Last week we told you about the Lawsuit that the Archbishop of Oklahoma City launched against the Satanists planning a black Mass at the Oklahoma City civic center.  The basis of the lawsuit was the “theft” of church property, namely a consecrated host.

It’s a creative approach whose prospect of success depends frankly on how the host was obtained.

It’s very possible that an unfaithful Priest or Eucharistic Minister provided the host (anyone who thinks the evil one doesn’t have agents in the church is a fool) and that might be an excellent counter but such a person would not be anxious to be exposed.  

Apparently the better adjective to describe that lawsuit was not “creative” but “effective”.

Archbishop Coakley announced Thursday that the consecrated Host at the center of a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma County District Court has been returned.

An attorney representing the head of the satanic group presented the Host to a Catholic priest Thursday afternoon. The lawsuit sought return of the Host following multiple public statements by the head of the local satanic group that they planned to defile and desecrate the consecrated Host during a satanic ‘black mass’ scheduled next month in Oklahoma City.

That didn’t talk long but they didn’t just return the host… (emphasis mine)

With the return of the Host and an accompanying signed statement from the satanic group leader that the group no longer possesses a consecrated Host, nor will they use a consecrated Host in their rituals, the archbishop agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice.

Think about that didn’t just return the host, they included a signed statement saying they wouldn’t use a consecrated host.  It brought to mind the quick volte face once Elizabeth Scalia reported on the use of a consecrated host in Boston.

I think this was a strategic move by the Satanists to remove a possible excuse for the city to disallow the ceremony on city owned property.  The elimination of the lawsuit also eliminates any risk that whoever scored the Consecrated host for them won’t be exposed, assuming of course it wasn’t a lie to begin with as you can buy unconsecrated hosts with little effort.

While the danger of desecration of the body of Christ has been eliminated the Archbishop’s worries remain:

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned satanic ritual,” said Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. “I remain concerned about the dark powers that this satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.

and I’m with Rebecca Hamilton on this:

The short story is: It’s still on.

What that means is that our Archbishop needs all the support and backing he can get from us pew sitters.

We need to continue praying, especially the St Michael prayer.

We need to continue praying our Rosaries.

We need to go to mass and confession to keep ourselves clear from evil.

We need to show up for the Eucharistic processions.

Unless we’re having surgery or giving birth, we need to show up at St Francis of Assisi Church at 1901 NW 18 in Oklahoma City at 3 pm on September 21 for a Eucharistic Holy Hour with Archbishop Coakley.

I told a fellow Christian from another denomination this morning that this black mass is an opportunity for us to renounce Satan and all his works and take a stand for Christ.

That means all Christians, everywhere.

The fight’s not over until it’s over, and this fight ain’t over.

What she said

 

 

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  I noted with some interest this week the suit between a California teacher and her union; Rebecca Friedrichs and ten of her colleagues are suing the NEA and its affiliate, the California Teachers Association to “obtain freedom from compelled support for unionism.”  Alec Torres wrote about this suit in December:

Over the past 26 years, Rebecca Friedrichs has been forced, as a condition of her employment, to pay tens of thousands of dollars to a private organization whose actions she largely does not support. As an elementary-school teacher in the Savanna School District of Buena Park, Calif., she has more than $1,000 automatically taken out of her salary every year and given to teachers’ unions. Faced with year after year of compulsory payments, Friedrichs is now on a path to end this union coercion.

California is not a “right to work” state and so Ms. Friedrichs and other teachers in her state are compelled to join a union.

A California teacher has filed a lawsuit against her union that claims she was cut off from benefits and from having a vote on the contract because she did not want her dues spent on political causes she did not support.

“There’s this undercurrent of fear and intimidation,” said Rebecca Friedrichs, whose suit seeks an exemption from union financial obligations since she is receiving no benefits from the union–political or non-political. “If you’re not in step with what the union’s doing, if you stand against it, you’re not a part of the club. You’re bullied. It’s very intimidating.”

In addition, she objects to the union’s involvement in political activities such as lobbying:

“What troubles me is the union is so involved in politics that they use our money to put a lot of those government officials into their jobs. Now the union is bargaining with officials who have been put in their spot by union money, and they’re union-friendly,” she said. “You have union-friendly officials on the other side, and taxpayers aren’t represented, and they’re bargaining with taxpayer money. I think that’s political.”

The suit, which you can read here,  hopes to overturn the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

For my part, I’m very sympathetic with Ms. Friendrichs.  I live in Louisiana and I have the right in my state to be a member of no union whatsoever if that’s my choice.

When I started teaching 18 years ago, I was young and stupid and joined NEA because my principal at the time said it was a good idea and that everyone should be a member of a “professional organization.”  I signed right on up and paid hefty dues that were drafted right out of my check every month.

I never thought much about it after that.

But in 2011 I saw the light; I got an email from NEA saying that not only were they endorsing Obama in 2012 (again) but that individual member donations to their PAC would be doubled to ensure his re-election.  I literally got nauseous and got on the phone to drop my membership as fast as I could.

I moved my membership to a non-political professional organization that focuses on education and teacher support rather than funding charlatan politicians.

Friedrichs believes that most teachers are apolitical and that the unions have lost focus:

Friedrichs said that the union might have an easier time recruiting teachers if it served the interests of the students, rather than its own coffers.

I don’t know about the apolitical part, but I agree with her that the purpose of the NEA should not be to handpick candidates or coerce affairs outside of the needs of the teachers and students.  As I said, they lost me when they took my dues to fund their own candidate choice, one to whom I was totally opposed.

I hope Friedrichs and her colleagues win their suit and that forced union membership dies.  It’s an infringement against one’s very basic right of free speech and choice.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

My friend Stacy McCain has just put up his latest post in a series about radical feminists:

No one is surprised to learn that the woman who organized SlutWalk Chicago is a Gender Studies graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Parading around in your panties to protest against “rape culture” may seem crazy to normal people, but normal people don’t major in Gender Studies. Normal people don’t want to “Smash Patriarchy” or “F–k the System,” either.

I highly recommend his entire series, but if Stacy wants see some really radical women who don’t care one fig about what other people think or say about them as they express their femininity this is it:

Via Father Z whose post started thus:

Dear Fr. Z,I am entering my sophomore year at Christendom College, and I recently made an 8 minute video on the chapel veil to explain why women wear it and to encourage women to wear it. I think you would appreciate the content and the quality. If you like it, perhaps you can share it with the women who read your blog.

I have two sons 23 & 21, If they brought home a woman as strong and faithful as the young lady in this video I would happy.

With September and the last of the primaries almost over the time is rapidly coming to start thinking both of the midterm elections and of the strategy for the presidential election of 2016.

There will be many forums and debates and discussions both in person and on TV sets as the media and the administration tries to salvage a victory this fall (by going all in on the Michael Brown card to turn out the black vote) and then afterwards to prepare the battlefield for election 2016.

An awful lot of consultants are going to get very rich telling GOP candidates how to win against democrats how to counter the media and how to keep themselves from being spun. They will suggest grand themes and photo opts, programs and solutions.

There is however only one theme, only one speech and only one thing necessary to secure victory for Conservatives and it’s so obvious I’m almost embarrassed to have to type it.

At any debate, at any forum during any press interview any GOP candidate need simply repeat one basic question directed to the media, the democrats and the voters.

Has the presidency of Barack Obama been a Success?

And let their Democrat opponent own whatever answer they give every day till the voters are counted.

You’re welcome

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