Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

The Other Shoe Drops

If Mel Gibson’s wife were just filing for divorce, that would be one thing. There are plenty of reasons why one could see her filing for divorce, and, if he reasonably tried to save the marriage, and was dealing with it chastely, that would be fine.

However, Yahoo’s blasphemous news site “OMG” has reported that the self-proclaimed “Icon” of Traditional Catholicism in Hollywood has been carrying on an adulterous relationship with a russion singer.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

I told you so: Pedophiles are a protected class; veterans are not; religion is "hate speech"

Here it is! The Bill that I’ve been warning about for at least 2 years. The Bill that will turn the US in to Canada.

They said, like they say about everything, that the Right was “fear-mongering,” “speaking hatefully,” “mobilizing the base,” etc., about this Bill. They said that it was merely expanding the groups protected by existing “hate crimes” laws, and that it had nothing to do with “hate speech.”

As usual, they were liars. As Joe Sobran says, the only thing wrong with a pessimist is he doesn’t know how bad things are really gonna get.

From Bill Donohue:

Wednesday April 29, 2009
Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains this unusual headline:
“The House of Representatives will vote this week, possibly tomorrow, on a hate crimes bill championed by gay groups that includes pedophiles under the rubric of sexual orientation. This is the ultimate confession: liberal Democrats think of pedophiles as indistinguishable from homosexuals.

“When this subject came up last week in the House Judiciary Committee, an amendment to the hate crimes bill that would have excluded pedophilia from the definition of sexual orientation was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 13-10. This was considered good news by gay organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, left-wing groups like the ACLU and various Jewish groups like the ADL.” (emphasis mine)

So, for years, we’ve heard in regard to the priest scandal that “pedophiles are not homosexuals,” which totally scapegoats the issue that most of the victims were teennaged boys, exceeding the age limit for the definition of “pedophilia” and entering the age limit for statutory rape.
Now, the Democrats give pedophilia–a crime which ought to warrant the death penalty–a protected class as a “sexual orientation.”

“The debate is over: for liberals, child molesters should be given the same rights as homosexuals. Moreover, they should be given more rights than pregnant women and veterans; the latter two categories were explicitly denied coverage under the hate crimes bill. Even worse, an amendment that would bar prosecution based in whole or in part on religious beliefs quoted from the Bible, the Tanakh (Judaism’s sacred book) or the Koran was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 11-8. In other words, religious speech may be denied First Amendment protection.” (emphasis mine)

There it is. If this Bill passes the Demonocrat-controlled Senate and House, as it will be since “Republicans” refuse to put up a fight on anything, and, if Obama signs it, as he will, your first amendment rights go down the toilet.
They already say that *anything* we conservatives say is motivated by “hate” or “anger.”
“I think abortion is wrong.” “You just say that because you’re angry.”
“I think homosexuality is a disordered inclination and should be treated as a psychological condition.” “What a hateful thing to say.”
“I think that the tax rate is too high.” “You’re an extremist who may be a potential terrorist.”

Ralph McInerny on Latin, and the "balkanization" of the Church after Vatican II

I especially like this part:

“The linguistic iconoclasts had a field day and the faithful writhed in the
pews. I still recall the first time Amazing Grace was sung and, incredibly,
Martin Luther’s A Mighty Fortress is Our God. Those reforming the liturgy
apparently felt kinship with the Reformers.”

Try suggesting to any Catholic today that either of these hymns is inappropriate for Mass, and be prepared to have your head bitten off.

“It’s so pretty” trumps “it’s heretical” in most people’s views.

“My grandmother loved it” *definitely* trumps “it’s heretical” for most laity.

I’d take “On Eagle’s Wings” or “Blest are They” over “Amazing Grace” any day.

Vote the Bums Out: Sebelius confirmed 65-31

Despite the evidence that she lied under oath about her campaign contributions from George Tiller, this ex-Catholic witch has been confirmed as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Say good-bye to conscience rights for medical practitioners.
Say good-bye to conscience rights for patients (since a patient who wants medicine in accordance with his or her conscience needs a doctor who will support it).
Say good-bye to your right to choose what medical services you get or don’t get.
Say good-bye to your right to exist, if you’re severely ill, because we’ll see health care rationing very soon.

Every senator who voted for her will have to answer for his or her conscience, especially pro-choice “Catholic” “Republicans” like Sam Brownback.

Ironic, really. 5 years ago, Rick Santorum backed Arlen Specter to protect a seat held by “the Party,” in spite of Specter’s anti-life beliefs. The all-important party and all-important “seniority” (coming, BTW, from a 1994 Class Senator who got in on a “Contract with America” that favored term limits) overrode his pro-life beliefs. And because of that, and his ties with Bush, Santorum lost his Senate seat in 2006.

Now, on the day that the other “best pro-life Catholic in the Senate,” Sam Brownback, votes to approve a rabid pro-abortionist as Secretary of HHS because “if we have to have someone who’s pro-choice, it may as well be a Kansan,” we learn that Arlen Specter has given that all-important “party incumbent” seat to the Democrats by changing parties.

What did you give up your senate seat for, Mr. Santorum? Was it worth it?

I already thought you betrayed the pro-life cause by endorsing McCain, Mr. Brownback, but now you’ve really done it. Maybe Rick can get you a job as a lobbyist when you’re not re-elected the next time around.

Speaking of those who deny the Salvation Mystery,

Joel Osteen is the dubious winner of the “Worst Easter Sermon” Award. I don’t usually delve into apologetic or interfaith issues here, but Osteen is particularly despicable, as is Rick Warren, because both are merely New Age Gurus masquerading as Christian pastors. The fact that both are Larry King’s recent token “Christian spokesmen” should say a lot. On the rare occasions I actually watch cable, it seems I’m always seeing an ad for “Next time on Larry King: Pastor Joel Osteen” or “Next on Larry King: Pastor Rick Warren” or “Next Time on Larry King: Pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren!”

I think that Osteen would get along well with German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch:

This year’s winner of the first ever, Worst Easter Sermon Award went to Joel Osteen’s sermon “You Have Come Back Power”.
Commenting on Osteen’s sermon [Chris] Rosebrough [who gave him the award] stated, “Jesus didn’t die and rise again on the cross so that you can have ‘come back power over life’s set backs’. Osteen completely missed the point of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and as a result he missed the entire point of Christianity.”

Considering that Osteen’s claim to fame is denying the existence of Hell, that’s not surprising.

German bishop accused of heresy

by the Society of St. Pius X!

Technically, nothing taught by the Society of St. Pius X is heretical, since Vatican II condemned no heresies. Yet the SSPX and their members are roundly ostracized by Catholics, especially liberal Catholics. This bishop preaches what is unquestionably heresy, and, so far, there are no public reprisals from Rome–no corrections the way the Vatican Press Office loves to “clarify” what Pope Benedict XVI–and no calls for condemnation by those who readily condemn the SSPX.

But Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Freiburg, as has been reported in numerous venues, gave a television interview on Holy Saturday in which he said that Jesus did not die for our sins, partly because he denies that we were sinful to begin with!

This is open and blatant heresy.

Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, patriarch of the West (oops, sorry!), Metropolitan of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Successor to the Chair of St. Peter, Servant of the Servants of God, etc., simply states the teaching of the Church, and everyone attacks him.

A bishop denies one of the most basic doctrines of Christianity, considered by everyone as a fundamental requirement to the name “Christian,” the very doctrine which the various New Testament writers say mandates shunning if someone denies it, and no one but the Catholic blogosphere cares???

Why isn’t the MSM calling on Archbishop Zollitsch to clarify or recant?

Are Commonweal, Catholic Sensibility, America, Vox Nova, Maryknoll, Catholics United, St. Anthony Messenger, etc., showering Archbishop Zollitsch with the same criticisms they’ve showered on Pope Benedict for lifting the excommunications of the SSPX bishops? Are they calling him a useful fool they way the call pope Benedict? Are they calling Zollitsch isolated and out of touch?

No way. He’s saying what they’re thinking, and they know their lies will be exposed if they say anything about him.

At what point does a liberal Catholic admit someone has committed heresy? Answer, never.

Oh, wait, I’m sorry. They say you’re a heretic if you actually quote any document of the Church published prior to 1960

Gotta love Providence

I was feeling badly about not making it to Mass for Gianna’s particular feast day, but I took the kids to Chick-Fil-A, instead. Tuesday nights, at least around here, they have free kids’ meals offers, which we’ve never really been able to take advantage of because of “the wheat thing” (until recently, we were convinced that we all, Gianna in particular, had celiac disease; we’ve recently learned it’s just a wheat allergy–similar symptoms, though, and I’m trying to see if we can integrate some wheat into our diet by taking allergy meds every night).

Anyway, we went to Chick-Fil-A, and we went inside! Just me and the kids, as Mary had a meeting. To fit the van in the parking lot, we had to park on the “drive through” side, then walk around the outside to get to a handicapped ramp.

So, we had a great time. When we left, I very cautiously and authoritatively led my little parade across the parking lot, passing in front of an SUV that was sitting at the window. We were following the usual procedure: the kids all load on the lift. I raise it up. They enter in and get in their seats. I lower the lift and put my wheelchair into the car.

While the kids were going up the lift, the lady in the SUV drove up to pull into the spot next to us.

“Sir, you’re my hero!” She yelled out.
I said, “Pardon?”
She idled the car by me and said, “I just wanted to tell you you’re my hero. First, I saw all those little kids getting ready to cross the street. Then I saw you in your wheelchair. Then I saw how well you managed the kids. And then I saw the ‘I love the Pope’ bumper sticker!”

She had out of state plates, and they looked like they were traveling, or I’d have continued the conversation a bit more. But it was a nice mutually inspirational moment that wouldn’t have happened had I made it to daily Mass. . . . .

Thanks, God!