The MSM is breathless and laughing my head off:

I suspect Ed Morrissey has reached a point where this ignorance doesn’t phase him as much

none of this should be terribly newsworthy anyway. The Catholic Church teaches that all sins can be forgiven through Christ for those who truly repent and intend to refrain from that sin in the future. That’s true of murder, abortion, and all sorts of other sins. That does not alleviate people from the temporal consequences of sin, but it does allow the truly penitent to offer up their sins to Christ and rejoin the path of salvation. The sacrament of reconciliation exists to bring those who stray back into communion with the Church.

This isn’t just basic Christianity it’s Bible 101

(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 20:21-23


Ed Further notes in an update that this “big change” isn’t as big as you might think, particularly in the US

My friend Father Z’s post from June 2014 confirms that the procedural change on abortion is mostly an affirmation of what’s already taking place in all American dioceses, under a grant from St. John Paul II:

But the tone of the MSM suggest they are completely surprised that the sin of Abortion can be forgiven. This is this is such basic first grade knowledge that it prompted this tweet from Mollie Hemingway:

Yes Mollie they can in fact their ignorance and desire to support this meme causes them to miss the real groundbreaking news in this announcement, all that is except for John Allen who should hold a symposium for journalist so they can ask him questions about Christianity & the Catholic Church & he can educate them.

The pontiff also decided that any Catholic who confesses his or her sins during the year to a priest of the Society of St. Pius X, a traditionalist breakaway group not approved by Rome, will nevertheless be considered licitly forgiven.

Francis expressed hope on Tuesday that a rupture with the society may be overcome “in the near future,” seeming to style his opening as a prelude to broader reconciliation.

That is HUGE news and Father Z expands on it further (emphasis mine):

Along with this, the fact of Pope Francis’ move, together with the wording, confirms what I have been saying all along about the priests of the SSPX: they do not and have not had the faculty validly to absolve sins! The fact that this is being granted for the Year of Mercy bears out what I have been saying.

That said, if the Holy Father is willing to go this far with the priests of the SSPX, is it hard to imagine that this merciful concession might not be extended beyond the Year of Mercy? I would like to think so!

Next, this concession also underscores a point I have been making all along. If only Nixon could go to China, perhaps Pope Francis is the Pope who will reconcile the SSPX!


A million souls brought into full communion with the church? Sounds like a winning idea to me!

However I suspect that the media couldn’t tell the difference between the SSPX and the SPCA but if they did know it I suspect they would be horrified at the idea that the Pope is reaching out to them.

If you want to read the bulletin yourself (and you should) it is here, but there is one solid message vital to your eternal existence that the Pope is promulgating, a message that the media wants you to ignore:


Closing thought:

My protestant friends insist that there is no need or purpose for sacramental confession so I would ask them this:

 If Christ didn’t want us to seek forgiveness from within the church why did he explicitly give the Apostles as a whole the capacity to both forgive sins and to hold them bound?  Does that not suggest the need for someone to independently judge is one is truly contrite or just mouthing the words and the need for someone wracked with the guilt of sin to explicitly hear the words: “You are forgiven”?  

It’s one thing to believe you are forgiven, it’s another to hear it spoken aloud like this:

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You can not comprehend the comfort those words bring to one who needs to hear them.


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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

Ed Morrissey is in Rome covering the Catholic Church’s Synod on the family and his latest update will  disappoint many on the left who anticipated this to be a sea of change to Catholic Doctrine:

Today’s briefing did actually break a little news. The topic yesterday afternoon and this morning was mostly on difficult pastoral situations, including marriage issues, which produced intense, passionate debate — or “animated and fraternal discussion,” depending on which interpretation one prefers.  According to CNS, which has done a great job of live-tweeting all of the remarks (acting a bit like a translation service for some of us), the Synod “strongly reaffirms that those who remarry without annulment cannot receive Communion,” even though the bishops also see the need for pastoral outreach for those Christians. One speaker at the Synod — the Vatican is not providing names — said that the lack of Communion “isn’t moral judgment of individual,” but objective assessment of his/her marital status (again, translation according to CNS). 

But…but all those surveys wasn’t the church trying to figure out how to please all those people who didn’t believe what is being taught or not taught?

Some participants spoke of the need to “adapt the language” of the Church so that its doctrine on the family, life and sexuality is “understood correctly.” To do this, they said, “it is necessary to enter into dialogue with the world” with a “critical but sincere openness.” That dialogue could be based on common themes such as the “equal dignity of men and women and the rejection of violence.”

It was said in the assembly that the Gospel must be shown rather than explained, and the lay faithful should proclaim the Good News with a “missionary charism,” not “depersonalized,” but through a “concrete witness to the beauty and truth of the Gospel.”


From ‘Defensive’ to ‘Proactive’

The challenge, it was said, was of passing from a “defensive situation” to a “proactive one” and “creating a bridge between the language of the Church and that of society.”

It sounds like they have been reading St. Pope John Paul II (via Fr. Z  all emphasis his):

Numerous interventions during the synod, expressing the general thought of the fathers, emphasized the coexistence and mutual influence of two equally important principles in relation to these cases. The first principle is that of compassion and mercy, whereby the church, as the continuer in history of Christ’s presence and work, not wishing the death of the sinner but that the sinner should be converted and live, and careful not to break the bruised reed or to quench the dimly burning wick, ever seeks to offer, as far as possible, the path of return to God and of reconciliation with him. The other principle is that of truth and consistency, whereby the church does not agree to call good evil and evil good.

It will be interesting to see how the media handles things when this Synod doesn’t turn out the way they suspect.


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Ed Morrissey’s piece is good too but if you want to understand the absurdity of Hillary as president this image followed by those two words is really all you need.

If you are a pro-life anti-abortion person you have almost certainly heard people tell you about how Planned Parenthood is all about helping women in a difficult spot and supporting women while pro-lifers are a bunch of religious fanatics who don’t care one bit about women.

If you have heard that argument then it’s VITAL that you listen to this interview with Rod Murphy of Problem Pregnancy from this week’s show.

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Hour two with Peter Healey of the Knights of Colunbus and the Panel with Ed Morrissey & Pastor George Kelly is here.

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Arthur: But if you all work all day every day when is the time for adventure?

Little John: Life is 9/10 work my boy with a little play when you can get it.

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We talk a lot about political stuff here but Ed Morrissey imparts some on what’s actually important or more importantly what makes a marriage work on the occasion of his 20th anniversary:

Marriage is tough. It takes work, understanding, forgiveness, and maturity — which Marcia has in abundance, thankfully, to make up for my deficits. Seriously, though, what I have discovered along the way is that it takes a firm and committed heart. Not the romantic notions of heart, but the true sense of the conjunction of the will and the intellect, joined in love and with God at the center. Our marriage has been strongest at those times when we felt weakest and fell back on the strength we had in the Lord. After that happens a few times, the lesson starts to sink in, even through the thickest skull. You know … mine.

that’s the first component of a successful marriage realizing how it involves work and effort and not the nonsense you see on TV.

The Second component touches on the 2nd most important aspect of Marriage I had a moment on New Years Eve that illustrates it perfectly.

Ens Covery (translating Cinque):   I will call to the past, far back to the beginning of time, and beg them to come and help me at the judgment. I will reach back and draw them into me, and they must come, for at this moment, I am the whole reason they have existed at all.

Amistad 1997

The wife and I were in a restaurant in Worcester and there was a young waitress who was doing the prep for what would be a big night before heading to her 2nd job.

The wife and I got to talking with her she was getting ready to graduate and then was going to Head to Hawaii for a few months with some friends and decide if she wanted to stay, by an odd coincidence my wife did the same thing after college.

The girl asked my wife about her time in Hawaii and she talked about how wonderful it was. The girl then asked if she regrets not staying there and settle.

She didn’t hesitate for a moment declaring if she had stayed in Hawaii she wouldn’t have our sons.

And THAT is the sign of the perspective that you want. Once you have children, they remain the priority no matter what the age they are.  Too many people see children as sign of status rather than a labor of love and responsibility that last a lifetime.

There was a time when these cultural truths were understood not only because they were self-evident but because they were the secret to success of both a family and a society.

But as the culture of narcissism & me brought by the baby boom generation and reinforced by the media has taken hold these values have retreated to the religious and cultural conservatives.

It will take decades for the culture to change as the Baby boomers die and their influence dies off but take those two lessons to heart, marriage takes work and your children are the priority, and you will see success.

Happy Anniversary Ed and many more.


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Because of my road trip I didn’t have time to watch much TV but on Friday Morning I sat at the Lonely Conservative’s Kitchen table watching Morning Joe while I planned a day that would take me to the Ann Marie Buerkle HQ, The Clay Town Hall Event, The Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda and to Chris Gibson’s campaign office in Kingston, with a Saratoga stop in NY-21 cancelled 30 minutes away from the spot.

In between Phone calls and watching tweets Karen steeped out the door to take her son when to my shock and delight my friend Ed Morrissey came on the screen to talk about his piece on Election 2012.

As you can see I was a tad excited.

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When Karen walked back in I called to her excitedly to see.

There is a lot to say about the appearance, that it drove Mika a tad nuts to the point of fillibuster was fun, that it actually promoted at least once Sock Puppet on Twitter to attack him was amusing but what really got me laughing the more I thought about it was what it represents.

There is no question Ed Morrissey deserves the attention, he is a great writer, his wife is a national treasure, and on a personal level as a guy who went from a call center to writing, reporting and punditry Ed’s path is the path I hope to complete.

But in the end Northern Alliance Radio not withstanding, Ed Morrissey is a blogger, he cut his teeth at the Captain Quarters where I started reading him and has continues as a blogger for

Hot air is a blog, it has always been a blog, even though it is now part of Town Hall it remains a blog.

Yet over and over on Morning Joe we have heard people from Mike Barnicle to Joe Scarborough go after “Cheetoes Eating Bloggers” as people to be scorned, ignored and berated.

I hope and trust Ed will be back on the show, if so perhaps it suggest they have turned a corner on the new media. And maybe Mika will be able to bring herself to ask a question.

But more importantly this will be the moment when the Morning Joe team acknowledges that the people of the blogosphere who work very hard for very little reward and have does the job that many in the media have not deigned worthy to cover

I have written more than once that the MSM/Left uses polls not to inform, but to influence elections. Today Ed Morrissey looks at polling in Missouri on Senate Candidate Todd Akin and notices something…interesting

There’s another problem with this poll for Akin, one we don’t usually see from PPP emphasis mine— they significantly oversampled Republicans. The D/R/I on this survey is R+9 at 30/39/32, but even the GOP-sweep 2010 election had exit polls for Missouri showing an R+3 advantage, 34/37/28. I’m not sure I’d trust that one-point margin lead in this poll.

Now that’s really different, why would PPP suddenly choose this moment to oversample republicans?

Could it be that they are desperate to make sure that Todd Akin stays in the race?

I suspect that if he chooses to remain, the next sample will be less lopsided and more accurate.

If you wanted evidence that certain public polls are a tool to produce a desired result rather than inform, here it is.

Update: Legal insurrection is thinking the same thing without noting the split:

Maybe Akin could win Missouri, but this was just a flash poll so it’s hard to read too much into it.

If I were a cynic, I might suggest that PPP — a Democratic pollster – did the flash poll knowing it was too soon for the effect of the controversy to make its way into the electorate in the hope of keeping Akin’s hope alive before he makes his decision overnight whether to step aside.


(Note this doesn’t change my opinion that win or lose it’s a bad precedent to overturn an election and replace a legitimate primary winner based on a gaffe. It will be used in the future any time one side or the other sees an electoral problem ahead, much easier than working hard to change minds.)

Update: Rush makes my point on the poll sample and feeling uncomfortable telling Akin to go.

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Just watched yet another GOP debate and was totally unamazed by the lack of questions on fast and furious and BS questions such as: “Why did the Bush Tax Cuts fail?”. I think political types are sick of questions from people who want the GOP to fail.

I have a solution:

I suggest Hotair send an invitation to each candidate for a 2 hour debate moderated by Ed Morrissey.

The panel can be 4 bloggers the rule being each blogger has to be a known supporter of a different candidate (for example Bill Jacobson for Gingrich, Powerline for Romney, Stacy McCain for Santorum and a Ron Paul blogger for Ron Paul (Tom Woods?) )

I would suggest prospective bloggers could submit requests to be on the panel and the Hot Air Staff would vote. (That might be bad news for Stacy, oh well.)

I think Ed Morrissey should contact each campaign and see if they are willing. I guarantee it would be more interesting that what we’ve seen already.

Go for it Ed!

Update: Instalanche, thanks Glenn. I’d dead serious about this. The new media should demonstrate that it knows how to run a credible and substantive debate.

Update 2: Ed’s willing and we already know he is able.

Well, never let it be said that I would disappoint my friends. I hereby offer an invitation to the remaining four major Republican candidates to hold an on-line debate sponsored and webcast by Hot Air/Townhall, moderated by myself and a small panel of conservative and center-right bloggers. The most convenient place to conduct this would be at or around CPAC, which takes place in two weeks or so, and fortunately hits around the middle of a four-week lull in media debates. I believe all four candidates will be appearing at CPAC, which should make this convenient for them as well. However, I’m certain that we could schedule this at any other time and place where we could have all four on stage at the same time.

The candidates would be wise to jump on board.

…inadvertently about CNN

The piece itself is good and CNN deserves credit for running it, but do they label their liberal commentators as Liberal?

I suspect the Captain doesn’t mind be labeled as Conservative, after all that’s what he IS, but it really says something about CNN, and what it says isn’t nice.

I have heard quite a few people, ordinary people start to talk about Donald Trump positively. A lot of this is due to the push back against the media and his willingness to say aloud what other have not.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air , one of the most reasonable people in the blogosphere however looks behind the curtain and reminds us of a few relevant facts:

Trump’s business bankruptcies include the Taj Mahal casino (1991), and the Trump Plaza Hotel (1992), in both cases losing half his stake in the reorganizations. Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 in 2009, and in 2008 his Trump International Tower in Chicago defaulted on a $40 million loan.

His response to the last financial setback was both instructive and, well, entertaining. Trump blamed the global economic collapse and tried to have it declared an act of God to get out from paying back the $40 million — and then demanded $3 billion in damages from the bank for attempting to collect on the loan.

So much for “the buck stops here.” It’s worth noting that his own investors have booted him from management at these holdings after his risk-taking and failures. That’s not exactly a great track record for a chief executive.

This is 2011, it’s not possible to hide this information unless people don’t want to see it. Or lets put it another way. Let’s stipulate: for the sake of argument that Trump is absolutely correct on the Birth Certificate issue, that in itself does not qualify him for president.

Donald Trump is a self promoter, he understands that no matter what comes of this, in terms of publicity he will come out ahead, particularly if he can convince donors to pay for his campaign. Can someone explain to me how this ability to promote himself is any different from President Obama’s ability to run a successful campaign?

Would Trump be an improvement over the president? Well yeah, but I would be an Improvement over the president and I have no business running for office either.

The media not withstanding there are several excellent and competent choices for the Republican Nomination this time around. I think its going to take more than a couple of lively speeches and TV appearances to include Mr. Trump on this list.