Tradition Rising – A Call To Almsgiving…

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Today we pivot to a more solid, “concrete”… one could say… theme, i.e. construction.

As you dear and loyal readers know, whenever this humble blogger comes across news of a “Restoration of all things in Christ” EVENT taking place, this OCCURENCE is duly noted on the pages of this humblest of blogs.

So today, good news is at hand.

And it comes from the Society of St. Pius X.

For those who have no contact with the Society of St. Pius X, you might not be familiar with their Academy and College in St. Mary’s Kansas.

The skinny is as follows: in 1978, the Society of St. Pius X purchased a small local college in St. Mary’s Kansas from the bankrupting Jesuit order. The ink was not even dry on the purchase contract, when a fire broke out in the main church destroying it completely.

Since then, the St. Mary’s apostolate has been growing rapidly, funds were always deployed to more immediate needs, such as the academy and college.

Well, the time now has come for the rebuilding to begin!

Below is a republication of the building website page of the Society that explains the details of the current state of play. (see here)

And now a word from your humble blogger.

Over the years, my loyal and dear readers have been passing on messages and comments that they enjoy reading this blog. This humble blogger has never asked for any financial support since, frankly, he does not need it. This blog in turn has always been viewed by its humble proprietor as a work of thanksgiving for all the graces that have flowed down from heaven, and those graces have been not only abundant, but significant as well.

Therefore, any sacrifices made in order to write this blog, are offered as a contemporary form of a spiritual work of mercy.

As a quick refresher…

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

  • To instruct the ignorant.
  • To counsel the doubtful.
  • To admonish the sinners.
  • To bear patiently those who wrong us.
  • To forgive offenses.
  • To comfort the afflicted.
  • To pray for the living and the dead.

Therefore, if you dear and loyal reader enjoy reading this blog and would like to make an offering in order show your appreciation for the enjoyment… dare I say accompaniment that you have received from reading these humble pages, please consider making a donation to the Society’s Immaculata Chapel building fund.

Furthermore, if you dear and loyal reader are engaging in acts of “not supporting” the various FrancisChurch collections which tend to go to very unCatholic organizations and support very unCatholic causes, please consider redirecting your offerings to this building fund as well.

From where this humble blogger sits, we must provide financial assistance to keep our Churches operational. Maybe the optimal manner in which to do this is by redirecting our Sunday offerings to specific projects which come with a 100% guarantee that those funds will be put to proper use.

Something to think about.

And now, for a word from the Society of St. Pius X… (see original here)

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Designs, Budget, and Timeline Released at the Unveiling of New Immaculata Project

Beyond being the biggest Catholic church in Kansas, this will be the biggest Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) church in the world. With a seating capacity of over 1,500, it will serve the growing community of St. Mary’s for generations to come.

There is an old tradition at a wedding where the father of the bride lifts his daughter’s veil and reveals her to her groom. Many legends and lore sit behind this practice, but from where such a custom comes, who can absolutely and conclusively say?  Nevertheless, there it is. “And there came one of the seven angels, who had the vials full of the seven last plagues, and spoke with me, saying: Come, and I will shew thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Apoc. 21:9). The veil is lifted, and the beauty of the bride is revealed to her husband. “And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Apoc. 21:2). Such a lifting of the veil occurred on June 15 at St. Mary’s Academy and College, revealing the new Immaculata, the future Society church in St. Marys, KS.

A Fire Scars the Kansas Prairie

Since a fire, sparked by faulty wiring, destroyed the Immaculata chapel on Nov. 8, 1978, the largest community in the SSPX in the United States has lacked a fully realized church structure. The crown of the campus, the small but stately Immaculata chapel that had been raised with the money of 300 alumni of the old St. Mary’s College; the chapel that had taken into her bosom countless faithful and sent many forth to become priests; the chapel that persuaded Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre that St. Marys, KS should become the flagship of the Society in the United States—that crown burned down almost before the ink had dried on the closing papers. In keeping with the latter analogy, the pride of the U. S. District, the flagship, had suffered the loss of her flag. Now, the hope and the promise of a new flag—a grander and more glorious flag—was unveiled at Ignatius Auditorium on the St. Mary’s College campus.

During the unveiling, Mr. Nicholas Novelly, the head accountant at St. Mary’s College, noted that behind great losses is always the hand of Divine Providence. The insurance money, while originally intended to rebuild the chapel, was used to nourish the infant campus of St. Mary’s. For over 40 years, the school and the campus grew, as did the surrounding community. 

Since the fire, Mass and the various liturgical ceremonies have been celebrated in temporary chapels: first, a room in Jogues Hall served as the temporary church for the fledgling campus, and then was moved to the former Jesuit cafeteria which could seat around 500. But as the parish grew from a mere handful of families to over 4,000, filling the Assumption Chapel from wall to wall, larger ceremonies, such as Christmas Midnight Mass, the liturgies of Holy Week, confirmations, and First Communions were held in the auditorium and the altar erected on a stage. 

As soon as the fire had been doused, many hoped the chapel would be rebuilt. However, time after time, different rectors had to delay the project as fundraising for the Immaculata took away much needed funds from the day-to-day operations of campus. Mr. Novelly reported that, from former fundraising and donations, just over $15.7 million has been raised, but to complete this project, $14 million more is required. Even so, Mr. Novelly stressed that the donations to the Immaculata cannot come by cutting donations from the operations of the school and the parish. 

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The Immaculata Will Watch Over Saint Marys

The plans for the new Immaculata will move the building from its original location on the hill beside Bellarmine hall.  Due to the lack of space for parking, a new site was chosen on a higher hill, near the cemetery, which could better serve the parish without conflicting with the school. “Our goal too, with this expansion, with a larger church,” Fr. Patrick Rutledge said, “is to give you a chance to come to Mass, to pray at Mass, to not have to stand at the back of a church behind seven rows of people, to be able stay after Mass and make a thanksgiving, to not feel like you have to relinquish your parking spot as soon as you possibly can, as so many of you have to do each Sunday because of our growth.”

The majesty of the church will be evident to all, with two bell towers reaching 111 feet in the air, a 12-sided copula (representing the 12 stars that crown Mary) on which will rise a statue of Our Lady to become the highest point of campus, as well as the town. “Our lady looking over her town,” Fr. Rutledge said, “the Immaculata looking over her town, protecting her town as she has already done.”

A Measured – but Grand – House of God

The Immaculata will become not only the largest Catholic church structure in Kansas but also the largest such building within 350 miles of St. Marys. “We’re not just building a chapel,” Fr. Rutledge said.  “We are really building something significant. Especially as our Church, our Catholic Church, is struggling so much, what a breath of fresh air this will be!” It will contain eight confessionals, a reliquary chapel, a baptistry, two side-chapels with seating for 50 people, a cry room with seating for 100, and a choir loft that also can seat 100. The parking lot itself will be able to hold 465 vehicles. “Since there are about 15 people per vehicle,” Fr. Rutledge joked, “it should be enough.”

David Heit, the lead architect from CIVIUM Architects, told the audience that this project was special to him and to his team. “It is not just another design problem, not just another large building, but definitely something unique for us,” he said. “And now we find ourselves (perhaps not in a literal way, but still in a way) offering a brief prayer each day before we set to work, understanding that what we do needs to be divinely inspired.”

And, lest the desire for greater majesty carries away the appropriate measure of material things, David Eddy, the manager of pre-construction for the U.S. District and Preconstruction Director at Fransen Pittman, has set forth a measured budget.  Mr. Eddy has been involved in some of the previous conversations on the Immaculata, and now his job is to make sure that the church is both beautiful but on budget, “to make sure we are designing a building that is buildable,” he said, “and a building that matches the needs of the District and of St. Marys.”

A Sign of Tradition’s Growth in America

Fr. Jurgen Wegner, the District Superior, turned the thoughts of the audience from the stone and the windows to the broader vision of what the new Immaculata means not only to St. Marys but also to District and the wider world.  First he spoke of the past, the reason for purchasing St. Marys “with the idea of restoration of the Catholic Faith. And a restoration that has to come from the center of the United States,” Fr. Wegner said. 

“It was a big sacrifice for many of the pioneers to make the decision to leave a well-established situation elsewhere in the United States and to come to Kansas where you have hot summers, chiggers, and all kinds of awful things,” the District Superior continued. “But it was their faith that brought them here, and really this idea of the pioneer to build. These early years for the faithful and the priests were difficult years.”

“It is the energy, the sacrifices, and the tears of all those who started off here, who made this place the place where other traditionals want to go, who made this place—in a certain way, it in the beginning was just an awful place—now becomes a refuge and a desirable place for every Catholic.  We want to say thank you to these pioneers—many of them have left us already, such as Fr. Bolduc, who died two years ago.”

Then he spoke to the future, the future of Tradition. “This day is not just the day where we think about a nice church building out of brick and stone, it is a day where we think about the restoration of the Church.  And if in the beginning St. Marys was the place pretty much nobody knew, nowadays the flagship of the District, the biggest parish of tradition in the world—and so is tradition.  World-wide tradition started out very small. As soon as it grew, it was attacked. But now the times changed.”

The time has come, with the building of the new Immaculata, “to give back tradition to the church,” Fr. Wegner said.  “St. Mary’s—a place where, in the past, over 1,000 priests have been ordained should be a source of priestly and religious vocations. And if you succeed with this church-building project, the building of a church in stone, but also the building of a church in people, in the souls, I’m sure the District will succeed.”

Prayers Will See the Project Completed

Fr. Rutledge closed the unveiling with a plea for prayers. He asked the parishioners to pray as they consider the amount that each can donate to the cause of rebuilding a church worthy of Mary, and to pray throughout the entire build. He asked the parishioners to place their pledges at the feet of Our Lady on August 15—providentially it was 40 ago, on August 15, 1979, when the new cornerstone was laid for the first attempt to rebuild the Immaculata—and “there on the feast of Our Lady,” he said, “to make a commitment to her, for what you will sacrifice and what you will give to her for this project.”

“The biggest thing that we have to do for this project is pray: to pray that the design team builds something that Our Lady wants; we need to pray that all of us working on the project keep the higher principles in mind as we do the work; pray that, humanly speaking, we build something that is reasonable for our budget… We need your prayers.”

The groundbreaking is scheduled for May 31, 2020, 40 years after a strong wind knocked down some of the walls that had remained standing after the fire. “In one year, we will break ground on the Immaculata,” Fr. Rutledge said.  “Not only is May 31 the Queenship of Mary, but next year May 31 also falls on Pentecost Sunday.”

Following Fr. Rutledge’s announcements, Fr. Wegner presented a gift from the District to the new Immaculata. “It is something very special,” he said, “something we want to give back to this parish, as a sign of gratitude for our ancestors and as a sign of encouragement to you.” That gift was the relics from the altar of the original Immaculata.

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Reality is Ontological, Deal With It…

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So a lot is being spoken about CIVILIZATIONAL issues these days.

Today’s post is a compilation of some of the EVIDENCE emerging from different and “unrelated” sub-sets of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium.

Of particular interest, one secondary theme is also emerging, as per the Tucker Carlson monologue. This theme is one that is near and dear to the hearts of not only you dear and loyal readers, but for this most of humble bloggers as well.

This theme is the post-Modernist’s assault on OBJECTIVE REALITY.

And as we know, the nature of reality is such that it exists in and of itself. In other words, real REALITY is ONTOLOGICAL.

In other words, it exists in and of itself.

If the above is a TRUE PREMISE, and by all accounts it is, then what is to be made of this situation where:

(…) it is visibly observable that there are two individuals who live inside the Sacred Vatican Walls. Further, Pope Benedict continues to wear the white tunic, continues to sign himself “Benedictus XVI, pope emeritus,” continues to live “in the enclosure of Saint Peter,” continues to have himself called “Holiness” and “Holy Father.” And finally, Pope Benedict claims that he and Francis, the bishop of Rome “share” the PONTIFICAL OFFICE, “One “Active” and One “Contemplative”. (See here)

… while

… THEREFORE:

One of these two contradictory positions cannot be ONTOLOGICALLY CORRECT.

And it’s just a matter of time before the above violation of one of the three basic rules of thought, i.e. the Law of Contradiction, becomes CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

… much like it is has become CONVENTIONAL WISDOM during the Francis bishopric of Rome, that it is the Second Vatican Council that is the cause of the distintegration of the post-conciliar church.

It’s trending…

… and the trend is REALITY’S friend! (other Principle of the Lex Armaticus identified?)

Below are two more pieces of EVIDENCE that REALITY, of the ONTOLOGICAL kind is reasserting itself. Along with the MEDIA sub-set as set out by Tucker Carlson in the above example, another comes from Dr. Steven Turley and the HIGHER EDUCATION sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, while the third is from the ECONOMICS sub-set where the Misis Institute is firmly planted.

Enjoy!

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How To Destroy A Civilization

Authored by Jeffrey Harding via The Mises Institute,

There are lots of ways to kill off a civilization. Wars, politics, economic collapse. But what are the actual mechanics? It might be a useful thing to know whether or not we are killing ourselves off.

Ancient Rome is a good place to start. They had an advanced civilization. They had running water, sewers, flush toilets, concrete, roads, bridges, dams, an international highway system, mechanical reapers, water-powered mills, public baths, soap, banking, commerce, free trade, a legal code, a court system, science, literature, and a republican system of government. And a strong army to enforce stability and peace (Pax Romana). It wasn’t perfect, but they were on their way to modernity.

One of my favorite quotes is from Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, orator and writer (106-43 BCE):

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.

If that isn’t a mark of a civilized society I don’t know what is.

But Rome collapsed. I often wonder what would have happened if it hadn’t. Could we have avoided a thousand years of the Dark Ages. Could we have been flying airplanes and driving cars in the year 1000?

What the hell happened to Rome?

Dictators. After 500 years, the famous Roman Republic ended with the dictator Julius Caesar taking power. Four hundred years later his progeny and usurpers ran the Empire into the ground and Rome fell to invading barbarians.

The standard explanation for Rome’s decline and fall is that they devolved into dictatorships (true, but not the cause of their fall). Or they became decadent and corrupt (true, but not the cause of their fall). They fell to barbarian invasions (true, but not the cause of their fall).

Rome fell because the dictators ruined the Roman economy and the institutions that had made it prosperous. Rome was falling apart before the barbarian invasions.

How did the Caesars do that? They were profligate spenders. As emperors with absolute power usually do, they thought big: infrastructure (roads, temples, palaces), a huge bureaucracy, and, as the key to maintaining their power they had a very large, loyal, and well paid army. As a consequence, massive government spending far outstripped revenue. They had what today we call a deficit problem.

They did two disastrous things to solve their deficit.

First, they kept raising taxes which became punitive. Not caring much about the consequences to the merchants, small farmers, and peasants, they came up with new ways to squeeze money out of their citizens. Onerous taxes led to tax evasion. The government’s response was to double down and implement laws that restricted economic freedoms in order to raise even more taxes. Heavy taxes forced property owners, small and large, off the land. Large feudal estates run by political cronies arose in their place. Laws were enacted that forced peasants into virtual serfdom. Business owners and their children were prevented from changing jobs or towns. And, taxes had to be paid either in gold or in kind or they would lose everything. Gold became scarce. Gold money was only lawfully available to the government, army, and bureaucrats.

Second, they debased the currency which led to inflation. It was the equivalent of printing money to pay for things. The resulting bouts of high inflation destroyed much of commerce and agriculture. Like most dictators they thought they could stop rising prices by implementing price controls, but that just led to gold and goods disappearing from the economy. Black markets grew despite threats of capital punishment. Unemployment and homelessness rose. Their large welfare system kept running short of money. Commercial, legal, and moral institutions were falling apart. Corruption was endemic. The resulting booms and busts and depressions were destroying the economy.

By the time the Goth and Visigoth invaders came along, Rome was so weakened that they could not hold back the waves of invasions. At the end, Roman citizens saw the government as the enemy and the invading barbarians as their saviors. Rome fell in 410 CE. What emerged was what we now know as the Middle Ages — it lasted for a thousand years. You know what that was like. They didn’t call it the Dark Ages for nothing.

Much of Rome’s economic history is quite familiar in modern times. Even after thousands of years of evidence of repeated failure, bad ideas simply don’t die. Proponents of bad ideas are either ignorant of history or just ignorant. Or they are politicians (as Mark Twin said, “But I repeat myself.”).

One bad idea with ancient precedents is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). MMT is the New Thing among Progressives in America. Politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and Bernie are quite excited about MMT. They think they have discovered the Holy Grail of economics.

Progressives believe that government can and should cause economic growth and prosperity. They believe government can do this by various controls, regulations, spending programs, and monetary manipulation. They believe proper government spending will stimulate demand, generate consumer spending, kick-start production, and, voila! we have full employment and prosperity. Along the way we can solve various social problems.

The idea of MMT takes this one step further. They believe that the government can spend/buy whatever it wants and print pieces of greenish paper to pay for it. Government doesn’t need to tax us or borrow money to do this — it can print whatever money it needs to pay for it. Deficits don’t matter because by printing money to pay for stuff they instantly solve the deficit problem. MMTers claim, with no shortage of arrogance, that they, Oz-like, can fine-tune the mechanics of how the economy is to be run and generate prosperity, prevent inflation, end inequality, and save the planet.

In other words, everything will be perfect; “just trust us” to run things. It sounds too good to be true.

AOC and Bernie Sanders and their supporters heartily embrace MMT. They want to break free of old-fashioned concepts such as fiscal integrity, balanced budgets, and monetary stability because they want no limits on their utopian schemes.

MMT is a crackpot idea. It is the monetary equivalent of the Perpetual Motion Machine — it ignores the laws of economics. It’s like asking third graders to invent money. (“I’m gonna print me a bunch of money and buy me a Ferrari an’ a jet an’ all the coolest video games an’ …”). Proponents confuse pieces of greenish paper with wealth and, as history has repeatedly proven, you can’t print your way to wealth and prosperity.

There is nothing “modern” about Modern Monetary Theory. It has been tried many times over the centuries and it has never worked. In every case where governments have printed money to pay for things, the result has been cycles of boom and bust, inflation (and hyperinflation), economic stagnation, and social disorder. MMTers simply don’t understand what money is or the mechanics of the business cycle or the concept ofmalinvestment and the destruction of capital.

Why is it not possible that we could go the way of Rome? Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal resulted in 25 years of economic stagnation. Only post-FDR deregulation, more economic freedoms, capital investment, and fiscal and monetary sanity led to economic growth.

AOC’s Green New Deal plus MMT would be worse than the old New Deal in that it places no limit on government’s ability to spend which means government can command economic resources and control the direction of the economy. History has shown that governments aren’t very good at that. Absolute power in the hands of the few is a bad idea.

How much destruction could MMT and utopian Progressive schemes like AOC’s utopian Green New Deal inflict on our civilization? It is hard to tell, but I hope we don’t have to look back some day and say the end started now.

Tomorrow’s Conventional Wisdom…

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Greeting to my loyal readers. Still busy so this humble blogger hasn’t been posting much.

Today, more important news coming out of Italy. As you dear and loyal reader will recall, this blog has been writing about the situation in Italy for the longest of time. In our analysis, we have been pointing out that the key to MAKING CATHOLICISM GREAT AGAIN is what happens in the Euro Area and specifically in Italy.

For reasons that I will not go into today, this OBSERVATION and our prediction about what will happen going forward is playing itself out perfectly.

Who would have thunk only a few short years ago that a Western Civilization think tank will be established in Italy of all places to “restore all things to Christ”! (see here) And even with the growing pains (see here), the idea whose time has come… you know the rest…

And just as with the re-emergence of Thomism as the philosophical/theological underpinning of the Catholic Faith among the future hierarchs that will need to clean up the mess after the hippie church of the new springtime of the spirit of whatever… the NATRURAL LAW in the sub-set of Economics of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium is re-establishing itself on the Apennine Peninsula.

Below is our friend Tom Luongo with that information (see here)…

Aside, the part about Gresham’s Law should be of particular interest.

If you dear reader recall, the Italian population has a very high savings rate. This aspect of the economy is unique to the Italians, and allows them to service their domestic debt load with relative ease.

If the Italian government returned to their national currency over one weekend, the savers would be hit hard since their Euros would be renominated to a new Italian Lira and simultaneously devalued. The devaluation that is needed to get the Italian economy to return to proper equilibrated state, as per the below post.

In the Mini-BOT scenario, the savers could purchase this new currency at a reduced rate in order to cover their operating expenses, cover cost of living expenses and pay their taxes. The remaining Euros that they hold would still be worth as much as before.

So this Mini-BOT solution is a win/win for the Italians, which is why the bully-boys of Brussels are dead set against it. As per Mr. Luongo’s observation, Brussels can’t afford to allow this solution to be successful.

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Europe Won’t Admit The Mini-BOTs Are Coming

Italy is in serious trouble financially. This is virtually common knowledge at this point. What isn’t common knowledge is its Euroskeptic government led by Lega’s Matteo Salvini and Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio are preparing an assault on the foundation of the European Union itself to save Italy.

And that assault comes with the most innocuous name. Mini-BOT. Mini-BOTs were originally the idea of former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to assist Greece get out of the stranglehold placed on it by the euro.

What is a mini-BOT? It is a small denomination (mini) Bill of Treasury (BOT) that can be issued by, in this case, the Italian government to act as a domestic currency for settling government debts, paying taxes, etc.

It would be a parallel currency which could circulate freely domestically at a discount to the euro which would work as a medium of exchange to reflect the reality of the Italian economy better than the euro does.

The euro’s value is dominated by Germany’s economy. And, in short, by being so the euro overvalues Italy’s labor pool and undervalues Germany’s. Gresham’s Law states under-valued money is hoarded and over-valued spent. In Italy the euro is hoarded. In Germany it is spent. This is why Germany runs such a massive trade surplus against the other members of the euro-zone.

Italy (and Greece, Portugal, Spain and others) need a currency that can circulate to properly support domestic trade.

By mispricing Italian labor via the euro it keeps the goods produced in Italy uncompetitive on the world market. Italy’s central bank can only issue euro-denominated debt which trades at rates far lower than it should, enhancing Germany’s position.

The Italian economy, like Greece’s, is also strangled by the cost of servicing its national debt denominated in euros. This keeps the demand for money within the economy high for debt servicing purposes and its circulation low.

Low circulation equals low trade and a sluggish economy. The EU’s budget rules favor paying off creditors first and tending to the Italian economy second. The ‘austerity’ imposed on euro-zone members, because of this mispricing of both the debt and the euro itself, becomes doubly harsh when the euro rises, sucking the life out of the debtor nation.

As the currency rises, the value of the debt rises versus the labor it is a claim against also rises. Then the country’s creditors need a bailout, which they get. The debt gets ‘restructured’ to put the debtor on an even-longer dated hamster wheel of repayment and some of it gets paid off in the form of national assets now trading at a fraction of its real value.

The mini-BOT seeks to reverse this process by allowing the Italian treasury to issue them as interest-bearing small bills which can be used to purchase goods and services in the Italian market but which will also be redeemable to pay for government services and taxes.

Doing this bypasses the euro completely and these will trade at a discount to the euro, thereby setting a proper exchange rate for Italy’s economy relative to Europe’s as a whole and increasing money velocity.

This is what Salvini and Di Maio are in favor of and what they will likely introduce soon.

And it is imperative that you understand what this means for the European Union. It is an existential threat to the current Germany-dominated political order. The main purpose of the euro was do to exactly what we have seen since its introduction, create a structural advantage for German industry through which Germany’s political class can dominate the EU itself. It was specifically designed to roll up the wealth of the continent in this way, bankrupt countries less competitive than Germany and keep them that way trapped within this single currency regime.

Laying aside my myriad and sundry libertarian and Austrian economics-based objections to this system of debt-based fiat currency, the current structure of the euro is even more monstrous than that of the individual currencies themselves. But, the Mini-BOT is a stop-gap measure on the road back to monetary and fiscal sanity. Not perfect, but the right first step.

Italy’s sovereignty-focused government, an outgrowth of the desperation of the Italian people, understand this dynamic at a deep level. It is why Salvini and Di Maio have attacked Brussels on the issue of the budget rules, tax cuts and infrastructure spending while soft-pedaling to the Italian people their radical agenda, which is to force a reorganization of power in Brussels or, failing that, take Italy out of the euro completely.

I have been arguing for over two years now since Matteo Salvini came onto the scene as a major player in Italian politics that his best path for success is to always and consistently put Brussels into the position of the bad guy.

Breach a budget rule here, detain some human traffickers there.

Each time the EU responds in the most predictable way, Salvini gains popularity and his arguments against Brussels’ unwillingness to listen gain credence.

And what scares Brussels the most is not what they say do – an increase in Italy’s debt, unsustainable spending, etc. Italy is nearly unsalvageable under a euro-only currency regime. No, what EU leadership fears the most is that this parallel domestic currency system of the mini-BOT actually works.

Because once it does it will show the rest of Europe just how corrupt and vindictive EU leadership is. As if Brexit talks haven’t exposed this fundamental truth to them already. And once that happens, the future of the EU itself comes into sincere doubt.

From what I understand, through anecdotal evidence, Salvini and Di Maio are going to move quickly on the mini-BOT, not just as a threat but as a real thing.

And their problems now lie with who I call the Troika of Technocrats who hold the positions to block their plans – President Sergei Mattarella, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Finance Minister Giovanni Tria.

These are all the epitome of the Italian Swamp. They work for the old guard political order in Italy who, like most of the political establishment in the U.K., work for Brussels.

They will try to take down the Italian government before the mini-BOT becomes more than a discussion in parliament. Conte already threatened to resign over this issue. You’ll notice he didn’t do so.

And that to me is a huge tell. Conte bluffed Salvini and lost. Because with Di Maio in charge of Five Star and the poll numbers where they are, the Troika could all easily be removed if they take down the government (see my article linked above for the tactical situation).

If Salvini did it, it would hurt him. But, again, Salvini is way too sharp an operator to fall for that trap. So it will have to come from President Mattarella and Prime Minister Conte, if it comes at all.

They have to move quickly to get the Mini-BOT in place. Europe’s finances are unraveling quickly. The ECB is looking at lowering rates again once Mario Draghi exits the stage to leave the mess for his replacement.

Deutsche Bank is looking to spin off a small portion of its bad assets into a Bad Bank while Germany’s economy continues cratering and a hard Brexit is looking more and more likely.

None of these things are euro positive and none of them help the EU in its fight to keep Italy in the fold.

Italy will need the mini-BOT once this huge move into sovereign debt is over. It is rapidly becoming the most over-crowded trade in history with nearly $12 trillion in debt now carrying a negative return.

For now, Draghi and the rest of the would-be oligarchs in Brussels are in denial about what Salvini and Di Maio are planning. They won’t be once the power struggle for Italy’s government takes center stage in September when the budget is proposed, Brussels tries to impose fines and Salvini starts selling mini-BOTs.

You shouldn’t have to wonder how the markets are going to respond to that.

We All Need To Follow This Development…

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For the record…

Aside, your humble blogger has signed up and presently waiting to get accessed to the platform…

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Jordan Peterson Close To Launching “Anti-Censorship” Social Media Platform

Psychologist and author Jordan B. Peterson announced this week that progress on Thinkspot, his subscription-based “anti-censorship” social media platform, has the project closer to launch.

Peterson and his team are beta testing the product, which he calls “an intellectual playground for censorship-free discourse”, according to the Washington Times. It comes at a time when social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest have been accused of arbitrarily enforcing vague terms of service and overreaching in their left-wing biased policing of their respective platforms.

“Announcing Thinkspot: a new online communication platform (as promised post-Patreon),” Peterson wrote Wednesday on Facebook.

Recall, just days ago, we reported that documents leaked to Project Veritas by a Pinterest insider reveal that the San Francisco-based social media company has blocked links from Zero Hedge and several conservative or religious-based websites – adding them to a ‘porn domain block list’ originally intended to keep the platform free of sexually explicit material.

Peterson began to take a stand against social media when YouTuber Carl Benjamin, aka Sargon of Akkad, was removed from Patreon in December 2018. Benjamin’s “infraction” came as a result of him actually mocking his racist critics on another platform by using a racial epithet.

On the June 9 Joe Rogan podcast, Peterson describes platform by saying: “Once you’re on our platform we won’t take you down unless we’re ordered to by a US court of law.”

Peterson’s fans were ecstatic, leaving comments like:

  • This is fantastic news and a testament of [sic] the power of the free market to balance things out! Amazing, and truly looking forward to signing up to Thinkspot!”
  • “This is great news! Alternative free speech platforms are the only way forward so we no longer have to trudge through the mires of increasing corporate censorship.”
  • “I can already see the media hit pieces lining up and the payment processing companies putting together their press releases.”
  • “This is what the social scene on the internet needs. Some strict competition to the usual social sites and their censorship garbage. And if it’s backed and headed up by Peterson makes it all the more engaging.”

We will certainly keep an eye out for when the product is launched.

It’s Happening…

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Busy at work so the posting has been rare recently.

Hopefully will return to regular posting soon…

Please keep me in your prayers.

And just to add CONTEXT to above screen grab… (see here)

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS
BENEDICT XVI

TO THE BISHOPS ON THE OCCASION OF THE PUBLICATION
OF THE APOSTOLIC LETTER “MOTU PROPRIO DATA”
SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM
ON THE USE OF THE ROMAN LITURGY
PRIOR TO THE REFORM OF 1970

 

My dear Brother Bishops,

With great trust and hope, I am consigning to you as Pastors the text of a new Apostolic Letter “Motu Proprio data” on the use of the Roman liturgy prior to the reform of 1970.  The document is the fruit of much reflection, numerous consultations and prayer.

News reports and judgments made without sufficient information have created no little confusion.  There have been very divergent reactions ranging from joyful acceptance to harsh opposition, about a plan whose contents were in reality unknown.

This document was most directly opposed on account of two fears, which I would like to address somewhat more closely in this letter.

In the first place, there is the fear that the document detracts from the authority of the Second Vatican Council, one of whose essential decisions – the liturgical reform – is being called into question.

This fear is unfounded.  In this regard, it must first be said that the Missal published by Paul VI and then republished in two subsequent editions by John Paul II, obviously is and continues to be the normal Form – the Forma ordinaria – of the Eucharistic Liturgy.  The last version of the Missale Romanum prior to the Council, which was published with the authority of Pope John XXIII in 1962 and used during the Council, will now be able to be used as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgical celebration.  It is not appropriate to speak of these two versions of the Roman Missal as if they were “two Rites”.  Rather, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite.

As for the use of the 1962 Missal as a Forma extraordinaria of the liturgy of the Mass, I would like to draw attention to the fact that this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted.  At the time of the introduction of the new Missal, it did not seem necessary to issue specific norms for the possible use of the earlier Missal.  Probably it was thought that it would be a matter of a few individual cases which would be resolved, case by case, on the local level.  Afterwards, however, it soon became apparent that a good number of people remained strongly attached to this usage of the Roman Rite, which had been familiar to them from childhood.  This was especially the case in countries where the liturgical movement had provided many people with a notable liturgical formation and a deep, personal familiarity with the earlier Form of the liturgical celebration.  We all know that, in the movement led by Archbishop Lefebvre, fidelity to the old Missal became an external mark of identity; the reasons for the break which arose over this, however, were at a deeper level. Many people who clearly accepted the binding character of the Second Vatican Council, and were faithful to the Pope and the Bishops, nonetheless also desired to recover the form of the sacred liturgy that was dear to them. This occurred above all because in many places celebrations were not faithful to the prescriptions of the new Missal, but the latter actually was understood as authorizing or even requiring creativity, which frequently led to deformations of the liturgy which were hard to bear.  I am speaking from experience, since I too lived through that period with all its hopes and its confusion.  And I have seen how arbitrary deformations of the liturgy caused deep pain to individuals totally rooted in the faith of the Church.

Pope John Paul II thus felt obliged to provide, in his Motu Proprio Ecclesia Dei (2 July 1988), guidelines for the use of the 1962 Missal; that document, however, did not contain detailed prescriptions but appealed in a general way to the generous response of Bishops towards the “legitimate aspirations” of those members of the faithful who requested this usage of the Roman Rite.  At the time, the Pope primarily wanted to assist the Society of Saint Pius X to recover full unity with the Successor of Peter, and sought to heal a wound experienced ever more painfully.  Unfortunately this reconciliation has not yet come about.  Nonetheless, a number of communities have gratefully made use of the possibilities provided by the Motu Proprio.  On the other hand, difficulties remain concerning the use of the 1962 Missal outside of these groups, because of the lack of precise juridical norms, particularly because Bishops, in such cases, frequently feared that the authority of the Council would be called into question.  Immediately after the Second Vatican Council it was presumed that requests for the use of the 1962 Missal would be limited to the older generation which had grown up with it, but in the meantime it has clearly been demonstrated that young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them. Thus the need has arisen for a clearer juridical regulation which had not been foreseen at the time of the 1988 Motu Proprio. The present Norms are also meant to free Bishops from constantly having to evaluate anew how they are to respond to various situations.

In the second place, the fear was expressed in discussions about the awaited Motu Proprio, that the possibility of a wider use of the 1962 Missal would lead to disarray or even divisions within parish communities.  This fear also strikes me as quite unfounded. The use of the old Missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language; neither of these is found very often.  Already from these concrete presuppositions, it is clearly seen that the new Missal will certainly remain the ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, not only on account of the juridical norms, but also because of the actual situation of the communities of the faithful.

It is true that there have been exaggerations and at times social aspects unduly linked to the attitude of the faithful attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition. Your charity and pastoral prudence will be an incentive and guide for improving these. For that matter, the two Forms of the usage of the Roman Rite can be mutually enriching: new Saints and some of the new Prefaces can and should be inserted in the old Missal.  The “Ecclesia Dei” Commission, in contact with various bodies devoted to the usus antiquior, will study the practical possibilities in this regard. The celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of Paul VI will be able to demonstrate, more powerfully than has been the case hitherto, the sacrality which attracts many people to the former usage.  The most sure guarantee that the Missal of Paul VI can unite parish communities and be loved by them consists in its being celebrated with great reverence in harmony with the liturgical directives. This will bring out the spiritual richness and the theological depth of this Missal.

I now come to the positive reason which motivated my decision to issue this Motu Proprio updating that of 1988. It is a matter of coming to an interior reconciliation in the heart of the Church. Looking back over the past, to the divisions which in the course of the centuries have rent the Body of Christ, one continually has the impression that, at critical moments when divisions were coming about, not enough was done by the Church’s leaders to maintain or regain reconciliation and unity. One has the impression that omissions on the part of the Church have had their share of blame for the fact that these divisions were able to harden.  This glance at the past imposes an obligation on us today: to make every effort to enable for all those who truly desire unity to remain in that unity or to attain it anew.  I think of a sentence in the Second Letter to the Corinthians, where Paul writes: “Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide.  You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  In return … widen your hearts also!” (2 Cor 6:11-13).  Paul was certainly speaking in another context, but his exhortation can and must touch us too, precisely on this subject.  Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.

There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal.  In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture.  What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.  It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.  Needless to say, in order to experience full communion, the priests of the communities adhering to the former usage cannot, as a matter of principle, exclude celebrating according to the new books.  The total exclusion of the new rite would not in fact be consistent with the recognition of its value and holiness.

In conclusion, dear Brothers, I very much wish to stress that these new norms do not in any way lessen your own authority and responsibility, either for the liturgy or for the pastoral care of your faithful.  Each Bishop, in fact, is the moderator of the liturgy in his own Diocese (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 22: “Sacrae Liturgiae moderatio ab Ecclesiae auctoritate unice pendet quae quidem est apud Apostolicam Sedem et, ad normam iuris, apud Episcopum”).

Nothing is taken away, then, from the authority of the Bishop, whose role remains that of being watchful that all is done in peace and serenity.  Should some problem arise which the parish priest cannot resolve, the local Ordinary will always be able to intervene, in full harmony, however, with all that has been laid down by the new norms of the Motu Proprio.

Furthermore, I invite you, dear Brothers, to send to the Holy See an account of your experiences, three years after this Motu Proprio has taken effect.  If truly serious difficulties come to light, ways to remedy them can be sought.

Dear Brothers, with gratitude and trust, I entrust to your hearts as Pastors these pages and the norms of the Motu Proprio.  Let us always be mindful of the words of the Apostle Paul addressed to the presbyters of Ephesus: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the Church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son” (Acts 20:28).

I entrust these norms to the powerful intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, dear Brothers, to the parish priests of your dioceses, and to all the priests, your co-workers, as well as to all your faithful.

Given at Saint Peter’s, 7 July 2007 

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI

Never Believe Anything Until It Has Been Denied…

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It’s getting hot in Vatican City… and this humble blogger doesn’t mean temperature wise either. Above is the latest from Church Militant…

Introducing today’s post, it is important to keep in mind a quote attributed to Otto Von Bismarck which goes as follows: Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. 

And given that Francis, the dictator of Rome is the consummate politician, of the Peronist persuasion to be precise, it is only fitting that this humble blogger reminds his dear and loyal readers of the DENIAL’S existence.

Another way in which one can look at the subject matter discussed below is as follows: Ontological Reality Claims Two More Scalps…

So today, a CONTEXT post…

A SIGNIFICANT EVENT occurred recently in the Catholic World and it has to do with a DENIAL.

Francis, the material and formal heretic of Rome, finally DENIED that he knew about Mr. McCarrick’s “background”. For those not up to speed, Mr. McCarrick, the former FrancisCardinal and most likely the one who brought the US Cardinals onboard the St. Gallen Mafia’s Team Bergoglio to back Bergoglio at the 2013 Cardinal’s retreat (?) which then allowed Francis to dress in white and start wearing the “bishop of Rome’s tunic”.

As for the “material and formal heretic of Rome” title itself, we get more confirmation of its accuracy:

So now “journalists” are starting from the assumption that Francis is dishonest and a heretic?

What took them so long, would be this humble bloggers first observation…

But back to the SIGNIFICANT EVENT

What makes the EVENT SIGNIFICANT is that the issue at its CORE can be defined as follows: “how cardinals’ Conclave lobbying campaign paved way for Argentine pontiff”.

In terms of ONTOLOGICAL REALITY, an quick analysis would look something like this:

by allowing a “Cardinal’s retreat” to be called in March of 2013, which then allowed Jorge Bergoglio to begin wearing the white “tunic” of the bishops of Rome, the Cardinals in essense “tore the fabric of realty” and it is this ONTOLOGICAL reality that has been exacting vengeance on them and the entire post-conciliar church ever since.

If more proof of the correctness of the above PREMISE is needed, we go over to the Non Veni Pacem blog (see here). In the last post, we get a report about a member in good standing of the “Traditional” Catholic community, namely one Peter Kwasniewski who inadvertently stepped into the ONTOLOGICAL do do.

The long and short of the matter is that Dr. Kwasniewski read Antonio Socci’s new book, published a review on Amazon, used Aristotelian logic and Thomistic critical thinking to deduce that in fact, the 2013 CARDINAL’S RETREAT was in fact a CARDINAL’S RETREAT and not a Conclave.

And as you dear reader might have guessed before you ended reading the review, in short order the review was taken down and modified.

I will let you dear and loyal reader review the Non Veni Pacem post and draw your own conclusions. (see here)

Which leads to today’s conclusion. What we are dealing with here is another case of ONTOLIGICAL REALITY exacting revenge on those who run afoul of this NATURAL MECHANISM that God created to bring ORDER (out of CHAOS) to His CREATION.

Drawing on our post titled Fabric Of Reality And Using Truthful Language To Extract Order Out Of Chaos…, a reaffirmation of it’s conclusion, as presented  by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is in order today. 

You know, I see people in that situation… as you all do… all the time. Perhaps me more than you because I’m a clinical psychologist. You know. If the people I’m seeing haven’t broken the Universal (Moral) Law, then you can bloody well be sure that people around them have. It’s no joke. You make a mistake, and things will go seriously wrong for you. And so, it’s no wonder you’d be terrified at the revelation of the structure that governs our being. 

One of the things that’s so remarkable about the Old Testament, and this is another thing Nietzsche commented on… He was a real admirer of the Old Testament. Not so much of the New Testament. He thought it was a sin for Europe to have glued the New Testament onto the Old Testament. Because he thought the Old Testament was a really accurate representation of the phenomenology of being. It’s like: stay awake, speak properly, be honest or watch the hell out, because things will come your way that you just do not want to see at all. And it might not just be you, it might be everyone you know and everything about your culture that is demolished for generation after generation. It’s like stay awake and be careful.

(…)

What I see instead is: things happen. Someone twists the FABRIC OF REALITY. And they do it successfully, because it doesn’t snap back at them that moment. And then, two years later, something unravels. And they get walloped. And they say “Oh my God, that’s so unfair!’. And then we track it. It’s like: ‘what happened before that – this. And then what – this. And then what – this. And then what – Ohhhh… THIS. Well, that’s where it went wrong. It’s yea… Because you can’t twist the FABRIC OF REALITY, without having it snap back. It doesn’t’ work that way. And why would it. Because what are you going to do? Twist the FABRIC OF REALITY? I don’t think so. I think it’s bigger than you.

So what we are seeing folks is just the NATURAL PROCESS of the FABRIC OF REALITY snapping back and taking vengeance on those who willfully disregard the laws that govern His ORDER.

Bishop’s, are you watching?

You don’t have to have Supernatural Faith…

All you need is to reassert your survival instinct and revisit your psychology 101 text books from your seminary days!

 

 

The Ontology Will Get The (Post-)Modernists Every Time…

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From Ann Barnhardt’s blog (see original here) and with joy in his heart, this humble blogger  is republishing her latest…

FOR THE RECORD

Of interest are the key words : COMPETENCE and ONTOLOGY.

Watch for them!

On an aside, the Council of Econe is coming sooner than you think…

I’m wondering, will Dr. Jordan B. Peterson be appointed as one of the periti?

Canon 359? Wait, you don’t know about Canon 359?? Ho-ho-ho, well, pull up a chair…

As I keep trying to drive home, the Church is a Supernatural institution, created by God as His Bride, and Mystical Body, of which He is the Head.  And God, being God, is a really, really, really good organizer and “Human Resources manager”.  Being omniscient tends to yield… COMPETENCE.

The Divine Providence – always perfect, by the way – has given us the 1983 Code of Canon Law.  That is the Law of the Church.  To think that the Divine Providence would put us, the Church Militant, into this situation with the Bergoglian Antipapacy – a JURIDICAL situation – without any sort of Rule of Law, or even a Rule of Law that didn’t provide clear, visible protections of the Petrine See is madness, and flirting with blasphemy.  Why?  Because it would directly imply an INCOMPETENCE on God’s part, a failure of the Divine Providence.  Argue this at your own peril.

So, given this, let’s look at Canon 359, which very clearly addresses the juridical competence of the College of Cardinals, a body which Trad Inc. “thought leaders” simultaneously declare INFALLIBLE on a DOGMATIC LEVEL, any questioning of which is an act of SCHISM, and then literally in the next breath declare the same men to be subscribers to “a different religion”, and “not the Church” (because remember, ALL Cardinals are Novus Ordo). Yes, the cognitive dissonance is absolutely staggering, and is simply a proof set that “diabolical disorientation” is real, and what it looks like. Daily Mass and Rosary (while in a state of grace, obviously) is the first line of defense against diabolical disorientation.  This is why I recommend it so VERY strenuously in these dark days of confusion.

Can. 359 When the Apostolic See is vacant, the college of cardinals possesses only that power in the Church which is attributed to it in special law.

Can. 359 — Sede Apostolica vacante, Cardinalium Collegium ea tantum in Ecclesia gaudet potestate, quae in peculiari lege eidem tribuitur.

Folks, the very first clause is the punchline in this situation: WHEN THE APOSTOLIC SEE IS VACANT.

What this Canon does is 100% prohibit and utterly nullify ANY conclave convened while the Petrine See is STILL OCCUPIED, that is, NOT VACANT – no matter what the circumstance, including totally unprecedented circumstances, such as this current situation of Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger trying to partially resign only the administrative/governance ministerio, and “expand” the Petrine Office into a “collegial, synodal, shared ministry”.

I have to laugh at the argument that any situation without precedent, such as this situation today, must therefore be non-existent, because EVERY situation MUST have a precedent.  If this were true, then it would negate existence itself, because if nothing can exist without a precedent, then by LOGICAL DEFINITION, no “first instance” can EVER occur.  But if a first instance is required to set a circumstantial precedent, but no first instance can ever occur because everything MUST have a circumstantial precedent…. Oh dear.  [begin sarcasm] So much for Our Lord’s Incarnation.  That had never happened before, so it must not have actually happened.  And so much for God dying on the Cross.  God had never died before, so that must not have happened either.  So much for the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the physical substance of God, because that had never happened before, so it must not have actually happened at the Last Supper, and thus it has never happened subsequently.  I’m afraid reality itself is all a lie.  So much for John 1:1.  I guess that has been a gross misunderstanding by a bunch of bead-squeezing simpletons, too. [end sarcasm]

If the See is occupied, for whatever reason and under whatever circumstance – IF THERE IS A LIVING POPE, OCCUPYING THE SEE, WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT – it is completely, totally, 100% impossible for a valid conclave to be convened.  This isn’t an instance of “illicit yet valid” – as we see from Canon 359 above.  It is ONTOLOGICALLY IMPOSSIBLE for a valid conclave to be called, much less a valid Pope coming out of such an invalid conclave.  PERIOD.  This is absolutely essential in order to protect the Papacy.  To think that God couldn’t foresee this and provide for it in these dark days is madness.

Why?  Because God isn’t an idiot, and is, in fact, a really, really good “Human Resources manager”. And loves us.  Don’t ever, ever forget that.  He loves us, and would NEVER break his promise to us, His Church. That Antipope Bergoglio is proof that God has reneged on His promise to Peter and Peter’s successors is now taken for GRANTED by most “Trad Inc.” partisans.

Think about it folks, do you honestly believe that Our Lord would permit the College of Cardinals to call in error, malice or for any other reason a conclave WHILE THE SEE IS STILL OCCUPIED? While there is still a sitting Pope?  Do you honestly believe that Our Lord would:

WITHDRAW the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY of the PAPACY from a VALIDLY SEATED (and in this case, STILL VALIDLY SEATED due to the proffering of a Substantially Erroneous attempted “partial” resignation of the ACTIVE, ADMINISTRATIVE MINISTERIO, BUT NOT THE OFFICE IN SE) Pope, and then bestow the Papacy upon another man, all because the College of Cardinals said so?  Law be damned?  Common sense be damned?  Order be damned?  The Papacy be damned? THE CHURCH HERSELF BE DAMNED??

[begin sarcasm] So all this time, the Vicar of Jesus Christ on Earth COULD have been deposed if the College of Cardinals got together and decided to simply call a conclave.  So, what this means is that the Papacy, all this time, has been subject to a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE, and that hence forth, we should expect that the Pope will serve AT THE PLEASURE OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS, and the truth is, it has been this way all along, it’s just that the entire Church Militant, every saint, and every doctor of the Church for the past 2000 years has completely misunderstood the Papacy, and only NOW, only NOW in this age of moral depravity, social media addiction, and a near-total collapse of anything that could honestly be called “Academia” in the Church, only NOW is all of this being figured out – by people who watch television shows such as “Game of Thrones” (which is porn), spend all day every day on Social Media platforms obsessing about movies about comic book characters, and hurling vile insults at complete strangers like so many macaques hurling their waste.   [end sarcasm] 

Ummmmm.  NO.

[begin sarcasm] Every instance of the “Tu Es Petrus” being prayed for these 2000 years has been a hideous manifestation of the stupidity and ridiculous papolatry of the Church Militant.  Youbetcha. 

Latinists?  We need a translation.  Instead of “Tu es Petrus….” we need the Latin for:

“You are the College of Cardinals, and upon this slag I will build My Church.”

Because Jesus clearly got it wrong, and the Holy Ghost clearly erred in recoding Our Blessed Lord’s mistake in the Gospels.

Funny, though, how the play on words goes away.  Huh.  Funny that.  It’s almost enough to make one think that the whole changing of Simon Bar-Jona’s name to ROCK, like, meant something profound.  Ah, what infantile stupidity!  Thank God that “Pope Francis” has liberated us from such childish notions!  Now, finally, the Church can move forward, acknowledging the supremacy of the College of Cardinals as the REAL power, and the Papacy can finally, at long last, be understood as the meaningless figurehead position that it always has been. [end sarcasm]

Folks, WELCOME TO FREEMASONRY.  Whether you enter the Lodge through the front door, or the back door in the alley, you’re still in the Lodge.

Pro tip: if your position is irrational and lines up EXACTLY with the clearly stated goals of freemasonry, and of satan himself, you MIGHT want to check your base premise.

And remember, this is of the utmost importance because IF Bergoglio somehow “goes away” while Pope Benedict XVI is still alive and occupying the See as he is today, and another “conclave” is called, that conclave WILL ALSO BE INVALID, and it will yield ANOTHER Antipope.

Folks, we HAVE TO GET THIS RIGHT.  Half-measures and half-truth simply doesn’t work.  Either this situation gets fixed at the root, or else it will only get worse.  The chaos of the false base premise will continue and grow, and then we will end up with an Antipope Parolin or Antipope Tagle, 20 years younger than Antipope Bergoglio. This is why the whole “Bergoglio is a heretic” tack, and likewise the “electioneering” of the ARSH 2013 faux-conclave are rabbit holes that both lead to hell, even though the folks pursuing them are really good people.  Bergoglio never has been the Pope and thus his obvious status as an arch-heretic is NOT GERMANE, because there WAS NO CONCLAVE in March of ARSH 2013.  We HAVE to get this right.

Pray for Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the Papacy, and Holy Mother Church.

And GO TO MASS, and consider asking Our Lord to give YOU, in imitation of Our Lord in the Garden, scourged at the Pillar, and being nailed to the Cross, any temporal punishment that might be due to a priest who commemorates the wrong man at the Te Igitur.  “Give it to me.” NOTHING enflames fraternal charity quite so quickly as volunteering to take on temporal punishment for another, most especially for priests and bishops, who, God knows, need all the support in this sense that we can give them.

Our Lady, undoer of knots, pray for us.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and on Your Holy Church

Peterson – “But I Think Catholicism, That Is As Sane As People Can Get”…

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Something to watch this weekend from the “I told ya so” file…

… with a nice cool glass of Chardonnay in hand.

The Holy Spirit is on the case…

PS For those who critisize Dr. Peterson for not “being” Catholic, this humble blogger has a question:

Who else could make the claim that Catholicism is the ONE TRUE FAITH to a Jewish person and get away with it?

Hint: Dignitatis humanae

Have a lovely weekend.

UPDATE 15:15 24 May 2019

Oh yea, and one more thing.

Remember how in August of 2016 we started noticing something strange going on with the US election, something that resembled a coup d’etat?

Yea, that….

 

Some Soy-Boy Statistics To Keep In Mind As My British Friends Go To The Polls…

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A bonus post today…

The Polish website wpolityce.pl (see here) alerted this humble blogger to the existence of this old post from 2017. And given that today the British (and Dutch) voters are going off to the polls in order to vote in the EU Parliamentary elections, this post is dedicated to them.

Remember folks, the resolution of BREXIT is the most important EVENT that is taking place at this moment. Since the current UK government could find a way to sneak a non-BREXIT BREXIT through the UK House of Commons, BREXIT has been put off for 2 to 6 months. Hence EU elections in UK.

Below, and keeping with the earlier post, you dear and loyal reader will find some recent statistics about the personal, financial and social profile of your run of the mill leftist living… bah… existing in Germany.

A word of caution. While most of you dear and loyal readers will find this below amusing, please keep in mind that in the early 1930’s, a large part of the Antifa movement jumped the barricades and ended up in the ranks of the National Socialist S.A.

If we look at this above PHENOMENON through a Petersonian/Piagetian lens, one could say that the ‘interpretation of what constitutes objective reality of the National Socialists was higher (i.e. better) in the COMPETENCE HIERARCHY than the interpretation provided by the International Socialist and it was higher across multiply iterations (time span)’.

In other words, those leftists could one day stop drinking soy-milkshakes and go to the real moo-juice.

Something to think about…

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92% of left-wing activists live with their parents and one in three is unemployed, study of Berlin protesters finds 

  • Figures were compiled by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution

  • Of those arrested for politically-motivated offences, 84 per cent were men

  • The majority, 72 per cent, were aged between 18 and 29

  • Of offences against a person, four out of five cases were against police officers

The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents, a new report found.

The figures, which were published in daily newspaper Bild revealed that 873 suspects were investigated by authorities between 2003 and 2013.

Of these 84 per cent were men, and 72 per cent were aged between 18 and 29.

More than half of the arrests were made in the Berlin districts of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, mostly during demonstrations.

A third of them were unemployed, and 92 per cent still live with their parents.

The figures published in the Berlin newspaper said of the offences committed against a person, in four out of five cases the victims were police officers.

In 15 per cent of these cases, the victims were right wing activists.

The new figures were released by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV).

Between 2009 and 2013, the Bild report claims, left-wing assassins attempted to commit 11 murders.

 

Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Soy-Boys…

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So this humble blogger has adopted and been writing about the OBSERVATION that Dr. Jordan Peterson first brought to the attention of the global audience , namely that post-Modernism, at its ROOT is a rebellion against COMPETENCE

It is this aspect of the post-conciliar church that is explained best by the Petersonian COMPETENCE HEIRARCHY explanation. To be specific, the behavior of Francis and the post-conciliiar FrancisClerics can be neatly diagnosed as follows: the post-conciliar (post-Modernist) church is a rebellion against COMPETENCE as codified in the Universal Magisterium.

In the linked video (Jordan Peterson – Competence Hierarchies Explained) one can easily paraphase Peterson’s explanation of Competence Hierarchies in the chimpanzee world and apply it to that observed in the Vatican.

Here is an example of what this might look like:

“One of the things De Waal noted was that in chimpanzee hierarchies the brutal males (Bergoglio) can rise to the top, but they tend to have very short lived empires, and to meet very, very violent deaths. And so his conclusion was that in order for even a chimpanzee hierarchy to be stable across time, then the top chimp had to be quite pro-social. So first of all, had to engage in sufficient reciprocal behavior (unlike the situation with the Dubia Cardinals), so he had allies among other males. Because otherwise, if you’re a top chimp, your caveman, strongman type, and you established your dominance as a matter of intimidation and strength, then if you have an off day, two of your slightly weaker opponents can tear you to pieces, which is exactly what the chimps do.” (In our case, the Francis “magisterium” will be short lived)

Now as with any analogy, they break down eventually, however the COMPETENCE HIERARCHY explanation is as good of a HYPOTHESIS as this humble blogger has come across.

And just for confirmation of the above, think this here:

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But as you might be suspecting, this 2+2 can equal 5 isn’t limited to theology.

This post-Modernist maxim is appearing in the wider sphere of the et Invisibilium.

Below is a Zero Hedge post about New York Department of Education taking a stab at defining what constitutes a “white supremacist”.

As you can read below, what the NYC Dept. of Ed has in fact defined is ….

… wait for it…

… what constitutes a competent individual.

Please read the below and see for yourselves…

Which leave this humble blogger with the following thought, after watching the Paul Joseph Watson video, namely…

Mama don’t let your babies grow up to be soy-boys!

And it you do, don’t let them go into the priesthood…

But more on that in a future post…

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You Might Be A White Supremacist If…

Here, courtesy of the New York City Department of Education, are 14 things to watch out for if you suspect you (or a friend) are a white supremacist..

  1. PERFECTIONISM — Giving undue focus to the shortcomings in someone or their work, or viewing them as personal flaws. “Making a mistake is confused with being a mistake, doing wrong with being wrong,” according to a description of the book on the Web site for the “Challenging White Supremacy Workshop.”
  2. SENSE OF URGENCY — Prioritizing short-term results without considering long-term implications. “For example, sacrificing interests of communities of color in order to win victories for white people,” the write-up says.
  3. DEFENSIVENESS — When people, often in power, are dismissive of new ideas solely for fear that they might shake things up. “The defensiveness of people in power creates an oppressive culture,” the description says.DEFENSIVENESS — When people, often in power, are dismissive of new ideas solely for fear that they might shake things up. “The defensiveness of people in power creates an oppressive culture,” the description says.
  4. QUANTITY OVER QUALITY — Being results-oriented and diminishing an otherwise-sound process if it doesn’t produce measurable results. It also goes hand-in-hand with “discomfort with emotion and feelings.”
  5. WORSHIP OF THE WRITTEN WORD — This idea prioritizes documentation and writing skills, rather than the “ability to relate to others.” It also leads to teaching that there is “only one right way” to do something.
  6. PATERNALISM — When those already in power think they’re the only ones who can or should make decisions. “Those with power often don’t think it is important or necessary to understand the viewpoint or experience of those for whom they are making decisions,” the write-up explains.
  7. EITHER/OR THINKING — Seeing things in terms of good or bad, right or wrong, or black or white. This “results in trying to simplify complex things, for example believing that poverty is simply a result of lack of education.”
  8. POWER HOARDING — Similar to defensiveness, those in power seek to preserve it, and see it as something that can’t be shared. They may also feel threatened when someone suggests change, and “assume they have the best interests of the organization at heart.”
  9. FEAR OF OPEN CONFLICT — This comes through when someone overemphasizes politeness, and equates broaching touchy topics with being rude. “The response is to blame the person for raising the issue rather than to look at the issue which is actually causing the problem,” the description says.
  10. INDIVIDUALISM — This idea is found among people who have “little experience or comfort working as part of a team.” It can lead to isolation, and emphasize competition over cooperation.
  11. PROGRESS IS BIGGER, MORE — Focusing only on the bottom line and tangible growth. “Progress is an organization which expands … or develops the ability to serve more people,” those with this mindset think.
  12. OBJECTIVITY — This can lead to the belief that there is an ultimate truth and that alternative viewpoints or emotions are bad. It’s even inherent in “the belief that there is such a thing as being objective.”
  13. RIGHT TO COMFORT – Those in power may believe that they “have a right to emotional and psychological comfort,” while denying the same to those not in power. This also covers cries of reverse racism because that’s “equating individual acts of unfairness against white people with systemic racism which daily targets people of color.”