Thursday, August 28, 2014

TONY FRASER, RIP

This morning, the 28th of August, the Church lost one of its greatest champions, Anthony Fraser, son of the late, great Hamish Fraser and one who followed well in his father's footsteps.  When God takes away from us these noble souls one by one the devastation felt by Catholics is often too much to bear.  We ask ourselves how we can go on anymore when someone of such faith and intelligence and good will is no longer around to guide us, to counsel us, to keep our heads level and our love for the Church at fever pitch.

Tony's father, as many know, was a former Communist who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most ardent and erudite defenders of Holy Church against the onslaught of its numerous enemies within and without.  He founded the invaluable periodical Approaches and in those pages catalogued  the growing dangers faced by Catholics while at the same time giving us hope with that wonderful Scottish fighting spirit and immense good humor.  Those distinctive traits of Hamish were found also in his son, and Tony would continue his father's work after his death with his own invaluable publication Apropos which was in print from 1986 until only last year when economics determined that he must continue his work only on the internet, which he did with that same intelligence and good humor and love for Christ's Church.  Those who want to sample Tony's work can find some of it at the Apropos website or write for any available back issues of his fine print publication while supplies last.

A heart attack claimed Tony this morning.  That he had to be careful with his heart he well knew. But he was keeping things under control quite well with weight and exercise and things were looking a bit rosier.

A month or so ago we were chatting on the phone, sharing a few moments of laughter among the more dire news of current events in Church and state.  In a characteristically amusing fashion he mentioned that someone had referred to him as a VIP because of his well-known defenses of the Faith.  He said to me,"Yes, I'm a VIP.  Eventually I'll be an RIP".

It was my great honor to call Tony a close personal friend for many years.  I loved him greatly and loved his dear wife and family.  We shared our families' ups and downs and we prayed for each other's intentions and travails.  On our visits to Scotland my wife and I were guests of theirs and never were there more pleasant hours spent than those spent with the Fraser clan.  When we weren't learning something important about events in the Church we were laughing our heads off at his jokes.  And his wife was no slouch in the humor department, either.  What a God-blessed family they are.

In the midst of a terrible time in the Church God took away Hamish Fraser.  It was a blow that I for one never recovered from.  Now, with the Church on the very edge of the abyss God has taken away Tony.  We must grieve for him now, and we must grieve for the Church.  I ask Almighty God to keep this great man's Purgatory short, if indeed it is necessary for him to spend time there.  The Beatific Vision is something he has earned and I hope Our Lord will take him to that Vision soon.

May I ask that you please join me in praying for the repose of the soul of Tony Fraser, one of the few and true Defenders of the Faith.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

YOUR EXCELLENCY, ARE YOU A HOMOSEXUAL?

Bishop Ackermann

You will, I hope, forgive me for asking such a blunt question.

But I believe, Your Excellency, that we have a perfect right to ask that question.  I ask it because I want you to tell me the truth.  I ask it because I believe you need some help from the spiritual sickness that appears to be hindering your good judgment.  We need to diagnose that sickness so we can suggest a remedy.

Catholics have duly taken notice of some very odd comments you have been making of late, comments reported in the German media and elsewhere and brought to English speakers through the auspices of that valuable blog, The Eponymous Flower.

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2014/02/bishop-ackermann-sets-himself-openly.html

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-ackermen-throw-sexual-ethic.html

In the interests, then, of Full Disclosure: Are you a homosexual?  Or are you the type of prelate who finds a perverse delight in scandalizing the faithful?  Or are you attempting to get into the good graces of the homosexual mafia that is currently very powerful in Rome? Are you a member of that mafia or are you the recipient of their largess?  To be honest, Your Excellency, neither your words nor your demeanor exactly inspire confidence.  In fact, at the risk of sounding a little overly concerned, if I saw your face coming up to me in a dark street one night I would run from it. Forgive me for being brutally honest.

You have been telling the faithful of late that mortal sins, which everyone knows are mortal sins, are not mortal sins.  Have you wondered how many wavering Catholics upon hearing that might now go on and commit those sins which God through His Church have deemed to be mortal? Does that perhaps trouble you, Excellency? I am curious: are you aware of Our Lord's very clear admonition against scandalizing little ones?  Do you know what a mill stone is?

You have expressed your opinion on the matter of birth control.  Your opinion is the wrong one.  It is certainly not God's opinion as expressed through His Church.  You are essentially telling Catholics, in true Protestant fashion, to "go and sin more".  Perhaps when you were "anointed" by the lady Protestant minister some of her disordered thinking rubbed off on you?

So to you, Bishop Stefan Ackermann, o mitred one, sex before marriage is nothing to be condemned, (number one), defeating God's plan for bringing children into the world is a good thing (number two) and now the unspeakable vice of sodomy is in your eyes perfectly natural - and furthermore you condemn any efforts to lead souls away from it.  That's number three, Excellency, and according to American baseball you've struck out.

What are we to make of this?

Which brings me back to my first question: are you a homosexual?  Tell the truth, plainly and simply. I ask that because in reviewing the content of your statements my logic tells me that something odd is going on in your mind.  Words and actions do permit us to make intelligent guesses.  Or to put it more prosaically, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

If you are one, please stop.  Go to a good confessor for help.  Remove yourself immediately from your investigative board looking into cases of homosexual priests who are buggering adolescent boys because at this point the conflict of interest is too glaring for you to ignore.  If you are unable to change your views and/or way of living then remove yourself as Bishop of Trier.

Perhaps like Cardinal Dolan (who doesn't mind seeing men like Michael Sam going to hell) you really don't have any problem with seeing your spiritual children losing their souls if they engage in these kinds of mortal sins. Perhaps the self-destruction of the Catholic Church does not overly concern you.  But even if none of these things have any interest for you one would be inclined to think that you may have an interest in where you will be once God calls you from this life.  So we will need to spell it out for you:

Your soul, Excellency, is at stake.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

THE MARTYR OF YONGE STREET, AND OTHER VERY QUEER MURDERS

We are deeply in debt to our friends over at the Vox Cantoris blogsite where a recent post reminded us of the not so happy, gay world of buggery.  That they have done a service by reporting the almost forgotten murders of two boys in Canada by homosexuals goes without saying.  The reality of the coming evils which will accompany the acceptance of sodomy is something everyone should see - especially our benighted Bishops of the Catholic Church, so fretful about "the dignity of the human person", a phrase that gets trotted out by them every time they speak about homosexuals and their self-destructive manner of living.

Some enterprising soul might start a "martyrology" of sorts detailing the murders of young people by these minds warped by the darkest of passions.  We have written about some of them but there are others, many others, that occur yet are swiftly dispatched down the Memory Hole in order to continue the pro-homosexual propaganda war.  Of course the physical murder of these youngsters is bad enough; they spiritual and psychological murder can even be worse.  Homosexuals don't reproduce so of course they must recruit instead, and their depredations often result in a newly-minted sinner ready to carry on and transmit the pestilence.

When things like this are discussed a name that automatically comes to mind is that of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, almost certainly a homosexual predator himself and very certainly a protector of churchly sodomites throughout his tragic career.  I cannot imagine how many young lives he destroyed but I am confident in the knowledge that he knows now, as he pays for his crimes in eternity. [Those who are tempted to suggest that this monster died in God's good graces might reflect upon the fact that Bernardin requested specifically that a homosexual men's choir sing at his funeral.]  But he, like his proclivity-sharing comrade Rembert Weakland will be assured of a "good press" all the way to their graves even as, after death, they elude God's good press.  Weakland still has time to repent (pray for him) but Bernardin has his reward, one too awful to contemplate.

But such is the fate of all those who destroy the souls and the bodies of the young to satisfy their perversions. Their hands will not be kissed when they go to their final judgment, nor will their dignity as a human person be feted by He who judges finally.  Those you murdered the likes of Emanuel Jacques and Kirk Deasley, tortured, raped and mutilated, will be ignored by a mass media; they are a little too inconvenient at the moment.  But these sodomites will not be ignored by Heaven.

Why do we write so much about this homosexual onslaught?  To remind our Catholic leaders about the dark, endless pit into which Tolerance will soon be throwing them.

Monday, August 25, 2014

THE BIBLE-THUMPING IGNORAMUS

A true political huckster: Mike Huckabee

The type of people that America produces in its politicians is profoundly amazing.  In fact it is stupefying.

Take Mike Huckabee.  Please.

Here is your typical war-mongering Dispensationalist Bible-slapper, who has no idea whatsoever about what is really going on in the Holy Land, offering his utter lack of wisdom on the subject to a wide and eager audience:

http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/.premium-1.574749

From the article:

 A Southern Baptist, Huckabee has been coming to Israel for 41 years and leads an annual trip of Christian pilgrims. This year, there are 282 participants on the trip coming from across America - a number that would have been far larger if Huckabee’s touring crew had space for more. They were also due to visit Yad Vashem, the official Israeli memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, on Monday.

“This is the Holy Land, it is God’s land,” Huckabee said. The first thing he tells participants is "welcome home." “I tell them ‘I know you’ve never been here, but you’re going to feel like you have been here. Even though you have never physically been here, spiritually your whole life has been here.’ I never get tired of it.”

Huckabee added that as a Christian, Israel is the only place in the region he feels safe. He no longer takes pilgrims to Christian sites beyond the wall – i.e. the separation barrier - because he doesn’t feel safe taking them there. This, he acknowledged, includes Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

That last paragraph is very interesting.  Despite the charlatanese statements about "safety" Mr Huckabee wont go to those places for the very simple reason that he doesn't want to know the hard truth.

Such willful blindness to the reality of life in Palestine is beyond my ability to articulate in words.  And this is the ignoramus who is considered a leading contender for the Republican Party nomination for President in 2016.  Indeed it is his very ignorance of the world which would make him an acceptable candidate.  If he is nominated by his Party, and if the equally offensive Hillary Clinton is the nominee of her Party, think of what that election would turn out to be: a contest between Lady Macbeth and a snake charmer.

I'm afraid Mr Huckabee is yet another flavor of the typical neocon, Christian Zionist buffoon we have seen so much of in the Republican Party.  If I had the slightest interest in the two-party semi-annual puppet show I would advise my fellow countrymen to be wary of this consummate phony. 

More recently this gentleman has been pimping for Common Core: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/23/Huckabee-to-Conservatives-Stop-the-Fight-Over-Common-Core

Mr Huckabee says he is against abortion and the moral collapse in this nation, which is very nice to hear.  Of course, if elected he will do absolutely nothing to try to put an end to it (we have, after all, been listening to Republican rhetoric before).  Naturally, if you wish to believe that a Republican president will actually do something about such evils you are perfectly at liberty to do so.

Life in America, c. 2014.


Friday, August 22, 2014

PRESIDENT PUTIN AND THE TWO-MINUTE HATE


"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but, on the contrary, that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge-hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic."

(Extract from 1984 by George Orwell.)

And how funny it is to contemplate that this is precisely what has been going on for months.  The US government and its kept media is turning the populace into drooling animals craving for the head of Vladimir Putin, a man who has been standing in the way of the Empire's designs of late.  The more this goes on the more fascinating and ridiculous it becomes.

It does serve as a valuable lesson on how a sleeping populace can be stampeded into a war by propaganda.

Pepe Escobar has his own insights into this and it is to him in his fine article that I express my thanks for reminding me of Orwell's quote above.

But we can sit back and watch this stage-managed operation of demonizing Putin - on no evidence whatsoever - as the triumph of lies over logic.  What troubles this writer, deeply, is the fact that far too many Catholics who should know better are swallowing this bait hook, line and sinker.  Blog after blog joins in the two minute hate ritual directed at Putin without bothering to use their heads - or even their simple logic.  They seem to believe that the same government which pushes abortion and sodomy down our throats suddenly becomes credible when international politics are in the discussion.

Speaking of rituals we are not going to perform the usual ritual of beginning a discussion of Putin by mouthing such cliches as "although Mr Putin can hardly be called a democratic leader",: etc, etc, etc.  No.  We are going to say that because thus far he has proven himself to be one of the few politicians in power with a sense of nobility and right purpose.  Name another current leader who can even come close to him in integrity.  I hope there are one or two others but it is hard to come up with a name just at this moment.

For a fascinating perspective on what all this vindictiveness might lead to we recommend the following piece:

http://www.peakprosperity.com/blog/86415/wests-reckless-rush-towards-war-russia

A quote:
Here now in July 2014, there is a rush towards war similar to those that proceeded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Important questions are not being asked by the media, our once again missing-in-action fourth estate, and unsubstantiated and unverified political talking points are simply being reprinted as facts.
But this time the war fervor is being directed at a nuclear powerhouse, not a derelict Middle East country. And the stakes could hardly be higher. For Europe, even if things don't progress much further than they already have, economic damage (we don't know how much yet, or how much worse it may get) has already been done to its fragile recovery. The people of Europe really ought to be asking what exactly they're hoping to achieve by attempting to box Putin into a corner.





Sunday, August 17, 2014

TRIBAL CATHOLICISM

Anthony Fraser makes some uncomfortably true remarks on his Apropos website regarding a certain brand of Catholicism which is all too familiar in many nations and climes.


In a recent discussion with someone who has left the Faith, our interlocutor advised us that when at school he considered many of his Catholic schoolmates as tribal Catholics – tribal in the sense of belonging to the Irish diaspora in Scotland and thus practising the Faith for tribal reasons rather than on grounds of belief. Somewhat ironically he acknowledged that at that time he was probably the only true Catholic in his class – pray for him. 
Those who have roots in the West of Scotland, and whose faith is stronger than the tribal kind, will recognise this phenomenon. Whereas, when anti-Catholicism was often overt, faith was once expressed in terms of being a Catholic and loyalty to Rome, it is now often expressed in terms of loyalty to a football team, socialism and  other ‘tribal’ influences.

This observation reminded us of an article written by H. Le Caron about a similar problem  drawn to his attention by a Polish theologian which had  led him to speculate about the future in Poland should Communism fall.  H. Le Caron reflected:
I think that we ought to be chary of a certain kind of 'tribal' Catholicism which is not strong enough to persevere when external circumstances change merely in the direction of a liberalism lacking any really Christian political framework.
I have often found that good boys and girls from Catholic provinces like Brittany, ceased very quickly to practise their religion and lost the Faith when they were separated from their usual surroundings, and were no longer kept in control by the parish priest. Their faith could not withstand the disorientation and the pagan atmosphere.’

Certainly, Catholics in Scotland in the 70s & 80s were, for the most part, not separated from their usual  surroundings in the sense of parish or priest, but following Vatican II they were effectively separated from the Faith as it had been practised until then, and were practically abandoned in the increasingly secular society then developing rapidly.

Paradoxically, a few days after our discussion, we noted an article in The Catholic Herald of July 18th, 2014,  concerning a poll of Polish Catholics which indicated that the number of people attending Mass in Poland had fallen by 2 million in the last ten years. Fr Wojciech Sadlon director of the Catholic Church Institute of Statistics remarked that: ‘People who often came to Church were motivated by an attachment to tradition and a culture given to them by their family, but this is no longer enough to sustain them and so they gradually cease to attend.’ Polish Mass attendance, however, at around 39%, is far higher than it is the  former “free” West.


He says these words as a preface to an article by H. Le Caron, which can be found on the Apropos website or by clicking the link.

America has its own version of this "tribal Catholicism" which is manifested, I believe, in the typical American Catholic's attitude to the bodies which govern the nation at the local and federal level.  The John F Kennedy phenomenon of the 1960s would be enough to underline the point and it would bring into focus the problem that Pope Leo XIII identified as "Americanism".  It could also be perfectly exemplified by the average Catholic's admiration for Cardinal Dolan of New York, where tribal Catholicism, American liberalism and the triumph of the unchatecized have all come together to put the man on a pedestal.

Many more manifestations of this tribalism can be found in certain Catholic publications (America,  and in the unseemly celebrity surrounding recent papacies.

Mr Fraser's words, and the article of H. Le Caron are helpful antidotes to this malaise.

Friday, August 15, 2014

"FEAR AND LOATHING IN FERGUSON"

Fire bombs hurled at police by rioters in Ferguson

Living in a city with a large black population gives one, perhaps, a more balanced view of the nonsense going on in predominantly-negro Ferguson, Missouri.

First, the police.  No city should tolerate sociopaths working as policemen.  Sadly, we have seen some examples of this in recent years and it is not a pretty thing to look at.  Having said that, and not knowing all the facts of the Missouri case, we are not prepared to state that the police officer who shot the robber Michael Brown can be characterized as a sociopath.  We await the complete story, unfiltered by yellow journalism.

Second, militarization.  Yes, this troubles us as something that in the future could be used against people who demand their natural rights.  We see Ukrainians killing fellow Ukrainians right now in a classic scenario of an arrogant oligarchy crushing those who do not wish to be under the thumb of an oligarchy.  So, yes, it could happen here.  Indeed if things go on as they have been we think it likely.

Third, the rioters.  It would be hard to convince any sensible person that the best way to express your opinion about a police shooting is to loot, fire-bomb and assault.  Many scenes of two able-bodies young blacks hauling away $3500 high-definition television sets are not calculated to inspire much sympathy among those who have experience living in larger towns.  The looting of stores carrying expensive designer sun glasses and the latest overpriced Chinese junk sneakers likewise make us wonder exactly who is oppressing whom.

The basic facts of the case are simply stated in this short piece in Chronicles:

https://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/fear-and-loathing-in-ferguson/

These facts were already known to us as we watched in amazement the rioting that is going on and getting worse.  That an everyday occurrence like this in America's urban jungles - one that we read about five or six times per week in our newspapers - should spark such outrageous behavior by negroes is an indication of serious problems that short of a miracle will only grow far worse. For example, when government handouts inevitably begin to dry up the carnage to follow can be imagined.

But yellow journalism will always play to the emotions, and emotional people will react accordingly - except those who live in cities with large populations of fatherless, feral young black males with no impulse control and who are indeed genuine sociopaths - as well as a supreme embarrassment to the more cultured blacks who see them bringing shame upon their race.  Those who have to endure everything from boom boxes shaking the windows of one's home to litter and graffiti adorning once beautiful, quiet neighborhoods will understand what it is like to live among blacks who have not been brought up properly and who in over eighty per cent of recorded cases do not know who their father is.  Yes, it is that bad.  When one who has lived in a neighborhood for nigh in fifty years in tranquility must now hear gun shots and the almost constant din of police and/or ambulance sirens disturbing that tranquility it gives that individual a perspective.  As the FBI statistics make very clear: young, fatherless black males are out of control and are a public danger.  If that shocks us, it should.

Those of us who still have our memories of the 1967 riots see in this latest anarchy something all-too-typical.

Humanly speaking we see no solution to this problem.  It will have to be a Divine solution, somehow.  In the meantime we have to keep praying and keep our heads down and our doors locked.  That is the reality in large metropolitan cities today.

The rioting blacks of Ferguson issue a warning