Monday, September 16, 2019

A Granola Cath Weighs in on Why We Lost the TLM

Her tattoo told her this.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thank You for Saving Everyone

For weeks and perhaps months after 9/11, the street side walls of practically every firehouse in Manhattan were covered with cards and letters, many of them written by children. You could walk from Ground Zero well up the length of the island and see them. In many cases the flutter of pinned up notes surrounded photographs of the fallen firefighters from that particular company.

The one I will always remember was the card with a drawing of the intact Trade Center Towers on each side. In between was a heart. Underneath was a message written in a child's hand:

Thank You For Saving Everyone

In many cases, of course, these heroes and heroines physically rescued no one. The leading group that went up the stairs of the second tower that was hit (the first tower to fall) all perished before they could lead a single person out. There was no time. Two made it up to the 78th floor elevator waiting area where the second plane had plowed directly through a crowd. There, they reported back on the conditions and comforted the shocked, injured and dying in the few minutes they all had left. 

Just as as a stretcher can help to save a body, an act of love - received or given - can lead to the salvation of a soul.

They all died. But it is not unreasonable to believe that on the 78th floor that day, the actions of those brave men saved some. Not everyone but some. 

Requiescat in pace.

Reprinted and edited from Save Versus All Wands, September 11, 2014.

Monday, April 22, 2019

"First Muslim Peer" Lord Ahmed Charged with Buggery Against a Boy Under 11 in Sheffield Crown Court

Member of the British House of Lords Nazir Ahmed has been called (and has called himself) the "first Muslim peer". Apparently, this is technically incorrect, with two other Muslims beating him to it by a matter of weeks. (Apparently, appointing Muslims to the peerage was a thing in the Summer of 1998). There have also been a number of earlier Muslim hereditary peers, all converts, I believe.

But he is almost certainly the most well-known current Muslim Lord.

Last month he was charged with attempted rape against a girl under 16. It allegedly occurred in the early 1970's.

Fittingly, perhaps, his peerage is Rotherham, the site of the notorious Muslim mass "grooming" scandals.

Lord Ahmed was also sexually attracted to young boys. Or so it seems.

From the Rotherham Advertiser (4/18/19) h/t Gates of Vienna:
Rotherham peer Lord Ahmed charged with fourth child sex offence

ROTHERHAM peer Lord Nazir Ahmed has appeared at court — alongside his two brothers — charged with a fourth historical child sex offence. 
The peer faced the further allegation of buggery against a boy under 11 when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday). 
Ahmed, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, appeared at the lower court last month charged with indecently assaulting the boy and two counts of attempted rape against a girl aged under 16 in the early 1970s. 
The former Labour politician would have been aged between 14 to 17 when the alleged abuse took place against the two complainants. 
No pleas have been formally entered but Ahmed’s solicitor told reporters at last month’s hearing outside Sheffield Magistrates' Court “he will be doing everything he can in order to prove his innocence”. 
His brothers (below L-R Tariq and Farouq) have denied sexually abusing the same boy between 1968 to 1972.
Mohammed Farouq (68), of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, denied at the earlier hearing four counts of indecent assault, said to have taken place when he was aged between 17 and 22. 
Mohammed Tariq (63), of Gerard Road, Rotherham, denies two counts of indecently assaulting the boy when he would have been aged between 14 to 16. 
A two-week trial date was set for December 2 and the men were granted unconditional bail.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Man Screams "Allahu Akbar!" at Croatian Easter Vigil Mass in Munich - 24 Injured in Panic

A "dark-skinned" man or "person of African descent" screamed "Allah Akbar" at a Croatian Easter Vigil Mass at St. Paul's Church in Munich on Saturday evening. He attempted to make his way to the altar before being apprehended. At least twenty-four people were lightly injured in the ensuing confusion and panic.

St. Paul's Church is one of the larger churches in the city.

One German source claims the man hurled firecrackers:
Strongly drunken man, dark-skinned and with a beard, enters St. Paul's Church in Munich at the Theresienwiese during the Croatian Mass (Easter blessing), with a bottle of alcohol in his hand, lights a firecracker and throws it into the middle of the church and shouts "Allahu Akbar", everyone panics and throws the baskets where the Easter meal was in, runs out and screams. Children and adults were injured. The police and their squad came and arrested the man. They are shocking pictures that must be spread and not hidden. There were some injured. Many children in a state of shock. Merkur Online reports that 24 people were injured (from PolitikStube, translated by Allah's Willing Executioners, h/t Jihad Watch). 

However a Croatia news outlet reports that the man merely threw "stones". The Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs also claimed that the man was mentally-ill.
ZAGREB, April 21, 2019 - The person of African descent who disrupted Mass in St Peter's Church in the Croatian Catholic parish in Munich on Saturday evening by shouting "Allahu Akbar" and throwing stones, is mentally ill and not connected with terrorism, the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said on Sunday. 
The man was shouting and throwing stones at the congregation and around the church, and the people fled in panic. Twenty-five Croatian nationals were slightly injured in the confusion, the ministry told Hina, adding that police said that the man did not use firecrackers as some media reported. 
Croatian media at home and abroad said that it was a middle-aged man who was shouting "Allahu Akbar", which led many of the believers to think that it was a terrorist attack. 
Fenix magazine, the Croatian-language news website based in Frankfurt, said that several people had managed to overpower the man and stop him on his way to the altar before the police came in force. 
The Croatian ministry quoted the Munich police as saying that the incident had nothing to do with terrorism and that it was caused by a mentally ill person, who has been hospitalised after being arrested. 
Police stepped up security around the churches where Mass was celebrated in Croatian, notably around St Michael's Church.

BREAKING: Indian Media Reporting Sri Lanka Attacks Carried Out By Muslims

The aftermath of a suicide bombing at an Easter Sunday Mass in Sri Lanka 

The death toll for the six coordinated terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka has now risen to 160.

New Delhi based News18 is reporting that two of the suicide bombers have been identified as Zahran Hashim and Abu Mohammad.

Approximately 10% of the Sri Lankan population is Muslim.

The attacks occurred Easter morning at three hotels and three churches in the cities of Negombo, Batticalo and Columbo.

While the attacks appear to have the marks of an ISIS operation, no terrorist organization has as yet taken credit for the bombings.

However, RT News is now reporting that Sri Lankan authorities had received a tip from a foreign intelligence service ten days ago that the Islamic group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was planning a set of attacks.  

Friday, April 5, 2019

Pope Francis Tweets that Lent is about "Fasting from Sin"

Fasting from sin? Does that mean I can do two venials as long as they don’t equal a full mortal?

One wag added:

Unlike his nemesis Donald Trump, Francis does not make his own tweets. I believe he signs off on them but usually does not compose them.

But someone seems a bit confused about fasting.

I should point out that another Twitter user found something like the "fasting from sin" terminology in Catholic tradition:

At least one other Father referred to "true fasting" in a similar fashion. My own feeling, based on the examples I've seen, is that this sort of usage is more metaphorical or poetic than directly illustrative.

Steve Skojec and Trent Roman got into a friendly argument about what St. John Chrysostom meant or was saying. With respect to Trent Roman, I agree with Steve on this:
Francis is talking about fasting from sin. One cannot fast from a thing that is evil. The purpose of fasting is to deprive a legitimate good in order to bring the appetites under the control of the will and strengthen virtue. 
What Chrysostom is saying is that the POINT of fasting -- the honor of it; why it attains merit -- is not because food is bad, but because it helps us to stop sinning because by it, we gain self control.
Granted that doesn't seem to be quite how Chrysostom put it.

But Jorge Mario Bergoglio is no John Chrysostom.

One could make a few additional points. Of course we should always abstain from sin, not just during Lent. And, all things being equal, we should usually abstain from occasions of sin. A glutton might be advised to engage in a bit more "fasting," at least of a sort. And so on.

One of the reasons we fast for Lent is to honor and imitate Jesus' fast in the Judaean dessert. Jesus wasn't fasting from sin (which would have been a bit pointless for Him) but from food. And the angels ministered and attended Him in part because He was "hungry" not because He was suffering from sin deprivation.

So does "fasting from sin" by @Pontifex have any significance other than being yet another example of weird pop theology from the Vatican?

This Twitter user saw more sinister implications:

I agree.

But I would also make a different claim: Francis and, to be fair, much of the Church since Vatican II has often disparaged traditional Catholic practices - praying the Rosary or saying "rote" prayers in general, fasting and abstinence, confession, even the Sunday Mass obligation - as being mere hollow rituals - examples of only "going through the motions." The true Christian should be primarily concerned with just loving other people or whatever. Becoming fixated on following "rules" can often get in the way of that.

Thus they speak of giving up sin, not giving up food. At least they use the word "sin."

It's very Protestant but you can't have everything.

Another way of putting it is that externals are not that important. You have to really feel it, man.

I give up meat for Lent, and let me tell you: I really feel it, man.

I'd gladly trade two venials for a steak.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lesbian Activist Who Urged Cupich to Take "Swift Action" Against Fr. Paul Kalchik Elected Mayor of Chicago

Yesterday, Lori Lightfoot won the Chicago mayoral race runoff against rival Toni Preckwinkle by the landslide margin of approximately 74% to 26%.

My headline calls Lightfoot a "lesbian activist". By that I mean she is a lesbian and an activist for liberal and democrat causes. She is "married" to another woman with whom she raises an adopted daughter and she was endorsed by many LGBT groups. But I have no particular reason to believe she is or will be necessarily anymore pro-LGBT (which itself could have multiple meanings) than Preckwinkle or many other Democrats.

Lightfoot had begun the race as a political newcomer, at least to electoral politics, and had initially only been a relative unknown in a crowded field. But she steadily gained support to narrowly come in first with 17.54% in the first-round of voting. Preckwinkle, a veteran Illinois pol, came in second with 16.04%.

Both were African-American women, prompting predictable gushing stories in the national media about Chicago getting its "first black female" mayor.

Here's an interesting fact that you probably didn't see reported:

Both black female candidates had or had had white "spouses" (the Preckwinkles divorced in 2013 after a 44-year marriage), which I suppose is another sort of first.

Though since both were in interracial relationships, presumably neither of them lost any of the Chicago black female vote because of it.

Lightfoot was arguably initially the underdog, but by the day of the runoff the prediction markets had her winning comfortably.

For the record, on the level of practical politics I don't give a damn whether Lightfoot is a lesbian or not. And, in general, that goes for most candidates.

I'd vote for Anne Marie Waters in a second. Unfortunately, I don't imagine Waters will be running for mayor of Chicago anytime soon. You can follow that lesbian activist on Twitter.

Or, rather, you can't. She was banned for Islamophobia.

But I'd sooner get thrown off a building than cast a ballot for Miss Lightfoot.

In September, she wrote a letter to Cardinal Cupich urging him to take "swift action" against Fr. Paul Kalchik, who had recently presided over the "burning" of a rainbow flag at his Avondale parish.
I write to urge your swift action against Rev. Paul Kalchik of Resurrection parish for his hateful act and speech. As you know, apparently in defiance of your direct order, Rev. Kalchik, along with some parishioners, led a burning of a rainbow flag that had previously hung in the parish. He claimed to be banishing evil. 
Rev. Kalchik has gone further and described homosexuality [sic] as an act against God and stated that homosexuals are to blame for the clergy sex abuse scandal. Rev. Kalchik's ignorant and hateful speech and actions must be addressed swiftly. 
...No person of true faith can stand as a leader of a parish, church, synagogue or mosque and express the kind of hate as that Rev. Kalchik has shown. I have followed very closely both the teachings of the Holy Father and your words, and it is clear that Rev. Kalchik's views are wildly inconsistent with both. He should not have the ability to continue subverting the minds of any other parishioners, and especially not children. 
Please take swift action to stamp out this hate.
As many of you know, the flag was no ordinary rainbow flag but the actual flag - a rainbow with a cross superimposed - that a previous pastor, Fr. Daniel Montalbano, had hung over the altar to make it a "gay friendly" worship space. Montalbano was known for hosting homosexual parties in the rectory. Church staff would later find him dead in his bedroom, having apparently suffered cardiac arrest while being hooked up to a masturbation device. Supplies of sex toys and pornography were carted away and burned. But at the time they missed the flag.

A few days after Lightfoot's letter, Kalchik was removed by Cupich. Various archdiocese emissaries, most or all of whom were suspected homosexuals, had been sent to threaten him. It was recommended that Kalchik submit to "counseling" at a psychiatric center. Instead, he left his parish on only a few minutes notice and for the last six months has been more or less in hiding.

Kalchik is a Catholic priest. Lightfoot is not a Catholic, as far as I know. But she still thought it was very much her business to petition her ideological ally Cupich to fire him.

Not only does she want to administer the government of my city. She also wants to control who is and isn't a Catholic pastor in my neighborhood.

This is why on Twitter I called Lightfoot a "lesbian fascist".
Stamp out this hate.
Or maybe she's just a nice lady who saw an opportunity for political publicity. For all I know the letter helped her surge into the runoff.

And she hasn't gone full-fascist against half of the black churches in the city - who take the conventional Old Testament line against homosexual acts - to say nothing of writing letters demanding "swift action" against most of the imams in the Chicago mosques, who preach against gays and Jews, or Chicago-based Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan, who preaches against everyone.

It wouldn't have helped her in the runoff.

Then again, Lightfoot's mother once said in an interview:
She is the shortest of my children … but she has never allowed height to cause her not to go up against whatever she feels is not right.
Without being uncharitable, the vertically challenged Lightfoot, with the big forehead and masculine uniform, does seem to have a whiff of the Mussolini about her.