Monday, April 20, 2015

Dr David McKalip's Open Letter to Bishop Robert Lynch

An excellent open letter to Bishop Lynch from Dr David McKalip, MD.



Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch
Bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg
February 23, 2015
Your Excellency,
It is with humility and respect that I write a letter of deep concern to you to be shared with the public. This open letter relates to your recent public statements regarding creation of a government-defined same-sex “marriage”. (I write this openly since you have specifically declined to meet with me to discuss this matter or answer these questions in writing.) In your statements[i], published in the Tampa Bay Times on January 7, 2015, you were right to point out that there may “no doubt be confusion”  relating to the understanding of changing societal definitions of marriage by Catholics.  In that spirit, I write to ask you to clarify some matters and help this faithful member of the Catholic laity clear up confusion created by this matter and by your public discussion of this matter.
To clear up any confusion I will offer some questions that I hope you will answer in public, in the same way in which you have made public your thoughts on the matter of so-called same-sex “marriage” created by the government. My questions will refer back to the document that has been defined by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church as the basis of Catholic doctrine, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).  His Holiness, Saint Pope John Paul II, described the Catechism as an “authoritative exposition of the one and perennial apostolic faith” and as a “sure norm for teaching the faith,” as well as a “sure and authentic reference text” for preparing local catechisms (cf. Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, no. 4).”

Read the rest at this link.

Friday, April 17, 2015

AN EXCELLENT PETITION



Our friends at Restore DC Catholicism alerted us to the excellent petition organized by LifeSite News.

This is one effort we can all get behind.  Please sign it and please pass it along.

Aged Parent,
The Eye-Witness

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Formidable Enemy: America's CEOs

Must reading from writer Tom Piatak over at Chronicles.  How exactly right were such writers as Chesterton, Belloc, Penty and Father McNabb, who warned us about the inherent evils of Capitalism (aka, the mirror image of Communism) gone mad.

From Piatak:

Last week's furor over the version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act approved in Indiana and awaiting only the governor's signature in Arkansas was illuminating. Once again, the contemporary left demonstrated that it values conformity, not tolerance. Indeed, the left is now committed to using the full power of the state and the culture to secure approval of what was controversial only a few years ago and unthinkable a few decades ago.  
Even more interesting, though, is what brought about the surrender to the left in Indiana and Arkansas. On April 2, CNN Money ran an article by Charles Riley about Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce. Benioff was one of the most outspoken opponents of the Indiana law, threatening to pull investment from the state and offering to provide monetary assistance to employees who wanted to leave the state because of the new law. Riley quoted Benioff as stating, "This is a really important point that, you know, CEOs have a lot of power and control on investment in states and we want to invest in states where there is equality. One thing that you're seeing is that there is a third [political] party emerging in this country, which is the party of CEOs." One would think that CEOs like Benioff would be satisfied with the two parties they now substantially control, but even the small possibility that ordinary Americans might be able to enact laws displeasing to him is more than Benioff can bear.
Even more interesting is the fact that The New York Times applauds the rise of the party of CEOs. In an editorial on April 3, the Times opined that "Big corporations like Walmart, Apple, Salesforce.comand General Electric and their executives have done the right thing by calling on Indiana and Arkansas to reject 'religious freedom' laws designed to give businesses and religious groups legal cover should they deny services to gay couples."

Read the rest at this link:

https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/the-new-york-times-applauds-the-party-of-ceos/

America's CEOs are a formidable enemy but not an omnipotent one.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

In the Pope's back yard

Little boys in northern Italy being trained to be "gender neutral".


This is occurring in the north of Italy, the back yard of the Pope.

Your Holiness, could you have some compassion for these little children having their psyches twisted by sex perverts, by saying something about it?

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/27/5056

"Boys masquerade as witches, fairies, or other typical female figures. Girls, as knights, kings, or other typical male figures. They then exchange clothes. Yes, the boys wear the girls’, the girls the boys’. And they touch each other and name their genitals, and so on."

Little children....the guinea pigs of queers.

Will you say something about this hideous program, Francis?  Will you, at long last, say something?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Religious Wars

An interesting article and podcast from Richard Epstein.  Mr Epstein is a Libertarian and while there is much in the Libertarian outlook with which a Catholic cannot agree his arguments presented here are nevertheless interesting and worthy of consideration. There is much food for thought here.

Our country is in the midst of a heated and corrosive debate over what protections the law should afford to religious liberties. The matter reached its boiling point on March 17 when Indiana passed a now amendedReligious Freedom Restoration Act that was, with significant variations, patterned on the federal 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Hard as it is to remember, the federal RFRA represented an overwhelming bipartisan rejection of Justice Scalia’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, which stood for the proposition that “the right of free exercise does not relieve an individual of the obligation to comply with a valid and neutral law of general applicability on the ground that the law proscribes (or prescribes) conduct that his religion prescribes (or proscribes).’”
Having enunciated that broad principle, Justice Scalia then upheld Oregon’s decision to deny unemployment benefits to Alfred Smith, a member of the Native American Church, because he was fired for having ingested peyote, a banned substance, as part of his religious rituals. Under Scalia’s iron logic, the disparate impact of this law on Smith did not require Oregon to make any accommodation for his religious beliefs. The denial of unemployment benefits here was collateral damage, given that Oregon did not initiate criminal proceedings against him, as it might have done if he had ingested peyote for recreational use.
Justice Scalia’s dangerously broad neutrality proposition prompted massive disapproval at the time because of the potential breadth of its application. Under that rule, the United States could draft Jews or Muslims into the military and force them to eat pork. After all, they have the choice to go hungry in order to not violate their religious convictions. It could also require commercial Kosher butchers to slaughter meat in accordance with federal health laws inconsistent with kosher rituals.

Read the rest at the following link:

http://www.hoover.org/research/war-against-religious-liberty

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The President and the Deeper Meaning of Easter

The supreme and glorious leader of the American Empire, and erstwhile Banana Republic, when he isn't castigating Christians for all their less-than-Christian behavior (this from a man who murders by drone countless thousands of innocent people every single year) shares the true meaning of Easter and thus represents the values and traditions of the citizens in his fiefdom:



Most edifying.




Other Presidents, on the other hand, celebrate Easter in other ways:


Hungary's Viktor Orban (above) at High Mass









Another world leader (above, right) at Easter.



A Blessed Easter to all our readers.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mr Obama declares war....on free will?


Megalomania ultimately leads to death and madness.  And killing.  Behold the Emperor of the Earth, Barack Obama, now declaring war on free will.  He is a merciless killer of the innocent, a classic war criminal, and in his mind he now believes he can dispense with free will altogether:

http://rt.com/usa/248113-obama-ban-conversion-therapy/

This megalomaniac wants to stop the practice of helping homosexuals give up their self-destructive manner of living by "outlawing" any kind of therapy that attempts to lead them into healthy, normal lives.

Will dragging priests out of Confessionals who absolve sinners of the sin of sodomy be next?  Yes, I'm afraid it will.  And we can imagine what kind of fierce fight against that will be put up by our religious leaders.

Can anyone tell me if any other dictator in history has ever dared to impose such a thing on the citizens he ruled over?  Has there ever in history been a man and a nation so committed to a death wish of this sort? Yes, this monster will be gone in 2016 but everyone knows that this campaign to enforce buggery will not stop with his exit from the scene.  Another Democratic monster or Republican idiot will continue on as before.

Is there a physical power that can stop this, or at least slow it down?  Oddly enough, there is - if those who hold that power would ever dare use it.  I am not speaking of the helpless people, who really have little to no power.  I am speaking of the Catholic Bishops.  If they would but open their mouths to denounce this demonic enterprise for what it is, loudly and long, the powers-that-be would pause.  Of course predictions are always "iffy" but I do not believe the federal or state governments are yet ready to incarcerate the entire populace.  Close, to be sure, but not necessarily ready to move.  The Bishops by their very God-given words clarifying the teachings of Christ and His Church would strike fear into this particular Beast.  It is a power they have but will not use.  Some Bishops are stirring to the danger ahead but not enough.  Oh, they will be retaliated against of course.  Let them retaliate.  Let them expose the cloven hoof a little bit more.  I often wonder if Bishops realize the power God has placed in their hands.

This is indeed a madman who is running America.  A hypocrite who condemns Christian violence while sending drones to kill innocents overseas and doing everything in his power to keep the crime of abortion legal.  He is a man without feeling, without empathy, a sociopath who never considers the evil he has wrought. He is a puppet of Wall Street and of Israel (don't be fooled by the "good cop, bad cop" game being played just now), and of all the enemies of Christendom.  He, like Bush, Clinton, et al, is a symbol of everything that is askew with the world.  Like all megalomaniacs he will imagine he can change the laws of nature.  He is Marcus Aurelius' mad son Commodus.

Being a puppet he cannot fill this rather tall order all by himself.  His Masters who control the corporate world and the media will do the job for him.  He is but the figurehead.  It is the Haim Sabins and Sheldon Adelsons of the world,  the Kochs and the Soroses, who make him and his fellow Democrats, and their supposed Republican "rivals", dance.  [Sabin and Soros fund the Democrats; the Koch brothers and Adelson support the Republicans.  But they all support sodomy so don't waste too much time rooting for either candidate in the upcoming election.]

These ancestors of the Pharisies.will continue to do what they always do and what they have always been trying to do for 2,000 years.