When All Else Fails, Secularists Resort To Catholicism.

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In Case of Emergency II hope all my readers had a pleasant weekend.

Today, your humble blogger will continue the ZombieChurch™ theme, but extend it into secular sub-set of human activity, namely social science in general and demographics in particular. In a post that appeared on the website of The Gatestone Institute, written by Giulio Meotti, via the Zero Hedge site, (see here) we read the following headline: Europe: The Substitution Of A Population.

I will not go into the subject matter of this post here, since I am re-publishing it for the record below. Yet what I do want to comment on is the following:

(1) Note that completely secular publications are resorting to religious authorities to support their points of view, dare I say HYPOTHESES. You dear reader, will no doubt find this odd since for 50 years we have been inundated with the “separation of church and state” rhetoric. Aside from the false interpretation of what actually constitutes a separation of church and state, the point I want to make here is that the post-conciliar church has actually made this instance of the ZOMBIFICATION PROCESS™  that much easier. One of the most harmful aspects of the “silent” suppression of Thomism by the Neo-modernists (see here) is that Catholic theology has lost its comprehensive and exhaustive philosophical foundation, a foundation that allowed it to tie in all the various and different sub-sets of human activity into one complete, UNIVERSAL whole. What has in fact materialized subsequently is a “religious”, or rather a “pseudo-religious” self imposed ghetto that has been  limited to feelings and emotions. (see here)  Any discourse about a scientific basis for the Catholic religion has been completely lost. Yet, the Catholic religion has existed since Anno Domini 33 primarily because it provides not only a thorough and sweeping understanding of human PASSIONS, but it provides a full explanation of the human existence, PASSIONS included and the natural universe in which God’s creation inhabits, in concrete scientific terms.

(2) Which brings me to my second point. The scientific community, or that part that is intellectually honest at least, is coming to the realization of just how important the Catholic religion is in fact. Note that the author from the Gatestone Institute (see here), a purely secular organization, is referencing Catholic prelates to make its point. Further notice that it is not protestants, Hindus, religious Jews (Rabbinic Judaism), Buddhists or Mohammedans that he is citing. The reason is that these fabrications, banal products of the moment” are completely useless when dealing with the secularZOMBIES who have lost all control over their mental capacity to DISCERN ( I dare not use the word JUDGE) through the use of their senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste), and ascertain whether their specific ZombiePlan™ is in line with (does not violate) “the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.). The reason that these above mentioned pseudo-religions are completely useless is that they do not possess this CATHOLIC understanding of man, his nature and his inhabited surroundings.

And finally, what this author, Mr. Giulio Meotti, is in essence saying by the following passage:

massive numbers of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are going to replace the native Europeans, and who are bringing cultures with radically different values about sex, science, political power, culture, economy and the relation between God and man.

… is that after the secularists tried everything else, all that they have left to explain the TRANSRATIONAL, ZOMBIFIED state that the leading lights of Western Civilization find themselves in, is CATHOLICISM.

NB: I have placed a link to the Zero Hedge website in the right hand margin of the Deus Ex Machina Blog. I have done so since I have run across a statistically significant number of references either to God or to Catholicism on this website recently. But before my loyal reader venture over, please be advised that explicit language is used, and not limited to the comment box.

Please keep the above in mind when reading the below, which I am republishing…

FOR THE RECORD

Europe: The Substitution Of A Population

  • In one generation, Europe will be unrecognizable.

  • Eastern Europe now has “the largest population loss in modern history”, while Germany overtook Japan by having the world’s lowest birth rate.
  • Europe, as it is aging, no longer renews its generations, and instead welcomes massive numbers of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are going to replace the native Europeans, and who are bringing cultures with radically different values about sex, science, political power, culture, economy and the relation between God and man.

Deaths that exceed births might sound like science fiction, but they are now Europe’s reality. It just happened. During 2015, 5.1 million babies were born in the EU, while 5.2 million persons died, meaning that the EU for the first time in modern history recorded a negative natural change in its population. The numbers come from Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union), which since 1961 has been counting Europe’s population. It is official.

There is, however, another surprising number: the European population increased overall from 508.3 million to 510.1 million. Have you guessed why? The immigrant population increased, by about two million in one year, while the native European population was shrinking. It is the substitution of a population. Europe has lost the will to maintain or grow its population. The situation is as demographically as seismic as during the Great Plague of the 14th Century.

This shift is what the British demographer David Coleman described in his study, “Immigration and Ethnic Change in Low-Fertility Countries: A Third Demographic Transition.” Europe’s suicidal birth rate, coupled with migrants who multiply faster, will transform European culture. The declining fertility rate of native Europeans coincides, in fact, with the institutionalization of Islam in Europe and the “re-Islamization” of its Muslims.

In 2015, Portugal recorded the second-lowest birth rate in the European Union (8.3 per 1,000 inhabitants) and negative natural growth of -2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants. Which EU country had the lowest birth rate? Italy. Since the “baby boom” of the 1960s, in the country famous for its large families, the birth rate has more halved. In 2015, the number of births fell to 485,000, fewer than in any other year since the modern Italy was formed in 1861.

Eastern Europe now has “the largest population loss in modern history“, while Germany overtook Japan by having the world’s lowest birth rate, when averaged over past five years. In Germany and Italy, the decreases were particularly dramatic, down -2.3% and -2.7% respectively.

Some businesses are no longer even interested in European markets. Kimberly-Clark, which makes Huggies diapers, has pulled out of most of Europe. The market is simply not cost-effective. Meanwhile, Procter & Gamble, which produces Pampers diapers, has been investing in the business of the future: diapers for old people.

Europe is becoming gray; you can feel all the sadness of a world that has consumed itself. In 2008, the countries of the European Union saw the birth of 5,469,000 children. Five years later, there were nearly half a million fewer, 5,075,000 — a decrease of 7%. Fertility rates have not only fallen in countries with aching economies, such as Greece, but also in countries such as Norway, which sailed through the financial crisis.

As Lord Sacks recently said, falling birth rates could spell the end of the West“. Europe, as it is aging, no longer renews its generations, and instead welcomes massive numbers of migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, who are going to replace the native Europeans, and who are bringing cultures with radically different values about sex, science, political power, culture, economy and the relation between God and man.

Liberals and secularists tend to dismiss the importance of demographic and cultural issues. That is why the most important warnings come from some Christian leaders. The first to denounce this dramatic trend was a great Italian missionary, Father Piero Gheddo, who explained that, due to falling birth rates and religious apathy, “Islam would sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe”. He was followed by others, such as Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, who leads the Eastern Catholics aligned with the Vatican. Rai warned that “Islam will conquer Europe by faith and birth rate“. A similar warning just came from yet another cardinal, Raymond Leo Burke.

In one generation from now, Europe will be unrecognizable. People in Europe now largely seem to feel that the identity of their civilization is threatened primarily by a frivolous libertarianism, an ideology under the guise of freedom, that wants to deconstruct all the ties that bind man to his family, his parentage, his work, his history, his religion, his language, his nation, his freedom. It seems to come from an inertia that does not care if Europe succeeds or succumbs, if our civilization disappears, drowned by ethnic chaos, or is overrun by a new religion from the desert.

As a paper in the Washington Quarterly explains, the fatal meeting between Europe’s falling birth rates and rise of Islam has already had significant consequences: Europe has turned into an incubator of terrorism; formed a new poisonous anti-Semitism; seen a political shift to the far right; undergone the biggest crisis in European authoritarian unity and witnessed a refocusing of foreign policy since Europe’s withdrawal from the Middle East.

Demographic suicide is not only experienced; it appears to be wanted. The xenophile European bourgeoisie, which today controls politics and the media, seem imbued with a snobbish and masochistic racism. They have turned against the values of their own Judeo-Christian culture and combined it with a hallucinatory, romanticized view of the values of other cultures. The sad paradox is that Europeans are now importing young people in large numbers from the Middle East to compensate for their lifestyle choices.

An agnostic and sterile continent — deprived of its gods and children because it banished them — will have no strength to fight or to assimilate a civilization of the zealous ad the young. The failure to counter the coming transformation seems to come down on the side of Islam. Is what we are seeing the last days of summer?

ZombieOrdinaries™, ZombieDiocese™, ZombiePlans™ Everywhere!

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Zombies IIToday we continue with the ZombieChurch™ theme and take it to the next level.

On an aside, I never imagined that the Zombie genre of fiction can be such an accurate metaphor for what we are observing presently in the post-conciliar church. Excuse the digression…

If you recall, in yesterday’s post titled  The ZOMBIFICATION Of The Post-Conciliar Church (see here) we observed, identified and defined a PHENOMENON that presently subsists in the post-conciliar church that we termed ZombieChurch™. We described this PHENOMENON as consisting of visible acts of diocesan ordinaries putting in place “revitalization” “plans” that are “designed to FAIL”.

The reason that these ordinaries can identify a “plan designed to fail” or a ZombiePlan™ is that it is based on an earlier PLAN that FAILED. In other words, the old DEAD ZombiePlan™ becomes UN-DEAD, i.e. is reanimated into a new ZombiePlan™ .

We posited further that the local ordinary should have the mental wherewithal to DISCERN ( I dare not use the word JUDGE) through the use of their senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste), and ascertain whether the said ZombiePlan™ is in line with (does not violate) “the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.). If it does, as a history of FAILURE would suggest, then this ordinary is in fact dealing with a ZombiePlan™ .

If this ordinary still decides to go forward with the ZombiePlan™ for the purported “revitalization” of his dioceses, then he must also be a part of the UN-DEAD, or as we term him: a ZombieOrdinary™.

And to finish this introduction, and given that your humble blogger does not want to read bad will into the actions of the ZombieOrdinaries™, it has been posited that the course of actions that these ZombieOrdinaries™ take, is the result of:

(…) we are in fact dealing with a spell that was placed on these unfortunate souls by an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII” perhaps), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation.

Right!

So this brings us to today’s subject matter. If you recall, in yesterday’s post, we observed that the ZombiePlan™ introduced in the Diocese of Pittsburgh was designed on the ZombiePlan™ introduced by the FrancisCardinal Sean (O’Malley) in the Diocese of Boston in 2013. Today we will relax our conditions (i.e. possession of ZombieOrdinaries™ by evil “spirits”), drill down into Boston’s ZombiePlan™ and see if we can obtain a “fuller” explanation for the actions of the various ZombieOrdinaries™.

Our jump off point is as follows. If you recall dear reader, in yesterday’s post we wrote the following:

Boston’s “Disciples in Mission” plan involves creating “collaboratives” of one to three parishes overseen by a pastor and team of priests, deacons and lay staff, with each parish maintaining its own finances and identity (…)

We also noted that:

It (Diocese of Pittsburgh) last embarked on a major reorganization in 1989, and shrank from 310 parishes using 333 buildings to 218 parishes using 288 buildings by 1998.

In 2016, at least 37 diocesan priests split their time among more than one parish, noted Zubik, with some overseeing three to four.

This led us to draw the following conclusion:

Seeing as how the Boston’s “long-term planning efforts” had already been implemented in Pittsburgh in a previous period (1989), the Dioceses did not  “reverse a series of “sobering” trends and now prepares for a major overhaul in 2018″, it would appear that we are dealing here with an impaired cognitive process on the part of the ordinary, i.e. a sign of ZOMBIFICATION.

Now, while rummaging through the Deus Ex Machina archives, I have come across another post that pertained to exactly this same subject matter, namely the ZOMBIFICATION of another diocese, this time in Scranton Pennsylvania. That ZombieOrdinary™ also put in place a  ZombiePlan™. The relevant bits as we wrote, are here:

Bambera called for the formation of eight regional committees to study the looming problem and plan for possible options. He urged parishioners to get involved.

And what did these “regional committees” find:

It’s common for lay people to run parishes in other regions, but the leadership shift would be new to the Diocese of Scranton.

And he indicated another ZombieDiocese™ as a “viable” alternative if not an informal role model:

In the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, where former pastor of St. Mary of the Mount in Mount Pocono, the Most Rev. Joseph Kopacz, now serves as bishop, 16 parishes now are administered by lay people and men and women religious, Bishop Bambera said. (see here)

Do we see a pattern developing here?

Yes we do.

Notice that in all these cases, the “clerical positions” were killed off and the “former clerical functions” were outsourced to the laity. In other words, they became UN-DEAD. The INFERENCE is that the ROOT CAUSE of the problems were/is a shortages of priests and by extension vocations!

Please also notice that there still are Faithful who attend church in all these cases, but the “dearth” of clergy and vocations, i.e. servicing the Faithful, is in essence at the ROOT CAUSE of the problems, including financial.

Proof of the above HYPOTHESIS comes from two sources that were also mentioned yesterday, from two of the most successful diocese in the United States. On the Fr. Z Blog, we read the following pertaining to the Diocese of Madison WI:

Why the local success? Morlino has made priestly vocations — the spiritual call to serve — a priority. He increased the position of director of vocations to full time, and he routinely promotes the priesthood at functions.

In other words, vocations were brought back to LIFE.

The second piece of evidence comes from the Diocese of Lincoln NE. Here is what Bishop Conley had to say about this same issue:

Also key to vocations is fidelity to Church teaching. That is one hallmark of the Diocese of Lincoln. For the past 40-plus years, Lincoln has had stellar episcopal leadership, and is unapologetic in its embrace of the Faith. Having the security of knowing that the Diocese of Lincoln is 100 percent faithful to Church teaching on faith and morals is very appealing to many young men considering the priesthood.

So it would appear that Bishop Conley follows the Bishop Morlino model and gives pride of place to developing vocations. By correctly defining the their priorities, they have been able to develop abundant vocations that in turn allow them to have an adequate number of clergy to service the Faithful.

Notice how correlation equals causality in this case? But I digress…

But that’s not all. What’s more… bah, shockingly more is the following (see here):

CWR: Is it true that Lincoln does not have a permanent diaconate program?

Bishop Conley: Yes. We recruit men to serve as acolytes or lectors, but we do not have a permanent diaconate program. I’m open to having such a program in the future, but our diocese has not yet seen a need for it.

Oh my.

The operational ramifications of the above for the Diocese of Lincoln are as follows: the DofL has not even started down the ZOMBIFICATION route since it does not even need to resort to a “permanent” diaconate. And if there is no need for a permanent diaconate, there is no need for the down-stream services of “girl” altar boys, lay readers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, lay music directors and the other variety of funky “highly trained” parish councils, pastoral teams etc.

I am shocked, SHOCKED…

Given the above information about vocations being the key to any “long-term revitalization plan”, maybe it would be a good idea to check into the Boston ZombieArchdiocese™ and see how they prioritize their clergy/vocation needs. Here is what is written: (see here)

After a long period of struggle in finances and church attendance, a new pastoral plan in the Boston archdiocese emphasizes evangelization while encouraging parishes to share their resources.

It would appear that developing vocations is not a high priority in the Boston ZombiePlan™. Actually, according to the linked summary article, developing vocations is not even on the radar.

Maybe the Ordinary of the ZombieArchdiocese™ of Boston knows something that the Ordinaries of Lincoln and Madison do not?

One way to determine the OBJECTIVE REALITY of the situation in Boston is to apply the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely: “Even Neo-modernists need to eat”.

So how is this “tale of the tape” (Balance Sheet and Income Statement) for the new (as of 2013) Boston Archdiocese “Disciples in Mission” ZombiePlan™ working out 2 years later?

The OBJECTIVE FACTS appear on the excellent Boston Catholic Insider Blog and are as follows: (see here)

Boston Archdiocese Income Declined $20M in Fiscal 2015; Lost $5M

With little fanfare, the Boston Archdiocese published its Fiscal 2015 financial report recently, where they reported a $20 million decline in revenue vs Fiscal 2014, and a $5 million operating loss for the year.  In addition, it should be noted that the Boston Archdiocese is unable to repay about $36 million in debt owed to St. Johns Seminary, and managed to get the seminary board to defer repayment from 2017 to 2027 with no interest charges. The annual Catholic Appeal raised $400K less in fiscal 2015 vs 2014, and spent $400K more than the previous year to do so. One third of parishes are operating in the red. Here are a few of the key points from the report.

Oh well…

But can we say, as your humble blogger likes to say on the Deux Ex Machina Blog, that this is just another FAILED NEO-MODERNIST EXPERIMENT™, this one in ecclesiastical sub-set of human activity?

No we can’t. The reason being that we relaxed our initial constraints. In other words, the result of the ZOMBIFICATION PROCESS™ might not be the work of an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII” perhaps), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation.

This ZOMBIFICATION PROCESS™ might be the intended result of a conscious effort on the part of the ZombieOrdinaries™ in full possession of his “mental” faculties.

Let’s reflect on this point and its implications for a minute or two.

In other areas of human activity, outside the ecclesiastical area that is, violations of this extended definition of the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS would fall into the category of: criminal negligence, embezzlement, corruption, misrepresentation, misappropriation, misapplication of funds, acting against the best interest of the company and even organized crime, covered under racketeering legislation.

Yet in the Ecclesiastical sub-set of human activity, these types of activities are readily observable, yet these ZombieOrdinaries™ do not meet with any reprimands, let alone prosecutions.

And finally,  these type of ZOMBIFICATION incidents (see here) do not even slow down the more aggressive, careerist climbers with an insatiable appetite for power, men described as “sick with power” (see here), from advancing up the hierarchical ladder.

Stay tuned for more answers sports fans…

And have a pleasant weekend.

 

The ZOMBIFICATION Of The Post-Conciliar Church w/Update

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Zombies IToday your humble blogger will continue with the subject matter that we raised in yesterday’s post titled Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Shea And ZombieChurch (see here). If you recall, in that post we identified, using our understanding of OBJECTIVE REALITY provided by the LEX ARMATICUS, an ecclesiastical “structure” that subsists in the  post conciliar church that we labeled: ZombieChurch™.

In today’s post, your humble blogger will take a stab at establishing an “etymology” for this term. Furthermore, using the versitility that the LEX ARMATICUS provides for interdisciplinary analysis, your humble blogger will extend the concept of a ZOMBIE, i.e. ZOMBIFICATION to examine the case for our HYPOTHESIS of the ZOMBIFICATION of the post-conciler church.

So let’s get cracking.

A casual review of the Conservapedia entry (see here) for ZOMBIE yields us the following explanation:

The fictional creatures known as Zombies are the reanimated corpses of dead persons.

Next, with respect to the etymology of the word ZOMBIE we can provide the following:

The phrase originates with the Voodoo religion of the Caribbean, where it is alleged, due to the historically high mortalities among living slave laborers, zombies were procured to work on plantations. In fact these zombies may actually have been living abductees; an extract of toxins from the puffer fish is believed to have been used in their preparation, rendering them tractable, speechless and impervious to sensations such as pain and fatigue.

Furthermore, on the site of a “competitor” of Conservapedia, the following is written:

Seabrooke cited Article 246 of the Haitian criminal code which was passed in 1864, asserting that it was an official recognition of zombies.

Also shall be qualified as attempted murder the employment which may be made by any person of substances which, without causing actual death, produce a lethargic coma more or less prolonged. If, after the administering of such substances, the person has been buried, the act shall be considered murder no matter what result follows.

So at this point dear reader,  let’s review. We see that ZOMBIES are not just fictional creatures. On a very general level, what we are dealing with is a “category for human beings” who somehow underwent a process of ZOMBIFICATION through coming into contact with, or through an “application” of a foreign substance which makes these people impervious to sensation.

In terms of the LEX ARMATICUS, in this category of human beings are those who are not able to identify material “things” with their senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste), i.e. not able to identify the Visibilium Omnium. Therefore, and by logical extension, this same category of people would not be able to likewise identify all the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.)

In other words, what we are dealing with are beings who have been reanimated, (un-dead) but have not regained full capacity over their cognitive processes.

Which leads to the next question, namely: how does one become ZOMBIFIED?

The answer appears to be in one of two ways. First by coming into contact with, or through an “administration” of some form of foreign substance, such as an extract of toxins from the puffer fish. There is also a second manner in which the ZOMBIFICATION process can occur. According to West African legend the following is the case:

In some communities, it is believed that a dead person can be zombified by (the spell of) a small child..

It is also believed in some areas of South Africa that witches can zombify a person by killing and possessing the victim’s body in order to force it into slave labor.

From the above, if would appear that when speaking of the ZOMBIFICATION of individuals in the the post-conciliar church, we are in fact dealing with a spell that was placed on the these unfortunate souls by an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII perhaps”), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation. These can be designated as: “c”atholicZombies.

This might not be an exact fit, but it provides us with a working model for further analysis.

To finish the definition, the “c”atholicZombies who are put in charge of a religious organization, not having the mental wherewithal to think logically or rationally (cognitive process of understanding the et Invisibilium is impaired) ZOMBIFY those respective organizations. The collectively exhaustive group of these ZOMBIFIED organizations is termed: the ZombieChurch.

Clear, yes?

The above are the specifics. What we need now is an example to test our HYPOTHESIS. And as it just so happens, an excellent test case has come to your humble blogger’s attention. On the website of the Tribune-Review, an interview appeared with His Excellency, Bishop David Zubik, the ordinary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. (see here) From this interview, the following DATA POINTS have been extracted.

The interview begins with the following paragraph: (with emphasis and added emphasis)

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh must focus on “better homilies, better music and more people” as its six-county territory attempts to reverse a series of “sobering” trends and prepares for a major overhaul in 2018, Bishop David Zubik said Wednesday.

First observation is that the paragraph is a non sequitur in that “homilies, music and people” have nothing to do with the upcoming “major overhaul in 2018“. What is a direct (ROOT) cause of the “major overhaul in 2018“is that the Diocese of Pittsburgh is operating in the RED.

What is important to understand is that the SUBJECT MATTER (matter presented for consideration in discussion, thought, or study) of this interview is the “major overhaul in 2018”. All other issues are of no more than secondary importance.

Furthermore, this is in line with the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely “Even Neo-modernists need to eat”.

So what is responsible for this need of a “major overhaul in 2018“? 

(1) The number of active Catholics within the Pittsburgh diocese has declined rapidly in recent decades, from 914,000 in 1980 to 632,000 in 2015, diocesan figures show.

(2) Since 2000, weekly Mass attendance has dropped by 40 percent — for almost 100,000 fewer regular churchgoers; K-8 Catholic school enrollment fell by 50 percent; and the number of active priests plummeted from 338 to 225.

(3) Empty pews correlate with dwindling coffers: About half of almost 200 parishes lost money in 2015, compared with one-third of parishes operating in the red in 2012, Zubik said

So those are the material facts.

The next question is: how is Bishop Zubik addressing this issue?

From the interview, we find out that there is a plan drawn up to execute the “major overhaul in 2018“:

In designing the “On Mission” initiative, Zubik said he drew from elements of the Archdiocese of Boston’s long-term planning efforts. 

Funny that.

I have not come across any information that the Archdiocese of Boston has had any success with its “long-term planning efforts”. Be this as it may, I have however heard of two dioceses that have had a very good results with their “long-term planning efforts”, namely Lincoln NE and Madison WI.

Hold that thought.

Next question, what are these “elements of the Archdiocese of Boston’s long-term planning efforts” that will be implemented?

Boston’s “Disciples in Mission” plan involves creating “collaboratives” of one to three parishes overseen by a pastor and team of priests, deacons and lay staff, with each parish maintaining its own finances and identity, Boston Archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon said. 

But this is nothing new for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In the interveiw we read:

It (Diocese of Pittsburgh) last embarked on a major reorganization in 1989, and shrank from 310 parishes using 333 buildings to 218 parishes using 288 buildings by 1998.

In 2016, at least 37 diocesan priests split their time among more than one parish, noted Zubik, with some overseeing three to four.

Seeing as how the Boston’s “long-term planning efforts” had already been implemented in Pittsburgh in a previous period (1989), the Dioceses did not  “reverse a series of “sobering” trends and now prepares for a major overhaul in 2018″, it would appear that we are dealing here with an impaired cognitive process on the part of the ordinary, i.e. a sign of ZOMBIFICATION.

So what other elements are contained in the Diocese of Pittsburgh plan for the “major overhaul in 2018″. The following is written:

(1) parishioner-input phase of a comprehensive planning initiative called “On Mission for the Church Alive!,”

(2) leaders are examining how to strengthen church participation, reorganize aging infrastructure and make the most of dwindling resources. 

(3) we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders,

(4) the laity is going to have to take that torch and do some of what the priests

(5) growing the pools of highly trained lay leaders and deacons

In the article, there are 5 citations regarding lay involvement in strictly ecclesiastical/clergy affairs. It would appear that the “major overhaul in 2018″ has been dropped in the laps of the laity. This is similar to hiring consultants or hedging a bet. But I digress…

What’s more, it would also appear that Bishop Zubik has given up hope of being able to attract new vocations. In the article we read the following: By 2025, if trends hold, the diocese projects that just 112 active priests will remain”.

So it would appear that Bishop Zubik has procured a “long-term planning efforts” from the WRONG diocese, one that he knows has FAILED in the past in his own diocese. If he wanted to resolve the “lack of vocations/priests” problem, he should have asked for fraternal advice from Bishop Conley (2016: 22 ordained – see here) or Bishop Morlino (2015: ordained largest class of new priests in 42 years – see here)

So why wasn’t Bishop Zubik looking to Lincoln or Madison for “designing” the “major overhaul in 2018″ ?

Well, it would appear that the answer could lie in a comment made by Bishop Zubik himself. In the article we read the following:

“There will be some who people who say, ‘This is all about closing churches,‘ or people will be cynical and say, ‘Why the heck is he asking us to get involved in these discussions because he’s already made up his mind?’” 

The answer to the last question, if it was honestly posed would be:

Because you, Bishop Zubik are continuously repeating the same mistakes that you have made earlier, yet suggesting that you will be able to get different results this next time.

NB: The definition of insanity according to Einstein, and another manifestation of an impaired cognitive thought process,  i.e. ZOMBIFICATION.

Furthermore, the individual who would have provided the above response would be coming to the same conclusion that our OBJECTIVE LEX ARMATICUS methodolgy is pointing to.

Concluding, in the post titled Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Shea And ZombieChurch, the following was written:

The individuals whose livelihood is dependent on this ZombieChurch have burned through their cash reserves (Check) a long time ago, have spent most of the cash in their legacy trust funds (???), are presently living off cash raised from the disposal of tangible assets (church property) (Check). They are losing pew-sitters at an accelerating rate (Check), so their revenue stream derived from the collection plate take is imploding (Check), thereby they cannot support the working age clergy (Check), the bloated staffs (Check), the retirement pensions (Check) and the maintenance costs of the church facilities (Check).

Yet instead of putting in place a plan that would actually “turn the Diocese around”, like the ordinaries of Lincoln and Madison, they are continuously devising plans that are doomed to FAIL.

And with the emphasis on “growing the pools of highly trained lay leaders and deacons“, these ordinaries are admitting that their plans are designed to FAIL.

The course of action taken by Bishop Zubik, given that no ill will is imparted by your humble blogger, would suggest that “an evil spirit (“new springtime of the spirit of VII” perhaps), that has possessed their bodies and has made them impervious to sensation.

In other words, what we are dealing with here is a ZombieBishop!

It is exactly this situation that we are dealing with in the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as per checklist above. So what we are dealing with is the ZOMBIFICATION of the Diocese of Pittsburgh by the ZombieBishop Zubik.

PS Your humble blogger has addressed this issue in earlier posts. In the below posts, you can read of other examples of ZombieBishops and their ZOMBIFICATION of their dioceses. Yet at the time that those posts were written, the LEX AMRATICUS had not yet been developed, so the ZombieBishops were not identified as such.

But now they are.

T -158: To Compare and To Contrast

T -157: Benchmarking Bishoprics

T -215: Alternative Realities – Polar Bear Hunting

T -162: A Fate Worse Than Death

T -176: Going Down with the Neo-modernist Ship

T -178: A Final Rendezvous With Destiny and With Death

UPDATE: 3:27 26 August 2016

In the above post, I wrote:

I have not come across any information that the Archdiocese of Boston has had any success with its “long-term planning efforts”.

I just came across this for the third year of Boston’s “long-term planning efforts”  (launched in 2012/2013 – see here):

Boston Archdiocese Income Declined $20M in Fiscal 2015; Lost $5M

With little fanfare, the Boston Archdiocese published its Fiscal 2015 financial report recently, where they reported a $20 million decline in revenue vs Fiscal 2014, and a $5 million operating loss for the year.  In addition, it should be noted that the Boston Archdiocese is unable to repay about $36 million in debt owed to St. Johns Seminary, and managed to get the seminary board to defer repayment from 2017 to 2027 with no interest charges. The annual Catholic Appeal raised $400K less in fiscal 2015 vs 2014, and spent $400K more than the previous year to do so.One third of parishes are operating in the red. Here are a few of the key points from the report.

 

Oh well, so much for Boston’s “Disciples in Mission” plan.

Who would have thunk?

Just In Case Anybody Was Wondering…

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My loyal readers will not be surprised.

But just in case any new readers happen onto this blog and simultaneously are holding their breath waiting for any of the MainStreamMedia to report on the Soros Email leak, my suggestion is:

STOP IT.

Via the Zero Hedge website – see here.

FOR THE RECORD

On The Bizarre Media Blackout Of Hacked George Soros Documents

Originally posted at Investors.com,

Scandal: Leaked documents released a few days ago provide juicy insider details of how a fabulously rich businessman has been using his money to influence elections in Europe, underwrite an extremist group, target U.S. citizens who disagreed with him, dictate foreign policy, and try to sway a Supreme Court ruling, among other things. Pretty compelling stuff, right?

Not if it involves leftist billionaire George Soros. In this case, the mainstream press couldn’t care less.

On Saturday, a group called DC Leaks posted more than 2,500 documents going back to 2008 that it pilfered from Soros’ Open Society Foundations’ servers. Since then, the mainstream media have shown zero interest in this gold mine of information.

We couldn’t find a single story on the New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, CBS News or other major news sites that even noted the existence of these leaked documents, let alone reported on what’s in them.

Indeed, the only news organization that appears to be diligently sifting through all the documents is the conservative Daily Caller, which as a result has filed a series of eye-opening reports.

So what could possibly explain the mainstream media’s disinterest?

Is the problem that the material is too boring or inconsequential? Hardly.

As we noted in this space on Monday, the leaked documents show how Soros’ far-flung international organizations attempted to manipulate Europe’s 2014 elections. The “List of European Elections 2014 Projects” details over 90 Soros efforts he had under way that year.

The documents reveal that Soros has poured nearly $4 million into anti-Israel groups, with a goal of “challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies.”

Here at home, they show that Soros proposed paying the Center for American Politics $200,000 to conduct a smear campaign against conservative activists.

More recently, an October 2015 document came to light showing that Soros’ Open Society U.S. Programs had donated $650,000 to “invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.” Since then, several BLM protests have turned violent.

That same document details how this group successfully used its “extensive networks” to pressure the Obama administration into increasing the number of refugees it would take to 100,000, despite concerns that Islamic terrorists could use the refugee program to infiltrate the U.S.

A separate memo details how Soros tried to use his clout to sway Supreme Court justices into approving President Obama’s unilateral effort to rewrite immigration law. “Grantees are seeking to influence the Justices (primarily via a sophisticated amicus briefs and media strategy) in hopes of securing a favorable ruling in U.S. v Texas,” the memo, dug up by the Daily Caller, states.

Anyone with this much power and influence demands close media scrutiny. Particularly when he has extremely close ties to the would-be next president of the United States.

This year alone, Soros has given $7 million to the Clinton-supporting Priorities USA super-PAC, and a total of $25 million to support Democrats and their causes, according to Politico.

And when Soros speaks, Clinton listens. A separate email released by WikiLeaks shows Soros giving what read like step-by-step instructions to then-Secretary of State Clinton on how to deal with unrest in Albania in early 2011, including a list of people who should be considered as candidates to become an official mediator sent to that country. Days later, the EU dispatched one of the people on Soros’ list.

Thomas Lifson, writing in the American Thinker blog, said “Soros got the U.S. and other accomplices to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign state…. How is this not huge news?”

How, indeed.

If Soros were a rock-ribbed conservative who supported Republican candidates and causes, you can bet that a swarm of reporters would right now be lustily tearing into these documents determined to expose any and every shred of evidence of influence peddling and misdeeds.

But because Soros is a hard-core leftist, he apparently gets a pass. Shameful.

When Conspiracy Theory Becomes Conspiracy FACT: Soros Francis’ Puppet Master.

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Soros Puppet Master I FrancisA FOR THE RECORD post. Most of my regular readers will not be surprised that the “c”atholic monied George Soros has a very good network operating inside the Sacred Vatican Walls.

We’ve been writing about just this since the launch of this blog.

What is new however, is that Soros’ “agents” are starting to be identified and that their successes are coming out in the open. The below post from The Remnant (see here) sets our this material.

What is of particular note is that the identified  documents, i.e. Laudato si, Amortis laetitia and one can throw in Evangelii gaudium, CANNOT now be viewed as Francis’ “teaching office” since their origin is DEFINITIVELY suspect.

I would also suggest a reveiw of our post titled Ockham’s Razor Finds: Benedict Still Pope, Francis Is False Pope, Universal Church in State of Necessity since 24 April, 2005.

It’s not me, it’s the MODEL!

Excuse the digression…

Finally, I think that the future Council of Econe will have their work cut out for them, but in the mean time, I am republishing the below…

FOR THE RECORD

THE POPE’S BOSS — Wikileaks: Pope and Soros An Unholy Alliance

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Among the many smoking guns uncovered in the Wikileaks data dump, lurks documents that should give Catholics great concern. The latest Wikileaks data dump of internal documents from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation exposes the most shocking of all his political alliances. According to the leaked Open Society Foundation documents, George Soros funds efforts to promote his radical socialist agenda of income inequality by using the bully pulpit of Pope Francis. Soros seeks to “engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues” by lobbying the Vatican.

The unholy alliance and stategic plan is exposed in the leaked Open Society U.S. Board Meeting May 2015 book on page 16:

Pope Francis Visit – $650,000 (USP)

Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States in September will include a historic address to Congress, a speech at the United Nations, and a visit to Philadelphia for the “World Meeting of Families.” In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice issues, including using the influence of Cardinal Rodriguez, the Pope’s senior advisor, and sending a delegation to visit the Vatican in the spring or summer to allow him to hear directly from low-income Catholics in America.

The purpose of the Soros/Vatican collaboration skewers political to influence the 2016 U.S. Elections, thus securing the presidency for Soros’ handpicked candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The grant will also support FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality. By harnessing the Papal visit to lift up the Pope’s searing critique of what he calls “an economy of exclusion and inequality” and his dismissal of “trickle down” theories, PICO and FPL will work to build a bridge to a larger conversation about bread-and-butter economic concerns and shift national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Soros’ foundation clearly views Pope Francis as an important ally in the Soros income inequality socialist movement and in the run up to the 2016 U.S. election. Notice how the radical leftists in the Soros reframe the words pro family as “growing inequality.” This grant description highlights how the left hijacks language and exploits it for its own radical political advantage. Its partner in promoting the transformational lang uage is the leftist media.

Another fascinating nugget in the Soros board meeting notes exposes its cozy relationship with Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga, the Vice Pope, and close confidante of Pope Francis. Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras is described by the Soros operatives as ‘using his influence’ within the Vatican to promote the Soros radical economic inequality narrative. Clearly, Maradiaga has been identified by the Soros empire as a key player in the global radical income redistribution movement. Soros’ team knows that Maradiaga will happily promote this initiative within the Vatican and, most importantly, with Pope Francis, his close friend.

Who is PICO, the $650,000 grant recipient who will organize activities to engage the Pope on economic and racial justice activities? According to KeyWiki, PICO is

PICO, a progressive national network of faith-based organizations. Like health care reform, this newest PICO initiative aims to redistribute wealth by demanding that “faith leaders step into the big banks’ boardrooms.”

PICO National Network received a $600,000 grant from Soros’ Open Society Institute. PICO was founded in 1972 by John Baumann, a Jesuit priest trained in Saul Alinsky community organizing in Chicago in the 1960s. It was later patterned after COPS, a San Antonio, Texas project of Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation.

The Open Society Institute describes PICO as “a network of congregation-based community organizations which brings the voices of people of faith and faith leaders to the public debate on national priorities,” and mentions other Soros funding beyond the main grant.

Soros tracks and funds its Vatican influence through PICO, among others. Open Society Foundation(OSF) recognizes that money spent at the Vatican is money well spent toward the global socialist Soros agenda. They’ve identified Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga as a sympathetic and willing promote the globalist cause. He will be a powerful ally and sympathetic ear to the Soros agenda.

Another key organization that is financially supported by Soros is the FPL standing for Faith in Public Life. FPL is given its marching orders in the grant. It also reveals the manipulation and stagecraft employed by the Left to skewer public opinion. OSF shockingly admits that the polling results by FPL are preordained by Soros, as set forth in the grant:

FPL’s media, framing, and public opinion activities, including conducting a poll to demonstrate that Catholic voters are responsive to the Pope’s focus on income inequality, and earning media coverage that drives the message that being “pro-family” requires addressing growing inequality. There you go. FPL got its marching orders from its funder to conduct a poll and demonstrate that Catholic voters support Pope Francis on income inequality. Would you ever trust a poll again after seeing the collusion and connivance of the Leftist Soros philanthropy.

Who is FPL, otherwise known as Faith in Public Life? The innocuous and religious sounding organization is another radical leftist Soros funded organization that drives the left’s agenda in the faith community. In 2011 the American Thinker exposed the individuals behind FPL and their leftist organization.

Who could be against an organization that innocuously calls itself “faith in public life.” FPL is yet another of hundreds of Soros funded satellite organizations masquerading as well-meaning philanthropies which in reality promote a radical economic agenda of anti-capitalism and global redistribution.

How fortunate for Soros that he has a new found popular partner, who will promote the leftist agenda using the merciful strong arm tactics of the papacy. Catholics serve as a huge and influential voting block in the U.S. election. For Soros, using the head of the Catholic Church to influence this key voting block is reflecting in the OSF strategic planning notes. This is not the first time that the unholy alliance of Soros and the Vatican successfully collaborated on a political project.

In 2015, the Soros operatives, embedded in the Vatican, directed Pope Francis’ Environmental Agenda, by delivering for Soros and the UN, an Apostolic Exhortation on Climate Change, and a prized papal endorsement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Pope’s apostolic blessing on the Paris Climate Treaty. Soros won the environmental trifecta sealed and delivered by Pope Francis.

With the Soros-driven Environmental Deliverables now achieved by Pope Francis, it is now time to turn to item #2 on the Soros radical socialist agenda: global redistribution of wealth. Apparently, Soros knows that once again Pope Francis will assist in promoting the Soros socialist agenda.

Stay tuned, Catholics, for contrived polling data that reflects your overwhelming support for more global and carbon taxes to redistribute your income more equally. Soros will use the Vatican to promote Hillary, his hand-picked presidential candidate.You’ve been forewarned.

Remnant columnist, Elizabeth Yore, served on the Heartland Institute Delegation that traveled to the Vatican in April 2015 to urge Pope Francis to re-examine his reliance on UN population control proponents who promote climate change. We feature her work both here on our website and in our print edition.  To make sure you don’t miss any of it, subscribe to The Remnant right now.  

Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Shea And ZombieChurch

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Zombie ChurchWho would have “thunk” that August would be such busy time with respect to new flows emanating from behind the Sacred Walls of the Vatican and surrounding vicinity. And I am speaking figuratively.

Anyways, with all the news coming out in different parts of the Catholic world, I have decided to do an analysis post regarding the recent layoffs that occurred at the EWTN owned National Catholic Register. I will take the case of the firing of Mrs. Simcha Fisher, and tangientally the firings of Mr. Mark Shea and Mr. John Paul Shimek earlier, and use the LEX ARMATICUS to provide insights into the “what happened” and “why now” questions that are being raised in the Catholic blogosphere. Hopefully this analysis will provide us with some insights into the OBJECTIVE REALITY in which we find ourselves on the 24th of August,  Anno Domini 2016.

First order of business, I will put up shortly a page titled “What is the LEX ARMATICUS?” at the top of my blog. On this page you, dear reader will find what defines the LEX ARMATICUS and its current 4 Principles, along with a short introduction. Please feel free to reference this page at your convenience.

So let’s get down to business, since today we will be talking about business.

And Zombies…

We start today’s post with a reference to a The American Catholic blog titled Mark Shea Demonstrates Once Again That He Does Not Read What He Writes (see here). In this post, Donald R. McClarey makes 7 points while parsing a post written by Mark Shea post-termination regarding the termination of Mrs. Fisher. Two of the points are as follows: (emphasis added)

Let’s parse this out shall we?

(2) He goes on to say that Fisher could be making a million bucks somewhere unnamed.  (I guess then that losing a minor writing job is not an immense tragedy for her?)

(6) Once again he laments the loss of what I assume was a fairly modest income to someone who could earn a million bucks elsewhere.

Let’s focus in on point 2 and 6, since they relate directly to the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely “Even Neo-modenrists need to eat”.

If what is written in the above cited post is correct, this information would imply that by writing for the NCRegister, Mrs. Fisher is in fact performing a “spiritual work of mercy”. Let’s call this the “spiritual work of mercy” HYPOTHESIS.

The INFERENCE is quite straightforwad:

By writing for the NCRegister, Mrs. Fisher is consciously taking a pay cut , instead of taking a “next best employment alternative” in which “Fisher could be making a million bucks”.

The reason for this INFERENCE is simple:

Giving Mrs. Fisher the benefit of the doubt (i.e. Mrs. Fisher needs the free time that writing for the NCRegister provides her for dealing drugs on the side in order to offset the lost income),

IF Mrs. Fisher is foregoing additional MARGINAL INCOME (Visibilium Omnium) by writing for the NCRegister,

THEN she is receiving  NON MATERIAL BENEFIT (et Invisibilium) of greater value in return.

Please keep in mind that she has 10 kids to support.

Therefore, if Mrs. Fisher is not taking this YUGE pay cut for her own personal self sanctification and the sanctification of others (through here writing), then she is depriving her family of that added income that they would enjoy if she went and secured employment that provided her with a commensurate level of compensation for her work.

Simple logic, no?

So given the above, let’s see what SUPPORTING EVIDENCE exists for the above “spiritual work of mercy” HYPOTHESIS. Over at the Unam Sancatam blog, I found a rather neutral observation of Mrs. Fisher’s work. The following is written:

As for Simcha…I don’t know. I imagine more of the same. Simcha’s writing was terrible whiny and unprofessional; consider her lovely little NCR piece she wrote about Cardinal Burke’s transfer back in 2014, which we critiqued back then. Look at how she talks about people who were concerned about Burke’s demotion:

You, with the subscription to Whimpers in Blogvillia! You, with your Blackberry set to play “Dies Irae” every time Four Lattes Daily resets their Novus Ordo End Times Ticker. You, with the Lady Cardinal robes in your closet, still in the dry cleaner bags, waiting to be whipped out the moment it Finally Happens. You, with your all your personal clocks set to Central European Time, so you don’t miss a moment before you weep or break out the Chateau de Schutte ’79 every time the doorman at the Roman Curia unlocks the front door, sweeps off the doormat, and chases the homeless cats away in preparation for another day of things that never do and never could have any affect on your personal life.

From the above, I can’t really see any professional justification for why Mrs. Fisher’s work would be valued at “a million bucks somewhere unnamed”, but it could be just me. But I digress…

Given the above, let’s propose an alternative HYPOTHESIS. Mrs. Fisher’s work would appear to be better suited for publication at one of NCRegister competitor’s publications. A competitor that potentially could value her work so that “Fisher could be making a million bucks”.

The one that comes to mind is the same one that Fr. Z. on his blog recently tried to help out. (see here) Here is the pertinent passage from  that post titled: Wherein Fr. Z asks readers to offer the Fishwrap some constructive help. Yes, we are talking about the NCReporter. Here is the pertinent passage for our purposes:

NSR/Fishwrap posts a lot of nonsense.  They occasionally post something good (usually not written by any of their writers, but… hey!).   When years ago the local bishop where their HQ is located told them not to use “Catholic” in their title, it was well deserved.

Therefore, it would appear to be a reasonable HYPOTHESIS to suggest that Mrs. Fisher’s writing would fall very neatly into this category, i.e. NSR/Fishwrap posts a lot of nonsense.  They occasionally post something good (usually not written by any of their writers, but… hey!)

Corroborating EVIDENCE for the above comes by way of the Eponymous Flower blog. (see here) Here we read a more explicit critique of Mrs. Fisher’s writing:

Edit: after years of attacking faithful Catholics and clergy, their reign at the Neoconservative news organ, The National Catholic Register, Simcha Fisher and Mark Shea have finally been dealt with.  They’ve been what’s wrong with EWTN for a long while.

The above passage would be in line with what Fr. Z. wrote in the above cited post, namely:

The fever-swamp which is their comment box over there is just getting revved up on this one.  It is likely to get pretty nasty over there, quickly.

So naturally, given the above, one would expect Mrs. Fisher’s writing, along with Mr. Shea’s writing to be more in line (editorial policy wise) with that of the NCReporter and not the NCRegister.

So two questions arise at time point.

 (1) Why have these two writers not sought employment at the NCReporter,

and

(2) why is Mr. Shea trying to pressure the NCRegister to retract their personnel decision, rehire Mrs. Fisher back at an undervalued compensation level, and act to the detriment of the material needs of her family?

The answer to the above HYPOTHESIS needs to be processed through our proprietary Peirce/Ockham pragmatic methodology (POPM) (see here). When running it through the POPM, the answer as to the most likely reason is as follows:

First, the answer to question (2) is as follows: “Fisher could be making a million bucks somewhere unnamed” is not an OBJECTIVELY TRUE statement.

Furthermore, with respect to the observation of the Shea statement: “lament (-ing of) the loss of what I assume was a fairly modest income, is in fact an OBJECTIVELY TRUE statement since it most likely represents a “noticeable” if not “significant” part of Mrs. Fisher’s earnings.

Which leaves us with finding an answer to question (1) . Why has Mrs. Fisher, and Mr. Shea for that matter, not approached the NCReporter for an employment opportunity? It would appear that this would be a natural home for these two.

And once again, our POPM has an answer. The answer is based on the OBJECTIVELY TRUE situation in the Catholic Church at present. The answer to which the Peirce/Ockham pragmatic methodology points to is this:

The OBJECTIVE REALITY that the Catholic Church is that there are two “churches”.

One church, let’s call it the post-conciliar church is a dying church. This church is in fact a ZombieChurch. The individuals whose livelihood is dependent on this ZombieChurch have burned through their cash reserves a long time ago, have spent most of the cash in their legacy trust funds, are presently living off cash raised from the disposal of tangible assets (church property). They are losing pew-sitters at an accelerating rate, so their revenue stream derived from the collection plate take is imploding, thereby they cannot support the working age clergy, the bloated staffs, the retirement pensions and the maintenance costs of the church facilities. And it is this latter source of revenue from which publications such as the NCReporter derive their revenue stream.

On the other hand, there is a second “church”, what can be called the Neo-conservative church. This church has been deprived of the above mentioned sources of income and does not physically control the church properties. It is in the process of building new churches and infrastructure. Due to the general state of the post-conciliar church, the Neo-ConChurch is being forced to revert to a more… shall we say “conventional” Catholic Church funding model. I.e. one based upon TRADITION.

ETWN is a prime example of this. This Neo-ConChurch is thriving not because it proclaims the pure and unadulterated TRUTH as Our Lord taught. What it has developed though is a business model based on the “TRUTH subsisting” inside the Neo-ConChurch. Or at least more of the TRUTH than is found in the ZombieChurch. This has practical implications for the publications that are owned by the Neo-ConChurch.

And one positive implication is that it can pay higher honorariums to authors than the ZombieChurch does because it’s business model can attract new sources of revenue, i.e. Neo-ConChurch is growing.

In other words, the TRUTH is PROFITABLE, as per the 1st Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS.

But that is not the only implication from the above. The above also answers a questions that was raised on the Eponymous Flower blog, namely “what took the NCRegister this long to fire Mrs. Simcha and Mr. Shea”. And the answer is this:

The NCRegister is coming to the realization that the more TRUTH that subsists inside the Neo-ConChurch, the more profitable Neo-ConChurch becomes. (Positive correlation between TRUTH and NET INCOME.)

I don’t think that I will shock anyone if I state that EWTN is moving back to TRADITION, and TRADITION with a capital “T”. It is a process, but the process is recognizable.

Supporting Evidence comes by way of Unam Sanctam:

John Paul Shimek – who said he wanted his mission in life to be making Traditional Catholicism an “unthinkable option” for the Church – had had his scathing articles censured for posting his dribble without authorization and bypassing any editorial review. And even those that weren’t were horridly abusive to traditional Catholics in particular.

Say no more…

As for Mrs. Fisher and Mr. Shea,  the “next best alternative employment”, i.e. the ZombieChurch is not that appealing as an alternative since it is living off of its current asset base. NB:If these two were the “franchise” employees that is implied, then the NCReporter would have contracts waiting for them in advance, with big signing bonuses to boot. Since there is no new Net Income coming in, and it has to support its existing “beneficiary base”, this leaves no room for any new mouths to feed. Mouths who in turn have their own 10 mouths to feed, regardless of whether they value their work at less than “a million bucks”.

NB: In reality, the Management at NCReporter no doubt has already ran their income forcasting models to determine what value these two would bring to their enterprise. And Cr*p Crux and the rest of them as well…

So one can easily INFER that adding the writings of Mrs. Fisher and Mr. Shea to the ZombieChurch publication would not increase the revenue stream,  since if it did, they would have been poached long ago.

Therefore, all parties realize that this transfer option is a non-starter.

Concluding, What’s there to say other than:

The TRUTH is the best business strategy.

And Neo-catholic ETWN is a good case in point.

Numquam Ponenda est Pluralitas Sine Necessitate

 

PS. As for visual proof of ZombieChurch, please look below:

Angelus II

And here is my comment, with Fr. Z.’s comments in red.

Comments to Fr. Z.

Tell Us Something We Don’t Know!

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Hillary decatheter

Hillary wearing a decatheter? See here

Today turned out to be a busy day so a quick re-post. As my loyal readers know, I like re-posting from blogs that deal with that part of the et Invisibilium that deal with the sub-set of human activity known as the dismal science, i.e. Economics.

I do this for two reasons. First, I have a degree in this discipline. Next, I like Economics because it very nicely aligns itself with the 2nd Principle of the LEX ARMATICUS, namely “Even Neo-modernists need to eat”. Since a large part of Economics is the financial markets, and since the financial markets are highly efficient…. make that somewhat efficient, they are able to “price” VALUE rather effectively. And as we know by now, the Visibilium Omnium is the essence of VALUE.

What I am driving at is that if I had to place VALUE on a critique of another area of human activity, such as the present state of journalism, I would assign a higher VALUE to a critique from an economist than I would from a political pundit for example. The reason is that the economist will more likely than not have come to his opinion (critique) using OBJECTIVE CRITERIA. Or so the theory goes.

So much for theory. Below is a rather OBJECTIVE assessment of the state of journalism from Martin Armstrong from ArmstrongEconomics.com. It comes via the Zero Hedge website and I have reproduced it below. (see here)

I am also posting this since it is also the second critique that I have come across in the past 24 hours. This one bears the rather appropriate title: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes.

Ain’t that the TRUTH!

FOR THE RECORD

The Collapse Of American Free Press: Martin Armstrong Rages “It’s Just Over”

Submitted by Martin Armstrong via ArmstrongEconomics.com,

There is the greatest conspiracy of all time. The corrupt politicians have completely corrupted mainstream media. They even organized the overthrow at Fox News because that was the only station they could not take over. Everything from CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and countless newspapers are all out for a coronation of Hillary at the complete expense of the free press. We may never again be able to trust anything they say or print and this is becoming so blatant and in your face, even the New York Post, long on the fringe, has come out with the bold headline: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes. They are too greedy for power to know what they do, but that is no excuse for the treason they are carrying out against the American people.

Indeed, this is part of the end times. Government is turning against the people and the free press, which was suppose to defend our liberty, has join the conspiracy and are now on the side of government against the people. That peak in the Economic Confidence Model 2015.75 was the peak in government. They now know they are losing control and in the process, they will burn down the barn to get a mouse that roars. There is no future left as we knew it. There will be no freedom or liberty to leave our children and grandchildren. The slide downward from 2015.75 will be marked with more Draconian measures and nothing but lies. They are fighting now to retain control and the press has joined forces with government and the neoconservatives who want only to wage war and engage in their dream of nation building, which has been a complete failure. They do not care about the people. We are the great unwashed in whose blood they feast and wash their hands all for the glory of power.

They are bringing back meaning to Patrick Henry’s most famous quote: “give me liberty or give me death.” You do reach a point when they just go too far. They can threaten to kill you. If you reach that point when you can say go ahead because living as your slave is a fate worse than death, you disarm them. There is nothing else they can threaten you with. Then, and only then, do you comprehend the deep meaning behind the words of Patrick Henry.

It is a sad day for journalism. It has never been so manipulative than it is today. This is truly the end of everything that made America the beacon of liberty for the world. It is just a hollow shell. To think that the parents of these journalists worked hard to make sure their children had a better life. They have disgraced their parents. They have condemned their own children. They have made a mockery of our liberty, and they are working hard to further the oligarchy, which always destroys every Republic known to history. When the rule of law collapses as we have seen with Hillary, and the press becomes the pawn of the establishment, all that is left is the monetary system collapse. Game over. Turn out the lights.  It becomes only the next step in a series of steps down that road of destruction why no Republic has ever survived. The circle of life of government is nearly complete. We must simply crash and burn with hope to survive and rise from the ashes with a different system altogether. To quote Patrick Henry:

“I know of no way of judging the future but by the past”

Following The Money : Part 1

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Soros

A quick post for Sunday and for your information dear reader.

I think this is something you should know.

The below needs to be studied, digested and meditated upon. It also needs to be put into CONTEXT with this here.

And just so that we are all singing from the same sheet of music, what you dear reader are a witness to in the below post is what is commonly called “nation building”. What you see is a foreign power deciding the fate of people on the other side of the globe. Furthermore, this foreign power has no respect for the people whose affairs it is planning, no respect for the culture that developed over generations, and definitely neither a base philosophy nor even a vision for that which it has clandestinely undertaken.

But that is not all. What ends up happening is that the “nation building” nation completely loses the plot, as the English would say. So they go and turn to a private individual,… bah a private monied individual in order to find out what it is that they should exactly be doing. It would appear that they put the entire U.S. Foreign Policy at the whim of a modern day demigod’s disposal. How else can one explain the following question put forth by the US Ambassador to the said monied individual:

“what USG (US Government) should be doing and what the USG is currently doing.”

Summa summarum. Every now and then, the average human being gets a chance to look behind the “Wizard’s curtain”. (see here) This is one of those rare moments. What you are seeing dear reader is the inside baseball of the US Foreign Policy in the age of Obama, or as we like to point out, just another FAILED Neo-modernist experiment, this one in the area of foreign policy.

One more quick point. Note the following passage:

Plans to subvert and undermine Russian influence and cultural ties to Ukraine are a central focus of every conversation. US hard power, and EU soft power, is central towards bringing Ukraine into the neo-liberal model that Soros champions, while bringing Russia to its economic knees.

And if we just substitute the following in the emphasized bit to:

EU soft power, is central towards bringing the Cahtolic Church (see here) into the neo-liberal model that Soros champions,

… then this HERE begins to make perfect sense.

I will leave you with a final thought and that is this. Just as the FBI does, if we want to understand what the OBJECTIVE REALITY is, just follow the money.

From the Zero Hedge website (see original here) and…

FOR THE RECORD

 

Leaked Memo Proves Soros Ruled Ukraine In 2014: Minutes From “Breakfast With US Ambassador Pyatt”

Submitted by Alex Christoforou of The Duran

We noted in a previous post how important Ukraine was to George Soros, with documents from DC Leaks that show Soros, and his Open Society NGO, scouring the Greek media and political landscape to push the benefits of his Ukraine coup upon a Russian leaning Greek society.

Now more documents, in the massive 2,500 leaked tranche, show the immense power and control Soros had over Ukraine immediately following the illegal Maidan government overthrow.

Soros and his NGO executives held detailed and extensive meetings with just about every actor involved in the Maidan coup: from US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, to Ukraine’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Health, and Education.

The only person missing was Victoria Nuland, though we are sure those meeting minutes are waiting to see the light of day.

Plans to subvert and undermine Russian influence and cultural ties to Ukraine are a central focus of every conversation. US hard power, and EU soft power, is central towards bringing Ukraine into the neo-liberal model that Soros champions, while bringing Russia to its economic knees.

Soros’ NGO,  International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) plays a key role in the formation of the “New Ukraine…the term Soros frequently uses when referring to his Ukraine project.

In a document titled, “Breakfast with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt”, George Soros, (aka GS), discusses Ukraine future with:

Geoffrey Pyatt (US Ambassador to Ukraine); David Meale (Economic Counsellor to the Ambassador); Lenny Benardo (OSF); Yevhen Bystrytsky (Executive Director, IRF); Oleksandr Sushko (Board Chair, IRF); Ivan Krastev (Chariman, Centre for Liberal Studies); Sabine Freizer (OSF); Deff Barton (Director, USAID, Ukraine)

The meeting took place on March 31, 2014, just a few months after the Maidan coup, and weeks before a full out civil war erupted, after Ukraine forces attacked the Donbass.

In the meeting, US Ambassador Pyatt outlines the general goal for fighting a PR war against Putin, for which GS is more than happy to assist.

Ambassador: The short term issue that needs to be addressed will be the problem in getting the message out from the government through professional PR tools, especially given Putin’s own professional smear campaigns.

GS: Agreement on the strategic communications issue—providing professional PR assistance to Ukrainian government would be very useful. Gave an overview of the Crisis Media Center set up by IRF and the need for Yatseniuk to do more interviews with them that address directly with journalists and the public the current criticisms of his decision making.

Pyatt pushes the idea of decentralization of power for the New Ukraine, without moving towards Lavrov’s recommendation for a federalized Ukraine.

GS notes that a federalization model would result in Russia gaining influence over eastern regions in Ukraine, something that GS strictly opposes.

Ambassador: Lavrov has been pushing the line about constitutional reform and the concept of federalization in Russia. The USG reaffirmed it will not negotiate over the heads of the Ukrainians on the constitutional reform issue and that Ukraine needs to decide on this issue for itself. He noted that there are templates for devolution that can be used in this context but that the struggle will be to figure out how to move forward with decentralization without feeding into Russian agenda.

GS: Federalization plan being marketed by Putin to Merkel and Obama would result in Russia gaining influence and de facto control over eastern regions in Ukraine. He noted Lavrov has clear instructions from Putin to push the line on federalization.

Ambassador: Secretary Kerry would be interested to hear GS’s views on the situation directly, upon return from his trip.

SF: There is no good positive model for federalization in region, even models of decentralization are very poor because the concept is not very common. The institutions need for decentralization do not yet exist and need to be built.

YB: Ukraine should pursue a decentralization policy based on the Polish decentralization model. IRF funded the development of a plan based on this model previously and those involved are now advisers to government on this issue. Noted it is also important to encourage the constitution council created y government to be more open and involve independent experts.

Ambassador: Constitutional reform issue as the most urgent issue facing Ukraine—there is a need to decentralize in order to push democracy down to the local level and break the systemic corruption that results from Kiev’s authority over the local governments.

Ambassador: Russian propaganda machine telling Kharkhiv and Donbass residents that the government in Western Ukraine is looking to take away their resources and rights through decentralization process, feeding into Lavrov’s line that the Ukrainian government is dysfunctional and not successful as a unitary state, making it a necessity to have federalization.

The participants cannot stop fixating on Russia and Putin throughout the meeting. The Ukraine project seems to be more about sticking it to Russia, then about saving a country about to fall into the abyss.

US Ambassador Pyatt hands over full control to George Soros, and point blank asks him, “what USG should be doing and what the USG is currently doing.”

Soros’ response is stunning, “Obama has been too soft on Putin.”

Ambassador: Asked GS for a critique of US policy and his thoughts on what USG should be doing.

GS: Will send Ambassador Pyatt copies of correspondences he previously sent to others and his article in NY Review of Books. Obama has been too soft on Putin, and there is a need to impost potent smart sanctions. He noted the need for a division of labor between the US and the EU with the US playing the bad cop role. The USG should impose sanctions on Russia for 90 days or until the Russian government recognizes the results of the presidential elections. He noted that he is most concerned about transitional justice and lustration.

Ambassador: USG will organize conference with the British at the end of April on financial crimes that will bring together senior level government officials and representatives of the international community to discuss where money went. He noted his worries about the complete implosion of the Party of Regions and will be speaking to IRI and NDI about offering assistance to reconstruct the party for the post-Yanukovych era.

US Ambassador Pyatt decides to take out Tymoshenko from the New Ukraine equation.

She served her purpose as a poor and sick political prisoner while Yanukovich was in power, saying that “Tymoshenko is associated with everything undignified”…

Ambassador: Personal philosophy on the greatest need for Ukraine right now is the need for national unification. This will not happen under Tymoshenko because she is perceived as a hold over of the old regime and a very divisive personality. He calls the revolution a “revolution of dignity” and Tymoshenko is associated with everything undignified.

GS: Need to cleanse the “original sin” that all of the current presidential candidates are marked with in order for Ukraine to move forward.

Concern over the Pravy Sector, and how to disarm, or integrate, the muscle that was used to instigate much of the violence during the Maidan is debated.

Soros even throws out his suspicion that the Privy Sector has been infiltrated, and now is working under Russia’s FSB.

GS: Belief that the Pravy Sector is an FSB plot and has been funded to destabilize Ukraine

Ambassador: Agreed that this was at least partly true, but the problem now is that Pravy Sector has become organic and is still armed. There is a need for the government to figure out how to demobilize and disarm the Pravy Sector.

GS: How can we defend against Putin’s attempts to destabilize the May elections?

Ambassador: The international community should send in a flood of observers from the OSCE and other institutions. The US Embassy is also currently working with the local intelligence agencies to monitor the situation and they have already found Russian agents. He noted that a second ambassador, Cliff Bond, will be brought  into the embassy to focus on the longer term questions such as decentralization, lustration, e-governance, and anti-corruption and will be coordinating with the donor community on these issues. Obama has instructed the embassy to focus primarily on economic support and assistance for Ukraine, avoiding military support or assistance.

GS: Hopes that going forward there will be close contact and cooperation between the US Embassy and the IRF.

The Full PDF of the 2014 George Soros minutes can be downloaded here: – Ukraine Working Group 2014-gs ukraine visitmarch 2014note.

The meeting minutes documented present a clear and conclusive case that George Soros and his International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) manipulated Ukraine into moving towards an untenable and self destructive direction.

In one meeting under the title, “Civil Society Roundtable Meeting”, Crimea fifth column schemes are advanced as viable solutions to those participating in the discussion.

Likewise we see how involved Soros was in making sure a Ukraine under federalisation is completely undermined at the highest levels, influencing Merkel and Obama to reject such initiatives.

In hindsight it has now become clear that the only way Ukraine was going to survive the coup in one piece was to move towards a federalised model of governance.

He [George Soros] noted that Ukraine is in grave danger because Putin knows he cannot allow the new Ukraine to succeed. He reiterated his points about the conversations Putin has had with Merkel and Obama about federalism and his concerns surrounding that development. He noted that he hasn’t had direct feedback yet regarding this issue and is basing his worries on second hand information about the reactions of Merkel and Obama. But he reiterated the need for the Ukrainian government to respond loudly and immediately.

The Catholic God Is A Normal God

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Cistine Chapel IToday being Friday, I have decided to compile some of the subject matter covered in posts from the last few days, into one comprehensive whole. And provide you with some weekend reading to boot.  I will also frame it in terms of the LEX ARMATICUS. This will provide for my new readers not only an explanation of what is the LEX ARMATICUS, but also provide some insights into its functionality, its uses and its implications. Therefore, one can consider the below as an instruction manual for both INSTITUTIONAL (hint: to my clerical readers) and personal use.

So let’s get cracking.

The genesis of this post is a comment that appeared under my post titled Raging, Raging Against The Coming Of The Light (see here) from a reader, one Dan Krischke. This is what Dan wrote:

I am sometimes totally distressed by the condition of the Church in these days. Then, I read an article like this and it makes things better. It has been a disaster the last 50 years and I embrace the thought of Traditional worship coming back into practice. Peace and God bless.

First of all, thanks Dan.

And if it’s any comfort, your not alone!

Next, the reason that I am bringing this comment to your attention is that, no doubt, many of you are thinking the same thing. Or to frame this thought in a slightly different manner, some, if not most of you are asking yourselves, why do this Armaticus guy’s posts come across so gosh darned optimistic?

Is it REALITY based, or just wishful thinking on his part?

To obtain a proper answer to the above two questions, it is critical to understand the LEX ARMATICUS. What the LEX ARMATICUS is, is a tool that your humble blogger has devised in order to provide PROPER CONTEXT to any given information or situation. And as we all are no doubt aware, CONTEXT is key to understanding most everything.

If one wanted to drill down into its origin, the LEX ARMATICUS  is nothing more than a pithy and clever, if I may say so myself, restatement of Natural Law. Therefore, the implication of using the LEX ARMATICUS as a FILTER for information that one comes into contact with, is that the user will always view that information as it relates to the Natural Law. And by being able to define this PROPER CONTEXT for any piece of information, the user not only gains an understanding of the PROPER meaning of that information, but also gains the ability to draw the PROPER inferences and provide a PROPER response if need be.

So that’s the theory. Now let’s do a practical application exercise.

The first principle of the LEX ARMATICUS states the following:

Those individuals and institutions that comply to the et Invisibilium, will remain a part of the Visibisium Omnium. Those that do not, will be consigned to the trash heap of history.

And just to define the two main components of the 1st Principle:

Visibisium Omnium – all the material “things” that we can identify with our senses (touch, sight, feel, smell, taste)

et Invisibilium – all the non-material processes that regulate the visibilium omnium (e.g. the laws of physics – classical mechanics and quantum mechanics, laws of mathematics, rules of logic, etc.)

NB: With respect to the above, what we are in fact doing is merely making a secular or non-religious statement that explains a state that is “existing or TRUE at all times or in all places”, regardless of whether one acknowledges the existence of God or not. (Notice the potential of the OLD EVANGELIZATION?)

An example of just this was provided by your humble blogger in an earlier post titled Trump: On The Right Side Of History. (see here) In that post, we provided the following example:

When saving money for a childs college education, the physical money at the end of the process is the visibilium omnium, while the savings rate and the law of compound interest constitute the et invisibilium.

Please notice that what is important to understand is this: since the LEX ARMATICUS is UNIVERSAL (“existing or true at all times or in all places”,) it applies to all areas of human activities, not just those governed by the laws of mathematics or the physical sciences, but likewise to the observational (social) sciences as well. Therefore, it also applies to ALL areas of ecclesiastical law such as the area of moral theology. In other words, what we have in the LEX ARMATICUS is a comprehensive and exhaustive,  not to mention interdisciplinary understanding of the mechanics of God’s creation.

Now that we have set out our “methodology”, let’s do a test case. Over at The Denzinger-Bergoglio website, a website operated by anonymous Spanish priests, the following post appeared yesterday titled: ‘The Church has never been better’: Is this madness or megalomania? (see here) (BTW, it is a must read)

In this post, the following OBJECTIVE observations appeared: (emphasis added)

The sufferings Holy Mother Church is currently enduring are shared by many Catholics. Many are concerned about the lack of religious and priestly vocations, the decline in the number of practicing Catholics around the world, and the generalized neglect of the Sacraments. The faithful see popular piety suppressed and the family recitation of the rosary considered a thing of the past, and they are shocked at the conduct of so many even Church authorities. They are aware that Catholics are being persecuted and slain in Muslim countries, and that the use of religious symbols and images and the very name of Jesus is being banned even in former Catholic nations.

Yet, Francis, the bishop of Rome sees things slightly different:

The Church is not falling to pieces. It has never been better. This is a wonderful moment for the Church, you just need to look at its history. There are saints that are recognized by non-Catholics as well as Catholics – I’m thinking of Mother Theresa – but many men and women perform acts of holiness every day and this gives us hope. Sanctity is stronger than scandal. (Meeting with the priests of the Diocese of Rome in Saint John Lateran, September 16, 2013)

Right off the bat, we see the anonymous Spanish priests use RATIONAL arguments to support their case. They point out 1) lack of vocations, 2) decline in the number of practicing Catholics worldwide, 3) general neglect of the Sacraments, as the three arguments that they use to support their case for thesufferings Holy Mother Church is currently enduring” .

In turn, Francis, the bishop of Rome’s position is that ‘the Church has never been better’. He provides the following arguments: 1) you just need to look at its history, 2) saints that are recognized by non-Catholics as well as Catholics, and 3) many men and women perform acts of holiness every day. Off the top of my head, the term NON SEQUITUR comes to mind.

Now that we have identified our arguments of the respective parties, let us run it through the LEX ARMATICUS. The second principle of the LEX ARMATICUS is:

2nd Principle:

Even Neo-modernists need to eat.

What the second principle, in a rather pithy manner as mentioned earlier, drives at is that the that part of the et Invisibilium that is comprised of the laws of economics in general and the laws of accounting (mathematics) specifically, must be conformed to by ALL individuals and institutions, and that includes ecclesiastical institutions. This is due in turn to the fact that all humans have physiological needs, those that Abraham Maslow identified as the most basic of all needs in his hierarchy. (see here) Therefore, the statement above is nothing more than a TRUISM, but it is one that is often forgotten or worse, intentionally mischaracterized. Here I have in mind the “love of money” sophisms. (see here and here and here)

Therefore, let’s test the respective arguments as to whether they conform to the 2nd Principle. The table below sets out the case:

Table 4

From the above, it is clear that Francis’ supporting arguments for his position that “the Church has never been better” do not address this fundamental prerequisite for any “individual or institution” that the 2nd Principle defines.

More to the point, regardless of whether one “looks at history”, acknowledges that “saints are recognized by non-Catholic”s, or acknowledges that “people perform individual acts of holiness”, one must admit that these three arguments do not bring in new nor bring back fallen-away Catholics into the pews. If those new or fallen away Catholics do not return to the pews, then the Church cannot operate under a “funding model” that the Church has historically operated under. In other words, no pew sitters, no collection plate income, no food on the clerics table, AND no contributions made pursuant to Canon 1271 of the Code of Canon Law (see here) for FRANCIS.

In other words, the PREMISES on which Francis, the bishop of Rome bases his ARGUMENTS do not support his CONCLUSION.

As to the ARGUMENTS of the anonymous Spanish priests writing for the Denzinger-Bergoglio, the opposite is the case. The “decline of vocations” has a direct impact on the number pew sitters to whom the Sacraments can be provided, the “decline in the number of practicing Catholics worldwide” has a direct impact on the amount of funds (alms) collected by the institution and the “general neglect of the Sacraments” also has a direct impact on the number of the Faithful that attend Church, not to mention the impact it has on the MISSION of the Catholic Church which is the salvation of souls. (see here)

Therefore, the PREMISES on which the Denzinger-Bergoglio priests base their  ARGUMENTS do support their CONCLUSION.

Which brings us to the 3rd Principle or what we call the Fr. Schmidberger Principle, namely:

Every abnormal situation inherently tends toward normalization. This is due to the nature of the matter.

It is here that the CAUSALITY between the PREMISES and the CONCLUSION play themselves out. In our case, if the Church as an INSTITUTION is not in a position to attract or repopulate it’s Church pews with the Faithful, who in turn provide the direct funding to the INSTITUTION itself, that INSTITUTION will become insolvent and cease to exist.

With respect to the INSTITUTIONAL Church itself, it can be characterized as an  organization with multiple… let’s call them “funding centers”. Among these are the dioceses and the religious orders. It is these “operational units” that are the “funding source” of the wider INSTITUTIONAL Church. And some of these “operational units” are financial basket cases while others are highly profitable. The highly profitable ones are expanding, while the unprofitable ones ones are burning through their cash reserves, trust funds, the proceeds from disposal of tangible assets and quickly becoming consigned to the trash-heap of history. And the profitable INSTITUTIONS are replacing the unprofitable or new INSTITUTIONS will arise to take their place.

Yes Virginia, NATURE abhors a vacuum.

It is this above described PROCESS, that is known as the Schmidberger Principle since it defines what constitutes normalcy (in our case: PROFITABILITY = NORMALCY) or THE NORMAL and it does so in an OBJECTIVE manner.

Concluding, what we see presented in the above text is a systematic methodology for assessing (discerning) the PROCESS through which the Catholic Church as an INSTITUTION is undergoing at present. What is also important to note is that the Catholic Church, as the oldest INSTITUTION in the history of man, and just like any other institution that has existed, is in existence, or will exist in the future, is continuously subjected to this PROCESS. The manner in which the INSTITUTION performs is subject to (dependent on) the competence of the individuals who are entrusted with that INSTITUTION care.

Therefore, what we can OBJECTIVELY observe, and INFER from the LEX ARMATICUS is this: the PERFORMANCE of any given INSTITUTION under the NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ that it is subject to at any given point in time is a DIRECT REFLECTION of the individuals entrusted with its care. The INSTITUTIONS that are managed by more competent individuals will prosper and continue to remain a part of the Visibilium Omnium, while those INSTITUTION that are managed by less competent individuals will eventually meet their fate and be consigned to that figurative or imaginative place where forgotten things or people go, i.e. the trash heap of history.

This NORMALIZATION PROCESS™ described above is usually presented as being driven by “market forces” in the secular world. Remember the “invisible hand”? But I digress… Yet as we have explained above, what it is in fact driven by is something much, much more profound. And that something is the NATURAL LAW’S INSISTENCE on NORMALCY.

So you see dear reader, it is our side that represents NORMALCY, with everything else that that entails.

So what’s there not to be optimist about?

PS If you got this far, have a nice weekend!

FrancisChurch Is Trapped, Trapped Like A Rat!

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Rats IToday’s post brings to mind an old Polish adage that translates into the following: God might not be swift, but He’s just.

Excuse the digression…

Over the last few posts, we have chronicled the situation in the Catholic Church that is presently playing itself out, by focusing on the religious orders. The religious orders are a good Catholic “population” to sample since they can be easily separated as either Novus Ordo or Catholic. We have observed that some religious orders are doing quite well while others are dying. Furthermore, we have limited ourselves by using only OBJECTIVE CRITERIA derived from that source of our Faith that come by way of “natural light of human reason from the things that are made”.

However today, we will approach our subject matter via a different route. As we know by now, there are two sources of our quest to know GOD, namely that known through “natural light of human reason from the things that are madeAND through divine Revelation. Today we will focus on the latter.

Today I would like to start with the Holy Gospel according the Luke (8:4-15), the passage that is read on Sexagesima Sunday. This passage will be used to establish what I will call our BIBLICAL CRITERIA for JUDGING the performance of FancisChurch. This Gospel passage reads as follows: (emphasis added) (see here)

At that time, when a very great crowd was gathering together and men from every town were resorting to Jesus. He said in a parable: The sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air ate it up. And other seed fell upon the rock, and as soon as it had sprung up it withered away, because it had no moisture. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. And other seed fell upon good ground, and sprang up and yielded fruit a hundredfold. As He said these things He cried out, He who has ears to hear, let him hear! But His disciples then began to ask Him what this parable meant, He said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, but to the rest in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. And those by the wayside are they who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, that they may not believe and be saved. Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among the thorns, these are they who have heard, and as they go their way are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen. But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.

The reason that I bring these 11 verses of the 8th Gospel of Luke to your attention is that in these verses, Our Lord sets out not only a CRITERIA for proper discernment for the Faithful, one that is UNIVERSAL, but also sets out the BIBLICAL CRITERIA for JUDGING the performance of the people that manage the affairs of the Bride of Christ. Given that the BIBLICAL CRITERIA is UNIVERSAL, it MUST be able to explain the present day situation in which the Catholic Church finds herself, otherwise it would not be UNIVERSAL.

Next, as you dear reader see from the emphasis that I added to the above, there are two easily recognizable groups (of the four) that are contained within the Church, i.e. within the laity and the religious community.

Next, Our Lord “marked” (IDENTIFIED) one of the GROUPS, (1) as those whose “seeds falling on the rock” are the same who “receive the word with joy”. The second GROUP Our Lord “marked” as those who “ having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience”.

Oh the irony!

We can also read in the Holy Gospel according to Luke that for future generations, Our Lord provided His creation with the “FILTER” through which they are to JUDGE the meaning of His teaching. Our Lord said:  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  But Our Lord also foretold that there will be those who ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’

As to the meaning of the parable itself, this is written: Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

Summing up the above, what Our Lord has provided to the Faithful in this Gospel is not only the teaching (SUBJECT MATTER) but also the “filter” (CRITERIA) by which the Faithful, especially the prelates, should evaluate whether they are correctly applying His teaching.

Furthermore, we can safely assume that everyone, whether they be layman or cleric can understand the teaching contained in the above passage since it was given in such a manner (parable form) so that all men who were not present at that time can understand, even the uneducated and illiterate can understand.

But just in case there was any issue or room for error with respect to the hearing, understanding, discerning and/or JUDGING of what Our Lord was trying to convey to those ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’, he also “doubled down” and reinforced this BIBLICAL CRITERIA in the Holy Gospel of Matthew (7:15-21) which is read on the 7th Sunday after Pentecost, where it is written:

At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father in heaven shall enter the kingdom of heaven.

Given that which Our Lord taught above, the BIBLICAL CRITERIA for hearing, understanding, discerning and/or JUDGING can be formally define as:

BIBLICAL CRITERIA

GROUP 1  (hint: the The Neo-modernists)

Now those upon the rock are they who, when they have heard, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, but believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

GROUP 2  (hint: the Catholics)

But that upon good ground, these are they who, with a right and good heart, having heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit in patience.

SUBJECT TO:

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

THEN: 

Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.

Without going into too much further detail, it is pretty obvious who is who in this above defined scheme of things.

Nota Bene: Given the text above, what I would like to draw your attention to dear reader is that no matter how hard the Neo-modernists try, they cannot explain away their FAILURE. Whether it is by OBJECTIVE CRITERIA (REASON) or a BIBLICAL CRITERIA (FAITH), they are trapped, like the proverbial rats.

Summa Summarum

What we are left with is this:

By suppressing Thomism at the seminaries and as the philosophical foundation of the Catholic Faith, (see here) Neo-modernist can feign their ignorance with respect to OBJECTIVE CRITERIA for discerning and/or JUDGING the OBJECTIVE state of the Catholic Church Anno Domini 2016.

If anyone asks,… Hey, the Church is growing in Africa and Asia, right? (see here)

But one of the ramifications of the suppression of Thomism has been that the Neo-modernists were forced to become more reliant on the part of the Faith that comes from divine Revelation. In other words, they were forced to go down the sola Scriptura route, with all the Law of Unintended Consequence’s side effects that the Vital Immanence heresy entails. (see here)

So by becoming more reliant on biblical passages themselves, they became even more at the mercy of the sola Scriptura fallacy to “justify” their performance. In other words, the Neo-modernists got “caught up in the ropes of the harpoon he himself has thrown” as had Ahab per yesterday’s post.

And by understanding that which your humble blogger has termed the BIBLICAL CRITERIA, one can easily see their dilemma.

Yet the Neo-modernists might still have been able to explain away their EPIC FAILURE by saying that all religions (sects) are FAILING, especially in the lands that comprise Western Civilization. The “spirit of the times” is leading people away from organized religions and so forth and so on. Yet with the growing numbers in the Traditional Catholic religious orders, and new ones sprouting up along with booming vocations, it becomes IMPOSSIBLE to cover up the Neo-modernist’s EPIC FAILURE.

So their dilemma can be best described as follows: Between the Neo-modernists EPIC FAIL and the Catholics RESTORATION’S dynamic growth, albeit from a small base, FrancisChurch is trapped, trapped like a rat!

And it is this aspect of FrancisChurch’s dilemma that explains the WHY of the Neo-modernist’s Raging, Raging Against The Coming Of The Light.

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