For quite a while, the Democrats have repeatedly engaged in the following:

Maoist-type censorship of speech and free expression through political correctness mores:

What, exactly, does “political correctness” mean? In the 1980s and ‘90s, the term was a sarcastic reference to Maoist or Stalinist thought police, popularized largely by conservatives in order to deride the liberal-led orthodoxy. Detractors claimed that P.C. campaigns often went to absurd lengths, turning P.C. accusations into one more feature of the roiling culture wars waged among politicians and activists. These ideological debates continue today—and are still the first thing most Americans over age 40 associate with the term.

A foreign policy that can be summarized as supporting America’s enemies, ignoring America’s friends. The Dems are all-in for easing the so-called embargo on Cuba, sponsoring a Cuba-hosted deal between the Colombian government and the FARC (the world’s largest Marxist narco-terrorist organization), sending Iran pallets of money . . . in exchange for what?

Surprise at the rise of ISIS:

“The ability of ISL to initiate major land offense, that was not on my intelligence radar screen,” Obama admitted.

A hollowing out of all seemingly reliable institutions – what Juliette brilliantly calls the Coconut Treatment. Not only the military and educational institutions, and weaponizing the IRS, but also the legislative process; The presidential pen and a phone, the Reid Rule a.k.a. Nuclear Option

The nuclear or constitutional option is a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes.

It is not unreasonable to notice that these behaviors are both motivated and enforced by the thirst for power. They assumed that once in office, they would remain in office: Total control.

This lead to their favored candidate: Hillary made bountiful deals through the Clinton Foundation, spent thousands of dollars at the Javitz Center in the hope of breaking an actual glass ceiling, but did not visit once the states of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin during her campaign. She was sure to win there.

And then Trump happened. The candidate who is not politically correct, puts America First in every speech, made several careers (real estate, TV, politics) on the art of the deal, and will not demur to use his phone, his pen, to win.

As Ace said,

the Trump Terrorist Event — the fact of Trump’s victory — hit them much more deeply than 9/11 did.

So now the Dems are doing their outmost to discredit and illegitimize not only Pres. Trump but his entire administration in every way, most obviously through this alleged Russia connection.

Never mind that during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State a deal gave Russia control of nearly 20 percent of U.S. uranium extraction capacity while Bill Clinton received US$500,000 for a speech in Moscow. The goal is to actually illegitimize an entire administration. Trump, Pence, all the cabinet and staff. If all of them are illegitimate, all must go.

Which would lead to what?

The Dems hope they’ll get back on top after the dust settles. But the thing is, they actually do not know. Nobody knows what that would bring, but I’ll leave you with a word: Entropy,

With the European Union weakening, the Middle East perceptibly falling apart  and African and Latin America their same old selves the danger is less that some rival empire will conquer the world than that power vacuums will spread entropy all over the planet.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

…remember this:

Priests are, every day, under assault from Satan. God’s grace sustains and strengthens us, but temptations are real. Priests are weak human beings.

And the advice Fr. Z gives concerning this priest in particular is spot on.

Whether this priest struggles with doubts of faith, laziness, pride – or he was appallingly poorly trained – does not matter: pray for him.

I think people don’t realize the burden a Priest takes on, he commits to shepherd his flock toward the light and away from the darkness, to discern all sorts of problems that individuals and families might have, to comfort the sick and dying, to give affirmation and correction.  To be a voice speaking the truth, however unpopular,  to people who don’t want to hear it both in society and within his own parish with the goal of saving souls

If he is a pastor he also has to do this while running essentially a business, paying the bills, acting in accordance to local rules and regulations.

That’s in addition to his duties of praying the daily office, saying multiple masses and being there to be a source of the sacraments to all who need them while following the rules of Canon law.

He has to do this while facing criticism either specific criticism directed at him from inside his parish (as you can’t please everybody) or the general critiques against the church from the culture that hates the Church and a world that hates the church as it hated Christ and what he teaches.

Not only does he have to deal with all of this attacks in the light of Christ’s instruction to love one’s enemies and pray for those who persecute him, but he has to do this while taking care not to lose his own soul to the various temptations that he is hit with.  There is no greater target of the efforts of hell that a priest, who is hit with  not only the normal temptations that every man faces, but specific ones that target the clergy such as spiritual pride that are woven with care because the Devil knows that when a priest falls from grace he can take many of the faithful with him.

All of this is done on a pittance of pay that most people wouldn’t even think of taking for a 40 hour job, let alone what they get.

The wonder to me isn’t that a tiny percentage of the priests go off the reservation, either via sin, or scandal, the wonder is that the rest of them manage to hang on.