Yesterday I wrote that silence wasn’t an option for Pope Francis given the very public written charges by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, that ope Francis not only knew about what Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s had done, but actually repealed the sanctions on him by Pope Benedict and elevated him to a position of power and influence over the US church within the Vatican until the general public found out what had been going on.

Boy was I wrong:


“Read the statement carefully yourselves and make your own judgment.”

“I am not going to say a word about this.”

“I believe that the statement speaks for itself, and you all have sufficient journalistic ability to draw conclusions.”

“It is an act of trust. When a little time goes by, and you have drawn conclusions, perhaps I will speak about it, but I would like your professional maturity to do this work. It will do you all good, really.“


I forget that this is the same Pope who has ignored the Cardinals Dubia on Amoris Laetitia for over 700 days and counting.

This silence is perplexing to some faithful Catholics like old friend Elizabeth Scalia:

Others like Father Z think what the Pope is doing is pretty obvious:


In my cynicism – please forgive me for being a little cynical right now? – what the Pope said is along the lines of:

“You, the press, have been on my side till now. If you think about it for a while, you should still be on my side. If you weigh the alternatives you will remember that I am your guy.”

This is not a happy man. But that’s not much of a conclusion. Listen to, however, what he is trying to say.

Here is what I think he said, without saying it.

The Pope is calling on the press to do the necessary work to make this go away.

If you think this is complicated for Francis’ liberal allies in the Church Just Imagine what all of this is like for the MSM & the left.

Granted the MSM was lucky in terms of timing.  Last weekend they could focus on the Death of Senator John McCain and the Cohen deal are huge stories in the US so it gives them time to figure out what to do before they report on the absolutely biggest story everywhere else in the world.

Now normally for the MSM this is a no brainer, any scandal within the Catholic Church is a cause for celebration to them. The chance to go after the Catholic Church that dares still speak against Abortion, Gay Marriage, Transgenderism et/al, the sacraments of the left has always been welcome. Furthermore given the media’s previous success completely excluding the fact that the church scandals have overwhelmingly involved Gay Clergy preying on young boys, one would think that there would be no hesitancy to jump right in

But Francis involvement and the charges against him directly complicates the matter. He is THEIR Pope, the Pope who they were counting on to change church doctrine on all of these issues, to take the focus off of abortion, to suggest that some mortal sins like Sodomy, aren’t all that mortal, and to remake the church in their image through his pronouncements, his encyclicals and most of all through appointments of Bishops and Cardinals in line with those goals.

To report on this all puts all that in jeopardy and now even worse with the Pope asking them to report on it while not denying the revelation that McCarrick had a big hand in Francis’ appointment of key Cardinals in the US,  who by an odd coincidence are all are seemingly sympathetic with the media’s goals and agenda, makes touching this incredibility dangerous for a press that has been lionizing Francis from day one.  If this goes the wrong way for them it could lead to the replacement of liberal Cardinals and Bishops with fellows who might think something like this:

“It is time to be honest that the problems are both and they are more. To fall into the trap of parsing problems according to what society might find acceptable or unacceptable is ignoring the fact that the Church has never held any of it to be acceptable — neither the abuse of children, nor any use of one’s sexuality outside of the marital relationship, nor the sin of sodomy, nor the entering of clerics into intimate sexual relationships at all, nor the abuse and coercion by those with authority,” he wrote.

Bishop Morlino said that McCarrick was guilty of abusing power “for the sake of homosexual gratification.”

“It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord. The Church’s teaching is clear that the homosexual inclination is not in itself sinful, but it is intrinsically disordered in a way that renders any man stably afflicted by it unfit to be a priest,” he added.

He wrote to seminarians of his diocese that they should immediately notify him of any sexual abuse, coercion or sexual immorality they might experience or witness in their seminaries.

“I will address it swiftly and vigorously. I will not stand for this in my diocese or anywhere I send men for formation,” he wrote, adding that he expects seminaries to address sexual immorality directly.

To the priests of Madison, the bishop explained his expectation that each one “live out your priesthood as a holy priest, a hardworking priest, and a pure and happy priest — as Christ himself is calling you to do. And by extension, live a chaste and celibate life so that you can completely give your life to Christ, the Church and the people whom he has called you to serve. God will give you the graces to do so.”

He likewise called priests to notify him of abuse or sexual immorality they might become aware of.

That’s Bishop Moreno of Madison Wisconsin and the last thing that the media want to do is empower someone like him, a Bishop faithful to the doctrines of the church as they are vs how they want them to be.

How with the MSM react?  Well if it looked for one moment like Pope Francis was going to clean house  the left/media would have turned on him faster than the liberal black community turned on Ben Carson but now that he’s basically thrown the story out there while at the same time refusing to deny it is like asking them to pass a camel thorough the eye of a needle.

Bottom line the MSM/Left will do all they can to preserve their goal of a changed liberal church that redefines sin to their specifications and will even work with those in the church seeking that goal.  I don’t see how they reach that goal by reporting on this story so I suspect they will do all they can to ignore it in the hopes of preserving Francis as their agent of change.  If however it becomes clear that Francis is no longer capable of delivering then I suspect they will pivot and come full bore on Francis and the Church as if he was Benedict or St. John Paul II.

This will come as a great shock to this Pope who like the late Senator John McCain assumed the left and media loved him, but the truth is both cases is their love was conditional on either of them being useful to destroy their enemies and in the end a Catholic Church with the moral authority to confront the culture of death and degradation that the media/left promotes is the biggest enemy they have and if Francis can’t co-op that enemy then his usefulness is at an end so attacking the church , which frankly they’re more comfortable doing anyways will be a pretty good 2nd best for them.

Philippe de Champaige Via Wikapedia Commons

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:


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.

President Merkin Muffley:
Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

I was in the process of writing a blog post about parenthood on the occasion of my oldest son’s birthday and I wanted to finish by quoting St. Paul in scripture so I hit my bookmarks to the psalms as the quickest way to access the bible on the vatican and got this message

My first thought was they finally fixed The Psalm section which was a pain in the neck so I went to my base link on the blog, clicked on the Bible which goes to the index page and got the same thing.

I figured the vatican site might be down but when I clicked on it, it came up normally so I looked for the link to the bible and didn’t see it where it had been before. Looking at the main page I found a reference link which had a page with a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church , Canon law and some new links I hadn’t seen before including COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH written by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. But at the top of the list was The Bible. So I clicked on the link figured I’d have to update my bookmarks and saw this….

Here is the text if you can’t read the screen shot:

“The Holy Bible is available in almost every language on earth: the Episcopal Conferences take care of the continuous updating of the translations. In order to have access to the latest Bible version, kindly consult the website of your Episcopal Conference. ”

Seriously you’re the vatican and you TOOK THE &(#$(@(% BIBLE OFF YOUR WEB SITE! You actually think it’s more important to carry a 13-year-old document by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace available for visitors than the Bible?

What on earth is going on in Rome?

Closing thought. There is only one thing more frightening to me han the thought that the Bible was removed from the Vatican’s web site without Pope Francis knowledge and approval. The idea that it was.

UPDATE: I decided to see how easy it is to find the bible on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Website. Fortunately there is a front page link that looks like this:

The first two choices take you the readings from Today’s mass in either English or Spanish, the third choice Books of the bible brings you to both a list and a link to each chapter of each book of the bible (and in terms of Psalms is far superior to the old vatican version which had no link to individual Psalms just to the book that started you on #1 which was a real pain in the neck).

Let’s hope all the other conferences worldwide are just as diligent.

I still think pulling the Bible from the Vatican web site is a horrible idea both in terms of practice and in terms of optics.

Update 2: I guess the 1st printing of my book is now a collector’s item as it contains these words in the introduction that will have to be revised:

As might be expected I will be quoting scripture extensively throughout. All scripture used comes directly from the Vatican Web Site ( unless otherwise noted, so that if you have access to the internet, you can confirm the quotes you see.

If you are reading an electronic version of the book you will find some hyperlinks embedded to both scripture and some other items.

I guess I’ll have to fix those paragraphs and redirect the links in the electronic version when I get a chance.  I guess you’d better buy the book now while you can.

Update 3:  Can’t help but thinking of Dr. Strangelove

Gentlemen you can’t read the Bible here, this is the Vatican!

Update 4: Added the text of the screen shot

Update 5: Subscriber Richard Shuford reminds me that the internet and more specifically the Wayback Machine is forever and while the July 5th capture showed the bible gone the June 6 2017 capture still has the main page but I’m linking the Jan 31st 2017 version which has all the pages there available and readable.

Perhaps I should provide a permanent link but the real story is this.

For at least 11 days the Bible has been gone from the vatican web site. This is a newsworthy story and yet I’ve seen no reporting on this other than mine. That means not a single member of the press in the world has attempted to access the bible online there in that time.

I’d like to say that’s a surprise, but that would be a lie.

Update 7: Scripture is back at the Vatican site but Beware of the Leopard!

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All the press right now everywhere is focused on the presidential race but in 100 years the event that is going to be considered most significant in the history of the world from 2016 is this one:

Pope Francis and the leader of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church will hold talks in Cuba next week, the first meeting ever between a pope and a Russian patriarch and an encounter that some experts believe may help soothe conflicts in the Middle East.

It isn’t clear what the agenda will be for the meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the largest and wealthiest branch of Orthodox Christianity. But experts predict it could be a significant step — if probably symbolic — toward mending a schism that has divided Christianity between East and West for nearly 1,000 years.

At a time when Christians and Christianity are under attack both physically and culturally a show of unity particularly between this pair is huge:

The Patriarchate of Moscow sees itself as one of the few defenders of Christians in the Middle East, and Russia has intervened on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, he pointed out. “Just for reasons of self-preservation, the Christians in Syria have mainly placed themselves under the protection of Assad and are discretely supportive of the Assad regime. They do believe the alternative is ISIS or some al Qaeda affiliate that would make their lives short or hellish,” he said.

Pope Francis, he continued, understands that any sort of solution to the problem of persecution of Middle Eastern Christians has a lot to do with ending the fighting in Syria, and that means getting Putin and the Russians committed to ending the fighting in Syria, “to get Putin to consider a political solution to the conflict and recognize that the Vatican and others can serve as honest brokers.”

This is about as unlikely an event as it gets.

Many Russian Orthodox consider Catholics as schismatic and heterodox. They also suspect Eastern Catholics, particularly the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which follows Orthodox rituals and spirituality, as encroaching on what they consider Orthodox territory and hoping to siphon off Orthodox believers.

“The Russian Patriarchate has really carved out a very anti-ecumenical position over the past few decades… as a very strong nationalist Church,” the expert said. “It’s wed itself even closer than other national Churches, like the Bulgarian Orthodox or Romanian Orthodox, to the current regime in its country.

We don’t know what exactly will be said:

The encounter between the two leaders, expected to last roughly two hours, will take place at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, and will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration. No details about the content of that agreement were released.

Those who don’t follow religion don’t realize just how big this is. That would not be an accurate description of John Allen:

Journalism tends to wildly overuse the term “historic,” but when it comes to Friday’s announcement that Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Feb. 12 in Havana, there’s simply no other word for it.

He’ll likely be covering that. I’m jealous

Yet this is taking place

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For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Matthew 25 35-36

Yesterday during the Rush Limbaugh show a caller produced a startling claim.

ANN:  Great.  Well, we have some interesting news.  My husband Eddie is on the phone with us.  We live in Southern California, and we’re Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they’re going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop’s office on Monday and they’re gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month.  The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media. 

Now there are several things that are key, first the politics of this is pretty plain as Rush notes , 

Rush Limbaugh: Everybody now is focused on, “Okay, what do we do with these people?” Look, I understand you just can’t ignore them and leave them to the wolves.  Don’t misunderstand.  But I don’t get the acceptance.  I don’t get the idea that there’s no end to this.  I understand what Obama’s doing.  He’s trying to get Hispanic numbers up; he’s trying to put pressure on Republicans to vote for amnesty before the November elections. 

I understand all of that.

I understand the politics of it. 

We’ve already talked about this.  The purpose of this crisis is to help elect Democrats, this is what the administration cares about, not borders, not people.  If the left thought for one moment that these kids would turn 18 and vote for Sarah Palin A ten foot border wall complete with moat and alligators would already be in place.

But what really interesting about this claim is the administration turning to the church.

This administration and their allies hate the Catholic Church.  They hate our doctrines on Abortion, hate our doctrines on Contraception, hate our doctrines on Gay Marriage, they hate the Catholic schools which provide a better alternative to the public schools and they hate the idea that the church points to Christ over the state.

But they also know that the church being the church looks beyond the political sphere and they understand the reality that the duty of the church goes beyond simple nationalism or even national interest.

The duty to protect the borders belongs to the state, the duty to enforce the laws belong to the state, the duty to protect the welfare of Americans and use their funds wisely and honestly belong to the state.

BUT the duties and responsibilities of Christians are duties to individuals.

To love one’s neighbor is an individual duty.

To feed the poor is an individual duty.

To pray for each other, to love one’s enemy, to turn the other cheek, all of these are individual duties that Christians in general & Catholics in particular have been called upon to perform since the days of Christ.

No Diocese can, when called upon, not perform this duty in the same way that a doctor is obliged to take care of the sick without prejudice to who they are.  The duty to do this is independent of any political consideration and that is just the way it is and the administration is very cunning to call upon the church to exercise this because the Church can’t say no and once he is done with us he will happily turn back to persecuting us as evil woman hating homophobic bigots.

That is what the Obama Administration is all about, using others for their own political gain.

Final thought:  While Christian duty obliges us to do this, we are NOT obliged to keep silent about this in order to keep the people uninformed.  If this is a duty of mercy and a righteous thing to do it should be done openly (not keeping a light under a bushel).    If it is right it should be done proudly and openly and if there is pushback it is the duty of a priest or bishop to explain the duty of a Christian as I just did.

To do otherwise simply helps those who are trying to manipulate us and is frankly cowardly.

Update: Beck & Erickson are exactly right, this is the right thing to do, even though our political foes are pretty much using us


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One of the things that I’ve made a point to do it over the years is watch MSNBC in the morning.

This brings two advantages, first of all it gives me n insight on what the left’s message & theme of the day is, but it also makes me stronger in my point.

If my arguments are of any value, they can stand up to the left arguments, and not the left’s arguments as repeated or spun by my friends on the right, but the left’s arguments in their own words.  (Much like my Bob Beckels on Da Magnificent Panel.

This is incidentally why the left is so adamant about keeping people from watching Fox news, they call it “Faux” news but they have actually created a “Faux” Fox in order to keep their own from hearing the right’s arguments in their own words


And that brings us to our secular humanist friends, who insists that Christians are simply ignorant people believing superstition.

One of the things I’ve noticed about such people in invariably will pull a verse, particularly from the old testament laws to hit Christians with.  It’s a great straw man when people have no familiarity with scripture but anyone who has read Acts concerning St. Peter and the council of Jerusalem could answer that without pausing for breath.

That being the case it would behove our secular humanist friends to become familiar with scripture, after all how can you critique what you don’t understand, or haven’t heard in context.  After all the scientific method involves actually studying things within their environment.

But where can they get such information and data in an organized way?  That’s easy the Daily Catholic Mass.

The Daily Catholic mass is the perfect way to understand scripture and prayer and the belief in it.  The prayers during the daily mass are crafted on a daily & organized basic, the same with the Eucharistic Prayers.   They are uniform throughout the country (with the occasional optional feast day) because this is nationally set a priest can’t spin it based on your presence.

But most important for your study is the scripture cycle.

Unlike the Sunday mass which operates on a three year cycle, the Daily Mass operates on a two year one.

Year one are Old testament readings grouped to tell a specific story, usually over the course of a week.  In Year two the 1st reading switches the the new testament letters.  Each year you get the full Gospel.

The Daily mass runs about 20 minutes in a local parish with the occasional high mass on a feast day.

If you are a humanist, who wants to make an intelligent case against Christianity it would make sense to invest 30 minutes a day 5 days a week to attend the Daily Mass, see Christians in their natural habitat, listen to their prayers, hear the scripture readings in their context that shape their beliefs.  Study them as they are, get the data needed to make your case against Christianity directly from the largest single denomination in the world.

Now is the perfect time because if you jump in at the start of July you’ll get half a year of old & half a year of new testament & the Gospels in full.  Of course if you want to do the full two year cycle for better data, that makes sense too.

So take up my challenge humanists, spend a year (or two) attending daily mass at a local church, the time it will costs you is a single sitcom a day and if nothing else the scripture references will give you a perspective on what many things within history & western civilization is built on.  See us as we are if you dare.

After all it’s the scientific thing to do.

It’s not often that the Boston Globe’s news coverage is worthy of praise, but their acquisition of John Allen Jr. to cover the Vatican is producing some of the most informative and professional coverage the Globe has even seen

Can it really just be diplomatic happenstance that the date set this week for the prayer summit bringing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres together with Pope Francis at the Vatican is a day of particular moment on the Christian calendar?

The June 8 gathering, to which Francis invited the two leaders during his recent trip to the Middle East, will coincide with the Christian feast of Pentecost, when the Bible reports that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples after Jesus had ascended to Heaven, transforming them from a timid bunch cowering in an upper room into the most fearless missionaries the world has ever seen.

Perhaps in private, Francis is hoping for a similar miracle this time around.

Those paragraphs show a real understanding of not only the Catholic faith but of this pope. An understanding the secular media doesn’t have.

Moreover this piece notes that while in a secular that dismisses prayer (but somehow embraced a generic “spiritually”) as a meaningless thing. No matter what the faith The function of prayer is meaningful to the believers:

Jews and Muslims have their own sensitivities about praying with followers of other religions, while for Catholics, Pope John Paul II’s 1986 prayer summit in Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Francis, opened a debate about the limits of interfaith prayer that has never really ended.

It will be fascinating to see what kind of ritual organizers invent, and whether it includes joint prayer or rather separate prayers in the same space.

That’s an insight that Globe readers should be grateful for, moreover he put the entire event into proper perspective:

At the level of realpolitik, it’s not yet clear if the pope’s brand of politics can move the ball, but perhaps that’s not the right test for a distinctly religious actor.

“I realize political credibility is important in this world,” said American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, “but it’s more important to be faithful to God. … He’s counting on the Lord, and you can’t tell the pope that’s not the right thing to do.”

McCarrick, a veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, spoke to the Globe in Jerusalem during the papal visit.

The pope, he said, “is not putting himself out on a limb, he’s putting himself up on the Cross, and that’s what he’s called to do.”

In any event, he’s certainly doing it in his own unique way.

This is only a small sample of a large piece that covers a lot more ground than the upcoming event of the 8th. (The Anchoress notes a rather significant part that deserves more of my attention at a later date) but for now let me recommend that you avail yourself of Mr. Allen’s insight and perhaps drop the Globe a line commending them on their move.

Perhaps you can show more appreciation than their commentators do.

Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen.

The Exorcist 1972

Theyll [the left] always tell us who they fear

Rush Limbaugh

One of the things we’ve talked about here at DaTechguy blog concerning Pope Francis has been how the media has tended to ignore stories that don’t fit the narrative they’ve constructed of him.

So I was really surprised to see the Washington Post decide that this aspect of Francis message warranted their attention

After his little more than a year atop the Throne of St. Peter, Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation.

Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces­ of evil at his beck and call.

We’ve noticed the Pope’s willingness to bluntly talk about the devil before but apparently in this Harvard Black Mass world this seems to have gotten some people hackles up

by focusing on old-school interpretations of the Devil, some progressive theologians complain, the pope is undermining his reputation as a leader who in so many other ways appears to be more in step with modern society than his predecessor.

“He is opening the door to superstition,” said Vito Mancuso, a Catholic theologian and writer.

The complaints of progressive “catholic theologians” concerning “superstition” are as amusing as the Baptist minister who has no problem with Joshua stopping the sun, Jonah in the Whale, Christ feeding 5000 or Peter healing the cripple but calls the Eucharist a “magic trick”.  If you claim to be a Catholic theologian and say “the Devil is superstition” then you’re doing it wrong.

This is a real change for the press compared to his predecessor

“Had Pope Benedict done this, the media would have clobbered him.”

Mind you this is a rather mild critique yet the media giving air to any complaints at all to the first Latin American Pope is unusual.   I find it fascinating and telling that of all the things the Pope has done it is this that begins the attack upon him.


I suspect it’s because belief in the existence of the Devil runs counter to  the two pillars of the secular left: Moral relativism & consequence free action.  How can one promote hedonism and moral relativism without worry if there are not only absolute standards of good and evil but eternal consequences for the wrong choice?

Some ideas are just too dangerous to let stand and for the media this is the signal to turn.

They might have let a lot of things go but once you start acknowledging the Devil’s existence, that’s a bridge too far.

Update: It took a full week after the fact for Maureen Down to cry foul over the Vatican insisting Catholic nuns believe in Christ

I submit & suggest that if the Pope isn’t hitting the devil this pushback doesn’t come.

Update: Linked by the Anchoress Thanks, meanwhile Captain Ed Morrissey noting the Harvard black Mass BS from Harvard’s President explains why the Pope is talking so much about the devil

Perhaps it’s because it’s becoming more necessary.


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Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sexual criminals.  Yesterday he focused on Teachers

If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that America’s public schools are staffed by sex-crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout


Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret

Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

The Huffington Post 06/09/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

U.S. Swimming Sex Scandal: Abuse, Molestation, Secret Tapings & More

U.S. swim coaches have molested, groped and secretly taped numerous teenage swimmers over the past decade, according to ABC News. The network counts “36 coaches banned for life for sexual misconduct over the last 10 years” by the U.S. governing body for swimming.

A ten year coverup odd there hasn’t been investigations going back to the 50’s

The Gothamist June 6th 2012:

“Secret History Of Sexual Predators” At Horace Mann

Today, the NY Times published its big weekend magazine feature online, and it’s a sprawling look at decades of alleged sexual abuse at one of New York City’s top private schools. Former student Amos Kimel, who graduated in 1982, begins by describing about the lush campus was a world away from his I.S. 144 in the Bronx, “Shortly after my arrival, a new friend walked me around the school, pointing out teachers to avoid. ‘What do you mean? Like, they’re hard graders?’ ‘No. Perverts. Stay away from them. Trust me.'”

My take at the time:

I can’t help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law to investigate both Mann & other schools?

I wonder how many future NYT stories will be written about them and how many on the left will opine about the culture at Horace Mann and how many national stories will be written on the subject?

I don’t remember seeing any, nor about the LA scandals from February 7th 2012

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.

The unprecedented move is intended to build confidence among the many families who have lost faith in their neighborhood elementary school. More than a quarter of students did not show up for classes Monday.

given that fact there was little reaction that day:

Now you would think this would produce headlines and coverage all over the place. A sex scandal involving minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV coverage, I don’t see any Maureen Dowd columns, I don’t see anyone calling for a comprehensive examination of public schools and waving of statue of limitations for public school teachers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is concerned there IS no story.

No story there or on Feb 12, 2012 either

Even after pleading “no contest” and guilty, the two administrators still enjoy full employment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each administrator a promotion…and not a single journalist has taken note
Double Standard Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

Even when the subject was an actor like Cory Feldman talking Hollywood on Aug 10, 2011

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

it went nowhere And on Dec 6th 2011 there is was more from Hollywood

Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Sesame Street?  Did someone say Sesame Street:

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

That was Nov 20th 2012 And the reaction of the left in comments around the web…

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

Even though as we reported on April 11th 2010 the stats say otherwise

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this article appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive.

Of course after Tina Brown took over everything at Newsweek became a web exclusive.

Now in fairness there were some legislative attempts in NY to focus on more than just the Catholic Church but we saw how well that went over on  May 3rd, 2010

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

The most telling line came at the end of my post:

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

They never did, the law never passed.

Meanwhile while all the stories above went unreported the story of the Church cracking down in seminaries and changing rules to stop the problem before it starts.(the Vatican web site is loaded and the link to it has been prominent on the front page for years)  has also been ignored except to attack it as antigay

Now I’m not so naive to think that Glenn’s Instalance of Stacy piece will get the conversation started nationally but I have a suggestion.

Bookmark this link and the next time you hear someone make a snide remark about the church scandal & ending celibacy among Catholic priests cite a few of these examples then go to Stacy’s site and click on the crime link for more.

THEN ask when the Public Schools, Private Schools, Hollywood, the Boy Scouts the US swim team and Sesame Street will end celibacy & allow employees to marry.

Update:  Stacy followed up with a second post with a new gaggle of women teachers that is an excellent answer to those who saw the church crackdown as “anti-gay”

This sarcastic reference to the Catholic priest scandal — for such were the arguments of “reformers” in that context — also points out the falsehood of one common reaction to teacher sex crimes.

Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”

The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference:  Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.

Abnormal? Certainly. Uncommon? Not exactly.

Cue the :  If the Church only had women priests or married priests or transgendered priests etc etc etc choir.


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