I spoke to Jennifer Angelle from the Company Hugs from Heaven makers of Jesus and Mary Plush Dolls at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Event in Lancaster PA:

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Aug 21st Voices of CMN 2018 Jennifer Angelle Hugs from Heaven

Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
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Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

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Can someone explain to me why I’m hearing about this for the first time on Hotair?

Welch brought the flag to make a statement about the right not having ownership of it at protests. He says he didn’t have any problems until a couple of Antifa members approached him and demanded he relinquish the “fascist symbol.”

As he carried his flag, two antifascist activists, dressed in black and covering their faces, approached Welch and demanded he turn it over to them, calling it “a fascist symbol,” he said…

The armed counter-protester then uses the weapon to club Welch on the back of the head, causing him to collapse instantly. The demonstrator with the weapon wanders off.

“My bones turned to Jell-O and I just went down,” said Welch, who believes he was struck with a metal object affixed to the end of the weapon.

A crowd of onlookers watch as Welch lies on the ground in a fetal position. Another antifa activist, holding a shield, appears to stand above the injured man and jabs him with a makeshift weapon.

“I remember thinking there was a very good chance that I could be beaten to death,” Welch said.

Welch eventually made it to an urgent care clinic and received four staples in his scalp to close the wound. He also claims it took him 3 days to recover from a concussion.

Well violent thugs are going to violent thug and after seeing the Mob in action in Boston this doesn’t surprise me one little bit but I must admit that this line from the victim really struck me.

Reflecting on his experience being the target of violent Antifa goons, Welch told the Oregonian, “It’s kind of like you’re playing into your opponents’ hands when you do that sort of thing. That’s not what I was there for.”

In other words, yeah being almost beaten to death was bad, but giving the right a talking point, now that’s a tragedy.

He should have stopped worrying, it not as if the MSM or social media companies were going to report on this kind of thing, after all the violent ANTIFA thugs are their babies.

I spoke to Authors John and Claire Grabowski about their book One Body A Program of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment for the New Evangelization at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show.

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Aug 20th Voices of CMN 2018 John and Claire Grabowski Authors of One Body

Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

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Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
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Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

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These days it’s really reached a point where there isn’t really a whole lot of point reading what the MSM will write about the president as one can predict it with unerring accuracy, but this Yahoo story Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans   by Steve People is so hysteric in nature and so nonsensical in it’s conclusions that it deserves a good old fashioned blogger fisking.

It starts with the very first paragraph My fisking in red italic

Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week’s bid for a political comeback IHe wasn’t “forced out” he lost an election.  By that definition Hillary Clinton was “forced out” of the White House” . Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose to leave on their own. What he means to say is that he knew he would lose a primary election so he decided to retire rather than face the wrath of voters  Others still serve, but with a muted voice.  Oh there are a bunch of people in congress who think like this, trust me 

Whether members of Congress, governors or state party leaders, they are struggling to fit into President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.  There’s no bigger struggle for a GOP office holder than dealing with fitting in to a party that has brought the country unprecedented growth. 

The expanding list of marginalized GOP leaders underscores how thoroughly Trump has dominated — and changed — the Republican Party in the nearly two years since he seized the presidency.  Seized?  He won a crowded primary field winning the vast majority of states and then won in the electoral college winning in states that other GOP candidates have only dreamed of winning for decades.  When Barack Obama won an overwhelming victory in 2008 did the AP say he “seized the presidency”?    The overwhelming majority of elected officials, candidates and rank-and-file voters now follow the president with extraordinary loyalty,   If he commands extraordinary loyalty from the overwhelming majority of elected officials and voters that suggests he’s doing something right even if he strays far from the values and traditions many know and love.   Showing deference to the Democrats and not fighting back against a media that hate the GOP and their voters is a cherished tradition of the GOP ruling class

The Republicans left behind are warning their party with increasing urgency, though it’s unclear whether anyone’s listening.  Warning them about what winning is bad for you?

“I hope this is a very temporary place for the Republican Party,”  Yes victory brings responsibility and we can’t have that said Corker. “I hope that very soon we will return to our roots as a party that’s very different, especially in tone, from what we’ve seen coming out of the White House.”  Our roots as a party where leaders are fetters and accepted at all the right parties but rejects the concerns of the voters 

The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich  They’ve not been forgotten by the MSM — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  You mean from unfair trade, a  stagnant economy, a foreign policy of retreat and meekly accepting the barbs of the media and left.

Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  And praise from the MSM which always celebrates any Republican willing to attack any GOP president particularly when he advances conservative causes.

Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Yeah how dare more GOP pols fail to complain about American success

Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House.  These would be the same fact checkers who never challenged “If you like your health plan you can keep your health plan and if you like your doctor who can keep your doctor.  And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, Obeying the law is now “racially charged” NFL anthem protests Standing for the National anthem is now “racially charged” and Confederate monuments.  Put up by a lot of democrat pols (including Nancy Pelosi’s father with the blessing of the Democrat Party.

“White nationalism isn’t something I’m ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn’t bother, a lot of Republicans,” said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.  Nothing guarantees you a quote in a AP story like calling Trump voters “white nationalists” even when many of those same voters pulled the lever for Obama twice.

After Trump’s victory, Borges returned to practicing law, while he continues to play a modest role in local politics.  He has to work for a living these days.

“To me, it became a matter of how much of your soul are you willing to sell. I would be the wrong person to be leading this party right now,” Borges said.  If you think your voters are a bunch of racists and advancing the pro-life cause and a strong economy is selling your soul then yes you don’t belong leading any state GOP party.

Trump remains popular among rank-and-file Republicans. And the vast majority of Republican candidates across the country this midterm season are pledging unconditional loyalty — and being rewarded with primary victories.  In other words the president is appealing to the actual voters and candidates who do the same get elected, how horrible!

Gallup found that 82 percent of Republicans approved of the president’s job performance earlier this month. That’s compared to just 34 percent of independents and 7 percent of Democrats.  Amazing the GOP likes it leader more than Democrats and despite our constant attacks a solid third of independents like him too, which incidentally matches his support among African Americans.

Kasich, who has not ruled out a primary bid against Trump in 2020,  HA AHH HAH AH HAH HA HA I’m glad I wasn’t drinking when I read that   said the president’s approval is misleading because the universe of people identifying as Republican is shrinking.

“We’re dealing with a remnant of the Republican Party. The party is not what it was,” Kasich said in an interview.  Nothing says the GOP is shrinking like holding all three branches of government and a majority of the state houses and governorship.

The term-limited governor said he’s content to focus quietly on addressing issues like the opioid epidemic and urban violence on a bipartisan basis while the Trump-led GOP focuses on partisan squabbling.  Urban violence you mean like in the Democrat controlled cities like Cleveland?  Great job you’re doing there pal.

“Let those in the Republican Party who want to be ideological and partisan, let them wallow in their own failures,” said Kasich.  A strong economy, the stock markets booming, unemployment particularly among blacks Hispanics and youth and and successes from North Korea to Syria?  This must be some new definition of “failures” that I haven’t heard of.

Other GOP leaders aren’t feeling quite so emboldened.  Other GOP leaders still have to face voters.

Pawlenty’s quest for a third term collapsed after Republican primary voters determined his experience — and his years-old description of Trump as “unfit and unhinged” — weren’t welcome.  Amazing a person who hits a popular party leader isn’t’ embraced by the party voters, what is the world coming to? 

Pawlenty politely declined to be interviewed, but a former aide, Alex Conant, said this week’s result, like those of other primary elections this year, sent a clear message about the modern GOP.

“There’s not a lot of room for dissent in the Republican Party right now,” Conant said. “Moderates don’t feel welcome. And if you’re not loyal to Trump, there’s not necessarily room for you.”  Or, if you don’t support policies that GOP votes actually like you won’t win a GOP primary.  What a concept!

The details may be different, but Pawlenty’s unexpected exit is reminiscent of that of other public officials who have struggled to find their footing in the Trump era.  You mean business as usual of paying lip service to voters while enabling the deep state isn’t paying off anymore?

Bush, another Trump critic, declined to comment for this story. He has been forced into silence, Forced?  The Bushes have been a lot less shy about hitting Trump than they were Obama at least in part, for fear of hurting his son’s political career. In June, Donald Trump Jr. withdrew from a fundraiser for Texas land commissioner George P. Bush after Jeb Bush criticized the president’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the border.  How DARE Trump Jr. not raise money for Bush’s son just because dad hit him for obeying a law signed by George W. Bush and not repealed by Obama!

Another periodic Trump critic, former House Speaker John Boehner, is in the midst of a 20-stop bus tour to help raise money for vulnerable House Republicans.  I’m sure president Trump approves of that.

Just don’t ask whom he’s raising money for.  What districts he stops at might be a clue.  If only a reporter bothered to ask

Spokesman David Schnittger said it was up to each of the campaigns involved to disclose Boehner’s help. “I’m not sure anyone has exercised that option to date,” he said.  You mean to say the endorsement of a speaker who didn’t manage to get things done might not sit well with some GOP primary voters?  Well who wouda thunk it?

Boehner’s successor, Paul Ryan, has seen his once sky-high career prospects flounder in the Trump era.  Somehow I think he will land on his feet. The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee has occasionally criticized Trump, but he is retiring at the end of the year.  In fairness to Ryan he never wanted to be speaker anyways, he wanted to be…a LUMBERJACK

In South Carolina, Republican Rep. Mark Sanford narrowly lost his June primary hours after Trump tweeted he had been “very unhelpful” and highlighted the congressman’s extramarital affair.  You mean to say hitting Trump and running off with his mistress didn’t play well with votes?  Who wouda thunk it?

Days later, Sanford described Trumpism as “a cancerous growth.”  If this economy and prosperity is a cancer may America be afflicted with it. As he prepares to leave Congress, he’s warning the GOP the cancer is spreading.   We can only hope this prosperity continues to spread

“We have a president that will tell numerous dis-truths in the course of a day, yet that’s not challenged,”  In fact we had 300+ newspapers standing united taking a day off from challenging Trump to say with one voice that Trump isn’t challenged Sanford said in an interview. “What’s cancerous here is in an open political system, there has to be some measure of objective truth.”  Alas the MSM has never been a fan of objective truth..

“I’m baffled by the way so many people have looked the other way,” he said.  People aren’t looking the other way, they’re seeing the results of Trump’s presidency and applauding.

Asked whether he feels like he fits in today’s GOP, Sanford said simply, “No.”  I agree, entrenched deep state pols looking out for their own wealth don’t fit in at all anymore.

Back in Ohio, Borges vowed that his departure from politics was only temporary. Rephrased, I want back on the gravy train!

“The Trump phenomenon is going to end at some point in time.  Now there’s a bold prediction. That might be six years, that might be two years, that might be sooner. No one knows,” Well Trump is in his 70’s and time does march on so that’s a pretty safe guess the former Ohio GOP chairman said. “When it does end, it’s the job of a lot of us … to make sure that the party is still populated by good, honest, decent candidates and officeholders who we can continue to be proud of.”  It’s up to us to make sure that once Trump is gone it’s business as usual for all us insiders returns because they’re not pride in serving voters by giving them what they want.

The real interesting point is this.  Even if a different GOP candidate had won the presidency then this article would still be written but the people complaining about said candidate would just be more obscure.  There is never a time when the MSM is not running a story about how some in the GOP are upset with the leadership.  It’s what they do.


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I speak to Fr. Bill McCarthy Author of God Bless America and his friend David Tittle Musicians for Life and the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network Trade Show in Lancaster PA

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Aug 19th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Bill McCarthy Author: God Bless America

Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

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I speak to Fr. Chris Alar about his new book After Suicide at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network event in Lancaster PA.

His book is due for release later this year but you can find out more here.


Aug 18th Voices of CMN 2018 Fr. Chris Alar Author: After Suicide

Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

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Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

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I spoke to Dr. Hellen Hoffner about her new book Catholic Traditions and Treasures at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network trade show in Lancaster PA

This reference book along with her book The Rosary Collector’s Guide are two books that are simply awesome. You can buy them both here


Aug 17th Voices of CMN 2018 Dr Hellen Hoffner Author Catholic Traditions and Treasures

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Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

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Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

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Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

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Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.  Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.

Matthew 23:1-3

The grand jury report out of Pennsylvania concerning the cover up of priests is yet another sign that the 20th century was one of the best centuries that the Devil ever had.

I’ve not had a chance to read it and would be very interested if the breakdown of victims matched previous reports where 78% of victims were male suggesting it was an overwhelmingly gay predator problem, but much more important than breaking down the number is pointing out that the Bishops involved, presumably trained in scripture ignored and/or misinterpreted several important verses that are in play here.

No doubt the Bishops involved would invoke this verse in their defense of their decision-making process:

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18:21-22

However this is not the only verse that comes into play here, because as the church teaches Scripture is taught and applies as a whole not as a single verse.

For example let’s go to the scene of Christ right after the Resurrection: (Emphasis mine)

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
(Jesus) said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

John 20:19-23

Or to put it another way a confessor has Discretion. If he considers the confession insincere he can choose have the sin retained. And even if a priest chooses not to impose so horrible of a sanction due to the eternal consequences involved a confessor limited to the terms or the severity of a penance, for example retreating for a cloistered order.

Nor does the lifting of the immediate threat of eternal damnation by forgiveness preclude the temporal consequences of any sin. The best example of this comes from well known story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel where King David the beloved of God is confronted by the prophet Nathan after

1. Sleeping with the wife of Uriah the Hittite one of his officers away fighting for him and getting her pregnant
2. Trying to cover it up by recalling Uriah figuring he’ll sleep with his wife while home (he doesn’t in deference to his soldiers in the field who can’t)
3 Arranging for Uriah to be killed in battle by secretly ordering him to be stationed in the front and having him abandoned.
4. Then marrying the widow as if nothing was wrong

David actually had several chances to repent here, first after the sin, then when he calls for Uriah, then the next day with Uriah but instead he covers up sin with an even greater one (murder) and thus when his sin is revealed by Nathan the prophet the consequences are dire:

 

Then Nathan said to David: “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king of Israel. I rescued you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your lord’s house and your lord’s wives for your own. I gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were not enough, I could count up for you still more.vvWhy have you spurned the LORD and done evil in his sight? You have cut down Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you took his wife as your own, and him you killed with the sword of the Ammonites.

Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah to be your wife.’ Thus says the LORD: ‘I will bring evil upon you out of your own house. I will take your wives while you live to see it, and will give them to your neighbor. He shall lie with your wives in broad daylight. You have done this deed in secret, but I will bring it about in the presence of all Israel, and with the sun looking down.'”

Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan answered David: “The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die.
But since you have utterly spurned the LORD by this deed, the child born to you must surely die.”

2 Samuel 12:7-14

Note that while the Lord forgives David his sin, he does not spare him the consequences of said sin, not only does the child die (verse 18) but the predicted turmoil is the primary subject of the rest of 2 Samuel starting with the very next chapter.

Bottom line the Bishops ignored one critical fact here, these were not just mortal sins but were all Crimes under civil law and punishable under civil law and Jesus was rather direct when asked about duties under civil law:  Emphasis mine

The scribes and chief priests sought to lay their hands on him at that very hour, but they feared the people, for they knew that he had addressed this parable to them.  They watched him closely and sent agents pretending to be righteous who were to trap him in speech, in order to hand him over to the authority and power of the governor.  They posed this question to him, “Teacher, we know that what you say and teach is correct, and you show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  Is it lawful for us to pay tribute to Caesar or not?”

Recognizing their craftiness he said to them,

Show me a denarius; whose image and name does it bear?” They replied, “Caesar’s.”  So he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Luke 20:19-25

And remember this was Pennsylvania not the Soviet Union or China. No matter what the current meme of the left is today, a person subject to civil law and prosecution has all kids of legal protections undreamed of in the time of Christ from the presumption of innocence to multiple rights of appeal, particularly in the case of a capital crime. No Bishop had cause to fear that a priest subject to the justice system would be treated unfairly by the courts.

Most importantly as any priest involved in prison ministry know the imposition of a civil penalty even to the point of the death penalty does not preclude the mercy of the sacraments nor the forgiveness of the church.. Given the doctrine of purgatory where the temporal cost of sins already forgiven are paid by the church suffering that Princes of the church didn’t figure this out is amazing.

But not so amazing, because the virtue most vital for this situation was the one that the Bishops in question lacked the most:

Courage.

Without courage no other virtue can thrive.  The Bishops allowed Satan to whisper into their ear and let their fear of scandal to direct their judgement.  The lack of courage to directly address the problem when it happened was the real sin of the Church as an institution.

Now nothing here changes the eternal truths of the church, God, Christ, Scripture and the Doctrine of the Church are what they have always been and the eternal truths they have taught remain what they’ve always been, nor does it change the fact that the church has in the past, does in the present, and will in the future continue to feed, clothe, educate, treat for sickness, visit in prison and generally aid more people than any organization that has ever existed and still continues in the task of salvation to all willing to accept the hand of mercy offered by Christ through his Church and those who are counseling the abandonment of the church or celebrating this scandal (and yes believe it or not there are those that are) are not seeking justice due to the perpetrators of these crimes nor the victims of them.

They are seeking the destruction of an enemy that stands between them and your soul.

The best advice I can give to faithful and prayerful Catholics in this crisis is this: Continue to be faithful and prayerful Catholics because it is through the prayers and your faith of the devout who have the courage of their faith that this will be overcome.

Oh and one important warning. We need to pray for all involved, never forgetting that the mercy of Christ is available to all involved and that any soul snatched from the Devil is a victory. Never forget that Heaven will be no less Glorious nor Hell less horrible if we find ourselves next to a person on earth we despised.

I’ll give the last word to Father Z

I recently finished an audio “course”, Living the French Revolution and the Age of Napoleon, from The Great Courses [US HERE – UK HERE] and I am presently working through Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.

Having all this French upheaval in my mind, it wasn’t much of a jump to recall the anecdote about Napoleon and his threat to destroy the Church.   It is said that Pius VII’s envoy Ercole Card. Consalvi observed,

“Your majesty, we, the Catholic clergy, have done our best to destroy the church for the last 1,800 years. We have not succeeded, and neither will you.”

Surely this is true.   Holy Church is indefectible.  Indefectibility is one of the divinely designed attributes of the Church.

Our Lord made promises.  He promised that Hell would not prevail against the Church (Matthew 16:18).  In the end, the Church will be triumphant and the final closing of Hell’s gates will shut the Enemy away forever.

The gates of Hell will not prevail, the Lord promised.

He did not promise that Hell would not prevail against the Church in these USA.

I speak to Catholic Author Chris Faddis About his book: It is well Life in the Storm at the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network show in Lancaster PA

The story of dealing with is late wife’s illness is really something.

You can buy his book here

His company’s website is here


Aug 16th Voices of CMN 2018 Chris Faddis Author: It is well Life in the Storm

Aug 15th Voices of CMN 2018 Bud McFarlane and Ginny Mooney on the Messiah mini series

Aug 14th Voices of CMN 2018 Virginia Pillars Author Broken Brain Fortified Faith

Aug 13th Voices of CMN 2018 David Tittle Musicians for Life new CD “It’s a Life”

Aug 12th Voices of CMN 2018 Novena for Our Nation Starting Aug 15th & Rosary Coast to Coast Oct 7th

Aug 11th Voices at the 2018 CMN Moria Noonan Co-Author: Spiritual Deceptions

Aug 10th Voices of CMN 2018 Lesliea Wahl Author: An Unexpected Role

Aug 9th Voices of CMN 2018 Gerard Hasenhuetti Compassionate Capitalism The Intersection of Economic Growth and Social Justice

Aug 8th
Voices at CMN 2018 Ruth Apollonia Author of Annabelle of Anchony

Voices at CMN 2018 Kimberly Cook My Hand in Yours Yours in Mine Catholic Authors

Aug 6th Voices at CMN 2018 August Turak Author: Brother John: A Monk, a Pilgrim and the Purpose of Life

Aug 5th Voices at CMN 2018 Fr. Edward Looney Author A Heart Like Mary’s

Aug 4th: Karina Fabian of the Catholic Writers Guild or A Preview of Blogging Attractions


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On the way back from Lancaster PA and the 2018 Catholic Marketing Network DaWife and I took a Detour towards Philly to visit the Internet’s premire Pinball/arcade machine salesman Todd Tuckey

As you can see we gave no advance notice so we had no idea what would be going on or even if he would be in, all we knew was we were showing up during business hours and Todd likes to sell things so we figured our odds were OK to find him there, we did.

Todd’s game area which he rents out for parties is rather cool and very kid friendly with crawl holes connecting different rooms (little kids and childish people like me absolutely LOVE crawl holes not to mention a nice collection of both pinball and arcades games to play that are also all for sale.

He also ran an old Popeye cartoon episode from the 50’s which was a remake of a 30’s feature which he had on actual film, which is what primitive man used to use to show movies before the digital age. I haven’t been able to find this version on youtube so this is likely the only place you’ll see it.

I had my primary camera for the video but the batter started flashing and my spares where somewhere in the car so I cut that video short. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I remembered that I had my backup camera around my neck so I started filming the work area and Todd showed me some of the machines he was working on.

As I mentioned in my Pintastic piece on him what can be lost in the comedy and the showmanship from Todd videos is the amount of work that goes into these machines in terms of electronics, in terms of art, even in terms of basic cleaning. Todd has the type of practical knowledge that would be invaluable for young folks today, he’s a lot more than just an internet showman.

Speaking of being an internet showman His latest video is up and it shows some of the machines from my visit that he was working on completed and ready to ship

If I ever do a book on American Success Stories Done, Todd Tuckey will have a chapter.


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