Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hymn To Socialism

That describes the offeratory hymn at today's 9:30 Mass at St John Neumann in Gaithersburg, MD.  It's called "Render to Caesar" by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette.  I was singing right along but stopped at this line: "may our taxes, all together, fund our working hand in hand".  It's a sweet, clever paraphrase of this statement: "from each according to his ability to each according to his need".  For the history-deprived, that last piece of mental poison comes to us courtesy of Karl Marx, the long-recognized father of modern socialism.  Socialism has been condemned by many popes.

Seeing this slop coming from this woman, I knew that "when there's smoke, there's fire".  And quite a destructive fire there is, as a simple google search revealed.  She has quite a write-up in wikipedia.  She and her husband are "co-pastors" at Overbrook Presbyterian Church.  Right there we have two problems: 1) the works of a non-Catholic were proffered to our congregation for singing as though they were valid spiritual input; 2) she obviously doesn't understand the concept of only men being permitted to preach.

Going down the wikipedia page, we see that she's written hymns for all sorts of occasions: peace, racial justice, environmentalism, illegal immigrants, natural disasters, etc.  We even see one for superbowl Sunday.  So that pretty much covers all areas of "concern" for Christians, right?  Well, not quite!  But maybe I just overlooked the hymns lamenting abortion, euthanasia, homosexual sin, assaults on marriage and family.  If they exist, please point them out to me in the comment boxes.  If not (and I truly think that's the case), why not?  Sometimes silence and omissions sound the loudest sounds.

Speaking of assaults on life, marriage, and family, our pastor made the point that these are matters that belong to God as opposed to the state.  It was a solid, truthful point.  I regret that the offertory hymn undermined that message.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

McElroy To DC?

My!  How time flies!  Not until I saw Father Zuhlsdorf's post did I realize that Cardinal Wuerl is 76 years old, one year past retirement age.  Father Z, however, related a rather unpleasant rumor - that Bishop McElroy might be selected to replace the Cardinal.

In this anthology of posts, I addressed some comments "to the readers who have the misfortune to call him their bishop".  Well, will that misfortune be foisted upon us?  I'm not sure it really matters.  On the one hand, should Wuerl retire, we can be certain that anyone whom the pope might pick will be very similar to Wuerl.  McElroy would meet that requirement.  Any differences between Wuerl and McElroy are at most, matters of style.

Frankly, I'm not sure Cardinal Wuerl is retiring any too soon.  He's been too helpful to Pope Francis as the latter pours progressive poison both in and on the Church.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

First Prayer Vigil Outside Carhart's Bethesda Facility

As promised yesterday, I post below the video of the prayer vigil that was announced in several venues as part and parcel of the efforts to have Carhart et al ejected from his new location.  I'll point out a few things.
  • First, I regret the poor sound quality of the video.  Old Georgetown Road is a major highway, and we were on the side taking traffic from Washington DC to points north.
  • Ms. Handy stated that Leroy Carhart was unlicensed.  This is not correct.  It is the facility itself that doesn't have the required licensure.  He seemed to be prepared to conduct his killings without it and probably would have done so had we not shined the light on this particular negligence.  He canceled appointments for yesterday and apparently isn't scheduling anymore for the foreseeable future.
  • By and large we were ignored - except for one man who saw fit to "flip the bird" at us as he walked by (at 8:06), and to try to erase some chalk messages.  That part of Montgomery County MD is ultra-liberal and some resistance is to be expected.  It's also quite possible that there is an abortion in this man's past.  We pray for repentance and healing for him and all those impacted by abortion.
  • These vigils will occur on a weekly basis.  That is, they will happen every Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 pm.  Please try to make as many as possible.
  • Visit www.prayforbethesda.com to obtain updates

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Carhart Cancelled His Appointments Today - Why?

Recall that Operation Rescue discovered this past weekend that Carhart did not obtain the required license for his new hell-hole.  We knew that it would be impossible to obtain that license.  How could the place pass inspection when it was still being renovated?
We can understand how Carhart might have difficulties in getting a license - especially in light of this.  Perhaps he doesn't think it's any big deal whether or not his place has a license, as some of his employees - particularly people who also came from Nebraska - have had their licensing woes, too.

Many of us noised abroad this lack of proper certification for this new mill.  Other area businesses were leafleted, as was the surrounding neighborhood.  The latter received the flyer on the right.  We all suggested that they call the landlords to complain.  Perhaps it was they who forbade Carhart from starting the baby-slaughter, if they were understandably concerned that they might be held liable if they allowed an unlicensed facility to operate on their premises.  Or perhaps Carhart himself had an unusual flicker of common sense, seeing that he was caught "with his hand in the cookie jar", as it were.  Whatever the cause, we rejoice that at least for a few days, babies are given a reprieve and we pray that their mothers never reschedule.

As I mentioned Sunday, two events happened today.  The first was a press conference at 12 noon, attended by over 200 people.  The video appears below.  The second was a prayer vigil at 6:30pm, attended by 25-30 people, myself included.  I will have that video up tomorrow evening.  If you're in this area, please visit www.prayforbethesda.com to join our efforts in ridding our state of this barbaric practice.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Pro-Life Activities On Old Georgetown Road On Tuesday Oct 17

With or without the proper licensure, Leroy Carhart will commence his baby-slaughter operations on Tuesday, October 17th, at his new haunt located in Suite 104 of 10401 Old Georgetown Road.

As before in Germantown, pro-life activists will make known the horror that will transpire at that location as well as offer to abortion-bound women life-saving alternatives.  Two outreaches are planned for this Tuesday, Oct 17
  • Press conference at 12 noon in front of the building on Old Georgetown Road
  • Candlelight prayer vigil at 6:30 pm, same location
Please plan to be there, if at all possible.  Also please contact Aubinoe Management Company to complain about this baby-killing business on their premises: )301) 841-6461 or email ala-ala-inc.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Carhart's New Bethesda Mill Is Illegal

Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the State of Maryland that Carhart's new abortuary, scheduled to begin baby-murder in four days, is not licensed as Maryland law requires all such facilities to be.  Now what was that pro-abort rhetoric again about "safe, legal and rare"?  Carhart fails miserably on all counts.

Please keep this situation in prayer.  As developments occur, I will announce as appropriate.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Carhart To Resume Baby-Murder In Bethesda MD

We have always known that Leroy Carhart was attempting to resume his late-term baby-murder practice after the Germantown location was sold from underneath him.  Regrettably my home state is too much of an abortionist's bonanza for a late-term baby-murderer to resist.

Pro-life activists have learned that he has indeed leased a new place in Montgomery County, MD.  The location is 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104, Bethesda MD.  Operation Rescue has more details here.  I'll point out that this location is just one block south of the I-270 interchange so it's quite convenient for those driving from out of state.  Most chillingly it is within walking distance from Walter Johnson High School.  It is a short drive from that location to Suburban Hospital; thus, the ambulances that will pull in front of that building won't have as far to drive as they did from Germantown to Shady Grove Hospital.  However, Carhart has no admitting privileges to that hospital - or any other hospital, for that matter.

Baby-murder is anticipated to begin on October 16th.  Pro-life activists will be there.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Pope Francis Toys With Heresy In His Hostility Towards Capital Punishment

Pope Francis has made known his animosity towards capital punishment, going so far as to condemn it outright.  Of course in doing so, he has directly contradicted centuries of Church teaching.  These teachings include proclamations by various popes and the Council of Trent.  Also read here, here, here, here, and a smattering of my previous posts dealing with this as the Maryland Catholic Conference repeatedly blundered on this topic.

In Evangelium Vitae, Pope St. John Paul II betrayed his personal distaste for capital punishment, but he respected Sacred Tradition enough to acknowledge that it trumped his personal proclivities.  In other words, he understood that as the Successor of Peter, his role was to safeguard and promulgate the Deposit of Faith in its entirety.

Today we heard from several sources that Pope Francis thinks the catechism should be updated to reject the death penalty.  See here and here.

Ponder these considerations:
  • The pope is the guardian of Church teaching, not its judge.  He cannot alter it to his personal liking.
  • The Teaching of the Church is immutable for it stems from God's word, which is as immutable as He is.  To pretend that God's word can change is to insinuate that God is subject to change.  That is impossible.  Such notions strike at the very nature of God Himself - a supreme blasphemy.
  • "Heresy" is defined as by St Thomas Aquinas as being "a species of infidelity in men who, having professed the faith of Christ, corrupt its dogmas".  The morality of capital punishment has been promulgated by the Church for hundreds of years.  It will not change.  The attempt to change it is inherently heretical
If God's teaching can be held to be subject to change in this matter of capital punishment, then all topics of doctrine and morality can be seen as subject to change.  I believe this is the main goal of this latest papal move.  This proposed change to declare capital punishment to be anathema is a trial balloon.  If this "balloon" appears to be flying free, we'll see the heresies ensconced in Amoralis Lamentia being promulgated without nuance or apology within our Churches.

Thus far Pope Francis has opposed capital punishment as a matter of public opinion.  For canon lawyers and moral theologians out there, if the pope does attempt to alter the catechism, will that constitute an act of material and formal heresy that might render his papacy invalid?  I don't know, but it seems to me to be a reasonable question.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Father Michael Rodriguez On Pope Francis, Dubia, Filial Correction And Fatima

We are days away from the centennial anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's last apparition to the three children.  On that day, the Miracle of the Sun occurred.  Rather than focus on that miracle, we must address the message of Our Lady of Fatima.  By and large, it has been disobeyed and the result has been nothing less than catastrophic.  She asked that the Pope, in union with the bishops, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.  Verbal tap-dancing and spin-meistering aside, that has not been done.

I post now a video of a talk given by Father Michael Rodriguez a few days ago.  He speaks on the topics of Fatima, Pope Francis, the Dubia and the Filial Correction.  It is an hour long but worth every minute.  Please watch it in its entirety.  Towards the end he recommends some actions.  To that list I might have added the wearing of the Brown Scapular and First Saturday devotions: (Mass, Confession, Rosary, visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Pro-Lifers, Support The Filial Correction Now!

Over the years I've come to respect Voice of the Family for offering a comprehensive and truly Catholic perspective it has given to the many moral and spiritual issues facing the world today.  By the way, Voice of the Family is not to be confuse with Voice of the Faithful; the latter is infested with dissidents.  Yesterday Voice of the Family released a post entitled "Why The Pro-Life Movement Should Support The Filial Correction".

I thoroughly concur with their conclusions that the pro-life movement will not succeed unless all Catholic clergy supports it.  At present, not all do.  Long before I started this blogging apostolate, I was (and still am) active in the pro-life movement.  Having been puzzled and yes, angered, by being stiff-armed by Church officials during various pro-life efforts, I realized that the hierarchy was infested by anti-life progressives.  I also knew that the Culture of Life could never be established until the infestation was removed from the Church.  Knowing that "light is the best disinfectant" I began this apostolate with the aim of informing the Catholic in the pews what was happening in our chanceries, at the USCCB, etc so that we would engage in remedial prayer and action.  I am honored to be just one of many such Catholics.

The article quotes Professor Josef Siefert's warnings that the moral ambiguities in Amoralis Lamentia threaten the entire basis of Catholic moral teaching.  Again I agree, but I'll add my hypothesis that this ambiguity is the effect desired by the authors of Amoralis Lamentia.  Actually it is more than an educated guess, for a high-ranking Vatican official was actually quite explicit about the deconstruction of Catholic moral principles.

That happened at a meeting this past week at Boston College.  A bevy of dissident Churchmen and "theologians" met to discuss AL  Also in attendance was papal confidante Fr. Antonio "2+2=5" Spadaro.  LifeSiteNews has reports of some of the bile that oozed from that gabfest.  Spadaro said, "it is no longer possible to judge people on the basis of a norm that stands above all."  There is a lot to unpack in this heretical statement.
  • "No longer possible".  Spadaro admitted (perhaps unwittingly) that such evaluation was the norm for the past 2000 years, and therefore is breaking with Church Tradition
  • If Spadaro allows for mutation of Church teaching, he is actually casting doubt on the very immutability of God Himself.  His Words cannot change for God cannot change.
  • Spadaro's heresy is precisely the subject of Siefert's warning about AL undermining the entirety of Church moral doctrine.
Fellow Catholic pro-lifers, we must come to grips with the quagmire that is Amoralis Lamentia.  If our shepherd desert us and even turn on us in this matter of Church doctrine changing, our efforts to save babies will be horribly undermined.  Please heed John Smeaton's plea for support of the Filial Correction.  I already signed it and urge you to do the same.

I now speak especially to those few who still insist on viewing this papacy through rose-colored glasses.  Wake up!  Acknowledge the facts that are daily slapping us all in the face!  Your denials of the serious problems hinder the corrections that need to occur.  In a word, stop lying to yourselves.  It isn't pleasant to believe that the Chief Shepherd is not helpful, but the situation is what it is.  For the sakes of your own souls, please take off the rose-colored glasses.