Sunday, July 24, 2016

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion General Principles by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Note: The following memorandum was sent by Cardinal Ratzinger to Cardinal McCarrick and was made public in the first week of July 2004.] 

Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion

General Principles

by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

1. Presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion should be a conscious decision, based on a reasoned judgment regarding one’s worthiness to do so, according to the Church’s objective criteria, asking such questions as: "Am I in full communion with the Catholic Church? Am I guilty of grave sin? Have I incurred a penalty (e.g. excommunication, interdict) that forbids me to receive Holy Communion? Have I prepared myself by fasting for at least an hour?" The practice of indiscriminately presenting oneself to receive Holy Communion, merely as a consequence of being present at Mass, is an abuse that must be corrected (cf. Instruction "Redemptionis Sacramentum," nos. 81, 83).

2. The Church teaches that abortion or euthanasia is a grave sin. The Encyclical Letter Evangelium vitae, with reference to judicial decisions or civil laws that authorize or promote abortion or euthanasia, states that there is a "grave and clear obligation to oppose them by conscientious objection. [...] In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to 'take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law or vote for it’" (no. 73). Christians have a "grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil. [...] This cooperation can never be justified either by invoking respect for the freedom of others or by appealing to the fact that civil law permits it or requires it" (no. 74).

3. Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds with the Holy Father on the application of capital punishment or on the decision to wage war, he would not for that reason be considered unworthy to present himself to receive Holy Communion. While the Church exhorts civil authorities to seek peace, not war, and to exercise discretion and mercy in imposing punishment on criminals, it may still be permissible to take up arms to repel an aggressor or to have recourse to capital punishment. There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia.

4. Apart from an individual's judgment about his worthiness to present himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, the minister of Holy Communion may find himself in the situation where he must refuse to distribute Holy Communion to someone, such as in cases of a declared excommunication, a declared interdict, or an obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin (cf. can. 915).

5. Regarding the grave sin of abortion or euthanasia, when a person’s formal cooperation becomes manifest (understood, in the case of a Catholic politician, as his consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws), his Pastor should meet with him, instructing him about the Church’s teaching, informing him that he is not to present himself for Holy Communion until he brings to an end the objective situation of sin, and warning him that he will otherwise be denied the Eucharist.

6. When "these precautionary measures have not had their effect or in which they were not possible," and the person in question, with obstinate persistence, still presents himself to receive the Holy Eucharist, "the minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it" (cf. Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts Declaration "Holy Communion and Divorced, Civilly Remarried Catholics" [2002], nos. 3-4). This decision, properly speaking, is not a sanction or a penalty. Nor is the minister of Holy Communion passing judgment on the person’s subjective guilt, but rather is reacting to the person’s public unworthiness to receive Holy Communion due to an objective situation of sin.

[N.B. A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favour of abortion and/or euthanasia, but votes for that candidate for other reasons, it is considered remote material cooperation, which can be permitted in the presence of proportionate reasons.]

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father Rosica's Shameful Whining Thinly Veiled Self-Promotion

By Father Kevin M. Cusick

“Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!” Fr Thomas Rosica said recently in comments delivered to the Brooklyn Diocesan observance of World Communications Day.

How do you move product? By convincing others you have what they need. And if no one needs what you are trying to sell you have to create a need. This I think is the clue to understanding the shameful behavior of self-promoting clerics like Fr James Martin, SJ and Father Rosica. These and others repeatedly speak on Twitter, their blogs and in publications about nameless enemies of mercy and love without naming any names. They create straw men with the sole purpose of promoting themselves and their tired agendas of rupture and denial of the norms of tradition.

No doubt they are reacting to a critical reception of their own comments, but rather than take on their interlocutors by name or individually they issue general “fatwas” in public fora as fodder for their paid speechifying. Rosica and Martin are both notorious for blocking any critics on social networks rather than respond meaningfully to any challenges or critique.

Fr Rosica is serving as a headline act on the Catholic speaking circuit lately, promoted by bishops as an expert on the Year of Mercy and other things Vatican. He fails to satisfy his own criteria however, delivering as he does a negative message in his blanket condemnation of unnamed others who are guilty as charged by him. 

The days of rule by committee or “subject matter experts” such as Rosica or Martin are over. The advent of the internet with an abundance of information available at the fingertips of anyone who can gain access anywhere and the subsequent growth of social networks allowing like-minded individuals to find each other and influence opinion has changed all that.

The boom market for the new and innovative in the intervening years since the conclusion of Vatican II all began with the Masonic committee headed by Annibale Bugnini, later exiled to Turkey in punishment that came too late to save the Church from incredible and lasting damage. Bugnini’s committee, ostensibly created for the well-sounding intention of ecumenical relations, became the tail that wagged the dog, hijacking Vatican II not to serve the Faith of those already Catholic but to turn things Catholic into something acceptable for those who self-identify as rejecting the Catholic Faith.

The Masonic subterfuge of Bugnini perpetrated error and disobedience that would not be possible today with the internet and social networks that derailed a similar attempts at coups de etats by means of committee in the run-up to the Synod on the Family. The outrageous attempt at normalization of homosexual activity and marital simulation between two men or two women was perpetrated by the change agents of today such as Bishop Forte at the preparatory synods, but eventually frustrated through an outing of his methods by the alert internet guardians bemoaned by Rosica.

The on-line story delivered by Crux informs us that “Rosica and his ‘Salt and Light TV’ Catholic network in Canada have occasionally been targeted for on-line criticism, especially from conservative and pro-life Catholic organizations.”

So what? This storyline is proferred as if Rosica and his network should never subject to any criticism at all and that, therefore, those who offer any critique are always wrong to do so. I am not sure who is supposed to believe this fiction but don’t count me among them. Rosica’s tirade leaves him appearing merely thin-skinned and feeling entitled. 
According to the Crux story,

“The Internet, Rosica said, ‘can be an international weapon of mass destruction, crossing time zones, borders and space.’ He also described it as ‘an immense battleground that needs many field hospitals set up to bind wounds and reconcile warring parties.’”

And on and on he goes, dramatically, endlessly and vaguely critizing anyone and everyone who has ever dared to question his personal spin on Pope Francis, the Year of Mercy or anything else Catholic. It all leaves me feeling as if I’ve been subjected to one long self-promotion disguised as self-righteous ranting. Exactly the thing he condemns in others. Shameful reactionary  whining in lieu of authentic debate or reasoned conversation serves only to perpetuate the situation Rosica professes to oppose.

A fool is born every minute as PT Barnum sagely observed. Certainly charlatans and carpet baggers will continue to prosper as they attempt to get by on their wits. Catholics who choose to be informed of the Faith can now do so. Don’t expect them to put their light under a bushel basket or fail to be salt of the earth after they have made the effort to know the truth. The unparalleled access offered by the internet means that anyone who is engaged, the small and the great, must expect to be confronted by those who disagree.

The very name of Father Rosica’s network reminds us that our agenda must be that of Christ. Whether one’s importance is obvious such as in the case of Fr Rosica, now also serving as English-language advisor for Vatican Communications, or whether one is merely a simple soul with access to the internet forum, all are called to know the truth and be thus set free. The call to be “Salt & Light” is for all, to include those who produce journalism and those who are asked to benefit by it. The exchange of ideas made possible by the internet is a great equalizer not to be resented but from which all may benefit for the sake of truth and Faith.
Thank you for reading and praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever.
Join me on pilgrimage in Italy September 1-9, 2016, to Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa, Assisi, Florence and Venice. Visit proximotravel.com on the web and type “Maryland” in Search and then click on “Father Kevin M. C.” to find and sign up for our group. Or email me atmcitl.blogspot.com for further info.
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Concerned Catholics Urged to attend Charles County Schools Transsexual/Transgender Policy Meeting June 14

On May 23rd, in response to a letter sent to parents of students in Charles County Public Schools, four nervous but courageous women from Sacred Heart Church stepped forward to express their concern to the School Board.   The letter provided guidance about the rights of transsexual students to use a bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity rather than their biological sex.   Not only does this directive cover bathrooms, but locker rooms and overnight accommodations for school trips.

This issue affects not only those with children in the school system but all Christians.  This action further erodes our Christian beliefs and hits at the youngest of our country in an effort to "normalize" this lifestyle choice among them.  Additionally, this directive irresponsibly ignores the very real safety issues this action creates and intrudes upon the privacy of the majority.

We ask for your help to insure we pack the next School Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 14th. at the Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata.

 5:00 p.m. - Gather to pray the Rosary (in the parking area directly across from the flags).

 5:30 p.m. - Sign-ups begin for anyone to make an up to 3-minute Public Forum statement. (Sign ups will close a few minutes before 6 p.m.)

 6:00 p.m.  - School Board meeting begins.

 You do not need to have a child in the Charles County school system to attend the meeting or to speak at the Public Forum.

- Chris and Crista Fawls

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 
 - Edmund Burke 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Join Me For Pilgrimage To Italy and Mother Teresa’s Canonization

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK

Join our small group of pilgrims on a journey to Italy from September 1 through 9, 2016. Our adventure will of course be a spiritual one, but also cultural as we make stops to explore some of the major historic and beautiful cities of Italy as well as Rome for Mother Teresa’s canonization at St. Peter’s Square on September 4th.

I lived in Italy for two years immersed in this richest culture of Europe and perhaps the world. You will have an opportunity for Italian lessons. I will share insights about the people and culture to enrich your experience. Traditional Latin Mass daily or in Italian will be offered, depending upon the desires of our group.

Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Venice are among the most beautiful of the many cultural, spiritual, and architectural gems of Catholic Italy. If you call, give the dates for “Italy Regular,” September 1-9, and my name to ensure you are registering for our group.


Trip Itinerary


Day 1: Departure from USA.

Day 2: Arrival. Depending upon your arrival time, we may visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the second largest basilica in Rome. Check in the hotel and rest for a few hours if time permits. In the afternoon, we will be visiting St. Mary Major, the main basilica dedicated to Mary in Rome. We will see the remains of Jesus’ manger, the tomb of Bernini, the remains of St. Matthew the Evangelist, the tomb of St. Jerome, and the oldest icon in the world of the Virgin Mary painted by St. Luke: the famous Salus Populi Romani. We may attend an Italian Mass at St. Mary Major as well. Casual dress. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 3: Start around 9:00 a.m. Visit the Colosseum, the symbol of the city of Rome; a great building that has been standing since AD 80. Then visit St. John Lateran, the first basilica ever to be built in the Roman Empire. In the afternoon, go to the Catacombs where 500,000 people were buried. After the Catacombs our private bus will take us to enjoy a wine tasting and free time in Santa Maria in Trastevere, the most famous quarter of Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 4: Start the day around 9:30 a.m., by visiting St. Peter’s in the Vatican, the largest basilica in the world. There will be time for private devotions and shopping before lunch. In the afternoon we will see the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. There is a dress code: long pants, capris, or skirts below the knee, shoulders covered. Time to rest before dinner in the area of the hotel. Red and white wine included. Overnight in Rome.

Day 5: We will have an early start as our private bus leaves around 7:00 am for the Vatican to attend the 10:00 a.m. audience with the Pope. There will be time for lunch in the area of the Vatican, before we visit the Spanish Steps. From there we will walk to Trevi Fountain, and have time for shopping. This will be followed by a walk to the Pantheon, the oldest functional building in the world, and then to the Piazza Navona around 4:30 p.m. Dinner at Piazza Navona. Red and white wine included. Casual dress throughout the day. Overnight in Rome.

Day 6: En route to Florence, stop in Assisi. See the tombs of St. Francis and St. Clare; enjoy a peaceful walk on the streets of Assisi. Dinner in Tuscany. Overnight in Florence.

Day 7: Tour of Florence in the region of Tuscany. Tour of the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi, Michelangelo’s
David, Flea Market, Duomo (Cathedral), and the Baptistery. Tour guide will show to those interested the location of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel (where the Medici family is buried), and Basilica della Santa Croce (where Michelangelo is buried). Dinner in Florence. Red and white wine included. Casual dress throughout the day. Overnight in Florence.

Day 8: Tour of Venice: an amazing city built on water. Leave for Venice in the morning on our private bus. Estimated time of arrival is noon. Visit St. Mark’s plaza. Optional: Gondola ride and shopping. Long pants if you intend to go inside St. Mark’s. Casual dress if you intend to go on a Gondola ride or spend time shopping and visiting the beautiful streets and bridges of Venice. Dinner and overnight in Venice.

Day 9: Our private bus brings us to the airport in Venice to fly back to USA.

The pilgrimage includes: Flights from anywhere in the United States and flights between countries as per your itinerary (all necessary flights on your trip are included).

Daily Mass is available.

Airport Taxes, Security Fees & Fuel Surcharges — Saving you an average of $400-$600!

Transfers as per itinerary. Four or five star hotels in downtown areas. Transportation with luxury bus.

All breakfasts; all dinners at upscale restaurants not at hotel. Wine included with all dinners.

All tips to driver, hotel, and tour guide. Guided tours and tour fees.

Luggage handling (1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person).

Single Supplement (as long as the passenger is willing to room with someone and allows us to provide them with a roommate. If the passenger wants a guaranteed room of their own, then they pay the $900 single supplement).

Remember: Passengers will never be expected to pay extra for anything while on the trip — we always wait for passengers and never leave anyone behind.

(Trip Does Not Include Lunch or Trip Insurance. Work directly with Travel Guard to protect your investment and insure your money. There are different packages to choose from depending on what your travel needs are.)


Steps for Registration: Easy online: To register online go to “https://www.proximotravel.com/” “Home” page, type “Father Kevin Cusick” or “Maryland” in the box labeled “Search for a priest” and then click on my name, “Father Kevin Cusick” to begin registering for the pilgrimage.

Or by phone: Call us 855-842-8001 or register online with a credit card and pay your $500 deposit per person to save your spot. The $500 deposit is part of the total price of the trip A $1,000 Airfare Deposit (AD) per person is due one month from the registration. The AD is paid ONLY in the form of check (personal, money order, or bank check).

The balance is due four months before the trip departure date. The balance is paid ONLY in the form of Check (personal, money order, or bank check).

Mail all checks and correspondence to: Proximo Travel • P.O. Box 3479 • Worcester, MA 01613 NOTE: If you sign up for a trip within 4 months of the departure date, you pay the deposit of $500 with a credit card and the balance is required to be overnighted in the form of a personal check, money order, or bank check.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Normalization (Regularization) Letter to all SSPX members by Fr Schmidberger


(By today delivered and read by all of the SSPX members)

I. The Church is a mystery. It is the mystery of God's presence among us, our Savior, God, who does not want the death of sinners, but be converted and live. The conversion requires our collaboration.

II The Church is infallible in its divine nature; but it is run by people who can make mistakes and even make mistakes. We must distinguish the office of the person. The latter remains a certain amount of time in office and then out-either by death or other circumstances, but the office remains. Pope Francis today has the papal ministry and the primacy of authority. Within an hour, we do not know,he could resign and another pope will be elected. However, while he has the Papal See, we recognize it as such and pray for him.
We do not say that he is  a good pope. On the contrary, he provokes with his liberal ideas and he creates a great confusion in the Church. But when Christ founded the Papacy, He saw the whole series of Popes of the whole history of the Church, including Pope Francis. And yet He allowed his ascent to the papal throne.
Similarly, our Lord established the Sacrament with His Real Presence, though He foresaw the many sacrileges in the course of history.

III. Archbishop Lefebvre founded the SSPX amid these confusing times for the Church. She is called to give a new generation of priests to the Church, to preserve the true Sacrifice of the Mass and proclaim the kingship of Jesus Christ throughout society, even against the liberal popes and prelates who have betrayed the faith. So I had to come necessarily conflict: in 1975 the Fraternity was sent into exile. There he not only survived, but grew and has become for many people is a sign of contradiction against the destruction of our day. 
This opposition became clear to the world on June 30, 1988 when for reasons of necessity, were consecrated four bishops Msgr. Lefebvre.

IV. However, Msgr. Lefebvre always had the conviction to seek a canonical solution for the fraternity and did not avoid the conversation with the Roman authorities, who wanted to back off. He continued his efforts even after the consecrations of bishops, despite that in its realism had little hope of success. He asked, using ad hominem arguments, to let him "make the experience of Tradition". He fully accepted the fact that the Brotherhood was in an exceptional situation and this was no fault  his own, but his opponents. The situation remained until 2000. Since then Rome has sought a remedy for the situation, sometimes so clever, sometimes with honest intention, depending on who was in care of the problem on the Roman side.

V. The decline of the Church since the simultaneous and constant development of the fraternity, brought some bishops and cardinals who agreed totally or partially, though not readily confessed. Rome was gradually lowering its demands and recent proposals no longer speak of recognizing the Vatican nor the legitimacy of the Novus Ordo Missae. So it seems the time to normalize the situation of the fraternity has come, and this for several reasons:

l) Any abnormal situation lends itself to standardization. This is in the nature of things.
2) We must not lose sight of the danger that the faithful and some brothers used to the abnormal situation and see it as a normal . The opposition here and there against participation in the Holy Year, and the total disregard for the assignment of  ordinary jurisdiction by Pope Francis (we always appeal to the state of necessity and have resorted to extraordinary jurisdiction according to the law) It is causing a stir. If the faithful or the fraternity brothers feel comfortable in this situation of freedom from dependence on the hierarchy, then this implies a gradual loss of sensus ecclesiae. We must never argue: we have sound doctrine, the true Mass, our seminaries, priories and our bishops, we lack nothing.

3) We have sympathizers among priests and cardinals, some of whom would like to call on us to help them, they would give us a church building and possibly confide a seminary to our care. But currently, due to our situation, it's impossible for them to do this. In any case, barriers which the faithful but fearful have will come down. In the news media and everywhere we are regarded as schismatics or separated from the Church, we dismiss these accusations.

4) In the coming years, we urgently need new bishops. It is certainly possible to consecrate them without pontifical mandate in case of emergency,  but if possible to consecrate bishops with the permission of Rome, the said permission must be sought.

5) Modernists, liberals and other enemies of the Church are very concerned with respect to the canonical solution for the fraternity. Discernment of spirits in this regard, suggests not what is the right and best way? 

6) How will the Church will overcome this crisis? One sees that in the present state of affairs there is not even glimmer of hope. In contrast, the official act of recognition of the Fraternity trigger a healthy turmoil within the Church. The good would be encouraged, the malevolent will suffer a defeat.

VI. Answers to some objections:

1) How can we aspire to a recognition by Pope Francis?

Answer: We have already referred above to the necessary distinction between the office and the titular of the office. There is no doubt that the current pope exercises his role established by God . But we must keep in mind what the council really was and the consequences it brought to the Church: confusion, the dictatorship of relativism, pastoral over doctrine, friendship with the enemies of God and enemies of Christianity. But precisely this is one of the mistakes of the council: separate the the cause from the effects. Some were infatuated with the person of Benedict XVI, instead of regarding the papal office first and person second, making his resignation like a cold shower for many. We must not make the same mistake of infatuating ourselves too close to the person rather than the divine institution! Perhaps only the pope Francis is able to take this step (normalization), by unpredictability and improvisation. The media may have forgiven him for having taken this step, but would never have forgiven Benedict.
In its authoritarian, not to say tyrannical style of government, he would be able to implement this measure even for the Resistance.

2) But what do people say of the Resistance?

Answer: We can not guide our actions for people who obviously has lost the sense of Church and love for the Church in its concrete form. As it stands now, they are fighting each other. 

3) In the future we will have to keep silent about all current errors.

Answer: We will not be silent, more over, we will point out the errors by name. Before and after our normalization. We would like to  return from our"exile" in which we are today. 
4) The reputation Pope Francis has among Catholics is so bad that recognition for their part would harm rather than benefit the SSPX.

Answer: Since the beginning we differentiated between the office and the person. If Francis is pope , which he is - then he also has the primacy of jurisdiction over the church. Whether he uses (jurisdictional primacy) it for the good of the Church or not. We must follow the path of usefulness for the Church; orient our actions not by human will and God will bless us. 

5) But this integration of the SSPX in the conciliar system will cost you your profile, maybe even your identity.

Answer: It all depends on how strong we are and who converts whom. If we act strongly, based on the grace of God, then our situation may be a blessing for the entire Church. Where else could be the Fraternity be in order to make possible such a conversion? Of course we should not count on our own abilities and powers, but God's help. Think of the fight between David and Goliath. For this we make an analogy: as Christians we are in a wicked and corrupt world, and we need to prove ourselves here. The danger of contagion is great; but we can and must escape it with the grace of God. 
One thing is clear: a new situation does not facilitate our position as it will stand, it will be complicated, and yet, it will make it thrive more. 

6) All Congregations which were subjected to Rome adapted to conciliate or even perished within the system.

Answer: Our starting position is not the same: In our case it is Rome who pressed for a solution and approached us. In other cases, these “Fraternities” are the applicants, often went to Rome with guilt.
Moreover, none of them has bishops outside the Apostolic Administration Saint John Vianney in the Diocese of Campos in Brazil, where the bishop RIFAN is willing to make any compromise. 
Of course solid protection by an appropriate ecclesial structure is required. This appears to be guaranteed by the personal prelature. This structure has not been offered to another congregation. Finally, the objection raised has been true only in part, with some exceptions in the German - speaking region. However, insurgency has been the life of the SSPX.

VII. Conclusion

If God wants to help His Church indeed He has many means. One of them is the recognition of the SSPX by the Roman authorities. Isn’t the SSPX consecrated to the Blessed Virgin, who will protect and guide its work in this new situation? 
-Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata; da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos - Grant me to  praise thee, Holy Virgin; give me strength against your enemies.

Zaitzkofen, February 19, 2016
P. Franz Schmidberger
Rector




Monday, March 21, 2016

Holy Week: "contrasted pageantry wherein joy and sorrow succeed each other"

"Holy Week at once recalls the contrasted pageantry of those feasts wherein joy and sorrow succeed each other, with soaring hymns and the silence of desolation, in great cathedrals and humble parish churches alike.

The week opens with the scent of freshly cut branches, the branches of our own countrysides symbolizing the palm and olive branches of the Holy Land.

"The Gloria Laus, that echo of the Hosanna of Israel, falls into silence and the night office of Tenebrae, with its alternation of lessons from the Prophets and chants from the Psalms reminds us of the coming tragedy and the repeated prophecies of which it is the fulfillment.

"Maundy Thursday, with its Altar of Repose in a mound of sweet scented flowers, is like a smile on the road to Calvary save that the Host, hidden among the flowers and the candles, is the very flesh of the Victim, to whom we bow down in adoration.

"Then comes the night when the bells are mute and the candles dead; the sad procession of the crowds making the Stations of the Cross, the veiled statues, the empty tabernacle, monument of a mourning world, until the miraculous dawn when the joyful cry goes up: 'Christ is risen!'"

- "Jesus and His Times" by Daniel-Rops

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Young Traditionalist Speaks Out on the "Trump Opportunity"

We Catholics are not seeing the opportunity in front of us with Trump. Right now, in the midst of an Obama presidency, state government after state government is defunding Planned Parenthood. Why couldn't that effort continue under Trump? Better yet, we Catholics could get some balls and have babies, win the demographic war, and change the national thinking on abortion that way.

What we will NOT be able to do is vote the change in abortion policy we want at the Executive level. Local and state political affairs are about meeting people. National politics don't work that way. You have monolithic ideas at the national level, issues that perfectly polarize. The Left aren't classical Marxists anymore; they can't muster a cogent economic criticism. All they care about is sexual politics. And the neocons on the 'right' lure conservatives with abortion so they can get us to die in their wars. The status quo vis a vis abortion at the national level is too valuable for either party for us to expect a change from the Executive. We're no worse with Trump as President than we would be with Cruz or Rubio, and neither of them can beat Clinton, who would be the worst of all. If abortion is your issue, the case is closed.

Now, where can we make a REAL difference in this election? We have the opportunity here to kick the neocons out of the GOP. Because Trump is indifferent about starting World War III, these neocon rats are jumping off his ship and they're going to be voting for Hillary Clinton in November. Clinton's neocon bonafides are rock solid. Just a little while ago she started a color revolution in Libya and hired mercenaries to get rid of Gaddafi - the same mercenaries who would hop the border, call themselves 'ISIS', and try to do the same thing in Syria. Hillary was cutting their checks, so she's an attractive choice for them. If you doubt me, you don't know neocons. These people came from City College in New York. They were Trotskyites. Then they became 'conservatives'...you think they won't switch from the GOP to the Democrats? OVERNIGHT, we'll be rid of them.

Now, here's the kicker: with the neocons out of the GOP, what possible incentive could our Catholic rags and universities have for keeping them around? If Bill Kristol has no influence among American conservatives, why would Catholics care what George Weigel has to say in First Things?! Can't you guys see it? There used to be non-interventionists and anti-capitalists (not socialists) among the American Right. It was the neocons who destroyed that. We've got a chance to have that again, and in resisting the neocons in the political sphere we can also recover the Catholic mind.

Every single 'traditional' magazine in the Catholic world is a neocon rag. This situation is intolerable. Here's a golden opportunity to change that, and only we can screw up, and how?...by voting for Cruz or Rubio.

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