If I was Donald Trump or the head of the RNC that’s the Press Release I would be issuing in English and spanish. The Spanish version saying:

Periódico propiedad de Amazon.com ataca al culto de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe durante la época Navideña

after seeing this Headline at the Washington Post.

Our culture of purity celebrates the Virgin Mary. As a rape victim, that hurts me.

Yes you’re reading that right.

That a protestant reverend is going after the very first Christian, who said “Yes” to God makes it even more ironic.

Of course if you don’t like my suggest press release or don’t want to hit Amazon which might claim they have no editorial control you could go with this in English:

“Washington Post attacks devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe during the week of her feast”

Or in spanish:

“El Washington Post ataca a Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe en la semana de su Fiesta”

The best part of such a PR release is it has the virtue of being true.

Oh and I’d repeat this is Spanish during the feast of Our Lady of divine providence (Nuestra Senora de la divina providencia) patron of Puerto Rico and the feast of Our Lady of Altagracia (Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia) the patron of the Dominican Republic too.

You know perhaps if the MSM had at least one or two  devout daily mass Catholics they might have figured out this was a bad idea.

I’d suggest praying for the Reverend Everheart for relief of her trauma and ask Our Lady to help her, The Memorare would be appropriate:

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

You can do the same for the editors at the Post and the folks at Amazon, you might think they are beyond Help but with God all things are possible.

My thanks to Fausta for the Spanish translations.

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Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word.

You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.

John:8:43-45

 

There has been an avalanche of talk (but almost none by the MSM) on the Wikileaks revelations concerning the Democrats/Clinton campaign and the attempt to co-op, infiltrate and take out the Catholic Church for it to be remade in it’s own image, if you listen to EWTN radio you simply can’t miss it.

But all these revelations brought me back to the days when the Satanic Temple was planning their black mass at Harvard, In one of the many updates to my primary post I liked to Mark Shea who absolutely nailed it:

Demonstrating once again the back-handed compliment that the devil always pays to Jesus Christ, the blasphemy is directed, not toward Zeus, Quetzelcoatl or Mars, but toward the one true God.

But I’d go one step farther.  The Satanic Temple wasn’t organizing a black Seder or a black Billy Graham Rally or a Black Baptist, Lutheran or even Anglican service they attacked the Catholic mass and the Eucharist because they understood and still understand that the Catholic Church is truly the actual church of Jesus Christ, founded by him, with St. Peter at its head with an unbroken line of succession, tradition teaching and authority granted by Christ and protected by the Holy Spirit and that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Remember there are plenty of Catholic supply stores where you can buy unconsecrated hosts indistinguishable from the real thing to the naked eye but it was the fact our satanic enemies (I’m sorry but it a Catholic can’t refer to a Satanist as an enemy then he isn’t allowed any) claimed to have a consecrated host that got the story rolling.

When I read the words of Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri (who defends herself by saying “I am a Catholic” forgetting that Judas could rightly claim he was an Apostle Chosen by Christ) I hear the same thing.

When they target the Catholic Church specifically, when they found their front organizations claiming to be catholic when they conspire to bring down the church even as the Obama administration conspires to bring down the little sisters of the poor, they are telling the entire world that the Catholic Church, for all it’s imperfections because it is administrated by humans, is the real thing.

That’s why it must be destroyed and that’s why they are doing their best to do so.

Just like the Satanic Temple.

Closing thought #1:  Elizabeth Scalia suggested something similar this week:

Catholics who are fretsome about Podesta’s words, and the words of others in the trail of emails exposing our “public servants” as seriously short-sighted and dubiously motivated, really should not be. “If the world hates you, it hated me first,” said our Christ, (John 15:18). While the Podesta emails tell us who is firmly of the world, they pay us an unintended compliment, here, by recognizing us as part of something that cannot be tamed, or distracted from the call of the One who makes us free.

Closing thought 2:  At my very first CPAC back in 2010 I interviewed some DC transit workers on the subject:  Why they are democrats, they turned it around and asked me why I am a republican (I’m not anymore FYI) my answer was as a faithful believing Catholic I was no longer welcome in the party.

It’s a high complement from Podesta and company that I could see in the 90’s what John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Kaine still can’t, won’t or pretend not to see today.


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Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

Matthew 10:32-33

You know there are very few things more depressing when on a pilgrimage to the grave of a nun who built an organization proclaiming the truth of catholic faith to the world to read about this:

Sr Jane Marie Klein, told AP the name changes are in keeping with the mission of the Sisters of St Francis of Perpetual Adoration, which founded the hospital system.

What name change is Sr. Jane Marie Klein saying is in keeping with the mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual adoration? Why removing the “saint” out of hospital names that she runs.

The health care system that oversees the Illinois and Indiana hospitals has determined that dropping the saint names will strengthen the brand identity of the system as a whole, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal.

“Unsainted” hospitals include those that had incorporated the names of St James, St Anthony, St Elizabeth, St Margaret, and St Francis.

Because nothing better illustrates the mission of Catholic nuns like ditch the saints and the Catholic identity they allude to.

It seems she followed the exact path that Screwtape suggested.

quietly and gradually nurse him on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely part of the “cause”… Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.

This entire story might seem confusing. While the Hospitals will discover that like God, the saints will not force themselves on those who don’t want them and will, however reluctantly agree to stay away, you would think that given the purpose of a hospital is to treat the sick, the aid of the Hospital’s patron would be very valuable. Of course that presumes actual belief and unfortunately I’ve discovered belief is not longer a given among the professed religious.

Exit question, who wants to bet that the Hospitals don’t remove the “St.” when trying to fundraise from faithful Catholics?


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Color me completely unsurprised by this story out of Spain:

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia, Spain, faces criminal charges for a speech in which he said that gender theory is “the most insidious and destructive ideology of humanity in all history.” 

The Spanish Network of Help to Refugees filed a criminal complaint against the cardinal, saying that his statement was a hate crime. The group charged that Cardinal Cañizares “is an ultra-conservative trying to subvert the constitutional order.” Under Spanish law, law-enforcement officials are required to conduct an investigation when such a charge is filed.

Cardinal Cañizares was the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship before his appointment in 2014 as Archbishop of Valencia.

Religious freedom is likely going to be a thing of the past if our liberal friends have their say (except for course of Islam as they fear being slaughtered by them )  and to profess Christ and to teach scripture will be condemned by all “right thinking” people.

But there is a bright side:

Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matt 5:11-12

and as Jesus told the apostles this is part of the job description

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.  Remember the word I spoke to you,  ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.

If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me also hates my Father.  John 15:18-23

As I’ve said before, we’re going to shortly find out who actually believes and who does not.  I hope I measure up.

 

I’d like to make one additional point concerning Bill Donahue’s remarks that we mentioned before.

There has been some deserved critique of the words from his statement that I highlighted before but it’s worth noting a few other words of his that have gotten very little attention:

Those who work at this newspaper have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.

A lot of the same people on the left who have taken pains to defend Islam and Muslims for their acts of terror from Boko Haram to France have been merciless in going after Christianity in general and the Catholic church in particular.

Yet let the record show that while There are many more Catholics in the world than Muslims the insults and provocative images of Catholics did not.

I don’t see any amazement on the part of those who are defending Islam at the apparently heroic restraint on the part of the Catholic & Christian faithful a restraint that our Muslims brothers were unable to manage.

I wonder what the cause is, high expectations of the Catholics they attack or a low opinion of the Muslims they defend?

Howard: Come on, are we gonna sit around chatting like a bunch of teenage girls, or are we gonna play D&D like a bunch of teenage boys who are never gonna have sex with those teenage girls?

The Big Bang Theory The Love Spell Potential 2013

Far be it from me to suggest that gay pedophiles are more common or more dangerous than heterosexual pedophiles.

Robert Stacy McCain March 19th 2014

Saturday I had an interesting argument on twitter concerning the Catholic faith:

There is some kind of dispute in the diocese of Philly and the outraged masses of the left were making demands of the archbishop.  In response I gave a rather obvious bit of snark:

This didn’t sit well with the people who were using hashtag #catholic to attack catholics so I engaged them. As anyone who has ever engaged an anti-catholic knows it doesn’t take long for an anti-catholic in an argument to play the child sex scandal card and this was no exception:

Now a lot of faithful people instantly go on defense when they see something like this because to explain and acknowledge the Church’s sins while explaining the comprehensive and rather effective steps that have been taken over the last 10 years to both weed this out of the church and to protect children are not conducive to 140 Characters.

Unfortunately all not answering this does is leave a stain in the #catholic hashtag line discouraging the faithful and encouraging those who hate them so the best strategy is to counter that argument without denying or minimizing a legitimate scandal.

Unfortunately for our friends on the far left that’s REALLY easy:

Being that almost 4 in 5 of the priest abuse cases involved a priest and a boy it would seem rather obvious that this scandal was one overwhelming involving Gay men.  Since media has completely ignored this fact when you bring it up you get amazingly stupid arguments in response like this:

Got that being gay and becoming a priest who takes a vow of celibacy are mutually exclusive.  Apparently Scott believes gay men either by inclination or inability could never take such a vow. Sounds rather bigoted to me.

More importantly that argument has no potential to persuade even people who hate the church let alone the low info voter so that requires something more ahem…creative.

Got that sex with kids in an orientation  totally different from straight or gays why it’s practically a 3rd gender.  This oddly enough doesn’t tend to persuade because the logical follow-up is:  How DARE people discriminate against individuals, clerical or otherwise based on their orientation of wanting to have sex with kids?

That argument while being advanced slowly in academia hasn’t caught fire with the general public who despite the best efforts of certain filmmakers somehow doesn’t cotton to the idea of children as sex objects.

Plus it’s also the type of thing that might give Stacy McCain another reason to use the term “Gay Pedophile” again.

So when that card falls flat what’s the next move?

After all in America there is simply no way for a person to procure birth control.  Of course one might argue birth control is not 100% effective as that is the business model of Planned Parenthood, but that still them having failed with the “They’re not really Gay” meme actually making the argument that straight men will simply flip a switch for the sake of getting sex.

There is one conclusive way to refute that laughable argument:  The Nerd Orgy proof.

The number one comedy in the country is the Big Bang Theory.  This well-earned position comes from a combination of brilliant writing and acting based on a simple formula that’s known to all.

It’s hard for male geeks and nerds to get laid.

From the very first episode

Leonard:Our babies will be smart and beautiful.

Sheldon:Not to mention imaginary.

To the 8th season premiere….

Howard:  What’s wrong with your car?

Raj:  I’m having my windows untinted.

Howard:  Why.

Raj:  I have a hot girlfriend now I want the haters to know.

…geeks can’t get laid” premise has been the series bread and butter and has made the entire cast rich.

Ironically while the popularity of the series has made geekdom less of a unisex proposition the fact is if you are a male who is a comic book, dungeons and dragons, magic the gathering, star trek, star wars, doctor who or gaming geek your ability to get laid by a girl is severely hampered as evidenced by this story of an attempt to launch an orgy at a gaming event a few years ago:

I also appreciate the fact that the poster starts off with “I thought it might be fun,” an honest statement that leaves open the possibility that it will instead be the most horrifyingly awkward night of many of the participants’ lives. A small hotel room, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of a group of people who’ve just spent hours sweating their way around a crowded convention show floor? Sign me up!

Or don’t. Seems like I’m no longer eligible to apply, as I’m not up for sharing.

Update: Getting too many responses from single males, so will not be accepting any more for now. If you are a single male and you already replied, I need to see what we have for couples and single females before you get an invite. No single males have an actual invite yet.

That’s just one of the many reasons a unisex orgy at a male-dominated gaming event is a bad idea. I can list several others, but I’ve not eaten lunch yet.

So the question becomes, if the utilitarian argument is correct wouldn’t all these guys are all dying for sex why wouldn’t they under the utilitarian argument simply relieve their sexual tension with other men?

And let’s go one step further, the Big Bang Theory is dealing with men in their 20’s early 30’s.  The average gamer geek starts in their teens at an age where arousal is practically automatic.  As Robert Stacy McCain once said 

A teenage boy is capable of sexual arousal with the least provocation, or no provocation at all.

I mean, you have a gathering of young men who are in a permanent state of arousal, generally sexually frustrated , rejected by women surrounded by a group of people in the same situation who are accepting of him.

If people so easily dropped their sexual orientation based on convenience unisex Geek Orgies of straight men and boys should be so ubiquitous that the term would be known everywhere describing a phenom as well known as the premise of the Big Bang instead of the punchline for this blog post.

 

 

 

UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

Continue reading ““Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies”

Today I woke to see a breathless headline at Drudge:drudgepope

So I went to said story at yahoo by Ljubomir Milasin to see what the Holy Father did

A single mother, people who have been married before and couples who have been living together “in sin” were married by Pope Francis in a taboo-challenging ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.

It was such a story that Morning Joe decided it was worth including in their parade of paper as big news.

Is this news? Let’s examine the facts.

The Catholic Church declares sex outside of marriage a sin, as The Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it:

2353 Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.

So sex outside of marriage is a grave mortal sin. What is the solution, how about Getting Married!

Can someone explain to me why the Pope causing people to stop committing a moral sin “taboo challenging”?

Now lets look at the person previously married mentioned in the article:

One of the couples he married was single mother Gabriella and her partner Guido, whose previous marriage was annulled by an ecclesiastical tribunal.

Annulment is not the same as divorce, you must have proper grounds for Annulment in the Catholic church (some are listed here) because an annulment signifies the sacrament was never conferred and a valid marriage never took place.

Such annulment are not granted lightly (as Henry VIII discovered) but if an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Church grants an annulment, a person can marry freely because as far as the church is concerned the previous marriage was not valid.

So let’s review.  The Pope has apparently married a bunch of people according to the norms of the Catholic Church. That could have been the headline, and certainly would have been more accurate than the one at Yahoo.

So why the phony headline? There are two things that could be going on

The first is Ljubomir Milasin, his editors, Drudge and all those other who ran with this as a breathless headline worth of airtime have no idea what the norms of the Catholic Church or if they did read beyond the headline they figured it was click bait and ran with it.  Neither ignorance sloppiness, averse would be much of a surprise since today media is famously ignorant when it comes to religion.

The other possibility is dishonesty to achieve the following ends:

#1 Create a meme as if the Pope is preparing for great change in the church in order to pressure the church to actually redefine family in the way that the media wants.#2 Deceive faithful Catholics as to the Pope’s actions and intention in order to create rifts in the Church.

This is the meat and potatoes of the whole “Pope-a-dope” meme. Create a false reality in order to attack a church they despise.

This is going to fail spectacularly.  If at the height of their strength in the 60’s the left couldn’t stop Humane Vitae they certainly aren’t going to sway a bunch of Cardinals appointed by St. Pope John Paul II & Benedict XVI.

And, let me repeat something I’ve said before:

Why would any conservative, Catholic or otherwise, who wouldn’t trust the media to say water is wet, presume they were telling the truth about the Pope?

I’ll give Ed Morrissey the last word on the subject:

Update:  At HotAir Ed suggest the Vatican might have been out to make a point after all:

In other words, from this and other reports on the ceremony and couples involved, there isn’t any suggestion that there were any reasons in current canon law and practice to deny them a church wedding.

And that may have been the real point of this event. The public celebration with its pontifical celebration does have something to say about the Catholic approach to nuptials, but primarily that it’s commonly misunderstood — both by the public at large and at the parish level, in too many cases. A large part of that message comes from the Pope’s personal involvement in the ceremony. John Thavis, a longtime Vaticanista and an occasional guest on my show, makes the point that this was a teaching moment from Francis to the world and to the rank and file

It’s not just the media who are uninformed about Catholic Doctrine.

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One of the most common pieces of idiocy I hear over and over on the net is the idea that there was some kind of grand conspiracy of the Catholic Church to keep the Bible out of the hands of the masses that was only foiled with the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg. This idiotic tweet is standard:

The amount of historical ignorance it takes to make such a claim is so astounding that one is shocked that a person would be willing to make it in public, but since people know so little of history let me suggest a simple experiment to illustrate the absurdity of it all.

The next time someone tells you this tripe, ask them to do the following.

1. Sit yourself down in front of their  laptop and open up your bible.

2. Starting from Genesis start typing the entire thing out including verse numbers

The new Testament contains 138,020 words in 7956 verses. As you are including the verse numbers that’s an extra word for every say 3 verses so add 2652 words for a total of 140,682.

Now because a person making such a claim is likely a protestant we’ll make the old testament easy by doing what Martin Luther did and lop off the books he didn’t like leaving you 602,585. To make things easier we’ll even excuse you from the verse numbers.

That’s a total of 743,267 words.

A professional typist using a standard keyboard averages between 50-80 words a minute. Taking the low end of 50 words a minute  that means it would take you 14,867.34 minutes to type out the whole thing.

As there are 1440 minutes in the day that means it would take you 10.324 days of 24/7 typing to copy an entire bible assuming you were able to maintain that 50 words per minute the entire time without food, drink or rest

Let’s be kind and assume you need to sleep and be generous and give you say 6 hours a night to sleep. Let’s furthermore allow you a full two hours to eat two to three meals, take a bathroom break and dress So instead of working 24/7 you are working a 16 hour day getting up at 5 to type and hitting the sack at 11 PM with two hours during the day for other things. That would make give you about 960 minutes a day to devote to typing the bible finishing in 15.48 days at that steady 50 Word per minute rate throughout without  error (96% correct simply won’t do)

Ok now lets take away your laptop and replace it with a manual typewriter without an auto correct. How much time would the loading of paper add? The correction of errors. The centering etc? Let’s be EXTREMELY generous and say it would only add 10% to your total time so now we’re up to 17 days to copy a Protestant bible working 16 hours a day seven days a week.

Now lose the typewriter and write it by hand. According to Keller in 1988 An average person can copy text by hand at a rate of 22 words per minutes and now you are dealing with getting pens, starting pages over if you make a mistake etc.  Just how long would it take to hand write a bible?  Well a retired fellow by the name of Phillip Patterson managed to do it in 4 years.

Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church.“Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it,” said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. “I’m really going to miss this writing.”

It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. He ended the ceremony by saying “Amen.”

But lets assume you are not a retired AIDS patient and much healthier than Mr. Patterson, Moreover we are working uninterrupted for our 16 hours a day every day unlike Keller who devoted a mere 14 hours a day on occasion to work on it.

I’ll wager we can cut that four years down to a single year easy.

Now let’s replace our Pen with a fountain pen.  You have to constantly refill your pen and get your bottled ink, but at least it gives your fingers a rest. Plus you’re going to have to worry about ink stains & accidents. How many days would that add to the project?  Less than 10% say a month or more?

Now replace that fountain pen with a quill, now you have to sharpen that quill and be much more careful since it’s easier to make a mistake as there is no normal ink flow. Plus there is a danger of puncturing the paper with the point. Where do you think we are now? 14 months? 15?

Now cut off your electricity. You can now only write during time of full sunlight or by candlelight.

Suddenly you’re limited to an average of 12 hours a day to work, but that’s OK because now you have 4 hours to use to actually live and rest, but that takes a full 25% off your writing time. We are now up to 18 months to copy that bible. And you’re pretty much doing it the way a medieval monk used to do so, except your glasses are likely much better so you aren’t straining as much as you write.

But if we want to do what the monk did there are two things we can’t ignore..

#1. Being a monk you are observing the sabbath. So you are now losing one day in seven that gets you up to 21 months to finish that book.

#2 What about calligraphy? Most bibles were not written in just plain you are now adding flourishes and fancy lettering.  This is the word of God not some dimestore novel we’re talking about.

Bottom line you are talking nearly 2 years of manual labor working 12 hour days six days a week to produce a single bible.

So are you really going to stand there and tell me that there was a vast Catholic conspiracy to keep Bibles away from the general public when it took two full man years of manual labor to produce a single copy?

Given the amount of man hours it’s a wonder that any Bibles were produced at all and it speaks to the dedication and the faith of both the Catholic Church and the monks at the time that there were bibles even for the clergy let alone for anyone else.

And we haven’t even taken into account the lack of literacy among people living at subsistence level or the cost of such a book. (At $2 an hour 12 hours a day 6 days a week no overtime that $7488 in today’s money not counting materials. Tell me how many $7500 items do you have in YOUR house)?

So the next time some fool tries to tell you of the grand Catholic conspiracy of millennia to keep scripture out of the hands of the people give them this post or tell them to put their fingers where their mouths are.

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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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