the West of the traditionalist Anglican Church in America, has called an extraordinary synod for July 1 at All Saint’s Anglican Church in Fountain Valley, the diocese’s cathedral parish, “to gather for prayer and discussion regarding the opportunity for the Diocese of the West to enter into communion with the Roman Catholic Church under the structure of a Personal Anglican Ordinariate.”

On Nov. 11, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI issued the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, “providing for personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.”

“In recent times the Holy Spirit has moved groups of Anglicans to petition repeatedly and insistently to be received into full Catholic communion individually as well as corporately,” says the opening paragraph of the apostolic constitution. “The Apostolic See has responded favorably to such petitions. Indeed, the successor of Peter, mandated by the Lord Jesus to guarantee the unity of the episcopate and to preside over and safeguard the universal communion of all the Churches, could not fail to make available the means necessary to bring this holy desire to realization.”

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Philip Gerard Johnson, a seminarian with cancer, would be glad of your prayers
Philip Johnson (left) joins the Third Order of the Mercedarians

I've nemtioned Damien Thompson on this blog before. He is one of the Religion Reporters for The Telegram out of London. The guy is absolutly 1st rate.

Tuns out he just did an article on a friend of mine. Give it a read. I'm sure you'll find it strengthening.

Philip Gerard Johnson, a seminarian with cancer, would be glad of your prayers By Damian Thompson

I’ve written before about Philip Gerard Johnson, a terrific young man who was serving as a US naval officer when – as he records on his blog – he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in 2008. His response was to enter a seminary, in the hope that he would be allowed the time to fulfil his greatest ambition: to celebrate Mass.

Philip has completed a year at seminary and was due to start a summer placement – but the latest scan shows that his tumour has grown and so he’ll be spending his time recuperating at a parish in North Carolina after gruelling treatment. As he says in his latest post, he’ll be taking “harsh chemotherapy drugs with very unpleasant side effects, and there are significant risks of internal bleeding and blood clots involved when taking them”.

It’s a sad irony: a seminarian who represents the future of the Church, finds his own future threatened by illness. His blog, In Caritate Non Ficta, abounds with a good humour and spiritual serenity that very, very few of us could muster in his circumstances. Actually, given some of the recent comments that have appeared on this blog (and I have to take my full share of blame for this) it seems that even those of us in perfect health can’t manage even a shred of Philip’s charity.

This latest medical setback makes me wonder whether, given the exceptional circumstances, the Church can’t hurry things on a little. (Maybe it’s a silly comparison, but John Henry Newman had been a Catholic for less than 18 months when he was ordained deacon one day and priest the next.) However, that’s really none of my business. What is my business, I think, is to encourage Christian readers of the blog to pray for Philip; and perhaps he will pray for us, too.

PS: I’ve just had a nice message from Philip thanking blog readers for their prayers and assuring us that he’ll pray for us.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Pope Pelosi Lectures all of Christendom

Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) has publicly stated that she has a responsibility to advance a political agenda that is "in keeping with the values" of Jesus Christ, "The Word made Flesh."

A self-proclaimed "ardent practicing Catholic," at a Capitol Hill conference on May 6, 2010, said in part, "They ask me all the time... what is your favorite word?' That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word."

She went on to say, "And that Word is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word."

Pelosi is at odds with Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church over her advancement of the policy of continual support of abortion. In particular, Pelosi has advocated partial-birth abortion. Recently, the San Francisco Democrat has refused to vote in favor of banning this particular procedure.

The five steps to a partial birth abortion are as follows:
1.Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's legs with forceps.

2.The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.

3.The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.

4.The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the skull.

5.The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.

Free Will Trumps Jesus?

Pelosi has made it clear that personal opinion is the final arbiter of truth and moral absolutes when she repeated the liberal mantra of, "We are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions," she continues. "And that women should have that opportunity to exercise their free will."

Pelosi has always prided herself in supporting and advocating Socialist/Liberal agendas. In 1996, Pelosi was quoted as saying "I pride myself in being called a liberal."

Since the mid-1800, no less than eight Popes have issued encyclicals (official teaching letters) against both Socialism and Liberalism.
You Know 'Em, You Love 'Em, You Miss 'Em
The pride of Finlandia - The Leningrad Cowboys

"Watergate does not bother me..."

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The Lamestream Media Strikes Again
Anyone shocked?

Very interesting article from CatholicCulture.org;
‘Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest’

In a manifest example of media bias, a May 30 Associated Press headline screamed, “Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest”-- even though Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, did not have the authority in 1989 to laicize a priest involuntarily. Instead, the future Pontiff asked the Diocese of Springfield to conduct a canonical trial that could lead to Father Alvin Campbell’s laicization. Three years later, when Father Campbell voluntarily sought his laicization, Cardinal Ratzinger granted his request-- as the Church discipline of the time permitted him to do.

The opening line of the AP story reads: "The future Pope Benedict XVI refused to remove a US priest from the ministry..." But the bishop of the Springfield, Illinois diocese did not need Vatican permission to remove the priest from active ministry; he had full authority to take that step himself. Bishop Daniel Ryan, who headed the Springfield diocese at the time, resigned his post in 1999 after a lawsuit was filed charging that the bishop had failed to act against abusive priests because he feared exposure of his own homosexual activities. Bishop Ryan was suspended from public ministry in 2002 after new charges that he himself had molested a young man.