“Separation Of Church And State” – Requiescat In Pace…

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In yesterday’s post, (see here) your humble blogger tried to present a set of links to posts whose underlying “narrative” was INCOMPETENCE on a grand scale.

What is even more troubling when reading through this material is that the parties engaging in these “questionable” activities, appear not to be concerned that they are breaking long held governmental standards of bureaucratic “impartiality” or of even outright breaking the law.

It would appear as if these people somehow think that they are above the law...

Be that as it may, and before we move on, your humble blogger would like to draw your attention to the above video once again. I would like my readers to pay attention to the exchange where Dr. Peterson speaks about INCOMPETENT people who decide that they will change very complicate and sophisticated systems and institutions without a large dose of HUMILITY.

And not the type that Francis promotes either…

Moving onto the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium, we get this “faux pas” (?) wherein a person not COMPETENT in Catholic theology decides to exert his WILL in the “Communion to the heretics” issue:

So in the above screen grab, one can notice two aspects of this quite disturbing (yet not entirely unexpected to the clear thinking Catholic) comment by the President of the German “Republic”.

The first is the crassness and arrogance with which the comment was made. It is as if the warnings of Pope Pius IX’s Syllabus of Errors (1864) are returning to haunt those who have forgotten that which is written in this INFALLIBLE document.

Specifically, ERROR 44. states as follows: (emphasis added)

44. The civil authority may interfere in matters relating to religion, morality and spiritual government: hence, it can pass judgment on the instructions issued for the guidance of consciences, conformably with their mission, by the pastors of the Church. Further, it has the right to make enactments regarding the administration of the divine sacraments, and the dispositions necessary for receiving them. — Allocutions “In consistoriali,” Nov. 1, 1850, and “Maxima quidem,” June 9, 1862.

Now moving over to the Natural side of the ONTOLOGICAL reality which ERROR 44. mirrors, the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution (1791) makes the following claim:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So what we see in the above text is that introducing ERROR into either a POLITICAL or ECCLESIASTICAL PROCESS, allows for that ERROR to CORRUPT the PROCESS itself. The downstream effects of the CORRUPTION of a NATURAL PROCESS brings with it UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.

Specifically, once we abrogate the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY that:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

…we lose our claim to those said RIGHTS.

And the reason we lose our God given RIGHTS is by introducing ERROR into our understanding of where those RIGHTS come from originally.

The end of the Slipper Slope of this ERRONEOUS understanding of the origin of the RIGHTS OF MAN and the nature of the RIGHTS OF GOD brings us to Herr Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

In the above statement of the current President of the German “Republic”, we see the PROCESS clearly. Once we, human beings with our fallen nature, deprived God of the rights that are His and His alone, we enter into a VIRTUAL REALITY in which OUR RIGHTS which we obtained from Him, are also abrogated.

The RIGHTS that were formally OURS, have now been expropriated by those who have the most… wait for it… POWER.

Sound familiar?

Well it should.

It is classical Marxism.

Which explains this situation HERE

So the question then becomes: how did we get here?

For an answer to this quite pertinent question, your humble blogger refers you to a case study under the title of Case Study Vatican II produced by The Kenan Institute For Ethics.

Here is the Introduction to this case study:

Father John Courtney Murray, SJ was a busy professor at Woodstock College in Maryland, where he taught Trinitarian theology, edited Theological Studies, a prominent journal of Jesuit theology, and was considered a leading American Catholic theologian. In 1954, after over a decade publishing on church-state issues and religious freedom, Murray was ordered to stop writing about these topics altogether. These controversial subjects had led to heated exchanges between him and more conservative, traditional elements of the Church both in the United States and at the Vatican.2 Influential members of the Roman Curia felt that religious liberty was intolerable because “error has no rights”3 – that is, people do not have the right to follow a religion that is false. By 1963, however, Murray was asked to attend the second session of the Second Vatican Council.4 Murray served as a peritus, or expert, on religious freedom and was largely responsible for influencing and drafting one of the most important documents emerging from the Council, Dignitatis Humanae, “Declaration on Religious Freedom.”

So what is unfolding before our very eyes is the Slippery Slope that started with the rehabilitation of ERROR at the “Second Vatican Council”, which now threatens the loss of our Natural Rights given by God to His creation, in 50 short years time.

It would appear now that this state of affairs has reached the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. From the statement of Herr Steinmeier, he is making the claim that it is the STATE now, that “has the right to make enactments regarding the administration of the divine sacraments, and the dispositions necessary for receiving them.”

In the bigger picture, what we see in the above case is that something that was supposed to be SACROSANCT, i.e. the notion of a “separation of church and state”, in reality is non-existent.

And the reason being that in reality, the “separation of church and state” is what is termed a FALSE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT in post-Modernist speak.

Or as we say here, the “separation of church and state” is not grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.

And another element of this FALSE SOCIAL CONSTRUCT can now be seen spreading its tentacles into other areas of society at present. Here is just a sampling from a random screen grab:

Which brings me to the second aspect of the Steinmeier claim, which is to remind you dear and loyal reader of the “other” Golden Rule, which states:

Those who have the gold, make the rules.

So since Herr Steinmeier is a proxy for the “gold”, i.e. POWER, he can make the RULES!

It’s as simple as that!

Nuff said…

Concluding, what we see in the above is that once fallen man enters onto a Slippery Slope of justifying or even acquiescing to ERROR, the UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES are unavoidable.

In the above text we can observe that what started out as an apparently “liberalizing” and “innocuous” “reform” during the Enlightenment and reached the height of its development in the Conciliar document Dignitatis Humanae, i.e. that all “religions are equal”, therefore the need for the “separation of church and state”, has morphed into a state of affairs under which a sizable majority of the Western population is now in jeopardy of losing its Natural God-given right to freedom of speech, expression, assembly and association altogether.

The only bulwark against this ERRONEOUS mentality was the pre-conciliar Catholic Church, (and is the  INDEFECTIBLE Catholic Church) and its Universal Magisterium.

But since the post-conciliar church (in which the INDEFECIBLE CHURCH “subsists”) abandoned… bah suppressed its TRUE DOCTRINE and acquiesced to ERROR, there is nothing now to stand in ERROR’s way.

Mr. Steinmeier’s statement above is just the manifestation of the above and provides proof of the ERRONEOUS nature of Dignitatis Humanae document itself.

The reason for this sequence of events on the part of the post-conciliar church, and its ability to foresee the consequences of its actions, is most likely INCOMPETENCE.

And the delusions of leftist political activism…

Nota bene: Archbishop Lefebvre identified just these consequences at the time of the council, refusing to sign the document. (see here)

From the secular side, it appears to be that certain “special interests” need those God-given rights to be curtailed in order for them to maintain their “special rights” which they obtained through POLITICAL POWER which …

… grows out of the barrel of a gun. (Mao)

As for the SACROSANCT principle of the “separation of church and state” and Dignitatis Humanae.

Requiescant in pace!

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Understanding FrancisChurch Can Be Reduced To “A War On Competence”…

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Quick post today dealing with the POLITICAL and LAW ENFORCEMENT sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, et Invisibilium. 

In this post your humble blogger will use a short example of events taking place in Washington DC and Northern Virginia courtrooms to illustrate the larger understanding of what is in fact the situation behind the Sacred Vatican Walls.

Although not apparent to the untrained eye, yet numerously expounded upon on the pages of this humble blog, the common denominator of the situation with the Mueller “witch hunt” and the Francis Vatican is… wait for it… still waiting… post-Modernism.

Why would post-Modernism be the common denominator between these two independent and unrelated situations, you might as dear reader?

Here is our official authority on post-Modernism to explain:

As we see from the above video, what we are dealing here with is the WAR ON COMPETENCE.

And the best depiction of just this is the below republication of the post from The Conservative Treehouse blog.

For more evidence of just how INCOMPETENT is what is known as DEEP STATE or THE SWAMP, I am providing the following links:

Sketchy Porn Lawyer Accuses Wrong Michael Cohen Using Stolen Treasury Department Documents…

Robert Mueller Requests Another Delay in Flynn Sentencing…

Company Indicted in Mueller’s Junk Russian Bot Case Slams the Special Counsel AGAIN in New Court Filing

Mueller Investigation In Jeopardy As “Witch Hunt” Accusations Play Out In Court

Which Hunt?

WSJ Explores The Mystery Of Michael Flynn’s Guilty Plea

FBI Chaos: Comey Caught In Lie Over Flynn Investigation; Anti-Trump “Lovebird…

And from the COMPETENCE side I bring you just this one post:

DPRK Mission Success: Pompeo Returning With American Detainees – Trump Will Greet At Airport…

What is important to understand from the above is that if one ditches such objective, rational, empirical standards to build ones operational NARRATIVES, what will eventually happen is that these NARRATIVES will break down under scrutiny.

On the ECCLESIASTICAL side of the Visibilium Omnium, we can assume the same RESULT from the INCOMPETENCE exhibited by the current FrancisBrainTrust.

In other words, what is waiting for us Faithful Catholics in the not too distant future is that COMPETENCE will need to reassert itself. It will have to reassert itself for the simple reason that INCOMPETENCE ends in disaster.

Just like the Mueller Witch Hunt, which is happening in real time.

A good example of the COMPETENCE reasserting itself in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set can be observed here:

So as we can see in the above, it would appear that it’s just a matter of time until the situation will have to right itself, whether we are speaking about politics, law enforcement or the post-conciliar church.

Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn’t Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say

Authored by Ryan Saavedra via The Daily Wire,

This week, one of the Russian companies accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was revealed in court to not have existed during the time period alleged by Mueller’s team of prosecutors, according to a lawyer representing the defendant.

U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey asked Eric Dubelier, one of two lawyers representing the accused Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, if he was representing a third company listed in Mueller’s indictment.

“What about Concord Catering?” Harvey asked Dubelier.

“The government makes an allegation that there’s some association. I don’t mean for you to – do you represent them, or not, today? And are we arraigning them as well?”

“We’re not,” Dubelier responded.

“And the reason for that, Your Honor, is I think we’re dealing with a situation of the government having indicted the proverbial ham sandwich.”

“That company didn’t exist as a legal entity during the time period alleged by the government,” Dubelier continued.

“If at some later time they show me that it did exist, we would probably represent them. But for purposes of today, no, we do not.”

The term “indict a ham sandwich” is believed to have originated from a 1985 report in the New York Daily News when New York Chief Judge Sol Wachtler told the news publication that government prosecutors have so much influence over grand juries that they could get them to “indict a ham sandwich.”

The Normalization Process™- And It Has Come To Pass…

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And it has come to pass…

As predicted here on this humble blog of this even more humble blogger, Italy has a new anti-establishment government… or will have one in the not too distant future.

So today, we connect the dots again…

From the perspective of the Catholic, engaged in the fight for the Restoration of all things in Christ, the key to the changes in Italy are of a secondary consideration.

What is more important is how these changes affect the situation in Germany, that are of primary importance. As has been mentioned in numerous posts here, this humble blogger identifies Germany as the “ground zero” of the destruction of Western Civilization as we know it.

It is the German media foundations who are the ROOT CAUSE of the problem, spreading their home grown (Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory) Cultural Marxism to the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

These German foundations control the two (essentially ONE) major parties, who then use the public purse to spread the Cultural Marxism via their “soft power” operations.

The reason this is happening is that the German government is experiencing a 18 year boom due to the introduction of the Euro currency. The Germans can run a balanced budget if they so choose, due to the large trade surpluses generated by the German corporate sector.

The reason these huge Trade Surpluses are generated by the German corporate sector is due to the fact that the value of the German national currency, i.e. the Deutsche Mark is locked inside the Euro currency at a highly devalued rate.

The practical effect is that the Germans can export any given product, charge in Euros for that product, and since the Euro is much cheaper than the Deutsche Mark, they can sell much more of the given product. Hence, massive Trade Surpluses.

The cost of the these Trade Surpluses is bore by the weaker countries known as the Club Med. These countries that use the Euro currency have their products overvalued due to the opposite side of the above described effect, hence sell less of them, hence operate under constant Trade Deficits.

Nota bene: The difference between these Trade Surpluses and Deficits is what is known as the Target2 Balances.

Anyways, with Italy’s new government taking shape, one of the very few common positions is with respect to the Euro currency. In other words, this new incoming government will need to get rid of the Euro and bring back the Italian Lira. Once this happens, the Lira will need to be devaluated by 40+% for starters.

Needless to say, if the Italians leave the Euro, they not only will they regain their economic sovereignty, but they will create a problem for the Germans. The problem will be such that the German banks, ahem… Deutsche Bank, as well as the entire European Monetary System, i.e. the European Central Bank will need to realize the losses on Italian Debt.

Remember, they will “magially” become Lira denominated debt as opposed to Euro denominated debt OVERNIGHT!. Kind of like Cinderella at midnight… This denomination will open up a massive gapping hole in the ECB Balance Sheet.

This “new normal” will in turn create a situation where the ECB will need to “ask” their member Central Banks of the remaining Euro currency countries, to recapitalize the ECB to cover the Italian losses, or… the entire Euro banking system will come crashing down.

Led by Deutsche Bank…

And this will create a massive depression in Germany since the German state will need to recapitalize all these insolvent banks, at taxpayer expense while their new currency will revalued at a much higher rate, which in turn will mean less revenue for the central budget.

This in turn will affect not only the “soft money” targeted countries, i.e. South America, Africa and Asia, but even such national “programs” like the KIRCHENSTEUER.

Keeping the above in mind, here is the latest from the coalition talks taking place in Rome, via the Zero Hedge website: (see original here)

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Italy’s 5-Star, League Reach Deal Clearing Way For “Anti-establishment” Government

Back on March 4, the Euro was spooked and Italian bonds tumbled, if only briefly, following the shocking outcome from the Italian elections which saw the eurosceptic 5-Star party and the anti-immigrant League party win an outright majority. The only thing that prevented an even more violent reaction was the market’s “expert” take that a joint Italian government between these two forces was highly unlikely.

Well, as of this moment, a coalition government between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and right-wing League party is no longer not only likely, but appears to be a virtual certainty after the two political forces reached an agreement on a government program, one which was catalyzed by Sylvio Berlusconi’s blessing late last week, greenlighting what may be the biggest shock in European politics since Brexit.

As the WSJ frames it, “the formation of a new government—which is expected in the coming days—between the two groups marks one of the biggest wins yet for the political insurgencies shaking Europe’s establishments.” The alliance between the two parties follows more than two months of bickering among political leaders following March elections that handed no clear majority to any single party or coalition.

5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, on April 12

And since both parties have, at their core, an anti-immigrant platform, Angela Merkel can pat herself on the back for yet another job well done, by unleashing the unprecedented anti-immigrant, populist revulsion wave which swept across Europe with the chancellor’s “open door” policy to admit over 1 million mostly Syrian refugees inside Germany’s, and Europe’s, borders.

As the WSJ details, the two parties struck a deal Sunday evening on a pact that would underpin a government coalition between the two.

Leaders of the two groups, however, are still negotiating the members of a government cabinet, including the prime minister. An announcement of those names should come early this week, according to weekend statements by leaders of both groups.

With the general agreement now reached, leaders of 5 Star and League will meet on Monday with Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella, who will guide the formation of a new government. And while the coalition must then win votes in both houses of parliament, that shouldn’t be a problem as the League and 5 Star together enjoy a comfortable majority in each house.

Meanwhile, as we described earlier, the coalition agreement includes measures such as a universal basic income for the unemployed, a rock-bottom flat tax and the revocation of a sweeping pension reform introduced in 2011.

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To be sure, what happens next is unclear as Italy’s soon-to-be-governing coalition has made economic promises that seem incompatible with Europe’s fiscal rules and will be hard, if not impossible, to keep or even implement. These, as Reuters details, include:

  • slashing taxes for companies and individuals,
  • boosting welfare provision,
  • cancelling a scheduled increase in sales tax
  • dismantling a 2011 pension reform which sharply raised the retirement age.

Yet while these two pre-election adversaries spent the last few days trying to meld their very different programs into a “contract” of mutually acceptable policy commitments, what they have in common is that they are extremely expensive.

On the face of it their plans, which they say may also include a form of parallel currency, could push the budget deficit far above targets agreed with the EU, setting up a clash with the European Commission and Italy’s partners.

“We will need to renegotiate EU agreements to stop Italy suffocating,” League leader Matteo Salvini said on Saturday after a day of talks with his 5-Star counterpart Luigi Di Maio. Separately, 5-Star’s flagship policy of a universal income for the poor has been costed at around 17 billion euros ($20 billion) per year. The League’s hallmark scheme, a flat tax rate of 15 percent for companies and individuals, is estimated to reduce tax revenues by 80 billion euros per year.

That’s just the start of the new costs: scrapping the unpopular pension reform would cost 15 billion euros, another 12.5 billion is needed to head off the planned hike in sales tax. But the biggest wildcard is that the parties are considering printing a new, special-purpose currency to pay off state debts to firms.

It is entirely unclear how any of that can happen, or be approved, under existing the European framework.

“If implemented, it would be the biggest shake-up of the Italian economic system in modern times,” said Wolfgang Munchau, head of the London-based Eurointelligence think-tank.

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But just how “anti-establishment” will the coalition be?

Well, prior to the election, 5-Star and the League both blamed the EU’s fiscal rules for Italy’s chronically weak growth and rising poverty, and promised to defy Brussels by spending more if they managed to enter government. However, since then the parties have used less strident tones, and a 5-Star official said on Friday any plans to raise the budget deficit will first be discussed with Brussels in a “courteous” way.

Furthermore, whereas the outgoing administration promised the fiscal deficit would fall this year to 1.6% of GDP from 2.4% in 2017, and then drop to 0.8% next year with a balanced budget in 2020, 5-Star leader Di Maio said that he would hold the deficit at 1.5%, having previously pledged to raise it above the EU’s 3% ceiling to allow extra spending on public investments.

His latest position is still not consistent with Italy’s commitment to balance its budget, and also out of line with the more confrontational stance of the League. “The goal to balance the budget has destroyed our economy,” said League senator Alberto Bagnai, a eurosceptic economist. Incidentally, the League wants to raise the deficit to 2.8% this year and to 3.0% in 2020. Bagnai said negotiation would be needed to find common ground on the matter with 5-Star.

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To be sure, some of the parties’ negotiators now suggest a more pragmatic approach will probably prevail, by implementing their pre-election proposals only partially and gradually. In the face of voter disappointment, each group will be able to say it was forced to compromise with its  partner. Even so, it is still unclear how all this will square with Italy’s commitments to reduce its budget deficit and its public debt, which at more than 130% of gross domestic product, is the highest in the euro zone after Greece.

Worse, growing signs of an economic slowdown will make the new government’s task even harder. Industrial output stagnated in the first quarter and business confidence fell in April to a 14-month low.

In fact, the only thing Italy may have going for it is that Italy’s borrowing costs are currently the lowest on record, despite the political storm clouds that are about to be unleashed. But that will only persist as long as the ECB is active in the market, soaking up any Italian bonds offered for sale.

Commenting on the Italian developments, Barclays over the weekend said that news of a coalition among the anti-system parties quickly brought investors’ attention back to Italy, and that should the economic policies disclosed in the campaigns be enacted, “this outcome would very likely be negative for markets and a direct challenge to the European fiscal compact.” To wit:

[The two parties] campaigned on a number of expensive fiscal promises, including the roll-back of the pension reform, the implementation of a universal income and a flat income tax. Altogether, these measures would cost about EUR100bn, according to our preliminary estimates.

Without offsetting fiscal measures, this outcome would very likely be negative for markets and a direct challenge to the European fiscal compact. While market positioning, decent growth and QE have cushioned Italy from an adverse market reaction thus far, growth needs to remain supportive for the fiscal position to be sustainable and prevent history from repeating itself

The good news for Italy, at least for now, is that the ECB’s QE continues to monetize virtually all Italian net bond issuance, making the likelihood of a crash remote. That, however is also the biggest problem facing Italy, because as we have shown previously, for well over a year, the only marginal buyer of Italian debt was the ECB.

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As Citi said last December looking at the future of Italian bonds, it is “pretty likely that there will need to be an adjustment in prices” once the the ECB’s purchases of Italian bonds start to fade, resulting in an exponential jump in risks. Quote Citi:

To our minds, this remains one of the most significant political risks to € credit in 2018. Most likely the spillover on credit would be concentrated on Italian and other periphery names, banks in particular. The scenario of a full-on  funding crisis is a much lower probability in our view, but would obviously have more systemic implications across the € credit market.

And, as we said last week, “a governing coalition between the Five Star and the League is all that would take to launch the first steps of this funding crisis.” The only question is when will the market react accordingly and “price out” the soothing effect of the ECB?

For more, please read Goldman’s note from last week: “Italy’s political risk increases, and yet the markets remain complacent

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Help Is On The Way…

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Today we go off on a tangent and bring you, dear and loyal reader some very good news. But as the post-Modernist would say, CONTEXT is everything.

So before we get to the great news, some background first.

As my dear readers know, when looking at an issue, any issue, one can look at it on various levels. On this blog, we like to drill down to foundational levels, i.e. the theological level and one level up, the PHILOSOPHICAL level.

In the humble opinion of this even more humble blogger, if we as Faithful Catholics can sort out the PHILOSOPHICAL level, the theological level will sort itself out. The reason for this approach is that the difference between these two levels is that which  the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard termed as the “leap of faith”.

Another reason your humble blogger focuses on the PHILOSOPHICAL level is because that is where the largest group of potential CONVERTS exist. (see HERE) It is also the level which needs to be “sorted out” in order for those fallen away Catholics to return to the ONE TRUE FAITH.

And finally, sorting out the PHILOSOPHICAL level is where the entire population functions! In other words, everybody who has the cognizant ability to think abstractly, functions at this level, whether they are cognizant of it or not. As a simple example, anybody trying to decide on which candidate to vote for, will have to define for themselves a PHILOSOPHICAL CONSTRUCT on which they can then make the POLITICAL decision.

Given the above, what your humble blogger assumes is that everybody can be introduced to a REASON based PHILOSOPHY, can then deduce an INDIVIDUAL PHILOSOPHICAL APPROACH which will mirror something along the lines of a secular form of THOMISM. They then can infer the Supernatural part of the ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.

And voilà, Catholicism!

A good case in point of this above is the discussion between Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson wherein Ben Shapiro lays out the THOMIST argument for the nature of ONTOLOGICAL REALITY HERE.

Remember, PRO MULTI, not PRO OMNES!

So that’s what’s at play…

Moving on from the general to the specific and the THEOLOGICAL sub-set of the human population, i.e. those who have traversed the Kierkegaardian “leap of faith”, this population has undergone what can be called a “fractionalization” of belief. What I mean by this is that these people’s understanding of their FAITH has been CORRUPTED by the introduction of a “cafeteria style” post-conciliar belief system. These FAITHFUL have been allowed to pick and choose which tenets of the Catholic Faith they will ascribe to and which they could reject. This pick and choose process has robbed them of their understanding of the Catholic Faith of its intrinsic MEANING, and has rendered this personalized understanding IRRELEVANT to their day-to-day existence.

This exchange of a fixed, NATURAL LAW and NATURAL MORAL LAW based FAITH, grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY (Thomist), into one of a situational and relativistic BELIEF SYSTEM (Phenomenological) is what is at the root of the disintegration of the post-conciliar church.

So what has been left of the Catholic Church, after the post-conciliar church suppressed a Thomist based FAITH, and introduced a Phenomenological belief system, is a hodge-podge of “identity groups” who are still part of the post-conciliar church in order to satisfying some of their emotion-based psychological needs for the existence of a transcendental being, but nothing more.

Yet within this post-conciliar structure, is the INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH. This Church is the Remnant of the ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH founded by Our Lord and contains the FAITH given by Him to the Apostles and passed down through the generations.

This INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH has all the MARKS of the Catholic Church as it has existed for 2000 years. Since the CATHOLIC FAITH is the ONE TRUE FAITH, it by definition has to be ONTOLOGICALLY TRUE at ALL levels of it’s doctrine. This gives the FAITH MEANING! And we have proof that this is in fact CORRECT since the Catholic Church is the oldest ongoing (and still viable) concern known to man.

With respect to the members of this INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH, one can identify these organizations quite easily. Among them are the Society of St. Pius X, the organizations within the Ecclesia Dei Commission, the Sedevacantists and some of the independent societies who believe that which Catholics have always believed and have not formally broken with the Roman Church.

Nota bene: Disagreements about whether the post-conciliar popes are valid or not should not concern us here, since the next Roman Pontiff can be Pope Pius XIII and these groups will happily accept him as the Roman Pontiff.

Aside, a result that I think we all are praying for…

So one very important part of this INDEFECTIBLE CHURCH is the work being done on the AKA Catholic blog. In a recent post, the readers were informed as to a new initiative by contributors of this blog.

I have re-posted this information below and highly recommend that all my loyal and dear readers support this effort. (see here)

The reason why this blogger is fully supportive of this initiative is the information that will appear in this new publication, The Catholic Inquisitor will no doubt be grounded in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.

I see this effort as becoming one of the few, yet rapidly expanding SOLID MOORINGS where Catholics can come and read information based in the TRUE CATHOLIC FAITH.

If this effort succeeds, one of the down stream EFFECTS will be to better allow the FAITHFUL to keep our SALVIFIC FAITH clearly in focus and define what in fact constitutes the Depositum Fidei.

And speaking strictly from a purely ONTOLOGICAL perspective, if The Catholic Inquisitor can prevent further MADNESS like this, it will have been worth the effort.

Miserere nobis!

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The “Three Card Monte” Bishopric of Rome…

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So I’ve taken a few days off from blogging, since it’s been busy at work and the hour (or two) I usually spend writing, has been cutting into my sleep time.

Yet that is not the entire story. Over the last few months – maybe longer, I have observed a CONVERGENCE within the mainstream Catholic blogs, or rather that which they write about. In fact, the army of these bloggers has become so large, whatever I would want to write about, has already been written about before I even sit down at my keyboard. So in most instances, this humble blogger has nothing to add.

What’s more, when they write about various aspects of the SHIT-SHOW that is the current bishopric of Rome, they have correctly identified the underlying PROBLEMS, and we all are singing from the same hyme-sheet. The FOCUS of these writers and bloggers is really “taking it to” the corrupt TEAMFRANCIS, which is under continuous assault as they sit inside the Sacred Vatican Walls.

The latest “best one” is here, followed by this one here. But I digress…

So much so, that the “TERROR”Francis, in an attempt to rebut the Catholic writer’s and blogger’s precise and prescient criticism, was forced to devote an entire FrancisDocument to this PHENOMENON, and his CDF even issued it’s own FrancisDocument (Placuit Deo) to… help the brother out.

As to the well deserved The TERRORFRANCIS moniker itself…

… as a friendly reminder before we start, this footnote here:

[73] Detraction and calumny are acts of terrorism: a bomb is thrown, it explodes and the attacker walks away calm and contented. This is completely different from the nobility of those who speak to others face to face, serenely and frankly, out of genuine concern for their good.

… comes from the guy whose “personal magisterium” is this HERE.

As to the part about speaking “face to face”, the 2 remaining Dubia Cardinals are still waiting…

Be that as it may, that is not the part that I want to highlight in this post.

This part begins here and is the following:

134.  Like the prophet Jonah, we are constantly tempted to flee to a safe haven. It can have many names: individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations. We can resist leaving behind a familiar and easy way of doing things. Yet the challenges involved can be like the storm, the whale, the worm that dried the gourd plant, or the wind and sun that burned Jonah’s head. For us, as for him, they can serve to bring us back to the God of tenderness, who invites us to set out ever anew on our journey.

Or to paraphrase one “Fr.” Antonio Spadaro: “2+2 doesn’t necessarily equal 4 on our ‘anew journey'”.

Drilling down into the above passage, your humble blogger would like to focus on the “spiritualism” bit.

Now, Francis appears to have discovered…, or rather should I say “discerned” a new type of “spiritualism” that’s not like the old spiritualism nor like any other forms of “spiritualism” that either exist or existed in the Catholic Church before.

For this new FrancisSpiritualism, he has “poster children” in mind:

142. Each community is called to create a “God-enlightened space in which to experience the hidden presence of the risen Lord”.[105] Sharing the word and celebrating the Eucharist together fosters fraternity and makes us a holy and missionary community. It also gives rise to authentic and shared mystical experiences. Such was the case with Saints Benedict and Scholastica. We can also think of the sublime spiritual experience shared by Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica. (…)

So if one would stop reading at this point, one could mistakenly assume that Francis is Catholic. (No pun intended…).

Yet 12 paragraphs lower, we get this:

154. Prayer of supplication is an expression of a heart that trusts in God and realizes that of itself it can do nothing. The life of God’s faithful people is marked by constant supplication born of faith-filled love and great confidence. Let us not downplay prayer of petition, which so often calms our hearts and helps us persevere in hope. Prayer of intercession has particular value, for it is an act of trust in God and, at the same time, an expression of love for our neighbour. There are those who think, based on a one-sided spirituality, that prayer should be unalloyed contemplation of God, free of all distraction, as if the names and faces of others were somehow an intrusion to be avoided.

Hint, post-Modernists don’t believe in logic because they don’t believe in the LOGOS… (see here)

Moving on, what is clear is that Francis has a HIDDEN AGENDA since he is telling his readers that if you like “contemplative religious orders, you can keep your contemplative orders”, please refer to paragraph 142. If you don’t like contemplative orders, then please refer to paragraph 154.

But that’s not the HIDDEN AGENDA.

The HIDDEN AGENDA, as signaled by the Deus ex Machina Peirce/Ockham proprietary model, is this part here:

35. Here I would like to mention two false forms of holiness that can lead us astray: gnosticism and pelagianism. They are two heresies from early Christian times, yet they continue to plague us. In our times too, many Christians, perhaps without realizing it, can be seduced by these deceptive ideas, which reflect an anthropocentric immanentism disguised as Catholic truth.[33] Let us take a look at these two forms of doctrinal or disciplinary security that give rise “to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyses and classifies others, and instead of opening the door to grace, one exhausts his or her energies in inspecting and verifying. In neither case is one really concerned about Jesus Christ or others”.[34]

So what we are seeing above is a pure case of “psychological projection”, or Francis defending himself against his own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in himself while attributing them to others.

Specifically, what Francis is doing is using the term “anthropocentric immanentism” that is defined by Pope St. Pius X (as Vital Immanence) in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis and flipping it against the “anti-immanentists”, i.e. the Faithful Catholics.

Here is how Salusbury F. Davenport explained this Modernist manifestation currently on display in the bishopric of Rome: (see here)

[Vital Immanence] is the wholly psychological process of the human consciousness unfolding itself, which has not the remotest likeness to the presence of a transcendent reality abiding within us. God as transcendent is lost to sight; no room is left for any kind of revelation; God is the permanent possibility of progress, He is ever projected as the ideal in advance of each successive stage of evolution and changes as the advance proceeds. (Immanence and Incarnation, p. 68)

So what Francis and his team are doing is confusing definitions.

They are implicitly making the claim that they alone know the “mind of God”, i.e. the “god of surprises”, while implying that their enemies, i.e. the Faithful Catholics are guide not by a transcendent reality abiding within  them, but rather motivated by base human needs, wants and/or desires. Those “neo-immanentists”, are driven, according to TeamFrancis by:

individualism, spiritualism, living in a little world, addiction, intransigence, the rejection of new ideas and approaches, dogmatism, nostalgia, pessimism, hiding behind rules and regulations”.

But just in case some Catholic theologian or one of those “terror bloggers” notices this slight of hand with the definition’s objective meaning and common usage, Francis and his team can always refer those critics to paragraph 2. of the “Joy of Terror Blogging” document which states:

2. What follows is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification. My modest goal is to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities. For the Lord has chosen each one of us “to be holy and blameless before him in love” (Eph 1:4).

So what we are seeing is an attempt to “re-frame” the Catholic understanding of SPIRITUALITY.

This is being done for a reason, and the Peirce/Ockham model also has a HYPOTHESIS about that…

But for today, have a nice weekend…

 

Redirecting The Lines Of Fire…

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It’s been busy at work, so I haven’t been posting much lately. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching.

Today, we begin with a military metaphor, as can be discerned from the title…

The reason for the title and subject matter is that your humble blogger has been noticing a rather peculiar PHENOMENON taking place in the wider Restoration movement.

And a movement it is.

The observation is that just like in any movement that becomes big, personalities and personal opinions tend to get in the way of progress. And here I mean the good kind of progress. And this is what has been happening lately in the wider Restoration movement. So the humble advice from this most humble blogger is to fix our firing lines onto the real enemy, and allow that which is happening in our rear, behind our battle-lines, to play itself out. It will play itself out in a positive manner since it is REALITY BASED and eventually will have to conform to the Lex Armaticus.

So let’s get down to business…

First for some positive news.

What strikes me about the last week or so days, is how BIG of a SCANDAL the killing of little Alfie and the manner in which it was executed (no pun intended) turned out to be. It became global thanks to social media, and in spite of the complete absence of coverage by the global legacy #fakenews media.

Furthermore, it was the CATHOLICS who took it global!

The Alder Hey Death Camp Hospital’s treatment of little Alfie and his parents was contemptible. And given that it was exclusively the Catholics who initially brought the matter to the attention of the wider global audience, the post-conciliar hierarchy was drawn into the fray. Kicking and screaming, I might add. In fact, the rebellion against this contemptible behavior became so big, that the FrancisVatican and the Bishops of England and Wales were forced to take a position in this matter.

And boy, did they reveal themselves for who they truly are.

The SIGNALLING EFFECT of this “NEW PARADIGM” gang was so strong that the FrancisVatican sycophantic “terror bloggers” had to be engaged. And the Francis
TerrorBloggers” did what the terror bloggers do best, they went after the people who tried to save little Alfie, attacking them mercilessly.

Yet, it has been noticed that it is the “Catholic Church”, i.e. Church Militant, as opposed to the post-conciliar hierarchy along with the rest of the #fakechristian confessions, who is the LAST DEFENDER OF THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE standing on this post-Modernist battlefield of the damned.

And this observation was made grudgingly by non other than Glenn Beck, a person who has gotten a reputation as a #fakeconservative of late. Here to a Hilary White post that contains the link to the Beck-Michael Matt interview and the part mentioned above comes at the end of the interview.

Very eye opening indeed, for no less of a reason then Beck has quite a big audience within the protestant and fallen away Catholic demographic.

Next up, and the much bigger EVENT in the wider Restoration movement that has been transpiring over the last week or so has been the escape of the musician Kanye West from what could be called the Democratic Party Negro Plantation.

And he isn’t letting up either…

This EVENT has been gaining a large and larger SIGNIFICANCE since the cultural sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium appears have become the TRANSITION MECHANISM across which the radical left is passing on the post-Modernist destructive habits and proclivities through the generations.

Without going into too much detail here, it would appear that as first classical philosophy and later its refinement by the Scholastics, i.e. Thomism provided the Catholic Church with a REALITY BASED SUBSTRUCTURE through which the Faith was passes on through the generations from the time of the Apostles, culture, or rather pop culture is being used in the same manner by the post-Modernists.

What the post-Modernists have in fact done is create a string of “cultural icons” since the hippie days of the 1960s, which serve as “role models” for the wider Western populations. These “cultural icons” appear to perform the same function as that of the Catholic Communion of Saints, individuals whose actions are to be admired and imitated.

The problem is that this VIRTUAL REALITY that has been created on the SUBSTRUCTURE of pop-culture is beginning to break down. Reason being is that it, just like the post-conciliar church and now FrancisChurch, is not sustainable.

The victims of this “pop-culture” mindset and the resulting disastrous approach to life, can be seen filling up the venues for the Jordan Peterson Biblical Lecture series and now the book tour. These are also the people who have abandoned the #fakenews media and communications operations and are looking for REAL SOLUTIONS to REAL PROBLEMS in the alternative media. This is making people like Jordan Peterson, Stefan Molyneux, Dr. Duke Pesta, Mike Cernovich, Scott Adams and others as the primary source of information and formation education to this generation of Western Man.

Yet, the establishment is not taking this situation lying down. It is fighting back with the only weapons at their disposal, i.e. post-Modernism.

Just to demonstrate the latest dispatch from the MSM/AltMedia War, ESPN has lost 500,000 viewers in just this last month. (see here) And as with the Romans, once the Circuses are over, all that is left is the Panem. Yet with a national debt of $20 Trillion thanks to Obama, the next generation will not be able to borrow itself to prosperity. Any new prosperity will have to result from working “the old fashioned way”. And this is what the younger generation is figuring out now, making those Alt Media personalities, due to their rational messages, into massive cultural icons in their own right.

One specific case in point of that which is written above is the situation with Kanye West and Candace Owens. In the pop-cultural sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, the post-Modernist establishment is forced to “deal with the fallout”, just as the FrancisVatican and the Bishops of England and Wales are forced to deal with the fallout after the murder of Alfie. And naturally, the manner in which these forces have dealt with Kanye West’s emancipation is through… wait for it… attacking Kanye West, Candace Owens and anybody who supports their positions.

It’s as if they are all using the same playbook. But I digress…

So this ARMY of SECULAR TERROR BLOGGER has been engaged. The viciousness of these post-Modernists is so great that it has taken their animus to such an extreme that they have called for physical harm to be done to Mr. West by one of the well known Los Angeles street gangs.

And just as Dr. Peterson points out, this FALSE IDEOLOGY can only lead to one place, i.e. to the Soviet Gulag.

Concluding, what we are seeing in the Kanye West situation is the first signs of a revolt against the Cultural Marxist status quo by a top tier celebrity.

Cultural Marxism has become so threatened in fact by this defection, that the big post-Modernist TERROR BLOGS, such as the Carlos Slim blog otherwise known as the Failing New York Times, are leading the charge suppress this revolt.

Yet they have adapted a rather bizarre strategy from where this humble blogger sits. Given that most of the players in this game have a good idea that what is behind this ESTABLISHED MATRIX (VIRTUAL REALITY) is driven by Cultural Marxism, these post-Modernist TERROR BLOGS have taken to NORMALIZE and PLATFORM Marxism in all its forms. (see here)

And the Cultural Marxist over in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium are also trying to NORMALIZE and PLATFORM Marxism in the #fakenews “c”atholic media which is under their control. (see here)

So at the end of the day, what we are witnessing is the post-Modernist Cultural Marxists dropping their masks and promising the new generations of the “proletariat” a new and improved UTOPIA if they will just return back to the Plantation.

Yet that same “proletariat” has not only not returned, but are leaving in droves. They realize that the “goods sold them” by the Cultural Marxists has destroyed their lives and their future prospects. So they are turning to individuals in New Media who provide them a message grounded in OBJECTIVE REALITY.

Moreover, those who accept this message and comply with it, are turning their lives around for the better. And this message is spreading and creating a demand for not only OBJECTIVE REALITY based solutions, but for an understanding of their condition in terms of the wider ONTOLOGICAL REALITY, i.e. the Supernatural aspects to their existence.

And this in a nutshell is the explanation for the Dr. Jordan Peterson PHENOMENON.

Above is a great video by Dr. Peterson. In this video, one can see the explanation for how politics, philosophy and theology come together when one decides to accept OBJECTIVE REALITY and function according to its LAWS.

Have a nice weekend!

The Secular Case For Tradition…

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Today a republication from a new (to this site) blog and a very good article about Tradition.

Going forward, once the forces of Catholicism (a.k.a. Traditionalists) conquer the post-Modernist Cultural Marxists, the way forward will be composed of a RECONCILIATION between REASON (that part of what we know from the things that are made) and FAITH  (that part of what we know from divine Revelation). These two UNIVERSALS, as this blogger has been pointing out, are just the two of the three ELEMENTS that comprise ONTOLOGICAL REALITY. The third UNIVERSAL is CONSCIENCE, or that which allows God’s creation to understand FAITH and REASON.

So that is the introduction and the post is republished below from The Bridgehead blog with emphasis added. (See original HERE)

 

Why Traditionalism Matters: An Interview with Wrath of Gnon

By Jonathon Van Maren

Anyone mildly interested in traditionalism—be it beautiful old architecture, the preservation of fading cultures, magnificent literature, or simply an instinctive aversion to the ugliness of modernity—has probably heard of the “Wrath of Gnon,” a mysterious Twitter user who seems to spend a lot of time unleashing beauty onto social media. He—I know he is a he because in an email exchange, he referred to a promise he made to “Mrs. Wrath” to remain anonymous—combines beautiful artwork with thought-provoking quotes, all designed to make the viewer consider his worldview: His Twitter bio simply reads “Traditionalist.”

The Wrath of Gnon—“Gnon” means “Nature’s God”—has attracted a lot of attention in traditionalist circles. In addition to his “memes”—the word seems too trivial and modern to be applied to the images he produces—he also tweets out pages from authors such as British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton (one of the only philosophers he enjoys reading) and architectural historians, as well as juxtapositions of modern buildings of glass and steel up against winding cobblestone pathways to little cottages, soaring castles, and ancient city centres. His more than 20,000 followers include the National Review’s Michael Dougherty and Ian Tuttle, the Catholic Herald’s Dan Hitchens (son of Peter Hitchens), the Wall Street Journal’s Micah Meadowcroft, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, the Daily Beast’s Rick Wilson, the BBC’s David Silito, and Jason Kenney, the head of Alberta’s United Conservative Party.

Wrath (as he signed off in his emails to me) was kind enough, last year, to agree to an interview via email with me. He noted that he does not speak English regularly in his daily life, but it was hard to tell from our exchange. He is an avowed monarchist, and a traditionalist who is so traditional many North American readers may find his ideas jarring—although, as he points out consistently, these ideas were boringly normal a generation or two ago. His eloquence reminds me of the writing of Anthony Esolen, who somehow has the ability to make even a Facebook post read like the observation of a literature-steeped sage. His insights were fascinating, and I’m grateful he took the time to answer my questions.

Traditionalism, while attracting more attention, is still promoted by a relative few. What was your intellectual journey like?

Since childhood I have had an interest in the folksy, the vernacular, the local, but my intellect was stymied by the usual nonsense they teach in high schools and grad schools all over the world. Not only had they managed to cut whole generations from their roots, turned us into vast semi-nomadic herds of idle consumers, but they bathed our minds with sweet-smelling false ideologies and dogmas, where obviously destructive ideas like…the blank slate theory, multiculturalism, and feminism, destroyed not only individual lives but threatened the whole of civilization. In school we treated Rembrandt with the same respect as Duchamp, and I rebelled against that because it was so obviously a ridiculous comparison. I painted in oil myself, and when I got home from art class and wrestled with the same materials as those of the old masters I knew that all of “modern art” was outrageously false. 

Likewise in architecture, the house I lived in had parts built in the 13th century, and those were the best parts of the house. I simply could not believe our lying teachers who claimed that our advanced culture and advance architecture was better for the sole reason that it was the most modern. As if last Thursday was better than last Tuesday just because it is more recent. The same thing happened in sports: our female fencing teachers forbade us to fence with sabers, because they were too painful, even though the epees we were given could be plenty painful as well! And at the stables, the few boys who signed up for horse-riding classes quickly grew tired of the female instructor’s constant fear of fun (as we saw it: galloping, racing, jumping, etc.)

As a student I read the usual, Aristotle, Plato, etc. but also the romantics: Schiller, Goethe, Tolstoy. We could not opt out of modernist “lit” and postmodern philosophy though, which put me off books for a long time. For years after graduating I only read technical manuals and it was not until recently that I discovered [men like] G.K. Chesterton. Philosophy was made so distasteful to me that I still struggle to read Sir Roger Scruton, and he is one of the finest philosophers of the anglophone world, with several (what ought to be canonical) defenses of conservatism and beauty.

The decay—if not collapse—of the West is the topic of many books over the past several years. This year, Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option and Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes examined how to respond to the receding Sea of Faith and create wholesome communities once again. What do you believe the way forward is?

The topic is immortal. Our civilization, born as it is out of the decaying societies of the ancient Greece and the collapse of the Roman world, has always had these terrifying examples firmly within the periphery of vision. A major theme in medieval and renaissance art and literature, when death was nearer to us than in today’s sanitized world, was the memento mori, the De Tribus Regibus Mortuis, the Decamarone (which in itself is one of the great works of art on the Exit), etc. A counterpoint to the morbidity of civilization was the joyful rebirth, the spring. As the Renaissance showed, it was possible for man by the sheer strength of will to rejuvenate himself as well as his community. This optimism dominated until the Great War, when three empires were destroyed over a handful of years, and the remaining two were dismantled just a generation later. The great master of the genre is of course Spengler, whose predictions have been remarkably true, even to this day. There are even progressive versions of the theme (The Decay of the West), like the Club of Rome, although they are usually completely and cynically materialistic.

The idea of an exit (like Dreher’s Benedict Option illustrates—the title itself unfortunately being too powerful for the idea it wants to present) is nothing new. St. Jerome in the 4th century A.D. called for a retreat from the wicked and ultimately dying cities, and the chaos of the wars in the 6th century led to a surge of men who found their exit in the refuge of the monastic orders (the original Little Platoons, way before Burke), like St Benedict, followed by many charismatic holy men and women from then on. The monasteries, calling as they did the most devoted, were also a blessing for the embattled lay communities of Europe. They served as safe havens, complete with walls and provisions, and they provided unquestioning charity for all Christians, beacons of light and bastions of learning.

These early monastics are not bad role models: they contain all the seeds of civilization: Order, Hierarchy, Faith. They offer Charity, Love, Safety, Learning, Beauty, Culture, and they do so being self-sustainable, a concept presently in vogue that is seldom understood: to be self-sustainable is not about growing your own potatoes and generating your own electricity, it is to provide a shared framework for belief and beauty: “Make your communities and towns lovely and lovable, for without love, who will they inspire to fight for them?” Unless you have that shared goal, not all the solar panels in the world will save you. 

I believe that we are heading for a collapse, and I also believe that the survivors of this collapse will be the most homogenous communities, the strictest, the most pious. The first casualty of the collapse will be individualism. There is safety in numbers, and history provides us with many examples of survivors, groups and societies that wintered the collapse. Salvation is communal: “Remember the old saying, ‘The only thing we can do alone is go to hell.’” If we only have the sense to lay down deep roots, to seek safety in each other, then we have a fighting chance, and in this, faith is key.

How do you implement traditionalism in your own life?

Traditionalism as an intellectual or practical activity is surprisingly easy: I encourage my family to take part in traditional activities, like crafts, arts, religion and ceremonies, festivals and music. But equally important is to know what to give up!—this is where most people falter or fail: it is hard to deny yourself something everyone around you takes for granted.

Over the years I have come to realize that almost everything my grandparents told me was correct, and almost everything my teachers told me were lies.

What would your advice be for those who want to live in more traditionalist ways, but find themselves caught in our hectic, post-modern culture?

This ties in with the previous question, but the two most important things you can do is to settle down, and to have children. Turn off the media, reduce the noise, turn of the lights. Sleep early, get up early, eat what is in season, work with your hands, your mind, your body. 

One of my favorite stories of this kind is the local apiarist (beekeeper) in my neighborhood. He told me that the first seven years of him keeping bees he never had more than a couple of jars for himself. Even though he had gotten into it with the idea of selling honey, he found that he neighbors were so hostile to the idea of having bees around that he had to walk around the neighborhood after every harvest and hand out jars of honey. Hundreds of kilos every year was given away. Over time the neighbors figured out that the bees were not dangerous and that this man was not abusing their neighborhood but actually making it a better place. More people started keeping flowers in their gardens and eventually the man could start selling his produce rather than giving it away.

This story illustrates a point that everyone from your grandmother to Tahitian islanders, to the hardcore Neo-reactionary thinkers can agree on: be worthy. To be part of something you must first be of use to it. A community is only as strong as the effort put into it by its members. You must have something to offer. This is as true in urban beekeeping as in modern courtship.

Learn a skill, master a craft, teach something: learn, create, pass on.

Many of your followers engage with you on social media. What is attracting people to traditionalism and your work?

I have this idea—like so many of my ideas, it used to be common sense—that beauty is essentially truth, and truth is essentially beautiful. Human history is varied enough that there are real life—once existing or still existing—examples of the ideal form of every human virtue. What I do is present them in an easily sharable form. I am suspicious of tracts and I detest manifestos and ideologies, I would rather show than tell: why does monogamy work? Why is personal charity superior to societal welfare? Why are picturesque crooked streets preferable to modern city streets? I try to focus on the beautiful and avoid pointing out errors and mistakes (but it is hard to stop oneself sometimes). Modern individualism has fostered a type of person who hates nothing more than being proved wrong or spoken down to. I believe that if I just gently remind people of the beauty that has been taken from their lives, that they will come to similar conclusions as me, on their own.

Which mainstream ideas pose the greatest threat to traditionalism?

Global capitalism, of course. Individual materialism, obviously. But more and more a sort of Laissez-Faire Nihilism, the one exemplified by clever young people “Who wants to have children in a world going to hell?”, and interestingly, even though they call themselves Progressives and outwardly profess undying faith in humanity (despite all the problems they cause and the distresses they must be able to see in their own communities), the main culprit of this are the Globalists themselves. There are no more rabid doom-mongers than the “save the rain forest” crowd. I forgot who said it, but “forget the war on terrorism, the most important war of our time is the war between the sexes, a war that we are all losing.” In a way I agree, in the way that the hidden enemy is always the one able to inflict the most damage: Feminism is the greatest danger to our civilization. By twisting facts, by a concentrated propaganda effort, the image has been planted into the minds of women that history was sexist, that the church was anti-women and that women can be…better than men. In reality it is the couple, the man and the woman together, who make up the basic bond of humanity. The day we finally give up on this idea of love, is the day our civilization is doomed forever. “Love is reactionary”, and “Progressivism is centrifugal” (as I often say).

You’ve said you hate politics. I hate politics, as well. But how do traditionalists engage with politics when it is the growth of government that intrudes into every part of life and seeks to eliminate our ability to live traditionally?

Nothing good will come from engaging with politics. There is no way you can play their game and not suffer for it. What traditionalists should do however is to refuse to play the Left’s game (and all of politics is leftist by definition) of political correctness. The Left is constantly trying to get us to denounce, or to deny, little by little to chip away at our pride and moral stand by forcing us to make (consciously or unconsciously) “unqualified reservations”, in feeble attempts to stave off criticism. This has to stop. Traditionalists can also point out to politicians when they are doing the right thing however, and by being generally upright in our chosen communities. In this way Traditionalists make good Doctors, Teachers, NCOs, Priests, in all places where there is authority without politics.

However, the Progressives are actively working to eliminate all pockets of resistance to the political world order, even the professions I noted above are no longer safe havens of order. In that case, as the family is the smallest unit of society, it is to the family that we should retreat, and from that strong point reach out to other families, friends and allies, to forge real friendships and networks, to foster love and beauty, these are today the most radically revolutionary activities you can possibly engage in.

If people want to explore traditionalism, where should they start?

As an intellectual discipline, there has never been a better time for traditionalism than now. Almost all the material we need is available online for free. Traditionalism is one of those rare -isms without any established canon or hierarchy of thinkers. The main point is to read old books. Not only are they usually free, they are also less infected by the modern mind virus that forces you to have to read everything critically, questioning. With old books you should read them with an open mind, trust that author, and to submit, at least while reading, to the notion that the author was correct. My memes could serve as useful starting points in terms of authors and ideas, but in the end it is up to everyone to heath their own path and to not be afraid to be picky readers. No one has time to read all of everything. But traditionalism, like all things, is best experienced in real life and with good friends.

Archbishop Sample Goes There…

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“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.”

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI – Letter to the Bishops accompanying the Moto Proprio Summorum Pontificum.

And here’s the full Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

And this from way back on the 22nd of February of this year:

And this today:

Francis appears in both the Wall Street Journal and on Carlos Slim’s blog, the Failing NYTimes.

First the WSJ and Francis X.Rocca:

And then there is this:

Carlos Slim’s blog, otherwise known as the Failing NY Times makes the claim that Francis is getting the upper hand on his conservative adversaries.

I smell weaponized despondency at work…

So here is another take on the contents from Henry Sire:

Oh my!

So when taken in total, it translates into: #fakenews media trying to pull Francis’ chestnuts out of the fire.

And finally, another video from Scott Adams. I have been posting his videos lately since I think he has a good handle on what is happening in the secular cultural sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. He was also one of the individuals who early on predicted that the Very Stable Genius Donald J. Trump would win the 2016 Presidential Election.

As you dear readers know, there is a “cultural war” that is raging. It does not come as a surprise since the enemy are the Cultural Marxists. And speaking of which we get this report from the Call Me Jorge blog with the latest… (see here)

So today, Scott picks up on a rather unique occurrence. He notices that one of the #nevertrumpers who tried to create a “scandal”, when called out, changed his tune. This could be significant since it would appear that there is a “limit to the lying”, which could suggest that there is a limit to the #fakenews in general. And it would appear that this occurrence could be a SIGNAL that this limit is being reached within the hardcore Leftist circles.

So all in all, things are looking up…

And just as an after dinner mint, this here

So How Long Until Kanye West Becomes Catholic…

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Take a day off, and look what happens…

Peace breaks out in Korea.

But the wider cultural war rages on…

…yet the good guys appear to be on the offensive.

So today a RECONCILIATION post is in order to explain the lay of the land.

We begin with CONTEXT. As my dear and loyal readers know, this blog tries to present the OBJECTIVE REALITY behind the unfolding current events. The study of the nature of OBJECTIVE REALITY is what is known as ONTOLOGY. ONTOLOGY in turn has three components:

Natural (known through scientific method),

Supernatural (known through divine Revelation) and

Conscience (Soul) (God like characteristic possessed by humans that allows this part of His creation exclusively to understand the Natural and the Supernatural. This knowledge is gained using empirical data and reason (logic) through the biological sciences, social sciences and humanities.)

And to tie the three elements together into one whole, your humble blogger has defined the LEX ARMATICUS which states that the Visibilium Omnium (Visible) and the et Invisibilium (Invisible) must RECONCILE if they are to exist in the OBJECTIVE REALITY. (Otherwise, it’s the trash-heap of history)

So today we begin with an apparent contradiction from the CULTURAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium. As my readers most likely know, there has been a cultural war raging on the Very Stable Genius @POTUS Trump, Kanye West, Leftist Cultural Establishment axis. The opening salvo was fired by a tweet from Kanye West in which he complemented a young black conservative lady, one Candance Owens, which drew a responce from our VSG @POTUS. This story your humble blogger presented in a recent post titled Pasternak Moment Behind Us, Waiting Now For The Solzhenitsyn Moment…

Well, it now appears that the Pasternak Moment has “gotten legs”, as the old golfing expression goes. On Mr. West’s Twitter timeline, a tweet appeared from one John Legend. Here is that exchange:

From a quick reading of the above, Mr. West didn’t appreciate the leftist intimidation tactic that Mr. Legend deployed in his tweets and told him so. Not only did Mr. West post this exchange for the public to see, he also doubled down:

So from the above, it would appear that Mr. West has come down on the side of TRUTH!

And what would constitute TRUTH to Mr West? Well, he gives us an example here:

So what we see is TRUTH supported by EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE. In other words, what which we would classify as ONTOLOGICAL TRUTH.

And Mr West’s striving for OBJECTIVE TRUTH is bearing fruit

But that’s not all. Not only is Mr. West promoting ONTOLOGICAL TRUTH, he is also finding support in another individual that this humble blogger has been presenting to you dear readers over the last 18 months, namely one Dr. Jordan Peterson. Here is that EVIDENCE:

So what we see in the above confirmation is that clinical psychology and contemporary culture have entered into a RECONCILIATION PROCESS.

Hold that thought…

Over in the ECCLESIASTICAL sub-set of the Visibilium Omnium, there is also a RECONCILIATION PROCESS underway. This PROCESS arose from the situation surrounding the attempted execution of a 23 month old boy by the Leftist Establishment in the United Kingdom. The background information appeared in our post titled They Wouldn’t Treat Animals Like This…

One of the secondary issues that has arisen in this wider human tragedy, that is playing itself out before the cameras of the world, is the “internal contradiction” that is at the base of the post-conciliar church.

On the one hand, we have the JPII/BXVI wing of the post-conciliar church which is trying to promote the hermeneutic of continuity with the Catholic Moral Teaching. On the other side we have the FrancisChurch, which has dredged up that worn out homosexualist Bernardin “seamless garment” metaphor (hermeneutic of rupture) of the radical dissident wing of the post-conciliar church and is running with it.

The EVIDENCE of this dissonance can be seen in this tweet here:

So what is the case, is that the FrancisChurch has been caught trying to find a way to justify the actions of the doctors (who are trying to execute little Alfie), the courts (who have given a death verdict on little Alfie) and the British Establishment who wants to maintain the status quo, i.e. the Culture of Death.

Here is one such example:

So from the EVIDENCE in the public domain, a contradictory position crept into FrancisChurch and can be visibly OBSERVED between Francis and his FrancisChurch apologists.

For those who follow this blog, you know that there is no “substantive” problem within FrancisChurch.  The Law of Non-Contradiction is a non-issue since post-Modernists don’t recognize that WORDS have an OBJECTIVE MEANING AND A COMMON USAGE. It’s the “Logos” thing (see here).

But the problem for them is that most people do not think like post-Modernists, so this CONTRADICTION that exists in OBJECTIVE REALITY is there for all to see and it can’t be RECONCILED.

And people are commenting:

Well, Ockham’s razor suggests that which is represented by the comment of your’s truly.

As to the SIGNALLING EFFECT, what we see is that Francis, after many hours of dithering, has been forced to adopt the JPII post-conciliar position, which means that he has thrown his henchmen and the rest of FrancisChurch under the proverbial bus:

 And then there was this here:

And the hits just keep coming:

And the Main Stream Media are also disgusted:

And then there is the NWO and the Leftists who are backing away from the visible “Culture of Death” positions:

Which leaves the FrancisChurch and it’s henchmen only to complain that they… weren’t give a chance to respond… as if there is anything they could say to mitigate the “seamless garment” tear that has transpired:

But if that’s not bad enough, it gets worse for Francis…

Re-enter Dr. Jordan Peterson…

Now, even though Dr. Peterson still hasn’t taken a position or commented (as of the time of writing) on the situation of Little Alfie, he has been brought into the wider post-conciliar/FrancisChurch civil war through an act of… wait for it… RECONCILIATION.

In a post that appeared on the Rorate Caeli timeline, we get this:

YES…YES…YES…

So what does this above post mean?

What it means is that the Catholic establishment is beginning to realize the COMPATIBILITY … dare I say RECONCILABILITY of the work of Dr. Peterson and the Universal Magisterium.

In other words, they are realizing that the work of Dr. Peterson is just the Natural Law side to the Super Natural Law side that is defined in the UNIVERSAL MAGISTERIUM and exists in ONTOLOGICAL REALITY.

The downstream effects of this new VISIBLE REALITY is that the work done by Dr. Peterson can be used to combat the UTOPIANIST “fantasy world” of FrancisChurch, and the wider post-conciliar chuch on which the FrancisChurch “subsists”. This Petersonian “fraternal correction” can then be tied into past Papal Magisterial teachings, teachings which are firmly grounded in OBJECTIVE REALITY.

Furthermore, the Catholic Church has a new weapon it can use in order to make its case to those people who have left the Catholic Church because of the disastrous Second Vatican Council or were never part of the Church, but are looking for the “spiritual” component to the “rationale” provided by Dr. Peterson.

The NEW PROSELYTIZATION effort can now say that that which Dr. Peterson teaches is very compatible to criticism of the ERROR of post-Modernism which Pope Pius IX defined in his SYLLABUS OF ERRORS in … wait for it… 1864!

How’s that for instead street cred with the Christian Atheist Community?

Bet you didn’t know one existed?

Ending this post, I am left with one lingering thought: how long until Kanye West becomes Catholic?

And on that note, have a nice weekend!

PS They just can’t help themselves. They are possessed by post-Modernism and the Lutheran exorcists ain’t helping…

They Wouldn’t Treat Animals Like This…

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Something quite UNREAL is playing itself out in Liverpool England. A homosexualist judge has handed down what is in effect a death sentence on a 23 month old boy. This judge has ordered that food and water not be provided to little Alfie, in effect attempting to starve him to death.

At times like this, one has to ask: what kind of sick person would do something like this. And the follow up question is: WHY?

The answer to those two questions can lie in the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and his theory of RESSENTIMENT. This is what happens when society adopts the TRANSRATIONAL IDEOLOGY base on the FALSE PREMISE that God is no longer relevant in our everyday lives.

So the moral of this story is that because of people like Francis and his henchmen like the Sant’Egidio Archbishop Paglia who are actively undermining, dare I say subverting our Civilization’s underpinning in NATURAL LAW and NATURAL MORAL LAW, humanity has no buffer against people like this Judge Anthony Hayden.

The only buffer against people like this “judge”, or the “doctor” in the below Tweet, is what Dr. Jordan Peterson calls the greatest development of Western Civilization: the recognition of the PRINCIPLE of the Sanctity of Human Life. (Also see here and here)

And here is a screen grab that captures this MORAL RELATIVIST position quite accurately:

Here is Professor Stephen Hicks to explain RESSENTIMENT:

Alfie Evans’ Dad in new video: ‘They’re starving him, they wouldn’t do this to an animal’

LIVERPOOL, April 24, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In a dramatic statement to media outside the Alder Hey hospital minutes ago, Alfie’s father Tom Evans showed resolve amidst grief and righteous anger at the hospital’s decision to refuse to allow the parents to take baby Alfie to Italy where he has been offered hospital care. An emergency appeal of the recent ruling forbidding the couple to take their son to Italy has been granted.

Exhausted and haggard, Evans said that Alfie’s 22 hours of breathing on his own after the ventilator was removed has surprised but also frustrated doctors who he says want the child dead. Evans reveals that he had to fight for six hours to get the hospital to allow Alfie hydration but they have refused to allow the child nutrition.

“They don’t want to see him come out of it, they want him to die, they want him to deteriorate in the next couple of hours so then they can say ‘oh look we told you’, but in fact in reality I stood in the court case and they told me he wouldn’t last longer than five minutes, he’s lasted 22 hours,” Evans said.

Describing his disgust with the attempt to starve his son he said: “It’s disgusting how they treating us, they’re starving him, they wouldn’t do this to an animal.”

Nevertheless, Evans said he would fight with the child’s mother for their son’s life despite feeling like he is in a “jail”. “It’s disgusting but Alfie’s fighting so I’m going to remain at his bedside with his Mum all night and I’m going to fight,” Evans said.

To all those who have sent negative comments to the young parents Tom Evans says, “You haven’t knocked me down, I’m going to keep climbing the mountain.”

Evans said the claim of the hospital that it would take days to move Alfie is totally false noting that both a German and an Italian medical evacuation team were ready to transfer the child to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome.